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
P O Box 91502 Zip Code 85752
Tucson, AZ 85743
United States of America
Current Events
The Rotary Club of Marana Hosts Hybrid Meetings
Visitors Are Always Welcome
We Request that In-Person Guests be Vaccinated
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Marana Rotary Club
Weekly Meeting November 23, 2021, Minutes
This weeks meeting was held entirely virtual.
 El Tour de Tucson, Aide Station review- excellent participation was acknowledged from the Dove Mountain club, maybe 8 members helping out.  Need more people in the future, being the first station for both the long ride and short rides, masses stopped at the same time.  Need more tables and definitely, more porta-potties.  None were delivered so the church porta-potties had to be used.  Long lines resulted.  Laura and Adisa were enormous help.  It was noted that the Dove Mountain tee shirts were awesome, and Sulee offered to provide mock-ups for our club’s consideration.  Everyone commented on our awesome signage.
Randy reported that he completed his ride in 3 hrs 50’ and 30”; thirty seconds before the imposed deadline.  Ibuprofen is working well.  Deb left him in the dust.
Randy asked if his incessant bullying style intimidated anyone.  Nobody could respond.  Seriously, all who dared respond reported no issues.  The meeting moved on.
Dark days- a discussion ensued on dark days in December.  It was decided to accept Mary’s generous offer to have a more festive meeting at her house on Dec. 21st.  Lynne will bring her famous pumpkin cheesecake.   Dec 28th will be our normal Zoom meeting.
Thanksgiving families- Dan shopped for and delivered meals to two very appreciative families.  One was an out-of-work gentleman and the other a single Mom.  Since only slightly over $300 of the budgeted $600 was spent, the idea of adding another family for the X-mas effort was floated.  The club unanimously agreed to add one family for this year’s X-mas effort. 
Randy met with Michael Drake regarding the AZ-Mexico friendship group’s meeting coming up the first weekend in February to consider global grant projects.  Bob Bishop is looking into some environmental grant program opportunities.  The grant process is slow; therefore, it may be too late for grant approvals under Randy’s presidency and the grants may fall under Laura’s leadership.  Randy asked that willing Marana members participate in the February AZ-MX meeting. 
Randy reminded the club that at least two club members take and pass the grant writing test each year in order for the club to be eligible for grant requests.  To date, only Randy and Mary qualify.
Discussions were held regarding the agendas for the December meetings.  Randy would like to induct Cindy Dooling at the December 7th meeting and have the MCAT Student presentation at the Dec 14th meeting.  Randy will confirm through Richie that Dec 14th works for MCAT and, if not, the dates will be reversed.
Beckie reminded all that the social meeting next week will be held at the winery on Monday, Nov 29th from 4-5:30 PM.  A poll was taken, and eleven attendees are expected.  Wine and cheese will be provided.  Anyone not drinking wine should bring their own beverage choice.
Mary reminded everyone of the December commitment to the maintenance of the Peace Garden.   Harold referred everyone to the Sept 28 minutes for the list of folks who volunteered.
Randy and John D reminded everyone of the club’s commitment to match Foundation donations, up to $500 total (i.e. $250 donation plus $250 club contribution) for the months of November and December. 
Thanksgiving Plans
Harold will join his daughter for Thanksgiving dinner.  Randy recalled Harold’s daughter’s involvement in Boxing Gifts for soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan
Mary leaves tonight for Sonoma County with her daughter and plan to follow Thanksgiving with a bakery tour in San Francisco.
Bob is heading to Tempe to join Linda’s family for T-day.
John and Cindy plan for a great week with nephew and family in Scottsdale.  Today he buys Cindy the gift of hearing aides (for John!) and they look forward to their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday
Don is staying in NY for the holiday with his daughter and grandsons; both of whom are high-energy and under 6 years old.  The grandsons, that is.
Laura is hosting siblings
Beckie plans for a PJ football day with her daughter
Sulee is having a quiet Thanksgiving this year; we wish them peace and solitude for her holiday
Denise is having T-day at her mother’s house
Lynne will start baking pumpkin cheesecake to bring to her brother’s house in Scottsdale
Andy plans to sit by a fire and watch football
Dan is hosting family this year for a big gathering
Randy will enjoy T-day with nine humans and four dogs. 
Marana Rotary Club
Weekly meeting minutes, November 16, 2021
The meeting was held hybrid today, with two attending virtually.   Next week’s meeting will be all virtual.
The Board held a brief special meeting to approve a motion as follows:
Motion:  to provide $400 in club funds to support the laying of wreaths at Veterans’ gravesites.  The event will occur in mid-November of 2021.
The motion was approved and presented to the club for approval.  Mary made the motion, Andy seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.
Mary introduced to the club our guest speaker, Dr. Kiomi Marino of the University of Arizona Tree Ring Research Laboratory.
Happy Bucks:
Bob- was happy to be back in Tucson and gave fifty happy bucks to make up for his absence while in Virginia.
Andy- commented that this was the first meeting where he couldn’t wear PJ’s, having attended virtually since his induction, and was inspired to match Bob’s $50
Harold- was happy to have survived a 6 hour “outpatient procedure” to remove his thyroid.  All normal, thank goodness.
Denise- was happy with the weather and sunshine
Laura- was just happy- favorite time of the year, sun and cool temperatures.   Apparently house chores are done.
Mary- was happy after playing in the mud at Felicias Farms
Kiomi- was happy to be meeting new people
Cathy- just seemed happy!
Peter-was happily traveling like crazy again.  And enjoyed his stint greeting Rotary dignitaries at the airport last week
Randy was happily training for the big ride; 28 and 20 mile practice rides.  Thanked and reminded those who pledged to support his ride with donations for the end polio drive.
Cindy Dooley was happy to have just gotten into the virtual meeting after being given the correct links by Sulee
Sulee was happy to be meeting the daily challenges.  Awaiting Jim’s biopsy results.  We again pray for all to be good.
Mary and Denise reminded all of the aide station and its location for this Saturday’s El Tour.  Set up will be at 9:30 and our station should be finished receiving riders by 1PM.  Any additional volunteers are welcome.
A tradition of after the meeting breakfast at the Bisbee Club has begun.  Bouba will attend this morning and maybe update those on the status of the women’s business endeavor in Cameroon.
Randy reminded all that Cindy’s application for membership has been approved by the Board and that everyone has one week to respond before Cindy is inducted into our club.
MCAT wanted to have their student of the month attend and speak at the Dec 30 meeting; however, we will be “dark”.  Richie will arrange another date.
Guest Speaker
Mary introduced our speaker again, Kiomi.  Dr. Marino is a research scientist at the U of A Tree Ring Lab having arrived at the U of A from Canada in the mid-1980’s and discovering her passion at the lab.  Kiomi’s provocative presentation described how tree ring data contributes to the understanding of climate change.  The talk sparked interesting questions and certainly brought new perspectives towards the usefulness of tree ring research. 

Rotary Club of Marana
Thanks to Laura for taking these excellent minutes!  Andy
Minutes from November 9 Rotary Club of Marana Meeting

Club social planned for a wine tasting at Old Pueblo Cellars at the end of the month.

Request has been made for the club to donate to a group that puts wreaths on veterans’ graves. It was suggested that we donate $400, a similar amount that we gave to the police foundation for officer equipment.

Happy Buck highlights:
Bob was happy about his wife’s upcoming birthday which they will celebrate in Sedona.
Dan was happy to announce that we have two families from MCAT identified to be “adopted” for our Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner and presents gifts.
Lynner, Harold, and Cathy all reported “just happy”.
John was happy to watch grandsons compete in state championships in swimming and mountain bike racing.
Don was beyond happy to convince his grandson to wear pants to daycare.
Denise was happy to have our guests in attendance.
Mary and Peter, as well, were happy to see everyone at the meeting.
Laura was happy the UA football won a game and broke the 20-game losing streak.
Randy was happy and thankful for those who helped him greet District Conference attendees at the airport and thankful to those supporting his ride in the El Tour de Tucson.

Guest Speaker Shirley Grace

Twenty-year Rotarian Shirley Grace, who is in town prepping for the El Tour de Tucson, was our guest speaker and shared “What I’ve Learned” from two decades of service through Rotary.

First, you have to stop and take stake before you can move forward. Shirley had just finished a major project for Rotary and wanted to spend some time on herself. She went on an African safari through a Rotary club and then biked and boated across eight countries in Europe. She was then recharged and ready to go in January 2020 to participate in Operate Smile, which provides surgeries to correct cleft palates and cleft lips in infants and toddlers. Shirley went to Vietnam for Operation Smile where followed 9-month-old Nei through the process and eventual surgery.

Second, be flexible. When the opportunity knocks, take it. Shirley did this and went to India where she not only got to see Rotary grants in action – the installation of libraries and restrooms for elementary children – but also to participate in a wedding celebration – all because of her Rotary connections.

Third, be creative. Shirley and her husband decided to downsize and that meant finding new homes for an extensive cookie jar collection. They did so, in large part be donating the cookie jars to schools and other organizations who filled the jar with cookies and either sold them or gave them away.

Finally, love thy neighbor. Just months after selling their home nestled in the California forest, the Creek fire ravaged the area and burned dozens of structures and homes, including their former house. It was a reminder that we must take care of one another.
NOVEMBER 2, 2021
Opened the meeting at 7:00 am with the pledge of allegiance
Randy started by telling us that Don and Randy went to the District conference and one of the sessions was on diversity, they talked about the struggle that Rotary in general with diversity, inclusion, and equity among the membership.
Randy said he got a letter from Ri yesterday that said somebody donated a large sum of money from the club to the foundation.  The check probably came from Lynne (remember we said a $2000 check was to be sent to the foundation).

We received a certificate regarding the miles walked in the walk contest-Randy gave Don the certificate, As it turns out several members contributed to this walk.  Including Sulee who walked hundreds of miles and Don J. who ran long distances.  Randy contributed by walking as well.  Great job team.
Denise updated us about the El Tour, November 20, 2021, she gave us info on the Aid Station which will be at Redeemer Lutheran  8845 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743 ( see picture below).  She gave us all the info on aid station – must be ready to go by 10am.    There will be an aid station contest (what can we do?).   John will meet Dan and give him the canopy, table  etc.  Things we need:
  • Canopy & Sandbags
  • Scissors
  • cut-up fruit as needed and placed in trays provided, paper cups
  • good snacks
    • peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches
    • salty chips
    • watermelon
    • electrolyte mix
    • gummy bears
    • pickles
  • water
  • trash bags
  • pickles
  • bicycle pump
  • Allen wrench
  • First aid kit
  • Tongs for picking up food
  • Plastic gloves
  • Rotary Banners
Randy congratulated Mary for the Peace Garden and how good it looks (Mary thank you and your team for all the hard work).
For a club social, in the future,  Becky said Harold recommended a wine tasting from 4pm to 5:30pm it was presented and voted on and passed, they will provide additional information.
Bob Bishop and John Dooling spoke on the Rotary Foundation
Bob went first,  regarding the Rotary Foundation. He described how the Rotary Foundation is funded in part by E.R.E.Y.  (do you know what that means?   another way is other doners who donate directly to the foundation.  The last way is the endowment fund and bequests.  There is a board of trustees who review and make the decision of how the funds are invested.  The Rotary Foundation has very low overhead and comes in at #1 on Charity Navigator for keeping our overhead down. 
The money is divided up into two groups (World Fund and District Designated Fund).
They get broken up into four funds (Polio Plus/Global Grants/District Grants/Peace Centers and other Districts). Randy recommends if you donate give to the Annual Fund, and/or Polio. Each contributions go toward your Paul Harris recognition. The annual fund is the only way District Designated Funds are returned to our district in 3 years to pay for grants. 
John talked about the Marana Rotary Club, and he did it in a way of asking questions and gave $20 out to everyone who answered  (the idea was to give the money John gave for the answers to Randy for his ride) He got a total of $321.00) John you’re the best.
One of the questions that surprised me was are there any people still in an Iron Lung in USA?  the answer was 2.
Rotary’s goal is to 50 million in the polio fund in order to benefit from the Gates foundation match of 2-1 for polio eradication.
Our club has several  Paul Harris fellows and benefactors, and two bequest society members (annuities) and for the last 5 years our club per-capita we have been 2-4 times the average district donations. John described the three types of donation members:
Sustaining Member (This is a Rotarian who donates at least $100 US to the Foundation in a Rotary year)
Paul Harris Fellowship (When a Rotarian or a Club has donated $1,000US to the Foundation the Rotarian may elect to nominate another individual as a Paul Harris Fellow. Self-nomination by the Rotarian is completely acceptable. Cumulative donations by a Rotarian or a Club over multiple years count towards Paul Harris Fellowship recognition.)
Paul Harris Society (When a Rotarian pledges to donate $1,000US per year to the Foundation that Rotarian becomes a member of the Paul Harris Society.) They must apply and commit to giving a minimum of $1000.00 per year to The Rotary Foundation.
Major Donor Once a Rotarian has donated a total of $10,000 US cumulative over time, that Rotarian becomes a Major Donor Level 1. There are subsequent levels for further donations in varying increments. We have two major donors in the club.
Arch Klumph Society (A Rotarian who donates $250,000US in a one-time donation of cash or equivalent become a member of the Arch Klumph Society.)
Benefactor (Individuals who include The Rotary Foundation for any amount in their estate plans are recognized as Rotary Foundation Benefactors.)
Bequest Society (Individuals who include The Rotary Foundation as a beneficiary of at least $10,000US in their estate plans are recognized as members of the Rotary Bequest Society Member Level 1. There are subsequent levels for further donations in varying increments.)
Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 am
Marana Rotary Notes 10/26/2021
Business meeting via zoom, called to order # 701 am
We will have an MCAT student @745 am via zoom, Richie and Dan will be there in person
Randy said several people said the MCAT Student presentation just doesn’t seem the  same.  Before the students and family were joining us in person for the whole meeting and it felt more intimate to see the kids in person.   Dan said he talked to Denise from MCAT, and like the way the last one went.   Dan said the zoom meetings work better for the kids and their family, not having to get transportation to the venue.  Mary said there is a lot of value in the kids seeing our meeting we are supposed to be introducing our youth into leadership and there is a lost opportunity where they are not attending.  Peter said it was nice when they came but the fact that we only get a donut, he felt the zoom one we had the last time wasn’t bad.  Don feels the zoom works ok also, and hearing from Dan the transportation is such an issue, it’s working out ok.  Richie said it falls back on us to connect with student as well, be prepared with questions.
Sad news Randy and Don where is a meeting for crises response in Rotary and learned that the President of the Rotary Club of Casa Grande, drowned in a rip tide in Hawaii.  So keep them in your thoughts.
Randy said there was a special committee meeting regarding the additional funds the club has  club regular account.  Lynne spoke on behalf of the committee; Lynne had prepared a report of things we have to pay each quarter it was broken down by things we should pay, things we should pay and those that discretionary and the total is $148.00 a quarter so we will leave the dues at $150.00.  She said they voted to waive the dues this quarter.   And that donations will be $2000 to the Marana Rotary Foundation and $2000 to the Rotary International Annual fund.    John, Peter & Harold will donate their quarterly dues  to the Rotary annual Programs fund.  Sulee will donate her fees to the Marana Rotary Foundation to be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas for the family selected.  – Randy said taxes have been paid per Lynne.
Volunteers need to be at the airport on Thursday November 11th  from 8am to 8pm, to welcome Rotarians from around the world coming in for the District conference.  Mary has volunteered and possibly Denise, coupon need to be hand them for $5.00 off for their taxi ride to their hotel.  There is approximately 500 Rotarians coming to the conference.
Shirley Grace will be our speaker on Nov 9th, she has a global grant for Zimbabwe boys and girls club in Harare, she has donated to us she is asking for $.
The District Conference this week -  Mary and Don will be attending.
Harold said that Denise has a meeting October 30 from 11:30-1 re the El Tour De Tucson aid station
Dan will be working to get a name of a family who is in need from Denise @ MCAT, for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Sulee will be working with Dan to get the food together and gifts for the family.
Randy and Mary said the Peace Pole Dedication was great, speakers were good and there was a great representation of the community (Law Enforcement- Fire Department).  It was very unifying for our community and really felt like we were ONE.    
We didn’t do happy bucks today – but happy to see Becky joining us – recovery has been a bit harder than she thought it was going to be.
 MCAT student: Paris Fisher her mom Nicole and Aunt with two cousins attended us via zoom.
Denise started by saying she is changing up the format a little bit by asking some interviewing Paris.   Denise said she is a triple threat student they grade on academics, attitude & attendance and she is exceeding all three of them.
D - What schools did you go to in elementary.  P- said she went to about 6 schools in elementary school, went to Tortilla Middles School and then went to Mountain View and they started online and then found she wanted to go to school in person and came to MCAT when she was behind in credits and now, she is going to graduate ahead of time.
D- she is such a communicator  P- Yes, I like to interact with people and be positive with them.
D- What are going to do when you graduate  P- I am thinking about moving to Oregon to be with my mom or to Phoenix where I have other relatives.

D- What are going to do after graduation P- I am thinking about Bio-medical Engineering  or Wildlife Research
Richie gave her movie tickets and a certificate on behalf of the Rotary Club of Marana.
Marana Peace Garden Dedication
October 22, 2021
Members of the Town of Marana community gathered to dedicate its new Peace Garden, built by the Rotary Club of Marana in a peaceful enclave of the Marana Crossroads District Park.  Participants of the event included the Marana Chief of Police and Officers, the Northwest Fire Chief, a Pima County Supervisor representative, past and future District 5500 Governors, the Pastor of a nearby church, a member of a local Orthodox Jewish community, and Rotary Club of Marana members and friends.    
With each speaker, a felt sense of community and responsibility to peace grew.  Each spoke uniquely about peace, but there was also a common core addressed.  Peace is an attitude of interest, compassion, and understanding toward ourselves and others, even in the face of internal or external conflict.  Conflict is a symptom that occurs when parts of ourselves, a person, or group are not welcomed with understanding. 
As Rotarians, we know that conflict, hunger, poverty, disease, repression all underlie interruptions in peace.  It is why our intent is to do good works in the Rotary Areas of Focus throughout the world.  It is not enough, however, to do good deeds alone.  The most important component of our work and the one with the most lasting value comes when we incorporate attitudes of peace; interest, compassion and understanding with those we serve; when we elevate voices.
May Peace Prevail on Earth

Marana Rotary Club
Weekly Meeting Minutes, Oct. 19, 2021
The hybrid meeting dove straight into Happy Bucks:
John D. reports his wife was in San Francisco and N California for a week.
Lynne was happy that tax season was over and shared a funny frog joke
David was happy to have spent time in Pinetop and had a great time seeing the first snows of the season
Andy was looking forward to his trip to Canada and S. America
Sulee reported that her husband’s medical challenges had increased, ☹; all offered their support and prayers
Harold was happy to see new members showing interest in our club
John Z. happily reported on his great grand daughter’s marriage and that he was enjoying two great, great grandchildren, ages 2 and 4
Denise was happily preparing for a vacation to Sedona
Don was happy to have the Tucson Car Show, and coveting the Bat Mobile
Peter lost his bags for 5 days in Washington D.C., but managed to visit his wife in Minneapolis before she returns to Tucson following a prolonged absence, leaving Peter to his own resources
Cathy’s best friend is visiting the next day AND she is celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary.   Congratulations!
Mary reports that she is getting though life and her daughter was a “handful”
Richie was happy that our IT is running so well, and thanked Peter for his clear instructions and generous help throughout the meeting debugging.  And, Richie was happy for the passing of the summer solstice and changing weather
Laura was not happy with the U of A football team and offered anyone tickets if they wanted.  (I’m sorry, Laura; the minutes are late and their record is now even worse)
Randy was happy to be standing erect in front of us
Drawing- Harold offered the deck and Sulee drew the four of clubs.
  • Randy reminded the meeting of the Ceremony commemorating the Peace Garden, this Friday at 3PM.  Attendees will include Marana Chief of Police and other Town officials and members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors.  The keynote speaker will be Anita McDonald, district governor-elect and the topic will be “Peace”.  Cathy will also speak on the role of food and hunger resolution as role-players in peace.  Mary will provide brochures inviting attendees to attend our meetings.
  • A decision needs to be made regarding a $400 donation to the Southern AZ Law Enforcement Assoc. towards their upcoming raffle.  Randy will table this at the budget meeting to immediately follow this meeting
  • Randy asked Lynne, Harold, John D. Laura, Don and Andy (if the zoom link will hold, which it did not) to join a brief budget meeting immediately following our meeting
  • Randy is asking for authorization from the club’s Board for a $100 kick-starter donation to the newly formed Tucson Verde Rotary Club founded by Michael Drake.  The new club’s mission is environmentally focused.
  • Mary reported that she has not seen the $500 check from the District Foundation for the Peace Garden plaque.  It was indicated that it may be too late as the donation was under the past governor, and that the Marana Rotary Club may bear this cost.
  • Lynne reported that the check Cathy’s daughter’s RYLA support will be issued today.
  • Today’s Speaker
Mary Straus agreed to speak on Vocation as it relates to Ethics.  As a part of her presentation, she asked each club member to describe their vocation and how they felt it related to ethical and sel-fulfilling values.
  • Sulee- as an on-line media trainer she is motivated by reducing bullying.  In law enforcement for 30 years, helping families in times of crisis.
  • Dave a business attorney who helps people solve complex problems
  • Randy, as a psychotherapist helping people keep their jobs and overcome alcohol addition
  • Laura as an attorney who advocates for those injured on the job and vulnerable
  • John D. in the insurance business 36 years, helping people and achieving highest rates of client retention through successful feedback
  • Lynne, as a CPA helping to reduce peoples’ taxes
  • Harold in 57 years selling manufactured houses which helped younger people acquire their first homes.
  • Denise as a jeweler who takes pride in repairing family heirloom jewelry
  • Don has dedicated his career towards consulting for addiction treatment programs assisting in recovery
  • Peter takes joy out of his IT wizardry
  • Cathy through Felicia’s Farms helps people overcome food challenges
Mary wrapped up her presentation by touching on the backgrounds of three founders; Paul Harris, Arch Klumpf, and Herbert Taylor and the history of Rotary International under their guiding principles.  She described each’s motivations in founding RI with regards to ethics and their specific vocations.
The talk provided interesting perspective on the history of Rotary.   Sulee commented that she thoroughly enjoyed each member sharing their story and that we all learned more about each other.
Marana Rotary Club
Weekly meeting minutes
October 12, 2021
Randy – said he would like to have $500.00 donated SALF (Southern Arizona Law Foundation)
John Dooling made a motion to give up to $500.00 to he SALF organization.   Don Second it, we voted majority vote was passed.
Randy said at the board meeting, a new committee was formed, and John Dooling is the head of it.  It is to decide what we will do with the excess funds the club has $18k in GF, and the foundations has $11k.
The Peace Garden dedication will be Friday the 22nd from 3:00 – 4:00 pm.  The poles have the phrase “May peace prevail on earth” in 16 languages.
Randy said we still need some minister, rabbi, Muslim leader to speak the will speak about 2minutes.  Laura will try and get on from the Lutheran Church and Kathy has a relationship with the Jewish Center she will contact them.  Don will attempt to contact one of the Indian tribes to see if someone would be willing to talk.
Sulee will take the banners next Tuesday and bring them on Friday to the dedication.   The Marana Police Chief and some dignitaries from Rotary are already scheduled.
Kathy has written a press release regarding the dedication.
Happy Bucks:
Harold – told Randy we had not received the $500 from RI for the bench at the peace pole, Randy said he would investigate it and that’s what Harold is happy about.   Kathy things are going well.  Sulee is just happy.  John Dooling told us about his 50 years (college reunion and having some great conversations with some of his old friends.  Deznise will not be in town next week (I guess she is happy to get out of dodge for a week).   John Z, just happy.  Richie  is very excited he got a promotion at work to the HR Director this is a virtual pat on the back Richie.  Don 2000 families received shelter boxes in Haiti, and he is a Red Sox fan and there still in it.   Laura happy her brother came to town, and he fixed her screen door.   Randy, Happy he went to Kathy (who was a foreign exchange student) wedding in TX.
Our speaker was Ross Freezer, talked about Rotary Peace Corp Fellowship and where  he was at,(I didn’t get the name of the location)  and he said there are a 160 members of the Peace Corp that have returned and are here in the Tucson area.   We should be cultivating them to become members.
We can go online and see projects that peace club are posting online.   He showed us a video of where he served and donated close to 20,000 books.  The teacher and coordinator in the video said it how much the videos helped the kids.  One of the teachers said she had grown up in the US in such  book rich environment and these kiddos don’t have books they can usually read.  The books have been a chance to help the feel successful and when the finish a book they feel so excited.  The group have also been doing some training for teacher.   COVID had truly affected how this group can function right now.
  I was truly touched by the video.
Marana Rotary Club
Weekly meeting minutes October 5, 2021
The meeting was hybrid with Peter working out the last of the virtual bugs.   Peter will not be here next week; Harold agreed to stick-handle the virtual setup.  Peter will distribute setup -for -dummie -instructions to members for future use.
Happy Bucks
  • Peter updated us on the volcanic activities in La Palma.  Sadly, activity increases with new vents opening all the time.  Ash and lava have destroyed almost all the banana crops, effecting the entire population of 85,000.
  • Mary was searching for words, we will come back to her.
  • Dan was happy for the MLB playoffs, especially the iconic match up between the Red Sox and Yankees.  Twenty bucks worth of happiness.
  • Beckie was prepping for surgery, running the gauntlet of lab tests and pre-op checklist.  Why can’t this be done in one place?
  • Don was happy for the great relationships brought to us by Cathy and Felicia’s Farms.  Five bucks worth of happy.
  • Mary was till searching for words…..
  • John Z. was not happy with the performance of his hearing aids this morning.
  • Harold was happy to have his cataract surgery lined up for November.
  • John D. informed as to his turkey hunting adventure with his grandson in Young AZ where the one-pump town was out of gas, but a generous resident provided 5 gallons of the precious liquid.  No turkeys seen.
  • Denise was happy today for not having to wear a mask today.  Twenty bucks worth of happiness.
  • Andy was enjoying the Fall colors in the canyonlands and mountains of S Utah
  • Cathy was grateful for the technology afforded by Zoom to her mobile phone in these challenging times.
  • Laura was once again happily completing home improvement projects.
  • Randy was reporting from a questionable motel room in Richardsburg TX en route to a wedding for one of his former foreign exchange student.  Twenty bucks worth of happiness.
  • Randy will ride the 25-mile portion of the El Tour de Tucson (which Andy will someday figure out is different from El Tour de Cookie).  Randy asked for sponsors for which he will donate to Polio Plus.  Peter made the first offer of $2/mile, with a bonus of $50 if Randy finishes the 25-mile loop.
  • Beckie explained why her contact, the Medicaid advisor, cannot speak before clubs; but, said they were available if someone needs their contact.
  • Randy asked for members to become involved, if possible, with the Marana Chamber of Commerce.  Our club should have representation at the Chamber, plus we are seeking new members from the Chamber.
  • The Dove Mountain club will be holding a peace building meeting this coming Thursday (now last Thursday because these minutes are late) on Zoom.
  • The Southern AZ Law Enforcement Assoc will be holding a motorcycle rally on Oct. 30.  Various levels of sponsorship are available, and the club should discuss possible interest in supporting
Mary presented one of two powerful presentations from the Rotary Peace Conference, District 5495.  Unfortunately, the three of us on Zoom had no audio and , apparently, there were also sound issues in the NWFD meeting room.   Mary subsequently circulated the presentations to members.
Andy Swarthout, Secretary

Marana Rotary Club
Weekly meeting minutes, Sept. 28, 2021
General Announcements
Cojibo- Randy clarified that the approval for another year of funding ($2,000 this year in addition to $2,000 this past year) was OK with John D. as this was started under his presidency.  John agreed.  Randy asked that we consider how and when to visit the project so we have skin in the game.
Mary spoke about the Peace Garden.  It seems that we are now the stewards of the Garden in perpetuity.  Mary would like to orient club members as to how the maintenance should be carried out and asked for monthly commitments from each member.  Members committed as follows:
Denise, October                                                       Beckie, March
Cathy, November                                                     Laura, April
Dan, December                                                         Randy, May
Sulee, January                                                          Harold, June
Bob, February                                                           Mary, July
Dan and Andy deferred for now, not knowing their schedules.  Maintenance should be straight-forward; rearranging the decorative rocks, etc.  Tools required, gloves and a rake.
A dedication for the Peace Gardens was set for Oct. 22 at 3PM.  This should allow for notice to be given to Marana Town officials and other invitees to hopefully attend.  Mary suggested that spiritual leaders, such as local indigenous representatives, be included.  Invitations are being prepared.
Happy Bucks (was to be abbreviated due to time constraints, but thanks in part to John D., was not)
  • Sulee reached out to Harold for offering a portable oxygen system for her husband to take to frequent doctor’s appointments.  Sulee mentioned that this was a great example of our club’s internal support.
  • Randy was happy that it felt like Fall in the Old Pueblo.
  • Harold was happy that his physical therapy was helping his knees.
  • Laura was feeling a sense of accomplishment having had time for some home projects.
  • Beckie was preparing for hip surgery.  Many offers were made to bring meals; however, Beckie says that Carl is a good cook.
  • Peter celebrated his first grandchild!  His wife is with his daughter in Minnesota until January.  Peter described the devastation from the volcanic eruptions on the island of La Palma where he had been just a few months back working at the observatory, now closed.
  • Don reported a “strange week” and it will only get stranger as his Rotary functions ramp up.  His wife leaves for one month so he and Peter may hook up to commiserate.  Don was also looking forward to several doctor’s appointments (nothing serious, gracias a dios) and signing up for Medicare, a byzantine gauntlet.
  • Mary was simply outdoors and happy.
  • Andy was enjoying the Fall colors in the mountains of southern Utah.
  • Denise was meeting with vendors as her high season approaches.  Sadly, she reported the passing of an uncle from COVID at 83 years of age, leaving two orphaned cousins.
  • Bob was enjoying his remaining time in Virginia before taking the long drive out west to Tucson.  Yesterday he logged 16,000 steps doing yardwork.
  • John was his usual happy self.  His computer issues were fixed (for now), one grandson participated in a muddy mountain bike event in Flagstaff and another grandson is in the top 10 competitive swimmers in AZ.
  • Cathy is happily ordering 325 chickens and celebrated a birthday last week.  Happy Birthday, Cathy!
  • Dave has had a busy week with work and increasingly active kids.  Almost stepped on a rattlesnake while watering and hopes a rattlesnake plague isn’t coming.
  • Dan is lamenting the past 1 and ½ years of Zooming and wishes for more face-to-face experiences soon.  Dan asked the club to consider whether our meeting venue at Northwest Fire is the best solution.  Or the hybrid/virtual venues.  Beckie suggested that we give it more time as Peter has heroically resolved the hiccups.
Speaker, Don Jorgensen, Chair of the Membership Committee
Don shared a presentation summarizing the results of the recent members survey focusing on the  strengths and weaknesses of our club’s meetings, how to improve membership attraction and retention, and, generally, how to enhance the Marana Rotary Club experience.  Don’s presentation was an excellent and motivating synthesis of the members’ responses.  Don summarized:
  • Improving communications
  • Messaging to attract and retain new members
  • Suggestions for attracting dynamic speakers
  • Ideas for improving our weekly meeting experience.
  • Improvement ideas for an already awesome website (note: Randy reminded us how Marc Snow complimented Harold last week on our excellent website).
Don also shared the Membership Committee’s action plan for the coming year.  I believe it is safe to say that our club is excited to have Don in the running for District Governor.  Don’s presentation, rich in details, will be available on our website.

