Recognition of Frank Perini and Tom Miles

Finemaster Gerard Tamparong
Finemaster Gerard Tamparong

So for our first meeting of the new fiscal—and Board—year our esteemed treasurer Gerard Tamparong acted as fine master and took up a weighty subject—that of unpaid fines. A sensitive subject in this economy. (By the way Gerard you look great having lost a few pounds.)

With great aplomb, he jokingly fined Frank Perini $500 for his impressive pectoral muscles 24 years ago. Frank was pictured in the building of the Chamber of Commerce’s patio in 1965.
Dr. Tom Miles


He next called on Tom Miles who recently sponsored a big party for his daughter’s wedding. When asked “how beautiful was it Tom?” he quickly replied “$100 worth of beautiful.” Good job Tom. You know how to stare down a fine master.


Rotarians Receive Their Stimulus

The word “stimulus” is in the air these days. To some it means a paltry amount of money “magically” received in the mail designed to encourage spending so as to “stimulate” the economy. That kind of stimulus loses its luster once it is realized that the ultimate source of the “public” funds is one’s own pocket (with far more extracted than returned). To others it means something at once more realistic and inspirational, an appeal to the heart to genuinely help a fellow human being, i.e., the purpose of service clubs such as Rotary.

On July 10, as Arcadia Rotarians gathered for their first weekly meeting under their new leadership, they found themselves welcomed by leadership team members wearing baseball caps. A glance underneath each visor revealed the face of a fellow Rotarian, one of the new officers or directors. This was a harbinger of the program to come.

First, our new President Imy Dulake asked the Red Badge members to come up to the podium. There each was given a letter of the alphabet to hold. Then they were asked to arrange themselves in such a manner as to spell the word “stimulus.”

Next the word “stimulus” was dissected into its component parts. As Imy explained, each letter represented the following words: “S” for “Stand” (resolve to “stand with Rotary”);”T” for “Time” (dedicated to Rotarian service); “I” for “Integrity” (required for effective leadership); “M” for “Membership” (strength in numbers); “U” for “Useful” (making the service valuable to the community); “L” for “Love” (motivation to help others); “U” for “Understanding” (providing direction); “S” for “Service” (the purpose of Rotary).

The five fingers on Rotary’s symbolic helping hand include the thumb (local service), the second finger (extending service to other communities), the third or tallest finger (the necessity of leadership), the fourth and weakest finger (reaching out) and the fifth finger (one’s self). Thus, the future of Rotary is in the hands of each of its members.

Next on the screen appeared a human pyramid. At the top was an image of President Imy standing on the backs of the officers. Holding up the officers in turn were the directors. At the base of the pyramid, supporting the directors was the club’s executive secretary Barbara Barnes whose many duties were represented by multiple images of her.

This led to the parties depicted explaining their respective functions.

Executive Secretary: Barbara Barnes is the keeper of the master calendar. She theatrically portrayed a typical day at Rotary headquarters: problems with the computer (calling Jack McRae for help); answering the phone (“Good afternoon, Rotary”) and dishing out a wide spectrum of information to disparate callers; performing various office duties; and transporting materials to weekly meetings.

President Elect: Matt Weaver assists President Imy Dulake in carrying out her ambitious agenda, including, inter alia, the water project in Thailand.

Vice President for Club Service: Brad Miller described himself as “the slave of Imy.” Brad then proceeded to slavishly interrogate Imy as to her knowledge of the “Four Way Test” (thereby assisting her in the memorization process).

Treasurer: Gerard Tamparong is in charge of managing Rotary finances, charging members for meals and club dues. This was a tough year for the club financially. However, thanks to the efforts of Jack McRae we were able to cut expenses and raise money at the annual “Pot of Gold” event. Nevertheless, the club did have to dip into its reserves. Members were invited to attend Board meetings for greater detail as to club finances.

Secretary: Jack Lamb keeps the meeting attendance records which he reports to the district on a monthly basis. Arcadia Rotary has the highest per cent attendance of any club within the district. Jack urged the members to keep him informed as to make-ups so that he can give them appropriate credit.

Past President: Bruce McCallum was absent, but represented by Imy wearing her Uncle Sam hat. She explained that this time Bruce could be found on the golf course.

Youth Services Director: Al Laghab invited the children present to stand. He then told of a girl in Manila who had to earn money to support her family. Rotary took her under its wing, sponsoring her college education. She is now a neuro-surgeon and President of the Rotary Club in Manila. Al also noted Rotary’s local youth projects at Camp Trask and RYLA.

International Services Director: Frank Hall observed that of the million some Rotarians around the world, over half reside outside the United States. Rotary International has a program of matching grants with local clubs to assist them in international projects. Frank noted various international efforts involving Arcadia Rotary. Rotary Amigos is a project started by Dick Martinez to make improvements to orphanages in Tijuana. Brad Miller has a project to help Maoris in New Zealand preserve their tribal heritage. Al Laghab heads a project to provide hearing aids to persons in Tijuana who are hard of hearing. In addition, there is the Thailand water project. Finally, there are youth exchange students under Rotary sponsorship.

Community Services Director: Tony Parrille listed some of Arcadia Rotary’s community projects. Eric Barter headed up a project to provide Bar-B-Que meals to families of cancer patients at Ronald MacDonald House (across from Pasadena’s Huntington Hospital). Other Rotarians wrote to military personnel stationed in Iraq (via Soldier’s Angels, etc.). This past year Arcadia Rotary honored the “Teacher of the Month” and “Police and Firemen of the Year”. Mary Salcedo was in charge of a “Salute to Seniors” project. In addition Rotary organized the annual Spring breakfast at the Community Center, which this year featured as speaker radio talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlesinger.

Environmental Services Director: John Davis noted Arcadia Rotary’s environmental projects such as improvements made at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and at Camp Trask.

Vocational Services Director: Mimi Hennessy was absent, but represented by Nancy Nien. Nancy listed such vocational events as the Dan Stover Musical Contest, the George R. Hensel Ethics Essay Contest, the teacher mini-grants to enable teachers to provide their pupils with special types of lessons, and the Four-Way Speech Contest.

Membership Services Director: Sho Tay urged every Rotarian to try to bring at least one new person into Rotary, by inviting them to join them as guests at the weekly meetings.

Taking her cue from the politically-stimulated California state budget crisis, President Imy Dulake then closed the meeting by offering each of the speakers an “I.O.U.” instead of the usual speaker’s gift.

Nevertheless, by the time that they left the gathering, Rotarians realized that they had experienced a genuine stimulus.

Arcadia Rotarians Raise Funds for Cancer Research

Several members of the Arcadia Rotary Club, including Eric Barter, Brad Miller and family, demonstrated their support for cancer research by participating in Arcadia‘s Relay for Life in memory of former Arcadia mayor Charles Gilb held recently at Santa Anita Park.

Relay for Life “brings together more than three million people each year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and empower individuals and communities to fight back against the disease.”  In addition to raising awareness, the event is also an opportunity for people from all walks of life to raise funds for research.

Rotary team captain Barter presented a check on behalf of the club for $1,000 to be used in the fight against cancer.

“Cancer has touched everyone’s life in some way,” said Barter.  “The Arcadia Rotary Club is proud to be here to support the survivors as well as remember those we have lost.”  .

As evening fell, glowing bags called luminaria lit the track, each one representing a life that has battled cancer.  Throughout the 24-hour period, participants continued to walk and lend support for each other and greeted the dawn of Sunday morning with a feeling of satisfaction.

“I’m a bit tired, but so proud of what we have accomplished here,” said one Rotarian. 

“We hope that next year we can have a Rotary tent, a barbeque and perhaps walk the 24 hours in shifts or just hang out with follow Rotarians while we raise money for a great cause,” said Barter.  “Rotary is very proud to be part of such an incredible group of people who are giving back in a way that will help so many others.”

First held in 1985, almost 5,000 communities in the United States played host to the event last year.  To date, it has raised more than $2 billion in the fight against cancer.

by Anne Donofrio-Holter


On Your Marks and Get Set to GO

I hope you all enjoyed and celebrated the 4th of July. Our family and I had a great celebration at Huntington Beach for the parade and fireworks at the beach. We had Eve-Marie Gubert and her boy friend with us, Eve-Marie was a exchange student from France we, Arcadia Rotary sponsored 2 years ago and she will be visiting the club on July 17th . I know the Freedom is not Free and I salute to all those veterans in our club who serve this country and others.

This Friday, July 10th will be our first Friday meeting. 2009-10 all officers and directors will be presenting to the club of our STIMULUS plan, we will be very comical and very fun presenting with show and tell and skits.

S-Stand with Rotary

T-Time for Rotary

I-Integrity of Arcadia Rotary club

M-membership drive

U-understanding Rotary

L-love and embrace who is in need

U-useful to Rotary

S-service above itself.

We look forward seeing you all on this Friday.

82 Guys and 1 Lady

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