Spoke Newsletter – 11-14-2019

Spoke Newsletter – 11-14-2019


Professor PIERS BRITTON, Director of Media and Visual Culture Studies at the University of Redlands will be our speaker. Dr. Britton, who received his PhD from the University of Manchester, has previously been a speaker at our Club and we welcome him back. His presentation will be enlightening, enjoyable and education – what more could one ask for?


The City of Redlands Chief of Police CATREN and Fire Chief COOKE joined us last week to discuss the current status of our police and fire departments. The focus of the presentation was on the need to add new police and fire facilities to serve the residents of Redlands. There were some interesting statistics given during the presentation. For example, the Redland’s police department has 10 fewer police persons than they did 13 years ago. Also it was noted that fire response time for Redlands is currently 3 minutes and 30 seconds higher than the national average. Additionally, 85% of the fire department’s responses are medically focused. Both CARL BAKER and DANIELA GARCIA from the City of Redlands joined the meeting and added comments regarding activities occurring in our town.


District 5330 Governor MELANIE RICE will be our honored guest. Governor Rice’s career spans both academia and the business world. She has both taught high school, was an Assistant Principal at Rubidoux and Principal at Rialto Junior High School. She moved from education to the business world when she started her own insurance agency. She joined the Norco Rotary Club in 2002 and has served in variety of capacities at both the club and district level.


Interesting facts regarding Thanksgiving Day include the fact that while individual colonies and states celebrated Thanksgiving, it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. In November 1621, after the Pilgrims first corn harvest proved successful a celebratory 3-day feast was held that included not only those that came over on the Mayflower, but also the fledgling colony’s Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit. The Wampanoag at one point numbered 12,000 and lived throughout what is now southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Right on que – STAN WEISSER reminded us all that the annual Purple Turtle Dinner is set for Monday December 9th. The festivities will start shortly after 5 pm at the Redlands Elks Club at 663 New York Street. I am sure STAN will remind us again, but in the meantime mark your calendars for this always fun event.

Reminder – the Redlands Sunrise Rotary Club’s Casino Night will be held November 16th from 5:30 – 9:00 pm at the Burrage Mansion.

Thanks to KATHY JENSON for bringing us up to date on RYLA and PRYDE events that we are helping sponsor. Your financial support will go a long way to insure that all deserving students get an opportunity to participate.

I am not sure who was giving who the inspiration for the jokes that were uttered at our meeting last week, but JOE HORZEN was smiling and nodding his head in appreciation of KARINA BRENCHLEY’S “nobody knows” or was it “nobody nose” joke.

“The Most Wonderful Crime of the Year” our Murder Mystery Dinner is set for Saturday November 23rd with cocktails at 5 pm with dinner following at 6 pm at the Fox Theater. Make sure you get your tickets – your financial support is important.


Two weeks away from our MURDER MYSTERY DINNER. Get your tickets and get your friends and help us raise money for our YOUTH. Thank you Past Prez JOE HORZEN for covering our meeting last week while I was away in New Orleans. Next week, our District Governor MELANIE RICE will be here for her program, so lets have all Rotarians in attendance to welcome her. Make it a great day!

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