Spoke Newsletter – 05/24/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 05/24/2017

ANTHONY ORTEGA, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, will speak about the history of Patton State Hospital

SERENA DAVIS and TISH SANDOS spoke about their volunteer work with Smiley Heritage Tours, a committee of the Smiley Public Library. The pair described how the organization provides bus tours to important Redlands cultural sites for every 4th grader in the Redlands Unified School District along with a handful of private schools. Tish gave a PowerPoint tour, which featured enthusiastic students at sites such as the University of Redlands, the Santa Fe Depot, the Asistencia, Kimberly Crest and the Lincoln Shrine. They also stop at the Victorian home of retiree LARRY BURGESS, who will occasionally invite the children inside if he is awake. Serena described their very modest budget and praised the enthusiasm of their volunteers and cooperation they have received from the RUSD in securing the buses at an affordable rate. The committee is looking for volunteers and recently secured the services of Rotarian JANE DREHER.

DARWIN BARNETT, CEO of the YMCA, will talk about the Y’s swimming and lifesaving programs

LOU NELSON recognized ISAIAH LYNCH, MAREN CUMMINGS, JOCELYN CHU, CONNOR WISE and SHERIDAN SELBY for their outstanding achievements. Once again, PRESIDENT JAN was missing in action. Filling in was the irrepressible defrocked president NATHAN GONZALES, who even though he didn’t have sufficient time to display all of his bevy of new cat photos, tried to inflict them upon us anyway.

Upcoming June reminders include President Jan’s demotion party at the home of KEVIN and DREW CORREIA on the evening off June 29 and Touch a Truck on Saturday, June 10 between 9 AM and 2 PM at the Ted Runner stadium parking lot at the University of Redlands. Talk to JIM NOLIN or JEFF FRAZIER if you want to help out with Touch a Truck.

Memorial Day thoughts: please don’t make the mistake of many who should know better about the holiday we are celebrating on Monday. It is not Veterans Day. We love veterans, respect their service to our nation continually, and honor them with a national holiday every November. Monday is about honoring members of our armed forces who have lost their lives while in service to our nation. Men such as Redlander Henry Lawton, a general who was the highest ranking soldier killed in the Philippine Insurrection, and women such as Redlander Melissa Rose Barnes, a Navy yeoman killed at the Pentagon during 9/11. They and their comrades have paid what Abraham Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion”. Please take a moment from your holiday on Monday to reflect upon their sacrifices.

Last week’s trivia quiz answer: In 1896, the US Supreme Court issued its important decision in the case of Plessy versus Ferguson, affirming the concept of separate but equal public accommodations.

Happy Thursday Rotarians! As we are heading into the last month of this Rotary year, let’s please make Treasurer Cal’s life easier by paying up our commitments for the year!! Let’s remember our purpose and some of the things our Rotary Foundation Supports:

Sometimes, the availability of financial support makes the difference between a student attending college or not. The Rotary Club of Redlands gifts tens of thousands of dollars of college scholarships each year to Seniors in the Redlands Unified School District. These funds are derived entirely from the Rotary Club of Redlands Foundation.

Every third-grade student in the Redlands Unified School District receives a dictionary of their own, compliments of the Rotary Club of Redlands.

Each year, our Club throws a party for a group of developmentally challenged adults known as the “Purple Turtles.” The Club hosts, serves a meal, and busses tables at a dinner dance that includes music, entertainment, and a gift for each attendee.

Through our “Breakfast and a Book” program, Redlands Rotarians meet before classes with students from every grade selected by their teachers at Franklin and Lugonia Elementary Schools to offer breakfast and read to them from books which the Club provides and the students may then take home and keep.

Area high school students from all backgrounds participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards weekend, where they meet and bond with other teens in the RYLA program that many students and Rotarians have described as “life-changing.”

We honor students monthly that have worked hard at their school and community which builds their self-esteem and positive look towards their future.

For the Redlands students who express themselves through a musical muse, our music competition gives monetary rewards for instrumental and vocal performances to selected participants in our annual Music Competition. With that reminder of our Rotary purpose, please check with TREASURER CAL if you are not certain of you remaining balance for the year. Yours in Rotary,

Jan Hudson Editor Don McCue – #45, 24 May, 2017

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