Posted by Bruce Cathcart on Feb 08, 2019
Helen, Misty, Barry and Allan are greeted by Corry, Sandy, Denn and Diane
President Robert welcomed everyone and had Dick Jandt lead us in the pledge.  Wayne Olmsted gave another GREAT and Timely invocation asking for blessings upon all those who are essential in our lives and that are near and dear to us in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day.
We had another good turn out today with our good friends and visiting Rotarians from the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon  (Mark Wolfe, Dick Olsen), Norm Le Gere from Calgary, and our favorite past La Quinta Rotary Club member Helen Anderson!  Our Speaker this day, Coach J. David Miller is a member of the Palm Desert Noon Rotary Club and brought as his guests his wife Lori Miller and the general manager of the SoCal Coyote Football organization Fred Molo.
President Robert announced that the next club board meeting will be on February 12, 2018 at 5:30 at the offices of Osborne/Rincon (Corry’s office).
There will be a Rotary Club of La Quinta Foundation Board meeting on the same day (next Tuesday) at 12:00 noon to be held at Burgers and Beer in La Quinta (Costco Shopping Center).  All are welcome to attend.  Lunch is available but at your own expense.
Robert announced that the RYLA interviews were now completed and that after we had committed to sponsor 16 very worthy candidates that our good friend and past La Quinta Rotary club member Andy Brakebill, the RYLA chairman for the Rotary Club of Big Bear, had commitments for 3 additional RYLA Scholarships that his club could not find students to use.  President Robert quickly volunteered to fill those spots and so this year (with the help of the Big Bear Rotary club) we will be sending 19 La Quinta High School students to RYLA!
Dave Turner, our committee chairman for our March Wine Tasting Event, reminded us that each member be responsible for the sale of 4 tickets (at $45 each) whether they buy them or sell them, to assure that we have a successful event this year. 
David also took this opportunity to announce that we have been asked to be bartenders at DESERT STOCK II scheduled for February 23, 2019.  The last time we did this event everyone who participated had a GREAT time.  There was live music, RV’s to tour and of course the comradery of working alongside your fellow club members raising funds for our scholarship programs.
Marc Rosen updated the club members on the progress of the interview workshops to take place in March.  Below is a schedule of the workshops and Marc’s contact information.  Please contact Marc with any questions and sign up for this very worthwhile event!
PLEASE Contact WITH YOUR PREFERENCE OF WORKSHOP(S) #1, # 2, #3, or #4.  Please ALSO include your cell number.
Workshop     #1—TUESDAY, MARCH 12                           12:15 P.M.--2:50 P.M
                      #2—WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13                     12:15 P.M.—2:50 P.M.
          #3—TUESDAY, MARCH 19                       12:15 P.M.--2:50 P.M
                      #4—WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20                              12:15 P.M.—2:50 P.M.
With well over $315 in the raffle this day Bruce Cathcart had the lucky ticket.  As usual he asked our favorite server Tina to pick the black marble and split the pot with the club.  Unfortunately for her and the club she drew the white marble and begrudgingly accepted the five dollar consolation prize.
President Robert then felt compelled to try and tell a joke about a poor kid that kept nickel and diming his fellow classmates because they thought he was not very bright (or something like that).  Allan should have nickel and dimed Robert for that one!
It was slim pickings for our beloved fine master Allan this day with Brett and Corry paying for a few no make-ups, Merv had his phone go off during last week’s meeting and recently returned Bruce C. apparently forgot that we are supposed to wear our Rotary pins to the weekly meeting and also to get the newsletter out to our members before it becomes an “Old News” Letter for which he dutifully paid $20.  President Robert paid a buck a year for his birthday at $63 and again, Dick Grund offered a few bucks in support of the Washington Huskies men’s basketball team that continues to dominate the Pac 12 this season.
Our speaker this day was Coach J. David Miller, the founder and head coach of the SOCAL Coyotes, a AAA football team and non-profit Leadership Organization.  Coach Miller is also the Chairman of Coachella Sports & Entertainment Stadium Authority.  He is the three-time Coach of the Year for the Palm Springs-based SoCal Coyotes… a program that NFL executives named “America’s #1 Developmental Pro Football Program.”   The Coyotes are the Coachella Valley’s most dominant sports organization in history with 3 undefeated seasons, 8 title appearances and 6 championships since 2012. In 2013, Coach Miller was inducted into the AAA Football Hall of Fame.
Coach Miller gave us a brief presentation including a slide show where we learned that it is the mission of the SoCal Coyotes organization to reshape lives, homes and communities by Building Champions, Building Men™. It ‘Defends the Shield™’ through year-round ‘Faith, Family, Football™’ leadership programs, community service and sports initiatives that develop aspiring football athletes; educate, equip and inspire at-risk youth; nurture single fathers and father figures; extol the virtues of family values, positive fathering and family legacy; mentor young men into trusted corporate citizens with employment opportunities and sustainable incomes; and empower future generations throughout the Coachella Valley.
We were then very privileged to be some of the first people to see the latest plans for the 125 acre complex (located along I-10 adjacent to the Classic Course in 1000 Palms) that will house a new 12,000 seat, air conditioned, indoor stadium which will become the home of the SoCal Coyotes Football team as well as house soccer and lacrosse tournaments and concerts!  Also on this site are plans for a 150,000 square foot Medical Office building which will house 75-125 physicians and a surgical center, a 120 room select brand hotel, and senior, independent living housing.
Coach Miller was an excellent and inspiring speaker and we appreciate his speaking at our club this day and for all of his “service above self” in our community.  To learn more about the SoCal Coyotes please visit their website at:  To learn more about the proposed new stadium complex please go to:
President Robert called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart