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Recognitions – February 5, 2016

Finemaster Glenn O’Young first recognized Bruce McCallum, Arcadia Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year.  Bruce is involved in many Arcadia organizations and projects.  Arcadia Rotary has long known what an outstanding citizen Bruce is and is happy to join in celebrating his service … along with a fine of $25.  Jim Helms earned a related fine of $10 for nominating Bruce.


Brad Miller is responsible for great PR for Arcadia Rotary.  An article about Rotary’s project of providing Shelterboxes to Pakistan flood victims, although a bit dated, was just one example and opportunity to fine Brad $20.  More currently, Brad and his wife, Julie, traveled to New Zealand.  Photos of spectacular scenery and a joint selfie were evidence of their enjoyment and Brad was fined an additional $20.

A newspaper clipping of the Methodist Hospital Foundation’s Thanksgiving Brunch showed two Arcadia Rotarians, Ernie Jensen and Jim Helms.  Both are past Chairman of the Foundation and have served on the board.  Both were recognized $30 for their community service.

Tom Crosby’s photo with Dick Martinez at a recent Rotary meeting reminded Finemaster Glenn of a familiar photo of comedians Cheech and Chong.  Comparing the photos, the club agreed and both were fined $15 plus the weave and brownies for a total of $25.

Further on the theme of celebrity doppelgangers … A photo of John Wilson at the Foothill Boys and Girls Club’s Kentucky Derby event honoring Monrovia’s Mary Ann Lutz along with LA County Supervisor Mike Antonovich was claimed as evidence of John’s likeness to actor Owen Wilson.  Although Owen was shown sans shirt in the comparison, the resemblance was striking.  Surprisingly, no fine ensued.

Recognitions – December 11, 2015

Finemaster Glenn O’Young began with a photo of the grand opening of the new 38 Degrees restaurant in Monrovia revealing Arcadia Rotarians Matt Weaver, John Wilson, and Mike Ojeda enjoying the event with enthusiasm.  Each of them was fined $25.

Dick Martinez flew back from Oakland with famous USC alum, Marcus Allen (Hall of Fame Raider, this reporter must point out!) and had the opportunity to give him some advice on USC football coaching staff.  The advice was apparently timely, as the next day the staff shake-up took place.  Dick was fined $25 in recognition of his sage advice.

The Rotary International Rose Parade float is an endeavor involving many Rotarians, with our own Frank Griffith at the forefront of the effort.  Finemaster Glenn recognized Frank for all his hard work with a $10 fine.

The Arcadia High School marching band recently participated as Grand Champions in the Pearl Harbor Memorial parade on the USS Missouri.  Principal Brent Forsee was recognized for $25 as he also announced they will be marching in next year’s Rose Parade.

Recognitions – November 6, 2015

Bill Gleason was the first to be called upon by Finemaster Glenn O’Young with an announcement about an important life event.  Bill has recently retired from his career as a banker and financial consultant.  Congratulations, Bill!  Enjoy the years ahead!

In a round of Rotary Jeopardy, Ken Mallory was called upon to answer:

  • In which battle did Napoleon die? (He didn’t die in battle.)
  • Where was the Declaration of Independence signed? (At the bottom.)
  • What is never eaten for lunch or dinner? (Breakfast.)

These groaners were well-known to the Rotary crowd and the round ended with Finemaster Glenn taking a fine on himself for $50 for “messing up.”

A photo of the Rotary courtyard at the Chamber of Commerce building was shown and Bob Harbicht was called upon for comment.  He invited everyone to the opening of a time capsule on Thursday, 11/12, at 11 am.  The time capsule was buried 50 years ago and will provide an opportunity to celebrate Rotary’s community involvement over the decades.

Finally, Rob Post and his sister, Gina Franco, a former member who was visiting the club, were both recognized for Rob and his wife’s thoughtful birthday celebration for their nephew’s (Gina’s son) sixth birthday.  The youngster was home sick on his birthday and is lucky to have an uncle and aunt who showed up with decorations and cupcakes.  Rob was recognized for $100, an extra $50 being added for the SC flag on the house.

