Our speaker, UR Men’s Basketball Coach ERIC BRIDGELAND came to Redlands from Whitman College. While there, he led the Whitman College (WA) Blues to three Northwest Conference titles and six runner-up finishes. During his last five years, Whitman qualified for the NCAA tournament each season and advanced to the Sweet-16, Elite-8, and Final Four. His 2019 seniors graduated as the winningest class in NCAA Division III history, as they contributed to three undefeated titles in NWC action and a 67-conference game win streak. Coach BRIDGELAND owns multiple national, regional, and conference coach of the year awards. His teams consistently appear in the national rankings.
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GEORGE HANSON, General Manager of the Bear Valley Mutual Water Company provided background and history of the company. BVMWC is a Mutual Water Company that has no significant income and pays no dividends, but operates on annual assessments from its shareholders. It was incorporated in 1903 to supply agricultural water to its shareholders. It’s predecessor company constructed the original dam to create Big Bear Lake in 1884. The dam was created as a supplemental supply of water. BVMWC constructed the existing dam in 1912 and operated the Lake to deliver non-potable/agricultural water to its shareholders. The Community of Bear Valley settled litigation in 1977 that allowed BBMW District to take possession of the Lake and Dam. Big Bear Lake is currently up more than 7 feet since November 2022, but still not full.
Our program will focus on our Rotary club’s recent RYLA experience. RYLA in District 5330 is the largest overnight RYLA in the Rotary world. With over 900 kids and 90 Rotarians, broken out over two weekends, we serve the youth of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a three-day Leadership Conference. It is a reward for outstanding youth to further develop their leadership skills. Sponsored by the 61 Rotary Clubs in District 5330, RYLA combines learning in a casual, relaxed atmosphere with social and fun time to provide a fast paced and memorable leadership experience.
NEW MEMBER BIO
JOSEPH MODICA is the Director of the School of Performing Arts and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Redlands, Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands, and Artistic Director of the Inland Master Chorale. DR. MODICA earned a Bachelor of Music in conducting from Chapman University, a Master of Music from California State University Long Beach, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. He grew up in Buffalo, NY but moved to Redlands in 1989 and graduated from RHS in 1991. He and his wife CANDICE (who also recently joined our club!) have four children, Jeremy 16, Rachel 14, Taylor 12, and Tucker 10. He loves cooking, camping with his family, golf, and of course cheering on the Buffalo Bills! JOE and CANDICE wanted to join Rotary to become more connected to the community, meet new people, and to give back to Redlands. “We really love it, and everyone has been so kind and welcoming!”
DISTRICT 5330 FOUR-WAY SPEECH CONTEST RESULTS
ELLA BLAUTH, Sophomore at Grove High School and member of the Interact Club, Rotary Club of Redlands, was one of the five semifinalists at the District 5330 Four-Way Test Speech Contest held Saturday, April 22nd in Beaumont. The competitors all gave excellent speeches, and the final scores were very close. There were ten winners in all, five finalists and five semi-finalists. Ella represented our club very well in the contest and received a check for $200.
CAL BOOTHBY (4), MARTHA GREEN (7), ROB CLIZBE (12), DIANA LAWSON (12), CHRISTOPHER WALKER (12), KURT HEIDELBERG (14), and JACK BURKE (16).
REDLANDS STAR SEARCH
Friday, April 28, 7 p.m. at the Fox Event Center – the Sunrise Rotary Club will be presenting a talent show. $3000 in cash rewards, $30 gets you in the door, Don’t miss it!
QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you.’’ – B.B. King
- Name four animals, smallest to largest, with four letters in each name. 2. Form a sentence with at least 5 words and 4 of them must be in alphabetical order. 3. Say the first letter of the alphabet starting with A and then the first number starting with 1, then move through the alphabet alternating letters and numbers until you complete the alphabet and reach the # 26. Now, start with the #26 and letter Z and move backwards.
Our RWB committee is hitting a home run with this year’s scholarship fundraiser, Red Wine and Brews! We have some fabulous opportunity baskets that are coming together, including opportunity “Experiences” that will be one of a kind. We are in the home stretch of our fundraising year, and every dollar we raise will continue to support the important work of this club. Who knows? Maybe next year we will be able to tout that we’ve raised over $100,000 for our students!?
Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues to attend our scholarship fundraiser, Red Wine and Brews. Our own personal invitations will go so much further than any of our other
advertising – it just takes a phone call or a friendly smile. Before we know it, our event will be packed!
Editor – Christopher Walker – Edition No. 41, April 27, 2023