Chris Dyrek discussed the toughest day in sports, the Ironman Triathlon. This is an event that he has participated in many times. It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22 mile run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Ironman participants have a limited time of 17 hours to complete the race. They start early in the morning. The swim must be completed in 2 hours 20 minutes, the bike portion in 8 hours 10 minutes and the marathon in 6 hours 30 minutes. Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon in these timings is designated an Ironman. The Ironman World Championship has been held in Kona, Hawaii annually since 1978. Chris has competed in many triathlons including Kona and the Challenge Roth, the world’s largest Ironman competition, held in the Bavarian region of Germany.
Joan Pera, Supervising Deputy Probation Officer from the LA County Probation Department presented the uncomfortable topic of how lives are used and abused by others.
She explained that “Child Prostitution” is no longer an accepted term – these are VICTIMS, no longer identified as criminals since 2010. As a result they need support and to regain their lives – they do not get involved in lives of sexual abuse on purpose or as a choice.
Ms. Pera reviewed the myths of how sex trafficking happens, and it is not as we expected; not just girls, not bad kids, not just male pimps and the problem continues to evolve and expand. For example, gangs have found they can sell a child over and over – a more profitable trade than dealing drugs.
2001 statistics were quoted (probably worse now):
- every 26 seconds a child runs away 1.6 million per year.
- 1 in 3 will be approached within 48hrs at bus stations, train depots etc.
- The AVERAGE age is 12 years
- 70-90% have a history of child abuse
The at risk populations include
- poor families who may pimp their child or sell them
- peers – recruitment is occuring at High and Middle Schools
- group home and foster homes
- kids kidnapped off the street
- the transgender population
The child trafficking unit has been working in the community to support those at risk and to extend help to them. Foster care support has been increased twice: “Extended foster care” to age 21 and “foster care plus” goes to the age of 24. Prior to the extensions 14,100 arrests in 2009 in the 18-24 age bracket.
The topic makes most of us squirm. What can we do?
- Support programs already in place with money; support the education of the community.
- mentor victims or include them in parts of your family life.
- read books on the topic, often by victims: Put “sex trafficking” in Amazon – there are lots of choices.
Arcadia Rotary is forming a committee to focus on the topic. If you are interested in Stopping Human Trafficking please contact Rosie Mares.
1. George Fasching is at home and doing much better.
2. There will be a board meeting on 9/20 from 6PM to 7PM at Francine Chui’s office.
3. Lopa Des Chowdhury got inducted. Congratulations Lopa and welcome!
4. Starting as of 9/29 meetings will be held at the Monrovia Doubletree Hotel while Embassy Suites are being renovated.
5. There will be a combined dinner on 10/6 for members of Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madres and Duarte with the District Governor. Starts at 5:30Pm and will be held at the Duarte Community Center.
6. Matt Weaver will be hosting Monday Night Foot on 10/23.
7. The 28th annual District 5300 Peace Conference will be held at Huntington Library on 10/7 from 9AM to 1PM. The cost is $25 for preregistration or $35 at the door.
8. JDRF-LA Walk for diabetes is on 10/29 at the Rose Bowl. Gina Kim has set up Arcadia Rotary Team.
- John Murphy announced that George Fasching has been in the hospital and hopes to come home today. He could use some cheering up.
- Mike Hoey reported that Jeff Johnson’s brother, who worked for the government in Brussels, died suddenly from an aortic aneurysm. He was only 53 years of age. Prayers and thought are appreciated.
- Remember that the club will start meeting at the Monrovia Doubletree Hotel on 09/29/2017 while the meeting rooms at the Embassy Suite are being renovated.
- The 28th annual District 5300 Peace Conference will be held at the Huntington Library on Saturday 10/07/2017 from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. The cost is $25 for per-registration or $35 at the door. It includes a continental breakfast.
- Monrovia Rotary Club will be hosting an “Aloha Luau & Casino” party on Saturday 09/23/2017. The cost is $50/ticket.
- There will be an Arcadia Rotary mixer on Wednesday 09/13/2017 from 4:30 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. at Mt. Lowe Brewing Company, 150 E. St. Joseph Street, Arcadia, CA.
- Aaron Rose said to mark on our calendar the Chinese Moon Festival on 11/30/2017. The cost is $10/person or $5 for seniors. Contact Aaron for further information.
- Arcadia Rotary Club’s annual Monday Night Football will be held on 10/23/2017 at Matt Weaver’s house. It will be the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Washington Redskins. This is always a great event.
- The Arcadia Partner’s annual Christmas party will be held on Friday 12/01/2017 at Matt Weaver’s house.
- The District Governor’s visit will be on 10/06/2017. There will be a combined dinner for members of Arcadia, Monrovia, Sierra Madre and Duarte Rotary Clubs at 5:30 P.M. at the Duarte Community Center.
- Congratulations to Larry Callaham for getting his Blue Badge.
- Dirk Hudson announced that the 5-K run for Juvenile Diabetes will be at the Rose Bowl on 10/29/2017.
- Remember to read the High Gear each week to see what the question will be from the Rotary Handbook.
Lisa Levy Bush, currently with the Construction Authority Responsibility group made up of 8 full-time staff, discussed the upcoming developments with the Foothill Goldline. Their group is expecting the San Gabriel Valley to grow 7.6% in the next 7 years.
Their first Goldline Project was completed in 2003 from Los Angeles to Pasadena. In March 2016, they finished the goldline from Pasadena to Azusa on time and on track with budget; the metro is seeing approximately 54,000 riders every weekday.
Lisa stated that just recently they got approved for the next phase of the project, which is the development of the goldline running from Glendora to Montclair, which covers a 12.5 mile radius. They just received their utility contracts this week which they will begin working on. The new project is expected to be done in 2026, breaking ground on the project December 2, 2017 at the Citrus station.
If you are interested in seeing more about the project, you can visit foothillgoldline.org or iwillride.org.
The August 25th Program was all about recognizing our 2017 Field of Honor sponsors. We were all in for a special treat when Bob Harbicht revealed that our “anonymous” donor for our Veteran’s Memorial was longtime Arcadia resident and volunteer Mary Hansen. President Tony Parrille and Bob Harbicht accepted a $20,000 check from Mrs. Hansen to complete the funding necessary to build the Veteran’s Memorial. Mrs. Hansen’s husband and 5 brothers all fought in World War II and she wanted to see this memorial built in Arcadia to honor all veteran’s. The 92 ½ year old said she wanted to see this done ASAP so she can be there to help unveil the monument. Bob Harbicht promised to fast track the project.
Bob also reminded us why we established the Field of Honor Program:
1) Bring outside money into Rotary for our charities
2) Fund the Veteran’s Memorial
3) Fund more Rotary charities
4) Raise visibility in the Arcadia Community and beyond
All of this has been accomplished in the 2 short years the program has been in existence in Arcadia. The first year we raised $30,000 and the second year we raised $50,000. Plans are already underway for the 2018 Field of Honor and all Rotarians are encouraged to participate.