Club Information
Valle Verde Rotary Club
Service Above Self
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
Until further notice, weekly meetings will be at the Esperanza Estates ramada, 763 W Calle Del Ensalmo in Green Valley and livestreamed on Facebook. If you'd like to visit, please e-mail us at for more information.
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Club Notes
President Charlotte was able to rejoin our ZOOM today from Abilene,  TX.  She thanked everyone for their prayers and kind thoughts as her family coped with the loss of her husband, Mike.  Mike was raised in Texas, graduated from Hardin-Simmons in Abilene, and was able to finish his life’s journey in his native state for which Charlotte is grateful.
There were 35 members and guests in attendance at today’s ZOOM meeting.  Included as guests were Judith Noyes from Rio Rico, Asst District Governor, Bruce Munro, and Green Valley President, Bob Auflick.   Also in attendance were Sojourners Sharon (AK), Ernie (PA), and Carol (WI).
Jack Grieves gave the invocation asking for an end to divisiveness.  Amen.
Bill bought a new Honda from Jim Click.
Jim’s grandson, Colton, will be home from sea duty for Thanksgiving.
Gary was able to resume his therapy dog visits to LaPosada through ZOOM.
Michele’s dog has become a regular at her side during our weekly ZOOM sessions.
Steve showed a photo of his truck and trailer which will be traveling to Malibu this week.
The District Grant was approved for the Music Park at the Continental Community.
Valle Verde received an unexpected $500 grant from the GVR Foundation.
Phil noted the passing of Binota Banerjee on August 1.  Her husband, Kalyan, was R.I. President in 2011-12, and several Valle Verde members had the pleasure of getting to know both of them.
Tom announced a work party has been organized to clear out a locker August 7.
JP has sold all 100 Jim Click tickets and has three individual tickets left to sell.
District 5500 will be presenting a Virtual Fundraiser, Happy Hour, And Podcast.  Details in District 5500 emails and Clubrunner.  The district also has Interact Face Masks available for$2.29 each to distribute to schools and communities.
Bill said our Peace Pole will be shipped this week.
The August 13 club meeting will feature Kelly Laurich to speak about Fisher House and give a Covid-19 update.
Dick Deaver has volunteered to join Michele and Dean in preparing reports on each week’s meeting.
A ByLaw change has been proposed to include the President Elect as a Board Member.
Project Cure donations totaling $250 have been received.  Charlotte will send an email inviting anyone wanting to make a contribution to do so within the next thirty days.
Gary made a motion to purchase 100 Interact masks with $229 of the GVR Foundation grant which was seconded by Bill.  Bill suggested using $200 of the Interact budget to purchase additional masks, and Steve amended the motion to purchase 200 masks with $200 from Interact funds and the balance from the GVR Foundation grant.  A show of hands approving the motion was unanimous.
Treasurer Ron Darrah has received quarterly dues from all but six members who have now received an invoice.  Next week Ron will have a report on Happy Dollars received as they continue to come in.
Mary has speakers scheduled through August and September.  One speaker prefers to present in person if that could be arranged.  
Jim will delay his VV Foundation report for a week or so until the Foundation Board can meet.
Mark had no new R.I. Foundation information to report.
JP & Sandy had no new membership activity to report.
Roxana reported Continental School will have a virtual start Monday.
Bill reported he is seeking ways to conduct Dress for Success in a safe small group manner either in September or October.
Gary’s International Service committee is working on a Global Grant to benefit the Navajo Nation.  He is looking for a person with Global Grant experience to volunteer to lead the project.
Bill & Sue reported  on RYLA and Interact.  Valle Verde will request reserving space for up to five RYLA attendees and one junior counselor.  Last year the cost for each attendee was $400, and the cost for this coming year is currently unknown, but it will increase.  Interact will begin having ZOOM meetings on August 17 with as yet an unknown number of students who will attend.  Bill invites club members to share ideas for this year’s Interact club.
Michele reported the Peace Pole ceremony will take place at Desert Meadow Park September 19.  There is no limit on the number of Rotarians attending, but masks will be required.  She suggested Rotary make a donation to Friends of Desert Meadows.
Jack & Mary Lou Have been joined by Judy Lindsey on the Birthday Books committee.
Gary, Ron, Nancy, and Sandy are planning a dinner gathering at Gary’s home in late October.
There will be a Virtual Alzheimer’s Walk October 31 to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research and treatment.
Steve and Paul reported on Public Relations.  They intend to invite outside attendance at ZOOM meetings through FACEBOOK.  Interested parties can request the Passcode to attend a meeting.
Steve sent an article to the publisher of Valley Friends Magazine describing the activities of the Valle Verde Rotary Club.
A subcommittee is meeting to discuss online payment options for making Happy Dollars and other donations.
There is a link on Clubrunner regarding fund raising.
Tom is working on achieving the Rotary Citation.
Mary Lou will send special greeting cards as requested by club members.
Jim, Steve, and Sharon reported on brainstorming for Jazz in the Desert options currently under consideration.  Jim suggested no final decision will likely be made until as late as November.
Steve described a Virtual Jazz in the Desert in which the jazz bands would  make a video performance for later viewing.  He has contacted the eight band directors to get their feedback.  Three have indicated they are willing to look at it, one said it is too early to know, and the other four have not yet gotten back to Steve.  A separate website would be created just for Jazz in the Desert.  Attendees would pay a $10 fee to watch all band videos.  The website would have all sponsors listed and all silent auction items to bid on.
