The Asian Youth Center (AYC) isn’t just for Asians or youth anymore — last year the organization served 4,000 families with services including health, employment and senior programs.
And longtime Arcadia doctor William E. White and newly-crowned Arcadia Business Icon is an avid sailor.
These were just a couple of the nuggest learned by many other o the 40 attendees at the March 27 monthly Networking Breakfast at Santa Anita Golf Course, sponsored by Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, and hosted by Rod Salazar of Stubbies Promotions.
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Michelle Freridge, AYC Executive Director, was the guest speaker who said the AYC was started in the basement of a church in Rosemead more than 25 years ago and provides social service and health needs to Asian immigrant youth and families in the San Gabriel Valley as well as other cultures and races, including Hispanic/Latino. For youth, it offers safe after-school programs, work with at-risk youth, individual instruction to help students read at grade level, Chinese language classes, etc. In addition, they offer parent education on how to handle delinquent youth.
The latter service sparked Freridge to become a little emotional in describing some success stories with trouble youth. She also draw laughter when she noted that in most cases, the delinquency of young women is caused by the young men in their lives.
Arcadia Historical Society Vice President Carol Libby introduced Dr. White as this month’s Business Icon, a joint tribute of the Society and the Chamber. He is with Healthcare Partners Medical Group and practices general medicine. Dr. White also has considerable experience in occupational medicine and urgent care. When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. White enjoys snow skiing, hiking and is an avid sailor. He has always been active in the community and is also a long time member of the Arcadia Chamber.
Raffle prizes were donated by Chamber board members Vicki Knight, Century Rooter Service & Plumbing, and Annette Ousterhouut of Jan’s Towing, as well as new Chamber member Richard Zook with Zook and Forest Lawn mortuary services.
Tamara Kato of Comfort Keepers won the drawing to present next month’s three-minute Business Spotlight. Comfort Keepers provide quality, compassionate care to seniors in the comfort of their own homes. They offer a full range of in-home services including: light housekeeping, meal preparation, mobility assistance, bathing, grooming, etc.
The attendees of the Networking Breakfast enjoy a great breakfast buffet and valuable networking and also introduce themselves one at a time with a 30-second “elevator pitch.” In addition, they have a chance to win one of multiple gifts donated by members and attendees for a business card drawing.
Tickets to the breakfast, which runs from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., are $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and discounted to $15 for Chamber members who pay a week ahead by the previous Friday ($20 at the door for Chamber members). Free admission for those holding a Chamber All Access Pass.
Tickets can be ordered by phone at 626-447-2159 or online in the “Shop” area at www.ArcadiaCaChamber.org or in person at the Chamber office, 388 w. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, during regular business hours.