The meeting was called to order by President Robert Wilkinson.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bob Wright, followed by Andy Lorenz with the Invocation.  President Robert reminded everyone that the La Quinta Rotary Garage Sale will be held next Saturday, 12/15/12, 8:00 am,  in the shopping Center parking lot near Lumpy's Golf and Tennis Shop, at 46660 Washington.  In the rear of the same location, the Rotary Interact Club will also hold a car wash, also beginning at 8:00 am on the 15th of December.

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Our faithful check in crew - Doug Motz, Sandy Stewart and Cindy Hall

Our annual Holiday Party will be held the night of Dec. 15th, at the home of Doug and Carole Motz, 79-555 Rancho Margarita Dr, La Quinta. (N. off 50th between Park and Jefferson) for further details, see your invitation sent by E-mail these past two weeks.  40 members have signed up so far.  The cost is $40 per person.  Doug's home phone is 760-564-9747.

Visiting Rotarian Guests today were George Kaelein, of the Ellensburg, WA club, and frequent visitor, Dick Chamberlain, of Bothell, WA.

The club Board of Directors' meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 PM, at the Osborne-Rincon Accounting Offices, 79-245, Corporate Center Drive, Ste 101, La Quinta, CA 92253, (760) 777-9805.  (1 block east of the new La Quinta main Post Office).  President Robert announced a meeting for all club past Presidents, to be held at the Cliff House, Tuesday afternoon, 5:30 PM, Dec 11. Principal topic of discussion will be the dog show fundraiser.

Corry Hunter repeated his request for one of our members who may have a truck and trailer available, to help out at the Tour de Palm Springs, the week end of Feb. 9th, Sat. and Sun., with various delivery and logistics tasks.  Corry emphasizes that any and all donations to the Tour de Palm Springs are fully tax deductible, including mileage to get there for volunteers!

Joe LaMantia stressed the urgency for all Rotarians to be certain our club meets the R.I. goal of, "Every Rotarian-Every Year" - giving to the Rotary Foundation.  A number of your fellow L.Q. Rotarians have set up monthly, regular, recurring, automatic gifts of $15, $20, $25 per month, directly from their bank accounts.  This is an easy, painless way of regular giving to the Foundation.  Be sure to specify that your gift is directed to the "Share" program, which guarantees our club receives a portion of these funds - which are returned to us locally.

President Robert advises us that we will be honored with a visit from District Governor Jean Easum, who will join us and be our speaker on Friday, December 14th.  President Robert announced that Martha's Village has invited us to take a group tour of their facilities in the near future, and will submit to us a list of their priority needs for our consideration.  The name selected for our Dog Show and Expo event in the Spring will be "Paws for a Cause".  Rey Neufeld drew a white marble in this week's raffle, a $5 winner.

Fine Free Badge:  Fine Master Allan, oversaw a brief but spirited competition for the badge this month between Tom McDermott and Sandy Stewart.  McDermott captured the prize with a final bid of $55.00!  Thanks, Tom.   And thanks to Sandy for forcing him to bid higher! 

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Can Tabs:

Dick Chamberlain, a long time visiting Rotarian, presented the Club with a one gallon Zip-Loc bag of aluminum can tabs, which, when later weighed on a postal scale, calculated to be 30.9 oz., or 2850 tabs, which eventually calculates out to 1.93 pounds of aluminum, at the rate of 1500 tabs to the pound.  The internet offers a number of discussions and comments about this charitable cause of saving and donating aluminum can tabs.  It states that the instigator of this collecting and giving practice is Ronald McDonald House Charities, the charitable giving arm of McDonald's Restaurants.  These particular tabs will be given to LQ Rotarian, Jim Dorr, the club's designated "Tab Man".  

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Our Speaker for the day, Dick Grund, entertained us with stories of his travels and interesting history of make-up meetings at Rotary Clubs worldwide.  Certainly one of the most traveled Rotarians in the world in the quest for meeting  make-ups, Dick and his spouse enjoyed the perks and remarkable experiences of achieving  perfect weekly Rotary meeting attendance over 43 years!  Dick, you should write a book, or at least a lengthy article in the Rotarian magazine!  His travelogue is truly remarkable in its breadth and variety, and sometimes even in dangerous situations!  He has "made-up” at over 500 clubs and on every continent in the world!  Locations included Easter Island, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Tahiti, and a near border war between Belize and Guatemala.  Dick has now been in Rotary for over 50 years! 

President Robert adjourned the meeting with a recitation of the "Rotary 4-Way Test"