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It is March which means Jazz in the Desert is over for the year and the Food Fight has begun. The food fight is a friendly competition between the Valle Verde and Green Valley Rotary Clubs and between the Valle Verde Club members and their winter guests. The goal of the food fight is to raise funds to support the Green Valley/Amado and the Sahuarita Food Banks. Today’s speakers were Penny Pestle from the Sahuarita Food Bank and Debby Acuna from the Green Valley/Amado Food Bank. Their goal was to impress upon our membership the importance of the local food banks to our community. The goal of these food banks is to provide emergency food assistance to individuals and families in need. Several interesting facts, which point to the need for the services these food banks provide, were discussed. They are: 16% of the food bank’s clients are seniors; 18,099 individuals were served by the Green Valley/Amado Food Bank last year; 1,800,000 pounds of food were distributed last year; and 33% of food bank clients are children. These facts certainly point to a significant need in the region of Arizona. It was pointed out that the food banks receive goods from the local grocery stores, local growers with fruit trees, and dollars from many clubs and organizations like the Rotary Clubs of Green Valley. For every dollar donated to the food banks four meals may be provided to the needy. I came away from this talk feeling that the Green Valley/Amado and the Sahuarita Food Banks provide a valuable service to the community and I feel that my contribution to the food fight is truly appreciated
Last Saturday was the Sojourners' Farewell party and the attendance was not what was expected. I know the weather turned threatening later in the afternoon but the low attendance indicates that a change is needed.  If you have suggestions about the timing, venue etc. please pass them along to PE Andi. Let's prove the old adage wrong--Rotarians can change. We were successful in one endeavor during the farewell party, the remaining silent auction items from Jazz were sold.
 
Mike Duiven did a great report on last weeks speakers and the need to support our community food banks. We have two more meetings before the Food Fight to End Hunger is over.  Please dig deep and help Valle Verde to win the food fight once again! Would it be asking to much for the regulars members to win? I was truly surprised when PP Ray Cook said we won once. It must have been before my time in Valle Verde Rotary.
 
Friday, April 12th will be an I 19 luncheon at El Marcos in Nogales, Sonora. The cost is $30 for lunch, a drink, tip and transportation from the border to El Marcos and back to the boarder.  There is a limited number of guests and all five clubs are participating so see me to sign up.  I need to caution folks that you have to walk to the vans and then wait in line to get back to the States. CBP no longer has a line for seniors--there goes one of our few perks. Also, passport or border crossing card is required to get back.
Jazz in the Desert is now in the books. If you are wondering how we did financially, you will have to wait until Jim Rusk and Gary Friedman make their report during the meeting. I was very impressed with all of Valle Verde Rotarians, both regulars and Sojourners, who work during the day on Saturday. It was good to see so many new and old faces involved. You might have missed three of us during the matinee performance--Phil Silvers, Ray Cook and myself. We were on site at the Peaks, La Posada and Silver Springs as the matinee was being, in one case trying to be, lived streamed. We had some technical difficulties but we are getting better at this endeavour. Hopeful, we will get it right at all of the sites next year.
 
Here are some reminders of other activities and up coming events:
  1. March is the Food Fight to End Hunger month. We will be collecting money for the local food banks--Green Valley-Amado and the Sahuarita food banks. Check can be made to the food bank of your choice for the AZ Tax Credit program. Cash and checks are welcome.
  2. Thirsty Thursday is next Thursday at Las Agaves. This is a venue change if you have an old events calendar.
  3. The Sojourners Farewell Party is a week from Saturday at the Sunset Ramada. Max Perry has taken this over from Ron Darrah who is missing at sea.

At our regular meeting held February 28. 2019, we were privileged to welcome District 5500 Rotarian Diane Ventura-Goodyear, a current nominee for Governor of District 5500, who, as a member of the Board of Directors of The Rotary Vocational Fund Of Arizona, Inc. (TRVFA), presented a program about that fund.

 

Th goal of TRVFA is to help fund vocational training for persons who need schooling or training in a vocation to enable them to obtain a vocational certification which will enable them to obtain vocational employment in support of their families.

