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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.


We had no official program last week and instead spent time enjoying Fellowship with our members and Sojourners. We were happy to see Sojourner Jim Eggers and President Richard Karp back with us after each suffered a bout with the flu. Richard shared information about the recently passed federal tax bill with the club. Also last week, we again dedicated our Happy Dollars to help victims of the Santa Barbara fires (and now mudslides). We’ll be looking for a new worthy cause for the month of February so bring your ideas this week! Jerry Kress made it two Rotary Raffle wins in a row. Jerry had a one in three chance of pulling an Ace and taking home the pot but he was good enough to draw a 2 and take home $2. Buy tickets this week!
Former Palms To Pines Rotarian Chuck Weisbart was on hand last week to share membership ideas with us. Chuck is currently a member of Idyllwild Rotary and serves as our District 5330 Membership Chair. Chuck told us that Rotary membership in the United States is falling but membership is up in most other countries. The key to attracting (and keeping) new members is visibility within the community and great speakers. Sources of new members include new Chamber of Commerce members, new business owners, speakers and the phone directory, according to Chuck. Also last week, we welcomed back two members….Kathleen Aguilera and Martin Kubelik. It’s great to see them both! Jerry Kress was a lucky $20 winner in the great Rotary Raffle.
Our speaker last week was Dr. Connie McReynolds, who heads up the new neurofeedback clinic at the Palm Desert campus of CSUSB. Neurofeedback is a ground-breaking technique that challenges the brain to function better and it is being used to successfully treat PTSD, ADHD and ADD as well as a number of other conditions. Neurofeedback was developed at UCLA in the 1970s and has been used to successfully treat a variety of conditions since then.  Also last week, we welcomed the return of Seattle Sojourner Don Kraft. Don celebrated his 69th year of perfect Rotary attendance this past year! Pres. Richard announced our Happy Dollars would be used for fire victim relief this month and Lillian Roberts won her first Raffle of the new year. Lillian donated her $20 winnings to the fire victim relief fund.
Palms To Pines Rotarians helped out at the ABC Recovery Center Holiday Party on December 18. We helped provide presents and serve the meal and our own Jerry Kress reprised his role as Santa.  Santa reports he and the kids had a great time and that ABC was extremely appreciative of our toy sponsorship. Thanks to all for your Happy Dollar support!
With us last week was Gary Sturdivan of the Rotary Club of Yucca Valley. Gary is President-Elect of the Yucca Valley club and also serves on the district’s Rotary Foundation committee and heads up the district Rotary scholarships committee. Our district Rotary Foundation giving is down $100,000 this Rotary year and Rotarians need to get busy to get us back on track. Gary told us how our gifts to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund come back to our club as District Designated Funds and our club can then designate them to whatever projects we want. Our district currently has 24 active grant projects around the world. Gary also urged P2P Rotarians to seek qualified scholarship applicants. Rotary scholarships are awarded to students seeking advanced degrees. Also last week, Jim Brock was the lucky Rotary Raffle winner. Jim collected $4 but donated it back to the pot.
Joining us last week were Gary Palmer and Ron Celona of the Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre. Ron, who currently serves as artistic director, helped found the theatre nine years ago. For the past seven years, they’ve performed at a small space in The Atrium in Rancho Mirage. They’ve recently announced plans to move to a new 220-seat venue in Cathedral City. The new facility will take over the former IMAX Theatre and be called the Carol Channing Playhouse. CV Rep hires professional actors for all productions and has developed an outstanding reputation in the theater world. Also last week, we welcomed back Alberta Sojourners Ray Roth and Anita Ratchinsky. Sojourner Jim Eggers was a lucky $7 winner in the Rotary Raffle. Jim donated his winnings back to the club. The pot will be over $100 this week so buy tickets early and often!
With us last week was Tim Evans, founder and CEO of The Unforgettables Foundation. Founded in 2000 and based in Redlands, this charity assists grieving families with burial expenses when they’ve lost a child. The Foundation continues to grow and now has affiliates in other states and in Canada. The Foundation has assisted over 5,000 families since its founding. Also last week, we welcomed returning Sojourners Jim Eggers of Omaha, Nebraska and Gerry Kelly of Victoria, BC. We also learned that the ABC Recovery Center’s annual Holiday Party is planned for Monday evening, December 18 at 6 p.m. Not only are we providing presents, we’re also helping to serve a holiday meal. Our own Jerry Kress will be playing Santa again this year! Jim Brock was a lucky $9 winner in the great Rotary Raffle. Jim decided to let his winnings ride and the pot should be over $100 this week. Be a winner….buy tickets!
