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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Marana in Marana, AZ


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:00 AM
Nana's Kitchen
8225 N. Courtney Page Way
Marana, AZ  85741
United States of America
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Rotary Club of Marana
 Dr. Peter Mack led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. President Hunter did not seek thoughts of the day from members, obviously learning from past experiences in solicitation in this regard. He did do a shout out to Charlie Benner who is growing like a weed.
A request was made to members to remain afterwards if they had input for the Tour de Cookie scheduled for 3/9/2019. This is our MAJOR fund raiser that enables us to do the various good deeds we do in this country and overseas. Everyone needs to get involved. Those who can might volunteer to distribute flyers to bicycle shops and help out on Sunday mornings at the Farmers Market from 8:30 to noon the next six or seven weeks.
 Dan announced a Poker Tournament for Friday February 15th to be held at Vision Church off Silverbell south of Cortaro Rd. Dan has organized several of these for our Club's benefit. With a decent turnout we can net a thousand or more. Please share the flyer with friends and family when it becomes available in a few days.
Discussion of a Club social the 29th of this month as it is the 5th Tuesday of January. Several ideas tossed out by members, but Top Golf seemed to be a popular idea. Since they were a sponsor of Tour de Cookie last year they might offer us a "deal". Tony to check it out and report next week.
RLI "College of Rotary Knowledge" will be offered 1/26/2019. Location to be at The Viscount Suite Hotel on Broadway. The $65 cost of attendance, which includes continental breakfast and lunch is paid by the Club. Richie Benner has signed up and others are encouraged to do so. Registration information is on District 5500 Website or speak with Randy Brooks for additional information. 
Denise West reports her purse being stolen at COSTCO when a man approached her as she was entering her car. With this distraction her purse was taken from inside her car. There have been multiple reports of this happening at COSTCO.
Rachel Cheeseman reports she too had this happen at Target a couple of weeks ago.
Happy Bucks
John-Happy to have Dan Contorno in our club. He is the main cog in our Tour de Cookie and Poker Tournament fundraisers.
Don-Thanks, Dan
Randy-Thanks, Dan
John Z-Thanks, Dan
Harold-Thanks, Dan
Mary-Thanks, Dan
Peter-Thanks, Dan
Well, you get the idea.
Also, Denise happy her jewelry was not taken
Rachel-Her friend elected to Amphi School Board
There were others that I just missed.
Joke Off
 Maeve-Patient goes to the Doc with carrots in his nose and broccoli in his ears. Doc immediately sizes up the situation and says, "I see the problem, you are not eating correctly". (I actually laughed at this simple humor) 
 Lynne-Three football Cardinal fans bemoaning thier team's dismal 2018 record. "I blame management" says the first. "I blame the players." announces the second. "I blame my parents." proclaims the third. If I had been born in Boston I would be a Patriots fan. (Truth demands that I report, as in most of her jokes, Lynne enjoyed her humor today as much OR more so than did her audience.Must be nice to have a Boston connection)
Based on the visual imagery of the patient ( and hatred of the Yankees, er, Pats) I "give" this one to Maeve.
John won AGAIN and lost AGAIN with four of hearts.
Guest speakers today were Bonnie Dudelston, Cemetery Administrator for AZ Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Marana and Tom Shambo. Board Member of the AZ Veterans Memorial Cemetery Foundation-Marana.
Bonnie played a video from in an effort to provide an historical perspective up to the present of the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery program. Land donated by the Kai family enabled the cemetery to open 3/14/2016. Funding to the tune of 7.6 million was required to prepare the land as a cemetery. Money for the daily management comes from the AZ Department of Veterans Services and the local AZ Veteran's Memorial Cemetery Foundation.
There have been 1,486 veterans interred in the past three years and there are 1,800 pre-registered, including our speaker Tom Shambo. The facility is designed to accommodate up to six burials a day with each having a twenty minute ceremony.
For additional information see the website above or or
Corrections or comments are appreciated. My attempts to report humorously AND accurately  sometimes go astray.
 Your Scribe,
John Dooling, Club Secretary
Rotary Club of Marana
Arriving exactly at 7:00 AM both I and Maeve missed the pledge, guest introductions and any new year thoughts our membership may have offered up. As they say, "The early bird catches the worm." In this case our infamous cuckoo clock dictated the start of the meeting, not my cell phone.
 Randy took the lead on our Club's family adoption for Christmas. Several hundred dollars donated by our club was spent in order for the family to have a merrier Christmas than what otherwise would have been possible. The family consists of a mother and four daughters, two of whom attend MCAT. Thanks, Randy.
President Hunter announced a full court press in our member recruiting process with numerous members assisting.
Happy Bucks
Randy-a good buck and a bad buck (maybe two good bucks. He was sick for his own NY's party.
Ritchie-Rain is always welcome in our arid state.
Rachel-HNY and family time
Beckie-Better weather here than SLC
Don-Family time in Seattle and nicer weather too
Peter-Daughter married Saturday and a shout out to Randy for Family sponsorship at Christmas
Bob-Friends in town. Oh, and Linda here with him this morning as well as guest speaker.AND IDENTICAL TWIN GRANDKIDS born over the weekend
Joke Off
Lynne- I think it goes like this: Preacher and Cab driver arrive at the pearly gates at the same time and the cab driver gets a bigger halo. The preacher naturally challenges this and when questioned admitted that sometimes his sermons were boring and put people to sleep. St Peter explained that nobody ever slept in the aggressive taxi cab owners vehicle and many were driven to praying for their lives. 
How can I clean this up? This is beginning to be weekly problem with Maeve as she dives into ever sinking depths of lurid humor to get a laugh and beat out Lynne for the Joke of the Day crown.
Okay, here goes: If you are taking a dump at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve is it the SOS different year?
Maeve wins! Must admit she knows her audience.
John won and lost the raffle with a 6 of diamonds.
 Our guest speaker, invited to our club by Bob Bishop, was retired aerospace legend Burt Rutan. Burt was "twice" awarded the Collier Trophy presented to those who have made "the greatest achievement in aeronautics in America..........."
Throughout his career he has worked on 46 manned research airplanes.Born into a family of Seventh Day Adventists sports were not allowed. At a very young age he was amazed to witness a low flying fleet of B36's and became enamored with building model planes. His first business after graduating from Cal Poly was started in 1973. It was the manufacturing of home built airplane kits. One of his companies founded in 1986 now has 600 employees. He is justifyingly proud of the "real" jobs and the tax revenue they create as opposed to government jobs that are 100% tax supported and created.
Much of Mr Rutan's talk dealt with the significant demise of NASA and space exploration. The 1965 NASA budget was 5.3% of the total US budget. Today's budgeted dollars are less than one tenth of that 1965 number. He mentioned his disappointment after the meeting with the fact that China appears to want to take the lead in space exploration and the recent deployment of a rocket and lander/rover to the far side of the moon and the simultaneous launching of the communication satellite since there is no direct line of sight to the far side of the moon. To drive home this disturbing trend he noted no one born after 1935 has walked on the moon. 
Mr Rutan was proud of the fact that a piece of the carbon filter from one of his early creations is on the Horizon Spacecraft that has passed Pluto and recently returned photos of Ultima Thule, 4 billion miles from earth. His belief is if you are doing things that are doable you are in Product Development. If you are working on things that are questionably even possible you are doing Research.
His most recent project, funded to the tune of 23 million by recently deceased Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is the Stratolaunch. its purpose to heave a half-million-pound rocket ship to cruising altitude and then drop it, whereupon the rocket would ignite its engines for a fiery ascent into space. Allen’s hope was that this extraordinary bird would be able to do quick laps between the ground and the stratosphere, making access to space no more exotic than a New York–to–Boston commuter flight. Launch is expected to be the fall of 2019.
One could not help but be reminded of The Spruce Goose masterminded by Howard Hughes and its one solo flight. With Elon Musk's SpaceX reusable rockets driving the costs down and reliability up does the Stratolaunch face the same fate? Only time will tell.
Today was a special day for our club. Seldom do we have the opportunity for such a distinguished person in their field speak to us. A winner of the prestigious Wernher Von Braun Memorial Award, named for the famous German rocket scientist who came to the USA after WWII, Mr Rutan provided us with a meeting to remember. As stated above he is truly a legend in the field of aerospace.
Board meeting John's office at 5:30PM Wednesday 1/9/2019.
Rotary Club of Marana
Today's meeting was a field trip to Jackpot Veterinary Center located at 6745 N La Canada Dr. Our tour guide, Karla Lombana DVM, is an owner and the daughter of Club Member Beckie Penman. Thirteen of our members enjoyed the tour and all were impressed with the size of the state of the art facility that is still partially under construction and the state of the art medical equipment. Jackpot Clinic serves both large and small animals and judging from the glowing review given by Maeve and Lyle Johnson the service is par none. It was voted best clinic in Pima county this past year.
You can visit their website at
The Club will be dark the next two Tuesdays. See everyone on the 9th of January 2019!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Rotary Club of Marana
Due to our Club's powerful connections we were greeted by none other than Ms Santa Claus as members and guests entered Nana's this morning. She even led us in the Pledge. President Hunter then led us in the singing of Frosty The Snowman with lyrics provided by Lynne. Those in attendance who had a more of a deprived/Dicksonian childhood could be spotted as they frequently referred to the printed lyrics, being unfamiliar with this festive Christmas  carol.
Today's guests included a friend of Bob Bishop's, Steve Prust.
 MCAT Student of the Month Ashlynn Clevland, her mother Roxann, Grandmother Bruna, boyfriend, brother, Staff Rep Dani Anich and MCAT Principal Denise Coronado.
Our Club will sponsor a family again this Christmas in the amount of $400. The committee consists of Richie, Tony, Randy and Rachel.
Randy advises the Rotary Vocational Fund topped out its donations for the year. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Happy Bucks
Bob Bishop did a fine job as Sgt At Arms.
Harold-Paid his IOU from last meeting and a few extra!
John-Student of the Month (SOM)
Mary- Grateful for Global Grant donations to Cameroon Project and they are where they need to be to continue with the project.
Denise, Steve, Beckie, Don Bob-All pleased for our SOM
Randy-Happy we had Ms Claus visit us.
Rachel-United Way
Richie-Charlie is 6 months old
Joke Off
Ms Claus stood in for Maeve Johnson who could not make today's meeting. Given Ms Claus' background and her omniscient knowledge of good and bad children, her "joke" concerned the very bad behavior of  one, Little Sammy, who decided the best way to get a new bike for Christmas was via kidnapping and extortion. Ms Claus did not say whether Little Sammy was successful or not.
Lynne took her front stage opportunity to regale us with humor at the expense of those labeled with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Mental Disorders from Manuals 1,2,3,4 and 5. Randy, Mary and Don (and possibly others with a mental health background) are aware a reference to all five DSM publications was required as psychiatric disorders change with the times. What once was crazy ain't necessarily so in today's world. Any who, humor at the expense of those less fortunate is always welcomed at this club. As a hard of hearing person I should know. God help us if we ever get so PC that we cannot enjoy good natured ribbing. Excuse me while I get off my soapbox and let Lynne know I especially enjoyed the Manic and the Paranoid versions of Christmas.
The Club by acclimation  approved the following officers for fiscal 2018/2019:
President-Richie Benner
President Elect-John Dooling
President Nominee-TBD
Treasurer-Lynne Himmer
Secretary-John Dooling
Member at Large-Harold Burtzloff
Member at Large-Bob Bishop
Immediate Past President-Tony Hunter
Somewhere along this time during our meeting Tony ducked out leaving President Elect Richie Benner in charge. We did not miss a beat. Our President Elect has a command presence and will do quite well come July 1. 
Former member and current Principal of MCAT Denise Coronado introduced SOM Ashlynn. Ashlynn will graduate in a few days. Her educational efforts, and I use that term advisedly, began in Benson, AZ . Eventually she found herself at Tortolita Middle School then Mountain View. She attributes her poor scholastic record to basic laziness. However, she runs Ms Cornado's front office and has significant accomplishments in the culinary field having won thousands of dollars in competition statewide and even finishing in the top 40 twice in national competition. Her favorite creation is Key Lime Pie. She cites a friend she no longer has with the motivation to complete her high school education.
Ms Coronado, commenting on the closing of neighborhood Thornydale Grade School advised MCAT will be moving to that larger venue for school year 2019/2020. Also MCAT will be offering three courses in conjunction with JTED. JTED is funded by property taxes at the rate of .05 per $100 of assessed valuation.
Don won the raffle AGAIN but lost. It bears repeating that Don donated his winnings from two weeks ago to our Marana Rotary Foundation.
Last week's speaker was Brigadier General Andrew J MacDonald, Commander of the AZ Air National Guard.
Next Tuesday's meeting will be held at Jackpot Veterinary Center located at 6745 N La Canada Dr.
See you there!
Rotary Club of Marana
President Tony Hunter asked yours truly to lead in the Pledge. Again today thoughts were not requested from the attendees, however there was music in the air. Thanks to Lynne Tony played Jingle Bells in a key unknown to most of us therefore we can blame, er, credit Tony with the questionably melodious result. Generally speaking the words in the refrain were recognizable.
Tony advised all that next week is voting for officers and our Christmas Party. The following week we will meet at Jackpot Veterinary Center owned and operated by member Beckie Penman's daughter, Karla Lombana. Location is 6745 N La Canada Dr. The following two weeks are Christmas and New Years Day and we will be dark (no meeting).
Maeve let us know that honoring Bush "41 the stock market will be closed 12/5/2018. She believes this is the first time this has ever happened.
Roadrunner Hockey this Friday will benefit the needy so bring food and toys. Ten percent of the gate will go to The Rotary Foundation. This event is organized by Stacy Fox the current President of Oro Valley Rotary.
Happy Bucks
John-slayed a 14 point buck, the biggest in his 49 years of helping Illinois with their whitetail problem. Saved a car.
Beckie, Denise, Mary and most everyone happy to welcome two representatives of the AZ Air National Guard as our speakers today.
Randy-announced the new member recruiting award of a Paul Harris Fellow was given to Tony and Denise. Congratulations to you both.
Richie-Happy about Kettlecorn and his niece (there was a connection here, but I missed it) and for his attendance at the "muster" Air Force and Army Guard Units at Kino over the weekend. Our guests were happy to learn Richie was among the 4,000 attendees.
No raffle this morning due to no cards. We had numerous decks of cards donated to us a year ago, but they disappeared when a past president who shall go unnamed cleaned out our cabinet.
Joke Off
I know most of our usual readers will doubt my assessment of today's Joke Off, but I am tellin ya I think Maeve and Lynne could rival some of the entertainers from the Borscht Belt of old (look it up young'uns). Genuine and loud laughter followed both deliveries. In fact the laughter during Lynne's delivery was explosive. True, it was mostly her laughter, but I am sure the joke was hilarious from what I could hear between Lynne's uncontrolled bouts of spasmatic laughter as she delivered her lines. The joke is too long to repeat here, but I can say it involved a dog named "coffee break" and the impugning of government workers everywhere.
Not to be outdone, Maeve came up with what may be the best of her career. Seems as though there are reasons the flight  tower asks pilots where they are from when they ask "what time is it?" Now I could tell you the punch line(s), but then the readers who did not attend the meeting might think there is no downside to sleeping in. Let's just say it was very very funny and just a good thing there were no army guys in attendance.
 Next Bob Bishop introduced Army National Guard Commander Andrew Day MacDonald and his companion a Brigadier General in the Tucson Army National  Guard. The local guard trains pilots on the F-16 and the Reaper from numerous countries all over the world. Specifically they are now training pilots from  Iraq and Kazakhstan. Their are 8,200 guardsmen in AZ.
Seventy percent of these Citizen Airmen are full-time and thirty percent part-time. Recently they were able to assist with the California wildfires to assess and deliver information to the fire fighters on the ground of the fires path and growth. The Tucson base is close to 100 acres has, I believe, seventy F-16's. The economic impact on Tucson is judged to be 383 million and the 162 Wing of the Tucson ANG has a 98 million dollar annual payroll. Many thanks to Bob Bishop, who was able to arrange for these two men to speak to our club. They even offered that there may be a way to give us a flight simulator experience to maybe raffle or help in some way to raise funds for our charities.
Board meeting at Dooling's office tomorrow at 5:30 pm. All welcomed.
Rotary Club of Marana
President Hunter began the meeting with The Pledge followed by the welcoming of our guest Tom Mangold. Tom is a former member of our club and the Rotary  E-club. With 95% attendance it is "too bad we did not sing".
