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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 -.at 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.

Announcements for March 31, 2017

A. Future Events

1,  On Monday, April 3, 2017 there will be a party at Matt Weaver’s           house to watch the finals of the NCAA.  (per Matt Weaver)

  1. On Tuesday, April 4, 2017 there will be a Board meeting at Matt Denny’s. (per President Elect Tony Parille).
  1. On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. there will be training for prospective RYLA adult facilitators at Kaizen Martial Arts, 135 E. Chestnut, Ste. 12, Monrovia. There is a need for more male adult facilitators.  RYLA will take place on April 28, 29, and 30, including twelve RYLA Arcadia High students.  (per Mike Real.)
  1. On Friday, April 7, 2017 , Lance Tibbet, the President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses will address us on that subject. Club members are requested to bring prospective new members that day.  (per Membership Director Francine Chiu ).
  1. On Thursday, April 13, 2017, there will be a public school luncheon at Duarte Masonic Lodge. (per President Rosie Mares.  See her for more information.)
  1. On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, there will be a Board Meeting. (per President Rosie Mares)
  1. Starting approximately April 15, et seq. there will be a kiosk at Arcadia’s Westfield Mall to advertise and round up contributors for the club’s second annual Field of Honor (which will be held at from May 20, 2017 through May 30, 2017 at Arcadia County Park). Volunteers are needed to man the kiosk.  (per President Rosie Mares.)
  1. On Saturday, April 22, 2017 The District Assembly will be held at the Sitting bull Academy in Apple Valley, CA.   All board members should attend.  (per President Rosie Mares.  See her for more information.)
  1. Also on Saturday, April 22, 2017, Casino Night will take place at Arcadia Community Center. (Contact: Jim Pontello.)
  1. On Friday, April 28, 2017, it will be dark at the Embassy. Instead, Rotary will meet at the Arboretum in celebration of Arbor Day.   (Contact:  Jim Pontello.)
  1. From Saturday, May 20, 2017 through Tuesday, May 30, 2017, Arcadia Rotary will present the second annual Field of Flags at Arcadia County Park, with the opening ceremony to be held on Sunday May 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The cost per flag is $50; sponsorships from $500 to $5,000 are available.   (Contact Bob Harbicht.)
  1. On Friday, June 30, 2017 the club will hold its installation dinner at the San Gabriel Country Club.  We will be dark at the Embassy Suites that day. (Contact Eric Barter.)

B. Review of Recent International Projects

1. From February 22 through March 4 there was a Rotary Water Project with a visit to Burma and Thailand. A water tank with a charcoal filter was installed in a remote village. At the meeting on March 31 photos of the water project were shown. (per Matt Weaver).

2. On Saturday, March 25, at the Rotary Club of Tijuana, wheelchairs were distributed to those in need. At the meeting on March 31, photos of the event were shown. (per President Rosie)

C. Blue Badge Award

Francine Chui (previously a red badge Rotarian) was awarded her blue badge by President Rosie.

Teacher Recognition

Dr. Daniel Hacking, Principal of Dana Middle School, introduced Dana’s Teacher of the Year, Paul Kelly. Mr. Kelly is originally from Australia and teaches Science. In addition, he teaches Media Arts and Broadcasting. Dana has a website on which students broadcast Dana Middle School news.