Field of Honor 2017 Sponsor Recognition

The August 25th Program was all about recognizing our 2017 Field of Honor sponsors. We were all in for a special treat when Bob Harbicht revealed that our “anonymous” donor for our Veteran’s Memorial was longtime Arcadia resident and volunteer Mary Hansen. President Tony Parrille and Bob Harbicht accepted a $20,000 check from Mrs. Hansen to complete the funding necessary to build the Veteran’s Memorial. Mrs. Hansen’s husband and 5 brothers all fought in World War II and she wanted to see this memorial built in Arcadia to honor all veteran’s. The 92 ½ year old said she wanted to see this done ASAP so she can be there to help unveil the monument. Bob Harbicht promised to fast track the project.

Bob also reminded us why we established the Field of Honor Program:
1) Bring outside money into Rotary for our charities
2) Fund the Veteran’s Memorial
3) Fund more Rotary charities
4) Raise visibility in the Arcadia Community and beyond
All of this has been accomplished in the 2 short years the program has been in existence in Arcadia. The first year we raised $30,000 and the second year we raised $50,000. Plans are already underway for the 2018 Field of Honor and all Rotarians are encouraged to participate.

Announcements for 08/25/2017 by Pat Barnes

  1.  SAVE THE DATE:  Friday 10/27/2017 for Arcadia Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration.
  2. During  the remodeling of the Embassy Suites, Arcadia Rotary Club is moving its meeting location to  the Monrovia Double Tree Hotel starting with  the meeting on 09/29/2017,,
  3.  Remember that Arcadia Rotary Club will be DARK next Friday 09/01/2017 for the Labor Day weekend.
  4.  The 28th annual District Peace Conference will be held at the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA. from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, on 10/07/17.  The cost is $25 for pre-registration or $35 at the door.  It includes a continental breakfast.
  5.  Rosie Mares announced that the Red Badgers will hold their 1st meeting  at 5:30 P.M. on Monday 08/28/2017 at Villa Catrina Mexican Restaurant, 251 n. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006.
  6.  The club meeting on 10/06/2017 will be a combined meeting of the Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia and Duarte Rotary Clubs.
  7.  Congratulations to Bob Harbicht who was presented with his Paul Harris Fellow + 10 pin from Gil Stromsoe.
  8. Gil Stromsoe also announced that District 5300’s Rotary Dream Team will travel to India for Polio Plus.   Over the years Arcadia Rotary club has contributed over $150,000 for Polio Plus which immunized over 1 million children against polio.
  9. Chamber President Karen MacNair announced that tickets are now on sale for the annual Taste of Arcadia to be held on 09/26/2017. The cost is  $50/ticket ($40/ticket for club members).  See Karen for tickets.

Santa Anita

Joe Morris, a Vice President of the Stronach Group, who oversees Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, gave a brief history and update on our local track. Santa Anita opened on Christmas day in 1934. The track has had a number of firsts, the first pari mutuel tote system, the first $100,000 race, the first photo finish cameras and the first electronic timing of races. The track has been home to the top horses, the top trainers and the top jockeys in the country.
One of the problems affecting horse racing today is the number of thoroughbreds available for the sport. In the 1980’s there were 37,000 horses bred each year. This last year 21,000 were bred. The closing of Hollywood Park also caused problems. It was not difficult to move race dates around but the loss of that facility meant the loss of 1800 stalls. Another problem is that California is the only major state in the country that does not allow tracks to have alternate forms of revenue. Other states allow slot machines and lotteries at their tracks. This puts California at a disadvantage.
Joe gave an update on improvements at the track including a new surface on the dirt track, increasing the width of the grass track and plans to add more stalls. Despite the many challenges facing Santa Anita, Joe painted a bright picture for the future of racing here in Arcadia.

Announcements for August 18, 2018

1. Thomas Andrews , father of Ashley Andrews, a former Rotarian has passed away.
The services for Ashley’s father , Thomas Andrews (who loved Rotary) are being held. as follows: August 26th… 2 pm., at the Santa Anita Church (Barnhart School), 226 Colorado St, Arcadia, CA 91007. (per Jeff Johnson.)

2. Thanks to Mike Real, the image on the front of th,e current Arcadia Rotary roster shows the original founding club members. The founding President was Hudson Procter who was also the founder of the Derby Restaurant (originally known as Procter’s Tavern). We should have a program on the history of the club. (per Jim Helms.)

3. New developments: (a) Arcadia Rotary’s weekly sign-up list includes both orders for flowers and for salads. Salads can be ordered on a weekly or a forever basis. (b) Now a blue badge Rotarian from another club can transfer as such to Arcadia Rotary without once again going through the red badge process. (per John Wilson.)

4. A new version of the basic historical principles of Rotary is being handed out (i.e., “The ABCs of Rotary” by Clifford L. Dochterman). Knowledge of the contents will become the subject matter of weekly quizzes by Sergeant at Arms Brad Miller. Wrong answers will result in fines published in the High Gear. (per Dick Martinez and Francine Chiu.)

5. The Rotary Club of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, N.Y. has made a grant of $34,650 to Albany Medical Center in New York state .  The grant funds specialized equipment, supplies, and educational materials for doctors and families at the Center – which serves an area of 15 million people. (per President Tony Parille.).

6. On August 17, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. on KTLA (Channel 5), newscasters Frank Buckley and Sam Rubin interviewed two (of the fourteen) California delegates to the just concluded JDRF Children’s Congress in Washington, D.C., an every other year event which includes delegates from every state in the Union. The young delegates were Brec Bassinger, a young actress and Miranda Speirs, the 12 year old grand-daughter of Rotarian Dirk L. Hudson. Brec was diagnosed with Type 1 at age 8. Miranda was diagnosed at age 3. They were interviewed on “the Importance of Renewing Special Diabetes Program”, having met with Congressional representatives on that subject. According to Brec, only one third of the funds necessary to finance the search for a cure comes from governmental grants, the rest depending on the private sector, i.e., JDRF fund-raising. That is the reason for the annual Walk for a Cure which takes place this year at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on October 29. Note: the KTLA interview can be found on You Tube under the heading “Brec Bassinger & Miranda Speirs On the Importance of Renewing Special Diabetes Program” ( ), or go to, enter “You Tube Brec Bassinger JDRF 08/17/17″, (per Dirk L. Hudson)

Future Events:

08/23/17 a District Leadership Training class; Cost is $32. If interested, please contact Tony Parille
09/29/17 – Rotary weekly meeting will be at the Double Tree. (per Brad Miller)
10/06/17 Friday meeting of the Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, and Duarte clubs

10/07/2017 – Saturday
LOCATION: The Huntington Library 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA
COST: $25 Pre-Registration or $35 at the door
STUDENTS: $5 Includes Continental Breakfast

10/13/17 Friday lunch meeting our District Governor’s visit. Raghada Khoury
10/29/17 JDRF Walk for a Cure at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (per Dirk L. Hudson)

Upcoming Programs:

08/25/2017 – Field of Honor Recognitions / Bob Harbicht

09/01/2017 – DARK Labor Day Weekend
09/08/2017 – Update on Foothill Goldline / Lisa Levy Buch
09/15/2017 – Child Trafficking in San Gabriel Valley / Joan Pera
09/22/2017 – The Toughest Day in Sports / Christopher Dyrek
09/29/2017 – Current Labor Laws / John Goldper


Living Longer and BETTER – Ralph Martinez

Ralph Martinez, a retired pharmacist and long-time involved community volunteer spoke about what we can do to stem the deterioration of aging.

Though some seem to do whatever they want, “everything wrong” for their health and get away with it, he said we cannot take that risk. Others who do take care of themselves, like top athletes are seeing with advances in nutrition, medicine and training that they can participate longer, past their 30’s!

Overall he encouraged us to support our health focusing on nutrition, medical, exercise and the senses – oral/vision/hearing. He suggested the following principles: moderation, consistency, balance and common sense.

He showed us the new improved nutrition panel approved by the FDA that can help us determine what is in a food product.  He compared Rolled Oats with Raisin Bran, the latter has 28 grams out of the daily 60 grams sugar recommendation… in one serving!

He said “fast food” is not just “drive-thru” but foods that cook fast and have been processed. If the nutrition label lists many ingredients it has been highly processed and offers reduced nutritional value.

Ralph suggested we eat better and do not expect to make up for poor nutrition with supplements.

Prevention was his admonition related to Medical Care. “Bad things don’t come and go, they come and stay”.  He advised to get things checked out earlier than later.

In summary he put the onus back on us.  The insurance companies, the food companies, the drug companies are not putting our health first.  We need to… and  by following Ralph’s principles of on-going effort supporting our health we can live longer and better.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, Friday, August 11, 2017. Dave Freeman

  1. Howell Tyson, who was in Methodist Hospital has been moved to Rehab. He likes visitors, but give him a few days to acclimate first.
  2.  The multi-Rotary Club get together, Rosie mentioned will be at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Purchase your tickets at the Playhouse, $28 – there will be a menu, with lunch at noon, and the show at 2:30 PM.
  3. Immediate past District Governor, Lou De Silva, is not doing so well, and is back in the Hospital with a severe virus.
  4.  Mt. Lowe Brewing Company, in Monrovia, is the location for our next Social Event arranged by our social director, Mike Ojeda. September 13, 2017,  4:30 – 5:30PM.  A chance for some networking – sharing the services you  can provide and learning those of others.  Free, except for the beer.
  5. New Arcadia Rotary Directories are available. Pick one up at the back table.
  6.  The Next Board of Directors’ meeting will be next Wednesday, August 16, 2017,  at 6:00 PM.
  7. August 25, 2017 – our meeting will honor the Field of Honor Honorees.
  8. We will be DARK  Labor Day Weekend,  Friday, September 1, 2017.
  9. We  will be meeting at a different location September 29, 2017.  See you that day at the Doubletree in Monrovia.