Posted on Sep 07, 2018
Nick and Misty are greeted by Corry, Dr. Bruce, and Greg
President Robert welcomed everyone back from our August hiatus and had Nick lead us in the pledge.
Denn, as always, offered up a very thoughtful, appropriate and timely invocation remembering our good friend and affiliate member Bob Becker’s passing.
We had 21 Rotarians in attendance this day with Rosalin Schuller being our only “visiting” Rotarian.  She is a member of the Indian Wells Rotary Club… the club that originally sponsored our club!
President Robert announced that at the last club board meeting the Board approved a new membership designation to be offered to special dignitaries, politicians and others who would like to be a Rotarian but cannot make the time commitment required to attend weekly meetings.  The term “honorary” was thrown around but not committed to by any of the board members in attendance this day.  It was noted that our very own Linda Evans, the mayor of La Quinta, has consented to be the very first person to accept this new type of membership that has no attendance requirements.  Her induction is tentatively scheduled to coincide with our September 28th meeting when District Governor “Taco” will be visiting our club and will likely perform the induction ceremony duties.
Robert also shared with the members that the Rotary Club of La Quinta is a member of the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce and as such any La Quinta Rotarian may attend their meetings, get togethers and special events as a member.  Robert encouraged members to get out and mix and mingle with these prospective “new LQ Rotary members”!
Our social chairman this year, Doug Motz, was apparently in Italy this week doing a make-up meeting with a bottle of Chianti in the Chianti area of Tuscany.  We’ll just have to wait for his return to find out about our next club social event… but I bet it will have something to do with red wine!!!
And finally Robert let us know that our annual wine tasting fund raiser scheduled for next spring is in need of a new Chairperson to help organize the event.  This is not our first Rodeo… or wine tasting event either!  There is a team in place with a practiced game plan.  We just need someone to step up and coordinate the process.  Anyone interested is asked to contact Robert.
With only $96 in the jackpot and about 50 white marbles and only one black marble in the bag… everyone’s favorite Merv, to everyone’s shock and amazement, drew the coveted black marble and won the prize!
Anxious to get back to the business of fleecing his flock for both good deeds and bad, our illustrious fine master Allan stepped up to the podium and immediately raffled off the fine free badge.  After some lack luster bidding President Robert scored the win and the privilege of being Allan’s basket carrying lackey for the coming month.
Allan then turned his sights on some bigger fish to fry and hooked Bruce C. for his August “social security eligible” birthday and $62 representing the traditional buck-a-year!  Corry followed suit for his birthday… all be it at a considerably less expensive $37, (youth has its benefits) but then he added an additional $8 for his 7th wedding anniversary with Kristen.  Nick paid for 3 no make-ups, Lee donated on behalf of the great job our Riverside County Sheriffs are doing, and Sandy S. paid a buck a wheel for a new car… which inspired Dick Jandt to cough up a few bucks for his granddaughter’s new car (which he purchased for her!).  Happy dollars from Bob Wright and Rey Neufeld followed and then in a most surprising display of “one upsmanship” Dr. Bruce donated $5 in early celebration of Rosh Hashanah and leading up to Yom Kippur which is to begin on September 18th.  Allan matched the $5 but when called to action Arnie raised the amount to $18 (perhaps in line with the 18th?).  Dr. Bruce increased his contribution to $18 and oh so ever slowly and begrudgingly Allan finally opened his wallet (which made a loud creaking sound as if the hinges were rusty from lack of use) and increased his recognition to $18.  Without blinking an eye, Merv doubled up the amount by adding $36 in celebration from his raffle winnings! L’Shana Tova boys!  And G’mar Hatima Tova in celebration of the upcoming Yom Kippur!!!  Lastly, Misty shared a few happy dollars for the honor of pinning her son as he was promoted to sergeant in explorer post 503.  Congratulations Misty!
Our speaker this day was Jenny Gil Schmitz the executive director of the Desert X project. Prior to her position as Director of Exhibitions at Faena Art, Jenny Gil Schmitz, M.A. and M.F.A., now based in Palm Springs, was Executive Director of the International Committee of Modern Art Museums (CIMAM) in Barcelona, Spain, where she founded the Contemporary Art Museum Watch advocacy program. From 2005 to 2014 she was Founder and Director of Ninetofive, a contemporary art production bureau in Barcelona that produced award winning exhibitions in Spain and abroad.
Desert X is a site-specific biennial exhibition that first took place in the spring of 2017. Artists from different parts of the world were invited to make work in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley. The desert is the blank canvas upon which contemporary artists were invited to project their vision and to create from the extraordinary natural and social history around the objects and experiences that reflect upon the matchless spectacle of the geologic epic, the radical abstraction of the surroundings and the singular incursions of man into the seemingly barren landscape. Desert X takes the landscape itself as its exhibition space, and offers the opportunity to explore both the familiar and the unknown through the eyes of others.
Unfortunately our AV Equipment failed to rise to the occasion and so Jenny made the best of the situation using her IPad and excellent oratory skills to provide a most excellent presentation regarding the Desert X project.  Their goal is to bring great international art to the desert.  Last year was the first year of the Desert X project and it was an overwhelming success bringing in over 200,000 visitors, many of whom would not ordinarily visit the desert, to view the different objects de art scattered around our Coachella Valley.  The artists are selected by the Desert X committee and allowed to participate by invitation only.  The sites for the art pieces are selected through a cooperative effort involving the artists, cities, county, BLM and private land/building owners.  This past Desert X project had artist participate from around the world including Japan, Egypt, Latin America, Alaska, and more.  The first year’s event was paid for by corporate sponsors and a group of 100 individuals who each donated $3,000.00.  The next Desert X project is scheduled to take place starting on February 9, 2019 and continuing until April 21, 2019.  To see the slide presentation that was not available at the meeting try clicking on this link:
If that does not work copy and paste it to your browser or just Google “Desert X” and click on “Images”.  To learn more about Jenny and the Desert X project visit their website at  Thank you Jenny for visiting our club and making a very interesting and informative presentation.
President Robert called the meeting to a close at 1:30 PM with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart