It looks like some of our snowbirds are heading north for the summer. We had guests from San Jose, CA, Madison, Wisconsin, and Seattle, Washington. We also had a local visitor from the Indio Rotary Club and our golf tournament sponsor, John Cook from Chevrolet Cadillac of La Quinta. Thank you for joining us!

President Dan announced that our Friday May 6 meeting will be held at the Old Town Artisan's Studio in Old Town La Quinta. See Ed Casey to volunteer to help cook and distribute hot dogs at the City of La Quinta picnic on April 30 at Fritz Burns Park. The District conference will be held June 10th - June 12th at the Doral Hotel in Cathedral City. The golf tournament was a success! We raised a good sum of money for scholarships. A very special thank you was extended to Sandy Stewart and all of the sponsors and volunteers for their hard work and contributions.

Inspired by our previous speakers, President Dan proposed that we get involved in an international bee hive project in Africa where locals learn to make a living and help sustain local agriculture through bee hive businesses. Our guest from the Indio Rotary Club announced that the Rotary Math Field Day will be held on May 14th at John Glen Middle School and is looking for support through volunteers and donations.

Our $5 raffle winner was Ben Hofheimer!

Finemaster Allan Levin had a successful day! Steve Robbins was fined for a no makeup and board members were fined for missing the board meeting. Andy Lorenz and Robert Wilkinson somehow forgot about the meeting and other members were mysteriously unavailable. Mike Sutton donated in honor of his wife's birthday, Ray Lopez was fined for not wearing his Rotary pin and Jennifer Donais was fined for removing her red badge without appropriate authorization. Ed Casey gave a donation from his casino winnings. Nora Coleman announced her resignation from the club and thanked everyone for their kind wishes on the upcoming birth of her first child.

The Mayor announced that two La Quinta schools (La Quinta High School and Colonel Mitchell Paige Middle School) were recently recognized for their excellence. Robert Wilkinson reported that RYLA was again a great event and that our stellar La Quinta High School students received numerous awards at the camp.

Our one and only, Dick Anderson presented information on the Guatemala Literacy Project and on International Service through Rotary. The Guatemala Literacy Project was started in 1998 and provides textbooks for students. It is a self sustaining book program where usage fee of books fund future purchases of new books. Guatemala has one of the lowest literacy rates in the western hemisphere, however we have already seen the benefits of the program with grades improving by 30% and comprehension improving by 70%. To date, over 100,000 students have benefited from this project.

International service programs are an integral part of our Rotary service. It is a wonderful way to make an impact in other parts of the world. Unfortunately, in our district of 59 clubs, only 12 are participating in matching grant programs approved this year. In order to participate, clubs must apply for a matching grant to support a project in another community. The beauty of the program is that funds for projects build exponentially with matching grants. Some will argue that we need to do this type of work at home. That is true. Rotary asks us to do both!

Hope you all have a great week!

Editor's note: A special thanks to Nora for her work as a reporter for our Club Bulleting this year. This is her last byline. Thanks, Nora.