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We welcome San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos
who will give the club an update on his battle against gangs and how
he is strengthen his ongoing fight against human trafficking.
Sheriff John McMahon from the San Bernardino County Sheriff ’s
Department reported on changes in the county since his appointment
in December 2012. The sheriff discussed consolidation of all
air resources of the Sheriff ’s Office to the San Bernardino International
Airport where they have a full service bay and 24 hour fuel
availability. He then went on to discuss the challenges of housing
state inmates in the county prisons who have committed crimes
not considered to be of a serious, violent or sexual nature. He has focused
on programming which allows these inmates to receive training
in auto maintenance and fire suppression, two areas where
employers will hire those with a criminal record. In addition he discussed
programs using interns from CSUSB which unite inmates
with their families in an effort to teach the inmates life and parenting
skills. Such programs reduce the overall recidivism rate in the
county. He further discussed changes in crime rates in the past two
years in which overall crime rate in the county has gone down as the
economy has gone up.
As we speak, our program chair Larry Burgess is questioning patrons
of the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in an attempt
to explore the bars of Waikiki for material for an upcoming program
called, The Best Martinis on Waikiki. Fortunately, members of our
outstanding Rotaract Cub advised by Jack Osborn and Bob Heinze
will join us next week for lunch and then update us on their
fundraising for nonprofit organizations.
Ron Jeffrey continues to pursue interesting and successful Inland
Empire employers who would make good Rotarians. Give some
thought to acquaintances that you might know and could suggest to
Dictionary Distributions in March!!
Florin Rominu reminded us that the Redlands Rotary Club Dictionary
Distribution to 3rd grade students in the RUSD is right
around the corner. He is having a work party to put Rotary labels
on the inside of the dictionaries on Thursday, March 13 at 6 p.m.
at his home. Wine will be served. He reports that there is no truth
to the rumor that a number of labels were put in upside down at last
year’s work party, so this year’s workers will be limited to two glasses
of wine each.
Red, Wine and Blues
Sarah Sillers reminds us all that there are only 4 weeks to go before
Saturday, March 29th, 4 – 7 p.m. at the Redlands Country Club. Be
sure and pick up tickets at club today and start selling them to your
friends, neighbors and acquaintances. Posters for your business windows
and flyers for your counters are also available.
The 8th Quadrennial A.K.Smiley Library Gala was held last Saturday.
Among those enjoying the festivities were Rotarians Larry
Burgess, Nathan Gonzales, Don McCue, Dave Maupin, Jeff Frazier,
Jerry Bean, Martha Green, Bill Hatfield, Shirley Harry, Ron
Jeffrey, Sean Lugo, Bill McCalmon, Sabine Robertson-Philips,
Zack Tucker, Neal Waner, Ray Watts and Stan Weisser. Redlands
Police early in the evening discovered a Speakeasy on the library
premises. Two of the above Rotarians, who will remain nameless for
their own protection lest they wind up at the bottom of the Sankey
wearing cement overshoes, crashed the Speakeasy in a search for hard
Rotary Leadership Institute
President Elect Jim Nolan reports “fines will be going up in the club
next year” if he is the only Redland’s Rotarian to attend the Rotary
Leadership Institute (“RLI”), March 22, in Lake Elsinore. “Stale
muffins for breakfast, Subway sandwiches for lunch, and a lot of
good stuff in between”. If you’re a newer Rotarian, you should go .If
you already know everything about Rotary, you MUST go! See Jim
Name 5 great inventions from the last hundred years in chronological
Health Tips for that Good Group of Rich, Old Rotarians
Use Sun Protection at an “SPF 30” rating or slightly higher! Just because
the number rating on the packaging is 50 or larger does not
mean that it is the best for your face! Look at the active ingredients.
The actives should be: Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide – if you
can’t pronounce it don’t use it! By using sunscreen daily, you will
ward off the threats of UV ray’s causing age/disease of the skin!
(Courtesy of Sandi Bentley)
Did everyone notice the crowd of new faces at Ron Jeffrey’s table?
