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September Edition, #10
Week of September 9, 2019
A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect with Rotary…..and have fun along the way
 
·        Mark your calendar, Presidents-Elect. Southwest Rotary PETS registration opens today, 2019. SW Rotary PETS will take place at LA Airport Marriott on Feb. 7-9, 2020. https://southwestrotarypets.org/reg/ Details will be forthcoming.
 
 ·        Our good neighbor to the north of us, District 5495, is holding its 2nd annual Pursuing Peace Conference on September 20, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Rio Vista Rec Center, Peoria, AZ. The program, JUSTICE – PREREQUISITE FOR PEACEwill examine why Justice is critical for Peace. Registration can be found at www.pursuingpeace.org.
 
  ·        RYLA applications for Delegates, Junior Counselors and Adult Advisors are due November 1. Please go to our District website for application information, www.rotaryd5500.org.
 
·        Update on District Conference Cruise! Cabin pricings are starting to increase so it’s still a good time NOW to reserve a cabin. We will be sailing from Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, Mexico, October 25th-28th. Break-out sessions and speakers will be featured on the first day of sailing. On the second day, there will be a service project in Ensenada fixing up an education center that serves special needs children.  We’ll team up with local Rotarians from District 4100 and then enjoy a nice luncheon afterwards in a nearby vineyard.  Reserve a cabin now by contacting Mike Sloane at Cruise Connections, 336-414-1997or mike@cruiseconnections.com.  Register on www.rotaryd5500.org.  Registration is free but you’ll be able to sign up for the Charter Bus ($114/pp) and the Vineyard lunch ($25).  ***There is also a perfect opportunity to promote your business District-wide. The Cruise With A Cause II Conference Program will include ads of various sizes starting at just $50.00. Individuals can advertise their business. Clubs may also use this opportunity to promote a fundraiser or a service project. Choose your level and then simply submit your Word document or PDF file to Wendy Hobbs wbtucson@gmail.com along with your contact number. Contact Wendy for more information about pricing for ad sizes.
 
·         Our first District Leadership Retreat is right around the corner! If we want Rotary to survive, our clubs have to change to grow. How do we do that? Find out on Saturday, Sept. 21st, 10am-1pm at the Habitat For Humanity branch on Mountain Ave. in Tucson. There is no charge and lunch will be served.  All Presidents, AGs, PEs, and PNs are strongly encouraged to attend.  Please register on our website: www.rotaryd5500.org (on the left side, click on “Training (Including PEs)".   There will be links for "Leadership Retreat Registration” and “Leadership Retreat Information" which will answer many of the questions you and/or your club leaders might have.
 
  ·           We are in our final days for submitting applications for our District 5500 Awards program. They are due September 15.  This program was designed to recognize the accomplishments of District 5500 Rotary Clubs and was created by PDG Joe Hentges. The Awards program is being carried forward by our most recent PDG, Kirk Reed, and there are seven categories for the year 2018-2019. Clubs may apply for more than one. The application and guidelines are on our District website. Contact 2018-2019 District Awards Chair, Barbara Kiernan, at barbarakiernan@cox.net. for questions or additional information.
 
·           Save the date for our Foundation Day events in celebration of The Rotary Foundation.  On November 9th, there will be an interactive Foundation Seminar from 10 am-12 pm that will explore how Rotarians make lives better not only in our communities but around the world. There is no charge. In the evening we’ll put on jeans and cowboy boots or whatever you feel like wearing for the western-themed dinner with music at the fun roof-top entertainment center at the Playground in downtown Tucson. Festivities start at 6:30 pm.  Registration is available on our website.
 
·       Our District 5500 ‘Ride to End Polio’, part of El Tour de Tucson, is right around the corner. On November 23rd, you will find Rotarians on bikes, at aid stations, cheering riders on by supporting those who ride, and celebrating at the Finish Line Booth in downtown Tucson. This year is very special since we are a presenting sponsor and you can be sure you’ll see Rotary District 5500 on shirts, posters, and all promotional pieces! To register, please use this link: https://tinyurl.com/y5hsqdj5.
 
 ·       District Governor Ellie will visit Casa Grande Rotary on September 10, Benson Rotary on September 11, and Oro Valley Rotary on September 12.

 

                              

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                          3rd PRIZE - $5,000 cash! 

