Rotary Navajo Water Project Auction Big Success

 
Rotary Club of Sedona is elated to report the Rotary Navajo Water Project Auction held Sept. 12 raised $10,255 to bring water for the first time to Navajo families in Dilkon. With matching funds from Rotary District 5495, The Rotary Foundation, and donations from generous members of the communities, nearly six homes will receive water systems. Immediate Past District 5495 Governor David Simmer, who led the effort, was thrilled with the outpouring of support for the fundraiser. David thanks members of Rotary Clubs of Flagstaff, Sedona Village, and Verde Valley for purchasing gift cards/certificates from their local businesses. David and the clubs thank all of you who bid on auctions items and the businesses that donated items. Your efforts made the auction a huge success for families who will receive hot and cold running water, giving them a chance to live a normal American life. If you would like to donate to this project please go to https://sedonarotary.org/ and click on the donate button. 

Club to bring more water to Navajo families

 
Rotary Club of Sedona is this year's host club for Phase II of the Navajo Water Project, which will bring running water to families in Dilkon. The project has installed over 200 in-home water systems on the Navajo Nation since 2017. The installations include a 1,200 gallon tank installed underground at the home and solar cells to provide power for the pump to bring water inside for the first time. Water trucks circulate every three to four weeks to fill the tank. Each installation costs $4,500. Immediate Past District 5495 Governor David Simmer said, "We will raise as much as we can, so we can do as many homes as possible.” David said about $75-80,000 has already been raised from District 5495, Mexico, the international partner, and various clubs across the country and Mexico. The project's non-profit partner is DigDeep Right to Water Project, which has also conducted hygiene training in local schools in conjunction with installations. The club will make sure installations are completed, give progress updates, and fund raise. 
 

District 5495 holds honorary parade for DG David Simmer

 
 
David Simmer was stunned to see a social distancing parade pass by his and Isabel's home on Saturday, June 20, to honor his term as District 5495 Governor. Rotarians around the state ventured to Sedona to thank David for his efforts in supporting district clubs and Rotary ideals. "You guys drove all the way here! This is unbelievable," David said. Rotarians gave David cards and gifts as they drove past. "I'm so excited. This is shocking. I can't believe you all came out. I really appreciate it." David thanks all his friends in Rotary for this special tribute! (Please note: If the video does not show up in your version of newsletter, click to view it online or go to https://sedonarotary.org/page/showhomepage/ 

2020 Chili Cook-Off sponsors help community during pandemic

While Rotary Club of Sedona’s May 2 Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CCO sponsors decided to donate anyway to help the community. Sponsorship Chair Holli Ploog, said the club raised about $10,000 or 50% of the sponsorship budget prior to the cancellation of the event. The club then wrote to sponsors requesting permission to retain their financial contribution to support local non-profits during the pandemic.
At the same time, the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) created the Sedona/Verde Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, matching dollar for dollar of donations received. “We agreed to contribute our entire sponsorship funding to ACF and were therefore able to leverage our $10,000 into $20,000,” said Holli. “The gift will support the Sedona Food Bank, the Verde Valley Caregivers, Manzanita Outreach and other worthwhile organizations on the front line of supplying food and necessities to local families in need.”
The club also made an additional contribution in the way of grocery gift cards to patrons of St. Andrews dinners in lieu of providing our regular quarterly supper.
The club deeply appreciates sponsors’ support of the Rotary Club of Sedona and in making a difference in their community: Bailor Insurance, Draxler Insurance, Her in Arizona LLC, Kincaid Financial Advisors, Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation, Ralston Construction, Sedona Dental Arts, Sedona Real Inn, Sedona Smiles, Stormaster, Shrader & Martinez Construction, The Artist’s Kitchen Shop, and David and Isabel Simmer.
 

Club & partners make masks & gowns for Verde Valley Medical Center

 
About three weeks ago, Rotary Club of Sedona member Penny Blazej let club members know she could make masks for them and their loved ones during the Coronavirus crisis. Once the word got out Penny's project snowballed. Now she has a team of Rotarians, neighbors and two organizations sewing masks and gowns, providing supplies and making deliveries. So far the Rotary Club of Sedona team has produced 185 masks and 5 gowns, mostly for Verde Valley Medical Center and some to Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition and the Mayo Clinic. Penny says she's still in need of sewers so if anyone can help please contact her at 760-685-3403.
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 Cafe every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month.
Please note meetings held on Zoom until further notice.
 

Coming Programs

Penny Blazej
Oct 27, 2020
How to Become a Peace Builder Club
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
 

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
 
 
 
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