Spoke Newsletter – 02/16/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 02/16/2017


We will gather after lunch across the street at the Congregational Church to be wowed and entertained by RUSD’s gifted and talented musicians. Join your fellow Rotarians to show support and give applause!


Inspired by the movie, “The Way,” MARTHA GREEN and husband, ED GARRETT, embarked on a 550 mile trek traversing the rugged Camino de Santiago. There journey began with visiting friends in England and acclimating to time change. On September 11 they flew to France, and commenced the walk of St. James to Spain. Along the way they met many interesting people from around the globe, many of whom had contacts with The Eating Room and Redlands, evidencing it is a small world. (Or, you better behave yourself no matter where you are!) Blue and yellow arrows along with crosses and tributes left by other Pilgrims walking this path helped guide the way. Their accommodations were unique and varied, and certainly not for the faint of heart. They wisely heeded warnings to avoid interaction with the Basque people (probably because you’d be cranky if you spent most of your life alone with your flock of sheep). In all, MARTHA & ED came away from this experience of physical challenge, reflection and introspection with more insight, appreciation, spirituality and greater love for the world and each other.

I think we can all agree that this program is one of our Club’s most inspiring and rewarding endeavors. We honor truly outstanding students in our community who have risen above adversities that challenged them and with the help of mentors have become better people with bright futures. They are wonderful examples for all of us. JIM NOLIN reminded us of Michael Jordan (once a lousy basketball player), Albert Einstein (poor scholar), and J.K.Rowling (a struggling unwed mother who went on to write the Harry Potter series).

NEXT WEEK ONE MILLION KIDS – Opal Singleton, CEO, will speak to us about the goals, achievements and model to benefit the next generation and to assure success.

TONIGHT – 5:30 Redlands Country Club – Come joint the teens of Redlands Compact Club and interact with them so they become comfortable in real life situations.

“EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT REDLANDS” – AK Smiley Library beginning Tues. Feb. 21st, 7-9 p.m. and continuing for 8 weeks. Spearheaded by our own LARRY BURGESS who began this class in 1971. \

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 – 32nd RW&B event. No fooling! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1st.

SANDI BENTLEY & LYNN WHITMER our trusty co-chairs are seeking leads for wineries that might agree to participate. Team captains were appointed with wine assignments for the teams at their tables. Tickets: $90 in advance; $100 at the door. VIP tickets are $150 allowing exclusive access to the Trophy Room and unique, hand selected high end wines. Sponsorships begin at $300.

TOUCH-A-TRUCK – Sunday, June 10, 2017 at the University of Redlands

TABLE TALK – “I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is — try to please everybody.” Herbert Bayard Swope – Interesting to ponder in our tumultuous political times.

MEMBERSHIP MINUTES – Valentine’s Day saw a number of Rotarians trying to get into good favor with their love interests at RCC and about town. Anybody get lucky?

MEMBERSHIP MINUTES – Valentine’s Day saw a number of Rotarians trying to get into good favor with their love interests at RCC and about town. Anybody get lucky?

TIDBITS – A number of years ago my parents went to a marriage counselor to get a little help with their marriage as it was bit rocky for a spell. After Mom complained for over 15 minutes, the counselor got up, walked over and gave her a huge passionate kiss. When he was finished, he looked at Dad and said, “This is what she needs at least 3 times a week.” To which Dad replied, “Well, I can bring her over on Mondays and Wednesdays, but Fridays I play golf.”

PERSONAL ADVICE & PEARLS OF WISDOM: “The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso

Today is our District 5330 Music Competition please be sure to attend and support our students! Participating clubs have competition within their clubs during February of each year. Local high school students are eligible for the competition. Usually, two to three students are selected in each club to participate in the District competition. In the club competition, there may be many classifications of musicians, while in the District competition, there are there classifications: piano, vocal and other instruments. Our own Sabine Robertson-Phillips coordinates on behalf of our club each year and the students are amazing. Let’s show our support by walking together across the street and listening to these amazingly talented students!

Editor – Betty Auton Beck – No 32 – 16 February 2017

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