Posted by Bruce Cathcart on May 12, 2017
Marc, Jeff and Andy are greeted by Dr. Bruce, Corry and Greg
President Tom, looking fully recovered from his recent dispute with Mother Earth called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance. Dr. Bruce gave the invocation which was not short, but sweet.
We had only one visiting Rotarian today.  Everyone was glad to see our own past La Quinta Rotarian, the lovely (inside and out) Jennifer Donais.
There were no guests today, but Andy Lorenz made it back for the third week in a row and we were all so glad to spend this time with him!
President Tom announced that we will be “DARK” (which means No Meeting) on May 26th the Friday before Memorial Day Weekend and then announced that we have the opportunity once again to pour beer at the PS Air Museum this coming Memorial Day (Monday, May 29th).  The list has been filled and it looks like this will be another great event at which to hone our beer pouring skills… honestly we are so good at this we should be given a Stein Master Award or something!
June 9th will be the Scholarship Awards ceremony at the La Quinta High School and all members are invited to watch Robert Wilkinson and the scholarship committee hand out $12,000.00 in scholarships to 15 deserving La Quinta students.  This is a great evening and is a great opportunity to see the fruits of our labors (so to speak).
The LAST Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on June 21st 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.  Everyone is welcome!
Immediate Past President Doug 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.
Bruce Cathcart finally delivered the La Quinta Rotary Membership Certificate to our newest member (transferring Rotarian) Fred Campbell.  Welcome Fred… it seems like we have known you forever!
With about $78 in the raffle and now down to 304 white marbles and only one black marble in the magic bag Arnie drew a white marble… yet another shocker.  I’m not sure who was more excited about the $5 win, Arnie or Corry (who was left holding the bag).
Our Fine Master Allan Levin had the day off so filling in for Allan was the beloved “Bruce the Benevolent”.  Bruce is so named because of his kindness when separating club members from their hard earned dollars.  It was a small crowd but they had big hearts with Doug, Arnie, Bruce and even Jennifer volunteering several “Happy Dollars”.  Sandy Lauer was visibly distraught at the thought of having to give an IUO for her recently celebrated birthday, knowing that next week she would be at the mercy of our regular fine master.  Thankfully Marc Rosen saved the day by announcing that this would be his last meeting of the season and so by contributing $100 for his upcoming anniversary on June 26th with his wife Irene and as a “Thank You” to the club he helped make our paltry collection a bit more respectable.
Our speaker this day was Frank Spevacek, our City Manager for the City of La Quinta.  Frank spoke to us about the proposed development that just broke ground at Silver Rock.  The development includes a luxury hotel with branded luxury residential (Montage), a lifestyle hotel with branded lifestyle residential (Pendry), a conference and shared services facility, a mixed-use village, resort residential village, renovation of the existing Ahmanson Ranch House, construction of a permanent golf clubhouse, and associated road and utility infrastructure.  This $420 million dollar project specifically encompasses:
  • A 140-room, 5-star quality luxury hotel and spa and a 200-room, 4-star quality lifestyle hotel;
  • A 71,000 square foot conference center and shared services facility shared by the luxury and lifestyle hotels;
  • A resort village with 150,000 square feet of resort residential units and up to 40,000 square feet of retail space with recreation areas;
  • 35 luxury and 60 lifestyle branded residential homes that are associated with their respective hotels;
  • 160 resort style homes for private ownership with the option for owners to offer as short-term rentals;
  • Renovation of the Ahmanson Ranch House facility as a public event center and to serve as an amenity to the resort; and 
  • 5,000 square feet of temperature controlled space with large outdoor patios and event lawn.
    Frank answered several questions from our membership regarding the Big Horn Sheep issue, water conservation issues and traffic issues.
This was an excellent and very informative presentation that left all in attendance excited about the Silver Rock project and the future for our City!
President Tom called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart