We had a full house on Friday at the Cliffhouse with visitors from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alberta. The next few months offer lots of opportunities to volunteer in our community and raise some money for scholarships.

Feb 12 - Tour de Palm Springs: we need to recruit riders to sign up under La Quinta Rotary and volunteers to help out at the event.

Feb 27 - Concours de Elegance: There is an opportunity to do volunteer work for the event as well as volunteer to staff our booth. You can sign up to volunteer to work at the Concours by going to http://www.desertconcours.com/volunteer-form.htm. More info later on manning a Rotary booth.

Mar 10 - Music Competition. We need volunteers! See Diane Kelly for more information.

Apr 4 - La Quinta Rotary Golf Tournament: will be held at The Golf Club at La Quinta (formerly Trilogy). Small tee signs are available for $100 and larger tee signs are $250. Buy tee signs to advertise your business at the event and raise money for a good cause! Our local Chevrolet/Cadillac dealer will be supplying a car for the hole-in-one competition. Also, there will be a kick-off party at the dealership most likely on Apr 2. Stay tuned for more details. We are looking for players for the tournament, as well as donations and auction items. We are also looking for a celebrity to represent our tournament, unless one of our members wants to dress up as Elvis!

We had a great mixer at the Polo grounds last week. The Palm Springs Evening Star Rotary club has invited us to their Kentucky Derby party on May 7. The La Quinta Chamber of Commerce is having a mixer this Wednesday Jan 26 at Lavendar Bistro in Old Town.

Andy Lorenz' guest was our lucky $5 winner this week. Jeff Wattenbarger was honored (or shall we say 'fined') for having his picture in the Desert Sun in honor of a ground breaking for Habitat for Humanity. Corry Hunter was also publically welcomed (and fined) to his new CPA firm (Peterson, Slater and Osborne). This week was uneventful in the no makeups and birthdays and anniversary finings, however we did have some donations in honor of our member's and guest's favorite football teams.

Our speaker was Ginny Short from the Coachella Valley Preserve, a division of the Center for Natural Lands Management. She is a biologist and avian ecologist from the University of California Riverside. The Center for Natural Lands Management is a non-profit group that was founded in 1990 in response to the fringe-toed lizard being listed on the endangered species list a few years earlier. The Center realized the need to protect the local species and habitats and now manages over 50,000 acres of land and 73 preserves including the Thousand Palm Oasis, Indio Hills State Parks, and many more. Our speaker also informed us of a way to visually map the San Andreas fault that runs through our valley. It can be visualized by the line of vegetation on one side of the fault and the lack of vegetation on the other side due to the fault's effect on the ground water. This is also explains why the palm oasis exist along the fault line. Ginny - thanks for a very informative presentation!

See you all next week!