ShelterBox Challenge

In conjunction with the Rotary District 5500 Day of Peace, the three Rotary clubs of Green Valley and Sahuarita are issuing a “ShelterBox Challenge”.  The clubs have pledged $15,000 and are asking the people of our area to match or exceed that amount.
To donate securely, visit our Foundation web page
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2022 Scholarships

The Valle Verde Rotary Club is pleased to announce that it will be offering three $2000 scholarships to high school seniors who are continuing their education at a college or university.  Application deadline is Friday, April 08, 2022.  

See "2022 Scholarship Application" under VV ROTARY FILES on the right side of our home page:   


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"Jazz" Tickets available online

Visit After a year off, the live presentation of “Jazz In The Desert” returns to the stage at Quail Creek. “Jazz in the Desert 2022” is set for Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Quail Creek Country Club. This unique fundraising event is presented by the Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley and La Posada. Middle and High School jazz bands from up and down the I-19 corridor will take the stage at the Quail Creek Country Club Madera Clubhouse stage for a matinee at 1 PM and dinner show at 5 PM. Jazz In the Desert 2022 will feature jazz bands from: Great Expectations Academy, Sahuarita High School, Nogales High School, Rio Rico High School, Continental School, Sahuarita Middle School, and Walden Grove High School; and the evening performance will include a special surprise finale! Matinee tickets are $10, available in advance and at the door and include snacks and soft drinks. Dinner show tickets are $55 and require advance purchase. Tickets are available now from the Sahuarita/Green Valley Chamber of Commerce office, by calling 520-271-4831 or online at . The evening performance will feature a full dinner, plus silent and live auctions. Over the years, Jazz In The Desert events have raised over $140,000 benefitting the various schools’ music programs, as well as other local, national and international Rotary projects. For more information about Jazz In The Desert 2022, send e-mail to
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"Thirsty Thursday" January 2022

Over 20 Valle Verde Rotarians turned out for "Thirsty Thursday" event at Triple Play on Duval Mine Road. 
The get-together featured a 'corn-hole' tournament!  A dozen played in the tourney:
First place team Sandy and Dean!
Mike Lewis and Moe Raso second place winners.
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Help out at Fisher House Jan 20

This Thursday (Jan 20), a group of Valle Verde Rotarians will travel to the Fisher House. It will be a "working session" plus we will present monies from the Foundation and the Cowboy Roundup.  If you would like to "pitch in", the House is in need of:  Paper products; Cleaning supplies; and Food items such as coffee pods, pasta and canned goods.  Gift cards to Fry's are also appreciated.  Help us "Fill the Flex" on Thursday.
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Important Notice!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR VALLE VERDE ROTARIANS: Our regular meeting site, the UMC Church of Green Valley, has decided to close the building for at least the next few weeks. This Thursday's (Jan 20) meeting will be at American Legion Post #131, diagonally across the street from the church.  Parking & entrance is at the rear of the building. Our program will be about FICO and FCAP, presented by member Tim Campbell.
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Jazz 2022 Date Set

Jazz” is back and sponsorships are available!
The Valle Verde Rotary Club and Partner Sponsor La Posada are happy to announce that “Jazz In The Desert” is back!
Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Quail Creek Clubhouse, school jazz bands from up and down the I-19 corridor will take to the stage for two shows of jazz, fun and fundraising.
Jazz In the Desert 2022 will feature jazz bands from
♫ Great Expectations Academy
♫ Sahuarita High School
♫ Nogales High School
♫ Rio Rico High School
♫ Continental School
♫ Sahuarita Middle School
♫ Walden Grove High School
Jazz In the Desert 2022 will open with a matinee show at 1:00 PM, with soft drinks and snacks.
The evening dinner show starts at 5:00 PM and will feature a buffet dinner, live and silent auctions and other fundraising opportunities.
Matinee tickets are $10.  Dinner show tickets are $55.  Both will go on sale in late December at several locations.
Over the years, Jazz In The Desert events have raised over $140,000 dollars.  Proceeds benefit music programs at the featured I-19 corridor schools and other local, national and international Rotary projects.  Businesses and individuals can get involved now.  Various Sponsorship levels are available starting at $250 and sponsors receive great perks!  For sponsorship information contact Craig Altschul, 505-210-0514 or
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Fast For Hope/El Corozo info

Last week's Program Guest sends some follow-up info:
In order to donate to Fast for Hope, send any donations (via check) to:
Rotary District 5960
ATTN:  Fast for Hope
1700 West Highway 36
Suite 820
Roseville, MN 55113
*Note:  Please mark "Fast for Hope" in the memo line of any check donations
Any donations specific to the Water Project in El Corozo and the Global Grant should be mailed to the club at:
Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club
ATTN:  Global Grant
PO Box 425
Stillwater, MN 55082
*Note:  Please mark "WP-Global Grant" in the memo line of any check donations
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NICD Web Links

At our meeting Thursday, April 29, retired Judge Ted Borek's presentation on Civil Discourse had many opportunities for involvement.  Here's a recap of the web sites he mentioned:
Engaging Differences:

CommonSense American (CSA):

Golden Rule 2020:

Next Generation:

Divided We Fall:

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Valle Verde Rotary awards Jazz $$$

For many years, the Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley has presented “Jazz In The Desert” as a major fundraiser, benefitting area schools’ jazz bands and other Rotary projects.  Through the Spring of 2020, that amount has totaled over $125,000.  Knowing that conditions would not be right for a live “Jazz” event in the spring of 2021, the Club launched “Jazz In The Desert Reimagined” in November 2020 as a non-event event. Contributions and sponsorships were overwhelmingly successful.
At the Club’s regular weekly meeting on Thursday, April 1, the Club gave $1000.00 checks to these teachers: (photo, L-R)
Donald Heaton - Nogales High School
Joe Ferguson - Continental School
Quinn O'Donnell - Rio Rico High School
Lisa Sargeant-Myers - Sahuarita Middle School
Ryan Carle-Ogren - Walden Grove High School
Mark Phillips - Great Expectation Academy
Christine Garcia - Sahuarita High School
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Dr. Peter Eichman passes

On Saturday, January 9, 2021, Valle Verde Rotary member Ron Darrah wrote;

