The meeting was called to order at 12:10 p.m.  President David Archer led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the invocation.  President David reminded the group of the LQ Rotary Social/Fellowship Event scheduled for 5:00 PM on Thursday, Feb. 23rd at Silver Rock.

Among Guests and Visiting Rotarians were Linden Brown from the Royal Oak Club in Victoria, BC, a Rotarian from Argentina, Dick Nicholson from the St. Paul, MN club and Bill O’Connor from Minneapolis.  Mary Wattenbarger joined husband and club member Jeff today.

An announcement was made about the upcoming sign-ups for the L Q. Arts Foundation lunch distribution program for the LQAF Art show running March 8th to 11th.  Sign Up sheets will be coming around at the next meeting.

The upcoming Rotary Club Tennis Tournament will be held March 31st and April 1st. Contact Robert Wilkinson for additional information.  A Celebration of Life gathering was announced to be held for Karen Kolb at Sun City on Sunday the 19th from 2-4 PM,

Greg Lane won $144 in the weekly drawing, and generously donated half his winnings back to the Club!  Andy Lorenz praised Greg Lane and Nick Kraushaar for their outstanding presentation of a Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks seminar they gave at CVEP Palm Springs last week on behalf of Coachella Valley SCORE.

An announcement was made by Affiliate Member, Dick Grund, about the “Charity Soup Event” fundraiser for the deserving La Quinta Old Town Artisan Studio, to be held at 6:00 PM, this Wednesday, Feb. 22nd

Bill Cosgrove donated $10.00 for miscellaneous “unpardonable offenses”, Palmer Reidel added $30 for his many transgressions, and Bruce Cathcart added $5.00 in celebration of Palmer finally being caught and forced to pay-up his IOU’s.  Palmer also disclosed that, within a few months, he and his wife will become grandparents for the second time.

A Happy Birthday for Andy Brakebill was assured by the rousing traditional song offered by the group.

Corresponding Secretary, Andy Lorenz, provided copies of yet another draft of the new 2012 Club Membership Directory, and requested each member proof-read his or her listing for errors, additions or deletions.  E-Mail him at aklorenz@live.com with updated information.

Our formal program for this meeting was an outstanding slide show and commentary by Kimberly Bowers of the Mojave Desert Land Trust.  Kimberly concentrated on the change from private to public ownership of the many still remaining, wholly private properties contained within the various park areas. Through the Trust, and using funds raised by the Trust, they buy these plots of land from the owners, restore them to their natural state and then transfer them to the appropriate park management entity.  Most of the plots are remnants of the homesteading that was done in the 20s and 30s.  The new focus of the Trust is securing land to create wilderness linkages.  These linkages will provide safe passage between wildlife protected areas.

The meeting was concluded with the reciting of the Rotary 4-Way Test by the members.  The meeting adjourned promptly at 1:20 p.m.

 

Editor's Note:  This past Sunday many Club members and their spouses attended a lovely Celebration of Life for Karen Kolb.  While there was sadness on her passing, there was an overwhelming expression of the joy and happiness she brought to the lives of the many people she touched.  She was a competitior, a partner and a friend.  A small piece of her will remain in the hearts of all.