President David requested Dick Jandt lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and Rey Neufeld handled the invocation. 

Visiting Rotarian, Pat Wonser of the Palm Desert Noon Club gave us a few words on the upcoming RI Foundation informational seminar and dinner which will discuss changes at the Rotary Foundation.  Date is Friday, October 28th.  Festivities will begin at 5:30 PM at the new Red Tomato restaurant in Palm Springs.  The new location is 1201 E. Palm Canyon, Palm Springs, (4.3 miles west of former location.)

Lothar Vasholz announced the annual Armed forces Day events, sponsored by the Salvation Army, to be held 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the Indio Armory, Saturday, 10-29.  All Rotarians are invited.  Contact Lothar for details.

Another basket was passed for contributions to the fund for the Jacques Abels Tree.  So far, we have raised $325 out of a needed $500!!

The Foundation “Gala” this year will be held the Saturday night of the upcoming District Conference, 11-5-11, 5:00 PM.

Fining Highlights:

Mayor Adolph was fined for late payment of dues, as was Robert Wilkinson for the same transgression.  The Mayor left early and paid a total of $40.00 for all sins.  Andy Brakebill bought the October Fine Free Badge for $30.00.  Doug Motz paid a $5.00 fine for winning the “Closest to the String” prize at the Mayor’s Golf Tournament.   Wells Marvin paid $10 for announcing the “Movie Night” held at Old Town on Friday night.

Guest Speaker of the day was Stephanie Rosales of the Coachella Valley Lighthouse.  She reported that recent studies by the Natl. Assn. of School Psychologists have revealed statistics that 24% of 10-24 year olds have some type of mental health issues, with 10% being virtually non-functional or “partly functional”.  The number the number of young people is 17% for the USA as a whole.  These problems include Autism, Aspergers, Down syndrome, etc.  They have shown that African-American students are up to three times more susceptible to substance abuse and many suffer with depression problems.

President David closed the meeting with the recitation of the Rotary 4-Way Test.

Editors Note:  As an update, this bulletin is being posted from Chiavaria, Italy, where we are spending five weeks in an apartment with another couple.  Helen and I leave today for Rome for four days.  The wine and food are fantastic. We have a wine store down the block that will fill your empty bottle with red or white wine and cork it for 2.50 euro.