Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985


Walter, Bob, Merv, Dick and Diane are greeted by Sandy, Baird and Kevin
President Tom called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  Walter, for the second week in a row, gave a very eloquent invocation.
There were only a few visiting Rotarians in attendance including our good friends Barry from South El Monte who was here for his last meeting of the season and Bob Woodward. 
Ed Casey’s granddaughter Jacqueline was our only guest this day.
President Tom made the following announcements:
The next Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on April 19th starting at 5:30 PM.  Tom’s office is located off of Country Club west of Washington at 77530 Enfield Ln, Palm Desert, CA 92211.
We will once again be hosting our Wine Event at the La Quinta Museum this year on FRIDAY APRIL 21ST from 6 to 8 PM.  Our very own Kevin Pickett will be providing the entertainment for the evening and there will be a raffle, appetizers, and lots of fun to be had.  Members are being asked to sell (or buy) at least 2 tickets each (Since the event is limited to 100 attendees) at $25.00 per ticket and to provide raffle prizes if possible.  This is turning out to be a very important fundraiser this year and if successful it will allow us to fund more scholarships for the graduating La Quinta High School Seniors and send more LQHS Juniors to RYLA!  Sandy will have the “SQUARE” available at Friday’s meeting to take credit cards for ticket purchases… so bring money or plastic!!!
The City of La Quinta’s 35th anniversary and annual picnic will be held on Saturday April 29th.  It was re-announced via that time warp thing that our club WILL be cooking and serving over 1,000 hot dogs to hungry La Quinta Citizens for free!  The City of La Quinta has agreed to take care of all of the County Health Department requirements.  If you were unable to sign-up on the sheet last week don’t worry, just show up to the event and we’ll put you to work stuffing buns with wieners and giving them out to the good folks of La Quinta!
Sandy Stewart announced that the District Assembly will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at Yucaipa High School from 8:30 to 4 PM.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary.
The DEMOTION Party will be held this year on June 23rd.
Ed Casey’s wake was announced to be held on Sunday the 9th… and it was a grand event.  (It’s that time warp thing again Allan).
Our raffle was worth over $1,100.00 today and with only 3 marbles left our affiliate member Bob Becker had the winning ticket.  Once again, and fortunately for the rest of the club members, Bob drew the white marble rolling the jackpot over for next week.  With only 2 marbles left your odds of winning, should your ticket get drawn should be about 50/50!  Sadly, Bob will be departing for Washington and won’t be around next Friday to try his luck again!
Our Fine Master Allan Levin took to the podium and began by auctioning off the Fine Free Badge.  In the most spirited bidding in the club’s history, Rey Neufeld and Merv Kolb who both turn “80” this month tied for the high bid at $80.00. Unwilling to go higher and unable to decide who said $80 first each generously agreed to pay and share the fine free privileges as well as the duties.  Merv suggested that Rey push him around in his wheelchair with the collection basket but Rey said Merv could relax… he could handle the job himself!  Soon to be inducted Fred Bell made an advance payment for his new Rotary badge, Penny and Jeff Fishbein each paid a few bucks for their recent articles in the “Gem” City Newsletter, Bruce Cathcart paid for the opportunity to explain to Allan how newsletter reporting and time warps work, Dr. Bruce paid $5 in celebration of Passover and Arnie followed suit…  Merv was fine free and as Jeff Fishbein headed for the door Allan changed the subject!  As this was Bob Becker’s last meeting of the season he generously donated $100 and shared his heartfelt thanks for another great winter spent with his friends at his club away from home.  And FINALLY, with the end of March came the end of the Gonzahga / Gonzayga Madness!!!  Unfortunately for both Dick Grund and his beloved Bulldogs (and the club for that matter as well), Gonzaga lost in the NCAA Men’s Basketball finals.  Dick made good on his pledge of $10 although I would guess that over the course of the entire season his total donations would be closer to $100!  Thank you Dick for your generosity and Congratulations to Gonzaga on a GREAT season!
Our speaker this day was the founder and executive director of the Coachella Valley Art Center (CVAC), Bill Schinsky.  CVAC was designed to cultivate introductions – new concepts, new art, artists, community, history – all cross-pollinating in an atmosphere of inquiry and accomplishment. The Coachella Valley Art Center was designed to be a place where new intersections of art and culture emerge.  CVAC is a non-profit organization headquartered in a 17,000 square foot building located in downtown Indio in the old Press Enterprise building.  Along with cultivating artistic growth and exposure within the community, CVAC also showcases and preserves the founding ideas and history of Arts' creative ancestors through gallery exhibits and a wide range of educational programs and workshops.  Within the building the CVAC currently houses 12 individual artists and a gallery for presentation of their work.  Guests are welcome on a daily basis and interaction with the artists is not only welcomed, it is encouraged!  It is their hope to become known as the “International Glass Center” for their artistic work with glass.  Bill showed us several amazing and impressive examples of the modern glass artwork that is being produced in their studios via kiln, hot glass and flame working techniques.  Bill made a very informative and entertaining presentation and encouraged us all to visit the Art Center.  To learn more about the CVAC and Bill, please visit their website at
President Tom called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart