Before freeways when drivers passed through small towns across the county on two-lane roads and stopped at locally-owned diners, another common sight upon entering a town was a sign featuring the logos of local service clubs such as the Rotary, Elks and Lions Clubs. Oftentimes those signs were created by the local Chamber of Commerce, such as the one pictured at right that once welcomed visitors to Arcadia in 1964.
Like many other things, many of those signs have disappeared or fallen into disrepair.
Such is the case for another such sign in Arcadia created many years ago as a stone monument in the median of Huntington Drive on the western border of town, pictured at right. After determining last fall that the stone monument needed to be refurbished the City also noticed that some of the service clubs represented on the porcelain plaques no longer exist.
The official dedication for the refurbished monument was held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, which includes logos on similar circular plaques of additional and newer service organizations, including the Arcadia Historical Society, the new Friends of the Arcadia Museum, the Arcadia Chinese Association, and for the first time on this monument, the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce. (Story continues below the following photo gallery of images from the ceremony.) [flagallery gid=173]
Also on the monument with a first-time plaque is the Arcadia Community Coordinating Council, an effort spearheaded by member and p.r. director Sylvia Ramos along with members Roberta White and Mickey Ball. The ACCC logo was designed by Chamber Ambassador Glenn Oyoung of Turn3 Creative. Ramos is chairwoman of the Chamber Ambassadors.