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Catalina Rotary Club Member Bio

Steve Pender
Video / Multimedia

Steve Pender

My Rotary Story
“The only exposure I had to Rotary before moving to Tucson was seeing the Rotary logo on ‘Welcome To’ signs as I drove into towns that had Rotary Clubs,” says Catalina Rotary member Steve Pender.

That would all change when Steve met Catalina Rotary Club member Tom Sundt at a networking event shortly after moving from New Jersey to Tucson. “I was making the rounds of all the business-related groups in town,” says Steve. “I happened to sit next to Tom during a Metro Tucson Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting. We had a nice chat, and wound up meeting again in the parking lot because we had unknowingly parked next to each other. Tom then invited me to be his guest at a meeting of the Catalina Rotary Club.”

The rest, as they say, is history. “I wanted to make business connections, but, as a newbie in town, I was also looking for a group that would help me sink roots into the community,” Steve continues. “The Catalina club fit the bill. Meetings were an oasis of fun and relaxation and a welcome relief from the grip-and-grin and 30-second elevator speeches typical of most business networking groups. And, amazingly, they accepted me as a member!”

Steve became an active participant in club activities, serving as a board member and club secretary. He also put his own spin on the Sergeant-at-Arms post, creating a film noir character named Phil Four-Way, who is still popular with the club years later.

Steve lent his skills as a video producer/director, scriptwriter, and editor to the club. Early on, he documented one of the club’s Tucson Rodeo pancake breakfasts and produced a promotional video for District Governor Al Chesser’s district conference. Years later, he led a production team for the Catalina Rotary Veterans Project, creating videos capturing the memories of the club’s veterans from WWII, the Korean era, and Viet Nam.

A member of the club for over twenty years now, Steve looks forward to many more years of Rotary service.

“Friendly members, fun meetings and activities, and great service projects that really help me feel I’ve made a difference, not just in Tucson, but around the world. What more can a guy ask for?” says Steve.

Full Name
Stephen Pender

Nickname
Steve

Partner Name
Halina

Place of Birth/Hometown
Ft. Bragg, North Carolina/Rahway, New Jersey

How long in Tucson
Since 2000

Current Position/Employer
Legacy Video Producer & President, Family Legacy Video, Inc.

Major Career Milestones
Staff Video Editor, Scriptwriter, Producer, 1978-1987
Freelance Video Editor, Scriptwriter, Producer, 1987-2003
Legacy Video Producer, 2003-Present

When joined Catalina Rotary
2001

Rotary Milestones
Board Member (several terms)
Sergeant-at-Arms, 2007-2008
Secretary, 2010-2013


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