Palms To Pines Rotary once again stepped up to help low income adults during the holiday season. We dedicated our Happy Dollars and our club Foundation matched those donations to provide staples and food items for 10 households. The items were distributed by St. John's Lutheran Church. Thanks to Margaret Claggett and Dana Tarnow for doing the shopping!
Palms To Pines Rotary collected nearly $2,800 from members and other generous attendees at last week’s Holiday Auction. We had a ton of great items and there were a tremendous number of bargains. We’re still looking to collect a few payments from members so bring your checks to our November 29 meeting.  A big, big thanks to Dana Tarnow, Margaret Claggett and Lillian Roberts for all of their hard work to make this event a success. Thanks also to all members who donated great items and placed bids.
With us last week was Barbara Fosse who told us about the Music Mends Minds program. This non-profit uses music to support the mind and spirit of people affected by neurological disease, cognitive decline and PTSD. The organization was founded just two years ago in Los Angeles and has already grown to include seven “bands” including a group here in the Coachella Valley called Tunes For The Memory. They meet weekly on Fridays at 2 p.m. at the Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage. Music Mends Minds is also sponsoring a Brain Health Awareness Expo this Friday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Braille Institute. The Expo is designed to bring together many of the organizations here in the desert which offer help, information, training and support to persons with brain issues. Please share this information with the families of anyone who might benefit from this amazing program.
With us last week was Dr. Ryan Nuqui of Palm Desert Resuscitation Education LLC. Dr. Nuqui’s company provides CPR training to health care professionals and other individuals. Dr. Nuqui urged everyone to learn CPR since four of five cardiac arrests happen at home. The life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, spouse, parent or friend. Only about 10 percent of people who suffer a heart attack outside a hospital survive. Also last week, Foundation Chair Kay Van Zandt presented Kim Hardee with her first Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Congratulations, Kim! Butch Hartman promoted the 13th annual Pendleton Foundation Chef’s Auction scheduled for November 9 at the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort. Tickets are $150.  Margaret Claggett provided members with information about the Cal State University Associates 2017-2018 Speaker Series. Learn more at www.calstateuniversityassociates.com.
Manzoor Massey, Rotary District 5330 2017-2018 Governor, was our speaker last week. Governor Massey met with our club officers and directors on Tuesday evening and then joined us for breakfast on Wednesday morning. DG Massey spoke about The Power of One and told us that each of us should know at least five potential Rotarians.  He told the story of realizing he had never asked a close friend of 40 years to join Rotary. When he finally did, his friend jumped at the chance. Gov. Massey also talked about PolioPlus. Since the program’s inception, Rotary has vaccinated 2.5 billion children against polio. Last year there were only 12 reported cases of the disease so we are very close to ending polio. Also last week, we welcomed back Sojourners Dave Bangsund of Portland, Oregon, Ray Leaycraft of Estes Park, Colorado and Rick Gross of Germany. Dave Bangsund was also our lucky Rotary Raffle winner and would have won $8 had he not left early. Maybe next time, Dave!
Mika Moulton of Christopher’s Clubhouse was with us last week. Mika shared the story of her son Christopher’s 1995 kidnapping and murder and the subsequent founding of Christopher’s Clubhouse. The organization, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, provides safety education and self defense training for both children and adults. Because one in seven youth internet users receive unwanted sexual solicitations, Christopher’s Clubhouse also conducts internet safety presentations. The organization relies entirely on donations to fund its efforts. The next fundraiser is Eat, Drink, Paint on November 30 at PIRCH in Rancho Mirage. $45 per person includes all paint, supplies, canvas, food and wine. Tickets are available at www.ChristophersClubhouse.org. Also last week, we welcomed back member Mike Laughlin and Sojourner Wes Davis. We also presented Kay Van Zandt a $500 check to continue our support of the Palm Canyon Theatre signing project.
With us last week were Arlene Wohlgemuth and Martin Davidow, members of the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. The pair told us about their organization and its Eagle Flights program which provides free introductory flights to individuals who are interested in aviation and possibly interested in learning to fly. The next Eagle Flights day is planning for early 2018 and our speakers promise to let us know once a date is set. Martin Davidow told us about building his own plane from a kit. It’s a time consuming process but looks interesting and rewarding. Also last week, Kim Hardee promoted the ABC Recovery Center’s annual fundraising dinner on October 25 and Kim was also our lucky raffle winner and collected $5.
Last week we expected to hear from our District Governor but instead received a first person account of the Las Vegas shooting nightmare. Stacy Karp was a vendor at the Route 91 Harvest music festival and Richard filled us in on their harrowing experience. Thankfully, their booth location was out of the line of fire and, more importantly, Stacy dropped plans to watch the performance just before the shooting began. Also last week, Margaret Claggett, Paul Parry and Richard Karp received their recognition pins for their Paul Harris contributions.
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