Outstanding Programs in June.

By Norm Noble  

Meagan Johnson 2On Tuesday, June 7th Meagan Johnson, Partner with the Johnson Training Group, will be the featured speaker. She will be speaking about generational differences. She’s a bright, funny, delightfully obnoxious Generational Humorist! What exactly is a Generational Expert? It’s somebody who understands the differences between Baby Boomers (born 1945-1964), Generation Xers (born 1965-1980), and Gen Years also called Millennia’s (born 1981-2000) and how they can live, and most importantly, work together successfully without name-calling or bloodshed.

The potential for collision, conflict and confusion between the generations has never been greater and the chasm is growing wider every day we ignore the problem. Come listen to her insights.

Pete BoltonOn June 14th, Pete Bolton – Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank will be the speaker. An established industry leader, Bolton is among the most successful and widely recognized market leaders in the Phoenix commercial real estate market. Since opening NGKF’s Phoenix office in 2012, he has recruited more than twenty of the industry’s most talented professionals. After 35 years in the industry, he has gained extensive experience related to commercial brokerage, corporate management, manufacturing and commodities. As a trusted voice among real estate professionals, Bolton has also served in a variety of community leadership roles and contributes regularly to a number of publications on industry trends and historical perspectives. He will discuss how downtown Phoenix is changing and what it will become in the future.

Russell YurkOn Tuesday, June 28th, Russell Yurk, an attorney with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP in Phoenix, Arizona, will be the speaker. His practice focuses on professional liability, lawyer discipline, and complex civil litigation. He regularly represents lawyers and other professionals in professional liability and discipline matters. Yurk serves as the Immediate Past Chair of DRI’s Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee and is an active member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Arizona Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.

In his spare time, Yurk works as a Senior Replay Official with the National Football League, traveling to different cities and providing the replay support for the officials on the field. It is this topic that he will speak about —  the evolution of replay in the NFL.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7:00 and end promptly at 8:00 a.m. Cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Rotarian Don Prestin at 480-802-0439. For Sun Lakes residents, if you want to know more, contact Charles Loew at 602-721-3680. SunBird residents should contact Walt Mills at 480- 883-8007.


Sun Lakes Rotary’s 23rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Sunday, April 3rd is the date for Sun Lakes Rotary’s 23rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament. It will be held at the Oakwood Country Club golf course in Sun Lakes. The Shotgun Start will be at 12:30 pm with a dinner in the Oakwood Ballroom to follow.

This is Sun Lakes Rotary’s major fundraiser of the year with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting an amazing number of local charities, including:
-CHOICEGolf ballS, a program for high school freshmen to keep them in school;
-Dictionary Project, giving dictionaries to every third grader in the greater Chandler area;
-RYLA —Sending high school students to Rotary Youth Leadership Camp in Heber;
-Scholarships for deserving students in the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley, as well as Hamilton and Chandler High School;
-Scholarships for Hamilton and Chandler High School students to attend the World Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin;
-Chandler/Hamilton Infant Daycare — mentoring young mothers to continue studying hard and graduating from high school;
-PolioPlus® — project to eradicate polio worldwide;
-Neighbors Who Care– their mission is the comfort of home and the dignity of independence for elderly citizens; about 500 community volunteers help the elderly live at home;
-Gift of Life–Arizona – provide medical intervention for children worldwide suffering from congenital heart defects with the Phoenix medical community providing facilities and personnel;
-A World In Motion® (AWIM) Program — SAE International’s program is a teacher-administered, industry volunteer-assisted program that brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12; F1 in Schools Challenge — introduces middle and high school aged students to the engineering process. From business planning, design, manufacturing, analyzing, and marketing to racing, students participate in a true hands and minds-on activity.

Foursomes are being formed now. It you would like to register, contact either Don Bell at 612-396-0069 or Peter Meade at 480-600-2458. The cost is $100 per person, including dinner.

February Events

Outstanding Array of Speakers at Sun Lakes Rotary
By Norm Noble

February 23rd, Greg Podd, Rotary International Vice President, will be the speaker. Podd is a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Specialist and has operated his own practice since 1979.  He is a past president and owner of a metal fabrication firm for the telecommunication industry and an international health care software development firm.
A Rotarian since 1982, he is a member of the Evergreen Rotary Club of Evergreen, Colorado. Podd has served Rotary as RI president’s representative, major gifts adviser, member of the Finance and Investment committees, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, regional RI membership zone coordinator, Council on Legislation representative, training leader, Rotary Foundation Future Vision training leader, district governor, and assistant chief sergeant-at-arms at the International Assembly.
During his professional tenure, he has written four professional continuing education courses and has been a keynote speaker at five national conferences. Greg has taught many courses as a guest professor at Arizona State University in the Master of Taxation program and has made presentations to over 20,000 Certified Public Accountants and Chartered Accountants from the United States and foreign countries.
Most notable, Greg has served as a Rotary Foundation Major Gifts Advisor where he established his District’s Million Dollar Dinner raising over $3,100,000 for the Rotary Foundation in one night.
During the Rotary year 2014 – 2015, in addition to his duties as a Rotary International Director, Greg chaired the Rotary Audit Committee, the Rotary Board Council on Legislation Advisory Committee, and the Service Above Self Award Selection Committee.
During the Rotary year 2015 – 2016, Greg will serve as the Vice President of Rotary International and a member of the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Council and Board Committee and the Workgroup to examine Rotary’s current International Convention model.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7:00 and end promptly at 8:00 a.m. Cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Rotarian Don Prestin at 480-802-0439.