Spoke Newsletter – 01/03/2019

Spoke Newsletter – 01/03/2019

TODAY Debbie Martis, the CEO & Founder of Rebirth Homes. Debbie developed the vision to remodel abandoned homes after she heard the staggering statistics about human trafficking in 2008. In 2012 she set out to provide homes for human trafficking victims in an effort to promote spiritual, physical, emotional and mental healing.

LAST WEEK Kellie Byward, County of San Bernardino Supervising Deputy Public Defender, spoke to the club regarding her experiences with the public defender’s office, especially regarding the juvenile court system. Her office has developed a holistic approach to the criminal defense of the juveniles coming through the court system. Kellie’s office has made it a priority to help the juveniles return to a productive life by ensuring they obtain a high school diploma, providing needed services and finding community mentors to help the incarcerated juveniles.

NEXT WEEK Clark Marrow, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, will present his department’s efforts regarding anti-human trafficking in the County. This should dovetail nicely into our own Club’s efforts into this criminal activity.

The Club’s annual Christmas and Holiday Club dinner was a resounding success. Many thanks to Sandi, Victoria and Dan, along with their team, for a spectacular prime rib buffet along with an outstanding wine bar. What a wonderful way to begin the holiday season.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Mark Twain wrote that New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions. The following resolutions were heard around the champagne bucket on New Year’s Eve:

“My New Year’s resolution is to exercise more, eat healthy food, always be positive, stop procrastinating, and … and … find a therapist for my compulsive lying.” ED MALESKY

“I’m not making resolutions this year. No one likes a skinny, sober bitch anyway.” BETTY AUTON-BECK

“Purr less. Hiss more.”
“Don’t expect any New Year’s resolutions from me. I
intend on staying the same awkward, sarcastic, foulmouthed delight you’ve all come to know and love.”

“Each Rotarian is the connecting link between the idealism of Rotary and his trade or profession.” Let’s all resolve to be the inspiration to those we work with, those who work for us, and the communities we serve.

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Happy New Year! Today is our first Rotary meeting of 2019! I am sure we all have our new year’s resolutions laid out before us and are ready to tackle this year full force. For those of you who have made the resolution to get even more involved in Rotary there are a number of great ways from here in our local club all the way to the events of Rotary International. Want to get more involved in our local club? Consider helping on our big fundraiser, Red Wine and Brews! Or perhaps you want to join the board? Thinking bigger? The Rotary International Assembly is this month in San Diego January 13th through the 19th, come see me if you want more details on it!

Editor—Patrick Meyer—Edition No. 25, January 03, 2019

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