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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of April 27, 2017
 
 
 
The meeting was called to order by Prez Jamey, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Karl Kruger, the 4-way test was led by David Gandolfo, and the invocation was given by Bob Barrett.  Special thanks to Jamey for the drumroll and unfurling of the American flag for today’s meeting.
 
 
Nandy Kruger introduced the following visiting Rotarians: John Slater of Longview, WA; Jack Fitzsimmons from Cloverdale, CA; and Karl Kruger from the Irvine Rotary Club.
 
Barbara Stanford introduced her Aunt Linda who is visiting from Washington; and Carole Rogers introduced her sister Kathy as her special guest.

Prez Jamey announced there is a plethora of “Rotarians at Work” t-shirts available for anyone needing them for our upcoming work days.  Bob Elsner translated for those who didn’t understand plethora.  
 
Jamey reminded everyone that we have a work day cleaning books, tables, etc. in the children’s section at the Palm Springs Library on Saturday, April 29, from 8 to 10 a.m.
 
Jamey also reminded that there is a Board Meeting for the Club Foundation after today’s meeting.
 
Carole Rogers announced that she and her husband will be going in their motorhome June 2-4 for the Rotary service project in Rosarito, Mexico, to help the Desert Hot Springs and Rosarito Beach Rotary Clubs.  This is a change from the original May 5-7 dates. 
 
Carole also announced that the Desert Healthcare District will be having a special program on May 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral City senior center, and invited everyone to participate. The Town Hall with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia will focus on the legislation to expand the Desert Healthcare District to the east valley area.

Our guest speaker was Jeannie Kays, Library Director for the Palm Springs Public Library.  Jeannie shared that the 2015-2016 library statistics reflected over 232,000 library visits; about 2,400 volunteer hours; 62,000 uses of library computers; 25,549 free Wi-Fi sessions; 379 programs attracting 8,000 attendees; 14,200 e-book checkouts; 8,867 music downloads (with 14 million songs available). Kays noted that the library has 15,000 DVDs available for check-out.  The library also offers literacy programs, summer reading programs, Book Clubs, events, and classes.  
 
Two years ago, they opened the Wellwood/Murray Memorial Library downtown, and it’s open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  
 
The cost is $20 per year to become a Friend of the Palm Springs Public Library, and Dr. David Alderman immediately submitted his $20 to join....Thanks David for supporting this great community asset!

RECOGNITION
 

Johnny Coladonado performed as today’s Fine Master, with amazing questions about America’s public libraries.  Paying fines were David Gandolfo, Peter Freymuth, Helene Kalfuss, Nandy Kruger, Eileen Reilly, Nancy Palmer, Thomas Smith, and Kathy Weyer.

HAPPY $$

Happy Dollars were eagerly paid by Nandy Kruger who is celebrating her 36th anniversary with Karl, Jamey Canfield just because he’s happy, Bob Barrett because his 85th birthday is next week, Dr. David Alderman, Jerry Ogburn, Charlie House who reported he’s leaving Saturday but will be back with us in October, Kathy Weyer who is celebrating her 37th anniversary, Chris Seidel, and Carole Rogers.

DRAWING

The weekly drawing was won by Bob Elsner, who won $20 but missed the black marble worth $110. 

 NEXT MEETING

Prez Jamey announced that next week’s program speaker will be Connie Golds from Desert Best Friend’s Closet.  This organization donates clothes to needy teens attending their prom, and also provides professional clothes for needy and homeless to help with job interviews.  Nadine Koehler requested that we all bring prom clothes to the Rotary Club meeting next week, to give to Ms. Golds as donations for their program.

Today’s Editor:  Linda Holmes

 
 
 
 
 
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