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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Marana in Marana, AZ

Marana

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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Mary Randy Harold with Denise West at Ben Bridge Open House
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES OF MEETING 2/14/17
Submitted by Secretary Randy Brooks
Attendance of 84.21% today.  Great job everyone.
 Completed the Pledge of Allegiance, Meditative Moment and a song provided by John Dooling.  Thanks, John.
Guests included: Joyce Zwick from British Columbia, RYLA student Johnathon Grove and his mother Tina Grove.
Peter Mack is celebrating his birthday, and John Zwick is celebrating 52 years as a Rotarian … WOW!
Eric reported that he was in a bike ride this weekend and that five people signed up for the Tour de Cookie.  Great job Eric and we are all sorry about the bee sting.
This next Sunday at 8:00 AM, Dan Contorno, is giving out fliers at Rillito Raceway advertising the Tour de Cookie.  If we have enough volunteers perhaps we could have two stations …. Maybe at the Loop Bike Store as well?
Maeve discussed how she and Denise have been shopping for the shut in’s that are provided food by the food bank.  The theory is that we will provide a birthday bag for these folks whenever possible to uplift spirits a little.  Thanks Maeve and Denise...
Maeve also asked for volunteers for the food bank on March 25 to help cook, I think, for donors to the organization. Maeve made it clear that this event is not a club project but she did ask for our help and indicated she would be using out shade tent at the event.
RYLA participant, Johnathan Grove, Marana High School Student reported he had a wonderful time at RYLA in January.  He discussed the speakers, and how one speaker jogged from San Francisco to New York ignoring his several physical limitations.  Another person gave a presentation on leadership … this was a woman from Russia and she spoke of leadership and commerce. He also discussed the fun and challenge of the zip line, rock climbing wall and a service project. At the service project they packed bags for children in need of a lift up.
Maeve told her usual joke: “This is a really dirty joke…. Three pigs rolled in the mud.” That’s it.  Sorry everyone.
 
Our second speaker was Jamie deZubeldia of Sun Apiaries and ReZonation Farm.  He discussed the science of having bee hives to produce honey and other products.  His company raises bees and also trains those interested in doing the same.  He has a deep respect for bees and is slightly fearful of them.
The business started in 1986 in Avra Valley.  They have trained over 300+ beekeepers since 2009. The goal of his work is to increase honey production to 25,000 pounds of product. He indicated that people whom do this for a hobby have less than 25 hives and those that do it for a business have greater than 100 hives. Pollination accounts for 33-50% of our food supply.  One hive can produce about 45# of honey.  This is very interesting:  They breed queen bees to insure they have a good “temperament” … who would think? He stated after the meeting that Africanized bees are very aggressive and native honey bees are not.  If you would like to reach Jamie: 520-603-1804, www.sunapiaries.com or ReZonationfarm.com.
 
Thank you Jamie.  Interesting discussion.
 
 
Last Wed (Feb 8) several of our members assisted at the Marana Food Bank's monthly distribution of food in Picture Rocks. This took place at the Ortiz Community Health Center. Randy Brooks drove the food bank truck over to Center to deliver boxes of food, and helped Mary Straus organize the food into bags. Jo Holt helped Marana Food Bank's Denise Burns distribute the right combination of food boxes and bags to clients. What a nice group of people, both helpers and clients! It was fun and enjoyable, and Mary really got a workout.
 
 
 
 
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES OF MEETING 2/07/17
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
Lots of guests today: Aleta Wiener, RC of Dove Mountain, Joyce Zwick, Pincher Creek Rotary Club, Alberta, Canada, Student of the Month: Audrye Zomar her mother Becky, Educator “Mr. Chuck” and MCAT principal Denise Coronado. We had another guest Dr. Leigh Readdy, Disaster Network of Assistance Rotary Action Group.  He is with a Rotary Club in Kirkland, WA and exchanged banners with President Mary.
President Mary started running around giving people coupons for knowing the job assignments they had.  Special recognition went to John Dooling.  I think he set up although he was not assigned that task. 
Aleata Wiener picked up her winnings from the Football Pool … she took second place and Tonja Greenfield, a former member,  won the jackpot.  Aleta also asked our club to participate in the RC of Dove Mountain Annual Dinner, March 11, 2017.  This year they will honor former Rotarian Howard Tatum whom passed away this year.  He was a much beloved member of the Dove Mountain Club and retired as a weatherman in Hawaii.  Fliers were passed around the room.
Dan Contorno gave an update on the Tour de Cookie.  The Facebook page is up and running, please go to it and “friend” the page.  Also please send out a notice to all your friends, far and wide, encouraging them to participate in the ride.  We have set a goal of 300 riders this year. Tony, Jo and Eric are working hard with Dan and Jo to make this year’s event a success.
Please set aside the date of February 20 at 5 PM to honor the Rotaract Club of Tortillita Middle School.  All of the 9 members are National Honor Society Club members and parents will be attending this event. It will be held at the Cougar Café at the school.
Tomorrow is the Food Bank Distribution dayRandy will pick up the truck at 9 AM. Mary and Jo are working to help distribute the food. This is a once a month project and we hope the club will assist by showing up once every six months to work for a period of two hours.  Our club keeps saying they would like a “hands on” project.  Here you go!
Tony Hunter discussed an opportunity for the club to host a “beer garden” at a Corn Hole Tournament.  Last year there were 400 participants.  It could cost up to $700.00 for the license and insurance.  Tony is checking with Rotary International about insurance...  This event will be held March 18 at Cross Roads Park area.  There will be further discussion.
 
 Leigh Readdy discussed world disasters that his Rotary Action Group has responded.  He stated that over 100,000 people are living under cardboard as a result of disasters, quoting the earthquakes in Italy, ice storms in Scandinavian countries, and the like.  He discussed how his group partners with many other organizations within and outside of Rotary to provide help for others.  He handed out fliers which pointed out that they have been building homes for $4,500 in India. Contact Leigh at readdyla@aol.com.
 
 Presentation of the Student of the Month. Audrye Zomari is a student at MCAT.  She is a lovely young lady that had fallen on rough times and was found with a knife and drugs at school.  She was expelled and worked very hard to come back to school. She is from New Mexico and lives with her mother.  She was described by her principal and teacher as, “great at academics, has a wonderful attitude and good attendance.”  She asked that the principal tell her story so that people could learn what she was like and what she is now. She hopes to enter the nursing program at Pima Community College upon graduation.  Audrye is well liked and discussed how her mother has a wonderful positive influence on her.  She likes MCAT because of the support of peers, educators and that the environment is “like home.”
Happy bucks: everyone participated but of note was Lynne signing “We are the Champions” because her team …. The Patriots won the super bowlMaeve told another joke, a play on words and it is not to be repeated by this writer. Actually it was a joke that Randy finally got. 
Meeting adjourned with the recital of the Four-Way Test.
 
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 1/24/16
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Guests: Lou Touchette and Jim from ALOHA ….. Adult Loss of Hearing Association … more about them later.
Birthdays for the month were discussed: Dan, Tony and Randy were all born in January.  Interesting that it is all males celebrating.
Reminder: Second Wednesday of February we will be distributing food at the Marana Health Care site in Picture Rocks from 9:30 – noon.  The address is 12635 W. Rudasill Road, Marana (Picture Rocks), AZ. We will be supporting this effort into the future.  If everyone volunteers besides the core group of volunteers most will only need to help once or twice a year.
We are Dark Next Tuesday ….. Don’t forget! We are having a multi club social at Shlomo and Vito’s New York Delicatessen and Pizza, 2870 E Skyline Dr, #120, Tucson from 5:30 to 7:30. Five clubs are participating in this fun evening and we hope to see you all there.
Three of our members attended the Rotary Leadership Institute this past weekend.  Mary completed level III, Joe Holt completed level II and Tony completed level I. All said it was very enlightening and helpful.  Randy was there as well as a facilitator.  Tony summed it up by saying, “I found it very helpful” and Mary stated “It gave me a greater sense of being a Rotarian.”
Don Jorgensen announced that Maeve’s Church donated $1000 to Shelter Box.  What a grand gift.  Thanks Maeve and your church for being such great folks.
Dan Contorno discussed briefly the Tour de CookieWe need sponsor’s folksHMS Bikes has signed on as a major donor.  Dan says those that become sponsors will be able to have their name on the rider’s T-shirts.
Maeve told yet another joke having to do with pretzels.  There was a collective groan.
Lynne mentioned she has sent out dues statements and has yet to collect from many people.  Come on people, you can do it.
Several of us expressed ongoing frustration that the website is still not accessible. (I did get a note today …. Thursday that the site is finally up and running.)
 
Guests and back to ALOHA.  This group is responsible for placing wires in business and homes that allow those are hearing impaired to hear better.  The wire (loop) enables sound to process through the wire and process through an amplifier.  There is also a portable looping station one can carry around with them to assist in hearing.  Arizona and Michigan are the country leaders in having these wires looped.  About 100 businesses in Tucson have looping and our presenter Lou has personally installed the device in 300 homes in Tucson. We learned there is also a hearing impaired support group in town.  Suggestions to you that are not hearing impaired to communicate with those of us that are: Don’t Yell, speak slowly and plainly.  Give us a chance to see your face so we can read (roughly) your lips.  If you are interested in the product for your business or home, or would like to see about the support group call Lou at 520-795-9887.
 
DON’T FORGET WE ARE DARK NEXT TUESDAY.
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 1/17/17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
We all participated in the Pledge of Allegiance, had a meditative moment and sang a song, “Working on the Railroad.”
Announcements:  Several members’ computers are unable to access the Club website and/or Club Runner.  Peter states he has authorized Club Runner to take over the hosting of our website.  Some members are not having any problems and can’t fathom that others are stymied by this problem. Hopefully the situation will be resolved soon.
President Mary and Randy visited the Food Bank last Wednesday and helped deliver food to those less fortunate in the Picture Rocks area.  It was really, really fun. We will be providing this service every second Wednesday of the month and NEED club members to step up and help.  We keep hearing that the members want a hands on project and so here you go.  We only need about three people each third Wednesday and the attendees can be rotated.  Please sign up. 
Discussion about the Forum last week with representatives from MUSD, Marana Police Department, The Town of Marana and Marana Health Center. A few of the comments follow:
Maeve “We were building stronger ties to the community.  It was a success.” She added that it was a plus for Rotary’s perception in the community.
Others stated: “The Chief should be asked to join the club.”  Randy is on top of this invite.  Another suggested a School Vocational Day ……. It will be discussed at the board meeting.  Mary mentioned how we can provide expertise and insight into substance abuse. More to follow.
We received a card from the Coyote Trails Grade School thanking us for our participation the in building of the playground for disadvantaged children.
Maeve told us a joke … sadly, once again, Randy did not get it.
Our guest today and presenter is Monica Schmidt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the U of A.  The topic was “Food – Breeding to Genetic Modification.  The challenge is how we feed more people without damaging the planet.” Genetic engineering increases productivity and is endorsed by most scientists as an important tool. Monica has been researching soy beans, cotton, maize and Canadian canola.  These GMO plants are more resistant to insects and herbicides. The goal is to reduce toxins in food.  10,000 children per year in the USA are affected by Necrotizing Enterocolitis and if breast fed and/or epidermal growth factor is added to the milk it reduces the death rate of this disease by 50%.  Monica also discussed Vitamin A deficiency. The Gates Foundation and the U of A are working to reduce the incidence of blindness in Africa …. This deficiency affects 250,000 to 500, 000 children a year.  Half of whom die within a year of going blind.  Thank goodness we have people like Monica working to save the children and increase food productivity.  Thank you for a great presentation.
 
Our meeting on Jan 10, 2017, was a special Club Assembly which focused on making an assessment of community needs. What does the greater Marana community need the most, and how can our Rotary club take action to address these needs? President Mary Straus assembled a panel of local leaders:  Clint Kuntz with MHC Healthcare, Dan Contorno with Marana Unified School District, Lisa Shafer, Community Development Director with the Town of Marana, and Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema. Also present in the audience were guests Aleta Wiener, President of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club; Joe Hentges, District 5500 Governor-Elect; Joseph Farr with Bank of the West, and former Club member Tom Mangold.
Facilitating the panel discussion was PDG and newly-elected Vice Governor for 2017-2018 Randy Brooks, who began the discussion by outlining types of community services that our Club could consider, such as assistance with conflict management, advocacy for those seeking medical treatment, and education and community development efforts through the Rotary Vocational Fund. Randy also discussed needed help with youth, such as through the MCAT program at MUSD, as well as assistance needed, in general, with basic education and literacy. He then raised a series of questions for the panel to address.
 
1. What are the top two needs in our community?
2. What proper and/or realistic role can we play to help with these issues?
3. Is there a specific role or benefit that can be gained from working with Rotary?
4. Which assistance program have you found to be most effective?
 
