Spoke Newsletter – 02/09/2018

Spoke Newsletter – 02/09/2018


Welcome LEW NELSON to the podium. Lew was a long time member of the Redlands Police Department, ending his career there as Chief of the Department. He was also a long time member of this club, before retirement redirected his course for a time. It is certainly nice to have him back in the club. He will speak on a wide range of subjects, from busting bad guys, to diversions during his retirement.


Pat Hoag and Kim Clark demonstrated they are in good physical shape climbing to an altitude of 17,598 feet to reach the base camp for Mt. Everest in Napal. With the help of Sherpa and Yaks, they took two weeks to make the ascent. They augmented the story with a wonderful video of their arrival by plane into Ludia, before beginning the ascent. Isn’t such a climb on everyone’s bucket list. Consider that oxygen at 17000 ft is only 11% of what it is at sea level.


Sabine Robertson-Phillips brings us the high school student music program. Plan time to walk across the street for a program guaranteed to entertain. Bring your loved one and prepare to celebrate a late Valentines Day concert.

Our mistress of song this month is JACQUI LANIER who thought this group could sing “All you need is love” by the Beatles. Out President A J needs to keep his day job.

JACQUI announced that our Red Wine and Brews event will be held on Saturday, May 12th at the ESRI Café’. New venue with new exciting things to come.

The Wine Maker Dinner is scheduled for March 8th at the Mission Gable house at the bowl. See MIKE BOSMAN or RON JEFFREY for tickets. We have space for 104 and have 30 tickets let available.


Suppose you miss a meeting (never happens) and are wondering where you can make up at another club. Just take a look at page 25 of the roster for all the clubs in the vicinity where you might make up a meeting, either the week before you have to miss, or the week after you do miss a meeting.


In the days when Redlands Rotary played baseball against the Kiwanis Club, JIM WATSON was one of our star players. In another life, former school superintendent Bob Hodges owned and operated a travel agency. LARRY BURGESS was one of the founding members of Redlands Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission, for which he served on the board many years. Oh, also the only ying mammal is – the bat.

Congrats to new member, DAVID GAUTHIER, turned in his red badge for a blue one (having completed the list of things required of a new member). Just because he got this done doesn’t mean he won’t be ned.


As some know, I have a part time lecturing gig at California State University, San Bernardino. This is my fth year of teaching and I really enjoy it. Speci cally, because of the student interaction and interest in the subject matter of law.

This winter I was assigned a new topic, Labor and Employment for Human Resources majors. It is a required course, so they have to come to class.

After reviewing the book and the course requirements, it became clear that the focus is on discrimination. That made perfect sense. Most of my clients that get sued have a discrimination claim in their lawsuit.

One of the livelier class discussions was the time we spent on race discrimination. From a historical perspective, many students were not aware that Africans arrived in this country in 1619 and became slaves 40 years later. Slavery was an integral part of the overall American life for over 200 years. Although slavery ended after the civil war in 1865, the next 99 years saw black codes and Jim Crow laws that legalized and codi ed racial discrimination. Some of rules were that a black person had to move off the sidewalk if a white person was walking on it, a black person could not testify against a white person, raise their voice to them, or not look a white person in the eyes unless invited to do so. These codes remained intact until the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It was not until 1965 that black Americans had the right to vote.

Some of my students felt this was so long ago, that these prejudices could not exist today. So, I asked them if they have heard of the Beatles, they all replied yes. Then I tell them that the Jim Crow laws were in existence when the Beatles rst came to the United States.

So, as we celebrate Black History Month in February, I think that it is important to remember that it was not so long ago, that our laws that supported discrimination and segregation. We cannot go back to that time but go forward celebrating the achievements of African Americans and all races in our country and in our local Redlands community.

Editor – Scott Showler – Edition No. 31, February 8, 2018

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