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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of May 31, 2017
 
 
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The meeting was called to order by Prez Jamey.  Today’s special

Prez Jamey Canfield welcomed 20 enthusiastic PS Rotarians…no guests…no visitors…just our great members...including Stewart Crosss...so great to see him! Kathy Weyer, Bob Elsner, and Bob Barrett got the meeting started.

  • Announcements began with Dr. Helene Kalfuss reading a thank you letter from our dear friend, Marjorie Aikens and Barbara Villani from the PS Community Concert Assn, thanking us for our PS Foundation contribution. What’s unique about this program, is that we bus students in from DHS and other areas who have never had the opportunity to atten a live musical program before.
  • Milt reminded everyone that the monthly Breakfast Social will be on Friday, May 26.  This social is held on the last Friday of every month at 8:00 a.m. at Billy Reed’s.  Milt reminded Dr. Alderman that it could be used as a make-up meeting!
  • Frank Peabody reminded everyone that the Demotion Dinner for outgoing President Jamey Canfield will be held on Saturday, June 17, and Frank asked the planning committee to stay after today’s meeting to review the event.

PROGRAM

Our planned speaker was ‘missing in action’ so we were honored to hear from Mr. Rotary, Milt Levinson. You may know…Milt has volunteered around the World over the years, living the 4-Way Test. He regaled us with his adventures in Honduras, Guatemala, Japan, Cuzco, India, and Venezuela. Projects included correcting children’s cleft palates, orphanage assistance, and dental programs…just to name a few. 

There were many highlights…but one of the most touching was when a youngster in a Blythe reading program asked Milt to be his Dad…since he didn’t have one. They have kept in touch. He’s now in college! 

Another memorable occasion happened when Milt attended the 1981 RI Convention in Sao Palo, Brazil where Mother Teresa was a keynote speaker. In 1979 RI committed $500k to eradicate polio in the Philippines. The effort was successful and widely celebrated within the ranks of Rotary, particularly at this huge annual event. Rotarian leadership expected Mother Teresa to compliment the good works of RI for this accomplishment. Well…in her own special way…she stated “Rotarians, you should be ashamed of yourselves..." after pausing, she pointed out that the Philippines was just the beginning, if Rotary could do that for the Philippines it should continue this work to help the world. You know the power of this soon to be Saint…that was the spark that began, the 1985, Rotary Plus Program to eradicate polio around the world which, in 2017 boasts 99% eradication of polio around the world!  

 
 
RECOGNITION

Fine Master, Johnny Coladonato, quizzed us on Memorial Day trivia. We actually knew some of the answers but coughed up $$$ anyway.  Players were Kathy, Peter, Bob Barrett and Bob Alan plus a few others (your editor got sidetracked)

HAPPY $$

Happy $$$ were received from Jamey, Bob B, Kathy and Frank mostly thanking Mr. Milt.

DRAWING

Jerry Ogburn won the $18 raffle but missed the $118 pot…darn! Wipe that smile off your face, Judy!

 NEXT MEETING

We will have a presentation by Patricia Korzec, Executive Director of the Coachella Valley History Museum. Coming to the desert in 2016, Korzec brought 20 years of experience working in museums such as the March Field Air Museum, where she spent a decade as its director. She also spent time in Dubai, helping a group put together a children's museum, and in Riverside at both the KidsZone Museum and the symphony.
 
CVHM is a historical campus which contains the 1926 adobe Smiley-Tyler House, housing their main exhibits; the historic 1909 Indio schoolhouse and the world's only Date Museum.  Other highlights include their "Desert Submarine", a blacksmith's shop, pioneer farming implements and the archives for the Historical Society.  Also, the spacious grounds hold a variety of gardens which include a Memorial Date Garden, Japanese Garden, the Geissler Rose Garden, the Jardin del Desierto (Desert Garden)  and their Liberty Tree - the oldest Cork Tree in the Coachella Valley.
 

Today’s Editor:  Frank Peabody

 
 
 
 
 
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