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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Marana in Marana, AZ


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Nana's Kitchen
8225 N. Courtney Page Way
Marana, AZ  85741
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7:00 AM - Nana’s Kitchen – 8225 N Courtney Page Way
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
This may come as a surprise …. We opened with the pledge and an invocation.  Denise asked that as we pray or reflect to keep in our thoughts how animals are being tortured in our own community.
Guests today included Peter Rede, MCAT student of the month, Denise Coronado, Principle, Educator Mr. Chuck, Peter’s mother Belinda and his brother/
Diane Ventura-Goodyear, The Computer Nanny, is visiting today and will be our presenter.
Announcements: Rotary Leadership Institute is scheduled for January 21, 2017.  We encourage new members and potential leaders attend these sessions.  Please go to the district website and register.  The club may help with tuition if necessary.  This is a very important orientation to Rotary and prepares one for leadership.  Randy will be one of the facilitators but please attend anyway.
The Christmas party will be at Nana’s next week instead of John Zwick’s business.  Please make notice of this and remind one another of the change.
We received a letter from the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona that the student interviewed by our club last week has received the $3,000 scholarship
For the meeting next week please bring a toy or diapers, clothing for a child in need. The gifts will be donated to “More Than a Bed.” Suelee, our former member, will be given the articles that are donated.
Denise West is working to purchase gifts for the family we adopted for the holidays.
Introduction of
 Peter Rede, MCAT Student of the Month.  He is described by his teacher, Mr. Chuck and Ms. Coronado as “Good kid, quiet, and  bright” l- he hopes to attend NAU and eventually go into law enforcement.  Peter received his certificate and a gift certificate to the movies.  His mother, Belinda was visibly moved and stated she is proud of her son.  The brother on the other hand seemed, as most brothers are, unimpressed.
Happy Bucks: people were happy about last week’s highly successful social, uneventful surgeries, student of the month.  Randy drew the joker and was given $240.00.  He donated $120.00 of the winnings to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.  Lots of people gave him advice about how to spend and/or donate the remaining $120.00. He wishes to thank each of you for your constant support and ideas.
Mary Straus, President, not to be out done stated she had a birthday this past week and is donating dollars for each year of her life to the Annual Programs Fund.  She will be giving $154.00.  Thank you Mary for your kindness and appreciation for helping those with less.
Our guest speaker,
 Diane Goodyear of the Old Pueblo Rotary Club was introduced.  She is the owner of “The Computer Nanny” …. And is an accomplished expert on computers.  She discussed the website, both our own clubs and Rotary as a recruitment tool … encourage people to visit the site.  Further you can learn about the Rotary programs, go to and find videos to show at the meeting and exchange ideas online.  We learned that Harold needs to learn how to flip his switch ….. To find meetings on his telephone. Diane discussed Rotary Brand Central where you can get accurate logos.  She asked how many people were reading her newsletter.  Nearly everyone raised their hand and then guiltily look at the 4-Way Test.
That’s all I have for you today.  Remember next week the meeting will be at Nana’s Kitchen.  Bring a gift for “More Than a Bed.”  
Our last social of the year was at Thunder Canyom Brewery in the Foot Hills Mall every one in attendance was havfeing a good time. Special guest  this evening Diane Ventura-Goodyear Asst. Governor District 5500 and her husband
MINUTES 11/33/16
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
Pledge, Meditation and Song completed.  Happy Birthday to Jane Howell (she donated a check to Polio Plus in the dollar amount of her age – Thanks Jane).
Guests: Joe Farr, VP Bank of the West. He plans to join in January. Julie Stark, On Your Left, she will be our speaker today so more later.
Randy gave a breakdown of the money received by the club for the Ride to End Polio:  The Club members donated a total of $1,073.  We received donations of $300.00 from others and an additional 350.00 from Eric’s connections.  Randy wants to thank the club for all the kind donations.  With the Gates Foundation match we raised a total of $4,996.00
Denise West:  Met with the family we are supporting this Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Thus far she has managed all the meetings, much of the purchasing and coordination.  In this family there are two parents (father disabled) and three children.  All in this family are excited to be working with Denise.
Maeve Johnson discussed the aid station, who thanked all of the club members and family who volunteered that day, as well as, Interact and Rotaract clubs as well as The Rotary Sunrise and Dove Mountain Rotary Clubs.  What a great event. 
Our riders, Eric (who took a wrong turn – and will need a compass next year), Randy and Deb all completed the race.  Our former member Tonja Greenfield (now in Illinois) rode with us. Shirley Grace from Pismo Beach, was on our team as well.  Horrible headwinds but we all finished.
Peter Mack reminds us that our Club will be dark next Tuesday.  A social will be held, next Tuesday, November 29 at 5:30 PM at the Thunder Mountain Brewery, Foothills Mall.
Peter also mentions: Saturday, January 14, 2017, we will have a club retreat at the Kitt Peak observatory.  All members, family and friends are welcome. Peter will arrange for a staging area and we will drive in tandem to the mountain.  What fun.  If you have never done this prepare for a special evening.
John Dooling returned from his hunting trip to Illinois.  Welcome home.  John confesses that once again the deer in Illinois are safe from him.  He did not peg a deer but did find a gigantic Rotary Wheel on a Ferris wheel.  He made friends with a raccoon in a tree.
Maeve told a joke in lieu of happy bucks.  I won’t tell you the joke ….. It is better to be savored in person.
Clint discussed the opening of the Dove Mountain Clinic for the Marana Health center.  It provides Urgent Care, Behavioral Health Services, a retail store and lots of physicians’ offices.  Congratulations Clint.
Julie Stark from “On Your Left.” Julie is quite an athletic woman who has participated in numerous Triathlon events, marathons, bike rides, cycling events.  She discussed the need for pickle juice and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at these events.  She spoke of where she has training for events, at the Pinal Air Park.  She organizes several events a year for her own company as well as helping non-profits and other put on events as well. She is organizing a fundraiser for “First Responders Park” and Project Kindness for children.  She has her own timing hardware and is branching out to be the timer at many events. She founded a 501(c-3) to help youth events become more successful.  Thank you for visiting Julie.  Great presentation.
Remember we are dark next week ……… social next Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM at THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN BREWERY.  FOOTHILLS MALL.
Aid Station #14 - Premiere Station
The Rotary Club of Marana organized Aid Station 14 for the 37th El Tour de Tucson. It was a beautiful day, despite with wind, and it appeared that everyone enjoyed themselves. Jo Holt brought her son, James, and Denise had almost her entire family present for the day. Rotarians from Dove Mountain, Tucson and Catalina Clubs, Interact Clubs from Tortolita and Mountain View, and the Roteract Club from UofA pitched in to help. Thank you to all of these volunteers. 
 El Tour de Tucson had over 7,000 riders including Rotarians from around the world. Hector Hugo Rangel of P&S held off a pack of teammates and Mexican rivals to win the 37th El Tour de Tucson. The winning time: 4 hours and 10 minutes 47.12 seconds. Our volunteers saw him ride by about 10:03 a.m.
RI General Secretary John Hewko will be honored at this year’s El Tour de Tucson, an annual cycling event in Arizona, USA, in recognition of last year’s successful and the good work Rotary does around the world and the good work Rotary does around the world. This year, Rotary is aiming to raise $3.4 million, which will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of more than $10 million for the fight to end polio.

In August, the World Health Organization confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014.  While this news is disappointing for all of us, we must remain steadfast and fully committed to fighting polio anywhere children remain at risk, including Nigeria and Africa. Now, more than ever, we need to redouble our efforts to help Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria to retain strong immunization coverage globally. Supporting the Miles To End Polio ride is one way to show these countries that Rotary’s commitment to polio eradication is unwavering, whatever obstacles we face. As soon as the contributions are finalized, this story will be updated.

John Zwick and Harold Burtzloff were in charge of setup and takedown. We couldn't have done it without their knowledge and effort. Tony Hunter provided excellent support because he ran the event last year. Kathleen Neighbors and her Interact students showed up around 2:00 p.m. It was good to see them because we were all tired, and they helped with clean up.
Fortunately, we had left over food. It is better to have some left over than not enough. Here's what we did with it:
  1. Denise West took some to the family we adopted for the Holidays.
  2. El Tour organizers took fruit to the finish line. 
  3. Maeve Johnson donated open boxes of cookies and pretzels to Northwest Fire Fighters.
  4. Containers that were not opened were returned to Costco for a refund. 
  5. There were too many Crustables left over. Anyone who had two hands could take a box, especially the college students. They seemed to have four hands apiece. (:
Thank you for everything you did to make this event a success. Many riders said this was the best station on the route. Rotarian riders stopped to thank us. Deb and Randy stopped, and everyone was glad to see them. They looked like they were working hard to conquer the route.
This is a great event for our Club and if you didn't participate this year, we look forward to you joining us next year. A VERY BIG THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CLUB VOLUNTEERS.
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
Pledge completed, thought for the day absorbed by all …… lost two famous musicians this week in the US.  I would guess that other important things happened this week, but because we try to stay above the fray in Rotary the election results were not openly discussed.  Maeve told a joke …. Randy, as usual, did not get it. 
Guests: Sandra Vargoe, Student at Pima Community College and a scholarship candidate from The Rotary Vocation Fund of AZ.  Will be interviewed at the end of the meeting.  She is a working poor mother with two children at home.  Her goal is to become a Pharmacy Technician and later an IV Technician. 
Joseph Farr, Assistant Vice President, Bank of the West.  Invited by Maeve Johnson.  He is a potential new member.
Bouba Hamadou – member of the e-club and Tribal Chairperson of Malam-Petel.  More later.
Linda Balzer from the Rotary Club of Port Moody, BC, Canada.  This is the woman responsible for encouraging Eric Miller to rejoin Rotary.  Would this encourage a round of applause or a “moody” sigh? I say applause.  Enjoy your winter visit Linda.
Tony Hunter discussed a person he learned about that cannot leave their home because of disability and her property has no wheelchair access.  The club determined that we could use leftover funds from our previous “Home Improvement” project to fund this one time project.  Discussion about how we need to temper these important yet financially draining project in order to do our best with limited funds.  Don Jorgensen asked questions about the fund and budget.  The club may spend “up to” $1,500.00 residual funds on this project.  The proposal brought forward by Tony Hunter was passed.
Harold discussed how, sadly, there will be no “Boxing for Troops” this year.  Unfortunately his home was flooded while traveling and he simply has not had the ability to purchase needed items and organize the event.  Perhaps next year.  Harold, thank you for caring so deeply about our troops serving abroad
Dan Contorno discussed Tour de Cookie and said he received a warm reception and interest was up among the riders this weekend at a GABA event.  Thanks Dan.
Maeve Johnson reminded us of the El Tour de Tucson and the need for volunteers.  Set up crews will arrive about 8 AM and we will host the stop until about 3 or when officials say the last rider has passed.  Be sure to say hello to all the dignitaries from Evanston, Canada, California and the rest of the world.  This will be a great event.  Thank you to all that donated to Polio Plus in the name of the riders (Eric, Randy and Deb).
Marana Healthcare Center will have a grand opening at the Dove Mountain/Twin Peaks/Tangerine intersection on Thursday at 7:30.  Please plan to attend and support Clint.  Those of you that do not know he is the CEO of the Marana Healthcare Center and a wonderful club member.
Randy suggested members consider donating to the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona ( and make tax deductible and tax credit contributions to this fund.  Continue to support your other charities at schools and church and consider donating to the Fund as well.  The rate that one can give to these programs are $400.00 per individual and $800.00 per couple.  So I divided mine and gave $400.00 to The vocational fund and half will go to Marana High School. Just sayin ……..
Bouba Hamadou presentation.  Bouba was a member of the Marana Rotary Club until the recession hit ….. He then moved on to greener grassy areas.  He joined his first Rotary Club in 1985 when most of us were still children.  Currently he is a member of the District Rotary e-club. We are pleased to have Bouba here, he is a great Rotarian and friend of the club. 
As well as running his own business that provides transportation for the Tohono O’Odham Tribe for non-emergency medical services he spends half of his year in Cameroon, West Africa where he is the “Tribal Chairman” for the Malam-Petel Area.  There are four schools in his area that are very basic and do not reach the standards of schools we would expect here in the USA. Students sit on logs in the open air, but covered classrooms. The nearest water is 5 miles away for many of the 60,000 residents.  A borehole is being drilled as he speaks.
He was quite proud to show us photos of “Youth Day” where the children were singing, dancing and having what appeared to be a great time.
 Bouba was able to assist in building a new medical clinic but no supplies have been gathered for the structure to provide the medical services he hopes eventually will take place.
Bouba discussed issues with the Boko Haram.  A terrorist group in the area ….. These people are active in Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger. They are vicious and unrelenting in their quest for power.  Under the guise of religion they kidnap, assault and terrorize locals.  500 hundred teachers have resigned from education because of the fear from these people.  This has effected 100,000 students. The military is trying to fill in and educate but they are not trained to provide education for children. There have been 52 suicide attacks this year, 5,300 cattle have been stolen during the same period. A very sad statistic is that 20% of the bombers were small children1.6 million People have fled Nigeria in the past year because on Boko Haram.  Yet Bouba keeps returning, trying to help his people the best he can.  His father was the Tribal Chair, and upon his death Bouba assumed his position. When he left the country to live and work in the USA his cousin became the Chair and upon his death Bouba keep the commitment to his tribe and returned to work to better his community against tremendous odds.  Thank you Bouba for educating us today.  Our thoughts are with you as you courageously reenter Cameroon to serve others.
After meeting … meeting …. What’s the word I’m looking for? O’ well:
After the meeting was over President Mary Straus, President Elect Jo Holt, Rotarian Eric Miller and PDG Randy Interviewed Sandra Vargoe.  We recommend to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona to fund this young lady for her training in Pharmacy Technician Certification in the amount of $3,000.00.  Remember none of these dollars come from our club.
Whew, busy day. 
Submitted by Secretary Randy Brooks
Today is Election Day.  I hope you all voted and that we all sleep well the next four-years.  I know we have all been passionate about who should be elected and hope that civility returns to our culture. 
Denise led us in the pledge …., Tony provided a meditation or thought for today …. Again hoping that we focus on our good work in the US and abroad.  Song was led by John Dooling …. Most of us knew many of the words … a few were stymied, all had fun.  “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”
Thomas Mangold resigned from the club, stating (and I’m paraphrasing) he is no longer able to keep his commitments to Rotary.  We wish Tom the best.
Today is John Zwick’s 68th anniversary.  That is astonishing.  Great work, John.  We need your mentorship. Talk about keeping commitments!
Club Social will be held, Tuesday, November 29th, 5:30 PM at Thunder Canyon Brewery, Foothills Mall.  We hope you will all attend.  Thank you Peter Mack for working on this.
Maeve Johnson and others have been looking into a fundraiser at Gaslight Theater 2 in Oro Valley in late January (possibly the 31st of January but that date may change).
Our annual business meeting and holiday celebration will be held at Earth Energy’s Hearth & Patio compliments of the Zwick family.  This is always a special meeting and often Mrs. Claus attends.  3949 W Costco Drive near Costco.  Same
…. 7 AM.  Thank you John for setting this up and give our regards to your family for hosting this event 
President Mary awarded a $300.00 Check to Randy Brooks in honor of Governor Sheryl to donate to the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  This organization helps the working poor obtain technical training to improve their chances of a better tomorrow.  You may donate up to $800 per couple or $400 for individual and you receive credit on your taxes for this ….. There is no penalty and actually with the credit you make a few cents donating.  Randy pointed out that if you already donate perhaps you could split the amount and keep your favorite charity and donate to the Vocational Fund.  As a board member of the foundation Randy thanks the club on behalf of the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.
 Don Jorgensen was given a check from the club in the amount of $1000.00 for Shelter Box.  Shelter box will arrange for a tent and supplies to last up to a year for families that are displaced from their homes as a result of war or natural disaster.  Don Thanks the club on behalf of Shelter Box.  He is our representative to that organization in Rotary District 5500.  Thank you Don for taking this on.
Clint Kuntz a member of our club announced that the Marana Healthcare Care Center will open its new Marana – Dove Mountain location, November 17, 8:00 PM at the corner of Twin Peaks (Dove Mountain) and Tangerine Road. Attend and show support to the Clint and the health center if you can.
Maeve Johnson, our financial advisor, stated that she is struggling with short term memory.  She stated it twice.  Sigh, many of us can identify with you, Maeve. 
Denise announced that she has found a family for our annual contribution of Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner.  She is excited and creative in her ideas to assist a family in need.  Thank you Denise for your kindness.
Much was made of the election happening today ….. Tremendous relief that the ads, and rhetoric, will stop.  Now we can go back to the ads suggesting we all need help with hemorrhoids, diabetics, finding adult diapers, treatment of erectile disorders and the heart break of psoriasis. 
President Mary passed a signup sheet around for those interested in contributing to the ride of Randy and Eric in the Ride To End PolioDebra Hume will be riding representing our club as well. Thanks to those of you that choose to support us.  Our goal is to raise $1000.00 each.  The total amount of the commitments today was $500.00 Thank you so much for supporting our rides and most importantly polio.  Please write a check payable to The Rotary Foundation and on the lower left of the check write Ride to End Polio.  You will receive Paul Harris Credit for your donation.  Be sure and put your membership number on the check.  If you do not know the number it is printed on your monthly Rotarian Magazine. Thanks again, John, Maeve, Denise, Mary and Don.  Previously Dave Hindman, Jo Holt, Peter Mack and Joe Hentges promised an additional $400.00.  You are welcome to pay on line as well and simply let Randy know of your contribution and he will take you off the list. You are the best.
  Jay McCall, a previous member of the Marana Rotary Club and now a member of the Presidio Club spoke today on membership. “ Membership 365” was his working title.  Jay helped form the Dove Mountain Club, Foothills (now defunct), and Presidio clubs.  He asked important questions like, “Why are you in Rotary?” Is it for the projects, friendships, influence?  What keeps you coming back?  He pointed out how it is our responsibility to ask friends and business associates to “visit” a meeting. We should be on Linkend, Facebook, twitter, snap chat, and be involved in networking groups.  He pointed out within walking distance of our club are many businesses that we have not approached for new members. Share the spirit of Rotary … and pointed out that all members are on the membership committee. You have to be willing to ask someone ….. Several someone’s to attend a meeting.  Not join but to attend the meeting. Help newer members with careers, mentor others.  It is a duty and responsibility to ask people to attend the meeting.  Yet, most of us don’t …… Why? He suggested that younger members do not like to sing at meetings.  Implying that it is old school and not embraced by everyone. Thank you for attending Jay.  We needed your words of wisdom after losing two members in two weeks.
Meeting close by reading ….. Reciting the 4-Way Test.
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting minutes 11-1-16
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting called to order,  once again, by President Mary Straus.  Pledge and Invocation completed.  No song today …. Maeve told a joke but I can’t remember the content.  Sorry …… would have liked to joke around with you.
Guests:  A ton ….. Student of the Month,
Jillian Wolford, her mother Kaycee, sister and brother attended. This is in addition to the principal of the school, Denise Coronado, and her teachers Ms. Lippert and Mr. Bower.  What a crew.
It was stated that Jo Holt missed “mole day” she surprised all of us by giving everyone a piece of pumpkin pie.  She seemed very pleased that the accusations were wrong. Thank you, Jo.
Peter Mack has made arrangements for the club to visit Kitt Peak, Saturday, January 14, 5 PM Learn about astronomy from a world renowned expert.  That would be Dr. Peter.  Thank you Peter, what a great social. 
John Dooling had two tickets for the Rotary District Foundation dinner but he is unable to make it.  He sold the tickets for $5.00 to Peter and his wife Josie.  Peter saved $95.00 on that deal.  Congratulations Peter, almost the sale of the century. Hummm, it makes the chair of the Club Foundation Committee wonder if you would like to make a donation in that amount to the Annual Programs fund …… just sayin.
Harold says we need more volunteers to help at the aide station for the Michael Harris Ride to End Polio at the El Tour de Tucson.  Thanks to all of you flocking to assist.
Mary informed the club  that for personal reasons, Suelee Edwards resigned from the club. We will miss her.  President Mary will be contacting people to see if you can help with some or the assignments Suelee chaired. 
Dan Contorno mention that there is a GABA (Bike people) swamp meet on Sunday.  Dan is to send out location and times.
Many Happy Bucks this week, honoring our student of the month, smiles, amazing club and a graduation rate increase in Marana of 6% this past year.  Way to go.
David Hindman was our program:  What an interesting guy. He is married to a very tolerant woman named Becki and has four children: Hanna, Leah, Timmy and Nate. David was the youngest of 7 children raised in Boise, Idaho.  He loved fishing (catching more), rafting, water skiing and lots of additional sports as a young man. He went on a LDS Church mission to Japan and as a result speaks Japanese.  Says he met wonderful people, learned that all sea food is not bad and met celebrities during a food poisoning scare.
David is a graduate of Brigham Young University and The U of A where he double majored in Law and Business. He works at Mesch, Clark, and Rothchild where he is a partner.  Law focus of the firm includes Business law, commercial litigation, restructuring, appeals, arbitration/mediation, personal injury and real estate.  He said the most often oops people make that make lawyers smile are: handshake deals, policy and procedure manuals not updated, personal guarantees, security loans, etc. 
David and his family enjoy soccer, dance, piano, projects and crafts, cooking, working on the Marana home, riding bikes, (yeah …. Tour de Cookie), hiking, board and card games.
David joined Rotary for the Networking possibility and loves the service aspect of what we do.  Thank you David for selecting our club …. You’re the best.
Meeting adjourned by President Mary with the club reciting the 4-Way Test.
Minutes of Rotary Club of Marana
October 25, 2016
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
This will be a surprise:  President Mary Straus called the meeting to order.  Clint Kuntz gave a significant thought for the day – It’s time we work together to and get along ….. Nice.  I missed who started the pledge but everyone seemed to have it memorized. The song was led by Jo Holt …. Happy Birthday to herself and to Maeve Johnson. 
Guests included the wonderful  Jeanne Gachon, our former Rotary exchange student from France who is now studying in Montreal, Canada.  She gave us a brief, very brief update on her studies.  It was nice seeing her. Thanks for visiting Jeanne.
Dan Contorno donated a beautiful photograph (picture) that was framed.  No one bid on the piece of art.  Dan took it back and will determine at a later date what to do with it.  Thank you Dan. Each year we try to find a family that we can assist during the holidays.  This year Denise Woods has agreed to chair the committee.  Randy and Mary offered to assist as well.
Maeve discussed the El Tour and related plans for logistics.  Everyone seems to be helping, except those of us that are riding in the event.  OMG …. I need to get into shape.
Reminder that November 5 is the district Foundation global grant seminar and dinner.  Randy, Mary, Jo, Tony have all indicated they are attending. Randy reminded everyone that Kathy Acosta, our former exchange student from Peru, is performing with her classical guitar.
Happy bucks: everyone said they were happy …… I could not tell.  However, Don Jorgensen is going to Chicago to receive the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from EAPA his professional affiliation.  If he receives that now does that mean the rest of his life is downhill?  Congratulatins Don. He said he is not going to a Chicago Cubs game because he did not want to take out a second on his home.
Tony won the initial happy bucks drawing, but missed on the big prize.  Sorry Tony, we all feel for you.
  Mindy Griffith, Volunteer of a business called “Bag It,” this group helps others “fight the fear and provides support” those diagnosed with cancer and their families.  The organization is having a “Super Hero’s” walk and hike, November 13, 7 AM-12:30 PM at Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort to raise funds for this group that provides bags to each person diagnosed with cancer throughout the state.  They have distributed 70,000 of these bags since the inception in 2004.  They contain information about cancer, support groups, helps organize the client’s medical visits, what to expect, support groups and has information to help the caregiver as well.  They typically raise about $73,000 and have about 350 participants at the Super Hero hike. If you have questions about the fundraising event or need assistance you can reach Mindy at
Meeting adjourned as usually with the reading of the 4-way test.   See you all next week.
Rotary Club of Marana
Minutes 10-18-16
Submitted by Randy Brooks Secretary
President Mary called the meeting to order, invocation by Randy Brooks and song by Jo Holt.
13 members attended this meeting. 
Announcements: Maeve Johnson: El Tour de Tucson, Maeve would like four volunteers to help set up and is confident we will have a lot of room. It was suggested that we make peanut butter sandwiches again this year, along with the traditional goodies and bananas.
Presidio Club asking for help from all clubs for their fundraising venture this weekend.  Everyone seems busy and cannot support them at this time. Randy asked for those that were comfortable to pledge money to Polio Plus to support riders in the El Tour.  Five members volunteered to donate $450.00 to the riders.
 Eric Miller was inducted as our newest member.  He was previously in the Foothills club.  Tony Hunter is his sponsor.  Eric likes the “Service Above Self” mantra of Rotary and that it is a worldwide organization.  He rode in the Tour de Cookie last year and was treated well by the members and decided to join.  Eric was raised in Quincy, IL. And it appears he was an under achiever …… Eric was encouraged to go into the military, by authority figures.  He did and worked for the most part in the US Army in Germany.  He learned about helicopters and loved to fly. Eric has two children, a son and daughter and a beautiful grandchild. He held many jobs in his life, from marketing and sales, to Chamber of Commerence and learned the skills to open his own successful consulting business called Owner’s Ally.  He partners with  shareholders to make their companies successful looking strategically into the near and distant future.  Eric has been quite an adventurer: Mountain bike rider, skiing, and ice fishing (boring he says). He has been a competitive bike rider. He considers himself a spiritual based person and a trouble shooter for business helps develop new companies. He provides webinar support for companies including leadership and training.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow +4.  We are happy and proud that you joined our club.
The Four Way Test was read and meeting adjourned.
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Club Secretary
Meeting called to order by Jo Holt, President Elect, Pledge led by Randy Brooks and meditation led by Past President Maeve Johnson
Unfortunately it was a sparse turnout at the meeting today with only 10 members attending.  We do know that several members are on vacation and business trips. Please hurry back we need you!
Announcements:  Randy discussed that the Restoration Project has been canceled and added that the board will work on finding a new similar project.
Suelee: mentioned that “More Than a Bed” could use some help this Friday evening to help with caring for children while parents get a respite and have the opportunity to go out for a few hours. If you can help call Suelee or show up at the New Life Bible Church on Cortaro at 4 PM.
This Saturday, “Missing in America” there will be an interment of the remains (ashes) for I believe about 20 unknown military personnel that were “unclaimed” by family members from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam at the Memorial site in Marana.  This will occur at 10:30 AM. I hope we have a good showing at this event to honor the deceased heroes.
Maeve asked about volunteers for the El Tour de TucsonJo is going to ask the Interact Club and Maeve will reach out to other clubs.  There is no such thing as too many volunteers for this project.
Maeve also has formed an ad hoc committee for the Food Bank to prepare gifts for those unable to get out of the home to obtain services.  The club will be donating gifts on the birthday of these that are unable to get out the home.
Guest speaker:
 Susan Reed, representing the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona.  Introduced by Randy.  Susan was his supervisor 32 years ago in Chicago.  Met once again this past year as her spouse is Kirk Reed of the Catalina Rotary Club and Governor Nominee for Rotary D-5500.
Susan discussed many of the myths about epilepsy including and not limited to: epilepsy is contagious (1500’s), need to be in colony’s 1800’s in England, Germany and the US, the list goes on and on. A few members and Susan stated they have family members that suffer from this disease.  Susan, a world class bike rider (she has crossed the USA twice on her bike and averages 1000 miles a month on her rides).  Discussed different types of seizures, including Tonic-Tonic (Grand Mal) and Absence (Petit Mal) seizures as well as partial seizures. She discussed first aid for seizures, DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN THE MOUTH, TURN HEAD TO SIDE AND DO NOT RESTRICT MOVEMENT. Remove any objects that could cause harm, only call 911 if the seizure lasts for more than 5 minutes, multiple seizures occur, normal breathing does not occur soon and if they are injured.  Susan discussed cultural concerns regarding epilepsy, a neurological illness ……. Including shame, bullying, lack of education, caregivers, depression, anxiety and isolation.  A few members asked if we could invite Susan back because we did not have time to ask questions.  Thank you Susan for a wonderful and thoughtful presentation.
Rotary Club of Marana
Minutes 10-4-16
Submitted by PDG – Secretary Randy Brooks
President Mary Straus called the meeting to order and the traditional pledge of allegiance and meditative moment was completed.  Once again, we stumbled over the singing of a song …. Not prepared and it was determined we would sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Mary announced that she is going to query the club to determine if members want to continue to sing at our meetings.  This apparently will be a secret ballot.
Mary reported on the park project ribbon cutting at Road Runner Elementary School last Friday.  Mary, Jo Holt and Randy Brooks attended.  DGE Joe Hentges and his spouse as well as Jim Nook and his wife were in attendance from the Dove Mountain Rotary Club.  Randy reported it was certainly a “Rotary moment” for him and Mary stated it was very moving for her as well.
Dan Contorno and Tony Hunter gave a report on needed changes and research for the Tour de Cookie route.  The county is not allowing us to use the same start location.  More will be revealed.
The club was reminded of the Foundation Seminar and Dinner, November 5, 2016.  Randy encouraged current leadership, including Jo Holt PE and Tony Hunter PN as well as new members to attend both events.
President Mary was awarded a Hunger Walk T-Shirt by Maeve for our club paying for transportation to the event.
Maeve Johnson requested that she be allowed to hang her Edward Jones banner at the El Tour de Tucson, Ride to End Polio aid booth.  It will be discussed at the next Club board meeting.
John Dooling won the initial drawing but with great humor did not pull the winning card.
Weekly Program:
Don Jorgensen, on behalf of Shelter Box.  Don began his presentation by thanking the club for previous purchases of shelter boxes victims of earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters. Briefly we discussed the possible need for boxes in California if the suggested earthquake happens. Don indicated that boxes have been sent domestically in the past to the NE USA after floods.  He discussed there is a product called “Shelter Box Solution” that does not provide a tent but as needed tools for rebuilding and helping those that have their own shelter.  Rotary is now fully partnered with Shelter Box and by creating an office in the USA donations can be a tax deduction.  Don discussed deployments of Shelter box in the past year to the USA, Indian Ocean countries, Nepal, Ecuador, Philippines, Syria, Iraq, Japan, China, Myanmar ad several other countries.  Don asked that the club consider purchasing a Shelter Box.  The membership asked the club board to discuss this at our next meeting.  Great Job, Don
Minutes of Rotary Club of Marana Meeting
Minutes by Dan Contorno – September 27, 2016
Submitted by Secretary Randy Brooks
First I must apologize that the minutes are so late.  I have had computer issues the past two weeks and was unable to complete them.  Dan Contorno thank you for taking notes for me while I traveled.
What a small turnout for the club this week.  Six members and a few guests.  How very sad. 
Past President Maeve Johnson facilitated the meeting in the absence of Mary Straus. Thank you Maeve. Maeve also did a meditative moment.  There was no song this week and that would be the meeting I missed.
Student of the month was introduced by visiting Denise Coronado and Melissa the English teacher.  The student is named Nick.  Sorry no further notes available.
Dan discussed the poker tournament …… Don Jorgensen fared the best rest of any in our club …. The rest of us bombed but had a great time.  Discussion that several of us rode a part of the Tour de Cookie.
No raffle ticket sales this week. 
Xavier provided sergeant at arms duties and there seemed to be much discussion of the rain falling outside ….. You know you live in the desert when ……….
David Hindman, our newest member, did not present because the attendance was so small. It will be scheduled soon.  Sorry David …..
Meeting adjourned early with the 4-Way Test.

