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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of February 1, 2017
 
 
 

This week's meeting began with an overflowing crowd in the upstairs meeting room. New member Kathy Weir lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, Andrea Madrigal led the recitation of the 4-way test, Arlene Rosenthal brought the universe to bear in her invocation and Linda Holmes introduced our visiting Rotarians from Semiahmoo, Saskatoon, Poughkipsie, B.C and even an E-club.


Bob Barrett has been moved out of the ICU at Desert Regional Medical Center, and he's now in the  Rehab Unit and progressing well.  He's in room 1106 and up for brief visits. Rumor has it from an inside source that he should be home within 10 days or so and  a full recovery is anticipated.
 
Barbara Stanford received a warm and rousing welcome back...so good to have her back in our midst!
 
Frank Peabody again thanked those who participated in this year's Tour de PS, most especially those dedicated troopers that stuck it out through the Friday floods. Thanks went out to Roger Mickalko, Nadine Koehler, Nancy Palmer, Bob Allen, Jerry Ogburn, Margie Taft, the Rotaractors, Eileen Reilly, and Milt Levinson.
 
Everyone was reminded to put the Progressive Dinner on their calendars for Sunday, March 12. See Judy or Nancy Palmer to sign up. The cost is $10 with proceeds going to the homeless youth project.
 
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.
 
Marge Aikens was a bright and welcome addition to the meeting this week. Marge thanked the club for its continued involvement and support with the Community Concert Foundation to which our Club Foundation has contributed for the last several years.
 
Marge also shared that Carol Brill has returned home from visiting Adam and his wife in NoCal. Please feel free to reach out and say hello.
 
Lastly, as a member of the Mizell Senior Center Board, Marjorie invited us to participate either individually, or as a club, by attending this year's annual fundraising gala at the PS Air Museum on February 25th. The theme will be Saturday Night Fever with fun and lively music. Tickets are available at $300 per person. If you would like a seat at Marjorie's table, please contact her at donausc@aol.com.

Jamey Canfield invited Peter Freymuth to the lectern to receive his placard to be added to the club's Paul Harris Banner. Thanks Peter, for your continued support of Rotary's International Foundation!

PROGRAM

Nadine Koehler introduced Eleanor Vogelsang, Community Relations Manager for Close Up headquartered in Alexandria, VA.  Close Up's mission is to inspire youth to be more civically engaged in their communities. The organization encourages young people to become involved through voting, working on election campaigns of all types, volunteering, registering people to vote and even running for office. 

The organization was founded in 1977 and now boasts alumni and teachers totaling 825,000. The group hosts 18,000 students and teachers in our nation's capital each year with roughly 1,000 of those coming from California. The group works to partner with local schools to put together groups each year to get a behind the scenes glimpse of D.C. These school trips include classroom instruction and activities along with informative tours, exposing these young adults to the country's history and the present day political machinations that take place.

The importance of this private program is spotlighted by the fact that 50% of the states no longer require Civics instruction in schools. Schools may teach it optionally, but it is often set aside for required courses.

Ms. Vogelsang illustrated the importance of each vote in our elections by pointing out that the 2004 Governor's race in Washington state was decided by 129 votes even though 2.8 million voted in the election.

Close Up identifies the following benefits of the program:

  • Creation of an informed democracy
  • Development of a heightened sense of civic duty
  • Promotion of academic achievement

The cost of the six day/five night program is $2,100 per student which pays for instruction, travel, lodging and activities. Donations are accepted and monetary support of local students is encouraged. To learn more visit the Close Up website.


RECOGNITION

Finemaster Coladonato extracted funds from members David Alderman, David Gandolfo, Jacque Wachs, Andrea Madrigal, Milt Levinson and Teresa Cherry...and no it did not matter if you knew the correct answer...pay up!

HAPPY DOLLARS

Happy Dollars were received from Judy, Bob, Chris, Jerry, Teresa, Lisa, Linda and Barbara.
 
WEEKLY DRAWING

Frank Peabody won this week's pot of $22 but failed to grasp the black marble to pick up the big money.
 
 NEXT MEETING
Please join us on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 for the annual Valentine's Day celebration.
 
 
By: Jim Dunn
 
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