Kevin, Nick, Allan and Baird are greeted by Sandy, Robert and Penny
With President Tom still not quite recovered from his latest bout with pneumonia, we gathered together once again as Rotarians and friends at the Cliff House where President-elect Baird Boucher called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  Allan Levin gave the invocation.
There were several visiting Rotarians in attendance including our good friends Barry from South El Monte and Diane from Stockton.   Thank goodness Andrea Durrett from Palm Desert was NOT in attendance with those darn Girl Scout cookies again!  Bob Davidson and Gary Bisbee from Oregon were visiting as was our returning Rotarian Nancy from Washington.  Prospective transfer Rotarian member  Fred Campbell showed up for the second week in a row.  Bruce Cathcart’s guest Hal Tilbury was in attendance for the third time and is being proposed for membership this coming week.  Also joining us this day was Dick Grund’s grandniece Michaela, a student at Pepperdine who is involved in reactivating their Rotaract Club on Campus!
President –elect Baird made the following announcements:
At our March 10th club meeting we will be having our annual club assembly at which time we will vote for our new Club and Foundation board members.
The next Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on March 15th 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.
We will once again be hosting our Wine Event at the La Quinta Museum this year on SATURDAY APRIL 22nd.  Our very own Kevin Pickett will be providing the entertainment for the evening and there will be a raffle, appetizers, and lots of fun to be had.  Members are being asked to sell (or buy) at least 4 tickets each at $25.00 per ticket and to provide raffle prizes if possible.  This is turning out to be a very important fundraiser this year and if successful it will allow us to fund more scholarships for the graduating La Quinta High School Seniors and send more LQHS Juniors to RYLA!
The City of La Quinta’s 35th anniversary and annual picnic will be held on Saturday April 29th.  We will be cooking and serving over 1,000 hot dogs to hungry La Quinta Citizens!  There will be more information to follow on this fun event in the meetings to come.
The DEMOTION Party will be held this year on June 23rd.  More info to follow in the coming meetings.
Nick gave us all a FINAL update on the Indio Mock Trial Team that finished their competitive season with an overwhelming WIN over local rival Palm Desert HS and ended their season with a 2-2 record.  Congratulations Nick on a job well done!
Diane Kelly announced that Andy Lorenz is no longer driving, but if anyone would be able to pick him up on Fridays he would love to attend our meetings.  Andy lives in Rancho La Quinta just down Washington Street from the Cliff House.
Helen (and Dick, just back from Guatemala) brought a flag back to share with our club.  She and Dick have been invited and will be speaking about the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) at the upcoming Paul Harris luncheon noting that the GLP is in the top 10 in the world as a recipient for Global Grants!
Each year, through our club participation in the GLP, the Andersons recognize one member for their outstanding contributions to the GLP that go above and beyond our normal Service Above Self.  This year Dick Anderson presented Dick Grund with a special pin recognizing him for all that he has done to support the GLP.  Congratulations Dick (Grund), we are all very proud of you!
Our raffle was worth $841.00 today and Sandy Stewart had the winning ticket.  Fortunately for the rest of the club members Sandy drew the white marble rolling the jackpot over for next week.
Our Fine Master Allan Levin stepped up to the podium and immediately raffled off the Fine Free badge for the month of March.
After some very spirited bidding our affiliate member Bob Becker was the winner and asked Allan to please feel free to fine the affiliate members as if they were regular members.  Allan was delighted at the thought although it was apparent by a few groans that not all of our affiliates were as enthusiastic about being fined as Bob apparently is… of course now that Bob has the Fine Free Badge it puts his comment and that enthusiasm in perspective!  Allan then proceeded to recognize Brett for his wife Colleen’s birthday, Marc Rosen for his wife Irene’s birthday and then the two for one recognizing Diana Weaver AND husband Cliff for Diana’s birthday.
Marc also paid for a “Thank You” letter that he received on the Club’s behalf from a past LQ Rotary Scholarship recipient who is now in college and a member of Rotaract!  Dick Anderson gave happy dollars for the good work done by ALL Rotarians with the GLP and Helen followed with high praise for the Indio Sunrise Rotary Club for their participation in the Dr. Seuss Day “Read Across America” program where they had 1,000 student participants.  And speaking of high praise, Dr. Bruce could hardly contain himself at Gonzaga’s loss and Kansas’ win (not against each other) in college basketball.  Dick Grund paid for an explanation of Gonzaga’s recent loss… something about getting the betting odds up.  Finally, swept up in the spirit of giving, guest Hal Tilbury made a $50.00 announcement inviting Rotary Club Members to join him as his guests this past Saturday night at the Galilee Fundraiser at the Indian Wells Country Club.  Looks like Hal is going to make a great member!
Our speaker this day was Dennis E. Spurgin DC, a long time Rotarian with the Palm Springs Rotary Club and the father of past Rotary Club of La Quinta member Kurt Spurgin.  Dennis has spoken at our club before on Project Peanut Butter (PPB) and so it was great to get an update on this amazing, successful Rotary sponsored project.  He started with a short video where we learned about PPB.  Across the world, Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) is the largest killer of children under five years of age, contributing to nearly half of all childhood deaths. Defined by a very low weight to height ratio, visible severe wasting, or by the presence of nutritional edema, an estimated 20 million children suffer from SAM, and malnutrition contributes to the death of more than 3 million children a year.  In a nutshell (peanut pun intended), PPB helps communities manufacture and helps distribute a peanut based formula that when fed to children with SAM has a 95% full recovery rate.  Currently 11 Rotary Districts and over 150 clubs participate in the PPB where they are able to save one child for about $25.00!  This was a very interesting and informative program and Dennis did a great job in its presentation.  To learn more about Project Peanut Butter please visit their website at
At 1:30 President-elect Baird called the meeting to a close with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart