President Corry Hunter called the 22nd meeting of the 28th year of our La Quinta Rotary Club to order and asked Walter Keating to lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  Dick Anderson followed the flag salute with a very nice invocation.
At the greeting table this week was Baird Boucher taking attendance, Doug Motz selling lunch tickets and Adrian Gyzi selling Raffle tickets.  
Visiting Rotarians this day included favorite visitor and volunteer Bob Woodward, Chuck Van Pample, Mark Wolfe and past La Quinta Corporate member Myrna Weaver,  looking to bring her new company (Serve Pro) into corporate member status (Welcome back Myrna, we are so happy to see you again!).  Baird Boucher had the only guest today; a very lovely and most interesting woman named Sharon Moore who we all hope will consider membership in our club.
President Corry made the following announcements:
The next club board meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21st, at Baird Boucher’s (Wholesale Jewelry) store in La Quinta starting at 5:30 PM.
Dave Turner let everyone know that Strut Your Mutt will be held on March 21, 2015, preparations are already under way.
Rotary Aprons are still on sale with Sandy Lauer heading up the purchasing department.  The aprons will be ½ off… actually the club will pay the other half… ONLY $10.00 each!
The CV Spin Tour de Palm Springs is scheduled for Valentine’s Day this year (2/14/15) and volunteers are needed to help set out the directional barricades on Friday the 13th and then pick them up on Sunday the 15th.   A signup sheet will be available at the upcoming meetings.  This is a good fundraiser for the club and only takes a few volunteers for a couple of days so please consider volunteering for service!
Joe LaMantia announced that Rotary Direct forms will be at the greeting table and encouraged everyone to consider signing up to make giving easier and almost painless!  Corry reminded everyone who is currently using a debit card that they may need to be renewed annually.
Sandy Stewart announced with great pride that member Dick Anderson was just named the “Outstanding Senior Citizen” by the City of La Quinta.
With $86.00 in the jackpot this week Joe LaMantia managed to draw a white marble and win only $5.00 of it!
The lunch choices today were the Penne Pasta, the traditional Chicken Caesar salad with fresh parmesan cheese and homemade Caesar dressing, or a bowl of Mulligatawny (Curry flavored) Soup accompanied by ½ a grilled cheese sandwich, all served with a nice slice of Ice Cream Pie to top everyone’s meal off!
Our Fine Master Walter Keating started by auctioning off the Fine Free Badge.  After announcing that there were no Rotarian Birthdays and but one spouse birthday in the month of January he set the stage for a less than frenzied bidding war that saw David Turner out bid David Turner until he reached $30.00 and hearing no other bids was awarded the badge.  After Joe and Bob Wright paid for no make-ups Adrian Gyzi started the New Year off right by setting a generous example for all of us to follow.  He volunteered $50 each to the club, the GLP and to our East Coachella Water Project.  President Corry would have matched his generosity if he could, but instead offered a dollar a year for his daughter Raegan’s 1st birthday (that would be $1.00 for those of you who are “math challenged”).  I lost track of all the $5.00 donations for NFL and College football teams that either won or lost or would win or lose but suffice it to say there was no shortage of fan support present at our meeting this day!  Both Bruce Cathcart and Dick Anderson paid for the opportunity to praise Baird Boucher’s personal jewelry services that he provided for Bruce’s daughter’s custom wedding rings and his wife’s birthday necklace and Dick for his wife Helen’s custom ring in celebration of their 50th anniversary.  And Finally Walter fined himself as he reminded and invited everyone in attendance to his annual golf party to be held at his home on the PGA West Palmer Course on January 24th & 25th to watch the Humana Challenge Golf Tournament.  He suggested that guests bring appetizers, salads or desserts.  For more information on this event please email Walter at
We were privileged to have Bob Marra back again to share with us everything we didn’t already know about the upcoming Humana Challenge.  This year promises to be the best ever!  That is really saying something considering last year’s event allowed the organization to donate over $825,000.00 to Coachella Valley charities!  It is estimated that this annual event has a $50 Million Dollar direct economic impact on our valley.  According to Bob, the title sponsor pays $7,000,000.00 to support this event and while this is the last year for Humana to be the title sponsor (thank you Obamacare) they are very close to signing a new sponsor for future years.  And the good news is that if for any reason the current candidate does not go forward there is a long line on the short list of sponsors interested in stepping up in their place!  Other interesting facts gleaned from Bob’s presentation include the buy in to play in the Pro-Am is $29,000.00, where each amateur participant gets to play with 3 different pros over the course of the tournament; and that there will be several not so golf oriented events scheduled throughout the tournament designed to attract attendance and build upon the synergy of the tournament.  To learn more about the Humana Challenge please go to their website at  Thank you Bob for another great presentation!
President Corry closed out the meeting leading the members in the four way test. 
Editor’s notes: 
Lothar was not present at this meeting but wanted it shared that our club’s Red Kettle, bell ringing efforts in association with the Salvation Army raised $1,574.17 this year and that our club has served as a shining example and has encouraged other Valley Rotary clubs to volunteer their services as well!  The monies raised from our efforts will in part fund "Operation Smile Saver" where the Salvation Army will deliver to every student in several elementary schools, including 2 in Thermal, school supplies and personal care items.
Helen Anderson wanted to share with our membership that the $80,000.00 grant from District 5280 to the Guatemala Literacy Project is from Dick's old club district, and the Manhattan Beach Rotary club was the impetus behind this effort.  When Dick and Helen go to Guatemala on January 31 through February 15, they will be participating with district 5280.  It takes a collective effort to help these children.  It gives them hope instead of falling victim to "Coyotes" who bring them illegally here and exploit them.  Education is the great differential!  To see the updated post go to:
This week’s newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart