The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Bob and Patsy Harbicht have been named Citizens of the Year for 2014-15.
Individually and together the couple has devoted a lifetime of volunteer service to the community of Arcadia through scouting, schools, church and myriad organizations.
The Harbichts will succeed Jim and Shelly Romo at the 2014 Citizen of the Year / Installation Dinner to be held on March 27 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel on Huntington Drive. The annual dinner event, featuring the induction of the new Chamber officers, including President-elect Denise Weaver of Weaver & Associates Insurance, a tribute to outgoing Chamber President Arlynn Robinson, and presentations by Chamber and City leaders and political dignitaries, is considered one of Arcadia’s premier events. In addition, Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary will receive the Corporate Community Contributor Award. For information and tickets, call the Chamber office at (626) 447-2159.
Other recent Citizens of the Year include Alice Wang, Sho Tay, Vince Foley, current City Councilmen Gary Kovacic and Mickey and Lee Segal, and Gail Jensen.
Early on a Monday morning last September, Bob Harbicht was spotted putting table cloths on dozens of tables at the Arboretum being set up for that evening’s Taste of Arcadia, which he calls “Arcadia’s signature event.”
It was emblematic of his attitude even while leading the City as Mayor four times and on a record-setting 20 years on the City Council, which ends in April.
“We’re pretty good at being Indians as well as chiefs,” he says.
Bob has also been Chairman of the Lucky Baldwin District of the Boy Scouts of America, and received the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award. His other volunteer leadership roles have included President of the Arcadia Rotary Club and Arcadia High School Drill Team Booster Club, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, Arcadia Red Cross, Arcadia Welfare & Thrift, and the Arcadia Tournament of Roses Association. And that’s in addition to his years as AYSO soccer coach and referee.
When they aren’t traveling and bicycling the world and caring for their children and grandchildren, the Harbichts have a hard time keeping up with each other as Patsy also has a full slate of volunteer responsibilities. In addition to serving on the PTA from Highland Oaks Elementary, Foothills Middle School and Arcadia High School and as a leader in the Girl Scouts, she has also been President of: Visiting Nurses Association of Methodist Hospital; Children’s Home Society of Arcadia; Arcadia Partners in Rotary; and Monrovia Guild of Children’s Hospital. Her decades of volunteering have also included participation in the Assistance League of Arcadia and more than 30 years at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.
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