Service Above Self
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke


Friday, August 29, 2014
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Editor:   Tom Turriff
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Future Speakers
Sep 4 2014
Mark Phelps
"Car buying tips"
Sep 11 2014
James Merker
"Barber Shop Quartet"
Sep 18 2014
Peggy Knowles
"Oracle Music Boosters"
Sep 25 2014
Oct 2 2014
Diana Madaras
"Artist Odyssey"
Oct 9 2014
Bob Allen
"Soaring over Tucson"
Oct 16 2014
Wendy Sweet
Oct 23 2014
Alex Vanscoyk
"Hearing Aids"
Oct 30 2014
Jim Lamb
"Club Assembly"
Nov 6 2014
Oracle School Students
"Four Way Test"
Nov 13 2014
"Veterans. Day"
Nov 20 2014
Cathy McCall
"Circle of Life"
Nov 27 2014


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Dr. Anthony Lux by:Nelson Rodriguez
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Dr. Lux: Skin Cancer – the Facts & Why They are Important to You

            Dr. Lux, a local dermatologist, provided SaddleBrooke Rotarians with potentially life saving tips and essential skin care advice during the October 24 meeting.  As an accomplished wildlife / landscape photographer who spends a great deal of time outdoors, he has a personal interest in following a life saving skin care regimen.  In his practice, Dr. Lux has seen first-hand the harmful and all too often devastating effects of over exposure to the sun.  Tragically, many people understand too late how frequently fatal skin cancer can be.  Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer.  Exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) and radiation from sunlight or tanning lamps all increase your risk of developing melanoma.  Those who are at the highest risk for skin cancer include the fair skinned, those with light colored eyes, and those who have a family history.  He explained how regarding skin cancer, exposure to sunlight accumulates over our lifetime.  However, early detection can be a key factor in saving lives.  There is a greater than 95% survival rate for those whose cancers are detected early.  Dr. Lux reinforced the importance of self examination and early detection of changes to the size, shape, color, and general appearance of moles on one’s body.  Use your partner or spouse to help detect any irregularities of moles on your body, checking even between the toes.  A monthly check is most beneficial.  If you live alone, Dr. Lux provided an excellent suggestion.  Use hand held mirrors to check moles you may not easily see otherwise.  You can also photograph moles with your cell phone to monitor potential changes over time. 

            According to the doctor, we can improve our odds of not contracting skin cancer by adhering to the preventive regimen he suggested.  When exposed to the sun, Dr. Lux advises using a sunscreen that is UVA broad spectrum SPF 45 and to cover all exposed areas with the sunscreen every two hours.  He recommends using lip balm with SPF 15, protecting your head with a wide-brimmed hat, wearing good quality sunglasses, and wearing clothing that fully covers your arms and legs.  Selecting tinted glass for automobile windows also helps reduce the amount of exposure to harmful UV light.  Whenever possible, he also advises staying in the shade.  If you are light skinned and over 60, he highly recommends having an annual dermatological exam.

Dr. Lux is located at:  13101 N. Oracle Rd. – Suite 187, Tucson, AZ  85739  - (520) 825-8886

You may the photographic works of Dr. Lux by visiting:

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Our Structure

Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, who are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.

Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.

The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.

Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.

Our partners

When Rotary partners with other organizations, we multiply the impact made by either group on their own. We call this “the Rotary effect.” From local food banks to global humanitarian organizations, we work with a wide variety of partners.

CONGRATULATIONS JOHN! Over 260 phones have been colllected.
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Coalition Against Domestic Violence by Doug May
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ImageAgainst Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse or violence affects all ages, both genders, it is not limited by social status, and the numbers on its occurrences can be startling.  However, we do have local volunteers who are actively working to counter this serious problem.  Tex Whitney presented a program on the SaddleBrooke Coalition Against Domestic Violence (SCADV) to the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club.  He began his involvement with these issues In Tacoma, Washington before moving to SaddleBrooke and continuing his volunteer work.  The stated purpose of the coalition is " raise money, to increase community awareness, and to support local Pinal county agencies involved in assisting victims of domestic abuse."  Though not a shelter or a halfway house, the coalition does support the Safe Journey House in San Manuel.  Victims or their loved ones have access to valuable information or may receive individualized help at this location.  There is also help available through Pinal County Investigative Services.  They will send out a deputy to investigate a reported domestic violence situation while keeping the person who reported it anonymous.

 Volunteers can make a difference with SCADV without having any special training or background.  Help is needed in planning events and fundraising or in many other areas.  A volunteer can also receive special training to act as an advocate for domestic abuse victims or to work at the Safe Journey House in San Manuel. 

Tex supported his presentation with statistics that emphasize the need for an advocacy organization.  The SCADV provides a valuable service to fill this need, and they work with county and other agencies to extend their ability to serve.


Giving Back Through Flying by Bob Allen
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Giving Back Through Flying


When Bob Allen retired from his broadcast executive job on 2011, he and his wife wanted to find something that allowed them to “give back” to the community in gratitude for the career success and prosperity God had given them.  They are both instrument-rated pilots, and Barbara is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.  Bob holds a Commercial Pilot’s license, and they have owned five airplanes during their 28-year marriage. 


Soon they found The Flying Doctors (Los Medicos Voladores,) an organization that provides free health care to the poor in Southern California and Mexico.  Bob became President of the Southern California chapter of the organization, and he and Barbara used their airplane to fly medical and dental professionals to small villages in Mexico and California to provide free care.  We saw a video of a Flying Doctors clinic in the tiny village of Santa Clara, near Guyamas, Mexico. 


When the Allen’s moved to Saddlebrooke in early 2013, they brought their dedication to people and love of flying with them.  They now fly for the Tucson Chapter of the Flying Samaritans, which operates free medical and dental clinics in El Rosario, Baja California and Agua Prieta, near Nogales, Sonora.  They treated our Rotary Club to video of a clinic held earlier this year.


Their Power Point presentation also included the other flying-related charity activities they enjoy.  Bob flies photography missions for Lighthawk, a conservation organization that is working with the Tucson-based Sonoran Institute to restore the Colorado River delta in Mexico.  The Allen’s also rescue animals from shelters and fly them to places where they are adopted into new homes.  We saw a presentation about their many “Pilots n Paws” trips flying pets between California and Arizona.  Soon they will embark on another adventure, flying patients who are hundreds of miles away from medical facilities through an organization called “Angel Flight West.”  They fly all of these missions in their four-seat Cessna Cardinal RG at their own expense.  In summary, this week’s presentation was a great example of Rotary’s guiding principal:  “Service Above Self.” 

Nancy Teeter "Color Me Healthy" by Doug May
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Color Me Healthy

The SaddleBrooke Rotary Club heard an informative presentation with the title "Color Me Healthy" by Nancy Teeter, RD.  She introduced her topic by saying that her philosophy is: eat well, live long, and be happy.  Nancy is a Nutrition and Health Coach who lives in SaddleBrooke.  She spoke about foods that can ward off disease and promote good health while boosting the immune system.  Since most people don't eat enough of them, her focus was on vegetables with some discussion about fruits and other items in a good diet.  The title relates to Nancy's explanation of the nutritional and other benefits of vegetables grouped by color.

The color groups include: (1) green, primarily dark green and leafy (Nancy said, "Popeye had it right."), but also broccoli, cabbage, and kale, (2) orange, to include pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash, (3) red, such as, apples, bell peppers, and tomatoes, (4) purple and blue, including grapes, blueberries, and beets, and (5) white, which includes cauliflower, garlic, onion, soy and green grapes.  Each of these groups has special benefits.  Examples for orange are helping eyesight, blood pressure control, and an immune system boost.  The red group will provide antioxidants, boost memory, and help control cholesterol.  The others also tend to have a common set of benefits throughout the color group.  Nancy recommends organically grown vegetables for those that are exposed to pesticides when they are grown conventionally. 

Additional information is available on Nancy's web site at:



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                                                COMMUNITY EVENTS



The Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke presented dictionaries to the 3rd grade classes at

Coronado K-8 School on September 12, 2013.

  Principal Gerald Ball, spoke to our group explaining that Coronado K-8 School is a small city within

the parameters of the town of Catalina.  There are over 1,000 students attending Coronado K-8 School.

  Our tour guide that escorted us to the class rooms was Michelle Goodman, Assistant Principal.  She

introduced us to the classroom and we presented each student with a dictionary.

  We were very pleased to have the help of five gentlemen from the Sycamore Academy School.  They

introduced themselves and spoke to the class about their academy.

  The Rotarians that that helped in the presentations were Ina Mapes Chairman of Community Services,

Jim Lamb, Joe Dylewski, Neil Deppe, Bob & Carol Sommer, Ilene Skinner, Linda Turbyfill and Bill Grant. 

  Rotarian Neil Deppe spoke to the classes about our 4 Way Test and what it means and how we use it

in our daily lives.

  The children were very happy to get their dictionaries, we as Rotarians felt thankful and happy to help our community.

It was a great day.

Naturalist View by Doug May
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ImageThe Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke enjoyed a presentation by naturalist Jim Cloer, a SaddleBrooke resident.  Jim authors "Naturalist View" in Saddlebag Notes which is focused on fauna in our area.  He presented a slide show with colorful pictures that he and his associates had taken.  These included insects photographed with macro lenses, many species of reptiles, birds, and mammals ranging from packrats to mountain lions and deer.

Twelve years ago Jim began volunteering to lead groups on nature walks in Catalina State Park.  This expanded to include Saturday displays of a variety of locally captured animals supported by many volunteers.  Jim has an office in the park where he keeps fifty snakes and other animals for display.  The larger snakes are fed packrats that Jim traps, and he will voluntarily trap around houses in SaddleBrooke.  However, he must be assured that the packrats have not been exposed to poison before they can be fed to the snakes.  For that reason and the possibility that a natural predator such as an owl or a hawk could eat a poisoned packrat, he opposes the use of poison traps.

The Saturday displays in Catalina State Park will begin on the second Saturday in October and continue through April.  These events are particularly fun and interesting for children.  If SaddleBrooke residents have children visiting and cannot be here on a Saturday, Jim will open his office upon request for a private tour.  He can be reached at 818-3545 or 869-9944.

SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Foundation
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SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Foundation Mission Statement

“The mission of the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Foundation, a non-profit corporation (501©3), is to enable Rotarians to advance goodwill and peace through the receipt of contributions and distribution of funds for charitable, health and educational purposes, consistent with the goals of Rotary International”.

Rotarians Helping Rotarians by Bob Allen
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ImageHelping our Sister Club in Nogales, Mexico


Saddlebrooke Rotary members Pepe Estrella and Bob Allen manned a U-Haul truck last Saturday morning to transport a load of medical and sewing supplies to our sister club in Nogales, Mexico.  We rolled out of bed early in order to meet former Governor Sandy Goodsite at her warehouse in Tucson.  There, with the help of four strong men Sandy recruited, we loaded two medical exam tables, medical supplies, three sewing machines, a supply of fabrics and sewing supplies, and an electric scooter for the hour-long trip to Nogales.  Sandy’s husband, a Tucson pediatrician, recently retired so he and Sandy decided to donate his office exam table to a good cause. A special “thank you” to everyone that contributed towards the truck rental!

We met Nogales Rotarians Rodolfo Enriquez, his lovely wife, Mariel, and his two daughters at the Nogales, AZ, Wal Mart.  We were soon joined by Cuauhtémoc Martinez (nicknamed “Folosofo,) Oscar Bustos (nicknamed “Charro,”) Raymundo Estrada, also known as “Apolitico,” and another member nicknamed “Naranjo.”  Sr. Bustos is Minister of Agriculture for the Mexican State of Sonora and Sr. Estrada is a local radio, TV, and newspaper journalist.  We transferred the donations to pickup trucks owned by Folosofo and Naranjo and then joined them for the quick trip across the border.  Soon we were at the clubhouse which the 80-year old Nogales Club has maintained for several years.  Imagine our surprise when we were invited to speak at an English language class of 80 people being taught that Saturday morning at the clubhouse.  We dropped off the sewing machines and scooter at the clubhouse, then journeyed downtown where a local group was collecting medical materials for a free mobile clinic.  They were very grateful to get the exam tables and medical supplies.

Later we joined our Rotary friends for a great lunch at a local restaurant.  There we talked about future ways our two clubs can work together and further our friendship.    We look forward to exchanging visits in the coming weeks. 

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ImageCatalina State Park:  A Tucson Treasure


Jonathan “Jack” Mc Cabe told the Saddlebrooke Rotary Club at its August 29th meeting that he has been Assistant Director of Catalina State Park since 1991 and he plans to stay there “forever.”  He says Catalina is one of his top 5 favorite parks, and it’s the largest open state park in Arizona.  It occupies about 5,000 acres and includes equestrian facilities, hiking trails, thousands of acres of open space, 150 camp sites and ancient Indian ruins. 


Catalina State Park was once a cattle ranch which was sold to the Del Webb Corporation in the late 70’s.  Webb planned to turn the land into a Sun City retirement community.  Locals who used the ranch for recreation for decades fought to turn it into a park.  Eventually, Del Webb agreed to swap the Catalina site for state trust land on the other side of Oracle Road.  Since then it has become enormously popular, filling every winter with thousands of campers, bird watchers, hikers, wildlife lovers, and families all enjoying the park.  It never had more than five full time employees, and in the depths of the recession cut its staff to three.  Now there are four, backed up by at least 75 volunteers, many of them from Sun City and Saddlebrooke.  “We couldn’t operate the park without them,” said Mc Cabe. 


Catalina State Park wildlife includes hundreds of bird species, mountain lions, javelinas, white-tail and mule deer, coyotes, and reptiles.  Catalina’s most common wildlife resident is the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake.  The park receives no tax dollars.  It depends entirely on entrance fees and donations to keep open.  Recently the “Friends of Catalina State Park” formed to raise money and serve as an advocate for this treasure so close to our beloved Saddlebrooke.  

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Good morning:
On March 28 of this year the Saddlebrooke Rotary Club honored me with a Citizen of the Year Award. The plaque hangs in my home and I smile whenever I see it.
It occurred to me that it would be appropriate to bring the Rotary Club up-to-date on my continuing volunteer activities as the award was given because of those activities.
As you may recall at the time of the award I was President of Safe Journey House, the advocacy center serving domestic violence victims located in San Manuel, Arizona. Since that time, Safe Journey House has been fortunate enough to transfer all assets to Against Abuse which is located in Casa Grande. Safe Journey House now has the opportunity to grow in scope and services as Against Abuse has a 35 year history of working to eradicate domestic violence in Pinal County. Although I am no longer President of Safe Journey House, I am still involved as a resource for Safe Journey House and Against Abuse.
Finally, after 'retiring' from the Safe Journey House board, my plan was to take a little time 'off' from the daily volunteering that Safe Journey House required. However, those plans were soon dashed as I was honored to be asked to serve on the Catalina Community Services Board. As a new board member I do feel a bit overwhelmed with the scope of information to be digested, however, the community is well served with the all the services available through Catalina Community Services and I am very happy that I have been asked to join such an outstanding organization.
Again, I would like to thank you for the lovely award from Saddlebrooke Rotary and hope that you will call upon me should you need any assistance in spreading the word about the Rotary.
With best wishes,
Edie Crall

SYCAMORE ACADEMY by Nelson Rodriguez
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ImageSycamore Canyon Academy Rises to the Challenge

By Nelson Rodriguez - August 22, 2013

            Children who frequently have difficulty making healthy non-destructive choices or grow up in unstructured or abusive home environments, often find themselves embroiled with Law enforcement agencies and the Juvenile Court System; an encounter often looked upon by many as the last resort.  No one knows this better than Carl “Ike” Shipman, Director of Sycamore Canyon Academy.  Ike has worked with youth and families for over 12 years, managed group homes, and worked with Child Protective Services.

            Ike and other members of his dedicated staff work with Rite of Passage, Inc.: a program dedicated to improving the lives of youth.  Kris Herman, Community Service Project Manager, alongside two very proud students, Brandon Jimenez and Johnathan Pagan, gave an inspiring presentation to the SaddleBrooke Rotary members on the powerful and positive impact that the  Academy provides both to the youth it serves and our community as well.

            Sycamore Canyon Academy is a residential, fully functioning high school that provides education and therapy to local male students in the Tucson and Florence community who were involved in Child Protective Services or the Juvenile Court System.  Children who have been abused, abandoned, or who have had difficulty making the best choices possible for themselves are also included in the Academy.

            Sycamore Canyon Academy focuses on teaching its students responsibility, accountability and respect through the dedication of their live-in staff.   Students are held accountable for their behaviors and actions. Within this live-in setting, students immediately have any rude or anti-social behavior addressed by the staff.  Therefore, as students progress through the phases of the program and acquire leadership skills, they learn how to effectively address each other’s behavioral issues.

            Therapist and case managers at the Academy provide four types of group therapy: Domestic and Family Issues, Drugs and Alcohol, Anger Management, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions. Also included is Individual Therapy which helps support communication between the student, his family, and the community.

            Sycamore Canyon Academy has a traditional classroom education with the benefits of smaller classes of 10 – 12 students per class.  The Academy spans junior high to high school.  In order to increase the children’s chances for success, the Academy works towards obtaining credit recovery so the students can transition back to their respective schools and arrive at their expected grade level. Students who are therapeutically ready to return home can participate in a full online curriculum which allows them to finish the educational program.

            As a student progresses, he can earn privileges and participate as an intern in community service projects.  At this level, students use their formed leadership skills to expand their professional experience and make phone calls to organize community service projects.

            RAMS is not only the mascot symbol for Sycamore, it is their acronym for Respect, Attitude, Motivation and Spirit.  RAMS represent one of the highest levels of achievement for students.  Students work diligently to earn the privilege of proudly wearing the Academy’s jacket embossed with the letter R.

            Validation is the highest level a student achieves before graduating from the Sycamore Canyon Academy.  Here a student must demonstrate through a series of structured requirements that he can make positive, legitimate changes with himself, return to his community, and become a productive member of society.

            Sycamore Canyon Academy, located in Oracle, Arizona, is one of fourteen Rite of Passage, Inc. programs in the country.  If you are interested in learning more about Sycamore Canyon Academy, you can visit their website at   Anyone interested volunteering or raising funds should please contact Director Karl “Ike” Shipman at

Nancy Haugh, Past President and Cammy Moore
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PAWSitively Cats by Doug May
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PAWSitively Cats


Sheryl  Campbell, Executive Director of PAWSitively Cats, presented an informative program about this special shelter in Tucson to the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club.  Sheryl initially began caring for homeless cats as an individual effort and then had the opportunity to take on a struggling shelter, greatly expanding her range of care.  It now houses three hundred cats with another one hundred in foster care homes. The goal of the shelter is to get all cats adopted.  A Trap, Neuter and Return program is promoted in which homeless feral cats are humanely treated and returned to the location where they were found.

Other services of PAWSitively Cats include caring for the sheltered cats with discounted rates provided by veterinarians.  Additionally, a public education program supports teaching students in classrooms about the proper treatment of pets.  This is very positive and successful, and surveys after the training have shown good results of positive pet care.

Funding for operating PAWSitively Cats is provided through a recently awarded matching grant and donations.  There is also a PAWS Club for those who would like to adopt a pet but cannot bring one into their home.  These pets may be chosen at the shelter but remain there.

Sheryl presented a picture of a compassionate organization serving a need in the Tucson area that is larger than many people realize.  Additional information can be found on their website at

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The employees of Miraval recently teamed up with the members of the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke to provide much needed school supplies for teachers at Mammoth-San Manuel and Coronado SchoolsThe generous Miraval effort was coordinated by Lee Ann Hamon, Director of Human Resources for MiravalJulie Dale-Scott from District Supervisor John Ryan’s office accepted the supplies for Mammoth and San Manuel as did Gerad Ball, Principal, for Coronado K-8 School in Catalina.

 The Rotary Community Services team sorted the myriad of school supplies donated by the SaddleBrooke Rotary members to be donated to the 3 schools. Written by : Ina Mapes

Great Day at Saddlebrooke Rotary
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WELCOME TO OUR STUDENT on"more" under photo
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The three host families including the first host family, our own Mark Miller and his wife Kim were all at the airport with their kids and signs and flags to greet her -- as were her two counselors: Ina Mapes and Neil Deppe.  The following day, Monday Ina took her to high school to register for classes where one of the host families' son joined them to provide peer advice and counsel.  She is very outgoing and with the support of the host family kids enrolled in the school we are all confident she is off to a great start.

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                                                         NOGALES VISIT AUGUST 2, 2013                     J. Ruland


As reported in the notes from the first visit with the Nogales Rotary Club at their installation function, this visit was to better understand projects the NRC is planning for 2013-14.    The SRC members, Tom Turriff, Pepe Estrella, Neil Deppe, Bill Pohnert, Mark Miller and John Ruland were met by NRC members and escorted to the Nogales Mayors office for the initial meeting.   This meeting and tour will covered in a separate report.   Following this tour the combined Rotary group met at their club house to continue discussions.

ImageClub House is an understatement – the location is actually the Rotary Community Center.   Monday to Friday each week starting at 4 pm, a group Rotary Ann’s and volunteers, conduct free training sessions in home making, hair dressing, barbering, business, arts & crafts for adults, Tae Kwon Do for youth and other activities.    The volunteers train interested members from the community who then apply the knowledge to make items for sale, or practice a skill for income.   We were shown many of the items made for training and a Tae Kwon Do demonstration.   A need for TKD equipment was mentioned.    Floor training mats, uniforms, protective gear, etc.

Scholarships (school supplies) for Rotary Community center students were also mentioned.

The projects planned for this year were then presented in more detail.   The description following is not by priority, but in the order presented.

·        Dr. Jesus Bojorquez, a dental surgeon, described an epidemic of Rickettsia, a disease similar to Rocky Mountain Fever.   This past month 2-3 deaths were reportedly caused by the disease.   As with Rocky Mountain Fever the vectors are lice, fleas and ticks, with ticks likely the most prevalent.    The major cause is poor hygiene practices in dwellings that does not identify the presence, nor the source of the vector, that could be the family dog or pet.

On August 10th, in co-ordination with a general trash clean-up organized by the city, the Nogales Club will have veterinarians at the center to administer 1500 treatment doses to dogs, brought in by community residents, to kill the parasites.   They will send out information through about 1500 high school students, and have a speaker truck driving around with the announcement.  Reported cost is $1.50 per dose, cost covered by the NRC.

Further education for control and treatment of the disease will be sent through the schools.

·        President Rodolfo presented a power point providing further information, statistics and data available on the Renal (kidney) disease study.   This is in early stages and will be developed further as the year progresses.   Pres. Rodolfo will send a copy of this study to SRC for our information and use.   The goal is to test and identify symptoms for further treatment.

·        The need for wheel chairs and other orthopedic hardware was repeated.   This was linked to the Children’s Center visit covered in the alternate report.

·        Water – an immediate project that will request assistance and/or help with RI grants.   Dr. Jesus explained the problems in school facilities.   Drinking fountains, outside faucets connected directly to the water supply do not have adequate filtration nor treatment.   A plan is being developed to provide a filtration system to properly treat any source of drinking water.    The system uses a cartridge filter unit installed in a container prior to the water distribution piping.   A source for a system in Hermosillo was shown.   They estimate a package unit cost of $1500.   Not sure if this included installation. 

·        Horse Therapy – an expansion of the program was again mentioned.  Charro, the vet, has been supporting the program for the last 3 years, with help from parents or friends of participants.  Any suggestions or help from SRC would be welcome.

During the discussion after the presentations, President Rodolfo explained the planned development process using the RI sources for guidance.    They will forward their completed study plans with problem, solutions, cost, timing, etc for SRC use to determine how, when, and magnitude of help that could be offered.

Later, Rodolfo indicated he would assign their priority to the projects, and a suggested priority for SRC


A possible source of revenue generation for NRC was discussed.   President Rodolfo said he had seen the Cell Phone project on our web page, and thought this might be of interest.   He will discuss locally and let us know.   Pace, the buyer of the cell phones, has indicated to us they will send the funds to any location designated, however they cannot provide pre-paid shipping from outside of the U.S.  





Shannon Rossomando of DeGrazia Gallery
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ImageShannon Rossomando is the Education Coordinator at the DeGrazia Gallery In the Sun.  She has worked at the gallery for 12 years, where she schedules and guides group tours, and gives lectures and presentations about DeGrazia. 

She will be graduating this fall with her bachelors in history, and a minor in anthropology, from the University of Arizona.  While continuing to work for The DeGrazia Foundation Shannon plans to teach history at the college level, focusing on the Southwest. 

Her favorite exhibits to discuss are the historic rooms and the Native American legends.

Any group interested in a guided tour of the DeGrazia Gallery, please call Shannon at (520) 2999191.


Please get in touch with John Ruland for further information.....
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Saddlebrooke Rotary visit to Nogales Rotary
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Image                                               SADDLEBROOKE ROTARY CLUB      Submitted by J. Ruland


·        During an informal meeting/discussion prior to the installation ceremony, President Rodolfo Enrique Rascon and members of the newly elected Board presented their areas of interest and target programs for the coming year.

·        The RI guidelines for developing a project was going to be used, and followed, to establish the discipline and management process, including any matching grants or funding that may be available.

·        There are three main projects they will be working on:

1.      Health.    This is the most ambitious by far.    With the cooperation of club members, health professionals, and volunteers  in the community and governmental support, they plan to organize  an examination of children in primary schools between the ages of 6-9 for symptoms of kidney problems.     They stated government statistics that in the Sonora region, about 5% of the school age children had some kidney disease issues.   The magnitude of the testing is large.   About 200 schools they intend to target, and an estimated 100 students between age 6-9 for testing or 20,000 .    Likely not a one year project, but an ongoing study.

Rodolfo indicated that they would not need, nor request, any funding for this phase of the study, but when/if symptoms were detected, any further testing and/or treatment would be where they would be looking for some assistance.    Possible numbers; 5% of 20,000 or 1000 potentials patients.

2.       Education.   An ongoing project of support for schools with supplies and funding.

3.      Water.    There is a shortage of potable water in the area;  including in the schools.   During the discussion this was mentioned as a likely source of the elevated kidney disease incidence.   Most of the water source is from deep wells, and the aquifer holds contaminents from mining activity and other maquiladora industry.   School filters and other solutions were mentioned.

4.      A fourth program is also being continued, with hopes for expansion.    One member is a veterinarian working in the equine industry that works with autistic and handicap individuals providing horse therapy.    They are looking to expand the services they can provide, and would like to co-ordinate with similar programs for interchange , funding and activity.

5.      There was a short discussion of a need for orthopedic devices and hearing aids.   Rotarian Bill expressed interest in providing orthopedic device sourcing.


·        During the next planned visit to Nogales on August 2nd  with President Tom, who will meet with the Mayor and tour the city, they will present a more detailed outline.

·        It was specifically mentioned that they intend to arrange inter-club visits with SaddleBrooke, and help on projects – specific mention of the golf tournament – as participants....

Jim Beregi, CEO Solar Transportation by Doris Clatanoff
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                                                 Rotary Speaker on Thursday, July 18

                                                     By Doris Clatanoff


On Thursday, July 18, members of SaddleBrooke Rotary heard Jim Beregi, CEO at Solar Transportation Technology; project his futuristic ideas on solar transportation. Having a background in promoting cutting edge technology, Beregi, in his retirement, is harnessing new ideas for the transportation world.


Titling his project, Freedom Transit, Beregi set forth his mission, described the type of cars and highway system involved, also listing the advantages and costs involved. The mission is to provide a safer, faster, convenient, nonpolluting, low cost national transportation system. This would require the use of electric power, much coming from solar, to charge the battery pack of mostly self-driving vehicles which could travel up to 140 miles per hour on automatic elevated toll roads with solar paneled roofs designed to power these vehicles, which could vary in size from small cars to SUVs. Beregi projects that such a system would reduce traffic fatalities and injuries, cut down on CO2 emissions, and reduce traffic congestion, even providing revenue for education.


The cars would be designed for both manual and automatic driving and, because of the technology, would need far fewer engine parts. These cars would be driven to stations where they would load onto the electric toll roads after being inspected. The next destination would be given, the toll cited and paid, and the car would be on its way to the cited station. In taking a longer trip, one would first travel the local electric road to the interstate station, where again admission would be granted following the set procedures. Stations would be located at various sites along the interstate to allow for stops such as we have today. All of this was illustrated by Beregi’s use of Phoenix as a local site and the Phoenix to San Diego route as the longer trip. In demonstrating this, he compared both the time and cost savings to individuals that would occur as a result of the changed transportation mode.


Funding would cost in the billions to build these systems and could be shared by the Freedom Transit International; Federal, state, and local governments; institutional investors; and small investors, as well as energy and car manufacturers. Beregi would begin the system by putting it into one of the 11 high traffic corridors in the United States such as the one from LA to San Diego. He estimates that the pay back would occur in a little over seven years. This would expand to other high traffic corridors and eventually to the entire United States.


Jim Beregi welcomes feedback in all project areas at 520-954-7223 or The website is found at






Welcome Bob Allen
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Adam Block, Astrophotographer by Marilyn Moore
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Adam Block, Astrophotographer

The Mount Lemmon SkyCenter

June 13, 2013


Rotarians enjoyed meeting and hearing Mr. Adam Block, an Astrophotographer, who is the Program Coordinator and Primary Speaker for the UA Science SkyCenter at Mount Lemmon. 


