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Guests and members are greeted by Tom, Doug and Baird

President Sandy Stewart called the 31st meeting of the 28th year of La Quinta Rotary to order at 12:15.  Dick Grund led the Pledge of Allegiance and Lothar Vasholz gave the invocation. 

Visiting Rotarians included those from Kansas, Alberta, Canada, Washington, and a couple of potential members who have relocated to the Valley recently from Bakersfield and Ventura.

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President Sandy delivers this week's messages 

Announcements:

Dick Jandt gave an update that the LQ Arts Festival delivery of lunches went very well and that the Interact Kids joining the fun Saturday was a great addition.  Dick also stated that he would be sending out a sign up sheet online for the City of La Quinta birthday celebration April 26th for the serving of hot dogs.

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Marc informs the club members about the 4-way test competition

Marc Rosen  announced that the 4 way test would take place at La Quinta High School Thursday March 20th and asked for a show of hand of those willing to volunteer to do scholarship interview this year.

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Supervisor Benoit presents a plaque at the mobile home park

March 19th- Rogelio Vargas Mobile Home Park Dedication.  Supervisor Benoit will be there and it will be an opportunity to reaffirm to him that the water project is a La Quinta initiative.  It would be good to have a few club members present.

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Dick, Helen, Sandy, John Watkins Env. Health Dept.),

Jeff Hays (Dir. D.A.C.E.), Mark Abbott (Env. Health Dept.),

Marina Vargas and Supervisor Benoit at the presentation 

Board Meeting March 19th at Baird’s jewelry store at 5:30.  Boucher Fine Jewelers.

Lothar Vasholz informed us of an event coming up April 12th at 10:30 at Southwest Community Church where Nick Vujicic will be speaking about what it’s like to live without limbs.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.  You can also contact Lothar for more information.

Strut your Mutt March 29th- the final walkthrough meeting before the event will be Thursday March 27th at Dave Turner’s office at 5:30.  Please pay for your signs and get the word out- we need entries for the dog contest!   A big thank you to Dave for pulling this event all together with all the moving parts!

May 2-5  District Conference at Doral Hotel, Cathedral City.  Sandy Stewart asked for committee volunteers and help from Past Presidents. Our club will have a hospitality suite at the Doral and this year’s theme will be Elvis songs.  Our song is Hound Dog so put your thinking caps on for some ideas.

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Favorite server Shirle with Salmon Salads and Soup

Our menu included Grilled Cheese with Cream of Artichoke Soup, Chicken Caesar Salad, and the Salmon Salad.

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Favorite Server Amy with Chicken Caesar salads 

Allan Levin, our notorious Fine Master, took to the stage and fined numerous people for birthdays, Leroy Anderson for moving to Dallas (his wife got a high profile job) - you will be missed,  a few donations of happy dollars, and Dick Grund was the last donation that was made just to get Allan to sit down. (Thank you Dick!)

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President Sandy with our speaker Audrey Hunter

Our speaker this week was Audrey Hunter, a graduate of La Quinta high school last year.  Audrey was an Interact member and was speaking to us as a La Quinta Rotary scholarship recipient that is finishing up her first year at St. Louis University.  Audrey is studying occupational therapy and belongs to a couple of groups that do community service.   Audrey hopes to get her master’s degree in occupational therapy and move back to the desert to give back to her community. She said the biggest adjustment, beside the weather, was finding balance in the classwork, outside activities, and social activities at school.  She is so happy that she chose to leave
Southern California and her experience has been very positive thus far.  She thanked the Rotary Club for its support of her and then went on to answer a few questions about the sports teams, etc.  What a great young lady Audrey is and we wish her the best of luck in her college career.

President Sandy Stewart closed the meeting at 1:30 with the Four Way Test.

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This week's newsletter was written by Jennifer Donais