President Sandy Stewart called the 28th meeting of the 28th year of La Quinta Rotary to order at 12:15.  After the pledge and the invocation given by Andy Lorenz,  visiting Rotarians were plentiful including those from Washington, South Dakota, Alberta, Washington, Waikiki, El Monte, Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and Ventura. We also had Gary and Linda Tyler, our newest prospective members, with us. 

Announcements included:

February 11th- 5PM – next Strut your Mutt meeting at Dave Turner’s Office.

February 15th- Rotary ladies and wives will have girls afternoon social at Old Town Artisans Studio from 3-5.  Cost is $35 and we will be making a piece of glass jewelry or other item. Wine and cheese will be served. 

February 19th – The next board meeting with be at Boucher Fine Jewelers.

March 6-9- La Quinta Arts Festival- Please sign up online to deliver box lunches to artists.  Dick Jandt says you will receive free entry to the festival for your efforts.

March 29th- Our largest fundraiser of the year “Strut your Mutt”.  If you aren’t on a committee, please let Dave Turner or Sandy Stewart know so we can get everyone involved.  That is the only way to truly make this a success! 

May 2-5- District Conference at the Doral Resort.  We want to form a committee as we need a showing here as we were not in attendance at the Foundation Gala this year.

Interact- Wes Faris was out volunteering for the bike ride but Robert Wilkinson reported that the RYLA candidates are being recruited to become active members of the High School Rotary Interact Club.

Flamingo in transit- Doug Motz says the flamingoes are resting up and will be back out flying now that there is a warming trend in the weather coming……..  Where will they land next?


Sandy and Helen with students at Colegio de la Vita Quitzatenago


Sandy sharing smiles and Rotary good will with Guatemala Student

Dick & Helen Anderson and Sandy Lauer are in Guatemala distributing books and enjoying the scenery and refreshments (as seen in our previous newsletter).  We are looking forward to having them back to report on their adventures.


Happy Students in Guatemala

Raffle drawing we had a $5 winner- we’re back over $100 prize so buy those tickets next week!!!

Allan Levin took to the podium to collect for good deeds, bad deeds, and the fine free badge. The fine free badge was won by Dave Turner after a very active auction process.  A few late arrivals, a few anniversaries and birthdays including Robert Wilkinson’s (we even sang).  Pretty uneventful in the way of fines today although it’s always fun to watch Alan making the person collecting the money run from one side of the room to the other. 


Our Speaker Victory Grund, President Old Town Artisan's Studio

Our speakers today were Victory Grund and some of her staff from the Old Town Artisan’s Studio.  We watched a video and then listened to some of the great things they are doing at memory care facility, Local Schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, Salvation Army after school program, Mourning Star, Desert Arc, and anywhere else that will invite them.  They now have a mobile studio with potters wheels and a slab roller so they are able to reach so many more people. 


Stephania Ford, Art Director and Instructor

Stefania Ford, Art Director and Instructor, spoke to us about the way art touches people and the joy it brings to so many who can’t communicate or participate in other ways.  We also got a glimpse into the new van as they brought it along and we were able to visit it on the way to our cars after the meeting.  Their next fundraiser is the Carts for Art golf tournament April 14, 2014 at the Mountain View Country Club.  If interested you can call the studio at 760-777-1444.  Victory thanked the Rotary Club for its past contributions to the studio.  To learn more about the Old Town Artisan's Studio you can go to their website at or see their promotional video

At 1:30 President Sandy Stewart called the meeting to a close with the Four Way Test.


This weeks newsletter was written by Jennifer Donais