*An aside to Tony, I much prefer writing "We did not sing too bad."
Hey, Holt! If you are reading this the election is over. Peter Mack, would be good to see your mug this month too.
Dan advises we have our first registrant for Tour de Cookie!
Rachel commented on a 250K grant that United Way and the Tucson Rotary Club are considering. Also, Rachel is in favor of Freedom to travel and the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the constitution.
Richie reminds us all that today is giving Tuesday and that for many organizations such as BSA and United Way, this is their biggest fund raising day of the year.
President Tony reminded all that 12/11 meeting will be a wild and crazy affair so be forewarned. Also, be aware that if you do not show up you may be voted into office for the coming year. On 12/18 we will be taking a field trip to Beckie's daughter's business.
Happy Bucks
John D- Deer Hunting in IL next five days and married 47 years as of today. Not necessarily listed in descending order of happiness.
David, Dan, John Z -All happy
Randy, Don, Harold, Richie-All happy
My mind wandered and I'll be damned if I know what the above seven are happy about, just trust me they were all just tickled pink.
Bob- News Flash! Hawaii might be a nice place to visit if you like to see one of the most beautiful areas on earth.
Beckie-I know she lost her cell phone and found it. There may be more to this story, but you will have to ask Bob as she faced him during the entire tale. Oh, left off last week, Beckie is glad she is in Tucson as SLC was mid twenties last week. Beckie tells me it is even colder today.
Rachel, Lynne and Maeve-Happy. You'll have to ask them why next time you see them. My mind apparently was out for a walk again.
Mary-Happy or maybe proud that her profession blends so perfectly with the ideals of Rotary. Hugs are good.
Joke Off
Maeve's entry was a real knee slapper. "You cannot trust atom's. They make up everything." (my favorite for the day. Dan liked Lynne's best, even after I explained Maeve's joke to him.)
Lynne's entry was pretty good too. Seems as though a princess trapped in the body of a frog hollered out to a passing male, who as fate would have it was an engineer. "Kiss me release me from this spell. I am a beautiful princess." The engineer picks up the frog and places it in his pocket. The princess hollers, "Hey, didn't you hear? Kiss me and I will turn into a beautiful princess." The engineer replies, "Yes, I heard you. But I am an engineer and I think having a talking frog is pretty cool."
Lady Luck was in the room today and sitting at Don Jorgensen's table. Don won and WON $304. In the giving mood, considering it is Giving Tuesday, Don donated the entire amount to our club's foundation. This was at least partially due to our recent sponsorship of a Shelter Box and Don's involvement with that organization. Thank's Don.
 Mary was our speaker and her able assistant was Randy. Members were divided into groups of four and we proceeded to play "What's My Rotary." We got off to a rough start with many members shouting out answers, ringing their bells too soon, not playing by the rules in general, dancing on the tables and obviously imbibing in too much coffee. Randy would not stand for this chicanery and quickly brought order to the room. Once order was established the team of Johnson, Contorno, West, Hindman and Dooling proved their mettle and dominated the exercise with an awesome display of Rotary knowledge. Perhaps the fact that our team of four had five members is the reason all teams received chocolate as a reward for participation rather than all the bags going to the aforementioned team? 
See you on the 4th of December, hopefully with deer pictures and I don't mean Rudolph.
Rotary Club of Marana
President Tony Hunter called upon our newest member, Beckie Penman, to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. A quick glance at the blank faces of our membership led Tony to skip the Thought of the Day portion of our meeting. Instead, he uncased his guitar, and at the request of Lynne Himmer, led us in singing that American staple "Old MacDonald Had A Farm". Of course, being the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the animal was a turkey. I was impressed that everybody knew the words and most sang in key. A good start to what proved to be a very good meeting with 90% attendance!
Guests included John (?) a Rotarian from upstate Washington  and our speaker from ADOT, Doug Nick.
 Many kudos to and by Maeve for a successful Tour de Tucson Aid Station. Eleven of our members plus support from Casas Adobes/Dove Mountain Rotary Clubs and our Totolita Interact Club worked the event. Special thanks to Denise West's sister, Edisa, who worked the full shift.
 (about this time  Rachel Cheeseman tried to slip in late, but since the back door was broken she had to make an entrance at the front of the meeting. Glad you could make it Rachel!)
One of our Interact students asked Maeve "What is polio?" That is progress my friends.
 Mary gave another short The Rotary Foundation (TRF) presentation hammering home the Three Legs of Rotary and the Six Areas of Focus. When quizzed membership struggled to recall what Mary had taught us over he last few weeks.(Aside to Mary, you might need a bigger hammer.) A slide presentation from our own project in Zimbabwe was presented. We partnered with a Yuma Club for this project. Randy recalled that the $14,000 which was raised for this project was stolen when wired to Africa. Randy stated this was a true "Rotary Moment" for him when Rotarians stepped up and within one week $18,000 was raised to replace the stolen money.
Happy Bucks
John-Tour de Tucson aid station workers. Special praise for Edisa, sister of Denise. A round of applause when John mentioned that Edisa would make a great member
Richie-BSA popcorn sales are over but club members still have time to order the wonderful tins of popcorn for Christmas! Also, the 50th Commemoration of the tragic deaths of the scouts lost in a freak winter storm in the Santa Rita Mountains. Good came from this as hundreds if not thousands have been rescued by The Southern AZ Mounted Search and Rescue SAMSAR that was organized following this tragedy.
John Z, Denise, Dan, Don, Mary, Randy, Tony-all happy for El Tour service project
Bob- Helicopter ride to bottom of double falls on Oahu.
Joke Off
Lynne- Lady looking over the frozen turkey bin asks the store clerk, "Do these turkeys get any bigger?" "No, ma'am" he replied, They're all dead."
The attendees loved this one, as did I.
Maeve- A pumpkin pie sells for $2.25 in St Martin. The same pie sells for $2.75 in Antigua. In Aruba it is $3.00. These are the Caribbean Pie Rates.
I love a good pun and this qualifies as a very good one judging by the number and the decibel reading of the groans emitted.
Bonus Extra- Reluctantly the teacher called on little Johnny during the first grade spelling contest. "Johnny, spell the word 'farm.' the teacher requested. Little Johnny replies, "EIEIO".
John won and lost with the seven o hearts.
Douglas Nick of ADOT told us that 2/3 of what ADOT does can be done on a smart phone or ServiceAZ on the web without having to go in person. Things like Registration,Permits, Licenses, Title Transfers, Special Plates and Insurance Updates can all be done remotely. 
ADOT now has Kiosks that also perform these functions. Office hours have been expanded and Over Time hours cut by 80%. Now when you do go to an ADOT office you are greeted by a human being who directs you the correct station and waiting times have been reduced from 52 to 22 minutes over the last couple of years. Charities have taken in 10.6 million through the Specialty Plate program. Additional questions can be sent to
Reminder, Johnny Cash show tomorrow at the Oro Valley Gaslight Theater. Tickets still available from District 5500 website. Money raised goes to TRF.
Rotary Club of Marana
President Hunter led us in the Pledge on this cold (by AZ standards) and windy morning. No singing or thoughts, but a full house. Guests included Beckie Penman (to be sworn in as our newest member today), her husband Carl, daughter Carla and granddaughter June. Also, last weeks speaker, Janet pipes, is back and this time is interested in membership!
Tony announced Club and Foundation decisions to fund a Shelterbox for $1,000 and the Cameroon Project for $5,000. Tony offered his appreciation to John Dooling, Mary Strauss and Lynne Himmer respectively for their home, food prep and wine knowledge they all shared at last Friday's member recruitment social. Also, thanks to Tony and Randy for their musical contribution.
Maeve reminded us that Tour de Tucson workers are meeting for breakfast at 8am at Micky D's on Tangerine this Saturday then on to Moore and Camino de Oeste for Aid Station setup.
 Mary spoke on The Rotary foundation. Reminded us of the three legs of Rotary 1.The Clubs, 2. Rotary International and 3. The Rotary foundation. TRF has six avenues of service 1. Peace and Conflict Resolution, 2. Maternal and Child Health, 3. Disease Prevention, 4. Water and sanitation, 5. Basic Education and Literacy, 6. Economic and Community Development.
Foundation Fund Raiser at Oro Valley Gaslight Theater on 11/21/2018. Johnny Cash tribute. Order tickets at District 5500 website.
Rachel Cheeseman installed as new member of our club last Friday. Welcome Rachel. Rachel mentioned IRS publication #5307 that explains new tax filing information. Rachel had the distinction of being our newest member for a grand total of 3 and 1/2 days.
Tony brought Beckie to the podium where he shared some of her history. Denise West was the Club member that first discussed joining Rotary. Thanks, Denise. Beckie and husband Carl, married for 48 years, relocated to Tucson from Salt Lake City to be near their daughter and new granddaughter. Beckie has jumped right in and has volunteered for several projects even before today's meeting. She has a background in business services, specifically credit and debit processing and Lynne has already benefited from her expertise. Tony then inducted Beckie as our newest member and appointed her to the fundraiser committee. It was great to have her family here for the induction.
Happy Bucks
John D-He and Mary went all in against four seven's at the Old Pueblo Rotary's poker fundraiser Saturday night. They were both out before the break and Randy was able to see them get eliminated as he had been eliminated fifteen minutes earlier.
Randy, Rachel, Denise, Mary, David, Richie and others happy for our new members and for John's 70th.
Don- Shelterbox donation and new members
John Zwick-70 years of marriage to same woman, Sylvia
Joke Off
Maeve-New teacher was trying out her recently gained knowledge of child psychology. She asked the class to stand up if they think they are stupid. Finally after a long pause little Johnny stood. The teacher then asked Johnny, "Do you really feel you are stupid?" Little Johnny replied, "No. but I did not want you to be the only one standing."
Lynne-Priest, doctor and engineer playing golf. Group ahead were playing very slowly. The Ranger comes up and explains that the slow group were all blind firefighters who were injured saving the clubhouse last year when it caught fire. The priest says he will say a mass for their recovery, the doctor says he will consult with his good friend from medical school who was a top rated ophthalmologist and the engineer says, "Why don't they play at night?"
Both rated a strong seven on the laugh-o-meter. We may have to go to a show of hands next time to determine the winner.
Mary won and lost with the 8 of clubs.
Denise, our speaker scheduler, introduced Jeanmarie Schiller-McGinnis. Jeanmarie is President of Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians. This organization provides shelter and loving care for felines made homeless due to the terminal illness, incapacitation or death of their owners. Many of these pets are hard to find new homes for they are often older and may have other characteristics  consider not desireable.
Hearts That Purr has a website at WWW.HEARTSTHATPURR.ORG and they can be reached by phone at 520-297-3780 and by email at
Hope to see many of you Saturday at the Aid Station and 11/21/2018 at the Gaslight Theater show and fund raiser.
Rotary Club of Marana
 President Hunter led us in the Pledge. He followed with his guitar as we all more or less chimed in singing "Here Comes The Sun". While we could not compete with George Harrison's version(the song writer) or with Richie Havens(the best version of the song IMHO) we did attempt to sing along. George wrote the song at Eric Clapton's home in the year 1969 when he had temporarily left the Beatles due to the constant demands of Apple studios and his arrested for marijuana possession. After a rough cold winter the song reflects his welcoming of the warm spring sun.
Moving on, party this Friday at my home. Hope to see many of you there with guests.
This Saturday Old Pueblo Rotary's annual Poker fundraiser at the Viscount Hotel. Food at five cards at six. Only $60. Let's support them if at all possible.
Youngest person in attendance award goes to Charlie Benner, age six months, who was accompanied by his father.
Thank you to anyone who supported BSA and their popcorn fundraiser.
 Mary explained TRF (The Rotary Foundation). As District Chair, Mary explained Rotary has three legs. #1 The Clubs, #2 Rotary International and #3 TRF. TRF recives the highest ratings possible for charitable organizations. Money given to TRF is returned to the Districts after three years of interest earning which TRF keeps. TRF money goes to District Grants, Polio fight, Peace Scholars and Global Grants.
 MCAT Student of the Month is Yazmin Lopez. Yazmin was accompanied by her sister, parents Javier and Yanicel and Laura Garcia her student support coach. Yazmin is a K through 12 MUSD student. She plans on attending PCC to study surgical technology. As is our standard practice she received a certificate suitable for framing (we have frames Tony in the cabinet) and movie tickets.
Mary drew her own raffle ticket but her luck stopped there with the Ace of Clubs, I believe.
