Announcements – October 24

Posted by Dan Place on October 24th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Jim Kuhn”s Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 29, at the Church of the Good Shepard on the corner of Holly Avenue and Duarte Road in Arcadia.

Jack McRae boy”s, Ayden, Nathan and Andrew, announced that the Boy Scouts are selling pop corn as a fund raising project. See Jack if you would like to make a purchase to support local scouting.

Dick Martinez and Tom Crosby visited the Tijuana Rotary Club. The dates of January 24 and 25 have been set for our club to visit them for a work project at the orphanage. We were thanked for our donation of $1120 for Cabo storm relief.

Save the date of December 7 for the Rotary Partners Holiday Christmas Party.

Announcements – October 17, 2014

Posted by Erich Rail on October 20th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Our Students of the Month were introduced by Brian Hall.

Zenith Hedges is a student with great leadership skills. While participating in both concert band and pep band Zenith also leads the flute section in the high school marching band. She is not only a member of the Spanish (ALAS) Club, she has put her leadership skills to work as the Director of Activities. Zenith’s spare time is spent volunteering at Methodist Hospital and tutoring at Kumon. When not focused on her school activities and organizations, she enjoys baking, swimming, reading, traveling, and of course music. She hopes to attend either Rutgers University or University of Washington to pursue her interests in political science or history.

Danny Li is very active in organizations that require his leadership. He is an eagle scout, patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. He is an assistant director of Base Camp International and volunteers as coordinator, translator at Arcadia Chinese School. Because he enjoys volunteering, he offers his spare time to Foothill Unity Center, Arcadia Teen Recreation and Community Services, and Lions International. He also enjoys reading, soccer, laughing, and ice cream. He hopes to attend USC to further his interest in international relations.

Philip Routa is a member of FCA Christian Club and often volunteers his time helping others. He tutors elementary students and is an active speaker for SoCal Roadrunners Youth Track Club. Philip enjoys playing indoor soccer for the Christian league and values his commitment to his Church’s Youth Group. He loves his family and photography and is currently training for a chance to be State Cross Country Champ. He feels he has a future in nursing and expects to earn a master’s degree.

Congratulations to each of the Students of the Month – – keep up the good work!

Our Teacher of the Month, Joe Franceschini, was introduced by AUSD Superintendent and Rotary member David Vannasdall and Dana Middle School Assistant Principal Jeff Hunter.

Mr. Joe Franceschini, a history teacher at Dana Middle School, has been a leader and mentor to our children for more than 30 years. Joe explained that “teaching is about making connections and developing trusting and caring relationships.” Earning his BA and MS at Cal Poly Pomona, Mr. Franceschini has been involved with teaching in many capacities including teaching Special Education for 10 years. He taught physical education, coached baseball/softball, and for 12 years, he was a LITE Tech.

Arcadia Rotary Club History

Posted by Dan Place on October 18th, 2014 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

We’ve asked some of the senior members of the Arcadia Rotary to recall some of their memories of the club’s early days. This is the fourth in the series of these recollections. It’s from Dick Martinez who has been a member since 1978.

1. Share some of your early memories of the club.

We had 135+ members representing a diverse list of vocations.
There were business owners and managers representing most of the businesses and professionals in Arcadia and surrounding area.

2. Your most memorable highlights from your years in the club.

Starting in 1978 and for several after, our Rotary Amigos program gave a Christmas party to the poorest of the poor in cities of Tijuana and Ensenada, Mexico. A team of 50+ Rotarians, wives, children, and friends would journey across the border and provide a big lunch with all of the trimmings, drinks, snacks, and a nice gift to all 350-400 children and their mothers. The Tijuana Rotarians would have a team of 20-25 members to help. The highlight for all of the kids was receiving a gift and a Polaroid picture with Santa Clause, who was always a member of our club. For the majority of the children this was the first time they had seen themselves in a photograph. Mothers would ask to take a picture with their child to be used a family portrait. The evening was celebrated with fun fellowship at the home of a Tijuana Rotarian or at a local restaurant. Fun was had by all.

3. What projects, both local and international, were emphasized in the early days of the club?

International Rotary Amigos and matching grants were very popular and created very positive impact in various parts of the world. We had involvement in most City projects and activities plus Club initiatives for the benefit of the community.

4. Compare and contrast the club of the past to the present day club. Was there a difference in time, place and manner in which the meetings were conducted? What fund raising methods were used?

The Club was much more active and most members participated in our activities. Part of the reason was that involvement and perfect attendance was strongly emphasized and expected starting with the Red Badgers.
Fundraisers were large social events similar to our successful Pot of Gold events.

Jim Beinke Special Effects

Posted by Pat Dolphin on October 17th, 2014 under Announcements Tags:  •  Comments Off

Our guest speaker was Jim Beinke who owns his own Special Effects company known as Spectre Effects. Jim grew up in the rural Pond, Missouri and graduated from Lafayette High School. As a student he designed and built sets for Lafayette and Pacific High schools in the St. Louis area. As a hobby he made monster movie masks. Jim attended California Institute of the Arts in Valencia from 1981-1983 studying art direction. While there he realized he could make a living doing what he loved, make-up effects. During the eighties he worked as a scenic artist on many stage productions and into the nineties made specialty props for the Los Angeles Music Center where he was able to work with many famous designers.

 

Jim made three hundred (300) pairs of hands designed out of clay and made from a plastic mold for the movie Planet of the Apes. He has also made a gall bladder and other body parts out of silicone for the movie Three Kings, staring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. One of his claims to fame is his “blood shots”, that’s right, blood that he has made, some splattered, some oozing, or just plain flowing out of a fake gun shot wound or knife wound; done also for the movie Three Kings. Why is his home made blood so much in demand you ask? Because it does not stain like other blood provided by special effects companies. His blood wipes off clean, saving thousands of dollars for filming companies and saving much of the budget for other production costs. Jim has made ghosts, and skeletons for the movie Nomad and even a corps. He even made the cow in the movie Me, Myself, and Irene, which died in the road. He is currently making some Teenage Mutant Turtle costumes complete with shells for a Las Vegas show he will attend. In addition to the movies listed above, Jim has credits in: Haunted Mansion (Art Director, Zombie Supervisor), There’s Something About Mary (Make-up effects sculptor), Dr, Seuss’ Cat in the Hat (fabricator), and many others.

 

With many film credits for his work he is the current Technical Adviser for a TV show named Face Off, airing on the Sci-Fi Channel. He is also working on a friend’s film called “The Monster Project” for free, in order to gain an Executive Director credit. Thank you Jim for scarring, I mean sharing with us!

 

 

Pat Dolphin

 

 

Announcements Rotary Meeting 10-10-2014

Posted by Pat Barnes on October 11th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

  1. John Wilson announced that The Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills is having an open house on Friday 10/17/2014 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at their facilities at 600 S. Shamrock Avenue, Monrovia, CA 91016.  Now’s your chance to get updated on the life-changing work with youth and all the exciting new programs happening at the Boys and Girls Club.  Afterwards join them for the after party at the home of Board Chairman Matt Weaver at 873 Ridgeside Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016. where you will sample delicious brews from 38 Degrees Ale House.  The admission is free for both events.
  2.  John Wilson also announced that he is planning a “hidden staircase” hike on Saturday 10/18/2014.  Contact him for more information.
  3. Ray Bushnell announced that Rotary International will have its 36th entry in the Rose Parade on 01/01/2015 and they need volunteers.  He announced that the District Rose Float Committee is selling theme pins for $10.  If you are interested in buying a pin or becoming a volunteer, contact Ray Bushnell. 
  4. New member Swati Puri announced that the project of the Duarte Foundation is to purchase musical instruments for schools.  To help fund this worthy project they are selling raffle tickets for $25 with the chance to win a trip to Rome.  Contact Swati for more information.
  5. Gil Stromsoe presented Bob Hoffman with a Paul Harris + 4 pin, representing donations totaling $5,000 by Bob to the International Rotary Foundation, and Gil presented a Paul Harris + 3 pin to Dave McMonigle, representing  donations totaling $4,000 by Dave to the International Rotary Foundation.  Congratulations to Bob and Paul!

Recognitions – October 3, 2014

Posted by Yvonne Flint on October 6th, 2014 under Recognition  •  Comments Off

Finemaster George Fasching had time for only one recognition and Tom Miles was the lucky recipient of George’s attention. Once he found where Tom was sitting – George had a little trouble seeing through the new glasses he got from Mike Hoey – George confirmed that Tom and his wife Cece were doing well. They’ve been out of town for a couple of weddings in Minneapolis and Hawaii and for some out-of-town meetings. Next, George and Tom agreed that US medicine is becoming more socialized, giving examples of dinners offered for information on diseases such as neuropathy and diabetes. George even had an advertisement for Viagra, which Tom admitted he has prescribed for some of his patients. In addition, George produced an article stating that Southern California doctors are more successful when Viagra fails. George wondered whether that was due to the “four hour thing” and imagined the fire trucks and ambulances responding to such a 911 call. Tom claimed no part of that problem but was fined $37 anyway.

Dave Ruprecht: Success in Hollywood

Posted by Brad Miller on October 5th, 2014 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Dave is currently  President of Sierra Madre Rotary when he is in town… and when he is away he is doing The Price is Right Live. He travels the country and folks pay to come to a real show (that is not televised) with a chance to win prizes including a new car.  These multi-week stints take him away from his club but a strong team and several Past-Presidents temporarily step in.

One of Dave’s claim to fame is the 14 years he hosted Supermarket Sweep, considered a long run for a game show.  But he got there with a lifelong passion for the theater arts, and some lucky breaks.

“I was smitten with Hayley Mills in the Parent Trap,” he said. He figured the fastest way to her heart and Hollywood was by becoming an actor.

He was educated at Indiana University and spent a year in England where he said they are much more fastidious in teaching the theater arts.  After college he did theater and commercials and came to Hollywood in 1977.  Since then he has played numerous roles on TV shows and roles in plays and art films.  For a complete listing of all of Dave’s work: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0750521/

He said there is a critical difference between live theater and TV or movie production.  He said with a play you get instant feedback from the audience.  With a movie or TV production the filming order can be all over the place with the end often filmed before the beginning and you have to wait for the finished production to see the audience reaction.

On the personal side Dave is married to Patti Colombo who has evolved from being a choreographer to a successful director.  For a listing of Patti’s work: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1716226/

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR October 3, 2014.

Posted by Dave Freeman on October 4th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1.  Arcadia Rotary’s annual Monday Night Football event – one of the most anticipated and enjoyed events of the year – will be held on Monday, October 6th at the home of Paul and Sandra Kalemkiarian at 1827 Rodeo Rd., Arcadia.  Food, snacks, drinks … and football pools will be provided.  $25 per person includes dinner, snacks, beverages, and dessert.  Please bring prospective members to this fun event.  Please contact Bob Harbicht if you need more information. Check it out on the District 5300 web site.

2.  MENTORING FOR VETERANS:  October 18, 2014, there will be a fund raiser at PCC  – the ALL CITY TALENT SHOW,  attempting to raise $250,ooo for  a Comprehensive Care Facility at the Community College for the Vets who are students and can’t schedule the long waits and travel to the Vet hospitals.

3.  ARCADIA ROTARY HISTORY PROJECT:  Senior Rotarians are encouraged to share their memories with the rest of us.  Contact  Dan at Danplace@aol.com to publish your memories.

4.  CABO SAN LUCAS FOOD DRIVE: Dick Martinez thanks all who contributed to the stranded and destitute in Baja, due to the terrible storm.  You can still contribute, contact Ed Beranek.

5.  ROTARY MEETING LOCATION APP: Jack McRae, who returned from Hawaii with two cool flags for Pres. Mike, pointed out a great app for your phone or tablet,  telling you where the nearest Rotary meeting place is.   He found a couple unique ones, including Volcano, where he spent the meeting looking at the great view, and one where they had home-grown Maine lobsters.

6.  Pres. Mike welcomed our newest member, Swati Pudi,  who was nice enough to give each of us nice samples of the product she manufactures: promotional and club (Rotary) pins and broaches.

Recollections by Dick Martinez

Posted by Dan Place on October 4th, 2014 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

We’ve asked some of the senior members of the Arcadia Rotary to recall some of their memories of the club’s early days. This is the fourth in the series of these recollections. It’s from Dick Martinez who has been a member since 1978.

1. Share some of your early memories of the club.

We had 135+ members representing a diverse list of vocations.
There were business owners and managers representing most of the businesses and professionals in Arcadia and surrounding area.

2. Your most memorable highlights from your years in the club.

Starting in 1978 and for several after, our Rotary Amigos program gave a Christmas party to the poorest of the poor in cities of Tijuana and Ensenada, Mexico. A team of 50+ Rotarians, wives, children, and friends would journey across the border and provide a big lunch with all of the trimmings, drinks, snacks, and a nice gift to all 350-400 children and their mothers. The Tijuana Rotarians would have a team of 20-25 members to help. The highlight for all of the kids was receiving a gift and a Polaroid picture with Santa Clause, who was always a member of our club. For the majority of the children this was the first time they had seen themselves in a photograph. Mothers would ask to take a picture with their child to be used a family portrait. The evening was celebrated with fun fellowship at the home of a Tijuana Rotarian or at a local restaurant. Fun was had by all.

3. What projects, both local and international, were emphasized in the early days of the club?

International Rotary Amigos and matching grants were very popular and created very positive impact in various parts of the world. We had involvement in most City projects and activities plus Club initiatives for the benefit of the community.

4. Compare and contrast the club of the past to the present day club. Was there a difference in time, place and manner in which the meetings were conducted? What fund raising methods were used?

The Club was much more active and most members participated in our activities. Part of the reason was that involvement and perfect attendance was strongly emphasized and expected starting with the Red Badgers.
Fundraisers were large social events similar to our successful Pot of Gold events.

Announcements – September 26, 2014

Posted by Erich Rail on September 29th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Arcadia Rotary’s annual Monday Night Football event – one of the most anticipated and enjoyed events of the year – will be held on Monday, October 6th at the home of Paul and Sandra Kalemkiarian at 1827 Rodeo Rd., Arcadia.  Food, snacks, drinks … and football pools will be provided.  $25 per person includes dinner, snacks, beverages, and dessert.  Please bring prospective members to this fun event.  Please contact Bob Harbicht if you need more information.

Please join Arcadia Rotary for a fantastic tailgate party at the L.A. Coliseum before the Saturday, October 4th football game between USC and Arizona State.  The cost is $65 per person (which includes the game ticket price and $20 for parking).  Please contact Bruce McCallum if you need more information.

Please consider contributing to our Arcadia Rotary history project. We are requesting long-time Arcadia Rotarians to provide their past recollections of Arcadia Rotary by filling out distributed questionnaires.  So far John Fee and Bob Harbicht have graciously contributed their memories. Please contact Dan Place for more information.

Recollections by Jack Lamb

Posted by Dan Place on September 27th, 2014 under Rotary Knowledge  •  Comments Off

We’ve asked some of the senior members of the Arcadia Rotary to recall some of their memories of the club’s early days. This is the third in the series of these recollections. It’s from Jack Lamb, who joined the Altadena Rotary Club in 1955 and transferred to the Arcadia Club in 1957. He’s had perfect attendance in both the Altadena Club and the Arcadia Club, a total of 59 years.

Share some of your early memories of the club.

When I joined the Arcadia Club Don Camphouse was the president. We met Friday noon at Eaton’s Restaurant, which is now Coco’s at the corner of Michillinda and Colorado. Women were not permitted to join Rotary when I first became a member. Since that time Rotary International has modified their constitution permitting female members. This change resulted from a suit brought by a former member of our club, Sanford Smith. Our club has had several lady presidents since the change.

Your most memorable highlights from your years in the club.

I was privileged to serve president in 1971-1972. The club had our luncheons at the Ramada Inn located at Huntington Drive and Colorado. We had a Rotary Baseball Team, which included Frank Perini and myself. We lost to our to our sponsored Pony league team. Club membership reached 132. Among the new members inducted my year was Dr. Brian Cogbill.

What projects, both local and international, were emphasized in the early days of the club?

We have always emphasized community projects such as the Peacock Fountain at the county park and the patio at the Chamber of Commerce, both before my time. Probably the important early function of the club was the support of the effort to bring the Methodist Hospital from Los Angeles to Arcadia and the continued support of all Hospital expansions since.

Compare and contrast the club of the past to the present day club. Was there a difference in time, place and manner in which the meetings were conducted? What fund raising methods were used?

The Club has always met at noon on Fridays. The location of the meetings has changed many times over the years, Eaton’s, The Ramada Inn, the Arcadia Women’s Club, a hotel in Monrovia, etc. Fund raising seems to settle into either a “Casino Night” motif or a $10,000 club raffle with auction items.

4. Please add anything else that from your experience you think would be of interest to club members.

In my opinion, the greatest accomplishment of Rotary International, with the support of individual clubs such as ours, is the virtual elimination of Polio world wide, Rotary’s Polio-Plus program.

P.S. I am often asked, what we might do to increase attendance at luncheon meetings? I seriously think we should consider changing the day of the week that we meet. Three day weekends are becoming more common as is the trend toward a four day work week. Just a thought.

Jason Moss, Building Community, Enhancing Jewish Life

Posted by Brian Hall on September 25th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

Our speaker on September 19, was the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation serving the San Gabriel & Pomona valleys.  Jason studied at Cal State Northridge, earning a BA in Religious Studies then earning a Master of Social Work from USC and finally a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College.

The Jewish Federation provides support programs for the Jewish community and serves as a “Jewish Voice” on issues we face in society and internationally. We have all seen news regarding the recent Hamas attacks on Israel, a country roughly 85 miles wide and 290 miles long.  Jason showed us a video by Dennis Preager entitled “The Middle East Problem”.  The video illustrated some of the conflicts between Israel and the neighboring countries of Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Syria. Israel has come under attack on many occasions, essentially defending their right to exist as an independent state.  The bordering “Islamic” nations are not willing to acknowledge and or accept and support that Israel should have the right to exist, some openly vowing to destroy Israel.

Jason summarized some of the recent rocket attacks by Hamas launching as many as 80 rockets a day from the Palestine and the Gaza Strip into Israel.  Israel recently discovered 30+ secret underground tunnels from Palestine into Israel being used to smuggle terrorists into Israel.  These tunnels have mostly been destroyed to prevent further attacks on Israel.  Tom Crosby asked who provides the rockets to Hamas?  Jason believes that much of this weaponry comes from Egypt and is smuggled in to the terrorist organizations.  Jason explained that the Fatah organization is the former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and is a more moderate group, not to be confused with Hamas which is his opinion is clearly a outright terrorist organization with the destruction of Israel as their goal.

What is the outlook for peace in the middle east, not very optimistic.