Garage Sale

The Rotary Annual Garage Sales was today at the senior center.  It was well attended and made money for the Club.  There was a good turnout of members and everyone seemed to enjoy the day in the sun.

Yesterday we loaded the truck where we had been storing everything.  Then this morning beginning at 5:30am a group was there to unload and set up.   Reinforcements came for different shifts.  And by 3:15pm this afternoon the leftovers had been loaded onto the donation truck.

It was a great project.  Since Rotary is about community service this project in many ways was a great example of seeing Rotary at work.


Principal for the Day

Today I had the honor of being the Principal for the Day at an elementary school in Palm Springs.  It was an informative and interesting day.

I arrived at the school before 8:30am and was taken on a short tour.  Then I led the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag at the school assembly.  Visiting several classrooms and a special assembly on bullying was really interesting.  Seeing the students and interacting with the teachers was a really good experience.  It was such a moving experience when a first grader grabbed me by surprise and gave me a big hug!   Priceless!

The Principal and I attended a luncheon at the Administrative Offices with the School District Superintendent and several elected members of the School Board.  All the Principals throughout the District and the other designated Principals for the Day were in attendance.  There were news anchors, radio personalities,  philanthropic types, college administrators, police chiefs and fire chiefs that had been selected for this beneficial experience.

Each of us made short remarks about the experience.  I stated that it was great to observe first hand what is right with education today.  The principal was an inspiring leader who demonstrated outstanding administrative, instructional and personal attributes.

This experience as Principal for the Day will be something that I will always remember.  When I was introduced as President Elect Nominee for Rotary Club of Palm Springs it made me smile and have a proud feeling.


Tonight was a Board meeting.  It is hard to imagine that our Rotary year only has four more monthly Board meetings.  Time has really gone by very fast.  The Board designated a Committee to review and make suggestions to the Club Bylaws and I am really glad to be on the Committee.   It will be beneficial to be involved in this since I will be “living” the changes that get made with the bylaws.

Also, at the meeting tonight I gave an update on the fundraising events on the schedule for the remaining part of the year which ends June 30.  We discussed the events and the need for member participation.  The need to plan early for fundraising events and to begin planning now for next year’s fundraising activities was emphasized.