Finemaster Brad Miller began the New Year by recognizing George Fasching with thanks for his efforts in getting the windmill at the corner of Huntington and Santa Anita up and running again. Brad questioned whether there is a budget shortage since some of the light bulbs need to be replaced. George assured us that he will be looking into it and thus avoided a fine for his recognition.
The four Red Badgers in attendance – Francine Chiu, Ashley Smith, Hsiao Chen, and Larry Callaham – were called on to answer questions about the recent Rose Parade. None of them knew the theme for the Rose Parade (Echoes of Success). Ashley was pardoned from the fine by knowing the float theme for Rotary International’s float (Doing Good in the World). Although none of the Red Badgers knew which prize the Rotary International float won, Ray Bushnell shared that the float had won the Princess Trophy. Since Ray was instrumental in helping raise the funds for the float, all of which were raised without funds from Rotary International, he wasn’t fined for helping the Red Badgers.
This week’s version of “Rat on a Rotarian” began with TG Metzger. He avoided a fine by ratting on Ernie Aragon “just to pick on him.” Ernie ratted on himself first by bragging that he and his wife are expecting their 16th grandchild. He then avoided a fine by ratting on Terry Earll. Terry has just returned from a trip to Las Vegas. His trip to Vegas at New Year’s avoided top rates by staying at the Marriot Suites, but that didn’t save him a fine; he was recognized for $25.