Spoke Newsletter – 08/28/2014

Spoke Newsletter – 08/28/2014

Ron Jeffrey will lead a special program focused on Club membership, a subject that will also be addressed at District 5330’s Leadership Institute on September 27th.

Last week’s speaker was Patrick Manyika of Rwanda, who survived refugee camps and Rwanda’s genocidal civil war, finally making his way to the University of Redlands (where he earned his undergraduate degree and an MBA). Patrick developed a path-breaking software program for health care services in developing countries. He now works with Esri in Redlands. He was joined by Gordon and Cindy Mellis of Trinity Church’s 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. IFC provides international students a homestay with an American family, as well as greeting them at the airport, providing transportation to shopping and cultural events, and offering informal Christian-based gatherings.

As the SPOKE went to press, next week’s program was still a closely guarded secret. One rumor has it that Barack Obama will be here to tender advice on how to avoid slices, hooks and sand traps (in golf, not in foreign policy). Another is that Vladimir Putin will tell us what to expect in the forthcoming referendum in Alaska (on whether to go back to Russia). A third rumor is that Prez Jim will use the entire half hour to catch up on fines. He has a few well-chosen targets in mind.

Sliders, Chips, Broccoli Salad, Salad Bar, Key Lime Cream Cake

Chili Relleno Casserole, Charro Beans, Mexi Rice, Salad Bar, Churros

The Boys & Girls Clubs’ DAY FOR KIDS, with games, activities, entertainment and food, will be on Saturday, September 20th at the Dennis Hansberger Clubhouse, 1251 Clay Street, Redlands. The event lasts from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you’d like to be a sponsor, call the Boys & Girls Club of Redlands at (888) 822-6535, or contact Mark Davis at 909-798-4500, extension 203.

The SPOKE is still looking for editors for the months of October, January, April and June. If you might be interested in editing the SPOKE for one of these months, please contact Graeme Auton (graeme_auton@redlands.edu). September’s SPOKE will be edited by Nathan Gonzalez. We are looking for people with a gift for yellow journalism and a penchant for hapless exaggeration. (The historians in the Club will remember that “yellow journalism” goes back to the late nineteenth century circulation battles between Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal.)

Stan Snyder, a long-time member of the Club who was involved in our scholarship program, passed away on Tuesday, August 19th. His family is asking, in lieu of flowers, that people donate to the Redlands Rotary Scholarship program.

There’s always something to do in the Rotary Club of Redlands. As far as community service is concerned, a committee is working on a celebration of the “birthday” of the Sunrise Rotary Club, sponsored by our Club in 1984, with a party and a fundraiser. There’s even talk of a family barbeque and celebratory two Club service project. Our Community Services group is working on the refurbishment of the Ford Park ponds in conjunction with the Sunrise Rotary and Redland Quality of Life Department, as well as cooking up some kind of Club participation in the Boys and Girls Club “Day of the Kid” on September 20th. The Breakfast and a Book program’s first event for this school year was yesterday at Franklin School, and this program will go on for the rest of the year, twice a month.

There are also a couple of opportunities to learn more about Rotary and how to take better advantage of what it has to offer us and the Club. The District Foundation Workshop on September 6th will teach us how and why to tap into the financial resources available locally and through RI to promote the Mission of Rotary, and the Rotary Leadership Institute on September 27th is a “laddered-learning” seminar that teaches you about the many facets of Rotary through instruction and discussion with fellow Rotarians from nearby Clubs. The RCOR will pay the fees if you want to go. Why not carpool to one or both and a few of you can “bring back your smarts” to help our Club?

There’s always something to do in the Rotary Club of Redlands. Join your fellow Rotarians and do it!

August 28, 2014 – No. 08 – Editor: Graeme Auton

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