As our Secretary John Dooling is out of town today, it has fallen upon Pres. Jo to report on today's meeting. It was OK. Folks were a little quiet. But I know deep in their hearts they were thrilled to be there. We had a large turnout, 77% attendance!
 
 Our speaker, Club member Jason Halper, brought his daughter Aliza along as his guest. He gave us a run-down of what he referred to as "pests". Specifically: pack rats, rattlesnakes, scorpions, roaches, palo verde beetles, mice, and did I say pack rats? But Jason also did something unexpected by talking about how he applied the Rotary four-way test to his job in pest control. In the course of dealing with customers and their fears,educating them, and earning their trust, Jason has seen the four-way test in action. He's intent on doing the right things at the right time for the right reasons. He wants to empower people to take care of themselves and their pest issues as much as possible. It was great to hear someone who is excited and passionate about their work, and that's our fellow Rotarian Jason. 
 
 In other news, Maeve Johnson led a lively discussion on preparations for our aid station for the upcoming El Tour de Tucson. We'll meet at the McDonald's on Tangerine & Thornydale at 7:45am and begin setting up after that. This is a very big deal for our Club and will be a lot of fun.
 
There was, unfortunately, a joke-off between Maeve and Lynne. Who won is still undecided.
 
 Denise is presenting on her career at Open Hands School on Friday! Randy won the football pool this week! And Richie reminded us about Giving Tuesday, coming up in two weeks.
It was a good day at Rotary in Marana!
 
 
Rotary Meeting Nov 14, 2017 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
 
                                                                            
President Holt has returned from New York with good news regards her son's health. Welcome back.
Also we welcomed back Harold Burtzloff from his annual summer escape. Finally we welcomed Joan Buth, a Rotarian from Irvine, CA who now lives in our area and who is shopping for a club.
Words of wisdom from Mirabel, "It is not an end it is a "bend".
 President Jo advises that some believe politics is the art of getting money from the rich to buy votes from the poor in order to keep the two groups from killing each other. Hmmmmmmm. Oscar somebody said this. Oscar Levant (anybody else remember him?) said "A Politician is someone who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it."
 
Joan Buth selected God Bless America as our song of the week and honestly we sounded pretty good.
 
 Moving on, Maeve provided an update as to our Tour de Cookie aide station. This is scheduled 11/18,2017 and additional help is always welcomed. Contact Maeve.
 
Next Dan gave us an update on our   own Tour de Cookie.
 
Many dollars collected as Happy Bucks from virtually every member (What a happy group!). 
 
 Mary Straus sent a sheet around for donations supporting our own riders (Randy and Mary and Deb Hume) in their "Ride to end polio. Thank you to everyone who pledged and of specific note a BIG THANK YOU to Peter Mack for his $1,000 donation. 
 
 Denise Coronado, Principal of MCAT introduced "Dave" math teacher at MCAT who was chosen as the favorite teacher by our Student of the Month winner Audrey Rhodes. Dave showered many superlatives when speaking of Audrey. She currently is taking three math classes! Audrey's mother is a Marine and she attend this mornings meeting along with Audrey's step father. Audrey has moved around the country frequently as her mother has been relocated. She looks forward to soon completing her high school requirements at MCAT and would like to study medicine in college with a goal of Medical Doctor.
 
Great meeting with 80% attendance! 
Rotary Meeting Nov 7, 2017 2017-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
 
                                                                            
Our "Mole" day meeting was extra special with the visit from DG Joe Hentges, his wife Bridgette as well as Assistant District Governor Stacy Fox. Following pledge of Allegiances to the Flag and to Avogadro's constant we settled into our normal routine for the next three minutes with our "Joke Off" contestants Maeve and Lynne. Both were surprisingly (no offense) good todsy. Too bad if you missed today's meeting, you'll just have to trust me on this.
 
Stacy Fox then addressed our club and gave a lengthy and impressive introduction of District Governor Joe Hentges. Joe is a 35 year Rotarian, musician, retired school Administrator/Superintendent, Minnesotta/Illinois native, outdoorsman and author of two books. He and Bridgette retired to Arizona over ten years ago. They are members of the Dove Mountain club.
Our DG began his talk by reminding us that our clubs 30th birthday is coming up April 2018.
Why are you a Rotarian was asked of John D and Eric and their responses echoed the International membership responsesers-Friendship and Service. DG Joe complimented our club on many factors including giving per capita of $364 to The Foundation and total giving of $417 per capita which ranked third out of 52 clubs in District 5500. There are concerns regarding Rotary membership in District 5500, but our club's growth and retention of members is better than the District average. Also, concern was expressed that in our entire district there are only four exchange students.
The DG has five main goals this year: 1) Empower and strengthen local clubs 2) Develop Club and District Leaders 3) Support Youth Service 4) Foundation and Polio Eradication 5) Promote Rotary awareness.
 
Maeve Johnson was called to the podium and presented with a well deserved Rotary "Above and Beyond" pin.
 
Rotary International by participating in The Tour de Tucson, which Maeve has been very involved with our Aide Station, has raised over 35 MILLION DOLLARS in the past five years for the eradication of polio!!!!!!!!
 
You can help. Go to "MYROTARY", click "Give" at the top right, Click on "DONATE", Polio Plus Fund, Miles To End Polio. It is really simple.
DG Joe ended with a call to Pima County Rotarians to "Like" the Facebook pages of the other clubs.
 
Randy ended the meeting with a feel good story of him and Lynne being interviewers of a young lady seeking help from the Arizona Rotary Vocational Fund. A decision was made to assist her with two thousand dollars in tuition towards a career in dentistry.
 
IF YOU HAVE READ TO THE END YOU ARE NOW AWARE WE ARE DARK NEXT TUESDAY. No social event has of yet been planed. President Jo will be in Manhatten, but we are free to congregate in front of her home and to trick or treat her neighborhood.    
 
 
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Rotary Meeting 10/23/2017 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
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Our meeting was opened by President Holt sharply at 7AM. The pledge was followed by words of wisdom from RWE regarding "ENTHUSIASM". Emerson said nothing great is ever achieved without "ENTHUSIASUM"! President Holt then gave a mediocre half hearted example of enthusiasm.
 
Guest for the meeting was one, Alex Droban. Alex is a current member of the Rotary Club of Valle Verde. He is now retired from the Sahuarita Police Dept, lives close to Nana's Kitchen and is shopping for a new club. (Dan, he is a fly fisherman)
 
Richie Benner gave an overview of the District Conference. Richie did all the heavy lifting surrounding our Hospitality Room which consisted of putting tee shirts on chairs and passing out cookies. (his words). Over all he gave the conference good marks.
 
Mary Straus told the club of our Presidential Citation for outstanding work. One of eight selected out of over 50 clubs. The Rotary Club of Marana was also #3 in the entire district for average donation to the Foundation per member. Great Job!
 
Randy Brooks told of the Sunday morning recognition of our veteran members. Randy called Eric Miller up front to receive his Veteran/Rotarian pin.  
 
COTTON FESTIVAL- Will be this Saturday evening and we will need volunteers to vend beer along with the Dove Mountain Rotary. Festival held at Heritage Park, on Tangerine west of I10.  
 
The 23rd of October will be a meeting at President Holt's home for a review with Club Officers and District Governor Joe Hentges. The following morning DG Hentges will attend our Tuesday meeting. PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND.
 
Maeve Johnson spoke at length regards her organization for Tour de Tucson aide station. A sign up sheet was sent around. Hopefully all who are in town will participate in this event that literally raises tens of millions of dollars for the eradication of polio.
 
Lots of people happy for various and sundry reasons and were willing to pay to express their joy aloud. Thanks to Dan-Alabama golf with dad and bro, David Hindman -Himmel Park Trees being planted by his law firm, Lynne Himmer-end of tax season, Clint-trip to the frozen remote tundra of North Dakota to visit aeronautical school with his son. There were many others, but my favorite was deja poo- "I've seen this shit before." Thanks, Maeve.
 
Mary won and lost the raffle/drawing with the 5 of spades.
 
Mirabel, our Nigerian Exchange Student, was our presenter for the day. She started with a map of Nigeria pointing out the capitol of Abuja. She shared with us their Coat of Arms, motto of Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress. 
Mirabel comes from a family of five children although two are deceased. She did have a goal of being a pediatrician, no doubt influenced by the loss of two siblings. However, she is coming to the realization that their are many avenues in medicine that can be explored. Her father is usually away from home as he works in the oil industry. Her mother used to buy and sell items obtained from travels to Dubai, but no longer is doing that. Mirabel has two brothers and her favorite is the 11 year old as he does what she tells him, not so much the older brother.
 
Politics were delved into and the beloved Goodluck Jonathon's presidency was much more pleasing than the current elderly, ill, military background of current president Muhammadu Buhari. He comes from the north which apparently is more violent than the south of Nigeria.
 
Nigerians were colonized by the British and therefore English is their official language. They have been independent since 1960.  
Rotary Rotary Oct 17, 2017 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
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                  Those arriving early were entertained by yours truly standing on a chair then a stool for the entertainment of president Holt.
 
Speaking of our President she went out of her way to touch Peter Mack following The Pledge. Denise West then gave us food for thought quoting the self deceased Kurt Cobain "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are."
 
President Jo then explained the revised District grant and advised we had the "green Light" for the changes from the district. 
 
 Lynne Himmer presented a check to Executive Director  of the Marana Food Bank, Linda Hampton. The check of $723 added to $150 already donated earlier this year comes to  a total of $873. This money will provide over 3,000 meals.
 
Tomorrow volunteers at the Marana/Picture Rocks Food bank will be Randy, Jo, Denise and Richie.
 
District Conference starts Friday and we will be giving out Rotary cookies made by Copper Creek.
 
Cotton Festival 10/21/2017 and we will be working the beer tent from 5 to 9. Maybe we could use a few more volunteers. Working with Dove Mtn club.
 
Mole Day-Moles are small mammals adapted to a subterranean lifestyle. They have cylindrical bodies, velvety fur, very small, inconspicuous ears and eyes, reduced hindlimbs and short, powerful forelimbs with large paws adapted for digging. Wikipedia
Apparently when ground up you may express the number of atoms, ions or any other elementary entities in the sample by Avogardo's number 6.0225 X 10 to the 23rd. Ergo 10/23 is Mole Day. Thanks, Jo.
 
Speaking of harming our animal friends Tony Hunter was one dollar happy to have split up a fawn from it's mother over the weekend. Among many happy people in attendance were John, Joe, Don, Lori, Peter (created a feintspectrophotomasstrigoncosineometer for the Egyptians), Denise, Randy(crossed off the movie Fitzcarraldo from his bucket list), and Richie. 
 
Randy won and lost. Lynne was so exhausted tired weekend she could not climb stairs or
 
 Lori Malangone, club member, was our speaker. As Executive Director of Arizona Youth Partnership she was well versed on the subject matter, AZYP. Lori began with AZYP program following a short stint as a teacher and working for a title company. She has spent 12 years with them, the last four as Executive Director. They have offices in eight Arizona cities. AZYP was founded in 1990 to ensure the more rural areas of the state had resources similar to those available in the City of Tucson. Their mission is to cultivate healthy foundations for youth and promote strong families. They support numerous programs for youth including Healthy Relationship Education for 6th to 12th graders, Drug and Alcohol education including a tour of Banner University Medical Center to see first hand the ravages of drugs and alcohol, Stronger Families for parents and care givers with children in the 10 to 14 age range, Homeless Youth Shelters in Kingman and Bullhead City offer 30 days of temporary shelter to homeless and runaway boys and girls.
Lori shared with us an exercise in which  we all learned how uncoordinated Mary is and how difficult it is for all teens to keep educational goals, alcohol/drug/parties and dawning of sexual urges in relative perspective as they prepare for adulthood. Goals from our grade school days such as becoming a journalist, a physical therapist, an algebra teacher or even Paul McCartney's wife can be adversely affected by influences unrelated to the goal.
Nice job Lori, I concur with Jo, you would have made a fine teacher.   
 
Rotary Meeting Oct 10, 2017 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
 
                                                                            
We began the meeting with a big "Welcome Back" for John Zwick who then led us in The Pledge. Quickly following the pledge was a mediocre rendition of Happy Birthday for President Jo Holt led by Lynne. It is apparent that singing only every other month is taking its toll IMHO. Jo waited until Javier was out of the room to announce she is now receiving Medicare and saving $400 a month. Hopefully Javier reads these minutes. Quoting Play Dough, or is it Plato, President Jo reminded us to be kind to everyone as all are fighting battles with which we are not aware.
 
Mirabel our Exchange Student once again attended our meeting.
By the way, 80% attendance this morning. Congratulations!
 
Our one day a month Picture Rocks Food Bank assistance program is a week from tomorrow. Denise West has volunteered with possible attendees John, Mary,and Jo.
   
We will have a hospitality room co-sponsored with Dove Mountain at the District 5500 Conference 10/13/2017. Still time to sign up. Come see the Big Picture. You can pick and choose what to attend during the three day event.
 
There will be a board meeting this Thursday at 6pm. Consider attending. There will be a board meeting 10/23/2017 when we meet with District Governor Joe Hentges. DG Joe will attend our 10/24/2017 meeting.
October 31st i the 5th Tuesday of the month as well as All Hallows Eve. Sounds like a theme possibly?
 
Honorary Member Kathleen Nabors, Tortolita Middle School Teacher and leader of our Club's Interact program, will soon be holding an induction ceremony. Please try to attend. 
Tony Hunter gave brief update on Corn Hole Tournament. Still appears to be a small signup.
Randy shared some of the winners names on the weekly football pool.
 
Happiness shared from Richie, Lynne ( much groaning following All Nighter bathroom joke), Mary ( happy to the point of tears but I have no idea why),   Denise told a Dolly Parton joke that did not involve bosoms,   Maeve took it to a new level of groaning with a less than polished delivery of an algebra joke. That Eskimo Pi joke from last week sure was good.
President Jo drew the Queen of Hearts.
 
 Guest Speaker was our own Silver Bullet owner and pilot, Bob Bishop. Bob gave us an overview of how his smallest human piloted jet in the world has been used since 2005 by the US military. The radar profile of his jet simulates one of a Cruise missile. Bob saved the military millions of dollars when he replaced the $200,000 per flight target vehicles that cost 3/4 of a million if they crashed. Mr. Bishop does not charge if his jet crashes.
 
We were provided a little background of the use of cruise missiles. They were fired 5 times during the Iraq War and none were detected. Cruise Missiles can be launched from cargo ships. The Russian STYX missile was improved upon by the Chinese and its' range was doubled. Bob's jets have the only Type One ranking for the simulation of a cruise missile. All branches of the military use his product as well as a very big customer NORAD. 
 
Data obtained from the use of the SMART small jet enabled the development of JLENS a high altitude tethered blimp for reconnaissance purposes. This massive blimp, many times larger than the Goodyear blimp that Bob has piloted, is tethered with an 86,000 pound tensile strength cable. The electronics aboard can detect cruise missiles and forward the what, where and when information to the nearest ship to the missile.
 
Bob shared with us his great disappointment, if not anger, over the Congressional action to kill the 2 billion dollar funding of this missile defense system.
 
We finished with the El Tour de Tucson Burma Shave winners.
Need to pee?
Need to poo?
Stop here next
And use our loo. 
 
What a great meeting. Hope to see the missing 20%   of our members next week.
 
Rotary Meeting Oct ,2 2017 2017-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
 
                                                                            
President Holt has returned from Ireland's Matchmaking Festival. Few of us knew the reason for her trip to the Ol' Sod. She was impressed with the friendliness of their culture. She recited a lovely prayer thanking God for those who love us, asking God to turn the heart of those who do not and finally, to turn the ankle of those who still resist. I think I got that right. Anyway, she and her friends spent a lovely day at an Irish beach where they enjoyed the typical weather of the Emerald Isle, i.e. getting rained on and sand blasted by gale force winds. It's good to be back home.
 
In her absence it is reported that Tony Hunter did a good job, but was mean to Maeve. (probably had it coming)
 
 Today we honored Emily, a student at MCAT. Accompanying Emily were her mother, sister, Principal Denise Coronado and English teacher Melissa. Emily was a bit shy but did state her intent to attend PCC and study nursing. She will graduate ahead of schedule in early October! By the way, she is a gifted artist. 
Randy Brooks participated in the Old Pueblo poker tournament and, by our club standards, did quite well. 
Maeve Johnson gave a lengthy update on El Tour de Tucson bike race. She has attended multiple planning meetings. She will or has been in touch with our Interact Club.
 
Maeve also made a last request for Burma Shave slogan submissions. Two prizes available to those among us with the gift of the bards.
 
Denise West greeted everyone and guest Michael Drake drew the deuce of Clubs.
 
Happy people included Don, Lori, Dan, David, John and Jo. Richie specifically mentioned that the diamondbacks are in the playoffs. Randy shared with us the fact that his name has a double entendre that could get you more attention than desired in Ireland. This is especially true I suppose if you happen to go to  Eire during the Matchmaking Festival.
 
Maeve shared with us "The Dali LLama isn't." and that the ratio of an igloo circumference to it's diameter is .............. wait for it...................Eskimo Pi!  Nice to hear people laugh instead of groan.
 
Michael Drake visited to accept our $1,000 donation towards Rotary's Global Grant benefiting disabled children in Palestine. The East Jerusalem Rotary Club, Clubs and individuals from District 5500 plus money from Rotary International will total $70,000 when the project commences. Michael is the Foundation Chair for District 5500 and he publicly thanked our own Lynne Himmer for her assistance.
 
The meeting finished with a brief discussion regards the District Grant towards the Diaper Bank/Book Distribution. Of the $8,800 not all will go for book purchase. No money will be spent on tracking software but 45% is now planned for construction costs (separate bins required) with 55% for actual book purchase. This is this writer's understanding and I urge anyone to correct me if this is not accurate.
 
There has been no intent to impugn anyone needlessly only where it was necessary.
Have a good week.  
Rotary Meeting 9/26/2017 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
 
                                                                            
In the absence of President Holt, President elect Tony Hunter gaveled in the meeting. Tony shared with us the thought to "Go as far as you can see then you can see farther (or is it further). Whichever, it is a profound thought.
Guests included Mirabel and Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, a member of the Presidio Rotary Club.
Richie Benner led us in Take Me Out To The Ballgame.
Denise donated a diamond pendant to the raffle/auction the town is organizing and in which our club will benefit.
 
Food Bank workers in Picture Rocks needed for tomorrow. Contact Randy at randy@randy-brooks.com if
you can help.
 
Happy buck comments from:
Peter- Victim of identity theft and the associated problems are a pain in the.....I did not catch the last word
Tony-Happy for the heat??????????
Richie- Upcoming camping opportunity
Jason-Grateful for copy of Eric Miller's new book
Lynne- Squash a bug. Ever notice how soft spoken Lynne is?
Mary-Was happy about Netflix then changed her mind and asked for her dollar back.
Mayor Walkup asked us to spread the word about a trap shooting fundraiser the day after Tour de Tucson. If you want to learn how to fire a shotgun and shoot trap the Mayor is available every Saturday at 9am at the Pima County shooting range near the fairgrounds. Open to all ages and experience.
 Speaker was our own author, Eric Miller. His book The Owners Compass is about Bio Communications and how personal  vs business goals often collide. Eric himself used the Galvanic Response machine and found it to be amazingly accurate in assessing his strengths and areas in need of improvement. Tonal quality and emotion are as or more important than words in communication.
Much of Eric's presentation deal with the process of book publishing including graphic designers, publishers and ghost writers and editors. Even with all of that a misspelling of a word on the cover!
Eric provided each member a free copy of his book. By the way, the book was a #1 on Amazon before release and a #1  again in paperback sales. He also says Amazon is the best way to get published and in marketing a book.
See everyone next Tuesday.
 
Rotary Meeting 9/12/2017 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
 
                                                                            
Our meeting began, as always, with The Pledge. Denise West then addressed the club with thoughts regarding time management and showing respect for the time we have available to us.
Mark Murray led us in an emotional if not rousing rendition of God Bless America.
Don Jorgensen has returned with a West Seattle Rotary Club banner.
Guests included four of Bob Bishops friends plus his new bride.
 
In case you were checking your cell phone at the time President Holt explained this:
Pythagorean Theorem Day or Pythagoras Theorem Day is celebrated when the sum of the squares of the first two digits in a date equals the square of the last digit in the date and it was 8/15/2017..
Not to worry, another one is due 12/16/2020. In any case, statues of Mr. Pythagoras might have to be torn down before then as recent discovery of Babylonian Trigonometry tables predate Pythagoras by a 1,000 years. Apparently "sharing" of mathematical knowledge was wide spread back then.
 
ERRATA: Sunlight travels from sun to earth in 8 minutes, not months or seconds. This will be on the test.
If I get fired from this job it is with good reason.
 
Jo is from a small town near Houston that was evacuated due to flooding following Hurricane Harvey. Donations via Rotary District 5500 website are being accepted. By the way, Dan Contorno is the Treasurer for the District 5500 Foundation.
 
Odds and Ends
 
Lynne Himmer's birth on 9/28 is the only significant date this month. Randy asked for donations to assist Mirabel in her trip to Havasuppie Falls. Tony Hunter to be running the show the next two weeks since our leader will be out of state.
Mary Straus is offering a bounty for the return of our Marana Rotary Banner.
Tony attended the Rotary Membership Assembly and served on the Generational Panel discussing the recruitment of younger folk. He also mentioned a club opportunity to plant trees along with the Town.
Our Club will be sending two representatives to RYLA. John Dooling's granddaughter, Tyler McMurrich and our Nigerian Exchange Student Mirabel.
Maeve mentioned a 9/15/2017 meeting at the Marana Food bank where diaper and book distribution will be discussed. All welcomed to attend and learn more about our major project for this year. If anyone is wondering "Where's The Poop?" please call Maeve at home. More pearls from Maeve: Sunblock exceeding SPF 1 is not good for eyeballs, Chuckee Cheese tokens are not acceptable in the payment of fines at US libraries and Humpty Dumpty, after a mediocre summer is expected to have a great fall. Hey, I do not write em I just record em.
Mary has dead rodents and Mark says Albuquerkians stare into space with their mouths agape. Denise West won and lost at our lottery.
*****************DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER***********************************
Bob Bishop was our speaker and his subject was Water. Bob attended a seminar with about 30 people from all over.This morning the discussion revolved around cross boundary water claims and the problems especially with "limited" aquifers that are not being replenished. This cross border problem is with state to state, country to country and exists all over the globe. Desalinization and the harvest of brackish water may be the answer. The complex issues are compounded by 19th century laws, 20th century infrastructure and 21st century growth.
There will be a board meting tomorrow starting at 6pm to be held at John Dooling's Allstate office located at 2005 W Ruthrauff Rd suite 157. Next to barber shop at SE corner of Ruthrauff and La Cholla. All are welcomed.
 
Th, th, thats all folks.
Ypour Scribe,
 
John Dooling
Rotary Meeting Sept 5, 2017 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
President Holt brought the meeting to order and after the pledge she shared the writings of Maya Angelou regarding a rich tapestry ,made up of thousands of threads of varying colors. Each is valuable to the overall effect regardless of color.
Guests/ speakers included Bouba and Nancy Hamadou as well as Mirabel, our Nigerian Exchange student.
 
Denise West and her son, along with Bob Bishop and President Holt were acknowledged for their assistance with the Food Bank distribution.
President Holt advised of upcoming absences in September (a trip to the Old Sod with Donna of Thornydale) and October (son's anticipated adult onset epilepsy surgery at Mt Saini in NY.)
Secretary Dooling advised of his absence next week (Eclipse viewing in Missouri(pronounced missura)) Need somew one to step up to take notes and attendance.
NEWS FLASH- DISTRICT CONFERENCE IS THIS OCTOBER.
August 26th Doubletree Hotel hosts annual Rotary Membership Seminar.
Mirabel reports having met exchange students from Germany, France, Denmark and other countries. She has learned to swim, but also consumed copious amounts of water in the process.
Maeve requests Burma Shave/Tour de Tucson slogan entries be submitted.
Happy bucks came from:
Mark-ON TIME for MEETING!!!
Maeve -Nuclear Bikini contest- Hey, I just report em folks. See Maeve for details.
Bob Bishop- Back from Scottsdale Rotary water project meeting and bride to soon return. Javier questioned why he was only $2 happy, but then quickly moved on before Bob could respond.
Lynne- While totally messing up the punchline Lynne made it clear to all why she gave up her first career choice as a stand up comic in favor of the less humorless CPA gig.
Mary- I think was happy, but she is very soft spoken.
Denise West won again!!!!!Drew several cards but peer pressure forced her to return all but one to the deck. jack of clubs is no longer available.
Bouba Hamadou presented a project for our consideration to adopt a village in Cameroon. Bouba, a former Marana Rotarian, lives in Tucson about 7 months a year and Cameroon the rest of the year. He is a member of the Rotary club of Maroua, Cameroon. His project vision is a multi-level endeavor including Clean Water/Sanitation, Education for adults and children, Health and Income Generation. Bouba provided all in attendance with a two page synopsis that included anticipated expenditures. There were many thought provoking episodes during his presentation, but the fact that teachers earn $40 a MONTH stood out to me as I took notes on his presentation. Copies of his presentation are available. Let me know if you need/want one.
Next week-Open club discussion regarding anticipated projects this year and fiscal 2017/2018 budget.
 
See you in two weeks.
 
 
 
Rotary Meeting Aug 15, 2017 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Our meeting began with the pledge followed by words of wisdom from David Hindman regarding the power of a positive attitude. There were no "guests" this morning, but we did welcome Mirabel and soon to be new member Jason Halper.
 
Happy Bucks came from:
Lori-Great Pyrenees accepted into Obedience School 
Dan-Sixteen year old daughter Chelsi lasted 30 days before a minor fender bender
Tony-Parents visiting
Clint- ITS OFFICIAL! A NEW DAUGHTER.
Richie-Football Season
Lynne-Bad Jobs(I have no idea what I mean by that or what she said)
Bob- On the road to recovery after a rough patch with the flu.
Denise-Disneyland! Denise was also our lottery winner and loser.
WARNING: Do not ask Maeve what you call a seagull by the bay.
 
We next celebrated Rotary Membership month with the swearing in of Jason Halper as our newest member.(see I told you above it would be soon.) Jason has a background in scouting, he is an Eagle Scout, and various forms of law enforcement. Presently employed by Truly Nolen, Jason made a presentation that rodents everywhere would take exception to. We learned of the packrat breeding cycle, nesting habits, dietary preferences, use of whiskers and that peanut flavored wire harnesses are not a good thing in the Sonoran Desert. A final bit of advice-If you pour predator urine, mothballs, Irish Spring soap and hot peppers into a bucket then stir it up and pour onto your auto engine it is a waste of time.
 
Thank you to Bob Bishop, Denise West and family and Jo Holt for stepping up to assist with the Picture Rocks Food Bank Distribution tomorrow.
 
 
Next week our speaker is Bouba Hamadou. In two weeks we will discuss club projects, budgets and Rotary calendars.
    
Rotary Meeting Aug 8, 2017 2017-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
                                                                            
The first meeting of August was brought to order by President Holt. Following the Pledge of Allegiance President Holt quoted Desmond Tutu regarding hope is when you see light where there is darkness. Our Exchange Student from Nigeria, Mirabel attended the meeting and graciously offered to help set up and take down.
 
It was brought to members attention that:
There will be a board meeting this Thursday beginning at 6 pm.  Board meetings are held at John Dooling's office located at 2005 W Ruthrauff and are always open to non board members.
This month has five Tuesday's and therefore the 5th Tuesday will be a club social. Location TBD.
Wednesday the 8th is a Food Bank volunteer day. With both Randy and Mary, our stalwarts in this arena, will both be out of town. Two, preferably three volunteers will be needed. This entails assisting with the distribution of food at the Ortiz Center in Picture Rocks from 9:30 to noon.
 
 DG Joe will visit our club 10/24/2017 and there will be a board meeting the evening of the 23rd. Non-board members welcomed.
Draft Budget to be finalized at Thursday Board meeting.
 
Secret Greeter process has been installed an possibly helped with what was a lively meeting. As a reminder, prior to the opening gavel try to greet every other member with a handshake, fist bump, hug pat on the back (NOT HEAD). Once the Secret Greeter is made known by our president anyone who did not greet them must pony up $1 fine.  This is NOT intended to be a fund raiser, but rather an encouragement for interaction.
 
Many happy members offered cash just to share their reasons for joy:
Richie Benner-A wonderful Boy Scout Jamboree
Tony Hunter-A fine vacation in San Diego
Lori Malangone-Backpacking aand tent camping at 14,400+ feet.
Mark Murray-Bi-cycling across Iowa (Mark left wallet at home and Javier has promised to extract a major "donation" at our next meeting.
Peter Mack-They have observatories in Ohio
Bob Bishop -Got married in Sedona, AZ but it rained the second day there. Not that the newly weds noticed.
Bob proved the old adage "Lucky in love-not in cards" as he drew the wrong card after having the right raffle ticket.
 
Randy shared with us some of the events and speakers scheduled for the District 5500 Conference October 13-15. This is an event we will be hearing much more about. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. Be there or be square.
 
Richie Benner presented on our club Facebook Page and the difference between a "group" page (more internal for chosen members) and a "Page" page that connects to the outside world. Please go to the Rotary Club of Marana website and "Like" and "share" with all your friends encouraging them to do the same. To add a story or photo at this time text Richie at 520-591-0381 or email Richard.Benner@Scouting.Org
 
 Randy presented on a mentoring opportunity at Open Doors, an alternative school in Marana. If this goes forward each of us will have an opportunity to address the students and speak of our chosen career. Also, Randy discussed a project with the Marana Prevention Alliance regards kids and drugs. Randy is still trying to get a handle on exactly what we could do and plans on attending additional meetings with this group.
 
We also discussed a project in Cameroon spearheaded by Bubba Hamadou a former member of this club, a Cameroonian and current member of the Old Pueblo Club. Bubba will be one of our club speakers soon.
 
Next week our speaker will be Jason Halper. His topic will be bugs. We also hope to install Jason as our newest member. 
 
John Dooling, Secretary
 
 
  
 
  
Rotary Meeting Aug 1, 2017 2017-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Marana Rotarian’s make Up at Cranbrook Rotary Club  Cranbrook,  BC. Canada
Harold Burtzloff , John Zwick and his daughter Joyce Made Up at John’s old Club
 
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Our meeting was brought to order by President Jo Holt. After Denise West led us in the Pledge President Holt gave us something to think about by quoting Martin Luther King, jr regarding being all you can be is only possible by letting others be all they can be. WE are all connected.
The song Stand By Me was played by Maeve Johnson with her smart phone. This song and Tony Hunter came to us from 1961, or maybe not. Speaking of Maeve, one loud groan and one low mournful whimper were heard after she entertained us (?)  with two jokes this morning.
 
Be sure to get your Burma Shave/Tour de Tucson entries to Maeve. There will be a reading and a vote to select the best.
 
We welcomed Jason Halper, who submitted his membership application this morning, Mirabel (YES THAT IS THE CORRECT SPELLING and NO, IT IS NOT PRONOUNCED MARYBELL), our new Exchange Student from Nigeria and Diane Ventura Goodyear, our speaker.
 
President Holt made a commitment that we all will learn the correct pronunciation of Mirabel's first and last name sometime before she returns to Nigeria next June.
 
 Mary Straus, newly appointed President of our very own Marana Rotary Foundation advised us of her board consisting of Lynne Himmer, Eric Miller, Randy Brooks and Lori Malangone. Mary also mentioned a District Membership Assembly scheduled for Saturday August 26th Cost of $30 covers a continental breakfast and lunch. The program runs from 9 am to 1 pm with location undetermined at this time. Many of us attended the membership assembly last year and found it to be very informative.
 
SECRET GREETER- Starting next week we will have a secret greeter. Any member may be selected as the secret greeter. President Holt will announce the name of secret greeter just before Javier comes for our money. If any member did not shake the secret greeter's hand a fine will be meted out by Javier. This  hopefully will encourage interaction with all members prior to the start of our meetings (and maybe lead to a decrease in late arrivals). The program will require a fair memory and the honor system. For these reasons the Secret Greeter program will be on a trial basis as those two attributes are in rare supply among our membership.
 
The Loop the Loop bike ride, precursor to the Tour de Tucson, is September the 16th. Mary Straus may have a team and our club will assist with an aid station. In regards to Tour de Tucson donations to eradicate polio, The Secretary of Rotary International Foundation already has $100,000 in pledges. By the way our connection with the Bill gates Foundation came via a Rotarian who sits on the board of the Gates Foundation.
 
There is a mixer TONIGHT of Rotarians at the Viscount Hotel on Broadway East of Swan. Starts at 5:30pm. You are all welcomed.
 
Lots of happy bucks/members: John-grand kid swimming success in the Pima Co Swim Program (cost is only $20 per kid per season); David Hindman- Seven year old son broke arm while family vacationed in Idaho (I think he is happy because of the cool camoflage cast, but I could be wrong about that); Denise recited the connection between thoughts, words and actions in a way far superior to what I just wrote; many who donated were grateful for our soon to be new member Jason and Exchange Student Mirabel's presence.
 
Randy was the lucky winner in the raffle and while I did not see his card the sound of many "Oh, too bad." comments leads me to believe the joker is still in the pack!
 
Diane Ventura Goodyear (DVT), an Assistant District Governor for District 5500, spoke of her involvement with the Vocational Training Team and its travel to Uganda. This partnership lead by Phil Silvers of Green Valley Club, was began five years ago. A big part of the project deals with empowerment for women via education. Smart phones and computers were provided by Rotary. Internet was slow, but cell phone coverage was good. Areas of education are not only technical and vocational but also deal with Domestic Violence, women health issues, family planning etc. Three districts involved are Ghana, Uganda and District 5500. The film shown to us of the project was produced by DVG.  
 
John Dooling, Secretary
 
 
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Following the Pledge President Holt provided words of wisdom from Rotary 1957. Basically Rotary is universal and to thrive we must build on our commonalities and not focus on our differences. Next came a rousing rendition of Take Me Out To The Ballgame led by Lynn Himmer. 
Attendance continues to be lackluster mostly due to the summer travel plans of many members. There was one hell of a welcoming for Marana's version of the wondering son, Mark Murray. Good to see you, Mark. Hope the bike ride across Iowa next week goes well.
Guests included potential new member Jason Halper and Fonda Insley, Tucson Club member and friend of Mary Straus.
Brief discussion of our hastily submitted District Grant proposal. Due to number of requests and limited funds a cutoff date was imposed. President Holt has submitted a $10,000 proposal (half from our club with possible input from Dove Mountain Club) to provide reading material for young children in conjunction with the Diaper Bank program of the the Maana Food Bank. Also involved is MUSD's Christine Noriega.
 
 Javier got pinned by President Holt!
 
 
Happy bucks came from many including Joe Farr, a BIG boxing fan. Who knew? Some sad bucks when Randy shared with the club news of the passing of Rotary International's President elect. Sam F Owori of Uganda was to be only the second RI President from Africa.
Speaker Michael Drake, a Stanford University graduate and UA trained attorney, was our speaker. His topic was a grant proposal for the area often referred to as Palestine. Mr Drake did his utmost to remain unpolitical in educating us on the troubled history of the area from League of Nations decision to split TtransJordan and Palestine from the area controlled by Lebanon and Syria. This is a fascinating opic and one in which I personally am quite interested in. However, space does not allow for me to go into greater detail from the two pages of notes.
Bottom line there is a Rotary Club in Ramallah and one in Bethlehem plus two more. The Club in East Juruselem   is seeking a Global Grant to assist with Ramallah Club in funding the Princess Basma School that serves about 300 disabled kids. Money will be for remodel of library, computers and training material. Total including match would be $70,000.
 
DO NOT FORGET: Maribel, our Nigerian Exchange Student, arrives this Friday at the Tucson Airport. Please try to join your club members. Be there by 6 pm and flight arrives at 6:14 pm.   
 
 
 
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 Todays meeting brought us the following guests: District Governor Joe Hentges,
 
Kathy Carlisile (friend/co-worker of  Maeve), new member inductee Robert Bishop and his fiance Linda Redman.
 
 
Words of wisdom from President Holt came from Rotary in the year 1927. Rotary can and should be used as a source of friendship as the basis for enterprise. The "average" Rotarian was mentioned but not defined.
 
President Holt discussed the District 5500 challenge to come up with a grant proposal by Saturday that targets youth literacy. The tentative plan is a children's book delivery tied to the existing Marana Diaper Bank program. This would be an ideal way to put books into the hands of young mothers ergo young potential readers at the earliest age possible.  More on this topic to follow.
 
Maeve mention a Burma Shave advertising program related to our Tour de Tucson aid station. She asked for slogan entries, but sounds like she already has a winner.
 
Our Food Bank packing and distribution assistance at the Ortiz Clinic in Picture Rocks is tomorrow. As a reminder this takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from about 9:30 til noon. Numerous club members have participated. Contact Randy or Mary to assist.
 
We have confirmation of the scheduled arrival of our exchange student from Nigeria. Please consider welcoming Maribel July 21st at 6:30 pm at the Tucson Airport. All members are encouraged to be part of the welcoming committee.
 
 Next President Holt swore in Rotary's newest member, Bob Bishop. His sponsor and mentor Don Jorgensen did the pinning. Bob's classification is Aircraft Research and Development. Bob recently returned from Russia, a trip he almost did not make as a result of a head-on collision on the way to the airport. Bob is a former Rotarian, but not to be confused with Bob Bishop, The Rotary Club of Marana's first president.
 
 
 
Mike and Vickie Suba representing Rotary's District 5500 Paul Harris Society took center stage to award both Don Jorgensen and Jo Holt as our clubs newest Paul Harris Society members. Our club now has six members who have pledged a $1,000 each year to the Rotary Foundation. Midway in giving ourselves a pat on the back for having over 25% of membership in the Paul Harris Society our District Governor reminded us we can do better!
 
 Richie Benner, club member and District Field Director of our local BSA council was guest speaker. We learned there are 7,000 scouts in the local Council  hat covers Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. Programs are available from K through 12. The Lions are comprised mostly of kindergarten kids, Cubs are anywhere from k through 5th grade. Boy Scouts ages 11 to 18. Co-ed programs are Venturing (kayaking, canoeing, mountain climbing etc.), Explorer (vocational exploration with numerous police and fire departments as well as Customs, Border Patrol and US Army)and the newest STEM. The Tucson Council was founded in 1911 just one year after BSA was established in 1910.
 
We ran out of time before Richie could discuss the newest Facebook enhancements, but he promised to return in three weeks.
 
Numerous happy bucks were given for such varied causes as Foster Child adoption (Clint), rain (John), definition of "borrow"(Dan), Attendance of the DG Hentges and new member admission Bishop(Randy and others).
 
This was an action packed meeting with Bob Bishop drawing the losing Jack of Clubs and President Holt still tingling from the nearby lightning strike she experienced last night. Its going to be a wild year if this meeting is any indication. If I have left off something or someone, please jot me a note on the back of a twenty dollar bill and give to me at our next meeting.
 
Humbly and hopefully accurately submitted, John Dooling-Club Secretary. 
 
 
Rotary Meeting 7/11/2017 2017-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dooling on Jun 27, 2017
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
SUMMARY OF MEETING – 6-27-17
Submitted by John Dooling, Secretary
  • This morning, 6/27/2017, The Rotary Club of Marana once again, as it has for the past thirty 30 years, experienced a peaceful transition of power. As members solemnly filed into Nana’s Kitchen they beheld fabulously decorated tables for four, complete with blue and gold napkins, blue Lilliputian cowbells and even a center floral arrangement. (Thank you to the member elf or elves who decorated the room last night) and to Maeve Johnson. Maeve not only provided the flowers but also the iced miniature cakes available for dessert.
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Outgoing President Mary Straus began the meeting by greeting guest Jim Hazzard of New York, son of incoming President Jo Holt and Donna Mabry of Thornydale, BFF of incoming President Holt. In addition we had guests Jim Nook of the Dove Mountain club and Lyle Johnson, husband of Maeve, who probably answered a last minute call to arms to carry flowers and miniature iced cakes.
 
President Straus thanked all in attendance for making her almost two year tour of duty possible and palatable. President Straus led us through some very turbulent times. We will be grateful for as long as there is a Rotary Club of Marana. Special thanks was given to the outgoing board. Member Randy Brooks was singled out as especially helpful in guiding her fledgling steps in the early months. By the way, we also learned that Randy has a new position with the District that requires he step in to lead should new District 5500 Governor Joe Hentges be unable to serve. Flowers were also given to Nana of Nana Kitchen fame for appreciation of her work and the outstanding quiche centerpiece of today’s breakfast.
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Next came the swearing in of 2017/2018 President Jo M Holt. Being of humble spirit the first thing Jo did was to put us all at ease by advising that she can be addressed as either Dr. President Holt or President Dr.  Holt. She is comfortable with either. Jo went on to tell us of having been recruited by Randy Brooks with tales of the potentially significant lottery winnings she could partake of and tasty breakfasts fifty weeks a year. She was struck immediately and remains in awe of our naiveté in allowing one such as herself into our club. Actually, her awe truly comes from the simple wording of the Four Way Test and by our recitation of same at conclusion of each meeting. The stark contrast of its honest clear message versus the cynicism that too often comprises a big chunk of our daily lives is refreshing. One could say the theme of her address is that we are “all connected”.
In turn the incoming board of Straus, Hunter, Dooling, Miller and Burtzloff received their pins. Outgoing/Incoming Treasurer, Lynn Himmer, could not attend todays meeting.
The whole meeting makes one proud to say they are a Rotarian.
Humbly and hopefully accurately submitted this day in the year of our Lord 2017.
Meeting Summary John Dooling 2017-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
SUMMARY OF MEETING – 6-20-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
6-21-21
Great meeting today: 85% of the members attended and seemed engaged.  Thank you one and all.
Guests: Potential Member Bob Bishop (he will be inducted as a member July 11, 2017).  With Bob was his finance Linda Raman. It was a pleasure meeting her and seeing Bob.
Pledge completed by Tony, Mediation or Thought of the Day provided by Jo Holt.  Song was unique. Maeve played a recording of a song “Hey Good Looking,” and the goal was to guess who in the club was born that year. (Answer: Jo Holt – she is born in 1968) I thought Hank Williams passed by then ….. Strange. She played another song done by Fred Astaire and it coincided with the birth date of Harold.  (How is that possible? Harold is only 48)
Although we have one more Tuesday left in the month this is Mary Straus’ last meeting as president.  The reason? Mary gave President Elect Jo Holt the opportunity to use the meeting next week for Jo and her team to hold her installation during our regular meeting.
Mary asked that we discuss the international conference.  Mary, Jo and Randy provided insight to the event.  Also attending the conference were Don Jorgensen and two of our spouses, Kathy Jorgensen and Deb Hume. Mary and Randy attended the pre-conference regarding Sex and Human Trafficking and found the experience to be amazing.  Jo reported the attendance of about 43,000 Rotarians and friends at the conference. She particularly enjoyed the food court in the House of Friendship where she met people from around the world.  She became aware that we have a “damn good club” compared to many around the world.  She’s right.
The Rotary Club of Marana received tremendous recognition among the participants (80 + countries) for partnering with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation to provide mental health examinations.  We provided 180 assessments and noted, in Randy’s case, about 8% had some degree of cognitive impairment and those individuals were referred to physicians in those their communities for follow-up.
Some of the most helpful sessions were related to peace, sex trafficking, conflict between individuals and clubs and great plenary sessions with Dr. King presenting, Bill Gates, and many others. Basically it was awesome.
Jo raised the question of whether Polio can really ever be eradicated.  Randy as the Assistant Zone Rotary Regional Coordinator for the Rotary Foundation, is researching these observation to find out the most recent scientific studies and beliefs among the stakeholders.  Randy will submit a report upon conclusion of conversations with physicians, scientists, CDC, WHO and others. 
This Sunday is Joe Hentges installation as Governor of D-5500.  It appears that we have enough members attending but not sure about obtaining a table for just us at this late date.
Happy Bucks: Most gave acknowledgement to Mary Straus for her creative and solid leadership; this past year.
Denise thanked those that helped at the Food Bank this past week …. Delivering food for those with less.
DENISE WAS AWARDED THE TITLE OF MARANA ROTARY CLUB MEMBER OF THE YEAR. A GREAT FEAT FOR A NEWER MEMBER.  WE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOU.
Eric stated that his book “Owner’s Compass” was the best seller for several days on Amazon in three categories.  A Huge congratulations to Eric …. Proud of you.
Richie just completed a two week summer camp with the Boy Scouts.
Mary drew and quickly lost in the drawing. 
Mary recognized Peter Mack who received his Paul Harris recognition for both levels 2 and three.  Thank you, Peter. He responded “this money comes back to us for projects.  I tell other charities that my choice for donations is the annual program fund of the Rotary Foundation.” That quote is paraphrased …. But the message was clear.
Mary Farewell Speech:
 
Mary discussed her year as president and how much it means to her to be involved in our club and district.  On the District 5500 level she discussed, many projects that distinguish us. Further she stated that Dr King suggested that we are all connected as people and how we treat one another is as important as how we treat ourselves. Further she stated that as Dr King suggested we should be ashamed when we die if we have not lived a life of service.
Mary discussed our success with projects and activities this year: Helping disadvantaged youth for MUSD, MCAT, Food Bank, Christmas and Thanksgiving food and gifts for family, Interact, RYLA, Peace Camp in Africa, Shelter box, funds for 3,000 polio vaccines, Alzheimer Prevention screenings, air conditioning for Vietnam Veteran, donated $7,000 + to The Rotary Foundation and  $1,000 + to Polio Plus.
Mary gave a hear felt thank you to board members, Joe Holt, Tony Hunter Maeve, Harold, Lynne and Randy
Mary thanked the club for this experience made her a better speaker, leader and Rotarian.
We sang “For she’s a jolly Good Fellow.” And gave a standing ovation.
Rotary Meeting June 20, 2017 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Well, here it goes. This bulletin is brought to you (maybe) by your Secretary Elect filling in for Sec Randy brooks. He plus fellow members Mary Straus, Jo Holt and Don Jorgensen are among the 40,000 plus attendees at the International conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
President Elect Elect Tony Hunter gaveled (is that a word?) in the meeting promptly at 8am sharp and punctually ended it at 8am. In between were sporadic moments of laughter, enlightenment and coffee.
Tony began with the reading of notes from President Elect Holt sent from Atlanta. Apparently in addition to our own Marana dignitaries others from around the world also attended including someone named Bill Gates.
Javier collected Happy Bucks from Tony, Dan, Bob (soon to be a member) Bishop, Richie and others. A secretary with better hearing  would have been able to report the source of their happiness. Lynn told a joke and since it included the name of a former presidential candidate perhaps her timing was perfect with so many of the Democratic persuasion being out of state. In any case this writer found it to be pretty funny.
Our speaker, Sheila Foraker, was introduced by Maeve. Sheila is the Route Director for the Tour de Tucson and works for Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, a 501c3 organization. This non profit has raised about 78 million for 60 different charities in its first 34 years of existence. They operate four Bike Rides (not races) in Arizona 1) Tour de Phoenix/Mesa, 2)Tour de Tucson, 3) Pima Co Loop? and 4)?????. Their events are open to all ages and abilities. With ten staff and 1,000 plus volunteers they coordinate rides that require the involvement of numerous city, county, university and tribal governments. Eighteen aid stations with 180 portable toilets, 7,000 ponds of bananas, 7,230 gallons of water, 6,000 ponds of oranges,  manned by church, club and civic organizations like our own Rotary Club of Marana makes the whole thing work. 
Sheila may be contacted at route@perimeterbicycling.com or 520-745-2033.
Rotary Meeting 6/13/2017 John Dooling 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES  2-6-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Club Secretary
 
 
Meeting held offsite at the business of Bob Bishop whom will be joining our club in the very near future. Bob owns a company called Ariel Productions. 
No pledge, or invocation or song. Bob simply gave those in attendance a tour of his business and described how his one person airplane is made and the various uses of this amazing machine. Bob has been a pilot at Air Shows, his plane was in James Bond movies, TV shows.  On the tail of each plane (he had about 4 present) is the logo for the Freedom Team.  This plane could fit in your living room or garage.  It is very small and only weighs about 500 pounds.    It could take off on the deck of a cargo ship, almost vertical and travels very fast.  As Bob says it is like flying a missile.
 
Bob gave us some of the applications of this airplane (it only fits one person) and flies at low altitudes (as low as 17 feet off the surface of the earth) and has many military uses.  For example he has flown as close as a few hundred feet from the Pentagon and the White House to test our US defenses from missile attacks.  His plane was used for the “Coor’s Silver Bullet” ad campaign.  Bob has bailed out of his planes twice and he claims that is why he could be seen as vertically challenged.
Many of the applications of the airplane he could not discuss because they are secret.  He did discuss the various radar uses and the sophistication of the electronics on his airplane. 
One of his employees was in the Marine Corps …… hooorah and was the pilot of the helicopter for the Reagan and Bush administrations.  Bob was very gracious in feeding us, giving us coffee to drink and made all of us comfortable. 
Thanks for a very interesting morning, Bob.
Next week a few of us: President Mary, President Elect Jo, Don Jorgensen and I will be at the Rotary International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  We will be helping with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention booth (a club project) and at the Ride to End Polio booth (a district project), attending classes, receptions and generally having a good time  John Dooling will be taking attendance and notes so treat him nice.  I will see you all. Tuesday, June 20, 2017. With four of us gone it is important that as many of you as possible attend the meeting next week and for the rest of the year.
 
 
 
Rotary Meeting June 6, 2017 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana social Tuesday evening. John and Harold preparing to go away for the summer. We will miss you.
Social May 2017 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 5-23-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting opened by President Mary Straus with the pledge and a thoughtful moment by President Elect Jo Holt. I am adding more titles today for new members that may be trying to figure out who is who in the club. 
We had 76% of our members attend today.  Guests included Amber Mathewson, Director of the Pima County Libraries, our potential new member Bob Bishop s and Fred Fox of the Presidio Club of Tucson.
REMINDER: WE ARE DARK NEXT WEEK. INSTEAD OF A MEETING WE WILL BE HOLDING A CLUB SOCIAL AT THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN BREWERY IN THE FOOTHILLS MALL AT 5:30 PM THAT EVENING.  PLEASE LET JO HOLT KNOW IF YOU ARE NOT ATTENDING.
Reminder President Elect Jo will be having her installation 27 June 2017 at our regular club meeting. Please invite your family, friends and business friends to this important event.
The 20th of June, President Mary Straus, will be conducting her last meeting and plans to find ways to thank the club for service to our community and for supporting her this past year.  Congratulations to both of these fine leaders.
This past weekend, President Mary, Secretary Elect John Dooling, Don Jorgensen President Nominee Designate Eric Miller  and PDG Randy Brooks attended the district assembly.  We encourage all of you to attend these district level training opportunities whenever possible.  It makes us a more effective club and we find ourselves engaged at new levels. 
Bob Bishop informed the club that he is marrying his fiancé, July 22, in Sedona, AZ.  Congratulations Bob.
 
President Mary inducted the following new members:
            Richie Benner, (John is his mentor) and promptly assigned him to the task of social media for the club. Richie is a lifelong Tucsonan, graduated from Marana High School and is Director of the Boy Scouts in this region.  Welcome Richie.
            Lori  Malagone (Mentor is Tony Hunter), M.Ed., is Executive Director of Arizona Youth Partnership.  This organization works statewide. Lori is also a lifelong resident of Tucson and graduated from Mountain View High School. She is a wonderful young lady that will benefit our club for years to come. I said young because both of these new members are millennials. She will be assigned to community service.
Bob Bishop will be voted on today for membership by the board of directors. He is  CEO and President of Aerial Productions, Inc. He is a former Rotarian from Oregon. Bob will be voted on today by the board and members will have a week to respond with any concerns.  He has attended three meetings and based on approval is eligible to join.  Don’t forget we will have our meeting June 6 at his place of business at 7 AM. The address is 3865 N Business Center Drive., Suite 101, Tucson, AZ. Phone number is 520-682-1281.  He has promised to allow Mary and Jo fly the aircraft that he designs and builds at his facility.
We are dark because of the social next week but a few of us are meeting at 8 AM at the site of last year’s El Tour de Tucson aide station to discuss with Perimeter Cycling where we might be placed next year.
The raffle was promptly won and lost by Denise.  We all felt terrible for her lack of luck.
Tonight is the MCAT High School graduation. Several of us are attending and having dinner first at Nana’s Kitchen.  It will be fun and is always moving. The ceremony is at 7 PM and dinner at 5:30.
We learned today that our club is eligible for the presidential citation after two members and the two new members made a donation to the annual programs fund of Rotary International Foundation.  Congratulations to the club and thank you Mary for your leadership this past year.
OK….. Finally to our guest speaker:
 
Amber Matheewson, Director, Pima County Libraries can be reached at 520-594-5650 or write her at amber.mathewson@pima.gov.   Amber raised from being a customer service clerk to being the director of 26 libraries.  She fell in love with books when she was 8 years old and foraging through the books at the bookmobile in her community. Libraries are “America’s great equalizer.” Any ethnicity, age, sex culture can enter and obtain a free library card and obtain educational and entertainment material. She has an “Impact Plan” that included Education, connected learning, and community outreach.
Education: Improve early literacy, career study HS diploma as opposed to GED.  She expressed concern that graduation rates are diminishing in Arizona.  Connected learning: learn about business, and economic development. Connect to compete: Computer education.  25% of households do not have a computer but they can use one at the library and the library donated 50 computers last year to needy families.
Community: you can check out plan and vegetable seeds (you don’t have to return them).  They hold arts and cultural events.  You may rent a space for your community meeting for no charge.  There is a library nurse program.  The nurse give educational presentations and refers people to treatment providers.  They hold ESL classes, summer reading program and give books to kids that work throughout the summer.
I am very impressed with our library and of Amber.  Thank you so much for this presentation. 
 
Meeting adjourned.
           
 
Rotary Meeting May 23,2017 2017-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
MEETING MINUTES 5-16-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
5-16-17
Meeting called to order by President Mary Straus. She also led the pledge.
President Elect Jo Holt gave a thought for the day ….. From Mr. Rogers
Attendance dipped below 80% attendance today for the first time in several months.  Must be summer. Harold our resident greeter was not in attendance today ….. We were all concerned but we learned he is OK ….. A minor medical problem so Harold know we were thinking about you.
Visitors:  Richie Benner, Boy Scouts of America, will be inducted next week.
                Lori Malagone, Executive Director Arizona Youth Partnership, will be inducted next Tuesday.
                Bob Bishop, CEO, Aerial Productions Intl., Inc., guest today and officially submitted his application for membership.
                Carolyn Gorst, Education Manager, Junior Achievement of Arizona.
The club expressed sadness regarding our guest and soon to be new member, Richie Benner, in regards to the loss of his niece in a swimming accident.  Our thoughts are with you and your family Richie.
Mary discussed that Rotarian Ray Naylor is advocating for the Civil Discourse initiative and it’s National Institute. This was founded after the terrible shooting in Tucson of politicians’, civilians and, children, January 8, 2011Two of the members are past presidents George Bush and Bill ClintonCivility can exist between all of us.  Rotary proves that daily.
We had not one but two jokes today from Maeve and Lynne.  Sadly I did not write them down …. One was about a duck bill and the other referenced pasta.  Sorry.  Xavier provided levity during Happy Bucks John Dooling won and then lost the drawing.  We then acknowledged Xavier’s Mother for her abilities as chef for our club meetings.
Carolyn Gorst, Manager Education for Junior Achievement of Arizona presented at the invitation of Joseph Farr, Bank of the West. Here’s the news: Founded in 1919 as a response to the industrial revolution to help young men and women learn about financial literacy. Students working in that era were able to make money but made poor financial decisions (remind you of any other youth). Here are the stats: 30% of students do not graduate from high school, Arizona ranks near the bottom of graduation rates. Of the students in school and attending Junior Achievement 56% qualify for HUD housing assistance.  Young adults from 21-15 years of age have the dubious recognition of filing bankruptcy at the highest rate of all persons. Traditionally children receive one semester of training about money in Economics.  Now the fun started: we did an experiential exercise geared for third graders.  It was fun and the team of Mary, Lori, Tony and Randy were the clear winners. Each work group was asked to form a business, decide location and pay rent, utilities, taxes, advertising, purchase goods and services, supplies, learn about credit.  Again this is geared for 3rd graders so most of us were severely challenged.  It was fun.  Carolyn asked if members would be interested in volunteering for this organization.  Deferred to President Elect Joe Holt.  One day in the spring or for a week at the high school each year.  Not a huge commitment and perhaps possible.  Joseph Farr and Jo Holt may pursue. Carolyn: 520-792-2319 carolyng@jaaz.org.
Do not miss the meeting next week where we will be inducting two new members to our Rotary family. Lori and Richie.
 
 
Rotary MeetingMay 16.2017 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES 5-9-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Pledge and Reflection completed.
Guests: Rob Bishop whom is submitted his application for membership in the next few days.
                Brenda Soto …. Math Teacher, MCAT and Denise Coronado Principal.  The student of the month did not show for his award.
Food Bank tomorrow: Mary, Randy, Don, Denise.  Next month because several of us will be at the international convention the following have agreed to help: Denise, Tony and if he is in town, Peter Mack.
MCAT Graduation is planned for Tuesday 5/23/17, 7:00 PM and all club members are encouraged to attend.  Maeve suggested that those attending consider meeting at Nana’s Kitchen at 5:30 for dinner before proceeding to the Marana Middle School where the event is held.
Mary discussed the presidential citation from Rotary and noted that we appear to be short on the Every Rotarian Every Year category.  Lynne states that she does not make contributions until May so that observation may not be accurate.  Our foundation giving is very good … we are third in the district at giving (per capita) at this time.  Thank you to our club members.
She also noted that at one time (a few years ago) our club was 50% female.  That figure has dropped to 29% at this time.
Mary requested that everyone go to the www.myrotary.org and sign on as a member if you have not
Denise won the drawing and then promptly lost.  Sorry.
Visit our club website and have a look.  Harold has done a great job on updating the site and Mary has downloaded photographs to compliment his work.  Go to www.maranarotary.org.
President Jo Holt will be installed as president June 27, 2017 7 AM during our regular meeting time.  It is asked that your contact Maeve’s assistant to RSVP for the event. President Mary asks that we all attend not only Jo’s installation but attend the meeting on the 20th of June for a special appreciation by Mary of club members and those that have helped her this past year.
 
Presenter: Bob Bishop …. Bob is a potential member (sponsor Don Jorgensen) whom built the world’s smallest Jet ….. Known by many as the Coors Silver Bullet.  It travels at 320 miles an hour and was a prototype of plane that he has built to see if our national defense systems are adequate to intervene in a missile attack.  He stated we are good at shooting cruise missiles and he works on making sure the USA is not vulnerable to attack by similar missiles.  His team routinely flies (with permission) only a few thousand feet from the White House and Pentagon to test our defense systems. He is an honorary squadron leader at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.  He has been a pilot in air shows and builds very interesting machines.
June 6, 2017 at 7 AM we will meet at his place of business and have a tour.  His address is
Bob Bishop
President CEO
Aerial Productions Intl., Inc.
3865 N Business Center Drive – Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85705
520-682-1281
We will not have a regular meeting that week. The meeting will be held at Bob’s place of business.  What an interesting presentation.
 
 
Rotary Meeting May 9, 2017 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 5-3-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting Called to Order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge completed and invocation by Jo Holt.  No song today.  A sigh of relief by some, sadness expressed by others.
Visitors:
 Bob Bishop, President and CEO of Aerial Productions Intl, Inc. He was brought to the club by Don Jorgensen as a potential member. Application Pending
Lori Malagone, M.Ed., Executive Director of Arizona Youth Partnership.  This is the second week of visitation by Lori and hopefully she will be voted on by the board next Wednesday at the board meeting. Her sponsor is Tony Hunter.
Javier Avalos, Owner of Ina Road Auto Collision visited as well.  He is interested in membership and his sponsor is Eric Miller. Application Pending
Mary Franco, Principal, Open Doors Community School, presented today and also indicated to Randy that she would like to join our club. (I suggested that she go to the website and download an application).  Sponsor Mary Straus (I think).
Richard Benner, Jr., Field Director of the Boy Scouts of America has now had his application in for two weeks.  I called his today and asked him to attend next week so the board can vote on his application. Sponsor is John Dooling.
I think this is the first time, in my knowledge, that we have had five potential members in the chute for admission to the club. 
To make up for it we sang Happy Birthday to Joe Farr who celebrated his 27th  birthday.
A reminder: Dues are not being collected … don’t make us send an enforcer to collect from you.  Some of you also received an invoice for Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY). It is only $100.00 per year make your donation as soon as possible to the “Annual Programs Fund.” So we can get some of that money back for projects in three years.
District Conference attended by President Mary, Don Jorgensen, Jo Holt and Randy Brooks.  Jo attended sessions related to Youth Services. Don and Randy attended the Grants Management Seminar (this qualifies us to pursue a District or Global Grant in 2017-18.  Don encouraged the club to look into a district grant. “It’s sad to leave money on the table.”  The decision (in rough form) must be submitted to the district by July 15 or we will be ineligible to apply.
 
Mary, Don and Randy gave out cookies at the district conference. Both were warmly received.  Thank you to Mary and Deb Hume (Randy’s spouse) for baking cookies and to Dan Contorno for suggesting we hand out the 40 Tour de Cookie T-shirts. It was really fun.
Don announced that the Rotary Club of Marana and the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain Marana are two of the top three giving clubs to the foundation so far this year.  Our club gained a tremendous amount of notoriety and respect at the District Conference.  We are truly one of the absolutely best clubs in the district.
Maeve suggested we collaborate with Marana Health Center and have Clint help us.  Mary suggested we consider TROT … an organization that provides equine therapy to children with autism and adults struggling with emotional issues.  I have seen these efforts help dramatically with veterans with PTSD from combat.
If you have not visited our website.  Please do so.  Harold Burtzloff did the work and he did a great job.  Thanks Harold.
I am sure I missed some of the announcements today but here are a few: Don is celebrating his 38th Wedding anniversary this week.  Xavier is celebrating an anniversary as well (did not get the number), Dan and Heather are celebrating 15 years of wedding bliss.
Harold has been a Rotarian for 48 years, Tony and Clint have been members for one year.  Don is celebrating 9 years in Rotary.
May 4, 1987 is the anniversary of women in Rotary.  Mary read the Council on Legislation history of “shame” (my word)  in rejecting for scores of years the entry of women into Rotary.  The Supreme Court made the final decision for those in the USA.  Sylvia Whitlock, a Governor classmate of Randy was the first woman to enter Rotary.  She is and was a psychotherapist and to this day is an example for all of us.
Mary, Maeve, and Randy told stories of the struggle to introduce women into Rotary.
Don suggested we watch TNT on Thursday nights to see how the FBI operates in New York City.  The film is just one year old and in interesting in that Don and Kathy’s daughter is a FBI agent in New York.
Maeve announced that her daughter and granddaughter are doing great now…. Hooray!
She then told a joke about a pirate that was being driven nuts. Sigh.
 
Guest speaker: Mary Franco from Open Doors Community School. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix and is a current doctoral student.  Raised on a farm in Bisbee she was encouraged by both of her parents to become an educator in their footsteps.  She has three children and was principal of the middle school she attended as a child.
At the Open Doors School they have 26 students and will cap admissions at 70. They accept children with risk factors including teen pregnancy, drug issues and learned disabilities. The partner with community resources to meet the need of children and integrate those services into the learning experience. All teachers are certified.  Students can arrive at 7:30 and stay till 5:30 PM to assist working parent
Meeting closed with the 4-Way Test.
Rotary Meeting 5/02/2017 2017-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
CLUB MEETING 04/25/17
MINUTES
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Pledge and invocation were completed. The song this week, as selected and led by John Dooling was “Old McDonald” he received the support and encouragement of many club members. 
Visitors today: Lori Malagone, Executive Director of Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP).  She submitted her application for membership today and the board will ask for a vote soon from members. Also there for his last visit was PDG Tom from the Tri-Cities of Washington and a proud member of the Rotary Club of Kennewick.
Also, not at the meeting but mailing an application in for membership today is Richard Benner, Jr. Richard is with the Boy Scouts of America and works as a field director.  Need to introduce him to Don Jorgensen, our own Eagle Scout.  We hope Richard will be invited to a meeting so we can all meet him before voting.
Four of our members are going to the district 5500 conference this weekend: President Mary, Don Jorgensen, President Elect Joe Holt and PDG Randy Brooks.  Don will attend as well as work at the Shelter Box booth.  We will also have a booth for “Tour de Cookie, “and at the booth giving out a limited number of T-shirts and cookies. 
President Mary discussed how the club is running at a deficit at this time.  Our dues, happy bucks and raffle tickets just keep us afloat. This will need to be addressed in Jo Holt’s term as president.
Mary discussed a program the probable next new member may propose.  It consists of mentoring middle school aged children at a local school.  The mentoring may be done individually or in groups.  This notion was just floated as an idea.  Four members said they would be interested.  We will surly need more participation and the issue was tabled until more information is learned about the mentoring, when, where and expectations.
We discussed the food bank schedule and four people have agreed to help.  New to the task is Don Jorgensen, Thank you Don and thanks to John Dooling for helping last time.
Drawing: Randy won and lost again. It’s become a weekly ritual.  “You can’t win if you don’t play.”
 
The speaker today is LuAnn Gerker, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Psychology Department.  Her specialty is in childhood early language.  You may reach her at gerken@emial.az.edu.
LuAnn spoke of the need for children to read to children during the last three months of pregnancy. She states children can distinguish the tone and vibration of sound waves from the mother and others that are speaking.  She spoke of how children are most pliable and able to comprehend different languages in the after first six month of life.  
She indicated it is hard to recruit mothers to allow studies to be done on babies.  She reminded us of the days when expectant mothers were in the paper and new babies are not announced like they once were.   Some of the tips offered by Dr Gerker were:  Talk to your baby, be a storyteller and repeat the stories often, even if the child is not learning quickly treat them “as if”, they are learning.
She told Don that the children can be taught to “speak” using sign language but they do not develop the nuance of vocabulary as other children might.  She mentioned that baby listen for sound and music.  However they do not appreciate hip-hop.  I made that up so don’t go telling her playing hip-hop for your in utero children has done wonders for the baby.  After 7 years of age it becomes much more difficult to learn language. So start early with those kids.
Thank you Dr. Gerken for a very interesting presentation.
Meeting adjourned.  Thanks to all of you for helping our community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Meeting 4/25/2017 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 4-18-2017
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting opened with the pledge, President Mary offered a moment of reflection regarding stick figures (people) on the back of vehicles and how we can be cognizant of being kind to one another.  87% of our members attended today. 
The song selected by John Dooling. This tune has a cool history dating back, I think he said to the Civil War and has been recorded by almost every musician since (just joking).  This song was performed at Churchill’s funeral, recorded by numerous people, such as Judy Garland, Johnny Cash and many others.  It was rewritten by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). The song is called, in the USA, Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Great history lesson, John.  We actually sang it in key. 
Guests included past district Governor Tom from Pasco, Washington.  Next week he will leave and return to the Northwest.  It is somewhat cooler in the Tri-Cities of Washington, but not a lot.  Many people do not know that the Center and southern part of Washington State is a desert environment (chaparral). We will miss Governor Tom.
Breakout your calendars: Jo Holt will become president of the Rotary Club of Marana, July 1, 2017.  Her installation will be June 27, 2017, 7:00 AM, at Nana’s Kitchen and will be a breakfast affair.  Please put this meeting and event in your calendar now.
Mary discussed articles from the most recent Rotarian magazine regarding activities in Guatemala and polio eradication in Nigeria. In Nigeria polio detection was discussed and the expense of hunting down the virus around the globe. 
Maeve told the story about how Lyle, her spouse, purchased a pair of tennis shoes from a local drug dealer and now he is tripping. 
We were all happy to see Peter back at the meeting ….. He has been traveling the world.
Harold announced that Club Runner has an app for our phones that is very effective.  Go to your app store and type in Club Runner.  Have Fun.
Jo announced she is attending a rally on Saturday ….. A rally for Science.  She finds it odd that we must rally for science in order to reaffirm we believe in it. 
 
Jo introduced our speakers from the Marana Unified School District; Cynthia Ruich, Director of Student Services and Christina Noriega, Family Resource Coordinator.  Jo added that it may be possible to work with these educators on a District Grant in the future.
Cynthia discussed “Food Packs,” and how these packs provide nutrition for students in need throughout the school year. She also discussed how the school district has two buses that distribute meals (breakfast and lunch) throughout the district during holidays to students that are low income and are not likely to receive needed meals at home. These buses also have the ability to provide basic immunizations and dental care for students. She discussed homeless students (purchasing supplies) and the provision of counselors that assist when students or family members pass away.
Christina described herself as an occasional “social worker,” and enjoys the part of her job that allows her to visit students’ homes and learn about what the student needs to be more successful.  She also coordinates a “clothing bank” for students as well as the Holiday Share program.  As you know we have been active in this program for many years.  They do their best to provide food and gifts to over 600 families per year. She complimented the Rotary Club of Marana in that we follow through with our commitments.
We then entered into a discussion of generational poverty and how many students learn a poverty culture which makes it more difficult to recognize the problem in their own lives. She stated that impoverished families rarely move further than 5 miles from the place they have lived as adults.  They accept the altered norms of the community.  They indicated there are many myths regarding poverty.  They did state that programs like MCAT can break that cycle.
 
Meeting adjourned with the 4-Way Test. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Rotary Meeting 4/18/17 2017-04-18 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTESS 4/11/17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Called to order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge led by Eric Miller and invocation by Guest PDG Tom Halazon, RC of Pasco, WA. 87% of the club attended today.  Good work.
Guests: Tom as mentioned above and his spouse, Sharon.
Song:  Let by John Dooling and Jo Holt.  It made our imaginations soar with what it might be like to hear the actual tune.  Thank you John and Jo for the glorious attempt of leading this group with limited musical attributes. Whew.
I caught a few, but not all of the announcements: We missed John D’s birthday.  Denise West celebrates one year of membership in our club …… time passes so quickly. Xavier had a birthday and Joe Farr is not far behind in celebrating hers.  Harold is celebrating his 45th wedding anniversary and Maeve Johnson is celebrating her 26th. She had a birthday as well.
Eric donated a computer to the club today.  It did not work completely because of a conflict between Apple and Microsoft.  Someone smarter than this writer will figure it out.
 
Standing ovation for Dan Contorno for his leadership with the Tour de Cookie.  Great job Dan to you, Tony (I heard he was your backbone.  I think they meant he had your back).  Over 70% of the club actively engaged and volunteered in this project.  Two visiting Rotarians, PDG Tom and his spouse volunteered as well.
The rest of the meeting was centered on a review of the Tour de Cookie:
 
Happy bucks: Randy won and then quickly lost ……..
 
Four Way Test and meeting adjourned.
 
Rotary Meeting April 11, 2017 2017-04-13 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MINUTES 4-4-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Meeting called to Order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge completed and a heartfelt song selected by John Dooling was sung.  “Itsy Bitsy Spider” was the song. It brought tears to some of our eyes.  Thank you John for the song … it was fun and David thanks for a nice impromptu job with the meditative moment.
Set up of the electronics was attempted by Randy who whined endlessly (nothing new here) about the computer and projector not working.  A few people indicated they would work on getting a different computer to see if it works.  Eric volunteered to donate a computer to the club that may work.  Harold indicated that he will research connectorsMaeve suggested we bring in a consultant to tell us what we need.  The majority indicated we should try the new computer and then evaluate what to do.  Someone volunteered to see if they can learn to use Xavier’s projector as well.
Guests: Past District Governor Tom Halazon, of, Pasco, Washington and Ricard Benner who is with the Boy Scouts of America. Richard is considering membership in our club.
Other visitors included Shyla Grave, MCAT student of the month, her mother Tara. One teacher joined us and of course Denise Coronado.
 
Dan reviewed how we are doing with the Tour de Cookie.  We have over 100 + registered and more coming.  It looks like we may hit over two hundred riders.  Thank you Dan, Tony and your team for making this an event to remember.  If you would like to volunteer (and please do) contact Dan at gowhtsox@gmail.com or call him at 520-404-8275.
 
Eric brought us a banner from the Rotary Club of Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. 
 
Aleta of the Dove Mountain Club sent along a verbal invitation for us to join her club at a special meeting with a great speaker, April 20, 2017 at 6 PM.
 
Jo Holt stated she judged at a high school science fair this past week.  She loved judging ….. Too much.  Many of us fanaticized about what it was once like to judge. 
Maeve told a joke about a “labracadabra”. It again was too confusing for Randy to wrap his head around. 
Randy, Rotary Foundation Chair for the club, completed a presentation regarding the Rotary Foundation and all the good works we do in the world. Because of the foundation we have experienced its impact in our community, and the world.  Our club is an Every Rotarian Every Year Club and Randy encouraged us to do better.  We have five Paul Harris Society Members in the club.  Those are folks that donate $1,000 or more per year to the foundation.  We have three bequest society members and Randy encourages more folks to donate to this painless effort.  He asked that when you make your contribution that you make it to The Rotary Foundation and designated the Annual Programs funds on your donation.  The money comes back to the district to assist with local, district and global grants. 
 
Former Rotarian Denise Coronado again introduced the Student of the Month from MCAT of the Marana Unified School District.  Shyla Graves has been a student in the district since preschool.  She is described as “compassionate, a driven person with thee jobs outside of school. She is described as a positive role model and volunteers at her church with immigrants from other countries.  She has a passion for travel and hope to join the US Army and be trained as a “chef.”
We were all asked to attend the MCAT graduation at the Marana Middle School May 23, 7:00 PM
 
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Mary asked me to add to the minutes the job and work assignments for April:
Greeter: Harold Burtzloff
Pledge: Eric Miller
Invocation: Mark Murray
Program: Jo Holt
Sgt at Arms: Xavier Teran
Set Up: Don Jorgensen
Tear Down: David Hindman
 
 
 
Rotary Meeting April 4, 2017 2017-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES
3-28-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Meeting called to order by President Mary at 7:00 AM.  Denise led us in the pledge, meditation completed by Don J. and David H., an almost beautiful rendition of “Clementine” led by Lynne. Xavier collected happy bucks … thanks Xavier for the new screen.. You know Harold never gets a thanks for welcoming all of us to the meeting, thanks Harold.
Guest today: Mindy Blake of the Pima Association of Governments and Laurie from the Marana Youth Outreach.  Sorry I missed her last name.
Randy, John and Don were asked to discuss the newest on the Peru project.  Randy spoke for the group, describing the woman in need of help and her family.  The board had offered to donate up to $1000 for this project. The Rotary Club Foundation did write a check for that amount.  However donations by Mary (discretionary fund), John Dooling and Randy covered the expense. The foundation did not experience a loss on this transaction.
Foundation review by Mary ….. It appears that we have $8,918.47 in funds.  Remember we are keeping an amount of $2,500.00 for a rainy day fund.
Discussion about the Food Bank work this past weekend.  Several members attended and supported the effort.  Tony was there and had a walkie talkie.  He indicated it made him feel quite powerful.
Randy gave an update on the youth exchange student from Nigeria.  Marana High School was visited today by Randy and arrangements made for her to register for classes.  I few hoops still to go through and hopefully she will be awarded a student visa.
Dan C. continues to work hard on the Tour de Cookie and is looking for volunteers this weekend.  
Jo Holt said we have 12 cookie stations and all but two are filled.  Two life insurance companies decided to not participate.  If you can’t rely on a life insurance group … who can you?  I tell you it is a sad day.
 
Guest Speaker:
 
 Mindy Blake, Outreach Coordinator, Pima Association of Governments.  Mindy was an anchor on Channel 13, CBS and sat involved with  the board of directors of the Amphi School District with Joe Holt. Mindy discussed the Regional Transportation Authority which is in its 11th year.  Maintenance of roads, sidewalks are usually complete by the township, city or county in which the roads or sidewalks need help. PAG is mainly concerned about roadways, safety, intersections, train crossings, green belts and pathways.  They have contributed to the bike paths in Pima County. Lots of discussion about public transportation and the lack of it in the Picture Rocks area. Mindy stated that 54% of people that ride buses have not vehicle of their own. Mindy discussed how the recession affected tax revenue for building and maintaining roads but that we seem to be coming back from the deficit and the future looks much brighter.  If you want to reach out to Mindy Blake her e-mail is MBlake@PAGregion.com, www.PAGregion.com and 520-495-1427 Thank you Mindy for an interesting discussion.
 
 
 
Rotaru Meeting march 28, 2017 2017-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES
03/21/17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
We had an amazing 90% attendance today.  Only two members were not in attendance.  Great job Rotary Club of Marana.
Introduction of guests: Carol McGorray, Town of Marana Council Member and proud mother of the speaker today …. Maureen Dykinga. More on Maureen later.
The pledge was completed, a song was sung and a great meditation completed by David Hindman.
We had a guest from the Rincon Club …. I did not catch his name.  He was asking for support of his club annual Taste of Chocolate.  I have been to this event.  The chocolate is amazing.  It will be held, April 23, 2-4 PM, at the Double Tree Hotel.  Only $15.00 per ticket... 
Report on the Peru Trip:  Well, we are back.  The trip was meaningful in several different ways.  Don Jorgensen Discussed the trip, Machu Picchu, and our Amazon adventures.  Did he mention the heat! Whew.  John Dooling discussed a marathon Rotary meeting he and I attended (5 hours) during which possible support via of the foundation may makes lives better for others.  He also discussed a beautiful school we visited that is supported by the Club Rotario “Las Vinas de Surco in Lima.  There is one project John and Randy are interested in moving on sooner rather than later but that will be discussed at the board meeting later this week. It has to do with a woman living in a shack about the size of your walk in closet.  Randy discussed our former Rotary Exchange Student Eleana Acosta wedding the pageantry and happiness shared by her family, friends and host families.  She graduated from medical school, married in her church with families and friends attending all in two weeks.  Jeff Brownson her husband is a US citizen and IT guy.  They have a home in Marana.  Eleana promises to join our club as soon as she has adequate salary.
Harold brought up the Jim Click raffle and the club voted to not participate this year.  Harold will be gone much of the time for ticket sales and we had a pronounced lack of interest last year.  There are so many ways that we give to Rotary …… Club decided to focus fundraising energy in other areas.
President Mary mentioned that the Rotary International Foundation gives us the “The chance to excel in the world community.” She is right.  Remember ….. Our club is a 100% Every Rotarian Every Year Club and at this point not all members have contributed.  Please consider making your donation now to support the work of the RI Foundation.
At a previous board meeting PDG Randy (you have to be a PDG to be eligible) was voted by our club to put his hat in the ring for the Rotary International Council on Legislation. This is a three year term with annual telephone calls about Rotary procedures and policy ending with an in person meeting for the full council (all districts in the world) in 2019.  Randy thanked the club and the board for support of his various ways to work almost full time for Rotary.
 
Maeve said a funny joke during Happy Bucks ….. Xavier seemed pleased at the level of participation and smiled brightly as donations were made.
Saturday, March 25th Mark, Randy and Deb Hume will be at a bike swap in Oro Valley distributing information about the Tour de Cookie.  As you know this is the largest fundraising event for our club and appreciate the support you all give.  Dan Contorno and his team has done a great job of marketing this important and fun event.  While we were gone I heard that Mary, Eric, Dan, Tony, Joseph and I’m sure others worked the bike path.  Thanks to everyone that is working to keep our club one of the best in the district.
We had issues with the projector and PowerPoint today.  The speaker was unable to use the machine.  Seems it is becoming an antique.
 
Speaker:
 
 Maureen Dykinga of the Spoon Foundation gave a presentation regarding the feeding of severely handicapped and challenged children with disabilities.  Many are orphans and in foster care.  The Spoon Foundation facilitates training, education of workers and volunteers caring for these children. A few tips are to use larger than normal spoons, “spoon scraping” (this is scraping the food on the roof of the mouth so the child does not gag). Positioning of the child is important.  Some have never actually sat up to eat because of the inability to have necessary motor coordination.  Another focus of this organization is to increase buy- in regarding the needs of these children and increase awareness in the community.  They have completed before and after studies regarding the general health and anemic levels of these children and see significant improvement after families are trained.  Thank you Maureen for the work you and your colleagues do to improve the lives of these unfortunate children. President Mary is planning to follow up with Maureen. 
 
