Rotary Club news

John Ruland, Chairman of Nogales Water Purification Project, is thanked for his diligence by Joe Dylewski.

John Ruland, Chairman of Nogales Water Purification Project, is thanked for his diligence by Joe Dylewski.

President Joe Dylewski presents Carol Poole with a commemorative plaque.

President Joe Dylewski presents Carol Poole with a commemorative plaque.

New member Fred Lowy from Camas, Washington

New member Fred Lowy from Camas, Washington

Julia Young

Rumor has it that things slow down in Tucson for the summer; not true for SaddleBrooke Rotary. Joe Dylewski was inducted as our new President on June 25 and took over his duties immediately. Joe lives in Oro Valley and has been a member of our club since 2011. Also, Joe is currently a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments in Oro Valley. Joe moved to Oro Valley after retiring from the United States Air Force in 2007 in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Moreover, Joe has volunteered his time at Ironwood Ridge High School. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of Impact of Southern Arizona and is a coach in Coronado Little League.

We are honored to have Joe as our President for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

One of our guests in July included Linda Burkett, Owner of Camp Bow Wow in Catalina. Serving owners and their pets while on vacation or at work, Premier Doggy Day Care and Overnight Camp are available locally.

Second, Carol Poole, Editor of Saddlebag Notes was on hand to talk to us about the scope of the publication. We appreciate Carol for getting the word out about our charities, helping to raise money and increase membership.

In addition, we welcomed new member Fred Lowy to SaddleBrooke Rotary Club. Fred comes to us as the former President of Rotary Club in Camas, Washington.

Finally, an update on our water purification project in Nogales, Mexico: We continue to work with Nogales Rotary AC to purify drinking water in the Nogales Public School System. Rogelio Horcasitas and Cuauhtemoc Sitaitate made the trip from Mexico to talk about the progress we are making with the grant from Rotary International, Coca Cola Sponsorship and Engineers without Borders assistance. We are well on our way to making this happen in the next couple of years. We have already installed several purification systems in Nogales, but we still need money for filters and additional systems. The cost for each fountain is approximately $1,950. Some of the schools without purified water have almost 2000 students. We are able to spearhead this effort with help from our valued partners. The handling of the donated funds for the water purification process is completely transparent and will be overseen by Rotary. To see how you can help with this and other projects, we invite you to join us for a complimentary lunch and presentation on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Agave Lounge in the SaddleBrooke One Clubhouse. Please RSVP to Joe McGowan at 520-825-4478 or [email protected]