Meeting Notes April 14, 2022
Today’s meeting included 38 members in attendance, 1 on ZOOM, and guests Eugene Friesen, Steve Teicher, and speaker Marty Danes.
Tom Cooke presented the moment of reflection describing the purpose of this part of each meeting causing us to reflect on what we do and why we do what we as Rotarians do.
Gary Friedman presented JoAnne Sapp with her Paul Harris Fellow Award.
  • Jim Rusk announced the Shelter Box Challenge will continue through April 23 at the Fiesta Sahuarita.
  • JP reminded each Donation to Shelter Box will result in receiving tickets to the Jim Click raffle.
  • Charlotte Gates circulated a signup sheet for Fiesta Sahuarita.
  • Michele Lewis announced Thirsty Thursday dinner at Quail Creek at 5:00 PM April 21.  Club members are asked to assemble at 4:30 prior to dinner for a club photo.  Twenty-six people are signed up for dinner.  Members who come for the photo are not required to stay for dinner.
  • Michele also announced she has reserved 26 tickets for “The Three Musketeers” at the Gaslight Theater in Tucson Sunday May 22 at 3:00 PM.  Tickets are $27.18 per person.  Signup deadline is May 5 with full payment to Michele.  No refunds will be made.  A signup sheet was circulated.
  • Mary Fisher announced our Four Way speech contestant, Raquel, participated last weekend, and is planning to participate again next year.
  • Birthday Books will be held Friday April 22.  Contact Mary Fisher if interested in taking part.
  • Sue Horton raffled off the remaining unclaimed silent auction items.
  • Tom Cooke announced Valle Verde has once again earned the Rotary Citation.
Program Guest:
Marty Danes - Facility Manager, Caterpillar Tinaja Learning Center
Marty provided a fascinating program on a facility located in our back yard which many of us were not aware of.   Caterpillar owns 6,500 acres south of the Freeport McMoran mine where they test, do research, and develop 77 different Caterpillar machines.  The facility is off the grid and has generators which provide all electrical needs.
The proving ground tests and develops new systems with the majority of employees being engineers.  They have a crew of mechanics and a crew of operators who operate the machines under high heat to prove how long machines will last.
The demonstration center hosts customers and dealers to test equipment with professional instructors under realistic conditions.  They also help the customer to maximize the use of equipment.  They host 6,000+ guests annually with the support of just 28 employees.  
Fifty percent of what they do is training to improve efficiencies customers can obtain.  This facility is one of three Caterpillar operates.  The others are in Illinois and Spain.
Caterpillar opened its Tucson Mining Center in 2019 off West I-10.  This was done to get operations closer to mining operations in the West and Mexico.  As we recover from restrictions encountered with Covid, group visits may become available again for groups such as Valle Verde Rotary.
Caterpillar values it’s involvement in the Tucson community.  One of the events they sponsor is the United Way car show which they plan to restart.
Next week’s program speaker is Linda Laird from Books for Classrooms and recipient of a Valle Verde Rotary Foundation Grant.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Sandra "Sandy" Wahl
April 3
Art Quinn
April 4
Deborah Wright
April 7
Mary Lou Grieves
April 7
Esther Corrales
April 9
Nancy Green
April 20
Charles Wunder
April 21
Craig Altschul
April 22
John Cousins
April 27
Steve Sibulsky
April 30
Spouse Birthdays
Rob Potter
April 5
Amy Pilger
April 10
John Knutsen
April 21
Jim Rusk
April 28
Join Date
Steve Sibulsky
April 1, 2009
13 years
Bob Cripe
April 19, 2020
2 years
Esther Corrales
April 23, 2014
8 years
John Cousins
April 26, 2018
4 years
Laury Scandling
April 28, 2011
11 years
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