Acadia Rotary History

Posted by Dan Place on January 25th, 2015 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

Here are some more recollections from long time member Ernie Jensen of his early days in Arcadia Rotary Club.

In 1990-91 as President of Arcadia Rotary, the board decided to have an Arcadia Rotary Trip to the Colorado River. Matt Weaver and Jim Clark Jr. organized an exciting trip. We chartered a Bus that Bob Margett led, rented a pontoon boat, and had several water ski boats. We had club families with young children, Rotarians who like travel like Ben & Mickey Goland, and Ben Coarse who was I believe in his 80’s.
One interesting memory, while I was assigned to be the Captain of the Pontoon boat ferrying the Rotarians to our beach site for swimming, play, good food of coarse and water skiing. Everyone had a wonderful day playing in the sand and we were all eager to get back to our hotel and clean ourselves up for the delicious BBQ dinner Denise and Matt had ready for us at the Weaver house on the river. I had one beer early in the day, but decided that it might be prudent to switch to soft drinks. When we came back to Havasu ramp to park the boat, the CHP, Arizona HP, Local Police, Forest Service were all on the docks. They had boats lined up waiting to land, but they would only let one in at a time dock. As we came in they asked me (the Captain) to please step off of the boat, and asked questions regarding drinking and boating (driving), while someone else went onto the boat to check on life vests, safety equipment, rental agreement etc. The boats owner came over to the boat and gave the officials a hard time (we later found out that he had been arrested for drinking and “boating” but released to his wife’s custody.) Matt and Jim scored with a wonderful skiing weekend and I was glad not to have been arrested like many other boat drivers that day
Just after joining the Arcadia Rotary Club, I was asked to join a committee, so said yes. The committee chairman was Bob Margett heading a fundraising concert at the Arboretum. It was 1983, George Fasching was instrumental in bringing in big talent and a band shell was set up. Bob asked me to work with Big John Tyler who was in charge of tables and chairs, and I got the special job of being in charge of the Toilets (Porta-Pottys). So I can to this day, my claim to fame is that I started in the toilets at Arcadia Rotary. ☺ By the way, these fundraisers were the predecessors to the Arboretum’s Concerts in the park, still popular today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for Jan. 23, 2015, by Dave Freeman

Posted by Dave Freeman on January 24th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1. January 24-25: Rotary Amigos Project in Tijuana, Mexico:

a. Need more people to sign up to work on orphanage following which will be dinner at Tijuana’s finest steak house (per Dick Martinez).

b. Orphanage also needs cash contributions, gift cards (e.g., to Smart & Final), clothes, as well as help with the project (per Rosie Mares).

2. Social events (for Red Badge and Other Rotarians) (per Chris Haddow):

a. January 27 at Villa Catrina, 251 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006
b. February 21 at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia 91007 (featuring concert by “the Four Tops”)
c. March 15 at the Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90028 (tentative only)

3. February 14, 2015: Valentine’s Day Social Event (Rotary Partners, Red Badge, etc.),- save the date, details to follow. (per Mike Ojeda).

4.  Rotary Day at the Races – Lucky friday the 13th (for us,not for the track),  March 13, 2015. Don M. will update us.

5.  Rotary History Project – Dan Place is looking for more memoirs from long term members.

Gene Hernandez on Membership

Posted by Dan Place on January 24th, 2015 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Gene Hernandez’s topic for this week’s program was “How to Improve Membership and Retention in Your Rotary Club.” Gene is Past President of both the Orange North and Chino Rotary Clubs as well as being 2008-09 District Governor. He was Chief of Police for the City of Chino and currently is Mayor of Yorba Linda.
Rotary membership has been in a steady decline in the past few years. According to Gene we must work as individual clubs to increase membership. We need to ask our selves these questions:
1. Is our club attractive?
2. Is our club relevant?
3. Is our club engaging?
If we find that we lack in certain areas we must study to see what we can to improve.
Social Media is a very important tool for communication and a way to attract new members. Are we using Facebook and our web site to their fullest potential? Does our web site appeal to prospective members? Does it show what we do and who we are?
Gene asked lots of questions for us to consider. Does our club have strong camaraderie and fun? Are we engaging and outreaching to everyone? Do we offer networking opportunities especially for younger members?
How we do we attract new members? First find out about the prospective member, his job, his goals and what his or her interests are. After you find out what appears to interest the candidate, you can tailor your approach to show what Rotary can do for him or her. When asked what Rotary is, Gene suggest everyone memorize this answer, “Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders. We meet frequently, get to know each other, form friendships and through that are able to get things done in the community.”
Gene left us with these four reasons why you come to Rotary and why you stay.
1. Local impact.
2. Friends and contacts.
3. Vocation.
4. Leaders to work with.

