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Valle Verde Rotary is affiliated with Rotary International. Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

Promoting peace

Fighting disease

Providing clean water,   sanitation, and hygiene

Saving mothers and children

Supporting Education

Grow local economies

 

Valle Verde Rotary Club meets every Thursday, 6:40 am at the United Methodist Church

of Green Valley, 300 W Esperanza Blvd. If you are interested in learning about Rotary membership,

please join us any Thursday morning.

 
 
Valle Verde members hold Rotary Core Values of fellowship, service and diversity by:
  • developing acquaintance as an opportunity for service,
  • advancing international understanding, good will and peace,
  • applying the ideal of service in our personal, business and community life, and,
  • maintaining high ethical standards in business and professions and recognize the worthiness of all occupations as opportunities to serve society.
Continental Literacy Project – This project creates classroom libraries for eight teachers through partnership with the Green Valley Rotary Club and Continental School Educational Foundation including matching funds from Rotary District 5500. Rotarians will work with teachers on literacy activities during the year.
Continental Birthday Books – Students receive a book during their birthday month. Rotary volunteers help PreK-8th grade students find a book and place a name plate in the book.
 
Dress for Success – Rotarians shop at Walmart with up to 20 students spending approximately $100 per student for school clothes. The club then hosts lunch for the students at Triple Play.
Rotary Scholarship Program – Funding for 3 students from local high schools or home-schooled students for post-secondary education including vocational training programs.
Jazz Music Programs – Local school jazz bands who participate in Jazz in the Desert receive a check for their participation to support the music programs. Since the beginning, Valle Verde Rotary has donated over $60,000 to school music programs.
Rotary Youth Exchange – Valle Verde Rotary hosts a student from another country for a year. The club supports the student with a monthly allowance and sometimes other costs as needed. The 2017-2018 student is from Germany. He will live with 3 families over the year as part of the exchange experience
RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Six students are funded to attend the RYLA weekend event
Community Food Bank – The annual Food Fight Against Hunger is a competition among the regular club members, the sojourners and the Green Valley Club members.
Project C.U.R.E. – Valle Verde assists Project C.U.R.E. through funding and volunteer work to collect unused hospital supplies and equipment to send to hospitals and clinics in other countries including our contacts in Mexico and Uganda.
Rotaplast – Valle Verde Rotary contributes to this program which provides cleft lip/palate and burn victim surgery for children in third world countries by sending a team of doctors, nurses and Rotary volunteers to designated countries for two weeks.
Madre Conchita de Hogar Orphanage, Nogales, Mexico – An annual donation is made to the orphanage. Club members purchase Christmas gifts, clothes and art supplies, which are delivered in December.
St Andrew’s Children’s Clinic – Donated funds for cleft lip and palate surgery are used during one of the monthly Thursday clinics in Nogales.
 
Micro-credit – The Club participates in a joint international project to fund small business loans to people in Mexico building their businesses and financial independence. Participants may borrow up to $2,000 upon payment of previous loans.
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

Without a doubt there are more Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) and Non-Profit 501c3’s and 501c4”s than I ever imagined exist in our country! Our citizens must be some of the most giving in the world. Many of these organizations are, in my opinion, are suspect. However, this morning I and many of our Club’s members were introduced to an organization that is above reproach and that is providing an outstanding service to the world and to the United States as well. The organization is Project C.U.R.E. and today’s speaker, Nadine Armstrong, is Executive Director of their Phoenix facility. Project C.U.R.E.’s function is to collect used, unused, and outdated medical supplies and to ship them to hospitals in foreign lands that are in desperate need of supplies they can’t afford to acquire through normal channels. Many of these supplies, that are still useful, would be filling up this country’s dumps if not sent oversees for consumption. Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) was founded in 1987 by James Jackson with the mission to: Identify, Solicit, Collect, Sort and Distribute medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world. Today Project C.U.R.E is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Project C.U.R.E. is the recipient of the GuideStar Exchange Platinum Seal, the Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating and ranked by Forbes as one of the 20 Most Efficient Large U.S. Charities. Since its creation Project C.U.R.E has provided quality medical supplies and equipment, valued in excess of $550 million, to 130 countries. The mission is accomplished with a corporate overhead rate of <2%. Much more can be learned about and donations made on-line at their website: projectcure.org. Without editorializing, I must say I am very impressed by Project C.U.R.E’s efforts and believe it is an organization worthy of our support!

