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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.


Kellie Kennedy, membership manager for AirMedCare Network, was our speaker last week. According to Kellie, the cost for helicopter medical transport can run from $75,000 to $100,000 and is rarely fully covered by insurance. Since there are no Level 1 trauma centers and no pediatric hospitals in the valley, air ambulance transfers are very common.  Kellie’s company offers membership-based air ambulance services at a cost of only $65 a year for a household. Also last week, we received a report on the Rotary Foundation Gala. Palms to Pines had a table and eight members and guests attended. Visiting us last week were Jeff Jansen of Mt. Baker, Washington and Mac Cranford, a San Rafael Rotarian who has moved to Palm Desert and is looking for a new club. Palms To Pines would be perfect for you, Mac! Lillian Roberts made it four raffle wins in a row and collected $5 in the great Rotary Raffle!
Last week we heard from Sojourner Rick Gross who told us about his cancer treatment in Germany using low voltage DC current. Damaged cancerous cells have diminished ohms resistance and the direct current seeks them out and destroys them. Rick had two areas of melanoma and both were successfully treated with the therapy. According to Rick, the treatment can replace chemotherapy and surgery and works on most malignant and semi-malignant tumors as well as damaged cells in arthritic joints. It is also much less expensive than conventional treatments. Also last week, we welcomed back Sojourners Anita Ratchinsky, Ray Leaycraft and Bruce Christensen. It’s great to have you back with us! Lillian Roberts made it three raffle wins in a row last week but only managed to draw a three to take home $3 in the Rotary Raffle. This week’s pot should be over $50 so buy tickets!
Our own Margaret Claggett told us about Rabobank’s ambitious initiative to conquer the world’s food problems. Growing A Better World Together combines education and research to tackle multiple food related problems including sustainability, production, waste and nutrition. Rabobank experts are working closely with the United Nations and the World Wildlife Fund to reach their goals. Also last week, Foundation Chair Kay Van Zandt presented Sojourner Rick Gross with a Paul Harris Fellow award. Congratulations, Rick, and thank you for making your donation through Palms To Pines Rotary! Also last week, Mac Cranford, a former Rotary from the Bay Area and now a Palm Desert resident, joined us and Lillian Roberts made it two raffle wins in a row. Lillian drew a 6 and took home $6 in the great Rotary Raffle.
With us last week was Jennifer Jank of the Coachella Valley Women Leaders Forum. Jennifer is a financial planner whose business is helping divorcing couples with their finances but she also knows a thing or two about financial scams and their warning signs. Jennifer started out with some of the more common scam attempts including phone calls from the “IRS” with threats of arrest unless taxes are paid immediately and phone calls from “grandchildren” seeking financial help because of an emergency. Common red flags include guaranteed return and any return higher than 6-8%. Good program! Also last week, we learned that Kay Van Zandt and Jerry Kress will be volunteering with the Read With Me program and Palms To Pines is getting a group together for the Foundation Gala. Lillian Roberts was a $7 winner in the Rotary Raffle.
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!
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