President Dan got our meeting started without a joke. There was a round of applause for his decision. He then recounted a busy Rotary Club week. On Tuesday, Doug and Carol Motz arranged for a evening at the top of the Palm Springs Tram. About sixteen members and spouses enjoyed the fellowship and the cool temperature. Wednesday saw about seven Rotarians in attendance at the Chamber Mixer at Stuffed Pizza. We also had a table top Rotary display for member recruitment.

Top of the Tram

Visiting our club was Stone James, a guest of Robert Wilkinson. Also visiting was Ricardo Loretta from the Palm Desert Rotary Club. He spoke to us about a group of visiting Rotarians arriving in September from Brazil. Sandy Stewart has volunteered to be a hostess for the group, but Ricardo could use a couple of other hosts for the period September 5-8. If you are interested, contact Ricardo at 858-344-4812 or by email at ricardo.loretto@gmail.com.

Sandy Stewart is holding her first meeting of the Golf Tournament Committee on Tuesday, August 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. at Homewood Suites in La Quinta. She is looking for additional volunteers and would like to see a good attendance. President Dan asked members to consider possible candidates for a Community Opportunity Grant for this year. Our Opportunity Grant last year served the needs at Olive Crest.

President Dan also asked someone to consider volunteering to be the club's Rotary Youth Officer. Speaking of youth, all Rotarians need to complete a Live Scan. It is a necessary part of our program in working with youth. The Live Scan form and instructions are on our website. Helen Anderson picked the black ball in our raffle drawing and was awarded the sum of $67.00.

Our Sergeant at Arms, Allan Levin, returned after a one week leave of absence. He went to work quickly on Helen to see what she intended to do with her raffle winnings. She offered $2.00 in Happy Dollars and $65.00 as partial payment for her upcoming birthday. Also recognized for birthdays were Bruce Cathcart and Lothar Vasholz (Marji). Bill Cosgrove was recognized for being late and offering an ill-timed joke referring to the (City of) Bell curve. Nora Coleman and Nick Kraushaar had "no make up" recognition, while Jeff Wattenbarger was found fiddling with his cell phone. When taken to task, Dick Anderson offered $1.00 for misspelling the Sergeant at Arms' first name and another $1.00 for misspelling his last name. Other Happy Dollars were offered by Cory Hunter (for being a stingray stepper oner), Bruce Cathcart (Lisa's fishing trip), Joe LaMantia (daughter's certificates from UCLA), Merv Kolb (Karen is coming home from London), Nick Kraushaar (website), Ricardo Loretta (USC) and Bruce Underwood (family reunion).

La Quinta Rotary's own Andy Lorenz and Nick Kraushaar spoke to us about the S.C.O.R.E. Program. They are two of the 35 volunteer counselors in the Coachella Valley. There are 10,500 S.C.O.R.E. counselors nationwide. This SBA sponsored program offers free one on one counseling for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Andy offered some examples of the type of questions and situations they address. The local office also offers monthly seminars and workshops on various small business topics. On August 4th they will offer a workshop entitled "Selling Your Business for the Most Profit". Details on this workshops, as well as future offerings, can be found on their website at www.scorecv.org. Information on the national program can be found at www.score.org.