Spoke 02-25-21

Spoke 02-25-21


Today’s program will be a Q & A with Redlands native TIM ROCHFORD, moderated by our own LARRY BURGESS. Tim 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 energy business, 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.


DAVID AMAN and JAMES HATTAR joined us from the Colton-Redlands Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program (CRY-ROP). We learned that CRY-ROP serves a hugely important role in our area for helping middle school and high school students (and some adult learners, too!) find careers, attend college, and contribute to the workforce development of our region. Praise for the programs by JEFF MARTINEZ served as a great testimonial to the work of CRY-ROP. And don’t forget – YOU can engage with the organization by serving as a mock interviewer, guest
speaker, or by offering tours of your work facility (virtually, for now…).

NATHAN GONZALES’ guest even enjoyed the program – and I hear it’s difficult to keep his attention!


MAURICIO ARELLANO, Redlands Unified School District Superintendent. Arellano has been Superintendent since September 2017. He formerly was assistant superintendent of human resources for the Palm Springs Unified School District, and an elementary teacher and a principal in the San Bernardino Unified School District.


You are encouraged, among other clubs of the Inland Empire East Valley, to join the Rotary Blood Donation Challenge! The Challenge runs March1st – 31st. The club with the highest percentage of participation (in blood donations or financial contributions) at any LifeStream Blood Bank will be recognized as the grand champion and win bragging rights for years to come! Keep an eye out for an email with details, club announcements, and social media postings.


A very happy birthday month to our fellow Rotarians:
JOE AMLANI (2/12)        JIM BRASWELL (2/8)
SAM EDISON (2/3)        CAROLYN HAYS (2/5)
ED MALESKY (2/1)       SCOTT WAYNE (2/6)


As I continue to read about the progress, we, as a State, are making with this terrible pandemic, my thoughts have
turned to the first seven months of this Rotary year. In spite of having to settle for Virtual Zoom meetings, several good things happened in our Club. We are now moving toward 7 new Paul Harris Fellows and Your Board voted to divide our District Designated Funds totaling over $11,000 in equal shares to Polio Plus, Human Trafficking, and the Peanut Butter Project. In addition, we had two projects that helped our community significantly: the Food Drive Project, in which we beat all other service clubs in our town, and the Covid Testing Project to get folks out to be tested in order to discover those who may be fortunate enough to be asymptomatic but a potential health threat to others. We’ll soon celebrate our first-place finish in that Project. And, last but not least, our delicious Holiday Lunch prepared by BRANDON. By popular demand, we will be repeating this on March 18. This time we will drive through, just as before, to pick up our Irish Lunch featuring Corned Beef, Red Potatoes, Carrots and a Red Cabbage Salad topped off with a delicious dessert. I’ll be sharing more about this later. For now, plan to be with us at noon on March 18

Editor – Christopher Alvarez – Edition No. 32, February 25, 2021

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