Spoke Newsletter – Jan 5, 2023


Our own NATHAN GONZALES will take an historical look at the concept of “winter” in Southern California, and how climate shaped our region and identity.


We would love to see everyone in person at Rotary Club of Redlands, but if that is not possible, the following Zoom option is available by going to:



Former Governor RICARDO “TACO” LORETTA from Palm Desert Rotary spoke to us about their partnership with Mexican sister-club Club Rotario Mexicali Oeste and recent accomplishments the two clubs have made together through their partnership. Palm Desert Rotary makes regular visits to Mexicali, brings donations of food, clothing, and toys, as well as used but functional service vehicles. TACO gave a slide presentation on some of their work at Mexicali’s Eduardo Huet School for the Deaf in Mexicali, including beautification efforts around the school grounds and the construction of a new kitchen/dining hall. The club’s next “Mexicali Weekend” is January 6-8, and any Redlands Rotary members who wish to make donations of goods or cash are encouraged to bring them to this week’s meeting. Please see DAVE BYERS for details.


ROY CENCIRULO, president of the Redlands Sister Cities Association (RSCA), will be joining us to talk about the mission and history of the association, and to discuss recent interactions and ambitions between sister cities in Hino, Japan and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.


This year our Rotary Club of Redlands will distribute $95,200 to students enrolled in the Redlands Unified School District. Eight RUSD Middle School students will receive $150 Citizenship Awards. Two students, one at RHS and one at Orangewood will each receive $1500 AVID Scholarships. Thirty-three students attending area RUSD high schools will receive Rotary scholarships varying from $500 to $6000 in value. The Rhodes $6000 scholarships may be renewed for four years given satisfactory progress. CHRIS WALKER, our Scholarship Committee Chair is looking for six Rotarians to review scholarship applications online from their offices or homes at their convenience. These reviewers select the students from their assigned high school who will be interviewed.
CHRIS is also asking for six Rotarians to participate in the in-person interviews. Diversity in gender and culture are desirable as the students expect it on such committees. Both of these opportunities are very important and fulfilling as you will see what incredible high school students we have in our community. (Text or call CHRIS 909-240-4847)


• 1790 – President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address.
• 1863 – Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
• 1892 – Ellis Island opened in New York Harbor and welcomed over 20 million arrivals until closing in 1954.

• 1924 – Howard Carter unearthed the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings.
• Musical birthdays: 1958 – Grandmaster Flash, 1936 – Roger “Dang Me” Miller, 1924 – Earl Scruggs.


This week our club is participating in the Mexicali project, courtesy of DAVE BYERS. If you wish to make a donation, please speak with DAVE at today’s meeting. He has offered to take our donations with him when he attends over the weekend. Thanks DAVE!

Editor – Kurt Heidelberg – Edition No. 25, January 5, 2023