Spoke Newsletter – 11/05/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 11/05/2015

Today
Tim Evans, founder and prime engine of the Unforgettables Foun- dation, occasional Rotarian, and annual purveyor of the flesh and attention of unmarried men to charitable yet unattached women, will fill us in on the purpose and activities of the very worthwhile organization he leads.

Last Week
State Senator Mike Morrell presented his Fall, 2015 update on the 23rd Senatorial District of which Redlands is a significant part. He pointed to several of his programs and achievements with ob- vious pride. He noted his office’s sponsorship of intercommu- nity emergency preparedness seminars, the Women of Distinction recognition ceremonies, the program honoring of Heroes Past, Present, and Future, and the collaboration with Chambers of Commerce within the district to recognize local Top Member Businesses. In concert with fellow Republicans and Democrat Senators in adjacent districts, he has championed the Inland Em- pire caucus in the California Senate in order to draw attention to local constituents’ needs and desires, and increase the influence of the IE at the state level. Finally, he has expanded the scope and size of the intern program in his office and agencies to engage more young people in the State governmental process.

Next Week
Our program will be presented by Piers Britton, Director of Vi- sual and Media Studies at the University of Redlands. Rumor has it that it was under his tutelage, President Nathan developed his skill at multi-media presentations.

Miscellanea
Please welcome new member, Ashley Gaines. Ashley is Interim Director of the Economic Development & Corporate Training Foundation. After you talk to her about what that is and what it does, you might want to sign up with the EDCT. There will be a 10-15 minute “organizational” meeting for the Second Annual “Touch-A-Truck” event (“TATE”) after today’s Club meeting for any who want to be part of the committee this year. Last year was a very fun, family-centered community event and there are some great photos on our web site redlandsrotary.org. TATE will take place next June 11, but we need to get an early start and YOUR help to make it bigger and better!

Did anyone besides this editor hear the addition of two extra library open hours described as “exciting” at the last meeting?

For those of us on the installment plan for Club dues and meeting fees, consider this notice as a gentle reminder that second quarter dues were payable September 1. For that matter, first quarter dues were payable July 1. To clarify your current position regarding dues, go see Cal.

It was nice to see former Redlands Rotarian Larry Pyle last week. Though occupational circumstances have taken him away from our Club, the recognition of $100.00 assessed on behalf of his son continues to accrue interest. Remind him when you see him.

Upcoming Events & Other Notable Things
November 10- “Red Wine, Brews & Blues” Committee meeting at Viewpoint Financial 127 E. State Street, Redlands. 6 PM to 8:30 PM. This is our primary fundraiser for the year and the pro- ceeds give us the ability to fund most of the Club’s good works for the year. The event is April 2, 2016. There is room for YOU on any committee. See Dave Wilson or Sandi Bentley.
November 11- Join fellow Rotarians in the Redlands Veterans’ Day Parade. Gather at 8 AM, step off at 9. Process from Fire Station 1 to Jenny Davis Park. If you are a veteran, please be our honored guest. If you are not, c’mon down and honor those who stood between our homes and families and the forces that would harm them. See Jim Nolin, Pat Meyer, or President Nathan.
November 12- The first Rising Star presentation of the year where we recognize those students in our high schools who have overcome daunting circumstances and odds to continue on a positive life path. Please join other Redlands Rotarians in honoring them at our meeting this day.
November 14- District 5330 Gala, “Black Tie and Blue Jeans” at the Hard Rock Hotel, Palm Springs. Attend for the fun and stay for the recognition of Clubs’ contributions to the RI Foundation. Go see Cal.
November 17- RCOR Board meeting. All members are invited and welcome, especially you Blue Badgers. Security Bank in Downtown Redlands, noon to about 1 PM. “Brown Bag” it if you want to.
November 21- Major Project Day in Redlands. Pat Meyer is coordinating our Club’s participation in this annual event as we work on the Orange Blossom Trail. All members, family, and friends are invited and welcome, especially those members under 40 so the geezers don’t have to do the heavy lifting like usual.
November 26- The club is dark. Give thanks.
December 3- Breakfast and a Book, Lugonia Elementary School, 7:05 – 7:50 AM. Start your day with service! See Victoria Marshall.

Member Question of the Week-
“Why is it called ‘tourist season’ if we can’t shoot them?” –
Phillip Naman

PRESIDENT’S PREPOSTEROUS PROSE…
November is foundation month for Rotary International. Rotary does amazing things, both internationally and locally. A good way to think of the ways in which we can be involved, as individuals and as an aggregate, is by the works we accomplish, and the funds we contribute. Rotary needs each of us to contribute in both ways in order to make the greatest impact we can.

Pat Meyer has a great community service opportunity coming up November 21, so be sure to mark your calendars for that. This is just one one the many ways we can be physically involved.

Your gifts to our own own foundation, the Redlands Rotary Foun- dation, where your annual commitments, collected as “fines” at weekly meetings, goes, supports many local projects like schol- arships and other youth programs, among others. Gifts to The Ro- tary Foundation, which is the foundation for Rotary International founded by Cleveland Rotarian Arch Klumpf nearly 100 years ago, supports amazing projects around the world.

A few years ago, RI launched an opportunity to contribute to The Rotary Foundation that makes giving easy called Rotary Di- rect. You can sign up by going to www.rotary.org and set up a re- curring gift. For as little as $10 a month, you can contribute – probably less than any of us spends on coffee or tea. The amount you designate is charged to your credit card at the interval you desire, and you never have to think about it. I signed up while at
PETS last February, and it was so simple I did it from my iPhone. If you have questions about how to sign up for Rotary Direct, please don’t hesitate to ask me, Chris Walker, or Cal Boothby and we’ll get you set up!

Editor: Jim Nolin, November 5, 2015 No. 18M/em>

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