Spoke Newsletter – May 4th, 2023


Welcome our RYLA students today as they share their experience with the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards weekend at Thousand Pines camp in Crestline. Our district’s program 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. It is sponsored by the 61 Rotary Clubs in District 5330. According to the district website, “RYLA combines learning in a casual, relaxed atmosphere with social and fun time to provide a fast paced and memorable leadership experience.”


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:



UR Men’s Basketball Coach ERIC BRIDGELAND, his experience and philosophy in coaching with the Club. Takeaways? “We’re in it together! Lead your team the way you live your family life because we are family.” When rough spots hit, “we’ll figure it out, together” just like in a family. Provide psychological safety. Own it, stay positive.” He believes that sports/athletics provide a huge foundation for youth and character development. His philosophy? Detach from the outcome, have fun, believe in them – that’s what leads to the best outcome. Coach BRIDGELAND has the goal to be involved with a lot of community service for the players, teaches time management, and stays connected with each student athlete through “check-ins” (30 min one-on-one chats) etc… enough to give a feeling of confidence.


San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools TED ALEJANDRE. “The mission of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools is to transform lives through education. Working in collaboration with school districts, families, our community partners, and other agencies, we provide leadership, advocacy and services to ensure equitable, innovative, inspiring educational practices. This endeavor is essential to the quality of life and economic vitality of our communities.”


It’s coming up very soon! The committee met last night at Redlands Country Club – what kinds of shenanigans did that august group get into during their “meeting”? With DAVID GAUTHIER and VICTORIA MARSHALL involved, it was doubtless a night to remember (or a night not remembered, depending…)!


On Monday, our own BEV NOERR, accompanied by past Rotarian Assistant City Manager CHRIS
BOATMAN and television superstar-turned-Redlander BRETT WATERMAN, made a great presentation at the Redlands Forum looking toward the 100th season of the oldest outdoor community concert series in the United States at which no admission is charged. The City of Redlands has made a significant commitment to restoring and upgrading CLARENCE and FLORENCE WHITE’s gift to Our Town – complete with new audio and lighting (have you seen those poles?).


We have an exciting few weeks ahead of us! RWB is May 13th. Let’s prepare for next year’s scholarships and sell! those! tickets! Have you invited friends and family or a potential member of the club? This would be a nice way to introduce someone to our club and let them see how we work together to benefit the community. Touch A Truck is not far behind RWB. It’s not too late to join the volunteers and work the event! This is yet another way to invite a potential member and ask them to help us. They’ll be a part of something great. See JIM NOLIN.

Editor – Nathan D. Gonzales – Edition No. 42, May 4, 2023