Club Information
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Marana in Marana, AZ

Service Above Self
A Peacebuilder Club

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Northwest Fire Department
5125 W Camino De Fuego
Tucson, AZ 85743
P O Box 91502 Tucson, AZ, AZ 85752
United States of America
Current Events
The Rotary Club of Marana Hosts Hybrid Meetings
Visitors Are Always Welcome
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May 24, 2022
Marana Rotary Club
Meeting called to order Bob lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Check in with everyone/Happy Bucks’
Kathy-full house with visitors and the last of the students from TUSD graduating.
Adam-Crazy month – going to CA next week 1st time at Disneyland.
Bob- not happy bucks- there dog is going to be put down today.
Don-feeling good today.  Brother-in-law died a week before, Don had prostate cancer surgery they got it all.  Because of that they nicked his colon he had some additional complications.
Mary-on the mend from her latest treatment.
Denise-going to Hawaii next month.  
Peter-Maui trip postponed tell September, he gave a talk to the Dove Mountain Rotary Club next Thursday.
Laura-Thankful and happy that we are close enough that we can share our issues with each other
Harold: Carpal Tunnel surgery this week, we will be thinking about you.
Cindy-They had a fabulous graduation for their grandson.  John is in Florida fishing.
Sulee-Good to go and info that Marvin Swank passed away.
Reminder next week’s meeting with be at Felicias Farms: 3761 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718
Randy arrived last night at the cabin he drove down to a friend’s house to use his internet he is on his telephone – its 37 at his cabin in WA.
Laura – Lynn will remain as treasurer, Sulee will be the Secretary and she will talk to others about positions.
Mary – She sent out an invitation for Laura’s induction, please RSVP.  June 18, 2022, Saturday at 5pm @ Laura’s place.   Guests are welcome. 
Randy went over the Code of Conduct
  1. Act with integrity and high ethical standards in my personal and professional life
Discussion – after much discussion – the conclusion is that other than criminals we should respect all positions – any and all positions bring something to the club.  ie Kathy said like fast food workers – we don’t know how to run the fry machine, they work hard and should have our utmost respect.   Laura one thing we need to do is keep up with the ethics and integrity in our own positions.   Like Mary sometimes we must make discissions based on how well we can do a job.
  1. Deal fairly with others and treat them and their occupations with respect
We rely on every person that joins our club.  Laura said there is dignity in all work, and we need to approach people with open minds and hearts about their profession.
  1. Use my professional skills through Rotary to mentor young people, help those with special needs, and improve people’s quality of life in my community and in the world
Randy said do we all have occupations where we help young people.   Randy has helped people with diagnostic work to see if they have Alzheimer.  Yes, we do by being involved with the foreign exchange students.  Don said this is a lot of what we do with our service projects. 
  1. Avoid behavior that reflects adversely on Rotary or other Rotarians
We are in a tricky time for this one, we should not go to a gathering and get drunk, or we could behave in a way that is challenging.  The new mantra in Rotary is Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.   We should go to our fellow Rotarians one-on-one and talk to them about how we feel we were offended.  As Mary added she tried it and it didn’t go well and that may happen.  Cindy said there is an incident in baseball right now where there is a racist comment. So things change and we need to keep up with things and people that are affected need to work it out.  Laura said maybe we could get someone to present re how we can learn to discuss issues.   Becky added a positive opinion the Tour De Cookie is a great reflection of our club.
  1. Help maintain a harassment – free environment in Rotary meetings, events and activates; report any suspected harassment; and help ensure non-retaliation to those individuals that report harassment.   We didn’t get to five.
May17, 2022
From Maria Altamirano    Boy am I so excited, the last few weeks have been pretty intense and demanding. Finished all my patients and clinical requirements last Wednesday and just finished my last two finals today. :) On top of the clinical and exams we just wrapped up our class community service event for May with a donation drive for Emerge here in Tucson. It was such an amazing thing to be able to help. Myself and faculty leaders, Ms Richards and Ms Smedley, really pushed for the month long drive with student and other faculty and we were able to donate everything from toothbrushes to suitcases.  I attached a picture of our class holding just a few items we were able to donate. Heading into June I'm getting ready for my student delegate meeting and catching up on some recorded townhall meetings and reading up on some bylaws we'll be voting on in June. I'm so excited to learn this process. I'll start studying for boards this summer and finishing a computer class requirement (not to mention watching my two boys). Hopefully I'll get to see you guys virtually soon.
DON – his wife is not feeling well.
DENISE- happy bucks – her cousin starting to talk after a horrific accident.
CAROL– going to Denver to visit niece on Monday to visit family.
RANDY– is in Pismo beach in CA, with Shirley and Dick Grace.
SULEE -had a good weekend in bullhead city.
BECKY– Internet was down .this morning – she is happy to have two beautiful granddaughters
JOHN- Happy they have a grandson graduating from Ironwood HS  - Carter Dooling and he was a grand champion swimmer.
CINDY-8year old grandson  Levi Dooling hit a grand slam in  baseball and she is happy to be able to get to watch her grandson helping to kids who were having some kind of disagreement and he told them they need to respect one another.
HAROLD– That the computer got hooked up.
Dan  - Just happy
ADAM-a lot going on in the financial world, he considers himself a financial therapist at this time.
KATHY – happy her kids are doing well; son graduated and had a visit with her mom.
LAURA- Happy
Randy this might be a good time to introduce the past District Governor PDG Diane Goodyear and her husband Gordon.   She said the district started out with 50 clubs and ended with 50 clubs.   She had some special awards for John Dooling #1 the Rotary  Citation (at the first of the year you must state your goals and you must end with those goals).  Polio plus award, 100% foundation giving (every Rotarian every year).     #1 Club in the district. Congratulations John for year well done.
Cindy, we have had an outreach from student from Marana  high school who would like to be an outbounds student next year 23-24 school year.   We need to be ready for the inbounds students who will be coming next year coming from Denmark, Spain, Belgium, and Holland.
Bob introduced the speaker
Don Zavis National Sales Trainer at the Catalyst, Sales Trainer.
The need is greater than it has been in volunteer group and less people stepping up to the need.
Beneficial for the people – one or two things we might be struggling with what would they be?
Kathy one of the problems she sees is there are different areas to give need clarity where to give $, do we give to the club etc.   This is complicated for new members. 
He said he developed a program called the member code.  How do I help, how do I do it. The three things we have an opportunity to do is  Time, Talent & Treasures. 
Clubs are always talking about get new members – for every  we should all have a Rotary Pamphlet and every day and have a meaningful conversation with someone in our world.  If we do this every day, it will become a  habit it’s the easiest way to  be prepared.  If every day all 17 of us have a meaningful conversation we could increase our club size.  
Polio being its own group can you donate to it, can you get host homes for your exchanges students yes, but we like to reach out to our group.    What  I would like to expect
Member Code Road Map
#1-We need to  commit to remain engaged in the club.
#2-All member need to have an opportunity to be creative; expect that every month every member comes up with an Idea. Do we give people the ability to be creative?  
#3-Commit to using my fiscal resources
#4-Commit to brining one new person monthly, to become a member,  the member is a guideline.
#5-Commit to attend every event we have .
#6-Commit to involving yourself – do we have jpeg item we use to promote out weekly session
*it’s about what a wonderful organization, awards people have won... post on social media!
#7-Creat a leadership group everyone needs a leadership role, where they gravitate to.  We need to put the members in rolls that fit them.
Team 100 concept = $100 each month, 100 minutes of time and 100 minutes of our talent each month.
If you want a better club, be a better member, better spouse, if you want a better boss be a better father, child etc..   We need to look at the time/challenge/treasure
Also remember clubs are a  way to cure loneliness  for some people.
May 10, 2022
Rotary Marana
Cindy led in the Pledge of Allegiance
Raffel Tickets were sold
Cindy Dolling is the Youth Coordinator for the district.
There is a District Administrative position available with the passing of Liz Cohn.  Kathy stepped up said she is interested the position.
Happy Bucks
Mary-doing good and the weather is still nice.
Kathy-she is happy her mom and husband are in visiting and going to her son’s graduation who is graduating with honors at ASU.
Lynn said she Himalayan rabbit stew because she found him lying in the road
Bobs happy he is here because he keeps waking up with heart issues.
Becky – happy she has two healthy grandbabies
Harold happy that they got the computer going
John is happy
Kathy Dooling said she is happy with the bicycle race
Dan said one of the things he misses is the fact we used to get in a small group when we all used to sit and talk.
Dan happy about mother’s day, he will be inducted soon.
Denise is happy her cousin is in the hospital after a freaky situation
Lynn – she got to go on a retreat
Randy happy he is getting to visit family and go to Washington
Peace builder club meeting.
Kathy said there are two district programs – District trainer and district grant chair.
RYLA new chair out of Sierra Vista Club
Bob introduced our speaker – she is a financial planner –
Fund raiser and develop
Presentation on everyone wants to know you to give more to Rotary.
There is a lot of ways to give money to donate to Rotary happy bucks, donations etc.  Today she is going to talk about major gifts, bequest etc.
She is here to stimulate some ideas on how to give money to rotary that might help taxes.  There are a lot of ways to give money, planned gift, bequest, structured gift.
Some numbers
70.5 ( this is an age #)  - QCD – Qualified Charitable Distribution from IRA or retirement plan.  I.e. you can tell you investment person you can say I want to make the contribution and you are not taxed for it.  This goes directly from IRA to Rotary. 
$1000 – Benefactor, you can gift $1000. Gift to Rotary Endowment Fund via estate plan.
10,000  Major Donor level
  • (cumulative financial gifts)
  • Bequest Society  -Beneficiary of IRA or Life Insurance
  • Donor advised fund (irrevocable contribution, Tax Deduction in gift year.  Harold wanted to know if the funds can be designated to the local club only.  She doesn’t know for sure.
  • Gift Annuity Minimum
100,000 Charitable reminder trust( this could be cash securities, real estate, or possible liquid assets).  This is lifetime funds.
25,000 Is astonishing
  • Minimum amount for Rotary Endowment
  • Great for Legacy planning
These # above reflect different gifts.
What should you do to give more?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What do you want your legacy?
  • What are your resources?
  • What do you want you legacy to accomplish?
One simple way to leave money through your estate can me by adding it to your will
We concluded the meeting by Harold lead us in the four way test
May 3, 2022
Marana Rotary Club
Hybrid meeting
Meeting was called to order by Randy Brooks, John Dooling lead us in the Flag Salute.
Randy stated that he would like to cancel the Board Meeting.
Adam  Potential member was introduced in person.
Mary said that Felicia’s Farm came in under budget both the District Funds and funds donated by the Rotary Club of Marana.  From our club it was $123.00 Peter Mack motioned to donate the funds back to Felicias Farm vs taking the money back and Harold Butzloff  second the vote was made, and it was will in favor.  The district funds will have to be returned to the Charitable Funds for 5500.
Randy announced the sad news about the passing of Liz Cohn on 5/2/22.    The District is going to give her a Rotarian for life.  Also her club wants to create a Scholarship Fund in her name for the UofA.
Lynne said we grossed $1535.00 from the shred event.  Randy said Don offer to pay the Shred Truck.
50/50 tickets were sold  Denise was the lucky one and pulled the Joker the pot was $180.00, and she donated it back to the club.
Happy Bucks
Bob the Computer is working we have Biffy from all the way in Africa
Lynne did not have a good day yesterday, but the Startbucks server had a wonderful smile.
Kathy said she is just happy.
Adam happy to be in person
Dan just happy
Sulee Just Happy
Harold Happy Computer worked for zoom
John Shredding event was a great event
Becky Happy she gets to babysit grand baby.
Pete Happy that someone else has learned the computer
Lynne told one of her great jokes “Did you hear about the hen who laid orange instead if egg and all the little chicks were running around, saying look at the orange mama laid”. Hahaha
Kathy Dooling said they had a great outbound exchange student orientation
Denise is happy
Laura said she didn’t have a good week and didn’t elaborate
Mary happy her brother is visiting
Carol happy her 95-year-old mother few across the country to come and visit (I hope we can all do that someday)
Randy he is happy that Biffy is with us today – he also gave a statue to John and Cindy Dooling for the daughter because she said she just bought a bicycle built for two.
Speaker was Elizabeth (aka BiffY) Danckwerts from the Eastern Cape of Cape Town.  Biffy was brought up in Eastern Cape and did a short stint in Johannesburg for 4 years in the 80’s.  She joined Rotary in May of 2005 and was awarded a PH in 2009 and again 2019.   Biffy serves in her club.
Biffy is currently starting new Satellite Club called the MAD Rotary Club, she said this should be a fully-fledged club within a year.
What an interesting lady – wish the vocals would have been better.
She is the happiest working in Khayelitsha, it means new home) and her second language is Xhosa.     She showed us pictures of the houses they are nothing more that shacks.  Some of the small houses have 3-8 children in the tiny little house.  
She showed us a great PowerPoint about the school she is working to improve.   The kids there are so excited to go to school.  She has done so much to help the kids have a great education.  She showed of the school, library, courtyard, lunch area.    She showed us the original computer room and now they have an updated computer room the kids have 90 minutes per child to work on the computer there are 96 computers in the room. 
There are 1205 children in the school each day and it’s a very sandy play area.  She had tried to grow trees, but they won’t grow.
The kids must be feed breakfast and lunch each day.    And they all sit in the cafeteria on the floor in the lunch area.  Most of these kids come from homes with illiterate parents most of them don’t know how to read or write. 
Most of the children had never heard any kind of classical music, the now have a conductor and the children are playing instruments. 
There were 46 children per classroom before now they have hired more teachers.
This was a great presentation from her.  
Randy said when he was visiting Biffy in Africa there was a house that had the Rotary seal on it.   Randy said she has a hug heart and how she has worked with the children.
Marana Rotary Club
Randy called the meeting to order
Mary led us in the flag Salute.  
Randy said – sad news - Liz Cohen is very ill and was placed in hospice yesterday.
Adam Pina a prospective member joined us via zoom (welcome).   He is a financial advisor with Edwards Jones.  He grew up in Tucson and Live in Marana with his wife, he was a private banker for Wells Fargo.  He is a Yankees fan, Mary put on her NY hat, Kathy put on Cubs, Don put on his Boston hat, Laura put on her team hat.   Ya we have baseball fans. (let’s go to a game)
Lynne told a joke   The Yankees were playing the Red Sox at Fenway Park a kid goes to the game he meets his priest there they get to talking and after the game the priest says  can I get a ride home the kid says  father, I would be happy to.  So they are driving down the street and here is this Yankee fan all decked out in his garb, hat, shirt the whole 9 yards the kids swerves, and almost hits him.   At the last minute he veers off and looks at the priest and said Father I am so sorry I shouldn’t have done that, and the priest said no worries  my son I got him with the door.
Happy Buck Time:
Harold said he and Bob spent a couple of hours working on getting the computers going at the fire department, so at the next meeting we can be hybrid.
Bob also happy about getting the computer going.
Kathy – 450 new chicks at the farm we will be at her place to visit on  5/31.
Becky – new grandma Elenore, and her other granddaughter June had her 4th birthday Saturday. 
Mary – another treatment  - good news brother arriving today to help Mary.
John – question for Kathy – with all the chicken can you use the chicken dropping to make her own compost and she explained how she does that.   Don and Cindy hosted the District Governor and District Governor Elect at their house along with the outgoing foreign exchange students.  Rotary 5500  has students going to Belgium, Thailand & Denmark and we will bring in four incoming students
Laura – happy and relieved she is done with the AZ Supreme Court; she won’t know for four or five months if she wins or not.  She said this was called a hot bench. it’s what the call a hot bench:* here is the meaning The Supreme Court justices are talking. And they are talking more than ever during oral argument. The term “hot bench” implies that appellate judges engage in vibrant verbal exchanges with the parties during oral hearings.
Don, good news he watched the live streaming of Laura at the Supreme Court he said she was fantastic. Their daughter is an FBI  agent in New York she was just selected to train for the  Hostage Negotiation Team. Shelter Box update sense the beginning of the rotary year district 5500 has raised over $46,000 for shelter box.   That ranks us 9th out of 150 some districts in the US and second in our zone and were one of the smallest districts in the zone.
Sulee – Also watched Laura and we went to Bullhead with 18 family member and had a great time.
Lynne happy tax season is off and happy she is semi-retired.
We netted $7400.00 at the Tour de Cookie.
Shredding event this Saturday
  • Event will be from 9:00 – 1200
  • We need to be set up and ready to go by 8:30, if you can help, please be there by 8:00 a.m.  All hands-on deck if possible.
  • John will bring two pop ups, tables and chairs,  signs for the road.
  • Have some masks on hand for elderly people.
  • John will bring a cooler with water.
  • Laura brining bagels and crem cheese.
  • Becky to make sure we have the credit card.
  • John has some trifold to hand out.
  • Randy has a paper that we handed out last year.
Student of the month:
Denise Coronado, Student of the Month Brisel Rivera
She went to school at Road runner and Marana Middle School and then to the High School. She wanted to graduate earlier and be with a smaller community.   What she likes best about MCAT: is the schedule and that she has  6th period to use as independent time so she can catch up on her work.    Denise said that Brisel is the one that really gets her work done!  She will graduate in December she was supposed to be a May 2024 graduate, can you imagine graduating two years early?  She is going to go to the Pima and then the UofA and get her teaching degree.   Info her brother is also a graduate of MCAT
Laura asked her what teaching area she is  interested in and she said History.  Mr Bohen is the person she picked to be there with her today he is her History Teacher.  He said  Brisel is supper self-directed she had a lot of questions and always want to know more.  She is willing to help other students that are struggling a little bit.  Because of that other student are also engaging more.  She is a great role model.   Rotary provided her with a certificate and a gift card to the movies. 
