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Sushil Kumar Gupta selected to be 2020-21 Rotary president


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.
This Thursday is the Summer Solstices and President Virginia's final meeting. She has been preparing for several days now and want to get This Was The Year That Was right!
Last Saturday, DGE Kirk Reed became our new district governor. He made one mistake during the evening--he turned the mic over to outgoing district governor Joe Hengtes. Never at a loss for words, Joe said the heck with the schedule and launched into his final speech which was exceptional! It was one of the best speeches I ever heard at a Rotary gathering and I had the opportunity to hear from some legendary past RI Presidents. Way to go out Joe.
I was reading the Rotarian this morning and had a good thought for today. Let's recycle our old Rotarians, magazines that is, into professional offices such as doctors, dentists, lawyers etc. Seeing that we are incapable of getting the word out, the magazine would do  a better job. Any takers?
SPECIAL NOTE FOR YOUR CALENDAR. Our club meeting on February 8, will be held at Quail Creek Club House. So mark your calendar to meet us at Quail Creek on Thursday February 8, 2018.
Our program this week was present by fellow Rotary member and GVFD Chief Chuck Wunder. Rather than give us a presentation on the inner workings of a fire department Chuck gave us a through explanation of the reality that during the last 60 years the cultural divide that exists between the multiple birth groups is real and as a Rotary organization and a business organization we are far better off recognizing the needs and wants of these different age groups.
Here is one chart to use as a basic age reference.
                                                                                                                              Ages of the 
                                                                                                                            Youngest  Oldest
The Greatest Generation1910192494108
The Silent Generation192519457393
Baby Boomer Generation194619645472
Generation X (Baby Bust)196519793953
Xennials - 197519853343
Generation Y - 
The Millennials - 
Gen Next
iGen / Gen Z
The Chief's presentation centered around the Boomers through the Millennials.
Several key communication and expectation differences exist across the groups. 
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Now imagine the Chief of our fire department and the crazy array communication techniques, basic life experience skills (IE: What is a carburetor?) and the individuals sense of right and wrong. These are all major demographic hurtles that must be crossed all day long. Bring this back to Rotary, we need to be understanding the very same array of characteristics when we asses how and who to invite into our organization.  This is not simple but knowledge is power, lets use the knowledge.
Remember we are all pulling for you and keep your stick on the ice.
Yours in Rotary, Dave.
“Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it.  The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come.  It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, and ultimate value of art.”  Wynton Marsalis.
On Saturday, March 3rd, the Valle Verde Rotary Club in Partnership with the Green Valley Pecan Company will once again present an evening of great music performed by some of the finest school jazz ensembles along the I-19 corridor when it presents “Kansas City Jazz” – Jazz in Desert IX at the Quail Creek Ballroom.  In addition to the evening performance, which includes dinner, there will be a  Matinee featuring more great music AND popcorn!
A major fundraiser for the Club, Jazz in the Desert has, over the past eight years, raised over $75,000 to support the music programs at the participating schools.  This year's line-up includes ensembles from Great Expectations Academy, Walden Grove, Sahuarita, Rio Rico and Nogales High Schools.
Said Club President Virginia Juttner, “There are concerts, there are dinners and there are fundraisers; but Jazz in the Desert is a truly unique experience. Watching these young adults perform at the level they do will in short, Blow you Away!  They are talented, dedicated and hard-working – it's easy to believe some of them will continue performing and/or teaching for the rest of their lives.”
Tickets can be purchased at the Green Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Quail Creek concierge desk.  The Matinee ($10) starts at 1 pm.  The dinner performance ($40) begins at 5.  For more information call Committee Chair, Jim Rusk at 520-625-0860.
Remember that “Experience has shown that music provides a boost in the quality of life and Jazz in the Desert gives us a glimpse at our next generation.”


Valle Verde Rotary is affiliated with Rotary International. Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

Promoting peace

Fighting disease

Providing clean water,   sanitation, and hygiene

Saving mothers and children

Supporting Education

Grow local economies


Valle Verde Rotary Club meets every Thursday, 6:40 am at the United Methodist Church

of Green Valley, 300 W Esperanza Blvd. If you are interested in learning about Rotary membership,

please join us any Thursday morning.

Valle Verde members hold Rotary Core Values of fellowship, service and diversity by:
  • developing acquaintance as an opportunity for service,
  • advancing international understanding, good will and peace,
  • applying the ideal of service in our personal, business and community life, and,
  • maintaining high ethical standards in business and professions and recognize the worthiness of all occupations as opportunities to serve society.
Continental Literacy Project – This project creates classroom libraries for eight teachers through partnership with the Green Valley Rotary Club and Continental School Educational Foundation including matching funds from Rotary District 5500. Rotarians will work with teachers on literacy activities during the year.
Continental Birthday Books – Students receive a book during their birthday month. Rotary volunteers help PreK-8th grade students find a book and place a name plate in the book.
Dress for Success – Rotarians shop at Walmart with up to 20 students spending approximately $100 per student for school clothes. The club then hosts lunch for the students at Triple Play.
Rotary Scholarship Program – Funding for 3 students from local high schools or home-schooled students for post-secondary education including vocational training programs.
Jazz Music Programs – Local school jazz bands who participate in Jazz in the Desert receive a check for their participation to support the music programs. Since the beginning, Valle Verde Rotary has donated over $60,000 to school music programs.
Rotary Youth Exchange – Valle Verde Rotary hosts a student from another country for a year. The club supports the student with a monthly allowance and sometimes other costs as needed. The 2017-2018 student is from Germany. He will live with 3 families over the year as part of the exchange experience
RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Six students are funded to attend the RYLA weekend event
Community Food Bank – The annual Food Fight Against Hunger is a competition among the regular club members, the sojourners and the Green Valley Club members.
Project C.U.R.E. – Valle Verde assists Project C.U.R.E. through funding and volunteer work to collect unused hospital supplies and equipment to send to hospitals and clinics in other countries including our contacts in Mexico and Uganda.
Rotaplast – Valle Verde Rotary contributes to this program which provides cleft lip/palate and burn victim surgery for children in third world countries by sending a team of doctors, nurses and Rotary volunteers to designated countries for two weeks.
Madre Conchita de Hogar Orphanage, Nogales, Mexico – An annual donation is made to the orphanage. Club members purchase Christmas gifts, clothes and art supplies, which are delivered in December.
St Andrew’s Children’s Clinic – Donated funds for cleft lip and palate surgery are used during one of the monthly Thursday clinics in Nogales.
Micro-credit – The Club participates in a joint international project to fund small business loans to people in Mexico building their businesses and financial independence. Participants may borrow up to $2,000 upon payment of previous loans.



Our Annual Fund per capita was $562.81
Our average TRF per capita was $642.65
We came in second in Annual Fund giving to Marana Dove Mountain who gave $714.88 per capita.
From what I heard and who knows if it true or not, it's because Joe purchased lots of items to give away and brought the per capita up. They have only 25 members in that club.
Coming in second in the District is something to be proud of.
Our club giving to the Annual Fund: $30,954.50; Tucson: $31,547.00
Our club total giving: $35,34;.50; Tucson: $50,431.77

Community Food Bank – The annual Food Fight Against Hunger is a competition among the regular club members, the sojourners and the Green Valley Club members. While this raises several thousand dollars for the area food banks, it is done with individual member donations and does not impact the budget. Foundation Cost: 0

Continental Birthday Books – Books for the monthly birthday book distribution will continue with a monthly schedule for volunteers to distribute books. Foundation Cost: $700

Dress for Success – Shop at Walmart with up to 20 students who attend Sopori Elementary School spending approximately $100 per student for school clothes. Host lunch for the students at Triple Play. Foundation Cost: $2,000-$2,500

Rotary Service Project Day – Club Volunteers provide yard and other work to a local home owner or organization in need. It has been suggested that we might adopt a section of highway this year and schedule both fall and spring days. Club Cost: 0

Interact Club – Volunteers work with the Interact Club including some fundraisers. Club cost has been limited depending on their projects and needs. Club Cost: $600

International Health Project in Uganda – Volunteers travel to Uganda to work with Rotarians in Uganda conducting health clinics focusing on women’s health including pre-natal care. The program has a literacy component. There are now two aspects: Rotary Family Health Days and TRF Global Grant, Empowering Women in Rural Villages. Individuals may donate to this project through the Annual Fund donations. Foundation Cost: 0

Jazz Music Programs – Local school jazz bands who participate in Jazz in the Desert receive a check for their participation to support the music programs. The amount has gone up each year. It is recommended that we cap the amount for the bands at the amount paid in the previous year, $2,800 each Foundation Cost: $14,000

Madre Conchita de Hogar Orphanage, Nogales, Mexico – Club members purchase Christmas gifts, clothes mainly, by selecting children from the Angel Tree put up in November. Club members may also purchase if they wish art or other supplies for the school. The gifts are delivered by club members and we are usually invited to their seasonal program in Nogales. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Micro-credit – Participate in a joint international project to fund small business loans to people in Mexico building their businesses and financial independence. Participants may borrow up to $2,000 in small increments starting with small amounts, i.e., $200, and working up to larger amounts after paying back their current loan. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Rotary Scholarship Program – Funding for 2-3 students from local high schools or home schooled students for post-secondary education including vocational training programs, $2,000 per student to be paid directly to the institution of the student’s choice. It is recommended that this year’s committee consider adding funding for a pre-school scholarship. Foundation Cost: $4,000-$6,000

Rotary Youth Exchange – We have made application for an exchange student for 2016-2017. Arrangements are being coordinated. The club supports the student with a monthly allowance and sometimes other costs as needed. We are looking for home hosts for the coming year. Club Cost: $2,100

Rotaplast – Clubs contribute to this program which provides cleft lip and palate surgery for children in third world countries by sending a team of doctors, nurses and Rotary volunteers to designated countries for two weeks. Foundation Cost: $2,000

RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Send up to 6 students to the RYLA weekend event in Flagstaff. Sometimes, we send an adult advisor. Foundation Cost: $2800

St Andrew’s Children’s Clinic – Donate funds for clef lip and palate surgery for during one of the monthly Thursday clinics. Collect medical supplies being donated by hospitals or other clinics for St. Andrew’s clinic program in Mexico. Foundation Cost: $2,000

President’s Projects:

Hospital Supply Project – Develop a relationship with hospitals in Tucson and continue to work with the Green Valley Hospital to collect hospital supplies that will be discarded even though they have not be used to distribute to other countries in need including our contacts in Mexico and Uganda. We are exploring the possibility of working with Project C.U.R.E., located in Phoenix. They have already established a large network for getting hospital supplies to countries and have a system in place. Cost: 0 (current recommendation)

Continental Literacy Project – This project puts trade books in classrooms to create classroom libraries in the K-3 program by leveraging funds from Green Valley Rotary ($1,000) and funds from the Continental Foundation ($1,000) and other grant sources to match District 5500 funds ($4,000). It also creates activities to use for literacy enrichment in these classrooms by planning with the staff for events that could include parent nights, parent workshops and other activities to increase the opportunity for all students to become lifetime readers. On the club side, donations and discounts for books will be sought. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Sahuarita Food Bank Storytime Project – The Sahuarita Food Bank collects books and organizes volunteers to read to children when their parents come to the food bank to shop. After storytime is over, the children are given a book to take home. This program fosters literacy and increased success in school. Rotarians may volunteer time at the food bank, donate books or volunteer do to other things for this project. Foundation Cost: 0 (current recommendation)

While the Valle Verde Foundation is listed as a funding source, these recommendations must go to the Valle Verde Foundation at one of their monthly meetings for approval.
The list below comes from the St. Andrew's Clinic newsletter. If you would like to donate any of these items just bring them to any of our regular meetings and I will see they are delivered to the local Clinic office.
Thank you.
Clinic Wish List:  AA Batteries for speech/ language devices  Bacitracin ointment  Benefiber, Fibersure or Unifiber (non-gelling)  Blenders  Breakfast drinks  Coloring books and crayons  Clorox wipes  Disposable diapers (esp. newborn size)  Eyeglass frames (children’s, used)  Hand sanitizers  Hearing aids (used) and batteries, pref. #13 & #675  Hydrocortisone (1% ointment)  Peanut butter  Pediasure (generic okay)  Physical therapy (exercise) balls (45 cm & 55 cm)  Physio rolls “peanut balls” (30 cm & 40 cm)  Powdered milk  Prune juice—small cans only  Simple picture books in Spanish  Small mirrors & small toys/prizes for homework rewards  Toys  Trash bags with drawstring  Umbrella strollers (available at Wal-Mart)  Vitamins, children’s chewable with iron  Wipes  Ziploc bags—quart size only
Attention Visiting Rotarians
Valle Verde Rotary has a very unique program for our seasonal Rotary guests.  It’s known as our Sojourner Membership.  Each Sojourner is given a special red badge and is encouraged to participate in Club activities as any other member would do.  Visiting Rotarians in good standing may apply for Sojourner status by submitting an annual $50.00 donation to the Valle Verde Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. along with a completed information form to John Yeager (231) 946-8378.
First Things First Award:  Our club will receive the First Things First award on Tuesday, June 21st and EVERYONE is invited. The meeting will began at 9:30 am and the award will be among the first items on the board's agenda so we should be finished by 10:15.  Checked out the location. The meeting will be in the Conference Room which is located on the the second floor of the office complex on the Northwest corner of the Continental shopping center. It is next to the True Value Hardware store. There is an elevator on the corner of the building - when you exit the elevator walk straight ahead and you will see a sign "Conference Room". Hope to see you there as it is an honor well earned by our club.
Valle Verde RC's Rotary Peace Fellow, Dimitria Clayton, literally stole the show at the 10th Anniversary Conference of Rotary's Chulalongkorn University Peace Center in Bangkok.  The conference was telecast worldwide.  We saw Dimitria live on Thanksgiving evening, 9-10 pm Arizona time, which was Friday morning in Bangkok.
Dimitria had a ten-minute opening statement on the immigration crisis in Europe (where she works), and then responded to a half dozen questions from the floor--all in two minutes.  She spoke fluently and with passion, only occasionally glancing at her notes.  She was clear, succinct, and substantive.  She couched her remarks in the context of the world history of immigration--not only is it a humanitarian effort by the receiving country, but an economic benefit to the same receiving country.  Dimitria very effectively debunked the current myths that immigrants deny locals jobs and are a drain on society.  She complimented those subgroups in European countries which have formed welcoming committees for the new immigrants.
And...she has already thanked us for watching and commenting on her one-hour segment!  Dimitria will come visit our club in the new year.
I will soon be leaving Bangkok. It has been an exciting experience. I have learned a lot during this time about peace building and immensely enjoyed the companionship and solidarity of the other fellows. 
We got back last weekend from our field trip to Cambodia where we were able to see the struggles of rebuilding a country after the trauma of the years under the Khmer Rouge. During our stay we visited the Killing Fields, a Khmer Rouge prison, and sat in on a session of the war crimes tribunal. It was not one of the most cheerful legs of the trip -but certainly an incredible experience.  Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the world is a very dynamic place with a booming economy. The challenges to achieving sustainable development in the country are tremendous, but I had the impression that particularly the youth are committed to seeing the country change. I highly recommend a trip to Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. It was hot and crowded but fascinating.
We will have our final group activity tomorrow - a public seminar with amongst others, our Rotarian sponsors and friends. I have attached the program, so that you have some idea of the issues we will talking about and included a picture from a day that we visited one of the local host Rotary clubs. After that we get our certificates and, hopefully graduate. I am one of two fellows voted by the group to represent them with a farewell speech at the during the graduation ceremony.
 I’ll have a couple of days to rest before heading back to Germany on 31 August. I understand that there are many ways to remain connected to the Rotary Peace Center through their alumni program. We will be briefed on that on the last day. I am looking forward to that. It would be a pity if my involvement with Rotary and the Peace Center had to end here.
By the way, the Peace Center is preparing a series of videos with brief interviews of the fellows as part of the 10 year celebration of the program. I have done one with a brief message to Valle Verde. I don’t know how the interview turned out, but if it’s not embarrassing, I’ll make sure you get a copy as a possible two-minute contribution to the district convention in September.
I am planning my next trip to Arizona for Jan/Feb 2015. I will certainly report back to you and the club on the fellowship then.
Thanks again to you and the club for your support! It has been an incredible experience.
All the best to you and the Club,
I have begun the Peace Program at Chula and Bangkok! It has been a very exciting time. I've been here for about 10 days now and have met some very interesting people and have already learned a lot. I am sure that whatever happens, I'll be able to use the information and benefit from the network that I'm gaining and developing here.
I have attached some pictures of this sessions peace fellows, their host counselors (local Rotary members) and, on the big group picture, you will see, front row in the middle, the man who initiated the Rotary Chula Peace Program - Mr. Bhichai - former Deputy Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister of Thailand. We are, as you will notice a very international group. Many of them have experience with peace and conflict resolution programs in place like South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Kenya.  I have to host country counselors - Santi Chaterjee and Prof. Abdus Samad - both of them former presidents of a local Rotary club. You will see them in the big group picture standing in the second row, near the middle to the left (from your perspective) of the lady in the red top. They picked me up from the airport and have been making sure that I settle in well. I have been invited to visit their club next week Thursday.
I have also attached a couple of pictures of a Thai group of artists who were having an outdoor performance just in front of the place where we often go to eat in the evenings.
I am staying on the 20th floor of a new dorm for international students. It is very near the student center where we have our sessions, close to several big shopping malls and a number of markets. From my window I have a view of the city that reminds me of New York. The facilities are fantastic. The student sport facilities are particularly good with anything you could want (tennis, soccer, basketball, yoga, etc) free of charge. I have regular morning workout sessions at the local stadium with several of the other peace fellows most mornings.
On July 5, we will be taking a field trip to look at conflict and peace related projects in Thailand to a city in the South. We will have a field trip toward the end of the program in Cambodia. So there is a lot more to look forward to.
I will close now but will send another email as time goes on with more info on my stay here.
Many greetings to the Valle Verde club! And again, many thanks.
All the best,