Spoke Newsletter – May 9, 2024


As a bookend to last week’s program, RCOR welcomes ERICA MILLER. ERICA has been the owner of WIN Home Inspection for the past 11 years. Her inspectors are well trained in pre-listing inspections, buyer inspections, new home-build and manufactured homes inspections, thermal imaging, sewer scope and drone inspections. In the past 6 to 12 months, there has been an increasing demand for new homeowner’s insurance and policy renewal inspections in stride with the tough insurance market in California.


RCOR welcomed ANDREA VALDES, an Outreach Analyst in the Community and Outreach Branch of the California Department of Insurance Community Relations and Outreach Branch. The CDI largely acts as a consumer protection agency for all insurance matters, and she had several insights and recommendations. One was to make sure that insurance adequately covers potential losses from many possible causes (ex. regular homeowners’ policies do not cover losses due to earthquakes and floods and require special insurance policies or riders.). Also, senior citizens are frequently the target of scams from bogus insurance companies and/or adjusters. The CDI has established a Consumer Hotline (800-927-4357) and a one-stop website intended to provide seniors, their families, and caregivers with the information they need to connect to helpful services and resources, to find answers, and solve problems. (seniors.insurance.ca.gov). While sympathetic to several Rotarian’s complaints about the exploding cost of all insurance, her department does not directly regulate insurance premium cost. They will, however, act as an information clearing house should a consumer contact them and as for a review of any insurance carrier.


Our Rising Star student from Redlands East Valley High, GABRIEL ROTARIUS, expressed his desire to become a historian after graduation from college. This may be the first time any of our honored students from any program was so directed, and it must surely be a relief to our Smiley Library and Lincoln Shrine-affiliated Rotarians that they are not the last of their breed in Redlands.

Rotarians THERESA VAZQUEZ and JOE AMLANI assisted the program presenter by assuring the Club that they were able to guide consumers to appropriate and affordable insurance choices. The consensus of the other members was that this was an announcement worth $100 each for the “plug.”


Please plan to support RCOR’s major and most enduring fundraiser, Red Wine & Blues: sponsor, buy tickets, and donate $50+ bottles of wine for a wine pull. Enjoy the musical stylings of the Chuck Manning Quartet, take in the ambiance of Kimberly Crest, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Rotarians and others. The event will take place THIS SATURDAY, May 11, from 4:00 to 7:00 at Kimberly Crest House and Gardens. Tickets and sponsorships are still available on the website at redlandsrotary.org > events > Red Wine and Blues or see DAVID GAUTHIER or CAL BOOTHBY. Bring your mom for an early Mothers’ Day celebration!


The annual Joint Service Club/YMCA Roy Coble Service to Youth Award luncheon will be at the YMCA oy Coble gymnasium next Tuesday, May 14. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon program will begin at 12:00. Please come to honor the 2024 Service to Youth Award recipient and help your fellow Rotarians put gum on the seats of other service club members. Tickets are $30 per person and are available from CAL. Last call!


Due to very low registration numbers, the May 11th Rotary Leadership Institute sessions were canceled. here are three dates scheduled for the next Rotary year: September 21st, 2024, March 1st, 2025, and May 3rd, For any of you who would like to get a “Big Picture” schooling on Rotary, attending and completing three sessions of RLI will go a long way to making you a smarter, more effective Rotarian. We hope that you will mark those dates on your calendar and participate in this important Rotary training next year.


The Touch-A-Truck concept was first presented to this Club by MYRA PATTERSON, and JOHN PATTERSON was one for the founders of our Club’s TAT. In that spirit, the PATTERSONS have generously committed to bringing their fabulous luxury motorhome to this year’s event so families and kids can thoroughly explore every inch of this fine coach. We plan to park it next to the Kona Ice truck. Thank you, guys!


In 2019, the new Australian $50 bank note misspells “responsibility” as “responsibilty” on 46 million notes. John Mills chuckled.


It’s almost here! Red, Wine, & Blues! I personally really enjoy this event and it was perhaps my first introduction to Rotary when LARRY BURGESS invited a soon-to-be-grad of the U of R to attend back in 2007 (yes, I was 21). The venue, weather, wines, and food will be a great line up this year, and as our Spoke editor suggests, I am bringing my mother! After this weekend, it’ll be all hands on deck for our final event of the year: Touch-A-Truck! An exciting time for our club, to be sure.

Editor – Jim Nolin – Edition No. 44 – May 9, 2024