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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


Announcements for July 21, 2017

1. Leigh Chavez, a Director of the Assistance League of Arcadia, told us about the League’s “Operation School Bell”. The purpose is to provide needy children with basic school supplies (backpacks, books, etc.), as wall as with clothing items, and even tooth brushes. The League partners with Old Navy clothing store and with three middle schools in Arcadia. It also operates in such surrounding communities as Monrovia, Duarte, San Gabriel, etc. At the end of her remarks, Ms. Chavez received a Speaker’s Gift from President Tony Parille
2. Dirk L. Hudson announced two events relating to the quest for a cure of juvenile (Type 1) diabetes. (a) At the national level the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation “Children’s Congress” is scheduled to take place on July 24 through July 26, 2017. Every two years 150 children with Type 1 diabetes gather in Washington, D.C. to inform members of the U.S. Congress on the impact of the disease on their lives and and on the lives of millions of other children, as well as of the need to find a cure. One of the 14 California delegates is 12 year old Miranda Speirs, Dirk’s grand-daughter (who was diagnosed at age 3). (b) At the local level, every year the Los Angeles chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation holds a Walk for a Cure at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This year the Walk takes place on October 29, 2017. The 2017-1018 President of JDRF-LA is Miranda’s mother, Maura Hudson (who has previously addressed our club). As the Walk day approaches, we will need to organize a “Team Rotary” representing Arcadia Rotary and other nearby Rotary clubs that wish to participate in raising funds to find a cure.

3. Bob Harbicht announced some significant Arcadia Rotary fund-raising progress towards a Veteran’s Memorial. An anonymous donor recently provided $20,000. Frank Griffith donated $6,200. The total raised to date is $36,000.

4. John Wilson announced that there was a Matt Denny’s $20 gift certificate for Rotarians who wish to volunteer to assist with video presentations.

Recognitions for June 16, 2017

The fine-master for this meeting was RYLA’s Brandon Georgian:

1. Bob Harbicht was not present, but nevertheless was recognized for wearing shorts in a recent photo, as well as for a recent trip to Holland. His aggregate punishment for both was a $ 25 fine.

2. Mike Ojeda was recognized for his daughter’s graduation from St. Lucy’s. His penalty was $17.24 (thereby compelling him to check his obscure coin collection).

3. John Wilson was recognized for allowing a photo to escape showing him out in public with his hair cut short. This cost him $22.34 (resulting in additional metal hitting the ground).

4. Swati Puri was recognized in a separate part of the meeting for the related facts (a) that she was recently married, and (b) that as a result she was moving to Seattle to be with her new husband,  (c) requiring her to leave Arcadia Rotary (no longer within range of a practical commute). This mixture of events and related sentiments neutralized any potential fine.

Rotary Announcements for June 9, 2017

Member Updates:

Ernie Jensen’s son Eric passed away from a respiratory ailment. (per Matt Weaver)

Donald Milefchikc is in Arcadia Methodist Hospital, recovering from pneumonia and hopes to be out in near future. (per Dan Place)

Coming Events

Arcadia Rotary’s last Board meeting for the club year will be on 06/21/2017 and will be a joint meeting of the old board and the new board. It will take place at the offices of Francine Chiu, 1045 W. Huntington Drive, Ste. 200, Arcadia (corner of Huntington and Sunset). (per Dr. Michael Hoey and Francine Chiu)

The Installation Banquet for the Club Year 2017-2018 will be on 06/30/2017 and will take place at the San Gabriel Country Club. Sign up to attend and to indicate seating preferences. (per Mike Real)

Announcements for May 5, 2017

Ongoing Events:

The Boy Scouts are selling coupons for $5 each, providing equivalent discounts at Vons, Pavilions, Albertsons, and other stores. (per Jack McRae, and his son Ayden McRae, a talented boy scout providing an excellent dramatic portrayal of a combination of President Trump and Jimmy Kimmel.)

Future Events

Saturday, May 6: Pancake Breakfast for the Arcadia Fire Fighters with a booth to sell flags. will take place at the Fire Station on the corner of Baldwin and Huntington. (per Bob Harbicht)

Tuesday, May 9 – The Senior Lunch will take place at Arcadia Community Center. Fritz Coleman will be the guest entertainer. (per George Fasching)

Wednesday, May 10. The monthly Board meeting will take place at Matt Denny’s. (per Tony Parrille)

Friday, May 19 through Saturday, May 20, the District Conference will take place in Palm Springs.

Saturday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 30, the Field of Honor will be on display at Arcadia County Park. (per Bob Harbicht), with the opening ceremony on Sunday, May 21 at 1 p.m. (per Mimi Hennessy.)
— There was a full page advertisement of the Field and its honorees and sponsors on page 16 of the May 5, 2017 edition of the Pasadena Star News (the official media sponsor).
— There will be two diesel-filled light standards lighting up the field to be turned on at night (6:30 p.m.) and off in the morning (8 a.m.). They will need to be re-filled with diesel fuel by volunteers.
— The flags were put together at Pat Dolphin’s warehouse by Rotarians John Murphy, Sam Falzone, Ernie Jensen, and others.
— There will be a sign-up sheet next week for putting together the Field, i.e., setting up the flags at the Arcadia County Park site -(with Teri Muse handing out the sign-up sheet).
— Flags will be sold (a) on Saturday, May 6 at a booth at the Arcadia Fire Fighters Pancake Breakfast, the booth being manned in two shifts: 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m, and 9:30 a.m. to noon.
and (b) at the kiosk at the Westfield Mall center court provided by Westfield Santa Anita, a gold sponsor (cf. Teri Muse to volunteer).
— All funds go to charity, 2/3 of which are Rotary charities: Teacher mini-grants, youth leadership training, Boy Scouts, polio eradication, clean water projects around the world, etc..
(per Bob Harbicht)

Friday, June 30, 2017 will be the installation of Arcadia Rotary’s officers and directors for the 2017-2018 operating year. (per Eric Barter).

Recognitions for April 7, 2017

Q. per Sandra Caldero: (re Fines and Recognitions), “is Bob Harbicht back?”
A. per Bob Harbicht (referring to himself menacingly in the third person): “He’s still in Hawaii, but will be back for the meeting. And believe you me, there are some Rotarians who need talking to! “

Sure enough, returning from Hawaii, Fine-master Bob had some “leis” to distribute. Rotarians waited in apprehension, wondering how Bob could surveil them from such a distance least without a FISA warrant..

1 The first “lei” went to Sho Tay.  It appears that Sho had drought tolerance landscaping installed at his home. Since conserving water is in the public interest, Bob did not fine Sho for his action. However, Sho’s timing in waiting so long to take such action merited a “lei” costing him $50.

2. The second “lei” went to Phyllis Corliss.  Phyllis confessed that she had traveled to Vienna on a new Crystal Cruise river boat in an elite event for top producers. In order to level class structure, Phyillis was fined both $50 for her elite status and then another $50 for Crystal’s invasion of the river cruising market.

3. The third “lei” went to Mimi Hennessy.  Apparently she had traveled to Cuba in January and found the country in an impoverished condition. In fact her taxi driver informed her that he made more money in a day driving a taxi than he made in a month as a physician. For acquiring this valuable information, Mimi was fined $50.

4. The fourth “lei” went to Mahlon “Butch” Chinn.  It seems that he went skiing on the snow and is now looking forward to an eventual fishing season. Because he was monopolizing the use of water in two different ways (in frozen and liquid forms), he needed to appreciate the value of such use. Payment of a $50 fine would serve this purpose.

5. The fifth “lei” went to Kathy Ellison.  Rumor has it that she is a golfer. The evidence of this is her decision to join the San Gabriel Country Club. Such a privilege brings with it responsibility, the duty to call out “fore” whenever she hits a drive down the fairway. The fine of $50 would serve as a reminder.

6. The sixth “lei” went to Ernie Jensen.  Admittedly with his grandchildren (one 5 ½ years and one 3 years old) Ernie went skiing at Big Bear and Snow Summit. Prior to this Ernie was in the San Jose or Santa Cruz area digging up and depositing large amounts of dirt. In other words, after lowering the level of the earth in one place, Ernie took advantage of its elevation in another location. In order to equalize the two altitudes, a fine of $50 seemed appropriate. In addition, Ernie had also acquired a picture of Waikiki (which Bob would recognize). Since this brought into play a third location (requiring latitude equalization) an additional $25 was charged.