Spoke Newsletter – Feb 23, 2023


We will be traveling to the San Bernardino Valley College campus for lunch provided by the Culinary Arts Program in Room B-100. This will be followed by a tour of KVCR and its studio. Sounds like a fun and informative afternoon! Hope you all were paying attention because this editor has no idea how to tell you to find us on campus – I’ll see if I can sort that out!


This meeting is at San Bernardino Valley College so there is no online zoom option.


We were pleased to have representation from RHS, REV and CVHS. The performances, both vocal and instrumental, were outstanding! Three winners were selected by a judging panel and will be honored at the March 9, Rotary meeting. All three finalists will be moving on to the District Rotary competition.
1st Place: ANGELA MERCADO, vocal
2nd Place: LEENA HELO, Flute
3rd Place: KHANH TRAN, Vocal
Kudos to President JEN for pulling off the fastest lunch meeting ever! Students honored! Business conducted! Updates shared! Way to go Prez JEN!
No fines or recognition were levied, but I would watch out for our return to the club on March 2nd.


CHRIS BOATMAN, assistant city manager with the City of Redlands, will speak about homeless issues facing our city… or so the Google Doc says! Come hear what’s on his mind. He
always has a wealth of knowledge to share.


TODAY IS: National Chili Day, National Banana Bread Day (maybe it should be cornbread day!), and Feb 23 marks the start of the siege of the Alamo. It also begins the zodiac sign of Pisces.
SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE meets on Feb. 24. Contact CHRIS WALKER for details.
FIRE & ICE CHILE COOK OFF – Feb 25, 11-3. Join Prez JENNIFER to check out this event and perhaps incorporate this fund raising concept into our Club. Contact her for further details if interested. (If you’re reading, you see there is a reason for this chili cook-off in February!)

WINEMAKER DINNER – Thursday, March 23 at the Burrage Mansion, VICTORIA MARSHALL is seeking underwriters. A great way to promote your business and yourself for a great
REDLANDS AREA SERVICE DAY – Sat, April 29 at various locations. Sign up sheets will be circulated. If you have any questions, please contact ROB CLIZBE.
RED, WINE & BREWS – Mark your calendars for May 13th 6pm, SAVE THE DATE and start thinking of auction items and baskets. BRING IN YOUR $50 value WINE DONATION FOR THE WINE-PULL. Red Wine and Brews is a super opportunity for committee members as well as new members to be part of this great and necessary event. The next committee meeting will be Wednesday, March 1 at Redlands Country Club. RSVP to VICTORIA.
SPEAKING OF BIRTHDAYS – I’m sure the April Birthday group is working on their celebration now that JACK BURKE is back with us IN PERSON!!
OUR ROTARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS is in process of forming for next year. CHRIS ALVAREZ is out twisting arms and stacking his deck. Is there anything he cannot do? We are looking forward to another great year.


We have never had a club President serve twice!! No repeats here at the Rotary Club of Redlands. Does anyone know who has been in our Rotary club the longest? What year did they join?


March will mark the beginning of the Mentors’ Table. We will start this “pilot program” on the first Thursday of the month. I have had a great response from several Rotarians who are willing and eager to participate. This table will be front and center. All newer Rotarians are encouraged to sit with some of our “seasoned” Rotarians, and use our time together to ask questions, learn about Rotary, and become educated about the Club. If you are interested in participating, please email me.

Editor – Lynn Whitmer – Edition No. 32, February 23, 2023