Adam introduced himself by explaining his own interest, from childhood on, that inspired his love of astronomy, his education destination (the University of Arizona), and his successful career.  He program focused on helping us learn more about the phenomenal resources and programs of the SkyCenter. 


The mission of the SkyCenter:  To engage people of all ages in the process of scientific exploration by using the local "Sky Island" environment to merge a wide variety of science and engineering disciplines, thereby fostering a deeper understanding of our Earth within the Universe.


At approximately 9000 feet, the SkyCenter is in a perfect location – a protected, clear view in a ‘dark sky’ setting, optimum for studying the universe with an excellent telescope and other supporting instrumentation.  Featuring a primary mirror 32 inches in diameter, the new Schulman Telescope (installed, 2010) forms the centerpiece of the SkyCenter's successful public outreach programs, drawing visitors from all over the country to the clear skies atop Mt. Lemmon.


“The stargazing programs are conducted most nights of the year, and are weather dependent.  These are five-hour programs that include a light meal and access to the universe rarely experienced by most individuals.  The beauty of this Tucson educational experience is that it is in a comfortable setting, easy to understand and fun for all ages!  Starting times vary throughout the year.” 

Adam is an excellent speaker who added several important (and phenomenal) facts to his presentation.  To compare limitations of equipment for astronomy with the accomplishment of scientific practice, he illustrated how sketches of scientists of the 1800s actually paralleled what scientists verified in a much later period in history.  He explained about the differences in photo results (especially, color) that are based upon the camera settings (determined and set by scientists).  He illustrated this by comparing photos taken by an earth-bound telescope with those taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 

We are fortunate that Adam Block is associated with this Tucson resource, that he is such an excellent speaker, and that he made this first visit to SaddleBrooke!

Resources to Enjoy
The University of Arizona: UA Science SkyCenter
To learn more about, and to plan a visit to, the largest dedicated public telescope in the Southwest at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
Adam Block – biography and contact information.
To learn more about Adam’s work; this site includes references to his published work.


Lots of July Birthdays.... Ed accepted congratulations for all!
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Thanks to all for a wonderful year!
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Thank You , Marilyn!
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Image                Chair of Community Service, Website Technology Committee, Grants Committee, Publicity Committe
Paul Harris Awards: Cammy, Tim , JoAnn, Marilyn
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Scott Haile , General Manager of Fairwinds by Sharon McKniff
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“Fairwinds – Assisted Living”



               “Assisted living is a dynamic field in this country, with 10,000 people turning 80 every day” said Scott Haile at our meeting on June 20, 2013.  Scott is the General Manager of Fairwinds-Desert Point Retirement Community on Oracle.  Scott presents an “elegant but casual décor” at the beautiful facility, and fights the “old folks home” stereotype mentality every day.  Rotarians saw photographs, which include a hair salon, dining room, common areas, a back patio and pool.  The employees are taught to integrate with people and create a friendly atmosphere.  The restaurant is one of the busiest restaurants in Oracle Valley.  Chef Rusty not only prepares meals, but is involved with residents in educational events about food, listens to comments/requests, and is a very visible presence.


               Scott stressed that Fairwinds is all about “making friends and staying engaged.”  There is a long list of programs and activities, including fitness and balance, art, music, water instruction, trips, classes, pet therapy, and more. 


               A crew of 18-20 caregivers is on staff, with a full-time nurse to oversee operations.  Residents get help with everything from personal needs to medications to assistance getting around.  The staff carry iPads with them that outline everything required daily with each resident.  This coordinates a lot of information that can be connected with personal physicians for constant tracking of care.


               Scott’s attitude was reflected in his statement:  “Let’s have a positive impact on everyone we see.  Let’s have fun, make friends, be engaged, and smile.”  The 200 residents and 94 employees of Fairwinds have got it right! 

John C. Wagner, Jr. By Sharon McKniff
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June 13, 2013



            John C. Wagner, Jr. is a collector of political memorabilia since 1964 and has one of the largest collections comprising over 800 presidential speeches on DVDs.  He shared audio excerpts from many campaign speeches from the Nixon/Kennedy nomination convention and presidential campaign with Saddlebrooke Rotarians on June 13, 2013.


            One particular recording excerpt was about the fact that John F. Kennedy experienced a major problem immediately in his campaign for the Presidency because a Catholic had never run for President in the history of the U.S.  Kennedy faced it head-on and put the entire issue to rest by stating, “it is not relevant” to his execution of the office of President, and that, “my decisions as President will be my own as an American and as a free man.”  The campaign became personal and vicious.  The recordings of the partial speeches made by these men brought the campaign to life as John Wagner explained the various taunts and comments between these two candidates. 


            John brought his audience of Rotarians forward through the campaign to that fateful day in Dallas, Texas when President Kennedy was killed during the downtown motorcade.  He noted that this November 22nd will mark the 50th anniversary of that fateful day, and shared a recording of a live radio broadcast from that day. 


            Many thanks to John for sharing some his collection of presidential buttons and for bringing an important time in history to life for us.




District Governor, Randy Brooks honors our club!
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Image                                       MESSAGE TO ALL MEMBERS FROM STEVE MCNEIL

I am proud to announce that once again we have earned the distinction of another Presidential Citation.  It was a difficult year in the District and we were one of only about 30% of the clubs that were so honored.  

 Additionally we were one of fewer than 10 clubs to earn the IGNITE ribbon of distinction for membership growth, involvement and retention. 

 It was a difficult year; however working together we delivered on Dick's vision for 2012-13.  

We face an even a more challenging year ahead if were are to achieve Tom Turriff's vision of significant progress in all five avenues of service.  However I am confident that Tom and the Board he has chosen will provide the leadership and we the members the support to earn yet another Presidential Citation.

 Thank you Dick and the Board for your leadership this year, the membership for your involvement and especially the unprecedented involvement of our many new members.


Steve McNeil, VP acting president
Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke

Jae Dale, CEO of Oro Valley Hospital by Doug May
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Image                          ORO VALLEY HOSPITAL,  Growth and Progress    , by Doug May

Jae Dale, CEO of the Oro Valley Hospital, spoke to the SaddleBrooke Rotary club to update club members on the hospital's growth and progress.  He joined the Oro Valley Hospital in September 2011 with more than twenty years' experience in acute hospital and long-term care administration.  Jae's background includes finance, planning, and administrative positions in Arizona, Kansas, and California. 

Approximately 100,000 people are now in the area served by the Oro Valley Hospital.  Notable growth in service in 2013 includes certification as a Primary Stroke Center, certification for Total Knee/Total Hip Center of Excellence, the addition of a Pain Center, and the addition of Women's Specialty Programs.  The Total Joint Replacement Center has been rated in the top one hundred in the country.  A Trauma Center now saves valuable time in emergencies that formerly required patients to be transported to University Hospital.

With the addition of new physician recruits the, hospital continues to grow and serve our area with important medical needs.  An active Community Education and Outreach program aims to prevent illnesses and keep the public informed in several areas.  Patient satisfaction rates very high, and we in this area are fortunate to have the modern, very well managed and staffed Oro Valley Hospital serving us. 

Excerpts From Rogerd Bogard's Foundation Report To Membership
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Primary Foundation Functions:

 As a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Corporation, our local Foundation  accounts for receipts and distribution  of monies aimed primarily  at:

 “Fore For Kids” Programs

College Scholarships

Harland Nygaard Fund


Golf Car Raffle

“Fore For Kids 2013”                       

Funds were distributed among 9 programs

Catalina Community Services, Catalina School After School

Catalina Council, BSA“  Scoutreach”

Coronado K-8 “Positive Behavior Support”

Oracle School Dist #2, “Connection’s Program”

Community Outreach, “Kids Closet”

Family First, Oracle Youth Development

Amphi Foundation, Math PLUS

Teens Sew Cool

Little Hooves & Big Hearts

Roger Bogard thanking Emerson Knowles for his generous donation to 44K !
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At one of their recent meetings SADDLEBROOKE Rotarians were treated to a presentation by the colorful, charismatic and enthusiastic Dee Berman Chairman of Mission Outreach Ministry, Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church.


Dee spoke on behalf of Tucson Hospitality Inn. She said the best way to think about this venerable Tucson institution is a "Ronald McDonald House for Adults."  The Inn is a not-for-profit home away from home for people who come to Tucson medical reasons. Patients qualify based on need and distance away from Tucson, generally over 50 miles Rooms cost between 35 and $50 per night   It is located central Tucson near hospitals.  Patients, their caregivers and family members over the age of 12 can stay although children are welcome to visit any time. Dee related the inspirational story of how the Inn was founded by visionary Lou Tompkins. Lou seem to create the place by sheer force of will,  and with the help of institutions such as the Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church with which Dee is affiliated.


Like the Ronald McDonald House, the Tucson Hospitality Inn fills a need: As all of us are aware, there are expenses in connection with receiving medical treatment that are not reimbursed by any insurance. Depending on the severity of the illness, these expenses can be considerable and can devastate the finances of vulnerable families. Such expenses include travel,  meals,  accommodations, child care.   Places like Tucson Hospitality Inn provide a safe and caring place where such families can receive tremendous support in their time of need. Dee recollected the longest stay for a patient at the Inn which she was aware:   555 days, which encompassed 17 surgeries!


Over 5000 families stayed at the Inn during their treatment over the last decade; 60% for cancer;  30% for heart and lung; and 10% for trauma. People have come from all over the world.

For more information including ways to donate, go to, or write  2539 E. Addison St., Tucson, AZ 85716 (520)904-6533.


Joe McGowan with Award winning students Angel and Wyatt!
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Pima Prickly Park by Marilyn Moore
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Pima Prickly Park

 An educational joint venture between the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.

On May 16, 2013, Ms. Jessie Byrd, MLA, ASLA, kept the attention of Rotarians with her fast-paced program focusing on the development of the new Pima Prickly Park.  With a master’s degree in landscape architecture, this native Tucsonan specializes in cactus gardens, landscape retrofitting, and smart water use.  She taught us a great deal about this wonderful volunteer organization, its successful partnership with local organizations, and the development of a new public park for our community.

Jessie’s love of the plants and animals of our area came out as she explained more about the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society. The society has more than one thousand (1000) members and is the largest in the United States.  Members enjoy researching, sharing information, and ‘working’ with cactus and succulents.  Their goal of creating a demonstration garden to illustrate the environmental, social, and economic value of such plants has materialized through the creation of the Pima Prickly Park.  “This educational joint venture between the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society and Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) was formalized in August, 2011, with build-out and improvements planned for many years to come.”

Although described as a work in progress, the park already boasts a parking area, an office building, some amazing paths, and several specialty areas for public enjoyment – the Hummingbird Garden (created with Audubon Society volunteers),  Saguarohenge  (recently featured in the news), Nurse Trees which protect developing Saguaro growth, and more demonstration gardens and Cholla Forest Maze.  Jessie’s description of the accomplishments of volunteers, as well as the special projects requiring equipment and expertise from their allies, was impressive.   

The park is home to quite a collection of wildlife - Bobcats, coyotes, javelin, rabbits, squirrels, lizards, birds, toads, snakes (some rattlesnakes), butterflies and various insects.

A lively Question-and-Answer session followed with everyone learning more.  Thanks, Jessie!

Make plans to visit:   Pima Prickly Park - Open dawn to dusk, free to the public.
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
 (520) 256-2447

Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

Since its inception in 1999, this organization accounts for the following accomplishments:
1,645 people participate as volunteers, accomplishing 21,835 hours of work; salvaging 63,420 native plants from more than 5,205 acres.

Scholarship Awards by Sharon McKniff
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               Rotary Foundation presented four scholarships to well-deserving students from Canyon Del Oro High School and San Manuel Jr./Sr. High School at the regular luncheon meeting on May 9, 2013.  Doris Clatanoff presided over the presentations, and noted that many parents and school counselors came to support their award-winning students. 


               Doris shared with the membership that the applications for these scholarships are very involved and cover a wide variety of areas, such as leadership, extra-curricular activities, honors and awards, whether the student is working, plans for college, letters of recommendation, a review of the student’s transcripts, ACT and SAT scores, and the income range of the family.  Parents are encouraged to write a statement about why their student is worthy of assistance for college, and the student applicant must write an essay as well.  This was the first time that all twelve applicants actually reside is Pinal County. 


               Our first scholarship recipient, Angel Esquivel, lives in Mammoth and attends San Manuel Jr./Sr. High School.  As a freshman, he participated in the marching band and played the baritone.  He is an outstanding student, and has the highest GPA in his class.  A cheerful and positive young man, Angel volunteers at his church, in his school library, and runs kids clubs at the elementary school.  People who know Angel comment that he has an exceptional skill to teach complex tasks to younger people.  He has been accepted to the University of Arizona in Engineering.


               Our second award recipient was Jessica Grille.  Jessica lives very close to Saddlebrooke in the Eagle Crest Ranch subdivision.  She received awards for Grand Champion Showman in poultry in her work in 4H, and is also a member of the National Honor Society.  She received high awards in a fine arts competition, which included puppetry, a dance routine, and an “unconventional” drum routine which did not include any real drums.  She volunteers at an aid station for the Tucson Marathon, spends time helping out at her church nursery, and even caters food the for school prom.  She has taken culinary classes for three years, and participated in FCCLA, a culinary competition among other schools.  She plays volleyball as a middle blocker for her school, and participates in 4H Club every year.  Her essay was unique in that she discussed how she showed her chickens at the County Fair.  She described how chickens have “personality”, with an example of how one chicken showed ingenuity by flying over the wall when it couldn’t find the door through the fence.  Jessica will be attending Pace University in New York City majoring in finance, and hopes to work on Wall Street.


               Our third recipient was Halie Blauser, and she gave a friendly wave to the Rotary members as she stepped to the podium.  Halie is an excellent student, and has managed to maintain over a 4.0 GPA while playing varsity soccer for her school, and participating in the Science Olympiad.  She is a member of the “Key Club” on campus which is a community service organization that helps kids all over the Tucson area.  She likes to help others feel comfortable, and participates in a program which helps incoming freshmen transition into the high school environment.  Halie participated in an interesting internship at a plastic surgery office, and logged over 180 hours answering phones, faxing, converting paper files to e-files, and learning the basics of office work.  She has been accepted to the Barrett Honors College at the University of Arizona, and plans to become a plastic surgeon.  Her mother is a Registered Nurse, and told Halie that plastic surgery represents the combination of a creative mind and science mind.

                 Our last recipient was Wyatt Fessenden, from San Manuel High school.  He has worked very




               Rotary Foundation presented four scholarships to well-deserving students from Canyon Del Oro High School and San Manuel Jr./Sr. High School at the regular luncheon meeting on May 9, 2013.  Doris Clatanoff presided over the presentations, and noted that many parents and school counselors came to support their award-winning students. 


