Spoke 02-18-21

Spoke 02-18-21


Recruiters and Teachers on Assignment for the ColtonRedlands Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program (CRYROP). CRY-ROP serves middle schools and high schools in the Colton, Redlands and Yucaipa school districts. Their main office is located in Redlands. A Cal State East Bay alumnus (BA in English), DAVID has 25 years of fashion retail experience at both the corporate and stores level. He taught business entrepreneurship and marketing classes for CRY-ROP for 5 years prior to his current role. A Cal State San Bernardino alumnus (MA in Educational Administration), JAMES has 23 years of healthcare experience as a state licensed and nationally certified Pharmacy Technician. He also has 17 years of successful teaching experience in the career technical education, community college and school district levels.


Redlands Fire Chief, JIM TOPOLESKI, provided us with plenty of interesting information! On the COVID-19 front, Redlands firefighters remain prepared with many safety measures in place, and in a new partnership with the Redlands Community Hospital will be liaising the mass logistical operations of unrolling new, local vaccination sites at the Esri Café, Citrus Valley High School, U of R’s Orton Center, and the City. JIM also shared insights into response times and a potential solution to ameliorate them with strategic additions of multiple fire stations throughout the city.


Redlands native TIM ROCHFORD is most likely locally known for establishing the philanthropic Rochford Foundation, including ownership of the Burrage Mansion which is dedicated to serving underprivileged children. His passion for Redlands is also revealed by his purchase, restoration, and stewardship of historical buildings downtown and his significant support of the Museum of Redlands and the University of Redlands. Rochford’s entrepreneurial career began in Redlands when, at age 10, he set up a cardboard-box stand on State Street, selling mistletoe to earn money so he could buy Christmas presents for his family. Over his 47-year career in the energybusiness, Tim founded and built multiple successful NYSE-listed oil exploration and development companies. Rochford and his wife Carol say they feel blessed to be able to give back to their hometown community.


The vaccine is becoming more and more available here in San Bernardino County. Visit https://sbcovid19.com/ vaccine for detailed information, but those in Education are now eligible. Up next will be those in childcare and food & agriculture. Who’s administering the vaccine locally? Pharmacies at Costco, Walgreens, and Sav-on. Loma Linda University Health, Redlands Community Hospital, Central Neighborhood San Bernardino Clinic, ARMC Family Health Centers, and Redlands Urgent Care.


Hear about the new restaurant called Karma? There’s no menu: You get what you deserve. Where are average things manufactured? The satisfactory.


About this time in 1984 our Club decided it would be good to birth an additional Rotary Club in Redlands in order to direct some of our burgeoning membership to another meeting time. Two of us from our Club, the late Bob Covington and me, met at my home and literally drafted the bylaws of what would become the Sunrise Rotary Club of Redlands while sitting at my dining room table. Since I had already been a Rotary Club president in the Central Valley, Bob insisted that I needed to act as the Sunrise Club’s charter President. I was happy and honored to take on this task. And I’m pleased to report that we soon won honors from the District for excellent growth.

I tell you this because on March 4 at 5:00 P.M. we have the opportunity to join together for the first time in many years. At this Cocktail Zoom meeting we will have the chance to visit with fellow Rotarians who simply meet at a different time than our usual meeting time. President TROY MOLAUG and I had hoped we could do this in person. The pandemic put a stop to that. I hope you’ll join us for this virtual time together to celebrate the strength of Rotary in our great City as well as our winning the first-place plaque in the Covid Testing Contest and their second-place finish.

Editor – Christopher Alvarez – Edition No. 31, February 18, 2021

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