Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke: Providing Thanksgiving meals to families in need, together

Barbara Barr

Rotarians from The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke shared in the joy of making Thanksgiving happy for many area residents in need. Collaborating with IMPACT of Southern Arizona, the Golder Ranch Fire Department, and the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge, members of The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke helped provide Thanksgiving meals for those who could otherwise not celebrate the holiday. Each year our club help provide Thanksgiving meals for between 200 to 300 families in the copper corridor and local area.

Perhaps the happiest part of a Rotarian Thanksgiving is knowing that you helped another family to have a happy Thanksgiving. Each year our club members joyfully hand out turkeys, pies, and all the trimmings to families in need in our local area. But this is just a small part of the we do!

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke does so much more to make a difference locally and globally. Here are just some of the things we are doing in this year, 2019:

• Installing filtered water systems in the elementary schools in Nogales, Sonora.

• Provide screening and glasses for children in villages of central Mexico.

• Assist with our district project to remodel a school for special needs students in Ensenada, Mexico.

• Take “Dress A Girl Around the World” clothing to children in Ensenada.

• Pack meals for the local food bank.

• Keep a local road clean.

• Sponsor area students and a counselor for Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.

• Deliver books and dictionaries to approximately 1,200 students in the copper corridor three times a year.

• Provide funding for after school tutoring with Oracle & San Manuel students.

• Assist in funding for a local school robotics program.

• Provide funding to support therapy for special needs students through Little Hooves Big Hearts.

• Provide college and vocational scholarships for area youth.

• Help fund a teen sewing organization.

• Support for First Tee of Tucson.

• Recognize high school students at San Manuel in the Student of the Month program.

• Provide major funding for Make a Wish Foundation.

• Recognize a Teacher of the Year for Oracle.

• Provide funding for Polio eradication.

• Recognize a business person of the year in the Oracle, Catalina, SaddleBrooke area.

• Assist seniors in the Catalina area.

• Provide funding for temporary housing following Hurricane Dorian.

If making a difference locally and globally appeals to you, come visit us!

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is an award-winning club, packed with energetic volunteers of all ages coming together as friends in Rotary to assist area schools, our community, and international philanthropies. Rotary is open to those who are retired or work in SaddleBrooke Ranch, SaddleBrooke, Oracle, Oro Valley, Catalina, and surrounding communities. If this sounds like something of interest to you, come join us for lunch on Thursday at the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse. For more information, contact Wendy Guyton at 520-404-5712 or [email protected].