The Marana Rotary Club is seeking to raise money for the Marana Health Center at its annual charity golf tournament Sept. 14 at Heritage Highlands Golf and Country Club, 4949 W. Heritage Club Drive in Dove Mountain.
The health center has been the beneficiary of the club's fund-raising tournament all three years it has been held. The previous two tournaments raised about $20,000 combined, with the majority of the money going to support programs at the Marana clinic, said Kim Holaway, the club's current president. A small amount was retained by the club to support other club programs.
This year the club is hoping to raise enough money to purchase a cardiac stress test machine for the clinic. Ora Harn, the center's matron and assistant director, said now that the clinic has an internal medicine doctor it needs more diagnostic equipment.
Harn said to detect heart problems the clinic's primary diagnostic tool is to give the patient an electrocardiogram, which detects irregularities in a heart's rhythm. But she said a stress test is needed to detect blockages in the heart. The machine is similar to a treadmill.
If the clinic's internist determines a patient needs a stress test, the patient has to be sent to another facility for the test, Harn said.
Holaway said the clinic estimated the machine will cost about $8,000.
The club is also hoping to raise enough money to fund a literacy program called "Born to Read."
The program has two parts, one providing new mothers with good parenting and breast feeding information, as well as information about the importance of reading to a child, a children's book and library information.
The other part will provide a children's book to parents every time they bring their child in for immunizations.
"What we're trying to do … is encouraging nurturing. Holding baby close, having fun together and really setting up a bond between the mother and the child," Harn said.
Holaway said the club decided to support the literacy program after Marana Health Center pediatrician Diana Honebrink spoke to the club at one of its monthly meetings.
Honebrink spoke of the importance of reading to children early, even as young as infants, and of her efforts to begin a literacy program at the center.
Aiding the health center is just one of the club's many philanthropic functions which are done as part of Rotary International's larger mission.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional persons geared toward humanitarian service and promoting high ethical standards in all vocations and building goodwill and peace in the world, according to the club's Web site.
The Marana club has about 30 members and meets every Tuesday at IHOP Restaurant, 8445 N. Cerius Stravenue.
Among its other community service projects are sponsoring international exchange students every year with club members volunteering to have the student stay at their home during the school year, and sponsoring local students to be exchange students in other countries. It also supports the Marana Food Bank, cleans up a section of Marana roadways, provides scholarships, recognizes a student of the month, and mentors and tutors students.
As part of the larger Rotary mission, the club is required to have an international humanitarian project and just recently completed funding of a clean water project in a small farming community in India, Holaway said.
Plans have just begun for a new international project that will provide support to an AIDS orphanage in South Africa, she said.
For more information about the club, call Holaway at 616-4509.
GOLF TOURNAMENT TO BENEFIT MARANA HEALTH CENTER
There are still spaces available for the Marana Rotary Club's charity golf tournament Sept. 14 at Heritage Highlands Golf and Country Club in Dove Mountain.
The tournament will be a scramble format with registration starting at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration is $100 per person or $380 per foursome.
The fee includes all golf course fees and cart rental, plus a continental breakfast and a barbecue lunch. Trophies will be awarded to winners as well as $1,700 worth of raffle prizes.
There will also be a $10,000 hole-in-one prize (hole to be determined), and other prizes for nearest-to-the-pin and the like, including a two-night golf vacation.
To reserve a spot for the tournament, call John Dooling, 744-3998.