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Elias Herrera, director of Casa Vida Nueva  Para Los Ninos (Home for Children) in Nogales, Mexico came to the Club this morning to introduce us to his organization, its circumstances and its goals (with the help of our own Martin Gomez as translator)
     Casa, supported by the New Life Church of God in Tucson, takes in abandoned children ( not all are orphans) of both sexes ranging in age from 1 year to 18. They are presently serving 50 children with a goal of supporting 100. One of its major goals is to stress education through high school and beyond. It is this tress on education that brought us our second speaker of the morning, Reed Olsen of RISE scholastic Achievements, a 501(c)(3) of Green Valley. 
     Rise was created to provide revenue support for the children at CASA. This translates as $600 a year for each child going to high school and beyond. RISE is a totally volunteer organization. 99.5% of all donations to RISE goes to educational funding at CASA.
     The Valle Verde Rotary Club is supporting two CASA children through RISE - - Edgar Medina and Antonio Morales, both currently in high school and will continue to support them to the tune of $600 per year  ( total $1200) should they continue their education beyond high school.

By Michele Lewis 

 

Members of the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers, Sylvia Bencomo , Linda Rundel, and Deputy Sheriff Tom Holtz, presented to our Club a most informative overview of scams occurring in Green Valley and how to protect ourselves from becoming the next victim.  

SAV is one hundred percent donor and volunteer driven.  All operating expenses are fully funded by  foundation and community donations.   Currently there are 130 volunteers who serve in a variety of capacities.  Some volunteer activities include calling daily to check on the welfare of elderly citizens, checking home security and driving through neighborhoods.  The Scam Squad was an outgrowth of the neighborhood watch program as so many questions were frequently asked about computer and telephone scams.  Educating and protecting local businesses, customers and residents of Green Valley is at the heart of SAV’s mission.  

Advice given: 

  • Never pay a fine or debt with gift cards.  

  • Recognize that selling items on-line is fraught with risk for a scam.   

  • Be warned the IRS will not call you to discuss your taxes.    

  • Do not answer questions from a caller you do not know.  

  • Understand scam artists’ phishing is commonplace in an attempt to seek out vulnerable people.   

  • Place notification alerts on your banking accounts when monies are withdrawn.   

  • Install firewalls on computers and cell phones.   

  • Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number.  Robocalls are rampant with billions placed annually. 

  • Guard against placing personal information on Facebook.   

  • Freeze your credit. 

  • Use internet web sites cautiously. 

  • Be skeptical – if it sounds too good – it probably is not true. 

  • Don’t believe the “relative in distress” calls.   

  • Sound out a friend for their reaction and feedback. 

And lastly 

  • Tell the SAV Scam Squad about scam attempts.   

Club Notes of August 29, 2019

By Michele Lewis

 

New member Dean Tibbetts’ Ice Breaker provided Club members with a glimpse into his life. Dean described himself as ordinary and continued his story in an unassuming manner. Dean was born in Fargo, North Dakota and what a tale it was. At age two, Dean was given a hand-written note by his father with instructions to purchase a loaf of bread. Dean walked alone to the grocery store, handed the note to the clerk and returned home with the bread in hand. Afterwards Dean’s father felt the ire of his mother and all the neighbors that witnessed Dean walking alone to the grocery store. In his early childhood the family moved to Minnesota where Dean was raised and educated. Known to be shy, Dean was content to play all sports in his backyard – alone. At age seven he had his first exposure to golf and from then on golf was in his blood. He excelled at golf, played on the high school and University of Minnesota golf team and successfully competed in many tournaments. In 1982 he was invited to play in a charity golf event in Seattle. Much to his surprise and delight he was paired up with a guy named Arnold Palmer.

Dean’s career led him to State Farm Insurance where he first began in the accounting department and progressed to become an underwriter in the auto division. Thirty years later, Dean retired in 2006. At the urging of his wife, Cindy, and his own desire to contribute in a meaningful way to society, Dean joined the local Rotary in 2008. He quickly became involved in fundraising and mentoring programs and one in particular called STRIVE, Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.

In July 2019, Dean and Cindy moved to Green Valley. Soon after Dean joined Valle Verde Rotary Club.

Dean continues to give back to the community through mentoring programs, golf for disabled adults and the First Tee Program in Tucson, designed to teach young children life skills through the game of golf.

Dean and Cindy have one daughter, a school counselor in a middle school in Minneapolis, and are awaiting the birth of their first grandchild.

With Dean’s modesty, I have a feeling that there is much about Dean we did not learn. And as time unfolds the gifts and talents of our newest member will be evident. Welcome Dean!

 

Where are we in the fight to end polio? What bold steps are we taking to get there? Visit the Rotary International Facebook page to RSVP to the Online Global Update. Endpolio.org

No child should have to suffer from this vaccine-preventable disease. Help us make an impact on World Polio Day. Endpolio.org

Smallpox is the only human disease ever eradicated. Let’s make polio the second. Join the fight on World Polio Day. Endpolio.org

How can you triple your impact? Thanks to a 2-to-1 match from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every donation made to Rotary to end polio will be tripled. Donate today. endpolio.org/donate

District News and Upcoming Events:  District Conference Cruise is Oct. 25-28.  Reserve a cabin by contacting Mike Sloane at Cruise Connections, 800-248-7447 or mike@cruiseconnections.com
 
Deadline for submitting applications for our District 5500 Awards program is Sept. 15th  Go to District website for more information
 
District 5495 to the north of us is holding it's 2nd annual "Pursuing Peace Conference on Sept. 20 from 9am-4pm.  Register at www.pursuingpeace.org
 
District Leadership Retreat will be held on Sat., Sept 21 from 10am-1pm at Habitat For Humanity branch on Mountain Ave in Tucson.  Register at District website, left side under "Site Pages" link to Training (including PE's)  There is no charge and lunch will be served.
 
Save the date for Foundation Day on Nov. 9th.  There will be an Interactive Foundation Seminar from 10am-12pm.  There is no charge.  In the evening we'll put on our jeans and cowboy boots or whatever you feel like wearing for a western themed dinner with music at the very fun roof-top entertainment center at the Playground, in downtown Tucson.  Starts at 6:30pm.
 
RIDE TO END POLIO  Nov. 23rd.  Go to: ridetoendpolio.org to register  Our District 5500 is a Presenting Sponsor this year.  Fundraising Goal this year is $50M.
 
Rotary World Peace Conference will take place Jan. 17-18, 2020 at Ontario Calif.  Register at peaceconference2020.org

Club Notes of August 22, 2019

By Michele Lewis

Members of the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers, Sylvia Bencomo , Linda Rundel, and Deputy Sheriff Tom Holtz, presented to our Club a most informative overview of scams occurring in Green Valley and how to protect ourselves from becoming the next victim.

SAV is one hundred percent donor and volunteer driven. All operating expenses are fully funded by foundation and community donations. Currently there are 130 volunteers who serve in a variety of capacities. Some volunteer activities include calling daily to check on the welfare of elderly citizens, checking home security and driving through neighborhoods. The Scam Squad was an outgrowth of the neighborhood watch program as so many questions were frequently asked about computer and telephone scams. Educating and protecting local businesses, customers and residents of Green Valley is at the heart of SAV’s mission.

Advice given:

· Never pay a fine or debt with gift cards.

· Recognize that selling items on-line is fraught with risk for a scam.

· Be warned the IRS will not call you to discuss your taxes.

· Do not answer questions from a caller you do not know.

· Understand scam artists’ phishing is commonplace in an attempt to seek out vulnerable people.

· Place notification alerts on your banking accounts when monies are withdrawn.

· Install firewalls on computers and cell phones.

· Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number. Robocalls are rampant with billions placed annually.

· Guard against placing personal information on Facebook.

· Freeze your credit.

· Use internet web sites cautiously.

· Be skeptical – if it sounds too good – it probably is not true.

· Don’t believe the “relative in distress” calls.

· Sound out a friend for their reaction and feedback.

And lastly

· Tell the SAV Scam Squad about scam attempts.

 Ray Cook, our "Old-timer  Icebreaker" this morning is not new to Rotary. In 1998 he was a founding member of a Club in Illinois and joined the Valle Verde Club in 2001 when he and his wife, Sue, moved to Green Valley permanently.
     Like so many, Ray's army career had a touch of wanderlust. Drafted in 1959, he was moved around the country from base to base  and eventually overseas to Korea. It was the same with army schools - basic training, heavy weapons training, radio school---all in just 2 years. He said his goodbyes to the army as a sargeant.
     His educational career also had a touch of the wanderlust -- Blackburn College, Eureka College, University of Illinois until finally getting his degree in his mid-fifties  from Eastern Illinois University.
     Professionally, Ray spent the bulk of his 30 year career as a laboratory tachnician and supervisor. When Enron purchased the company, Ray was uncomfortable with the new owners and was in the enviable position of being able to take early retirement. "One of the best decisions I ever made."
     In terms of his personal life, he and Sue were married from 1959 until her death in 2008. They raised 3 sons. He latter married an old friend, Dottie and they moved to the Peaks in 2014. Dottie passed away in 2018, Ray is still at the Peaks and still prints the Cactus Chronicle each week. Well done, Ray. A good life. 
Club Notes – August 8, 2019
By Michele Lewis
Club President Andi Grantham held a club assembly with a full agenda of all things Valle Verde Rotary. A fun quiz of club history and facts kicked off the meeting. With many of the questions easily answered there were a few questions that stumped even the most knowledgeable. Can you recall the answer to “What year was Valle Verde Rotary chartered?”
From there Andi led the meeting to a discussion focusing on the plans for this year, membership goals, budget expenses and revenues, and an overview of the Foundation.
I. Membership:
In the spring of 2019 an anonymous member survey was conducted. Twenty-one members responded. Most member comments were positive and satisfied with the club. Positive comments identified the caring nature of club members, meaningful service projects, the opportunities to use one’s own talents and skills, and networking and connections made with others. Dissatisfaction expressed related to the costs of weekly meals and club dues as deemed too high. Another survey will be conducted this fall and once again in January 2020 with hopefully more member participation in the survey.
Current membership totals are: 47 members reflecting an increase of 4.44% from the previous year.
The Membership Team includes Charlotte Gates, Gary Friedman, Sandy Wahl and J.P. Pilger.
Membership goals were identified as:
• To create a club that reflects a diverse membership of age, cultural backgrounds and women
• To increase membership with five new members
• To engage current members
• To celebrate members accomplishments
• To build connections and friendships with one another and
prospective members
• To be more proactive in following up on membership leads
• To explore creative membership arrangements
• To welcome new members and guests
• To seek out members who are frequently absent from weekly meetings
Other ideas were discussed to provide more meaningful opportunities for current members involvement in club activities.
Club Image:
• To improve the contents of the web page and Facebook page
• To improve the weekly newsletter and Cactus Chronicles
• To utilize District 5500 Newsletter by sending notices of our club events and pictures of our club members in action
• To update club brochure and place packets in display areas throughout Green Valley, i.e. Chamber of Commerce
• To display club signage at events in which we participate
• To explore ways in which club members can promote Rotary, i.e. wearing Rotary clothing at public events
Andi asked the Club members to consider three questions:
1. What is Rotary Club: “We are a leadership organization of local business, professional and civic leaders. We meet regularly to get to know each other and form friendships. Through that we are able to GET THINGS DONE in our community.”
2. What is Rotary: What you see before joining and what you experience after joining.
3. Who is a Rotarian: A Rotarian is a person who…
• Digs wells from which he/she will never drink
• Vaccinates children he/she will never meet
• Restores eyesight for those he/she will never see
• Builds housing he/she/ will never live in
• Educates children he/she will never know
• Plants trees he/she will never sit under
• Makes crawlers into walkers halfway around the world
• Knows real happiness that “Can only be found by helping others”
II. Budget presentation by Charlotte Gates
Annual dues are $300
Proposed budget for 2019 – 2020 is:
Total Revenue $27,720
Total Expenses 29,191$
Net Income/Loss (1471)
III. Rotary Foundation presentation by Gary Friedman
Budget for 2019-2020 is:
Projected income $44,606
Projected Project Expenses 41,279
Net Gain/Loss 3,327
With less than two weeks in this Rotary year, there is not too much news.
  1. Almost President Andi and her consort Bill are still wandering in Europe. Since I don't do Facebook, where in the world are Andi & Bill?
  2. President Paul, who will be receiving his Past President's pin shortly gets to review his year as our President on Thursday.
  3. Very soon to be DG Ellie will be installed on June 23rd at the Tubac Country Club.
  4. President Andi gets home in time to take over on Jun3 27th. Remember, the meeting will be held at the regular time but at Quail Creek. The meeting will also feature the installation of three new members and well as Andi and her board of directors.
 
 
We are counting down to the end of this Rotary year. June 20th will be President Paul big wrap up meeting; June 23rd will sell Ellie Patterson taking over as DG of District 5500 and June 27th will see Andi Grantham taking over as President of Valle Verde Rotary.  A couple of quick notes on the upcoming events: you have until June 15th to register for Ellie's inaugaration which will be held at the Tubac Resort. All of the details and registration can be found on www.rotaryD5500.org. On the 27th Valle Verde Rotary will be meeting at Quail Creek for its weekly meeting.
 
Don't forget that Thursday is Thirsty Thursday at the Agave Resturant at the Diamond Casino staring around 4:30 pm. Guests and potential members are encouraged to attend this no host function.
 
Do not forget contributions for Fisher House are being collected at Thursday's meeting.
Last weekend the population of Hamburg Germany was increased by several thousand. Its only temporary of course but we were told that about 34,000 Rotarians descended on the city! The city has gone all out for Rotary with flags and banners all over town and even hanging from some of the boats in the harbor. There is a big emphasis on youth here and the Rotaractors have manned the information booths and are directing all those people so they get to the right place. They had their own convention over the weekend. Since Saturday we’ve met Rotarians from everywhere and have exchanged ideas about projects and clubs. The District 5500 dinner was fun and the food was fabulous. Did I say food? We found a little Biergarten near our hotel with really good food and great beer. We are already on a first name basis with the servers because we have gone so often. So far we have only been lost on the trains once but after riding around for a while and changing trains a couple times we figured it out.
We enjoyed the opening ceremony from the comfort of the Inspiration Lounge and this morning we are headed off to the second general session and another day of Rotary. Later this week we have a tour or two lined up so we can get the most of our visit to Hamburg then we are off for a visit with Malte and his family.
Tschuss!
Last weekend the population of Hamburg Germany was increased by several thousand. Its only temporary of course but we were told that about 34,000 Rotarians descended on the city! The city has gone all out for Rotary with flags and banners all over town and even hanging from some of the boats in the harbor. There is a big emphasis on youth here and the Rotaractors have manned the information booths and are directing all those people so they get to the right place. They had their own convention over the weekend. Since Saturday we’ve met Rotarians from everywhere and have exchanged ideas about projects and clubs. The District 5500 dinner was fun and the food was fabulous. Did I say food? We found a little Biergarten near our hotel with really good food and great beer. We are already on a first name basis with the servers because we have gone so often. So far we have only been lost on the trains once but after riding around for a while and changing trains a couple times we figured it out.
We enjoyed the opening ceremony from the comfort of the Inspiration Lounge and this morning we are headed off to the second general session and another day of Rotary. Later this week we have a tour or two lined up so we can get the most of our visit to Hamburg then we are off for a visit with Malte and his family.
Tschuss!
Our Rotary year is winding down but not the work. Today, the Board approved Rick Buckman for membership and advanced his name to the membership. The Social Event Calendar was update through May along with the Speakers. Our Club Assembly meeting which is on May 30th, will be held at 5 pm at Triple Play. There will be some competitive event--minature golf and possibly a pinball tournament if a pinball machine can be found in the game room. Before I forget this, Col. Maureen Frey Retired will represent our Club on May 27th, Memorial Day, at the Community Cementery's Veterans Day Recognition.
 
Looking ahead to June, we will have Paul Barker's year in review, Andi Grantham's installation and DG Elle Pattrerson's installation.
 
In the mean time, Aloha from Bob & Virginia
 Phil Silver and Eugene Friesen brought us up to date on the Uganda Project. The Project is part of the Rotary Health Days Project that started in 2011 and now operates in 8 African countries and in India, treating over 3 million patients.
     It is almost impossible to capture the total reach of the Uganda Project.Basically it comes down to empowering women is so many ways. " In so many ways" let's list just a few -- health care including diabedes, cancer, malaria-- training health professionals--family planning--literacy--business training--education of women and girls. If there is a mantra for the Project it might be "Empowering women to be agents of their own destiny".
     Phil and Eugene are deeply committed to the Project, primarily as guides, motivators and evaluators to be sure the Project meets Rotary criteria.
     When asked, "what was your best moment?" Eugene cited the success of the program in enhancing the creativity of women. Phil cited the work of Rotary in the worst slum in Uganda. 
     Though the Club does not financially support the Project, about a dozen members do.
The Food Fight to End Hunger is over and the funds are delivered to the Green Valley and Sahuarita Food Banks. It was a good fight and the winners are the folks who will receive the more than 60,000 pounds of food that your contributions will be converted into.  Great job everyone.
 
As we approaching the end of the Rotary year and if you still have some money left over after April 15th, do not forget about making a contribution to The Rotary Foundation.
 
Isn't control copy, control paste great! I am done typing for now.
 
Changing lives and communities is at the heart of all we do as Rotarians.   And today’s announcements were no different. 
          Ride to End Polio in conjunction with El Tour de Tuscon has raised $53m since 2010.    But the popular bicycling event that has attracted riders from all over the world is in danger of losing its sponsor.  J.P. Pilger appealed to our Club for contributions to this cause.
          Food – Hunger – Poverty.    Under the leadership efforts of John Yeager, the annual March Food Fight to End Hunger took place.   The competition between the Sojourners and those “planted” in Green Valley resulted in donations totaling $6258 and once again the Sojourners won.  Money donated will purchase 60,000 pounds of food.   Just wait until next year – the challenge is on.  
         On Thursday, April 18, Fisher House will experience a flurry of activity with volunteers from our Club.  Please let Max Perry know if you are interested in helping that day. 
        Guest speaker Linda Strader and author of “Summers of Fire” spoke about her experiences as a woman U.S. forest firefighter.  Linda described those seven years beginning with her first assignment in Nogales at the Florida Ranger Station.     Six words can aptly describe her as forest firefighter:  courageous, resilient, strong, determined, brave and reliable.   Fire Chief Chuck Wunder thanked Linda for her work and all the women firefighters in Green Valley who are an integral part of the Green Valley Fire District.    
        Andi Grantham appealed to everyone to complete the Member Survey.  It is important to have your feedback. 
There are some interesting movements in RI these days. Five of us plus three Interactors participated in a Day of Peace Program last Saturday. Peace is nothing new to RI but this was the first event I attended and maybe the first event that was attended and presented by a number of peace organizers in Tucson. 
 
The second big movement is the environment. RI President Barry Rassin started an initiative to speak about environmental impacts especially of rising sea levels. He does not mention hot button words as global warming or climate change but tell audiences about what will happen to his country, the Bahamas as a result of rising sea levels. Finally, the Rotary Foundation adopted a stance on emergency response and is offering Disaster Response Grants to districts to implement response activities. Grant will be made up to $25,000 per project but consecutive projects may be funded.
 
On the club front, we should have the big reveal for the Food Fight to End Hunger this week as John Yaeger is back.  We will see who wins the competition based upon a per capita amount raised by each group and the per capita amount raised by each club as of March 31st.
 
We also have a new scribe--Michele Lewis. She is the first woman to join the ranks of club reporters. Way to go Michele!
 
I just read last week's write up on post polio syndrome as I had to leave the meeting early. In the past, I have questioned the importance of the report but now understand its value. I had no idea that post polio syndrome was so prevalent even though I knew/know some polio survivors.
 
Onto to this week. This is our last meeting before the Food Fight to End Hunger concludes on Mar 31st. Please dig deep! We, the regulars, may have a window of opportunity to shine as I believe John Yaeger is cruising the southeast coast of the US and will not be there this Thursday. How glorious it would be if we retained our banner and the regulars once again won the club competition!  Whether we win or lose, the folks who need the help are the big winners.
 
There are a number of updates to future events and at least one addition, the Southern Arizona Day of Peace. If birthdays and anniversaries are wrong or missing please let me know and I will update your records. One critical lack of information is birth years for some of our female members. This is a common problem and is recognized by RI and it correction is built into the Rotary Citation by having at least 60% of club members report their birth dates through My Rotary. I would be glad to do this if necessary and you trust my discretion.
 
If anyone has heard of the services for Beth Phillips please let me know as a number of members were looking for that information last.
 
Finally, if you signed up for the I-19 luncheon on April 12th in Nogales, Sonora it is time to pay for it and select your entree. The all inclusive cost is $30 payable in cash. I will have the menus at the registration desk for the next three meetings.
 