Recognitions – October 30, 2015

Our fine master Glen Oyoung AKA “Chinese Peter Pan” (self-imposed) decided to surprise us all with his costume, green tights and of course some fines. Frank Hall was the first to fall on the fine train, because of his winnings on last week’s Monday Night Football party. However, when Glen fined him $75 Frank interrupted Glen by sharing that a good amount of his winnings were already on their way to the Rotary foundation. Good for Frank!!

Our second victim of this week’s fines was Bob Harbicht. When Glen asked if he had anything to share with us, Bob shared that he was running for city council again after a couple of years for his 6th term. Short thereafter Glen jumped and the opportunity and took a picture with Bob and is now blackmailing/fining for $100 or the embarrassing picture of him with the “Chinese Peter Pan” was going public…we’re all sure he’ll pay the fine. Congratulations to Bob and best of luck!!

Last but not least, Glen from the corner of his eye could see Brian Hall (we all could) because of his bright colored golf attire. Brian shared that his office was all dressed up to have some fun for Halloween. However, his bright lime green outfit is going to cost him 75 dark green bills.

Recognitions – October 16, 2015

Bob Harbicht, Finemaster Emeritus, filled in for Glenn O’Young today with only one recognition.  It was in the form of personally delivering a letter to our President Mike Hoey from the Rotary International President K.R. Ravindran.  It has come to the attention of the RI President that Arcadia Rotary is being referred to regularly at club meetings as “The Greatest Rotary Club in the Universe.”  He points out that the Rotary Club of Claremont claims to be the “Greatest Rotary Club in District 5300” and the Rotary Club of Placerville lays claim to being the “Greatest Rotary Club in California.”  In light of these competing, although unproven, claims, and in the interest of discouraging “hyperextension,” President Mike is warned that RI is contemplating legal action.  In so doing they are looking for an Arcadia Rotarian willing to take on the case “pro-Sonny Bono.”

Ignoring the not-so-veiled threats, as well as numerous word syntax and usage issues with the letter, President Mike vehemently declared that we are indeed the “Greatest Rotary Club in the World” and he will brook no argument.  The club responded with loud and supportive approval of our President.

Recognitions – September 25, 2015

Glen after thanking everyone for “ratting” each other out and making his life a lot easier as Fine-Master; proceeded to ask Yvonne Flint to stand up and inform us all why she had a Wonder Woman as her profile picture on Facebook. Yvonne later made us all like her picture, since it was in support of raising awareness of Childhood Cancer…Glen’s cold heart still proceeded to fine Yvonne $25.

Glen later continued with his duties calling one of the most seasoned members of our Rotary Frank Perini (member since 1959) and asked him: What percentage of Rotary’s money goes to do good versus administration costs? Frank answered 10% good (90% administration costs), which made us all chuckle and hope that is not the case. The correct answer was 92% good (8% admin costs)…sounds a lot better. Frank was fined $10.

He then asked that George Fasching stand up and asked if he knew the origins and meaning of his last name; George answered German but didn’t know what it meant, immediately someone yelled – Car wash! – We all laughed, but that was not the answer. For not knowing George was fined $10.

The next trio of victims were supposed to be John Wilson, Matt Weaver and Mike Real, however only John didn’t get the memo for the no-show last Friday and was fined his share of the fine $50 for having a fun time at Lake Havasu.

Finally, Glen remembered to congratulate and fine Dr. Victor De Los Santos for marrying Cookie, though we all wish them well, he will be fined (reverse wedding gift) $75.

Recognitions – September 11, 2015

Filling in for Finemaster Glenn Oyoung, Bob Harbicht’s first task was an attempt to sell four tickets to the next day’s Angel’s baseball game, courtesy of Teri Muse.  Even with the proceeds going to support Arcadia Rotary’s Field of Honor project, there were no takers.

Then Bob launched into his famous (infamous?) counting game, beloved by one and all.  Dan Place, with counsel from Jim Helms, recited the first four – one good duck, two cackling geese, three hens, and four plump partridges – with varying degrees of success and creative wording.  Tony Parrille joined in only for five limerick oysters then passed along to Tom Crosby.  Tom took on six pairs of Don Alfonso’s tweezers and seven Macedonian horsemen in full battle array, passing on eight brass monkeys from the sacred sepulchers of ancient Egypt to Bruno Esquivel.  Luckily for Bruno, time ran out on nine lyrical, spherical somethings (which this reporter missed the first time through).  Tom and Bruno were fined $50, Tony was fined $75, and Dan garnered the largest fine at $100.