Brisel said it was an honor to be at MCAT.
Denise said that MCAT,  graduation is May 19th, 2022.  She has four seats for us to join, let Randy know ASAP who is going.
Mary – Past District governor Eli sent a card thanking for the video sent in for the peace pole. 
Laura and Mary have been planning Laura’s installation. She has picked June 18th  for the date and to be held at Laura’s house and it will be catered.   John recommends that Laura and Lynne put their heads together to discuss the budget for her year.    
John said the Annual Programs fund raising is , total contributions are at $8540. That includes polo plus and foundation. Randy’s goal was $10,000.  Lynne has another $1600.00 to go in this will put him over his goal at $10,140.   Membership goal was two and we have three new members, Cindy, Kathy and Carol.
John will receive honors for his year as president.  Club also submitted the paperwork we will be honored as a Prestige Club.
John kind of related My Rotary, My Rotary in the district people registered 54%.  The only two people in our club who are not registered Kathy and Carol are the only two members not registered. 
Next week’s  hybrid meeting the  speaker is Elizabeth "Biffie" Danckwert  from South Africa. 
Mary asked on behalf of Jen our Youth Exchange Daughter if anyone would be willing to host her 24-year-old friend for three months.
Don led us in the Four Way Test.
Rotary Club of Marana Visits the 390th Air Museum
On March 26th, 10 members of our Rotary Club visited the 390th Museum at the Pima Air and Space Museum off of Valencia Road in Tucson. The 390th Air Museum is the Home of the B-17 “Super Fortress” bomber and tells the story of this World War II bomber group as they fought in the war in Europe.
Harold Burtzloff and Beckie Penman had coordinated with Glenn Rosati of the museum to have meeting facilities available for members to gather and share coffee and doughnuts. There we met our tour guide, Col. Don Cassidy. Col. Don gave us an introductory briefing and then proceeded to show us the through all of the various exhibits within the building.  The centerpiece was the last B-17 flown by any service. Members were allowed to look inside the aircraft and asked many questions.
Of particular interest to most was the gallery of photos of every B-17 and their crews in the 390th. Along the walls were various examples of airplanes with their mission count and what happened to them.  Many were lost over Germany. Nose Art (crew produced aircraft names and symbols (usually females) painted on the noses of each B-17, various flight jackets and uniforms, parachutes and other items used by the crews were displayed and explained.
Of particular interest was the section on the Norden Bombsight, a top-secret device used by bombardiers, that allowed them to essentially take over the controls of the aircraft to guide it to a very precise drop point, insuring a target hit. According to Col. Don, a lady with some very long hair had donated her locks for the production of these sights – literally being used as “cross hairs” of the scope that were overlaid on the target.
Our club was so impressed with the museum and their personnel that we voted to make a special donation of $200.00 to the museum.

A ShelterBox HERO Club Congratulations

President Randy and members of the Rotary Club of Marana,
Congratulations on receiving your latest ShelterBox HERO recognition!
Your support is very much appreciated during this very challenging year of natural and manmade disasters. Your contributions have helped save lives and families in places like Haiti, and for the refugees in and near Ukraine.
As you know, ShelterBox has provided aid to over 2 million people since 2000, we could not have reached them without clubs like yours. If you would like to have your certificate also presented in person at a club meeting, and/or you would like a 2022 ShelterBox update for your club please, just let us know!
Thank you for being a ShelterBox HERO!
Marana Rotary Club
April 12, 2022 weekly meeting
Randy returned to lead us in this hybrid meeting.
Bob informed that speakers were set until June and that he would appreciate help as he will be leaving for Virginia in June.
Randy told the group that he would be leaving in May for 4 months and that Laura will help run the meetings if he isn’t able to join remotely.
Carol says she will be in Wales and Scotland in June/July as we consider timing for her formal induction
Peter announced he will be out of pocket the next two weeks, Bob volunteered to set up the meeting room computer
Cathy reminded the group that the next social, the fifth Tuesday of the month, will be held at Felicia’s Farms.
Randy informed that Lynn has not gotten to the final accounting for the Tour de Cookie due to her heavy tax season load, but will do so after the 18th
Randy and Don had lunch with Jeremy, the past speaker on the Marana detention facility, who is considering membership in our club.
Randy will deliver to Lynn $190 from the Tour de C plus $27 in Happy Bucks.
Happy Bucks
Harold was happy that his 50th wedding anniversary celebration went so well and thanked everybody.
Carol is happily preparing or retirement (again!  Practice makes perfect) on June 30th
Mary, joining incognito, explained that chemo had started and was rougher than expected.  She will participate to the extent possible; we all wish her the very best and will support her in her treatment and full recovery.
John reported that he was just happy, as usual and that two grandsons were winning at sports
Sulee was happy and volunteered to take notes while Andy was in Africa the month of May.  Thank you Sulee!
Andy was happy that the howling winds had stopped in southern Utah.
Guest Speaker
Today’s speaker is Jake Snyder, head of Corporate Partnerships for the Roadrunners hockey team.  Jake has only been in the position since last June, but seems to have energized the community partnerships with his team in a very short time.  Jake came from positions at the Philadelphia 76er’s and New Jersey Devils.  He made the decision to come to the Roadrunners where he felt he could accomplish more in a not-so-large corporate environment.  Jake’s talk certainly relayed that passion for the local team.  Jake described some of the 73 cooperate and community partnerships, some of which have linked to causes such as autism and Hispanic inclusion in the team’s sphere of influence. 
Very interesting presentation……thank you Bob for finding this one.
Report on Recent Board Meeting
Randy gave a brief report on the past Board meeting held April 6.  The Board approved a $500 donation for a request brought forward by Elizabeth (last nameunclear) for the drilling of a water bore hole in S Africa in order for the local community to change their source of water from a distant pond shared by animals.   Elizabeth will be presenting to the club in the near future
Harold motioned that $200 be donated to the 390th Air Museum, the club approved the motion unanimously.
Marana Rotary Club
April 5, 2022 weekly meeting
Laura led the hybrid meeting in Randy’s absence
Harold announced that TODAY is his and Ellen’s 50th wedding anniversary and contributed 50 bucks to Happy Bucks.  Congratulations Harold!
.Bob announced that there were two more applications for grants under the Rotary Vocational Fund of AZ and that volunteers were needed to interview applicants. 
Don reminded that the shredding event will be held Saturday, April 30th.
Happy Bucks
Beckie is a new grandmother!
Don shared that a past member of our club (Lightfoot) had a grandson who he bragged about his basketball skills.  Turns out it was Mitch Lightfoot who played for the Kansas Jayhawks in their NCAA Championship game last evening.
Laura thanked Denise for the yummy treats
Induction of Carol Buucks
 Laura invited Don and Carol to the podium for the induction of Carol Buucks into the Marana Rotary Club.  Carol, who is soon to retire, moved to Tucson over 40 years ago from Tennessee to complete her Masters at the U of A.  Carol has already completed two of the three RLI on-line webinars.  Laura, and the club, warmly welcomed Carol as she joins us in making Rotary ideals become reality.
Guest Speaker
Today’s speaker is our own Sulee, hence not a “guest”.  Sulee made an amazing presentation of her passion project, the Missing in America Project (“MIAP”).  Her talk was thought-provoking as well as informative.  The statistics are mind-boggling; over 21, 000 veterans remains are being held in various locations, only some 5,000 have been identified, and 4,653 have been laid to rest.  Veterans date back to as far as the Civil War.  Sulee mentioned that the next internment event will be held in Marana on April 23 and encouraged anyone interested to attend; it is an emotional experience.
Sulee is a veteran herself, having served in the U.S. Navy as well as retired from law enforcement, along with her husband.   We deeply thank them both for their service and thank Sulee for a provocative talk today.
In closing
Bob reminded that our next week’s speaker will be Jake Snyder who will speak on the Roadrunners Hockey Team
Mary announced that week after next is our “week of service”.  Mary added that, much to her surprise, the bench will arrive in mid-April for the Peace Garden.
Marana Rotary Club
March 22, 2022 weekly meeting
Mary reminded the group that this evening was the annual Peace Builders Clubs meeting.
Mary also announced that the installation of Anita McDonald as District Governor would occur on June 26 and that volunteers were being sought for the registration table and sergeant of arms..   Volunteers would serve from the evening of the 25th until about noon on the 26th.
Happy Bucks
Randy lamented the lose of women’s UA basketball team in the NCAA Tournament.
Bob reported a happy experience at the Sunlakes AZ aero-club where pilots gathered to share experiences
Cindy related some RI news: the Youth Exchange Committee was formed in 1999 and disbanded in 2019.  It is now being reinstated, giving the YE a seat at the RI table once again.
John mentioned that Hank Marshall, a long-ago member of the Marana Club, has passed away.  John was involved in the first Mars Rover where his name is included as a team member.  John would like to place a memorial plaque for Hank on our equipment locker.
Beckie has been checking on the Peace Garden as part of her commitment for March.  Randy also pays occasional visits and both report that Garden is clean.
Peter asked about the status of the bench; Mary responded that the order is still pending and likely won’t be received for a few more months.
Denise will monitor the Garden in April
Randy will be leaving on a journey starting in mid-May, returning mid-Sept; Mary will fill in for him if he is not able to lead any meetings.
Harold made a motion that $500 be donated to the Rotary Vocational Fund of AZ.  District 5500 has had the highest contribution record of the three AZ districts.  Mary recommended that the amount be increased to $1,000.  After discussion, Laura made the motion that the original motion be increased to $1,000 and the motion was carried unanimously.
Don mentioned that the RLI leadership training coursewas held last Saturday and that Carol, yet to be inducted, had attended!  Don also reminded the group of the shredding event on April 30th.  John said that he will supply an insurance certification for our use of the Harkins facility.
Beckie reminded the meeting that the social event will occur at the 390th museum and the group discussed logistics and meeting time.
Peter apologized for the problems during his presentation last week and said he was working on the AV issues for the fire district meeting room.
Bob asked for help in assembling future speakers.  Sulee volunteered to present her Missing in America topic the first week in April.  Several other ideas were discussed and Bob asked that contacts/suggestions be emailed to him.
Randy had wanted to take up a discussion today about the RI code of ethics and behavior; however, we had run out of time and would table the topic until a future meeting.
Peter remined that next week was dark.
Marana Rotary Club
March 15, 2022 weekly meeting
Randy started saying it felt good to be back in person.
Randy presented Harold with a Paul Harris Fellowship +3 Award, meaning that Harold had contributed $4,000 to Rotary.  When matches are considered, this amounts to $16,000 in total donations!    Harold has been in our club since 1990 doing good deeds.  Everyone joined in a hearty round of applause.  Way to go, Harold!
Mary introduced our guest, Carol Buuck, who will be our newest member shortly.  Mary also announced that a new grant opportunity will soon be appearing for a South Africa water project.  Randy wants to bring this up at the next board meeting, and that it will fall under Laura’s presidency.
Denise presented a $500 donation to the club from her business.  The check is the result of her meeting special goals (“super-goals”) set by the company who chose to make the donation to our club
Don reminded the club that RLI was beginning its on-line course this coming Saturday
Happy Bucks
Randy was happy to have seen his great granddaughter, 3 yrs old, in Las Vegas while visiting with his son
Harold was happy to have had breakfast last week with John Z who is leaving for Canada for a few months.  Harold was also fighting with over 10,000 slides from his world-wide travels in the 60’s and 70’s; the slides got spilled and were all mixed up!
John happily reported that he turned 73 yesterday
Carol attended the recent book fair on campus and reported delight in hearing authors’ lectures
Mary and Cathy said that Felicia’s Farms was advancing well.  Cathy will be in Rocky Point for a long weekend
Don will be heading again to New York this Thursday where he will visit family
Laura was delighted that the UA women’s (and men’s) basketball teams were so highly ranked ahead of the infamous March Madness tournament
Peter regretted that he had to miss the past several meetings due to travel schedules
Cindy was happy to have had a fantastic time with kids at the UA Festival of Books
Randy was looking forward to attending his first women’s basketball game
Beckie reminded all of the Poker Night fund raising event for the Dove Mtn club.  She also reminded all of the upcoming social meeting at the 390th Air Museum on March 26.
Don mentioned that the District has donated a total of $12,000 to Shelter Box and that ours and Dove Mtn were the first two clubs to raise the awareness.
Guest Speaker
 Needing no introduction, Peter Mack spoke of his fascinating career trajectory in astronomy and telescope  construction, repair and restoration; beginning at a young age with a pair of binoculars and evolving into involvement with some the most sophisticated telescope projects world-wide.   His education in England was followed by a stint teaching at Oklahoma, of all places, followed by a several year period at Kitt Peak.  Peter broke from academia and research to form his own, independent telescope restoration and maintenance company which he remains very involved in to this very day.   
Peter’s story is truly unique and the club is most fortunate to have his support and membership.  Everyone hopes to soon hear about his involvement in the JWST space telescope project!
