The Arcadia Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration was a gala affair. The setting was the ballroom of the Doubletree and while cocktails were enjoyed, David Knight entertained the crowd at the piano. Emcee for the evening was Glenn Oyoung who’s quick wit was enjoyed by all. There were17 past presidents in attendance including past District Governor John Fee. Laura Freedman, the first women president of the club, joined the celebration along with Paul Lambert who drove down from Santa Barbara. Governor Raghada Khoury, Governor Elect John Chase and Governor Nominee Luanne Arrendondo represented the District. President Tony Parrille related some the things that were occurring 90 years ago and a video of the early days of the club was shown. It was an evening of memories as many members related tales of previous club achievements and happenings. New member, Jim Boyd, was inducted into the club. His first duty was to cut the anniversary cake. A donation of food and funds was made that evening to the Foothill Unity Center, and the club was recognized for its 90 years of service by the City of Arcadia. Rosie Mares and her committee are to be congratulated for planning this memorable event.
Our speaker today was Bill Ukropina, one of the founders of Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors. They currently employ thirty-three people who specialize in leasing and selling commercial properties in the greater areas of Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia.
Bill graduated from San Marino High School and Washington State University and has lived in Pasadena with his wife for thirty-two years. He has three boys, Nick who works in manufacturing sales and is in the USC MBA program. His son Grant is a management engineer at McMaster Carr Industrial Supply and is finishing his MBA at USC and Conrad, who graduated from Stanford in June of 2016 and just received his Masters degree there. Conrad was a member of the Stanford Football team and played in the 2016 Rose Bowl Game. He broke six (6) all-time kicking records while at Stanford.
Bill and his wife Lynn-Ann were lead sponsors of a Pasadena Cancer Support Community Event last year and are very involved as volunteers and donors.
Bill mentioned that he always wanted to be a quarterback from the time he was 8 years old. When he was in third grade he went with some friends to a San Marino High School practice and was able to meet Rich Haley, an outstanding quarterback in 1988. Fast forward to Bill’s youngest son Conrad, who was also interested in quarterbacking for his high school, Loyola High School. Conrad tried out for the position with several others and the coach had narrowed his choice down to three candidates, Conrad was one of them. Unfortunately, three days before the season opener Conrad broke his arm in four places during a tackling drill. He was determined to find some other way to stay involved with the team where all of his friends were. So Conrad decided to take up kicking. He was so good at it, his dad, Bill, decided to make a DVD and sent it to eighty (80) college coaches. Some schools responded with an offer of a partial ride, like USC, Princeton, and Yale. Only one responded with a full scholarship from Fresno State, Coach Pete Alamar. Conrad, meanwhile, decided to accept a non-scholarship “walk-on” position at Stanford. His first day there an announcement was made, “we have a new special teams coach, Pete Alamar”. It didn’t take long for Conrad to realize he had made a wise decision. In his first game in his sophomore year, with no experience at the position, Ukropina drilled a 44-yard field goal against UCLA on regional TV.
Conrad received a full scholarship his senior year at Stanford. He learned the art of Practice, Patience, and Perseverance and increased his work out routines, strategy and the patience it takes to win. He made a 42-yard and a 46-yard field goal against USC to win and against Notre Dame he made the game winning Field Goal after the defense tried to ICE him out by calling time outs. Stanford won that game 38-36.
Our thanks to Bill Ukropina for sharing his story and passing on a good lesson of Practice, Patience and Perseverance.
- Congratulations to Jack Lamb for his 50th Anniversary with Arcadia Rotary Club! That is a huge milestone.
- Arcadia Rotary will have its annual Monday Night Football Party on 01/23/2017 at Matt Weaver’s house at 873 Ridgeside Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016. The game will be the Eagles vs. the Redskins. It is always a great event.
- The club will be dark next Friday 10/27/2017 and that night we will have the club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration at the Doubletree Monroviia. The cost is $70/person – $125/couples except that the cost to Arcadia Rotarians is $50/person. Coctails will be at 5:30 P.M. and Dinner at 6:30 P.M. Make sure you RSVP ASAP. For more information you can email Gala@arcadiarotary.org.
- Mark your calendar that the club will be dark on Friday 11/24/2017 (day after Thanksgiving), Friday 12/22/2017 (the Friday before Christmas) and Friday 12/29/2017 (the Friday before New Year’s).
- Congratulations to Julie Salmon who is the Arcadia Rotary Teacher of the Year for Holly Avenue Elementary School. She has taught at Holly Avenue since 1991 and teaches K-1st grade. Among her many degrees, she received her PhD at UCLA,
- Member Updates: Jim Ryder said that Howell Tyson is still at Methodist Hospital and possibly will be discharged in two weeks. Rosie Mares told us of the tragic loss of Eric and Melissa Rail’s house in the Santa Rosa fire. The Rails and their dog are fine, but now have to deal with the loss of their house. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult time.
- Oct. 18 will be the monthly board meeting, 6 PM at Mass Mutual.
- Oct. 23 is Monday Night Football at the Weavers. Please RSVP to the evite if you can come.
- Rosie Mares would like to get a count of those who plan to attend the 90 year celebration of the Arcadia Rotary Club on the evening of Oct. 27. If you haven’t returned your invitation, please contact Rosie.
- Brent Forsee introduced the students of the month. They were Justin B. Chen, Academics; Eryca Yamane, Athletics; and Dana Cho, Performing Arts. All are great students and, according to Brent, can get into any university that they desire.
Following an update and call to action for repair of the Camp Trask Boy Scout Fort by Mike Real (Real Food Marketing) and Keith Brown (KB Construction), President Tony Parrille introduced the service area leaders.
Environmental Service director, Glenn Oyoung introduced plans to partner with the Arboretum sponsoring student tours of the Arboretum. Arboretum President Richard Schulhof described how influential this can be with some students that have not experienced the outdoors, wildlife, open fields and the extensive variety of plant life at the Arboretum. More to follow on this project.
Community Service Director, Brent Forsee, Principal AUSD reminded the club that we will continue to recognize both students and teachers of the month. We will also have two meetings recognizing the Arcadia police and fire department key personnel.
International Service director, Dick Martinez informed the club about the multitude of projects the club has sponsored in Tijuana building houses, helping orphanages and providing wheelchairs to handicapped people.
Membership Chair, Francine Chiu provided an update on membership, noting that we are at 84 members with two pending new members. Francine reminded the club of the great job our finemaster is doing reminding us all of the purpose and history of Rotary. The question for next week is what is the definition of Rotary. A new up-to-date booklet titled Rotary ABCs was published, everyone should have a copy.
New Generations director, Kathy Ellison updated on TLC, RYLA lead by Mike Real and Interact being lead by Jim Ryder at Arcadia Unified School District, all important opportunities for Rotarians to participate and provide leadership in our community.
Vocational Service director, Larry Callaham thanked Brent Forsee for allowing the Arcadia Rotary Club to partner with AUSD on teacher mini grants, student scholarschips, the Dan Stover music competition and the 4-way speech contest, all great programs. Larry reminded everyone of the dinner and program on February 9 at AUSD.
District Governor (DG), Raghada Khoury finally was given the floor and reminded Rotarians of the serious nature and responsibilities of properly maintaining our tax advantaged status as a 501C(3) non profit.
DG Khoury noted that many changes are coming from Rotary International, for example moving the focus from attendance at meetings, to activities sponsored, hours of service and financial contributions into our communities.
Deputy Finemaster Dick Martinez led the club in the latest round of “Arcadia Rotary What’s My Line?” with mostly successful results:
Ray Bushnell and Mike Hoey started us off on the right foot by both knowing the other’s business: Ray’s business, RBI Systems, Inc., provides direct mail and data processing services, Mike is a Doctor of Optometry and owns Hoey Optometry. Neither were fined since they provided the correct answers.
Next, Gil Stromsoe and Frank Hall continued the streak: Gil is a CPA and partner of Mark Schaefer Associates (and prepares Frank’s tax returns), Frank is a retired banker and corporate fundraiser, currently President of Arcadia Rotary Foundation. Again, no fines for either one.
Eric Barter and Jack McRae were close: Jack correctly identified Eric’s business as bail bondsman with Bad Boy’s Bail Bonds – he works with criminal defense attorneys, while Eric got partial credit for his guess of police officer and attorney. Jack is an attorney and also a reserve deputy sheriff. Eric’s fine was also partial at $10.
Bob Harbicht and Mike Ojeda landed a little farther apart: Bob guessed Mike was in the escrow business – Mike’s in the title insurance business with Equity Title Corp, and Mike correctly identified Bob as former Arcadia mayor, but missed his being retired from owning a marketing research company. Both were fined $25.
Last up, Ken Chan and David Freeman finished off with style: Ken correctly stated David’s businesses as tennis bum, real estate attorney, and board member on the Arcadia Board of Realtors. David, also correctly according to Ken, knew that Ken is a magician extraordinaire and a teacher of magic.