It looks like our winter is over and the snow birds are coming to enjoy our great weather as well as our Rotary friendship. We welcomed visiting Rotarians from several areas in British Columbia, Iowa, Washington, Oregon and California. President Frank gave a big "Thank You" to Doug and Carole Motz for an evening of Rotary fellowship at Ernies at PGA West. We had a great turnout, including a visiting Rotarian couple from BC.

Special speaker, Al Burstiner, gave us a preview of the Desert Classic Concours d' Elegance to be held at the La Quinta Resort, February 26-28. The event will provide an opportunity to view more than 200 rarely seen classic cars, many from private collections and museums. He is looking for volunteers to assist with spotting cars throughout the day on Sunday, February 28. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Boys and Girls Club and Animal Samaritans.

Rotarians At Work at COD

Raffle ticket sales are .. Well, they could be better. We need everyone to participate. Here is one approach if you live in a gated community. If you have any contact with you community vendors, landscaper, property manager, etc., they may be a source of support. Ask them to make a contribution to our Scholarship Fund and you can give them one ticket for every $10.00 they give. I reported at the meeting that I have received $700.00 using that approach. I am happy to report that that figure has climbed to $1,100.00. If you have a business, you can consider soliciting support from your suppliers, vendors and customers. Think outside the box.

Elizabeth Printy is chairing our Four Way Speech Contest this year. The event will be held at La Quinta High School on March 10 at 5:30 p.m. She could use a few volunteer judges. This is a great opportunity to see our young students in action. Consider attending and giving them our support.

Helen Anderson, Bonnie Cloer and the Membership Committee have completed work on the new Membership Brochure. The brochure will be available at the registration table at each meeting. It is a great tool to introduce Rotary to prospective members.

Lothar Vasholz was a lucky $5.00 winner in our raffle today.

Andy Lorenz was our Sergeant at Arms for the day. He probably wished he was somewhere else. He received fines for not having the birthday/anniversary list, not wearing a Rotary pin and having his cell phone ring while he was at the podium. He then came down heavy on non-pin wearers. Today a Rotary shirt didn't count! Doug Motz, Nora Coleman and Tom McDermott were recognized for having been seen in print. Don Adolph was happy to acknowledge his and Diane's 46th wedding anniversary. Doug and Carole Motz are also celebrating an anniversary this month. Bonnie Cloer acknowledged Larry's birthday with a generous donation. There were a number of Happy Dollars given. Isn't nice to belong to a happy club? Dick Grund brought two glazed pots for auction that had been "turned" by Sergio at a meeting two weeks ago. It resulted in a spirited bidding war to the benefit of the club.

We were very fortunate to have Past District Governor, Dr. Helene Kalfus, speak to us about the Rotary Foundation. Before her presentation, she and Rey Neufeld presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to Walter Keating's wife, Theresa, and to Bonnie Cloer's three daughters. Bonnie's sister was there to accept the awards with Bonnie on behalf of the three daughters. Congratulations to our four new Paul Harris Fellows.

Helene presented a short video documenting a Rotary Grant project in Kenya to illustrate the work of the Foundation. She then traced how the money flows from individual giving to the Rotary Foundation to its use in support of Rotary's work throughout the world. Our donations go to the Rotary Foundation where they are held for three years. The interest earned during those three years becomes the funds used by the Foundation. The amount that we donated is then returned to the District to be used to assist clubs with grants for both community and international service grants. This year our club has received "returned" money in the form of grants to support our work at Olive Crest and in Guatemala. Our club is proud to be a 100% giving club. However, only 26% of Rotarians worldwide give to the Rotary Foundation. South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan and India are the highest per capita givers to the Foundation. Our District goal this year is $225.00 per capita.

Editor's Note: This bulletin is a little late because your editor was taking care of his special Valentine. I hope each of you had a special day with your Valentine.