It is with a great deal of sadness this evening that I must report to you that Dr. Peter Eichman recently passed away. Peter was a great man in so many ways and a long time member of the Valle Verde Rotary Club.
When Peter was still attending Rotary meetings he would always prepare a "medical minute/moment" for the membership and I was always impressed how current and spot on the information was for the audience. He could and would explain it so everyone could understand. I think he never stopped reading the latest and greatest developments in the medical field so he could pass them along.
I believe Valle Verde Rotary Club and Rotary projects were a passion for Peter. He was always ready to pitch in on projects involving children such as Birthday books and Dress for Success. In addition he encouraged and assisted the club in awarding each year a scholarship to a student studying in the field of nursing. 
Peter loved our club so much he setup "The Peter Eichman Fund" to help insure the future of our club and the projects we do in his honor. 
I remember one particular meeting we had a speaker from a shelter for women talking about the work they were doing to help women and their kids get out of dangers situations. Because of Peter and others club members we were able to make a sizeable donation to a very worthy cause.
For those who were fortunate to know Peter you know he was one of the finest humanitarians to set foot on the earth, a wonderful friend and a great great Rotarian. More often than not he gave us a reason to smile.
Peter we will miss you so much and we will continue to make you proud of "your" Rotary Club.
Ron D.
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Bring the Light of Rotary

Rotary Club of Valle Verde-Green Valley, Arizona
December 10, 2020
“Chanukah is for Everyone”
Earlier this week I opened email from a rabbi who wrote, “Chanukah is for Everyone, not just Jews.” It was an
invitation to online Lighting of Menorah candles to celebrate Chanukah Shabbat Services tomorrow night and
Rotarians worldwide celebrate the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. Time for families to recall when Temple
sanctuary oil to provide light for only one night was said to have lasted for eight. Time to remember how God came,
through the Maccabees, to save people who were suffering and oppressed. Chanukah candles are Lights of Joy,
Freedom, Courage. Lights of Hope. Lights of Healing and Transformation.
For Rotarians who are Christian, now is the season of Advent. Time to light Advent candles and prepare for the
coming of Christmas with its message of Peace and Good Will. A Family Festival featuring Candles and Light to
celebrate that God is The Light of the World who Comes to Save. To Heal. To Transform. Advent and Christmas
bring the Light of Hope, Joy, Good Will. Light of Peace and Love.
This morning, let us ask God’s blessing. Let us bless God. And Let us bless one another:
Oh, God, we remember your saving actions of the past. Now, as a wretched pandemic rages throughout the
world, we wait and pray with Hope to be saved by your Coming. Festivals of Light teach us that Chanukah is
for Everyone, not just Jews. Advent and Christmas are for Everyone, not just Christians. May we proclaim
with the ancient prophet Isaiah, “The People who walked in Darkness have seen a Great Light!” “Our God
Comes to save us!”
Bless us that we may bring the Light of Rotary—Light of Truth and Fairness, Light of Good Will and Better
Friendships, Light of Beneficence. The Light of Peace. And Love. May we be People of Light.
Let all the people say, “Amen.”
(Kathleen M. Silvers, Rotary Club of Valle Verde-Green Valley)
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Alzheimers Walk

The Valle Verde Rotary club and Interactors did The Walk for Alzheimers around Sahuarita Lake this morning. The team raised $1200+. Congratulations team! You are the best🏆
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Valle Verde Rotary dedicates Peace Pole

Several years of planning came together Saturday, September 12, as members of the Valle Verde Rotary of Green Valley gathered to dedicate a ‘Peace Pole’ at Desert Meadows Park.
Past Valle Verde  club President Andi Grantham (who passed away in January 2020) and Past Rotary District 5500 Governor Ellie Patterson  started planning for the project over two years ago. 
The idea of peace poles traces back to Mr. Masahisa Goi (1916 – 1980) of Japan who was moved by the effects of war, and especially the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II.  Mr. Goi coined the phrase “May Peace Prevail On Earth”.  There are now over 200,000 Peace Poles standing in almost every country of the world.
Valle Verde Rotary also dedicated a bench near the Peace Pole in memory of all past Rotarians who have lived the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self.
(Pictured L-R, club President Char Gates, Bill Grantham, Francis Howe, PDG Ellie Patterson, Tom Cooke)
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Club Notes 07/16/2020

Club Notes July 16, 2020
The weekly invocation was delivered by Bill Grantham and focused upon the Covid 19 virus and the impact on those infected and their caregivers.  He concluded with thoughts for solidarity in our response and support of one another. 
Announcements by President Charlotte:
Happy Dollars was resumed with several club members participating.  Don’t forget you can include your Happy Dollars with your dues payments. 
Charlotte announced a reminder that J.P. is selling Jim Click raffle tickets.  J.P. reported that 55 tickets have been sold with 45 more to be sold to reach our goal of 100 tickets.   The date of the drawing is December 11.  Let J.P. know if you want to purchase tickets.  All proceeds for our ticket sales will be donated to St. Andrew’s Clinic.
District 5500 is considering hosting their own podcast.  Details will be announced as they become available.
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Club Notes Jul 09 2020 updated

The Invocation was presented by Gary Friedman and called us to be reflective during this pandemic. May we abide by the rules we have established of trust, fellowship and ethics. May we place service above self in our daily endeavors. May we always test ourselves and our efforts to be sure they are the truth, good for all concerned, of benefit to mankind and provide peace and understanding.

Announcements made by President Charlotte

We have applied for a District 5500 grant. The grant request is for creation of The Valle Verde Rotary Club Music Park for the Greater Continental Community. Instruments will be placed throughout the park for children and visitors to enjoy playing. The total cost for the project is $8000 of which $2000 will come from the Valle Verde Rotary Foundation, $2000 from our club, and $4000 from District 5500.

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Raffle Sales Benefit St. Andrews Clinic

The Valle Verde Rotary Club is proud to once again be participating in the Jim Click “Millions For Tucson” Raffle.  Raffle tickets are $25.00 each or 5-for-$100.00.  You have until December 4, 2020 to buy your tickets, but why wait.  Valle Verde Rotary has designated St. Andrews Clinic in Nogales as the recipient of all funds raised by our club.
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District News #1

¢  The District Virtual Installation went off without a hitch. Thank you to all who attended. Over 100 registered for the event. Many thanks to Gwen Calhoun of the Sierra Vista South Rotary Club who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and to Bruce Monro of the Tubac Rotary Club who gave the invocation.  And of course many specail thanks to PDG Julie Reppenhagen, who performed a wonderful installation ceremony. . This is our very first District 5500 Virtual Installation and yes, we can “think outside the box”!



