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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.


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.
Last week we held a Club Assembly to update members on club activities and to discuss plans for our long hot summer. Last summer, Desert Falls eliminated breakfast service so we ended up dark for several months. Consensus seems to be that it is important to continue to meet at least informally during the summer months so tentative plans call for a monthly Road Trip as well as weekly informal breakfasts at area restaurants. We’ll report plans each and every week in the club Newsletter so pay attention! Also last week, we learned we collected over $800 for PolioPlus through Happy Dollar donations and we agreed to again donate $500 to the Dr. Carreon Scholarship fund. We’re also planning a tree planting activity at Xavier High School and we learned that Kim Hardee has been nominated as one of our valley’s inspirational women by CV Weekly. We’ll hear more about that next week! In addition to the nomination, Kim was also our lucky Rotary Raffle winner and collected $7.
Kelli Cox, our club treasurer and a principal in CGC Accountants & Advisors, gave us some insight on the new tax law and what it will mean to us. Some taxpayers will pay more and others will pay less under the new provisions and that’s why early tax planning is extremely important. Kelli says the best tax strategy remains to maximize contributions to retirement accounts but all too few working Americans do this. She urges us to stress the importance of this to our children and grandchildren. Kelli believes the expanded standard deduction will tend to hurt donations to nonprofit organizations and suggests older taxpayers fund donations from required IRA distributions. Very informative, Kelli! Also last week, we bid farewell to Sojourners Jim Eggers and Ray Leaycraft. We’ll miss you both! Charles Riggs was our lucky Rotary Raffle winner and donated his $5 winnings to PolioPlus. We donated Happy Dollars to PolioPlus during April and we hope to have a contribution total this week!
Summer Social Breakfast
Aug 22, 2018
Cup's Cafe
Summer Social Breakfast
Aug 29, 2018
Cup's Cafe
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