President David Archer called the meeting to order with the Flag Salute led by Affiliate Member Ben Hofheimer and words of wisdom and thanks given by Tom McDermott.

There were many visiting Rotarians including four from Vancouver and from Victoria, St. Paul, the state of Washington and Palm Desert.  There were a few guests of our members including Nancy Osborne.

Announcements included:

Tops of cans are still needed in the Tops for Kids program.  Call Jim Dorr for further info.

Volunteers are needed for the delivery of food for the artists at the La Quinta Arts Festival March 8-March 11. Contact Dick Jandt to schedule your time.

Frank Devlin, former Rotary International President will be in the area.  On February 27th there is a dinner planned at the Marriott Desert Springs @ 5:30pm. The cost is $45.   The following day, Tuesday, February 28th, he will be speaking at the Desert Falls Resort at 11:30am.  Our club is a sponsor of this event, which is also a Rotary meeting.  Perfect time to do a make up!

The Club is sponsoring a "Garage Sale" type event on Saturday, March 31st , in the parking lot near Lumpy's on Washington.  More info on this is forthcoming.

March 30-April 1st are the dates for the first annual Karen Kolb Memorial Tennis Tournament being held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  More information and registration forms are available by contacting Robert Wilkinson and by checking the website.....www.laquintarotary.org

Bruce Franklin was the lucky winner of $5 in the drawing.

Finemaster Allan Levin took the "stage" and proceeded to announce that Chief of Police Ray Gregory has been promoted.  Ray was absent from the meeting but was congratulated by Allan and seconded by all who were present at lunch.  It's assumed that Frank Taylor will be the next Chief to be a member of the Rotary.  Tickets were offered to the Car Show and Ben Hofheimer won the bidding.  Fines were paid by Steve Robbins, Bill Cosgrove, Jennifer Donais, Bruce Franklin, Don Adolph, Ray Lopez, David Archer, Bruce Underwood, Phil Rushing and Andy Lorenz.  Merv Kolb also made a contribution to thank the members for their support during Karen's illness and subsequent death and to thank the Club also for naming the Tennis Tournament in her honor.

The scheduled speaker did not appear, so Steve Robbins was asked to speak about Chromium6 in our water.  Steve complimented the Desert Sun on the accuracy of its recent article on local water quality, but took exception to the “fear mongering” headline and the inaccurate picture of tainted water.  Steve said that Chromium6 occurs naturally in our local water supply.  While it is known to be carcinogenic, the science is not clear on the concentration levels that would make it toxic to human beings.  The Water Districts around the country are ready to attack the problem as soon as it can be clearly identified.  Steve also mentioned the natural occurrence of arsenic in our water and the steps taken by the water district to remove it.   

The meeting concluded with the recitation of the 4-way test.