Spoke Newsletter – 03/12/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 03/12/2015

Rotarians working on Red, Wine and Blues will bring us an update on progress to date and suggest ways that each of us can help to make our fundraiser the best ever. As the team competition heats up, the following report was submitted as the Spoke went to press this week by an unknown RWB official. “The Blue Nuns are getting it done! They have more than 6 Baskets COMPLETED. The Two Buck Chucks are defying their humble origins and outpacing the perhaps overrated Screaming Eagles in basket contributions and sponsorships.Sadly the Barefoot Boys seem lost in the vineyard; and if it weren’t for a generous donation of a case of wine by one team member, they might be corked. But don’t despair, fellow Rotarians, we know that when the deadline is upon us, we will pour it on.”

Last Week
Student orators, parents and speech coaches descended on the Rotary Club of Redlands for our annual 4 Way Test Speech Contest. Six stalwart contestants stepped to the podium to present speeches to the club. This writer would observe that this group of students was the best we have seen in a number of years. They were prepared, seemed to have weaved the 4 way test into the body of their speeches rather than as an add-on at the end and the presentations were done with a very minimum of reading. Congratulations to these students, to the Redlands Unified School District who provides the coaches and to the parents that support the public speaking efforts of these fine students.

Next Week
Darwin Barnett, executive director of the East Valley YMCA and our member, will lead us in a celebration of 75 years of the Y Circus in our community. Darwin works out at daily the Y and has been practicing some acts of his own for this year’s circus.

Lunch from Redlands Best Chef
Today we will be fighting over the last tidbits of chicken with rice, roasted veggies, Greek salad, pita bread and the ever favorite, fresh baked cookies.

Don’t forget to Touch a Truck on Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ted Runner Stadium parking lot. Look for vehicles galore, kid-friendly activities, health and safety exhibitors, giveaways and prizes. Ray Watts has volunteered to lead the children in camp songs, but sadly the organizers have deemed his talent too important to waste on camp songs and instead have asked that he watch for the sun to go down.

April Birthdays
Attention April Birthday Rotarians! It soon will be time for our annual birthday celebration/bash. Please join us in the back of the room as today’s meeting concludes for a bit of planning. Madonna was not interested in joining us for our birthday lunch, but Lady Gaga was still considering our invitation.

Rumors Heard Around Redlands
Jack Osborn and Graeme Auton have been hard at work this week doing paperwork screenings and in person interviews with UR students applying for the Hanson Community Service Travel Scholarships. Students were asking for funding to complete community service projects in such places as Argentina, South Africa, Peru, Vietnam, Nepal, India, Tanzania and Paraguay. Who says the world isn’t getting smaller? It should be of interest to the casual observer that all the applicants were women. It might also be noted that if the intellectual pursuits of these women don’t work out, several would do quite well as models.

Speaking of scholarships, our own Bob Hodges, Jack Osborn and Harry John could be found last week interviewing Redlands Unified School District students to determine the recipients of those outstanding scholarships sponsored by our own Rotary Club of Redlands.

Dick Romo was seen working hard at the courts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden preparing for next week’s BNP Paribas Open. Tired of being a line judge to the best players in the world, this year he has indicated his willingness to step in and play if any of the invited stars have to withdraw at the last minute as usually happens. So check the pairings to see when Dick will hit the courts.

Larry and Char Burgess and alum Bob Oda hosted University of Redlands alumni at a reception at the Halekulani Hotel on Waikiki Beach. They joined UR President Ralph Kuncil in greeting alumni and friends. This however did not stop Larry from disappearing over to the Mai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian next door for a few libations.

Bill Hatfield was called away last week to a very important meeting with GM bigwigs in Las Vegas. Apparently profits in some of this year’s new models have not been as robust as hoped, so executives thought they might boost receipts by trying their luck at the slot machines.

SCIAC/UR Track Meet This Spring, the University of Redlands Men’s and Women’s Track team will be running, jumping and throwing at Ted Runner Stadium. Join Jeff Martinez and his student athletes Friday afternoon/evening, March 20, 2015 for the Redlands Invitational Track Meet or Thursday and Friday afternoon/evening, May 14 & 15, 2015 for the Redlands Final Qualifying Track Meet. Jeff will be your host as he cheers on the Bulldogs.

University of Redlands Rotaract Club advisors Jack Osborn and Bob Heinze were walking proudly Sunday night as the Rotaract Club sponsored by our club announced that they raised $595 this past weekend at the local Gerrard’s market for Project Peanut Butter.

Pope Francis goes to New York. He is picked up at the airport by
a limousine. He looks at the beautiful car and says to the driver,
“You know, I hardly ever get to drive. Would you please let me?”
The driver is understandably hesitant and says, “I’m sorry, but I
don’t think I’m supposed to do that” The Pope persists. “Please?”
The driver finally relents and hands over the keys. “Oh, all right,
I can’t really say no to the Pope.” So the Pope takes the wheel,
and boy, is he a speed demon! He punches it and goes 100 mph
in a 45 zone. Paddy the policeman sees this and pulls him over
and tells the Pope to roll down the window. When the window
rolls down, Paddy immediately recognizes who is behind the
wheel. Startled and surprised, Paddy asks the Pope to wait a
minute. He goes back to his patrol car and radios the chief.
Paddy: Chief, I have a problem.
Chief: What sort of problem?
Paddy: Well, you see, I pulled over this guy for driving way over
the speed limit but it’s someone really important.
Chief: Important like the mayor?
Paddy: No, no, much more important than that.
Chief: Important like the governor?
Paddy: Wayyyyyy more important than that.
Chief: Like the President?
Paddy: More.
Chief: Who’s more important than the President?
Paddy: I don’t know, but he’s got the Pope driving for him!

St. Patrick’s Day is only five days away! May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.

Editor – Chris Walker – No 33 –3/12/2015

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