President Dan called the meeting to order and Jim Dorr led us in the flag salute. Corry Hunter followed with a rousing invocation.

Since the meeting was held on April Fool's Day. President Dan informed us that the club would no longer meet at the Cliff House but instead we'll be dining at Jack In The Box.. Someone yelled April's Fool and the joke was over. Nice try, Mr. President.

There were visitors from Texas, Canada, Washington, Montana and California. Andy Lorenz introduced his wife Sally.

Also in attendance were Christie Salamone and Frank Blum's new puppy, Buddy.

Announcements included an update on Jacques Abels who is going home today after a stay in the hospital. We were assured that he would get loving care from Alice.

Bruce Cathcart announced that we were again providing insurance for the "Distinguished Young Women" (formerly America Junior Miss) contest to be held this month.

Helen Anderson has arranged for the Rotary Shelter Box display to be set up at our golf tournament on Monday. Contributions will be accepted to help purchase a Shelter Box for the Japan relief effort.

President Dan announced that we will have an offsite meeting on May 6th at the Artisan's Studio in Old Town.

Sandy Stewart announced that there are currently 84 players for Monday's golf tournament' plus two extra players, waiting for additional participants. Dinner Monday, for those who signed up, will be approximately 6pm.

Robert Wilkinson announced that we are sending 8 students to RYLA next weekend.

The Scholarship committee, chaired by Ray Lopez, has reviewed 130 portfolios and selected 12 students to be interviewed on April 11th. Ray thanked Allan Levin, Lothar Vasholz, and Lloyd Watson for helping in the portfolio review.

Our former member, Christie Salamone, and the executive director of the La Quinta Arts Foundation, presented a $500 check to the club for our participation in the recent Arts Festival.

Ed Casey still needs help in organizing "Rotarians at Work" day. Contact him to see what's needed and how you can help.

Sandy Stewart had the winning ticket for the raffle and walked away with a large prize, after kindly donating a tidy sum back to the club. There was only one ball left to choose from!

Allan took front and center and since it was the first of the month auctioned the fine free badge. This intrepid reported had the high bid. Recognition fees were paid by Mike Sutton, Ray Lopez, Steve Robbins & Wells Marvin. Jennifer Donais paid for her name badge. Also getting recognized was Robert Wilkinson. Don Adolph announced that Desert Regional Hospital opened up a unit in La Quinta and Frank Blum announced that our old friend, Willy, will be given an assignment at the Guide Dogs of the Desert ceremony on April 17th.

Phil Rushing said goodbye to us. He'll return to in October. The speakers were Carmen Vargas and Glenn Weisberg from Wells Fargo SBA Lending. Let's hope they can keep the money flowing!