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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
United States
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Rotary Club of Marana
President Jo was back in full health to lead our meeting. She asked a lady from Nigeria to lead us in the Pledge and Mirabel did a fine job. Thoughts for the day revolved around the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. This calculation gives us Pi and its many uses especially in Rotarian Humor. (see further down)
Picture Rocks/Ortiz Center Food Bank volunteers for tomorrow include Denise West and Jo Holt. Begins at 9:30 ends around noon. If you are interested and available they could use you.
Speaking of being needed, this Saturday at Brandi Fenton Park we will have a booth marketing our Tour de Cookie. We need people from 8:30 setup until noon. Please let Dan or Mary know if you can assist. 
Roadrunner school will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on a Tuesday, possibly in April, and we will participate. It appears we may be able to purchase a 1,000 books plus RoadRunner will receive 10% of our purchase in Scholastic Bucks.
We sang happy birthday to John, and I must say it, that would not be polite...........It shouldn't say that either..................thanks to all who tried. Okay, the word dirge came to mind. There, I said it. I am an ungrateful.......
Happy Bucks: John-UA BookFair & he made the "50 years ago today" column in a central IL newspaper for walking 65 miles in 23 hours, Denise West will have a forensic gemologist available 3/26/2018(see her for details), Harold-fixed Mary's email, Richie-Great day at UA BookFair representing Scouting at the Rock Climbing Wall, Randy-Successful foot surgery, David-Book Fair and attended daughter's performance at Centennial Hall on the UA Campus. Dan, Tony, John, Harold and others-I know you gave happy bucks but I have no idea why. Give more and I'll try to listen better. JUST KIDDING!
Lynne led off with the old standby of NASA sending an astronaut on a one way trip to Mars. Not to give anything away, but the evil lawyer figures out a way to send the engineer and make a profit fo himself of a cool million. I saw David Hindman taking notes.
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Okay, you have read this far only because you need some Pi humor, right?
Did you know that 3.14% of all sailors are PIrates?
If you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter you get Pumpkin Pi?
The roundest Knight at King Arthur's Court was Sir Cumference because he ate so much Pi?
Maeve wins! Maeve wins! Maeve wins!
Denise did doesn't.
Our guest and speaker was Diane Ventura Goodyear, DGND. She spoke on District 5500 Strategic Plan and specifically sought input in its development. Of particular interest seemed to be the Indicators of Success and Target Dates section. It has been a while since neither he District nor Clubs strategic plan has been addressed in recent years.
All appeared to agree that a major indicator of success is membership numbers and  unfortunately they are dropping significantly. Money for recruitment and Rotary name recognition was available for a couple of recent years. It was spent with no appreciable change in membership. Do not look for money in this regard any time soon.
As it often does the bottom line falls on individual members to ask contacts to join you for a breakfast meeting. No commitment to join, just come check us out.
Hey Maeve, thanks for the cherry and apple pie girl. Nice touch. Yummy. Too bad for you non attendees.
Attendance at 72% today.
Rotary Club of Marana

Fellow Rotarian's, our President has fallen ill. Our thoughts and prayers are with her along with the hope she is fully recovered from her cold by 3/13/2018 also known as Pie Day Eve.
Showing he has the "crust" needed by "filling" in for President Jo our President-elect Tony Hunter deftly led today's meeting showing us all it is as easy as ............can be. Peter led us in the pledge. If there was a  significant thought following the pledge I missed it. I meant to say "immediately" following the pledge. I am sure there were numerous significant thoughts as the meeting progressed. Had to be,....... right?
Guests included Mirabel-our exchange student from Nigeria, Stephanie Rojas- of Tucson Sunrise Rotary.
  Denise Coronado-MCAT Principal, Mr Bowen-Social Studies Teacher and Hamish Pottenger-MCAT Student of the Month.
By the way, Mr Bowen is familiar with the Scholastic Book Program, looked up prices for under age 5 books while at our meeting ($3-5) and gave us the website
That lovable duo Maeve and Lynne were at it again. While not up to their usual hilarity I distinctly heard Dan giggle over the "snake hadn't a leg to stand on" punchline delivered by Maeve. Denise Coronado groaned over "Nacho Cheese". Lynne, uyou can do better. Hey, Maeve, did you know snakes have no use for "Toe" trucks? Moving on......
Lucky Bob Bishop won but lost with the 9 of hearts. Crocodile tears were shed by many
MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA: Left Denise West and son Chase off of last week Tree Planting attendee list. Thank you Denise, you are a terrific club member and active volunteer in most all club projects.
Dan Contorno requested volunteers to work a Tour de Cookie rider recruitment booth this Saturday 3/10/2018 at 9:00 am located at the Rillito Race Track Farmers Market. Please assist Dan if you have a couple of hours to enjoy the outdoor weather and the Farmers Market.
Guest Speaker Stephanie Rojas comes from a Rotarian family that sponsored four exchange students when she was a youth. (Many in our club believe Stephanie is still in her youth). Night of a Thousand Stars is the Tucson Sunrise fund raiser and she encouraged us to check it out. Date is 5/4/2018.
 Our student of the month was unavoidably quite late in his arrival, but never the less made a powerful impact on our club. Without going into details, the adversity this young man has faced in his first eighteen years has been significant. The emotion felt by the club after hearing his life story moved Mary Straus to stand and applaud quickly followed by the entire club. Hamish works at The Ritz while attending MCAT full time. His immediate goal is to graduate and attend Pima Communiy College. His long term goal is to "make my mother proud". 
I love this club. Oh, missing only three members today. Way to go!
Rotary Club of Marana
Following the Pledge President Jo asked if anyone had a thought. We were saved by Maeve who mentioned the beautiful tree planting event this past Saturday at the VA Memorial Cemetery in Marana. This moved President Jo to have a thought. Actually it Carl Sagan's thought  about the greatest gift is to read to children.
*******WEATHER ALERT**************WEATHER ALERT****************WEATHER ALERT****
Harold says we have a winter arriving at 11:00 pm this (last)evening. He says nobody will know if we have snow because we will not be able to see it.
 Richie Benner made a presentation that President Jo said only he could make because of the intricacies of the topic, giving books to kids. After the presentation we all agreed Richie was still the only one who understood. Therefore the following meager attempt should be taken with a grain of salt. We put up $5,600. Going through "Scholastic" we get the biggest bang for our bucks. Of two options my favorite was naming Road Runner Grade School ( a low income school) as beneficiary they would receive 40% of that amount on top of our $5,600 purchase for books at their school in Scholastic books that could/would be used for book purchases. The $5,600 worth of books will be distributed through Woman, Infants and Children Program (WIC) at the Marana Health Center (MHC Healthcare) and placed in the "Up With Books" book stand we saw and learned about last week. I have no idea what Option 2 was. See Richie if you gotta know. It was something about buy one get one free and 10% to the schools. The club brain trust made up of the board (with exception of the Secretary) will determine our final plan of attack.
Speaking of Board Meetings, our next one will be tomorrow March first. It will begin at 5:30 pm and is held at 2005 W Ruthrauff Rd, suite 157. Ya'll are welcome.
PIE DAY just around the corner! We will also have a 5th Tuesday months from now.
Dan reports 13 Cookie booth sponsors.
John donated UA/Stanford BB tickets. Maeve won the bidding war. $50!
Randy chastised the club for failure to recruit new members. He's right, you know.
Mary happy tree planting plus seeing Javier and his daughter at the event.
Bob Bishop thanked this writer for the clever and humorous meeting minutes. He could have left it at that, but went on to say "even if they are not accurate nor representative of what took place." I resemble that remark.
Maeve mentioned new shoes she bought off a drug peddler. She does not know what thy were laced with, but she has been tripping all day.
Not to be outdone, Lynne gave us a dumb blonde joke, typical of what may have been heard at a Rotary club meeting in the 50's. Too long to relate, but it was also funny. Good job ladies.
