Club Information
Lunch Meetings will be held at 12  pm IN PERSON AND via ZOOM 

We meet In Person & Online
Mondays at 12:00 PM
Olive Garden
1010 W. Elliot Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85284
United States of America
Our meetings will be Hybrid - Zoom and In-person
Meetings & Events
January 23, 2023 - Tosha Thorpe told us the history of how Pawsitive Friendships originated. Pawsitive Friendships was founded by Tosha Tharp -Gaitanis in 2014. When her son was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of four, she quickly realized that no diagnosis was “one size fits all” and that each child should be considered and treated on an individual basis. The idea for Pawsitive Friendships occurred to her while she and her son were practicing their regular home exercises. He was VERY non-compliant because the exercises were difficult and because he was unable to communicate his feelings. When he asked to have Zoe, their French Bulldog, join him on the swing, Tosha was stunned. Both boy and dog loved every minute of it! From then on, Tosha incorporated Zoe into other exercises, and soon his compliance ceased to be an issue. Rather than focusing on what he couldn’t do, he was focusing instead on Zoe. To learn more of this remarkable story click HERE.
Our treasurer, Rob, presented Tosha with a check to support her work. 
 January 16, 2023 - Mark Henderson is President's Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Arizona State University at the Polytechnic School in the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering. He is also a co-founder and Board President of GlobalResolve in the Barrett Honors College. He also serves on the board of the Maasai Education Research and Conservation Institute in Kenya. Mark described his experiences Kenya and used a slide show to document the project.  The sound is not available for the slide show but can be seen by clicking HERE.  (The technology for this presentation was malfunctioning so there is a large section of dark screen in the middle - if you are interested and patient, you can fast forward to the latter part of the presentation to see the slide show)
 January 09, 2023 - Donna and Ethan Dunsford of Ahwatukee, who organized Horizon Honors Elementary and Secondary School’s first two robotics teams – then led each of them to win two trophies in a recent STEM competition, described their experience and showed us a great video of the process.  Unfortunately the video, which can be seen HERE does not have sound.  Their presentation was well received by the club and there were many questions and comments. Click HERE.
 December 12, 2022 - Today our Exchange Student in Denmark, Jaiden Mehlhorn, gave us an update on her status as a student in Denmark. She is making many new friends, learning the language, enjoying her classes, and doing a bit of site-seeing. Her presentation is available HERE  
 December 4, 2022 - Kyrene Rotary Club Annual party and collection of gifts for a needy family. Lots of laughter, good food and fellowship. Our incoming student and her host mother joined in the festivities. Thanks to Rotarian Scott Smith who provided keyboard music.
 December 4, 2022 - Today our club held its annual Christmas party and Gift Collection. The photos show the many gifts that were collected for a very needy family. 
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