Spoke 12-17-20

Spoke 12-17-20

TODAY

It’s the last meeting for 2020! Drive through the Congregational Church parking lot from 11:30 to 12:15 to pick up a Prime Rib lunch from SANTA TINCHER and his “No Touch” Merry Elves! Then retire to your office or home and enjoy the online program presented by JAMES BENANTI and members of the Redlands High School Terrier Band. A “pass-the-hat” free-will offering to help the Terriers with a serious fundraising shortfall this year may be made as you pick up your lunch. Cash or checks made out to “Terrier Band Boosters” would be great.

 

LAST WEEK

CAROL RUHM, Principal of Orangewood Continuation High School, gave a presentation about the history, functioning, purpose, and accomplishments of RUSD’s only continuation high school. She was joined by Senior students JOSELINE MANZANO and ANDREW SALGADO. Orangewood is a fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (“WASC”) and has been designated a California Model Continuation High School. It has received State Recognition for OASIS, their “Orientation Class and Senior Portfolio Program.” The OHS diploma is just as valuable as a traditional high school diploma. Students at OHS have the same graduation requirements, same books, and the same tests. The government-mandated lockout has been a “mixed bag.” There is a huge learning curve on how to accomplish the logistics of any public school: taking attendance, engaging students in learning, assessing student progress, providing staff development, enrolling students, exiting students, and distributing materials, to name a few. Their brand-new, upgraded campus kitchen/ classroom remains untouched and unused but, on the plus side, they don’t have to struggle with accounting for and distributing textbooks. It’s a mixed bag to be sure.

 

NEXT WEEK

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – CALVIN COOLIDGE Our next meeting will be on January 7th. Happy New Year, all!

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

Here is a list of Redlands Rotarians whose parents succumbed to “Spring Fever” in a BIG way:

JACK BENNETT December 2
BERNIE O’PREY December 2
TOM CUTLER December 13
SANDI CONNEL December 18
NATHAN GONZALES December 25
DEB KINDER December 27
TOM JACKSON December 30

 

DULY DOING THE DUES DUTY DEUX

CAL BOOTHBY will cheerfully collect your Club dues any time this year (and into 2021). Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.

 

SELF-SERVING EDITOR’S EDITORIAL COMMENT

If you think you’re saving trees by not using print media, you might just as well save corn by not eating Frosted Flakes. Both corn and pulp-producing trees are renewable agricultural commodities that are grown specifically to be consumed.

 

ROTARY IN THE NEWS!

 

Congratulations to A.J. BEECHKO for singlehandedly destroying the RCOR’s reputation as a hard-working, active, and engaged service club in one “Facts” photo.

 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: DECEMBER 17TH

1862 – Union General ULYSSES S. GRANT lashes out at Jewish cotton speculators, who he believed were the driving force behind the black market for cotton. Grant issued an order expelling all Jewish people from his military district, which encompassed parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.
1892 – ARTHUR TURNURE first published “Vogue” magazine dedicated to “the ceremonial side of life” and targeted at “the sage as well as the debutante, men of affairs as well as the belle.”
1903 – ORVILLE and WILBUR WRIGHT make the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft. ORVILLE piloted the gasoline-powered, propellerdriven biplane, which stayed aloft for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet on its inaugural flight.
1944 – During World War II, U.S. Major General HENRY C. PRATT issues Public Proclamation No. 21, declaring that, effective January 2, 1945, Japanese American “evacuees” from the West Coast could return to their homes.
1979 – Hollywood stuntman STAN BARRETT blasts across a dry lakebed at California’s Edwards Air Force Base in a rocketand missile-powered car, becoming the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound on land.

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE PREZ

As we approach the end of this calendar year, I want to extend to all of you a very continued Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas followed by a very happy and healthy new year. In my opinion, it won’t take much to improve upon this year as we anticipate the crucial vaccinations that will hopefully slow the sickness and death which have been too much a part of this year. Speaking of the new year, I hope you’ll join me in reprioritizing your life to include more time for Rotary. We are a strong Club with much to accomplish in the coming year. I look forward to seeing those of you who signed up for lunch as you drive through the Congregational Church parking lot.

Editor – Jim Nolin – Edition No. 24, December 17, 2020

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