Arlene Nehls grew up in Morenci, AZ. She has a 30 year old child and another younger child. Why do we care? Because Arlene runs the WIC program in Marana. She has about 30 years with the WIC program in Pinal County, Sierra Vista and Marana.
The WIC program is concerned with nutrition for ........nursing mothers, infants and children. It began primarily as a breast feeding support program and has expanded. Eligibility is based on family income. The program pays for itself by reducing nutrition related problems in the target population. In Pima County MHC Healthcare serves 5,300, El Rio Healthcare serves 2,400 and Elizabeth of Hungary serves 600 WIC recipients.
 In addition to the 26 years experience Arlene has, 15 of 20 staff members have a nutrition degree. In addition to providing food and occasionally formula, they can test for iron and vitamin levels in the blood. Since they are housed at MHC referrals are quite easy. WIC now has an electronic benefit capability when shopping for food.
Experienced tree planters in the club include Richie, Tony, Harold, Mary & Lilly, Javier & Jasmine, Randy & Deb, Jason, Bob, Maeve & Lyle, Jo. They also helped the bottom line of The Cattlemen's Restaurant. Thank you to you and the many other Rotarians for giving up a Saturday morning for this very worthwhile cause.
Oh, Randy drew the 3 of diamonds. NA NA Na Na Na Na. I mean, oh, too bad.
Hope next week we have a better turn out. Are my notes keeping people away? It is really more than than I can describe.
Rotary Club of Marana
Mark Murray led us in the Pledge. My notes are a little hazy here, but according to President Jo some guy named Lyons said something profound regarding if we fail to take notice we cannot take action because we failed to notice. This was followed by applause. (You had to be there). Not able to contain herself President Jo quoted Mia Hamm regards building fires. No applause. (You did not have to be there) We then learned  that Richie Benner just had a wedding anniversary and that he is an expectant father. Bob Bishop proceeded to educate us explaining that having a baby is a process, but provided no further elucidation.
Today we also learned that:
1) Tree planting ceremony is this Saturday,
2) Jo's relatives are leaving town soon (whew)
3) Our book program will be through WIC at MHC Healthcare and partnering with Make Way for Books
4) Over 30 families served at Ortiz Center via Food Bank last week. Thank you to our volunteers,
5) Don mentored at Open Doors and did not just recite his health problems as did the last presenter from our club.Randy?
6) At PETS Mary met other clubs possibly interested in our Cameroon project consideration
Happy Bucks:
1) John suggested we partner up at our breakfast tables with at least one person with good hearing at each table. This suggestion was tabled as we may need to recruit more (younger) members in order to have a person with good hearing at EACH table.
2)Mary and Randy/Deb-Good time at Dove MTN fund raising event.
Many others also gave but were too polite to say it was because Maeve had no joke today. Javier did have a joke. Maeve, your job is NOT in jeopardy.
Don won and lost the drawing. This made Randy sad.
Speaker today, as just so happened, was Ally Baehr, the Director of Community Events for Make Way For Books. Ally, who will soon be joining the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club, gave a wonderful presentation of the twenty year history of Make Way for Books. Numerous facts were shared such as:
1. At age 5 one can successfully predict if college is in the students future
2. Half of education gap is BEFORE child starts Kindergarten.
3. Poor readers are 4X more likely to drop out before high school graduation
4. 82% of neural connections complete by age three
5. The Pokey Little Puppy is the number one best seller of all time
 Make Way for Books has kiosks where books are free and where they can be loaned like a library
They focus on 13 grade schools in Tucson where 95% of the students are on free or reduced lunch program
Attendance at only 70% today. If you are reading this and did not attend today please try and make it next Tuesday.     
Rotary Club of Marana
The rabble were easily brought to order today, compared to a week ago, by President Holt, possibly because we dropped from 90% attendance to only 70% of our members in attendance this morning. John Zwick got us started with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of Happy Birthday to Denise damn near ended the meeting. While I still support a "Singing Club" I am beginning to rethink my stand. I blame Maeve for a weak start, although she did try to pick up tempo by waving her arms like a clipped banty rooster but it was too late. The Titanic had sailed. Her math joke about drinking and deriving was a step up but still this act would not play in Peoria.
Words of wisdom from Denise and Mary but you will have to see them as their comments did not make it past my eardrums. We either need to use the microphone or the club needs to buy me an ear horn.
The Club welcomed Peggy Holt from Parker, AZ who now resides in Tucson. A Rotarian, Peggy is seeking a local club to join. If in need you can visit her at Sabino Canyon Recovery. Hopefully our singing did not scare her off. In spite of comments to the contrary I do not believe she is related to our Club's President. Also vacationing Rotarian Bill Woodard joined us from the northeast and gave an excellent presentation on Shelter Box.
**********************Tree Planting 9 to noon at Veterans Memorial Cemetery 2/24/2018***************************
Tony-Happy for surviving PETS and loves his new flea collar
Dave H-Nice visit with parents
Randy-Successful PETS with 700 people attending
Mary-After several attempts to communicate with this writer tossed her hands skyward in complete frustration. I requested she consider texting her happiness and/or deep thoughts.
Harold won and lost the raffle. We once again gave Harold a round of applause for his Right Brother's Award of 50 years of error free flying. Less than 1% of all aviators have ever qualified for this award.
 This writer was quite happy as I won the diamond pendant donated By Denise and Ben Bridge Jewelers. The fund raiser brought in $400. WOW! Thanks, Denise. Also, thanks for the box of chocolates given to all in attendance.
 Don-Happy about recent conversation with friend Bryce of  Zimbabwe and the peaceful removal of Mugabe. During Mugabe's rule the country went from the breadbasket of Africa to a food importer. Don also sponsored today's speaker.
Bill Woodard gave a presentation that made us all proud to be Rotarians. The number of homeless in the world has doubled in the past five years to 85 million. Climate disasters on a scale never seen before and man made turmoil have brought us to the crisis we see today.  Shelter Box is making a dent in the need having served 160,000 families in 2017. Rotary provides 40% of their funding and a very large percentage of their staff. Shelter Box, Red Cross and the UN are the only three organizations that can take the lead in countries in need of humanitarian aid. With Rotary membership being made up of local leaders and business owners it is a natural to organize relief efforts plus it has instant credibility. Shelter Box has been allowed in North Korea and in to Myanmar where government or religious affiliated organizations were not allowed.
Bill shared with us photos of places he has been as Shelter Box/Rotarian volunteer and told us the final two miles are often the most difficult in getting aid to those in need.
If I was too harsh on Maeve let me know and I will pay a fine next week. 
Rotary Club of Marana
President Holt had difficulty getting everyone's attention to start the meeting. We had numerous guests and over 90% member attendance. There was a great deal of conviviality going on. Finally she was able to get Mark Murray's attention to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and a fine job he did.
Next we sang Happy Birthday to Dan Contorno although this was against club rules. We later found out we owe Denise West a Happy Birthday serenade this month as well. We actually sounded pretty good maybe because of the following guest voices: Kirk Reed, DG Elect, Lyle Johnson, Mary Straus's little girl, Lilly, Denny Scanlon, Dove Mountain Rotary President Donna Hansen and Dove Mountain Rotary Secretary John Mead.
The older members of our club appreciated President Jo's quote from a name from the past Dr Albert Schweitzer, "The key to happiness is good health and a bad memory." Also, success does not proceed happiness, it is the other way around.
Jo and Harold B cleaned out our club closet and transferred lots of useful stuff to Jo's guest room closet at home. By the way, Jo is looking for volunteers to help clean out her guest room closet.
An update to Food Bank/Diaper Rack situation. The Food Bank has been notified the rack is theirs not ours and it can be used or disposed of at their determination. We are in touch with Make Way for Books regarding purchase of children's books and with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program for possible distribution through the Marana Health Center, not through the Food Bank.