Joke Off
Maeve-Candy corn looks like Trump
Lynne- It sounded like Weasel goes into a bar and when asked for drink order "Pop goes the weasel."   I may have that wrong because a few people laughed. 
John- Did you hear about the termite that walked into the bar and asked "Where's the bar tender?'
Our speaker Janet Pipes gave us a horrifying glimpse into the world of guardianship and probate gone wrong. Numerous examples of judges and attorneys not acting in the best interest of their wards. Two hand outs provide detail accounts of actual cases and the prevalence of these actions all over the USA, especially Florida, Nevada and Arizona where retirees/elderly flock. Several books were referenced as well as contact information provided. Final words were to record review of your will with heirs and fight/fight/fight a court appointed guardian.
Board meeting tomorrow at John Dooling's office to start at 5:15pm.
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Following the Pledge John, at the encouragement of Maeve, led the sparse "crowd" of ten people in a Halloween tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider" complete with hand and arm imaging. We sounded better than usual, if you can believe that. Maeve also managed to have candy corn on each table. Thanks Maeve.
President Tony tried his darndest to squeeze a thought out of the membership. Failing that he went to the time trusted Transcendental Meditation. However, without Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the Beatles Guru) I fear this was a bust also. OHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Maybe incense next week?
I salute that eternal bridesmaid Becky Penman who again was promised membership in the near future. We gotta speed this up. She has better attendance than a few members. By the way, if anyone needs Merchant Services debit/credit card processing done at their business Becky is your woman. Testimonial from our own Lynne Himmer.
This past week saw the tragic killing of eleven people at a Synagogue in Pittsburgh by a deranged soul professing far right anti Jew ideology. Mary mentioned tht her father was from that neighborhood. At this writing a number of our members have pledged donations to the Rotary Club of Marana's Foundation to be sent to assist with the immigrant assistance program called HIAS operating from the facility where the attack occurred. It is believed the attack was partially due to the wonderful work being done by HIAS.
Foundation "Fundation" Day is 11/3/2018. See District Newsletter for more info.
Club elections coming up. Those interested in board positions please see Tony and volunteer. You will be treated with kid gloves if you volunteer and boxing gloves if you are volunteered.
Incoming District Governor will have a "Mexican Riviera" cruise as her District Conference next year. PDG Tom Tilton did this a few years ago and was a great success.
Tour de Tucson quick notes. 8A meet at McDonalds on Tangerine to have coffee/breakfast before set up. Best riders come through around 10:15. We are not certain, but Dan said this might be Marana Rotary's 143rd year of participating in this wonderful event begun in 1983 by Richard DeBernardis. Maeve has organized the tables/chairs/tents/work schedule basically everything for the event.
Come see "Johnny Cash" at the Oro Valley Gaslight Theater on Wednesday 11/21/2018. Proceeds to End Polio. Best pricing available through District 5500 website
Tucson Presidio Rotary's Passport fundraiser this Saturday. Each participant, for $50, gets a taste of about 10 or 12 downtown restaurants 
and a drink at each! See for more info.
Dan gave us a complete update on our own Tour de Cookie event scheduled 3/9/2019.
Happy Bucks
John and John-We like dessert with breakfast (candy corn)
Randy-Give what you can. Do not get discouraged by all the requests for moola this time of the year.
Richie-Last week of BSA popcorn sales. Give your order to Richie next week! also, something about the Redsox.
Lynne-Something about the Redsox.
Don-He was not here, but if he were it would be something about the Redsox.
Several other donations for happy bucks, but heck if I know why their comments are not in my notes. Repeat it next week and I promise to publish.
Joke Off
Maeve-Little kid came trick or treating to the door in a suit and tie. Said I am from the IRS took 40% of the candy and left without saying thank you.
Lynne- Woman enjoying the company of her husbands best friend. They were interrupted by the phone. Woman answers, "Yes, that is great." "Wow, sounds like a good time." "Good to hear from you". Woman hangs up.
Husbands friend says "who was that?" 
Woman responds, "That was my husband telling me what a great time he is having on the fishing trip with you."
Considering the timeliness of Maeve's joke gotta go with her on this one.
Maeve, seems like I have mentioned her a lot today, won and lost with the king of Hearts. Pot up to 275,000 pennies. Hard to compete with Mega millions and Powerball.
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