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We meet Thursdays at 11:30 AM
SaddleBrooke Country Club
64500 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd.
Tucson, AZ  85739
United States
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Guest Speakers and Rotary News

Steve McNeil recently received holiday greetings, on behalf of our Club, from RYE student Kai.
Kai is now with her second host family as a part of the planned rotation, and she just loves them.  Together they are doing many fun things.  Kai reports that her semester exams were a bit difficult because of the language difference from Japanese to English, but we have a feeling that she did just fine.  One notable difference from the curriculum in her native schools and Ironwood Ridge is that here we provide a lot of opportunities for musical and performance expressions.  She is making the best of that, performing on the piano every chance she gets.
Kai wishes all her friends at Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke the best, and is very grateful for her RYE opportunity.

JJ's team made significant inroads on sponsorships and marketing with Royal Buick/Cadillac, Oracle Ford and Golf Cars of Arizona.
Julia Young captured owner Paul Weitman and and the silver tongued devil Neil Deppe on film that will be the basis of PSA showing the Cadillac they are providing for one of the hole-in-one for the April FFK tournament.
Similarly Julie is preparing a PSA announcing Mark Phelps and Oracle Ford support for another of the hole-in-ones.  Mark is  providing one of their exciting new Cobra golf carts from the the Carol Shelby Cobra line they picked up this year.  If you are lucky you just might see Mark driving one around next week.
And, once again Golf Carts of AZ will be providing one of their carts -- Julia is also preparing a PSA on their participation
Julia will be placing these PSA's in both the Notes and the Progress. She is also meeting with the Advertising Manager of the Notes on Monday to provide copy of the first of a couple of paid advertisements inviting interested residents seeking the fellowship and the opportunity to give back in their retirement to attend one of our upcoming meetings.  
Behind the scenes, Tim Morsani is spending several hours a day tutoring Neil on advance computer skills.

After being “dark” for several weeks over the Holidays, Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke    
held its first luncheon meeting on January 8th.  In addition to the usual fun and frivolity,
we had an excellent speaker in the person of John McElroy, PhD.   Doctor McElroy is
a retired U of A professor, and he spoke to us on the Bill of Rights.  There were many
interesting bits of information; perhaps the one that I found most fascinating was the
fact that the Bill of Rights was created to mollify the new state of Rhode Island. 
Rhode Islanders were reticent to accept the US Constitution, until the additional rights
added in the first ten amendments were attached.

Linda Turbyfill and 9 Saddlebrooke Rotarians recently visited Coronado K-8 School to distribute dictionaries to students.

On a pleasant late summer day, Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke President Jim Lamb (right in photo) and District Governor Sally Montagne (left) visited the students and administration of Sycamore Canyon Academy near Oracle.  Last  year, Rotary Club of  Saddlebrooke  donated the  equipment so that the
Academy could form its first ever cross country team, which was very successful  Plans are currently in the works to ask District 5500 for matching grant funds so that a ropes course can be built to benefit the students. 

 Irvin Lee "Tommy" Tucker, 87, of SaddleBrooke, AZ passed away August 2, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, LaVerne; children: Marcia (Chester) Crawley, Terry Tucker and Robin (Carole) Tucker; granddaughters: Jennifer, Cheryl, Eileen and Julie; and sister-in-law Joan (David) Paulsrud. 
 Tommy was born in Council Bluffs, IA on May 9, 1927 and lived there much of his life, then on to Cedar Rapids and entered the U.S. Navy ahead of the end of WWII in the Pacific.    After the Navy, he attended Coe College, where he met LaVerne and they married in 1949.  He loved to travel with family, his wife and for work.  He worked with his father in business, from 1945 to his father's death in 1975 and also began Tommy Tucker Realty Co.
He lived the Rotary motto "service above self,” joining Rotary in 1964 and enjoyed a relationship for fifty years.
 Memorial donations in Tommy's name may be made to Vista de la Montana United Methodist Church, 3001 Miravista Lane, Tucson, Arizona 85739 or to the Rotary Foundation, www.rotary.org

Steve McNeil chaired a meeting of the Bylaws Committee on Monday, August 25th.  Present were Steve, Roger Spugnardi, Bob Allen, and Jim Pfeifer.  Proposed changes were reviewed and agreed upon.  Steve will make a revised draft and submit it to the Committee.  After review, a final draft will be presented to the Foundation Board at the October meeting for approval and subsequent submission to the Club Board for ratification.
Steve McNeil submitted his resignation from the Foundation Board, but will continue to Chair the Bylaws Committee until final approval by the Club Board.
Emerson Knowles is finalizing his draft of Investment guidelines for the Foundation and will be submitting same to the Investment Committee later this month.
Because of the resignations of Ed Drager and Steve McNeil from the Board, we needed to add two new Directors.  Jim sent a letter earlier this summer seeking interested Club members to join the Board and received two positive replies from Ed Treick and Bob Allen.  In an email vote by the Foundation Board, both volunteers were selected, and their names will be submitted to the Club Board at the Club Board’s September meeting for approval.
The next meeting of the Foundation Board will be on Thursday, October 16th at 1:15 PM following the regular Thursday Rotary lunch.  All members are welcome to attend.  An agenda will be prepared within the next several weeks.

Jim Lamb is the new president of the SaddleBrooke Rotary Club for the 2014-2015 Rotary year.  He and his wife Mary have resided in this community for fifteen years.  They have two children and three grandchildren.  Mary is an Operating Room Nurse at The University of Arizona Medical Center.
During the previous Rotary year, Jim served as president elect, member of the Community Service Committee and member of the Foundation Scholarship Committee for the club.  He also served as chairman for the club's major fund raising activity, the Fore for Kids golf tournament.  With generous business and personal support, the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke was able to donate over $20,000 to seven youth programs in communities around SaddleBrooke as a result of the tournament.  The programs that benefitted include after school developmental activities in the Coronado K - 8 School, in the Oracle School District  and in other youth service organizations.  Jim has also served Rotary as a Chair of the International Foundation at SaddleBrooke and on the Rotary Public Service Committee. 
During his educational career, Jim received many grants including a Drug Free Schools Grant, a Project HOPE Grant, and a National Workplace Literacy Grant as Project Director.  Jim's career in education culminated in serving as a higher education senior administrator at three colleges.  He served in that capacity for fifteen years.  For twenty-one years he was a higher education biology faculty member teaching anatomy, physiology, microbiology, oncology and pharmacology.  Jim has served on numerous committees and boards.  A few that align closely with some areas of club interest include: Board of Directors, San Manuel/Oracle/Mammoth Chamber of Commerce, San Manuel "Focus Future" Committee, and Arizona Occupational Administrator's Council President.
Jim has outlined goals for his year as club president, and as he stated, "One major goal this year will be to expand our community service involvement and in particular to help improve the quality of life for our local youth. "  For the next school year, the SaddleBrooke Rotary club will help to sponsor one inbound high school exchange student from Japan and one outbound student to France.  Last year we hosted an exchange student from Denmark.  Supporting youth is one of the top objectives of the club. 
Club meetings are held on Thursdays at 11:45 in the SaddleBrooke One clubhouse beginning with lunch.  There will be an interesting speaker/program at each meeting.  Anyone who is interested from SaddleBrooke or the surrounding community is invited to attend.  Please join Jim for lunch soon.

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