The Rotary Club of Marana proudly supported the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's (CFB) Hunger Walk on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The Club sponsored a bus to take walkers from the Marana Branch of the Food Bank to the Sam Lena Recreation Area to join hundreds of walkers from all of the communities served by the CBF. Rotarians Jo Holt, Maeve Johnson, Denise West and Deb Hume were joined by Linda Hampton, Executive Director of Marana Food Bank. Suelee Edwards, world famous photographer, joined us for the trip downtown. Each walker was presented with a lovely orange t-shirt to bring attention to those who are in need of food assistance. The fundraising goal for the event was $205,000, but the amount raised was $257,966. As Rotarians, we are proud to sponsor and participate in this event.
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting Minutes 9-20-2016 – Submitted by Randy Brooks Secretary
Called to order by Mary Straus, pledge let by Don Jorgensen, Moment of Reflection by Maeve Johnson.
Introduction of Guests: David Mandel, Marana High School Principal considering joining our club. Johnathan Grove, MHS Junior interested in RYLA.  District executives: Governor Sheryl Christiansen, DGE Joe Hentges, AG Stacy Cox, and District Secretary Liz Cohn. Also joining us was David Hindman’ s spouse, Becky and two of their children Lea and Nathan …… welcome to the family of Rotary.
Announcements: Dan Contorno stated we have only 27 people signed up for the poker tournament this Friday.  Please ask your friends to join us for fun and excitement. On Sunday at 7 AM members are invited to ride with Dan to check out the course for the Tour de Cookie. How about it, a little exercise and fun!
A special presentation was made to Randy Brooks from Lynne Himmer.  After watching Randy tip over water glasses (and break one) last night at the board meeting she kindly brought him a non-spill child’s cup.  You know the cups made for infants.  Later, when Randy came out from under the table where he was hiding from embarrassment he indicated appreciation for this thoughtful gift.
Tom Mangold announced he attended the funeral of Ed McCauley. Ed was a member of our club and later an honorary member. He last attended a meeting about 13 years ago and lost touch with many of us.  He will be missed.
Clint stated his family has a new child in his home…… his grin was huge and filled with happiness. We are all very proud and happy for his family.
 David Hindman – Inducted with his family present by President Mary Straus as our newest member. So he is the newest Rotarian in the world …..  At least when inducted this morning. Welcome aboard David.  Mary, to not waste a moment, asked him to chair the Youth Exchange Program for our club and Randy volunteered to assist him.
Assistant Governor Stacey introduced Governor Sheryl Christianson.  DG Sheryl is a charter member of the Yuma Sunrise Rotary Club.  She began her inspirational speech by discussing personal reflections of polio in her community and in the Philippines where she and her family visited when she was a child.  She is proud that we are very close to eradicating the disease from the earth. She states she loves Rotary for the fellowship, leadership development, the Rotary Leadership Academy and wants our emphasis to be on membership. Our district experienced the largest drop in membership in our history last year.
DG Sheryl gave Randy pins to give to each of our Paul Harris Society members: John Dooling, Jane Howell, Don Jorgensen, Peter Mack, Mary Straus and Randy Brooks.
Governor Sheryl encouraged participation in the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (Tax deduction and Credit), asked that we attend the Atlanta Convention, June 10-12, attend the district conference in Yuma April 28-30.  She also went on to discuss the consolidation of the two northern districts (5510 and 5490) next July 1 …. That district will be called 5495. PETS in 2018 will be in Los Angeles as we join six other districts to have one of the largest and best PETS in the world.
DG Sheryl encouraged club members to not engage in political discussions or jokes at this time.  Expressed concern that the race is so divisive that it could cause harm to our membership.  Interestingly she then went on to say that her son was backing the wrong candidate, but did not say which one. A big sigh of relief from the attendees that she followed her own edict.
In closing she asked that we have a good showing at the November 5th, Rotary Foundation seminar and dinner.
Meeting adjourned with the 4-Way Test.  Fun meeting.
Rotary Club of Marana – Minutes
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Club Secretary
Meeting called to order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge and Thought for the Day completed
I actually thought it was not possible but the song today was actually worse this week than the prior week.  This was not an easy goal to achieve! Interesting how we sang in several keys without any sense of harmony or timing.  However, we get a metal for trying.
Sadly, Tom Mangold informed us that Ed McCauley, a former member of our club expired and his funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7570 N Thorndale Road, Tucson, AZ.  Members are invited to attend if you knew Ed.
Guests introduced: Le Craven, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation Manager, Kirti Khalsa, CEO, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, Eric Miller (potential member) and David Hindman. David will be inducted next week during DG Sheryl’s visit.
John Dooling reported he is having an open house at his home this Sunday from 2-6 PM in honor of guests from Natal, Brazil.  Patricia Gurgel and her spouse Jr. will be staying at his home this weekend. 
There will be a special board meeting, September 19, 2016 at Mary’s home to meet with District Governor Sheryl Christensen.  All committee chairs, and board members are requested to attend and supply Mary a hard copy report for her to review and give to the governor.  The governor will meet with the club next Tuesday at 7 AM and it is important that all members attend.     
PDG Randy discussed typical Rotary protocols as it relates to governor visits.
It was requested that members and friends attend the poker tournament, September ………  The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation donated $100.00 for advertising.
We had happy bucks and as always much laughter and excitement as John Dooling pulled the card to see if he would be an instant millionaire.  No such luck, John, sorry.
 Introduction of Kirti Khalsa, our guest speaker from the Rotary Club of Pantano and the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Kirti discussed our club sponsored “Memory Screening in Mexico,” Nevada and a potential one at the Rotary convention in Atlanta in June 2017.  We are simply waiting for approval for a booth from RI.  This booth will be a feather in the cap of the Rotary Club of Marana.  Kirti discussed why she cares about Alzheimer’s disease.  She discussed her grandparents and how she has always had an affinity for older people and was drawn into the field.  She is now an expert and known throughout the world for her knowledge of yoga, meditation and Alzheimer’s related issues.  She described how dementia is preventable and can be slowed by using the four pillars of intervention: Diet, Stress Management, physical exercise and spiritual fitness.
All enjoyed Kirti’s presentation. 
Meeting adjourned and all encouraged to attend the meetings next week for the governor’s visit and installation of our new member, David Hindman.
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting Minutes – September 6, 2016
Submitted by Randy Brooks
President Mary Opened the Meeting at 7:00 AM and proceeded to have the meditation by Jo Holt and the pledge was completed without anyone getting hurt.  Then we sang, kind. The last I remember someone said, “Does anyone know the words to 9 to 5?”  ….. It went downhill from there.
Dan Contorno made an announcement about the slow sales for the Poker Tournament, September 23, 2016 at the Vision Church 7511 SN Benet Drive, Tucson.  Please attend and bring your friends.  Only a $40.00 buy-in, I have invited my brother.  Why don’t you bring a friend or relative? You are randomly assigned tables so if you don’t like them you may not have to sit with them anyway. This is an amazingly fun event. It raises funds for our Marana Rotary Club Foundation. Join us.
President Mary announced that we are all invited to celebrate our project … the Therapeutic and Exploratory Playground at Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N Silverbell Road, Marana, 5:00 PM, September 30, 2016.  We helped pay for it, worked on the project and we get to share the excitement of the dedication of the Playground for those that are physically challenged. 
Potential new member, Eric Miller, has been working on an Interact Club at Legacy Charter School. He reports he has an educator and they are working on getting students involved.  Our other potential member, Michael Hindman was at the meeting and he will be installed during the District Governor Sheryl Christian official visit. We hope you bring your family to this installation. It will be special.
Tony Hunter gave a great overview of the Community Service Projects for the year … thank you Tony.
Maeve Johnson discussed the club’s commitment to the Walk to End Hunger scheduled for 9-17. I am so sorry I cannot make the walk but I hope you can.  Maeve is going to send out an invitation in the next couple of days.  Thanks for heading this up, Maeve.  The club is still considering helping out the Food Bank in various ways and Maeve it taking the lead on those potential projects.
Randy, Tony, Mary and several other discuss the restoration of a home project scheduled for October 15, 2016.  Jo Holt offered tools (sanders and the like).  Randy, Dan Contorno and others are trying to schedule a visit to the home for evaluation of need.  Thanks everyone for helping.
Someone, I can’t remember who, discussed the Loop to Loop pre El Tour de Tucson Ride to End Polio.  Whomever it was that brought than up, please take pity on me and write a note to the club inviting them to participate with details.  Thank you.
Randy announced that the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation donated $100.00 to the Marana Rotary Club Foundation for Poker Tournament advertising.  How about a few of our members stepping up and donating $50.00 to advertise your business?   If you pay $100.00 you could be a sponsor, get advertising during the event, purchase your buy-in and have a great time.  Contact Dan Contorno.
We know the fall season is here, Don Jorgensen and Thomas Mangold visited the meeting.  Welcome back guys.  Actually Tom has been back a few weeks but seeing both of them at the same meeting was overwhelming.  We are so happy.
PDG Randy Brooks was the speaker today and he discussed the Rotary Foundation and asked for individuals to consider joining the Bequest Society ….. A promise that $10,000 of your estate will to the Rotary Foundation after you and your spouse pass wont’ be missed by you.  But it will be appreciated by those that live in hunger and poverty.  Randy handed out applications for this program and announced that PDG and attorney Michael Drake will provide no cost codicils for your wills to those that are interested.  Let Randy know if you need help.
Randy also presented on the Rotary Vocation Fund of Arizona and requested that members donate to this fund that helps the working poor become training in technical jobs and gives them a future.  This is a tax deduction as well as an Arizona Tax Credit.  It actually turns out that you make a few dollars making this donation.  The limits are $400 per person or $800 per couple.  If you are already giving to another non-profit group how about splitting the difference and giving funds to both?  Again you actually make money doing this.  Questions? Contact Randy or the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona at
Very active meeting today ……. Thanks everyone for your support and participation in our Rotary Club of Marana.

MCAT Student Of The Month 

MCAT - Marana Career & Technical High School is an optional opportunity for Marana High School and Mountain View High School students to learn and earn academic credit in a non-traditional educational setting. 

The Marana Rotary Club has been honoring students from MCAT for over 18 years. 

Below are Students for Rotary Year July 1,2016 to June 30,2017

Nick Knippel       Sept
Jillian Wolford    Nov
Peter Rede          Dec
Meeting Responsibilities
Burtzloff, Harold
Jorgensen Ph.D., Don
West, Denise
Holt Ph.D., Jo
Teran, Javier
Kuntz, Clint
Contorno, Dan
Set up
Hindman, Dave
Tear Down
Dooling, John
Tear Down
Murray, Mark
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