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Meeting Notes 07/02/2020

It was a special Valle Verde Rotary Club meeting at which time Charlotte Gates was installed as the President for Rotary year 2020-2021.   Upon the sudden and tragic loss of President Andi Grantham in January 2020, Charlotte assumed the role of president and completed Andi’s term of presidency.  Charlotte quickly earned the respect of club members as she led with grace, enthusiasm and commitment.
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Meeting Notes 06/25/2020

Valle Verde Rotary Club Notes- June 25, 2020
Today’s meeting included (at least) 37 Rotarians including Sojourners, Mo, Ernie, and Sharon and guests Bruce Munro and Judith Noyes.  Sharon shared an update on her husband who is being treated for fungal pneumonia.  She is eager to return home.
Jim Rusk will celebrate his birthday June 27 and through Facebook has invited Rotarians to donate to the Rotary Foundation as a way of celebrating with him.
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Meeting Notes 06/18/2020

In the pre-seven AM conversation, Maureen Raso introduced her two sisters who are visiting her in New Jersey and she is one of eleven children and has six brothers.  Charlotte came in second place with nine kids in her family.  We were happy to see other Sojourners Tom Regnier, Ernie, Sharon, And Carol.  Sharon shared information about her husband who is hospitalized in Tucson with cancer.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Also Bruce Munro, Asst District Governor Elect, and Judith Noyes of the Tubac club were in attendance with us.  There were 33 attendees today.
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Meeting Notes 06/11/2020

Today’s ZOOM assembly included 34 participants which included Sojourners from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Alaska, and perhaps other places.  Sharon Graiptman is back in Arizona because husband, Peter, is receiving treatment at Banner Hospital.  Charlotte’s husband is being released from a Texas hospital today.
We all have the opportunity to register online for the Rotary International Convention which is free and coming to our homes this year.  There is a link to  register for the convention on the Valle Verde website.
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Meeting Notes 06/04/2020

Rotary International has come out with a statement on racism which promotes bringing people of different races together by listening and learning.
Valle Verde plans to return to in-person meetings starting July 2 through August 27 at American Legion Post 131 on Esperanza.  Breakfast will be served there by Martin.  For those not ready to return to in-person meetings in July and August, attendance by ZOOM or Facebook will be made available.  Steve is figuring out the technical stuff.
Valle Verde applied for and received an additional $300 District Grant and distributed $150 each to the Sahuarita and Community Food Banks.
There will be a Peace Pole dedication ceremony at Desert Meadow Park in either July or August.  Date to be determined.
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Meeting Notes 05/28/2020

President Charlotte Gates opened the meeting with a reflection focusing upon the lessons we have learned throughout the corona virus pandemic.  Charlotte expressed gratitude for Rotary and the opportunity to commit to service beyond oneself.  Thirty-two participants joined the weekly meeting through ZOOM. 
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Congratulations Morgan!

Another Interact Graduate!
Morgan Boone says..."Next year I hope to be in Thailand as an RYE but I want to take psychology classes at Pima Community College and take unusual classes like a culinary course."
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Club Notes May 7

Valle Verde Rotary meeting notes – May 7, 2020
Mike Duiven’s birthday is May 10.  Happy birthday a Mike.
District 5500 will hold a virtual District Conference June 20 to 26 allowing all to attend from home.
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Another Interact Grad!

Grace Adams says "I will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall, studying Environmental Science with aims of someday becoming an environmental lawyer or policy maker! 
I plan to join the Pride of Arizona marching band as well, playing trumpet." 
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Interact Grads

Two more Valle Verde Interact club members are graduating!
Jack Vance was a RYLA delegate two years ago, a Junior Councilor this year. Two years ago he was the Interact Club treasurer, this year: VP. He has been a club member at least three years.
Fawaz Ghannam plans to study Engineering at the U of A Honors College next year.
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Interact President & Graduate!

Valle Verde Rotary congratulates Samantha! Walden Grove High School Senior and Valle Verde Rotary Interact President Samantha Witterstauter shows off her cap, gown and Interact sash. She's been involved in Interact for 5 years. Sam plans to study at Pima Community College for cyber security and later transfer to the U of A.
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Club Notes April 30, 2020

April 30th Club Notes
                Thirty eight participants took part in Thursday’s meeting.  We were honored with international guests, Malte Wiedeman and Paulo de Olivera, former Rotary exchange students.  Malte is currently working in a factory doing machine repair after returning home to finish his final year of school.  He is considering returning to school—possibly a technical school.  With quarantine in place, masks are required in stores and public transportation.  Paulo graduated in 2016 and is currently in college majoring in film making with two years of school left.
It was Steve Sibulsky’s birthday April 30.
Virginia Juettner sent two masks to Charlotte which were made from unused Rotary International Convention shirts.  Charlotte is awarding the masks to last week’s speaker, Jim Rusk, and to Chuck Wunder for his weekly Covid-19 updates.  Chuck was unable to participate at this meeting due to a conflict.
Rotary is raising funds for Covid-19 assistance with a May 2 telethon starting at 8:00 AM.
Mary Fisher did the online Rotary Surge training and found it easy to do.  She foresees Corona virus contact tracers as a possible way trainees may use their new skills.  JP mentioned he completed online membership training.
Charlotte went over the club survey results.   She received twenty-nine survey responses.  There were many responses of why we invite people to come to our club meetings.  Fellowship and learning about Rotary were frequently mentioned.  62% of club members said they follow our club through Facebook or the club website.  93% said they believe they are aware of community needs.  65% prefer involvement  in  local projects.  76% believe their opinion counts in club decisions.  96% feel informed about club business.  97% read the club newsletter.  100% are satisfied with Jazz in the Desert.  76% said keep the weekly raffle ticket program the same.  66% would like to have more fun meetings or events.  69% agreed with donating Jim Click funds raised to St Andrews this coming year.  There were many comments on improving meetings.
May is Youth Services Month.  Bill Grantham is attempting to organize a May 7 program involving Interact and RYLA participants.  Not easy to track them down with no school in session.  On May 14 Gary will present a Microcredit Sonora program. 
Club Assembly Reports:
Steve reported 1/3 of members don’t open Club Runner emails.
Kathleen has set a goal to align speakers with the Rotary theme, Rotary Connects the World.  Another goal is to involve Interact and RYLA students with ZOOM meetings.  Mary Fisher will be our program chair next year.
Bill Grantham reported for Community Service.  Arivaca Center still has $1,300 left to. Spend from the grant they received.  Our club Peace Pole has been shipped.  Some time in July or August there are plans to have a dedication ceremony at Desert Meadows Park.  The pole has messages in eight languages representing all the continents where Rotary exists.
Jim Rusk reported the Valle Verde Foundation’s Income/Expense Report shows income of $37,038 and expenses for 15 projects totaling $30,775 and a balance of $6,263.  $16,500 to be paid to the Jazz in the Desert  bands has not yet been paid, but is included in the expenses.  The Vanguard account is currently $227,000.  With the ever changing stock market, it has been as high as $250,000 and lower than its present value.
Bill Grantham for Youth Service indicated recruiting new Interact students is a challenge due to the current environment.
JP reported a bequest to the Rotary Foundation in excess of $20,000 from Dick Roberts.
Mark Horton indicated some members have not yet made their EREY contribution.  Checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 311, Green Valley, AZ 85622.  JP indicated he is sending out a letter to members and indicated the letter will provide his mailing address so members may mail their EREY contribution directly to him.  Clubs whose members contribute $100 per member earn the Sustaining Member Club designation.
Michele Lewis reporting for Club Services mentioned the addition of Dean as a third reporter of weekly meetings.  Steve and Michele designed a new book mark as part of the Birthday Books program she has accepted.  She wants the books to reflect value to the kids.  Club social events have been halted.  She is hopeful of being able to plan a Memorial Day event.
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Club Notes April 23, 2020

Our ZOOM gathering attracted at least 40 participants which included former exchange student and Interact President, Elizabeth Libiete, from Latvia, and Bob and Virginia Juettner from Hawaii.  It was so nice to reconnect with them and we thank them for taking part with the inconvenience of different time zones.  And, of course, we welcomed Olivia also.
Marvin  showed us his birthday cake with its 88 candles which were responsible for setting off his smoke alarm when lit.  Happy Birthday Marvin.  John Cousins birthday is 04/27 Monday.  Fewer candles for John.
Eight clubs in District 5500 submitted photos of projects assisting in the Covid-19 response.  Our board as requested an additional $500 grant for the food bank.
John Yeager presented a $750 donation to the Valle Verde Foundation on behalf of the Sojourners.  Charlotte thanked the Sojourners with a video presentation featuring each of the Sojourners.  
Phil Silvers announced a district project to raise $10,000 for disaster relief for Palestinians who are not covered by health insurance.  With a matching grant the $10,000 will become $20,000 of  the total goal of raising $120,000.  Members who wish to donate to this cause through the Rotary Foundation should advise Phil what amount they wish to go to this project.
Chief Wunder provided another update to the Covid-19 situation in Green Valley.  Some models say we have reached a peak, but Governor Ducey thinks we are not ready to open up yet until sometime in May.  One health worker at LaPosada tested positive and is under quarantine.  None of the Fire Department employees have reported being sick.  Serology testing to identify antibodies and antigens will begin next week.  PPE is improving.  The department has enough cloth masks.  Chuck has been advised to be prepared for another repeat of the virus this fall.   Charlotte showed a photo of the department crew who were called to her home to assist her husband and expressed her thanks to them for their help.  
Jim Rusk provided a very interesting presentation entitled My Three Lives—Growing Up,Education, and Army—Small Business Owner—R & R.
The short version follows:  Jim was born in 1939 in New York and his family moved to Ohio and Michigan.  As a Boy Scout he attended a World Jamboree in California which opened up a whole new world for him.  Jim followed brother Ed to the Columbia Military Academy in Tennessee and graduated in 1956.  Jim began college at Purdue studying engineering before transferring to Kent State where he majored in accounting and ROTC.  Jim proposed to Kathie on graduation day.  They were married in April 1962.  
Six months after graduation Jim went on active duty where he completed Ranger school and Airborne school before traveling the world to foreign destinations in Germany, Vietnam, Ethiopia, And Greece.  He was also stationed at Ft Benning, Ft Devens, Ft Harrison, Ft Lewis, and Ft Harrison in the USA.  Jim was promoted to Major before going to Vietnam and retired from the military in 1983 with the rank of Lt Colonel.  One of the interesting experiences he had was meeting the Iran hostages when he was assigned to make additional payments to them for their time in captivity.
A year before retiring Jim and Kathie bought Northern Lights  Resort in Ely, Minnesota where they had vacationed.  They operated the resort until 2000.  For one year Jim was the editor of the local Ely newspaper.  It was then he joined Rotary where the annual fundraiser was a radio auction.  
After selling the resort, they moved to Indianapolis and began spending winters in Florida.  They visited an Ely friend in Green Valley and decided they liked Arizona more than Florida.  Jim joined Valle Verde in 2005 and has enjoyed his roles with the Arrivaca Learning Center projects, Jazz in the Desert, and Fisher House.
Jim and Kathie have two sons, Michael and Jim.  Mike has two adopted daughters.  Jim’s son, Colton, is now serving on a submarine.
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Thursday, April 16 Meeting

Valle Verde Rotary will again meet via Zoom this Thursday morning at 7. Watch your e-mail for the meeting link. In honor of “Maternal and Child Health” as our Rotary International theme for April, , “Rotary Supports Mothers and Babies” will be shown during our ZOOM meeting this Thursday morning.
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Thursday, April 9 Meeting

We had so much fun last week, we're doing it again!
Watch your e-mail for the link to our weekly ZOOM on-line meeting!
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Meetings Suspended!

Valle Verde Rotary has suspended in-person meetings until AT LEAST Thursday, May 7.
However, we will hold a VIRTUAL MEETING using the ZOOM Cloud Meeting service this Thursday morning, April 2, at 7:00 AM.
Valle Verde Rotary members should have received an e-mail from Club President Charlotte Gates that included instructions and the unique Meeting ID
If you did not receive that e-mail, please send an e-mail to and we’ll send you the information!
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Jazz in the Desert XI a great success!

Great day & evening at Jazz in the Desert XI. For two shows, about 600 attendees! Great music and fundraising. Thanks to all who participated...the bands, the sponsors and all the Valle Verde Rotarians worked so hard!
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VV Rotary Meeting Feb 27, 2020

President Charlotte presents American Legion Post 131 Commander Dan Cady with some thank-yous after his very informative presentation to our club this morning.
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Jazz in the Desert

Our 11th year
Saturday, Feb. 29th, Leap Year Day
Join us by Leaping into Jazz
Quail Creek Country Club
5:00 pm   Cash Bar
Dinner at 6:00 pm  (Delicious Buffet and Gluten free dishes will be available)
Silent Auction
Bands from the I 19 corridor will perform all evening
Tickets  $45 each
All proceeds benefit  each school's music program and other local, national, and international Rotary projects.
Matinee is at 1 pm.  Tickets are $10 each.  Same bands, plus Continental School Middle School Jazz Band performing.
Tickets on sale at the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce, Quail Creek Clubhouse or by calling 520-271-4831 or 517-238-6221
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Joint Christmas Party with Green Valley Club

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The holiday season is right around the corner, so please circle Thursday, Dec. 5, for the Green Valley and Valle Verde Rotary Clubs’ annual holiday dinner dance. 🤶 ☃️ 🤶Libations ($)will be served at 5 p.m. in the El Dorado Room in the LaPerla building of LaPosada followed by dinner, music by Spur of the Moment and the famous LaPosada Chocolate Stone for dessert.

