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SADDLEBROOKE ROTARY WEEKLY MEMBERS' NEWSLETTER
February 21, 2022
Joe Guyton, Editor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
President's Message
Gordon Wainwright
member photo
 
 
What an exciting time of year!
 
Congratulations to all of our members who are actively helping our community. We are distributing food the first Wednesday of each month in Oracle. We are also preparing bags of food for seniors, and recently packaged up baskets of essentials for Seniors at home alone, in Oracle. Also our members were helping organize games at the annual Christmas party at the Oracle Community Center. Again this year we have been collecting food for the families in Oracle who have a difficult time at Christmas. We also partnered with the Elks Club in Catalina to provide gifts for the kids in San Manuel !
 
We had over 20 members attend the annual Wreaths Across America in Marana. Afterwards we met with 20 other Rotarians from the Oro Valley, Marana, Dove Mountain, and Saddlebrooke Sunrise clubs. 
 
Our annual Holiday dinner / dance a few days ago was a great success. A highlight of that evening was recognizing Jim Pfeifer as an Honorary member of our club. Jim is the last charter member of our club, and has served as President, and also helped establish our Foundation and served as President of the foundation. We look forward to Jim and his wife Pepper continuing to attend all of our functions.
 
Please take time to enjoy the holidays with those close to you. You all deserve a rest. Thank you for doing so well at serving our community.
 
I look forward to several new ventures in 2023, more about that later !
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Gordon
Stories
Remember TRVFA at Tax Time!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Wendy Guyton, Membership Chair had the honor of inducting 4 new members into The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke at Thursdays meeting.  Youu will find bios for Ken and Leslie Castner, Tom Shellenberger and  Bill Olfert in the link above this story.
 
YOUR BOARD AT WORK
Wanda Bailey, Club Services Chairman did an excellent job facilitating a half day planning session for our board of directors.  The board focused on issues that will get us through the last half of our Rotary year.  One important decision made was that it was unanimously voted that we will move the next Fore for Kids Golf Tournament to April of 2024.
THANK YOU DOUG!

Doug May has graciously agreed to be the advisor for  the Rotaract Club of The University of Arizona.
REMEMBER WHY YOU JOINED ROTARY
FROM OUR PEACE COMMITTEE
Watch for more information on this upcoming event:
 
Empowering Girls

San Manuel Summer Softball

To support Rotary International's initiative of "Empowering Girls", our club sponsored San Manuel's Girls Summer Softball League.  These girls, ages 3-16  are learning an athletic skill, sportsmanship and determination.
 
This Weeks Program--August 18, 2022
This week's speaker will be Tom Buckley, a former Geologist and Business Owner, currently acting as Oracle State Park’s Geologist and Trail Maintainer.   Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre park established as an environmental education center and wildlife refuge. Situated at an elevation ranging from 3,500 – 4,500’, the Park stays cooler and a little wetter than lower elevation areas nearby. This enables plant life to exist in several distinct ecozones throughout the Park.  Furthermore, this elevation and location in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains exposes rocks and minerals spanning much of the 1.7 billion year geologic history of this area.  This amazing park is right in our backyard!  This week's speaker will be Tom Buckley, a former Geologist and Business Owner, currently acting as Oracle State Park’s Geologist and Trail Maintainer.   Oracle State Park is a 4,000 acre park established as an environmental education center and wildlife refuge. Situated at an elevation ranging from 3,500 – 4,500’, the Park stays cooler and a little wetter than lower elevation areas nearby. This enables plant life to exist in several distinct ecozones throughout the Park.  Furthermore, this elevation and location in the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains exposes rocks and minerals spanning much of the 1.7 billion year geologic history of this area.  This amazing park is right in our backyard!  
Oracle Clean-up
Saddlebrooke Rotarians joined together with many volunteers from the Oracle community to help beautify American Avenue in Oracle.  Working with the Oracle Community Center 37 volunteers pulled 48 bags of trash from American Ave today! Thanks to all the individuals, organizations, and businesses who participated to help us Keep It Clean!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotarian volunteers were:  Diane and Curt Prickett, Jim Fry, Liese Razzeto, Bill Demeroutis, Dan Green, Linda and Dave Daubers
 
Looking Ahead
SaddleBrooke Rotarians and guests can look ahead to a fantastic line-up of programs in 2022.  Here are some you will enjoy:
 
June 2, 2022
 
The Arizona Heroes Memorial will be open to the public and will be unique to Arizona, a dedicated place to provide people with a physical space to remember and to learn. By creating such a space in which people may gather to remember and to learn, Oro Valley will honor the past and educate future generations about the meaning of service and sacrifice to our country.  It is time to recognize, honor and remember the living and fallen veterans, first responders and healthcare workers together.  
​This beautiful living Memorial will contain art, monuments and landscaping that are symbolic to all branches of the Department of Defense, First Responders and Healthcare Workers. We have more than 400,000 veterans, active military and first responders in southern AZ alone.  
On January 24th of this year, Oro Valley announced the appointment of Executive Director, Lisa M. Hopper. In this new role, Hopper is responsible for day-to-day operations along with fundraising to ensure the building of Memorial starting in 2022. It will be a destination place for education, history, and reflection. Since its inception in 2016, The Memorial vision has facilitated and expanded the foundation of it mission to honor Active Military, Veterans, First Responders, Healthcare providers.
 
Lisa Hopper has most recently served as an account executive for Times Publications and was the founder & executive director of World Care International Humanitarian Aid Organization, a nonprofit that created and managed non-emergent and disaster relief for local, national and international events since 1994. Her work with International Humanitarian Aid was recognized with hundreds of awards including presidential letters. Prior to that, she held senior leadership roles in Washington D.C. and Tucson Arizona healthcare industry, serving in development and leadership roles for such organizations as George Washington University Medical Center and University of Arizona Medical Center. Hopper is a veteran and served in the U.S. Armed Services. She is also an author and artist. Lisa Hopper holds a B.S. in Radiology Administration and Physics from George Washington University.
 

 
 
DON'T MISS THESE AND OTHER GREAT PROGRAMS!
FINDING YOUR INSPIRATION With Diana Madaras
Registration is now open.  Seating will be limited so register early.  Tables of 10 may be reserved for your group by calling Wendy Guyton at 520-404-5712.  
 
 
SaddleBrooke Rotary will once again bring to our community a very interesting and enjoyable program featuring the artwork of Diana Madaras.  This fundraising event will provide funding for youth and community charities which work hard to enhance the lives of children and others.
 
Click Here to Register   
 
 
Event Details:
Date:  April 9, 2022
Time: 1-4 PM
Location: SaddleBrooke Ranch Ballroom
Cost: $30.00
Details:   Hors d'oeuvres with a cash bar
Description:  Diana will bring much of her artwork.   She has also invited other Tucson artists to join her.  We will have door prizes, a raffle, and a live auction.
 
The name Diana Madaras has become synonymous with Tucson and her bold, colorful artwork recently earned her Tucson's vote for Best Visual Artist for the seventh time. Dozens of newspaper and magazine articles have been written about her and her work, and she has been featured on television shows produced by NBC, CBS, and PBS affiliates. She is president of the nonprofit Art for Animals Foundation, a charity she founded that has raised more than $200,000 to help abused, injured and orphaned animals.
 
Much in demand for commissioned artwork, Madaras has completed paintings for many of the major resorts in Tucson including the Hilton El Conquistador, Westin La Paloma, Loews Ventana Canyon, Canyon Ranch and Miraval.
 
She also has created eight paintings for the estate of the former President of Mexico.
 
Her art is featured at Tucson International Airport and has appeared on the covers of 12 magazines including Art Book of the West, The American Veterinary Hospital Journal, and Tucson Lifestyle Magazine.
 
Her book, The Colors of Tucson, gives the reader a unique tour of Tucson through her paintings from the last 27 years.
 
Painting the Impact Suite
Our Community Services Committee has volunteered to patch walls and paint the Impact suite in the strip mall at 15930 N. Oracle in Catalina.  This weekend a crew consisting of Bill and Diane Demeroutis, Chris Millar, Gordon Wainwright, and Ed Lueck began patching  and prepping the walls.
 
 
 
SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Receives Awards
At the club meeting on January 27th, 2020-2021 Rotary District 5500 Governor, Diane Ventura-Goodyear presented the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke with the Rotary Citation for Rotary year 2020-2021.  The Rotary Citation is awarded to clubs for achieving Goals include increasing club membership, developing sustainable service projects, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and building awareness of Rotary in your community.
 
 
 
 
 
Past Presidents Barbara Barr and Joe Guyton receive for the club the Rotary Citation from 2020-2021 District Governor Diane Ventura-Goodyear.
 
PDG Diane also recognized the club with an achievement award for its contribution to the 2020-2021 Rotary Polio Plus Campaign.  Tom Turriff, the Chairman of the annual campaign was not present to receive the award but Club President, Liese Razzeto and riders in the most recent Ride to End Polio received it for the Club.
 