*******Please get your money in for the diamond pendant raffle by 2/13/2018 and the tree planting ceremony /24/2018******
This month President Jo is doing vocational mentoring at Lori Malagone's Open Doors School. Last month it was Randy Brooks. All members please consider taking a turn.Rotary Club of Dove Mountain announced their annual fund raiser will be a Flamenco theme with professional guitar player and dancer. Date to be announced. Entertainment and meal $65.
Denny Scanlon spoke of the lady who was severely injured while helping a stranded motorist. Many of us were familiar with her plight due to a three part front page story in the Star newspaper. Denny has asked our club to assist with installing a wheelchair ramp at her home as well as possible other aid.
Members and guests were very generous today. Javier kicked in $100 due to a minor scheduling problem last week at our 5th Tuesday social. Seems like he closes Nana's at 8pm which happened to be the start time of the UA basketball game. Not a problem, we just migrated west about 90 feet to the Native Wing place and enjoyed nthe UA blowout of Washington State. John Dooling donated a $100 also. Apparently Tuesday the 1st of February is considered the first Tuesday of the month and when the Club's board showed up at 6pm for the monthly meeting John's office had already been closed for an hour. Sorry.
Others donating were: Mark Murray-actually late, but due to the aforementioned conviviality beat the bell; Tony-Looking forward to "PETS" training where he will learn to sit, stay, roll over,etc.; Denny Scanlon-"Go Cats"; Don Jorgensen-was sitting about ten feet from the losing last second shot made by Washington U in Seattle last week (Why does that make him happy?); Richie B- happy for 108th Scouting in America anniversary and admission of the fairer sex (can I say that? I get so confused in the PC world) to Scouting; Bob Bishop-SOLD!,  Jason watched the Super Bowl with friends visiting from Philly(Philly won for those of you who are Jeopardy types), Maeve, Phil and others were happy as well.
These notes are getting a little long in the tooth, so with no disrespect intended suffice to say our speaker Randy Brooks had a rough childhood and the words "scholar" and "Brooks" were not used in the same sentence during his teen years. However, the finished product that stood before us today was the result of the Marines, the GI Bill and vocational training. The Rotary Vocational Fund in AZ combines the north district with ours.  Scholarships based on financial need goes to students for trade job training. There is a state tax credit of $400 per individual and $800 per couple. Donations for the 2017 tax year are still possible. Maximum grant per candidate is $3000. Last year 33 of 92 applicants received a grant. Aviation Tech, nursing, phlebotomy and solar certification were a few of the careers supported. Donations are encouraged and you can visit the website at WWW.TRVFA.ORG
Before going I think it would be appropriate to point out that we had four Eagle Scouts in attendance!  
Great meeting. See you all next week.
Rotary Club of Marana
At the Request of President Holt, David Hindman led the club in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Denise West gave us food for thought regarding the "precious present" being a gift. (Deep!)
Dan Contorno led us in a pitiful rendition of "Happy Birth Day" to Mr. Randy Brooks. (Note to self: Do not EVER let Dan lead us in song)
Guests included Denise Coronado Principal of MUSD's MCAT school, Mikyla Bambrough-Student of the Month, Mikyla's mother Pam and Step dad Fred Clark and Alexis Jacobs- visiting friend from California of Randy Brooks.
Our two RYLA students sent notes of appreciation and will speak to the club at an upcoming meeting.
Asst. District 5500 Governor Stacy Fox met with the Region 6 clubs made up of Marana, Dove Mtn, 2 Saddlebrook , Catalina and Oro Valley clubs. Looks like several opportunities to assist with tree planting project on February 24th and 25th. Details on what constitutes "tree planting" considering hole digging not required is forthcoming. Shovels optional?
The Club has asked for a $5 donation from every member to cover the cost of the trees.
Raffle tickets available for the diamond pendant donated by club member Denise West of Ben Bridge Jewelers. Price reduction from $40 to $25! Drawing to be day before Valentine's Day.
This weekend Tony, Mary and Randy will all be in Los Angeles for PETS Assembly. This is training Rotary leaders for tomorrow.
