Debbie Kenyon, Historic Canoa Ranch Comm Liaison
Dec 03, 2020
Historic Canoa Ranch Parks
Roxana Rico, Continental School Superintendent
Dec 10, 2020 7:00 AM
“Navigating Through Uncharted Waters”
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Dec 17, 2020 7:00 AM
Valle Verde Rotary Christmas party and gift exchange
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Dec 24, 2020 6:45 AM
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Valle Verde Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:45 AM
United Methodist Church of Green Valley
300 W Esperanza Blvd.
Green Valley, AZ 85614
United States of America
Weekly ZOOM Meetings Dec 3, 10 & 17 NO MEETINGS Dec 24 & 31 If you'd like to visit, please e-mail us at valleverderotary@gmail.com for more information.
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Dear Valle Verde Rotarian,
I hope that you had a very Happy Thanksgiving.
This decision has been made with careful consideration regarding the safety of our members.
There has been a rising number of Covid cases in our County recently. Due to the Thanksgiving gatherings and people traveling out of state to visit families, projections of a high increase of Covid cases are expected as the first wave following Thanksgiving and then another wave is expected after Christmas. Therefore, we will begin to have our meetings through Zoom only beginning on Dec. 3rd. We will not meet in person until the beginning of the year.
The tentative date for resuming our Hybrid meeting (in Person,Zoom and Facebook Live) will be January 7, 2021.
I will be sending you the Zoom invite and information on Tuesday.
Our scheduled presenters will be notified of the changes and we will not be having our Christmas Gift Exchange on Dec. 17th.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this message, please contact me.
Yours in Rotary,
Charlotte Gates
President, Valle Verde Rotary Club
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🏆
I reach out to all of our members regarding the current news about the continuing rise of Covid cases and projection of a greater number during the upcoming holidays.
If we want to continue to meet in person we must be even more diligent in our protocols at our regular meetings. We provide sanitizer, wipes and gloves available along with masks at our front table.
We need to ensure that all members wear their masks throughout the duration of the meetings. The only exception is during the time we have allotted for breakfast.
I was dismayed when I saw several of our members not wearing their masks during our meeting on Thursday. This is not acceptable. We do offer Zoom and Facebook Live if wearing a mask is an issue for a member.
Laura Romero, our speaker for St. Andrew’s clinic gave her presentation to us in person because she knew our protocol and felt safe to come out to meet with us. That was her first time out to present to a group. I am proud of what we have been doing and feel that our members are as safe as we can be as long as all of us follow the guidelines.
Our hybrid meetings are structured to meet the needs of all of our members by offering three methods to participate – in person - Facebook Live – and Zoom.
I do not wish to offend anyone but feel it is my responsibility as President to make sure our actions at our in person meetings are beneficial to all concerned.
Yours In Rotary,
Charlotte Gates
President, Valle Verde Rotary Club
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)
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.
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.
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.
Rotary International has come out with a statement on racism which promotes bringing people of different races together by listening and learning.
Valle Verde plans to return to in-person meetings starting July 2 through August 27 at American Legion Post 131 on Esperanza.  Breakfast will be served there by Martin.  For those not ready to return to in-person meetings in July and August, attendance by ZOOM or Facebook will be made available.  Steve is figuring out the technical stuff.
Valle Verde applied for and received an additional $300 District Grant and distributed $150 each to the Sahuarita and Community Food Banks.
There will be a Peace Pole dedication ceremony at Desert Meadow Park in either July or August.  Date to be determined.
President Charlotte Gates opened the meeting with a reflection focusing upon the lessons we have learned throughout the corona virus pandemic.  Charlotte expressed gratitude for Rotary and the opportunity to commit to service beyond oneself.  Thirty-two participants joined the weekly meeting through ZOOM. 
Another Interact Graduate!
Morgan Boone says..."Next year I hope to be in Thailand as an RYE but I want to take psychology classes at Pima Community College and take unusual classes like a culinary course."
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