Welcome to the Rotary Club of Palm Springs!
Photo Courtesy of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism 

Chartered in 1941

Palm Springs Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Hilton Hotel
400 E Tahquitz Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA  92262
United States
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Jul 01, 2015
New Rotary Year Kick-off!
Club Assembly and Installation of 2015-16 Board Members by Mayor Pro Tem Paul Lewin
Jul 08, 2015
Mary Jo Ginther, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism
City of Palm Springs Tourism Update

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President Elect
President Elect Nominee 2016-2017
Past President
Club Administration Director
Public Relations
Community Service Director
International Service Director
Youth Programs Director
The Rotary Foundation
Membership Director

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Everyday around the world you will find Rotarians making an impact in their community, or half a world away, but one day each year, Rotarians in the US dedicate a specific day to local community projects.  This year Rotarians across the Coachella Valley made time to give back to their community as part of the annual Rotarians at Work Day.


This year, members of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs along with students from the Palm Springs High School Interact Club joined together to execute an intensive book-by-book cleaning at the Palm Springs Public Library.  Due to staffing and budget limitations it is simply not possible for the library to clean the volumes of book that pass through its doors, particularly in the children’s section of the library, so local Rotarians and Interact club members stepped in donning gloves and armed with cleaning solutions and towels and targeted the books, movies and even the playhouse in the library’s children’s section.

Club members joined Mayor Steve Pougnet and Chelsea Clinton as part of the 2015 Clinton Foundation Day of Action in Palm Springs. More than 100 volunteers from the community gathered at the James O. Jessie Highland Unity Center to work on painting projects and to plant 20 fruit trees on the grounds of the community center. The orchard, named in honor of Chelsea Clinton, will serve as a lasting, growing and bountiful part of the community. Residents of all ages participated in the event sponsored by the City of Palm Springs, Desert Regional Medical Center, the Desert Regional Hospital District and others. The Rotary Club of Palm Springs participated by collecting athletic shoes and equipment and bicycles to be distributed to local kids.
In February, the Rotary Club of Palm Springs welcomed two local leaders as new members of the Club. J.C. Constant owner of the very popular Pomme Frite restaurant located on Palm Canyon Drive and Ingrid Lin, District Parent Coordinator for Palm Springs Unified School District are the latest to join the burgeoning club. "We are gratified to welcome Ingrid and J.C. to the club." stated club president Thomas Smith. "We've seen many new and active members join the club this year from across the public,corporate and entrepreneurial spectrum and J.C. and Ingrid will be great additions." 
On January 7th, Peter Freymuth was welcomed as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs. Freymuth, a former member of Rotary in Indian Wells is an active member of the Valley's community. He currently serves as a commissioner for the Palm Springs International Airport. Welcome Peter!

The Rotary Club of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Resorts partnered with Norm Parks from the Palm Springs High School Christmas Tree lot, the Agua Caliente Cultural MuseumRuddy's General Store MuseumPalm Springs Fudge & ChocolateCielo Cafe and the Palm Springs Historical Society to bring a few extra Christmas lights to the Village Green downtown. 
Rogers, the newest member of the Desert Healthcare District Board, was a past member of the San Leandro, California Rotary Club. She is a registered nurse specializing in oncology, and she holds a Master's degree in Public Health Administration and a Bachelor's degree in community health. Welcome aboard, Carole!

Enterprise Rental Car District Sales Manager Lance Levitt joined the Rotary Club of Palm Springs. Originally from Marina Del Rey and now a La Quinta resident, Levitt looks forward to giving back to the community through Rotary. Welcome Lance!

Barry Boyd, manager of Palm Springs Systems Services Center at the FAA becomes the newest member of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs! Boyd brings a history of service to the U.S. to support the club. A recent transplant from Alaska, he looks forward to playing an active role in the club's community services activities.
Dr. Tony Signoret, Director of Human Resources was inducted into membership of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs. Signoret has demonstrated a strong dedication to bettering the lives of children through his career and personal life. 
David Portener, was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs. David, a long-time resident of the Valley, is the publisher of the TravelHost magazine for the greater Palm Springs area.
Michele Mician, City of Palm Springs Sustainability Manager becomes the newest member of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs. The club is thrilled to welcome Michele to the Rotary network and continue the great history she has with Rotary!

President's Message


Welcome to The Rotary Club of Palm Springs!

Thanks so much for visiting our website.  We are a group with a sincere desire to make a difference locally and around the world, and hopefully have a little fun along the way.  Each week we come together for fellowship and to learn more about our community from our wonderful guest speakers.  If you live in our area and would like more information about our Rotary club send me an email and participate in one of our community service projects or have lunch with us.  If you are a visiting Rotarian for a few days or a few months, we invite you to attend our luncheon meetings held each Wednesday at Noon.


Warmest Regards,

Thomas Smith

Rotary Club of Palm Springs

President 2014 – 2015


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