Spoke Newsletter – 04/13/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 04/13/2017


Dear Radiant Redlands Rotarians and friends, our program today will feature selections from the Broadway Musical Beauty and the Beast performed by the Citrus Valley Blackhawk Theater Company.


We will hear from one of the most impactful students the University of Redlands has seen in a long time (and our Rotary weekly representative)—Evan Sanford ‘17


We heard from the Drug Enforcement Agency – FRANCIS P. PEPPER –Assistant Special Agent in Charge for Riverside and San Bernardino discussed that heroin and opioid use and addiction is now an epidemic.

• Trafficking and importation of these drugs as well as synthetic versions — far more dangerous substances both for users and law enforcement agents on the scene—is increasing dramatically.

• Education and rehabilitation is crucial, but budgetary constraints are always at issue. Abuse of both these and prescription drugs are responsible for many more deaths than those caused by auto accidents annually.
Unfortunately, most prescription drugs that are abused come from family and friends.

• It is important to safeguard and keep track of your prescription drugs and ensure proper disposal of them. Just as we know the Inland Empire is a transportation hub for other, more positive, goods, it also is a popular area for drugs to be shipped into and distributed from; Riverside is identified as a “source city”.

• The majority of illegal drugs now come through landbased transportation (Southwest borders), vs. previously having come through Miami via primarily other avenues (sea, air). Miami was a major “source city”.

• Some other stats: – 90 people per day die from opioid-related overdose – 500 people per day try heroin for the first time.

For more information and ways to not be part of the problem visit www.dea.gov.


ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE WIDER ROTARY GOOD— There is a District Assembly on April 22nd (Earth Day)? “Connecting for Good” at Yucaipa High School, registration at 7:30 AM, conference starts at 8:30 AM. Rotarians new and old, board members and department chairs, c’mon and learn. Meet people in other clubs in District 5330 and share ideas. Hands-on service project, too. The RCOR will cover the cost of registration. Register online at visitrotary.com members area.

COMMUNITY DAY OF SERVICE – Bring your family and friends to the Redlands Community Day of Service, Saturday April 29th, 9:00am check-in at Ford or Fern St. Our club will focus on the Redlands Blvd. Median. Questions? Contact PAT MEYER!

TOUCH A TRUCK — The TAT Event is coming sooner than you know (June 10) and the steering committee meetings will start up next week (tentative evening of April 19, place to be determined) so we need everyone to pitch in to the best of their talents, time, and treasure. In particular we need sponsors to offset costs, and exhibitors, non-profit and for-profits, to participate and provide health and safety information, educational displays, or other family-friendly handout for the attendees. If this doesn’t describe you or your business, maybe it describes some of the people or businesses you know and you can ask them to help us out. For more information and to get involved, see JIM NOLIN, JEFF FRAZIER or JOHN PATTERSON.


HAPPY THURSDAY ROTARIANS! It’s that time of year again that Rotary International is looking for host families for the Rotary Youth Exchange.

Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. If you are interested in being a host, please contact club leadership.

Editor—Ray Watts, #39, 13 April, 2017

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