All posts by Pat Barnes

Announcements for 01/12/2018 by Pat Barnes.

  1.  Larry Callahan announced that sign ups are being taken for members and their guests who plan to attend the 4-Way Speech Contest and the Stover Music Contest to be held on Friday 02/09/2018 at Arcadia High School.  A buffet dinner will be served at 6:00 P.M. in the  Cafeteria and the program will be held in the Multi Purpose Room.   This is an annual club project and members and guests are encouraged to attend and show the club’s support for each participant.
  2.  President-elect Pat Dolphin led the meeting and announced that the next club Board Meeting will be held next Wednesday 02/17/2018 at the Mass. Mutual Building, 70 S. Lake Avenue, Suite 800, Pasadena, CA 91101,
  3. Congratulations to the following Students of the Month:  Nicholas Jimenez – Performing Arts, Kyle Rong – Academics, and Hannah Kennedy – Athletics.
  4.  Dick Martinez announced that the following are the Rotary Questions for next week’s meeting:   What are the principal and the secondary mottoes of Rotary?    When and where were they formally approved as the official mottoes of Rotary?


Announcements for 12/15/2017 by Pat Barnes

  1.  The club approved the following members as its Officers and  Directors for Rotary Year 2018-2919:  President – PAT DOLPHIN; President Elect – JOHN WILSON; Vice President – TERI MUSE; Secretary – DAVE TOTTEN; Treasurer – ED BERANEK;  Community Service Director – BRENT FORSEE; Environmental Service Director – GLENN OYOUNG; International Service Director – SAM FALZONE; New Generations Director – KATHY ELLISON; Membership Director – JIM PONTELLO;  Publice Image Director – KAREN McNAIR; and Vocational Service Director – LARRY CALLAHAN.
  2. Teri Muse announced that DIRK HUDSON is in physical therapy and would like to interact with members on Facebook.
  3. Congratulations to STACIE WEARP who has been selected as the Longley Way Teacher of the Year.    She teaches the 5th grade, and has been a teacher for 27 years with the past 17 years  at Longley Way.
  4.  Congratulations to ROGER GRANT for the birth of his new  granddaughter!
  5.   President Tony announced with great sorrow that FRANK PERINI has resigned from the club after more than 50 years of perfect attendance, and Tony said that Frank intends to come to a club meeting in January to personally say “good by”.  Frank has been a great member all these years and he will be greatly missed by everyone.
  6. The club will be dark on 12/22/17 and 12/29/17 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, and the next meeting will be on 01/05/18..
  7.  The Rotary questions for the  first meeting of the new year is:   In what city was the first Rotary club meeting held?
  8. President Tony announced that the last Board meeting of the year will be next Wednesday, 12/20/2017,  at the office of FRANCINE CHIU.
  9.  This is the last High Gear for 2017 and we wish every member  a  VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY, HEALTHY, AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!  See you next year!

announcements for 11/10/17

  1.   The club honored all of the club’s veterans on Veterans Day.
  2.  Mark Sunday 12/03/2017 on your calendars for the Arcadia Partners’ annual  Holiday Party to be held at the home of Gail and Ernie Jensen, 1958 Alta Oaks Drive, Arcadia, CA from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.  The cost is $30/adult.  Please RSVP by 11/22/2017 to Julie Miller at (626) 930-1355 or email her at  Please send payment to Julie at 212 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite C, Arcadia, CA 91006..
  3.   The club’s November Board Meeting will be held at Matt Denny’s restaurant on Wednesday 11/15/2017 at 6:00 P.M.
  4.   The club will be dark on Friday 11/24/2017 (day after Thanksgiving), Friday 12/22/2017 (the Friday before Christmas), and 12/29/2017 (the Friday before New Year’s).
  5.  Eric Rail announced that his home in Calistoga, CA was destroyed by the recent fire in that area.  His wife and her sister were at their home when the fire hit and they evacuated just in time.  The winds were at 70 miles per hour.   The entire club mourns this terrible loss.
  6.   We welcome the return of Jay Harvill  to the club.
  7.  Congratulations to our newest member Dave Kirby who was inducted into the club at the meeting today.  His sponsors were Bob Novell and Frank Griffith.


