Why the Mayflower Matters

Erica Hahn introduced a stimulating and timely program about the history and challenges for our early Pilgrim settlers, beginning in 1620 with 102 men, women and children establishing a colony at Plymouth.

Erica gave us a history lesson on the Roman Catholic church, the predominant religion in western Europe in the 1600’s.  The church divisions driven by the Calvinist belief in predetermination vs the Armenenisiam view of man’s choice in the matter of salvation, and Martin Luther’s establishment of the Reformation church.

Also a quick trip down memory lane with Henry VIII seeking an annulment of his marriage, which the church could not do, therefore the establishment of Protestantism in western Europe.

Beginning with and following the “discovery” of the new world by Christopher Columbus in 1492, the early efforts to colonize the new world were driven by the quest for riches.  France, Spain, Denmark, Great Britain and others sought gold, beaver pelts, cod, cochineal (a bug used for its red dye) and silver.  Many of the colonial attempts, like Jamestown in 1607, were comprised of only men and the death rate was as high as 50%. They did not want to plant or build the infrastructure needed to sustain a community.

By contrast, the “separatists” from western Europe as they were called lived in Leiden Holland for about 12 years before coming to the new world.  They were not coming to get rich, but to plat, build and create a colony to live in.  The Mayflower arrived in 1620 in Cape Cod, shortly thereafter creating the Mayflower Compact, an agreement among the new settlers.  In 1621 they had the first Thanksgiving Feast, with food including turkeys and deer meat provided partially by the native Indians.

There are as many as 30 million direct descendants of the Pilgrims in the U.S. and many famous ones like Marylyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Clint Eastwood, President Bush, Hugh Hefner and others like Ashley Smith an Arcadia Rotarian!  Erica says you can check out your history on Family Tree DNA.

Not enough about the Mayflower, check out the book “Mayflower” by Nathaniel Philbrick, a good read.  There are also Mayflower Society’s in many cities.

announcements for 11/10/17

  1.   The club honored all of the club’s veterans on Veterans Day.
  2.  Mark Sunday 12/03/2017 on your calendars for the Arcadia Partners’ annual  Holiday Party to be held at the home of Gail and Ernie Jensen, 1958 Alta Oaks Drive, Arcadia, CA from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.  The cost is $30/adult.  Please RSVP by 11/22/2017 to Julie Miller at (626) 930-1355 or email her at juliemilleracn@gmail.com  Please send payment to Julie at 212 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite C, Arcadia, CA 91006..
  3.   The club’s November Board Meeting will be held at Matt Denny’s restaurant on Wednesday 11/15/2017 at 6:00 P.M.
  4.   The club will be dark on Friday 11/24/2017 (day after Thanksgiving), Friday 12/22/2017 (the Friday before Christmas), and 12/29/2017 (the Friday before New Year’s).
  5.  Eric Rail announced that his home in Calistoga, CA was destroyed by the recent fire in that area.  His wife and her sister were at their home when the fire hit and they evacuated just in time.  The winds were at 70 miles per hour.   The entire club mourns this terrible loss.
  6.   We welcome the return of Jay Harvill  to the club.
  7.  Congratulations to our newest member Dave Kirby who was inducted into the club at the meeting today.  His sponsors were Bob Novell and Frank Griffith.

 

SIERRA MADRE PACK TRAIN

Our Guest Speaker today was Dr. William “Bill” White who has lived in our community for over forty years. Bill joined the Sierra Madre Medical Group as a partner practicing general medicine in 1963 and a staff member at the Methodist Hospital. He became Chief of Staff there in 1984 and is now retired from practice.  Dr. White has got to be one of the most knowledgeable people around about the Mt. Wilson Trail and its history.

 

Back in 1889 one of the most difficult pack trains was planned for the trip to Mt. Wilson. It would be to transport the first telescope there, a load estimated at 1200 lbs. It turns out that when they received the telescope at the beginning of the trail for packaging in crates it weighed in at 3700 lbs. It was such an arduous journey on the narrow trail that at times where they encountered a sharp angle they had to drill and blast out a rock to widen it before they could proceed. When they were within two miles of the summit a sudden snowstorm dropped a foot of snow and the men had to abandoned their packs and wait a week at the Halfway House, a small wooden cabin built for shelter along the way. They had to wait for the snow to melt before going further. The entire trip took a total of six weeks to deliver the telescope. Dr. White said that is what made Sierra Madre famous and people poured in to the area to book a trip up the mountain to see the telescope.

