Spoke Newsletter – April 25th, 2024


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. He is a retired environmental engineer who worked on water projects throughout Southern California for over 30 years. A 45-year Redland’s resident, he was the first City of Redlands Municipal Utilities Director and has been a board member of the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District for 19 years. Since his retirement, he has studied the causes and impacts of climate change.


We enjoyed a panel moderated by our own EVAN SANFORD made up of members of the Redlands Chamber’s Leadership Redlands Classes of 2023 and 2024. ALICIA GYLLENHAMMER (’23) and TANSU PHILIP (’23) shared their favorite moments from the year and their class service project. They also updated the club on what their colleagues are doing including serving on City Commissions and local non-profit boards. The first Leadership Redlands class in 17 years chose to bring free “Movies in Park” to North Redlands and engage in a fundraising effort to benefit beautification projects in that area. With a goal of $10,000, they raised over $12,000 and are investing those resources back into that area. In the next few months, you will see a stretch of trees planted in front of Lugonia Elementary and utility boxes painted as part of their efforts. JORDAN BARTLESON, SCOTT MORELAND, MARK CLOUD and BILL TYNAN of the 2024 Class were excited to share their motivation for applying for the new version of Leadership Redlands. In addition, they discussed the benefits of a bus tour of the community and an inside look at the San Bernardino International Airport. Their class service project will be a version of “Top Chef: Redlands.” The idea behind this is to support local growers and farmers, at the very time the city has decided to define “Agritourism,” which the Chamber has been supporting strongly.


ANDREA VALDES, Outreach Analyst for the California Dept. of Insurance in Los Angeles, will present an overview of the California Dept. of Insurance. With some club members finding that their home insurance polices are not being renewed while others are expecting similar bad news in the next 12 months, it should be a very interesting presentation and opportunity for questions.


BRANDON MULDER currently serves as the Executive Director for the San Bernardino County Museum Foundation. He has a background in higher education and philanthropy development, having served more than 10 years at the University of Redlands, and five years at the University of California Riverside. He was born in Iowa and moved to Redlands, his mom’s hometown, when he was 4. He is a fifth generation Redlander, on his mom’s side. Sponsored by CHRIS ALVAREZ, he joined Rotary after coming back to work in Redlands a year ago, wanting to reconnect with the community and the opportunity to work and serve with like-minded people in town. BRANDON attended Redlands Christian School from kindergarten through ninth grade and Arrowhead Christian Academy from 10th through 12th grade. He attended Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and studied Exercise Science. Married to his wife, GINGER, they have two children, JENNA is 13 and ROONEY is 10. GINGER coordinates development events and operations for the Redlands Christian School. In his free time, he enjoys coaching his children in sports and working with his hands. He has done major renovations and additions to his home and occasionally works on his “project car”, a 1989 Ford Bronco.


Thanks to VICTORIA and her husband CHARLES for hosting our Rotary Social last Thursday night. There were great hors d’oeuvres and wonderful wines. A nice event for our membership.


This year we have certainly enjoyed our student representatives from the UR and our local high schools. A big Rotary thank you to MAHALEY MONTANO – University of Redlands, SOPHIA CECI – Grove, KYLIE MCCUE – Citrus Valley, RICHLYNN MEDINA – Redlands, AMANDA MORRISON – Redlands East Valley and SANDRA GAYTAN – Orangewood.


Speaking of BRANDON MULDER, he would love to see you at the 9th Annual Bucky Ball, Saturday, May 18, at the San Bernardino County Museum, celebrating 50 years of service. A fundraiser for the Museum, this event will feature the opening of the new Special Exhibit: Holding History.


The Family Service Association of Redlands and The Unforgettables Foundation are partnering to bring a Pub Crawl to Downtown Redlands. Six Redlands Royalty Candidates will compete to be named King & Queen on the night of the event. Vote for our own RCOR Past President MARVIN HUDSON.


Plans for the 10th Annual Redlands Touch-A- Truck continue apace! Those of you who have not yet signed up to volunteer for a shift or two the day-of-the-event, please talk to ALLAN GRIESEMER. If you know of any other people or groups from your business, your church, or your other affiliations who might help the day of the event, let’s talk! Posters and flyers, suitable for bulletin boards, store or office windows, pediatrician’s office, or your favorite restaurant counter are available to pick up at the meeting this week, so pick ‘em up and put ‘em out!




Happy National Zucchini Bread Day! Though, this seems like a day best celebrated during the summer harvests of zucchini, but what the heck! And…happy birthday to our April birthdays! I gather there was some conspiring after last week’s meeting to try to obtain the quiz answers. Nice try, but the answers are under lock and key! May the odds be ever in your favor. With the end of April upon us, it occurred to me that I have a mere 8 meetings left as president. I’m sure you’ll be happy for my reign of terror to be over, but until then we’ve still got some work to do. I’m looking forward to our final events and programs!

Editor – Christopher N. Walker – Edition No. 42 – April 25, 2024