Spoke Newsletter – 05/24/2018

Spoke Newsletter – 05/24/2018


San Bernardino County Supervisor CURT HAGMAN presented his review of the important and many changes taking place at Ontario Airport. He serves on the governing board and represents the district that includes the airport. He explained how the airport fell into third class status after serving as a cash cow for the previous owner, Los Angeles International Airport. From his remarks and examples, it is clear that only better days are ahead for Ontario. Indeed, new ights, more direct connections, added terminal construction, and additional food options have happened or in nal planning stages as he spoke. There were many more Rotarian questions seeking answers than time allotted.


We welcome JOHN HUSING, well known economist and Redlands resident, who will give his “inland economic forecast.” Bring your pencils, pens, or electronic device in order to take notes. Who knows, those in the audience who are rich may get data to get richer, and for the rest who make up the rest of the club, well, the sky’s the limit!


SCOTT WELSH, representing the Redlands Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the “shopping locally” movement.


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Last week, LEW NELSON, presented to our club four students whose achievements and goals amazed and impressed even the most jaded of our happy group. Physicists, physicians, medical research, all appear to be in reach of our four awardees. Congratulations to Jani Rule, Orangewood HS; Edward Hage, the Grove School; Jon Carlo Bibat, Citrus Valley HS; and our own Redlands HS student reporter, ASHLEY JEON.


Is it true that JOAN BENSON recently returned from a trip abroad? Co-founders SHIRLEY HARRY AND JERRY BEAN are busy with nal preparations for the upcoming Redlands Festival of the Arts. Just how many Rotarians is DON MCCUE taking to Normandy next month? Will there be anyone left at the meeting? LYNDA SCHAUF has been in Italy. Can her business colleague BILL MCCALMON not be far behind in some far off country? For those who paid for VIP tickets at the recent Red Wine and Brews event, it should be noted that the generous pour of ne wines by JACK OSBORN came from his own cellar. Remember, Prexy A.J. that CHRIS WALKER leaves in early June for China. Did LARRY WORMSER ever mention that feature story in the LA Times about his son, Paul the successful historian and archivists and director of the Sherman Gardens, a historical and botanical gem in Corona del Mar?



We celebrate the following Rotarians on their natal day: KIM CLARK; RON HELBRON; RON JEFFREY; and RAY WATTS. Good luck with A.J.’s birthday quiz….


Memorial Day

In honor of those who served and died for this country, this week is dedicated to the origins of Memorial Day as outlined on History.com. “Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

One thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was of cially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strew- ing with owers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the rst Decoration Day, General James Gar eld made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate sol- diers buried there.

Out of this tradition came the following poem:

“In Flanders Fields”

By Col. John McCrae (1915)

In Flanders Fields The poppies blow Between the crosses row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, y.

Scarce heard amid the guns below We are the dead, short days ago We lived, felt down, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved and now we lie In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw The torch , be yours to hold it high,
If ye break faith with us, who die
We shall not sleep through poppies grow In Flanders Fields.

The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

For those who gave their lives, and those whose lives have been affected through the service of our country, we say Thank You. We Shall Never Forget To Remember.

Editor – Larry Burgess – Edition No. 46, May 24, 2018

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