 

A few men built camps to house campers along the trail. One built by Peter Steil called Steil Camp. Mr. Steil owned a drinking establishment in the Pasadena area during the prohibition era and he was frowned upon by many city staff for the alcohol he sold. Another developed a camp named the Strain Camp after A.J. Strain, the builder. Unfortunately to get to the Strain Camp one had to walk through he Steil Camp so Mr. Steil put up a fence to block the trail. When it went to court in Pasadena the judge ruled a $1.00 fine and opened the trail to all people.

 

The telescope was moved years later to Peru, where Harvard was building an observatory and is now at the Boyden Observatory in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

 

What a great historic moment Dr. White shared with us. This is simply fascinating!

 

Thank you Dr. White.

 

(Pat Dolphin)

Fire and Police Person of the Year

FIRE PERSON OF THE YEAR: Captain John Twitchell first began as a fire “technician” in 1990 for Arcadia. He was hired full time in 1991 and has steadily risen up the ranks, with new accomplishments every few years.  He attained the rank of Fire Captain II, in 2014 with almost 24 years in Arcadia.

He has also become a trainer, not only of incoming fire fighters in Arcadia but also for as an instructor in Oxnard for Fire Marshalls.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Office Jordan Elders is an Arcadia High graduate, was a Police cadet and in 2012 was hired.

He not only enforces the law with many arrests to his credit but also has a softer side as a Homelessness Liaison.  He has reconnected homeless with relatives and helped get them off the street to safer surroundings.

He is also a Field Training Officer helping train others to be safe and effective in the field while under pressure.

Arcadia Rotary and our community congratulate these fine professionals.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, November 3, 2017, Dave Freeman

  1.  Mark your calendar:  the club will be dark on Friday 11/24/2017 (day after Thanksgiving), Friday 12/22/2017 (the Friday before Christmas) and Friday 12/29/2017 (the Friday before New Year’s).                                                                                                                               A.   We will be at the Doubletree on 11/10,                                                    B.   Matt Denny’s on 11/17,                                                                                      C.   Dark 11/24                                                                                                                  D.  12/3 Christmas Party – bring the kids.
  2. Former President Rosie Mares presented President Tony Parille with an award from the District Governor for the Arcadia Rotary Club, “Making a Difference since October 27, 1927!!!”
  3. The Students of the Month from Arcadia High School were presented awards;                                                                                                                  A.  Performing Arts: Graham Sanders- Pep Band music                                arranger, and Music mentor  at Middle Schools.                                    B.  James Gassner: Athlete.  Three year varsity, CIF standout,                  3.9 GPA!                                                                                                                          C.  Academics: Arianna Togelang – Mock Trial,  Speech and                        Debate, and a GPA of 4.0.
  4. Firefighter of the Year: Chief Mike Lang presented Captain John Twitchell  with the award, after a long list of reasons he deserved it
  5. Police Officer of the year: Chief  Robert Guthrie extolled Jeffrey Elders’ many good deeds, before presenting the award to him.
  6. Remember the Festival of the Trees, coming at the Annandale Country Club Dec. 2, 2017.

90th Anniversary Celebration

The Arcadia Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration was a gala affair. The setting was the ballroom of the Doubletree and while cocktails were enjoyed, David Knight entertained the crowd at the piano. Emcee for the evening was Glenn Oyoung who’s quick wit was enjoyed by all. There were17 past presidents in attendance including past District Governor John Fee. Laura Freedman, the first women president of the club, joined the celebration along with Paul Lambert who drove down from Santa Barbara. Governor Raghada Khoury, Governor Elect John Chase and Governor Nominee Luanne Arrendondo represented the District. President Tony Parrille related some the things that were occurring 90 years ago and a video of the early days of the club was shown. It was an evening of memories as many members related tales of previous club achievements and happenings. New member, Jim Boyd, was inducted into the club. His first duty was to cut the anniversary cake. A donation of food and funds was made that evening to the Foothill Unity Center, and the club was recognized for its 90 years of service by the City of Arcadia. Rosie Mares and her committee are to be congratulated for planning this memorable event.

The Greatest Rotary Club in the World!