The Invocation was presented by Gary Friedman and called us to be reflective during this pandemic. May we abide by the rules we have established of trust, fellowship and ethics. May we place service above self in our daily endeavors. May we always test ourselves and our efforts to be sure they are the truth, good for all concerned, of benefit to mankind and provide peace and understanding.

Announcements made by President Charlotte

We have applied for a District 5500 grant. The grant request is for creation of The Valle Verde Rotary Club Music Park for the Greater Continental Community. Instruments will be placed throughout the park for children and visitors to enjoy playing. The total cost for the project is $8000 of which $2000 will come from the Valle Verde Rotary Foundation, $2000 from our club, and $4000 from District 5500.

It is that time again for payment of membership dues of $75 per quarter or you may pay the full annual dues amount of $300. Also on the invoice is a voluntary option to donate $25 to Rotary International for the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) initiative. Every Rotarian is asked to make this minimum contribution annually. However, it should be noted that the club is expected to achieve a donation to the Initiative of $100 per member during the Rotary year. By making a $25 donation with quarterly dues payment, you will be helping your club achieve the annual required donation.

Tom Cooke reported that the Rotary Presidential Citation Award was achieved this year. This award recognizes clubs that met certain defined goals for the year. Out of last 12 years, we have achieved 11 Presidential Citations awards.

The District Conference has been postponed from September 2020 to April or May 2021.

Valle Verde Rotary Club will be a $500 bronze sponsor for the virtual Hunger Walk scheduled for September 12. At the end of July, a speaker will present to our club more information about the Hunger Walk and the current demands upon the food bank.

Raffle tickets are being sold for the Jim Click raffle. Raffle ticket prices are $25 for one ticket or $100 for five tickets. All proceeds from tickets sold by our club will be returned to our club and will be earmarked for St. Andrews Clinic. JP reported that our target is to sell 100 tickets. Thus far, 45 tickets have been sold. If interested in purchasing tickets, contact John Pilger at 520-403-8907.

Special recognition and thanks to Bill Grantham for organizing the placing of flags on July 4 on LaCanada. Nine volunteers participated.

The Dress for Success shopping spree for Sopori School is planned for August 14. Due to Covid19 it is uncertain if the children will participate. Teachers and volunteers will do the shopping. It won’t be the same without the excited and happy smiles of the children as they selected clothing. But what is the same?

A brief ceremony is scheduled to install the Peace Pole at Desert Meadows Park on Saturday, September 19 at 10:00a.m. Also at that time a memorial bench will be placed at the site of the Peace Pole. Please mark your calendar to attend.

A Fall Social is being planned for mid-October at the home of Gary Friedman. Details to follow.

The club has three mini grants of $500 each. One of the grants has been earmarked for the Hunger Walk. Applications for the two remaining mini grants are under review.

The Board approved a RI global grant request for a water project in the Navajo Nation.

District Governor Diane Ventura-Goodyear will visit our club on September 3 at a regular meeting. On September 2, she will meet with the Board.

District 5500 is planning a Vibrant Club Workshop to occur on October 3. Plans are underway for in-person attendance.

As a continuation of the Rotary International virtual convention in June, additional workshops are being hosted. You are invited to join others on July 15 for a conversation on equity, diversity and inclusion in Rotary. More than 39 workshops are being offered during the month of July including one chaired by our own Phil Silvers on Empowering Women in Rural Uganda. For additional

information on all the workshops, date and time, visit website convention.rotary.org.

We miss Happy Dollars so it is time to resume our weekly sharing of happy and sad thoughts. Happy Dollars will resume next week. While the weekly club meetings are in virtual mode you can include your happy dollars with your dues payments.

Program:

Rotarians Richard Stanley and Tom Wilson addressed our club to describe their efforts to help rural medical clinics in Mexico. The result was a Rotary partnership with Project C.U.R.E. Both Tom and Richard enlisted the support of other Rotary clubs in the United States to raise funds for the cost of medical kits. C.U.R.E. Kits are sent to Rotoract Clubs in Mexico for distribution to rural medical clinics.

A $200 donation will provide for 50 pounds of durable and consumable medical supplies. Each kit is valued at $2000. During the last three years with the financial support of numerous Rotary Clubs, they have been able to donate 75 kits to Mexico to be distributed to central saluds throughout the country.

Beth Conley, Project C.U.R.E. Director of Mexico Operations, described the history and operations of Project C.U.R.E. Since the inception in 1987 of Project C.U.R.E. life-saving medical equipment and supplies have been delivered to hospitals and clinics in developing countries throughout the world. Each 40’ cargo container delivers $400,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment. Today there are seven warehouses throughout the U.S. as well as a network of collection centers in the United States. Funding for Project C.U.R.E. comes from the U.S. government, non-governmental organizations and by support of philanthropic foundations, corporate partners and individual donors.

In 2019, 144 cargo containers valued at over $48million were delivered to 45 countries.

Project C.U.R.E. also prepares and delivers 48 pound medical kits each valued at $2000. In 2019, 322 C.U.R.E. Kits were distributed globally.

Project C.U.R.E. partnership with Rotary first began in 1992. Throughout the years of joint efforts and financial support of Rotary Clubs, the Big Six Cargo Program shipped six cargo containers to southern states of Mexico.

Hector Lozano, Rotoract President at a Mexican club, rounded out the presentation by describing the distribution of C.U.R.E. Kits throughout Mexico. Hector’s optimism saw no obstacles in his efforts but only opportunities.

Not only C.U.R.E. Kits are distributed to rural clinics but schoolchildren may receive Kid Kits to take home for family use. Gary reminded the club that Andi and Bill Grantham assembled Kid Kits and took them to Belize on their many mission trips.

What started out by Tom Wilson and Richard Stanley as a desire to repay kindness has evolved into a truly Rotary humanitarian effort to support those most in need of medical supplies.

If you would like to donate to Project C.U.R.E., please send your donation to: Valle Verde Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 311, Green Valley, AZ 85622.