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In Corry's absence, Baird took over as President as members showed their appreciation
 
The meeting started promptly at 12:15 pm without the President, the Vice President, or the Fine Master. Baird Boucher filled in and did an outstanding job.
 
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President Corry, Vice President Doug, Sergeant at Arms Walt and Secretary Baird greet the crowd on ... oops! ... it's August!"
 
Announcements were light, though Helen Anderson flagged the fundraiser at the La Quinta Museum set for October. To succeed, we need 150 attendees. Wells Marvin has already contributed $500 toward the success of this event.
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Our great server giving all their just desserts
 
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Our speaker, Jay Johnstone, and Baird became great friends since they were the only two in the room until 12:14 pm.
 
Our speaker, Jay Johnstone, was a great success with his wacky stories of life in Big League Baseball. Johnstone played for the Dodgers, the Angels, and the Cubs, among others. He played outfield and had 531 RBI's with The Show. When his Big League bio, Temporary Insanity, came out, it moved to the top of the NY Times best seller list and knocked Howard Cosell's book off the list. Cosell called Johnstone in a rage and demanded, "Why?" Johnstone replied, "Ever think my book was maybe better than your book." Cosell slammed down the receiver.
 
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Our speaker, Jay Johnstone, provided his bio, Temporary Insanity, at a discount, all proceeds going to US Marines' Charity. (Those who purchased  thinking this was a history of the Rotary Club of La Quinta may obtain a refund.)
 
Jay's book was on sale and he reduced the price for the Club from $39.95 to $20, all proceeds going to a Marine Corp medical charity. Jay had served in the Corp in 1964-1965. He told a fascinating story of a transplant of a deceased person's arm onto the stump of a Marine who had lost his arm. In approximately nine months, the Marine could move the fingers on his new arm. This was all achieved this year at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington DC. 
 
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The men showed a keen interest in our speaker's baseball career.
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The women, not so much!
 
Corry (having rushed over after hearing that Baird was "outstanding") closed the meeting with the Four-Way Test and promised investigators would be hired to ascertain the locations of the Vice President and the Sergeant at Arms.
 
 
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This newsletter was written by Tom McDermott
who also shot the photos this week!
 
Editor's note:  This is Tom's first Newsletter for our Rotary Club and he did a GREAT job!  Thank you Tom for all your hard work and for helping to keep us all informed!