Announcements for meeting on 10/20/2017 by Pat Barnes

  1.  Congratulations to Jack Lamb for his 50th Anniversary with Arcadia Rotary Club!  That is a huge milestone.
  2.   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.
  3.  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
  4. 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).
  5. 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,

Announcements – 09/08/2017 by Pat Barnes

  1.  John Murphy announced that George Fasching has been in the hospital and hopes to come home today.  He could use some cheering up.
  2. Mike Hoey reported that Jeff Johnson’s brother, who worked for the government in Brussels, died suddenly from an aortic aneurysm. He was only 53 years of age. Prayers and thought are appreciated.
  3. Remember that the club will start meeting at the Monrovia Doubletree Hotel on 09/29/2017 while the meeting rooms at the Embassy Suite are being renovated.
  4. The 28th annual District 5300 Peace Conference will be held at the Huntington Library on Saturday 10/07/2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.   The cost is $25 for per-registration or $35 at the door.  It includes a continental breakfast.
  5. Monrovia Rotary Club will be hosting an “Aloha Luau & Casino” party on Saturday 09/23/2017.  The cost is $50/ticket.
  6. There will be an Arcadia Rotary mixer on Wednesday 09/13/2017 from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at Mt. Lowe Brewing Company, 150 E. St. Joseph Street, Arcadia, CA.
  7.  Aaron Rose said to mark on our calendar the Chinese Moon Festival on 11/30/2017.  The cost is $10/person or $5 for seniors.  Contact Aaron for further information.
  8.  Arcadia Rotary Club’s annual Monday Night Football will be held on 10/23/2017 at Matt Weaver’s house.  It will be the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Washington Redskins.  This is always a great event.
  9.  The Arcadia Partner’s annual Christmas party will be held on Friday 12/01/2017 at Matt Weaver’s house.
  10.  The District Governor’s visit will be on 10/06/2017.   There will be a combined dinner for members of Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre and Duarte Rotary Clubs at 5:30 P.M. at the Duarte Community Center.
  11. Congratulations to Larry Callaham for getting his Blue Badge.
  12. Dirk Hudson announced that the 5-K run for Juvenile Diabetes will be at the Rose Bowl on 10/29/2017.
  13.  Remember to read the High Gear each week to see what the question will be  from the Rotary Handbook.

Announcements for 08/25/2017 by Pat Barnes

  1.  SAVE THE DATE:  Friday 10/27/2017 for Arcadia Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration.
  2. During  the remodeling of the Embassy Suites, Arcadia Rotary Club is moving its meeting location to  the Monrovia Double Tree Hotel starting with  the meeting on 09/29/2017,,
  3.  Remember that Arcadia Rotary Club will be DARK next Friday 09/01/2017 for the Labor Day weekend.
  4.  The 28th annual District Peace Conference will be held at the Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA. from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, on 10/07/17.  The cost is $25 for pre-registration or $35 at the door.  It includes a continental breakfast.
  5.  Rosie Mares announced that the Red Badgers will hold their 1st meeting  at 5:30 P.M. on Monday 08/28/2017 at Villa Catrina Mexican Restaurant, 251 n. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91006.
  6.  The club meeting on 10/06/2017 will be a combined meeting of the Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Monrovia and Duarte Rotary Clubs.
  7.  Congratulations to Bob Harbicht who was presented with his Paul Harris Fellow + 10 pin from Gil Stromsoe.
  8. Gil Stromsoe also announced that District 5300’s Rotary Dream Team will travel to India for Polio Plus.   Over the years Arcadia Rotary club has contributed over $150,000 for Polio Plus which immunized over 1 million children against polio.
  9. Chamber President Karen MacNair announced that tickets are now on sale for the annual Taste of Arcadia to be held on 09/26/2017. The cost is  $50/ticket ($40/ticket for club members).  See Karen for tickets.