Rotary Club of Marana Meeting; February 9, 2021
Today began with a hurrah to our own Valentine: Peter Mack was born on Valentine’s Day and married on Valentine’s Day.   Many happy wishes to him and his wife, Josie. 
Club Business:
  • Richie graduated from Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI), a 3-level training.  The training was held via zoom for the first time.  Richie missed the exchange of information and ideas that happens in-person.  However, he enjoyed the sessions and the facilitators and recommends the institute highly. 
  • A year-end summary of the Rotary Vocational Fund highlights its success.  86 students were served and 86 graduates joined the work force in their chosen fields.  The fields included phlebotomy, nursing, respiratory technician, aviation, collision and repair.
  • The Annual Joint Meeting between Mexico, D5500, and D4595 will be held the 19th – 21st;  Friday and Saturday 8:00am to 12:00pm and Sunday 9:00 to 10:00 via zoom.  The meeting intention is to identify projects in Mexico on which there can be collaboration.  Randy and Andy will represent us.  Next year the meeting is scheduled for here in Tucson.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Fundraiser update:  Bob is having difficulty getting the Oro Valley-based company, MasterPieces to respond.  He will look into other options.
  • Don looked into information on a shredding for a fundraiser; Vail club has done it and he is coordinating with them.   There was conversation of many aspects; Don will follow up.    
  • As members are getting vaccinated, it is time to consider in-person and hybrid meetings.  Andy is looking into with Tohono Chul, Laura is looking into the YMCA, and Beckie is looking into whether the Marana Chamber of Commerce might have a space for us in their new office in the Town Complex.
Happy Bucks
  • Harold is impressed that, when all said and done, 29 boxes of stuff came out of his RV.  29 boxes are headed to donation at Goodwill.
  • Don had a great visit with granddaughter and great granddaughter.
  • Lynne is happy in her new digs.
  • Bob is hiding in-doors from his 19 degree weather.  He’ll be burrowing in further tomorrow which expects a high of 9.
  • Andy was peaceful and grateful looking at a beautiful sunrise on the Utah red rocks.
  • Randy had a wonderful time with Eleana and Pedro senior, visiting from Peru.
  • Laura is delighted that her Policeman PTSD case is being considered by the court of appeals.  If successful there will be a change in the Arizona Constitution broadening the scope of qualifications for disability to include PTSD for the Police and First Responders. 
  • Mary noticed spring arriving; doves building precarious nests in her front yard and mail quail patrolling on her fence in the back.
  • Beckie had a wonderful birthday with her family, going to the zoo and picnicking.  Her best birthday present was getting appointments for vaccines.
  • Peter was in Flagstaff through the weekend at the naval observatory and going back up this weekend.  He also described the battle-field his wife has created by feeding the birds; upwards of 500 dove and quail scurrying for their morsels.
  • Carl appreciated the beautiful days, his great family, having a beautiful pace to live and great job.
  • Joyce rejoiced that her mom got her first vaccine on Sunday.
  • Richie’s had a quiet week, got laundry done and relaxed. 
  • Dave’s 2 boys joined a lacrosse team and had their first game this past weekend.  We all enjoyed the presence of one of his sons this meeting,  jumping around and making faces in the background. 
  • John endured many tedious attempts and, at length, was miraculously able to schedule a same day vaccine.  
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