Spoke Newsletter – May 18th, 2023


STEPHANIE HOUSTON serves as Assistant Superintendent – Innovation and Engagement for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools. In this role, she is responsible for collaboration efforts with educators, government, community & faith-based organizations, law enforcement, health, business & industry, and elected officials to provide personal and academic success opportunities for all students in San Bernardino County – from cradle to career. In her spare time, she serves as the Chairperson of the San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees.


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:



San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools TED ALEJANDRE spoke to the Club about the opportunities and challenges facing education in San Bernardino County.


Our own DON MCCUE will be on hand to reflect on Memorial Day, and what that means for the contributions and sacrifices made by Redlanders in defense of our nation.


Congrats to all on a spectacular event! And THAT BAND!! Everyone in attendance seemed to be having a great time – and a lot of money was raised to support our Club’s important programs and scholarships. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put the event together – and in a very compressed time frame!


A very fitting tribute to Past President KEN STEIN was hosted by the YMCA of the East Valley on Saturday. Complete with Ringmaster NEAL WANER and reflections by DAVE MAUPIN, the circus event even featured performances by members of the Great Y Circus. KEN was born in Salinas, attended UC Berkeley, and began working in the YMCA world in 1972. After 25 years in the East Bay, he and Robin came to Redlands where he served as CEO of the Redlands Y, including overseeing mergers with the San Bernardino YMCA and the Redlands YWCA to form the YMCA of
the East Valley. KEN served as President of THE ROTARY CLUB OF REDLANDS for our 2007-
2008 year. He retired in 2012, and he and ROBIN moved to San Diego County for several years before returning to Redlands, when KEN briefly rejoined our Club. He is certainly missed.


On May 18, 1980, the most disastrous volcanic eruption in the history of the United States was declared after Mt. St. Helens, in Skamania County, Washington, erupted with a major explosion. The
explosion created the largest subaerial landslide in recorded history. Volcanic ash was deposited in 11 US states and Canada.


Red Wine and Brews was a HUGE SUCCESS!

Thank you to our committee and to all who attended! We surpassed our goal and had fun while doing it. I think everyone who had a part in this fantastic event deserves a round of applause. Thank you for your contribution!

Editor – Nathan D. Gonzales – Edition No. 44, May 18, 2023