Spoke Newsletter – 01/21/2016

Spoke Newsletter – 01/21/2016

Last Week

After singing another song from the south, we heard from Dr. Don Buchanan and Tim Sullivan regarding the Redlands street trees and plan. A lot of work over many years has been put in by Don and his committee assessing what types of trees are best, how to maintain them, and how to enlist City help when needed. Their annual allotment of the City budget, which changes year to year, is about $300,000, however to trim all the trees would cost about $2.4 million. Through our collective efforts, Redlands has achieved Tree City USA certification.


Staying with the southern singing theme, likely we’ll start the day with either Georgia On My Mind or Carolina In My Mind. For our program, we will hear from stained glass artist Tom Medlicott. Many of his works grace our city, he’ll discuss how he came into this unique trade, how he works his magic, and discuss some of his art you see in Redlands.

Next Week

Neither the Pope nor Obama has returned emails regarding being a program. Might have to settle for Matt Damon, or see photos from the high school student rep kids on Injury Day or Awkward Family Photo Day.

Our Newest Rotarian

Welcome Bev Noerr, our newest Rotarian! If you don’t know Bev, spend some time with her. You’ll learn what a great addition to our club she will be.

Light and Power

If you liked the theme of the Purple Turtle dinner in December (thank you Stan Weisser), then join Dave Maupin Sunday January 24th in a shopping trip that couples able bodied teens with adults with disabilities. It’s a shopping spree and pizza that will warm your heart. See Dave for more details.

Red Wine and Blues – 2016

Due to past success, this year’s Wine Tasters Dinner has expanded to host the first 100 guests who sign up. It will be Tuesday March 29th at the Mitton Building. Coordinator John Patterson has assured the five wines pared with the meal will delight wine lovers from the wine connoisseur to the wine sewer. $100 per person. It’s a nice evening and a way to support Red Wine and Blues. More info on RW&B can be found on the website at http://redwineandblues.com/.


We’re excited today to host “The Virtuosos of Yakutia”, a violin ensemble from Siberia (I bet it’s warmer here!). The group performed at the Rotary Peace Conference last weekend, and are continuing to enjoy their time here in Southern California. Please be sure to share a warm Rotary Club of Redlands welcome.

The ensemble got me thinking about music more generally, so I pulled the 1941 edition of ”Songs for the Rotary Club”. We certainly have had some creative Rotarians over the years! Several of the pieces take commonly known songs (at least they were then) and rewrote the lyrics for Rotary. One fun one was set to the tune of Carrie Jacobs Bond’s hit “A Perfect Day”, which she is rumored to have written while staying at Mission Inn in Riverside. Bet you don’t know that tune! Another was written to the tune of “Anchors Aweigh”, the song of the U.S. Navy. It goes like this (you know you’re going to hum along!):

We’ll strive to hold our course, All hail to Rotary! Steadfast and strong. though days seem dark. And things go wrong, Service in all we do Friends ever free, Until we meet once more Here’s health to all our friends in Rotary!

Editor: Neal Waner , January 21, 2016 No. 27

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