Frances Hardy, Director of Resource Development for the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity was a great ambassador to share the new Rotary International partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Frances has been familiar with Rotary since she was young, being a Rotary Exchange Student in France when she was living in North Carolina. She said she learned a great life lesson from being an exchange student that opened her eyes to see more than just her immediate surroundings.
Frances talked about how Habitat for Humanity is a global housing ministry that partners with local communities worldwide to build homes for members of their community that changes lives. Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has served more than 134 million people in 70 countries and 50 states in the USA. The San Gabriel Valley chapter covers 31 cities and 400 square miles. Habitat for Humanity does not give homes away, the families who receive homes from them put in at least 500 hours of sweat equity, are currently living in substandard living conditions and pay the mortgage once they move into their Habitat house. Habitat makes sure the mortgage is not more than 30% of their monthly income since research shows that if a family spends more than 30% of their monthly income on housing they are in jeopardy of not being able to put food on the table, pay for medical bills, etc.
So far, there have been zero foreclosures of Habitat for Humanity homes in San Gabriel Valley. The 2019 goals are to double what they are currently doing. So, that means engage 8,000 volunteers and double the number of homes built in 2019. With Habitat’s partnership with Rotary International and hopefully the Arcadia Rotary, they will surely reach that goal!
The August 25th Program was all about recognizing our 2017 Field of Honor sponsors. We were all in for a special treat when Bob Harbicht revealed that our “anonymous” donor for our Veteran’s Memorial was longtime Arcadia resident and volunteer Mary Hansen. President Tony Parrille and Bob Harbicht accepted a $20,000 check from Mrs. Hansen to complete the funding necessary to build the Veteran’s Memorial. Mrs. Hansen’s husband and 5 brothers all fought in World War II and she wanted to see this memorial built in Arcadia to honor all veteran’s. The 92 ½ year old said she wanted to see this done ASAP so she can be there to help unveil the monument. Bob Harbicht promised to fast track the project.
Bob also reminded us why we established the Field of Honor Program:
1) Bring outside money into Rotary for our charities
2) Fund the Veteran’s Memorial
3) Fund more Rotary charities
4) Raise visibility in the Arcadia Community and beyond
All of this has been accomplished in the 2 short years the program has been in existence in Arcadia. The first year we raised $30,000 and the second year we raised $50,000. Plans are already underway for the 2018 Field of Honor and all Rotarians are encouraged to participate.
Written by Keanny Jimenez, Intern for Waste Management
Rotary is said to be like a family, but what about the other Rotary members around the world? Once every year Rotary hosts an International Rotary Convention. This year it took place in the beautiful city of Atlanta with 40,000 people! Not only were there many sites to see and great food to taste, but they also were exposed to all the cultures brought from every single Rotary member around the world. Frank Griffith convinced all the Arcadia members at the convention to get red polo shirts which they wore to the club meeting. Arcadia club members who attended were Pat Dolphin, Brad Miller, Kathy Ellison, Imy Dulake, Rosie Mares, Gina Kim, Tony Parrille and Sam Falzone.
Imy talked about the amazing guest speakers like Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher, and government officials. Mr. Kutcher brought in the very touchy subject of child sex trafficking. He is starting a non-profit organization to help track the children. “It gave me rotary pride” says Gina Kim. This was Gina’s first convention and she couldn’t have loved it more.
Tony Parrille is talking about making a San Gabriel Valley wide program of saving these child sex slaves. A very worthwhile potential project to look out for. Rosie Mares just loves these conventions so much that it was her fourth time going to a convention. She said, “It opens your eyes to the real reason why you are in Rotary”. Pat talked about all the great dinners they had together getting to know each other and their spouses better. Brad talked about how it was his 3rd international convention and each time he is amazed at what he learns. Sam Falzone learned that you don’t want to rent a car when you go to these conventions….it’s much cheaper and quicker to just schlep around in the shuttle buses they provide you! Kathy shared the upcoming dates and locations for International Conventions: 2018 Toronto; 2019 Germany; 2020 Hawaii, and 2021 Taiwan.
