Spoke Newsletter – 11/09/2017

Spoke Newsletter – 11/09/2017

LAST WEEK TOM BRICKLEY and DAN HENDERSON of the Inland Empire Salvation Army will talked about the services they provide to our region, disaster relief around the country, and how they help the homeless once the homeless are ready to receive help on the Salvation Army’s terms.

TODAY Dr. RICHARD HART, President of Loma Linda University will discuss all that is Loma Linda University as well as their relationship with the Loma Linda University Medical Center

NEXT WEEK CTA or the California Transportation Authority (formerly SANBAG which was the San Bernardino Associated Governments) will get us up to speed on everything from freeway expansion to high speed rail.

PARADE TIME! This Saturday it’s time to show our true colors and thank those who have served our Country. The annual Veteran’s Day Parade is at 9:00 AM (start time), so those wanting to participate should line up around 8:15 near Redlands High School. Down Citrus, through town, to Jeannie Davis park for a ceremony. Because Veteran’s Day is always on November 11th and this time it’s a Saturday, then even those with a day job can come and enjoy, and honor our Veterans as they truly deserve.

LEADING US IN SONG Just when we thought we had reached the creative peak with RAY WATT’s and his camp songs, along comes STEVEN DAVIS with even more interactive singing. It might take the talent of WAYNE SCOTT to take this to the next level. If the performer inside of you is seeking an outlet, talk to club song leader BARBARA O’KEEFE and you can be next!

RED WINE AND BREWS Do you know why Red Wine and Brew’s is a perennial success? Because someone is willing to lead the charge and a host of volunteers band together behind them. Well, we have our willing leader, thank you JACQUI LANIER, now it’s up to the rest of us to help her out. We all know our roles folks, let’s help Jacqui help us shine.

THE MAGIC OF ROTARY Have you ever noticed which name in on your Rotary badge? Your first name. Only your first name, along with general description of your career. That’s intentional, it puts all of us on the same level, just a first name basis. We’ve been blessed to have a number of new members join us, have you reached out to them? Help them feel the magic of Rotary on a first name basis.

SPELL CHECK Spell check is a wonderful thing, until it becomes smarter than you. JIM NOLIN had his name in the Spoke twice last week, as NOLIN and NOLAN. Which is it Jim? And then there was RALPH FILLER, close kin of RALPH FELLER. Then again, the Editors last name was also misspelled last week and supposedly he writes this stuff. Okay spell checker, let’s see what you do to these; KEVIN CORREIA, JOSEPH DANISZEWSKI, ALLAN GRIESEMER, PATRICK HOAG, GENEVA LABATE, JERRY MIHLD, FLORIN ROMINU, and CAROL SANSAVERO. Love technology.

PRESIDENT’S CORNER Veterans Day One of the few perks of writing this column is that I get to revisit certain events and research history. In this instance that would be the History of Veterans Day. Although many of you may know this information by heart, the millennial generation may not be too familiar with this day of honor. After all, the last time we had a draft was during the Vietnam War. Today, with an all voluntary armed service, many of the younger generation have no idea the sacrifices that many made so that they (we) may enjoy the freedoms we have. For those that were personally involved in various conflicts, have family, or friends that served, it can be difficult for these individuals to speak about their experiences. My father was drafted in “World War II” and was in Bastogne during Battle of the Bulge.” Yet, with all he saw, he would rarely talk about it. Every once in a while, my wife Andrea could get him to talk about the war, and he would end up in tears. That is something I will never forget. So, for each Veteran, I salute and thank you for what your service. I am honored to be in your presence and lucky to live in this country.

Now for history: “World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

On October 8th, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.”

Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
Thank you to all who have served.

Editor – Neal Warner – Edition No. 19, November 09, 2017

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