Verde Valley Imagination Library grows through Rotary and Community Support

 
All four Rotary Clubs in the Verde Valley (Sedona, Sedona Red Rocks, Sedona Village, and Verde Valley) and visiting Rotary District Governor, Jim Erickson, (far left) were proud to present a check for $14,000 to the Verde Valley Imagination Library (VVIL) that now mails 1,750 free books every month to children from infancy to age five who live in the Verde Valley.  VVIL is a non-profit program that is only possible through community support.
 
“The Rotary Club of Sedona began this program in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek in 2012,” said Club President Holli Ploog. “Thanks to the financial and volunteer support from the four Rotary Clubs in the Verde Valley, the Verde Valley Imagination Library has been able to expand to all communities in the Verde Valley.” 
 
Inspired by her father’s inability to read and write Dolly Parton started her Imagination Library in 1995 for the children within her home county. Today, her program spans four countries and mails over 1 million free books each month to children around the world.
 
VVIL’s book program is free to all children living in areas that fund the program. The $14,000 donation pays for 6,510 books including mailing and $26 gives the gift of 12 books a year for each child enrolled in the Verde Valley Imagination Library. To enroll Verde Valley children or make tax deductible donations go to: www.VVILbooks.com.

District Governor Jim Erickson says "Surf's Up" for 2019 conference

 
District 5495 Governor Jim Erickson says surf's up for the June 21, 2019 district conference to be held at Double Tree Paradise Valley Scottsdale. The event will feature Southwest Surfers dinner and dancing, beach volleyball, Got Talent show, and an End of the Year Toga Party! For more details contact Mark Clark at clarkmaryk17@gmail.com 

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off wins best annual event

 
The club's Great Sedona Chili-Cook-Off won the Kudos Readers' Choice Award for Best Annual Local Event in the Verde Valley. Winners were all listed in the Aug. 8 edition of Kudos. The Chili Cook-Off was held May 5 during Tlaquepaque's Arts & Crafts Fair. The event is the club's biggest annual fundraiser. "We are thrilled to receive the Readers' Choice Award for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-off which has become a festive and tasty event for both residents and visitors," said Club President Holli Ploog. "We raised over $27,000 to fund this year’s charitable programs for youth, literacy, seniors, the environment and disadvantaged members of our community. We are grateful for the tremendous local support: our partnership with Tlaquepaque, local restaurants and merchants, and community competitors such as the City of Sedona, Sedona Fire Department and City of Clarkdale." Save the date, May 4, 2019, for the best Chili Cook-off yet!
Visiting Rotarians are welcome to attend the following meetings:
September: Every Tuesday
October on: 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesdays
We meet at 12 noon at Heartline Cafe, 1610 State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336.
You're welcome to arrive at 11:30 a.m. for social time.
 

Become a Subscription Sponsor of Imagination Library

 
Over 90% of a child's brain development occurs before a child enters kindergarten. The Verde Valley Imagination Library works together with other community programs to help parents become the first teachers. The goal is to have every child in the Verde Valley ready to succeed in school.
 
Become a tax exempt subscription sponsor today! Simply decide whether you want to subscribe on a monthly or annual basis and use the drop-down menu to select the number of children you want to support.
 
Monthly Subscription Options
 
 
Annual Subscription Options
 
 
If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. Highway 89A
Drive around the west side of the building and use side entrance.
 
Or the second or fourth Thursday at 7:30 am in the Village of Oak Creek at:
Redstone Dining, Oak Creek Country Club,
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/sedona-and-village-satellite-meeting-locations#sthash.ytCQ0nBS.dpuf
If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. Highway 89A
Drive around the west side of the building and use side entrance.
 
Or the second or fourth Thursday at 7:30 am in the Village of Oak Creek at:
Redstone Dining, Oak Creek Country Club,
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/sedona-and-village-satellite-meeting-locations#sthash.ytCQ0nBS.dpuf
If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. Highway 89A
Drive around the west side of the building and use side entrance.
 
Or the second or fourth Thursday at 7:30 am in the Village of Oak Creek at:
Redstone Dining, Oak Creek Country Club,
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/sedona-and-village-satellite-meeting-locations#sthash.ytCQ0nBS.dpuf
If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. Highway 89A
Drive around the west side of the building and use side entrance.
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/sedona-and-village-satellite-meeting-locations#sthash.ytCQ0nBS.dpu

Join Us Tuesday 

We meet at noon at Heartline CafeNEW LOCATION!!
You're welcome to arrive at 11:30 a.m. for social time
 
In September: Every Tuesday
October on: 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesday
 
 

Coming Programs

Past District Governor Gary Whiting
Oct 23, 2018
Navajo Water Project
Fifth Tuesday
Oct 30, 2018
Tour Humane Society of Sedona
Jennette Bill
Nov 13, 2018
Student Recognition
 
The Rotary Club of Sedona's Mission is to enhance community through service, teamwork and friendship. - See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/#sthash.p8FAoShV.dpuf
"A few caring people can change the world"
 
 

Contact Sedona Rotary

P. O. Box 2170
Sedona AZ 86339
 
 

Imagination Library

Free Books for Kids Under 5!
Now available in the whole Verde Valley. Sign up your kids at www.imaginationlibrary.com
 
 
Little brains experience 90% of their development before their owners reach kindergarten. Studies show that reading to preschool children makes a significant difference to a child's success in school. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which mails age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age 5 free of charge, has been shown to make a difference in the communities in which it is available.
 
It costs less than $30 to provide books for one child for a year!
To make a tax exempt donation to the Rotary Club of Sedona's Imagination Library Project:
 
Make your check out to
Verde Valley Imagination Library c/o
The Rotary Club of Sedona Charitable Fund
P. O. Box 2170
Sedona, Arizona 86339
 
Or use credit or debit card through PayPal
 
 
 
Finally, tell everybody you know about this great program!