There was general agreement that Rotary could be very helpful within the Marana community, and that many programs could be even more effective with additional assistance from volunteers. In the course of our discussion, two ideas emerged that were of particular interest. Holding a career or vocational fair at a local school was discussed as a means of inspiring students. Developing a resource guide for the Marana area which would list all organizations that provide assistance, and the specific type of assistance provided as well as location and contact information would be very useful both for those in need and those helping them. The Club will be discussing these and other ideas in the near future.
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES OF MEETING 1/3/17
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
Pledge, Thought for The Day and song completed. 
Only one guest today.  B.J. Cordova, member of the E-Club of D-5500 and Communication Director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful.  More later about B.J.  He was our speaker today.
Peter gave an update on the outing to Kitt Peak, January 14, 2017, at 3:30 PM.  The group will meet on the Northwest corner of the Walmart parking lot.  Folks will carpool to the facility.  Darn, I just realized that I will not be able to attend because I will be at the Southern California/Nevada PETS meeting in Los Angles that day.  Deb will take my place.  Bummer, dudes.  16 people have signed up so far for the outing.
President Mary gave a report on the Mike Harris Ride to End Polio.  The final statistics are we raised $11,336,014.00 during the one day event.  What an amazing feat.  Our club played important roles in the event ….. Again, thanks everyone. 
Next week we will have a forum.  The following have been invited: Representatives of the Town of Marana, Marana Unified School District, Marana Healthcare, and The Marana Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the forum seems to be two-fold.  One is for the club to obtain a better understanding of the needs in our community and the other is to be a PR event to increase awareness of our Rotary Club of Marana. 
Randy reported the New Year’s Eve open house at his house was successful and fun in spite of the rain.  It was discovered the Maeve, Jo and Mary are very tough women.  They sat in the rain and listened to Randy’s friends play music.  You (I) gotta love those ladies. Eventually they did find a few umbrellas.
Maeve: What did the father buffalo say to his son as he left the herd?  Bison.  Collective groan.
B.J. Cordova as noted above was our speaker today.  Before he presented Randy discussed how they were both part of a GSE Team to Africa.  B.J.  represents Tucson Clean and Beautiful.  He gave thoughts regarding sustainable community work which includes Social need, Environment and economic considerations.  The mission statement of his organization includes “Improving the Environment and quality of life in the Tucson and Pima County area.”  They do this by education, sponsorship and work of the 330 volunteers.  They need more volunteers if you are interested ….. Soon the organization will be approaching Rotary D-5500 and its clubs to have a commemorative tree park celebrating Rotarians, friends and family.   
Tucson Clean and Beautiful does its best to attack bufflegrass and attempts to eradicate the weeds. B.J. discussed Urban Heat Island caused by building of concrete buildings and pavementTrees for Tucson are an example of how the heat can be diminished if contractors and builders pay attention.
Need information about where to recycle those old computers, phones, printers, cooking oil, paint etc.?  Contact Tucson Clean and Beautiful and they will help you find the correct resources.
This organization is also training young offenders to become landscape specialists.  They have a 9 week course that meets every Saturday to serve young men and women.
See you all next week.  Thanks for attending the meeting today.  We had 84% of you here today.  Please attend the forum next week. 
 
 
 
