Spoke Newsletter – April 4th, 2024


Today we welcome TIM EVANS, the CEO/Founder of The Unforgettables Foundation, who was the founding Chaplain of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital when TUF began its generation long mission. TIM earned his Masters of Divinity and CFRE certification for the past 16 years. In 2019, EVANS was awarded the California State Senate Charity of the Year Award in Sacramento. In addition, he was honored by the San Bernardino County Medical Society. The Unforgettables Foundation assists at risk and grieving families with finances to help them afford a timely and dignified funeral for their children.


We enjoyed an outstanding panel discussion by newbie Rotarians LINDA NOLIN, BRANDON MOULDER, SHERI BOGH, and KEVIN EBERLE-NOEL. JULIE MICHAELS did an outstanding job in serving as moderator. In an effort to help our members know each of these new members better, your Spoke editor for April will look at a new member each week this month. Who remembers the Newbie Review?


Next week we will enjoy hearing from BOB TINCHER, the Chief Water Resources Officer/Deputy General Manager of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District. He is a Registered Civil Engineer in the State of California and has a master’s degree in engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Redlands. While at the UR, he was president of the Kappa Sigma Sigma Fraternity.


SHERI grew up in the Inland Empire, met her husband RUSS, at Cal State San Bernardino and just celebrated 30 years of marriage! They have three grown children. Their oldest, MADDY, is a graduate of the University of Redlands and is the Director of Governmental Legislative Affairs and Land Development for O’Reilly Communications in San Diego. Their son CHARLIE is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton and works in Redlands in Graphic Design and Marketing. Their youngest, KATIE, will graduate from the University of Oregon in June. SHERI’S career started out as a teacher at Orangewood High School in downtown Redlands and that experience led her to different careers. She served as the Executive Director of The Beaumont Chamber of Commerce for 6 years, then to Childhelp as the Director of Community Relations for 7 years. She then became Executive Director of The Beloved Foundation here in Redlands. Her interests include being a member of a golf league with her husband, playing locally and taking trips to golf courses around the State. She also enjoys snow skiing in Big Bear and surrounding ski resorts in Utah, Colorado, Tahoe and Oregon. In her spare time she plays adult soccer and is learning pickleball. She works in downtown Redlands, being right next door to our Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to stop in and say hello!


The 37th Annual RCOR Red, Wine and Blues event will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 4-7 pm at the Kimberly Crest House and Gardens. The Family Service Hunger Walk will run/walk off on June 1, 8am. Get some exercise for a great cause. Since you will exercise a week later, be sure to attend the
FSA/Unforgettables Foundation Pub Crawl on May 5, Cinco de Mayo from 2-6 p.m. It will be Unforgettable!


Want to meet some great Rotarians and learn more about Rotary and possibly be a district leader in the future? Head out this Saturday to Tahquitz High School in Hemet. From 8 am to 12 noon and learn about current positions of service in our club as well as for our District. Their no cost to you as the club will reimburse your $35 expense.


Don’t miss the California Inland Empire Council of the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizens Dinner honoring DR JIM (a former member of our club) and VICKEY WATSON. It will be held at the Redlands Country Club on Saturday, April 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Good afternoon, ROTARIANS! Today is National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day and National Burrito Day – one of those is easier to sneak in before the day is up than the other, but may you celebrate the day one way or the other. With the lovely spring weather we’ve been enjoying, tomorrow’s high of 46 is a real shocker, so stay warm during this spring cold snap. A good way of keeping warm is enjoying a nice glass of wine …. and if you enjoy wine, Red, Wine, & Blues is a great place to do that! So, be sure to purchase tickets, online or in Club for $90 per person.

Editor – Christopher N. Walker – Edition No. 39, April 4, 2024