We had a good turnout today. Visitors from Washington, Canada, California, Kansas, and La Quinta joined our club for lunch. The District Assembly will be held next weekend. See Dan Fissori if you would like to go. Next Thursday, March 24 Dick Grund is hosting a club social at his house at 6pm.

We have 17 days left until our annual golf tournament. We still need foursomes to play. Please sign up as soon as possible. Also, see Sandy Stewart if you can help at the event. If you would like to come for dinner and the awards after the tournament, the cost is $28. We still need donations and auction items.

RYLA is coming up and our club is sending 8 students to participate. Rotarians At Work day is also coming up and we still need suggestions for volunteer projects. Sandy Lauer has come up with a new idea for "Rotary shirts". Bring your favorite shirt to Sandy and she will have it embroidered with the rotary logo. PRYDE will be held May 14 and 15. Thank you to all those who helped interview the students. A visitor from Washington was our $5 winner today.

Allan did a great job as fine master as usual. Jennifer Donais purchased tickets for the tennis tournament that were up for auction. Jeff Wattenbarger paid for his wife's birthday. Lee Osbourne paid for two no makeups. Bruce Franklin was fined for being late. Doug announced his 3rd granddaughter will arrive in July. Dollars were given out for the usual sporting rivalries. Bruce Underwood contributed money for University of Kansas sports teams and Ed Casey donated his 10% from his casino winnings!

Our speaker was the managing director for the Coachella Valley Habitat for Humanity; Fred Bell. Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 and exists all over the world. Our local chapter builds permanent and temporary housing in the Coachella Valley and currently has two homes under construction in the La Quinta Cove. The goal of habitat for humanity is to eliminate poverty housing. They have thirty partner families with which affordable housing mortgages are provided at no interest. They work to keep the building costs low with volunteer labor, discounts from suppliers for materials and often land donated by the city. The build cost equals the mortgage for the future owner. Statistics have shown that "owners" become more involved in their communities than "renters". So, helping lower income families become homeowners is beneficial for our community as a whole.