Spoke Newsletter – 11/20/2014

Spoke Newsletter – 11/20/2014

Today’s Program
Please welcome Dr. Ralph Kuncl, president of the University of Redlands, to the Rotary Club of Redlands. Dr. Kuncl will speak today on the benefits of obtaining a college degree that has as its core a liberal arts focus. In 2012 Dr. Kuncl was selected to become the 11th president of the University of Redlands. He previously was the provost and executive vice president at the University of Rochester.

Our club has had the good fortune having at least two former presidents of the University of Redlands as members. George Armacost who served as president at the U of R from 1945 – 1970 and Doug Moore who served as president from 1978 – 1987 were both active members of our club.

Additionally, we have three current members who serve on the Board of Trustees – maybe our Prez Jim Nolin can check with the November birthday table members as to these trustees’ names as part of the extraction of money for our foundation (Stan Weisser cannot assist – hint, hint).

Next Week’s Program
As next Thursday is Thanksgiving, we will be dark.

Last Week’s Program
Dennis Spurgin, president of the Palm Springs Sunup Rotary Club, presented a program dealing with the issue of famine in various parts of the world and the steps that are underway to alleviate the problem through the use of peanut butter. Severe Acute Malnutrition (Sam’s disease) is a fact of life in many countries throughout the world and Project Peanut Butter helps feed hundreds of thousands of malnourished children. For more information visit www.projectpeanutbutter.org.

Today’s Menu
Our lunch today will include Chicken Stir Fry with rice noodles and egg rolls followed by an excellent coconut cake desert. For those with a vegetarian yearning, the always delicious salad bar awaits you.

November Birthdays
Stan Weisser November 1
Janet Greenfield November 1
Jim Nolin November 2
Jim Watson November 3
Brian Ahlers November 5
Zack Tucker November 6
Lew Nelson November 7
Jeff Frazier November 11
Florin Rominu November 17
Bob Heinze November 25

Students’ of the Month
It is always a pleasure to welcome the students’ of the month, their parents and educators to our meetings. You cannot helped but be impressed with their many accomplishments as well as their academic prowess. AJ Beechko, as always, did an excellent job of presenting the students to the club. This is a great program that gives some recognition to these young people who are doing some much so early in their lives.

Nostalgia III
Speaking of the students’ of the month, you know you have been a member of the Rotary Club of Redlands for a while if you remember Past President Lew Nelson’s (1992-1993) comment that the students that had been recognized as Students’ of the Month will never experience the joy of getting a C when they thought they were getting a D. Hope springs eternal.

November is “Foundation Month” in the Rotary world, and any time you talk about the RI Foundation, the name of Arch C. Klumph must come up. Klumph was born in Pennsylvania in 1869. He left school at 12 years of age to go to work to support his family. He started in the lumber business in 1884 at age 15 and eventually became president and owner of Cuyahoga Lumber Company.

Arch joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland in 1911, and was appointed president of that club two years later. In 1916, he became the sixth president of Rotary International. At the 1917 RI convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Arch was the first Rotary leader to propose the establishment of a foundation promoting “endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.”

The very next year, the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri pooled its resources and made the first gift to the foundation of $26.50. By 1928, the fund had grown to $5,000.00 and a management team was formed to administer it. Thus, the Rotary Foundation was born.

Think about all the “good in the world” that has come from a foundation that began with what we now consider pocket change. We have a great many Redlands Rotarians who give generously to the RI foundation each year, and there are many who can only afford a modest amount. I would hope that all of us could pledge to at least contribute $26.50 in memory of Arch Klumph (but $26.50 per month would be even better).

Have a great Thanksgiving holiday and we’ll see you all back here on December 4th!

Editor – Doug McAdam – No. 20 – 11/20/14

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