Recognitions – August 29, 2014

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Finemaster George Fasching began with two announcements:

  • Chicken would be back for lunch next Friday, and
  • Dr. Chang’s full body checkup for $25 would be available on Friday, the 13th of March, including full bar and background music.

Jim Rider’s daughter Megan just launched the website for her jewelry and interior design business. Unfortunately for Jim, this didn’t escape the notice of our alert Finemaster who thought it looked a lot like advertising. Proud dad Jim was fined $70.

A photo taken during her recent trip to Maine to visit her parents was enough evidence to earn Yvonne Flint a fine. In consideration of her past years of service as club treasurer, the fine was only $15. She is pretty sure that her name is on a list somewhere to be enlisted again like ex- and current treasurer Ed Beranek was, so the fine may not be such a bargain.

The recent performance of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Taylor Performing Arts Center was an occasion for John Wilson to be photographed in attendance. As a qualified expert now, John was quizzed on the identities of three Rotarians pictured in a throw-back photo of three Oz characters. They were Bob Daggett as the Cowardly Lion, Allen Yack as the Scarecrow, and Finemaster George Fasching as the Tin Man. John only recognized George and was fined $50.

Three new puppies are part of John Murphy’s family and were shown in a photo with his granddaughter. Per John, the new arrivals are named Harley, Hatfield and O’Reilly and are keeping the house hopping. His good news was recognized with a fine of $34.

Announcements for August 29, 2014

Posted by Dave Freeman on August 30th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

1.  Boy Scouts are doing their Annual Sports Breakfast at the Annandale Country Club at 7 AM on Sept. 9, 2014. Pat Haden, former USC star, NFL quarterback, and current athletic director at USC will speak.

2.  Taste of Arcadia, needs security  guards for the September 22, 2014 event. Talk to Aaron Rose.

3.  The Arcadia Museum/ Education Center  is doing their Annual Fund Raising BBQ at 5:30 PM , September 28, 2014.Talk with Steve Pelletier.

4.  Membership: Get the brochures and a neat holder for them from Frank Griffith, John Murphy, or Brian Hall.   Bring a potential member to lunch.

5.  Rotary Foundation Board: Mike Real let us know the foundation is refurbishing the Arcadia High baseball diamond to the tune of $10,000, with money we have donated to the Foundation. These tax deductible donations are earmarked for use on Arcadia projects such as this. Paul Johenk foundation donations are included.=

Senior Craft Talks – Roger Grant and Bob Harbicht

Posted by Brad Miller on August 30th, 2014 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

Roger Grant knew of George Fasching from the car wash and Jim Helms from having an office in the same building.  Only by joining Arcadia Rotary did get to meet these Arcadia icons – one of the bonuses of being an Arcadia Rotary member.   Ernie Jensen told Roger as a new member “Go with the flow” though Roger said “there are ups and downs behind the scenes”…he did not elaborate.

Roger was born and raised in Richardson, Texas. In school he was an “all-area” slide rule contest winner and played the E flat clarinet in the band.  He failed to become the drum major, but succeeded as Band President, a title held to this day.

In college he started in Electrical Engineering but a Texas Instruments “mentor” suggested he was going in the wrong direction.  He obtained Bachelors in Finance and Accounting before working for Touche Ross, an accounting firm.

Eventually he went out on his own, currently for 31 years.  He described numerous certifications including being a CPA, a financial planner, CLU (insurance), and all the Series qualification tests required to give financial advice.

He is the father to 5, grandfather to 11.  One experience that refocused his life priorities was the birth of his granddaughter Payton who was born with a serious heart condition.

Bob Harbicht has been in Rotary 32 years, staying fully involved all this time. He said it has been an integral part of his life and he looks forward to the Friday meetings every week.

Bob is retired from a Marketing Consulting firm.  He provided a wide range of service to national level companies using “survey research”.   It started when he finished college at Cal State Northridge and a professor arranged an appointment at Carnation in market research. After a couple of years there, he worked with a marketing consulting firm for ten years before going out on his own.

Bob has three “hobbies”:

  • City government – he has had numerous stints as Arcadia Councilman or Mayor and a term as Duarte’s mayor.
  • Exercise – he played racquetball daily until 2 years ago, but still works out daily.
  • Bicycling – he has taken 45 bicycle tours all over the world in the last 37 years. He said on a bike you see and experience at a slower pace.  He introduced his children to the sport when they were teens, and somewhere along the way his wife Patsy got hooked.  He said they currently ride twice per week, 20 miles each time.

Bob  invited Arcadia Rotarians to join him and Patsy them in the Loire Valley, France for a biking trip in the fall.

High Gear Programs Report August 22, 2014

Posted by Teri Muse on August 26th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

High Gear

Programs Report

August 22, 2014

By: Teri Muse




District Governor Larry Skaggs and his wife Vickie gave a very inspiring talk to the members of the Arcadia Rotary issuing us all a challenge: “Have you done anything today to make a difference or change the world?”

District Governor Skaggs asked us, “Why did you join Rotary?” He told us that people don’t join Rotary because they are asked or told to join, they join because of who they are. He shared his father’s philosophy that “It is important in life to do something for somebody that can never repay you.” He said his Dad was never a Rotarian but was one in spirit. Most of what Rotarians do is to help people in Third World countries for people that will never know us.

He then went on to ask, “Why do you remain in Rotary?” He talked about how when you ask that question, most Rotarians will answer : #1 Service, #2 Fellowship. But he feels that fellowship is the most important reason because it changes the lives of Rotarians every day. He quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “No man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” The best way to experience the fellowship of Rotary is to get personally involved with a project. Maybe you want to help the mission to eradicate polio worldwide. Or, maybe you want to help children learn how to read. You could want to help someone here in Arcadia. As our District Governor said, “Rotarians help Rotarians.”

A more perplexing question was asked, “If we’re doing all these wonderful things shouldn’t we continue to grow?” Membership is declining in North America and is not growing worldwide. District Governor Skaggs feels people leave Rotary because they lose interest or were not involved. He challenged us all to go out and tell our story. Invite people to our lunch meeting. Let people know what it means to be a Rotarian and why you remain a Rotarian.

In closing, we were all challenged again with the question, “Have you done anything today to make a difference or change the world?”





Announcements – August 22, 2014

Posted by Dave Totten on August 24th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

  1. Mark your calendar for Oct. 4. Arizona State will play U.S.C. and there will be a pre-game tail gate party, according to Bruce McCallum. More details will be provided as we get closer to game time.
  2. Brian Hall, Director of Membership, encouraged each of us to bring prospective members to a meeting. He has put together a brochure about Arcadia Rotary that should be distributed to anyone interested in our club. They are available at the back table and can be picked up at the next meeting.
  3. Pres. Mike Ojeda was given 4 Dodger tickets for the Sat. Aug. 23d game. Mike held a raffle for the tickets and the winning bid of $200 came from Andy Bundesmann.
  4. Our District Governor Larry Skaggs and his wife Vicki were at the meeting and Eric Barter presented Larry with a tool belt kit to use while working on his Project Hope. The belt, quite ornate, even had a pocket designed to hold his favorite beer.
  5. D.G. Skaggs took the opportunity to present Paul Harris Fellows to Silvia Ramos and Ramon Oseguera. When it came time to present the pin and certificate, they were not to be found, but Silvia and Ramon were assured that they would get them shortly. Larry congratulated them for their contributions and gave us a brief background of  what it means to be a Paul Harris Fellow.
  6. Pres. Mike called Kenneth Chan to the podium along with his sponsors Frank Griffith and John Murphy. Ken was introduced as our newest member and has the classification of Education – Private Schools, Retired.

Viva Las Vegas – Saturday August 23rd 7pm

Posted by Andy Bundesmann on August 18th, 2014 under Announcements, Community Service - Youth Activities  •  Comments Off


Come on party people! Let’s get out there and support our local Boys and Girls Clubs.
Dustin Nicolarsen, of The Derby Restaurant, has graciously offered free entry to the event for 30 of us. We still have room.
This event is very fun and proceeds help to form future leaders of our communities. Without the Boys and Girls Clubs some young people waste away in the system. We don’t want that to happen, do we?
So strap on your party shoes and head to The Derby, Saturday Night at 7PM.
Contact Andy Bundesmann @ or call or text her at 626 590-6031

