12 Jul Spoke Newsletter – 07/12/2018
We were dutifully ushered into a new year of Rotary with the plate spinning stylings of our distinguished club members. Newly minted PRESIDENT JOE HORZEN outlined his major focuses for the year ahead and invigorated us all to put “Service Above Self” to make our community and our world a better place. It was inspiring… Or at least I think it was, since it was a bit difficult to hear.
We’re honored to be visited by our new District Governor for the year, RICARDO LORETTA. RICARDO, or TACO, has been an instrumental force in our region for a long time, and we’re thrilled to have his energy and positivity at the club today to give us an update on the district at large.
Next Thursday, we’ll be visited by Cynthia McGuian from Steps 4 Life. Steps 4 Life is a local organization that provides assistance to adults in our community struggling with homelessness and health issues.
PASSING OF A LEGEND
It’s with great sadness that I write about the passing of dedicated Rotarian LEROY HANSBERGER. LEROY was the oldest living member and Past President of our club, and he would have turned 100 this September. He joined the Rotary Club of Redlands in 1958, and for 60 years, he gave of his time and his resources to help this club flourish. He was one of the founders of our annual Red, Wine, and Brews fundraiser, and an entrepreneur and leader in the Inland Empire. LEROY will be sorely missed by this club, and all of our condolences are with his family at this time.
UP AND COMING
Don’t miss this week’s offerings at the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. Tomorrow night, July 13th, get a good spot to see the country stylings of Branson on the Road (which may have been sponsored by our very own JERRY BEAN). And on Tuesday, July 17th, we’ll all be treated to the sights and sounds of Jarabe Mexicano featuring the Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles!
This week marks a difficult time for our club. As I am sure most of the club is aware, one of our longest tenured members, LEROY HANSBERGER, passed away. LEROY has been one the most influential members our club has ever had, being one of the founding members of our club’s largest fundraiser, Red Wine and Blues. I had the pleasure of serving with Leroy during AJ’s year and learned about how passionate he was in a more involved way and more about the many service projects he had been involved in over his years in this club to help improve the community of Redlands, such as the initial Ford park service project. My hope is that we can all strive to be as impactful to the club as Leroy has been over his many years of service above self.As we enter this Rotary year let’s all continue to keep our focus on improving our community through our service projects, scholarships, and our fundraisers just as Leroy did.
Editor—Jacqui Lanier — Edition No. 2, July 12, 2018