SaddleBrooke Community Outreach Happenings

SBCO volunteer Maria Miller delights in serving as a liaison between SBCO and scholarship students attending UA.

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke Awards 8 Scholarships

Barbara Barr

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke awarded seven scholarships to San Manuel High School seniors at Senior Awards Night on Wednesday, May 11. Co-chairs of the Scholarship Committee, Linda and John Howard, presented the awards. An eighth scholarship will also be awarded to an Ironwood High School senior. Each year, the Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke awards scholarships to area seniors.

Funds for the scholarships are raised in several ways. Our major fundraiser is the Fore For Kids Charity Golf Fundraiser, held at the Oro Valley Country Club in the fall. Another fundraiser is the Diana Madaras Trunk Show. This spring, this fundraiser was held at the ballroom at the Ranch House. Both fundraisers raise funds for worthy area programs, and scholarships.

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].

Longtime Anonymous Donor Explains: Why I Give to the SBCO Scholarship Endowment Program

As told to Diane Prickett

From the time I was a kid, I knew that higher education would be in my plans. My mother was the driving force in seeing that each of her seven children would attain a college degree. She had attended summer school after high school to earn her qualification to teach. She taught at a rural school that, years later, I attended for eight years. My father was less fortunate. He had to quit school after fourth grade to help on the farm.

What a blessing it was to have the financial help of our parents. We were able to attain our goals. All seven of us earned our college degrees! We were unlike many of the children in our neighborhood. They were kept on the farm to help their parents, just as our father had been. Those children never had a chance to realize their potential.

I see the difference an education has made in our lives. I can’t help but to compare our childhood with those of the many families in our area who are living at or below the poverty level. We were able to achieve so much with just a little help! I am grateful to be in a position where I can offer a little help to those who show promise to realize their goals and dreams.

I am able to contribute to the SBCO Scholarship Endowment Program by gifting the required minimum distribution from my retirement account, and I would encourage you to explore this possibility. You may be instrumental in assisting one or more young people in realizing their full potential.