Sharon described a Non Event Jazz in the Desert in which invitations would be sent describing why we are not conducting a traditional Jazz in the Desert program.  Invited guests would be given an opportunity to make a donation to support the Jazz bands as we have done in the past and to support our sponsors and participate in the silent auction.  This option eliminates the uncertainty of participation of the bands whose future is not clear at this time.  Kathleen thanked Sharon for her impressive presentation.
The Four Way Test concluded our meeting.

Member Birthday

Aug 13
Ray Cook
Aug 14
Tim Campbell
Aug 20
Gwen Lamb
Aug 21
JP Pilger
Michelle Lewis
Aug 04
Nancy Green & Rob Potter
Joined Rotary Date
Aug 21
Gary Friedman
Roxanna Rico
Laura Peters
Aug 27
Charlotte Gates
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Green Valley/Sahurita Interact
Rotary District 5500
Rotary International
Sep 24, 2020 7:00 AM
District Governor Virtual Visit
Oct 01, 2020 7:00 AM
Valley Fever Center for Excellence
Oct 08, 2020 7:00 AM
Getting to Know You
Oct 15, 2020 7:00 AM
St Andrews Clinic Updates
Oct 22, 2020 7:00 AM
Power Point Ranger: My Iraq War Logs
Oct 29, 2020 7:00 AM
Covid 19: Cardiovascular Effects
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District News # 6
~  MAKE M&Ms (Make Membership Memorable)
Memorable Membership is more than simply great meetings!  It’s all that goes into a great Rotary Experience! Join Rotarian Jason Browne, who loves to creatively generate meaningful change and have fun along the way. Learn ways to attract, retain and engage Members!  Learn about virtual platforms and how to use them to enhance Rotary for you and your Members.  Join us virtually on Saturday, August 22 at 9:00 a.m.
Let’s GROW ROTARY together!
Don’t forget to join us for the Pre-Seminar Zoom Happy Hour August 17 at 5:00 p.m. titled “Let us introduce you to Remo!” You can register for this at the same time as you register for Make M&Ms.  Registration deadline for both events is Saturday, August 15. For more information, please contact Joyce Finkelstein!
SHOUT OUT TO JIM NOOK from District Membership Chair Joyce Finkelstein.
Thank you for all your work on the “Alumni List” Jim went way beyond “Service Above Self.” He made an outstanding contribution to the District.  Thank you, Jim, for your dedication, your diligence and your hard work. 
Rotary clubs have been waiting to get their hands on this list of Virtual Fundraisers. The link is  The documents are available for downloading and reviewing with your club members. The folder will be continually updated as more resources are uncovered.
As we move forward with 2021 RYLA, The District is requesting that you reserve a spot for your RYLA student. Contact Liz Cohn: We want to continue to make RYLA a life-positive experience. We will make our final decision whether or not to hold RYLA in its present form by October 2020.
Many of our Grant Recipients are on the Frontline Many recipients of vocational education grants from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) received their grant to cover the costs of obtaining a medical-related vocational certification. Check out the website to donate and for further information.
Bookmark your Internet browser on:  Be sure to set up your User-Id and Password today. Donate directly on the website. Do yourself a favor, participate in Rotary Direct, you won’t need your checkbook.
(The website is temporarily down for maintenance, check back on Thursday August 13th)
Mike Kloehn has obtained an excellent quote from ZMark, a local vendor (and a Rotarian), to provide quality masks that proudly depict the Interact Logo The quote is for $2.29 each. Not only would our District Rotary Clubs support personal safety at schools via their Interact Clubs, but our Interactors would directly serve their immediate community. This will provide extraordinary visibility not only for their Interact Club, but Rotary as well - Public Image! Contact Mike for further information and to place your order. ,
The word is out; District 5500 has its own Podcast for Rotary club members to enjoy. Visit Interested in being interviewed, or being part of the production? Contact District Governor Diane The Podcast can be used as a learning tool for your newest members.
The videos and handouts of the SCRYE Summer Conference have been posted at Enjoy! Contact Aimee Graves for questions.
Please submit your club news by the 20th of each month. The newsletter will be distributed on the 1st day of each month unless it falls on a weekend, then expect it on the first Monday of the month. Show off your club, tell us why your club outrivals other clubs, and share your club’s best practices. Rotary Clubs all learn from each other! Our new editor Myron Donald is fervently awaiting your article!
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District 5500 still has $8,000 available to use on District Grants this Rotary year; "Qualified" clubs can request up to $2k each in matching funds for a project from now until May 1st (first come, first served until the contingency money runs out).  Would you like to take your club’s $200 and turn it into a $400 Community Project? Did your club forget to submit for a District Grant by the deadline? Do you lack the experience in submitting a District Grant? Are you unclear about how a matching District Grant works? Need assistance? The District Grants Chair Joe Puett and other members of the Grants Committee are available and always happy to guide you effortlessly through the process. So, hurry don’t delay, contact Joe today.
Did you recently induct a new member into your Rotary club? Please send this information to The Glance, so we can welcome them to our Rotary Family!
Contact Ray - District PI Chair
Fisher House
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