 
 
 
Today the Club was introduced to an organization known as Polio Epic, Inc. Polio Epic, Inc., founded in 1985, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide education, support and community connections that empower polio survivors with tools necessary to make adjustments needed to continue a life of dignity, independence and interdependence. Two representatives from Polio Epic, Inc., Cece Axton and Micki Minner, spoke to our Club about the issues that polio survivors, who were afflicted in their early years, face in their later years. The issues that polio survivors face in their later years are known as Post-Polio Syndrome. It is estimated that 80% of all polio survivors will be afflicted with Post-Polio Syndrome. The syndrome manifests itself as a slow degradation of muscle structure. There is no known method to slow down the aging process associated with Post-Polio Syndrome and the more active the survivor is, the greater the rate of muscle loss. There are at least nine symptoms that may point to an individual having Post-Polio Syndrome. These include multiple compression injuries, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, body temperature regulation problems, chronic depression, need to overachieve, etc. The bottom line is there is no cure for a Post-Polio Syndrome although all symptoms may be treated as they occur. Much more information on Post-Polio Syndrome may be found on the Polio Epic, Inc. website (https://polioepic.org/). One note of concern is the decreasing vaccination rate among youth in the United States. Vaccination of 95% of the United States population is needed to prevent the re-occurrence of Polio within our population. Currently the percentage of unvaccinated individuals under age 15 is 25%. After all that has been done to eradicate polio it would be a shame to have the virus reoccur in our population!
You might say that today’s talk, given by Dr. Tina Hall, was for the birds – hummingbirds that is.  Dr. Hall spoke this morning on the past, present, and future of the Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds. The Center is located in Patagonia, AZ. The Center began as the backyard of Wally and Marion Paton’s home when it was discovered that rare and not so rare hummingbirds loved to visit their backyard. The Paton’s set up chairs and invited all to come and visit their birder’s paradise. Upon the Patton’s passing the Tucson Audubon Society has taken over the management of the property. Many improvements have been made over the years including the Backyard Pavilion in which visitors may sit, out of the sun, and view the 176+ bird and 60+ butterfly species that visit the Center – especially over the summer months. In addition, The Richard Grand Memorial Meadow delights visitors with thousands of native plants and a 1,200 gallon pond teaming with life including dragonfly larvae and endangered Sonoran Tiger Salamanders. A Streamside Restoration Project has restored four acres of riparian habitat along Sonoita Creek by planting over 3,000 new native habitat-creating plants and removing invasive plant species. Looking towards the future, the Center is involved in a $450,000 capital campaign which is nearly fully 3 funded. Once the capital campaign is concluded, Tucson Audubon will begin the process of replacing the former Paton home. The exterior of the new building will maintain the qualities of a private residence, but the interior will serve multiple needs, including an indoor space to engage the public, a small commercial kitchen for the preparation of bird food and hygienic maintenance of feeders, an administrative space for staff and volunteers, and quarters for short-term overnight stays by visiting researchers, speakers, or artists. The Paton Center for Hummingbirds sounds like a great place to visit whether you’re a birder or not!
 
I was surprised this morning to find an email inviting me to do a club satisfaction survey on Survey Monkey.  (Please take a few minutes to answer the ten questions in the survey.) This along with the rebirth in our garden is a sure sign that this Rotary year is coming to an end. PE Andi is doing the planning work for her presidential year as well as getting ready for her trip to the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Another sign that the Rotary year is ending is the large number of fundraising events taking place in the I-19 Corridor.
 
Please  note that the Board of Valle Verde will hold its regular monthly meeting this month following our Club meeting on Thursday which will be a good chance to meet the exchange students that we are sponsoring along with the Green Valley and Nogales Rotary Clubs.
 
I  also want to call attention to the Day of Peace Program coming up this Saturday. If you are interested in going or need a ride contact me or Virginia as we have room in our car for two people.
 
Right now, the I-19 mixer luncheon appears to be cancelled given the rhetoric about closing the border and relocating CBP agents to other site along the border.  Please see me at the meeting for a refund if you already made a payment on this event.
 
Finally and maybe most importantly, a big Valle Verde Rotary to Steve Sibulsky who just maticulated from Sojourner to Regular Member status on Apr 1st. No fooling.