Spoke Newsletter – 03/26/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 03/26/2015

Dennis and Karen Hansberger will speak to the club concerning their recent trip toAfrica where they were active in providing medical aid for women.

Last Week
Darwin Barnett, executive director of the East Valley YMCA, spoke on the history of the YMCAnationally. The YMCAbegan in London, England in 1844 and was a pioneer in group fitness. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, worked at a YMCA School. The Y was responsible for the organization of the sports of body building, volleyball, swimming and gymnastics. In 1907, the YMCA of Detroit started the first group swimming lessons through which many in this club likely learned to swim. The Redland’s YMCA opened its doors in 1887, and moved to its present location in 1927. Roy Coble was general director of the YMCAof Redlands from 1927 to 1969, where in 1929 he founded the Great All-American Youth Circus. Roy for- merly worked as a clown for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Our second speaker, Tanner Greenhalgh, the current Y circus program director, reminded us that the Redlands Y has the oldest community based circus in the United States. It is celebrating its 75th anniversary this spring. This 2 1/2 hour show, which includes 40 acts involving 350 performers, will run this year from May 1 to 17th. Admission for adults is just $15.

Roy Coble
Members of the Rotary Club of Redlands should know that Roy Coble was a member of our club, served as club president in 1939-40 and served as our club secretary from 1946 to 1982. He died in May 1989. In the Roy Coble building at the Y, there is a plaque honoring him. In 1988, an annual award given for service to youth in our community, the YMCA of the East Valley’s Roy Coble award, was named for him.

Next Week
From its humble beginnings in 1985, it’s time once again for the Red- lands Bicycle Classic. This year it will be held from April 8th to the 12th. Our program introducing us to this year’s classic, will be introduced by our own Phillip Naman, and will feature great speakers, possibly including Craig Kundig, a former member of our club.

Chef Steve’s Creations
This week, Steve is serving cranberry chicken, whipped candied yams, fresh veggies, corn bread stuffing and ice cream for dessert.

Rumors Heard Around Redlands Apparently the Rotary Scholarship meeting last week featuring Bob Hodges, Jack Osborn and Harry John got so out of hand, that Bob Heinze had to be called in to settle down and join the deliberations.

Jack Osborn has done it again. This year his students added 3 more Fulbright Scholarships to the University of Redlands total of 18 in the past 7 years. That makes Redlands a “Top Producer”, a designation given to only 25 schools nationwide. (Yes, that’s including all schools, Berkeley, Harvard, USC, etc). Also on the Fulbright Scholarship Committee is Graeme Auton.

Bob Hodges is considering throwing in the towel for future March Madness pools after this year’s discouraging first round upsets. Heard to say, “I could do better than this in Las Vegas.”

Quote of the Week
From His Holiness The 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje: From the time we open our eyes in the morning until we sleep at night, if we can pass the whole day with a kind-hearted mind and cheerful face, on good terms with people and talking pleasantly to them, our mind will be relaxed when we go to sleep at night.

March Birthdays
Mark Abell (3rd), Kevin Correia (19th), Lon Mapes (6th), Jack Osborn (13th), John Patterson (7th), Maria Whitaker Saucedo (6th) and Kyra Stewart (26th),

Red Wine and Blues
After a wonderful Wine Maker’s Dinner Monday night hosted by Ron and Joyce Jeffrey, we head into this weekend’s event. RWBs is our club’s main fundraiser to support our benevolent work in the community including some $30,000 in scholarships to local youth. The minimum each of us should be doing in support of this event is to purchase two tickets. Going to be out of town? Support your club by buying two tickets and giving them to some unsuspecting couple who might otherwise not attend. Many of your fellow members have worked very hard to make this event a success. Let’s show them we appreciate their work.

District Conference
Don’t miss a great time at the District 5330 Conference on May 15 at the Desert Sands Hotel. Join President Jim Nolin and Club Treasurer Cal Boothby and others and have a very fun time in the desert!

District Assembly
Don’t miss it!! It is onApril 18, 7:30 – 2:30 p.m. Come and learn about your area of club responsibility. All Rotary Club of Redlands board members will be there. Join them and the club will pay your way!

Joint Service Club Project
Be sure and mark your calendars forApril 25th from 8 – 1 p.m. for our annual Community Work Day. Pat Meyer will have the details.

Spell the word newspaper letter by letter and alternate it with the spelling of the word magazine.

I am proud of the members of this Club who work so hard to encourage literacy in our community. On this, the last meeting of Rotary Literacy Month, 2015, I thought I’d share some of my favorite quotations from more literate men and women than me on what it means to be able to read:

“Learning to read is probably the most difficult and revolutionary thing that happens to the human brain and if you don’t believe that, watch an illiterate adult try to do it.” ― John Steinbeck

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.” ― Carl Sagan

“Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Then when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.” ― Karen Witemeyer

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” ― Mark Twain

“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.” ― Malcolm X

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” ― Frank Serafini

“There’s nothing like a shovel full of dirt to encourage literacy.” ― Margaret Atwood (This is actually one of my father’s favorite sayings)

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and na- tional identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right…. Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full po- tential.” ― Kofi Annan

On behalf of our children, thanks again, Rotarians, for promoting literacy.

Editor – Chris Walker – No 35 –3/26/2015

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