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Recognitions – September 23, 2016

Phyllis Corliss travels for a living, running a tour business.  She has visited over 200 countries, so Finemaster Bob was sure she would know all about the Eiffel Tower, having visited it many times.  Although Phyllis assured him that she had “so many facts in my mind,” she didn’t correctly answer his questions:  When was the Eiffel Tower built? – 1889.  Why was it built? – For the World’s Fair.  It was the tallest man-made structure in the world when it was built.  What had been the tallest before it? – Washington Monument.  What replaced it? – Chrylser Building.  Phyllis didn’t earn a fine reduction with correct answers, so she was fined $50.

A blue ribbon at the Los Angeles County Fair cost Pat Barnes $50.  He won the ribbon with a cross-stitched Christmas stocking that he made for his youngest grandson.

Even though Mike Hoey hasn’t golfed lately, he was still fined $50 for listening to Finemaster Bob’s groaner of a golf joke.  Suffice it to say it involved a skydiving blind golfer and his guide dog … who became the early warning system of the approaching ground at the end of the skydive … groan.

Recognitions – September 9, 2016

The theme for the day’s recognitions was “Where did you go on vacation?”  Finemaster Bob Harbicht called on Pat Barnes first.  Pat and Barbara Lynn were traveling for eight and a half weeks, driving 7,406 miles in their RV.  The farthest away they traveled was Highway 70 in Maryland, visiting their daughter and family in Pennsylvania along the way.  Finemaster Bob enlisted Jim Rider’s help to calculate the fine using “Rider Math,” resulting in a fine of $110 for Pat.

Next, Kathy Ellison was recognized for sending strippers down to help with the Rotary Amigos project in Mexico.  Although, Dick Martinez agreed that “what happens in Tijuana, stays in Tijuana,” Kathy admitted that she actually sent electrical wire strippers from her electrical wholesale business and she was fined $50.

Larry Callaham and his wife were also gone for eight weeks, visiting their daughter and family in Iowa.  They drove there and back, logging many miles and earning a $50 fine.

Not to be outdone, Brian Hall was also in the Midwest for five days – Michigan and Chicago, specifically — attending his nephew’s wedding.  He was also fined $50.

Although Dick Martinez didn’t leave town, he did attend the opening USC football game against Alabama.  They had a great tailgate party with friends and their son, but as soon as the first quarter was over, the nightmare began.  In sympathy, Dick was not fined; attending the game was deemed to be punishment enough.

Tony Parrille celebrated his birthday a couple weeks ago … in Maui.  He said he just needed to use up his air miles and he likes to travel west, but he was still fined $50.

Finally, Erich Rail and his son rode 250 miles on bicycles in South Dakota, visiting, among other spots, the George S. Mickelson Trailhead near Deadwood, railroad tracks turned into a bike trail.  According to Finemaster Bob, who met Erich on a bicycle trip years ago, he is good at finding refreshment spots along the way, so Erich was fined $75.

Recognitions for 8-26-16 noted by Mimi Hennessy

Fine Master Bob Harbicht began by recognizing Jim Pontello, in honor of his mother who will tun 100 this September! The good genes cost him $100.

it was noted that Mike Ojeda had no badge; seems he forgot to take it off and wore it home, then left it on the dresser, so he actually forgot it twice in one week. Bob encouraged him to jog his memory with a note, a string around the finger, or better yet, hang his check book around his neck. The memory lapse cost him $25.

Ash Rizk admitted under questioning that he was taking his “old” ’66 Mercedes convertible to Carcadia on Sunday morning. Such an old car shouldn’t cost him that much, right? When asked if he wanted to talk about how he had fixed it up, Ash said “not really”, but went on to confess that he had replaced a perfectly good top because it was the wrong color and had all the upholstery redone at the MB classic center, in a pricey effort to restore it to its original perfection. Bob was going to take pity, but in recognition of all of Ash’s real estate listings, charged him $100.

Bob next conducted a quiz with five contestants; each was asked to identify something about a famous person and then collectively all were asked what the 5 famous people all had in common.
Tom Miles correctly identified JFK as a US President.
Francine Chiu whispered (because she is so shy) that Neil Armstrong was an astronaut.
Ash Rizk linked Orville Wright to popcorn, then cars, and finally airplanes.
Dirk Hudson identified Prince Charles as an English royal.
And Steve Fong connected Col. Sanders to ….. chicken!
Tom Miles was the first to connect them all as Rotarians, saving himself a fine; everyone else was fined $50 each.

Matt Weaver’s recent absence was noted, and he acknowledged he might have been in San Clemente and that he was going to see Bob Margett’s kid next week. He was offered the option to confess for $50 or be outed for $100 and opted for the latter; however bob took pity and only fined him $50 for being busy.


