Spoke Newsletter – 05/28/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 05/28/2015

May 28. Mark Garcia, Redland Chief of Police. Part of the series of City Department Heads. With President Obama now changing his mind on the militarization of police departments, what new use will the chief find for the assault vehicle? Perhaps as a school bus for truants?

Don McCue presented his Memorial Day Special on the contributions of Redlanders to the “Great War”, with only a short reference to ice hockey. Don spoke so quickly that my notes are blurred; however, the important take away from the presentation is that Smiley Library has embarked on a program for the centennial of WWI. Research has been on-going to identify Redlands natives and residents and their relationships with the war.

After a brief primmer on the beginnings of the war (assassination of Archduke Ferdinand), and the horrendous number of casualties, Don described the late entry of the U.S. (Wilson was elected on an anti-war platform) as a combination of the German submarine attacks on civilian ships and the “Zimmerman Telegram” (which apparently, was a promise to Mexico of the return of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas in return for Mexico’s assistance in defeating America should it join the war against Germany) changing public sentiment towards a pro-war position.

Don then went on to describe six Redlanders who lost their lives due to the War, the first being Pvt. Edgar Putnam, who perished due to a heart attack during his basic training. There is a plaque in Jenny Davis Park commemorating 15 Redlands Residents from the war. Smiley Library research to-date has shown that there are at least 22 names that could be added to the memorial monument.

Katie Heer, Inland Resources Conservation District, will present a water-conservation education workshop. The program has been updated to reflect Gov. Moonbeam’s recent punishment of residential water users, and is sponsored by the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.

From Shab El Awar:
Dear Great Rotarians of District 5330- I am asking your support to send one of our Rotaractors to the RI Convention in Brazil. There are no District funds available for this. No amount is too small. With you or your club’s generosity, Adrian Valadez, from Cal State will have a life-changing experience. Those who would like to support this project are asked to send their checks (made out to District 5330 with ROTARACT in the memo line) to Jamie Zinn, District Treasurer PO Box 2662, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352. (5330treasurer@gmail.com)

Thanks to your support, and all of those in your district actively involved with The Rotary Foundation programs, contributions to the Annual Fund reached a total of $91.1 million worldwide by the end of April; that is 6.5% higher than at the same time last year.

Dave Wilson 12
Ron Helbron 21
Con Omek 23
Ron Jeffrey 25
Ray Watts 26

If I’ve missed anyone it is Ralph Feller’s fault for not providing the information, making me glean it from the roster.

Our newest Rotarian is Annette Coffey, executive director of the East Valley Board of Realtors.

May 30- Touch a Truck (snuggle a short-bed)

June 3 “FIRE-UP for Scouting” breakfast. Wednesday, morning, 7:00a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Redlands Fire Station 261, 525 E. Citrus Avenue.

June 20, Library Days- Smiley Library and nearby venues.

June 27, Picnic and fishing derby- Ford Park.

Don’t forget that Shirley Harry is competing in the Symphony Gala’s Dancing with the Stars. Vote early and often.

Previous generations have had various means by which pithy observations, wry comments, and piquant pearls of wisdom were distributed to the general population. Publications such as Poor Richard’s Almanack, Capt. Billy’s Whiz Bang, and Mad Magazine have all taken their turns educating, illuminating, and passing along culturally relevant content for us all.

And now, for better or worse, the World Wide Web has taken the premiere spot for disseminating just this kind of thing. We are awash in all that our friends care to forward to us via email or FaceBook link. It behooves us to separate the gems from the detritus. As a service to you all, I pass along some of my favorite bits of recent Internet jetsam, edited for content and quality so you don’t have to:

“No one ever says ‘it’s only a game’ when their team I winning.”

“I saw a poor old woman fall over unconscious today on the sidewalk. At least I presume she was poor. Her purse only had $1.20 in it.”

“Don’t argue with an idiot. Observers may not be able to tell the difference.”

“I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.”

“Nothing is foolproof to the sufficiently talented and dedicated fool.”

“Hurting you is the last thing I want to do. But it’s still on the list.”

“When filling out a form, where it says ‘In case of emergency, notify…,’ I always put ‘DOCTOR.’”

“Marriage is like a deck of cards. In the beginning, all you need is two hearts and a diamond. By the end, you wish you had a club and a spade.”

“One good thing about having Hillary as President is that we wouldn’t have to pay her as much.”

“An accordion is like an artillery shell. By the time you hear it, it’s too late.”

“England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.”

“My girlfriend thinks I’m a stalker. Well, she’s not exactly my girlfriend yet.”

“If people from Poland are called ‘Poles,’ we should call people from

Holland ‘Holes.’ You’re welcome.”

Editor – Mark Bulot – No 44 – 5/28/2015

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