Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985

          

Living Free

 
 
Our fourth meeting of our twenty-four year history got off to a rocky start with some jokes about how hot it is (birds using pot holders to pull worms). But it got better because President Dan saw fit to cut short his jokes.

Our lone visitor was Ralph Woodward from the Palm Desert Rotary Club.

Andy Brakebill thanked Bruce Cathcart for taking Lisa fishing and Rod Vigue for taking her to Lake Havasu later this month. The District web site is up and running. You can access it from our web site and log in with the same log in name and password you use on our web site. Don't forget our club social next Tuesday. We will enjoy dinner and fellowship at the top of the tram. If you lost Carol's e-vite, you can sign up on the link on this bulletin page or call Doug Motz. If you get down from the top of the mountain on time, you can attend the Chamber mixer on Wednesday at Stuffed Pizza in Old Town.

Officers and Directors made short reports. The Treasurer wants more money. Dick Anderson (International) wants you to come to Guatemala next year. Bob Wright (Community) wants some ideas for service. Joe LaMantia (Vocational) had little to say. Bob Leidner (Club) asked for volunteers to work on our golf tournament next April. Sandy Stewart is the chair for the event. Helen Anderson (Membership) noted that next month is Rotary International Membership Month. Think about your business contacts in the community and bring a potential member to lunch. Following these inspirational reports, Jim Dorr won $5.00 in the raffle.

Bruce Cathcart was called on to substitute for Sergeant at Arms Alan Lavine. He got to the heart of things, fining Mayor Don for his appearance in the news. This was followed in rapid order by recognition of Dick Jandt (Terry's quote "We'er outta here"), Greg Lane (make ups), Rod Vigue (makeups and birthday)Andy Brakebill (texting during the meeting) , Leroy Anderson (anniversary) and Bill Cosgrove (make up). Ray Lopez had Happy Dollars for his daughter's first birthday.

Steve Carlson, President and Executive Director, of Living Free gave us an overview of the history and services provided by the program. Celebrating its 30th year, Living Free is located on 153 acres on the north side of Highway 74, just past Lake Hemet, in Mountain Center. Living Free works with the Animal Control Centers in Moreno Valley and Coachella Valley. Space permitting, they rescue cats and dogs scheduled to be euthanized and bring them to their facility for recovery care. Those animals who make a successful recovery are then available for adoption and can be seen on the Living Free web site at www.Living-Free.org. The Center, with a staff of eleven, has the capacity to care for up to 70 dogs and 150 cats. To celebrate their Thirtieth Anniversary, the Center will host a fund raiser on October 16. Local NBC weatherman, Fritz Coleman, will emcee the event which will include live demonstrations, entertainment and fun for the whole family. Celebrity guests will include Sharon Lawrence and Conor O'Farrell.

Editor's Note: You may have noticed a little difference in the reporting style these past few weeks. That is because cub reporters Merv Kolb, Sandy Stewart and Nora Coleman are stepping forward to add a little diversity to our bulletin.

 
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