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Assemblymember JAMES C. RAMOS is a lifelong resident of the San Manuel Indian Reservation in San Bernardino County. He represents the residents of the 40th District in the California State. His district includes the cities of Highland, Loma Linda, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, and San Bernardino. RAMOS, as a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe, is the first California Indian elected to the California State Assembly. He attended local public schools and graduated from San Gorgonio High School. He went on to receive an Associate Degree in Business at Victor Valley College, a Bachelor Degree in Accounting at California State University – San Bernardino, and a Master of Business Administration Degree at the University of Redlands. He has served as the Third District Supervisor for the County of San Bernardino since 2012, including serving as Board Chairman from 2015-2017. RAMOS is a proven civic leader and has served on numerous boards and organizations in the Inland Empire. He is co-founder of the San Manuel Band’s Cultural Awareness Program, and serves as director of the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference. JAMES and his wife, TERRI, have been married for 29 years, and are the proud parents of four children and three grandchildren.
Redlands is home to the world’s largest Geographic Information System (GIS) software company, esri. DON BARRY let us know about how esri’s services touch almost every facet of life here on earth (and other planets, too!). They have over 100 offices across the globe and operate in all by a handful of countries. Most government agencies, k-12, universities, and business sectors use their software. Ninety of the Fortune 100 companies use their software. It appears the secret to their success is devotion to their customer’s success and a constant investment in product/service improvements.
Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende President, SKIP ESSICK will be our presenter. The longtime radio newsman and talk radio programmer retired from his part time duties as morning news anchor for the ONE PUTT BROADCASTING stations in FRESNO and the DESERT BROADCASTERS stations in PALM SPRINGS, effective JUNE 30th. ESSICK programmed stations like KMJ-A-F/Fresno,WJR-A/Detroit, WHAS-A/Louisville, WSPD-A/Toledo, and WOOD-A/Grand Rapids, served as Regional VP/ Market Manager for Clear Channel in Western Michigan, and consulted and partly owned KGED-A (AM 1680 THE ANSWER)/FRESNO.
Just a note that there were 42 participants at last week’s meeting. This is a 35.5% increase from the previous week. Word must be getting out that Rotary meetings are fun even when virtual. If you have not yet participated, you are missing out on JOHN TINCHER’s jokes (that I will share with my cycling club this weekend) and JIM NOLAN’s witty retorts.
Speaking of participation, PAT MEYER was feeling well enough to join the meeting. He reports that his wife has been doing a great job nursing him back to health and his infection is clear enough to undergo diagnostic tests to see if he needs any additional procedures or if the root cause of his problem has resolved itself. Rumor is that STAN WEISSER was loading and unloading about a ton a canned spaghetti last week. Is he now the Bionic Man? Or, does he still have access to the really good prescription meds?
THOUGHTS FROM THE PREZ
After another of many excellent programs which we have enjoyed with regularity, I’m reminded that we are approaching the end of this forgettable year. Before long we will be in November and are in need of some additional good programs for December and following. Now, I know I sound like a broken record (CD), but I need to remind you that every one of you is aware of some person or organization able and usually willing to present to our Club. Please email me or Roy George so that we can invite them to join our program list. And, while I’m at it, please remember to share Rotary with a friend. I’ve invited the entire Board of our Sister City Organization to attend our meeting on Oct. 22 to hear my Rotary colleague from our Sister City, San Miguel de Allende. There are many in our community who might want to join our 100+year old Club and keep it at 100+ members to serve our great City and the world. We have an outstanding Club to share!
Editor – Roger Uminski – Edition No. 16, October 15, 2020