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 Meeting Nov 13, 2018 2018-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
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.
Rotary Meeting Nov 6, 2018 2018-11-06 07:00:00Z 0
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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.
Rotary Meeting  Oct 30, 2018 2018-10-31 07:00:00Z 0
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 Richie, there is only one "R" in my last name, Benner rang in the meeting due to Tony's absence. He called upon the gray haired, grizzled and wise yours truly to lead the pledge. Lynne led us in a rousing rendition of Take Me Out To The Ball Game in honor of the World Series which starts today. From various comments it appears the Bosox are favored over da Bums by our membership. Looking forward to a great Series.
Linda Bishop, wife of Bob, graced us with her appearance along with perennial guest soon to be member Becky Penman (like penmanship without the ship).
Maeve again went over Tour De Tucson event. All worker bees invited to meet at the McDonalds on   Tangerine at 8AM 11/17/2018.
Mary announced a fund raiser for the Foundation, she is district chair, for the Oro Valley Gaslight theater on 11/21 and another Foundation Day event on 11/3/2018. Please reference your District newsletter for details. If you are not receiving the district newsletter please let me know and I will look into it. Mary also noted January is Foundation month.
Thanks to Tony, Dan, Rachel, Randy, Deb, Mary and anyone I may have overlooked for assisting with the painting of the Road Runner school bathrooms. This was in conjunction with the United Way Volunteer Day. Rachel also noted volunteers from our club are assisting with tax returns for the elderly at the Marana Senior Center in conjunction with the United Way. I believe Randy and Deb are helping and possibly others I am leaving out.
Happy Bucks
John-Columbia River paddle wheeler trip and jet boat on the Snake. Also, proud papa as his oldest received national recognition by the Pharmaceutical Industry for Technological Advancement in Pharmacology.
Dan-Volunteer painters at RR School
Don-Boston Red Sox
Bob (and Linda)-headed to Hawaii
Denise-Sorry, missed it
Rachel-baseball good times
Richie- weather and successful BSA event(nobody died) Reminds me of a comment by our football coach sophomore year. We got beat 56 to 12. Coach's comment "Well look on the bright side, nobody got hurt!"
Mary-Thanked Javier
Becky-headed for Salt Lake City and a grand kid fix (or just got back?)
Randy-Becky's admission to membership........some day.
Maeve-A reference to Snake Farm Insurance, or was that me?
Getting a little long winded here so..... Maeve led off with the four time wedded lady who explained why she married each gentleman. One for the money (Banker) two for the show (circus ringmaster) three to get ready (teacher???) and four to go (mortician) good effort Maeve.
Lynne gave us the strength exercise That starts out with 5 pound potato sacks while gradually increasing to 100 pound potato sacks with each arm! Next step is to add some taters to each bag. Some genuine laughter was heard.
Richie won and lost with the 10 of Clubs. Pot is now over $20.
 Border Patrol speakers, whose names I did not catch spoke of Tan, Blue and Green uniform branches. Air and Marine wear tan, Office of the Field at the border stations wear blue and the USBP running check stations and desert searches wear green.
Daily events were cited on June 6,20,22; July 2,5,8,17 all of which were newsworthy. Most of the folks crossing the border are asylum seekers. Court dates are a year and a half away.Once captured BP job is done. They hand them over to ICE or to which ever jurisdiction is in charge. 
Timely topic as an estimated 5,000 Hondurans are passing through Mexico as this is written. Club did a good job of tip toeing around this delicate subject without politics rearing its head.
Rotary Meeting Oct 23, 2018 2018-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
The day started a bit chilly in the Sonoran Desert. 
Guests included:
Prospective member Beckie
Mary’s daughter-Lily 
Randy’s wife-Deb
Janette Butcher- interested member 
Randy. Gave out invitations to our November 9th Rotary Membership Open House. There will be three different kinds of meats, a wine pairing and “children’s drinks” for those of us who don’t drink 
Richie- October 20th Days of Caring Project. October 20th 8am at Roadrunner Elementary School. Our Interact club will be there and brining 9 youth to help with the projects
Maeve- reminder about El Tour aid station on November 17th. Same location as last year. We need people to sign up and volunteer. The board voted to have a flag banner for the tour station.
Dan- next week we will begin our planning meetings for the Tour de Cookie. 
Happy Bucks:
John is happy to be home. Forrest fires were a big issue 
Mary- She was happy that Lily ate Javiers breakfast
Rachel is happy about visiting her best friend on earth as well as going to the Balloon Festival In Albuquerque. 
Maeve- (from her 8 year old granddaughter) a knock knock joke about remembering her... we all didn’t 
Bob- had a lawyer joke... out in the woods... the check is in the male....
People were happy for John to be home, the weather and our several guests
Our guest Janette won and then lost the raffle.
 Randy and Mary presented on their trip to Cameroon. For international projects there has to be two clubs. One is the host club (Cameroon) and the other is an international club (Marana). We write the grant and raise the money and the host club is responsible for oversight and implementation for three years. 
MAROUA is the capital of the Far North Region of Cameroon. The area borders Nigeria and Chad. In the river that they use for their water source there are people who was their motorcycle, rugs and clothes. They also use it to bath and use the area around it as a bathroom facility. This is a big reason why the project is necessary.
Millet is their primary food source. Millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses, widely grown around the world as cereal crops or grains for fodder and human food
We have two goals with the project: Economy and Education. We want to focus on education but we cannot get there without addressing the economy. When we asked the villagers as to why they want this issue fixed, the primary reason is money. They want their daughters educated and not married off at a young age. 15 is the legal age for young women to be married off and most are due to financial constraints on families in the villages. 30% of the Net proceeds will go to families to help defray a majority of the costs for families that can not afford it. 
Sustainability is a long term goal of this project. Our project will get the village up and going for the first year. We will provide fabric, sewing machines, embroidery machines etc.
On the education side we need to do many things. The first is to build a well for the use of a garden to feed children. The idea is primarily for kindergarten students as they miss out on early childhood education because they can’t walk home to get lunch. We will also build 6 latrines for the school use. We will also buy 30 heads of cattle to provide milk for the students and eventually meat for the village. Finally we will be providing the school with supplies for their classrooms. 

Rotary Meeting Oct 9, 2018 2018-10-09 07:00:00Z 0
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President Hunter requested John Dooling to lead the pledge and he/I did.Mary Straus requested "This Little Light of Mine" as the song of the week. Tony played his guitar admirably and I do believe ALL joined in. It got better the longer we sang and ended with many clapping to the beat. Those who have attended our meetings in the past are rightfully doubting  recall of this mornings meeting, but I am tellin ya it was GREAT! Eighty-eight% of our members were in attendance!
Guests galore included Rotarians and former Rotarians Jane Howell, Stephanie Rojas, Debbie Conover as well as speaker Roger Forrester,  guest/new member Rachel Cheeseman and soon to be new member Becky Penman. Plus the MCAT folks, named below.
Some reminders-El Tour de Tucson November 17th (Moore and Camino de Oeste)(Peter Mack has the signage), United Way Days of Caring October 19th and 20th, Volunteer opportunities with BSA this weekend.
 MCAT Student of the month is Kayla Hayes. Joining Kayla were her father Clint, Pricipal Denise Coronado and Teacher Mr Bowen. Kaylas has been a MUSD student for her entire education. She combats anxiety on a daily basis, but has blossomed in the MCAT environment, as did her sister ten years ago.Kayla hails from a family of seven and plans to attend Pima Community College and study Care Giving and/or medical field. She was presented with a Certificate of Academic Achievement and Harkin's movie tickets by The Rotary Club of Marana.
Happy Bucks
John- Gone next two weeks. Richie will write up the meetings and Harold will keep attendance. John happy that Randy applied direct pressure to stop bleeding of Cindy Dooling's head after she fell at the Hospitality Event Friday. Alcohol was NOT involved!
Dan-Good to see biggest Brown's fan Debbie Conover
Randy-Great Conference and speakers plus new member Rachel
Deb Conover-Rotary's RV Club will be in Hamburg at International Conference
Don-Student of the Month
Peter-Actually a sad buck. Could not find the beer tent at Marana Farm Festival last Saturday(to volunteer)
David-Student of the Month and fact that we skipped "pins and badges"
Becky-Husband and daughter's birthdays
Jane-Good to be here
Denise-Student of the Month
Roger-Thank for the invite
Bob-Missed it
Mary-Cameroon Grant is progressing
Rachel-Thanks to Mary, Randy and Deb volunteering for the UW tax prep for elderly
Tony-Missed it
Maeve-Sunday breakfast at Nana's
Lynne-Dissed Richie then said "Yea Pats" Football talk, I think.
Joke Off
Maeve led off with ventriloquist (I just spelled that without cheating) who was doing 100% "dumb blonde" jokes. Finally a blonde lady in the audience stands up and really lays into him. The ventriloquist apologizes profusely when the blonde replies "I am not talking to you, I'm talking to your partner."
Lynn-Why did the golfer wear two pair of pants? In case he gets a hole-in-one!
Personally, I liked them both. Of course I liked them both when I first heard them too, back in the 1960's. On a very close call I am giving this one to Maeve.
Harold "The Shark" Burtzloff tried taking two cards in the raffle. Javier was all over him like a cheap suit. Neither card was a winner.
Denise did a fine job of introducing Roger and Jane. "Back To Work" 50 plus is a Pima Community College program that is 65% funded by AARP. They assist folks 50 and over seeking full or part time work as well as employers looking for employees. The work force is made up of 25% over the age of 50. The program provides Job search skills, coaching, computer training, job placement and employer relations  and lasts one month. The program is about 4.5 years old.
Also mentioned is PCC's 50% tuition offer for those 55 and older.
Board meeting tomorrow at 5:30pm. Call 744-3998 for directions.
Rotary Meeting Oct 2, 2018 2018-10-02 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
At the request of President Tony Hunter Dan Contorno led us in the Pledge. Next we had a prayer for the first time in a long long time. Maeve Johnson did the nondenominational honors. NEXT CAME MUSIC! Tony and his guitar plucked out This Land Is Your Land and numerous people chimed in. At Tony's request we sang in "G", but next time maybe we can try "E" or "D" keys? Da Da Da Daaaaaaaa.
Lots of guests today with Rotarians: Tom Nydecker-Peta Luma, Ralph ?-Dove Mtn, Rich Chimbles-Oro Valley, Saad Allawi-Oro Valley. Also with us today are new member applicants Becky Penman and Rachel Cheeseman. Welcome all.
Tony reminded the club that members may register for a single day if scheduling does not permit attending the full Conference this weekend. John Dooling will be sponsoring our Hospitality room Friday evening and requests everyone drop by.
Rachel Cheeseman requested anyone willing and able to assist with the United Way's tax preparation program at the Marana Senior Center to see her. With four hours of training and volunteering only four hours per week you can help the needy/elderly to complete their returns. She also suggested members may want to go to the United Way website to learn more about this program and the United Way Volunteer Day and the numerous areas available for volunteerism on that day.
Ralph is looking for assistance with this weekends Beer Garden at the Marana Cotton Festival. He apologized for the short notice. Our club has assisted in the past and earned a thousand or so, if memory serves. 
 Kathleen Nabors advises there are currently a dozen students interested in Interact Club at Tortolita. They will be assisting in the Tour de Tucson Rotary aid station. Mary suggested the possibility of the Interact folks getting in on the Four Way Test scholarship opportunity.
Happy Bucks
Harold-Paid off his IOU from last week
John-Dodger game and all the guests
Ralph-Any day above ground is a good day
Richie-Something about the Steelers' and Charlie rolled over! 
Mary, Dan, Bob, Peter, Randy, Rachel, Maeve, Lynne and others all happy and willing to give a dollar or more to say so.
Laugh Off
Maeve-A good one about drunkeness and leading a low worthless life with an unexpected punchline concerning the leader of the Catholic faith.
 Lynne-Ray and Blanche visited the State Fair and every time Ray would say "Let's go for the helicopter ride!" Blanche would retort "Ray, its $50 bucks and $50 bucks is $50 bucks."
After many years of this routine and Ray turning 85, the pilot overheard this same old conversation regarding $50 bucks is $50 bucks and we cannot afford it." The pilot offered "I'll give you a free ride if you do not say anything during the ride, other wise you have to pay." Ray and Blanche agreed and climbed aboard. The pilot did barrel rolls, loop de loops both inside and outside, straight up then straight down, but nary a word from the couple. Finally the pilot sat the chopper down and without turning around said "Well I must say I am surprised that not a word was said. The ride is free."
Ray replied, "I wanted to say something when Blanche fell out, but $50 bucks is $50 bucks!"
 Saad Allawi is an Iraq native, author, business consultant, software developer, mechanical engineer, Rotarian and today's speaker. The topic was Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. This therapy has been used for years in numerous countries. The patient is placed in a pressurized chamber with 100% oxygen piped in. There are two chambers in AZ one of which is in Tucson. The federal government allows it for wound treatment for diabetics and to treat people who have been poisoned with Carbon Monoxide. Proponets say it has numerous other uses. Presently there is a bottoms up effort among twenty states to receive approval for using this "cure" vs "symptom treatment" modality.
For more information go to  our Rotary Club of Marana Facebook page or
Todays' meeting has been faithfully recorded in exact detail by your scribe, John Dooling
Rotary Meeting Sept 25, 2018 2018-09-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Hunter rang in the meeting to a full house. Eighty-seven percent attendance plus three guests and our speaker. In spite of this plethora of outwardly appearing intelligent folk nary a thought could be gleaned from any of the attendees. When an appeal for anyone with a song in their heart was made this too resulted in an awkward silence. Tony saved the day with a promise of bringing his guitar next week.
Guests included Becky Penman who has relocated from Utah to be near her daughter and grandchild. Becky is a prospective member. 
Marc Snow, Oro Valley Rotarian who wanted to here our presenter.
Rachel Cheeseman, prospective member who has visited four or five times I believe.
Abigail Wilhelm, our speaker, from "free ever after."
 The Club welcomed back Randy and Mary from Cameroon project assessment  trip.  They arrived back in Tucson at 11pm last night after a 36 hour journey. They met with over 300 villagers, a hydrologist, a representative of The Ministry of women Empowerment and many many others. No sightseeing or fancy dining. This was a working experience. They were welcomed by the Rotary Club of Maroua. However, there was a distinct feeling that the villagers were suspicious of these two fair skinned foreigners. Randy mused that perhaps this derives from an historical perspective of  white interaction in African continent. Buba Hamadou, the Tucson Rotarian and a Cameroonian indicated there is a cultural paranoia when it comes to outsiders. After our weary travelers have a chance to sync with Tucson time I am sure we will learn more.
President Hunter sat in on the nominating committee for our DGE. A woman was chosen, who would be the third female in a row to hold the position of District Governor.
Tony also spoke of involvement by our club with Rotary's Freedom United. More on this later.
Happy Bucks
John- Happy for all the guests and our travelers safe return
David-Happy that the rattlesnake that was hanging out by his mailbox did not strike
Mary, Bob, Rachel, Denise, Marc Snow-All happy
Harold -$5 IOU happy about something
Peter-Wheels touched down in Tucson for a week after five weeks in Chili
Randy-Happy Mary and he returned safely and that the proposed Cameroon project will improve/save thousands of lives
Richie-Happy he was late????? May have been more to that.
Joke Off
Lynne won in a near unanimous decision. It was not close. Dominating. One sided. Did I mention Maeve was not here today?
 Lynne had a segue for the ages. Following Randy and Mary's description of the very needy people in Cameroon, Lynne began with "On a lighter side a man had a heart attack". I kid you not, That's verbatim.
Anyway, when he wakes up in the hospital there is a nun by his bedside. She abruptly asks how "How are you going to pay?"  His response "I don't know."
Looking at the clipboard in her lap she asks,
"Do you have money?"   "no."
" Do you have insurance?"   "no"
"Do you have family?" He responds yes, but my only sibling is a spinster nun."
The nun looks up from her clipboard and says "Nuns are not spinsters they are married to God!"
The man replies, "Well send the bill to my brother-in-law."
 Abigail Wilhelm spoke on the mission and vision of "free ever after" Bridal Boutique. Sex trafficking occurs when there is force, coercion or fraud involved in a sex act for commercial purposes. This often occurs at an early age and the victims are not aware until later that their choices in life were taken before thy knew they had any. Sex trafficking is ongoing worldwide and Tucson is no exception. Often sex traffickers will follow major events such as sporting venues and even the Gem Show. 
The Bridal Boutique raises money via donated bridal gowns , they have over two hundred, that are sold to the public and occasionally given to victims. "free ever after" also sponsors 14 women in a mentoring program, led by a victim, that attempts to teach empowerment to women who have had little if any experience in that regard.
For more information or to donate go to
This scholarly synthesis has been brought to you by your Club Secretary, John Dooling. Complaints, concerns, additions or deletions  should be submitted on the back of a twenty dollar bill and discretely slipped to me at our next meeting on 9/25/2018.
Rotary Meeting Sept 18, 2018 2018-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Our meeting began a usual with The Pledge of Allegiance from 85% plus of our members in attendance. With Randy and Mar overseas on a Rotary project this is an excellent representation for our club. There was no singing and no thoughts were asked for or received. Possibly this was due to an extremely full meeting schedule. I like to think that is why. Or maybe I was not paying attention. Moving on.
Guests were aplenty:
Janis Wilkom from Interfaith Community Services is our speaker
Merri Kae Vanderpleug who is a Rotarian and has moved here from  Virginia and will be joining our club. Merri Kae is a counselor for MHS.
Rachel Cheeseman, prospective member visiting for the third time.
Denise Coronado- Administrator, Mr Todd-Math Teacher and Caleb Hines-Student of the Month all from MCAT. 
Some announcements included Maeve working on 11/17/18 Tour de Tucson, Don Jorgenson awarded 2018 Presidential Volunteer Service Award for assisting Shelterbox International,  Shelterbox nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. FYI-Our Club has participated in multiple Shelterbox purchases over the years.
 Caleb Hines is a K through 12 MUSD student. Mr Todd says Caleb is alert and attentive in the classroom and assists others in class and this is why he nominated Caleb for this award. Caleb intends to relocate to Nashville after graduation and become a tattoo artist with emphasis on "artist". He will be taking his guitar and possibly taking advantage of some "open mic" nights. With Caleb, Mr Todd and President Hunter all being guitarists and all at the podium together this writer was disappointed that NOT ONE thought to bring their instrument with them.
Happy Bucks
Many remembered the solemn occasion of the anniversary of 9/11. In addition:
Merri Kae-Son's upcoming birthday in a day or two and happy he was not born on the exact day the US was attacked.
Don-Headed to Denver
Rachel-Pastry Chef friend in Denver and somehow that leads to free vacations
Denise, Dan, Richie and others-Student of the Month
Tony reminded us all that two of our members, Mary and Randy, are in Cameroon assessing the grant proposal. We look forward to their safe return
Joke Off
Two jokes similar in style and substance. The normal groans were not heard and chuckling seemed more polite than spontaneous. We have come to expect a higher level of idiocy.
Lynne led off with two Habitat for Humanity volunteers with one tossing half her nails away thinking they were defective, not realizing they were for the other side of the dwelling. (Lynne, I apologize if I missed the punch line as I had heard variations of this joke before and my mind may have wandered.
Maeve followed up with the worker bagging M&M's and tossing out about half as they were stamped with W's! 
 Janis Wilkom worked as a docent and met an elderly woman who needed assistance in order to remain in her home.This led Janis to Interfaith Community Services (ICS). ICS is a Four Star National Non Profit organization made up of 105 different faith communities in Tucson and surrounding area. ICS has four main avenues of service 1. Care Giving and Senior Services, the one Janis participates in, 2. Emergency Services, 3. Self-Sufficiency Programs and 4. Communiy Health Outreach. Space does not allow a detailed list of services, but I would encourage you to check out ICS at or call 520-297-6049.
Your Scribe,
John Dooling
Rotary Meeting Sept 11, 2018 2018-09-11 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Twelve of our members attended today's meeting along with guest speaker T Van Hook and former Illinoisian and former Rotarian John Johnson.
President Tony rang the bell and led us in the pledge. With precious few thoughts and with none to be shared publicly, Randy Brooks saved the day with a brief rendition of one of his favorite songs. Showing the depth of his empathy, earned over decades counseling the unfortunate,  Randy's "If Your Worthless and You Know It Clap Your Hands" submission left us all speechless.(eyes blinking mouth agape)
Pantano Rotary is having a mixer this Thursday at BJ's on Broadway. All are welcomed to attend.
Next week we have a speaker from Mobile Meals AND MCAT Student of the Month. 
We will be having a Hospitality Room, shared with the Oro Valley Club Friday evening of the District conference. Thanks John for stepping up. You're welcome, John.
District has asked that we assist with the Four Way Test Contest for High School Students. It has been many years since our club participated but sounds like all those in attendance think it is a good idea. Our Interact students, being in 8th grade, are too young to participate.
Maeve gave more info regards Tour De Tucson aide station. Location will again be Moore and Camino de la Oeste. Harold and John Z have setup with Denise in charge of food. We will have Burma Shave signs again and all workers plan to meet at 7AM at MacDonalds the morning of the race for breakfast.
Mary Straus updated Cameroon assessment trip. Phil Silvers, Tucson Rotarian Renowned and former RI Director, believes Cameroon project is well within reason when it comes to potential danger. Cameroon is NOT on the Rotary "Do Not Travel" list. There are still some serious reservations among members, but all will welcome Randy and Mary back mid September with open arms.
Happy Bucks
Everybody happy. Mary got a dollar from her financial adviser (Maeve) so she was REALLY happy. Even "T" Van Hook (former Marana Rotarian)was $5 happy and she donated $200 to the Cameroon Assessment Travel Budget. Thanks "T". "T" also won and lost with the 9 of Diamonds.
Joke Off
Maeve gave us the old "UR a Pe un" bathroom joke while Lynne came in with a Little Mary joke. (Wonder if Little Mary knows Dirty Ernie). Well, Mary's mind went right to the gutter when the teacher asked what organ grows by a factor of ten when stimulated. Long story short the answer is your pupils and Mary will be disappointed on her wedding night.
Not to be denied, John (me) entered with "Anyone heard about the smallest zoo in the world?" "Only has one animal and it is a dog" It's a real Shitzu."
Now that's funny.
"T" has been CEO of Habitat for Humanity (HH)  for over four years. HH and Rotary International have had a working relationship for thirty years. The intent of HH is to break the cycle of poverty. While new homes get all the pres HH actually renovates over 100 homes every year.  There are over 55,000 homes not up to code in Tucson.
New homes are sold not given to recipients at very very low interest rates. Sales price is based on appraisal.  Recipients (all inhabitants over age 18) must donate 250 hours towards the home construction and there are 9 months of basic consumer ed classes that are mandatory.
One third of HH's revenue comes from their thrift Habistore located at 835 W Grant. Money is also raised via the sale of the homes.
Rotary Meeting Sept 4. 2018 2018-09-04 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Hunter led us in the Pledge followed by introduction of speaker/guests Elsa Jacklitch and Sabrina Ray of Hughes Federal Credit Union. Also back to observe and join our club is Rachel Cheeseman. Randy Brooks provided her with membership application papers.
Tony is not getting much sleep due to that dang puppy so we all had to suffer through another meeting sans guitar music. Suggested name for new puppy-"Downer".
Thoughts were rare, when Randy suggested a moment of silence for the passing of US Senator from AZ, John McCain. This was later followed by Denise West's recommendations regarding wiping out negative feelings, popping the despair bubble and experience the joy of a pet or good book. 
Mary Straus took the floor and led a discussion on our Adopt a Village in Cameroon project. On September 8th Randy and Mary plan to board a plane with final travel destination of Malam-Petel in the far northern Region of Cameroon. This area has outstanding travel advisories from The French, United Kingdom and US Department of States. Violent crimes such as carjacking, armed robbery and terrorism are common. In addition there is tremendous civil unrest with  French vs English speaking populace attacking and killing each, other leading up to this fall's election. Of the three types of advisories 1)See our advice before traveling, 2) Advise against all but essential travel and 3) Advise against ALL travel,  Malam-Petel falls into category #3.
Mary explained that with out The Assessment Team (Randy and Mary) pre-visiting the area there will be no international grant. Both she and Randy downplayed the danger saying Bouba Hamadou, a local Tucson Rotarian and Village Chief from the area says the danger is not really a major concern. Mary also stated they will be accompanied at all times by local leaders and even military. Cameroon is not on RI's Do Not Travel list.  One of our members, Bob Bishop has decided not to go, but has generously donated money for the cause. Concern was mentioned that if the project received the go ahead by Rotary International few if any members may wish to participate in person whenever the project should come to fruition. Mary acknowledged this and indicated after the assessment and hoped for approval the entire project very possibly would be turned over to the locals without our Club member hands on involvement. I believe this was the first the club has heard of this possible eventuality. No doubt there is significant need in the area and both travelers fully understand the potential danger.  Bottom line the very real danger is not 100%,  nor is it 0%, but somewhere in between. Some club members believe discretion is the better part of valor while others prefer, as Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!” If I may speak for the group, I hope Mark is right in this case.
Maeve gave some updates on the Tour de Tucson Rotary Aid Station.
Maeve announced Ed Stolmaker's retirement as Director of the Marana Chamber.
District Conference coming up fast and we need a volunteer to manage/host our Hospitality Room on the evening of the 28th.
Happy Bucks
Javier-Oops. He left the meeting to get CO2 for beer.
Denise, Rachel, Mary and Randy all happy and I apologize for not hearing why. Maybe we can pass the mic around so Harold (my hearing aide) and I will know what is all the happiness about on the south side of the room. (Which explains why yours truly got up to adjust our banners (read blinds) during the meeting. Hard to get visual cues staring into the sun
Lynne's joke won hands down over Maeve's I-da-ho. 
Wife told her husband, who had forgotten her birthday, I want to see something in my drive way tomorrow that goes from 0 to 200 in just seconds. The next morning the wife sees a package in the drive, opens it and finds .................a bathroom scale!
Hughes Federal Credit Union has 123,000 members and ix locations in Tucson. Founded in 1952 they are members of a Credit Union organization with 5,600 locations throughout the US with 30,000 ATM's.
Auto loans are not "risk based" as same rate applies to all. They have seen auto loans with 20 to 25 percent being charged. Their arte is 4.9% for 72 months. Various CD and checking account programs were discussed. They Auto, home, boat, RV and many other kind of loans.
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Rotary Meeting Aug 28, 2018 2018-08-28 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Hunter was greeted by 100% attendance (not counting two on extended leave) and rang in the meeting with  a precision strike of our large brass Rotary Club of Marana Bell. Following the pledge, with no guitar and a thoughtless crowd, our leader went straight to welcoming back member Harold Burtzloff. Harold is back about a month earlier than planned, but no one is complaining. His brief but memorable description of Manure, North Dakota (preferred spelling Medora) and the surrounding Roosevelt National Park made all in attendance except President Hunter want to visit. 
Our sole guest is Rachel Cheeseman, last weeks speaker. Possible member?
Maeve commented on her visit to the Port of Tucson sponsored by The Presidio Rotary Club and Rotarian/former Tucson mayor, Bob Walkup. The Port has just entered an agreement with Amazon for a major distribution center.
District conference coming fast and the $79 a night Double Tree rooms are also going fast! The evening of Friday September 28th is the hospitality night and our club will be hosting a room, as we have done many, many times in the past. All members are encouraged to attend some if not all of the conference.
Don spoke of the great need for Shelterbox's all over the world especially Indonesia where the proud leaders do not want to accept outside help, but where internal Rotary Clubs may work with clubs around the globe ,thus bypassing the regulations. Of course Quatamala and now India are in great need as well.
Happy Bucks
Richie-Baby son Charlie getting his immunization shots and Richie will be out of state for a couple of weeks
Harold-Good to be back
David-May be the only one in Pima County that enjoyed the haboob
Randy-Happy Don is leaving and many other reasons
Tony-I laugh while I write this, Tony happy because he has a Great Dane puppy plus pocketed a dollar from Maeve
Maeve-Complimented Javier on the tasty quiche
Joke Off
Three nuns died. Oh, the hilarity. Excuse me while I compose myself........St Peter, guardian of the Golden Gates, asks an entry question of each of the three. The first two get very easy questions regarding Christmas and Easter and Trumpets blare as the Gate open then closes respectively as the first two enter heaven. The third nun gets the question "What were the first words Eve said to Adam." The nun replied "Boy, that's a hard one." The trumpets blared a third time.
Maeve may have had a winner, but decided to go with a loser joke vs club banishment with possible filing of obscenity charges. GOOD THINKING MAEVE! Maeve's punch line "Small Medium at Large" did bring forth a few titters from the crowd, most of whom heard this joke last century. Love you Maeve, but I am just trying to do my Simon Cowell impersonation. Nothing personal.
Denise squeezed in a third joke, just under the gavel, of "What do you call a lazy joey kangaroo?" A pouch potato!
Don (again) +ticket #0+7C=$0 payout. Is Don really lucky or not. Hmmm.
Margie our speaker and a Rotarian, spoke of her own franchise home care business, "HomeWatch Care Givers". Margie's talk touched on the needs of folks with dementia, legal documents we should all have, AZ state regulatory overview of care providers and Long Term Care Insurance. As was the case last week, I recommend those interested in additional information go to our Rotary Club of Marana Facebook Page for a fantastic write up by our own Richie Benner. Please feel free to share this and past Facebook postings. Richie is doing a great job and sharing his posts will help with recruiting.
Our speaker was rewarded with not ONLY a cowbell, but also flowers!!!!!!!!!!!! If word gets out the speakers will be lined up out the door and down the block.
Til next week.............
Rotary Meeting Aug 21 2018 2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Ya'll better read these damn things as I just spent forty minutes a huntin and a peckin just to have the work of art get lost in cyber land. Snivel.
The Wise, Benevolent and migraine free President Tony Hunter returned this week with guitar in hand. After The Pledge and Denise West's reading of the Thought for the Day (All family are not "blood. In the lost version I had more, but this was a very well received Thought of the Day) Tony attempted to make up for his past misguided foray into our collective musical minds when the Beatles Yellow Submarine went over like the proverbial lead balloon two years ago. This time, while not receiving the Gold Buzzer, Tony definitely made it into the next round with  his sing along rendition of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire".  This writer hopes that President Tony has a few more "hankerings" to play some JC for us now that he knows our sweet spot.
RandyB then shared with us a little known fact that Mr Cash and the carter Family turned down a boat full of money from the maker of Preparation H who wanted to use the song in its commercials. It is this kind of nugget that keeps me coming back each week as a proud Rotarian yearning to learn.
Ellie Patterson, DGE was our guest.
Tony Hunter and Richie Benner attended Rotary member recruitment seminar in Green Valley and came back with lots of good information to share.
Bob Bishop attended Rotary/Hope 4 Kids water conservation seminar in Phoenix last Saturday.
Mary says Cameroon project progressing and she and RandyB are soon headed to Africa for the required project assessment. Safety is of paramount concern since apparently Cameroon is not in Kansas.
Joke Off
Lynne, the only contestant won easily with her joke about how Old Age and Treachery will overcome Youth and Skill on the golf course. (and many other places I might add).
Happy Bucks
Dan and John-Just plain happy
Randy-Canada is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L. Good to see Ellie P.
Don-Good to be back to cooler weather. Don was visiting the State of Washington
Mary-Will be seeing old friends from grad school
Richie-Membership is everyone's responsilbility
Bob Bishop-New owner is FAAQ. In my first and lost version I had a lot more on this, but now I am more interested in just the facts.
Don +ticket#01+card 4c=$0
Rachel Cheeseman spoke of the United Way and specifically on their VITA program.(See Richie Benner's excellent write up on our Marana Rotary Club Facebook Page). Rachel is the volunteer coordinator for the Pima County United Way and whose grandfather and mother were Rotarians in Lafayette, IN.
Rachel shared with us the fact that 40% of Americans are just $400 away from a fiscally devastating calamity. The all volunteer VITA program assists with tax preparation and saves the payer around $300 were they to go to HR Block. Also, were thy to go to a less than reputable tax return specialist they might be talked into a loan advance on an inflated return with outrageous monthly compound interest rates.
VITA has completed 15,000 free returns in Pima County. There are nine sites in the county including one at the Marana Senior center. 
Rachel may be contacted at 903-3919 or
Board Meeting at John Dooling's office tonight at 5:30.All welcomed.
Rotary Meeting Aug 14, 2018 2018-08-14 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
With President Hunter out with a migraine President Elect Richie Benner quickly established his brief but omnipotent reign of terror. NO SONG was his first proclamation quickly followed by belittling those in attendance for having no "thoughts" to share. With his minions trembling King Richie proclaimed "He who gives should never remember." and "He who receives should never forget." This was actually one of the better "thoughts" we have had this year imho. I write this not just to curry favor with next years president, but to also togain access to this years Marana Rotary Foundation President.
With no guests and only ten members the meeting progressed swiftly. Mentioned were the upcoming Rotary Meeting in Green Valley that several members will be attending and the Rotary Water Conference that Bob Bishop will attend, both this coming Saturday.
Do not forget the District Conference 9/28 & 29. Sign up on line. Support our District Governor and staff.
Pantano Rotary partnering with Ben's Bells 8/14/2018. See Mary for additional information.
Happy Bucks
John-Five grandkids on Pima County Swim Championship Team plus they won Spirit Award. Grandson Carter set individual county records in three events. Son-in-law Justin doing very very well in his cancer fight and returned to full time employment as a Golder Ranch Fire Fighter.
Peter- has been struck deaf as a result of tormenting his dog. I do not fully understand, but it seems as if Peter for hours repeatedly tossed a stick into his pool and before his dog, a pedigreed retriever, could get it Peter would dive in and get it first. I have no idea why Peter is happy about his water logged hearing/deafness but he gave us a dollar so who am I too ask?
David-All the rugrats are back to school
Dan-$2,600 feared auto repair bill turned into a minor thermostat repair. The money saved will soon be spent however as Dan is to be a grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!
Denise- MADE IT! Sorry, I could not hear what she made. Ask her next week when you see her.
Mary-Happy and a Joke Off competitor
Maeve-Will be visiting out of state family next week.
Joke Off-
Mary-What did the German cowboy say when he went into the Dealership? Audi!
Lynne- Joke too long to list here, but it did explain a lot about the stages of life and why animals are smarter/happier than us.
Maeve's joke was hilarious but way too much sex for me to include in this puritanical summary. (Randy, you will love it!)
This writer got into the swing of things with an entry about one of my all time favorite heroes, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. It seems Davy had a peculiar birth defect that is little known to today's citizens. He had three ears! A left ear, a right ear and a WILD FRONT EAR! Thus he was actually King of the Wild Front Ear!!!!!!!
The voting was not close. All "vote" went to me.
Following a stellar introduction by our despot in training, Richie Benner,our guest, the Rev Billy Still of the United Methodist Faith, spoke of The Inn, a migrant family shelter project. Housed in the basement of  the local United Methodist Church the mostly volunteer staff have assisted almost 3,000 ICE captured immigrants with a few days of food, clothing, shelter and showers. After this brief but welcomed respite they are off to their sponsors often in other states. Seventy Six percent participating in the United Methodist assistance program are from Guatemala, a country that is broken and gang controlled.
Before leaving for their sponsor each has an ankle bracelet for tracking. Rev Billy indicates 99% show up for adjudication (See Justice Department data below provided by this writer showing average of 24% to 43% judged inabsentia and trending higher) and seventy percent are returned to their country of origin.
The church receives no government funding for this project and the cost runs about $17 per person for the average two day stay. Our speaker stressed they are addressing the here and now problem and regardless of your beliefs about our immigration problem The Inn is helping people in need and could use financial support to continue their work.
 Rotary Meeting Aug 7, 2018 2018-08-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Today's meeting was held at the Conference Center of the Marana Municipal Complex. With nine members present President Tony Hunter called the meeting to order.
The meeting covered the general areas  1) Club Experience 2)Service and Socials 3) Members 4) Image 5) Business Operations.
The only area of deficiency that was noted was recruiting new members and maintaining members. Within this category those present felt improvement was needed in follow up of potential members, lead development and community presentation.
Ideas presented by those in attendance included 1)Friend Storming 2)Lead development list 3) Vocational Speakers 4) More emphasis on business networking 5) Enhanced community awareness 6)Recruit past members 7) Exit interviews.
It was announced that the Chair of the Marana Rotary Foundation for fiscal 2018/2019 will be Richie Benner. Treasurer will be Lynne Himmer with Denise West, Harold Burtzloff, Don Jorgensen and John Dooling also serving on the Board.
Meeting concluded with the four way test performed admirably considering we were without access to the printed word. 
Rotary Meeting  July 31, 2018 2018-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Tony Hunter rang the bell to attend one of the sparsest attended meetings in many a year. With District Governor Kirk Reed attending this was in deed unfortunate. With no fewer than five members out of state for the summer months it is understandable, but none the less unfortunate. Passers by would have recognized the lyrics to My Country Tis of Thee if not the actual melody.
The SOP of our usual meeting was not adhered to as we began with individual tables discussing among themselves inspirational people in their lives. I was not privy to the discussions at the other tables, but Dan Contorno and I seem to have led remarkably uninspired lives up til now.
No Happy Bucks today and our lone comedian Maeve (Lynne not here today) barely got off the stage with her life. Only her instinct allowed her to avoid the small but nasty crowd. (Inside joke. You had to be there).
DG Kirk Reed's grandfather joined Rotary in 1922. His mother, age 97, is a Rotarian in Georgia and was their bookkeeper/secretary up until a few months ago. Kirk has been a Rotarian for twenty-seven years. His young grandson was very impressed when he learned Grandpa was the Governor of the Tucson Rodeo!
DG Reed is an Eagle Scout, avid reader, cyclist and baseball fan. One of the people that inspired him was Ron Santo, famed third baseman of the Chicago Cubs from 1960 to 1973. Ron, a diabetic, raised millions for the fight against Juvenile Diabetes. Another inspiration in his life is his mother who not long ago called him and said "I do not want you to worry, but I am in the hospital and my house burned down!" In spite of this heavy blow, her attitude was "I might as well move closer to my Rotary Club since my home was seven miles from where the meetings were held!" So she moved closer!
Bad things can happen, planning goes astray and the strong stumble. Credit goes not to the critic nor to the timid souls afraid to participate, they experience neither victory nor defeat, but rather credit goes to those who dare enter the arena.
In closing he quoted Ghandi in saying "The best way to find yourself is to get lost in the service to others". DG Reed will take his message of "Have Fun-Get Stuff Done" to another forty-seven clubs before his year is finished.
Our Club donated $100 to DG Reed in his Ride for The Cure polio eradication effort this coming November.
Next week's meeting to be held at the Marana Town Hall and will serve as our annual Club Assembly.
Rotary Meeting  July 24, 2018 2018-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Following the Pledge of Allegiance President Tony Hunter searched furtively and  futilely for anyone with a song or even a thought.
Quickly moving on with the deftness of all great public speakers, our President whipped out from behind the rostrum a banner from the Rotary Club of Eureka, Arkansas. This banner was brought back to us from member Bob Bishop who did a make up while visiting in Eureka. Thus Bob was marked as attending today's meeting although he was not here today!
There is a New Member seminar to be held August 11th in Green Valley. Tony would like for at least three members to attend. Membership Chairman Randy Brooks will be out of state on Rotary business that weekend. Cost for the half day sesion, which I believe includes lunch, is $30. I believe we have Denise West as a probable attendee. Think about it and, if interested, let Tony know. Possibly carpool and a singalong in transit may entice an additional two members?
The Board has agreed to spend $2,500 from the Marana Rotary Foundation towards a District Grant match for assessment costs of our planned Global Grant project in Africa. The $2,500 commitment was made with the understanding that $2,000 will be raised by specific club members with $500 from current Foundation money.
District 5500 sent our a club a letter documenting the completion of our 2017/2018 Literacy project. Well Done! Jo Holt was given a round of applause for her leadership. Jo also announced her leave of absence for the next three months while political commitments consume her time.
DG Kirk Reed here next Tuesday.
In two weeks we meet at The Marana Town Hall Conference Center for our annual assembly.
Treasurer Lynne Himmer reports we made a profit of $5,000 from our Tour de Cookie event. Big thanks to Dan Contorno and all who worked to make this a success.
A tour of The Port of Tucson has been organized by Presidio Rotary Club. It will take place Wednesday 8/8/2018. Call John Dooling if interested for details. 744-3998.
Dan- Has plumbing leak in his Pinetop Trailer and daughter's car is broken down.(Is it just me or does Dan not understand the concept of HAPPY BUCKS?)
Peter-The well traveled Mr Mack just returned from England where a celebration of his fathers life was held. His father was 87.
Denise-Pleased to have the Marana Town Manager as our speaker today.
David-Clouds, rain and the cooler weather
Don-His wife's eye surgeries are complete and successful. Headed to Seattle for a couple of weeks.
Randy-Headed to state of Washington and on to Canada for two or three weeks. Plans to visit John Zwick.
Randy also promised two Paul Harris Fellow's to our membership. One to the member who recruits the most members the first six months of the year and ditto for the second six months.
Joke Off
Lynne-Late at night a drunk sneaks into his home and falls on his kiester breaking the two bottles of booze in his back pockets. He attempts to bandaid his cuts using the hall mirror before stumbling off to bed. In the morning his frau confronts him with his drunken status the night before. "What gave it away?" he asks. His wife explains, "The front door was left open, there was whisky and broken glass in the hallway and there were bandaids all over the mirror!"................ Now that's funny!
Maeve-Needs to work on her delivery. Patron asks for a glass of punch at the bar. Bartender says "You will have to get in line." The guy looks around. There is no punch line............... You know, this is actually funnier when I type it than when Maeve told the joke.
If you are still reading it must be because you are interested in what Jamsheed Mehta, Marana Town Manager, had to say. Jamsheed was born in Karachi, Pakistan and educated as a civil engineer at The University of Kansas. He was Transportation Director in Glendale, AZ prior to coming to Marana. He got on his audience's good side early by relating his familiarity with the global good works of Rotary International specifically programs for the visually impaired and polio inoculations in Pakistan. He believes RI has been doing good in Pakistan for possibly 100 years. 
The Town of Marana is dependent on construction revenue directly or indirectly for roughly 80% of its budget. This is fine for many years into the future as there is much land to grow, however this will have to change as time goes on and construction plateaus. Also, recovering from the Great Recession has been slow. Many developers have reduced lot sizes from 10,000 square feet to 6,000 square feet. Population has increased from 35,000 to 45,000 over the past ten years which is good but less than projected ten years ago. This year 818 new single family home construction permits have been issued.There are four parks in various stages of development, a four story hotel to open in three months, two senior care centers and an apartment building under construction right now.
A major concern is the Marana Main Gate. The ambiance one feels when first entering the town of Marana is very important to attract future citizens and businesses. Perks are available to entice builders to plan parking in the rear of their establishments and possibly town parking within walking distance to local stores to preclude the need for parking lots.
Marana has 18 miles of frontage road on Interstate 10 and  an airport with plenty of space for expansion and long runways. The waste water treatment plant is now three times the size as when purchased from the city of Tucson a few years ago. Water access is being jointly planned with Metropolitan Water District and the Town of Oro Valley.
Speaking of water, much of Marana is in the 100 year Flood Zone. The so called Tortolita Alluvial Plan brings flood water west from the Tortolita Mountains towards Marana. The S&P railroad serves a berm as does Interstate 10. As land is rezoned to housing more flood prevention projects will be required. Much land within Marana is state owned and will be sold off for development in the coming years with proceeds going to fund education statewide.
The town took over its own Animal Control within its boundaries from Pima County this past year. While there were some Doubting Thomas's the takeover has been a resounding success with 50% of lost animals being returned to their owners the first day of the loss being reported.
There are numerous community programs for citizen involvement and a Citizens Forum to bring issues before the Town Council.
Marana prides itself on being family friendly and their Founders Day, Harvest Day and Fourth of July celebrations are evidence of this commitment.
 Rotary Meeting July 17, 2018 2018-07-17 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana

  Early arriving members gathered outside of the locked Nana's Kitchen doors. Javier and Nana arrived in time to open the doors, get coffee started by 7am. President Tony Hunter rang in the meeting at 7:02am. Not bad, plus Nana and Javier whipped up quiche, tater tots and sausage in short order. After the PofA Maeve decided we should sing "It's a Grand Old Flag" again. Next time we have a rainy day we might want to revisit "Itsy Bitsy Spider"?
Guests included Amanda  Rodriguis who was requesting a grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund to study as a veterinarian tech. (She was approved by the Randy Brooks led committee for a $3,000 scholarship), our speaker KarynVampotic and our youngest visitor EVER Charles Benner, age 30 days.
Announcements included:
Board Meeting at John Dooling's office Wednesday July 11th at 5:30. Call 520-250-4012 if you need directions.
El Tour de Tucson rest/aid station will be headed up by Denise West. There will be a division of work assignments to be explained later.
Global Grant- For our Cameroon Project will be coupled with a District Grant for travel expenses. At least that is the thinking. A proposal will be submitted to the board tomorrow. The Cameroon project will address Education and Poverty. A fruit and vegetable garden as well as a small milk cow herd are planned with food for the students and surplus sold in the market. Foot powered sewing machines and a grain mill are also in the works for the village to create jobs and bring money into the community.  Mary presented.
Denise mentioned that tomorrow is the final Food Bank food distribution in Picture Rocks at the Ortiz Clinic. Dan Contorno volunteered to assist Denise. Thank you to the both of you. 
Randy, with a little help from Lynn, earned and donated a little over a hundred dollars by singing and strumming last Friday evening.
Bob Bishop will be attending a Az Water Summit meeting sponsored by Rotary in Phoenix on Saturday 8/11/2018. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Bob at 240-2338 to carpool. 
Happy Bucks:
Dan-Liked the quiche
Jo-Visited California relatives and avoided being bit.????????
Bob-Likes airplanes
Don-Able to meet with numerous relatives, also in California, many of whom he had not seen for years. Don's family spans the globe.
Denise-Vocalized all our thoughts when she mentioned her happiness caused by the rescue of the twelve Thai soccer players and their coach.
Joke Off
Maeve rear ended a dwarf. He was not Happy.
Lynne knows of a set of identical twins that were adopted out at birth to families in different countries. Juan was raised in Spain and Amahl in Egypt. A few years later the birth mother received in the mail a photo of Juan. This made her very happy but she lamented that she would like to see a picture of Amahl. Her friend commented when you've seen Juan you've seen .................Amahl!
Personally I think this was a tie, but the groaning from the audience was much louder following Lynn's delivery.
Bob Bishop won then lost with a red ten.
Karyn Vamotie, a former teacher and a semi retired attorney spoke of the Tucson Pastel Society "TPS"of which she is a member. Boasting 100+ members their mission's condensed version is to promote art activities especially pastel fine art among members, art collectors and galleries. Recently a building was donated to them and they are renovating it. Presently they are trying to raise money for a new roof.
TPS is trying to connect with local children's groups to allow for the exercising of their artistic talents.
Next Tuesday-The Marana Town Manager is our guest speaker.
In two weeks Governor Kirk Reed will be here.
In three weeks our Club assembly is scheduled.
Rotary Meeting July 10, 2018 2018-07-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
As always, not withstanding last week, President Jo M Holt rang in the meeting at 7am (not to be confused with 8am) sharp. Jason Halper, (remember him?) led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Maeve once again demanded that we sing and once again we sang a patriotic song, "My Country Tis of Thee". Totally unbiased President Holt commented "Not too bad". High praise indeed.
Next our leader, whose time in her lofty perch is short, polled the membership for an idea or thought. When none were forthcoming she suggested we incubate those thoughts/ideas that are in the zygote stage and possibly gift them to President Tony when he returns from the RI Conference in Toronto.
Jo then shared a quote from Buddha regarding one candle can share it light with a thousand other candles and not diminish its brightness. The same can be said of human happiness.
Mary spoke of Cameroon project. The country is dry for nine months then three months of torrential downpour. The inhabitants subsist on millet and water with few protein sources. Challenges in numerous areas such as disease control, education, economic growth and food scarcity. Our RI grant may include cows, sewing machines and a community garden project. Guidance from local Rotarian Phil Silvers who has sat on the RI Board in the past. An RI grant requires a community assessment and therefore possible travel to Cameroon by two or more Rotarians. This travel cannot be paid by RI grant money and could run about $2,000.
Brief discussion followed regarding 1)Shelterbox for Guatemala, 2)Xray machine for Guatemala 3) AZ Rotary Vocational Fund. President Jo artfully and appropriatly ducked these discussions as being more correctly addressed by new President Tony Hunter. 
Happy Bucks
Richie-Charlie is 8.5 pounds and doing well, lost his wallet (I lost my wallet once and indirectly cost me a night in jail and $50) and he's going to Washington DC in August. One out of three isn't too bad.
Don- Spouse Kathy is undergoing her third of four scheduled eye surgeries this week
Randy-Getting out of Dodge to see his family and his best friend Bert. Don was visibly hurt by this announcement about Bert.
Denise-Happy for Tony in Toronto (probably because it is about a hundred degrees cooler there than here)
Jo- Her son is back in school in NY and living in Hell's Kitchen. (I thought that was near Yuma)
Joke Off
Yes, Joke Off now gets its own heading. Maeve began by lowering the bar with a story about a guy wrapped in  cellophane  (invented by Swiss Chemist Jacques Brandenberger) going to his new psychologist for his first appointment. The psychologist exclaimed "You do not have to tell me about your situation, I can see your BLANK." Or alternatively, Randy's punch line "I can see you're BLANK" .
Convinced that she had another victory, Lynne went with the nervous new priest who was given advice by the Monsignor to have a small glass of vodka next to his water at the pulpit during his prsentation. Well you guessed it, the new priest over imbibes and made numerous funny errors in his homily (it truly was as if Lynne was a member of the congregation as she struggled to get through her delivery without a complete collapse from her hysterical laughter) ending with the Monsignor's admonishment "There will be a taffy pull at St Peter's Church next Sunday, not a peter pull at St Taffy's Church."
Denise "Lucky" West won and lost with the five of spades.
 Jim Evers was our speaker today. Following his retirement as an ob/gyn he has volunteered for several years at Community Home Repair Project of AZ. CHRPA.
The daily work as a new volunteer was abit too strenuous for Jim so he ended up on the board and is their current Board President. CHRPA is a 501c3 organization that does mobile home repairs for owners who are of limited means and ability. Coolers, bathrooms, floors, roofs, plumbing, ramps, etc. You name it they do it. The organization was founded over 35 years ago by Mennonites. Today they are still housed in the Mennonite  church at 30th and Wilmot and pay $1 year for the facility.
They have a million dollar a year budget and did 18oo projects last year in Tucson, primarily in the south and SW parts of town. 1/3 of the budget is from government grants, 1/3 from fees for service and 1/3 from donations. There is a shortage of funds due to city cutbacks and CHRPA is currently dipping into its surplus to provide needed projects.
Volunteers are always welcomed, with or without skills. Many winter visitor RV'ers assist and religious groups from around the world that send young volunteers to do good in the world and end up in Tucson and participate.
Volunteers include people from various backgrounds such as ob/gyn, a physicist and a Violin Player, not to mention building trades. Their culture is one of "No One Complains".
Jim indicated they do a couple of ramps a week and they are very willing to work with Rotary when we can share the cost and provide some hands on labor.

See you all on July 3rd 2018 in the year of Tony The Hunter.
Rotary Meeting June 25, 2018 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Jo M Holt led us in The Pledge as the clock struck 8am. Her attempt to quickly begin reminiscing about her past year as club president wa thwarted by Member Maeve Johnson's enquiry "Isn't this a song month?" Without waiting for an answer Maeve pressed "Let's sing "Its a Grand Old Flag" I just love that song. And so we did. Some of our younger members (those under 70) may not know the background of this George M Cohen song written in 1906.  
The original lyric for this perennial George M. Cohan favorite came, as Cohan later explained, from an encounter he had with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. The two men found themselves next to each other and Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man reportedly then turned to Cohan and said, "She's a grand old rag." Cohan thought it was a great line and originally named his tune "You're a Grand Old Rag." So many groups and individuals objected to calling the flag a "rag," however, that he "gave 'em what they wanted" and switched words, renaming the song "You're a Grand Old Flag".[1]
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  Back to President Jo's reflections on the past year. 
The year was filled with the planting of thousands if not tens of thousands of trees by Rotarians spurred by our RI President. Hundreds were planted in our own Marana Veterans cemetery. Tour De Tucson aide station was again our big November event. Rpotarians riding in this event have raised over FORTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS for the fight against polio over the past few years. Our club has played  a not so small part. Our own Tour de Cookie has also raised thousands of dollars for our charitable works. Our books for preschool kids project, in spite of a few twist and turns start to finish, provided over 6,000 books to needy families seeking services through the Women, Infants and Children program at The Marana Healthcare facility. A few hundred hours of hands on work were spent assisting the Food Bank at the Ortiz Clinic in Picture Rocks, AZ.
Gifts were provided by Jo to her Board Members and she especially singled out Denise West, while not a member of the board, for her participation in so many of the years events.
Then Maeve went on a roll. I missed 95% of what the hell was going on. However, I did learn a new word. "Jamoke". I think Randy is one, but as I said, I am not sure I heard everything correctly. There is a lot of stuff that goes on over in that corner of the room each week that is out of order and needs to be reigned in. I think our Sergeant of Arms needs to get involved. This kind of fun should be prohibited.
Lynne, following up to last weeks hijinks, decided to read her joke of the week to us.  While not as hilarious as last week, the gist of the humor was, if you are looking for a priest or a lawyer there may be better places than St Pete's backyard.
We finally got around to swearing in Tony Hunter as our new president effective 7/1/2018 and he in turn swore in and pinned the following members:
Richie Benner-President Elect
John Dooling-Secretary
Lynne Himmer-Treasurer
Harold Burtzloff-Member at Large
Bob Bishop-Member at Short (his joke, not mine)
Tony addressed the club and notedly told us that Rotary International, the Zone, The District and The Club all run on their members. The thought was taken from this months Rotarian Magazine's article by the new RI President. After providing the backstory to the origin of the name Marana Tony encouraged us to take risks and "To Be The Inspiration".
We look forward to Tony's year at the helm.
Rotary Meeting June 19, 2018 2018-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
The Rotary Club of Marana is becoming a very "exclusive" group judging by attendance today. Ten members and two speakers heard President Holt call the meeting to order at precisely 8 am sharp! Lynne Himmer came to the meeting prepared with a thought taken from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Happiness is not required for a successful life, but useful, honor and compassion are required. Randy Brooks took exception to this and in his best Bob Newhart impersonation said "uh, and happiness?" Struck me funny. Moving on.
 President Holt congratulated new dad, Richie Benner. An "I love Rotary" outfit for Carl Benner and other gifts were given to Richie, Samantha and their son.
President Jo advised the group that The Budget for Tony Hunter's year as president starting July 1st has been passed by the Board. "May the reign of terror begin." is pretty much a direct quote from lame duck Holt.
The Food Bank Picture Rocks program is coming to an end as it has failed to grow as anticipated. Thank you to all who have participated over he past year or so.
John-Good to see Javier and Peter again.
Dan-Bah Humbug, his last dollar was given to Sgt At Arms Javier Teran so no reason to be happy
Peter-Stuck on a mountain in Chile with four gray walls to surround him. Down the road he looks and here comes Mary, hair of gold and lips like cherries and wild mules munching the green green grass over the septic. (Had to combine a few things due to space limitations)
Richie-Happy, duh.
Virtually everybody happy except for the afore mentioned, Dan Contorno.
One of the punniest jokes of all time was heard at our meeting this morning judging from the peal after peal of hysterical laughter and actual tears of joy coming from the joke teller herself, Lynne Himmer. "I crack myself up!" she was heard to  exclaim  as she made her way back to her table after finally getting through the "Sally sells c-cells at the sea shore" punchline. Four people in attendance clapped a total  of five times in appreciation of her poised delivery technique. Seriously, she enjoyed the joke so much herself we all could not help but to enjoy it with her. Thanks, Lynne. You are a, um, a, um, a  treasure! 
Peter won and lost and literally does not know a spade from a club.
Our speakers, Colleen Leon and Jerry Simmons, were from SAMSAR-Southern Arizona Mounted Search And Rescue. This all volunteer organization got its start after the tragedy in the Santa Rita Mountains in 1958. You can copy and paste the following URL for more information.
While SAMSAR helps to coordinate numerous rescue service providers they are uniquely qualified when mounted recovery efforts are required. I regret that these minutes do not do the organization credit, but there skills and accomplishments are far to varied to give them justice here. They did mention that cases of dehydration are almost as frequent in the winter months as they are in the summer. This is often due to visitors unfamiliar with the extreme rough terrain of the Catalina's and surrounding mountains and the low humidity that allows heatstroke to sneak up on you. Jerry recommends that you keep a slip of paper in your wallet listing any meds you are taking and always leave a slip of paper on your dash when hiking stating when you left, destination, number in your party and expected time of return. There have been 50 rescues already this year and many from the Sabino Canyon area.
Jerry and Colleen  accepted numerous question with the only caveat being they must be about SAMSAR. See below.
Saturday 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM Your exclusive home for Tucson's longest running, most respected car care program. Jerry Simmons has been answering your car care questions each and every Saturday for 19 years! Call in to the show - 751-1041 In business at the same location (3743 S. Country Club) since 1974, Simmons is a full service repair center, as well as specializing in 4x4, drive shaft and exhaust system repairs. ASE certified technicians are well-trained in computer diagnostics.
Hope to see a few more members returning from their summer travels next week. Don? Bob? 
Rotary Meeting June 12,2018 2018-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Jo called the meeting to order, which was no easy feat as many were on a carb and sugar high from our Dunkin Donuts breakfast. As frequent readers may recall Nana's was closed Tuesday and arrangements were made to meet at Coyote Trail Elementary School. Thanks, Dan. Oh, and thanks Mary and Randy for the coffee, orange juice, bagels, cream cheese AND donuts. 
President Jo was a little run down from her Party's party the night before, I believe in Sedona. Never the less she called for Happy (no bucks) and many felt obliged to take advantage of this FREE  opportunity. Some of the happy comments came from:
Mary- Happy to have met Mirabel
Randy-Happy to have his diabetes under control (as he bit into the first of two iced donuts)
Dan-Wife is in Ethiopia and he cleaned the kitchen in her absence. I can understand the happiness in the first item, but the second?
Tony-Legally married to a prosthetist. Hey, I just report what's said.
David-Summer Vacation!
Maeve-Lyle is left handed? Had to be there.
Harold-Photos on website---with room for improvement
Richie-Baby watch continues. Baby room painting complete. Looks like Harvey is not in the cards.
Don-Shelter Box is in the running for Nobel Prize!
Jo-Partied with her party this time for three days in Window Rock. If you are going to Window Rock, might as well party for three days.
 Mirabel presented her Exchange Year.RYLA was GREAT. She was forced to work with others and develop skills of persuasion. She overcame fear of heights and made several friends with whom she remains in contact. 
She said she does not see the world as yes/no, up/down. black/white as much as when she arrived. She is more aware of the various shades and not so absolute. As all Exchange Students before her she commented on school in the US being less demanding than what she had experienced in her own country of Nigeria. Classes she took were Photography, Spanish, Choir and Biology. She indicated people in the USA smile and wave much more than in her home country, even if they do not know you! 
She traveled to Hollywood, CA, The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and even into Mexico. She is very grateful for the opportunity to experience our culture and to now have a white family. She said she will miss In and Out Burger, Dessert after meals and all the fatty, fatty food.
Randy summed up the club feelings when he stated we were grateful for the experience of  sponsoring her and the opportunity to learn from her about her country and culture. This exchange student program definitely provides for growth and learning to both parties. 
A big thank you to Randy, Deb, Mary, Nancy, Bouba, David and Mrs Hindman for stepping up as host parents. Our entire club benefits.
Rotary Meeting June  5, 2018 2018-06-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 29, 2018
With no apologies to The Four Seasons the Fifth Tuesday Social held at Mr. Ans was a smash hit. Two chefs were required to serve our group of nineteen and both were at the top of their game. Food was flung everywhere and occasionally caught. Three foot tall flames, twirling knives and even two volcanoes set the tone for the evening.
Prior to dinner being served Lynne Himmer shared a few words in praise of our president, Jo Holt, who's term ends 6/30/2018. No jokes from Lynne this time as she wanted to not distract from the praise lavished upon President Holt.
Next Randy Brooks spoke about our Nigerian Exchange Student and recent graduate of MUSD, Mirabel. At times the evenings festivities looked like a party to honor Mirabel who will be departing for home in a few days. She even received the "lit candle on scoop of ice cream" treatment. She will be missed, but I think we may see her again in the future.
Congratulations to Maeve Johnson for organizing the best 5th Tuesday Social our club has experienced in a long long time.
Members attending were:
The Benner's
Denise West
The Jorgensen's
The Burtloff's
The Zwick's
The Johnson's
The Brook's                                 
The Dooling's                              
Jo Holt                                           
Lynne Himmer                                            
Kathleen Neighbors                
and, of course, Mirabel!
Oh What a Night! 2018-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Club of Marana exchange student at graduation May 23rd .
Mirbel will be heading home to Nigeria in a few days and will be missed by us all.
Great Job,  great year Mirbel. Thanks to all host families and Club supporting her though out the year.
Mirbel Exchange Student Graduaton 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2018
The Rotary Club.of.Marana has been providing support and recognition for.these nontraditional students for.19 years.
MCAT Graduation 2018-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 22, 2018
Were you a good reader in first and second grade? Were you in the Redbird or the Bluebird group. Do you remember Dick, Jane and Spot or were David, Ann and Zip in your first grade reader? Did you go to college? Are you in a Book Club now? Do you like to curl up with a book or a Kindle and pass the hours reading fiction, history or my favorite historical fiction with an Ipad on my lap. 
It is a well proven fact that reading to preschool age children improves their vocabulary and their understanding of the reading process. Unfortunately, if a child is behind in their ability to read in the first few years of education there is a likelihood they will never catch up.  If they are adept at learning to read in those early years the chances of success in the classroom and in life grows exponentially as you begin to read to learn. With this in mind local, good hearted, community minded people called Rotarians got together, raised money and donated it for the following project.
The Rotary Club of Marana in conjunction with The Rotary Club of Dove Mountain and Rotary District 5500 raised almost $6,000 towards books for preschool children in the Marana area. Working through Scholastic Book Fairs, to make our dollars go further, we purchased roughly 1,700 books to be distributed free of charge to young mothers through MHC Healthcare's WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program. The Fair, held at Roadrunner Elementary in Avra Valley, was this past Tuesday May 22nd. By holding the event at Roadrunner School they too benefited by receiving Scholastic Bucks to be used in book purchases for their school.
Will this project make a difference? Will the learning light shine into even one child's eyes as a direct result of this project? Could we hope for two or three? More? Like planting a seedling this project hopefully will sprout and maybe a future book club member or, dare we hope a Rotarian, may someday trace their thirst for knowledge back to this simple project. I know I remember the books I had available in my childhood home when I was young and I bet you do too.
Rotarians making a difference and seeking members in the Marana area. 
Road Runner Book Fair 2018-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Jo welcomed a full house and then requested David Hindman to lead us in the Pledge. Maeve responded to the request for a thought for the day with something about a backbone, wishbone and a funny-bone are all that are needed in life. Many in attendance were left scratching their head bone.
 All members and quests in attendance raised their voices in a musical tribute to John Zwick and Harold Burtzloff for their combined 103 years of Service Above Self.
Lynne Himmer led us in "For They's a Jolly Good Fellows". It was more loud than good, but I do believe both John and Harold appreciated the recognition.
In attendance to lend their voices to the special recognition of John and Harold's acomplishmenst were: DG Joe Hentges, DGE Kirk Reed and DGD Diane Venture-Goodyear.
Other guests included Kimberly Welch-Vocational Fund Scholarship applicant, Jen-French exchange student from two/three years ago.
 MCAT honoree John Cain, his mother Elaine, two brothers Tim and Victor and a sister. John chose MCAT Secretary Tiffany Montes as someone to accompany him to the award ceremoney as she has been there for him since he started MCAT. John is 22 and running out of time to complete his high school education. He has dropped from MCAT twice but is determined to complete his studies this time. He wants to be a welder and has learned first hand of the doors that are shut to him without a HS diploma. John has a great support system as evidenced by his entourage and his biggest supporter appears to be his mom. His recognition by The Rotary Club of Marana was an emotional occurrence. 
 Next we presented John and Harold with token gifts of a Rotary pen and key chain for their support of Rotary over the years. Each has been a member of only one other club. Both were rather stoic in their comments regarding their accomplishments, but John did indicate that the Marana Club has a special feeling and that he has enjoyed our club to a greater degree over the first club he joined 2/13/1963. A rather large cake with special decorations celebrating John and Harold's longevity was sliced distributed to everyone in attendance. Special thanks I believe go to Randy Brooks for spearheading this richly deserved recognition meeting.
 Today was a special day also in that Richie Benner was welcomed into Paul Harris Fellowship by District Governor Hentges. Richie has excelled as an active member in his short time with The Rotary Club of Marana and this step is but one more to what we believe will be a long career with Rotary. Congratulations, Richie.
NO MEETING NEXT WEEK. There will be a gathering at Roadrunner Elementary School for the Marana Rotary sponsored Scholastic Book Fair. The event runs from 7:30am to Noon. Location is 16651 W Calle Carmela.
MCAT Graduation to be held Tuesday May 22 at 7pm. Many Rotarians plan to meet at 5:30 at Nana's Kitchen to eat before heading over to 11745 W Gladden Farms Dr
NO MEETING 5/29/2018 as it is the 5th Tuesday of the month. Instead we will dine at Mr An's that evening.
Many happy bucks for John and Harold and for our guests. One of particular note was John Zwick's "stung by a scorpion" trip to the hospital happy buck.
Lynne shared a couple of teacher jokes that got a decent laugh and Maeve made amends for the dumb blonde detective wanna be  joke from a few weeks ago by insulting the intelligence of Irish men. Maeve may have wanted us to extrapolate this lack of intelligence to all men, you will have to ask her. In any case HALF the audience seemed to rather enjoy the humor.
Well that's it. Again, we will NOT be meeting for breakfast the next two Tuesdays. We will be DARK! See you for breakfast June 5th.     
Rotary Meeting May 15, 2018 2018-05-15 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
 Newly married President Elect, Tony Hunter, led the meeting today. President Jo turned the reigns over to Tony so he could gain some experience running the meeting before taking over officially 7/1/2018.
We did have a pledge, but no song, no prayer and literally not a single thought in the room. How can this be? You ask. All I can say is the reader will have to attend our next meeting and draw their own conclusions.
We did have a mighty fine joke however, from Lynne Himmer. "What did the 0 say to the 8? Your belt's too tight!" Now that's knee slapping humor if I ever heard it. I passed this joke on to an adult lady friend who did not get it. I am trying to recruit her as she would fit right in with our "no thoughts" crowd. But I digress.
Many guests including a former Exchange Student, Jen from Colmar,France and current Exchange Student from Nigeria, Mirabel. Two speakers addressed the club
 Beth Garrow of Zone 26 our Rotary Foundation Chair (our zone) and Pam Kerr former PDG in the Chicago area that encompasses Evanston, IL where RI is headquartered. Pam's husband, Andy was also in attendance primarily to make sure Pam did not leave something out of her talk.
Beth was very complimentary of our small club's record of giving. Unfortunately I missed much of the salient points in her talk due to impaired hearing.
Happy bucks galore, but again I regret to say I missed most of what was being said. I do know that Don, Jo, Richie Tony, Denise, Randy and many others are happy about something. That's good. Personally I did hear what I said so.....Had a great trip down the Rhine. Visited Jen's home village of Colmar in the Alsace region of France and became reacquainted with the WWII heroics of Audie Murphy. This genuine hero went on to additional fame as a movie/western cowboy actor in the 1950's. To me it seems very strange that the most decorated soldier in WWII and a man who made many movies, including To Hell And Back where he actually played himself  and was known to everyone in the USA is not recognized by many under the age of 60. Somebody once said "Sic transit gloria mundi." and you can look it up.
 Harold Burtzloff made a generous donation to our club's foundation in recognition of his 50 years in Rotary. Thank you Harold for all your service over the years. As many of you are aware Harold also is a recipient of the Wright Bros Master Pilot Award for being a licensed pilot for fifty years. It is an honor to be in the same club as you Mr. Burtzloff.
Lucky Mary won again(?) but did not draw the winning card.
 Pam Kerr made an excellent presentation regarding Rotary's work in Guatemala. Primarily she spoke of the goal of raising 2.5 million to purchase 29 x-ray units. Eleven have been funded and eight have been installed. Each unit can serve between 50,000 to 100,000 persons a year. This is a true Global Grant with Taiwan Rotary clubs sponsoring three of the units. The individual machine/operational cost is $73,000 to run for two years with individual clubs raising $23,000 with the balance from matching funds from District and RI. Cooperation among RI, the Guatemalan Minister of Health and other governmental entities has been wonderful. Pam provided two pages of documentation concerning this project.
By the way, Harold passed on a compliment to your's truly from Mindy Blake "Your writing is a perfect blend of humor, wit and facts." I thanked her for the comment and asked her to speak of my hidden talents to former members Jim DeGrood and Thomas Benavidez. Mindy, Jim and Thomas are all associated with PAG RTA. Mindy, if you are reading this we could offer a deal if all three of you wanted to become members.
Hope to do a better job next week if this head cold passes and I get back to my normal poor hearing.
Rotary Meeting May 8, 2018 2018-05-08 07:00:00Z 0
             Rotary Club of Marana

3rd Annual Tour de Cookie
        On April 14th nearly 200 riders, ages seven to seventy, came out on a beautiful Saturday for the 3rd annual Rotary Club of Marana’s Tour de Cookie.   Smiles beamed on the faces of riders and cookie station hosts alike, as participants rode 28.6 miles from one cookie station to another along the paved Pima County Loop.
    Participants enjoyed community camaraderie and a wide variety of home-made cookies satisfying even the pickiest taste-buds.  Moreover, 100% of proceeds from the ride directly funded the Rotary Club of Marana’s many local and international service projects.  2016-2018 projects have included food distribution in Marana, home repair, water sanitation in Mexico, tree planting at the Arizona Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial in Marana, development of a playground for special needs elementary children in MUSD, building a school in Zimbabwe, 0 to 5 early education book distribution in Marana, memory screening and Alzheimer education, amongst others. 
    Volunteer Cookie Station hosts were at the heart of the event.  Each were responsible for baking their own cookies, and word has it that competition was steep.  This year’s hosts were Chasse Building, Pathways Hospice, Tucson Roller-Derby, Top Golf, MHC Healthcare, Performance Bikes, Friese for House, The Optimist Club of Marana, Maeve Johnson-Edward Jones, John Dooling-All State Agent, Janice Meyer and Family, and the Tortolita Middle School Interact Club. 
    Next year’s Rotary Club of Marana’s Tour de Cookie promises to be bigger and better.  Stay tuned to experience what’s to come.
            3rd Annual Tour de Cookie 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
Randy started us off with the pledge. There was debate with whether or not we should sing a song, even though it is a song Month. We eventually settled on “ take me out to the ball game”
Guests: one of our Rotary Exchange students from a few years ago, Jen ( I think was her name) - from France. She is now in Montreal studying Political Science. She is starting her third and final year. In Montreal degrees are awarded after three years. 
    Linda, Bob’s wife joined us, although she doesn’t believe she is a guest anymore.
Thought of the Day: from 1983-2006 KVOA ran an ice break contest. The goal was to try to guess when it would hit 100. In 2017 it was May the 4th. When will it hit 100 in 2018?
Please don’t forget about some of our upcoming events:
5/4- sunrise rotary club fundraiser
5/9- picture rocks food bank
5/22- roadrunner book fair and MCAT graduation
5/29- we are dark- we have a social at Mr. An’s
Happy Bucks:
Tony- got married a few weeks ago. He was smart and got the date engraved into  his ring so he won’t forget. 
Bob- happy he gets to get out of Tucson and visit family.
Lots of people just happy in general, especially for our exchange student visit. 
Joke Off: 
Maeve: an engineer was unemployed and set up a shop. If your problems were not solved you got $1000, if so you owed $500. Needless to say, the engineer was up $1500 at the end of the day
Lynne- a joke about baseball and a priest hitting a rival fan with a door.
Randy won the raffle, but quickly lost with a 2.
 Tour De Cookie: The good, the not so good, how do we improve 
  1. Do we make the medallions ourselves?
  2. Keep the signs out at least a month out to promote the event
  3. Hand out info at the Tour de Tucson Aid Station 
  4. How do we advertise to the families that are in schools 
  5. Check Social media for tags from the events
  6. Have posters to advertise for events 
  7. Do we have a vote for the best cookies?
Packet pick-up
  1. Need to have shirt sizes weeks prior 
  2. Need a way to check if waiver was signed 
  3. Make sure kids are denoted on roster 
Start point/ route
  1. Do we move to crossroads park?
  2. We need people to ride the route a month prior to see where signs need to be placed 
End of ride:
  1. Do we need to do anything at the end for riders?
  2. Do we do grab bag? Raffle? Vote? DJ ?
If you have any other suggestions email Dan
Those in Attendance were:
John zwick 
Richie Benner | Field Director
2017 National Jamboree Contingent Staff Adviser
Activities Staff Adviser
Membership Staff Adviser
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Rotary Meeting May 1, 2018 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
                     Marana Rotary Meeting
Richie lead us in the pledge and it was announced there would be no song today. Everyone was devastated 
Thought of the day: Jim Henson- life is like a movie, write your own movie, keep believing and keep pretending (imagination and creativity)
Announcements: Dan feels better about the Tour de Cookie two weeks post event. We are sticking with 175-ish riders
Breaking News: the month of May starts next week! May is busy with the district assembly in Green Valley, food bank distribution, book fair at roadrunner, MCAT graduation and our 5th Tuesday social at Mr. An’s 
The MCAT graduation is at 7pm at Gladden Farms Elementary per the CFO of MUSD. Plans are in place to possible have dinner prior
Rotary Vocational Fund update: we had a young lady interview for a dental hygienist school. They awarded her $3000 for her education. 
Happy bucks:
Richie learned the Boy Scouts are working on growing new coral for the reefs in the Florida Keys 
Randy-won the basketball pool
Don- spent two weeks in France (admittedly missing the tour de cookie)
Mary- met a man who will be making Mirabel a dress for her 18th Birthday
Jo- spent a few days with her son in New York
Joke off..... something about a surgeon and god and attorney and chaos.... debating which profession was created first….or Some of was about a catholic priest and a jackass(donkey).... needless to say, Lynn was voted as the winner 
A lot of people are just happy in general for no apparent reason 
Raffle was won by Randy, Bob was saddened by his loss but happy Randy pulled a 5 of Diamonds.
 Susan Friese was our guest speaker from Literacy Connects. Literacy Connects is a Tucson nonprofit connecting people of all ages to a world of opportunities through literacy and creative expression.
Literacy Connects was hatched from an idea from a town hall meeting. Volunteers came together to discuss issues plaguing the community. Literacy was at the core of it all. 
The literacy community came together and started the organization. The ones that came together were:
Literacy volunteers of Tucson
Reading seed
Stories that soar
Literacy for life coalition 
Reach out and read southern Arizona 
They helped over 45,000 learners in 2017. The ages now range between newborn to 86. They have over 1,000 volunteers who help their organization. All their classes are free to anyone who needs them. They do not take any state education funding because of two issues: they must include standardized testing and they must provide immigration status. 
Their approach to working with students is student focused, individualized learning based on trust and personal relationships. They focus on the student’s abilities versus what they are lacking. 
Their reading seed program goes into elementary schools and identify those who are reading below their grade level. From there they are assigned a reading coach. Their goal is to connect to the students and find out what they are interested in to get them reading something. 
Here is an excerpt from their website:
Envision a community where every child graduates from high school, crime and poverty rates are low, a skilled workforce is fostering a thriving economy, and the arts and culture environment is second to none. We do!
From birth throughout adulthood, Literacy Connects’ programs offer opportunities for learners of all ages to realize their potential — at school and in the workplace, as parents, as consumers and as participants in the life of our community. Last year, our staff and more than 1,500 dedicated volunteers helped more than 50,000 individuals in Southern Arizona. The programs of Literacy Connects coach children in reading so they catch up with their peers and help adults with reading, writing, math and English. The programs teach parents the importance of reading to their children, help young people experience the power of words and ideas through the arts, and put books in the hands of people who need them.
Rotary Meeting 04/24/2018 2018-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
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President Jo started the meeting by asking Dan C to lead the pledge. He did such a fine job that Maeve suggested we sing "For He Is a Jolly Good Fellow" to Dan. Sounded pretty good too!
Lots of good advice this morning:
Lynne- To paraphrase "If you are on the road to perdition go fast so you can get in and out before the devil knows you're there."
Jo- Per Will Rogers "Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement!"
Picture Rocks Food Bank recipients ran a little low last time for reasons unknown. 
 Lots of good discussion regards the Tour de Cookie fund raiser last Saturday. (The real reason we sang to Dan). Randy received a Canadian check that is not as easy to pass as a Loonie. Numerous comments about the Janice Meyer cookie booth and her families baking history. John sold some cookies and commented on the Cookie Monster shirts of several riders. Talk of moving event to earlier in the year. Dan will call a meeting soon to discuss possible changes and what we have learned from this years event. Dan ballparked the net profit at almost $6,000. Thank you EVERYONE that assisted. Due to travel etc several members could not help the day of the event but I know you were with us in spirit.
John-Daughter and granddaughter attended the meeting and granddaughter spoke of her RYLA experience
John-Will be out of country next two weeks and thank you to everyone for volunteering RICHIE BENNER to take minutes the next two meetings.(Richie, it doesn't pay to miss meetings)
Dan-Sorry he is such a grouch
David-He and his kids enjoyed the ride. Oldest daughter thinks they could enjoy it more if they ditched the younger ones and hit more cookie booths!
Bob-Grateful for table companions
Maeve-Had one of the longest lead ins in the history of jokedom to get to the punch line that Randy was not blessed by the pope but was actually kicked out of St Peter's Square. 
Randy-Sorry he missed T de C but learned new ways to get into our knickers for the Rotary Foundation
Lynne-Pete and Repeat, etc.
Harold and John-Happy although Harold was going to donate two dollars then changed his mind.
Mary-Her little cousin, who she thinks of as an 8 year old, but actually closer to 50 is one of the worlds experts on the Rwandan genocide. Scott Strauss, a former free lance reporter in Kenya and now a professor at University of Wisconsin has written several books on the topics of genocide, war and the making and unmaking of nations. He was named a winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Along with the prestige he received $100,000.
Randy WON then lost the raffle. Perennial winner Bob couldn't believe it.
 Tyler McMurrich expressed her appreciation in being selected to attend RYLA. She enjoyed the interaction of being with a large group of strangers as this is fairly new to her. Tyler, a junior at BASIS Oro Valley has had the same 50 classmates for several years. She kind of enjoyed the "no tech" environment where cell phones were abandoned for personal interaction. She found it a challenge to get people to decide/agree in what direction to go for some of the activities. Being the oldest child and fairly opinionated she is used to others following her orders! She is still in contact with a few of the other participants. She liked the rock climbing, but did not participate in the telephone pole/zip line event. She plans on a career as a Forensic Pathologist and has visited schools in New York and also considering Washington University in St Louis, President Holt's alma mater.
With no word to the contrary we believe Tony Hunter is now a married man. If we learn otherwise the crystal stemware shall be returned. 
See you all in May!
Rotary Meeting 4-17-2018 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
After President Jo started the meeting with The Pledge the club gave one of its best efforts in singing Happy Birthday to Javier Teran. Denise then gave us a List to Live By from Benny Bear Wellness. Jo added a comment about an unnamed local office holder and political candidate  who recently spoke of growing up poor and now being in a position to help others. Guests included Mirabel, our exchange student and  Brianna Olivas, an applicant for a Rotary Vocational Fund Scholarship. Also a contingent from MUSD MCAT who shall be named later. 
Picture Rocks/Ortiz Clinic Food Bank work detail tomorrow for those who can assist from 9am to noon.
Tour de Cookie this Saturday with potential 200 riders? Dan will be setting up at 7:30 am and could use assistance . Meet him at the Rillito Race Track on first south of River. The Farmers Market location. Mary read a list of booth sponsors. Thank you to Dan and his committee for another excellent job of planning this event.
 Mary mentioned the Leadership seminar 5/5/2018 to be held at Quail Canyon Country Club in Green Valley. All are encouraged to attend this meeting. Cost is $15 and includes breakfast. Go to District 5500 to register. 
Javier started the Happy Bucks giving with a dollar for every year that he has been on the earth.
Dan, John and John all happy. 
David young son Tim was the last to lose his baby teeth in his entire class. David, being squeamish sort did not want to yank it out. Finally natural causes brought about its demise and made for one very happy young man. (Tim)
Randy borrowed a dollar and thanked former Marana High School Principal Jim Doty for assistance with our club's Exchange Student program over the years.
Tony mumbled something about being broke and a pleasant if dry bachelors party last weekend.
Richie commented he was a "good kid" in Principal Doty's era while Jim rolled his eyes. Richie also shared information that if we can grow four members by 6/30/2018 our club will receive a Paul Harris award.
Harold is happy that everyone talks so much, or not.
Finally heard Mary speak, but she said nothing of importance!
We learned Lynne knows a lot of tax accountant and alcohol jokes.
Maeve, last heard the Texas swimming pool/Toilet joke when I was ten.
You will never guess who won the raffle ticket draw AGAIN and proceeded to draw two cards neither of which was the one he wanted. Yep, Bob Bishop.
 Our MCAT student of the month is Xavier Balderrama. He was accompanied by Dani Anich his MCAT attendance coach, his mother and the aforementioned Jim Doty. Xavier has found the smaller classes at MCAT to his liking. He has a knack for anything automotive and plans to study automotive and diesel mechanics after graduation.
 I believe he said the school of interest is UTI where auto body is also taught. He comes from a family with a lot of girls and appeared to enjoy a chance to speak. (Humor intended.) With his automotive knowledge he has been useful to fellow students, recently taking a look at a car leaking gas which he diagnosed as safe (probably not going to explode just sitting there) but not driveable. I personally had a 1951 Kaiser/Fraizure that fell into that same category of leaking gas, safe but not driveable without flame retardant clothing. Wish I had known Xavier back in the 60's. Xavier's long term plans would include owning his own shop.
Following the meeting Randy, John, Jo, Mary and Richie met with Brianna Olivas and voted to award her with a Rotary Vocational Fund grant/scholarship for dental assistant training that starts his Monday.     
Rotary Meeting Apr 10, 2018 2018-04-10 07:00:00Z 0
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The first meeting of April 2018 began with a "Welcome back Don" shout out to Mr Jorgensen. Bet you thought I was going to say it started with the Pledge.
Maeve asked for a song but alas, being a no song month she was denied. She "threatened" the club with a Johnson/Dooling duet next week. The fear was palpable in the room.
GREAT ATTENDANCE at 90%! Even Jason showed up. If we can get Clint, Mark and Jason at the same meeting I am donating an extra $20! Although Jorgensen and Mack both indicated they will be on the road again in the coming weeks it was good to see both. Javier was out on a father/daugher event, but Nana capably filled his shoes.
Thought for the day came from Mr Richard Benner. Basically it was "Don't worry. Be Happy". Space limitations on the internet prohibit the full recitation of the thought.  
Odds and Ends
The winner of one hundred dollar early bird Tour de Cookie sign upper is Roger somebody. Randy said he probably knows him and took the money.
Club members all participated in the culling of poorly made ceramic cookies from the hundreds dumped on each table. Made for our club by Quail Run School as part of the Tour de Cookie fund raiser, we learned that not all ceramists ages 7 to 11 are created equal. Truth be told a some at our table were damaged by the CFO who tested a few for possible school lunch inclusions. Anything to save a dime at MUSD, right Dan? Thanks Quail Run.
Board Meeting Thursday 5:30P start. John's office. All welcome.
Thanks to Randy, Deb, Bob and Jo for working The Loop and getting out the word about Tour de Cookie.
More Tour de Cookie-This Sunday 9A at the Farmers Market Rillito Park one last get the word out  before the big event 4/14/2018.
DID I MENTION TOUR DE COOKIE? OUR MAJOR FUND RAISER OF THE YEAR REQUIRES ALL HANDS ON DECK. To paraphrase  Uncle Sam "WE NEED YOU!" With Don and Peter out of town and Tony getting married all those remaining in town need to make a concerted effort to be available. Friends, family and kids welcome to help.Thank you, the management.
Party Time! May 29th is a 5th Tuesday and Mr An's will be where we gather for a fun filled evening. Maeve and Lynne are promising to have a rice flinging contest if Harold and John Z promise to be their open mouthed targets. This promises to be more hilarious than their "Battle of the Jokesters" skit we have come to loathe. (that is sarcasm)
Speaking of this lovable duo Maeve spoke of poop maps and Lynne of IRS audits. Knee slapping hilarity. Oh my. Tears are running down my cheeks as I relive the moment. Ahem, moving on.
Jo congratulated Maeve on her anniversary...........................six months early or late, we're not sure.
Happy Bucks
Dan-Pocketed a cool $202.25 at his garage sale and gave the club one half of one percent of the profit
Peter-Visiting his father soon and then off to Chile for months
Don-Here and gone
Randy-Sold a tee shirt for $3 and made the buyer feel like a  cheapskate. Seriously, Randy was happy about this, I kid you not.
Mary-Only Denise and Tony who were sitting at her table know the reason for her happiness
Bob-Wife returning to Tucson after short absence
Denise-Sorry, I missed it. My ears exploded while trying to amplify Mary's reason for happiness 
Thanks to all who donated.
Tony-Got five bucks out of him after last week's "zero". Headed to Flagstaff for a wild and crazy kind of time. Kind of like Vegas only NOT.
Bob "Lucky" Bishop pulled the 4 of hearts. The sadness displayed by his fellow Rotarians at his misfortune tugged at this writer's heartstrings. Sniff.
 Kimberly Ward, mother of two Eagle Scout's, friend of Richie Benner and Scholastic Book rep was our speaker. A few of the numerous points she made about reading are:
1. 85% of your brain growth is over at age 3
2. Reading to young'uns three times a week improves their ????????by 25%.
3. The wealthier the family the more words/vocabulary a child is exposed to
4. 61% of low income families have no books in the home
5. If you enter school two years behind your peers in learning you may never catch up
Kim read Malcome Mitchells "The Magic Hat" to us. My interpretation of the story is the magic hat is like a library. So many wondrous books on so many wondrous topics await you once you are inside. Open the cover and let your imagination loose.
Rotary Meeting Apr 03 2018 2018-04-03 07:00:00Z 0
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President Holt rang in the meeting at the designated hour. We all rose in unison and recited the pledge. In light of our speaker being US Congressman O'Halleran, President Jo quoted the Happy Warrior Hubert H Humphrey when he observed " I have seen more (enter a lengthy list of platitudes here) in the halls of Congress than anywhere else in the world."
No song today and the die hard singers did not complain. It seems they have lost the battle. (There goes my sunshine, my only sunshine, it makes me happy when skies are gray).
 Moving on, The Congressman did bring along two or three staffers, but I did not catch their names except for Max Oliver at the Constituent Office at Ina and Shannon.
Javier has recovered nicely and there are no plans by the club to revisit The Village Inn anytime soon.
*******************TOUR DE COOKIE NEWS**********************
61 registered riders(180) last year. 13 Cookie Booths
Thirty families served by Jo and Denise at the Ortiz Clinic/Food Bank distribution center Tuesday. Thank you ladies. 
Sad news-Lori Malagone is leaving Rotary.
Happy Bucks
John-Daughter's Birthday
Tony-Has no money. Ha, wait until he is married and kids. He'll look back on these days as rolling in the dough.
David-Enjoyed telling a falsehood to his kids. For several hours they thought the car was traveling to the Grand Canyon. At some point they figured out Lego Land was the destination.
Harold-Happy he figured out how to change Mary's email address on our website.NOTE-He was happy for less than a day. Down again.
Denise-Last weeks vacation
Benner-Putting a crib together not as hard as he had been told. Richie, you will not find that to be true in raising kids.
Randy-Marched for ending the gun madness. His first march since vets against Viet Nam war.
Denise raffle ticket drawn and there was much, dare I say giddiness in the room when she drew the Q of  Clubs!
 The Congressman took the stage and spoke of his 58,000 square miles of district. Twelve Indian tribes, Kingman, Sedona, Pinetop/Lakeside, Oro Valley, you name it he's got it.
His background is unique in that he has been a bond trader, a cop, an elected Republican state official and an elected Demoratic US Congressman.
He spoke of:
Helicopters-we are losing some
Infrastructure Bill-Not happening
111 in session working days in Congress-Not enough to do the work
Loves Congress
Trade/Tariff Wars-Dan still not sure of what to do about steel contractor bids on the new school
Water-Twenty Lake Mead's worth of water in District 1 subsurface that could be brought to the surface with solar. We still got a problem and maybe a desalinization plant in the Sea of Cortez where the Colorado enters may be a good idea. No time to discuss subsidence or cotton subsidy/water consumption. 
Cyber Security-ASU has a Cyber school and the Government and private industry must work together as Private industry cannot protect us alone
Medical- Violence in America, Opioid epidemic and 3-6 billions of dollars for mental health.
Rotary Meeting Mar 27, 2018 2018-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
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President Jo was back in full health to lead our meeting. She asked a lady from Nigeria to lead us in the Pledge and Mirabel did a fine job. Thoughts for the day revolved around the circumference of a circle divided by its diameter. This calculation gives us Pi and its many uses especially in Rotarian Humor. (see further down)
Picture Rocks/Ortiz Center Food Bank volunteers for tomorrow include Denise West and Jo Holt. Begins at 9:30 ends around noon. If you are interested and available they could use you.
Speaking of being needed, this Saturday at Brandi Fenton Park we will have a booth marketing our Tour de Cookie. We need people from 8:30 setup until noon. Please let Dan or Mary know if you can assist. 
Roadrunner school will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on a Tuesday, possibly in April, and we will participate. It appears we may be able to purchase a 1,000 books plus RoadRunner will receive 10% of our purchase in Scholastic Bucks.
We sang happy birthday to John, and I must say it, that would not be polite...........It shouldn't say that either..................thanks to all who tried. Okay, the word dirge came to mind. There, I said it. I am an ungrateful.......
Happy Bucks: John-UA BookFair & he made the "50 years ago today" column in a central IL newspaper for walking 65 miles in 23 hours, Denise West will have a forensic gemologist available 3/26/2018(see her for details), Harold-fixed Mary's email, Richie-Great day at UA BookFair representing Scouting at the Rock Climbing Wall, Randy-Successful foot surgery, David-Book Fair and attended daughter's performance at Centennial Hall on the UA Campus. Dan, Tony, John, Harold and others-I know you gave happy bucks but I have no idea why. Give more and I'll try to listen better. JUST KIDDING!
Lynne led off with the old standby of NASA sending an astronaut on a one way trip to Mars. Not to give anything away, but the evil lawyer figures out a way to send the engineer and make a profit fo himself of a cool million. I saw David Hindman taking notes.
***********************************JOKE OFF**************************************
Okay, you have read this far only because you need some Pi humor, right?
Did you know that 3.14% of all sailors are PIrates?
If you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter you get Pumpkin Pi?
The roundest Knight at King Arthur's Court was Sir Cumference because he ate so much Pi?
Maeve wins! Maeve wins! Maeve wins!
Denise did doesn't.
Our guest and speaker was Diane Ventura Goodyear, DGND. She spoke on District 5500 Strategic Plan and specifically sought input in its development. Of particular interest seemed to be the Indicators of Success and Target Dates section. It has been a while since neither he District nor Clubs strategic plan has been addressed in recent years.
All appeared to agree that a major indicator of success is membership numbers and  unfortunately they are dropping significantly. Money for recruitment and Rotary name recognition was available for a couple of recent years. It was spent with no appreciable change in membership. Do not look for money in this regard any time soon.
As it often does the bottom line falls on individual members to ask contacts to join you for a breakfast meeting. No commitment to join, just come check us out.
Hey Maeve, thanks for the cherry and apple pie girl. Nice touch. Yummy. Too bad for you non attendees.
Attendance at 72% today.
Rotary Meeting March 13, 2018 2018-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana

Fellow Rotarian's, our President has fallen ill. Our thoughts and prayers are with her along with the hope she is fully recovered from her cold by 3/13/2018 also known as Pie Day Eve.
Showing he has the "crust" needed by "filling" in for President Jo our President-elect Tony Hunter deftly led today's meeting showing us all it is as easy as ............can be. Peter led us in the pledge. If there was a  significant thought following the pledge I missed it. I meant to say "immediately" following the pledge. I am sure there were numerous significant thoughts as the meeting progressed. Had to be,....... right?
Guests included Mirabel-our exchange student from Nigeria, Stephanie Rojas- of Tucson Sunrise Rotary.
  Denise Coronado-MCAT Principal, Mr Bowen-Social Studies Teacher and Hamish Pottenger-MCAT Student of the Month.
By the way, Mr Bowen is familiar with the Scholastic Book Program, looked up prices for under age 5 books while at our meeting ($3-5) and gave us the website
That lovable duo Maeve and Lynne were at it again. While not up to their usual hilarity I distinctly heard Dan giggle over the "snake hadn't a leg to stand on" punchline delivered by Maeve. Denise Coronado groaned over "Nacho Cheese". Lynne, uyou can do better. Hey, Maeve, did you know snakes have no use for "Toe" trucks? Moving on......
Lucky Bob Bishop won but lost with the 9 of hearts. Crocodile tears were shed by many
MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA: Left Denise West and son Chase off of last week Tree Planting attendee list. Thank you Denise, you are a terrific club member and active volunteer in most all club projects.
Dan Contorno requested volunteers to work a Tour de Cookie rider recruitment booth this Saturday 3/10/2018 at 9:00 am located at the Rillito Race Track Farmers Market. Please assist Dan if you have a couple of hours to enjoy the outdoor weather and the Farmers Market.
Guest Speaker Stephanie Rojas comes from a Rotarian family that sponsored four exchange students when she was a youth. (Many in our club believe Stephanie is still in her youth). Night of a Thousand Stars is the Tucson Sunrise fund raiser and she encouraged us to check it out. Date is 5/4/2018.
 Our student of the month was unavoidably quite late in his arrival, but never the less made a powerful impact on our club. Without going into details, the adversity this young man has faced in his first eighteen years has been significant. The emotion felt by the club after hearing his life story moved Mary Straus to stand and applaud quickly followed by the entire club. Hamish works at The Ritz while attending MCAT full time. His immediate goal is to graduate and attend Pima Communiy College. His long term goal is to "make my mother proud". 
I love this club. Oh, missing only three members today. Way to go!
Rotary Meeting March 6 , 2018 2018-03-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Following the Pledge President Jo asked if anyone had a thought. We were saved by Maeve who mentioned the beautiful tree planting event this past Saturday at the VA Memorial Cemetery in Marana. This moved President Jo to have a thought. Actually it Carl Sagan's thought  about the greatest gift is to read to children.
*******WEATHER ALERT**************WEATHER ALERT****************WEATHER ALERT****
Harold says we have a winter arriving at 11:00 pm this (last)evening. He says nobody will know if we have snow because we will not be able to see it.
 Richie Benner made a presentation that President Jo said only he could make because of the intricacies of the topic, giving books to kids. After the presentation we all agreed Richie was still the only one who understood. Therefore the following meager attempt should be taken with a grain of salt. We put up $5,600. Going through "Scholastic" we get the biggest bang for our bucks. Of two options my favorite was naming Road Runner Grade School ( a low income school) as beneficiary they would receive 40% of that amount on top of our $5,600 purchase for books at their school in Scholastic books that could/would be used for book purchases. The $5,600 worth of books will be distributed through Woman, Infants and Children Program (WIC) at the Marana Health Center (MHC Healthcare) and placed in the "Up With Books" book stand we saw and learned about last week. I have no idea what Option 2 was. See Richie if you gotta know. It was something about buy one get one free and 10% to the schools. The club brain trust made up of the board (with exception of the Secretary) will determine our final plan of attack.
Speaking of Board Meetings, our next one will be tomorrow March first. It will begin at 5:30 pm and is held at 2005 W Ruthrauff Rd, suite 157. Ya'll are welcome.
PIE DAY just around the corner! We will also have a 5th Tuesday months from now.
Dan reports 13 Cookie booth sponsors.
John donated UA/Stanford BB tickets. Maeve won the bidding war. $50!
Randy chastised the club for failure to recruit new members. He's right, you know.
Mary happy tree planting plus seeing Javier and his daughter at the event.
Bob Bishop thanked this writer for the clever and humorous meeting minutes. He could have left it at that, but went on to say "even if they are not accurate nor representative of what took place." I resemble that remark.
Maeve mentioned new shoes she bought off a drug peddler. She does not know what thy were laced with, but she has been tripping all day.
Not to be outdone, Lynne gave us a dumb blonde joke, typical of what may have been heard at a Rotary club meeting in the 50's. Too long to relate, but it was also funny. Good job ladies.
Arlene Nehls grew up in Morenci, AZ. She has a 30 year old child and another younger child. Why do we care? Because Arlene runs the WIC program in Marana. She has about 30 years with the WIC program in Pinal County, Sierra Vista and Marana.
The WIC program is concerned with nutrition for ........nursing mothers, infants and children. It began primarily as a breast feeding support program and has expanded. Eligibility is based on family income. The program pays for itself by reducing nutrition related problems in the target population. In Pima County MHC Healthcare serves 5,300, El Rio Healthcare serves 2,400 and Elizabeth of Hungary serves 600 WIC recipients.
 In addition to the 26 years experience Arlene has, 15 of 20 staff members have a nutrition degree. In addition to providing food and occasionally formula, they can test for iron and vitamin levels in the blood. Since they are housed at MHC referrals are quite easy. WIC now has an electronic benefit capability when shopping for food.
Experienced tree planters in the club include Richie, Tony, Harold, Mary & Lilly, Javier & Jasmine, Randy & Deb, Jason, Bob, Maeve & Lyle, Jo. They also helped the bottom line of The Cattlemen's Restaurant. Thank you to you and the many other Rotarians for giving up a Saturday morning for this very worthwhile cause.
Oh, Randy drew the 3 of diamonds. NA NA Na Na Na Na. I mean, oh, too bad.
Hope next week we have a better turn out. Are my notes keeping people away? It is really more than than I can describe.
Rotary Meeting Feb 27, 2018 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Mark Murray led us in the Pledge. My notes are a little hazy here, but according to President Jo some guy named Lyons said something profound regarding if we fail to take notice we cannot take action because we failed to notice. This was followed by applause. (You had to be there). Not able to contain herself President Jo quoted Mia Hamm regards building fires. No applause. (You did not have to be there) We then learned  that Richie Benner just had a wedding anniversary and that he is an expectant father. Bob Bishop proceeded to educate us explaining that having a baby is a process, but provided no further elucidation.
Today we also learned that:
1) Tree planting ceremony is this Saturday,
2) Jo's relatives are leaving town soon (whew)
3) Our book program will be through WIC at MHC Healthcare and partnering with Make Way for Books
4) Over 30 families served at Ortiz Center via Food Bank last week. Thank you to our volunteers,
5) Don mentored at Open Doors and did not just recite his health problems as did the last presenter from our club.Randy?
6) At PETS Mary met other clubs possibly interested in our Cameroon project consideration
Happy Bucks:
1) John suggested we partner up at our breakfast tables with at least one person with good hearing at each table. This suggestion was tabled as we may need to recruit more (younger) members in order to have a person with good hearing at EACH table.
2)Mary and Randy/Deb-Good time at Dove MTN fund raising event.
Many others also gave but were too polite to say it was because Maeve had no joke today. Javier did have a joke. Maeve, your job is NOT in jeopardy.
Don won and lost the drawing. This made Randy sad.
Speaker today, as just so happened, was Ally Baehr, the Director of Community Events for Make Way For Books. Ally, who will soon be joining the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club, gave a wonderful presentation of the twenty year history of Make Way for Books. Numerous facts were shared such as:
1. At age 5 one can successfully predict if college is in the students future
2. Half of education gap is BEFORE child starts Kindergarten.
3. Poor readers are 4X more likely to drop out before high school graduation
4. 82% of neural connections complete by age three
5. The Pokey Little Puppy is the number one best seller of all time
 Make Way for Books has kiosks where books are free and where they can be loaned like a library
They focus on 13 grade schools in Tucson where 95% of the students are on free or reduced lunch program
Attendance at only 70% today. If you are reading this and did not attend today please try and make it next Tuesday.     
Rotary Meeting Feb 20, 2018 2018-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
The rabble were easily brought to order today, compared to a week ago, by President Holt, possibly because we dropped from 90% attendance to only 70% of our members in attendance this morning. John Zwick got us started with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of Happy Birthday to Denise damn near ended the meeting. While I still support a "Singing Club" I am beginning to rethink my stand. I blame Maeve for a weak start, although she did try to pick up tempo by waving her arms like a clipped banty rooster but it was too late. The Titanic had sailed. Her math joke about drinking and deriving was a step up but still this act would not play in Peoria.
Words of wisdom from Denise and Mary but you will have to see them as their comments did not make it past my eardrums. We either need to use the microphone or the club needs to buy me an ear horn.
The Club welcomed Peggy Holt from Parker, AZ who now resides in Tucson. A Rotarian, Peggy is seeking a local club to join. If in need you can visit her at Sabino Canyon Recovery. Hopefully our singing did not scare her off. In spite of comments to the contrary I do not believe she is related to our Club's President. Also vacationing Rotarian Bill Woodard joined us from the northeast and gave an excellent presentation on Shelter Box.
**********************Tree Planting 9 to noon at Veterans Memorial Cemetery 2/24/2018***************************
Tony-Happy for surviving PETS and loves his new flea collar
Dave H-Nice visit with parents
Randy-Successful PETS with 700 people attending
Mary-After several attempts to communicate with this writer tossed her hands skyward in complete frustration. I requested she consider texting her happiness and/or deep thoughts.
Harold won and lost the raffle. We once again gave Harold a round of applause for his Right Brother's Award of 50 years of error free flying. Less than 1% of all aviators have ever qualified for this award.
 This writer was quite happy as I won the diamond pendant donated By Denise and Ben Bridge Jewelers. The fund raiser brought in $400. WOW! Thanks, Denise. Also, thanks for the box of chocolates given to all in attendance.
 Don-Happy about recent conversation with friend Bryce of  Zimbabwe and the peaceful removal of Mugabe. During Mugabe's rule the country went from the breadbasket of Africa to a food importer. Don also sponsored today's speaker.
Bill Woodard gave a presentation that made us all proud to be Rotarians. The number of homeless in the world has doubled in the past five years to 85 million. Climate disasters on a scale never seen before and man made turmoil have brought us to the crisis we see today.  Shelter Box is making a dent in the need having served 160,000 families in 2017. Rotary provides 40% of their funding and a very large percentage of their staff. Shelter Box, Red Cross and the UN are the only three organizations that can take the lead in countries in need of humanitarian aid. With Rotary membership being made up of local leaders and business owners it is a natural to organize relief efforts plus it has instant credibility. Shelter Box has been allowed in North Korea and in to Myanmar where government or religious affiliated organizations were not allowed.
Bill shared with us photos of places he has been as Shelter Box/Rotarian volunteer and told us the final two miles are often the most difficult in getting aid to those in need.
If I was too harsh on Maeve let me know and I will pay a fine next week. 
Rotary Meeting Feb 13, 2018 2018-02-13 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Holt had difficulty getting everyone's attention to start the meeting. We had numerous guests and over 90% member attendance. There was a great deal of conviviality going on. Finally she was able to get Mark Murray's attention to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance and a fine job he did.
Next we sang Happy Birthday to Dan Contorno although this was against club rules. We later found out we owe Denise West a Happy Birthday serenade this month as well. We actually sounded pretty good maybe because of the following guest voices: Kirk Reed, DG Elect, Lyle Johnson, Mary Straus's little girl, Lilly, Denny Scanlon, Dove Mountain Rotary President Donna Hansen and Dove Mountain Rotary Secretary John Mead.
The older members of our club appreciated President Jo's quote from a name from the past Dr Albert Schweitzer, "The key to happiness is good health and a bad memory." Also, success does not proceed happiness, it is the other way around.
Jo and Harold B cleaned out our club closet and transferred lots of useful stuff to Jo's guest room closet at home. By the way, Jo is looking for volunteers to help clean out her guest room closet.
An update to Food Bank/Diaper Rack situation. The Food Bank has been notified the rack is theirs not ours and it can be used or disposed of at their determination. We are in touch with Make Way for Books regarding purchase of children's books and with the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program for possible distribution through the Marana Health Center, not through the Food Bank.
*******Please get your money in for the diamond pendant raffle by 2/13/2018 and the tree planting ceremony /24/2018******
This month President Jo is doing vocational mentoring at Lori Malagone's Open Doors School. Last month it was Randy Brooks. All members please consider taking a turn.Rotary Club of Dove Mountain announced their annual fund raiser will be a Flamenco theme with professional guitar player and dancer. Date to be announced. Entertainment and meal $65.
Denny Scanlon spoke of the lady who was severely injured while helping a stranded motorist. Many of us were familiar with her plight due to a three part front page story in the Star newspaper. Denny has asked our club to assist with installing a wheelchair ramp at her home as well as possible other aid.
Members and guests were very generous today. Javier kicked in $100 due to a minor scheduling problem last week at our 5th Tuesday social. Seems like he closes Nana's at 8pm which happened to be the start time of the UA basketball game. Not a problem, we just migrated west about 90 feet to the Native Wing place and enjoyed nthe UA blowout of Washington State. John Dooling donated a $100 also. Apparently Tuesday the 1st of February is considered the first Tuesday of the month and when the Club's board showed up at 6pm for the monthly meeting John's office had already been closed for an hour. Sorry.
Others donating were: Mark Murray-actually late, but due to the aforementioned conviviality beat the bell; Tony-Looking forward to "PETS" training where he will learn to sit, stay, roll over,etc.; Denny Scanlon-"Go Cats"; Don Jorgensen-was sitting about ten feet from the losing last second shot made by Washington U in Seattle last week (Why does that make him happy?); Richie B- happy for 108th Scouting in America anniversary and admission of the fairer sex (can I say that? I get so confused in the PC world) to Scouting; Bob Bishop-SOLD!,  Jason watched the Super Bowl with friends visiting from Philly(Philly won for those of you who are Jeopardy types), Maeve, Phil and others were happy as well.
These notes are getting a little long in the tooth, so with no disrespect intended suffice to say our speaker Randy Brooks had a rough childhood and the words "scholar" and "Brooks" were not used in the same sentence during his teen years. However, the finished product that stood before us today was the result of the Marines, the GI Bill and vocational training. The Rotary Vocational Fund in AZ combines the north district with ours.  Scholarships based on financial need goes to students for trade job training. There is a state tax credit of $400 per individual and $800 per couple. Donations for the 2017 tax year are still possible. Maximum grant per candidate is $3000. Last year 33 of 92 applicants received a grant. Aviation Tech, nursing, phlebotomy and solar certification were a few of the careers supported. Donations are encouraged and you can visit the website at WWW.TRVFA.ORG
Before going I think it would be appropriate to point out that we had four Eagle Scouts in attendance!  
Great meeting. See you all next week.
Rotary Meeting Feb 6, 2018 2018-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
At the Request of President Holt, David Hindman led the club in the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Denise West gave us food for thought regarding the "precious present" being a gift. (Deep!)
Dan Contorno led us in a pitiful rendition of "Happy Birth Day" to Mr. Randy Brooks. (Note to self: Do not EVER let Dan lead us in song)
Guests included Denise Coronado Principal of MUSD's MCAT school, Mikyla Bambrough-Student of the Month, Mikyla's mother Pam and Step dad Fred Clark and Alexis Jacobs- visiting friend from California of Randy Brooks.
Our two RYLA students sent notes of appreciation and will speak to the club at an upcoming meeting.
Asst. District 5500 Governor Stacy Fox met with the Region 6 clubs made up of Marana, Dove Mtn, 2 Saddlebrook , Catalina and Oro Valley clubs. Looks like several opportunities to assist with tree planting project on February 24th and 25th. Details on what constitutes "tree planting" considering hole digging not required is forthcoming. Shovels optional?
The Club has asked for a $5 donation from every member to cover the cost of the trees.
Raffle tickets available for the diamond pendant donated by club member Denise West of Ben Bridge Jewelers. Price reduction from $40 to $25! Drawing to be day before Valentine's Day.
This weekend Tony, Mary and Randy will all be in Los Angeles for PETS Assembly. This is training Rotary leaders for tomorrow.
Cookie booth available. Please share with anyone who may be interested. No charge to advertise just provide cookies for 350 people.
*****************DARK NEXT WEEK************
****************Social next Wednesday 1/25/2018.
Enjoy the UA basketball game. Nana's Kitchen 7:30pm
Happy Bucks from Bob Bishop-spent night on live firing range(several members question sanity of someone who would be happy about this), Randy-visit from Alexis, Many members happy for our Student of the month. Bob knew who Ralph Edwards was and the show he hosted, but no prize for that. Tony won the raffle, but the King of Clubs did not win him a prize either.
 Mikyla Bambrough, our Student of the Month, spent 71/2 years in the Casa Grande School system before moving to Marana and attending Tortolita and Mtn View schools. She struggles with shyness, but has blossomed at MCAT where she is getting "seven"A's in her classes.  Mr Bowen, the staff rep, commented on her Compassion and her Concientiousness. (I spelled that without looking it up). Per Mr Bowen "She is onderful to have in class". She would like to study dermatology. 
See you next Wednesday?    
Rotary Meeting Jan 23, 2018 2018-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
I arrived today at Nana's Kitchen at 7:45A and for a moment I thought I was late. Numerous members had arrived for our El Tour de Cookie fundraiser and were hard at work. Thank you to Dan, Mary, Randy, Tony, Lori, Richie and others who attended he planning meeting.
President Jo called us to order at 8am sharp and Clint led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Although a song month we could not come up with a song that was within our skill zone, so no singing today. We did have words of wisdom from MLK.
Joe Hentges, District 5500 Governor, visited and presented the Presidential citation to our club for last years accomplishments. Immediate Past President Mary accepted the reward on behalf of the club.
Many happy bucks collected from mumblers of the first order. If you want the world to know why you are happy ask for the mic or speak up. Or sit at this writer's table! Jo was happy regards son's health and Jason was happy about getting mice on camera. Probably not as happy as Walt Disney though.
Lot's of hungry people showed up last week at the Food bank, so many that the federal food boxes were all distributed and some needy left without a package. 
Rotary Leadership Institute will be held 1/20/2018 at the Viscount. Please consider attending to expand your knowledge of Rotary.
The fifth Tuesday of January will be on Wednesday 1/31/2018. Yes, you read that correctly. Tuesday the 30th of January we will be dark. On the 31st we will meet at 7:30 at Nana's and enjoy the UA basketball game along with Rotarian's from Dove Mountain. Plan on attending.
Ask Lynne how Yuma got it's name.
Bob won the raffle, or at least the first half.
Denise West has donated a diamond necklace valued at $370. I believe we decided to sell raffle tickets with the winner to be drawn on Valentine's Day. More to come.
Tony spoke of projects to come then turned the mic over to Dan. Need to get the word out to friends and acquaintences regards the 4/14/2018 Tour de Cookie. Total ride is 28.6 miles, but lesser distances may be ridden. Corporate sponsors are desired and necessary to get into a five digit fundraiser. If you know possible corporate sponsors feel free to turn it over to Taylor Swift (Closer's Close) er, Mary Straus or Randy Brooks.
Tremendous attendance today. WAY TO GO!
Rotary Meeting 01/16/2018 2018-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
President Holt began the new year with a quote from singer Neil Diamond. Mr. Diamond urges us all to make mistakes in 2018. Making mistakes results in learning, living, changing the world. It means you are "DOING SOMETHING". Guests included our Exchange Student from Nigeria, Mirabel and our District Govern Joe Hentges. Maeve and John D led the club in one of the best renditions of Auld Lang Syne that has ever been sung or heard at Nana's Kitchen between 7:00AM and 7:05AM on a second Tuesday in January.
There was a discussion regarding our 5th Tuesday of the month social meeting. Some confusion regarding Tuesday's being Thursday's in January and whether or not Thursday March first could be considered the last Tuesday in January. If so, we might meet with Dove Mountain club at Nana's Kitchen in the evening. More to follow once we consult with a planetary scientist who could shine some light on why the calendar is set up as it is and what's stopping us from making changes anyway.
 The Governor commended our club for its generosity and singled out Don Jorgensen and John Dooling for their annual Paul Harris donation of $1,000.
President Jo explained to the club that the Marana Food bank does not want our $2,400 gift of diaper holding bins, which they ordered. Unfortunately there is more to come on this story.
Numerous members indicated their willingness to donate $25 for trees to be planted at the Veteran's Cemetery in Marana. Randy donated 100% of his share of the tip from the Picture Rocks New Year's Eve gig. This is enough to cover 5 trees!
RYLA this weekend and our club is sponsoring two attendees.
Happiness donations from Mark-Not suitable for Jury Duty, Lori-Holidays are over, Richie-Expectation of papahood in June, Mary-Thought Mark looked lovely in his go to court clothes, Plus many others welcoming the New Year.
Again we were entertained by the Dueling jokesters Lynne and Maeve. Lynne's tree planting humor easily defeated Maeve's math joke. (Maeve, many of us still harbor ill feelings about our math experiences and do not consider math a humerus topic).
Bob Bishop won and lost with a four of spades.
Randy presented with a summary of the RI Foundation, The District Foundation and the Rotary Club of Marana Foundation and how they differ from one another. There is plenty of literature on the RI Foundation and their Annual Program Fund. For details about the District Foundation see Randy and for the Marana Foundation see Mary.
This example may help:
$2000 from our Marana Rotary Foundation gets matched with another $2,000 by District 5500 Foundation and a match of about $3,000 from RI Foundation turns a small project into a village changing international project in Cameroon.
RI Foundation money is spent on Peace, Clean Water, Moms & Kids, Education, and Local Economies Development (micro loans).
Randy did share that RI Foundation was ranked #1 by Charity Navigator and that over 90% of money spent on projects as opposed to salary and other overhead.
Rotary Meeting Jan 9th 2018 2018-01-09 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
The last meeting of 2017 was called to order by President Holt and Javier Teran led us in the Pledge. Words of wisdom from ? indicated hey would not change anything in their past since it might lead to another door in which YOU were not there. Guest was Eric Munoz who is an applicant for a Rotary Vocational Scholarship. We broke club rules "again" and sang "We wish You a Merry Christmas" and we sang happy birthday to Richie Benner (31, OMG).
Denise West again worked the Picture Rocks Food Bank along with Jo, Randy and Deb. Denise made all the top tier decisions. Denise is also heading up the adopt a family program with assistance from Jo.
Speaking of Jo, do not let her near your tax returns. Thank you to Lynne on some Rotary donation/tax reporting dates. Also, reminding all that you might want to pay real estate taxes this year rather than waiting until spring deadline due to Federal Tax changes happening today.
Randy playing at Picture Rocks "Horseshoe Cafe New Year's Eve from 8 to midnight. Food, drink and good music. Half the music donations go to Rotary. DIRECTIONS: Go to PR make a left and it is the 5th building on the right.
Harold Burtzloff received The Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" designation for error free 50 years of flight. Additional Happy Bucks came from:
Jo-Son her for Christmas
Bob-Buyer for his business
Don-Not necessarily happy, had a few disparaging remarks about the PA. highway system.Daughter home for Christmas
Randy- Got Steamrolled by a wisenheimer
Lori, Mary and Jason all happy as well.
Maeve let us in on a little known secret. After visiting the good boys and girls on Christmas Eve. Santa then visits the naughty girls. I cannot help but wonder how she knew this.
 PE Tony Hunter went to the PE meeting at the Golden Pins Bowling Alley and he was packing. Happy to meet other PE's he will be working with. Tony discussed with us the Tree Program (Peter would like to se Interact involved), Aide Station, PR Food Bank, Diaper Program, Vocational Mentors at Lori Malagone's school, adopt a family and adopt a Cameroon Village. He announced Mary Straus will be one of the Assistant Governors next year. Thanks for stepping up, Mary.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and see you all Tuesday 1/9/2018. Be safe.
Rotary Meeting Dec 19, 2017 2017-12-19 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Beautiful table set up with edible center pieces greeted the members and guests as they entered Nana's Kitchen Tuesday morning. I believe we have Maeve and Jo to thank for this display.
Harold Burtzloff began the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Guests included the MCAT student of the month, Nathan Ryberg, his mom Laurie, dad Bill, teacher Mr Bowen and Principal Denise Coronado. Nathan came well prepared with an acceptance speech and was heavily praised by all as a conscientious hard worker. His plan is to attend Pima Community College.
Happy bucks from this writer for son-in-laws recovery from eleven hours of cancer surgery in Houston, TX, Peter- ten day upcoming Canary Island work/cation, Lynne-happy+sad, David has accepted Mirabel into his home. There were many other contributors.
Richie Benner has filled this years opening on the club board. We need a Member-At_Large for the 2017/2018 year and Peter Mack suggested we need a female (he was worried some one would nominate him possibly?) Tony wondered who would be the "Mystery Woman" willing to serve on his board.
The nominated and unanimously approved board for 2017/2018 year are: President-Tony Hunter, Richie Benner- President Elect, Treasurer- Lynne Himmer, Secretary-John Dooling, Past President-Jo Holt, Member-At Large--Harold Burtzloff. I think I got this right.
The "Three Wise Men" didn't stand a chance against "The Three Stooges".  See Maeve for details.
DENISE WEST WON & WON!!!!!!!!!! And promptly donated her $50 winnings to the Marana Rotary Foundation. Thank you Denise.
 Our speaker today was Lynne Himmer and the topic was "WINE". The following are odds and ends from this writers notes:
1. Serve white at 55* and red at 65*
2. Zin.... is a red grape white fruit. Thus depending on whether or not skin is included can be white or pinkish.
3. Tannin comes from the skin and gives wine a dry taste/feeling. It goes away over time.
4. You can drink Riesling with 11.5* alcohol and not get drunk. BWAHAHAHA!
5. Wine can bruise. I "think" it is better to store wine in a lateral vs horizontal position to allow it to breathe.
6. Champagne is only from an area in  France and can be fermented a. In a bottle, b.In a steel tank, c. by carbonizing. Oh, and the bigger the bubbles the bigger the headache. Also get the New Mexico stuff. Weather is same as french area and taste is just as good with a lower price.
7. Sulfites are every where so do not worry about it
8. The lower the alcohol the sweeter the taste, usually.
9. Wine spoils. Centuries ago a boatload from Portugal sent to England went bad. The Potuguese added brandy and the subsequent brew is called Port. My personal favorite.
10. Pinot Noir is very versatile as to what food it pairs with.
11.  Take a non drowsy antihistamine with Red Wine.   Ask Lynne why. That's all my notes say.
12. Cork vs screw cap? There are now ventilated screw caps and some expensive wines now use screw caps can harbor bacteria. Any way, either is just fine.
Lynne finished her presentation with a raffle of a fine bottle of Gruet sparkling Champagne. Be nice to me and I might share it with you!
Rotary Meeting Dec 12. 2017 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Holt brought the meeting to order and Harold Burtzloff led us in the Pledge. No singing this month however, even in a no singing month we can quote a singer, Cheryl Crow. Cheryl said something to the effect of  "if compassion was the motivating factor for all our actions the world would be a better place."
Erica, the UA student/spy, was our only guest and she was quite complimentary regarding Rotary. She was not familiar with this organization before the assignment and now is considering membership!
 A big shout out to David Hindman for not only stepping up to house our Rotary Exchange Student, Mirabel, but also to arrange for housing following her stay at the Hindman household. THANK YOU!
Attendance was sparse with just under 60% in attendance. Of special note, John Zwick was among the missing-a very very rare occurrence. John is getting over a bout of flu and should be with us next week. Hopefully the same can be said about the other missing members as well.
We sang. Rules are made to be broken, so Mary, Dan, John Z, Richie all were serenaded with "Happy Birthday". I think there may have been others as well.
Peter reported on the Food Bank Diaper cage fiasco. Many Rotarians answered the call for assemblers, however the cabinets ordered/received will not do the job. Maeve to provide more info at a later date. Thanks to all who answered the bell.
Speaking of Maeve, she broke a few HIPPA rules regarding Santa's sessions with Mary Straus, a mental health therapist. Apparently it all began when Santa's parents told him he did not exist.
 Not to be out done, Lynne told of us two books she is reading. One she highly recommends: The Girl With Seven Faces about a North Korean girl. The other she does not recommend, but she cannot put it down. It is called Helium. One could call the group reaction to this second book as "speechless". Jaws opened as if to speak but they just hit the floor.  
Odds and Ends:
Next year enter the football pool and let Randy make your picks.
Dan says our first Tour de Cookie rider has signed up.
Round of applause for Maeve for Aide Station work.
Richie to speak at Open Doors, Lori Malagone's school.
**********Harold is B-E-G-G-I-N-G for El Tour photos****************
Don happy about a surprise visit from daughter and son-in-law. Don also won and lost with a small heart.
 Since we are on the topic of Don Jorgensen he was our speaker and gave an excellent presentation on ShelterBox.
The big box with tent weighs about 140 pounds and costs about $1,000. It contains solar lights, saw, shovel, hoe, pots, pans and much other stuff. The solar light is about the size of a deck of cards before it is unfolded. It gained venture capital after appearing on Shark Tank!There is also a water purifier.
Boxes are tailored for their audience. Tents come with or with out stoves and some are built to United Nation specifications. Mosquito netting where needed is packed and there is now a Shelter "Kit" sans tent for about $100 and maybe a quarter the size of the big box.
The program was started and still is run by Rotarians out of Cornwall, England. There is also Shelter Box USA in Florida. The great Tsunami of 2004 in India put Shelter Box on the map. Since they have been in Panama, New Orleans, Haiti multiple times and currently in Madagascar, Mozambique, Syria, Peru, Columbia, Iraq, Somalia, Niger, Myranmar and Cameroon. Don showed a satellite photo of a spot on the map called Menawao in Cameroon that has grown from effectively zero inhabitants to 35,000 over just a couple of years due to migration of people fleeing Boka Haram.
Shelter Box responds to both man made and natural catastrophes. 
See you all next week????????

