Spoke Newsletter – 10/19/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 10/19/2017

TODAY LYNNE ELWAN will make a presentation about Guide Dogs of the Desert, an important program that improves the mobility of those with impaired sight.

LAST WEEK Our own FLORIN ROMINU made a presentation to the Club about the different types of care that is offered to the older among us, including in-home care, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities, and hospice. The moral of the story: save your money now, because it can get VERY expensive depending on the level of need for you and your loved ones. Fortunately FLORIN was ably assisted with the creation of his PowerPoint by his daughter, but this editor still wonders what the slide that showed “Asses at your present needs” really meant.

NEXT WEEK Prepare for some inter-club rivalry when we welcome KIWANIAN Mayor PAUL FOSTER. It’ll be everything you always wanted to know about the City of Redlands that you didn’t know you want to know…

BEER! Don’t forget one of the favorite past times for some members of our Club involves the excitement that is selling BEER as a fundraiser! Be sure to mark your calendars to help PREZ AJ at the Rotary Club of Redlands Beer Garden Sunday, October 29th at the Fall Downtown Redlands Art Walk. Shifts are available beginning with set up at 10am, with beer sales from 12-6pm. And bring your cameras – this will doubtless be an opportunity to catch AJ and his cronies in potentially compromising (not like THAT) poses!

BREAKFAST AND A BOOK It’s that time once again to “rise and shine” to see the excited faces of the future leaders of America at BREAKFAST AND A BOOK! Next Wednesday, October 25, be at Franklin Elementary – and if you oversleep, you have another opportunity to do your part at Lugonia Elementary on November 2. Both begin at the lovely 7 o’clock hour in their respective school libraries, and the program finishes by 7:45am. A rewarding opportunity with minimal commitment! See QUEEN of BAAB VICTORIA MARSHALL with any questions.

CONTEST?! In case you missed it, last week AJ held a “contest” to see who could come up with the correct (in his mind, anyway) “answers” to his I-saw-it-on-the-internet-so-it-must-betrue quiz. Winners of 100 Rotary points toward a Paul Harris Fellow award were LYNN WHITMER, JOHN PATTERSON, JIM PINDER, DARWIN BARNETT, and BILL HATFIELD

The Object of Rotary Every week (when I must write this piece) I learn something new about Rotary. Who knew there was something known as “The Objet of Rotary.” I surely didn’t. When I first looked at the heading, I thought it was referring to some kind of holy grail. Maybe the spoke? But no, it means something much more. So, in the interests of educating all of you that are lacking in this knowledge as I, here it is.

– THE OBJECT of Rotary is to encourage and foster the idea of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
– FIRST The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service:
– SECOND High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society:
– THIRD The application of the idea of service in each Rotarian’s personal business, and community life:
– FOURTH The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

So as Rotarian’s our focus continues to be on service, in our lives, professions, and acquaintances. This is something I see daily from every member of our club. Whether it is volunteering for club activities, or involvement in so many other worthy causes in Redlands. Each of you are what Rotary is all about. You represent “The Object of Rotary.”

Editor – Nathan D. Gonzales – Edition No. 16, October 19, 2017

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