Posted by Lauren Smith Klase on Mar 01, 2015
A story worth being shared over and over...From the Rotary International Web Site: By Ryan Hyland
Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and six RI staff members bicycled 104 miles in Tucson Arizona, USA, on Saturday, November 15, 2014 , for the event, raising more than $6 million for polio eradication.
The money raised by Rotary will receive a two-to-one match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
In addition to the team from Evanston, 100 Rotary member riders took part in the ride.
The fundraising ride is part of the annual El Tour de Tucson bike event in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The race attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, making it one of the top cycling events in the U.S. The Rotary team from Evanston was joined by Rotary members from Arizona's District 5500, and other members from around the world.
Hewko tweeted that he finished the race in 5 hours and 2 minutes.
"Really enjoyed riding in El Tour de Tucson along with 100 Rotarians and members of the Rotary International staff," Hewko added. "As a group we were able to raise over $6 million for polio eradication which will help bring us even closer to the dream of a polio free world. I am deeply moved by the generosity and passion of Rotarians around the world and Rotary staff."
Posted by Lauren Smith Klase on Jan 06, 2015
Please join us tonight at McMahon's Steak House from 5-7 pm for our Club's 1st Tuesday Mixer of 2015! We have special guests at our Mixer and one of our Club's biggest events...
Pantano Rotary Club, Friends of Pantano Rotary Club, Schools, Churches, Business People and more have made this year's Shoebox Project a success! This week, Wednesday-Sunday, 1/7-1/11, a group of us will be going down to Nogales, Sonora to make sure all is in place for the distribution of all shoeboxes with food bags and blankets. A special thank you to our Canadian friends who help this project immensely - Rotary Club of Kitchener, Mississauga West Rotary Club & Guelph South Rotary Club. We have from Canada this year: Cheryl Ewing, Martin & Diane Jones, Bernie & Diana Varcoe, Frank Oudesluys, John Smyk and Jack Smith. A big thanks to each of you! Thanks to all who make this event special and for the lives it impacts! ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT ON DISTRIBUTION DAY, Sunday, January 11th take off time at 6:15 am, Please contact us at LKlase@StewartAZ.com, text or call Lauren at 520.310.1587!
Posted by Lauren Smith Klase on Dec 02, 2014
TONIGHT'S MIXER - Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 5:00 - 7:00 pm @ Vero Amore, 2920 N. Swan Rd! Our Pantano Rotary Club is hosting 'Discover What Rotary is All About'! YOU are invited to join Pantano Rotary Club at their 1st Tuesday of the month Mixer! Mingle, network, and learn more about Rotary! Light appetizers will be served with a no host bar. Tonight the final winners of the 2014 Lucky Lottery Calendar will be drawn! Over $1,000 in prize money given away! We look forward to seeing you! Want more info? Contact Lauren Smith Klase @ 520.310.1587 or firstname.lastname@example.org!
Posted by Jerry Heintze on Nov 22, 2014
Pantano Rotary Club member Ardys Lurtsema and her husband Dave worked at a rest stop for bike riders during El Tour de Tucson this past Saturday, 11/22/14. Ardys said It was a great experience. Click the link below for some shots of Rotarians from Evanston. RI sent about 12 reps to ride. Ardys also had the opportunity to talk with a Rotarian from Florida who flew up to participate. In addition they had a mariachi group singing the whole time and of course it was beautiful sunny day in Tucson.
Posted by Jerry Heintze on Nov 20, 2014
Here's your chance to see RI President Gary Huang at RYLA in January. Here's the letter and details from RYLA chair Keith Boyd.
This year at RYLA we are going to have the unbelievable privilege of having Gary Huang the current Rotary International President attend and speak at our Districts workshop. He will be joining us for breakfast on Saturday 1-17-2015. Breakfast will start at 7:30AM and end at 8:45AM.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Oct 14, 2014
Laura Young was inducted as the newest member of the Rotary Club of Pantano, Congratulations! Pictured here are (left to right):
Lauren Smith Klase, Pantano Club President, Laura Young, PDG Sandy Goodsite
Then Nicolle Trudeau spoke about Refugee Focus, she is a member of the Presidio Club.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Oct 14, 2014
Pantano Club member Ardys sharing the details about the 17th Annual Tri-Nation Rotary Shoebox Project. We are in need of shoeboxes, small toys, hats, mittens/gloves, socks, clothing, toothpaste/brushes, school supplies.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Oct 07, 2014
Another fun networking evening at Pantano Rotary Club. Club President Lauren Smith Klase shows off the check to Honor Flight - the moneys was raised during the GI Jubilee event.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Sep 23, 2014
Our Speaker today was Bora Matarazzo on the subject of "Kmer Rouge Genocide Survivor".
The High School Student of the Month award was given to and Sahuaro HS Student Austin Bardiau, pictured here with Pantano Club Treasurer Jerry Heintze (Left) and his dad James Bardiau (Right).
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Sep 27, 2014
Pantano Rotary Club participated in assembling over 100 prosthetic hands, which will be distributed to people in need around the world, at no cost.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Aug 26, 2014
Today's speaker was Shiri Salehin with Americorp/Vista Refugee Focus. It was an enlightening presentation.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Aug 20, 2014
Pictured here is Karen Batiste with Stewart Title with baskets she donated for auction. Event is this Saturday, August 23rd, at 5 pm at the Jewish Community Center at 3800 E. River Rd. Tickets are ONLY $50 per ticket which includes: Appetizers, Silent Auction, great entertainment with Master of Ceremonies - Dan Marries. Come dressed in the WWII time period or come in business casual attire. All proceeds benefit Honor Flight Southern AZ. Goal is to send one plane load of WWII vets back to Washington, DC. We need your help! Hosted by Rotary Club of Pantano. Mayor Rothschild is our special guest. Thanks to all the sponsors, performers, committee members & Tom Heath & Bancapital Home Loans!
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Aug 19, 2014
First Anne McKecknie was inducted as our very newest Pantano Rotarian in the classification of "Health & Wellness". Then Pantano Foundation Rad Fisher introduced our speaker, Katie Gaul, about her experiences on her New Generations Exchange to several European countries.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Aug 12, 2014
At today's Club meeting Bishop Kicanas, Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson, spoke on the history of the Catholic diocese in Tucson's history.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Jul 29, 2014
Lisa Hopper, founder of WorldCare, was the guest presenter today. She explained how this charity got started and what they are able to accomplish to make a difference in our communities and for disaster relief after 20 years.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Jul 22, 2014
At the July 22nd meeting, Pantano Rotary Club received the Presidential Citation with Distinction, presented by PDG Nancy Cassel. The Sahuaro Interact Club also received the Presidential Citation. Good work!
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Jul 15, 2014
Thank Agent Flowers for speaking at our Pantano Rotary Club luncheon. We appreciate your service!
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Jun 28, 2014
June 28, 2014 - Its official! Lauren Smith Klase is now the President of the Pantano Rotary Club. And in typical Lauren style, we had to do it with a party. Delicious food, plenty of beverages and a wonderful group of Rotarians, their spouses and one future baby rotarian. We are all looking forward to an awesome
year with Lauren in charge. Follow us this next year as we LIght up Rotary and Shake up Rotary!
New President Lauren Smith Klase and President Elect Clarissa Marquez
President Lauren Smith Klase presents a recognition plaque to outgoing President Philip Tedesco
Posted by Jerry Heintze on Jun 24, 2014
Our speaker today was Nohemy Hite, the wife of the late officer Erik Hite, and founder of the Eric Hite Foundation. Noheym told us about starting the foundation after her husband will killed in the line of duty and why the foundation was formed. The are providing some truly needed services for most of the first responders and military in Tucson.
The Erik Hite Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established to provide a child care center and family outreach programs for the children of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services personnel. The program serves both commissioned and non-commissioned personnel from agencies such as the Tucson Police Department, Pima County Sheriff's Department, DPS, US Border Patrol, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Fire Department, and Active Duty Military personnel.