The cost is $30 per person with two menu choices:

Steak medallions with salad, rolls, chef’s veggies and whipped potatoes.

Cranberry turkey margarita with salad, rolls, chef’s veggies and whipped sweet potatoes.

There also will be holiday munchies on the tables.

Please select your menu choice when you make your reservation by the Nov. 26 deadline. Make checks out to the Rotary Club of Green Valley. 

Questions? Contact Jill Leach at 
714-478-9782. I won’t be back from California until the Dec. 3, but I’ll do my best to answer anything. 
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Club Notes Oct 31 2019

Posted by Nancy L Green
Fun, Fun, Fun....we had a great time at our Halloween/Rotary party.  Great costumes, good food, candy, and Halloween bingo.  A costume parade was held.  Prizes were awarded for costumes and bingo, and the best part....we got out early.  Thanks, Kathleen for all your planning and hard work.
We had a good time.  Welcome back Sojourners.  Good food, drinks and the Silent Auction was a huge success.
Club Notes Oct 31 2019 Nancy L Green 2019-11-06 07:00:00Z 0

District Conference

wide view of Tubac Arizona golf course
The 2020 District Conference will be held on Sept. 11 & 12  at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa in Tubac, AZ.  Next year's theme will be "Fun with Friends and Family"  Mark your calendars.  More info will be forthcoming.
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Club Notes Oct 24 2019

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
 Connie Williams message this morning: 
     - - put down the remote,
     - - get out of the chair,
     - - go outside,
     - - maybe do a little hiking.
An appropriate message since people spend 93% of their time indoors.Connie identified 11 possible advantages for spending more time outside:
     1- improve short term memory
     2- improve mental health
     3-stress relief
     4-improved vision
     5-reduced  inflammation
     6-ability to concentrate better  
     7-clearer thinking
     8-fight cancer
     9-immune system boost
     10-enhanced mental energy
     11-reduced risk of early death.
 She also observed that hiking and other outdoor activities were particularly helpful for kids. Connie spent the rest of her presentation talking about all the efforts to improve hiking trails and hiking activities in the Santa Cruz Valley and efforts to maintain the river. Little wonder the stress on these activities since outdoor activities have a major economic impact on Arizona.
Club Notes Oct 24 2019 Richard D. Roberts 2019-10-24 07:00:00Z 0

Non pool pool party

              Welcome Back Sojourners.
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Our non-pool pool party will be held at the Ramada on Sat. Nov. 2nd at 4:30. (Dinner at 5:00)  There will be a Silent Auction.  Sign-up to bring in items for auction and sign up if you are attending.  This will be an October-Fest dinner in November.  Menu includes:  Brats, Sweet Kraut, Cold German Potato Salad, Red Cabbage/Apple Slaw, Bavarian Green Beans, and German Chocolate Cake.
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Club Notes  Oct 17 2019

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
Rotary may mean different things in different places, but globally Rotary represents the battle to eradicate polio across the planet. For over 36 years, working with such organizations as WHO and UNICEF, Rotary is down to polio being a problem in just three countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. All of this was underscored by Kathleen Silver in her presentation in anticipation of World Polio Day on October 24.  Kathleen's presentation and the film that accompanied it highlighted what Rotary has done over the years - - 1 million members devoting time and money -- $2 billion contributed by Rotary members -- a continuing commitment to the battle.  There are a lot of things that can be done to mark World Polio Day. Get your friends involved. Spread the word about the battle. But, in the end, the most immediate effective thing one can do is make a financial contribution. Rotary is committed  to raising $50 million a year for polio eradication. That money will be matched by the Gates Foundation and other foundations to heighten the impact of individual contributions.
Club Notes Oct 17 2019 Richard D. Roberts 2019-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Fisher House

Please remember to bring in non-perishable food
and paper products for Fisher House.
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District News 


(can be read in less than one minute)

October Edition, #15

Week of October 14, 2019

A-Act Now……..B-Be the Change……C-Connect with Rotary…..and have fun along the way


·          The District Directory has been recently updated thanks to Jim Nook who is in charge. The Directory is located on our District Website under Members Only found under Links in the right-hand column.  Please contact Jim if you have other changes that need to be made for next month. Jim’s email:


·          This is a quick reminder to please get all of your articles, announcements and live action photos to our newsletter editor, Tony Spear,, by the last day of the month which this month would be Halloween, 10/31. All submissions must be in a Word document of 150-200 words max.  Please, no pdfs. Thanks!


·          The District Four-Way Test Speech Contest will be held on Saturday April 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Christ Church United Methodist Social Hall in Tucson. For all Clubs who are participating, please send the contact information of the member in charge to our Four-Way Test Speech Contest Coordinator, Deb Haddock, Deb would like that information now.


·          The RI Convention in Honolulu is now less than nine months away. Over the past few years, many Rotarians from many districts have verbally said that they would help, and the RI Convention Committee  thanks the districts that have committed financially and with volunteers. They are in need of more volunteers for this upcoming Convention.  If  you are going or plan to attend the RI Convention and would like to volunteer, please send me your name and contact information. Thank you very much.


·          D5500's Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Program is well underway! Right now, clubs can accept Outbound Student applications through October 2019. For a full overview of RYE tasks and timelines, you can view a 30-minute video presentation at your convenience: Link to Webinar.   Clubs should direct interested youth to where they can complete an application.  Clubs should screen applications and interview applicants prior to submitting fully completed RYE applications to D5500 for further consideration. 


·          The deadline for clubs to send D5500 applications for Outbound Students is November 1, 2019.If you would like to have Aimee Graves, District RYE Officer, present to your club or meet with your club's Rotary Youth Exchange committee members, please contact her at Applications should be sent to the same email address with "RYE Application Attached" in the subject line. Be sure to include your club's contact person's name and phone number!