Rotary Meeting Dec 5, 2017 2017-12-05 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Harold Burtzloff led us in the Pledge of Allegiance to start off the meeting and Lynne led us in Home On The Range to almost end it. Seriously, it was close. Many in the assembly muttered under their breath "Thank God December is a no singing month.".
 President Holt saved the day by introducing, Erica, the spy/observer who is working on her Communication degree from the University of AZ. Then quoting Henry David Thoreau and William Arthur Ward regarding their thoughts on Thanksgiving. WAW is one of the most prolific inspirational quote writers of the 20th century. In the words of President Holt "Who knew?" Of course we are all familiar with HDT the protege of RWE. 
The scheduled presenter, Randy Brooks, was out of town due to the recent death of his aunt. The time was filled by Happy Buck turkey day stories and by Maeve Johnson's review of the El Tour aide station project.
Maeve began with "Why did the bikes keep tumbling over at the aide station? They were two tired." We decided to let her go on with the presentation anyway since it was only 8:30am.
 The topics of balloons, Burma Shave Signs, site change from previous years and many others were touched upon. Maeve thanked the many people involved by name. Peter, Richie and his brother and Jason were all day help. Denise West was instrumental in planning and shopping and even had an employee assist us. She has agreed to head up the Rotary Club of Marana's aide station for 2018. In fact it seems almost everyone in the club was involved except this writer. To paraphrase Maeve and President Jo, "John was assisting the state of Illinois with their deer infestation problem. He personally slayed three of the great beasts and donated the meat to three separate low income families thus providing them with sustenance and protein during the coming winter months."
 This writer won the raffle and drew the winning JOKER and donated the $140 in winnings to the Marana Rotary Foundation. John also shared information regarding the Rotary Fire Fighter Apartments in Houston, TX that are available to Fire Fighters nationwide who need shelter while undergoing treatment at MD Anderson Hospital. The rate of cancer diagnosed in Fire Fighters is twice the national average. John's daughter and son in law will be staying there for the next three weeks while Justin undergoes surgery.
Rotary Meeting Nov 28, 2017. 2017-11-28 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Our Thanksgiving week meeting began with The Pledge followed by the old standard "Old MacDonald Had A Farm". Lynne chose the song and the animal (turkey). Most members were familiar with the song. Guests included former Marana member Debbie Conover and Erica (?) an observer and communications student from UA.
 Denise spoke at Lori Malangone's school Open Doors and awarded prizes to good listeners. I have Dollar General in my notes for reason unknown, but probably related to our meeting.
President Holt spoke of progress with our multi club Tree Planting Project, but still no firm date. 
 Tour de Tucson Aide Station was a rousing success. Richie Benner was impressed with the turn out of so many "Friends of Rotary" including spouses and children (David Hindman). Peter does not like Peanut Butter. Peter's old truck was used as a dumpster, he has pictures to prove it, and John Zwick's new truck was not abused "this" year. It is anticipated Rotary International's "Ride for the Cure" is expected to raise ............10 MILLION DOLLARS towards the eradication of polio. Our Aide Station is the second most popular stop on the 110 mile tour next to the Firehouse Pancake stop.This is our 24th year.
Everybody happy, except Peter and Tony(That's what my notes say). Randy was here, but not his name badge. If you had trouble remembering his name see him next meeting for a referral. Debbie Conover sang the praises of Rotary's RV Fellowship which she is heavily involved with. 
Dan won and lost the raffle. Loudest applause of the meeting was for Lynne's "No joke today." comment. 
 Peter Mack Astrophysicist and Marana Rotarian spoke of his 24 year old business Astronomical Associates. At one time he wrote programs for astronomers telling them where to point their telescopes to observe what they wanted to see. He now supports, renovates and manufactures scopes all over the world including Egypt, Australia and Chile.
 He spoke of the Large Synoptic Telescope and the smaller scope alongside it. The large scope takes pictures of large pieces of the universe and the smaller scope helps to determine the best time to photograph when the turbulence is low (the shimmering one observes when watching a sunset in the hot desert. Most scopes are located at 8,000 to 10,000 feet or higher to lessen the disturbance.   Peter's explanation of the red spectrum shift (he specifically pointed out the indicator for the element sodium) being similar to the doppler effect experienced with sound enabled many of us to better understand the concept. This is used to determine distance from observer to object being observed.
Many questions were deferred to another date as they were not specific to his business operation and time was limited. Peter did promise another field trip to Kitt Peak in the coming months and offered to be a speaker at a future meeting regarding general astronomy and recent major advances in the field of Astronomy.
Rotary Meeting Nov 21. 2017 2017-11-22 07:00:00Z 0
 As our Secretary John Dooling is out of town today, it has fallen upon Pres. Jo to report on today's meeting. It was OK. Folks were a little quiet. But I know deep in their hearts they were thrilled to be there. We had a large turnout, 77% attendance!
 Our speaker, Club member Jason Halper, brought his daughter Aliza along as his guest. He gave us a run-down of what he referred to as "pests". Specifically: pack rats, rattlesnakes, scorpions, roaches, palo verde beetles, mice, and did I say pack rats? But Jason also did something unexpected by talking about how he applied the Rotary four-way test to his job in pest control. In the course of dealing with customers and their fears,educating them, and earning their trust, Jason has seen the four-way test in action. He's intent on doing the right things at the right time for the right reasons. He wants to empower people to take care of themselves and their pest issues as much as possible. It was great to hear someone who is excited and passionate about their work, and that's our fellow Rotarian Jason. 
 In other news, Maeve Johnson led a lively discussion on preparations for our aid station for the upcoming El Tour de Tucson. We'll meet at the McDonald's on Tangerine & Thornydale at 7:45am and begin setting up after that. This is a very big deal for our Club and will be a lot of fun.
There was, unfortunately, a joke-off between Maeve and Lynne. Who won is still undecided.
 Denise is presenting on her career at Open Hands School on Friday! Randy won the football pool this week! And Richie reminded us about Giving Tuesday, coming up in two weeks.
It was a good day at Rotary in Marana!
Rotary Meeting Nov 14, 2017 2017-11-14 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Holt has returned from New York with good news regards her son's health. Welcome back.
Also we welcomed back Harold Burtzloff from his annual summer escape. Finally we welcomed Joan Buth, a Rotarian from Irvine, CA who now lives in our area and who is shopping for a club.
Words of wisdom from Mirabel, "It is not an end it is a "bend".
 President Jo advises that some believe politics is the art of getting money from the rich to buy votes from the poor in order to keep the two groups from killing each other. Hmmmmmmm. Oscar somebody said this. Oscar Levant (anybody else remember him?) said "A Politician is someone who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it."
Joan Buth selected God Bless America as our song of the week and honestly we sounded pretty good.
 Moving on, Maeve provided an update as to our Tour de Cookie aide station. This is scheduled 11/18,2017 and additional help is always welcomed. Contact Maeve.
Next Dan gave us an update on our   own Tour de Cookie.
Many dollars collected as Happy Bucks from virtually every member (What a happy group!). 
 Mary Straus sent a sheet around for donations supporting our own riders (Randy and Mary and Deb Hume) in their "Ride to end polio. Thank you to everyone who pledged and of specific note a BIG THANK YOU to Peter Mack for his $1,000 donation. 
 Denise Coronado, Principal of MCAT introduced "Dave" math teacher at MCAT who was chosen as the favorite teacher by our Student of the Month winner Audrey Rhodes. Dave showered many superlatives when speaking of Audrey. She currently is taking three math classes! Audrey's mother is a Marine and she attend this mornings meeting along with Audrey's step father. Audrey has moved around the country frequently as her mother has been relocated. She looks forward to soon completing her high school requirements at MCAT and would like to study medicine in college with a goal of Medical Doctor.
Great meeting with 80% attendance! 
Rotary Meeting Nov 7, 2017 2017-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Our "Mole" day meeting was extra special with the visit from DG Joe Hentges, his wife Bridgette as well as Assistant District Governor Stacy Fox. Following pledge of Allegiances to the Flag and to Avogadro's constant we settled into our normal routine for the next three minutes with our "Joke Off" contestants Maeve and Lynne. Both were surprisingly (no offense) good todsy. Too bad if you missed today's meeting, you'll just have to trust me on this.
Stacy Fox then addressed our club and gave a lengthy and impressive introduction of District Governor Joe Hentges. Joe is a 35 year Rotarian, musician, retired school Administrator/Superintendent, Minnesotta/Illinois native, outdoorsman and author of two books. He and Bridgette retired to Arizona over ten years ago. They are members of the Dove Mountain club.
Our DG began his talk by reminding us that our clubs 30th birthday is coming up April 2018.
Why are you a Rotarian was asked of John D and Eric and their responses echoed the International membership responsesers-Friendship and Service. DG Joe complimented our club on many factors including giving per capita of $364 to The Foundation and total giving of $417 per capita which ranked third out of 52 clubs in District 5500. There are concerns regarding Rotary membership in District 5500, but our club's growth and retention of members is better than the District average. Also, concern was expressed that in our entire district there are only four exchange students.
The DG has five main goals this year: 1) Empower and strengthen local clubs 2) Develop Club and District Leaders 3) Support Youth Service 4) Foundation and Polio Eradication 5) Promote Rotary awareness.
Maeve Johnson was called to the podium and presented with a well deserved Rotary "Above and Beyond" pin.
Rotary International by participating in The Tour de Tucson, which Maeve has been very involved with our Aide Station, has raised over 35 MILLION DOLLARS in the past five years for the eradication of polio!!!!!!!!
You can help. Go to "MYROTARY", click "Give" at the top right, Click on "DONATE", Polio Plus Fund, Miles To End Polio. It is really simple.
DG Joe ended with a call to Pima County Rotarians to "Like" the Facebook pages of the other clubs.
Randy ended the meeting with a feel good story of him and Lynne being interviewers of a young lady seeking help from the Arizona Rotary Vocational Fund. A decision was made to assist her with two thousand dollars in tuition towards a career in dentistry.
IF YOU HAVE READ TO THE END YOU ARE NOW AWARE WE ARE DARK NEXT TUESDAY. No social event has of yet been planed. President Jo will be in Manhatten, but we are free to congregate in front of her home and to trick or treat her neighborhood.    
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Rotary Meeting 10/23/2017 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Our meeting was opened by President Holt sharply at 7AM. The pledge was followed by words of wisdom from RWE regarding "ENTHUSIASM". Emerson said nothing great is ever achieved without "ENTHUSIASUM"! President Holt then gave a mediocre half hearted example of enthusiasm.
Guest for the meeting was one, Alex Droban. Alex is a current member of the Rotary Club of Valle Verde. He is now retired from the Sahuarita Police Dept, lives close to Nana's Kitchen and is shopping for a new club. (Dan, he is a fly fisherman)
Richie Benner gave an overview of the District Conference. Richie did all the heavy lifting surrounding our Hospitality Room which consisted of putting tee shirts on chairs and passing out cookies. (his words). Over all he gave the conference good marks.
Mary Straus told the club of our Presidential Citation for outstanding work. One of eight selected out of over 50 clubs. The Rotary Club of Marana was also #3 in the entire district for average donation to the Foundation per member. Great Job!
Randy Brooks told of the Sunday morning recognition of our veteran members. Randy called Eric Miller up front to receive his Veteran/Rotarian pin.  
COTTON FESTIVAL- Will be this Saturday evening and we will need volunteers to vend beer along with the Dove Mountain Rotary. Festival held at Heritage Park, on Tangerine west of I10.  
The 23rd of October will be a meeting at President Holt's home for a review with Club Officers and District Governor Joe Hentges. The following morning DG Hentges will attend our Tuesday meeting. PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND.
Maeve Johnson spoke at length regards her organization for Tour de Tucson aide station. A sign up sheet was sent around. Hopefully all who are in town will participate in this event that literally raises tens of millions of dollars for the eradication of polio.
Lots of people happy for various and sundry reasons and were willing to pay to express their joy aloud. Thanks to Dan-Alabama golf with dad and bro, David Hindman -Himmel Park Trees being planted by his law firm, Lynne Himmer-end of tax season, Clint-trip to the frozen remote tundra of North Dakota to visit aeronautical school with his son. There were many others, but my favorite was deja poo- "I've seen this shit before." Thanks, Maeve.
Mary won and lost the raffle/drawing with the 5 of spades.
Mirabel, our Nigerian Exchange Student, was our presenter for the day. She started with a map of Nigeria pointing out the capitol of Abuja. She shared with us their Coat of Arms, motto of Unity, Faith, Peace and Progress. 
Mirabel comes from a family of five children although two are deceased. She did have a goal of being a pediatrician, no doubt influenced by the loss of two siblings. However, she is coming to the realization that their are many avenues in medicine that can be explored. Her father is usually away from home as he works in the oil industry. Her mother used to buy and sell items obtained from travels to Dubai, but no longer is doing that. Mirabel has two brothers and her favorite is the 11 year old as he does what she tells him, not so much the older brother.
Politics were delved into and the beloved Goodluck Jonathon's presidency was much more pleasing than the current elderly, ill, military background of current president Muhammadu Buhari. He comes from the north which apparently is more violent than the south of Nigeria.
Nigerians were colonized by the British and therefore English is their official language. They have been independent since 1960.  
Rotary Rotary Oct 17, 2017 2017-10-17 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
                  Those arriving early were entertained by yours truly standing on a chair then a stool for the entertainment of president Holt.
Speaking of our President she went out of her way to touch Peter Mack following The Pledge. Denise West then gave us food for thought quoting the self deceased Kurt Cobain "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of who you are."
President Jo then explained the revised District grant and advised we had the "green Light" for the changes from the district. 
 Lynne Himmer presented a check to Executive Director  of the Marana Food Bank, Linda Hampton. The check of $723 added to $150 already donated earlier this year comes to  a total of $873. This money will provide over 3,000 meals.
Tomorrow volunteers at the Marana/Picture Rocks Food bank will be Randy, Jo, Denise and Richie.
District Conference starts Friday and we will be giving out Rotary cookies made by Copper Creek.
Cotton Festival 10/21/2017 and we will be working the beer tent from 5 to 9. Maybe we could use a few more volunteers. Working with Dove Mtn club.
Mole Day-Moles are small mammals adapted to a subterranean lifestyle. They have cylindrical bodies, velvety fur, very small, inconspicuous ears and eyes, reduced hindlimbs and short, powerful forelimbs with large paws adapted for digging. Wikipedia
Apparently when ground up you may express the number of atoms, ions or any other elementary entities in the sample by Avogardo's number 6.0225 X 10 to the 23rd. Ergo 10/23 is Mole Day. Thanks, Jo.
Speaking of harming our animal friends Tony Hunter was one dollar happy to have split up a fawn from it's mother over the weekend. Among many happy people in attendance were John, Joe, Don, Lori, Peter (created a feintspectrophotomasstrigoncosineometer for the Egyptians), Denise, Randy(crossed off the movie Fitzcarraldo from his bucket list), and Richie. 
Randy won and lost. Lynne was so exhausted tired weekend she could not climb stairs or
 Lori Malangone, club member, was our speaker. As Executive Director of Arizona Youth Partnership she was well versed on the subject matter, AZYP. Lori began with AZYP program following a short stint as a teacher and working for a title company. She has spent 12 years with them, the last four as Executive Director. They have offices in eight Arizona cities. AZYP was founded in 1990 to ensure the more rural areas of the state had resources similar to those available in the City of Tucson. Their mission is to cultivate healthy foundations for youth and promote strong families. They support numerous programs for youth including Healthy Relationship Education for 6th to 12th graders, Drug and Alcohol education including a tour of Banner University Medical Center to see first hand the ravages of drugs and alcohol, Stronger Families for parents and care givers with children in the 10 to 14 age range, Homeless Youth Shelters in Kingman and Bullhead City offer 30 days of temporary shelter to homeless and runaway boys and girls.
Lori shared with us an exercise in which  we all learned how uncoordinated Mary is and how difficult it is for all teens to keep educational goals, alcohol/drug/parties and dawning of sexual urges in relative perspective as they prepare for adulthood. Goals from our grade school days such as becoming a journalist, a physical therapist, an algebra teacher or even Paul McCartney's wife can be adversely affected by influences unrelated to the goal.
Nice job Lori, I concur with Jo, you would have made a fine teacher.   
Rotary Meeting Oct 10, 2017 2017-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
We began the meeting with a big "Welcome Back" for John Zwick who then led us in The Pledge. Quickly following the pledge was a mediocre rendition of Happy Birthday for President Jo Holt led by Lynne. It is apparent that singing only every other month is taking its toll IMHO. Jo waited until Javier was out of the room to announce she is now receiving Medicare and saving $400 a month. Hopefully Javier reads these minutes. Quoting Play Dough, or is it Plato, President Jo reminded us to be kind to everyone as all are fighting battles with which we are not aware.
Mirabel our Exchange Student once again attended our meeting.
By the way, 80% attendance this morning. Congratulations!
Our one day a month Picture Rocks Food Bank assistance program is a week from tomorrow. Denise West has volunteered with possible attendees John, Mary,and Jo.
We will have a hospitality room co-sponsored with Dove Mountain at the District 5500 Conference 10/13/2017. Still time to sign up. Come see the Big Picture. You can pick and choose what to attend during the three day event.
There will be a board meeting this Thursday at 6pm. Consider attending. There will be a board meeting 10/23/2017 when we meet with District Governor Joe Hentges. DG Joe will attend our 10/24/2017 meeting.
October 31st i the 5th Tuesday of the month as well as All Hallows Eve. Sounds like a theme possibly?
Honorary Member Kathleen Nabors, Tortolita Middle School Teacher and leader of our Club's Interact program, will soon be holding an induction ceremony. Please try to attend. 
Tony Hunter gave brief update on Corn Hole Tournament. Still appears to be a small signup.
Randy shared some of the winners names on the weekly football pool.
Happiness shared from Richie, Lynne ( much groaning following All Nighter bathroom joke), Mary ( happy to the point of tears but I have no idea why),   Denise told a Dolly Parton joke that did not involve bosoms,   Maeve took it to a new level of groaning with a less than polished delivery of an algebra joke. That Eskimo Pi joke from last week sure was good.
President Jo drew the Queen of Hearts.
 Guest Speaker was our own Silver Bullet owner and pilot, Bob Bishop. Bob gave us an overview of how his smallest human piloted jet in the world has been used since 2005 by the US military. The radar profile of his jet simulates one of a Cruise missile. Bob saved the military millions of dollars when he replaced the $200,000 per flight target vehicles that cost 3/4 of a million if they crashed. Mr. Bishop does not charge if his jet crashes.
We were provided a little background of the use of cruise missiles. They were fired 5 times during the Iraq War and none were detected. Cruise Missiles can be launched from cargo ships. The Russian STYX missile was improved upon by the Chinese and its' range was doubled. Bob's jets have the only Type One ranking for the simulation of a cruise missile. All branches of the military use his product as well as a very big customer NORAD. 
Data obtained from the use of the SMART small jet enabled the development of JLENS a high altitude tethered blimp for reconnaissance purposes. This massive blimp, many times larger than the Goodyear blimp that Bob has piloted, is tethered with an 86,000 pound tensile strength cable. The electronics aboard can detect cruise missiles and forward the what, where and when information to the nearest ship to the missile.
Bob shared with us his great disappointment, if not anger, over the Congressional action to kill the 2 billion dollar funding of this missile defense system.
We finished with the El Tour de Tucson Burma Shave winners.
Need to pee?
Need to poo?
Stop here next
And use our loo. 
What a great meeting. Hope to see the missing 20%   of our members next week.
Rotary Meeting Oct ,2 2017 2017-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
President Holt has returned from Ireland's Matchmaking Festival. Few of us knew the reason for her trip to the Ol' Sod. She was impressed with the friendliness of their culture. She recited a lovely prayer thanking God for those who love us, asking God to turn the heart of those who do not and finally, to turn the ankle of those who still resist. I think I got that right. Anyway, she and her friends spent a lovely day at an Irish beach where they enjoyed the typical weather of the Emerald Isle, i.e. getting rained on and sand blasted by gale force winds. It's good to be back home.
In her absence it is reported that Tony Hunter did a good job, but was mean to Maeve. (probably had it coming)
 Today we honored Emily, a student at MCAT. Accompanying Emily were her mother, sister, Principal Denise Coronado and English teacher Melissa. Emily was a bit shy but did state her intent to attend PCC and study nursing. She will graduate ahead of schedule in early October! By the way, she is a gifted artist. 
Randy Brooks participated in the Old Pueblo poker tournament and, by our club standards, did quite well. 
Maeve Johnson gave a lengthy update on El Tour de Tucson bike race. She has attended multiple planning meetings. She will or has been in touch with our Interact Club.
Maeve also made a last request for Burma Shave slogan submissions. Two prizes available to those among us with the gift of the bards.
Denise West greeted everyone and guest Michael Drake drew the deuce of Clubs.
Happy people included Don, Lori, Dan, David, John and Jo. Richie specifically mentioned that the diamondbacks are in the playoffs. Randy shared with us the fact that his name has a double entendre that could get you more attention than desired in Ireland. This is especially true I suppose if you happen to go to  Eire during the Matchmaking Festival.
Maeve shared with us "The Dali LLama isn't." and that the ratio of an igloo circumference to it's diameter is .............. wait for it...................Eskimo Pi!  Nice to hear people laugh instead of groan.
Michael Drake visited to accept our $1,000 donation towards Rotary's Global Grant benefiting disabled children in Palestine. The East Jerusalem Rotary Club, Clubs and individuals from District 5500 plus money from Rotary International will total $70,000 when the project commences. Michael is the Foundation Chair for District 5500 and he publicly thanked our own Lynne Himmer for her assistance.
The meeting finished with a brief discussion regards the District Grant towards the Diaper Bank/Book Distribution. Of the $8,800 not all will go for book purchase. No money will be spent on tracking software but 45% is now planned for construction costs (separate bins required) with 55% for actual book purchase. This is this writer's understanding and I urge anyone to correct me if this is not accurate.
There has been no intent to impugn anyone needlessly only where it was necessary.
Have a good week.  
Rotary Meeting 9/26/2017 2017-09-27 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
In the absence of President Holt, President elect Tony Hunter gaveled in the meeting. Tony shared with us the thought to "Go as far as you can see then you can see farther (or is it further). Whichever, it is a profound thought.
Guests included Mirabel and Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup, a member of the Presidio Rotary Club.
Richie Benner led us in Take Me Out To The Ballgame.
Denise donated a diamond pendant to the raffle/auction the town is organizing and in which our club will benefit.
Food Bank workers in Picture Rocks needed for tomorrow. Contact Randy at if
you can help.
Happy buck comments from:
Peter- Victim of identity theft and the associated problems are a pain in the.....I did not catch the last word
Tony-Happy for the heat??????????
Richie- Upcoming camping opportunity
Jason-Grateful for copy of Eric Miller's new book
Lynne- Squash a bug. Ever notice how soft spoken Lynne is?
Mary-Was happy about Netflix then changed her mind and asked for her dollar back.
Mayor Walkup asked us to spread the word about a trap shooting fundraiser the day after Tour de Tucson. If you want to learn how to fire a shotgun and shoot trap the Mayor is available every Saturday at 9am at the Pima County shooting range near the fairgrounds. Open to all ages and experience.
 Speaker was our own author, Eric Miller. His book The Owners Compass is about Bio Communications and how personal  vs business goals often collide. Eric himself used the Galvanic Response machine and found it to be amazingly accurate in assessing his strengths and areas in need of improvement. Tonal quality and emotion are as or more important than words in communication.
Much of Eric's presentation deal with the process of book publishing including graphic designers, publishers and ghost writers and editors. Even with all of that a misspelling of a word on the cover!
Eric provided each member a free copy of his book. By the way, the book was a #1 on Amazon before release and a #1  again in paperback sales. He also says Amazon is the best way to get published and in marketing a book.
See everyone next Tuesday.
Rotary Meeting 9/12/2017 2017-09-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Our meeting began, as always, with The Pledge. Denise West then addressed the club with thoughts regarding time management and showing respect for the time we have available to us.
Mark Murray led us in an emotional if not rousing rendition of God Bless America.
Don Jorgensen has returned with a West Seattle Rotary Club banner.
Guests included four of Bob Bishops friends plus his new bride.
In case you were checking your cell phone at the time President Holt explained this:
Pythagorean Theorem Day or Pythagoras Theorem Day is celebrated when the sum of the squares of the first two digits in a date equals the square of the last digit in the date and it was 8/15/2017..
Not to worry, another one is due 12/16/2020. In any case, statues of Mr. Pythagoras might have to be torn down before then as recent discovery of Babylonian Trigonometry tables predate Pythagoras by a 1,000 years. Apparently "sharing" of mathematical knowledge was wide spread back then.
ERRATA: Sunlight travels from sun to earth in 8 minutes, not months or seconds. This will be on the test.
If I get fired from this job it is with good reason.
Jo is from a small town near Houston that was evacuated due to flooding following Hurricane Harvey. Donations via Rotary District 5500 website are being accepted. By the way, Dan Contorno is the Treasurer for the District 5500 Foundation.
Odds and Ends
Lynne Himmer's birth on 9/28 is the only significant date this month. Randy asked for donations to assist Mirabel in her trip to Havasuppie Falls. Tony Hunter to be running the show the next two weeks since our leader will be out of state.
Mary Straus is offering a bounty for the return of our Marana Rotary Banner.
Tony attended the Rotary Membership Assembly and served on the Generational Panel discussing the recruitment of younger folk. He also mentioned a club opportunity to plant trees along with the Town.
Our Club will be sending two representatives to RYLA. John Dooling's granddaughter, Tyler McMurrich and our Nigerian Exchange Student Mirabel.
Maeve mentioned a 9/15/2017 meeting at the Marana Food bank where diaper and book distribution will be discussed. All welcomed to attend and learn more about our major project for this year. If anyone is wondering "Where's The Poop?" please call Maeve at home. More pearls from Maeve: Sunblock exceeding SPF 1 is not good for eyeballs, Chuckee Cheese tokens are not acceptable in the payment of fines at US libraries and Humpty Dumpty, after a mediocre summer is expected to have a great fall. Hey, I do not write em I just record em.
Mary has dead rodents and Mark says Albuquerkians stare into space with their mouths agape. Denise West won and lost at our lottery.
*****************DISTRICT CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER***********************************
Bob Bishop was our speaker and his subject was Water. Bob attended a seminar with about 30 people from all over.This morning the discussion revolved around cross boundary water claims and the problems especially with "limited" aquifers that are not being replenished. This cross border problem is with state to state, country to country and exists all over the globe. Desalinization and the harvest of brackish water may be the answer. The complex issues are compounded by 19th century laws, 20th century infrastructure and 21st century growth.
There will be a board meting tomorrow starting at 6pm to be held at John Dooling's Allstate office located at 2005 W Ruthrauff Rd suite 157. Next to barber shop at SE corner of Ruthrauff and La Cholla. All are welcomed.
Th, th, thats all folks.
Ypour Scribe,
John Dooling
Rotary Meeting Sept 5, 2017 2017-09-05 07:00:00Z 0
President Holt brought the meeting to order and after the pledge she shared the writings of Maya Angelou regarding a rich tapestry ,made up of thousands of threads of varying colors. Each is valuable to the overall effect regardless of color.
Guests/ speakers included Bouba and Nancy Hamadou as well as Mirabel, our Nigerian Exchange student.
Denise West and her son, along with Bob Bishop and President Holt were acknowledged for their assistance with the Food Bank distribution.
President Holt advised of upcoming absences in September (a trip to the Old Sod with Donna of Thornydale) and October (son's anticipated adult onset epilepsy surgery at Mt Saini in NY.)
Secretary Dooling advised of his absence next week (Eclipse viewing in Missouri(pronounced missura)) Need somew one to step up to take notes and attendance.
August 26th Doubletree Hotel hosts annual Rotary Membership Seminar.
Mirabel reports having met exchange students from Germany, France, Denmark and other countries. She has learned to swim, but also consumed copious amounts of water in the process.
Maeve requests Burma Shave/Tour de Tucson slogan entries be submitted.
Happy bucks came from:
Maeve -Nuclear Bikini contest- Hey, I just report em folks. See Maeve for details.
Bob Bishop- Back from Scottsdale Rotary water project meeting and bride to soon return. Javier questioned why he was only $2 happy, but then quickly moved on before Bob could respond.
Lynne- While totally messing up the punchline Lynne made it clear to all why she gave up her first career choice as a stand up comic in favor of the less humorless CPA gig.
Mary- I think was happy, but she is very soft spoken.
Denise West won again!!!!!Drew several cards but peer pressure forced her to return all but one to the deck. jack of clubs is no longer available.
Bouba Hamadou presented a project for our consideration to adopt a village in Cameroon. Bouba, a former Marana Rotarian, lives in Tucson about 7 months a year and Cameroon the rest of the year. He is a member of the Rotary club of Maroua, Cameroon. His project vision is a multi-level endeavor including Clean Water/Sanitation, Education for adults and children, Health and Income Generation. Bouba provided all in attendance with a two page synopsis that included anticipated expenditures. There were many thought provoking episodes during his presentation, but the fact that teachers earn $40 a MONTH stood out to me as I took notes on his presentation. Copies of his presentation are available. Let me know if you need/want one.
Next week-Open club discussion regarding anticipated projects this year and fiscal 2017/2018 budget.
See you in two weeks.
Rotary Meeting Aug 15, 2017 2017-08-17 07:00:00Z 0
Our meeting began with the pledge followed by words of wisdom from David Hindman regarding the power of a positive attitude. There were no "guests" this morning, but we did welcome Mirabel and soon to be new member Jason Halper.
Happy Bucks came from:
Lori-Great Pyrenees accepted into Obedience School 
Dan-Sixteen year old daughter Chelsi lasted 30 days before a minor fender bender
Tony-Parents visiting
Richie-Football Season
Lynne-Bad Jobs(I have no idea what I mean by that or what she said)
Bob- On the road to recovery after a rough patch with the flu.
Denise-Disneyland! Denise was also our lottery winner and loser.
WARNING: Do not ask Maeve what you call a seagull by the bay.
We next celebrated Rotary Membership month with the swearing in of Jason Halper as our newest member.(see I told you above it would be soon.) Jason has a background in scouting, he is an Eagle Scout, and various forms of law enforcement. Presently employed by Truly Nolen, Jason made a presentation that rodents everywhere would take exception to. We learned of the packrat breeding cycle, nesting habits, dietary preferences, use of whiskers and that peanut flavored wire harnesses are not a good thing in the Sonoran Desert. A final bit of advice-If you pour predator urine, mothballs, Irish Spring soap and hot peppers into a bucket then stir it up and pour onto your auto engine it is a waste of time.
Thank you to Bob Bishop, Denise West and family and Jo Holt for stepping up to assist with the Picture Rocks Food Bank Distribution tomorrow.
Next week our speaker is Bouba Hamadou. In two weeks we will discuss club projects, budgets and Rotary calendars.
Rotary Meeting Aug 8, 2017 2017-08-08 07:00:00Z 0
The first meeting of August was brought to order by President Holt. Following the Pledge of Allegiance President Holt quoted Desmond Tutu regarding hope is when you see light where there is darkness. Our Exchange Student from Nigeria, Mirabel attended the meeting and graciously offered to help set up and take down.
It was brought to members attention that:
There will be a board meeting this Thursday beginning at 6 pm.  Board meetings are held at John Dooling's office located at 2005 W Ruthrauff and are always open to non board members.
This month has five Tuesday's and therefore the 5th Tuesday will be a club social. Location TBD.
Wednesday the 8th is a Food Bank volunteer day. With both Randy and Mary, our stalwarts in this arena, will both be out of town. Two, preferably three volunteers will be needed. This entails assisting with the distribution of food at the Ortiz Center in Picture Rocks from 9:30 to noon.
 DG Joe will visit our club 10/24/2017 and there will be a board meeting the evening of the 23rd. Non-board members welcomed.
Draft Budget to be finalized at Thursday Board meeting.
Secret Greeter process has been installed an possibly helped with what was a lively meeting. As a reminder, prior to the opening gavel try to greet every other member with a handshake, fist bump, hug pat on the back (NOT HEAD). Once the Secret Greeter is made known by our president anyone who did not greet them must pony up $1 fine.  This is NOT intended to be a fund raiser, but rather an encouragement for interaction.
Many happy members offered cash just to share their reasons for joy:
Richie Benner-A wonderful Boy Scout Jamboree
Tony Hunter-A fine vacation in San Diego
Lori Malangone-Backpacking aand tent camping at 14,400+ feet.
Mark Murray-Bi-cycling across Iowa (Mark left wallet at home and Javier has promised to extract a major "donation" at our next meeting.
Peter Mack-They have observatories in Ohio
Bob Bishop -Got married in Sedona, AZ but it rained the second day there. Not that the newly weds noticed.
Bob proved the old adage "Lucky in love-not in cards" as he drew the wrong card after having the right raffle ticket.
Randy shared with us some of the events and speakers scheduled for the District 5500 Conference October 13-15. This is an event we will be hearing much more about. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend. Be there or be square.
Richie Benner presented on our club Facebook Page and the difference between a "group" page (more internal for chosen members) and a "Page" page that connects to the outside world. Please go to the Rotary Club of Marana website and "Like" and "share" with all your friends encouraging them to do the same. To add a story or photo at this time text Richie at 520-591-0381 or email Richard.Benner@Scouting.Org
 Randy presented on a mentoring opportunity at Open Doors, an alternative school in Marana. If this goes forward each of us will have an opportunity to address the students and speak of our chosen career. Also, Randy discussed a project with the Marana Prevention Alliance regards kids and drugs. Randy is still trying to get a handle on exactly what we could do and plans on attending additional meetings with this group.
We also discussed a project in Cameroon spearheaded by Bubba Hamadou a former member of this club, a Cameroonian and current member of the Old Pueblo Club. Bubba will be one of our club speakers soon.
Next week our speaker will be Jason Halper. His topic will be bugs. We also hope to install Jason as our newest member. 
John Dooling, Secretary
Rotary Meeting Aug 1, 2017 2017-08-03 07:00:00Z 0
Marana Rotarian’s make Up at Cranbrook Rotary Club  Cranbrook,  BC. Canada
Harold Burtzloff , John Zwick and his daughter Joyce Made Up at John’s old Club
Make Up 2017-07-31 07:00:00Z 0
Our meeting was brought to order by President Jo Holt. After Denise West led us in the Pledge President Holt gave us something to think about by quoting Martin Luther King, jr regarding being all you can be is only possible by letting others be all they can be. WE are all connected.
The song Stand By Me was played by Maeve Johnson with her smart phone. This song and Tony Hunter came to us from 1961, or maybe not. Speaking of Maeve, one loud groan and one low mournful whimper were heard after she entertained us (?)  with two jokes this morning.
Be sure to get your Burma Shave/Tour de Tucson entries to Maeve. There will be a reading and a vote to select the best.
We welcomed Jason Halper, who submitted his membership application this morning, Mirabel (YES THAT IS THE CORRECT SPELLING and NO, IT IS NOT PRONOUNCED MARYBELL), our new Exchange Student from Nigeria and Diane Ventura Goodyear, our speaker.
President Holt made a commitment that we all will learn the correct pronunciation of Mirabel's first and last name sometime before she returns to Nigeria next June.
 Mary Straus, newly appointed President of our very own Marana Rotary Foundation advised us of her board consisting of Lynne Himmer, Eric Miller, Randy Brooks and Lori Malangone. Mary also mentioned a District Membership Assembly scheduled for Saturday August 26th Cost of $30 covers a continental breakfast and lunch. The program runs from 9 am to 1 pm with location undetermined at this time. Many of us attended the membership assembly last year and found it to be very informative.
SECRET GREETER- Starting next week we will have a secret greeter. Any member may be selected as the secret greeter. President Holt will announce the name of secret greeter just before Javier comes for our money. If any member did not shake the secret greeter's hand a fine will be meted out by Javier. This  hopefully will encourage interaction with all members prior to the start of our meetings (and maybe lead to a decrease in late arrivals). The program will require a fair memory and the honor system. For these reasons the Secret Greeter program will be on a trial basis as those two attributes are in rare supply among our membership.
The Loop the Loop bike ride, precursor to the Tour de Tucson, is September the 16th. Mary Straus may have a team and our club will assist with an aid station. In regards to Tour de Tucson donations to eradicate polio, The Secretary of Rotary International Foundation already has $100,000 in pledges. By the way our connection with the Bill gates Foundation came via a Rotarian who sits on the board of the Gates Foundation.
There is a mixer TONIGHT of Rotarians at the Viscount Hotel on Broadway East of Swan. Starts at 5:30pm. You are all welcomed.
Lots of happy bucks/members: John-grand kid swimming success in the Pima Co Swim Program (cost is only $20 per kid per season); David Hindman- Seven year old son broke arm while family vacationed in Idaho (I think he is happy because of the cool camoflage cast, but I could be wrong about that); Denise recited the connection between thoughts, words and actions in a way far superior to what I just wrote; many who donated were grateful for our soon to be new member Jason and Exchange Student Mirabel's presence.
Randy was the lucky winner in the raffle and while I did not see his card the sound of many "Oh, too bad." comments leads me to believe the joker is still in the pack!
Diane Ventura Goodyear (DVT), an Assistant District Governor for District 5500, spoke of her involvement with the Vocational Training Team and its travel to Uganda. This partnership lead by Phil Silvers of Green Valley Club, was began five years ago. A big part of the project deals with empowerment for women via education. Smart phones and computers were provided by Rotary. Internet was slow, but cell phone coverage was good. Areas of education are not only technical and vocational but also deal with Domestic Violence, women health issues, family planning etc. Three districts involved are Ghana, Uganda and District 5500. The film shown to us of the project was produced by DVG.  
John Dooling, Secretary
Rotary Meeting July 25, 2017 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
Following the Pledge President Holt provided words of wisdom from Rotary 1957. Basically Rotary is universal and to thrive we must build on our commonalities and not focus on our differences. Next came a rousing rendition of Take Me Out To The Ballgame led by Lynn Himmer. 
Attendance continues to be lackluster mostly due to the summer travel plans of many members. There was one hell of a welcoming for Marana's version of the wondering son, Mark Murray. Good to see you, Mark. Hope the bike ride across Iowa next week goes well.
Guests included potential new member Jason Halper and Fonda Insley, Tucson Club member and friend of Mary Straus.
Brief discussion of our hastily submitted District Grant proposal. Due to number of requests and limited funds a cutoff date was imposed. President Holt has submitted a $10,000 proposal (half from our club with possible input from Dove Mountain Club) to provide reading material for young children in conjunction with the Diaper Bank program of the the Maana Food Bank. Also involved is MUSD's Christine Noriega.
 Javier got pinned by President Holt!
Happy bucks came from many including Joe Farr, a BIG boxing fan. Who knew? Some sad bucks when Randy shared with the club news of the passing of Rotary International's President elect. Sam F Owori of Uganda was to be only the second RI President from Africa.
Speaker Michael Drake, a Stanford University graduate and UA trained attorney, was our speaker. His topic was a grant proposal for the area often referred to as Palestine. Mr Drake did his utmost to remain unpolitical in educating us on the troubled history of the area from League of Nations decision to split TtransJordan and Palestine from the area controlled by Lebanon and Syria. This is a fascinating opic and one in which I personally am quite interested in. However, space does not allow for me to go into greater detail from the two pages of notes.
Bottom line there is a Rotary Club in Ramallah and one in Bethlehem plus two more. The Club in East Juruselem   is seeking a Global Grant to assist with Ramallah Club in funding the Princess Basma School that serves about 300 disabled kids. Money will be for remodel of library, computers and training material. Total including match would be $70,000.
DO NOT FORGET: Maribel, our Nigerian Exchange Student, arrives this Friday at the Tucson Airport. Please try to join your club members. Be there by 6 pm and flight arrives at 6:14 pm.   
Rotary Meeting July 18, 2017 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0
 Todays meeting brought us the following guests: District Governor Joe Hentges,
Kathy Carlisile (friend/co-worker of  Maeve), new member inductee Robert Bishop and his fiance Linda Redman.
Words of wisdom from President Holt came from Rotary in the year 1927. Rotary can and should be used as a source of friendship as the basis for enterprise. The "average" Rotarian was mentioned but not defined.
President Holt discussed the District 5500 challenge to come up with a grant proposal by Saturday that targets youth literacy. The tentative plan is a children's book delivery tied to the existing Marana Diaper Bank program. This would be an ideal way to put books into the hands of young mothers ergo young potential readers at the earliest age possible.  More on this topic to follow.
Maeve mention a Burma Shave advertising program related to our Tour de Tucson aid station. She asked for slogan entries, but sounds like she already has a winner.
Our Food Bank packing and distribution assistance at the Ortiz Clinic in Picture Rocks is tomorrow. As a reminder this takes place on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from about 9:30 til noon. Numerous club members have participated. Contact Randy or Mary to assist.
We have confirmation of the scheduled arrival of our exchange student from Nigeria. Please consider welcoming Maribel July 21st at 6:30 pm at the Tucson Airport. All members are encouraged to be part of the welcoming committee.
 Next President Holt swore in Rotary's newest member, Bob Bishop. His sponsor and mentor Don Jorgensen did the pinning. Bob's classification is Aircraft Research and Development. Bob recently returned from Russia, a trip he almost did not make as a result of a head-on collision on the way to the airport. Bob is a former Rotarian, but not to be confused with Bob Bishop, The Rotary Club of Marana's first president.
Mike and Vickie Suba representing Rotary's District 5500 Paul Harris Society took center stage to award both Don Jorgensen and Jo Holt as our clubs newest Paul Harris Society members. Our club now has six members who have pledged a $1,000 each year to the Rotary Foundation. Midway in giving ourselves a pat on the back for having over 25% of membership in the Paul Harris Society our District Governor reminded us we can do better!
 Richie Benner, club member and District Field Director of our local BSA council was guest speaker. We learned there are 7,000 scouts in the local Council  hat covers Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. Programs are available from K through 12. The Lions are comprised mostly of kindergarten kids, Cubs are anywhere from k through 5th grade. Boy Scouts ages 11 to 18. Co-ed programs are Venturing (kayaking, canoeing, mountain climbing etc.), Explorer (vocational exploration with numerous police and fire departments as well as Customs, Border Patrol and US Army)and the newest STEM. The Tucson Council was founded in 1911 just one year after BSA was established in 1910.
We ran out of time before Richie could discuss the newest Facebook enhancements, but he promised to return in three weeks.
Numerous happy bucks were given for such varied causes as Foster Child adoption (Clint), rain (John), definition of "borrow"(Dan), Attendance of the DG Hentges and new member admission Bishop(Randy and others).
This was an action packed meeting with Bob Bishop drawing the losing Jack of Clubs and President Holt still tingling from the nearby lightning strike she experienced last night. Its going to be a wild year if this meeting is any indication. If I have left off something or someone, please jot me a note on the back of a twenty dollar bill and give to me at our next meeting.
Humbly and hopefully accurately submitted, John Dooling-Club Secretary. 
Rotary Meeting 7/11/2017 2017-07-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Dooling on Jun 27, 2017
Submitted by John Dooling, Secretary
  • This morning, 6/27/2017, The Rotary Club of Marana once again, as it has for the past thirty 30 years, experienced a peaceful transition of power. As members solemnly filed into Nana’s Kitchen they beheld fabulously decorated tables for four, complete with blue and gold napkins, blue Lilliputian cowbells and even a center floral arrangement. (Thank you to the member elf or elves who decorated the room last night) and to Maeve Johnson. Maeve not only provided the flowers but also the iced miniature cakes available for dessert.
Outgoing President Mary Straus began the meeting by greeting guest Jim Hazzard of New York, son of incoming President Jo Holt and Donna Mabry of Thornydale, BFF of incoming President Holt. In addition we had guests Jim Nook of the Dove Mountain club and Lyle Johnson, husband of Maeve, who probably answered a last minute call to arms to carry flowers and miniature iced cakes.
President Straus thanked all in attendance for making her almost two year tour of duty possible and palatable. President Straus led us through some very turbulent times. We will be grateful for as long as there is a Rotary Club of Marana. Special thanks was given to the outgoing board. Member Randy Brooks was singled out as especially helpful in guiding her fledgling steps in the early months. By the way, we also learned that Randy has a new position with the District that requires he step in to lead should new District 5500 Governor Joe Hentges be unable to serve. Flowers were also given to Nana of Nana Kitchen fame for appreciation of her work and the outstanding quiche centerpiece of today’s breakfast.
Next came the swearing in of 2017/2018 President Jo M Holt. Being of humble spirit the first thing Jo did was to put us all at ease by advising that she can be addressed as either Dr. President Holt or President Dr.  Holt. She is comfortable with either. Jo went on to tell us of having been recruited by Randy Brooks with tales of the potentially significant lottery winnings she could partake of and tasty breakfasts fifty weeks a year. She was struck immediately and remains in awe of our naiveté in allowing one such as herself into our club. Actually, her awe truly comes from the simple wording of the Four Way Test and by our recitation of same at conclusion of each meeting. The stark contrast of its honest clear message versus the cynicism that too often comprises a big chunk of our daily lives is refreshing. One could say the theme of her address is that we are “all connected”.
In turn the incoming board of Straus, Hunter, Dooling, Miller and Burtzloff received their pins. Outgoing/Incoming Treasurer, Lynn Himmer, could not attend todays meeting.
The whole meeting makes one proud to say they are a Rotarian.
Humbly and hopefully accurately submitted this day in the year of our Lord 2017.
Meeting Summary John Dooling 2017-06-27 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Great meeting today: 85% of the members attended and seemed engaged.  Thank you one and all.
Guests: Potential Member Bob Bishop (he will be inducted as a member July 11, 2017).  With Bob was his finance Linda Raman. It was a pleasure meeting her and seeing Bob.
Pledge completed by Tony, Mediation or Thought of the Day provided by Jo Holt.  Song was unique. Maeve played a recording of a song “Hey Good Looking,” and the goal was to guess who in the club was born that year. (Answer: Jo Holt – she is born in 1968) I thought Hank Williams passed by then ….. Strange. She played another song done by Fred Astaire and it coincided with the birth date of Harold.  (How is that possible? Harold is only 48)
Although we have one more Tuesday left in the month this is Mary Straus’ last meeting as president.  The reason? Mary gave President Elect Jo Holt the opportunity to use the meeting next week for Jo and her team to hold her installation during our regular meeting.
Mary asked that we discuss the international conference.  Mary, Jo and Randy provided insight to the event.  Also attending the conference were Don Jorgensen and two of our spouses, Kathy Jorgensen and Deb Hume. Mary and Randy attended the pre-conference regarding Sex and Human Trafficking and found the experience to be amazing.  Jo reported the attendance of about 43,000 Rotarians and friends at the conference. She particularly enjoyed the food court in the House of Friendship where she met people from around the world.  She became aware that we have a “damn good club” compared to many around the world.  She’s right.
The Rotary Club of Marana received tremendous recognition among the participants (80 + countries) for partnering with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation to provide mental health examinations.  We provided 180 assessments and noted, in Randy’s case, about 8% had some degree of cognitive impairment and those individuals were referred to physicians in those their communities for follow-up.
Some of the most helpful sessions were related to peace, sex trafficking, conflict between individuals and clubs and great plenary sessions with Dr. King presenting, Bill Gates, and many others. Basically it was awesome.
Jo raised the question of whether Polio can really ever be eradicated.  Randy as the Assistant Zone Rotary Regional Coordinator for the Rotary Foundation, is researching these observation to find out the most recent scientific studies and beliefs among the stakeholders.  Randy will submit a report upon conclusion of conversations with physicians, scientists, CDC, WHO and others. 
This Sunday is Joe Hentges installation as Governor of D-5500.  It appears that we have enough members attending but not sure about obtaining a table for just us at this late date.
Happy Bucks: Most gave acknowledgement to Mary Straus for her creative and solid leadership; this past year.
Denise thanked those that helped at the Food Bank this past week …. Delivering food for those with less.
Eric stated that his book “Owner’s Compass” was the best seller for several days on Amazon in three categories.  A Huge congratulations to Eric …. Proud of you.
Richie just completed a two week summer camp with the Boy Scouts.
Mary drew and quickly lost in the drawing. 
Mary recognized Peter Mack who received his Paul Harris recognition for both levels 2 and three.  Thank you, Peter. He responded “this money comes back to us for projects.  I tell other charities that my choice for donations is the annual program fund of the Rotary Foundation.” That quote is paraphrased …. But the message was clear.
Mary Farewell Speech:
Mary discussed her year as president and how much it means to her to be involved in our club and district.  On the District 5500 level she discussed, many projects that distinguish us. Further she stated that Dr King suggested that we are all connected as people and how we treat one another is as important as how we treat ourselves. Further she stated that as Dr King suggested we should be ashamed when we die if we have not lived a life of service.
Mary discussed our success with projects and activities this year: Helping disadvantaged youth for MUSD, MCAT, Food Bank, Christmas and Thanksgiving food and gifts for family, Interact, RYLA, Peace Camp in Africa, Shelter box, funds for 3,000 polio vaccines, Alzheimer Prevention screenings, air conditioning for Vietnam Veteran, donated $7,000 + to The Rotary Foundation and  $1,000 + to Polio Plus.
Mary gave a hear felt thank you to board members, Joe Holt, Tony Hunter Maeve, Harold, Lynne and Randy
Mary thanked the club for this experience made her a better speaker, leader and Rotarian.
We sang “For she’s a jolly Good Fellow.” And gave a standing ovation.
Rotary Meeting June 20, 2017 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
Well, here it goes. This bulletin is brought to you (maybe) by your Secretary Elect filling in for Sec Randy brooks. He plus fellow members Mary Straus, Jo Holt and Don Jorgensen are among the 40,000 plus attendees at the International conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
President Elect Elect Tony Hunter gaveled (is that a word?) in the meeting promptly at 8am sharp and punctually ended it at 8am. In between were sporadic moments of laughter, enlightenment and coffee.
Tony began with the reading of notes from President Elect Holt sent from Atlanta. Apparently in addition to our own Marana dignitaries others from around the world also attended including someone named Bill Gates.
Javier collected Happy Bucks from Tony, Dan, Bob (soon to be a member) Bishop, Richie and others. A secretary with better hearing  would have been able to report the source of their happiness. Lynn told a joke and since it included the name of a former presidential candidate perhaps her timing was perfect with so many of the Democratic persuasion being out of state. In any case this writer found it to be pretty funny.
Our speaker, Sheila Foraker, was introduced by Maeve. Sheila is the Route Director for the Tour de Tucson and works for Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, a 501c3 organization. This non profit has raised about 78 million for 60 different charities in its first 34 years of existence. They operate four Bike Rides (not races) in Arizona 1) Tour de Phoenix/Mesa, 2)Tour de Tucson, 3) Pima Co Loop? and 4)?????. Their events are open to all ages and abilities. With ten staff and 1,000 plus volunteers they coordinate rides that require the involvement of numerous city, county, university and tribal governments. Eighteen aid stations with 180 portable toilets, 7,000 ponds of bananas, 7,230 gallons of water, 6,000 ponds of oranges,  manned by church, club and civic organizations like our own Rotary Club of Marana makes the whole thing work. 
Sheila may be contacted at or 520-745-2033.
Rotary Meeting 6/13/2017  John Dooling 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
MINUTES  2-6-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Club Secretary
Meeting held offsite at the business of Bob Bishop whom will be joining our club in the very near future. Bob owns a company called Ariel Productions. 
No pledge, or invocation or song. Bob simply gave those in attendance a tour of his business and described how his one person airplane is made and the various uses of this amazing machine. Bob has been a pilot at Air Shows, his plane was in James Bond movies, TV shows.  On the tail of each plane (he had about 4 present) is the logo for the Freedom Team.  This plane could fit in your living room or garage.  It is very small and only weighs about 500 pounds.    It could take off on the deck of a cargo ship, almost vertical and travels very fast.  As Bob says it is like flying a missile.
Bob gave us some of the applications of this airplane (it only fits one person) and flies at low altitudes (as low as 17 feet off the surface of the earth) and has many military uses.  For example he has flown as close as a few hundred feet from the Pentagon and the White House to test our US defenses from missile attacks.  His plane was used for the “Coor’s Silver Bullet” ad campaign.  Bob has bailed out of his planes twice and he claims that is why he could be seen as vertically challenged.
Many of the applications of the airplane he could not discuss because they are secret.  He did discuss the various radar uses and the sophistication of the electronics on his airplane. 
One of his employees was in the Marine Corps …… hooorah and was the pilot of the helicopter for the Reagan and Bush administrations.  Bob was very gracious in feeding us, giving us coffee to drink and made all of us comfortable. 
Thanks for a very interesting morning, Bob.
Next week a few of us: President Mary, President Elect Jo, Don Jorgensen and I will be at the Rotary International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  We will be helping with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention booth (a club project) and at the Ride to End Polio booth (a district project), attending classes, receptions and generally having a good time  John Dooling will be taking attendance and notes so treat him nice.  I will see you all. Tuesday, June 20, 2017. With four of us gone it is important that as many of you as possible attend the meeting next week and for the rest of the year.
Rotary Meeting June 6, 2017 2017-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana social Tuesday evening. John and Harold preparing to go away for the summer. We will miss you.
Social May 2017 2017-05-30 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting opened by President Mary Straus with the pledge and a thoughtful moment by President Elect Jo Holt. I am adding more titles today for new members that may be trying to figure out who is who in the club. 
We had 76% of our members attend today.  Guests included Amber Mathewson, Director of the Pima County Libraries, our potential new member Bob Bishop s and Fred Fox of the Presidio Club of Tucson.
Reminder President Elect Jo will be having her installation 27 June 2017 at our regular club meeting. Please invite your family, friends and business friends to this important event.
The 20th of June, President Mary Straus, will be conducting her last meeting and plans to find ways to thank the club for service to our community and for supporting her this past year.  Congratulations to both of these fine leaders.
This past weekend, President Mary, Secretary Elect John Dooling, Don Jorgensen President Nominee Designate Eric Miller  and PDG Randy Brooks attended the district assembly.  We encourage all of you to attend these district level training opportunities whenever possible.  It makes us a more effective club and we find ourselves engaged at new levels. 
Bob Bishop informed the club that he is marrying his fiancé, July 22, in Sedona, AZ.  Congratulations Bob.
President Mary inducted the following new members:
            Richie Benner, (John is his mentor) and promptly assigned him to the task of social media for the club. Richie is a lifelong Tucsonan, graduated from Marana High School and is Director of the Boy Scouts in this region.  Welcome Richie.
            Lori  Malagone (Mentor is Tony Hunter), M.Ed., is Executive Director of Arizona Youth Partnership.  This organization works statewide. Lori is also a lifelong resident of Tucson and graduated from Mountain View High School. She is a wonderful young lady that will benefit our club for years to come. I said young because both of these new members are millennials. She will be assigned to community service.
Bob Bishop will be voted on today for membership by the board of directors. He is  CEO and President of Aerial Productions, Inc. He is a former Rotarian from Oregon. Bob will be voted on today by the board and members will have a week to respond with any concerns.  He has attended three meetings and based on approval is eligible to join.  Don’t forget we will have our meeting June 6 at his place of business at 7 AM. The address is 3865 N Business Center Drive., Suite 101, Tucson, AZ. Phone number is 520-682-1281.  He has promised to allow Mary and Jo fly the aircraft that he designs and builds at his facility.
We are dark because of the social next week but a few of us are meeting at 8 AM at the site of last year’s El Tour de Tucson aide station to discuss with Perimeter Cycling where we might be placed next year.
The raffle was promptly won and lost by Denise.  We all felt terrible for her lack of luck.
Tonight is the MCAT High School graduation. Several of us are attending and having dinner first at Nana’s Kitchen.  It will be fun and is always moving. The ceremony is at 7 PM and dinner at 5:30.
We learned today that our club is eligible for the presidential citation after two members and the two new members made a donation to the annual programs fund of Rotary International Foundation.  Congratulations to the club and thank you Mary for your leadership this past year.
OK….. Finally to our guest speaker:
Amber Matheewson, Director, Pima County Libraries can be reached at 520-594-5650 or write her at   Amber raised from being a customer service clerk to being the director of 26 libraries.  She fell in love with books when she was 8 years old and foraging through the books at the bookmobile in her community. Libraries are “America’s great equalizer.” Any ethnicity, age, sex culture can enter and obtain a free library card and obtain educational and entertainment material. She has an “Impact Plan” that included Education, connected learning, and community outreach.
Education: Improve early literacy, career study HS diploma as opposed to GED.  She expressed concern that graduation rates are diminishing in Arizona.  Connected learning: learn about business, and economic development. Connect to compete: Computer education.  25% of households do not have a computer but they can use one at the library and the library donated 50 computers last year to needy families.
Community: you can check out plan and vegetable seeds (you don’t have to return them).  They hold arts and cultural events.  You may rent a space for your community meeting for no charge.  There is a library nurse program.  The nurse give educational presentations and refers people to treatment providers.  They hold ESL classes, summer reading program and give books to kids that work throughout the summer.
I am very impressed with our library and of Amber.  Thank you so much for this presentation. 
Meeting adjourned.
Rotary Meeting May 23,2017 2017-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting called to order by President Mary Straus. She also led the pledge.
President Elect Jo Holt gave a thought for the day ….. From Mr. Rogers
Attendance dipped below 80% attendance today for the first time in several months.  Must be summer. Harold our resident greeter was not in attendance today ….. We were all concerned but we learned he is OK ….. A minor medical problem so Harold know we were thinking about you.
Visitors:  Richie Benner, Boy Scouts of America, will be inducted next week.
                Lori Malagone, Executive Director Arizona Youth Partnership, will be inducted next Tuesday.
                Bob Bishop, CEO, Aerial Productions Intl., Inc., guest today and officially submitted his application for membership.
                Carolyn Gorst, Education Manager, Junior Achievement of Arizona.
The club expressed sadness regarding our guest and soon to be new member, Richie Benner, in regards to the loss of his niece in a swimming accident.  Our thoughts are with you and your family Richie.
Mary discussed that Rotarian Ray Naylor is advocating for the Civil Discourse initiative and it’s National Institute. This was founded after the terrible shooting in Tucson of politicians’, civilians and, children, January 8, 2011Two of the members are past presidents George Bush and Bill ClintonCivility can exist between all of us.  Rotary proves that daily.
We had not one but two jokes today from Maeve and Lynne.  Sadly I did not write them down …. One was about a duck bill and the other referenced pasta.  Sorry.  Xavier provided levity during Happy Bucks John Dooling won and then lost the drawing.  We then acknowledged Xavier’s Mother for her abilities as chef for our club meetings.
Carolyn Gorst, Manager Education for Junior Achievement of Arizona presented at the invitation of Joseph Farr, Bank of the West. Here’s the news: Founded in 1919 as a response to the industrial revolution to help young men and women learn about financial literacy. Students working in that era were able to make money but made poor financial decisions (remind you of any other youth). Here are the stats: 30% of students do not graduate from high school, Arizona ranks near the bottom of graduation rates. Of the students in school and attending Junior Achievement 56% qualify for HUD housing assistance.  Young adults from 21-15 years of age have the dubious recognition of filing bankruptcy at the highest rate of all persons. Traditionally children receive one semester of training about money in Economics.  Now the fun started: we did an experiential exercise geared for third graders.  It was fun and the team of Mary, Lori, Tony and Randy were the clear winners. Each work group was asked to form a business, decide location and pay rent, utilities, taxes, advertising, purchase goods and services, supplies, learn about credit.  Again this is geared for 3rd graders so most of us were severely challenged.  It was fun.  Carolyn asked if members would be interested in volunteering for this organization.  Deferred to President Elect Joe Holt.  One day in the spring or for a week at the high school each year.  Not a huge commitment and perhaps possible.  Joseph Farr and Jo Holt may pursue. Carolyn: 520-792-2319
Do not miss the meeting next week where we will be inducting two new members to our Rotary family. Lori and Richie.
Rotary MeetingMay 16.2017 2017-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
MINUTES 5-9-17
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Pledge and Reflection completed.
Guests: Rob Bishop whom is submitted his application for membership in the next few days.
                Brenda Soto …. Math Teacher, MCAT and Denise Coronado Principal.  The student of the month did not show for his award.
Food Bank tomorrow: Mary, Randy, Don, Denise.  Next month because several of us will be at the international convention the following have agreed to help: Denise, Tony and if he is in town, Peter Mack.
MCAT Graduation is planned for Tuesday 5/23/17, 7:00 PM and all club members are encouraged to attend.  Maeve suggested that those attending consider meeting at Nana’s Kitchen at 5:30 for dinner before proceeding to the Marana Middle School where the event is held.
Mary discussed the presidential citation from Rotary and noted that we appear to be short on the Every Rotarian Every Year category.  Lynne states that she does not make contributions until May so that observation may not be accurate.  Our foundation giving is very good … we are third in the district at giving (per capita) at this time.  Thank you to our club members.
She also noted that at one time (a few years ago) our club was 50% female.  That figure has dropped to 29% at this time.
Mary requested that everyone go to the and sign on as a member if you have not
Denise won the drawing and then promptly lost.  Sorry.
Visit our club website and have a look.  Harold has done a great job on updating the site and Mary has downloaded photographs to compliment his work.  Go to
President Jo Holt will be installed as president June 27, 2017 7 AM during our regular meeting time.  It is asked that your contact Maeve’s assistant to RSVP for the event. President Mary asks that we all attend not only Jo’s installation but attend the meeting on the 20th of June for a special appreciation by Mary of club members and those that have helped her this past year.
Presenter: Bob Bishop …. Bob is a potential member (sponsor Don Jorgensen) whom built the world’s smallest Jet ….. Known by many as the Coors Silver Bullet.  It travels at 320 miles an hour and was a prototype of plane that he has built to see if our national defense systems are adequate to intervene in a missile attack.  He stated we are good at shooting cruise missiles and he works on making sure the USA is not vulnerable to attack by similar missiles.  His team routinely flies (with permission) only a few thousand feet from the White House and Pentagon to test our defense systems. He is an honorary squadron leader at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.  He has been a pilot in air shows and builds very interesting machines.
June 6, 2017 at 7 AM we will meet at his place of business and have a tour.  His address is
Bob Bishop
President CEO
Aerial Productions Intl., Inc.
3865 N Business Center Drive – Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85705
We will not have a regular meeting that week. The meeting will be held at Bob’s place of business.  What an interesting presentation.
Rotary Meeting May 9, 2017 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting Called to Order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge completed and invocation by Jo Holt.  No song today.  A sigh of relief by some, sadness expressed by others.
 Bob Bishop, President and CEO of Aerial Productions Intl, Inc. He was brought to the club by Don Jorgensen as a potential member. Application Pending
Lori Malagone, M.Ed., Executive Director of Arizona Youth Partnership.  This is the second week of visitation by Lori and hopefully she will be voted on by the board next Wednesday at the board meeting. Her sponsor is Tony Hunter.
Javier Avalos, Owner of Ina Road Auto Collision visited as well.  He is interested in membership and his sponsor is Eric Miller. Application Pending
Mary Franco, Principal, Open Doors Community School, presented today and also indicated to Randy that she would like to join our club. (I suggested that she go to the website and download an application).  Sponsor Mary Straus (I think).
Richard Benner, Jr., Field Director of the Boy Scouts of America has now had his application in for two weeks.  I called his today and asked him to attend next week so the board can vote on his application. Sponsor is John Dooling.
I think this is the first time, in my knowledge, that we have had five potential members in the chute for admission to the club. 
To make up for it we sang Happy Birthday to Joe Farr who celebrated his 27th  birthday.
A reminder: Dues are not being collected … don’t make us send an enforcer to collect from you.  Some of you also received an invoice for Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY). It is only $100.00 per year make your donation as soon as possible to the “Annual Programs Fund.” So we can get some of that money back for projects in three years.
District Conference attended by President Mary, Don Jorgensen, Jo Holt and Randy Brooks.  Jo attended sessions related to Youth Services. Don and Randy attended the Grants Management Seminar (this qualifies us to pursue a District or Global Grant in 2017-18.  Don encouraged the club to look into a district grant. “It’s sad to leave money on the table.”  The decision (in rough form) must be submitted to the district by July 15 or we will be ineligible to apply.
Mary, Don and Randy gave out cookies at the district conference. Both were warmly received.  Thank you to Mary and Deb Hume (Randy’s spouse) for baking cookies and to Dan Contorno for suggesting we hand out the 40 Tour de Cookie T-shirts. It was really fun.
Don announced that the Rotary Club of Marana and the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain Marana are two of the top three giving clubs to the foundation so far this year.  Our club gained a tremendous amount of notoriety and respect at the District Conference.  We are truly one of the absolutely best clubs in the district.
Maeve suggested we collaborate with Marana Health Center and have Clint help us.  Mary suggested we consider TROT … an organization that provides equine therapy to children with autism and adults struggling with emotional issues.  I have seen these efforts help dramatically with veterans with PTSD from combat.
If you have not visited our website.  Please do so.  Harold Burtzloff did the work and he did a great job.  Thanks Harold.
I am sure I missed some of the announcements today but here are a few: Don is celebrating his 38th Wedding anniversary this week.  Xavier is celebrating an anniversary as well (did not get the number), Dan and Heather are celebrating 15 years of wedding bliss.
Harold has been a Rotarian for 48 years, Tony and Clint have been members for one year.  Don is celebrating 9 years in Rotary.
May 4, 1987 is the anniversary of women in Rotary.  Mary read the Council on Legislation history of “shame” (my word)  in rejecting for scores of years the entry of women into Rotary.  The Supreme Court made the final decision for those in the USA.  Sylvia Whitlock, a Governor classmate of Randy was the first woman to enter Rotary.  She is and was a psychotherapist and to this day is an example for all of us.
Mary, Maeve, and Randy told stories of the struggle to introduce women into Rotary.
Don suggested we watch TNT on Thursday nights to see how the FBI operates in New York City.  The film is just one year old and in interesting in that Don and Kathy’s daughter is a FBI agent in New York.
Maeve announced that her daughter and granddaughter are doing great now…. Hooray!
She then told a joke about a pirate that was being driven nuts. Sigh.
Guest speaker: Mary Franco from Open Doors Community School. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix and is a current doctoral student.  Raised on a farm in Bisbee she was encouraged by both of her parents to become an educator in their footsteps.  She has three children and was principal of the middle school she attended as a child.
At the Open Doors School they have 26 students and will cap admissions at 70. They accept children with risk factors including teen pregnancy, drug issues and learned disabilities. The partner with community resources to meet the need of children and integrate those services into the learning experience. All teachers are certified.  Students can arrive at 7:30 and stay till 5:30 PM to assist working parent
