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Meeting Notes, March 18, 2021
There were 38 people in attendance including guests Bruce Munro, Susan Weller, Bill Grantham’s lovely granddaughter, and soon-to-be Valle Verde member, Dave Wickstrom.
 
Gary Friedman’s invocation asked that we Rotarians be given the desire to do good and help our neighbors, and to fulfill our obligations to our neighbors and friends honestly and ethically.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Carol Pfister’s birthday, March 18, was celebrated.  Carol also showed us the result of her injuries suffered in a recent fall in which her face landed on a concrete landscape block damaging her glasses, nose, and causing soreness to her shoulder and elbow.  She and Tim are traveling to Rocky Point to celebrate her birthday and recuperate.
  • The Food Fight continues through April 1.  Donations may be mailed per instructions on our website or brought to our first in-person meeting April 1.
  • Valle Verde Rotary will resume meeting at the ramada in Esperanza Estates April 1.  Those wishing to eat breakfast there may give Charlotte their choice of breakfast burrito  by noon March 30.  Coffee will be provided by the club.  The usual precautions of masking, etc. will be followed.  Those wishing to participate by ZOOM or Facebook Live will have those options as well.
  • Earth Day will be celebrated at Desert Meadows Park on April 21.
  • District 5500 will present another Rotary Leadership Institute on April 10 and 24 and May 8.  All are welcome to sign up for individual dates or all three.
  • A Zone Institute will be held in Tucson at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort November 11-14.  There is a need for home hosts.
  • On April 24, a Rotary fundraiser , Swing Into Spring, will be held at San Pedro golf course hosted by the Mountain Empire-Benson Rotary Clubs to support the Benson Food Bank and projects in six school districts.  The entry fee is $85 prior to April 12.
  • The Tucson Casas Adobes club is hosting Legacy For Learning, a scholarship program for 8th grade honors students.  The scholarships are provided through a raffle.  Tickets are $20, and an extensive list of prizes is shown on the club’s website.
  • Charlotte and Mary presented a $500 check to the St Andrew’s Clinic from the Love For Community District 5500 Grant.  There will also be future presentations to the other grant recipients.
HAPPY DOLLARS
  • Mark Horton shared the good news of their youngest grandson being named Player of the Year in the Berkshire Conference.  Mark’s grandchildren get their athletic talents from Mark’s great interest in sports.
  • Dick Deavers thanked the club for its support to the family after the passing of Diana’s mother, Ruby Slater, age 101 years.  Her obituary appeared in Wednesday’s Green Valley News.
  • Moe Raso will miss next week’s meeting.  She will be traveling to San Carlos, Mexico.
  • Judith Noyes was not feeling well and missed the ZOOM meeting.
TODAY’S PROGRAM
Club member Phil Silvers and District 5500 Historian gave a talk on the history of Rotary in Arizona dating back to 1914 and the Rotary Club “100” of Phoenix which faced an uphill battle to form the club in the face of false rumors and fear of competition.
Phil’s talk featured information about the earliest clubs formed in Arizona in the 1920’s and the first Rotary Club, Tucson Catalina, formed in 1947 as the first time a second club had been introduced in the same city.  Phil included the work of many influential Rotarians in Arizona’s history and their accomplishments including our own Eugene Friesen, and, reluctantly, his own contributions to Rotary.
Steve Sibulsky recorded Phil’s talk to make it available to other Rotary clubs in Arizona and will make it available on the Valle Verde website.
 
FUTURE MEETINGS
  • March 25   Rotary At Work In Kenya
  • April 1   Shelter Box and Jazz Presentations
 
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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