Spoke Newsletter – 07/25/2014

Spoke Newsletter – 07/25/2014

Today we will hear about Micah House, an after-school center for children and youth from 1st through 12th grades. Activities are designed to meet the educational, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of these students in a high-crime and a low-crime area in North Redlands. There are more than 100 children involved in the program at two locations.

Micah House is hosting a Back2School even on Saturday, August 2nd for the community at Sylvan Park, in the morning from 10:00 to 12:00. The goal this year is to distribute 1,200 backpacks full of school supplies to the children from the North Redlands neighborhood, to help them enter the new school year fully prepared for success. Today’s program will be introduced by
Dave Wilson.

Our new Prez, Jim Nolin gave his inaugural address, in which he showed extensive slides of the trip he and wife Jo recently took to the Rotary International Convention in Sydney, Australia. He started us off in Melbourne, then took us to Victoria’s and New South Wales’ coastal areas and wine country, finishing up in Sydney and at the Rotary convention. Jim had a lot of interesting things to say not only about the sights, but also about Australia as a society, which made this one of the more interesting programs we have had. Among some interesting points in the presentation: Rupert Murdoch’s birthplace; Jim Pinder’s haberdasher (honest!), and the striking similarity between some of Australia’s unique fauna and political figures in the U.S. A great program!

Next week (July 31st) is a Fifth Thursday, which Next week (July 31st means we will have an afternoon social event in lieu of our regular meeting. Spouses and significant others are welcome. Our “Fifth Thursday” gathering will be 5:00-7:00 P.M., July 31st The Cutler Group (Tom and Julie Cutler’s office) 201 Cajon Street, Corner of Olive Avenue, at:
The Cutler Group (Tom and Julie Cutler’s office) 201 Cajon Street, Corner of Olive Avenue

• Darwin Barnett Jim Holmes
• Victoria Marshall Larry Burgess
• Marvin Hudson Lori Rhodes
• Daryl Carlson Kathy Johnson
• Tom Rogers Chris Carrillo
• Brina Limon Jon Scharer
• Mark Heideman

Chili Colorado, Tortilla Chips, Papas, Salad Bar, Flan

On this day in 1915 the passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsized while tied to a dock in the Chicago River, killing 844 passengers and crew, the deadliest accident in Great Lakes history. On July 24, 1929 the Kellogg-Briand Pact renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy went into effect (the exquisite timing of this would become evident a few years later). In 1950 on this day the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, later our principal space launch site, became operational. On July 24, 1974 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled, as part of the Watergate affair, that President Richard Nixon did not have the authority to withhold subpoenaed White House tapes, and ordered him to surrender the tapes to a special prosecutor. In those days it was not yet possible to simply “lose” e-mails.

Please join me in welcoming our newest fellow Rotarian, Victoria Marshall. We are pleased and honored that she would choose the Rotary Club of Redlands as an opportunity for fellowship and as a means by which she might provide service to our community.Thank you, too, to “Prez Jim the First” for the gift of a gaudy and no-doubt very expensive “Presidential Badge of Rank” to recognize my newly attained investiture as “Prez Jim the Second.” His suggestion that I use it as a talisman during Club “recognition time” is a good one, and so it will be done.

Again, I want to recognize and thank, too, your Board of Directors and Officers for this year: Jeff Frazierfor Community Service, Ron Jeffrey for Membership, A. J. Beechko for Club Administration, Florin Rominu for Youth Services, Jan Hudson for International Service and President Nominee, Nathan Gonzales as President Elect, Jim Pinder as Immediate Past President, Cal Boothby, as Treasurer, and Ralph Feller as Secretary. We soon will select a Board member for the Fundraising area from several terrific candidates. This is a very capable, experienced, and talented team, and with everyone’s help, ideas, and efforts, I predict that the best days of the RCOR are yet to come!

July 24, 2014 – No. 04 – Editor: Graeme Auton

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