Spoke Newsletter – March 7th, 2024


Our speaker will be MELISSA FISHER, who owns Escape Craft Brewery. Escape began brewing full-time in 2015, and has grown to have three locations. The newest of which is in the heart of the Packing House District in Redlands, on Oriental Avenue, just off Eureka Street. This “Downtown Oasis” is in a restored 1906 brick building, just steps away from the Redlands Downtown Metrolink station. The property is adjacent to a public (but privately owned) park with natural landscaping, massive boulders (doubtless placed and positioned by its owner), and winding dirt walkways.


JED SCHWENDIMAN, Vice President for Advancement at the University of Redlands, came to the dear old UofR from The University of California, Riverside. In the update about the University he presented to the Club, he shared the vision and timeline for the future University Village mixed use development and train station campus walkway; the University’s new E-Sports facility, located in University Hall (the former commons, for you old time Bulldogs), where student e-athletes will compete in varsity level intercollegiate gaming; and, perhaps most importantly (judging by member questions), the University’s acquisition of Woodbury University in Burbank.


Neighbors You May Not Have Met – In our club’s effort to impact the local community and to make a difference in the broader world, it is important for us to get to know our neighbors. For next week’s program, RON HYRCHUK will interview three special guests who are members of the Redlands Community. The information they share will not only broaden our knowledge of our neighbors locally, but they will also expand our understanding of the residents of planet earth.


Did you miss out on Prexy CHRIS’S “Leap Year Cocktail” recipe? Here you go (and we have it on good authority that if you had too many on leap year, you might actually lose the day):

  • 2oz gin
  • ½oz Grand Marnier
  • ½oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 dash fresh lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.


Numerous Rotarians were spotted last night at Redlands Country Club celebrating the Redlands Bowl, the announcement of the 101st season, and presentation of the Heroes of the Arts awards. Kudos to BEVERLY NOERR, the Redlands Bowl Performing Arts board, staff, and all of the volunteers who make the miracle of Redlands happen each year.

Those of us “of a certain age” can identify with one of our members who, on Tuesday, endured that which men between 50 and 85 must, and with some regularity. Rest assured that the spouse of said member was told that, in fact, his head was not located in the area surveyed.


March’s RI theme is “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.” Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.


Looking back at the Spoke for the first week of March 2023 I see that past-president JEN DANIEL was informing everyone to save the date for a Rotary social in April. Well, it just so happens that planning is underway for a spring social to happen next month hosted by VICTORIA MARSHALL! The date will be announced shortly, but you know a gathering at VICTORIA’S will be a good time! Besides looking forward to a spring social, be sure to buy your tickets to the Winemaker Dinner happening on the 22nd this month! Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online or in Club. LYNN WHITMER has secured wines from Foley Food & Wine Society which has a great portfolio of vino. I’m certain the menu will be of equal caliber!

Editor – Nathan D. Gonzales – Edition No. 35, March 7th, 2024