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Dick, Allan, Lothar, Doug and Tom at the "backroom" greeting table

Today was a “back room” meeting of the La Quinta Rotary Club.  The Cliff House is installing new windows in our normal meeting area.  President Sandy called the meeting to order and asked Jeff Wattenbarger to lead us in the pledge.  Dick Jandt followed with the invocation.  Visitors today included Robin, a visiting Rotarian from Washington, and Mary Wattenbarger, Jeff’s better half.

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Club members politely listening to President Sandy's announcements 

The wine is flowing freely.  Anyone who brings in a new member gets a bottle of wine.  Doug Motz was our first wine recipient. 

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Doug Motz with President Sandy and the first new member wine award 

In addition, anyone who signs up for Rotary Direct for their Foundation giving will also receive a bottle of wine.  Put a big star on your calandar for November 1st.  That is the date our District Governor Joe Ramos' visit.  This will be preceeded by a Club Assembly the week before so we can practice being nice and respectful. There are a number of future events and they are still in the future (thank goodness!).  They are listed on our website at www.laquintarotary.org.  And if you are interested in buying a raffle ticket for a chance to spend a week in the Cayman Islands, all inclusive, go to: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/CooperativeforEducation/default/category.php?ref=874.0.76950555.  From this link you can buy as many tickets as you need.  Proceeds go to the Guatemala Literacy Project.  Do not hesitate on this as it is a limited time opportunity!

Greg Lane was a $5.00 raffle winner.

Rey Neufeld is home now and doing well after receiving a hip replacement.  Give him a call or send a note to wish him well.  We wish you a speedy recovery, Rey, and look forward to seeing you soon.

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Favorite Server Ray with Ribs and Fries

Sargeant At Arms, Allan Levin, took the podium and began with the raffle of the Fine Free Badge.  After spirited bidding, Walter Keating outbid Jeff Wattenbarger by one dollar.  There was a birthday recognition (TC Fissori), several vacations were acknowledged and several late arrivals noted.  Bob Wright announced the opening of a new nursery in Bermuda Dunes.  Happy dollars were offered for various reasons, and Jim Dorr was recognized for his Closest To The Pin award in the recent WIN at the Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament.  Good job Jimbo... way to represent!

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Speaker Bill Piggott and Sandra Lauer

Our speaker today was Bill Piggott, a former Indio Rotarian.  In his life story, Bill skipped potty training and puberty.  In 1942, at the age of 18, he became a pilot in the US Air Force (Army Air Corps at the time).  He left the Air Force in 1953 and went to work for Witaker Gyro, Inc.  They made gyros for navigation systems.  He rose to Chief Test Engineer.  Below is a pictoral of the three axis of rotarion used in a gyro.

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At this point in his talk he took time to offer a primer on the earth and the motions it goes through.  We were introduced to the atmosphere, surrounded by the troposphere, beyond which is three degrees of space.  The furthest out is deep space.  Below is the author’s concept of deep space.

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Subsequently, Bill and another engineer bought out Witaker and renamed it Space Vector Corporation.  They helped develop the Atlas rocket and designed an airborne delivery system for the Minuteman missile.  Bill presented a very interesting program, one which the author thinks had some members in very deep space.

President Sandy then closed the meeting with the Four Way Test.

 

Editor's note: You may notice that the author's concept of deep space may resemble the back side of your eyelids when closed or sleeping.