Rotary Club of Coachella Valley
Celebrating over 50 years of Community Service

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Looking Forward
Upcoming Events

May 9th -  Vocal competition at the District Music Competition, University of Redlands

May 10th -  Mother's Day! 

May 14th thru Sunday May 17th -  District Conference, Desert Princess Palm Spring Golf Resort

June 6th thru June 9th -  2015 Rotary International Convention, São Paulo, Brazil

June 14th - Presidents's Demotion Dinner at Murph's Gaslight in Bermuda Dunes

Looking Forward Don Wile 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #13
From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age
“In the beginning of Rotary’s renaissance there was little to justify fond hopes and profound ambition, but the one element to all substantial achievement in all fields of human endeavor was present, and that was faith. Without faith, Columbus could never have fought his way against wind and wave to the western hemisphere. Without it, the brilliant Galileo and the patient Pasteur would have remained at the level of mediocrity. Without it, Rotary would have remained a lone maverick of clubdom.”
Paul Harris Quote #13 Don Wile 2015-05-07 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #12

From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age

“The idea of mutual helpfulness had given way to the idea of general helpfulness, epitomized in the term “service.” International service, which looms so large at present, then ranked as a byproduct. It was expected that international understanding and goodwill would be the natural consequence of working together at common task.”

Paul Harris Quote #12 Don Wile 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z
Eden Children's Village Update
Latest news from Eden Children's Village - Their internet system has recently returned to life this week and that’s where all of my time has been spent, but we are up to 47 animals with 27 males and 20 females. We’ve had a lower female percentage in our birthrates than we hoped for, so we’ll use a different male next breeding cycle. On the positive side, we’ll be eating plenty of goat and sending it to the kids in the next few months.
  
 
 
Eden Children's Village Update Don Wile 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z
New Bulletin Editor
New Club Bulletin Editor
This may be my final Club Bulletin.  I am retiring as the editor of the Coachella Valley Rotary Club eBulletin. The eBulletin can use a new, fresh outlook and update in format. Anyone can do this, it requires a small amount of time each week to create Rotary news stories and report club activities. 
 
Please consider this as an opportunity to help our club by maintaining our website, our facebook page and, of course publishing the bulletin on a regular basis. In the short term, I will remain available to assist in the transition to a new editor and to help with any ClubRunner idiosyncrasies. 
 
It has been my pleasure to provide the e-bulletin for the club for the last couple of years, but it's time, like for all Rotary Club positions, for a change. Change is good and, as Rotary club history proves, it is fundamental in providing fresh ideas and enthusiasm in club administration.
New Bulletin Editor Don Wile 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z
RYLA
RYLA Camp #2 was completed this month by nine of our latest High School Candidates. They, like all prior groups, returned to the valley with new insights, leadership skills and enthusiasm.
RYLA Students w/ Rotarians, Mike, Joe and Trini
 
Our own Karly attended this camp as a Team leader. She returned with a new outlook on her goals and what leadership means to her.
It is very inspiring to see these youth so full of life and optimism for their future.  The support of RYLA by our club is one of the best programs/projects we can do to help Coachella Valley HS juniors develop a future vision and advance their self confidence.
Karly - RYLA 2015 Team Leader
RYLA Don Wile 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Debra Weiss, Director of Coachella Valley Make-A-Wish Foundation, discussed the foundation and how it works to grant wishes for a child with a life-threatening medical condition who has reached the age of 2½ and is younger than 18 at the time of referral is potentially eligible for a wish.

A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.

This one belief guides everything  Make-A-Wish® tries to do. They grant wishes that change the lives of the kids the serve. The team works hard to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid and to make their donated resources go as far as possible.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Debra reminded us that you can donate any of your accumulated Air Miles to Make-A-Wish. For the Foundation, unlike you, these donated air miles will never expire.

Debra Weiss, Director of Coachella Valley
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Make-A-Wish Foundation Don Wile 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z
Indio Rotary Math Field Day
Indio Rotary Club member, Marta Mendez, discussed the upcoming 2015 Rotary Middle School Math Field Day.
 
The Math Field day is open to all Coachella Valley middle schoolers (6th, 7th, 8th graders) to participate in the annual day of math competition. The competition was created to encourage students to study and enjoy math. Teams are selected by the participating schools and accompanied by a teacher coach.
 
The event is designed to stimulate interest in mathematics and celebrate academics amongst Coachella Valley students and to allow them to demonstrate their math skills, students compete in team and individual events and competitions. The students prepare months in advance for the event by studying after school with their teacher and team members.
 
If you wish to assist with this event or just observe, it is held at John Glenn Middle School, 79655 Miles Ave (Just east of Jefferson Street), Indio, CA on May 2, 2015 from 8:00 AM until 2:30 PM.
 
Each year we provide support for this event, President Joe is shown here presenting Indio Rotarian Marta Mendez with a check.
Indio Rotary Math Field Day Don Wile 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z
Riverside County Supervisor
Riverside County Supervisor, John Benoit, presented the program on April 1st discussing East Valley projects.
 
The new detention center when completed, will add over 400 permanent staff positions for the community workforce pool. Applications are now being accepted for positions in Riverside County Sheriffs, Clerical workers ,Janitorial service, Food Service and other jobs. 
 
The Jefferson Street 10 Interchange project has broken ground with the completion date set for Spring 2017. This interchange upgrade will complete the valley overpass construction. This is a long overdue project for the population growth within Indio.
 
John discussed many projects and activity within the valley and Riverside County in a short, but full of facts and pertinent data, presentation that left our members with greater incite into county plans for the East Valley.
Riverside County Supervisor, John Benoit
Riverside County Supervisor Don Wile 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z
Rotary Baseball Tournament
Rotary Baseball Tournament - 2015
This year will be the 53rd Annual Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament. We again have provided financial support of  this signature event sponsored by our club.
 
There will be a 12 team field of high school baseball squads. Teams will each play 5 games, culminating with the championship game to crown this years top team in the tournament.
 
The Tournament begins on Monday, March 30th and continues daily through Thursday, April 2nd. Schedule of games and venues are TBA. Check the Desert Sun for details.
Coach Tony Ochoa, Athletic Director Jerry Tripp with Pres Joe
presenting this years check for the Tournament
Rotary Baseball Tournament Don Wile 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z
Magazine Month

April is Magazine Month

Last month, we celebrated literacy.  This month, we put our reading skills to the test.  Everything in our lives depends on consistent, accurate and constant communication.  We receive Rotary communications regularly; through our weekly meetings, club emails, club website, district website and Rotary International.    

As part of your membership in our club, you receive the monthly magazine, The Rotarian.  This publication offers many insightful stories about Rotary projects and clubs throughout the world.  Over 1.2 million Rotarians are reading the same magazine in 23 languages. 

Please take the time each month to read through your issue.  I’m confident you will be impressed with the many activities our fellow Rotarians are involved in, as well as how we are able to assist people who do not have the same resources we have available.  If we want to promote Rotary to others, we need to be well informed!

Magazine Month Don Wile 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #11
From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age
“Perhaps in the birth and development of Rotary to its present vantage point, there has been an ever-present, unalterable, irresistible destiny, to which all members have been and still are subject, in the face of which man is impotent and personalities fade.”
Paul Harris Quote #11 Don Wile 2015-03-28 00:00:00Z
Mark your calendar
Mark Your Calendars
Everyone mark your calendars for the meeting on April 1st, Supervisor John J Benoit, 4th District Riverside County, will be our speaker. Bring a guest for this very informative program on Riverside County and the East Valley from our County Supervisor.
Mark your calendar Don Wile 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #10
From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age
“The best way to win the esteem of others is by observing the simple rules of decency. If they won’t accomplish the desired result, nothing will.”
Paul Harris Quote #10 Don Wile 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z
St. Patricks Day
St Patrick's Day
Be sure to wear your Irish green today!
St. Patricks Day Don Wile 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z
Office of Aging
Office of Aging 
Rhonda Morken, Program Specialist for the Riverside County Office on Aging,  discussed the opportunities for volunteering within the Coachella Valley. She spoke of the upcoming Volunteer Connect Recruitment Fair held at the Cal State Campus in Rancho Mirage on Saturday, April 25th from 10am - 2pm. This is an excellent opportunity ask questions of the various volunteer groups at the fair and to sign-up for with one or more of those present.

Riverside County Office on Aging was designated on June 18, 1974, by the Board of Supervisors, as a County Department on Aging for Planning and Service Area (PSA) 21. It serves as the official Area Agency on Aging throughout Riverside County, California.

The Office on Aging is one of 52 county departments and is located within the city boundaries of Riverside (West County Office), with satellite offices in Coachella Valley (La Quinta Office) and in Hemet (Hemet Senior Service Center).

For more in-depth detail, please go to www.rcaging.org. The information and areas of volunteering are defined in detail for your reference.

Office of Aging Don Wile 2015-03-17 00:00:00Z
Fair Thank You Party
Fair Thank You Party
Plan on attending our annual after Fair Parking Thank You & Celebration Party. This is a time to have fun and enjoy Rotary fellowship with Rotarians, spouses, friends & neighbors who volunteered their time to assist us in staffing for our fundraiser. We had a very successful year, so join with us for a celebration of a job well done.
 
The party is this Sunday March 8th starting at 3:00 PM. It will be at the home of Joe & Terry Ceja, 42205 St George, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203. Tell entrance gate guard that you are attending the Rotary event.
 
See You There!
Fair Thank You Party Don Wile 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z
Eden Childrens Village
UPDATE - Eden Childrens Village Goat Project
 
Latest photos from Eden Childrens Village showing the progress of our clubs Rotary Grant for a goat herd at Eden. As you can see the herd is growing with newborns adding to the existing herd. Of course, there is always also a photo of the proud Papa Ram. This is a Rotary grant at its best in being sustainable.
 
 
 
 
Eden Childrens Village Don Wile 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z
Success at the Fair
SUCCESS at the FAIR
 
Thanks to all who assisted in making our Fair Parking Fundraiser such a huge success. Special kudos go to Fred, Chairman and Chief, Crew managers, Joe and Sandra and those many who devoted multiple days to staff the various gate positions.
 
Two parking lots, 10 days and 3 shifts per day strained our club to have sufficient coverage for these lots. Our thanks to our spouses, many non-Rotarians and our club visiting Rotarians who volunteered their time to support our club. Maybe within those non-Rotarians, a few could by recruited for membership.
 
According to Fred, this was our most successful fundraiser in recent history. Initial report is over $40,000 net funds were collected (final accounting is in process).These funds will give us an opportunity to further provide additional support for the youth programs within our local community. 
Success at the Fair Don Wile 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z
Looking Forward

Upcoming Events

March 8th - Fair Parking Thank-You party

April 10th - RYLA #2

 April 18th - 2015-2016 Rotary District 5330 Assembly

Looking Forward Don Wile 2015-02-26 00:00:00Z
Music Competition 2015
2015 Music Competition
 
The Rotary Club of Coachella Valley held its  first annual Music Competition at the Desert Mirage High School Auditorium this past Sunday afternoon. Those who missed this new addition to our support of the youth in our community missed a truly outstanding event.
 
Eleven contestants vied for the award prizes. We were treated to excellent songs and instrumental performances by the students. As our President Joe stated, he was glad he did not need to choose the winners. The contestants were from three area high schools, Coachella Valley HS, Desert Mirage HS and West Shores HS.
 
You won't want to miss the second Rotary Club of Coachella Valley Annual Music Competition as Chairman Guillermo Mendoza set the initial bar high for this annual event. I expect this to grow to even larger numbers of contestants. The talent displayed by these contestants was, for the most of them, their first at performing in front of a judging panel. They all provided those attending the performance, an enjoyable musical afternoon.
 
The three winners now move on to performing at the District Music Competition held at The University of Redlands:
Instrumental competition -- March 28, 2015,
Vocal competition -- May 9, 2015,
 
Pres. Joe, winning students & Chairman Guillermo
Music Competition 2015 Don Wile 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z
Fair Parking Fundraiser
Fair Parking Fundraiser
 
Our only club fundraiser for funding of our Rotary year 2015-2016 is the 2015 Riverside County Fair and Date Festival parking. This year the fair runs from February 13th through February 22nd.
 
If not already signed up for shifts or are available for any of  the open shift time slots, please sign up at the meeting this week.. Shifts are 4 hour segments, 9:00am to 1:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, and 5:00pm to 9:00pm. We have an extra parking lot added to our staffing requirements this year, so be sure to donate some of your time to assist. This has the opportunity to be the best fundraising in many years providing us with additional funds to support all our community projects.
 
Many thanks to all who helped with getting the parking lots prepared for the Fair. A big effort, but potentially a big reward.
 
 
Fair Parking Fundraiser Don Wile 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z
DARK
DARK
Our Club will not meet on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, as members participate in our Fair Parking Fundraiser.
 
Club meetings will return to normal scheduling on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
DARK Don Wile 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
Fair Parking
Fair Parking Dates
 
The 2015 Riverside County Fair and Date Festival parking fundraising will be February 13th through February 22nd.
 
Please sign up for available shifts to work for our only fundraiser. Shifts are 4 hour segments, 9:00am to 1:00pm, 1:00pm to 5:00pm, and 5:00pm to 9:00pm. A minimum of 2 Entry ticket takers and 2 exit Gate monitors are required for each shift.
 
The parking lot work day will be on Saturday, February 7th, at 7:00am in preparation for the Fair. All help is appreciated in getting the parking lot set up for the Fair. We will meet at the parking lot on Arabia Street between Dr. Carreon Blvd and Avenue 48.
Fair Parking Don Wile 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
Music Competition
1st Annual Coachella Valley Rotary Music Competition
 
Music Competition will be held Sunday, February 8th at 1:00pm in the Desert Mirage HS auditorium. Chairman Guillermo Mendoza, Jr is accepting entries from students in the Coachella Valley School District.
 
First Prize - $250, Second Prize - $150, and Third Prize - $100 will be awarded to the top 3 contestants.
 
Plan on attending in support of this, our first Music Competition in our Rotary Club.
 
Kudos to Guillermo for chairing and arranging this new project that will surely become an annual event for our club.
Music Competition Don Wile 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
Looking Forward

Upcoming Events

January 31st - Pre-PETS (Incoming Club Presidents Training Session #1)

February 7th - Rotary Work Day setting up the parking lots in preparation for our fundraiser. 

February 8th - Coachella Valley Rotary Club Music Composition (1:00pm in the Desert Mirage HS Auditorium)

February 13th -22nd  - Riverside County Fair Parking Fundraiser

February 20, 21 ,& 22 - PETS (Incoming Club Presidents Training Session #2)

Looking Forward Don Wile 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
World Understanding
February's Theme
 
The month of February is very special in the Rotary calendar since it is designated World Understanding Month. 
 
World Understanding Month is a chance for every club to pause, plan and promote the Fourth Avenue of Service-Rotary’s continued quest for goodwill, peace and understanding among people of the world.
 
The month also includes the anniversary of the first meeting of Rotary held on February 23, 1905, now designated World Understanding and Peace Day.
 
World Understanding Don Wile 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #9
From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age
 
“The 1905 members of the Rotary Club of Chicago, so valued the friendship of their fellow-members that they put a ban upon religious and political discussions, fearing that they might become disturbing factors, and they were richly rewarded for their foresight. There was plenty of dynamite in questions which might have been raised; but they were not raised. The formula was very simple; it read, ‘GO about your common tasks together, avoid discussions of dissentious subjects, and your reward will be friendship.’ The formula was worthy of adoption in much wider circles.”
Paul Harris Quote #9 Don 2015-01-28 00:00:00Z
President-Elect
Urgent! Needed a President-elect for Rotary Year 2015-2016!
 
The Coachella Valley Rotary Club nominating committee is in search of candidates to serve as the President -Elect in 2015-20156  and as Club President in 2016-2017. If anyone would like to toss their hat in the ring for consideration for this upcoming club position, please contact our President, Joe Ceja.
This is a rewarding experience for all Rotarians, even the newest club members. The District offers thorough training sessions for becoming a club President, so minimal Rotary experience is necessary.
 
A reminder, the Rotary year ends on June 30th each year and starts on July 1st, so this position as the President-elect starts on July 1, 2015-and ultimately is installed as President on July 1 ,2016. 
 
Please forward your name to President Joe for consideration as soon as possible. 
President-Elect Don Wile 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z
Rotarian Code of Conduct
In addition to the Four Way test and the Object of Rotary is the Code of Conduct.
 
Rotarian Code of Conduct (reprinted from a Rotarian magazine article)
 
As a Rotarian, I will
  1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life.
  1. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect.
  1. Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world.
  1. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians.
  1. Not seek special business or professional advantages from other Rotarians.
This code of conduct provides the framework for ethical behavior that all Rotarians can use together with The Four Way Test, in their business and professional activities.
Rotarian Code of Conduct Don Wile 2015-01-21 00:00:00Z
Christmas Party - 2014

Christmas Party - 2014

We held our annual Coachella Valley Rotary Christmas Party Sunday night at Ciro's Restaurante. The room was filled with fun, laughter and good conversation as fellow Rotarians extended their arms in friendship.

The evening started with the cocktail hour, followed by a great selection of Italian food and dessert.

The highlight of the evening was the White Elephant Grab. This gift exchange game led by the game show host, Joe, brought lots of laughs, surprises and some not so "white elephant" gifts. It was a good blend of gifts that got all into the Christmas spirit.

The fun-filled evening ended with all wishing for each other a very Merry Christmas Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Christmas Party - 2014 Don Wile 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z
Bell-Ringing - December 31st
Bell-Ringing
Our club again this year supported the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign on Saturday, December 6th, 2014. Reports of $904 collected for our efforts.
 
Salvation Army contact, Lothar Vasholz, has ask if we would volunteer for another day of bell ringing on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014.  The location is would be the same at the Ralphs Grocery store on Jefferson & 50th Ave.
 
If interested in volunteering, please contact President Joe Ceja for an open time slot.
Bell-Ringing - December 31st Don Wile 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z
Meeting Schedule Announcement

No Coachella Valley Rotary Club Meetings for next 2 weeks!

Our club will be DARK for meetings on December 24th and December 31st, 2014

We are returning to our regularly schedule meetings effective Wednesday January 7th, 2015. 

Our wish for all is a "Very Happy and Prosperous New Year!".


  

Meeting Schedule Announcement Don Wile 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z
DMHS RYLA Students

RYLA Students

Five students from Desert Mirage High School with their Activities Director,​ filled our meeting this week with excitement, enthusiasm and what appeared to be a new outlook on their individual lives and  their plans for the future.

It is always a great day to see the result of our funding their weekend at RYLA. We could not support any better program for the youth of the Coachella Valley.

DMHS RYLA Students Don Wile 2014-12-19 00:00:00Z
Music Competition
(Editors Correction on the singing contest article)
 
Rotary Music Competition
Chairman,Guillermo Mendoza Jr, clarified this  to be a music competition contest for all facets of music for high school age students. Our Rotary Club is sponsoring this competition among local high schools.
 
The contest will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 1:00pm in the Desert Mirage High School Auditorium .
 
Prize money is set at $250 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third.
This is another great program for our club in supporting the local youth .

Music Competition Don Wile 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z
Singing Contest
Rotary Singing Contest
Singing Contest Chairman,Guillermo Mendoza Jr, announced today that our Rotary Club is sponsoring a singing contest among local high schools. The contest will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 1:00pm in the Desert Mirage High School Auditorium .
 
Prize money is set at $250 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third.
This is another great program supporting local youth for our club.
Singing Contest Don Wile 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z
Christmas Party
Christmas Party
Join us this Sunday, December 14th, from 5:30-8:30pm for our annual Rotary Christmas Party at Ciro’s Italian Restaurant, 81963 California 111, Indio, CA 92201.
 
Dinner will be served Buffet style.
 
No-Host bar wil be available
 
Cost: $20 per person (Members will be billed with their quarterly dues)
 
Bring your “White Elephant” gift for the fun gift exchange after dinner.

 
Christmas Party Don Wile 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z
RYLA Students
RYLA
RYLA Students return from their RYLA weekend for this weeks meeting to share some of their camp experiences and, especially, camp songs.
RYLA Students Don Wile 2014-12-11 00:00:00Z
Bell-Ringing
Bell-Ringing
Our club is again this year supporting the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign this Saturday, December 6th, between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
The location is the Ralphs Grocery store at Jefferson & 50th Ave. We are assigned to staff 2 doors.
 
If you have not signed up, please contact President Joe Ceja for an open time slot.
Bell-Ringing don wile 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z
RYLA
RYLA
RYLA Students head for camp this weekend. Joe & Trini report the students, like all previous students, are full of anticipation and excitement.
They will attend our club on Wednesday, December 17th to share some of their camp experiences and, especially, camp songs.
RYLA Don Wile 2014-12-05 00:00:00Z
Family Month
December is Rotary Family Month
 
Did you know that December is Family of Rotary month? Yes, this is the season for family gatherings with scrumptious food and lots of hugs
 
As we approach Christmas and the New Year we are more conscious of a focus on family and family reunions. People of most faiths (or even no religious faith) celebrate on some level, commerce slows down and many families take their annual holidays. So December is indeed a time to reflect on family values and how Rotary shapes those values. In Rotary we see our life priorities as family, work and then Rotary.
 
RI Past-resident John Kenny said it best when addressing the family of Rotary—
 
“The idea of the family of Rotary is a simple one, and one that we celebrate every December during Family Month. Every Rotarian is part of the Rotary family – but our family is much larger than just our 1.2 million members. The family of Rotary includes every one of the men, women, and children who are involved in our work: the spouses and children of our members, our Rotary Foundation program participants and alumni, and all of those who are part of our programs, in the tens of thousands of Rotary communities around the world.”​
 
Whatever you celebrate in December, the Rotary Club of Coachella Valley wishes you and yours peace, harmony, family, friends, laughter, love, nutrition for your body and soul, and happiness in your daily life.
Family Month Don Wile 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z
Reminder


Our Rotary Club will be DARK this coming Wednesday, November 26th. We resume our regular Wednesday Meetings on Wednesday, December 3rd.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Reminder Don Wile 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Foundation Award
Paul Harris Foundation Award

Congratulations to Trinidad Arredondo for becoming a latest Paul Harris Fellow. 

Each Rotarian, with his or her donations to the foundation, moves toward the goal of a first ,or multiple, award(s) by reaching the $1000 requirement. This level can be achieved for each Rotarian with the combination of dollars and points awarded from fellow club members.

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

See Don Wile for any information on achieving your Paul Harris Fellow Award.

Paul Harris Foundation Award Don Wile 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z
Veterans Day
Veterans Day
 
A our meeting to honor our veterans, Alejandro Espinoza, a retired Marine Sergeant, spoke on his experiences and personal growth during his military career.
 
Alejandro joined the marines when he was 17 and became a demolition expert.  He was stationed at Camp Pendleton as part of the Westpac group. His favorite quote is when someone reminds him that the Marines are a part of the Navy, his response is "yes, they are the men's Department". I think, like the marines Ii know, he will always be a Marine.
 
As a military history buff, his love of the military life, his fellow marines and our country comes through in his contact with others and in his sharing with us on this Veterans Day.
 
He went to college while in the Marines and eventually received his his B.S. in Kinesiology and his Masters in Public Health both from Cal State Fullerton,. He developed leadership skills that have served him well in his career in public health. Working with Kaiser Community Health Initiative funding he has recently been assisting those in need in the Coachella Valley.
 
Veterans Day Don Wile 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #8
From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age
 
“Rotary hopes that it may find a way to help promote international understanding and good to the end that resort to arms may be less frequent in the future.”
Paul Harris Quote #8 Don Wile 2014-11-25 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation # 2

November is Rotary Foundation Month
 
What is the Rotary Foundation?
 
The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
 
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It is one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
 
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Our club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
Rotary Foundation # 2 Don Wile 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z
Our Armed Forces Veterans

Americans admire the selflessness, courage, and valor of current and former service members year-round. Veterans Day, however, is an occasion for the nation to publicly recognize those who bravely serve our country. At our club meeting this Wednesday, November 12, join us as we come together to remember and honor the veterans who defend our freedom. 

Background on Veterans Day 

This day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It marks the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect).

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.

Our Armed Forces Veterans Don Wile 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote # 7

From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age

“Who would be interested in a garden containing flowers of one species or one color only? Variety has been truly said to be the spice of life. Sameness is monotonous, depressing.

Rotary brings men & women differing in social status, religious beliefs and nationality together in order that they may more intelligible to each other and therefore more sympathetic and friendly.”


Paul Harris Quote # 7 Don Wile 2014-11-09 00:00:00Z
Turn Clocks Back

It is that time of year to return to Standard Time. This Sunday at 2:00am PST our clocks officially are turned back one hour giving us all another hour to sleep in.
Turn Clocks Back Don Wile 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #6

From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age

“It is not the purpose of Rotary to make social, religious, or racial composites of its members. To attempt to do so would be to attempt a disservice rather than a service. To attempt to erase social, religious and racial differences would be an attempt to deprive civilization of one of its most promising methods of progress.”

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Paul Harris Quote #6 Don Wile 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation

November is Rotary Foundation Month
 
What is the Rotary Foundation?
 
The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
 
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It is one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.
 
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
 
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Our club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
 
Owing to the leadership and financial support of Rotarians around the world, 2013-14 was a record-setting year for our Annual Fund. Preliminary results suggest that more than $250 million was contributed to help change lives locally and in communities around the world.
 
The new goal for this year for the worldwide Annual Fund is $123 million to be donated by 30 June, 2015.  If you have not designated any funds to the Annual Fund, please consider doing so to make our club have 100% participation for 2014-2015. (As a note, donations this year, as they are every year, are returned to the club in three years after the year in which they were donated.)
Rotary Foundation Don Wile 2014-10-29 00:00:00Z
Governor Shab

Governor Shab El Awar and his wife ,Bricia, joined us today bringing district information with a general discussion that is always covered in a Governor's annual visit.
 
DG Shab told us of his direction this year. Something on which each of us can reflect. Each Rotarian should focus on who we are, what we do, and why we are Rotarians. Certainly a somewhat deep reflection, but an honest appraisal of our life in Rotary is always a good grounding of our spirit and enthusiasm for Rotary.
 
He would like our clubs to exchange Presidents for a meeting to see how other clubs operate and to collect new ideas for our club. Also to invite 2 or more of our District leaders to speak to our club during the year to keep us current in Rotary direction.
 
He discussed with us his goal of all Rotarians attaining a Paul Harris Fellow in the Foundation. This is possible with any combination of money and "points from other PHF recipients" totaling $1000. This is a goal that we can certainly achieve within our club. Speak with Don Wile, Foundation Chair, at the next meeting and he will assist.
 
He is designating December theme as "Family Month" for our district. This theme can be supported by inviting parents and students who we have given scholarships to a meeting, do a city/neighbourhood clean-up campaign, a BBQ with other Rotary Clubs, Social get-togethers, etc.
 
I will say that Shab is a different District Governor, in a good way. He wasn't not so focused on the nuts and bolts of running our club, but rather, discussing future plans and goals for Rotary.

President Joe and DG Shab El Awar
Governor Shab Don Wile 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z
Outstanding Service
Governor Shab presented District pins to our Exchange Student, Beatrice, and our own Carly for their Rotary pin collection.
 
He also presented three of our fellow Rotarians with District 5330 medallions for their special service to our club or the district. Recipients were Trini Arredondo (for International Service), Mike Weeks (for his generous sponsorship of RYLA students) and Pat Southard (for his outstanding service in Youth Service administration).
 
Congratulations to all! (Sorry no photos of the medallion recipients)

DG Shab, Beatrice, Carly & Bricia El Awar
 
Outstanding Service Don Wile 2014-10-27 00:00:00Z
Reminder


REMINDER

Reminder to all club members to attend next weeks meeting, October 22nd, as we host our District Governor, Shab El AWar.

All Board members are required to be at the Governors meeting 1-1/2 hour prior(10:30am) to the regular meeting.

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District Governor Shab El Awar

Reminder Don Wile 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #5

From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age

“In the clashes between ignorance and intelligence, ignorance is generally the aggressor. To attempt to superimpose its views through the exercise of force, is seldom the part of intelligence; it is frequently the part of ignorance. The less one knows, the more he thinks he knows, and the more willing he is to employ any and all measures to enforce his views upon others.

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Paul Harris Quote #5 Don Wile 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z
Real Men Read

Real Men Read

When Michael Tripp presented the Real Men read program, he requested paperback books for the young boys in Juvenile Hall. To date, we have collected more than 50 books. Keep the paperbacks coming to support this valuable program.

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Real Men Read Don Wile 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z
HOSA

HOSA

Our program this week was Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). Simon Moore, the Coachella Valley High School- Health Academy sponsoring teacher at CVHS, along with three CVHS seniors, Elisa Uribe, Yurema Arvizu and Eduardo Machuca told us of their involvement in the club and their interest in having careers in the health care industry.

What is HOSA? (Excerpts from the HOSA.org website)

  • HOSA is a national student organization with a two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. 
  • HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions.​

Simon discussed a "HOSA HEROES" Award Ceremony on January 24th, 2015 to honor local heroes in fire, police, emergency medical staff, etc. He ask if we could provide support in the ceremony and selection committee. President Joe may have more on this at an upcoming meeting.

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Eduardo Machuca​, Yurema Arvizu, Elisa Uribe​ &  Simon Moore

HOSA Don Wile 2014-10-18 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Fellowship

Want to become a Paul Harris Fellow?

Just ask Don at the next meeting to find out how you can achieve Paul Harris Fellow status.

It is possible for each member, not already a Paul Harris Fellow, with a small donation beyond what is contributed for you each year through our membership dues ($100 per year). Each club member with one or more Fellowships, has points available to sponsor a fellow Rotarian to be able to meet the $1000 Paul Harris Fellowship threshold.

Let's make us eventually be a 100% Paul Harris Club!

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Paul Harris Fellowship Don Wile 2014-10-13 00:00:00Z
Desert Recreation District

Karina Rodriguez, Community Services Coordinator (Mecca/North Shore/Thermal) for the Desert Recreation District.

MISSION

The Desert Recreation District maintains quality park and recreation facilities; programs and services; and facilitates leisure opportunities so all residents will receive:

Personal Benefits in the form of physical fitness, enrichment, relaxation and revitalization;

Social Benefits in the form of stronger and healthier families; ethnic and cultural harmony; reduced anti-social behavior; and enriched lives for persons with disabilities;

Economic Benefits in the form of more productive and healthier citizens; increased tourism; and contributions to the quality of life sought by business and industry.

 

VISION

Through a community collaborative approach, DRD will provide quality, barrier-free and safe recreational activities that contribute to the overall wellness of the citizens of the Coachella Valley; encourage healthy lifestyles and positive out-of-school activities; and facilitate, coordinate and plan for recreation facilities and trails.

 

VALUES

  • DRD provides a sense of connection that adds to the livability and desirability of a community.
  • DRD celebrates our richly diverse community fabric.
  • DRD encourages an appreciation for nature and environmental stewardship.
  • DRD provides opportunities for the community to give back through volunteering, donating and advocating.
  • DRD enhances family unity, helps develop skills and creates memories.
  • DRD contributes to the local economy, helps to maintain healthy and productive workforces and helps attract and retain businesses.
  • DRD fosters healthy lifestyles that build self-esteem and reduce stress.
  • DRD leverages available resources through collaborations, partnerships and agreements with communities, businesses and vendors.
  • DRD provides positive and healthy alternatives for youth.
Desert Recreation District Don Wile 2014-10-11 00:00:00Z
Fire at Eden Children's Village

Fire at Eden!

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On September 16, a massive wildfire ran rampant through Doma. The fire was too large and fast to prevent all damage.

Every year, in Zimbabwe, between June and November, the entire countryside gets burned. Usually, 20 foot fire breaks can be burned and prevent the wildfires from damaging Eden’s property. On September 16th, the biggest fire the ministry has ever encountered came through the area. The fire was started more than 5 miles from Eden and burned that entire distance in less than 10 minutes. The fire was started to scare lions out of the area, after they had killed some cattle. The result is that many villages, some of Eden included, went up in flames. The wind was blowing at gale force proportions that day and carried  the fire over the fire guards and into grass roofed houses that went up in incredibly fast blazes. The teenage girls house, both chicken houses, several kitchens, toilets and a few staff houses were lost.

The early estimates are that the losses are upwards of $200,000 in buildings and possibly as much as $300,000 dollars in goods (chickens, cages, clothing, beds, appliances, etc.) Those estimates are high, but the damage evaluation is still in process. The goat herd was unharmed during this fire.

How Can You Help? All donations are to be sent to:
Eden Ministries 

PO Box 491 
Stuarts Draft, VA 24477

Fire at Eden Children's Village Don Wile 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z
Deputy District Attorney Michael Tripp

Real Men Read

Michael Tripp, Riverside County Deputy DA, has been a Rotary guest speaker many times. He is focused on Gang Prevention and Awareness in an effort to keep local youth out of gangs. Today, he presented the most recent endeavor to help the youth incarcerated at the Indio Juvenile Detention Center. 

The new program is "Real Men Read". This is an effort to help these youth to see the benefits of reading and learning. This is an hour a week discussion of  books the young men have read.The group discussion is entirely volunteer with no pressure to be a member or to share, just a fundamental approach trying to show the advantages of reading.

The program reinforces three fundamental principles: reading is fun, the community cares and a commitment to education can ensure success. Reading will be basic to their possible employment in any job and free of a life in a gang. 

Mike is asking for book donations for the Juvenile Hall Library. These books must Paperback, no Hard Cover, written by virtually any novelist. Mike indicted that two of their current favorite authors are James Patterson & Stephen King.

Please bring any paperback novels to our Rotary meeting next week or, at any future meeting, as this will be an ongoing drive to stock the Detention Center library. 

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Deputy DA, Michael Tripp

Deputy District Attorney Michael Tripp Don Wile 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z
Vocational Service

October is Vocational Service Month

What is Vocational Service?

The Object of Rotary is a philosophical statement of Rotary’s purpose and the responsibilities of Rotarians. The concept of vocational service is rooted in the Second Object, which calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:

• High ethical standards in business and professions
• The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations
• The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society

As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions:

• Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations.
• Use your professional skills to serve a community.
• Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions.
• Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations.
• Guide and encourage others in their professional development.

If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service organizations.

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Vocational Service Don Wile 2014-10-04 00:00:00Z
Building Healthy Communities

Building Healthy Communities

Sylvia Paz from BHC (Building Healthy Communities), spoke to us today about the Health Based Initiative and the progress in the east Coachella Valley. The Building Healthy Communities Eastern Coachella Valley is a bold, new 10-year program funded by The California Endowment. Youth and adult residents,leaders, organizations, schools, business, health care, law enforcement and other sectors in each of these communities are working together to take a holistic approach to improve both community and individual health. The ultimate goal: building communities where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

People's health is enormously impacted depending on where they live. Being able to breathe clean air, to send children to school without fear of violence, to have a convenient place to buy fresh foods, to live near a park where one can walk and play – these are the factors that prevent Californians from getting sick in the first place.

Building a health community focuses on preventative health care, especially working to provide health care to those without health care, the undocumented, the homeless,and the unemployed. Educating the community that prevention is so much less costly than any cure is a key goal.​

Change will only come when the community realizes that they have the opportunity to make changes in their environment. BHC encourages and supports neighborhood advocates to push for the infrastructure improvements required within their local neighborhoods. The ultimate goal is to make the East Coachella Valley a place where people want to return after leaving for higher education, military service, or employment.

She asks this question in neighborhood forums she conducts, "What is left after we are gone?". Is life better, have we made improvements to our environment, improved our living conditions, helped established neighborhood infrastructure (roads, access to water, sewers, bus stops, etc)? Possibly a question we should all ask ourselves about our local community involvement.

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Sylvia Paz with President Joe

 

Building Healthy Communities Don Wile 2014-09-18 00:00:00Z
From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age

“Rotary brings men and now women differing in social status, religious beliefs and nationality together in order that they may be more intelligible to each other and therefore more sympathetic and friendly.”

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From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age Don Wile 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z
New member

Newest Member

We are excited to welcome our long time friend from Alaska, Sam Best, into our Coachella Valley Rotary Club. He has been a member of Rotary since 1964 when he joined the Rotary Club of Anchorage Alaska. Sam possibly holds the record for the longest visiting Rotarian to our club. 

Sam is the first of many new members as we focus on adding members during this Rotary Year. The challenge is for each of us to bring one guest per month to bolster our club membership for this year. It would be great if we could double in size. That is very possible if we all apply a little effort and "pressure' to potential members to join us for a lunch, where they can learn a little about our Rotary club and our support for youth programs in our local community.

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Gordon "Sam" Best                                                     

New member Don Wile 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z
CV Athletics

CVHS Athletics

Jerry Tripp, CVHS Athletic Director, updated us on the current status of athletics at CVHS. Recently renovated swimming pool, baseball diamond, football field and track provide the student athletes with updated facilities to practice and play high school sports.

The newly renamed "Mighty Arabs" are 2-0 for the current football season. Looking good. Jerry says that the new coach has incorporated more passing plays in offense making it more potent than in past seasons.

Looking forward to the spring and baseball season, Jerry is upbeat about the CVHS baseball team being in the Championship Game for the 53rd Annual Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament. Looks like maybe 10 teams are being scheduled for the 2015 tournament. Anyone who has not attended any of these tournament games, you are missing good baseball and many talented athletes. Plan on attending some of these tournament games this coming year.

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       Jerry Tripp                     2014 Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament

CV Athletics Don Wile 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z
Looking Forward

Upcoming Programs 

September 17th Program - Sylvia Paz, Building Healthy Communities

September 24th Program - Sr. Gabi Williams, San Jose Learning center

Upcoming Events

September 26th - Flying Doctors Clinic in Thermal/Oasis

September 27th - Rotary Leadership Institute, Ortega High School Conference Room, 520 Chaney St., Lake Elsinore

October 25th - 2014 Foundation Gala

December 5th, 6th & 7th - RYLA Camp #1

Looking Forward Don Wile 2014-09-11 00:00:00Z
Ben

Ben Laflin "Happy Birthday"

On September 3rd, our fellow Rotarian, Ben Laflin, celebrated his 93rd birthday. We miss him at our regular meetings, but his health does not permit him to make these weekly get-togethers. Ben will always be a member of our Coachella Valley Rotary family and so, today, we have made his status in the club to that of "Honorary Member".

If health and time permits, maybe, he and his wife Pat, will honor us with their presence at a future meeting.

Ben Don Wile 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z
Flying Doctors

Flying Doctors (Los Medicos Voladores)

Today, our guest speaker was Lucy Moreno. Lucy updated us on the Flying Doctors health clinic to be held in Oasis and Thermal on Friday, September 26th, 2014.

This clinic provides medical, dentistry and optometry/ophthalmology services for individuals in the east Coachella Valley who have limited or no medical care available.

Lucy provided some numbers of those served at this clinic. In 2013, a total of 569 volunteers made this a very successful clinic providing health service care to 2.268 individuals. Our support of their car seat program provided 50 car seats to those in need.

We continue to support the Flying doctors, specifically with this year's donation of $650 for the purchase of the car seats. We also can and have supported this clinic with volunteers to provide assistance during the day of this clinic. More volunteers are also needed, so if you desire, contact Lucy Moreno.

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Lucy Moreno & Pres. Joe with donation check

Flying Doctors Don Wile 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z
Rotary Exchange Student

Beatrice Borachia

We welcomed our 2014-2015 Rotary Exchange Student, Beatrice Borachia, to her first Coachella Valley Rotary meeting. She arrived in the Coachella Valley on Sunday, August 24, 2014. She attended her first Coachella Valley Rotary meeting this week with her host parent Anthony Spinella.

Beatrice was born in La Sprezia, Italy. Her primary reason for joining the Rotary Exchange student program is to improve her English. She has a desire to improve her skills in English so that she can be better prepared to start study engineering and seek world wide employment in her chosen career.  

We welcome her into our Rotary Family and look forward to her continuing her personal and educational growth during this year adapting to life in the USA.

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Beatrice Borachia & Anthony Spinella

Rotary Exchange Student Don Wile 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #2

From Paul Harris, This Rotarian Age

“In the social desert of a city, they possessed an oasis all their own. To it the chosen few came to revel in the delights of friendly communion. No longer would any of them have occasion to dream in city parks and public places of happy days gone by; the ‘Happy days had come again.’"

Fellowship is the glue that holds Rotary Clubs together. Some might consider it a selfish reason to join for the friendships, but having friends is as important to one’s health as breathing. Paul Harris rejoiced in the fellowship of Rotary, and he wanted every Rotarian to rejoice with him.

Paul Harris Quote #2 Don Wile 2014-08-28 00:00:00Z
New Generations

New Generation of Rotary is the next generation of world leaders

Did you know that more than half of the world’s population is under the age of 30? Millennials are the next generation of world leaders. They’re confident, innovative, and connected by technology. Through Rotary, these young leaders connect within their communities face-to-face and develop the skills to become responsible global leaders.

New Generations refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary. Many are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange. Others are service minded young people involved in Rotary club and district activities.

New Generations Service became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution:

New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

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New Generations Don Wile 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z
Exchange Student

Beatrice Borachia

Our 2014-2015 Rotary Exchange Student, Beatrice Borachia, arrived in the Coachella Valley on Sunday, August 24, 2014. She attended her first Coachella Valley Rotary meeting this week with her host parent Anthony Spinella. She will be living with her host family, Anthony, his wife Tammy and family, for the school year while attending La Quinta High School.

Beatrice was born in La Sprezia , Italy. Her primary reason for joining the Rotary Exchange student program is to improve her English. She has a desire to improve her skills in English so that she can be better prepared to start study engineering and seek world wide employment in her chosen career. 

We welcome her to our Rotary Family and look forward to her continuing her personal and educational growth during this year adapting to life in the USA.

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Beatrice Borachia & Anthony Spinella

Exchange Student Don Wile 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z
New Generations

New Generations

New Generations refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary. Many are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary
Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange. Others are service minded young people involved in Rotary club and district activities.

New Generations Service became Rotary’s fifth Avenue of Service in 2010. It is defined in article 5 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution:
New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding.

New Generations Don Wile 2014-08-27 00:00:00Z
Rotary Foundation

A record-setting year

Owing to the leadership and financial support of Rotarians around the world, 2013-14 was a record-setting year for our Annual Fund. Preliminary results suggest that more than $250 million was contributed to help change lives locally and in communities around the world.

The new goal for this year for the worldwide Annual Fund is $123 million to be donated by 30 June, 2015.  If you have not designated any funds to the Annual Fund, please consider doing so to make our club have 100% participation for 2014-2015. (As a note, donations this year, as they are every year, are returned to the club in three years after the year in which they were donated.)

Rotary Foundation Don Wile 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z
Paul Harris Quote #1

Paul Harris Quotes

Paul P. Harris' August 1912 message to Rotarians:

"Rotarianism is a step in the evolution of humanity and in the emancipation of man from the exactions of unceasing servitude to the interests of self."

"Don't fail to inventory your smiles. They are great assets, and stand in the same relation to success that frowns do to failure.

Paul Harris Quote #1 Don Wile 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z
GIVE BIG

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Each year, the goals of GIVE BIG are to raise funds and awareness for area nonprofits. In addition, another goal, just as important as the others, is to increase the capacity of those nonprofits to engage new and younger donors, tell their stories on social media channels, and learn how to effectively fundraise online.

Since 2012, GIVE BIG's inaugural year, the Foundation has led a taskforce of nonprofit and community leaders in a 24-hour online giving day. It is an amazing opportunity to raise unrestricted dollars and shine the spotlight on our vibrant nonprofit sector.  This event is a celebration of giving by many donors, and locally, will not just bring additional funding, but increased awareness of the nonprofit sector who work tirelessly to make our community a better place.

Giving will not only show support for our community and the work of nonprofits, but it will also be an opportunity to make your donation dollars stretch! 

Stay tuned for more news on this campaign and our participation!

GIVE BIG Don Wile 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z
Magazine Fundraiser

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REMINDER - Magazine Fundraiser 

Check out the magazine link on the upper right corner of this weekly bulletin and our club website (www.coachellavalleyrotary.org).

Our rotary club gets 40% of the gross subscription price. (i.e., if the magazine yearly subscription costs $20, our club receives $8).

This is good for new subscriptions and subscription renewals of any current magazine.

One click on the icon pictured below takes you directly to our Rotary Club of Coachella Valley subscription page.

Magazine Fundraiser Don Wile 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z
Rotary Leadership Institute

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The Rotary Leadership Institute seminar will be held at the Ortega High School Conference Room, 520 Chaney St., Lake Elsinore, on September 27, 2014.

Cost for the session will remain at $25 per attendee. This covers the materials, cost of facilities and food for continental breakfast beginning at 7:45am, and lunch. The cost is being kept low to cover expenses without putting an unreasonable burden on our Rotarians and their clubs.

There are three parts to this seminar. They must be taken in succession, starting with PART I.

  1. PART I classes cover “Insights Into Leadership”, “My Rotary World”, “Engaging Members”, “Our Foundation”, “Ethics-Vocational Service”, and “Service Projects”. There is a different facilitator for each class. Each of the six classes in this first session is about 60 minutes in length. Classes are interactive with a minimum of lecture time.
  2. PART II classes are “Strategic Planning and Analysis”, “Targeted Service”, “Club Communication”, “Team Building”, and “Attracting Members”.
  3. PART III classes are “International Service”; “Effective Leadership Strategies”; “Rotary Opportunities”; “Public Image & Public Relations”; “Rotarians, Vocational Service and Expectations”.

These classes focus on “My Rotary Journey” to help build communities around the world, explore the many opportunities available with Rotary, identify opportunities to promote the image of your club and Rotary, support meaningful vocational activities, and to help improve the path for others to follow.

Having previously attended these seminars, I fully recommend attendance for a better view of your Rotary world. If interested, please contact our President, Joe Ceja, and have your name added to attend this valuable Rotary learning experience.

Rotary Leadership Institute Don Wile 2014-08-15 00:00:00Z
Update on the Rotary Grant for goats at Eden Children's Village

Myrl Nofziger received this update from Ian and Heidi Fry of Eden Children's Village on the status of the Rotary Grant goat herd.

Right now, the goats are looking good and doing well. They were struggling six weeks ago. It was then decided to feed them a mix of Masese (soya cake and concentrate), to try and improve the condition of, especially, the females. They started them on 1 kilogram twice a day for a week, then increased to 2 kilograms twice a day for two weeks, then to 3 kilograms for a week before putting the male in with the females. They collect Masese every week and this is helping the goats as well as the cattle. The mixture needs to be dry for the goats, but the cattle can eat this feed wet and love it, .

The goats have now received all their required vaccinations. You can see from the pictures below that both the males and the females are looking good. With the extra feeding, their health should be maintained through the rest of the winter months until summer.

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These pictures below show the female goats trotting along the fence line thinking their food is coming.

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These are the two shepherds for the herd!

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Update on the Rotary Grant for goats at Eden Children's Village Don Wile 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z
Welcome Back!

We welcomed Sam Best back from Alaska. Sam indicates that he is planning on changing his membership to our club from his Rotary Club in Soldana, Alaska, due to his extended time here with us each year. We consider this a great start on our increased membership goal.

Adrian Agysi, our regular visiting Rotarian from La Quinta, has returned from his recent travels to rainy Switzerland. He and his wife had a good trip, lots of rain. Unfortunately he did not bring back any of the much needed wet weather to the desert.

Good to see them both at today's meeting!

Welcome Back! Don Wile 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z
Membership

Reminder!

Membership Seminar

Hilton Garden Inn

10543 Sierra Ave

Fontana, CA 92337

August 9, 2014, 7:30am - 1:00pm

$30 per person (Lunch included)

 

What Can You Expect at the Seminar? The Coordinating Committee has worked hard to arrange for the experts from Zone 25, 26 to come and share their expertise. At the seminar you will learn:
A.  Challenges in attracting new members;
B.  Opportunities to identify and draw new members to your club;
C.  Challenges in retaining members;
D.  Innovative and proven ways to retain members;
E.  Creative ways to make your club meetings come alive;
F.  Forming partnerships to grow your clubs.
 
As this is our main focus this year, we should have representation attending this seminar to help us achieve our goal. Plan on attending this seminar if at all possible.
Membership Don Wile 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z
Our Program Break

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As usual, our summer break from regular programs comes each year as our attendance due to vacations, our lack of snowbird attendance and of members just escaping the desert heat. We will resume full programming in September, but until then we will have various Rotary reports, maybe a craft talk or two, or discussions of interest to those in attendance.

A couple of notes for the coming year:

1. The focus this year will be on increasing membership.

2. Our lunch cost has increased to $15 starting July 1, 2014. ( we continue to have the choice any item on the menu)

Have a great summer and join us when you can!

Our Program Break Don Wile 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z
Riverside County Fair Meeting

Riverside County Fair Discussion – 6/19/2014

Attendees: Tim Miller (Asst Director/EDA, Riverside County); Veronica Casper (Fair Manager); Joe Ceja; Fred DeHaro and Don Wile

  • Preference is for our club to handle all the Fair parking lots:
    • The large lot we currently staff.
    • The preferred parking lot on the corner of Arabia Street and John Nobles Avenue.
    • The preferred parking at Oasis Street and the Justice Center Parking Structure (Street level parking in the parking structure and its adjacent parking lot). Saturdays & Sundays only.
  • Increase share of the parking tickets, 20% was mentioned, but Tim said the budget needed set and then the final increase would be set. Tim promised an increase!
  • The County Fair will provide a 6-passenger cart for our use to shuttle those needing assistance into the fair and to their cars. Also to be used for assisting visitors from the RV parking lot.
  • The Fair may consider a return to a tram service, but doubtful. Cart service will continue to serve the Vendor Parking and the occasional visitor needing assistance.
  • The Vendor Parking section of the lot will remain where it has been for the past couple of years.
  • A change to their painting the lines in the lots was discussed as they already paint the lines in the preferred parking lot. This issue is open at the moment.
  • We will continue to include the Explorer Scouts on the weekend.
  • Light units will be supplied by the County Fair. Handicap Parking signs, barricades, etc will be supplied by CV Rotary.
Riverside County Fair Meeting Don Wile 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
Fundraiser Discussion

Fundraiser Brainstorming Session – June 25, 2014

  1. Riverside County Fair Parking – Expanded to all 3 Fairground parking lots. Include Interact Students, Prior Scholarship recipients, Youth Exchange and the Explorer Scouts to help staff. (See the article in this Club Bulletin on our proposed involvement in the 2015 Riverside County Fair Parking)​.
  2. “HITS” Parking – Collect money only and split the gross by 50% with the HITS organization. Possibly share with another club for every other week for the 10 days of the horse show.
  3. Club Raffle - $1/ticket, Additional tickets may be purchased at 5 for $3, 10 for $5. Drawing of tickets is for a chance to pick the black marble out of a bag containing 5 white and 1 black marble. Money rolls over until the black marble is picked. The money in the pot is then split 50/50 between the winner and the club. Consolation prize could be 3 lottery scratcher tickets.
  4. Fund RYLA with a student dance held in conjunction with the Interact Clubs. Entrance ticket is $5. All proceeds are to be applied to the cost of RYLA.
  5. Chili/Menudo Cook-Off. Tickets $5? All Tasting & water included. Beer & wine booth. Prize money for winning competitors. Requires licenses and advertising. Check out the International Chili Society Website for cookoff information. http://www.chilicookoff.com​
  6. Wine Tasting party at a local wine bar or winery?
  7. Coachella Valley Brewery offered to host a fundraiser at their facility in Thousand Palms. (Need more information).
  8. Work/Share – Rudy Gutierrez at KIMCO temporary staffing has opportunities for club members to assist at events, parking, collecting tickets, etc. Money raised can be donated to the club.
  9. GIVE BIG - Give BIG Riverside is a 24-hour online giving campaign that allows you to give to your favorite causes in our community. Our goal is to get everyone who cares about Riverside to help raise $300,000 in just 24 hours. Applicant Fee ($100): Applicant fee includes free trainings and technical assistance, marketing materials and resources, and multi-agency network opportunities. (Rotary Clubs of Temecula & Riverside with a Foundation have participated in the past. Need to check to see their results).
  10. Corporate Sponsors – i.e. casinos, banks, business
  11. Sell gift Cards – Partner with a gift card organization for a % of gross sales.
Fundraiser Discussion Don Wile 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
New Year, New President

Rotary year 2013-2014 is a wrap. Out with the old (Past-President Don) and in with the new (President Joe).

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Gavel being passed.

Rotary Year 2014-2015 promises to be a good year with new members (we need to get recruiting), new excitement and new opportunities to support charitable efforts in  our local community. We will see changes and opportunities in our fundraising efforts, especially in the Riverside County Fair Parking Lot management. Good news, check out the Fair Parking article in this newsletter.

As I ride off into the sunset, I reflect on this past year. It's been a rewarding and fun year for me as your president. We have grown internationally with Myrl & Trini's visit to Eden Children's Village and the VTT visit to India with the reciprocal visit to our valley by the India VTT. Our local support of the RYLA program sponsored 19 students to camp this year,.most ever for us and we placed 3rd in the district for this total. Our Youth Exchange program continues to be a highlight with students from foreign lands visiting us to share their experiences. 

All-in-all, thanks for the opportunity to serve you as your Club President.

New Year, New President Don Wile 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z
6/11/14 Rotary Meeting

Today we had as our guests, Eloisa Lopez, our CVHS Schoalrship winner and Ann Wang, our Youth Exchange student from Taiwan. These young ladies told us of there plans for the future.

Eloisa is attending UC Berkley this fall and planning on majoring in Environmental Sciences. She has volunteered in the East Coachella Valley with the drive to have clean water drinking fountains installed at East Coachella High Schools and seen first hand the need to continue to improve the environment. 

Ann Wang is returning to her home in Taiwan after the Rotary Youth Exchange trip around the U.S. Ann gave us a brief insight into her homeland and the experiences she has had while in the U.S. with Rotary.

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Eliosa Lopez                                  Ann Wang

6/11/14 Rotary Meeting Don Wile 2014-06-14 00:00:00Z
6/4/2014 Meeting

This week we had a visit by our Desert Mirage HS scholarship recipient, Juan Sepulveda. He is planning on attending UC Santa Barbara this fall with a major in Political Science. Ultimately his goal is to attend law school and apply this education toward being an active particpant in local government. 

He comes across as a well spoken young man who has his sights set firmly on making a difference in the Coachella Valley. We wish him well as he starts his journey through life.

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6/4/2014 Meeting Don Wile 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z
Our Year-End Party

Please join us in the CV Rotary Year-End Party for 2013/2014 on Saturday, June 21st, to be held at Sloan's Restaurant on Hwy 111.

Time: No-host bar opens @ 5:00pmDinner is at 6:00pm.

Cost: $25 per person, to be included in the next billing.

Menu Choices:

Prime Rib Stroganoff - Select cubes of prime rib served over bowtie pasta, top with gravy, a dollop of sour cream and chives. Choioce of soup or salad.

Citrus Grilled Chicken - Two marinated chicken breasts served over rice and topped with cilantro lime sauce and pico de gallo with black beans topped with contija cheese and green onions. Choice of soup or salad.

Beverage - The club will provide a choice of wine , chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, with the meal. Other alcoholic drinks are at your expense.

Please e-mail Pat Southard @ patsouthard@usa.com regarding number attending and your choice of entree.

Our Year-End Party Don Wile 2014-06-08 00:00:00Z
President's Corner

Presidents Corner

What does Rotary mean to me? A question that often has many answers, but as I reflect on this past year, I find that it has been one of the most rewarding years of my life. Thanks to all the terrific support of you, my fellow Rotarians, I have had the opportunity to lead this great Rotary Club of Coachella Valley. If you had ask, if this was ever a personal dream or even a possibility, I would have said emphatically, No!

Rotary has become a large part of my life. The ideals that are part of being a Rotarian have meshed with my own basic values such that it would be unthinkable to not be a member of Rotary. This past year has been a chore at times, but even chores have silver linings.  Most times have been ones of seeing others work and pull together to common goals.

As Rotarians, it seems difficult to form our lips into saying no. In our club this is certainly true. Everyone when ask, served; when needed, was there; when nothing seemed possible, made it happen. I can’t say thanks for the support with sufficient meaning to convey the deep thanks that I feel for the help and guidance that each of you provided to me this past year.

So, in this world each of us has choices and decisions that are ours alone to make. Some choices are made lightly, but turn into major changes in our lives. I have had many major changes happen in my life, some I had no control over, and others that I treated too lightly. These choices lead us on our path through life. I can truthfully say that my choice and decision to join Rotary was treated lightly, however, it has turned into a choice that has changed my life forever.

Thanks,

Don

President's Corner Don Wile 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z
Lunch price increase

Cost of Lunch

To offset the ahortfall from the increasing cost of lunch expenses, the Board has voted and approved an increase from $12 per meal to $15 per meal. This will go into effect on July 1st, 2014. Compared to other clubs, this is still a bargain with a no minimum number requirement, the choice of any menu item, a beverage and the waitress tip.

Lunch price increase Don Wile 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z
Scholarships Awarded

Our 2014 scholarship awards winners are:

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    Eliosa Lopez (CVHS)         Juan Sepulveda (DMHS)

Come to Rotary this Wednesday and meet the future leaders of Coachella Valley.

Scholarships Awarded Don Wile 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z
Boys & Girls Club of Mecca

Boys & Girls Club of Mecca

This week we had a presentation by Ray Amador, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Mecca. Ray outlined the many programs available for girls and boys in the Coachella Valley. Ray has started a mentoring program for at risk youth needing to find their way into the main stream. This youth are from homes maybe of a single parent, a drug abuse familiy life, or those just angry at the world and are in desparate need of an adult role model. 

Ray speaks of his troubled youth and how he has walked in the shoes of the young boys he is mentoring. He has strated a program modeled after the Boys & Men of Color programs. Ray includes all youth growing up without a fair shot to be healthy and to succeed. This is especially true for boys and girls in the Coachella Valley who are more likely to confront significant barriers on the road to adulthood. These teenage boys and girls are more likely to take risks as they shape their lives and exert independence. Their actions make it difficult for them to succeed in school, get a job, and contribute to the well being of their families and communities. 

Ray has dedicated his life to saving one youth at a time to safely bridge this gap to adulthood. The program deals with one troubled youth at a time and then progresses to groups of 20 to 30 who experience adult mentors who care and are, once a month, treated to an overnight campout experience. 

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Ray Amador

Boys & Girls Club of Mecca Don Wile 2014-06-01 00:00:00Z
2014-2015 Theme

Image  RI President-elect Gary C.K. Huang chose Light Up Rotary as his theme for 2014-15. Huang is urging club members to Light Up Rotary by hosting a Rotary Day in their community, continuing our fight against polio, and increasing club membership. "Light Up Rotary is more than our theme. It is how we make a difference -- every day, in every club, and every country we serve."

RI President Elect Gary C.K. Huang states that in this Rotary year, we will Light Up Rotary by reaching our goal of 1.3 million Rotarians, bringing in new members while working to keep the members we have. To do this, we’ll need to approach membership in new ways, and try new ideas. Remember that Rotary is a family and is for the family: Focus on your own club, and look realistically at why members stay, and why they leave. What can you do to make being a Rotarian an appealing and attractive opportunity for busy professionals and those with young families?

We will also Light Up Rotary — and make history — by eradicating polio. Polio eradication within the next few years is absolutely realistic — if we keep up our momentum. So tell your friends, associates, and elected officials how critical it is that we End Polio Now. Donate to the PolioPlus Fund and encourage others to do so as well. By meeting the newest challenge issued by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we can make our money work three times as hard. Be an active part of the greatest public-private health partnership in the history of the world, and share in the pride when the job is finished.

2014-2015 Theme Don Wile 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z
2014-2015 Plans

2014-2015 Club Plans

Our incoming president for Rotary Year 2014-2015, Joe Ceja, gave us a preview of the focus of our coming year.

Membership, or rather the adding of new members, is the main theme. Increased membership provides the basis for all additional giving plans for the year. Club membership growth has always been a theme, but, honestly, it never has received the attention that is required. This is the top priority for the coming year. Everything we plan will be achieved through increasing the number of Rotarians in our club.

Joe's vision is to expand our mission to include those charitable causes we cut back this year due to limited funds. He plans to renew those committments to give back and include more opportunities to provide assistance for those in need in the Coachella Valley. For a club our size, we have an extensive list of community support efforts, but there are plenty more opportunites that need funds or hands-on assistance. Under Joe's leadership, we can achieve this vision and expand our club. 

To do this, however, we must also prepare to find other fundraising opportunities, big and small, to augment our Fair Parking fundraiser. On Wednesday, June 18th, we will be having a brainstorming session at the regular club meeting. Please come prepared to discuss, propose, and/or just provide feedback to any proposed fundraiser. We must find a way to raise more funds for our ambitious plans.

Looking forward to a great year under Joe's leadership for the Rotary Club of Coachella Valley.

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Joe Ceja, 2014/2015 President 

2014-2015 Plans Don Wile 2014-05-21 00:00:00Z
District Conference Awards

District Conference

For all the team effort this year, at the recent Distict Conference, our Rotary Club of Coachella Valley  received this Club Central Award (One of onlly a few awarded).

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And these Five Club Patchs

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District Conference Awards Don Wile 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z
TRF

TRF (The Rotary Foundation)

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Today, our guest speaker was Roy Browning, 5330 PDG. He presented his program on TRF (The Rotary Foundation) and the reasons to contribute to lend helping hands.

Roy quoted Edward Everett Hale, whose father was the nephew of the revolutionary hero, Nathan Hale, to emphasis the Rotary Foundation working with you:

I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

(Editor’s Note) Also, this quote from Edward Everett Hale is very Rotarian minded.

To look up and not down,
To look forward and not back,
To look out and not in, — and
To lend a hand.

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 only to more than US$55 million. It is one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.

TRF Don Wile 2014-05-14 00:00:00Z
A Step Backwards for the End Polio Campaign

New York Times Report - 4/5/2014

World Health Organization Declares Polio Spreading at Alarming Rates

Alarmed by the spread of polio from conflict zones in three continents, the World Health Organization on Monday declared the spread of the disease an international health emergency.

An emergency committee convened by the organization announced in Geneva that three countries — Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon — had allowed the spread of the virus and should take extraordinary measures to stop it.

Polio has spread recently from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Syria to Iraq, and Cameroon to Equatorial Guinea. In Syria, where the virus reappeared last year for the first time in more than a decade, health workers have not been able to reach children in areas isolated by the fighting in that country’s civil war.

In Pakistan’s tribal areas, where the government has been battling a Taliban insurgency, health workers seeking to inoculate children have been attacked, and some have been killed.

A Step Backwards for the End Polio Campaign Don Wile 2014-05-12 00:00:00Z
Meeting program 4/30/2014

Mardi Boettcher, Desert Computer Tutor & Gadget Queen discussed a computer Pre-Purchase Guide. She pointed out that the first criteria in selecting a desktp computer, laptop or tablet is what are going to use it to do. The cost and recommendation will be based on the needs assessment you complete.

Once ths assessment of needs and wants is completed, then the choice of platform needs to be made. First the manufacturer (Apple, Android, PC, etc), then will a desktop, laptop or tablet be the best choice for you. Mardi recommends purchase at a retailer that will take the return in 30 - 90 days so that you can see if it fits your needs. If not, return the device and select a different platform until you are satified with the performance and the price.

Check out Mardi's website, www.DesertComputerTutor.com, for more info and workshops available. It will help you in selecting your first or next computing device.

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Mardi Boettcher

Meeting program 4/30/2014 Don Wile 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z
Explorer Scouts

At the meeting this week, we were joined by representatives of the Riverside County Sheriff  Explorer Post 503. Each year the Explorer Scouts of Post 503 assist us in the weekend parking for the Riverside County Fair. 

Sheriffs Andy Gerrard and Brian Ross accepted a check for $2000 for the support effort of the Explorer Scout work during this years fair parking fundraiser. This year, as every year, the assistance was greatly appreciated.

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Explorer Scouts Don Wile 2014-05-02 00:00:00Z
PRYDE Project

PRYDE Project


Every year at PRYDE (Personal Rotary Youth Development Experience) camp we incorporate a service project. This allows the students the opportunity to see that Rotary is truly international, and that we uphold our motto "Service above Self".
 
This year the students will be putting together packets for youth in the Coachella Valley. This will coincide with the District’s efforts in that area. 
We are looking for donations of the following items, or monetary help to purchase the items. Our goal 400 to 500 packages. 

 
PRYDE 2014 -Service Project

 

1.      Backpacks

2.      Notebook Paper

3.      Pencils

4.      Pens

5.      Stickers

6.      Toothbrushes

7.      Toothpaste

8.      Combs

9.      Brushes 

10.    Soap

11.    Small Toys

 

If you are able to help us with these items or a monetary donation please contact:
 
Kimberly Nunn
951-314-3285 Cell
951-231-2120 Fax
kimnunn@msn.com 

Please make donation checks payable to:
Rotary International District 5330 
and mail to:
PRYDE
158 Radford Court
Riverside, CA. 92507

PRYDE Project Don Wile 2014-04-30 00:00:00Z
Our newest Rotarian

New Rotarian

We welcome our newest Rotarian, Guillermo "Willy" Mendoza. He was inducted into our club at the meeting last week , but today, received his official club badge. Please introduce yourself, help him learn more about our Rotary club, its projects and its rich history.

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Our newest Rotarian Don Wile 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z
VTT Presentation

VTT Presentation

Our honorary member, Myrl Nofziger, told us of his travel to southern India with our District 5330 Vocational Training Team (VTT). He discussed the travel within the area, visits to local industry, schools visited and new Rotary friends.

Highlights of his VTT experience included a visit to a School for the Deaf and Mute where the team was entertained by the students with a humorous skit done in mime; Travel down a river in round basket boats; Visiting silk manufacturing shops; Rotary club attendance; Viewing a coffee bean plantation; Attending a wedding of a local couple; Celebrating his birthday with a young friend from India who shares the same birthday; All-in-all, it was a very informative trip and a very warm welcome provided to the team by fellow Rotarians of India and their families.

Myrl and the team were kept on constant move during their time in India. Each day started early morning and continued through the day until 11:00 each night. Not a lot of time for rest with more visits and stops packed into each day by District 2980 Rotarians.

This was a great opportunity for our club to have representation in an Rotary International Vocational Training Team. Many thanks to Myrl for adding this international exchange to the history of the Rotary Club of Coachella Valley.

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                        Myrl Nofziger                  A gift to District 2980 Governor 

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  Birthday Celebration           Silk Factory (Major Industry)

VTT Presentation Don Wile 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z
DMHS RYLA Students

RYLA Students

Nine students from Desert Mirage High School filled our meeting this week with excitement, enthusiasm and what appeared to be a new outlook on their individual lives and  their plans for the future.

It is always a great day to see the result of our funding their weekend at RYLA. We could not support any better program for the youth of the Coachella Valley.

We thank the school administrators for their support of this leadership camp for students on their campus.

The students were joined by Asst Principal, Arthur Kimbal, Interact Advisor, Leonard Dykes, and Activities Director, Kristy Sauceda.

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DMHS RYLA Students Don Wile 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z
April 9th Meeting

April 9th meeting

Our program this week was on The Pet Rescue Center in Coachella. Director Christine Madruga started this non-profit, no-kill facility that rescues and cares for abandoned or lost animals. Since March 13, 1998, Christine and those who work closely with her, have placed over 6,033 dogs and 7,050 cats into loving homes. They service Indian Wells, Indio and Coachella for their animal control requirements. 

They commenced operation on  March 13, 1998 with four cages in the back of Valley Animal Clinic. In 1999, they relocated with Valley Animal Clinic into a 700 square foot room. As the need to rescue more animals increased, so did their need for more space. In order to provide the proper care of these animals, they moved into a 1,200 square foot space in 2001, which we have outgrown once again.

The Pet Rescue Center is run with volunteers, local veterinarians and a certified obedience trainer. Not only do they rescue animals, they provide medical treatment and proper training to ensure they are placed with the right owners.

The Pet Rescue Center facility is located at 83496 Avenue 51, Coachella, CA 92236 (760-398-7722). At this facility, they are always in need of volunteers who have a deep love of animals to help with a variety of chores including cleaning, walking, feeding, petting and playing.

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Christine Madruga                        Some Rescue Dogs

April 9th Meeting Don Wile 2014-04-10 00:00:00Z
April 2nd Meeting

April 2nd Meeting

John Powell Jr, CVWD Board President, discussed some of the history of the Coachella Valley Water District and current status of tribal lawsuit. 

CVWD was formed in 1918 to protect and conserve local water sources. Since then, the district has grown into a multi-faceted agency that delivers irrigation and domestic (drinking) water, collects and recycles wastewater, provides regional storm water protection, replenishes the groundwater basin and promotes water conservation.

Prior to the Coachella Canal's completion in 1948, imported water was not available to the Coachella Valley. The first water deliveries took place in 1949.

In the 1960s CVWD and Desert Water Agency became State Water Project contractors. Together, the two agencies use their entitlement to the State Water Project to replenish the western Coachella Valley’s aquifer at the Whitewater Spreading Area, the valley’s largest groundwater recharge facility. The combined entitlement is the third largest among state water project contractors.

Since 1973, the districts have replenished more than 2.5 million acre-feet of imported water at this site. Previously, the water district relied on rain and snow melt from nearby mountains to naturally replenish the aquifer at the location.

CVWD's service area covers approximately 1,000 square miles from the San Gorgonio Pass to the Salton Sea, mostly within the Coachella Valley in Riverside County, California. The boundaries also extend into small portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

The Coachella Valley Water District relies on three sources of water to provide service to its customers: groundwater, recycled water and imported water either through the State Water Project or from the Colorado River via the Coachella Canal, a branch of the All-American Canal.

CVWD provides drinking water to most of the Coachella Valley. All drinking or domestic water comes from the groundwater basin, a source usually referred to as the aquifer. Wells, approximately 1,200 feet deep, reach the highest quality water within the aquifer. Pumps push the water up to one of 58 distribution reservoirs. Water is then delivered to customers via 1,978 miles of distribution piping.

A crucial component of effective water management is developing alternatives to groundwater use for non-potable uses such as outdoor irrigation. For this reason, the district works closely with local golf course superintendents, landscape professionals and large property owners to maximize their water efficiency. More than a dozen golf courses, homeowner associations and a local school irrigate with recycled water.

Water for agriculture irrigation primarily comes from the Colorado River. It is delivered to local farms via the 123-mile Coachella Canal. A quarter to a third of farm irrigation water is groundwater, pumped from privately owned wells.

In addition to local farms, 27 golf courses within the Coachella Valley Water District use imported water from the Coachella Canal to supplement their groundwater use.

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Trini & John Powell, Jr.

Tribal Lawsuit

The right to use Coachella Valley’s groundwater belongs to the public, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. DWA and CVWD do not own the groundwater, but are two of the five public agencies that have delivered that water to residents and businesses throughout the region for decades.

The tribe is suing these two public water agencies to assert senior groundwater rights ahead of the public’s rights. The tribe does not say how much water it wants or what it would do with that water. It has no pipes, pumps or other infrastructure to deliver the water to customers. It has no expertise in water management.

The two water agencies, DWA & CVWD, have a history of providing a safe, affordable and reliable supply of water to all their customers, including the tribe. The water they supply meets all state and federal water quality standards.

Throughout their history, DWA and CVWD have ensured that this desert region, where water must be imported, has the supplemental water supplies necessary to sustain life and support the local economy. The imported Colorado River water is added to the Upper Coachella Valley groundwater supply to replenish the basin and reduce overdraft. Several agencies in Southern California and Arizona also percolate Colorado River water for the same purpose.

The tribe is questioning this practice, but it does not say what it would do differently. The only options DWA’s and CVWD’s experts have identified are cost-prohibitive – with price tags of as much as $1.5 billion or an additional charge of as much as $450 a year for an average customer.
April 2nd Meeting Don Wile 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z
Ann Wang - Our Youth Exchange Student

Ann Wang, Youth Exchange Student

One final Riverside County Fair note. Ann Wang , our Youth Exchange student, and her sibling are seen here engaging in Coachella Valley local color with meeting the Date Festival Queen and her Court. Looks like she is having fun!

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Ann Wang - Our Youth Exchange Student Don Wile 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z
Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine

Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine

In our program this week, Loretta Moss, introduced us to a well kept secret in the valley. Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine began providing no-cost medical and dental care in 2010. Today the operate out of a state-of-the-art clinic located at 82-915 Avenue 48 in Indio, CA 92201.

The staff consists of professional volunteers, retired doctors, dentists, nurses, clerical, etc wanting to give back to their community and provide care to their neighbors in need.

They provide care to those who do not have health insurance and are not eligible for any government sponsored healthcare programs. (The group will see if or how they need to change their charter with the Affordable Care Act). 

They are a non-profit and receive no governmental reimbursement and rely exclusively on the generosity of individuals and philanthropic organizations for funding. 

Patient Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be a resident of the Coachella Valley.  Evidence of residency will be required.
  • You cannot be eligible for any other health care assistance including, but not limited to, Riverside County MISP, Medi-Cal, Veterans Administration, or any employer-funded or private health insurance.
  • Your household income cannot exceed 200% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines for your family size.  Family members are defined as parents or guardians, spouses, children, or domestic partners.  VIM will carefully consider household circumstances when counting and considering family-member status; however working family members who have reached the age of 21 must qualify individually.  Full-time college students up to age 24 will be counted as family members.
  • We do not treat children. (All children in california are all covered by Medicaid)

 

See their website www.cvvim.org for more information.

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Loretta Moss

Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine Don Wile 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z
Rotary Baseball Tournament

52nd Annual Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament

This year was the 52nd annual Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament. It is the longest running baseball tournament in California. We are proud to continue each year to be a sponsor of this Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball signature tournament.

This years champion is Palos Verdes Peninsula HS. They defeated the defending champion Indio HS with a score of 7-1. Indio was playing a one-hit ball game and leading Palos Verdes Peninsula 1-0 heading into the latter half of the fifth frame at Shadow Hills High School, when they surrendered four runs en route to the eventual 7-1 loss. The Rajahs entered the tournament championship as winners of five consecutive games in the tournament while Peninsula began the week as the No. 4 team in Division III.

Burroughs HS and Shadow Hills HS competed in the consolation game for 3rd & 4th place trophies. Burroughs defeated Shadow Hills in the extra innings game by a final score of 4-3.

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Rotary Baseball Tournament Don Wile 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Events

April 2nd Program

John Powell, Coachella Valley Water District

Upcoming Events Don Wile 2014-03-27 00:00:00Z
Coachella Valley Baseball Tournament

Coachella Valley Baseball Tournament

The 52nd Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament will be held Monday, March 24th thru the Wednesday, March 26th championship game. 

As of this printing, the schedule of games is not available, but will be posted at the first games.

These Scheduled Games are certain:

1. CV  High Vs Brawley High @ 10:00am at the CV High renovated Baseball Diamond.

2. Shadow Hills High vs Cathedral City High @ 11:00am at Shadow Hills High

3. Indio High vs La Quinta @ 11:00am @ La Quinta

Coachella Valley Baseball Tournament Don Wile 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z
March 19th meeting

March 19 Meeting

Our program this week was presented by Pat Fredericks, CSU Associate Board member.

The Cal State University Associates is a premier organization of supporters of the Palm desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino. Members serve as good will ambassadors for the campus in the community and contribute tax deductible yearly dues that go towards scholarships for deserving students at the campus.

Pat invited members of our Rotary Club as her guests for a receptionand monthly program featuring Michael Dante as the speaker. This event is held at the campus's Indian Wells Theater, Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 6:00PM.

Please contact Mike Singer, 760.341.2883, X78107 or call Pat Fredericks, 760.674.4649

March 19th meeting Don Wile 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z
Fair Parking Thank-You Party

Fair Participation Thank-You Party

The Thank-You Party will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 5pm -8pm at the home of Don & Pamela Wile. Invitations and directions have been sent via e-mail. Please RSVP if you are attending.

Fair Parking Thank-You Party Don Wile 2014-03-20 00:00:00Z
Literacy Month

Literacy Month

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March is literacy month. RI efforts are two fold. All across the U.S. fellow Rotarians note the importance of reading and publicize the needs in the form of poor literacy rates and lack of resources. Around the world Rotary clubs support numerous programs that help children and adults to gain the ability to read.

Worldwide illiteracy rates approach 20%. In many countries the rate is in the 80% range. Approximately one billion people are not able to read. Reading, writing and character literacy are essential to independence and economic freedom. Far too many adults in North America and the developing countries  live in poverty today because they haven’t mastered those skills. Far too many children are currently at risk of falling into the same trap. Illiteracy is one of the world’s (and America’s) most serious problems.

Literacy is a basic skill that helps us to fight poverty, increase productivity, and gain skills to help each other. As Rotarians we are working to fight illiteracy one person at a time. Volunteer to help in a school near you to assist in improving literacy in the Valley.
Literacy Month Don Wile 2014-03-07 00:00:00Z
Meeting, Mar 5, 2014

Coachella Valley Baseball Tournament

Today our program focused on the upcoming Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament to be held Monday, March 24th thru the Wednesday, March 26th championship game. This will be the 52nd year we have sponsored this tournament. According to their coach, Mike Schulz, there are 10 teams scheduled to participate in this tournament.

Student athletes,Joey  Lucas and Saul Sandoval, pitchers for the Coachella Valley High School Arabs, told us of their love of baseball and the friendship that bonds the team. A very good day to see these valley youth who are juniors this year, been friends since they were 6 years old and are so full of a positive spirit in their lives. We wish them well.

When ask what their plans were after baseball, typical of teenagers, they just shrugged and smiled. Their lives are being lived today, caught up in the moment where playing baseball is their short term focus. Long term planning is left for another day.

As of this printing, the schedule of games is not available, but will be posted once we receive it from the coaches. These Scheduled Games are certain:

1. CV  High Vs Brawley High @ 10:00am at the CV High renovated Baseball Diamond.

2. Shadow Hills High vs Cathedral City High @ 11:00am at Shadow Hills High

3. Indio High vs La Quinta @ 11:00am @ La Quinta

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Coach Mike Schulz, Saul Sandoval, Joey Lucas accepting our check of $1500

Meeting, Mar 5, 2014 Don Wile 2014-03-07 00:00:00Z
VTT (Vocational Training Team)
VTT (Vocational Training Team)
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Mryl Nofziger, our honorary member from the Rotary Club of Elkhart Indiana has returned from the recent District sponsored trip to India. 

Myrl represented district 5330 in India, for the VTT project. There were 5 team members who made this visit. It was a 21 day trip of hi-intensity.

They visited rotary projects, temples, schools and universities.  The Team was housed both in small guest houses and Rotarians homes. India is a great country of many contrasts and customs. The food was very good, but totally different than what we in the U.S. are use to, as were the local customs.

This was Myrl’s seventh international trip involving RI.  He indicates that it was probably the most strenuous of all his prior trips. We are fortunate in the Coachella Valley Rotary Club to have Myrl represent RI and our Club in this VTT trip!

More pictures and stories to come when Myrl discusses his sights and experiences on this VTT trip to India in a future program.

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VTT Team Members                   Sugar Cane Mill

VTT (Vocational Training Team) Don Wile 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z
HITS

Our program this weeks was on HITS

Tony Hitchcock, Horse Show Events Manager of HITS, Inc. Tony brought us up-to-date on the current status of the horse show currently in process in Thermal. He stated that in the Coachella Valley, this show contributes over 200 million dollars into the local economy. 

The 2014 Desert Circuit V runs from Tuesday, February 25 thru Sunday, March 2 bringing over 1000 horses with their teams of rider, groomer, trainer, etc bringing money into our local valley establishments. 

Originally HITS was an acronym for Horse shows In The Sun, but now is officially HITS, Inc. It is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties. Thomas G. Struzzieri has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of HITS since its inception. 

HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since that time, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter-jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. HITS, Inc. produces three of the richest grand prix in the world with the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix in Saugerties, New York, the Thermal $1 Million Grand Prix in Thermal, California and the Ocala $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida – all forming the first ever Triple Crown of Show Jumping. HITS Championship Weekend also boasts the crown jewels of the hunter discipline with the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final and the HITS $250,000 Hunter Prix Final 

HITS has a professional, full-time staff of 35 employees, including a complete administrative staff, located at the company's headquarters in Saugerties, New York. Their level of experience and dedication guarantees superior execution of the details of all HITS horse shows. 

In 2011, HITS, Inc. expanded its event management repertoire into endurance sports. Both HITS Triathlon Series and HITS Running Festivals present top-notch triathlon and running races through the United States.

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Tony Hitchcock                    Horse show Highlight

HITS Don Wile 2014-02-28 00:00:00Z
VTT Photos from India
VTT member photos from India

Photos from our Rotary member, Myrl Nofziger on the current VTT trip to Southern India

News from Myrl: "I thought you might want to share this with our fellow Rotarians.
We are having a great time. They keep us very busy from breakfast through dinner, which most times is not over till around 10:00 pm. The hosting is incredible. They are a very caring group of people.
It's a great privilege to represent Rotary here in Southern India !"

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    VTT at Rotary Luncheon              Myrl with Rotary District Governor

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   Myrl at Rotary Meeting       Computers from a Rotary Grant

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         VTT visiting a Rice Factory in India

VTT Photos from India Don Wile 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z
Brandman University

Brandman University

Our Program this week was presented by Annica Meza-Dawe, Manager for Community & Corporate Relations. 

Brandman University is a part of the Chapman University System. It specializes in "Competency Based Education", that is, your curriculum is based on passing a series of competency exams to determine your personal education program. Classes are interactive on-line sessions and evening classes. 

The university has worked hard at keeping costs down with the tuition being all-inclusive providing access to e-books, course materials, and the Chapman University's Leatherby Library. Students may also take advantage of complementaryservices through Brandman's math, writing and career centers.

One should not be fearful of applying to a private school due to a perceived high tuition. Their tuition is $5400 per year and provides student aid that can be accessed for assistance if needed.

The classes are held in 8 week sessions and as such are fast paced. This requires that a study discipline is adhered to, or one can quickly fall behind. Having attended a college at night after work, I understand the time and effort required for this fast pace is not for everyone, but if you are working in a field that has a curriculum offered by Brandman University, this is a way of continuing work and still achieving your BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration).

The university campus office is located at 42600 Cook Street, #134, Palm Desert, CA. If interested in continuing your education, , contact Annica Meza-Dawes at 760-341-8051. 

To learn more, visit their website www.Brandman.edu/CBEducation

Brandman University Don Wile 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z
Riverside County Fair Parking Fund Raiser

 

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The Rotary Club of Coachella Valley raises all our charitable funds at this 10 day event , Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 24th at the Riverside County Fairgrounds parking lot.

We ahve a few remaining open times on the schedule. Please review the schedule sent to all and "PLEASE" volunteer to fill these remaining time slots. Consider enlisting your friends and neighbors to help so all the remaining time slots are filled.

This Saturday, February 7, at 8:00 am, all members are invited to assist in the set-up of the parking lot. See you there!

Riverside County Fair Parking Fund Raiser Don Wile 2014-02-07 00:00:00Z
Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Our program for this week was presented by Joanne Leinow, Partnership Development Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Her presentation showed a passionate, dedicated, believer in the idea that mentoring can change the lives of our youth. Her 25 plus year career working with three Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, has exemplified those qualities.

The mission of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Desert is dedicated to improving the lives of children by creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships with children in need of a positive role model and someone they can call their friend..

Over 600 children are currently in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program. It requires a commitment by the mentor to meet at least twice a month with a child that is matched to your skills and what activities you like to do.

Mentor and child have fun together and create memories that last a lifetime. The results of this program are:

·         52% less likely to skip school

·         46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs

·         More likely to get along with their families and peers

How to apply: The easiest and fastest way to get started is to call their office, at (760) 568-3977. A Big Brothers/Big Sisters staff member will contact you. You'll need to:

·         Prepare a Written Application

·         Provide three references

·         Participate in an in-person interview

·         Have a background check performed

·         Attend Orientation/Training

Depending on the program you're in, you will meet your assigned child in the community or at one of the BBBs site-based programs in Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, or Palm Springs. Learn more about their programs.

Check their website: http://bbbsdesert.org/

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Don Wile 2014-02-02 00:00:00Z
Date Festival Queen and Her Court

Our program this week brought us our annual visit by the Date Festival Queen and Her Court accompanied with their Queen Mum, Barbara Creson. The 2014 court consists of Makenna McIntyre for Queen Scheherazade, Chrystabelle Ramirez for Princess Dunyazade, and Lindsey Klein for Princess Jasmine. They all wore their traditional Arabian costumes.

Makenna is a senior at La Quinta High School where she serves as ASB Vice President. She aspires to attend a 4-year University and become a Family Marriage Counselor. Chrystabelle is a senior at Coachella Valley High School where she maintains a 3.9 GPA and is Varsity Captain of the Cheer Squad. She plans to attend a 4-year University and major in Computer Science. Lindsey is a graduate of La Quinta High School who now attends the College of the Desert. She plans on transferring to California Polytechnic University, Pomona to get a degree in Apparel Manufacturing Production.

The new Queen and her Court reign as ambassadors for the Riverside County Fair National Date Festival. Their duties include promoting the Fair at various city council & service club meetings, parades and other special appearances leading up to the Fair.


Our Rotary Club presented the Queen and Her Court with a check for $250 toward their scholarship funds.

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Date Festival Queen and Her Court Don Wile 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z
Baseball Fans

Rotary Day at Power Baseball

Palm Springs Baseball is holding a Rotary Day at the Palm Springs Stadium, 1901 Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA, on Saturday, February 8th.

It is a doubleheader with games at 10:00am and 12:30pm.

The players are a combination of major league drafted players and minor players. It is a day of fun for baseball fans and, in addition, provides our club with a mini-fundraiser int that we receive 1/2 the ticket cost.

Tickets are $8 for Adults, $7 for Seniors, and $6 for Children. Join fellow valley Rotarians for a day of the All- American sport of baseball. If interested, you can sign-up with me and I will collect the money for the tickets. You can also purchase tickets on the day and tell them you are with the Coachella Valley Rotary Club.

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Baseball Fans Don Wile 2014-01-20 00:00:00Z
January 15 meeting

Our program this week was presented by Tom Daivis, representing the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. The topic was the recent lawsuit filed by the tribe filed against the water districts. Basically, the suit is about the alleged mismanagement of Coachella Valley water and what the tribe considers overdraft of the aquifier and using polluted water from the Colorado River to refill the acquifer. 

No solutions were presented in the discussion, only that the tribe wants to be included in discussions with the water districts (CVWD & DWA) to address water quality issues. They are basing their involvement request on tribal water rights existing from the Federal Bureau of Land Management. And thus, they want to involve the federal and state agencies in working to improve water quality in Coachella Valley.

It seems kind of Don Quixote like in their effort, but the courts will ultimately rule on the lawsuit.

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Tom Davis

January 15 meeting Don Wile 2014-01-20 00:00:00Z
Update on Eden Children's Village

Eden Children's Village Update

The Fry's have shared with us recent photos of the goat herd we provided through our RI Grant.

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Update on Eden Children's Village Don Wile 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z
Presidents Corner - January

Presidents Corner

Welcome to the year 2014 and all that it may bring to each of us. Hopefully it brings good health, good friends, peace and understanding, and new opportunities to serve others.

Within Rotary, this is Rotary Awareness Month. We need to reflect on what Rotary has done for the world and what is left to do. We should all be alert for the opportunities to change Rotary, not stay in a project or a rut just because we always have done it this way or not done this. In other words, be aware! Don’t take for granted that someone else will do it or that we all ready do enough.

In the remaining portion of this Rotary year, we are tasked to be aware and take action. Not action to change for change sake, but to change to build a continuity of commitment toward what ever goal our club endeavors to do. We should be doing those actions that have relevance and will help build membership as others in the community can identify with the causes and projects that make up our action list.

Membership. This is the one action item on the list that needs continual effort to keep on track. New members bring new thoughts and new action items to the club. This is absolutely necessary to continue to address the increasing needs within our community. We all have the task of inviting that special acquaintance to a club meeting or Rotary event to increase our visibility of the needs of Mission Viejo.

Be aware! Look for the opportunities to challenge a tradition. Be aware! Someone is waiting to be ask to become a Rotarian.  Be aware! Don’t be complacent, energize the club with new ideas and start new traditions. If everyone is aware, then our club will grow with new projects, more members, and new projects.

Don

Presidents Corner - January Don Wile 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z
Desert Blood Services

Desert Blood Services

Martin Arredondo was our guest speaker this week. He represents Desert Blood Services, a nonprofit blood service provider to the Coachella Valley and Hi-Desert Communities.

This organization provides blood products and services for:

  • Desert Regional Medical Center, Palm Springs
  • Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage
  • JFK Memorial, Indio
  • Hi-Desert Medical Center ,Joshua Tree
  • Palo Verde Hospital, Blythe
  • Bush Naval Hosiptal, Twentynine Palms

Desert Blood Services is a collaboration between two previous separate groups, LifeStream and United Blood Services. This collaboration has increased their collection rate above the combined previous individual efforts.

They conduct blood drives at schools, churches, businesses, shopping centers, hospitals and government offices throught the service area. This ensures a safe, ample blood supply for patients in the medical centers they service.

The main location is at 79-215 Corporate Centre Drive, La Quinta, CA 92253. (located next to the La Quita Post Office)

Desert Blood Services Don Wile 2014-01-09 00:00:00Z
Meeting Schedule Announcement

We are returning to our regularly schedule meetings effective Wednesday January 8th, 2014

We hope all enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends. We now return to our regular programming with the 2014 kick-off meeting at noon on Wednesday, January 8, at Sloan's Restaurant in Indio, Ca.

Come join us in our charitable efforts to give back some of the great gifts we have received in our lives.

Our wish for all is a "Very Happy and Prosperous New Year!". 

 

 

Meeting Schedule Announcement Don Wile 2013-12-23 00:00:00Z
Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 18th will be our last meeting of 2013. Our club will be dark on Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25, 2013 and on New Years Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

We will start the second half of this Rotary Year on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Best wishes to all and enjoy this holiday season celebrating with family and friends.

Looking Ahead Don Wile 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z
Salvation Army Red Kettle Update

The Salvation Army is a worthy charitable organization which we support every year by participating in ringing the bell for donations into the Red Kettle.The results for Saturday Nov 30 at the East door of the La Quinta Wal Mart by our club amounted to $ 368.94. It was a good day! 

We have the opportunity to once again do some bell ringing this Saturday at Ralphs Grocery, Jefferson & 50th. We have the 9:00 - 11:00 shift and the 1:00 to 3:00 shift.

Salvation Army Red Kettle Update Don Wile 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z
Dec 11th Meeting

Palm Springs Bombshell Bettys

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Our speaker this week was Laura "Silent Slaughter" Tolliver of the Palm Springs Bombshell Bettys. She updated us on the forming of the new team in Palm Springs. She also highlighted some of the new rules to reduce the injury and the aggressive nature the sport previously exhibited. We all remember, or most of us do, the Roller Derby on TV on the late 1950's and 1960's with the local team the LA Thunderbirds (T-Birds). There was always aggressive play with plenty of elbows, pushing and shoving over the railing, clothesline knock-downs, etc.

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Safety of the players is of concern, inasmuch as roller derby is a contact sport, there is a risk of injury. Injuries range from common bruises and sprains to broken bones and concussions and beyond.As is the case with many sporting events and other large public gatherings, modern roller derby games are required to be played with EMTs on hand.

Players skate on four-wheeled ("quad") roller skates, and are required to wear protective equipment, including a helmet, wrist guards, elbow pads, knee pads, and mouth guards. Additional gear that is acceptable include padded knee length pants and other gear similar to what aggressive skate boarders wear.

Roller Derby is played by two teams of five members roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups ("jams") in which both teams designate a scoring player (the "jammer") who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team. The teams attempt to assist their own jammer while hindering the opposing jammer—in effect, playing both offense and defense simultaneously.

The bout is played in two periods of 30 minutes. Point scoring occurs during "jams": plays that last up to two minutes. During a jam, points are scored when a jammer on a scoring pass (every pass a jammer makes through the pack after the initial pass) laps members of the opposing team. Each team's blockers use body contact, changing positions, and other tactics to assist its jammer to score while hindering the opposing team's jammer. Certain types of blocks and other play are violations; referees call penalties and require violators to serve time in a penalty box.
Dec 11th Meeting Don Wile 2013-12-12 00:00:00Z
Christmas Party - 2013

Christmas Party - 2013

We held our annual Coachella Valley Rotary Christmas Party Saturday night at Ciro's Restaurante. The room was fiilled with fun, laughter and good conversation as fellow Rotarians extended their arms in friendship.

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The evening started with the cocktail hour, followed by a great selection of Italian food and dessert. The tables were decorated with Christmas theme center pieces provided by our fellow Ratarian, Allison Fedrick.

The highlight of the evening was the White Elephant Grab. This gift exchange game led by the game show host, Trini, brought lots of laughs, surprises and some not so "white elephant" gifts. It was a good blend of gifts that got all into the Christmas spirit. Witness the sample of the fabulous white elephant gifts below. Do you recognize our President-Elect?

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The fun-filled evening ended with all wishing for each other a very Merry Christmas Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Christmas Party - 2013 Don Wile 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z
Meeting on December 4

Gang Prevention Program

Today we had as our guest speakers, Mike Tripp, Assistant District Attorney, with Sheriff Deputy Lopez and Sheriff Deputy Donowho from the Riverside County Gang Task Force. They discussed the gang prevention program administered by them through school programs, family intervention and one-on-one counseling with those youth who have shown signs of potential gang involvement.

The Riverside County Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. This is done through a collaborative effort combining peace officers, probation officers, parole agents, federal agents, and prosecutors whose common objective is to provide targeted intelligence gathering, enforcement, investigation and vigorous prosecution of gang members engaged in criminal activity. The Riverside County Gang Task Force also collaborates with school districts, community organizations, and the District Attorney’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program in providing education, intervention and prevention support.

The countywide regional strategy is to combine resources from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to create eight (8) separate gang task force units across Riverside County. The strategy involves a three-prong approach involving prevention, intervention and suppression. The eight regions are supported by four crime analysts and eight office assistants.

The published goals for the Riverside County Gang Task Force are:

  • To eliminate violent gang crime within our communities through aggressive enforcement, intelligence gathering and investigation.
  • To vigorously and effectively prosecute gang members charged with illegal conduct.
  • To prevent local youth gangs from becoming criminal enterprises.
  • To enhance the communication of gang intelligence information between all participating agencies.
Meeting on December 4 Don Wile 2013-12-05 00:00:00Z
Presidents Corner - December

Presidents Corner

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

This is normally the time of year that we reflect on the past 12 months and decide on the ranking of this year among other years of our life. For some it may have been the best, hopefully for none the worst, but me this year has been a mixed bag of highs and lows. Probably for all of us, some part of the year had a low or two. Through Rotary, our lives can have highs that extend beyond our family and friends. We can participate in “service above self” to make our life have more highs than lows. We have the opportunity to share our many blessings with the local and international community.

Our opportunities to help the less fortunate will only increase. We live in extraordinary times with extra ordinary opportunities to serve our fellow man. With the speed of the Internet, we can talk with others in the world, get first hand updates on disasters, find where assistance is most needed, discover new social causes, learn where Rotary is going and support what is happening in our local community.  Yes, these are extraordinary times. We have the opportunity to share in these times through Rotary to make the world a better, healthier, safer and closer world.

This coming year, let us be extraordinary and champion local causes, increase our community service support, seek out new opportunities to help those less fortunate and share with others our through our Rotary Club.

Again, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a great New Year!

Don

Presidents Corner - December Don Wile 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Program - Dec 4th

Upcoming Program

The December 4th club program will feature Michael Tripp, Deputy D.A., discussing Gang Prevention.

Upcoming Program - Dec 4th Don Wile 2013-11-28 00:00:00Z
Bobby Duke

We were joined today by an honored guest, Grace Duke, spouse of long time rotarian Bobby Duke. Bobby was a charter member of the Coachella Valley Rotary who passed away on October 30, 2013. He was a good Rotarian, serving as President in . It was good to have his memory represented today by his spouse, Grace Duke.

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Grace Duke

Bobby Duke Don Wile 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z
Welcome Back

Always great to welcome back a former Rotarian to our club. Rick Alvarez joined the Coachella Valley Rotary on 2001. Work took him away for a brief time, but he has returned. Hooray!! 

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Rick Avarez

Welcome Back Don Wile 2013-11-22 00:00:00Z
Club News - Nov 20, 2013

Today, Border Patrol Agents, Abel Rodriguez, Eulices Recinos, Kevin Shurtleff and their K9 partner, Zendra joined us for the program featuring Zendra and her method of sniffing out concealed drugs. She performed perfectly, as one would expect, searching the area, locating the drugs and stopping until her trainer gives her the reward. The reward is a hard rubber baton that is really the item for which she is searching.

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 BPA's Rodriguez, Recinos & Shurtleff 

A goal of the Canine Program’s is detection and seizure of controlled substances and other contraband, often used to finance terrorist and/or criminal drug trafficking organizations. Canines are taught to detect concealed humans and the odors of controlled substances, which include: Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, Hashish and Ecstasy.

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   BPA Kevin Shurtleff & Zendra

Both the Officer/Agent and the canine are taught proper search sequences when searching private and commercial conveyances; freight, luggage, mail and premises. This commonality brings with it the opportunity to seamlessly interchange staff to further integrate the CBP Canine Program.

The Agents from the Indio Border Patrol office man the border patrol stations on both sides of the Salton Sea. One on Hwy 111 and the other on Hwy 86 at Ave 78. 

The Border Patrol is one of the Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components. It has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

The Indio Station was established prior to 1936. It was primarily intended as a back-up station for the El Centro Sector and also for the purpose of checking all farms and ranches in the Coachella Valley. Entry of the United States into World War II resulted in the Valley playing an important role for food production during this period and severe manpower shortage was alleviated by the use of alien labor, both legal and illegal; therefore, it was imperative that the station concentrate its efforts on checking farms and ranches in the Valley and prevent the departure of illegal aliens who might want to move further north.

With the completion of the All-American Canal system, an abundant water supply transformed the Coachella Valley’s former arid desert area into the extremely productive ranch and farmland it is today, which greatly increased the workload of the station. When control of the California border was accomplished, emphasis was then diverted from farm and ranch check to transportation check.

Today, the Indio Border Patrol Station is responsible for patrolling the northern portion of the Imperial County totaling approximately 10,800 square miles.

Club News - Nov 20, 2013 Don Wile 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z
REMINDER

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Our Rotary Club will be DARK this coming Wednesday, November 27th. We resume our regular Wednesday Meetings on Wednesday, December 4th.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

REMINDER Don Wile 2013-11-20 00:00:00Z
Upcoming Program - Nov 20

Upcoming Program

The November 20th club program will feature Border Patrol Agents, Abel Rodiguez and Eulices Reci.

This is a must see as program as they will spotlight the "Border Patrol K9 Unit" with demonstrations of their dogs in action.

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Upcoming Program - Nov 20 Don Wile 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
Vocational Training Team

Vocational Training Team 

We have just received notice that our fellow Rotarian, Myrl Nofziger, has been selected to be a member, alternate Team Leader and leader mentor in our 2013 District 5330 Vocational Training Team going to India District 2980. The date of the teams travel to India has not been set, but will occur sometime in January, 2014. 

This is quite an honor for our club, and blessed, to have a member participate in this vocational training program from our district. This is another opportunity given our club to have an International Service presence to add to our club history.

When the VTT team from India visits us, we will be on of the host clubs in our District.

Vocational Training Team Don Wile 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
New Rotarian

New Rotarian Robert Schneider

We inducted our latest addition to our membership today. Robert Schneider already has been involved with our club, as he and his wife are hosts of our Exchange Student, Ann Wang.

We look forward to his involvement in our club activities and the footprint his experiences will place on our collective vision for Rotary.

Welcome aboard, Bob!

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New Rotarian Don Wile 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
Club News - Nov 13, 2013

Club News, Nov 13, 2013

Today our program speakers were in celebration of Veteran's Day on November 11. We were hosts of Ivan Monroy, Army Msgt and Mary Ryser, Chairman Veterans and Family Support, California District 23 VFW, Riverside County.

Ivan Monroy joined the Army out of Coachella Valley High School in 1999. He served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his time in the Army. He shared the deep friendship and caring for each other that results in the responsibility of team members as a member and ultimate leader of an Army Calvary Reconnaissance squad.

He currently is working as a civilian contractor assisting companies providing support to our troops in various foreign lands and war zones.

During our flag salute and while standing next to the American flag, choking back emotion, he shared his deep love of our country and our flag. His display of patriotism was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise sometimes lack of it in our country. 

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      Ivan Monroy Mary Ryser

Mary Ryser told us of the effort to support troops returning from assignments and assisting them in acclimating back to civilian life.

She spoke of the importance of the Buddy Poppy (Red Poppy) campaign and the funds it raises. Following the trench warfare which took place in the poppy fields of Flanders, during the 1st World War, red poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime.

The VFW provides financial assistance in maintaining state and national veterans' rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of our nation's veterans.

Club News - Nov 13, 2013 Don Wile 2013-11-17 00:00:00Z
Jim Greene Memorial Service

Just a reminder:

A Celebration of Life for Jim Greene will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013, 12:30pm at:

The Center for Spiritual Living
45630 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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James Douglas "Jim" Greene (1950 - 2013

Jim Greene Memorial Service Don Wile 2013-11-10 00:00:00Z
Club News, Nov 6th

Flying Doctors

This weeks program was on the Flying Doctors Medical Clinic in the East Valley. Every year this organization runs a free medical and dental clinic for those individuals that do not have medical insurance nor the means to pay for medical care. 

Lucy Moreno and Marilyn Smith-Stoner discussed with our club the importance of the car seat program that we help fund. Child safety seats reduce the risk of death in passenger cars by 71% for infants, and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 years. These car seats fill the need of protection of infants and young children while in an automobile. 

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We have all seen children in cars without a car seat or unrestrained in a vehicle. This is not due to negligence, but simply the ability to have the extra funds for a car seat. The Flying Doctors have distribute hundreds of car seats free to those in need over the years of holding these clinics. To ensure parents know how to properly install these car seats,  volunteers assist in training on the first installation the recipients vehicle.

We have supported this worthwhile effort the past 16 years and will continue to participate in future Flying Doctors Clinics.

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Club News, Nov 6th Don Wile 2013-11-10 00:00:00Z
Christmas Party

Our annual Christmas Party is set for Saturday, December 7th, 5:30pm - 9:00pm, at Ciro's Restaurant, 81963 Hwy 111, Indio, CA

We will have dinner and a White Elephant gift exchange. The cost is $25 per person (for club members the cost will be included in your quarterly billing).

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Christmas Party Don Wile 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
President's Corner

Presidents Corner

November is Rotary Foundation Month.

What does being a Paul Harris Fellow mean to you, the Club and the world?

To me, it means I can personally be a part of changing the world through the many humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs supported by the Foundation Funds. Being a Paul Harris fellow means that in some small way I am part of giving something back to the world at large for the many blessings that I have received in this life. The Foundation providing funding for Rotarian projects around the world can cross borders and provide peaceful solutions to world humanitarian issues beyond the Coachella Valley.

To our club, it means more dollars returned to us. This means more opportunities to utilize these funds to add to our club project monies for club projects and matching grant requests.  These additional funds are made available from Paul Harris Fellow monies donated 3 years prior and returned to us each year.

To the world, it means more Rotary Foundation funds are available to continue the quest to eradicate polio from the face of the earth. It means that world projects to improve the living quality of others will have more money for matching funds. Lower economic regions of the world can be touched by projects supported by Foundation Funds that help others help themselves.

Becoming a  Paul Harris Fellow means having an opportunity to support the many humanitarian efforts of the Rotary Foundation and join other Rotarians in pledging a contribution toward becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. Wear your Paul Harris Fellow Medallion proudly and with Rotary enthusiasm and charity to show others that we believe in changing the world through peaceful humanitarian projects.

We are an EVEY (Every Rotarian Every Year) club, meaning that all our members donate a miminum of $100 per year as sustaining members. 

President's Corner Don Wile 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
October 30th Meeting

Our program this week was presented by our good friend from the Salvation Army, Lothar Vasholz. He describe to us the adaptation of the Salvation Army to the needs of the Coachella Valley. 

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He is especially proud of their after school program serving children grades 1-5 from Landau, Sunny Sands, and Agua Caliente Elementary Schools. It is a homework based providing tutoring plus a healthy snack, music instruction, arts, crafts, and safe play.

The Family Services Office provides services to the needy, less fortunate and underprivileged throughout the Valley. The Salvation Army joins efforts with other agencies offering a hand up, and not only a hand out.

Our annual Rotary support of the Red Kettle Campaign starts on Saturday, November 30th. The store location and the volunteer schedule will be set within the next week or so.

This year, Lothar has proposed a new model for our participation. He has requested that all the service clubs in the valley provide information on the financial support each organization contributes to local projects, the number of volunteer hours by members, dollar amount of scholarships provided and the list of projects supported. This list will be displayed during our participation in the bell ringing. Each member should wear their club shirts and have club information brochures available for those that stop by. Maybe we will find a new potential member or two.

 

October 30th Meeting Don Wile 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z
Foundation Gala

The annual District Foundation Gala is being held on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the National Orange Show Events Center, 689 S."E" Street, San Bernardino, CA 92408. Opening Ceremonies at 6:45pm, Program at 8:00pm and Dancing from 9 to 9:45pm. 

Guest speaker is Steve Snyder, RI Director, 2013-2015 plus there will be a panel of polio survivors including the nephew of Dr. Jonas Salk discussing Polio Plus.

Since Joe is a huge Elvis fan, the theme is 50's style prom and dress. Break out your old Poodle Skirts, Jeans, t'shirts and leather jackets and join in the fun.

If you would like to attend, please let me or Pat know so we can get the check mailed and you registered. Meal choices are Tilapia, Chicken, & Vegetarian Lasagna, so let us know your choice. Thus far we have a total of 7 planning on attending.

NOTE: We were told by Governor Joe that we are receiving a couple of awards, should be fun!

Foundation Gala Don Wile 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z
Governor's Club Meeting

This week brought us a large group (23 Rotarians, visitors and Guests) to hear our District Governor, Joe Ramos, speak about why we are in Rotary and the benefit of contributing to Polio Plus. Very motivational talk regarding what Rotary means to him and how the Rotary community supports members. He mentioned the fires in Arrowhead, Big bear and Idylwild over the years since his coming to Southern California where Rotarians offered housing and support for those that had lost homes or had to evacuate their homes. The Rotary community is always supportive, even if traveling around the world and need you find you are in need of assistance. Contact the local Rotary Club an local Rotarians are more than willing to assist you. 

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Polio Plus still needs funding to complete eradication around the world. He ask that we provide club support for the upcoming MARCH TO END POLIO in San Bernardino this Sat Oct 27, 8AM to Sun Oct 27, 10AM. It is held at the Western Regional  Little League Field, San Bernardino, 6707 Little League Drive (off the 215 freeway). Joe suggested that I ask all members this week if they are planning to donate directly into their Foundation account towards Polio Plus at RI. Let our Foundation Chair, Manny Arredondo, know your plans so he can update the records. We are reminded that Polio Plus donations count toward a Paul Harris Foundation recognition.

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Governor Joe commented on our Coachella Valley and Coachella East Rotary Clubs brilliantly partnering in the same youth development area, but rather than diluting limited resources in supporting the same things, Coachella Valley agreed to support High School and above with Interact and associated RYLA leadership training for Juniors while Coachella East supports elementary and middle schools with Early Act and PRYDE leadership training for 7th graders. As a result, this club is sending an unparalleled 24 students.

Big thanks to Mike & Judy Weeks for their $1500 donation to add 5 students to RYLA to make this largest total to date. RYLA is a huge success for our club building over the last few years to this largest number of attendees in our club history. Many kudos to our club!

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Governor Joe awarded two Energizer pins. One to Trini Arredondo, who as Membership Director also supports the club internationally traveling to Africa visiting the club’s Eden Children’s Village Project to see the goat herd they purchased with a global grant and the other to Joe Ceja, who as Youth Services Chair and past Assistant Governor has unending commitment in supporting our  Coachella Valley youth development programs. (Manny Arredondo accepted the energizer pin for his son Trini)

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Our Exchange Student, Ann Wang, presented a flag from her sponsoring club the Rotary Club of Hsinchu Lily, Taiwan to the District Governor.

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Great attendance, Good fun and it looks like we will have added 2 new members in the coming weeks. Keep up the recruitment.

This week also found us welcoming two of our "snowbird friends" back to the valley. Sam Best has returned from Alaska for the season and Dick Nicholson returned for one week and will be back in January for his extended valley visit. Good to welcome them back to our club!

Governor's Club Meeting Don Wile 2013-10-26 00:00:00Z
Regular meeting - 10/16/13

Project Peanut Butter

This weeks meeting updated our club on the Project Peanut Butter Grart. We provided a portion of the funding for this ultimate $56,000 matching grant. 

Our program was presented by Dennis Spurgin, District 5330 Project Peanut Butter Chair.

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Project Peanut Butter was founded by Mark Manary, M.D., who currently serves as a Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Dr. Manary's early exploration of home-based therapy evolved into a successful, long-term collaboration with Dr. Andre Briend, who worked with the World Health Organization, and Nutriset, a French company that produced early versions of Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF).

From 2000 to 2004, the doctors and their small teams tested various formulas with thousands of malnourished children in a series of controlled clinical trials within Malawi, Africa.

The strategy was to feed RUTF to children in the main hospital wards who could not eat other food. The results were striking: 95% of these children recovered! Compare that to the 25% to 40% who fully recover using traditional hospital therapies.

Malnutrition is a critical, global problem that impacts millions of vulnerable children each year. It kills more than twice as many children as HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Yet, there is a cost effective and proven solution that can eradicate severe malnutrition in our lifetime. Project Peanut Butter, a revolutionary therapeutic program founded by Dr. Mark Manary, is the most effective method to treat the severely malnourished kids all over the world. Help us save millions of children's lives!

Today, Project Peanut Butter (PPB) serves hundreds of thousands of malnourished children. The non-profit organization has 2 main methods of distributing RUTF to those who need it:

  • PPB sites providing the RUTF, staff, training and outreach
  • PPB affiliated clinics where our RUTF is sold at the cost of manufacture to multiple governments and charities
    around the world.
  • In addition to being in Malawi and Sierra Leone, PPB is expanding to Ghana.

One of the most unique aspects to the organization's work is that the RUTF is produced within the local country where it is served, using as many local ingredients as possible. PPB's Malawi factory is located in Blantyre and buys ingredients from local peanut and soy farmers, helping to sustain the local economy. Roughly 6,000 local farmers are supported through the project's expanding food production in Malawi. An important component of the success of the PPB model is the training that local health workers receive from PPB staff to identify Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM), dispense the RUTF, and administer the program. Again, helping to provide jobs and stabilize the local community.

Today, PPB is expanding into Sierra Leone, where another factory is being built and local staff are being trained.

Regular meeting - 10/16/13 Don Wile 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z
District Governor Joe Ramos

Governor Joe Ramos

The Coachella Valley Rotary meeting this Wednesday, October 23rd is our annual club hosting of our District 5330 Governor, Joe Ramos. All members are encouraged to make their best effort to attend for the meeting. Spouses are encouraged to also attend as the DG's spouse, Jeanie Ramos, will also be in attendance.

During this annual club visit of the Governor, he will update us all on District goals and the progress toward those for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 Rotary year.

Prior to our regular meeting, attendance is required for the President, Secretary, Treasurer, and President-elect in a club board meeting starting at 10:30 am at Sloan's

Remaining Board members are required to attend the board meeting starting at 11:00 am. Be prepared to discuss your committees activities to date as well as plans for the remainder of the year.

Our regular meeting will begin immediately after these board meetings at 12:00 pm.

See you all there!
District Governor Joe Ramos Don Wile 2013-10-20 00:00:00Z
Meeting on October 9th

Our program today was on the Coachella Valley Public Cemetery. Brett Kestell, Cemetery Director, who has held this position for the past 23 years, discussed the operation of the cemetery. The area served by the public cemetery is all of Coachella Valley from Imperial Valley to the San Bernardino County line. 

Brett reviewed the cost associated with a burial. The range is from approx $2300 for casket burial (all inclusive) to approx $800 for cremation (all inclusive). These do not include any Mortuary cost. The average number of burials is 400 per year. They can have up to two burials per plot.

Among those interred at the Coachella Valley Cemetery include Frank Capra, legendary motion picture director, writer, and producer, and Jacqueline Cochran, famous aviator and business leader

The cemetery is also the site of a Veteran's Memorial. It features two walls of honor for Riverside County veterans and Medal of Honor recipients and pays tribute to soldiers who died in U.S. wars, including about 640 Southern Californians killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

On Veterans Day, November 11th, a ceremony is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Coachella Valley Cemetery, 82-925 Ave. 52 in Coachella.

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Autumn Party

We are having a social gathering, Saturday, October 12, just to celebrate the coolness that comes with the move out of our summer temps. This will be held at the home of Don and Pamela Wile. Please reserve the date and check your email for the invitation and map. This would be another good opportunity to invite potential members. Bring an appetizer, bottle of wine or beer and yourself. Water, iced tea, soda and dessert will be provided by the host.

Christmas Party

We are in the planning stage for our annual Christmas party. The date is Saturday, December 7th, 2013. The committee has selected Ciro's Restaurant as the site for the party. Additional information will be forthcoming as the plans become solidified by the committee. The committee members currently are Joe, Allison and Don. Anyone interested in joining the committee, contact Don.

Meeting on October 9th Don Wile 2013-10-11 00:00:00Z
Meeting on October 2nd

We had a great program today presented by a fellow Rotarian, Frank Ceja. Frank is an energetic guy that put a lot of enthusiasm in his program. This probably has to do with his excitement in getting the Desert Cities Wrestling Academy available for student wrestlers from all over the Coachella Valley. This is the only wrestling academy in the valley and, from the photos, has gotten off to a great start.

Frank is the owner and Director of the Academy. The idea for the academy came from what he saw as a need to provide clean, safe and dynamic wrestling environment for novice and experienced wrestlers of the Coachella Valley. The Academy offers year-round instruction for elementary, middle and high school athletes in Folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman styles of wrestling. The curriculum centers around teaching student athletes the fundamentals of wrestling and mastering these fundamentals. 

There are two governing bodies for wrestling athletics, USA Wrestling and the AAU. These two event sanctioning entities do not see eye-to-eye, so the academy is sanctioned by both providing the students with opportunities to compete in all wrestling competitions. 

Frank was a wrestler in high school and his 2 boys are following along this path. His eldest son is collecting wrestling tournament trophies and his youngest son is on track to follow in his brothers footsteps.

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Autumn Party

We are having a social gathering, Saturday, October 12, just to celebrate the coolness that comes with the move out of our summer temps. This will be held at the home of Don and Pamela Wile. Please reserve the date and check your email for the invitation and map. This would be another good opportunity to invite potential members. Bring an appetizer, bottle of wine or beer and yourself. Water, iced tea, soda and dessert will be provided by the host.

Christmas Party

We are in the planning stage for our annual Christmas party. The date is Saturday, December 7th, 2013. The committee has selected Ciro's Restaurant as the site for the party. Additional information will be forthcoming as the plans become solidified by the committee. The committee members currently are Joe, Allison and Don. Anyone interested in joining the committee, contact Don.

Meeting on October 2nd Don Wile 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z
President's Corner - October 2013

Presidents Corner

Rotary theme this month is “Vocational Service”. I thought that we could all take a look at what our Rotary club means to us. If we were a corporation, we would develop both short and long term goals with a strategic plan to accomplish these goals. But, we are a volunteer organization that considers, above all, our vocations to be an opportunity to serve. We should find ways to offer our vocational talents to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in our community.

The following questions come into mind to create club goals as this year progresses:
  • Why am I a member of The Rotary Club of Coachella Valley?
  • What do I want to accomplish this Rotary year?
  • What are my individual goals in belonging to this service organization?
  • Do I have any plans for community service with direct hands-on involvement?
  • Are we active in creating change in the club to support our goals?
  • Am I active in support of our club activities and fund raising?
  • Where would I like to see our club involvement be in 5 years?

Our answers will lead us to take stock of our accomplishments, changes in direction we would like our club to take, and where we need to improve. Answers to our goals in Rotary will lead to new opportunities for all members.

A Rotary club is a cohesive group of individuals that share common goals and dreams for a better future for our local communities and the world. We all are an important part of that future and can, through our active involvement, build a stronger and better Rotary Club of Coachella Valley!

President's Corner - October 2013 Don Wile 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z
September 25 Meeting

Club Meeting - September 25, 2013

Our program today featured Sister Gabriela Williams, O. P. (Order of Preacher, a Dominican nun). She is Sister Gabi to most everyone. Among the many support efforts she provides to the migrant workers in the East Coachella Valley, she teaches at the San Jose Learning Center. The San Jose Learning Center is is located in the Oasis community at 69-455 Pierce St.

The center provides after-school programs for on the average 20 children of residents from some three dozen mobile home parks. The center, where Sister Gabi teaches, has a computer lab with 25 computers for use by the students.

Sister Gabi discussed a unique approach to have the children learn to write an essay. She picks 5 topics, like a truck, a snake, etc. The children need to write anything on one of the topics. The writing can be made up, it does not need to be factual, but must be focused on that one topic. 

This writing assignment continues through each of the 5 topics. These topics then, comprise the body of an essay. All that is needed is an introduction and a summary to complete an essay. After writing these additional paragraphs, the students have managed to tackle writing an essay without the usual difficulty. Seems like this a very good approach to learning how to start and finish writing the dreaded essay.

Sister gave the Rotary members an enthusiastic, as usual, presentation showing us many pictures of the children and the learning center from her iPad.

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Sister Gabi

Autumn Party

We are having a social gathering, Saturday, October 12, just to celebrate the coolness that comes with the move out of our summer temps. This will be held at the home of Don and Pamela Wile. Please reserve the date and check your email for the invitation and map. This would be another good opportunity to invite potential members. Bring an hor d'oeuvre, bottle of wine or beer and yourself. Water, iced tea, soda and desert will be provided by the host.

Christmas Party

We are in the planning stage for our annual Christmas party. The date is Saturday, December 7th, 2013. The committee has selected Ciro's Restaurant as the site for the party. Additional information will be forthcoming as the plans become solidified by the committee. The committee members currently are Joe, Allison and Don. Anyone interested in joining the committee, contact Don. 

September 25 Meeting Don Wile 2013-09-30 00:00:00Z
Jim Greene

The following is a reprint of Jim's obituary. (Reprinted from the Desert Sun, September 27, 2013)

He is and will continue to be missed by all who knew him. He was a good friend and fellow Rotarian who always had a warm smile and big heart. 

A celebration of life will be held on December 1, 2013, 12:30 p.m. at The Center for Spiritual Living at 45630 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260. 

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to ALS research or a charity of your choosing. 

 

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James Douglas "Jim" Greene (1950 - 2013)

James (Jim) Douglas Greene born May 19, 1950, passed away in Rancho Mirage, Calif. from complications associated with ALS on September 23, 2013. Jim was the proud son of Phyllis Kathleen and Paul Bruce Greene.

Jim graduated from Muncie Central High School; Ball State University where he received a B.S. in Special Education and the University of South Florida where he received a Master's Degree in Administration Curriculum. Jim began his career in Ft. Myers, Fla. as the Coordinator of Special Education. After leaving Ft. Myers, Jim worked for the Indiana State Department of Education before taking a position with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. as Chief of the Program Review Branch; among other numerous education administrative positions. 

In 1991, Jim was the Head Start Administrative Services Manager for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Most recently, Jim was the Director of Children and Family Services for the Coachella Valley Unified School District. Throughout Jim's career he was dedicated to ensure poverty level school children were given the opportunity for education. Jim was awarded Coachella Valley Unified School District's Certificated Administrator of the Year, Region XIX Association of California School Administrators - Marcus Foster Excellence in Education and Riverside County Office of Education's - Educators Hall of Fame. 

Jim was the life of every party, with his warm eyes and giant smile. Everyone was drawn to his kind heart and gentle way. A Philanthropist by nature, Jim gave to those less fortunate on a daily basis. Jim spent countless hours working with the Flying Doctors Program in East Valley; providing families with healthcare services otherwise unattainable. Additionally, Jim volunteered for the Coachella Valley Rotary where he held the position of President and most recently Treasurer; where he dedicated his time supporting scholarship programs and various community activities. 

Jim is survived by his partner and care giver, Mack Rogers, sister, Janice Corbin (Richard), niece, Megan Greene, friend Sandy Lounsbury, and nephew, Ryan Greene. Jim's "extended family" includes countless friends and colleagues with whom he worked to fight for those less fortunate. Jim's strong faith in his savior and Lord provided him with a steadfast resolve for dealing with this disease over the past six months. Jim is preceded in death by his dear mother, Phyllis, father Bruce, brother David, and grandmother Marie; as well as other family members. Additionally, Jim's life partner Phillip Whiteman, with whom he will be buried in Palm Springs, Calif. 

The family wishes to thank the many doctors who cared for Jim; as well as the staff at Eisenhower Hospital who gave all efforts to ensure his last days were comfortable. 

Too loved and too missed to ever be forgotten.

                                  

 

 

 

Jim Greene Don Wile 2013-09-27 00:00:00Z
Club Meeting - 11/18/2013

September 18, 2013

Our program this week featured our fellow Rotarian, Trini Arredondo. Trini presented pictures and inside stories of his visit to Eden Children's Village in Zimbabawe. 

Trini's enthusiasm for the way the team in Africa supports over 120 orphans and a total population of 800 including the staff and families that surround the 10 acre parcel was evident throughout his presentation. Eden Children's Village is self sufficient in their food supply by raising their main crop of maize and maintaining their animal herds of goats, cows and flock of chickens. They are a proud people who only ask for assistance to grow their agricultural knowledge to maintain the farm. 

Many photos of Trini, Myrl, the Fry family, residents and farmers of the village, plus our Rotarian brothers from the Rotary club in Harrare, were all part of the presentation giving us a feel and flavor of the good that we help support through our project to provide them with a herd of goats.

Trini talked of the aids epidemic in Africa with, I believe, one in four people having HIV. This does not seem to alter their outlook on life, as they continue to struggle with treking long distances for medication. The lack of transportation other than the foot traffic, drives the need to be self-sufficient. Roads are unpaved for the most part. As an example, Trini said that per our standards, it would take about 14 hours to drive from South Africa to Zimbabwe, but it took 3 days for the trucks carrying the goats to make the journey.

Trini painted the village and surrounding area to be a picture of life in rural America during the early 1900's.

This visit to Africa by Trini and Myrl reinforces our club connection to Eden Children's Village through Rotary International Service. 

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Programs - Flying Doctors Car seat project

We provided a check to the Flying Doctors for the purchase of our annual car seat project providing families in need of safe transportation for their infants and young children. Luz Moreno accepted our check of $500 for the Flying Doctor Clinic coming up September 27-29th in Oasis-Thermal.

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Fun Club Events

We are having a social gathering, Saturday, October 12, just to celebrate the coolness that comes with the move out of our summer temps. This will be held at the home of Don and Pamela Wile. Please reserve the date and check your email for the invitation and map. This would be another good opportunity to invite potential members. Bring an hor d'oeuvre, bottle of wine or beer and yourself. Water, iced tea, soda and desert will be provided by the host.

We are in the planning stage for our annual Christmas party. The date is Saturday, December 7th, 2013. The committee has selected Ciro's Restaurant as the site for the party. Additional information will be forthcoming as the plans become solidified by the committee. The committee members currently are Joe, Allison and Don. Anyone interested in joining the committee, contact Don. 

Coachella Valley Mix & Mingle

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This coming Monday, September 23rd - 5:30 to 7:00 pm, the La Quinta Rotary is hosting a "Meet & Mingle" event. Bring family, friends & prospects to La Quinta Cliff House Grill & Bar on Hwy 111 & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp Includes Fish Taco, Chicken Quesadillas & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.


Club Meeting - 11/18/2013 Don Wile 2013-09-20 00:00:00Z
September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

Our program this week featured the Indio Water Authority. Scott Trujillo and Karla Campos discussed the proposed rate structure for water used by customers of the Indio Water Authority.

Basically this rate structure follows the norm of tier rates used by other water districts. Scott pointed out that the base Tier 1 (Indoor Budget) uses 62.5 gallons per day per person as the standard. This is calculated using a single-family home with a family of 4 for at a rate of $0.77 per CCF (100 Cubic feet = 748 Gallons) of water.  The old rate had this set at $1.16 per CCF.

Tier 2 (Outdoor Budget) for landscape watering is based at 45% of your lot size.The rate remained at $1.16 per CCF.

The sum of Tier 1 and Tier 2 make up your Total Water Budget. You only pay for the actual water used. This is added to the base rate, set by meter size. For example, a standard water meter is 5/8" - 3/4" and has a base charge of $9.24/month. This plus your actual usage of water in Tier 1 @ $0.77/CCF and your actual Tier 2 @ $1.16/CCF make up the bulk of your water bill. 

This entire tier structure brings the Indio Water Authority up-to-date with the other water districts in the desert. If you are concerned about your water bill increasing, you can access the website www.indiowater.org/rates for an estimate of your potential monthly billing.

This proposed rate structure goes into effect January 1, 2014 and will be reflected on your February, 2014 billing statement.

When asked about these rate changes having anything to do with the tribal lawsuit on water rights, the answer was, no. IWA is not part of the lawsuit and these changes are unrelated. However, they are keeping a watchful eye on the outcome for the future water source. The water district gets its water entirely from wells within the city limits.

Possible further rate changes on the horizon are the Federal regulations for Chromium-6 levels and the California state law requiring all water agencies to reduce water consumption 20% by 2020.

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Programs - Goat Project

President-Elect, Joe Ceja, has scheduled a series of great programs through the end of October.

Next week, come see and hear the stories by Trini Arredondo about his trip to Zimbabwe, Eden Children's Village and the results of our Rotary Goat Project.

Check the website or ebulletin for the list of future programs. 

Please contact Joe if there is a program you would like scheduled for this coming year. Looking forward to an entertaining and informative season of programs.

Fun Club Events

We are having a social gathering, Saturday, October 12, just to celebrate the coolness that comes with the move out of our summer temps. This will be held at the home of Don and Pamela Wile. Please reserve the date and check your email for the invitation and map. This would be another good opportunity to invite potential members. Bring an hor d'oeuvre, bottle of wine or beer and yourself. Water, iced tea, soda and desert will be provided by the host.

We are in the planning stage for our annual Christmas party. The date is Saturday, December 7th, 2013. The committee has selected Ciro's Restaurant as the site for the party. Additional information will be forthcoming as the plans become solidified by the committee. The committee members currently are Joe, Allison and Don. Anyone interested in joining the committee, contact Don. 

Coachella Valley Mixers

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This coming Tuesday, September 17th - 5:30 to 7:00 pm there will be a Rotary “Taco Tuesday Mixer” at Tommy Bahama’s on El Paseo.  Bring family, friends & prospects to & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp (In Advance or at the Door); Includes Taco Station & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.

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On Monday, September 23rd - 5:30 to 7:00 pm, the La Quinta Rotary is hosting a "Meet & Mingle" event. Bring family, friends & prospects to La Quinta Cliff House Grill & Bar on Hwy 111 & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp Includes Fish Taco, Chicken Quesadillas & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.


September 11, 2013 Don Wile 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z
September 4, 2013

Meeting Minutes - September 4, 2013

We kicked off our scheduled programs after the summer hiatus. Our program this week included updates on two of our local high school athletic departments. 

Jerry Tripp, CVHS Athletic Director, discussed some of the challenges he faces with his return to this position. Good news, several long overdue upgrades to the athletic fields are in progress. I sensed enthusiasm for the growth of the athletic program, but he is in need of a football booster club to assist in the expense of fielding the team. We will, again this year, be supporting the Coachella Valley Rotary Baseball Tournament held at CVHS. We have a long history of supporting this tournament now in its 52nd year.

Gus Sandoval, DMHS Athletic Director, talked about his program and returning to the spread option offense in the football program. He is also excited about the coming year, but feels a loss as he cannot continue to be a hands-on coach in his new position. Gus talked about his desire to "pay it forward" for his great experience and life changes through playing and coaching high school athletics. His biggest challenge seemed to center around transportation for the athletes due to such a large spread out area for students attending Desert Mirage High School. 

We had two guests visit us today who expressed interest in joining our club. Allison and Joe, good work inviting these potential members to experience our club meeting. We need to grow our membership and this is a great start. It is all our responsibility to bring potential members to visit. Keep up the effort by inviting someone you know who may consider Rotary as a way of giving back to the community and the world for the many blessings received in this life.

Programs

President-Elect, Joe Ceja, has scheduled a series of great programs through the end of October. Check the website or ebulletin for the list. Please contact Joe if there is a program you would like scheduled for this coming year. Looking forward to an entertaining and informative season of programs.

Happy Dollars

With advent of the "Happy Dollars" program, members have been generous with telling about their good times and brags. These Happy Dollars are lieu of fines and help support our many projects, so be generous.

Fun Club Events

We are having a social gathering, Saturday, October 12, just to celebrate the coolness that comes with the move out of our summer temps. This will be held at the home of Don and Pamela Wile. Please reserve the date and look for the eVite in you email box this week. This would be another good opportunity to invite potential members. Bring an hor d'oeuvre, bottle of wine or beer and yourself. Water, iced tea, soda and desert will be provided by the host.

We are in the planning stage for our annual Christmas party. The date is Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Allison and Joe have volunteered to be part of this committee. Anyone interested in also joining the committee, contact Don. 

Coachella Valley Mixers

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There will be a second Rotary “Taco Tuesday Mixer”, September 17th - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends & prospects to Tommy Bahama’s on El Paseo & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp (In Advance or at the Door); Includes Taco Station & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.

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The La Quinta Rotary is hosting a "Meet & Mingle" event on Monday, September 23rd - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends & prospects to La Quinta Cliff House Grill & Bar on Hwy 111 & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp Includes Fish Taco, Chicken Quesadillas & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.

September 4, 2013 Don Wile 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z
President's Corner - September 2013

President's Corner

Let's double our membership!  Increasing the number of members in our club is of prime importance. For us to continue the great tradition of this club our level of membership needs to grow. We need members to continue supporting our many charitable opportunities and to staff our annual Fundraiser, Riverside County Fair Parking. We need members and adequate funding to successfully support the High School scholarships, Youth Development (RYLA) and the many other charitable donations we distribute throughout the Coachella Valley.

Invite a guest to lunch to experience our club in action. Prospective members are waiting to be asked by you to visit our club for lunch and to see what Rotary is all about.

We all must become part of this new member recruiting effort. Between now and January 1, 2014 please invite at least one potential member to our club. Remember, someone ask us to join, so try this approach for inviting new members. “And I have been meaning to ask you…or could I ask you…or has anyone ever ask you….or I’d be delighted…or  excited…if you would join me at a Coachella Valley Rotary meeting this week. Let me tell you why I joined rotary and even more importantly why I stay in Rotary".

Along with our Coachella Valley Rotary TriFold brocure, an excellent source for potential members with questions about "What is Rotary?" is www.askrotary.com

 

  

President's Corner - September 2013 Don Wile 2013-09-04 00:00:00Z
August 28th, 2013

Meeting Minutes - August 28th, 2013

As we close out another month and move into the last summer holiday weekend, we move onward with our membership campaign starting next Wednesday, September 4th, 2013. This is a great opportunity to fill the meeting room with potential members. Please invite someone you know who may consider Rotary as a way of giving back to the community and the world for the many blessings received in this life.

We congratulate Pat and Ben Laflin for their 65 years of wedded bliss. They are off this weekend on what Pat says is their "Honeymoon". They are returning to Berkeley, the site where they first met, to celebrate this major event with family and friends.

Mike and Judy Weeks are off this Monday on a two month cross country RV excursion to view the fall colors in the Northeast U.S. We wish for them to have a fun-filled journey and return safely back to us.

We welcome back our newest member, Allison Fedrick, to our membership roster. She is full of enthusiasm and will be a great asset to our club.

Tirni Arredondo is moving us into the new generations world by creating and managing a Coachella Valley Rotary Facebook page. More news to follow on this at the next meeting.

Pat Southard, Club Secretary, is on the mend from his arthroscopic knee surgery this past week. I think he is doing well, but Pat's routine answer to the question of how he is feeling, is as always "I have felt better".

Programs

We are restarting of our programs after our regular summer hiatus. Joe Ceja, our Program Chair and President-Elect, has a full schedule of programs through November. Looking forward to an entertaining and informative season of programs.

Happy Dollars

With advent of the "Happy Dollars" program, members have been generous with telling about their good times and brags. As usual, I don't have a complete list of donations, but Pat and Ben donated 65 Happy Dollars in honor of the celebration of their 65th Wedding Anniversary.

Fun Club Events

We are in the planning stages for a social gathering for Saturday, October 12, just to celebrate the coolness that comes with the move out of our summer temps. This will be held at the home of Don and Pamela Wile. Please reserve the date and look for the eVite in you email box. This would be another good opportunity to invite potential members. This needs just a little planning, so anyone interested in helping with this event, please contact Don and become a member of this committee.

In the spirit of the addition of fun to the Four Way Test, we need to begin planning for our annual Christmas party. The tentative date is Saturday, December 7th, 2013. Allison and Joe have volunteered to be part of this committee. Anyone interested in also joining the committee, contact Don. 

Coachella Valley Mixers

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There will be a second Rotary “Taco Tuesday Mixer”, September 17th - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends & prospects to Tommy Bahama’s on El Paseo & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp (In Advance or at the Door); Includes Taco Station & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.

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The La Quinta Rotary is hosting a "Meet & Mingle" event on Monday, September 23rd - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Bring family, friends & prospects to La Quinta Cliff House Grill & Bar on Hwy 111 & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp Includes Fish Taco, Chicken Quesadillas & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.

August 28th, 2013 Don Wile 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z
Meeting August, 2013

As we continue in our summer meeting schedule, Rotary continues to move forward, just a slower pace. We will begin our regular scheduled program September 4th. 

The current proposal for that first meeting in September, is for everyone to bring a potential member as a guest to this meeting. Let's double our number of Rotarians!

Happy Dollars

With advent of the "Happy Dollars" program, members have been generous with telling about their good times and brags. I don not have the list of all the generous ""Happy" members, but I do remember Dov giving $50 Happy Dollars for Becky's birthday and Mike with $50 Happy Dollars for the celebration of Judy and his 38th wedding anniversary.

Special Offer

Our good friend and visiting Rotarian from La Quinta, Adrian Agysi, has provided and offer of an over 100 year old dining table and chair set This is a exquisite craftsman table reminiscent of the past trade of hand furniture making. Adrian has offered this to anyone in our club to make an offer. Between our club and the La Quinta Rotary, the highest bidder will take home this dining set and the money collected added to their respective club treasury.

What a guy!!

Youth Exchange

We had as guests, Yi An Wang, our Youth Exchange Student from Taiwan and her host family Bob and Diane Schneider. Yi An will be attending Shadow Hills High School as a senior. Special kudos to the Schneiders for providing their home and the care of Yi An while she is in the U.S. If anyone wishes to provide Yi An with local trips and experiences, please contact the Schneiders to make arrangements. 

Fun Events

In the spirit of the addition of fun to the Four Way Test, we need to begin planning for our annual Christmas party. Anyone interested in joining the committee, contact Don.

We also would like to have a social gathering in October, just to celebrate the coolness that comes with the move out of our summer temps. This needs a little planning, so again anyone interested in helping with this event, please contact Don and become a member of this committee.

Taco Tuesday

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There will be a second Rotary “Taco Tuesday Mixer”, September 17th - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Bring Family, Friends & Prospects to Tommy Bahama’s on El Paseo & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp (In Advance or at the Door); Includes Taco Station & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.

Golf Tournament


Coachella East is hosting a golf tournament on September 16, 2013 at the Mountain View Country Club, Cost is only $99/player. This includes round of golf, lunch, range balls, complimentary gift bag, and a raffle ticket. For more info contact: Laurie Holk, President of Coachella East (lsholk@msn.com)


Meeting August, 2013 Don Wile 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z
Meeting 8/7/2013

NEWS ITEMS

East Coachella Valley Health Initiative - Pilot Program

Two Rotary Plaques were presented at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the newly renovate Galilee Center. Qne plaque is located at the Galilee Center to commemorate the addition of a cooler/chiller unit and the other is at Duarte Rancho for the recently installed water filtration units.

Advertising

Joint advertising for Rotary Clubs in the Coachella Valley will commence with an ad placed in the Palm Springs Life magazine. The September issue is the hard bound copy found in offices and hotels throughout the valley. This ad was the result of an effort spearheaded by Bruce Latta, President of the Indio Noon Rotary, to have more exposure for desert Rotary Clubs to assist in increasing membership.

Car Seats

We will again donate funds of $500 to the Flying Doctors for providing safe Car Seats for charity.

FUN EVENTS

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There will be a second Rotary “Taco Tuesday Mixer”, September 17th - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Bring Family, Friends & Prospects to Tommy Bahama’s on El Paseo & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp (In Advance or at the Door); Includes Taco Station & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.

(At the July 30 Mixer, attendance was strong, including members of 6 other desert Rotary clubs.)

Del Mar Racing


Palm Springs Sunup is sponsoring a Del Mar trip on Sunday, Aug 18, cost: $ 75/pp for travel & great seats at track. More info: Kristin Bloomer, President PSP Sunup (kristinbloomer@gmail.com); 

Golf Tournament


Coachella East is hosting a golf tournament on September 16, 2013 at the Mountain View Country Club, Cost is only $99/player. This includes round of golf, lunch, range balls, complimentary gift bag, and a raffle ticket. For more info contact: Laurie Holk, President of Coachella East (lsholk@msn.com)




Meeting 8/7/2013 Don Wile 2013-08-08 00:00:00Z
Eden Children's Village - Trini & Myrl

Special Report from Myrl Nofziger

Topic: The recently completed trip to Africa.

We have just returned from Zimbabwe after a week of being in Africa on a Rotary International trip.

With me, was Trinidad Arredondo from the Coachella Valley Rotary Club. He is a 3 year Rotarian. I believe it was a life changing experience for him. (Editors Note: Trini voiced the same opinion at our club meeting). It was Trini's first venture outside of the US other than visits to Mexico. This was my third trip Africa. 

The purpose of the trip was to visit an orphanage, Eden Children's Village, in Doma, Zimbabwe. Along with the Avondale club from Harare, Zimbabwe, the Coachella Rotary had written and received a Rotary International grant for the purchase a herd of goats, 28 to be exact. 

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  The goat herd Trini getting a closer look at the goats!

The orphanage currently supports 100 orphans whose parents, one or the other or both have died from Aids. We also visited another orphanage with 40 orphans. This orphanage simply had the bare necessities and hardly that. It was both depressing and invigorating at the same time.

We spent 3 days at the main orphanage with Ian and Heidi Fry. Check out the photos of Trini in action.

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School Room setting Small one room hut with sleeping loft

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  Part of the administration staff at Trini and Ian with farmer - part of

Eden Children's Village Eden's Community Development

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 Trini with children & house parent Myrl sharing photos 

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  Myrl jumping rope - looking good! Myrl having lunch with Jimmy

We then moved into Harare, the capital and largest city in Zimbabwe, where we were hosted by local Rotarians.

These Rotarians really know how to host people. On Sunday, they took us to church. It was full and overflowing with parishoners. A major part of the two hour church service was singing. The singing was the best I have ever heard at a Catholic Mass. 

We are happy to be home, but have been truly blessed. 

Sincerely,

Myrl D. Nofziger

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Cooking the maize        Corn to make maize

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Ironing your Sunday best Like goat milk?

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Game Park visit An African elephant - a must see!

Eden Children's Village - Trini & Myrl Don Wile 2013-07-27 00:00:00Z
7/24/2013 Meeting

WEBSITE (www.coachellavalleyrotary.org)

I hope all members have been able to login and create their password to enter into our website admin. If anyone is having difficulty with their login or access within the site, please contact me and I will assist in the process.

On our website, you will find all the past stories and any uploaded information. Under documents, you will find our updated Bylaws and our club Constitution (This writer must admit of being unaware of this document existence in any prior Rotary membership. It was interesting reading). Also, our Rotary calendar for the year is available with dates for club events, District events and the Governor visit. 

Please review your personal data page and update any information that is in error or missing.

TRINI IS BACK!

Trini delivered a mini-program on his trip with Myrl Nofziger to Eden Children's Village in Zimbabwe. He gave us a brief view of the orphanage and the status of the goats supplied with our Rotary grant. He seemed very impressed with the organization that the Frys have established. Particularly, the part of the orphanage being self-sufficient and self-sustaining. 

Trini will have a full review, with photos, at a future meeting. One could sense in Trini an enthusiasm and the feeling of giving back that Rotary can provide. He was an excellent emissary to send on this trip to better tie us to the orphanage in Zimbabwe. 

Thanks Myrl for making this trip a reality!

EAST COACHELLA VALLEY HEALTH INITIATIVE - PILOT PROGRAM

All are invited to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the newly renovate Galilee Center 66-101 Hammond Road, Mecca, Ca 92254. The program starts at 7:30pm and will include the presentation of two Rotary plaques listing the participating valley clubs that made this grant possible. One plaque is for the Galilee Center to commemorate the addition of the cooler/chiller unit and the other is for the Duarte Rancho for the recently installed water filtration units.

FUN EVENTS

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There will be a Rotary “Taco Tuesday Mixer”, July 30 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Bring Family, Friends & Prospects to Tommy Bahama’s on El Paseo & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp (In Advance or at the Door); Includes Taco Station & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.


7/24/2013 Meeting Don Wile 2013-07-25 00:00:00Z
7/17/2013 Meeting

Our meeting this week brought us Luka Slemnik, for his last visit prior to returning to his home in the Czech Republic this Saturday. He shared with us the great experience he had traveling around the U.S. with 40 fellow Exchange Students. His itinerary took him from LA on stops in San Francisco, Portland, Glacier National Park, Minneapolis, Chicago, Niagara Falls, Boston, New York City, Washington DC, and New Orleans. His comment was, "This was an experience of a lifetime". We wish him a safe journey home and hopefully, he will be a future Rotarian!


Club Business

Our business discussion revolved around the activities of the Rotary Clubs in Coachella Valley. We have 14 clubs in the valley. An ad campaign for finding new members is being assembled with each club sharing in the cost for the Desert Sun ads and possibly, the Palm Springs Life magazine. More to information to come on this campaign.

Looks like joint club meetings with the Indio Noon Rotary will not happen this year. I will keep on trying, but it does not appear to be feasible.

Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign will be November 27th (day before Thanksgiving) this year. We will need to staff one door for 8 hours. Lothar is assembling a billboard for each location listing the community support provided by the Rotary clubs of the Coachella Valley. Never too early for planning!

Donation

We have contributed $250 to the East Coachella Valley Health Pilot Project.

Membership

Bob Russell, our District AG, invited us all to join him at the Indio Sunrise Rotary meeting this coming Tuesday morning, July 23rd, 7:00am at Heritage Palms CC. Manzoor Massey is a motivational speaker who will speak about the Ignite program and how to recruit new members to our club.

FUN EVENTS

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There will be a Rotary “Taco Tuesday Mixer”, July 30 - 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Bring Family, Friends & Prospects to Tommy Bahama’s on El Paseo & have some good Rotary Fun!

$ 10 pp (In Advance or at the Door); Includes Taco Station & Non-Alcoholic Drinks; No-Host Happy Hour Bar.


7/17/2013 Meeting Don Wile 2013-07-17 00:00:00Z
2012-2013 District 5330 Awards

Our Rotary District 5330 Awards earned for Rotary Year 2012-2013 are:

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2012-2013 District 5330 Awards Don Wile 2013-07-04 00:00:00Z
Meeting 6/26/2013
Our program today was Palm Springs POWER Baseball. The owner and President, Andrew Starke, related his success story creating the baseball league in Southern California.

The team is made up of college players, ages 18 - 22, selected from colleges across the U.S. They are amateurs and as such can receive no pay for play. Thus, the players for the 2 summer months are housed for free in the homes of valley host families. Their monetary support is from family and jobs during the day.

For an exciting, fun evening of baseball, take in a few games at the Palm Springs Stadium. Cost of tickets varies from $1 to $8, depending on promotional events. All games are played 5 days a week in the evening starting at 7:05pm. For the game schedule and events, go to their webpage,  http://www.palmspringspowerbaseball.com/

If you want to enjoy a great evening on the Fourth of July, take in a POWER baseball game followed by one of the best fireworks show to be seen in the valley. This is All-American entertainment; baseball, hot dogs, and even a beer to celebrate the birth of our great nation.

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           Andrew Starke

Demotion Party

An evening of fellowship to end this Rotary year was held at the Soul of Mexico Restaurant. Good conversation, excellent food and, of course, a few margaritas led to the passing of the gavel to next year's president.

REMINDER: Our meeting will be DARK on July 3rd.



Meeting 6/26/2013 Don Wile 2013-06-27 00:00:00Z
Meeting 6/19/2013

Coachella Valley Community Trust

Our guest speaker this week was Allison Fedrick, Program Director of the Coachella Valley Community Trust.

Formerly, the Indio Youth Task Force, this organizations mission remains the same: to foster productive and responsible young people through effective community collaborations. However, the direction has changed to expand from the border of Indio to include all the communities in the East Cochella Valley. 

Allison update us on the plans and focus of this effort. She detailed the objectives on improvement of youth development to provide mentoring for more trades and job skills, other than a continual focus on college as a path to finding employment. CVCT works with its network of non-profit organizations serving the youth of Coachella Valley.

Allison displayed the enthusiasm and commitment required to make this expanded effort successful. We wish for her much success in this endeavor as our local youth are the future of our Coachella Valley Community.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DEMOTION PARTY - Please plan on attending our annual demotion dinner this Saturday evening, June 22nd,  held at The Soul of Mexico Restaurant in Indio. 

GENERAL NOTE - We will be dark for the July 3rd meeting so all can enjoy family and friends celebrating the birth of our nation with backyard BBQ's, picnics, baseball games and fireworks.

Our meetings will restart July 10th with renewed enthusiasm and fun with the kick-off of our new Rotary year. 

Meeting 6/19/2013 Don Wile 2013-06-21 00:00:00Z
Meeting 6/12/2013

This week we settled into our normal summer meeting format with limited attendance. Our scheduled program was cancelled, so our meeting was a friendly lunch, a little club business discussion and some preparation for the incoming year.

Our Youth Exchange student, Luka Slemnik, is on his return journey to his home in the Czech Republic. We look forward to an incoming youth exchange student our club is sponsoring this fall.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DEMOTION PARTY: Please plan on attending our annual demotion dinner this coming Saturday, June 22nd,  held at The Soul of Mexico Restaurant  in Indio. 

GENERAL NOTE: We will be dark for the July 3rd meeting so all can enjoy family and friends celebrating the birth of our nation with backyard BBQ's, picnics, baseball games and fireworks.

Our meetings will restart July 10th with renewed enthusiasm and fun with the kick-off of our new Rotary year. 

Meeting 6/12/2013 Don Wile 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z
Meeting 6/5/2013

This was the week for our High School Senior scholars. Leslie Rodriquez, our Coachella Valley High School scholar, joined us and shared her experiences while in high school. She is attending Cal State-Stanislaus in Turlock, Ca. She plans on majoring in Psychology with a minor in Liberal Arts. After graduation, Leslie's plans are to return to the Coachella Valley and be a High School Counselor. We wish for her to have a very successful college experience.

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Leslie Rodriguez and our Club President, Pat Southard

Our scholarship recipient from Desert Mirage High School is Katy Torres-Quintero. She could not be with us as today was DMHS finals testing. Katy wowed us during the interview process with her answers and confident presence. Katy plans on attending UC Santa Cruz this fall, where I believe, she is majoring in Business Management with a minor in Environmental Studies. We also wish for her to have a very successful college experience. We hope Katy will be able to join us at our next Rotary meeting.

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Trini Arredondo, Katy Torres-Quintero & Joe Ceja

The Coachella Valley Scholarships awarded are for $1000 each year for 4 years of college.


Meeting 6/5/2013 Don Wile 2013-06-06 00:00:00Z
Solar at Eden Children's Village

Eden Children's Village

Eden Children's Village is looking for contributions to fund a partial solar package to supply electricity for 8 hours of lighting, 8 hrs of electricity and a solar water heater. this will provide them with half the power needed during the waking hours of the day. This will be a supplement to their current power generator.

Myrl Nofziger estimates they need an additional $3000 to to meet the cost estimate. If anyone is interested in contributing funds to this project, please contact Myrl at:

Myrl D. Nofziger
1738 W. Lincoln Ave.
Goshen, IN 46526
Solar at Eden Children's Village Don Wile 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z
Meeting 5/29/2013

Graffiti Control

Today our program speakers were Special Enforcement Team Investigators, Jesse Marin, Bryan Traynham and Gilbert Lopez from the Indio Police Department.  The program centered on graffiti marking, tagging, and clean-up.

With graffiti being the number one quality of life issue plaguing Indio, a collaborative graffiti abatement program with the Department of Public Works was formed to tackle the problem. The city invested in a state of the art truck and assigned two full-time graffiti abatement technicians to it who spend their days responding to reported graffiti incidents, cleaning them up, and documenting them for investigation purposes. Once on location the graffiti removal team has the capability to match paint colors before removing the graffiti.

The City of Indio’s Graffiti Abatement Section removes graffiti from public property (including parks, street signs, sidewalks, etc.) or property adjacent to public rights-of-way. Community members can help by immediately reporting graffiti to the City of Indio by calling the 24-Hour Graffiti Hotline 760.391.4143 and leave your name, phone number, and a detailed description of the location of the graffiti. The graffiti removal staff strives to respond and remove graffiti within 48 hours, depending upon call volume.  For investigative leads please call 760.391.4139.

The goal is to remove graffiti within 24 to 48 hours, as rapid removal is one of the best deterrents. Through community policing efforts they are able to do outreach in schools; share information; collaborate; and emphasize that graffiti is a crime. In the community the most noticeable difference is there are street signs, buildings, and bus stops that are graffiti-free, increasing the sense of safety and improving the quality of life.

Getting rid of graffiti is a top priority to fight blight and gang activity.The officers works closely with the department’s school resource officers. Research showed that a majority of the graffiti in Indio results from taggers 10 to 18 years old whose primary motivation is to seek fame and recognition through their tags.

This was a very informative presentation giving us new insight into the reasons, the description of a tagger, gang affiliation, and why the emphasis on clean-up. Clean-up is about keeping our culture and life style from degrading. We are proud of where we live and work. It keeps that pride going to maintain a clean and safe environment.

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Investigators Jesse Marin, Bryan Traynham & Gilbert Lopez

Meeting 5/29/2013 Don Wile 2013-05-29 00:00:00Z
This week.

Meeting

A small group of Rotarians met for fellowship, food and to conduct some general club business. Our speaker podium was empty today due to a program cancellation. 

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Memorial Day (Monday, May 27th)

A Memorial Day observance will be held Monday morning at 9:00am at the Rotary War Memorial in the Coachella Valley Public Cemetery located at the corner of Jackson Street and 52nd Ave. 

This week. Don Wile 2013-05-24 00:00:00Z
Regular meeting 5/15/13

Today's program

Rotarians Jack & Lynne Winsten from the Lake Arrowhead Rotary Club gave us an update on the Rotary Children's Health International Project (CHiPs).

CHIPs is a project of our Rotary District 5330.  The project goal is to improve the living conditions of children throughout the world. 

CHIPs has raised money to provide cleft palate/cleft lip surgeries for over 500 children throughout the world.  Clefts of the lip and palate are among the most common of all birth defects.  In some areas of the world treatment is not common or available. Untreated, these children are ridiculed, rejected from society, and often deprived of an education. They are prone to serious upper respiratory problems, hearing loss, speech and dental problems.

They fund and work with organizations that educate families and communities and provide free operations and therapeutic follow-up care for patients. 

Four times a year CHIP’s members also volunteer with the Thousand Smiles Foundation, a Rotary project based in San Diego. The CHiPs team travels to Ensenada, Mexico, with more than a hundred other volunteers to provide dental and cleft lip/palate services.

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 Child helped by the Children's Health International Project

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Guest Speakers Jack & Lynne Winsten

Eden Children's Village Update

Our grant for goats has already saved one child's life, who was seriously malnourished. Had the goats not been there, there would not have been lifesaving fresh goat milk for this child.

(We received the following email from Ian and Heidi Fry of Eden Children's Village)

We thought you would be excited to hear this news. Yesterday, a girl arrived at our clinic critically malnourished. We were out of formula, so our RN gave the child fresh goats milk. The child respond well and ate heartily! Our goats have already saved a life! Thank you for all your efforts to make this possible, it is TRULY worth it!
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First life saved with the addition of Goats milk to Eden Children's Village

The newly arrived Goat herd. They ended up with 28 animals. (12) breeding females, (1) mature buck, (6) 3-month old does and (9) 3-month old bucks.They are at the projected herd population, plus 9 young males! So, that is quite pleasing! 

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Regular meeting 5/15/13 Don Wile 2013-05-16 00:00:00Z
Rotary Meeting - 5/8/2013

We had a full agenda today, Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Our room was filled with 31 Rotarians and guests. Lots of good discussion and, of course, the youth as always fill our meetings with their enthusiasm.

PRYDE (Personal Rotary Youth Development Experience)

Students from Toro Canyon Middle School shared their experiences at the PRYDE camp this past weekend. The four students each shared their early trepidations of the unknown and then the ultimate excitement of meeting other students from participating Rotary clubs in District 5330. One student shared that she wanted to return to the camp, but this time for a week!

Underlying theme stated by all the students was, “Step on your Fears”. Juan, in particular shared that he was fearful of speaking out. After this weekend, he related that no one would ever know him if he didn’t remove that fear and let others inside. All the students very were comfortable speaking to us about their individual experience,

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PRYDE Teacher Ricardo Higuera with Students,Saida Miguel, Norith Del Castillo, Erick Barrajas, Juan Avalos, Pat, & Principal Gabriel Fajardo

 Desert Mirage High School

We presented a Club check of $200 matched by a fellow Rotarian making this a $400 donation to Desert Mirage High School Principal, Gabriel Fajardo, and High School Counselor, Ciro Calderon for the Desert Mirage HS Senior Award Banquet.

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  Principal Gabriel Fajardo, Pat, and Counselor Ciro Calderon

Youth Exchange

Our Youth Exchange student, Luka Slemnik, from the Czech Republic, is with us until June. If anyone has a weekend event planned, please see if you can include him in any of your family festivities.

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Youth Exchange Student, Luka Slemnik with his host parent

Farewells

We said farewell for the summer to Sam Best and Myrl Nofziger as they return to their homes until sometime in the Fall. We pray their travel will be safely completed. We look forward to their return to the club full of all the good things of being home brings to them.

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Our Alaskan friend, Sam Best

50th Anniversary

The 50th Anniversary of the Coachella Valley Rotary Club quietly slipped into the sunset without a whimper. It occurred this past Monday, May 6, 2013. So on this day at our meeting, we simply looked forward to the next 50 years doing what we have always done, giving our support to the future leaders of the Coachella Valley and of our great country.

Rotary Meeting - 5/8/2013 Don Wile 2013-05-09 00:00:00Z
Tour of Martha's Village & Kitchen

Martha’s Village & Kitchen

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Our meeting this week was a field trip to Martha’s Village & Kitchen. We met with Jimmica Guess, Associate Director of Development. She led us on a tour of the facility that included Residential housing, a Career and Education Center, a Medical Clinic, an On-Site Chapel, Child development classes, a 24hr Security staff, and of course, the kitchen that serves more than 225,000 meals each year.

Each year their Emergency Assistance program provides more than 2,500 low-income members of the community with food boxes, utility assistance, rental assistance, transportation assistance, clothing vouchers, infant supplies and more.

Each month Martha’s Village & Kitchen in partnership with FIND, prepares and distributes 1000 bags of groceries for local families in need of food.

For non-residents (those not living in the residential housing), they provide lunch each day for 300 – 500 clients as well as making available educational and job skills training to help them improve their job searches and employment opportunities. Residents (maximum stay is 2 years) receive 3 meals per day.

Martha’s achieves their great results each year because 86 cents of every dollar they receive goes to funding needed services. They rely on volunteers and generous donors to complement their small but competent staff in providing life-changing services to the homeless and needy in our community.

The facility is much larger than this writer had thought. It is worth a visit to see what actually is being done in our community to help the less fortunate. You can contact Jimmica Guess at 760-347-4741 ext 320 or email JimmicaGuess@neighbor.org to arrange a personal tour or volunteer your services.

Visit http://marthasvillage.org for more info on Martha’s Village & Kitchen.

After a great healthy lunch prepared by their food staff, our Rotary Club presented a donation of $300 to Martha’s Village & Kitchen.

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President Pat presenting Jimmica Guess with donation.

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Rotarians Pamela, Don & Adrian at lunch.

 

Other News this Week

Desert Mirage High School Interact

Assistant Principal, Lucy Gonzalez & DMHS Interact Adviser, Leonard Dykes, accepting our club donation of T-Shirts for students in the Desert Mirage Interact Club.

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Tour of Martha's Village & Kitchen Don Wile 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z
Special Eden Children's Village Edition

Since our club has led the way in the Rotary Grant for Goats for Eden Children's Village, maybe you all would like a little more information about the orphanage we are assisting in Zimbabwe. This is the latest Newsletter from the Frys.ImageImageImage

Special Eden Children's Village Edition Don Wile 2013-04-28 00:00:00Z
Club Meeting 4/24/2013

Explorer Scout Post 503

Our guest speakers this week were Riverside County Sheriffs Corporal (Ret), Andy Gerrard and Riverside County Deputy, Alejandro Quezada from Explorer Post 503. They were joined by Explorer Scout Robert Martinez, who discussed his experiences within the Explorer Program. Robert has been in the program for 3 yrs and spoke of the discipline and learning in the program helping him decide what he wanted to do in life. Currently finishing his AA in Criminology and hoping to get accepted into the Riverside Sheriff’s Academy.

Exploring is the worksite-based program of Learning for Life, and focuses on involving teenagers in posts, that allow young people to learn about possible careers, form friendships, develop leadership skills, and enjoy activities with like-minded teens and adults. 

The purpose of the Explorer program is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Currently there are 14 explorers, 9 young men and 5 young women, enrolled in the program.

We presented the Explorer Scouts with a check for $2500 for their valuable assistance during the Riverside County Fair parking fundraiser.

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Riverside County Deputy Alejandro Quezada,Corporal Andy Gerrard, Scout Robert Martinez and Club President Pat. 

Eden Children’s Village Update

Missionary Ian Fry reports the veterinary procedures are being completed in South Africa. It looks like a collection date for the goats of May 3rd to 8th. The building supplies are being confirmed and payment was issued this week for all the project building materials!

All in all, it is nearly ready to get this thing going! The animals are healthy and have been bred to bring in another set of babies! So, come September, they will probably have about 28 new babies!

Rotarians, Trini Arredondo and Myrl Nofziger are preparing for their trip to Africa. They embark on their African adventure on July 12th. The club presented Trini with the final $1000 the club approved to assist him in representing our club at Eden Children’s Village. There is lots of excitement for our club to have a member make the personal connection with the orphanage.

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President Pat and Trini Arredondo

Youth Exchange

Our Youth Exchange student this coming year will be from Taiwan. The host family, Bob and Diane Schneider, visited our club this week. They are looking forward to sharing the family and life with our incoming exchange student.

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            Bob and Diane Schneider


Club Meeting 4/24/2013 Don Wile 2013-04-25 00:00:00Z
RYLA & Club News - 4/17/2013

RYLA - Our Rotary Club sponsored eight students to RYLA 2013 held at Thousand Pines Camp in Crestline, Ca, from April 12-14.   So this was the week to see the excitement they built up over the RYLA weekend return to the Coachella Valley. Our students joined with the 372 kids, 40 Rotarian discussion group leaders, 16 alumni, and 24 staff descending upon the RYLA camp to make a difference in someone's life.  Witnessing the excitement  in the faces of the students who visited us at our club meeting, we could easily tell this had made a difference in their lives.

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RYLA Students at our club: Fernando Rosas,
Elizah Palacios, Jose Manzo, Yesenia Gutierez,
and Evelyn Rivera (not in the picture)

 

Goat Project Update as of 4/17/2013 from Eden Children’s Village in Zimbabwe.

From Ian - They just received the import permits and are meeting with Masimba to finalize payments tomorrow. Soon, we will have animals and goods in place! We expect to have the news in the coming week that the entire herd is in their corral.

Math Day Co-Sponsor - The Indio Noon Rotary 19th Annual Math Day will be held at the John Glenn Middle School, Indio, on Saturday, May 4th. Marta Mendez, Indio Noon Rotary member, accepted the check of $500.00 as our club participation in this long standing event in Indio.

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Marta Mendez and President Pat Southard

Worthy of note! Charter member Ben Laflin and his spouse attend our meeting again this week. This is becoming a regular event and we do enjoy their presence at our meetings. 


RYLA & Club News - 4/17/2013 Don Wile 2013-04-14 00:00:00Z
City of Indio Update

Our program this week was presented by Dan Martinez, Indio City Manager.

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Dan updated our club on the progress of the City of Indio on redevelopment and changes within the city. The County of Riverside is providing funding for construction of new County Administration Offices. The existing administration building will be razed to expand the county jail from 300 beds to 1600 beds. A three story parking structure will be built on the corner of Jackson and Hwy 111 for county court house parking (mostly for jurors).

New construction includes, a new Law school is being built near the Lawson Justice Center, a 40,000-GSF, four-story, College of the Desert Indio Center, a second AMPM Gas station on Jefferson and 41st Ave, and many developers for restaurants, hotels, and housing are in contact with the city to further make changes to the city of Indio.

Golden Voice has signed a 17 year extension with the city that establishes Indio as a City of Festivals. The revenue generated by this contract provides the city with needed funding as well as dollars for Indio business serving the large volume of visitors.

Housing permits are on the rise as developments that were stalled during the 2010 downturn, are being restarted with model homes being built and construction of apartment complexes.

The city in the past 3 years has financially recovered from a $3 million loss in 2010 to a positive $2.5 million today.

Much more is in the planning stages as Indio continues to grow as the central hub of the Coachella Valley.

In other news this week, we were graced by the presence of a long time CV Rotary member, Ben Laflin and his spouse Pat. Always a pleasure to see them.

City of Indio Update Don Wile 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z
Big Brothers/BIg Sisters

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Our program for this week was presented by Joanne Leinow, Partnership Development Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Her presentation showed a passionate, dedicated, believer in the idea that mentoring can change the lives of our youth. Her 25 plus year career working with three Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, has exemplified those qualities.

The mission of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Desert is dedicated to improving the lives of children by creating and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships with children in need of a positive role model and someone they can call their friend..

Over 600 children are currently in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program. It requires a commitment by the mentor to meet at least twice a month with a child that is matched to your skills and what activities you like to do.

Mentor and child have fun together and create memories that last a lifetime. The results of this program are:

·         52% less likely to skip school

·         46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs

·         More likely to get along with their families and peers

How to apply: The easiest and fastest way to get started is to call their office, at (760) 568-3977. A Big Brothers/Big Sisters staff member will contact you. You'll need to:

·         Prepare a Written Application

·         Provide three references

·         Participate in an in-person interview

·         Have a background check performed

·         Attend Orientation/Training

Depending on the program you're in, you will meet your assigned child in the community or at one of the BBBs site-based programs in Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, or Palm Springs. Learn more about their programs.

Check their website: http://bbbsdesert.org/

Big Brothers/BIg Sisters Don Wile 2013-04-04 00:00:00Z
CV Rotary Baseball Tournament
CV Rotary Baseball Tournament Don Wile 2013-03-29 00:00:00Z
March 2013
March, 2013

March is Literacy month. In the developing world, one in five adults – almost 862 million people – cannot read or write. Literacy month is a great time to do something about it.

This month we also recognize World Rotaract Week(celebrating its 45th anniversary), March 11-16, International Women’s Day, March 8, and World Water Day, March 22.

We just completed our major fundraiser in staffing the Riverside County Fair Parking. Final result has not been completed, but early indication is not as successful as in the past, but with current economic conditions, maybe our expectations were too high. More fundraising events are in our future.


March 2013 Donald Wile 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z
March 2, 2011 Meeting

Our speaker today, was our own Jerry Patton, President of College of the Desert.  Jerry gave us an introduction to the college and the various programs available to our valley students.  In addition, Jerry indicated that he will attempt to attend our meetings a little more often than in the past, and made a $100.00 donation to the club.  Thank you Jerry!

This past weekend saw the completion of our parking lot activity at the Date Festival.  Attendance was down a bit over last year.  The board will meet Friday and decide the date of the appreciation get together, and the place.  Word is that it will be either Sunday, March 13 or Sunday March 20.  You will receive a confirmation of the date soon. 

Your bulletin is provided for you.  If there is anything you would like to see included in the bulletin, please notify me via email.  Your notes will be published on a space available basis.  My email address is patsouthard@usa.com.  Your ideas will be appreciated.    

 

 

March 2, 2011 Meeting James Southard 2011-03-03 00:00:00Z
Myrl Nofziger Speaks!

Myrl shared with us, at our 01/19/2011 meeting. several interesting facts about the Haiti earthquake disaster.  It was interesting to learn that only about 5% of the debris has been removed that resulted from the earthquake, and that most of the damage occurred in Port Au Prince, and that the majority of the country suffered little or no damage.  Still, the country has a negative economy, and it is not likely that this fact will change anytime soon. 

 

Next week, 1/26/2011, the Date Festival Court will visit.  Please feel free to invite your spouses to attend and meet this dynamic group of young ladies.  If you are going to invite your spouse please give a heads up so that we can be certain to have enough food to go around.  Give President Joe a call.

 

And, speaking of President Joe,  the district has recruited him to be an assistant governor for Rotary year 2011/2012.  AWESOME.  If he does half of what he has done for our club, the district will certainly benefit from his talent!  And, he will still be a member of our club.  This is an ear that can benefit Coachella Valley Rotary in a very beneficial way.  Congratulations. Joe.   

Myrl Nofziger Speaks! James Southard 2011-01-20 00:00:00Z
Security and Integrity of Your Data
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Security and Integrity of Your Data James Greene 2011-01-13 12:59:38Z
Integrated eBulletin for Easier Communication
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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our Rotary Club! 

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Welcome to our new website! James Greene 2011-01-13 12:57:22Z
Quote of the Week - Who Said It?
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
Quote of the Week - Who Said It? James Greene 2010-11-18 00:00:00Z
Thought for the Week - Who Said It?
An optimist is the human personification of spring.
Thought for the Week - Who Said It? James Greene 2010-11-18 00:00:00Z
Mark Your Calendars!
Here you can post little tidbits of information, reminders, or anything else!
Mark Your Calendars! James Greene 2010-11-18 00:00:00Z
Rotary Grant for Eden Children's Village
Rotary Grant for Eden Children's Village Donald Wile
Martha's Kitchen

We will not have our regular meeting at Sloan's on Wednesday, May 1st.

We will hold our meeting at Martha's Kitchen followed by lunch and a tour of the facility. Martha's Village & Kitchen is located at 83-791 Date Avenue, Indio, CA 92201.

Martha's Kitchen Don Wile
AmeriCorps Promote Program

Today, Cynthia Radley, AmeriCorp Director spoke to our club about the AmeriCorps Promote program.

AmeriCorps is a national service program established in 1993. Since its inception, more than 500,000 Americans, ages seventeen years and older have served to meet needs in their communities. The current AmeriCorps program is called AmeriCorps Promote.  Located in Southern California's Coachella Valley, its service focuses on literacy in kindergarten through third grade of eleven Coachella Valley Unified School District’s elementary schools - Cesar Chavez, John Kelley, Las Palmitas, Mecca, Mountain Vista, Peter Pendleton, Oasis, Saul Martinez, Valle del Sol, Valley View and Westside.

Working all day in the schools throughout the school year, twenty-six AmeriCorps members tutor reading fluency to 735 English Learners and “at-risk” students, using reading intervention techniques such as timed reading, letter and sound recognition and comprehension.  This not only raises standardized test scores but also helps these students become more motivated, confident and successful in school.

AmeriCorps Promote Program Don Wile