It’s good to see so many guests each week. It was also fun to hand
out blue badges last week. There’s only a few more red badges in our
midst that need an upgrade. Although having lots of red badges in
the audience can also mean lots of new members. Keep bringing
guests and introducing your friends, family, and colleagues to Rotary.
Membership is the responsibility of everyone.
Two weeks ago I was at PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar)
with your President-Elect Jim Nolin. He has some good ideas to
promote our Club and keep the community informed of our
progress. I can’t wait to hear the details. And congratulations to
Cheryl Riggs on joining the Board of Directors. Her non-profit experience,
creativity, and passion for service will be very helpful.
The District Governor for next year, Shab El Awar, has as much energy
for Rotary as anyone I’ve met. We were in Africa together in
2009 to vaccinate children for Polio. My only question about his
leadership is the silly hats he wears from time to time. Anyone wearing
a hat up front should have their leadership skills questioned……
March 6, 2014 No. 31 Editor: Chris Walker
Sheriff JOHN MCMAHON from the San Bernardino
County Sheriff ’s Department will enlighten the club
about law enforcement in our county. He leads a department
of nearly 1,700 sworn deputies, more than 1,400
professional employees, and 1,800 volunteers with an annual
budget of $450 million, and comes to us with more
than 27 years’ experience in law enforcement.
The FOUR-WAY TEST was thoroughly examined last
week by our talented local students. Gertrude Bacchus
would have been proud. And who knew how traumatizing
a pimple could be?
San Bernardino County District Attorney MIKE
RAMOS will give the Club an update on what’s happening
Did anyone successfully guess the identities of both Redlands
High School seniors featured in last week’s edition
of The Spoke? Figuring out the right answer will certainly
provide an educational experience if you don’t race past so
quickly that you miss it.
Many notable Rotarians will be attending the quadrennial
(that’s every four years) gala event at Smiley Library
this Saturday night to provide support for important programs
and materials. For those of you not attending, the
Library thanks you in advance for your generous contributions.
After all, to paraphrase one of last week’s students,
our Club is a good group of old, rich people.
The Birthday Polka by John Rovack
Put another candle on my birthday cake
We’re gonna bake a birthday cake
Put another candle on my birthday cake
I’m another year old today
February children are: JIM BRASWELL, ED
MALESKY, AL REID, and WAYNE SCOTT. Can you
believe how few members were born in February? Perhaps
it has something to do with July heat in the days before
air conditioning… It also means extra ice cream at
the birthday table, so first come, first served!
Do you know of a Rotarian who is ill or missing meetings
and needs some encouragement from the Club? If so,
please contact PREZ JIM at firstname.lastname@example.org or
NATHAN GONZALES at email@example.com so we
can be sure to show our membership that We Care. Remember,
if we don’t know, then we can’t provide our support.
Oh, and if you prefer not to send info by email, the
good old fashioned telephone works, too – appropriate
numbers found in the Club directory.
Last week I felt a little like Sheldon Cooper, the character
from The Big Bang Theory TV show on CBS. Sheldon
must always sit in the same spot on his couch. I was
preempted by Bernie O’Prey, who sat in my usual seat to
the left of the podium. He was willing to move Jim
Ziemer to the right of the podium to make room for me,
but I still wouldn’t be sitting in my usual spot. Turns out
I was ahead, sitting next to Cheryl Riggs and Sandi Bentley.
Where would you rather sit? By the way, thank you
Bernie for a well-run 4-Way Speech Contest. One Rotarian
commented it was run with military precision. I
agreed, wondering why Bernie hadn’t told anyone to drop
and give him 20 (pushups). It came close, as judge Mark
Abel arrived just in time to help keep score.
Statistics from District 5330 paint us in a very favorable
light. We have been in second place for the highest membership…
until last week when we welcomed back ex-Police
Chief Lew Nelson. Now we’re tied for first place with
Corona at 102 members. Getting to 105-110 members
by Jim Nolin’s year is very achievable. We’re also in second
place for Polio Plus funding this year at $6,410. First
place goes to Lake Arrowhead. But they’re just showing
off because District Governor Joe Ramos III hails from
February 27, 2014 No. 30 Editor: Nathan D. Gonzales
The Four-Way Test
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings: Of the things we think, say or do
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