Club member Obed Mutanya spoke to us today. He told us about how he came to America and ended up attending the University of Arizona. He was a track star at the U of A and competed in the Olympics as well. Obed currently owns and operates a Liberty Tax franchise and is a Realtor with EXP Realty.
Awesome meeting today! President Wendy Klinkner-Reuter shared about her trip to Rotary International’s Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada. Chad Denson was inducted as President-Elect to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors as well as all the other officers who will be serving this year. And Rachel Carramusa gave the club updates on all the upcoming Service Projects!
Haidee Joy was our speaker today
Our guest speaker today was Haidee Joy. She spoke to us about exceptional people, places and events.
Guest speaker Bekki Harper
Bekki Harper from Bekki Harper Financial was our speaker today. Bekki helps families prepare their children for college and assist them with financing. For more information visit her website.
At this meeting are speakers were Matt Fox (l) and Jennifer Kielhofer from U of A Geosciences. A fascinating presentation about where and how people have migrated around the world, and what the world was like when they were living. It was very interesting and informative.
And we were very excited to have past member John Smith and his wife Terri visiting with us from Antigua, Guatemala. Our club is planning to work with his new Rotary club in Antigua to purchase eco filters for at leas one of the villages near them. These filters will provide much needed drinking water so they won't have to boil all their water to consume it.
FOUR WAY SPEECH CONTEST
Today was our four way speech contest at our meeting. We had four students from Sahuaro High School competing against each other. It was very close contest as each student excelled in all parts of their speeches where they applied the Four-Way Test to show how it could make a difference in our Global Community. In the closest voting we've ever had in a four-way speech contest at our club, including a tie breaker for the top spot, here are the results.
From Left to Right all pictured with President Wendy Reuter: 4th Place Raquel Thrall, 3rd Place Logan Smith, 2nd Place Halley Hughes, and 1st Place Winta Tekle. Congratulations to all of our participants for a job well done and to their teacher Megan Hughes.
Our guest speaker at this meeting was Mindy Blake from the Regional Transit Authority. Mindy updated us on the voter approved 2006 RTA plan. The $2.1 billion, 20 year plan includes roadway, transit, safety, environmental and economic vitality improvements. For more information you can visit their website at http://RTAmobility.com.
Today was our club assembly where we get reports from our committees. Here's a brief recap of those reports.
Our speaker today was Sydney Devlin, the Program Coordinator from the U of A Garden Kitchen. The Garden Kitchen offers seed-to-table gardening and cooking education, which means families learn about every step of bringing a healthy meal to the kitchen table — from growing and purchasing to preparing and storing. The is a real asset to the community helping low income families learn how to grow and prepare healthy meals for the whole family. For more information you can check out the website at www.thegardenkitchen.org or contact Sydney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sydney was also a Rotary Youth Exchange Student when she was in high school. We really enjoyed hearing about her experience of traveling to Australia and how much it changed her life. For more information about Rotary Youth Exchange check out this website.