Rotary Club of La Quinta

Service above self since 1985


Mark Fruchtman - Escape Room Palm Springs

Bruce, Marc and Baird are greeted by Sandy, Robert and Howard
We gathered together once again as Rotarians and friends at the Cliff House where President-elect Baird Boucher called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  Walter Keating gave the invocation.
There were several visiting Rotarians in attendance including our good friends Barry from South El Monte and Diane from Stockton.   Andrea Durrett from Palm Desert was back for a third visit along with a fresh supply of Girl Scout cookies for sale!  Emily Francona and her husband Rick from the Rotary E Club of the State of Jefferson were in attendance and Emily (their Charter President) wanted to let Rotarians know that they can do a make-up online by attending one of their actual, virtual meetings by going to their website at  We also had Larry May from Bellevue, Washington and potential new member Fred Campbell.  
Last but not least we had Allan’s son Jonathon Levin and returning LQ Rotary Club Member Cory Kelly (both were excellent bartenders at last year’s Desert Stock Fundraiser) in attendance.
President –elect Baird made the following announcements:
At our March 10th club meeting we will be having our annual club assembly at which time we will vote for our new Club and Foundation board members.
The next Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on March 15th starting at 5:30 PM.  Tom’s office is located off of Country Club west of Washington at 77530 Enfield Ln, Palm Desert, CA 92211.
We will once again be hosting our Wine Event at the La Quinta Museum this year on April 21st.  Our very own Kevin Pickett will be providing the entertainment for the evening and there will be a raffle, appetizers, and lots of fun to be had.  Members are being asked to sell (or buy) at least 4 tickets each at $25.00 per ticket.
The City of La Quinta’s 35th anniversary and annual picnic will be held on Saturday April 29th.  We will be cooking and serving over 1,000 hot dogs to hungry La Quinta Citizens!  There will be more information to follow on this fun event in the meetings to come.
The DEMOTION Party to be held this year on June 23rd!
Nick gave us all an update on the Indio Mock Trial Team and Dr. Bruce reminded us all that after the last meeting of each month he and Diane Kelly will be hosting a new member forum to help educate new members and answer any questions about Rotary.
Our raffle was worth $796.00 today and Bruce Franklin had the winning ticket.  Fortunately for the rest of the club members, Bruce drew the white marble winning the $5.00 participation trophy (prize).
Our Fine Master Allan stepped up to the podium and immediately recognized (by sight rather than by badge) Baird for NOT wearing his Rotary badge.  I guess the excitement of being the President for a Day was just too much for him to remember EVERYTHING!  Greg Lane paid for his wife Charlene’s birthday and Doug Motz paid for his and wife Carole’s 18 year anniversary (plus a mini vacation to Vale, Colorado!).  Bruce Franklin paid $100 for his birthday… just under a buck a year and both Sandy Lauer and Bob Becker paid for arriving just a wee bit tardy.  Our Kansas and Gonzaga boys were at it again… with Gonzaga still in the top college BB spot and for those of you wondering, according to Google Search, “Most people pronounce Gongaza “gun-ZAH-guh.” Some say “gun-ZAY-guh.” The correct pronunciation is “GUN-ZAG-UH.”!!!
Our speaker this day was the Palm Desert Rotary President Mark Fruchtman who is the owner/operator of Escape Rooms Palm Springs.  Think of being trapped in a room with up to 9 of your friends and having to use your only your wits and the elements in the room to escape!  There are four individual rooms each providing a different adventure experience.  The rooms include a Saw Room, a Mystery Room, a Titanic Room and a Dark Shadows Room. The rooms are an excellent way to develop team building and cooperative, critical thinking skills while building morale and improving the ability to accomplish goals under stress and pressure.  Each room/experience cost about $30.00 per player.  Mark’s presentation went into great detail on the design aspects of the rooms and the science behind the sound tracks used and how they take advantage of psychological tricks to challenge and “fool” the mind.  Thank you Mark for a very interesting and informative presentation.  You are a very good speaker and we hope to send a brave group of La Quinta Rotarians up to Escape Room Palm Springs in the near future.  In the meantime, for more information on Escape Rooms Palm Springs please visit their website at:
At 1:30 President-elect Baird called the meeting to a close with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart
Editor's note... Helen sent this photo from Guatemala of our Scholarship Student Estefana.  Once again, sorry for the orientation.