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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
Posted by Jim Pfeifer
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.
Posted by Doug May
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.
Posted by Bob Allen
on Aug 16, 2014
Speaking to the Saddlebrooke Rotary Club on August 14, 2014, Addiction Therapist Don Chatfield, Ph.D., M.A., said people over 60 represent the fastest growing segment of the population with addictive problems. Chatfield’s PhD dissertation was based on research of addictions of people over 60.
Chatfield, a therapist at Desert Star Addiction Services, 7493 North Oracle Road, says alcohol, prescription drug, eating disorders, and sexual addiction problems now affect up to 17% of people over 60. Of that segment, about 15% of men and 12% of women regularly drink in excess of recommended limits. Other addictions include prescription drugs and, usually in men, sex. According to Chatfield, many seniors are reluctant to seek help. Impediments include children who don’t want to deal with the problem and shame. And some seniors see drinking as a “simple pleasure” they earned in their later years. Yet drug and alcohol abuse often accelerate physical decline.
Sex addiction is also a problem with a smaller segment in this group. These are seniors who rely on unhealthy sexual behaviors including addiction to pornography, prostitutes, and affairs. Often this addiction destroys relationships with loved ones.
Prescription drugs often interact with alcohol, making the problem worse. Doctors often prescribe opium-based drugs such as benzodiazepine (Valium) for anxiety, muscle relaxation and pain relief. Some seniors become dependent upon these drugs. Symptoms of addiction include excessive daytime sedation, lack of awareness, sleep and motor skill issues. Often seniors with addiction problems no longer pursue hobbies, sports, or other interests. Yet doctors often don’t diagnose the problem because seniors “look like my grandma and grandpa.”
Chatfield says he’s had success with the “12 Step Program” in which seniors recognize a higher power and work in groups to confront their addiction problems. Other successful programs include the “SMART” program which is based on building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges, managing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and living a balanced life. He has “witnessed miracles” where treatment programs result in people who have a new excitement about life.
At the conclusion of his talk, Rotarian Neil Deppe presented Chatfield with a certificate of appreciation from the Saddlebrooke Rotary Club.