President David called the meeting to order to a full house of members, guests and visitors.  After the Pledge of Allegiance by Dick Jandt and Invocation by Andy Lorenz, President Dave welcomed our visiting Rotarians and Guests of Rotarians.  Guests of Andy Lorenz were students from Cal State SBDO-Palm Desert:  James Dorris, Sergio Meran, and Beth Haynes. 

Of special note: Rotarian Ed Casey introduced his daughter, Elizabeth Klute, a disaster relief worker in the Caribbean Islands, and a Masters Degree Candidate from the University of Covington in England, where she will also pursue a Doctoral Degree.  After receipt of her Masters later this year, she will pursue a career in Disaster Relief Management with the United Nations.  Rotary congratulates Elizabeth for all that she does in exemplifying the motto, “Service Above Self” (Apparently her father, Ed’s, lifelong spirit of dedication to Service has been adopted by Elizabeth.  It’s the “Casey Way”!)

Dr. Bruce Underwood announced he has collected a number of back-dated Rotarian Magazines, and Greg Lane volunteered to take them for a special Rotary project.  Jim Dorr reminded everyone that he continues to collect snap-off tabs from aluminum cans for his Rotary project.  He also reminded everyone of the Social at his home on June 23rd, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Dan Fissori and Sandy Stewart encouraged all of us to support the Demotion dinner for President David Archer, to be held at the La Quinta Resort and Club on Saturday, June 30th, La Quinta Resort and Club (on Eisenhower).  5:30 PM.  $50.00/p.p.  A sign-up sheet was circulated and reflects that almost all Rotarians and spouses will attend.  The city will sponsor their annual Carnival and Light Parade in Old Town on the 4th of July.  Rotary has been requested to enter a float and to serve beer at the event.  More later on these activities.

Dick Anderson announced that our club has achieved 100 percent giving to the Rotary Foundation this year.  President David announced that there will be a Board meeting on June 13th at 8:00 AM at the La Quinta Chamber of Commerce offices, 8:00 AM.

Some club members asked if Robert really went to the RI Convention.  This picure should dispel all doubts.

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Fines and Transgressions:  Cathcart-$31.00 for his and Lora’s 31st Anniversary; Lorenz-$30 for his and Sally’s 51st Anniversary, plus an added $20.00 for praising  Rotarians Lane, Kraushaar, and McDermott for speaking at a recent Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights workshop presented by Coachella Valley SCORE.  Joe LaMantia paid $25.00 for June’s birthday.

Our guest speaker was Peter Sturgeon, Director of Institutional Advancement, College of the Desert.  Peter presented an interesting description of the Community College programs in California, where COD ranks among the top Junior Colleges and how this outstanding system helps the young people in the Valley prepare for and land good jobs serving the valley’s Medical providers and needs of their patients, among many other industries.  Nurses and technicians throughout the spectrum of specialties needed in the medical, retail, food services and the industrial world find lucrative lifelong career positions here at home.  96% of COD nursing  graduates stay in the Desert.

COD also has outstanding programs in Law Enforcement and Fire Service training , small business and entrepreneur support, and an outstanding program for “Green” energy, wind and solar energy technician education.  Most of the graduates from COD find good positions locally.  Interestingly, 70% of COD graduates are the first in their families to ever achieve any post-secondary (after high school) education. 

Community Colleges are under significant financial strain in this economy, and Peter emphasized the need for all valley philanthropies, foundations and donors to step up and assist the COD with these funding challenges.  300 classes were cut for 2012 due to budget cut-backs.  Budget cuts of over $769 million dollars at the local and state levels have been taken from our Community College operating budgets since 2009, creating huge hurdles for COD and similar institutions throughout California.

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