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A story worth being shared over and over...From the Rotary International Web Site:  By Ryan Hyland

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Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and six RI staff members bicycled 104 miles in Tucson Arizona, USA, on Saturday, November 15, 2014 , for the event, raising more than $6 million for polio eradication.

The money raised by Rotary will receive a two-to-one match from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In addition to the team from Evanston, 100 Rotary member riders took part in the ride.

The fundraising ride is part of the annual El Tour de Tucson bike event in Tucson, Arizona, USA. The race attracts more than 9,000 cyclists a year, making it one of the top cycling events in the U.S. The Rotary team from Evanston was joined by Rotary members from Arizona's District 5500, and other members from around the world.

Hewko tweeted that he finished the race in 5 hours and 2 minutes.

"Really enjoyed riding in El Tour de Tucson along with 100 Rotarians and members of the Rotary International staff," Hewko added. "As a group we were able to raise over $6 million for polio eradication which will help bring us even closer to the dream of a polio free world. I am deeply moved by the generosity and passion of Rotarians around the world and Rotary staff."

 

 
 

Please join us tonight at McMahon's Steak House from 5-7 pm for our Club's 1st Tuesday Mixer of 2015!  We have special guests at our Mixer and one of our Club's biggest events...

Pantano Rotary Club, Friends of Pantano Rotary Club, Schools, Churches, Business People and more have made this year's Shoebox Project a success!  This week, Wednesday-Sunday, 1/7-1/11, a group of us will be going down to Nogales, Sonora to make sure all is in place for the distribution of all shoeboxes with food bags and blankets.  A special thank you to our Canadian friends who help this project immensely - Rotary Club of Kitchener, Mississauga West Rotary Club & Guelph South Rotary Club.  We have from Canada this year: Cheryl Ewing, Martin & Diane Jones, Bernie & Diana Varcoe, Frank Oudesluys, John Smyk and Jack Smith.  A big thanks to each of you!  Thanks to all who make this event special and for the lives it impacts!  ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT ON DISTRIBUTION DAY, Sunday, January 11th take off time at 6:15 am, Please contact us at LKlase@StewartAZ.com, text or call Lauren at 520.310.1587!

 

 
 

El Tour de TucsonPantano Rotary Club member Ardys Lurtsema and her husband Dave worked at a rest stop for bike riders during El Tour de Tucson this past Saturday, 11/22/14.  Ardys said It was a great experience.  Click the link below for some shots of Rotarians from Evanston. RI sent about 12 reps to ride.  Ardys also had the opportunity to talk with a Rotarian from Florida who flew up to participate.  In addition they had a mariachi group singing the whole time and of course it was  beautiful sunny day in Tucson.

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Here's your chance to see RI President Gary Huang at RYLA in January. Here's the letter and details from RYLA chair Keith Boyd.

This year at RYLA we are going to have the unbelievable privilege of having Gary Huang the current Rotary International President attend and speak at our Districts workshop. He will be joining us for breakfast on Saturday 1-17-2015. Breakfast will start at 7:30AM and end at 8:45AM.

 
 
 

Pantano Club member Ardys sharing the details about the 17th Annual Tri-Nation Rotary Shoebox Project. We are in need of shoeboxes, small toys, hats, mittens/gloves, socks, clothing, toothpaste/brushes, school supplies.

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Pantano Rotary has just completed our 15th Anniversary of our Tri-Nation Shoebox Project.  This year a celebration was held after the distribution with fellow Rotarians from Canada and Mexico honoring the founders of the project in Pantano Rotary – Sandy Goodsite, Ardys Lurtsema, and Father John Smith.

There are two photo albums full of pictures from our trip. Click here for Album #1 or Album #2

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Pantano Rotary Club participated in assembling over 100 prosthetic hands, which will be distributed to people in need around the world, at no cost.

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At the July 22nd meeting, Pantano Rotary Club received the Presidential Citation with Distinction, presented by PDG Nancy Cassel. The Sahuaro Interact Club also received the Presidential Citation. Good work!

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Thank you to Club Members Ardys Lurtsema and Linda Rumack for submitting beautiful pictures of the Tucson area, for the 2015 Lucky Lottery Calendar. At the Pantano Club Assembly today, club members voted for the 12 best pictures. 

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Our speaker on Tuesday was Enid Whittaker. She told us how and why we hurt and then showed us how she can get rid of the pain. If you want more information go to:

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Rotarians in Mozambique recently provided a water tank and bathroom facilities for a primary school outside Maputo. It’s just one example of how Rotarians are working to improve sanitation and access to clean water. 

