Spoke Newsletter – 01/11/2018

Spoke Newsletter – 01/11/2018

PROGRAM Professor Masood Khan, Esq. is an attorney and professor at Cal State University San Bernardino who is also a very big fan of the science fiction genre and, like many others, is disappointed with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” However, today he will speak on “Everything You Wanted to Know About Muslims and Islam but Were Afraid to Ask.”

RCOR welcomed Ben Moudry (pronounced “Moe-dree”), principal of The Grove School in Redlands for his second presentation to the club about one of many unique schools in Redlands. Grove was begun in 1999 and was at that time only the 180th charter school in the country (out of 1,200 now). It is now the 2nd oldest Montessori High School in the USA, and has 225 students with 125 pupils in grades 6 – 9 and 100 in grades 10 – 12. Contrary to widespread belief, it is overseen by the Redlands Unified School District but not part of it, and attendance is open to all with student enrollment selected by lottery. Though the Montessori Method of education for students in the middle-and-high school grades is somewhat different from most other public schools, and involves many non-traditional school activities (like farming, animal husbandry, retail produce sales, and others), a look at the usual measures of academic success like standardized test scores and college admission shows the Grove school does not sacrifice academic achievement for special programs and their unique perspective. We will also note the Maria Montessori, developer and namesake of the educational method that bears her name, has stated “All work is noble”, which sounds a lot like the Second Object of Rotary, “Dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.”

Karen Zirkle is the Director of Physical Medicine at the Spine and Joint Institute at Redlands Community Hospital. She will present an overview of that therapeutic specialty.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award encourages leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA for their past, present, and, hopefully, future leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an allexpenses-paid weekend at Thousand Pines Camp in Running Springs where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, discuss contemporary ethical and social issues relevant to their lives, and make life-long friends through fellowship activities and community living. The desired result is that students return to their schools, families, and communities motivated and equipped to take on leadership roles and find additional ways to serve. Our fantastic District 5330 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program is studied and emulated by other Rotary Districts throughout the Western United States and elsewhere, and our Club routinely budgets “big bucks” to send as many kids to RYLA as we can. The reports from the students and others about how this program has changed lives are sometimes astounding and always rewarding to hear. D-5330 will have two camps: March 23-25 and April 20-23. Your help is needed. The first, very important opportunity to serve is to sit on an interview panel at one or more of our local schools. The interview questions are preformatted, and all you need do is present them as one member of the panel and carefully evaluate the responses of the students. Please talk to VICTORIA MARSHALL and invest a little time to kick-start RYLA 2018!

January 18- Students of the Month Recognition Day.

January 22- TrueRedWineBoozeShoesBrew&BluesCruise RCOR
Major Fundraiser Committee Meeting. 6:00 PM. Hudson Realty
Conference Room 127 E State Street. The success of this event is up
to YOU (yes, YOU)!

January 23- RCOR Board Meeting. Noon. BYO Lunch if you want
to. Conference Room of Brown, White Osborn LLP, 300 E. State
St., Suite 300. All are invited, not just Red Badgers.

January 30- ACA Student Interviews for RYLA participation. See

January 31- “Breakfast and a Book” at Franklin School Library on Colton Avenue. In at 7 AM and out by 7:45. Feed the kids and read to them. Franklin School parents and teachers consistently rate our program one of their favorites the school promotes. February 1- A “two-fer” week! “Breakfast and a Book” at Lugonia School Library on Pennsylvania Street. In at 7 AM and out by 7:45. Feed the kids and read to them. February 1- Rising Stars Student Recognition Day

April 14- IE Rescue Human Trafficking Symposium at esri, focusing on Prevention, Justice, and Restoration for all forms of human trafficking, it’s victims, and it’s cost to society. Lots of chances to help; see Dave Maupin, Beverly Noerr, or Kyra Stewart.

Nice to have Joe Hudson as our song leader in his years-long attempt to change his red badge to a blue badge. By the way, the term “tootsy wootsy” is defined as (1) A term of endearment to a loved one, and/or (2) “Nurseryese” used with and by children for a certain primary sex characteristic of females. Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the lyrics of “In the Good Old Summertime,” doesn’t it?

REFLECTIONS “No one is ever hanged with money in his pocket.” -Doug McAdam

This week I thought I would do a recap of what Rotary is, to remind us of what a great organization we all belong to. So, I went to the Rotary website and picked up the following information Rotary is made up of three parts: our clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation.

The clubs taken together comprise Rotary International which is made up of 355,815 members in North America and the Caribbean; 308,555 in Europe; 202,191 in South and Southeast Asia; 147,714 in North Asia; 94,516 in Central and South America; 61,048 in Australia, Philippines, and Pacific Realm; and 38,074 in Africa and Southwest Asia. That comes to a total of 1,207,913 members worldwide, not a small organization.

As a member of a Rotary Club and Rotary International, we believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. The 35,000+ clubs work together with the objective of: Promoting peace; Fight disease; Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; Save mothers and children; Support education; and Grow local economies.

The last part is the Rotary Foundation that transforms your gifts into service projects. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With the donations like yours, we’ve wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. Your donation also trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

So that is a quick overview of what Rotary is. I thought it would be a good idea to start the year off with a clear understanding of our foundation.

Editor – Jim Nolin – Edition No. 27, January 11, 2018

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