PDG Sandy Goodsite awarded Clarissa Marquez her Gold Badge at the meeting. Clarissa completed all the necessary assignments to move from her blue badge to a gold badge. Pictured here with Clarissa is PDG Sandy Goodsite and her sponsor, Lauren Smith-Klase
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on May 27, 2014
Pantano Rotary Club today welcomed Lorraine Morgan from the Boys and Girls Club for an update of their good work in the community.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on May 20, 2014
Thank you to Club Members Ardys Lurtsema and Linda Rumack for submitting beautiful pictures of the Tucson area, for the 2015 Lucky Lottery Calendar. At the Pantano Club Assembly today, club members voted for the 12 best pictures.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on May 20, 2014
Nice presentation on Best Practices for Fraud Prevention by Jay Parker, CPA and Sami Raynes, CPA. It was especially interesting to hear their real-life stories of fraud discovered during the auditing process.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on May 15, 2014
Linda Rumack, photographer and historian for the Pantano Club, presents Pete Lehman, a Rincon Rotarian, with his $100 check. Pete is a May winner of the Lottery Drawing. This was at the Rincon Club's meeting at the Tucson Country Club.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on May 13, 2014
Pantano Rotary Club is happy to welcome Kathleen Rocky LaRose, Deputy Director of Athletics, UofA, for her presentation at our club.
Posted by Jerry Heintze on May 07, 2014
Congratulations to the Winners of the Lucky Calendar Lottery for the month of May!
Monica & Maria Lepore $250
Peter A. Lehman $100
Laurie Chase $100
JoAnn Turnbull $100
Posted by Jerry Heintze on May 06, 2014
Another month and another First Tuesday Mixer. It's always a fun, relaxing evening with our rotary club members and friends. This evening was no exception with the addition of two guitars and multiple guitar players. Don't miss next month's mixer on Tuesday, June 3rd and tell your fiends to come join us. Click Here to see all the pictures taken at the mixer. Thanks to Gary and Linda Rumack for always doing such a wonderful job capturing all the action!
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Apr 27, 2014
Bryson Tivatyi of the Rotary Club of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, poses with his copy of the Lucky Lottery Calendar. a project of the Pantano Club. Bryson's wife Grace also received her complimentary copy.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Apr 26, 2014
Pantano Rotary Club's own Jerry Heintze presenting at the Rotary District 5500 Conference, teaching about Social Media to rotarians attending the conference.
Posted by Jerry Heintze on Apr 22, 2014
The Pantano Rotary Club was proud to honor Matthew Filiberti from
Sahuaro High School as our Student of the Month. Pictured here from L - R, Philip Tedesco (Club President), Matthew and his father Daniel.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Apr 08, 2014
It was a pleasure hearing from Shannon Rossomondo of the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun at the April 8, 2014 meeting.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Apr 08, 2014
Pantano Rotary Club is pleased to welcome its newest member: Ty Salminen on April 8, 2014. Pictures show Ty being inducted by President Elect Lauren Smith-Klase, and group picture with President Phil Tedesco.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Apr 01, 2014
Here are the names of the Lucky Calendar Lottery winners for April 2014. Congratulations!
Dr. Edward Schwager $250
Susanna Livingston, NP $100
Amanda Ward $100
Terry Jackson $100
Jesus Corrales $100
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Mar 25, 2014
Pantano Rotary Club is glad to honor two students this month.
In the first picture, Derek Wilson & Mom Gloria, with President Elect Lauren Smith-Klase and past President Tom Tatro.
In the second picture, Enilea Reyes & Mom Noelia, with President Elect Lauren Smith-Klase and past President Tom Tatro.
Guest speaker today was Jessica Celentano of March of Dimes.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Mar 11, 2014
On March 11, 2014, the Pantano Rotary Club welcomed Sahuaro Girl Scout Council CEO Debbie Rich. Debbie updated the club about the new important programs offered to girls in the Tucson area, as well as their new publication 'Ban Bossy'. Pictured here is Debbie Rich and past president of our club Tom Tatro.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Mar 11, 2014
Anibal Sanchez, Pantano Rotary Club long time member, is the winner of the club's weekly raffle. Anibal will receive half of the total cash prize of $800, and the other half goes to community projects funded by the club.
