Helen, Hal, Walter and Allan are greeted by Sandy, Robert and Kevin
President Tom, now fully recovered… well almost, from his bout with pneumonia, called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance and the invocation giving special thanks for his being alive and back among friends.
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.   We had a special guest, Bob Becker’s wife Diane decided to accompany Bob on this day to our meeting.  Newly approved for membership Hal Tilbury was in attendance and looking forward to his secret, sacred induction ceremony to be held at an upcoming meeting.  Both Bruce C and Allan were already showing him the super-secret Rotary handshake and where he could buy our custom made Rotary hats and capes for the super-secret midnight meetings when the moon is full of course.  Also joining us this week were Mr. and Mrs. Freeman and Norm Higuirre from Canada.
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!!!
President-elect Baird Boucher will be celebrating his birthday this weekend and lucky for us his Mom… I mean his wife Lauren, sent cupcakes for all of us to help celebrate the upcoming event with Baird today!
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 NOT be cooking and serving over 1,000 hot dogs to hungry La Quinta Citizens for free!  Due to new City Policy, a permit through the county Health Department will now be required to prepare and serve ANY food on site.  The County had graciously agreed to waive their permit fee (normally $174.00), but they could not waive their extensive list of “requirements” that just proved to be too much for our club to continue to provide this free community service.
The DEMOTION Party will be held this year on June 23rd.  More info to follow in the coming meetings.
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.  Hopefully someone will bring along a cure for hangovers for those who do a little more than just “taste” the wine at our big event the night before.  I understand anything with red colored juice (cranberry, pomegranate, tomato, Clamato, V8, etc.) and vodka works pretty good for this!
Our raffle was worth over $1,000.00 today and Brett Anderson had the winning ticket.  Fortunately for the rest of the club members he drew the white marble rolling the jackpot over for next week.
Marc Rosen introduced our 4 way test speech contest winner William Allwine from La Quinta High School who then presented to the club his entry from the competition.  Will did an excellent job incorporating the 4 way test into the present day use of Social Media.  After seeing how well he did it was surmised that the reason we started with 10 competitors but only two ended up competing was perhaps Will scared off the competition!  He was presented a check in the amount of $200.00 and wished good luck by our members as he now advances on to the District finals!
Favorite Server Lexi shown with MORE of Baird’s cupcakes
Our Fine Master Allan Levin leapt to the podium this day anxious to take care of his business and started by fining Bruce Cathcart for the errors in last week’s newsletter (apparently Sandy Stewart is not a “he” and Baird was nowhere to be found in a photo that he was purported to be in!).  President Tom paid a little more than a dollar a year for his birthday ($100.00) and Baird paid a little more than $.50 a year for his birthday… but after all, he brought cupcakes!  The GonZAYga /GonZAHGa (toMAYta/ToMAHta) March Madness controversy continues as both Dick Grund’s beloved Bulldogs (ZAGs) and Dr. Bruce’s beloved Jayhawks made it into the Elite 8 incurring fines and encouraging side bets.  Robert Wilkinson’s Ducks even got involved!  Update, the Gonzaga saga continues on as do Robert’s Ducks (Oregon)… but alas, Dr. Bruce owes the club for Kansas’ loss.  And speaking of Robert, he paid a buck a year for his wife Nancy’s birthday.  Both Rey and Marc were caught sans pins and no surprise here, David Turner arrived just a wee bit tardy.  Allan returned to his seat apparently satisfied with the day’s take.
We were treated today by having a portion of the Indio High School Mock Trial team as our speakers.  After weeks of Coach Nick’s updates on the team we finally got to meet their sponsoring Teacher Gabriel Gutierrez and four team members.  Each team member shared with us about their role on the team, what being a member of the team meant to them and their future plans.  It was unanimous that they all really enjoyed participating in Mock Trial and felt that each had benefitted greatly from the experience.  Of the 4 students, 3 were seniors all with plans of attending a 4 year university next year (1 at UCLA and 2 at UCR).  Interestingly none of them planned a career path to become an attorney!  Thank you Gabriel for making this program available to your students and thank you to our own Nick Kraushaar for all of your time and hard work helping the youth in our community!
President Tom called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart