Spoke Newsletter – 10/26/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 10/26/2017

TODAY Prepare for some inter-club rivalry as 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…

LAST WEEK LYNNE ELWAN, joined by CAROL MEAGER and her dog NICKERS and TERESA MEALER and her dog CHUCK, talked about Guide Dogs of the Desert, an important program that improves the mobility of those with impaired sight. Did you know that it costs $50K to provide guide dogs to those who are visually impaired or have special needs? What amazing, transformative opportunities this organization creates for those in need.

NEXT WEEK TOM BRICKLEY and DAN HENDERSON of the Inland Empire Salvation Army will talk to our Club about the important services they provide to those in need.

BEER! It’s this Sunday!!! And, guess what? It isn’t going to rain this time!!! In fact, it may be so warm you spend the entire afternoon with a cold beer in your… hand. So be sure to participate in the Rotary Club of Redlands Beer Garden this 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. Let PREXY AJ know he can count on YOU!

EVERYBODY LOVES A PARADE Once again, let’s show our support for our veterans with a good showing for the Rotary Club of Redlands at the annual Redlands Veterans Day Parade. Whether you have a classic vehicle you’d like to include (Hey HATFIELD – how about that Opal?), or you’d just like to ride or walk along, come show your support. And bring a spouse, kid, grandparent, friend, whatever! And in case you are history or calendar challenged, Veterans Day is ALWAYS November 11 – in commemoration of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 1918. Next year will be the centennial!

DOES SPELLING REALLY MATTER? Last week some Rotarians noticed an interesting discrepancy – According to her name badge, our representative from Citrus Valley High School is ADRIENNE SALDANA, but looking at PREZ AJ’s magical audio-visual experience, her name is ADRIENNE ESALDANA. Is it possible that AJ is still learning how to cut-and-paste?

WELCOME JIM KNOX A hearty Rotarian welcome to our newest member JIM KNOX. JIM is an accomplished attorney at the firm Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox, LLP. And he must be good because he graduated from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law – did you know that UOP is the oldest chartered institution of higher education in the state of California?!

PRESIDENT’S CORNER History of Halloween This week I thought I would steal another bit of text from the internet (so it must be true) outlining part of the “History of Halloween.” I can assure you that the information below is pretty accurate as it was taken directly from the “Live Science” website.

“Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, can be traced back about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival held around Nov. 1 called Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”), which means “summer’s end” in Gaelic, according to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries. [13 Halloween Superstitions & Traditions Explained]

Because ancient records are sparse and fragmentary, the exact nature of Samhain is not fully understood, but it was an annual communal meeting at the end of the harvest year, a time to gather resources for the winter months and bring animals back from the pastures. Samhain is also thought to have been a time of communing with the dead, according to folklorist John Santino.

Though a direct connection between Halloween and Samhain has never been proven, many scholars believe that because All Saints’ Day (or All Hallows’ Mass, celebrated on Nov. 1) and Samhain, are so close together on the calendar that they influenced each other and later combined into the celebration now called Halloween.

Some evangelical Christians have expressed concern that Halloween is somehow satanic because of its roots in pagan ritual. However, ancient Celts did not worship anything resembling the Christian devil and had no concept of it. In fact, the Samhain festival had long since vanished by the time the Catholic Church began persecuting witches in its search for satanic cabals.

As for modern Halloween, Santino, writing in “American Folklore: An Encyclopedia” (Garland, 1996), noted that “Halloween beliefs and customs were brought to North America with the earliest Irish immigrants, then by the great waves of Irish immigrants fleeing the famines of the first half of the nineteenth century. Known in the North American continent since colonial days, by the middle of the twentieth century Halloween had become largely a children’s holiday.” Since that time, the holiday’s popularity increased dramatically as adults, communities and institutions (such as schools, campuses and commercial haunted houses) have embraced the event.”
So there, now some of us have learned another bit of trivia that we may or may not have use for.

Editor – Nathan D. Gonzales – Edition No. 17, October 26, 2017

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