Spoke Newsletter – 02/09/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 02/09/2017

MARTHA GREEN GARRETT and hubby, ED, who wed last year on Good Friday, will share their zest for life and adventure. MARTHA & ED traversed the Pyrenees Mountains covering 550 miles on the Camino de Santiago. This trek through the Basque country found them walking the way of St. James. These lovebirds will “share the love!” Most fitting as our Club welcomes lovers, friends and family as guests for our Valentine Lunch.

Our favorite fireman and hot shot extraordinaire was “on fire” imparting us with updates and useful info to keep our families and Redlands safer. RFD’s mottos “Protecting the Future” “Preserving the Past” are affirmative actions taken by RFD. Last year there were over 250 fires and 60 structural fires in RFD’s area of coverage, which for regional departments ranks 2nd highest in square miles and 4th in persons protected. Citizens need to be proactive and not complacent regarding fire prevention. Clear brush and don’t presume you live in an area where there’s no threat. With the advancement of technology, apps and smartphones, emergency services can more quickly, efficiently and effectively interact with the citizens and emergency response teams to relay information and provide optimal often lifesaving care. New Tech Items: Defibrillators interface with hospitals and ambulances replacing clipboards conveying vitals; Thermal imaging cameras; Laryngoscope cameras; HAAS alert monitors affecting traffic alerts and controls. Check out San Bernardino County APP Ready Site to upload apps to your phone. Also look for City of Redlands Emergency Notification app; 5.0 Radio; and Pulsepoint app.

Students from our own RUSD will yet again amaze us with the talent of the youth in our community. Not to be missed!

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

WINE MAKER DINNER – Weds., March 22nd. This year’s event will be held at the Hickory Ranch Steak House in Yucaipa. Space is limited to 65 guests, so let RON JEFFREY know ASAP if you want to reserve your seat. You can pay letter, but don’t be left out.

RED WINE & BREWS – It’s hard to believe that this year is our
32nd RW&B event. 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.
Tickets are $90 in advance; $100 at the door. VIP tickets are $150 which allows access to the Trophy Room and unique, hand selected high end wines. Sponsorships begin at $300.

Touch-A-Truck – Sunday, June 11, 2017 at the University of Redlands TABLE TALK (Yes, I’m editorializing.) I don’t know your thoughts, but I for one am abashed at the antics of those on many university campuses. What has happened to concepts of open discourse and free speech? Classically, universities were safe havens for the expression of ideas and debate. Sadly, it appears the prevailing opinions propagated on campuses is “Shut up if you aren’t a proponent of my philosophy.” Worst of all words alone are not used. Is physical violence evolving into the norm for silencing an opinion other than one’s own? I hope not. I believe in the 1st Amendment.

off our RW&B fund raising by auctioning off a dapper red carrying case with JIM BRASWELL beating out other contenders with his high bid of $100. A week ago, BILL HATFIELD hosted a wonderful event at RCC with JIM HOLMES giving updates on Redlands Community Hospital and its plans for expansion. JAN OPDYKE of RCC planned giving assured that yours truly’s other half had red wine at the ready.. Many Rotarians, too many to enumerate here, were in attendance.

TIDBITS – What about them Patriots and QB Tom Brady! Super
Bowl 51 will surely go down as one for the ages. First tie game; 5 time QB Super Bowl winner; 25 point come back to win with touchdown in overtime. Unbelievable. Those who were checking out after the 3rd quarter missed the finale. Half-time with Lady GaGa was awesome. Lessons to be learned from Sunday’s event: (1) We can come together as Americans and celebrate; and (2) Never give up!

PERSONAL ADVICE & PEARLS OF WISDOM: Be kind. It makes life so much better,and it’s easier.

Five Reasons to Fall in Love with Rotary!
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s think of (at least) 5 reasons to fall in love with Rotary!
1. Friendship: In an increasingly complex world, Rotary provides one of the most basic human needs: the need for friendship and fellowship.
It is one of two reasons why Rotary began in 1905.
2. Business Development: The second original reason for Rotary’s beginning is business development. Everyone needs to network. Rotary represents a cross section of every business community — its members come from all walks of life. Rotarians help each other and collectively help others.
3. Personal Growth and Development: Membership in Rotary continues one’s growth and education in human relations and personal development.
4. Citizenship in the Community: Membership in a Rotary club makes one a better community citizen. The average Rotary club consists of the most active citizens of any community.
5. Opportunity to Serve: Rotary is a service club. Its business is mankind. Its product is service. Rotarians provide community service to both local and international communities. This is perhaps the best reason for becoming a Rotarian: the chance to do something for somebody else and the return of that satisfaction to one’s own life. It is richly rewarding!
Fall In Love with Rotary!

Editor – Betty Auton Beck – No 31 – 09 February 2017

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