Spoke Newsletter – 01/22/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 01/22/2015

Calvin Coolidge said about Boy Scouts, “If every boy in the United States could be placed under the wholesome influences of the Scout program and should live up to the Scout Oath and rules, we would hear fewer pessimistic words as to the future of our nation. Not only is it based on the fundamental rules of right thinking and acting, but it seems to embrace in its code almost every virtue needed in the personal and social life of mankind.” ……and

GEORGE W. BUSH said about Scouting, “Times and challenges change, yet the values of Scouting will never change. Scouts of my era would recognize every word that you live by today, because those words have always de- fined Scouting. The goodness of a person and of the society he or she lives in often comes down to very simple things, and the words found in the Scout Law. Every soci- ety depends on trust and loyalty, on courtesy and kindness, on bravery and reverence. These are the values of Scouting and these are the values of America.”…..and U.S. Scouts helped Secretary of State George C. Marshall get his famous Marshall Plan passed and they initiated their own Junior Marshall Plan to help feed the starving children of Europe after the end of World War II.

“And to my children I leave…” I have often wondered what would follow that phrase when all is said and done. I, as so many of us, have decided on the division and distribution of those “hard assets” we want our heirs to share: the house, the stock portfolio, grandma’s engagement ring. And then always that lurking fear of the garage sale. All those wonderful collectibles we spent our entire married life acquiring and placing on that very special spot on the wall or in the living room. There they are on a long folding utility table in front of the “homestead” with a small sign in my son’s handwriting that reads, “ANY ITEM FOR $2.00.
But wait.

We have one more shot at influencing our kids for the last time. Rabbi Cohn told us about a custom traced to the Bible of writing or verbalizing what we now call an Ethical Will. Parents would express what they wanted most for and from their children. ..our legacy to our kids….in the spirit of Jacob who told his children how they should conduct themselves after he was gone.

Sam Levinson, a famous teacher turned humorist, in his Ethical Will left his children all his debt: The debt he has to America for the life of freedom and opportunity it gave him.

The debt he had to his parents for the values and ethics they instilled in him. He admonished his children to remember that “Man does not live by bread alone”.
An Ethical Will is not an easy thing to write. In doing so one confronts oneself and must look inward to see what the essential truths are that one has learned in a lifetime. As far as the editor is concerned, Rabbi Cohn inspired a lot of thought about how my heirs will remember me.

Not only has fellow Rotarian, Joe Daniszewski, served the Inland Empire Council of Boy Scouts of America as Scout Executive Officer for six years, he has lived Boy Scouting for 43 years. That’s how long he has been a scout; not just a scout, but an Eagle Scout as well. Joe and his wife, Leah, live in Redlands, have two Eagle Scout sons; Michael, a USC grad working on his MBA at USC and Joe, a Grove High school Grad (YAY) and a junior in the Army ROTC program at Cal Berkley. Joe will be updating us on scouting in Redlands and Beyond. His presentation will include plans for Boseker Scout Reservation in Idyllwild. We will also hear about the “State of the Boy Scouts in America” as we approach the 105th anniversary of BSA on February 8.

March 23 (Saturday) – Wine Maker Dinner at 6 PK at the Mitten Bldg., $100 each March 28 (Saturday) – Red Wine and Blues at RCC

DELECTABLES FROM CHEF STEVE Pork Loin Roast, Rice Pilaf, Salad Bar, Black Forest Cake (Nap at 2 PM)

Club Assembly – a status report on the various initiatives of our club. This is definitely a meeting every member should attend, not just to become better informed about our club, but as a way of showing support for our president and officers, our board, the many committee members and their unselfish commitment of time and energy to the Rotary Club of Redlands and to Rotary International.

As they used to say at Gales Rexall Drug in San Bernardino, “A stool softener in the PM for a BM in the AM”. (Editor E has no comment)

In the continuing observance of “Rotary Awareness Month,” I’d like to give a tip of the hat to Joseph Kibler for doing a spectacular job in coordinating our online initiatives. Our new web sites, one for the Club itself and one for the Red Wine & Blues event, are visually appealing, comprehensive, and very easy to navigate. Please visit them often at redlandsrotary.org and redwineandblues.com respectively. For us FaceBook junkies, the Rotary Club of Redlands FaceBook page is vibrant and interesting, and we can all make an impact on it by “Liking” it and contributing relevant items every now and again. Thanks again, Joseph, for all your hard work.

An online presence is useless without interesting content, so the next tip of the hat goes to Jane Dreher. Jane has added her professional touch to a great many published ar- ticles and press releases concerning our Club’s service projects and activities, and many of them have made their way onto our web sites and social media pages. None was more spectacular or all-encompassing than her end-of-the- year wrap-up which appeared in the Redlands Daily Facts. It showed how far-reaching and diverse our Club’s com- munity outreach is, and how many of us are involved on a personal level to provide Service Above Self. Thank you, Jane, for spreading Rotary Awareness.

Finally, recognition also goes to Mark Heideman, the “Man Behind the Camera.” Mark has documented a great many of our events with lots of still photos that have made their way into newspapers and magazines. With our online pres- ence, he has provided photos and videos. Some of the more impactful “home movies” we are able to share be- cause of Mark’s work were the CVHS Chanson de Lumiere holiday performance last month, and Harry John’s recol- lections of his harrowing World War II experiences. If a pic- ture speaks a thousand words, Mark is the most talkative guy in the Club.

Next week, how we ALL can help raise Rotary Awareness.

Editor – S and E – No. 26 – 1/22/15

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