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Bruce, Walter, Myrna, Tom, Corry and Andy at the greeting table

On a beautiful Friday afternoon, President Sandy gaveled to order the 18th meeting of the 27th year of La Quinta Rotary.  Marc Rosen led us in the pledge while Walter Keating provided the invocation.  Visiting today were Rotarians from Alberta, Canada and Seattle and Olympia, Washington. 

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President Sandy Making announcements

President Sandy then went over a long list of announcements and upcoming events.  Topping the list was that District Governor Joe Ramos was impressed with our club and thanked us for a great Governor’s Visit.  Well done to all who made his visit a happy one.  David Archer, aka Waldo, reported that the flock is circling, but has not been spotted. 

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Welcome back David "W" Archer!

Our Strut Your Mutt fund raiser has been scheduled for March 29th.  Davids Archer and Turner are co-chairing this event.  Now is a good time to start considering who owes you favors and might be a good sponsor for this event.  Start early so we do not need a last minute push.  More info will be out soon.  A more immediate fund raising opportunity is just around the corner.  Allan Levin is recruiting Master Pourers for the Hops and Props event at the Palm Springs Air Museum on November 23rd.  Shift hours are 11-1:30 and 1:30-4.  We need a lot of pourers so if you are not a master of this art, a short introductory course will be given at the event.

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Rotary Members and guests gather in fellowship

Upcoming club events include the Duck Social at the Dorr’s on November 16th.  Our next Board Meeting will be at 5:30 at Baird Bouchard’s Fine Jewelry on Washington near Lumpy’s on November 20th.  The club will be DARK on November 29th as we enjoy those Thanksgiving leftovers.  On December 2nd we will return to Baird’s Jewelry Store for a Razzel Dazzel social.  A flyer will be sent out next week.  We will continue on our social swing with our Holiday Party at the Motz home on December 13th.  The cost is $40.00 per person and includes food, beer, wine and soda.  There is no charge for fun.

Member announcements included a reminder from Joe La Mantia to use Rotary Direct for your RI Foundation giving.  Robert Wilkinson reported on a recent meeting with the Water District and tentative plans for our club’s continued support of the filter project in the trailer parks.  Helen Anderson reported on an article in the Huffington Post that reported on the re-emergence of polio in Syria and neighboring countries.  Immunization with the polio vaccine is already underway, but will take six months to complete.  Diane Kelly hopes to have our new name badges at our next meeting.  Also at our next meeting, Sandy Lauer would like you to bring in any shirt(s) on which you would like to have the LQ Rotary emblem.  Washed, no starch is preferable.  Finally, we held our raffle with Bill Cosgrove emerging as a $5.00 winner.

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Welcome our newest member Chris McCollough!

Bruce Underwood, our Membership Chair, took the podium to induct Chris McCollough, from Rabo Bank, as our newest Rotarian.  Bruce shared a little Rotary history and then presented Chris with his pin, certificate, and badge.  Helen Anderson then presented President Sandy with a Flamingo Road Crossing sign acquired on her recent trip east.

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New Favorite Server Shirle with $18.00 Bleu Cheeseburgers

Bruce Cathcart stood in for Allan to recognize the comings and goings and not attendings of some of our members.  The most notable fine was actually a voluntary one.  Chris McCollough rose to lay claim as the first of the Robo Bank team to pay a Rotary fine.  Another notable recognition went to Leroy Anderson for the having his cell phone go off during the Governor’s visit.  We lost a couple of points there.  Bruce also acknowledged birthdays and anniversaries.  There were many happy dollars, but we had to console Walter, who gave an unhappy dollar for a football loss.

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We were treated to a very interesting presentation by Bob Schneider from Desert Adventures.  These are the Red Jeep folks.  The tourist industry contributes $4.5-5 billion dollars to our desert economy every year.  Bob and his company play a big part in that effort, providing unique tours to our local desert and mountain destinations.  They can work with any size group and can tailor tours to individual or group desires.  For them, it is all about education and having fun.  Currently, the most popular tour is the San Andreas Fault Tour.  That may be challenged by his newest tour addition; a craft beer tasting tour.  You can see all of the tour offerings on their website at   http://desertadventuresjeeptours.com/.  Many residents send their guests to take a Red Jeep tour, but Bob invited the residents to come along as well.  There is a lot to learn about our local environs.  Bob also spoke about their commitment to local charity work.  He offered to provide a tour as a raffle prize for a future club fund raiser.  Sounds like fun!

We then closed the meeting with President Sandy leading us in a recitation of the Four Way Test.