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.
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.
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.
Fine Master Glenn Oyoung began by recognizing Erich Rail for his outstanding work on Monte Carlo Night, and Frank Hall for handling the money. their good work cost them each $50!
Bob Hoffman also distinguished himself at the craps table by offering Glenn his “expert” advice: “keep your money in; the market will be fine!” Glenn likened the financial advice to the Chinese Mafia, and had similar results. His generous advice cost Bob $50.
A picture of Mike Hoey’s wife and Glenn’s wife prompted general admiration for the beautiful wives; However apparently the evening exhausted them as neither Mike nor Glenn was able to take the party home. For some reason the lack of “action” cost Mike $25 and Glenn nothing.
A Google search for Gerard Tamperong produced a shirtless spread of “single and ready to mingle”; This cost Gerard $100 even though Glenn acknowledged that he could tell this guy wasn’t really our Gerard since he wasn’t wearing leopard underwear. It was also noted that Gerard shows up at least once a year to collect another Paul Harris Fellow, having received PHF+5 today.
Imy Dulake was fined $100 for appearing in a big spread on “Influencers and Game Changers” as a Fearless Force in Action, although Tom Crosby earned her a 50 cent fine reduction by noting that the article mentioned her Rotary service.
Prospective member Larry Callaham has just returned from Ireland and France ….. yeah Glenn went there: I see Ireland, I see France, I see Larry’s …..blue speedos with a big gold Rotary emblem where it will do the most good. According to Glenn, Larry will have to wear these his entire Red Badge year; in fact Glenn says they are so comfortable he’s kept them on even as a blue badger.
David Vanasdall (who was already gone so Public Information Officer Ryan Foran had to stand in for him along with principal Tom Bruce from First Avenue Middle School, were collectively fined $25 for their numerous educational leadership articles, and most especially for David on the cover of GQ.
The RYLA team from Arcadia high schools led the meeting, including recognitions. Team member Bridget did an outstanding job, beginning with her recognition of President Mike Hoey’s recent marriage. She wished Mike and his bride Jamie 100 years of bliss, accompanied by a recognition of $100.
Sam Falzone has done an outstanding job of coordinating Rotary and other service volunteers to assemble 1,000 American flags for Arcadia Rotary’s Field of Honor 2016. Four sessions were needed to complete the assembly, all led ably and successfully by Sam. Sam was fined $20 for his hard work and we look forward to seeing the flags on display beginning May 21, 2016.
Finemaster Glenn Oyoung then stepped in to be sure that Mike Hoey was once more recognized for the occasion of his marriage to Jamie. Glenn shared beautiful wedding photos to which he had added captions and remarks. Among others was a photo of the lovely bride having second thoughts after meeting Mike’s Rotarian friends. The club joined Glenn in wishing Mike and Jamie 1,000 years of happiness and Mike was fined another $100.
Finemaster Glenn Oyoung began with a theme of rooftop structures, specifically those that revolve. George Fasching was recognized for his success in getting the historic windmill turning again atop the building now occupied by Denny’s. The ceremony to begin the re-turning will be held in mid-June. George was fined $50 for his efforts.
Next, Jim Helms was questioned about the cross on top of Methodist Hospital which apparently used to turn, as did the local barbershop pole. Jim bemoaned the city’s decision to stop these signs from moving, noting that he supported their reactivation. He was recognized for $25.
The Finemaster addressed the Foothill Federal Credit Union group who were attending with Brian Hall, all dressed in matching t-shirts. Brian didn’t seem too enthused about Glenn’s idea of large golden dollar signs turning on top of the credit union building. He was fined $100 for turning down this opportunity to potentially increase deposits.
Brian Cogbill and his family were photographed in front of the Supreme Court building, upon which Brian commented that he thought the empty chair was a prime spot for a dental practice. Actually, they were there to see Brian’s son and daughter-in-law be sworn in as attorneys authorized to practice before the Supreme Court. Brian was recognized for $100 as a proud father.
An admittedly dated photo of David Hasselhoff from Baywatch days was shown in comparison with a beachside photo of Bob Harbicht. All efforts to tell the photos apart failed and Bob was fined for $50.
Finally, a photo of David Vannasdall with members of the AHS Key Club required an explanation. David insists that he is only consorting with Kiwanians in a long-term effort to reel them in for Interact, so his fine was reduced from $75 to $25.