SPEAKERS
David Simmer
May 20, 2021 7:00 AM
Water Poverty on the Navajo Nation
Club Assembly
May 27, 2021 5:00 PM
“Adios Senora Presidenta”
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Valle Verde Rotary Hybrid meetings return to the Ramada on April 1st! We'll also stream on Zoom and Facebook Live. Safety protocols will be followed – Masks, sanitizer, and gloves will be provided. 763 W Calle del Ensalmo
(Intersection of Portillo & Calle de Ensalmo)
Club Meeting Info
Valle Verde Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:45 AM
Usually - United Methodist Church of Green Valley
300 W Esperanza Blvd.
Green Valley, AZ 85614
United States of America
Weekly outdoor hybrid meetings. 763 W Calle del Ensalmo (Intersection of Portillo & Calle de Ensalmo) If you'd like to visit, please e-mail us at valleverderotary@gmail.com for more information.
Home Page Stories
At our meeting Thursday, April 29, retired Judge Ted Borek's presentation on Civil Discourse had many opportunities for involvement.  Here's a recap of the web sites he mentioned:
 
Engaging Differences:  www.engagingdifferences.org

CommonSense American (CSA):  www.commonsenseamerican.org

Golden Rule 2020:  www.goldenrule2020.org

Next Generation:  www.nxtgenusa.org

Divided We Fall:  www.dividedwefalltv.org

For many years, the Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley has presented “Jazz In The Desert” as a major fundraiser, benefitting area schools’ jazz bands and other Rotary projects.  Through the Spring of 2020, that amount has totaled over $125,000.  Knowing that conditions would not be right for a live “Jazz” event in the spring of 2021, the Club launched “Jazz In The Desert Reimagined” in November 2020 as a non-event event. Contributions and sponsorships were overwhelmingly successful.
At the Club’s regular weekly meeting on Thursday, April 1, the Club gave $1000.00 checks to these teachers: (photo, L-R)
Donald Heaton - Nogales High School
Joe Ferguson - Continental School
Quinn O'Donnell - Rio Rico High School
Lisa Sargeant-Myers - Sahuarita Middle School
Ryan Carle-Ogren - Walden Grove High School
Mark Phillips - Great Expectation Academy
Christine Garcia - Sahuarita High School
On Saturday, January 9, 2021, Valle Verde Rotary member Ron Darrah wrote;

It is with a great deal of sadness this evening that I must report to you that Dr. Peter Eichman recently passed away. Peter was a great man in so many ways and a long time member of the Valle Verde Rotary Club.
 
When Peter was still attending Rotary meetings he would always prepare a "medical minute/moment" for the membership and I was always impressed how current and spot on the information was for the audience. He could and would explain it so everyone could understand. I think he never stopped reading the latest and greatest developments in the medical field so he could pass them along.
 
I believe Valle Verde Rotary Club and Rotary projects were a passion for Peter. He was always ready to pitch in on projects involving children such as Birthday books and Dress for Success. In addition he encouraged and assisted the club in awarding each year a scholarship to a student studying in the field of nursing. 
 
Peter loved our club so much he setup "The Peter Eichman Fund" to help insure the future of our club and the projects we do in his honor. 
 
I remember one particular meeting we had a speaker from a shelter for women talking about the work they were doing to help women and their kids get out of dangers situations. Because of Peter and others club members we were able to make a sizeable donation to a very worthy cause.
 
For those who were fortunate to know Peter you know he was one of the finest humanitarians to set foot on the earth, a wonderful friend and a great great Rotarian. More often than not he gave us a reason to smile.
 
Peter we will miss you so much and we will continue to make you proud of "your" Rotary Club.
 
Ron D.
 
 
Rotary Club of Valle Verde-Green Valley, Arizona
Invocation/Reflection
December 10, 2020
“Chanukah is for Everyone”
Earlier this week I opened email from a rabbi who wrote, “Chanukah is for Everyone, not just Jews.” It was an
invitation to online Lighting of Menorah candles to celebrate Chanukah Shabbat Services tomorrow night and
Saturday.
Rotarians worldwide celebrate the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. Time for families to recall when Temple
sanctuary oil to provide light for only one night was said to have lasted for eight. Time to remember how God came,
through the Maccabees, to save people who were suffering and oppressed. Chanukah candles are Lights of Joy,
Freedom, Courage. Lights of Hope. Lights of Healing and Transformation.
For Rotarians who are Christian, now is the season of Advent. Time to light Advent candles and prepare for the
coming of Christmas with its message of Peace and Good Will. A Family Festival featuring Candles and Light to
celebrate that God is The Light of the World who Comes to Save. To Heal. To Transform. Advent and Christmas
bring the Light of Hope, Joy, Good Will. Light of Peace and Love.
This morning, let us ask God’s blessing. Let us bless God. And Let us bless one another:
Oh, God, we remember your saving actions of the past. Now, as a wretched pandemic rages throughout the
world, we wait and pray with Hope to be saved by your Coming. Festivals of Light teach us that Chanukah is
for Everyone, not just Jews. Advent and Christmas are for Everyone, not just Christians. May we proclaim
with the ancient prophet Isaiah, “The People who walked in Darkness have seen a Great Light!” “Our God
Comes to save us!”
Bless us that we may bring the Light of Rotary—Light of Truth and Fairness, Light of Good Will and Better
Friendships, Light of Beneficence. The Light of Peace. And Love. May we be People of Light.
Let all the people say, “Amen.”
(Kathleen M. Silvers, Rotary Club of Valle Verde-Green Valley)
The Valle Verde Rotary club and Interactors did The Walk for Alzheimers around Sahuarita Lake this morning. The team raised $1200+. Congratulations team! You are the best🏆
Several years of planning came together Saturday, September 12, as members of the Valle Verde Rotary of Green Valley gathered to dedicate a ‘Peace Pole’ at Desert Meadows Park.
Past Valle Verde  club President Andi Grantham (who passed away in January 2020) and Past Rotary District 5500 Governor Ellie Patterson  started planning for the project over two years ago. 
The idea of peace poles traces back to Mr. Masahisa Goi (1916 – 1980) of Japan who was moved by the effects of war, and especially the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II.  Mr. Goi coined the phrase “May Peace Prevail On Earth”.  There are now over 200,000 Peace Poles standing in almost every country of the world.
Valle Verde Rotary also dedicated a bench near the Peace Pole in memory of all past Rotarians who have lived the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.
 
(Pictured L-R, club President Char Gates, Bill Grantham, Francis Howe, PDG Ellie Patterson, Tom Cooke)
REGISTER NOW: REGISTRATION FOR (South Center Rotary Youth Exchange)
SCRYE SUMMER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN!
Registration is now open for SCRYE Summer Virtual Conference on Saturday, July 18th. Plenary Session starts at 8:30 AM Central time. Registration closes on July 15th.
A few things to note when registering:
1. You must use the same email when you register that you plan to use the day of the conference.
2. Users joined into the Zoom meeting from the Zoom Mobile App or H.323/SIP devices can participate.
3. Users joining with Chromebook/Chrome OS Chromebooks or Chrome OS or Zoom Rooms are unable to join breakout rooms, but can remain in the main room.
4. If you haven't joined a Zoom meeting yet, use this link to test Zoom on your computer.
 
The Valle Verde Rotary Club is proud to once again be participating in the Jim Click “Millions For Tucson” Raffle.  Raffle tickets are $25.00 each or 5-for-$100.00.  You have until December 4, 2020 to buy your tickets, but why wait.  Valle Verde Rotary has designated St. Andrews Clinic in Nogales as the recipient of all funds raised by our club.

¢  The District Virtual Installation went off without a hitch. Thank you to all who attended. Over 100 registered for the event. Many thanks to Gwen Calhoun of the Sierra Vista South Rotary Club who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and to Bruce Monro of the Tubac Rotary Club who gave the invocation.  And of course many specail thanks to PDG Julie Reppenhagen, who performed a wonderful installation ceremony. . This is our very first District 5500 Virtual Installation and yes, we can “think outside the box”!

 

 

Valle Verde Rotary Club Notes- June 25, 2020
 
Today’s meeting included (at least) 37 Rotarians including Sojourners, Mo, Ernie, and Sharon and guests Bruce Munro and Judith Noyes.  Sharon shared an update on her husband who is being treated for fungal pneumonia.  She is eager to return home.
 
Jim Rusk will celebrate his birthday June 27 and through Facebook has invited Rotarians to donate to the Rotary Foundation as a way of celebrating with him.
In the pre-seven AM conversation, Maureen Raso introduced her two sisters who are visiting her in New Jersey and she is one of eleven children and has six brothers.  Charlotte came in second place with nine kids in her family.  We were happy to see other Sojourners Tom Regnier, Ernie, Sharon, And Carol.  Sharon shared information about her husband who is hospitalized in Tucson with cancer.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Also Bruce Munro, Asst District Governor Elect, and Judith Noyes of the Tubac club were in attendance with us.  There were 33 attendees today.
 
Announcements:
Today’s ZOOM assembly included 34 participants which included Sojourners from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Alaska, and perhaps other places.  Sharon Graiptman is back in Arizona because husband, Peter, is receiving treatment at Banner Hospital.  Charlotte’s husband is being released from a Texas hospital today.
Announcements:
We all have the opportunity to register online for the Rotary International Convention which is free and coming to our homes this year.  There is a link to  register for the convention on the Valle Verde website.
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