Doing Good: Providing Clean Water from Rotary International on Vimeo.
 

 
 
Ever wonder what does a Rotary Club do with their money and who do they help? Well one of the groups that the Pantano Rotary Club helps is the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona. Our club provides scholarships money so some of the girl scouts can attend Camp Fury. What is Camp Fury? Just watch this video and you'll see for yourselves.
 

 
 

The Pantano Rotary Club is very excited to have supported the Evermor Foundation this past year. Although we don't expect anything in return, we do love to hear from these organizations. Here's a letter we received recently from Evermor in appreciation of the gift we provided for them.

 Thank You Letter from Evermor Foundation

 

 
 

Join your fellow Rotarians, friends, family and guests at the Pantano Rotary Silver Anniversary Celebration.

Remember wonderful moments and reflect on all of the great achievements of our Club's first 25 years, and look ahead to the next 25 years and beyond!

 
 
 
Pantano Rotary Club was honored to help support the 2013 Marana Bronco Pee Wee Division who took 2nd place in the American Youth Football National Championship games in Orlando, Florida on Friday December 13th!  Way to go, Dominique - our Club member, Clarissa Marquez's son!  YAY, Team!  Clarissa let us know that Coach Steve Marshall told the team it has been an honor and humbling experience to coach the team this year.  The parents, Coaches and the Tucson Community are very proud of our Marana Broncos! The Marana Broncos PeeWee division are 3 time Tucson All City Champions, Arizona State Champions and the 2nd best team in the Nation!  Goooo Broncos!!!
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The second stage of our annual Shoebox Project happened this past Saturday. Member of of the Club Rotario Nogales brought up a huge U haul truck to load up all the shoeboxes and other items back to the border. You can see all the pictures on our Photo Album.

 
 
 

On a cool January morning members of 4 Tucson Rotary clubs gathered to spruce up the 6th Street Gym. Pantano, Rincon, Old Pueblo and the Sunset club arrived at 8:00am and began transforming the drab beige walls to bright, clean, white walls. In just over 2.5 hours our mission was complete. Ed Torrejon was elated and very grateful for a job well done. Click here to see the pictures.

The Fountain Youth Ministries, a nonprofit tax-exempt organization was established in 1999 to help at-risk youth. Over the years they have fed homeless teens, ministered to families in need and have worked with all the problems associated with at-risk youth.

In 2009 they were blessed to open the 6th Street Gym. They are using the gym as a safe environment where kids come to learn the discipline of sports, while at the same time learning some of life’s lessons through the celebrated moments that sports provide. To find out more about the 6th Street Gym visit their website at: http://www.6thstreetgym.com/

 

 
 
 
 

Rotary News from Around the World

Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
Monrovia club’s Ebola fight not finished
After the first cases of Ebola reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia, last June, local Rotary members feared that the city's limited health care system wouldn't be able to contain the highly infectious, often-deadly disease. Those fears were realized when infections quickly multiplied, underscoring the speed with which Ebola can spread in an urban center. It was the first time the hemorrhagic fever had threatened a major city since it erupted in West Africa last March. Now, after months of crisis-level response, and with the number of new cases declining, club members are looking to the long...
Rotary member takes fundraising to new heights -- the summit of Mount Everest
Despite his longstanding interest in polio eradication, polio was not on Joe Pratt's mind as he prepared for a mid-April 2012 climb of Mount Everest, the highest mountain on earth. But that changed in late 2011, when the resident of Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA, participated in a polio immunization project in Pakistan with fellow Rotary member Steve Puderbaugh. Moved by the efforts of the Pakistanis to battle the crippling disease, and by the vulnerability of the young victims, Pratt reset the focus of his climbing adventure. Pakistan is one of three countries where polio has never been...
San Francisco club reveals formula for growth and retention of members
Members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening meet at a wine bar after work, share a social outing, and promote all their activities on social media like Meetup and Facebook. As the first evening club in the city, it has attracted many young professionals from Silicon Valley tech firms whose work schedules keep them from joining a more traditional club that meets for breakfast or lunch. But more than that, the evening format has helped the club grow by 30 percent since it received its charter in mid-2013. Danielle Lallement, who was its charter president, says the club has been...
Colorado joins Kosovo club to restore sanitation in blighted local schools
Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990s. To restore ruined sanitation facilities in some of those schools, local Rotary members recently partnered with their counterparts from Colorado, USA. Though residents have been slowly rebuilding the city's infrastructure after years of neglect under earlier governments, most resources are going to improve roads, rebuild homes, and create new businesses. Little money remains to restore the schools. As a result, students have fallen ill, stayed home...
 
 
 
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