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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of January 4, 2017
 
This first meeting of the new year began with a filled to capacity crowd. Jamey Canfield called on pre-inducted member Jerry Ogburn to lead the pledge of allegiance, Charlie House to help us count to four, Jim Griffes to lead us in a moment of appreciation and blessing and Linda Holmes to welcome our guests and visitors. 
 

Jacque Wachs will not be at the meeting of January 11th, but will be back for the meeting of January 18th, and will do one last warm clothes collection on that date.  Please take the time to search your closets for items (coats/jackets, caps/beanies, sweat pants, scarves, gloves and sweaters.  And if anyone has sleeping bags, be assured they will be put to good use. Please know that you can purchase socks and underwear (for both men and women) for donation if you have nothing that is "gently used" to give.

Milt Levinson announced that the club will celebrate Valentine's day at the meeting on February 8 so members are encouraged to invite their special someone to attend that meeting.

On a similar note, Helene shared that the Evening Star Rotary Club will hold a Valentine's fundraiser is on February 11th at 5:30pm at the Mizell Senior Center. Tickets are now available for this fun evening with travel and resort fashions being shown from The Wardrobe and In The Bag and then auctioned off. $60/person buys you a buffet dinner, fashion show "cruise," vendors, silent auction and a drawing for a 55" TV! Fun for everyone. No host wine bar. All to benefit Meals on Wheels and the Palm Springs Unified School District Homeless and Hungry Student Gap Fund. For tickets call Laura at 760-424-8500 or Helene at 760-327-7686. 

Frank Peabody circulated a signup sheet for Tour de Palm Springs to be held on 1/20-21 in Palm Springs.  We will be selling apparel.  

Jamey Canfield shared that Thomas Smith was back in Kentucky due to the recent passing of his father. Our thoughts are with Thomas and his family.

Judy Bronstein shared that she had made a coiffeur house call on Mike Brill at the rehab facility on Sunrise, setting the example for the rest of us to tap into our own creativity to pitch-in for the Brills however we can.

NEW MEMBERS INDUCTION

Helene had the great honor and pleasure of inducting THREE new members: Jerry Ogburn, Dorys Haftermeyer, and Kathy Weyer. Each of these new members demonstrate an enthusiasm and history of service. Welcome Kathy, Jerry and Dorys!
 
PROGRAM:
 
President Elect Nadine Koehler, introduced today's guest speaker Dr. Lisa Lindley, President of the Coachella Valley Symphony.  Dr. Lindley is a board certified gynecologist, who specializes in women’s health issues at Eisenhower Medical Center.  She is the president of the Coachella Valley Symphony and is also an incredible Soprano Singer. 
 
 

Nadine Koehler introduced this week's speaker, Al Jones representing Sanctuary Palm Springs.

Sanctuary Palm Springs provides LGBT teens in Foster Care a family home environment as they transition from the foster system which support ends when a minor turns 18, Sanctuary offers a place of safety and stability for these youth. Emphasis on education and the arts is the mission. Psychological and emotional support are provided by caring and trained professionals.

The first home will serve the needs of young LGBT individuals preparing to leave Foster Care, ages 18-21. By providing them a safe and supportive home, they can enter their adult lives.

Sanctuary is seeking mentors, particularly vocational mentors and also donors contributing $100/month (Guardian Angel level) to help support the organization. 

The home is state and county licensed and stresses education and vocation with requirements that residents meet minimum work or schooling hours to live at Sanctuary.

RECOGNITION
 
The guy in the tacky t-shirt, flaunting his team's latest victory at the Rose Bowl (you do the math) decided to quiz members on Rose Bowl history. For the most part failing the examination, Dan Keller, Jim Griffes, David Alderman, Milt Levinson, Dick Hostrop, Bob Barrett and Nandy Kruger contributed $10 each.
 
NEXT WEEK'S MEETING
 
Be sure to join us for our upcoming meeting on the 11th where our featured speaker will be Dave Thornton with Habitat for Humanity.
 
WEEKLY DRAWING

Roger had the lucky ticket but not the lucky marble...sorry Roger.
 
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