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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Marana in Marana, AZ

Marana

Service Above Self      
A Peacebuilder Club

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
We are now meeting by ZOOM
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PO Box 91502
Tucson, AZ 85752
United States of America
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ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA
MEETING MINUTES 1.5.2021
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Attending: Harold, John, Randy, Andy, Richie, Peter, Mary, Dan C, Laura, Carl, Beckie and Don was excused, traveling.
Richie was asked about his recovery from COVID 19.  He is feeling better, was very ill. Lost the sense of smell, 14 pounds and was in isolation for about 10 days.  Does not recommend COVID as a weight loss program. States breathing is a big deal (probably for all of us) and indicated that lying on your side or stomach and not your back is not suggested.  If I were on my stomach it would resemble a child’s teeter totter but I digress. Little bits of exercise to keep the lungs working is important and unfortunately painful… He appreciated all the e-mail, texts and calls from the club during the illness. Glad you are back Richie.
We learned of the unfortunate passing of Alice Rigney of a probable combination of heart disease and COVID. Not additional information is available. We all hope George is holding up OK.
The annual USA/Mexico Peace Conference – to learn about global grants will be hosted by Mexico this year ….. Plans are to hold a virtual meeting lasting two days, February 13 – February 15, 2021.  More information will follow and when President John receives it will pass it on to you.  All are welcome to attend.
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is around the corner.  As most of you know it is a three part experience, Level 1, 2 and 3.  I encourage all that have not complete attend and participate in this important learning experience. You can find registration information on the District Website.  Google Rotary District 5500 webpage or go to www.rotaryD5500.org. To totally complete the program you must complete all three levels.  This year you can attend three consecutive Saturdays and graduate.  Trust me, if you can do three Satrudays it will save having to complete three sessions over a year. 
We are all hoping to have a place to meet face to face in the future, not sure when.  Laura promised to check again with the YMCA and see if they have room for our locker with banners, flags and other items stored within. Andy had mention he may speak with the folks at Tohono Chul again.
Dan and Mary delivered Christmas dinner and gifts to our adopted family. They seemed very appreciative of the effort by our club.
Dan, Randy, Laura and John discussed the Tour de Cookie and the Covid virus.  Early March seems to close with the numbers of those ill increasing and shoving it into April may be too late and quite a bit warmer.  We also discussed that the winter visitors are usually departed by April.  The board will discuss this evening about whether to have the event this year.
We discussed a virtual poker tournament.  Dan is going to look into it for us and as a dry run we will have one session just for members of the club and then hopefully a full-fledged event as a fundraising event after.
Beckie suggested a raffle ….. If we do that it will be important to have a large ticket item to give away.  We also discussed having a 50-50 raffle virtually as well.  More to discuss.
 
HAPPY BUCKS
Harold …. Spending quiet time with family. However virtually attended a birthday party for his granddaughters first birthday. She did not eat her cake, just crunched it up with her hand and presumably smeared it around.  Remind you of anyone?
Randy- Has the Covid blues, wants the simple pleasure of going out to a movie and maybe dinner.  Oh, yes, and Hawaii as well.  Working around his place.
Andy – Like Randy is tired of the isolation ….. As he sits in his newly built home in Utah, with beautiful snow around the property.  Sounds like a winter wonderland. Must be tough, Andy.
Peter- bought a smoker BBQ and made hamburgers for his crew.  Went shopping on Christmas Eve at Costco, a family tradition for years.  Very wise Peter, whatever you buy will last until next year at the same time, because everything is in bulk. Good job.
Mary- 2020 is gone, says she with a small tear in her eye. Feels like the chaos is still with us, politics, virus …. But we still have Mary’s positive attitude. Actually, she is very hopeful for the New Year, the possible passing of the virus and for the potential growth of our club.
Dan C. - Now here is a story, each year he and friends from Heather’s bicycle club climb Picacho Peak.  Dan and another fellow hiked to the saddle on the mountain.  The rest hiked to the peak.  Dan’s new BFF (he was a talker) decided to fall off the mountain bouncing around on rocks and yelling and such.  They had to call for an extraction by a helicopter for the fellow who suffered a loss of dignity, broken clavicle and ribs. Happy New Year to this fellow.
Laura – returned yesterday from New Orleans where she attending a wedding for her nephew.  Had a wonderful time and is now in quarantine for a week to make sure she is not contaminated with the virus.  She thanked Mary for watching her horse sized puppy, Masie. 
Beckie – she says that she is enjoying the quarantine….. What? She did leave the house (busted) for one client and to purchase a ham. Says she has enough ham for the New Year.
Richie- is grateful that his family is healthy is worried about elderly family members and for those that are pregnant.
Carl- Great to be with his family and mentioned that several of his clients have had Covid but to his knowledge none have passed away.  Our fingers are crossed for you and your clients, Carl.
John D., he is missing his weekly trips to Costco however that does not deter him from doctors where he received an injection in his heal (ouch) and he is now painless from tendon and muscle pain in the foot. Maybe next year you can go to Costco with Peter.
We have several pending new members, one a possible transfer from the Tucson Club, another a returning member and a third that is a friend of Don Jorgensen.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE and remember …. If you find that any of my ramblings are incorrect, it’s OK, Mary will be taking notes next week. Be well and be happy.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of Marana Meeting; December 22, 2020
 
Announcements:
  • Richie had his birthday while battling Covid.  We all wish him speedy recovery.
  • Our club is dedicated to supporting 2 RYLA students this year. Deadline December 28th         
  • Christmas Family Update:  Mary’s bought gifts, Dan’s buying food tomorrow.  Club voted to use full amount of budget, unused money to go directly to the family.
  • Arizona Rotary Vocational Fund.  Harold spoke with us of the clubs successful relationship with the fund and recipients and encouraged us to contribute.  Contributions are deductible dollar for dollar by Arizona Dept of Revenue.
 
