Spoke Newsletter – 04/05/2018

Spoke Newsletter – 04/05/2018


Sean Flynn will be today’s speaker. He wrote the international best seller “Economics for Dummies,” and presently serves as a trustee for San Bernardino County’s pension plan. Today presentation is titled “Healthcare Paradise: How Another Country Used Forgotten American Ideas to Build the World’s Greatest Healthcare System.”


John Tincher spoke to the club about The Redlands Day Nursery. Several Members of our club including LOWELL LINDEN, LEROY HANSBERGER, DICK ROMO and BILL HATFIELD have served on their Board of Directors. Our own LYNN WHITMER is currently president of the Board. Members including BOB HODGES even attended Redlands Day Nursey! This private non-pro t agency, was established in 1906 to provide childcare for children of local citrus workers. It was the rst Nursey School in San Bernardino County and one of the rst licensed childcare centers in California. Research suggests that children that have higher quality childcare available through nursey schools have better cognitive and language development, positive peer relations, compliance with adults, fewer behavioral problems and better mother-child relations. Today RDN continues its proud 112- year tradition at two locations in Redlands. The Brockton Ave building serves 100 children while the Plum Lane facility is licensed to serve 150. It appears the current total enrollment of 237 will likely be growing. With an annual budget of $2.2 million and 55 employees including 24 teachers and 16 instructional assistants, The Redlands Day Nursery is an excellent educational asset to our community.


Trump Administration Veteran’s Affairs Secretary David Shulkin was scheduled to speak on the topic of “Privatization of the Veteran’s Healthcare System”. Unfortunately, he and the Donald had a bit of a falling out so he is no longer available to speak to us. Perhaps JIM HOLMES will speak to us on the pros and cons of a single payer healthcare system?


2018 Touch-A-Truck Committee Organizational Meeting to plan, assess needs, delegate responsibility, and make it happen on June 9th. Meet at 6 PM on April 11 at Casa de Nolin. RSVP so we know how much at beer, cheap wine, and stale hors d’oeuvres to stock. Contact JIM NOLIN.

The RescueIE Committee is seeking seven members to help out on Saturday, April 14. Needed are volunteers to greet guests, set up or take down tables, etc. See DAVE MAUPIN for details.

CAL BOOTHBY reminds us that Star Search, an entertaining demonstration of the vast talent that resides in Redlands is being performed at the Fox Theater on this Friday, April 6. Support the Sunrise Rotary Club’s main fundraiser. The program will start at 7 p.m. and tickets are $35. Go see Cal, Go see Cal, Go see Cal!

Get your tickets now! They are going fast. Red, Wine and

Brews will be here before you know it. Saturday, May 12, 2018. ESRI Café. Have you contributed to your team’s $50 bottles of wine, dinners or whatever you would like to donate? We need your help!


Some remember former club president (70-71) Ben Rabe who invited members in April 1972 to “summarize his/her life and work in up to 8 words and 9 if short words”. Your editor has invited responses to this invitation from ve members. Results will be reported next week. Anyone interested in replying to this opportunity, should send their response to the editor.


“Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.”

FLEXING YOUR BRAIN (no writing please) 1. Warmup: Name the last nine rst ladies

2. Name ve words that begin and end with the same letter and put them in alphabetical order.

3. Name ve things people donate and alphabetize them by their last letter

4. Name ve words that begin and end with the same letter and put them in alphabetical order.


Well it it’s great to be home and I have a lot to be grateful for. I truly believe positive karma comes from my wife, Andrea, and we have lots of good karma. The week started out on March 25 with the marriage of my son, Alex to Jessica Towers. The scene was beautiful, as the ceremony was nestled in a gorgeous part of Oak Glen. SYDNEY ERIKSON (PATTERSON) (Daughter of our own JOHN PATTERSON), did such a wonderful job coordinated the event that I am now unable to ne her father for the rest of my term. But the best part for me was performing the actual ceremony. I was licensed as a Deputy Commissioner for a day and spoke the words that joined my son to his lovely bride Jessica. A memory I shall not soon forget.

Two days after the wedding, Andrea and I left for the hills of Vermont to assess the stability of my 95-year-old mother, Olga. Olga still lives by herself in the house I grew up in. When we arrived, fearing for the worse, my mother looked great. Her face is full, her complexion was very good. Yes at 95 she has a tough time getting around, and gets daily home support, but is very good with her walker. Again, I am blessed, as her mental capacity is as sharp as when I was a child. The problem is, she still treats me like I am 16.

Yes, I am thankful, and very lucky to be with my fellow Rotarians here in Redlands, where it is time to “pay it forward” with service above self.


Editor – Christopher Walker – Edition No. 39, April 5, 2018

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