Spoke Newsletter – 01/19/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 01/19/2017

Tera Hilliard, Chief Executive Officer of Forgotten Children, Inc. will speak to us about human trafficking. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry where perpetrators profit from the control and exploitation of girls between the ages of 12-14. It is estimated that there are more than 27.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. For more than 10 years, Forgotten Children has been providing aftercare services to victims of human trafficking throughout Southern California. Their mission is to rescue, restore, educate and bring hope to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

If you were wondering about the future of Rotary International, our speaker, Brad Howard, chair of the Executive Committee of the Rotary International Board of Directors convinced this writer and many others in the room that not only will Rotary survive, but it is beginning the change that will sustain it far into the future. He suggested that each of us should be able to articulate why we joined Rotary and why we stay in Rotary. He suggested that Rotary is competing against “our busy lives”, that lack of time. But being in Rotary provides three priceless values: Personal Growth :” the opportunity to live beyond yourself”, to train leaders in your community, connecting with people worldwide. Professional Development: the opportunity to meet with people that make you better, mentoring others, being a part of the best and brightest in your community, meeting young people in the peak of their careers. Family: the value of involving your family in Rotary projects locally and around the world. Brad went on to say that if Rotary focuses more on what we give our members and how we support our members, the rest will take care of itself. Rotary creates better people who welcome the opportunity to change the world.

Steve Stockton, president of the Redlands History Museum Association and our own members, Don McCue, director of the A.K. Smiley Public Library, and Larry Burgess, historian and former director of the Smiley Library will speak to us about the future Museum of Redlands. The goal is to create a “world-class” space that will highlight the city’s highs and lows, and the industries and faces that helped move Redlands forward. Relative to the lows, Larry will be discussing his latest publication, Hanky Panky on the Zanja.

John Patterson is still looking good picking Green Bay and New England. Bob Hodges and Don McCue were knocked out of the NFC selection with the last second demise of Dallas. However, they picked New England to win it all and they are still in the running for that. Your SPOKE editor picked Seattle who lost to win both, so he is out period.
Bob Hodges – New England SB Champs
Don Mc Cue – New England SB Champs
John Patterson – New England and Green Bay w/New England SB Champs

January 25 – 7 am – Breakfast and a Book – Franklin School
February 1 – 7 am – Breakfast and a Book – Lugonia School Sunday, Feb. 12 – Lincoln Dinner – Orton Center
Saturday, April 1 – Red, Wine and Blues – Redlands Country Club

Say the days of the week in alphabetical order.
Name 5 words that begin and end with the same letter and put them in alphabetical order.
Think of five rooms in a house. Say each room and an item you can find in it. Each item has to be taller than the one from the previous room.

Fellow Rotarians, you may recall upon my return from The RI Convention I shared with you the support of RI in campaigning against Human Trafficking. Today our speaker will share with us how we can locally support this very serious issue. To put in into context, human trafficking is the trade of humans, most often for forced labor or sexual exploitation and slavery. Trafficking generates both tremendous suffering and profits. By some estimates, human trafficking within and between countries generates up to $9.5 billion annually. Human trafficking thrives when it is considered acceptable. Lasting change happens when an active and engaged civil society both demands it and works with governments and businesses to bring it about. This is where Rotary comes in. Human trafficking is perpetuated by criminal networks around the world intent on maximizing profits at the expense of other people. Rotary is also a global network but one dedicated to service and humanity. If the private sector is indeed responsible for 70% of forced labor in the world today, then it must also be part of the solution. Many Rotarians work in the private sector and could be change agents. Others of us are activists, advocates, and educators with a lot to offer. I look forward to hearing our speaker today.

Editor: Christopher Walker, January 19, 2017, # 28

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