Spoke Newsletter – August 24th, 2023


MICHAEL SEYBERT of esri “pilots” and manages all esri Redlands UAS/Drone assets as part of esri corporate drone operations. He will present a program on the interface and impact of Geographic Information System mapping (“GIS”) and drone technology in Redlands and elsewhere.


KRISTINE SCOTT, Public Affairs Manager for Southern California Gas Company, spoke about the SoCal Gas Co. efforts and initiatives today. The utility is charged with helping create a “Balanced Energy Portfolio” and promoting and advancing other sources of “green” energy that rely on renewable natural gas (“RNG”) and conversion to power generated through hydrogen using some of the existing infrastructure. RNG, or biogas, generates combustible products by capturing emissions from landfills, livestock yards, wastewater treatment effluviant, and other sources, and SoCal Gas has established a few pilot sites to refine techniques. She also spoke to the management of the current fuel and distribution systems, including the admonition to dial “811” before undertaking any significant excavation so SoCal Gas can locate any gas lines around the
dig area to prevent accidental gas escape. She also revealed that the utility is continuously surveying the pipelines from the air via drone and helicopter to detect any gas escape from
network pipelines. This partially explains the unmarked aerial assets seen flying over the city in a checkerboard pattern occasionally. No doubt, this detection technology will come in handy when gas cooking is outlawed, and any offenders need to be identified and sanctioned.


CHARLES MOORE, JR., is currently owner and Senior Consultant for Moore Educational Services, working to provide comprehensive college preparation advisement for families and schools. He is a decades-long Board Member of the Council of African American Parents (“CAAP”), and will
discuss the group’s mission to place African American students on to America’s most prestigious college campuses.


Available NOW at redlandsrotary.itemorder.com. 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. Due to popular demand, we’ve ordered a Rotary work party T-shirt, too, so we can “represent” in the community during our service projects. If you want something you don’t see, let either NOLIN know, and we’ll add it to the store.


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)


I hope that everyone got through the storm this past weekend with minimal or no damage done! I was a little north this past weekend and felt a small jolt from the “hurriquake” coming out of Ojai, but what a weekend for Southern California. I can’t believe we’re now less than one month away from the start of Autumn, so let’s enjoy the last days of summer and, hopefully, no more severe weather

Editor – Jim Nolin – Edition No. 8, August 17th, 2023