Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985

          

The Unforgettables Foundation

 
 
It was another great day at the La Quinta Rotary meeting on Friday. We welcomed visitors from Washington, Wisconsin, California, Utah and British Columbia. Andy Lorenz hosted his daughter, Patricia, and granddaughter, Kenya. Ron Jensen joined us for the second Friday in a row. I hope this means we will see more of you, Ron.

Ray Lopez reported on the activities of the Scholarship Committee. Along with Ray, members Robert Wilkinson, Rey Neufeld and Andy Brakebill interviewed the candidates from La Quinta High School and recommended twelve students for scholarships. Ray said that with students like these, our future is in good hands. Great job, guys.

Andy Brakebill reported on the progress of raffle ticket sales. The Interact Club was busy last weekend selling tickets at the Taste of La Quinta. They are doing a great job. The drawing will be in late May and we still have a lot of tickets to sell. Let's have every member make a real effort this next month to move some tickets. Remember, it goes to those young men and women we selected for scholarships.

Our Sergeant at Arms, Jeff Wattenbarger, got off to a pretty slow start. Dave Turner offered tickets to the Follies and Diane Kelley tickets to the Kraft Nabisco Golf Tournament for auction. It appears everyone had other plans and no bids were entered. Identification of the Secret Greeter generated a few bills on the table. Lacking other material, everyone who did not attend the Taste of La Quinta was assessed $1.00. There was also a $1.00 assessment for the good crime statistics report from Chief Rod. I am not sure what the relationship between crime statistics and a $1.00 assessment might be, but it made sense to Jeff. Mayor Don was in a happy mood and gave a happy dollar for the great happenings in the City over the past two weeks. Jeff recognized wife Mary's birthday and Andy Lorenz recognized the birthdays of daughter, Patricia, and granddaughter, Kenya.

Our speaker was Tim Evans, a Palm Spring Rotarian and founder of the Unforgettables Foundation. The Foundation is a 501c (3) non profit organization founded by Tim in 1999. During a decade of clinical ministry to children and their families, Tim assisted families with the many crises surrounding the death of a child-not the least of which are the crushing financial burdens experienced by families with limited resources.

Assisted by Inland Empire educators, medical professionals, social workers, and morticians, Tim created The Unforgettables Foundation. Paramount among aspects of the Foundation's mission is to assist low-income families provide a dignified, appropriate burial for their children who have died. The Foundation is operated almost entirely by volunteers, with only one paid employee. It provides its services to Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. They were able to assist 380 families in the Coachella Valley last year. This is not a happy subject, but thanks to Tim and the volunteers, people are helping these families in their time of need. Thanks, Tim

 
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