Recognitions – July 31, 2015

Finemaster Glenn O’Young started with a couple of ad libs that he picked up from the announcements. (I think he’s getting the hang of this pretty quickly!)  First up was Richard Schulhof who made an announcement about the Arboretum’s water conservation programs.  Glenn thought perhaps he’d misunderstood when Richard said the program taught people to grow “weed.”  Richard was quick to clarify that he meant “weeds,” but that didn’t save him from a fine of $25

Bruce McCallum was sporting a tall, felt, very fancy hat given to him by the Special Olympics team from Kyrgyzstan.  Bruce was recognized for his stellar leadership in Arcadia’s role as a Host Town for the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.  His fine of $100 will be reduced to $50 if he would wear the hat to every Rotary meeting.  Bob Harbicht, Jim Pontello, and Howell Tyson were also recognized for $25 each for their help as Rotary volunteers for Arcadia’s Special Olympics Host Town events.

Arcadia Rotary’s Beach Day at Huntington Beach was a rousing success.  Joining in the fun were Bob Harbicht, Mike Real, Tony Parrille, Mike Hoey, Aaron Rose, and Lucia Bernal along with their families.  It was a great day of Rotary fellowship and Mike Real was fined $50 for planning the event.

A follow-up recognition for Mike Real was for his 1963 Bel Air station wagon that was spotted at Carcadia.  Mike shared that his grandfather had purchased the car new and Mike has been working to get it into cherry condition.  All that hard work earned Mike a recognition of $75.

Another car and another recognition for Bob Harbicht.  His sporty red convertible was spotted parking in the Mayor Pro Tem parking spot in the City Hall parking lot.  Finemaster Glenn wondered whether Bob had any future plans to declare, which Bob denied.  Claiming to be deputized by the Police Department, Glenn levied a parking fine on Bob for $25.

Recognitions – July 17, 2015

Bob Harbicht, Past Finemaster, filled in for Glenn Oyoung and began his recognitions with George Fasching.  George and his famous Hot Dog Cart provided lunch for Special Olympians in Wilderness Park recently.  For his exemplary community service, George was fined $75.

Both Jim Pontello and prospective member Harry Agajanian were recognized next with a Rotary quiz.  They correctly answered that Cecil B. Demille was a director, Warren G. Harding was President of the United States, Guglielmo Marconi invented wireless telegraph, and Orville Wright invented the airplane.  What did these men all have in common?  They were all Rotarians.  Jim was fined $50 for the correct answers with Harry’s fine being deferred until he becomes a member of Arcadia Rotary.

We were happy to welcome Jim Rider back after his recent hospital visits, but he complained that while on restricted diet, he was shown commercials for Domino’s Pizza on the Methodist Hospital’s television.  Jay Harvill was called to task to answer for the hospital’s alleged cruelty, but he logically answered that the commercials were aired to generate repeat business for the hospital.  Jay was fined $50 until …

Continuing his discussion with Jim Rider, Past Finemaster Bob inquired about the prime seat that Jim had for the Fourth of July fireworks across the San Gabriel Valley.  Jim was able to watch the fireworks shows from Monrovia, Azusa, and Irwindale from his fifth floor corner suite at Methodist Hospital.  As recognition for this privilege, Jay’s fine of $50 was transferred to Jim.

John Davis and his family enjoyed a two-week vacation to Alaska.  He described the wonderful time he and his wife with their two children had on both land and sea.  He confessed to bringing back some Canadian dollars, so he was fined $75 US dollars in recognition.

Annual Rotary Awards – Installation Banquet, June 27, 2015

In addition to installing our new President Michael Hoey, Arcadia Rotarians looked forward to the awarding of Arcadia Rotary’s annual Rotary Awards.  The awards focus on different service areas and honor Past District Governors who were Arcadia Rotarians.

The Ernest E. Jensen “Service to Youth Award” was presented by the 2013-14 recipient Rodger J. “Coach” Wright.  The 2014-15 recipient is a graduate of UC Davis and a certified scuba diver who has lived in Arcadia since 1998 along with her spouse and children.  An active volunteer in Arcadia, the awardee gave many hours to Highland Oaks PTSA, Rolling Readers, Foothills Middle School, Arcadia High School Music Club, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, Cub Scout Assistant Den Leader, and the Assistance League.  Despite dealing with medical issues since 2014, the recipient continued to help with band uniforms.  Awardee Nancy Tang was represented by her husband Alex Chang and two sons who accepted the award on her behalf and spoke eloquently of her selfless devotion.

The John R. Fee “New Member Award” is given each year to an outstanding new member of Arcadia Rotary.  Presenter John Wilson, last year’s recipient, began with all Arcadia Rotarians standing then began the process of elimination:  Over 20 years, sit down, never received a reminder call from Dirk Hudson, sit down, never helped with Casino Night, sit down, never attended District Assembly, sit down, never served as President of Icebreakers, sit down.  The awardee Teri Muse remained standing.  As a new member, Teri has jumped into the thick of Rotary service in many aspects of Arcadia Rotary and has made our club richer by her membership.

The Alton E. Scott “Community Service Award” was presented by 2013-14 recipient Aaron Rose.  The award honors community service and this year’s recipient exemplifies this in all aspects of his life.  Married over 60 years, the recipient served our country bravely in World War II and has received high military honors.  A father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is now retired from a career as an exceptional salesperson.  A graduate of USC and Pasadena Community College, he is a classic car enthusiast and is often seen driving his Model A through the streets of Arcadia.  Awardee Ken Mallory has actively served Arcadia Rotary in many capacities, including serving on the Board of Directors, and continues to give his time and service to his community.

The “H.T. Michler Rotarian Award” is presented each year to a Rotarian as recognition of accumulated and continued service to Arcadia Rotary for years.  Prior recipient Bob Harbicht presented this year’s award to the “perfect recipient.”  This member’s boundless enthusiasm has energized every aspect of Arcadia Rotary as he has served in every capacity during 28 years of membership.  A list of all the activities and positions of responsibility in Arcadia Rotary would be long and varied.  Richly deserving of the honor, awardee Matt Weaver is an example of what a Rotarian should be as he continues to inspire and lead various projects in our club, including the Installation Banquet.

Recognitions – May 22, 2015

Finemaster George first recognized those members who volunteered and worked with him for the Salute to Seniors Luncheon on May 12.  No fine, just a big thank you from George!

The theme of the day was “Know Your Rotary.”  First up was Swati Puri:  In what year was Arcadia Rotary Club founded?  (Clue: It was the same year Frank Perini graduated from high school.)  Swati correctly guessed 1927 for a reduced fine of $4.

Aaron Rose was asked, “Who was the first President of Arcadia Rotary Club?”  (Clue: He used to hang out with Dirk Hudson.)  Aaron’s guess was incorrect and he was fined $47.  The correct answer is Hudson Proctor.

Bob Novell’s question was in two parts.  Arcadia Rotary Club has approximately 50 meetings per year.  1)  For how many of those lunches is chicken served?  Bob’s guess of 23 was incorrect; the correct answer is 38 according to George.  2)  Within 50, how many chickens are eaten each year by Arcadia Rotarians?  Bob wildly guessed 1,500; George’s correct answer of 658 was not within 50, so Bob was fined $30.

A three-parter awaited Sam Falzone.  1)  Who was the President of Arcadia Rotary Club three years ago?  (Clue: Sit up.)  Sam didn’t guess the correct answer, which was Brad Miller.  2)  Who is the incoming President of Arcadia Rotary Club?  (Clue:  Have you seen my glasses?)  Sam correctly answered Mike Hoey.  3)  How many O’s in Mike Hoey’s name?  The correct answer of 1 was given and Sam escaped with a fine of only $20.

Recognitions for 8 May 2015

Big George Fasching handed out 4 ‘recognitions’ in short order. … Bob Hoffman should stop having his picture taken or get accustomed to being fined $27 for the honor. Yvonne Flint being prettier and selfless received a credit of $40 for all her contributions to The Rotary Club of Arcadia. Proud Grandpa, Bruce Marrs, could hardly contain his enthusiasm and self imposed a $100 to acknowledge the addition of a new granddaughter. Quiet and meek Ezylvie was spotted on Channel 8 in Phoenix AZ sharing his expertise. Not certain how George came up with Ezylvie’s fine, but I can guess that George knew Ezylvie was his 4th recognition, who appeared on Channel 8; 8×4= $32!