President Theresa Clemmons welcomed everyone to our annual Thank You Breakfast, when we thank sponsors, participants and volunteers from our 26th annual Hole-in-One Contest. After an impressive presentation of the colors by the Basha High School Air Force Junior ROTC color guard and the pledge of allegiance, Katie Alexander, also from Basha, sang the National Anthem
Ron Stevens gave the invocation and then introduced Cynthia Cannaert who won the Women’s Shootout and $500 first place prize for the ninth time in thirteen years. She also has won the Overall Shootout three times, including a tie with Dennis McPeters in 2017. The Overall Shootout winner this year was Rich Perry, who won $5,000. Erlinda Wenniger finished second and won $2,500. And Ajae Slayton finished third and won $1,000.
Representatives from the City of Chandler were recognized and thanked for their service. They included: Mayor Kevin Hartke, Vice Mayor Terry Roe, plus Councilmen Jeremy McClymonds (also a sponsor of our event) and Sam Huang. We thank them and all of our guests for their attendance and support.
 Past President Brent Patmos made special presentations of Paul Harris Fellows to four individuals who helped make the Hole-in-One Contest so successful, not only this year but in previous years as well. They were awarded to Golf Committee Chair Greg Thornton, and volunteers Kristin Lindsey, Jeff Clemmons and Mary Kay Patmos. Jim Patmos accepted for Mary Kay, who was on a vacation trip with her sisters.
Sheets listing the many sponsors as well as recipients of this year’s event were located at each place setting. Terry Locke read off the names of sponsors during breakfast, including Platinum Sponsors Achen-Gardner Construction and Gardner Capital Partners, and Gold Sponsors Benjamin F. Edwards plus Jim and Mary Kay Patmos.
Michael Rus and Nick Lacey from Host Sponsor San Marcos Golf Course were honored with a certificate, and other members of the San Marcos staff were thanked for their help in making our event so successful.
Terry then talked about the various recipient organizations while President Theresa presented checks ranging from $500 to $2,000 to their representatives.
Organizations, their representatives and the amount awarded are listed below.
Arizona Burn Foundation, Rex Albright ($500);
Desert Cancer Foundation, Jen Hewitt ($1,000);
Pregnancy Care Center, Mary Murphy-Baxter and Lisa Henry ($1,000);
AZCEND , Dara Gibson ($1,500);
Chandler Police Department Explorers post, Office Kevin Quinn ($500);
Chandler Police Department Victims Assistance program, Katie Cain ($1,000);
The Clothes Cabin, Caryn Shoemaker ($1,500);
Hope Animal Crisis Center, Marla Martella and Yodi, plus Pam Rienke and Hope ($1,000);
Chandler Education Foundation (Destination College program), Jen Hewitt ($2,000);
Chandler Care Center, Katie Kahle ($500);
Si Se Puede, Alberto Esparza ($500);
YMCA I-Learn program, Colleen Buck and Jodi Ostergren ($1,000);
Project Connect 4, Christina Burke ($500);
LiveLove Chandler, Mike Sorce ($500);
Chandler Gilbert ARC, Michael Miller ($500);
My Sister’s Place, Dawn Curtis ($2,000);
The Rotary Foundation (Polio Plus), Bob Zarling;
Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona, PDG Roger Bonngard ($1,500);
The H.E.L.P. Foundation, Doug Gardner ($1,000); and
Flight 33 ($2,000). Christine Puzauskas was unable to attend and will receive their donation at a later date.
Terry also announced that earlier this year the Chandler Horizon Rotary Foundation made donations to The First Tee and Shelter Box.
The Chandler Horizon Rotary Foundation will continue to award scholarships to graduating Basha High School seniors and to re-entry students at Chandler Gilbert Community College; as well as students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) and the Rotary Third Grade Dictionary project.
The total announced at the breakfast was $21,000. For the year, including other donations, the Chandler Horizon Rotary Foundation has awarded more than $30,000 to the community and around the world.