Marana Rotary Club Meeting Information
September 21, 2021
Guests of Honor:
Governor “Hank” Huisking
Assistant to the Governor Marc Snow
El Tour de Cookie is set for March 12th
At last evening’s board meeting, the Governor mentioned that a foreign exchange student is available for school year 2022/2023, is anyone interested?  Please consider and respond, if so.  This is for an inbound candidate.
Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Foundation is soliciting several levels of sponsorship.  Is our club interested?  For consideration and future discussion.
Due to time constraints, there is no Happy Bucks today.
Don won the drawing!
Marc Snow, Governor-elect for 2024/25, introduced himself.  Now living in Oro Valley, Marc is a native Montanan involved in Rotary for 15 years.  He has attended two international conventions in person and two on-line.  Marc has hosted several foreign exchange students.
“Hank” Huisking spoke to her focus as Governor.  Staying connected in these pandemic times is her driver.  Her membership credo is “each one of us Rotarians bring one and keep one member”.
Governor Huisking spoke about Rotary International’s president, Shekhar Mehta, and his philosophies leading Rotary.  The guiding messages the Governor shared were:
  • Two young girls in India who lived 17 miles apart led entirely different lives due to economic and social backgrounds.  These inequities must be overcome.
  • Empowerment of women, particularly young women, must be a priority.
  • Focus on days of service.  After the past two years of isolation, clubs must work together to accomplish something bigger.
Announcements from the Governor
  • The Governor noted that the upcoming conference at Casino del Sol is in person October 29-30 and encouraged everyone to attend.   Representative Julia Phelps and Alan Mallory will be keynote speakers.  Alan will speak on agile leadership and dealing with obstacles, timely topics.
  • RYLA will be held January 14th-17th, in person.
  • The RI Leadership course is being held virtually, Jan. 22nd, 29th, and Feb 5.
  • The Mexican-American Friendship Conference is being held Feb. 3-6.
  • Peace Day is tentatively set for Apr. 2nd, honoring 15 District 5500 Peace Clubs
  • The Four-Way Test Speech Contest will be Apr. 9.  The Governor’s goal is to have 15 students participate.
  • Finally, the Veteran Memorial Park foundation picnic will be held on May 22nd in Sierra Vista.
MCAT student of the month
Richie Benner presented Noah, our MCAT student, and his mom, Leandra.  Noah graduates in March from Coronado High with all A’s and B’s.  Noah checked all the boxes, Academics, Attendance and Attitude, in being selected for this honor.  His current goal is to be a shoe designer (athletic, not fashion) and Noah is very business directed.

