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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of May 24, 2017
 
 
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The meeting was called to order by Prez Jamey.  Today’s special guests were five Palm Springs High School students from RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program for 11th graders).  Prez Jamey asked them to assist with the meeting.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Melina Solis, and the 4-Way Test was led by Kevin Forero.  
 
The invocation was provided by Helene Kalfuss.
 
There were no visiting Rotarians.
 
Today’s guests were welcomed and included RYLA students Mellinie Ilustrisimo, Melina Solis, Hayden Poulain, Brandon Fong, and Kevin Forero; and Patricia Warren, the Palm Springs High School Principal’s Secretary who arranged for the RYLA students to attend today’s meeting. 
 
 
Helene Kalfuss presented Linda Holmes with a Certificate of Successful Completion for the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).  
 
 
Judy Bronstein was recognized and congratulated for receiving the District 5330 Rotary Hero designation.
 
Milt Levinson attended the District Conference last weekend, and he presented Prez Jamey with numerous patches for the various successful programs by the Palm Springs Rotary Club, including RYLA, PRYDE, Interact, 4-Way Speech Contest, etc. 
 
  • 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.
  • Nadine Koehler reminded everyone there is a sign-up sheet for those planning to attend the Rotary at Work event with the Desert Hot Springs Rotary Club, being held with the Rosarito Beach Rotary Club in Rosarito Beach, June 2-4.  Carole Rogers said there is still room for two more in her motorhome.  Everyone can meet at the Desert Regional Medical Center parking lot, and we’ll be traveling with the Desert Hot Springs Rotary Club.  There will be a work day and a lobster dinner.  
  • RYLA participant Melina Solis announced that the Interact Club has elected new officers, and Mellinie Ilustrisimo was elected President for next school year.  Melina Solis was elected Vice President, and Hayden Poulain was elected Treasurer. 

PROGRAM
Johnny Coladonato, RYLA advisor, introduced the day's program featuring the RYLA students sponsored by our club.  Helene Kalfuss gave an overview of the RYLA camp for 11th grade students in March and April where they learn leadership skills.  Helene called on the RYLA students to share their stories about their participation this year.   
 
Brandon Fong described many experiences from the weekend, but focused particularly on the Culture Walk, and said he went home a changed person.
 
 
Melina Solis explained that the program created a sharing bond of community service and Service Above Self.  She said the experience helped to develop powerful and empathetic bonds.
 
 
Hayden Poulain shared uplifting and funny personal stories, and he said that participants quickly became like a huge family.
 
 
Mellinie Ilustrisimo explained that RYLA taught the group a lot about themselves, to believe in yourself, to know that you can do anything and achieve anything.  She said it was life changing.
 
 
Kevin Forero talked about the team building activities.  He discussed the “mental heckling” we do to ourselves through internal conversations we have.  Kevin noted the many words of wisdom shared, especially on the Culture Walk.  They learned to be grateful and go out to help other people.  
 
Erika Aldana was the sixth student we sponsored at RYLA, but she was unable to attend today.
 
At the conclusion of the students’ touching and uplifting stories, they were given rounds of applause; and everyone agreed that the funding we spend each year to send these future leaders to RYLA camp is extremely worthwhile.

RECOGNITION

Tim Ellis was the Fine Master and collected fines from Johnny Coladonato, Bob Allan, Dick Hostrop, Helene Kalfuss, Nandy Kruger, Jerry Ogburn, Carole Rogers, and Ryan Saunders.

HAPPY $$

Happy Dollars were happily paid by Frank Peabody, Arlene Rosenthal, Judy Bronstein, Ryan Saunders, Dick Hostrop, and Jamey Canfield.

DRAWING

The weekly drawing for $15 was won (again!) by Judy Bronstein, but she missed the black marble for $198. 

 NEXT MEETING

Elena Chvany, founder of Kids Create Peace.  One Voice of Peace is a nonprofit 501c3 educational organization designed to advance the presence of peace throughout the world using educational programs and outreach.  Their mission is to bring an enduring peace to all people.

Today’s Editor:  Linda Holmes

 
 
 
 
 
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