Announcements by Smith, Ash 02.16.18

-Glenn O’Young’s father passed away. Mike read a touching facebook post by Glenn in tribute to his father.

-Fellow Rotarian, Art, his wife Sandy passed away. Ceremony is this Saturday, 02/17, at 10:30a.m.

-Brad Miller is improving, could go home any day now. Visitors welcome.

-Rosie and Imy presented and modeled the new Rotary Sweaters now for sale, price is $50.00.

-Sam Falzone: Day @ the Races, March 9th, flyers on the table.

-Board Meeting next week, 02/21

-John Wilson promoted Chris Haddow’s band playing this Saturday 02/17 @ Matt Denny’s. Modern Country and Classic Rock Style Music. He added that he spoke to the owner, Matt, and he has sold the business, it will remain the same, just under new ownership.

-David, Super-Intendant of Arcadia, thanked the Rotary Club for their assistance in hosting a successful Music & Speech Contest on 02/9/18. He also welcomed up the principal of Dana Middle School, he welcomed up the Teacher of the Year Award to Melissa, a Math Teacher, who was attending with her husband Anthony.

-If you have ideas or are interested in being more involved with the Installation Dinner, please see Mimi Hennessey.

Fines & Recognitions by Smith, Ash 02.16.18

Fines: Jim Ryder was called up to front for wearing St. Louis Red. Told a few stories of his time in Hawaii when the false mission launch took place. Fine, $50.

Imy Dulake was asked to stand. Mr. Martinez stated he was going to tell her a number, and she had to try and guess what it was. His number was 47xxxxxxx. She didn’t know, maybe Ernie’s email address? Mr. Martinez stated it was the amount of houses Imy sold in 2017. No fine was collected-or heard.

Dick Martinez came up to quiz the group on the ABC’s of Rotary. He called to stand: Dave F., Chris H., Lucia B. and Ken M. He asked the question in what year was the present gearwheel emblem adopted into Rotary International? Lucia answered 1923, in which the others agreed. Mr. Martinez confirmed that Lucia was correct, 1923. He stated that the question for next week’s ABC of Rotary quiz is: When was the official object of Rotary Medal adopted?



Nat B. Reed recites Robert W. Service

Our stimulating program was given by Mr. Nat Reed  and started by his reciting the entire 770 word poem the Cremation of Sam McGee, then a summarization of the history of Robert Service.

Born in Lancashire, England to a bank cashier and an heiress, poet Robert William Service moved to Scotland at the age of five. He wrote his first poem on his sixth birthday, and was educated at some of the best schools in Scotland, where his interest in poetry grew alongside a desire for travel and adventure.

He worked in a shipping office and a bank, and briefly studied literature at the University of Glasgow. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson, Service sailed to western Canada in 1894 to become a cowboy in the Yukon Wilderness. He worked on a ranch and as a bank teller in Vancouver Island after the Gold Rush, gleaning material that would inform his poetry for years to come and earn him his reputation as “Bard of the Yukon.”

A prolific writer and poet, Service published numerous collections of poetry during his lifetime, including Songs of a Sourdough or Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses (1907), which went into ten printings its first year and Ballads of a Bohemian (1921).

He was a correspondent for the Toronto Star during the Balkan Wars of 1912-13, and served in World War I as an ambulance driver in France. After the war, Service married Germaine Bougeoin and they resided mainly in the south of France until his death.

Nat ended his presentation by reciting another of Robert Service poems, inspired by a request to write a poem for a church social resulting in The Shooting of Dan McGrew.

What follows is the entire Cremation of Sam McGee:

Now Sam McGee was from Tennessee, where the cotton blooms and blows. Why he left his home in the South to roam ’round the Pole, God only knows. He was always cold, but the land of gold seemed to hold him like a spell; Though he’d often say in his homely way that “he’d sooner live in hell.”

On a Christmas Day we were mushing our way over the Dawson trail. Talk of your cold! through the parka’s fold it stabbed like a driven nail. If our eyes we’d close, then the lashes froze till sometimes we couldn’t see; It wasn’t much fun, but the only one to whimper was Sam McGee.

And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow, And the dogs were fed, and the stars o’erhead were dancing heel and toe, He turned to me, and “Cap,” says he, “I’ll cash in this trip, I guess; And if I do, I’m asking that you won’t refuse my last request.”

Well, he seemed so low that I couldn’t say no; then he says with a sort of moan: “It’s the cursèd cold, and it’s got right hold till I’m chilled clean through to the bone. Yet ’tain’t being dead—it’s my awful dread of the icy grave that pains; So I want you to swear that, foul or fair, you’ll cremate my last remains.”

A pal’s last need is a thing to heed, so I swore I would not fail; And we started on at the streak of dawn; but God! he looked ghastly pale. He crouched on the sleigh, and he raved all day of his home in Tennessee; And before nightfall a corpse was all that was left of Sam McGee.

There wasn’t a breath in that land of death, and I hurried, horror-driven, With a corpse half hid that I couldn’t get rid, because of a promise given; It was lashed to the sleigh, and it seemed to say: “You may tax your brawn and brains, But you promised true, and it’s up to you to cremate those last remains.”

Now a promise made is a debt unpaid, and the trail has its own stern code. In the days to come, though my lips were dumb, in my heart how I cursed that load. In the long, long night, by the lone firelight, while the huskies, round in a ring, Howled out their woes to the homeless snows— O God! how I loathed the thing.

And every day that quiet clay seemed to heavy and heavier grow; And on I went, though the dogs were spent and the grub was getting low; The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in; And I’d often sing to the hateful thing, and it hearkened with a grin.

Till I came to the marge of Lake Lebarge, and a derelict there lay; It was jammed in the ice, but I saw in a trice it was called the “Alice May.” And I looked at it, and I thought a bit, and I looked at my frozen chum; Then “Here,” said I, with a sudden cry, “is my cre-ma-tor-eum.”

Some planks I tore from the cabin floor, and I lit the boiler fire; Some coal I found that was lying around, and I heaped the fuel higher; The flames just soared, and the furnace roared—such a blaze you seldom see; And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.

Then I made a hike, for I didn’t like to hear him sizzle so; And the heavens scowled, and the huskies howled, and the wind began to blow. It was icy cold, but the hot sweat rolled down my cheeks, and I don’t know why; And the greasy smoke in an inky cloak went streaking down the sky.

I do not know how long in the snow I wrestled with grisly fear; But the stars came out and they danced about ere again I ventured near; I was sick with dread, but I bravely said: “I’ll just take a peep inside. I guess he’s cooked, and it’s time I looked”; … then the door I opened wide.

And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar; And he wore a smile you could see a mile, and he said: “Please close that door. It’s fine in here, but I greatly fear you’ll let in the cold and storm— Since I left Plumtree, down in Tennessee, it’s the first time I’ve been warm.”

Special Awards and Contests Night

February 9, 2018

By Teri Muse

On February 9, the usual noontime meeting of the Arcadia Rotary Club moved to an evening of “Special Awards and Contests” program held at Arcadia High School.  This event was an opportunity for our club to showcase all the wonderful programs we do for our schools including the Teacher Mini-Grants, Student Mini-Grants, Dan Stover Music Contest and the 4-Way Test Speech Contest.

Interact Club members from Arcadia High School served at greeters along with Brent Forsee and Ray Bushnell.  Francine Chiu and Dave Totten provided a table of information on our Rotary Club and membership information to attract new members.    A special slide show was running as the guests arrive to showcase our Club.

Arcadia Unified School District Superintendent and Rotarian David Vannasdall served as the emcee of the evening.  Dave Freeman, Rosie Mares and Dan Place served as judges for the Dan Stover Music Contest.  Brian Hall, Bob Harbicht and Dick Martinez served as judges for the 4-Way Tet Speech Contest.  Ashley Smith was the very important time keeper of the event.

In addition to the competition for the two contests that happened that evening, the winners of the Student Mini-grants were introduced.  Six grants for a total of $1745 was awarded for this year.  Kathy Ellison, Jim Rider, Aaron Rose and John Wilson served as judges for that contest.  The winners for the Teacher Mini-Grants that totaled $4,000 were also introduced.  Judges for the Teacher Mini-Grants were Yvonne Flint, Mike Hoey, Teri Muse and Mike Real.

This event has proven to be an excellent way for the students and teachers to have a larger audience of family, friends and Rotarians for their performances and allowed the community to see all the wonderful ways the Arcadia Rotary is supporting students and teachers in the Arcadia Unified School District.

Special kudos to Larry Callaham, Chair of the “New Generations” section of our club for his leadership and dedication to these programs.

Adventure in Climbing in Nepal

Our speaker today was Richard Durant, both an electrical engineer and an attorney who represents Southern California Edison as his career. Richard focused on some serious training in preparation for this trek. He hiked the Mt. Wilson Trail everyday at 4:30 a.m. for three months with a backpack and accomplished the routine in four hours, up and back. Six years ago Richard climbed Mt. Rainier, at an elevation of 14, 441 feet, and Mt. Adams, at an elevation of 12,280 ft (known as a Stratovolcano, potentially active). Both are located in the state of Washington. He presented a fascinating adventure of trekking in Nepal. His group flew from Katmandu to a tiny airstrip in Lukla eastern Nepal, aka, Tenzing-Hillary Airport and landed on a 1729ft long runway. It is considered the most dangerous airport in the world due to, not only the length of the runway, but there is a 9,000 foot cliff at the end with a straight drop off. It can get fogged-in at the drop of a hat so that even helicopters can’t see it.

The elevation at Lukla Airport is 9,334ft. The official name is the Tenzing-Hillary Airport after a Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest. It is the place where most people start their climb to Mt. Everest Base Camp. On this trip the group experienced beautiful weather and so after an initial gear-up and planning meeting they began to trek. Your trekking starts after breakfast at mountain lodge. You cross a long suspension bridge over the Dhudh Koshi River, which is originated from Khumbu glacier. From there the trail moves to a steep staircase through the pine forest. After about a half hour of steep walking you will see Mt Everest (8848m/29029ft). The trail ascends until you reach Namche Bazaar through the alpine forest. The Namche Bazaar is the getaway of the Everest Base Camp trekking. The stay is typically two nights to acclimatize. This small town has a few shops, tea houses, even a small Internet Café.

Yak’s are used to help carry much of the heavy supplies but you have to make sure you stay out of the narrow paths that they use, they are a pretty wide animal and have been known to push trekkers off the trail. In addition Sherpas usually accompany those who trek as guides and are known for their mountaineering expertise. There are many hazards along the way so one must be very careful where to step and how to step. Rocks, ice, and even an occasional crevasse all had to be recognized along the way.   There are only two ways to cross a crevasse, one being to jump over it or if it is too wide, build a ladder, with ropes for handrails, it is also good to have some type of webbing on the ladder as well. Richard’s group included two physicians and one paramedic by chance, but at least it was comforting to know they were available in an emergency.

On their final descent the group left at 2:00 a.m. to ensure they could make it in one full day. They arrived at 3:00 p.m. to find the entire area socked in with dense fog. Waiting for the fog to lift meant no flights in or out of Lukla so they began walking out until a helicopter could come to rescue the group at lower elevation. Trekking through ice fields, snow, rocks with dangerous twists and turns and back again is a great accomplishment. Richard and his group now have this amazing memory to share and we at Arcadia Rotary thank him for sharing his experience.

(Pat Dolphin)

ANNOUNCEMENTS for Jan.26, 2018

  1.   Larry Callahan announced that sign ups are being taken for members and their guests who plan to attend the 4-Way Speech Contest and the Stover Music Contest to be held on Friday 02/09/2018 at Arcadia High School.  A buffet dinner will be served at 6:00 P.M. in the  Cafeteria and the program will be held in the Multi Purpose Room.   This is an annual club project and members and guests are encouraged to attend and show the club’s support for each participant. (DARK at noon, Embassy Suites).
  2. Rotary Question of the week:                                                                                            Paul Harris Foundation Recognition – be prepared to recall               who proposed it, when and any other salient details.
  3.   Fine Master: With the sad news that our beloved fine master, Brad Miller is in the hospital recovering from a stroke, we need a volunteer(s) to take over.                                                                                                        Looking forward to your healthy return, Dr. Miller!!

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