Spoke Newsletter – 04/21/2016

Spoke Newsletter – 04/21/2016

THIS WEEK

Stacy Iverson, president and CEO of Children’s Fund, and Melinda Corral, executive director of Building a Generation, will speak about their organizations’ programs to assist local children and about National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Both organizations help at-risk children in our area. Since its inception in 1985, Children’s Fund has served more than 1.4 million children in San Bernardino County. Building a Generation was founded in 1996 to ensure that youths up to 12 years old in Redlands and surrounding communities have stable and healthy childhoods

LAST WEEK

“We want to make sure our money has impact wherever it goes,” said Max Ahern, Rotaract president at the University of Redlands, describing the club’s goal of raising at least $10,000 each year for international service projects that help deserving people around the globe. He said club members wash cars, ask for donations in front of Gerrard’s Market, send solicitation letters and participate in charity walks to raise money. The club’s most recent project was participating in Project Peanut Butter fighting acute malnutrition in Africa, which kills thousands of children every year. The project provides ready-to-eat food requiring no water, no cooking and no refrigeration. The product is grown and manufactured in Africa providing employment and economic benefits as well as nutrition. Projects in other years have been as varied as rescue of young girls in India, scholarships to girls in Nicaragua and free wheelchairs in the Third World that cost only $77 each. The club also participates in local community service, encourages its members to network wherever they serve and has informational speakers at its meetings

NEXT WEEK

Rotary member JACK OSBORN, executive professor of business administration at the University of Redlands, will speak to us about international business. Jack is a cum laude graduate of the U of R with a degree in international relations. He also has law degrees from the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He served as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State, was president of Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics/North America and worked in Tokyo as vice president/Asia Pacific for TRW, Inc.

HELP BEAUTIFY OUR CITY AT COMMUNITY DAY OF SERVICE

On Saturday, April 30, Noon Rotarians will have a chance to pay it forward to our city during the Community Day of Service sponsored by the Redlands Service Club Council and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. More than a thousand persons are expected to work on nine identified projects throughout the city. Our club under the leadership of PAT MEYER is responsible for improving the landscaping around A.K. Smiley Public Library by removing existing shrubs and planting new ones. The project website asks volunteers to “check in at each location and bring gloves and a tool. Lunch will be provided free for all volunteers and will be served at Heritage Park following completion of the projects. Projects are perfect for families, service clubs, and individuals just wanting to make a difference.” To participate, assemble at the check-in booth outside the library at 9 a.m. Pat will have assignments for each of you. And wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. The AccuWeather forecast for June 30 is “plenty of sunshine” with a high of 73 and no rain.

CONGRATULATIONS, KRISTA!

KRISTA KRAYNAK traded her sophomore red badge for a graduate blue one at our meeting last week. That means she has completed all those undergraduate requirements that get her ready for the full fellowship of Rotarians, including that of her sponsor SANDI BENTLEY. Congratulations, Krista.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 22, Friday: Sunrise Rotary “Redlands Star Search fundraiser.” 6:30 p.m. at Fox Events Center. Tickets are $30 for lots of fun as you listen to unexpected talent.

April 30, Saturday. Community Day of Service, 9 a.m. at A.K. Smiley Public Library. See earlier item

May 13-15: District Conference. Lake Arrowhead.

June 11, Saturday: “Touch-A-Truck.” Talk about lots of fun, especially for kids, JEFF FRAZIER, JIM NOLIN AND JEFF MARTINEZ and others have come up with a good one where you and your kids can climb on fire trucks, police cars, farm implements and vehicles of every description. This is the second year for the event. $5 per person age 3 and older. $20 Family Fun Pack for up to six family members. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University of Redlands stadium. For more information, go to www.trucks@redlandsrotary.org.

PRESIDENT’S PREPOSTEROUS PROSE…

A look back in Rotary history to December, 1932 – a poem about Rotarian Victor LeRoy Duke, a member of the founding faculty at University of Redlands and its second president:

VICTOR DUKE

Alas! The passing of the tzar of all the Russias And alack the Prince of all the Prussias Leaves us but one member of nobility, We bow to the Duke in all humility.

His virtues to extol in prose or song Would today take much too long. To our meetings he adds poise Considerable dignity and little noise.

He guides a fine institution of learning, Of knowledge for which we are yearning. We’ve but little to give for his labor and toils But do not begrudge to the Victor the spoils.

Editor — Jerry Bean — No. 40 — April 21, 2016

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