Spoke Newsletter – 03/01/2018

Spoke Newsletter – 03/01/2018


Some good ol’ fashioned Rotary Club Business has finally worked its way to the top of the priority list! Today we will hear about our key fundraisers and focus issues. We are all proud of the good works in the community. How can YOU help? RED WINE & BREWS and TOUCH- A-TRUCK, Human Trafficking – What’s your calling? Many hands make light work!!


Kyra Stewart, Executive Director of Family Service Association of Redlands updated the club on this institution’s milestones and challenges of 2017.

Family Service celebrated 120 years of service to the community after being founded in 1898 by Alfred Smiley. FSA is a multi service agency addressing homeless and hunger issues in our region. While area needs continue to grow for food and housing assistance, FSA is answering the call wherever possible. Did you know they collected 200,000 lbs of food in 2017? Their Hunger Walk raised $31,000 and dedicated area supporters and partners provided the lifeblood of funding. The FSA Board itself was not to be outdone. A generous and successful matching grant campaign spearheaded by JERRY BEAN and DAVE MAUPIN (who just happen to be Rotarians), boosted the phenomenal year- end FSA board giving to more than $130,000. Yes indeed, it was “Good ForAll Concerned!” Congrats to Family Service Assn and WAY TO GO Bean and Maupin!


Did you know that someone in the US has a stroke about once every 40 seconds. Do you know the signs of a stroke? Would you know how to respond or who to call? Gayle Belardo, of Redlands Community Hospital’s Stroke Center will discuss Stroke management and recovery.


JACQUI has led us in song and down memory lane with a month-long tribute to the Beatles. What will March song leaders bring?? No pressure, fellow Rotarians!

Thank goodness JIM NOLIN is keeping his attendance record in good standing and thus keeping our meetings in the proper order … otherwise we might have forgotten to sing happy birthday to our birthday pals.

Meanwhile some friendly USA vs Canada Women’s Hockey competition brought out DON MCCUE’S true Red, White and Blue colors. GO TEAM USA! Thank goodness the Olympics have drawn to a close so that we can all go back to our regularly scheduled bedtimes.



MIKE BOSMAN reported that the highly acclaimed Wine Maker Dinner is down to its last 8 tickets. MIKE has been taste-testing for weeks now and says the meal and the wine pairings are not to be missed! One Hope Winery will be enjoyed during Social hour and Rutherford Ranch wines will be featured with dinner. Date is March 8th, 6 pm at Mission Gables. Can’t wait to see who wins the big Grand Prize VinDiego Experience. See Mike or Ron for any last minute tickets. LET THE FUNDRAISING BEGIN


The month of March in our Rotary Magazine is Rotaract month. Therefore I thought I would do a recap of the Rotaract projects around the globe. Lets start with the United States, after hearing about homeless women stricken by toxic shock syndrome, a Rotaract Club of Kean University in New Jersey began handing out feminine hygiene products to women in homeless shelters at Newark Penn Station. The club distributed more than 500 purses lled with products to combat the disease. Although the founder of the “Purses for Progress” program graduated in May 2017, she still mentors clubs in her area.

In France, 10 members of a Rotaract Club sold red clown noses and teddy bears at sporting events in October raising about $1,200 to partner with a group that sends clowns to sick children in hospitals to help them forget about their issues

A China Rotaract partnered with local Rotary clubs to help clean debris and deliver meals to the sick and elderly after a Typhoon hit the Chinese coast with 124 mile per hour winds.

In honor of National Women’s Day, members of the Rotaract Club in South Africa handed out 60 hampers lled with cosmetics, toiletries, chocolates, and roses to patients of a hospital that serves disadvantaged members of the community.

Lastly, a Rotaract club in Sri Lanka sponsored a symposium to educate the public about how to help people with depression as part of a suicide prevention campaign.

So as you can see, all over the world the Rotaract clubs are working to make a difference. Our local club is no different, so when JACK OSBORN talks to us about their program is this year, listen closely as they make a large footprint in our world.

Editor – Lynn Whitmer – Edition No. 34, March 1, 2018

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