Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985


The RYLA kids, Marc, Allan, Baird and Doug are greeted by Dr. Bruce and Robert
President Tom called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance and gave a very eloquent invocation.
There were only a few visiting Rotarians in attendance today, they included our good friend Barry from South El Monte who was here for his 2nd to last meeting of the season, Bill Shrona from Washington and Stacy Fifield from the Indio Noon Club.  Stacy made a brief announcement about Rotary Math Field Day to be held at John Glenn Middle School this year on May 13th and invited volunteers from our club to attend and help monitor the event.
We only had one guest this day, Rey Neufeld’s granddaughter Carly Owen, a Cal Poly grad who Rey proudly announced was recently hired to work at Experian.
President Tom made the following announcements:
The next Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on May 17th 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.
The City of La Quinta’s 35th anniversary and annual picnic will be held on Saturday April 29th.  What a great way to end the month of April as we WILL be cooking and serving over 1,000 hot dogs to hungry La Quinta Citizens for free!  If you were unable to sign-up on the sheet last week don’t worry, just show up to the event at the park next to City Hall around 9 AM and we’ll put you to work stuffing buns with wieners and giving them out to the good folks of La Quinta!
The DEMOTION Party will be held this year on June 23rd.
Since the wine event was scheduled to follow the meeting the Raffle was cancelled much to the disappoint of the members in attendance knowing that there were only 3 marbles left and the odds were good that someone would win over $1,200.00!  Expectations are high for next week’s drawing!
Robert Wilkinson took a few moments to introduce 4 of the 17 students that our club sent to RYLA this year and in turn each spoke about their “life changing” experience at this year’s event.  One of their highlights this year was to participate in packing 20,000 meals for service around the world!  Great Job Robert with these future Rotarians.
Our Fine Master Allan Levin took to the podium and recognized Captain Roy Grace for all of his positive contributions to our community.  Captain Roy then made a $20 announcement regarding the Bruce Lee Memorial Run starting across the street from the Cliff House and ending at City Hall to take place on May 12.  It starts at 6:30 and a small memorial ceremony will be held around 7:30 at City Hall. Robert Wilkinson paid for his being recognized at the LQHS Spring Social to be held in May.  Allan fined himself for his upcoming anniversary with his wife Barbara and Dr. Bruce followed with a donation for his anniversary with his wife Janet of 37 years!  Abraham gave $20 for his birthday and Walter gave another $20 for his retirement to take place on June 1st.  Soon to be new member Hal Tilbury donated another $20 for his wife’s recovery from shoulder replacement surgery and Doug, Arnie and Howard all contributed $5 for various happy dollar occasions.  Finally, Dr. Bob Woodward gave $10 for his last meeting of the season and Dick and Helen Anderson contributed $100 for their last meeting as La Quinta Rotarians as they will be moving back to their home in Tustin next week.  We will miss all of our visitors… but we will miss the Andersons most of all!
Our speaker this day was Elizabeth Ogren Erickson who confessed to this being her first public presentation on behalf of the “Friends of the Desert Mountains” in her position of Outreach Liaison.  Friends of the Desert Mountains is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 1987 by a group of passionate, concerned citizens determined to help to protect the conservation land resources of the Coachella Valley. They partner with the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission, the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service, and others to support education, research and conservation in the valley and the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.  Together with their partners and the local community, who help support their organization through major sponsorships, donations, and vital volunteer time, they have protected over 50,000 acres of conservation land.  For her first time as a presenter Elizabeth did a great job and educated all of us regarding the different ecosystems and State and National Parks in the Mountains that surround the Coachella Valley.  A very big part of their contribution to the mountains is creating and maintaining safe, sustainable hiking trails through their volunteer programs for the public to use and enjoy.  Elizabeth shared with us that there are over 500 miles of trails though our local mountains and that we are the #1 destination in the entire United States for hiking!  Elizabeth made an excellent presentation that was both interesting and informative.  For more information on the Friends of the Desert Mountains please go to their website at:
President Tom called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart
Editor's note:  Our recent guest from the Rotary Club of Karen in Kenya Ndungwa "DEE" Meme sent me this email and photo:
Dear Bruce,
Apologies for my delayed response. I have just returned back to kenya after quite a bit of travel. Finally our club has received your donation and with much gratitude. A message from our president to pass his kind regards and thank you to your members for their generosity. We are getting together this weekend to sort and allocated the 46,000 books that were donated to our club by Oxford books in the U.K so your funds will be applied where needed respectively.

Please see picture below.

Ndungwa Meme