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES 12/27/16
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Don Jorgensen led us in the Pledge, Denise gave us a thought for the day and Mary followed with a video of photos of Chimps’ in Africa opening a gift package of drink and food.  It was very funny.  The chimps were orphaned and needed a little levity. We did as well. Now that I think about it  the goings on reminds me of my family at Christmas.
No song today …… I did not see a dry eye in the house. 
Only one guest today, Don Winfield owner of Up and Running Computer Services, tucsonvirusslayer.com.
Reports:
Jo, Peter, Denise, and John Dooling all personally contributed (in addition to the funds donated by the club) to our holiday cheer for a family.  They were all pleased and the family very grateful for the kindness shown by our Rotary Club. Thanks to all of you for your generosity of time and money to help this needy family.
Dan Contorno has finished the course outline for the Tour de Cookie bike ride.  It will actually be 29 miles this year.  Anyway he thinks it his.  His GPS broke during the ride …..However, the positioning of the sun and burning of his legs provided valuable information about distance. The shorter distance is to insure those of us with physical challenges will be able to finish the course – like me.  Remember, we will need help on the day of the event, riders, and we will ask you all market the event.  Don’t forget this is a club project and we ALL need to participate in order for this fundraising event to be successful.  The money raised in this insures we can help others throughout the year.  Dan, your committee is doing a wonderful job on planning this event.  Thank you so much.
Randy reminded everyone of the New Year’s Eve party at his home this coming weekend …. Several have indicated they will be attending.  It should be fun.  We will have beverages, music, visiting, and goodwill for the New Year.  It starts at 7 PM and will shut down when everyone goes home.
President Mary thanked the club for the $300.00 donation to the Bisbee Club to help in the purchasing of food staples for people in Naco, Mexico.  Each family was given 30# of food. Once again, our club stands talk in our commitment to help those with less.
Presidents Report: Mary has been compiling a report for the Assistant Governor regarding our club activities for the past quarter.  More goes on than meets the eye:
  • We completed the $23,000 project in cooperation with the Marana School District and private contractors and sweat equity (as well as outright donations of money) toward the playground for physically challenged children. (Chair Mary)
  • We completed an air conditioning project for a military veteran in Picture Rocks. He has been without cooling for five years. (Chair Randy)
  • Again we donated and shopped for the family in Marana that needed assistance for the holiday season. (Chair Denise)
  • We are geared up and prepared to build a wheel chair ramp for a disabled woman in Marana. Partnering with the Community Food Bank and the Town of Marana on this project. (Chair Tony)
  • We partnered with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and the Rotary Club of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico which provided memory screenings in Nogales. (Chair Randy)
  • We celebrated several “Students of the Month” from MCAT, MUSD …. This is always fun. (Chair – Mary and Club)
  • We organized and supported the aid station for El Tour de Tucson and 8,000 bike riders.  In addition to members riding in the event we were able to enlist the support of the Rotary Clubs of Dove Mountain, Tucson Rotary Club, Interact Club, and the Rotary Club of Old Pueblo. (Chair Maeve)
  • We were able to support Shelter Box by a donation to buy a box. (Chair Don Jorgensen)
All of the above was just in the last quarter.  What an amazing Rotary Club.  I’m proud of all of you.
Selected statement during our traditional Happy Bucks ceremony:
Peter ratted out Randy saying he was wrong on the statistics of attendees at last week’s meeting.  Forgiveness was offered, as well as accepted. Your esteemed secretary promised to do it again.
Xavier was late, he gave $5.00 for “Happy Bucks’” He had a weird grin on his face …. Kinda creepy.
Eric states he went to a movie this weekend and indicated that a movie called, “Collateral Beauty” with Will Smith was great.
Peter reminded everyone of the outing to Kitt Peak, January 14, 2017, we will meet at a place to be determined at 3:30 PM. We will get back to Tucson at some point ….. I’m forgetting at what time.  Carpooling is necessary and sign up is important as well.  He can only accommodate 30 people to insure everyone gets to the look through the telescope. 
Finally we introduced our speaker:
 
Program
 
 Don Winfield is a US Navy veteran and was prior to owning his own computer repair business he was into tuxedo sales and management person.  He became interested in computer work and virus detection and formed his own company, Up and Running Computer Services, with his spouse. He discussed those annoying “pop up” banner ads and especially those that say your computer is malfunctioning and it’s important to send your money and children to them to fix the problem.  He say’s just turn your computer off (reboot) and they will go away. These companies are frauds and do not respond to them.  He is recommended by Eric for maintenance and care of your computer as well as a good man to fix problems.  Don can be reached at 520-271-8684 and TucsonVirusSlayer@gmail.com.  Website www.tucsonvirusslayer.com.
 
