Congratulations to David Vannasdall on receiving his Doctor of Education in December 2016. Although Finemaster Bob Harbicht was a little tardy in his congratulations of David, he also had David in his sights to recognize him on the successful passing of Measure A in Arcadia supporting funding for the school district. Brent Forsee was also included in the recognition, although he had been spotted at the racetrack … perhaps working on “Plan B” for school funding if Measure A didn’t pass? David and Brent were both fined; David $50 and Brent $75.
Eric Barter was fishing the day after Opening Day at Mammoth Lakes and his catch was featured in Western Outdoor News magazine, including a photo. Although several Rotary members also wanted him to be fined for recanting on his “open bar” announcement for the upcoming Installation Banquet, he was only fined $70 for his fine catch.
Jim Helms was first in Finemaster Bob Harbicht’s sights. He was recently honored for his 60 year anniversary as a member of the Arcadia Elks Lodge and as First Exalted Ruler. Jim joined the Elks in 1956 and Bob noted the numerous newspaper articles that touted Jim’s milestone and accomplishments in community service. All this recognition earned Jim a fine of $50.
A recent new position for Sho Tay was the next recognition. Sho was selected by the Arcadia City Council as Mayor Pro Tem. A fine of $60 accompanied the club’s hearty congratulations.
Finally, Bill Gleason was fined $50 for incorrectly answering the question, “How many months have 30 days in them?” The correct answer, “All except February,” was met with a collective groan.
Saint Patrick’s Day fines were short but sweet with substitute Finemaster George Fasching. He was disappointed that the menu was corned beef and cabbage as he had been looking forward to his favorite, chicken.
Francine Chiu was first on George’s list. He enjoyed her Craft Talk last week and noticed a very important item she left out – she is a graduate of Alhambra High School, as is George himself. While disappointed that she didn’t know any of the same teachers, after noting the 57 years between their years of graduation, he admitted it might be understandable. Francine’s fine was half of those 57 years, $26. (Fasching math seems to be related to Rider math.)
Next up was a photo of a young bikini-clad woman who apparently had wandered into a Rotary meeting in years gone by. Ernie Jensen was put on the spot to identify the year since he was President in 1991 and has lots of memories – all of which have been photographed by Frank Perini. Ernie remembered very well that it was a meeting at the Holiday Inn in 1989. For his excellent and accurate memory, Ernie was rewarded with a zero fine.
Even though the meeting slide said “Out of Town,” in fact Finemaster Bob Harbicht was not, so Brent Forsee didn’t escape. Brent had already given a short recommendation in support of local Measure A funding Arcadia schools which made the Finemaster’s job easier. Brent was recognized for 45 cents per second times 73 seconds which, after consulting with Jim Rider for some “Rider Math,” was settled at $50.
Helping with fine calculations didn’t keep Jim Rider safe from being the next to be recognized. He had a long list of opportunities: purchasing a “new” 10-year-old Jeep, purchasing a cabin in Big Bear, his granddaughter turning one year old. He also gave the Finemaster clues to future opportunities with his daughter getting married on April 1 and a second grandchild on the way. All those opportunities only earned Jim a fine of $25.
Richard Shulhof was recognized for the Arboretum’s fundraiser in October of 2016 which was covered in a big newspaper spread that Finemaster Bob said he’s been carrying around for a while. This successful event raised $130,000 gross in support of the Arboretum and Richard was fined 45 cents per thousand. Rider math calculated this fine as $45.50.
Finemaster Glenn Oyoung had an encounter with a cup of hot coffee at a local phô restaurant which was witnessed by John Wilson who made no attempt to help. Glenn exacted his revenge by calling on John first to recognize him for the outstanding fundraising event, Festival of Trees, held to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Foothills. The Arcadia Rotary sponsored a beautiful tree that blew away the competition. Per John, the event raised almost $200,000 and he was recognized for a fine of $50.
The next photo showed Mike Ojeda at Flemings in Pasadena with Ash Rizk’s wife. Mike admitted that it was a Team Ash dinner event and that it might have been on the pricey side. Accordingly, he was fined $75.
A photo from Erich Rail’s August 2016 vacation to Mt. Rushmore with his son prompted Finemaster Glenn to ask Erich whether he thinks President Trump will be the next face on the famous mountain. Erich didn’t take a stand either way, but agreed that, if so, it would be “huge.” Erich was fined $35.
Ken Chan has unfortunately had his email hacked. He was fined $45 for warning Rotarians to be on the lookout for unusual emails. One of the offending emails was received by Finemaster Glenn’s wife telling her that he was buying her a carat for her birthday. This earned Ken a fine of $45.
Methodist Hospital has been honored as being in the Top 2% in the Nation, receiving five stars from Medicare, one of nine hospitals so honored in California. Jay Harvill was recognized and given the opportunity to remind the club how fortunate we are to have a world-class medical facility in our community. Finemaster Glenn also noticed that Methodist Hospital is offering a $5,000 signing bonus to nurses. He offered to split the bonus with Jay in exchange for his corny jokes. Jay wasn’t interested and was recognized for $100.
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.