               Doris shared with the membership that the applications for these scholarships are very involved and cover a wide variety of areas, such as leadership, extra-curricular activities, honors and awards, whether the student is working, plans for college, letters of recommendation, a review of the student’s transcripts, ACT and SAT scores, and the income range of the family.  Parents are encouraged to write a statement about why their student is worthy of assistance for college, and the student applicant must write an essay as well.  This was the first time that all twelve applicants actually reside is Pinal County. 


               Our first scholarship recipient, Angel Esquivel, lives in Mammoth and attends San Manuel Jr./Sr. High School.  As a freshman, he participated in the marching band and played the baritone.  He is an outstanding student, and has the highest GPA in his class.  A cheerful and positive young man, Angel volunteers at his church, in his school library, and runs kids clubs at the elementary school.  People who know Angel comment that he has an exceptional skill to teach complex tasks to younger people.  He has been accepted to the University of Arizona in Engineering.


               Our second award recipient was Jessica Grille.  Jessica lives very close to Saddlebrooke in the Eagle Crest Ranch subdivision.  She received awards for Grand Champion Showman in poultry in her work in 4H, and is also a member of the National Honor Society.  She received high awards in a fine arts competition, which included puppetry, a dance routine, and an “unconventional” drum routine which did not include any real drums.  She volunteers at an aid station for the Tucson Marathon, spends time helping out at her church nursery, and even caters food the for school prom.  She has taken culinary classes for three years, and participated in FCCLA, a culinary competition among other schools.  She plays volleyball as a middle blocker for her school, and participates in 4H Club every year.  Her essay was unique in that she discussed how she showed her chickens at the County Fair.  She described how chickens have “personality”, with an example of how one chicken showed ingenuity by flying over the wall when it couldn’t find the door through the fence.  Jessica will be attending Pace University in New York City majoring in finance, and hopes to work on Wall Street.


               Our third recipient was Halie Blauser, and she gave a friendly wave to the Rotary members as she stepped to the podium.  Halie is an excellent student, and has managed to maintain over a 4.0 GPA while playing varsity soccer for her school, and participating in the Science Olympiad.  She is a member of the “Key Club” on campus which is a community service organization that helps kids all over the Tucson area.  She likes to help others feel comfortable, and participates in a program which helps incoming freshmen transition into the high school environment.  Halie participated in an interesting internship at a plastic surgery office, and logged over 180 hours answering phones, faxing, converting paper files to e-files, and learning the basics of office work.  She has been accepted to the Barrett Honors College at the University of Arizona, and plans to become a plastic surgeon.  Her mother is a Registered Nurse, and told Halie that plastic surgery represents the combination of a creative mind and science mind.


               Our last recipient was Wyatt Fessenden, from San Manuel High school.  He has worked very hard outside the school environment as a dishwasher and pizza delivery man, among other jobs.  He received outstanding recommendations from his employers about his work ethic and his reliability.  Wyatt volunteers at Little League baseball, the archery fields, promotional work with music bands, and project CURE, which raises money for medical supplies for Africa.  During his freshman year, he started a book club, and helped set up the Glow Art Show at Triangle L Ranch.  He even made some artistic pieces for the Glow Art Show as well.  On campus, Wyatt participated in student government as a Parliamentarian and even President.  He spends time involved in all kinds of art, both abstract and portrait, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA at school and is ranked #1 in his class.


               All four of our scholarship award recipients are excellent young people and work very hard.  Doris spoke to all of them after giving out their scholarships by saying, “You have great potential; so make your parents proud, and bless our country with the gifts of your talents.”  I’m sure the entire Rotary membership agrees with Doris’ comment.  It was an honor to help these outstanding students, and our Rotary wishes them the best of success at college.  These are names you’ll want to watch in the future!

Casa De La Luz
by Fries, Savo

CASA DE LA LUZ   by Sharon McKniff



               The Circle of Life involves many aspects, most of which are happy milestones.  However, end of life is also an important aspect and it needs to be addressed thoughtfully and carefully.  Rotarians heard an excellent presentation from Marianne Schloss and Casa de la Luz last Thursday, May 2, 2013.  Marianne is a nurse and educator for about 40 years, with a caring compassionate job, but she pointed out that end of life must also be good business.  Marianne also has the educational background to serve as a chaplain at Casa de la Luz.  She said she feels, “at harmony with what she’s doing.”

    Marianne got right down to business with our group and stated that there is “no dress rehearsal” for end of life times, and so this time can be “quite frightening.”  Our culture doesn’t acknowledge the full circle of life, but tends to marginalize or hide this part of life.  She feels that it’s time for our society to dignify both birth and dying because they are both very important times.  She also advised that dying involves a lot of work on the part of the person dying, and we can help by being educated about the dying process and being respectful.  Hospice can help us in both education and support.  It is a more humane and necessary part of traditional medicine.    Hospice in the United States has been around since the 1980’s.  It started in England, and the ideas about hospice go back to medieval times in the monasteries.  We turn to hospice when a person decides not to treat their diagnosis aggressively anymore.  And our Medicare system benefits support this decision by directing its benefits to the hospice organization.  To quality for hospice Medicare benefits, your physician must certify that you have about six months left of life.  A person can go in and out of hospice care for up to three years, or longer if one’s condition continues to decline.  Sometimes a physician is reluctant to “let go” of a patient and continue aggressive treatment.  A patient has the right to go on their own to ask to be evaluated for hospice care.  

    Hospice can be done in-home, at an adult care home or at a skilled nursing facility.  A hospice “team” will help the patient.  This team includes MD’s, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and nurse’s aides, volunteers and bereavement people.  The first goal of the team is to manage pain for the patient so that the patient can do the work of end of life.  This involved physical, mental and spiritual pain.  The hospice team believes that who we’ve loved and who loves us are top priorities.  Accordingly communication with these loved ones is of maximum importance.  The team can aid a patient to resolve regrets and to get to the heart of a lingering matter.  This often involves the process of forgiveness.

   The social worker can handle most legal issues of end of life care.  Marianne expressed that one of the most beautiful gifts we can give to those we leave behind is to make your wishes known about your end of life experience.  This must be written down, and she advises everyone to do it early in life.  

               The chaplain member of the team acts as a spiritual counselor.  This member is there to listen and support without answers or judgment.  Basically, the chaplain provides a safe port to share thoughts.

    The nurse’s aides are very important, and provide the most information about the patient to the doctors and other team members because the aid spends the most time with the patient.  Aids can bathe the patient, straighten rooms, and wash dishes, almost anything that needs to be done.  The aid’s voice is often honored as much as the doctor’s voice when the team consults together.  

   The volunteers help the team by reading books/stories to the patient, and sometimes by just sitting close by and holding their hand.  Often volunteers sit vigil, being very quiet and still, and their presence is comforting to the patient in the hard work of dying.

    Finally, the bereavement members of the team are there to support family and loved ones who are often crippled by grief.  Our society is sometimes harsh, and gives only three days for a grieving loved one to get back to work.  The bereavement members of the hospice team provide individual or group support to anyone struggling with grief.  

      All of the equipment, such as beds, commodes, etc. are provided free of charge while under the care of hospice.  Many hospitals have arrangement with hospices to proved in-patient units.  This relieves the family of daily caregiver duties required during difficult physical end of life times.  The families can often spend the night at the hospital.  In-patient hospices are particularly helpful when the living member of an older couple can’t take on the caregiver duties required for the sick member.  By providing hospital in-patient hospice for the sick member, the living member can obtain five days of rest while the sick member is in hospice.

   The future of hospice looks positive, however, hospice is under close scrutiny.  The baby boomer generation is coming up in such high numbers now.  Hospice organizations are looking at the future regarding the choices of the dying, and evaluating what services will be covered and what services will not be covered.  

               During a question and answer session, Marianne shared that there are many forms of a Living Will.  She shared that Casa de la Luz provides a “Five Wishes” program which covers possible scenarios that may present themselves during the dying phase of life:   1) who will make choices regarding medical power of attorney; 2) decisions about artificial means of nutrition; 3) decisions involving the management of pain; 4) how the dying patient wants to be treated and details about to whom and what types of communication the dying patient wishes to have completed on their behalf; and 5) communication about forgiveness support, statements to loved ones, resolutions about issues that may empower the family members, and important statements of gratitude to loved ones that the dying patient wants to be delivered.  These details of end of life are very important to both the dying patient and to those left behind in life.

    Hospice has been growing in terms of the types of diagnosed illnesses that are being covered by hospice.  You can learn more about hospice and Casa de la Luz by going to their website:  Our thanks to Marianne Schloss for her talk about this important aspect of the circle of life.

Four Way Speech and RYLA by Sharon McKniff
by Fries, Savo




   The 4-Way Test is part of the foundation of Rotary.  Students from San Manuel Jr. and Sr. High School came to our luncheon meeting on April 25, 2013 to share their interpretation of living under the 4-Way Test and participated in our 4-Way Speech Contest.  Together with their teacher Desire Romo, four contestants gave short speeches to explain how the 4-Way Test was important in their lives.  

               Fabian Russo, the oldest of five children, shared how the 4-Way Test principles applied to him as the mentor and example to his younger siblings.  He said the “if you’re fair, you are telling a person that you care about them.”  He felt that a lack of self-interest helps him maintain better friendships, and that these friendships would last for a long time.  Fabian hopes to attend University of Oregon as a football or basketball player.

    Marcella Franco plays first base in softball at her school.  She remembered noticing younger students sitting in the stands while she was competing in a softball game.  She wanted to be a good role model to the younger students, and felt that if they ever saw her cheat, they would not see her as being fair and trustworthy.  She said that one could never lose if one told the truth.  She also believes that telling the truth, even to your own personal detriment, will gain you the respect of others.  Marcella hopes to attend Stanford University and wants to be an orthodontist.  

               Max Fisher was our next contestant, and stated that the 4-Way Test shapes a person’s character.  He feels that telling the truth also means acting responsibly.  He tries to be fair in all situations, and tries to see both sides of any conflict.  He competes in wrestling, and always congratulates and shakes the hand of his opponent after every match.  This act of goodwill builds respect in the eyes of his opponents, and he feels good about that.  He feels that his friends can count on him in any situation.  Max hopes to attend the University of Arizona and play football.  He hopes to work in law enforcement someday.

   Tia Nielsen has observed that people sometimes lie to stay out of trouble.  She feels that the consequences are usually much less if you tell the truth.  You may still get in trouble, but she said that the trouble would be more severe if you were caught lying.    She said, “some say that people remember what you do or say, but I feel that people will remember what you made they feel when they were around you.”  Being considerate of others will build much better friendships for your whole life.  Tia hopes to be a veterinarian after graduating from college.  

               All the contestants gave good speeches, and there was much discussion at this Rotarian’s table about who would be the winner.  The Rotary judges awarded first place to Fabian Russo and awarded him $50.00 first prize.  Second place was Max Fisher, third place was Tia Nielson, and fourth place was Marcella Franco. 

    After the 4-Way Speech Contest, Rotarians hears from two RYLA participants.  RYLA stands for “Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.”  The participants attended a 3-day conference to hone their leadership skills.  All Rotary clubs across the nation are invited to participate in this conference.  Our club generally helps kids in need, but this RYLA conference helps kids that show leadership qualities, with the potential to become tomorrow’s leaders.  Two Ironwood Ridge Students, Jack Affeldt and Leo Hamerlynck shared their experiences from the conference.  

               Jack felt that the main thing he learned was how to bring people out of their shells and bring forth their good ideas.  He learned how to be a positive influence to others.  He shared that good leadership often involved putting like-minded people together to solve tough problems.

   Leo didn’t know what to expect from the leadership conference, but kept his mind open.  Leo said, “I learned that it is best to be a benevolent leader rather than a malevolent one.”  He felt that the key to good leadership was to be an involved leader, but not to the point of micro-management.  

               After fielding some good questions from the audience, Jack and Leo summed up their experiences as being very positive.  Jack felt that his life goals did not change, but he now feels more confident that he can attain those goals.  Leo said that he would like to participate in RYLA in the future, perhaps as one of the counselors, because he wants to help kids become more confident.  Both young men were very well-spoken and confident at the podium.

  ImageImageThis was a luncheon that filled one with encouragement about the quality of our young people and the positive affect our Rotarian principles and projects can help them to experience.  We wish all of these participants the best of luck in their futures!
Welcome Home Honor Flight and Emerson!
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Foundation Grant Awards and Major Donor Recognition
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               The recipients of our Rotary Foundation Grant awards were presented with checks and introduced to the membership on April 4, 2013.  Additionally, the major donors to the Fore For Kids Golf Tournament were recognized.

    Our Major Donors included Miraval AZ Resort, Oracle Ford, Canyon Community Bank, Central AZ College Foundation, and Pinal County Sheriff office.  Our many thanks to each of them for helping to make the Tournament a huge success.  

               One of our awards recipients was an organization “Teens Sew Cool” represented by Ann Richards.  Our award check paid for the refurbishing of eleven sewing machines which are used by the thirty students learning to sew by providing service projects such as bags to hang on walkers used by the elderly.   Barbara McClure represented Catalina Community Services, which hosts an after school program for 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Coronado K-8 School to foster tutoring of academics, social skills and recreational fun.

    Family First Pregnancy Center, represented by Clare Grochocki, is a non-profit educational center which teaches parenting skills to new mothers and an “Earn While You Learn” program to promote positive changes in lifestyles that contribute to good parenting.  

               One of our own Rotarian club members, Gerad Ball, represented Coronado K-8 School.  Our funds will be directed to the school’s Positive Behavior Support program which supports behaviors that can become keys to success, such as respect, pride, helpfulness, and service.  Many previously troubled kids are no longer experiencing difficulties and wear their special purple t-shirts every Friday with pride.

    Robert Springer represented the MathPlus program at Coronado K-8 School.  He shared that our Rotary financial support over the past 7 years has raised the number of children that pass the AIMS test by over 20%.  Next year, the program will re-focus its efforts using a “Common Core” method of teaching math.  

     We have experienced the program Little Hooves Big Hearts at a previous Rotary luncheon.  Tammy Mockbee represented this group to accept the award, and explained that the miniature horses used in the program help special needs children to improve communication and skills with people in many dramatic ways.  She shared a letter from the mother of a child that was selectively mute.  After only one year in the program, she whispers loudly enough to be heard, she can laugh in front of people, and she recently played a simple game with another child.  These are big successes in her life.

    Ann Nasser represented Kids Closet.  Ms. Nasser shared that over 36,617 wardrobes were provided to needy children in past years.  This year, they will add backpacks stuffed with school supplies to their program.  

