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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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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. 
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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.
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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?    
 
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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.
SHOW UP HALF AN HOUR EARLY NEXT WEEK TO HAVE INPUT ON TOUR DE COOKIE! Dan Contorno's request.
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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
Richie-?
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
Peter-V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N
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.
DARK NEXT TWO WEEKS.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and see you all Tuesday 1/9/2018. Be safe.
 
 
 
 
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Beautiful table set up with edible center pieces greeted the members and guests as they entered Nana's Kitchen Tuesday morning. I believe we have Maeve and Jo to thank for this display.
 
Harold Burtzloff began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Guests included the MCAT student of the month, Nathan Ryberg, his mom Laurie, dad Bill, teacher Mr Bowen and Principal Denise Coronado. Nathan came well prepared with an acceptance speech and was heavily praised by all as a conscientious hard worker. His plan is to attend Pima Community College.
 
Happy bucks from this writer for son-in-laws recovery from eleven hours of cancer surgery in Houston, TX, Peter- ten day upcoming Canary Island work/cation, Lynne-happy+sad, David has accepted Mirabel into his home. There were many other contributors.
 
Richie Benner has filled this years opening on the club board. We need a Member-At_Large for the 2017/2018 year and Peter Mack suggested we need a female (he was worried some one would nominate him possibly?) Tony wondered who would be the "Mystery Woman" willing to serve on his board.
 
The nominated and unanimously approved board for 2017/2018 year are: President-Tony Hunter, Richie Benner- President Elect, Treasurer- Lynne Himmer, Secretary-John Dooling, Past President-Jo Holt, Member-At Large--Harold Burtzloff. I think I got this right.
 
The "Three Wise Men" didn't stand a chance against "The Three Stooges".  See Maeve for details.
 
DENISE WEST WON & WON!!!!!!!!!! And promptly donated her $50 winnings to the Marana Rotary Foundation. Thank you Denise.
 
 Our speaker today was Lynne Himmer and the topic was "WINE". The following are odds and ends from this writers notes:
1. Serve white at 55* and red at 65*
2. Zin.... is a red grape white fruit. Thus depending on whether or not skin is included can be white or pinkish.
3. Tannin comes from the skin and gives wine a dry taste/feeling. It goes away over time.
4. You can drink Riesling with 11.5* alcohol and not get drunk. BWAHAHAHA!
5. Wine can bruise. I "think" it is better to store wine in a lateral vs horizontal position to allow it to breathe.
6. Champagne is only from an area in  France and can be fermented a. In a bottle, b.In a steel tank, c. by carbonizing. Oh, and the bigger the bubbles the bigger the headache. Also get the New Mexico stuff. Weather is same as french area and taste is just as good with a lower price.
7. Sulfites are every where so do not worry about it
8. The lower the alcohol the sweeter the taste, usually.
9. Wine spoils. Centuries ago a boatload from Portugal sent to England went bad. The Potuguese added brandy and the subsequent brew is called Port. My personal favorite.
10. Pinot Noir is very versatile as to what food it pairs with.
11.  Take a non drowsy antihistamine with Red Wine.   Ask Lynne why. That's all my notes say.
12. Cork vs screw cap? There are now ventilated screw caps and some expensive wines now use screw caps can harbor bacteria. Any way, either is just fine.
 
Lynne finished her presentation with a raffle of a fine bottle of Gruet sparkling Champagne. Be nice to me and I might share it with you!
 
 
 
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President Holt brought the meeting to order and Harold Burtzloff led us in the Pledge. No singing this month however, even in a no singing month we can quote a singer, Cheryl Crow. Cheryl said something to the effect of  "if compassion was the motivating factor for all our actions the world would be a better place."
Erica, the UA student/spy, was our only guest and she was quite complimentary regarding Rotary. She was not familiar with this organization before the assignment and now is considering membership!
 
 A big shout out to David Hindman for not only stepping up to house our Rotary Exchange Student, Mirabel, but also to arrange for housing following her stay at the Hindman household. THANK YOU!
 
Attendance was sparse with just under 60% in attendance. Of special note, John Zwick was among the missing-a very very rare occurrence. John is getting over a bout of flu and should be with us next week. Hopefully the same can be said about the other missing members as well.
 
We sang. Rules are made to be broken, so Mary, Dan, John Z, Richie all were serenaded with "Happy Birthday". I think there may have been others as well.
 
Peter reported on the Food Bank Diaper cage fiasco. Many Rotarians answered the call for assemblers, however the cabinets ordered/received will not do the job. Maeve to provide more info at a later date. Thanks to all who answered the bell.
 
Speaking of Maeve, she broke a few HIPPA rules regarding Santa's sessions with Mary Straus, a mental health therapist. Apparently it all began when Santa's parents told him he did not exist.
 
 Not to be out done, Lynne told of us two books she is reading. One she highly recommends: The Girl With Seven Faces about a North Korean girl. The other she does not recommend, but she cannot put it down. It is called Helium. One could call the group reaction to this second book as "speechless". Jaws opened as if to speak but they just hit the floor.  
 
Odds and Ends:
Next year enter the football pool and let Randy make your picks.
Dan says our first Tour de Cookie rider has signed up.
Round of applause for Maeve for Aide Station work.
Richie to speak at Open Doors, Lori Malagone's school.
**********Harold is B-E-G-G-I-N-G for El Tour photos****************
Don happy about a surprise visit from daughter and son-in-law. Don also won and lost with a small heart.
 
 Since we are on the topic of Don Jorgensen he was our speaker and gave an excellent presentation on ShelterBox.
The big box with tent weighs about 140 pounds and costs about $1,000. It contains solar lights, saw, shovel, hoe, pots, pans and much other stuff. The solar light is about the size of a deck of cards before it is unfolded. It gained venture capital after appearing on Shark Tank!There is also a water purifier.
 
