All posts by Dave Totten

Announcements for August 4, 2017

  1. Member Update: Jim Rider told us about the hospitalization of Howell Tyson. He has been at Methodist since last Wednesday. Howell’s wife, Dorothy, is also in the hospital recovering from a broken hip. We wish both of them a speedy recovery.
  2. Pres. Parrille announced the upcoming Peace Conference to be held at the Huntington Library, Oct 7 from 9AM to 1PM. Cost is $25 for preregistration.
  3. Assistant Governor Rosie Mares said there will be a meeting of the Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, and Duarte clubs on the evening of Friday, Oct. 6. Details will be forthcoming.
  4. Friday, Oct. 13, is the date for our District Governor’s visit. Raghada Khoury will attend our normal lunch meeting.
  5. Bob Harbicht gave an update on the Veterans’ Monument. He revealed that the $20,000 donor is Mary Hanson. Also, the city council at their meeting Tues. night decided on the location of the monument.
  6. Pres. Parrille told us of a District Leadership Training class to be held Aug. 23rd. Cost is $32. If interested, please contact Tony for more information.


  1. Member Update: Ernie Jensen was in good shape after his mishap with pool chlorine. His doctor gave him permission to fly to Florida to embark on a Disney cruise with his family.
  2. Pres. Rosie gava a recap on the Field of Honor. The event was a great success with 400 flags sold and over $50,000 in sponsorships.
  3. The Rotary International Convention will start on June 10 in Atlanta, George. Pres. Rosie and several others will attend.
  4. Pres. Elect Tony Parrille thanked the high school for providing trumpet players each evening during the Field of Honor to play Taps.
  5. Eric Barter announced the Installation Dinner on June 30 at the San Gabriel Country Club. Our District Governor will attend as well as Rich Hutton who will be the Master of Ceremonies. David Knight will entertain us at the piano. Please sign up for one of the tables at the next meeting.
  6. Reminder: The new/old board meeting will be on Wednesday, June 21.
  7. Tony Parrille announced a social event on July 8. The Partners in Rotary are planning the event which will be a concert at the Arboretum with the Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes. Gates open at 5pm and the concert starts at 6:30.

Announcements, April 28, 2017

  1. On May 6th there will be a pancake breakfast at the Firehouse on Baldwin near Huntington. We need volunteers to man a booth where we will sell flags for the Field of Honor.
  2. The Salute to Seniors lunch will be held on May 9th. George Fasting needs volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up.
  3. The District Conference starts May 19th. For details contact Pres. Mares.
  4. The Field of Honor flag set up will be on May 20th. Mike Real and Teri Muse are in charge. Please contact them if you can help.
  5. John Wilson has an email that explains the Field of Honor and how you can purchase a flag. John will help you cut and paste his email into yours, so that you can send it to prospective buyers. So far, we have only sold 25 flags.


Announcements, April 21, 2017

  1. Our Arbor Day Luncheon will be on April 28, Friday, at the Arboretum. We will be dark at the Embassy Suites on that day.
  2. On May 9 we will have our Salute to Seniors Luncheon at the Community Center. Contact George Fasching if you can help. He needs  volunteers to set up, serve, and clean up.
  3. Bob Harbicht announced new sponsors of the Field of Honor. Rusnak is a bronze sponsor, and Lee and Mickey Segal have donated $2,500. Gina Kim has a friend who donated $500 making a grand total of $50,000. The event will start on May 20th with the installation of the flags. Bob says all members should  purchase at least one flag.
  4. Teacher of the Year: The principal of Holly Avenue School, Teresa Oakland, presented the honor to Mark Renfro, an English and Technology teacher with 34 years of service,and the last 17 years in the Arcadia School District.  His wife, who was with us to honor Mark, is also a teacher in Arcadia.

Announcements for Feb. 3, 2017

  • Member updates: Dan Place is home and resting comfortably. He should return to our meeting in a week or two. We were glad to see Frank Perini at the meeting. He has been away for a few weeks with health issues.
  • On Feb. 24 our meeting will be held in the evening at Holly Elementary School. We will have the music and speech contests, and Ken Chan will present the winners of the teacher’s and student’s mini-grants. We will be dark at Embassy Suites.
  • Our Day at the Races has been changed to Mar. 24. We will be dark at Embassy Suites that day.
  • On April 22, Sat.,we will have our Casino Night at the Arcadia Community Center. The event is being organized by Jim Pontello.
  • On April 28 our meeting will be held at the Arboretum’s Peacock Cafe. For details contact Jim Pontello.
  • Bob Harbicht, chairman of the Field of Honor event coming up around Memorial Day, is looking for sponsors at various levels, from silver to platinum. He has had a very good response so far, and is looking for more sponsors.
  • Gil Stromsoe presented Jim Rider with a Paul Harris Fellow plus 5 pin. He also presented Jim’s sister Mimi with a Paul Harris Fellow pin, a donation that Jim made in her honor. Sandra Caldero was honored with a Paul Harris Fellow plus 1 pin for her donation.

Announcements, October 21, 2016



  1. Jim Pontello presented Richard Schulhof with a check for $1,000 from the Rotary Foundation. The money is to be used by the Arboretum for development of the Child Learning Patio Center.
  2.  October 30 at 10 a.m. is the JDRF-LA Walk for a Cure of Type 1 Diabetes at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Although JDRF stands for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 85 per cent of the Type 1 victims have now reached adulthood.  Donors and Walkers can sign up with Bruno Esquivel (who has agreed to serve as this year’s Team Rotary Captain.) ] The Walk for a Cure is a 5K Walkathon, including a circle around both the Rose Bowl Stadium and golf courses. For more information about the Rose Bowl Walk and how you. can help, follow this link:
  3. The Rotary Club of Covina will have a program on their Field of Honor on Nov. 12. For more details please contact Tony Parrille.
  4. The new directories for the 2016-17 year are now available. Please pick up a copy at the next meeting.
  5. Two teachers were honored as Teacher of the Year. Ben Ackers, Principal of Foothill Junior High, introduced Don Young, a 17 year  teacher at Foothill. Mr. Ackers described Don as a great supporter of the other teachers and the administration. Our second teacher was introduced by Patti Montera from Highland Oaks Elementary School. She is Patti Eggers, a math teacher who is revered by the other teachers and her students who refer to her as the queen of teaching. Bruno Esquivel presented each with a plaque and a monetary gift.
  6. Bruno introduced our Students of the Month. The first student was Bridget Yu, a senior who is active in the Symphony Orchestra III as well as many school clubs. She would like to attend the U. of Pennsylvania and major in Neuroscience. Our second student was Seryeong Lee, a marching band member as well as a section leader who also does some tutoring. She wants to attend either Cornell or Columbia. Our athlete of the month was Clayton Barnett. He has played football for 4 years, and is the captain of the team. He is a member of the Calif. Scholarship Federation, and wants to attend U. of Michigan where he will study Biomedical Engineering.
  7. Next week, Oct. 27, will be a celebration of 89 years of Service above Self. We will have a special panel of past and present members.