 

TRVFA was formed 20 years ago and has been assisting those in need of vocational training ever since.  The program is open to any person in need of such training, regardless of their age.  To qualify for a program grant, the applicant:  must make application to TRVFA showing financial need; must file the most current Free Application for Student Financial Aid; provide a copy of their Student Aid Report; seek training in a qualifying vocational area; be a legal resident of the State of Arizona; attend a school/training institution; be sponsored by a Rotary Club in Arizona and be interviewed by that club.  If the applicant is accepted, TRVFA may make a one-time grant of up to $3,000 to pursue the vocational training desired.  The grant money is paid directly to the school or training institution, not to the applicant.

 

Preferred programs for priority funding are:  trades, maintenance and contraction; health and wellness; and emerging technologies.  Currently, the predominate area of training is the nursing program.

 

Funding for TRVFA is provided through donations and gifts.  Individuals who donate may be eligible for a deduction against their Arizona income tax, based on the amount of their donations.   

It was Vocation Day and Sue Horton introduced Steve Sibulsky, a sojourner and a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.to take us on a journey through his career. All you had to do was hear that voice to know it was a voice for radio and TV.
     Except for a brief sojourn with Coldwater Creek, Steve's professional life was as the voice and management in radio and TV, mostly in the northwest - Spokane, Tacoma, Great Falls, Montana- but it seemed, always back to Coeur d Alene. If there is a person who has a real sense of the changes in the organization, structure and technology in radio and TV it is Steve.
     Fortunately for us, Steve is the voice of Jazz in the Desert on our local station, KGVY. 
Dr. Manual Valenzuela, Superintendant of the Sahurita Unified School District is no stranger to Valle Verde Rotary. Today he came to talk about the impact of 471 on his schools. Since most had already voted by mail and only members who resided in his district could vote, his presentation was more of an update on his schools now and where he hopes they are going.
     Put succinctly, the Sahurita schools are trying to meet the diverse needs of students - - needs that go beyond the basic academics.This means additional funding and 471 is designed to provide that funding. Some of the needs the funding will address are:
 
   -- expanded physical plant
   -- more help for physically and emotionally handicapped children.
   --expanded counselling programs- so important in helping children deal with the increasingly complex world in which they live.
   --expanded phyisical ed ans sports programs.(i/3 of all children are border-line obese)
   --expand vocational ed options
   --expand military program
   --reduce class size so there is greater opportunity for individualized instruction
 
     Sahurita is a rapidly growing community. Its schools can use all the help they can get. 
 

By John Matthews, Rotary International Vice President 2018-19 and member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island, Washington, USA. Photos by Alyce Henson/Rotary International

Spending the night under the stars sounds romantic. But for hundreds of thousands of Americans, it’s the exact opposite. It’s not a choice; it’s an unpleasant reality that can quickly become detrimental to one’s life. And it happens more often than most people with a roof over their heads might think – 553,742 people were homeless on a single night in 2017. Alarmed by the growing homeless population in our city, my club and I felt compelled to take action.

While Seattle is the 18th largest city in the U.S., it has the third largest homeless population. Reasons include gentrification, sky-high real estate prices, and the availability of great resources. But despite these resources, living on the city streets in miserable, unsanitary, and unsafe.

Tiny house project

Rotary members in Seattle work on the door of a tiny house.

Tiny houses

We first partnered with Operation Nightwatch, which feeds the homeless in Seattle, and began volunteering on a monthly basis. That encouraged several of our members to conduct further research, which resulted in writing a grant to construct tiny houses, defined by city building codes as one-story detached structures that are under 120 square feet.

Our club eventually settled on the ‘Housing First’ model as the best approach. And we found a project and partner we could believe in and fully support. The Tiny Houses Project, owned and operated by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), provides a suitable, safe and humane route to transitional housing for the homeless in the state of Washington. It offers displaced men, women, and children tiny houses which provide immediate access to a better quality of life.

Through this project, people can start rebuilding their lives and eventually contribute to their community. For this reason, we formed a special partnership with LIHI, and committed to building 10 wooden transitional tiny houses that offer a safe community in which to live. Included with the cluster of homes are outreach facilities offering health and medical care, job training, employment, and friendship.

Work day

Funding for these transitional homes went to LIHI in November 2017. On two days in May, Rotarians from our club and District 5030, along with other local groups, constructed 30 tiny houses. Ten of these houses were paid for by a district grant originating with our club.

What began as a serious concern for a major challenge facing our community turned into a collaborative project with other humanitarians who shared our convictions. It proves that small steps can lead to big changes, if we take the time to learn and collaborate with others.

These tiny houses and their communities act as an important intermediate step for providing shelter for the homeless. We plan to continue to help rebuild the lives of those who are down on their luck, one tiny house at a time until we have reduced the homeless rate in Seattle. That’s what People of Action do.

Learn more about how Rotarians are People of Action.

Your Board of Directors met last Thursday and had a quite and productive meeting. The Board approved the passing of the hat for two organizations. The first is for Shelter Box's Indonesian Relief efforts. Former Rotarian Sonja Van Burren left a check for $500 with us last week. Sonja was born in Indonesia 88 years ago. She and Jan, one of our past presidents, were inturned  by the Japanese in 1941, survived and went onto living interesting lives in Asia, Africa and Green Valley. Our goal for passing the hat is $500 to match Sonja's contribution. This will provide housing for 10 people for the year.
 
The second passing will be to help Fisher House probably in Nov. The goal is to raise $750 which will pay for 10 weeks of housing and meals at Fisher House. Max Perry will have more information on this. Also, do not forget the Fisher House donation box this week.
 Kelly Adams, the new CEO at the Santa Cruz Valley hospital came to us this morning to give us an update on the hospital. He prefaced his remarks by making two observations. First the reason for the name chanfe. Actually two reasons - - coming out of chapter 11 it was appropriate to change the name. Second, they wanted the name to reflect the wider area of service in Southern Arizona.
     His second comment was to remind us of the enormous surge in health care spending in the last 40 - 50 years. Today 20% of GDP is spent on health care. 1 in 5 workers are employed in the health care industry.
     That said, Kelly looked to the future of the hospital. They want  to expand services, with a particular emphasis on primary care. 60%-70% of the people in the area go to Tucson for primary care. The hospital hopes to address this problem by hring GPs and Nurse Practioners.
     Kelly spoke of other matters in the planning mill but always with an eye on being finacially sound and efficient in the delivery of services.
     All were invited to the open house at the hospital on Oct. 23 from 4 - 6 PM.
I just got back from two days in Phoenix and my brain got fried! I am going to punt and include an article from RI Today. I am not suggestion that we go rock climbing or have a paint ball fight but there is a lot to consider if we are going to attract younger, family members to Valle Verde Rotary.
 

After hours: Rotary Club of South Metro Minneapolis Evenings  

As the sun sets over the Minnesota River, it casts a nearby hotel into silhouette. Young people trickle through the hotel’s front doors and gather at a long wooden table in the bar for happy hour. It’s not actually happy hour, but that’s what they call this casual gathering before their club meeting.

Rotary Club of South Metro Minneapolis Evenings members Ashley Taylor, left, Krysta Peterson, Matt Lunde, and Kristen Schlough.

Twice a month, the Rotary Club of South Metro Minneapolis Evenings (SMME) meets here. It’s a nontraditional club, but that has less to do with the members’ average age – 33 – than the fact that they meet after work and tend toward activities not usually associated with Rotarians, such as rock climbing, WhirlyBall, and escape rooms. The club also organizes one or two social outings (such as rock climbing) every month, and another focused on community service. Those have included serving breakfast at the local Ronald McDonald House, planting trees, and reviewing résumés for English as a Second Language students.

SMME’s mix of social and service – of doing and giving – has been key for drawing young people. Take Matt Lunde, who, at 36, is now one of the club’s elder statesmen. He sits at the far end of the table and has brought a prospective member, a woman who once skied in the Junior Olympics. Lunde was one of SMME’s charter members, and, like many in the group, he isn’t from the Twin Cities. He came from Fargo, North Dakota.

Not long after he moved to Minnesota in 2008, Lunde learned from a fellow Fargo transplant about a new Rotary club that might interest him. “I liked the concept of it being after work,” he says, “not in the middle of the day, and not every week – but still being able to have some sort of community and to give back.”

When happy hour is over, the group walks down a carpeted hallway to a conference room that feels a little too cavernous, though no one seems to mind. 

“Eli, you want to recap paintball?” asks Ashley Taylor, the 2017-18 president. 

Eli Johnson is succinct: “We shot balls of paint at each other. It was really fun. And it only kind of hurt.”

Earlier this summer Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley was honored to partner with C.H.A.M.P.S. (Charites Helping American Military Patriots) of Tucson to purchase and install retractable shade screens for the patio of Fisher House on the VA Hospital campus in Tucson. Fisher House is a FREE hotel for families while their veteran is being treated at the hospital. The sun shades not only shelter guests from the scorching Arizona sun but also expand the space for relaxation, privacy and add another layer of security for the family members. The guests now feel they have a tranquil environment after spending long days taking care of their Veteran.
 
Change is bad. This is the way we have always done things. Right? Maybe not.
 

By Daniel Vankov, Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of Brisbane, Australia

Rotary’s secret is cooperation. Alone we are useless. Together we are powerful. And together in a million we are unstoppable.

I had the honor of serving as president of the Rotary Club of Brisbane in 2017-18. It was a task that was not only challenging, but highly rewarding. My desire had been to make a difference, which also happened to be the theme 2017-18 Rotary President Ian Riseley put forward for the year.

Rotary Donations in Kind event

Club members Carolyn Tate, left, and James Delahunty do some heavy lifting during a working bee at Rotary Donations in Kind.

Reflecting back, I realize that at that point of time, I was unprepared in many ways for the enormity of it, given my limited exposure to both Rotary and the club. But I embraced the opportunity I was given with a passion and desire to learn and grow as a person and as a Rotarian. And I had many great former presidents to learn from.

One thing in particular I learned, and it would be my advice to those that follow, is to take risks. We would not have achieved anything as a club had we not been willing to try new things and assume the risks that entails. When you change nothing, nothing changes. One should not fear failing, one should fear not trying.

My favorite quote from Mark Twain is this:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

If you would like further insights into how my club was able to innovate, download our annual report from our club website. I am also happy to respond to inquiries through my LinkedIn profile.

This year, the Green Valley-Sahuarita Interact Club contestant won the Rotary District 5500 4 Way Test Speech Contest. The following is the winning speech by Elisa Magallanes:
 

 
The Impact of the Four Way Test on Social Media Use Today we will address the benefits and disadvantages of social media use and the impact of the four way test one this.Throughout the past decade social media has become an integral medium of communication. With the push of a button we can be connected to almost everything and everyone in the world. Social media sites are simply methods of communication, their impact results in how they are utilized. Social media sites can be used as tools of encouragement and kindness or as torches,igniting hate and fear. The impact of social media can and has resulted in suicide, eating disorders, hate speech,and violence; but when used correctly social networking sites can spread a universal spirit of kindness, greater equity and justice for all. If we were all to  apply the four way test to what we share, comment and post, social media could become a tool that would  spur altruism and inspire love to grow throughout our communities; if we become more mindful of what we spread on the internet, the negative aspects of social media will diminish. This change must begin with ourselves, before we post,text,tweet,or comment we must be sure that our actions are truthful, fair and beneficial to all who see them, and that what we share will result in goodwill and better friendship.  
 
Is it the truth? This question is imperative when sharing something on social media. False information can bring fatal results. Honesty in social media can be displayed through the acknowledgement of bias and opposing opinions as well as the  exhibition of imperfection--particularly  as it relates to physical appearance and beauty. When companies retouch or edit photos of models they portray unattainable standards of beauty, causing people to strive for elusive results. This especially harms adolescents, many american teenagers develop severe physical insecurities because models portray beauty standards that are not truthful reflections of their physical appearances. Lies can often infiltrate social media as a result of people utilizing their devices as shields, it is much easier to lie when behind a screen, the scrutiny is not as severe as it would be in real life. Often people create social media accounts that are not truthful to who they really are, whether that regards their physical appearance or their personality. This can bring about cataclysmic results, for example people will begin to live their lives through the facade of who they are on social media, delineating false perfection that is misleading to others. This untrue exhibition of perfection creates a sense that perfection is necessary for a satisfied life, which is not the truth--  because as humans we make mistakes, learn from them and improve. If honesty became a vital aspect of social media many of the devastating outcomes of social media use would cease.  
 
 Before sharing anything in the digital world we must examine the content and ask if it is fair and beneficial to all concerned. Neglect of care to this question has resulted in suicide caused by cyberbullying. According to the CyberBullyHotline, forty-two percent of American teenagers report being cyberbullied, twenty one percent ponder suicide and one in ten attempt it. The amount of pain inflicted on these people is horrific, they have been so terrorized that they have thought about and acted upon taking their own lives. These dreadful,unjust occurrences must stop,and they can-- if we examine the content of what we
share on social media and are assured that it is fair and beneficial to everyone who will see it these statics will not be the same. These fatal events will decline significantly, hate speech will be eliminated and in its place respect and kindness will flourish.
 
Social media is an incredible tool of communication, that connects the entire world. Using social media with the intent to spread goodwill can create friendships that will replace much of the present social violence. Instead of posting vile comments,photos,tweets and texts we can spread optimistic messages-- filling those around us with cheer. Social media can be an enabler of immense joy,if used with goodwill, we can impact others positively, for example the ice bucket challenge. This challenge was spread across social media in an attempt to spread awareness for a disease called ASL, you may know it as Lou Gehrig's disease; many celebrities would dump huge buckets of ice on themselves to raise awareness for this disease, and succeed.This is one of the many examples of social media’s positive impacts that can come from goodwill and produce better friendships.
 
If the the Four Way Test were applied to the use of social media the violence and negative outcomes that our society is currently experiencing would end, and in their place equity, universal kindness, awareness and love.  
 

Sushil Kumar Gupta selected to be 2020-21 Rotary president

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Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

Gupta wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership.

“As individuals, we can only do so much,” Gupta said in a statement. “But when 1.2 million Rotarians work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and in the process, we can truly change the world.”

Gupta has been a Rotarian since 1977 and has served Rotary as district governor, training leader, and resource group adviser, and as a member, vice chair, or chair of several committees.

Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. 

 

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the IIS University, Jaipur, in recognition of his contributions to water conservation.

He has also received the coveted Padma Shri Award, the fourth-highest civilian award in India, conferred by the president of India for distinguished service to tourism and social work.

Gupta has also received the Distinguished Service Award from The Rotary Foundation for his support of its humanitarian and educational programs. He and his wife, Vinita, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Arch Klumph Society.

Gupta is chair and managing director of Asian Hotels (West) Ltd., and owner of Hyatt Regency Mumbai and JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. He has served as president of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India and on the board of directors of Tourism Finance Corporation of India Ltd. He is the president of Experience India Society, a public-private partnership between the tourism industry and the government of India that promotes India as a tourist destination. He is also vice chair of the Himalayan Environment Trust and serves on the board of Operation Eyesight Universal in India.

The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2020-21 President of Rotary International are Kazuhiko Ozawa, Rotary Club of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan; Manoj D. Desai, Rotary Club of Baroda Metro, Gujarat, India; Shekhar Mehta, Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India; John G. Thorne, Rotary Club of North Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Guiller E. Tumangan, Rotary Club of Makati West, Makati City, Philippines; Juin Park, Rotary Club of Suncheon, Jeonranam, Korea; Elio Cerini, Rotary Club of Milano Duomo, Italy; Gideon M. Peiper, Rotary Club of Ramat Hasharon, Israel; Per Høyen, Rotary Club of Aarup, Denmark; Paul Knijff, Rotary Club of Weesp (Vechtstreek-Noord), Netherlands; Sam Okudzeto, Rotary Club of Accra, Ghana; José Ubiracy Silva, Rotary Club of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil; Bradford R. Howard, Rotary Club of Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Michael D. McCullough, Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA; Karen K. Wentz, Rotary Club of Maryville, Tennessee, USA; Michael K. McGovern, Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; and John C. Smarge, Rotary Club of Naples, Florida, USA.

Your Board of Directors met last Monday and I am happy to say no harm was done. The summer time blues have struck the Board and the Club with attendance at year lows. Here are some changes and activities coming up.
  1. Andrew McGibbon is our speaker this week to tell us about ranching in the Santa Ritas.
  2. Thirsty Thursday is scheduled for the Agave Restaurant at the Casino. They have an happy hour.
  3. This Saturday is the D 5500 Membership Meeting at the Kino Center at Quail Creek. You still have time to sign up at rotaryd5500.org or just turn up before 8:30 am.
  4. DG Kirk Reed will be at the meeting on Aug. 16th to check us out and to be our speaker. Hopefully, there will be Rotarians present for him to address.
  5. Dress for Success is the following Saturday, Aug. 18th. Bill Grantham is still looking for some shoppers from the Club.
  6.  D5500 Conference is coming up on Sept. 28-29. Early registration is still available and discounted room at the Doubletree are $90 plus tax until Sept. 14th.  Virginia will fill in the rest at the meeting.
Last Thursday, the VVRC Foundation Board met in what was one of our longest meetings since it inception. The subject was how do we meet the financial needs of the year in light of the fact that Jazz in the Desert is our big fundraising event.  With a little bit of luck and good timing, we should be able to do it. However, it will take some help from the membership of the Club. In the near term, the Board wants to raise an additional $1,500 from the Jim Click Raffle and $1,250 from calendar sales. It is important to note that the Foundation keeps every dollar it gets from both of these activities thanks to the generosity of Jim Click and Ron and Sherry Darah. There will also be some changes to the list of projects to funded and in what amount.
 
For the past several years we had an exchange student. This year, we have an exchange student of sorts its Mate Domeny from Slovikia. He arrived Sunday evening and was met by Tom & Diana Scott of the Nogales Rotary Club. Because we had so many problems hosting an exchange student in the past, we joined with the Nogales Club. Valle Verde is providing the financial support while the Nogales Club is providing housing and supervision. This may be a win/win for both Rotary Clubs. Time will tell.
 
Some key dates and events are coming up. The Membership Seminar is on August 11th at 0830 at the Kino Center right in Quail Creek.
DG Kirk Reed will be at our Club Meeting on August 16th.
Dress for Success is August 18th.
The D 5500 Conference is on Sept. 28-29 at the  Reid Park Doubletree. The conference registration is $185 including five meals. Room can be reserved at the Doubletree, call them directly, for $90 per night.
   It was one of those casual mornings when a lot of little things were addressed:
 
     - A letter from the Rotary International President honoring Carl's 100th birthday and 68 years of perfect attendance
 
     -Meeting Steve Sibulsky of the Coeur d'Alene Idaho club who is taking up winter residence in Green Valley.
 
     - Jim Rusk's update on the Foundation. Funding 17 projects with $50,000. Biggest contributor -"JAZZ" with a net of $30,000,
 
Then it was "serious hour", A report of the FAB-Four (Bob and Virginia Juettner, Gary Friedman,Tom Cooke) trip to the Navaho Reservation to check out the water crisis. And a crisis it is. Most have limited access to water, waiting for the arrival of the water truck to fill barrels and pails, A partial solution is under way with the instillation of 1200 gallon water tanks, pumps, etc.The process that decides who gets the new system is somewhat opaque.
 
A point was made that Rotary funds many worthy projects across the globe ( think our involvement in Uganda), and here is a poverty project right at our front door.
 
Next time you take a shower - count your blessings.
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Microcredit is a program that the Valle Verde Rotary Club has enthusiastically supported for several years. This morning Daniel Stringham spoke to the Club on the status of the Microcredit activities, supported by the Club, in Sonora, Mexico. The concept of providing small loans to people in disadvantaged communities was first discussed by Friedrich Wilhelm, Raiffeisen, and Lysander Spooner and others in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1976 the first modern microcredit institution, Grameen Ban, was found by Muhammad Yunus in Jobra, Bangladesh. Today’s talk focused on the success of the Rotary sponsored program in Sonora Mexico. The concept of microcredit is to provide small loans, in the neighborhood of $200.00 per individual, to a small group of four to six individuals, made up mostly of women, who want to start small businesses. The individual shares in their own success and the small group covers any members who struggle for one reason or another. Many small businesses have flourished using these small loans and 97.5% of the loans have been paid back on time and with interest. Over time, as the loans are paid back successfully, the individual may acquire a new loan for a larger amount. Due to the success of the Rotary microcredit programs to date Districts 5495 and 5500 are working to secure a $24,000.00 grant to initiate a new microcredit program in Sonora, Mexico. The program was wrapped up with the presentation by the Club of a check for $2,000 to aid in acquisition of the new grant.

 
Wow! The Green Valley Rotary Club gave Carl Liebrick a great party yesterday. The room was packed with Rotarians and Rotarian dignitaries. Letters of praise were plentiful as were the comments from the audience. Carl's comments regarding living the Four Way Test were sincere and heartfelt. If you were not there, ask him about selling a fence jumping cow the next time you see him.
 
I noticed that I still have last year's RI Theme on the masthead and it will change next week. I am also having a problem updating the birthdays and anniversaries and that will be corrected next week. It was a long break but I will get back to things.
 
The Foundation Committee will be meeting immediately after Thursday's meeting and they have been busy crunching numbers and setting fundraising goals for the year. Please attend the meeting.

This morning the Club was brought up to date with some goings on in Green Valley as well as a look at Green Valley’s past. These insights into the past and present were provided by Thao Tiedt, vice-president of the Green Valley Council (GVC), vice-chair of the Green Valley Park Task Force, as well as numerous other volunteer organizations. This morning Thao’s remarks focused on the new Green Valley Park, on the forthcoming bond issue (Proposition 463), and an overview of the history of Green Valley. The Green Valley Park, all 130 acres, is to be situated on property that belonged, at one time, to the Canoa Hills Golf Course. This park will be an open space park with minimal facilities. At this time the park boundaries are uncertain due to the lack of an accurate survey of the site. It is anticipated that the park will begin to take shape late this year or early next year once a survey of the property is complete. An organization called Friends of the Park is being established now and will, along with the GVC Foundation, help manage the park. You can keep up with the park’s development by visiting the GVC website - https://gvcouncil.org/. On another subject, it is well known that the roads in Pima County are not in good shape. The County is planning on selling bonds, if Proposition 463 passes this fall, to provide funds for road maintenance. The bonds will be sold over a five year period and will mature in 3.5 years from the date of issue. Funds raised from the bond sales will be used only for road maintenance in Pima County! Funds from the bond sales will be distributed to areas based on the percentage of roads in that area. With time to spare, Thao began what was perhaps the most interesting topic of the morning, a short history of Green Valley. Thao, it seems, sat down and read every issue of the Green Valley News from 1964 through 1980. From this reading exercise she found that the history books of the area are based on lore and not on history. Founded in 1964 by the Maxon brothers, Don and Norman, Green Valley was not originally envisioned as an age restricted community as it is today. The Villas East and West were constructed as apartments using funds from the Federal Housing Administration. In order to acquire the loan the FHA required non-profit sponsor(s) for the project. The sponsors, it turns out, were the New York Retired Teachers Pension Fund and University of Arizona’s Retirement Foundation. Because of this sponsorship many of the first residents of Green Valley were well educated individuals which impacted the ways in which Green Valley grew. A library was established 15 minutes after Green Valley was established. Two years after the founding of Green Valley the Maxon brothers defaulted on their loan and the FHA took control of the core of Green Valley for the ensuing six years and managed the area with a number of “malevolent and bumbling idiots” who nearly destroyed the community. I could have listened to Thao talk on this subject all day. When asked when her book would be available we learned that it will never be, but more historical perspective may be gained by attending the course on Green Valley’s history that Thao teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Course to be offered in early 2019.

Last week I wrote that there would not be another ebulletin for the next three weeks. Given my editorial license and the need to share some good news, I am issuing one more ebulletin before I leave.
 
First, the 4th of July. We have commitments to put up flags on LaCanada and Sahaurita Road. Bill is moving mountains to get volunteers. David Kinsey made an impassioned plea to get volunteers last week and made a generous offer to host a 4th of July Party at his place--
July 4th  Casual, laid back, get together!!!!
 
Dave and Clare's home 1370 N Placita Parasol off of Paseo De Golf Time: 545 pm
We supply the hot dogs and potato salad and American Beers If you come you bring the rest side dishes cake
ice cream Please RSVP, ASAP to  email or phone
Cell   406-544-2320  Email   rotarybigsky@gmail.com
 
I want to pass along JP's Rotary Foundation report. "
Virginia, looks like we are at $322,500 for total Club giving and averaged $500.96 per member in Annual giving. and average including Polio Plus per member of $696.  What a club!!!!!"  The Club also qualified for EREY as well.
 
Finally, don't forget Carl Liebrick's 100th birthday party at the Green Valley Rotary Clubs meeting on July 24th.
 
I  will be back in three weeks. Take care and keep up the great work!
This could be called "Transition Morning" as we moved from Virginia Juettner and her team to Paul Barker and his team. Paul's
team of officers, directors and "heavy lifters" were duly installed by Gary Friedman, D5500 executive assistant governor. There is no room here to list all the names. Just check the back of the Cactus Chronicle for the complete list - - and give a special thanks for their service to the club. There was a special moment when Mike Barker, Paul's father and long time Rotarian presented Paul with the Presidential Gavel.
 
In his remarks Paul first thanked his incoming team for their committment  to service. He then commented on his experiences at the International meeting in Toronto. Among his comments was his hope that he could bring this year's Rotary Theme, "Be The Inspiration" to the Club.
 
 
as Virginia stepped down she recalled how much she enjoyed her year and what an honor it was to serve. She thanked her team and urged all the Club members to be open to serving on future teams. She wished Paul and his team well in the upcoming year.
 
Than you Virginia. Thank you Paul. Thank you, team members. 
 
 
 
Last week was PP Virginia's time to shine and review the past year's accomplishments in Valle Verde Rotary Club. This week we welcome our new President Paul for the next year. (Paul will be returning from Toronto on Wednesday, where it has been in the 60s and low 70s.) One of the differences between Paul and Virginia is cake. Paul like to celebrate with cake and has provided several of them to Valle Verde Rotary over the years. Charlotte Gates offered to get a cake for his investment but ran into a problem. She could not find a bakery that would put the Rotary logo on a cake because it is copy righted! Sorry Paul.
 
This will be the last bulletin until the end of July. Your truly had a family emergency and then it is off to Honolulu to celebrate some family accomplishments.
There is not enough room here to go into great detail concerning Virginia Juettner's "Farewell Address". Suffice to say she was very generous in her remarks concerning those made her year in office run so smoothly and successfully. Her citations ranged from those who made each weekly meeting run so smoothly to the "officials" in her Cabinet - chairpersons, secretary, treasurer, communications, interact/ryla, exchange student support, and so on.
     She spoke of our successful outreach internationally ( Uganda) and locally (Jazz contribution of $15,000 to local school music programs, $10,000 to the local food bank from the Food Fight). And, of course, she commented on the members generosity in supporting the Rotary Foundation and the Paul Harris Fund.
     But,all of this would not have come together so smoothly and successfully without her oversight and leadership. Thank you, Virginia, for your service.
     There was one "heavy lifting" task she did not comment on. Her quiet assumption of the duties as Program Chair for most of her term in office.