Recognitions – January 16, 2015

Posted by Yvonne Flint on January 19th, 2015 under Recognition  •  Comments Off

Ken Mallory was Finemaster George Fasching’s first target.  Lured in with softball questions – is lunch OK?; is Betty OK?; did you have good holidays; do you see Bob Margett around? (Ken reports that Bob is busier than ever.) – Ken was then faced with a photo of “Mt. Bradbury,” Mt. Rushmore’s slightly less famous cousin.  Along with two ladies, the profiles on Mt. Bradbury included Ken’s now famous likeness carved in life-like realism.  This honor earned Ken a recognition fine of $55.

Acknowledged for her hard work and leadership with the Boy Scouts, Lucia Bernal took the opportunity to invite Rotary members to attend a dinner honoring their leader.  But Finemaster George had a different question for Lucia:  Had she seen the LA Times article about restrooms of the future being gender-neutral?  Having no experience with men’s rooms, Lucia could not help George with his confusion over the new-fangled restrooms.  But, George’s story of a lady who entered the wrong restroom at the car wash gave the club a good laugh.

Forgotten Hollywood – Manny Pacheco

Posted by Brad Miller on January 19th, 2015 under Announcements, Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

While we know much about the stars of Hollywood’s 40’s through 60’s there are many lesser known actors who are “below the title” of a film. These actors contributed just as much to Hollywood’s golden era as the big stars. Manny Pacheco touched on some of those stories against the backdrop of a time when the studios ran Hollywood and people were flocking to the movies.

Van Heflin is an example of a successful actor of this type with a long career in Hollywood. When a movie budget could not afford, or a script would not support a big name like William Holden, Van Heflin was contracted.

MGM, the big studio with “more stars than in the heavens” had Lionel Barrymore and Frank Morgan who did seven movies together. They were so liked by Louis B Mayer they had lifetime contracts, the only two in the history of Hollywood. When Lionel broke his leg and was found to have advanced arthritis requiring crutches at first and later a wheelchair, he demanded to be paid and to have roles. He continued to be successful including the TV show Dr. Kildare, all done from his wheelchair.

Helen Keller became aware that Lionel was successful as a handicapped actor and wrote to Roosevelt asking for more support of the diseased and handicapped. He had just formed March of Dimes so offered to conduct a fundraiser for Polio on his birthday. 25 years later, Rotary committed to Polio Plus.

Frank Morgan did seven movies with Lionel, but as a diminutive personality he was always a step behind. When Frank was asked to be the Wizard in Wizard of Oz, he accepted but only if he could play a role in “Shop Around the Corner’. He was proudest of that role even though the Wizard of Oz has become a classic.

As a side note, the most successful “actor” at MGM was Lassie!

Part of Manny’s presentation was to show the connections between Hollywood and how it weaves into daily life. For example the atomic bombs were each named after movie titles.
Manny has written Forgotten Hollywood and Son of Forgotten Hollywood with a TV show on the topic in the works. He has visited 67 Rotaries.

Announcements for January 16, 2015

Posted by Dirk Hudson on January 16th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1. January 24-25: Rotary Amigos Project in Tijuana, Mexico:

a. Need more people to sign up to work on orphanage following which will be dinner at Tijuana’s finest steak house (per Dick Martinez).

b. Orphanage also needs cash contributions, gift cards (e.g., to Smart & Final), clothes, as well as help with the project (per Rosie Mares).

2. Social events (for Red Badge and Other Rotarians) (per Chris Haddow):

a. January 27 at Villa Catrina, 251 N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006
b. February 21 at Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia 91007 (featuring concert by “the Four Tops”)
c. March 15 at the Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles 90028 (tentative only)

3. February 14, 2015: Valentine’s Day Social Event (Rotary Partners, Red Badge, etc.),- save the date, details to follow. (per Mike Ojeda).

4. Sign-up sheets (for greeters, leading pledge of allegiance, commencement prayers and thoughts, etc.) are being distributed – in lieu of being “hunted down.” (per Rosie Mares).

5. Liga Children’s Heart Program (www.ligainternational.org): Contributions needed in making Rotary International grant to finance children’s heart surgery at Liga Children’s Heart Clinic in El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico. (per Francisco Aguilar, Ciudad Obregon, Mexico Rotary and Aileen Arias, Chino Hills Rotary)

6. Ferguson, Missouri Public Library book donation project. Book donations sought. (per Jim Rider).

7. February 6, 2015, 7 p.m.: San Gabriel Valley Council Boy Scout Golden Eagle dinner at West Covina Elks Lodge, 841 West Merced Avenue, West Covina 91790. Rotarians are welcome to make arrangements to attend. (per Lucia Bernal).

Teacher of the Year for Baldwin Stocker Elementary School

Posted by Dirk Hudson on January 16th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Daniel Yohannes introduced Kevin Hryciw, Assistant Superintendent, Arcadia Unified School District. Mr. Hryciw then introduced Jayne Nickles, Principal of Baldwin Stocker Elementary School. Ms. Nickles then recognized the Baldwin Stocker Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Lily Kwok.

Mrs. Kwok teaches First Grade at Baldwin Stocker. She has been teaching for 25 years of which 15 years are in the Arcadia Unified School District. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Multiple Subject Credential. Her previous assignments include teaching First Grade in the Alhambra Unified School District. In addition to classroom instruction, her activities include Leadership and SSC. Her favorite classroom projects are animal reports wherein students have to collaborate and research together. Past awards include a AEF grant. Her teaching philosophy notes that teaching is one of the few professions where you can touch young lives, shape their minds, and hopefully make an impact. Her family life includes 23 years of marriage and two sons.

Students of the Month

Posted by Dirk Hudson on January 16th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Aaron Rose introduced the Students of the Month.

(1) The Performing Arts Student of the Month is Talitha Barkow (age 17). Her parents are Mary and Joel Barkow. She attended elementary school at Holly Avenue and middle school at First Avenue. She is a member of the French honor society, attending French club every Monday.

Talitha has served as President of the Arcadia High School theater department. Having been involved in theater since her freshman year, she is currently in her second year of advanced drama. Last November, she played the role of Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

Talitha has won several awards at the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California
competition and Cal State Theater Festival. She has also received awards at Arcadia High School for Best Actress and Outstanding Theater Festival participant.

Having been in Girl Scouts for the past 12 years, Talitha is now an Ambassador Scout. She has organized a food drive and a book drive for a home for abused girls. She has also served meals at the homeless shelter and has helped with multiple beach clean-ups. She has earned bronze and silver community service awards.

(2) The Academic Student of the Month is Kimberly Kodama (age 17). Her parents are James and Lon Kodama. She attended elementary school at Holly Avenue and Hugo Reid, and middle school at Foothill Middle School.

Kimberly’s school activities include Allied Club, GWA Club, Orchestra 1 and 3, and Varsity Basketball. Her community activities include First Lego League (as participant and later as coach), First Tech Challenge (as participant), Homeless to Forever Foundation (as volunter). Religious activities include Vacation Bible Camp (as tent leader), CYOA summer science class (as teacher). She also packed backpacks for Don Julian Elementary School. Hobbies and recreation activities include such musical activities as piano, cello, bass, and ukelele. She also likes puzzles (math and jigsaw). She has also tutored middle and high school students in math and other subjects.

As to future plans, Kimberly hopes to attend Harvey Mudd College, majoring in engineering, with the goal of becoming a mechanical engineer.

Rotary Awards: Paul Harris

Posted by Dirk Hudson on January 16th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Gil Stromsoe awarded a Paul Harris plus five award to Gerard Tamparong.

