Spoke Newsletter – 09/20/2018

Spoke Newsletter – 09/20/2018

TODAY

The topic of the day is the new Redlands Police Department Foundation (not to be confused (maybe?) with the Redlands Police Officers Foundation or the Redlands Police Community Foundation), ably presented by JOE WALLACH and the Club’s own STAN WEISSER.

LAST WEEK

Past District Governor RUDY WESTERVELT, joined by his wife KARYN, shared his vision for the ROTARY WORLD PEACE CONFERENCE 2020, which will be held at the Ontario Convention Center January 17 and 18, 2020. The conference, which will consist of six general sessions, two special dinners, 104 breakout sessions, a concert, an exhibitor hall and House of Friendship, and over 150 expert speakers, will be preceded by an Interact conference addressing conflict resolution. The incredibly successful 2016 World Peace Conference drew attendees from all over the world, and the 2020 incarnation looks to be on track to make tremendous progress bringing people together to try to tackle major issues facing towns, regions,
and the world.

NEXT WEEK

TIM SULLIVAN, Assistant Director of the Quality of Life Department here in our fair city, will talk to the Club about “Art in Our City.” TIM is an artist himself, responsible for creating a number of public art pieces, including the little orange figures around downtown, a picking ladder piece in the Brookside Avenue median, and your editor’s personal favorite, the literal “fork in the road” at Garden and Cajon Streets.

YOUR GENEROSITY KNOWS NO BOUNDS

Have you signed up for ROTARY INTERNATIONAL’s “Rotary Direct” program yet? It makes giving to RI easy and (almost) painless! Just go to my.rotary.org/en/donate and choose “recurring donation” – your gift will be drawn from your account of choice (just make sure it’s yours) at the frequency you prefer – monthly, quarterly, or annually. And if you designate your gifts for the Annual Fund, half of your gift will return to District 5330 as District Designated Funds. Such a deal! And a pretty simple path to your first (or second, or third, or fourth…or more) PAUL HARRIS FELLOW.

ABOUT TOWN

Rumor has it that “Wizard of the Stars” DAVE MAUPIN and his lovely wife ROBIN were the lucky bidders – with the unwavering support of KIM CLARK – at the Redlands Conservancy’s Fall Social of an orange blossom grove experience at the Beverly Ranch, owned by our own LARRY BURGESS and his wife CHAR. Knowing the host’s penchant for spirituous beverages that “sneak up on you”, DAVE and company may want to pre-arrange an Uber to safely extract them from amongst the trees and the intoxicating scent from their blossoms…

THIS DAY IN ROTARY HISTORY

Demonstrating how quickly Rotary became a truly international organization, THE ROTARY CLUB OF CALCUTTA, India held its first meeting on September 20, 1919 – several months before THE ROTARY CLUB OF REDLANDS!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS, PLEASE

The celebration of SCOTT SHOWLER’s life will be Saturday, October 21 at Mill Creek Cattle Company. Be sure to be there so you can raise a glass in honor of our departed friend.

PRESIDENT’S COLUMN

Students of the Month return for our third meeting of September. As we listen today to the accomplishments of these young go-getters today let’s be sure to remember these are also potential future Rotarians! Going with the theme for this year of “Be the Inspiration” let’s all be sure to help these future leaders understand what Rotary can do for them and those around them. Their hard work now at our local schools will be paving the way for a brighter future for our community and the world, hopefully using a Rotary Club!

On a side topic, don’t forget today’s board meeting! If you have a red badge, please join us after club to check the task off your list!

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