President Dan called the meeting to order and called upon Bruce Franklin to lead us in the pledge of allegiance and David Turner gave the invocation.

Dan opened the meeting with a Lawyer joke from Bruce Franklin about a Lawyer winning a case involving cigars and later being arrested and charged with 24 counts of arson. This was supposed to be a true story.

For the first time I can remember we did not have any visiting Rotarians. Jack Abel's new wife Alice was a guest and Alda Hampton from Indianapolis was Judith Redwine's guest. Frank Blum introduced Jennifer Donais as a prospective new member.

Dan told us about the bowling competition with the Interact group and it seems the oldies beat the young ones. The Interact Group will be playing Santa at Martha's Village. We are all encouraged to bring a present for this to the next meeting. The present should be for young teens. This group gets missed many times in gift donations.

Walter Keating had information about the Tour de Palm Springs bike ride February 12th, 2011 and encouraged us to get our friends involved. All entry fees for riders that we sign up the event go directly to the Club.

Please mark your calendars for the next Rotary Social, January 16th , 2011 at the Eldorado Polo Club. Our Club has been invited to see the Sunday polo matches. This promised to be a very special event as we will be in the private Club House with VIP seating along with an outstanding brunch. You are encouraged to bring prospective members to this event. The cost is $32.00 per person. The club will cover the cost of your "prospective member" guest. More to follow.

David Archer announced Rotary made $64.00 selling beer at the La Quinta Chambers Mayors Cub Golf Tournament. >p> Bob Wright had a letter from Glen Miller, Indio City Councilman thanking La Quinta Rotary for helping at the Salvation Army Veterans Expo. He also said Bell ringers are needed for our participation at Trader Joe's. Sign up on line or give Bob a call. We will need volunteers for every day next week.

Sergeant of Arms, Allan Levin opened the fines by fining the newsletter author for misspelling a members name and for having a birthday. Lee Osborne had his picture in the paper giving tax tips and Lee also announced Cory Hunter had joined his firm. Frank Blum had an Anniversary and Steve Robins was fined for his wife's birthday.

Our own Jack Abels was the guest speaker and told us about his early days in the Navy and how he ended up on a submarine. He was in Honolulu after the attack on Pearl Harbor and saw the devastation first hand. He never got sea sick on the submarine even though the sub did encounter 35 foot waves once. During one of his patrols, his sub was of the coast of Java and was resting in 150 feet of water after a torpedo attack. He said you could hear the Japanese destroyers cruising overhead. Fortunately, their depth charges were off the mark.

He also spoke about the special bond that submariners shared. All of us are grateful to Jack and his generation for helping provide the lifestyle and freedoms we are fortunate to enjoy today.