·          It is World Polio day on October 24th and our RI President, Mark Maloney, would like to see as many Rotary clubs as possible holding World Polio Day Events in their clubs and/or communities. His first suggestion is to organize a viewing party for friends and club members to watch Rotary’s Online Global update on the 24th. This year they are streaming the program on Facebook in multiple time zones around the world. ***Our District will be holding our World Polio Day event on November 26th with a viewing of the movie Breathe at The Loft Cinema thanks to PolioPlus Chair, Teree Bergman, who is coordinating the event.  Breathe is a biographical drama that tells the story of Robin Cavendish who became paralyzed from the neck down by polio at age 28. Tickets will be available soon.  This wonderful film had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film festival on September 11, 2017. It’s a film not to be missed and carries the message of why our signature campaign is PolioPlus and why we need to continue the work of eradicating polio worldwide.   Tickets will be available soon.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available for an extra charge.  Sponsorships are available at the following levels:  Gold, $500; Silver, $250; Bronze, $100; Friend, $50.  Sponsor names will listed on the big screen at The Loft and will also go in all publicity and the event program.  Contact Teree Bergman at


·          RYLA applications for Delegates, Junior Counselors and Adult Advisors are due November 1. Please go to our District website for application information, www.rotaryd5500.orgSpaces are filling up fast.Speaking of RYLA, this will be Barbara Harrison’s last year as RYLA Chair and we are looking for a new Chair that will accept this busy and very rewarding position for the year 2021. Please email DG Aide, Wendy Hobbs, at if you are interested and would like more information.


·          Registration for the District Conference Cruise is now closed because we have reached our maximum numbers.  Many thanks for all those adventurous Rotarians & non-Rotarians who are participating in the Cruise With A Cause II


·          Save the date for our Foundation Day events in celebration of The Rotary Foundation.  On November 9th, there will be an informative Foundation Seminar from 10 am-12 pm that will explore how Rotarians make lives better not only in our communities but around the world.  You’ll also learn first-hand how our District Grants and Global Grants in District 5500 change lives and how your club can successfully participate in both. There is no charge. It will be held at Habitat for Humanity, 3501 N. Mountain Ave. In the evening we’ll put on jeans and cowboy boots or whatever you feel like wearing for the western-themed dinner with music at the fun roof-top entertainment center at the Playground in downtown Tucson. Festivities start at 6:30 pm.  Please register for both events on our website.


·          RIDE TO END POLIOOur District 5500 ‘Ride to End Polio’, part of El Tour de Tucson, is right around the corner. On November 23rd, you will find Rotarians on bikes, at aid stations, cheering riders on by supporting those who ride, and celebrating at the Finish Line Booth in downtown Tucson. You can also join an indoor riding team and pedal for minutes instead of miles! This year is very special since we are a Presenting Sponsor and you can be sure you’ll see Rotary District 5500 on shirts, posters, and all promotional pieces! Last call for ordering the new jerseysThe Ride to End Polio Jerseys are now available to order through Friday, October 18 so you can receive them in time  for the ride.  Please go to and find the link to the Pactimo store to purchase the new jerseys. This year you have two designs, the traditional and the commemorative jersey.  These designs are compliant with the new Rotary branding, thanks to the help and support of the Rotary International Marketing Department. The Pre-Ride Dinner registration is available and ready for you to sign up. You can register for this very fun Pre-Ride Dinner event which takes place on November 22. Enjoy the evening with fellow Rotarians riders!  The link is  Pre-Ride Dinner registration.
If you haven’t registered for the ride yet, please do so NOW. Go to to register to ride in the 100, 50, 25 mile and fun rides, set up your Personal Fundraising page and let others know you’re raising money for PolioPlus!


 ·       District Governor Ellie will visit Green Valley Rotary Club on October 15 and the Rincon Rotary Club on October 17.

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Club Notes Oct 10 2019

Posted by Richard D. Roberts on Oct 10, 2019
It is Ice-Breaker time for Dan Cady, currently Commander of American Legion Post 131 here in Green Valley. In many ways it is an easy life to describe, however complex in its unfolding. Start with the personal. Married three times. 5 children, all "gainfully employed" to use my mother's expression.  In 1969 he joined the army. This was the start of a 36 year career that took him to places across the globe as diverse as Viet Nam and Saudi Arabia. He spent most of his army career in Army Intelligence, including Language School where he mastered the Viet Namese language.  From 1982 to 2005 he served as a Warrant Officer with the primary responsibility of teaching engineers about roads and bridges. Don't ask Don's opinion about Arizona's roads and bridges.
Club Notes Oct 10 2019 Richard D. Roberts 2019-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
Dress for Success Nancy L Green 2019-08-27 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes Aug 22 2019

Club Notes of August 22, 2019

By Michele Lewis

Members of the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers, Sylvia Bencomo , Linda Rundel, and Deputy Sheriff Tom Holtz, presented to our Club a most informative overview of scams occurring in Green Valley and how to protect ourselves from becoming the next victim.

SAV is one hundred percent donor and volunteer driven. All operating expenses are fully funded by foundation and community donations. Currently there are 130 volunteers who serve in a variety of capacities. Some volunteer activities include calling daily to check on the welfare of elderly citizens, checking home security and driving through neighborhoods. The Scam Squad was an outgrowth of the neighborhood watch program as so many questions were frequently asked about computer and telephone scams. Educating and protecting local businesses, customers and residents of Green Valley is at the heart of SAV’s mission.

Advice given:

· Never pay a fine or debt with gift cards.

· Recognize that selling items on-line is fraught with risk for a scam.

· Be warned the IRS will not call you to discuss your taxes.

· Do not answer questions from a caller you do not know.

· Understand scam artists’ phishing is commonplace in an attempt to seek out vulnerable people.

· Place notification alerts on your banking accounts when monies are withdrawn.

· Install firewalls on computers and cell phones.

· Don’t answer the phone if you don’t recognize the number. Robocalls are rampant with billions placed annually.

· Guard against placing personal information on Facebook.

· Freeze your credit.

· Use internet web sites cautiously.

· Be skeptical – if it sounds too good – it probably is not true.

· Don’t believe the “relative in distress” calls.

· Sound out a friend for their reaction and feedback.

And lastly

· Tell the SAV Scam Squad about scam attempts.

