Welcome to our new President Tony Parrille at his first official club meeting. We look forward to a great Rotary year with Tony at the helm.
Thank you to Rotary Partners under the leadership of Jean Parrille for a great social for all club members and guests on Saturday 07/08/17 at the Arboretum where we picniced on the lawn and listened to the concert by country singer Le Ann Rimes. Everyone had a great time, especially the peacocks who also entertained us.
We are saddened at the sudden death after surgery of Rotary International’s President Elect Sam Owori who was a former District Governor and a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda. His year would have begun on 07/01/18.
President Tony was installed at the club’s installation dinner on 06/30/17 by the new District Governor Raghada Khoury who is a member of the Rotary Club of Apple Valley where she was club President. Raghada was born in Amman, Jordan, raised in Yonkers, NY and has called California home since 1977. She lived in Azusa before moving to Apple Valley in 1987. In 2001 she graduated from the University of Redlands earning a Masters of Arts in Management. She has been in real estate investment for the past 13 years. She has served as the President of the Domestic Violence Shelter for Women and Children in Victor Valley for over 5 years and served on many District committees before becoming District Governor for 2017-2018.
A big “thank you” to Past President Eric Barter for the great job he did in chairing the club’s Installation Dinner at the San Gabriel Country Club on 06/30/17. The venue was perfect as was the dinner and hopefully we can have more installations there in the years to come.
The club’s last board meeting for the club year will be on Wednesday, 06/21/2017 at the office of Francine Chiu, 1045 W. Huntington Drive, Ste. 200, Arcadia (corner of Huntington Drive and Sunset). It will be a joint meeting of the old board and the new board.
Rotary Partners has a social for the start of the new Rotary Year. Come to the Arboretum Saturday 07/08/2017 to hear Grammy award winner Le Ann Rimes. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $10/person for sitting on the lawn. Bring your blanket, chairs, food and beverage, and plan on having a great time with other Rotarians and friends.
The demotion of current President Rosie Mares will be at the club meeting on Friday 06/23/17.
The Installation Banquet for incoming President Tony Parrille will be held on Friday 06/30/2017 at San Gabriel Country Club. We will be dark at the Embassy Suites on that date.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday 10/27/2017 for the club’s 90th anniversary celebration.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to FRANK PERINI who will celebrate his 93rd birthday on 05/21/2017. The club sang Happy Birthday to him early. It was great that Frank’s extended family could be present to celebrate his big day! Also congratulations to FRANK for his retirement after 63 years at FRANK’s HAIR PLUS barbershop and for 58 years of perfect attendance as a member at Arcadia Rotary Club.
Everybody is invited to celebrate with FRANK PERINI as he is honored by the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce for 63 years of serving the Arcadia community. It will take place on Tuesday, 05/16/2017 at 7:00 P.M. at the Arcadia City Council Chambers (next to city hall), 240 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006.
Congratulations to GEORGE FASCHING and to his team of club members for a job well done at the 30th annual Arcadia Rotary Club Senior Citizen luncheon held on 05/09/17 at the Arcadia Community Center.
The District Conference will be held the weekend of 05/19/2017 in Palm Springs.
The club’s Field of Honor will be held at Arcadia County Park from 05/20/2017 through 05/30/2017, with the opening ceremony to be held on Sunday 05/21/2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Arcadia County Park. 1,000 flags will be flown. BOB HARBICHT announced that we have $50,000 in sponsorships, and now we need to sell more flags at $50 each. MIKE REAL is in charge of setting up the Field of Honor on Saturday 05/20/2017 and he needs volunteers to set up the flags from 8:00 a.m. to about 1:00 p.m. on that day. Also volunteers are needed to man the club’s booth at the Field of Honor each day with various shifts from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and also to put diesel oil in the generators for the lights every other day. Signup sheets were passed around at the meeting. Contact either BOB HARBICHT or MIKE REAL for further information.
President ROSIE announced that the club’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.
JAIME HOLMES , a math teacher at First Avenue Middle School, was announced as the Teacher of the Month. Congratulations!
The following were announced as the Students of the Month: Academics – MONICA FAHMY; , Athletics – CHARLES DENG; and Performing Arts – LYDIA JENSEN. Congratulations!
A reminder to put on your calendar that the club’s Installation Dinner will be held on Friday 06/30/2017 at the San Gabriel Country Club. We will be dark at the Embassy Suites on that date.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday 10/27/2017 for Arcadia Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration.
The Club’s Board meeting will be held on Wednesday 04/19/2017.
The District Assembly will be held on Saturday morning 04/22/2017 at Sitting Bull Academy in Apple Valley. All Board members should attend. See President Rosie for more information.
The club’s annual Casino night will be held on Saturday evening 04/22/2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Community Center. This is one of the club’s main fundraisers and it should be a fun evening.
In celebration of Arbor Day, the club meeting on Friday 04/28/2017 will be held at the Peacock Cafe at the Arboretum. The club will be dark at Embassy Suites.
Bob Harbicht brought the club up to date on the club’s annual Field of Honor to be held the week of 05/20/2017 through 05/30/2017 at Arcadia County Park. He said that we have over $45,000 in sponsors. The Pasadena Star News will be the official Media Sponsor. Bob said that from the proceeds received from the Field of Honor $10,000 is to be set aside each year for 3 years until
$30,000 is collected which will be used to build a Veteran’s Memorial Monument at Arcadia County Park. The club set aside $10,000 from the proceeds last year and planned on setting $10,000 this year. However, an anonymous donor recently donated $20,000 for the project so we now have the $30,000 needed to start the project. The $10,000 that was to be set aside this year for the project can now be used for the club’s charities.
Bob said that volunteers are needed for the Field of Honor. Westfield Mall is donating the use of a Kiosk at the mall this weekend 04/15 and 04/16 to advertise the Field of Honor with the continuous running of a video of the Field of Honor . Volunteers are needed to man the Kiosk over the weekend. A sign up sheet was taken at the meeting and there will also be a sign up sheet on-line. Contact Teri Muse for more information.
Bob also said that each member should pass out the pamphlet on the Field of Honor to family and friends seeking sponsors and selling flags (cost of $50/flag). You can go on-line to get a blurb on the Field of Honor which you can paste an email to all of your family and friends.
Sam Falzone announced that volunteers are needed to assemble the flags on Saturday 04/29 at Pat Dolphin’s warehouse. For further information contact Sam Falzone.
Past President Eric Barter announced that the club’s installation dinner will be held on Friday 06/30 at the San Gabriel Country Club. We will be dark at the Embassy Suites on that date.
The following were awarded as the Students of the Month: Academics – Ruffina Silva Garcia; Athletics – Jacob Kampen; and Performing Arts – Anastasia Barkow. Congratulations to each of you.
The club’s annual Honoring Seniors luncheon will be held on Tuesday 05/09. Volunteers are needed. Contact George Fasching.
The District Conference will be held the weekend of 05/19 – 05/20 in Palm Springs.
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, 10/27/2017 for Arcadia Rotary Club’s 90th birtday celebration.
Matt Weaver just returned from Thailand and reported on his newest water project. He said it was life changing for the village he visited.
Matt also reported that next Wednesday 03/15/2017 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the club’s RYLA committee will be interviewing students from the Junior Class at Arcadia High School to attend this year’s RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) weekend. If you are interested in helping, contact Mike Real for more information.
President Rosie announced that on Saturday 03/18/2017 members of the club will be going to Tijuana, Mexico to deliver wheelchairs to needy persons and also to visit various orphanages in the area for future Rotary Amigo projects.
Sam Falzone announced that 66 club members have signed up for the Arcadia Rotary Day at the Races set for Friday 03/24/2017, but he would like to have a total of 75. The cost is $40/person, which includes parking, entrance fee, racing program, and lunch at the Frontrunner restaurant. The gates at the racetrack open at 11:00 a.m. with the first post at 1:00 p.m. As always, George Fasching will be handicapping the races. The club will be dark at the Embassy Suites.
The District Assembly will be held on Saturday 04/22/2017 at the Sitting bull Academy in Apple Valley, CA. All board members should attend. See President Rosie for more information.
The club’s annual Casino night will held on Saturday evening 04/22/2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Community Center. This is one of the club’s main fundraisers and it should be a fun evening.
