Spoke Newsletter – 03/5/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 03/5/2015

Once again we have the distinct pleasure of hearing from the Redlands Unified School District’s best and brightest student orators as we host the 4-Way Test Speech Contest. Chris Carrillo will lead his crack group of judges.

Past District (5300) Governor and frequent Rotary International Convention speaker Sylvia Whitlock joined us last week. She began by asking what a Kiwanis member is? Then answered, “someone waiting to get into Rotary”. In fact a current member of our club was a member of Kiwanis before becoming a member of our august body. Who is it? A very entertaining speaker, Sylvia spoke of her journey as a woman through Rotary International to finally officially being recognized as one of the two first women members of Rotary International, the first woman Rotary Club President and the first woman District Governor. In her address she discussed “peace through service” as a core value in Rotary. She suggested that many in the world are suffering from poverty, hunger, a lack of education and poor medical care and that as citizens of the world who have the power to act, we have an obligation to take action. She believes that Rotarians respond “from the heart” to humanitarian crises. We are only one, but through the Rotary International Foundation we become the world. She spoke of each Rotarian simply saving 3 dimes a day for the RIF. In a year that amounts to $110. She challenged each of us to ask ourselves the question, “what can I do to help someone today.” At the end of her address, she recognized Cal Boothby for his fifth Paul Harris Fellowship which he had completed recently.

A Mystery Guest Speaker!

As Chef Steve says, “when two people were praying for his smooth relocation/ retirement to the mountain communities but 200 Rotary and Kiwanis members were desperately praying he would not leave us, he never had a chance”. As a result, today’s lunch will include tasty stuffed bell peppers, mashed potatoes, fresh baked bread and salad bar. For you desert hounds, he presents Kbay Marshe cake and ice crème. Please show your appreciation to Steve for his continued presentation of the best lunches in town!. The evidence? Data just submitted by press deadline suggests that the club average weight has increased 1.6 pounds since Steve began preparing our meals.

When President Nolin asks you today what you will be doing on Saturday, March 28, from 4-7 p.m., tell him you will be at the Redlands Country Club enjoying the best wine, international food and spectacular desserts in town at our annual Red, Wine and Blues blowout. Magnum Sponsorships are now available for the dis counted rate of $350 plus the purchase of two tickets to the event. That’s a savings of $150! Who said “new math” doesn’t make sense?

Chief Jeff Frazier and our illustrious President and their committee are working hard planning for our club’s newest outstanding event, Touch-A-Truck. It will be held on Saturday, May 30 from 9am to 3 p.m. at the Ted Runner Stadium Parking Lot. Think of families you could invite to this family friendly event who could walk away with a very positive impression of our club and possi- bly consider membership?

Be sure and take advantage of the 2 for 1 matching points RIF program available now. For those of you wanting to earn your first (or fifth!) Paul Harris Fellowship, contribute $500 to the foundation and the club will match it with 500 points and you will have your first (or fifth) Paul Harris Fellowship for half price! Any contribution from $100 to $500 will be matched. But you must let your club foundation chair know you are taking advantage of this program. On your tables today are applications for the matching program. Please fill it out and return it to Chris Walker. Or simply send Chris an email at christopher_walker@ redlands.edu indicating your desire for matching points.

In light of last week’s presentation, the following is of note. President Doug McAdam, (current member) on November 19, 1987, welcomed Shirley Vieths, YWCA general secretary, Paula Faust, University of Redlands vice president for development and Kathleen Nelson, real estate residential (wife of current member Lew Nelson) as the first women members in the history of the Rotary Club of Redlands.

Rumors heard around the Smiley Library…….
Larry Burgess is considering an offer by the Thompson Cigar Company to smoke a monthly sample of five premium cigars and to provide a written report of the sensory experience. However they require that he consume no alcohol during smoking which might dull his senses. Larry, alcohol, dull senses? They must be kidding.

Don McCue has once again been seen on the ice in Ontario. This ice hockey aficionado has been working hard to make the US Senior Olympics hockey team, but more some recent setbacks make his appearance more likely on the Special Olympics team.

Nathan Gonzalez has uncovered recent archival materials which examined beverage consumption patterns at the Lincoln White House. Apparently during 1861, President Lincoln at the beginning of the Civil War, was known to consume two Martinis before dinner which allowed him to do his best thinking. In an effort to prove this claim, Nathan has adopted the former president’s reported habit. Nathan has indicated improvements in cognition but has also fallen out of his chair twice.

If you are not fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. Vince Lombardi, Head Coach, Green Bay Packers, 1959 – 1967

March is “Literacy Month” in the Rotary world. Historically, our Club has done a great deal locally to promote this Area of Focus. For the last decade or so, dedicated Redlands Rotarians have conducted our Breakfast and a Book program once a month at Franklin and Lugonia schools. For those who don’t know how that works, two students from each class are invited by their teachers to come to school a little early and meet in the library where they queue up for breakfast and listen to Rotarians read aloud for about a half hour. Before they leave for their school day, they select a book to take home and keep compliments of this Club. At Franklin School at least, Breakfast and a Book is consistently cited by parents as one of the most popular programs the school offers.

Also popular is our Dictionary Project. For a number of years, this Club has purchased and distributed dictionaries to each third grader in the Redlands Unified School District. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to pass these bright yellow paperbacks out to a classroom full of kids knows what it is like to feel appreciated. I daresay that for some of these students, their dictionary is the only book in their house (unless, of course, they have been to Breakfast and a Book!). We have several reports of these third-graders keeping and using their dictionaries into middle school and even beyond.

Rotary International recognizes, as does this Club and our members, that Literacy is an appropriate and important Area of Focus for Rotarians and Rotary Clubs. Like disease prevention and access to clean water, the ability to communicate by reading and writing is a critical component of future success and well-being, not only for the literate child, man, or woman, but for the entire local and global community.

Editor – Chris Walker – No 32 –3/5/2015

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