Meeting closed with the 4-Way Test.
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Submitted by Randy Brooks
Pledge and invocation were completed. The song this week, as selected and led by John Dooling was “Old McDonald” he received the support and encouragement of many club members. 
Visitors today: Lori Malagone, Executive Director of Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP).  She submitted her application for membership today and the board will ask for a vote soon from members. Also there for his last visit was PDG Tom from the Tri-Cities of Washington and a proud member of the Rotary Club of Kennewick.
Also, not at the meeting but mailing an application in for membership today is Richard Benner, Jr. Richard is with the Boy Scouts of America and works as a field director.  Need to introduce him to Don Jorgensen, our own Eagle Scout.  We hope Richard will be invited to a meeting so we can all meet him before voting.
Four of our members are going to the district 5500 conference this weekend: President Mary, Don Jorgensen, President Elect Joe Holt and PDG Randy Brooks.  Don will attend as well as work at the Shelter Box booth.  We will also have a booth for “Tour de Cookie, “and at the booth giving out a limited number of T-shirts and cookies. 
President Mary discussed how the club is running at a deficit at this time.  Our dues, happy bucks and raffle tickets just keep us afloat. This will need to be addressed in Jo Holt’s term as president.
Mary discussed a program the probable next new member may propose.  It consists of mentoring middle school aged children at a local school.  The mentoring may be done individually or in groups.  This notion was just floated as an idea.  Four members said they would be interested.  We will surly need more participation and the issue was tabled until more information is learned about the mentoring, when, where and expectations.
We discussed the food bank schedule and four people have agreed to help.  New to the task is Don Jorgensen, Thank you Don and thanks to John Dooling for helping last time.
Drawing: Randy won and lost again. It’s become a weekly ritual.  “You can’t win if you don’t play.”
The speaker today is LuAnn Gerker, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Psychology Department.  Her specialty is in childhood early language.  You may reach her at
LuAnn spoke of the need for children to read to children during the last three months of pregnancy. She states children can distinguish the tone and vibration of sound waves from the mother and others that are speaking.  She spoke of how children are most pliable and able to comprehend different languages in the after first six month of life.  
She indicated it is hard to recruit mothers to allow studies to be done on babies.  She reminded us of the days when expectant mothers were in the paper and new babies are not announced like they once were.   Some of the tips offered by Dr Gerker were:  Talk to your baby, be a storyteller and repeat the stories often, even if the child is not learning quickly treat them “as if”, they are learning.
She told Don that the children can be taught to “speak” using sign language but they do not develop the nuance of vocabulary as other children might.  She mentioned that baby listen for sound and music.  However they do not appreciate hip-hop.  I made that up so don’t go telling her playing hip-hop for your in utero children has done wonders for the baby.  After 7 years of age it becomes much more difficult to learn language. So start early with those kids.
Thank you Dr. Gerken for a very interesting presentation.
Meeting adjourned.  Thanks to all of you for helping our community.
Rotary Meeting 4/25/2017 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting opened with the pledge, President Mary offered a moment of reflection regarding stick figures (people) on the back of vehicles and how we can be cognizant of being kind to one another.  87% of our members attended today. 
The song selected by John Dooling. This tune has a cool history dating back, I think he said to the Civil War and has been recorded by almost every musician since (just joking).  This song was performed at Churchill’s funeral, recorded by numerous people, such as Judy Garland, Johnny Cash and many others.  It was rewritten by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens). The song is called, in the USA, Battle Hymn of the Republic.  Great history lesson, John.  We actually sang it in key. 
Guests included past district Governor Tom from Pasco, Washington.  Next week he will leave and return to the Northwest.  It is somewhat cooler in the Tri-Cities of Washington, but not a lot.  Many people do not know that the Center and southern part of Washington State is a desert environment (chaparral). We will miss Governor Tom.
Breakout your calendars: Jo Holt will become president of the Rotary Club of Marana, July 1, 2017.  Her installation will be June 27, 2017, 7:00 AM, at Nana’s Kitchen and will be a breakfast affair.  Please put this meeting and event in your calendar now.
Mary discussed articles from the most recent Rotarian magazine regarding activities in Guatemala and polio eradication in Nigeria. In Nigeria polio detection was discussed and the expense of hunting down the virus around the globe. 
Maeve told the story about how Lyle, her spouse, purchased a pair of tennis shoes from a local drug dealer and now he is tripping. 
We were all happy to see Peter back at the meeting ….. He has been traveling the world.
Harold announced that Club Runner has an app for our phones that is very effective.  Go to your app store and type in Club Runner.  Have Fun.
Jo announced she is attending a rally on Saturday ….. A rally for Science.  She finds it odd that we must rally for science in order to reaffirm we believe in it. 
Jo introduced our speakers from the Marana Unified School District; Cynthia Ruich, Director of Student Services and Christina Noriega, Family Resource Coordinator.  Jo added that it may be possible to work with these educators on a District Grant in the future.
Cynthia discussed “Food Packs,” and how these packs provide nutrition for students in need throughout the school year. She also discussed how the school district has two buses that distribute meals (breakfast and lunch) throughout the district during holidays to students that are low income and are not likely to receive needed meals at home. These buses also have the ability to provide basic immunizations and dental care for students. She discussed homeless students (purchasing supplies) and the provision of counselors that assist when students or family members pass away.
Christina described herself as an occasional “social worker,” and enjoys the part of her job that allows her to visit students’ homes and learn about what the student needs to be more successful.  She also coordinates a “clothing bank” for students as well as the Holiday Share program.  As you know we have been active in this program for many years.  They do their best to provide food and gifts to over 600 families per year. She complimented the Rotary Club of Marana in that we follow through with our commitments.
We then entered into a discussion of generational poverty and how many students learn a poverty culture which makes it more difficult to recognize the problem in their own lives. She stated that impoverished families rarely move further than 5 miles from the place they have lived as adults.  They accept the altered norms of the community.  They indicated there are many myths regarding poverty.  They did state that programs like MCAT can break that cycle.
Meeting adjourned with the 4-Way Test. 
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Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Called to order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge led by Eric Miller and invocation by Guest PDG Tom Halazon, RC of Pasco, WA. 87% of the club attended today.  Good work.
Guests: Tom as mentioned above and his spouse, Sharon.
Song:  Let by John Dooling and Jo Holt.  It made our imaginations soar with what it might be like to hear the actual tune.  Thank you John and Jo for the glorious attempt of leading this group with limited musical attributes. Whew.
I caught a few, but not all of the announcements: We missed John D’s birthday.  Denise West celebrates one year of membership in our club …… time passes so quickly. Xavier had a birthday and Joe Farr is not far behind in celebrating hers.  Harold is celebrating his 45th wedding anniversary and Maeve Johnson is celebrating her 26th. She had a birthday as well.
Eric donated a computer to the club today.  It did not work completely because of a conflict between Apple and Microsoft.  Someone smarter than this writer will figure it out.
Standing ovation for Dan Contorno for his leadership with the Tour de Cookie.  Great job Dan to you, Tony (I heard he was your backbone.  I think they meant he had your back).  Over 70% of the club actively engaged and volunteered in this project.  Two visiting Rotarians, PDG Tom and his spouse volunteered as well.
The rest of the meeting was centered on a review of the Tour de Cookie:
Happy bucks: Randy won and then quickly lost ……..
Four Way Test and meeting adjourned.
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Submitted by Randy Brooks
Meeting called to Order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge completed and a heartfelt song selected by John Dooling was sung.  “Itsy Bitsy Spider” was the song. It brought tears to some of our eyes.  Thank you John for the song … it was fun and David thanks for a nice impromptu job with the meditative moment.
Set up of the electronics was attempted by Randy who whined endlessly (nothing new here) about the computer and projector not working.  A few people indicated they would work on getting a different computer to see if it works.  Eric volunteered to donate a computer to the club that may work.  Harold indicated that he will research connectorsMaeve suggested we bring in a consultant to tell us what we need.  The majority indicated we should try the new computer and then evaluate what to do.  Someone volunteered to see if they can learn to use Xavier’s projector as well.
Guests: Past District Governor Tom Halazon, of, Pasco, Washington and Ricard Benner who is with the Boy Scouts of America. Richard is considering membership in our club.
Other visitors included Shyla Grave, MCAT student of the month, her mother Tara. One teacher joined us and of course Denise Coronado.
Dan reviewed how we are doing with the Tour de Cookie.  We have over 100 + registered and more coming.  It looks like we may hit over two hundred riders.  Thank you Dan, Tony and your team for making this an event to remember.  If you would like to volunteer (and please do) contact Dan at or call him at 520-404-8275.
Eric brought us a banner from the Rotary Club of Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada. 
Aleta of the Dove Mountain Club sent along a verbal invitation for us to join her club at a special meeting with a great speaker, April 20, 2017 at 6 PM.
Jo Holt stated she judged at a high school science fair this past week.  She loved judging ….. Too much.  Many of us fanaticized about what it was once like to judge. 
Maeve told a joke about a “labracadabra”. It again was too confusing for Randy to wrap his head around. 
Randy, Rotary Foundation Chair for the club, completed a presentation regarding the Rotary Foundation and all the good works we do in the world. Because of the foundation we have experienced its impact in our community, and the world.  Our club is an Every Rotarian Every Year Club and Randy encouraged us to do better.  We have five Paul Harris Society Members in the club.  Those are folks that donate $1,000 or more per year to the foundation.  We have three bequest society members and Randy encourages more folks to donate to this painless effort.  He asked that when you make your contribution that you make it to The Rotary Foundation and designated the Annual Programs funds on your donation.  The money comes back to the district to assist with local, district and global grants. 
Former Rotarian Denise Coronado again introduced the Student of the Month from MCAT of the Marana Unified School District.  Shyla Graves has been a student in the district since preschool.  She is described as “compassionate, a driven person with thee jobs outside of school. She is described as a positive role model and volunteers at her church with immigrants from other countries.  She has a passion for travel and hope to join the US Army and be trained as a “chef.”
We were all asked to attend the MCAT graduation at the Marana Middle School May 23, 7:00 PM
Mary asked me to add to the minutes the job and work assignments for April:
Greeter: Harold Burtzloff
Pledge: Eric Miller
Invocation: Mark Murray
Program: Jo Holt
Sgt at Arms: Xavier Teran
Set Up: Don Jorgensen
Tear Down: David Hindman
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Submitted by Randy Brooks
Meeting called to order by President Mary at 7:00 AM.  Denise led us in the pledge, meditation completed by Don J. and David H., an almost beautiful rendition of “Clementine” led by Lynne. Xavier collected happy bucks … thanks Xavier for the new screen.. You know Harold never gets a thanks for welcoming all of us to the meeting, thanks Harold.
Guest today: Mindy Blake of the Pima Association of Governments and Laurie from the Marana Youth Outreach.  Sorry I missed her last name.
Randy, John and Don were asked to discuss the newest on the Peru project.  Randy spoke for the group, describing the woman in need of help and her family.  The board had offered to donate up to $1000 for this project. The Rotary Club Foundation did write a check for that amount.  However donations by Mary (discretionary fund), John Dooling and Randy covered the expense. The foundation did not experience a loss on this transaction.
Foundation review by Mary ….. It appears that we have $8,918.47 in funds.  Remember we are keeping an amount of $2,500.00 for a rainy day fund.
Discussion about the Food Bank work this past weekend.  Several members attended and supported the effort.  Tony was there and had a walkie talkie.  He indicated it made him feel quite powerful.
Randy gave an update on the youth exchange student from Nigeria.  Marana High School was visited today by Randy and arrangements made for her to register for classes.  I few hoops still to go through and hopefully she will be awarded a student visa.
Dan C. continues to work hard on the Tour de Cookie and is looking for volunteers this weekend.  
Jo Holt said we have 12 cookie stations and all but two are filled.  Two life insurance companies decided to not participate.  If you can’t rely on a life insurance group … who can you?  I tell you it is a sad day.
Guest Speaker:
 Mindy Blake, Outreach Coordinator, Pima Association of Governments.  Mindy was an anchor on Channel 13, CBS and sat involved with  the board of directors of the Amphi School District with Joe Holt. Mindy discussed the Regional Transportation Authority which is in its 11th year.  Maintenance of roads, sidewalks are usually complete by the township, city or county in which the roads or sidewalks need help. PAG is mainly concerned about roadways, safety, intersections, train crossings, green belts and pathways.  They have contributed to the bike paths in Pima County. Lots of discussion about public transportation and the lack of it in the Picture Rocks area. Mindy stated that 54% of people that ride buses have not vehicle of their own. Mindy discussed how the recession affected tax revenue for building and maintaining roads but that we seem to be coming back from the deficit and the future looks much brighter.  If you want to reach out to Mindy Blake her e-mail is, and 520-495-1427 Thank you Mindy for an interesting discussion.
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Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
We had an amazing 90% attendance today.  Only two members were not in attendance.  Great job Rotary Club of Marana.
Introduction of guests: Carol McGorray, Town of Marana Council Member and proud mother of the speaker today …. Maureen Dykinga. More on Maureen later.
The pledge was completed, a song was sung and a great meditation completed by David Hindman.
We had a guest from the Rincon Club …. I did not catch his name.  He was asking for support of his club annual Taste of Chocolate.  I have been to this event.  The chocolate is amazing.  It will be held, April 23, 2-4 PM, at the Double Tree Hotel.  Only $15.00 per ticket... 
Report on the Peru Trip:  Well, we are back.  The trip was meaningful in several different ways.  Don Jorgensen Discussed the trip, Machu Picchu, and our Amazon adventures.  Did he mention the heat! Whew.  John Dooling discussed a marathon Rotary meeting he and I attended (5 hours) during which possible support via of the foundation may makes lives better for others.  He also discussed a beautiful school we visited that is supported by the Club Rotario “Las Vinas de Surco in Lima.  There is one project John and Randy are interested in moving on sooner rather than later but that will be discussed at the board meeting later this week. It has to do with a woman living in a shack about the size of your walk in closet.  Randy discussed our former Rotary Exchange Student Eleana Acosta wedding the pageantry and happiness shared by her family, friends and host families.  She graduated from medical school, married in her church with families and friends attending all in two weeks.  Jeff Brownson her husband is a US citizen and IT guy.  They have a home in Marana.  Eleana promises to join our club as soon as she has adequate salary.
Harold brought up the Jim Click raffle and the club voted to not participate this year.  Harold will be gone much of the time for ticket sales and we had a pronounced lack of interest last year.  There are so many ways that we give to Rotary …… Club decided to focus fundraising energy in other areas.
President Mary mentioned that the Rotary International Foundation gives us the “The chance to excel in the world community.” She is right.  Remember ….. Our club is a 100% Every Rotarian Every Year Club and at this point not all members have contributed.  Please consider making your donation now to support the work of the RI Foundation.
At a previous board meeting PDG Randy (you have to be a PDG to be eligible) was voted by our club to put his hat in the ring for the Rotary International Council on Legislation. This is a three year term with annual telephone calls about Rotary procedures and policy ending with an in person meeting for the full council (all districts in the world) in 2019.  Randy thanked the club and the board for support of his various ways to work almost full time for Rotary.
Maeve said a funny joke during Happy Bucks ….. Xavier seemed pleased at the level of participation and smiled brightly as donations were made.
Saturday, March 25th Mark, Randy and Deb Hume will be at a bike swap in Oro Valley distributing information about the Tour de Cookie.  As you know this is the largest fundraising event for our club and appreciate the support you all give.  Dan Contorno and his team has done a great job of marketing this important and fun event.  While we were gone I heard that Mary, Eric, Dan, Tony, Joseph and I’m sure others worked the bike path.  Thanks to everyone that is working to keep our club one of the best in the district.
We had issues with the projector and PowerPoint today.  The speaker was unable to use the machine.  Seems it is becoming an antique.
 Maureen Dykinga of the Spoon Foundation gave a presentation regarding the feeding of severely handicapped and challenged children with disabilities.  Many are orphans and in foster care.  The Spoon Foundation facilitates training, education of workers and volunteers caring for these children. A few tips are to use larger than normal spoons, “spoon scraping” (this is scraping the food on the roof of the mouth so the child does not gag). Positioning of the child is important.  Some have never actually sat up to eat because of the inability to have necessary motor coordination.  Another focus of this organization is to increase buy- in regarding the needs of these children and increase awareness in the community.  They have completed before and after studies regarding the general health and anemic levels of these children and see significant improvement after families are trained.  Thank you Maureen for the work you and your colleagues do to improve the lives of these unfortunate children. President Mary is planning to follow up with Maureen. 
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Minutes of Marana Rotary meeting Tues 3/14/2017
One of our favorite meetings today – we honored our MCAT Student of the Month! Principal Denise Coronado presented Cheyenne Willingham. Cheyenne brought along her science teacher, Ms. Soto, along with her friend Xavier and her Dad, Adam. As she was happy to talk with us about herself (not always the case with our Students of the Month, especially at 7am), we peppered her with questions. She has a very focused interest in horses, including breeding and training, and she has chosen to attend college in New York. Cheyenne says of her teacher Ms. Soto, “she’s awesome”.  We all applaud Cheyenne and wish her the very best.
Our Club President, Mary Straus, informed the Club about a new part of the Rotary gun policy. The policy states that no Club should engage in or sponsor any activity that involves the transfer of ownership of a weapon. This policy is somewhat controversial, and we discussed it. Thank you, Mary, for making us all aware of this update.
Denise West and Dan Contorno assisted President Mary with the Food Bank food delivery in Picture Rocks last week, and Denise said that she enjoyed it and that we need more volunteers! The Food Bank is asking for assistance every second Wednesday of the month (in the morning), and a very large crowd showed up last week, so the need is definitely there. Mary will bring the sign-up sheet again next week.
AND FINALLY --- Today’s date is March 14, and we all know what that means – it’s Pi Day! The value for Pi is 3.14…, so, well, you get it. Pi Day is celebrated all over the world, and Jo Holt gave a brief description of the parameter, including that Pi is both irrational and transcendental. Like many of our members. Oops! And Jo read a fascinating account of the relationship of something to something else squared. Or something. You had to be there. Maeve Johnson re-awakened the group with a delicious cherry pie! Pie for Pi Day, you just can’t beat it.
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Mar 7, 2017
Today we were honored to have Fire Chief Cheryl Horvath speak to us about the Mountain Vista Fire District. Chief Horvath has served her fire district since January 2016, and has been in the fire service since 1992. She previously worked in Illinois. Chief Horvath is the past President of the Board of Trustees for the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services. The Chief was accompanied today by Shawn Benjamin, her Community Relations officer, who maintains an active Facebook page at Mountain Vista Fire District. Chief Horvath spoke to us about the District’s size (small, about 19 square miles) and the fact that the District is largely residential, with a population of 31,000. The District serves parts of Oro Valley, Marana, and unincorporated Pima County. They respond to calls for fires, emergency medical service, smoke alarm issues, invalid assists, and, of course, snake relocation. The Mountain Vista Fire District recently signed an auto aid agreement with neighboring Northwest Fire and Golder Ranch Fire. This ensures that all three Districts work together to respond to emergencies. We’re proud to have one of the very few female Fire Chiefs right here in southern Arizona. Thank you for visiting with us, Chief Horvath!
And don’t forget --- the 2nd Annual Tour de Cookie approaches! April 8 2017! Register at
Rotary Meeting March 7, 2017 2017-03-07 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Holt
It was an action-packed meeting of the Rotary Club of Marana this morning! We’re always excited to have guests, and today we were joined by Aleta Weiner, Pres of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club, David Romero, Associate Principal of Tortolita Middle School, and our speaker, Dr. Aminata Kilungo. We were also joined by honorary member Kathleen Neighbors, director of the Tortolita Interact Club. Club President Mary Straus thanked John Dooling for arranging a grant from the Allstate Insurance Foundation to the Marana Rotary Club Foundation for $1000, and noted that Allstate makes a 15% match to John’s donations to the Club Foundation as well.
A very special event this morning was the induction of a new member, Mr. Joseph Farr from Bank of the West. Joseph has been in the banking industry for 13 years and has always enjoyed being engaged in community service activities. He is currently involved in the Bank of the West’s financial literacy program for first through sixth grades. His next program is coming up this May. Welcome to the Club, Joseph!
Our speaker, Dr. Aminata Kilungo, is a lecturer in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She also works with SERI, the Sonora Environmental Research Institute. She spoke to us about the desperate need for latrine installations in Tanzania due to continuous outbreaks of cholera. Although construction of toilets is fundamentally important, the villages must have safe water! In addition to training communities in water filtration methods, an emphasis has been placed on digging wells and particularly on harvesting rainwater. Dr. Kilungo pointed out that similar situations exist along the US/Mexico border. We thank her for an excellent presentation and for her hard work!
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We inducted our wonderful Interactors from Tortolita Middle School in a special ceremony on President’s Day, Feb. 20, 2017. Rotary Interact clubs bring together students ages 12-18 to become acquainted with Rotary through projects at their school and in their community and through developing leadership skills. Our Interactors are all 8th graders, which means that they will be at Mountain View High School next year as freshmen. Each of them told us a little something about themselves and introduced their families. President Mary Straus showed videos and talked about being a Rotarian. We are very pleased that each Interactor had family members show up, in spite of the busy lives we all lead. In addition to President Mary, Rotarians John Dooling, Randy Brooks, Denise West, and Jo Holt represented the Club. Interactors were presented with their Interact pin as well as a Friendship pin, and a certificate of membership. Congratulations to all!
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Pledge completed, Invocation by President Mary ….. Essentially let there be peace in our hearts and mind.
Song let by John Dooling: Oh, My Darling Clementine.  Actually we did reasonably well. Hooray.
Guests: Tom Hannagan, President, Friends of Ironwood Forest National Park.  More later
Announcements: Randy, John, Don will be in Peru for a few weeks.  Jo Holt has offered to take minutes for the meetings …… spelling, grammar and content should improve markedly.  We are all attending the wedding of Eleana Acosta our former exchange student.  We will also visit the Amazon.  Don and Kathy Jorgensen are visiting Machu Picchu. For those of you that don’t know Eleana.  She lived in the USA for 5 years while attending the U of A.  She then returned to Peru for medical school and is graduating next week the top of her class.  Two weeks later she is marrying her US citizen fiancé: Jeff Brownson.  They will be returning to the USA later in March.  We are all very proud of Eleana.
Mary discussed her interest in international projects.  John and Randy will be evaluating a project or two in Lima and reporting back to the club.  Mary is evaluating projects related to human trafficking and slavery. Our club will stand tall regardless of which direction we go with local and international projects.
 JO H. discussed the Interact installation last evening at Tortillita Middle School.  100% of the parents of Interactors attended.  The students were honored and we discussed Rotary International the Marana Club and our projects. Rotarians attending were Mary S, John D., Jo H., Denise W. and Randy B.
Tour de Cookie discussed by Dan C.  Apparently we have to change our route slightly.  Dan is handing out fliers this weekend and could use your help.  Please consider giving him a hand.  The Tour de Cookie is a club project ….. Our major fundraising event for the year.  Every member should be actively involved: 520-404-8275, Susan Komen organization has expressed interest in our ride as well as a group of Roller Derby folks.  We are shooting for 300 riders and may well exceed this number.
Denise West was happy that several of us and 125 other people attended her Ben Bridge grand opening this past week.  It was fun and ladies received a bag of gifts.  Rotarians attending included, Don J., Mary S., Denise W., Harold (and his spouse) and Randy.
Joe Farr, Bank of the West, will be inducted this next week at the meeting.  Unfortunately, Joe, I will be in Peru and will miss the event.  We are all very happy you will be joining us.
John Dooling “almost” won the weekly drawing.  Sadly it was almost.
Speaking of John Dooling …. He shared with us: What has caused power outages in Kalamazoo, Tampa, Austin, California and many other places. What happens to cause power outages to 32-317 million people a year? Squirrels.  Sometime ask about when Randy was attacked by a fierce, wild and gigantic squirrel in deepest, darkest Africa.  These guys are scary!
Mercifully our speaker, Tom Hannagan, approached the podium.  Then the speaker said he would be telling us lots of details and there would be a test.  The winner of the competition (only one) would be given an all-expense paid evening experience in Eloy.  There was no test and no winner.  Most were despondent.
Ironwood Forest: Includes Picacho Peak, Saw Tooth, Ragged Top, and Waterman Mountains.  This was an active volcano range about 50 million years ago and has very unique geology and botany.  Some of the plants include Organ Pipe Cactus, Elephant Tree, Turkhead Cactus (similar to barrel but very rare). Ironwood trees can live up to 800 years.  There are over 700 big horn sheep in the area.  The Friends of Ironwood Forest Park help by cleaning up, killing buffel grass, and making hiking trails.  They raise money for reforestation and help with supporting biodiversity. There are several volunteer workdays each month.  Some of the work is picking up trash from immigrants, ranchers, target shooters and others visiting that may not appreciate keeping the park clean and pristine. The park has a good relationship with the ASARCO mine nearby. On March 18 there will be speakers on botany, ragged top area at 7:30 AM and the event will last all day.  Small and large hikes will be offered.  In November there will be organized hikes as well. Visit the website at, join them on Facebook or call 520-628-2092 if you would like to learn more.
Meeting adjourned with the reciting of the 4-Way Test.
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Submitted by Secretary Randy Brooks
Attendance of 84.21% today.  Great job everyone.
 Completed the Pledge of Allegiance, Meditative Moment and a song provided by John Dooling.  Thanks, John.
Guests included: Joyce Zwick from British Columbia, RYLA student Johnathon Grove and his mother Tina Grove.
Peter Mack is celebrating his birthday, and John Zwick is celebrating 52 years as a Rotarian … WOW!
Eric reported that he was in a bike ride this weekend and that five people signed up for the Tour de Cookie.  Great job Eric and we are all sorry about the bee sting.
This next Sunday at 8:00 AM, Dan Contorno, is giving out fliers at Rillito Raceway advertising the Tour de Cookie.  If we have enough volunteers perhaps we could have two stations …. Maybe at the Loop Bike Store as well?
Maeve discussed how she and Denise have been shopping for the shut in’s that are provided food by the food bank.  The theory is that we will provide a birthday bag for these folks whenever possible to uplift spirits a little.  Thanks Maeve and Denise...
Maeve also asked for volunteers for the food bank on March 25 to help cook, I think, for donors to the organization. Maeve made it clear that this event is not a club project but she did ask for our help and indicated she would be using out shade tent at the event.
RYLA participant, Johnathan Grove, Marana High School Student reported he had a wonderful time at RYLA in January.  He discussed the speakers, and how one speaker jogged from San Francisco to New York ignoring his several physical limitations.  Another person gave a presentation on leadership … this was a woman from Russia and she spoke of leadership and commerce. He also discussed the fun and challenge of the zip line, rock climbing wall and a service project. At the service project they packed bags for children in need of a lift up.
Maeve told her usual joke: “This is a really dirty joke…. Three pigs rolled in the mud.” That’s it.  Sorry everyone.
Our second speaker was Jamie deZubeldia of Sun Apiaries and ReZonation Farm.  He discussed the science of having bee hives to produce honey and other products.  His company raises bees and also trains those interested in doing the same.  He has a deep respect for bees and is slightly fearful of them.
The business started in 1986 in Avra Valley.  They have trained over 300+ beekeepers since 2009. The goal of his work is to increase honey production to 25,000 pounds of product. He indicated that people whom do this for a hobby have less than 25 hives and those that do it for a business have greater than 100 hives. Pollination accounts for 33-50% of our food supply.  One hive can produce about 45# of honey.  This is very interesting:  They breed queen bees to insure they have a good “temperament” … who would think? He stated after the meeting that Africanized bees are very aggressive and native honey bees are not.  If you would like to reach Jamie: 520-603-1804, or
Thank you Jamie.  Interesting discussion.
Rotary Meeting Feb 14, 2017 2017-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 08, 2017
Last Wed (Feb 8) several of our members assisted at the Marana Food Bank's monthly distribution of food in Picture Rocks. This took place at the Ortiz Community Health Center. Randy Brooks drove the food bank truck over to Center to deliver boxes of food, and helped Mary Straus organize the food into bags. Jo Holt helped Marana Food Bank's Denise Burns distribute the right combination of food boxes and bags to clients. What a nice group of people, both helpers and clients! It was fun and enjoyable, and Mary really got a workout.
Food Bank Distribution 2017-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
Lots of guests today: Aleta Wiener, RC of Dove Mountain, Joyce Zwick, Pincher Creek Rotary Club, Alberta, Canada, Student of the Month: Audrye Zomar her mother Becky, Educator “Mr. Chuck” and MCAT principal Denise Coronado. We had another guest Dr. Leigh Readdy, Disaster Network of Assistance Rotary Action Group.  He is with a Rotary Club in Kirkland, WA and exchanged banners with President Mary.
President Mary started running around giving people coupons for knowing the job assignments they had.  Special recognition went to John Dooling.  I think he set up although he was not assigned that task. 
Aleata Wiener picked up her winnings from the Football Pool … she took second place and Tonja Greenfield, a former member,  won the jackpot.  Aleta also asked our club to participate in the RC of Dove Mountain Annual Dinner, March 11, 2017.  This year they will honor former Rotarian Howard Tatum whom passed away this year.  He was a much beloved member of the Dove Mountain Club and retired as a weatherman in Hawaii.  Fliers were passed around the room.
Dan Contorno gave an update on the Tour de Cookie.  The Facebook page is up and running, please go to it and “friend” the page.  Also please send out a notice to all your friends, far and wide, encouraging them to participate in the ride.  We have set a goal of 300 riders this year. Tony, Jo and Eric are working hard with Dan and Jo to make this year’s event a success.
Please set aside the date of February 20 at 5 PM to honor the Rotaract Club of Tortillita Middle School.  All of the 9 members are National Honor Society Club members and parents will be attending this event. It will be held at the Cougar Café at the school.
Tomorrow is the Food Bank Distribution dayRandy will pick up the truck at 9 AM. Mary and Jo are working to help distribute the food. This is a once a month project and we hope the club will assist by showing up once every six months to work for a period of two hours.  Our club keeps saying they would like a “hands on” project.  Here you go!
Tony Hunter discussed an opportunity for the club to host a “beer garden” at a Corn Hole Tournament.  Last year there were 400 participants.  It could cost up to $700.00 for the license and insurance.  Tony is checking with Rotary International about insurance...  This event will be held March 18 at Cross Roads Park area.  There will be further discussion.
 Leigh Readdy discussed world disasters that his Rotary Action Group has responded.  He stated that over 100,000 people are living under cardboard as a result of disasters, quoting the earthquakes in Italy, ice storms in Scandinavian countries, and the like.  He discussed how his group partners with many other organizations within and outside of Rotary to provide help for others.  He handed out fliers which pointed out that they have been building homes for $4,500 in India. Contact Leigh at
 Presentation of the Student of the Month. Audrye Zomari is a student at MCAT.  She is a lovely young lady that had fallen on rough times and was found with a knife and drugs at school.  She was expelled and worked very hard to come back to school. She is from New Mexico and lives with her mother.  She was described by her principal and teacher as, “great at academics, has a wonderful attitude and good attendance.”  She asked that the principal tell her story so that people could learn what she was like and what she is now. She hopes to enter the nursing program at Pima Community College upon graduation.  Audrye is well liked and discussed how her mother has a wonderful positive influence on her.  She likes MCAT because of the support of peers, educators and that the environment is “like home.”
Happy bucks: everyone participated but of note was Lynne signing “We are the Champions” because her team …. The Patriots won the super bowlMaeve told another joke, a play on words and it is not to be repeated by this writer. Actually it was a joke that Randy finally got. 
Meeting adjourned with the recital of the Four-Way Test.
Rotary Meeting Feb 7, 2017 2017-02-07 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks
Guests: Lou Touchette and Jim from ALOHA ….. Adult Loss of Hearing Association … more about them later.
Birthdays for the month were discussed: Dan, Tony and Randy were all born in January.  Interesting that it is all males celebrating.
Reminder: Second Wednesday of February we will be distributing food at the Marana Health Care site in Picture Rocks from 9:30 – noon.  The address is 12635 W. Rudasill Road, Marana (Picture Rocks), AZ. We will be supporting this effort into the future.  If everyone volunteers besides the core group of volunteers most will only need to help once or twice a year.
We are Dark Next Tuesday ….. Don’t forget! We are having a multi club social at Shlomo and Vito’s New York Delicatessen and Pizza, 2870 E Skyline Dr, #120, Tucson from 5:30 to 7:30. Five clubs are participating in this fun evening and we hope to see you all there.
Three of our members attended the Rotary Leadership Institute this past weekend.  Mary completed level III, Joe Holt completed level II and Tony completed level I. All said it was very enlightening and helpful.  Randy was there as well as a facilitator.  Tony summed it up by saying, “I found it very helpful” and Mary stated “It gave me a greater sense of being a Rotarian.”
Don Jorgensen announced that Maeve’s Church donated $1000 to Shelter Box.  What a grand gift.  Thanks Maeve and your church for being such great folks.
Dan Contorno discussed briefly the Tour de CookieWe need sponsor’s folksHMS Bikes has signed on as a major donor.  Dan says those that become sponsors will be able to have their name on the rider’s T-shirts.
Maeve told yet another joke having to do with pretzels.  There was a collective groan.
Lynne mentioned she has sent out dues statements and has yet to collect from many people.  Come on people, you can do it.
Several of us expressed ongoing frustration that the website is still not accessible. (I did get a note today …. Thursday that the site is finally up and running.)
Guests and back to ALOHA.  This group is responsible for placing wires in business and homes that allow those are hearing impaired to hear better.  The wire (loop) enables sound to process through the wire and process through an amplifier.  There is also a portable looping station one can carry around with them to assist in hearing.  Arizona and Michigan are the country leaders in having these wires looped.  About 100 businesses in Tucson have looping and our presenter Lou has personally installed the device in 300 homes in Tucson. We learned there is also a hearing impaired support group in town.  Suggestions to you that are not hearing impaired to communicate with those of us that are: Don’t Yell, speak slowly and plainly.  Give us a chance to see your face so we can read (roughly) your lips.  If you are interested in the product for your business or home, or would like to see about the support group call Lou at 520-795-9887.
Rotary Meeting  Jan 24, 2017 2017-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
We all participated in the Pledge of Allegiance, had a meditative moment and sang a song, “Working on the Railroad.”
Announcements:  Several members’ computers are unable to access the Club website and/or Club Runner.  Peter states he has authorized Club Runner to take over the hosting of our website.  Some members are not having any problems and can’t fathom that others are stymied by this problem. Hopefully the situation will be resolved soon.
President Mary and Randy visited the Food Bank last Wednesday and helped deliver food to those less fortunate in the Picture Rocks area.  It was really, really fun. We will be providing this service every second Wednesday of the month and NEED club members to step up and help.  We keep hearing that the members want a hands on project and so here you go.  We only need about three people each third Wednesday and the attendees can be rotated.  Please sign up. 
Discussion about the Forum last week with representatives from MUSD, Marana Police Department, The Town of Marana and Marana Health Center. A few of the comments follow:
Maeve “We were building stronger ties to the community.  It was a success.” She added that it was a plus for Rotary’s perception in the community.
Others stated: “The Chief should be asked to join the club.”  Randy is on top of this invite.  Another suggested a School Vocational Day ……. It will be discussed at the board meeting.  Mary mentioned how we can provide expertise and insight into substance abuse. More to follow.
We received a card from the Coyote Trails Grade School thanking us for our participation the in building of the playground for disadvantaged children.
Maeve told us a joke … sadly, once again, Randy did not get it.
Our guest today and presenter is Monica Schmidt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the U of A.  The topic was “Food – Breeding to Genetic Modification.  The challenge is how we feed more people without damaging the planet.” Genetic engineering increases productivity and is endorsed by most scientists as an important tool. Monica has been researching soy beans, cotton, maize and Canadian canola.  These GMO plants are more resistant to insects and herbicides. The goal is to reduce toxins in food.  10,000 children per year in the USA are affected by Necrotizing Enterocolitis and if breast fed and/or epidermal growth factor is added to the milk it reduces the death rate of this disease by 50%.  Monica also discussed Vitamin A deficiency. The Gates Foundation and the U of A are working to reduce the incidence of blindness in Africa …. This deficiency affects 250,000 to 500, 000 children a year.  Half of whom die within a year of going blind.  Thank goodness we have people like Monica working to save the children and increase food productivity.  Thank you for a great presentation.
Rotary Meeting Jan 17, 2017 2017-01-17 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Holt
Our meeting on Jan 10, 2017, was a special Club Assembly which focused on making an assessment of community needs. What does the greater Marana community need the most, and how can our Rotary club take action to address these needs? President Mary Straus assembled a panel of local leaders:  Clint Kuntz with MHC Healthcare, Dan Contorno with Marana Unified School District, Lisa Shafer, Community Development Director with the Town of Marana, and Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema. Also present in the audience were guests Aleta Wiener, President of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club; Joe Hentges, District 5500 Governor-Elect; Joseph Farr with Bank of the West, and former Club member Tom Mangold.
Facilitating the panel discussion was PDG and newly-elected Vice Governor for 2017-2018 Randy Brooks, who began the discussion by outlining types of community services that our Club could consider, such as assistance with conflict management, advocacy for those seeking medical treatment, and education and community development efforts through the Rotary Vocational Fund. Randy also discussed needed help with youth, such as through the MCAT program at MUSD, as well as assistance needed, in general, with basic education and literacy. He then raised a series of questions for the panel to address.
1. What are the top two needs in our community?
2. What proper and/or realistic role can we play to help with these issues?
3. Is there a specific role or benefit that can be gained from working with Rotary?
4. Which assistance program have you found to be most effective?
There was general agreement that Rotary could be very helpful within the Marana community, and that many programs could be even more effective with additional assistance from volunteers. In the course of our discussion, two ideas emerged that were of particular interest. Holding a career or vocational fair at a local school was discussed as a means of inspiring students. Developing a resource guide for the Marana area which would list all organizations that provide assistance, and the specific type of assistance provided as well as location and contact information would be very useful both for those in need and those helping them. The Club will be discussing these and other ideas in the near future.
Rotary Meeting Jan 10 2017 Jo Holt 2017-01-13 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
Pledge, Thought for The Day and song completed. 
Only one guest today.  B.J. Cordova, member of the E-Club of D-5500 and Communication Director of Tucson Clean and Beautiful.  More later about B.J.  He was our speaker today.
Peter gave an update on the outing to Kitt Peak, January 14, 2017, at 3:30 PM.  The group will meet on the Northwest corner of the Walmart parking lot.  Folks will carpool to the facility.  Darn, I just realized that I will not be able to attend because I will be at the Southern California/Nevada PETS meeting in Los Angles that day.  Deb will take my place.  Bummer, dudes.  16 people have signed up so far for the outing.
President Mary gave a report on the Mike Harris Ride to End Polio.  The final statistics are we raised $11,336,014.00 during the one day event.  What an amazing feat.  Our club played important roles in the event ….. Again, thanks everyone. 
Next week we will have a forum.  The following have been invited: Representatives of the Town of Marana, Marana Unified School District, Marana Healthcare, and The Marana Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the forum seems to be two-fold.  One is for the club to obtain a better understanding of the needs in our community and the other is to be a PR event to increase awareness of our Rotary Club of Marana. 
Randy reported the New Year’s Eve open house at his house was successful and fun in spite of the rain.  It was discovered the Maeve, Jo and Mary are very tough women.  They sat in the rain and listened to Randy’s friends play music.  You (I) gotta love those ladies. Eventually they did find a few umbrellas.
Maeve: What did the father buffalo say to his son as he left the herd?  Bison.  Collective groan.
B.J. Cordova as noted above was our speaker today.  Before he presented Randy discussed how they were both part of a GSE Team to Africa.  B.J.  represents Tucson Clean and Beautiful.  He gave thoughts regarding sustainable community work which includes Social need, Environment and economic considerations.  The mission statement of his organization includes “Improving the Environment and quality of life in the Tucson and Pima County area.”  They do this by education, sponsorship and work of the 330 volunteers.  They need more volunteers if you are interested ….. Soon the organization will be approaching Rotary D-5500 and its clubs to have a commemorative tree park celebrating Rotarians, friends and family.   
Tucson Clean and Beautiful does its best to attack bufflegrass and attempts to eradicate the weeds. B.J. discussed Urban Heat Island caused by building of concrete buildings and pavementTrees for Tucson are an example of how the heat can be diminished if contractors and builders pay attention.
Need information about where to recycle those old computers, phones, printers, cooking oil, paint etc.?  Contact Tucson Clean and Beautiful and they will help you find the correct resources.
This organization is also training young offenders to become landscape specialists.  They have a 9 week course that meets every Saturday to serve young men and women.
See you all next week.  Thanks for attending the meeting today.  We had 84% of you here today.  Please attend the forum next week. 
Rotary Meeting Jan 3, 2017 2017-01-03 07:00:00Z 0
MINUTES 12/27/16
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Don Jorgensen led us in the Pledge, Denise gave us a thought for the day and Mary followed with a video of photos of Chimps’ in Africa opening a gift package of drink and food.  It was very funny.  The chimps were orphaned and needed a little levity. We did as well. Now that I think about it  the goings on reminds me of my family at Christmas.
No song today …… I did not see a dry eye in the house. 
Only one guest today, Don Winfield owner of Up and Running Computer Services,
Jo, Peter, Denise, and John Dooling all personally contributed (in addition to the funds donated by the club) to our holiday cheer for a family.  They were all pleased and the family very grateful for the kindness shown by our Rotary Club. Thanks to all of you for your generosity of time and money to help this needy family.
Dan Contorno has finished the course outline for the Tour de Cookie bike ride.  It will actually be 29 miles this year.  Anyway he thinks it his.  His GPS broke during the ride …..However, the positioning of the sun and burning of his legs provided valuable information about distance. The shorter distance is to insure those of us with physical challenges will be able to finish the course – like me.  Remember, we will need help on the day of the event, riders, and we will ask you all market the event.  Don’t forget this is a club project and we ALL need to participate in order for this fundraising event to be successful.  The money raised in this insures we can help others throughout the year.  Dan, your committee is doing a wonderful job on planning this event.  Thank you so much.
Randy reminded everyone of the New Year’s Eve party at his home this coming weekend …. Several have indicated they will be attending.  It should be fun.  We will have beverages, music, visiting, and goodwill for the New Year.  It starts at 7 PM and will shut down when everyone goes home.
President Mary thanked the club for the $300.00 donation to the Bisbee Club to help in the purchasing of food staples for people in Naco, Mexico.  Each family was given 30# of food. Once again, our club stands talk in our commitment to help those with less.
Presidents Report: Mary has been compiling a report for the Assistant Governor regarding our club activities for the past quarter.  More goes on than meets the eye:
  • We completed the $23,000 project in cooperation with the Marana School District and private contractors and sweat equity (as well as outright donations of money) toward the playground for physically challenged children. (Chair Mary)
  • We completed an air conditioning project for a military veteran in Picture Rocks. He has been without cooling for five years. (Chair Randy)
  • Again we donated and shopped for the family in Marana that needed assistance for the holiday season. (Chair Denise)
  • We are geared up and prepared to build a wheel chair ramp for a disabled woman in Marana. Partnering with the Community Food Bank and the Town of Marana on this project. (Chair Tony)
  • We partnered with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation and the Rotary Club of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico which provided memory screenings in Nogales. (Chair Randy)
  • We celebrated several “Students of the Month” from MCAT, MUSD …. This is always fun. (Chair – Mary and Club)
  • We organized and supported the aid station for El Tour de Tucson and 8,000 bike riders.  In addition to members riding in the event we were able to enlist the support of the Rotary Clubs of Dove Mountain, Tucson Rotary Club, Interact Club, and the Rotary Club of Old Pueblo. (Chair Maeve)
  • We were able to support Shelter Box by a donation to buy a box. (Chair Don Jorgensen)
All of the above was just in the last quarter.  What an amazing Rotary Club.  I’m proud of all of you.
Selected statement during our traditional Happy Bucks ceremony:
Peter ratted out Randy saying he was wrong on the statistics of attendees at last week’s meeting.  Forgiveness was offered, as well as accepted. Your esteemed secretary promised to do it again.
Xavier was late, he gave $5.00 for “Happy Bucks’” He had a weird grin on his face …. Kinda creepy.
Eric states he went to a movie this weekend and indicated that a movie called, “Collateral Beauty” with Will Smith was great.
Peter reminded everyone of the outing to Kitt Peak, January 14, 2017, we will meet at a place to be determined at 3:30 PM. We will get back to Tucson at some point ….. I’m forgetting at what time.  Carpooling is necessary and sign up is important as well.  He can only accommodate 30 people to insure everyone gets to the look through the telescope. 
Finally we introduced our speaker:
 Don Winfield is a US Navy veteran and was prior to owning his own computer repair business he was into tuxedo sales and management person.  He became interested in computer work and virus detection and formed his own company, Up and Running Computer Services, with his spouse. He discussed those annoying “pop up” banner ads and especially those that say your computer is malfunctioning and it’s important to send your money and children to them to fix the problem.  He say’s just turn your computer off (reboot) and they will go away. These companies are frauds and do not respond to them.  He is recommended by Eric for maintenance and care of your computer as well as a good man to fix problems.  Don can be reached at 520-271-8684 and  Website
Meeting adjourned.  See you all next week in the New Year.
Rotary Meeting Dec 27, 2016 2016-12-27 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Another fun meeting today.  We had 68.4% of our members attend which is not horrible attendance  considering we a only a few days away from the Christmas and Hanukkah Holiday.  Have a wonderful holiday everyone.
Guests: Kirk Reed, Governor Nominee, R-5500 and Susan Reed, an expert on Epilepsy.
Announcements: Jo states that she and Denise went shopping with the family we are supporting this year, learned that they enjoy music and are very interesting and talented people.
Randy: Discussed the Paul Harris Society.  This group of Rotarians, including, I think: John Dooling, Peter Mack, Mary Straus, Don Jorgensen and Randy from our club donate $1,000.00 per year to the Rotary Foundation.  If you would like to join this group please contact Randy and he will help you.
Randy also mentioned the Bequest Society and that President Mary Straus obtained level II recognition this past week and that we have openings for additional bequest activity.  John Dooling asked for a form to make a bequest.  Thank you, John.  You are a wonderful Rotarian and a great role model for other Rotarians.
President Mary asked if we would be interested in assisting the Bisbee Club in purchasing garbanzo beans to hand over the border in Naco, AZ – Mexico on Christmas morning.  According to Mary the club foundation has the budget and therefore we voted to fund this project in the amount of $300.00. It was not determined who would take the lead on this so I am assuming Mary will make arrangements.
Mary also mentioned a “Million Dollar’ fundraising event to fight hunger.  Mary will send details to us in the club.  The date of this event is January 19-21 and will be held at the Church of the Nazarene.  Specifics and sign-up sheet to follow.
Dan Contorno states he has applied for the permits and insurance for the Tour de Cookie.  I can’t wait for this ride …. It will be, as always, a lot of fun.
Don’t forget, January 14, 2014, Dr. Peter Mack taking all interested members of the club and family to Kitt Peak for the evening.  We will leave Tucson at 3:30 and return about 9 PM. We will need to carpool. Again, details to follow.
Seven Tucson Clubs are having a social ironically on the same night as our quarterly 5th Tuesday social. Mary suggested that we join those clubs in the event.  It will be held at Shlomo and Vito’s, Catalina Foothills, 2870 E Skyline at Campbell from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  The club voted to support this activity.  It will be a great chance for those of us that do not get to meet many other local Rotarians to do so.
It was announced by Mary that the Rotary Leadership Institute will be held, January 21, 2017.  She indicated she is attending level III.  Because we have new members, Randy specifically asked that David Hindman and Tony Hunter attend this all day seminar.  We hope that Denise attends and others as well.  Let’s get involved in this wonderful organization.  It is designed to fill two purposes: one is to orient new Rotarians to Rotary and the other is to help develop leaders for our clubs.  Please, let’s have a good showing and as many of us as possible attend this event.
Susan Reed, representing the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona (, Bent Wanderings and Carpe Diem Rides ( was our presenter today.  Susan has presented before at our club and the club invited her back to further discuss Epilepsy. She recounted the signs and symptoms of epilepsy, care of someone experiencing a seizure, and triggers.  She also stated that one of 26 people have epilepsy.  Susan has been working to develop a bike riding support group to ride with people with epilepsy but sometimes it is difficult to find those with epilepsy to engage in the sport.  Getting the word out is difficult, and obtaining those with the disease to want to ride is a struggle as well.
A few don’t in dealing with someone having a seizure:  Do not put anything in their mouth ….. They may bite their tongue, cheek or break a tooth and bleed.  It’s OK.  The will not suffocate. Do not do what I did …. I stuck my fingers in my mother’s mouth during a seizure and as a result she bit to the bone on a couple of them.  This almost makes me a candidate for the Darwin Awards.  Do not restrain the person, but make sure everything is out of the way so they do not bump into furniture of other objects. Do not feel that you must call 911 unless they are truly hurt.  They will come out of the seizure and be spacy but find after a short period of time.  Do not make negative judgements about those that have this disease. To learn more about this disorder contact Susan Reed at
Have a wonderful holiday my friends and thanks to each of you for making this club great.
Respectfully submitted,
Rotary Meeting Dec 20, 2016 2016-12-20 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
EIGHTEEN of 19 members attended today …… great job.  THAT IS 97.4% OF OUR MEMBERS …. WOW.  GOOD WORK.
John Dooling led us in a rousing songfest we all seemed to know the words: Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer.  Denise gave us a thought for the day which included the importance she feels being a part of our club.  “I’ve never been in an organization that cares so much … it is wonderful.” Them comment gave us pause to reflect on why we joined Rotary and our reasons for staying.  Or a moment to dose off … not sure which. Thanks John and Denise.
Dan states we have approval from Pima to start the Tour de Cookie at Rillito Park this year.  This means plenty of parking and interesting routes to take depending on the length of a ride the biker’s prefer.  Thank you Dan for your efforts and your committee for working so diligently on this project.
On behalf of The Rotary Foundation, Randy (chair of the club Rotary Foundation) presented,
President Mary Straus with a crystal trophy and a pin with two stones as a thank you from The Rotary Foundation. Randy described this as a selfless act of kindness by Mary who will never see the benefits of this contribution but nonetheless she will leave a legacy of generosity.  She directed her funds to the Annual Programs Fund at The Rotary Foundation.  Mary reluctantly accepted the recognition.  The club gave her a standing ovation for this act of kindness.
OK, its official, the club voted on a slate of officers going into the future: President 2017-18; Jo Holt, President Elect 2018-19; Tony Hunter; President Elect Nominee 2019-20; Eric Miller. Lynne Himmer will continue to be the club Treasurer, and Denise West will be Secretary effective July 1, 2017.
Immediate Past President on the Board will be Mary Straus. At large members of the Board will be Harold Burtzloff, and Eric (President Nominee is not actually board position so Eric will serve as the second at large member).
This is actually our Christmas/Holiday Meeting and Annual Meeting.  So business is done let’s PARTY.
Mary directed each of us to mention some event of action we were involved in that brought us joy this year.  Each person shared a personal story or reflection. She added that we should all mention something that people in the group would likely not know about us.  If I missed anyone please accept my apologies in advance.  Here we go:
Denise: She is happy to be a member of this club.  She was a gifted swimmer at the YMCA or YWCA, not sure which, where was able to beat her nemesis in a meet even though she bonked her head at the turn around.  She smiled brightly when recounting this memory.  No one mentioned she repeated the story several times.  There may have been minimal traumatic brain injury but no one mentioned her redundancy because, after all, it is the holiday season.
Dan C.: He is happy that the school district has wonderful student athletes. At the AZ State football finals one of the boys from Marana High School was knocked unconscious and both teams, though tearful and afraid for this boy lined up and kneeled together and prayed for him.  What a grand gesture by everyone, including the opposing team. Dan discussed how he began college with the hopes of being a nuclear scientist.  He lasted two semesters before dropping out (he went back later). Those troublesome science classes got to me as well, Dan.  I hate the expectation that you memorize stuff.  It’s easier to be a CFO or a therapist. 
John Z.: John is happy that he has a great family, his health is good.  He also shared him has had surgery on his finger ….. After he tried to cut it off last month.  The surgery was a success so he may try again. He did share that he is hard of hearing and that annoys him.  He wondered what people are really saying about him (just kidding).
Jo H.: Jo discussed how she was grateful for this past year being head of her political party in Pima County…… many of us were confused about this.  But Jo graciously accepted her party’s loss. As a child Jo rode a horse in a swamp and bough.  Her parents did not see this as clever.  She did not report any injuries. Dan …… she became a scientist. What happened to us?
Mary S: She treasures her nieces. One is very logical and the other a creative free spirit.  She loves them both. Her memory is that when her father died she and her mother were carrying his ashes to a spot for internment. Mom tripped and his ashes were spilled into a rock pond.  They bother laughed hysterically at this sobering event.  Any you didn’t think Mary has a sense of humor.
Xavier: Adores his children and is amazed how quickly they are growing. According to my notes. Xavier, is not much into open disclosure.
Maeve: She was happy and tickled that Randy twisted her arm to join the RC of Marana.  She feels that she found a second home filled with “dysfunctional” and loveable people.  Just like most families. Maeve’s family had a cat named Rama ……. Rama became lost once and luckily a neighbor found it. 
Eric: 2016 was a good year for him, in business and personal life and he is grateful.  Did you know that Eric was a two pack a day cigarette smoker up until several years ago?  He quit cold turkey.  Where does that saying come from…..? Cold turkey? He constantly wheezes but we pretend not to notice. Now he rides bikes and is a genuine athlete
John D.: John is always happy with his family and the support he finds among them. He shared that he found an old report card from his childhood.  His teachers in elementary school (a bunch of them) marked him consistently through the years as having “does not meet standards” attitude.  Come on, John joke around.  Who would think that?
David: He is very happy for his family.  They love him very much ….. Even though he suffered some brain damage from being struck by lightning on top of a mountain in Idaho during a storm.  He has not returned to Idaho …. Actually he does not remember what or where Idaho is and the facial twitch has improved markedly.
Jane: She’s very happy that she has a grandchild and who enjoys spending time with her.  She said the club did not know that she reads a book a week.  There was no embarrassment that she points at the words and mouths them as she reads.
Lynne: Had a great time teaching her niece to cook a turkey.  It was a nice moment for her family.  She went on to tell a story about how two young girls were pulling the dressing out of a cooked turkey and a Cornish game hen was in the cavity of the bird.  They were quite upset that the turkey was pregnant.  These girls would have fit nicely in the peer group of Dan C and me. Lynne went on to tell us that she loves to play craps. She is our club treasurer and my personal accountant. OMG
Mark: Mark was proud that he has been able to be a father figure to a 14 year old girl and was in need of an adult to help her this past year.  Then, oddly, he went on to say that he was at Mount Rushmore walking around on George Washington’s head. No, Mark, none of us would have thought you did that.  Actually he was not sure which president’s head was walking around on, he did not look over the edge to see. OK … so you don’t think he is a crook he was actually doing his duty as a police officer.
Randy: Discussed how he is happy being a member of such an awesome club and that his health is improved this year enough to ride in the El Tour Ride to End Polio.  He then went on to say he was recruited to sing in the Marine Corps Choir at Camp Pendleton, California back in the day.  He sang a solo and the piano player seemed to develop a crush on him.  Randy hid out at the barracks for several days to avoid this guy. Awkward!
Harold: Harold stated he is grateful that he now has 50 years of being an aircraft pilot. Rare among those that fly.  Harold is known to fly around Marana asking to no one in particular “where’s the Red Baron, where’s the Red Baron.” He also bets you did not know that he won the Tractor Driving contest four times at the State Fair in High School.  Those folks from the Midwest are just party animals.
Peter: He is happy to be home and conversely to travel.  Loves spending time with his seven dogs.  Someone asked the breeds and he simply looked confused for a moment and said …. “I don’t know.” Peter spoke of his uncle that had tremors in his hands all the time and drank large quantities of rum.   He went on to say how he learned that his uncle was aboard two different naval vessels that were sunk in WWII and few survived.  Thank would make me shake and drink rum as well. We should thank him for his service.  
Don J.: Don is happy for his family and the opportunity recently to visit his daughter whom is in a training in Virginia over the Thanksgiving holiday.  He was able to tour historical sites on the East Coast and enjoyed every second.  Many of us know Don was the party chair of the Pima County Democrats a few years ago.  He shared that he has voted not for one, but two republicans in his life.  It’s OK, Don. Breath into the bag the anxiety and shame will lessen. He also stated that Ronald Regan sighed his HS diploma. My principal signed mine. 
Tony H.: Tony is happy that his fiancé say “yes.” None of us seem to understand why but were happy for you Mr. President Elect (in July). He also said that he actually scored, wrote and submitted an opera when he was in college.  He was a language (English) major and the music department did not support his opera.  We could TP their houses if you like Tony. 
If I missed any of you sorry the stories were coming fast and furious.   If I misrepresented any comments made …. Perfect. Hope you had fun reading them.
The club voted to not go dark this year during the holidays ….. See you all next week. 
Meeting adjourned with the Four Way Test.
Rotary Meeting Dec 13, 2016 2016-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
7:00 AM - Nana’s Kitchen – 8225 N Courtney Page Way
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
This may come as a surprise …. We opened with the pledge and an invocation.  Denise asked that as we pray or reflect to keep in our thoughts how animals are being tortured in our own community.
Guests today included Peter Rede, MCAT student of the month, Denise Coronado, Principle, Educator Mr. Chuck, Peter’s mother Belinda and his brother/
Diane Ventura-Goodyear, The Computer Nanny, is visiting today and will be our presenter.
Announcements: Rotary Leadership Institute is scheduled for January 21, 2017.  We encourage new members and potential leaders attend these sessions.  Please go to the district website and register.  The club may help with tuition if necessary.  This is a very important orientation to Rotary and prepares one for leadership.  Randy will be one of the facilitators but please attend anyway.
The Christmas party will be at Nana’s next week instead of John Zwick’s business.  Please make notice of this and remind one another of the change.
We received a letter from the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona that the student interviewed by our club last week has received the $3,000 scholarship
For the meeting next week please bring a toy or diapers, clothing for a child in need. The gifts will be donated to “More Than a Bed.” Suelee, our former member, will be given the articles that are donated.
Denise West is working to purchase gifts for the family we adopted for the holidays.
Introduction of
 Peter Rede, MCAT Student of the Month.  He is described by his teacher, Mr. Chuck and Ms. Coronado as “Good kid, quiet, and  bright” l- he hopes to attend NAU and eventually go into law enforcement.  Peter received his certificate and a gift certificate to the movies.  His mother, Belinda was visibly moved and stated she is proud of her son.  The brother on the other hand seemed, as most brothers are, unimpressed.
Happy Bucks: people were happy about last week’s highly successful social, uneventful surgeries, student of the month.  Randy drew the joker and was given $240.00.  He donated $120.00 of the winnings to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.  Lots of people gave him advice about how to spend and/or donate the remaining $120.00. He wishes to thank each of you for your constant support and ideas.
Mary Straus, President, not to be out done stated she had a birthday this past week and is donating dollars for each year of her life to the Annual Programs Fund.  She will be giving $154.00.  Thank you Mary for your kindness and appreciation for helping those with less.
Our guest speaker,
 Diane Goodyear of the Old Pueblo Rotary Club was introduced.  She is the owner of “The Computer Nanny” …. And is an accomplished expert on computers.  She discussed the website, both our own clubs and Rotary as a recruitment tool … encourage people to visit the site.  Further you can learn about the Rotary programs, go to and find videos to show at the meeting and exchange ideas online.  We learned that Harold needs to learn how to flip his switch ….. To find meetings on his telephone. Diane discussed Rotary Brand Central where you can get accurate logos.  She asked how many people were reading her newsletter.  Nearly everyone raised their hand and then guiltily look at the 4-Way Test.
That’s all I have for you today.  Remember next week the meeting will be at Nana’s Kitchen.  Bring a gift for “More Than a Bed.”  
Rotary Meeting Dec 6, 2016 2016-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
Our last social of the year was at Thunder Canyom Brewery in the Foot Hills Mall every one in attendance was havfeing a good time. Special guest  this evening Diane Ventura-Goodyear Asst. Governor District 5500 and her husband
Rotary Club of Marana Social 2016-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
MINUTES 11/33/16
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
Pledge, Meditation and Song completed.  Happy Birthday to Jane Howell (she donated a check to Polio Plus in the dollar amount of her age – Thanks Jane).
Guests: Joe Farr, VP Bank of the West. He plans to join in January. Julie Stark, On Your Left, she will be our speaker today so more later.
Randy gave a breakdown of the money received by the club for the Ride to End Polio:  The Club members donated a total of $1,073.  We received donations of $300.00 from others and an additional 350.00 from Eric’s connections.  Randy wants to thank the club for all the kind donations.  With the Gates Foundation match we raised a total of $4,996.00
Denise West:  Met with the family we are supporting this Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Thus far she has managed all the meetings, much of the purchasing and coordination.  In this family there are two parents (father disabled) and three children.  All in this family are excited to be working with Denise.
Maeve Johnson discussed the aid station, who thanked all of the club members and family who volunteered that day, as well as, Interact and Rotaract clubs as well as The Rotary Sunrise and Dove Mountain Rotary Clubs.  What a great event. 
Our riders, Eric (who took a wrong turn – and will need a compass next year), Randy and Deb all completed the race.  Our former member Tonja Greenfield (now in Illinois) rode with us. Shirley Grace from Pismo Beach, was on our team as well.  Horrible headwinds but we all finished.
Peter Mack reminds us that our Club will be dark next Tuesday.  A social will be held, next Tuesday, November 29 at 5:30 PM at the Thunder Mountain Brewery, Foothills Mall.
Peter also mentions: Saturday, January 14, 2017, we will have a club retreat at the Kitt Peak observatory.  All members, family and friends are welcome. Peter will arrange for a staging area and we will drive in tandem to the mountain.  What fun.  If you have never done this prepare for a special evening.
John Dooling returned from his hunting trip to Illinois.  Welcome home.  John confesses that once again the deer in Illinois are safe from him.  He did not peg a deer but did find a gigantic Rotary Wheel on a Ferris wheel.  He made friends with a raccoon in a tree.
Maeve told a joke in lieu of happy bucks.  I won’t tell you the joke ….. It is better to be savored in person.
Clint discussed the opening of the Dove Mountain Clinic for the Marana Health center.  It provides Urgent Care, Behavioral Health Services, a retail store and lots of physicians’ offices.  Congratulations Clint.
Julie Stark from “On Your Left.” Julie is quite an athletic woman who has participated in numerous Triathlon events, marathons, bike rides, cycling events.  She discussed the need for pickle juice and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at these events.  She spoke of where she has training for events, at the Pinal Air Park.  She organizes several events a year for her own company as well as helping non-profits and other put on events as well. She is organizing a fundraiser for “First Responders Park” and Project Kindness for children.  She has her own timing hardware and is branching out to be the timer at many events. She founded a 501(c-3) to help youth events become more successful.  Thank you for visiting Julie.  Great presentation.
Remember we are dark next week ……… social next Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM at THE THUNDER MOUNTAIN BREWERY.  FOOTHILLS MALL.
Rotary meeting Nov 22, 2016 2016-11-23 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 19, 2016
Aid Station #14 - Premiere Station
The Rotary Club of Marana organized Aid Station 14 for the 37th El Tour de Tucson. It was a beautiful day, despite with wind, and it appeared that everyone enjoyed themselves. Jo Holt brought her son, James, and Denise had almost her entire family present for the day. Rotarians from Dove Mountain, Tucson and Catalina Clubs, Interact Clubs from Tortolita and Mountain View, and the Roteract Club from UofA pitched in to help. Thank you to all of these volunteers. 
 El Tour de Tucson had over 7,000 riders including Rotarians from around the world. Hector Hugo Rangel of P&S held off a pack of teammates and Mexican rivals to win the 37th El Tour de Tucson. The winning time: 4 hours and 10 minutes 47.12 seconds. Our volunteers saw him ride by about 10:03 a.m.
RI General Secretary John Hewko will be honored at this year’s El Tour de Tucson, an annual cycling event in Arizona, USA, in recognition of last year’s successful and the good work Rotary does around the world and the good work Rotary does around the world. This year, Rotary is aiming to raise $3.4 million, which will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a total of more than $10 million for the fight to end polio.

In August, the World Health Organization confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014.  While this news is disappointing for all of us, we must remain steadfast and fully committed to fighting polio anywhere children remain at risk, including Nigeria and Africa. Now, more than ever, we need to redouble our efforts to help Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria to retain strong immunization coverage globally. Supporting the Miles To End Polio ride is one way to show these countries that Rotary’s commitment to polio eradication is unwavering, whatever obstacles we face. As soon as the contributions are finalized, this story will be updated.

John Zwick and Harold Burtzloff were in charge of setup and takedown. We couldn't have done it without their knowledge and effort. Tony Hunter provided excellent support because he ran the event last year. Kathleen Neighbors and her Interact students showed up around 2:00 p.m. It was good to see them because we were all tired, and they helped with clean up.
Fortunately, we had left over food. It is better to have some left over than not enough. Here's what we did with it:
  1. Denise West took some to the family we adopted for the Holidays.
  2. El Tour organizers took fruit to the finish line. 
  3. Maeve Johnson donated open boxes of cookies and pretzels to Northwest Fire Fighters.
  4. Containers that were not opened were returned to Costco for a refund. 
  5. There were too many Crustables left over. Anyone who had two hands could take a box, especially the college students. They seemed to have four hands apiece. (:
Thank you for everything you did to make this event a success. Many riders said this was the best station on the route. Rotarian riders stopped to thank us. Deb and Randy stopped, and everyone was glad to see them. They looked like they were working hard to conquer the route.
This is a great event for our Club and if you didn't participate this year, we look forward to you joining us next year. A VERY BIG THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CLUB VOLUNTEERS.
Our Aid Station #14 Rocked 2016-11-19 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Secretary
Pledge completed, thought for the day absorbed by all …… lost two famous musicians this week in the US.  I would guess that other important things happened this week, but because we try to stay above the fray in Rotary the election results were not openly discussed.  Maeve told a joke …. Randy, as usual, did not get it. 
Guests: Sandra Vargoe, Student at Pima Community College and a scholarship candidate from The Rotary Vocation Fund of AZ.  Will be interviewed at the end of the meeting.  She is a working poor mother with two children at home.  Her goal is to become a Pharmacy Technician and later an IV Technician. 
Joseph Farr, Assistant Vice President, Bank of the West.  Invited by Maeve Johnson.  He is a potential new member.
Bouba Hamadou – member of the e-club and Tribal Chairperson of Malam-Petel.  More later.
Linda Balzer from the Rotary Club of Port Moody, BC, Canada.  This is the woman responsible for encouraging Eric Miller to rejoin Rotary.  Would this encourage a round of applause or a “moody” sigh? I say applause.  Enjoy your winter visit Linda.
Tony Hunter discussed a person he learned about that cannot leave their home because of disability and her property has no wheelchair access.  The club determined that we could use leftover funds from our previous “Home Improvement” project to fund this one time project.  Discussion about how we need to temper these important yet financially draining project in order to do our best with limited funds.  Don Jorgensen asked questions about the fund and budget.  The club may spend “up to” $1,500.00 residual funds on this project.  The proposal brought forward by Tony Hunter was passed.
Harold discussed how, sadly, there will be no “Boxing for Troops” this year.  Unfortunately his home was flooded while traveling and he simply has not had the ability to purchase needed items and organize the event.  Perhaps next year.  Harold, thank you for caring so deeply about our troops serving abroad
Dan Contorno discussed Tour de Cookie and said he received a warm reception and interest was up among the riders this weekend at a GABA event.  Thanks Dan.
Maeve Johnson reminded us of the El Tour de Tucson and the need for volunteers.  Set up crews will arrive about 8 AM and we will host the stop until about 3 or when officials say the last rider has passed.  Be sure to say hello to all the dignitaries from Evanston, Canada, California and the rest of the world.  This will be a great event.  Thank you to all that donated to Polio Plus in the name of the riders (Eric, Randy and Deb).
Marana Healthcare Center will have a grand opening at the Dove Mountain/Twin Peaks/Tangerine intersection on Thursday at 7:30.  Please plan to attend and support Clint.  Those of you that do not know he is the CEO of the Marana Healthcare Center and a wonderful club member.
Randy suggested members consider donating to the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona ( and make tax deductible and tax credit contributions to this fund.  Continue to support your other charities at schools and church and consider donating to the Fund as well.  The rate that one can give to these programs are $400.00 per individual and $800.00 per couple.  So I divided mine and gave $400.00 to The vocational fund and half will go to Marana High School. Just sayin ……..
Bouba Hamadou presentation.  Bouba was a member of the Marana Rotary Club until the recession hit ….. He then moved on to greener grassy areas.  He joined his first Rotary Club in 1985 when most of us were still children.  Currently he is a member of the District Rotary e-club. We are pleased to have Bouba here, he is a great Rotarian and friend of the club. 
As well as running his own business that provides transportation for the Tohono O’Odham Tribe for non-emergency medical services he spends half of his year in Cameroon, West Africa where he is the “Tribal Chairman” for the Malam-Petel Area.  There are four schools in his area that are very basic and do not reach the standards of schools we would expect here in the USA. Students sit on logs in the open air, but covered classrooms. The nearest water is 5 miles away for many of the 60,000 residents.  A borehole is being drilled as he speaks.
He was quite proud to show us photos of “Youth Day” where the children were singing, dancing and having what appeared to be a great time.
 Bouba was able to assist in building a new medical clinic but no supplies have been gathered for the structure to provide the medical services he hopes eventually will take place.
Bouba discussed issues with the Boko Haram.  A terrorist group in the area ….. These people are active in Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger. They are vicious and unrelenting in their quest for power.  Under the guise of religion they kidnap, assault and terrorize locals.  500 hundred teachers have resigned from education because of the fear from these people.  This has effected 100,000 students. The military is trying to fill in and educate but they are not trained to provide education for children. There have been 52 suicide attacks this year, 5,300 cattle have been stolen during the same period. A very sad statistic is that 20% of the bombers were small children1.6 million People have fled Nigeria in the past year because on Boko Haram.  Yet Bouba keeps returning, trying to help his people the best he can.  His father was the Tribal Chair, and upon his death Bouba assumed his position. When he left the country to live and work in the USA his cousin became the Chair and upon his death Bouba keep the commitment to his tribe and returned to work to better his community against tremendous odds.  Thank you Bouba for educating us today.  Our thoughts are with you as you courageously reenter Cameroon to serve others.
After meeting … meeting …. What’s the word I’m looking for? O’ well:
After the meeting was over President Mary Straus, President Elect Jo Holt, Rotarian Eric Miller and PDG Randy Interviewed Sandra Vargoe.  We recommend to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona to fund this young lady for her training in Pharmacy Technician Certification in the amount of $3,000.00.  Remember none of these dollars come from our club.
Whew, busy day. 
Rotary meeting Nov 15, 2016 2016-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by Secretary Randy Brooks
Today is Election Day.  I hope you all voted and that we all sleep well the next four-years.  I know we have all been passionate about who should be elected and hope that civility returns to our culture. 
Denise led us in the pledge …., Tony provided a meditation or thought for today …. Again hoping that we focus on our good work in the US and abroad.  Song was led by John Dooling …. Most of us knew many of the words … a few were stymied, all had fun.  “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”
Thomas Mangold resigned from the club, stating (and I’m paraphrasing) he is no longer able to keep his commitments to Rotary.  We wish Tom the best.
Today is John Zwick’s 68th anniversary.  That is astonishing.  Great work, John.  We need your mentorship. Talk about keeping commitments!
Club Social will be held, Tuesday, November 29th, 5:30 PM at Thunder Canyon Brewery, Foothills Mall.  We hope you will all attend.  Thank you Peter Mack for working on this.
Maeve Johnson and others have been looking into a fundraiser at Gaslight Theater 2 in Oro Valley in late January (possibly the 31st of January but that date may change).
Our annual business meeting and holiday celebration will be held at Earth Energy’s Hearth & Patio compliments of the Zwick family.  This is always a special meeting and often Mrs. Claus attends.  3949 W Costco Drive near Costco.  Same
…. 7 AM.  Thank you John for setting this up and give our regards to your family for hosting this event 
President Mary awarded a $300.00 Check to Randy Brooks in honor of Governor Sheryl to donate to the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  This organization helps the working poor obtain technical training to improve their chances of a better tomorrow.  You may donate up to $800 per couple or $400 for individual and you receive credit on your taxes for this ….. There is no penalty and actually with the credit you make a few cents donating.  Randy pointed out that if you already donate perhaps you could split the amount and keep your favorite charity and donate to the Vocational Fund.  As a board member of the foundation Randy thanks the club on behalf of the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.
 Don Jorgensen was given a check from the club in the amount of $1000.00 for Shelter Box.  Shelter box will arrange for a tent and supplies to last up to a year for families that are displaced from their homes as a result of war or natural disaster.  Don Thanks the club on behalf of Shelter Box.  He is our representative to that organization in Rotary District 5500.  Thank you Don for taking this on.
Clint Kuntz a member of our club announced that the Marana Healthcare Care Center will open its new Marana – Dove Mountain location, November 17, 8:00 PM at the corner of Twin Peaks (Dove Mountain) and Tangerine Road. Attend and show support to the Clint and the health center if you can.
Maeve Johnson, our financial advisor, stated that she is struggling with short term memory.  She stated it twice.  Sigh, many of us can identify with you, Maeve. 
Denise announced that she has found a family for our annual contribution of Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner.  She is excited and creative in her ideas to assist a family in need.  Thank you Denise for your kindness.
Much was made of the election happening today ….. Tremendous relief that the ads, and rhetoric, will stop.  Now we can go back to the ads suggesting we all need help with hemorrhoids, diabetics, finding adult diapers, treatment of erectile disorders and the heart break of psoriasis. 
President Mary passed a signup sheet around for those interested in contributing to the ride of Randy and Eric in the Ride To End PolioDebra Hume will be riding representing our club as well. Thanks to those of you that choose to support us.  Our goal is to raise $1000.00 each.  The total amount of the commitments today was $500.00 Thank you so much for supporting our rides and most importantly polio.  Please write a check payable to The Rotary Foundation and on the lower left of the check write Ride to End Polio.  You will receive Paul Harris Credit for your donation.  Be sure and put your membership number on the check.  If you do not know the number it is printed on your monthly Rotarian Magazine. Thanks again, John, Maeve, Denise, Mary and Don.  Previously Dave Hindman, Jo Holt, Peter Mack and Joe Hentges promised an additional $400.00.  You are welcome to pay on line as well and simply let Randy know of your contribution and he will take you off the list. You are the best.
  Jay McCall, a previous member of the Marana Rotary Club and now a member of the Presidio Club spoke today on membership. “ Membership 365” was his working title.  Jay helped form the Dove Mountain Club, Foothills (now defunct), and Presidio clubs.  He asked important questions like, “Why are you in Rotary?” Is it for the projects, friendships, influence?  What keeps you coming back?  He pointed out how it is our responsibility to ask friends and business associates to “visit” a meeting. We should be on Linkend, Facebook, twitter, snap chat, and be involved in networking groups.  He pointed out within walking distance of our club are many businesses that we have not approached for new members. Share the spirit of Rotary … and pointed out that all members are on the membership committee. You have to be willing to ask someone ….. Several someone’s to attend a meeting.  Not join but to attend the meeting. Help newer members with careers, mentor others.  It is a duty and responsibility to ask people to attend the meeting.  Yet, most of us don’t …… Why? He suggested that younger members do not like to sing at meetings.  Implying that it is old school and not embraced by everyone. Thank you for attending Jay.  We needed your words of wisdom after losing two members in two weeks.
Meeting close by reading ….. Reciting the 4-Way Test.
Rotary meeting Nov 8, 2016 2016-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting minutes 11-1-16
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
Meeting called to order,  once again, by President Mary Straus.  Pledge and Invocation completed.  No song today …. Maeve told a joke but I can’t remember the content.  Sorry …… would have liked to joke around with you.
Guests:  A ton ….. Student of the Month,
Jillian Wolford, her mother Kaycee, sister and brother attended. This is in addition to the principal of the school, Denise Coronado, and her teachers Ms. Lippert and Mr. Bower.  What a crew.
It was stated that Jo Holt missed “mole day” she surprised all of us by giving everyone a piece of pumpkin pie.  She seemed very pleased that the accusations were wrong. Thank you, Jo.
Peter Mack has made arrangements for the club to visit Kitt Peak, Saturday, January 14, 5 PM Learn about astronomy from a world renowned expert.  That would be Dr. Peter.  Thank you Peter, what a great social. 
John Dooling had two tickets for the Rotary District Foundation dinner but he is unable to make it.  He sold the tickets for $5.00 to Peter and his wife Josie.  Peter saved $95.00 on that deal.  Congratulations Peter, almost the sale of the century. Hummm, it makes the chair of the Club Foundation Committee wonder if you would like to make a donation in that amount to the Annual Programs fund …… just sayin.
Harold says we need more volunteers to help at the aide station for the Michael Harris Ride to End Polio at the El Tour de Tucson.  Thanks to all of you flocking to assist.
Mary informed the club  that for personal reasons, Suelee Edwards resigned from the club. We will miss her.  President Mary will be contacting people to see if you can help with some or the assignments Suelee chaired. 
Dan Contorno mention that there is a GABA (Bike people) swamp meet on Sunday.  Dan is to send out location and times.
Many Happy Bucks this week, honoring our student of the month, smiles, amazing club and a graduation rate increase in Marana of 6% this past year.  Way to go.
David Hindman was our program:  What an interesting guy. He is married to a very tolerant woman named Becki and has four children: Hanna, Leah, Timmy and Nate. David was the youngest of 7 children raised in Boise, Idaho.  He loved fishing (catching more), rafting, water skiing and lots of additional sports as a young man. He went on a LDS Church mission to Japan and as a result speaks Japanese.  Says he met wonderful people, learned that all sea food is not bad and met celebrities during a food poisoning scare.
David is a graduate of Brigham Young University and The U of A where he double majored in Law and Business. He works at Mesch, Clark, and Rothchild where he is a partner.  Law focus of the firm includes Business law, commercial litigation, restructuring, appeals, arbitration/mediation, personal injury and real estate.  He said the most often oops people make that make lawyers smile are: handshake deals, policy and procedure manuals not updated, personal guarantees, security loans, etc. 
David and his family enjoy soccer, dance, piano, projects and crafts, cooking, working on the Marana home, riding bikes, (yeah …. Tour de Cookie), hiking, board and card games.
David joined Rotary for the Networking possibility and loves the service aspect of what we do.  Thank you David for selecting our club …. You’re the best.
Meeting adjourned by President Mary with the club reciting the 4-Way Test.
Rotary meeting Nov 1, 2016 2016-11-03 07:00:00Z 0
Minutes of Rotary Club of Marana
October 25, 2016
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Secretary
This will be a surprise:  President Mary Straus called the meeting to order.  Clint Kuntz gave a significant thought for the day – It’s time we work together to and get along ….. Nice.  I missed who started the pledge but everyone seemed to have it memorized. The song was led by Jo Holt …. Happy Birthday to herself and to Maeve Johnson. 
Guests included the wonderful  Jeanne Gachon, our former Rotary exchange student from France who is now studying in Montreal, Canada.  She gave us a brief, very brief update on her studies.  It was nice seeing her. Thanks for visiting Jeanne.
Dan Contorno donated a beautiful photograph (picture) that was framed.  No one bid on the piece of art.  Dan took it back and will determine at a later date what to do with it.  Thank you Dan. Each year we try to find a family that we can assist during the holidays.  This year Denise Woods has agreed to chair the committee.  Randy and Mary offered to assist as well.
Maeve discussed the El Tour and related plans for logistics.  Everyone seems to be helping, except those of us that are riding in the event.  OMG …. I need to get into shape.
Reminder that November 5 is the district Foundation global grant seminar and dinner.  Randy, Mary, Jo, Tony have all indicated they are attending. Randy reminded everyone that Kathy Acosta, our former exchange student from Peru, is performing with her classical guitar.
Happy bucks: everyone said they were happy …… I could not tell.  However, Don Jorgensen is going to Chicago to receive the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from EAPA his professional affiliation.  If he receives that now does that mean the rest of his life is downhill?  Congratulatins Don. He said he is not going to a Chicago Cubs game because he did not want to take out a second on his home.
Tony won the initial happy bucks drawing, but missed on the big prize.  Sorry Tony, we all feel for you.
  Mindy Griffith, Volunteer of a business called “Bag It,” this group helps others “fight the fear and provides support” those diagnosed with cancer and their families.  The organization is having a “Super Hero’s” walk and hike, November 13, 7 AM-12:30 PM at Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort to raise funds for this group that provides bags to each person diagnosed with cancer throughout the state.  They have distributed 70,000 of these bags since the inception in 2004.  They contain information about cancer, support groups, helps organize the client’s medical visits, what to expect, support groups and has information to help the caregiver as well.  They typically raise about $73,000 and have about 350 participants at the Super Hero hike. If you have questions about the fundraising event or need assistance you can reach Mindy at
Meeting adjourned as usually with the reading of the 4-way test.   See you all next week.
Rotary meeting  Oct 25, 2016 2016-10-25 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Minutes 10-18-16
Submitted by Randy Brooks Secretary
President Mary called the meeting to order, invocation by Randy Brooks and song by Jo Holt.
13 members attended this meeting. 
Announcements: Maeve Johnson: El Tour de Tucson, Maeve would like four volunteers to help set up and is confident we will have a lot of room. It was suggested that we make peanut butter sandwiches again this year, along with the traditional goodies and bananas.
Presidio Club asking for help from all clubs for their fundraising venture this weekend.  Everyone seems busy and cannot support them at this time. Randy asked for those that were comfortable to pledge money to Polio Plus to support riders in the El Tour.  Five members volunteered to donate $450.00 to the riders.
 Eric Miller was inducted as our newest member.  He was previously in the Foothills club.  Tony Hunter is his sponsor.  Eric likes the “Service Above Self” mantra of Rotary and that it is a worldwide organization.  He rode in the Tour de Cookie last year and was treated well by the members and decided to join.  Eric was raised in Quincy, IL. And it appears he was an under achiever …… Eric was encouraged to go into the military, by authority figures.  He did and worked for the most part in the US Army in Germany.  He learned about helicopters and loved to fly. Eric has two children, a son and daughter and a beautiful grandchild. He held many jobs in his life, from marketing and sales, to Chamber of Commerence and learned the skills to open his own successful consulting business called Owner’s Ally.  He partners with  shareholders to make their companies successful looking strategically into the near and distant future.  Eric has been quite an adventurer: Mountain bike rider, skiing, and ice fishing (boring he says). He has been a competitive bike rider. He considers himself a spiritual based person and a trouble shooter for business helps develop new companies. He provides webinar support for companies including leadership and training.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow +4.  We are happy and proud that you joined our club.
The Four Way Test was read and meeting adjourned.
Rotary meeting Oct 18, 2016 2016-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
Submitted by PDG Randy Brooks, Club Secretary
Meeting called to order by Jo Holt, President Elect, Pledge led by Randy Brooks and meditation led by Past President Maeve Johnson
Unfortunately it was a sparse turnout at the meeting today with only 10 members attending.  We do know that several members are on vacation and business trips. Please hurry back we need you!
Announcements:  Randy discussed that the Restoration Project has been canceled and added that the board will work on finding a new similar project.
Suelee: mentioned that “More Than a Bed” could use some help this Friday evening to help with caring for children while parents get a respite and have the opportunity to go out for a few hours. If you can help call Suelee or show up at the New Life Bible Church on Cortaro at 4 PM.
This Saturday, “Missing in America” there will be an interment of the remains (ashes) for I believe about 20 unknown military personnel that were “unclaimed” by family members from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam at the Memorial site in Marana.  This will occur at 10:30 AM. I hope we have a good showing at this event to honor the deceased heroes.
Maeve asked about volunteers for the El Tour de TucsonJo is going to ask the Interact Club and Maeve will reach out to other clubs.  There is no such thing as too many volunteers for this project.
Maeve also has formed an ad hoc committee for the Food Bank to prepare gifts for those unable to get out of the home to obtain services.  The club will be donating gifts on the birthday of these that are unable to get out the home.
Guest speaker:
 Susan Reed, representing the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona.  Introduced by Randy.  Susan was his supervisor 32 years ago in Chicago.  Met once again this past year as her spouse is Kirk Reed of the Catalina Rotary Club and Governor Nominee for Rotary D-5500.
Susan discussed many of the myths about epilepsy including and not limited to: epilepsy is contagious (1500’s), need to be in colony’s 1800’s in England, Germany and the US, the list goes on and on. A few members and Susan stated they have family members that suffer from this disease.  Susan, a world class bike rider (she has crossed the USA twice on her bike and averages 1000 miles a month on her rides).  Discussed different types of seizures, including Tonic-Tonic (Grand Mal) and Absence (Petit Mal) seizures as well as partial seizures. She discussed first aid for seizures, DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN THE MOUTH, TURN HEAD TO SIDE AND DO NOT RESTRICT MOVEMENT. Remove any objects that could cause harm, only call 911 if the seizure lasts for more than 5 minutes, multiple seizures occur, normal breathing does not occur soon and if they are injured.  Susan discussed cultural concerns regarding epilepsy, a neurological illness ……. Including shame, bullying, lack of education, caregivers, depression, anxiety and isolation.  A few members asked if we could invite Susan back because we did not have time to ask questions.  Thank you Susan for a wonderful and thoughtful presentation.
Rotary Meeting Oct 11, 2016 2016-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Minutes 10-4-16
Submitted by PDG – Secretary Randy Brooks
President Mary Straus called the meeting to order and the traditional pledge of allegiance and meditative moment was completed.  Once again, we stumbled over the singing of a song …. Not prepared and it was determined we would sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
Mary announced that she is going to query the club to determine if members want to continue to sing at our meetings.  This apparently will be a secret ballot.
Mary reported on the park project ribbon cutting at Road Runner Elementary School last Friday.  Mary, Jo Holt and Randy Brooks attended.  DGE Joe Hentges and his spouse as well as Jim Nook and his wife were in attendance from the Dove Mountain Rotary Club.  Randy reported it was certainly a “Rotary moment” for him and Mary stated it was very moving for her as well.
Dan Contorno and Tony Hunter gave a report on needed changes and research for the Tour de Cookie route.  The county is not allowing us to use the same start location.  More will be revealed.
The club was reminded of the Foundation Seminar and Dinner, November 5, 2016.  Randy encouraged current leadership, including Jo Holt PE and Tony Hunter PN as well as new members to attend both events.
President Mary was awarded a Hunger Walk T-Shirt by Maeve for our club paying for transportation to the event.
Maeve Johnson requested that she be allowed to hang her Edward Jones banner at the El Tour de Tucson, Ride to End Polio aid booth.  It will be discussed at the next Club board meeting.
John Dooling won the initial drawing but with great humor did not pull the winning card.
Weekly Program:
Don Jorgensen, on behalf of Shelter Box.  Don began his presentation by thanking the club for previous purchases of shelter boxes victims of earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters. Briefly we discussed the possible need for boxes in California if the suggested earthquake happens. Don indicated that boxes have been sent domestically in the past to the NE USA after floods.  He discussed there is a product called “Shelter Box Solution” that does not provide a tent but as needed tools for rebuilding and helping those that have their own shelter.  Rotary is now fully partnered with Shelter Box and by creating an office in the USA donations can be a tax deduction.  Don discussed deployments of Shelter box in the past year to the USA, Indian Ocean countries, Nepal, Ecuador, Philippines, Syria, Iraq, Japan, China, Myanmar ad several other countries.  Don asked that the club consider purchasing a Shelter Box.  The membership asked the club board to discuss this at our next meeting.  Great Job, Don
Rotary meeting 10-4-2016 2016-10-05 07:00:00Z 0
Minutes of Rotary Club of Marana Meeting
Minutes by Dan Contorno – September 27, 2016
Submitted by Secretary Randy Brooks
First I must apologize that the minutes are so late.  I have had computer issues the past two weeks and was unable to complete them.  Dan Contorno thank you for taking notes for me while I traveled.
What a small turnout for the club this week.  Six members and a few guests.  How very sad. 
Past President Maeve Johnson facilitated the meeting in the absence of Mary Straus. Thank you Maeve. Maeve also did a meditative moment.  There was no song this week and that would be the meeting I missed.
Student of the month was introduced by visiting Denise Coronado and Melissa the English teacher.  The student is named Nick.  Sorry no further notes available.
Dan discussed the poker tournament …… Don Jorgensen fared the best rest of any in our club …. The rest of us bombed but had a great time.  Discussion that several of us rode a part of the Tour de Cookie.
No raffle ticket sales this week. 
Xavier provided sergeant at arms duties and there seemed to be much discussion of the rain falling outside ….. You know you live in the desert when ……….
David Hindman, our newest member, did not present because the attendance was so small. It will be scheduled soon.  Sorry David …..
Meeting adjourned early with the 4-Way Test.
Rotary Meeting Sept 27, 2016 2016-10-01 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Marana proudly supported the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's (CFB) Hunger Walk on Saturday, September 17, 2016. The Club sponsored a bus to take walkers from the Marana Branch of the Food Bank to the Sam Lena Recreation Area to join hundreds of walkers from all of the communities served by the CBF. Rotarians Jo Holt, Maeve Johnson, Denise West and Deb Hume were joined by Linda Hampton, Executive Director of Marana Food Bank. Suelee Edwards, world famous photographer, joined us for the trip downtown. Each walker was presented with a lovely orange t-shirt to bring attention to those who are in need of food assistance. The fundraising goal for the event was $205,000, but the amount raised was $257,966. As Rotarians, we are proud to sponsor and participate in this event.
Hunger Walk 2016 2016-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting Minutes 9-20-2016 – Submitted by Randy Brooks Secretary
Called to order by Mary Straus, pledge let by Don Jorgensen, Moment of Reflection by Maeve Johnson.
Introduction of Guests: David Mandel, Marana High School Principal considering joining our club. Johnathan Grove, MHS Junior interested in RYLA.  District executives: Governor Sheryl Christiansen, DGE Joe Hentges, AG Stacy Cox, and District Secretary Liz Cohn. Also joining us was David Hindman’ s spouse, Becky and two of their children Lea and Nathan …… welcome to the family of Rotary.
Announcements: Dan Contorno stated we have only 27 people signed up for the poker tournament this Friday.  Please ask your friends to join us for fun and excitement. On Sunday at 7 AM members are invited to ride with Dan to check out the course for the Tour de Cookie. How about it, a little exercise and fun!
A special presentation was made to Randy Brooks from Lynne Himmer.  After watching Randy tip over water glasses (and break one) last night at the board meeting she kindly brought him a non-spill child’s cup.  You know the cups made for infants.  Later, when Randy came out from under the table where he was hiding from embarrassment he indicated appreciation for this thoughtful gift.
Tom Mangold announced he attended the funeral of Ed McCauley. Ed was a member of our club and later an honorary member. He last attended a meeting about 13 years ago and lost touch with many of us.  He will be missed.
Clint stated his family has a new child in his home…… his grin was huge and filled with happiness. We are all very proud and happy for his family.
 David Hindman – Inducted with his family present by President Mary Straus as our newest member. So he is the newest Rotarian in the world …..  At least when inducted this morning. Welcome aboard David.  Mary, to not waste a moment, asked him to chair the Youth Exchange Program for our club and Randy volunteered to assist him.
Assistant Governor Stacey introduced Governor Sheryl Christianson.  DG Sheryl is a charter member of the Yuma Sunrise Rotary Club.  She began her inspirational speech by discussing personal reflections of polio in her community and in the Philippines where she and her family visited when she was a child.  She is proud that we are very close to eradicating the disease from the earth. She states she loves Rotary for the fellowship, leadership development, the Rotary Leadership Academy and wants our emphasis to be on membership. Our district experienced the largest drop in membership in our history last year.
DG Sheryl gave Randy pins to give to each of our Paul Harris Society members: John Dooling, Jane Howell, Don Jorgensen, Peter Mack, Mary Straus and Randy Brooks.
Governor Sheryl encouraged participation in the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (Tax deduction and Credit), asked that we attend the Atlanta Convention, June 10-12, attend the district conference in Yuma April 28-30.  She also went on to discuss the consolidation of the two northern districts (5510 and 5490) next July 1 …. That district will be called 5495. PETS in 2018 will be in Los Angeles as we join six other districts to have one of the largest and best PETS in the world.
DG Sheryl encouraged club members to not engage in political discussions or jokes at this time.  Expressed concern that the race is so divisive that it could cause harm to our membership.  Interestingly she then went on to say that her son was backing the wrong candidate, but did not say which one. A big sigh of relief from the attendees that she followed her own edict.
In closing she asked that we have a good showing at the November 5th, Rotary Foundation seminar and dinner.
Meeting adjourned with the 4-Way Test.  Fun meeting.
Rotary Meeting Sept 20, 2016 2016-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana – Minutes
Submitted by Randy Brooks, Club Secretary
Meeting called to order by President Mary Straus.  Pledge and Thought for the Day completed
I actually thought it was not possible but the song today was actually worse this week than the prior week.  This was not an easy goal to achieve! Interesting how we sang in several keys without any sense of harmony or timing.  However, we get a metal for trying.
Sadly, Tom Mangold informed us that Ed McCauley, a former member of our club expired and his funeral is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:00 AM Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7570 N Thorndale Road, Tucson, AZ.  Members are invited to attend if you knew Ed.
Guests introduced: Le Craven, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation Manager, Kirti Khalsa, CEO, Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, Eric Miller (potential member) and David Hindman. David will be inducted next week during DG Sheryl’s visit.
John Dooling reported he is having an open house at his home this Sunday from 2-6 PM in honor of guests from Natal, Brazil.  Patricia Gurgel and her spouse Jr. will be staying at his home this weekend. 
There will be a special board meeting, September 19, 2016 at Mary’s home to meet with District Governor Sheryl Christensen.  All committee chairs, and board members are requested to attend and supply Mary a hard copy report for her to review and give to the governor.  The governor will meet with the club next Tuesday at 7 AM and it is important that all members attend.     
PDG Randy discussed typical Rotary protocols as it relates to governor visits.
It was requested that members and friends attend the poker tournament, September ………  The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation donated $100.00 for advertising.
We had happy bucks and as always much laughter and excitement as John Dooling pulled the card to see if he would be an instant millionaire.  No such luck, John, sorry.
 Introduction of Kirti Khalsa, our guest speaker from the Rotary Club of Pantano and the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Kirti discussed our club sponsored “Memory Screening in Mexico,” Nevada and a potential one at the Rotary convention in Atlanta in June 2017.  We are simply waiting for approval for a booth from RI.  This booth will be a feather in the cap of the Rotary Club of Marana.  Kirti discussed why she cares about Alzheimer’s disease.  She discussed her grandparents and how she has always had an affinity for older people and was drawn into the field.  She is now an expert and known throughout the world for her knowledge of yoga, meditation and Alzheimer’s related issues.  She described how dementia is preventable and can be slowed by using the four pillars of intervention: Diet, Stress Management, physical exercise and spiritual fitness.
All enjoyed Kirti’s presentation. 
Meeting adjourned and all encouraged to attend the meetings next week for the governor’s visit and installation of our new member, David Hindman.
Rotary Club of Marana September 13 Meeting 2016-09-18 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
Meeting Minutes – September 6, 2016
Submitted by Randy Brooks
President Mary Opened the Meeting at 7:00 AM and proceeded to have the meditation by Jo Holt and the pledge was completed without anyone getting hurt.  Then we sang, kind. The last I remember someone said, “Does anyone know the words to 9 to 5?”  ….. It went downhill from there.
Dan Contorno made an announcement about the slow sales for the Poker Tournament, September 23, 2016 at the Vision Church 7511 SN Benet Drive, Tucson.  Please attend and bring your friends.  Only a $40.00 buy-in, I have invited my brother.  Why don’t you bring a friend or relative? You are randomly assigned tables so if you don’t like them you may not have to sit with them anyway. This is an amazingly fun event. It raises funds for our Marana Rotary Club Foundation. Join us.
President Mary announced that we are all invited to celebrate our project … the Therapeutic and Exploratory Playground at Coyote Trail Elementary School, 8000 N Silverbell Road, Marana, 5:00 PM, September 30, 2016.  We helped pay for it, worked on the project and we get to share the excitement of the dedication of the Playground for those that are physically challenged. 
Potential new member, Eric Miller, has been working on an Interact Club at Legacy Charter School. He reports he has an educator and they are working on getting students involved.  Our other potential member, Michael Hindman was at the meeting and he will be installed during the District Governor Sheryl Christian official visit. We hope you bring your family to this installation. It will be special.
Tony Hunter gave a great overview of the Community Service Projects for the year … thank you Tony.
Maeve Johnson discussed the club’s commitment to the Walk to End Hunger scheduled for 9-17. I am so sorry I cannot make the walk but I hope you can.  Maeve is going to send out an invitation in the next couple of days.  Thanks for heading this up, Maeve.  The club is still considering helping out the Food Bank in various ways and Maeve it taking the lead on those potential projects.
Randy, Tony, Mary and several other discuss the restoration of a home project scheduled for October 15, 2016.  Jo Holt offered tools (sanders and the like).  Randy, Dan Contorno and others are trying to schedule a visit to the home for evaluation of need.  Thanks everyone for helping.
Someone, I can’t remember who, discussed the Loop to Loop pre El Tour de Tucson Ride to End Polio.  Whomever it was that brought than up, please take pity on me and write a note to the club inviting them to participate with details.  Thank you.
Randy announced that the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation donated $100.00 to the Marana Rotary Club Foundation for Poker Tournament advertising.  How about a few of our members stepping up and donating $50.00 to advertise your business?   If you pay $100.00 you could be a sponsor, get advertising during the event, purchase your buy-in and have a great time.  Contact Dan Contorno.
We know the fall season is here, Don Jorgensen and Thomas Mangold visited the meeting.  Welcome back guys.  Actually Tom has been back a few weeks but seeing both of them at the same meeting was overwhelming.  We are so happy.
PDG Randy Brooks was the speaker today and he discussed the Rotary Foundation and asked for individuals to consider joining the Bequest Society ….. A promise that $10,000 of your estate will to the Rotary Foundation after you and your spouse pass wont’ be missed by you.  But it will be appreciated by those that live in hunger and poverty.  Randy handed out applications for this program and announced that PDG and attorney Michael Drake will provide no cost codicils for your wills to those that are interested.  Let Randy know if you need help.
Randy also presented on the Rotary Vocation Fund of Arizona and requested that members donate to this fund that helps the working poor become training in technical jobs and gives them a future.  This is a tax deduction as well as an Arizona Tax Credit.  It actually turns out that you make a few dollars making this donation.  The limits are $400 per person or $800 per couple.  If you are already giving to another non-profit group how about splitting the difference and giving funds to both?  Again you actually make money doing this.  Questions? Contact Randy or the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona at
Very active meeting today ……. Thanks everyone for your support and participation in our Rotary Club of Marana.
Meeting Minutes – September 6, 2016 2016-09-07 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Marana
We are going dark on Tuesday, August 30.
Don't show up at 7:00 a.m.!

One of our favorite Tuesday morning songs is

"Take me out to the ball game". 

Let's bring back the fun memories of our rendition of our rousing repertoire at the
Home Plate Restaurant
Yes, it is in Marana.
We can try their food and their batting cages.
Wear your favorite ball cap.
Babe Ruth confirmed his attendance. (: If he can get there, so can you!
Our Club is buying the appetizers.
No Host Bar for Rotarians and guests.
Home Plate Restaurant
8579 N Silverbell Road
Marana AN 85743
(520) 744-7744

Be there or the umpire will call a Strike! 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or longer if you want to stay)


We had to bring in a pitch hitter because Lo Esencial was not returning my phone calls. I don't know if they are closed  for good or simply continuing to remodel. We can try it another time.

Aug 30 Social 2016-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
Promptly at 7:00 AM President Mary Straus called the meeting to order and did the pledge of allegiance to our flag.  Denise West give a wonderful thought for the day …… and Jo Holt, the happy camper, led the song and seemed quite proud of herself.  We had a small group today ….  Only 70% attendance.  I bet we could try harder to be at the meetings.  Thank you for all that were there and engaged.
Sad news:  Denise Coronado has resigned from the club. She states the early morning meeting is not helpful for her schedule.
More sad news: Randy Brooks has been asked and accepted the task of being your secretary for the remainder of the Rotary year.  Be patient with him because he is “special” and it takes him a while to catch on to processes.
Regarding attendance.  If any Rotary Club of Marana is engaged in Rotary activity, including district or zone activities your attendance at those activities will now be counted as a makeup.  Let Randy know. Further if you are asking for a leave of absence please let Randy (your new secretary) know and he will take your request to the board.
The following activities and opportunities were discussed at the meeting today: Walk to End Hunger …… September 17, Maeve Johnson in charge.  Ride to End Polio …. Not sure who is in charge but grateful we will be having several riders and will support the aid station again.  There will be no meeting next Tuesday 5:30,  August 30, 2016 … instead we will have a club social at Lo Esencial Brewery located at the Northeast corner of Tangerine/Twin Peaks/Dove Mountain starting at:
We discussed the Football pool and hope that you all play.  Ask your family and friends to join in …. It is a hoot.  Check your e-mail boxes you should have received an invitation by now.  If not contact Randy. Forward the invitation to your friends.  Proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of Marana Foundation.
We have a poker tournament scheduled for September 23, 2016.  This will also be to benefit the Club Foundation to help those struggling in our area and around the world. Dan Contorno is heading up this venture.  I can’t wait.  It is always fun and many clubs in the region as well as our friends participate.  You will have a good time.
We are looking at several projects in the near future.  Two projects are being considered for the food bank.  One that gives gifts to shut in persons and another that delivers food in areas where residents may not have transportation to the Food Bank.  More on this to follow. Maeve is in charge.
The club unanimously confirmed that they would like to assist Mr. Angelo Buongermino on an upgrade on his home.  This is called the Home Renovation Project: He is in need of sheet rock and insulation in the back of the home and a paint job to the house and two storage buildings.  Peter Mack volunteered to take care of the sheet rock and many indicated a willingness to help with sanding, grouting and painting Mr. Buongermino’ s home.  This is now scheduled for October 15, 2016Randy will send around a sign-up sheet at our next meeting.  Angelo is a disabled Vietnam Era veteran and his income if far below the poverty scale.  He was introduced to us by the Citizens of Picture Rocks Seniors Group.
Discussion was held regarding tax credit for the food bank.
Randy presented briefly on The Rotary Foundation, its programs Global and District Grants.  We are all encouraged to participate in Every Rotarian Every Year ($100.00) and Peter Mack approached Randy after the meeting and offered to become a Paul Harris Society Member …. He promises to donate $1,000.00 a year to the Annual Programs Fund.  Thank you, Peter.
The meeting was adjourned after the reading of the 4-Way Test by our esteemed president.
Rotary Meeting: 23 August 2016 2016-08-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Maeve Johnson
Rotary Club of Marana members convened their meeting under the leadership of Mary Straus, President, at Nana's Kitchen promptly at 7:00 a.m. Fall is around the corner because it is a little darker when we arrive in the morning. During the previous week, the temperature had been a  little cooler, so everyone was pleased with the respite in the temperature.
Of course, Secretary Jo Holt, PhD, was not in attendance because she was tripping the lights fantastic in New York City, so another Rotarian dutifully agreed to TRY to take her place. Really, no one can.  After the pledge, invocation and a rousing rendition of Home, Home, on the Randy Brooks inquired as to the lack of attendance. Many members are still away for summer vacation. It is important to attend the meetings, so our club has continuity and builds fellowship. So, Harold, John, Peter, Tom and the rest of you, when are you coming back home to meet with us again? We miss you and eagerly await your return.
Interested in playing poker on September 23, 2016. Dan Contorno is organizing the next tournament. He needs players and help running the event. This is one of our major fundraisers, so the club needs to get involved to help this be a successful event. Thankfully, Dan doesn't require you to know the difference between a pair or three of a kind in order to play or volunteer. All you need a the ability to count change and welcome players with a smile.
Randy Brooks presented a Housing Improvement Project for senior housing in Picture Rocks. One candidate was proposed who is a veteran living on Social Security. He needs a new roof, insallation and sheet rock. Other work may be necessary as well. Rotary International provides insurance while clubs are working on community projects. 
Mary Straus asked the club to nominate Randy Brooks to Zone Selection Committee. Mary Straus made the motion to do so and John Dooling 2nd it. The club voted to support Randy's election to this zone position. Randy will be able to site on the Board of Directors for Rotary International. Rotarian Randy is deeply committed to Rotary. This appointment is well earned.
 Mary Straus initiated Mark Murray into the club amid thunderous applause. Mark told us a little about himself, and we can't wait to learn more. Mark is truly outstanding, and we are very glad that he chose to join the Rotary Club of Marana. He was proposed by membership by Javier Teran, but we won't hold that against Mark. Javier's mother prepared a special breakfast of a mouth watering quiche which was given accolades by everyone in attendance. Mark is the newest Rotarian in Tucson, AZ. The Rotary Club of Marana are proud to have him as a member. August 17 is Mark's birthday.
Our guest speaker was Kathy Reilly, a craniosacral therapist. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle approach that addresses pain, stress, dysfunction, and health maintenance. It is a therapeutic process that addresses effects of past trauma. The therapy helps the body's nervous, digestive, lymphatic, immune, circulatory and endocrine systems. She is able to help many syndromes such as ADHD, ADD or autism. It isn't a cure but helps people in many ways. She gave each Rotarian a piece of salt water taffy to hold in our hand. At the end of her talk, she asked whether the taffy was more pliable. The membrane surrounding the craniosacral area softens in the same way when she is providing a treatment. This allows oxygen, blood and nutrients to move into the area helping patients feel better and become healthier.
With solemnity, our members joined together is reciting Rotary's Four Way Test. Mary Straus adjourned the meeting and sadly we parted for our various destinations. We look forward to seeing eachother again at our next meeting to be held on Tuesday August 23, 2016, at Nana's Kitchen. Mary Straus will be sorting out projects that are important to us so we can move forward through a very successful year.
Please remember that on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, our morning meeting will go 'dark'. The club will have a social gathering at Lo Esencial in Marana, Arizona. See you next week! Don't be late!
weekly club meeting Aug 16, 2016 Maeve Johnson 2016-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secty Jo Holt
Renovations remain ongoing at our Rotary home, Nana’s Kitchen, and things are looking great! Owner and fellow Rotarian Javier Teran is slowly unfolding from the fetal position. (If you could see Javier you’d realize how funny that is. Really.)
Our song today was chosen by Lynne Himmer, our Treasurer. You’d think it would be “We’re in the Money” or something like that, but she went with “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in honor of the Wildcats. We nailed it, as usual.
John Dooling told a joke before giving the invocation: “Make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Go ahead and do that, just don’t share your recipe for squirrel gravy.
Calendar Update
Tues June 21
Club Assembly:  we’ll be talking about Projects!
Fri July 1
The new Rotary Year begins, welcoming Mary Straus to her full-term year as Club President!
Breaking News
Clint Kuntz reported that he and Kendra have been awarded custody of Arianna, a 2 year old. Arianna is still in Ohio, but will be coming to her new home soon. Wonderful news!!
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks is a solomn ocassion which gives everyone the opportunity to say a little something about anything. That is, should they be willing to put a dollar or two in the pot. John Dooling reports that our former exchange student, Matus Bogar, arrived home safely. His Dad, showing him true tough love, apparently “destroyed” Matus in ping pong. Slovakia may never be the same. Randy Brooks has decided to stop and smell the roses! He has resigned a number of Rotary committees and zone positions just to take life a little easier. And Sulee Edwards, who volunteers for More Than a Bed, remarked that they really desperately need a building!
Guest Speaker
No guest speaker today, but President Mary Straus gave a wonderful slide show on the recent International Convention in Seoul. That was followed by a short discussion on Projects, to be continued on June 28!
Weekly Meeting June 21 2016 Secty Jo Holt 2016-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secty Jo Holt
Ah, we were back home at Nana’s today. Renovations are ongoing, but we’re all good! The new interior changes are looking great, and owner and Rotarian Javier Teran is pleased (also traumatized by the whole experience, but we try to remain positive here).
Today was Bring a Friend Day, and as soon as President Mary Straus opened the meeting, and we sang “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” to our departing exchange student (see below), everyone got to introduce their special guest. Tony Hunter brought Christopher Saunders, Denise West brought Susan Jacobson, Randy Brooks brought Della Grove, and Maeve Johnson brought Dave Hindman. Jo Holt claimed some joint ownership of Maeve’s guest, but no one was buying it.
Calendar Update
Mon June 20
Board meeting at 5:30 pm at Mary’s home.
Tues June 21
Club Assembly:  we’ll be talking about Projects!
Breaking News
Dan Contorno’s wife, Heather, returned safely from Ethiopia, and Dan noticed!
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks is a solomn ocassion which gives everyone the opportunity to say a little something about anything. That is, should they be willing to put a dollar or two in the pot. Don Jorgensen has recently heard from Bryson in Zimbabwe, who had good news. The government provided a teacher for the school, which is now up and running! The odd thing is that Bryson, who conducts safari tours, had a couple from Marana on a recent trip… Now that makes it a very small world indeed.
Guest Speaker
Our very special exchange student, Matus Bogar, gave us an overview of his experiences here with us over the last year. He leaves tomorrow for home in Slovakia. There were a total of 9 exchange students in southern AZ, and Matus reported that they all got to know one another and will be seeing each other in the future in Europe and Las Vegas (?). He took us down memory lane, with his trips to the Grand Canyon, to RYLA, and Los Angeles. Matus played on the Marana High soccer team, although they won not one game, and then played on the tennis team, which was undefeated! He was the tennis MVP as well! This is particularly ironic for Matus, in that he was an experienced and very good soccer player, but had never played tennis before. He recalled “the longest 6 hours of my life” in the El Tour de Tucson, in which he covered 104 miles. And then there were the fish stories. With Dan Contorno and John Dooling. Hmmm. Matus got to experience an ice hockey game, a baseball game (“better than I expected”), and Copa America, a big soccer tournament in Glendale. He recounted his visits to numerous museums and holiday events.
We want to acknowledge Matus’s host families:  Randy Brooks & Deb Hume, John & Cindy Dooling, and Dan & Heather Contorno. We presented Matus with a keepsake box with a scorpion decoration, and an AZ flag! We wish him the very best, and we will miss him so much!
Weekly Meeting June 14, 2016 Secty Jo Holt 2016-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
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Today we had a change in venue while Nana’s Kitchen was undergoing remodeling. Owner Javier Teran apologized for the inconvenience, but our Club members are more than happy to assist in any way we can.
Relocating to the local IHOP, President Mary Straus gave us a description of her trip (along with Randy Brooks and Don Jorgensen) to the International Conference in Korea. She reports that Seoul is a huge metropolis, with lots of money, lots of smog, but no graffiti or beggars to speak of. Mary was impressed with Japanese-like gardens “everywhere” and a mix of old and new. For example, a palace built in 1389 is still standing right in the middle of the city. Randy added that the infrastructure in Seoul is better than ours, particularly the roads and bridges.
Our good friend Jim Nook of the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain visited us again! He said it was just for the pancakes, but he also presented us with a check from Dove Mtn for our special needs playground project. Thank you to our sister Club for their support!
Harold Burtzloff reported that the 5th Tuesday social, held on May 31 at Bianchi’s, was a success, with 17 folks in attendance. The next 5th Tuesday is Aug 30, venue to be announced. Great job, Harold!
Calendar Update
Mon June 20
Board meeting at 5:30 pm at Mary’s home.
Breaking News
Randy will be playing music at Café Tremolo Fri June 10 along with Cheri from Picture Rocks. 6pm, bring a friend!
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Happy Bucks is a solomn ocassion which gives everyone the opportunity to say a little something about anything. That is, should they be willing to put a dollar or two in the pot. Since we were at IHOP we didn’t really do HB today, but we did “share”. John Dooling reported that Dan Contorno had caught 50 fish on a recent adventure. Or was it a single fish the size of 50? Or, as Randy pointed out, since Dan catches and releases, perhaps it was the same poor fish getting caught time after time.
Guest Speaker
We did not have a guest speaker this week, but we did have a wonderful meeting! Thanks, everyone!
Weekly Meeting June 7 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-06-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
The Rotary Club of Marana installed its President and Officers for 2016-2017 on Sat May 21, 2016 at 10am at the home of Mary Straus.
***Photos can be found under the Photo Album tab on the Home Page***
Past District 5500 Governor Randy Brooks acted as Master of Ceremonies. Music was provided by Nick Coventry and Matt Mitchell.
The ceremony was held on the back porch, and the tables were beautifully set. Randy asked Maeve Johnson to lead us in the pledge, and Jo Holt followed with the following invocation:
Today we begin a new year and a new leadership cycle. But what is true leadership?
It is often said that a good leader can translate vision into reality. Not by telling you what to do, but by showing you how it’s done.
It’s the great leader that is both humble and bold. She will go out of her way to listen to her members, but she knows better than to try to please everyone.
But it’s the outstanding leader who harbors a winning perspective, who isn’t fearful when challenges and difficulties arise, because it’s within those difficulties that opportunity lies.
We’re excited and ready to begin a new chapter and a new year in Rotary, and offer our support and best wishes to our wonderful leader, Mary.
Randy then introduced Guests, which included spouses and prospective members, and then brunch was served.
Mary then presented each outgoing officer with a gift and her appreciation. Randy shared his thoughts with "Leadership: You Are Up to the Task." He then inducted Mary as President for 2016-2017. Randy and Mary then inducted the Board of Directors:  Jo Holt, President-Elect; Lynne Himmer, Treasurer; Vanessa Ruiz, Secretary; Harold Burtzloff, Member-at-Large. Tony Hunter, President-Nominee and Member-at-Large, was inducted in absentia. 
Mary then shared her thoughts about the upcoming year, and Past President Dan Contorno led everyone in the four way test. Randy adjourned the proceedings.
It was a lovely day and a very nice formal installation ceremony.
This, however, is the Rotary Club of Marana, and some tomfoolery at the pool ensued afterward.
Mary Straus & Officers Installation May 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sect'y Jo Holt
Sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned. Sometimes things change at the very last minute. Even to the stalwart Marana Rotarians, life itself can sometimes be a mystery, but that neither disheartens nor deters us from our goals. President Mary Straus was under the weather today, and so President-Elect Jo Holt conducted our meeting. Songmeister of the month Tony Hunter was running a little late this morning (like maybe 60 seconds late), and when he entered the door of Nana’s Kitchen we were already standing waiting to sing. Tony was somewhat surprised at this and, quick thinker that he is, came up with “Row Your Boat.” We did a single stanza, and were quite pleased with ourselves so everyone sat down. It was fun to surprise Tony.
Very pleased to be joined today by Jim Nook of the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain!
Anniversaries were announced:  Clint Kuntz’s wedding on the 25th, Dan Contorno’s wedding on the 27th (Dan was a bit surprised, initially), and Don Jorgensen’s 9th year in our Club.
There was a special announcement for all Club members under 40. The 2016 AZ Emerging Leader Summit will be held Sept 9 and 10 at the Phoenix Public Library. Jo gave copies of the details to Tony and Vanessa Ruiz. A few other members claimed to need a handout, but they were ignored.
Calendar Update
Sun May 28 – Jun 1
The Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea. Members Don Jorgensen, Randy Brooks, and Mary Straus will be attending.
Tues May 31
In honor of the 5th Tues of the month, our breakfast meeting will NOT be held. Instead, we’ll meet for an evening social, at Bianchi’s on Tangerine at Thornydale. See you there around 5:30pm!
Breaking News
Mark Murray’s membership has received final approval from the Board, and the date of his induction will be set soon. Eric Miller’s membership will be finalized right after Memorial Day. We’re excited to welcome both gentlemen!
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Our Happy Bucks schtick gives everyone the opportunity to say a little something about anything should they be willing to put a dollar or two in the pot. That is, of course, if one remembers to bring a dollar. Or four quarters. Or ten dimes. Not to put anyone on the spot or anything, but today John Dooling had no money (he said), Tony was broke, and even astrophysicist Peter Mack couldn’t find a buck in all of spacetime. Gotta love ‘em anyway!
Guest Speaker
In lieu of a guest speaker, Jo gave an update on our Interact Club, the ceremony inducting our President and Officers for 2016-2017 was reviewed, and we then had a general discussion about the history of our Club presidents. Those who attended the induction at Mary’s home last Saturday were very pleased with what was a beautiful ceremony. We teased Treasurer Lynne Himmer about her efforts to throw President Mary Straus into the pool, with aid from Maeve Johnson. Former Club Presidents present today were John Dooling, Dan Contorno, Harold Burtzloff, John Zwick, and Randy Brooks. Our Club has a very long history, and it was really interesting to hear from those who have helped build and maintain it and are still with us today. Thank you, Former Pres’s!
Weekly Meeting May 24 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-28 07:00:00Z 0
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The sun wakes up early in southern Arizona these days, and that makes it easier to pop out of bed, get all gussied up and get to Rotary on time. So much easier. What? Not really?
President Mary Straus was definitely awake and got us started promptly at 7am. Or 7:05am. Anyway, Tony Hunter chose a wonderful song to sing, “Stand by Me.” We did our best with it and cheered for ourselves when we finished. This was either a case of wishful thinking or a demonstration of group delusion. But it really didn’t matter, we were happy in the end and that’s what counts.
Nana’s Kitchen owner and Rotarian Javier Teran explained the upcoming renovations to the restaurant. We’ll be careful.
Our Club has a Foundation which is useful for holding funds for projects. Rotary International also has a Foundation, and it’s important to understand the difference. As carefully pointed out again today, Maeve Johnson is President of the Club Foundation and Randy Brooks is in charge of our contributions to the RI Foundation. Maeve and Randy are not the same person, as it turns out. Good to know. Maeve announced that she and Harold Burtzloff have been updating the Foundation bylaws, which is quite a big job.
Calendar Update
Sat May 21
Installation of our new President, Mary Straus (her full term year) and new board members, 10am at Mary’s house.
Sun May 28 – Jun 1
The Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea. Members Don Jorgensen, Randy Brooks, and Mary Straus will be attending.
Tues May 31
In honor of the 5th Tues of the month, our breakfast meeting will NOT be held. Instead, we'll meet for an evening social, at Bianchi’s on Tangerine at Thornydale. See you there around 5:30pm.
Breaking News
Randy Brooks announced that our very own Matus Bogar, amazing exchange student from Slovakia, was named the Marana High School most valuable player in tennis. This is doubly amazing since Matus had never before played tennis. Wow, what will he do next?
Dan Contorno pointed out that today’s election included a ballot proposition regarding school funding or something. He took a position on said proposition and made his case. Mary then gave a somewhat different perspective. Now, you might think at this point that some sort of loud argument or physical melee ensued. After all, it’s politics. But, everyone remained polite, thoughtful, and respectful. Weird, huh?
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
John Dooling missed our meeting last week, which is quite unusual. Was it hunting season of some sort? No. Was it a bad batch of squirrel gravy? Not at all. John and wife Cindy have several dozen grandchildren, who all came down with the flu. The Club Secretary forgets whether John himself was sick or not.
Tony Hunter shared a story about his girlfriend and his parents. Since we wouldn’t want to do any additional damage to an already delicate situation, we won’t go into further detail here. In fact, we probably shouldn’t mention it at all. But it was good that Tony wanted to share with the rest of us, wasn’t it?
Guest Speaker
A few weeks ago we heard from our very own longtime Rotarian John Zwick, who left us on the edge of our seats with an unfinished story. So today Mary asked him to tell us the rest of his story, which spans several decades and two or three countries. After many years in Canada, and a few in Australia, John finally came to Tucson (after first thinking about Phoenix), and opened a storefront at Oracle & Orange Grove selling fireplaces, woodburning stoves, and spas. There was a nearby patio furniture store run by an elderly couple who were ready to sell, and John jumped at the chance. It was after that that they decided to build a new store on Costco Drive. His granddaughter Erica now runs the store. What a great story! Thanks, John.
Weekly Meeting May 17 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
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Our Student of the Month from MCAT was Tiffani Helsel, shown here with President Mary Straus.   
Our Guest Speaker was Carrie Moran with the Blake Foundation, part of the Easter Seals that serves 19,000 individuals in southern AZ. Sadly, 80% are only five years old or younger, many of whom were born addicted to drugs. Programs conducted through the Foundation help make a connection to a child who's hurting, helping to restore normalcy back into their lives.
Weekly Meeting May 10 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
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At today's meeting we honored MCAT student Desirae Skalsky!   Here's Desirae with MCAT Principal Denise Coronado and Chuck Erskin, MCAT student support coach.
Congrats Desirae, we're so proud of you!
     And our special guest speaker was with the Northwest Fire Department.  
Weekly Meeting April 26 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
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When she's in town, John Zwick's daughter visits our Club. Earlier this year she spoke to us about the Rotary group that makes an annual pilgrimage, driving from Alberta to Mexico to deliver some combination of ambulance, fire truck, or other emergency vehicles.  The group, Los Amigos Project Convoy, has 16 members, and passed through Tucson on April 24th. We met them at El Charro for dinner and heard some amazing stories of present and past adventures. A great group of Rotarians, thanks for all you do! 
Los Amigos Project Convoy April 24, 2016 Sect'y Jo Holt 2016-05-22 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
As yet another beautiful southern Arizona morning greeted residents of the pastoral town of Marana, stalwart Rotarians were assembling at Nana’s Kitchen. At this time of the year, it’s not possible to claim that they had arisen at the crack of dawn, because the sun rises so early now. Let’s just say they got up really, really early. President Mary Straus opened the meeting and introduced two guests, Carla and Tom. Carla drove today’s speaker to the meeting, and Tom Halazon is a long-time Rotarian who has been visiting us from the Tri-Cities somewhere in the Northwest (just kidding, it’s Washington. Or Oregon). Tom and Mary exchanged banners – a nice touch!
A group of Rotarians in Alberta is driving to Mexico to deliver a donated emergency vehicle. The Los Amigos Project Convoy consists of 16 members, and will be in Tucson on April 24 where we’ll meet them for dinner at El Charro downtown, one of their favorite places. No doubt we’ll hear some interesting stories…
Further work was done on the tortoise habitat at Coyote Trail Elementary School, as the playground for special-needs students progresses. Mary was joined by Sulee and Jim Edwards and Peter Mack. And the wheelchair swing has been ordered! There were several times in the development of this project that we thought the swing would not be possible, due to cost and safety concerns, but here we are!
Calendar Update
Sat Apr 23
Memory screening project in Nogales.
Sun Apr 24
Dinner with the Los Amigos Project Convoy at El Charro downtown at 6:30pm.
Wed May 4
Exchange students Matus Bogar and Tori Johnson speak to our Interact Club at Tortolita Middle School, 4:15 pm.
Fri May 13
Randy, Bert & Cheri will play music at Nana’s Kitchen, 6-8 pm. Tips will be donated to the Marana Rotary Foundation.
Mon May 16
Marana Rotary Board meeting at 5:30pm at Mary’s house. All are welcome to attend.
Sat May 28 – June 1
Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea
Breaking News
Mary reported receiving fan mail from a rider in the Tour de Cookie who praised the event and is looking forward to next year! We signed thank-you cards to all of our hosts of the Cookie Stations, including Maeve Johnson, who had a really special booth (with circus music). It was such a fun, delicious event!
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Tax season is over, the bedlam has subsided, and CPA Lynne Himmer did a little dance and sang a little song to celebrate! Yes, I said that was Lynne. Saw it with my own eyes.
Guest Speaker
Monalisa Teves, a Global Grant Scholar of Rotary International, spoke to us today about her work in her country, The Philippines, and her experience as a Global Grant Scholar this year. She gave us a look into life in her country with a beautiful slide show, then told us that there was another side to the Philippines – a poverty rate of almost 35%. Her scholarship centers around the question “What are you going to do with your project from the U.S.?” Her answer is to work in the village of Miagao to understand the complexity of problems brought on by a destructive typhoon and a separate fire disaster. When typhoons hit, the “fisher folks” can’t fish. This is critical, because the people of Miagao live day-to-day. It’s for reasons like this that Monalee chose commercial and economic development out of Rotary’s six areas of focus. We want to thank her for sharing her experiences with us, and wish Monalee the very best when she returns to work in her native land.
Weekly Meeting April 19 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Every time there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we take the 5th Tuesday off! Instead of a morning meeting, we have an evening social, and March 29 provided just such an opportunity. Harold Burtzloff organized a great social at Taste of Texas, and we had a nice turnout.
Rotary Club 5th Tuesday Social Mar 29 2016 2016-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Jo Holt, Secretary
Wow, and here we begin another month! How on earth could it possibly be April already? Are you sure?
Our esteemed President Mary Straus is certainly sure, and opened today’s meeting by greeting for our guests, Tom Halazon from the Rotary Club of Columbia Center, and Mike Alderson, a guest of Maeve Johnson who came to witness our wonderful Club in action.
Guest Speaker:
Our very own Harold Burtzloff introduced our very own John Zwick as our speaker today. John gave us a rundown of his US/Canadian life with wonderful stories about gowing up in a LARGE family and the many occupations he held over the years. There is more to hear about, and we look forward to that! Thank you, John, for being a special part of our Rotary Club.
Weekly Meeting April 5 2016 Jo Holt, Secretary 2016-04-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Sec. Jo Holt
We Marana Rotarians like to say that we’re “small but mighty.” It certainly has a better ring to it than “small but remarkably persistent.” At any rate, here we are again on a bright, beautiful Tuesday morning! President Mary Straus opened today’s meeting, followed by the inaugural vocal rendition of “the 4-way test” from the recent PETS conference. This effort was led by Randy Brooks, who was joined by Mary and Jo Holt. Several folks commented that perhaps if we kept practicing every week, our performance might improve. Hmmm.
We welcomed a guest and two prospective members! Rotarian Dan Stringham from the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise let us know about their upcoming event, “Night of Nostalgia” at 6:30pm on Fri Apr 15 at the Bates Museum. Proceeds benefit Higher Ground, a resource center for at-risk youth. Our other visitors were prospective members Denise West and Mark Murray. Welcome!!
Randy shared with us that the basketball pool had raised about $380, half of which will go to the Club Foundation. He also collected close to $40 at his last singing gig, so he threw that in the pot as well. This kind of consistent fundraising is very effective. Thank you Mr. Brooks!
ALL HANDS ON DECK for the Tour de Cookie! This is a big event and everyone’s help will be needed. Check out the website at
Calendar Update: 
Mon Mar 28 2016
Retreat at Mary’s house at 5:30 – 8:30pm to discuss goals, especially those relevant to the Presidential Citation for 2016-2017. A light dinner will be served.
Tues Mar 29 2016
Our Club’s 5th Tuesday social at Taste of Texas, 5:30 – 7pm. Hats & spurs optional, chaps required.
Sat Apr 9 2016
Tour de Cookie! It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
And on the same day of the Tour de Cookie is District Officer Training in Tucson for Secretaries and Treasurers. Info can be found on the District 5500 website.
Breaking News:
Every time there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we take the 5th Tuesday off! Instead of a morning meeting, we have an evening social, and March 2016 provides just such an opportunity. So put a note in your calendars: no morning meeting Tues Mar 29. Instead, let’s get together at Taste of Texas at 5:30pm to socialize. We thank Harold Burtzloff for organizing this event. See you there!
Strange But True: Happy Bucks
We learned that a friend of Sulee was (past tense) married to a college friend of John Dooling’s. Small world. The conversation didn’t end there, but the Secretary tries to adhere to a certain level of decorum, and so will not describe all that was said there, here.
Guest Speaker:
Our very own John Dooling was absolutely forced, against his own will, to be our speaker today. There was no mention of the many civic duties he has engaged in over the years, or his successful business, or his strong commitment to this Rotary club, or, for that matter, his recipe for squirrel gravy. He instead regaled us with remarkable tales of his youth. In fact, these tales were so remarkable as to be, um, difficult to adequately describe in this space. While his buddies from his football team and/or his baseball team were out carousing and getting into scuffles, John was back at the dorm quietly studying, burning the midnight oil. If you don’t buy that, then suffice it to say that Mr. Dooling has done a great deal of growing up over the years. Fortunately for us, he still retains his sense of humor and certainly a true compassion for his fellow human beings. Well, most of them, anyway. One of the most entertaining talks we've had.
Meeting of the Rotary Club of Marana, March 22, 2016 Sec. Jo Holt 2016-03-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
There were a few ups and downs at today’s meeting, and a fight almost broke out --- but I get ahead of myself. Ahem. Let’s start over.
Golf Clubportion of golf clubIt was a beautiful morning in Marana, AZ, as the stalwart Marana Rotarians gathered once again at Nana’s Kitchen. President Mary Straus welcomed three guests:  Rotarian Bob Selinger from the Eloy Rotary Club joined us to extend an invitation to their golf challenge on Robson Ranch’s new course. A celebration dinner will follow at 6pm. This is all on Sat Mar 26. Rotarian Gary Jang was visiting from Bothell, Washington. And Ramon Campazano was a guest of Vanessa Ruiz. Ramon is the Vice President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It’s really nice to have visitors, and we welcomed Bob, Gary, and Ramon!
Mary, John Dooling, Dan Contorno, and Randy Brooks, along with Honorary Member Deb Hume, worked on the tortoise habitat last Saturday at Coyote Trails Elementary school. They moved 61 80-lb bags of concrete and dug into rock-hard ground for hours. Or was it 16 tons of concrete? Anyhow, good job! The kids will love it, not to mention the tortoises.
ALL HANDS ON DECK for the Tour de Cookie! Dan updated us on preparations underway. This is a big event and everyone’s help will be needed. Check out the website at
Calendar Update: 
Mon Mar 21 2016
Club Board meets at 5:30pm at Maeve’s Edward Jones office.
Tues Mar 29 2016
Our Club’s 5th Tuesday social at Taste of Texas, 5:30 – 7pm. Chaps required.
Sat Apr 9 2016
It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
Breaking News:
Every time there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we take the 5th Tuesday off! Instead of a morning meeting, we have an evening social, and March 2016 provides just such an opportunity. So put a note in your calendars: no morning meeting Tues Mar 29. Instead, let’s get together at Taste of Texas at 5:30pm to socialize. We thank Harold Burtzloff for organizing this event. See you there!
Strange But True: Happy Bucks
A disagreement over a check almost resulted in fisticuffs between Vanessa Ruiz and Sargent-at-Arms Javier Teran! Cooler heads prevailed, and no punches were thrown, but most thought that Vanessa could take him down if so motivated. Some thought they heard Dan selling raffle tickets…
Resident biochemist Jo Holt gave all five of her Happy Bucks in honor of Pi Day, which had occurred on Monday (3/14/16). She also brought her Pi plate from her kitchen and reminded Maeve Johnson and others about the significance of 3.1415927….. Harold Burtzloff appeared unimpressed, and would have preferred that Jo had actually put something in the Pi plate, as in pie, we assume. With Harold it’s hard to say. Surprisingly, the usually more enlightened Don Jorgensen agreed with Harold, remarking that an empty pie plate is just, well, sad. Dan Contorno (Mr. Numbers himself), solemnly concurred with the other two gentlemen. An empty pie plate is equal to zero he intoned. It seemed that things couldn’t possibly get more profound until George Rigney remarked that Wednesday was free pie day at Village Inn. Jo vowed (this was in private, to herself) to continue to attempt to communicate with this strange local tribe.
Guest Speaker:
Our very own Mary Straus reported on the recent PETS conference in Mesa, AZ. PETS stands for President Elect Training Seminar. Mary began with an overview of the organization of Rotary International, from zones to districts to clubs (35,000 worldwide). The District Governor facilitates networking between clubs and helps clubs find resources within Rotary. Recently, Rotary International has implemented a new focus on branding, which has impacted our club’s website and logo. Our District is 5500 and our Zone Director is Brad Howard, who spoke at the PETS conference. Mary also covered the Rotary Foundation and the 6 lines of service.
Our Club is engaged in 15 projects thoughout the year, seven of which are currently active. It’s time, Mary said, to evaluate our recurrent projects. We look forward to doing just that under the thoughtful leadership of our wonderful President!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting March 15 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-03-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
The “small but mighty” Marana Rotarians greeted another beautiful southern Arizona day this morning as they made their way to Nana’s Kitchen, run by our very own Rotarian Javier Teran. President Mary Straus opened the meeting, Don Jorgensen led the song,  and –whoosh—we were on our way!
Maeve Johnson reported on just how much fun was had at the Marana Founders’ Day parade! The Parade is sponsored every year by the Marana Heritage Conservancy to showcase Marana's schools, children and businesses. The Rotary Club of Marana's entry was Tow Mater, a tow truck from the Disney movie Cars. Our 2016 Woman of the Year, Marsha Johnson, Student of the Year, Bryann Valdez, and Teacher of the Year, Kathleen Neighbors, rode on Tow Mater. Our Interact Club from Tortolita Middle School came along for the ride and tossed candy to onlookers. It was a great way to honor our 2016 Award Winners and thank the Interact Club members for their work during the year.  Thanks go out also to Club members Dan Contorno, Clint Kuntz and Maeve Johnson who volunteered to judge the parade entries.
ALL HANDS ON DECK for the Tour de Cookie! Dan updated us on preparations underway. This is a big event and everyone’s help will be needed. Check out the website at
Today was also one of those special days when we honor the MCAT Student of the Month. This month’s student is Danielle Barrickman, who gave us some of her background and story of perseverance in the face of obstacle after obstacle. Danielle will graduate soon, and is interested in pursuing a career in women’s health. She was accompanied by her boyfriend, her two children, and one of her favorite MCAT teachers, Chuck Erskin. The picture here shows, from left to right, Danielle, MCAT Principal Denise Coronado, and Mr. Erskin.
Calendar Update: 
Mon Mar 21 2016
Club Board meets at 5:30pm at Maeve’s Edward Jones office.
Tues Mar 29 2016
Our Club’s 5th Tuesday social at Taste of Texas, 5:30 – 7pm. Spurs optional.
Sat Apr 9 2016
It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
Breaking News:
Every time there are 5 Tuesdays in a month we take the 5th Tuesday off! Instead of a morning meeting, we have an evening social, and March 2016 provides just such an opportunity. So put a note in your calendars: no morning meeting Tues Mar 29. Instead, let’s get together at Taste of Texas at 5:30pm to socialize. We thank Harold Burtzloff for organizing this event. See you there!
Guest Speaker:
We were very pleased to have Mr. John Green visit us today, along with Lisa Benzing. John spoke candidly about the loss of his daughter, Christina Taylor Green, in the Jan 8, 2011 shooting. He reminded us about her interest in public policy at the age of 9. She went to the event that day to ask Gabrielle Giffords a question about global warming.
Next to the current Christina Taylor Green park (where our upcoming Tour de Cookie starts) is a 2 acre plot that the Green family wants to develop by way of a public/private partnership. They will need $85,000 from private funds, and Pima County will add $52,000 in in-kind donations plus long-term maintenance of the park. The AZ Sonora Desert Museum will build a butterfly area within the new park that will act as a monarch way-station for their annual migration to Mexico.
John Green’s presentation was inspirational and hopeful in a forward-thinking way. We thank him and Lisa for sharing their ideas with us.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting March 8 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-03-13 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today’s meeting started off pretty tame. President Mary Straus led the pledge, Tony Hunter gave a heartfelt thought for the day, and then something very different happened. Maeve Johnson played a video for our song: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars. Some Rotarians got into it, but others were completely baffled. John Dooling (aka Davey Crockett) recognized Mr. Mars as “that guy on the Superbowl.” Well done! All in all, an interesting cross-cultural experiment. Kudos, Maeve!
Dan Contorno reported on preparations underway for the Tour de Cookie, and Jo Holt reported on the hosts for the cookie booths. The website for the event, courtesy of Tony Hunter, is worth taking a gander at:
Calendar Update: 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016. Mary and Jo are attending!
Sat Mar 5 2016
Founder’s Day Parade in Marana with the Rotary float.
Thurs Mar 10 2016
5pm at the Ballroom at Dove Mtn Highlands Clubhouse. Aleta Weiner, President Elect of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club, invites members of the Marana Rotary Club to hear Dr. Nooshie Motaref, who will be speaking about her book ”Tapestries of the Heart”.
Sat Apr 9 2016
It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
Breaking News:
Randy Brooks won the raffle ticket pot today by holding the winning ticket and then drawing the Joker! He promised to buy all of us new cars. Really.
And visiting Rotarian Joyce Zwick joined us again today!
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
John Dooling’s Happy Buck was actually a Sad Buck today, since there is only one more episode of Downton Abbey. The Club Secretary heartily agrees! And Clint Kuntz gave his HB in honor of ground-breaking for the new MHC health center at Dove Mountain.
Guest Speaker:
We were very pleased to have the Town Manager, Mr. Gilbert Davidson, visit us today. Some of us didn’t know that he’s from Wilcox! Gilbert outlined the Town of Marana’s strategic plan, which is built on five fundamental focus areas: (1) commerce, (2) communities, (3) innovation, (4) heritage, and (5) recreation. He also brought us up-to-date on preparations for the new budget. Did you know that the Town has three main revenue sources? They are sales tax (67% of all revenue), state-shared revenue (about 25%) and fees, fines, and permits. Town expenditures are primarily in salaries and infrastructure. Gilbert also talked about the new Ina interchange with I-10 and about the upcoming upgrade to Tangerine Road. Yes, it will be painful, but the results will be well worth it! We know our Town Manager is a big part of Marana’s success, and so glad he shared some of his insights with us today.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Feb 23 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-02-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Someone forgot to tell southern Arizona that it’s February. A beautiful morning again! We are so spoiled. President Nominee/Elect Jo Holt  opened the meeting in the absence of President Mary Straus, who was away on business. After the pledge, Tony Hunter offered a thought-for-the-day, and John Dooling led us in a rousing version of “Buffalo Gals.” OK, maybe not exactly “rousing,” but we got through it.
Maeve Johnson announced that we have a float for the upcoming Founder’s Day parade. It’s our version of Mater from the Cars movie! Is that awesome or what?
Calendar Update: 
Sat Feb 27 2016
7 PM – 9 PM at Mary Straus’s home. Please RSVP at Benefits the Children’s Peace Initiative, which has saved hundreds of lives in Kenya this past year. Music by Randy Brooks, Bert Beatty, and Nick Coventry (violinist, vocals). Tax deductible donations will be accepted.
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016. Mary and Jo are attending!
Sat Mar 5 2016
Founder’s Day Parade in Marana with the Rotary float.
Thurs Mar 10 2016
5pm at the Ballroom at Dove Mtn Highlands Clubhouse. Aleta Weiner, President Elect of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club, invites members of the Marana Rotary Club to hear Dr. Nooshie Motaref, who will be speaking about her book ”Tapestries of the Heart”. Dr. Motaref  will talk about how 4 generations of Persians endured the effects of religion, Islam and politics over a period of 100 years. 
Sat Apr 9 2016
It’s getting closer! Get your cookie on!
Breaking News:
We were joined today by honored guest and fellow Rotarian Dan Denman, formerly with Tucson Water, who came with guest and Rotarian, Jim Schueneman, who is visiting with us this winter.
And Dan Contorno gave us an update on plans for the Tour de Cookie. It’s time to start signing up riders, letting your friends on Facebook know about the family fun ride on April 9th along the Santa Cruz River bike path (also known as The Loop). And don’t forget to check out the website
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Previously on this site we covered a rather TALL TALE given to us by Harold Burtzloff. It had to do with women running around flipping pancakes in Liberal, KS. Did it really happen, or was it just another one of Harold’s special dreams? Well, proof is provided by the Hutchinson News, in which the winner of the International Pancake Day race in Liberal (Ms. Summer Parsons -- not her real name most likely) is interviewed by the local media.
And Jo gave her Happy Buck in honor of the recent discovery of Gravitational Waves. Egged on by the crowd, she reluctantly gave a very short summary of GWs.
Guest Speaker:
Mr. Stefan Baumann, the Director of Business Development at the Port of Tucson, gave us an inside look at the Port, which was fascinating. The Port of Tucson is a major part of our transportation infrastructure, tying together air, truck, and rail service carrying freight for the produce, mining, and other industries. This includes freight to and from maquiladores, which are manufacturing operations in Mexico who import material and equipment on a duty-free and tariff-free basis for assembly, processing, or manufacturing. The processed or manufactured products are then exported back to the U.S. The Port is an 800 acre foreign trade zone which is privately owned and operated. Stefan explained that most Ports in this country are operated by the railroads. Getting to know more about the Port of Tucson was really eye-opening!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Feb 16 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-02-20 07:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
If you think for one minute that you’ve seen it all, then you weren’t at today’s meeting. Our esteemed President, Mary Straus, was taken ill at the last minute, and President Nominee/Elect Jo Holt was asked to step in. Now, it shouldn’t be a big deal that Jo didn’t have an agenda to follow, considering that our Club has a basic routine that we follow every single week, month after month. But Jo can barely remember where she lives these days (not a physiological problem), so having her recall a specific agenda is out of the question. And to add another wrinkle to the story, today the meeting was to be led by our two RYLA students, Daniel and Matus. With the kind assistance of George Rigney, our local RYLA expert and former RYLA counselor, an agenda was hastily drawn together. And redrawn. And slightly modified. And it was past the start time of the meeting already.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Maeve Johnson was valiantly attempting to forge that most delicate of handshake operations – laptop to projector. Maeve had gone to some trouble to prepare a song of the day with a video and lyrics, and came very close to getting it to work. For some unknown reason (probably sun spots or the Loch Ness monster), the speaker attached to the laptop wouldn’t work. We want to congratulate Maeve for NOT throwing the laptop and projector through the large plate glass windows of Nana’s Kitchen. Owner and Rotary Sargent-at-Arms Javier Teran was particularly grateful. So just shutup and dance with me already (reference to the song).
MCAT Principal Denise Coronado introduced our MCAT Student of the Month, Melody Greer. Melody was accompanied by her dad, James Greer, baby sister Alyssa, and special education teacher Ms. King.
Shown below, Principal Coronado, Melody, Daniel, Matus, and Ms. King.
Calendar Update: 
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016. Mary and Jo are attending!
Sat Apr 9 2016
The first Tour de Cookie bike ride put together by Marana Rotary!      It’ll be time to start baking before you know it!
Breaking News:
We were joined today by honored guest and fellow Rotarian from Canada, Joyce Zwick. And our own members Randy Brooks and Don Jorgensen returned from their trip to Cuba.
In other news, the Tour de Cookie is heating up! Dan Contorno gave us an update on plans for our big event. It’s time to start signing up riders, letting your friends on Facebook know about the family fun ride on April 9th along the Santa Cruz River bike path (also known as The Loop). And don’t forget to check out the website
Strange But True: Happy Bucks
A frequent purveyor of the strange, Harold Burtzloff enlightened all of us on Shrove Tuesday, which is today! Also known as Pancake Day. In Liberal, Kansas, there was a race where women, dressed in ancient garb (Shrove Tuesday is 400 years old), ran around a track while flipping pancakes. Sounds easy – you try it! Harold took an oath that he wasn’t just making this up.
Guest Speakers:
Our speakers were Daniel Fuell and Matus Bogar, who also ran today’s meeting. They gave a slide presentation of their recent experiences in RYLA camp (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). There was snow in Prescott, and Daniel had never before seen snow!
On the first day of camp you are asked to surrender your phone, which was a very strange experience for both Daniel and Matus. Then you are assigned to a group, and it’s typical that you don’t know anyone in that group. But, by the end of camp, you’ve made new friends, and it can be difficult to say goodbye.
Daniel told us about Jerry Traylor, one of the speakers at the camp who was most inspirational. Jerry was born with cerebral palsy, and his message was that we all must learn to control our limitations rather than letting our limitations control us.
Our thanks to Daniel and Matus for a very good presentation on their RYLA experience.
P.S. Daniel and Matus approach the podium as Principal Coronado prepares to exit. MCAT Student of the Month Melody watches in amusement.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Feb 9 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-02-09 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today’s meeting started out full of promise. Sulee Edwards led us in the pledge, and then Tony Hunter told a simple but wonderful short story for the thought of the day. Maeve Johnson surprised us by bringing in professional talent, Mr. Randy McDonnell, to lead us in the morning song, Sweet Caroline. And we had a visitor from Benton Harbor, MI, Jim Schueneman. Our President Mary Straus was out of the country in an undisclosed location for her own protection. Or in Cuba. So Secretary and President Elect Jo Holt, who only travels when she has to, and even then under protest, presided.
Calendar Update: 
Sat Feb 6 2016
Dove Mountain Rotary is having a party! Mardi Gras 2016 will be at the Highlands Ballroom with music by the Tucson Jazz Institute. Tickets are $60, and the fun begins at 5:30pm.
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for the Children Peace Initiative in Africa. Randy Brooks and his friend Bert from Las Vegas will be singing their hearts out.
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016. Mary and Jo are attending!
Sat Apr 9
The first Tour de Cookie bike ride put together by Marana Rotary!
It’ll be time to start baking before you know it!
Breaking News:
Peter Mack was in the house! Really, he was! But don't get too excited, he was off to the airport shortly after the meeting.
And, rumor has it that next week we’ll be visited by our RYLA students!
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Jo Holt actually paid back John Dooling the $1 he lent her for last week’s happy bucks. There were witnesses. John (aka Davey Crockett) is well-known for hunting down forest creatures, and we surmise that Jo was at least somewhat concerned that she was on that list as well. As in fair game. Or something.
Somewhere in the midst of Happy Bucks someone realized that it was GroundHog Day! Opportunity missed!
Guest Speaker:
Sulee Edwards introduced our speaker, Joe Hentges, District Governor Elect (2017-2018), District Membership Committee Chair, and member of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club. As a Rotary member over the past 32 years, Joe served as Assistant Governor in District 5500 in 2013-2014 and as a club president three times: Woodstock IL 1995-1996, and Marana-Dove Mountain 2011-2013. Both Joe and his lovely wife Brigitte are Paul Harris Fellows and members of the Bequest Society. Joe is a member of the Paul Harris Society.
Joe and Brigitte attended the Rotary International Convention in Säo Paulo, Brazil, an amazing place with over 11 million people in the city, and around 20 million in the metro area. That’s LA, NYC, and Chicago combined. Over 20,000 were registered for the convention, which Joe reported was one of the best he has attended. John King, the chair of the board of trustees of the Rotary Foundation, even mentioned Rotary’s participation in El Tour de Tucson and the donation to polio eradication.
Joe delighted us with numerous slides from the entire trip through South America. From breath-taking waterfalls to city slums, his presentation gave us a real feel for the continent. Thank you Joe for sharing your Rotary experience with us!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Feb 2 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-02-05 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Almost everyone was very well-behaved at today’s meeting. President Mary Straus had no sooner opened the meeting than we found ourselves singing a new song written by John Dooling! Our expansive list of talents is truly amazing, and so here are the lyrics to John’s song:
            Make Marana Rotary proud of you
            In everything you say and do
            Make Marana Rotary proud to say
That you’re a member and a leader in the USA
At Marana Rotary we all work
To help our fellow man
So now it’s up to you
To make Marana Rotary proud of you.
After we sang the song, John mentioned that perhaps the entire song-thing was just too corny.
Well, sir, we take exception to that.
There is no corn too tall for this group!
In other news, the effervescent Dan Contorno updated us on a very successful Poker tournament held last Friday night. There were 48 players and everyone had a great time. Mary updated us on the special needs playground that we’re helping build at Coyote Trail Elementary. It’s time to sign up to help build the tortoise habitat! Mary reminded us that the masonry apprentice program will be helping out as well.
We also received a very nice thank you card from RYLA student Danny Fuell!
Calendar Update: 
Sat Feb 6 2016
Dove Mountain Rotary is having a party! Mardi Gras 2016 will be at the Highlands Ballroom with music by the Tucson Jazz Institute. Tickets are $60, and the fun begins at 5:30pm.
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for the Children Peace Initiative in Africa. The old man (a.k.a. Randy) and his friend Bert from Las Vegas will be entertaining the crowd at this shindig.
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016
Sat Apr 9 2016
The first Tour de Cookie bike ride put together by Marana Rotary!
It’ll be time to start baking before you know it!
Breaking News:
Mary, Randy Brooks, and Don Jorgensen will be in Cuba celebrating Randy’s 70th birthday. We didn’t know that Randy was 70. Why, he doesn’t look a day past 69 ½.
Strange but True: Happy Bucks
Maeve Johnson gave her Happy Buck in honor of Randy’s birthday. She said that she was just happy that he was still alive at age 70. And Randy won the Raffle today! Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Jo Holt realized at the very last minute that she didn’t have a dollar to her name, so she bummed one off John Dooling. She might repay him for it. Or she may not, unless he relinquishes his recipe for squirrel gravy (see last week’s story). Yum.
Guest Speaker:
DVG/PDG Randy Brooks introduced our speaker, Kirk Reed, who is the chair of our District 5500 Centennial Celebration. Randy revealed that Kirk’s wife was Randy’s boss back in the day in Chicago. Kirk’s grandfather was a charter member of Rotary, and Kirk himself was a pastor in the United Methodist church for 37 years. Kirk shared his insights on how money can buy happiness, particularly when donated to the Centennial Campaign. Based on the book “Happy Money” by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Norton & Elizabeth Dunn, money can buy happiness when we use it to buy experiences rather than things, or when we use it to buy small pleasures or treats. And money can buy happiness when we invest in the well-being of others.  
Kirk encouraged all of us to put these principles into action, and to be extra happy this year by giving to the Rotary Foundation!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Jan 26 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-01-31 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
You know it’s going to be a good day when you find yourself singing the Davey Crockett song at 7am in Marana, AZ. It just doesn’t get any better than that. At the request of our revered President Mary Straus, DVG/PDG Randy Brooks introduced his guest, Mr. Al Anzaldua. And we were honored by a visit from Assistant Governor Jim Lamb.
Our amazing foreign exchange student Matus Bogar gave a report on his experience at the RYLA camp last weekend. He thanked us for sponsoring him. Former RYLA counselor George Rigney had met Matus and friend Danny at the bus upon their return the previous night.
Randy Brooks donated $173 to our Rotary Foundation from tips he received the previous Saturday night playing music at Café Tremolo. And Dan Contorno reported that 40 players had signed up for the upcoming Poker tournament – and there is still room for more.
Calendar Update: 
Fri Jan 22 2016
Poker tournament fundraiser.
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for Children Peace in Africa.
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016
Sat Apr 9
Tour de Cookie
Breaking News:
Our Club’s New Member Agreement was unveiled. Harold Burtzloff provided the original document and made some changes prior to it being approved by the Club’s Board. You can find it on this website.
Strange But True: Happy Bucks
Jo Holt gave her Happy Buck this morning to National Squirrel Appreciation Day which is Thursday Jan 21 this year. Club members reacted in a diplomatically confused fashion. John Dooling (a.k.a. Davey Crockett) (don’t ask) wanted to know if anyone had ever tried squirrel gravy. Yum.
Guest Speaker:
Past President Maeve Johnson introduced our speaker, Ed Stolemaker, CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce. Among many other activities, Ed served on the board of the Marana Health Center for 13 years and was also chosen by this Club as the very first Marana Man of the Year. The Chamber has been the voice of business in Marana since 1987, and today represents 570 members and over 19,000 employees.
Ed explained that the Chamber is fundamentally concerned with the quality of life in our community. A close partnership between the Chamber and the Town of Marana is key to this goal. Ed brought up the question of how the Chamber must change as businesses change, a challenge to all organizations. A tier dues system has been implemented which allows members to pay based on what they get out of the Chamber. There is a greater focus on online communication, such as through the website, than on the more time-intensive events. And the message from the Chamber? SHOP LOCAL! Sales tax dollars help strengthen the community. And Ed reminded us that the State of the Town address is scheduled for April 22nd.
Thank you, Ed, for your visit and all of your work for Marana. We’re proud to have you working for all of us. Oh, and the Shop ‘n Marana bags are great, too.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Jan 19 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-01-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today’s meeting began innocently enough with President Mary Straus getting things started by leading the pledge. Regular readers are no doubt aware that the Marana Rotary Club is a “singing” club…well, today’s song was “Good Night Ladies” as chosen by exchange student Matus Bogar with special assistance from past President Maeve Johnson. We were feeling as good as can be expected with our performance until PDG Randy Brooks casually mentioned that singing is thought to be a turn-off to younger Rotary folks. Then ensued a general discussion on why we sing, how it got started in Rotary, and why Vince Lombardi had the Packers sing (to bolster their self-confidence). President-Nominee Tony Hunter felt that we need a more expansive song list. Or something in tribute to David Bowie. Hmmm. Perhaps a rapping Rotary Club is in order? Denise Coronado seemed up for that.
Aleta Wiener, President-Elect of Dove Mountain Rotary, came to invite us to their annual fundraiser on Sat Feb 6 2016, which this year will have a Mardi Gras theme and feature Dixieland and Cajun music by the Tucson Jazz Institute. Tickets are $60 per person.
Dan Contorno reminded everyone that the next Poker tournament fundraiser still has room for more! And that planning for the upcoming Tour de Cookie is coming along. Registration may be open as early as the end of this month. This is starting to get exciting!
Calendar Update: 
Fri Jan 15 2016
RYLA will be held, and our very own exchange student, Matus, will be attending.
Sat Jan 16 2016
Randy Brooks will be singing at Café Tremolo to benefit our Club, at 6:30pm.
Mon Jan 18 2016
Marana Rotary Club/Foundation Board meeting at 5:30pm at Edward Jones (Maeve Johnson’s office)
Fri Jan 22 2016
Poker tournament fundraiser.
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for Children Peace in Africa.
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar (PETS) 2016
Sat Apr 9
Tour de Cookie
Breaking News:
It’s very good news, as well:  the wheelchair swing for the special needs playground at Coyote Trail Elementary is approved! And things are looking up for the Tortoise Habitat. Mary’s hard work for this playground is paying off. Well done!
Strange But True
Like most Rotary Clubs, our meetings involve a certain amount of ritual. Today’s Happy Bucks was quite lively – Javier Teran, what exactly did you put in the coffee? John Dooling blamed his late arrival on Harold Burtzloff, through some intricate weave of logic. Harold bought a PowerBall ticket on behalf of the Rotary Foundation, which he displayed for his Happy Buck. PowerBall is at an all-time high (1.5 billion). The question: our Treasurer could not be with us today, so how should this ticket be stored? Dan’s immediate offer to hold on to it was met with a certain level of disdain, shall we say. Discussion followed. No consensus was reached. Tony’s Happy Buck was all about his ride-along with Marana Police and the remarkable things they deal with on a daily basis. But did Tony arrest anyone? Tackle anyone? Taser? Hmmm.
Guest Speaker:
Our very own Vanessa Ruiz gave some background on herself today, in spite of the fact that she really doesn’t like talking about herself. She’s a fifth-generation Tucsonan whose parents own an air-conditioning company. Vanessa attended Mountain View high school, Pima Community College, then worked as an emergency room technician, and bought her own home before joining the Louis Parrish real estate company two years ago. She has two boys, ages 7 and 11, who like fishing and hiking and sports. A very active family, and even Mom plays softball. Vanessa belongs to the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Health and Business Advocacy committees. We are so pleased to have Vanessa as part of our Rotary family!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Jan 12 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-01-12 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
We Marana Rotarians greeted the New Year with the following thoughtlet:
May this coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
May you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful.
May you make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can.
And somewhere in this coming year, may you surprise yourself.
(That would be surprise yourself in a good way.)
President Mary Straus opened the meeting by yielding the floor to PDG Randy Brooks, who told us about memory screenings being conducted by the Alzheimer’s Prevention Foundation. Randy is Vice President of this association, and the screenings are being carried out in Nogales.
Webmaster Harold Burtzloff announced that you can now reach our website by typing in Really! It must be true – persistence really does pay off!
And Matus Bogar brought some wonderful Slovakian treats for all of us. Thank you Matus. More chocolate!
Calendar Update: 
Fri Jan 15 2016
RYLA will be held, and our very own exchange student, Matus, will be attending.
Sat Jan 16 2016
Randy Brooks will be singing at Café Tremolo to benefit our Club, at 6pm.
Mon Jan 18 2016
Marana Rotary Club/Foundation Board meeting at 5:30pm at Edward Jones (Maeve Johnson’s office)
Fri Jan 22 2016
Poker tournament fundraiser, organized by Dan! More to come…
Sat Feb 13 2016
Mary will host an event with former DG Sally Montagne, who is coordinating a global grant for Children Peace in Africa. This will be at Mary’s home.
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar 2016
Sat Apr 9
Tour de Cookie
Breaking News:
Dan Contorno, who is working hard on our upcoming Tour de Cookie fundraiser, announced that Cindy Dooling, better half of our very own John Dooling, was able to secure parking for Tour participants at the PCC on Shannon Road. That is now the start of the Tour!
Guest Speaker:
The inimitable Sulee Edwards challenged us this week on our knowledge of Rotary and on how we would formulate a New Year’s Resolution for our Club. We were asked nine questions about Rotary in honor of Rotary Awareness Month. Our winner, who got every answer except one correct, was Secretary Jo Holt. What did she not know? That the largest annual public relations project of Rotary Clubs in the US and Canada was….the Rotary float in the Rose Parade!
In addition to our Club’s New Year Resolution, Sulee asked us to write our suggestions on big sheets of paper on the wall. Most thought that was fun. Harold did not leave his seat, however, and shouted out his responses to someone else to write down. Harold, you are the WEBmaster, not the TASKmaster.
Thank you Sulee, for an informative and entertaining lesson in self-reflection! 
Photo of Sulee doing her photo thing at the Foundation dinner last fall. Catch her if you can!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Jan 5 2016 Secretary Jo Holt 2016-01-11 07:00:00Z 0
Marana Rotarians began today’s meeting against the backdrop of a spectacular Arizona sunrise, to which we sang a rendition of Jingle Bells. President Mary Straus opened the meeting with announcements – the first of which was from Harold Burtzloff. The packages sent from Boxing for Troops have arrived in Afghanistan! Harold thanked everyone for helping out, in one way or another, with this project. He also announced our next Fifth Tuesday social at Café Torino (see Calendar Update below).
Honorary member Kathleen Neighbors presented Mary with the actual check for $100 from the Tortolita Interact Club. The Club’s salsa sales at the Tortolita winter festival were very good – they sold out! And Kathleen invited everyone to the Be Kind Mural Celebration at the school on Thursday Jan 7, 2016, from 5 to 7pm. The Ben’s Bells “Be Kind” mural will be unveiled at 6pm.
Don Jorgensen gave a lively update on his experiences shopping for Thanksgiving and Christmas for the family-in-need we chose to help out this year. Vanessa Ruiz and Randy Brooks had really taken the reins on the project, Don said, taking it upon themselves to catch, subdue, and slaughter a turkey. Not as easy as it sounds (?) according to Dr. Jorgensen, particularly in the Pilgrim clothes they were wearing at the time. Conjures up an interesting visual. Perhaps next year we could get Randy to pardon the turkey? At this point, John Dooling was moved to relate an obscure turkey-related quote from W.C. Fields. None of us were sure what to do with that. At any rate, Vanessa, Randy, and Don purchased and delivered food and presents for our family-in-need, all within budget. Well done!
Calendar Update: 
Tues Dec 29 2015
Our morning meeting is replaced with an evening social, at 5:30pm Café Torino, 10325 N. La Canada in Oro Valley (the southwest corner of Lambert & La Canada).
Thurs Jan 7 2016
Unveiling of the Be Kind mural at Tortolita Middle School.
Mon Jan 18 2016
Marana Rotary Club/Foundation Board meeting at 5:30pm at Edward Jones (Maeve’s office)
Thurs-Sat Mar 3-5 2016
Presidents Elect Training Seminar 2016
Sat Apr 9
Tour de Cookie
Breaking News:
Don Jorgensen announced that our Club needs three host families for next year’s Rotary Youth Exchange. There then ensued a general discussion on how much previous host families enjoyed hosting a student. Everyone agreed that this was a most rewarding experience in which life-long relationships are formed. Mary added that, from a larger perspective, Youth Exchange is really all about world peace, and helping to make the world a smaller place. Don asked that anyone having any questions about Youth Exchange give him a call or send an email.
Veronica Harper gave her Happy Bucks this morning to the send-off event for our military at the airport. She is with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and said that it was a very fun and positive event. John Dooling gave a Happy Buck in honor of the elk he recently scared in the forest. (Actually we think he may have gotten one this time, but we don’t want to mention it because of sensitivities. You understand.)
Guest Speaker:
Mary has been working on designing and funding a playground for special needs students at Coyote Trail Elementary school, along with Mellodie Stratman, Special Education and Bridge teacher, and Jo Holt. Today Mary reviewed the project with a PowerPoint presentation, and we learned two new words:  vestibular and proprioceptive. Vestibular responses are those originating with the inner ear, while proprioceptive responses involved joints. The development of these responses is critical to special needs children. Although most of the funding is in place for the playground, there are still several hurdles to overcome. The purchase of a wheelchair-accessible swing continues to be problematic, the primary issue being one of safety, which has been the focus of many discussions. Mary, Jo, Mellodie, and MUSD officials (including safety officer Dan Contorno) will carry on with fingers crossed.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Dec 22 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-12-29 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Just a little chilly this morning, but then again it’s mid-December. Still, we hope the cold is over soon and we return to the 70’s. Notwithstanding the temperature, we stalwart Marana Rotarians gathered again at Nana’s Kitchen for our weekly meeting, which was called to order by President Mary Straus. Our Treasurer extraordinaire Lynne Himmer wanted to be sure that everyone knew that tax credits to organizations serving the working poor must be made by Dec. 31. And Vanessa Ruiz gave an update on the family we’ve “adopted” for Thanksgiving and Christmas. They’re doing well, and Vanessa is planning to go shopping for them this coming Friday morning (Dec 18).
Today two fairly unusual events happened during “Happy Bucks.” Don Jorgensen auctioned off two seats to the upcoming UofA basketball game against UNLV. Dan Contorno won the bidding against Randy Brooks, who still insists that he has not one red cent to his name. And Maeve Johnson’s Happy Buck was, in lieu of the traditional dollar bill, four quarters. Each quarter was presented with something of a flourish, accompanied by recognition of someone that gave Maeve happy thoughts. Now that’s different!
Calendar Update: 
Mon Dec 21
Rotary Club Board and Club Foundation Board meetings, 5:30pm at Jo’s.
Tues Dec 22
Our last regular Club meeting of 2015.
Tues Dec 29
No Club meeting, but possibly a social in the evening. Maybe. Not sure. We'll see.
Breaking News:
According to Harold Burtzloff, boxes from this year’s Boxing for Troops project have started to arrive in Afghanistan! And in other news, Dan “Mr. Money” Contorno will be holding another Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker Tournament to benefit our club. That’s Friday Jan 22, 2016, folks, at the Vision Church in Marana. We’d like to say this is how to have fun with your boots on, but that would be a whole different story.
Guest Speaker:
John Rulan from the Saddlebro​oke Rotary Club brought us up-to-date on a joint project with our Club and other Rotary Clubs, “Quality Drinking Water for Everybody.” He was accompanied by two fellow Rotarians who have also been active in the project, Tom Turriff (project originator) and Mark Miller (interpreter and traveling diplomat). This is a joint project with the Nogales Rotary Club in Mexico, described as a small Club that does amazing things. George and Alice Rigney have been working hard on this project from our Club. John, an engineer by trade, began by pointing out that the two main problems in poor countries are shelter and water. Of the 110 schools in Nogales, 8 have received water filter installations, and a total of 22 schools will be included in the current grant. The cost is about $2000 per installation. Maintenance of the filter systems is also included in the grant. Tom added that Nogales is struggling with infrastructure, due to a population surge from the south. The problem is that there is no revenue stream associated with the influx of people. Mark commented that water problems are also a source of social problems, including ostracizing and bullying. And so, when water becomes a more plentiful resource, a certain degree of social stability returns as well. John finished up with praise for Engineers Without Borders, whose website says: Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Our 15,900 members work with communities to find appropriate solutions for water supply, sanitation, energy, agriculture, civil works and structures. Marana Rotary thanks John, Mark, and Tom for a terrific project!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Dec 15 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-12-16 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
A very special day today for our Club, meeting at Earth’s Energy Hearth & Home, the beautiful store of John Zwick & family, for our annual holiday party. And yes, indeed, Mrs. Claus herself was there to greet us with a smile and a kiss (the chocolate kind). President Mary Straus called the meeting to order after everyone had helped themselves to a very nice breakfast buffet. In the picture to the right you see Boone, Holt, & Claus (left to right).
Harold Burtzloff announced that Boxing for Troops, held at his home, sent 91 boxes to our servicemen and women in Afghanistan. Now that’s the Christmas spirit!
Today was also our day to support a local charity, which this year was More Than a Bed ( Grace Stocksdale (left) was on hand to tell us more about their organization, which provides assistance to foster parents in the form of supplies and support classes. You see Davy Crockett paying close attention.
Our MCAT Student of the Month was Breezy Borseth (right), who was accompanied by her grandparents Kelly and Jim Borseth, and one of her favorite teachers, Mr. Paul DiCaro. MCAT Principal and Marana Rotary Club member Denise Coronado told us that Breezy will graduate from high school in March. Resident astrophysicist Peter Mack asked Breezy what she planned to do after that, and she explained why she wants to be a cosmetologist. She told us that she found the amazing MCAT program through friends, in response to a question from George Rigney. We’re so pleased to honor Breezy and wish her well.
The inimitable Randy Brooks gave us a quick run-down of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA), of which our club is a proud member. The Fund helps recipients attend college (except four-year programs).
Today we voted for our slate of upcoming officers, who will take office on July 1, 2016. This will also mark the beginning of Mary Straus’s full-term Presidency. And here are her officers:
President Elect                   Jo Holt
President Nominee             Tony Hunter
Immediate Past President   Maeve Johnson
Secretary                           Vanessa Ruiz
Treasurer                           Lynne Himmer
Board Members at Large    Harold Burtzloff & Tony Hunter
Randy Brooks has graciously consented to act as Consultant to the Board, a non-voting position. We’re actually not sure how graciously he consented, but he’s doing it.
Calendar Update:  Hmm, well, nothing much on the ol’ calendar these days. Probably because of the holidays. We’ll get back to you.
Breaking News:
Wow, were we ever surprised to have Mr. Davy Crockett in our midst today (see photo above)! We couldn’t be exactly sure how this was linked with the Christmas holiday, but it’s always fun when one of John Dooling’s multiple personalities manifests, and we all just went along with it. John, er, that is, Davy, gave us a remarkably detailed accounting of his exciting life. Although he was well known for his battles with the Indian tribes, a mutual respect existed between Crockett and the Indians. Davy reminded us that he was a member of Congress at the time that Andrew Jackson was President and when the Indian Relocation Act was passed. Crockett voted against the act, which forced 16,000 Indians to Oklahoma. Four thousand died on the “Trail of Tears.” When Davy ran for re-election his motto was “You can send me to Washington or you can all go to hell.” Surprisingly enough, that didn’t work, and he lost the election. Yes, Davy Crockett led an amazing life, even though the whole Alamo thing at the end was really a bummer. The hat still works, though.
Guest Speaker:
Instead of a guest speaker today, we were thrilled to have Honorary member Kathleen Neighbors introduce the Interact Club from Tortolita Middle School. These are our 7th and 8th graders who meet every week after school on Wednesday. In fact, they felt that once a week wasn’t enough, and decided to meet on Mondays as well. They presented our Club with a check for $100 for the special-needs playground we’re helping build at Coyote Trail Elementary School. We Rotarians did our best to make a good impression on the Interact students, who seemed happy enough to meet Davey Crockett and Mrs. Claus. Thank you to Interact!!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Dec 8 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-12-14 07:00:00Z 0

Thank you to everyone who sold tickets for The Marana Foundation. We raised $3,475.00 to support our Club's projects both local and international. On November 13th at the Tucson Convention Center, Jim Click drew the winning ticket, which was sold by Khalsa Montessori School! Click made a personal call to the winner. A big congratulations to Colleen Mahoney (ticket #075594) for winning a 2015 Special Edition Ford Mustang!! The Rotary Club of Marana appreciates Jim Click's generosity and willingness to help the community.  