Boxes are tailored for their audience. Tents come with or with out stoves and some are built to United Nation specifications. Mosquito netting where needed is packed and there is now a Shelter "Kit" sans tent for about $100 and maybe a quarter the size of the big box.
 
The program was started and still is run by Rotarians out of Cornwall, England. There is also Shelter Box USA in Florida. The great Tsunami of 2004 in India put Shelter Box on the map. Since they have been in Panama, New Orleans, Haiti multiple times and currently in Madagascar, Mozambique, Syria, Peru, Columbia, Iraq, Somalia, Niger, Myranmar and Cameroon. Don showed a satellite photo of a spot on the map called Menawao in Cameroon that has grown from effectively zero inhabitants to 35,000 over just a couple of years due to migration of people fleeing Boka Haram.
 
Shelter Box responds to both man made and natural catastrophes. 
 
See you all next week????????

 
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Harold Burtzloff led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to start off the meeting and Lynne led us in Home On The Range to almost end it. Seriously, it was close. Many in the assembly muttered under their breath "Thank God December is a no singing month.".
 
 President Holt saved the day by introducing, Erica, the spy/observer who is working on her Communication degree from the University of AZ. Then quoting Henry David Thoreau and William Arthur Ward regarding their thoughts on Thanksgiving. WAW is one of the most prolific inspirational quote writers of the 20th century. In the words of President Holt "Who knew?" Of course we are all familiar with HDT the protege of RWE. 
 
PETER NEEDS ASSISTANCE WITH DIAPER CAGE ASSEMBLY THIS THURSDAY MORNING AT THE MARANA FOOD BANK. NO ONE AT TODAY'S MEETING IS AVAILABLE THURSDAY.
 
The scheduled presenter, Randy Brooks, was out of town due to the recent death of his aunt. The time was filled by Happy Buck turkey day stories and by Maeve Johnson's review of the El Tour aide station project.
 
Maeve began with "Why did the bikes keep tumbling over at the aide station? They were two tired." We decided to let her go on with the presentation anyway since it was only 8:30am.
 
 The topics of balloons, Burma Shave Signs, site change from previous years and many others were touched upon. Maeve thanked the many people involved by name. Peter, Richie and his brother and Jason were all day help. Denise West was instrumental in planning and shopping and even had an employee assist us. She has agreed to head up the Rotary Club of Marana's aide station for 2018. In fact it seems almost everyone in the club was involved except this writer. To paraphrase Maeve and President Jo, "John was assisting the state of Illinois with their deer infestation problem. He personally slayed three of the great beasts and donated the meat to three separate low income families thus providing them with sustenance and protein during the coming winter months."
 
 This writer won the raffle and drew the winning JOKER and donated the $140 in winnings to the Marana Rotary Foundation. John also shared information regarding the Rotary Fire Fighter Apartments in Houston, TX that are available to Fire Fighters nationwide who need shelter while undergoing treatment at MD Anderson Hospital. The rate of cancer diagnosed in Fire Fighters is twice the national average. John's daughter and son in law will be staying there for the next three weeks while Justin undergoes surgery.
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Our Thanksgiving week meeting began with The Pledge followed by the old standard "Old MacDonald Had A Farm". Lynne chose the song and the animal (turkey). Most members were familiar with the song. Guests included former Marana member Debbie Conover and Erica (?) an observer and communications student from UA.
 
 Denise spoke at Lori Malangone's school Open Doors and awarded prizes to good listeners. I have Dollar General in my notes for reason unknown, but probably related to our meeting.
 
 
President Holt spoke of progress with our multi club Tree Planting Project, but still no firm date. 
 
 
 Tour de Tucson Aide Station was a rousing success. Richie Benner was impressed with the turn out of so many "Friends of Rotary" including spouses and children (David Hindman). Peter does not like Peanut Butter. Peter's old truck was used as a dumpster, he has pictures to prove it, and John Zwick's new truck was not abused "this" year. It is anticipated Rotary International's "Ride for the Cure" is expected to raise ............10 MILLION DOLLARS towards the eradication of polio. Our Aide Station is the second most popular stop on the 110 mile tour next to the Firehouse Pancake stop.This is our 24th year.
 
Everybody happy, except Peter and Tony(That's what my notes say). Randy was here, but not his name badge. If you had trouble remembering his name see him next meeting for a referral. Debbie Conover sang the praises of Rotary's RV Fellowship which she is heavily involved with. 
 
Dan won and lost the raffle. Loudest applause of the meeting was for Lynne's "No joke today." comment. 
 
 Peter Mack Astrophysicist and Marana Rotarian spoke of his 24 year old business Astronomical Associates. At one time he wrote programs for astronomers telling them where to point their telescopes to observe what they wanted to see. He now supports, renovates and manufactures scopes all over the world including Egypt, Australia and Chile.
 He spoke of the Large Synoptic Telescope and the smaller scope alongside it. The large scope takes pictures of large pieces of the universe and the smaller scope helps to determine the best time to photograph when the turbulence is low (the shimmering one observes when watching a sunset in the hot desert. Most scopes are located at 8,000 to 10,000 feet or higher to lessen the disturbance.   Peter's explanation of the red spectrum shift (he specifically pointed out the indicator for the element sodium) being similar to the doppler effect experienced with sound enabled many of us to better understand the concept. This is used to determine distance from observer to object being observed.
 
Many questions were deferred to another date as they were not specific to his business operation and time was limited. Peter did promise another field trip to Kitt Peak in the coming months and offered to be a speaker at a future meeting regarding general astronomy and recent major advances in the field of Astronomy.
 
 
 
 
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