Arriving late this Friday only Sandy and Corry were left at the greeting table.
 “Indian Summer” as we used to call it was still with us as the outside temperature today was in the mid 90’s and planning to go up for the first weekend of the “Desert Trip” concert in Indio.  Undaunted,  we gathered together as Rotarians and friends at the Cliff House where President Tom called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  This was followed by a very nice invocation given by Dr. Bruce Underwood.
Kevin Pickett was our only visiting Rotarian today.  He is from the Rotary Club of San Francisco and has relocated to La Quinta and looking to get active in Rotary again.
Penny Lilly from Point Happy Hearing (Miracle Ear Hearing Aids) made her second appearance at our meeting today...
as did our new La Quinta Chief of Police Captain Roy Grace (a past member of the Rotary Club of Blythe).
Also joining us for the first time in quite a while was Lee Osborne, a corporate member with Osborne-Rincon accounting.  Welcome back Lee!
President Tom made the following announcements:
The next Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on October 19th starting at 5:30 PM.  Tom’s office is located off of Country Club west of Washington at 77530 Enfield Ln, Palm Desert, CA 92211.  Call Kathy at (760) 779-5800 if you get lost.
The next Strut Your Mutt meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11, at 12:00 PM (a lunch meeting with snacks provided) at Baird Boucher’s Fine Jewelry Store located at 46600 Washington St #2, La Quinta, CA.  92253.  If you get lost call the store at 760-777-8100.
We will have the “Live Scan” people at our club meeting of 10/14/16.
Our first Strut Your Mutt meeting will be held on 10/20 at a time and place to be disclosed soon and the official date has been set for 2/11/2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
The excitement is starting to build for the upcoming Brew in LQ to take place on 10/22 from 11 AM to 5 PM.  We can ALWAYS use more help at these fun events so please, even if you have not signed up, just show up and we’ll put you to work!!!
Victoria was out on the campaign trail and so Bruce Cathcart substituted with a “Victoria” joke that was much better received than his own brand of humor.  Something about a blonde who painted the living room wearing two coats because the instructions said it works better that way… (“Apply in two coats”).
Still a couple of dates for the local candidate’s forums and they are as follow:
10/12/16 La Quinta Embassy Suites starting at 5:30 PM.
10/17/16 St. Francis of Assisi starting at 6:00 PM.
Our raffle was worth well over $300.00 today and Arnie drew the white marble to win only $5.00 of it!
Our Fine Master Allan Levin stepped to the podium and quickly raffled off the fine free badge to a very late arriving Andy Lorenz.  (Below)
Walter Keating was kind enough to carry the basket while Andy caught up on his lunch.  It was slim pickens today for Allan but fortunately Lee Osbourne volunteered $20 in happy dollars for his return appearance at the club.  Bruce Cathcart also added another $20 for arriving late and no doubt for crimes too hideous to speak of.  Howard threw in a few happy dollars as did Jeff Fishbein in recognition of his literary skills as published in the La Quinta GEM.
Our speaker this day was Lisa Jimenez, the executive Director for the Braille Institute.  The Braille Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss.  They offer a variety of Free Programs, Classes and Services at five Centers and 220 Community Outreach locations throughout Southern California.  Each year Braille Institute serves more than 75,000 people.  They provide an environment of hope and encouragement through integrated educational, social, and recreational programs and through their services, classes, and seminars.  The Braille Institute has been in the desert since 1973 and currently occupies a 37,000 SF building in Rancho Mirage.  It is funded strictly by private donations.  Lisa was an excellent speaker and gave a very interesting and informative presentation.  As a side note, John Robbins or “Johnny Ukulele” as we know him from his performances at our Razzle Dazzle Christmas Party and our big Wine Event at the Historical Society last year is a student at the Braille Institute.
At 1:30 President Tom called the meeting to a close with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart