Posted by Bruce Cathcart on Sep 21, 2018
Allan and Kevin are greeted by Corry, Sandy and Dan
President Robert welcomed everyone (all 12 of us!!!) and led us in the pledge.  Absent our professional invocators Rey Neufeld rose to the occasion and gave a very eloquent invocation.
We had 10 Rotarians plus our 2 guest speakers in attendance to start the meeting this day but as the afternoon wore on we were joined by Dave Turner who arrived just a little late for today’s meeting (by Turner standards) and the Dr. Bruce showed up quite a bit later… well, actually he was so late he was considered to have arrived early for next week’s meeting! Seriously, we need to show up for meetings.  I think anything less than 10 members and Tom McDermott’s doctor will allow him to start attending meetings again!!!
President Robert announced that the next club board meeting will be on October 10, 2018 at 5:30 at the offices of Osborne/Rincon (Corry’s office).
District Governor “Taco” will be visiting our club on September 28th.  We are still hoping to have an induction ceremony for Linda Evans that day… we’ll just have to see how schedules work out.  Let’s all try to be in attendance next Friday and show the DG some love!
La Quinta High School club “RUSH” week  just ended and we had 72 NEW students sign up for our Interact Club bringing the total members this year to 90!  Robert will be caravanning 18 of them up the hill on September 29th to participate in a joint volunteer program/fund raiser with the Big Bear Interact Club distributing phone books.  It should be a fun event and a great way “to build better friendships” for our Interact students.
And finally Robert let us know that our annual wine tasting fund raiser scheduled for next spring is STILL in need of a new Chairperson to help organize the event.  This is not our first Rodeo… or wine tasting event either!  There is a team in place with a practiced game plan.  We just need someone to step up and coordinate the process.  Anyone interested is asked to contact Robert.
Dave Turner announced that we have a new fund raising opportunity coming up on October 5, 2018 where we have been invited to pour beer/wine/margaritas at the Corona Yacht Club from 5-9 in Coachella.  If this event is half as much fun as the RV 60’s event was we are all guaranteed to have a great time!  If interested in participating see Dave Turner at the next meeting.
So right after making his announcement “lucky” Dave had his ticket drawn for the raffle with $66.00 in the pot.  Sadly for him, but happy for us “unlucky” Dave drew the white (well, actually pink) marble and won the $5 consolation prize.
Lacking his normal zest and zeal to recognize his fellow Rotarians for all good deeds and misdeeds, our beloved fine master strolled up to the podium and began by fining Kevin for 2 no make-ups.  He then announced to the rather sparse gathering of members who showed up this day, “That’s all I’ve got!”    Corry came to his rescue offering $10 in celebration of his son’s birthday, then Bruce C. followed with a fiver as a “thank you” to Denn for covering for him with the newsletter from the week before, and Merv coughed up another fiver for his beloved Steelers.  Jimbo said he stayed up all night studying for his “Stress Test” at his doctor’s appointment which he passed just prior to the meeting… that was worth $2 and finally, better late than never, Dave added $5 for arriving late to the meeting.
Our speaker this day was Dr. Les Zendle (center) the President/Board Member for the Desert Health Care District/Foundation (DHCD/F) and Alejandro Espinoza (left) the Outreach Program Director.
Dr. Les Zendle is a physician specializing in internal medicine and geriatrics.  He received his undergraduate degree at Occidental College in Los Angeles and his medical degree and post-graduate training at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  He was a partner physician in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) - Kaiser Permanente) from 1980 to 2010, serving as the Southern California Region Associate Medical Director for Clinical Services from 1993 to 2003 (where he “Kaiser-ized” young doctors).  After retiring from Kaiser Permanente in 2010, he became a volunteer physician, board member, and the medical director of the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM) in Indio – which as we all learned last week is the only no-charge clinic in the Coachella Valley offering primary medical and dental services to low-income residents without health insurance.  He was elected to the Desert Healthcare District/Foundation Board in November 2016.  He continues to volunteer his time with CVVIM in seeing patients.
Dr. Zendle introduced us to the DHCD/F and shared with us their strategic goals including information about Measure BB (which will be on the ballot on November 6).  Measure BB asks the voters of Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, Indian Wells and Palm Desert (east of Cook Street) whether they want to join the District (which currently only serves residents west of Cook Street).  
Created by the state of California in 1948, Desert Healthcare District is the parent of Desert Healthcare Foundation. The Foundation was originally formed in 1967 to support the activities of Desert Regional Medical Center and had its own separate board of directors. The hospital was a nonprofit hospital. In 1997, the Directors of the District voted to lease Desert Regional Medical Center to Tenet Health Systems for 30 years, resulting in the hospital becoming a for-profit hospital.
The DHCD/F currently receives approximately $3,000,000.00 annually from the county property taxes which it spends each year on programs that support their mission “To achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents” and their vision of “Connecting Coachella Valley residents to health and wellness services and programs through resources and philanthropy, health facilities, information and community education, and public policy.”
To learn more about the Desert Healthcare Foundation please visit their website at:
Dr. Zendle made an excellent presentation which was very informative and suggested that voting in favor of measure BB would be a good thing to do!
President Robert called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart