District Governor Randy Pote reminded us that the 2016 Rotary Foundation Dinner will be held on Saturday January 2, 2016 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Ontario, California. Arcadia Rotary is trying to put a table or two together. Please see Ed Beranek for more details.
Gail Jensen, our Partners in Rotary President, is organizing the Christmas fundraising efforts and Rotary Partners’ Party at the home of Matt and Denise Weaver on Sunday December 6, 2015 from 3:00 to 6:00pm. This is the only Rotary Partners fundraiser. Please get your donations of restaurant gift certificates, sporting events, etc. to Gail by November 30, 2015.
Two Arcadia Rotarians were presented with their Paul Harris pins. Bruce Marrs was awarded his Paul Harris +6 pin and Ramon Oseguera was awarded with his Paul Harris +1 pin. Congratulations guys!
Finally, congratulations to our Teacher of the Year from Camino Grove Elementary School, Josie Chia. Josie teaches the 4th grade and has taught in the AUSD for 13 years. She attended Arcadia schools as a child and graduated from UCSD. Congratulations Josie!
Community Services Officer Mike Vercillo had some very important slogans to share with us that are words for everyone to live by: “See Something—Say Something” and “Lock It, Keep It, Hide It.” These two slogans are some of the most important crime fighting tools because it means community involvement. The “See Something—Say Something” program encourages people to call the police department if anything or anyone looks odd or out of place. We are all the eyes and ears for the police department. They cannot be everywhere, but we are! ‘Lock It, Keep It, Hide It” refers to ways to prevent car and property thefts from vehicles.
Officer Vercillo discussed the sudden rise in burglaries three years ago in Arcadia. A special crime task force of detectives from neighboring cities, volunteers, Neighborhood Watch and utilizing all the resources available through the Arcadia Police Department was formed to focus on the issue. As a result, crime dropped 26%. FBI statistics show that whenever there is an active Neighborhood Watch program in place, crime goes down.
Under Chief Guthrie’s leadership, the Arcadia Police Department has adopted a lot of new programs. One is the city patrol beats where the city is divided into five areas with a Lieutenant heading up patrol beats for each area. This form of patrolling allows the officers the chance to get to know the residents and neighborhoods better. There will now be 2 officers dedicated to patrolling the mall, allowing calls for service to be answered quicker. A new Business Watch Program similar to Neighborhood Watch will begin in 2016. Finally, a Mobile Command Post was acquired so that the police department can set up on site for any major incident. It’s clear Arcadians are in good hands with the Arcadia Police Department.
Ed Beranek announced the 2016 Rotary Foundation. Dinner will be held on Saturday January 2, 2016 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Ontario, California. Arcadia Rotary is trying to put a table together. Please see Ed for more details.
Gil Stromsoe spoke for Bob Novell about LIGA International. “Fly Doctors of Mercy”. 110 doctors, dentists, and pilots have presented a grant for $35,000. for x-ray and ultra sound machines. Looking for support and contributions.
Two Rotarians received the Paul Harris Faloship awards: Erich Rail and Luther Tsinoglou.
Gail Jensen, our President of Partners in Rotary is organizing the Christmas fundraising efforts and party at the home of Matt and Denise Weaver on Sunday December 6, 2015 from 3:00 to 6:00pm. This is the only Rotary Partners fundraiser. Please get your donations of restaurant gift certificates, sporting events, etc. in by November 30, 2015.
Bob Harbicht updated the Field of Honor project. He showed a video to the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce with overwhelming positive response. Bob also feels sponsorship will be at the highest levels. This project will take the efforts of all Rotarians.
Congratulations to our Students of the Month:
Gregory Tom – Academics
Annie Jiayu Kong – Athletics
Addison Cheng – Performing Arts
Our program featured Bobby Hundley, Director of the Southern California Music Theater. Bobby is a classical actor, educated at Cal State Northridge and London England. Bobby noted that Theater Arts was popular prior to the introduction of television, then tapered off dramatically, especially on the West coast. Bobby described the history of theater at the Mission Playhouse, built specifically for the “Mission Play” in the late 20’s. The theater was used for housing during WWII and went into decline later, only to be renovated in the late 60’s. In the 70’s there was somewhat of a revival of theater with many theaters seating less than 99 people, starting up. Following the 9-11 terrorist attack, there was a significant negative impact on theaters, as they are costly to run profitably, causing many to close operations.
Bobby asked the question; Why get involved in the Arts? Which he proceeded to answer by noting that the arts give us the ability to have not just a good life, but a great life. He also noted that kids with an arts exposure and or background get more involved, often choose a personally more suitable vocation and are less likely to get into trouble. Bobby also encouraged everyone with the fact that music has a positive, albeit short term, impact on our cognitive abilities.
At this point Bobby introduced Kristen Rowles, Team Performer of the Year, Hollywood High graduate who trained in New York. Kristen performed a 3 song piece with piano accompaniment provided by our own pianist David Knight. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Before I Gaze at You Again and Vanella Ice Cream. Kristen has a wonderful voice and dazzled the Rotarians.
