President Robert called the ninth meeting of the twenty sixth year of La Quinta Rotary to order at 12:15pm.  Palmer Riedel led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Robert Wilkinson asked us to observe a moment of silence for 9/11 and anything personal each individual had. 

It is great to be back at the Cliff House. The old place never looked so good!


We did have a visiting Rotarian, Margaret Wood, a member from San Felipe, Baja Californai, and she brought her club banner with her.   Also a prospective member, Joanne Woody, was introduced by Walter Keating. 

Key Dates:

 October 19th-All desert Rotary Foundation Meeting at Red Robin- see Joe LaMantia for details.

The Million Meals effort  is being done at Albertson’s at Washington and Ave 42 this weekend and next. The hours are 4pm Friday, Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday 11-5.  If anyone wants to volunteer, you can show up for any length of time that you are able.  We will be collecting food and contributions.

Board Meeting  September 19th  - Lee Osborne’s  board room.  Budget will be discussed at the Board Meeting

In doing a little homework on the scholarship program, President Robert announced that since 2002, scholarships have been given to 118 students at La Quinta High School.  There have also been several given to Amistad High School.  Some of them are currently Division I student athletes and others have been on yearlong foreign exchange programs.  Robert will work with Carol Ramirez and to get additional information on what some of the others are doing.  It is a nice idea to see the impact of what our club has done on helping future leaders.

President Robert spoke about options of Lobster Fest or Golf Tournament.  There will be more to follow on this.

President Robert introduced Robert from CVWD.  He is putting together a video for fellow Rotarian Steve Robbins and he wanted to include our friendly faces to wish him well.

Doug Motz announced the Annual Mayors Cup to be held at La Quinta Country Club September 20th at 4PM.  It will be a nine hole scramble tournament and caddy club for the non-golfers.  There will also be a Chamber Mixer immediately following the golf.

President Robert thanked Jeff Wattenbarger and Dick Anderson for their continued work on the Club Opportunity grant they have been working on for furnishings for the two Habitat Homes in La Quinta Cove.  It is pretty well together and the Habitat grant writer is reviewing and then it will be submitted.   

Our raffle was $269 with President Robert picking the winning ticket and winning a $5 prize with his white marble.

Our esteemed Sergeant-at-Arms Allan Levin took to the podium to try to drum up some funds.  Walter Keating was the first one fined for not turning the ringer off on the phone.  Jennifer Donais was fined for no makeups, birthday and anniversary, and a trip.  Lee Osborne had some no makeups and his front page photo and article in the paper on his political consultant.  Sandra Moffitt was fined for being late and her birthday.  There then ensued a discussion between Allan and Palmer Riedel about an outstanding fine.  Palmer claimed he had paid the fine to Corey.  Allan then had an exchange with  Palmer about his trip to Hawaii.   Dick Anderson had a birthday September 1st and so Dick and Helen Anderson were fined.  Dick also contributed for a wonderful trip to Idaho which Dick described as fishing, breakfast, golf, happy hour….. tough trip.  But somebody has to do it!


Dick Jandt  celebrated a birthday September 13th so he contributed  $.50 a year for an odd amount…….never dull.  Jeff Wattenbarger  announced that he and Mary had a great trip to Banff Alberta.   Doug Motz contributed $5 for his Chargers win!   President Robert contributed for his anniversary. 


Bob Wright introduced City Planner Ed Alderson who then introduced our speaker, Darla Burkett, Executive Director of the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.  Darla provided some of the highlights about the mission:  Every day the Mission feeds 600+ meals- last year 216,000  meals.  The new facility, a $12 million dollar project, has been paid in full as of a couple of weeks ago.  The Mission is about more than just food and clothing though- education, work, mentoring,  getting people housed and independent through their case managers.  Seventeen children spent the night at overnight mission the night before.  This economy has produced a new level of poor and homeless and many are college educated.  Donations needed include anything you would use on a daily basis- toiletries, clean clothing, shoes, men’s white socks, childrens clothing as well. Darla invited everyone down personally for a tour of the Mission and to see how lives are changed every day.  Darla then answered many questions for the members.

President Robert thanked our speaker and closed the meeting at 1:15 with the Four Way Test for the camera and to wish Steve Robbins well.   

Editor's Note:  Judith Redwine had successful double bypass surgery on Tuesday.  The operation was a complete success, but she is experiencing some pain.  She is expecting to return to the desert around the 1st of Novemeber.  Keep her in your prayers and keep those cards and letters coming to 1030 Cherrywood Ave, Cumberland, MD 21502.