Speakers

Speaker Date Topic
David Brinkman, CEO & Pres. DAP Jul 25, 2018 12:00 PM
Desert AIDS Project
Desert AIDS Project

David Brinkman, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer & President, joined Desert AIDS Project in 2006. David has led the organization through a period of unprecedented expansion, increasing the number of clients and volunteers, diversity and volume of services, number of staff, and size of the budget by 100%. Under his leadership, Desert AIDS Project established a dental clinic, a permanent supportive housing complex, a community center, a department of Community Health, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic, and a vocational program as well as achieved Federally Qualified Health Center status.

Elizabeth Kelsey, RDN Aug 15, 2018 12:00 PM
Healthy Eating after 50

Elizabeth received her Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from San Diego State University and completed her master's degree course work nutrition education and Dietetic Internship at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, Tuft's New England Medical Center, Boston MA.  She has been teaching at College of the Desert for over 30 years as an adjunct instructor. She began her career in dietetics at Eisenhower Medical Center in 1977 and for most of 22 years she was with EMC, She was the Clinical Nutrition Manager (Chief Dietitian).  As far as she is aware, she is the only full time , independent nutrition counselor in the Coachella Valley.  Her practice consists of seeing private clients and consulting with 2 of the area's skilled nursing facilities. 

Jamey Canfield & Mary Jo Ginther Aug 29, 2018 12:00 PM
Palm Springs Convention Center & Bureau of Tourism
Palm Springs Convention Center & Bureau of Tourism

The Palm Springs Convention Center.  An extraordinary venue in a very special destination.  The perfect solution for groups hosting conventions, meetings, tradeshows, special events…you name it.  Bring us your idea – we will help you to achieve.

The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism is the City’s official destination marketing organization whose focus is to promote the City to consumers, the media, and domestic and international trade buyers, thus increasing the transient occupancy taxes and sales taxes generated for the City, and increasing the City’s exposure as a world-class year-round leisure destination. The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism is operated and managed by SMG.

District Govenor Ricardo Loretta (2018-2019) Sep 05, 2018 12:00 PM
DIstrict News and Updates
DIstrict News and Updates

District Govenor Ricardo Loretta will meet with us to review district news and updates.

Stephen Heslin, Exec. Director Digicom Learning Sep 12, 2018 12:00 PM
Digital Literacy
Digital Literacy

Developing Digital Storytelling skills (making short videos) enables students to create their own original videos. This process fosters critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.  These skills are the first step in re-engaging students

Since the earliest existence of human communities, telling stories has been the most powerful means of communication. Today, with the accessibility of digital devices, our youth relate to their own ideas and stories created and presented through short videos.

Learning the art of Digital Storytelling empowers students and enhances their sense of self, engages them in their learning process, and expand’s their ability to communicate with the world they live in.

This completly revolutionizes the educational experience.

Shaun Clark, Exec. Director 4ShayJ Foundation Sep 19, 2018 12:00 PM
4ShayJ Foundation
4ShayJ Foundation

The 4ShayJ Foundation was created in May, 2015, after the accidental death of our 19-year old son, Shaun Jr. (ShayJ).  He lost his life March 31, 2015, in a skateboarding accident - in which he was not wearing a safety helmet.

It is our mission to change the way children think about helmet safety.  We visit schools and talk to children about the importance of wearing helmets.

Through the support of our community and public donations, we provide safety helmets to children who can not afford them.

Vinny Stoppia, Author Sep 26, 2018 12:00 PM
The Austrian Woman. A lecture on Marie Antionette
The Austrian Woman. A lecture on Marie Antionette

Vinny Stoppia, a native from the Big Apple, survived and thrived through sixteen years of parochial education. He worked for twenty-three years at the United Nations Headquarters observing the political luminaries of the Cold War Era.

For more than fifty years, Vinny gobbled up anything about eighteenth century France - in particular, the singular Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. His narrative about the life of this lightning-rod monarch, The Austrian Woman, is the culmination of a life long passion to recall her story.

Vinny moved to Palm Springs, California in 1993. In his free time, Vinny enriches his life by volunteering for several organizations. He has scant time to misbehave in the desert paradise because his dog, Teddy, keeps him on a tight leash.

Michael Braun, President of Grit Development Oct 03, 2018 12:00 PM
Downtown Palm Springs Redevelopment

Michael Braun is president of Grit Development, formerly known as Wessman Development. Michael joined Wessman Development in 2003 as senior vice president and chief financial officer. He assumed complete management of the company following John Wessman’s formal retirement in February 2017. He formally changed the company name to Grit Development to better reflect the company’s new management and goals moving forward.

