Spoke Newsletter – 02/19/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 02/19/2015

Today and the next couple of weeks our Club is directing its attention to the Rotary International Foundation (“RIF”). JACK OSBORN, Hunsaker Chair of Management and Fulbright Program Advisor at UofR will introduce our speaker, WYATT HANSON, an example of the outstanding Rotary Scholarship students that the RIF supports with our generous contributions. He grew up on a cattle ranch in Alberta, Canada, and is currently completing degrees in Global Business and German. During his time at UofR he studied in Germany and was President of Rotaract.

During our Valentine’s Day Lunch CHRIS WALKER was inspirational and motivational about RIF. Music Competition – Wonderful performances by Dante Dullas, Jr, Flute; Nicholas Ferguson, vocal; and Miyuki Weldon,, Flute, from Citrus Valley HS; Bethany Stevens, vocal; Ashton Leach, Trumpet; Adeline Hallen, Viola; Charlie Egger, vocal; and Laura Sormin, Piano, from REV; and Yuri Munir, vocal from RHS. Thanks to SABINE ROBERTSON-PHILLIPS (no longer married to her brother-in-law) and LORI RHODES for coordinating this event. Acknowledgments also should be sent to the wonderful music teachers in the Redlands Unified School District – Ken Tuttle and James Benanti of RHS; Rita Stevens and Adelle Glass of REV; and Lloyd Sherman, Kimberly Taylor and Scott Nelson of CVHS.

Dr. SYLVIA WHITLOCK, Pioneer of Rotary Women – was one of the first two women admitted in 1982 to the Duarte Club. Until then, Rotary was male only. They were promply kicked out, and the challenge to admit women went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1987 the Supremes ruled that Rotary must admit qualified women and thus they Dr. Whitlock was reinstated. Later that year she was elected Club President, and thus became the first woman Rotary Club President. She iss also Past District Governor. Her story is compelling and her dedication to the Rotary mission is inspiring. Now nearly 30 years later, because of her bold efforts, I and my female compatriots are proud to be Rotarians.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TEN YEARS, The Rotary Club of Redlands Board of Directors has authorized the use of member points to double any $100 to $500 contribution to the RIF this Spring. Thus, a Paul Harris Fellowship that formerly required a $1,000 cash contribution is now available to any member for $500. Any contribution to RIF from $100 to $500 will be matched (doubled) with points. Have you contributed $400 towards a Paul Harris Fellowship in the past? Donate $300 to RIF now and use the 300 matching points to earn a new Paul Harris Fellowship. What gal can pass up a sale?!? Not me. Wouldn’t it be amazing for our Rotary Club to hold the distinction of every member being a Paul Harris Fellow?

COMPACT MIXER tonight at 5:30 at Redlands Country Club. Con- tact DAVE MAUPIN for more information.

Ethics Initiative for Rotary Clubs and Youth. March 14th in Los Angeles. A 6 hour seminar including breakfast and lunch and “Living the Four-Way Test” ethics manual on flash drive. Contact District 5330 Ethics Chair at AWPopka@aol.com

RED, WINE & BLUES — Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 28th , 4-7 at the Redlands Country Club. Tickets are available sale so let’s get moving. Sell early and sell a lot!! Baskets and Wine for auction valued at $50 or more and gift bags.

WINE DINNER – Monday March 23rd at the Mitten Building. Make your reservation with RON JEFFREY as space is limited. $100/person – Beef Wellington is the main course.

TOUCH A TRUCK–May 30th 9-3 at local schools. See JEFF FRAZIER

QUIPS & QUOTES & OTHER STUFF A gun is like a parachute – If you need one and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.

Six Conundrums in the United States of America:

1. America is capitalist and greedy, yet half of the population is subsidized.

2. Half of the population is subsidized, yet they think they are victims.

3. They think they are victims, yet their representatives run the government.

4. Their representatives run the government, yet the poor keep getting poorer.

5. The poor keep getting poorer, yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about, yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

Since when is an UGLY 1960’s taco stand, the now defunct La Rosita Drive Thru, the subject of an historical analysis? Come on, just because it’s over 50 years old, it’s still an eyesore! Why would the Redlands Planning Commission expend time, money and unnecessary costs and delays to the developers changing this locale to a Starbucks. Why discourage good businesses coming to town and delay receipt of additional tax revenue?? I don’t get it, A woman phoned her blonde neighbor and said, “Close your curtains the next time you and your husband are having sex. The whole street was watching and laughing at you yesterday.” The blonde replied, “Well, the joke’s on all of you because I wasn’t even at home yesterday.

Whether you agree, disagree, or are just annoyed by my recitations and comments, isn’t it great that we live in a country where we are free of persecution for our individual thoughts and beliefs and the freedom to express them. Discuss and share your thoughts and positions.

Til next week, BAB, your editor

NOLIN’S NOTEWORTHY NOTATIONS Last week, Past President Chris Walker regaled us with the great works made possible by the Rotary International Foundation. He also offered matching points on any member’s dollar contribution over $100.00 to the Annual Fund-SHARE and/or Polio Plus to move any of us faster to a Paul Harris Fellow recognition. What he didn’t tell us was how easy it is to do your part!

I prefer to make my Foundation donations online through “My Rotary” at www.rotary.org. It’s easy to register and registration will, among other things, allow you to donate online and monitor the amount you have donated and to what funds throughout your entire Rotary “career.”

On “My Rotary,” you can select the fund to which you donate. Of course, my favorite is the Annual Fund-SHARE because not only does it count toward Paul Harris Fellow recognition, but contributions to this fund are the only dollars that eventually make their way back to the Club as District Designated Funds that can be used on a great many local service initiatives, including scholarships. Donations to Polio Plus also count toward Paul Harris recognition, and are earmarked exclu- sively to the fight to end polio. Contributions to the Endowment Fund are also important as part of the operating budget and the RI Peace Cen- ters are both made possible by the income generated by this fund. One can contribute specifically to the Rotary Peace Centers to promote that critical Area of Focus. Finally, if there is an approved Foundation Grant in the works, enter the grant number and your donation will go directly to support that effort.

If you really want to take the “lazy Rotarian’s” approach to donating to RI, you can use the Rotary Direct feature to make donations to any of these funds at any amount over $25.00 monthly, quarterly, or annually.

However, we at RCOR still take checks made out to RI Foundation. Just tell us what fund you want it to go to and it will be done the oldfashioned way.

Editor – Betty Auton Beck – No 30 –2/19/2015

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