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SaddleBrooke Sunrise

We meet Thursdays at 8:00 AM
Mountain View Bistro
38735 S. Mountain View Blvd.
SaddleBrooke, AZ  85739
United States
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Welcome to SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club
Are you someone who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Come for breakfast, enjoy the fun and listen to great speakers. Our club members are people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who shares your drive to give back.
 
 
 
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Brianne Spaeth is married with two daughters, ages 4 and 8. She is a Registered Pharmacist, and the Pharmacy Manager at the Walgreens at 12965 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley.
 
She has a passion for helping people as a retail pharmacist. In addition to being a working mother and wife, she is an avid runner and participates in races. She and her family enjoy the National Parks in the west. She is also a volunteer with the Town of Oro Valley where she participates in the 'Your Voice of the Future.' 
 
We are happy to have Brianne in our Rotary family!
Pictured: Dick Kroese, sponsor; Brianne, Joe Hentges, District 5500 Governor
 
On August 19, SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary members again contributed materials and time to help stuff a bus with school supplies. 
 
The members of the SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club are going to hear plenty of "y'alls" and "all y'alls" now.  Past President Tim Johnston handed the gavel over to Debbie Foster, the club president for 2017-2018. Debbie spent forty years in community college education and recently retired as academic dean for the Central Arizona College District Communications Division and the Campus Dean of Aravaipa Campus located in the Copper Corridor.  Her hometown is Jacksonville, Texas, which is “Behind the Pine Tree Curtain” in the heart of the Piney Woods of East Texas. She is married to Glen Foster, has one daughter and son-in-law and a two year old granddaughter, Hazel Jane. They live in Texas. And if you know Debbie really well, she might tell you the story of her bullet wound.
 
Other officers and committee chairs include: President Elect, Gary Haslett; Treasurer, Roger Swett; Past President, Tim Johnston; Secretary,
Savo Fries; Membership Chair, Ron Lenz; Vice President, Dick Kroese; Foundation Chair, Roger Bogard; Vice chairman, Mark Douglas; Administration, Maggie deBlock; Service, Mary Thompson; Public Relations, Patti Albaugh 
On May 25, 2017, SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary launched the project Protein for Growing Minds to help ease hunger in Pinal County children and senior citizens. Cynthia Chevalley of Tri-Community Food-Bank inspired the project. At an earlier meeting, she told Rotary members that hunger is especially problematic in the Copper Corridor of Pinal County because of the collapse of the mining industry. Adding to the problem is lack of access to school lunches during the summer. Those most affected are young people who need nutrition for developing brains. When asked what food item is most in demand, Cynthia replied “peanut butter.”
 
On the third Thursday of each month, members bring in jars of peanut butter or cans of tuna that will be collected and taken to the Tri-Community Food-Bank. Members are reminded that whenever they pass the peanut butter at the grocery store, grab a jar of protein. As a result, more children will have increased access to protein foods that help brain development and enhance attentiveness in school and play. The project includes other sources of protein such as tuna fish and dried beans. 
SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club recently welcomed two new members and recognized a new Paul Harris Fellow. New members are Dee Zoline and Susan King. Membership chair Mark Douglas presented them with their membership materials. Welcome, ladies! Ron Lenz, a new member also, is the latest Paul Harris Fellow in SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary, and he is awarded his pin by the Rotary Foundation chair, Roger Bogard. Congratulations, Ron!
 
 
 
SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club had a great time at the ol' steakhouse March 23, as our fifth Thursday social. Some dressed the part, some spoke the part, some acted the part. But we all had fun! 
SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club honored the Golder Ranch Fire District with a luncheon to celebrate their life-saving work, time, compassion, and educational programs. Over one hundred eighty people attended the luncheon at Mountain View Country Club February 16. Tables were decorated with fire hats, bright flower arrangements, fire insignia plates, and Life Saver candies. SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotarians seated themselves randomly among the tables to greet and talk with the Golder Ranch personnel. 
 
Family was a continual theme in the remarks made by speakers. Fire Chief Randy Karrer spoke enthusiastically of the family of firefighters, EMT personnel, training, and administrative staff who make up the Golder Ranch Fire District “family.” A portion of the Fire District values statement includes “Compassion is treating each other and our customer as an extension of our family. Trust is building and strengthening relationships through our words and actions.” As guests and Rotarians discovered while they sat and interacted with the District personnel, the Golder Ranch Fire District does indeed serve with “strong hands and caring hearts.”
 
The luncheon concluded with Past President Doug Sweetland presenting a plaque from the SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary honoring the District. Rotarians, guests, and District personnel exited with new knowledge, appreciation, and new friends.
 
To see the video from KVOA  click here.   SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary Club members Barb McKenzie, Jack Stebe, and Patti Albaugh traveled to the Tuscon International Airport to help with troops traveling back to Fort Huachuca. In the photo below, the Rotary members are pictured with the soldiers who are waiting for their trainees to arrive from all over the United States. You can also read the story from KVOA.com by clicking here.
 
 
 
 
 
Every third Wednesday of the month, SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotarians lend their hands to Golden Goose for their monthly Moonlight Madness Sale. The Golden Goose is a renowned thrift store that has raised more than $8 million dollars for SaddleBrooke Community Outreach & Impact of Southern Arizona. The "Goose," as many refer to it, has received multiple awards including the 2016 Northwest Explorer "Best in the Northwest."
 
All that fame leads to a heavy demand for volunteers, and the Rotarians and their spouses are eager to pitch in on the Goose's busiest night.  They serve as baggers, schleppers, clerks, re-stockers, gophers, and sales assistants. Pictured to the left are Ruth Larsen, Mary Thompson, Roger Swett, Jack Stebe, Tony and Sharon Ingle, Mark Douglas, Garret Ressing, Bobbie Sweetland, and Tom Basting. 
 
 
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Upcoming Speakers
Nadine Armstrong
Dec 14, 2017
CURE
Various
Dec 21, 2017
White elephant gift exchange, Protein for the Mond
Coach John Court
Jan 18, 2018
U of A Gymnastics