Meeting adjourned.  See you all next week in the New Year.
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES OF MEETING 12/20/16
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Another fun meeting today.  We had 68.4% of our members attend which is not horrible attendance  considering we a only a few days away from the Christmas and Hanukkah Holiday.  Have a wonderful holiday everyone.
Guests: Kirk Reed, Governor Nominee, R-5500 and Susan Reed, an expert on Epilepsy.
Announcements: Jo states that she and Denise went shopping with the family we are supporting this year, learned that they enjoy music and are very interesting and talented people.
Randy: Discussed the Paul Harris Society.  This group of Rotarians, including, I think: John Dooling, Peter Mack, Mary Straus, Don Jorgensen and Randy from our club donate $1,000.00 per year to the Rotary Foundation.  If you would like to join this group please contact Randy and he will help you.
Randy also mentioned the Bequest Society and that President Mary Straus obtained level II recognition this past week and that we have openings for additional bequest activity.  John Dooling asked for a form to make a bequest.  Thank you, John.  You are a wonderful Rotarian and a great role model for other Rotarians.
President Mary asked if we would be interested in assisting the Bisbee Club in purchasing garbanzo beans to hand over the border in Naco, AZ – Mexico on Christmas morning.  According to Mary the club foundation has the budget and therefore we voted to fund this project in the amount of $300.00. It was not determined who would take the lead on this so I am assuming Mary will make arrangements.
Mary also mentioned a “Million Dollar’ fundraising event to fight hunger.  Mary will send details to us in the club.  The date of this event is January 19-21 and will be held at the Church of the Nazarene.  Specifics and sign-up sheet to follow.
Dan Contorno states he has applied for the permits and insurance for the Tour de Cookie.  I can’t wait for this ride …. It will be, as always, a lot of fun.
Don’t forget, January 14, 2014, Dr. Peter Mack taking all interested members of the club and family to Kitt Peak for the evening.  We will leave Tucson at 3:30 and return about 9 PM. We will need to carpool. Again, details to follow.
Seven Tucson Clubs are having a social ironically on the same night as our quarterly 5th Tuesday social. Mary suggested that we join those clubs in the event.  It will be held at Shlomo and Vito’s, Catalina Foothills, 2870 E Skyline at Campbell from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  The club voted to support this activity.  It will be a great chance for those of us that do not get to meet many other local Rotarians to do so.
It was announced by Mary that the Rotary Leadership Institute will be held, January 21, 2017.  She indicated she is attending level III.  Because we have new members, Randy specifically asked that David Hindman and Tony Hunter attend this all day seminar.  We hope that Denise attends and others as well.  Let’s get involved in this wonderful organization.  It is designed to fill two purposes: one is to orient new Rotarians to Rotary and the other is to help develop leaders for our clubs.  Please, let’s have a good showing and as many of us as possible attend this event.
 
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Susan Reed, representing the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona (www.epilepsyaz.org), Bent Wanderings www.bentwanderings.blogspot.com and Carpe Diem Rides (www.meetup.com/bikegaba/ was our presenter today.  Susan has presented before at our club and the club invited her back to further discuss Epilepsy. She recounted the signs and symptoms of epilepsy, care of someone experiencing a seizure, and triggers.  She also stated that one of 26 people have epilepsy.  Susan has been working to develop a bike riding support group to ride with people with epilepsy but sometimes it is difficult to find those with epilepsy to engage in the sport.  Getting the word out is difficult, and obtaining those with the disease to want to ride is a struggle as well.
A few don’t in dealing with someone having a seizure:  Do not put anything in their mouth ….. They may bite their tongue, cheek or break a tooth and bleed.  It’s OK.  The will not suffocate. Do not do what I did …. I stuck my fingers in my mother’s mouth during a seizure and as a result she bit to the bone on a couple of them.  This almost makes me a candidate for the Darwin Awards.  Do not restrain the person, but make sure everything is out of the way so they do not bump into furniture of other objects. Do not feel that you must call 911 unless they are truly hurt.  They will come out of the seizure and be spacy but find after a short period of time.  Do not make negative judgements about those that have this disease. To learn more about this disorder contact Susan Reed at susanwreed@gmail.com.
 
Have a wonderful holiday my friends and thanks to each of you for making this club great.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
Randy
 
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 12-13-16
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
HOLIDAY PARTY ------ YEAH
EIGHTEEN of 19 members attended today …… great job.  THAT IS 97.4% OF OUR MEMBERS …. WOW.  GOOD WORK.
John Dooling led us in a rousing songfest we all seemed to know the words: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Denise gave us a thought for the day which included the importance she feels being a part of our club.  “I’ve never been in an organization that cares so much … it is wonderful.” Them comment gave us pause to reflect on why we joined Rotary and our reasons for staying.  Or a moment to dose off … not sure which. Thanks John and Denise.
Dan states we have approval from Pima to start the Tour de Cookie at Rillito Park this year.  This means plenty of parking and interesting routes to take depending on the length of a ride the biker’s prefer.  Thank you Dan for your efforts and your committee for working so diligently on this project.
On behalf of The Rotary Foundation, Randy (chair of the club Rotary Foundation) presented,
 
President Mary Straus with a crystal trophy and a pin with two stones as a thank you from The Rotary Foundation. Randy described this as a selfless act of kindness by Mary who will never see the benefits of this contribution but nonetheless she will leave a legacy of generosity.  She directed her funds to the Annual Programs Fund at The Rotary Foundation.  Mary reluctantly accepted the recognition.  The club gave her a standing ovation for this act of kindness.
 
