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Meeting Notes March 11, 2021
The invocation was presented by Ernie Boll with a petition for peace in which all people live by the “golden rule”.  He concluded with expressions of gratitude for all of our blessings.
Announcements:
President Charlotte began the meeting with the following reminders:
  • The Food Fight challenge is extended until April 1 so that you may bring your contribution to our in-person meeting.
  • The Earth Day celebration is on April 21 at Desert Meadows Park at 2:00p.m.  The theme for the recognition of Earth Day is “Imagine a New Earth”.  Please plan to attend.  If you would like to participate in the program, planning or set-up, please let Michele know.
  • On April 1, the first in-person meeting will resume at the outdoor Ramada where we met previously.  Safety precautions will be followed with face masks and social distancing expected.  Surfaces will be sanitized prior to the meeting by Charlotte, Francis Howe and Tom Cooke.  The meeting will be broadcast on Zoom and Facebook Live.  You will have a chance to order your favorite burrito prior to the meeting.  The cost is $5.00.
  • Did you know that purchases made through Amazon Smile result in a portion of your purchase  donated to the charity you designate?  Rotary International Foundation has thus far received $58,000 in donations through this venue. 
  • The Rotary Club in Benson is hosting a fundraising golf tournament on April 24 at San Pedro Golf Club.  To register and obtain tickets, go to their website. 
  • The Tucson Casas Adobes Rotary Club is hosting a raffle on April 21.  Proceeds support youth education.   It is a 30 year tradition and last year through the raffle they were able to raise $35,000.  Raffle tickets are $20 each and if we assist in the sale of tickets our club will retain $5.00 for each ticket sold.  Let Charlotte know if you are interested in tickets.
  • Ron Darrah reminded everyone that April 1 is the start of our fourth quarter and time for dues payment.  You may pay him directly at our in-person meeting on April 1 or he will mail you an invoice. 
  • Roxane Rico thanked the club for the $500 grant for plants.  Roxane welcomed members to participate in the planting of flowers.  Let Roxane know if you would like to join students and others. 
Program:
Connie Williams is not new to the club - last year she spoke to the club on the Santa Cruz River Watch Project.  Today her talk will address the Sonoran desert and water.  Connie is distinguished in her lengthy career as a math, science and environment teacher.  She is very active in Southern Arizona climate change issues and holds many positions in community organizations with an emphasis on water. 
 
Connie prefaced her talk by a general statement that Arizona has water challenges.  She continued to describe the threatening nature of the water supply to this region.  The following summary of her talk are just the highlights of her very thorough and academic presentation of facts, conditions and solutions as they exist. 
  • Forty percent of water in this region is ground water; another 39% is Colorado River water. 
  • The total Central Arizona Project (CAP) allocation to this region is 1.4 million gallons of water.  The last allocation was completed in 2007 and ends in 2026. There is sure to be a reduction in allocation of water based upon the persistent drought conditions.
  • A 2013 study conducted on the warming of the climate predicted that if we do nothing to intervene on the changing climate we can expect winter cold snaps will become less frequent, droughts will become more severe, hotter, and more frequent, all resulting in water deficits in excess of those during the last 110 years. 
  • Scientific studies in 2020 not only support this warning but predict a mega drought that is very likely already in progress. 
  • Colorado River reservoirs are at 46% capacity due to long term drought that began in 2000 and continues to exist today.
 
Knowing these facts, what does the future hold for Arizona?
 
  • Continued dwindling water supplies.
  • Increased need for legislation that is enforced.  An example is one piece of water legislation created in 1993 that applies to only three counties in Arizona: Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties.  This legislation requires that developers of new subdivisions in these counties must provide assurance of water supply for 100 years. This requirement is based upon erroneous assumptions of future water supply availability.  Lax enforcement of the law compounds the problem.
  • Rapid population growth with an expected doubling of population by 2050.
  • Opportunists using well water in certain counties for business profit.
 
How do we mitigate these problems of climate change in light of the hot mega drought.  Three keys in confronting these facts:
  •  Impede rate and slow down climate change by reduction of emissions that are put into the atmosphere.   We must achieve reduction of CO2 emissions by 50% by year 2030 and another 50% reduction by year 2040.  These reductions would allow the whole economy to reach net zero by 2050. 
  • Strengthen Arizona water laws and enforcement.
  • Adapt and adjust to the warming conditions by changing the way in which we live.  Reuse of water and improve water treatment plants, use of block-rate water pricing, rainwater harvesting, remove lawns, use of water efficient appliances and irrigation, are just a few examples. 
Future Programs:
  • On March 25, Dennis Berquist will present a program entitled “Rotary at Work in Kenya”.
  • Dr. Phil Silvers will be the program speaker on March 18 recounting “Rotary Legends of Southern Arizona”. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Nicole Raymond
March 2
 
Laury Scandling
March 12
 
Roxana Rico
March 16
 
Carol Pfister
March 18
 
Edward K. Farver
March 29
 
Spouse Birthdays
Carol Pfister
March 18
 
Anniversaries
Martin Gomez
Gabby Gomez
March 10
 
Laury Scandling
Bruce Scandling
March 24
 
Richard Deaver
Diana Deaver
March 29
 
Join Date
Mary L. Fisher
March 4, 2004
17 years
 
Bill Grantham
March 5, 1994
27 years
 
Jack Grieves
March 5, 1993
28 years
 
Nicole Raymond
March 8, 2012
9 years
 
Phil Silvers
March 8, 2012
9 years
 
Paul Koepke
March 22, 2012
9 years
 
Russell Hampton
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