Posted by Jerry Heintze on Mar 11, 2014
Now is the time for all good men (and women) to go out to eat for a good cause. It's called "NightOut for Charity." The Pantano Rotary Club would like to invite you and all your friends to join us on Tuesday, March 18th at East Coast Super Subs for some of the very best sub sandwiches, salads and wings this side of Jersey. Keith McNesby, owner of East Coast has brought all his family's sandwich ideas and his Grandmother's bread recipe with him and recreated the sub sandwiches that are famous in South Jersey. Not only will you be able to enjoy a fabulous sandwich, soft drinks and cold beer, but we will also have a DJ playing tunes out on the patio. And as great as all that is, it's still not the best part. It's for CHARITY!
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Mar 04, 2014
Congratulations to the Winners of the Lucky Calendar Lottery for the month of March!
JIM RONSTADT $250.00
DEAN SCHOFF $100.00
AL & SHAR CHESSER $100.00
SARMA VRUDHULA $100.00
MCMAHON'S METRO $100.00
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Feb 25, 2014
On February 25, 2014, the Pantano Rotary Club heard from its three Four-Way Speech finalists in a great display of enthusiasm, skills, and character. The winner of today's competition will go on to the District Level. Pictured here are the 3 finalists with their families and their teacher, and the Club contest judges.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Feb 11, 2014
Here are the winners of the February Lucky Calendar Lottery, Congratulations!
ED SCHWAGER,MD $100.00
DONNA REED $100.00
KARAN LUNDA $100.00
LEE SCHULTZ, MD $100.00
Posted by Jerry Heintze on Jan 23, 2014
The Pantano Rotary Club is very excited to have supported the Evermor Foundation this past year. Although we don't expect anything in return, we do love to hear from these organizations. Here's a letter we received recently from Evermor in appreciation of the gift we provided for them.
Posted by Kirti Khalsa on Jan 07, 2014
Congratulations to the winners of the Lucky Calendar Lottery:
PATRICIA WEISS $100.00
MICHELLE FOX $100.00
JIM RONSTADT $100.00
ANN MCCOLGIN, MD $100.00
TOM & CAROL KLIPP $1,000.00
Posted by Lauren Smith Klase on Dec 29, 2013
Pantano Rotary Club was honored to help support the 2013 Marana Bronco Pee Wee Division who took 2nd place in the American Youth Football National Championship games in Orlando, Florida on Friday December 13th! Way to go, Dominique - our Club member, Clarissa Marquez's son! YAY, Team! Clarissa let us know that Coach Steve Marshall told the team it has been an honor and humbling experience to coach the team this year. The parents, Coaches and the Tucson Community are very proud of our Marana Broncos! The Marana Broncos PeeWee division are 3 time Tucson All City Champions, Arizona State Champions and the 2nd best team in the Nation! Goooo Broncos!!!
Posted by Jerry Heintze on Dec 19, 2013
2014 LUCKY LOTTERY CALENDARS ARE HERE!
Our major fundraiser for 2013-2014 is underway! This is the second year of publishing and selling our Lucky Lottery Calendar to raise funds for our foundation. This 12 month calendar is full of gorgeous pictures taken from around Tucson by our club members, Ardys Lurtsema, Linda Rumack and Jerry Heintze. The calendar alone is worth the $20 price, but it's not just a calendar. It's also a Lottery! Last year and again this year we will be giving away over $10,000 to 60 different winners throughout the year. Cash prizes include: 3 - $1000 prizes, 9 - $250 prizes and 48 - $100 prizes. You're sure to be lucky in 2014 if you purchase one of our 2014 Lucky Lottery Calendars. Calendars can be purchased online at www.luckylotterycalendar.com. Shipping is free so order now and get some for your friends and family, they make great gifts for the holidays!
Posted by Jerry Heintze on Dec 18, 2013
The second stage of our annual Shoebox Project happened this past Saturday. Member of of the Club Rotario Nogales brought up a huge U haul truck to load up all the shoeboxes and other items back to the border. You can see all the pictures on our Photo Album.