As president, Michael oversees all aspects of the Palm Springs downtown revitalization project plus a full portfolio of real estate assets. Grit Development’s portfolio consists of over one million square feet of commercial real estate assets including shopping centers, hotels and housing projects.

Fred Bell, Chief Operating Officer Oct 10, 2018 12:00 PM
Nobell Energy Solutions
Nobell Energy Solutions

NOBELL Energy Solutions (NES) is a firm which designs and builds distributed and small utility scale solar energy facilities for customers located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, CA. The team at Nobell Energy Solutions has considerable experience entitling commercial, industrial, alternative and conventional energy projects in Riverside and Imperial, CA Counties.

For the last five years Fred Bell has served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Nobell Energy Solutions (NES), a renewable energy company focused on solar power generation. Fred has almost 30 years of construction development experience. With that knowledge he has developed more than 2 Mega Watts of solar power facilities for individual commercial clients in the south western portion of the United States

Kraig Johnson, Community Outreach Coordinator Oct 17, 2018 12:00 PM
Jewish Family Service of the Desert
Jewish Family Service of the Desert

For over 35 years, JFS Desert has provided important social services to the people of the Coachella Valley – regardless of religious affiliation. We offer many programs that can improve the quality of your life. You may reach out to one of our varied programs offered for seniors, get involved with a support group, or cope through a tough time with the help of one of our therapists.

The Mission of JFS Desert is to provide for the social service needs of the Jewish and general community throughout the greater Coachella Valley with a commitment to promote the well-being of people of all ages, incomes and lifestyles.

Since its inception as part of the Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and Desert Area in 1982, JFS has grown—not just in size, but in its ability to serve the people of the Coachella Valley. Beginning as a small group of volunteers who checked in on seniors and disabled people who lived alone, JFS Desert has evolved into an organization of professionals and volunteers that provide a broad range of support and services to thousands of Southern California residents each year.

Dr. Joesph Burgo, Author and Psychotherapist Oct 24, 2018 12:00 PM
Shame: Free Yourself, Find Joy, and Build True Self-Esteem
Shame: Free Yourself, Find Joy, and Build True Self-Esteem

Joseph Burgo, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and the author of The Narcissist You Know: Defending Yourself Against Extreme Narcissists in an All-About-Me World (Touchstone, 2015) and Why Do I Do That? Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives (2012).  His blog, AfterPsychotherapy, draws more than 25,000 visits per months. A regular writer and commentator for news outlets including The New York TimesUSA Today, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and NPR, Joe is also the voice behind thePsychology Today blog “Shame.”

Karen Cornett, Palm Springs Unified Board Oct 31, 2018 12:00 PM
Palm Springs Unified School District
Palm Springs Unified School District
Karen Cornett has been a Palm Springs Unified Governing Board member since December of 2010 after retiring from 36 years in public education. Her two daughters attended PSUSD schools and graduated from Palm Springs High, and her three grandchildren currently attend school in the District.
 
Karen spent 35 years as a teacher and administrator in Palm Springs Unified, her last 16 as principal at Sunny Sands Elementary in Cathedral City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social welfare from Cal State Long Beach and a master’s in educational administration from Azusa Pacifica.

Karen serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Cathedral City.  

Helene A. Kalfuss, Ph.D Nov 07, 2018 12:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation

Helene will discuss the importance of the Rotary Foundation and why it is important for us as Rotarians to support the Foundation.

Helene A. Kalfuss, Ph.D Nov 14, 2018 12:00 PM
The Rotary Foundation

Helene will speak to us about the Rotary Foundation and the importance for is as Rotarians to support the Foundation.

Cara Van Dijk Nov 28, 2018 12:00 PM
The Palm Canyon Theatre

The Palm Canyon Theatre is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the education of live stage production and the enrichment of the greater Palm Springs community and its visitors. The regional repertory theater company operates primarily with volunteers and produces about 13 Broadway musicals and classic plays each year, plus offers a children’s theatre camp and production. The theatre also hosts a limited number of events for other organizations throughout the year.

Shannon Shea, Exec. Dir. Elder Love USA, Inc. Dec 05, 2018 12:00 PM
Low-cost in-home care to older adults above the poverty line
Low-cost in-home care to older adults above the poverty line

Elder Love USA aims to ensure the health and wellness of older adults who are above the poverty line but cannot afford in-home care by assisting them with activities of daily living.