Spoke Newsletter – 09/11/2014

Spoke Newsletter – 09/11/2014

JACK KATZANEK, Senior Director of Communications from the Inland Empire Economic Partnership. IEEP’s mission is “To help create the two-county region’s voice for business and quality of life. Our membership, a collection of important organizations in the private and public sector, give the organization the knowledge and perspective needed to advocate and provide a vibrant business and living environment in our region.”

We heard from PAUL CHABOT. Born in Loma Linda, he began serving in the military in 2001, first at the Office of Naval Intelligence and later with the Defense Intelligence Agency. He is an Iraq War veteran and currently serves with the United States Navy Reserve.

It’s time once again for Craft Talks! Craft talks are a wonderful way for the Club to get to know our own members beyond “please pass the salt and pepper.”

Perhaps among the most-fit members of our club is JIM ZIEMER, who can be seen daily clocking miles and miles on his favorite walking shoes. The regular exercise also means that his dog is among the most walked in Redlands…

Be sure to ask CHRIS WALKER and DON MCCUE how much fun they had a couple Thursday evenings ago. Do you think that the sports aficionado who hails from the Las Vegas sports book managed to come out ahead with his alleged bet? Perhaps the Rotary Foundation could benefit from his occasional winnings!

Have you been following the exceptional exploits of LYNDA SCHAUF and the “Women on the Go” group as they travelled to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico? Looks like a fabulous time was had by all, including fellow Rotarian BARBARA O’KEEFE, who even celebrated her birthday in the Land of Enchantment.

Oven Fried Chicken, Macaroni Salad, Potato Salad, the ever-expanding Salad Bar, and, for dessert, a Blueberry Crisp!


Can you name this Rotarian? Hint: He lived in Merriam Hall while a student at University of Redlands, but, given it was the early 1970s, may not remember too much of that experience. Yes, the editor knows that he’s run this photo before, but it’s just too good not to use again!

There are a lot of moving parts to Rotary. Any organization with so many members locally and internationally can sometimes seem complicated in the extreme. Really, though, if you examine the basics, it becomes easier to wrap your arms around what Rotary and Rotarians are here for. We are pledged to put “Service Above Self.” We are asked to focus on six areas for that service:

1 Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
2 Disease prevention and treatment,
3 Water and sanitation,
4 Maternal and child health,
5 Basic education and literacy,
6 Economic and community development.

Everything we do flows through this. Being a part of such a large and well-grounded Club provides us the opportunity to work on each and all of these areas of service focus in many ways, large and small.

The diversity of our members’ experience and personal gifts is a huge asset for us. Getting to know each other’s’ strengths and capabilities is just one way the fellowship of Rotary compliments our abilities to serve. As members of the RCOR, please don’t hide your talents. If you have an idea to improve your Club’s outreach to the community, please share it. It’s simple.

September 11, 2014 – No. 10 – Editor: Nathan Gonzales

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