Spoke Newsletter – July 14, 2022


Redlands Bowl Performing Arts is about to entertain us with a scene or two from this summer season’s musical production The Little Mermaid. BEVERLY NOERR and VALERIE PEISTER will set the stage for summer fun. Who was your child or grandchild’s favorite character? Was it Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder, the Prince or the dreaded Ursula? We all need music and joy in our day. Don’t miss it!


The plates were spinning! (Though the new LVT flooring tempers the ring and the clanking! Maybe that’s a good thing?) The reign of Queen JENNIFER has commenced. All Hail!! JENNIFER DANIEL was able to run her PowerPoint seamlessly. (Is the tech fixed? Or is the operator better?) She is looking forward to a successful year focusing on Youth Services with the re-engaging of Rotaract, Interact and Student Reps after a palpable Covid-driven hiatus. With all our help, JENNIFER plans to renew our community service opportunities relevant to Redlands. Membership orientation and retention is also high on the list of priorities for the year. And what would we be as a CLUB without ample fundraising to put the punctuation behind our WHY ROTARY? Get involved! Be engaged! Say, Yes! and let’s IMAGINE what our Club can look like as we emerge stronger out of pandemic (fingers crossed). This meeting’s agenda was filled to the brim and we even got to share lunch with STAN WEISSER’S First Lady of Grand View, ELLEN, and JIM NOLIN’s wonderful LINDA. Good to see these good humans.

ROB CLIZBE took the stage and performed a monologue as Francis Scott Key and the penning of our Star Spangled Banner – a nice reminder of our nation’s Independence Day and the passion with which we fought for our freedoms. The 2021-22 ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR honors were bestowed too! JIM NOLIN took the top honor for his continued dedication to all things Rotary. His commitment to Touch a Truck and our community’s youth is unsurpassed. Fun Fact_ this was JIM’s second time at the podium collecting the hardware for ROTY. Big Congrats and Appreciation to you, JIM.

Back to the first meeting of July traditional plate spinning… CHRIS WALKER was awarded top honors for relentless pursuit of perfection and stellar form.


University of Redlands Director of the School of Performing Arts and Conservatory of Music, JOSEPH MODICA will take the mic. Holding this position since July of 2020, JOE brings a vast resume of experiences to the university program. Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands, and Artistic Director of the Inland Master Chorale, MODICA has studied voice with a “who’s who” in the business. MODICA has also prepared choruses for the likes of PETE TOWNSEND, SARAH BRIGHTMAN, JOSH GROB AN and the national tour of Star Wars in concert. MODICA taught high school choir at Mater Dei and our very own Redlands East Valley High School for 10 years. He is a graduate of Chapman University (Bachelor of Music, conducting); California State University, Long Beach (Master of Music, choral conducting); and University of Southern California (Doctor of Musical Arts, choral music).

We are so lucky to have his talent in our community and at our University of Redlands.


SPOKE EDITORS NEEDED! Please contact LYNN WHITMER to sign up for a month. Contact her at 909-534-9619 or LYNNW@LOISLAUER.COM Big Thank You to BILL MCCALMON and JIM NOLIN who have already stepped up to the plate. As for the rest of you… don’t dodge my call! Thanks in advance!


Last week’s turnout was incredible! I was so happy to see my Rotary family attend in droves – it felt like the “old” days.

Thought for the week as we begin our journey together: “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.” – Mother Teresa

We have heard your voices and we will be providing you with ample opportunity to serve in our committees and in major projects this year. To those of you who have volunteered, you will be hearing from my Chairs if you have not already. Our Board is busy strategizing and we will keep you all in the loop. Stay tuned!

Thank you all for pledging and for participating in the survey. Your answers gave me insight and certainty – my target areas of improvement for the year were confirmed by your answers. I can already sense the momentum that we will gain this year and I expect we will be better than ever!

Editor – Lynn Whitmer – Edition No. 2, July 14, 2022