Category Archives: Recognition

Recognitions – April 21, 2017

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.

Recognitions – March 17, 2017

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.

Recognitions – February 10, 2017

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.

Recognitions – January 13, 2017

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.

Recognitions – January 6, 2017

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.

Recognitions for Dec. 2 (recorded by Mimi Hennessy)

Our esteemed fine master Bob Harbicht turned his laser focus first on Brent Forsee seeking information on the Arcadia High School Apaches winning season. Brent acknowledged that it had been a “good year” with a 9-3 record. Bob asked if he was “proud of his role”?  Although Brent responded he wasn’t falling for that, Bob noted that it all comes from the top, and that while some think he (Bob) is a heartless guy, he was giving Brent $10 fine waivers for EACH of those victories! BUT ….before Brent sat down, Bob wanted to talk about the losses. Turns out the losses were to Burbank, Crescenta Valley, and Quartz Hill in the CIF Quarter Finals, but that they beat Burroughs, and that two of the three teams they lost to were playing in the CIF Championships. As result Brent was only fined for two losses at $20 each; think he came out way ahead overall.

Next he turned to Kathy Ellison to ask if she had been taking any big walks lately, since he had recently fined Mimi Hennessy for her walk in Spain. Kathy acknowledged that she had been so inspired by the book Wild that she went on the Pacific Crest Trail. While she didn’t pass any state borders, she had walked nine miles in only a few hours. Bob concluded that since Mimi walked almost 100 miles in 7 days that Kathy would have walked 63 miles if she had kept up that rate for 7 days, leaving her still 37 miles short, so she was fined $1/ mile for 37 miles.

Next on his feet was Mike Real, who had failed to attend an evening meeting, one in a series of alternative meeting formats. Since it was a regular meeting and Mike is a past president, Bob wondered what was the cause of this dereliction of duty? Mike couldn’t seem to recall where he was so Bob reminded him that he was in Palm Springs (the fine master knows ALL). Mike’s memory restored, he allowed as how he was not on business, although he did look at a few dates, and hoping for leniency, noted that he had “made up” the next night at Matt Denny’s. Bob was not impressed but let him off with $50.

Wanting to get in ahead of the statute of limitations, Bob called on Francine Chiu. When asked where she had been recently, Francine acknowledged (after a very long pause) that she had been in Taiwan for 3 weeks. Bob thought that was a nice long vacation and wondered what she had been doing. Turns out she was “traveling around” and that Taifun Maggie had visited the island while she was there, but that she stayed safe in the hotel lobby (bar). The trip cost her $50.

Larry Callahan owned up to being in Iowa for Thanksgiving; Bob didn’t fine him since he had voluntarily confessed, which Bob asked us all to take to heart. BUT Bob wanted to know more about a choir performance at church (which he had missed). Turns out that students at Larry’s former high school, where he has continued to volunteer, wrote a song in his honor and performed it at church. Larry asked Bob if he knew the Bible passage the song was based on: “Walk humbly with your God”? Bob ignored the question and noted that no one had ever written a song for him. Ernie Aragon volunteered that he had a song written about him called “wasted days and wasted nights”, which Larry though sounded more fun that his song. Being honored cost Larry $50.