Walter, Nick and Tom are greeted by Bruce, Robert, and Adrian
We gathered together once again as Rotarians and friends at the Cliff House where President Tom called the meeting to order at 12:15 and lead us in the pledge of allegiance.  Dan Fissori gave the invocation.
There were several visiting Rotarians in attendance today including our old friend Gene Brown from Hawaii, Pete Cooper from somewhere, a nice couple from Washington state and a few others worthy of note but too far away to be heard.
Our guests included soon to be inducted Captain Roy Grace and Lieutenant Dave Walton and Diana’s husband Cliff Weaver.
We also were happy to welcome back our very own Dick Grund!
President Tom made the following announcements:
The next Board meeting will be held at President Tom’s office on November 16th 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.  Call Kathy at (760) 779-5800 if you get lost.
The Holiday Party this year will be held on December 10 at the home of Bruce and Kristy Franklin.  More details to follow in the coming meetings.
Our Strut Your Mutt will be adding a Chili Cook-Off Competition at this year’s event to take place on February 11, 2017.  More details to follow in the coming months.
Haiti needs our help… but the club is broke and so individuals are encouraged to donate through Rotary International through the Rotary website ( on their own.
Ed Casey is still in the Carlotta (room 328) and could use some company!  Please visit if you can.  The address is 41505 Carlotta Dr., Palm Desert, CA 92211
Dave Turner gave us a quick update on how the Brew in LQ went on the past Saturday.  It was a great first time event and hopefully will net the club with scholarship funds of $3,000.00 or more!  For those who did not know, the Rotary Club of La Quinta was the sole recipient of the funds generated from this event.  It is planned to be an annual event and this can be a major fundraiser for the club for many years to come.  Next year, with a little more word of mouth and a bit of marketing this fun event could be huge!  Special thanks to Dave Turner and all the Rotary volunteers that turned out to have fun and make this such a successful event!
Victoria returned from the campaign trail and provided not one, but two Halloween jokes of the week.  Something about ghosts being bad liars because you can see right through them and how when a vampire bites a snowperson (politically correct) it gets “frostbite”!  Thank you Victoria, we miss both you and your humor when you are not able to attend our meetings.
Our raffle was worth well over $400.00 today and Howard Goldman drew the white marble to win only $5.00 of it!
Captain Roy Grace and Lieutenant Dave Walton of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
Cliff and Diana Weaver of the Millennium Nursing Company
Bruce Cathcart, accompanied by Captain Roy Grace and Lieutenant Dave Walton of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and Cliff and Diana Weaver of the Millennium Nursing Company, stood at the podium for the induction of two new corporate memberships.  As always, Bruce did a masterful job with the induction speech explaining how becoming a member of our club was an honor and how, with the efforts of its members, Rotary International had almost completely wiped polo from the face of the earth.  When questioned on the subject Bruce explained it had something to do with vaccinating the polo ponies or something like that.  There were a couple more small hiccups along the way, but eventually the club members and visiting Rotarians rose to their feet and applauding, welcomed our newest members to the Rotary Club of La Quinta.  I am sure that everyone will do their best at future meetings to get to know and make each of these members feel welcome.
Our Fine Master Allan Levin stepped to the podium and with the assistance of Dave Turner carrying the basket in place of Andy Lorenz (who was busy enjoying his lunch) collected from “Welcome Back” Dick Grund for his missed birthdays while away on his summer hiatus.   Promising to put at least one obvious error in each newsletter, Bruce Cathcart was fined for the error in the previous week’s newsletter… the error being that it did not get sent out!  Nick made good on his IOU for his birthday, Walter paid for Oklahoma’s 66 to 59 win in last week’s college football (record set for all time most points in a single game), and our good friend Abraham as well as a few others delivered up some “happy bucks” because, well, because they were happy!
Our speaker this day was our very own Walter Keating who gave us a craft talk all about Walter and his chosen profession of “stock broker” (that has since morphed into the role of “Financial or Wealth Manager”).  Walter, a self-proclaimed “pack rat” who still has his first wife, knew that he wanted to be a stock broker from early on in his career by following in his father’s footsteps.  His father retired at the age of 49 and imparted these words of wisdom to Walter… “My money works, so I don’t have to!”  Heeding this advice, Walter has had a very successful career with UBS for the past 39 years putting not only his own money to work, but also his client’s money.  Walter currently works with our Rotary Foundation Board overseeing and advising the board on how to manage our Rotary Foundation Funds.  He credits club member Rey Neufeld for his brilliant work initially investing these funds for the Foundation that continue to grow and outpace the market.  Walter reported to the club that these funds are currently well invested, conservatively managed with safety of principle in mind, and that the foundation is in good shape.  Walter made an excellent presentation and we thank him for his service to our club and the Foundation Board.
At 1:30 President Tom called the meeting to a close with the Four Way Test.
This newsletter was written by Bruce Cathcart