Spoke Newsletter – 02/15/2018

Spoke Newsletter – 02/15/2018


Sabine Robertson-Phillips brings us the high school student music program. It is a nice blend of instrumentation and vocals, with competitors from each of our three comprehensive high schools. You might bring paper and pencil and try judging the competitors, to see how you do compared to the of cial judges. But no betting.


Former Redlands Chief of Police LEW NELSON took us through his past lives. This Eagle Scout was president of our club for 1992-1993. He served in the military, having the pleasure of a visit to Vietnam in 1967. He and his wife Cathy came to Redlands in 1960, after which he apparently had too distinguished a college experience to repeat here. We are just lucky that he became a Redlands Police of cer and served as chief from 1996 until retirement, after which he worked for ESRI which took him to all states and 71 countries. Nice to have you back in the club Lew.


Program chairman, DENNIS HANSBERGER, informs your author that he has not yet decided on your program for next week from among Kim Chloe, Chris Mazdzer or Red Gerard. They are all anxiously hoping they can nd a ight that will get them home from the Olympics in time to speak to you about their Olympic experience and the medal they won. If none of them can get here in time, I’m sure Dennis will have an equally interesting speaker here.

Congratulations to the Rising Stars presented last week by SANDY BENTLEY and JIM NOLIN:

From REV: Senior, Amber Gomez
From Orangewood: Junior, Alyssa Alford
and From Redlands High: Freshman, Isabella Rainbolt

Another reminder 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. Be ready to buy/sell your share of tickets soon.

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.


One more look at the Roster. Take a look at the committees and all those chairpersons that have taken on a lot of responsibility. Among them see if there isn’t some committee where you can offer some help with the tasks at hand.



As you might have noticed, Jim Holmes is hard at work, making further improvements to the hospital facility.

But have you seen the wonderful history, a “Century of

Healthcare” written by JANE DREHER, covering the hospital from 1904-2004. From page 111 of that book, here are a couple questions and answers from the quiz compiled by LARRY BURGESS for the hospital newsletter in 1985:

Q What might have been the average salary in 1933?

A Historical records indicate that many area residents earned between $10 and $13 per week.

Q Who originally donated the land for the hospital. A Mr. And Mrs. Edward M. Cope
Q When were the surgical areas rst air conditioned. A 1952



Well next Monday is Presidents’ Day and by the power vested in me as your president, I am giving you the day off. Wouldn’t that be nice if I could do that. I think it would be. But one may ask why is next Monday considered a national holiday. As has been my custom, I thought I would research the great book of the internet (so it must be true) and provide you with the answer.

Presidents’ Day, of cially Washington’s Birthday, in the United States, is always celebrated on the third Monday in February and was popularly recognized as honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. However, the day is sometimes understood as a celebration of the birthdays and lives of all U.S. presidents.

The origin of Presidents’ Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of Washington—commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the rst president of the United States was rst celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year, but it has been opposed by those who believe that those holidays should be celebrated on the dates they actually commemorate. During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washington’s Birthday be renamed Presidents’ Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) and Lincoln (February 12); although Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an of cial federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. After the bill went into effect in 1971, however, Presidents’ Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers’ use of that name to promote sales and the holiday’s proximity to Lincoln’s birthday. Presidents’ Day is usually marked by public ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country.

So this year will be especially interesting with and expected/reported crowd of over two million attending the celebration of our current president.

Editor – Scott Showler – Edition No. 32, February 15, 2018



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