 
Rotary Meeting March 21, 2017 2017-03-24 07:00:00Z 0
Tour de Cookie Display at Farmers Maarket 2017-03-19 07:00:00Z 0
Minutes of Marana Rotary meeting Tues 3/14/2017
One of our favorite meetings today – we honored our MCAT Student of the Month! Principal Denise Coronado presented Cheyenne Willingham. Cheyenne brought along her science teacher, Ms. Soto, along with her friend Xavier and her Dad, Adam. As she was happy to talk with us about herself (not always the case with our Students of the Month, especially at 7am), we peppered her with questions. She has a very focused interest in horses, including breeding and training, and she has chosen to attend college in New York. Cheyenne says of her teacher Ms. Soto, “she’s awesome”.  We all applaud Cheyenne and wish her the very best.
Our Club President, Mary Straus, informed the Club about a new part of the Rotary gun policy. The policy states that no Club should engage in or sponsor any activity that involves the transfer of ownership of a weapon. This policy is somewhat controversial, and we discussed it. Thank you, Mary, for making us all aware of this update.
Denise West and Dan Contorno assisted President Mary with the Food Bank food delivery in Picture Rocks last week, and Denise said that she enjoyed it and that we need more volunteers! The Food Bank is asking for assistance every second Wednesday of the month (in the morning), and a very large crowd showed up last week, so the need is definitely there. Mary will bring the sign-up sheet again next week.
 
AND FINALLY --- Today’s date is March 14, and we all know what that means – it’s Pi Day! The value for Pi is 3.14…, so, well, you get it. Pi Day is celebrated all over the world, and Jo Holt gave a brief description of the parameter, including that Pi is both irrational and transcendental. Like many of our members. Oops! And Jo read a fascinating account of the relationship of something to something else squared. Or something. You had to be there. Maeve Johnson re-awakened the group with a delicious cherry pie! Pie for Pi Day, you just can’t beat it.
 
Rotary Meeting March 14, 2017 2017-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
Mar 7, 2017
Today we were honored to have Fire Chief Cheryl Horvath speak to us about the Mountain Vista Fire District. Chief Horvath has served her fire district since January 2016, and has been in the fire service since 1992. She previously worked in Illinois. Chief Horvath is the past President of the Board of Trustees for the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services. The Chief was accompanied today by Shawn Benjamin, her Community Relations officer, who maintains an active Facebook page at Mountain Vista Fire District. Chief Horvath spoke to us about the District’s size (small, about 19 square miles) and the fact that the District is largely residential, with a population of 31,000. The District serves parts of Oro Valley, Marana, and unincorporated Pima County. They respond to calls for fires, emergency medical service, smoke alarm issues, invalid assists, and, of course, snake relocation. The Mountain Vista Fire District recently signed an auto aid agreement with neighboring Northwest Fire and Golder Ranch Fire. This ensures that all three Districts work together to respond to emergencies. We’re proud to have one of the very few female Fire Chiefs right here in southern Arizona. Thank you for visiting with us, Chief Horvath!
And don’t forget --- the 2nd Annual Tour de Cookie approaches! April 8 2017! Register at www.rotarytourdecookie.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Meeting March 7, 2017 2017-03-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Holt
It was an action-packed meeting of the Rotary Club of Marana this morning! We’re always excited to have guests, and today we were joined by Aleta Weiner, Pres of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club, David Romero, Associate Principal of Tortolita Middle School, and our speaker, Dr. Aminata Kilungo. We were also joined by honorary member Kathleen Neighbors, director of the Tortolita Interact Club. Club President Mary Straus thanked John Dooling for arranging a grant from the Allstate Insurance Foundation to the Marana Rotary Club Foundation for $1000, and noted that Allstate makes a 15% match to John’s donations to the Club Foundation as well.
 
A very special event this morning was the induction of a new member, Mr. Joseph Farr from Bank of the West. Joseph has been in the banking industry for 13 years and has always enjoyed being engaged in community service activities. He is currently involved in the Bank of the West’s financial literacy program for first through sixth grades. His next program is coming up this May. Welcome to the Club, Joseph!
 
Our speaker, Dr. Aminata Kilungo, is a lecturer in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She also works with SERI, the Sonora Environmental Research Institute. She spoke to us about the desperate need for latrine installations in Tanzania due to continuous outbreaks of cholera. Although construction of toilets is fundamentally important, the villages must have safe water! In addition to training communities in water filtration methods, an emphasis has been placed on digging wells and particularly on harvesting rainwater. Dr. Kilungo pointed out that similar situations exist along the US/Mexico border. We thank her for an excellent presentation and for her hard work!
 
 
 
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We inducted our wonderful Interactors from Tortolita Middle School in a special ceremony on President’s Day, Feb. 20, 2017. Rotary Interact clubs bring together students ages 12-18 to become acquainted with Rotary through projects at their school and in their community and through developing leadership skills. Our Interactors are all 8th graders, which means that they will be at Mountain View High School next year as freshmen. Each of them told us a little something about themselves and introduced their families. President Mary Straus showed videos and talked about being a Rotarian. We are very pleased that each Interactor had family members show up, in spite of the busy lives we all lead. In addition to President Mary, Rotarians John Dooling, Randy Brooks, Denise West, and Jo Holt represented the Club. Interactors were presented with their Interact pin as well as a Friendship pin, and a certificate of membership. Congratulations to all!
 
 
 
 
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ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 2/21/17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Pledge completed, Invocation by President Mary ….. Essentially let there be peace in our hearts and mind.
Song let by John Dooling: Oh, My Darling Clementine.  Actually we did reasonably well. Hooray.
Guests: Tom Hannagan, President, Friends of Ironwood Forest National Park.  More later
Announcements: Randy, John, Don will be in Peru for a few weeks.  Jo Holt has offered to take minutes for the meetings …… spelling, grammar and content should improve markedly.  We are all attending the wedding of Eleana Acosta our former exchange student.  We will also visit the Amazon.  Don and Kathy Jorgensen are visiting Machu Picchu. For those of you that don’t know Eleana.  She lived in the USA for 5 years while attending the U of A.  She then returned to Peru for medical school and is graduating next week the top of her class.  Two weeks later she is marrying her US citizen fiancé: Jeff Brownson.  They will be returning to the USA later in March.  We are all very proud of Eleana.
Mary discussed her interest in international projects.  John and Randy will be evaluating a project or two in Lima and reporting back to the club.  Mary is evaluating projects related to human trafficking and slavery. Our club will stand tall regardless of which direction we go with local and international projects.
 JO H. discussed the Interact installation last evening at Tortillita Middle School.  100% of the parents of Interactors attended.  The students were honored and we discussed Rotary International the Marana Club and our projects. Rotarians attending were Mary S, John D., Jo H., Denise W. and Randy B.
Tour de Cookie discussed by Dan C.  Apparently we have to change our route slightly.  Dan is handing out fliers this weekend and could use your help.  Please consider giving him a hand.  The Tour de Cookie is a club project ….. Our major fundraising event for the year.  Every member should be actively involved: 520-404-8275, gowhtsox@gmail.com. Susan Komen organization has expressed interest in our ride as well as a group of Roller Derby folks.  We are shooting for 300 riders and may well exceed this number.
Denise West was happy that several of us and 125 other people attended her Ben Bridge grand opening this past week.  It was fun and ladies received a bag of gifts.  Rotarians attending included, Don J., Mary S., Denise W., Harold (and his spouse) and Randy.
Joe Farr, Bank of the West, will be inducted this next week at the meeting.  Unfortunately, Joe, I will be in Peru and will miss the event.  We are all very happy you will be joining us.
John Dooling “almost” won the weekly drawing.  Sadly it was almost.
Speaking of John Dooling …. He shared with us: What has caused power outages in Kalamazoo, Tampa, Austin, California and many other places. What happens to cause power outages to 32-317 million people a year? Squirrels.  Sometime ask about when Randy was attacked by a fierce, wild and gigantic squirrel in deepest, darkest Africa.  These guys are scary!
Mercifully our speaker, Tom Hannagan, approached the podium.  Then the speaker said he would be telling us lots of details and there would be a test.  The winner of the competition (only one) would be given an all-expense paid evening experience in Eloy.  There was no test and no winner.  Most were despondent.
Ironwood Forest: Includes Picacho Peak, Saw Tooth, Ragged Top, and Waterman Mountains.  This was an active volcano range about 50 million years ago and has very unique geology and botany.  Some of the plants include Organ Pipe Cactus, Elephant Tree, Turkhead Cactus (similar to barrel but very rare). Ironwood trees can live up to 800 years.  There are over 700 big horn sheep in the area.  The Friends of Ironwood Forest Park help by cleaning up, killing buffel grass, and making hiking trails.  They raise money for reforestation and help with supporting biodiversity. There are several volunteer workdays each month.  Some of the work is picking up trash from immigrants, ranchers, target shooters and others visiting that may not appreciate keeping the park clean and pristine. The park has a good relationship with the ASARCO mine nearby. On March 18 there will be speakers on botany, ragged top area at 7:30 AM and the event will last all day.  Small and large hikes will be offered.  In November there will be organized hikes as well. Visit the website at info@ironwoodforest.org, join them on Facebook or call 520-628-2092 if you would like to learn more.
Meeting adjourned with the reciting of the 4-Way Test.
 
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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.
 
 
Rotary Meeting Feb 14, 2017 2017-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2017
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.
 
 
 
 
 
Food Bank Distribution 2017-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
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 Meeting Feb 7, 2017 2017-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
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 Meeting Jan 24, 2017 2017-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Rotary Meeting Jan 17, 2017 2017-01-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Holt
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 Meeting Jan 10 2017 Jo Holt 2017-01-13 07:00:00Z 0
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 Meeting Jan 3, 2017 2017-01-03 07:00:00Z 0
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 Meeting Dec 27, 2016 2016-12-27 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Program
 
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 Meeting Dec 20, 2016 2016-12-20 07:00:00Z 0
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 Meeting Dec 13, 2016 2016-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
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.”  
Rotary Meeting Dec 6, 2016 2016-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
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Rotary Club of Marana Social 2016-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
Rotary meeting Nov 22, 2016 2016-11-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2016
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.
 
Our Aid Station #14 Rocked 2016-11-19 07:00:00Z 0
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 meeting Nov 15, 2016 2016-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
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 meeting Nov 8, 2016 2016-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
Rotary meeting Nov 1, 2016 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
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 meeting Oct 25, 2016 2016-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
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 meeting Oct 18, 2016 2016-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
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 Meeting Oct 11, 2016 2016-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
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
Rotary meeting 10-4-2016 2016-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
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.
 
Rotary Meeting Sept 27, 2016 2016-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

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.
Hunger Walk 2016 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting Minutes 9-20-2016 – Submitted by Randy Brooks Secretary
Called to order by Mary Straus, pledge let by Don Jorgensen, Moment of Reflection by Maeve Johnson.
Introduction of Guests: David Mandel, Marana High School Principal considering joining our club. Johnathan Grove, MHS Junior interested in RYLA.  District executives: Governor Sheryl Christiansen, DGE Joe Hentges, AG Stacy Cox, and District Secretary Liz Cohn. Also joining us was David Hindman’ s spouse, Becky and two of their children Lea and Nathan …… welcome to the family of Rotary.
Announcements: Dan Contorno stated we have only 27 people signed up for the poker tournament this Friday.  Please ask your friends to join us for fun and excitement. On Sunday at 7 AM members are invited to ride with Dan to check out the course for the Tour de Cookie. How about it, a little exercise and fun!
A special presentation was made to Randy Brooks from Lynne Himmer.  After watching Randy tip over water glasses (and break one) last night at the board meeting she kindly brought him a non-spill child’s cup.  You know the cups made for infants.  Later, when Randy came out from under the table where he was hiding from embarrassment he indicated appreciation for this thoughtful gift.
Tom Mangold announced he attended the funeral of Ed McCauley. Ed was a member of our club and later an honorary member. He last attended a meeting about 13 years ago and lost touch with many of us.  He will be missed.
Clint stated his family has a new child in his home…… his grin was huge and filled with happiness. We are all very proud and happy for his family.
 David Hindman – Inducted with his family present by President Mary Straus as our newest member. So he is the newest Rotarian in the world …..  At least when inducted this morning. Welcome aboard David.  Mary, to not waste a moment, asked him to chair the Youth Exchange Program for our club and Randy volunteered to assist him.
Assistant Governor Stacey introduced Governor Sheryl Christianson.  DG Sheryl is a charter member of the Yuma Sunrise Rotary Club.  She began her inspirational speech by discussing personal reflections of polio in her community and in the Philippines where she and her family visited when she was a child.  She is proud that we are very close to eradicating the disease from the earth. She states she loves Rotary for the fellowship, leadership development, the Rotary Leadership Academy and wants our emphasis to be on membership. Our district experienced the largest drop in membership in our history last year.
DG Sheryl gave Randy pins to give to each of our Paul Harris Society members: John Dooling, Jane Howell, Don Jorgensen, Peter Mack, Mary Straus and Randy Brooks.
Governor Sheryl encouraged participation in the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (Tax deduction and Credit), asked that we attend the Atlanta Convention, June 10-12, attend the district conference in Yuma April 28-30.  She also went on to discuss the consolidation of the two northern districts (5510 and 5490) next July 1 …. That district will be called 5495. PETS in 2018 will be in Los Angeles as we join six other districts to have one of the largest and best PETS in the world.
DG Sheryl encouraged club members to not engage in political discussions or jokes at this time.  Expressed concern that the race is so divisive that it could cause harm to our membership.  Interestingly she then went on to say that her son was backing the wrong candidate, but did not say which one. A big sigh of relief from the attendees that she followed her own edict.
In closing she asked that we have a good showing at the November 5th, Rotary Foundation seminar and dinner.
Meeting adjourned with the 4-Way Test.  Fun meeting.
 
Rotary Meeting Sept 20, 2016 2016-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
 
Rotary Club of Marana – Minutes
9-13-16
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Club Secretary
Meeting called to order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge and Thought for the Day completed
I actually thought it was not possible but the song today was actually worse this week than the prior week.  This was not an easy goal to achieve! Interesting how we sang in several keys without any sense of harmony or timing.  However, we get a metal for trying.
Sadly, Tom Mangold informed us that Ed McCauley, a former member of our club expired and his funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7570 N Thorndale Road, Tucson, AZ.  Members are invited to attend if you knew Ed.
Guests introduced: Le Craven, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation Manager, Kirti Khalsa, CEO, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, Eric Miller (potential member) and David Hindman. David will be inducted next week during DG Sheryl’s visit.
John Dooling reported he is having an open house at his home this Sunday from 2-6 PM in honor of guests from Natal, Brazil.  Patricia Gurgel and her spouse Jr. will be staying at his home this weekend. 
There will be a special board meeting, September 19, 2016 at Mary’s home to meet with District Governor Sheryl Christensen.  All committee chairs, and board members are requested to attend and supply Mary a hard copy report for her to review and give to the governor.  The governor will meet with the club next Tuesday at 7 AM and it is important that all members attend.     
PDG Randy discussed typical Rotary protocols as it relates to governor visits.
It was requested that members and friends attend the poker tournament, September ………  The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation donated $100.00 for advertising.
We had happy bucks and as always much laughter and excitement as John Dooling pulled the card to see if he would be an instant millionaire.  No such luck, John, sorry.
 Introduction of Kirti Khalsa, our guest speaker from the Rotary Club of Pantano and the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Kirti discussed our club sponsored “Memory Screening in Mexico,” Nevada and a potential one at the Rotary convention in Atlanta in June 2017.  We are simply waiting for approval for a booth from RI.  This booth will be a feather in the cap of the Rotary Club of Marana.  Kirti discussed why she cares about Alzheimer’s disease.  She discussed her grandparents and how she has always had an affinity for older people and was drawn into the field.  She is now an expert and known throughout the world for her knowledge of yoga, meditation and Alzheimer’s related issues.  She described how dementia is preventable and can be slowed by using the four pillars of intervention: Diet, Stress Management, physical exercise and spiritual fitness.
All enjoyed Kirti’s presentation. 
Meeting adjourned and all encouraged to attend the meetings next week for the governor’s visit and installation of our new member, David Hindman.
Rotary Club of Marana September 13 Meeting 2016-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting Minutes – September 6, 2016
Submitted by Randy Brooks
President Mary Opened the Meeting at 7:00 AM and proceeded to have the meditation by Jo Holt and the pledge was completed without anyone getting hurt.  Then we sang, kind. The last I remember someone said, “Does anyone know the words to 9 to 5?”  ….. It went downhill from there.
Dan Contorno made an announcement about the slow sales for the Poker Tournament, September 23, 2016 at the Vision Church 7511 SN Benet Drive, Tucson.  Please attend and bring your friends.  Only a $40.00 buy-in, I have invited my brother.  Why don’t you bring a friend or relative? You are randomly assigned tables so if you don’t like them you may not have to sit with them anyway. This is an amazingly fun event. It raises funds for our Marana Rotary Club Foundation. Join us.
President Mary announced that we are all invited to celebrate our project … the Therapeutic and Exploratory Playground at Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N Silverbell Road, Marana, 5:00 PM, September 30, 2016.  We helped pay for it, worked on the project and we get to share the excitement of the dedication of the Playground for those that are physically challenged. 
Potential new member, Eric Miller, has been working on an Interact Club at Legacy Charter School. He reports he has an educator and they are working on getting students involved.  Our other potential member, Michael Hindman was at the meeting and he will be installed during the District Governor Sheryl Christian official visit. We hope you bring your family to this installation. It will be special.
Tony Hunter gave a great overview of the Community Service Projects for the year … thank you Tony.
Maeve Johnson discussed the club’s commitment to the Walk to End Hunger scheduled for 9-17. I am so sorry I cannot make the walk but I hope you can.  Maeve is going to send out an invitation in the next couple of days.  Thanks for heading this up, Maeve.  The club is still considering helping out the Food Bank in various ways and Maeve it taking the lead on those potential projects.
Randy, Tony, Mary and several other discuss the restoration of a home project scheduled for October 15, 2016.  Jo Holt offered tools (sanders and the like).  Randy, Dan Contorno and others are trying to schedule a visit to the home for evaluation of need.  Thanks everyone for helping.
Someone, I can’t remember who, discussed the Loop to Loop pre El Tour de Tucson Ride to End Polio.  Whomever it was that brought than up, please take pity on me and write a note to the club inviting them to participate with details.  Thank you.
Randy announced that the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation donated $100.00 to the Marana Rotary Club Foundation for Poker Tournament advertising.  How about a few of our members stepping up and donating $50.00 to advertise your business?   If you pay $100.00 you could be a sponsor, get advertising during the event, purchase your buy-in and have a great time.  Contact Dan Contorno.
We know the fall season is here, Don Jorgensen and Thomas Mangold visited the meeting.  Welcome back guys.  Actually Tom has been back a few weeks but seeing both of them at the same meeting was overwhelming.  We are so happy.
PDG Randy Brooks was the speaker today and he discussed the Rotary Foundation and asked for individuals to consider joining the Bequest Society ….. A promise that $10,000 of your estate will to the Rotary Foundation after you and your spouse pass wont’ be missed by you.  But it will be appreciated by those that live in hunger and poverty.  Randy handed out applications for this program and announced that PDG and attorney Michael Drake will provide no cost codicils for your wills to those that are interested.  Let Randy know if you need help.
Randy also presented on the Rotary Vocation Fund of Arizona and requested that members donate to this fund that helps the working poor become training in technical jobs and gives them a future.  This is a tax deduction as well as an Arizona Tax Credit.  It actually turns out that you make a few dollars making this donation.  The limits are $400 per person or $800 per couple.  If you are already giving to another non-profit group how about splitting the difference and giving funds to both?  Again you actually make money doing this.  Questions? Contact Randy or the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona at www.trvfa.org.
Very active meeting today ……. Thanks everyone for your support and participation in our Rotary Club of Marana.
 
Meeting Minutes – September 6, 2016 2016-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
We are going dark on Tuesday, August 30.
Don't show up at 7:00 a.m.!
BE A SLEEPY HEAD!
 
                                                                            
 
 

One of our favorite Tuesday morning songs is

"Take me out to the ball game". 

Let's bring back the fun memories of our rendition of our rousing repertoire at the
Home Plate Restaurant
Yes, it is in Marana.
We can try their food and their batting cages.
Wear your favorite ball cap.
Babe Ruth confirmed his attendance. (: If he can get there, so can you!
 
Our Club is buying the appetizers.
No Host Bar for Rotarians and guests.
 
Home Plate Restaurant
8579 N Silverbell Road
Marana AN 85743
(520) 744-7744

Be there or the umpire will call a Strike! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or longer if you want to stay)

 

We had to bring in a pitch hitter because Lo Esencial was not returning my phone calls. I don't know if they are closed  for good or simply continuing to remodel. We can try it another time.

Aug 30 Social 2016-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
 
Promptly at 7:00 AM President Mary Straus called the meeting to order and did the pledge of allegiance to our flag.  Denise West give a wonderful thought for the day …… and Jo Holt, the happy camper, led the song and seemed quite proud of herself.  We had a small group today ….  Only 70% attendance.  I bet we could try harder to be at the meetings.  Thank you for all that were there and engaged.
Sad news:  Denise Coronado has resigned from the club. She states the early morning meeting is not helpful for her schedule.
More sad news: Randy Brooks has been asked and accepted the task of being your secretary for the remainder of the Rotary year.  Be patient with him because he is “special” and it takes him a while to catch on to processes.
Regarding attendance.  If any Rotary Club of Marana is engaged in Rotary activity, including district or zone activities your attendance at those activities will now be counted as a makeup.  Let Randy know. Further if you are asking for a leave of absence please let Randy (your new secretary) know and he will take your request to the board.
The following activities and opportunities were discussed at the meeting today: Walk to End Hunger …… September 17, Maeve Johnson in charge.  Ride to End Polio …. Not sure who is in charge but grateful we will be having several riders and will support the aid station again.  There will be no meeting next Tuesday 5:30,  August 30, 2016 … instead we will have a club social at Lo Esencial Brewery located at the Northeast corner of Tangerine/Twin Peaks/Dove Mountain starting at:
We discussed the Football pool and hope that you all play.  Ask your family and friends to join in …. It is a hoot.  Check your e-mail boxes you should have received an invitation by now.  If not contact Randy. Forward the invitation to your friends.  Proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of Marana Foundation.
We have a poker tournament scheduled for September 23, 2016.  This will also be to benefit the Club Foundation to help those struggling in our area and around the world. Dan Contorno is heading up this venture.  I can’t wait.  It is always fun and many clubs in the region as well as our friends participate.  You will have a good time.
We are looking at several projects in the near future.  Two projects are being considered for the food bank.  One that gives gifts to shut in persons and another that delivers food in areas where residents may not have transportation to the Food Bank.  More on this to follow. Maeve is in charge.
The club unanimously confirmed that they would like to assist Mr. Angelo Buongermino on an upgrade on his home.  This is called the Home Renovation Project: He is in need of sheet rock and insulation in the back of the home and a paint job to the house and two storage buildings.  Peter Mack volunteered to take care of the sheet rock and many indicated a willingness to help with sanding, grouting and painting Mr. Buongermino’ s home.  This is now scheduled for October 15, 2016Randy will send around a sign-up sheet at our next meeting.  Angelo is a disabled Vietnam Era veteran and his income if far below the poverty scale.  He was introduced to us by the Citizens of Picture Rocks Seniors Group.
Discussion was held regarding tax credit for the food bank.
Randy presented briefly on The Rotary Foundation, its programs Global and District Grants.  We are all encouraged to participate in Every Rotarian Every Year ($100.00) and Peter Mack approached Randy after the meeting and offered to become a Paul Harris Society Member …. He promises to donate $1,000.00 a year to the Annual Programs Fund.  Thank you, Peter.
The meeting was adjourned after the reading of the 4-Way Test by our esteemed president.
 
 
Rotary Meeting: 23 August 2016 2016-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maeve Johnson
Rotary Club of Marana members convened their meeting under the leadership of Mary Straus, President, at Nana's Kitchen promptly at 7:00 a.m. Fall is around the corner because it is a little darker when we arrive in the morning. During the previous week, the temperature had been a  little cooler, so everyone was pleased with the respite in the temperature.
 
Of course, Secretary Jo Holt, PhD, was not in attendance because she was tripping the lights fantastic in New York City, so another Rotarian dutifully agreed to TRY to take her place. Really, no one can.  After the pledge, invocation and a rousing rendition of Home, Home, on the Randy Brooks inquired as to the lack of attendance. Many members are still away for summer vacation. It is important to attend the meetings, so our club has continuity and builds fellowship. So, Harold, John, Peter, Tom and the rest of you, when are you coming back home to meet with us again? We miss you and eagerly await your return.
 
Interested in playing poker on September 23, 2016. Dan Contorno is organizing the next tournament. He needs players and help running the event. This is one of our major fundraisers, so the club needs to get involved to help this be a successful event. Thankfully, Dan doesn't require you to know the difference between a pair or three of a kind in order to play or volunteer. All you need a the ability to count change and welcome players with a smile.
 
Randy Brooks presented a Housing Improvement Project for senior housing in Picture Rocks. One candidate was proposed who is a veteran living on Social Security. He needs a new roof, insallation and sheet rock. Other work may be necessary as well. Rotary International provides insurance while clubs are working on community projects. 
 
Mary Straus asked the club to nominate Randy Brooks to Zone Selection Committee. Mary Straus made the motion to do so and John Dooling 2nd it. The club voted to support Randy's election to this zone position. Randy will be able to site on the Board of Directors for Rotary International. Rotarian Randy is deeply committed to Rotary. This appointment is well earned.
 
 Mary Straus initiated Mark Murray into the club amid thunderous applause. Mark told us a little about himself, and we can't wait to learn more. Mark is truly outstanding, and we are very glad that he chose to join the Rotary Club of Marana. He was proposed by membership by Javier Teran, but we won't hold that against Mark. Javier's mother prepared a special breakfast of a mouth watering quiche which was given accolades by everyone in attendance. Mark is the newest Rotarian in Tucson, AZ. The Rotary Club of Marana are proud to have him as a member. August 17 is Mark's birthday.
 
Our guest speaker was Kathy Reilly, a craniosacral therapist. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle approach that addresses pain, stress, dysfunction, and health maintenance. It is a therapeutic process that addresses effects of past trauma. The therapy helps the body's nervous, digestive, lymphatic, immune, circulatory and endocrine systems. She is able to help many syndromes such as ADHD, ADD or autism. It isn't a cure but helps people in many ways. She gave each Rotarian a piece of salt water taffy to hold in our hand. At the end of her talk, she asked whether the taffy was more pliable. The membrane surrounding the craniosacral area softens in the same way when she is providing a treatment. This allows oxygen, blood and nutrients to move into the area helping patients feel better and become healthier.
 
With solemnity, our members joined together is reciting Rotary's Four Way Test. Mary Straus adjourned the meeting and sadly we parted for our various destinations. We look forward to seeing eachother again at our next meeting to be held on Tuesday August 23, 2016, at Nana's Kitchen. Mary Straus will be sorting out projects that are important to us so we can move forward through a very successful year.
 
Please remember that on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, our morning meeting will go 'dark'. The club will have a social gathering at Lo Esencial in Marana, Arizona. See you next week! Don't be late!
 
weekly club meeting Aug 16, 2016 Maeve Johnson 2016-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secty Jo Holt
Renovations remain ongoing at our Rotary home, Nana’s Kitchen, and things are looking great! Owner and fellow Rotarian Javier Teran is slowly unfolding from the fetal position. (If you could see Javier you’d realize how funny that is. Really.)
 
Our song today was chosen by Lynne Himmer, our Treasurer. You’d think it would be “We’re in the Money” or something like that, but she went with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in honor of the Wildcats. We nailed it, as usual.
 
John Dooling told a joke before giving the invocation: “Make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Go ahead and do that, just don’t share your recipe for squirrel gravy.
 
 
Calendar Update
Tues June 21
Club Assembly:  we’ll be talking about Projects!
 
Fri July 1
The new Rotary Year begins, welcoming Mary Straus to her full-term year as Club President!
 
Breaking News
Clint Kuntz reported that he and Kendra have been awarded custody of Arianna, a 2 year old. Arianna is still in Ohio, but will be coming to her new home soon. Wonderful news!!
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks is a solomn ocassion which gives everyone the opportunity to say a little something about anything. That is, should they be willing to put a dollar or two in the pot. John Dooling reports that our former exchange student, Matus Bogar, arrived home safely. His Dad, showing him true tough love, apparently “destroyed” Matus in ping pong. Slovakia may never be the same. Randy Brooks has decided to stop and smell the roses! He has resigned a number of Rotary committees and zone positions just to take life a little easier. And Sulee Edwards, who volunteers for More Than a Bed, remarked that they really desperately need a building!
 
Guest Speaker
No guest speaker today, but President Mary Straus gave a wonderful slide show on the recent International Convention in Seoul. That was followed by a short discussion on Projects, to be continued on June 28!
Weekly Meeting June 21 2016 Secty Jo Holt 2016-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secty Jo Holt
Ah, we were back home at Nana’s today. Renovations are ongoing, but we’re all good! The new interior changes are looking great, and owner and Rotarian Javier Teran is pleased (also traumatized by the whole experience, but we try to remain positive here).
 
Today was Bring a Friend Day, and as soon as President Mary Straus opened the meeting, and we sang “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” to our departing exchange student (see below), everyone got to introduce their special guest. Tony Hunter brought Christopher Saunders, Denise West brought Susan Jacobson, Randy Brooks brought Della Grove, and Maeve Johnson brought Dave Hindman. Jo Holt claimed some joint ownership of Maeve’s guest, but no one was buying it.
 
 
Calendar Update
Mon June 20
Board meeting at 5:30 pm at Mary’s home.
 
Tues June 21
Club Assembly:  we’ll be talking about Projects!
 
Breaking News
Dan Contorno’s wife, Heather, returned safely from Ethiopia, and Dan noticed!
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks is a solomn ocassion which gives everyone the opportunity to say a little something about anything. That is, should they be willing to put a dollar or two in the pot. Don Jorgensen has recently heard from Bryson in Zimbabwe, who had good news. The government provided a teacher for the school, which is now up and running! The odd thing is that Bryson, who conducts safari tours, had a couple from Marana on a recent trip… Now that makes it a very small world indeed.
 
Guest Speaker
Our very special exchange student, Matus Bogar, gave us an overview of his experiences here with us over the last year. He leaves tomorrow for home in Slovakia. There were a total of 9 exchange students in southern AZ, and Matus reported that they all got to know one another and will be seeing each other in the future in Europe and Las Vegas (?). He took us down memory lane, with his trips to the Grand Canyon, to RYLA, and Los Angeles. Matus played on the Marana High soccer team, although they won not one game, and then played on the tennis team, which was undefeated! He was the tennis MVP as well! This is particularly ironic for Matus, in that he was an experienced and very good soccer player, but had never played tennis before. He recalled “the longest 6 hours of my life” in the El Tour de Tucson, in which he covered 104 miles. And then there were the fish stories. With Dan Contorno and John Dooling. Hmmm. Matus got to experience an ice hockey game, a baseball game (“better than I expected”), and Copa America, a big soccer tournament in Glendale. He recounted his visits to numerous museums and holiday events.
We want to acknowledge Matus’s host families:  Randy Brooks & Deb Hume, John & Cindy Dooling, and Dan & Heather Contorno. We presented Matus with a keepsake box with a scorpion decoration, and an AZ flag! We wish him the very best, and we will miss him so much!
Weekly Meeting June 14, 2016 Secty Jo Holt 2016-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
Today we had a change in venue while Nana’s Kitchen was undergoing remodeling. Owner Javier Teran apologized for the inconvenience, but our Club members are more than happy to assist in any way we can.
 
Relocating to the local IHOP, President Mary Straus gave us a description of her trip (along with Randy Brooks and Don Jorgensen) to the International Conference in Korea. She reports that Seoul is a huge metropolis, with lots of money, lots of smog, but no graffiti or beggars to speak of. Mary was impressed with Japanese-like gardens “everywhere” and a mix of old and new. For example, a palace built in 1389 is still standing right in the middle of the city. Randy added that the infrastructure in Seoul is better than ours, particularly the roads and bridges.
 
Our good friend Jim Nook of the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain visited us again! He said it was just for the pancakes, but he also presented us with a check from Dove Mtn for our special needs playground project. Thank you to our sister Club for their support!
 
Harold Burtzloff reported that the 5th Tuesday social, held on May 31 at Bianchi’s, was a success, with 17 folks in attendance. The next 5th Tuesday is Aug 30, venue to be announced. Great job, Harold!
 
Calendar Update
Mon June 20
Board meeting at 5:30 pm at Mary’s home.
 
Breaking News
Randy will be playing music at Café Tremolo Fri June 10 along with Cheri from Picture Rocks. 6pm, bring a friend!
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks is a solomn ocassion which gives everyone the opportunity to say a little something about anything. That is, should they be willing to put a dollar or two in the pot. Since we were at IHOP we didn’t really do HB today, but we did “share”. John Dooling reported that Dan Contorno had caught 50 fish on a recent adventure. Or was it a single fish the size of 50? Or, as Randy pointed out, since Dan catches and releases, perhaps it was the same poor fish getting caught time after time.
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker
We did not have a guest speaker this week, but we did have a wonderful meeting! Thanks, everyone!
 
 
 
 
Weekly Meeting June 7 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
The Rotary Club of Marana installed its President and Officers for 2016-2017 on Sat May 21, 2016 at 10am at the home of Mary Straus.
 
***Photos can be found under the Photo Album tab on the Home Page***
 
Past District 5500 Governor Randy Brooks acted as Master of Ceremonies. Music was provided by Nick Coventry and Matt Mitchell.
 
The ceremony was held on the back porch, and the tables were beautifully set. Randy asked Maeve Johnson to lead us in the pledge, and Jo Holt followed with the following invocation:
 
Today we begin a new year and a new leadership cycle. But what is true leadership?
It is often said that a good leader can translate vision into reality. Not by telling you what to do, but by showing you how it’s done.
It’s the great leader that is both humble and bold. She will go out of her way to listen to her members, but she knows better than to try to please everyone.
But it’s the outstanding leader who harbors a winning perspective, who isn’t fearful when challenges and difficulties arise, because it’s within those difficulties that opportunity lies.
We’re excited and ready to begin a new chapter and a new year in Rotary, and offer our support and best wishes to our wonderful leader, Mary.
 
Randy then introduced Guests, which included spouses and prospective members, and then brunch was served.
 
Mary then presented each outgoing officer with a gift and her appreciation. Randy shared his thoughts with "Leadership: You Are Up to the Task." He then inducted Mary as President for 2016-2017. Randy and Mary then inducted the Board of Directors:  Jo Holt, President-Elect; Lynne Himmer, Treasurer; Vanessa Ruiz, Secretary; Harold Burtzloff, Member-at-Large. Tony Hunter, President-Nominee and Member-at-Large, was inducted in absentia. 
 
Mary then shared her thoughts about the upcoming year, and Past President Dan Contorno led everyone in the four way test. Randy adjourned the proceedings.
 
It was a lovely day and a very nice formal installation ceremony.
 
This, however, is the Rotary Club of Marana, and some tomfoolery at the pool ensued afterward.
Mary Straus & Officers Installation May 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned. Sometimes things change at the very last minute. Even to the stalwart Marana Rotarians, life itself can sometimes be a mystery, but that neither disheartens nor deters us from our goals. President Mary Straus was under the weather today, and so President-Elect Jo Holt conducted our meeting. Songmeister of the month Tony Hunter was running a little late this morning (like maybe 60 seconds late), and when he entered the door of Nana’s Kitchen we were already standing waiting to sing. Tony was somewhat surprised at this and, quick thinker that he is, came up with “Row Your Boat.” We did a single stanza, and were quite pleased with ourselves so everyone sat down. It was fun to surprise Tony.
 
Very pleased to be joined today by Jim Nook of the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain!
 
Anniversaries were announced:  Clint Kuntz’s wedding on the 25th, Dan Contorno’s wedding on the 27th (Dan was a bit surprised, initially), and Don Jorgensen’s 9th year in our Club.
 
 
There was a special announcement for all Club members under 40. The 2016 AZ Emerging Leader Summit will be held Sept 9 and 10 at the Phoenix Public Library. Jo gave copies of the details to Tony and Vanessa Ruiz. A few other members claimed to need a handout, but they were ignored.
 
 
 
 
Calendar Update
Sun May 28 – Jun 1
The Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea. Members Don Jorgensen, Randy Brooks, and Mary Straus will be attending.
 
Tues May 31
In honor of the 5th Tues of the month, our breakfast meeting will NOT be held. Instead, we’ll meet for an evening social, at Bianchi’s on Tangerine at Thornydale. See you there around 5:30pm!
 
Breaking News
Mark Murray’s membership has received final approval from the Board, and the date of his induction will be set soon. Eric Miller’s membership will be finalized right after Memorial Day. We’re excited to welcome both gentlemen!
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Our Happy Bucks schtick gives everyone the opportunity to say a little something about anything should they be willing to put a dollar or two in the pot. That is, of course, if one remembers to bring a dollar. Or four quarters. Or ten dimes. Not to put anyone on the spot or anything, but today John Dooling had no money (he said), Tony was broke, and even astrophysicist Peter Mack couldn’t find a buck in all of spacetime. Gotta love ‘em anyway!
 
Guest Speaker
In lieu of a guest speaker, Jo gave an update on our Interact Club, the ceremony inducting our President and Officers for 2016-2017 was reviewed, and we then had a general discussion about the history of our Club presidents. Those who attended the induction at Mary’s home last Saturday were very pleased with what was a beautiful ceremony. We teased Treasurer Lynne Himmer about her efforts to throw President Mary Straus into the pool, with aid from Maeve Johnson. Former Club Presidents present today were John Dooling, Dan Contorno, Harold Burtzloff, John Zwick, and Randy Brooks. Our Club has a very long history, and it was really interesting to hear from those who have helped build and maintain it and are still with us today. Thank you, Former Pres’s!
 
 
 
 
Weekly Meeting May 24 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
The sun wakes up early in southern Arizona these days, and that makes it easier to pop out of bed, get all gussied up and get to Rotary on time. So much easier. What? Not really?
 
President Mary Straus was definitely awake and got us started promptly at 7am. Or 7:05am. Anyway, Tony Hunter chose a wonderful song to sing, “Stand by Me.” We did our best with it and cheered for ourselves when we finished. This was either a case of wishful thinking or a demonstration of group delusion. But it really didn’t matter, we were happy in the end and that’s what counts.
 
Nana’s Kitchen owner and Rotarian Javier Teran explained the upcoming renovations to the restaurant. We’ll be careful.
 
Our Club has a Foundation which is useful for holding funds for projects. Rotary International also has a Foundation, and it’s important to understand the difference. As carefully pointed out again today, Maeve Johnson is President of the Club Foundation and Randy Brooks is in charge of our contributions to the RI Foundation. Maeve and Randy are not the same person, as it turns out. Good to know. Maeve announced that she and Harold Burtzloff have been updating the Foundation bylaws, which is quite a big job.
 
 
Calendar Update
Sat May 21
Installation of our new President, Mary Straus (her full term year) and new board members, 10am at Mary’s house.
Sun May 28 – Jun 1
The Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea. Members Don Jorgensen, Randy Brooks, and Mary Straus will be attending.
Tues May 31
In honor of the 5th Tues of the month, our breakfast meeting will NOT be held. Instead, we'll meet for an evening social, at Bianchi’s on Tangerine at Thornydale. See you there around 5:30pm.
 
 
Breaking News
Randy Brooks announced that our very own Matus Bogar, amazing exchange student from Slovakia, was named the Marana High School most valuable player in tennis. This is doubly amazing since Matus had never before played tennis. Wow, what will he do next?
 
 
 
Dan Contorno pointed out that today’s election included a ballot proposition regarding school funding or something. He took a position on said proposition and made his case. Mary then gave a somewhat different perspective. Now, you might think at this point that some sort of loud argument or physical melee ensued. After all, it’s politics. But, everyone remained polite, thoughtful, and respectful. Weird, huh?
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
John Dooling missed our meeting last week, which is quite unusual. Was it hunting season of some sort? No. Was it a bad batch of squirrel gravy? Not at all. John and wife Cindy have several dozen grandchildren, who all came down with the flu. The Club Secretary forgets whether John himself was sick or not.
Tony Hunter shared a story about his girlfriend and his parents. Since we wouldn’t want to do any additional damage to an already delicate situation, we won’t go into further detail here. In fact, we probably shouldn’t mention it at all. But it was good that Tony wanted to share with the rest of us, wasn’t it?
 
Guest Speaker
A few weeks ago we heard from our very own longtime Rotarian John Zwick, who left us on the edge of our seats with an unfinished story. So today Mary asked him to tell us the rest of his story, which spans several decades and two or three countries. After many years in Canada, and a few in Australia, John finally came to Tucson (after first thinking about Phoenix), and opened a storefront at Oracle & Orange Grove selling fireplaces, woodburning stoves, and spas. There was a nearby patio furniture store run by an elderly couple who were ready to sell, and John jumped at the chance. It was after that that they decided to build a new store on Costco Drive. His granddaughter Erica now runs the store. What a great story! Thanks, John.
 
Weekly Meeting May 17 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
Our Student of the Month from MCAT was Tiffani Helsel, shown here with President Mary Straus.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Guest Speaker was Carrie Moran with the Blake Foundation, part of the Easter Seals that serves 19,000 individuals in southern AZ. Sadly, 80% are only five years old or younger, many of whom were born addicted to drugs. Programs conducted through the Foundation help make a connection to a child who's hurting, helping to restore normalcy back into their lives.
Weekly Meeting May 10 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
At today's meeting we honored MCAT student Desirae Skalsky!   Here's Desirae with MCAT Principal Denise Coronado and Chuck Erskin, MCAT student support coach.
 
Congrats Desirae, we're so proud of you!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
     And our special guest speaker was with the Northwest Fire Department.  
Weekly Meeting April 26 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
When she's in town, John Zwick's daughter visits our Club. Earlier this year she spoke to us about the Rotary group that makes an annual pilgrimage, driving from Alberta to Mexico to deliver some combination of ambulance, fire truck, or other emergency vehicles.  The group, Los Amigos Project Convoy, has 16 members, and passed through Tucson on April 24th. We met them at El Charro for dinner and heard some amazing stories of present and past adventures. A great group of Rotarians, thanks for all you do! 
 
                          
 
 
         
Los Amigos Project Convoy April 24, 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
As yet another beautiful southern Arizona morning greeted residents of the pastoral town of Marana, stalwart Rotarians were assembling at Nana’s Kitchen. At this time of the year, it’s not possible to claim that they had arisen at the crack of dawn, because the sun rises so early now. Let’s just say they got up really, really early. President Mary Straus opened the meeting and introduced two guests, Carla and Tom. Carla drove today’s speaker to the meeting, and Tom Halazon is a long-time Rotarian who has been visiting us from the Tri-Cities somewhere in the Northwest (just kidding, it’s Washington. Or Oregon). Tom and Mary exchanged banners – a nice touch!
 
A group of Rotarians in Alberta is driving to Mexico to deliver a donated emergency vehicle. The Los Amigos Project Convoy consists of 16 members, and will be in Tucson on April 24 where we’ll meet them for dinner at El Charro downtown, one of their favorite places. No doubt we’ll hear some interesting stories…
 
Further work was done on the tortoise habitat at Coyote Trail Elementary School, as the playground for special-needs students progresses. Mary was joined by Sulee and Jim Edwards and Peter Mack. And the wheelchair swing has been ordered! There were several times in the development of this project that we thought the swing would not be possible, due to cost and safety concerns, but here we are!
 
 
Calendar Update
Sat Apr 23
Memory screening project in Nogales.
 
Sun Apr 24
Dinner with the Los Amigos Project Convoy at El Charro downtown at 6:30pm.
 
Wed May 4
Exchange students Matus Bogar and Tori Johnson speak to our Interact Club at Tortolita Middle School, 4:15 pm.
 
Fri May 13
Randy, Bert & Cheri will play music at Nana’s Kitchen, 6-8 pm. Tips will be donated to the Marana Rotary Foundation.
 
Mon May 16
Marana Rotary Board meeting at 5:30pm at Mary’s house. All are welcome to attend.
 
Sat May 28 – June 1
Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea
 
 
Breaking News
Mary reported receiving fan mail from a rider in the Tour de Cookie who praised the event and is looking forward to next year! We signed thank-you cards to all of our hosts of the Cookie Stations, including Maeve Johnson, who had a really special booth (with circus music). It was such a fun, delicious event!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Tax season is over, the bedlam has subsided, and CPA Lynne Himmer did a little dance and sang a little song to celebrate! Yes, I said that was Lynne. Saw it with my own eyes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker
Monalisa Teves, a Global Grant Scholar of Rotary International, spoke to us today about her work in her country, The Philippines, and her experience as a Global Grant Scholar this year. She gave us a look into life in her country with a beautiful slide show, then told us that there was another side to the Philippines – a poverty rate of almost 35%. Her scholarship centers around the question “What are you going to do with your project from the U.S.?” Her answer is to work in the village of Miagao to understand the complexity of problems brought on by a destructive typhoon and a separate fire disaster. When typhoons hit, the “fisher folks” can’t fish. This is critical, because the people of Miagao live day-to-day. It’s for reasons like this that Monalee chose commercial and economic development out of Rotary’s six areas of focus. We want to thank her for sharing her experiences with us, and wish Monalee the very best when she returns to work in her native land.
 
Weekly Meeting April 19 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Every time there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we take the 5th Tuesday off! Instead of a morning meeting, we have an evening social, and March 29 provided just such an opportunity. Harold Burtzloff organized a great social at Taste of Texas, and we had a nice turnout.
Rotary Club 5th Tuesday Social Mar 29 2016 2016-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Holt, Secretary
Wow, and here we begin another month! How on earth could it possibly be April already? Are you sure?
 
Our esteemed President Mary Straus is certainly sure, and opened today’s meeting by greeting for our guests, Tom Halazon from the Rotary Club of Columbia Center, and Mike Alderson, a guest of Maeve Johnson who came to witness our wonderful Club in action.
 
Guest Speaker:
Our very own Harold Burtzloff introduced our very own John Zwick as our speaker today. John gave us a rundown of his US/Canadian life with wonderful stories about gowing up in a LARGE family and the many occupations he held over the years. There is more to hear about, and we look forward to that! Thank you, John, for being a special part of our Rotary Club.
Weekly Meeting April 5 2016 Jo Holt, Secretary 2016-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sec. Jo Holt
We Marana Rotarians like to say that we’re “small but mighty.” It certainly has a better ring to it than “small but remarkably persistent.” At any rate, here we are again on a bright, beautiful Tuesday morning! President Mary Straus opened today’s meeting, followed by the inaugural vocal rendition of “the 4-way test” from the recent PETS conference. This effort was led by Randy Brooks, who was joined by Mary and Jo Holt. Several folks commented that perhaps if we kept practicing every week, our performance might improve. Hmmm.
 
We welcomed a guest and two prospective members! Rotarian Dan Stringham from the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise let us know about their upcoming event, “Night of Nostalgia” at 6:30pm on Fri Apr 15 at the Bates Museum. Proceeds benefit Higher Ground, a resource center for at-risk youth. Our other visitors were prospective members Denise West and Mark Murray. Welcome!!
 
Randy shared with us that the basketball pool had raised about $380, half of which will go to the Club Foundation. He also collected close to $40 at his last singing gig, so he threw that in the pot as well. This kind of consistent fundraising is very effective. Thank you Mr. Brooks!
 
 
ALL HANDS ON DECK for the Tour de Cookie! This is a big event and everyone’s help will be needed. Check out the website at www.rotarytourdecookie.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Mon Mar 28 2016
Retreat at Mary’s house at 5:30 – 8:30pm to discuss goals, especially those relevant to the Presidential Citation for 2016-2017. A light dinner will be served.
 
Tues Mar 29 2016
Our Club’s 5th Tuesday social at Taste of Texas, 5:30 – 7pm. Hats & spurs optional, chaps required.
 
Sat Apr 9 2016
Tour de Cookie! It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
And on the same day of the Tour de Cookie is District Officer Training in Tucson for Secretaries and Treasurers. Info can be found on the District 5500 website.
 
 
Breaking News:
Every time there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we take the 5th Tuesday off! Instead of a morning meeting, we have an evening social, and March 2016 provides just such an opportunity. So put a note in your calendars: no morning meeting Tues Mar 29. Instead, let’s get together at Taste of Texas at 5:30pm to socialize. We thank Harold Burtzloff for organizing this event. See you there!
 
 
 
Strange But True: Happy Bucks
We learned that a friend of Sulee was (past tense) married to a college friend of John Dooling’s. Small world. The conversation didn’t end there, but the Secretary tries to adhere to a certain level of decorum, and so will not describe all that was said there, here.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Our very own John Dooling was absolutely forced, against his own will, to be our speaker today. There was no mention of the many civic duties he has engaged in over the years, or his successful business, or his strong commitment to this Rotary club, or, for that matter, his recipe for squirrel gravy. He instead regaled us with remarkable tales of his youth. In fact, these tales were so remarkable as to be, um, difficult to adequately describe in this space. While his buddies from his football team and/or his baseball team were out carousing and getting into scuffles, John was back at the dorm quietly studying, burning the midnight oil. If you don’t buy that, then suffice it to say that Mr. Dooling has done a great deal of growing up over the years. Fortunately for us, he still retains his sense of humor and certainly a true compassion for his fellow human beings. Well, most of them, anyway. One of the most entertaining talks we've had.
 
Meeting of the Rotary Club of Marana, March 22, 2016 Sec. Jo Holt 2016-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
There were a few ups and downs at today’s meeting, and a fight almost broke out --- but I get ahead of myself. Ahem. Let’s start over.
 
Golf Clubportion of golf clubIt was a beautiful morning in Marana, AZ, as the stalwart Marana Rotarians gathered once again at Nana’s Kitchen. President Mary Straus welcomed three guests:  Rotarian Bob Selinger from the Eloy Rotary Club joined us to extend an invitation to their golf challenge on Robson Ranch’s new course. A celebration dinner will follow at 6pm. This is all on Sat Mar 26. Rotarian Gary Jang was visiting from Bothell, Washington. And Ramon Campazano was a guest of Vanessa Ruiz. Ramon is the Vice President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It’s really nice to have visitors, and we welcomed Bob, Gary, and Ramon!
 
Mary, John Dooling, Dan Contorno, and Randy Brooks, along with Honorary Member Deb Hume, worked on the tortoise habitat last Saturday at Coyote Trails Elementary school. They moved 61 80-lb bags of concrete and dug into rock-hard ground for hours. Or was it 16 tons of concrete? Anyhow, good job! The kids will love it, not to mention the tortoises.
 
 
 
ALL HANDS ON DECK for the Tour de Cookie! Dan updated us on preparations underway. This is a big event and everyone’s help will be needed. Check out the website at www.rotarytourdecookie.org.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Mon Mar 21 2016
Club Board meets at 5:30pm at Maeve’s Edward Jones office.
 
Tues Mar 29 2016
Our Club’s 5th Tuesday social at Taste of Texas, 5:30 – 7pm. Chaps required.
 
Sat Apr 9 2016
It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
 
 
Breaking News:
Every time there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we take the 5th Tuesday off! Instead of a morning meeting, we have an evening social, and March 2016 provides just such an opportunity. So put a note in your calendars: no morning meeting Tues Mar 29. Instead, let’s get together at Taste of Texas at 5:30pm to socialize. We thank Harold Burtzloff for organizing this event. See you there!
 
 
 
Strange But True: Happy Bucks
A disagreement over a check almost resulted in fisticuffs between Vanessa Ruiz and Sargent-at-Arms Javier Teran! Cooler heads prevailed, and no punches were thrown, but most thought that Vanessa could take him down if so motivated. Some thought they heard Dan selling raffle tickets…
 
Resident biochemist Jo Holt gave all five of her Happy Bucks in honor of Pi Day, which had occurred on Monday (3/14/16). She also brought her Pi plate from her kitchen and reminded Maeve Johnson and others about the significance of 3.1415927….. Harold Burtzloff appeared unimpressed, and would have preferred that Jo had actually put something in the Pi plate, as in pie, we assume. With Harold it’s hard to say. Surprisingly, the usually more enlightened Don Jorgensen agreed with Harold, remarking that an empty pie plate is just, well, sad. Dan Contorno (Mr. Numbers himself), solemnly concurred with the other two gentlemen. An empty pie plate is equal to zero he intoned. It seemed that things couldn’t possibly get more profound until George Rigney remarked that Wednesday was free pie day at Village Inn. Jo vowed (this was in private, to herself) to continue to attempt to communicate with this strange local tribe.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Our very own Mary Straus reported on the recent PETS conference in Mesa, AZ. PETS stands for President Elect Training Seminar. Mary began with an overview of the organization of Rotary International, from zones to districts to clubs (35,000 worldwide). The District Governor facilitates networking between clubs and helps clubs find resources within Rotary. Recently, Rotary International has implemented a new focus on branding, which has impacted our club’s website and logo. Our District is 5500 and our Zone Director is Brad Howard, who spoke at the PETS conference. Mary also covered the Rotary Foundation and the 6 lines of service.
 
Our Club is engaged in 15 projects thoughout the year, seven of which are currently active. It’s time, Mary said, to evaluate our recurrent projects. We look forward to doing just that under the thoughtful leadership of our wonderful President!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting March 15 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
The “small but mighty” Marana Rotarians greeted another beautiful southern Arizona day this morning as they made their way to Nana’s Kitchen, run by our very own Rotarian Javier Teran. President Mary Straus opened the meeting, Don Jorgensen led the song,  and –whoosh—we were on our way!
 
Maeve Johnson reported on just how much fun was had at the Marana Founders’ Day parade! The Parade is sponsored every year by the Marana Heritage Conservancy to showcase Marana's schools, children and businesses. The Rotary Club of Marana's entry was Tow Mater, a tow truck from the Disney movie Cars. Our 2016 Woman of the Year, Marsha Johnson, Student of the Year, Bryann Valdez, and Teacher of the Year, Kathleen Neighbors, rode on Tow Mater. Our Interact Club from Tortolita Middle School came along for the ride and tossed candy to onlookers. It was a great way to honor our 2016 Award Winners and thank the Interact Club members for their work during the year.  Thanks go out also to Club members Dan Contorno, Clint Kuntz and Maeve Johnson who volunteered to judge the parade entries.
 
 
 
 
 
ALL HANDS ON DECK for the Tour de Cookie! Dan updated us on preparations underway. This is a big event and everyone’s help will be needed. Check out the website at www.rotarytourdecookie.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Today was also one of those special days when we honor the MCAT Student of the Month. This month’s student is Danielle Barrickman, who gave us some of her background and story of perseverance in the face of obstacle after obstacle. Danielle will graduate soon, and is interested in pursuing a career in women’s health. She was accompanied by her boyfriend, her two children, and one of her favorite MCAT teachers, Chuck Erskin. The picture here shows, from left to right, Danielle, MCAT Principal Denise Coronado, and Mr. Erskin.
 
 
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Mon Mar 21 2016
Club Board meets at 5:30pm at Maeve’s Edward Jones office.
 
Tues Mar 29 2016
Our Club’s 5th Tuesday social at Taste of Texas, 5:30 – 7pm. Spurs optional.
 
Sat Apr 9 2016
It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
 
 
Breaking News:
 
Every time there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we take the 5th Tuesday off! Instead of a morning meeting, we have an evening social, and March 2016 provides just such an opportunity. So put a note in your calendars: no morning meeting Tues Mar 29. Instead, let’s get together at Taste of Texas at 5:30pm to socialize. We thank Harold Burtzloff for organizing this event. See you there!
 
 
 
 
 
    
Guest Speaker:
We were very pleased to have Mr. John Green visit us today, along with Lisa Benzing. John spoke candidly about the loss of his daughter, Christina Taylor Green, in the Jan 8, 2011 shooting. He reminded us about her interest in public policy at the age of 9. She went to the event that day to ask Gabrielle Giffords a question about global warming.
 
Next to the current Christina Taylor Green park (where our upcoming Tour de Cookie starts) is a 2 acre plot that the Green family wants to develop by way of a public/private partnership. They will need $85,000 from private funds, and Pima County will add $52,000 in in-kind donations plus long-term maintenance of the park. The AZ Sonora Desert Museum will build a butterfly area within the new park that will act as a monarch way-station for their annual migration to Mexico.
 
John Green’s presentation was inspirational and hopeful in a forward-thinking way. We thank him and Lisa for sharing their ideas with us.
 
 
 
 
 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting March 8 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
 
Today’s meeting started off pretty tame. President Mary Straus led the pledge, Tony Hunter gave a heartfelt thought for the day, and then something very different happened. Maeve Johnson played a video for our song: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars. Some Rotarians got into it, but others were completely baffled. John Dooling (aka Davey Crockett) recognized Mr. Mars as “that guy on the Superbowl.” Well done! All in all, an interesting cross-cultural experiment. Kudos, Maeve!
 
 
 
 
Dan Contorno reported on preparations underway for the Tour de Cookie, and Jo Holt reported on the hosts for the cookie booths. The website for the event, courtesy of Tony Hunter, is worth taking a gander at: www.rotarytourdecookie.org.
 
 
 
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016. Mary and Jo are attending!
 
Sat Mar 5 2016
Founder’s Day Parade in Marana with the Rotary float.
 
Thurs Mar 10 2016
5pm at the Ballroom at Dove Mtn Highlands Clubhouse. Aleta Weiner, President Elect of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club, invites members of the Marana Rotary Club to hear Dr. Nooshie Motaref, who will be speaking about her book ”Tapestries of the Heart”.
 
Sat Apr 9 2016
It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
 
 
Breaking News:
Randy Brooks won the raffle ticket pot today by holding the winning ticket and then drawing the Joker! He promised to buy all of us new cars. Really.
And visiting Rotarian Joyce Zwick joined us again today!
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
John Dooling’s Happy Buck was actually a Sad Buck today, since there is only one more episode of Downton Abbey. The Club Secretary heartily agrees! And Clint Kuntz gave his HB in honor of ground-breaking for the new MHC health center at Dove Mountain.
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:
We were very pleased to have the Town Manager, Mr. Gilbert Davidson, visit us today. Some of us didn’t know that he’s from Wilcox! Gilbert outlined the Town of Marana’s strategic plan, which is built on five fundamental focus areas: (1) commerce, (2) communities, (3) innovation, (4) heritage, and (5) recreation. He also brought us up-to-date on preparations for the new budget. Did you know that the Town has three main revenue sources? They are sales tax (67% of all revenue), state-shared revenue (about 25%) and fees, fines, and permits. Town expenditures are primarily in salaries and infrastructure. Gilbert also talked about the new Ina interchange with I-10 and about the upcoming upgrade to Tangerine Road. Yes, it will be painful, but the results will be well worth it! We know our Town Manager is a big part of Marana’s success, and so glad he shared some of his insights with us today.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Feb 23 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-02-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Someone forgot to tell southern Arizona that it’s February. A beautiful morning again! We are so spoiled. President Nominee/Elect Jo Holt  opened the meeting in the absence of President Mary Straus, who was away on business. After the pledge, Tony Hunter offered a thought-for-the-day, and John Dooling led us in a rousing version of “Buffalo Gals.” OK, maybe not exactly “rousing,” but we got through it.
 
Maeve Johnson announced that we have a float for the upcoming Founder’s Day parade. It’s our version of Mater from the Cars movie! Is that awesome or what?
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Sat Feb 27 2016
7 PM – 9 PM at Mary Straus’s home. Please RSVP at marystrauslpc@gmail.com. Benefits the Children’s Peace Initiative, which has saved hundreds of lives in Kenya this past year. Music by Randy Brooks, Bert Beatty, and Nick Coventry (violinist, vocals). Tax deductible donations will be accepted.
 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016. Mary and Jo are attending!
 
Sat Mar 5 2016
Founder’s Day Parade in Marana with the Rotary float.
 
Thurs Mar 10 2016
5pm at the Ballroom at Dove Mtn Highlands Clubhouse. Aleta Weiner, President Elect of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club, invites members of the Marana Rotary Club to hear Dr. Nooshie Motaref, who will be speaking about her book ”Tapestries of the Heart”. Dr. Motaref  will talk about how 4 generations of Persians endured the effects of religion, Islam and politics over a period of 100 years. 
 
Sat Apr 9 2016
It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!  www.rotarytourdecookie.org.
 
 
Breaking News:
We were joined today by honored guest and fellow Rotarian Dan Denman, formerly with Tucson Water, who came with guest and Rotarian, Jim Schueneman, who is visiting with us this winter.
And Dan Contorno gave us an update on plans for the Tour de Cookie. It’s time to start signing up riders, letting your friends on Facebook know about the family fun ride on April 9th along the Santa Cruz River bike path (also known as The Loop). And don’t forget to check out the website www.rotarytourdecookie.org.
 
 
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
  
Previously on this site we covered a rather TALL TALE given to us by Harold Burtzloff. It had to do with women running around flipping pancakes in Liberal, KS. Did it really happen, or was it just another one of Harold’s special dreams? Well, proof is provided by the Hutchinson News, in which the winner of the International Pancake Day race in Liberal (Ms. Summer Parsons -- not her real name most likely) is interviewed by the local media.
 
 
 
 
 
And Jo gave her Happy Buck in honor of the recent discovery of Gravitational Waves. Egged on by the crowd, she reluctantly gave a very short summary of GWs.
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Mr. Stefan Baumann, the Director of Business Development at the Port of Tucson, gave us an inside look at the Port, which was fascinating. The Port of Tucson is a major part of our transportation infrastructure, tying together air, truck, and rail service carrying freight for the produce, mining, and other industries. This includes freight to and from maquiladores, which are manufacturing operations in Mexico who import material and equipment on a duty-free and tariff-free basis for assembly, processing, or manufacturing. The processed or manufactured products are then exported back to the U.S. The Port is an 800 acre foreign trade zone which is privately owned and operated. Stefan explained that most Ports in this country are operated by the railroads. Getting to know more about the Port of Tucson was really eye-opening!
 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Feb 16 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
Tour de cookie 2016-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
If you think for one minute that you’ve seen it all, then you weren’t at today’s meeting. Our esteemed President, Mary Straus, was taken ill at the last minute, and President Nominee/Elect Jo Holt was asked to step in. Now, it shouldn’t be a big deal that Jo didn’t have an agenda to follow, considering that our Club has a basic routine that we follow every single week, month after month. But Jo can barely remember where she lives these days (not a physiological problem), so having her recall a specific agenda is out of the question. And to add another wrinkle to the story, today the meeting was to be led by our two RYLA students, Daniel and Matus. With the kind assistance of George Rigney, our local RYLA expert and former RYLA counselor, an agenda was hastily drawn together. And redrawn. And slightly modified. And it was past the start time of the meeting already.
 
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Maeve Johnson was valiantly attempting to forge that most delicate of handshake operations – laptop to projector. Maeve had gone to some trouble to prepare a song of the day with a video and lyrics, and came very close to getting it to work. For some unknown reason (probably sun spots or the Loch Ness monster), the speaker attached to the laptop wouldn’t work. We want to congratulate Maeve for NOT throwing the laptop and projector through the large plate glass windows of Nana’s Kitchen. Owner and Rotary Sargent-at-Arms Javier Teran was particularly grateful. So just shutup and dance with me already (reference to the song).
 
 
 
 
MCAT Principal Denise Coronado introduced our MCAT Student of the Month, Melody Greer. Melody was accompanied by her dad, James Greer, baby sister Alyssa, and special education teacher Ms. King.
 
Shown below, Principal Coronado, Melody, Daniel, Matus, and Ms. King.
 
 
 
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016. Mary and Jo are attending!
 
Sat Apr 9 2016
The first Tour de Cookie bike ride put together by Marana Rotary!
www.rotarytourdecookie.org.      It’ll be time to start baking before you know it!
 
 
Breaking News:
We were joined today by honored guest and fellow Rotarian from Canada, Joyce Zwick. And our own members Randy Brooks and Don Jorgensen returned from their trip to Cuba.
In other news, the Tour de Cookie is heating up! Dan Contorno gave us an update on plans for our big event. It’s time to start signing up riders, letting your friends on Facebook know about the family fun ride on April 9th along the Santa Cruz River bike path (also known as The Loop). And don’t forget to check out the website www.rotarytourdecookie.org.
 
Strange But True: Happy Bucks
 
A frequent purveyor of the strange, Harold Burtzloff enlightened all of us on Shrove Tuesday, which is today! Also known as Pancake Day. In Liberal, Kansas, there was a race where women, dressed in ancient garb (Shrove Tuesday is 400 years old), ran around a track while flipping pancakes. Sounds easy – you try it! Harold took an oath that he wasn’t just making this up.
 
 
 
Guest Speakers:
Our speakers were Daniel Fuell and Matus Bogar, who also ran today’s meeting. They gave a slide presentation of their recent experiences in RYLA camp (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). There was snow in Prescott, and Daniel had never before seen snow!
 
On the first day of camp you are asked to surrender your phone, which was a very strange experience for both Daniel and Matus. Then you are assigned to a group, and it’s typical that you don’t know anyone in that group. But, by the end of camp, you’ve made new friends, and it can be difficult to say goodbye.
 
Daniel told us about Jerry Traylor, one of the speakers at the camp who was most inspirational. Jerry was born with cerebral palsy, and his message was that we all must learn to control our limitations rather than letting our limitations control us.
 
Our thanks to Daniel and Matus for a very good presentation on their RYLA experience.
 
 
P.S. Daniel and Matus approach the podium as Principal Coronado prepares to exit. MCAT Student of the Month Melody watches in amusement.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Feb 9 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today’s meeting started out full of promise. Sulee Edwards led us in the pledge, and then Tony Hunter told a simple but wonderful short story for the thought of the day. Maeve Johnson surprised us by bringing in professional talent, Mr. Randy McDonnell, to lead us in the morning song, Sweet Caroline. And we had a visitor from Benton Harbor, MI, Jim Schueneman. Our President Mary Straus was out of the country in an undisclosed location for her own protection. Or in Cuba. So Secretary and President Elect Jo Holt, who only travels when she has to, and even then under protest, presided.
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Sat Feb 6 2016
Dove Mountain Rotary is having a party! Mardi Gras 2016 will be at the Highlands Ballroom with music by the Tucson Jazz Institute. Tickets are $60, and the fun begins at 5:30pm.
 
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for the Children Peace Initiative in Africa. Randy Brooks and his friend Bert from Las Vegas will be singing their hearts out.
 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016. Mary and Jo are attending!
 
Sat Apr 9
The first Tour de Cookie bike ride put together by Marana Rotary!
www.rotarytourdecookie.org
It’ll be time to start baking before you know it!
 
 
Breaking News:
Peter Mack was in the house! Really, he was! But don't get too excited, he was off to the airport shortly after the meeting.
And, rumor has it that next week we’ll be visited by our RYLA students!
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Jo Holt actually paid back John Dooling the $1 he lent her for last week’s happy bucks. There were witnesses. John (aka Davey Crockett) is well-known for hunting down forest creatures, and we surmise that Jo was at least somewhat concerned that she was on that list as well. As in fair game. Or something.
Somewhere in the midst of Happy Bucks someone realized that it was GroundHog Day! Opportunity missed!
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Sulee Edwards introduced our speaker, Joe Hentges, District Governor Elect (2017-2018), District Membership Committee Chair, and member of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club. As a Rotary member over the past 32 years, Joe served as Assistant Governor in District 5500 in 2013-2014 and as a club president three times: Woodstock IL 1995-1996, and Marana-Dove Mountain 2011-2013. Both Joe and his lovely wife Brigitte are Paul Harris Fellows and members of the Bequest Society. Joe is a member of the Paul Harris Society.
 
Joe and Brigitte attended the Rotary International Convention in Säo Paulo, Brazil, an amazing place with over 11 million people in the city, and around 20 million in the metro area. That’s LA, NYC, and Chicago combined. Over 20,000 were registered for the convention, which Joe reported was one of the best he has attended. John King, the chair of the board of trustees of the Rotary Foundation, even mentioned Rotary’s participation in El Tour de Tucson and the donation to polio eradication.
 
Joe delighted us with numerous slides from the entire trip through South America. From breath-taking waterfalls to city slums, his presentation gave us a real feel for the continent. Thank you Joe for sharing your Rotary experience with us!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Feb 2 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-02-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Almost everyone was very well-behaved at today’s meeting. President Mary Straus had no sooner opened the meeting than we found ourselves singing a new song written by John Dooling! Our expansive list of talents is truly amazing, and so here are the lyrics to John’s song:
 
            Make Marana Rotary proud of you
            In everything you say and do
            Make Marana Rotary proud to say
That you’re a member and a leader in the USA
 
At Marana Rotary we all work
To help our fellow man
So now it’s up to you
To make Marana Rotary proud of you.
 
 
 
After we sang the song, John mentioned that perhaps the entire song-thing was just too corny.
Well, sir, we take exception to that.
There is no corn too tall for this group!
 
 
 
 
In other news, the effervescent Dan Contorno updated us on a very successful Poker tournament held last Friday night. There were 48 players and everyone had a great time. Mary updated us on the special needs playground that we’re helping build at Coyote Trail Elementary. It’s time to sign up to help build the tortoise habitat! Mary reminded us that the masonry apprentice program will be helping out as well.
 
We also received a very nice thank you card from RYLA student Danny Fuell!
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Sat Feb 6 2016
Dove Mountain Rotary is having a party! Mardi Gras 2016 will be at the Highlands Ballroom with music by the Tucson Jazz Institute. Tickets are $60, and the fun begins at 5:30pm.
 
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for the Children Peace Initiative in Africa. The old man (a.k.a. Randy) and his friend Bert from Las Vegas will be entertaining the crowd at this shindig.
 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016
 
Sat Apr 9 2016
 
The first Tour de Cookie bike ride put together by Marana Rotary!
www.rotarytourdecookie.org
It’ll be time to start baking before you know it!
 
 
 
 
Breaking News:
 
Mary, Randy Brooks, and Don Jorgensen will be in Cuba celebrating Randy’s 70th birthday. We didn’t know that Randy was 70. Why, he doesn’t look a day past 69 ½.
 
 
 
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Maeve Johnson gave her Happy Buck in honor of Randy’s birthday. She said that she was just happy that he was still alive at age 70. And Randy won the Raffle today! Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Jo Holt realized at the very last minute that she didn’t have a dollar to her name, so she bummed one off John Dooling. She might repay him for it. Or she may not, unless he relinquishes his recipe for squirrel gravy (see last week’s story). Yum.
 
Guest Speaker:
DVG/PDG Randy Brooks introduced our speaker, Kirk Reed, who is the chair of our District 5500 Centennial Celebration. Randy revealed that Kirk’s wife was Randy’s boss back in the day in Chicago. Kirk’s grandfather was a charter member of Rotary, and Kirk himself was a pastor in the United Methodist church for 37 years. Kirk shared his insights on how money can buy happiness, particularly when donated to the Centennial Campaign. Based on the book “Happy Money” by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Norton & Elizabeth Dunn, money can buy happiness when we use it to buy experiences rather than things, or when we use it to buy small pleasures or treats. And money can buy happiness when we invest in the well-being of others.  
Kirk encouraged all of us to put these principles into action, and to be extra happy this year by giving to the Rotary Foundation!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Jan 26 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-01-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
You know it’s going to be a good day when you find yourself singing the Davey Crockett song at 7am in Marana, AZ. It just doesn’t get any better than that. At the request of our revered President Mary Straus, DVG/PDG Randy Brooks introduced his guest, Mr. Al Anzaldua. And we were honored by a visit from Assistant Governor Jim Lamb.
 
Our amazing foreign exchange student Matus Bogar gave a report on his experience at the RYLA camp last weekend. He thanked us for sponsoring him. Former RYLA counselor George Rigney had met Matus and friend Danny at the bus upon their return the previous night.
 
Randy Brooks donated $173 to our Rotary Foundation from tips he received the previous Saturday night playing music at Café Tremolo. And Dan Contorno reported that 40 players had signed up for the upcoming Poker tournament – and there is still room for more.
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Fri Jan 22 2016
Poker tournament fundraiser.
 
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for Children Peace in Africa.
 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016
 
Sat Apr 9
Tour de Cookie
 
 
Breaking News:
Our Club’s New Member Agreement was unveiled. Harold Burtzloff provided the original document and made some changes prior to it being approved by the Club’s Board. You can find it on this website.
 
 
Strange But True: Happy Bucks
Jo Holt gave her Happy Buck this morning to National Squirrel Appreciation Day which is Thursday Jan 21 this year. Club members reacted in a diplomatically confused fashion. John Dooling (a.k.a. Davey Crockett) (don’t ask) wanted to know if anyone had ever tried squirrel gravy. Yum.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Past President Maeve Johnson introduced our speaker, Ed Stolemaker, CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce. Among many other activities, Ed served on the board of the Marana Health Center for 13 years and was also chosen by this Club as the very first Marana Man of the Year. The Chamber has been the voice of business in Marana since 1987, and today represents 570 members and over 19,000 employees.
 
Ed explained that the Chamber is fundamentally concerned with the quality of life in our community. A close partnership between the Chamber and the Town of Marana is key to this goal. Ed brought up the question of how the Chamber must change as businesses change, a challenge to all organizations. A tier dues system has been implemented which allows members to pay based on what they get out of the Chamber. There is a greater focus on online communication, such as through the website, than on the more time-intensive events. And the message from the Chamber? SHOP LOCAL! Sales tax dollars help strengthen the community. And Ed reminded us that the State of the Town address is scheduled for April 22nd.
 
Thank you, Ed, for your visit and all of your work for Marana. We’re proud to have you working for all of us. Oh, and the Shop ‘n Marana bags are great, too. www.shopmarana.com
 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Jan 19 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-01-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today’s meeting began innocently enough with President Mary Straus getting things started by leading the pledge. Regular readers are no doubt aware that the Marana Rotary Club is a “singing” club…well, today’s song was “Good Night Ladies” as chosen by exchange student Matus Bogar with special assistance from past President Maeve Johnson. We were feeling as good as can be expected with our performance until PDG Randy Brooks casually mentioned that singing is thought to be a turn-off to younger Rotary folks. Then ensued a general discussion on why we sing, how it got started in Rotary, and why Vince Lombardi had the Packers sing (to bolster their self-confidence). President-Nominee Tony Hunter felt that we need a more expansive song list. Or something in tribute to David Bowie. Hmmm. Perhaps a rapping Rotary Club is in order? Denise Coronado seemed up for that.
 
Aleta Wiener, President-Elect of Dove Mountain Rotary, came to invite us to their annual fundraiser on Sat Feb 6 2016, which this year will have a Mardi Gras theme and feature Dixieland and Cajun music by the Tucson Jazz Institute. Tickets are $60 per person.
 
Dan Contorno reminded everyone that the next Poker tournament fundraiser still has room for more! And that planning for the upcoming Tour de Cookie is coming along. Registration may be open as early as the end of this month. This is starting to get exciting!
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Fri Jan 15 2016
RYLA will be held, and our very own exchange student, Matus, will be attending.
 
Sat Jan 16 2016
Randy Brooks will be singing at Café Tremolo to benefit our Club, at 6:30pm.
 
Mon Jan 18 2016
Marana Rotary Club/Foundation Board meeting at 5:30pm at Edward Jones (Maeve Johnson’s office)
 
Fri Jan 22 2016
Poker tournament fundraiser.
 
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for Children Peace in Africa.
 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016
 
Sat Apr 9
Tour de Cookie
 
Breaking News:
It’s very good news, as well:  the wheelchair swing for the special needs playground at Coyote Trail Elementary is approved! And things are looking up for the Tortoise Habitat. Mary’s hard work for this playground is paying off. Well done!
 
Strange But True
Like most Rotary Clubs, our meetings involve a certain amount of ritual. Today’s Happy Bucks was quite lively – Javier Teran, what exactly did you put in the coffee? John Dooling blamed his late arrival on Harold Burtzloff, through some intricate weave of logic. Harold bought a PowerBall ticket on behalf of the Rotary Foundation, which he displayed for his Happy Buck. PowerBall is at an all-time high (1.5 billion). The question: our Treasurer could not be with us today, so how should this ticket be stored? Dan’s immediate offer to hold on to it was met with a certain level of disdain, shall we say. Discussion followed. No consensus was reached. Tony’s Happy Buck was all about his ride-along with Marana Police and the remarkable things they deal with on a daily basis. But did Tony arrest anyone? Tackle anyone? Taser? Hmmm.
 
Guest Speaker:
Our very own Vanessa Ruiz gave some background on herself today, in spite of the fact that she really doesn’t like talking about herself. She’s a fifth-generation Tucsonan whose parents own an air-conditioning company. Vanessa attended Mountain View high school, Pima Community College, then worked as an emergency room technician, and bought her own home before joining the Louis Parrish real estate company two years ago. She has two boys, ages 7 and 11, who like fishing and hiking and sports. A very active family, and even Mom plays softball. Vanessa belongs to the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Health and Business Advocacy committees. We are so pleased to have Vanessa as part of our Rotary family!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Jan 12 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-01-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
We Marana Rotarians greeted the New Year with the following thoughtlet:
 
May this coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
May you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful.
May you make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And somewhere in this coming year, may you surprise yourself.
 
(That would be surprise yourself in a good way.)
 
President Mary Straus opened the meeting by yielding the floor to PDG Randy Brooks, who told us about memory screenings being conducted by the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation. Randy is Vice President of this association, and the screenings are being carried out in Nogales.
 
Webmaster Harold Burtzloff announced that you can now reach our website by typing in maranarotary.org. Really! It must be true – persistence really does pay off!
 
And Matus Bogar brought some wonderful Slovakian treats for all of us. Thank you Matus. More chocolate!
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Fri Jan 15 2016
RYLA will be held, and our very own exchange student, Matus, will be attending.
 
Sat Jan 16 2016
Randy Brooks will be singing at Café Tremolo to benefit our Club, at 6pm.
 
Mon Jan 18 2016
Marana Rotary Club/Foundation Board meeting at 5:30pm at Edward Jones (Maeve Johnson’s office)
 
Fri Jan 22 2016
Poker tournament fundraiser, organized by Dan! More to come…
 
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for Children Peace in Africa. This will be at Mary’s home.
 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar 2016
 
Sat Apr 9
Tour de Cookie
 
 
Breaking News:
Dan Contorno, who is working hard on our upcoming Tour de Cookie fundraiser, announced that Cindy Dooling, better half of our very own John Dooling, was able to secure parking for Tour participants at the PCC on Shannon Road. That is now the start of the Tour!
 
 
Guest Speaker:
The inimitable Sulee Edwards challenged us this week on our knowledge of Rotary and on how we would formulate a New Year’s Resolution for our Club. We were asked nine questions about Rotary in honor of Rotary Awareness Month. Our winner, who got every answer except one correct, was Secretary Jo Holt. What did she not know? That the largest annual public relations project of Rotary Clubs in the US and Canada was….the Rotary float in the Rose Parade!
In addition to our Club’s New Year Resolution, Sulee asked us to write our suggestions on big sheets of paper on the wall. Most thought that was fun. Harold did not leave his seat, however, and shouted out his responses to someone else to write down. Harold, you are the WEBmaster, not the TASKmaster.
Thank you Sulee, for an informative and entertaining lesson in self-reflection! 
 
Photo of Sulee doing her photo thing at the Foundation dinner last fall. Catch her if you can!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Jan 5 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-01-11 07:00:00Z 0
Marana Rotarians began today’s meeting against the backdrop of a spectacular Arizona sunrise, to which we sang a rendition of Jingle Bells. President Mary Straus opened the meeting with announcements – the first of which was from Harold Burtzloff. The packages sent from Boxing for Troops have arrived in Afghanistan! Harold thanked everyone for helping out, in one way or another, with this project. He also announced our next Fifth Tuesday social at Café Torino (see Calendar Update below).
 
 
 
 
 
Honorary member Kathleen Neighbors presented Mary with the actual check for $100 from the Tortolita Interact Club. The Club’s salsa sales at the Tortolita winter festival were very good – they sold out! And Kathleen invited everyone to the Be Kind Mural Celebration at the school on Thursday Jan 7, 2016, from 5 to 7pm. The Ben’s Bells “Be Kind” mural will be unveiled at 6pm.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Don Jorgensen gave a lively update on his experiences shopping for Thanksgiving and Christmas for the family-in-need we chose to help out this year. Vanessa Ruiz and Randy Brooks had really taken the reins on the project, Don said, taking it upon themselves to catch, subdue, and slaughter a turkey. Not as easy as it sounds (?) according to Dr. Jorgensen, particularly in the Pilgrim clothes they were wearing at the time. Conjures up an interesting visual. Perhaps next year we could get Randy to pardon the turkey? At this point, John Dooling was moved to relate an obscure turkey-related quote from W.C. Fields. None of us were sure what to do with that. At any rate, Vanessa, Randy, and Don purchased and delivered food and presents for our family-in-need, all within budget. Well done!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Tues Dec 29 2015
Our morning meeting is replaced with an evening social, at 5:30pm Café Torino, 10325 N. La Canada in Oro Valley (the southwest corner of Lambert & La Canada).
 
Thurs Jan 7 2016
Unveiling of the Be Kind mural at Tortolita Middle School.
 
Mon Jan 18 2016
Marana Rotary Club/Foundation Board meeting at 5:30pm at Edward Jones (Maeve’s office)
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar 2016
 
Sat Apr 9
Tour de Cookie
 
 
 
Breaking News:
Don Jorgensen announced that our Club needs three host families for next year’s Rotary Youth Exchange. There then ensued a general discussion on how much previous host families enjoyed hosting a student. Everyone agreed that this was a most rewarding experience in which life-long relationships are formed. Mary added that, from a larger perspective, Youth Exchange is really all about world peace, and helping to make the world a smaller place. Don asked that anyone having any questions about Youth Exchange give him a call or send an email.
 
Veronica Harper gave her Happy Bucks this morning to the send-off event for our military at the airport. She is with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and said that it was a very fun and positive event. John Dooling gave a Happy Buck in honor of the elk he recently scared in the forest. (Actually we think he may have gotten one this time, but we don’t want to mention it because of sensitivities. You understand.)
 
Guest Speaker:
Mary has been working on designing and funding a playground for special needs students at Coyote Trail Elementary school, along with Mellodie Stratman, Special Education and Bridge teacher, and Jo Holt. Today Mary reviewed the project with a PowerPoint presentation, and we learned two new words:  vestibular and proprioceptive. Vestibular responses are those originating with the inner ear, while proprioceptive responses involved joints. The development of these responses is critical to special needs children. Although most of the funding is in place for the playground, there are still several hurdles to overcome. The purchase of a wheelchair-accessible swing continues to be problematic, the primary issue being one of safety, which has been the focus of many discussions. Mary, Jo, Mellodie, and MUSD officials (including safety officer Dan Contorno) will carry on with fingers crossed.
 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Dec 22 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-12-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Just a little chilly this morning, but then again it’s mid-December. Still, we hope the cold is over soon and we return to the 70’s. Notwithstanding the temperature, we stalwart Marana Rotarians gathered again at Nana’s Kitchen for our weekly meeting, which was called to order by President Mary Straus. Our Treasurer extraordinaire Lynne Himmer wanted to be sure that everyone knew that tax credits to organizations serving the working poor must be made by Dec. 31. And Vanessa Ruiz gave an update on the family we’ve “adopted” for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They’re doing well, and Vanessa is planning to go shopping for them this coming Friday morning (Dec 18).
 
Today two fairly unusual events happened during “Happy Bucks.” Don Jorgensen auctioned off two seats to the upcoming UofA basketball game against UNLV. Dan Contorno won the bidding against Randy Brooks, who still insists that he has not one red cent to his name. And Maeve Johnson’s Happy Buck was, in lieu of the traditional dollar bill, four quarters. Each quarter was presented with something of a flourish, accompanied by recognition of someone that gave Maeve happy thoughts. Now that’s different!
 
Calendar Update: 
Mon Dec 21
Rotary Club Board and Club Foundation Board meetings, 5:30pm at Jo’s.
Tues Dec 22
Our last regular Club meeting of 2015.
Tues Dec 29
No Club meeting, but possibly a social in the evening. Maybe. Not sure. We'll see.
 
Breaking News:
According to Harold Burtzloff, boxes from this year’s Boxing for Troops project have started to arrive in Afghanistan! And in other news, Dan “Mr. Money” Contorno will be holding another Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker Tournament to benefit our club. That’s Friday Jan 22, 2016, folks, at the Vision Church in Marana. We’d like to say this is how to have fun with your boots on, but that would be a whole different story.
 
Guest Speaker:
 
John Rulan from the Saddlebro​oke Rotary Club brought us up-to-date on a joint project with our Club and other Rotary Clubs, “Quality Drinking Water for Everybody.” He was accompanied by two fellow Rotarians who have also been active in the project, Tom Turriff (project originator) and Mark Miller (interpreter and traveling diplomat). This is a joint project with the Nogales Rotary Club in Mexico, described as a small Club that does amazing things. George and Alice Rigney have been working hard on this project from our Club. John, an engineer by trade, began by pointing out that the two main problems in poor countries are shelter and water. Of the 110 schools in Nogales, 8 have received water filter installations, and a total of 22 schools will be included in the current grant. The cost is about $2000 per installation. Maintenance of the filter systems is also included in the grant. Tom added that Nogales is struggling with infrastructure, due to a population surge from the south. The problem is that there is no revenue stream associated with the influx of people. Mark commented that water problems are also a source of social problems, including ostracizing and bullying. And so, when water becomes a more plentiful resource, a certain degree of social stability returns as well. John finished up with praise for Engineers Without Borders, whose website says: Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Our 15,900 members work with communities to find appropriate solutions for water supply, sanitation, energy, agriculture, civil works and structures. Marana Rotary thanks John, Mark, and Tom for a terrific project!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Dec 15 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-12-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
A very special day today for our Club, meeting at Earth’s Energy Hearth & Home, the beautiful store of John Zwick & family, for our annual holiday party. And yes, indeed, Mrs. Claus herself was there to greet us with a smile and a kiss (the chocolate kind). President Mary Straus called the meeting to order after everyone had helped themselves to a very nice breakfast buffet. In the picture to the right you see Boone, Holt, & Claus (left to right).
 
Harold Burtzloff announced that Boxing for Troops, held at his home, sent 91 boxes to our servicemen and women in Afghanistan. Now that’s the Christmas spirit!
 
Today was also our day to support a local charity, which this year was More Than a Bed (www.morethanabed.org). Grace Stocksdale (left) was on hand to tell us more about their organization, which provides assistance to foster parents in the form of supplies and support classes. You see Davy Crockett paying close attention.
 
 
 
 
 
Our MCAT Student of the Month was Breezy Borseth (right), who was accompanied by her grandparents Kelly and Jim Borseth, and one of her favorite teachers, Mr. Paul DiCaro. MCAT Principal and Marana Rotary Club member Denise Coronado told us that Breezy will graduate from high school in March. Resident astrophysicist Peter Mack asked Breezy what she planned to do after that, and she explained why she wants to be a cosmetologist. She told us that she found the amazing MCAT program through friends, in response to a question from George Rigney. We’re so pleased to honor Breezy and wish her well.
 
The inimitable Randy Brooks gave us a quick run-down of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA), of which our club is a proud member. The Fund helps recipients attend college (except four-year programs).
 
Today we voted for our slate of upcoming officers, who will take office on July 1, 2016. This will also mark the beginning of Mary Straus’s full-term Presidency. And here are her officers:
President Elect                   Jo Holt
President Nominee             Tony Hunter
Immediate Past President   Maeve Johnson
Secretary                           Vanessa Ruiz
Treasurer                           Lynne Himmer
Board Members at Large    Harold Burtzloff & Tony Hunter
Randy Brooks has graciously consented to act as Consultant to the Board, a non-voting position. We’re actually not sure how graciously he consented, but he’s doing it.
 
Calendar Update:  Hmm, well, nothing much on the ol’ calendar these days. Probably because of the holidays. We’ll get back to you.
 
Breaking News:
Wow, were we ever surprised to have Mr. Davy Crockett in our midst today (see photo above)! We couldn’t be exactly sure how this was linked with the Christmas holiday, but it’s always fun when one of John Dooling’s multiple personalities manifests, and we all just went along with it. John, er, that is, Davy, gave us a remarkably detailed accounting of his exciting life. Although he was well known for his battles with the Indian tribes, a mutual respect existed between Crockett and the Indians. Davy reminded us that he was a member of Congress at the time that Andrew Jackson was President and when the Indian Relocation Act was passed. Crockett voted against the act, which forced 16,000 Indians to Oklahoma. Four thousand died on the “Trail of Tears.” When Davy ran for re-election his motto was “You can send me to Washington or you can all go to hell.” Surprisingly enough, that didn’t work, and he lost the election. Yes, Davy Crockett led an amazing life, even though the whole Alamo thing at the end was really a bummer. The hat still works, though.
 
Guest Speaker:
Instead of a guest speaker today, we were thrilled to have Honorary member Kathleen Neighbors introduce the Interact Club from Tortolita Middle School. These are our 7th and 8th graders who meet every week after school on Wednesday. In fact, they felt that once a week wasn’t enough, and decided to meet on Mondays as well. They presented our Club with a check for $100 for the special-needs playground we’re helping build at Coyote Trail Elementary School. We Rotarians did our best to make a good impression on the Interact students, who seemed happy enough to meet Davey Crockett and Mrs. Claus. Thank you to Interact!!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Dec 8 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-12-14 07:00:00Z 0

Thank you to everyone who sold tickets for The Marana Foundation. We raised $3,475.00 to support our Club's projects both local and international. On November 13th at the Tucson Convention Center, Jim Click drew the winning ticket, which was sold by Khalsa Montessori School! Click made a personal call to the winner. A big congratulations to Colleen Mahoney (ticket #075594) for winning a 2015 Special Edition Ford Mustang!! The Rotary Club of Marana appreciates Jim Click's generosity and willingness to help the community.  

The Rotary Club of Marana appreciates Jim Click's generosity 2015-11-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
After you’ve lived in Tucson for a while, temperatures that fall below 70F feel really cold. Like this morning. Good thing we were warmly greeted by greeter-extraordinaire Harold Burtzloff and President-extraordinaire Mary Straus.
 
Another thing about living in Tucson – we all know that the El Tour de Tucson (http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/) happens on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and that the Marana Rotary Club will be at the aid station at I-10 and Tangerine. This is the 33rd year of the El Tour and the 24th year of the Marana Rotary aid station (thank you Harold for this valuable info). And somewhere at about that time, Tony Hunter came into the world! Tony has now found himself in charge of the El Tour aid station, and has done a great job planning and prepping for it. Keeping our fingers crossed for good weather this Saturday!
 
CPA Lynne Himmer, our Club Treasurer, gave us an overview of our budget. One very important bit of info from her talk: it’s Happy Bucks and our raffle that enable us to balance that budget. So, these activities are just for fun and intellectual enlightenment (?), but are very important to our bottom line.
 
Club Secretary and resident biochemist Jo Holt gave an update on the Club organizational chart. Really? Another version of this thing? Dr. Holt responded to the muffled groans by telling the Club that the org chart was good for them. You know, like brussel sprouts.
 
 
Calendar Update: 
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
 
Tues Dec 8
Our annual Holiday party will be held at John Zwick’s beautiful Earth Energy’s Hearth & Home store, along with our annual meeting and elections of officers. Donations to More Than a Bed, the foster-care organization, will be collected. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as are donations of diapers and new toys.
 
Breaking News:
Maeve Johnson and Randy Brooks are not the same person! They stood side-by-side to illustrate the difference between the Club Foundation that Maeve now oversees and the Rotary Foundation that Randy keeps an eye on (or was it the other way around?). The Club Foundation provides a way for folks to make a tax-free donation to Marana Rotary and works closely with the Club Board to fund projects. The Rotary Foundation is much, much larger and is designed to fund projects in any one of Rotary’s six areas of service. Donations to the Rotary Foundation count as Paul Harris credits as well. And District grants are made possible by Rotary Foundation funds. So try not to confuse the Club with the Rotary Foundation. And definitely don’t confuse Maeve with Randy.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Today’s meeting was the Annual Club Assembly which provides an opportunity to sit back and assess Club activities. In addition to explanations of the budget, the org chart, and the Foundations, we broke into groups and discussed some interesting questions about the Club provided to us by Mary. This was a great exercise and something that we would like to continue in the future. Thanks, Mary!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Nov 17 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-11-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
 
 
heartyesyes Welcome New Member Vanessa Ruiz!! yesyesheart
 
Our meeting today was packed with guests and speakers, and President Mary Straus did a very good job juggling all of it. So we were all on our very best behavior. Really. After all, District 5500 Governor Nominee Joe Hentges was in the house. And we had to set a good example for our favorite inbound exchange student Matus Bogar.
 
Mary brought two special guests from Owl and Panther, which is an expressive arts project designed to help refugee families who have been affected by trauma and torture. Particularly pertinent to our topic of children and peace, it was very nice to have Bea Herron and Marge Pellegrino join us today.
 
Harold Burtzloff reminded us that now is the time to donate to Boxing for Troops. You can donate online from the home page of our website, or by check. Assembly of boxes will be Friday Dec 4 at Harold’s home! 
 
Our MCAT Student of the Month, Chris Trimble, was introduced by MCAT Principal and Club member Denise Coronado. Chris’s parents, Tissa and Kevin Trimble, were on hand to witness Chris’s award. Chris told us that, upon graduation from high school, he is planning for a career in the US Air Force. Our congratulations to Chris! You make us all proud.
 
 
Calendar Update: 
Mon Nov 16
Board meetings for our Club and our Club’s Foundation, 5:30pm at Maeve’s Edward Jones office on Ina Road.
 
Tues Nov 17
Club Assembly meeting during our regular meeting time, in which we review our activities and assess how people are feeling about the Club.
 
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
 
Tues Dec 8
Our annual Holiday party will be held at John Zwick’s beautiful Earth Energy’s Hearth & Home store, along with our annual meeting and elections of officers. Donations to More Than a Bed, the foster-care organization, will be collected. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as are donations of diapers and new toys.
 
Breaking News:
Today was one of those very special days in which we inducted a fantastic new member, Vanessa Ruiz. Vanessa was joined by her boss, Realtor Louis Parrish, and her Mom and two sons. We are thrilled to have Vanessa join Rotary and our Club!
 
Guest Speaker:
Our past District Governor Sally Montague was on hand to introduce Executive Director Hilary Dofata and Deputy Director Monica Kinyua of the Children Peace Initiative Kenya. CPI-Kenya is dedicated to working with children who live in communities that traditionally engage in inter-ethnic disputes. Hilary and Monica explained that the goal is to make children “peace bridges,” because when families are changed by their children, then conflict is decreased. They talked about the different tribes in Kenya who speak different languages, making communication between the tribes very difficult. When there is a culture of violence between tribes, the sad fact is that even the children become warriors rather than going to school. And if they don’t attend school, they don’t learn the tribal languages, and they can’t communicate. CPI-Kenya has programs that bring children from different communities together. Many of the children already have formed negative ideas about each other from their parents. But as they get to know one another in a safe, respectful environment, the negative feelings are replaced. These children return home and influence their parents. The number of violent conflicts and deaths between the communities dramatically decreases as a result. This was a powerful presentation by two very brave individuals. Thank you Hilary and Monica.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Nov 10 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-11-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
A spectacular fall morning in Marana greeted the hardy souls who met, as is their custom, at Nana’s Kitchen for our weekly meeting. We had an 80% attendance today. After President Mary Straus opened the meeting, and the pledge and invocation were given, a song followed. Singing is a long, long tradition in Rotary, but nothing in the Bylaws says that the chosen song-of-the-day has to be sung, um, well. As for today, Maeve Johnson suggested Row Row Row Your Boat sung as a round, with women first and men coming in second. As we began our attempt at this fairly sophisticated arrangement, Dan Contorno became concerned that the gender-based partitioning of the round was, in fact, sexist. So he insisted on singing with the women. Nothing in the Bylaws about that either.
 
Harold Burtzloff reminded us that now is the time to donate to Boxing for Troops. You can donate online from the home page of our website, or by check. Assembly of boxes will be early in December.
 
And it was wonderful to honor another MCAT Student of the Month, Elizabeth Rodriguez Cuenca, who was introduced by MCAT Principal and Rotarian Denise Coronado. Elizabeth’s Mom, Sandy Rodriguez, was present as well. Elizabeth has fought some serious medical issues with, as Principal Coronado put it, “resilience and a deep depth of character.” Academic Coach Sandy Howard described Elizabeth as an “absolutely amazing young lady. On the days that are really, really hard we see the girl that never gives up.” Elizabeth told us that, upon graduation from high school in either March or May 2016, she plans to attend Pima Community College for two years, then study Pharmacy at the UofA. Our congratulations to Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us.
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Sat Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
 
Also 11/7 marks the end of the Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon food collection drive (Oct 1 – Nov 7) with Maeve Johnson’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30am. You can help support the Marana Community Food Bank by dropping off food at the Edward Jones office at 3005 W Ina Road, Suite 101.
 
AND the Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at the UofA at 9:15am. You can join the team “Burning Daylight” organized by former President of Marana Rotary, Kim Holaway, and her husband Dave, who is currently fighting this disease. Register or donate at www.tucsonalzheimerswalk.org.
 
Mon Nov 16
Board meetings for our Club and our Club’s Foundation, 6:30pm at Maeve’s Edward Jones office on Ina Road.
 
Tues Nov 17
Club Assembly meeting during our regular meeting time, in which we review our activities and assess how people are feeling about the Club.
 
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
 
Sat Dec 5
Welcome to Party Central! There will be two Christmas/Holiday parties this year, because one just isn’t enough. New this year is a joint party with Dove Mountain Rotary at the Gadsden Train Museum on Saturday Dec 5 from 9 to 11am. This sounds like it will be a lot of fun! http://www.gpdtoytrainmuseum.com/
 
Tues Dec 8
And our second Holiday Party will be held at John Zwick’s beautiful Earth Energy’s Hearth & Home store, along with our annual meeting and elections of officers. Donations to More Than a Bed, the foster-care organization, will be collected. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as are donations of diapers and new toys.
 
Breaking News:
Jo Holt was very surprised and honored to receive her first Paul Harris award and pin today. Mary Straus had kept this information to herself, clearly an act of premeditated misbehavior.
Not to be outdone, John Dooling was awarded his seventh Paul Harris award, whose pin contains a ruby. We are all very proud of John, his dedication to Rotary, and the work he has done through our Club.
 
Oh Boy, More Science!
Our guest speaker Jim Nook commented on Harold’s November Club Bulletin, emailed out yesterday, and the inclusion of Mole Day. Jim has always celebrated Pi Day (who doesn’t?), but was unaware of Mole Day until now. And Denise Coronado shared that she attempted to explain the concept of a mole to a student, but that the student argued with her, and the numerals “10” and “23” became very confused and somewhat controversial. She concluded that she will never again attempt that explanation. REALLY? To be continued….
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Our guest speaker today, former AG Jim Nook, hails from Dove Mountain Rotary, but has been a frequent guest at our meetings as well. What we didn’t know about Jim would fill a book! Or a very unusual aluminum suitcase…
Jim studied metallurgy at Iowa State and the Univ. of TN. He worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s research facility in Oakridge, TN, for over 30 years. This included a close association with the Apollo Project Group, who fabricated unique hardware items designed to travel to the moon and back.
In the course of the “race to space” in the 1960’s, an interest in conducting some scientific projects developed. It was known that the composition of the moon was similar to that of the earth, but the moon had been a relatively quiet place for eons, while the earth was subject to the violence of volcanoes, earthquakes, and storms. What could moon rocks tell us? In order to get samples of moon minerals back to earth in pristine condition, a container was needed. And thus we had the development of the “Apollo Lunas Sample Return Container,” otherwise known as the Rock Box. The Box (which looked like carry-on luggage) was made from a single block of extruded aluminum, with an iridium rim that formed a metal-to-metal seal when fully seated. Wow! The inside was cushioned with a stainless steel mesh, and Jim told the story about one of the engineers’ Mom (yes, they do have Mothers) had knitted, at his request, a small square of stainless steel thread as a prototype. She was paid $5.50 for her efforts.
Ingenuity and skilled production were trademarks of the Apollo program, and Jim brought that to life for us. Thank you Jim, and feel free to visit us any time!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Nov 3, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
As the full moon set over the saguaros, our faithful band of Rotarians gathered early this morning for our last meeting in October. President Mary Straus called on John Zwick to lead us in the pledge, Maeve Johnson for an inspirational invocation, and Clint Kuntz to lead us in a song. John and Mary did a great job. And Clint? Well, like we said, it was a beautiful morning.
 
Tony Hunter gave us an update on preparations for the El Tour de Tucson aid station at Tangerine and I-10. And Harold Burtzloff announced that now is the time to donate to Boxing for Troops. You can donate online from the home page of our website, or by check. Assembly of boxes will be early in December.
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
 
Also 11/7 marks the end of the Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon food collection drive (Oct 1 – Nov 7) with Maeve Johnson’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30am. You can help support the Marana Community Food Bank by dropping off food at the Edward Jones office at 3005 W Ina Road, Suite 101.
 
Nov. 7th is a very popular day! The Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at the UofA at 9:15am. You can join the team “Burning Daylight” organized by former President of Marana Rotary, Kim Holaway, and her husband Dave, who is currently fighting this disease. Register or donate at www.tucsonalzheimerswalk.org.
 
Tues Nov 17
Club Assembly meeting during our regular meeting time, in which we review Club activities and assess how people are feeling about the Club.
 
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
 
Breaking News:
Dan Contorno does not know anything about the location of Hooters on Ina Road, close to Bedrocks. One of our other Rotarians, Don Jorgensen, ran the A Mountain half-marathon on Sunday. Very impressive!
And resident astrophysicist Peter Mack is back in Marana today! But not for long!
 
He gave us a quick run-down of all the places he’s been since the end of July. He and wife Josie spent a little over two months in Hawaii, then Peter was off to Australia, then the Canary Isles, and finally in London last week. He’ll be heading back to Australia for a couple of weeks. He did mention that the Rotary Club of Cocnabarabran there does fundraising by selling food from a truck. An idea that might also work in Marana? Can you say Cocnabarabran?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Pat Woznick from Treasures4Teachers of Tucson joined us this morning to explain how they help teachers. We all know
 that teachers pay for school supplies out of their own pockets. Treasures4Teachers helps with that, by providing inexpensive supplies for pre-K to 7th grade for purchase by teachers only. Their store is located at 6800 N. Camino Martin #124 and they can be reached at store@t4teachers.org and at 425-3956. If you teach in any way, including Sunday school, you can become a member.
Many of their items are donated by retiring teachers, and they also have an impressive list of sponsors (www.T4Teachers.org).
Treasures4Teachers currently has 350 members, but Pat says that many teachers still don’t know about their organization. Membership is $35/year. Those of us who aren’t teachers can support this effort by buying a gift membership and/or gift certificate. Pat suggested giving the gift membership or certificate to a parent-teacher organization, who will then find a teacher in need.
Kathleen Neighbors vouched for T4Teachers, saying that they have lots of books and supplies and that it is a wonderful service! Thank you, Pat, for letting us know about your wonderful organization!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Oct 27 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
 
Student of the Year
Bryann Valdez
Mountain View High School Senior
 
Bryann Valdez has always loved animals, even as a small child. She was heartbroken when she found out that she had to wait to turn 17 to volunteer at an animal rehabilitation center. Now, she is finally able to devote some of her time at a center for wild animals.
A senior at Mountain View, Bryann is currently getting certified as a veterinary assistant through the JTED program. She then plans to pursue her dream job of becoming a veterinarian.
Throughout her life Bryann has struggled with many medical issues caused by Valley Fever, which she contracted as an infant. Even though she has endured those hardships, she still gets up every day and does what she has to do to reach her goals. Bryann says “I’m very excited for the next stage of my life and grateful for the opportunity Rotary has bestowed upon me. No matter what tries to get in my way, I promise that I will continue to fight and overcome those challenges to get to the place I want to be.”
 
 
 
 
MUSD Employee of the Year
Kathleen Neighbors
Tortolita Middle School Teacher
 
Kathleen Neighbors has been with MUSD for nine years, and for the first eight years taught at-risk 7th and 8th graders Math and Language Arts through her Cougar’s Den program. A key component of this program was a Service Learning Class, to engage these youth in community service. For this reason, she became involved with Youth in Philanthropy, teaching her students to write grants resulting in a $1500 matched award to Casa de los Ninos. When Kathleen presented this project to the Casas Adobes Rotary club, it led to a serendipitous connection to the Rotary Club of Marana. She started an Interact Club (for high school and middle school students) which was officially chartered with Rotary International in the fall of 2010.
Kathleen’s passion for service, the environment, and healthy food has driven her to find ways to empower youth and to help them believe they too will be able to make the world a better place.
 

 

Woman of the Year
Marsha Johnson
Trico Electric (retired)
 
Marsha Johnson was hoping to raise her children in a rural environment similar to her own upbringing on a farm in Indiana when she and her family moved to the Marana area in 1974. It didn’t take long for Marana to make a lasting impression on the Johnsons. MUSD and the Marana Health and Dental Clinic provided the education, care, and affordability that every family needs. Throughout her career with the Trico Electric Cooperative, Marsha interacted with people who found it difficult to pay their electric bill. She made it her mission to develop programs and services to assist those in need.
Marsha is a member of the Marana Community Food Bank Advisory Board and the Board of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, and she is a citizen volunteer for the Town of Marana and Northwest Fire Dept. She doesn’t think of her volunteerism as work, but as a rewarding opportunity to help Marana be a better place for our families.
 

 

 
Man of the Year
Terry Rozema
Marana Chief of Police
 
Chief Rozema is a 28-year veteran of the law enforcement profession, with a majority of that being spent with the Tucson Police Dept. During nearly 24 years with TPD, he rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief of Police in charge of the Support Service Bureau (where he oversaw SWAT, Hostage, Air Support, K-9, Communications, Traffic, Special Events, Emergency Management and Homeland Security). Throughout his career with TPD Terry gained extensive experience in uniform patrol, criminal investigations, undercover operations, internal affairs, traffic, & community relations.
In Jan 2011 Terry took the helm as Marana Chief of Police. Their mission of providing “unparalleled service and unwavering protection” to the citizens of Marana is rooted in the philosophy that we are servants above all else.
Terry was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute  for Police conducted by Harvard Univ. He is an Executive Board Member of both the Counter Narcotics Alliance and the AZ Assn of Chiefs of Police, and is a Steering Committee member of the Southern AZ Law Enforcement Training Academy. He and his wife Kathy have five children.
Service Above Self Award Recipients for 2015 Jo Holt 2015-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
President Mary Straus opened today’s meeting by acknowledging our special guest Assistant Governor Jim Lamb, and by thanking the Service Above Self dinner committee for a wonderful event on Oct 9.
 
This week we held our MCAT Student of the Month award, which went to Sema Lerma-Hernandez, who was accompanied by her Mom Susan and Academic Coach Sandy Howard. Sandy told us that Sema was “one tough cookie” when she first joined MCAT. She just wanted to get her work done and get out. Sema explained that it took time for her to really start liking to come to school. Now she sees herself as an influence on sisters and nieces and other young people struggling with school. As Sandy says, Sema is an inspiration to other students.
 
Shown above: Sema (left) receiving her Student of the Month award from President Mary Straus.
 
 
Calendar Update: 
 
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
 
Also 11/7 marks the end of the Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon food collection drive (Oct 1 – Nov 7) with Maeve Johnson’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30am. You can help support the Marana Community Food Bank by dropping off food at the Edward Jones office at 3005 W Ina Road, Suite 101.
 
Nov. 7th is a very popular day! The Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at the UofA at 9:15am. You can join the team “Burning Daylight” organized by former President of Marana Rotary, Kim Holaway, and her husband Dave, who is currently fighting this disease. Register or donate at www.tucsonalzheimerswalk.org.
 
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
 
Breaking News:
Did you know that the number of molecules in one mole of any substance is 6.02 x 1023? Resident biochemist/molecular biophysicist Jo Holt shared this valuable information with us because Friday Oct. 23 is officially Mole Day. (October 23, 10-23. Get it?). Although quite a few Marana Rotarians did not know about Avogado’s number (Jim Lamb did, as did Alan Chestnut!), there were approximately 6.02 x 1023 comments made about “moles.” Even extending to “mold.” Jo will continue to try to explain various scientific and mathematical constants to this group, regardless of the enormity of the challenge.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
We had the pleasure of being visited by two experts on the Pima County Bond proposals that residents are currently voting on:  Nicole Fyffe, Executive Assistant to the County Supervisor (left), and Diane Durazo, Special Staff Assistant to the Supervisor (right). Along with some handouts summarizing the bond proposals, Nicole explained the basics of how the bond proposals came to be, and what they cover. There has been over 40 years of bonding in Pima county to fund infrastructure that supports businesses and residents. Over this time, 54 bonds have been approved and only 4 were not approved. Since 1997 there have been over 700 individual projects funded by bonds, which can be viewed with an interactive map on the County website (http://webcms.pima.gov/government/project_management_office_pmo/).
The Bond Advisory Committee has been working on this package of projects for Pima county since 2006 and held over 100 meetings to work through about $3Billion of requests. The Committee sent a $650Million package to the Board of Supervisors, who added road repair and construction projects for a final total of $815M which includes 99 projects or programs.
 
The current bond proposals involve in Marana flood control, library, parks, tourism, and conservation projects, as well as $9M for Marana roads.
 
Marana Rotary thanks Nicole and Diane for a very informative presentation on the Pima County bonds, and encourages everyone to vote (either yes or no) by or on Nov. 3.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Oct 20 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today’s meeting of the Marana Rotary Club was called to order by Secretary and President Nominee Jo Holt, who filled in for vacationing President Mary Straus. We sang a rousing rendition of “This Little Light” led by songmaster Clint Kuntz, who had John Dooling actually lead the song. Way to delegate, Clint!
 
Club members discussed our recent event, the Service Above Self awards dinner, held last Friday. John Dooling felt that the 2015-2016 Marana Man of the Year (Police Chief Terry Rozema) was definitely a cut above last year’s choice. Hey, wait a minute. That was Mr. John Dooling himself!
 
And we all send our very best get well wishes to Past President Alice Rigney and to PDG Randy Brooks.
 
Calendar Update: 
Mon Oct 19
Monthly meeting of the Board. All members are welcome to attend. Contact Mary or Jo for meeting time and place.
 
Thurs Oct 22
The RC of Dove Mountain has invited us to attend their evening meeting (at 5pm at the Highlands Clubhouse) featuring speaker Saad Allawi from the Oro Valley Rotary Club on “Anger in the Arab World; What Should the West Do?”
 
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
 
Also 11/7 marks the end of the Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon food collection drive (Oct 1 – Nov 7) with Maeve Johnson’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30am. You can help support the Marana Community Food Bank by dropping off food at the Edward Jones office at 3005 W Ina Road, Suite 101.
 
Nov. 7th is a very popular day! The Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at the UofA at 9:15am. You can join the team “Burning Daylight” organized by former President of Marana Rotary, Kim Holaway, and her husband Dave, who is currently fighting this disease. Register or donate at www.tucsonalzheimerswalk.org.
 
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
 
Breaking News:
Dan Contorno had his Rotary pin again today! Sergeant at Arms Javier Teran did not! And in spite of this statistically unlikely event, the laws of physics have not been reversed, and the universe continues to expand!
 
Guest Speaker:
We were very pleased to have a return visit by Mr. Tom Hopkins with Habitat for Humanity, who described Habitat’s Neighborhood Partnership Program. Building new homes is a powerful tool that helps families and communities, but it’s only one tool that Habitat is applying toward reviving neighborhoods. Tom talked about how Habitat approaches a neighborhood in distress by first adopting a listening posture with residents in a targeted neighborhood. Instead of asking “What do you need?” Habitat is asking “What are your dreams for your neighborhood?” Tom told us that it’s not unusual for residents to ask why anyone would want to work on their neighborhood. He talked about the lack of trust found in distressed neighborhoods, where there is often little or no trust of outside helpers and of other residents. When there is no trust, there is hopelessness. Habitat is engaging other partners to show residents how to form neighborhood watch groups, to clean up vacant properties, and to build new homes. Tom told some wonderful stories about how a sustained presence of Habitat in a targeted neighborhood changes lives and restores hope and pride to the residents. We thank Tom for a truly inspiring presentation! 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Oct 13, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Another beautiful late September morning in Marana, AZ! Today marks a transition in our club’s leadership. President Alice Rigney has decided to step down so that she can focus on regaining her health. President Elect Mary Straus becomes our new President. Alice addressed the group and said that she would continue to work with the Club as her health improves. This is very good news! Our club will support both Alice and Mary as they assume their new roles. Mary announced that Board meetings will continue to be held on the third Monday of each month at Maeve Johnson’s Edward Jones office on Ina Road.
 
We welcomed the return of Tom Mangold and permitted him to brag a little (actually it was quite a lot) about his family’s athletic prowess. He passed around the Sept 12 edition of the Daily Star which featured a football player for Ironwood Ridge that Tom said he was related to. Maeve interjected that Tom should be fined for bragging. He did pay a $5 fine, but then continued to brag some more. At that point, we all decided to let him get away with it (this time).
 
The Service Above Self Dinner is approaching (Oct 9), and Denise Coronado reminded everyone that we still have room for more auction items.
 
 
Calendar Update: 
Fri Oct 9
Our annual Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. You can buy your tickets for this event right here on our website!
 
Thurs Oct 22
The RC of Dove Mountain has invited us to attend their evening meeting (at 5pm at the Highlands Clubhouse) featuring speaker Saad Allawi from the Oro Valley Rotary Club on “Anger in the Arab World; What Should the West Do?”
 
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
 
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! We’ll be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. See Tony Hunter to sign up to volunteer for this event.
 
 
Breaking News:
Dan Contorno had his Rotary pin today! yes  
 
And, we had two honored guests from the Old Pueblo RC, AG Jim Lovelace and Keith Ganske, who challenged our Club to enter a team for their Old Pueblo poker tournament on Oct 17. You can find all the details about this event at www.saguaropoker.com.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Our inbound foreign exchange student Matus Bogart from Slovakia was our guest speaker today. Matus gave us some basic facts and background on his country. Slovakia split from the Czech Republic in 1993 and has a population of 5.5 million people. After talking about this, Matus immediately switched the conversation to food. He said one of the favorite foods of Slovakia is bryndzove halusky, or potato dumplings with melted sheep cheese (bryndza) and bacon. Slovakia is also the land of many castles and dramatic landscapes. Matus introduced (some of) us to Peter Sagan, who is a famous champion cyclist and the pride of Slovakia. It might even be said that Matus was bragging just a little. He ended his presentation with a wonderful video called Slovakia – Little Big Country, and gave each of us a business card and a personalized refrigerator magnet. Maeve Johnson asked Matus why Spanish is one of the languages he chose to learn, and he said that 20 countries speak Spanish, it is one of the world languages, and he wants to be able to travel for business opportunities. Alice asked “What do you want to do?” and Matus replied “Something with money.” Thank you, Matus, for sharing your story with us. We’re so glad you’re here!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept 29 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
 
In spite of actual weather happening courtesy of the remnants of Tropical Depression Sixteen-E, the hardiest of Marana Rotarians made their way to Nana’s Kitchen for our weekly meeting. President Elect, Mary Straus, brightened the room as she lead our meeting. Mary is standing in for President Alice Rigney, who continues to improve with our very best wishes.
 
Randy Brooks reminded us about the upcoming District Conference, and mentioned that exchange student Matus will be bringing a special Slovakian dessert to the Conference (for those who are primarily dessert-driven). Alan Chestnut gave his happy bucks in honor of his recent trip to Colorado, where he witnessed a special princess tea party put on by his grandchildren. That’s “witnessed,” not “participated in.” At least that’s what he told us.
 
And Immediate Past President Maeve Johnson not only led us in song, but also recounted her adventures with Secretary Jo Holt at last Saturday’s marathon Hunger Walk. Yes, folks, Jo and Maeve traversed the entire 1.6 miles in record time. Jo traveled to and from the walk (held at the Kino Sports Complex) in the bus our Club supplied for staff, volunteers, and board members of the Marana Food Bank. Jo decided to ride the bus, you know, just to keep an eye on everyone.
 
 
 
Calendar Update: 
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website, www.RotaryD5500.org, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
 
Fri Oct 9
Our annual Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. You can buy your tickets for this event right here on our website!
 
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
 
 
Breaking News:
Our friend and President Elect of Dove Mountain Rotary, Aleta Wiener, visited us this morning to invite everyone to their evening meeting on Oct. 22 at 5pm. The speaker will be Saad Allawi from the Oro Valley Rotary Club on “Anger in the Arab World; What Should the West Do?” Dove Mountain Rotary meets at The Highlands clubhouse.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Our very own Sulee Edwards introduced (most of) us to “More Than a Bed,” a local non-profit group that assists foster care
families.
 
The foster care system is in crisis in Pima County, caring for 4500 children with less than one thousand foster homes available. Of this number, close to 400 children are ready for adoption, and around 700 are living in group homes.
​Sulee addressed the question of how much a foster parent or family makes. They make about $25/day, or $1 per hour. Now, she asked, how much do you think it costs to raise a child? It works out to about $33/day on average. In other words, foster parents do not get reimbursed enough to cover their costs. Clint Kuntz shared with us that it cost several thousand dollars to have his home licensed to accept a child.
 
Sulee’s friend Grace Stockdale started More Than a Bed (www.morethanabed.org) specifically to help foster families gather the things needed to foster a child. This invaluable organization can be helped by direct donation or donation of goods. They 
can be found on Facebook as More Than A Bed.
 
Sulee reminded us that foster kids aren’t just someone else’s kids. They are everyone’s children, and every adult is responsible for each of them, because that is what our community is built on. Thank you so much, Sulee, for educating us about a heartbreaking situation, and yet leaving us feeling greatly inspired.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept 22, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today was a special day for our Club, as we were visited by District Governor Frank Presson, Assistant Governor Jim Lamb, and District Governor Nominee Joe Hentges. Past President of Marana Rotary Kim Holaway also joined us to thank us for thinking of her and husband Dave. And Honorary member Deb Hume was there along with our amazing exchange student Matus! President Elect, Mary Straus, stood in for President Alice Rigney. We all hope you feel much better very soon, Alice!
 
When you think of Randy, think of “taskmaster.”
Or so says District Administrator Liz Cohn, also our guest this Tuesday. She was talking about none other than Randy Brooks, PDG and District Vice-Governor and an all-round extraordinary human being.
 
When you think of chicken wings, think of Denise.
Mary reminded us that items for the silent auction at our upcoming Service Before Self awards dinner are still be sought. To help us identify items that would suit that purpose, MCAT Principal Denise Coronado staged a group exercise, part of which involved something we were supposed to write on cards AND holding one’s elbows out to the side like chicken wings. Many of us were completely distracted by the latter and could no longer recall what the exercise was about. Thank you Principal Coronado for a very special Rotary moment.
 
Calendar Update: 
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex (www.HungerWalkArizona.org). Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk!
 
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website, www.RotaryD5500.org, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
 
Fri Oct 9
Our annual Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. You can buy your tickets for this event right here on our website!
 
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
 
 
Breaking News:
THIS FRIDAY at Nana’s, Randy Brooks will be strummin’ and singin’ along with his good friend Bert Beatty from Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss it on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm! Randy and friends always play for a good cause.
 
Presentation of Paul Harris Society membership to Mary Straus
Guest Charlotte Harris, past President of the Tucson Rotary Club, introduced our President Elect Mary who received her Paul Harris Society pin today fro DG Frank Presson. The Rotary Foundation recognizes those members who contribute $1000 or more every year to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or approved Foundation grants through induction into the Paul Harris Society. We know Mary as the Mom of Lilly, a frequent guest at our meetings, but did you know that she has a MA in Psychology and a BS in Occupational Therapy? She has worked in behavioral health for over 25 years with people living a wide range of socio-cultural experiences. Mary currently owns her own private practice. She joined Rotary in Dec 2013 and also serves on the board of Owl and Panther, a non-profit group that uses the arts and community partnerships to address refugee families affected by political torture and trauma. All of us in Marana Rotary want to thank and congratulate Mary on her dedication to Rotary!
 
Guest Speaker:
AG Jim Lamb, the immediate past President of Saddlebrooke Rotary, greeted us all in Cherokee, a proud part of his heritage. In introducing DG Frank Presson, Jim reminded us that Frank is a past President of the Rotary Club of Catalina. Frank shared several inspirational stories with us, including his experience with a 16 yr old boy in Mexico who was paralyzed and could only move around by dragging himself or being carried by someone. Through Rotary, the boy received his first wheelchair, and was suddenly granted a new level of independence. This was Frank’s Rotary moment.
 
Frank talked about the issue of retaining members world-wide. He emphasized the importance of local projects that engage a wide range of members. Local projects change lives, Frank said, right in front of you. And that changes your life as well. Past President Maeve Johnson asked Frank for his primary, overarching goal as DG, which he said in his response was to increase service projects with youth groups. To this end, he praised our club for our newly re-formed Interact Club at Tortolita Middle School and our local service projects that benefit young people. Thank you Frank, for your visit and inspirational message!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept 15, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
It was a dark and gloomy morning. Threatening clouds were forming to the south. But Marana Rotarians are not easily discouraged, dissuaded, or deterred. We gathered as is our custom at Nana’s Restaurant where owner Javier Teran welcomed us. Our President Elect, Mary Straus, stood in for President Alice Rigney, who is not feeling her usual perky self. We were very pleased that two wonderful young people joined us – Mary’s daughter Lilly and our exchange student Matus. And how nice that Sulee Edwards is back from her well-deserved time off!
 
Calendar Update: 
Mon Sept 14
A special Board meeting with District Governor Frank Presson and Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb in the evening at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley. All committee chairs will be reporting to the DG.
 
Tues Sept 15
Our regular Club meeting is honored to host District Governor Frank Presson, and all members are encouraged to attend.
 
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex (www.HungerWalkArizona.org). Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
 
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website, www.RotaryD5500.org, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
 
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse.
 
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Somewhere close by.
 
Breaking News:
John Dooling gave a report on the newly-reconstituted Interact Club at Tortolita Middle School. John, along with Alice and George Rigney and Jo Holt, inducted 10 new members last week. Our Rotarians were there to “assist” teacher Kathleen Neighbors, who is an honorary member of our Rotary club herself. What a great group of students she has attracted! You’ll be hearing more about them in the weeks to come… Regular readers may recall that PDG Randy Brooks won the 50/50 pot several weeks ago, and Treasurer Lynne Himmer announced that Randy is donating all $226 to Polio Plus. You’re a tough act to follow, Randy. And speaking of acts….did you know that he sings and plays guitar and tells interesting stories as well? In his next guest appearance at Nana’s, Randy will be joined by good friend Bert Beatty from Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss it on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm! Randy and friends always play for a good cause.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Our outbound exchange student from last year, Tori Johnson, gave us a fascinating look at life in Latvia today. Tori was accompanied by her grandmother Alice, who is clearly thrilled to have her granddaughter back home, at least until she graduates from Marana High next year and starts at NAU.
 
Did you know that Latvia is one of the Baltic States located just south of Sweden? There are only 2 million residents of the country, half of whom live in the capital Riga. Tori went to school in Saldus where she was hosted by three families and the Saldus Rotary Club. Her school covered grades four through twelve and still had only 300 students. Tori’s favorite class was geography, whereas she found Russian, culture, and physics harder to understand. Most teachers in Latvia do not speak English, and the Latvian language is not an easy one to learn. Although, Tori spoke a little Latvian for us and that was very impressive!
 
Last winter, when she first learned about rolling in the snow after getting all nice and warm in the spa, Tori was sure that was one of the definitions of insanity. But she did it and now she’s all for it!
 
Tori’s great Latvian adventure ended with an amazing tour of Europe for Rotarian exchange students. Thank you, Tori, for sharing your experiences and your great pictures with us! We’re proud of how you represented Marana in a very different part of the world.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept 8, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
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Can anyone imagine a better way to start a new month than going Rotary? President Alice Rigney opened our meeting and Tony Hunter stepped in for Javier Teran as Sergeant at Arms (Javier was busy in the kitchen). Given that the Sergeant at Arms is charged with keeping order at meetings and, if necessary, forcibly removing any members who are disruptive, we found Tony quite in his element and appropriately intimidating. Still unfazed, however, Dan Contorno was again without pin (WP), and even otherwise highly organized Clint Kuntz admitted that he “pulled a Dan” and forgot his pin. And then there was a strangely familiar face in the crowd – who exactly is that guy? Why, it’s none other than Don Jorgensen. Don said he had been visiting family in Seattle, but there was some scuttlebutt on one side of the room that he’d actually been in the hoosegow. Whatever your story, welcome back Don!
 
Calendar Update: 
Mon Sept 14
A special Board meeting with District Governor Frank Presson and Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb in the evening at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley. All committee chairs will be reporting to the DG.
 
Tues Sept 15
Our regular Club meeting will host District Governor Frank Presson, and all members are encouraged to attend.
 
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex (www.HungerWalkArizona.org). Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
 
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website, www.RotaryD5500.org, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
 
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse.
 
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. No, we’ll not let you forget it.
 
 
Other Announcements:
We were joined today by our exchange student Matus and by Mary’s lovely daughter Lilly! Hey, and don’t forget -- in his next gig at Nana’s, Randy Brooks will be joined by good friend Bert Beatty from Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss it on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm!
 
Breaking News:
We have a new member!! Today Marana Rotary inducted Veronica Harper as our newest member. Veronica has led a busy life, working for Boeing in Texas while raising cattle at the same time. Moving to Arizona opened up the opportunity for her to participate in a service organization, while working for Raytheon and traveling all over, and we’re very happy that she chose to be with us!
 
Guest Speakers:
Today’s very special guest speaker was Mr. Tony Hunter, who used to be our newest member, from the Town of Marana. He told us the story of his life. Now, Tony is one of our youngest members, and so it was a pretty short story. But really interesting! Tony is one of those rare individuals who was actually born and raised in Tucson, graduated from Catalina Foothills High, and attended the UofA for two years while deciding what he wanted to do with his life, and then relocated to NAU where he graduated with a degree in English. Meanwhile, his long-time interest in music was growing, and he moved to Hollywood to pursue playing guitar and piano. Living and working in LA was fun, and he learned a lot from working with people in the music business. He then tried his luck in Nashville, where he held down an unusual job for a young man as a Merry Maid (to pay the bills). There were several comments from members at this point which will go undocumented herein. After Nashville, Tony found his way back to Marana and used his house-cleaning skills to clean dorms at the UofA. This was, he said, a character-building experience. But working for the UofA also gave him free tuition, and he took night classes in public administration. This really appealed to Tony – he found preparing for a career in public admin followed more logical steps than in the music industry. Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson gave a talk at one class, and Tony remembers thinking that “it would be cool to work for that guy someday.” Sure enough, in 2014 Tony became a summer intern in the Town Manager’s office, he completed his Master’s degree in May, and was hired full time. Tony is really a joy to have in our Rotary Club, and we appreciated getting to know him better today!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept. 1, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt on Aug 25, 2015
Marana Rotarians were warmly greeted by Harold Burtzloff this morning, and we were very pleased and honored to have former Assistant Governor Jim Nook visiting us at Nana’s Kitchen.
 
After the opening ceremony was led by President Alice Rigney, song leader John Dooling thanked PDG Randy Brooks for his musical performance at Nana’s last Friday night in which several hundred dollars was raised for Alzheimer’s research on behalf of a very good friend of Rotary here in Marana. In addition to back-up singer Deb Hume and exchange student Matus, President-Elect Mary Straus and Lily were there, as were John and Cindy Dooling, Jane Howell, Jo Holt, and a guest appearance by Cheryl Cage. In his next gig at Nana’s, Randy will be joined by good friend Bert Beatty from Las Vegas on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm.
 
And Randy Brooks gave his Happy Bucks today since someone was able to beat him at Scrabble. Although it was a teenager from Slovakia. This, of course, would be our own Matus, exchange student extraordinaire at Marana High! And, as if that wasn't sufficient, Randy then won the 50/50 pot by pulling the Joker! 
 
Calendar Update: 
Mon Sept 14
A special Board meeting with District Governor Frank Presson and Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb in the evening at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley. All committee chairs will be reporting to the DG.
 
Tues Sept 15
Our regular Club meeting will host District Governor Frank Presson, and all members are encouraged to attend.
 
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex (www.HungerWalkArizona.org). Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
 
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website, www.RotaryD5500.org, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
 
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse.
 
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Yes, that’s only 269 days, 6458 hours from the time of this report!
 
 
Other Announcements:
George Rigney explained that we will have the opportunity to purchase RYLA coffee mugs at $10 each. The exact time and place will have to go unreported as the Secretary was too busy thinking about RYLA coffee mugs to write that info down, but she thinks it may have something to do with the upcoming District conference. So, ahem, stay tuned!
 
Breaking News:
Next week we have the honor of inducting a new member, Veronica Harper, who is with Raytheon. And, one of our newest members and crowd favorite Tony Hunter will be revealing all the secrets of his life. Yes, Tony, that’s how we do things here.
 
Guest Speakers:
We were fortunate to have John Kmiec, the Director of Marana Water, and Asia Philbin, Resource Coordinator for Marana Water, as our guest speakers today on one of the most important topics in the desert southwest:  WATER. John came to Marana water from Tucson water in 2012, and Asia made the same journey about a year and a half ago. John started us off with a great picture of a young man selling water from sacks strapped to a donkey many, many years ago. The water came from the Santa Cruz, which flowed regularly at the time, and was sold for one penny a gallon.
 
Things have changed a little since then. The Santa Cruz is typically dry now because of a much lower water table due to pumping for the one million people that live in the area. But, Arizona is in fact forward-thinking in its water-management, and passed the groundwater management act in 1980 with codes that greatly reduced problems like subsidence, and required the use of renewable sources of water.
 
John also showed a good picture of the recharge basins in Avra Valley. When water from the Colorado River was first delivered to Tucson in the early 1990’s (via the Central AZ Project), it was so salt-heavy that it ruined pipes and other infrastructure. It was then that the decision was made to use recharge basins to filter the water.
 
At this point in John and Asia’s presentation, we Rotarians began to ask quite a few highly-intelligent questions. George Rigney wanted to know how long until the ground below the recharge basins will be “clogged” with salts? The answer: a real long time, don’t worry. Lynne Himmer asked about the toxic spill from a mine in Colorado. The answer: contaminant levels too small to measure. Alan Chestnut asked why he, as a resident of Dove Mountain, gets a bill from Tucson Water. The answer: Dove Mtn. and Continental Ranch were Tucson water customers before Marana water was founded.
 
The future of water in the Tucson area is all about wastewater reclamation, conservation and habitat restoration, and continued use of surface water through the CAP. Marana is now involved in all of these efforts, preparing for the future. Thank you to John and Asia for a fascinating look into Marana Water!
 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Aug. 25, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
President Alice Rigney opened our Rotary meeting, and song leader and Marana Man of the Year John Dooling chose an inspirational song to greet the early morning in Marana. Very special, although not everyone could recall the lyrics to “Pop Goes the Weasle.”
 
We were very pleased to have Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb visiting us today, as well as Don Zavis, who is active in sales training (donzavis@comcast.net), and our speaker, Vanessa Gonzales with Saguaro National Park.
 
Alice, PDG Randy Brooks, and President-Elect Mary Straus talked about the upcoming District 5500 Conference and how important it is to attend (see Calendar Update below). There is no better way to get the vibe of Rotary, Randy says, than to attend at least part of the Conference! Alice announced that the Nogales water project, which is being led by Saddlebrooke Rotary, is still at the funding stage, but should get underway in the next few weeks. It’s exciting to partner with another Rotary club in an international project so close to home, and the importance of clean drinking water at school cannot be overestimated.
 
Secretary Jo Holt gave an update on the newly-formed Interact Club at Tortolita Middle School and the upcoming launch of our Financial Literacy Project. Honorary Club member Kathleen Neighbors, a teacher at Tortolita, is organizing the Interact Club, which will meet after school on Wednesdays. Jo reported that we will be using a financial literacy program from the Univ. of AZ (takechargetoday.arizona.edu). Kathleen is adapting the lesson plans to fit within the Interact Club time frame. Jo thanks both Kathleen and Principle Rex Scott for their support of our new literacy program.
 
 
Calendar Update: 
Mon Sept 14
A special Board meeting with District Governor Frank Presson and Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb in the evening at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley. All committee chairs will be reporting to the DG. Agenda, instructions, exact time, and directions to Jo’s will be sent to all participating Club members.
 
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex (www.HungerWalkArizona.org). Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website, www.RotaryD5500.org, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
 
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Yep, that’s next year, folks.
 
 
Other Announcements:
Alice presented Nana’s Kitchen owner and club member Javier Teran with a new Sergeant at Arms pin, which seemed to soften him up just a little.
 
Breaking News:
Medical updates dominate our breaking news segment today. First of all, Harold Burtzloff re-joined us after his successful surgery. And would you believe it…? Yes, it’s Tony Hunter returning to the fold after his very serious cycling accident. Welcome back!! And the good news continues – Past President Maeve Johnson reported that Past President Kathleen Debiak had successful surgery and, after many months, her health is returning. Now that's worth celebrating!
 
Guest Speaker:
 UofA senior Vanessa Gonzales, a wildlife conservation major and part of the Ranger Corps at Saguaro National Park East, gave us some of the history and current uses of the Park. A professor at the UofA and a local newspaper were instrumental in having the area set aside as a national monument in 1933. The monument became a national park in 1984, and is divided into East and West segments with a total of 165 miles of hiking. Saguaros are trees with long lifetimes, growing very slowly. Young saguaro are easily destroyed and damaged by trampling, and that was one of the main reasons for protecting their habitat. Although they begin blooming at 35 years, and develop arms at around 55 years, saguaro live beyond 200 years. The Western National Parks Association and the Friends of Saguaro are important funding partners of Saguaro National Park. The Park is truly a national treasure that we host here in southern Arizona. We thank Vanessa for her visit and wish her the best in her career!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Aug.18, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Undeterred by the dark clouds gathering from the east, a determined flock of Rotarians found shelter at Nana’s Kitchen this morning, greeted by owner Javier Teran. The group welcomed our exchange student from Slovakia, Matus, once again. There were no guests this morning.
 
President Alice Rigney opened the meeting, and past President Maeve Johnson reminded us that the Rotary board had approved funding for the Hunger Walk bus, which will transport walkers to the Kino Sports Complex on Sat, Sept. 19.
 
Happy bucks was a relatively quiet affair today. As our regular readers know, it can get a little rambunctious at times. George Rigney was happy that he was leaving town for a cooler climate in the White Mountains. Alice Rigney was happy that George was leaving town. There were no questions for purpose of clarification.
 
Calendar Update: 
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex (www.HungerWalkArizona.org). Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25.
Mon Sept 28
All Committee Chairs will meet in the evening with the District Governor Frank Presson at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Yes, that’s 2016. We plan ahead.
 
Other Announcements:
George Rigney reported that Harold Burtzloff’s surgery was a success, and Harold will be recuperating for about three weeks. However, his surgeon reported that she was not able to remove all the stubbornness and crankiness that comes from growing up in Liberal, KS. Get better soon, Harold, we miss you!
 
Breaking News:
Alice reported that she and Jo Holt handed out Tootsie Roll pops on behalf of Marana Rotary at the Marana Summer Concert last Saturday night in the midst of random thunderstorms. The band had to stop on more than one occasion. Jo kept checking weather radar on her phone and pointing out the importance of maintaining a healthy respect for lightening. It was clear that Alice was unafraid of the forces of nature (being one herself).
Our exchange student Vanessa, bound for the Czech Republic later this month, is in Colorado Springs with her recently relocated family, but is in touch with the Club via Jo Holt. Vanessa’s preparations are underway, and she’ll keep everyone posted.
 
Guest Speaker:
  Today’s speaker was one of our newest members, Clint Kuntz, the CEO of Marana Health Center. Clint began his talk by cautioning that he had not led a very interesting life so far. He then proceeded to tell us a fascinating story about growing up in one of the poorest areas of the country, Muskingum County, Ohio, and finding his way in a seemingly haphazard fashion to his present-day position at MHC. Secretary’s note: Clint is a young man and has even further to go in the future. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here…
 
Clint grew up in Appalachian country in a very poor, sparsely populated rural area. His father was a coal miner, until the Clean Air Act shut down the mines and threw already poor mining families into unemployment. This was an example, Clint believes, of the unintended consequences of regulatory edicts. His father, however, refused to give up, and was able to return to college and become a diesel mechanic. Clint was the oldest of five children, and worked his way through college to get his degree in computer science.
 
For those of us who remember dial-up modems and that distinctive handshake sound, we can appreciate working in a roomful of remote modems talking to modems all over the area. After working there and for a software company located in Amish country, Clint and Kendra moved back to Muskingum County and went into business for themselves, running a pre-school. Although the school did not make a profit, it was a good experience, and they still hear from some of those children, who are now in high school.
 
In 2001 Congress passed the Health Center Growth Initiative, and the Muskingum Valley Health Center was established in a remodeled Holiday Inn. Clint told the story of Chuck Hunter, the visionary who led the development effort for the Center, but who died of a heart attack just two days before the Center was to open. A request to Housing and Human Services to delay the opening of the Center was denied for some reason.
 
On opening day, Clint started his new job in charge of internet technology at the Center, and was directed to locate his own office, desk, phone, and computer, which he did. Desperately trying to figure out how to run a Health Center while taking in their first patients, the CEO promoted Clint to COO, and together they both figured out that, in order to make the center successful, they had to run it like a business, not a social service. Eventually Clint was lured away from Muskingum Valley Health Center to build a new Center in Lancaster County. Originally a part of the County health department, the new Center became a non-profit and began expanding.
 
During this time, Clint and Kendra’s daughter was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. This was a life-altering experience for their family, and the decision was made to leave the area and move to a place where their children would have better opportunities and a better quality of life. That brought them to Oro Valley and to Marana Health Center. Thank you, Clint, for sharing an inspiring story of the very difficult task of working one’s way out of poverty. 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Aug. 11, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
What's Rotary?
 
We're a leadership organization.
 
We're made up of local business, professional & civic leaders.
 
We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships & through that, we're able to get things done in this community.
 
Another beautiful summer morning in southern Arizona saw Marana Rotarians flocking to their regular Tuesday meeting, like the swallows returning to Capistrano. Or almost like that. Nana’s Kitchen was cookin’ with President Alice Rigney presiding. Two members were welcomed home from long trips:  Alan Chestnut, who was in Colorado and Alaska, and John Dooling, who was somewhere in Wyoming with two grandsons, looking for Yogi the Bear. PDG Randy Brooks introduced a special guest, Mr. Brent Schlosser, the Store Director of Safeway at Twin Peaks and Silverbell (a great store).
 
Wouldn’t you know that John Dooling, the Marana Man of the Year, returns to find himself Song Leader for August? No problem here, John was in his element as he selected “Let It Shine” and the Marana Rotary Choir responded. Dan Contorno was immediately struck with a great fundraising idea. Record our morning songs and sell the CD at events! Now, Dan has had some great ideas, like the rebirth of the Tour de Cookie. Some of his ideas have saved the Marana School District millions of dollars. This wouldn’t be one of those. Still, he’s always thinking.
 
Jane Howell announced that someone left a pair of men’s sunglasses in her purse at a recent Rotary event at Mary Straus’ home. There were no takers, but a lively discussion ensued regarding a variety of theories as to how men’s accessories would find their way into Jane’s purse. Nothin’ but love, Jane.
 
Calendar Update
Sat Aug 8
From 5 to 6pm, Alice will be handing out tootsie roll pops on behalf of our Club at the free concert series held at Crossroads Silverbell Park (behind the Marana Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library). The concert starts at 7pm. Come join her to help spread the word about Marana Rotary, and enjoy the music as well.
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex (www.HungerWalkArizona.org). Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
District 5500 Conference at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25.
Mon Sept 28
All Committee Chairs will meet in the evening with the District Governor Frank Presson at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Yes, 2016.
 
Other Announcements:
President Alice wanted everyone to know that Harold Burtzloff had donated the computer that the club is using to show slides at our meetings. Thank you for your generosity, Harold, and all the work you do to maintain our website!  George Rigney gave us an update on the Jim Click Mustang raffle. We have sold 75% of the tickets our club was allotted. Let’s get the rest of them sold, this is a great fundraiser that allows us to do great things!
 
Breaking News:
 
  Also joining us was our new incoming exchange student from Slovakia, Matus, who is now officially a junior at Marana High School. He presented Alice Rigney with several lovely gifts from Slovakia. Matus is staying with his first host family Randy Brooks and Deb Hume in Picture Rocks. Deb is on vacation, and so Randy and Matus are on their own. So far, so good!
 
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Sulee Edwards, John Dooling, Randy Brooks, and Mary Straus attended the Membership Seminar last Saturday, and Suelee, John and Randy gave us a summary of that event. John spoke about the diversity of Rotary membership and what a great strength that was. Randy spoke about how to invite people to the Club by emphasizing that Rotary lets us come together to make a real difference in our community. Fellowship, community service, networking, recognition – these are all important factors in belonging to Rotary. Sulee gave us a jigsaw to put together, which revealed a person and a Rotary icon. Her message: invite a friend to Rotary! She asked each of us to give her a name. It was clear that John, Randy, and Sulee got a lot out of Saturday’s seminar, and they passed a great deal of that along to us in just a few minutes. Now how great is that?
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Aug. 4, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Yes, it’s summer in southern Arizona, and things are fairly quiet in places like Marana. But the Marana Rotary Club saw a 70% turnout of members for the July 28 meeting at Nana’s Kitchen with President Alice Rigney presiding. So something’s still cooking here, even in July! Happy Bucks was a real group effort today, with sooo many slackers who came without a dollar to their name. Bill Stanley gave $1 to Jo Holt, Harold Burtzloff gave $1 to Maeve Johnson (who had to brag some more about her daughter Mackenzie), and George Rigney gave a buck to Mary Straus. Now, we know that Dan Contorno also showed up without dough, but it didn’t appear that anyone was willing to cover for him..? Hmmm. Tough crowd. We love you, Dan.
 
Calendar Update
Sat Aug 1     
The 2015 District 5500 Membership Seminar will be held at the Highlands at Dove Mountain. Register online at          https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-district-5500-membership-seminar-tickets-17346954207. The seminar runs from 8:15am to 3pm, and the cost of $30 will be reimbursed by our Club.
Sat Aug 8     
Alice will be handing out tootsie roll pops on behalf of our Club at the free concert series held at Crossroads Silverbell Park (behind the Marana Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library) at 7pm. Come join her to help spread the word about Marana Rotary, and enjoy the music as well.
Sat Sept 18  
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex (www.HungerWalkArizona.org). Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk. Details coming.
Sept 24-26    
District 5500 Conference at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25.
Mon Sept 28
All Committee Chairs will meet in the evening with the District Governor Frank Presson at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley.
Fri Oct 9        
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
Fri May 21    
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President.
 
Other Announcements:
Alice reminded everyone that the Board voted unanimously to raise dues by $15 per quarter. This is effective immediately and will be reflected on your next dues invoice. This is an increase of $5/month that will help the Club stay on a sound financial footing.
 
Breaking News:
Our outbound exchange student Tori has returned home from Latvia! We’re looking forward to her visit to our Club. Welcome home, Tori! And PDG Randy Brooks announced that our inbound foreign exchange student Matus will be arriving tomorrow (Wed 7/29) from Slovakia. Randy and brother Frank will be playing music for tips for Rotary at Café Tremolo this coming Sat, Aug 1, and Matus will be attending. So come out, have a nice dinner, and meet our new exchange student. And our outbound exchange student Vanessa will be on her way to the Czech Republic in about a month.
 
 
Guest Speaker:
Have you ever dropped off household things to Goodwill? We got a behind-the-scenes description of how Goodwill operates from our guest Liz Gulick, Co-President/CEO of Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona, or GISA.
Liz noted that, in her talk last week, Suelee Edwards had described our Rotary Club as Small & Mighty, and that’s something that GISA has in common with Marana Rotary – not necessarily the biggest, but we really get things done. Goodwill provides training services and jobs for people with barriers to employment resulting from lack of education, a criminal past, or mental health issues. In other words, Goodwill helps a wide variety of people right here in our community of southern Arizona. GISA includes Casa Grande all the way down to Nogales, and has experienced significant growth over the last six years. Each Goodwill Industries throughout the US (and there are 165) are independently operated. Goodwill was established in 1902 in Baltimore by a Methodist minister, Edgar Helms. GISA was established in 1969, and is a 501(c)3 with a volunteer board of directors. As Liz says, if you’ve seen one Goodwill, you’ve seen just one Goodwill.
 
GISA has 15 stores, 1 boutique, 3 outlets, and 1 auction. The retail stores are the economic engine that drives Goodwill services, and the retail revenue stays and works here in southern AZ. There are 22 attended donation centers. Things that don’t sell in the retail stores are moved to the outlets, where they’re sold by the pound. And those things that don’t sell in the outlets are sold to the salvage market. Goodwill’s biggest month of the year?...October, thanks to Halloween.
 
Out of every dollar of revenue, 90 cents goes to employment and programs, particularly Workforce Development. There are a total of seven job connection centers located within the retail stores. Goodwill provides many career opportunities and Liz points out that it’s a great place to work.
 
Denise Coronado asked about all the drop boxes we see around town for clothing and household goods. How can we tell which is best to use? Liz responded that many of these drop boxes are owned by large salvage companies, whose revenue doesn’t stay in our community and doesn’t provide for any services. She reminded us that Goodwill donation sites are always attended. Thank you, Liz, for being our guest speaker and sharing this valuable information on a wonderful organization.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting July 28, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-07-28 07:00:00Z 0
A small but determined (if not downright tenacious) contingent of Marana Rotarians met on July 21 at Nana’s Kitchen with President Alice Rigney presiding. The remainder of the Club members were scattered over various parts of the North American continent, or at least that’s what they reported. Maeve Johnson bravely led the song (Grand Old Flag) and George Rigney won $5 on the 50/50 drawing. George was very excited to win, claiming that he has never won, and proudly waved his $5 bill for all to see. A bit of a slow day in Marana.
 
 
Calendar Update
Sat Aug 1
The 2015 District 5500 Membership Seminar will be held at the Highlands at Dove Mountain. Register online at  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-district-5500-membership-seminar-tickets-17346954207. The seminar runs from 8:15am to 3pm, and the cost of $30 will be reimbursed by our Club.
Sat Aug 8       
Alice will be handing out tootsie roll pops on behalf of our Club at the free concert series held at Crossroads Silverbell Park (behind the Marana Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library) at 7pm. Come join her to help spread the word about Marana Rotary, and enjoy the music as well.
Mon Sept 28  
All Committee Chairs will meet in the evening with the District Governor Frank Presson. Details upcoming.
Fri Oct 9          
Our annual awards dinner at the Highlands! It is now named the Service Above Self Awards Dinner. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
 
Other Announcements:
Alice announced that the Board voted unanimously to raise dues by $15 per quarter. This is effective immediately and will be reflected on your next dues invoice.
George reminded everyone who has NOT sold their raffle tickets for the Mustang to please do so. This project nets $4000 for our Club!
Mark your calendars ---  Friday May 21 2016 will be installation day for President Elect Mary Straus. Location & other details TBA.
 
Breaking News:
This segment of our weekly meeting review covers unusual, particularly surprising, &/or statistically improbable events involving our members. We hope that most of the time these will be happy events. Not today. New member Tony Hunter is still on the road to recovery. He was seriously injured in a cycling accident, and is still working (at the Town of Marana) only part-time. Breaking news is that Dan Contorno reports that Tony crashed in exactly the same spot as Dan did earlier this year. It’s referred to as fantasy island and involves a “surprise” 4 ft drop if you happen to wander off to the right. But there is light at the end of this tunnel -- word has it that Tony hopes to see us again in mid-August. Now that will require a real celebration and some happy Breaking News!
 
Guest Speaker:
So today was originally scheduled for Tony to give a talk about himself (“it’s all about Tony”). We were fortunate, though, that the indefatigable Suelee Edwards stepped in for him. Suelee gave a really nice overview of Rotary and our Club activities. Did you know that Rotary has 1.2 million volunteers in 33,000 clubs located in over 200 countries? Rotary was founded in 1905, and women were admitted as members in 1989.
 
At this point in Suelee’s talk there were a number of comments from the audience. Harold Burtzloff told us that in his Rotary club in Liberal, KS, the club President resigned when membership was opened to women.
 
The best Rotary Club in the world, the Marana Rotary Club, was established in 1988. Suelee remarked that we have a reputation for being friendly and diverse, with a great website, and really active for our size. Small & Mighty. Thank you, Suelee, for an engaging presentation!
 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting July 21, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Our Club met on Tues, July 14 at Nana’s Kitchen, with President Alice Rigney presiding. In addition to Bastille Day and the release of detailed pictures of Pluto, it was also a notable day for Song Leader Dan Contorno, who was wearing his Rotary pin for the second week in a row. Keep up the good work, Dan!
 
Three of our Rotarians and their spouses recently represented us in Zimbabwe, Africa:  Randy Brooks & Deb Hume, Don & Kathy Jorgensen, and Mary Straus & Michael Goldsmith. Deb is also an Honorary Member of the Club, and was in attendance today. Randy presented highlights from the first part of their trip, which began in Harare and followed a loop to Victoria Falls. They were guests of Bryson & Grace Tivatyi, who visited Marana just last year. Randy showed several slides from a famous outdoor market called Kwa Mereki which was highlighted by barbequed pig testicles. Randy described visiting the homes of families during this week-long trip and the amazing work ethic of the Zimbabwe people. It is unfortunate that it costs $40-$80 per year to attend school, since many families cannot afford it. Many houses are built bit-by-bit whenever the owners have money to buy bricks. It is very common to have no water or electricity running to the homes. Randy & Deb found this to be a very moving trip as it was their first time to visit rural areas in the country.
 
Mary Straus gave us an overview of education in Zimbabwe, which is highly desired by people throughout the country, but made very difficult to attain due to poverty and political corruption. Children from middle and upper-income brackets attend boarding schools. Mary highlighted three schools:  Makundi Pry for poor families, Lesedi Pry for poorer families, and Mario’s school (in the middle of hayfields) for the poorest. Makundi school had requested books, which our Rotarians purchased on site.
 
Don Jorgensen reported that we were also able to donate $700 to Mario’s school. Although it doesn’t seem like much, it will go a long way to providing some of the essentials that are needed. Don showed slides of the one-day project undertaken to build a playground at Lesedi Pry school complete with two old Volkswagens decorated with vivid colors! Of the funds raised by our Club for a new school in Ntabayengwe Village, $8000 has been transferred and construction has begun. When the first half of the construction is completed, the second half of the funds (another $8000) will be sent. Don emphasized two important aspects of this trip: (1) The Zimbabwe people were deeply moved by the fact that well-to-do Americans wanted to visit them in their homes. Don feels that this personal attention from the Rotary Clubs of Marana and Yuma relates directly to the objectives of Rotary International. In particular, “the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.”  (2) Don noted that, although the playground construction was started by visiting Rotarians, by the end of the day many locals had joined in the work. The importance of what our Club did extended well beyond the actual playground itself.
 
Randy, Mary, and Don promised to keep the Club updated on the progress of the school construction. And Alice spoke for all of us when she thanked them for this great illustration of “Service Above Self.” That’s what Rotary is all about.
 
 
Marana Rotary Club Minutes for July 14, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-07-14 07:00:00Z 0
New Marana Rotary President Alice Rigney had an 81% turnout of members for her inaugural meeting on July 7, 2015. A great start for the new Rotary year! She began by thanking Maeve Johnson and her husband Lyle for their annual offering, a wonderful 4th of July extravaganza for friends and family. Alice was moved by the enthusiasm of the event, and George Rigney even wore his inspirational 4th of July shirt to today’s meeting. Alice reminded all of us that Rotary is about committing ourselves to our community, and working on lasting change around the world. Words to live by.
 
Calendar Update
Tues July 20      Alice will conduct the combined board meeting, 6pm at Taco Giro on Ina Rd.
Sat Aug 1          The 2015 District 5500 Membership Seminar will be held at the Highlands at Dove Mountain. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2015-district-5500-membership-seminar-tickets-17346954207. The seminar runs from 8:15am to 3pm, and the cost of $30 will be reimbursed by our Club.
Sat Aug 8          Alice will be handing out tootsie roll pops on behalf of our Club at the free concert series held at Crossroads Silverbell Park (behind the Marana Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library) at 7pm. Come join her to help spread the word about Marana Rotary, and enjoy the music as well.
Mon Sept 28     All Committee Chairs will meet in the evening with the District Governor Frank Presson. Details upcoming.
Tues Sept 29     Mark your calendars, the next evening social will be held at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley, with appetizers and Lynne Himmer’s selection of wines.
Fri Oct 9            Our annual awards dinner at the Highlands! It is now named the Service Above Self Awards Dinner. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
 
Other Announcements:
Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb was our guest, and presented our Club with the International President’s Banner of the Year. Thank you, Jim!
President-Elect Mary Straus announced that member Tony Hunter suffered a concussion in a cycling accident, but is on the road to improvement. Thank goodness! Tony is part of Mary’s committee in charge of putting together the annual awards dinner, as well as our new Parliamentarian. We all wish you a speedy recovery, Tony. As a token of our affection, by the way, your name was added to several new committees in your absence. It was the least we could do.
Member Jane Howell unabashedly bragged about her brother Jack Howell’s band, Those Beatles Guys, who performed at Tucson Zoo’s Summer Safari Night on July 3. Jane apparently got her animal freak on that night -- still waiting for the video on that. The band has a Facebook page and their website is https://www.reverbnation.com/thosebeatlesguys.
 
Breaking News:  This is a new segment in the review of our weekly meetings, offering a brief description of an unusual, particularly surprising, or statistically improbable occurrence. Today’s breaking news:  member and astrophysicist Peter Mack returned from a galaxy far, far away. Welcome back, Peter. The curvature of the space-time continuum will never slow you down! HaHaa!
 
Guest Speaker: Attorney, advocate, and former 3-term state legislator Jennifer Burns was introduced by new member Clint Kuntz, and gave our Club an extensive rundown of last session’s bills, particularly those that impacted businesses (she also works with the Marana Chamber of Commerce). A wide-ranging array of bills addressed:
            Indexing of state income tax brackets for inflation
            Auditing of business inspections, allowing businesses to fix errors in the reports
            Expanding business tax credits (opposed by the Chamber, did not pass)
            Renewal of the 4 cent Central AZ Project tax
            Requiring medical doctors to cross-check drug prescriptions for duplicates
            Allowing guns in public places (did not pass)
            Forbidding cities from banning plastic bags
            Support for microbreweries
In response to a question from member Don Jorgensen about a possible special session, Jennifer brought up the current court case on Medicaid expansion, questioning whether the expansion is a tax increase, which can only be passed by a supermajority. Jennifer posed the question that, if a supermajority vote is required to grant AHCCS the authority to raise taxes for Medicaid, then wouldn’t it also be a requirement for other state agencies, such as Parks and Recreation, to raise fees? A question for deep thought – thank you, Jennifer!
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The first evening social of the Marana Rotary Club was held on June 30 at Café Tremolo. All of the most intelligent and best-looking Marana Rotarians were in attendance, and enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and the welcoming atmosphere of Café Tremolo. In spite of the informality of the event, most attendees were well-behaved. More socials to come!
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Posted by Jo Holt
The June 23 meeting of Marana Rotary was truly historical, as the Maeve Johnson Dynasty came to a happy ending. After serving as Club President for the 2013-2014 year (in which our Club received a Presidential Citation), Maeve stepped in for 2014-2015 President Kathleen Debiak who was forced to resign after struggling with major health issues. Maeve thanked Club officers and members who helped during this difficult time. And we were thrilled to see Kathleen return to congratulate Maeve and thank the Club.
 
Maeve distributed the new brochure from the 2015-2016 Rotary International President K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran on the 2015-2016 Presidential Citation program. By using this as a roadmap for the coming year, we’re certainly aiming high. But we know we’ll get there under incoming Club President Alice Rigney’s leadership. We all wish Alice a very speedy recovery this week.
 
Everyone who’s part of Marana Rotary says thank you to Maeve -- you are a treasure!
 
Calendar Update:  There is no breakfast meeting next Tuesday June 30. This is very unusual and so Maeve placed a rather heavy emphasis on it. At the close of the meeting, she tested Harold Burtzloff and, of particular importance, our Sergeant-At-Arms and Nana’s Kitchen owner Javier Teran on this particular subject. We are pleased to report that both passed with flying colors. So proud of you, gentlemen.
 
Other announcements: We had two very special guests, each of whom are considering becoming members…  ATF Agent Mark Murray and Picture Rocks resident Della Grove joined us. Club members congratulated MCAT Principal Denise Coronado on her 1-year anniversary as a Club member! President-Elect Mary Straus led a stirring farewell to our inbound exchange student Jeanne Gachon on her return to home in France. What a wonderful year we had with Jeanne! Marana Man-of-the-Year John Dooling even offered Jeanne his 50/50 raffle tickets. Wow, what a guy! Of course, it was after the drawing, and did not include the winning ticket, so not really very impressive in the end.
 
Guest Speaker:  A real-life farmer, Dan Arnold of the Farmer’s Co-Op in Marana, gave us some basic facts about farming in the United States that may surprise you. Did you know that over 90% of our farms are family farms? Yes, many are contracted with large corporations, like ConAgra, but the farms themselves are family-owned. The average farm is 400 acres. The average age of farmers is 74, w
 
hich is of some concern. Young people are not going in to farming, but we need farms as long as we insist on eating.
Dan encouraged everyone to research the types of food and diets, and certainly don’t believe everything you see and hear in the media. He explained that food sales of all types are intensely media-driven. But individual tastes and diets should vary from person to person – there is no one “best” diet or one “worst” food. Whether you worry about GMO’s (genetically-modified organisms) or not is a personal choice. Just remember that there are no foods that have not been genetically modified, either by scientists, Mother Nature, or farmers! Dan relayed the story of a genetically-modified cotton, Bt cotton, which produces a toxin that kills the cotton bollworm, vastly reducing the amount of pesticides used against this invasive species.
 
The Farmer’s Market is closed for the summer, but will reopen in September on Saturdays from 8am till 2pm. It is located on the I-10 frontage road between Tangerine and Marana Road. Thank you Farmer Dan for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us.
 
Rotary Club Meeting 6/23/2015 Jo Holt 2015-06-23 07:00:00Z 0
Marana Rotary Club Agrena 6/23/15 2015-06-22 07:00:00Z 0
Bound and determined to stay the course over the summer months, a dedicated group of Marana Rotarians met once again on June 16 at Nana’s Kitchen. Morning announcements were going smoothly until President Member pictureMaeve Johnson mentioned the recent controversial comments by a Nobel Laureate scientist who complained that female scientists are just too much of a distraction in the laboratory, and often cry when criticized. Resident biochemist Jo Holt immediately left the room in tears.
 
In other news, two members did not have any Happy Bucks to share, but others gave their HB’s in their honor. One of the two scofflaws was Harold Burtzloff, and at least $6 of HB’s were donated on his behalf. The other member is new and so will not be embarrassed by being named here. But watch it, Tony, this won’t last.
 
Calendar Update:  Mary Straus, 2016-2017 President-Elect, reminded everyone that our annual Heritage Awards Dinner will be held in October. The Awards Dinner Committee is asking all members to think about donating items for the auction, and, in particular, is looking for one large donation or several smaller items that can be grouped together. And now is the time to consider nominations for Man and Woman of the Year!
Mary also reiterated her kind invitation to her home this coming Saturday, June 20, at 5pm to wish our inbound exchange student Jeanne Gachon bon voyage as she returns home to France. We will miss you, Jeanne!
 
Other announcements: Graciela Silva thanked Marana Rotary for our donation to the orphanage in Imuris, Sonora, from the Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament organized by Dan Contorno
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Guest Speaker:  We were honored to have as our speaker Assistant Special Agent in Charge Mark Murray with the Phoenix Field Division of the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms).   As part of his mission, ATF is committed to protecting our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombing.  The Phoenix Field Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and regulatory mission in the States of Arizona and New Mexico. ATF is comprised of special agents, industry operations investigators, explosive enforcement officers, auditors, forensic laboratory technicians and support staff.
Mark is a transplant from the East Coast and now a resident of Marana. During his 26 years with ATF, he has been directly involved in many operations, including Waco in 1993. In his current post, he’s in charge of day-to-day enforcement operations in southern AZ and New Mexico, where the focus is on violent criminal activity associated with firearms.
Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. The ATF works together with our local fire investigators and local police bomb squads to investigate acts of arson and bombings.  Mark explained that the ATF prides itself on close communication with many other agencies, such as the Border Patrol, DPS (Dept. of Public Safety), HSI (Homeland Security Investigations), and DEA (Drug Enforcement Admin).
In addition to enforcement, ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industries. They work to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled and sold in a safe manner as mandated by federal law.
We very much appreciated Mark’s candid comments about Waco as well as Fast & Furious and more recent events. After revealing that he was in Rotary Interact as a high school student, the majority present felt that Mark would be most welcome as a member of Marana Rotary! Our thanks to Mark and his team for helping to keep us safe and secure over the years.
 
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A small but very good-looking and talented Marana Rotarians were joined by our Outbound Foreign Exchange student Vanessa Van Scyoc at Nana’s Kitchen on June 9. Vanessa just graduated from Ironwood Ridge High School and is interested in pursuing studies in engineering. She will be leaving in August for the Czech Republic, and is looking forward to this adventure. Our 2014-2015 Inbound Foreign Exchange student from France, Jeanne Gachon, will be leaving us soon, and she will be missed! Likewise, our Outbound student Tori Johnson will soon be returning home to Marana from Latvia.
 
