Annoucements for 05/27/2016 by Patrick Barnes

  1.   Arcadia Rotary Club’s Field of Honor was a great success running for 9 days through the Memorial Day weekend. Thank you Bob Harbicht and your committee for a job well done and to all club members who participated in this first of what will be an annual event.
  2. The club’s Monte Carlo night will be held this coming Saturday 06/04/2016 at the Arcadia Community Center.  The doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  3. The club’s installation banquet for incoming President ROSIE MARES will be held on Saturday 06/24/2016 at the Monrovia Doubletree Hotel.

Obamacare

Dr. Eric McLaughlin, the Chief Presidential Academic Advisor of the California Institute for Advance Management, gave a timely presentation about the near term and future effects of Obama Care. In California, the low income poor have access to health care from Medical. The working class has access to health care from their company’s medical insurance. The other group is the working poor, who have part time jobs which do not qualify for company insurance, or are not poor enough to qualify for Medical. This group, which has no insurance, was the design for Obama Care.

There are 5 areas that are going to effect health insurance cost in the future.

1. Baby Boomers. As people get older they use more health care services. The impact of more older people, as baby boomers age, will put a strain on the health care system.
2. Doctors cost are increasing rapidly. OBGYN doctors pay $50,000 a week for malpractice insurance. Malpractice laws are very loose in our country.
3. Cost for medical machinery such as MRIs is very high. In our country we believe everyone should have access to the best care that the best equipment can provide, and that every hospital should have the latest equipment.
4. The government system for delivery of health care is very inefficient and extremely burdensome and costly.
5. Pharmacy costs are rising drastically. In the future, drugs will be customized for individuals and will cost more. The United States pays for the research and developmental stages for 8 out 10 new drugs in the world. It cost, $800,000,000 to produce a new drug.

What can the federal government do in the future to reduce the cost of health care? People will continue to age regardless, so nothing could be done there. Malpractice laws could be changed to be less severe. People are still going to want their health facilities to have the latest equipment. Could the government be more efficient? Theoretically yes, but will this ever happen. Should the United States pay for most of the development cost for new drugs? Should people in our country pay more for drugs than the rest of the world? This is where some significant legislation will have to take place.

Obama Care has helped many people, but it is very expensive and inefficient. Future cost will rise and the big question will be, can we afford the current health system?

ANNOUNCEMENTS for Friday May 13, 2016

  1.  JIM RIDER’S BACK!!! Following a worrisome wait for a new heart, a successful surgery and only four weeks, the cheerful calculator was back, putting smiles on the entire club’s faces.  Welcome back, Jim!
  2.  The club’s annual Monte Carlo Night will held on Saturday 06/04 at the Arcadia Community Center. Erich Rail is asking for donations of raffle items and raffle item baskets. Monte Carlo Night will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. and is sure to be a lot of fun!
  3. The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares will be held on Friday 06/24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. The festivities will start at 6 p.m.
  4.  Just a reminder – – Dick Martinez has rescheduled our annual Rotary Amigos project. The new date will be 6/30. Please contact Dick if you can participate.
  5. Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor project will be held from Saturday 05/21 to Sunday 05/29 at Arcadia County Park. 1,000 flags have been assembled at Pat Dolphin’s warehouse in Azusa. Bob needs 20 to 30 people to set up the flags on Fri. the 20th after our meeting. Remember to sell flags to all of your friends. John Wilson has emailed a form to the club members explaining the event and how you can purchase a flag. This information can easily be copied and pasted into your own email and distributed to your friends.
  6.  Teachers’ Mini Grants:  Ken Chan introduced the “BadA&@ Superintendent,” David Vannasdall,  who pointed out that we have given 407 Mini Grants, totalling $99 thousand, $2,908 this year.  Two of our outstanding teachers spoke briefly, thanking Arcadia Rotary:                                                                                                                           A,  Renee Costarella, teaches 4-5th grade, and enjoys                                   explaining coding and working with LED lights with the                         students.                                                                                                                        B.  Amy  Dauble  is proud of her Second Stop for Early                                    Learning and teaches Kindergarten through 3d Grade.                          She enjoys teaching the kids to listen, learn and how to                        solve problems and to remain calm when angry.

Who Is Don Benito Wilson?

Our speaker today was a very well known author, public relations consultant and stand-up comic. If you have never met Nat Read, he is a character that not only thinks “out of the box”, but out of this world. In his role as a PR consultant, he founded Read Communications in Pasadena in 1985, which provides counsel on government relations and crisis management. Nat earned his history degree at Austin College. He served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1965 and finished active duty in the Naval Reserve as a public affairs officer. He then became a freelance cartoonist and an advertising copywriter. He became a public relations executive with Sears Roebuck for seventeen years until he opened his own firm. He served as a reserve officer in the L.A.P.D. south L.A. gang suppression division and with the vice squad in Hollywood. As a stand-up comic he has appeared at the Comedy Store, Improv and the Ice House. In his first comment at the podium he remarked about his days with the Vice Squad by saying he recognized some familiar faces of our members. Then he told the one about the guy who tried to rob him when he demanded, “Give me your wallet”, Nat replied, “are your crazy, its Victim Appreciation Week”, they argued about it so long the cops finally arrived.

 

Nat decided to write a book about a mountain man who became mayor of Los Angeles that many people might not know, Don Benito Wilson. Ever hear of Mt. Wilson? Yep, named after the same. He is largely unknown today because, until now, no one has published his story. Mr. Wilson was in the first party of Overland Settlers to reach Southern California and led the first battle of the Mexican War as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He was a successful mountain man who led the first non-Indian group into the San Bernardino Mountains and named the Bear Lake Area. Don Benito Wilson owned gold and silver mines in Southern California (yes, Southern California) and was one of the largest Vintners and citrus growers in the country. He started the predecessor college to USC and was president of the first railroad in Los Angeles.

 

It turns out that Don Benito Wilson was one of the most significant pioneers of Los Angeles. He was the grandfather of General George Patton and he owned Beverly Hills, UCLA and large parts of downtown Los Angeles. With that he owned the Cities of Riverside, Pasadena, Alhambra, San Marino, Altadena, Culver City and Wilmington and was one of the wealthiest persons in Los Angeles. Mr. Wilson was also the second Mayor of Los Angeles, sitting on the first City Council, and was an L.A. County Supervisor. Nat Read must have dug deep during his research to find out about Don Benito Wilson, he must of used his History degree to pull out all the stops because this book sounds fascinating. It took Nat three years to research Wilson’s life, visiting libraries, museums, archives and historical societies in California and Tennessee, Wilson’s birthplace. Thank you Nat, great program.

 

Pat Dolphin

 

Recognitions – May 6, 2016

 The RYLA team from Arcadia high schools led the meeting, including recognitions.  Team member Bridget did an outstanding job, beginning with her recognition of President Mike Hoey’s recent marriage.  She wished Mike and his bride Jamie 100 years of bliss, accompanied by a recognition of $100.

Sam Falzone has done an outstanding job of coordinating Rotary and other service volunteers to assemble 1,000 American flags for Arcadia Rotary’s Field of Honor 2016.  Four sessions were needed to complete the assembly, all led ably and successfully by Sam.  Sam was fined $20 for his hard work and we look forward to seeing the flags on display beginning May 21, 2016.

Finemaster Glenn Oyoung then stepped in to be sure that Mike Hoey was once more recognized for the occasion of his marriage to Jamie.  Glenn shared beautiful wedding photos to which he had added captions and remarks.  Among others was a photo of the lovely bride having second thoughts after meeting Mike’s Rotarian friends.  The club joined Glenn in wishing Mike and Jamie 1,000 years of happiness and Mike was fined another $100.

ANNOUNCEMENTS – MAY 6, 2016

There will be a Board Meeting at 5:30 on 5/11, Wed., at the Foothill Federal Credit Union.

George Fasching is heading up the club’s 29th Salute to Seniors Luncheon. This terrific event will be held on Tuesday 05/10 at the Arcadia Community Center. Volunteers are needed starting at 10am to set up for the luncheon.

The club’s annual Monte Carlo Night will held on Saturday 06/04 at the Arcadia Community Center. Erich Rail is asking for donations of raffle items and raffle item baskets. Monte Carlo Night will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. and is sure to be a lot of fun!

The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares will be held on Friday 06/24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. The festivities will start at 6 p.m.

Just a reminder – – Dick Martinez has rescheduled our annual Rotary Amigos project. The new date will be 6/30. Please contact Dick if you can participate.

Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor project will be held from Saturday 05/21 to Sunday 05/29 at Arcadia County Park. 1,000 flags have been assembled at Pat Dolphin’s warehouse in Azusa. Bob needs 20 to 30 people to set up the flags on Fri. the 20th after our meeting. Remember to sell flags to all of your friends. John Wilson has emailed a form to the club members explaining the event and how you can purchase a flag. This information can easily be copied and pasted into your own email and distributed to your friends.

Our Interact club is trying to raise $10,000 to help a homeless teenager for one year. They are having a Sleep Out so other teens can sleep in. If you can help, visit the website covhou.net/site/TR?Pg=pfind&fr_id=1650, or contact our Interact advisor.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a scholarship and workshop awarded to high school students in their junior year.  The program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in their senior year and beyond. The International RYLA was actually started by Rotarians in Australia in the early 1950s.  At Camp RYLA students learn about themselves from different viewpoints, including the speakers, volunteer Rotarians and especially by interacting with other scholarship winners.

Students are interviewed and carefully selected for potential leadership and diversity.  This year the Arcadia Rotary Club sent students from Arcadia, Temple City and Arroyo High Schools.  Our students were Hanna Au, Bridget Yu, Lauren Awaya, Jenny Wu, Cecilia Lee, Daniel Lam, Ryan Wong, William Wang and our Rotary exchange student from Spain, Asier Goikoetxea-Zabala.

Our RYLA students ran the club meeting today, first fining President Hoey for getting married, then Sam Falzone for leading the flag assembly for the upcoming field of Valor, beginning May 20.  On the bus ride up to camp, the students begin playing games that let them get to know each other, followed by more organized “Icebreakers” and then workshops and excellent speakers.

Some of the lessons & takeaways from the weekend:

  • Having fun by hugging and dancing
  • Working together and bonding within “cities”
  • Misplacing your phone or other items required that you dance in front of others to regain the item
  • Open Mic for speeches, comedy
  • Learning what is my be like to be handicapped by being blindfolded and forced to find others that share your birthday month, but they can’t speak
  • Sharing what you want others to know about being female
  • Egg drop challenge using limited resources
  • Moral decisions in leadership
  • How cheating and lying hurts everyone
  • Overcoming challenges and obstacles

Asier was asked to give a speech to the entire RYLA group and this really tested his confidence and courage.  Each student expressed that they learned more about themselves and about leadership during this great weekend.

Announcements – April 29, 2016

George Fasching is heading up the club’s 29th Salute to Seniors Luncheon. This terrific event will be held on Tuesday 05/10 at the Arcadia Community Center. George at least 12 volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help set up tables and to serve lunch.

The club’s annual Monte Carlo Night will held on Saturday 06/04 at the Arcadia Community Center. Erich Rail is asking for donations of raffle items and raffle item baskets. Monte Carlo Night will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. and is sure to be a lot of fun!

The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares will be held on Friday 06/24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. The festivities will start at 6 p.m.

Just a reminder – – Dick Martinez has rescheduled our annual Rotary Amigos project. The new date will be 6/11. Please contact Dick if you can participate.

John Wilson reminds us that a Boys and Girls Club event, Derby Day, will be held at Santa Anita Race Track on the Baldwin Terrace, on Saturday 5/7. Cocktails, lunch, and a silent auction will start at 12:00 noon followed by a live auction and program at 2:00 p.m. and the Kentucky Derby at 3:24 p.m. Please contact John if you’d like to attend.

Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor project will be held from Saturday 05/21 to Sunday 05/29 at Arcadia County Park. The flags are being assembled at Pat Dolphin’s warehouse in Azusa and Bob needs your help. Remember to sell flags to all of your friends. This is a great project and we all need to participate – – REMEMBER: “DRIVE FOR 5” (as in our goal is to have each club member sell 5 flags).

