Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985


Bruce Holly - Rotary Club of Phnom Penh

Dick, Helen Diane, and Baird are greeted by Sandy, Robert and Howard
We gathered together once again as Rotarians and friends at the Cliff House where President Tom called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  Bruce Cathcart gave the invocation.
There were several visiting Rotarians in attendance today from as far away as Vancouver Island and as close as former LQ Rotary member Mark Weber from the Coachella East club.  We even had Fred Campbell who came all the way from Cyber Space (Australia E-Club) to join us today.  Our good friend Diane from the Stockton club was in attendance as were our longtime friends Barry from So. Elmonte and Bob Woodward from North Carolina.  Abraham (sans wife this week) was also here!
President Tom made the following announcements:
The next Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on February 15th 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.
Our membership committee headed by Bruce Underwood and Diane Kelly announced that at the LAST meeting of each month they will be having a new member orientation meeting to help new members learn more about our club and Rotary in general.
We will once again be hosting our Wine Event at the La Quinta Museum this year on April 21st.  More info to follow on this popular event!
The City of La Quinta’s 35th anniversary and annual picnic will be held on Saturday April 29th.  We will be cooking and serving over 1,000 hot dogs to hungry La Quinta Citizens!  There will be more information to follow on this fun event in the meetings to come.
And finally, according to President Tom, it is not too early to start talking about the DEMOTION Party to be held this year on June 23rd!
Nick updated the club members on the "Mock Trial" team that he has assembled at Indio High School.
Sandy Stewart reminded members that our Strut Your Mutt will take place on February 11, 2017.  Please sign up at our next meeting to help at this fun event and make sure to get a “PEE” sign to help support the club and promote your business!
Marc Rosen and Howard Silverman announced that they had the first meeting at La Quinta High School for the 4 way speech competition where they had 9 students sign up to participate.  Next month they will begin working with these students on their speeches and presentation skills.  Good luck to all!
Joe LaMantia reminded club members that the easiest way to regularly contribute to the Rotary Foundation was through Rotary Direct.
Diane Kelly is ordering alternative Rotary name badges for use in identifying ourselves at events outside of our Rotary lunches.  They are really quite nice and the cost is a reasonable $11.00 each.  If interested, see Diane to place your order.
Our raffle was worth well over $637.00 today and Bruce Cathcart drew the white marble to win only $5.00 of it!
Still reeling from his $5.00 win in the Raffle, Bruce Cathcart, along with her sponsor Diane Kelly, inducted Penny Lilly as our newest member in the Rotary Club of La Quinta.
Our Fine Master Allan Levin stepped to the podium and for the last time in January, instructed this month’s fine free badge holder (Bruce Cathcart) to circulate the collection basket among the members.  Jimbo Dorr complained that according to last week’s newsletter, he appeared to have been doing something wrong for the past 50 years!  It was stated that there were no member birthdays, spouse’s birthdays or anniversaries in the month of January… to which Jimbo said he would have to inform his wife of this since they had been celebrating their anniversary for 50 years in January!!!  Apparently Allan was misquoted by last week’s scribe who ended up paying his $5 raffle winnings as a fine for the error… even though he was supposed to be fine free! There were a few no make-ups here and there and “happy dollars” were once again in abundance showing off the generous spirit of our grateful club members.
Our speaker this day was Bruce Holly formerly a member of the Rotary Club in Cambodia (Phnom Penh).  Bruce was a commercial real estate broker in Carlsbad, CA. before becoming an international consultant in Shanghai, China.  When the global recession hit in 2008, Bruce decided to stay in Cambodia where he taught English, wrote reports and consulted with the World Bank and the United Nations.  While there he attended a Rotary meeting in a dark Chinese coffee shop with only three members.  He was asked to join and did so only to become the club president in his first year!  He was able to increase the membership to 25 members, all of which were foreigners since the locals were too poor to afford even the membership dues.  Each of these new members was very smart and very connected.  One was the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia.  Together they were able to improve health care and water/water delivery systems (75 wells!) as well created a safe schools program, taught English and helped locals to stand up for themselves in a democratic society.  It was a fascinating presentation and one that made us all appreciative of the efforts Rotarians make around the world in an attempt to make people’s lives better.  Thank you Bruce for your service to Rotary and to the world.
At 1:30 President Tom called the meeting to a close with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart