President Tom called the meeting to order and led us in the flag salute.  Sandy Stewart offered the invocation.  Visiting today was Diana Weaver’s husband (and potential member), Cliff.  Congratulations to Cliff on his recent retirement.
 
Announcements:
Our next meeting will be on Friday 7/29/16 which will be our last meeting before going “Dark” for the entire month of August with regular meetings to resume on Friday 9/2/17.
 
We will have 2 member “Socials” in the month of August.  Member Socials will be held on 8/11 and 8/25 at 5:30 at the Cliffhouse for $15 per person; Please feel free to bring family and friends!
 
The next Board meeting is 8/17 at 5:30 at 77530 Enfield Ln, Ste. 11, Palm Desert (President Tom’s Office).
 
The Brew in La Quinta is set for 10/22 from 11am-5pm at SilverRock Resort, 79-179 Ahmanson Ln, La Quinta, CA.  A sign up sheet will be passed around at the next meeting.
 
During Tom McDermott's presidency, we will be preparing and presenting each organization/person speaking before the Club with a framed Certificate of Appreciation and we will donate an amount equal to approximately 14 polio vaccines to Rotary International in the organization/person's name.
  
Victoria asked “why did the frog take the bus:  because his car got toad”.  After the laughter died down, Diana drew a white marble and was a $5.00 raffle winner.
 
Finemaster Allan took to the podium and remarked on the small number in attendance.  It appears that we are in the summer doldrums.  But there was some recognition, both good and not so good, to be noted.  There were seven no make ups and Dick, Jeff and David were celebrating club anniversaries.  And with that, Allan left the podium, having set the record for the least number of minutes in front of the club.
 
Our program today was on a topic that surprised most of our members – professional football in the desert. 
Coach J. David Miller spoke to us about America’s #1 Developmental Professional Football Program and his team, the SoCal Coyotes.  The program began in 2011.  It provides an opportunity for college graduates to continue pursuing their dream to play professional football.  The young men come to the desert to try out for the Spring Team (JVs).  If they are good enough, they get a shot at the Varsity, whose ten game season is in the Fall.  Those who are selected for the program are initially provided room and board.  They are provided job placement assistance so they can become self sufficient.  In return, the players must do community service and participate in the team training programs which include “life” classes as well as football workouts.  The team motto on their shield is “Faith, Family, Football”.  Of the 400 players who have participated in the program, 100 were invited to NFL tryouts.  Players also have tried out for the CFL and the AFL.  About half of the players come from the Coachella Valley.  The community service component of the program includes a Middle School program where players become role models for the younger students.  Players also assist in community service projects, work with at-risk youth and assist in youth sports leagues.  Players attend classes designed to create better men, improve their marketability and learn responsibilities as head of a household.  The SoCal Coyotes are a 501(c)3 non-profit Sports Leadership Organization.  Players adhere to a strict code of conduct that places a priority on Faith, fatherhood and family values.
The SoCal Coyotes begin their inaugural season in the Sothern California Football League with a home game against the Central Coast Seminoles on August 13th at 7:30 p.m. at Shadow Hills Stadium.  Come out and cheer them on as they “Defend the Shield”.  For more information on the SoCal Coyotes please visit their website at www.socalcoyotes.com
  
President Tom closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Dick Anderson