Posted by Bruce Cathcart on Sep 08, 2017
Rey, Brett and Baird are greeted by Dr. Bruce, Sandy and Kevin
Returning from our August hiatus President Baird called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance. Allan Levin gave a most excellent invocation.
We had only one visiting Rotarian this day, Steve McNeil from the Miramar Semper Fidelis Rotary Club which is only one of two Rotary clubs that meets regularly on a military base.
We also had only one guest, our Speaker this day Fred Campbell’s wife (of 50 years!) Sandra.
Baird announced that starting this coming Friday (9/15/17) our club meetings will officially begin at 12:00 NOON.  Please spread the word and try not to be late!!!
Our next Club Board meeting will take place on Tuesday September 19th at 5:30 PM at Baird’s Jewelry store which is located in the old Lumpy’s shopping center behind Trader Joe’s.  The address is:  Boucher’s Fine Jewelers 46600 Washington St. #2, La Quinta, CA. 92253.
This coming Friday (9/15/17) our speaker will be Michael Carra who will speak to us about Amelia Earhart. It should be a great presentation so please make plans to join us.
Volunteers will be needed for both the Props and Hops and Brew in LQ events both coming up on November 18th.  This will be one long day and two events doing what we La Quinta Rotarians do best… pouring and serving beer!  These two events comprise our fall fund raisers for our club so do your best to volunteer and help out.  If possible, recruit family members and/or a few friends.  It is a great way to introduce potential new members to our club and to Rotary!  More details to follow in the coming months.
Dick and Victory Grund have graciously volunteered the use of their new grounds (La Quinta’s Old Town Artisan Studio) to house our Rotary Holiday Party to be held on December 2, 2017 and then again for our Spring Wine Tasting Event to be held on March 17, 2018.  This is an amazing location and we are so fortunate to have Dick as such a supportive member of our club.  More details on these two events will be shared in the coming months as well.
With about $235.00 in the raffle and a bag still heavily weighted in white marbles Merv Kolb drew one of those heavily weighted white marbles and settled for the $5.00 consolation prize.
Baird then made a very special presentation to one of our members recognizing him for his dedicated service to the Rotary Club of La Quinta for over 25 years.  In that time and acting as our sergeant-at-arms and fine master for many of those years he is without a doubt the all-time top fund raiser for our club.  In addition he has been the chairman of our past Rotary Golf Tournaments, Props and Hops and head chef on the “que” for all but one City of La Quinta Birthday Celebration which by my count has cooked and served around 20,000 hot dogs!  He has attended nearly every club board meeting and is an invaluable member to our club.
Congratulations Allan Levin on this well-deserved award.  It should be noted that Allan received a sitting ovation from nearly all of the members in attendance at the meeting this day.
With his head still swelling with pride having just received such a prestigious award our Fine Master Allan Levin started the day’s recognition by auctioning off the Fine Free Badge.  After some very lack luster bidding Bruce Cathcart ended up winning the bid (for a paltry $30.00) and the privilege to carry the basket.  As Allan began recognizing events from the past month a pattern of birthdays emerged… starting with Bruce C. (age 61), then Joe LaMantia (70), then Dick Jandt (76) and finally Andy Lorenz (81).  It should be noted that two youngsters of the group (Bruce and Joe) paid for their recognition while the two oldsters claimed to have “forgotten” and promised restitution at the next meeting.  Bit by the “I forgot” bug, Robert Wilkinson also deferred paying until next week for his anniversary with wife Nancy.  Rey Neufeld chipped in a few bucks for his family reunion and Dave Turner and Dr. Bruce both jumped on the Kansas City bandwagon celebrating their recent victory over the New England Patriots.  Apparently out of ammo for the day and grasping at straws Allan was disappointed to learn that all members in attendance were wearing their rotary pins and nearly all had already paid their annual dues!  He admonished the group before sitting down that dues MUST be paid or there will be consequences at the next meeting!
Our speaker this day was our very own Fred Campbell who spoke to us about Fundraising and Fundraising EVENTS.  Fred joined Rotary in 1980 and became an Auction Committee Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs the same year.  Using what he learned from his career as a consulting field engineer he began to apply some of his business knowledge to the art of fundraising.  In doing so he successfully took the Boys and Girls Club fundraising event from first year revenues of $26,000.00 to almost $200,000.00 in just a few short years.  Fred made two key points regarding Fundraising events.  First, they MUST be run like a business and second, donations are made based upon emotions.  Fred shared with us the 4 W’s of fundraising and then he shared the secret of his long term success… a software program that he designed (and now sells on his website called the Event Wizard.  Fred walked us through the basics of the software program and for many in attendance it was the “a-ha moment” where we could plainly see the difference between how we as a club had been running our own fundraisers and the steps that we need to take in order to create a Fundraising Event at the next level.  Fortunately Fred has volunteered to assist us with our wine tasting event scheduled for the Spring of 2018.  Thank you Fred for a very enlightening presentation and we thank you in advance for all of your help yet to come.
In future meetings if you are not sure who the speaker of the day is just look for the new sign!  The speaker will be the person right behind it!!!
President Baird called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
Editor's note:  Anyone interested in helping out with the weekly newsletter please see Bruce Cathcart.  The pay's not so good but the working conditions are tolerable... and I sure could use the help on the days when I am not able to attend Rotary!  Thanks!
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart