Spoke Newsletter – April 18th, 2024


EVAN SANFORD will speak to us on Leadership Redlands. The Leadership Redlands program develops the next generation of active leaders for our community. Decision-makers from local businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and higher learning participate in a 9-month interactive program devoted to key regional issues at locations throughout Redlands. Graduates of Leadership Redlands will go on to contribute in various ways, after getting invested in the community. Each month’s sessions highlight a different facet or issue facing Redlands. Unlike any other, this unique leadership program is a combination of exclusive focus groups to solve local issues and service opportunities. The vision of Leadership Redlands is that graduates demonstrate a commitment to servant leadership and positively impact the future of the city. The program allows for the next generation of Redlanders to have input on shaping the town in a successful way. Members of the current year’s class of Leadership Redlands will also speak.


BOB TINCHER challenged us to consider the value of a reliable water supply to ourselves, our kids, our grandkids and our quality of life. He explained that we do not get enough rainfall to meet our needs. In fact, we have had two multi-decade droughts since The people in our region recognized the need for extra water and chose to invest in the State Water Project (SWP) back in the 1960s at a price tag of $1 billion. Since that time, the return on our investment in the SWP has declined due to environmental regulations. BOB presented two multi-billion dollar projects that will help us restore the lost supply at a price tag of about $1 billion to the region. As expensive as this sounds, it is about 1/3 the cost of other strategies like ocean desalination and recycled water which would not even be able to provide the volume we need. The alternative to developing water supply projects is to choose to live with what we have, also referred to as the “scarcity” approach which would result in draconian cutbacks and affect the quality of life that we currently enjoy. Those who want to get involved and support developing the water supply projects we need to maintain our quality of life are encouraged to urge support for SB366 – CA Water for All (https://www.cawaterforall.com).


DICK CORNEILLE, Board Chairman of Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action (ANCA), a new Redlands 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, will discuss climate change and what his organization is doing about it. Climate change impacts are affecting our world and we can no longer ignore them. CORNEILLE will present a summary of the impacts world-wide and locally. He will discuss ANCA’s programs to reduce emissions, increasing readiness, and building climate resilient communities. He will discuss ANCA’s partnerships and bringing the community together in a day of climate action on Earth Day.


KEVIN EBERLE-NOEL is currently the Executive Director of the Redlands Symphony. Originally from Bloomington, CA, KEVIN attended the University of Redlands (BM ‘07, MM ‘13) and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (DMA ‘16), where he was the first recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in bassoon in UNLV’s history. KEVIN’S performance interests include chamber music for winds, orchestral music post-1980, the music of Francis Poulenc and Les Six, and the music of Percy Grainger. Prior to returning to Redlands in 2022, KEVIN worked as the Director of Operations and Education with the Las Vegas Philharmonic where he created a Music Van Program for the Las Vegas metro area enabling an up-close and personal music experience. Later, as the Education and Community Engagement Manager with the Palm Beach Opera, he created successful social events and activities that centered the operatic experience around the Gen X and Millennial cohorts. When not in the office, KEVIN and husband DEREK are likely at a theme park or Halloween-themed convention. In his spare time, KEVIN creates custom greeting cards and is a miniaturist. He is currently in the process of finishing his 13th book nook, featuring miniaturized scenes from literature. KEVIN was sponsored by Rotarian JOHN TINCHER. KEVIN has always said that Redlands has been kind to him and so much of who he is today is attributed to his experiences at the University and in this community—giving back is a natural extension of thanks.


Tonight, April 18, our club will enjoy a “Rotary Social” from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the residence of CHARLES and VICTORIA MARSHALL. Come out and meet some of our new Rotarians while you enjoy the beautiful home and pool patio area of CHARLES and VICTORIA. Don’t miss it!!


Are you aware why April Birthdays are celebrated differently than all other months? Our Club was formed April 1, 1920 so our Rotarians born in the month of April help celebrate the club’s birthday. What can be done in April is allowed by our Charter, only for the month of April. Our Charter was updated by one of our infamous April Birthday members, SCOTT SHOWLER and approved by another infamous birthday member, LARRY WORMSER. Both were past Presidents of this infamous Club.


Did you know that today is both National Animal Cracker Day and National Exercise Day? Who would be mean enough to put those two together?! I opted to celebrate the healthier option. Speaking of being healthy, red wine is said to be good for the heart because it helps reduce the risk of plaque buildup in arteries. And the resveratrol, found in red wine, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which may reduce the risk of cancer. Who knew?! So, for your own health, it might be wise to join us at Red, Wine, & Blues on May 11th!

Editor – Christopher N. Walker – Edition No. 41, April 18, 2024