Spoke Newsletter – Jan 19, 2023


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.


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:



ROY CENCIRULO, president of the Redlands Sister Cities Association (RSCA), spoke about the mission and history of the association, and discussed 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. Exchange activities were put on hold for the last several years due to COVID, but the association is excited to be sending a fresh group of 10 Redlands high school students and
2 chaperones to Japan this March.


BILL BUTLER from Redlands’ own Garner Holt Productions will join us to talk about the company’s history and projects. Garner Holt Productions, Inc., is the gateway to realms of incredible imagination, artistry, technical wizardry, experienced industry experts, and unmatched, proven quality. From creating the world’s finest and most lifelike animatronic figures, to design for themed attractions, museums, retail and restaurant locations and more, GHP is the most complete design and production workshop in the world.


New Inductees
Let’s all welcome our most recent inductees to Redlands Rotary, CANDICE STEWART and JOE MODICA. CANDICE is a native to Redlands, graduating from RHS then building a career in entertainment at the Walt Disney Company. CANDICE is newly employed by Taco Bell Corporate as their Global Marketing Events Manager. JOE is the Director of Performing Arts and Conservatory of Music at the University of Redlands. JOE was born in Buffalo, NY, and moved to Redlands in his high school years, later attending Chapman University, Cal State Long Beach and USC. JOE taught at several universities on both coasts before coming back home to Redlands.
Interact Meet and Greet
Join us January 25th from 4-6 pm to meet our Grove Interact students! We are 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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Happy Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week, No Name-Calling Week and International Hoof Care Week! All of January is also National Mentoring Month.


• 1929 – Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta Georgia.
• 1547 – Ivan the Terrible had himself officially crowned as the first Russian Czar (Caesar) although he had already ruled Russia since 1533.
• 1773 – The ship Resolution, sailing under Captain James Cook, became the first vessel to cross the Antarctic Circle.
• 1945 – Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated to an unprecedented fourth term as president of the United States. He had served since 1933.
• 1976 – The Concorde supersonic jet began passenger service with flights from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro, cruising at twice the speed of sound (Mach 2) at an altitude up to 60,000 feet.
• Musical Birthdays: Eartha Kitt – 1927, Janice Joplin – 1943, Ahmir Khalib “Questlove” Thompson – 1971, Placido Domingo – 1941, Richie Havens – 1941


This week we will hear from DIANNA LAWSON and THERESA VAZQUEZ about the fantastic things happening with Youth Services this year. After all, this is what our Rotary club is all about – supporting students through scholarships and youth programs like Interact, RYLA and PRYDE.
We cannot do these things without the commitment of our members. This is why we fundraise. Our big event for the year is coming up fast. Please sign up for the subcommittee to help us put on a successful event. Each volunteer can help lighten the load. We can continue to support future scholarships and students with a little “elbow grease” today.

Editor – Kurt Heidelberg – Edition No. 27, January 19, 2023