  The Boy Scouts of America Catalina Council was represented by Amber Mazzei.  Our financial award will be used to help teach values and skills for life, leading to responsible adults.  Additionally, Dennis Blauser accepted the award for Oracle Connections Living Program.  Dennis is the principal of a small school of about 400 children.  As kindergarteners, about 72% of his children are considered “severely at risk” for literacy.  This Oracle Connections program hired tutors from sophomore through senior year in high school to tutor and work with the children.  The results have been amazing for both the children and the tutors as well.  Some of the tutors have even returned as college students to continue their tutoring experience.

   Image It will be exciting to see what benefits the Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke can bring to our local community in the coming years.

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   Rotarians heard from Master Chief Sergeant Anne Reddish, US Air Force from David Monthan Air Force Base on March 28, 2013.  Chief Reddish shared her own experiences and opinions about the experiences many women have in the US military.  She expressed her appreciation for the positive affect that Rotary has on our community, and said that it was “an honor to be here.”   

 Chief Reddish entered the military in February 1988, and has served in many varied positions, including Distribution Operator, Fuels Controller, Hydrants and Bulk Storage Operator, Environmental, Compliance and Fuels Laboratory NCOIC, and Fuels Support.    She recently completed a one-year remote tour to Al Udeid AB, Qatar, as Fuels Manager, leading the DOD’s busiest refuel operation.  She shared that the military “basically saved me”, as she tried a variety of jobs and felt “lost” when her parents divorced. 

  Chief Reddish experienced an episode of sexual harassment during her early years in the military, and said that the Air Force was a different culture for women when she first entered the military.  One of her early stories concerned an assignment at Howard Air Force Base in Panama, where she complained about a Master Sergeant’s unacceptable comments and behavior, but was told that “he’s harmless.”  The consequences were unpleasant, as Social Actions Dept. came and interviewed her entire group, resulting in no one talking to her for a long time.  The matter was swept under the rug.  She said this made her “mad and more resilient.” 

 After a tour to Desert Storm, she found the love of her life, married, and had three children.  She learned that parenting is a tough job when both parents are in the military.

Chief Reddish shared that the culture for women in the military is changing, and getting better.  Women now go into combat assignments; women are often promoted; and “political correctness” makes everyone more aware of the effect of their comments and actions.

  Now Chief Reddish serves as a mentor to many women in the military, and teaches them to “do it yourself” and to be strong.  She feels that women are being treated equally now, and that women need to continue to step up to their assignments to the absolute best of their ability. 

  A Rotarian asked her about her next personal challenge.  She said it will be to decide what she wants to do with her life after she retires (perhaps in two years).  Right now, she is not sure about it.  She maintains an interest in science and teaching, so perhaps working with the STAR program may be of interest to her.  She even said that maybe she’d come back to our Rotary Club as a guest, and perhaps become a future Rotarian because she loves to volunteer and stay busy.

ImageShe was an excellent speaker, and moved precisely from point to point.  We all wish her the best of luck in her future.

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ImageEdie Crall has been a great asset to SaddleBrooke and the surrounding communities ever since she and her husband Boyd moved here from Ohio in 2005. Prior to moving here she was a director for CHOICES shelter and advocacy center for abused women and children in Columbus.

Edie’s first contribution to the people in our community was when she became part of the CASA program in Tucson; later she became a mentor for a high school girl with whom she still maintains contact.

In 2010 Edie became a director of the Eastern Pinal Regional Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This organization was founded in 2004 to help victims of domestic violence and, in 2010, became Safe Journey House in San Manuel. For the last two years Edie has been the President of that organization. She led the way in the fund-raising and work that converted a house into an advocacy and intervention center which has been helping abused women, children, and men since October, 2011. Despite the difficulties of fund-raising and volunteer turnover, Safe Journey House, in that brief period of operation has been able to provide advocacy and counseling help to more than 100 abused people in southeast Pinal County. Without Edie’s leadership and energy, this source of service to victims of domestic abuse would not have survived. The bottom line is that Edie is a kind and caring person with great energy and talent and is a great asset to the community.


A Great Success! by Tim Morsani
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SaddleBrooke Rotary’s 15th annual Fore For Kids Charity Golf Tournament came off without a hitch again this year.  It was the club’s richest tournament ever in terms of prize money and the year will mark one of the best ever for sponsorship funds contributed.

          Rotarians owe a great debt of gratitude to the generous residents of SaddleBrooke and to the surrounding businesses which provide services to us.  Without on-going resident and business participation year after year, many at-risk youth would have fewer opportunities to become productive, contributing members of our community.

The monies collected during the fund-raising period will be distributed soon and every SaddleBrooke resident will be given a list of which organizations will receive their support in the coming year.

Thanks again to all who participated or contributed in our collective efforts to make our communities a better place to live.

CLUB ASSEMBLY March 2013 written by Sharon McKniff - click on "more..."
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CLUB ASSEMBLY – March 14, 2013

 Our Rotary Club Assembly was full of news on March 14, 2013.  Although we always enjoy hearing from speakers, an Assembly is informative and helps us keep our many activities up-do-date with the membership.

Starting with Tom Albaugh, we learned that we’re financially healthy and in good shape with our budget.  Joe McGowan advised that our membership is going strong.  We lose some, and we gain some; and he has two new applications in-hand with a possible four more in the next few weeks.

Tom Turriff brought us up to date with EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year), and reminded the membership of the expectations for each of us:  1) activity in a service area, 2) contribute to EREY, and 3) work at our Fore For Kids Golf Tournament.

Marilyn Moore (Community Service area) listed the community service areas, which may have been new to our more recent members.  She advised that we gave an additional donation to Kids Closet in Mammoth.  The school supplies, dictionaries to 3rd graders, and Thanksgiving food basket projects have increased both in participation and the numbers of children that benefited from them.

  Tim Morsani reviewed our preparations regarding Fore For Kids Golf Tournament on March 22nd.  He stated that this event is a major fund raising tool which brings attention to our Rotary Club and our mission to help children.  The real money for this event comes from each Rotarian’s personal contacts to obtain donations.  Tamara Hutto gave thanks to everyone for their tremendous efforts so far, and reminded us that “crunch time” has now begun as the date draws very near.  Cathy Stevens needs additional personnel on the day of the tournament, so please contact her to see where you may be of service. 

 Cammy Moore gave a reminder about the April 18th Spring Social at the Roadrunner Grill on the patio.  Tickets are available starting next week.

Ed Drager reminded us about future golf cart raffle ticket sales dates, and encouraged us to keep selling.  The drawing for the golf cart will take place at our April 18th Spring Social event.

  Savo Fries gave a real-time presentation about our Clubrunner website.  All events, speakers, lunch menu, birthdays, and many other items of importance are on our website.  Savo uploads information about new members, including their photo, bio, etc. and sends them a welcome letter.  If you are not checking the Clubrunner website frequently, you should start soon.  Some nervous chuckles were heard throughout the membership as Savo advised that she knows who has never logged onto our website.  As a Rotarian, you need to know what’s going on, and Clubrunner is the place for answers.  We hope to hear more details about our Clubrunner website from Savo at future meetings.
Rotarians at Work
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Tom Turriff delivers and eloquent speech
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Mark Miller, Specialist in Tax Accounting and Fellow Rotarian
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Tax Issues and Changes That Affect Many of Us

by Sharon McKniff

   Mark Miller,  Tax Accountant Specialist, and a member of our Saddlebrooke Rotary Club spoke to our group on March 7, 2013 about income tax issues and changes.  With a witty remark during Mark’s introduction, “be sure your government gets everything it deserves,” Steve set a light tone for a weighty subject.

 Since 1981, Mark has run the family business MJM Income Tax, on Oracle Road in Catalina.  He covered many important Federal and State income tax changes for 2013, and outlined some of them on a two-sided handout that accompanied his power-point presentation. 

 For example, prior to 2013, the rates for long-term capital gains and qualified dividend income was 0% for individuals whose taxable income was below the 25% bracket and were 15% for individuals whose taxable income was in the 25% bracket and above.  This has changed with the 2012 Tax Act, which increased the tax rate on long-term capital gains and qualified dividend income to 20% for those with taxable income above $400,000 (single) and $450,000 (married).   

 Arizona provides tax credit for contributions to private school tuition organizations, and approximately 15-20 other organizations.  The credit maximum has now been doubled to a maximum of $503 (single) and $1006 (married).  This donation to a tuition organization gives the taxpayer a credit equal to the amount donated, and reduces state tax liability dollar for dollar.  During a question and answer period at our meeting, it was stated that this is a great way to gain control over where your money goes.  The public school credit deadline was December 31, 2012, but the private school credit deadline is open until April 15, 2013.

 Image Mark covered several other areas of change, including itemized deduction limitations.  If you wish to discuss these matters further with Mark, or request his services in preparation of your personal and/or small business income tax returns, you can reach him at MJM Income Tax, 15560 N. Oracle Road, Catalina.  Phone:  520-825-2245.  Thanks to Mark for sharing his expertise with us.
Dr. James Nicolai : Integrative Medicine By Sharon McKniff
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  Dr. James Nicolai from Miraval spoke with Rotarians on February 28, 2013 about “Integrative Medicine.”  Dr. Nicolai is on staff with the Andrew Weil Wellness Program at Miraval and has a special interest in addressing a patient as a “whole person” with an approach that combines regular medicine with holistic and personal medicine. 

 Dr. Andrew Weil is a leading proponent of integrative medicine and has written books about the subject.  Integrative medicine is not used instead of conventional medicine, and does not suggest that you skip seeing your doctor about health issues.  Integrative medicine can be used effectively to speed up the healing process, or to suggest alternative substitutes to medicines that bring along negative side effects.  Additionally, integrative medicine can assist in a patient’s feeling of well-being and positive outlook, which has always proven to aid in the recovery process. 

 Integrative medicine was defined by Dr. Nicolai as “an intensive combination of conventional medicine with the best of alternative medicine” as an approach to treating a whole person rather than treating symptoms alone.  For example, Dr. Nicolai said that a body has a natural healing response that can be accelerated with alternative medicine.  A patient and his doctor use conventional medicine to set and cast a broken bone; then that patient and his integrative medicine doctor find ways to accelerate the healing process via supplements, lifestyle changes, etc. 

   “We are more than our disease,” said Dr. Nicolai.  This is easily understood when we consider the effect of stress on ourselves, i.e. elevated blood pressure and/or insomnia.  At Miraval, they address the “upstream problem” to investigate the causes of the stress and your reactions to that stress.  This cannot be accomplished in a typical 12-minute conventional doctor appointment.  This kind of attention and care takes time.

   Dr. Nicolai wrapped up a very informative talk with some suggestions to help the aging process.  First, he suggested that you find out your Vitamin D levels.  There is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency today, often caused by our use of sunscreen and sun-protective clothing.  Without direct sun exposure to our skin, our body cannot produce vitamin D.  Also, our bodies produce less vitamin D with the same amount of sun exposure than our body produced when we were younger.  Vitamin D deficiencies can cause depression.  There are studies that link vitamin D deficiency to some cancers.  And a direct relationship has been found between a vitamin D deficiency and the occurrence of flu and/or pneumonia in individuals.

Second, Dr. Nicolai suggested that we investigate an “anti-inflammation diet”.  By eating certain foods or combinations of foods to decrease the amount of inflammation in our body, we help avoid heart disease and other forms of disease.  For instance, the Mediterranean diet consists of lots of olive oil, which “dials down” inflammation in the body. 

  Dr. Nicolai’s job at Miraval is to help people navigate through many options in order to achieve maximum health and recovery after illness, and to help prevent symptoms in the future.  He stated, “This is the medicine of the future.”  Dr. Nicolai has written a book entitled Integrative Wellness Rules.  Additionally, he shared that we may have an interest in reading Dr. Weil’s magazine entitled “Guide to Healthy Eating”, and he placed a copy of that magazine in the HOA1 library.  Another recommended book is Dr. Weil’s Healthy Aging.  Additional research and information can be found at Dr. Weil’s website:  It’s never too late to make changes that result in better health.  Good health can affect every aspect of our life.
SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Donation for the SBCO 2013 Food Drive
by Moore, Marilyn

SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Donation for the SBCO 2013 Food Drive  Image

Marilyn Moore, Community Service Projects Chair and Board Member, of the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club presents the club’s donation (check) to Joan Roberts, Executive Vice President of SaddleBrooke Community Outreach and Food Drive Chair. This year’s Food Drive will be held on March 9th; all donations go to the Tri-Community Food Bank. 

Be proud of your/our club's donation!  This year’s donation is $250.00.  

Please read more about how the Tri-Community Food Bank (TCFB) will apply our donation:
“Another way to help is with a financial contribution.   Food banks have what is called buying power.  Typically for every $1.00 donated, TCFB is able to buy $5 worth of food.  Often the United Food Bank in Mesa offers $1 worth of food for 10 cents, depending on their supply.”      “SBCO 2013 Food Drive” article - Rick Cato (February, 2013)

Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Presented by Dave Perry
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Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce

 written by: Sharon McKniff

  Dave Perry, a past Rotarian, spoke about the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce at our meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  He stressed the inter-community cooperation between Saddlebrooke and Oro Valley.

 An Oro Valley economic development update handout was given to all tables at our meeting.  It outlined several new projects such as Securaplane Industries is planning to build a 55,000 square foot manufacturing and office facility at Tangerine and Innovation Park Drive.  This project would be the first new business within the Innovation Park economic expansion zone, and expects to be finalized in early October 2013.  Dave explained that “economic expansion zone” means that building permits and zoning are expedited to attract new businesses to the area.  One of the earlier businesses to move into this “economic expansion zone” is Ventana Medical Systems.  “People want to be next to Ventana,” Dave said, as Ventana is a huge talent pool with many PhD’s and forward-thinking people.

   Dave shared that Oro Valley is spending 5.2 million dollars to upgrade a local pool.  The 2014 National Synchronized swim event will be held here.  There is a first-class archery facility at Naranja Park.  Additionally, an LA Fitness center is being constructed at Oracle and Hardy, together with several apartment projects.  Single family houses are up from 45 in the past year to over 225 new homes.  Oro Valley is looking to adopt the area called Arroyo Grande in order to build many new homes and attending businesses. 

  The theme of the Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce is often “if you don’t try to grow, you’re going to get smaller.”  The Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for about 20 years.

   Dave opened the meeting to questions.  In answer to a question by one of our members, the formerly Ikes Grocery Store is being converted to a dinner theater, along the lines of the Gaslight Theater in central Tucson.  Another question involving Raytheon indicated that Pima County has the same mind-set at Oro Valley and they are looking to protect the “tech-type corridor” in southern Tucson because many of us depend on Raytheon for employment, vendor business, and other businesses.  In answer to another good question, Dave shared that Tangerine Road will experience major development, including widening to possibly six lanes, and many new businesses along the entire corridor all the way out to I-10. 

