Club Information
Valle Verde Rotary Club
Service Above Self
We meet 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
DistrictSiteIcon District Site
VenueMap Venue Map
Club Notes
Club Notes May 14 2020

With 31 Rotary club members participating through Zoom for the weekly meeting, President Charlotte paid special recognition to six graduating high school students who are Rotary Interactor members. Jack Vance, one of the six students participated virtually in the meeting. The high school graduating members and their contact email addresses are:

Marianna Lararo (email address unknown) Morgan Boone,

Grace Adams, Fawaz Ghannom, Samantha Witterstauter, Jack Vance,


President Charlotte expressed gratitude and appreciation for their contributions. Club members were encouraged to send congratulatory messages to the individual students.

Announcements made:

· The 2020 Rotary Convention and luncheon are scheduled to occur virtually on June 20 through June 26. More details will follow.

· Rotarians were alerted and warned by District 5500 about phishing scams directed specifically to Rotarians.

· Rotary International Board of Directors has announced that all their meetings will be conducted virtually for the remainder of the calendar year. District Governors are also urged to virtually conduct all club visits.

· RI has an alliance with Toastmasters. Rotarians are encouraged to enroll in on-line Toastmaster courses that are designed to foster growth in networking and improve communication skills both written and orally. A Toastmasters video was shown.

· Steve Sibulsky announced an opportunity to purchase a license plate with the Rotary name and logo imprinted on it. The purchase price is $9.00. Let

Steve know if you want to purchase a plate and he will complete the order for our club.

· Bill Grantham announced that he has contacted the Boy Scouts for their help in placing flags along Sahuarita Blvd on May 26. He is waiting for their response. At this time club members help is not needed.

· Chuck Wunder provided an up-date on Covid 19 in Green Valley. GVFD encounters with Covid 19 patients have been reduced from 8/9 per day to 2/ 3 per day. Voluntary antibody testing was taken by some of his workforce and all test results were negative. Chuck also reported snakes are active and so far 25 snakes have been picked up by GVFD.

Weekly Program:

Gary Friedman and Mark Horton provided an in-depth overview of the Microcredit Program in Sonora Mexico. The Valle Verde club along with eight other Arizona clubs are engaged in active financial support through a global grant of the Microcredit Program. The Valle Verde Rotary Club first became involved in 2012 and budgets $2000 annually toward the program.

The Microcredit program offers small loans to impoverished borrowers who possess a desire to grow their business. The goal is to support borrowers in their desire to be financially self-sufficient and ultimately to alleviate poverty. The typical loan is $200 to $300 to each borrower. Borrowers are interviewed for selection of a loan and grouped with other borrowers to ensure support from others. FinReg, the financial management arm of the program, trains the borrower and provides oversight. FinReg provides monthly detailed financial reports to RI. The loan payoff rate exceeds 90% in Nogales and 94% in Hermosillo.

More than 80% of borrowers are woman, married and with three children. Most spouses work full-time outside of the home and typically earn less than $15 a day. Financial independence can make the difference whether children can go to school, the quality of their living conditions and whether families can remain intact.

In January a group of Rotarians including Gary and Mark visited borrowers and the Fin Reg lending company to witness first-hand the borrowers engaged in making or selling their products.

Gary concluded his presentation by describing the Microcredit program as the most effective one-on-one anti-poverty intervention program developed to

Member Birthday

May 10
Mike Duiven
May 19
John Knutsen

May 2
Steve & Mary Sibulsky
May 18
Francis & Paula Howe
Joined Rotary Date
May 1, 1994
Sandy Wahl
May 1, 2003
Gwen Lamb
May 20, 2017
Sue Horton
May 25, 2017
Pam Wiggington
May 31, 2012
Dean Tibbetts
VV Rotary Links
VV Rotary Facebook Page
Green Valley/Sahurita Interact
Rotary District 5500
Rotary International
May 21, 2020 7:00 AM
On-Line ZOOM Meeting
View entire list
Russell Hampton
ClubRunner Mobile
District News May 11 2020


(can be read in less than two minutes)

May Edition, #44

Week of May 11, 2020


A-Always wash your hands……..B-Be Well and Be Safe……C-Connect to members in new ways…..D-Don’t forget, we’ll all get through this together!



                           IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR CLUBS:

A.    Current Club Presidents and Secretaries need to enter the new officers for 2020-2021 in Club Administration on the RI website so the new officers can begin receiving communications from RI. Go to:>MyRotary>Manage>Club Administration>Club & Member Data>/Add, Edit, Remove Club Officers>Assigning Incoming Club Officers. Contact District Trainer Ann Huber, for questions. After entering all of your incoming officers, please also send the names of your Membership and Foundation Chairs to District Administrator, Liz Cohn,

B.    Two members from each club must participate in the District 5500 Grant Management Seminar (GMS) for 2020-2021 (deadline, June 30, 2020) in order for their clubs to be eligible to participate in both District and Global Grants and receive funding for their grants. Go to  CLICK HERE for downloadable instructions. You can contact Grants Subcommittee Chair Shannan Marty or 520-906-0385 for questions. Information is also on our District website under the tab Training Center.

C.     Club Officer and Committee Chair Training videos, specifically designed for Secretary, Treasurer, Membership, Foundation, Youth Exchange and Public Image are available at this link: When you finish the training, please submit your name to the District Training Chair, Ann Huber ( so you can be entered in a raffle drawing. Names must be submitted on or before June 15 to participate. There is also a Training Center menu item at the top of District 5500 website for quicker access. The required training is available at all times and you can access them at your convenience.

D.    Scam alert! Several Rotarians have recently received “phishing” scams asking them to provide or confirm personal details or asking for money, gift cards, etc. If you aren’t expecting an email like this, don’t open it. Some scams are even COVID-19 related.


 ·        Rotary International is inviting everyone to “attend” the RI Convention that will happen next month, June 20-26. This will be an exciting opportunity to gather online with the family of Rotary for the first virtual RI Convention. Experience Rotary in action during the Flag Ceremony, witness the power of connection during the general sessions and learn new ways to engage with Rotary during the breakout sessions, find inspiration from global speakers and much more. Please check the District website regularly for updates. 


·      Save the date of June 28 for the Governor Installation of Diane Ventura-Goodyear. If it is not held at the Sonoran Desert Museum due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it will be a virtual installation. Stay tuned! Details to follow.


     ·     Two updated notices of the RI Board of Directors due to the       Covid-19 pandemic:

     A.  The RI Board of Directors shall conduct all of their meetings virtually the rest of the calendar year.

     B.      District Governors are strongly encouraged to use virtual meetings for clubs’ visits during the 2020 year.  


 ·      Zoom Meetings! Don’t forget to send in speakers’ contact information to Teree Bergman ( for those you enjoyed in your recent Zoom club meetings. They will be listed on the website for other clubs to consider.


 ·      Save the dates! Clubs’ Fundraising Events rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic include:  Vail Rotary’s Casino Night & Chili Cook-Off rescheduled for Saturday, June 6; Yuma North End Rotary’s Golf Tournament rescheduled for June 20; SaddleBrooke Rotary’s Fore For Kids Golf Tournament now happening Monday, Sept. 28; Rincon Rotary’s Taste of Chocolate will take place Sunday, Oct. 4. Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary’s Rising Sun Run now rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10; Oro Valley Rotary’s Taste of Oro Valley rescheduled for Nov. 8. Club Fundraising Chairs-please send dates of rescheduled signature fundraisers if you would like them posted. (


 ·      The 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship application is due May 31 and your help is needed in finding candidates for this life-changing program. Please refer names to and candidates will be contacted. We have two exceptional candidates so far and would appreciate a third. 


  ·   Club Foundations looking for discounted software programs, like QuickBooks, should consider using techsoup ( This company offers steep discounts to non-profits for their technology and operational needs.  


  ·     Let’s welcome all new members who have recently joined Rotary clubs in our District.  WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Richard and Gina Perez from Yuma Crossing Rotary club.   

To the Membership Chairs and/or Club Presidents-please continue sending in the names of new members who have joined your club as of April 1 and through the month of May.  We wish to recognize all new members on a weekly basis that have joined the family of Rotary here in District 5500. Please send the names to me,


                   Club Highlights from around the District:

  • Did you know that Tucson Rotary records their weekly club meetings with speaker presentations and anyone can view the meetings anytime by going to their YouTube channel via this link?:
  • Did you know that Casa Grande Daybreak provided educational games, resources and materials to K8 students learning at home who have no access to the internet or computer?


As Paul Harris so aptly said: “This is a changing world; we must be prepared to change with it. The story of Rotary will have to be written again and again.”

Fisher House
Please remember to bring in non-perishable food
and paper products for Fisher House.
Bulletin Editor
Nancy Green