Speaking of Paul Harris Awards:  John Dooling received his much-deserved Paul Harris pin, and a list of Marana Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellows has now been posted by Harold Burtzloff on our website. Just go to www.MaranaRotary.org and click on the Club History tab.
 
Calendar updates:  A date has been set for our annual awards dinner in Dove Mountain, previously called the Heritage Dinner. Mark your calendars for Friday Oct. 9, 2015. And heads up! An evening mixer at Taco Giro will take the place of the June 30 breakfast meeting at Nana’s. This is our first mixer of this type…more info on this to come.
 
President Maeve Johnson recommended the inspirational talk revealing the new Rotary theme “Be a Gift to the World” by Rotary President R.K. Ravindran, which can be found at https://vimeo.com/117317680. It’s a little over 20 min, but well worth the time.
 
Rotarian Debbie Conover described the amazing project she led for the purchase of a school bus in Vikravandi India for a rural special-needs school. The school was started by a group of teachers who initially ran it for no pay, because the need was so great. The Rotary Club of Vikravandi pulled its resources together and, with additional funding from Marana Rotary, Tucson Sunrise Rotary, Dove Mountain Rotary, and Casa Grande Rotary, Debbie got matching funds from District 5500. This $30,000 project (almost 2 million rubies!) resulted in the purchase of a school bus for the Vela Special School for the Mentally-Challenged and Speech & Hearing Impaired. Debbie illustrated how an individual donation to Rotary is pooled with donations from members in your club and members in other clubs, which is then matched by the District (and matched as well by Rotary International in some cases), resulting in a sizable project budget. Thank you Debbie for your perseverance on a project that you started in 2005!
 
 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting 6/9/2015 Jo Holt 2015-06-09 07:00:00Z 0
Tori Johnson, our foreign exchange student in Latvia, reports on her last month of school, beginning with a sight-seeing tour of Lithuania. Here she is in her own words:
 
Tori Johnson, our foreign exchange student in Latvia, reports on her last month of school, beginning with a sight-seeing tour of Lithuania. Here she is in her own words:
The first thing we saw was called “crucifixion hill”, a hill covered in thousands of crosses. From what I could understand, people have been putting crosses onto that mountain for hundreds of years. During the Soviet period, Russia tried to destroy it and get rid of it, but couldn’t. Every time crosses were burned or removed, more would appear. Eventually it was declared an “unsafe” place and people weren’t allowed to go near it. Nowadays, it’s a very popular tourist sight, and people from all over the world come and place a cross on the hill. On the school trip, we also saw a castle, a Soviet-period museum, and we spent some time at a waterpark. It was such a fun trip.
I went to Riga to march in “the parade of nations,” in celebration of a marathon that took place the following day. People from all over the world met at the Freedom Statue in Riga. There were about 60 different flags, and you would go and stand with your nation’s flag. I met some other Americans who were also running in the marathon, and I also met some awesome British runners! That was such an incredible experience. I met a 70 year-old man who was running his 500th marathon! I found it strange when two guys wanted to take a picture with me because I was American. But it was fun to meet all kinds of different people from so many different countries. And the next day was the marathon. I am very proud to say that I ran, and finished my first half-marathon! It was raining and cold, but I am still very excited about it.
 And finally, the school year ended. The last day of school we got dressed up and went to an assembly with the whole school. I had asked my friend (who is the school president) if I could say a few words at the assembly. She said yes, and she also spent about an hour with me practicing my speech. I read it on a paper, and when I actually spoke at the assembly, I got a standing ovation! It was a bittersweet day, on one hand I was glad for the end of school and for summer to start, but on the other it was also sad to say goodbye. At the end of the day, my class threw a goodbye party for me. It was emotional, but I consider myself blessed to have been able to become such great friends with these amazing people.
 
Thank you, Tori, for your wonderful monthly reports. What a great story they make!
 
 
 
 
 
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A great group of Rotary members and their guests were on hand Saturday June 6 to welcome Alice Rigney as the new President of Marana Rotary, and to thank past-President Maeve Johnson for all her hard work. Also inducted were Mary Straus as the new President Elect, Jo Holt as Secretary, Lynne Himmer returning as Treasurer, Randy Brooks continuing as Member-at-Large, Harold Burtzloff as Member-at-Large, and Javier Teran returning as Sergeant at Arms.
 
After dinner we were entertained by Nancy Elliott, singer, songwriter, and storyteller with a beautiful voice and a wonderful sense of humor. Nancy was genuinely pleased that we sang along with her when we could. The yodeling was a little challenging, but there’s just no stopping this group.
 
We’re excited and looking forward to a great 2015-2016 year in which we can all “Be a Gift to the World.”
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What is a Paul Harris Fellow?
When $US1000 is contributed to The Rotary Foundation, a request can be made for an individual to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow;
that person can be a Rotarian or a member of the community who is not a Rotarian.
 
 
Julee  Baxley
Fred  Pruetzel
Fran  Bickart
William R. Rankin
Harold  Burtzloff
Otavio Martins Soares
Cheryl  Cage
Vickie  Soman
Daniel  Contorno
Michael  Teodori
Kathleen D. Debiak
Javier  Teran
James R. DeGrood
Janice L. Truitt
Jeanne  Gachon
Theresa  Van Hook
Mauricio  Gasparini
Victor G. DeNigris
Harold  Hancock
Donald G. Jorgensen, Jr.
Ora  Harn
James  Pyne
Vergene  Horie
George F. Rigney
Debra C. Hume
Bill  Stanley
Gerald A. Kersenbrock
Mary  Straus
Steven  Kreamer
James R. West
Peter  Mack
John H. Zwick
Thomas  Mangold
Jane  Howell
Henry D. Marshall
John  Dooling
Michael  Mencinger
William J. Horie
Stephen J. Poling
Randy  Brooks
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Rotary Meeting June 9 agenda 2015-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
We hope that everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend, had time to relax, and time to pause to remember those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom and our Country.
 
We had a very light turnout the day after Memorial Day, with only 13 members attending, but that did not stop us from starting the day off with a great song. The Grammies are not far off. Just because our intrepid song leader John Dooling had to remind us of the melody for “Have you ever seen a lassie?” does NOT mean that we didn’t nail it.
 
The District 5500 Assistant Governor, Jim Nook (Dove Mountain Rotary), was in the house. We greatly appreciate his visits and interest in Marana Rotary! Jim introduced our incoming AG for 2015-2016, Jim Lamb, past President of Saddlebrooke Rotary, who wished us Good Morning in English and in Cherokee! Jim is retired from higher education in endocrinology and microbiology and currently works as a consultant. It’s great to have another scientist on board! Jim reminded us that his upcoming role as AG is primarily to act as a mentor to club Presidents and to provide support for the clubs. We look forward to working with Mr. Lamb, and also hope that we continue to see Mr. Nook, who is always most welcome at our meetings.
 
The Club webmaster, Harold Burtzloff (who remembered his pin this time), gave us a tour of the left-hand side of the website’s Home Page, which can be found at www.MaranaRotary.org. He demonstrated how to register ONLINE for the upcoming installation party for our new President, Board Members, and Committee Chairs. It’s great to have Harold’s expertise in our club!
 
 
Our incoming President, Alice Rigney, gave us a very inclusive overview of her plans and goals for our club in the next year. Alice will be instituting a Parliamentarian for the club, and our Program Chair will serve for the entire year instead of on a monthly basis. Alice has a goal of including every Marana Rotary member on at least one committee, and she would like to see everyone have a Rotary elevator speech and attend our major fundraiser, our dinner with the Town of Marana at Dove Mountain this Fall. She spoke about the core values of Rotary and how important they are in strategic development of club projects: Service, Fellowship, Diversity, Integrity, and Leadership. Alice will be incorporating the new Rotary theme “Be a Gift to the World” into her upcoming year as President, and she is ready for the challenge! Thank you, Alice, for sharing your passion for Rotary with us!
 
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Our outbound exchange student, Tori Johnson, is finishing up her school year in Latvia and, after a tour of Europe with other exchange students, she’ll be returning home to Marana! In her own words:  It's FINALLY warming up, and by warming up I mean the temperature will occasionally get up to 60 degrees, and it has still been snowing a few times this month (April). But the snow is finally over and flowers are starting to bloom, which is very exciting. Today the grass was noticeably greener and there were little green leaves on the trees!
Easter was at the beginning of this month, we got a four day weekend off of school. Latvia has a lot of different and interesting traditions. In the morning we got up and my little host brother searched for Easter eggs that the "Easter bunny" had left, and after that we dyed eggs. But we used onion peels to color the eggs, and tied ribbons around them to make patterns and such. The smell was horrible, but they turned out really cool. After they were cooled, we had a "strong egg" competition, where we had to try to crack each other's eggs without cracking your own. There were also more competitions with the eggs, like a sort of rolling-race thing. Afterwards we had to eat the eggs with salt, so we won't lie this year. Another tradition was that we had to go and swing on a swing, so that we wouldn't get bitten by mosquitoes in the summer. We ended the day with a delicious Easter dinner.
I just got back from a trip I took with my host mom. We drove to Holland! It was amazing! We walked around Amsterdam at night, and I now know why they call it the city of bikes. There were probably more bikes than people! The next day we went to a big flower festival, there were fields of thousands of flowers. It may sound not very interesting, but it was amazing to see fields literally covered in reds and pinks, yellows and blues.
Thank you for the update, Tori, and we look forward to your return to exotic Marana!
 
Our outbound exchange student, Tori Johnson 2015-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
 
Marana Rotary Club met on May 19 at Nana’s Kitchen for our weekly meeting, with 17 members and 6 guests in attendance. Our speaker was Callene Bentoncoury with Casa de la Luz Hospice, and she was accompanied by Marilyn Hansen. Our exchange student, Jeanne Gachon, brought her two brothers, Jeremie and Jonas, who had just arrived from France to visit her. It was quite a treat to meet them! Jo Holt’s guest was Brian Bickel, who lives in the Catalina Foothills and will be running for the Pima County Board of Supervisors from District 1 in 2016. Part of Marana east of I-10 lies in this District.
 
A remarkable event occurred at this meeting. Harold Burtzloff forgot his Rotary pin. What makes this remarkable is that this is the first time in 47 years that he forgot his pin. He paid a fine, but several members felt that he should have been given a mulligan. On the other hand, his excuse involved a laundry issue and seemed pretty lame.
 
Harold also updated everyone on the Club website, which can be found at www.MaranaRotary.org. He reminded us that we can add items of interest to the Calendar – just send the information to Harold. The website contains a wealth of information and forms and photo albums!
 
Callene Bentoncoury gave a great talk on hospice care. She highly recommends the book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande MD. Over 1.5 million people were in hospice care in the US in 2013, half of whom received care for fewer than 18 days. The great majority of hospice patients (97%) are treated at home, but inpatient hospice is available as well. Hospice is designed for those with a life expectancy of less than six months. One of the great benefits of hospice care is the emotional support they provide. Thank you Callene for your insights on a very important subject
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We had our MCAT student of the month Nicolas Pena. Nic has been at MCAT HS since last year and has had his shares of struggles with getting on track academically.  At one point during his time at MCAT he was on Academic Probation and had to work with his support team to earn his way back into good standing, or face finding another school to attend. Nic has worked though these challenges and many others in his personal life.  The staff at MCAT regularly is impressed with Nic’s quiet leadership and determination to see things through.  When he was younger he lived in Phoenix with his aunt due to the fact that his parents were in prison.  Early in his high school career he moved to Tucson with his uncle.  He never really put school first and wasted a lot of time on other pursuits.  Recently he committed to graduating so he can move on with his career goals.  Currently he is completing 3 math classes, 2 English classes, electives and Economics to finish his diploma.  He expects to have this done this May. 
A presentation and plaque were presented to David Lightfoot, who will be leaving us this week.  He was honored for his distinguished service.  David has for four years has been at our meeting site setting up the flags etc..  He will be missed.
 
 
Our two new members were inducted.  Welcome Tony Hunter and Clint Kuntz I am sure you will bring much enthusiasm and support to our club.
Tony has already volunteered to chair the El Tour de Tucson and has joined the Cotton Festival committee.
 
Our speaker was Kathy Miller who was our Woman of the Year last year. 
She enjoys and has much enthusiasm for the Lion’s Club.  Her passion is to help our community.
In speaking with her we have decided we will pursue a “Bowl Off” with the two clubs, Rotary and the Lion’s.
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Jeanne Gachon, the inbound Foreign Exchange Student was our speaker on May 5th what an amazing young lady.  She said a lot of profound things.  I will quote a few during this brief update.
She made a point to thank the club for loving on her and how much she loves to come to meeting each Tuesday morning and see everyone.  She has never complained about the time of the meeting 7:00 a.m.   She thanked her Counselors Mary and Randy for taking such good care of her and answering all her questions.
 
She thanked all the families that she stayed with Mary Straus and family from our club and the two other host families.  She “felt loved and taken care of by each family”.  She is very happy to have a beautiful little sister in Lilly.
 
She appreciated all the trips that she was taken on; to California, the beach, skiing, Texas, and the four corners and other places in Tucson.
 
She was able to attend prom with a young man named Juan and had a great time; she said it was just like in the movies.  She said “experiencing is knowing, now that she has lived here she understand America”.
 
After traveling here she has learned the importance of family, but she has it in her hear heart to travel she said, “Now the whole world is her home”.  She said when she came here she was so shy; she has changed because of this trip. She said one thing she learned is that “no one can stop you but yourself” and not to underestimate the world around you.
 
She said she loved RYLA and really learned to get over many fears there.   She said she has learned to not say “NO” but to try new things.  She said, “You miss a lot if you don’t get out of your comfort zone”. 
 
CATCH UP WITH ROTARY 5-5 2015-05-11 00:00:00Z 0
Announcements:
 
Maeve:   Bring a friend to Rotary April 28th.  The more hands we get involved the more we can get done.   Do you love the group we have and the fellowship – who are you going to invite?
 
 Mary:  Will be holding a fundraiser at her house for the Africa Trip April 28th, more information to come.
 
Alice: The Saddlebook club needs musical instruments; if you have any that you would like to donate please contact Alice.
 
 MCAT Student of the Month:  Denise told us about the Student of the Month. Michelle Wayne she has been with MCAT.  She came to MCAT after as she put it an 
“I don’t care attitude”.  She had something happen in her life that changed it quickly a very sweet little boy was brought into the world and lit her fire so to speak.
Congrat
 
 
ulations Michelle on making the change and going forward we can’t wait to see what the future brings for you after graduation.
 
Surprise Speaker:
 
Tuesday; the speakers surprised the whole club, none more than club member John Dooling.  I loved watching his face as one family member after another came to the early meeting.   I think he realized something was up when his beautiful wife Cindy made her appearance.
 
 His kids the oldest son George, son Gabe and daughter Katie along with Kathy who is a daughter to them.  They showed up to share how there dad gives of his time and heart always.
 
Each one talked about how their dad has been there for them and was instrumental in molding them into the adults they are today.  John always had time and energy for what ever they needed.  Kathy said an example, her car has been stolen twice in the last two years and he leant her their spare car both times and is always there when  she needs him.  They expressed how proud they are , that he is the Man of the Year 2014-2015.   They talked about what it meant to them and how he showed up for every game and activity that they have been involved in and still does for the grandkids.
 
He has donated  so much to the community, helping to build the church they attended when they first came here.  He was a Board member at MHC for a number of years.  
 
So typical of John when he got the mic he immediately started talking about what a wonderful woman he is married to and how amazing his wife is.
 
Thank you John for letting us play “This is your Life
 
Catch - Up 4/21 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
ROTARY:
 
Dan:
We really need players for the Poker Tournament, HELP!!!!    Call your friends!!
 
Jo Holt:
Financial Fitness – several people are working on the program.  Everyone in the club should get involved by teaching at least one class.
 
Alice:
Needs a chairperson for El Tour.
 
The Saddlebook club needs musical instruments; if you have any that you would like to donate please contact Alice.
 
Randy:
Introduced a possible new member.  Don won the basketball pool (Which Don donated to the Africa School Project) .
 
We have been offered a kiosk at the Foothills Mall where we can display our materials;.  It would cost us $50 a month for electricity.  He will be bringing this to board so please share your opinion.
 
Fundraiser at Nana’s Kitchen on the night of the 18th  - Randy will be playing music to raise funds for the Zimbabwe Trip.
 
Mary: passed out flyers there will be music and food at her house on the 25th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, it’s a fundraiser for the Zimbabwe Trip.
 
Congratulations!!!  Jo Holt won the Happy Bucks pot and donated 50% to the Africa project.
 
Speakers:    ALICE AND GEORGE RIGNEY
 
Travels to Caborca, Mexico;    The group that goes to Mexico is made up of three different districts, one in CA and two in AZ..  Previous projects this group has done are; parks, playgrounds, fire trucks and a Canadian group that refurbished ambulances and drove them there.  They are so proud of what has been done to help them.
 
George said the project group that went to Coborca was headed up by a CA District, he showed the route they traveled to MX .  It was 4hours and 27 minute trip, accommodations were nice, food was great and very safe.
 
One of the projects was to provide polio drops to children.   Alice along with John Dooling and Lilly (our youngest honoree member) collected Stuffed animals.   They were given to kids that received the Polio Drops.  The Children were so delighted to get a gift.
 
Another project was to observe a water tank being installed at the beach city. It was paid for by clubs donating, not more that $1000, along with a District Grant.  To the amazement of the group the man in Mexico building the water tank was so impressed with what the clubs were doing, he donated and put up another water tank in the next town.
 
They had one full day of work and then dinner at the Rotary Club house, most other countries have a Rotary Club House where they show off all their banners and hold there meetings.
 
One of the people they met was Dr. Mendez who over the years has helped children with all kinds of catastrophic illnesses from hearts to hearing.   They showed pictures a couple kids that Dr Mendez has worked with, one with a hearing problem, one with a heart problem and one with dwarfism
 
The next project George and Alice will be traveling to do will be drinking fountains in Nogales Mexico schools.  The goal is to put in drinking fountains in 130 public schools. **Can you imagine not having safe water for you kid to drink in school**
 
Remember our club has a history of international projects, in vegetable gardens, wells, busses, sewing machine project, micro business, computers at a community center and we could go on and on…
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Catch-Up with Rotary 4-7 2015-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 03, 2015
 
Tori and her host family took a weekend trip in February, and she got to stay in a cabin next to a frozen river. Her “host dad” and his friends were very good motocross riders a few years back, and they met up with some of his old riding friends and - you guessed it – they rode their bikes on the frozen river. Everyone took turns riding on sleds pulled by the bikes, as shown in the picture. Hey, that’s Tori herself in that sled! They also rode behind the bikes on skis, which Tori says was a lot of fun. That was something she never imagined she would be doing.
 
That was a cold trip. But now, at the beginning of April, all the snow is gone and it’s starting to warm up. Still need winter coats, but it’s definitely not as cold.
 
Tori’s class has been working on a research paper since last year, which was a very big, very formal project. The abstract of the paper was given in both Latvian and English. Tori feels that she has made real progress in mastering the Latvian language, especially with help from her friends. This was her opportunity to help her classmates with the English on their abstracts.
 
Tori has two more months of school and then she will embark on an extensive tour of Europe with other exchange students before returning back to exotic Marana. Way to go, Arizona girl!
 
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Announcements:
 
Dan:  Texas Hold’em in coming April 10th and we need some players so call your friends send the flyer out…. What ever you can do to help.
Randy: Will be doing another fundraiser for the Africa Trip at Nana’s Kitchen April 18th from 6-8.
Mary:  Will be holding a fundraiser at her house for the Africa Trip April 28th, more information to come.
 
MCAT Student of the Month:  Denise told us about the Student of the Month. Justice Fierce he has been with MCAT for about a year and half.  He came to MCAT as he put it “because he wasn’t interested in school”.  Denise said since he has been with MCAT he has been a student leader.  He is very respectfully with staff and meets with the superintendent on a regularly bases to learn about what the students think.  A typical student with MCAT will pass three to four classes a quarter; Justice has passed seven on his own. And is now fully on tract to graduate. 
 
Mr. DeCarlo said this is a big deal for the Rotary to support the MCAT Students.    He said that Justice had a interest in Social Studies and is destine for a comedy club with his amazing sense of humor.  He has blown the lid off his learning as Mr. DeCarlo said,  he is always early and ready to learn.    He quoted Ben Franklin “With perseverance and determination any obstacle can be overcome” and this young man exemplifies that.
 
Justice praised his parents for helping him to make the choice to turn his life around and take interest in school.
 
I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I love when our MCAT Students come.  Denise you are an amazing leader.
 
Dr. Wilson, Marana School District Superintendent; was our speaker today and said education is important it helps kids overcome obstacles.  If you want to know why education is important and about perseverance and grit go sit in on one of the MCAT classes it’s pretty incredible.  He has been the superintendent of schools for seven years in Marana. 
He said that he often drives his staff crazy with ideas some not great~some great.  His latest idea is taking form; a school lunch bus for the summer.   Last fall they started talking about what they are doing at Desert Winds with the summer lunch program.  The kids can eat breakfast and lunch there as long as they can get there.   One thing that is known is that kids in poverty need nutrition.  It’s a critical piece for the kids to do well in school and succeed.     The trade in value for a bus in about $4000  so he said let’s keep a couple and make them a traveling lunch bus. The buses will travel around to different rural areas and serve lunch to about 30-40 kids at a time.
 
Not only will lunch be provide, but an education piece will be on the bus as well and he is talking to some vendors about providing some great prizes for the kids that make particular benchmarks.  The staff is meeting with Marana Health Care to see if they will partner with them to provide  well kid check, immunizations and maybe even some dental services.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Catch-Up with Rotary 3-31 2015-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Announcements:  
  • Dan: Poker Tournament fundraiser April 10th buy in is $40.00 and then $10.00 if you make it through the first round.   This is to benefit International Orphanage Aid; for an orphanage in Mexico.   Prizes: ½ of proceeds from the tournament got to Visa Gift Cards.  Randy registered two people already.
  • Alice: We will be hosting a Four Way Test Speech Contest, at this time we have one from Marana High and three from Mountain View.  She will be announcing the date soon.
  • Alice: Rotary Day at Reid Park Walk & Picnic March 28 registrations is at 9:00.
  • Alice: Rotary Day at Chase Field D-Backs vs the Dodgers April 12, how about we get a car pool going and have fun.
  • George: Ticket sales for the Jim Click Organization; Tickets need to be sold you will see the car showing up at different events.  Personal commitment five tickets sold and returned.  The drawing is in November let’s get these sold!
  • Randy: Basketball March Madness pool fourteen people signed up it cost $30 that will be about $225 for the foundations.
  • Randy: We have selected an incoming student for next year from Slovakia!  We will be excited to meet him.
We had three visitors
 
and potential members, thank you for joining us today; Vickie,Tony and & Veronica.
 
Gilbert Davis, Town Manager, Marana, was our speaker on Tuesday 3-24-15: he talked about things going on the community.  He covered a number of things so we have a better understanding of OUR Town.  First off the community has grown, in 2010 the census population was a little over 34,000, we are not approaching 42,000.  We cover 126 square miles, we extend into Pinal County.   From a fiscal standpoint  our town made some wise choices during the start and throughout the recession.  We want a safe, clean, business and tourism friendly community.  
 
The town operates off three revenue sources the largest Sales Tax so buy local you are helping the town.  State Shared Revenue and then the licensing and permit fees.
 
One thing the town is facing is retirement costs, AZ State Retirement is in relative good shape the Public Safety Retirement is the one that they are looking closely at.  The town faces a deficient in that fund but the town is dealing with it.
This town invests a lot on the infrastructure, he is proud to say that the town has one of the best road systems.  Please report any potholes or road issues you see.
 
Development side we still are seeing growth in 2013, 2014 and so far on tack in 2015.  The town led in growth if you combined Tucson, Oro Valley and Shauarita they issued more permits then the three of them.  People are selecting Marana to live and do business in for many reasons one is were growing and the other one of the best school districts. 
 
The town is broken up into five focus areas: commerce (businesses), community (connecting to make sure people have a since of place), heritage (Marana has a long history dating back over thousand years), innovations (for internal teams how does the staff think differently) and then recreation (if the town does this well it will help drive commerce and people moving to the town).
As it relates to economic developments the town is investing into the infrastructure by building miles of new sewers that will connect with new businesses that will be able to build.   There are several new businesses underway on Tangerine.  A new Tourism Division was just started, if we bring people to the area we can continue to grow.  Think about it, we have one of the number one resorts in the country right here in our back yard the Ritz Carlton.   The new outlet mall is similar to the one in Phoenix by the Wild Horse Pass.  Names of the stores have not been released yet.  Some road projects are coming; one of the largest will be on Tangerine Road. 
 
He provided us such great information today, but two things stood out on why this is a great town: The town is like any other business they are here to serve and great communities are made up of great people and the town has recruited some great people.  If you want to connect with town you can go to the internet, Facebook, Twitter and there are other sources.
 
Thank you Gilbert for all the information about our great town!
 
Catch-up with Rotary 3/24 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Catch-up with Rotary 3/17
Again, we had a great meeting it was a pie kinda day, if you were at the meeting hope you had some, if you weren’t at the meeting you missed out. We started with some special Rotarians Jim Nook, Assistant DG from Dove Mountain
Rotary and Joe Hentges, President Elect. The club was presented with some very special awards: Every Rotarian every Year, Certificate of appreciation for donations to End Polio Now and a Certificate for actively working to Engage Rotary, Change Lives. (click on photo albums to view)
 
Alice reminded us: March 28th is Rotary Day walk, at Reid Park Zoo – S Randolph Way, registration is at 9am. April 12th is Rotary Day at Chase Field, Dbacks vs the Dodges lets go sounds like fun.
 
Alice; The board approved on March 16th, two projects for Africa joining with Dove Mountain one is to help build a poultry farm at an elderly home and the other is to paint a parking lot and school building. The total of the two projects is $400.00, if you have any further questions please contact Alice.
 
 
 
Our speaker was Don McNeill from Mentoring Tucson’s Kids, he truly has a deep love for kids and how to make them future good citizens. In 1988 Don was a track coach at Suguaro High School, when one of the kids he coached that had everything going for him committed suicide. He knew that day he wanted to start a mentoring program and he has been doing this for 20 years now. One-on-One Mentoring is a community-based program similar to big brother and big sister. In 2007 he started Mentoring Tucson’s Kids a faith-based program. The mentoring program is for kids from 5-17. The mentoring program mentors between 1000 – 1200 kids a year but there are over 20,000 kids in Pima County that one or both parents are in jail, over 30,000 kids who are in foster homes, living with friends, grandparents, group homes or living on the streets.
 
How can we help? First be a mentor recruiter if you know of someone who would be a great mentor, contact Don. It’s a one-year commitment and once a month there is an organized event. Each mentor should spend 3 hours per week with the kids. When a kid has a mentor for six months or longer it builds a strong bond and helps build character. Youth participating in the mentoring program builds relationships, reduces negative behaviors, improves social attitudes and relationships. If you don’t want to be a mentor you can volunteer to help at events. If you have any interest go to the “Save our Kids” Breakfast May 1st 7-8 a.m. at the Oro Valley Country Club. If you want additional information email mentoringtucsonskids@gmail.com
 
Bring a Guest to Rotary Day, April 28 start thinking about who you are going to invite and start talking to them about it. Get a commitment and email me at semaranarotary@gmail.com so we know how many people we will have at the meeting
 
 
 
Catch-Up with Rotary 3/17 2015-03-18 00:00:00Z 0

 

This week’s meeting was really fun and full of energy. Maeve Johnson, our
interim President, conducted the meeting with 17 members present as well
as some very special guests, including PDG (Past District Governor)
Shirley Grace and husband Di
 
Jack Jackson from Fresno, CA. A Rotary
classmate of our very own PDG, Randy Brooks, Shirley led us in our song.
And we all know we need to be led on that.
Also with us was Bruce Johnson, a winter visitor from Aurora NW Rotary in Spokane, WA, and Paul Oatman, a local guest of   Javier and Dave. We also had the pleasure of Miss Lilly’s company! Needless to say, everyone was on their best behavior in order to impress our guests. Well, most everyone.
 
Our speaker was Jill Falkoff, the Director of Read On Tucson, a project of the United Way of Tucson & Southern AZ. Although Read On Tucson is not yet an active program in Marana, it has been very successful
in Tucson and will likely grow. Jill reminded us that reading proficiency in 3rd grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation. And that the state of AZ uses 4th grade illiteracy rates to estima
 
te future prison needs. She told us that a little over 60% of Tucson children from low income homes have no (as in zero) books at home. Poverty and illiteracy go hand-in-hand. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has determined that illiteracy in children stems from 3 factors:
            A readiness gap (children aren’t ready for education)
            Poor attendance (can’t, won’t, or don’t regularly attend school)
            The “summer slide” (no literacy resources during the summer)
A simple, powerful intervention? BOOKS. So, in 2011, Read On Tucson chose 20 Tucson schools having high populations of students that qualify for free or reduced lunch. Read On Tucson provides early childhood care and educational facilities, parent education and literacy resources, quality after-school programs, a public information campaign promoting school attendance, and My Summer Library.
 
Jill closed with a conversation she had with a young student in Read On Tucson. She asked him if he read at home. No, he said. She asked him why not…? He replied “Because I don’t got no books.”
 
 
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Rotarians Mary Straus, Dan Contorno, Jo Holt and Randy Brooks attending the Marana Unified School District Foundation event. Numerous scholarships given out to students from Marana And Mountain view High  Schools. Nicely done by the MUSD Foundation.
 
 
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President elect Alice Rigney present's check to officers of Saddlebrook Sunrise Rotary Club
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Marana Club members Randy and Mary having fun at PETS 2015 with Larry Sundram, Zone 26 Rotary Public Image Coordinator, and Carrie Goldbeck, Rotary International, Curriculum Development Supervisor. 


 
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Our final meeting of Feb 2015 was BIG, with 32 in attendance, including guests Joyce Zwick from Canada, our exchange student from France Jeanne with friend Danny Fuell, Michael Goldsmith and daughter Lilly, Alice’s friends (and now ours) Goose & Arturo, our District 5500 Membership Chair Joe Hinges from Dove Mountain Rotary, Myron Donald from Tucson Sunrise Rotary, and Dallas Johnson (Tori’s Dad). Our very special guests were District 5500 Governor Sally Montagne and PDG Ernie Montagne.
The meeting was conducted by incoming President (2015-2016) Alice Rigney. PDG Randy Brooks announced, with great sadness, that our current President, Kathleen Debiak, had been forced to resign due to health and financial issues. We all wish Kathleen the very best and know that her health will return. We look forward to her returning to Rotary.
Randy then gave our speaker, Ernie Montagne, a rousing introduction. Ernie served as District Governor from 2010-11.  He served as Future Vision Transition Coordinator for the district in 2011 to 2013, and currently serves as District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair for 2013-16 and is a member of the Arizona Tri-District PETS Committee. He received The Citation for Meritorious Service in 2011.  As a member of the Rotary team, Ernie recently completed the 104-mile Ride to End Polio / El Tour de Tucson, raising thousands of dollars for PolioPlus.    Ernie and current District Governor Sally participated in a Polio National Immunization Day in West Africa in 2005. 
Ernie retired from the US Army in 1981 after serving in Germany, Greenland, Vietnam, and Korea.  He subsequently retired from a second career as a defense analyst responsible for test and evaluation of military weapon systems.
Enthusiastic supporters of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Ernie and Sally are members of the Arch Klumpf Society, Bequest Society Members, multiple Paul Harris Fellows, and members of the Paul Harris Society. 
Randy recalled that when he joined Rotary he found a new way of looking at the world, and that Rotary became his family and Ernie his brother.
Ernie talked about the opportunities that Rotary gives all of us, and how Rotary’s five core values form our identity as Rotarians. The five core values are:
Service
Fellowship
Integrity
Leadership
Diversity
As an example of Service, Ernie talked about a planning trip to West Africa with Sally in which they encountered a village with a desperate need for clean water. Women walked for miles carrying 50 lb. jars of water on their heads, and, even then, the water source was contaminated with pigs and cattle. Ernie made “a rash statement” on the spot and vowed to do everything in his power to bring clean water to the village. After rec
 
eiving support from 88 clubs and 12 Rotary Districts in 7 countries, clean water was brought to over 50 communities in Togo and Niger, changing lives forever.
As an example of the core value of Integrity, Ernie described the story of the Four Way Test. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the president of Alcoa Aluminum in Chicago, Rotarian Herb Taylor, was searching for ways to keep the company afloat. He wrote the Four Way Test for his own personal use, to provide guidance and inspiration. He credited its use with the company’s turn-around and survival. When Herb became Rotary President in the early 1950’s he gave the Test to Rotary. For many of us, the Four Way Test was a major factor in attracting us to Rotary.
Alice recalled her first meeting with Michael Harris, who founded the Rotary service/fundraising event with the Tour de Tucson, when she and husband George first came to Tucson and were house-hunting. She reminded all of us that, to be in Rotary you have to have the heart to help people. She highly recommends the book “A Century of Service: The Story of Rotary International” by David C. Forward, which is available at shop.rotary.org and also on Amazon. David is said to be writing another book in honor of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation in 2017.
 
 
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I am going to start by saying we have the best club!  Ya, I bet you all think you have the best club, but come visit us one Tuesday Morning and find out for your self.
 
Our guest speakers this week was from the Marana School District: Cindy Ruich Director of Student Services and Emily Bushouse, Grants. Talk about to gals with a lot of energy and love for the Marana School District.
 
Cindy said her job covers a broad scope to support the student and families in the school.  There is a parent teacher program where counselors go into the home of the prior students who are parents from 0-5 and conduct parenting class.   They are starting to track the success of this program and they are. 
 
There is one councilor at every school that works with the McKinney-Vento program, in short this is a program that work with the homeless population children, the might live in a shelter, hotel, car, awaiting foster care and so much more.
 
Cindy also oversees several grants: School Climate Transformation Grant also Neglected and Delinquent Grant (at risk population of students, ie. Power Pack Grant this is from Trico and community, where every Friday they give food to students for the weekend. 
Emily Over sees the School Climate Transformation Grant which support the PIS Program (Positive intervention Support).  The PIS is how to be respectful and have positive actions, the students are rewarded for good behavior.   Some of these students might be part of a small group for those having teacher/student, or student/student or even parent/student conflict.  Social workers, teachers and counselors are working on creating an individualized program to help the students that need a lot of one-on-one assistance; this is student and family centered, this should help our students become better productive adults.
 
Cindy talked about Marana Cares event 4-25 at Coyote Trail its an information time for families there will be presenters from Marana Health Center, Food Bank, Marana School District, Community members that would like to educate families, so if you want to volunteer to help contact Cindy at the school district.
Schools in need program, help with shirt for MCAT, tennis shoes she said the community is amazing and often steps up to help
 
I urge you to look up all the grants and see what they are all about, I learned a lot.
 
Then we celebrated our MCAT Student of the month a very delightful young lady, Shelby who was on a path of truancy and poor choices. With the help of the Attendance Clerks, Rachel Gastellum, who didn’t give up trying to get her to attend class she decided to turn her life around. She decided to apply herself and is graduating early from MCAT and wants to become a nurse and has already started the process to visit the counselors at nursing program at Pima. Congratulation Shelby for showing us what determination can do. Were proud of you!!
 
Rachel Gastellum was also celebrated because she is retiring from the school district, have fun in your travels Rachel!
 
Thank you Don for donating your winning from the Football pool to the Africa trip, you, Randy and Mary are going on. 
 
Catch-up with Rotary 2-17-15 2015-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
 
Our exchange student, Tori Johnson, recently played in a basketball tournament at her high school in Latvia. She reports that, even though the last time she played on a basketball team was way back in 7th grade, she reluctantly agreed to fill in if they needed anyone. And, sure enough, she ended up playing! Tori tells us that the girls on her team were very good, so she wasn't really needed, but they still let her play anyway. Tori’s team actually ended up winning the tournament and got their picture in the newspaper!
Our exchange student, Tori Johnson, 2015-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Today we welcomed back Joyce Zwick, John Zwick’s daughter, from Pincher Creek Alberta, Canada.  She is always welcomed as a winter visitor.
A signup sheet was circulated for those of you who wish to help on Founder’s Day.  We still need a few more volunteers..
If you know a student in the 9th thru 12th grade who you feel qualifies for the 4 Way Speech Contest please contact me.
Rotary Day is March 28th.  It consists of a 3 mile walk.  You do not have to participate in the walk.  Come for the fellowship.  Bring your family and a picnic.  All are welcome.  They are asking for a $5.00 donation.
I reported on the Nogales, Mexico Water Project.  It is being chaired by the Saddlebrook club.  We have pledged $2000.  We will be providing potable water to schools.  More information to follow will follow.  I will be asking for a volunteer to join the committee to go to Nogales to see where we will be using our funds.  I will be keeping you informed as I learn more.
The South Central Conference is coming to Arizona!!  It is to be held on July 17-19.  Location to be announced.  38 districts have been invited.  We would like to have a good representation from our club.  Save the date.
George and I will be going to Caborca, Mexico this weekend.  We went last year.  We will be dispensing polio vaccines to children.  We promise to make a presentation this year.
Our speaker was PASIONATE!  Stacey Hackett from the Pima Community College spoke on the importance of preparing high school students to be prepared for college.  She is a counselor for the school and sits on committees that are geared to help students.
Her passion is students. 
She feels she has an ethical obligation to prepare young people for their future.
While attending public schools their curriculum is planned for them.  When they get to college they have to figure out their purpose for attending.  They need to be taught respect and responsibility in reference to their education.  They are vulnerable and have no discipline. 
Students need to learn to channel their passion.  What do they feel is their calling?  Where do they want to direct their lives?
Stacey is spear heading an orientation program to help students at the high school level.  Not only learn what their calling is but to learn that they must be well rounded in all subjects.  They need to figure out their purpose in attending a college.  They are to be made aware that they need marketable skills.  Stacey is trying to educate them in what they know and what they need to know.
I have not given her justice in these few sentences.  She was awesome.
Next week will recognize the Student of the Month.
Our speaker will be Dr. Cindy Ruich from the Marana Unified School District.
 
 
Alice's Corner 2-10 2015-02-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 29, 2015
 
 
In Katherine’s absence I once again tried to carry forward with the meeting.
So far no one has quit as a result.
Alan Chestnut our newest member was our speaker.
Alan’s father was in the banking business.  Subsequently they moved to different cities Because of his father’s position in the bank he belonged to many local civic and charity organizations.  This introduced Alan to public service.
Alan’s high school years were in Fontana, California the home of Kaiser Steel. 
In high school he was invited to join Interact thus exposing him to Rotary.
From Fontana his family moved to Claremont, California. 
He received his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Riverside, California.
His main course of study was biology. 
He joined the Air Force reserves for six months where he became a medic.  He did not like this field so he decided to become a teacher.
His wife was a CFO for a large company in Longmont, Colorado.  While there she joined Rotary and went through the chairs.
He retired from teaching and went to work for Intrado for nine years.  This company implements 911 services.
He retired once again.
Presently he is Program Instructor for the Pima County Public Library.
He believes in our students.  He feels if students are given a good foundation, as he received in Fontana High, we would have a stronger school system. Alan is a big advocate on school funding. 
We look forward to his participation in our club.  He has a lot of insight to offer due to his life experiences.
 
Alice's Corner 1-27 2015-01-30 00:00:00Z 0
If you missed it!
 
Alice you pulled it off!   Adversity and all it was a good meeting.
 
George talked about RYLA  we will hear all about it in a meeting in the future– I think he found it AWESOME!
 
We had the pleasure of honoring a nice young lady  Miranda – whose life has changed because of the wonderful teachers and principal (member - Denise Coronado) at MCAT. Every month when we honor one of these students I am speaking for myself but it moves me to near tears.
 
The student of the month who was introduced by teacher DiCaro, he said she was a great student once she found the program, thank you MCAT for all you do.     Miranda Martinez told us she has grown in a lot of ways since entering the MCAT program.  She has decided to further her education and enter the mental health field, she was proud to receive a certificate from the Marana Rotary Club.  Miranda brought her mom Mary Martinez, dad Uncho Martinez and teacher Paul DiCaro, you could just see the pride in them at her accomplishments. 
 
