Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985

          

Polo in the Desert

 
 
We had a good turnout on Friday at the Cliffhouse. President Dan started out the meeting with quite a few announcements. The last Board meeting was held at Embassy Suites and the location was well received by the masses. There are a lot of events coming up and President Dan wanted to remind everyone that many of them count as makeups for missing Friday meetings.

On 10/16 there is a Foundation event in San Bernardino, followed by the Veteran's Expo on 10/30 in Indio. We still need some more volunteers to cook, serve food and help with clean up. Contact Lothar Vasholz for more information. Bruce Cathcart is looking for La Quinta Rotarians with special athletic skills. We have challenged the Interact Club to an athletic competition on 11/6 and need to put together a team! Contact Bruce if you have what it takes to bring our team to victory!

On Friday, 11/12, District governor Cherie will visit our club. Saturday, 11/13 is the Foundation Dinner at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. The Foundation will pay the $75 cost on your behalf if you would like to attend. You can sign up for the Foundations Gala by clicking on the link to the left of this article. Friday, 11/19 is our Club Assembly.

Take advantage of the special events our town has to offer. The Farmer's Market is open again through May in Old Town LQ. It takes place on Sundays from 8:00AM-12:30PM.

Corry Hunter was our $5 winner for the week. The pot is beginning to grow!

Rey Neufeld reminded us to keep Paul Harris donations in our minds – it's that time of the year again. Helen had some happy news to report; she recently attended her 50th high school reunion, Dick is recovering well from knee surgery and they finally prevailed over a long standing IRS dispute. I think all members breathed a sigh of relief for them! We had a few latecomers to the meeting, but most interesting was Frank Blum's announcement that it is time to give Willy back. Willy had the entire room laughing as he showed off all of his advanced training by stealing a piece of bread off the table and eating it!

Lee Osbourne contributed for his wife's birthday and Dick Jandt acknowledged publicity received by his wife Terry Henderson. Wells Marvin, David Turner and LeRoy Anderson all had money to contribute to root on their favorite football teams. Joe LaMantia had happy dollars to contribute in honor of his stepson celebrating his 25th year with the City of La Quinta planning commission.

We will be dark on the following Fridays: 11/26, 12/24 and 12/31.

Our speakers were Jan Hart and George Dill, managers from the El Dorado Polo Club in Indio. They gave a very informative history of the club and information about the game of polo. The original club was founded in 1957 on the current Vintage property and was later moved to a 200 acre property in Indio. El Dorado Polo Club is the largest polo club in the United States and attracts players from all over the world. Apparently polo is one of the most expensive sports to play which explains why there are only approximately 15,000 plays in the entire world. In fact, each player requires 6 different horses just to play one match! The club will be offering an Academy this year to teach people at all different skill levels how to play polo. The club is also available for private parties, weddings, and various events. For fun, you can even play 'golf cart polo' at your private events! And in case you all were wondering, yes the 'stomping of the divots' scene from Pretty Women is real…champagne and all! The first tournament of the season will be held on 11/20 and the rest of the season will resume on Sundays from January through April.

 
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