Spoke Newsletter – 06/14/2018

Spoke Newsletter – 06/14/2018

LAST WEEK

JOHN BULINSKI, District 8 Director for Cal-Trans presented a very interesting program and provided a printout of the 15 upcoming road projects affecting every known highway in his/our area. In order to avoid these road delays which are forthcoming, it will be necessary to take a series of back roads starting with Barton Road to get to downtown LA. (Good luck with that). John’s territory includes 6,570 lane miles which 1,400 employees care for on behalf of the 4.5 million residents who live in that 28,650 mi. area. He pointed out that Cal-Trans is responsible for all modes of transportation within the State of California. And, happily, his $323,419,096 annual budget contains a signi cant increase to the Redlands rail project which would come to us through SB 1. When asked about the 17 rest areas within the State of California, many of which are not open, he responded that most of those were built without suf cient water in their immediate area (great planning). Rumor has it that RON JEFFRIES, in one of his more lucid moments, suggested that maybe some of the HANDI-WIPES which were suggested for use by LARRY BURGESS could be turned over to Cal-Trans in order to open at least a few of the currently closed rest areas. STAY TUNED!

THIS WEEK

Our own BEVERLY NOERR, Executive Director, Redlands Community Music Association will present an interesting program which will highlight the upcoming Redlands bowl season. This promises to be a very interesting program which you won’t want to miss.

NEXT WEEK

SANDI BENTLEY, a Rotary Board Member, will present a program helping us to better understand new member recruitment as well as the retention of the excellent members we currently have in the Club. Unless you’ve spent this Rotary year under a rock, you would have to agree that this has been one of the most successful years in terms of new member recruitment. Plan to be with us to hear the latest of SANDI’S ideas to help our Club continue to be one of the strongest in our District.

DEMOTION PARTY

Remember tomorrow night at 6 PM we will be enjoying a catered dinner at the home of JEFF AND PAULA FRAZIER which is still located at 733 Buena Vista St. in Redlands. If you have not already made reservations for this wonderful opportunity to bid a highly desired “goodbye” to AJ, you might want to check with Jeff to see if availability still exists. It promises to be a great party. And, it is actually an opportunity to thank AJ for a great Rotary year!

RECOGNITIONS

In addition to the apparent need to provide LARRY BURGESS with HANDI-WIPES (mentioned earlier), DAVE GAUTHIER paid dearly for the special day experienced by his son.

CAL BOOTHBY was ned for stating that he was “waiting to be ned”. The good news is that now that Cal’s wallet is a bit lighter he will suurely feel more involved (Actually, this editor would like to know what our Club would do without all the time he contributes!).

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN

Ah… Father’s Day

As expected, when there is a celebrated holiday, I always go to the internet and get a brief history on its founding. As I am known to say, if you read it on the internet, it must be true. In this case, I truly believed that “Father’s Day” was a holiday made up by the greeting card companies. After all, that is the theory I use on Andrea when she asks me what I am going to get her for “Mother’s Day.” It is a marketing ploy to sell stuff. But as before, I appear to be wrong. Here is the history from the internet of course…

“There are two stories of when the rst Father’s Day was celebrated. According to some accounts, the rst Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. She felt as though mothers were getting all the acclaim while fathers were equally deserving of a day of praise (She would probably be displeased that Mother’s Day still gets the lion’s share of attention).

The other story of the rst Father’s Day in America happened all the way on the other side of the country in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the minister of the local Methodist church that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men.

In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the of cial day to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1972, during the Nixon administration, that Father’s Day was of cially recognized as a national holiday.”

So now you know. “Father’s Day” was not invented by some slick marketing people. So this year on Sunday, if you have a father that is still around, don’t buy him some awful tie, or a mug that says “best dad.” Rather, give him a note that says how proud you are of him and how much he means to you….it will go a lot farther than a gift (unless it is wine or in my case bourbon).

PS its also Flag Day….not sure what that one is about.

Editor – John Tincher—Edition No. 49, June 14, 2018

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