Recognitions August 15, 2014

Posted by Andy Bundesmann on August 18th, 2014 under Announcements, Recognition  •  Comments Off

SAA, George Fasching donated a fine new mascot to our club…. A chicken statue. Presumably a tribute to our weekly entree.
Switching his attention to Ernie Aragon, George asked if he was still doing business. Specifically if he was doing business with Tom Crosby. Which is true but lead to no $$$. However, the photo of one of Ernie’s bikes tied down in the bed of his truck did. Firmly secured by having the rope weaved through the bike and right rear wheel! $22

Dave Freedman confirmed that he is doing fine with his jogging and tennis. Then correctly identified a photograph of the building where he had his old office. Then a photograph of a much prettier location, complete with a place to nap, covered parking and a wet bar! $40

Bruce Chin confessed to having no clue about medical business. A little scary considering his profession. George showed Bruce a photograph of a little girl with some Asian man at Bruce’s house on Gull Lake. Bruce said it was Mike Hoey. Mike Hoey was asked to stand up and quickly stated “we all look alike” and had no idea who the little girl in the photo was. For $50, Mike was allowed to sit down. Bruce finally confessed the little girl is his granddaughter Bella. The next photo was of Bruce’s beloved hunting dog, Darla. They spend lots of time on Bruce’s dock… Dick Doc’s Dock!   If there was $$ involved after that I don’t recall as I was laughing too much.

Announcements for August 15, 2014

Posted by Dirk Hudson on August 15th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

a. Member Update:

Art Killian passed away last Friday, August 8, 2014. His memorial service will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2013, at 3 p.m. The location will be the Church of the Good Shepard, 400 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia. (announced by the Rev. Phil Wood)

b. Coming Events:

1. A Red Badger meeting will take place after the club meeting on Friday, August 15, 2014. (announced by Teri Muse.)

2. The District Governor Fiesta will take place on Friday, August 22, 2013. from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sartwell 1501 Highland Oaks Drive, Arcadia. We’ll be enjoying margaritas, beer, wine and excellent food catered by El Portal restaurant. The cost is $35 per person. Sandra Caldero will accept payment on behalf of the club. (announced by Eric Barter and Sandra Caldero.)

3. Viva Las Vegas! The Derby Restaurant is holding a benefit for the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. It will be a casino night, Saturday, August 23, 2014, 7-11: p.m. Dustin has 30 free tickets for entrance for Arcadia Rotarians, who are helping sponsor the event. (announced by Andy Bundesmann).

4. Monrovia Rotary is hosting an Old West BBQ and Casino Night on September 13, 2014, 6–10 p.m. The location is the Monrovia Community Center, 119 E. Palm Avenue, Monrovia, California (across the street from the Monrovia Library). The cost of $70 per person includes dinner, appetizers, entertainment, and 250 playing chips, etc. (announced by Bryan Earll, President of Monrovia Rotary, and nephew of Terry Earll of Arcadia Rotary).

Power, Passion & Purpose by Laura Cazares

Posted by Brian Hall on August 15th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

David McMonigle introduced Laura Cazares the Rotary program for Friday August 15.  Laura is a certified Dream Builder coach and encouraged the group to consider the many wonderful possibilities and opportunities for your life.  Unfortunately many people say no to opportunities for various reasons; to old, to difficult, no skills, might fail…

Laura took us back to a low time in her life, December 22, 1986 where her home was full of negative issues and bad drama.  She had “shut down” as a kid until at 20 she broke down and sought help so that she could do more than just survive. That small voice in her head was asking if there is more to life than what she was experiencing, she got help again, a coach that helped her “dance with fear” address her fears and take some risk.  She said: “her life is different today, thank God.”  Laura asked the group if any of us felt like we have opportunities that we could say yes to, but various fears keep us saying no.  So much of our personal success depends on our personal view and vision and we can change that to be bigger and positive.  Do we want to live a life by default or by design, hopefully design.  If by design then we need to realize that our success is determined inside our head by using our imagination.  Brian Cogbill left the meeting at this point, take note George.

