We looked around the room and who was there? It was only us, the Rotary Club of La Quinta. We had no visitors or visiting Rotarians! I am sure it was the result of melting snow and not President Frank's jokes.

Many thanks to all of the club members who participated in serving hot dogs at the City of La Quinta birthday picnic. We served 1200 hot dogs to an appreciative crowd. We also were able to showcase the emergency shelter tent and its contents. Word has it that we set it up in record time, after spending an hour figuring out the directions.

Helen Anderson presented Tom McDermott a Four Way Test plaque in recognition of his completing his Red Badge requirements. Walter Keating reminded all of the upcoming Demotion Party on June 12th at the Mountain View Country Club. You can sign up on line at our website, www.laquintarotary.org. All comments on the bylaw revisions are due to Dick Anderson by this Friday. They will be presented to the Board for approval and brought before the full club for acceptance this month.

Lothar Vasholz gave a very informative talk on the availability of veteran's benefits. He discussed ways the Salvation Army is reaching out to help vets take advantage of these benefits. If you know a vet, make them aware of the support being offered by the Salvation Army.

Our District Conference is just around the corner. More information is available on the website. We had another $5.00 winner at our raffle. There are only a few marbles left. You can't win if you are not at the meeting.

Sergeant at Arms Bruce Cathcart gave Steve Robbins a lot of recognition for various articles and public sightings having to do with water. He did note that Steve was missing from the CVWD booth at the picnic. Helen Anderson and Andy Lorenz were recognized for print articles in which they were identified. Mayor Don was cheered for a successful birthday picnic and Mike Sutton acknowledged wife Lilia's birthday. Ben Hofheimer had some Happy Dollars to thank the club for a great season.

Showing how nimble he is, Ben was also our speaker. He was scheduled to speak next Fall, but when the opportunity presented itself, the talk was moved up. Ben has been a member of three different Rotary Clubs in the northern Virginia/Maryland area. He shared with us his experiences in Rotary and the value of doing make ups at different Rotary Clubs. He discussed how your perspective of Rotary expands when you attend different club meetings, particularly in foreign countries. He was especially kind in recognizing the welcoming nature of our club. Have a safe trip home, Ben and we look forward to seeing you in the Fall.

Note: Please plan to be at the meeting on Friday, May 7th. We will have the opportunity to cast our vote for District Governor for the year 2012-2013.