Brad Miller reminds us that he was recently contacted by a Rotarian in Fiji, Gene Calvert, who has visited our club in the past. The Fiji islands sustained a tremendous amount of damage from a hurricane that had sustained winds measured at 185 miles per hour. The area sustained significant damage and needs our help. Donations can be sent to Gene’s club, the Savu Savu Rotary, and to ShelterBox USA. Please contact Brad for more information and with ideas as to how our club can help.

Announcements – April 22, 2016

V.P. Rosie Mares, filling in for our president who is on his honeymoon, announced that the regional finals for the Dan Stover Music Contest will be held next Wednesday, noon, at the Quiet Cannon Restaurant in Montebello. Please contact Rosie if you would like to attend.

George Fasching announced that the club’s 29th Salute to Seniors luncheon will be on Tuesday 05/10 at the Arcadia Community Center. He needs 12 volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help set up tables and to serve lunch.

The club’s Monte Carlo night will held on Saturday 06/04 at the Arcadia Community Center. Erich Rail is looking for raffle items. It will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares, will be held on Friday 06/24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia. Festivities will start at 6pm.

Dick Martinez has rescheduled the Rotary Amigos project. The date will be 6/11. Please contact Dick if you can participate.

Jim Pontello announced that the club will meet for the club’s annual Arbor Day lunch on Friday 04/29/2016 at the Arboretum. This will be a regular club meeting and we will be DARK at Embassy Suites.

John Wilson announced a Boys and Girls Club event, Derby Day, to be held at Santa Anita Race Track, Baldwin Terrace, on Sat. 5/7. Cocktails, lunch and silent auction will start at noon, and the live auction and program will be at 2pm, followed by the Kentucky Derby at 3:24pm. Please contact John if you can attend.

Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor will be held from 05/21 to 05/29 at Arcadia County Park. The flags are being assembled at Pat Dolphin’s warehouse in Azusa and Bob needs your help. Remember to sell flags to all of your friends. This is a great project and we all need to participate.

Brad Miller was contacted by a rotarian in Fiji, Gene Calvert, who has visited our club in the past. The Fiji islands sustained a tremendous amount of damage from a hurricane that measured 185 miles per hour. Donations can be sent to Gene’s club, the Savu Savu Rotary, and to Shelterbox. Please contact Brad for more information and with ideas as to how our club can help.

Senior Craft talk – Dave McMonigle

He and his wife Wendy were raised in the Arcadia area.  They have four children and live in Sierra Madre .

In 1988 Dave and his brother started an advertising agency.  As expected it was not easy to find customers.  Dave’s brother was looking through advertising magazines for opportunities and saw and ad by L.A. Gear a fashion shoe brand at the time.  Though they were supposed to just send in their ideas in the mail, they thought they were supposed to create a full pitch with story boards for TV spots.  When they did the presentation to the Creative Director, their work was liked… which was a “game changer” according to Dave.

They got to do all the advertising for L.A. gear for what at the time was a hot, considered fashion brand.  Dave said L.A. Gear promoted using A-list celebrities like Michael  Jackson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar… all of whom Dave got to meet.

The advertising buyer heard that Kinko’s was looking for advertising help and Kinko’s signed on with Dave.  At that point there were 250 stores.  Dave did not know much about the company at the time.  Initially the did “store stuff” like signage but they came up with an “ad package”  as Kinko’s grew to 2000 stores .  On a diskette was all the designs needed in the stores to avoid them making their own signs, fliers, labels etc without the look that was authorized by corporate.

Dave’s Company reputation grew as did his client list that included Auto Club and U.S. West Cellular.

The leadership of L.A. Gear #3 fashion brand at the time thought they should go into more sportswear, a very competitive niche. Their shoes failed on the  basketball court,  their reputation soured and never recovered.  As a side note, the owner of L.A. Gear, Robert Goldberg, went on to start the very successful Skechers brand.

