New Opportunities Across the Pond
by: Barbara Barr

While the “pandemic” has been difficult for all of us, it has
also opened doors to new opportunities. For the
Rotarians of The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke, one such
opportunity was a joint Rotary Meeting with the Rotary
Club of Blairgowrie of Blairgowrie, Scotland. Since both
the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke and the Rotary Club of
Blairgowrie meet on Zoom, we were able to meet jointly.
Exchanges such as this would not have been explored at
this time if it were not for the pandemic.
Pictured is Bob Ellis, President of the Rotary Club of Blairgowrie, Scotland
Members of each club shared a taste of life in their
location. Members of the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke
shared various aspects of life in the Sonoran Desert and in
a 55+ community called SaddleBrooke. Likewise,
members of the Rotary Club of Blairgowrie gave us a taste
of life near the Scottish Highlands.

Both Rotary clubs are Presidential Citation Award winning
clubs which are heavily involved with philanthropic work in
the local area. In addition, both clubs sponsor golf
tournaments as a major fund raiser, along with several
other fundraisers. Both clubs are also involved with road
clean up. There are so many similarities in the two clubs,
even though we are thousands of miles apart.
If this sounds like something of interest to you, then
maybe you should be a Rotarian? The Rotary Club of
SaddleBrooke is open to those living or working in
SaddleBrooke Ranch, SaddleBrooke, Catalina, Oracle,
Oro Valley, and the surrounding area. As a service club,
we have fun with our friends while we make a difference
locally and globally. But we also get together weekly for
fun and life long learning. Plus, we love to socialize!
The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke meets weekly on
Thursdays at mid day. Before the pandemic, we met by
the fire place in the Agave Lounge of the HOA1
Clubhouse for lunch and an interesting speaker or
program. Currently we meet on Zoom. When HOA1
restaurants are open, some of the members meet for
lunch at the Roadrunner Grill before adjourning to the
Agave Lounge for the Zoom meeting. If you would like
more information, please contact Wendy Guyton at 520-
404-5712 or