Honoring Our Vets—One Way or Another

Brigadier General (retired) Ronald E. Shoopman will speak at noon on Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Brigadier General (retired) Ronald E. Shoopman will speak at noon on Zoom on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Barbara Barr

Our veterans did not give up on fighting for us, and The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is not going to give up on honoring our vets. One way or another, we are going to be honoring our veterans in November. We have a Plan A and a Plan B. But we still need your help in identifying veterans.

Plan A was to celebrate our veterans as usual in our annual Veterans Luncheon. Being very optimistic, The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke reserved the Vistas Dining Room at SaddleBrooke One for our annual Veterans Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 12. In addition to the Color Guard and luncheon, we will have a program with Brigadier General (retired) Ronald E. Shoopman as our speaker. However, due to the continuing saga of COVID-19, we will be moving to Plan B!

Plan B has come into play if COVID-19 keeps us from celebrating at our annual Veterans Luncheon. Since we are unable to hold the luncheon at the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse, we will have Brigadier General (retired) Ronald E. Shoopman speak at noon on Zoom. General Shoopman was the Commander of the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard Base located at the Tucson International Airport. General Shoopman was born in Phoenix and attended Arizona State University. Today General Shoopman is actively involved in the Veterans and First Responders Memorial in Oro Valley.

The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke is also planning a little surprise for our veterans. We want to do something special to honor our area veterans for their service.

How can you help? We are looking for veterans in our community. We need the names and contact information for veterans in SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, Catalina, Oracle, and the Cooper Corridor. If you are a veteran, or if you have friends, family, or neighbors who are veterans, please contact The Rotary Club of SaddleBrooke. You are also welcome to attend the speech by Brigadier General Shoopman and we’d be happy to send you a Zoom invitation. Wendy Guyton is heading up registration and can be reached at 520-404-5712 or wguyton17@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for helping us to recognize and honor those who served our country. We appreciate your help!