President Bob called the meeting to order with the pledge and welcomed the assembly with the district motto, “Think big, have fun, get stuff done.” After sitting down to an Irish meal of tatties, cabbage, and corned beef, President Bob reviewed our busy schedule in the next two weeks.
1) Youth on Their Own Spring Fundraising Event is on Wednesday, March 20, 12:00-1:00 pm at the Tucson Convention Center. Tickets are $45. Mention you are with Catalina Rotary in the Guest Name section to be seated at the CRC table.
2) Our Appreciation Party for our Rodeo and Golf Fundraisers Volunteers will be at Barrio Brewery on Wed., March 20 from 5:30 to 7:00. It’s a fun place with good food and great beer and the best Volunteer crew anywhere. Busy day…
3) Our March Happy Hour meeting is on Thursday, March 28 from 5:30-7:00 at Wilhelm Family Vineyards’ ‘Tasting & Tapas Room’ at Ventana Plaza near Piazza Gavi, 5425 N. Kolb, south of E. Sunrise. Good food, great wine, the best Rotarians. Seems to be a pattern forming…
Tom Robertson introduced our visitors and guests, Past President Tom Jones and Al Anzaldua had guests this week.
Queen of Hearts
After visitors, Past President “Bobby D” DeLaney approached the bench for the drawing. The pot is $3,200 with 17 cards remaining. In the finest tradition of lotteries around the world, we had a record number of punters wagering a record sum of $$ to win the prize. Once again, the house won, be sure and wager again week. Remember, you can’t win if you don’t play.
Sergeant at Arms
Past President “The Norm” Rebenstorf managed to separate our membership from a few Semolians; Andy Kerr was honored with Paul Harris Fellowship with three sapphires.
President Bob introduced our speaker, CRC Rotarian Dick Carlson, who gave us his annual state of the economy address. Always entertaining, Dick admitted the crystal ball was a bit cloudy last year, as he predicted the GOP would hold the house. Due to equipment failure, he spoke without the aid of charts and graphs. This reporter was truly amazed, as no Harvard and Stanford educated economist gave a briefing on the state of the economy without the aid of pie charts, bar graphs, and x y z axis pictures in the history of the sport. Key take-aways for me: The economy is still OK, Congress has work to do, and the President takes one step forward and two steps back on an almost daily basis. President Bob closed the meeting promptly at 1:30 PM with his usual quote of the day.