 
 
 
 
         Left to Right:  Bill Demeroutis, Doug May, Liese Razzeto, Eric Erickson, Monica Oszust and John  Oszust.
New Members Induction
The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke adds five new members.  They are:
 
 
Kristi Halvorson
Mollie Hunter
Jack Hunter
Debbie Rue
Marvin Soskil
 
 
 
L to R    Membership Chair, Wendy Guyton inducts Marvin Soskil, Mollie Hunter, Debbie Rue, Kristi Halvorson
 
 
KRISTI HALVERSON
 
Kristi worked in a family land development firm in Portland for 20 years, then had a homebuilding business on the Oregon coast.  She and her husband Steve lived on a farm in Sherwood, OR for the past 30 years where they operated a tree nursery business.  Kristi and Steve have travelled extensively over the years, usually to the 3rd world, and have enjoyed 9 International Rotary conventions.  They bought a house in Sun City Oro Valley a couple years ago and have been snowbirds.  They just sold the Oregon farm and will moving to Oro Valley full time.   Kristi is a long-term Rotarian serving as President, District 5100 District Governor and District Rotary Foundation Chair.  She and her husband have participated in two National Immunization Days for Polio in Ethiopia and India; joined two Rotary Friendship Exchange trips to Croatia and India; and have been on several Rotary project trips to Central America.  They are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and Kristi is a Paul Harris Society member.
 
DEBORAH RUE
 
Debbie has been a member of Rotary for 30 years and enjoys the fellowship and giving back to the community.  She and her husband are both retired veterinarians.  She moved to Fremont, CA after veterinary school at WSU and eventually owned her own practice.  She joined Rotary in 1989 and served as president in ‘94/95.  She and her husband both retired in December of 2020 and moved to SaddleBrooke in January of 2021.  They purchased a home in Montana this summer and plan to be snowbirds.
 
JACK AND MOLLIE HUNTER
 
Prior to retirement and moving to SaddleBrooke Ranch, Jack owned a printing company and Mollie was a software executive who helped organizations scale up their sales efforts.  Mollie was also the COO of the Girl Scouts of Orange County.  Individually and together, they have done disaster relief projects over the years primarily around hurricane damage.  Most recently they were in the Bahamas helping with the rebuilding efforts after hurricane Dorian.
 
MARVIN SOSKIL
 
Marvin is the President and Founder of Brett Harrison Jewelry Brokers, Inc. since 1996 and the author of the book “Integrity, When No One’s Looking”.  As a member of the Long Island business community, Marvin served on many boards and committees for Long Island charities including, Ronald McDonald House Advisory Board, Theresa Foundation Golf Committee, Harry Chapin Food Bank, and served as a board member for the National Network of Accountants.  He was president and founder of TGIF Business network, board member of LIBRA network and founding member of the Health and Business Alliance in Queens NY. He served on committees for CCAN, The Arthritis Foundation, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and many more.
Book Donation to Mountain Vista Library
The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke made a major donation of books to the Mountain Vista Elementary School in Oracle.
 
Over 700 new age-appropriate books were delivered by Rotarians to Mountain Vista for their upcoming Summer Youth Program.
 
Pictured above (l to r)  Crystal Nehmeyer, Superintendent of Schools, Liese Razzeto, Shanon Soule, Principal, Harvey Smith and Elaine Terry, Chair of Youth Services Committee.  Not pictured was Don Terry.
 
 
 
Home Alone Baskets for Seniors
December 17, 2021
 
Saddlebrooke Rotary members partnered with the Oracle Community Center to purchase, assemble and distribute 25 baskets to Home Alone seniors in the Oracle area. 
 
Baskets were assembled by Members of Oracle community center, OWN and a member from Home Alert who evaluated the needs of the home bound seniors.
 
The baskets contained:

Apples
Oranges
Mugs
Hot chocolate
Popcorn
Knitted slipper socks
Soap
Lotion
Lip balm
Dish towels
Ghiradelli chocolate


Barbara Barr, Linda Howard and Diane Demeroutis made cookies.  Bill Demeroutis did double duty as a Club member and also a Board member of the Oracle Community Center.  Bill and Liese Razzeto shopped with $400.00 donated by the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Foundation for the goodies.
 

 
 
Bill Demeroutis Elected President Nominee for 2023-2024
December 16, 2021
 
At the Annual Meeting of The Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke Bill Demeroutis was elected as the President Nominee.  His term of office will be for 1 year beginning July 1, 2023.
 
 
In The News
By Barbara Barr, Past President/Public Relations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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