President David called the meeting to order and asked Andy Lorenz to  lead us in the salute to our flag.  Bruce Franklin offered the invocation.  We had visitors with us from the Coachella Valley, Washington, British Columbia, Nevada, Alberta and Oregon.

Girl Scout Rachael shared her goal of selling three thousand boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.  She is also accepting orders for cases of cookies (12 boxes) to be sent to service men and women overseas.  Sales were pretty brisk. 

A representative from the Indian Wells Rotary Club asked for our support with their upcoming fund raiser.  It will feature a comedian/impressionist doing Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.  (Note:  Due to the untimely death of Steve Bridges, the entertainer for the event has been changed to a Liberace impersonator).  Dick Jandt reported that he has a full volunteer list for supporting the artists at the La Quinta Arts Festival.  Our Spring Clean garage sale is scheduled for March 31st in the parking lot near Lumpy’s on Washington St.  On April 28th we will again participate in the City of La Quinta Birthday Party.  I see many hot dogs in our future.

Our tennis tournament will be taking place at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens on March 30 through April 1.  There are all levels of play including a Rotary (non-USTA rated players) only group.  The entry form can be downloaded from home page of our website. 

Ed Casey was a $5.00 winner in our drawing.

The District Assembly is scheduled for March 17th in Corona.  This is an important event for incoming Club Officers and Directors.  The cost is $25.00 ($30.00 at the door).  The announcement and the registration form can be found in the “Download” section on the front  page of our website at www.laquintarotary.org.

Finemaster Allan took the podium and raffled off the March Fine Free Badge for a whopping $55.00.  Apparently Tom McDermott is protecting himself from his birthday recognition.  But wait!  Allan did not have Tom on the Birthday List taken from the website.  Allan looked to the webmaster for an answer.  The answer is that each member is responsible for his or her information in the membership section of the website.  It is the webmasters strong recommendation that each member check there information for completeness.  Should there be discrepancies in the future the discrepant member may find themselves on the wrong side of Allan’s list.

Continuing with the day’s recognition, Allan asked Dan Fissori if he was ready to pay for his flicking.  Dan was not aware of the flocking event.  Apparently Dan’s address of record is a property that he has rented.  I hope Dan had a good explanation for some very surprised tenants.  There were also a few no make ups and late arrivals.  Judith Redwine offered some happy dollars for a wonderful cruise to Hawaii.  Police Chief Ray Gregory was recognized for his recent promotion to Chief Deputy.  He will be leaving La Quinta to take on the job of prison planning for the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  Congratulations Ray!

Dick Grund announced a Golf Tournament to benefit the Artisan Studio next month.  He hopes the club will have several foursomes.  During the announcements, Merv Kolb’s phone rang for which he was quickly recognized.  Ed Casey made a donation in recognition of recent earnings.  Finally there was some banter about the basketball powers in the PAC12.  In the end our visitors from Washington and our La Quinta Rotarians put money in the basket, claiming victory in the upcoming tournament. 

Once again we had the pleasure of an extended social hour since our speaker didn’t show.  The meeting ended with the recitation of the Four Way Test.

Jeff Wattenbarger has a request.  Apparently his daughter is about to enter the ranks of the unemployed and she is in need of a reliable used car.  He is looking for something around $5,000.00.  If you have a reliable four wheeler available, call Jeff at 760-578-7375.  Thanks.