Rotarians gathered on a warm day for the first meeting of the 25th year of LaQuinta Rotary Club.  President David Archer calling the meeting to order at 12:15.  Andy Brakebill led us in the Pledge of Allegiance with Robert Wilkinson giving the invocation.  We had three visiting Rotarians including our speaker Paul Granillo, a member of the Redlands Rotary.


David acknowledged Doug Motz for being a member of our club since that first year.  Following along with the District theme this year “The Million Acts of Service”, David went on to introduce the Board of Directors and spoke about keeping in line with the goals of Rotary which include Business Networking, Social Networking, and Service.  Some of David’s goals for the Club this year include keeping our meetings to one hour with adjournment to be at 1:15, increasing membership, adopting a park in the City of LaQuinta, continued service, and some advances in administrative capabilities such as auto debit for dues, etc.


David pointed out new calendars distributed to the tables which list some of the major events of the coming year including board meetings, club events, district events, and community events.    He highlighted the July 26th Palm Springs Aerial Tram Social, next week’s July 13th board meeting at 8am at Chamber Offices, and the Governor’s Visit December 16th. 


Mayor Don Adolph was the $5.00 winner in the raffle drawing.


Sergeant at Arms Allan came forward and raffled off the fine free badge for July.  Doug Motz was the winner at $55.00 and announced the arrival of his granddaughter Lila Elizabeth.  Allan had a pretty fruitful day with multiple no makeups, a few with their names in print who had to pay for the publicity in the way of a fine, and  some happy dollars for grandchildren, offices moving, Lisa Guy’s 18th birthday, and donation in honor of new president David by Adrian.  Visiting Rotarian and volunteer Bob Selinger offered up 3 days of tickets to the MLB All Star Event in Phoenix for two people starting Sunday, July 10th for $500 with proceeds going to the Club.  There were no immediate takers but we thank Bob for his generosity


Past President Dan Fissori introduced our speaker, Mr. Paul Granillo, President of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership which serves Riverside & San Bernardino Counties with an office in Palm Springs.  The goal of the organization is to “provide a better quality of business and life” for the citizens of the Inland Empire.  The organization is working in conjunction with other groups including CVEP to promote the Inland Empire and present a unified voice from business owners to the lawmakers both in Sacramento and Washington DC.  Paul said that the three major issues from large business owners in the Inland Empire include  1)  lawmakers don’t listen  2)there is no united voice for this area  and 3) attracting and keeping employees.  Paul said that this has become the focus of his organization and includes how to attract and keep businesses in the Inland Empire with one of the biggest obstacles being an educated workforce.  Paul finished his presentation by taking a few questions from the group.


The meeting was adjourned by President David at 1:15 with the Four Way Test. 


Editr's Note:  This Jennifer's first reporting effort for our Club Bulletin.  Welcome to the Bulletin Team, Jennifer.  Great job!