We had another beautiful day for our Friday meeting at the Cliffhouse. A number of our Rotarians were elsewhere today, bringing lunches to the starving artists at the La Quinta Art Festival. Their chairs were filled by visiting Rotarians from Canada and the U.S., including one from Madison, Wisconsin. This reporter confirmed that he was not one of the missing Democratic State senators.

The following announcements were made:

  • Frank Blum reported that the Taste of La Quinta, sponsored by the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce, will be held on March 19th. They could use some Rotary volunteers from 11-2 and 1-4. See Frank for details.
  • Sandy Stewart reported on the planning for our upcoming Charity Golf Tournament. We are in need of golfers and Tee signs. This is an all club event. We need every member to step up and help out in any way they can. We need non-golfers to help with registration and raffle ticket sales on the day of the tournament. If you don't have a business, buy a Tee sign in honor of your spouse, grandchild or pet. Be creative. Remember that what we raise will determine how much help we can offer to our scholars and our community.
  • Dick Grund will be hosting a club social at his house on March 24th. More to follow.
  • The District Assembly will be held on March 26th at Lake Elsinore High School. All new Rotarians, incoming club officers, directors and committee chairs should attend. The club will cover the fee. Sign up with President Dan by next Friday.
  • Be thinking about a project for our club for our Rotary At Work Day in April. Let Ed Casey or Bob Wright know if you have any ideas.
One of our wonderful Cliffhouse wait staff was a $5.00 raffle winner, courtesy of Frank Blum.

Finemaster Allan had a very productive day with some significant recognition fines for a birthday (Frank) and anniversaries (Mayor Don (57 years) and Doug Motz). Wells Marvin was triple tapped for no make ups, being late and a newsprint advertisement. Bill Cosgrove was able to "buy back" his badge after it was found resting on the floor. Steve Robbins was recognized for a recent water article in the Desert Sun.

Our speaker Friday was Ray Potter, who gave us some insight in to the value of meditation. He said there were over 100 benefits to meditation including lowering blood pressure, enhancing physical performance, and improving brain activity. Meditation was described as "do it yourself mind decluttering".

Ray then led us in a demonstration two forms of meditation. The first was to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. If any thoughts come into your mind, dismiss them and think only about your breathing. Now think about a "blue sky" place and go there in your mind. Look at that blue sky and let your mind relax. Turn any thoughts you have into clouds and let them drift out of the picture. As these thoughts pop up, remind yourself that your mind is on vacation. Note: This reporter was not off in a blue sky place. He had to take notes so you could later find your way back to that place.

Breathing and visualization are two of the four forms of meditation. The other two are Mantra, repeating a phrase, and Determination, to do something different. Practitioners have found that these exercises improve your concentration and give you calmness in everyday life. It only takes as little as five minutes a day. See you in a blue sky place!