President Robert called the La Quinta Rotary to order on a beautiful 17th day of May.  David Archer led us in the pledge, and President Robert offered the invocation.  There was a good turnout for the meeting, but there were no visiting Rotarians!  Rey Neufeld introduced his wife, Jean, and friends John Rose and Gloria.  Also visiting for the fourth time was prospective member, Baird Boucher.

President Robert announced that the Garage Sale would be held on Saturday, May 18th, in the parking lot near Lump’s on Washington.  The La Quinta High School scholarship presentations will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the high school.  Our next Board meeting will be held on June 19th.  Greg Lane reported that Tom McDermott will remain in Eisenhower Hospital for another two weeks while recovering from surgery.  Dick Anderson reported that RI has approved our East Coachella Valley Project.  There will be more to come as this project moves forward.  Helen Anderson was a lucky $5 winner in our club version of Power Ball.

Sergeant at Arms, Allan Levin, had to work hard to identify persons worthy of recognition.  Bob Wright had a couple of no make ups, as did Jim Dorr who also acknowledged his absence was due to a very nice vacation.  There were a number of dollars that went into the basket as a result of the failure of several members to shake the hand of the “secret greeter”.  Marc Rosen made a very generous contribution, in advance, for his anniversary.  So there, Marc, it is documented.  There were a number of happy dollar contributors, including Adrian Gysi, who was $19.00 happy.

Marc Rosen and President Robert participated in a reverse club flag exchange.  Marc presented a flag from the club he attends when visiting in San Miguel de Allende.  This summer he will present that club with our club’s flag.  Have a good summer, Marc.

John Rose led a very emotional exchange as he presented a check for $500.00 to the Boys and Girls Club of La Quinta.  The money was a La Quinta Rotary scholarship that had been presented to his daughter, Brittini, who passed away before she was able to use the funds.  It was John’s request that the club allow the money to be presented to the Boys and Girls Club in Brittini’s name.  Accepting on behalf of the Boys and Girls Club was Si Nix.

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Our speaker today was Jan Hawkins, Director of Development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coachella Valley.  The Club started in the valley in 1966 in Indio.  Today there are five clubs in the valley, serving over 7,500 youth.  Their programs are designed to help the boys and girls succeed in school, and offer an alternative to gang membership as a way to combat juvenile delinquency.  They also provide affordable childcare and include programs for healthy habits.  Fifty percent of the funds for the clubs come from individual donations and fundraising events with the remainder coming from a vairity of sources including grant and government support.

President Robert concluded the meeting with the Four Way Test.

News Report:  The Garage Sale was a limited success.  It was pretty obvious that the snow birds were gone.  The people that did come were able to pick up some great items at rock bottom process.  One day, one of these items may appear on Antiques Roadshow!  But you can tell from the picture, our booth was a pretty lonely place.  David Archer came early and stayed late.  Robert Wilkinson and Adrian Gysi came early and Dick and Helen Anderson came later.  That is less than a 10% turnout for a fund raising event.  Anyone wondering why we have trouble raising money?  Let’s do better next time.    

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