The meeting was opened by President Sandy Stewart. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag was led by His Honor, Mayor Don Adolph, followed by an invocation ably presented by member Jennifer Donais.



Visitors are greeted by Tom, Doug and Baird at the greeting table


There were 9 visiting Rotarians today, including Helen Duff from the downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Club, and the usual cadre from Seattle, Bothell, WA, and thereabouts.  Additionally, a Club President from Ventura, (whose name, among others, was undecipherable due to the volume of member chatter during the introductions of guests.)  Heard over the din was that the Ventura Club boasts 130 members!  Member Jennifer Donais introduced her business associate, Michael Mortensen, at Praxis Wealth Management, who were to be our speakers today. 


President Sandy making announcements 


President Sandy announced that these speakers would be making their presentation today without a projector - in that our projector is missing.  Sandy asked if anyone knew the location of the missing projector, but none volunteered this information. 

Sandy reminded us of the Old Town Artisan Studio Dinner and Gala, will be held at the La Quinta Hotel and Club,

5:30-9:00PM, Saturday evening, Jan. 11.  The club has a table reserved for 10 Rotarians/guests.  Cost is $100/couple, normally $200, but underwritten this year by Boucher Fine Jewelers.  Baird Boucher donated a significant collection of jewelry to the Studio, to be auctioned-off at the gala.  "Way to Go", Baird! An additional Artisan Studio event will be held for the ladies of Rotary, and be announced later.


Rotarians gathered in fellowship


The Palm Springs Power Baseball Club has invited Rotarians and guests to attend a game on Sat., Jan. 21st.  Regular admission is $8.00/PP, but the Rotary cost will be $4.00/ea.  Call the Power for addl. info.



Nick, Jeff and Jennifer enjoying the meeting


Walt Keating will host his annual "Humana Challenge" golf tournament hospitality event at his home at PGA West, 79-705 Arnold Palmer Dr.  Bring an hors d' oeuvre, salad dish, or dessert, to share; Walter and Terry will supply the beer and booze.  Friday and Saturday, Jan 11 and 12.  Walter says he will not personally be playing this year, because, as he explained, "...after all, they do have standards"!  He also warned, "If a ball comes at you, DUCK!"  David Archer announced that the La Quinta Chamber will have a Tournament Breakfast at the course and all Rotarians are invited.  Cost is $35/PP.  Call the LQ Chamber for more information.


Interviews will begin on 1-26 for this year's Camp RYLA attendees.  See Robert Wilkinson if you would like to attend these interviews, which is a special treat for Rotarians to meet these outstanding High Schoolers in our community.


Sandy reported that there was no information available on the present location of the Flamingo Flock this week.


President Sandy caught doing her Flamingo imitation at a recent event


Water Report: Dick Anderson advised that the dedication of the filter installation at the Gutierrez Mobile Home Park  will be held at 10:00 AM next Wednesday, 01/15.  e-Mail Dick at "" for more information, to attend, or get directions to the event.


Helen and Dick are leaving on their annual trek to Guatemala for Rotary Literacy.  114 Clubs in the US, Canada and Cayman Islands contribute to this remarkable, educational Rotary activity.  They have also donated or raised over $391,000 for this International Service Literacy project.


Favorite server Shirle with our Hula Pies!


Corry Hunter reported on the upcoming "Tour de Palm Springs bicycle event".  He passed out flyers on the activity and encourages all Rotarians who wish to fill much needed volunteer positions to call him for more information, at

(760)568-1776  (Office) or (760)250-1011 (Home/Cell).



2013 Rotarian of the Year David Turner updates

members on this year's Strut Your Mutt event


David Turner reported progress on the Strut Your Mutt Dog Show, and was excited to announce that Chevrolet Cadillac of La Quinta will come aboard as Title Sponsor of this major fundraiser for our club.  The Committee will hold a meeting  Jan 23rd. to continue planning for this event.


Nick Kraushaar, as in the past, is  this year's "Mock Trial" Coach of the La Quinta High School Students at this legal  educational activity held at Palm Desert High School.  LQ Rotary contributes $250.00 to this program.



Nick and Sandy announcing the "Mock Trail" program for LQ High School students  


Allan Levin-Fine Master activity 01/10/14:

Allan announced that the $1000 check from the bartending activities at the PS Air Museum event, has been received and deposited.  Tom McDermott, Bob Wright, Ray Neufeld, Brett Anderson and Robert Wilkinson were each fined $10 for "no-makeup" offenses.  "Bob" a visiting Rotarian from Washington volunteered to pay $10.00 for the privilege of visiting us and taking up space in our meeting for the coming several months. Dick, from Bothell, WA, appreciated that sentiment, and also kicked-in $10.00. Bruce Franklin paid $11.00 for a stock tip that paid off handsomely.  Mayor Don Adolph tossed in $5.00 in appreciation that the Humana golf Tournament event is 100% held in La Quinta, which contributes mucho-bucks to our community through transient occupancy and sales taxes..... and our local businesses are strongly supported.  Andy Lorenz contributed $5.00 for the privilege of placing promotional flyers at the front table announcing the Small Business Expo and Breakfast which SCORE is sponsoring at the Agua Caliente Casino, Bob Hope and Ramon, 7:00-11:30 AM on January 23.  Congressman Raul Ruiz will speak.  Andy also "Paid-Up" $25 for his new car, a black Beetle convertible acquired on Dec. 26th.  Diane Kelly was tapped for $5.00, for talking during the Fine Master's time, and  Joe Lamantia, David Archer, and Doug Motz each paid $5.00 for expressing their weekend Pro football game winner predictions.


As his final for today, and most lucrative solicitation of funds for our causes in many moons, Allan Levin asked the lady winner of today's Raffle, "Helen" of Ottawa, Ontario, in which the prize was $621.00, if she thought it fair that she should come to our club, as a welcomed visitor, win a huge amount of money, and, as such, did she or did she not believe it may be appropriate to share her newly-gotten gains with the La Quinta Rotary Club.  She could not withstand this convincing argument, and the generous visitor agreed to share with us the outstanding amount or $310!  (Half her prize!).  Many thanks, Helen!


Michael Mortenson and Jennifer


President Sandy then introduced our speakers for the day, our own Jennifer Donais, and her business Associate, Michael Mortenson, Financial Advisors with Praxis Wealth Management.  In spite of the missing slide projector, they gave an outstanding presentation on the tax and other implications of when and how - exactly - to apply for and take Social Security retirement income.  The ramifications of going into retirement misinformed in these matters can be dire (read: expensive!) for the un-initiated.  The point here, in summary, is to seek advice from Professionals like Jennifer and Michael. For more information on this subject or to contact Michael or Jennifer for help with your social security benefits please go to their website at


The meeting was closed by the reciting of the Rotary 4-Way Test.


This edition of the Rotary Newsletter was written by Member Andy Lorenz