Greg Lane gave an inspiring invocation after the Pledge of allegiance to get the meeting started. More visiting Rotarians are now attending our meetings as other areas of the US and Canada cool down. We had a past District Governor and his Wife from B.C, a member of the Red Deer Rotary, Alberta, a member of Washington State, North Shore Club and a member from Colonia, B.C. The prize for the Rotarian visiting us from afar was West Germany.

President Dan congratulated Mayor Don Adolf and Dick Jandt's wife, Terry Henderson on their election wins and being returned to office. Dan also informed us Bob Lieder is on a leave of absence and Elizabeth Printy has resigned from our Club. We will miss Elizabeth and look forward to Bob's return.

Lothar Vasholz reported that the Veterans Expo, held October 30th, was a resounding success with over 600 attendees. He thanked the volunteers from La Quinta Rotary for helping and feeding the people who attended. Our Hot Dog team was at the top of their game.

Doug Motz reported a good time was had by all that attended the Monday night football social at Lamppost Pizza. Not only was there a football game but the group got to watch the exciting end of the World Series. Sam Payne asked if anyone in the Club would be able to attend the Interact Club meetings, held 11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m. every other Wednesday, when he is not available. He also asked us to mark December 4th on our calendars for the 1st "Bowling Challenge", La Quinta Rotary versus La Quinta Rotary Interact Club to be held at Fantasy Springs Bowling Alleys.

Lisa Guy, our Exchange Student and also the President of the Interact Club, told us her stay in La Quinta will end in January when she will returns to New Zealand. We will miss you, Lisa.

A reminder that November 12th is the District Governors visit, the District Foundation Gala is November 13th and November 19th will be the Club Assembly. So far we have two tables reserved for the Gala.

Sandy Lauer announced the Rotary Holiday party will be held on December 10th at Bruce and Kristy Franklin's home.

Allan Levine auctioned off the fine free badge and Sandy Lauer got into a spirited bidding war for the badge. Sandy was really bidding for Diane Kelly who was not in attendance. At one point Sandy was so determined to win the badge she was bidding against herself.

Our Speaker was Ricardo Medina, Superintendent of Schools, Coachella Unified School District. He told us about a program his District is promoting to keep students with good grades in school called "Operation Graduation". Many of the children in his district do not have access to computers and if they meet the guidelines set by the Coachella School District they are given a lap top computer to use. In order to get a free note book computer, incoming freshmen must achieve the 4 A's; Academics, Attendance, Activities and Attitude. Data shows that if students do not succeed in their freshman year, they are in danger of never achieving success in high school. Superintendent Medina also gave us an insight into the demographics of the district and why the graduation rate is 77% in the Coachella School District.

The meeting ended with us all reciting the Four Way Test.