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Valle Verde Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
United Methodist Church of Green Valley
300 W Esperanza Blvd.
Green Valley, AZ 85614
United States of America
(517) 238-6221
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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."
Grace Adams says "I will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall, studying Environmental Science with aims of someday becoming an environmental lawyer or policy maker! 
I plan to join the Pride of Arizona marching band as well, playing trumpet." 
Valle Verde Rotary meeting notes – May 7, 2020
Mike Duiven’s birthday is May 10.  Happy birthday a Mike.
District 5500 will hold a virtual District Conference June 20 to 26 allowing all to attend from home.
Valle Verde Rotary congratulates Samantha! Walden Grove High School Senior and Valle Verde Rotary Interact President Samantha Witterstauter shows off her cap, gown and Interact sash. She's been involved in Interact for 5 years. Sam plans to study at Pima Community College for cyber security and later transfer to the U of A.
Two more Valle Verde Interact club members are graduating!
Jack Vance was a RYLA delegate two years ago, a Junior Councilor this year. Two years ago he was the Interact Club treasurer, this year: VP. He has been a club member at least three years.
Fawaz Ghannam plans to study Engineering at the U of A Honors College next year.
April 30th Club Notes
                Thirty eight participants took part in Thursday’s meeting.  We were honored with international guests, Malte Wiedeman and Paulo de Olivera, former Rotary exchange students.  Malte is currently working in a factory doing machine repair after returning home to finish his final year of school.  He is considering returning to school—possibly a technical school.  With quarantine in place, masks are required in stores and public transportation.  Paulo graduated in 2016 and is currently in college majoring in film making with two years of school left.
It was Steve Sibulsky’s birthday April 30.
Virginia Juettner sent two masks to Charlotte which were made from unused Rotary International Convention shirts.  Charlotte is awarding the masks to last week’s speaker, Jim Rusk, and to Chuck Wunder for his weekly Covid-19 updates.  Chuck was unable to participate at this meeting due to a conflict.
Rotary is raising funds for Covid-19 assistance with a May 2 telethon starting at 8:00 AM.
Mary Fisher did the online Rotary Surge training and found it easy to do.  She foresees Corona virus contact tracers as a possible way trainees may use their new skills.  JP mentioned he completed online membership training.
Charlotte went over the club survey results.   She received twenty-nine survey responses.  There were many responses of why we invite people to come to our club meetings.  Fellowship and learning about Rotary were frequently mentioned.  62% of club members said they follow our club through Facebook or the club website.  93% said they believe they are aware of community needs.  65% prefer involvement  in  local projects.  76% believe their opinion counts in club decisions.  96% feel informed about club business.  97% read the club newsletter.  100% are satisfied with Jazz in the Desert.  76% said keep the weekly raffle ticket program the same.  66% would like to have more fun meetings or events.  69% agreed with donating Jim Click funds raised to St Andrews this coming year.  There were many comments on improving meetings.
May is Youth Services Month.  Bill Grantham is attempting to organize a May 7 program involving Interact and RYLA participants.  Not easy to track them down with no school in session.  On May 14 Gary will present a Microcredit Sonora program. 
Club Assembly Reports:
Steve reported 1/3 of members don’t open Club Runner emails.
Kathleen has set a goal to align speakers with the Rotary theme, Rotary Connects the World.  Another goal is to involve Interact and RYLA students with ZOOM meetings.  Mary Fisher will be our program chair next year.
Bill Grantham reported for Community Service.  Arivaca Center still has $1,300 left to. Spend from the grant they received.  Our club Peace Pole has been shipped.  Some time in July or August there are plans to have a dedication ceremony at Desert Meadows Park.  The pole has messages in eight languages representing all the continents where Rotary exists.
Jim Rusk reported the Valle Verde Foundation’s Income/Expense Report shows income of $37,038 and expenses for 15 projects totaling $30,775 and a balance of $6,263.  $16,500 to be paid to the Jazz in the Desert  bands has not yet been paid, but is included in the expenses.  The Vanguard account is currently $227,000.  With the ever changing stock market, it has been as high as $250,000 and lower than its present value.
Bill Grantham for Youth Service indicated recruiting new Interact students is a challenge due to the current environment.
JP reported a bequest to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $20,000 from Dick Roberts.
Mark Horton indicated some members have not yet made their EREY contribution.  Checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 311, Green Valley, AZ 85622.  JP indicated he is sending out a letter to members and indicated the letter will provide his mailing address so members may mail their EREY contribution directly to him.  Clubs whose members contribute $100 per member earn the Sustaining Member Club designation.
Michele Lewis reporting for Club Services mentioned the addition of Dean as a third reporter of weekly meetings.  Steve and Michele designed a new book mark as part of the Birthday Books program she has accepted.  She wants the books to reflect value to the kids.  Club social events have been halted.  She is hopeful of being able to plan a Memorial Day event.
Our ZOOM gathering attracted at least 40 participants which included former exchange student and Interact President, Elizabeth Libiete, from Latvia, and Bob and Virginia Juettner from Hawaii.  It was so nice to reconnect with them and we thank them for taking part with the inconvenience of different time zones.  And, of course, we welcomed Olivia also.
Marvin  showed us his birthday cake with its 88 candles which were responsible for setting off his smoke alarm when lit.  Happy Birthday Marvin.  John Cousins birthday is 04/27 Monday.  Fewer candles for John.
Eight clubs in District 5500 submitted photos of projects assisting in the Covid-19 response.  Our board as requested an additional $500 grant for the food bank.
John Yeager presented a $750 donation to the Valle Verde Foundation on behalf of the Sojourners.  Charlotte thanked the Sojourners with a video presentation featuring each of the Sojourners.  
Phil Silvers announced a district project to raise $10,000 for disaster relief for Palestinians who are not covered by health insurance.  With a matching grant the $10,000 will become $20,000 of  the total goal of raising $120,000.  Members who wish to donate to this cause through the Rotary Foundation should advise Phil what amount they wish to go to this project.
Chief Wunder provided another update to the Covid-19 situation in Green Valley.  Some models say we have reached a peak, but Governor Ducey thinks we are not ready to open up yet until sometime in May.  One health worker at LaPosada tested positive and is under quarantine.  None of the Fire Department employees have reported being sick.  Serology testing to identify antibodies and antigens will begin next week.  PPE is improving.  The department has enough cloth masks.  Chuck has been advised to be prepared for another repeat of the virus this fall.   Charlotte showed a photo of the department crew who were called to her home to assist her husband and expressed her thanks to them for their help.  
Jim Rusk provided a very interesting presentation entitled My Three Lives—Growing Up,Education, and Army—Small Business Owner—R & R.
The short version follows:  Jim was born in 1939 in New York and his family moved to Ohio and Michigan.  As a Boy Scout he attended a World Jamboree in California which opened up a whole new world for him.  Jim followed brother Ed to the Columbia Military Academy in Tennessee and graduated in 1956.  Jim began college at Purdue studying engineering before transferring to Kent State where he majored in accounting and ROTC.  Jim proposed to Kathie on graduation day.  They were married in April 1962.  
Six months after graduation Jim went on active duty where he completed Ranger school and Airborne school before traveling the world to foreign destinations in Germany, Vietnam, Ethiopia, And Greece.  He was also stationed at Ft Benning, Ft Devens, Ft Harrison, Ft Lewis, and Ft Harrison in the USA.  Jim was promoted to Major before going to Vietnam and retired from the military in 1983 with the rank of Lt Colonel.  One of the interesting experiences he had was meeting the Iran hostages when he was assigned to make additional payments to them for their time in captivity.
A year before retiring Jim and Kathie bought Northern Lights  Resort in Ely, Minnesota where they had vacationed.  They operated the resort until 2000.  For one year Jim was the editor of the local Ely newspaper.  It was then he joined Rotary where the annual fundraiser was a radio auction.  
After selling the resort, they moved to Indianapolis and began spending winters in Florida.  They visited an Ely friend in Green Valley and decided they liked Arizona more than Florida.  Jim joined Valle Verde in 2005 and has enjoyed his roles with the Arrivaca Learning Center projects, Jazz in the Desert, and Fisher House.
Jim and Kathie have two sons, Michael and Jim.  Mike has two adopted daughters.  Jim’s son, Colton, is now serving on a submarine.
Valle Verde Rotary will again meet via Zoom this Thursday morning at 7. Watch your e-mail for the meeting link. In honor of “Maternal and Child Health” as our Rotary International theme for April, , “Rotary Supports Mothers and Babies” will be shown during our ZOOM meeting this Thursday morning.
We had so much fun last week, we're doing it again!
Watch your e-mail for the link to our weekly ZOOM on-line meeting!
Valle Verde Rotary has suspended in-person meetings until AT LEAST Thursday, May 7.
However, we will hold a VIRTUAL MEETING using the ZOOM Cloud Meeting service this Thursday morning, April 2, at 7:00 AM.
Valle Verde Rotary members should have received an e-mail from Club President Charlotte Gates that included instructions and the unique Meeting ID
If you did not receive that e-mail, please send an e-mail to steve@sibulsky.com and we’ll send you the information!
President Charlotte presents American Legion Post 131 Commander Dan Cady with some thank-yous after his very informative presentation to our club this morning.
Great day & evening at Jazz in the Desert XI. For two shows, about 600 attendees! Great music and fundraising. Thanks to all who participated...the bands, the sponsors and all the Valle Verde Rotarians worked so hard!