Spoke Newsletter – 06/09/2016

Spoke Newsletter – 06/09/2016

This Week’s Program
JASON RILEY, the owner of J. Riley Distillery will join us today and enlighten us as to the process of turning water into whiskey. His company started in early 2015 and has grown leaps and bounds since its inception. Jason is a Redlands native and the Rotary Club of Redlands has been one of the beneficiaries of his effort to give back to his community. Hopefully Jason will not only guide us through the process of making whiskey, but also the art of drinking whiskey. If he runs out of time with respect to the latter, there are several members of our club that can nicely fill the void. Welcome Jason.

Last Week’s Program
With little advance notice, our own ALAN GRIESEMER and JACK OSBORNE, delivered a fine presentation about the Rotary Global Scholarship Program, formerly known as ambassadorial scholars. Global grant scholarships fund graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. A key feature of the global grants is the partnership between the district in the study location and the district
in the scholar’s home country. The Rotary Club of Redlands has provided a sizable number of the scholars
coming from our Rotary District, due not only to the quality of the students proposed for the scholarship, but also the hard work of our Club’s members – particularity Jack and Alan. Our sponsorship of the program is vital and each of us needs to consider financially supporting the program. Please check with Alan or Jack as to how you can participate.

Next Week’s Program
We are pleased to welcome MARIA CARILLO from the A.K. Smiley Public Library. Maria will inform us of the various roles that Redland’s women served during World War II. During World War II, some 350,000 women served in the U.S. Armed Services, both at home and abroad. Please mark your calendars to attend this sure to be interesting program.

All the News that is Worth Printing
After two weeks on the run, President Nathan returned with his always entertaining PowerPoint presentations to the podium. We are all glad he returned in time to be escorted out of his presidency – June 30th is but a mere 21 days hence. To make sure we properly recognize all Nathan’s effort as our Club’s president, VICTORIA MARSHALL has most generously offered to open up her home (after increasing the policy limits on her homeowner’s policy) to host the Demotion Party for Nathan. The party is scheduled for the evening of June 30th. Please mark your calendars accordingly. More information will be forthcoming. Reminders – Nathan’s return also included a reminder that volunteers are still needed for the beer tenders at surfing State Street between 4:30 and 8:30 this Friday June 10th. Check with Nathan for more information. Also, the Touch a Truck Event is scheduled for this Saturday June 11th. Again volunteers are needed for both short as well as long periods of time – see Jim Nolin for more information.

The club bid a fond farewell to our student representatives and each were presented a $100 gift card from Amazon. It is always refreshing to see the growth of our student representatives over the year as they update us on the events at their respective schools.

STAN WEISSER
has set the anniversary celebration bar at an unreachable height for the rest of us mortals as he and Ellen celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last Saturday. The Club was well represented with various and sundry members partaking in the day’s events. The president ought to have Stan update us on his singing talents and no he did not lead the group in Smiles. Congratulations to Stan and Ellen for all you have done and continue to do to make this area a better place live and for 50 years of marital harmony. You are both special people.

What are the odds? Please recognize Rotarians JOE HORZEN and JOE KIBLER who both welcomed
new daughters to their families on May 23rd. The days of a restful night’s sleep have been replaced with naps
at odd hours of the day and night. Congratulations to you both and especially to your spouses.

Rotary – 1,227,719 worldwide members.

PRESIDENT’S PREPOSTEROUS PROSE…
It’s a big Rotary weekend! First up tomorrow evening is Surfin’ State Street, our first go at running a beer garden! Come on down between 5-8pm to enjoy Ritual on tap! If you can help out, shoot me an email because we
still need a few more volunteers. The beer garden will be on Fifth Street next to Caprice.

Then on Saturday be sure to show your Rotary pride at the second Touch-a-Truck – an awesome opportunity for kids of all ages (that includes you!) to get up close and personal with all kinds of big machines. I can’t wait to see the helicopter! Be sure to help out by sharing the event on your Facebook page, and of course be there on Saturday.

Editor – Doug McAdam – No. 47 – June 9, 2016

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