The overcast weather didn't stop the many guests and visiting Rotarians from attending the January 24th meeting. President Sandy, after struggling with a "dead battery" on the microphone called the meeting to order.  Doug Motz led the group in the Flag Salute and Greg Lane gave an invocation. 


Andy is greeted by Tom and Doug at the greeting table this week

Visiting Rotarians were from Washington State, Nevada, Canada, Maryland and North Carolina.  Guests included the owner of a new Bar-B-Que Restaurant, Rey's wife Jean and some former Rotary members ( now living in La Quinta) who are interested in joining the La Quinta Rotary.  There might have been others but this reporter was unable to hear due to the din of the large crowd.  Welcome to all.


Rotarians, visitors and guests gather in fellowship


President Sandy delivering this week's announcements (and still hoping

that someday I will get a really good picture of her!)


President Sandy thanked Walter Keating for hosting his annual party at the golf tournament.


Sir Walter in all his golfing glory!  Thank you again for hosting such a great party!!!

February 15th ...President Sandy is trying to organize an event for Ladies at the Old Town Artisan Studio.  More to follow. The hours will be 3-5pm with a charge of $35, including wine and cheese.  Also in the planning stages is an evening of fellowship at CW Brewery.  More to follow on that also.


I am hoping this is Sandy's Idea for

the upcoming Ladies event she is planning!

February 19th...Board meeting at Baird's store.

February 8th.. Tour de Palm Springs  Corry is looking for volunteers to help on the 8th  9th.  Corry also presented an idea for used bicycles to help the needy get to job interviews etc.  (Reporter's Comment:  Great idea)


Corry making the announcement about the Tour de Palm Springs

March 29th... the second annual "Strut Your Mutt" is looking for sponsors.  An e-mail will be sent to members with the many committees where help is needed.  All members, per President Sandy, need to participate.
Baird Boucher announced that his wife, Lauren, appeared on television recently re: the Movie Theatre Complex near their store.

Dick Anderson announced  that the Club was assigned three more trailer parks (in Oasis) for water filter installations.  This will be done in the next few months bringing the total of trailer parks water projects to 7.


Dick updating the members on the water project (note Corry and Baird behind left)

Helen Anderson announced that she, Dick and Sandy Lauer are leaving next week for their annual trip to Guatemala.  A hat (the large black cowboy hat worn by the visiting Bar-B-Que owner) was passed and with other contributions over $500 was raised for a scholarship for a lucky Guatemalan child.


Helen passing the hat and Andy donating to the Guatemala Scholarship program

The drawing resulted with Dick Anderson drawing the black ball.  $97 was the amount which was graciously donated to the scholarship mentioned in the previous paragraph.


Bruce Cathcart was the most recent member to get "flocked".  His wife

Lora is shown in their front planter with the flamingos.  She wanted to keep them! 


Favorite Server Amy with the "Original $18.00 Burger"

(see also Rey's million dollar smile back left)


Favorite Server Shirle pictured here with the soup and half sandwich option 

Allan (also sometimes known as Alan, Allen and other names) took the microphone and proceeded to recognize Dick Anderson, Jimbo Dorr,  Baird Boucher,  Bruce Cathcart, Dick Grund  and a few others  (crowd noise again!!)


Our speaker this day John Powell

Allan also introduced the speaker, John Powell, Jr., the president of Coachella Valley Water District Board.  John, a lifetime resident of the Valley, is president and CEO of Peter Rabbit Farms.  John spoke about the Valley's water and in  particular the suit brought by the Aqua Caliente Band of Indians, against the CVWD asking who owns the aquifer underneath us.  

The meeting was closed with the reciting of the Four Way Test.


This edition of our newsletter was written by Merv Kolb