Marana Rotary Club
Meeting minutes Sept. 14, 2021
The hybrid meeting was held at Mary Straus’s home featuring Cathy Lowling’s induction into the Marana Club.  Kudos to the numerous individuals who made this meeting a “virtual” success with respect to audio and visual components.  Randy thanked all for their patience not only for the struggle getting our hybrid meetings up to snuff, but for support during his 2 and ½ month travels away from Tucson.
Randy briefly described highlights of his Quixotic journey across the USA.  His time with Bob Bishop in Virginia certainly fortified an already strong friendship.  However, his serenading of folks along the shores of the lake in a paddle boat may have cost Bob some friendships.  Seriously, it sounded wonderful.  Randy also described an incident in the Midwest where a buffalo grabbed an errant tourist, removing her pants.  “The Midwest was a pleasant surprise.”
Randy asked Andy to order Rotary badges and pins for Sulee and Cathy.
There will be a virtual only board meeting Monday evening with the District Governor, “Hank” Husking.  Randy asked that Marana Club Board members attend, and all were welcomed and encouraged to attend. Goals and objectives of our club will be discussed; therefore, it is important that our club’s committee chairs attend as well.   I will distribute the time and links once confirmed.
Dianne will also attend our club meeting this coming Tuesday.  Randy asked that everyone attend, if possible.  The Governor personally attends over 50 club meetings per year; therefore, our efforts to attend are important.
Harold summarized last week’s social event where 7 club members toured the Marana Health Center.  Harold reported that there may be two great candidates there that may be interested in joining our club.
Harold also reported on efforts to have the 5th Tuesday in November social gathering at the 390 Air Museum. Several suggestions were made as to day and time.  Sulee offered to circulate a poll with options and set the meeting according to the majority preference.
 Induction of Cathy Lolwing into the Marana Rotary Club (note that yours truly finally spelled her name correctly, my apologies)
Mary Straus introduced Cathy, and her husband, Mark, to the club.  Cathy is the Executive Director of Felicia’s Farms, who we have come to know well as one of our club’s newest community projects.  Mark holds the position of Director of Circulation and Consumer Innovation of the Arizona Daily Star.  Randy provided background color prior to the formal induction.  Their daughter, Amanda, will be participating in RILA and they have a son, Sam, 21 years old studying to be an air traffic controller.  Both Cathy and Mark are musicians.  Cathy plays guitar and Mark has written over 1,000 songs.  Between Randy and the new inductees, our entertainment needs will be met for the foreseeable future.  Randy emphasized that Mark will also be considered a member and is invited to participate in the club’s activities.  Lynne presented a check from our club to Felicia’s Farms in the amount of $3250, representing ½ of the donation to Felicia’s Farms pending the remaining balance from the District.
Randy presented the pin to Cathy and the club warmly welcomed Cathy and mark to Rotary.  One of Cathy’s first involvements will be to assist in the Tour de Cookie event.
 Speaker, Don Jorgensen
Don provided more information regarding how Shelter Box functions.  We are all familiar with Shelter Box having participated for almost three years in supporting the effort.  The Marana Club has been named a “Hero Club” being one of the most successful clubs in raising funds; $1,000 per year for three years running. 
Don used the recent Haiti disaster in describing the behind-the-scenes activities of Shelter Box.  Shelter Box is aiding Haiti for the third time.
                2010- 20,000 families displaced by a major hurricane were provided shelter (tents)
                2015- Haiti was once again hit by a major hurricane and Shelter Box supplied rebuilding supplies designed for the youth to be actively involved.
                Today- Haiti encountered both earthquake and hurricane wherein 137,000 families were wiped out.
Don described just some of the methods that Shelter Box utilized before entering a country such as Haiti.  SB liaises with organizations such as the Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and the UN in designing logistical support.  Disaster aid is a straight-forward concept.  What is less understood are the steps taken before a decision is taken to provide assistance.  Don described the following:
An assessment team was sent, in this case, to the Dominican Republic because of uncertainty and political instability in adjoining Haiti.  Questions asked included:
  • Are there at least 200 families effected?
  • Will the required aid be needed for longer than one month?
  • Will Haiti even accept assistance?
  • Can the government perform duties such as facilitating customs on incoming aid?
  • Are there translators/facilitators?
  • Is there adequate security?  Protection under COVID conditions?
Needs in this case were determined to be quick, temporary shelter gear, mosquito netting, tarps, grommets, wire.  The assistance is underway and ongoing.  Thanks to Don for his commitment and eloquent presentation. 
Andy Swarthout, Secretary
Marana Rotary Club
Meeting minutes September 7, 2021
Next Tuesday, September 14th, the meeting (hybrid) will be held at Mary’s house at 7AM and will include a guest speaker and the induction of Kathy Lowling into our club.  The guest speaker will be Amanda, the CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce.  Amanda was scheduled to speak today; however, technical problems precluded the ability to have an effective presentation.
The meeting began with numerous glitches and frustration.  Peter, Harold, Mary and others did their level best to overcome audio and video connection issues.  The meeting was indeed hybrid with some using their phones and Mary refereeing communications using various devices.  We discussed ideas going forward including going purely hybrid and/or purchasing a laptop which would be set up for and dedicated to our meetings.  Harold will attend the Dove Mountain hybrid meeting this Thursday to observe how they deal with the venue.  Randy suggested calling a special board meeting within one week to weigh different solutions for presentation to the club. 
Happy Bucks (abbreviated)
Randy was elated to have encountered an albino wild turkey (proof unknown) during his travels in northeastern Washington state this morning on his way to an internet connection. 
Laura shared her happiness after just having four of her siblings visiting after a long absence
Others present were certainly happy; however, reports were skipped due to the late start this morning.
  • Mary reported that the District grant for Felicia’s Farm was approved in the amount of $1666.  She relayed a note from the District commending our club on our ongoing efforts towards improving our local community.
  • At the recent Board meeting, Harold and John raised the less-than-ideal conditions at the site where Felicia’s Farms produce were being delivered.  Sulee has identified a domestic violence shelter site as an alternative delivery point.  Mary asked for thoughts on other possible beneficiaries for the produce.
  • Harold advised that efforts were underway to have our next Social meeting (fifth week in November) at the 309 Air Museum
Committee Reports
Mary gave an update on special projects, time having run short at our last meeting: 
  • Cameroon Project- Bouba has reached out to the leader of the Women’s training association to resolve administrative challenges.  The group is expected to be back up and running soon.
  • Shelter Box- We expect to again participate in the program for the third year
  • Peace Garden (aka Peace Pole)- further arrangement is ongoing.  Final arrangement awaits Randy’s return next week
  • Holiday family support- we need to determine candidate families
  • MCAT- Kathy Lowling’s daughter, Amanda, has been approved as a student for RILA.  We could support another candidate; however, it is likely too late to submit application
Mary asked the club to consider additional projects.  Randy suggested club members volunteer to visit assisted living, especially memory-assisted living facilities as a club support project.  The idea was enthusiastically embraced.  Also consider Veteran homes
Andy Swarthout, Secretary
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