Spoke Newsletter – 05/08/2014

Spoke Newsletter – 05/08/2014

TODAY
REDLANDS ARTS FESTIVAL
Our own JERRY BEAN and SHIRLEY HARRY, cofounders of the Redlands Arts Festival will present an update and description of this second annual event.

LAST WEEK
BEVERLY NOERR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF REDLANDS COMMUNITY MUSIC ASSOCIATION Beverly updated the club on how the mission of the Redlands Bowl remains but the approach is changing to be fresh & responsive to changing audiences. Programming is evolving from a Legacy Model to a Team approach with fun interactive pre-show activities such as a bee hive hair doo contest during the musical Hairspray! The Community Sing is testing the waters with Community Spotlights of local talent. The icing on the cake is the new MC format that includes NATHAN GONZALES, RAY WATTS & LARRY BURGESS 3 Rascally Rotarians as some of the contributing emcees.

NEXT WEEK
Shirley Leonard, director of the Redlands Conservancy will discuss the newest initiatives concerning the Zanja trail and other projects that will improve the quality of life for Redlands citizens.

SAVE THE DATES!
Thursday, May 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the Cutler Group 201 Olive Ave, Corner of Cajon. Spouses or significant others welcome!! Thank you to CAL BOOTHBY, Red-
lands Pool & Spa Center for underwriting the adult beverages. More details to come ~ let’s be courteous and RSVP with CHERYL RIGGSASAP!

Next RCOR Field Trip is to the Rotary Learning Institute on May 17 in Lake Elsinore. Breakfast and lunch, scaled education about Rotary and the Club covers the expenses. Reserve now!

Keep in mind June is rapidly approaching and a Demotion Party is on the horizon. Thank you to PAT & ANNE MARIE for hosting ~ & for providing the Prez dunking pool! (not that this editor is trying to suggest anything) ~ Now we just need the actual date!

NOTABLES & WHAT NOT’S
Well done SARAH SILLERS, KEVIN CORREIA & THE RED WINE AND BLUES COMMITTEE! TREAS-
URER CAL reports $40,000 funds raised ~ the best in 2 or 3 years!!

See PREZ ELECT JIM NOLIN if you have not signed up for your committee position for next year: all hands needed! If you have not signed your Foundations pledge for next year, go see CAL.

TREASURER CAL BOOTHBY reminds us it is time for everyone who has not paid their balance of club dues to pony up. See CAL for your balance. We are in the last 2 months of the year before we get to start our new year with President JIM NOLIN (aka the Big Lebowski)

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Screen Shot 2014-05-09 at 12.51.35 PMJIM NOLIN, CAL BOOTHBY, ALLAN GRIESEMER, TOM ROGERS, and I have returned from District 5330 Conference. It was grueling (I’m an introvert), and so much fun all at the same time! I’ll relay a few of my favorite moments. On Saturday we watched the finals of the Four-Way Speech Contest. The students were very polished. None of them used notes (they were using notes when competing at our Club). The winner was announced….. Shyamlee Nanda, sponsored by Sunrise Rotary Club! Ahhhh, wait a minute. WE sponsored her! Not to worry. When I led out in the Sunday lunch meeting I fined President Jeff Sceranka for taking the credit. Credit goes to our own BERNIE O’PREYfor organizing our Four-Way Speech Contest. Oh, we also wondered what the Vocational Training Team from India thought when Shyamlee began her speech with a description of getting off the plane in India and smelling a mixture of cow dung and body odor.

The keynote speaker was Rotary International President representative PDG Julius Buski from the Edmonton Mayfield Rotary Club. Edmonton? Yes, the Edmonton in Alberta! Imagine my delight when we got to sing ‘O Canada’! I was probably the only attendee with my hand over my heart (besides Julius and his wife Nonie). No worries, I belted out the words and had the time of my life.

District Conference was a great way to begin the process of wrapping up my year as President. Soon enough President-Elect JIM NOLIN will be taking over, proclaiming his own era of peace and prosperity without the weekly punishment that is the green hat.

May 08, 2014– No 41 – Editor: Jan Hudson

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