Cookie booth available. Please share with anyone who may be interested. No charge to advertise just provide cookies for 350 people.
*****************DARK NEXT WEEK************
****************Social next Wednesday 1/25/2018.
Enjoy the UA basketball game. Nana's Kitchen 7:30pm
Happy Bucks from Bob Bishop-spent night on live firing range(several members question sanity of someone who would be happy about this), Randy-visit from Alexis, Many members happy for our Student of the month. Bob knew who Ralph Edwards was and the show he hosted, but no prize for that. Tony won the raffle, but the King of Clubs did not win him a prize either.
 Mikyla Bambrough, our Student of the Month, spent 71/2 years in the Casa Grande School system before moving to Marana and attending Tortolita and Mtn View schools. She struggles with shyness, but has blossomed at MCAT where she is getting "seven"A's in her classes.  Mr Bowen, the staff rep, commented on her Compassion and her Concientiousness. (I spelled that without looking it up). Per Mr Bowen "She is onderful to have in class". She would like to study dermatology. 
See you next Wednesday?    
Rotary Club of Marana
I arrived today at Nana's Kitchen at 7:45A and for a moment I thought I was late. Numerous members had arrived for our El Tour de Cookie fundraiser and were hard at work. Thank you to Dan, Mary, Randy, Tony, Lori, Richie and others who attended he planning meeting.
President Jo called us to order at 8am sharp and Clint led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Although a song month we could not come up with a song that was within our skill zone, so no singing today. We did have words of wisdom from MLK.
Joe Hentges, District 5500 Governor, visited and presented the Presidential citation to our club for last years accomplishments. Immediate Past President Mary accepted the reward on behalf of the club.
Many happy bucks collected from mumblers of the first order. If you want the world to know why you are happy ask for the mic or speak up. Or sit at this writer's table! Jo was happy regards son's health and Jason was happy about getting mice on camera. Probably not as happy as Walt Disney though.
Lot's of hungry people showed up last week at the Food bank, so many that the federal food boxes were all distributed and some needy left without a package. 
Rotary Leadership Institute will be held 1/20/2018 at the Viscount. Please consider attending to expand your knowledge of Rotary.
The fifth Tuesday of January will be on Wednesday 1/31/2018. Yes, you read that correctly. Tuesday the 30th of January we will be dark. On the 31st we will meet at 7:30 at Nana's and enjoy the UA basketball game along with Rotarian's from Dove Mountain. Plan on attending.
Ask Lynne how Yuma got it's name.
Bob won the raffle, or at least the first half.
Denise West has donated a diamond necklace valued at $370. I believe we decided to sell raffle tickets with the winner to be drawn on Valentine's Day. More to come.
Tony spoke of projects to come then turned the mic over to Dan. Need to get the word out to friends and acquaintences regards the 4/14/2018 Tour de Cookie. Total ride is 28.6 miles, but lesser distances may be ridden. Corporate sponsors are desired and necessary to get into a five digit fundraiser. If you know possible corporate sponsors feel free to turn it over to Taylor Swift (Closer's Close) er, Mary Straus or Randy Brooks.
Tremendous attendance today. WAY TO GO!
President Holt began the new year with a quote from singer Neil Diamond. Mr. Diamond urges us all to make mistakes in 2018. Making mistakes results in learning, living, changing the world. It means you are "DOING SOMETHING". Guests included our Exchange Student from Nigeria, Mirabel and our District Govern Joe Hentges. Maeve and John D led the club in one of the best renditions of Auld Lang Syne that has ever been sung or heard at Nana's Kitchen between 7:00AM and 7:05AM on a second Tuesday in January.
There was a discussion regarding our 5th Tuesday of the month social meeting. Some confusion regarding Tuesday's being Thursday's in January and whether or not Thursday March first could be considered the last Tuesday in January. If so, we might meet with Dove Mountain club at Nana's Kitchen in the evening. More to follow once we consult with a planetary scientist who could shine some light on why the calendar is set up as it is and what's stopping us from making changes anyway.