 
Happy Bucks:
 
  • Peter did a happy dance because he went to Kit Peak to witness the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
  • Carl enjoyed the sunset and planets at gates pass.  He was also emitting Christmas Cheer.
  • Beckie set up kitchen with table and chairs for little June.  She continues to be awed and delight in her granddaughter.
  • Lynne didn’t disappoint, telling us a clever joke.  Lynne was exposed to Covid in her office but gratefully has tested negative.  She also informed us of some exciting news; on January  1st her firm is merging with another, Goodman and Goodman.
  • Randy was relieved to discover that the stalker peering in his window last night was John.  Randy was feeling Christmas Cheer and grateful that his household is Covid-free.
  • Laura was delighted by a Holiday visit with her sister on  Sunday.  Despite living only as far as Phoenix, the two hadn’t spent time together since March.  They picnicked and visited in Casa Grande in a Culver’s parking lot.  Laura was also thrilled about Jupiter and Saturn and the Moon and pleased that many seemed to be full of wonder about our skies. 
  • Don was relieved to learn that a close cousin who is a nurse has been vaccinated. 
  • Mary was full Christmas Cheer and enchanted with the skies.
  • Bob’s family is recovering from Covid, with only the tiredness holding on.  He also admitted to succumbing to the Netflix fever; he recommended the series 24 with Keifer Sutherland.
  • Harold was pleased that his son and his wife are recovering from Covid and beginning to return to work. 
  • John was, like Don,  grateful that a family member, his daughter-in-law, a TMC nurse, received the vaccine.  He also posed a question to Carl, our optometric physicist; why do stars dances around while planets appear still?  I couldn’t follow the answer, but believe it has something to do with the density and spread of the matter.  Planets have a wider spread that averages something out that affects our vision and the apparent stability of the planet.  (apologies) 
  • Andy noticed on his drive to southern Utah that roadside Navajo stores are reopening.  He was pleased that their economy might be getting back on track.  Before leaving for Utah, Andy had a ton of fun celebrating Christmas with his grandkids.
Program:
 
Laura Introduced us to our very newest member, Andy Swarthout.  Andy carries a degree in Economic Geology from the U of A;  a degree in “prospecting”, as he puts it.  He has participated in an/or led Minerals Exploration from the tip of South America to northern points of Alaska and across the world.  In 1990 Andy accepted a 3 year assignment in Lima, Peru and ended up working and living there for 15 years.  In the Andes Highlands he discovered the largest undeveloped silver deposit in the world.  In 2000, Andy founded his company, Bear Creek Mining Corporation, from which he retired in 2017 but continues on the board.
 
Andy has had many adventures and discovered quite a number of mineral and metal deposits in his tenure.  He describes his business as high risk; with intrepid scientists, engineers, and field workers hazarding into very remote places.  His means of transportation have spanned from planes to helicopter to cars to busses to burros.  He has even survived a helicopter crash. 
 
Andy delighted in talking with us, however, not about his mining adventures, but about  the culture of his company.  Mining has a horrible legacy of indifference toward the people and environment where surface rights have been purchased.  Mining regulations have begun to move toward more responsible approaches to mining.  However, Andy’s company has led the charge with a model that stresses the company’s relationship with the public and the environment.  This model has at times put him at odds with other mining companies.  Andy illustrated this for us with, Bear Creek Mining’s relationship with the indigenous, Quechua people who live in the Andes Highlands where the company’s silver deposit is.   
 
There are approximately 25,000 Quechaus living in a 30 mile area at 18,000 feet in the Andes Highlands.  Their language predates the Incans.  They are a communal oriented, agrarian  people whose livestock mainly consists of llamas.  Their economy is based on their crops, their livestock, and wool of the llamas.  They suffer poverty, malnutrition, poor education, and high mortality rates.
 
Bear Creek Mining, Andy in particular, forged a trusting relationship with the Quechua community, listening to and coming to understand theer culture.  Over time, he had conversations with all communities members and leaders about their ways, their strengths, their wishes and  their needs.  Together the Quechuas and Andy developed a plan to bring the community out of poverty through improved health, education, and commerce.  
 
With Bear Creek Mining support, the Quechuas transformed themselves into a healthy, economically autonomous community. Bear Creek put effort and money into its success; it built green houses, schools, and bathrooms for the community at large. It also supported the development and implementation of a nutrition program in the schools and offers college scholarships.  Bear Creek even brought in a geneticist to evaluate and implement a plan for improved fiber from the Alpaca.  Subsequently, it provided business micro loans, mostly to women who have the creativity and know how to produce textiles, weavings, and clothing for sale. 
 
Quechua fiber went from bringing in $7/kilogram to $25/kilogram.  With their improved wool, business practices education provided by the Bear Creek, and microloans, Quechua women have become completely autonomous selling textiles known for being of the best quality in the region.  They even have Italian importers in their customer base. 
 
With their greenhouses and bathrooms and education about nutrition and sanitation, health has greatly improved in the Quechua community.    The mortality rate has decreased by 50%, respiratory infections by 25%, and acute infections in digestive tracts by 50%.
 
There has also been a 6-fold increase in school attendance with corresponding improved literacy rates.  There are even student who have been able to take advantage of college scholarships.
 
Andy shared beautiful pictures with us of the Quechua people and their lives.  In them it was apparent that the delight Andy exhibited in talking with us about the Quechuas was a mutual experience for them regarding Andy.  Andy, a relatively new Rotarian, is someone who built a business based on the principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test.  We are appreciative of the work he has done and proud to have him as a member. 
 
 
Submitted by Mary Straus, January 4, 2021
 
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA WEEKLY MEETING
MINUTES 12.15.2020
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Attending:
Harold B., Randy, Joyce Z (visitor), John D. (president), Beckie P., Bob B., Don J., Andrew S., Peter M., Mary S., Lynne H., Laura C., Dan C., Mindy Blake (Guest and speaker RTA)
Pledge of Allegiance: Harold
President John stated the following will receive PHF awards in the mail.  Congratulations to Andrew, Beckie, Peter and Mary.  Mary, Chair of the Club Foundation went on to congratulate all the awardees and the entire club is appreciative of the effort.
John asked if everyone has signed up on My Rotary yet? If not please do and help the club be the first 100% compliant club.  If you are having trouble contact Harold and he will help.
Slate of Officers for the Board of Directors for the RC of Marana and RC of Marana Foundations voted on and the results are: 
Rotary Club of Marana Board of Directors
President: Randy Brooks
Secretary – Andy Swarthout
Treasurer – Lynne Himmer
President Elect – Laura Clymer
Member at Large – Mary Straus
Member at Large – Don Jorgensen
Immediate Past President – John Dooling
Rotary Club of Marana Foundation Board
President – Harold Burtzloff
Secretary – Bob Bishop
Treasurer – Lynne Himmer
Member at Large – Beckie Penman
Member at Large – Carl Maes
Thank you all for offering and accepting to serve.  The vote was unanimous.
John is sending out information to members regarding a fundraising event for the Coolidge Rotary Club.
Kingman Rotary Club requested our clubs help on a project in the Middle East. After discussion it was decided to table the request for a later date.
 
HAPPY BUCKS
Harold – Enjoying the weather and happy that his children are recovering nicely from Covid 19
Randy – Happy that so many stepped up to be board members and remarked his Diabetics is doing very well.
Bob – Still in Oklahoma staying with family whom are recovering from Covid 19.
Andy – Happy to be elected to the board and that he was awarded a PHF.
Don – Excited that Seattle Magazine did an article on his book, “Three Worlds – One Voyage” You can purchase this book on Amazon or Kindle…. Just sayin.
Peter – was excited to go to Chile and sad he unable to fly. Remember that Jupiter and Saturn will dazzle us now and into the solstice December 21.
Mary – announced her niece is still Covid positive but, Mary and another niece are negative.  She mentioned she is happy that the board was elected for next year.
Laura – is happy that she has shopped and today is mailing gifts to her family and that they should arrive on time.
Carl - Harold dropped by his office this week and picked up donated food for the needy.
Lynne- Once again entertained with a funny joke about football.
Dan – Crazy times at the school district... MUSD still meeting in person.
Joyce – Pass
John – Three of his family, first responders and pharmacist are receiving Covid immunizations this week.
PRESENTER: MINDY BLAKE, OUTREACH COORDINATOR, REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
This has been a big year for the RTA and plans are being prepared for the future of the agency.  She pointed out that RTA and the Pima Association of Government, PAG, are administratively the same.  In order to make road improvements, build better bridges, bike paths and other efforts the voters voted for a ½ of a cent sales tax increase several years ago.
For all you acronym lovers she showed us how funding works for various projects and agencies, involved in all of this ….. Here we go are: RTA, PAG, FPA HURF, FNWA and ADOT.
The process: The advisory committee develops the recommendations for improvements, then they establish priorities, RTA approves or discusses, Public input is requested, Plan is reviewed, then a call for election is made (your vote).
If you would like to get involved text 22828 or go to the web at www.rtanext.com.
Wendy answered several questions regarding jurisdictions …… Pima County is responsible for unincorporated areas. RTA works mostly on arterial roads and projects within all the cities, municipalities, and tribal lands in our area.
I can’t even imagine how many errors I have made on this document …… Have a great week everyone.
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                            
 
 
Rotary Club of Marana Meeting, December 1, 2020
 
Everyone was in a cheerful mood on this chilly morning.  We were honored to welcome District Governor, Diane Ventura Goodyear, to our club. 
 
Announcements/Club Business:
  • Thanks from our president to club members for responding to request to sign on to Rotary.org.
  • More thanks and recognition for the many who responded to the board’s Matching Points Programs.  John believes 10 members have achieved a Paul Harris in this year with contributions to TRF, Annual and Polio Eradication Funds.  Congratulations to our club!  These contributions allow us and Rotary Clubs around the world to do good works.  We have yet to meet John’s $10000 Rotary Foundation giving goal, but I believe we will get there. 
  • December 29th  we will be dark.
  • Slate of Officers for the year 21 – 22 will be presented to club soon.  A vote will be called later in the month. 
 
Assistant Governor Marc Snow introduced us to Diane Ventura-Goodyear
DG Diane’s Rotary highlights include: presiding of the merger of two clubs; being part of a Global Team in Uganda, where she taught technology skills to women; transforming District 5500 to more sustainable technologies, involving moving trainings to online and setting up cloud-based infrastructures.  These have benefited the district, clubs, and individual Rotarians alike. 
           
Diane was a computer professor and is a long-time owner of her business, The Computer Nanny.  In addition to her career, Diane enjoys embroidery, yoga, and her family.  She has been married to Gordon for 35 years and raised 2 children, both now  young adults
 
District Governor Diane Ventura Goodyear began with acknowledging the radical changes that were thrust onto all of us by the pandemic.  She lamented that she was unable to follow through with her plans to spend significant time with “our brothers and sisters” outside the Tucson area.  Diane encouraged us to continue to be cautious with in-person meetings, but also highlighted some of the benefits that have come from these challenges.
  • The District was forced to move more quickly to put various trainings online.  This has proven beneficial, as there are more training attendees than ever before.
  • Zoom has given us a huge opportunity to expand our reach, even when we return to in-person meetings.
  • Zoom has opened us to unlimited Speakers.  Diane encouraged us to reach out to RI leadership for programs.
  • In the RI Learning Center, Toastmasters has designed 8 classes that are available to us at no cost.
  • We can outreach to Roteractors for membership, as they can now be official Rotary members. 
  • The District is learning how to provide virtual interactive trainings.  Both Rotary Learning Institute (RLI) and Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) will be held remotely.  Currently 102 students have been awarded RYLA.
 
DG Diane shared with us RI President Holger Knaack’s Goals for Districts worldwide:
  1. Do not focus on head count.  Create different types of clubs;  fellowship, e-clubs, satellite club (only need 8 members that become a subset of our club), common interest clubs.
  2. Select members carefully and Engage your Members. 
  3. Continue to Support Polio Eradication 
  4. Create Visioning and create Strategic Plans.  Have a long view.  ADG Marc is creating a visioning team that will be available to clubs. 
 
DG Diane further stressed with us the following:
  • Public Image.  Where Rotary pins and attire at any time, not only meeting times.
  • Contribute to the Rotary Foundation.  She recommended the use of Rotary Direct, a very easy way to donate online.
  • The formation of a Peace Builder Committee, in which our club is a member.  Peace and  Peace Pole will premiere at the district conference, which will be held June 4th and 5th in Tubac.
 
DG Diane left us with the following:
 
“Life is about using the whole box of crayons.”
 
 
 
Submitted by Mary Straus,
 
 
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting Minutes, 11-24-2020, 7:00 AM
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Attending: President John, Harold, Randy, Andy, Bob B., Mary, Suelee, Dan, David, Don G., Peter, Laura, and Joyce Zwick
Pledge was led by John. 
Discussion of handbags and it appears we donated over 115 bags to Gospel Rescue Mission and Sister Jose Center for Women.  Both agencies appreciated our efforts.  Thank you to all the Rotarians, family members and friends that donated purses, those that packed them, Carl for letting us use his office and those that delivered the purses. 
Dan Contorno, not to be out done, went shopping with Heather (his spouse) and shopped for Thanksgiving dinner for a family of 10 people.  It was wonderful to see the photos of the food, as we all prepare to overdose on food, dessert and drinks ourselves in a few days.  Thank you Dan and Heather.  Christmas is around the corner and the Club (Dan, Mary and others) will shop for this same family for Christmas dinner and gifts for the family. 
John announces four members are not on “My Rotary” at the Rotary International site.  Please update your records and visit our Rotary Club of Marana website as well.
Next Monday, Nov 30, the Board of the RC of Marana will have a meeting with Governor Diane Ventura-Goodrich. The following day she will visit our club meeting so please attend.
RYLA program: It will be virtual this year and the cost is only 50.00.  Please encourage your friends and family to send their high school kids.
There will be an In Door Ride to End Polio soon ….. Did not catch the date and planning is underway for the high school 4-Way Speech Contest as well.
Happy Bucks:
Harold had breakfast with John Zwick and John is hoping we get back to face to face meeting you he can join us and actually hear the conversation.  Has no one shown him to hit the volume button on his computer? Harold also discussed distribution of 600 turkeys a year in Kansas and that it is hard to find a freezer that large.
Randy: Happy about club projects and proud of our efforts.
Andy: Happy to be back in Tucson – sad about accident on Interstate 10 and looking forward to a simple Thanksgiving.
Bob B., is in Oklahoma staying with his mother in law … happy holidays Bob.
Mary: congratulated Richie on the project of special air filters for disadvantaged children in the MUSD for students. 
Laura gave a website for a podcast that would give those of us that are challenged instructions on how to split a turkey in two, pound on it and then cook it.  Ask Laura if you need help finding the website. She is also happy her brother Sister is visiting as well.  They all were evaluated and practicing safe distancing.
Suelee, application for membership has been sent to John D., welcome Suelee it is wonderful to have you back.
Don J., Happy about the uplifting meeting and projects.  Sad about the loss of a friend’s spouse.
Peter: Discussed that he is happy about the holiday, will have a quiet day, glad the political season is coming to a close and glad a vaccine will soon become available for Covid.
Joyce: Wishes us in the US a happy Thanksgiving (hers was in October, of course).
Dan: Loved helping with the needy family and the club 300 budget was perfect.
David: is happy with his family.  His daughter joined the Marana High School Cross Country Team.  But became ill …. However after running with his daughter he’s now in good enough shape to run in a race (Turkey Trot) himself.  Go David.
Richie: has a brand new puppy and reminded us to remind those that surround us. Nice
John was driving to the airport with his granddaughter early in the morning and she saw her first sunrise. She was astonished and John was as well.  Great story.
Speaker Today: Club Foundation Chair Mary Straus
Mary provided a great presentation on The Rotary Foundation and The Rotary Club of Marana:
President John established a goal of $10,000 giving for club members this year. Whew, that is up from $7,000.00 last year.  Let’s all help him reach that goal.
She discussed how our club has participated in numerous District Grants, Global Grants and have been generous to the Rotary Foundation and our own Club Foundation.
Brief discussion on the Areas of Focus: Disease Prevention, Peace and Conflict, Maternal and Child Health, Water sanitation, Basic Literacy and Community Development, Environment
Our donations to the Annual Program Funds are sent to the Rotary Foundation where they sit for 3 year and the interest helps pay the overhead of the foundation.  50% of the money is returned to the district and allocated for District grants (under 8,000) or allocated to Global Grants (minimum of 30,000).  The remainder of the fund donated are allocated to assist in the global grands requested by clubs.  We are rated at the highest level …. 5 by Charity Navigator. 
A few of the things our club has done are;
Coyote Trail School by building a park for handicapped children …. You should have seen the expression of sheer joy when a little girl was able to swing for the first time.  Her mother and Mary beamed.
We purchased a bus in India for blind children to be able to go to and from school and not be marginalized any more.
We provided a school and a playground for a Primary school near Victoria Fall, Zimbabwe.  Several club members traveled to Zimbabwe to assist on this project.  Interestingly $16,000, was stolen via computer fraud.  Randy told the club and many stepped forward to insure the project continued.  $19,000 was raised in a week.  And you ask why you are in Rotary?
Also outside of Zimbabwe, we helped build a huge garden, watering system in a village where Randy had met a man starving …. Don J., Randy and our spouses started a program with the Rotary Club of Marana that is credited with saving 8,000 lives. 
We purchased thousands of dollars for books to be distributed by the Marana Healthcare system to low income pregnant women.
This is just a few of the things we have done …. I think you’re getting the picture at this point.  We are a generous and kind club...
Nearly all of the members of our club are Paul Harris Fellows (one who has donated 1000 to the Foundation), 7 club members are Paul Harris Society Members (donate 1000 per year to the Foundation.)
This month (Ending 30 November) we are matching up to 500 points for a 500 or less cash contribution.  Several club members have taken advantage of this (this is off the top of my head so I apologize for any one I missed – John D., Randy, Don, Andy, Bob, Mary and Peter. Thank you and remember you have a few days to contribute before the 30th.
Thank you Mary, for a wonderful presentation. 
 
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving
 
 
 
Marana Rotary Club adopted a Marana Family with 8 kids as our Thanksgiving Family
Dan Cortorna, long time member of Marana Rotary Club and his wife Heather went shopping
and delivered Thanksgiving to the family.  They were so appreciative. 
Nice family with 8 kids, Have a great Thanksgiving.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                                           
 
Rotary Club of Marana Meeting, November 10, 2020
 
On this day before Veteran’s Day, our meeting began as meaningfully as it ended.  Peter Mack honored us with a video he recently took of the Raising of the Flag over the U.S. Naval Observatory, accompanying it with National Anthem.  A quick detour to announcements and then we returned to honoring our veterans. 
 
In John’s absence, President Elect Randy facilitated our meeting today. 
 
Club Business
  • Discussed adopting a family for the Thanksgiving and Winter holidays.  Dan will speak with the MCAT principal for a referral.  Dan and Mary will help the parent(s) develop food and gift lists.  They’ll encourage the family to reach for the stars.
  • Handbag assembly today.  To purchase stuffing items meet at 1:00.  To assemble meet at Carl’s at 1:30.
  • Time for IRS 990 to be submitted – Harold following up with Lynne.
           
