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!
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.
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.