Spoke Newsletter – 01/11/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 01/11/2015

So many years ago I was enrolled in kindergarten at Truman Public School in New Haven, Connecticut. I attended Truman through sixth grade. Every day before class began we would say a prayer and salute our flag…..a great way to start a day, a great tradition to continue. And it continues here every Thursday at noon.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” “The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people, but the silence over that by the good people.” “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) whole staircase.”

Kylie Apodaca presented a very informative program about the well-run Fire and Burn Foundation. The mission of this foundation is Prevention-Education- and Support. Given that burn injury remains one of the leading causes of childhood death and disfigurement in our nation underscores how important this foundation and its programs are. We were heartened to hear about the Winter Burn Camp and School Re-Entry Program. These no-cost programs are available to severely burned children who not only endure physical hardship and pain, but are affected emotionally as well.
A special shout-out to Jeff Frazier for donating his time and expertise as a board member and to his department for envisioning and staffing the Bowling for Burns at Empire Bowl on Colton Avenue in Redlands. Empire Bowl donates the facility for the event to the foundation.

It is our distinct pleasure to welcome Rabbi Hillel Cohn of Congregation Emanu El, the Jewish synagogue that has officially served our area since it was chartered by the State of California in 1891. Rabbi Cohn served as rabbi from 1963 until his retirement in 2001.Turns out he was very unsuccessful as a retired person. In fact, he was a complete failure at retirement. That’s how busy he is. Over his many years in the greater San Bernardino area, he was extremely active and frequently chaired a plethora of community organizations. He continues this involvement to this day. He now serves on the Institutional Review Board at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, is a member of the Diocesan Health Care Committee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, was founder of San Bernardino Human Relations Commission, serves as an advisory member of the Morrow McCombs Memorial Lecture Committee, and board member of St. Bernardine Medical Center Foundation, to name a few. Additionally he produced and hosted Dialogues on Diversity on Channel 3, helped found Inland Congregations United for Change, and is a board member of the Community Foundation of Riverside. Rabbi Cohn also serves in many Jewish Reform Movement organizations. Hillel agreed to return to Congregation Emanu El as interim rabbi while the congregation searches for a new spiritual leader.

His topic: Advice on Writing your Will

Meat Loaf (I love meat loaf) Mashed potatoes and gravy (what would meat loaf be with-
out MP and G?) Succotash (as in thuffering thuccotash) Black Forest Cake
Thanks, Steve

Our very own Joe Daniszewski, Scout Executive/CEO of California Inland Empire Council of Boy Scouts of America, will enlighten us on Scouting in Redlands and Beyond. He will re-
view the progress made by the area’s Packs and Troops as well as future plans for their Boseker Scout Reservation in Idyllwild. Boy Scouts of America is approaching their 105th anniversary on February 8. In recognition of this milestone Joe will give his “State of the Scouts Address”.

March 23 (Monday) – Wine Maker Dinner, 6PM at the Mitten Bldg. $100 each
March 28 (Saturday) – Red Wine and Blues – Redlands Country Club

And These Words Just for Don McCue: What do cannonballs do when they fall in love? They make bbs.

January is “Rotary Awareness Month.” We all know that we are pledged to put “Service Above Self.” At every meeting, we hang a banner with the 4-Way Test, the code by which we promise to conduct our personal and professional selves.

As I have tried to reinforce at each monthly birthday recognition in the last few months, we should not forget the six Areas of Focus for service RCOR and we Rotarians should consider as the primary direction for our philanthropic efforts:

1 Peace and conflict prevention and resolution

2 Disease prevention and treatment,

3 Water and sanitation,

4 Maternal and child health,

5 Basic education and literacy,

6 Economic and community development.

If you think about it, almost every service we do presently flows through at least one of these areas. These areas also suggest service projects we might consider in the future. If you have a project in mind that falls into one or more of these areas, we want to hear about it. Please give me your ideas, or talk to any other Board member. With a Club this size, we have lots of room to expand our outreach.

And for those RCOR members with a birthday from now to the end of the Nolin year, take the hint. You might save yourself $20.00.

Editor – S and E – No. 25 – 1/15/15

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