Posted by Bruce Cathcart on Oct 13, 2017
Wayne Olmsted and President Baird are greeted by Diane, Dr. Bruce and Nick
President Baird called our meeting to order at the more reasonable time of 12:16 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance. Dan Fissori gave the invocation.
We had three visiting Rotarians this day, soon to be new member Wayne Olmstead formerly from the Tustin – Santa Ana Rotary Club…
Returning visitor Ken Warner from the Thousand Oaks Rotary Club…
And Dawn Canneen from the Carlsbad Rotary Club.
Introduced as our only guest was our Speaker for this day Dr. Rebecca Cook.
President Baird made the following announcements/reminders:
Our next Club Board meeting will take place on Tuesday October 24th at 5:30 PM at a new location to be determined.
Volunteers are still needed for the Props and Hops event coming up on November 18th.  If possible, recruit family members and/or a few friends.  It is a great way to introduce potential new members to our club and to Rotary!  This event takes place during the day.  See Allan Levin to sign up or for more details.  If you are unable to attend this event you are invited to pour beer at the Brew in LQ which is also a Rotary sponsored event that will take place on the same date… only it will be at night (4-9 PM).  If interested please see Doug Motz or Dave Turner to sign up or for more details.  These are two great (FUN) events that will both benefit our club!
Saturday, November 11th at 2:00 is the dedication of the "Never to be Forgotten Fountain" honoring our Veterans and Active service Men and Women. The Ribbon Cutting and Open house will be open until 5:00 pm. There will be demonstrations of classes they have now and ones they plan to have in the future. Their mission is to offer 'hands on" art classes and experiences and to support art education for those with physical, emotional and financial challenges.  600 children painted tiles this summer for the fountain. The newly “tiled” fountain will be a beautiful tribute and this event should be a lot of fun!
Robert Wilkinson announced that the LQHS Interact Club will be having a Car Wash Fundraiser on 11/11/17 around 10 AM to raise funds for their club this year.  Robert plans to have tickets available at the next meeting.  Buy a ticket, get a car washed... even if it isn't yours!
With well over $300 in the raffle, twice unlucky Merv decided to split his tickets this week with Dick Jandt in hopes of improving his chances for a black marble.  “Share the love and share the luck!”  Well they were lucky enough to have their ticket drawn but alas, despite their joint effort they drew another white marble and ended up sharing only the $5 consolation prize.
Our Fine Master Allan Levin started the day’s recognition by trying to recognize the perpetually late Dave Turner for a tardy arrival… however it was noted that though he arrived after 12:15 the meeting had not yet been officially called to order by President Baird.  Reviewing the instant replay of the event, Allan determined that Baird’s act of kindness toward Dave was cause enough to warrant fining since as Allan states “No good deed shall go unpunished!”  Bruce C. paid to announce the upcoming Concert for Autism event (for the past weekend.  I know Allan, there’s that time space conundrum thing again) and likewise Diane contributed some happy dollars for the El Paseo in Pink Event (Supporting the awareness and victims of breast cancer, also held last weekend) and finally, Merv returned the $5 winnings from the raffle in the form of a bet… that Arizona would defeat UCLA in their upcoming football game.  Despite Merv’s history of picking teams with his heart rather than his… well, this time his beloved Wildcats prevailed over the Bruins 47 to 30.  And who was dumb enough to accept the bet?  It looks like Bruce C. will be eating some humble pie instead of Hula pie at this week’s meeting.  Having no other targets of opportunity and hearing no more volunteers with happy dollars Allan returned to his seat with barely enough change in the basket to warrant counting it!  Next week let’s all do what we can to find a reason to give a few happy dollars to Rotary!
Our speaker this day was Dr. Rebecca Cook Ed.D, the current Director of Personnel Leadership Development at the Desert Sands Unified School District.  Rebecca began her presentation with a not so brief but very entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable self-introduction of “WHO” Rebecca Cook was and is today.  Then Rebecca introduced us to the life concept of “WHY”.  There was an immediate kinship with Rebecca as we learned at the onset that she was the daughter of a lifelong Rotarian from Rochester, New York who maintained perfect attendance and who lived the Rotary life of Service above Self!  Like so many of us in our youth, Rebecca began several career paths after obtaining her college degree (Sociology and German).  She went from being a Ski bum at a dude ranch in Big Sky, Montana to a Conference Service Manager at a major hotel in Ojai, California before embarking upon what would become her ultimate career as an “Educator”.  She would start as a Special Ed teacher, then through several administrative positions (including Principal of La Quinta High School for 3 years) and lead to her obtaining her Doctorate in Education and her current position at DSUSD.  So why did Rebecca come to the desert in 2003? And why did she stay here; and why does she continue to do what she does?  She knows her “why” and tells us all that it is important that we all know our own “why”.  Her why is that here she makes a positive difference in the lives of others.  As a principal at La Quinta High School she had a positive impact on the lives of 2,900 students and now as an administrator at the district headquarters she makes a positive impact on the lives of 29,000 students.  Last week District 5330 Governor Dr. Manzoor Massey spoke to us about the “Power of One” and how as Rotarians and through Rotary each of us makes a positive impact on the lives of others throughout the world.  In revealing herself and her “why” to us it became obvious the positive impact that Rebecca’s Rotarian father had on his own daughter and how (hopefully) we Rotarians will have the same positive influence on our own children as well.  Surely if everyone shared the same “why” of making a positive difference in the lives of others we would achieve the ultimate goal of Rotary.  Thank you Rebecca for a GREAT presentation.  You embody the true spirit of Rotary and we are so lucky to have you as a member of our community.  
President Baird called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart