Meeting Notes February 18, 2021
There were 37 people in attendance.  Included with members were guests Bob Auflick, Dave (no longer from Minnesota) from his Wisconsin cabin, and Susan and Matt Weller.
  • Charlotte notified us of the passing of former Sojourner, Paul Koepke,  at age 81.  Paul died in Goshen, Indiana from cancer.  He was a very special Rotarian and will be remembered very fondly.
  • Sue Horton’s birthday is February 19.  Happy Birthday Sue.
  • The Food Fight continues through March 31.  Checks are to be mailed to:  Food Fight Coordinator/Valle Verde Rotary Club, P.O. Box 311, Green Valley, AZ 85622.
  • The Desert Meadows event celebrating Earth Day will be held on April 21.
  • The deadline for submitting applications for the two $500 grants is February 22.
  • now includes Walmart.
  • Rotarians who ordered a Jazz T shirt may contact Jim Rusk to arrange pickup of the shirt.
  • Photos of the cleaning of the music instruments at Continental school on Wednesday were shown.  This will be a monthly project.
  • Birthday Books will be distributed February 18 at Continental school to all students.  Those not able to attend school on that date will have their book dropped off at their home next week.
  • District 5500 has a new grant program, Show Love For Your Community.  The Valle Verde board is seeking suggestions for consideration at its March 1 meeting.
  • RYLA begins February 19 through 20.  Valle Verde has one delegate and two junior counselors.  Bill Grantham is making a short  presentation with all activities via ZOOM.
  • El Tour and Ride to End Polio are postponed until fall.
  • The 4 Way Test contest will be held April 17.
  • The Sahuarita High School online auction to benefit the music program will be held March 2-5.
  • Chuck Wunder announced an agreement was reached Wednesday with the State of Arizona to provide additional vaccine for second shot vaccinations for those who have received their first vaccination at the Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital and CPAC.  Everyone who received their first shot there will be contacted by email or phone call with their date and time of their next appointment, and they need to confirm the appointment.
  • Gary Friedman described the annual Arizona-Mexico project fair held Friday to Sunday via ZOOM to which the district is contributing $5,000 for 13 projects.  Next year’s fair will be held in Tucson.
  • President, Bob Auflick, invited all to attend via ZOOM the Green Valley Rotary Club’s 50th Anniversary March 2 which will bring back many who have touched the club over the years.
HAPPY Dollars
  • Roxanna thanked Rotarians for the support provided to Continental School through cleaning the music instruments, Birthday Books, and financial help with the recent auction.
  • Sue and Mark Horton’s grandsons are leaving new sports records at their high school in baseball and basketball.  #1 grandson batted .599 in baseball and #2, Owen, scored 48 points to set a new record.
  • Gary Friedman’s kids in Austin, TX are living without heat and their clinic is closed.
Dr. Kiernan is a member of the Catalina Rotary Club and has led a life of working on humanitarian projects and writing grant applications for Rotary projects in Mexico.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received her PhD at the University of Arizona in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.  She developed an early intervention program for preschoolers with speech and language impairments.
Today’s presentation described a successful Rotary Global Grant project to bring healthcare to indigenous people living in seven remotely located villages previously not served with any medical services.  The area of 219 square miles includes a population of 1,600 people known as Guarijio, a Spanish name given them, or Papago, which is the Spanish pronunciation for another name given them  by other Piman tribes.  They are officially known as the Torino O’odham Nation.
Getting people with poor access to water and electric power to areas where they can receive medical service is the biggest challenge.  So this project found innovative ways to bring better healthcare to their villages.  Four adults were given healthcare training in such things as first aid, CPR, and prevention.  Twelve students were also given training.  Medical equipment was provided.  Community training was undertaken and a telemedicine service was provided with a solar powered satellite system.
When COVID became a threat in early 2020, doctors from Alamos went to the area to shut down the villages and instruct the residents on steps needed to stay well such as masking, washing hands, and maintaining healthy distances.  Volunteers were already familiar with distance learning and adapted well.  There have been no reported cases of COVID in these villages.
To celebrate the  first successful year of the program, a puppet festival was held in which the puppets told the story of how villagers protected themselves from germs and illness.
The Global Grant raised $116,000 to initiate the program.  Now  there are sixteen trained healthcare promoters, and the University of Arizona has a grant to continue the program.
Next week’s meeting will include a discussion about World Water Day as part of the General Club Meeting, and the following week will be author Donna Pedace.
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Laura Peters
February 14
Francis Howe
February 15
Susan Horton
February 19
Abe Demchuk
February 21
Spouse Birthdays
Susan Horton
February 19
Dean Tibbetts
Cynthia Tibbetts
February 11
Join Date
JP Pilger
February 1, 1991
30 years
Tom Cooke
February 2, 2006
15 years
Mike Kimes
February 7, 2014
7 years
Moe Raso
February 11, 1993
28 years
Judy Lindsey
February 13, 2020
1 year
Deborah Wright
February 16, 2017
4 years
Russell Hampton
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