Marc, Helen, Dick, Bob and Dee are greeted by Baird, Robert and Kevin
President Tom called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  Walter gave the invocation.
There were several visiting Rotarians in attendance including our good friends Barry from South El Monte, Diane from Stockton and Dick Nicolson from St. Paul, Minn. Club #10… all who were visiting for the last time this season!   Andrea Durrett from Palm Desert was back doing a make-up meeting and we had a very special guest, Ndungwa “Dee” Meme from the Rotary Club of Karen in Kenya.
President Tom made the following announcements:
The next Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on April 19th starting at 5:30 PM.  Tom’s office is located off of Country Club west of Washington at 77530 Enfield Ln, Palm Desert, CA 92211.
We will once again be hosting our Wine Event at the La Quinta Museum this year on FRIDAY APRIL 21ST from 6 to 8 PM.  Our very own Kevin Pickett will be providing the entertainment for the evening and there will be a raffle, appetizers, and lots of fun to be had.  Members are being asked to sell (or buy) at least 2 tickets each (Since the event is limited to 100 attendees) at $25.00 per ticket and to provide raffle prizes if possible.  This is turning out to be a very important fundraiser this year and if successful it will allow us to fund more scholarships for the graduating La Quinta High School Seniors and send more LQHS Juniors to RYLA!  Sandy will have the “SQUARE” available at Friday’s meeting to take credit cards for ticket purchases… so bring money or plastic!!!
The City of La Quinta’s 35th anniversary and annual picnic will be held on Saturday April 29th.  It was announced that our club WILL be cooking and serving over 1,000 hot dogs to hungry La Quinta Citizens for free!  The City of La Quinta has agreed to take care of all of the County Health Department requirements.  Prepare to sign up at the next meeting as we will definitely need bun stuffers and servers to help out!
Sandy Stewart announced that the upcoming District Assembly will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at Yucaipa High School from 8:30 to 4 PM.  Sandy says that this is a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary. 
The DEMOTION Party will be held this year on June 23rd.  More info to follow in the coming meetings.
For those who missed the previous announcements, our beloved member Ed Casey passed away last week.  In his honor there will be a wake held at the Laguna De La Paz Clubhouse (NW Corner of Washington and Eisenhower… enter off Eisenhower) on Sunday April 9, 2017 from 4 to 7 PM. All members and spouses are invited to attend.   His daughters will be attending our Rotary meeting this coming Friday.
It was announced that Dick and Helen Anderson have finally sold their home… unfortunately they will be moving back to Tustin, CA. where they will no doubt become the new Rotary “POWER COUPLE” at the Rotary Club of Tustin.  They will not be departing until the end of April so save your good-byes for another couple of weeks.
It was also announced that Bruce Franklin and his wife Kristy have already relocated to Reno, Nevada.  Bruce will be missed… especially since the Bruce trio will now become a duet.
Judith receives a Paul Harris Award on behalf of her daughter Amanda Redwine.
Our raffle was worth over $1,000.00 today and with only 4 marbles left Diane Kelly had the winning ticket.  Fortunately for the rest of the club members he drew the white marble rolling the jackpot over for next week.  With only 3 marbles left your odds of winning, should your ticket get drawn are pretty good!
President Tom and guest Rotarian Dee Meme exchange flags
Our Fine Master Allan Levin took to the podium and began by auctioning off a couple of Rotary neck ties that were donated by Walter Keating.  They went for $10 each, one to President Tom and one to Diana Weaver (presumably for husband Cliff).   Jeff Wattenbarger gladly paid for his wife Mary’s “forever 39” birthday and Bob “nice to see you again” Wright and Judith each paid for no make-ups.   Once again surprising the club with his on time arrival was David Turner… but not so punctual were Diana Weaver and Diane Kelley who paid for arriving tardy.  Arnie and Robert Wilkinson were caught without their Rotary pins on, Dr. Bruce paid for Kansas’ loss to Oregon and the Gonzaga Saga continues.  Our departing Rotarians each contributed $20 and their heartfelt thanks for another great “season” in La Quinta.  Our Guest Dee from Kenya made a small presentation regarding her Rotary club’s efforts to bring literacy to Kenya by distributing over 50,000 books to students.  She made a donation to our club and in return asked for matching donations to her club so that she could continue their good work in Africa.  Our club members generously donated $140 to her cause.
We were honored this day by having as our speaker Al Geiberger, formerly “Mr. 59”, now known as “The Original 59”!  This would be Al’s second visit to our Rotary club an as always he is a very entertaining speaker.  Al was the first player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59 which took place in the 1977 Memphis Classic.  He was the 1966 PGA Champion and the 1975 Players Champion as well as a two time Ryder Cup Member.  In his first visit to our club Al recounted his first 59 golf round and it was an amazing story.  This time, inspired by our guest from Kenya, Al started off by sharing his experiences playing in a tournament in Kenya on Kukui grass.  He also shared with us several tips about the mental game of golf and how important keeping a positive attitude was to continued success.  He stated that you will get just as many good breaks as you will get bad breaks and once you learn to accept that fact, usually learned through experience, you be able to play through the bad breaks and revel in the good ones.  Be consistent, be repetitive, be competitive was his advice.  It was a most entertaining presentation and everyone seemed to enjoy what seemed more like a private chat with arguably one of the greatest golfers of all time.  Al and his son Bryan are currently teaching pros at the Indian Springs Golf Club located on Jefferson and Westward Ho Drive in Indio and can be reached at 760-200-8988.
President Tom called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart
Editor's note:
Luckiest guy I ever knew!  Pictured here with the only fish he caught at the over night La Cahuilla Catfish Derby that he and I fished in together a few years back.  That fish won Ed the $1,000.00 Jackpot!!!  I will miss him very much.
Bruce Cathcart