Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Speaker of the Week!

PROGRAM: Lauren Skiver, CEO of Sunline Transit

Ms. Skiver began her career in bus transit as a maintenance worker for a bus company on the east coast.  She is now the CEO of a “small” transit company called Sunline Transit.  This company has the bus transit business in the Coachella Valley, it also manages all that needs to be managed about taxi cabs/service, and it is on the cutting edge of generating, testing, and the selling of, alternative fuels.  The buses in the valley primarily run on hydrogen cell fuel that is made here from landfill compressed gas.  It is the first such agency in the US to run almost its entire fleet on this energy.  Although the US is backing off on its push for clean air alternative zero emission vehicles, all over the world there is an increase for it and Sunline Transit is in the market of creating the energy cells. 

The bus company has 14 routes with 76 buses, additional paratransit vehicles available to be called to provide transit to the invalids.  It made 4.5 million passenger trips in a year.

Measure A funds 54% of the company, there is limited money available in federal subsidies and the company, because of its track record in development receives a lot of grant support for their future endeavors.  74% of their cost is in wages/benefits with 300 plus employees, all but 100 are part of a union.  Bus rides and paratransit rides are all highly subsidized.

The company has monthly performance management meetings with real numbers and adequate data to update their decisions.  The company supports a Culture of Excellence which is far beyond just showing up each day.  Working excellently requires training of employees.

The hydrogen electric fuel cell bus is in its 9th generation iteration.  With each the cost is going down and when the market goes up, the costs will continue to go now.  The cost of such a bus in 2018 is $1.7 million.  Sunline also has 3 all battery electric buses built in Lancaster, CA by a Chinese company each of which costs $900,000. This is a newer concept that Sunline is trying as it keeps ahead of the business of public transit.

The company is currently 30% solar energy driven in their buildings and plan to be 100% within the next few years.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017


The Indio Rotary Club is proud to present SEVEN scholarships to deserving Seniors at Shadow Hills High School. These scholars will be receiving assistance so that they can pursue their educational goals beyond high school. Congratulations to:
Tally Alvarado
Emilia Brady
Irene Hernandez
Olivia Kelsey
Kevin Morden
Kaila Shipley
Maverick Stansberry
Pictured with our Scholars is Andy Brakebill (left) Indio Rotary Youth Chair and Don Casper Indio Rotary President-Elect.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Math Field Day Winner's List!

The Indio Rotary Club is proud to present the Winner's List from this year's Coachella Valley Middle School Math Field Day. Congratulations to all our winning students and schools. These mathematicians work hard all school year preparing for this event. Great job! To everyone that participated, you are ALL Winners in the eyes of Rotary.

Thank You Indio Mayor, Elaine Holmes!

The Indio Rotary Club would like to thank City of Indio Mayor, Elaine Holmes, for participating in the Coachella Valley Middle School Math Field Day on May 13th. Elaine was on stage representing our home city and presented awards to our Winners of this year's event. We appreciate the support we get from our city.

Thank You Sheryl Benoit!

The Indio Rotary Club wishes to thank Sheryl Benoit for joining us May 13th for the Coachella Valley Middle School Math Field Day. It was because of her influence seeing the need for our middle school children, that our late Riverside County 4th District Supervisor and Indio Rotary President in 1995 led the way to create this wonderful event celebrating mathematics. 23 years later, Math Field Day is a May institution and the signature project of the Indio Rotary Club.
Thank you Sheryl for joining us and helping pass out the awards recognizing the hard work of these students. Your dream has flourish and is strong. The middle school students of the Coachella Valley thank you.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

KESQ: Students put their minds to work for...

Students put their minds to work for...
INDIO, Calif. - Students from all three valley districts put their minds to work Saturday at John Glenn Middle School. This is the 23rd year the Rotary Club of Indio, along with the Desert Sands Unified School District, hosted Math Field Day.
Dozens of sixth, seventh and eighth graders spent the day solving problems and competing for the coveted prize of mathematician in each grade.
This year, the club is honoring late County Supervisor John Benoit. In 1995, as president of the rotary club, Benoit helped bring Math Field Day to the valley, after learning there weren't enough funds to send students to Riverside to compete. (CBS)

Monday, May 15, 2017


The Indio Rotary Club would like to Congratulate our Winners at the Coachella Valley Middle School Math Field Day.

8th Grade Top Mathematician - Danica Frey from Palm Desert Charter.
7th Grade Top Mathematician - Brody Toth from Palm Desert Charter.
6th Grade Top Mathematician - Martin Coronel from Coral Mountain.
Top Overall 8th Grade School was Palm Desert Charter
Top Overall 7th Grade School was Palm Desert Charter.
Top Overall 6th Grade School was Coral Mountain.

Congratulations to all participants in the 23rd Annual Math Field Day presented by the Indio Rotary Club (Noon). You are ALL winners to us!


The Indio Rotary Club would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who stepped up to help us make Saturday's Coachella Valley Middle School Math Field Day a huge success!!
Platinum Sponsors:
City of Indio
Riverside County - 4th District Supervisor's Office
Indio Sunrise Rotary Club
Gold Sponsors:
Woman's Club of Indio
Altura Credit Union
Coachella Valley Community Trust
RAP Foundation
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino/Cabazon Band of Mission Indians
Rotary Club of Coachella Valley
Silver Sponsors:
Indio Police Association
Palm to Pines Rotary Club
Bronze Sponsors:
Latino Police Officers
Dr Carreon Foundation
Rotary Club of Cathedral City
We would also like to thank Desert Sands Unified School District for all of their help with this great community event.
The Rotary Club of Indio is a group of community leaders meeting to share ideas to make a difference in our community. Since 1949, our group of civic leaders share their time and energy to support our community. We meet weekly to network, hear speakers on various subjects and work on service projects including our signature project, the Coachella Valley Middle School Math Field Day, plus Dictionaries for Indio Third Graders, and Scholarships for City of Indio high school students to further their educational pursuits.
We meet Tuesdays at Noon in the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Our club is always looking for new members. We are helping members become better leaders and in that process, we are helping communities become better communities. “Service Above Self”

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Indio Rotary Club announces the date of the 23rd Coachella Valley math Field Day

Would You Like to Help Touch the Lives of Our Youth?

The Rotary Club of Indio is proud to announce the date of the upcoming
23rd Annual Coachella Valley
Middle School Math Field Day. This year’s edition will be held on
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at John Glenn
Middle School in Indio.
Math Field Day began in 1995.
Our Indio Rotary Club President at the time, our late 4th District
County Supervisor John J. Benoit, found there was a lack of funds in education for
activities. Coachella Valley students were not participating in the
Riverside Math Field Day. Through his
leadership, the Indio Rotary stepped up and organized this event.
Since then, the Coachella Valley annually
celebrates the math prowess of our middle school students.
This event was created to promote math as a fun subject. So much of what we
do is grounded in math.
The activities at this event encourage middle school students to sharpen their math skills. Think of this as
the Olympics for our “mathaletes”. There are a number of competitions recognizing and celebrating these
student’s math abilities. Students compete individually for awards, as well as for their schools.
Without the assistance of our brothers and sisters in the other desert Rotary Clubs, as well as with the support
from the business community, this event could not be put on. As we prepare for our 2017 Math Field Day, we
are asking you to please consider sponsorship opportunities to help us keep the tradition, started by John J.
Benoit, ongoing for years to come.

Platinum Sponsorship: $1,000
Gold Sponsorship: $500
Silver Sponsorship: $250
Bronze Sponsorship: $100

Please make your checks payable to the Rotary Club of Indio and
send to the address below. For more
information, email
The children of the Coachella Valley thank you for your generosity!
Rotary Club of Indio
P.O. Box 412

Indio, CA 92202