22 Oct Spoke 10-22-20
Our Sister City Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende President, SKIP ESSICK will be our presenter. The longtime radio newsman and talk radio programmer recently retired from his broadcast career. 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. He has a blog in which he tells some very interesting stories and shares his thoughts about current events from perspective he has gained covering the news.
The 40th Assembly District Assemblyman JAMES C. RAMOS summarized his legislative successes, challenges and goals. Successes include sponsoring legislation signed by Gov. NEWSOM related to school bullying/harassment (including cyber-bullying), schoolage suicide prevention, and a new Office of Suicide Prevention. He is working on bills to protect small businesses, repatriation of native people’s remains for reburial, and resources to allow a judge to approve longer mental evaluation holds for homeless people. tHe reports disappointment that the Governor did not sign a bill that would allow technical trades to participate in public school college fairs. Nevertheless, he will work with local Workforce Investment Boards to make sure the trades are highlighted as career options for high school graduates.
KERRY HEINRICH, JD, Loma Linda University Medical Center CEO will be our presenter. KERRY HEINRICH has been CEO since 2014 and joined Loma Linda University Health in 1984 as part of the legal counsel team. Prior to that, he served as a partner at Shilt & Heinrich, LLP, a Loma Linda-based law firm. In 2017 he was named one of “135 Nonprofit Hospital and Health System CEOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review. It will be nice to get to know him and to learn about what is happening at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Just a note that there were 45 participants at last week’s meeting. This is a 7% increase from the previous week. JOHN TINCHER did not have any jokes to share, but JIM NOLAN provided a few zingers. Moreover, we have all become impressed with JOHN’s newfound mastery of technology. His son, BOB, is especially proud of the old man. Feel free to reach out to JOHN if you need any technical assistance with Zoom.
Someone in the club started a vicious rumor that the candles on LYNN WITMER’s birthday cake caused the Bruder fire in San Timoteo Canyon. No denials were made.
Condolences to AJ BEECHKO whose mother recently passed away. She was 98 years old and it sounds like she fully lived every day.
Reach out to CHRISTOPHER ALVAREZ if you would like to assist him to plan community service projects at Kimberly Crest.
Kudos to JACK BURKE for becoming a Paul Harris Fellow times three.
THOUGHTS FROM THE PREZ
The international theme for this Rotary year is Rotary Opens Opportunities. I believe one opportunity available to us is making contact with one of our Sister Cities. Elsewhere in this issue of the Spoke, you’ll find information about our speaker for today who is a resident of our Sister City, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Although he was not born in Mexico, SKIP ESSERT, is very knowledgeable of the history of this special Mexican City. As President of the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende, he will provide an opportunity for us to know more about this beautiful City which I have been privileged to visit on two occasions. Please join us for this interesting program. Also, feel free to invite your friends who might also enjoy knowing more about San Miguel de Allende.
Editor – Roger Uminski – Edition No. 17, October 22, 2020