February 11, 2009
President Kenny Kalian called the meeting order, Gordon Beers led the Flag Salute, Bob
Hull gave the blessing, and Lois Shaffer led the singing.
Max Schoenrock avoided a fine by properly introducing Floyd Marlowe of Desert Air
Ambulance, Inc. Jim Carney introduced Alan Dow of Santa Cruz as a visitor and was
fined $5.00 because Mr. Dow was a visiting Rotary member. General Tom Clifford
introduced Trina Sarten of Desert Air Ambulance. Garth Underwood avoided a fine, but
Millie Rodriquez couldn’t remember Marion Williams' last name and forfeited $5.00.
Norm Guith admitted that he couldn’t introduce anyone and paid $5.00.
President Kenny thanked George Thomas for standing in for him last week. George then
correctly introduced Chris Favernish of Desert Air Ambulance. June Whiting paid
$20.00 for the privilege of not introducing anyone simply because she didn’t want to do
David Kehl introduced the rest of the Desert Air Ambulance staff: Richard Baustia,
Christina Pettit, Melanie Teltey, and Pam Suttz.
Tom Clifford valiantly attempted to help Sandy Blessing cheat to introduce a visiting
Rotarian but was caught. He offered to pay Sandy’s fine, but she finally paid the $5.00.
Tim Maley introduced David Underwood from Elgin Rotary who is currently at the Hobo
Rally. Jim Shipley introduced LeAnn Cusick. Bob Hull introduced Larry Chaffin, a
Rotarian from Hypo Beach, Hawaii. Wayne Cusick re-introduced his guest, Pastor Mike
David Kehl and his wife celebrated their 17th anniversary--$20.00. Garth Underwood
paid $40.00 because everyone had to readjust to his presence.
Kenny noted that a former student noted on “My Space” that “believe it or not, her
favorite teacher was Miss Webber.” Kenny was greatly amused by the “believe it or
not.” Genia is always pleased when Kenny is amused, so she paid $20.00.
The Chuckwalla Crab Feed will be on February 21st. Don’t forget the big Country and
Western dance on March 14th. Tri-tip will be served with all the fixin’s. Shipley and
Beers will be slinging bottles and bull. Tickets for the little red Mustang are still on sale.
This is a once in a life-time opportunity to recapture your youth.
Tim Maley reported on the Cemetery clean up last Saturday. It was pretty much rained
out. Tom Hocking and Norm held on until 10 a.m. It will be rescheduled.
The cleanup on the property on the corner of Hobsonway and 7th is scheduled for April
Millie asked the four PVUSD board members to judge the Rotary Speech Contest on
David Kehl introduced Jeff Gatchell, co-owner of Desert Air Ambulance. Jeff and Trina
Sarten open Blythe Desert Air, Inc. in 2004. They now have 20 full-time and part-time
employees. There is one fixed-wing airplane equipped as an emergency room which
qualifies as a Critical Care unit since it flies with a Registered Nurse in attendance.
Marian Williams, the Quality Improvement person, made a presentation explaining the
preparations for, during, and debriefing after the flights. The Company also owns two
ambulances for transportation to the airport or, in case of inclement weather, ground
transport to outside facilities.
Jim Shipley was the secret greeter.
Gus Kurupas was not present to collect his winnings.