We had a good meeting on Friday, although it appeared that some of our members are out of town. Apparently Ed Casey's birthday is August 13th and rumor has it that his wife would not let him come to the meeting. We'll have to check on the validity of the story when he gets back. President Dan reminded us that August is membership month and there is a District Seminar on Saturday August 21 at ASA Charter School in San Bernardino if any of members would like to go (the club will sponsor you!). Sandy Stewart announced that our club golf tournament will be held on Monday April 4, 2011 and she is in need of volunteers and sponsors for the event. Our goal this year is to have 100 golfers in our tournament.

Our club looking for group(s) to sponsor this year so let President Dan know if you have any ideas. So far Healing Horses and Guide Dog Programs have been suggested. Many thanks to Greg Lane who volunteered to follow up with members we've lost due to illness and let them know we are thinking of them. Rey Neufeld was the $5 winner of our raffle. Congratulations!

Our Sergeant at Arms, Bruce Cathcart, was very efficient in collecting money for no makeups (Sean O'Brian, Nora Coleman), birthdays (Nora Coleman), and anniversaries (Rey Neufeld's 52nd). Happy dollars were given by Andy Lorenz to celebrate his son's health and return to work.

Beverly Greer from the Stroke Recovery Center in Palm Springs gave a very informative talk about their facility. Approximately 800,000 strokes occur each year in the United States and claim the lives of about 10-15% of those affected. Strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the United States and are the third largest killer behind heart disease and cancer. Many of those who survive a stroke have residual symptoms or paralysis which may involve physical paralysis on half of the body, vision and/or cognitive issues, and loss of memory and/or speech among others. It can take years for stroke patients to recover so the Stroke Recovery Center offers physical, speech, and recreational therapy at no charge to help them recover. The Center also provides an environment where stroke patients can interact with others who have suffered strokes and support one another. The Stroke Recovery Center is the only facility of its kind in the nation and its services have been shown to increase stroke patient's independence, decrease the usage of medications, emergency room visits and hospital stays. Their services also help stroke patients transition from wheelchairs to walkers to canes. Overall, the Center helps many patients and their families and can even help lower the cost of healthcare for these individuals (good news for all of us!).

Note: Apparently Merv Kolb was caught waving to Palmer Riedel during the meeting - is this a fineable offense? We'll have to wait until next week to see…