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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of January 25, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Prez Jamey Canfield.  David Gandolfo led the Pledge of Allegiance, Bob Elsner led the 4-way test, and Prez Jamey gave a very moving invocation.

It was announced that Bob Barrett has been moved out of the ICU at Desert Regional Medical Center, and he's now in the  Rehab Unit.  Milt had a banner and get-well card that everyone signed for Bob, and Milt will deliver it this afternoon.
Barbara Stanford is doing much better with recuperation and is expected to be back at Rotary next week!  We all miss you Barb!
Several people reported on the success of the Tour de Palm Springs last weekend.  Although it poured rain at the sign-ups on Friday, it was sunny and beautiful at the ride on Saturday.  Thanks went out to Roger Mickalko, Nadine Koehler, Nancy Palmer, Bob Allen and especially Frank Peabody for organizing our participation in this event.
Everyone was reminded to put the Progressive Dinner on their calendars for Sunday, March 12.
Milt reminded us that the February 8th Rotary meeting will be the Valentine Social, so wear red and bring a loved one or friend with you.
Several people expressed great appreciation for the special and touching recognition Rotary gave at Mike Brill's funeral last Friday.  
Jacque Wachs introduced the following Visiting Rotarians:  District Governor Bob Duistermars; Cam Reid from Sechelt, British Columbia; Donna Johnson from Halfmoon Bay/Sechelt Club; Ron Schoenberger, Spokane-East; Phil Mueller, Minerva, Ohio; Candace Falk, Rice Lake, Wisconsin; and Rob Carroll, Desert Hot Springs.


Prez Jamey introduced today's guest speaker, District Governor Bob Duistermars.  Bob shared his vision for the Rotary year.  He retired after 22 years owning a dairy farm, and then worked as the local CEO of United Way in his community.  The United Way thought he should get to know the community and suggested he join the Rotary.  He knew nothing about Rotary but soon became very active in club projects, which led to community projects, which led him to International projects. 

District Governor Duistermars very kindly and humorously described his many interesting and life-changing experiences, and his stories resonated with everyone in the room.  He received a standing ovation from a very grateful crowd.


There were no fines today (thanks Jamey!).
Happy Dollars were received from Jamey Canfield, Ron Schoenberger, Jim Dunn, Jacque Wachs, Carole Rogers, Milt Levinson, Kathy Weyer, Mike Mickalko, Donna Johnson, Dr. David Alderman, and Bob Elsner; with most expressing admiration and gratitude to Bob Duistermars for his very touching and outstanding presentation. 

Bob Elsner won $20 in the weekly drawing, but missed the black marble, losing $115 which remains in the pot.

Please join us on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.  We will learn about the Close Up Foundation, based in Washington, DC.  Close Up is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that runs civic education programs for middle and high school students.  They work with a couple of schools in the Palm Springs area, and have partnered with them to connect with community organizations to raise awareness.  Visit their website at
By: Linda Holmes
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