President-elect Doug Motz called the 15th meeting of the 28th year of our La Quinta Rotary Club to order and then lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  Rey Neufeld followed the flag salute with a very nice invocation.  It was noted that President Corry was off setting up barricades with directional signs for the upcoming “Patriot Ride”.
 
 
At the greeting table this week was Sandy Stewart taking attendance, Tom McDermott selling lunch tickets and Adrian Gyzi selling Raffle tickets.  
 
We had three visiting Rotarians in attendance and only one guest this day.
 
President-elect Doug made the following announcements:
 
The next club board meeting will be held on Wednesday,  November 19th, at Baird Boucher’s (Wholesale Jewelry) store in La Quinta starting at 5:30 PM.
 
Strut Your Mutt will be held on March 21, 2015, NOT march 28th as previously advertised.   Preparations are already under way.
 
Helen Anderson updated everyone on the Historical wine tasting event scheduled to take place on Saturday November 8th.  At the event we will be sampling six wines from Paso Robles, four wines from Chile, three wines from Argentina and three wines from Spain.  We are behind on attendance so please, bring a friend or three!!!  Like golf, wine tasting is better in foursomes!
 
Rotary Aprons will be on sale with Sandy Lauer heading up the purchasing department.  The aprons will be ½ off… actually the club will pay the other half… ONLY $10.00 each!
 
 
Congratulations to our football pool big winners Pedro Rincon winning the 1st and 2nd quarters ($175.00), Walter Keating winning the 3rd quarter ($75.00) and our big winner Greg Lane who won the 4th quarter prize of $250.00!
 
 
With well over $285.00 in the jackpot this week “Lucky” Pedro Rincon managed to draw a white marble and win only $5.00 of it! 
 
 
The lunch choices today were the famous $18.00 Cliff House Burger and fries, the traditional Chicken Caesar salad with fresh parmesan cheese and homemade Caesar dressing, or a bowl of Black Bean Soup accompanied by ½ a grilled cheese sandwich, all served with a nice slice of Ice Cream Pie to top everyone’s meal off!
 
 
Our Fine Master Walter Keating returned from his 4 week hiatus and wasted no time in skinning newly returned Marc Rosen for a c-note to cover all transgressions during his absence (Welcome back Marc).  City Council Candidate Bob Wright coughed up a buck a year amounting to $65.00 for his 65th birthday as did Nick Kraushaar for his birthday and things went steadily downhill from there.  It took nearly 10 minutes to get a clarification on the World Series bet between Joe LaMantia’s San Francisco Giants and Bruce Underwood’s Kansas City Royals.  Was it $5 a game or $5 a run… or $5 for the winner of the series?  I’m still not sure, but Allan will be filling in next Friday for Walter and you can bet he will have it resolved by then.  My guess is that Rotary will end up being the winner thanks to the generosity of these two great Rotarians.
 
 
We were privileged to have member Bob Wright back again to go into more detail about the Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) Educational Foundation with a little help from Albert Perez (DSUSD Technology Administrator) and Theresa Kachiroubas (Public Relations for the Foundation). 
 
Bob started us off by sharing that the goal of the Foundation this year was to support the expanded availability of technology in the classrooms.  To do this, funds raised by the foundation were to be used to augment the district’s shortfall in funds required to acquire Google Chromebooks for every student in the district (28,000) beginning from grade 4 and up.  Chromebook laptops for DSUSD students should better prepare the children for the critical thinking skills required by California’s new Common Core Standards and to be more effective in the workplace.  Albert Perez then showed our members several examples of Chromebooks and shared with us some of the more technical aspects of their characteristics and function.  The cost to the foundation of each Chromebook is $250.00 which includes free Google accounts for the students plus the special licensing and programs.  To date the Foundation has raised funds and acquired 200 Chromebooks that have been distributed to DSUSD students.  Theresa then took over and shared with us more information about the two fundraisers scheduled by the foundation.   She started with a reminder about the second annual “Hike 4 Education” which will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014 and beginning at the Lake Cahuilla Recreational Park.  This was the topic of a previous program by Bob Wright a couple of weeks ago.  Flyers are available through Bob Wright for this great event.  The second fundraiser scheduled is the First Annual Festival of Trees and Holiday Basket Raffle.  Local organizations and businesses are asked to either decorate a 6 /12 foot lighted tree (provided by the foundation) or decorate and fill a holiday basket with $400.00 worth of ornaments and gifts and then deliver them to the School District Offices (47950 Dune Palms Rd.) on 11/29 or 11/30.  The trees and baskets will be on display from 12/1 through 12/13.  Community members will be able to purchase raffle tickets for $1 each and winners will be drawn at 6 PM on 12/6 for their choice of a tree or holiday basket.  This sounds like a fun way to help support such a worthy cause!  For more details please feel free to contact Theresa at info@DesertSandsEF.org.
 
 
In addition to our scheduled speaker we had in attendance this day the City of La Quinta’s Assistant Police Chief Lt. Dave Walton.  Dave took this opportunity to share with us some of the challenges he faces on a regular basis managing the 64 Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies that it takes to maintain the public safety here in our city and what he has done to try and off-set the costs that currently make up 54% of the City’s annual budget.  So far this year alone Dave has managed to obtain additional funding from the State of California, our local Indian Tribes, and the Trilogy Homeowners Association in excess of $186,000.00!  Dave also shared with us that the two recent incidences of violence reported in the La Quinta Cove area were unrelated and neither was a random act.  All victims were known to their assailants and all are in custody thanks to the great work of Dave and his deputies.
 
President-elect Doug closed out the meeting “leading” the members in the four way test.  Clearly taking a note out of past President Sandy’s playbook by inviting everyone to “follow him”; he then went silent on us.
 
This week’s newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart