Spoke Newsletter – 08/01/2019

Spoke Newsletter – 08/01/2019


Ryan King is the Director of Edification and Philanthropy for Edify, a San Diego-based international education organization dedicated to raising up the impoverished (www.edify.org). The published topic is “Education I never knew existed and how education is being transformed across the world in poor communities.”


San Bernardino County Third District Supervisotr, Dawn Rowe (rhymes with “wow”), gave us an obviously wellpracticed presentation concerning her life and the responsibilities inherent in her position as Supervisor of the largest geographic District in the largest county in the United States. A resident of Yucca Valley, Supervisor Rowe makes the approximately 2-hour commute to San Bernardino several times a week when she is not visiting other areas of the District. She noted that, except for the 11 incorporated cities in the Third District, her office is the primary interface for county citizens have with government in matters of public safety, zoning, roads and infrastructure, and representation to the state. After the 2004 death of her husband, USMC Capt. Alan Rowe, on his second Iraq deployment, Ms. Rowe began her political career after being frustrated by the cost and red tape she had to bear in order to secure a “simple” zoning change on some property she owned. She became a member of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission and City Council, and eventually became a representative for assemblyman Paul Cook where she worked until her appointment as Supervisor last December to replace James Ramos. Supervisor Rowe will fill out Ramos’ unfilled term and will likely run for reelection.


N-32. N-32. B-13. B-13. O-70. 0-70. N-33. N-33. O-73. 0-73. B-11. B-11. O-67. O-67. N-39. N-39. O-68. O-68. G-52. G-52. I-39. I-39


Like every other organization, especially one that’s been around as long as Rotary, acronyms crop up as sort of a “shorthand” for people and things. Here are a few of these Rotary acronyms in common use in our Club and in Rotary, and what they mean:
AG Assistant Governor BAAB Breakfast and a Book DG District Governorq EREY “Every Rotarian, every year” PE President-Elec PETS President-Elect Training Seminar PHF Paul Harris Fellow PRYDE “Personal Rotary Youth Development Experience” RCOR Rotary Club of Redlands RI Rotary International RINO Rotarian in Name Only RLI Rotary Leadership Institute RYLA Rotary Youth Leadership Awards” TRF The Rotary (International) Foundation
If you need a further explanation of what any of these (or any other Rotary acronym) are or mean, ask any RCOR Board member or your sponsor. They can help!
*”Who Knows What All These Rotary Acronyms Stand For?”


1. It’s a safe bet that Queen Victoria has already earned the title for “Most Obscure, Obtuse, and Misleading Birthday Quiz Questions Ever Asked by a President.” That is no easy achievement.
2. Also, did anyone else notice that there were fewer quiz questions than before, so the value of each question was inflated? I guess another of “Victoria’s Secrets” is that everybody at the birthday table is going to pay the full Benjamin each month.
3. Former County Supervisor Dennis Hansberger has a perspective unique from anyone else in the room when Supervisor Rowe (and Supervisor Ramos before her) visits and addresses the Club. If Rowe returns for a program or a visit, if you look closely, you can catch a grin of relief from Dennis. Or is it joy?
4. Exactly who DID sponsor Jim Ziemer for Club membership?
5. “I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. I don’t want to cause any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number?” – Sandi Connell
6. “Due-bee-due-bee-dues!” – Cal “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Boothby


In 1966, Eagle Scout and former Marine Charles Whitman murders his mother and his wife. Then, shooting from the Texas Tower at the University of Texas, the 25-year-old Whitman kills 16 people and wounds 31 before being killed himself. In the suicide note he typed the evening before, he explained that he wanted to relieve both his wife and mother of the suffering of this world, and to save them the embarrassment of his actions. The note did not mention planning an attack at the university.


Happy AUGUST! This month we focus on MEMBERSHIP. Our goal this year is a minimum of 10 new Rotarians who are energized and excited to be a part of making a difference in our community and around the world.

Although it was very HOT last week, I hope you were able to get out to see SINGING IN THE RAIN at Redlands Bowl. What a production! With summer winding down, we look forward to having our schools back in session next week! With that comes, BREAKFAST AND A BOOK, STUDENT REPS, STUDENT OF THE MONTH, PRYDE/ RYLA, RISING STARS, and so much more. If you have not participated in one of our youth programs, I highly encourage you to get involved, it’s life changing.

“When we say yes to Rotary, I don’t think many people really understand the scope of what they’re saying yes to. The great joy is finding that out.”

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