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TODAY It’s time once again for Craft Talks!
LAST WEEK New York native and past business reporter for the Riverside Press-Enterprise JACK KATZANEK, Senior Director of Communications from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, informed the Club about his read on the economics of the Inland Empire. Fortunately for the region, he sees evidence of a positive outlook for the Inland Empire in 2014.

TODAY JACK KATZANEK, Senior Director of Communications from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. IEEP’s mission is “To help create the two-county region’s voice for business and quality of life. Our membership, a collection of important organizations in the private and public sector, give the organization the knowledge and perspective needed to advocate and provide a vibrant business and living environment in our region.”

TODAY Today’s speaker is Patrick Manyika of Rwanda, who survived refugee camps and Rwanda’s civil war. He went on to graduate from the University of Redlands, a now works with Esri. He will talk about the International Friendship Connection (IFC), an organization of volunteers which cares for incoming international students at Cal State San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, and Loma Linda University. He will also talk about his own experiences.

TODAY Chris Diggs, Deputy Director of the City of Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department (MUED), joined by Water Conservation Coordinator Cecilia Griego, will be discussing California’s drought and the new restrictions and state regulations that have been implemented because of it. Unfortunately, the gully-washer of a thunderstorm and local flooding we had last Sunday night did not have any impact on our drought situation (though it was fun to watch the neighbors’ garbage cans float down the street). Today’s program will be introduced by Fire Chief (and Rotarian) Jeff Frazier.

TODAY Today we will hear about Micah House, an after-school center for children and youth from 1st through 12th grades. Activities are designed to meet the educational, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of these students in a high-crime and a low-crime area in North Redlands. There are more than 100 children involved in the program at two locations.