Spoke Newsletter – Sept 1, 2022


ANDREW CHRISTOPHERSON is the Head of School for The Grove School, where he has worked since 2006. From the germ of an idea in 1999, the Grove School has grown to be a respected model for the Montessori method of education and instruction and a valuable example of another way to successfully “do” secondary education. ANDREW will explain how Grove got here, where it is today, and where it is going tomorrow. Our very own STAN WEISSER and First Lady ELLEN were integral in helping establish The Grove School!

On the historic VanGrouw Dairy, housed within Heritage Park, students learn through the real work and entrepreneurial venture of farming.


JAMES BENANTI, President of Town and Gown at the University of Redlands, spoke about the upcoming 40th anniversary of the organization. He also spoke about the scholarships that T&G provides to local students, and invited JAMISON STEVENS, ’22 to speak about being a T&G scholar. JAMES discussed the benefits of a Town and Gown membership, describing the various events that members are invited to. He closed by inviting people to join Town and Gown by visiting www.redlands.edu/townandgown.


Our program next week will focus on Rotary’s efforts to End Polio Now. Our speaker will be LYNETTE SPANGENBERG. LYNETTE contracted polio as a young girl, and is eager to share her personal experience with the disease, and the life-long after effects.



The online store where you can buy merchandise branded with the RCOR logo AND donate to the Redlands Rotary Foundation (if you choose) is in full effect, but only for ONE MORE WEEK! The store is only taking orders until September 9th so the shirts, hats, and bags can be delivered at the October 6th meeting.

The website is www.redlandsrotary.itemorder.com. If you want something you don’t see on the site, talk to JIM NOLIN and we’ll see if we can put it on the site. You’d better hurry, though!


1 Sept, 1928 Dedicate Lincoln Highway

1928: At 1:00 p.m. groups of Boy Scouts placed approximately 2,400 concrete markers at sites along the Lincoln Highway to officially mark and dedicate it to the memory of Abraham Lincoln.

1 Sept, 1932 New York Mayor Resigns

1932: The New York City Mayor James Walker who had been the Mayor since being elected in 1926 is forced to resign following charges of graft and corruption in his administration.

1 Sept, 1939 Germany Invades Poland

1939: German troops invade Poland by sending in 1.5 million troops at the same time the German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields. The attack came without any declaration of war by Germany. Great Britain and France sent Hitler an ultimatum to either withdraw German forces from Poland or face the two nations in war and two days later Britain and France declared war on Germany.

1 Sept, 1943 End of War In Sight

1943: Both Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Roosevelt have been to Canada in the last week and are now scheduled for further talks as the Axis powers start to crumble, the war is now entering it’s 5th year since Germany invaded Poland in 1939. They both thanked Canada for their efforts in the war but warn we have come so far and must not be downhearted as the end is in sight.


It was refreshing to see such a huge turnout last week! I hope we see your beautiful faces on September 8th for our special

program and dinner auction. Need a proxy for the auction because you will miss it? Phone a friend! I want to take YOU to dinner, so win those tickets!!

I hope you all are taking inventory of your wine collections so that we can auction them off on September 29th! Please see CHRIS ALVAREZor yours truly to donate your bottle. Remember, the funds we raise will be ours.

We have had some interest already which is very encouraging! Thank you!

Editor – Jan Hudson – Edition No. 9, September 1, 2022