08 Nov Spoke Newsletter – 11-07-2019
It is our pleasure today to welcome the head city officials of Redlands to the club. The program today will include Police Chief CATREN, Fire Chief COOKE, Director of Facilities and Community Services former club member CHRIS BOATMAN, Director DANIELA GARCIA – Director of Management Services and Finance, Public Information Officer CHRIS BAKER and last, but certainly not least Assistant City Manager JANICE MCCONNELL. This is your chance to learn about what is going on in the City of Redlands and hopefully any questions you may have can be answered by the elite group.
LAST WEEK AND THE WEEK BEFORE
A gathering of club members for Thirsty Thursday at the Redlands Country Club helped those in attendance get through Halloween. For those who were busy out trick or treating or more passively handing out goodies to the ghosts and goblins, please know a good time was had by all who attended.
The week before it was our pleasure to hear from CEASAR NAVARRETE, Executive Director for C.A.S.A. of San Bernardino County. C.A.S.A. acts as an advocate on behalf of all abused and neglected children and youth throughout San Bernardino County. A key to the success of C.A.S.A are the community leaders who serve as volunteers for children and youth currently living in foster care. It is a program that we can all support either with our time and/or our financial support. An individual who is involved with foster youth at Cal State San Bernardino said to the editor what a positive impact C.A.S.A. has with students at the university.
Back by popular demand, PIERS BRITTON, Director of the Media and Visual Culture Studies at the University of Redland, is making a return engagement to our club. Dr. BRITTON received his Ph.D. in Art History from the School of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Manchester. His areas of focus include costume and production design in television and film. This promises to be a presentation you will not want to miss as it is sure to be both enlightening and entertaining.
UPDATES AND EVENTS
Saturday, November 23rd is the date for The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year, staring you and a cast of thousands (well maybe that is an exaggeration). Please be sure to get your tickets to our fund raising event. The festivities start at 5PM with libations followed by dinner at 6PM. This Murder Mystery Dinner will bring out the Sherlock Holmes (not Jim) in all of us and with the help of John Watson (not Jim) we will all have help in uncovering the criminal in our midst. This should be both fun and rewarding knowing that our funds are going to support our various programs. Remember – “party with a purpose”.
Speaking of upcoming events, it won’t be long until STAN WEISSER solicits member assistance in connection with the annual Purple Turtles holiday dinner and party. This is an event we have supported for a number of years and you will always feel better after providing assistance to those in attendance.
November is Rotary Foundation Month. It is easy to make your gift to the Rotary Foundation via rotary.org/donate. During the past five years Rotarians in the United States alone have given over $395 million to the Rotary Foundation to address areas ranging from disease prevention and treatment to water, sanitation, and hygiene. Please consider making a gift to the Rotary Foundation – your financial support will go a long way in addressing projects that benefit many.
Reminder – the Rotary International Convention is scheduled for June 6 – 10, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii. For those who have never attended the annual convention, here is an opportunity to participate and enjoy the Hawaiian hospitality. Participation at the annual convention is an event you will never forget.
Welcome November! We officially have 8 weeks before the Christmas holiday. HO HO HO The Foundation Gala was Saturday evening for District 5330 at the beautiful Victoria Club in Riverside. Rotarians near and far came to celebrate together as one. The Rotary Club of Redlands was representing with CAL & SHARON BOOTHBY, KATHY and PAUL JENSEN, RALPH FELLER, CHARLES and myself. The focus for GOVERNOR MELANIE RICE this year is our Youth! Collectively we want to be able to increase the number of students we send to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) camp which takes place in Twin Pines three times a year. I am requesting that each rotarian in our club join me in sending three more students to RYLA. The cost for each student is $325.00 We need at least 50 Rotarians to consider a min of $20.00 donation to help in the efforts of “No Student Left Behind”. Each year due to financial limitations, we have to limit the number of students going to RYLA. This year, together we can break barriers. Please help me with this request and put in your donation today Thank you to all the Rotarians who joined us at our second social of the year at Redlands Country Club on October 31st. If you were not at the social on Thursday, you missed our Murder Mystery Update, All expenses are paid! We have 121 tickets sold and we need 110 more to reach our next goal! Get your tickets today!!
Editor – Doug McAdam– Edition No. 17, November 7, 2019