Helping Area Kids With Real World Skills

Barbara Barr

One of the best things about being a Rotarian is that you get to really make a difference, locally and globally. One of the greatest joys of the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke has been funding a robotics program in an area school. When you see the excitement in the student’s eyes, you know what difference you are making!

This is just one of many philanthropic projects of our club. Other local projects include packing meals for the food bank, providing Thanksgiving meals for area residents in need, recognizing veterans, working on the Oracle Community Learning Garden, helping seniors in need, and cleaning up roads. Financially, we support a number of local projects, such as after-school tutoring, a robotics program, learning how to sew, therapy for special needs children, character education, vision screening, and providing eyeglasses.

However, there are so many other ways the club makes a difference globally. Our club is involved in several international projects. We are installing water filtration systems in 24 Nogales schools. We’re also teaming up with other rotary clubs to refurbish a school for special needs students in Mexico, and bring economic development to parts of Africa.

Another great thing about being a Rotarian, is gathering weekly with friends for lunch and learning. Each week, we have wonderful programs on a wide range of topics. From real stories behind Biosphere 2, providing financial forecasting in regards to new tax laws, and providing education about local charities. We learn just about everything you can think of!

Visitors are welcome to attend our programs and join us for lunch before the program. We generally begin ordering lunches around 11:15 a.m. There are three menu options ranging from $7.50 to $13.50. After a short meeting, our programs usually begin at approximately 12:30 p.m.

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is not only an award-winning organization devoted to making a difference locally and globally, but also is a club that enjoys coming together for life-long learning. 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. If this sounds interesting, come join us for lunch on Thursday at 11:30 a.m., at the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse, and meet our friendly members. For more information, contact Wendy Guyton at 520-404-5712 or [email protected].