President Holt began the new year with a quote from singer Neil Diamond. Mr. Diamond urges us all to make mistakes in 2018. Making mistakes results in learning, living, changing the world. It means you are "DOING SOMETHING". Guests included our Exchange Student from Nigeria, Mirabel and our District Govern Joe Hentges. Maeve and John D led the club in one of the best renditions of Auld Lang Syne that has ever been sung or heard at Nana's Kitchen between 7:00AM and 7:05AM on a second Tuesday in January.
There was a discussion regarding our 5th Tuesday of the month social meeting. Some confusion regarding Tuesday's being Thursday's in January and whether or not Thursday March first could be considered the last Tuesday in January. If so, we might meet with Dove Mountain club at Nana's Kitchen in the evening. More to follow once we consult with a planetary scientist who could shine some light on why the calendar is set up as it is and what's stopping us from making changes anyway.
 The Governor commended our club for its generosity and singled out Don Jorgensen and John Dooling for their annual Paul Harris donation of $1,000.
President Jo explained to the club that the Marana Food bank does not want our $2,400 gift of diaper holding bins, which they ordered. Unfortunately there is more to come on this story.
Numerous members indicated their willingness to donate $25 for trees to be planted at the Veteran's Cemetery in Marana. Randy donated 100% of his share of the tip from the Picture Rocks New Year's Eve gig. This is enough to cover 5 trees!
RYLA this weekend and our club is sponsoring two attendees.
Happiness donations from Mark-Not suitable for Jury Duty, Lori-Holidays are over, Richie-Expectation of papahood in June, Mary-Thought Mark looked lovely in his go to court clothes, Plus many others welcoming the New Year.
Again we were entertained by the Dueling jokesters Lynne and Maeve. Lynne's tree planting humor easily defeated Maeve's math joke. (Maeve, many of us still harbor ill feelings about our math experiences and do not consider math a humerus topic).
Bob Bishop won and lost with a four of spades.
Randy presented with a summary of the RI Foundation, The District Foundation and the Rotary Club of Marana Foundation and how they differ from one another. There is plenty of literature on the RI Foundation and their Annual Program Fund. For details about the District Foundation see Randy and for the Marana Foundation see Mary.
This example may help:
$2000 from our Marana Rotary Foundation gets matched with another $2,000 by District 5500 Foundation and a match of about $3,000 from RI Foundation turns a small project into a village changing international project in Cameroon.
RI Foundation money is spent on Peace, Clean Water, Moms & Kids, Education, and Local Economies Development (micro loans).
Randy did share that RI Foundation was ranked #1 by Charity Navigator and that over 90% of money spent on projects as opposed to salary and other overhead.