Thirty seven Rotarians were in attendance.
 
Eugene gave the invocation which emphasized Rotary’s responsibilities as stewards of Earth’s environment and all of its inhabitants.
 
 
 
HAPPY DOLLARS
 
Ron noted Gwen is here for the summer.
Bill Grantham is traveling to Austin, TX for the 4th birthday of his grand daughter.
Mark’s grandson, Ethan, is a member of the Connecticut baseball team which won a state championship.
While Mark was absorbed in baseball, Sue has been without electricity for six days and is ready to return to 100+ temperatures.
Phil honored the women of Rotary by mentioning Jennifer Jones has been selected to be R.I. President in 2022-23, the first woman so honored by Rotary.
Gary advised Roxana the check for the Continental Community Park is in the mail.   Gary will travel to Rio Rico High School to make a check presentation.
Roxana’s father is being released from the hospital after a long hospitalization of four weeks.  School is to start September 8 following the Governor’s address on August 14.
American Legion Post 131 is planning to open for Queen of Hearts September 3 and for Taco Night September 4.  Club officers will discuss the possibility of Valle Verde meeting in person at some point at the American Legion Post 131 with Dan.
Gary mentioned some Rotary clubs are meeting at outdoor facilities and suggested Anamax Park In Sahuarita as a possibility.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
The Jim Click raffle tickets are still available for purchase.
Charlotte gave out her Shining Star Award to Tom Cooke, Gary Friedman, Jim Rusk, and Michele Lewis for their efforts cleaning out a storage locker.
200 hundred masks are being purchased for $458.  The masks are printed with Interact-Rotary Sponsored Club.
The date for the Peace Pole dedication has been moved up to September 12 at Desert Meadows Park.
District 5500 will hold a virtual membership seminar August 22.
John Cousins announced there is an ongoing food drive underway until August 31.  Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Associa in Sahuarita located behind the post office.
Next week’s program on building Valle Verde membership will be presented by JP and Sandy.
 
TODAY’S PROGRAM—KELLY LAURICH and SALLY CADY
 
Kelly is a native of Marquette, MI and has served as Manager of Fisher House in Tucson since its opening in March 2016.  Sally Cady is married to American Legion Post 131 Commander, Dan Cady, and has been an active leader in the Legion’s support of Fisher House.
 
Kelly stated that Covid-19 has interrupted service at Fisher House which has been closed during the pandemic.  Families have continued to receive service at hotels paid for by Fisher House.
 
Sally described the volunteer work of American Legion Post 131 and Valle Verde Club members.  The volunteer activities include providing food once a month, cleaning and cooking, Legion Auxilary providing baked goods, sanitizing rooms, raising money through the annual American Legion Golf outing, and providing emotional support for families staying at Fisher House.
 
Fisher House has served 2200 families coming from nine countries.  A tentative reopening is scheduled for October 1 and may allow for volunteers to re-enter in September.
 
Jim and Kathy Rusk have taken on Valle Verde’s lead in working with Fisher House this year.  Jim is planning for the installation of a plaque at Fisher House to honor Max Perry for his work with Fisher House and the American Legion.  Jim reminded us that all Rotarians can help our club in its service to Fisher House and its families.
 
Kelly offered to host a Valle Verde Club meeting at Fisher House in the future.