President's Message

Thank you to all the members who attended the training session last Tuesday on the utilization of the DACdb icon containing the database for our club’s information. Please contact me with any comments or questions.
We are honored today to welcome Michael Burrows who currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for the Inland Valley Development Agency and SBD International Airport, overseeing the privatization of the former Norton Air Force Base in Southern California, which includes Alliance California, a Hillwood development. Member Judi Penman will be introducing him.
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Polio Plus Vaccine

ROTARY’S LEADERSHIP IN POLIO ERADICATION Rotary launched its polio immunization program, Polio Plus, in 1985. In 1988, Rotary became a spearheading partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation later joined the initiative. In the year when the GPEI was launched, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries. Eradicating this disease is Rotary’s top priority. When Rotary launched PolioPlus the “plus” signaled the belief that the polio eradication effort would increase immunizations against five other diseases prevalent in children: measles, tuberculosis, diphtheria, whooping cough, and tetanus along with Vitamin A.  The lack of Vitamin A can cause blindness in young children.

The Rotary Foundation has committed over $1.6 billion, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, to banish this paralyzing disease. Globally, we have helped to vaccinate 2.5 billion children, preventing 16 million cases of the disease and the deaths of 1.5 million children. Today, through the efforts of the GPEI partners and Rotary’s PolioPlus program, we have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent. When those last few cases are eliminated, polio will become only the second disease, other than smallpox, that humans have been able to eradicate.


President, Dr. Bill Orr 2021-22
Rotary Club of Downtown San Bernardino

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Michael Burrows

Michael Burrows currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for the Inland Valley Development Agency and SBD International Airport, overseeing the privatization of the former Norton Air Force Base in Southern California, which includes Alliance California, a Hillwood development. He is an established development and transportation professional, with over 20 years of public and private sector management expertise having also worked for the Staubach Company prior to rejoining the Airport effort in 2005. Michael has a proven background in municipal, special district, corporate, transportation, commercial development, real estate, international trade, foreign direct investment, and legislative sectors and has focused his efforts on developing and delivering quality projects, programs, and services, including strategic planning, capital planning, strategic alliances, and public-private partnerships.

Mr. Burrows received an M.B.A. from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of
Management in Claremont, CA.
Since 1997, he has dedicated himself to transportation, infrastructure and economic development in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. During his tenure with the Inland Valley Development Agency and Airport, Mr. Burrows has worked to advance over $290M in public infrastructure projects, resulting in over $1.7B in private investment, contributing to a total of over $8.7B in assessed value across a 14,000-acre project area. The Alliance California partnership has attracted major Fortune 50, 100, and 500 firms to the former base - just reaching over 16 million square feet of new development. In December of 2016, the community witnessed years of revitalization efforts produce 10,786 direct jobs – finally replacing the jobs lost when the base closed.

In 2020, the total rose to over 14,521 direct jobs bringing over $3 Billion in economic output for the region. The Airport currently serves both UPS and Fed-Ex scheduled air cargo services as well as the new Amazon Air Regional Air Hub making it among the fastest-growing air cargo airports in the United States for the fourth year in a row. Coming this summer, the Airport will welcome its inaugural passenger flights with daily service with Breeze Airways.
Michael previously worked for the Staubach Company, a real estate and corporate services consulting firm, managing multi-jurisdictional capital and development projects and programs, including asset management and facility development for BNSF Railway Company and its transportation clients throughout the Southwestern United States. Mr. Burrows coordinated property acquisition and entitlements for transload, auto dock, intermodal, and mainline freight, commuter, and intercontinental rail corridor expansions throughout California, as well as related sales and lease transactions. From Federal grant administration to municipal finance, Foreign Direct Investment programs, business incentive, and legislative campaigns to organizational development, environmental planning, permitting, transaction management, and resource alignment. He has successfully deployed over $115 Million in EB-5 portfolios and over $240 Million in municipal financings. He currently serves on several boards of directors and organizations and is a member of the California Inland Empire District Export Council, a U.S. Department of Commerce Federal appointment. He continues to serve as President of SBD Cares, a California non-profit corporation, and helped found the UAS
Center at SBD.

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Greeter: Brian Pellis
Invocation: Sheila McDevitt
Pledge: Mel McMullen
Four-way Test: Darcy McNaboe
Songs: Jim Smith
Fines:  David Hahn
Rotarian of the Day: Judi Penman


Freshman Class – Ed & Tawnya Hensley
Sophomore Class – Kevin & Carrie Gilbreth
Junior Class – Teresa Craig                     
Senior Class – Tracey Sweeney & Chris Tickell
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May 1
Carrie Gilbreth
May 8
Phil Savage
May 9
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May 18
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May 20
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May 14
Terri Relf
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Mo White
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Mel McMullen
May 1, 1985
37 years
Shirley Jean
May 9, 2021
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Donnis Logsdon
May 22, 1990
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Edward Hensley
May 31, 2017
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May 03, 2022
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May 17, 2022
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