Our Annual Fund per capita was $562.81
Our average TRF per capita was $642.65
We came in second in Annual Fund giving to Marana Dove Mountain who gave $714.88 per capita.
From what I heard and who knows if it true or not, it's because Joe purchased lots of items to give away and brought the per capita up. They have only 25 members in that club.
Coming in second in the District is something to be proud of.
Our club giving to the Annual Fund: $30,954.50; Tucson: $31,547.00
Our club total giving: $35,34;.50; Tucson: $50,431.77
This morning's presentation was really a two part event. It opened with "Thank You" presentations by three recipients of Valle Verde Rotary scholarships - - Ben, Kegan and Jesus. All had active careers in high school, including considerable community service. All three are off to college. Ben to Northern Arizona for a nursing degree; Kegan to ASU with a view of becoming a teacher; Jesus to the U of A to focus on optical engineering and, eventually a PHD.. From the Club's point of view it looks like funds well invested.
     Part 2 of this morning's presentation was Foundation Chair Gary Friedman's report on the foundation's income and outgo.Putting a detailed account aside, the report would go something like this - -current balance $194,000--major sources of income range from Francis's Jars to District grants, raffles, contributions and Jazz in the Desert. Major outlays would include the orphanage, Arivaca Learning Center,micro credits, St Andrews children clinic, RYLA and scholarships
     Net result! Valle Verde Rotary and its members are indeed generous.
This week's speaker is Jospeh Ursig, the new CEO of the Green Valley-Shaurita Chamber of Commerce. If you have questions concerning the direction and activities of the Chamber, this is a good time to get them answered.
 
I visited with Chad Denson last week and got the Arivaca report. The road is open but in bad shape with a lot of sand and floatsam on the road.  Cyclist, bikers and the Border Patrol make driving the road a challenge this year. The Learning Center is getting ready to open for another year. Natalie is back and making plans. I got a some what discouraging report on our drainage report. It sounded as someone who volunteered to work on the drainage project may have forgotten his commitment. Re Chad, he sold his business and went to work for the company that bought his out. He is no looking for a place in Tucson.

 
Do not forget that Maulty,  our new exchange student, will arrive this Sunday around 8:30 pm Delta willing. His connections are much better than Nika's as his layover in Atlanta is almost reasonable.

Community Food Bank – The annual Food Fight Against Hunger is a competition among the regular club members, the sojourners and the Green Valley Club members. While this raises several thousand dollars for the area food banks, it is done with individual member donations and does not impact the budget. Foundation Cost: 0

Continental Birthday Books – Books for the monthly birthday book distribution will continue with a monthly schedule for volunteers to distribute books. Foundation Cost: $700

Dress for Success – Shop at Walmart with up to 20 students who attend Sopori Elementary School spending approximately $100 per student for school clothes. Host lunch for the students at Triple Play. Foundation Cost: $2,000-$2,500

Rotary Service Project Day – Club Volunteers provide yard and other work to a local home owner or organization in need. It has been suggested that we might adopt a section of highway this year and schedule both fall and spring days. Club Cost: 0

Interact Club – Volunteers work with the Interact Club including some fundraisers. Club cost has been limited depending on their projects and needs. Club Cost: $600

International Health Project in Uganda – Volunteers travel to Uganda to work with Rotarians in Uganda conducting health clinics focusing on women’s health including pre-natal care. The program has a literacy component. There are now two aspects: Rotary Family Health Days and TRF Global Grant, Empowering Women in Rural Villages. Individuals may donate to this project through the Annual Fund donations. Foundation Cost: 0

Jazz Music Programs – Local school jazz bands who participate in Jazz in the Desert receive a check for their participation to support the music programs. The amount has gone up each year. It is recommended that we cap the amount for the bands at the amount paid in the previous year, $2,800 each Foundation Cost: $14,000

Madre Conchita de Hogar Orphanage, Nogales, Mexico – Club members purchase Christmas gifts, clothes mainly, by selecting children from the Angel Tree put up in November. Club members may also purchase if they wish art or other supplies for the school. The gifts are delivered by club members and we are usually invited to their seasonal program in Nogales. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Micro-credit – Participate in a joint international project to fund small business loans to people in Mexico building their businesses and financial independence. Participants may borrow up to $2,000 in small increments starting with small amounts, i.e., $200, and working up to larger amounts after paying back their current loan. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Rotary Scholarship Program – Funding for 2-3 students from local high schools or home schooled students for post-secondary education including vocational training programs, $2,000 per student to be paid directly to the institution of the student’s choice. It is recommended that this year’s committee consider adding funding for a pre-school scholarship. Foundation Cost: $4,000-$6,000

Rotary Youth Exchange – We have made application for an exchange student for 2016-2017. Arrangements are being coordinated. The club supports the student with a monthly allowance and sometimes other costs as needed. We are looking for home hosts for the coming year. Club Cost: $2,100

Rotaplast – Clubs contribute to this program which provides cleft lip and palate surgery for children in third world countries by sending a team of doctors, nurses and Rotary volunteers to designated countries for two weeks. Foundation Cost: $2,000

RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Send up to 6 students to the RYLA weekend event in Flagstaff. Sometimes, we send an adult advisor. Foundation Cost: $2800

St Andrew’s Children’s Clinic – Donate funds for clef lip and palate surgery for during one of the monthly Thursday clinics. Collect medical supplies being donated by hospitals or other clinics for St. Andrew’s clinic program in Mexico. Foundation Cost: $2,000

President’s Projects:

Hospital Supply Project – Develop a relationship with hospitals in Tucson and continue to work with the Green Valley Hospital to collect hospital supplies that will be discarded even though they have not be used to distribute to other countries in need including our contacts in Mexico and Uganda. We are exploring the possibility of working with Project C.U.R.E., located in Phoenix. They have already established a large network for getting hospital supplies to countries and have a system in place. Cost: 0 (current recommendation)

Continental Literacy Project – This project puts trade books in classrooms to create classroom libraries in the K-3 program by leveraging funds from Green Valley Rotary ($1,000) and funds from the Continental Foundation ($1,000) and other grant sources to match District 5500 funds ($4,000). It also creates activities to use for literacy enrichment in these classrooms by planning with the staff for events that could include parent nights, parent workshops and other activities to increase the opportunity for all students to become lifetime readers. On the club side, donations and discounts for books will be sought. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Sahuarita Food Bank Storytime Project – The Sahuarita Food Bank collects books and organizes volunteers to read to children when their parents come to the food bank to shop. After storytime is over, the children are given a book to take home. This program fosters literacy and increased success in school. Rotarians may volunteer time at the food bank, donate books or volunteer do to other things for this project. Foundation Cost: 0 (current recommendation)

While the Valle Verde Foundation is listed as a funding source, these recommendations must go to the Valle Verde Foundation at one of their monthly meetings for approval.
The list below comes from the St. Andrew's Clinic newsletter. If you would like to donate any of these items just bring them to any of our regular meetings and I will see they are delivered to the local Clinic office.
Thank you.
 
Clinic Wish List:  AA Batteries for speech/ language devices  Bacitracin ointment  Benefiber, Fibersure or Unifiber (non-gelling)  Blenders  Breakfast drinks  Coloring books and crayons  Clorox wipes  Disposable diapers (esp. newborn size)  Eyeglass frames (children’s, used)  Hand sanitizers  Hearing aids (used) and batteries, pref. #13 & #675  Hydrocortisone (1% ointment)  Peanut butter  Pediasure (generic okay)  Physical therapy (exercise) balls (45 cm & 55 cm)  Physio rolls “peanut balls” (30 cm & 40 cm)  Powdered milk  Prune juice—small cans only  Simple picture books in Spanish  Small mirrors & small toys/prizes for homework rewards  Toys  Trash bags with drawstring  Umbrella strollers (available at Wal-Mart)  Vitamins, children’s chewable with iron  Wipes  Ziploc bags—quart size only
This is the sweet time of the year in Arizona--cool enough not to need air conditioning during the day and warm enough at night that you do not need heat. And yet, we are having our Sojourners Party this Saturday. I have a hard time believing that you are getting ready to leave. You really should stick around through April. However, before you leave do not forget this year's food fight.
This goes for all of our Rotarians. The real winners are those people in need who depend upon the food banks to make ends meet.
 
If you are wondering how we did at Jazz in the Desert, I will let Jim Rusk talk for himself:
 
Valle Verde Rotary Foundation
Regular Monthly Board Meeting
February 9, 2017
 
The regular monthly board meeting of the Valle Verde Rotary Foundation was called to order at 8:15 am, February 9th.
 
Members present:  Bill G, Gary F, Ron D, Tom C, Virginia J and Jim R. Others present: Bob J and Alex D.
 
Due to the absence of the board secretary no minutes were available to review.
 
Financial Report:  Treasurer Gary F presented the Year-to-Date P & L and Balance sheets for review. Funds are in good shape.
 
Old Business:
 
*  Decision to withdraw $2000 from the Nogalas Sanora International Water Project grant was confirmed.  Project has not been approved by RI.  President Jim R will contact District Grant Coordinator Sally Montagne and request that our check be returned.
 
*   Board will support the Navaho Indian International Water Project in the amount of $2000. Action is needed to identify the POC for that project.
 
*  Club members will visit with the Arivaca Action Center board on February 12th to update the progress on the District grant.
 
New Business:
 
*  A number of topics were discussed concerning the upcoming Jazz in the Desert event.
 
Meeting was adjourned at 8:45.
 
Respectively submitted.
 
Jim Rusk
 
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention the action of the RI Board of Directors last January re firearms, Rotary Clubs, Districts and Entities. I ask all of our membership to read the policy and not react in haste even though this is happening. Let's be patient and thoughtful. The policy is:
 
B-16. Weapons and Rotary Clubs, Districts and Other Rotary Entities
2.100. Clubs and Districts and Guns, Weapons or Other Armaments
Rotary clubs, Rotary districts and other Rotary entities shall not sell or otherwise transfer ownership of guns, weapons or other armaments, nor participate in activities where such items shall be sold or given away, such as raffles, even if the Rotary entity is not the owner of the item(s). Rotary clubs, Rotary districts and other Rotary Entities shall not conduct or sponsor any gun shows or other exhibitions involving guns, weapons or other armaments or accept sponsorship from any entity whose primary business is the sale or manufacturer of guns, weapons or other armaments.
 
The effective date for the world wide implementation is July 1, 2017 unless modified.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary.org
John F. Germ
President, 2016-17
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Dear fellow Rotarians,

Rotary will be partnering with other service organizations in an International Week of Service, 25-31 March 2017. All over the world, volunteers like you are working to improve their communities. In the spirit of Rotary Serving Humanity, I ask you to invite another local service group to volunteer with you. Information and resources for this event can be found at weekofservice.org. Visit the International Week of Service 2017 Facebook event page to RSVP and see what other clubs are planning.

Organizations participating in this event include: Lions Clubs International, Rotary International, Optimist International, Junior Chamber International, Kiwanis International, Moose International, Soroptimist, Y’s Men International, Pilot International, and Sertoma Inc.

To participate, your club can work with one or more other area service groups to do something together for your community. They can join you in a pre-planned event, or you can plan a new event together. Find a fellow service organization in your community here. Share your photos and videos at weekofservice.org, on the event page, and on social media using #weekofservice2017. To promote your activities locally, we’ve provided you with a customizable press release.

This event will help us to promote all of our organizations, highlight membership opportunities, and reinforce the importance of doing good in the world. It’s a chance for our volunteers to forge lasting relationships and creating the potential for future joint projects. Your participation will also achieve one of the service goals listed in my presidential citation.

I hope you’ll join me in what promises to be a unique, important opportunity to better your community.

Sincerely,

John F. Germ
President, Rotary International 2016-17

Attention Visiting Rotarians
Valle Verde Rotary has a very unique program for our seasonal Rotary guests.  It’s known as our Sojourner Membership.  Each Sojourner is given a special red badge and is encouraged to participate in Club activities as any other member would do.  Visiting Rotarians in good standing may apply for Sojourner status by submitting an annual $50.00 donation to the Valle Verde Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. along with a completed information form to John Yeager (231) 946-8378.
 
 
NEWS RELEASE
 
Valle Verde Rotary Club President Alex Droban is proud to announce Jazz in the Desert VIII.  This years event will be Matinee and Dinner performances at the Quail Creek Ballroom on Saturday, February 25th.  The event committee, chaired by President Elect Dr. Virginia Juettner, is organizing a special Mardi Gras theme event. Performances will feature Jazz ensembles from Great Expectations Academy, Walden Grove, Sahaurita, Rio Rico and Nogales High Schools. The Matinee will also include a special performance by the new Anza Trail Middle School ensemble. 
 
Jazz in the Desert is the major fund raising event of the Valle Verde Rotary Club.  Over the past seven years over $50,000 has been returned to the music programs of the participating schools. Numerous other local and international projects are also supported by the event. These include: Continental School Birthday books, Sopori School “Dress for Success”, Student scholarships, and the Arivaca Early Learning Center locally and Madre Conchita Girls Orphanage, Nogales, Sonora, St. Andrews Clinic, Uganda Health days and the Rotary Student Exchange Program internationally.
 
A unique feature of the Matinee is providing free tickets to Assisted Living residents and clients of Casa Community Services. Experience has shown that music provides a boost in the quality of life of these attendees and injects a special energy into the Matinee performances.
 
There are many ways for the community to support this event.  Various levels of Sponsors – This years Major Partner is the FICO/Green Valley Pecan Company – are available to local businesses. Attending the event and participating in the Silent Auction which this year will feature, Week-end getaways, MN fishing trip, Art, jewelry, gift baskets and much, much more.  You can also become a “Friend of Valle Verde Rotary Club” with a cash donation. The Valle Verde Rotary Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) which makes your donation tax free.
 
A limited number of performance tickets ($10-Matinee: $35-Dinner) will be available at the Green Valley Chamber of Commerce and Quail Creek.  For more information contact Virginia Juettner, Ph.D. at 520-2407 or on Facebook.
First Things First Award:  Our club will receive the First Things First award on Tuesday, June 21st and EVERYONE is invited. The meeting will began at 9:30 am and the award will be among the first items on the board's agenda so we should be finished by 10:15.  Checked out the location. The meeting will be in the Conference Room which is located on the the second floor of the office complex on the Northwest corner of the Continental shopping center. It is next to the True Value Hardware store. There is an elevator on the corner of the building - when you exit the elevator walk straight ahead and you will see a sign "Conference Room". Hope to see you there as it is an honor well earned by our club.
I was sitting in church the other day and we had a visiting pastor.  He stepped up to the podium and I saw a young man who I thought was all of 14 years old.  I know my wife thinks that I either sleep through the sermon or just don't pay attention.  But this young man got my attention and as he went on I found that his sermon drew me in, and I listened carefully.  As I continued to listen I associated the sermon to our Rotary Club.  So today I am going to talk about our Rotary Club being a “Deep Club.”
 
We have all attended Rotary Conferences and by now heard that we should strive to be a VIBRANT CLUB.  I believe that we can build on that goal and take it a step higher.  I believe that we can be a DEEP CLUB.  We are going to take a look at what is a Deep Club.  What is the DNA of a Deep Club?  What does it mean to us as individuals and as an organization to be a Deep Club?
 