Photo, L to R, David Knight, Kristen Towers Rowles & Bobby Hundley
Bill Gleason was the first to be called upon by Finemaster Glenn O’Young with an announcement about an important life event. Bill has recently retired from his career as a banker and financial consultant. Congratulations, Bill! Enjoy the years ahead!
In a round of Rotary Jeopardy, Ken Mallory was called upon to answer:
- In which battle did Napoleon die? (He didn’t die in battle.)
- Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? (At the bottom.)
- What is never eaten for lunch or dinner? (Breakfast.)
These groaners were well-known to the Rotary crowd and the round ended with Finemaster Glenn taking a fine on himself for $50 for “messing up.”
A photo of the Rotary courtyard at the Chamber of Commerce building was shown and Bob Harbicht was called upon for comment. He invited everyone to the opening of a time capsule on Thursday, 11/12, at 11 am. The time capsule was buried 50 years ago and will provide an opportunity to celebrate Rotary’s community involvement over the decades.
Finally, Rob Post and his sister, Gina Franco, a former member who was visiting the club, were both recognized for Rob and his wife’s thoughtful birthday celebration for their nephew’s (Gina’s son) sixth birthday. The youngster was home sick on his birthday and is lucky to have an uncle and aunt who showed up with decorations and cupcakes. Rob was recognized for $100, an extra $50 being added for the SC flag on the house.
1. It was great to see Jim and Sandy Rider at the meeting. Jim looks great and he thanked the club for all the support, both emotional and financial, that he and his family received from the club and members.
2. Ed Beranek announced that the Foundation Dinner will be held on Saturday 01/02/2016 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Ontario, CA. Ed would like to have enough members sign up to fill a table of 10. This will be a chance to meet the President of Rotary International. Please note that the price will go up on 12/01/2015 so make your reservations now. A sign up sheet is being passed around at the meeting.
3. Membership Chairman John Wilson announced that the club is considering a new program to increase the club’s membership. The program is called “AMP” (Arcadia Multimember Program) which will allow the spouse and children of a current member of Arcadia Rotary who are established in a career to join Arcadia Rotary, as well as employees who work at the same company as a current club member, if they otherwise meet Rotary’s membership criteria. This is a new idea formulated by our Board and has not been tried in any other club. Rotary International is encouraging clubs to come up with new ideas to attract new high quality members. For more information on this new program and to give your suggestions and input before it is implemented, please contact John Wilson.
4. The next Board Meeting will be held next Wednesday 11/18/2015 and will meet this time at Matt Denney’s instead of Foothill Federal Credit Union.
5. Congratulations to Bill Gleason on his retirement.
6. Arcadia Chamber of Commerce is inviting the entire community to celebrate the completion of remodeling the Chamber Building which was built 50 years ago in 1965. At the open house a time capsule buried 50 years ago will be opened. Arcadia Rotary will be honored for building the sunken patio behind the building. The open house will be next Thursday, 11/12/2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:p.m.. Refreshments will be served.
7. SAVE THE DATE: Partners in Rotary will be having their annual holiday party on Sunday, 12/06/2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the home of Matt and Denise Weaver. The Parters are in need of items for their raffle baskets. This following are the themes for the baskets this year: animal, Dodgers, wine, golf, night on the town, movie night, Wendy’s garden, and women. Please give your items to Mike Real or Ernie Jensen.
Mark Waterson, the Director, presented the program about the Convalescent Aid Society (click on this link to their website) an organization that lends durable medical equipment (DME) in the San Gabriel Valley – at no charge to all! If you are recuperating from an injury, surgery, or just need equipment for an extended period like a cane, walker, wheelchair, shower stool all the way up to a hospital bed, CAS can help. Currently they have over 20,000 items on loan, 14,500 exchanged last year.
Over 50% of their income comes from grateful users who donate to support the organization. Its run lean – 90% of funds go towards servicing clients. Mark explained that the organization is sustainable – it keeps used equipment out of landfills and their new repair service (700 repairs last year) expands the equipment they can collect and provide. The newest vision is to expand the service area to Orange County and the San Fernando Valley with the first satellite now open on a limited basis in Whittier.
The main facility near the corner of Madre and Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena, turns away 300 people a month because there are not enough items. Thus Mark is on a mission to grow the organization particularly in light of Medicare and insurance cut backs on DME items.
CAS is the largest and oldest (founded in 1920) organization of its type in the U.S. and it seems to me, should be established all across the country!
Our fine master Glen Oyoung AKA “Chinese Peter Pan” (self-imposed) decided to surprise us all with his costume, green tights and of course some fines. Frank Hall was the first to fall on the fine train, because of his winnings on last week’s Monday Night Football party. However, when Glen fined him $75 Frank interrupted Glen by sharing that a good amount of his winnings were already on their way to the Rotary foundation. Good for Frank!!
Our second victim of this week’s fines was Bob Harbicht. When Glen asked if he had anything to share with us, Bob shared that he was running for city council again after a couple of years for his 6th term. Short thereafter Glen jumped and the opportunity and took a picture with Bob and is now blackmailing/fining for $100 or the embarrassing picture of him with the “Chinese Peter Pan” was going public…we’re all sure he’ll pay the fine. Congratulations to Bob and best of luck!!
Last but not least, Glen from the corner of his eye could see Brian Hall (we all could) because of his bright colored golf attire. Brian shared that his office was all dressed up to have some fun for Halloween. However, his bright lime green outfit is going to cost him 75 dark green bills.
TLC attempts to select 8th graders who would benefit from a weekend intensive to enhance their leadership skills. Its a younger version of RYLA which teaches leadership of others while TLC focuses on self development.
250 8th graders representing all of District 5300, convened at a camp in Crestline. These individuals were selected by teachers and principals because of their capacity to lead or expectation that they can become leaders. Several of the TLCer’s reported back to us.
The objectives for TLC are:
- increase self confidence to improve leadership skills.
- provide motivational and authoritarian speakers as examples.
- develop an understanding of Rotary, to be the seeds of future Rotarians.
- keep cliques, groups and friends apart; let the kids develop new relationships with other future leaders.
Scott Greenberg the coordinator explained ” before you can lead others, you have to lead yourself”, that everyone has “their own cancer” (challenges), which need to be overcome to be better leaders.
When questioned all the students said the experience changed them. One petite softly spoken girl said before the camp “I wanted to be an architect, to sit in the back and just work. Now I want my own firm.”
A big thanks to a newer member Bruno Esquivel for being our club’s representative at TLC.
1. Jim Rider is home from the hospital and would love to hear from everyone.
2. The Foundation Dinner will be on Saturday 01/02/2016 at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Ontario, CA. See Ed Beranek for more details.
3. Congratulations to Frank Hall for winning $500 at Monday Night Football.
4. Finemaster Glenn Oyoung stripped down to his Halloween costume. I couldn’t tell if he was Robin Hood or Tinker Bell in his green tights. Way to go Glenn. We can’t wait to see what you will wear for Christmas.
5. Brian Hall was recognized for wearing his provocative chartreuse (yellow-green) golf outfit with checkerboard pants. The color was so bright it blinded everyone. Is this the new executive attire at the credit union?
6. Bob Harbicht announced that he will be running for Arcadia City Council for the 6th time.
7. SAVE THE DATE: Partners in Rotary will be having their annual holiday party on Sunday 12/06/2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the home of Matt and Denise Weaver. The Partners are in need of items for their raffle baskets. This year the theme for their baskets are: animal, Dodgers, wine, golf, night on the town, movie, Wendy’s garden, and women. Please give your items to Mike Real or Ernie Jensen.
The Fall weather was perfect. The surrounding Arroyo scenery was spectacular. Among the 10,000 people present at the Rose Bowl were the 2016 Rose Court, including the Rose Queen and her six Rose princesses. On the stage as master of ceremonies was KTLA’s Frank Buckley.
Representing Team Rotary were nine team members, including Arcadia Rotary President Dr. Michael Hoey, his girl friend Jamie Chao, Team Captain Keith Brown, Keith’s friend Don Olender, last year’s Team Captain Rosie Mares, her sister Tricia Mares, Jim Pontello, and Sharon and Dirk L. Hudson. According to Keith Brown’s estimate, Team Rotary has thus far raised over $1,000.
According to KTLA’s Frank Buckley, in this event so far JDRF-LA has raised over $1 2 Million. Part of this is a check from Medtronic presented to Frank Buckley for $450,000. There were significantly more walk teams that qualified for booths than at last year’s walk.
JDRF was founded in Philadelphia in 1970 by several families of victims of Juvenile (Type 1) Diabetes. Today there are 435 chapters, including JDRF-LA.
Front Sight Ministry gave us a sobering yet inspiring look at the tremendous need our Veteran’s face when assimilating back home. This Ministry offers a resource center, military-only chapel service, Veteran/Family support groups, spiritual guidance, recreational activities and a fitness program that is reaching Veteran’s in a very unique way.
The statistics are staggering: Since 2001 we have lost close to 7,000 service members to conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In that same time period, we have lost more than 100,000 veterans to suicide. Rotarians noted how much money our government spends on training our men and women to be fighters and yet we spend very little time and money helping them adjust back to civilian life.
The Front Sight Ministry offers the unique Front Sight Fitness program which is designed to help Veteran’s turn their injuries into assets and is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability. It helps build the comradery, trust and healing these Veteran’s need to help with the depression and suicidal thoughts. These are the “invisible wounds” they suffer that cause the most destruction to themselves and their families.
The Front Sight Ministry is located at 1009 Brooks Street, Unit C, Ontario, CA. There are many ways we can help them in their mission: monetary donations, referring veteran’s to their program, donate goods to their thrift store and even visit their site to check out in person what they are doing to help these men and women in need. Their website is www.frontsightministry.org.