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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
Phone:
(517) 238-6221
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Club Notes Apr 16 2020
Charlotte warned to be alert to Covid-19 scams and to report any fraud to the government.
 
Salvation Army is closed for two months and employees are working from home.
 
The topic of how to put unneeded money from the CARES Act into the hands of people who truly need the money was raised.    Laura advised the Green Valley Foundation is coordinating efforts with organizations who can distribute money to local families in need.
 
Chuck Wunder provided another update on the local experience dealing with Covid-19.  He referenced the Green Valley News articles in Wednesday’s paper which spelled out current case numbers and the need to keep distancing ourselves and practice good safety habits.  He expects our case peak to be April 22.  He is seeing more calls responding to home situations resulting from family tensions as people struggle adjusting to current conditions.  The department is now ASKING callers to meet the responders outside their home if possible.  Rumors have spread in Quail Creek that the fire department will NO LONGER come inside our homes which is not correct.  Ron Darrah offered to post this corrected information for the residents of Quail Creek.  So far none of the 80 employees of the department have called in sick.  Two employees work full time searching for necessary supplies and safety equipment.  Chuck urged us all to share peace and encouragement to those around us during this difficult period.
 
The theme of today’s meeting centered around how Rotarians respond to our world in the Covid-19 environment.  Charlotte provided three videos, the first,  Rotary Supports Mother’s and Babies, depicted our efforts to provide for the health of both where needed around the globe.  The second video showed encouraging efforts from citizens of Italy singing from their balconies, an Italian tenor singing, and messages from American actors, Amy Adams and Jennifer Garner, singer Keith Urban, and comedic actor, 93 year old, Mel Brooks.   Ron reported he was inspired by the Italian neighborhood to do the same by singing in his front yard.   Unfortunately he was forced inside again by the sound of gunshots.  The third video compared the sacrifices we are making today with those our previous generations had to make during the depression and World War II which make our present situation seem not as difficult.
 
We were left with the thought that better days are coming and we need to keep a positive attitude.    From our attitudes a new and better world is possible.
 

Member Birthday

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER:
Nicole Raymond                                                 
Mar 2                                                                    
Laury Scandling                                                   
Mar 12                                                                                          
Mayreen Fry                                                        
Mar 15                                                                 
Roxanna Rico                                                      
Mar 16                                                                
Carol Pfister                                                        
Mar 18                                                                
Ed Farver                                                            
Mar 29   
Sandy Wahl
Apr 3
Art Quinn
Apr 4
Mary Lou Grieves
Apr 7
Deb Wright
Apr 7
Esther Corrales
Apr 9
Nancy Green
Apr 20
Chuck Wunder
Apr 21
Marvin Clark
Apr 23                                                           
 
 
Anniversaries
 
Marin and Gabby Gomez
Mar 10
Laury and Bruce Scandling
Mar 24
Dick and Diana Deaver  ( 51 years)
Mar 29
Jim and Kathie  (58 years)
Apr 28
 
 
Joined Rotary Date
 
Mary Fisher                     
Mar 4 2004                       
Bill Grantham                    
Mar 5 1994                       
Jack Grieves                     
Mar 5 1993                      
Nicole Raymond                
Mar 8  2012                    
Maureen Fry
Mar 24 2018
Steve Sibulsky
Apr 1 2009
Esther Corrales
Apr 23 2014
John Cousins
Apr 26 2018
Laury Scandling
Apr 28 2011
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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District News #41
DISTRICT 5500 AT A GLANCE
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April Edition, #41
Week of April 20, 2020
 
A-Always wash your hands……..B-Be Well and Be Safe……C-Connect to members in new ways…..D-Don’t forget, we’ll all get through this together!
 
 
·     More good news for our Clubs!  Our Rotary District had funds available when the RI convention in Honolulu was canceled, and so we challenged our local clubs to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We offered $500 grants to any Rotary club that could help meet emergency needs. Those funds were all spent as of last week and yet more Clubs were sending in proposals for projects to assist with ongoing community needs. Our Rotary District Foundation Committee came to the rescue. The RDFC has made available remaining unused District Grant funds for COVID-19 emergency projects. We can now do more.
 
We hope to be sharing more than 36 stories in a special report later this month, and all of us will continue to be inspired to learn what has been accomplished. Medical supplies continue to be delivered to hospitals both in Southern AZ and in border towns of Mexico. More face masks have been delivered for healthcare workers and families of military personnel. More food and fresh produce are being supplied to food banks, school pantries and missions. Basic necessities for women and children are continuing to be provided to homeless shelters and domestic abuse centers. Hot spots and data plans have been purchased to help students who have no internet access and yet are expected to complete their homework electronically. The examples of Rotary kindness and compassion are growing exponentially.  We are people of action!
 
Please submit a brief, one-paragraph description of your plan to PDG Kirk Reed, wkirkreed@gmail.com. Amounts up to $500 from the District will be sent to help meet immediate needs in your community. Include a name and mailing address along with the amount of money needed. Copies of receipts will need to be sent for COVID-19 purchases.  Requests must be received by April 30 as originally planned and will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Upon approval, checks will be mailed within 24 hours. Details are in the April Newsletter and on our District website.  
  
 ·      One of the most important things right now is to help keep our club members connected AND the Clubs of District 5500 are doing that in remarkable ways!  Zoom has now become a household word and more and more clubs are conducting their meetings via Zoom. One question that has come up frequently is the need for speaker resources for the Zoom meetings. Please check out our District website and you’ll find the “Speaker’s Corner” under site pages on the left-hand side of the home page. You can also send referrals of speakers you have enjoyed to Wendy Hobbs, wbtus@aol.com, and she’ll add them to the list. Geoff Cochran, the Annual Giving Officer of RI, is also available to speak at virtual Club meetings about The Rotary Foundation. He can be contacted at geoffrey.cochran@rotary.org.
 
·    An important reminder for clubs:  the District 5500 Grant Management Seminar (GMS) for 2020-2021 is live and ready to go NOW at rotary.org/learn.  CLICK HERE for downloadable instructions. Instructions will also be given to all of the Assistant Governors. Two members from a club must take this course in order for the club to be eligible to participate in both District and Global Grants and receive funding from District 5500 during the 2020-2021 Rotary year. You can contact Grants Subcommittee Chair Shannan Marty at:smarty@TucsonRealPros.com or 520-906-0385 for more information. Information is also on our District website.
 
 ·      EL TOUR DE TUCSON REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY AT NOON!  Have you been self-quarantining and needing some healthy motivation? Then set yourself some goals, register to ride and start training for the Ride To End Polio.  Sign up in the next 30 days and receive the Early Bird Special of $130 by going to www.perimeterbicycling.com. Also, we will be using El Tour’s pledge/fundraising pages this year which will hopefully be more user friendly (stay tuned for more info soon).  Please know— the RTEP Committee recognizes that it is hard to shift your focus from the Covid-19 Pandemic and even think about a virus like Polio that is almost eradicated and fully conquerable by a proven vaccine.  The Committee is hopeful that by ride day, November 21st, our world will be back to “normal”...including hosting the District’s biggest fundraiser and raising millions for the eradication of Polio.  Be well and ride safe!
 
 
 ·      Save the dates! Clubs’ Fundraising Events rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic include:  Vail Rotary’s Casino Night & Chili Cook-Off rescheduled for Saturday, June 6; SaddleBrooke Rotary’s Fore For Kids Golf Tournament now happening Monday, Sept. 28; Rincon Rotary’s Taste of Chocolate will take place Sunday, Oct. 4. Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary’s Rising Sun Run now rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10. Club Fundraising Chairs-please send dates of rescheduled signature fundraisers if you would like them posted. (ellie.patterson1@outlook.com)
 
 ·      The 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is due May 31 and your help is needed in finding candidates for this life-changing program. Please refer names to ellie.patterson1@outlook.com and candidates will be contacted. Thank you.
  
  ·    District 5500 COVID-19 Action Needed!  Invitations in your email were sent last week asking you to participate in Volunteer Surge, a citizen volunteer program being promoted by The Global Impact Group, a nonprofit founded by Rotary members. Volunteer Surge is a free, online training program that teaches Rotarians and non-Rotarians to help professional healthcare workers from their home or in the field. It requires no special skills. Once trained you can choose to apply your new skills by providing phone or online support from your home to those isolated by this crisis and who would appreciate a check-in phone call or by assisting healthcare workers in the field such as helping in a drive-by testing site. It’s up to you. It’s your choice. It’s a nation-wide initiative to sign up one million volunteers to help with the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. Updates show that nation-wide, 586 people registered in the telehealth class last week, with nearly 100% Rotarians participating and resulting in 16 graduates. 680 people registered in the Community Health Worker course with 9 graduates. Watch your inbox for more information this coming week on what a TeleSupport worker is and why it’s important. We can reduce suffering and save lives.
  
·     Let’s welcome all new members who have recently joined Rotary clubs in our District.  WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Pam Kerr of Catalina (Tucson) Rotary; Chris Johnson and Mike Veta of Mountain Empire Rotary; Russell Burns of Vail Rotary.  
To the Membership Chairs and/or Club Presidents-please continue sending in the names of new members who have joined your club as of March 1 and through the month of April.  We wish to recognize all new members on a weekly basis that have joined the family of Rotary here in District 5500. Please send the names to me, ellie.patterson1@outlook.com.
 
 ·      Our District Newsletter includes the column, Celebration of Life, for those Rotarians who have recently passed during the previous month and would like Club Presidents to submit names of those in their club who have passed.   We wish to recognize and celebrate those Rotary Club members who are no longer with us.  Please send notices to: ellie.patterson1@outlook.com.
 
 ·      Club Highlights from around the District:
·      Did you know that Vail Rotary sent washable face masks to nurses working a COVID-19 unit at a New York City hospital?
·      Did you know that SaddleBrooke Rotary held a successful 2-day Club retreat using Zoom?  
 
 
As Paul Harris so aptly said: “This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.”
 
 
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