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Rotarian of the Month

Joe Klimoski, ROM

Joe Klimoski

Light Up Rotary 2014 motto

2014-2015 Officers

President: Marge Wright

President-Elect: Mary Louise Lansbarkis

Vice President: Bill McCoach

Secretary: Colette McNally

Treasurer: Don Prestin

Sun Lakes ChordairesAt the December 23rd meeting, The Sun Lakes Chordaires Show Chorus will sing Holiday music. The Chorus, celebrating their 35th year, is an upbeat all-woman a Capella singing group, who sing in barbershop style. For more information about the Chordaires, go to their website www.ChordariesShowChorus.com.

On Tuesday, December 30, the featured speaker will be Amanda Tucker; no, not the Amanda Tucker who is the Royal Hairdresser for Kate and William -- but the ASU Events Coordinator for TechShop. TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hacker space, and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. They offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure students have a safe, meaningful, and rewarding experience. Amanda will bring a PowerPoint presentation about the TechShop located in the ASU Chandler Innovation Center. This is the first TechShop in Arizona and it celebrated its first anniversary on November 15th. Its motto is Build Your Dreams Here. The website www.techshop.com

tells about all the tools and equipment they have available. As Amanda says, “All you need is an idea, and you can build it at the TechShop.”

PLAY BALL: On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, Major League Umpire Ted Barrett will be the guest speaker at Sun Lakes Rotary’s morning meeting. Barrett made his major league debut in 1994. For the next five seasons, he served as a fill-in umpire for vacationing or injured major league umpires and was one of the 25 umpires promoted in the wake of the Major League Umpires Association's mass-resignation strategy in July 1999. His five years of experience made him one of the most experienced of the umpires called up to fill the sudden vacancies. He was promoted to the position of Crew Chief prior to the 2013 season.

He was the home plate umpire for two perfect games: David Cone's no-hitter on July 18, 1999; Ervin Santana's no-hitter on July 27, 2011. He was at third base for Philip Humber's perfect game on April 21, 2012; at first base for a combined no-hitter thrown by six Seattle Mariners pitchers against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 8, 2012.

He became the only umpire in major league history to be behind the plate for two perfect games on June 13, 2012, when Matt Cain pitched a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants against the Houston Astros. And Barrett was behind the plate on August 7, 2004 for Greg Maddux' 300th win.

 During a game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants on August 14, 2007, Barrett ejected Atlanta manager Bobby Cox for arguing balls and strikes. The ejection was the 132nd of Cox's managerial career, breaking the major league record previously held by John McGraw in 1932.

He is also heavily involved with Christian ministry, and has earned a master's degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity College & Seminary. In 2013, he earned his PhD in theology with an emphasis in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary.

On Tuesday, January 27, Laurel Prieb, Vice President, Western Operations and Special Projects of Major League Baseball will be Rotary’s guest speaker. Prieb was named Vice President for Western Operations and Special Projects for Major League Baseball in 2005. He serves MLB teams in the Mountain and Pacific Time zones and is a point of contact for the Arizona Fall League, the Cactus League, and MLB’s business activities in the Pacific Rim. Previously, Prieb served as Vice President of Corporate Affairs for the Milwaukee Brewers and was the Traveling Secretary with the Minnesota Twins.

Prieb is the husband of Wendy Selig-Prieb, making him the son-in-law of just-retired Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

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 AM and end promptly at 8:00 AM. Cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Rotarian Don Prestin at 480-802-0439

We hope you will join us and check us out.x8It is a great organization that works hard at helping our Chandler Students, helping people around the world and trying to eradicate Polio to mention only three of our activities.



  • Carl Nunnally requested SL Rotarians to bring in their plastic bags for the Sisters at St. Stevens.
  • Rotarians interested in hosting a family or traveling to Sweden as part of the Swedish Exchange team in August 2015 should contact Frank Wiley.
  • Volunteers needed for Vocational Scholarship Committee and to replace Carolyn Farnsworth for light secretarial work. Call Marge Wright if willing to help.
  • IMPORTANT! To access the new website go to: sunlakesrotary.org. select the “for members” link near the bottom of the left column (blue). Use the email address that we have as your record, then click on one of the forgot pass-word links. You will soon receive an email with a new system generated password. Log in and change the password to one you will remember. Members must update their own information as the need arises. For informa-tion or concerns about the website contact Dave Cramer at 480-263-9095.