President Frank called the meeting to order and was overheard to comment that he was only a few wake ups away from the end of his term. Our visiting Rotarians included a couple from British Columbia, one from North Carolina and a gentleman from south of Seattle who had just arrived in the valley Friday morning. Rather than a joke, President Frank took time to recognize Jacque Abels, referring to him as a hero, and the article that appeared in the Desert Sun that chronicled his Navy service. Jacque responded that the real heros were the ones who did not come home.

President Frank read a letter from the director of Olive Crest, thanking the club for its generous contribution to their housing needs. He also received a thank you phone call from Indio Club President Ben for our $148.00 contribution to the Math Contest.

The District Conference is just around the corner and Diane Kelly reminded us that the golf tournament is on Thursday, June 3rd. On Friday evening, June 4th, our club will host a hospitality suite. It would be a great time to stop by the conference, meet fellow Rotarians and enjoy some hospitality. You can also check out our club display. Walter Keating announced that sign ups are continuing for the Demotion Dinner on June 12th at the Mountain View Country Club. A reminder to attendees that the no host bar, beginning at 5 p.m., is credit card only. Saturday will make the conclusion of our major fund raising raffle. Andy Brakebill reported that it will be a gala event with music, food, live radio and reporters. The drawing will take place at 5 p.m. Sandy Lauer is taking orders for Rotary shirts. Give her a call if you would like to get one or more new ones.

Andy Lorenz, our Sergeant at Arms, also took a moment to recognize Jacque Abels' military service. Mayor Don made a contribution for a very positive article in the Desert Sun on the health of La Quinta's finances. He also acknowledged that he will run for reelection as Mayor. Nick Kraushaar was recognized for his comments about the Rancho Mirage Library on the editorial page of the Desert Sun. Bob Leidner announced his appointment as President of the Tour de Palm Springs. As President, he is able to designate a charitable organization to receive a donation from the Tour. For his choice, he presented the La Quinta Rotary Club with a check for $500.00. Thanks, Bob. Happy Dollars were offered by Leroy Anderson (birthday), Ed Casey (off to Laughlin), Bruce Cathcart (daughter graduation from USC), Doug Motz (daughter got married), Andy Lorenz (grandaughter's gold medals in gymnastics), and Corry Hunter (joined a new CPA firm).

David Archer completed his Red Badge requirements and was presented a Four Way Test wall plaque by his sponsor, Doug Motz. Following the presentation, we got to know David a little better through his Craft Talk. Born in Colorado and graduating from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, David initially worked in the defense industry on the B2 bomber. He then went into the banking industry, which eventually led him to La Quinta, where he worked in investment planning and helped start a new bank. He is now the CEO of the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce. He has a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tai Kwan Do. Thanks, David, for sharing your story with us and welcome to Rotary.

A very short business meeting resulted in the unanimous passage of our amended bylaws. Thanks go to Bonnie Cloer, Joe LaMantia and Dick Anderson for their work on the revisions.