Installation Dinner

2024 Officers to be Installed
David Johnston will be installed as the 2024-25 president of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club on June 26. Other club officers will be installed, also. The dinner event will be held at Barnfire Mesquite Grill, 8310 N Thornydale Road, Marana, beginning at 5 pm. Advance registration and payment is required. Attendees may register a pay using the link below. The deadline for registration is June 18.

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Casino Night 2024 2023-11-10 07:00:00Z 0

Special Guest Speaker at Dove Mountain Rotary

The Dove Mountain Rotary Club was honored to have a very special guest speaker at their regular club meeting on Sept 21, 2023, Dr. Thomas Waggoner, Cardiologist, who spoke about Cardiovascular Innovations in Structural Heart Disease.
Dr. Waggoner is a Structural Interventional Cardiologist who is the Director of Structural Heart Disease, Director of the new Structural Heart Disease Fellowship, Director of the Cardiovascular Research Program, and Director of the Cardiovascular Research Program Fellowship at TMC Healthcare, Tucson.
He is also affiliated with Pima Heart & Vascular, Tucson where he is a Board member, Medical Director of Clinical Research, and Provider as an outstanding Heart Doctor.
Dr. Waggoner is board certified in Internal Medicine, General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Endovascular Medicine, and Vascular Medicine.
Dr. Waggoner spoke about numerous leading-edge innovations and associated clinical trials that are truly leading the medical profession worldwide in trans-catheter structural heart innovations.
His expertise and professional interests include trans-catheter aortic valve replacement, trans-catheter mitral valve repair, para-valvular leak repair, complex coronary interventions, carotid interventions, peripheral vascular interventions, and several other areas of specialization.
Club members and other guests asked numerous questions about the innovations and clinical trials that were highlighted.  
Dr. Waggoner was DM Rotarian Aleta Wiener’s Cardiologist, saving her life & bringing her back on her feet and back to our club within a day or two after her surgery.
Special Guest Speaker at Dove Mountain Rotary Fred Novick 2023-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Community Food Bank Hunger Walk 2023

Six Dove Mountain Rotarians walked approximately 2.1 miles at Tangerine Sky Park on Sept 9, 2023. Also, relatives & family friends of Rotarians walked 2 to 2.5 miles in Naples, Italy and Hagerstown, Maryland. Ten volunteers raised more than $250 for the Community Food Bank.
Community Food Bank Hunger Walk 2023 Fred Novick 2023-09-12 07:00:00Z 0

Multiple PHFs


Dove Mountain Honors Multiple Paul Harris Fellows

Club President Joe Hentges and Foundation Chair Teree Bergman honored two Dove Mountain Rotarians as multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Past President Aleta Wiener is a PHF +3, and Past President Ralph Harding is a PHF +2. Hentges has offered matching points to any club member who donates 50% of the funds required to reach the next level of Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Aleta and Ralph are the first club members to accept the challenge.
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Scholarships Available for Eligible HS Seniors from Marana Fred Novick 2023-02-23 07:00:00Z 0

DM Rotarians Ring Bell for Salvation Army Fundraiser

Dove Mountain Rotarians supported a nationwide Salvation Army Red Kettle fundraiser by bell ringing at the nearby Fry’s (Tangerine and Thornydale), on Saturday, December 10th. For the 132nd year during the holiday season of giving, the Salvation Army has collected pocket change outside of businesses in a Red Kettle campaign to raise money for people in need. Each year, the Salvation Army needs volunteer bell ringers. The money brought in during the holiday season helps keep the Salvation Army operations going all throughout the year. Last year, the Salvation Army raised more than $100 MM nationwide. The generosity extended by our neighbors, friends, & family during the holiday season was heartwarming.  Our club raised a total of $534.26 on that Saturday. These contributions were greatly appreciated in a year with record high inflation, that has driven a 30-50 percent increase in need.
DM Rotarians Ring Bell for Salvation Army Fundraiser 2022-12-21 07:00:00Z 0

New Members


Dove Mountain RotaryWelcomes 3 New Members

Dove Mountain Rotary inducted three new members Dec. 1. Val Kaplan is a retired anesthesiologist. Debbie Shireman is a realtor who is active in the Marana community. Tony Thomas is an electrical engineer who lives in the Del Webb community in Dove Mountain. All three are interested in community service and are looking forward to being active participants in club activities.
New Members 2022-12-11 07:00:00Z 0

Highlands Residents

The Highlands Well Represented at Dove Mountain Rotary

The Rotary Club of Dove Mountain meets at The Highlands clubhouse, and The Highlands is well represented among the club's membership. Four regular and one honorary club members reside there. Two are past presidents of the club, and one is the current president.


From left: Scott Parfrey, Aleta Wiener, Joe Hentges, Brigitte Hentges, Prudy Abeln
Highlands Residents 2022-12-11 07:00:00Z 0

Dove Mountain Rotarians Ride to End Polio

The Rotary Club of Dove Mountain supported the El Tour de Tucson 2022 “Ride to End Polio” in several ways:
  • Tom & Suzanne Arden completed the 63-mile Outdoor Ride on Saturday, 11/19/2022.
  • Joe Hentges completed an Indoor Ride at the Highlands of Dove Mountain.
  • Cindy Kratzke and Del Web Dove Mountain neighbors Merl & Valda Rosenthal, Dave & Cindy Moilanen, and Cathy Trinidad also completed an Indoor Ride, each for 20 or 63 miles.
  • Aleta Wiener and Cindy Kratzke pre-registered riders on 11/17/2022.
  • Donations & sponsorships of more than $1720 were raised to eradicate polio. With the Gates Foundation 2:1 match, the total contributions exceeded $5160.
Dove Mountain Rotarians Ride to End Polio Fred Novick 2022-11-27 07:00:00Z 0

District Governor Official Club Visit at DM Rotary

The Dove Mountain Rotary Club was honored to host D5500 District Governor Anita McDonald and other special guests at their September 15, 2022 Club meeting at the Highlands of Dove Mountain Clubhouse. Other special guests included AG Barbara Barr and D5500 Membership Chair Bruce Monro.
District Governor Official Club Visit at DM Rotary Fred Novick 2022-09-16 07:00:00Z 0

Dove Mountain Rotary Club Citations

The DM Rotary Club was awarded a 2021-22 Rotary Citation by Rotary International (RI), for its’ strong commitment in achieving club goals, strengthening Rotary, and for shaping the club’s future. This award is made by RI to recognize clubs that achieve at least 13 of 25 goals that the club had set for themselves.
The DM Rotary Club met or exceeded 15 of the 20 goals that they set for themselves in 2021-22, and some notable accomplishments include:
  • 120 percent club membership growth
  • Meeting /exceeding all Rotary Foundation giving goals
  • Establishing a club 3-year strategic plan
  • Strong fundraising, fellowship, & service project activities (post-pandemic).
The Rotary Club of Dove Mountain has also been awarded the District Governor’s Citation for Membership and Retention in 2021-22. The club expanded & retained their active and honorary membership by a net growth of 120 percent.
Congratulations to the entire club for these accomplishments, and especially to 2021-22 Membership Chair Aleta Wiener, for an outstanding job!
Photo: Membership Co-chairs Aleta Wiener and Jim Jansen awarded the District Governor's Citation by District 5500 Membership Chairperson Bruce Monro
Dove Mountain Rotary Club Citations Fred Novick 2022-09-15 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Installation

Dove Mountain Rotary Installs 2022-23 Slate

Prudy Abeln was installed as the 2022-23 Dove Mountain Rotary president at a dinner on June 30. Assistant Governor Barbara Barr, SaddleBrooke Rotary, administered the oath of office. The new slate of officers will serve from July1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. These officers will be the first in history to serve with a female Rotary International president, as Jennifer Jones took the helm of the 1.3-million member organization on July 1. At the event, Jeff Penfil, a past president of the club, was named Rotarian of the Year. Outgoing president, Fred Novick, listed the accomplishments of the 2021-22 year.
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New  Honorary Members

Mark and Jackie Kendziorek are new honorary members of Dove Mountain Rotary. Their home club is Playa Coronado in Panama
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Dove Mountain Rotary Casino Night Fundraiser

Join us on Friday, March 18 at 5 p.m. for a night filled with Good Food, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, a Wine Pull with 2 exceptional bottles of wine hidden among 98 other good bottles.
Tickets: $65/person gets you food, 1 drink ticket, FunMoney, trained dealers who will teach you the games, some great raffle prizes and an evening of FUN!
All Proceeds will benefit local projects of the Dove Mountain Rotary Club serving youth and families in need.
All current Pima County guidelines at the night of the event will be followed to make this a safe evening – masks will be required.
Dove Mountain Rotary Casino Night Fundraiser Fred Novick 2022-01-17 07:00:00Z 0

DM Inducts New Member

JoAnn Ullery, formerly a member of the Rotary Club of Brookings, SD, has relocated to Dove Mountain and is the newest member of the Marana-Dove Mountain Rotary Club. JoAnn's career was as director of network systems and services at a university. We are pleased to welcome her to our club.
DM Inducts New Member 2021-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
August 12th Meeting & Speakers Fred Novick 2021-08-17 07:00:00Z 0

2021 Installation

Fred Novick Installed as 2021-22 President

Fred Novick was installed as the 2021-22 president of the Marana-Dove Mountain Rotary Club at a dinner event on Thursday, July 8, at The Highlands. District Governor Nominee Marc Snow administered the oath of office to Fred, and he also inducted the 2021-22 treasurer, Jeff Penfil, and secretary, Teree Bergman. Fred shared with the club his priorities for the new Rotary year:
  • Membership:  Growth by 40+ percent w/ participating members
  • Fundraising for Club Projects:  $21,200 raised for Charitable Fund (quarterly events)
  • Community Relationships:  Beehive, Imago dei Middle School, Roadrunner Elementary School
  • Peacebuilder:  Projects at Tangerine Sky Park, Mountain View High School
  • Scholarships:  Academic, Technical/Vocational, TRVFA
  • Service Projects:   At least two per quarter
  • Social Events:   At least two per quarter
The club thanked Teree Bergman for her service as president for 2020-21, and she shared some thoughts about leading the club during the Zoom year. She thanked the members of the board of directors: president-elect, Fred Novick; treasurer, Jeff Penfil; secretary, Bill Christiansen; Rotary Foundation chair, Joe Hentges; membership chair, Aleta Wiener; service projects chair, Ralph Harding. Despite the limitations of the pandemic, the club was able to complete several service projects and engage in fund-raising events. Here is a summary of the year's activities:
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June 24th Speaker Candyce Pardee, D5500 Youth Protection Officer, Rotary Youth Protection & RI Best Practices for Working With Minors

Candyce Pardee, the District 5500 Youth Protection Officer, has a distinguished legal career as a child sex crimes prosecutor and as a school law attorney.  This background makes her uniquely knowledgeable on issues dealing with child safety in varied areas such as accidents, bullying/hazing, sexual harassment, discrimination, molestation and abuse.
Candy’s Rotary career has included being an active member of the Miami Rotary Club, serving as President of the Yuma Foothills & Sierra Vista Rotary Clubs, just completing 5 years as the District 5500 Secretary, and going into her 3rd year as the District 5500 Youth Protection Officer.
June 24th Speaker Candyce Pardee, D5500 Youth Protection Officer, Rotary Youth Protection & RI Best Practices for Working With Minors Fred Novick 2021-06-25 07:00:00Z 0

June 17th Speaker, Sally Bartley, Oro Valley Book Shoppe Too

Sally has managed the Oro Valley Book Shoppe Too for 10 years.
What has now become The Friends Book Shoppe and Book Shoppe Too originally started as a cart in a single location, evolving to now be a branch of the Pima County Library system. This non-profit organization has a board, full-time workers, and more than 50 volunteers. 
June 17th Speaker, Sally Bartley, Oro Valley Book Shoppe Too Fred Novick 2021-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

DM Rotary Scholarships Awarded

The Rotary Club of Dove Mountain has awarded academic scholarships in 2021 to two local high school graduates.
Diya Patel from Marana High School, to attend Barnard College of Columbia University.
Christopher Te from Mountain View High School, to attend the University of Arizona.
Each received $2,000 scholarships. The students were selected based on academic achievement, an essay, interviews, and extracurricular activities. The DM Rotary Club has awarded academic and vocational student scholarships annually to Mountain View and Marana High School students since 2006.
DM Rotary Scholarships Awarded Fred Novick 2021-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Recent DM Rotary Club Speakers & Programs

June 10th Speaker Mary Schanz, Ironwood Pig Sanctuary
Mary is the President and co-founder of the Ironwood Pig Sanctuary. She has a BS Medical Technology from Ohio State, worked in the healthcare profession for 20 years, and became involved in the animal rights movement in Arizona. The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary was opened in June, 2001 with the purchase of the current property in Marana. The Sanctuary is dedicated to eliminating the suffering of pot-bellied pigs in Arizona and surrounding states by promoting spaying and neutering, assisting owners and other sanctuaries, and providing a permanent home in a safe, nurturing environment for those that are abandoned, abused, neglected, or unwanted. It currently provides sanctuary for more than 600 animals. Sadly, the demand for rescue has grown worse than ever, with 2-5 requests being received daily for rescue. The number of adoptions are relatively minimal, but when adoptions do occur they are allowed only in pairs as they are herd animals. Pot-bellied pigs are vegetarians, eat pellets, hay, fruits, and vegetables and can grow as large as 120 to 260 pounds.  They have an average lifespan of 15 to 18 years and naturally are outdoor animals. The Ironwood Pig Sanctuary has an annual budget of $ 2.2 MM, has 30 full-time employees, and 5-6 part-time employees. This non-profit organization is funded almost exclusively by donors. Unfortunately, there is not yet any legislation to stop breeders from importing these animals into the US, profiting $ thousands per animal, and selling them as a “fad” to those not having done enough research to fully understand the care that will be required.
June 3rd Speaker Rex Scott, District One Pima County Supervisor
Rex Scott is the newly elected District One Pima County Supervisor, elected in November, 2020 and started his new role in January, 2021. In this role, he is part of a five person board representing Pima County, part of the Executive & Legislative branches of the Pima County Government and having a budget of $2.2 BB next year. He has been married 27 years and retired as a career educator in July 2019, where he held numerous roles including assistant principal and principal. He also was a city councilman in Ohio. Rex spoke to the club about transitioning into his new role and some of his initial activities & current areas of focus. Much of his focus since taking office has been on constituent service and so far he has been working with the Health Department, Parks & Recreation, Development Services, and Transportation. He spoke about numerous key issues including roads, education, the Tucson Water rate increase request, Pima County development, and other items. Club members asked several questions about the roads, duplication of services between PIMA county and Tucson, and the rehiring of the County Administrator by the Supervisors.
May 20th Speaker Dennis Bergquist, Projects in Mwongeti, Kenya
Dennis Bergquist is an exemplary Rotarian from the Valle Verde Rotary Club and head of the Bergquist Foundation. Dennis presented a slide show highlighting the amazing accomplishments of “Rotary at Work”, the Bergquist Foundation, multiple District and Global Grants, and large donations to complete numerous projects in Mwongeti, Kenya. These include numerous infrastructure items and capabilities: Mwongeti’s Primary school, classrooms, a library (with 1600 books from Tucson), latrine, electricity, posho mill, Mwongeti’s Medical Clinic, water harvesting capabilities, improvements to village hygiene, a well with a solar powered water pumping system (supporting 6,000 residents), additional water kiosks, a village sign, and training to manage & maintain many capabilities.  Also, enhancements to the Mwongeti Medical Clinic included:  exam tables, a placenta pit & waste incinerator, generator, oxygen tank, vaccine refrigerator, pre-natal basic needs, birthing delivery table, lab, pharmacy, clinic security wall, reception room, health department licensure, maternal & child health improvements, ultrasound & Doppler equipment, a pediatric & men’s ward. These amazing accomplishments illustrate perfectly what it means to “Dare to Dream”.
May 13th Speaker Mark Johnson, The Tortolita Alliance
Mark Johnson has extensive experience working on environmental issues, 40 years with water utilities, has constructed $ 3 BB in water resource infrastructure, has a BS Civil Engineering and is a Professional Engineer, has presented numerous papers and is the Tortolita Alliance newsletter author. He was appointed to the Marana Utilities Board in 2021 and is the President of the Tortolita Alliance. Mark highlighted numerous topics including: water basics, surface & ground water, Arizona Water laws, Federal Water Rights, and direct & indirect recharge. He also educated us about the 1980 Groundwater Management Act, the 1986 & 1994 acts on water storage, the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District, the Arizona Water Banking Authority, the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Canal, and the Tucson Active Management Areas. A number of interesting facts were highlighted during his presentation: 36 percent of the water for Arizona comes from the Colorado River. Lake Mead is currently at 38% capacity and the overall water storage is currently at 43% capacity. 58 percent of Arizona is in exceptional drought, while 95 percent of Arizona is in severe drought. A 3.2 MM acre feet water imbalance is projected. There has been no expansion of agricultural water use. More information is available on a blog series titled: “Know Your H2O” and
Recent DM Rotary Club Speakers & Programs Fred Novick 2021-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

In Memoriam

Mary Ann Tatum
Past President of Dove Mountain Rotary Club
D5500 Assistant District Governor in 2010-11
Long time club liaison officer with Mountain View High School Interact Club
Dedicated Rotarian and valued friend to all club members
In Memoriam Fred Novick 2021-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Pay It Forward

Rotary Club of Dove Mountain

Pay It Forward Raffle
To Support:   Rotary Club of Dove Mountain Service Projects -- Supporting Youth & Families in the Local Community and Beyond
Six monthly drawings, 1st Thursday of the month, 5 pm
1st Prize $300
2nd Prize $200
3rd Prize $100
Each Ticket has 18 chances to win ($3600 in prize money will be given out)
ALL Tickets will be INCLUDED in EVERY monthly drawing, AND for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize!
Pay It Forward Fred Novick 2021-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

Pay It Forward Raffle

Rotary Club of Dove Mountain

Pay It Forward Raffle
To Support:   Rotary Club of Dove Mountain Service Projects -- Supporting Youth & Families in the Local Community and Beyond
Six monthly drawings, 1st Thursday of the month, 5 pm
1st Prize $300
2nd Prize $200
3rd Prize $100
Each Ticket has 18 chances to win ($3600 in prize money will be given out)
ALL Tickets will be INCLUDED in EVERY monthly drawing, AND for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize!
Pay It Forward Raffle Fred Novick 2021-05-20 07:00:00Z 0

Apr 11th Speaker Corey Lopardi, Hybrid (Virtual / In-Person) Rotary Club Meetings

Corey Lopardi, Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 27, presented information on Hybrid (Virtual / In-Person) Club meetings. 
Material covered included what a virtual / in-person club meeting is, the technical set-up for different club sizes, and some tips for conducting a successful hybrid club meeting.
Apr 11th Speaker Corey Lopardi, Hybrid (Virtual / In-Person) Rotary Club Meetings Fred Novick 2021-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

March 11th Speaker Michael Drake, Rotary Polio Eradication Update

Michael Drake has served in several key Rotary leadership roles, including D5500 District Governor (2011-12), Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator (Zone 26), and currently the District 5500 PolioPlus Society Chair.
Michael provided an update on the Worldwide Rotary International polio eradication efforts.
March 11th Speaker Michael Drake, Rotary Polio Eradication Update Fred Novick 2021-03-16 07:00:00Z 0

MVHS Interact Club Sock Drive Supported by DM Rotary

The Mountain View High School Interact Club donated 200 pairs of socks to Casa de los Niños and Youth on their Own. The Interact Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain, has been meeting online this school year. The students planned the sock drive, and Dove Mountain Rotarians aided in the effort.
MVHS Interact Club Sock Drive Supported by DM Rotary Fred Novick 2021-03-11 07:00:00Z 0
March 4th Speaker Ellie Patterson, Rotary District 5500 Peacebuilder Efforts Fred Novick 2021-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

Benefit Concert & Donation: Community Food Bank

The DM Rotary Club recently held a benefit concert at the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley to support the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. The club sent donations totaling $2100 to help those who are food insecure during the pandemic. The club also donated 50 washable, reusable masks to the food bank.
Benefit Concert & Donation: Community Food Bank Fred Novick 2021-03-10 07:00:00Z 0

Feb 18th Speaker John Iannarelli, Cybercrime Expert

John Iannarelli is a Cybercrime expert and a retired FBI Assistant Special Agent and previously second in charge of the Phoenix FBI Office, heading up Cybercrime there. He is also an NFL investigator and a professional public speaker & national news contributor on Cybersecurity, Active Shooter, Terrorism, and more. Among his many contributions, John was part of the 9/11 and Gabby Gifford’s investigations, and was recognized with an “Outstanding FBI Agent” award. John is also the author of five books.
John spoke to our club about a variety of items related to his expertise. DM Rotarians enjoyed hearing about his many experiences.
Feb 18th Speaker John Iannarelli, Cybercrime Expert Fred Novick 2021-02-24 07:00:00Z 0

Feb 11th Speaker Cynthia Pruett: Bird Migration, Why They Do It

Cynthia’s life after retirement from IBM has included significant focus on birds, with board and presidency positions at the Fairfax / Northern Virginia Audubon and Tucson Audubon. She is also a master gardener in both Virginia and Arizona.  Cynthia has narrated the outstanding Raptor Free Flight program at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum for 12 years, and is currently serving her second term on the National Audubon’s Board of Directors.
Cynthia spoke about bird migration… when, where and why they do it.  
Feb 11th Speaker Cynthia Pruett: Bird Migration, Why They Do It Fred Novick 2021-02-16 07:00:00Z 0

Feb 4th Speaker Jackie Craig, Councilmember of the Marana Town Council

Jackie Craig was born in Tucson, spending much of her childhood here & alternating between periods in Africa as her parents took volunteer assignments there.  She graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in English Literature and later earned a Masters in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, DC.  Jackie served as a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State for 25 years, with assignments in Asia, Africa, South America and Washington, DC.  Since her retirement in 2013, Jackie and her husband have lived in The Highlands of Dove Mountain.  Jackie was recently elected to be a Councilmember on the Marana Town Council, with her current term extending into 2024.
Jackie provided highlights of what it was like running for office a first time, discussed items of current focus for the Town Council, gave an overview of potential infrastructure projects, and highlighted future issues to be addressed.
Feb 4th Speaker Jackie Craig, Councilmember of the Marana Town Council Fred Novick 2021-02-07 07:00:00Z 0

Music of Neil Diamond Benefit Concert Rescheduled

Music of Neil Diamond Benefit Concert for Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona rescheduled from Friday, January 29 to Wednesday, March 3 at 6:00 pm (was weather related).
All tickets & parking spots will be transferred to that concert date and any food orders will also be transferred to that evening. As with all Gaslight Music Hall events, no refunds will be issued by The Gaslight.
Music of Neil Diamond Benefit Concert Rescheduled Fred Novick 2021-01-28 07:00:00Z 0

Jan 14th Speaker Abby Rosen, Executive Director, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

      Abby Rosen has been with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona for more than seven years, and prior to that was a volunteer for two years. Abby lives in Catalina, Arizona with her family, children, and goats/other farm animals.
Abby spoke with us about the Community Food Banks current operation, those served in the community, services offered, and the significant assistance being provided.     
    Jan 14th Speaker Abby Rosen, Executive Director, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Fred Novick 2021-01-20 07:00:00Z 0

    Jan 7th Speaker Audra Winters "What Your Marana Chamber is Working on for You and Other Members in 2021"

    Audra Winters has been the President/CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, since February 2019. Before moving to Marana and assuming this role, she was the President/CEO of the Farmington, NM Chamber. She is a recent graduate of the Institute for Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Audra holds an associate degree from Mesa Community College and is currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Marana Resource Center and Food Bank.
    Audra spoke with us about the Marana Chambers history, membership, mission, funding, and numerous new things happening in 2021.
    Jan 7th Speaker Audra Winters "What Your Marana Chamber is Working on for You and Other Members in 2021" Fred Novick 2021-01-08 07:00:00Z 0

    Dec 17th Speaker John Lenzi "Lifelong Learning in Retirement at The Highlands"

          John Lenzi has more than 30 years of experience in Higher Education. At Columbia University in NYC, he held a variety of administrative and academic administration positions including University Registrar. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he held several roles including University Registrar, member of the Academic Matters Council, General Education Council, Undergraduate Education Council, Committee on Admissions & Records, and Faculty Senate.
         John spoke to us about the Lifelong Learning in Retirement program at The Highlands of Dove Mountain.  It is an affiliate of the Road Scholar Institute Network, and offers lifelong learning opportunities to retirees, both residents and non-residents of the Highlands of Dove Mountain.
    Dec 17th Speaker John Lenzi "Lifelong Learning in Retirement at The Highlands" Fred Novick 2020-12-22 07:00:00Z 0
    Dec 10th Program Sherry Tierney: Liver Disease Survivor & Liver Transplant Recipient Fred Novick 2020-12-13 07:00:00Z 0

    Dec 3rd Program Jason Angell, Marana Residential Development 

         Jason Angell has been the Director of Development Services for the Town of Marana, since January, 2018. He has 20 years of experience in community development, for municipalities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Jason holds a Bachelors of Community Development from St. Cloud State University (Minnesota) and lives with his family in Marana.
         Jason provided an excellent overview of current & future residential development in Marana.
    Dec 3rd Program Jason Angell, Marana Residential Development Fred Novick 2020-12-12 07:00:00Z 0

    DM Rotary Board & Club Meeting with DG Nov 19th

    DM Rotary’s Nov 19th ZOOM meeting was an Official Club Visit by our D5500 DG Diane Ventura- Goodyear and our Assistant DG Marc Snow.
       Diane learned more about the Club Directors and their current roles & responsibilities, met the club’s newest members, and was updated on the club’s goals, activities, and collaborations.
         She spoke about the current pandemic, that no Rotarian should feel compelled to attend in-person during the pandemic, and highlighted some opportunities for guest speakers, attending other club meetings, and other opportunities.
        Our DG spoke about many new things put into place by the District to help us navigate, including significant leadership & Toastmaster training on, 10 Zoom licenses, Quick Books Live, the region 26/27 virtual fundraising platforms available, and now having both a district treasurer & bookkeeper.
         Diane emphasized how Rotary is changing, how Rotarians must have unity, work with each other, think outside the box, and should “go for it” with any new and creative ideas.
         A few planned events were discussed, including a virtual Four-Way Test Contest in April, and the District Conference in Tubac being a hybrid event.
        Diane shared several messages from the RI President, including:
    • Don’t focus on headcount, but select members carefully and then communicate & engage them.
    • Embrace new club types (satellite, eClubs, fellowship clubs, other).
    • Club member’s ages not so important, as long as clubs can think outside the box.
    • Continue to support polio eradication.
    • Interacts & Rotaracts are strongly supported.
    • Hold a strategic meeting every year, a district vision team “Re-imaging Rotary after Covid” can help.
         Other suggestions included: wearing your Rotary garb daily to create opportunities to introduce Rotary to others, donating to the Rotary Foundation with Rotary Direct, and using the Brand Center for brochures / business cards / logo updates.
         In appreciation of the DG and Assistant DGs visit, our club donated $100 to Polio Plus.
    DM Rotary Board & Club Meeting with DG Nov 19th Fred Novick 2020-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

    "Handbags of Hope" Service Project on Nov 12th

    DM Rotary Club recently prepared  & delivered 22 handbags with basic needs items to Eagles Wings of Grace, a non-profit organization that helps local disadvantaged women after life-altering situations such as addiction, abuse, and incarceration. This District 5500 "Handbags of Hope" service project was coordinated by DM Rotarians Brigitte Hentges, Prudy Abeln, and Mary Ann Tatum.

    "Handbags of Hope" Photo Gallery

    "Handbags of Hope" Service Project on Nov 12th Fred Novick 2020-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

    "Friends of PACC" Service Project Collaboration

    During October and November, DM Rotarians collaborated with the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club, by participating in their "Friends of Pima Animal Care Center" project bagging dog & cat food as well as cat litter to help needy pet owners.

    "Friends of PACC" Photo Gallery

    "Friends of PACC" Service Project Collaboration Fred Novick 2020-11-22 07:00:00Z 0

    "Inner Peace in Times of Conflict"

    DM Rotary Peacebuilder committee member David Eisenberg attended this ZOOM presentation & workshop, focused on achieving greater inner peace and learning how to manage interpersonal conflict better. The presentation is a combination of training and skill building and was presented by the Center for Community Dialogue and Training of Tucson for Rotary District 5500 on Saturday, November 7th. Especially during these difficult times, it may be worthwhile to review this excellent material.
    "Inner Peace in Times of Conflict" Fred Novick 2020-11-09 07:00:00Z 0

    Nov 5th Program Sylvia Whitlock, "Women's Entrance into Rotary"

    Our club viewed a motivational video of Sylvia Whitlock about women’s entrance into Rotary. Sylvia moved to California to pursue a career in Education, later becoming an elementary school principal in Duarte, CA in 1982 and serving as an educator for forty years.
          Joining her first Rotary club as “S. Whitlock” in 1976, she later became president of the Rotary Club of Duarte--making her the first woman to hold such a position within Rotary International. The club’s charter had previously been revoked in 1978 after they admitted women which was against Rotary International policy. The Duarte club filed suit and won in the California courts, claiming that Rotary Clubs are business establishments subject to regulation under California's Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on race, gender, religion or ethnic origin. Rotary International appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court, on May 4, 1987, confirmed the California decision supporting women, in the case Board of Directors, Rotary International v. Rotary Club of Duarte. Rotary International then removed the gender requirements from its requirements for club charters. Her case fully opened up women’s opportunity in Rotary.
         Sylvia highlighted many challenges encountered, including attending her PETs training with 290 men as the only women present, and having the District Governor speak about her case to that group in support of RI and the gender restriction. She even encountered other women (Rotary spouses & others) supporting the RI gender restriction.
         Sylvia’s video speech was compelling and motivational, as a trailblazer for women in Rotary. DM Rotary club members Joe Hentges & Teree Bergman both attended prior Rotary events with Sylvia as a speaker, and were very inspired by her.  
    Nov 5th Program Sylvia Whitlock, "Women's Entrance into Rotary" Fred Novick 2020-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

    DM Rotary Dedicates Peace Pole at Tangerine Sky Park, Marana

    The DM Rotary Club dedicated a new “peace pole” at Tangerine Sky Park in Marana on Friday, Oct. 30th.
    The pole has the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in five languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese and Tohono O’odham, selected to represent people vital to this area of the world.
    The selected location along interior walking paths within the park provides gorgeous views of the Tucson Mountains, the Tortolita’s, and the Catalina’s -- offering a meditative area for a peaceful thought for the 35,000 to 80,000 residents that walk thru that area each year.   
    The dedication ceremony included Marana town officials, Rotary District 5500 leadership, club members, & other guests and speakers including:
    • Jeff Penfil, Club Peacebuilder chair & event emcee
    • Jim Conroy, Marana Director of Parks and Recreation
    • Joe Hentges & Randy Brooks, Past Rotary District 5500 Governors
    • Ellie Patterson, Immediate Rotary Past District 5500 Governor & Peace Education Chair
    • Arturo Foltes, Parks & Recreation peace pole installer
    • Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman, Chabad of Oro Valley
    • Ed Honea, Marana Mayor
     The 8-foot white pole is a recognized symbol for peace around the world.
    “Peace poles are internationally recognized symbols that send messages for peace ... and there are more than 250,000 poles in every country of the world…and now there is one more in this gorgeous Marana park location.” said Club Peacebuilder chair Jeff Penfil.

    Oct 30th Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony Photo Gallery

    DM Rotary Dedicates Peace Pole at Tangerine Sky Park, Marana Fred Novick 2020-11-02 07:00:00Z 0

    Oct 22nd Speaker Curt Woody - Town of Marana Economic Development

    Curt Woody, the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Marana for the last 8 years, provided our club an overview of many facets of the Town’s year 2020 economic development activities, including business attraction, retention, expansion, recruitment, and creation/incubation.
         The program’s desired outcome is to significantly increase the living standards and quality of life for the community with several key areas of focus: healthcare, tourism, public safety, recreation, education, workforce development, community beautification, and infrastructure evolution.
         The Town employs several tools to achieve their goals, including a Job Creation Incentive Program, the Downtown Marana Reinvestment Fund, the Arizona Commerce Authority for statewide incentive packages, the Town of Marana’s economic development website and which promotes available town land assets.
         They also have numerous collaborations including Sun Corridor, the Arizona Commerce Authority, site selection consultants, real estate brokers, developers, The Pima Community College Small Business Development Center, and a variety of architects, builders, and engineers.
         Curt highlighted numerous projects currently in the economic development pipeline, many of which could only be spoken about in general terms, as they are not yet identified in the public domain.
         The Town of Marana’s Economic Development Strategic Plan creates a supportive climate for business and identifies specific needed infrastructure investments. It strives to expand in four target sectors: IT, Business Services, Advanced Manufacturing, and Logistics & Distribution. In addition, it works with the Education sector (Pima County Community College and K-12) to create the workforce needed for the future by developing new curriculums and certifications for Career & Technical education. The plan has divided the Town into activity centers: Downtown, the Airport, Tangerine Rd @ 1-10, the Tangerine Rd corridor, Heritage, the Transportation Logistics Zone, and Dove Mountain.
         Due to time constraints, Curt was not able to cover the Residential part of his presentation.  However, club members & attendees asked many questions and were quite impressed with the significant level of the Town’s economic development activities under way, in spite of the pandemic.
    Oct 22nd Speaker Curt Woody - Town of Marana Economic Development Fred Novick 2020-10-26 07:00:00Z 0

    Oct 15th Vocational Talks & Member Spotlights by DM Rotary's Newest Members

    Club members Prudy Abeln & David Eisenberg provided vocational talks & member spotlights to help the club get to know our newest club members better.
    Vocational Talk: Prudy Abeln
    Prudy was raised in the Minneapolis area and attended Colorado College where she attained degrees in Political Science & Education. She also later received an MBA from the University of Utah’s executive program. Much of her professional career was in Banking-mortgage origination with her last industry position at Wells Fargo. Prudy and her husband later purchased and operated a Bed & Breakfast (Dreamcatcher B&B) in Taos, NM for 9 years. She has contributed greatly to Rotary and has performed other significant volunteering activities, throughout her life. Prudy and her family have also lived in Colorado, New Mexico, and Europe where her children attended International School. Prudy and her husband John have been married 43 years, have 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
    Member Spotlight: Prudy Abeln
    Can you provide a brief summary of your Rotary experiences: I joined Rotary in 1999 in Parker, CO.  I was immediately recruited for the International Committee which led me to getting very involved in Youth Exchange.  We have hosted 14 exchange students for 3-5 months of their year as well as I served as the District Youth Exchange Chair for 3 years and on the District Committee for 8 years.  In 2009 we moved to Taos, NM where I became a member of the Taos-Milagro Rotary Club.  I have also served as Club President (2008-2009 in Parker, CO), as Asst. Governor in District 5520 New Mexico, Lieutenant Governor in D5520, and D5520 Awards Chair.  I’ve been Club Rotarian of the Year 3 times, and received one District Governor’s Award for Outstanding Service in D5450 Colorado when I served as Youth Exchange Chair.
    Why did you become a Rotarian?  My father was a Rotarian, and the bank branch manager at Wells Fargo invited me to attend when we lived in Colorado.  I have been a lifelong volunteer for many different organizations, and the idea of a service organization appealed to me.
    Tell us about a dream for the future that is important to you. I pray for greater peace in the world.
    Who is the person you admire most, and why? Ruth Bader Ginsberg, for all she did through her persistence and intelligence, to improve women’s rights and equality for all.
    Tell us of a moment in your life that taught you a valuable lesson. When my mother was dying of cancer, I attended a religious retreat.  During that experience, we went through the stations-of-the-cross.  At one of the stations, there was a reading that said, “Lord, if I could say something to change your plan, I would not speak.”  It strengthened my personal faith in a power greater than myself.
    What is your favorite quote? “Everything in moderation”…one of those things my father often said.
    What is a latest book you read that you would recommend to others? Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
    Share one positive aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic that you can think of.  I’ve sorted through lots of things that I have carried with me for most of my life – old photos, letters from old boyfriends, school notebooks with important information that I was SURE I’d use later in life!, etc. Also, I’ve learned how to stay in touch with friends and family through Zoom and other Internet applications.
    What message would you have for other Rotarians? Find something you are passionate about, and find a way to make an impact either in your community or throughout the world.  You will get so much more out of the experience than what you put in.  The greatest gift you can give yourself is serving others.
    Vocational Talk: David Eisenberg
    David is a 3rd generation Philadelphian, and was also educated in the Philadelphia area. He highlighted his HS Rotary Interact Club experience and especially his live-in volunteer work at a summer camp for impaired/handicapped children as amazing life experiences. David developed an interest in Human Services as he grew up. He spent his junior year in college at a UK university and has an uncle he visited often that is an expatriate in Paris. These strong connections to the UK and France helped him to develop strong interests in language & culture. This also brought him to have hosted 3 international students. He has had diverse professional careers, having completed the police academy in CA and becoming a police officer near the US/Mexico border. In addition, he attained his PhD degree & studied to receive a clinical social work license, to run a mental health facility in CA. He then evolved to perform clinical social work for those with high-pressure jobs and addressing police social work emergencies. David feels a strong commitment to public service. 
    Member Spotlight: David Eisenberg
    Can you provide a brief summary of your Rotary experiences:  I was in an Interact Club while in high school.  This is my first time in Rotary.
    Why did you become a Rotarian?  I just retired and wanted to form friendships locally and make a contribution to my community.
    Tell us about a dream for the future that is important to you.  I really want to be able to travel extensively both in the US and Western Europe. I am continuing my studies in French and want to spend some serious time in France before I leave this mortal orb.
    Who is the person you admire most, and why?  Without hesitation my father Warren. He directly imbued me with a moral compass, taught me how to correctly treat people, and served as a model for doing ethical business and serving others.
    Tell us of a moment in your life that taught you a valuable lesson.  When I was 29 I tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate a 4 year old who had just drowned. It taught me about death and the importance of protecting others and preserving life.
    What is your favorite quote?  “Cultivate humility.  I never know when I am going to need it.” John Lithgow.
    What is a latest book you read that you would recommend to others? Maiden Voyage by Tim Notier.  Tim is a global adventurer; this book describes his start.  A good read for anyone who wants to venture out from their own world.
    Share one positive aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic that you can think of.  Getting to spend more uninterrupted time alone.
    What message would you have for other Rotarians?  I am so appreciative of others who are willing to share who they are and what they have.
    Oct 15th Vocational Talks & Member Spotlights by DM Rotary's Newest Members Fred Novick 2020-10-17 07:00:00Z 0

