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Dick is greeted by Bruce, Tom and Doug this week

On an unusually beautiful August day, the meeting of the La Quinta rotary Club was called to order by President Corry Hunter.  Following the pledge, led by Pedro Rincon, Doug Motz offered he invocation.  Not unusual for an August meeting, we had no visiting Rotarians and no visitors.

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President Corry makes this week's announcements

President Corry announced that a Club Board meeting was held on August 21st.  The Board approved a $1,000.00 scholarship contribution to the Steve Robbins Foundation.  There will be a District Foundation training session on September 6th in Lake Elsinore.  See Corry for details.  We will be DARK next Friday, in recognition of the long Labor Day weekend. 

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Helen informs the members about the upcoming wine tasting event

Helen Anderson provided details about the Club’s November 8th wine tasting event.  Attendance is limited to 160 people.  It is intended to be a fund raiser as well as a membership recruiting opportunity.  Tickets are available from Elisa Silva for $25.00 each.  We need the help of all Club members to make this a success. 

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Kevin Hemp, tech support for our speaker, was a $5.00 raffle winner.

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Favorite server Emilio serving favorite lunches

As has been his goal, President Corry kept announcements to a minimum.  This allowed members to engage in idle chit chat and enjoy the fine meal provided, especially the Japanese Clam Chowder.

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Fine Master Walt makes a rare guest appearance

Our sometimes present, sometimes not, Fine Master, Walter Keating, then took the podium.  Unfortunately he had few transgressions to report and fewer volunteers to self report.  However his quota was helped by a plethora of Happy Dollars.  Happy people in the desert in August?  Maybe too much sun.  Of special note was Merv Kolb's happy dollars for surviving the recent Haboob or "the big Kaboom" as Merv called it!

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President Corry with our guest speaker John Powell

Our guest speaker today was John Powell, President of the Coachella Valley Water District.  He returned to give us an update on the impact of the drought in California and our valley.  The bad news is that the drought may run for another two to three years.  The good news is that we have plenty of water here in our desert.  But we need to be good stewards of our resource.  The Water District has announced new restrictions on water use.  But they also announced increased incentives for water conservation.  Go to their website (www.cvwd.org) to see all of the incentives that are being offered.  On the issue of the stricter Chromium-6 requirements, he said it would take the water district five years to complete the construction of facilities to meet the new standards.  Current water bills average $366.00 per year.  This new requirement will add another $500.00 per year to individual water bills.  He sees the need for education to increase public awareness and participation in solving our water issues.

President Corry closed the meeting with the Four Way Test and a reminder that we are DARK next Friday.

 

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This newsletter was written by Dick Anderson