SaddleBrooke Pet Rescue Network

SaddleBrooke Pet Rescue Network’s: Monthly Pet Donation Drop-Off Program

Karyle Steele

Our various pet charities are always in need and are always thankful for your donations. Please consider dropping off any of the items listed below. Cash donations are also accepted and appreciated. The drop off location is at the SaddleBrooke One bocce ball courts. It is the first Friday of every month.

Fall/winter (September through April) drop-off hours are 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Items we can take:

Crates (no greater than 30 inches and broken down)

Pet beds/crate pads

Pet food/water bowls

Pet toys

Pet treats

Pet food

Pet gates

Pet medication (must not be beyond expiration date)

Pet sweaters/coats


Grooming tools

Cat litter boxes

Cat litter

Cat scratching posts or pads


Puppy pads/doggie diapers


Training tools

Bath towels (no hand towels, washcloths)


All items should be gently used and washed prior to donation. Items should be in working order.

Please, no washcloths, hand towels, or sheets.

SaddleBrooke Great Decisions Club Meeting Notice

SaddleBrooke Great Decisions has started off the year with timely topics, excellent presentations, and spirited discussions. Our group has welcomed over 30 new members who have, in turn, brought new perspectives, life experiences, and enthusiasm into our organization.

This March, we will have three meetings. Each meeting will begin at 3 p.m. in the East Ballroom at the MountainView Clubhouse. Full masking is required by all attendees, and a record of vaccination status is being maintained.

Lockwood Carlson was the presenter for our March 7 meeting. He gave introductory comments about our outer space policy. Lockwood is a PhD theoretical physicist, who has taught courses not only in physics but also cosmology, nanotechnology, energy issues, and climate science. Our discussion focused on China’s presence in the space race, the commercial space industry, and the militarization of space.

Next, George Cramer will discuss Putin’s Russia. George is a retired Air Force captain, who has had a 40-year career in information technology, working both in California and Tehran, Iran. Our discussion will focus on Putin’s popularity, our foreign policy in relation to Ukraine, dissidents’ challenges to Putin, and attempts at an improving relationship with Russia. This meeting will be on March 21.

One week later, on March 28, our topic will be “Xi’s China Takes on the Quad.” Boyd Bosma, a retired educator, will discuss the Quad alliance, both past and present, and the importance of maintaining a powerful presence across the East Asia region. After a career of teaching and administration and service on a variety of boards, he has traveled to international trouble spots, studying human rights and diplomacy.

It is recommended that all participants read the Briefing Book article to become even more informed about each topic. In addition to the background reading and our presenter’s comments, each meeting includes a video produced by the Foreign Policy Association. Then members moderate small discussion groups so that we can ask questions and share opinions.

Thanks go out to both Harry Sloan and Mary Jo Swartzberg for their presentations to our group on industrial policy and drug policy in Latin America in February. They helped us delve into and process topics that have been deemed critical by the Foreign Policy Association.

If you have any questions or need further information about SaddleBrooke Great Decisions, contact Sandy Epstein at [email protected], call Sherry Kaplan at 847-528-1968, or go to our website,