From The President’s Desk

As one old-timer said to me after the meeting last Friday, “The meeting was so great I could feel the energy in the room.”  Isn’t that wonderful?  Tom Crosby filling in for Bob Young, started it by leading us in singing happy birthday to a special guest – his mom.  The new method of making announcements utilizing Sho Tay’s skills with the projector gives us information in less time so we have more for the most intriguing part of our meetings,  “recognitions.”  And our speaker Nick Schekel sure lept our attention when he discussed “the big one” that is coming.


On November 14th, we will have a regular club meeting at noon then that evening, at 5:30 PM, we will participate in Vision, a new program designed by Rotary Int’l to help members draft a five-year plan for their club.  The discussion will be led by Chris Montan, a Past District Governor and a very talented lady.  This could well be one of the most important meetings our club will ever have so please come and help plan the future of our club.  A free dinner will be provided.


Next Friday Geoff Tookey will give a special craft talk so be sure to come.


Thank you. 




Nov. 2, 2008

Bruce NcCallum
Bruce NcCallum


In many Rotary clubs throughout the world, wives of male members are affectionately called “Rotary Anns”. This designation was never one of disparagement, but rather grew out of an interesting historical occasion.

The year was 1914 when San Francisco Rotarians boarded a special train to attend the Rotary convention being held in Houston.  In those days few wives attended Rotary events, and until the train stopped in Los Angeles, the only woman aboard was the wife of Rotarian Bru Brunnier.  As the train picked up additional convention-bound delegates, Mrs. Ann Brunnier was introduced as the Rotarian’s Ann.  This title soon became “Rotary Ann.” Since the clubs of the West were inviting the Rotarians to hold their next convention in San Francisco, a number of songs and stunts were organized which would be performed in Houston.  One of the Rotarians wrote a “Rotary Ann” chant.  On the train’s arrival at the Houston depot, a delegation greeted the West Coast Rotarians.  One of the greeters was Guy Gundaker of Philadelphia, whose wife was also named Ann.  During the rousing demonstration, someone started the Rotary Ann chant.  The two petite ladies, Ann Brunnier and Ann Gundaker, were hoisted to the men’s shoulders and paraded about the hall.  The group loved the title given to the two women named Ann.  Immediately the same term of endearment was used for all of the wives in attendance, and the name “Rotary Ann” was here to stay. Guy Gundaker became president of Rotary International in 1923 and Bru Brunnier was elected president in 1952.  Thus, each of the two original Rotary Arms became the “first lady of Rotary International.”

Very few clubs have Rotary Anns, but many have Partners organizations, some are stilled called “Inner Wheel.”  The word Rotary Ann can be heard on a rare occasion, and now you know where it came from.

From the President’s Desk

During our October 24th meeting Imy briefly discussed the Vision event we will have the evening of November 14th.  I’d like to provide more information.


Vision is an activity developed by Rotary in the Eastern states and is now being used throughout the United States.  It’s purpose is to have a coordinator direct a discussion which will, in the end, define a five-year plan for our club.  Our coordinator will be Chris Montan, a Past District Governor, and a wonderfully talented lady. 

We will meet at 5:30 PM, have a quick meal, then have an open discussion of a variety of subjects.  We look forward to having a wide range of members, from those who have been in the club many years to those who have just joined.  We hope members who are either current or past officers/directors as well as those who have not served as leaders will come.  Folks, we want a full spectrum of members to help in this process.


As the preparations develop Imy will have more information to pass along.  In the meantime, please mark your calendar – Nov 14th at 5:30 PM. – and join us.

Bruce McCallum
Bruce McCallum

Club Announcements

Sho Tay, has made still more electronic advances. He is now able to have announcements projected on our screen and have them run continuously as we enjoy our meal. So, if you have information you want “announced”, please send it to me no later than noon every Tuesday. I’ll organize the announcements then forward them to Sho who will prepare them for projection.

This will enable us to provide more information about up-coming events as well as provide more time for “recognitions” – also known as comedy time.

From the Presidents Desk

As you know, we have been struggling to prepare our High Gear each week and are now in the process of utilizing our club website to enable us to get the job done with much less labor.  We have two objectives. 


First, to enable everyone to click on an Arcadia Rotary icon on their desktop then click on the High Gear icon and have the High Gear appear on your screen.  You will then be able to read everything as you scroll down.  This will be quite similar to the format we have had in recent years. 


Second, after clicking on the High Gear icon you will also see on the right side of the page a summary of several topics.  You will be able to click on any of the topics and read more information about that topic.


Folks, this will be like reading the front page of a newspaper for a brief summary of a story then turning to the inside pages for more information.

I know people generally don’t like changes but please try this, it’s really very simple and you will get much more information than in prior years.  Please contact Steve Garrett or Matt Weaver and they’ll help you with any questions you may have.


Thanks for your continued patience as we work through this process.


Bruce McCallum

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