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Don’t forget to check out some of our upcoming speakers in the program below!

A Sneak-Peek of Our Upcoming Speakers ?

We’ve raised over $200,000 for higher education over the past 17 years

June 8th

Greg Sanders – Author/Veteran

Greg Sanders is a co-author of Bait:  The Battle of Kham Duc, published by Casemate Publishers.  Greg is a Vietnam War combat veteran.  He participated in Operation Elk Canyon to retake Kham Duc in July, 1970.  Greg earned a BA and an MA in History and a JD from Pepperdine University.  He will recount the battle of Kham Duc, which was one of the biggest and most misunderstood of the Vietnam War.

June 15th

Chuck Cervello – Task Force Officer

Chuck Cervello is a Task Force Officer assigned to the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (GTF) and the Riverside County Gang Impact Team (GIT).  He currently supervises the GIT team, which conducts major level investigations into gangs and violent crime throughout Riverside County.

March 23rd

Chris Willison – Lt. and assistant Chief of Police in the City of Indian Wells

He is the lieutenant and assistant chief of police in the City of Indian Wells and he supervises a group of 12 subordinates, including a sergeant, deputy, CSO’s who work together to keep the neighborhoods of Indian Wells safe.

Speakers From Our Recent Past

February 24th

Brandon Weimer – Toffee maker

Brandini Toffee is sold around the world and has been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s O List, The Martha Stewart Show, the Food Network, and has been served at the White House. Come and enjoy this lively conversation with a successful local entrepreneur!

March 2nd

Christopher Freeland was appointed City Manager for the City of Indian Wells on May 2, 2019.

He has extensive experience in economic development, working on the revitalization of several shopping centers, an auto plaza, a regional mall, and an award-winning brownfield development. 

March 16th

Zaib Shaikh – Consul General of Canada

He is the Government of Canada’s senior representative in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.

Mr. Shaikh has served as a board member for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, and ently, on the board of AFC .

February 3rd

Mary Perry – Public Information Officer for Desert Sands Unified School District.

February 10th

Paul J Reulbach – Palm Springs Life Publisher

Paul Reulbach has worked in the field of publishing for over thirty five years. Paul graduated from Northeastern University and has had a successful publishing career working for Lawyers Weekly Publications, Business Review magazine, San Francisco magazine, and Silicon Valley Magazine.

Now he aims to bring his insight and expertise into the valley as the newest publisher at Palm Springs Life.

January 13th

Aaron Espinosa
Director of the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory

Over the course of his career with the City of Rancho Mirage, Aaron been involved in some amazing projects. He was instrumental in the design and construction of the Joe and Gigi Roberson Mineral Collection and the management of space planning of the Library and Observatory.

January 20th

Michael Carter
District Attorney Inspector 

Michael Carter is a Supervising District Attorney Inspector with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. He started his law enforcement career, in 1986, with the Newark Police Department. In his 12 years at Newark he worked patrol, investigations, SWAT, DARE, as Field Training Officer and the department Personnel and Training Officer. 

January 27th

Michael Hestrin – District Attorney

Michael A Hestrin was elected as Riverside County District Attorney in June 2014 and was sworn in to serve as the District Attorney on Jan 5, 2015. The California District Attorney Investigators Association honored Hestrin as the Statewide Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year for Riverside County.

December 16th

Clay Behm
Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional

In addition to being a Certified Reverse Mortgage
Professional, Clay is a member of the National Reverse
Mortgage Lenders Association, the Financial Planning
Association, and the California Desert Association of Realtors. He has three decades’ experience in the Mortgage industry.

December 30th

Gerald Colucci
Italian Entertainer

Years before Gerald Colucci took his first voice lesson, he studied the great Italian singers, from Caruso to Dino. Many of his songs are classic Neopolitan songs. Dale McKinney of “The Desert Entertainer” said “Colucci personifies the passion of the great Italian singers.”

January 6th

Morgan from Red Jeep Tours
Trip Advisor

Back by popular demand! Morgan from Red Jeep Tours knows more than the living lizards in the Coachella Valley. Always a thrill to hear from her.

November 18th

Patrick Evans – Meteorologist

Patrick Evans is the KESQ News Channel 3’s morning and noon meteorologist, and Host of Eye on the Desert. He will be talking about the weather in the Coachella Valley.

December 2nd

Eric Ornelas – Sunnylands
Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator

“A place of history, hospitality, and diplomacy in the California desert.”

December 9th

Chuck Porter
Korean War Veteran

Chuck Porter will be speaking for the day about
his military service during the Korean War.

October 28th

Aimee Byard – Big Horn Institute

Aimee is a Field Biologist at the Big Horn Institute and serves as the Institute’s Associate Director.

November 4th

Jeff Stone – State Senator
“Senator Jeff stone will be giving us an update about what is happening in the state of California.”

November 11th

Dean Apple – Dean Apple Magic
“Dean makes the audience the stars of the show with interactive comedy.”

Returning once again by popular demand!
join us for a fun afternoon of magic and comedy!

Previous Scholarship Gala Events

We’ve raised over $200,000 for higher education over the past 17 years

Indian Wells Rotary Scholarship Gala 2015

Entrepeneur of the Year

Nachhattar Chandi

Our honoree and entrepreneur of the year in 2015 Scholarship Gala was Nachhattar Chandi, who epitomizes “The American Dream”.

 

Indian Wells Rotary Scholarship Gala 2016

Entrepreneur of the Year

Michael Landes

Our honoree and entrepreneur of the year in 2016 Scholarship Gala was Michael Landes, President of the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation in Rancho Mirage.

Mailing Address

Indian Wells Rotary
74923 Highway 111, Box-138
Indian Wells, CA
92210

Meeting Address

Celebrity Room
44-500 Indian Wells Ln,
Indian Wells, CA
92210

Current President

Claudette Pais

(760) 565-7270
Claudette.pais@roadrunner.com

 

President-Elect

Sitikantha Mahapatra

(760) 799-6898
smahapatra@dc.rr.com