Club Notes Aug 22 2019 Michele Lewis 2019-08-19 07:00:00Z 0
Club Notes, Jul 25. 2019 Nancy Green 2019-07-29 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Jun 13, 219

 Ray Cook, our "Old-timer  Icebreaker" this morning is not new to Rotary. In 1998 he was a founding member of a Club in Illinois and joined the Valle Verde Club in 2001 when he and his wife, Sue, moved to Green Valley permanently.
     Like so many, Ray's army career had a touch of wanderlust. Drafted in 1959, he was moved around the country from base to base  and eventually overseas to Korea. It was the same with army schools - basic training, heavy weapons training, radio school---all in just 2 years. He said his goodbyes to the army as a sargeant.
     His educational career also had a touch of the wanderlust -- Blackburn College, Eureka College, University of Illinois until finally getting his degree in his mid-fifties  from Eastern Illinois University.
     Professionally, Ray spent the bulk of his 30 year career as a laboratory tachnician and supervisor. When Enron purchased the company, Ray was uncomfortable with the new owners and was in the enviable position of being able to take early retirement. "One of the best decisions I ever made."
     In terms of his personal life, he and Sue were married from 1959 until her death in 2008. They raised 3 sons. He latter married an old friend, Dottie and they moved to the Peaks in 2014. Dottie passed away in 2018, Ray is still at the Peaks and still prints the Cactus Chronicle each week. Well done, Ray. A good life. 
Club Notes, Jun 13, 219 Richard D. Roberts 2019-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Club News Jun 20, 2019

With less than two weeks in this Rotary year, there is not too much news.
  1. Almost President Andi and her consort Bill are still wandering in Europe. Since I don't do Facebook, where in the world are Andi & Bill?
  2. President Paul, who will be receiving his Past President's pin shortly gets to review his year as our President on Thursday.
  3. Very soon to be DG Ellie will be installed on June 23rd at the Tubac Country Club.
  4. President Andi gets home in time to take over on Jun3 27th. Remember, the meeting will be held at the regular time but at Quail Creek. The meeting will also feature the installation of three new members and well as Andi and her board of directors.
Club News Jun 20, 2019 Bob Juettner 2019-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Jun 13, 2019

Posted by Bob Juettner
We are counting down to the end of this Rotary year. June 20th will be President Paul big wrap up meeting; June 23rd will sell Ellie Patterson taking over as DG of District 5500 and June 27th will see Andi Grantham taking over as President of Valle Verde Rotary.  A couple of quick notes on the upcoming events: you have until June 15th to register for Ellie's inaugaration which will be held at the Tubac Resort. All of the details and registration can be found on On the 27th Valle Verde Rotary will be meeting at Quail Creek for its weekly meeting.
Don't forget that Thursday is Thirsty Thursday at the Agave Resturant at the Diamond Casino staring around 4:30 pm. Guests and potential members are encouraged to attend this no host function.
Do not forget contributions for Fisher House are being collected at Thursday's meeting.
Club News, Jun 13, 2019 Bob Juettner 2019-06-11 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, May 23, 2019

Posted by Edward Duiven
Last weekend the population of Hamburg Germany was increased by several thousand. Its only temporary of course but we were told that about 34,000 Rotarians descended on the city! The city has gone all out for Rotary with flags and banners all over town and even hanging from some of the boats in the harbor. There is a big emphasis on youth here and the Rotaractors have manned the information booths and are directing all those people so they get to the right place. They had their own convention over the weekend. Since Saturday we’ve met Rotarians from everywhere and have exchanged ideas about projects and clubs. The District 5500 dinner was fun and the food was fabulous. Did I say food? We found a little Biergarten near our hotel with really good food and great beer. We are already on a first name basis with the servers because we have gone so often. So far we have only been lost on the trains once but after riding around for a while and changing trains a couple times we figured it out.
We enjoyed the opening ceremony from the comfort of the Inspiration Lounge and this morning we are headed off to the second general session and another day of Rotary. Later this week we have a tour or two lined up so we can get the most of our visit to Hamburg then we are off for a visit with Malte and his family.
Club Notes, May 23, 2019 Edward Duiven 2019-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

News from RI Convention, Hamburg

Posted by Andi Grantham
Last weekend the population of Hamburg Germany was increased by several thousand. Its only temporary of course but we were told that about 34,000 Rotarians descended on the city! The city has gone all out for Rotary with flags and banners all over town and even hanging from some of the boats in the harbor. There is a big emphasis on youth here and the Rotaractors have manned the information booths and are directing all those people so they get to the right place. They had their own convention over the weekend. Since Saturday we’ve met Rotarians from everywhere and have exchanged ideas about projects and clubs. The District 5500 dinner was fun and the food was fabulous. Did I say food? We found a little Biergarten near our hotel with really good food and great beer. We are already on a first name basis with the servers because we have gone so often. So far we have only been lost on the trains once but after riding around for a while and changing trains a couple times we figured it out.
We enjoyed the opening ceremony from the comfort of the Inspiration Lounge and this morning we are headed off to the second general session and another day of Rotary. Later this week we have a tour or two lined up so we can get the most of our visit to Hamburg then we are off for a visit with Malte and his family.
News from RI Convention, Hamburg Andi Grantham 2019-06-04 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, May 9, 2019

Posted by Bob Juettner
Our Rotary year is winding down but not the work. Today, the Board approved Rick Buckman for membership and advanced his name to the membership. The Social Event Calendar was update through May along with the Speakers. Our Club Assembly meeting which is on May 30th, will be held at 5 pm at Triple Play. There will be some competitive event--minature golf and possibly a pinball tournament if a pinball machine can be found in the game room. Before I forget this, Col. Maureen Frey Retired will represent our Club on May 27th, Memorial Day, at the Community Cementery's Veterans Day Recognition.
Looking ahead to June, we will have Paul Barker's year in review, Andi Grantham's installation and DG Elle Pattrerson's installation.
In the mean time, Aloha from Bob & Virginia
Club News, May 9, 2019 Bob Juettner 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, May 2, 2019

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
 Phil Silver and Eugene Friesen brought us up to date on the Uganda Project. The Project is part of the Rotary Health Days Project that started in 2011 and now operates in 8 African countries and in India, treating over 3 million patients.
     It is almost impossible to capture the total reach of the Uganda Project.Basically it comes down to empowering women is so many ways. " In so many ways" let's list just a few -- health care including diabedes, cancer, malaria-- training health professionals--family planning--literacy--business training--education of women and girls. If there is a mantra for the Project it might be "Empowering women to be agents of their own destiny".
     Phil and Eugene are deeply committed to the Project, primarily as guides, motivators and evaluators to be sure the Project meets Rotary criteria.
     When asked, "what was your best moment?" Eugene cited the success of the program in enhancing the creativity of women. Phil cited the work of Rotary in the worst slum in Uganda. 
     Though the Club does not financially support the Project, about a dozen members do.
Club Notes, May 2, 2019 Richard D. Roberts 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Apr 18, 2019