The Rotary Club of Marana appreciates Jim Click's generosity 2015-11-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
After you’ve lived in Tucson for a while, temperatures that fall below 70F feel really cold. Like this morning. Good thing we were warmly greeted by greeter-extraordinaire Harold Burtzloff and President-extraordinaire Mary Straus.
Another thing about living in Tucson – we all know that the El Tour de Tucson ( happens on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, and that the Marana Rotary Club will be at the aid station at I-10 and Tangerine. This is the 33rd year of the El Tour and the 24th year of the Marana Rotary aid station (thank you Harold for this valuable info). And somewhere at about that time, Tony Hunter came into the world! Tony has now found himself in charge of the El Tour aid station, and has done a great job planning and prepping for it. Keeping our fingers crossed for good weather this Saturday!
CPA Lynne Himmer, our Club Treasurer, gave us an overview of our budget. One very important bit of info from her talk: it’s Happy Bucks and our raffle that enable us to balance that budget. So, these activities are just for fun and intellectual enlightenment (?), but are very important to our bottom line.
Club Secretary and resident biochemist Jo Holt gave an update on the Club organizational chart. Really? Another version of this thing? Dr. Holt responded to the muffled groans by telling the Club that the org chart was good for them. You know, like brussel sprouts.
Calendar Update: 
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
Tues Dec 8
Our annual Holiday party will be held at John Zwick’s beautiful Earth Energy’s Hearth & Home store, along with our annual meeting and elections of officers. Donations to More Than a Bed, the foster-care organization, will be collected. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as are donations of diapers and new toys.
Breaking News:
Maeve Johnson and Randy Brooks are not the same person! They stood side-by-side to illustrate the difference between the Club Foundation that Maeve now oversees and the Rotary Foundation that Randy keeps an eye on (or was it the other way around?). The Club Foundation provides a way for folks to make a tax-free donation to Marana Rotary and works closely with the Club Board to fund projects. The Rotary Foundation is much, much larger and is designed to fund projects in any one of Rotary’s six areas of service. Donations to the Rotary Foundation count as Paul Harris credits as well. And District grants are made possible by Rotary Foundation funds. So try not to confuse the Club with the Rotary Foundation. And definitely don’t confuse Maeve with Randy.
Guest Speaker:
Today’s meeting was the Annual Club Assembly which provides an opportunity to sit back and assess Club activities. In addition to explanations of the budget, the org chart, and the Foundations, we broke into groups and discussed some interesting questions about the Club provided to us by Mary. This was a great exercise and something that we would like to continue in the future. Thanks, Mary!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Nov 17 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-11-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
heartyesyes Welcome New Member Vanessa Ruiz!! yesyesheart
Our meeting today was packed with guests and speakers, and President Mary Straus did a very good job juggling all of it. So we were all on our very best behavior. Really. After all, District 5500 Governor Nominee Joe Hentges was in the house. And we had to set a good example for our favorite inbound exchange student Matus Bogar.
Mary brought two special guests from Owl and Panther, which is an expressive arts project designed to help refugee families who have been affected by trauma and torture. Particularly pertinent to our topic of children and peace, it was very nice to have Bea Herron and Marge Pellegrino join us today.
Harold Burtzloff reminded us that now is the time to donate to Boxing for Troops. You can donate online from the home page of our website, or by check. Assembly of boxes will be Friday Dec 4 at Harold’s home! 
Our MCAT Student of the Month, Chris Trimble, was introduced by MCAT Principal and Club member Denise Coronado. Chris’s parents, Tissa and Kevin Trimble, were on hand to witness Chris’s award. Chris told us that, upon graduation from high school, he is planning for a career in the US Air Force. Our congratulations to Chris! You make us all proud.
Calendar Update: 
Mon Nov 16
Board meetings for our Club and our Club’s Foundation, 5:30pm at Maeve’s Edward Jones office on Ina Road.
Tues Nov 17
Club Assembly meeting during our regular meeting time, in which we review our activities and assess how people are feeling about the Club.
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
Tues Dec 8
Our annual Holiday party will be held at John Zwick’s beautiful Earth Energy’s Hearth & Home store, along with our annual meeting and elections of officers. Donations to More Than a Bed, the foster-care organization, will be collected. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as are donations of diapers and new toys.
Breaking News:
Today was one of those very special days in which we inducted a fantastic new member, Vanessa Ruiz. Vanessa was joined by her boss, Realtor Louis Parrish, and her Mom and two sons. We are thrilled to have Vanessa join Rotary and our Club!
Guest Speaker:
Our past District Governor Sally Montague was on hand to introduce Executive Director Hilary Dofata and Deputy Director Monica Kinyua of the Children Peace Initiative Kenya. CPI-Kenya is dedicated to working with children who live in communities that traditionally engage in inter-ethnic disputes. Hilary and Monica explained that the goal is to make children “peace bridges,” because when families are changed by their children, then conflict is decreased. They talked about the different tribes in Kenya who speak different languages, making communication between the tribes very difficult. When there is a culture of violence between tribes, the sad fact is that even the children become warriors rather than going to school. And if they don’t attend school, they don’t learn the tribal languages, and they can’t communicate. CPI-Kenya has programs that bring children from different communities together. Many of the children already have formed negative ideas about each other from their parents. But as they get to know one another in a safe, respectful environment, the negative feelings are replaced. These children return home and influence their parents. The number of violent conflicts and deaths between the communities dramatically decreases as a result. This was a powerful presentation by two very brave individuals. Thank you Hilary and Monica.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Nov 10 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-11-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
A spectacular fall morning in Marana greeted the hardy souls who met, as is their custom, at Nana’s Kitchen for our weekly meeting. We had an 80% attendance today. After President Mary Straus opened the meeting, and the pledge and invocation were given, a song followed. Singing is a long, long tradition in Rotary, but nothing in the Bylaws says that the chosen song-of-the-day has to be sung, um, well. As for today, Maeve Johnson suggested Row Row Row Your Boat sung as a round, with women first and men coming in second. As we began our attempt at this fairly sophisticated arrangement, Dan Contorno became concerned that the gender-based partitioning of the round was, in fact, sexist. So he insisted on singing with the women. Nothing in the Bylaws about that either.
Harold Burtzloff reminded us that now is the time to donate to Boxing for Troops. You can donate online from the home page of our website, or by check. Assembly of boxes will be early in December.
And it was wonderful to honor another MCAT Student of the Month, Elizabeth Rodriguez Cuenca, who was introduced by MCAT Principal and Rotarian Denise Coronado. Elizabeth’s Mom, Sandy Rodriguez, was present as well. Elizabeth has fought some serious medical issues with, as Principal Coronado put it, “resilience and a deep depth of character.” Academic Coach Sandy Howard described Elizabeth as an “absolutely amazing young lady. On the days that are really, really hard we see the girl that never gives up.” Elizabeth told us that, upon graduation from high school in either March or May 2016, she plans to attend Pima Community College for two years, then study Pharmacy at the UofA. Our congratulations to Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us.
Calendar Update: 
Sat Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
Also 11/7 marks the end of the Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon food collection drive (Oct 1 – Nov 7) with Maeve Johnson’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30am. You can help support the Marana Community Food Bank by dropping off food at the Edward Jones office at 3005 W Ina Road, Suite 101.
AND the Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at the UofA at 9:15am. You can join the team “Burning Daylight” organized by former President of Marana Rotary, Kim Holaway, and her husband Dave, who is currently fighting this disease. Register or donate at
Mon Nov 16
Board meetings for our Club and our Club’s Foundation, 6:30pm at Maeve’s Edward Jones office on Ina Road.
Tues Nov 17
Club Assembly meeting during our regular meeting time, in which we review our activities and assess how people are feeling about the Club.
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
Sat Dec 5
Welcome to Party Central! There will be two Christmas/Holiday parties this year, because one just isn’t enough. New this year is a joint party with Dove Mountain Rotary at the Gadsden Train Museum on Saturday Dec 5 from 9 to 11am. This sounds like it will be a lot of fun!
Tues Dec 8
And our second Holiday Party will be held at John Zwick’s beautiful Earth Energy’s Hearth & Home store, along with our annual meeting and elections of officers. Donations to More Than a Bed, the foster-care organization, will be collected. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated, as are donations of diapers and new toys.
Breaking News:
Jo Holt was very surprised and honored to receive her first Paul Harris award and pin today. Mary Straus had kept this information to herself, clearly an act of premeditated misbehavior.
Not to be outdone, John Dooling was awarded his seventh Paul Harris award, whose pin contains a ruby. We are all very proud of John, his dedication to Rotary, and the work he has done through our Club.
Oh Boy, More Science!
Our guest speaker Jim Nook commented on Harold’s November Club Bulletin, emailed out yesterday, and the inclusion of Mole Day. Jim has always celebrated Pi Day (who doesn’t?), but was unaware of Mole Day until now. And Denise Coronado shared that she attempted to explain the concept of a mole to a student, but that the student argued with her, and the numerals “10” and “23” became very confused and somewhat controversial. She concluded that she will never again attempt that explanation. REALLY? To be continued….
Guest Speaker:
Our guest speaker today, former AG Jim Nook, hails from Dove Mountain Rotary, but has been a frequent guest at our meetings as well. What we didn’t know about Jim would fill a book! Or a very unusual aluminum suitcase…
Jim studied metallurgy at Iowa State and the Univ. of TN. He worked at the U.S. Department of Energy’s research facility in Oakridge, TN, for over 30 years. This included a close association with the Apollo Project Group, who fabricated unique hardware items designed to travel to the moon and back.
In the course of the “race to space” in the 1960’s, an interest in conducting some scientific projects developed. It was known that the composition of the moon was similar to that of the earth, but the moon had been a relatively quiet place for eons, while the earth was subject to the violence of volcanoes, earthquakes, and storms. What could moon rocks tell us? In order to get samples of moon minerals back to earth in pristine condition, a container was needed. And thus we had the development of the “Apollo Lunas Sample Return Container,” otherwise known as the Rock Box. The Box (which looked like carry-on luggage) was made from a single block of extruded aluminum, with an iridium rim that formed a metal-to-metal seal when fully seated. Wow! The inside was cushioned with a stainless steel mesh, and Jim told the story about one of the engineers’ Mom (yes, they do have Mothers) had knitted, at his request, a small square of stainless steel thread as a prototype. She was paid $5.50 for her efforts.
Ingenuity and skilled production were trademarks of the Apollo program, and Jim brought that to life for us. Thank you Jim, and feel free to visit us any time!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Nov 3, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-11-02 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
As the full moon set over the saguaros, our faithful band of Rotarians gathered early this morning for our last meeting in October. President Mary Straus called on John Zwick to lead us in the pledge, Maeve Johnson for an inspirational invocation, and Clint Kuntz to lead us in a song. John and Mary did a great job. And Clint? Well, like we said, it was a beautiful morning.
Tony Hunter gave us an update on preparations for the El Tour de Tucson aid station at Tangerine and I-10. And Harold Burtzloff announced that now is the time to donate to Boxing for Troops. You can donate online from the home page of our website, or by check. Assembly of boxes will be early in December.
Calendar Update: 
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
Also 11/7 marks the end of the Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon food collection drive (Oct 1 – Nov 7) with Maeve Johnson’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30am. You can help support the Marana Community Food Bank by dropping off food at the Edward Jones office at 3005 W Ina Road, Suite 101.
Nov. 7th is a very popular day! The Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at the UofA at 9:15am. You can join the team “Burning Daylight” organized by former President of Marana Rotary, Kim Holaway, and her husband Dave, who is currently fighting this disease. Register or donate at
Tues Nov 17
Club Assembly meeting during our regular meeting time, in which we review Club activities and assess how people are feeling about the Club.
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
Breaking News:
Dan Contorno does not know anything about the location of Hooters on Ina Road, close to Bedrocks. One of our other Rotarians, Don Jorgensen, ran the A Mountain half-marathon on Sunday. Very impressive!
And resident astrophysicist Peter Mack is back in Marana today! But not for long!
He gave us a quick run-down of all the places he’s been since the end of July. He and wife Josie spent a little over two months in Hawaii, then Peter was off to Australia, then the Canary Isles, and finally in London last week. He’ll be heading back to Australia for a couple of weeks. He did mention that the Rotary Club of Cocnabarabran there does fundraising by selling food from a truck. An idea that might also work in Marana? Can you say Cocnabarabran?
Guest Speaker:
Pat Woznick from Treasures4Teachers of Tucson joined us this morning to explain how they help teachers. We all know
 that teachers pay for school supplies out of their own pockets. Treasures4Teachers helps with that, by providing inexpensive supplies for pre-K to 7th grade for purchase by teachers only. Their store is located at 6800 N. Camino Martin #124 and they can be reached at and at 425-3956. If you teach in any way, including Sunday school, you can become a member.
Many of their items are donated by retiring teachers, and they also have an impressive list of sponsors (
Treasures4Teachers currently has 350 members, but Pat says that many teachers still don’t know about their organization. Membership is $35/year. Those of us who aren’t teachers can support this effort by buying a gift membership and/or gift certificate. Pat suggested giving the gift membership or certificate to a parent-teacher organization, who will then find a teacher in need.
Kathleen Neighbors vouched for T4Teachers, saying that they have lots of books and supplies and that it is a wonderful service! Thank you, Pat, for letting us know about your wonderful organization!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Oct 27 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-10-28 07:00:00Z 0
Student of the Year
Bryann Valdez
Mountain View High School Senior
Bryann Valdez has always loved animals, even as a small child. She was heartbroken when she found out that she had to wait to turn 17 to volunteer at an animal rehabilitation center. Now, she is finally able to devote some of her time at a center for wild animals.
A senior at Mountain View, Bryann is currently getting certified as a veterinary assistant through the JTED program. She then plans to pursue her dream job of becoming a veterinarian.
Throughout her life Bryann has struggled with many medical issues caused by Valley Fever, which she contracted as an infant. Even though she has endured those hardships, she still gets up every day and does what she has to do to reach her goals. Bryann says “I’m very excited for the next stage of my life and grateful for the opportunity Rotary has bestowed upon me. No matter what tries to get in my way, I promise that I will continue to fight and overcome those challenges to get to the place I want to be.”
MUSD Employee of the Year
Kathleen Neighbors
Tortolita Middle School Teacher
Kathleen Neighbors has been with MUSD for nine years, and for the first eight years taught at-risk 7th and 8th graders Math and Language Arts through her Cougar’s Den program. A key component of this program was a Service Learning Class, to engage these youth in community service. For this reason, she became involved with Youth in Philanthropy, teaching her students to write grants resulting in a $1500 matched award to Casa de los Ninos. When Kathleen presented this project to the Casas Adobes Rotary club, it led to a serendipitous connection to the Rotary Club of Marana. She started an Interact Club (for high school and middle school students) which was officially chartered with Rotary International in the fall of 2010.
Kathleen’s passion for service, the environment, and healthy food has driven her to find ways to empower youth and to help them believe they too will be able to make the world a better place.


Woman of the Year
Marsha Johnson
Trico Electric (retired)
Marsha Johnson was hoping to raise her children in a rural environment similar to her own upbringing on a farm in Indiana when she and her family moved to the Marana area in 1974. It didn’t take long for Marana to make a lasting impression on the Johnsons. MUSD and the Marana Health and Dental Clinic provided the education, care, and affordability that every family needs. Throughout her career with the Trico Electric Cooperative, Marsha interacted with people who found it difficult to pay their electric bill. She made it her mission to develop programs and services to assist those in need.
Marsha is a member of the Marana Community Food Bank Advisory Board and the Board of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, and she is a citizen volunteer for the Town of Marana and Northwest Fire Dept. She doesn’t think of her volunteerism as work, but as a rewarding opportunity to help Marana be a better place for our families.


Man of the Year
Terry Rozema
Marana Chief of Police
Chief Rozema is a 28-year veteran of the law enforcement profession, with a majority of that being spent with the Tucson Police Dept. During nearly 24 years with TPD, he rose through the ranks to Assistant Chief of Police in charge of the Support Service Bureau (where he oversaw SWAT, Hostage, Air Support, K-9, Communications, Traffic, Special Events, Emergency Management and Homeland Security). Throughout his career with TPD Terry gained extensive experience in uniform patrol, criminal investigations, undercover operations, internal affairs, traffic, & community relations.
In Jan 2011 Terry took the helm as Marana Chief of Police. Their mission of providing “unparalleled service and unwavering protection” to the citizens of Marana is rooted in the philosophy that we are servants above all else.
Terry was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute  for Police conducted by Harvard Univ. He is an Executive Board Member of both the Counter Narcotics Alliance and the AZ Assn of Chiefs of Police, and is a Steering Committee member of the Southern AZ Law Enforcement Training Academy. He and his wife Kathy have five children.
Service Above Self Award Recipients for 2015 Jo Holt 2015-10-27 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
President Mary Straus opened today’s meeting by acknowledging our special guest Assistant Governor Jim Lamb, and by thanking the Service Above Self dinner committee for a wonderful event on Oct 9.
This week we held our MCAT Student of the Month award, which went to Sema Lerma-Hernandez, who was accompanied by her Mom Susan and Academic Coach Sandy Howard. Sandy told us that Sema was “one tough cookie” when she first joined MCAT. She just wanted to get her work done and get out. Sema explained that it took time for her to really start liking to come to school. Now she sees herself as an influence on sisters and nieces and other young people struggling with school. As Sandy says, Sema is an inspiration to other students.
Shown above: Sema (left) receiving her Student of the Month award from President Mary Straus.
Calendar Update: 
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
Also 11/7 marks the end of the Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon food collection drive (Oct 1 – Nov 7) with Maeve Johnson’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30am. You can help support the Marana Community Food Bank by dropping off food at the Edward Jones office at 3005 W Ina Road, Suite 101.
Nov. 7th is a very popular day! The Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at the UofA at 9:15am. You can join the team “Burning Daylight” organized by former President of Marana Rotary, Kim Holaway, and her husband Dave, who is currently fighting this disease. Register or donate at
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
Breaking News:
Did you know that the number of molecules in one mole of any substance is 6.02 x 1023? Resident biochemist/molecular biophysicist Jo Holt shared this valuable information with us because Friday Oct. 23 is officially Mole Day. (October 23, 10-23. Get it?). Although quite a few Marana Rotarians did not know about Avogado’s number (Jim Lamb did, as did Alan Chestnut!), there were approximately 6.02 x 1023 comments made about “moles.” Even extending to “mold.” Jo will continue to try to explain various scientific and mathematical constants to this group, regardless of the enormity of the challenge.
Guest Speaker:
We had the pleasure of being visited by two experts on the Pima County Bond proposals that residents are currently voting on:  Nicole Fyffe, Executive Assistant to the County Supervisor (left), and Diane Durazo, Special Staff Assistant to the Supervisor (right). Along with some handouts summarizing the bond proposals, Nicole explained the basics of how the bond proposals came to be, and what they cover. There has been over 40 years of bonding in Pima county to fund infrastructure that supports businesses and residents. Over this time, 54 bonds have been approved and only 4 were not approved. Since 1997 there have been over 700 individual projects funded by bonds, which can be viewed with an interactive map on the County website (
The Bond Advisory Committee has been working on this package of projects for Pima county since 2006 and held over 100 meetings to work through about $3Billion of requests. The Committee sent a $650Million package to the Board of Supervisors, who added road repair and construction projects for a final total of $815M which includes 99 projects or programs.
The current bond proposals involve in Marana flood control, library, parks, tourism, and conservation projects, as well as $9M for Marana roads.
Marana Rotary thanks Nicole and Diane for a very informative presentation on the Pima County bonds, and encourages everyone to vote (either yes or no) by or on Nov. 3.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Oct 20 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today’s meeting of the Marana Rotary Club was called to order by Secretary and President Nominee Jo Holt, who filled in for vacationing President Mary Straus. We sang a rousing rendition of “This Little Light” led by songmaster Clint Kuntz, who had John Dooling actually lead the song. Way to delegate, Clint!
Club members discussed our recent event, the Service Above Self awards dinner, held last Friday. John Dooling felt that the 2015-2016 Marana Man of the Year (Police Chief Terry Rozema) was definitely a cut above last year’s choice. Hey, wait a minute. That was Mr. John Dooling himself!
And we all send our very best get well wishes to Past President Alice Rigney and to PDG Randy Brooks.
Calendar Update: 
Mon Oct 19
Monthly meeting of the Board. All members are welcome to attend. Contact Mary or Jo for meeting time and place.
Thurs Oct 22
The RC of Dove Mountain has invited us to attend their evening meeting (at 5pm at the Highlands Clubhouse) featuring speaker Saad Allawi from the Oro Valley Rotary Club on “Anger in the Arab World; What Should the West Do?”
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
Also 11/7 marks the end of the Edward Jones Bag-a-Thon food collection drive (Oct 1 – Nov 7) with Maeve Johnson’s annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30am. You can help support the Marana Community Food Bank by dropping off food at the Edward Jones office at 3005 W Ina Road, Suite 101.
Nov. 7th is a very popular day! The Tucson Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at the UofA at 9:15am. You can join the team “Burning Daylight” organized by former President of Marana Rotary, Kim Holaway, and her husband Dave, who is currently fighting this disease. Register or donate at
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! Club members, along with Teacher of the Year Kathleen Neighbors’ Interact students from Tortolita Middle School, will be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. Contact Tony Hunter to volunteer.
Breaking News:
Dan Contorno had his Rotary pin again today! Sergeant at Arms Javier Teran did not! And in spite of this statistically unlikely event, the laws of physics have not been reversed, and the universe continues to expand!
Guest Speaker:
We were very pleased to have a return visit by Mr. Tom Hopkins with Habitat for Humanity, who described Habitat’s Neighborhood Partnership Program. Building new homes is a powerful tool that helps families and communities, but it’s only one tool that Habitat is applying toward reviving neighborhoods. Tom talked about how Habitat approaches a neighborhood in distress by first adopting a listening posture with residents in a targeted neighborhood. Instead of asking “What do you need?” Habitat is asking “What are your dreams for your neighborhood?” Tom told us that it’s not unusual for residents to ask why anyone would want to work on their neighborhood. He talked about the lack of trust found in distressed neighborhoods, where there is often little or no trust of outside helpers and of other residents. When there is no trust, there is hopelessness. Habitat is engaging other partners to show residents how to form neighborhood watch groups, to clean up vacant properties, and to build new homes. Tom told some wonderful stories about how a sustained presence of Habitat in a targeted neighborhood changes lives and restores hope and pride to the residents. We thank Tom for a truly inspiring presentation! 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Oct 13, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-10-14 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Another beautiful late September morning in Marana, AZ! Today marks a transition in our club’s leadership. President Alice Rigney has decided to step down so that she can focus on regaining her health. President Elect Mary Straus becomes our new President. Alice addressed the group and said that she would continue to work with the Club as her health improves. This is very good news! Our club will support both Alice and Mary as they assume their new roles. Mary announced that Board meetings will continue to be held on the third Monday of each month at Maeve Johnson’s Edward Jones office on Ina Road.
We welcomed the return of Tom Mangold and permitted him to brag a little (actually it was quite a lot) about his family’s athletic prowess. He passed around the Sept 12 edition of the Daily Star which featured a football player for Ironwood Ridge that Tom said he was related to. Maeve interjected that Tom should be fined for bragging. He did pay a $5 fine, but then continued to brag some more. At that point, we all decided to let him get away with it (this time).
The Service Above Self Dinner is approaching (Oct 9), and Denise Coronado reminded everyone that we still have room for more auction items.
Calendar Update: 
Fri Oct 9
Our annual Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. You can buy your tickets for this event right here on our website!
Thurs Oct 22
The RC of Dove Mountain has invited us to attend their evening meeting (at 5pm at the Highlands Clubhouse) featuring speaker Saad Allawi from the Oro Valley Rotary Club on “Anger in the Arab World; What Should the West Do?”
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
Sat Nov 21
El Tour de Tucson day! We’ll be aiding riders at Tangerine Rd and I-10. See Tony Hunter to sign up to volunteer for this event.
Breaking News:
Dan Contorno had his Rotary pin today! yes  
And, we had two honored guests from the Old Pueblo RC, AG Jim Lovelace and Keith Ganske, who challenged our Club to enter a team for their Old Pueblo poker tournament on Oct 17. You can find all the details about this event at
Guest Speaker:
Our inbound foreign exchange student Matus Bogart from Slovakia was our guest speaker today. Matus gave us some basic facts and background on his country. Slovakia split from the Czech Republic in 1993 and has a population of 5.5 million people. After talking about this, Matus immediately switched the conversation to food. He said one of the favorite foods of Slovakia is bryndzove halusky, or potato dumplings with melted sheep cheese (bryndza) and bacon. Slovakia is also the land of many castles and dramatic landscapes. Matus introduced (some of) us to Peter Sagan, who is a famous champion cyclist and the pride of Slovakia. It might even be said that Matus was bragging just a little. He ended his presentation with a wonderful video called Slovakia – Little Big Country, and gave each of us a business card and a personalized refrigerator magnet. Maeve Johnson asked Matus why Spanish is one of the languages he chose to learn, and he said that 20 countries speak Spanish, it is one of the world languages, and he wants to be able to travel for business opportunities. Alice asked “What do you want to do?” and Matus replied “Something with money.” Thank you, Matus, for sharing your story with us. We’re so glad you’re here!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept 29 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-30 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
In spite of actual weather happening courtesy of the remnants of Tropical Depression Sixteen-E, the hardiest of Marana Rotarians made their way to Nana’s Kitchen for our weekly meeting. President Elect, Mary Straus, brightened the room as she lead our meeting. Mary is standing in for President Alice Rigney, who continues to improve with our very best wishes.
Randy Brooks reminded us about the upcoming District Conference, and mentioned that exchange student Matus will be bringing a special Slovakian dessert to the Conference (for those who are primarily dessert-driven). Alan Chestnut gave his happy bucks in honor of his recent trip to Colorado, where he witnessed a special princess tea party put on by his grandchildren. That’s “witnessed,” not “participated in.” At least that’s what he told us.
And Immediate Past President Maeve Johnson not only led us in song, but also recounted her adventures with Secretary Jo Holt at last Saturday’s marathon Hunger Walk. Yes, folks, Jo and Maeve traversed the entire 1.6 miles in record time. Jo traveled to and from the walk (held at the Kino Sports Complex) in the bus our Club supplied for staff, volunteers, and board members of the Marana Food Bank. Jo decided to ride the bus, you know, just to keep an eye on everyone.
Calendar Update: 
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website,, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
Fri Oct 9
Our annual Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. You can buy your tickets for this event right here on our website!
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
Breaking News:
Our friend and President Elect of Dove Mountain Rotary, Aleta Wiener, visited us this morning to invite everyone to their evening meeting on Oct. 22 at 5pm. The speaker will be Saad Allawi from the Oro Valley Rotary Club on “Anger in the Arab World; What Should the West Do?” Dove Mountain Rotary meets at The Highlands clubhouse.
Guest Speaker:
Our very own Sulee Edwards introduced (most of) us to “More Than a Bed,” a local non-profit group that assists foster care
The foster care system is in crisis in Pima County, caring for 4500 children with less than one thousand foster homes available. Of this number, close to 400 children are ready for adoption, and around 700 are living in group homes.
​Sulee addressed the question of how much a foster parent or family makes. They make about $25/day, or $1 per hour. Now, she asked, how much do you think it costs to raise a child? It works out to about $33/day on average. In other words, foster parents do not get reimbursed enough to cover their costs. Clint Kuntz shared with us that it cost several thousand dollars to have his home licensed to accept a child.
Sulee’s friend Grace Stockdale started More Than a Bed ( specifically to help foster families gather the things needed to foster a child. This invaluable organization can be helped by direct donation or donation of goods. They 
can be found on Facebook as More Than A Bed.
Sulee reminded us that foster kids aren’t just someone else’s kids. They are everyone’s children, and every adult is responsible for each of them, because that is what our community is built on. Thank you so much, Sulee, for educating us about a heartbreaking situation, and yet leaving us feeling greatly inspired.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept 22, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
Today was a special day for our Club, as we were visited by District Governor Frank Presson, Assistant Governor Jim Lamb, and District Governor Nominee Joe Hentges. Past President of Marana Rotary Kim Holaway also joined us to thank us for thinking of her and husband Dave. And Honorary member Deb Hume was there along with our amazing exchange student Matus! President Elect, Mary Straus, stood in for President Alice Rigney. We all hope you feel much better very soon, Alice!
When you think of Randy, think of “taskmaster.”
Or so says District Administrator Liz Cohn, also our guest this Tuesday. She was talking about none other than Randy Brooks, PDG and District Vice-Governor and an all-round extraordinary human being.
When you think of chicken wings, think of Denise.
Mary reminded us that items for the silent auction at our upcoming Service Before Self awards dinner are still be sought. To help us identify items that would suit that purpose, MCAT Principal Denise Coronado staged a group exercise, part of which involved something we were supposed to write on cards AND holding one’s elbows out to the side like chicken wings. Many of us were completely distracted by the latter and could no longer recall what the exercise was about. Thank you Principal Coronado for a very special Rotary moment.
Calendar Update: 
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex ( Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk!
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website,, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
Fri Oct 9
Our annual Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. You can buy your tickets for this event right here on our website!
Wed Nov 7
Rotary Foundation Day includes a seminar at PCC from 9am to 3pm, and dinner at the Omni, reception at 6pm, dinner at 7.
Breaking News:
THIS FRIDAY at Nana’s, Randy Brooks will be strummin’ and singin’ along with his good friend Bert Beatty from Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss it on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm! Randy and friends always play for a good cause.
Presentation of Paul Harris Society membership to Mary Straus
Guest Charlotte Harris, past President of the Tucson Rotary Club, introduced our President Elect Mary who received her Paul Harris Society pin today fro DG Frank Presson. The Rotary Foundation recognizes those members who contribute $1000 or more every year to the Annual Fund, Polio Plus, or approved Foundation grants through induction into the Paul Harris Society. We know Mary as the Mom of Lilly, a frequent guest at our meetings, but did you know that she has a MA in Psychology and a BS in Occupational Therapy? She has worked in behavioral health for over 25 years with people living a wide range of socio-cultural experiences. Mary currently owns her own private practice. She joined Rotary in Dec 2013 and also serves on the board of Owl and Panther, a non-profit group that uses the arts and community partnerships to address refugee families affected by political torture and trauma. All of us in Marana Rotary want to thank and congratulate Mary on her dedication to Rotary!
Guest Speaker:
AG Jim Lamb, the immediate past President of Saddlebrooke Rotary, greeted us all in Cherokee, a proud part of his heritage. In introducing DG Frank Presson, Jim reminded us that Frank is a past President of the Rotary Club of Catalina. Frank shared several inspirational stories with us, including his experience with a 16 yr old boy in Mexico who was paralyzed and could only move around by dragging himself or being carried by someone. Through Rotary, the boy received his first wheelchair, and was suddenly granted a new level of independence. This was Frank’s Rotary moment.
Frank talked about the issue of retaining members world-wide. He emphasized the importance of local projects that engage a wide range of members. Local projects change lives, Frank said, right in front of you. And that changes your life as well. Past President Maeve Johnson asked Frank for his primary, overarching goal as DG, which he said in his response was to increase service projects with youth groups. To this end, he praised our club for our newly re-formed Interact Club at Tortolita Middle School and our local service projects that benefit young people. Thank you Frank, for your visit and inspirational message!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept 15, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-16 07:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
It was a dark and gloomy morning. Threatening clouds were forming to the south. But Marana Rotarians are not easily discouraged, dissuaded, or deterred. We gathered as is our custom at Nana’s Restaurant where owner Javier Teran welcomed us. Our President Elect, Mary Straus, stood in for President Alice Rigney, who is not feeling her usual perky self. We were very pleased that two wonderful young people joined us – Mary’s daughter Lilly and our exchange student Matus. And how nice that Sulee Edwards is back from her well-deserved time off!
Calendar Update: 
Mon Sept 14
A special Board meeting with District Governor Frank Presson and Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb in the evening at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley. All committee chairs will be reporting to the DG.
Tues Sept 15
Our regular Club meeting is honored to host District Governor Frank Presson, and all members are encouraged to attend.
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex ( Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website,, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse.
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Somewhere close by.
Breaking News:
John Dooling gave a report on the newly-reconstituted Interact Club at Tortolita Middle School. John, along with Alice and George Rigney and Jo Holt, inducted 10 new members last week. Our Rotarians were there to “assist” teacher Kathleen Neighbors, who is an honorary member of our Rotary club herself. What a great group of students she has attracted! You’ll be hearing more about them in the weeks to come… Regular readers may recall that PDG Randy Brooks won the 50/50 pot several weeks ago, and Treasurer Lynne Himmer announced that Randy is donating all $226 to Polio Plus. You’re a tough act to follow, Randy. And speaking of acts….did you know that he sings and plays guitar and tells interesting stories as well? In his next guest appearance at Nana’s, Randy will be joined by good friend Bert Beatty from Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss it on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm! Randy and friends always play for a good cause.
Guest Speaker:
Our outbound exchange student from last year, Tori Johnson, gave us a fascinating look at life in Latvia today. Tori was accompanied by her grandmother Alice, who is clearly thrilled to have her granddaughter back home, at least until she graduates from Marana High next year and starts at NAU.
Did you know that Latvia is one of the Baltic States located just south of Sweden? There are only 2 million residents of the country, half of whom live in the capital Riga. Tori went to school in Saldus where she was hosted by three families and the Saldus Rotary Club. Her school covered grades four through twelve and still had only 300 students. Tori’s favorite class was geography, whereas she found Russian, culture, and physics harder to understand. Most teachers in Latvia do not speak English, and the Latvian language is not an easy one to learn. Although, Tori spoke a little Latvian for us and that was very impressive!
Last winter, when she first learned about rolling in the snow after getting all nice and warm in the spa, Tori was sure that was one of the definitions of insanity. But she did it and now she’s all for it!
Tori’s great Latvian adventure ended with an amazing tour of Europe for Rotarian exchange students. Thank you, Tori, for sharing your experiences and your great pictures with us! We’re proud of how you represented Marana in a very different part of the world.
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept 8, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-08 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt
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Can anyone imagine a better way to start a new month than going Rotary? President Alice Rigney opened our meeting and Tony Hunter stepped in for Javier Teran as Sergeant at Arms (Javier was busy in the kitchen). Given that the Sergeant at Arms is charged with keeping order at meetings and, if necessary, forcibly removing any members who are disruptive, we found Tony quite in his element and appropriately intimidating. Still unfazed, however, Dan Contorno was again without pin (WP), and even otherwise highly organized Clint Kuntz admitted that he “pulled a Dan” and forgot his pin. And then there was a strangely familiar face in the crowd – who exactly is that guy? Why, it’s none other than Don Jorgensen. Don said he had been visiting family in Seattle, but there was some scuttlebutt on one side of the room that he’d actually been in the hoosegow. Whatever your story, welcome back Don!
Calendar Update: 
Mon Sept 14
A special Board meeting with District Governor Frank Presson and Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb in the evening at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley. All committee chairs will be reporting to the DG.
Tues Sept 15
Our regular Club meeting will host District Governor Frank Presson, and all members are encouraged to attend.
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex ( Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website,, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse.
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. No, we’ll not let you forget it.
Other Announcements:
We were joined today by our exchange student Matus and by Mary’s lovely daughter Lilly! Hey, and don’t forget -- in his next gig at Nana’s, Randy Brooks will be joined by good friend Bert Beatty from Las Vegas. You won’t want to miss it on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm!
Breaking News:
We have a new member!! Today Marana Rotary inducted Veronica Harper as our newest member. Veronica has led a busy life, working for Boeing in Texas while raising cattle at the same time. Moving to Arizona opened up the opportunity for her to participate in a service organization, while working for Raytheon and traveling all over, and we’re very happy that she chose to be with us!
Guest Speakers:
Today’s very special guest speaker was Mr. Tony Hunter, who used to be our newest member, from the Town of Marana. He told us the story of his life. Now, Tony is one of our youngest members, and so it was a pretty short story. But really interesting! Tony is one of those rare individuals who was actually born and raised in Tucson, graduated from Catalina Foothills High, and attended the UofA for two years while deciding what he wanted to do with his life, and then relocated to NAU where he graduated with a degree in English. Meanwhile, his long-time interest in music was growing, and he moved to Hollywood to pursue playing guitar and piano. Living and working in LA was fun, and he learned a lot from working with people in the music business. He then tried his luck in Nashville, where he held down an unusual job for a young man as a Merry Maid (to pay the bills). There were several comments from members at this point which will go undocumented herein. After Nashville, Tony found his way back to Marana and used his house-cleaning skills to clean dorms at the UofA. This was, he said, a character-building experience. But working for the UofA also gave him free tuition, and he took night classes in public administration. This really appealed to Tony – he found preparing for a career in public admin followed more logical steps than in the music industry. Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson gave a talk at one class, and Tony remembers thinking that “it would be cool to work for that guy someday.” Sure enough, in 2014 Tony became a summer intern in the Town Manager’s office, he completed his Master’s degree in May, and was hired full time. Tony is really a joy to have in our Rotary Club, and we appreciated getting to know him better today!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Sept. 1, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Secretary Jo Holt on Aug 25, 2015
Marana Rotarians were warmly greeted by Harold Burtzloff this morning, and we were very pleased and honored to have former Assistant Governor Jim Nook visiting us at Nana’s Kitchen.
After the opening ceremony was led by President Alice Rigney, song leader John Dooling thanked PDG Randy Brooks for his musical performance at Nana’s last Friday night in which several hundred dollars was raised for Alzheimer’s research on behalf of a very good friend of Rotary here in Marana. In addition to back-up singer Deb Hume and exchange student Matus, President-Elect Mary Straus and Lily were there, as were John and Cindy Dooling, Jane Howell, Jo Holt, and a guest appearance by Cheryl Cage. In his next gig at Nana’s, Randy will be joined by good friend Bert Beatty from Las Vegas on Sept. 18 from 6-8pm.
And Randy Brooks gave his Happy Bucks today since someone was able to beat him at Scrabble. Although it was a teenager from Slovakia. This, of course, would be our own Matus, exchange student extraordinaire at Marana High! And, as if that wasn't sufficient, Randy then won the 50/50 pot by pulling the Joker! 
Calendar Update: 
Mon Sept 14
A special Board meeting with District Governor Frank Presson and Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb in the evening at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley. All committee chairs will be reporting to the DG.
Tues Sept 15
Our regular Club meeting will host District Governor Frank Presson, and all members are encouraged to attend.
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex ( Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website,, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse.
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Yes, that’s only 269 days, 6458 hours from the time of this report!
Other Announcements:
George Rigney explained that we will have the opportunity to purchase RYLA coffee mugs at $10 each. The exact time and place will have to go unreported as the Secretary was too busy thinking about RYLA coffee mugs to write that info down, but she thinks it may have something to do with the upcoming District conference. So, ahem, stay tuned!
Breaking News:
Next week we have the honor of inducting a new member, Veronica Harper, who is with Raytheon. And, one of our newest members and crowd favorite Tony Hunter will be revealing all the secrets of his life. Yes, Tony, that’s how we do things here.
Guest Speakers:
We were fortunate to have John Kmiec, the Director of Marana Water, and Asia Philbin, Resource Coordinator for Marana Water, as our guest speakers today on one of the most important topics in the desert southwest:  WATER. John came to Marana water from Tucson water in 2012, and Asia made the same journey about a year and a half ago. John started us off with a great picture of a young man selling water from sacks strapped to a donkey many, many years ago. The water came from the Santa Cruz, which flowed regularly at the time, and was sold for one penny a gallon.
Things have changed a little since then. The Santa Cruz is typically dry now because of a much lower water table due to pumping for the one million people that live in the area. But, Arizona is in fact forward-thinking in its water-management, and passed the groundwater management act in 1980 with codes that greatly reduced problems like subsidence, and required the use of renewable sources of water.
John also showed a good picture of the recharge basins in Avra Valley. When water from the Colorado River was first delivered to Tucson in the early 1990’s (via the Central AZ Project), it was so salt-heavy that it ruined pipes and other infrastructure. It was then that the decision was made to use recharge basins to filter the water.
At this point in John and Asia’s presentation, we Rotarians began to ask quite a few highly-intelligent questions. George Rigney wanted to know how long until the ground below the recharge basins will be “clogged” with salts? The answer: a real long time, don’t worry. Lynne Himmer asked about the toxic spill from a mine in Colorado. The answer: contaminant levels too small to measure. Alan Chestnut asked why he, as a resident of Dove Mountain, gets a bill from Tucson Water. The answer: Dove Mtn. and Continental Ranch were Tucson water customers before Marana water was founded.
The future of water in the Tucson area is all about wastewater reclamation, conservation and habitat restoration, and continued use of surface water through the CAP. Marana is now involved in all of these efforts, preparing for the future. Thank you to John and Asia for a fascinating look into Marana Water!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Aug. 25, 2015 Secretary Jo Holt 2015-08-25 07:00:00Z 0
President Alice Rigney opened our Rotary meeting, and song leader and Marana Man of the Year John Dooling chose an inspirational song to greet the early morning in Marana. Very special, although not everyone could recall the lyrics to “Pop Goes the Weasle.”
We were very pleased to have Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb visiting us today, as well as Don Zavis, who is active in sales training (, and our speaker, Vanessa Gonzales with Saguaro National Park.
Alice, PDG Randy Brooks, and President-Elect Mary Straus talked about the upcoming District 5500 Conference and how important it is to attend (see Calendar Update below). There is no better way to get the vibe of Rotary, Randy says, than to attend at least part of the Conference! Alice announced that the Nogales water project, which is being led by Saddlebrooke Rotary, is still at the funding stage, but should get underway in the next few weeks. It’s exciting to partner with another Rotary club in an international project so close to home, and the importance of clean drinking water at school cannot be overestimated.
Secretary Jo Holt gave an update on the newly-formed Interact Club at Tortolita Middle School and the upcoming launch of our Financial Literacy Project. Honorary Club member Kathleen Neighbors, a teacher at Tortolita, is organizing the Interact Club, which will meet after school on Wednesdays. Jo reported that we will be using a financial literacy program from the Univ. of AZ ( Kathleen is adapting the lesson plans to fit within the Interact Club time frame. Jo thanks both Kathleen and Principle Rex Scott for their support of our new literacy program.
Calendar Update: 
Mon Sept 14
A special Board meeting with District Governor Frank Presson and Assistant District Governor Jim Lamb in the evening at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley. All committee chairs will be reporting to the DG. Agenda, instructions, exact time, and directions to Jo’s will be sent to all participating Club members.
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex ( Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25. To register for the Conference, go to the District website,, where you’ll be directed to the District Conference 2015 Site Page.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Yep, that’s next year, folks.
Other Announcements:
Alice presented Nana’s Kitchen owner and club member Javier Teran with a new Sergeant at Arms pin, which seemed to soften him up just a little.
Breaking News:
Medical updates dominate our breaking news segment today. First of all, Harold Burtzloff re-joined us after his successful surgery. And would you believe it…? Yes, it’s Tony Hunter returning to the fold after his very serious cycling accident. Welcome back!! And the good news continues – Past President Maeve Johnson reported that Past President Kathleen Debiak had successful surgery and, after many months, her health is returning. Now that's worth celebrating!
Guest Speaker:
 UofA senior Vanessa Gonzales, a wildlife conservation major and part of the Ranger Corps at Saguaro National Park East, gave us some of the history and current uses of the Park. A professor at the UofA and a local newspaper were instrumental in having the area set aside as a national monument in 1933. The monument became a national park in 1984, and is divided into East and West segments with a total of 165 miles of hiking. Saguaros are trees with long lifetimes, growing very slowly. Young saguaro are easily destroyed and damaged by trampling, and that was one of the main reasons for protecting their habitat. Although they begin blooming at 35 years, and develop arms at around 55 years, saguaro live beyond 200 years. The Western National Parks Association and the Friends of Saguaro are important funding partners of Saguaro National Park. The Park is truly a national treasure that we host here in southern Arizona. We thank Vanessa for her visit and wish her the best in her career!
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Aug.18, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-08-18 07:00:00Z 0
Undeterred by the dark clouds gathering from the east, a determined flock of Rotarians found shelter at Nana’s Kitchen this morning, greeted by owner Javier Teran. The group welcomed our exchange student from Slovakia, Matus, once again. There were no guests this morning.
President Alice Rigney opened the meeting, and past President Maeve Johnson reminded us that the Rotary board had approved funding for the Hunger Walk bus, which will transport walkers to the Kino Sports Complex on Sat, Sept. 19.
Happy bucks was a relatively quiet affair today. As our regular readers know, it can get a little rambunctious at times. George Rigney was happy that he was leaving town for a cooler climate in the White Mountains. Alice Rigney was happy that George was leaving town. There were no questions for purpose of clarification.
Calendar Update: 
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex ( Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
The annual District 5500 Conference will be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25.
Mon Sept 28
All Committee Chairs will meet in the evening with the District Governor Frank Presson at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Yes, that’s 2016. We plan ahead.
Other Announcements:
George Rigney reported that Harold Burtzloff’s surgery was a success, and Harold will be recuperating for about three weeks. However, his surgeon reported that she was not able to remove all the stubbornness and crankiness that comes from growing up in Liberal, KS. Get better soon, Harold, we miss you!
Breaking News:
Alice reported that she and Jo Holt handed out Tootsie Roll pops on behalf of Marana Rotary at the Marana Summer Concert last Saturday night in the midst of random thunderstorms. The band had to stop on more than one occasion. Jo kept checking weather radar on her phone and pointing out the importance of maintaining a healthy respect for lightening. It was clear that Alice was unafraid of the forces of nature (being one herself).
Our exchange student Vanessa, bound for the Czech Republic later this month, is in Colorado Springs with her recently relocated family, but is in touch with the Club via Jo Holt. Vanessa’s preparations are underway, and she’ll keep everyone posted.
Guest Speaker:
  Today’s speaker was one of our newest members, Clint Kuntz, the CEO of Marana Health Center. Clint began his talk by cautioning that he had not led a very interesting life so far. He then proceeded to tell us a fascinating story about growing up in one of the poorest areas of the country, Muskingum County, Ohio, and finding his way in a seemingly haphazard fashion to his present-day position at MHC. Secretary’s note: Clint is a young man and has even further to go in the future. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here…
Clint grew up in Appalachian country in a very poor, sparsely populated rural area. His father was a coal miner, until the Clean Air Act shut down the mines and threw already poor mining families into unemployment. This was an example, Clint believes, of the unintended consequences of regulatory edicts. His father, however, refused to give up, and was able to return to college and become a diesel mechanic. Clint was the oldest of five children, and worked his way through college to get his degree in computer science.
For those of us who remember dial-up modems and that distinctive handshake sound, we can appreciate working in a roomful of remote modems talking to modems all over the area. After working there and for a software company located in Amish country, Clint and Kendra moved back to Muskingum County and went into business for themselves, running a pre-school. Although the school did not make a profit, it was a good experience, and they still hear from some of those children, who are now in high school.
In 2001 Congress passed the Health Center Growth Initiative, and the Muskingum Valley Health Center was established in a remodeled Holiday Inn. Clint told the story of Chuck Hunter, the visionary who led the development effort for the Center, but who died of a heart attack just two days before the Center was to open. A request to Housing and Human Services to delay the opening of the Center was denied for some reason.
On opening day, Clint started his new job in charge of internet technology at the Center, and was directed to locate his own office, desk, phone, and computer, which he did. Desperately trying to figure out how to run a Health Center while taking in their first patients, the CEO promoted Clint to COO, and together they both figured out that, in order to make the center successful, they had to run it like a business, not a social service. Eventually Clint was lured away from Muskingum Valley Health Center to build a new Center in Lancaster County. Originally a part of the County health department, the new Center became a non-profit and began expanding.
During this time, Clint and Kendra’s daughter was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. This was a life-altering experience for their family, and the decision was made to leave the area and move to a place where their children would have better opportunities and a better quality of life. That brought them to Oro Valley and to Marana Health Center. Thank you, Clint, for sharing an inspiring story of the very difficult task of working one’s way out of poverty. 
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Aug. 11, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-08-11 07:00:00Z 0
What's Rotary?
We're a leadership organization.
We're made up of local business, professional & civic leaders.
We meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships & through that, we're able to get things done in this community.
Another beautiful summer morning in southern Arizona saw Marana Rotarians flocking to their regular Tuesday meeting, like the swallows returning to Capistrano. Or almost like that. Nana’s Kitchen was cookin’ with President Alice Rigney presiding. Two members were welcomed home from long trips:  Alan Chestnut, who was in Colorado and Alaska, and John Dooling, who was somewhere in Wyoming with two grandsons, looking for Yogi the Bear. PDG Randy Brooks introduced a special guest, Mr. Brent Schlosser, the Store Director of Safeway at Twin Peaks and Silverbell (a great store).
Wouldn’t you know that John Dooling, the Marana Man of the Year, returns to find himself Song Leader for August? No problem here, John was in his element as he selected “Let It Shine” and the Marana Rotary Choir responded. Dan Contorno was immediately struck with a great fundraising idea. Record our morning songs and sell the CD at events! Now, Dan has had some great ideas, like the rebirth of the Tour de Cookie. Some of his ideas have saved the Marana School District millions of dollars. This wouldn’t be one of those. Still, he’s always thinking.
Jane Howell announced that someone left a pair of men’s sunglasses in her purse at a recent Rotary event at Mary Straus’ home. There were no takers, but a lively discussion ensued regarding a variety of theories as to how men’s accessories would find their way into Jane’s purse. Nothin’ but love, Jane.
Calendar Update
Sat Aug 8
From 5 to 6pm, Alice will be handing out tootsie roll pops on behalf of our Club at the free concert series held at Crossroads Silverbell Park (behind the Marana Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr Library). The concert starts at 7pm. Come join her to help spread the word about Marana Rotary, and enjoy the music as well.
Sat Sept 19
The Community Food Bank Hunger Walk will take place at Tucson’s Kino Sports Complex ( Marana Rotary is sponsoring a bus to take Marana participants to the walk.
Sept 24-26
District 5500 Conference at the Hilton El Conquistador in Oro Valley. Our Club, in conjunction with the Dove Mountain and Oro Valley Clubs, will be hosting an ice cream social on Friday Sept 25.
Mon Sept 28
All Committee Chairs will meet in the evening with the District Governor Frank Presson at Jo Holt’s home in Oro Valley.
Fri Oct 9
The Service Above Self Awards Dinner at Dove Mountain Highlands Clubhouse. Note to members:  now is the time to start rounding up raffle prizes for this gala event.
Fri May 21
In 2016, Mary Straus’ installation as Club President. Yes, 2016.
Other Announcements:
President Alice wanted everyone to know that Harold Burtzloff had donated the computer that the club is using to show slides at our meetings. Thank you for your generosity, Harold, and all the work you do to maintain our website!  George Rigney gave us an update on the Jim Click Mustang raffle. We have sold 75% of the tickets our club was allotted. Let’s get the rest of them sold, this is a great fundraiser that allows us to do great things!
Breaking News:
  Also joining us was our new incoming exchange student from Slovakia, Matus, who is now officially a junior at Marana High School. He presented Alice Rigney with several lovely gifts from Slovakia. Matus is staying with his first host family Randy Brooks and Deb Hume in Picture Rocks. Deb is on vacation, and so Randy and Matus are on their own. So far, so good!
Guest Speaker:
Sulee Edwards, John Dooling, Randy Brooks, and Mary Straus attended the Membership Seminar last Saturday, and Suelee, John and Randy gave us a summary of that event. John spoke about the diversity of Rotary membership and what a great strength that was. Randy spoke about how to invite people to the Club by emphasizing that Rotary lets us come together to make a real difference in our community. Fellowship, community service, networking, recognition – these are all important factors in belonging to Rotary. Sulee gave us a jigsaw to put together, which revealed a person and a Rotary icon. Her message: invite a friend to Rotary! She asked each of us to give her a name. It was clear that John, Randy, and Sulee got a lot out of Saturday’s seminar, and they passed a great deal of that along to us in just a few minutes. Now how great is that?
Marana Rotary Club Meeting Aug. 4, 2015 Jo Holt 2015-08-04 07:00:00Z 0
Yes, it’s summer in southern Arizona, and things are fairly quiet in places like Marana. But the Marana Rotary Club saw a 70% turnout of members for the July 28 meeting at Nana’s Kitchen with President Alice Rigney presiding. So something’s still cooking here, even in July! Happy Bucks was a real group effort today, with sooo many slackers who came without a dollar to their name. Bill Stanley gave $1 to Jo Holt, Harold Burtzloff gave $1 to Maeve Johnson (who had to brag some more about her daughter Mackenzie), and Ge