In celebration of Arbor Day, the club meeting on 04/28/2017 will be held at the Peacock Cafe at the Arboretum. The club will be dark at the Embassy Suites.
Bob Harbicht announced that the club’s 2nd annual Field of Honor will be held at from 05/20/2017 through 05/30/2017 at Arcadia County Park with the opening ceremony to be held on Sunday 05/21/2017 at 1:00 p.m. Bob announced that we now have 25 sponsors totaling in excess of $35,000. in donations. Let Bob know if you know of any potential sponsors from $500 to $5,000 and his committee will contact them. Over 1,000 flags will be displayed at a cost of $50/flag., and he urged all members to contact friends and family members to buy a flag to honor a friend or family member. In addition to Casino night the Field of Honor is the club’s major fundraiser
John Wilson announced the following club socials: (1) on Saturday 03/25/2017 we will ride the Metro and stop at various pubs, and (2) on 04/03/2017 there will be a party at Matt Weaver’s house to watch the finals of the NCAA.
Membership Director Francine Chiu reminded us that the program for Friday 04/07/2017 will be someone from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and she asked all club members to bring prospective new members that day.
Past President Eric Barter announced that the club’s installation dinner will be held on Friday 06/30/2017 at the San Gabriel Country Club. We will be dark at the Embassy Suites that day.
The following were awarded as the Students of the Month: Academics – Beverly Fuerte (she plans to attend UCLA), Athletics – Kate Nigolian (she plans to attend UC San Diego, and Performing Arts: Samuel Cui (he plans to attend MIT). Congratulations to each of you.
The club will be dark at the Embassy Suites on Friday 02/24/2017 and the meeting will be a dinner meeting at 5;30 p.m. at Holly Avenue Elementary School (located at the corner of Duarte Road and Holly Avenue across from Good Shepherd Methodist Church). At that meeting there will be the Dan Stover Music Competition and the 4-Way Speech Contest. Ken Chan, Director of Vocational Service, will also present the recipients of the Teacher Mini-Grants and Student Mini Grants.
On 03/08/2017 our club will distribute wheelchairs to needy persons in Tijuana, Mexico.
The annual Arcadia Rotary Day at the Races will be held at Santa Anita Racetrack on Friday 03/24/2017 (changed from 03/03/2017). We will be dark at the Embassy Suites on that date. The gates at the racetrack open at 11:00 a.m. with the first post at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $40/person, which includes parking, entrance fee, program, and lunch at the Frontrunner Cafe. If you have any questions, contact Sam Falzone.
Bob Harbicht announced that the club’s 2nd annual Field of Honor will be held in May, the week of Memorial Day, He said that the number of sponsors has increased, but he is still looking for additional sponsors at various levels, from silver to platinum. Let Bob know of the name of any prospective sponsor so that he or someone on his committee can personally contact the prospective sponsor.
The club’s 2017 Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser is set for Saturday, 04/22/2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Arcadia Community Center. There will be bountiful hors d’oeuvres (no seated dinner). This is the club’s main fundraiser and needs the support of every member. The cost is $175/couple or $100/single ticket.
In celebration of Arbor Day, the club will meet in the Arboretum at the Peacock Cafe on 04/28/2017. The club will be dark at the Embassy Suites.
Member Brent Forsee, principal at Arcadia High School, encouraged all members to support Measure A in the upcoming election which will put a parcel tax of $284.00 on each home in Arcadia. He said that unlike our real property taxes which go to Sacramento with not much coming back to Arcadia for its schools, the parcel tax under Measure A will go directly to the Arcadia schools.
Mike Real announced the Students of the Month for each of December 2016 and January 2017. The recipients for December 2016 are as follows: Peyton Graves – Academics, Holly Lung – Athletics, and Angel Rojas – Performing Arts. The recipients for January 2017 are as follows: Sharne Sun – Academics, Campbell Dopke – Athletics, and Michelle Zhao – Performing Arts. Congratulations to each you!
Ernie Aragon announced that he and Clara now have 16 great-grandchildren with the 17th on the way. Congratulations to both of you. This must be some sort of a record.
Past President Eric Barter announced that the club’s 91st Installation Dinner will be held on Friday 06/30/2017 at the San Gabriel Country Club. We will be dark at the Embassy Suites on that date.