10 Jan Spoke Newsletter – 01-09-2020
Do you ever have that “not-so-fresh” feeling? Well, there are people in our community who experience that more often than we do. Refresh & Renew, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was organized in 2017 to provide the opportunity to bathe for people without homes and baths. As Refresh & Renew President VERNON HOFFS will likely share, in its first year the organization provided 1,690 shower with the aid of forty-two volunteers. Their fantastic shower-trailer can be found at the Church Formerly Known as St. Mary’s on Monday mornings and Family Service Association on Thursday mornings.
Be sure to wear your name badges today, as so much time has passed since our last meeting that you may have forgotten the names of some of your closest Rotarian friends! Not only is it a completely new year, but several religious and secular holidays have passed in the intervening weeks… not to mention important birthdays.
HEIDI MAYER joins us again to update the Club on the important work of YouthHope in our community.. According to youthhope.org, “The organization was established in 2009 to build confidence and promote selfsufficiency for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth, ages 14-24, by providing trust, hope, support, and education. YouthHope was established to provide a support system for youth in a safe and caring environment so they may grow to be healthy, self-sustaining adults. “
Or not, as the case may be… Are you wondering where the effervescent, ebullient, and effusive LARRY BURGESS is today? Well look no further than America’s Winter Playground Palm Springs, where the Palm Springs International Film Festival has been underway since last week. Rumor has it that, thanks to his high-level allinclusive-including-popcorn-and-milk duds pass, he’ll see some forty films over ten days. Goodness knows how he’ll remember any of them specifically, especially considering the workout his liver is getting with past Rotarian PETER DAVIS.
Word on the street is that SAM EDISON is off seeing the sites somewhere in the world with spouse SHARALYN HAMILTON. Do you suppose he actually obtained a travel permit before embarking upon his globetrotting experience?
Our own RON HELBRON recently helped further the world of Redlands history by responding to Smiley Library’s appeal for 8mm home movies. In addition to his stellar career as a society dentist, RON showed great promise as a film maker in the late-1960s and 1970s, including a foray into stop-action animation and great documentation of life with Nikki and their daughters.
THE ROTARY CALENDAR
January is Vocational Service! Shamelessly stolen from District 5790: “During January, Rotarians are encouraged to focus on this important avenue of Rotary service. Discussions on vocational service can lead to projects that not only develop the ethical consciousness and vocational skills of Rotarians but also the talents within their communities. Vocational Service Month is an opportunity to begin year-long vocational service activities, ranging from Rotary discussions to awards to community projects.” If you’re reading this and weren’t at Lugonia elementary school this morning for BREAKFAST AND A BOOK, then you missed it! Best put it on your calendar to be at Franklin on January 29.
Welcom Back Rotarians and HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are offically 6 months into this Rotary year which means we have six months to finish strong. January 17th & 18th is the World Peace conference held in Ontario at the Ontario Convention Center. The Rotary World Peace Conference 2020 is two days packed full of sessions designed to deliver proven solutions for you to take home. In our ever changing world, it’s important that we continue to strive to do our part in creating peace within our communities.