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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

JoAnn Turnbull - President & CEO of Handi-Dogs presented ​"Power of Pets" ​
on 5/14. Handi-Dogs specializes in training personal dogs into service dogs
to aid with elderly and handicapped. We ​also ​learned about Guide Dogs for
the Blind and companion pets, neither of which are part of the Handi-Dog
charter. Suffice it to say, the entire landscape of pets as service or companions
is as varied as there are owners. 


On May 7th the Rotary Lunch Club welcomed representatives from the following Charities to receive checks from Fore for Kids Charity Golf Tournament.  We were proud to present grants to the following:
  • Sycamore Canyon Academy
  • Coronado K-8 Positive Behavior Program
  • Connections Learning Center (Oracle School District)
  • Math Plus (Amphitheater School District)
  • Little Hooves and Big Hearts
  • Two scholarships for individual college students
The remainder of the money raised from this year’s tournament was invested for scholarship proceeds available next year and many years to come.   Again, a big thanks to our sponsors and hard working Rotary members for making our 2015 benefit a huge success.  Photos will follow.

Saddlebrooke Rotary Club was pleased to welcome Amy Reichgott, Development Manager, from Western National Parks Association (WNPA) to present during April’s last meeting.  Amy urges Southern Arizona to take advantage of our (60) Western National Parks and Park Stores.
WNPA is based in Tucson at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the heart of the Sonoran Desert.  Their mission is to preserve these special parks for all time.  WPNA also provides educational material to park visitors of all ages.  Right here in Southern Arizona we have well known attractions, including Casa Grande Ruins and Organ Pipe Cactus.  For more information on how to enjoy these precious National Treasures go to wnpa.org.

Rotary Club of Saddlebrooke's March 19th meeting was highlighted by two very special happenings.
Our foreign exchange student, Kei, visited us, and she was accompanied by her parents who visited from Japan and also one of her host couples
The scheduled event for this meeting was the competition among Oracle school students in the 4-Way Test speech contest. 
All four speakers were excellent and received certificates and cash prizes for their efforts. 
certificates and cash prizes for their efforts. 

Dr. Robert Strom, Professor Emeritus from the University of Arizona, spoke to us on March 12th about the Apollo flights to the moon.  He shared many interesting insights from his experiences and photo collection, and passed around a "moon rock" for all to see. 

On Friday, April 10th, Saddlebrooke Rotary Club will again host its annual fundraising golf event, "Fore for Kids.'"  Since its inception, this event has raised over $250,000 for at risk and needy children in our local area.  The venue for this year's event wil again be Mountainview CC.  The $100 entry fee entitles each golfer to morning coffee, lunch, an 18 hole round, prizes and participation in a silent auction.  For further information or to purchase tickets, please contact Rotarian Dan Marsh, Danazona22@gmail.com,  520-825-4057.

On March 5th, our speaker was Lieutenant Colonel, John Devine, U.S. Army, retired.   Colonel Devine discussed military swords, and showed us a number of examples.  He also explained how Japanese Samurai and other fighting swords have evolved over the centuries.

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.

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