Spoke Newsletter – February 15th, 2024


We will host LEE HARTLEY, Operations Manager from Active Education. The company was established in 2019, operates out of Redlands, provides activity programs to schools, particularly those in low economic areas. Their focus is on promoting physical activity among students through interactive games.


We heard from TOMÁS D. MORALES, the president of California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). President MORALES provided a detailed overview of all that is happening at CSUSB. DR. ORALES covered a wide range of topics including the value that a CSUSB education delivers to students of all ages. He also spoke of the high percentage of students that are the ‘first generation’ in their families to earn higher education degrees. The school has been successful in having a significant impact in preparing students in the IE for professional careers across a wide range of fields, specific examples cited were Education, Health, and Geospatial Information Science / GIS. CSUSB is an agent for upward social mobility, and enjoys being ranked 4th in the nation in that category. The university commitment remains to serve the people of the IE by transforming lives and helping to build the future.




The Past Presidents Pandering for Polio (PPPP) initiative made its auspicious debut at our club last week. Through your generosity, we raised over $500!!! We are striving to exceed, or at least meet the level our club achieved last year in funding the fight. It all happened so fast that PPPP may have undergone a name/acronym change in real-time, but we’ll have to wait until JEN DANIEL has another moment. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.



There are a number of martyrdom stories associated with various Saint Valentines connected to February 14, including an account of the imprisonment of Saint Valentine of Rome for ministering to Christians persecuted under the Roman Empire in the 3rd century. Tradition maintains that Saint Valentine performed weddings for Christian soldiers who were forbidden to marry by the Roman emperor. An 18th-century embellishment to the legend, with some similarity to the ritual forced on grade school boys to this day, claims St. Valentine wrote the jailer’s daughter a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell, before his execution.


Leap Day is coming up, so I thought I’d pepper in some interesting facts about it. Did you know that every year that is exactly divisible by four is a leap year, except for years that are exactly divisible by 100. But these centurial years are leap years if they are exactly divisible by 400. So, the years 1800 and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600 and 2000 were. Now, aside from that interesting tidbit, did you also know that tickets for the Ron Jeffrey Winemaker Dinner are now available?! Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online through our website or by settling up with cash or check with CAL or JERRY when you come to Club. Hope to see many of you there!

Editor – Dave Byers – Edition No. 32, February 15, 2024