Sedona Rotarians & high school students support Walk-A-Thon for Hope House

 
Sedona Rotarians and Red Rock High School students participated in the May 7 Walk-A-Thon for Hope House sponsored by Sedona Red Rock Interact (Rotary International) and Key Club (Kiwanis International). Students of both clubs organized the event to raise funds for the newly opened Hope House, which is ready to house homeless families with children, providing them with transitional housing, support services and food. A ribbon cutting for the new home was held on April 12 with city leaders and members of the local community and faith groups. Hope House is currently looking for a house manager. The following volunteers are also needed including: caseworkers to work directly with the families on their case plans and follow-up, a background in psychology, counseling, and/or social work is required; a person to lead the volunteer team, working to recruit and place volunteers; a person(s) to work with residents on financial planning (financial background necessary); and people to provide relief on Saturdays for the house manager. To volunteer contact galel.hopehouse@gmail.com.
 

Interact students help with club's highway cleanup

 
Rotary Club of Sedona's Youth Services Director Jamiss Sebert rallied Interact students from Red Rock High School to help with the club's highway cleanup on 89A on Saturday, April 16. The cleanup is part of Rotary's Week of Service held each April by clubs in Rotary District 5495. The four Rotary clubs in Sedona and the Verde Valley will tally the weight of trash collected, trying to beat last year's collection of almost 1,000 pounds. Thanks to the four clubs for keeping us looking good!

Rotary providing funds for Ukrainian humanitarian crisis

 
In response to the deepening Ukrainian refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have prioritized contributions made to its Disaster Response Fund until April 30, 2022 to support disaster response grants for Rotary districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing. All four Rotary Clubs of Sedona and the Verde Valley contributed over $9,100 to the response fund. Club members are also making individual contributions. 
 
The United Nations estimates 10 million refugees have fled Ukraine. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families. If you would like to contribute to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund, please go to https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund. You can make your donation as a Rotary member or guest. With your donation, we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time. Thank you!

Club receives Every Member Awards

 
District Governor Bret McKeand (left) visited the club on Nov. 30 and gave kudos to the club for 100 percent member participation in giving during 2021. Award flags were presented to Club President Linda Clark (2nd left), Dick Youngberg, International Services Committee Chair, and Jean Barton, on behalf of Past President Al Barton. Member giving through Every Rotarian Every Year impacts Rotary International projects such as Rotary's Polio Fund and water projects around the globe including the Navajo Water Project in Arizona. During McKeand's visit, the club presented him with a $500 donation to Rotary's Polio Fund, a project dear to him. He thanked the club for its support and all the work it does in the Sedona community and globally.
 
 

Rotary Club of Sedona and Rascal Restaurant partner to end polio

 
Rotary Club of Sedona thanks Mercer’s Kitchen and Rascal Restaurant management and staff for partnering to raise funds to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today. On Sunday, Dec. 5, Rascal Restaurant and Bar donated 10 percent of its dinner sales, over $500, to Rotary International’s Polio Fund. When Rotary launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk. Rotary has committed to raising $50 million each year to support global polio eradication efforts. The club thanks its members, other Rotarians, and Rascal Restaurant customers and guests for supporting Rotary's Polio fundraiser. You made a difference!  
 
Fourteen human books shared their stories during the Fifth Annual Sedona Human Library held Sept. 19, 10 to 1 pm. at the Sedona Public Library. Over 100 people attended resulting in over 300 readings. "In this time of pandemic it was an extraordinary turnout and all were respectful," said Margaret Joy Weaver, Sedona International City of Peace Board of Directors Chair. Margaret said readers posted they had tears of compassion and tears of triumph. The event was sponsored by Sedona International City of Peace, Sedona Public Library, City of Sedona, and Rotary Club of Sedona. The club thanks its members for volunteering and Interact students for preparing and distributing tickets and as table attendants.

Club members clean up part of Highway 89A

Dedicated highway clean up crew picked up trash on Saturday, Aug. 7, between mile markers 369 and 370. They are (L-R): Catherine Moore, Ed Southwell, Paul Tibbs, Dick Weisbaum, David Simmer, Rod Turner, Ray Harris, Jamiss Sebert, and Gary Karademos (front). Great job!

Club installs new president and officers for 2021-22

 
Rotary Club of Sedona installed Linda Clark yesterday as its new president for 2021-22. Rotary District 5495 Governor Bret McKeand presents her with Rotary's 2021-22 theme logo: Serve To Change Lives. Bret also bestowed to her the oath of office. The event was held in the home of Past District 5495 Governor David Simmer and his wife Isabel. The club also installed its officers and directors: President Elect, Jean Barton; Treasurer, Dave Young; Secretary, Holli Ploog; Immediate Past President, Al Barton. Directors are: Membership, Catherine Moore; Charitable Fund Treasurer, Ray Harris; Rotary Foundation, David Simmer; International Services, Dick Youngberg; Youth Services, Jamiss Sebert; Public Relations, Linda Clark, and Community Service, Dave Young. Sergeant at Arms are: Bill Minard and Dick Weisbaum. Also in attendance was District 5495 Assistant Governor Eric Young and his wife Michelle.

Club helping Navajo families get running water into their homes

 
About 59 families on the Navajo Nation will have home-based water systems for the first time. The Rotary Club of Sedona has led an effort over the last year to provide clean running water systems to Navajo families in the Dilkon Chapter, about 320 square desolate miles about 45 minutes northeast of Winslow. "The programs we conducted raised $264,000 in donations to provide water systems to the Navajo," said Immediate Past District 5495 Governor David Simmer. "It will be absolutely life-changing for those families.” Donations for the project came from Rotary clubs and other generous donors in Arizona, California, Colorado, North Carolina, and Michigan as well as from Rotary clubs and friends of Rotary from Mexico, Canada and India. About 30% of the total funding came as matching funds from Rotary’s International Foundation. Locally the Rotary Club of Sedona Village, the Verde Valley Rotary Club in Cottonwood and the Flagstaff Rotary club supported the fundraising effort. Each home-based water system installation includes a 1,200-gallon underground cistern to hold the supply of clean water, solar panels to operate a pump to bring the water into the home, a solar-powered hot water system and the plumbing necessary to provide in-home running water. To help support this program please see the Arizona Gives Day story below. For speaking engagements, please contact David Simmer at dsimmer9@gmail.com
 
District 5495 Governor Elizabeth Mahoney announced Rotary Club of Sedona is number one in the district for annual giving per capita for 2019-20. She made the announcement during the club's virtual Holiday Social held Dec. 15. "You are such a giving club," Mahoney said. "I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your generosity." The club, which averages about 30 members, raised just shy of $1,000 per person during the past year, through annual donations to Rotary Foundation, club fundraisers, and now leading phase 2 of Rotary's Navajo Water Project.  
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

Club Meetings Now Live  

We meet at 12 noon at the Sedona Public Library
3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336
 
If you would like to join us please contact:
 
Please check our meeting calendar here
 

Coming Programs

Regular Club Meeting
Jun 28, 2022 12:00 PM
IMAGINE 2022-2023 - Club Discussion
Chili Cook-Off Committee
Jul 05, 2022 12:00 PM
CCO Planning at Barton's Home
Installation Dinner at Courtyard by Marriott
Jul 12, 2022 5:30 PM
Year-End Celebration and Transition of Leadership
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
 
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