November Rotary Club

Here are just some of Santa’s elves stocking the shelves at the Tri-Community Food Bank with warm blankets for the winter. Left to right: Jaden Walker, Steven Walker, Barbara Barr with Olivia Walker, Joe Guyton, Eric Zientarski, Bre Zientarski, Bill Demeroutis, and Harvey Smith.

We Know How Santa Feels

Barbara Barr

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke partners with a number of local organizations. These humanitarian groups know they can call on our club when they need a helping hand. Recently the Tri-Community Food Bank received a grant for blankets for their clients in our community and surrounding areas. Since the Tri-Community Food Bank didn’t have the people power to implement the purchase and transportation for all these blankets, they called on the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke.

Members of the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke had fun making contributions to this project in a variety of ways. Some went to Costco to pick up all the blankets they could carry out of the store. Others ordered the blankets online. Additional members helped pack cars, trucks, SUVs, trailers, and vans to transport hundreds of blankets to the Tri-Community Food Bank in Mammoth. And then there were those who helped unpack the vehicles and stock the shelves at the Food Bank. Of course, there were also those who helped with each and every step of the way.

As is very typical with our Rotary service projects, family members also helped with the project. Some Rotary spouses have never missed a service project with the club. Many times, children and family members pitch in to help with a project. And then there are those out-of-town guests who join in the fun with our service projects. For this particular project, a visiting daughter and her family helped move the blankets to the food bank. Even a 4-year-old can learn the joy of being of service to others. And of course, each and every Rotarian knows the joy of being of service to others. I’d guess you’d say that we know how Santa feels.

Rotary 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].