Image  Please feel free to browse the Chamber’s website at:  to learn more about this busy and future-thinking organization.

U-2 Taming the Dragon Lady by Sharon McKniff
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U-2 Taming the Dragon Lady

  Brigadier General David L. Patton, a U-2 High Altitude Reconnaissance plane pilot held an informative and fascinating talk with Rotarians on February 14, 2013.  The Brigadier has retired from the Air Force and now lives in Saddlebrooke.   The U-2 High Altitude Reconnaissance plane first flew in 1955 at an altitude of over 70,000 feet, with a range of 3,000 miles.  Referred to as the “Dragon Lady”, Brigadier Patton shared that this U-2 plane is “the most challenging bird I’ve ever flown.”  The pilot requires a lot of skill.  Flying the U-2 is like “driving a heavy truck in low altitude, but at high altitude you can fly it with one finger.”  The plane is dangerous to fly because it has both a high-speed stall and a low-speed stall.  If the pilot gets into trouble and the plane begins a spin from a low-speed stall, the plane begins to break up and the tail falls off.  No pilot has ever survived the spin.In the early years, there were no simulators for pilots to train.  Brigadier Patton said “the first time you flew it, you’re all by yourself.”  There were no 2-seat pilot trainers (and there are trainer seats now), there was no ejection seat (although there is one now), and there were no fuel gauges.  Many improvements have since been added to the U-2 plane.The U-2 plane has been used by the CIA and the Air Force.  Many flights were logged over Cuba during the missile crisis between 1962 and 1964.  Additionally, thousands of flights were logged over Russia during the 1960’s.  The U-2 was flown over Vietnam between 1964 and 1976, and has been flown over Korea since 1975 to the present.  This plane has been used in the Middle East since 1974 and is still very heavily involved in that area to this day.  The U-2 planes are deployed via an aircraft carrier.  Personnel on the carrier include a surgeon, a representative from the company that built the plane, hydraulic technicians, and people from almost every category involved with this aircraft.  Today, many nuclear testing flyovers are being conducted.  The plane catches nuclear gases as they drift in the air after nuclear testing.  The results are sent to Patterson air force base where they can determine exactly what type of device was exploded.

Cameras are loaded into the U-2 via a large crane.  The pilot often feels like he (or she) is also wedged into the cockpit via crane, as the space is very tight.  The U-2 cameras have taken over one million feet of film.  The film options of the U-2 include both black & white, together with IR (infrared) film.  The infrared film can spot the wake of a ship in the dark through heavy cloud cover.  While flying the U-2, the plane is so high that the pilot can discern the curve of the earth.  The newer version of the U-2, called the “S-model”, can detect IED’s (“Improvised Explosive Device”) very quickly and the “detect to kill” time is often as short as 5 minutes from the U-2 detection to communication with ground units that can decommission the incoming threat.  This S-model has a very sleek all-glass cockpit with a very complex instrument panel.

Image Patton shared that this plane has a “check six” rearview mirror.  In response to questioning looks from his audience about why a plane would need a rearview mirror, he shared that the plane is black, but if the pilot is creating a white contrail behind him, then the U-2 plane isn’t as “invisible” as it’s designed to be.  “And we certainly don’t want that,” he commented, to the chuckles of his audience.


Saddlebrooke Rotary Foundation presented by Roger Bogard
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State of the Saddlebrooke Rotary Foundation by Sharon McKniff

 Roger Bogard, President of the Saddlebrooke Rotary Foundation, shared a very informative session about the good works of The Foundation and its financial status.  Our Foundation is a “real time” organization for our Rotary Club.  Roger fielded many questions during his talk, and skillfully explained how the Foundation works.

The Fore For Kids Gold Tournament, with an event date of March 22, 2013, is part of the Foundation.  The last tournament was held in 2011 and brought over $32,000 to help needy children in the Catalina and Oracle areas.  This year we hope to do even better in our quest to enhance the lives of children in our area.

   Roger informed the group that Foundation money is distributed to over nine programs, including:  (1) Arizona Youth Partnership, Catalina After School (an after school program which aids many single mothers by ensuring their children are in a safe, often tutoring, environment until the mothers return home from work; (2)  Catalina Council Boy Scouts of America “Scoutreach”; (3) Coronado K-8 “Paw Pride” program; (4) Oracle School District #2 “Connection Program”; (5) Community Outreach “Kids Closet”; (6) Family First, Oracle Youth Development, which helps young families; (7) Amphi Foundation, Math Plus program; (8) Eastern Pinal Regulatory Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and (9) Harrelson School. 

 These various organizations must provide a lot of detailed information about where our money is going, how it will be used, their purpose and needs, etc.   They are again held accountable when they re-apply for money, and tell us what they’ve done and where they have improved the lives of children.  The questionnaire includes many items that “break out” just exactly the gender, age, and many other details of the children who benefit from our funds.

The Scholarship Committee is also part of the Foundation.  Scholarships are awarded in Spring and are applied to the recipients’ Fall school expenses.  The scholarships are given to college-bound students.  They must be residents of Pinal County and show exceptional economic need and scholastic competence.  Doris Clatanoff, President, has established a rating system to aid in the determination process.  The Scholarship Committee original started with three scholarships, but in 2012 awarded four scholarships. 

Another feature of the Foundation is the Harlan Hygaard Fund, a money market savings account named after our first Saddlebrooke Rotary President.  Additionally the Grant Committee serves under the umbrella of the Foundation, raising over $15,000 to date.  New members to the Grant Committee receive instruction in the effective writing of grants.

  The Foundation oversees the financial gains of the Golf Cart raffle.  Central Arizona College Foundation has been a recent beneficiary of the Golf Cart Raffle.  This Foundation establishes a contract between the parents and the child in a family requiring that the child maintain a certain level of grades.  If the child does maintain these grades, the Foundation will pay tuition for college, and the family only pays for books and fees.  The aim is to increase graduation rates from high school, as well as encouragement to get our children college-bound. 

 Roger provided a detailed Treasurer’s Report of the Foundation and fielded many questions from the members present.    We thank Roger for his informative and up-to-the-minute account of the Foundation.

Current and Future Market Trends by Sharon McKniff
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 Joe Dylewski spoke with fellow Rotarians at our meeting on January 25, 2013 about economic outlooks and opportunities for investment.  Joe’s talk was supported with a hand-out entitled “Navigating Through the Fog of Uncertainty” by the Edward Jones investment firm.    

The economy was the first topic to be addressed.  Joe shared that our U.S. labor market has shown a steady growth.  The economy has added 4.5 million jobs, about half of the number of jobs the U.S. has lost since 2008.  We still have a way to go.  Basically the markets are in a tug of war between the fiscal concerns in Europe and the rebounding economy of the U.S.

  Regarding inflation and interest rates, Joe said current interest rates are at or near historic lows.  This may lead to more investors choosing to reach for long term bonds with higher rates.  The bottom line is “don’t put your investments all in one basket”  Joe recommended maintaining a variety in your portfolio between short, middle and long term bonds, referred to as “laddering”.

  Joe and the Edward Jones firm recommend you “focus on what you can control” and try not to worry about things you can’t control.  An individual can control the quality and mix of their investments and also the way they react to market fluctuations.

Economic challenges in Europe are serious, but there are still some investment opportunities there.  If you can tolerate the increased risk on your portfolio consider investing in Europe, and also consider up to 30% of your total investments be international.

  Joe advised emotional investing is something to avoid.  He advised typically many people “follow the herd” during good times and panic when things go bad.  However, it’s important to stay invested, as outperformance typically follows underperformance.  He expects our economy to experience a slow but steady growth.  Don’t let near-term market fluctuations and media headlines influence your investment decisions, stay focused on your long-term goals.

ImageJoe summarized his talk with four main points:  (1) stay diversified; (2) stay invested; (3) focus on the long-term goals; (4) rebalance your portfolio as necessary. 


David Devine, guest speaker by Doug May
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The Second Transcontinental Railroad

David Devine, author of Slavery, Scandal, and Steel Rails, spoke to the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke about the history of the southern transcontinental railroad line.  The book covers the Gadsden Purchase and subsequent construction of the railroad line through Arizona and New Mexico during the 1870s.  Projecting pictures of construction, Southern Pacific railroad tycoons, and politicians at the time, David focused on the approach to Tucson of the line progressing east from Los Angeles.  Tucson had about 7,000 inhabitants then and was the largest city in the region.  Its residents became excited about the prospects of a railroad bringing cheaper goods and faster transportation to the city.  Progress was slow through the 1870s with shortages of materials and labor and delays in Tucson approvals.  In the summer of 1879 construction stopped at Casa Grande while ties and rails were stockpiled there.  With land finally granted through the city and the original depot in the same location as today, the line was completed to Tucson in early 1980.  A grand celebration was planned for the arrival of the first train from Los Angeles on March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, complete with a silver spike to mark the occasion.  The only hitch: the train arrived early.

March 20 is celebrated as Railroad Day in Tucson.  This year it will be on St. Patrick's Day to be held on the weekend.

In Memory of Ken Moore
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A memorial service with military honors for charter SaddleBrooke Rotary Club member

Ken Moore, husband of Cammy Moore, will be held on Saturday January 26th at

10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 11575 N. 1st Avenue, Oro Valley 85737.

A light buffet follows placement of ashes in the church columbarium
Linda and Steve, Paul Harris Awards
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January Birthdays, Happy Birthday Doris and Roger!
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The Silent Killer by Sharon Mckniff
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During a very informative meeting, Sheryl Brooks, a Registered Nurse associated with the Health and Wellness program at Miraval, educated the Saddlebrooke Rotarians about high blood pressure, aka “The Silent Killer”.  Sheryl stated that her objective was to help people learn how to preserve their health, before we begin to lose it.  “It’s not just about how long we live, but how well we live,” Sheryl commented in her opening remarks.

High blood pressure is called “The Silent Killer” because no real obvious symptoms give away its stealthy advance upon one’s health.  Many people currently on kidney dialysis are there due to uncontrolled high blood pressure over a long period of time.  High blood pressure affects all organs of the body, not just the kidneys. 

A person can easily identify if they have high blood pressure with a visit to their doctor to measure it.  A result of 120/80 is a normal blood pressure reading.  This measurement identifies the amount of force of blood your heart places on artery walls when the heart squeezes (the top number, referred to as “systolic”), and the amount of force when your heart rests between beats (the bottom number, referred to as “diastolic”).  You are at risk for high blood pressure when these numbers are higher.

Many factors may contribute to high blood pressure, such as adult-onset of diabetes, high cholesterol, excessive intake of alcohol, chronic life stress, inactive life style, and smoking.    We can help ourselves to prevent high blood pressure by making better life choices in these areas.

Sheryl advised the Rotarian group that almost 77% of first stroke victims and almost 74% of congestive heart failure victims are caused by high blood pressure not being identified and controlled over time.  Since a person may have no symptoms of high blood pressure, it is advisable to have regular checkups with your doctor, or to monitor your blood pressure at home with proper devices.

An interesting new trend in blood pressure studies has been to measure blood pressure on both arms, and many medical facilities are now doing just that.  A significant difference between the right and left blood pressure readings could indicate a medical issue, or even a blockage in circulation, on one side.

The bottom line for prevention of high blood pressure, and the risk to your health caused by long term high blood pressure, is to “take care of yourself, and eat real foods in great variety,” said Sheryl.  This Rotarian personally confirmed that her mother was correct when she said to “eat a rainbow every day.” 

Good living and good health are important items over which we actually do have some control, and controlling high blood pressure is definitely a top priority in that arena.  For more information about high blood pressure, check the web and talk with your doctor. 


EMERSON KNOWLES , Ups and Downs of the Market by Theresa Poalucci
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Image      Saving and growing your money for a worry free future in today's volatile market is no easy task. Saddlebrooke Rotarian Emerson Knowles, a senior vice president at Merrill Lynch, as well as a wealth management advisor and PIA program portfolio manager started his career after graduating from MIT some 34 years ago. The market's ups and downs are nothing new to him. 
 His dedication to his chosen profession has earned him a level of expertise on the subject of financial stability. He also shared how his industry has evolved from the time he first started. Financial advisors have grown in their role as consultant from just looking at a client's financials to looking at the full picture: financial independence, retirement, liability and family planning.He spoke to the Saddlebrooke Rotary about how to choose a financial advisor. Knowles advice is to seek out a wealth management team that displays good character, has real communication skills, and is competent to do the job. "If your advisor is not looking at all the aspects of your financial planning, total life planning, then you are paying for services you are not recieving," he said. If this is your situation he advised that it might be time to look for a new finanical planner.On today's challenge for maintaining a comfortable retirement, Knowles pointed out that we are all living longer which means our money needs to last longer. We need to plan for inflation. That we should not risk our money, but it is still necessary to grow it. And most importantly that retirement income must be protected from loss. His example for the challenge of inflation included a chart which compared 1975 with 2012 and the purchasing power of $10,000. In '75 that amount of money could buy you a decent economy car or 10,000 McDonald's Big Mac meals. In today's market, the same $10,000 will get you maybe half of a car, and only 1,400 hamburgers.His advise for growth is to stay diversified and plan for the long term. Further he suggest to invest in companies that pay dividends and to keep reinvesting those dividends.Knowles concluded his talk with some preditctions for 2013. He said not to worry if interest rates go up and predicts banks will do quite well in the next few years. He did advise to get rid of CD's if you have any, as the interest you should be making on them is going to pay off the bank's bad investments. Further Knowles said not to worry about the fiscal cliff, referring to it as a lot of media hype.He does however suggest we all adjust for some modest inflation and that there is the potential for lower gas prices. 2013 he said will be the year that there will be a real shortage of vocational workers.

Knowles invited all to read "A Great Hoax," an article he authored originally for the Literary Club of Cincinnati. 

SaddleBrooke Growth and Changes By Sharon McKniff
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  Charlie Bull, President of STPO (Saddlebrooke Two Property Owners) shared the varied history of both Saddlebrooke HOA1 and HOA2 with the Rotarians at their luncheon meeting on December 6, 2012.  Many people were unaware of the various changes and steps taken toward homeowner development, and Charlie’s talk was very interesting.

Beginning over 25 years ago with a sole entrance of Lago Del Oro Road, Saddlebrookee grew from a small trailer sales office at the end of a dirt road.  By 1988, there were over 62 homes, 2 tennis courts, and one golf course with clubhouse.  During the 1990’s, more acreage was purchased from the Golder Family and the Mountain View area was born. 

  HOA1 was the first development to break away from Robson via the advocacy of an Alliance Residence Community organization which served as liaison between the homeowners and the developer Robson.   

 During the early 2000’s, our Saddlebrooke Patrol broke into two parts to serve HOA1 and HOA2, and the Desert View area was developed to include our 480 seat tier-style theater, more tennis courts, an additional clubhouse and the large fitness center.  Eventually, the Preserve area was designed and developed as well.  The leaders of STPO were responsible for the design and helped to get the job completed. 

  Currently, the STPO has been active in many ways, including the installation of the stop light at Eagle Crest Drive.  Their mission includes the enhancement of the quality of life for the homeowners of Saddlebrooke Two.  Charlie shared that an area set aside for Unit 50 is not yet open or developed, but may become available when the number of lots in units 45-49 gets below 100 lots.  At that time, Robson is committed to develop Unit 50. 

 A lot of Saddlebrooke history was heard at our meeting, and it is amazing the volume of detail and hours of time that were spent on our behalf.  We’re very lucky to have the vision and leadership of some of our neighbors.  Thank you to Charlie Bull and others like him who serves our community for the benefit of all.

Rotarians at Work!
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Mike Levine, Steve Harsch, Ned Selinsky and Jim Atkinson hard at work.
ADG Speaking on IGNITE By Theresa Poalucci
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Assistant District Governor wants SaddleBrooke Rotary to Ignite

 Jim Nook, who serves as SaddleBrooke Rotary’s Assistant District Governor, joined club members for lunch on Nov. 29 to deliver a message from Rotary International about Ignite. Rotary sees Ignite as a call to leadership — the individual leadership expected of each Rotarian. For the district the emphasis is on each Rotarian taking a lead in bringing new members to Rotary.

At the 2011 International Assembly, Past RI President, Rajendra Saboo asked “Are you ready to hold the torch to light the path ahead? I am putting this question to you. Now I want to challenge you. Why not be the torch yourself? You have the fire inside you, waiting to be ignited.”

Nook explained that although Rotary International as a whole has held its own with membership, it has sadly lost as many members as it has gained.

“The U.S. has lost membership over the past seven years,” said Nook. “It has been the new members in other countries that have kept Rotarians membership numbers stable. Our own District has seen a slight increase recently, but retention is still a major concern.”

Nook praised SaddleBrooke Rotary Membership Chair Joe McGowan for adding 32 members to our club in the past couple of years, but reminded club members that it is the responsibility of every club member to work on membership.

“It is important for each of you to know you are all a part of the Rotary membership drive,” he concluded.

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Institute for Learning in Retirement By Theresa Poalucci
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Joel Waidstrecher and Bryon Cotter from the Institute for Learning in Retirement at SaddleBrooke (ILR) shared with club members how the institute was started and the great learning opportunities coming up this winter.

Founded in 2005, with classes starting in 2006, the institute has served more than 200 students and has 600-plus lifetime members. Waidstrecher, who serves as president of the organization said the ILR mirrors a program developed at Sun City. After discussion with the U of A to provide learning opportunities for residents of Saddlebrooke fell short, Waidstrecher and a core group of volunteers developed their own program which highlights the many talented academics and enthusiasts living right here in the Saddlebrooke community. ILR is self-governing and completely independent.

Each class presenter goes through a rigorous screening process before they can present through the ILR. This insures students will get the best information presented in an engaging format. There is no homework, no tests, just a great opportunity to expand your understanding on a myriad of subjects with an intimate number of classmates (usually no more than 24 per class).

Cotter, one of the ILR directors presented a powerpoint that gave a preview for what new classes are available starting in January. These include:

History of the Supreme Court, presented by JoAnn Ellison (Esq.)  MV Saguaro Room      9:30 am - noon Mondays: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 Intriguing video lectures covering an overview and historical perspective, with class discussion. A must for lovers of history. Video lectures by a legal scholar, including famous cases and personalities with discussion led by a resident attorney.

Classic American Short Stories, presented by Linda   MV Saguaro Room 10 am – noon Tuesdays: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19 Interesting study of well-known authors (GREAT AMERICAN SHORT STORIES on reserve at Barnes & Noble $7.95). Analytical study of various examples focusing on the plot, characters and emotions in this under rated genre.

First Ladies from Martha to Laura, presented by Joan Elder MV Saguaro Room 10 am – noon Wednesdays: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27 Delightful presentation on first ladies and presidential families. Detailed research on the lives and activities of the first ladies with some additional information on presidential families.

Legacy of the Scandinavian Vikings, presented by Ken Lund SB Activity Center 10 am – noon Thursdays: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21 Absorbing study of the Viking civilization and its culture. Intensive study of the Vikings, including facts, myths and truths, along with their impact on European culture.

Espionage in the Civil War, presented by Marv Andrews MV Saguaro Room 10 am - noon Fridays: 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 Engrossing lectures covering spies, sabotage and espionage. An examination of various activities and historical references concerning espionage, sabotage and spying both by the Confederacy and Union.

Our Universe, presented by Richard Koshel  MV Saguaro Room 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Tuesdays: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19 Introduction to the Cosmos covering its formation and expansion. Current explanations on the formation of the universe, including topics such as its expansion, black holes and “dark matter”.

SHHH…It’s a Secret (History of Cryptography), presented by Mark Saks MV Saguaro Room 10 am - noon Mondays: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1 Fascinating overview of codes and ciphers in history and today. History and intrigue surrounding the use of codes and ciphers from Roman times to modern times. Video clips and PowerPoints will include how to secure your e-mail correspondence.

Anatomy of a Musical, presented by Gail Nelli MV Saguaro Room 10 am - noon Tuesdays: 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26 Entertaining analysis of the process of creating a musical. Focusing on the process that takes ideas through production to Broadway. Included will be excerpts from various musicals and the TV show “Smash”.

Illuminated Manuscripts (Miniature paintings), presented by Cass McGovern  MV Saguaro Room 10 am - noon Wednesdays: 3/6. 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3 Unique presentation for lovers of art and history. Wonderful museum quality collection with vivid and outstanding explanatory material on how these scrolls were made and for whom, along with much other information.

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WELCOME, Mark, John and Gerad. Three new members!
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Would you buy a ticket from these Rotarians?
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Savanna presented with Certificate of Appreciation
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SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Assembly, November 15th 2012
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From: Dick Kroese

I looked forward to this day, talking to you about where we have been and how I see the future of this Club. As you all know, I had a hard act to follow in Ed Drager. When I accepted this job and became your President, I started with a “Mission Statement,” goals, and three priorities.  They have served me well in guiding our Club, not only now but into the future. I would like to talk about them now.

Our Mission is always to help kids find a future that they might not have without the help of our Club. This comes from the many activities that we pursue in that effort:  from our scholarships, golf tournament, grants, golf cart raffle and community service, etc. I am here to say today that we are on track to exceed more than I had ever expected, but we still have a long way to go.

I had as my goal, to have three business leaders join our Club and to reach a total membership of 75.  We have three new business leaders and are well on track  to achieve a total membership of 75. I also had as a goal to find three new grant sources and to add new grant writers to our committee. We have identified at least 20 possible grants that we will look at after the first of the year. I feel strongly that this effort will  be accomplished and pay great dividends and rewards to our Club and kids. This does not include “Simplified Grants” that will also be undertaken.

I identified as my three top priorities:  Image, Youth, and Inspiration. I never would have thought we could have accomplished as much as we have--for example, how we have improved our “Image” within our community. All you have to do is look at any of the SaddleBrooke papers and many people in SaddleBrooke have seen what we are doing and what we have accomplished. All of this is because of your efforts.

Another priority was ‘inspiration’.   I hope that by being your leader this year that you have felt that you wanted to make a difference to kids and our community and to give back and make a difference.  But, at the same time, it was good to have a good time and to enjoy each other’s company at the same time--after all we are a “Family of Rotary.”

My last priority was ‘youth’.  Look at what we will accomplish to help youth in our community:  dictionaries, New Generations, golf tournaments, grants, new relationships, such as “Miraval”--all of this is a part of what our Club and Rotary is about:  “ Making a difference”.

As I complete this year as your President, I have also been looking at next year, blending this year with the next, so that we have a smooth transition from my year to Tim’s.  This is the same as what Ed did for me which is absolutely essential to having a lasting Club.

I would like to close by saying we have accomplished a lot, but we still have a long way to go, a path on into the future that is exciting and offers new challenges for our Club. And finally, I have considered it to be a great honor to be your President and for that I thank you.

Veterans' Day Luncheon by Sharon Mckniff
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 The Saddlebrooke Rotarians once again invited military veterans of all ages to come to a luncheon in their honor in celebration of Veterans Day.  Veterans from World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and current war situations attended.  As Emerson Knowles, our Honorary Flight coordinator said in his opening remarks, “every heart knows the blessings you made possible.”  With a reminder that past military used to die for king, empire or pieces of gold, he noted that our country ancestors fought for freedom and the future of our families.  Emerson said that he humbly represented a thankful nation of free people to salute our veterans, to honor them and their stories, to remember their sacrifices, and to bring to mind the freedom we sometimes take for granted as we go about our daily lives.  Brian Grasky, a Top Gun pilot currently under active duty, reminded us that we typically are unaware of the various threats against our nation, and he noted that it is a good thing.  Sometimes our biggest threat may be coffee spilled on a keyboard, or the possibility of an accident on our way to work.  Meanwhile, our military personnel and intelligence are aware of multitudes of threatening acts against our country, and are taking steps to intercept and cancel those threats.  He gave thanks to all the veterans present.  Brian shared that military personnel often are the first on the scene of an accident, and that military personnel are often the first to run to those in need even after they are finished with their official military service.  Their self-less action seems to be built into their very DNA.  Speaking for himself and others currently in military service, Brian said, “We are proud to be a part of your tradition and to honor you.”  Steve Asp, a veteran of the Vietnam era, came from a family of servicemen.  It was no surprise to his family that he enlisted in 1964 to begin his basic training.  He served his country in a time when it was unpopular to serve in the military.  He is grateful that new attitudes prevail towards veterans, and he has seen citizens approach a military man or woman and thank them for their service.  While serving in military intelligence in Germany, Steve learned what it means to be a team member, to depend on the members of his team, and to know that those members could absolutely depend on him as well..  Tony Plattner joined our speakers to salute our veterans.  He noted that the number of World War II veterans is dwindling quickly, and that it is good to honor them while they are still here.  He said that for every man on the front line, there were ten or more support personnel to make the system work.  The perils and dangers faced by our military come not only from the front line, but also from accidents, disease, post-traumatic stress, and friendly fire.  On a positive note, however, incredible lifelong bonds of friendship are formed in the military.  He closed his speech with the words, “I salute you.”Mike Lude, a 90 year old World War II veteran with incredible energy and humor, represented a typical Marine attitude of independence.  While recently on his Honor Flight journey to Washington D.C. with Rotarian Emerson Knowles, he made it a point to skip up the bus steps before Emerson every time, just to show that he could still step lively.  Mike was a former football player and coach, and learned early the meaning of team-work.  On December 7th, as the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he and his teammates wondered “what does the future mean to us?”  And Mike plus twelve others promptly enlisted that day.  Called up to active duty just after his 21st birthday, Mike experienced the military in fast gear.  He was honored to be a Marine, and his fervent loyalty could be felt by everyone in the room

He said that the 4-Way Test of the Rotarians, “is very important to him, and he loves it as a guide for life.” In closing remarks, Emerson Knowles said, “World War II veterans literally saved a tattered world; Korean War veterans stopped the advance of tyranny and gave freedom to Korea; and during the Cold War and Vietnam, our military called again upon their unselfish notion to step up and do the right thing, even when it was unpopular to do so.”  Today, we have a backbone of veterans to spur our nation to stand up for democracy and freedom.  Emerson told our veterans, “we are honored to have you with us today, and we honor you for giving us the opportunity to enjoy freedom, and a safer country.” Everyone present stood up and applauded our veterans, and there were many tearful eyes in the room.  Our Rotary President, Dick Kroese, ended our program with a quote from General George S. Patton:  “If a man does his best, what else is there?”   American veterans of past, present and future:  We salute you!

Special Advocate Program by Sharon McKniff
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Stand Up for Kids

 Jill LaBrie makes a difference in a child’s life.  As the Volunteer Recruiter for the Court Appointed Special Advocate Program of Pima County, Jill acts as a child advocate in our juvenile court system, and recruits others to join her in her mission of mercy and strength.  Earlier, Jill served for 28 years in the juvenile justice field with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections.  Basically a Tucson native except for the first few years of her life, she also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Rehabilitation from the University of Arizona. 
 A child advocate serves the children in our welfare system and works with the Child Protective Services and many other agencies to bring information and recommendations to our judges.  Nearly 70% of a juvenile judge’s calendar is taken up with child welfare cases (a “case” includes any siblings and therefore can cover a number of children).  Over 3,000 children between birth and age 18 are currently in the child welfare program.  That number made an impact on our Rotarians when Jill compared it to 88 large school buses full of children.  However, only 95 cases are supported by child advocates.  Our society doesn’t realize the full impact these children have now and in the future on our society.  In the juvenile welfare system, 64% of the children are victims of neglect, while more than 40% are victims of sexual or other abuse.  Emotional abuse is so hard to prove that many children never receive the help they need from our system.  Many children are victims of overlapping types of abuse.  Sometimes the very system that is trying to help them only causes more trauma, as children are moved to different areas, torn away from their friends and placed in new schools through foster care.  Sometimes a permanent resolution for a child can take up to two years, or sometimes even longer.  Budgetary problems hobble many of the agencies involved in the child welfare program as well. While poverty and lack of education comprise a big reason for child abuse and neglect, domestic violence is also a huge problem.  But the number one reason is substance abuse.  As the stress level rises in our society, due to economic situations as we’ve recently encountered and are still experiencing, cases of child abuse and neglect also rise proportionately.  The need for volunteer child advocates is extreme. Jill described her job as a “collector of information,” in order to provide judges with sufficient and accurate information so that they may “make decisions in the best interests of the children.”  While it may be ideal to return the child to the parents, in many cases those parents are not taking the necessary steps to get their own lives in order, and a child advocate can prevent a child from returning to a harmful environment. Image  A potential volunteer child advocate initially goes through extensive interviews and background checks, including fingerprinting and a polygraph test.  Once accepted, an intensive two-day program of “advocacy academy” teaches the intricacies of the juvenile system.  This is followed with a “Beyond Basics” program consisting of a very long day of training to help the child advocate put the theories learned at the academy into practice.  Under the watchful training of a Supervisor, the new child advocate is mentored thoroughly while the Supervisor takes the trainee around all of the agencies and discusses his/her current caseload in depth.  Additionally, monthly training sessions are also required.  Child advocates spend about 15-20 hours per month on the job.  More hours are often spent gathering information about the history of a case, regular meetings with the child to develop a relationship, and phone calls to various agencies.  Every three to six months, the child advocate will attend court proceedings as well.

