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Palms to Pines Rotary Club

 Palm Desert’s Morning Club


Palm Desert's Palms to Pines is a unique and fun Rotary Club. We invite you to visit us and share the experience. We emphasize the fellowship that is a vital part of the Rotary experience and it is the First Objective of Rotary. Our motto is "Service above Self".

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders who have committed to give back to their communities and the world through "Service Above Self".

Palms to Pines Rotary Club is part of one of the oldest and largest service organizations in the world. We invite you to come and join the fun of weekly fellowship, the joy of contributing to our local community and the excitement of lending a hand to people. The projects undertaken over the years have been many and varied. Drawing from a base of experience within the business community Palms to Pines Rotary club has been able to have an influence that reaches around the world.


Our own Charles Riggs provided us with an update on our scouting troop project in Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo. Charley is a member of the Palm Desert Sister Cities Committee which made a recent visit to the Mexican cities. We provided monies to help fund the scout troop back in 2012 and it continues to thrive. Today, there are over 180 young people involved and they do a number of community service activities. While Charley was in Mexico, he attended a meeting of the Ixtapa Rotary Club as well as participating in other Sister Cities activities. The Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo Sister Cities Committee is planning a visit to our area to study our water recycling programs. Also last week, Margaret Claggett reported that the Xavier High School Interact Club will be assisting the YMCA of the Desert at the Golf Cart Parade and Jerry Kress let it ride after winning $8 in the great Rotary Raffle.
District Governor Ricardo Loretta made his official visit to our club last week. DG Ricardo was joined by his wife Jennifer and he told us his Rotary story. He was a member in the 80s but never really became a Rotarian until he moved to the desert and joined the Palm Desert club and began volunteering for projects at Galilee Center in Mecca. While you don’t need to be in Rotary to volunteer, according to Ricardo, Rotary provides the volunteer opportunities. This Rotary year, Ricardo wants clubs to focus on improvement and growth. More than half of the 62 clubs in our Rotary district lost members last year and Ricardo wants to turn that around this year. Ricardo also told us that our own Charley Riggs is one of his Assistant Governors this year and he told us about a planned Holiday Fiesta in Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park on December 8 and a planned multi-district project in Mexicali in January. His Rotary Foundation Gala is planned for November 3. District Governor Ricardo recognized members Jim Brock and Margaret Claggett for their service to P2P and he presented Pres. Richard Karp with a replica of the Rotary Foundation's 100th anniversary bell provided by a 1,000 year old Italian company.
Palms To Pines Rotarians and guests gathered at the home of Lillian Roberts for a BBQ last Wednesday evening. Thank you Lillian for volunteering your lovely home and a special thank you to John Hardee for volunteering to man the barbecue on a hot and humid night. See more photos in the Photo Album on our website, www.p2protary.org.
Nearly a dozen Palms To Pines Rotarians enjoyed our second Summer Social Breakfast at Cup’s Café last Wednesday. With no formal speaker, club members simply socialized and enjoyed breakfast. We did talk a bit about how to use some of our district-designated Rotary Foundation monies and the board will come to a final decision on how those funds are spent in the coming weeks. We’re scheduled to be back at Cup’s Café for breakfast on Wednesday morning, August 15 so make plans to join us! This restaurant has a great menu and we’re helping a young couple pursue their American dream! Also, stay tuned for another Road Trip in September. We’ll provide complete details once we have them!
Last week, nine Palms To Pines Rotarians gathered at Cup’s Café for the first of our planned Summer Social Breakfasts. No formal speaker is scheduled….we just meet, order breakfast on our own and socialize for an hour. Last week we got to meet Cup’s Café owners Nancy and Marcos and hear about their food and beverage history and their plans for Cup’s Café. The cafe is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for breakfast and lunch. Join us this week for a great breakfast and Rotary Fellowship!
We enjoyed our first Road Trip of the summer last Wednesday when we visited new member Kerim Gokce’s Kuzu Rug. Kerim grew up in Istanbul and he says rug merchants had poor reputations and he wanted nothing to do with the business. He immigrated to this country and has now been in the rug business for over 20 years! There have been big changes to his industry in recent years. Consumers are no longer willing to pay high prices for high quality rugs and large companies in India and China now produce good rugs at a fraction of the price. Kerim is currently conducting a moving sale and plans to move his shop to a location next to Bristol Farms. The new shop will feature mostly samples instead of finished rugs and rugs will be made to order. Thanks, Kerim, for hosting us and giving us great insights into your business!
It’s summer, it’s hot and we’re few in number. Because we have a 15 breakfast minimum at Desert Falls Country Club, we need to make other meeting arrangements during the summer months. We’re planning more road trips and we’re also planning informal breakfast get togethers each week. This week, we’ll take our first Road Trip and then we’ll be getting together for breakfast at Cups Café on July 18 and 25. Cups Café is located at 77912 Country Club Drive (one block west of Washington). You’ll need to take a moment each Monday morning and read your Rotary Newsletter or check the website to find out our plans for each week’s meeting. If you’re traveling to escape the heat, more power to you! If you’re here in the desert, please join us on Wednesdays!
