David, Ben Jeff & Corry are greeted by Eunice, Baird and Adrian
 
President Doug Motz called the meeting to order at 12:15.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by President Doug and the invocation was given by Brett Anderson.
We had multiple guests visiting us from near and far including our past Governor Shab Elawar and our future District Governor in 2018-2019 from the Palm Desert Club Ricardo Loretta.
 
Announcements included:
Dick Jandt, our male model of a beautiful ugly sweater vest, made the announcement that ringing of bells venue has changed for Saturday and there is still a need for Wednesday the 23rd.   He also wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
 
Helen Anderson asked that everyone sign two cards for the Guatemala scholarship students.  Dick Anderson also brought some coffee from Guatemala which supports the scholarship students.
 
Corry Hunter announced that there is a Strut your Mutt meeting December 23rd.  Please come one and all and get involved.  Our Strut you Mutt event is to be held February 13th and we will need everyone’s participation as this is our major fundraising event of the year.
Victoria Llort gave us the weekly blonde joke that even had a Christmas theme!
 
The Raffle winner today was Bob Wright who won $5 (for the second week in a row) of a $588 pot- buy your tickets next time for a chance at a big pot!
Dick Anderson presented Paul Harris pins today to Bruce Cathcart (+4), Howard Silverman, Cory Kelly, and Eunice Somerset.   Dick announced that we have had more Paul Harris presentations thus far this year than we had all of last year.  The easiest way to add to the Foundation is through Rotary Direct.
The ugly sweater contest took place with many contestants.  Benjamin Anglin was the winner and so proud of his win as his wife and daughter helped him pick it out.  Bruce Cathcart took second place with his light up reindeer nose sweater.  Each won a bottle of fine wine!
 Allan Levin took to the podium and tried to gather a few dollars for the cause including some birthdays, anniversaries, and a couple of happy dollars.  It was mostly an uneventful day full of holiday cheer!
 
Our speaker was Past Governor Shab Elawar.   Mr. Elawar began with presenting Rotary “Spirit” pins to Doug Motz and Victoria Llort for their tireless service above self and enthusiasm which he has observed from them in Rotary.   Shab then went on to speak and show us slides of his travels to Nepal and Bangladesh where he took part in “Lending Hope”- a Rotary outreach program that gives prosthetic arms to needy villagers.  He also had a chance to visit two Rotary Clubs while he was there.  He was taken to the epicenter of the earthquake which was an adventure in itself.  He showed us the living quarters for many, the destruction that was done and the new houses they are building for approximately $400 dollars- it is basically what we would consider a shed.  As always, we enjoyed hearing from Mr. Elawar and his love of Rotary.
As is our club holiday tradition, the basket was passed for our favorite server Daniela who has done such a great job taking care of us at the Cliffhouse for the past year.  We raised $250 which presented to her by President Doug.  She expressed her most heartfelt thanks!
 
President Doug Motz called the meeting to close with the Four Way Test at 1:30.  Our next meeting will be held January 8th.  Happy 2016 to all!
 
This newsletter was written by Jennifer Donais
 
 
This photo of the Rotary Rose Parade Float was submitted by Helen Anderson