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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of March 8, 2017

This week Jamey called upon Nadine Koehler, Margie Taft, Jim Griffes and Ryan Saunders to kick-off the meeting before proceeding with weekly announcements.

The crowd was especially happy to see Stewart Cross looking fit and smiling as glad you're back Stewart!


 ...the Progressive Dinner is Sunday!  Proceeds benefit our Homeless Youth Program. 
Judy Bronstein informed us that the Angel View Prom is coming up on April 6th. We will need people to help decorate at Noon and to assist at the event beginning at 5:30pm. See Judy to participate in this signature partnership event.
Frank Peabody thanked our seasoned members who helped lead the new member Fireside Chat/Newer Member Orientation attended by new members Dorys, Eileen and Kathy.

Carole Rogers advised of new community involvement project opportunities on the horizon with Well in the Desert and the Riverside Medical Clinic. We will be painting two large rooms at the clinic on Friday, April 18.


Nadine introduced today’s speaker, Aftab Dada. Aftab is well known to our group and throughout the community. He is the longstanding general manager of the Hilton Hotel, the President of the Palm Springs Hospitality Association and Chairman of the PS Resorts organization.

Aftab began by thanking the group for recent donations to the family of long-time Hilton employee Mike Leones, who passed away unexpectedly.  Mike was a long-time friend and always helpful to Rotary.  

Aftab then shared a bit of background behind the development of the new downtown project. He shared his perspective from what he saw as a Member of the group supporting the passage of Measure J ( the 1% sales tax increase to support the development and other city projects) and also as a sitting member of the Measure J oversight committee advising the City Council on uses of the tax proceeds. He noted that originally tax collections were projected to be $8 million annually for 20 years, but surprisingly the first year revenues topped $12 million and continue to rise.

The City issued bonds in the amount of $35 million secured by Measure J proceeds as it's contribution to infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, etc.) associated with the project. Annual bond payments are approximately $3.5 million so the balance of the annual revenues are directed toward projects throughout the City as evidenced by street re-paving, median and crosswalk improvements, purchase of open land on the Chino Cone, etc. One major expenditure from Measure J funds was $4.5 million to purchase land to be set aside as a park within the downtown development. 

Once completed, Dada explained that the park will serve as an event space and the permanent home for the nearly 27 foot tall Marilyn Monroe statue that was previously located at the corner of Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way. The funds to purchase the Marilyn statue have been raised by PS Resorts with 50% of funds coming from private donors. 



Jacque Wachs was today’s Fine Mistress and focused her questions on quotes by, and information about, notable women. It should be noted that in honor of National Women's Day, our female Rotarians were exempt from fining. Those contributing to the coffers included: Jerry Ogburn, Dan Keller, Bob Elsner, Ryan Saunders, Charlie House, Milt Levinson and Mike Mulcahy.

Happy Dollars 

Happy Rotarians included...Ryan Saunders, Jacque Wachs (in honor of her marriage to Brian), Stewart Cross, and Helene Kalfuss.

Weekly Drawing


Stewart Cross won this week's drawing worth $30 but missed out on the black marble which would have enriched him by $ the pot keeps growing! 


This week's speaker will be Police Chief Brian Reyes.


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