Marana Rotary Club
March 8, 2022 weekly meeting
Randy glowed over the success of the Tour de Cookie and thanked everyone for the unprecedented effort making this Tour the most successful yet. 
Happy Bucks
A quick check in quickly turned into a recap of the Tour. 
Harold has over 70 photos that he can share to the website.
Cathy heard a few comments that there was not enough signage: couple of folks asking directions.
Dan thanked everyone for making this Tour the least stressful of all.  Numbers not yet firm, but looks like we took in approx. $12,500. 
Beckie and Mary commented that a few voiced environmental concerns over the use of so many baggies for individual cookies. 
Laura suggested that we take all of the feedback into a small committee to evaluate for future Tours.
Discussions turned to the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine.  Don commented that Shelter Box has an assessment team on the ground in Poland, Romania and Hungary to determine what is needed besides tents or temporary shelter, such as building materials  and tools.  The supplies will be purchased locally to also help the effected economies.  A donation of $1,000 will buy a shelter box with up to seven kits.  Six rotary clubs are already raising funds for Shelter Box. 
Harold said the Foundation would contribute $1,000 to Shelter Box, Bob said he will match that donation amount.  It was suggested that the Marana Rotary Foundation should contribute $2,000 to SB.   A vote taken was unanimous.  Also, it was noted that today being International Women’s Day, RI will match any gifts up to $10,000.  Don Jorgensen said that he will make sure that any gifts made today will qualify for the match.
Other announcements
The Air Museum social event is slated for Saturday, March 26.  Ten members said they planned to attend. 
Mary shared a video made by Sulee regarding the world peace essay contest.  Sulee has done a fabulous job on this effort.  Mary and Sulee commented that kids really put their hearts into the effort.   Bob seconded the feeling and said that the event was quite emotional.
The next meeting will be hybrid at the fire station.   Peter Mack will present on the space telescope program.
Marana Rotary Club
March 1, 2022 weekly meeting
Happy Bucks
Randy was delighted with the number of events the club was involved in and the support of our members
Harold had mixed feelings after selling his Bonanza airplane after 45 years of flying.  Goodbye to a family member
Cathy was happy about a memorial after 6 months
Sulee was happy about the collaborative effort with Mary producing the Peace video
Bob was breaking up with bad connection, so simply reported that he was happy!
Cindy was happy to have a track event coming up involving her grandson.  Randy suggested that she and John be given assigned reserved seats for all of the sporting events they attend
John was just very happy today
Beckie was happy to have the Tour de Cookies flyers ready to hand out and has been VERY busy with the event
Laura was happy to have had a great experience at PETS last weekend in Los Angeles
Mary was happy to have closed off the Cameroon Project with RI and to have shared an amazing time with the kids in the Four-Way essay contest
Don also attended PETS where he met the incoming RI president, Jennifer Jones.  He shared that Laura was really stepping up to the plate and taking on a lot of work as incoming Pres
Andy was reporting in from Colorado Springs, more about that later!
Denise was still happily working very hard on the Tour de C.
Dan was also working hard on the Tour, which has grown immensely.  Dan feels less nervous than previous years, despite there being over 300 riders expected.  He is lining up the troops for this Saturday’s event.
Miscellaneous Announcements
Randy and Deb will work backwards at the Tour, thanking the booth sponsors as they ride to the starting point.
Cindy mentioned that District Governor, “Hank”, will stop by our booth at the Tour
Laura mentioned that there are over 80 Rotary Clubs in Ukraine with 1100 members.  And that RI has expressed their concern and support for the crisis they are facing
Guest Speaker
Bob introduced today’s speakers, Mike and Joan of Primeamerica, a financial advisory firm providing counseling and guidance for money management.  Mike explained their approach towards responsible money management and retirement planning.  They guide their clients through debt strategies and retirement planning.  Mike described their approach through a series of concepts that were thoughtfully presented.  Most of us older folks could have used their visions during our earlier years!
Thank you, Bob, for arranging this interesting talk!
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MCAT Student Of The Month 

MCAT - Marana Career & Technical High School is an optional opportunity for Marana High School and Mountain View High School students to learn and earn academic credit in a non-traditional educational setting. 

The Marana Rotary Club has been honoring students from MCAT for over 22 years. 

Below are Students for Rotary Year July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

Noah  Romero           Sept
Paris Fisher                Oct
Jake Weller                 Jan
Lilliana                        Feb
Brisel Riveria             April
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