Spoke 12-03-20

Spoke 12-03-20


Past President SHIRLEY HARRY will explain the mission and importance of the Rotary Foundation. With December 31st just 28 days away, today is a great day to maximize your charitable contributions for this year.


The club hosted DR. TOMÁS D. MORALES, President of California State University, San Bernardino since 2012. With justifiable pride, DR. MORALES outlined the demographics, programs, and initiatives of the University. Approximately 85% of the student body is from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, and the University has brick-and-mortar campuses in both. Fifty percent come from low income homes and a significant number are the first in their families to attend college or university. Fifty percent of the students are admitted from community colleges, and 25% graduate in four years. Fiftyeight percent graduate in 6 years. There are several unique colleges in the University: the School of Entrepreneurship, the Jack Brown School of Business, and a new, nationallyrecognized school addressing Cyber Security. On the downside, the crippled economy resulting from the government lockdown have resulted in cutbacks to the nursing, social work, criminal justice, and kinesiology programs. On a more positive note, DR. MORALES noted students are required to log service hours to graduate, and suggested Rotary contact him should we like to have CSUSB volunteers help the Club with any future service project.


It’s December 10th, and there are two exciting and informative programs under consideration. More will be revealed at the appropriate time.


How does prime rib, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, yeast roll, and a slice of apple pie sound? Our drive-thru holiday luncheon will take place on the 17th of December. TINCHER and his Elves will set up in the Congregational Church parking lot for the drive thru, and they will hand out the hot meals from 11:30 to 12:15 to our members. You can pick them up and go home or back to your offices to enjoy the holiday meal. Spouses and significant others are welcome, of course. There is no cost to the members. Reserve your slot today! It is crucial that we get a head count this week.


CHRISTOPHER ALVAREZ has got some projects cooking at Kimberly Crest. I’m sure we’ll hear about them at the meeting today.
KATHI JENSEN would like us to step-up and help with socially distanced crowd control on December 12th and 13th at the Burrage Mansion’s Holiday Extravaganza. Why not talk to KATHI and sign up for a shift or two from 4:30 to 8:00 on either or both days?
The City of Redlands’ Recreation Department “Virtual Christmas Parade” will take place on December 19th and rumor has it that Rotary Club of Redlands and the Sunrise Club will join forces to spread the joy like so much spoiled eggnog on the drive-by revelers. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the details to be announced.
BOB TINCHER is spearheading a competition between service clubs to get the most people tested for the COVID-19 virus. If you have been tested, please let him know that along with the approximate date so we can broaden the test base and lower the infection percentages of Redlands and San Bernardino County.


After SHIRLY HARRY’S presentation today, make that yearend contribution and fulfill your pledges to the Redlands Rotary Foundation and Rotary International Foundation. Donations to the latter may be made online, and to the former by mailing a check or credit card information to CAL BOOTHBY.


1881 – Virgil, Wyatt and Morgan Earp are exonerated in court for their actions in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona. 1941 – Japan’s Prime Minister Hideki Tojo rejects U.S. proposals for a Pacific settlement as “fantastic” and “unrealistic.” 1986 – Lt. Colonel Oliver North pleads the 5th Amendment before a Senate panel investigating the Iran-Contra arms sale. 1991 – Ukraine’s voters overwhelmingly approve a referendum for independence from the U.S.S.R.


As the holiday season gets under way, its time to extend an invitation to participate in holiday festivities involving our Club. Sadly, Purple Turtles ably chaired by STAN WEISSER is a victim of the pandemic. I’m looking forward to its return in the coming year. However, our Club along with the other service clubs in our City, is committed to a new project which will occur on Sat., December 12 and Sunday, December 13. The Burrage Mansion is having a drive by for children. And, each club is asked to provide 4 volunteers to assist police in directing traffic, handing out stockings, etc. KATHI JENSEN(909-793-8869) has taken on the responsibility of getting volunteers from our Club. Now is a good time for those of you who have not attended meetings because you don’t like Zoom, etc. to call her and volunteer for this very pandemic safe duty (sans Zoom). Let’s show our community and our Club that we are still very much alive. Stay tuned for another event which will take place later in the month.

Editor – Jim Nolin – Edition No. 22, December 3, 2020

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