08 Apr Spoke 04-08-21
STEVE STOCKTON – President of Redlands Historical Museum Association STEVE is a hometown person who progressed through the Redlands Unified School district and graduated from our own University of Redlands. He has two grown daughters and two grandsons. STEVE is a registered Civil Engineer at the City of Redlands where he worked for 40+ years. He retired in 2005 after guiding the Pass Water Agency to completion of the State Water Project to the San Gorgonio Pass. STEVE still does consulting work for the water district. STEVE has served on the Board of Directors of the Redlands Historical Museum for more than 10 years and is its current president. So today I am sure we will learn all about MOR and the exciting ground breaking work that is being done. (PS Someone needs to tell STEVE how to wear a mask)
KELLY COOPER. Kelly gave a great presentation on the efforts to maintain the University of Redlands athletic fields. Spurred on by JEFF MARTINEZ, Kelly explained all of the things they have been doing since the shutdown. Further how great it was to have everyone back. The one question I forgot to ask was “how do I keep my backyard from looking like a war zone when I have two big dogs.
VICTORIA BENTLEY Ms. Bentley is a member of Palm Springs Rotary Club who is sponsoring an International Global Grant to bring clean water to impoverished communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. Specifically, the grant targets Pygmy tribes whose survival is threatened by modern culture, and whose ancient knowledge of the jungle forest may be lost forever without outside help. The project intends to build a water system that delivers spring water to 1) eliminate waterborne diseases and reduce infant mortality, and 2) increase food production to reduce malnutrition and generate much-needed income. Ms. Bentley has been working with Rotary in Congo since 2008, helping the people there rebuild their lives after a terrible war from 1996-2003. Over time, she has gotten to know this Pygmy tribe, been to their village and photographed them, which is unusual since Pygmies are shy and keep to themselves. So her slideshow is unique in that way, and I’m sure your club will find it interesting.
Today our president will once again provide us a status on the Rotary Club Blood Drive. Even though it ended on March 31, blood is still needed. Our thanks go out again to NIKA HOGUE and CHRIS ALVEREZ for spearheading this program. A few weeks ago, we announced that the 2021 Zoom Scholarships were awarded to sixteen RUSD Students. A total of $64,000 was committed to these scholars. So where did the money come from? Due to COVID 19 we had no real fundraisers and did not meet to steal funds from each other. We either have some very generous members or perhaps creative accounting. Bottom line is that once we return, we will have some significant fund raising to do. MIKE BOSMAN you have a lot of work to do next year. Thanks to ROY GEORGE for setting up this month’s speaker selection and providing comprehensive Bio’s to fill these pages. NO THANKS to NATHAN GONZALES who reminded me that I had the SPOKE this month when I completely forgot!
DEEP THOUGHTS RE: COVID
For the first time in history, we can save the human race by lying in front of the T.V. and do nothing. Let’s not mess this up. Best believe I’m clapping on the plane the first place I go after lockdown. Sometimes I wonder if all this is happening because I didn’t forward that email to 10 people.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to locate a roll of toilet paper. Quarantine has me realizing why my dog gets so excited about something moving outside and going for walks and car rides….I just barked at a squirrel. Due to the quarantine, I’ll only be telling inside jokes.
THOUGHTS FROM THE PREZ
Welcome back to those who were gone during Spring Break and over the Easter Weekend. As the Spoke indicates, this will be a very informative meeting. Steve Stockton, whom most of you, including me, have known for many years will be here to bring us up to date on our Museum. Whether or not you are disgusted with Zoom, why not join us to show Steve and his fellow Kiwanians that the Rotary Club of Redlands is very much alive and well.
Our scholarship program justifiably occupies much of our discussion, especially these days as we prepare to honor our selected recipients. However, Rotary is celebrating another important event this month. The Fontana Club, from our District, has secured a Fire Truck and will be delivering it to District 4100, Mexicali, April 16. A celebratory Dinner will be held at Logan’s Roadhouse in Fontana at 5:00 P.M. on April 15 for anyone interested in seeing this important and much needed contribution to our Mexican friends.
Editor – AJ Beechko – Edition No. 38 April, 8, 2021