Spoke Newsletter – Jan 12, 2023


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 activities with sister cities in Hino, Japan, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The Redlands Sister Cities program began in 1963 and since then has sponsored exchanges among students, educators, and government employees with their partners.


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:



NATHAN GONZALES presented an historical look at the concept of “winter” in Southern California, and how climate shaped our region and identity. Sunny weather and citrus in the colder months were the draw for people elsewhere in the US, particularly in the northeast, and the introduction of railways connecting us with the rest of the country brought much attention and many people to our city.


DIANNA LAWSON and THERESA VAZQUEZ will update us on the goings-on with the Youth Services Committees, including Breakfast and a Book, our annual dictionary distribution, weekly student reps, Student of the Month, Interact, Rotaract, scholarship program, and much more.


Interact Meet and Greet

Join us January 25th from 4-6pm to meet our Grove Interact students! Hoping to have a decent turnout to show our students the support and interest our club has for them! Desserts and coffee/drinks will be provided. This is a very informal meet and greet, with some ice breaker activities to stir conversation. Please RSVP to THERESA VASQUEZ by 1/23/23 so she can get a head count to the Burrage Mansion.
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Mexicali Project

Last week we raised $665 for Palm Desert Rotary’s Mexicali Project. DAVE BYERS delivered the funds and accompanied 49 other Rotarians from 2 Districts and 18 clubs to Mexicali last weekend to do some good service work, enjoy fellowship, and make a lot of kids very happy.


• 1960 – Construction of the Aswan Dam begins.
• 1776 – Common Sense, a fifty-page pamphlet by Thomas Paine, was published. It sold over 500,000 copies in America and Europe, influencing, among others, the authors of the Declaration of Independence
• 1878 – The 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote was introduced in Congress by Senator A.A. Sargent of California.
• 1964 – The U.S. Surgeon General declared cigarettes may be hazardous to health, the first such official government report.
• 1990 – Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first African American governor in the U.S. as he took the oath of office in Richmond.
• Musical birthdays: 1935 – Elvis Presley, 1947 – English rocker David Bowie, 1941 – folk singer Joan Baez, 1971 – R&B queen Mary J. Blige, 1941 – jazz-rocker Donald Fagen, 1951 – classical guitarist and Segovia protégé Charo, 1938 – legendary rhythm and blues artist Allen Toussaint.


Thought for the week: Live well, love much.
“How much good inside a day?
-Depends how good you live ‘em.
How much love inside a friend?
-Depends how much you give ‘em.”
-Shel Silverstein

Editor – Kurt Heidelberg – Edition No. 26, January 12, 2023