Fine Master Bob Harbicht called on his first “victim” Frank Perini and asked him if he was aware of a Veterans Memorial that is being built in San Dimas, CA where he Frank is being recognized as a World War II veteran; later Frank asked “how do you know?” then Bob reminded us that “he knows everything”. He continued and informed Frank that he can’t fine him for that…BUT he did say he would fine him $50 for his barbershop being recognized as a Landmark in the City Chambers office.

The second person to “walk to plank” was our gracious host for our annual Monday Night Football events Paul Kalemkiarian, however Paul argued that it wasn’t fair to fine a “Blue Badge Guest”…Bob disagreed in laughter adding that the only reason he was in attendance is because he was our speaker. Soon there after he added that because of his father’s 90th birthday bash he was left without the Tom Crosby scotch, but will re-stock in time for this year’s Monday Night Football event. He was in fact NOT exempt from a fine for being a “Blue Badge Guest” and will have to pay $50 cash (not worth of wine).

Jim Helms was asked to stand up next for the 2nd week in a row and was asked if his it was a mere coincidence that a couple of days after being fined by Bob his licence plates finally arrived to his home after 14 months of waiting; Jim answered that he knows that Bob’s influence probably played a roll in that…Bob agreed and fined him $25 for the favor.

Next, it was the “Ernie Show” where Bob asked Ernie Jensen about his current remodeling ventures in both Big Bear, CA and Hawaii. Included in those ventures is that MOST of the glass for the projects are being provided by…Ernie Aragon. However, when Bob discovered that only most, and not all of his glass needs were being met by Ernie Aragon…Bob rolled over the whole fine of $100 to only Ernie Jensen.

Finally it was Ken Chan’s turn to stand up and explain what he was doing at the Queen Mary two weeks ago. Ken said that he was in a model train event where he didn’t buy, but he did sell. Although Ken quickly said that all the proceeds were already spent by his wife, Bob added that he probably still had enough to pay $50.

Recognitions – August 5, 2016

Finemaster Bob Harbicht has been looking for an opportunity to tamp down Howell Tyson’s rowdy behavior – apparently his table mates have been complaining.  Howell was given the chance to reduce his fine if he could correctly identify the newly-installed president of the Arcadia Chinese Association in a photo.  After incorrectly guessing twice, Finemaster Bob divulged that the new president was our own Aaron Rose.  Howell was fined $50 with no discount for passing the quiz.

Jeff Johnson was another of Finemaster Bob’s long-looked-for targets.  Asked whether he had any news to share, Jeff announced that his daughter is getting married on November 12.  He approves of her intended but, as Finemaster Bob noted, he won’t have much money left after the event, so $100 was collected to honor the marriage of Jeff’s only child.

Caught while getting pie, Judge Bruce Marrs was recognized for running unopposed in the current county-wide election.  Since he is saving a substantial amount of his own money – or as he argued, saving his collection of money in support of his campaign – he was fined $100 along with the hearty congratulations of his fellow Rotarians.

Recognitions – July 22, 2016

Ken Chan was Deputy Finemaster for the day and he introduced the club to a new game called “Simon Says Rotary.”  Frank Griffith, representing Arcadia Rotary Foundation, was called upon to propose fine amounts that would be payable to our foundation.  Erich Rail, as Club Treasurer, was responsible for fines payable to the club and Frank Perini was asked to take photos of the various fine payers as they played the game.

First, Simon Says, all Past Presidents stand.  Those in attendance were:  Gil Stromsoe, Jim Rider, Brad Miller, Eric Barter, Mike Hoey, Ray Bushnell, Jack Lamb, Imy Dulake, and Bob Novell.  All those wearing a Rotary pin or shirt with Rotary emblem were excused and allowed to escape a fine.  The four remaining – Brad, Eric, Imy, and Bob – faced Frank and Erich to receive their fines.  Frank started with $75, but using Rider Math, that was increased to $100 to Arcadia Rotary Foundation.  Judge Bruce Marrs approved the assessment.  Next Erich proposed an additional $5 payable to Arcadia Rotary, again with Judge Marrs’ approval.

Next, Simon Says, all other Rotarians stand.  Again, those with Rotary pins or shirts were excused, leaving a group of about 30 still available to be fined.  Those standing were fined $50 each by Frank for our foundation and $10 by Erich for our club.  Unfortunately, Judge Marrs had to recuse himself from approving the fines since he was one of the group being fined.

New member Swati Puri reminded us that her company sells Rotary pins and offered an Arcadia Special – Buy One, Get One Free.  She agreed to a deal of $10 plus two pins.  Deputy Finemaster Ken will be on the lookout for all Arcadia Rotarians to be properly outfitted at future meetings.