There is a thought leader, Simon Sinek, who writes about how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change.  He says that most of us fall from our path because we focus so much on what we do that we forget why we do it.  If we are going to make a difference personally and organizationally, long term, then we really have to be intentional about why we do what we do.
 
So why a Deep Organization?  Because the story of our organization matters!  The story of Valle Verde Rotary matters.  Let us celebrate this club because the people in this club have a story in this community and in this world.  While we as Valle Verde Rotary members meet in this humble quarters our story is being told in this community.  Each of us, each of you also has a personal story, your place, your bigger story that also matters. 
 
As we age and go about our business our story becomes a little foggy.  Things have changed.  The community has changed. What took care of people, what satisfied people, what attracted people years ago no longer works.  Consider the church service of yesterday.  Some of those services in big tents, loud music, dramatic sermons.  They have all faded away because they no longer meet the needs of their members. Service clubs don’t attract people and keep members like they used to.  When organizations focus on community, connection, and collaboration they thrive. When it’s about the people.  When it's about the transformational power of relationships, community and engagement then the organization as a Deep Organization is important.  So we are all here for a worthy purpose, not by accident, and we are part of the story.
 
Any organization can have great speakers, parties, lunches, videos, and slogans.  Our story is important because we are a deep club.  We are about purpose, community, and service that engages us to one another as well as to those we serve.
 
In Tucson a collection of organizations gathered to talk about how to make Tucson a flourishing city.  This conversation generated more questions, including “What is the DNA of a transformative city?  What are the keys to organizations that are transforming their people, and their people are transforming the organization and the community around them?  Are their common characteristics?  Research finds that Deep Communities and companies do three things together.
  1. They create together.
  2. They lead and love together.
  3. They invest in each other.
 
This sounds pretty corporate, touchy freely, lofty, and broad.  But this comes from the Bible.  Go figure right!  After all this was a sermon.
 
The commentary goes  deeper with direction to care for what already exists but also to create what doesn't yet exist. We all perform random acts of kindness; hold the door, pay for a cup of coffee, etc.  We should continue those good deeds but it is not enough because true good deeds and service comes from the grit under your nails, the shovel in the dirt, and the sweat on your brow.  This is the hard work, creative, loving transformative service that transforms communities and people.  Deep Organizations care for what already exists and create what doesn't yet.  Deep Organizations create together.
 
Deep organizations demonstrate inter generational collaboration, the younger with the older.  We must be role models and mentors to those who join and those who follow.  Research shows that a critical factor in people leaving the church is the absence of relationship with an older person.  In the workplace, Employees quit their jobs not because they dislike their work but because of their boss, supervisor, or CEO.  ROTARY clubs lose members because of lack of engagement, absence of relationship.  Younger people want to have a relationship with you.  There is a younger person who desperately needs a relationship with you.  A Deep Organization requires that young people and older people have relationships.  This requires older Listening to the younger, and the younger listening to the older.  Mentors most often say, “I have this wisdom.  Let me pour it into you.”  Young people want you to pour it into them but they also need an opportunity to share back.  A Deep Organization leads and loves together.
 
Investing and resourcing into each other is important.  In Tucson, at the University of Arizona, 82% of the graduates leave Tucson upon graduation.  Only 18% will stay.  Deep Organizations must invest in its members to give them reason to stay.  University of Arizona graduates are lacking mentorship and professional connections, someone that will help them reach their dreams and goals.  They are lacking people that will invest together with them.
 
We are a Deep Organization.  We have a story, we have human resources, we have much to offer.  Younger people can benefit so much from a connection with the members of Valle Verde Rotary.
 
What does all this mean for us as individuals?  Be creative: See a need, fill a need.  At home, at work, in community, and in the world.  If you are filling a need you are being creative.  Relationships: Make time for relationships.  Allow younger and older to be near you.  Us older folks don't know how to have a relationship.  We get things done by checklists.  We do so many good things but they are so much more about the check boxes and check lists than about relationships.  Young people are much better about relationships than us older people.  We can learn from them.  Let us encourage each other through relationships. 
 
Deep Organizations, deep communities; Create together, They lead and love together, and They Invest in Each other.  Valle Verde Rotary is a Deep Organization and our story matters.  This year Sahuarita, Green Valley, District 5500, and Rotary International will hear our story.  Together we will Serve Humanity.
 
This year is the year of politics at the national and state levels. How do we treat politics in our Rotary Clubs and our own Valle Verde Rotary Club in particular? Are there lines not to be crossed? If so, what are they and how do we know we have crossed a line or just merely approached? The following article from the April 2016 Rotarian Magazine provide the guidance we are looking for.
"YOU'RE ALL INVITED!!  On Wednesday, April 27th, your club will be awarded the "Friend of Sahuarita" award.  The award will be presented during the Sahuarita Unified School District Governing Board meeting. The meeting will be held at 6:30 PM in Sub Hall B of the District Auditorium (Bldg 21), located at 350 W. Sahuarita Road. District Governor Frank Presson will also attend the presentation.
 
It will be a great opportunity to "show off" our wonderful club to members of the Sahuarita community. More info will be provided at Thursday's meeting"
 
 

At the regular meeting held on Thursday, March 3, 2016, our program was presented by Valle Verde Rotary Club member Sandy Wahl who was the Coordinator of the RYLA
(Rotary Youth Leadership Award) program sponsored by the Rotary Clubs in the I-19 corridor of District 5500 of Rotary International.! There were eight youth delegates from our area in this year’s event, as follows: Sienna from Arivaca, Robert, Destiny and Shane from Sahuarita, Jacqueline and Carson from Green Valley, Paolo from Brazil, and Kiki from Rio Rico. The total number of RYLAdelegates from all of District 5500 was 103.!

The RYLA event was held at Chapel Rock in Prescott over a period of 4 days in January in snow and cold weather. All of the delegates were within an age range of 14 to 18 years as required by RYLA rules. The activities in which the delegates participated included a culture walk in which the delegates shared their thoughts about their families and their upbringing, a zipline experience, evening karaoke singing, an egg drop contest, rope climb, personality analysis using color choices, dance instruction including limbo), creating and performing skits, and a devotional service on Sunday morning at which the attendees shared their personal beliefs.! As much as all of these activities generated a bonding among the delegates, the highlight of the program was the appearance of Jerry Traylor, an exceptionally talented motivational speaker, who inspired his youthful audience and program staff with ideas and recommendations for successful lives.! All delegates had to surrender their electronic devices for the duration of the RYLA program. One interesting consequence of this was that when their electronics were
 returned to them when they boarded the busses to return home, there was almost an immediate occurrence of most of the delegates being oblivious to anything except their cell phones, I-pads and other devices.!

A great time and learning experience was had by all. ! !!!!!!

World Peace is a goal of all Rotary Programs. This nearly impossible goal, just like Polio Eradication was, is a goal worthy of Rotary Internationals best efforts. In order to foster peace Rotary International has established six Rotary Peace Centers around the world. Five of these Centers offer master’s degrees in Peace and Conflict Resolution. The sixth Center, located at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand offers a three month Professional Development Certificate Program to professionals working in the field. Today’s speaker, Dimitria Clayton, is a graduate of the Chulalongkorn University program. Dimitria was sponsored by the Valle Verde Rotary Club. Dimitria graduated with honors from the program among professionals from around the world and working in such diverse fields as Law Enforcement, Academia, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) focused on peace issues around the world, Journalists, and others. The syllabus for the program included Diagnosis of Conflict, Root Causes of Conflict, Negotiation Skills, Media Training, Post Conflict Transformation, etc. There were also field trips to regions in South East Asia that have seen serious conflicts with some resolution. These trips included one to the golden triangle of Miramar, Laos, and Thailand where armed conflicts around the opium trade flourished and another in Cambodia where the Khmer Rouge did much damage in years past. Dimitria was well served by the knowledge gained in this program and put her increased understanding to work, immediately upon graduation, solving the logistical and governmental issues associated with the mass migration currently impacting her present country of residence – Germany. Dimitria also expressed thanks to all who supported her involvement in the Chulalongkorn program. In conclusion Dimitria suggested that future Rotary International involvement with Peace and Conflict Resolution could/should focus on the massive migration issues facing the world.

Hi Rotary Friends and Supporters,
 
Thank you for your support of my effort in the Ride to End Polio in the 21 November El Tour de Tucson.  This aging body made the 40-mile ride this year in about 3.5 hours.  I assure you that the thought of your generosity helped keep me going--in the initial steep hill climb and in the final ten miles. 
 
All in all, you contributed $3, 115 which, with the Bill and Melinda Gates 2:1 match, earned $9,345 to eradicate polio from the face of the earth...which could happen in 2016 (Pakistan will be tough but current numbers are encouraging).  When I get the numbers from all of our 100 or so riders, I will let you know.
 
Special thanks to JP and Kathleen.  John Pilger contributed himself and sent your money into The Rotary International Foundation--for which you received Paul Harris credit.  Anne, you will receive a Rotary ID number and when you join Rotary, you will have your contribution to your credit.  Kathleen contributed big time and took the attached picture and got some publicity for Rotary's Polio work in the Green Valley News (November 29, p B-3 "Riding Strong").
 
From the children of the world who will now live healthy, normal lives, many thanks!
 
Valle Verde RC's Rotary Peace Fellow, Dimitria Clayton, literally stole the show at the 10th Anniversary Conference of Rotary's Chulalongkorn University Peace Center in Bangkok.  The conference was telecast worldwide.  We saw Dimitria live on Thanksgiving evening, 9-10 pm Arizona time, which was Friday morning in Bangkok.
 
