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President Corry called to order the 13th meeting of the 28th year of the La Quinta Rotary Club.  Andy Lorenz led us in the pledge, followed by an invocation from President Corry.  We had one Rotarian from the Vernon, British Columbia Rotary Club and two other guests visiting our club today.

Announcements included a request from President Corry for help with the set up on Friday, October24th for the Patriot’s Ride/Walk on October 25th.  Take down help on Sunday would also be appreciated.  Our October social will be a Monday Night Football at the Cliff House at 5:30 p.m. on the 13th.  Cost is $20.00 per person.  Helen Anderson gave an update on our November Wine Tasting event.  This is to support our scholarship programs, and we need everyone’s support.  We need to sell a minimum of 110 tickets to make the event work.  We can accommodate up to 160 at the La Quinta Historical Museum.  Attendees will be able to order, by the case, any of the wines tasted at near wholesale prices.  Hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by the Culinary Arts class from La Quinta High School.  There will also be great silent auction and raffle items available for your enjoyment.  It can’t happen without each member participating.

The District Foundation Gala will be held on October 25th at the Oran County Show Events Center in San Bernadino.  The Holiday Party will be held at Corry’s house on December 20th.  Saturday, October 11th, is the Veterans Expo at the Riverside County Fairgrounds.  Corry then spoke about the “Battle Buddies” program which is a fun way to stay in touch with members.  Bruce Underwood was a $5.00 winner in today’s raffle.

Our Sergeant at Arms then took the podium to recognize the noteworthy and not so noteworthy events of the past week.  Bob Wright donated two $5.00 car wash tickets for auction.  David Turner and Adrian Gysi purchased the tickets for $10.00 each.  Our Fine Free Bagman, Jeff Wattenbarger, then resold one of the tickets to Andy Lorenz.  That made the best of a kind donation from Bob.  Lothar Vasholz made good on an IOU.  Allan welcomed back Dick and Helen Anderson from their trip to Italy.  After acknowledging a great trip, a donation was made for having so much fun.  It was also noted that Dick had a birthday last month and that oversight was immediately corrected.  Doug Motz also contributed for a wonderful trip to Italy, as well.  Bruce Underwood acknowledged his picture in the paper today as a candidate for City Council in Indian Wells.

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                          One of the few wine bottles left after the Andersons and Motzs visit to Italy

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Our Speaker today was Emily, Hospital Operations Manager, at the Village Park Animal Hospital in La Quinta.  The hospital opened in 1998 with one doctor and four staff members.  Today, there are four doctors and twenty-six staff members.  The hospital moved to its new facility on Eisenhower Drive last year.  The hospital has expanded its services which include snake avoidance training, animal physical therapy and laser therapy.  Emily noted that cats outnumber dogs as pets by a ratio of 3-1.  So this month is Catober month.  Cats can receive a free nail trim during the month.  On Saturday, October 25th, the hospital will host CATurday Night Live from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  It will be a time for fun and games and all about cats.  The new facility also offers boarding for cats and dogs, some rooms with a view.  Emily is an obvious animal lover and dedicated to her job.