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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of January 11, 2017
 

Prez Jamey opened the meeting with a sad note that Bob Barrett is in the hospital after a serious fall.  We all send Bob and wife, Barbara our thoughts and prayers for a full and speedy recovery.

Jamey continued our meeting with Ryan Saunders (fresh back from jolly ole England) leading the pledge, new member, Jerry Ogburn leading the 4-way Test, and Helene Kalfuss sharing a heartfelt invocation letting Bob Barrett, Mike Brill, and Barbara Stanford know that they are in our thoughts and hearts. 

Frank Peabody welcomed Rotarian Doreen Monson and husband, Terry from Kamloops, BC, Carol Baker, also from Kamloops, and Harrison West, Episcopal Reverend from Guilford, CT. Rev West told us Guilford was founded in 1639. Prez Jamey countered with: we were founded in 1938, but we have sun!

Prez Jamey presented Carole Rogers with her 7th Paul Harris pin. Kudos, Carole! Oh, I forgot to mention, Carole introduced Special Guest, Herb Schultz, the new CEO of the Desert Healthcare District.

Jacque Wachs will be at the meeting of January 18th (our next meeting), 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. There is only one spot left so see Frank to get in on the fun!

 
PROGRAM: David Thornton, Habitat for Humanity
 
 

Busy Prez Jamey, then, introduced our good friend, David Thornton, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley. David, a beaming new Grandfather, introduced us to a variety of services by his organization…beginning with a grant to build two homes in PD for veterans, funded by Home Depot and two more homes in La Quinta for deserving families, funded by Bank of America. We learned that Habitat partners with several organizations to assist seniors with code enforcement issues, exterior cosmetic improvements, and landscaping projects.  They also have young volunteers host various events, for pay, with proceeds going to building materials for these worthy projects.

David shared that Habitat has a very limited staff and therefore many opportunities for individuals and groups to volunteer. He also shared information about the organization's thrift shop "ReStore".

RECOGNITION
 
Fine master Tim Ellis was in ‘fine form’, extracting $$$ from Jim Dunn, Bob Elsner, Frank Peabody (paid by Elsner!), Bob Allan, Ryan Saunders, Judy Bronstein, Jerry Ogburn, and Dick Hostrup…all on questions relating to the Jimmy Carter presidency from 1977 to 1981.
 
The following people professed their happiness...Bob Elsner, happy that SC advanced to #3 in the Coaches poll, Sojourner Sherry Calouri (welcome back!), JJ Bronstein, Jerry Ogburn, and visitor Doreen Monson.
 
WEEKLY DRAWING

Doreen proceeded to win the raffle and was delighted to be paid US$20 as opposed to CAN$20…a big exchange windfall…even though she missed the blackie!
 
NEXT WEEK'S MEETING
Diana Von Wentworth on..."Creating your Ideal Life Vision for the best time of your life"
 
GUEST EDITOR:  Frank Peabody
 
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