Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985



The 40th meeting of the 28th year of La Quinta Rotary was called to order by President Sandy Stewart.  The flag salute was led by Don Adolph and fine words of inspiration were given by Corry Hunter. 


  Merv, Allan and Bill are greeted by Tom, Doug and Baird


There was only one visiting Rotarian , our good friend Barry from El Monte.Guests of our Rotarians were introduced by Andy Lorenz, Diane Kelly and Baird Boucher.


President Sandy makes this week's announcements


President Sandy gave a report on last week's district conference.  A good time was had by most!!   Linda Tyer also reported on the awards won by our Club at the convention including the International Service Award  to Dick and Helen Anderson.  Other awards given were for Youth Service, Interact, Club Service, the 4-Way Speech and various others.  Linda did an excellent job representing our club in receiving the awards on our behalf. 


Members and guests gather in fellowship


The party honoring outgoing president Sandy will be on Saturday night, June 28th at the La Quinta Resort.  More will be announced on this event including the starting time.



Jimbo Dorr announced his golf tournament next Friday (after our meeting of course) on May 16th, at the Indian Palms Country Club. Starting time is at 2pm followed by a (possible drinking) event at the Dorr residence.  Check the web site or call Jimbo for further info.


The next Board meeting is May 21st at Corry's office at 5:30 PM. 


Sandy Lauer discussed the fact that Mother's Day is almost here and that Guatemala mothers need help.  The basket was passed around the room and $167 was raised to be sent to needy mothers in Guatemala.


Joe LaMantia discussed the upcoming Pryde meeting.  The participants will be preparing food baskets on Saturday.  Anyone able to help is requested to contact Joe.


Dick Anderson requested that all members make their Paul Harris contribution as soon as possible.  All contributions need to be made prior to June 29th to complete this year's giving.


Allan Levin announced that on Memorial Day (May 26th) the Club will be serving beer at the Palm Springs Air Museum from 10-3.  A sign up sheet will be passed around at the next meeting for helpers.  Please contact Allan for more info.  It was noted that this is not "Props and Hops" as previous reported!


Dick Jandt presented a check in the amount of $500 from the La Quinta Arts Foundation fto the club for or our lunch delivery services at this year's art festival.


Favorite server Amy delivers Chicken Caesar Salads


The raffle had a white ball pulled by Elaine Millan, a guest of Diane Kelly. 



Allan prepares to recognize the members


Allan Levin (the Club's finemaster) took the podium and despite "problems" from Jeff Wattenbarger, managed to reach into the pockets of the following members for various and sundry offenses:  Diane Kelly, Bill Cosgrove, Brett Anderson, President Sandy, Sandy Lauer, Linda Tyer, Baird Boucher,  Merv Kolb, Don Adolph, and Jim Dorr. 


Andy Lorenz paid some happy dollars to have checked off of his bucket the handling, feeding and petting of lion cubs!


Our speaker this day, master jeweler Jerry E. Bern Jr.


The speaker,  introduced by Sandy Lauer, was Jerry E. Bern Jr., a long time friend and business associate of our member Baird Boucher.   Jerry is a 4th generation master jeweler with Marshall Pierce & Company from Chicago and is an expert in diamonds and other gem stones. 


Jerry shocked us all by passing a ring collection around the room worth in excess of $750,000.00!  There were two rings in the box, each with diamonds over 5 carats in size with price tags of $150,000.00 each!  (At last report, they were all returned to him).  A large portion of Jerry (and Baird's) buisiness involves the valuation, purchase, and sale of estate jewelry, specializing in large diamonds and unique precious stones.  He advised us that there are only a few places like his (and Baird's) where someone can get "real" value for their jewelry and to avoid the "cash for gold", pawn shops and even most retail jewelry stores to avoid getting robbed in exchange for some quick cash. He shared with us that large diamonds as well as large gem stones have all continued to increase in value and there is a good market for them right now.  Jerry was a very good speaker and really "dazzled us with his brilliance".


The meeting was adjourned with the reading of the 4-way test.


This newsletter was written by Merv Kolb