Meeting Notes March 25, 2021
The Invocation was presented by Bill Grantham. 
“Father, God, take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine.Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect our families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.Bless those providing our care and vaccines.Give them strength to provide care to everyone.Amen”.
President Charlotte began the meeting with the following reminders: 
  • The Food Fight will conclude on April 1.  Be sure to bring your check book to the in-person meeting.
  • The Earth Day Celebration is on April 21, 2:00p.m. at Desert Meadows Park.  Please plan to attend.  It will be a special celebration with a reading by our youngest Rotarian, Olivia Frazier, and participation by members of the Interactors Club.  Music will be provided by Craig Altschul.
  • The Four-Way Speech Contest will be held on April 17 with one student participating.
  • Charlotte encouraged everyone to wear a Jazz in the Desert t-shirt to the April 1 meeting.  Any year will do.
  • Also at the April 1 meeting, all seven schools who have previously participated in the annual Jazz in the Desert fundraiser will be awarded a donation from the club.
  • Fisher House recently reopened the facility with five rooms available.  Volunteers are not being scheduled but if you would like to donate a cooked meal, Fisher House would welcome it. 
  • Phil Silvers spoke about the Empowering Women in Uganda Grant.  The board approved participation in this project sponsored by LaJolla Rotary Club.   The grant is earmarked for women in east Uganda with information technology skills.  The project is deemed to be highly effective and sustainable and without any cost to Valle Verde Rotary.  Financial support will come from our members directing donations to the Rotary Foundation to this project.  Phil encouraged members to email him with how much they want to donate to this project.  Financial supporters are eligible to go to Uganda to assist Ugandans in this project.
  • District 5500  is challenging all clubs to walk 100 miles during the months of April and May.  T-shirts will be available to be ordered.  Details will follow. 
  • Rotary Leadership Institute is holding leadership training classes on April 10, 24 and May 8.  There is no cost to participate in these virtual training classes. 
  • District 5500 announced that the district conference will be virtual this year and be held on June 4 and June 5. 
  • The Rotary Club in Benson will host a fundraising golf tournament on April 24 at San Pedro Golf Club.   For further details go to their website.
  • The Tucson Casas Adobes Rotary Club is holding a raffle on April 21.  Proceeds support youth education.  Purchase your raffle tickets through Charlotte. For every ticket Charlotte sells, $5.00 will be returned to our club.  It is a worthy cause and the prizes are great. 
  • Mary Fisher announced that on Saturday, March 27, the Empty Bowl fundraiser will be held at Valley Presbyterian Church.  Unlike other years, this will be a drive-through event from 10:00a.m until noon.   The cost is $20 per person and supports Valley Assistance Services.  In addition to a delicious bowl of soup you will get to keep the handmade ceramic bowl. 
Dennis Bergquist, President – Elect of the Kino Tucson Rotary Club, spoke today on Rotary work in a Kenyan village, Mwongeti, a village of 6000 people.  What has happened there in the last eight years is nothing short of life changing for the people who live there.
With a ”Dare to Dream”  vision and the participation of five district grants,  six  Rotary clubs, and four districts and the Rotary Club in Kenya, the realization of a dream resulted in:
  • A refurbished school, classrooms, and library that holds 1000 primary grade books
  • Latrines built
  • Electricity to the village
  • Water harvesting tanks installed
  • Installation of a solar system for community wells. 
  • Establishment of a medical clinic, pharmacy, ultrasound equipment and a laboratory.   Beyond this the project grew to retrofitting a six room structure and employed trained medical personnel.
  • Establishment of the Maternal and Child Health Center to provide prenatal care, maternity delivery, and post care.
  • Formation of Community Health Volunteers organization.
Dennis’ presentation was awe inspiring and truly reflects Rotarians as humanitarians making a difference globally.  Thank you Dennis for your leadership and vision. 
Future programs:  On April 1 the speaker will be Don Jorgensen from the Shelter Box Program.  On April 8, guest speakers will be Brian Edney and Amber Matheson who will talk about the newly built Sahurarita Public Library
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Nicole Raymond
March 2
Laury Scandling
March 12
Roxana Rico
March 16
Carol Pfister
March 18
Edward K. Farver
March 29
Spouse Birthdays
Carol Pfister
March 18
Martin Gomez
Gabby Gomez
March 10
Laury Scandling
Bruce Scandling
March 24
Richard Deaver
Diana Deaver
March 29
Join Date
Mary L. Fisher
March 4, 2004
17 years
Bill Grantham
March 5, 1994
27 years
Jack Grieves
March 5, 1993
28 years
Nicole Raymond
March 8, 2012
9 years
Phil Silvers
March 8, 2012
9 years
Paul Koepke
March 22, 2012
9 years
Russell Hampton
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