 The Governor commended our club for its generosity and singled out Don Jorgensen and John Dooling for their annual Paul Harris donation of $1,000.
President Jo explained to the club that the Marana Food bank does not want our $2,400 gift of diaper holding bins, which they ordered. Unfortunately there is more to come on this story.
Numerous members indicated their willingness to donate $25 for trees to be planted at the Veteran's Cemetery in Marana. Randy donated 100% of his share of the tip from the Picture Rocks New Year's Eve gig. This is enough to cover 5 trees!
RYLA this weekend and our club is sponsoring two attendees.
Happiness donations from Mark-Not suitable for Jury Duty, Lori-Holidays are over, Richie-Expectation of papahood in June, Mary-Thought Mark looked lovely in his go to court clothes, Plus many others welcoming the New Year.
Again we were entertained by the Dueling jokesters Lynne and Maeve. Lynne's tree planting humor easily defeated Maeve's math joke. (Maeve, many of us still harbor ill feelings about our math experiences and do not consider math a humerus topic).
Bob Bishop won and lost with a four of spades.
Randy presented with a summary of the RI Foundation, The District Foundation and the Rotary Club of Marana Foundation and how they differ from one another. There is plenty of literature on the RI Foundation and their Annual Program Fund. For details about the District Foundation see Randy and for the Marana Foundation see Mary.
This example may help:
$2000 from our Marana Rotary Foundation gets matched with another $2,000 by District 5500 Foundation and a match of about $3,000 from RI Foundation turns a small project into a village changing international project in Cameroon.
RI Foundation money is spent on Peace, Clean Water, Moms & Kids, Education, and Local Economies Development (micro loans).
Randy did share that RI Foundation was ranked #1 by Charity Navigator and that over 90% of money spent on projects as opposed to salary and other overhead.
Rotary Club of Marana
The last meeting of 2017 was called to order by President Holt and Javier Teran led us in the Pledge. Words of wisdom from ? indicated hey would not change anything in their past since it might lead to another door in which YOU were not there. Guest was Eric Munoz who is an applicant for a Rotary Vocational Scholarship. We broke club rules "again" and sang "We wish You a Merry Christmas" and we sang happy birthday to Richie Benner (31, OMG).
Denise West again worked the Picture Rocks Food Bank along with Jo, Randy and Deb. Denise made all the top tier decisions. Denise is also heading up the adopt a family program with assistance from Jo.
Speaking of Jo, do not let her near your tax returns. Thank you to Lynne on some Rotary donation/tax reporting dates. Also, reminding all that you might want to pay real estate taxes this year rather than waiting until spring deadline due to Federal Tax changes happening today.
Randy playing at Picture Rocks "Horseshoe Cafe New Year's Eve from 8 to midnight. Food, drink and good music. Half the music donations go to Rotary. DIRECTIONS: Go to PR make a left and it is the 5th building on the right.
Harold Burtzloff received The Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" designation for error free 50 years of flight. Additional Happy Bucks came from:
Jo-Son her for Christmas
Bob-Buyer for his business
Don-Not necessarily happy, had a few disparaging remarks about the PA. highway system.Daughter home for Christmas
Randy- Got Steamrolled by a wisenheimer
Lori, Mary and Jason all happy as well.
Maeve let us in on a little known secret. After visiting the good boys and girls on Christmas Eve. Santa then visits the naughty girls. I cannot help but wonder how she knew this.
 PE Tony Hunter went to the PE meeting at the Golden Pins Bowling Alley and he was packing. Happy to meet other PE's he will be working with. Tony discussed with us the Tree Program (Peter would like to se Interact involved), Aide Station, PR Food Bank, Diaper Program, Vocational Mentors at Lori Malagone's school, adopt a family and adopt a Cameroon Village. He announced Mary Straus will be one of the Assistant Governors next year. Thanks for stepping up, Mary.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and see you all Tuesday 1/9/2018. Be safe.
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