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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of January 3, 2018



The meeting was called to order by Prez Nadine Koehler. The flag salute was led by Charlie House, the 4-way test was very successfully led by Ed McBride, and the invocation was given by Helene Kalfuss.
Nadine announced there were no visiting Rotarians.
We happily welcomed back Sojourners Susan and Brydon Ward from Alberta, Canada.

Frank Peabody announced the Tour de Palm Springs will be held February 9-10, and our Rotary Club is helping with the event. This is one of our Club’s favorite service projects. We staff their apparel booth to sell Tour merchandise, and the Tour then generously donates a portion of the income to our Club Foundation. A sign-up sheet was circulated for volunteers to work at the event. Be sure to sign up next week!

Prez-Elect Kathy Weyer introduced today’s speaker, Michael Sterns of the Tour de Palm Springs. Michael said the Tour is one of two annual events sponsored by CVSPIN (Coachella Valley Serving People in Need), founded by Tim Esser, and $514,000 has been raised for local Coachella Valley charities since 2008. 
The Tour de Palm Springs this year is expecting 10,000 riders; 1,500 volunteers; and 20 bands participating. There will be riders from at least 44 states and 4 countries, and two-thirds of the riders will be doing the 50-mile or 100-mile rides, although there are rides for every level including young children. The ride starts on North Palm Canyon Drive, just south of Alejo Road.  
The second event sponsored by CVSPIN is the Patriot Ride for Our Heroes (Military, Fire, and Police). Michael showed a brief video of this patriotic event.

Bob Elsner asked questions about New Year’s history and trivia. Paying fines were Dan Keller, Jacque Wachs, Barbara Stanford, Charlie House, Dorys Halftermeyer-Ross, Bob Allen, Tim Ellis, KathyWeyer, and Dick Hostrop.


Happy Dollars were gratefully paid by Jacque Wachs, Tim Ellis, Charlie House, Frank Peabody, Susan Ward, Brydon Ward, and Nadine Koehler.



Judy Bronstein (again!!!) won the weekly drawing, totaling $25. Then she drew the black marble (!!!) and won the pot of $191. We didn’t know to cheer her or boo her! But mostly we cheered her for her continuing good luck!


Please join us Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  Jennifer Richard of "Voices for Children" will tell us all about this worthy organization.  VFC's Mission Statement is:  "Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs)."  CASAs work one-on-one with a child or set of siblings in foster care to ensure their needs are met.  With the support of an advocate, a child in foster care is more likely to succeed, receive vital services and find a safe, permanent home.

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