Spoke Newsletter – 04 /01/ 2019

Spoke Newsletter – 04 /01/ 2019


TED ALEJANDRE began his term as San Bernardino County’s 34th Superintendent of Schools on January 5, 2015, after being elected to office in June 2014 and re-elected in 2018. With more than 29 years of experience in public education, as Count Superintendent, Mr. Alejandre works collaboratively with educators, families, other agencies, and stakeholders to provide advocacy, leadership, and services for and on behalf of the 412,000 K-12 students attending public schools in San Bernardino County. His office oversees a $250 million annual operating budget and employs nearly 2,000 employees.


Redlands MAYOR FOSTER spoke to us about Keeping The Promise: Grow, Improve and Evolve. He commented on the past 30 years of excellence in our city and what we need to do to assure the next 30 years will generate the same positive results. In comments on the city manager position, he indicated that the city is not in a hurry to fill the position as Janice McConnell is doing a great job on an interim basis. When the search begins, there will much more public opportunity for engagement in the selection process. Other topics he discussed for the coming year included the Transit Villages being built around the Arrow Rail Project stations at The University of Redlands, Downtown and ESRI. Such villages will require changes in Measures U, R and N which will be on the ballot in 2020. He indicated that such measures are no longer appropriate for the building of a downtown urban area which we need. Another important topic was the replacement of the city’s 131-year-old Water Treatment Facility. The cost of $40-$60 million will require an increase in our water rates. Finally, Mayor Foster spoke about a ballot measure in Nov. 2020 to authorize a 1⁄2 percent increase in the sales tax to fund a number of city priorities. These include a new police station, an increase in the number of sworn officers, additional funding for the Redlands Animal Shelter, money for maintenance of parks, trails and open spaces, and finally restoration of severe funding cuts suffered by the A.K. Smiley Public Library and the Lincoln Memorial Shrine in our last recession. In closing, the major talked about “the Promise” of maintaining that “small town feeling” and “building a city for your children and your children’s children”. Finally, we are all invited to the Mayor’s State of the City address at the University of Redlands on Thursday, June 27 to hear more details.


JACK OSBORN will again dazzle us with one of his Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars. We can look forward to hearing from Nicole Neiman who is spending a year in the United Kingdom earning her Master’s Degree in Public Health at York University.


What a great event, sold out at 100 but 101 squeezed in and for good reason. Starting off with Prosecco, the evening featured $5000 worth of outstanding MacRostie Wines including two Chardonnays, a Pinot Noir and a Cabernet Sauvignon, $2500 of which was donated to Rotary by the winery. This was courtesy of KAYLEA (a certified wine expert herself earned at the Culinary Institute of America) and MICHAEL BOSMAN. RON and JOYCE JEFFRIES were there helping out as usual along with KEVIN and DREW CORREIA. The sumptuous repast consisted of sea scallops on polenta, mixed greens, lobster ravioli and New Zealand Lamb Chops topped off with Tiramisu. Event sponsors besides the BOSMANS, JEFFREYS, CORREIAS included SEAN and PATTI LUGO, FLORIN and MINA ROMINU and Poolwerx-Redlands (CAL and SHARON BOOTHBY). The grand prize, a trip for two to the LA Wine Festival, spending the night on the Queen Mary Hotel, was won by TREVA WEBSTER.


I was born in Long Beach, California. I have 3 older siblings which are triplets: two brothers and one sister, and I have a little sister. I am a licensed alpine skirace official and am the technical delegate for the Snow Summit Race Team during the winter season.  I graduated from Big Bear High School and then attended the University of Redlands, where I studied Global Business. I was in the banking profession for over 13 years, and began getting my financial advising licenses. I transitioned into financial advisement 4 years ago. I was a financial advisor for Union Bank before I joined NEAL WANER at Stout Payne Waner Wealth Management. My passion is helping people. I was a member of the Big Bear Rotary club for seven years before moving down to Redlands. I am currently president of a nonprofit Education Foundation in Big Bear that awards mini-grants to Bear Valley USD teachers and scholarships to graduating seniors who wish to pursue post-secondary education.  I really enjoy giving my clients my personal and professional expertise and experience. I have lived in Redlands since 2003.


Save Saturday, April 27 th for a morning of working with your fellow Rotarians. Pat Meyer has arranged for us to use our administrative skills to manage students from our three local high schools for a work project on Brookside Avenue. Don’t miss it!


Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. meet at Jim Nolin’s House. Jim asks that you RSVP so he will know how much he will have to water the punch.


Like to read to eager kindergarteners, 1 st and 2 nd graders? Show up at Lugonia Elementary School at 7 a.m. on April 11 and accomplish a great deed before most people get up.


MARVIN and JAN HUDSON need your help to usher at the opening night of the 2019 Redlands Bowl Season. Bring your friends and family and help out on Friday, June 28.





Thanks to all who attended the winemaker dinner this past Monday! Big thanks again to RON JEFFREY and MIKE BOSMAN as well as their better halves to helping put on such a wonderful event! As March draws to an end it’s that time again to celebrate our Rotarians who were born in the month of March. As usual the birthday quiz will consist of just normal everyday questions on facts that most people will probably know the answer to off-hand…..Lastly let’s
never forget that we have all these great events to raise money for the great things our club does in the community! So if you’re new to the club, or are currently sitting on the sidelines, jump in with both feet! Whether it’s helping on one of our fundraisers or one of service projects it all helps our town in the end!

Editor—Christopher Walker—Edition No. 37, March 28, 2019

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