Let there be no doubt… Summer has arrived with daytime high temps predicted to be 120 degrees (or more) for the coming weekend! President Robert Wilkinson called the 46th meeting of the 26th year of our La Quinta Rotary Club to order and asked our “visiting” member Lee Osborne to lead us in the pledge.  This was followed with an eloquent invocation by Lothar Vasholz.

 

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At the greeting table this week was Doug Motz taking attendance, In-coming President Sandy Stewart selling lunch tickets and Dick Anderson selling Raffle tickets.

  

It was a small gathering and there were no visiting Rotarians to introduce and President Robert nearly missed our only guest Daniel Ramirez.   

Dave Turner and Lee Osborne, on behalf of the Community Housing Council, presented the club with a check in the amount of $7,500.00 to be used for the benefit of the Eastern Coachella Valley Water Project.  Below is a great shot of Dave, Lee, and our soon to be ousted President Robert.  Good job guys!

 

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President Robert “bragged” to everyone that “our club”, the Rotary Club of La Quinta, was no worse than 9th in District 5330 in per capita giving to the RI Foundation and then he proceeded to update us on current Rotary events that included tonight’s demotion party (bar opens at 5:30 PM at the La Quinta Hotel) and the City of La Quinta’s 4th of July Parade and beer garden.  See Allan Levin about signing up to help sell beer at this event.

With a jackpot worth well over $150.00 this week, our lucky ticket holder was our Doug Motz (yes, again!).  And yes, again, he managed to draw a white marble and won $5.00.

 

The lunch choices today were the now infamous Cliff House $18 burger and Fries, the traditional Chicken Caesar salad, or the Bleu Cheese Wedge Salad. Funny how a nice slice of Hula Pie can make an $18 burger seem like a bargain!  Shown below is our favorite server Ray with about $36.00 worth of burgers!

 

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Allan Levin stepped up to the podium with little or nothing in the way of a list of miscreants in need of fining… but none the less, and despite no no-make-ups, there seemed to be a plethora of happy dollars to be gathered from the faithful few in attendance this day.  Starting with new member Baird Boucher who was happy to purchase his new name badge, the nickels and dimes just seemed to start flowing into the club coffers as June’s Fine Free Dave Turner went from member to member with the collection basket.  The biggest controversy of the day came when it was discovered that a couple of members were calling other members to see if they had turned their cell phones off during the meeting… a neat trick and a good reminder to all of us, but it resulted in the callers being fined as well as those who had forgotten to turn their cell phones to vibrate!  Other items of note included Dick Anderson’s contribution for his picture in the newspaper associated with the ECV Water project and his wife Helen Anderson’s contribution celebrating the new donations and commitments for the CVE Water project from the Indio Sunrise Club as well as others!  Mayor Don Adolph gave happy dollars and took comfort in the knowledge that one of his noted critics had recently moved onto a new target (member Dave Turner) and the soon to be formed Pro-Chicken Alliance!  Bruce Cathcart paid for the opportunity to request that members interested in reporter duties contact him to share in the sheer joy of writing the weekly newsletter and Merv Kolb made a pitch to do our best to introduce some potential new members to our club and all that Rotary has to offer.

 

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Our Speaker today was Robert Mott the co-owner (along with his wife Joni Mott) of the La Quinta Wine Bar in Old Town La Quinta.  Robert is a Silicon Valley engineering guy who has spent way too much time inventing the next big thing. But his passion has always been about wine and so two years ago, along with his wife, he semi-retired and re-opened the La Quinta Wine Bar.  Over those last two years Robert has sampled and taken meticulous notes on over 3,500 different wines.  He stated, “I have tasted a lot of bad wines so you don’t have to”!  He refers to himself and those people like him as “Cork Dorks”.  The La Quinta Wine Bar has between 280 to 350 different wines available at any given time and also carries several brands of specialty beer, plus they offer a small, wine friendly menu to enhance visitor’s experience and enjoyment.  Robert is an excellent speaker and after a brief introduction he fielded questions from members for the next 30 minutes on just about anything we could think of about wine from screw tops to Reserve vs. Estate wines.  I hope we can get Robert to come back again to share his expertise with a full crowd in attendance… and maybe bring some free samples? Rotarians should check out his website at http://www.thewinebaratoldtown.com/ or if you have not already done so, I recommend that you stop by the La Quinta Wine Bar located in Old Town La Quinta at 78015 Main Street, Suite 109, La Quinta, CA. 92253

 

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President Robert closed out the meeting leading the members in the four way test.