Santa Anita

Joe Morris, a Vice President of the Stronach Group, who oversees Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, gave a brief history and update on our local track. Santa Anita opened on Christmas day in 1934. The track has had a number of firsts, the first pari mutuel tote system, the first $100,000 race, the first photo finish cameras and the first electronic timing of races. The track has been home to the top horses, the top trainers and the top jockeys in the country.
One of the problems affecting horse racing today is the number of thoroughbreds available for the sport. In the 1980’s there were 37,000 horses bred each year. This last year 21,000 were bred. The closing of Hollywood Park also caused problems. It was not difficult to move race dates around but the loss of that facility meant the loss of 1800 stalls. Another problem is that California is the only major state in the country that does not allow tracks to have alternate forms of revenue. Other states allow slot machines and lotteries at their tracks. This puts California at a disadvantage.
Joe gave an update on improvements at the track including a new surface on the dirt track, increasing the width of the grass track and plans to add more stalls. Despite the many challenges facing Santa Anita, Joe painted a bright picture for the future of racing here in Arcadia.

Announcements for August 18, 2018

1. Thomas Andrews , father of Ashley Andrews Smith (now a former Rotarian) has passed away.
The services for Ashley’s father , Thomas Andrews (who loved Rotary) are being held. as follows: August 26th… 2 pm., at the Santa Anita Church (Barnhart School), 226 Colorado St, Arcadia, CA 91007. (per Jeff Johnson.)

2. Thanks to Mike Real, the image on the front of the current Arcadia Rotary roster shows the original founding club members. The founding President was Hudson Procter who was also the founder of the Derby Restaurant (originally known as Procter’s Tavern). We should have a program on the history of the club. (per Jim Helms.)

3. New developments: (a) Arcadia Rotary’s weekly sign-up list includes both orders for flowers and for salads. Salads can be ordered on a weekly or a forever basis. (b) Now a blue badge Rotarian from another club can transfer as such to Arcadia Rotary without once again going through the red badge process. (per John Wilson.)

4. A new version of the basic historical principles of Rotary is being handed out (i.e., “The ABCs of Rotary” by Clifford L. Dochterman). Knowledge of the contents will become the subject matter of weekly quizzes by Sergeant at Arms Brad Miller. Wrong answers will result in fines published in the High Gear. (per Dick Martinez and Francine Chiu.)

5. The Rotary Club of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, N.Y. has made a grant of $34,650 to Albany Medical Center in New York state .  The grant funds specialized equipment, supplies, and educational materials for doctors and families at the Center – which serves an area of 15 million people. (per President Tony Parille.).

6. On August 17, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. on KTLA (Channel 5), newscasters Frank Buckley and Sam Rubin interviewed two (of the fourteen) California delegates to the just concluded JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C., an annual event which includes delegates from every state in the Union. The young delegates were Brec Bassinger, a young actress and Miranda Speirs, the 12 year old grand-daughter of Rotarian Dirk L. Hudson. Brec was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 8. Miranda was diagnosed at age 3. They were interviewed on “the Importance of Renewing Special Diabetes Program”, having met with Congressional representatives on that subject. According to Brec, only one third of the funds necessary to finance the search for a cure comes from governmental grants, the rest depending on the private sector, i.e., JDRF fund-raising. That is the reason for the annual Walk for a Cure which takes place this year at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on October 29. Note: the KTLA interview can be found on You Tube under the heading “Brec Bassinger & Miranda Speirs On the Importance of Renewing Special Diabetes Program” ( ), or go to, enter “You Tube Brec Bassinger JDRF 08/17/17″, (per Dirk L. Hudson)

Future Events:

08/23/17 a District Leadership Training class; Cost is $32. If interested, please contact Tony Parille
09/29/17 – Rotary weekly meeting will be at the Double Tree. (per Brad Miller)
10/06/17 Friday meeting of the Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, and Duarte clubs

10/07/2017 – Saturday
LOCATION: The Huntington Library 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA
COST: $25 Pre-Registration or $35 at the door
STUDENTS: $5 Includes Continental Breakfast

10/13/17 Friday lunch meeting our District Governor’s visit. Raghada Khoury
10/29/17 JDRF Walk for a Cure at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (per Dirk L. Hudson)

Upcoming Programs:

08/25/2017 – Field of Honor Recognitions / Bob Harbicht

09/01/2017 – DARK Labor Day Weekend
09/08/2017 – Update on Foothill Goldline / Lisa Levy Buch
09/15/2017 – Child Trafficking in San Gabriel Valley / Joan Pera
09/22/2017 – The Toughest Day in Sports / Christopher Dyrek
09/29/2017 – Current Labor Laws / John Goldper


Living Longer and BETTER – Ralph Martinez

Ralph Martinez, a retired pharmacist and long-time involved community volunteer spoke about what we can do to stem the deterioration of aging.

Though some seem to do whatever they want, “everything wrong” for their health and get away with it, he said we cannot take that risk. Others who do take care of themselves, like top athletes are seeing with advances in nutrition, medicine and training that they can participate longer, past their 30’s!

Overall he encouraged us to support our health focusing on nutrition, medical, exercise and the senses – oral/vision/hearing. He suggested the following principles: moderation, consistency, balance and common sense.

He showed us the new improved nutrition panel approved by the FDA that can help us determine what is in a food product.  He compared Rolled Oats with Raisin Bran, the latter has 28 grams out of the daily 60 grams sugar recommendation… in one serving!

He said “fast food” is not just “drive-thru” but foods that cook fast and have been processed. If the nutrition label lists many ingredients it has been highly processed and offers reduced nutritional value.

Ralph suggested we eat better and do not expect to make up for poor nutrition with supplements.

Prevention was his admonition related to Medical Care. “Bad things don’t come and go, they come and stay”.  He advised to get things checked out earlier than later.

In summary he put the onus back on us.  The insurance companies, the food companies, the drug companies are not putting our health first.  We need to… and  by following Ralph’s principles of on-going effort supporting our health we can live longer and better.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, Friday, August 11, 2017. Dave Freeman

  1. Howell Tyson, who was in Methodist Hospital has been moved to Rehab. He likes visitors, but give him a few days to acclimate first.
  2.  The multi-Rotary Club get together, Rosie mentioned will be at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Purchase your tickets at the Playhouse, $28 – there will be a menu, with lunch at noon, and the show at 2:30 PM.
  3. Immediate past District Governor, Lou De Silva, is not doing so well, and is back in the Hospital with a severe virus.
  4.  Mt. Lowe Brewing Company, in Monrovia, is the location for our next Social Event arranged by our social director, Mike Ojeda. September 13, 2017,  4:30 – 5:30PM.  A chance for some networking – sharing the services you  can provide and learning those of others.  Free, except for the beer.
  5. New Arcadia Rotary Directories are available. Pick one up at the back table.
  6.  The Next Board of Directors’ meeting will be next Wednesday, August 16, 2017,  at 6:00 PM.
  7. August 25, 2017 – our meeting will honor the Field of Honor Honorees.
  8. We will be DARK  Labor Day Weekend,  Friday, September 1, 2017.
  9. We  will be meeting at a different location September 29, 2017.  See you that day at the Doubletree in Monrovia.

Craft Talks on Friday, August 4, 2017


          Craft Talk by Gina Kim

Immigrated December 23, 1078 to Northern California

Six months later moved to Hacienda Heights where she lived thru school

1990 Graduated from High School and then attended Cal Poly Pomona, but did not graduate

Married her husband John 8/7/04.  They have no children (medical issue) but have two dogs

She was an Escrow Officer for 20 years and then decided to start her own company  “Escrow World” 5 years ago.

Introduced to Rotary thru Rosie.


                Craft Talk by Sandra Caldero

Is the Club Administrator/Bookkeeper

Born in East Los Angeles and is a first generation.  Her parents were from Mexico.

Her husband, Jim, is a chiropractor.  Two children (son and daughter) and one granddaughter.

Hobbies – paper crafts, cooking and photography.

Explained her duties in Rotary

Announcements for August 4, 2017

  1. Member Update: Jim Rider told us about the hospitalization of Howell Tyson. He has been at Methodist since last Wednesday. Howell’s wife, Dorothy, is also in the hospital recovering from a broken hip. We wish both of them a speedy recovery.
  2. Pres. Parrille announced the upcoming Peace Conference to be held at the Huntington Library, Oct 7 from 9AM to 1PM. Cost is $25 for preregistration.
  3. Assistant Governor Rosie Mares said there will be a meeting of the Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, and Duarte clubs on the evening of Friday, Oct. 6. Details will be forthcoming.
  4. Friday, Oct. 13, is the date for our District Governor’s visit. Raghada Khoury will attend our normal lunch meeting.
  5. Bob Harbicht gave an update on the Veterans’ Monument. He revealed that the $20,000 donor is Mary Hanson. Also, the city council at their meeting Tues. night decided on the location of the monument.
  6. Pres. Parrille told us of a District Leadership Training class to be held Aug. 23rd. Cost is $32. If interested, please contact Tony for more information.

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