What can I say!  It was a very different Rotary meeting on Friday.  The meeting was hosted by Wells Marvin in a freshly decorated space adjacent to the Artisan Studio in Old Town.  The very tasty lunch was catered by the The Grill on Main. 

President Dan welcomed everyone to this unique meeting and made an announcement about the upcoming District Conference.  The conference will be held at the Doral Deset Princess Resor in Cathedral City June 10th through the 12th.  You can check the schedule of events and sign up for the conference by going to our Club website and clicking on the District web site link.  Diane Kelley and Dave Archer are co-chairing the committee for our Hospitality Room at the conference.  They need smiling volunteers to help with the planning, setup and operation of the Hospitality Room on Friday evening, June 10th.  Please contact Diane or Dave to volunteer. 

We had a special visitor at the meeting: Steve Harmon, Regional Director of The Alzheimer’s Association.  Steve received a check $1,000.00 from President Dan and Golf Tournament Chair, Sandy Stewart.  The Alzheimer’s Association was one of three local charities to benefit from our golf tournament.  Steve indicated the timeliness of this donation as the organization is focusing on establishing Alzheimer support groups in La Quinta.

 Alzheimer's Check

Next weekend, Rotarians from District 5280 (greater LA area) will be holding their annual District Conference at the Hyatt Grand Champion in Indian Wells.  On Saturday, between 1 and 4 p.m., about 80 of these Rotarians will be doing community service work at Martha’s Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity in La Quinta.  Dick Anderson is coordinating this service project and would like to invite any interested La Quinta Rotarians to join in.  If you are interested, contact Dick at anderassociates@aol.com.

Wells gave an overview of the activities available in Old Town and talked about his relationship with Dick and Victory Grund.  Wells and Dick met at a Rotary meeting many years ago.  From that developed a personal and business relationship.  That connection led to the opening of the Artisan Studio in Old Towne under the guidance of Dick and Victory.  Dick then took center stage and gave an overview of the studio and introduced their new Executive Director, Dave Ison.  Dave gave an update on studio activities and invited everyone to come next door to tour the facility and see some artisans in action.

All in all, it was a very fun meeting.  Thanks to President Dan for scheduling this meeting and to Wells, Dick and Victory for a great presentation.