On the Friday preceding the Memorial Day Weekend President Robert Wilkinson called the 42nd meeting of the 26th year of our La Quinta Rotary Club to order and asked Joe (Man of LaMancha) LaMantia to lead us in the pledge.  This was followed with a patriotic invocation with a salute to our military by Dick Jandt.




At the greeting table this week was Sandy Stewart taking attendance, Cindy Hall selling lunch tickets and Greg Lane selling Raffle tickets.




President Robert introduced today’s only visiting Rotarian, Mary Helen Kelly, from the Palm Desert Noon Club.   Our guests in attendance today included President Robert’s guest Michelle Bateman who is the branch manager from the La Quinta branch of U.S. Bank and Diane Kelly's guest Dee Winegar who is the Administrator from the new Caleo Bay Alzheimer Facility.


The Tom McDermott update was a very positive one as Tom has recovered from his gall bladder surgery and apparently giving his physical therapist such a difficult time that they will be sending him home as of 5/25!


President Robert reminded everyone that the next Board meeting will be held at Corry Hunter’s office at 5:30 PM on 6/19 and then proceeded to update us on current Rotary events.  David Archer did a great job with our Rotary Parking lot sale that was held on May 18th and netted approximately $500.00 for the club.  The La Quinta High School Scholarship award presentations held on 5/23 were a huge success with the Rotary Club of La Quinta giving away $25,000.00 in scholarships this year.  In addition, Merv Kolb did an excellent job presenting the Karen Kolp scholarship which was met with a vigorous round of applause from all in attendance.  There was an Interact meeting at David Archer’s house on 5/25 (apparently we would not be selling beer at the event) and a general reminder was made to get our Foundation contributions in before the end of the year!  Finally, Corry Hunter announced that the club would be receiving a check in the amount of $2,000.00 for their volunteer work setting up all the directional barricades for the Tour de Palm Springs this past February.  A job well done La Quinta Rotarians!


With a jackpot worth well over $100.00 (actually $110.00) this week, our lucky ticket holder was our guest Michelle Bateman.  After thoroughly confusing her with the rules (basically explaining to her that there was no way for her to win) she managed to draw a white marble and won $5.00.


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The lunch choices today were the always good Cliff House BBQ’d Ribs and Fries, the traditional Chicken Caesar salad, and instead of soup this week there was a Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad. No matter which lunch was chosen, very few in attendance could say “no” to a nice slice of Hula Pie to complete the meal.




Allan Levin stepped up to the podium as our finest of fine mastery and proceeded to fine himself first for his upcoming birthday. Joe LaMantia and Nick Kraushaar could not come up with a reasonable legal defense and cornered the market on no make-ups.  Sandy Stewart paid a fine for being the least fined club member this year, and then paid a little more, and then a little more… and is still the least fined club member this year!  Sandy Lauer paid in advance for a no make-up that she intends not to make-up (now that’s planning ahead!).  Rey Neufeld paid for his granddaughter’s graduation which reminded David Turner that he should pay for his own daughter’s graduation from college!  Finally Merv Kolb threw in a few happy dollars for the “privilege” of representing our Rotary Club at the High School Scholarship Awards ceremony.  Actually Merv, it is all of us that wish to thank you for your outstanding service and representing our club so well in the public eye!




Our Speaker today was Terry Kramer who came to speak to us about the Resort Communities Security Association (RCSA).  This is a valley wide organization founded in 1990 with the intent of networking the various private security organizations, HOA’s, and Management Companies to support local law enforcement agencies.  This organization and cooperative effort has been a very successful in sharing information that helps to alert one and all to potential and current crime situations as well as facilitates the assistance needed to help apprehend criminals within the gated communities and other privately secured venues.  In addition to serving their own needs, the RCSA now also participates in the annual Toys-for-tots event as well as gives away several scholarships each year to assist local security guard’s children to pursue their higher education.  Terry was very proud of the fact that the City of La Quinta was always a leader and main supporter of their efforts.  To keep up on national and local crime reports Terry suggested that interested Rotarians should check out the website www.crimereports.com.  The RSCA currently has their website under construction and when up and running it will be found at www.rcsa-cv.orgThank you Terry!  You did a GREAT job!


President Robert closed out the meeting, leading the members in the four way test.



Editors note:  Don't forget!  NOW is the time to make good on your Rotary Foundation commitment.  Cash or check, bring it Friday and get off my list.