Dave got out of advertising and bought three Coldstone Creamery franchises.  He learned the hard way Corporate had weak marketing and the franchisee was at risk as a result.

Dave’s next adventure was when his wife, a buyer for Nordstrom and Macy’s was encouraged to develop her own line of handbags.  He said they had a container load delivered and marketed to boutiques, resort gift shops but its a very competitive field – he still has some left!

Dave’s latest and most current foray is into antiques deferring to Wendy who has “a knack for it” according to Dave.  They have booths at multi-day antique events and was recently asked to do a “succulent bar” showing succulents in antique containers.

Recognitions – April 15, 2016

Finemaster Glenn Oyoung began with a theme of rooftop structures, specifically those that revolve.  George Fasching was recognized for his success in getting the historic windmill turning again atop the building now occupied by Denny’s.  The ceremony to begin the re-turning will be held in mid-June.  George was fined $50 for his efforts.

Next, Jim Helms was questioned about the cross on top of Methodist Hospital which apparently used to turn, as did the local barbershop pole.  Jim bemoaned the city’s decision to stop these signs from moving, noting that he supported their reactivation.  He was recognized for $25.

The Finemaster addressed the Foothill Federal Credit Union group who were attending with Brian Hall, all dressed in matching t-shirts.  Brian didn’t seem too enthused about Glenn’s idea of large golden dollar signs turning on top of the credit union building.  He was fined $100 for turning down this opportunity to potentially increase deposits.

Brian Cogbill and his family were photographed in front of the Supreme Court building, upon which Brian commented that he thought the empty chair was a prime spot for a dental practice.  Actually, they were there to see Brian’s son and daughter-in-law be sworn in as attorneys authorized to practice before the Supreme Court.  Brian was recognized for $100 as a proud father.

An admittedly dated photo of David Hasselhoff from Baywatch days was shown in comparison with a beachside photo of Bob Harbicht.  All efforts to tell the photos apart failed and Bob was fined for $50.

Finally, a photo of David Vannasdall with members of the AHS Key Club required an explanation.  David insists that he is only consorting with Kiwanians in a long-term effort to reel them in for Interact, so his fine was reduced from $75 to $25.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for Friday, April 15, 2016

 

 

  1. George Fasching announced that the club’s 29th Salute to Seniors luncheon will be on Tuesday 05/10/2016 at the Arcadia Community Center.   He needs 12 volunteers from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to help set up tables and to serve lunch..
  2. Bob Harbicht reminded us that the club’s Field of Honor will be held from 05/21/2016 to 05/29/2016 at Arcadia County Park.  The flags are being delivered and every club member and friends are needed to help assemble the flags and flag poles.  Remember to sell flags to all of your friends.  This is a great project and we all need to participate.
  3. The club’s Monte Carlo night will held on Saturday 06/04/2016 at the Arcadia Community Center.  Erich Rail is  looking for raffle items.  It will be from 6:00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
  4. The club’s installation Banquet for next year’s President, Rosie Mares,  will be held on Friday 06/24/2016 at the Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia.
  5. Jim Pontello announced that the club will meet for the club’s annual Arbor Day lunch on Friday 04/29/2016 at the Arboretum.  This will be a regular club meeting and we will be DARK at Embassy Suites.
  6. Superintendent David Vannasdall  introduced the Holly Avenue Principal Teresa  Oakland (sp), who in turn introduced the Rotary Teacher of the Year/Month  for April  2016:  Mrs. Susie Develle, who teaches 4th  grade. Her introduction by her principal and the description of her actions brought tears to the eyes of her mother who was present, and admiration to the rest of the room.
  7. The students of the month were:                                                                      A.   Athletics: Yin Win Thaw (Sarah) , who excels in badminton,               and is in many clubs and beneficial organizations. She plans on         pursuing a career in international nursing.                                            B.    Academics: Sarah Marriott, who was studying so hard, she               was unable to attend our meeting.                                  C. Performing Arts: Anabella K Sanford, who already has quite a          resume in the drama field, including a major role in  a current           production. She plans on Citrus College, then a performing arts       school, followed by a career in the arts.

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