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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of February 22, 2017


The meeting was called to order by Prez-Elect Nadine Koehler, who reported that Prez. Jamey Canfield is out with the flu.  Everyone wished Jamey well. 

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and 4-Way Test, Nadine gave an invocation, followed by announcements.

The following Visiting Rotarians were introduced by Kathy Weyer: Dick Sweeney, Grand Junction Colorado Rotary Club; Karl Kruger, Irvine Rotary; Randy Aston, Alberta, Canada; and Al Muir, Saskatoon Meewasin Rotary.

Margie Taft introduced her guest, Donna Smith.

Come one come all to our Progressive Dinner on March 12th. Note to new members: don’t miss this wonderful fellowship social event! It’s just $10!  Details to follow.  Proceeds benefit our Homeless Youth Program.
Nadine reported on long-time Hilton employee Mike Leones, who passed away unexpectedly.  Mike was a long-time friend, always helpful to Rotary.  A collection was taken in his honor to donate to his family for his years of excellent service to Rotary.  
Charlie House was given a rousing "Welome Back!"  
Milt also announced that Nancy Palmer has the sign-up sheet for our March 12th Progressive Dinner. 

Milt continued (one busy guy!) on March 2nd, our Club will participate in the Read Across America Day. We’ll be reading to students at Cahuilla School for one hour. This is an important literacy Rotary project. He needs 12 Rotarians to meet at the school at 9AM.


Nadine introduced today’s speaker, Darryl Abroguena, the campus liaison for San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services.  Darryl represents the Coachella Valley satellite office and crisis center in Palm Desert, as well as Morongo Basin,Yucaipa, and Victorville for college campuses within the area. 

San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services provides prevention and education to students to prevent sexual violence on college campuses and provides direct client services and counseling to assault victims and their families.  The agency has also provided services and counseling for 4 to 7 year olds, and recently helped a senior citizen in Cathedral City who was sexually assaulted. 

In our area, the volunteers are providing services for the trauma of domestic abuse, stalking, dating violence, and human trafficking.  In addition, sensitivity training for law enforcement is being provided in each police department. 

When a sexual assault is reported, usually through a police agency, the victim is taken to Eisenhower Hospital for medical care, and volunteers from the crisis center stay with them.  The volunteers also attend court with the victims to provide needed support.  Volunteers for the crisis center go through 52 hours of training to become a state-licensed Crisis Intervention Advocate.  The training classes are held twice a month, and once completed, the volunteers choose their own days and hours to serve.



Jacque Wachs was today’s Recognition Fine Master.  Since President’s Day was this week, she decided to ask presidential questions, but since behind every successful man is a woman, she focused her questions on First Ladies.  Paying fines were Dr. David Alderman, Teresa Cherry, Dorys Halftermeyer, Bob Elsner, Jerry Ogburn, Ryan Saunders, Kathy Weyer, Margie Taft, and Karl Kruger.

Happy Dollars were happily provided by Frank Peabody, Ryan Saunders, Charlie House, Margie Taft, Andrea Madrigal, and Bill Conn.

The weekly drawing was one by Eileen Reilly.  She won $33, but missed the marble drawing for $183. 


This week's speaker will be Casey Washack of Next Level Fitness and the topic will be, "Wellness at Any Age"

Today’s Editor:  Linda Holmes

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