Spoke Newsletter – June 13, 2024


We welcome one of our newer members, PAT WILLIAMS, to share her story of Angel’s Closet. Once you hear this heartwarming story of providing basic needs to high school and middle school students, you’ll understand why this club has supported her for many years.


We met several (but not all) of our scholarship recipients. This year our club distributed a total of $114,000 to 37 students. Each student was introduced by CHRIS WALKER and then spoke to DR. JIM BELOTE concerning their future school, major and occupation.

All three $3,000 Anderson Scholarship awardees, ALISTAIR HYNES, a senior at Redlands High School, TAIT WHITTEMORE, a senior from Redlands East Valley HS and JACOB SHAHATIT, a senior at Citrus Valley High School were recognized.

HAMILTON JEONG, a senior at Redlands High School was recognized for being awarded the $2,000 Susan Clark M.D. Scholarship.

JOHNATHON GHAZAL, a senior at Redlands East Valley H.S. was recognized for the $4,000 Ernest Cronemeyer Scholarship.

KYLIE MCCUE, a senior at Citrus Valley H.S. was recognized for the $4,000 Edgar Fisher Scholarship.

JARED RUBOW, a senior at Redlands East Valley H.S. was recognized for the $3,000 Hatfield Family Scholarship.

AMANDA MORRISON, a senior at Redlands East Valley H.S. and HALEY SMITH, a senior at Citrus Valley H.S. were recognized for the $24,000 ($6000 for four years) Rhodes Family Scholarship. ISAIAH SOHN, a senior at Redlands High School was also awarded the Rhodes Family Scholarship but was in Korea on family business so his father attended and spoke on his behalf.


Ever wonder what is happening in the Redlands Packing House District and Transit District projects? Our speaker is MICHAEL STEVENS, managing partner of SGH Architects, who will present slides and a talk on the development and design evolution of the Redlands’ Packing House District and Transit District projects, including the J. Riley Restaurant and Distillery, Starbucks Coffee Shop, Stuart Street Parking Structure, 3rd Street Office Building, Packing House District Phase 2, Packing House District East, and the 3rd Street South Retail Buildings adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Railway Station.


We did it. The 10th annual TAT is in the books. Huge success, great turnout. Congrats to JIM NOLAN and many of you that came early, stayed late, and helped kids and their families have a memorable day. special thanks to JEFF MARTINEZ that treats Ted Runner Stadium like his own backyard and lets us use it for TAT.


Demotion day is fast approaching! Will you be joining us for the festivities the evening of the 27th at Past Pres JEN’S pad? If so, please make your reservations through CAL BOOTHBY. Tickets are $45/per person. The party will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Join us for music, heavy appetizers, cocktails and jokes at Pres CHRIS’S expense.


Friday, June 21st, we will provide usher services at the Redlands Bowl. We have enough volunteers, which means you can just come and enjoy the show.


And just like that, the 10th annual Touch-A-Truck is in the books! I sadly had family matters to attend to out of the area and wasn’t there, but upon my return I heard nothing but rave reviews – a job well done to the many Rotarians who made it possible! The next gathering to look forward to is the Demotion Party hosted by JEN DANIEL so remember to mark your calendars for June 27th from 5-7pm.

Editor – Neal Waner – Edition No. 49 – June 13, 2024