Club Notes December 10, 2020
Thirty-five club members participated in this week’s meeting through ZOOM.
The Invocation was led by Kathleen Silvers.  Beginning on Friday, December 11, Hanukkah is an eight day festival celebrated in the Jewish religion and is widely known as the Festival of Lights.  Kathleen recalled the meaning and traditions of Hanukkah.   The Hanukkah candles represent lights of joy, liberation, courage, hope, healing and transformation.  Kathleen shared the Christian faith and tradition that also views candles and light as a message of hope, peace and goodwill.  Followers of the Jewish faith and the Christian faith share the common belief in God as Savior of the world.  (The complete text is posted at )
  • President Charlotte called for volunteers to serve as bell ringers for the Salvation Army.  All Angel Tree tags have been selected and donations are due back to the Salvation Army by December 15. 
  • RYLA will be presented virtually this year.  The Foundation will provide funding for those students that participate.   Our club will participate in the speech contest this year. 
  • Interactors will prepare Christmas cards for residents of LaPosada.
  • Dress for Success will purchase clothing for eleven Sopori students today at 9:30 at Walmart.  Please join fellow Rotarians to shop for this very worthy cause. 
  • Jazz in the Desert Reimagined update was provided.  All members are encouraged to donate and you can do so directly on the Valle Verde website or
  • Ten Foundation calendars are left.  Contact Ron Darrah to make your purchase.  They are $5 each. 
  • The Jim Click raffle drawing is on Friday.  It would be great if the winner was from our club.
  • On Monday, December 7, the dedication of the Valle Verde Music Park at Continental School occurred.  A beautiful etched stone was presented to the school naming the Valle Verde Rotary Club in the dedication.  Also Charlotte requested three volunteers for each month to assist in the maintenance of the musical instruments.  The first crew is needed during the week of January 4.  Gary Friedman will provide more information to those that volunteer.   Remember you may volunteer on a month by month basis. 
  • Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club is hosting an on-line fundraising auction with bidding ending on December 12.  Go to their website  to participate. 
  • Tubac Rotary Club is hosting a fundraising golf outing on New Year’s Day.  If you like to golf, this is a great way to help another club raise funds.  Visit their website for details. 
  • St. Andrew’s Clinic is hosting a virtual Christmas concert and fund raising event on December 13.  Ticket price is $15.
  • The pandemic cannot stop Valle Verde Rotary from celebrating the holidays.  Our first ever (and hopefully last) ZOOM party will occur at the club meeting on Thursday, December 17.  Plan to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater.  Three unnamed club members will serve as judges and three prizes will be awarded.   The sweater judged to be the ugliest will be awarded first place and win a prize.   Second and third prizes will also be awarded.  Don’t forget it is not necessary to own an ugly sweater – just create your own!  We will also play “Name that Christmas Tune” for another prize.  To complete the Christmas spirit, wear your Christmas hat.   
Roxane Rico, Superintendent of Continental School and member of the Valle Verde Rotary Club, presented today’s program entitled the Year of the Pandemic.   With more than 28 years of experience in education in a variety of teaching and administrative roles, Roxane demonstrates talent and commitment to the development and education of students.   Roxane’s presentation was comprehensive and focused on the year of the pandemic and future plans for academic improvement. 
Continental School is the only public school in Pima County that operates with five days per week of in-school instruction.  All other schools in Pima County operate in a hybrid mode.  Continental School has 527 students that are on campus with an additional 115 students with on-line instruction.  .  Classrooms are large enough to ensure social distancing with 22 students in each classroom.   Students must wear a mask without regard to social distance from one another. Student attendance is at 87%.  All students are electronically connected for classroom instruction. 
Roxane proceeded to discuss what is new in teaching, learning and testing despite the pandemic.   As Roxane described the teacher efforts, curriculum, and programs implementation, it was evident Continental School adheres to the highest standards for education of their students - all under the leadership of Roxane.  Thank you, Roxane. 
Next Week:  Holiday party fun!
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Joretta Morrison
December 3
Ron Darrah
December 27
Pam Wigginton
December 28
Spouse Birthdays
Jack Wahl
December 15
Melodye Cooke
December 21
Peter Eichman
Phyl Kettlehon Eichman
December 12
John Knutsen
Donna Knutsen
December 16
Bill Brell
RoAnne Brell
December 29
Join Date
Edward K. Farver
December 1, 1987
33 years
Tim Campbell
December 19, 2013
7 years
Tim Dugan
December 19, 2013
7 years
Russell Hampton
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