OK, its official, the club voted on a slate of officers going into the future: President 2017-18; Jo Holt, President Elect 2018-19; Tony Hunter; President Elect Nominee 2019-20; Eric Miller. Lynne Himmer will continue to be the club Treasurer, and Denise West will be Secretary effective July 1, 2017.
Immediate Past President on the Board will be Mary Straus. At large members of the Board will be Harold Burtzloff, and Eric (President Nominee is not actually board position so Eric will serve as the second at large member).
This is actually our Christmas/Holiday Meeting and Annual Meeting.  So business is done let’s PARTY.
Mary directed each of us to mention some event of action we were involved in that brought us joy this year.  Each person shared a personal story or reflection. She added that we should all mention something that people in the group would likely not know about us.  If I missed anyone please accept my apologies in advance.  Here we go:
Denise: She is happy to be a member of this club.  She was a gifted swimmer at the YMCA or YWCA, not sure which, where was able to beat her nemesis in a meet even though she bonked her head at the turn around.  She smiled brightly when recounting this memory.  No one mentioned she repeated the story several times.  There may have been minimal traumatic brain injury but no one mentioned her redundancy because, after all, it is the holiday season.
Dan C.: He is happy that the school district has wonderful student athletes. At the AZ State football finals one of the boys from Marana High School was knocked unconscious and both teams, though tearful and afraid for this boy lined up and kneeled together and prayed for him.  What a grand gesture by everyone, including the opposing team. Dan discussed how he began college with the hopes of being a nuclear scientist.  He lasted two semesters before dropping out (he went back later). Those troublesome science classes got to me as well, Dan.  I hate the expectation that you memorize stuff.  It’s easier to be a CFO or a therapist. 
John Z.: John is happy that he has a great family, his health is good.  He also shared him has had surgery on his finger ….. After he tried to cut it off last month.  The surgery was a success so he may try again. He did share that he is hard of hearing and that annoys him.  He wondered what people are really saying about him (just kidding).
Jo H.: Jo discussed how she was grateful for this past year being head of her political party in Pima County…… many of us were confused about this.  But Jo graciously accepted her party’s loss. As a child Jo rode a horse in a swamp and bough.  Her parents did not see this as clever.  She did not report any injuries. Dan …… she became a scientist. What happened to us?
Mary S: She treasures her nieces. One is very logical and the other a creative free spirit.  She loves them both. Her memory is that when her father died she and her mother were carrying his ashes to a spot for internment. Mom tripped and his ashes were spilled into a rock pond.  They bother laughed hysterically at this sobering event.  Any you didn’t think Mary has a sense of humor.
Xavier: Adores his children and is amazed how quickly they are growing. According to my notes. Xavier, is not much into open disclosure.
Maeve: She was happy and tickled that Randy twisted her arm to join the RC of Marana.  She feels that she found a second home filled with “dysfunctional” and loveable people.  Just like most families. Maeve’s family had a cat named Rama ……. Rama became lost once and luckily a neighbor found it. 
Eric: 2016 was a good year for him, in business and personal life and he is grateful.  Did you know that Eric was a two pack a day cigarette smoker up until several years ago?  He quit cold turkey.  Where does that saying come from…..? Cold turkey? He constantly wheezes but we pretend not to notice. Now he rides bikes and is a genuine athlete
John D.: John is always happy with his family and the support he finds among them. He shared that he found an old report card from his childhood.  His teachers in elementary school (a bunch of them) marked him consistently through the years as having “does not meet standards” attitude.  Come on, John joke around.  Who would think that?
David: He is very happy for his family.  They love him very much ….. Even though he suffered some brain damage from being struck by lightning on top of a mountain in Idaho during a storm.  He has not returned to Idaho …. Actually he does not remember what or where Idaho is and the facial twitch has improved markedly.
Jane: She’s very happy that she has a grandchild and who enjoys spending time with her.  She said the club did not know that she reads a book a week.  There was no embarrassment that she points at the words and mouths them as she reads.
Lynne: Had a great time teaching her niece to cook a turkey.  It was a nice moment for her family.  She went on to tell a story about how two young girls were pulling the dressing out of a cooked turkey and a Cornish game hen was in the cavity of the bird.  They were quite upset that the turkey was pregnant.  These girls would have fit nicely in the peer group of Dan C and me. Lynne went on to tell us that she loves to play craps. She is our club treasurer and my personal accountant. OMG