June 16, 2017 Program Report
by Waste Management Student Intern Keanny Jimenez
The 2017 RYLA students did the honors of running our club meeting for the day. RYLA is a camp for teenagers to learn leadership skills and grow as a person. The camp provided activities and guest speakers that help with leadership skills. Some activities included using fake money to purchase supplies to devise a way for an egg dropped from a two-story building and not crack when it hit the concrete floor. Another example was building a firetruck from Lego’s with one person looking at the firetruck and then describing it to the other camper so they could build it sight unseen. This activity helped them keep calm under stress and frustration.
However, they didn’t only have activities they also had guest speakers and comedians. Kathy was one of the comedians who was also deaf but kept everyone rolling around in laughter. Her jokes soon turned into a motivational speech. Kathy oozed with confidence and wanted the rest of the teenagers to radiate from that. Another speaker was “Bruce Almighty” whose theme was the decisions we make affect us. He had lost his daughter in a car accident and described how the decisions we make can affect not only us but our families.
The students from Arcadia High School had strong feelings about the camp. Many were nervous on the first day, not knowing what to expect of this camp. They soon realized the camp was filled with charismatic and welcoming people. They made friends from different places and created strong bonds with them. The camp challenged them into breaking out of their comfort zone by talking about stereotypes, race unfairness, and other kinds of problems. They were surrounded by mature and understanding young adults which helped them open emotionally and mentally. RYLA helped empower and accept their vulnerabilities and view that as an advantage instead of an obstacle.
It all began in May 2016 when Rosie asked Frank Hall to be program chair. Frank said only if Ken Chan will do a magic show. Ken Chan said only if Gina Post-Franco will join him and then the dynamic duo of Ken and Gina was created for us to enjoy one year later when they both performed magic tricks at our club meeting.
Gina was introduced to magic when she was 5 and has been a member of the Magic Castle for more than 20 years. She enlisted the help of her two adorable sons Dylan and Reese who helped her with a rope trick, which even though it was verified to be an authentic rope by Larry Callaham, Gina was able to cut it into many pieces only to put it back together again. Rosie Mares was stumped to learn the card she picked from a deck of cards with a hole in them and handcuffed shut, magically appeared in a sealed envelope on the podium. Glen O’Young unknowingly became the object of the funniest trick ever. Gina used a balloon to draw Glen’s face on then stick a skewer thru it to prove there was nothing between Glen’s ears!
Ken warmed up the crowd by asking Patricia Hall to be his assistant, which she did beautifully. Ken asked her to pick a card from one deck of cards and Ken then picked the same card from another deck of cards! We learned that Ken has been a member of the Magic Castle for more than 20 years and is quite the performer. His jokes mixed with magic created just a moment of panic when he asked Teri Muse and Imy Dulake to remove their wedding rings and place them on two shoestrings and a pencil. Wondering if he was going to make them disappear, much to the ladies relief, he tied the strings into a knot and somehow was able to slide the rings off like there was not knot at all. His showmanship and sense of humor was highlighted when he had Ernie Jensen be the toilet paper holder and Jim Rider, Mike Ojeda, Mike Hoey, Bob Hoffman and Brad Miller do a Rockette’s high kicking dance, wiggle their booty’s, and chew toilet paper while Ken was able to pull a string of colored paper out of his mouth. The real trick was Ken got all those guys to chew toilet paper!
“Making a Difference.” That’s the 2018 theme for the Rose Parade as reported by Lance Tibett, President of the Tournament of Roses. The theme is to celebrate all people in our communities that always step forward when others step back and help enrich the lives of others. Lance said they have not selected the Grand Marshall yet.
Some Rose Parade/Rose Bowl trivia:
- Rotary has had 46 entries in the Rose Parade with the first Rotary float entered in 1927.
- There was a break in time and now there has been 39 years of continuous entries by Rotary International.
- The Rose Parade is 129 years old.
- The first Rose Bowl was held in 1902 to raise money for the parade but did not hold another Rose Bowl until 1916 due to concerns about “shenanigins” going on in college football.
- For a while, there were chariot races instead of football games. Anita Baldwin had several successful Chariot runs in the Rose Bowl.
- The Rose Parade costs $17 million to put on each year.
- Tournament of Roses has given $1 billion to Big10/Pac12 schools over the years. Any money received from ESPN for televising the event is divided equally among all the schools.
- Tournament of Roses Foundation gives about $200,000 per year in grants to non-profits
Lance also talked about how they are talking with Disney and the entertainment industry to bid on a national championship game at the Rose Bowl. So stay tuned!