Spoke Newsletter – 12/31/2015

Spoke Newsletter – 12/31/2015

Last Week x2
Ara Norwood provided a bifocal view of our 6 Founding Fathers (Franklin, Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton) examining the complexities of their relationships with their parents and the human view of the men who made difficult choices. Their characters are shown as diverse, brilliant, stalwart and fascinating enough to demand a part 3 in the series.

Contrary to the announcement from the previous spoke, there will be a meeting today. The details of today’s speaker will be similarly announced by the time it’s too late.

One of the greatest labour saving devices of today..

Next Week
Like a cold winter new year, the future is uncertain and next week’s subject matter will reflect this annual phenomenon. Bring a friend next week as we discover together what the new year brings to us in terms of knowledge and understanding.

Lincoln Shrine Christmas Celebration Located between the North and South of Redlands, the gates of the Lincoln Shrine held back the chilly temperature from this year’s Christmas extravaganza. Although not inscribed in stone, Lincoln once said “…folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” Celebrating these historic words, reasonable portions of fine wines were served among the conversation clearly heard from any spot under the Lincoln dome. The bottled spirits were professionally uncorked and displayed, emblematic of our 2016 goal breaking event to come. With the Christmas Tree at the focal point, Rotarians rotated under the rotunda while President Nathan Gonzales toasted to America and Rotary from within the Lincoln niche. Not a drop was spilled in the evening of merriment

Upcoming Events
January 15th and 16th – Rotary World Peace Conference 2016. Peace on Earth is imagined by most and promoted by a few. Rotary International’s greatest minds will collaborate in Ontario, CA to bring Peace On Earth home to our planet.

Fowl Humor
A chicken crossing the road is an example of poultry in motion.

Birthday List
December birthdays are often overshadowed by the holidays but Rotary plays no favorites and fines all birthdays equally. This month we sing happy birthday to the following members:
Nathan Gonzales
Steven Davis
Phillip Naman
Sandi Bentley
Joe Hudson
Bernie O’Prey
Thomas Cutler
Debra Kinde
Sharon William

Red Wine and Blues Tickets
Tickets for April 2, 2016 are now available online at http://redwineandblues.com/. The price of a ticket is $90 which is still an outstanding value. Our wine selection this year is sure to be amazing as our own Red Wine and Blues committee personally visit and taste for the best varieties to bring to the event. Old Year New Year Reflections

Today is the last day of the year, another year of our lives is gone, during this year, we have tasted the bitter as well as the sweet in life and experienced the warmth as well as the coldness of human emotion. We do not become discouraged as we reach the end of the year safely. As the old year recedes we are mindful of a new year and a new beginning.

I hope you had a warm and safe Christmas, filled with joy and happiness!

It’s difficult for me to believe, but we’re now HALFWAY THROUGH this imperial reign. I bet you’re just counting down the next 26 meetings…

It’s also New Year’s Eve, so we’ll make today as fun and celebratory as we can. It’s also the time to celebrate DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS, so if you qualify, be sure to sit at the birthday table. Should I start grading?

Happy New Year to you – looking forward to a great 2016!

Editor: Mark Heideman, December 31, 2015 No. 24

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