Category Archives: Announcements

Habitat for Humanity

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!

ANNOUNCEMENTS for 12/8/2017 by ASmith

Mimi Hennessey Announced the  Nominations for Arcadia Rotary Positons for 2018. Continuing Board Positions for 1 more year-term: Brent Forsee, Kathy Ellison, Larry Callaham. Open Slot Nominations are: Sam Falzone, Jim Pontello and Karen McNair. Officers up for Nomination are: President Elect: Pat Dolphin. Next Years President Elect/Current Vice-Chair: John Wilson. Secretary: Dave Totten. Treasurer: Ed Beranek. Vice President: Teri Muse. All members will have a chance to vote next week. No nominations from the floor, therefore, nominations are closed.

Toni Parrille: December 15, 2017 will be the last meeting of 2017.

Dick Martinez: ABC’s of Rotary for next week: When did Rotary Intl. officially adopt the 4-Way Test?

Ray Bushnell: National Championship Game for College Football is being held in Atlanta on January 8th. The Semi-Final Game is going to be held at the Rose Bowl. Arcadia Rotary will be raffling tickets for the game, $20 buys you a raffle ticket, winner gets 2-Tickets. Drawing will be held on December 30th. Last month, Arcadia Rotary donated $1,000 to the event.

Foothill Unity Center: New building! Distribution of gifts will be 12/16/17, helping serve 1,300 children. Handing out angels this week. Bring all donations to the Unity Center 12/11-12/12. Check out their website and social media pages for more info.

John Wilson: Boys and Girls Club Event on 12/2 was most successful event in generating income. Gross income was $300K. Thank you to all the sponsors and Arcadia Rotary members who donated.

Aaron Rose: January 14, 2018 Chinese Association Gala Fundraiser at Arcadia Masonic Center: Seeking sponsors.

Paul Harris Fellows: Eric Marter, Ramon Oseguera and Jeff Johnson.

Brent Forsee Announced the Student(s) of the Month: Academics: Connor Ching. Athletics: Max Davila. Performing Arts: Allison Hart.



  1.  Attend the Rotary Partners Christmas Party at the Jensens, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, at 3 PM.  Bring the kids and grandkids (Santa may show up).
  2. We will be dark Friday, Dec. 22 and 29, 2017.
  3.  See the Forces of Nature at the Arboretum!  100 Artists creating from exotic woods,including the storm-felled tree of the Adobe house.  Opening Reception and Sale: Friday, Dec. 1,  6PM.  $25.  Show runs through Dec. 10, 2017.

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.


Fire and Police Person of the Year

FIRE PERSON OF THE YEAR: Captain John Twitchell first began as a fire “technician” in 1990 for Arcadia. He was hired full time in 1991 and has steadily risen up the ranks, with new accomplishments every few years.  He attained the rank of Fire Captain II, in 2014 with almost 24 years in Arcadia.

He has also become a trainer, not only of incoming fire fighters in Arcadia but also for as an instructor in Oxnard for Fire Marshalls.

POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Office Jordan Elders is an Arcadia High graduate, was a Police cadet and in 2012 was hired.

He not only enforces the law with many arrests to his credit but also has a softer side as a Homelessness Liaison.  He has reconnected homeless with relatives and helped get them off the street to safer surroundings.

He is also a Field Training Officer helping train others to be safe and effective in the field while under pressure.

Arcadia Rotary and our community congratulate these fine professionals.

ANNOUNCEMENTS, November 3, 2017, Dave Freeman

  1.  Mark your calendar:  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).                                                                                                                               A.   We will be at the Doubletree on 11/10,                                                    B.   Matt Denny’s on 11/17,                                                                                      C.   Dark 11/24                                                                                                                  D.  12/3 Christmas Party – bring the kids.
  2. Former President Rosie Mares presented President Tony Parille with an award from the District Governor for the Arcadia Rotary Club, “Making a Difference since October 27, 1927!!!”
  3. The Students of the Month from Arcadia High School were presented awards;                                                                                                                  A.  Performing Arts: Graham Sanders- Pep Band music                                arranger, and Music mentor  at Middle Schools.                                    B.  James Gassner: Athlete.  Three year varsity, CIF standout,                  3.9 GPA!                                                                                                                          C.  Academics: Arianna Togelang – Mock Trial,  Speech and                        Debate, and a GPA of 4.0.
  4. Firefighter of the Year: Chief Mike Lang presented Captain John Twitchell  with the award, after a long list of reasons he deserved it
  5. Police Officer of the year: Chief  Robert Guthrie extolled Jeffrey Elders’ many good deeds, before presenting the award to him.
  6. Remember the Festival of the Trees, coming at the Annandale Country Club Dec. 2, 2017.