Laura led us in a wonderful exercise today.  Each of us remembered a service member in our family.
  • Mary’s brother served as a Naval Lieutenant where he was an air traffic controller on an aircraft carrier during the Bay of Pigs.
  • Randy recognized two uncles who each shipped out to Europe in WWII.  Both were wounded, both were POWs, and both returned home.   Randy saluted his grandparents’ era when Americans were whole-hearted in defending our country. 
  • Both of Dan’s Grandfathers served in WWII, and both able to experience V-Day while abroad.
  • Andy has a nephew who currently serves in the National Guard.  He is based in Anchorage and Spain, but flies refuelers for aircraft in Afghanistan, one time having the opportunity to refuel his own brother’s plane.  Not only does Andy have huge respect for his nephew, but also for FedEx, his nephew’s employer, which has supported his military missions whenever he is deployed.
  • Carl’s Great Grandfather, Juan Batiste, served in WWI from 1917-19.  He was injured there by mustard gas, which affected him for the remainder of his life.  Despite this he was and Carl is proud of his contribution to the success of the war effort.  Carl himself served in the Air Force.
  • Richie heralds from an extensive military family, most currently including his brother and father.  Richie has traced his family’s military service back to the Civil War and to The Revolution.  Richie feels grateful to be able to honor his family.
  • Don’s son was in the Army, a black hawk pilot and paratrooper.  Don’s father was trained at Pendleton and became a career corpsman in the coast guard.  Don Sr. founded the first alcohol treatment program to serve the military nation-wide.
  • Beckie’s parents are a WWII love-story.  Her mother had joined the effort as a WAVE (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) and her father as a merchant marine.  Both met at a bowling alley while stationed back East.  Beckie’s father was sent over-seas and served as cook on a ship that was blown up.  He was adrift in the ocean for 4 days, holding onto a floating fragment of the ship, before he was rescued.  After his returned, he was sent to Seattle where he fatefully re-met Beckie’s mother.  They were married and on to Salt Lake to raise a family of 7 children.  Beckie’s father never spoke of his war experience. 
  • Peter’s Uncle George on his mother’s side was a submariner in the Royal Navy in WWII.  While off the coast of France, Uncle George was 1 0f 20 that survived when their boat was torpedoed by the French.  He was sent back out and became the sole survivor of another torpedoed submarine.  Peter also recognized his son who served in Afghanistan in the British Armed Forces until he was discharged after being met by an IUD. 
  • Bob passionately recognized his father who was a B-29 commander at age 21, the oldest in his crew.  With only 250 flight hours under his belt, he was ordered to locate the Island of Guam.  With no GPS to guide them, he and his 17 year old copilot where able to complete the mission.  Bob credits his father for his own illustrious career in aviation and defense, to put it simply.
  • Harold’s father volunteered in the Navy in WWI.  Because of his expertise, his orders mainly involved building airways and other structures to support the armed forces.  Harold also recognized his 101 year old  friend who flew 34 missions in a B-17 in WWII.
  • Laura’s grandfather was stationed in occupied Germany in WWII.  Having owned stores in his home-town of Des Moines and being a semi-professional baseball pitcher, he was charged with the running of a commissary and with developing baseball leagues for the troops.
 
 
Our Program today was provided to us by our very dear Randy Brooks, who served in the Navy and Marines in the Vietnam War.
 
Randy joined the military immediately after graduating high school.  He arrived to sign up with the Navy and was asked if he wanted to be a Naval corpsman.  After it was explained to him that he could be treating wounded soldiers in a hospital in Japan or Spain, surrounded by nurses, Randy eagerly signed up.  I believe the words were, “Heck, yah.”  After Randy completed boot camp, he was transferred from the Navy to Camp Pendleton to serve with the Marines.  Randy experienced his first, short-lived, singing career while at Pendleton.  His commanding officer recognized his voice from his many times passing Randy singing Motown outside of the barracks.  Randy was “invited” (commanded) to sing in the Marine Corp choir, where he performed a solo in the Christmas program.  As quickly as it came, his career ended, until decades later.
 
Randy was sent from Camp Pendleton back to the Navy for hospital corpsman training where he received additional specialized training in neuropsychiatry.  Following he was sent back to the Marines for Field Medical School.  After serving  3 of his 4 year commitment without deployment, Randy received his orders to Vietnam and departed with the 1st Marine Division in November of 1967. 
 
Once in country, Randy stood in a line for his assignment.  Randy had proven to be a soldier who tended to follow his own set of rules.  Young men/boys, 19 years and younger, were sent to the front because of their eagerness and recklessness.  To his commanding officer’s disappointment, Randy, at 21, fell outside the age cutoff, and was instead assigned to the 1st Medical Battalion in Danang. 
 
Danang was a bustling military city.  Randy was sent to serve outside of Danang in a full service hospital where he worked in Trauma.  This was Randy’s first experience with the sheer overwhelm of the endless quantity of wounded, types of wounds, severity of wounds, and the body parts and fluids involved.
 
From Danang the 1st Medical Battalion was sent to Phu Bai to work in a smaller, satellite unit.  From Phu Bai, Randy was sent with an infantry unit to Hue City. 
 
800 American soldiers were sent to ‘clear out’ 800 North Vietnamese soldiers (NVAs) at Hue City.  As the soldiers engaged in battle outside the city gates, the NVAs eased up their fire, allowing our soldiers to enter the citadel.  Immediately our soldiers were surrounded not by 800 but by 8000 VMAs.  The Battle for Hue City was a horrific battle that lasted 28 days.  70% to 80% of American soldiers were wounded or killed.  The USS New Jersey wouldn’t initially intervene because of cultural treasures housed in the citadel.  However, at length, it had to intervene as there was no other hope of our troops survival much less success.  Randy reported, “We won (the battle) but no one wins.”  As Randy shared this story, he revealed that he’s not done so before.  
 
After Hue, Randy spent 8 more months in the bush, finally returning home in November 1968.
 
Randy’s War Heroes were the helicopter pilots who came to evacuate and transport the injured and dead.  Easy targets, a pilot would come, get shot down, and another would replace him again and again, until the task was completed. One of Randy’s biggest thrills was, when being transported by helicopter, jumping out of the hovering craft and running into bush.
 
Randy “came home a mess.”  He drank a lot and was violent when provoked.  Randy was a middle weight boxing champ and engaged those skills.  He was spit on, called a ‘baby killer’ and ‘scum’, and was beaten up in a bar for being military.  He, and other Vietnam soldiers, suffered two traumas: “the war itself and coming home to hatred.”  Randy treated his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder unorthodoxly but successfully.  He has a love for veterans, knowing they have pledged a commitment to pay any price, including their lives, to protect us and our country. 
 
We are grateful to Randy for allowing us to even slightly comprehend his war experience.  We also thank Laura for such a thoughtful exercise.  Both brought us closer to comprehending the sacrifices demanded by democracy and freedom. We are indebted to all who have served and to the families of those who have and are serving.
 
Submitted by Mary Straus,
 
 
Rotary Club of Marana Meeting Minutes
11/3/2020
7:00 AM – 7:45 AM
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Attending: Harold, Randy, President John, Joyce (Guest), Peter, Bob, Lynne, Beckie and Richie
Pledge by John D.
Mark Snow our Assistant Governor for our region and the District Governor Nominee Designate reported to John that the Governors Visit with the Board will be November 30 and the club visit will be December 1. Please plan to attend these events.
John invited all members to attend the Virtual Zone Institute for the Big West Region of Rotary that includes Zones 26 and 27 (one third of the geographic US). It will be held November 26 and 27 online.
John briefly discussed various Rotary Fellowships. A few include, BREW (guess what they do) of which Peter is a member, Caravanning (former member Debbie Conover has been active with this group), Flying (Harold has been a member but dropped out cause he was not interested in some of the locations the members were flying to), Computer, PDGs (Randy is a member), Photography, Quilting, Wine (Lynne is interested in this group) Yachting (John asked if we thought his canoe would qualify) and Slavery and Trafficking is another (Mary and Randy) are members of this Fellowship).
Committed to attend the Morning of Peace include Mary and Randy this coming weekend.
Applications for membership:  We have two people interested in joining our ranks but neither, Andy nor Sulee have completed the applications.  John is following up with them.
Handbags of Hope, it turns out that any local nonprofit group could be given out to those in need. Mainly abused women’s shelters but others as well.  Randy is going to call: Emerge, Interfaith services, and other shelters in town.  John and Bob have agreed to meet Randy to go shopping sometime next week (John may be out of town so Bob and Randy will go it alone if necessary). Beckie has 4 bags that are stuffed, Sulee has over 20 bags, and others said they have several.  Please deliver to Carl Maes at Edward Jones, 3005 W Ina Rd, #101 during business work hours.
Happy bucks:
John entertained us with a story of having to use a feminine hygiene product when in college after a football incident during a kick off. 
Harold has been flying and enjoying the weather.
Randy is working on a deck at home where termites have been discovered. Ugh.
Peter Mack …  this is good …. Brushed his teeth with hydrocortisone yesterday. He wanted to make sure we all voted and that we use the 4 Way Test when doing so.  He did mention that it is unlikely that any candidate would pass all 4 items on the test.
Bob … Celebrating that a company he was a consultant for just sold for $1.5 Billion dollars.  Bob, will you be my consultant to?
Joyce: likes the weather, has met her sales for the month, and had a terrific time with her granddaughter on Halloween.
Joyce is going through a warm spell in Canada, no one asked how warm it is knowing that her warm spell would be very cool for us in Arizona.
Lynne, Tax season is over “what’s an alligator wearing a vest? … An Alligator” We have missed you Lynne.
John discussed his termites at him home and it sounds like an annual struggle. 
Randy has been asked to facilitate the meeting next week.  Richie, if you would prefer to provide this service you are welcome to. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ROTARY CLUB OF MARANA MINUTES
10/27/2020
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Attending: President John, Harold, Bob, Peter, Carl, Mary, Sulee (potential new member), Joyce (guest), Randy, Don, and Richie.
Pledge by Randy, who I might add did a brilliant job.
John informed us he will be unavailable to lead our meeting November 7-14th.
Randy and John attended the Polio Seminar and both learned more about the disease.
Zone Institute: John states that any Rotarian is invited to the Big West Rotary Institute November 12, 13, and 14 of November.
The student that requested to be an exchange student aged out and is not eligible.
Handbags for Hope is a project we decided to support this year.  It is a project that will benefit women that have been abused and have abandoned their homes for safety.  They leave quickly, often with no resources.  This project is to assist them by giving them hand bags that, with your help, will be stuffed with toiletries (refer to the e-mail sent by John regarding needed supplies).  DGE Hank Huisking is the contact for the efforts.  Handbags can be dropped off at Carl’s office during work hours.  Please complete this delivery by mid-November.
We are seeking a new meeting place …. John states we have a few leads and is following up.
The club has opted to sell the screen and projector to Xavier at Nana’s Kitchen rather than to remove the items.
Happy Bucks
Harold is very happy that his daughter gave him the opportunity to have the status of being a Grandfather.
Bob B. has been here in Tucson, sleeping in front of the fireplace waiting for his ballot to arrive so he can vote and get back to his spouse.
Peter M, is happy to be back home from Oklahoma and Texas where few took COVID 19 precautions. 
Mary S is grumpy today. Discussed an app she has on her cell that is teaching her phrases she never knew.
Joyce discussed Provincial Elections in Canada. 
Sulee: our former member is willing to help with Handbags of Hope project. Thank you Sulee.
Carl: Is going to New Mexico this weekend, I think Albuquerque …. Have a safe and fun trip, Carl.
Don: States he is in NY with has daughter and grandchild.  Returning in time to be a poll observer. Laura is not here today (deposition) but is a poll watcher as well.  Randy was going to be one but they moved him out to the airport (from Marana).
We learned that Andy was busy today and unable to attend.  He will be with us next week.
Richie is a poll observer next Tuesday and was encouraging Sulee. He either liked or disliked the cold weather … I can’t remember which.
It is very impressive to me that Don, Laura, Richie all from our club, are engaged in poll observation. Not to mention Cindy Dooling and Deb Hume whom are working the polls as well.
Meeting adjourned with the 4 way test.
Because of the election we are like to have a small group next week.  Please attend if you can.
 
