Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985

          

SUZY!

Posted by Bruce Cathcart on Jun 16, 2017
 
Greg and Baird are greeted by Sandy, Robert, and Kevin
 
President Tom called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance. Greg Lane gave the invocation.
 
We had no visiting Rotarians this day and only one and a half guests.  How is that?  Well we had Pastor Sal Jr. in attendance and approved but not yet inducted member Hal Tilbury in attendance which by my way of thinking makes him a half member and a half guest.
 
President Tom made the following announcements:
 
The LAST Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on June 21st starting at 5:30 PM.  According to Tom’s recent email about the event, “We've ordered prime rib, Yorkshire pudding, baked Alaska for dessert, and champagne!  Come celebrate!”
 
We will be DARK on the June 30th meeting.
 
Tom shared with us that the DEMOTION Party will be held this year on Wednesday evening, June 28th beginning at 5:30 at the Cliff House.   The cost is $25.00 per person and includes unlimited Fish Tacos and other appetizers, plus all the free water that you can drink.  Those looking for more spirited beverages will be on the pay as you go plan.  This will be the last social event of Tom’s tenure as president so let’s all make an effort to show up and say “THANKS” for all his hard work this past Rotary year as well as honoring our “Rotarian of the Year” Sandy Stewart.  Doug will have the signup sheet at the next meeting.
Nick re-announced that the tree planting at the top of the cove in honor of Adrian and Ed, on the advice of our own tree planting expert Bob Wright, will take place sometime in OCTOBER when the weather is cooler and our trees will have a better chance of survival.  Thanks for taking the lead on this project Nick!
 
With about $157.50 in the raffle and still a bag full of white marbles our very own Merv Kolb drew… wait for it… yes, you guessed it… a white marble (again)… winning $5.
 
Our Fine Master Allan Levin was happy to see Fine Free Dr. Bruce back in attendance to aid with the carrying of the collection basket… thus allowing our weekly newsletter scribe and last week’s substitute basket case, I mean, basket carrier to take more accurate notes for the newsletter.  After arriving late himself Allan recognized Dave Turner who arrived so late for the meeting that it was debated as to whether or not he was late for this meeting or had merely arrived early for next week’s meeting!  By way of atonement Dave paid for the loss of the entire field of NBA challengers to Joe LaMantia’s Golden State Warriors, this year’s NBA Champions!  Dave also shared the good news of his son Jessie graduating 3rd in his class of newly graduated Peace Officers.  Dave having paid for the loss of all NBA teams prompted Joe to pay 20 Happy Dollars for the win of his beloved (now world champion) Warriors.  Dick Jandt paid early for he and Terry’s 26th wedding anniversary, Robert W. got caught trolling for cell phones that were not on the silent mode… he called Allan’s phone trying to get it to ring during the fining process but Allan was notified by his watch as his phone remained silent!  Good try Robert… and thanks for the donation!  Bob Wright paid for his daughter’s graduation from La Quinta High School and Arnie paid for a few of his grandchildren being promoted to 5th and 3rd grades.  Bruce C. paid for his wife Lora’s retirement after 40 years of being a school teacher.  
 
And speaking of 40 years, Rey Neufeld paid for his celebration of being a Rotarian for 40 years this month!  Wow Rey, congratulations and thank you for being such a fine example of what we should all strive to be as good Rotarians.
 
Our speaker this day was the beautiful and talented Suzy Cadham.  Suzy Cadham was one of the original “Gold Diggers” (Not that kind) and began acting professionally at the age of 5 in Broadway Musicals brought to Winnipeg Canada from New York City in the summer months.  Suzy presented a very entertaining account of her life’s history as an actress, singer and dancer with the aid of her computer generated images… which broke down about 5 minutes into her presentation.  But she never missed a beat and the show which must go on continued!  She was rescued from becoming a Playboy Bunny at the age of 21 by Tommy Tune who hired her to perform as a chorus girl from which she parlayed small parts as a “show biz gypsy” into being cast in “Guys and Dolls” as Adelaide.  There she was discovered by Dean Martin’s producer and taken to Hollywood to audition as a Gold Digger for the Dean Martin Show.  She was one of 12 girls chosen from hundreds if not thousands of hopefuls.  Suzy said all she needed was to have the three B’s… Blond hair, Blue eyes and Big… Talent!  She was a Gold Digger for Dean from 1968 to 1973 and then continued as a Gold Digger in the summer spinoff show that lasted until 1978.  She spoke about one of her highlights being the time she traveled with Bob Hope to Viet Nam for the annual USO Christmas show.  Most memorable was the year she travelled and performed with Dolores Hope (who was an accomplished singer/dancer as well), Connie Stevens and Neil Armstrong (when he was fresh back from a walk on the moon!).  When the Gold Diggers came to an end she auditioned for Goldie Hawn’s role on “Laugh-in” and got cast for the part… right before the show was cancelled.  A lifetime filled with 5 children and 7 years a cancer survivor Suzy is still going strong with her one woman show Suzy Cadham a Gold Digger (Not That Kind!), acting in local theater productions and of course speaking for good causes whenever asked.  This was an amazing, entertaining and most enjoyable presentation and we so hope that Suzy will return and speak to our club again in the near future.  For more information about Suzy please visit her website at: http://www.suzycadham.com/.
 
President Tom called the meeting to a close at 1:20 PM with the Four Way Test.
 
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart
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