Robert Wilkinson led us in the pledge to the Flag. Palmer Riedel offered a stirring invocation that included kind words about what good people there are in Rotary. Everyone agreed with him. President Dan is not giving up on jokes and seemed to have a winner with a joke about Attorneys. The attorneys in the room got together and decided to file a class action lawsuit against President Dan.

We had three guests; one from Canada and two from Florida. I checked the skies and there is an alert that we will have snow birds in our midst very soon. They were seen flying in formation towards La Quinta. Robert Wilkinson was the lucky $5.00 winner of the Raffle. Don't speed it all at once, Robert.

Next were the announcements from the floor. Sam Payne is hosting a BBQ at Andy & Jan Brakebill's hacienda for 25 Interact students. Keep up the good work, Sam. You are making things happen. Sandy Stewart announced that the next meeting of the Golf Committee will be Monday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m., in the Homewood Suites Board Room. David Archer reminded us the La Quinta Chamber social is next Wednesday, September 22nd. This is a great place to recruit future members. This is where we persuaded David to join Rotary. Dick Jandt reminded us the Veterans Expo will be Nov. 30th and asked for volunteers to cook hot dogs. Many hands went up for this one.

Our Sergeant at Arms, Allan Levin showed us no mercy, fining our members for no make ups. Steve Robbins, Jeff Wattenbarger, Mike Sutton and Bill Cosgrove all paid up. Nora Coleman and Robert Wilkinson paid for their Anniversaries. Best fine of all was on Allan for appearing in the newspaper.

Our guest speaker was Felicia Horton, Executive Director of the Tour de Palm Springs. She was introduced by Bob Leidner, who is also the President of the Tour de Palm Springs. Felicia gave a little history about the Tour and its impact on charities in the Coachella Valley. She explained how our Club can participate in next year's Tour and also raise money for our Club. They had 7500 riders last year and raised $174,000 for 90 charities in the Coachella Valley. This seems like a great way to raise money in addition to our golf tournament and have a little fun. 100% of the Tour entrance fees, from people who sign up using the La Quinta Rotary Club name, are credited to our Club. The meeting ended with us all reciting the 4 Way Test.

Editor's Note: Don't forget the American Cancer Society's Wine Tasting and Silent Auction this Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Club at Trilogy, hosted by Team Trilogy. The cost of the event is $20.00 per person and includes six tasting tickets and your own wine glass. This is where we will host our dinner after our April Golf Tournament. Come to the tasting and preview the venue. Call Dick Anderson, (760)799-9623, for more details.