05 Oct Spoke Newsletter – 10/05/2017
TODAY Our own WAYNE SCOTT will treat the Club to a preview of Lifehouse Theater’s production of Phantom of the Opera. No doubt the production will be a hit, but wouldn’t it be fun if it took place in Perris, California, instead of Paris, France?
LAST WEEK A past student of our own LARRY BURGESS, local San Bernardino historian NICK CATALDO visited our Club to talk about the infamous Earp family and their history in our area. Who knew that Wyatt Earp once roamed our valley? Well, this editor did, but that doesn’t count. If you want an interesting tale, ask BURGESS about the alleged photo of Josephine Earp in the Library’s collection… and you’ll see why he didn’t have the nerve to ask CATALDO about it during the presentation!
NEXT WEEK It’s a surprise!! Don’t you love surprises? I do. Almost as much as I like ice cream. As long as it’s a good surprise.
A WEEK OF SADNESS It is difficult to fathom how a tragedy like that in Las Vegas can even happen. It’s even more bewildering when it touches us so closely. Many will remember HANNAH AHLERS, spouse of Rotarian BRIAN AHLERS. For many years BRIAN coordinated our club’s RYLA participation. Let us continue to remember HANNAH, support BRIAN and their family, and contemplate what we can do to help prevent such senseless violence in the future.
And that was followed in short order by the passing of PAT GILBREATH, longtime member of the Redlands Sunrise Rotary Club and the Redlands City Council. This editor’s favorite memory of PAT was when she represented the City at the annual Watchorn Lincoln Dinner, and used that as an opportunity to talk about Mary Todd Lincoln and menopause to 300 dinner guests!
BEER! Don’t forget that among the best ways to raise funds are those which revolve around spirituous beverage! Think Red WINE and BREWS… well, our next opportunity is Sunday, October 29th selling beer for the Fall Downtown Redlands Art Walk. Shifts are available beginning with set up at 10am, with beer sales from 12-6pm. Besides, AJ needs a few chaperones to ensure he doesn’t consume all of the profits!
ABOUT TOWN Many thanks to members of our Club for representing us in style at the annual Believe Walk last Sunday. If you just can’t get enough, be sure to attend VICTORIA MARSHALL’S annual “Get Your Pink On” event this Saturday, October 7, from 6-10pm. It’s a real “party with a purpose”!! Chat with her for more details…
SERIVICE OPPOERTUNITY If you just can’t get enough community landscaping, then have we got the service opportunity for you! On Saturday, October 14, beginning at 8am, our Club will be beautifying the area around the new landmark sign at Redlands Blvd and Ford Streets. Heck, most of us can walk there from our houses.
What is Rotary Interact
Interact clubs bring together young people between the ages of 12-18 to develop leadership skills while also discovering the power of “Service Above Self.” Each Interact club is sponsored by a Rotary club. The one and only Interact club that Redlands Rotary has sponsored is out of Moore Middle School. Some of the other goals of an Interact club are to do things that make a difference in their school and community, discover new cultures and promote international understanding.
Interact clubs need to organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. The sponsoring Rotary club should provide mentors and guide the Interactors as they carry out the projects and develop leadership skills.
Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to meet with some of our newest Interactors at the “Believe Walk,” a community event that VICTORIA MARSHALL mentored with the at the school. Victoria has worked hard to start this club at Moore Middle School and has the schools support. They have a meeting place and a teacher advisor as well as Victoria. Jim Nolin has also stepped in to help. This is a great opportunity for any of our members to mentor these middle school students, just contact Victoria and I am sure she will tell you how you can help.
But back to the “Believe Walk.” My job was to get the Rotary EZ-Up to the event. So, at 7:00 am I threw it in the back of my son’s truck and brought it to McKinley Elementary School on Olive Street. It was a beautiful day. For some reason, VICTORIA had everyone wear “tu tu skirts.” The job of the group was to cheer on the runners/walkers and hand out water bottles as they raise funds to fight cancer. It was a great event, and a time for these middle school students to understand how much fun it is to volunteer in the community.
My hat’s off to all those who participated, and to VICTORIA and JIM for supporting our Interact club.
Editor – Nathan D. Gonzales – Edition No. 14, October 5, 2017