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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.


Martin Arredondo, Regional Development Coordinator with LifeStream Blood Bank, was our speaker last week. LifeStream was founded in 1951 by the San Bernardino and Riverside county medical societies to insure a safe and adequate blood supply. Last year, LifeStream provided 230,000 blood products to 80 hospitals in Southern California. They operate five donor centers (including one in La Quinta) as well as 10 coaches for mobile drives. Lifestream also participates in the National Marrow Donor Program. Also last week, Martin Kubelik honored his children, JJ and Elsie, by contributing to make each of them Paul Harris Fellows. Thank you!. Our Happy Dollars for the month will be contributed to PolioPlus and Kay Van Zandt was a lucky $10 winner in the Rotary Raffle. Kay donated her winnings to PolioPlus.
Palm Desert Mayor Sabby Jonathan provided us with a mini “State of the City” address last week. Mayor Jonathan is extremely optimistic about our city but touched on some of our major challenges including the cost of public safety (now over half of our general fund budget) and regional homelessness. The mayor told us about the Palm Desert Strategic Plan and says our population (now at 50,000) should never exceed 100,000. He also touched on our city’s educational system. A Palm Desert student will be able to attend pre-school through university and eventually earn a doctorate….unheard of in a city our size. Also last week, Margaret Claggett made it two raffle wins in a row and collected $5. Buy tickets this week!
With us last week were Tom and Michelle Bianco, owners of Pawnshield Fine Jewelry & Loan. Tom grew up in the jewelry business and the couple’s current business is located near Starbucks at 74836 Technology Dr. at the corner of Cook and Gerald Ford. They buy, sell and loan on fine jewelry and collectables. The pawn business has come a long way from the Hollywood stereotype of paying cash for stolen merchandise. Now, the industry is tightly regulated by the state. Less than one half of one percent of stolen property might turn up in a pawn shop according to Tom. Pawn loans are for up to four months and can be renewed. Some 82 percent of customers repay their loans and reclaim their merchandise. Interesting program, Tom and Michelle! Also last week, Margaret Claggett collected all of $6 in the Rotary Raffle and Doug Walker donated more Girl Scout cookies to the club. Cookie winners included Margaret, Jim Brock and Sojourner Jim Davis. Thanks, Doug!
Connie Golds, founder of Desert Best Friend’s Closet, was our speaker last week. Connie founded the group 10 years ago and it has helped thousands of clients with wardrobe and image assistance since then. In addition to interview attire, Best Friend’s Closet also offers programs for veterans and a military ball gown and prom dress program. They also teach interview skills and provide resume help. They have an ongoing need for attire, volunteers and cash donors and will be holding their annual fashion show fundraiser on April 5. Also last week, we recognized Pres. Richard Karp’s birthday a day early and Jim Eggers was a $20 winner in the Rotary Raffle. Jim donated his winnings to Rotary Foundation. Foundation Chair Kay Zan Zandt recommended Rotary Direct as a painless way to make automatic contributions to Rotary Foundation. We’ll have signup sheets available again this week. Doug Walker donated boxes of Girl Scout Cookies and the lucky winners were Kay, Lillian and Paul.
Last week we skipped a speaker and instead enjoyed a great Rotary Fellowship breakfast at our weekly meeting. We welcomed back Sojourners Rick Gross from Germany and Norm Legare from Calgary and again welcomed guests Tom and Michelle Bianco. Pres. Richard Karp promoted the upcoming District 5330 Conference in Cathedral City on May 18-20. Richard wants to get a table of P2P Rotarians together for the event so put the district conference on your calendar now! Also last week, Treasurer Kelli Cox got the semi-annual dues invoices out so please pay promptly. In addition to your dues, please consider making additional donations to our P2P Rotary Foundation as well as to Rotary Foundation. Last but certainly not least, Jerry Kress was the lucky winner of the great Rotary Raffle. Jerry only managed to draw a three but that was good enough to break even for the week. Buy tickets this week…..let’s build the pot!
Kimberly Stauffer, senior manager of development for Martha’s Village and Kitchen, was our speaker last week. Martha’s Village and Kitchen is one of the largest providers of homeless services in the Coachella Valley and Riverside Country. In addition, Martha’s Village serves over 250,000 meals a year to those in need. While much of the Coachella Valley showcases wealth, Kimberly says nearly 40 percent of our population lives in poverty. Also last week, we welcomed back Sojourner Harry Helliesen from Yakima, Washington and we celebrated Sojourner Jim Eggers’ 93rd birthday with cupcakes and song. Rotary Foundation Chair Kay Van Zandt recognized Martin Kubelik for his fourth Paul Harris pin and Pres. Richard Karp reported that Indio Rotary’s Math Field Day is scheduled for April 28. We’ll have information about volunteering next week. Margaret Claggett provided boxes of Girl Scout cookies for the Rotary Raffle and Richard Karp and Lillian Roberts were winners. Martin Kubelik drew an Ace for the second time and donated his $35 winnings to Rotary Foundation.
With us last week was Felice Chiapperini, educational programs manager for the Braille Institute. The Braille Institute was founded in Los Angeles in 1919. It started as a Braille library and soon evolved into a Braille bookstore and Braille book publisher. Now, the non-profit operates six centers throughout Southern California which provide fee programs, classes and services for the visually impaired. Felice told us how technology has improved the lives of the visually impaired. The smart phone, he says, has become the Braille of the 21st Century. Smart phones come with built-in technology for the blind and there are currently over 200 apps available to help the visually impaired. Also last week, Margaret Claggett was a lucky $4 winner in the Rotary Raffle.
Joanne Leinow and Yvette Aceves of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Desert were our speakers last week. This organization is celebrating 20 years here in the valley and Joanne told us that Rotary was one of its first donors. Big Brothers and Big Sisters currently has a need for male mentors in the east valley. Mentors can participate in a community based program or a site based program. Also last week, Doug Walker was honored with his sixth Paul Harris recognition pin and we welcomed back Sojourner Jim Davis of Calgary. Pres. Richard Karp announced a $250 donation to the Living Desert in memory of Madonna Marman. Martin Kubelik drew and Ace and won $135 in the great Rotary Raffle. Martin is contributing his winnings to the Rotary Foundation.
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!
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