Palms To Pines Rotary is collecting backpacks and school supplies to donate to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. The next time you’re out shopping, pick up an inexpensive backpack and add a few school supplies and then bring them along to our meeting or drop them off at Rabobank. Margaret Claggett has a collection bin for the supplies at the bank. Let’s help those in need get a good start to the coming school year!
Service Above Self!
With us last week were Alejandro Espinoza, program and outreach director, and Herb Schultz, CEO, of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation. The healthcare district board is finalizing the process of moving to district elections and the pair was with us to show and explain the various zone options. The district’s board is scheduled to select one of the options at a public meeting this Tuesday. The healthcare district was formed in 1948 to build and manage a public hospital (Desert Regional). Twenty years ago, the district leased out the hospital to Tenet and the district’s mission is now to connect residents to health and wellness services. The district’s Foundation funds various health-related programs. Lillian Roberts pulled the Ace and collected $20 in the Raffle.
We held our first Summer Social Breakfast last week and our small group enjoyed great Rotary Fellowship. We collected Happy Dollars and Pres. Richard announced that the funds collected will continue to be dedicated to our planned children’s book program. Margaret Claggett reminded Rotarians that we are collecting backpacks and school supplies to donate to Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. The next time you’re out shopping, buy some supplies for children who could use our help! Since the majority of attendees were P2P Board members, we went ahead and held our monthly meeting. We decided to hold a new member orientation meeting on June 27 and we are seeking fundraiser ideas. Margaret made it three raffle wins in a row and took home $5.
Last week Jerry Kress shared highlights of a recent Sun City Players production entitled “I Don’t Look Good Naked Anymore.” The two and a half hour production showcased the amazing musical talents of the Sun City residents participating including Jerry. The show featured all types of music and the entire cast joined in to perform the title track. Looked like a great show, Jerry! Margaret Claggett is continuing to seek back to school supplies and backpacks for donation to the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission. Bring your donations to a future meeting or drop them by Rabobank. Margaret also made it two raffle wins in a row last week and drew an Ace to take home $53!
Although we failed in our attempts to see Jerry Kress naked last week, we did manage to induct the world’s two newest Rotarians. District Membership Chair Chuck Weisbart came down the hill from Idyllwild and we welcomed Chris Shippee and Kerim Gokce into Palms To Pines Rotary. Chris is a sales director, coach and mentor with Mary Kay Cosmetics and was sponsored by Margaret Claggett. Kerim is the owner of Kuzu Rug at Country Club and Monterey and Kay Van Zandt was his sponsor. We welcome you both and look forward to working with you! Also last week, we learned that Kim Hardee was selected as CV Weekly’s Most Interesting Woman of 2018 and the honor included a $700 donation to her charity Coachella Animal Network. Margaret Claggett was our lucky Rotary Raffle winner and took home $20.
Jim Brock was with us last week to talk about real estate. It’s turned into a sellers’ market here in the Coachella Valley with low inventories, rising prices and shorter times on the market. Affordability remains a serious problem throughout California but our home prices (a median price of $406,000) remain well below the statewide median of $584,460. The San Francisco Bay Area leads the state in prices with a median sale price of $1,010,000. Orange County’s median price of $818,000 is close to its pre-recession peak. Homeowners using Hero financing for energy efficiency improvement projects (solar, window replacement, etc.) are still running into problems when they wish to refinance or sell the property. Lenders will generally require payoff of the Hero loan before they will be willing to issue a new loan. Also last week, we learned we are continuing to plan a tree planting project at Xavier College Prep and Margaret Claggett announced a backpack and school supply drive for CV Rescue Mission. Kim Hardee won $4 in the Rotary Raffle.
Kim Hardee was our speaker last week and told us about the founding of her Coachella Animal Network (CAN). Low income people in the East Valley were (and continue to be) cited for failing to obtain licenses, vaccinations, and spay and neutering of their dogs and receive huge fines as a result. CAN offers low cost services to those individuals and, since 2013, over 4,500 animals have been spayed/neutered in her monthly clinics. Each clinic costs approximately $4,500 to operate and Kim relies on donations to make it work. Kim’s efforts have led to her nomination as one of CV Weekly’s 10 Most Interesting & Influential Women in 2018. The women nominated will be honored at a Thursday evening event at the Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs. Attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite nominee and that individual’s charity will receive a cash donation. Make plans to attend and support Kim! Charley Riggs was our lucky Rotary Raffle winner last week and collected $20.
We had a doubleheader last week when we heard from our RYLA representatives as well as our own Paul Parry. Kiana Rodriguez and Emily McGowan are both juniors at Xavier College Prep and both had enthusiastic comments about their RYLA experiences. Also joining us were Kiana’s father and both of Emily’s parents as well as Xavier College Counselor Peter Kulevich. Emily’s mother also had glowing comments about her daughter’s RYLA experience. District 5330 holds two RYLA sessions each year at a camp in Crestline. Part two of our program was Paul Parry who told us a bit about estate planning. One of the best estate planning tools is a living trust because it avoids the expensive state-regulated probate process and keeps your affairs private. Great job Paul! Also last week, Pres. Richard Karp announced our Happy Dollars will be going to purchase books for the Read With Me program and RYLA rep Emily won $3 in the Raffle.
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