Honoring Our Vets: One Way or Another

Barbara Barr

Our Veterans did not give up on fighting for us, and The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is not going to give up on honoring our Vets. One way or another, we are going to be honoring our Veterans in November. We have a Plan A and a Plan B. But we still need your help in identifying veterans.

Plan A is to celebrate our veterans as usual in our annual Veteran’s Luncheon. Being very optimistic, The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke reserved the Vistas Dining Room at SaddleBrooke One for our annual Veteran’s Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 12. People usually begin arriving at 11 a.m., and we start the event at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to the Color Guard and luncheon, we will have a program. Brigadier General (retired) Ronald E. Shoopman will be our speaker. General Shoopman was the commander of the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard Base located at the Tucson International Airport. General Shoopman was born in Phoenix, and attended college at Arizona State University. Today General Shoopman is actively involved in the Veterans and First Responders Memorial in Oro Valley.

Plan B will come into play if COVID-19 keeps us from celebrating at our annual Veteran’s Luncheon. If we are unable to hold the luncheon at the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse, The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is planning a little surprise for our veterans. We want to do something special to honor our area veterans for their service.

How can you help? We are looking for veterans in our community. We need the names and contact information for veterans in SaddleBrooke Ranch, SaddleBrooke, Catalina, Oracle, and the Cooper Corridor. If you are a veteran, or if you have friends, family, or neighbors who are veterans, please contact The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke. Wendy Guyton is heading up registration, and can be reached at 520-404-5712 or [email protected].

Thanks in advance for helping us to recognize and honor those who served our country. We appreciate your help!