President Bob Grady opened the meeting at 12:10 pm following a Board of Directors meeting during which this year’s Budget and Goals for the club were approved.

Carol Friedhoff offered the invocation.

The Menu featured a Mexican plate followed by a delicious strawberry-filled churro! Somehow desserts not wanted by members were rescued and enjoyed by table mates!


Dick Palmer’s Memorial Service at St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church will take place on September 7th at 1 PM (NE corner of Campbell and River. In lieu of flowers, donations of remembrance may be made to The Catalina Rotary Club for the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson, The Desert Museum or your favorite charity.

Catalina Rotary’s August Happy Hour will be held at 6 PM on Thursday August 29th at the Hacienda del Sol). Come at 5 or 5:30 for happy hour prices. No meeting on last Friday of Month, August 30th.

Grand Opening and Dedication of the Catalina Rotary Creative Arts Center at the Boys & Girls Club on Grant Road will be held on Wednesday, September 25th from 4 – 5 PM.

Change of ownership: The Viscount Suites will now be a Ramada by Wyndham Hotel property.

Membership Seminar in Green Valley on Saturday, August 3rd, was excellent. One suggestion: Bring back the “Member Minute.” So we did!!

New Member Minute

Dennis (Denny) Bastron. From a rural town in Iowa, Denny knew that he wanted to be a doctor from the age of 11. That said, in his member minute he then filled in lots of blanks about things that we didn’t know about him. Some surprising facts emerged. He also gave us a preview of his full program on August 23rd – Just what is the definition of death? For centuries we have used the absence of a pulse and breathing to define the moment life ceases, but things have changed! Come on Aug. 23rd to hear one of our newest members bring us up to date.

Queen of Hearts

After more than 52 weeks, we are still reeling from Michael Troughton’s win on the 52nd card draw. So now it begins again. Bob DeLaney shuffled the cards, Bob Stofft drew this week’s ticket, and Matt Matthewson won the draw. No Queen, however, so the pot goes back to rolling over!

Sergeant at Arms

Tom Robertson was next up and raised “Samoleans” (is that how you spell it, Steve?) mentioning: Tony Spear (Great ClubRunner), Michael Troughton (Further congrats on drawing Queen), Paul Bennett (Cleaning up Sabino Canyon Rd.), Steve Pender (Great Family Legacy Newsletter), Tony (again – holding 2 political views), Pat Egbert (Santa Fe Opera and picnic without pin – Leg up much appreciated), and Barbara Kiernan (b’day, anniversary, and no pin on Tom. Can we really fine member spouses??). Happy Bucks from Tony Spear on trip to La Jolla, Steve Pender on his upcoming Family Legacy Video of a 95- year-old gentleman in New Mexico, Eugene Crandall’s discovery of Oregon’s many beautiful places, and Bob De Laney’s gratitude for being up and about.

We also found out that Dick Stein is almost ready to come to Rotary. He said, “Hi – and Be Ready!” Looking forward to seeing you again soon, Dick.


Resident Bob introduced our speaker, Tony Spear. As club past president and current secretary, Tony needs no introduction. His goal today was to bring the club up to date on ClubRunner, an integrated membership success platform. We have all heard about it, but most have never used it or considered why it would really help us with club administration and communicating with members. For Tony, a platform that has everything in one place is both labor saving and effective in letting members participate more fully in all aspects of the club. He will send around a detailed “how to” handout to members soon, along with login information. Today, however, he wanted to give us an overview of a) what it is, b) why it is important, and c) how it can be used. With everyone nodding at the logic of this program, Tony asked us to do two things initially. First, login to our club’s ClubRunner site and update your own personal information (e.g., telephone numbers, etc.). Second, he encouraged us all to report our rotary-related service hours there in a section that ClubRunner designed especially for our club. It will help us see as a club just how many hours members give in service to our community. As this is still new to our club, we will surely find initial glitches. However, with a bit of patience, we will ultimately have a tool that will benefit us all. Thanks Tony for moving us forward on this path!

President Bob adjourned the meeting at 1:30 PM.