Rotary Club of Marana
 
                                                                            
 
 
Rotary Club of Marana Meeting; October 13, 2020
 
After morning greetings and pledging our allegiance, President John began with Announcements:
  • Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page.  Like it and share it! 
  • From Deb Haddock;  a 4-Way-Test Speech Contest is scheduled to be held in person April 10, 2021 at Christ Church United Methodist, subject to change secondary to Covid restrictions.  A $25 non-refundable fee for entry.  John will get more specifics.
  • Board Meeting approved doing a peace forum, aimed for April, but dependent on covid status.
  • International peace day Sept 1st worldwide 
  • The Board is offering a Matching Program.  Members who donate to either Polio Plus or the Annual fund will receive matching Paul Harris points up to 500.  This is a generous and wonderful opportunity for those working toward their first or any Paul Harris.
  • Board Meeting this evening at 5:00 at John’s office.  Welcome to all.
 
Happy Bucks
  • Harold breakfasted with John Zwick
  • Randy had another wonderful weekend with son and buddy Bert.  He played on a boat in Lake Mead and attending a socially responsible wedding of Bert’s daughter.  He’s putting petal to the medal  directly following our meeting, in his Prius Muscle Car Wearing his pedal, to make it home in time for the board meeting this evening. 
  • Joyce was wishing for 100 weather as she begins the long winter in Canada.
  • Mary’s been busy getting out the vote.
  • Andy made us jealous with tails of a long hike along a stream amongst fall colors in Utah.  While strolling he identified multiple trout species which are awaiting his return following this meeting. 
  • Laura is thankful for her church book club.  It’s heartening and critical to  her mental health to be responsibly distanced with people sharing thoughtful conversation.  She highly recommended her current read; The Disaster of Chernobyl.  Bob recommended The Great Influenza. 
  • Don has been getting back in shape.  He will be running a ½ marathon on Sunday to raise money for Shelter Box. 
  • Peter is delighted he filled out a ballot for first time!  He’s also excited he’ll be returning to Oklahoma next week for the 1st time in 31 years.  Peter originally came to the states to attend University in Oklahoma.   
  • Becky’s granddaughter June is healthy and her husband tired.  Becky spoke with Denise who is working excessively and eager to get back to the club, hopefully after the new year. Her family members are healthy and happy. 
  • Bob remains in Tucson while his Virginia home has collected 48 inches of rain. 
  • Carl is having fun playing with the market right now.  He’s also grateful his family is all healthy
 
Program:
Randy introduced us Amy Graves, who he knows from Rotary related travels to Yuma.   He describes Amy as a Rotarian who is intelligent, thoughtful, and committed.  Amy is currently the Chair of Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE), which is a 3 year commitment.  She provided us with an overview of the administration of RYE. 
 
After the departure of Cindy Harrison who almost single-handedly ran the program for over a decade, PDG Kirk put a pause on RYE for the District be able to thoughtfully re-organize.  The District has developed a sustainable Committee model for continued success with RYE.  Under Amy are a Systems Administrator, Youth Protection Officer, Outbound Placement Officer, Compliance Officer, and a ROTEX Coordinator.
 
A new website, with all information and forms, and a new data-base system are making participation in RYE much easier for clubs.  All RYE related youth activities are centralized through the district.  Clubs are responsible for finding, vetting, and training host families, providing a counselor for the youth, engaging youth in Rotary activities, and reporting as required.  If a club would like to participate but isn’t able to host a student, it can support another club who is able to host.  The cost is $3000 per student. 
 
Inbound and outbound Rotary Youth spend 10 to 11 months with 3 different families in their host towns.  They attend the local high school for one academic year.  The RYE Committee has a 3-year framework for each student.  Year 1 is the application process.  Year 2 is the exchange experience.  Year 3 is a re-entry process.  In years 1 and 3, the RYE committee engages the youth in meaningful activities, preparing them for being ambassadors and, following, for being leaders in peace and service.
 
We are grateful to Amy for her commitment to the RYE program, a fundamental means through which Rotary promotes peace worldwide. 
 
Submitted by Mary Straus, October 25, 2020
 
 
 
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