Before an almost sold out audience of members and guests, Rod Vigue presented the flag salute. Our illustrious president, Frank Blum, gave us words of wisdom and then discussed the "bigness" of Walmart. According to Frank, people spend $21,000 per minute at their stores. There were 6 visiting Rotarians of which 5 were from Canada. A hearty "eh" to all of them.

Diane Kelly announced the District Conference will be held at the Doral Resort in Cathedral City the first weekend in June. Mr. President announced that Andy Brakebill and Robert Wilkinson were at RYLA this weekend. Rey Neufeld requested that Paul Harris contributions be in as soon as possible. Pressure will be brought to bear on those delinquent in both pledging and payment.

Jacques Abels announced that the US Submarine Forces turned 100 this year. One member asked if Jacques was on it when it was commissioned. Another member asked if he ever served on the Merrimac or Monitor.

Dick Jandt presented a $500 check from the LQ Arts Foundation for our members serving luncheons at the Art Festival. Dick also announced that the club is working the LQ Picnic on April 24th. To honor good eating habits, turkey dogs will be sold. For bad eaters, we might be able to round up a few hot dogs.

The raffle was up to $542 and Rey Neufeld held the winning ticket. Unfortunately for Rey he chose a white ball.

The sergeant at arms was Sandy Stewart who dazzled us with her ability to collect dollars. Thanks to our fine friend, Rob Schein, Ed Casey and others, it turned out to be a good collection day.

Our speaker was Dennis Spurgin, DC, who presented an opportunity for charity through "Project Peanut Butter (PPB)". Dennis is the father of former member Kurt Spurgin. PPB is a feeding program for malnourished children and HIV+ adults in Malawi and Sierra Leone. PPB administers Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) which is a peanut/dairy/vitamin/mineral food. PPB trains local health service workers to assess pediatric malnutrition levels, encourage local participation, and assist teams of medical professionals on site visits.

Karen & Merv would like to thank the members of the club for their thoughts and prayers during Karen's recent hospital stay.

Editor's Note: My thanks to Merv Kolb who offered his reporting skills in my absence. I was away again, this time tasting wine in the central coast area.