Laura brought out a “energy stick” and tested it with Tim Vickery, he had a good amount of mojo going.  Then Laura tested the energy stick with a group of Rotarians holding hands at the front table lead by Jim Helms & Ernie Aragon, which was interesting.  Laura asked the group to imagine what we would love!  Eric Barter noted that he would love to see the Ducks win a national championship, Laura gamely played along with Eric’s fantasy.  Laura promised gifts, offered free coaching sessions for people that really want to grow.  A drawing was offered to everyone that entered their name and Terry Earl won a brand new Energy Stick!  In closing, Laura asked us to remember that the power within us is infinitely greater than outside of us. That left a number of Rotarians pondering the significance of that.  Thank you Dave McMonigle and Laura Cazares.


Arcadia Rotary Photos from 8-Aug-2014

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Announcements – August 8, 2014

Posted by Erich Rail on August 12th, 2014 under Announcements  •  Comments Off

The Club was shocked and saddened at the passing of long-time member Art Killian. Our sympathies and condolences go out to Art’s wife Sandra and to his entire family. Funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are known.

Please be sure to join us for the District Governor’s visit to the club on Thursday, August 22. Prior to our regular meeting members of the board will meet with District Governor Skaggs at the Embassy Suites at 11:00 am (board members please be there at 10:45 am sharp). Let’s have a terrific turnout for our District Governor!

Be also be sure to join us for the District Governor’s reception on Thursday evening, August 22nd from 6 to 8 pm at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sartwell 1501 Highland Oaks Drive, Arcadia. We’ll be enjoying margaritas, beer, wine and excellent food catered by El Portal restaurant. It’s sure to be an enjoyable evening with our District Governor and his wife.

Finally, please join us for the Viva Las Vegas Fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. Contact Dustin of the Derby for complimentary tickets. The event will be held at the Derby on Saturday August 23rd from 7 to 11 pm. The dress code is “cocktail attire”. “Viva Las Vegas”? … the Derby? … benefitting the B&G Club? … FREE!? … PERFECT!!! Please RSVP by August 15th to Samantha Bailey at or 626-573-2831 or contact John Wilson with any questions.

The Physical Edge

Posted by Pat Dolphin on August 9th, 2014 under Weekly Programs  •  Comments Off

We all enjoyed another great speaker who presented information we can all relate to. Dr. Leigh Dannhausen, D.P.T., and Brandon Lee, P.T. (son of former Arcadia Rotarian Dennis Lee) operate The Physical Edge Physical Therapy and Fitness Center at 253 No. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia. The Physical Edge has operated for ten years at that location and been voted the best fitness center in the San Gabriel Valley for the last five consecutive years. Leigh says that many of her patients suffer from back pain due to poor posture, stress, over excursion, or any number of ailments. Brandon demonstrated several stretch routines we could adopt to help relieve some pain each morning. First the neck stretch from left to right and again from right to left, then the shoulder roll (back not forward). After each hour or so at a computer desk we should stand straight with tall posture, trying to stretch your shoulder blades, then stretch our peck muscles in the corner of the room with hands held high. These are simple stress relievers that could help with posture as well.

Carpel Tunnel is brought on by typing with raised wrists or wrists pointing down and not level to the keyboard. The elbows and knees should be in a forty-five degree position with wrists ending parallel to the desk. Wrist cushions on the keyboard are okay but better posture is the key to preventing this condition.

There were many questions for our speaker but one was asked about dealing with arthritis. Leigh said the trick to dealing with arthritis is motion. Keeping the joints lubricated by activities such as swimming (the best exercise of all) will help. Supplements will help delay and deter the deterioration of cartilage, and vitamin E or Glucosamine will help. Our core strength is very important to maintain so build our awareness of how to work to strengthen it. Yoga is very intense and great in moderation, just don’t over do it. Flexibility is the key; always stretch your quads and hamstrings before exercising. You can also do front planks and side planks as part of your work out routine, sit-ups are not as good.

For you golfers out there suffering from back pain, knee pain or hip pain, The Physical Edge can help with a Golf Rehab program led by Dr. Leigh Dannhausen, D.P.T. especially designed for your needs. Parting shot: Admittedly not a nutritionist, Leigh reminded us to try to eat simple food, and protein, nuts and food from the ground. It just might help us stay fit a little longer.


(Pat Dolphin)