It was a beautiful day in La Quinta on Friday and we had quite a few visitors here enjoying our sunny weather! One such visitor was fellow Rotarian, Bob, from the Zambia Rotary Club who shared some of the great work done by their local clubs. Also, we had Rachel, President of the Local Girl Scouts club who let us know about the success of their cookie sales, locally and overseas.

March and April are busy months for La Quinta Rotary.

  • Sandy Stewart announced that we have an emcee for our golf tournament! Steve Sanchez will do the honors and is even going to help us promote the tournament on the radio. We still need golfers to sign up, so get your foursomes together and come out for a round of golf to support charity.
  • The Four-Way Speech contest has been cancelled. Talk to Diane Kelly if you have any questions. Also, thank you to those who volunteered to help with the event.
  • Thank you to the Anderson's for all of their work at the Concourse d'Elegance. It was a great event.
  • Dick Jandt handed out wristbands to the volunteers for the La Quinta Arts Festival next week. If you did not get your wristband, you can pick it up at will call on the day of the event.
  • Joe LaMantia announced that interviews for PRYDE applicants from La Quinta Middle School will be held on Thursday March 10th. He is looking for volunteers to help with the interviews from approximately 8:00AM - 10:30AM.
  • Our next board meeting will be on Tuesday March 8th at 5:30PM at the Embassy Suites.
  • The Taste of La Quinta, organized by the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce, will be held on March 19th in Old Town from 1-4PM. You can get more information on the event at www.lqchamber.com.
  • March 26 is the District Assembly, being held at Lakeside High School. 32593 Riverside Dr, Lake Elsinore. It begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m., following a gourmet lunch. All incoing club officers and directors, as well as new Rotarians, are urged to attend. More information and the registration form can be found on the District web site at www.rotary5330.net.
Sandy Lauer was our lucky $5 winner this week.

Allan had a busy day at the podium. Tom McDermott bought the fine free badge for the month and Palmer Riedel and Mike Sutton we fined for no makeups. Corry Hunter and Andy Lorenz were recognized for their publicity in the paper. Current birthdays include David Archer, Nick Kraushaar's wife, Greg Lane, Tom McDermott and Robert Wilkinson. Congratulations to Robert Wilkinson on the birth of his first granddaughter and his son's 1st place win in the high jump. Bruce Underwood announced that the Alzheimer's Walk will be held on Saturday March 5th at the Civic Park in Palm Desert. Andy Lorenz acknowledged Bruce Underwood for acquiring large donations for our golf tournament. Frank Blum acknowledged Lothar Vascholz for all of his work with the Salvation Army. Kudos to Dick Anderson for all of his hard work on the website and to his writing staff for their contributions. Also, thank you to Andy Lorenz for creating the nice flyer for the golf tournament.

Our esteemed speaker for the day was Dave Carney, a Park Ranger from Joshua Tree National Park. He kept us well entertained with many facts about the park. This year Joshua Tree will be celebrating it's 75th birthday! Joshua Tree was originally named a National Monument and became a National Park in 1994. It includes 800,000 acres and is made up of two different deserts: the Sonoran or the lower elevations and the Mojave which make up the higher elevations where the Joshua Trees are located. This year should be a good year for the wildflowers so come out for a hike on some of the 270 miles of trails located within the park.