President David brought the meeting to order and had Phil Rushing lead us in the pledge to our flag.   Tom McDermott  gave us words of wisdom and thanks.
 
There were visitors from California, Canada and Illinois.   Len Kalfuss, former first husband (Past District Governor Helene Kalfuss) introduced a current Assistant Governor Sheryl Silver, from Palm Springs Evening Star Club  as well as a potential new member, Sohail Ahmad, MD.  Sohail is an orthopedic surgeon.
 
Announcements included:
 
The Board met this past week and the word from the treasurer is that the Club is doing all right!  There is approximately $5,000 in the bank and are bills are paidl
 
Saturday, June 2nd is a Club Mixer at the home of Jimbo and Karen Dorr.
 
June 13th is the next Board meeting.
 
June 30th is the Party for our outgoing president, David Archer, to be held at the La Quinta Resort.
 
July 4th will be a working day for many La Quinta Rotarians as we take over the beer distribution at the Carnival of Lights.  Volunteers will be needed from 5-10pm.
 
 
Assistant Governor Silver spoke about Rotary's Public Image.  Our district will be promoting a project  " A Million Acts of Service" to be unveiled on October 6th as "A Million Meals" campaign.  This project will include Food Banks and Rotarians collecting food to give to the poor.  There is a planning meeting on June 2nd.  Ms. Silver says we need to raise "public awareness to the next level".  There will be more on this.
 
Our delightful and lovely server  and herself a dancer,  Cori Hart, spoke about a local dance group, The Starlight Dance Center Competition Team and requested help from our members in sponsoring some of the Dance Team.  The costs of participating by these young people are very high.  If you're interested in helping talk to Cori next week.

The club wished DIck Anderson a speedy recovery from knee surgery on Friday.
Allan Levin, our sergeant at arms (also called a finemaster), raised a few dollars for lateness, no makeups, phone calls, wild shorts, vacations and other assorted acts from Bill Cosgrove, Sandy Lauer, LeRoy Anderson, Phil Rushing, Mayor Don, Greg Lane, Joe LaMantia, Len Kalfuss and Nick Kraushaar.  Since the collections were rather small Adrian Gysi stepped up to the plate to round off to $100.  Hooray for Adrian!  (reporters note:  it was quite a bit more than $19).
 
Our presenter today was Felicia Sirchia, a Wildlife Biologist for the US Fish and Wildlife Department.  Her topic was Coachella Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan.  Felicia spoke about the 27 plants and animals that are covered as well as the permits needed for this conservation.  Pictures shown were identified properly by members Bruce, Joe and Allan in properly guessing the names of the plants and animals shown.  The department is the watchdog for Desert Wildlife.
 
The meeting was adjourned with the recitation of the Four Way Test.