The Arcadia Rotary Club’s 90th Anniversary Celebration was a gala affair. The setting was the ballroom of the Doubletree and while cocktails were enjoyed, David Knight entertained the crowd at the piano. Emcee for the evening was Glenn Oyoung who’s quick wit was enjoyed by all. There were17 past presidents in attendance including past District Governor John Fee. Laura Freedman, the first women president of the club, joined the celebration along with Paul Lambert who drove down from Santa Barbara. Governor Raghada Khoury, Governor Elect John Chase and Governor Nominee Luanne Arrendondo represented the District. President Tony Parrille related some the things that were occurring 90 years ago and a video of the early days of the club was shown. It was an evening of memories as many members related tales of previous club achievements and happenings. New member, Jim Boyd, was inducted into the club. His first duty was to cut the anniversary cake. A donation of food and funds was made that evening to the Foothill Unity Center, and the club was recognized for its 90 years of service by the City of Arcadia. Rosie Mares and her committee are to be congratulated for planning this memorable event.
It was a balmy evening on the patio of the Peacock Café, decorated in the Hawaiian motif to celebrate our District Governor and his favorite theme. We took it up a notch and dressed DG Miles and his wife Teresa in grass skirts. In good fun, they wore them all evening!
They were joined by members of the clubs of Zone 4 in District 5300: Arcadia, Duarte, Monrovia and Sierra Madre.
Early attendees at 4:00pm and 5:00pm were taken on tram tour around the 127 acres of the arboretum. Tram riders learned that the new Katy Perry video “Roar” was filmed at the arboretum, complete with a real tiger.
The Peacock Café served Hawaiian themed appetizers. Rob Granger and Mike Hoey manned the bar pouring Mai Tais as needed.
To honor Teresa, on the evening of her birthday a game was staged: “Get to Know Teresa” MC’d by Bob Harbicht. Representatives of Arcadia, Sierra Madre and Monrovia Rotary Clubs were quizzed about Teresa. Naturally they knew few answers, but with Bob’s comedic guidance we all learned more about the First Lady of District 5300.