Mark: Mark was proud that he has been able to be a father figure to a 14 year old girl and was in need of an adult to help her this past year.  Then, oddly, he went on to say that he was at Mount Rushmore walking around on George Washington’s head. No, Mark, none of us would have thought you did that.  Actually he was not sure which president’s head was walking around on, he did not look over the edge to see. OK … so you don’t think he is a crook he was actually doing his duty as a police officer.
Randy: Discussed how he is happy being a member of such an awesome club and that his health is improved this year enough to ride in the El Tour Ride to End Polio.  He then went on to say he was recruited to sing in the Marine Corps Choir at Camp Pendleton, California back in the day.  He sang a solo and the piano player seemed to develop a crush on him.  Randy hid out at the barracks for several days to avoid this guy. Awkward!
Harold: Harold stated he is grateful that he now has 50 years of being an aircraft pilot. Rare among those that fly.  Harold is known to fly around Marana asking to no one in particular “where’s the Red Baron, where’s the Red Baron.” He also bets you did not know that he won the Tractor Driving contest four times at the State Fair in High School.  Those folks from the Midwest are just party animals.
Peter: He is happy to be home and conversely to travel.  Loves spending time with his seven dogs.  Someone asked the breeds and he simply looked confused for a moment and said …. “I don’t know.” Peter spoke of his uncle that had tremors in his hands all the time and drank large quantities of rum.   He went on to say how he learned that his uncle was aboard two different naval vessels that were sunk in WWII and few survived.  Thank would make me shake and drink rum as well. We should thank him for his service.  
Don J.: Don is happy for his family and the opportunity recently to visit his daughter whom is in a training in Virginia over the Thanksgiving holiday.  He was able to tour historical sites on the East Coast and enjoyed every second.  Many of us know Don was the party chair of the Pima County Democrats a few years ago.  He shared that he has voted not for one, but two republicans in his life.  It’s OK, Don. Breath into the bag the anxiety and shame will lessen. He also stated that Ronald Regan sighed his HS diploma. My principal signed mine. 
Tony H.: Tony is happy that his fiancé say “yes.” None of us seem to understand why but were happy for you Mr. President Elect (in July). He also said that he actually scored, wrote and submitted an opera when he was in college.  He was a language (English) major and the music department did not support his opera.  We could TP their houses if you like Tony. 
If I missed any of you sorry the stories were coming fast and furious.   If I misrepresented any comments made …. Perfect. Hope you had fun reading them.
The club voted to not go dark this year during the holidays ….. See you all next week. 
Meeting adjourned with the Four Way Test.
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES OF MEETING 12/6/16
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 www.rotaryd5500.org 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 youtube.com 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
 
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ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
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.
Announcements:
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.
 
Speaker:
 
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.
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA MINUTES
11/15/16
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.
Announcements:
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 (trvfa.org) 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. 
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 11-8-2016
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.”
Announcements:
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.
 
Speaker:
 
  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.
 
Program:
 
  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 mindy@bag4u.org.
 
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.
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES OF MEETING – OCTOBER 11, 2016
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.
 
 
 
Speakers
Tom Hannagan
Feb 21, 2017
Ironwood Forest National Monument
Dr. Aminata Kilungo
Feb 28, 2017
SERI: Sonora Environmental Reserarch Institute
Cheryl Harvath
Mar 07, 2017
Moutain Vista Fire Chief
 

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
 
Audrey Zomar     Jan
 
Meeting Responsibilities
February
Greeter
Burtzloff, Harold
 
Pledge
Kuntz, Clint
 
Invocation
Miller, Eric
 
Program
Holt Ph.D., Jo
 
Sgt-at-Arms
Teran, Javier
 
Song
Dooling, John
 
Setup
Holt Ph.D., Jo
 
Set up
Contorno, Dan
 
Tear Down
Dooling, John
 
Tear Down
Hunter, Tony
 
 
 
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