Rotray Club of Twentynine Palms
For Immediate Release
September 28, 2018
Contact: Gary Daigneault, 760-366-8471
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quantity and quality of service to the Twentynine Palms area, the Rotary Club of Twentynine Palms has inducted new members. At a meeting of the Rotary Club on September 19th, 2018, Rotary President Gary Daigneault inducted four highly qualified new members with deep links to the historic Hi-Desert community.
Rotary is the world’s oldest and largest service organization, made up of more than 1.2 million men and women in more than 35,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Rotarians form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.
Welcomed into the club, established in 1948, were Liz Meyer, Matthew Welsch, Karalee Hargrove, and Aaron Kyle. During the induction, the four new members were joined by friends and family to see the official ceremony bringing them into the most prestigious service organization in the world. Since 1905, Rotary brings together leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to exchange ideas and take action for communities around the world.
With an eye towards enriching the membership, Daigneault reached out to all four and invited them to attend meetings before beginning the membership process. The new members truly represent a cross-section of the vocations honored by Rotary Clubs around the world.
Former teacher, Mayor, and current Copper Mountain College Board President, Elizabeth “Liz” Meyer is a true Twentynine Palms Pioneer and icon. A native, she attended local schools, attended college and then returned to her roots. Her intimate knowledge of the community and its culture allows her to bring a unique perspective to Rotary service efforts.
Matthew Welsch is currently the Chief of Operations for the Morongo Basin Ambulance. Welsch was inspired to a career in Emergency Medical Services at a young age, gradually working his way to the Morongo Basin. The Morongo Basin Ambulance is the primary medical first responder for the Morongo Basin serving Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree and all of the region’s unincorporated areas.
Karalee Hargrove is a mother of four and very active in the area. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Morongo Unified School District since 2012 and currently serves as the President. Active in area politics, Hargrove ran for state assembly and was a delegate at the Democratic Convention. She works in a management position for the Twenty-nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.
Aaron Kyle was born and raised in Twentynine Palms. He is the immediate Past-President of the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce, having stepped in as a volunteer to rejuvenate the business organization. Kyle has been part of a family business that over the years has matured into a major undertaking. He is the owner of Aaron’s air services and recently installed a new cooling system into the Rotary meeting place, the community room of Little Church of the Desert.
Daigneault was delighted with the new additions, saying, “It is always a great day when a local Rotary Club can welcome in a new member. For me to have the privilege of inducting four new members in one day is a milestone.” He added, “To see quality individuals with the experience, talent and background like Liz, Matt, Karalee, and Aaron join is icing on the Rotary cake.”
Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self,” exemplifies its humanitarian spirit. Strong fellowship among Rotarians, and meaningful community and international service projects, characterize Rotary worldwide. Rotarians’ projects focus on health and hunger, literacy, clean water and the environment, and the eradication of polio.
The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club continues a long tradition of performing hands-on service projects and fund-raising for local, regional, and international causes. In short, Rotary is about sharing, serving, all while having fun!
The Twentynine Palms Rotary Club meets each Wednesday at noon at Little Church of the Desert. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Daigneault at 760-366-8471.
Photo Caption: The four new members of the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club gather after their induction. From Left, Liz Meyer, Matthew Welsch, Rotary President Gary Daigneault, Karalee Hargrove, and Aaron Kyle.