Joe Morris, a Vice President of the Stronach Group, who oversees Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, gave a brief history and update on our local track. Santa Anita opened on Christmas day in 1934. The track has had a number of firsts, the first pari mutuel tote system, the first $100,000 race, the first photo finish cameras and the first electronic timing of races. The track has been home to the top horses, the top trainers and the top jockeys in the country.
One of the problems affecting horse racing today is the number of thoroughbreds available for the sport. In the 1980’s there were 37,000 horses bred each year. This last year 21,000 were bred. The closing of Hollywood Park also caused problems. It was not difficult to move race dates around but the loss of that facility meant the loss of 1800 stalls. Another problem is that California is the only major state in the country that does not allow tracks to have alternate forms of revenue. Other states allow slot machines and lotteries at their tracks. This puts California at a disadvantage.
Joe gave an update on improvements at the track including a new surface on the dirt track, increasing the width of the grass track and plans to add more stalls. Despite the many challenges facing Santa Anita, Joe painted a bright picture for the future of racing here in Arcadia.
Ralph Martinez, a retired pharmacist and long-time involved community volunteer spoke about what we can do to stem the deterioration of aging.
Though some seem to do whatever they want, “everything wrong” for their health and get away with it, he said we cannot take that risk. Others who do take care of themselves, like top athletes are seeing with advances in nutrition, medicine and training that they can participate longer, past their 30’s!
Overall he encouraged us to support our health focusing on nutrition, medical, exercise and the senses – oral/vision/hearing. He suggested the following principles: moderation, consistency, balance and common sense.
He showed us the new improved nutrition panel approved by the FDA that can help us determine what is in a food product. He compared Rolled Oats with Raisin Bran, the latter has 28 grams out of the daily 60 grams sugar recommendation… in one serving!
He said “fast food” is not just “drive-thru” but foods that cook fast and have been processed. If the nutrition label lists many ingredients it has been highly processed and offers reduced nutritional value.
Ralph suggested we eat better and do not expect to make up for poor nutrition with supplements.
Prevention was his admonition related to Medical Care. “Bad things don’t come and go, they come and stay”. He advised to get things checked out earlier than later.
In summary he put the onus back on us. The insurance companies, the food companies, the drug companies are not putting our health first. We need to… and by following Ralph’s principles of on-going effort supporting our health we can live longer and better.
Craft Talk by Gina Kim
Immigrated December 23, 1078 to Northern California
Six months later moved to Hacienda Heights where she lived thru school
1990 Graduated from High School and then attended Cal Poly Pomona, but did not graduate
Married her husband John 8/7/04. They have no children (medical issue) but have two dogs
She was an Escrow Officer for 20 years and then decided to start her own company “Escrow World” 5 years ago.
Introduced to Rotary thru Rosie.
Craft Talk by Sandra Caldero
Is the Club Administrator/Bookkeeper
Born in East Los Angeles and is a first generation. Her parents were from Mexico.
Her husband, Jim, is a chiropractor. Two children (son and daughter) and one granddaughter.
Hobbies – paper crafts, cooking and photography.
Explained her duties in Rotary
Written by Keanny Jimenez, Intern for Waste Management
Rotary is said to be like a family, but what about the other Rotary members around the world? Once every year Rotary hosts an International Rotary Convention. This year it took place in the beautiful city of Atlanta with 40,000 people! Not only were there many sites to see and great food to taste, but they also were exposed to all the cultures brought from every single Rotary member around the world. Frank Griffith convinced all the Arcadia members at the convention to get red polo shirts which they wore to the club meeting. Arcadia club members who attended were Pat Dolphin, Brad Miller, Kathy Ellison, Imy Dulake, Rosie Mares, Gina Kim, Tony Parrille and Sam Falzone.
Imy talked about the amazing guest speakers like Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher, and government officials. Mr. Kutcher brought in the very touchy subject of child sex trafficking. He is starting a non-profit organization to help track the children. “It gave me rotary pride” says Gina Kim. This was Gina’s first convention and she couldn’t have loved it more.
Tony Parrille is talking about making a San Gabriel Valley wide program of saving these child sex slaves. A very worthwhile potential project to look out for. Rosie Mares just loves these conventions so much that it was her fourth time going to a convention. She said, “It opens your eyes to the real reason why you are in Rotary”. Pat talked about all the great dinners they had together getting to know each other and their spouses better. Brad talked about how it was his 3rd international convention and each time he is amazed at what he learns. Sam Falzone learned that you don’t want to rent a car when you go to these conventions….it’s much cheaper and quicker to just schlep around in the shuttle buses they provide you! Kathy shared the upcoming dates and locations for International Conventions: 2018 Toronto; 2019 Germany; 2020 Hawaii, and 2021 Taiwan.
Program Chairman Jim Pontello introduced his first speaker of the new Presidential year and she was on fire. Not really, but she did speak about the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. Our guest speaker was Jan Share, Operations Manager of the Southern California office of the foundation. The history of the organization began years ago. In 1971 a devastating backyard fire broke out at eight year old Alisa Ann’s home. Her little brother sat down in the yard and rolled to stop the flames but Alisa Ann ran inside to her mother. She was so badly burned she did not survive. The family decided to start the foundation in her name with the goal of helping young burn survivors get through the horror of recovery after being burned. The foundation connects them with resources for coping with and managing their injuries. Dealing with disfigurement and rebuilding ones own self confidence is a daunting task but with the help of thousands of volunteers statewide and numerous fund raising efforts, it is being accomplished. Support groups are provided for burn survivors, their loved-ones, care givers and burn care professionals.
Jan played a short video, which showed many ways the quality of life is enhanced for these young survivors. The organization stages field trips, ski trips, kayak trips, beach adventures, and family camps. Just last month the organization sent 144 kids to the Largest Burn Camp in the country where the kids stay for one full week. When kids reach the age of fifteen they transition into the Young Adult Summit where they can learn about things like fixing cars and writing resumes for future employment. Once they reach seventeen or eighteen they become a C.I.T., counselor in training.
The Alisa Ann Ruch Foundation partners with Hospitals and Burn Centers, Fire Departments and Schools and Community Groups to get the word out about fire safety and training. They have developed the F.I.S.E., Firefighters in Safety Education, which teaches kids that “It Only Takes A Second” to change your life forever. Jan says all funds are raised through relays, grants, and donations. She pointed out to always have a plan for escape, know your surroundings and use caution when cooking on the stove or heating soup.
Thanks Jan for a great subject to talk about, Burn Safety.
Rotarian Play titled, “Demotion Time!”
Tony Parrille played the part of Rosie.
We had a visit from the Ghost of Rotary Past-Mike Real- who wanted to show actor Rosie how Rotary began. We had visits from Rotary Moses-Frank Hall who shared the 4-Way Test; Greeks-Jim Rider, Imy Dulake and Dick Martinez who explained the rules of Rotary; Romans-Dick Martinez, Jim Rider, Ernie Jensen and Frank Hall who told stories of the past presidents and member duties. Extras for the scenes include: Matt Weaver, Brad Miller, Mimi Hennessey and Mike Ojeda. Thank you for all your funny commentary and rotary wisdom.
Thank You President Rosie for your time, and many contributions you make to Rotary and Welcome to the Past President’s Club!
Thank you Mimi Hennessey for putting the skit together for our President and fellow Rotarians.