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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.


Last week we heard a wonderful message from Bruce Stahlman of Littleton, Colorado. Bruce is Chief Financial Officer of ARC Thrift Stores, a Colorado non-profit with 1,500 employees and $100 million in annual revenue. Bruce told us about his and wife Kelly’s twin sons. Both had severe cerebral palsy and needed round-the-clock care until their deaths in 2014 and 2015. Bruce was then diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery in 2018. “First and always, it’s about gratitude,” according to Bruce. Rather than looking at the twins and cancer as calamities, Bruce chooses to see them as blessings and draws energy from the experiences to share a positive real life story that resonates with people across all of life’s situations. Stories like this are definitely worth spending an hour online on Wednesday mornings. Join us!
Last week we heard from Steve Catt, founder of A Proper Sendoff. Steve is a memorial service officiant who works with grieving families to provide personalized memorial services. Steve urges all of us to make end of life plans ahead of time to make things easier for our loved ones. Proper estate planning is also essential to help eliminate family disagreements. Learn more about Steve and his company at www.apropersendoff.com.
With us last week was Diane Vines, a CSUSB nursing instructor who coordinates the Street Medicine Project. This project is a partnership between the school’s nursing department, UC Riverside School of Medicine, Desert Regional Medical Center, Well in the Desert and Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine. Project participants bring heath care to the valley’s homeless population. Diane invited two of her students to join her in the presentation and we learned the program provides valuable training to students since their usual clinical teaching sites (hospitals and nursing homes) are unavailable to them because of the pandemic. Not a single COVID-19 case has been detected in the valley’s homeless population so far, according to Diane.
Last week we heard from Lisa Weaver, owner of Dickie’s Barbecue Pit in Rancho Mirage. Since the start of the pandemic, Lisa has been donating food from her restaurant and collecting food items for people in need in the East Valley. Her restaurant has served over 3,200 meals to first responders and she has held four food drives to date. She is planning another drive for Christmas and has added toys to her list of needed items. See has selected the occupants of several trailer parks in the Thermal/Mecca area and is seeking enough food and toys for 60 farm worker families. Palms To Pines will be joining this effort and we’ll have complete information at our December 2 meeting. Also last week, we welcomed Sojourner Rick Gross back to our meeting. Rick joined us from Denmark! It was great to see Rick and it’s always great to get an “on the scene” update on Coronavirus from our Sojourners. Thanks Rick!
With us last week was Tony Marchese, co-owner of Trio Restaurant and co-founder of CV Harvest Box. At the beginning of the pandemic, Tony and Mark Tadros, an east valley grower, saw a need to provide Coachella Valley residents with fresh produce delivered directly to their homes. Their plan would also help growers who normally served local restaurants by provided them with a new sales outlet. CV Harvest Box now supplies weekly produce boxes as well as a number of “add ons” to nearly 300 customers. Available add ons change frequently but some of the current products include mushrooms, apples, berries, pasta, cookies, coffee and olive oil. Harvest boxes are delivered on Fridays and customers can choose to order once or to subscribe to weekly, by-weekly or monthly deliveries. Harvest boxes start at just $35. Tony provided Rotarians with a promo code for a $5 discount on a delivery. Simply go to the Harvest Box website, www.cvharvestbox.com and enter promo code “Rotary” when you place your order.
With us last week was Chuck Weisbart, Rotary District 5330 community service chair. Chuck is a former Palms to Pines member who currently belongs to Idyllwild Rotary. Chuck talked to us about the importance of hands-on projects for the health of a Rotary club and says community service provides the greatest opportunity for clubs to get new members and keep existing members. Projects offer members a great way to help improve someone’s life and build camaraderie among Rotarians. Every service project, Chuck says, should be assessed every year to prevent them from becoming “old and musty.”
With us last week was Mike Rosenkrantz, board president of Palms To Pines Parasports. Joining Mike were board members Mike Porter and Jerry Alcorn. Palms To Pines Parasports is a new organization seeking to provide sports and social opportunities to people with disabilities. There are very few activities currently in the Coachella Valley and this group plans to change that. Any sport can be adopted for the disabled and they are currently providing wheel chair basketball and cycling. Many more activities are in the works. According to Mike, there are currently no adaptive sports programs offered in Riverside so his group is also offering programs there. They plan to actively reach out to disabled veterans as well. Our club will be working with Palm Springs Parasports to come up with possible future volunteer and community service opportunities so stay tuned!
Last week, we learned we’re still looking for a location to project our End Polio Now logo on the evening of October 24 – World Polio Day. We also heard about Rotary’s new PolioPlus Society. A pledge of $100 per year to PolioPlus will earn you membership. An application is included with this week’s newsletter email.
Laura Ahmed from Cathedral City Rotary joined us last Wednesday to talk about World Polio Day and Rotary’s new PolioPlus Society. Laura is our district’s PolioPlus Chair and she reminded Rotarians that October 24 is World Polio Day – a day to call attention to Rotary’s long-time efforts to eliminate polio. Laura also promoted the Rotary Foundation’s brand new way to recognize PolioPlus donors. Pledge just $100 annually to PolioPlus (which we all should be doing) and you’ll become a member of the new PolioPlus Society. You’ll receive a certificate and label pin to recognize your pledge. Please contact Foundation Chair Kay Van Zandt for additional information. Palms To Pines hopes to once again promote World Polio Day with another End Polio Now projection. Last year we projected the message on the side of the McCallum Theatre and this year we’re working on another site for the projection. Stay tuned!
Jennifer Castell with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was with us last week to promote the hospital’s second annual Dream Home Giveaway. Tickets priced at $100 will go on sale in January and they hope to better the $775,000 raised last year. St. Jude’s has raised over $500 million and given away over 600 houses over the past 30 years. Cancer remains the number one cause of death in children but the survival rate has increased fourfold since St. Jude’s opened in 1962.
With us last week was Rebecca Ruffing, program director of Joslyn Center. The Center has been in its current location since 1983 and serves 2,200 members aged 50 and above. Even with the pandemic, the Center still manages to offer some 85 virtual programs per week. The Center continues to provide Meals On Wheels to area residents and also still has its food pantry available. A televised fundraiser for Joslyn Center is scheduled for October 3 and this year’s Health Fair will be a drive-through event on October 14.
Jim Brock provided us with his annual desert real estate update last week. Jim shared August sales statistics with members. Jim’s bottom line: Because of low inventory and higher than normal demand, now might be an excellent time to sell and, if you’re thinking of buying, you might wait a bit to see just how much distressed sales increase because of the pandemic. Also last week, it was announced that Kay Van Zandt has completed an update of the club roster. It will be sent to members. Please review and report changes and corrections!  
With us last week was PDG Ricardo Loretta. Ricardo told us about a Global Grant project which is actually close to home. West Shores High School at the Salton Sea is Riverside County’s poorest school and the grant will provide funds to improve the school’s computer lab, purchase laptops for students and provide technical support for the equipment. Ricardo is seeking unallocated District Designated Funds for the project. Our club’s board has approved donating our club’s unallocated DDF funds totaling $483 to the project.
Jim Brock provided us with his annual desert real estate update last week. Jim shared August sales statistics with members. Jim’s bottom line: Because of low inventory and higher than normal demand, now might be an excellent time to sell and, if you’re thinking of buying, you might wait a bit to see just how much distressed sales increase because of the pandemic. Also last week, it was announced that Kay Van Zandt has completed an update of the club roster. It will be sent to members. Please review and report changes and corrections!  
With us last week was Paula Simonds, new CEO of the Family YMCA of the Desert. Paula shared with us how the YMCA has been forced to modify or eliminate programs as a result of the pandemic. The end result is they are now only able to serve a fraction of the number of children as they served before the pandemic. Fundraising has also been affected. Their Y Be Fit fundraiser is virtual this year. Participants pay $20 and have 20 days to run, walk, cycle or swim 20 miles. Learn more at www.ymcaofthedesert.org.
Sabby Jonathan
Jan 27, 2021
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