Posted by Public Information, Old Pueblo Rotary Club on May 28, 2022
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Noble Hops Restaurant
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711

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Summary of Last Meeting

On May 17, 2022, the Rotary Club of Old Pueblo (Tucson) held its weekly meeting at Noble Hops where seventeen (17) members and one (1) guest attended.  After the President called the meeting to order, all members recited the Four Way Test and thereafter, the following the matters took place:    

·       Sam Behrend welcomed everyone and provided an inspirational saying to all attendees.

·       President Dante Archangeli reminded everyone to mark their calendars for the OPRC Annual Installation Dinner on June 18th.  Keith Ganske will provide more information regarding the location and time at later date.  However, PLEASE NOTE:  The installation dinner will serve as the weekly Club meeting for that week, so no meeting on June 14th!  

·       Starting in July, the Primavera Foundation will allow in-person volunteers.  Accordingly, OPRC will resume providing monthly service support to Primavera as it did prior to the pandemic.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Paul Hawkins at 520-991-6984 or

·       This week’s guest speaker was Suling Lam, Events Coordinator for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.  Suling began her presentation with a brief introduction of herself and her background.  After explaining how she came to work for the Community Food Bank, she provided an overview of the organization, its mission, and its impact within Southern Arizona.  

 The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is a non-profit organization that is committed to feeding the hungry and breaking down barriers the perpetuate poverty and hunger.  The organization provides services to children, families, individuals, and seniors located throughout five counties in Southern Arizona: Cochise, Graham, Pima, Greenlee & Santa Cruz.  The Community Food Bank has five (5) Resource Center locations (Amado, Green Valley, Marana, Nogales & Tucson) and three (3) specialized locations (Caridad Community Kitchen, Las Milpitas Community Farm, and Wilcox Distribution Center).  To affect its mission, the Community Food Bank partners with approximately 385 agencies with a focus in three areas:  health and food, education, and community development.  Last year, the organization with the support of 200,000 volunteer service hours prepared 562,505 meals for seniors, families, kids, and people experiencing homelessness; provided emergency food boxes to 318,824 people; and distribution 86 million pounds of food and 56 million pounds of fresh produce.

 Arizona has the 14th highest rate of childhood hunger in the country, and 1 in 4 kids and 1 in 5 adults in Arizona are at risk for hunger.  Also, please consider helping the Community Food Bank in its fight to end hunger and poverty by one of four ways: 

1.  Make a donation (at  

2.  Set up a food or fund drive (visit

3.  Host an event to raise awareness (contact Suling at
4.  Sign up to volunteer (visit

To learn more, please visit

Club News
New Venue
Thanks to Karen Riddle and Keith Ganske for arranging a new home for us starting May 10, Noble Hops Restaurant at the Double Tree Hotel on Alvernon across the street from the Randolph Golf Course.
Installation Dinner Venue Change
Our installation Dinner for thee 2022 - 2023 Officers and Board members will be June 18.  We are finalizing a new venue.  Members  attend free and guests are $50.  Watch here for future info about the venue and program.  Sarah has circulated an Evite for RSVPs.  Please respond if you have not done so already.
Liz Cohen Memorial Service
Liz Cohen recently passed away.  There will be a memorial service for her at 2:00 pm on Sunday June 12 at the Ventana Canyon Country Club.
Lynn Kastella
Memorial efforts for Lynn Kastella are moving forward.  Fundraising for the bronze plaque in honor of Lynn to be placed at the Firefighter Memorial Plaza is now live via GoFundMe. 
Contributions by check can be made to TFFA Local 479 with the memo Lynn Kastella Memorial and mailed to Laura Baker, 9405 S. Old Soldier Trail, Vail, AZ 85641.

Service Opportunities
Meeting Technology
We need help to set up and operate the technology for the Zoom portion of meetings.
Please volunteer with Keith Ganske.
After a long Covid caused hiatus, we are returning to in-person service at Primavera.  Thanks to Paul Hawkins for taking the lead in this.  If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Paul.

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