Our guest speaker was Dr. Theodore (Ted) Bucholtz, all I can say is WOW…. What an inspirational man and can you say accomplished!  
 He is the Assistant Professor in Cello at the University of Arizona.    He said that he moved to AZ from NY because a great professor he knew said move somewhere where you can make a change in someone life.  It was clear that he has a heart for any kind of arts in the educational system.  He told us to envision a boy named Michael who he met in class who was, overweight, had an attitude and was falling asleep in class.   He said Michael could be the poster child for performing arts in school because he got into music he started loosing weight and started getting excited about his education, by the way as he was instructing him he found out he lived on his own and was a couch surfer.  Michael got involved in music Dr. Bucholtz started giving private Cello lessons for free.  He got into Pima College and earned a full ride scholarship to ASU.   MUSIC SAVED HIS LIFE!   Can you see why he b elieves in art education in the schools?   He said there is a hard push for STEM (Science, Technology, Education, Math).   Dr. Bucholtz said a profound thing. if your only looking at the STEM you are missing the beautiful flower (arts is the flower).   
 
Thank you Dr Bucholtz for showing us your heart and your passion for performing arts in the school system.
 
 
Don’t forget the Dove Mountain Fiesta Rotaria, February 7, 2013, at the Highlands at Dove Mountain
 
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January 13, 2014
 
We had the pleasure of welcoming into the Rotary family and our club.
Alan Chestnut, I am sure we all felt his pride at becoming the newest member.  He brought his beautiful wife as he put it “to watch him get pinned”. 
 
Randy was our speaker; he spoke to our hearts about the well project our club was involved with in Zimbabwe, Africa in a village.  He said that the one well saved 8000 lives, because they have clean water and they don’t have to walk miles and miles for it.  Which means they can create a garden to feed themselves and even sell some of the vegetables to the neighboring villages.
 
Reasons to work on a new well:  The girls go with the mothers to get water because it’s not safe for them to stay home.  When the girls don’t have to walk with the mothers they can go to school.  Mortality rate in very high in children, as a result of unhealthy water, all these pictures of children running around without clothes on it’s not because they don’t have clothes it because they have chronic dysentery.   Randy said something that effected him, was a statement by Ernie Montagne Past District Governor “ we knew that Rotary had come when the children stopped dying”.  
 
Hudson is the President of the Victoria Falls Rotary Club, who went to the community the team, will be working with, because the kids have to walk long distance to go to school and also the girls and mothers have to walk long distances to get water.   He showed us pictures of the village including the grass housing, women walking to collect water, a child lying in the middle of the road tired from walking so far to school. 
 
Randy, Don & Mary will be going to Africa again in May along with their spouses.  Yuma Club has the lead on this project and has earned $10,000 towards the project, which will turn into a $30,000 grant.  The Marana Club will be donating $1000 towards the Global Grant.  Additionally, the three team members will be taking $500 in cash so they can take care of necessities in the village.  The team is hoping to do a well, garden and a modest school in the community and get a teacher to come to the village instead of the kids going to them.
 
 If anyone is interest in the work/friendship exchange there are still a couple spots available let Randy know and he will get you in touch with Kim at the Yuma club.
 
Congratulations to: Joe Hentges from the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain was elected as the District Governor Elect.   Randy was elected to a new position created: Vice Governor.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
 
Jan 16 – 19: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp in Chapel Rock
 
Jan 17 5:00 PM: Saddlebrook Sunrise Rotary Club Charter Night Mountain View Ballroom
 
Jan 19 5:30 PM:  Board Meeting at Edwards Jones
Jan 31 6-7:30 PM:  Fundraiser for trip to Africa at Nanas Kitchen, Randy and singing group
 
Feb 7, 5:30 P.M. Fiesta Rotaria The Highlands at Dove Mountain
     
 
Feb 28, Randy and Burt at Café Tremolo (time to be announced
 
Mar 6 -7:  Pets Training
 
Mar 7: 37th Annual Founders' Day@ Ora Mae Harn Park
Enjoy a day of celebration with the Marana Heritage Conservancy during the 37th Annual Founders' Day. Parade at 9 a.m. The Conover’s will have the Snow Cones and if we can get enough help we may have the hotdogs again.
 
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Posted on Jan 08, 2015
We were happy to see so many members at the meeting.
Alan Chestnut will be inducted at our next meeting.  Please come and welcome him and his family.
Saddelbrook Sun Sunrise will have their first meeting January 17.  This is when they will become a chartered club.  We encourage our members to attend.  Kathleen Debiak has information.  At this time Randy Brooks, Jo Holt, Kathleen Debiak, and Alice Rigney have committed to joining what promises to be a fun time.
Rotarians are encouraged to nominate a spouse or partner for an award.  This spouse/partner has participated in helping Rotary.  The deadline is February 10.
Dove Mountain Rotary is having a Rotary Fiesta February 7.  It is $60 per person.
Our illustrious member Don Jorgensen won this year’s football pool.  CONGRATULATIONS!
Jo Holt our contact with our exchange student Tori Johnson who is in Latavia was our speaker.
Tori is with her second host family, she will have three total.  She will have three total.  Her problems with the language have been her biggest hurdle.  She lives outside of the city of Riga.  The first day of school was overwhelming as everyone dresses up and presents the teacher with flowers.  There are approximately 300 students in the class.  Soccer has become her saving grace.  She loves it although she may not always understand the coach.  She has traveled with her host family.  She attended a district conference in Sweden.  The only thing she really objects to is all the SNOW,
 
Alice's Corner 2015-01-09 00:00:00Z 0
Well as promised here is Alice’s Corner.  I just didn’t say when.
If you had a busy two weeks as we did you will know that time is very fleeting.
At our last meeting it was announced that Alan Chestnut will be inducted as a new member on January 13th.
Mary Straus received her second level Paul Harris award.  She has only been a member for one year and has already given above and beyond.  Thank you Mary you show a real Rotary spirit.  Thank you to your family also.
On Friday December 5th and the 19th we responded to the call of the Boxes for Troops.  A number of Rotarians participated.  Thank you one and all.  It is rewarding to know that you will make a difference to some person who is away from family and friends.  They are putting their life on the line for us and our country.  Harold is already gearing up for next year.  Remember to start saving trial size travel items.  Pick up a box of snacks at Costco or your neighborhood store and give it to Harold.
A group of Rotarians helped with the Christmas for a family of ten plus assorted relatives.  A Christmas tree, gifts and food were donated to this deserving family.  A karaoke machine was given as gift for all of the family.  The mother said they enjoyed singing together.  All who participated felt the real Christmas Spirit.
 
At the last meeting of the year we welcomed Sarah Garrecht Gassen, opinion writer for the Arizona Daily Star.  She is a professor of journalism.  She has contributed to the New York Times. 
She shared with us that she has been on the editorial staff since 2007.  Her column appears every Thursday in the Star News.  The best compliment she can receive is when people respond to her column.  Be it good or bad she knows people are sharing a dialogue with her.  People share both sides of the story.  People in Tucson are very diversified   She encourages readers to respond in 160 words or less.  Expectations are changing we need people to articulate their thoughts in our local newspapers.
On the editorial board for the Star are five people.  They try to come to a consensus.  They try to show that the paper reflects the community.  We can help by sharing our thoughts and ideas.
Let us reflect on the past year.  There are many people who pass in and out of our lives.  Good people, worthy people, interesting people.  Some may only stay for a little while and then move on.  Some become important to us and stay on.  Don’t close yourself off to people who can make you laugh, or make you understand a little more.  We all need to expand our horizons.  In this New Year try to open your thinking.  Take that extra step that makes us all good Rotarians.
Our first meeting will be on our youth exchange student, Tori Johnson.  Jo Holt will bring us up to date on her life abroad.
 
 
Alice's Corner 1-5-15 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Thank you all for your continued support and participation with Boxing For Troops! It amazes me how each and every year this project continues to grow and develop, and that is only due to the efforts and generosity of people like the fine folks of the Marana Rotary Club, as well as other groups who continue to keep the fire burning!
We had a huge turn out to assemble the first batch of boxes on Friday, December 5th.  The group packaged up a total of 95 boxed filled with all sorts of goodies including fresh ground coffee, jellies, snacks, comfort items, and iTunes gift cards - And even a sock monkey or two found their way inside!
What started out as a favor to a friend by sending out 5 boxes back in 2008 has grown into something truly special, and our total number shipped is rapidly approaching 900 boxes!  With additional funds that have continued to arrive, we will be sending out a second batch of approximately 50 more boxes this year.  The assembly of those boxes is scheduled for Friday, December 19th from 11-noon.  Please join us!
Again, and as always, thank you for your support of this project as together we support our men and women in uniform!
Sue Gibbs
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As an update to this, we had our second boxing day on Friday, December 19th. We had hoped to ship an additional 50 boxes, but I am excited to say we ended up with an additional 63 boxes! That brings our total for 2014 to 158 amazing, wonderful, love filled boxes!!!
I have received word from the liaison of the first set that they have received part of their shipment, and I have also been contacted by the liaison of the second set we shipped that they have received their boxes as well.  The second set of recipient stated that they were able to give a box to every member of their squadron, most of their maintenance squadron, and some to additional support personnel they work closely with.  They are all extremely happy and grateful to be thought of, and especially at this time of year. 
I want to thank you all again for your continued support of this project, which has a value that cannot be counted in dollars nor explained in words.  Until next year…
Happy New Year,
Sue Gibbs
 
Boxing For Troops Year End Update 2014-12-31 00:00:00Z 0
 
"Rotary Club of Marana shopping and delivering all the ingredients for a wonderful Christmas meal for a family of twelve. A few days ago presents were delivered for all the children and a karaoke machine for the entire family. You will also note that the Christmas tree and lights donated by the club.Thank you to all the members for contributing to the happiness and welfare of this family."
 
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On Wednesday morning, Jan from the Southern AZ Children's Advocacy Center picked up clothing Rotary Club of Marana donated. She had been up since 4:30 a.m. because children needed to be sheltered at the center. These children found a safe haven.
 
Christmas is such a stressful time for those who live in or on the edge of poverty because there is so much pressure on families at this time of year. Our outreach to the families in the Marana Unified School District is another gesture of kindness Rotary Club of Marana is doing this year.
 
Jan was overwhelmed because of Rotary Club of Marana generosity. We moved bag after bag of new children's clothing into her SUV. She asked me to let Rotary Club of Marana know how much everyone appreciated Rotary Club of Marana contributions.
 
So, on behalf of the Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center and Ms. Claus, thank you for sharing so much for those who have so little. Merry Christmas, and THANK YOU!
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The Marana Rotary Club Annual Meeting & Holiday Party was held on Dec 9 at Earth's Energy Hearth & Home. We were hosted by member John Zwick and family, and joined by several notable guests, including Assistant District Gov Jim Nook (Dove Mtn Rotary) and Ed Stolemaker, CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce. And we were honored by a VERY special visit by Mrs. S. Claus herself! Although she was not accompanied by any Christmas elves, she brought lots of good cheer, hugs, and a couple lumps of coal for one or two folks…
 
…Speaking of which, the Marana Man of the Year, John Dooling, took photos throughout the event. Many thanks!
 
 
Highlights of the meeting: 
(1) Ed Stolemaker brought us up-to-date on some exciting developments in Marana, including the new outlet mall on Twin Peaks. Although Ed was not wearing his tuxedo, he did a great job!
(2) Members signed holiday cards for inclusion in the Boxing for Troops care packages assembled at Harold Burtzloff's home. 
(3) Club officers who will serve from July 2015 to June 2016 were elected:
President Alice Rigney
Secretary Roy Morris
Treasurer Lynne Himmer
Members-at-Large Randy Brooks, Jo Holt
(4) The Zwick family shared a moving holiday video, "The Candy Bomber Story" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Tom Brokaw. 
(5) And members brought children's clothes and other items for the Southern AZ Children's Advocacy Center.
 
It was wonderful to see so many members at our annual meeting. May sugar plum fairies dance in your head this holiday season!
 
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Russell the Courthouse Dog from The Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center visited our Rotary Club with his handler Kathy Rau to tell about the services the Center provides for children who are victims of abuse. There are four types of abuse, physical, sexual, emotional and neglect. This Center provides all of the services required to help the children and prosecute the offender.   
 
Children who cannot return to their family home receive clothing, books, a blanket and teddy bear to take to temporary foster care. They are fed at the Center if they are hungry, and they are comforted and cared for by trained staff and volunteers.
 
The Center is asking for donations to help provide clothing for the older children both boys and girls. Donations of children’s sizes from 10 to 16 are needed including socks, underwear, shirts, pants or pajamas. Imagine that you suddenly left your house and didn’t have anything with you. Go shopping in this frame of mind so you will be inspired to appropriate outfit an older boy or girl.  
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What an amazing meeting we had on Tuesday.  Once again, it was a full house!!  We did have two very special guests from out of town;
Martin Childers from Anchorage Alaska and Ken Pickering from Yorkshire England.  Ken was here to support his ?? son - in - law in the El Tour de Tucson, who rode the 104mi ride in approx. 7hr and has a silver medal for this achievement.  We all had fun chatting with both of them.  Ken even presented us with his club’s Rotary Flag.  Both Martin and Ken were surprised at all the things that our small club of 27 does for our local community and what we have supported around the world:
1. raising money through El Tour do help eradicate polio and having 5 people from our club participating in the ride
2. Working on a water project in Africa with Yuma and other clubs in the district
3. handing out over 600 dictionaries to 3rd graders in the area
4. Supporting an active Interact Club at a local grade school
5. Giving hands on and financial support to the Marana Food Bank and Boxing for Troops (more on that later in this report)
6. Financial support to Youth Own their Own in Marana
7. A yearly awards dinner to honor Student, Woman and Man of the Year
8. Every month recognizing Student of the Month at MCAT ( an alternative high school for teens at risk for not graduating)
 
Today our treasurer, Lynne Himmer reviewed how we did on our 4th Annual Heritage Award Dinner. Our profit between the dinner, the auction and raffle tickets was a lot better than expected.  Today we will be able to give Harold Burtzloff from Boxing for Troops a check for $1860!! YOTO will also be receiving a check for $1500.  Way to go everyone!!!!!
 
 
 
 
Our vocational speaker this morning was Roy Morris, who is a financial advisor. Roy has only been in our club a short time but has already been a very active member of the Projects Committee.  It was quite funny listening to the stories of him working packing groceries and other positions before he decided that the only way to get anywhere in this world would be to go to college. After meeting his wife in Yuma, the move to Tucson was where he completed his degree at the U of A.  Everyone in our club shared in the joy when Roy and wife Jenna were to adopt newborn baby Aiden Christopher.  Roy, with tear filled eyes, then told all of us, of the loss of their soon to be precious baby.  The biological father suddenly cam back into the picture to take him back.  At that moment I am sure many of us wanted to give Roy a group hug.
 
After the meeting, Mary Straus, Jeanne ( our exchange student from France), George Rigney, Randy Brooks, Dan Contorno and I headed off to 3 grade schools to hand out dictionaries. All of us learned a new word; latchet which means a shoelace.  The kids got a kick out of this.
 
Signing off for now….thankfully our secretary Suelee Edwards will be back next week to do the newsletter. 
 
Kathleen
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Marana Rotary Club mans Volunteer Aide Station #14 had a great day.  The weather was perfect and the volunteers were awesome.  Thank you to Rotarians Dan Contorno (and Kelsey and her friend), Debbie Conover (and her husband Geary), Harold Burzloff, John Zwick, President Kathleen Debiak, Jane Howell, Community Rotaractors - Mitch, Brook, Mariana, and Lucille, Interact teacher Katherine Neighbors (and another teacher).  Special shout out to the Eegees employee who helped us and the two El Tour Walkie talkie guys (Shawn) who pitched in the whole day. 
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This afternoon on behalf of the Rotary Club of Marana, Debra Hume, Mary Straus, Jeanne (our Rotary exchange student) and I visited a family with 8 children and two disabled parents and an ill sister. I am proud of our little club in donating a complete Thanksgiving dinner for them to prepare. The turkey will thaw and it will be a special day for this family.
Thank you Rotary Club of Marana and president Kathleen Debiak.
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As some of you may have noticed while looking over our website, we have been a tad behind on “Catch Up with Rotary.”  Our Secretary, Suelee Edwards, has been taking a well deserved break.  With that being said, I thought I would take a shot at catching everyone up on what happened in this morning’s meeting.
Boy, did we have a packed house. Some of our members nearly had to sit in the nosebleed section of Nana’s Kitchen.  On days like today, it does pay to come early to find a good seat.
 
 One of the highlights of our meetings, is having Student of the Month from MCAT.  This month our student Josh Espinosa blessed us by coming in not just with his parents and stepmother but brother Paul and girlfriend Whitney Covert Wilson. 

Josh Espinosa came to MCAT in August 2014 with only 2.5 credits earned as a Junior (typically juniors have earned 12 credits).  His first quarter with us was a bit rocky as Josh got used to being in school again.  He had been suspended for 75 days from MVHS and did not attend school for the spring semester 2014.  He also was on diversion and had to report to a Community Justice Board on a regular basis.  Once Josh settled into MCAT we began to see improvements with his behavior and grades, with Josh passing all of his classes last Quarter. 

This Quarter, Josh is no longer on probation and has continued to make positive changes in his life.  He is well liked and a role model for other students. He currently has straight As and is working hard to maintain those grades.  His post high school goal is to work in law enforcement and he is considering joining the junior explorers program through Marana PD to get experience in this field. Way to go Josh!!!

 Our guest speaker was Myron L. Donald of the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club (member for 27 years). With November 11 being Veterans Day, what better way to honor our Veterans than to have a POW vet speak to us.  It was hard to tell his story in 30 minutes or less, but Myron did a great job.  Can you imagine being in your early twenties, on his 73rd combat mission, being shot down with his parachute landing in a rice paddy and then being taken captive for over five years (+1800 days). I remember reading about the Hanoi Hilton, where many of our men spent years in this large prison camp, but to hear someone’s story first hand, sent me back in time.  Our club was honored to have such an Myron Donald speak at our club and hope that he can come back soon to tell us more about his journey from being a young man in Hanoi to this unique gentleman that stood before us today.
 
Stay tune as when we return we will have stories from our riders in the El Tour de Tucson.  Good luck to Randy Brooks, Mary Straus, Jeanne ( our exchange student from France), Deb Hume, Javier Teran and John Zwick!!!
 
Please excuse the poor quality of the pics of our guests.  I took them with my phone.  Suelee uses a professional grade high tech camera. Boy do we miss her…..
 
Kathleen Debiak
President of the Rotary Club of Marana
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Wow what a treat we had on 11-4-14 (Election Day)
 
Four teachers from the Marana School District got up early and entertained us with some very special Patriotic music.  They did some special music arrangement, and were they awesome!  Dave told us he did a lot of research to make sure the music was in line with the entire military groups.   He also told us some history on TAPS which is played at military funerals (I did some research this morning and I suggest you get on line and read about TAPS, Interesting).
Dave Alexander, Trombone
Holly Schurr, Trumpet
Jacob Phillps, Trumpet
Kaselehia Heath, Trombone
 
Each told us about the story of their families and their own military experience.
 
Pam Beine, brought some very special guests with her; Dad who is a WWII Vet and her mom.
 
You are invited to attend a special patriotic themed morning with some music students at DeGrazia Elementary, Nov 7th from 8-9:30, come-one
come -all
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If you missed today you missed a great speaker:  Kathy Rau, Executive Director of the Southern AZ Children’s Advocacy Center and the Courthouse Dog Russell.
 
Russell is a Golden Retriever; 4 years old owned by County Attorney Barbara LaWall, he was purchased using Rico Funds.
 
Russell is a fully certified mobile assistance K-9.  The company who trains the dogs use Elementary kids to socialize them and the high school kids are used for obedience training.  One of the decisions in brining the dog into the center was knowing he was fully trained.
 
The Children’s Advocacy Center (AZCAC), where children are brought to in the event of a child abuse case either sexual or physical.  Children come to the center through law enforcement or DCS (Department of Child Safety).   They provide forensic interviewers and medical staff if needed.  It’s a one-interview process for kids, all the agency’s work together to conduct the interview. 
 
Here is something hard to believe but in AZ Children must testify on the stand just like an adult victim would.  No videos or DVD of child testimony is allowed in the courtroom.   Russell is certified to go into the courtroom and set with the kids while they testify.
 
When you read about the horrific cases of child abuse she said people just don’t think about where the kids went for interviews, medical service, or who was there to support them into healing.  This agency does all of that in one place.
 
Some statistics she provided us:  80% of the child abuse cases are sexual, 75% are girls, 85% are girls between 5-12.   A trend that the agency has been noticing the last two years is the offenders relationship to the child that has been shooting up on the list from 10 to 3 is Brother/Sister abuse. One of the reasons she believes is the media, some of the show on TV that supporting brother/sister incestual relationship.  As everything else things creep into our society until they become less shocking.
 
She pointed out that the Internet crimes unit at the police department is very busy.  Kathy said you can’t set down for 10 minutes in front of the computers posing as a young child, before graphic pictures are sent via internet (beware of what your kids and grandkids are doing).
 
Some ways we can help support the center in needs are listed below:
 
Boys and girls clothes 10-14 and Hand held games for older kids (like bop-it, hangman, etc.).
 
Maeve suggested that instead of exchanging gifts at the Christmas Party we could bring a gift for the center.
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted by Suelee Edwards on Sep 15, 2014

Catch-Up with Rotary

 

September 16, 2014

If you haven’t joined us at the Rotary Club of Marana you should!  It’s energetic with great speakers, sometimes entertaining and just plain old good friendship. 

We had Maeve, George and a visitor all dressed in purple so we had to take a picture of that….

onto the news of the week:

ImageOne of our favorite things is the Student of the Month form the Marana School District MCAT, I get so inspired by these youngsters who have turned their lives around.  Thank you to the Principal Denise Coronado and Staff who genuinely show how much they care.

This month our student Nick Fajardo and his parents Anthony and Bridge Fajardo joined us.  Denise and Mr. Paul DiCaro told us just enough about his past to let us know that he was on a path to destruction, now he is on the path to change and productiveness.  Nick told us when he graduates, he wants to do something with animals, he is not sure what this is yet.   We look forward to hearing about your adventures Nick and we will celebrate your graduation with you, so work hard!

ImageOur speaker was Kendall Kroesen, from the Tucson Audubon Society.

He said one of the must haves, if you love birds in AZ is a book you can purchase from the Audubon Society called “Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona”, info only it costs $24.95 and it’s a great book to take with you on a hike.

The Tucson Audubon Society was founded in 1949, one of the leading non-profit organizations in the conservation of birds and their habitats.

He told us about several rare birds that come to AZ.  Bird watchers come from all over the world to see them, one of them is Rufous Capped Warbler.  If you want to see some of these rare birds go to their website WWW.tucsonaudubon.org.  By the way the wild life watchers have a state wide economic impact of about 1.4 billion dollars, about three hundred million in Pima County.  So love on your birds.

For bird conversation, you can go to the web site for tips that Mr. Koresen told us about on how to upgrade your landscaping to make your home more sustainable for birds to visit your yard.

Thank you Mr. Koresen for bringing birds to life with all your pictures and information.

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Posted by Suelee Edwards on Sep 05, 2014

Catch-up with Rotary

A donation was made to the Marana Food Bank, Director Linda Hampton accepted.  We love the Food Bank and all the work they do in our community.

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Mike Swart who was a member of the Rotary Club of Marana and left has been re-inducted as our newest member.  Welcome Mike – Mike is the owner of HMS Bicycle Shop, 8225 N Courtney Page Way, Suite 145, Marana, AZ 85743

 

 

 

 

 

ImageOur very own Don Jorgenson, was our speaker he talked about voting and how important it is.  What he had to say was so interesting.  I am going to just add a few facts that he said.

 How many presidents won election despite losing the popular vote?  1824 (Adams-Jackson), 1876 (hayes-Tilden), 1888 (Harrison-Cleveland) and 2000 (Bush- Gore).  When were Americans guaranteed the right to vote?  Contrary to popular belief, the United States’ Constitution did not originally guarantee citizens the “right to vote” The United States was created with the understanding the only certain individuals would make the decisions when it came to government.

14th (1868) Amendment – all persons born within the U.S are citizens and guaranteed rights and privileges.

15th  (1870) Amendment – No citizen denied the right to vote based on race, color or previous condition of servitude.  Intended to give freed slaved the same privileges offered to the white majority in the U.S. but  there was a literacy test (these tests excluded under-educated Americans from voting).  There was a grandfathered clause (which permitted men to vote if their father or grandfather had voted prior to the 15th Amendment (another way to exclude many)).  There was a Poll Tax (fee to be able to vote).

19th (1920) Amendment – Constitution granted American women the right to vote.  This was voted in but states still had to approve. Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote in.

What nations still prohibit women to vote:  Saudi Arabia and Vatican City.  In 2015 Saudi Arabia women will be able to vote because of a 2011 royal decree.

Why do we vote on the first Tuesday after a Monday in November? As a country, we’ve been doing this since 1845. You would be surprised to learn that many people (including elected officials and candidates) have no idea why we vote on the first Tuesday after a Monday in November.   November represented the first month when farmers might have time to travel to a city to cast their votes.

Travel times also played into the decision to make Tuesday the day for voting. If overnight travel was required to get to a polling place, Monday was out of the question as Sunday was a day of worship for most Americans.

And what about the strange stipulation that election day is “the first Tuesday after a Monday in November? What prompted that very specific limitation? It’s all about faith. November 1st is “All Souls Day” (All Souls Day is a holy day of obligation – which means Catholics will be expected to be in church).

Don finished by talking about how voting has continued to decline in fact there has been below a 60% turnout in every presidential election since 1964.  Voting is both a right and responsibility as a citizen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Suelee Edwards on Aug 20, 2014

August 19, 2014

The Rotarians that attended the membership seminar said it was great – 7 hours of membership, but well worth it!  Wonderful speakers, well organized and they really engaged everyone.  One Hundred Forty Rotarians from CA and all through Arizona attended.

Alice reminded us that she needs help with the Ice Cream Social at the Fall District Conference at the El Conquistador 26-28th, if you can help call Alice, hint her number is on our website.  If you need it email me at semaranarotary@gmail.com

Don’t forget to invite your friends to play Texas Hold’em , hosted by the one-and-only Rotary Club of Marana on Friday September 5th.

ImageWe were honored to have Dr. Doug Wilson, the Superintendent of the Marana School District as our speaker.   He has been with the district for seven years to his credit many people want to move into the Marana area so they can be part of the Marana School System.

He said that the staff is back to the art of teaching, which makes the parents, students and teachers happy and a better place to teach.

AIMS testing, is important, the staff has worked hard to bring up the scores, because the school district went down last year.  But if we were to go out and conduct an independent survey of parents we would find that they are pleased with the Marana Schools, because the teachers are working hard on building character, respect and over all good citizens, not just good test takers.

In the next five to seven years with the projected growth in Marana they are strategizing how they can manage the growth.  The schools used to get $1,500,000. in capital funds (used for repairs building etc.) now the schools get $400,000.  obviously this is big loss of funds, so be prepared to vote for a bond initiative to help off set the loss

Thank your Dr. Doug Wilson for your passion and leadership in our schools

CATCH-UP WITH ROTARY Suelee Edwards 2014-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suelee Edwards on Aug 04, 2014

August 5, 2014

ImageThank you District 5500 Governor Sally Montagne.  If you weren’t there you missed it!!  Sally joined Rotary after being forced (or should I say encouraged) to attend a meeting with her husband Ernie Montagne, PDG.    At the meeting they were talking about how to help kids, she got hooked on SERVICE!

Sally is a trial attorney who practiced law in Washington, DC and has worked in the US Senate and two White House administrations.  She is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and has taught at George Washington University.

Sally and her husband PDG Ernie have visited many places in their Rotary Travels but a special legacy they leave is in West Africa.  They helped develop and fund a number of large matching grants that included water projects.  She painted a picture of the unsanitary conditions of the water that the village people were using to drink and cook with.  She said that the farm animals were in the water and that the women would scoop up water and give it the children to drink.  During that time most women birthed up to nine children but usually lost three of them before the age of five.   The water project has helped them to flourish, get healthier and even grow crops and sell them at the market.  I was so moved by the story and dedication of both of them to create a sustainable life for the village people.

She complemented our club on all the time and money we have donated to help build a better community, in the Town of Marana and the the World.  The Marana Rotary shinned through two recent projects: With the hard work by Debbie Conover on the bus project and Randy and team last year in Brazil.

She said the four ways to evaluate a club’s effectiveness is:      

  • Membership – our club has consistently grown over the last three years
  • Support to the Foundation, our club give average of $185 per member to the District Foundation.
  • Developing leaders
  • Effective Service Projects

ImageI will end by saying CONGRATULATIONS MARY STRAUS, on becoming the newest member in the Paul Harris Society.

 

 

Don't forget to like our Facebook page:  search rotaryclubofmarana

 

 

 

Catch-Up on Rotary Suelee Edwards 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Burtzloff on Jul 23, 2014

Marana Rotary Club exchange arrived last night. Her name is Jeanne. She comes from the Alsace region of France which borders Bavaria, Germany. She is the youngest of 5 and is very close with all her siblings and her mother.  She enjoys baking, skiing, and the sciences. After high school she wants to enter the service to be able to attend an esteemed military school where she will study military strategy.

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Exchange Student Harold Burtzloff 2014-07-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Harold Burtzloff on Jul 22, 2014

Marana Food Bank was short of volunteers so the Marana Rotary Club pitched in and helped deliver food to Red Rock community.

Those who helped were Rotarians George Rigney, Alice Rigney, Jane Howell and Suelee Edwards husbank Jim a volunteer

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Food Bank at Red Rock Harold Burtzloff 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suelee Edwards on Jul 21, 2014

July  22nd

Our very own Rotarian, George Rigney was the speaker: he started by saying one of the best things in his life was meeting his lovely wife Alice.   He said that no matter what career he has had, he realized that his craft is Service.  He talked about his various careers:  Electronic Sales, Entrepreneur, Insurance Sales and now in Real Estate.  He said he love the Real Estate business because he is able to serve others just like he does in Rotary.    I think he gave us some food for thought about taking a different view of everything we do.  Think about how you are touching someone, like in his real estate business when he sells a house, it effects the buyers the seller, the families on both side, the neighbors etc.

He said that if anyone would like to borrow a great book about service put out by Rotary “A Century of Service: The Story of Rotary International”, let him know if you want to borrow it.

Last but not least he is a toy train collector.

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Catchup from July 22nd Suelee Edwards 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suelee Edwards on Jul 07, 2014

Thanks to the following Rotarians for stepping up:
Pam Beine - Membership Chair
Mary Straus - Service Projects along with her two co-hearts Roy Morris &
Dan Contorno
Randy Brooks - Youth Services
John Dooling - Public Relations
Oh! Don’t feel left out if your name isn’t here – there will be plenty of things for you to help out with this year. Make sure your doing your arm raising exercise to get it in shape to rise to offer help in the meetings.


ImageOur Speaker on the 8th was Donovan Tatman, he is a certified speaker, trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team. Prior to joining the team he had a 30 year career with Tucson PD.
Talked about Leadership:
A few facts he pointed out were: Leaders continue to grow & learn, everything in life is affected by Leaders & Leadership is a learned trait of rules and laws.
Donovan pointed out three of the 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow, from the book written by John Maxwell
o “Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence”
o Talent is a Gift, But Character is a Choice
o How you lead will determine how successful you are going to be.
He quoted some interesting statistics:
 65% of all US Senators come from the bottom half of their school classes.
 50% of all the CEO’s of Fortune 500 Companies had a “C Average” in college.
 75% of US presidents were in “the Lower-Half Club” in school.
 Over 50% of millionaire entrepreneurs never finished college.
Remember: “People Don’t Care How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care” (John Maxwell Quote)

July 8 Meeting Suelee Edwards 2014-07-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Suelee Edwards on Jul 01, 2014

July 1, 2014

1st meeting with Kathleen at the helm as President.   We had a couple of visitors Joe Hinges from the Dove Mountain Club and the Membership Chair for District 5500 also Teree Bergman from the Sunrise Club, Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator who was also our speaker.

David Lightfoot is celebrating his Birthday on July 3rd, I will let you guess how old he is - but here is a hint:  he gave a dollar for every year of life, a total of $78.00.

Congratulation to all the members of our club, 2nd year in a row we have had 100% participation in donation to the Rotary Foundation.

Marana Rotary Foundation, was awarded a $1000.00 grant in honor of john Dooling for the Allstate Foundation. The grant is called the "Hands in the Community Grant".  Thank you John for all you do!

ImageTeree, said her job is to help us with grants in the 2014-2014 year, District Grants can be used in our own community .  The clubs can get $4000.00 the grant request must be written with goals and objectives.  The global Grants are minimum of $30,000 and must be something that is sustainable like water treatment or educational process that will show a long-term effect, etc.

Remember the money you donate to Rotary Foundation is used to make a difference in the world everytime you see the Rotary logo on something remember you helped bring that to life.  The foundation dollars are used towards world hunger, literacy, poverty etc.

 

 

 

Catch-up Suelee Edwards 2014-07-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alice Rigney on Jun 13, 2014

Well did we have a “hoot” on Saturday night or not?Image

Maeve Johnson installed Kathleen Debiak as our new 2014-2015 President.

We had a very nice turn out.

Joe Hedgnes and his wife from Dove Mountain Rotary joined us.

We had a number of guests who accompanied our members.

We were lacking a little air conditioning but there were enough fans to keep the air moving.

Nancy Elliot entertained us with some great selections.  Everyone seemed to enjoy her music and storytelling.

I only heard good comments.

A special thanks to Harold Burtzholf for helping with the reservations.

Kathleen presented Maeve with a very special Australian gavel.  If you want to see it you will have to attend the June 24th meeting.

Remember we only have SEVEN cards left in the 50/50 pot!!

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Alice's Corner 6-14 Alice Rigney 2014-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alice Rigney on Jun 02, 2014

Alice’s Corner 6/03Image

As we look forward to our installation dinner June 14th at Lil’ Abners.  I predict we will have a great time!

This week we heard from our diligent member Debbie Conover.  She has proven this by sticking with the international project.  Her determination resulted in presenting a school bus to the Vela Special School, Saibaba Arcade, Lakshmipuran Orathur village.

Debbie exemplifies a true Rotarian by following through.  It took three years to complete this project.  Thank you Debbie.

For those of you interested in the card game we only have TEN cards left.  What an incentive to make you come to the meetings.

 

Alice's Corner 6-3 Alice Rigney 2014-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alice Rigney on May 30, 2014

As the soap opera states like sands of the hour glass so goes the days of our livesImage

That is what happens to my time.  I need to manage my time better.

ImageTwo weeks ago we heard about the Arizona Land and Water Trust.  Water enables us to have a better quality of life.  We need to protect our legacy of land, water and air.click here for more information http://alwt.org

This week our President Maeve Johnson shared that she is ready to pass the baton to Kathleen Debiak.

We are looking forward to our dinner on June 14th at Lil’ Abner’s.  Kathleen will be installed as our new President.  As co-chairman of the dinner I promise some fun surprises.

 

 

 

ImageOur speakers this week were from the Marana Mortuary.

They gave us some insights on “green funerals”.  We are one of two cities in Arizona that have this distinction.

The cemetery has a quarter of an acre set aside for these funerals.  The casket though not attractive is biodegradable.  The body is not embalmed with chemicals.  Therefore it makes it very inexpensive.

They told us that somewhere in your important papers you should express your wishes as to how you wish to be buried.  The decisions are hard enough without having a direction. Click here for more information http://maranamortuarycemetery.com

Two weeks ago a number of Rotarians attended the MCATS graduation.  We were delighted with the success stories.  We heard how many of their families and friends supported them in this endeavor.

ImageThe following night we went to Suelee Edwards home for a farewell party for Pedro Acosta.  We are very fortunate to have such loving and giving host families.

 

 

Alice's Corner 5-31 Alice Rigney 2014-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alice Rigney on May 14, 2014

What a delightful meeting we had on Tuesday.Image

ImageOur MCAT student Tyler Markle was presented to the club.  His uncle Jeff Markle and his grandmother Judy Markle accompanied him.  His uncle made it his responsibility to go to the school every month to check on his scholastic achievements.

This young man will be graduating this week.  His achievements are to be commended.  For having skipped his entire sophomore year.  Hhe put his nose to the grindstone and became an outstanding student.  In September he will be going to Illinois to join the Navy.  He will become an electrician’s mate.  This will serve him well in the future when he goes out into the real world.

Denise Coronado and his English teacher Ms. Wren spoke of what a dedicated young man he has become.  He came out of his shell and faced a hard challenge.

We are to congratulate all of the staff at MCATS for their commitment in producing such wonderful young citizens.

ImageOur speaker was Sheila McCurdy.  She spoke to us on how to unclutter our desks and offices.  Linda Hampton in introducing her spoke of the little leprechauns that come in and mess with her desk.  I think we can all relate.  A clean desk produces efficiency.  Don’t fight your desk only essentials should be on your desk.

click for more information http://www.clutterstop.com/

Sheila has written a book entitled, The Floor is Not an Option.

Sheila also works with a task force addressing the issues of hoarders.  In Arizona there are at least three hoarders on every block.  Kind of scary isn’t it?

Alice's Corner 5-13 Alice Rigney 2014-05-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alice Rigney on May 06, 2014

A BIG thanks to everyone who participated in boxing for the Marana Community Food Bank.  A special thanks go out to Cale and Tyler Murrick, John Dooling’s grand kids.You kids are awesome.Image

Maeve Johnson thanked our Host families.  In 2013-2014 Suelee Edwards, Randy and Deb Brooks, and Adam Molden.  In 2014-2015 our hosts will be Mary Straus, Randy and Deb Brooks and the Johnson family.  They will be hosting Jeanne from France.  Our outbound student is Torri Johnson.  She is the sister of a former exchange student.  She is going to Latvia. Her family will be one of our incoming students host for the year 2014-2015.. .

Suelee announced that there will be a celebratory open house for Pedro Acosta, our present exchange student, on May 21st at 5:30 to 8:00pm .  His graduation is on May 22nd at the Marana High School at 8:00pm

Our speakers were a contingency from the city of Marana.  They presented the new program of Marana entitled “Your Town Brand”.  Their first video showed what a dynamic group we have within our town that produced this video.  The video is entitled “Your Town”. https://www.youtube.com/user/townofmaranaaz It shows the exciting places for businesses, visitors, and prospective citizens who are looking at our wonderful community, Marana.  You can view this on You Tube.  The city is working on advertising and banners promoting our community.

After this presentation I think we are all very proud to live in such a viable community.

A fun day at the Marana Food Bank

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Alice's Corner 5-6 Alice Rigney 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Alice Rigney on May 01, 2014

ImageWeek before last we heard from Randy Brooks.  He reported that the benefit held at Nana’s raised $1400 for Braison Tivatyl and his wife, Grace.  Half of the money will go into our general fund and the other half will go to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

The money that was paid for the carriage in the Heritage parade was refunded to the club.  Maeve Johnson said half of the money went to Julie Baxley, our Heritage Citizen of the year.  She donated her money to High Heels for Hope.  The other half went to our Heritage Educator of the year, Julie Fox.  She put her money into a special fund to be used for her classroom.

That week our speaker was Don Jorgensen.  He had many dreams as to what he would do with his life.  His scholastic life was varied as he was part of a military family and moved often.  He came from an alcoholic family.

At the age of 22 he heard the dreaded phrase, “You have cancer”.  It was diagnosed as malignant melanoma.  He overcame this dreaded disease.

Over the years he has worked as a consultant with families struggling with alcoholism.  He founded the long term Kachina program

Over the years he has had many challenges in his career.  In 1991, along with his mother and father, he ventured out on his own.

He is recognized internationally as a specialist in his field.

He left us with the thought, “Life is short”.  Tell those around you that you love them every chance you get.

This week Kathleen Debiak reported on the district conference.

By, carrying on the India theme of our grant, she raffled off a basket.  This basket held many items related to India.  She raised $519.  Congratulations Kathleen.  This money will go toward the Indian bus grant for challenged students.

She urges everyone to go to the fall conference.  It will be held in September.

By attending conference you learn the new innovations of Rotary.  You are reminded of past concepts you might have forgotten.

The 50/50 pot is over $800.  Someone should be winning it soon.

Last Sunday a farewell party was held for Braison Tivatyl and his wife, Grace at the home of the Jorgensen’s.

Braison and his wife became very dear to those of us who chatted with him.  At the conference he gave a wonderful, heartwarming presentation on Zimbabwe as well as his personal history.