February 2022 Rotary Club

Left to right: Superintendent of Oracle Schools Crystle Nehrmeyer; principal of Mountain Vista School Shannon Soule; President Liese Razzeto; Harvey Smith; and chair of the Youth Services Committee Elaine Terry look through the books for the Summer Reading Program.

Solutions for the “Summer Slide”

Barbara Barr

Take Arizona’s hottest months and add school being out of session, and that equals a normal “summer slide” in reading scores for most students. The summer slide actually occurs throughout the U.S. That slide is even worse for students who are struggling to read or have no access to books during the lazy days of summer. Enter the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke with the books for the Summer Reading Program at the Mountain Vista K-8 School in Oracle.

As SaddleBrooke Ranch and SaddleBrooke are on the edge of the Copper Corridor, our communities have an abundance of opportunities to serve others in need. One focus of the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke has been the literacy of the children of the Copper Corridor. Throughout the years, this club has provided literacy support for teachers and students in this area in a variety of ways. This summer, the Oracle Schools will host a special summer reading program to support struggling readers and keep all the kids reading. The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke has been privileged to provide the books to make that happen.

Renowned Tucson artist Diana Madaras will have a trunk show at the Ranch House Ballroom on April 9 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Save the Date! April 9 Artist Visit

Barbara Barr

Save Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the SaddleBrooke Ranch Ballroom as renowned Tucson artist and well-known philanthropist, Diana Madaras, brings her gallery to us! This event is taking place at the Ranch, but it is open to all SaddleBrooke residents, and features wine and appetizers. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke, and proceeds go to support local and global programs for seniors, children, and those in need at all ages.

While acclaimed artist Diana Madaras will be featuring her own artwork and gift items, there will also be a number of items from other area artisans. In addition to jewelry, a wide range of mediums will be featured, including pottery, original paintings and watercolors, textiles, and prints. This is a great opportunity to decorate your home or grab unique gifts for others. There will be something for everyone at a wide range of prices.

Diana Madaras is offering some wonderful prizes and gifts:

• Each ticket receives a gift from the gallery.

• A $400 canvas from the Madaras Gallery will be auctioned live at 3 p.m.

• There will be four prizes of a $250 shopping spree at the Madaras Gallery.

Watch for information on getting tickets so you can grab yours as soon as they go on sale. Seating and tickets will be limited, and this is only a one-day event. So keep your eyes on the paper to find out how to get your tickets!

To tell you a little more about Rotary Club, it was the very first service organization. Today, Rotary has grown to be the world’s largest volunteer organization. Rotarians can be found in more countries than the Red Cross.

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is not only an award-winning organization devoted to making a difference locally and globally, it is also a club that enjoys coming together for lunch and lifelong learning. We currently meet weekly at the Ranch House at SaddleBrooke Ranch and on Zoom. Plus, we enjoy getting together for social events and service projects. We have fun making a difference.

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is open to anyone who is living or working in SaddleBrooke Ranch, SaddleBrooke, Oracle, Catalina, Oro Valley, and all surrounding communities. For more information, contact Wendy Guyton at 520-404-5712 or [email protected]