Spoke Newsletter – Aug 4, 2022


Today we will hear from our fellow Rotarian, EVAN SANFORD, in his professional capacity as the Executive Director of the Redlands Chamber of Commerce. EVAN will discuss the new initiatives of the Chamber and explain how parking places will magically spring forth like Athena from the forehead of Zeus as more businesses and people congregate in the new downtown area in the coming months and years.


We heard from ANITA WEST, Executive Director of historic Kimberly Crest House & Gardens. Since arriving in Redlands in 1999, ANITA has been an active member of this community, working as an employee, consultant, and volunteer with many Redlands organizations. She noted that many Rotarians are entwined with the support for Kimberly Crest which has been owned by three women in tum until it was given to the people of Redlands and the non-profit Kimberly-Shirk Association was formed. With only two employees, and aided by a legion of volunteers, the house and gardens are open 6 days a week and host 3,000-plus tours and other activities every year on the grounds. The summer soiree gala, “Ritz & Ragtime”, celebrating the mansion’s 125th anniversary, will be held on August 20th at 6:00 PM, and will raise funds to assist with ongoing restoration projects and other needs though ticket sales, auction items, and sponsorships. If any Rotarian would like to support Kimberly Crest in any or all of these areas, go to KimberlyCrest.org and follow the links. Online bidding for the auction items will begin on August 12th. This beautiful Registered Historical Landmark is yet one more facet in the Jewel of the Inland Empire.


Our beloved Past President, VICTORIA MARSHALL, will talk about one of her favorite charitable organizations, the Beloved Foundation. Organized to provide support for caregivers of cancer patients, the Beloved Foundation serves an important component of those on the road to cancer treatment and cure. She no doubt will also mention their upcoming annual fundraiser, the PINK Party, scheduled for September 17th.


The middle panel on the reverse of the printed “Spoke” lists the Areas of Service, the Club Directors of each AOS, and the subcommittees organized to provide that service. There are 20 slots with no Rotarian’s name connected to them! If you’re not already committed to a task or Service role, find one of these empty slots and talk to the Director-in- Charge to see what’s involved, where you fit in, and then get to work. It’s August, already!


We are happy to recognize last week’s visiting Rotarians, JIM PINDER and LYNDA SCHAUF.


October 8th – The black-tie optional District 5330 Foundation Gala will take place in Rancho Mirage from 5:30 to 9:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to see what other Rotary Clubs in our area are up to and to “borrow” their good ideas to use for our service. Not only that, but there will be a truly remarkable opportunity to see and hear the keynote speaker, Rotary International’s first woman President, JENNIFER JONES. See our President JENNIFER DANIEL for the details and/or sign up at www.district5330.org/calendar-and-events

October 21st – Human Trafficking Awareness seminar in Palm Desert from 2:00 to 5:00 PM followed by a hosted mixer. The scourge of these modern forms of slavery affects us all and Rotary International is working to combat it through education and sharing resources. Sign up at www.district5330.org/calendar-and-events


In 1892, ANDREW and ABBY BORDEN are found hacked to death in their Fall River, Massachusetts home. Suspicion immediately falls on ANDREW’S daughter, LIZZIE, who was put on trial. The fact that no blood was found on LIZZIE coupled with her well-bred Christian persona convinced the all-male jury that she was incapable of the gruesome crime and they quickly acquitted her.


Many thanks this week go to THERESA VAZQUEZ, DIANNA LAWSON, and SABINE ROBERTSON- PHILLIPS! Our club is fortunate to have such an incredible Youth Services team. We are getting rolling with restarting our Interact clubs on the high school campuses. This year will prove to be a tremendous success – we have the support and interest of the campuses that will host returning clubs as well as new clubs!

Interested in helping Youth Services this year? You are invited to our subcommittee meeting! DIANNA LAWSON has organized a meeting on August 11th at 11:00 am – right before club. We will need folks to assist with Rotaract, Interact, Rising Stars, and scholarships. Please attend – we look forward to having you. Together, we are making this club relevant!

Editor – Jim Nolin – Edition No. 5, August 4, 2022