Spoke 03-18-21

Spoke 03-18-21


LARRY BURGESS  will  speak  to  us  today   about  “the historian’s craft”. By definition, a historian is  a  person who studies and writes about the past and is regarded as an authority on it. Historians are concerned with the continuous, methodical narrative and research of past events as relating to  the human race, as well as the study of all history in time. You won’t want to miss this….


We were privileged to have as our speaker, Republican California State Senator ROSILICIE OCHOA BOGH, who now represents the 931,349 people in California Senate District 23, largely the Inland Empire. Currently, the Senate has 31 Democrats  and  nine Republicans. Despite being one of only nine Republicans, Rosililicie believes she can have a significant impact for our area and state. She said she is spending her first few months in the Senate listening to her constituents as well as listening to fellow Senators on both sides of the aisle. She has found lobbyists to be helpful in understanding both the pro and con sides of issues. So many diverse and complicated issues come before her, she can’t possibly have experience in all areas, so she finds lobbyists to   be helpful. SENATOR BOGH’S committee assignments for the 2021-22 legislative session consist of the following Committees: Banking & Financial Institutions (Vice Chair), Budget & Fiscal Review, Business, Professions & Economic Development, Education (Vice Chair), Housing, Labor, Public Employment & Retirement (Vice Chair) and finally Public Safety (Vice Chair). A longtime resident of Yucaipa, California, Bogh’s husband, Greg, currently holds a seat on the Yucaipa City Council from District 2.


CHARLES M. DUGGAN, JR. our Redlands City Manager will be joining us. Charles began work with the City of Redlands Monday, January 13, 2020. The Redlands City Manager is appointed by the City Council to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the City. He supervises the various City services, prepares proposals for Council consideration, and implements Council policy.


Thanks to PRESIDENT JOHN and NIKA HOGUE and their Rotarian rowdies for preparing such a tasty post St. Patrick’s Day delight. If you forgot today, it’s not too late to send a check to CAL for a gift to the club in the amount for what you would have spent at our Mystery Dinner Fundraiser.


ABBI FINE, our student representative from the University of Redlands, will be graduating in April. She will have earned a Batchelor’s Degree in Political Science and Public Policy. Her current activities include being elected Chair of the ASUR Senate and President of the Maroon and Grey Student Ambassadors. Upon being asked by the SPOKE, ABBI volunteered the following:” I am so happy to  be  back  on  campus!  I  missed the sunshine and the beautiful palm trees. I almost forgot how beautiful Redlands was after being away for  almost  a  year.  And beyond campus, it’s been nice to visit my favorite shops    in downtown. That being said, being on campus is definitely different right now. With everyone wearing masks, I often have to try extra hard to identify friendly faces. Also, the weekly testing is something that’s going to take some getting used to. But it still feels like the good old U of R. I enjoy eating on the quad, walking to the commons, and doing homework sitting at tables outside of the library. I’m so thankful to be here and have the opportunity to live with my best friends”


NIKA HOGUE and CHRIS ALVAREZ continue spearheading a blood donation drive competition among twelve local service clubs. Donations for this contest may be made during the month of March. Our club specific code is ORNO. LARRY BURGESS tried to donate, but they couldn’t squeeze blood out of a turnup. You can also help by making a small contribution to the Life Stream Blood Bank. Send it to CAL and he will take care of the rest.


Though JIM TOPOLESKI he has been the Redlands Fire Chief for just over a year, he is not new to the department. Jim has been with the city of Redlands for over 34 years. Through his tenure, he has held every position within the Fire Department before taking over as Chief. Jim, who grew up in the Inland Empire, was raised in the Del Rosa area of San Bernardino where he attended Pacific High School. During his early years, Jim spent his weekends working at the East Highland Citrus Association packing house repairing orange crates and cleaning out wash tanks. It is from this experience that he shies away  from eating oranges these days. In 1992 Jim met a girl from St. Louis, Lisa, that became his bride in 1995.They have resided in Redlands for the past 15 years. It is here where they raised their three children: Tanner (23), Colin (20), and Peyton (19).  Lisa   is an educator with the Yucaipa/Calimesa Joint Unified School District where she teaches at Chapman Heights Elementary School. Tanner attends Crafton Hills College and is working to become a police officer. Colin is attending Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where he is working to become a nurse and Peyton attends California Baptist University and too is entering the medical field. While Jim is honored to lead the men and women of the Redlands Fire Department, he wants to be most remembered for being the husband to Lisa and the father to Tanner, Colin, and Peyton.


Hopefully, you’re reading this prior to 11:30 AM today. We  have a great luncheon planned to begin at that time, as you already know. Just a reminder that we will be serving exactly like we did for the prime rib luncheon. As you drive through  you will be given your meal or meals (significant others are also complimentary if you made a reservation for them). You will also receive a bottle of red wine and the opportunity to make your contribution to our scholarship program. Please remember this gift to our scholarship program is in place of our fundraiser which is cancelled for this Rotary year. And, if you’re not signed up for the luncheon please remember to mail you check made  out to Redlands Rotary Foundation to Redlands Rotary Club, 131 Cajon St., Ste.5, Redlands, Ca 92373. I look forward to greeting all of you at the Luncheon

Editor – Christopher Walker – Edition No. 35, March 18, 2021

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