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Rotary Club of Palm Springs Meeting of February 7, 2019



 Our meeting began in the upstairs meeting room (moved again!) with  new member Barbara Litton leading us in the pledge, our old(!) member Barbara Sanford reciting the Four Way Test, and Bob Griffies followed up with a heartfelt invocation.
Prez Nadine reminded us of the pink bowls – coins for kids – to help children with medical needs.
Tim Ellis introduced visiting Rotarians: Randy Aston from Alberta, Graeme Rowswell from Winnipeg, and Leslie Crouthamel from the Rotary Club of Guam – (welcome back!).

The only visiting Rotarian was introduced by Milt – Barry Freet, former Fire Chief of Palm Springs, who we hope to entice to become a member again! (Also our speaker is a former member of this club and former President of the Palmdale club.)

Frank Peabody talked about the Tour de Palm Springs, where Rotarians are in charge of the apparel sales – he has volunteers lined up, as well as Interact kids to help sell the  items and make some money – weather is projected to be nice and sunny, a big change from the rain of last year!
Judy announced two items: Progressive Dinner is scheduled for March 11, and the all-important ANGEL VIEW PROM is set for March 24 – a busy month for our JJ!
It was announced that Nancy Palmer had fallen and broke her hip – she is at Desert Hospital and would appreciate cards and well wishes. Nancy, we hope to see you up and about soon!
Jacque was enticed to share her ideas about bringing in younger members – why not have projects in which they can get involved and change the world in some way? Getting involved in a project is a surefire way to get commitments for continuing work.
Nadine also reminded us that we are NOT at the Hilton next week – we will be at the Mizell Senior Center for our Valentine’s celebration – meet at 11:45. Lunch is $10, and we are sponsoring the seniors’ meals for lunch. Bring toiletries (shampoo, lotions, soaps, etc.) as this appears to be what they would treasure!
Ryan read a thank-you letter from an Interact student for the Pennies for Pasta program. We contributed $175, but in total they raised $1,700! Way to go, Interactors!
Jamey spoke of Elias Bustamante, an old friend of the club, who is retiring on Friday at 93(!). Jamey will attend the retirement luncheon and will pass on the good wishes of the club.
The trivia question was successfully answered by Dan (he read the newsletter and the Rotarian, clearly.)
February 14th Valentines Day Meeting - Dining at the Mizell Senior Center, and Please Bring a Gift for Needy Seniors:

Nadine interviewed our sojourners, Susan and Brydon Ward from Alberta, Canada. We learned that Susan had been in Human Resources in both the government and education sectors, and Brydon a forester. Over the years, Susan has held some big jobs in Rotary and their Family members are very involved in Rotary, and Susan and Brydon shared some great trips they have enjoyed through the years. They are truly all about Service Above Self.

Kathy introduced David Aaker, who spoke of leadership and customer service, quoting Rudy Giuliani, and giving tremendous stories about outstanding but easy customer service ideas, which ultimately show strong leadership and excellent business practices.

Tim Ellis  wrestled money from Chris, Carol, Dorys, Dick, Tim, Nadine, Frank, and the two remaining Bobs.


Happy Dollars were gathered from Thomas, Bob Allen (congratulations - $500 on the Superbowl!), Milt, Dorys, Bob, and Jim.

Three books were raffled off -  Mike got both Dave Aaker’s book and a recipe book donated form the Palm Desert Rotary, and our visiting Rotarian from Winnipeg, Graeme Rowsell won the other book donated by David Aaker.


New Rotarian Barb pulled the winning ticket and gathered $33 into her wallet, but, alas, the big money eluded her.


This Week's Editor: Kathy Weyer

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