Spoke Newsletter – August 17th, 2023


KRISTINE SCOTT is a Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Gas Company. She will be giving an update on SoCalGas and speaking about Aspire 2045, the organization’s strategy to further integrate sustainability across their business.


MARTIN DUSOLD, local representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, discussed his history as teacher and coach as well as his vision of sports as religious advocacy and missionary work. As the “IE” representative, he interfaces with coaches and players who participate in secondary school and college-level athletic programs. Citing current studies that note a decline in the mental, social, and emotional health of contemporary youth, FCA tries to elevate the team experience to improve the individual with an opportunity for spiritual reflection with like-minded individuals. Founded in 1954 by noted sports figures, including BRANCH RICKEY, FCA promotes Christian principles and ethics among its adherents, and frames competition as a “transformational” experience rather than “transactional”, striving to make the athlete a better person rather than solely adding up scores and stats. FCA functions much as any other school-based Club, like Interact and Rotaract, and can be found in all manner of schools, secular and
religious, public and private. MARTIN is eager to share FCA with any individuals or other groups like Rotary who want to know more or help with the mission. He can be reached at mdusold@
fca.org or 951-809-5072.


MICHAEL SEYBERT of ESRI will present a program on the interface of Geographic Information System mapping (“GIS”) and drone technology.


For those new or old members who would like items branded with the RCOR logo (and maybe even your name), the Swag Storehas reopened for a few weeks so you can go online, select your item(s), color(s), and size(s), checkout with your credit card, and your order will be delivered to the meeting on October 19th. If you want something you don’t see, let either NOLIN know, and we’ll add it to the store. The online store is located at redlandsrotary. itemorder.com. And yes, DAVE BYERS, we owe you a hat!


The Rotary Leadership Institute (“RLI”) is a series of one-day seminars facilitating a “deep dive” into the Rotary World beyond the universe of Rotary Club of Redlands. This year, there will be four sessions of RLI on September 16, December 2, March 9, and May 11. These learning adventures will take place at Beaumont Presbyterian Church, 702 Euclid Avenue, Beaumont. Three parts of training are offered each time. First time attendees register for Part I. Rotarians who have completed Part I register for Part II, and those who have completed Part II complete Part III and graduate. A partial list of classes include “My Leadership In Rotary”, “My Rotary World”, “Ethics and Vocational Service”, “Foundation I: Our Foundation”, “Engaging Members”, “Creating Service Projects”, “Attracting Members”, “Club Communication”, “Strategic Planning”, and “Building A Stronger Club”. There is a registration fee of $30 which covers a continental breakfast, lunch, and course materials. To register, go to www.Rotary5330.org, log in to DACdb, click on the “District” tab, click on “Calendar” and then scroll down to “the date of the class” to register. At RLI, you’ll meet fellow Rotarians from around the District, and attending and graduating will make you a more effective Rotarian to the benefit of RCOR and our community. Register today to begin, continue, or complete RLI!


September 9, 2023 – “Pink Party” Beloved Foundation fundraiser, Burrage Mansion (see VICTORIA)
September 23, 2023 – Dinner in the Grove Family Services Fundraiser (see KYRA)
October 22, 2023 – Murder Mystery Dinner, “Diamond Heist,” Fox Theatre
March 29, 2024 – Ron Jeffrey Winemaker Dinner
May 11, 2024 – Red, Wine, & Blues, Kimberly Crest House and Gardens
June 8, 2024 – Touch-A-Truck, University of Redlands
June 15, 2024 – District 5330 KC BBQ Blow-out Family Event


In 1943, the US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17 bombers during an attack on a ball-bearing factory in Schweinfurt, Germany. The follow-up raid in October, memorialized as “Black Thursday,” yielded comparable losses. The “Mighty Eighth” compiled an impressive record during World War II. However, this achievement carried a high price as the 8th Air Force suffered one-half of the
U.S. Army Air Forces’ casualties in World War II; 47,000-plus casualties with more than 26,000 deaths (more deaths than in the entire Marine Corps in WWII)


Happy Thursday to all! And happy Baby Boomers Recognition Day! I’m sure half the Club will be celebrating. As summer vacations begin coming to an end, we hope we’ll see more of our ROTARIAN friends back in person. Speaking of friends, let’s wish our very own CAL BOOTHBY a quick recovery who’s been in hospital since the weekend. He’ll be okay, but I’m sure he would appreciate thoughts, prayers, texts, and money (meaning, be sure you’ve paid your dues!).

Editor – Jim Nolin – Edition No. 7, August 17th, 2023