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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of March 21, 2018
 

 

 

This week's meeting was overshadowed by the passing of a dear member of the club, Barbara Stanford. Barbara's passing hit this editor and our Rotary family very hard.  Barbara was a very special friend, one whom we were honored to have in our lives.  She was a most beautiful, caring, loving, giving, inspiring, gifted woman.  Barb embraced Rotary as she did all her myriad of activities, and in all she manifested the Rotary ideal of "Service above Self’. We shall always have her spirit in our hearts.
 
It was a difficult day…and meeting.  President, Nadine, opened a respectful and heart rendering meeting.   Reverend Jim Griffies began with an appreciative prayer…highlighting the way that Barb inspired all members of our Club, her community, and the world.
 

In the spirit of Rotary, we carry on…


 

Judy Bronstein reminded us of the Angel View Prom…this Saturday, 3/24 at Demuth Park. 

Jacque Wachs shared details of her visit with Barbara’s sister, Debbie Spencer, and will keep us posted on the memorial gathering. Barbara's Celebration of Life is now set for Noon, Saturday, April 7 at Los Compadres Stables, 1849 El Cielo Road. Barbecue lunch will be served.

We welcomed Ricardo Loretta, the incoming District Governor. Sojourner Susan Ward introduced her two good friends from Calgary, and Margie Taft welcomed special guest, Jeff Rosenberg, who is on the road to becoming our newest Rotarian member.

The District Conference will be held May 17-20 at the Hilton Doubletree Resort in Cathedral City, and we will have a Hospitality Room, be sure to register.
 

PROGRAM

Incoming Prez Kathy Weier introduced our speaker, Mark Toohey, who spoke regarding preparing for the next big earthquake.  Several Rotarians came up to Mark, prior the meeting, and thanked him for participating in this unique meeting.  

Mark was a trooper…educating us on Earthquake preparedness.  After showing us some rather scary photos of the aftermath of an earthquake in Chile, Mark shared some interesting facts about our ‘moving earth’. We learned that most of us live within 30 miles of an active fault.

Mark explained that only 10% of homeowners in California carry earthquake insurance.  He also explained that California has lowered earthquake insurance to an affordable level for most families.

Using the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Mark explained the financial impact of such a quake today.  The cost of a similar sized quake would be in the billions of $$$! The insurance offered through the California Earthquake Authority (CEA), a state-formed non-profit, is designed to be affordable and to help California residents recover from such a disaster more quickly. You can learn more about your options at https://www.earthquakeauthority.com.


The meeting concluded with members sharing their fond memories of Barbara.
We heard from Milt, JJ, Jacque, Kathy, Nadine, Margie, Frank, Helene, Dr Dave, and Dorys sharing…”Barb always had a smile, never complained or uttered an unkind word, always welcoming, respectful,  and fun loving”, just to share a few of the sentiments expressed. We heard a phrase that was ‘so Barbara’…”It’s not how LONG you live…It’s HOW you live”.  Barb lived her life to the fullest with travel, volunteering, mentoring, and total acceptance of all. Rest in Peace, our dear friend and Rotarian, and may God comfort you forever.
 
This week's editor: Frank Peabody
 
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