Spoke Newsletter – 08/14/2014

Spoke Newsletter – 08/14/2014

District Governor Shab El Awar (San Bernardino Sunset Club) and wife Dr. Bricia El Awar will pay us a visit to talk about District 5330’s priorities, Rotary International’s efforts, and, no doubt, membership issues for the coming year.

Chris Diggs, Deputy Director of the City of Redlands Municipal Utilities and Engineering Department (MUED), joined by Water Conservation Coordinator Cecilia Griego, discussed California’s drought and new restrictions that have been implemented because of it. Mr. Diggs pointed out that the city has in recent years invested some $55 million in water infrastructure, and has in recent years not done a bad job of reaching conservation goals. The city’s new water conservation policy mandates that even numbered addresses water on even calendar days, odd numbered addresses on odd days. Irrigation of lawns, gardens, trees and other landscaping is also prohibited between noon and 8 P.M. Exceptions are listed on the City of Redlands web site. If you don’t have an electronic timer, you need to get one (Diggs said the City can help reimburse the cost). If you have an old electronic timer, like the one your editor has, you will have to go out every week and move the pegs on the dial to coincide with the permitted days. Ughh.

Next week’s speaker is Patrick Manyika of Rwanda, who survived refugee camps and civil war to graduate from the University of Redlands and then work with Esri. He will talk about the International Friendship Connection (IFC), an organization of volunteers which cares for incoming international students at Cal State San Bernardino, the University of Redlands, and Loma Linda University.

Cajun Rub Pork Chops, Buttery Almond Green Beans, Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes Salad Bar, Almond Cookies

Sweet and Spicy Stir Fry with Chicken Broccoli, Egg Drop Soup, Rice, Salad Bar, Almond Cookies

You will all have received an e-mail from Rich Dell’Acqua, District 5330 Event Chair, about the District 5330 Rotary Leadership Institute, which will take place on Saturday, September 27th at the Ortega High School Conference Room, 520 Chaney Street, Lake Elsinore. The Leadership Institute training sessions will be divided into three parts. Part I will look at subjects such as “Insights into Leadership,” “Engaging Members,” and “Service Projects.” Part II classes will focus on “Strategic Planning and Analysis,” “Targeted Service,” and “Attracting New Members,” among other topics. Part III will focus on “International Service,” “Public Image & Public Relations,” and “Vocational Service and Expectations,” as well as other subjects. Check your e-mail!! Or call Rich Dell’Acqua at 951-719-7945. Cost: $25.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill. So, as we confront a new Rotary year, let’s be optimists!

We are pleased and honored to welcome District Governor Shab El Awar and his wife, Dr. Bricia El Awar, to the Rotary Club of Redlands. Their dedication and work on behalf of District 5330 is abundant and should be appreciated by all of us. Please be sure to greet both of them and welcome them to our Club. The students of the Redlands Unified School District go back to class this week. Can the weekly visits from our high school student reps be far behind? Then Rotaract, Interact, Earlyact, Breakfast and a Book, Students-of-the-Month, COMPACT, Rising Stars, the 4-Way Speech Contest, Music Competition, PRYDE, RYLA, the Dictionary Project, and scholarships for high school seniors. That’s quite a list of Club-sponsored student programs!

Our Club has been a long-time and fervent supporter of the young people in our community. Through the various programs we sponsor, we strive to have a beneficial impact on their lives. This is entirely appropriate because a bright future for all depends on a citizenry that adheres to the Guiding Principles of Rotary: the Object of Rotary, the Four-Way Test, and fostering a commitment to the Avenues of Service. By setting the proper example, mentoring, and supporting positive initiatives for our kids, we are helping secure the future for everyone. I want to thank all of you who help out with our Youth Services committees.

And please remember to be extra alert when school is in session, and that the speed limit in school zones is 25 mph.

August 14, 2014 – No. 06 – Editor: Graeme Auton

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