Programs Report January 9, 2015

Posted by Teri Muse on January 13th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Dan Stover Music Contest
By: Teri Muse

Five extremely talented high school seniors treated us to a wonderful concert for the January 9th program. These musicians all were competing for the coveted Dan Stover Music Award hosted by the Arcadia Rotary Club. Our three fine judges: Tom Crosby, Brad Miller and David Freeman, all Rotarians who are talented musicians in their own right, had a very difficult decision to make. After much deliberation, they selected the following awardees:

1st Place: Isabell Liao,  Arcadia High School,  Instrument: Marimba
Isabel plans on attending Cal State Fullerton and then transferring to CalArts

2nd Place: Maxine Yuan,  Arroyo Pacific Academy,  Instrument: Piano
Maxine plans to attend UC Irvine and major in Engineering and pursue her music on the side.

3rd Place: Leanne Chen,  Arcadia High School , Instrument: Violin
LeAnn is hoping to attend Rice University.

Honorable Mention: Heather Greenup,   Arcadia High School,  Instrument: French Horn
Heather plans to attend one of two accredited universities in California to become a music therapist.

Isabel will be representing Arcadia in the Regionals and move to the District Championship in Las Vegas if she is successful in her quest. Best of luck Isabel!

Arcadia Rotary History

Posted by Dan Place on January 11th, 2015 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

We’ve asked some senior members of Arcadia Rotary to recall their memories of the the club’s early days. This is the first of several recollections from Ernie Jensen who has been a member since 1982.

I joined the Arcadia Rotary Club in 1982, with Tom Miles and Gil Stromsoe. The club met at the Ramada Inn (Santa Anita Inn now), & over the years moved to the Women’s Club, then to the Howard Johnson’s(Courtyard Marriott now) in Monrovia. At that time, we did not have a large enough venue for our 135 members to meet in Arcadia. In 1988-89, I was the Vice President of the Club, and therefore in charge of Club Service, and the operations of the club. The “New” Hotels built in Arcadia, caused Allen Yack our florist member, to ask – “Why don’t you try again to contract with the Embassy Suites for a meeting room?” (Their policy was – no year-long contracts, because they wanted to have the meeting rooms available for people staying in the Embassy Suites.) Stig Hedlund was the general manager, who later joined our club, facilitated a contract for us to return to Arcadia and display our Rotary sign on the corner. Embassy Suites has been our club’s home ever since.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for January 9, 2015

Posted by Dave Totten on January 10th, 2015 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1. Ernie Jensen, getting around with the aid of crutches, told us of the unfortunate accident he incurred while visiting a Trampoline Park over the holidays. He described in detail a torn ACL, MCL, and a broken knee. The injuries won’t keep him down as he has travel plans, and he has no driving restrictions although Gail won’t let him get behind the wheel.

2. Tom Crosby announced the upcoming Rotary Amigos project. The club will be building a deck to go over a water well at the same orphanage where we worked last year. Tom says there is nothing to worry about as far as safety, since we go directly to the orphanage from the border, and then to the hotel where we will be staying Sat. night. The dates are Jan. 24 and 25, the weekend between the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl. If you haven’t signed up yet, please contact Tom or Dick Martinez.

3. Mike Real told us that in appreciation for the donation from the Arcadia Rotary Foundation to the high school, the athletic department is giving the club one complimentary pass for a foresome at their golf tournament. It will be held on Friday, Jan. 23 with a 7:30 shotgun start, at San Dimas Golf Club. Pres. Mike plans to play, so they need three more players. Please contact Mike Real if you can play.

4. Jim Helms had just seen the movie “Unbroken” and encouraged us, particularly those who were born after the war, to see it. The story describes the inhumane treatment of Louie Zamperini while in a Prisoner of War camp in Japan. Jim, who was in charge of a P.O.W. camp in Hawaii that had 1,000 prisoners, said that they were all treated in a very civil and humane manner, in stark contrast with the camp in Japan. The movie is currently playing at the Krikorian theater in Monrovia, and probably at theaters in Arcadia.