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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
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Club Notes
Club Notes Aug 20 2020
32 attendees were noted in today’s ZOOM meeting.  Sojourners Carol, Ernie, and Sharon in attendance.  Carol is dealing with a red squirrel invasion and has devised a method to encourage them to commit suicide.  Sharon’s husband is recovering from Valley Fever at Santa Rita.  Laura’s son, Justin, is hospitalized following a work injury which has resulted in a spinal fluid leak, a hematoma in the spine, migraines when he sits up, meningitis, and urinary problems.  Keep Laura and family in your prayers.
Ray Cook gave the invocation.  The message:  Hang in there.  Normalcy will return.
Birthdays:  Gwen 8-20, JP and Michele 8-21, Olivia 8-26
Ed got John Yeager’s Mini back home by flatbed truck after its battery had died.  John’s refrigerator also died this summer.
John Cousins reminded us the food drive at Associa is on until 8-31.
Roxana mentioned the back to school parade being held today and gave thanks for the grant money for the Continental Community Music Park.
Ron has 250 new calendars for sale at $5 each.  Email Ron with your order, and he will figure out delivery.
Phil has finished the three year grant for Uganda Health Days, a $113,000 Global Grant.  Steve helped produce a video which was shown at the International Virtual Convention.  Steve received a Paul Harris plus three for his efforts.  The people of Africa and India sent their thanks to Steve for the video production.
Carol has a nifty pair of Fish Flops which has caused quite a stir in Wisconsin.  She purchased them in Tucson at the Gem Show.
Charlotte and Jim presented a check at the Rio Rico High School.
The JAZZ Committee has decided to cancel the in-person March event.  The committee is turning its attention to holding a non-event or JAZZ Reimagined.  There is a need to build a data base of past and future participants which requires the help of all club members.  Sue Horton is compiling the list so send your names and addresses to Sue.  A mailing is planned for early November after the national election.
The future of banquets at Quail Creek is uncertain with the reduction in staff there.  Finding another venue could be problematic.
The Valle Verde Foundation Committee was to meet following the club meeting to discuss the impact of changes in JAZZ this year on the Foundation.
Sahuarita is doing a Tree Inventory.   Training for volunteers will be on 8-29.  Volunteer work days are scheduled for 9-12, 9-19, and 9-26.  Notify Charlotte if you have interest in volunteering.  Steve will post information on Club Runner also.
The Peace Pole Dedication will take place 9-12 at Desert Meadows Park 10:00 AM.  Masks are required.
Valle Verde Music Park funds have been received.
Jim will travel to Fisher House 8-24 for the Max Perry Memorial Plaque dedication and donation check to Fisher House.
Rancho Sahuarita Food Drive runs until 8-31.
Valle Verde is a Bronze Sponsor of the Virtual Hunger Walk to be held 9-12.
District 5500 M & Ms on 8-22.
Tubac Rotary Club is starting a Rotary Pickleball group.  See website for details.
A fall social dinner is to be held 10-24 5:00 PM outdoors at Gary and Timber Friedman’s home.  The dinner is to be catered by Quail Creek and the cost will be $15 per person.  Mike Finkelstein and combo will provide music entertainment.
David Long of Zia Trust will present the program at our 8-27 ZOOM meeting.
Today’s topic covered the work of the Membership Committee in attracting and retaining club members and involving the whole club in making the Rotary experience more meaningful to all members.  The Membership Committee, in reality, is all of us.
JP and Sandy have identified what they believe is an ideal of 50-55 members to be large enough to take on projects and small enough to allow for friendly social interaction of all members.  Currently we have 43 members.
Recruiting requires all of us to extend invitations to people we know and meet socially.  We also need to identify Rotarians and former Rotarians who move to Green Valley in retirement and to extend invitations to working professionals in our area.
Mentorship of new members is a key component to successfully integrating them into the club.  The mentorship program is designed to encourage new members to learn more about our club and Rotary International as well.
Retention is critically dependent on first impressions of new members.  Our club has been very good at welcoming visitors which is an important step to each of the phases of joining, becoming an active participant, and remaining active.
The Red Ribbon Program is designed to encourage the new member to complete the worksheet intended to help the member learn about Rotary and its benefits and expectations.   The mentor helps the new person feel welcome and guide them through the worksheet.  The new member wears a Red Ribbon at club meetings until all the worksheet steps are completed and then exchanges the ribbon for a Rotary Badge.
The Membership Committee is developing a Welcome To Valle Verde Rotary form which is a checklist of things to accomplish as a new member.  The checklist include five basics:  Read  a book on Rotary basics, explore joining a committee, be a greeter, do an ice breaker speech, and visit My Rotary.
Besides the five basics, the new member should complete four of the following list:  Attend a board meeting, attend a Foundation meeting, participate in JAZZ in the Desert, learn the 4 Way Test, visit another Rotary club, attend a district conference, contribute money to the Rotary Foundation’s EREY program, become a Paul Harris member, and ask questions of your mentor.
Charlotte suggested attending other club’s meetings through ZOOM makes it easier to do.  She can provide password information for those interested.
Corporate members may be an option even though we have few corporate entities in our community.
Phil indicated what a new member may expect to get from a Rotary membership is as important as what Rotary expects from the member in terms of that person becoming actively engaged and wanting to remain a Rotarian.
Mary asked how can we help?
JP indicated the desire to form subcommittees of recruitment, mentorship, and retention.  Members may volunteer to assist in these areas and to reach out to members who may be facing personal struggles.  Our young professionals can encourage other professionals to visit our club. Ron has a new member ready to join as soon as we return to in person meetings.  Kathleen mentioned expectations being met, having fun, new friendships, and volunteer opportunities are all important to having a successful Rotary experience.

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
Aug 27, 2020 7:00 AM
Sep 03, 2020 7:00 AM
Sahuarita Food Bank & Community Resource Center
Sep 10, 2020 7:00 AM
"It's A Mystery" Midnight Flight to Boston
Sep 17, 2020 7:00 AM
Rotary Action Groups
Sep 24, 2020
Valley Fever
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Greetings, fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors!

I am so honored to serve as your president this year. We have important work ahead of us at Rotary, and we are going to have a lot of fun as we do it.

Last year, we launched our five-year Action Plan to build a stronger future for Rotary. We are working to increase our impact, expand our reach, enhance participant engagement, and increase our ability to adapt. The last several months have shown that we — as Rotarians and Rotaractors — can realize these goals as we forge a new path for the future.

Without question, COVID-19 has posed new and previously unimaginable challenges for Rotary. But within every challenge is perhaps an even greater opportunity. And while I could not have known what lay ahead when I selected my theme for the year, Rotary Opens Opportunities has even greater relevance as we begin our new Rotary year.

I am incredibly inspired by how our members have adapted and responded to COVID-19. This global pandemic has made it difficult for many of our clubs to operate as usual, but we persevered, and over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors in a new way: by visiting hundreds of clubs from my home. It’s been fun to attend so many meetings virtually. If you haven’t already, I encourage your club to try an online meeting or add an online component, like hosting a guest speaker from a Rotary or Rotaract club located in a different part of the world.

As we build a stronger future for our organization, it’s good that we are reaching out to new people and introducing them to Rotary. It’s important that our clubs reflect the communities we serve. More diverse voices in our clubs and in our leadership will help Rotary stay in touch with a changing world.

So let’s find every opportunity to show we value each and every member. Let’s seize this moment to build on what we’ve learned, to embrace our new reality, to welcome new faces, and to find additional ways to shine. This is how we will have a continuing impact on the world. And if you need assistance along the way, Rotary offers many resources that can help you reach your goals.

Rotary means different things in different parts of the world, but we are all united by our core values and by The Four-Way Test. Rotary may change, but our values remain constant.

I look forward to hearing about how you’re finding new opportunities to engage and make an impact in your club and community. Rotary Opens Opportunities, both for the people we serve and for ourselves.

Thank you.

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RI President, 2020-21

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Save the Date
Save the Date.  Sat., Oct 24th. Fall get-together at
Gary Friedman's home in Quail Creek.  More info to follow.
Fisher House
Please remember to bring in non-perishable food
and paper products for Fisher House.
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