Spoke Newsletter – 02/02/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 02/02/2017

Our own JEFF FRAZIER, the hottest fireman in town, will provide us with updates and escapades of the Redlands Fire Department focusing on how new smart phone apps help fire/EMS service. Always entertaining and witty, “Safety First” is the motto of this 36 year fire veteran. We also know his favorite color is red.. Just ask his lovely and fiery wife, PAULA.

Steve Stockton, President of the Redlands Historical Museum Association along with LARRY BURGESS former Director of the A.K. Smiley Library and his blushing bride CHAR enlightened us as to the progress made in bringing to our town the Museum of Redlands “MOR”. This project belongs to the citizens of our City, and it will take us to meet its goals. MOR will be the “living room of Redlands.” There is an extensive collection of artwork, artifacts, memorabilia and literature collected and preserved by the Library, but not displayed for public enjoyment and education. The location is the old Facts Building on Brookside, and is envisioned to serve not only as an historical look into Redlands’ journey and history, but also as a venue for many civic and private events.

MARTHA GREEN GARRETT and her husband, ED, conquered the Pyrenees Mountains trekking 550 miles on the Camino de Santiago in the Basque Country walking the way of St. James from St. John, France to Santiago, Spain this past year. She will share the highs and lows of their once in a lifetime adventure.

VALENTINE’S DAY – February 14th is less than two weeks away. You all are forewarned and will have no excuse for not remembering your love interest on this heartfelt day. Don’t wait til 5 o’clock before you head home to rush into a store to find a card among the leftovers. I can always spot an “Oops, I almost forgot” acquisition.
Redlands Symphony – Sat., Feb. 11th Memorial Chapel UofR
Lincoln Dinner –Sunday, Feb. 12th – Orton Center UofR
Redlands Compact Club gives teens the experience to be comfortable in real life situations. Mark your calendar for February 16th, 5:30 – Redlands Country Club
Breakfast & a Book – Weds., February 22nd at Franklin Elementary. This will start your day with a smile!!
Rotary Leadership Institute – Saturday, March 11th – Ortega High School, Lake Elsinore – RSVP Cal Boothby
RED WINE & BREWS – New Logo and Exciting new ideas for our biggest annual fund raiser. No fooling! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1st, and start thinking of auction items and baskets. SANDI BENTLEY & LYNN WHITMER our trustee co-chairs are seeking leads for wineries that might agree to participate, so work your contacts and magic to see what’s out there.

NEAL WANER in addition to financially overseeing the Museum of Redlands is again this year’s auctioner.
Touch-A-Truck – Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the University of Redlands

TABLE TALK (or Food Fight Provoking Comments) – Two weekends ago brought a couple of things to fruition. With the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as our 45th President behind us, what do you think is the best way to move our great country in a positive direction? I for one believe it’s time to respect our process and wish success for ALL Americans including our President. Perhaps on a lighter note (although I know some of you Rotarians take this very much in earnest), the football marathon resulted in the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons facing off in the Super Bowl this coming Sunday, February 5th.

JERRY BEAN, Chamber of Commerce “Man of the Year”. Yet another in an impressive list of Rotarians over the years to be awarded this honor. Earlier this month, NATHAN GONZALES presented an enlightening program to the Redlands Area Historical Society on Redlands’ growth after WWII. He is renowned for his love of mid-century architecture, his 3rd passion behind his cat and a great martini! Also of note, LYNDA SCHAUF returned recently from a rather extensive trip “down under” cruising Australia and New Zealand on a Crystal luxury liner. She professes this was “work,” but
I’m not so sure. Did she get a travel permit? LEROY and DENNIS HANSBERGER have been seen dining at The Tartan enjoying some father/son bonding time and keeping each other out of trouble.

CLUB TIDBITS – Be forewarned: Those February birthday folks to be recognized on the 23rd better all be present and accounted for at the Birthday Table. Only death or hospitalization will be deemed a permissible excuse. So check your driver’s licenses if you don’t remember when you were born.

PERSONAL ADVICE & PEARLS OF WISDOM: “Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps kids in touch.”

“The Redlands Rotary Club’s work is truly inspirational, and it is an honor to be recognized. I hope to one day be able to give back to the community as superbly as you do.” Harrison Hamada, UCLA
“After winning the Rotary scholarship…I became substantially more focused and driven to accomplish the goals I set for my future, including a career in the U.N.” Yeon Jae Jung, Political Science Major at UC Berkley
“I have always had the dream of playing college baseball and attending one of the top universities in the country, and this scholarship has aided me in achieving this dream… I knew I had a lot more work to do to achieve my goals and knew that I was representing my family and community when I went off to school. There are many people that have helped me get to where I am today, and the Rotary club is one of those people. “ Brad Kendall, Mathematics and Economics Major at Vassar College (Center Fielder Varsity Baseball Team)

You may wonder about the quotes I’ve printed — they are testimonies from some of our incredible scholarship recipients. I hope they remind you why we do what we do. Service above self, folks! Let’s not leave it up to a few Rotarians to do the heavy lifting — we need beer and wine vendors, live auction items, and your time, talents and treasures! When you are out in the community, “ASK” for support so that we can continue to give scholarships to students like the ones above in our community. I challenge each and every one of us to contribute to our annual fundraiser in any way we can during the next month! Thank you all for your unwavering commitment!!

Editor – Betty Auton Beck – No. 30 – 02 February 2017

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