Dimitria had a ten-minute opening statement on the immigration crisis in Europe (where she works), and then responded to a half dozen questions from the floor--all in two minutes.  She spoke fluently and with passion, only occasionally glancing at her notes.  She was clear, succinct, and substantive.  She couched her remarks in the context of the world history of immigration--not only is it a humanitarian effort by the receiving country, but an economic benefit to the same receiving country.  Dimitria very effectively debunked the current myths that immigrants deny locals jobs and are a drain on society.  She complimented those subgroups in European countries which have formed welcoming committees for the new immigrants.
 
And...she has already thanked us for watching and commenting on her one-hour segment!  Dimitria will come visit our club in the new year.
Opportunities for Rotary Family Health Days
 
As of today, Rotary Family Health Days in Africa has served 1.23 million patients since 2011 in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa.  Our model for measuring sustainability is now used in all four countries and is endorsed by the CDC, the Coca Cola Africa Foundation, and TRF staff.
 
If you want to go as a Rotary volunteer in any of the four countries, paying ~$1500 airfare and ~$100 visa, we can have you picked up at the airport and home hosted in nice accommodations.  We are adding India in 2016.  Volunteers at RFHDs can--work registration, greet and guide patients, help elderly and disabled get priority treatment, sort and distribute prescribed medicines, interview patients and get informed consent forms for evaluation follow up.  White folks, of course, stand out and the patients are honored that you have come to assist.  There is nothing like having them come up and say:  Thank you for loving us!
 
Some tourism will no doubt be provided by your hosts at no cost.  Special wildlife reserves and spectacular parks can be arranged by Rotary-connected tour agents at very low-cost.  South Africa and Uganda have prime sites, but Ghana and Nigeria have some charming venues as well.  You will be safe and well-cared for.
 
All countries--in Africa and India--will hold RFHDs for three days in late October 2016.  Uganda will also do early April 2016, just prior to our Vocational Training Team on diagnostics for rural health providers.
 
Contact me at silverlode@cox.net or 399-3994 if you might be interested.
There were two trips to Arivacca last week. The First visit was to meet the Arivacca Action Center Board on Nov.8th where future plans for the shade project ($3000 from club + $3000 from the District) were discussed. The Arivacca preschool program is required to provide a certain amount of shaded area for the children attending the program as a state requirement. (While the program would have liked VV Rotary Club to underwrite scholarships for children, they fell outside of what we could do.) Chad Denson will be overseeing the project in part because he lives there and because he brought the needs of the preschool program to the attention of the Club. 
 
The second trip was by Rotarian Andi Grantham who visited with Nathalie Dresang on Friday, Nov 13 at the Learning Center. They worked putting together a program for club participation with the Leaning Center. There will be many opportunities for club members to help with the learning center in the future. Andi will be briefing the club in the coming weeks and hopefully we'll be able to launch the program at the start of the New Year.
Proud to be a member of the Valle Verde Rotary Club
 
This past weekend – Thursday through Saturday – I participated in the District 5500 Annual Conference. As you know, Virginia Juettner was the Chairperson of the event. Throughout the conference, our club member came together to support Virginia and Bob. The key words were “How can we Help?”  Members staffed the Sergeant at Arms positions, were Shelter Box Ambassador's, registered participants, decorated venues, solved audio/visual problems and worked with our Interactors and Exchange student. Together they helped make the conference a total SUCCSESS. Throughout, we all had great FUN and many, many Laugh's. It was without doubt a GREAT event for a GREAT club.  Thank You.  President Jim
 
I won’t say how old I am but I can remember sitting in my parents kitchen 65 years ago and listening to the Superintendent of schools push for a bond issue so the schools could continue to operate and the facilities be maintained. This morning we were pleased to have both the Superintendent of the Continental School, Dr. Scott Hagerman, and the Superintendent of the Sahuarita School District, Dr. Manny Valenzuela, at our breakfast meeting. They were both there to discuss, guess what, funding of their respective institutions. The beat just goes on. The difference between these two institutions is striking: Sahuarita has 6,000+ students enrolled in their schools and Continental School has nearly 600. However, in both cases they are attempting to get overrides/bonds passed, at the upcoming November 3 election, to make up for the funds that the State of Arizona’s Legislature has approved but not funded. The bonds are for funds for a variety of shortages that the schools need to operate. These include facilities construction/maintenance, teacher/administrator salaries, acquisition of new school buses that are aging rapidly, etc. More specifically, Continental School is seeking an Override to the existing levy. In this case an existing bond issue continuation that amounts to ≈$24.00/household/year will simply continue if the override passes. These funds are used to reduce class size, to offset funding reductions from the State of Arizona, to continue with essential programs, and to prepare for the funding impact that the school will receive once the student population exceeds 600. The Sahuarita School District is facing a completely different set of issues. The student population in Sahuarita is growing by leaps and bound and at the same time state funding of the Shuarita School District has been cut on the order of $2.2 million dollars of 85% of the original funding allocation. Thus  the need for taxpayer funds to support building construction/maintenance, cafeteria revitalization, a new fine arts building, etc. Consequently the Sahuarita School District is asking for a new bond that will cost the residents ≈$60.00/household/year. Both Dr. Hagerman and Dr. Valenzuela made excellent points when it comes to the funding needs of their respective schools. It is now up to the voters to decide the fate of these propositions.
 
Now that we have officially left August behind and crossed into the coming fall months, this would be a good time to look ahead at the varied social events we have planned for the 2015-2016 Rotary year.
Some are pretty well set while others are still in the planning or nailing down the details stage.  All of these will be announced ad nauseam at our Thursday meetings. So here goes.....
 
SEPTEMBER
10  THIRSTY THURSDAY QUAIL CREEK 4:30-??
18  TAMALE DEMO AND PARTY?? (AWAITING CHURCH TRUSTEES APPROVAL) 6:00-8:00
 
OCTOBER
8   THIRSTY THURSDAY EASY ST. ARIZONA FAMILY RESTAURANT 4:30-??
17  NON-POOL PARTY/BBQ ESPERANZA ESTATES SUNSET RAMADA 4:00-8:00
 
NOVEMBER
12  THIRSTY THURSDAY/VV BIRTHDAY PARTY 19TH HOLE 4:30-?? 
14  UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA-UTAH FOOTBALL GAME TIME TBA
 
DECEMBER
10  THIRSTY THURSDAY QUAIL CREEK 4:30-?? 
 
JANUARY
14  THIRSTY THURSDAY EASY ST. 4:30-??
 
FEBRUARY
GASLIGHT THEATER DATE AND TIME TBA
11  THIRSTY THURSDAY QUAIL CREEK 4:30-??
27  JAZZ IN THE DESERT VII QUAIL CREEK TIME TBA
 
MARCH
10  THIRSTY THURSDAY EASY ST.  4:30-??
19  SOJOURNERS FAIR WELL PARTY ESPERANZA ESTATES SUNSET RAMADA 4:00-8:00
 
APRIL
14  THIRSTY THURSDAY QUAIL CREEK 4:30-??
17  UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA REPERTORY THEATER  RENT 1:30
 
MAY
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA BASEBALL GAME DATE AND TIME TBA
1    2016 MEXICAN CRUISE DEPOSITS DUE
12  THIRSTY THURSDAY EASY ST. 4:30-??
 
JUNE
DIAMOND BACKS BASEBALL GAME DATE AND TIME TBA
9   LAST THIRSTY THURSDAY QUAIL CREEK 4:30-??
 
JULY
DIAMOND BACKS BASEBALL GAME DATE AND TIME TBA
28 2016 MEXICAN CRUISE FINAL PAYMENTS DUE
 
AUGUST
DIAMONDBACKS BASEBALL GAME DATE AND TIME TBA
 
And now, a friendly disclaimer....The above list is for your planning purposes only and not meant to be all inclusive. Any additions, deletions or corrections will be announced as early as possible at our regular meetings.
And, as always, guests are ALWAYS welcome at any Valle Verde Rotary Club function.
 
 
 
I will soon be leaving Bangkok. It has been an exciting experience. I have learned a lot during this time about peace building and immensely enjoyed the companionship and solidarity of the other fellows. 
 
We got back last weekend from our field trip to Cambodia where we were able to see the struggles of rebuilding a country after the trauma of the years under the Khmer Rouge. During our stay we visited the Killing Fields, a Khmer Rouge prison, and sat in on a session of the war crimes tribunal. It was not one of the most cheerful legs of the trip -but certainly an incredible experience.  Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world is a very dynamic place with a booming economy. The challenges to achieving sustainable development in the country are tremendous, but I had the impression that particularly the youth are committed to seeing the country change. I highly recommend a trip to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. It was hot and crowded but fascinating.
 
We will have our final group activity tomorrow - a public seminar with amongst others, our Rotarian sponsors and friends. I have attached the program, so that you have some idea of the issues we will talking about and included a picture from a day that we visited one of the local host Rotary clubs. After that we get our certificates and, hopefully graduate. I am one of two fellows voted by the group to represent them with a farewell speech at the during the graduation ceremony.
 
 I’ll have a couple of days to rest before heading back to Germany on 31 August. I understand that there are many ways to remain connected to the Rotary Peace Center through their alumni program. We will be briefed on that on the last day. I am looking forward to that. It would be a pity if my involvement with Rotary and the Peace Center had to end here.
 
By the way, the Peace Center is preparing a series of videos with brief interviews of the fellows as part of the 10 year celebration of the program. I have done one with a brief message to Valle Verde. I don’t know how the interview turned out, but if it’s not embarrassing, I’ll make sure you get a copy as a possible two-minute contribution to the district convention in September.
 
I am planning my next trip to Arizona for Jan/Feb 2015. I will certainly report back to you and the club on the fellowship then.
 
Thanks again to you and the club for your support! It has been an incredible experience.
 
All the best to you and the Club,
 
Dimitria
 
 
 
 
Valle Verde Rotary Club Meets at 300 W. Esperanza Blvd. Green Valley, AZ 85614
Thursday Mornings at 6:45
 
Email us at valleverderotary@gmail.com
 
 
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