    DM Rotary Peace Pole Installed at Tangerine Sky Park

    DM Rotary's Peace Pole has been installed in a beautiful setting at Tangerine Sky Park. Special thanks to Jim Conroy - Director of Parks & Recreation, Steve Montano - Parks Supervisor, and the Parks crew for their expert installation for our club. A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Oct 30th at 9am.
    DM Rotary Peace Pole Installed at Tangerine Sky Park Fred Novick 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

    Oct 1st Speaker Fonda Insley - What Everyone Needs to Know About Senior Living

         Fonda Insley of the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club and employed by a large senior living community, redirected her career after 28 years of media / television to senior care, after learning about and managing her parents care as a sole sibling. In addition, Fonda spent 7 months studying for a related senior care certification.
         Fonda provided an overview of the differences between Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Memory Care, and Independent Living Communities. Also covered were financial considerations, models of care, and how to make an educated selection. Her presentation was put together solely to share beneficial information with others. She emphasized that no one senior living care model or location works for everyone. Our club members asked many questions. In addition, it was noted that DM Rotary club member Aleta Wiener has significant knowledge & expertise on Assisted Living Insurance.
    Click here to view or print this very informative presentation.                                                   
    Oct 1st Speaker Fonda Insley - What Everyone Needs to Know About Senior Living Fred Novick 2020-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

    Sept 24th Speakers Heidi Epstein & Monica Coenraads - Rett Syndrome Research Trust 

           Heidi Epstein, Trustee and Monica Coenraads, Executive Director of the Rett Syndrome Research Trust spoke about their organization, the impact of Rett syndrome & recent research findings, and the trust’s fundraising activities. Both Heidi and Monica are parents of daughters with Rett syndrome, and Heidi’s daughter Hannah is our club President Teree Bergman’s granddaughter.
          Rett syndrome is a rare genetic neurological disorder effecting one in ten thousand children, primarily girls, and effects most aspects of the child’s life and necessitating 24/7 care. More than 15,000 families in the US and 350,000 families worldwide have been effected by this disorder.
           Although there is not yet a cure, research has come pretty far, in part thanks to the Research Trust’s initiatives. A specific gene has been identified as the root cause, and the disease has been found not to be neurodegenerative and potentially reversible when the appropriate treatment has been established. Animal models have closely matched the human version of the disease, and current research is focused on correcting the root cause. An upcoming gene-therapy human clinical trial by Novartis will be the first to address the root cause, and there is other gene-editing research underway. Using gene therapy, it is currently practical that a single gene disorder like Rett syndrome can be targeted.
          The Rett Syndrome Research Trust is the most lucrative Rett syndrome fundraiser in the world, having raised $ 70 MM since starting their operation in 2008. Although they raised more than $ 1.5 MM last year, their current fundraising activities are being somewhat impaired by the pandemic. Many donors are Rett syndrome effected families and their networks.
          Our club members asked many questions about the disorder and its research, effects on the children and their families, and were truly inspired to the core by Heidi and Monica, both as Rett parents and for their fundraising accomplishments that are fueling the groundbreaking research to cure this rare disorder.
    Sept 24th Speakers Heidi Epstein & Monica Coenraads - Rett Syndrome Research Trust Jeffrey Penfil 2020-09-27 07:00:00Z 0

    Sept 10 Speaker Joyce Sanford - Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue

           Joyce Sanford, President of the Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue and author of two books, spoke to us about their organization, operation, accomplishments, and fundraising activities.
          The Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue, established in 2011 exclusively for Golden Retriever rescue & servicing Southern Arizona from South of Casa Grande to the Mexico border, has placed 400 dogs for adoption since starting operation. Their “foster based” and not-for-profit operation is comprised of 100 percent volunteers and takes in dogs regardless of their prior situation and age. Their network of dedicated volunteers check local shelters daily, respond to requests to take in dogs, work on items such as medical, vaccination, and behavioral issues as needed, sometimes foster dogs prior to adoption, effectively match dogs to adopting homes, and fully support owners after adoption. They also meet-and-greet at Pets Mart, operate a book club about dogs, and conduct educational events like snake training.
          Their fundraising events have included an event at the Oro Valley Community Center in March, an annual Golden Retriever calendar for sale, a 30 day Barnes & Noble fundraiser wrapping Christmas presents, and an annual picnic at Reid Park in November. They have had to be creative & sometimes operate virtually during the pandemic with their fundraising.
          Club President Teree Bergman has been a long-time volunteer & foster parent at the Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue and has been a loving, caring owner of several Golden Retrievers. Our Rotary club, full of dog lovers, found Joyce’s talk very enjoyable and informative & greatly appreciate the work being done by this group of volunteers.    
    Guests: Our Sept 10 ZOOM club meeting welcomed one guest, Mary Pat Straw who is Teree Bergman’s neighbor and a fellow dog lover.
    Sept 10 Speaker Joyce Sanford - Southern Arizona Golden Retriever Rescue Fred Novick 2020-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

    Sept 7 Imago Dei Middle School Visit

    Dove Mountain Rotarians visited Imago Dei Middle School on Sept 7th to present school officials with a check to cover the cost of materials for sewing 10,000 masks for the THREAD (Together for Hope, Resiliency, Empowerment And Development) project. The donated funds are from the Dove Mountain Rotary Charitable Fund and a matching grant from District 5500. The club members who attended, President Teree Bergman, President-Elect Fred Novick, and Service Projects Chair Ralph Harding, got a guided tour of the school from Cameron Taylor, Head of the School, and Renee Downing, Development Officer. The Rotarians also met Susan Gamble, who devised and supervises the THREAD project, Kitt Bret Harte, and some of the THREAD project participants picking up materials for sewing masks.
    Our tour of the three-story school in downtown Tucson, included the Grade 5-8 classrooms, science lab, library, Graduate & Family Resource Center, Family Pantry, and an outdoor Aquaponics system & garden.
    The school leaders and THREAD project participants were enthusiastic about the THREAD project and were especially grateful for the funding provided.  The THREAD project is a part of a larger relationship between our club and the school. When the students return to campus, there will be opportunities for club members to mentor students.
    Sept 7 Imago Dei Middle School Visit Fred Novick 2020-09-11 07:00:00Z 0

    Sept 3 Speaker Cameron Taylor - Imago Dei Middle School & THREAD Project

          Cameron Taylor, Head of the Imago Dei Middle School, spoke to our club about the school, the community it serves, its’ operation & special services provided, and about the THREAD project.
          In operation for 14 years, Imago Dei is a private, tuition free G5-8 downtown Tucson middle school serving low-income families exclusively. Most students enter classes well behind with their families struggling, and an average family size of 5 with family income of $17k or less. A 5th grade student may enter the school with math skills at the kindergarten level or below. The school’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty thru education and to strengthen families, changing the students’ whole life trajectory. 
          The schools operation includes 10 hour school days & classes on Saturdays, year-round study, and 20 student class sizes with 2 teachers per classroom. Supplementary services are also provided for the students & families including student meals, a family pantry, programming & workshops, GED studies, tax preparation, & student support after graduation. Imago Dei has an impressive track record, having graduated 183 students - more than 97 percent of the students enrolled, with many continuing their education beyond the secondary level.
          The THREAD project supported by our club-sponsored district grant & charitable fund is helping to sustain 23 severely under-employed and economically disadvantaged parents. By providing materials for sewing 10,000 masks, skill training and employment has been enabled during the pandemic. To date, two participants have landed positions with local garment makers. So far, more than 17,836 masks have been sewn with a payout of over $62,426. The THREAD project is a part of a larger relationship between our club and the school.
    Foundation Moment: Joe Hentges highlighted the Durango Daybreak Rotary Club’s “Navajo Solar Lights” project, lighting homes of Navajo Nation families & elders who are “off the grid”.
    Guests: Our Sept 3 ZOOM club meeting welcomed one guest, Mandy McKaskie, from the travel industry.
    Sept 3 Speaker Cameron Taylor - Imago Dei Middle School & THREAD Project Fred Novick 2020-09-05 07:00:00Z 0

    Aug 27 Speaker Wade Nomura "Rotary Now and Then, History of Rotary"

      Wade Nomura is a Community leader, Mayor of Carpineria, CA, a successful businessman, a National champion BMX racer, a model humanitarian and an active Rotarian. He is a recipient of the Rotary International “Service Above Self” award and the Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service” award. Wade has spoken to more than 200,000 people across 15 countries about Rotary. His TV program “Rotary Serving Our Community” may be viewed on: www.WeAreRotary.TV
      Wade shared a comprehensive 55 minute presentation with our club and guests involving the history, organization, guiding principles, and interesting facts about Rotary International. This information was well received by veterans and new Rotarians alike. Wade gave our club a homework assignment: Prepare a short ‘elevator speech’ that when asked “What is Rotary?” will attract new members into the Rotary organization.  
            A special thanks to Joe Hentges from the entire club and guests, for arranging this excellent speaker and interesting presentation.
      Guests: The guests attending our Aug 27 ZOOM club meeting this week included District Governor Diane Ventura-Goodyear, Past District Governor Michael Drake of the Tucson Sunset Rotary Club, and Judy Lindsey of the Valle Verde Rotary Club.  
      Interesting Highlights from Wade Nomura’s “Rotary Now & Then, History of Rotary”:
      • Rotary Internationals headquarters is in Evanston, IL.
      • First Rotary club was founded by Paul Harris and 3 friends: Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey, in Chicago on Feb 23, 1905.
      • First Rotary clubs included Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City, & St. Louis.
      • First International club was Winnipeg in 1912, then Rotary quickly grew across 6 continents.
      • The Rotary symbol started as a simple ‘wagon wheel’ and was then refined 3 times with the current logo being adopted in 2013.
      • The “Service above Self” motto was adopted in 1989.
      • Rotary International has 35,000 clubs worldwide w/ 1.2 MM Rotarians.
      • Rotarian club members are part of clubs, each club is assigned to one of 530+ districts, and districts comprise zones.
      • Our club is in district 5500 and in zone 26. District 5500 has ~50 clubs and ~1400 Rotarians.
      • Only ~150 Rotarians total have ever been awarded the “Service above Self” award and ~50 Rotarians per year are awarded the “Distinguished Service” award.
      • World contributions by Rotarians include: Boy Scouts, United Nations, UNESCO, Easter Seals, polio eradication.
      • Famous Rotarians include: Woodrow Wilson, John F. Kennedy, Warren Harding, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong.
      • First women in Rotary from a Supreme Court decision on May 4, 1987 – Sylvia Whitlock, RC of Duarte.
      • Rotaries Guiding Principles include: Object of Rotary, Four Way Test, Rotarian Code of Conduct, & Declaration of Rotarians in Business & Professions.
      • Avenues of Service include: Club Service, Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service, & Youth Service.
      • The Rotary Classification system is based on each members’ profession, not position.
      • Characteristics of an effective club: active & informed members, strong ethics & professionalism, genuine fellowship, numerous successful service projects.
      • Rotary Foundation started in 1917, a non-profit corporation, supports clubs through grants, has 7 specific areas of focus that any grant application must fit into.
      • The District 5500 Charitable Foundation is a separate entity from the Rotary Foundation.
      • Practical Relevant Leadership Skills (PRLS) began in 1993 to provide a set of training sessions for current & future Rotary leaders and to improve club efficiency.
      Aug 27 Speaker Wade Nomura "Rotary Now and Then, History of Rotary" Fred Novick 2020-08-29 07:00:00Z 0

      Dove Mountain Club Inducts Two New Members, Welcomes Former Members

      At our August 20th ZOOM meeting, our club inducted two new club members:
      Prudy Abeln: has a long track record in Rotary at Parker, CO and Taos, NM. Has been a former Club President, past Assistant District Governor and past Lt. Governor, International Service Chair, with service in Youth Exchange, & as a Host Family. Prudy and husband John recently moved from Taos to Marana.
      David Eisenberg: a Psychotherapist by profession, recently moved to the Del Webb community in Dove Mountain. A former Interact Club member, David has long been interested in Rotary, but the time commitments of his profession made club membership challenging. David’s areas of interest include poverty, child development, law enforcement, mental health.
      Our club enthusiastically welcomed its two newest members, and we look forward to many years of service above self and fellowship with them.
      The club also welcomed back into membership Charter Members Carol and Emmett Smelser. Dove Mountain Rotary is delighted to have them back.
      Dove Mountain Club Inducts Two New Members, Welcomes Former Members Fred Novick 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

      Aug 20 Speaker Joe Daniszewski - District Peace Pole Chair

           Joe Daniszewski is a motivational speaker, relationship coach, executive Scout leader, Tucson Rotary club member, and the Rotary District 5500 Peace Committee Chairperson.
          Joe shared some background information about the worldwide Peace Pole project, originated in Japan by Masahisa Goi to spread a message of peace worldwide. This action was in wake of the destruction by World War II and the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He outlined how “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is such a powerful message, and informed us that many of the 18 district clubs have launched one or multiple peace poles. He spoke about the opportunity to become a “Peace Builder” Rotary club by planning a year of projects that promote peace. He also shared the key role that Rotary International had in founding the United Nations. Joe suggested a memorial launch ceremony for each peace pole involving the host Rotary club, other service clubs, community leaders, and students. He informed us of the District Peace conference cancelled last April 4th due to the pandemic, but which would be rescheduled next Spring, and may be a ZOOM event and having excellent speakers already lined up.
      Guests: Our club welcomed a guest Dana Reynolds, who owns a resume preparation business and has been a long-time resident and business owner in Northwest Tucson.
      Aug 20 Speaker Joe Daniszewski - District Peace Pole Chair Fred Novick 2020-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

      Peace Pole for Local Park

      Our club board & Rotary foundation board approved a service project to purchase & install a “Peace Pole” at a local park.
      “Peace Poles” are internationally recognized symbols that send messages for peace, in our world full of conflict. There are more than 250,000 Peace Poles in every country of the world, dedicated as monuments for peace.
      In addition to funds from the club’s Rotary Foundation, our club would like to thank club members Joe Hentges, Mary Ann Tatum, Teree Bergman, and Jeff Penfil for their monetary contributions in support of this project.
      8 foot tall “peace pole”, 4 sides, white finish.
      “May Peace Prevail on Earth”.
      Languages: English, Spanish, Tohono O'odham Nation language, Mandarin, Hebrew.
      (Tohono O'odham language was selected in reference to the original native inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert area).ʼodham
      Location: Tangerine Sky Park.
      Peace Pole for Local Park Fred Novick 2020-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

      August 13 Speaker Dan Stringham "Rotary and Toastmasters"

      Dan is a member of the Kino Rotary Club, has been a Rotarian since 1989, and was a Rotary Past Club President in 07-08. He also has been a Toastmaster for over 40 years, and is recognized as a Distinguished Toastmaster. He is bilingual and has utilized those communication skills in a number of key roles at International companies.
      Dan spoke to our club about his passion for communication, outlined the nurturing and supportive environment provided by Toastmasters in assisting others to become effective communicators, and how Toastmaster club members come, participate, learn, and then move on to apply their new skills. He also spoke about many key elements that Toastmasters focus on, including: speaking & preparing to give a speech, the importance of listening, impromptu speaking, elevator speeches, learning who your audience is, and evaluating others skills. He emphasized effective communication skills as an important attribute for an effective Rotary leader.
      August 13 Speaker Dan Stringham "Rotary and Toastmasters" Fred Novick 2020-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

      Club's 2019-20 President Recognized

      Club's 2019-20 President Recognized
      At its July 16 meeting, Dove Mountain Rotarians recognized immediate past president, Jeff Penfil for his outstanding leadership during a difficult time. During the meeting held via Zoom, each member recognized at least one of Jeff’s contributions to the club. He led our small club to keep it vibrant and accomplish significant results, in spite of the obstacles presented by the current Covid-19 pandemic. Through his leadership, positive energy, and can-do approach, Jeff has been a source of stability & inspiration for our club throughout the year. His leadership and dedication to the Club is evident in the successful completion of these accomplishments:
      Dove Mountain Rotary Club 2019-20 Rotary Year Accomplishments
      • Club retreat, strategic planning at Tubac
      • Beer sales at Marana community events
      • Dove Mountain community garage sale at The Highlands
      • Pancake breakfast at Applebee’s
      • Participated in a benefit concert for homeless Marana students
      • Habitat for Humanity volunteer day
      • Adopted Bee Hive Home – Held Valentine’s Day party
      • Held a variety of social events
      • Built benches for the food pantry
      • Served meals 2 nights to homeless veterans through Veterans Serving Veterans
      • Volunteered at Feed My Starving Children
      • Sponsored 7 scholarships for the working poor through TRVFA
      • Awarded 2 academic scholarships to graduating seniors
      • Donated a Shelter Box
      • Received two grants from District 5500 and used the funds to provide needed food for shut-ins and low-income families
      • Reacted creatively to the pandemic
      • Earned the Rotary Citation
      Club's 2019-20 President Recognized Fred Novick 2020-07-19 07:00:00Z 0

      Social Distancing at Club Social

      Social Distancing at Club Social
      Our club held its’ first “socially distanced” club social event on July 9th, attending an outdoor live music event at the Gaslight Music Hall.  The Gaslight has established an outdoor stage, a “socially distanced” parking lot arrangement, and food/refreshment delivery for event attendees. The event included live country western music by the “Backroads Country Band” and excellent pizza. All attendees enjoyed the fellowship and we were pleased to have a special guest attending, Rotary District 5500 Governor Diane Ventura-Goodyear.
      Social Distancing at Club Social Fred Novick 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

      Staying in Touch with Bee Hive

      Dove Mountain Rotarians Stay in Touch with Bee Hive

      Dove Mountain Rotary's signature service project is adopting Bee Hive care center. Club members had a Valentine's Day party for the residents. Shortly after, visits to the home were prohibited because of cover 19, so the club members decided to send notes and cards to the residents. Honorary Member Brigitte Hentges decided to make an Easter card for each resident.
      Staying in Touch with Bee Hive 2020-04-10 07:00:00Z 0

      Dove Mountain Service Projects

      Veterans Service Project
      In March, just before the shutdown, Dove Mountain Rotarians and friends of the club served meals to homeless veterans. The meals were part of an event called Veterans Stand Down, sponsored by Veterans Serving Veterans. There were fewer participants this year than last, probably because of the emerging concern about Covid 19. Nonetheless, the volunteers found it to be a rewarding experience and were pleased to have this opportunity to serve.
      Dove Mountain Service Projects 2020-01-29 07:00:00Z 0

      Officers for 2019-20 Installed


      DM Rotary Installs New Officers

      Jeff Penfil became the new president of Dove Mountain Rotary at a dinner held June 27 at White Stallion Ranch. District Governor Ellie Patterson conducted the installation of Jeff and of the other new club officers. During the event, outgoing president, Donna Hansen, presented the club's Rotarian of the Year award to Ralph Harding in recognition of his outstanding service to the club.
      Officers for 2019-20 Installed 2019-07-04 07:00:00Z 0

      Habitat for Humanity

      DM Rotarians Volunteer at Habitat

      A group of Dove Mountain Rotarians and family members donned hard hats and volunteered at Habitat for Humanity June 8. They worked on landscaping, roof trusses, and general construction.
      Habitat for Humanity 2019-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

      Audiology Project

       Audiology Project Brings Gift of Hearing

      Dove Mountain Rotary wrapped up its District Grant project in April. With $6000 in club charitable fund money and another $6000 from The Rotary Foundation through the District 5500 grant program, we accomplished the following:
      • provided training for 3 audiology technicians
      • purchased and audiometer
      • tested 200 people for hearing loss
      • dispensed 170 hearing aids
      • adjusted 20 hearing aids
      • provided more than 500 batteries
      At its June 6 meeting, the club members heard from audiologist Bob Jensen, who has been spearheading an audiology clinic in Guaymas, Sonora, for more than 25 years. He thanked Dove Mountain Rotarians for providing an element he had long dreamed of: sustainability. The need for hearing screenings and follow-up assistance for those with hearing aids exists throughout the coastal and rural areas of Sonora, technicians trained in this grant have planned mini-clinics every other month (on average) in local schools and nursing homes, rotating among the towns of Guaymas, Etchojoa, Navojoa, and Alamos.
      Bob Jensen at DM Rotary
      Audiology Project 2019-06-07 07:00:00Z 0

      DM Rotarians Pack Boxes for Food Pantry

      Dove Mountain Rotary Packs Boxes for Food Pantry

      The members of Dove Mountain Rotary shopped for cleaning supplies and personal items, then packed boxes to deliver to the Marana Food Bank. The boxes will go to senior citizens in the Marana community.
      DM Rotarians Pack Boxes for Food Pantry 2019-04-17 07:00:00Z 0

      El Tour de Tucson

      Dove Mountain Rotarians Help at El Tour Aid Station

      Dove Mountain Rotarians, Interactors and Friends at El Tour Aid Station in Marana
      El Tour de Tucson 2018-11-18 07:00:00Z 0
      Polio Eradication in India 2018-06-13 07:00:00Z 0

      Food Pantry

      Dove Mountain Rotarians Pack Boxes

      for Food Bank

      Food Pantry 2018-04-27 07:00:00Z 0