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Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Inns
5151 East Grant Rd
Tucson, AZ  85712
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We're moving!!! Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, 06/09/15) due to the closure of McMahon's Steakhouse, we are temporarily moving our meeting to St. Michaels Episcopal Church. They are located at 602 N Wilmot Road. That's where 5th street dead ends at Wilmot Rd. St Michael's is there on the East side of Wilmot. The room where we will be meeting is in the NE corner of their campus. It will be a buffet lunch catered by Andy Bruno. Our guest speaker is Barbara Salyer from the Pima County Genealogy Society. Meeting will start at 12:10 as usual.


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, 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.




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.




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



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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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.


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!




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.


Rotary News from Around the World

Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
Nigeria sees no wild polio cases for one year
Today marks one year since Nigeria last reported a polio case caused by wild poliovirus, putting the country on the brink of eradicating the paralyzing disease. The last case was reported on 24 July 2014 in the northern state of Kano. If no cases are reported in the coming weeks, the World Health Organization is expected to remove Nigeria from the list of countries where polio is endemic, leaving just two: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Nigeria is the last polio-endemic country in Africa. The continent is poised to reach its own first full year without any illness from the virus on 11 August. “...
Australian students take opportunity by the horns
The rules of the Shaftesbury Rodeo Academy are simple: no school, no rodeo. It’s a message that teenagers who attend school at Bisley Farm, most of whom have never attended any school regularly, take seriously. Because come Friday night, these aspiring rodeo heroes want to join their friends to ride bulls for a heart-stopping eight seconds, if they last that long. The school in rural Queensland, Australia, also teaches the boys, who are of the Wakka Wakka Aboriginal people, basic academics and farming skills, including how to care for crops and livestock. It’s a fairly common form of...