   But there is a ray of hope and light as a child advocate can represent a “constant” in the traumatized life of an innocent child.  A child advocate can develop a relationship that can last a lifetime.
Jill shared a story of The Starfish with our Rotarian group:  As a weathered old man walked on a warm sandy beach at dawn, he noticed a young man ahead of him picking up starfish and flinging them into the sea.  Catching up with the young man, he asked, “Why are you throwing these starfish into the surf?”  The young man answered, “These starfish are stranded and will die if I leave them on the beach in the morning sun.”  “But the beach goes on for miles and there are millions of starfish,” countered the old man, “How can you possibly make a difference?”  The young man paused, looked at the starfish in his hand and threw it bravely into the safety of the waves.  “It makes a difference to this one,” he said.

Jill shared an eye-opening presentation, and we thoroughly enjoyed her as a speaker.  Jill can be reached at: if someone feels the pull of service to children.  She obviously has a heart of gold, and as she said, “I am for the child.”

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Paul Harris recipients Mary Thompson and Ned Selinsky
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4 - WAY SPEECH CONTEST by Sharon McKniff
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       We enjoyed speeches for the 4-Way Speech Contest from four students from the Oracle Elementary School District in response to questions about truth, fairness, self-interest vs. friendships, and sacrifices made for the good of all concerned.  The students’ teacher, Mrs. Tate, escorted the students to our meeting, and said that it is one of the more enjoyable highlights of her school year.    

 Victoria Florez, who hopes to become a veterinarian someday, stated that “what we say or do reflects who we are” and shared a story about a horseback contest in which points are accumulated over a year-long series of competitions.  She helped a competitor warm-up a nervous horse and developed a friendship with this competitor.  Victoria stated that she feels better for helping her competitor, and feels that “setting an example for everyone” can make us better people. 

    Bo Padilla likes to play football as a running back, and hopes to play for the Ducks at University of Oregon.  He feels that “it is better to tell the truth and face the consequences” rather than say nothing at all.  Although Bo was a little nervous during his speech, he warmed up by sharing a story about a time when he and some friends were coloring in a book at school.  Bo got a little “too excited” and actually colored on his desk.  He had the courage to tell the teacher about it, and feels better about himself for doing so.  He stated:  “when we treat people fairly, it tells people how our heart thinks.”   

 Caitlin Baird likes to ride horses, and wants to study medicine at University of Arizona.  She loves to play volleyball with her friends, and she makes sure that everyone gets a turn at serving the ball.  “It’s a good feeling to make someone else happy,” she said.  She believes that sometimes one has to give up something that one may want to do in order to help others.  She feels that is the right thing to do, and one time gave up going to a party in order to spend time with her grandmother.

   Tassa Kissick, is interested in bugs of any kind, and hopes to continue her education at Stanford someday to become an entomologist, a herpetologist or even a marine biologist.  She spoke crisply and shared a story about befriending a lonely classmate.  She stated that “just because you’re not popular doesn’t mean that you don’t need friendships.”  Once, she gave up the last can of coke in the box, giving it to her brother instead, stating that this was a hard thing to do because “if you know my brother, you will understand how irritating he can be.”  She feels that sacrificing for the happiness of another can make one feel very good. 

Image  All of the students were excellent speakers, and our Judges awarded Tassa Kissick as the winner of the contest this year.  Congratulations to all of the speakers!  And we look forward to seeing Mrs. Tate again next year.

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Cathy And Phil Stevens receiving the Paul Harris Award
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On November 17th, Rotarians across Southern Arizona will be participating in the El Tour de Tucson to raise money for the fight to end polio. 
For those who are not riding, two volunteer opportunities are available:

·            Support the riders during the ride at the Aid Station at Tangerine and I-10. 
Contact Jan Truitt at for more information.

·            Support the riders at the end of the ride at the Finish Line Booth in downtown Tucson.
Contact Gary Hirsh at for more information.

Come out and support our fellow Rotarians and all riders in the Tour.


Jan Truitt Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent
Marana Unified School District
11279 W. Grier Rd. Suite 127
Marana, AZ 85653
520-616-4515 fax

Visit the District Website (link below)

    For Further Information and Links Pertaining to this Event

Sheryl Christenson
District 5500

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Rotary Foundation Grants
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Rotary Foundation grants

Rotary's new grant model, often called the Future Vision Plan, is both simplified and streamlined, reducing the number of Foundation grant types from 12 to three. The new model goes into effect on 1 July 2013.

See the Foundation Grants FAQ for details about the new grant model.

Learn more

The new grant model includes:

  • District grants
    Block grants that help clubs and districts address immediate needs in their communities and abroad
  • Global grants
    Range from $15,000 to $200,000 and offer opportunities to participate in strategically focused, high-impact activities within the six areas of focus
  • Packaged grants
    Enable clubs and districts to work with Rotary's strategic partners on predesigned projects and activities

During the transition to the new grant model, existing Rotary Foundation humanitarian grants, and educational programs will continue to operate, along with the Future Vision pilot.

Future Vision Pilot
Districts that are participating in the Future Vision pilot, which runs through 30 June 2013, should continue to use pilot-specific materials for their pilot activities.

Humanitarian Grants
The following Foundation Humanitarian Grants are being phased out, but applications are being accepted through 31 March 2013.

Guest Speaker Gary Wagnon at Saddlebrooke Rotary Club by JoAnn Ellison
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At a recent Rotary Meeting, we were brought into the 21st Century by Gary Wagnon, the owner of Ninja Online Marketing Strategies.  Gary is an expert in social media, and he gave a wonderful introduction to Facebook.  The Global Mobile World is on our doorstep and we need to open the door and let it in!

As many of us have noticed, all of us are tethered to our smartphones and are constantly checking our email and Facebook pages.  The statistics are staggering:  There are 1.5 Billion smartphones out there and billions of Social media users.  56% of Americans have a Facebook page and half of those are over 45 years of age.  The fastest growing market  are women 55 and over.  The average user spends over 405 minutes on Facebook per month.

Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, classmates, common interest groups, and is also an important educational tool.

Gary described the basic layout of a Facebook page and talked a bit about the fears of using Facebook and how that impacts our privacy.

Gary’s Facebook pages can be found at and

Also, the Rotary International Facebook page is also worth a look:



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District Governor Randy Brooks brought his road-show to the SaddleBrooke club today.  Next week he will have visited all 55 clubs in the District.

Randy started by saying “I love Rotary” then proceeded to tell us why.  He began his Rotary journey, as many of us have, to advance his business interests; he grew to “love” it because he could be a part of all the good we do and because he found that Rotarians are generally very nice people.

He reminded us that the things we do, no matter how small, make a difference in people’s lives.  He also suggested that we try to look at our work from the stand point of the people we serve - consider what it must feel like to need the food, clothing, wheel chairs, medicine, and clean water we provide and take for granted.  He then described the grant system within Rotary; how the money goes to RI and circles back to us to help fund club-based projects both here and abroad.

After his address to the club, he inducted new members Scott Haile (General Manager, Fairwinds Desert Point) and former educator Michael Levine, a thirteen-year SaddleBrooke resident.  DG Randy was himself honored when the board voted him an honorary member of our club.




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D5500 Governor Randy Brooks invites all Rotarians and guests to hear

Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko speak at a

Multi-Club Rotary Meeting

conducted at the regular meeting of the Rotary Club of Catalina

Friday Nov 16, 12:10pm

Viscount Suites Hotel

4855 E Broadway, Tucson, AZ

 ($20 – pay at the door)

  Attendance is limited

To ensure seating at this opportunity to hear first-hand from Rotary’s CEO

RSVP by Nov 12 to Irv Mindes, Rotary Club of Catalina (Tucson),

520-664-7755 or

John and spouse Marga (pictured above wearing End Polio Now jerseys on a recent training ride) will be joining Rotarians and friends from around the world in Tucson Nov 17 for the Ride to End Polio held in conjunction with El Tour de Tucson.  D5500 is fortunate that John and Marga are making this trip to support Rotary’s global quest to eradicate polio in the world.


Questions?  Contact PDG Ernie Montagne at

or Irv Mindes at

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ImageNew Members Scott Haile and Mike Levine are welcomed by Randy Brooks, DG
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Where’s the Beef?  Bubb’s Grub!


After President Dick contacted Bubb’s Grub about providing the meat for the club’s Thursday evening barbecue, he got a very nice surprise.  When Bubb’s owner, Dan Kuglitsch, found out the party was for Rotary, he told Dick he would donate the meat - a value of about $250.  Not only was the food donated, they even delivered it to Judy and Dick’s house. 


Elaine Terry delivers a stunning speech regarding her Paul Harris contribution
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     Paul Harris Society contributions to The Rotary Foundation support a wide range of humanitarian grants and educational programs that enable Rotarians to bring hope and promote international understanding throughout the world.

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Image                                                Jo Ann with President Michael Schroder of the Am Kap Rotary Club of Cape Town
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SaddleBrooke Rotarian Senator Al Melvin recently presented to his fellow
club members his 4th annual review of the 2012 Arizona legislative session.
The main topics covered by Senator Melvin were a balanced budget, public
education, jobs, and border security.

The senator remains optimistic about the future of Arizona. During the last
decade, the state has changed its status from that of a difficult place to
start or move a business to one of the nation's top ten business-friendly

Currently, education and jobs are his personal top priorities - especially
since the two go hand in hand. He believes the railroad project planned for
the Picacho area will have a significant, positive impact on both.

During the ensuing question and answer session, SaddleBrooke Rotarians
quizzed the senator further about his thoughts on the economy and what else
could be done to better secure the border.

Senator Melvin had parallel careers in the Merchant Marine and U.S. Navy
Reserve from which he retired after 30 years, having attained the rank of
Captain. Since moving to Saddle Brooke ten years ago, Al has been a Trade
and Transportation Consultant and an adjunct lecturer at three Arizona universities in the fields of transportation, logistics, economics, and international business. 

Al has served in the Arizona Senate since 2009, representing portions of northern Pima and southern Pinal counties. He enjoys having fellow Rotarians and other constituents “shadow” him for a day during the regular sessions.


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November 17 is approaching for the Rotary Ride to End Polio event in Tucson. 

Just an update on progress of pledges and monies received.  We now have pledges totaling $4200 for my ride, with 5 more weeks for more. 

 My goal is to exceed the $5800 raised last year, so there is still a gap to fill.

 ImageThank you to all who have written checks to The Rotary Foundation and forwarded to me (or our SaddleBrooke Rotary Treasurer, Roger Bogard).  If you still need to write your check, please send to me at the address below.

 Your support in this great endeavor is truly appreciated.

 Ed Treick
64317 East Golden Spur Court
SaddleBrooke, AZ 85739


Gary Fuller, Rotarian and Author
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ImageFYI: Rotarian Gary Fuller will be interviewed on the Tucson KGUN-9 TV show, the Morning Blend,at 11 a.m. on October 10th.   Tucson Morning Blend > Home - Tucson Morning Blend <>  

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               Professional  chocolatier Dianne Trinque recently addressed the  Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke luncheon meeting, and it was a sweet treat for all.  Dianne is the owner of Sabino Artisan Chocolates located at 10110 North Oracle Road (near The Loop restaurant north of El Conquistador), and she shared sample treats after a very educational and enthusiastic presentation.


               Rotarians watched a short video presentation and found that the process of making chocolate is extremely involved and time-consuming.  “Yes, chocolate really does grow on trees,” said Dianne, with a big smile.  South Africa cultivates most of the world’s cacao trees on small farms, and then sells the cacao to processing plants.  Many of the processing plants are literally “bean to bar” and process chocolate from the cacao bean to the finished chocolate bar.


               Dianne studied inorganic chemistry and shared that cooking and chemistry are similar disciplines.  Her science background is perfect, as the attention to careful measurements required for chocolate is nothing new to her.  Just like good wines and coffees, “chocolate can vary a lot.”  Dianne’s shop does not make chocolate from scratch.  Dianne purchases chocolate “buttons” and then creates chocolate masterpieces that defy your taste buds.  The process is called “tempering chocolate” and is very precise.  If the process is interrupted, the chocolate turns to sludge.  


Her shop presents a variety of chocolates which resembles a jewelry store full of gems of many colors and flavors.  Rotarians sampled white chocolate, milk chocolate, and three types of dark chocolate (55%, 58% and 74% amount of cacao mass).  Dianne said that most Americans prefer milk chocolate, and that the Swiss were the first people to add cream to the cacao mass to create the delectable milk chocolate we enjoy today.  The dark chocolates contain higher percentages of cacao mass; a higher percentage indicates less sugar.  Although a “sugar free” dark chocolate does not truly exist, the 85% dark chocolate contains relatively little sugar. 


               But chocolate has added benefits!  Dark chocolate has been used in medical studies that prove that dark chocolate can reduce TIA’s (mini strokes) by up to 60%, which is better than many drugs without the side effects.  The combination of red wine and dark chocolate is even better for preventing TIA’s and reducing blood pressure to help prevent cardio-vascular disease.  The levels of anti-oxidants in dark chocolate are similar to those found in blueberries.  I think many Rotarians decided to commit to this healthy diet!


               The Saddlebrooke Rotarians were grateful for Dianne’s knowledgeable and fun presentation.  And this author is certain that many will venture south on Oracle Road for a sweet trip to her shop.  After all, they will be pursuing the health benefits as well; and that’s just what the doctor ordered!


Past President, Doris shares a letter from Wyatt Pena
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A quote from:
Wyatt Pena, From Mammoth now at the University of Arizona.
Image"It is a great feeling of pleasure receiving this scholarship and in some way I feel I have also received extra motivation to complete college. I say this  because a scholarship is not a free gift, but in my opinion somewhat of an investment. This investment towards the future success of my life is something I do not want to let go to waste but instead do its intentions in helping me fulfill my dreams."


Oro Valley Hospital Donates School Supplies
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Mary Toth, Marketing Director of Oro Valley Hospital presents Marilyn Moore, Community Services with school suppliesImage
Presidential Bio
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President Dick was born in the small town of Humboldt Nebraska; his parents ran a Ford Dealership.  In high school, as was expected in a small town, he participated in all offered sports. Following high school, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University.  Upon graduation he enlisted in the Navy and became an electronics technician. While attached to a helicopter squadron based in Imperial Beach, California he served on two aircraft carriers, the USS Ranger and the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam war.

Following his military service, a short stint as a correctional officer and a few years as a state tax collector, Dick’s running hobby (marathons!) connected him to the railroad industry.  The result was 29 years in a very satisfying career.  He retired from Union Pacific in 2008 and still misses the action.

Dick and his wife, Judy – a Ph.D neuropsychologist -  have been married for over 36 happy years.   Since his retirement, Dick has been very involved with his church and the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke.  He loves to play golf and travel with Judy, enjoying the beauty of every place they visit.  Dick states: “I am looking forward to serving my year as President of the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club; to continue helping kids achieve their dreams.”