The Food Fight to End Hunger is over and the funds are delivered to the Green Valley and Sahuarita Food Banks. It was a good fight and the winners are the folks who will receive the more than 60,000 pounds of food that your contributions will be converted into.  Great job everyone.
As we approaching the end of the Rotary year and if you still have some money left over after April 15th, do not forget about making a contribution to The Rotary Foundation.
Isn't control copy, control paste great! I am done typing for now.
Club News, Apr 18, 2019 Bob Juettner 2019-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Apr 11, 2019

Changing lives and communities is at the heart of all we do as Rotarians.   And today’s announcements were no different. 
          Ride to End Polio in conjunction with El Tour de Tuscon has raised $53m since 2010.    But the popular bicycling event that has attracted riders from all over the world is in danger of losing its sponsor.  J.P. Pilger appealed to our Club for contributions to this cause.
          Food – Hunger – Poverty.    Under the leadership efforts of John Yeager, the annual March Food Fight to End Hunger took place.   The competition between the Sojourners and those “planted” in Green Valley resulted in donations totaling $6258 and once again the Sojourners won.  Money donated will purchase 60,000 pounds of food.   Just wait until next year – the challenge is on.  
         On Thursday, April 18, Fisher House will experience a flurry of activity with volunteers from our Club.  Please let Max Perry know if you are interested in helping that day. 
        Guest speaker Linda Strader and author of “Summers of Fire” spoke about her experiences as a woman U.S. forest firefighter.  Linda described those seven years beginning with her first assignment in Nogales at the Florida Ranger Station.     Six words can aptly describe her as forest firefighter:  courageous, resilient, strong, determined, brave and reliable.   Fire Chief Chuck Wunder thanked Linda for her work and all the women firefighters in Green Valley who are an integral part of the Green Valley Fire District.    
        Andi Grantham appealed to everyone to complete the Member Survey.  It is important to have your feedback. 
Club Notes, Apr 11, 2019 Michele Lewis 2019-04-15 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Apr 4, 2019

Posted by Michele Lewis
     Steve Sibulsky became the newest member of Valle Verdi Rotary Club.  With a voice so mesmerizing and soothing to our ears, Steve was a success as the emcee for the 10th annual Jazz in the Desert.   He was perfect and we look forward to many more years with Steve as a member of our Club.
     Ah youth – how sweet it is!  Our meeting was graced by three high school students that provided a glimpse into their lives and countries.
     We first heard from Eliza Magallanes, President of the Rotary Interact Club.  During her year abroad in Russia as a Rotary exchange student, she realized her love of languages and the ease in which she learned Russian.  In keeping with this, she applied for a scholarship through the United States Congress and out of hundreds of applicants was awarded a one year study program in Germany.   Just imagine her future, the impact she will have in our world, and all that she will accomplish.
     The two Rotary exchange students our Club is sponsoring this year, were introduced. 
     First we met, Ravine Sales, from Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world.   As an exchange student she attends high school in Nogales, Arizona.   In Brazil, she is an 11th grader at a private school and a member of a large family.  She has many interests including playing the violin, playing soccer, photographing her favorite people and sites, and traveling.  I am pretty sure she has given up on roller coaster rides!
     Slovakia, a country of five million people in the heart of Europe and carved out of several other countries in 1993, is home to our second Rotary exchange student, Domedny Mate.  A country graced by mountains, lakes, and caves attracts many outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world.  Handball is a popular sport and played by all the members of Mate’s family.  In Slovakia, Mate studies mechanical engineering and has a passion for football and plays as a kicker and safety.   His dream is to play professional football in the United States. 
     Welcome, Ravine and Mate!
Club Notes, Apr 4, 2019 Michele Lewis 2019-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Apr 11, 2019

Posted by Bob Juettner
There are some interesting movements in RI these days. Five of us plus three Interactors participated in a Day of Peace Program last Saturday. Peace is nothing new to RI but this was the first event I attended and maybe the first event that was attended and presented by a number of peace organizers in Tucson. 
The second big movement is the environment. RI President Barry Rassin started an initiative to speak about environmental impacts especially of rising sea levels. He does not mention hot button words as global warming or climate change but tell audiences about what will happen to his country, the Bahamas as a result of rising sea levels. Finally, the Rotary Foundation adopted a stance on emergency response and is offering Disaster Response Grants to districts to implement response activities. Grant will be made up to $25,000 per project but consecutive projects may be funded.
On the club front, we should have the big reveal for the Food Fight to End Hunger this week as John Yaeger is back.  We will see who wins the competition based upon a per capita amount raised by each group and the per capita amount raised by each club as of March 31st.
We also have a new scribe--Michele Lewis. She is the first woman to join the ranks of club reporters. Way to go Michele!
Club News, Apr 11, 2019 Bob Juettner 2019-04-09 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Apr 4, 2019

I was surprised this morning to find an email inviting me to do a club satisfaction survey on Survey Monkey.  (Please take a few minutes to answer the ten questions in the survey.) This along with the rebirth in our garden is a sure sign that this Rotary year is coming to an end. PE Andi is doing the planning work for her presidential year as well as getting ready for her trip to the Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Another sign that the Rotary year is ending is the large number of fundraising events taking place in the I-19 Corridor.
Please  note that the Board of Valle Verde will hold its regular monthly meeting this month following our Club meeting on Thursday which will be a good chance to meet the exchange students that we are sponsoring along with the Green Valley and Nogales Rotary Clubs.
I  also want to call attention to the Day of Peace Program coming up this Saturday. If you are interested in going or need a ride contact me or Virginia as we have room in our car for two people.
Right now, the I-19 mixer luncheon appears to be cancelled given the rhetoric about closing the border and relocating CBP agents to other site along the border.  Please see me at the meeting for a refund if you already made a payment on this event.
Finally and maybe most importantly, a big Valle Verde Rotary to Steve Sibulsky who just maticulated from Sojourner to Regular Member status on Apr 1st. No fooling.

Club News, Apr 4, 2019 Bob Juettner 2019-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Mar 28, 2019

You might say that today’s talk, given by Dr. Tina Hall, was for the birds – hummingbirds that is.  Dr. Hall spoke this morning on the past, present, and future of the Tucson Audubon’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds. The Center is located in Patagonia, AZ. The Center began as the backyard of Wally and Marion Paton’s home when it was discovered that rare and not so rare hummingbirds loved to visit their backyard. The Paton’s set up chairs and invited all to come and visit their birder’s paradise. Upon the Patton’s passing the Tucson Audubon Society has taken over the management of the property. Many improvements have been made over the years including the Backyard Pavilion in which visitors may sit, out of the sun, and view the 176+ bird and 60+ butterfly species that visit the Center – especially over the summer months. In addition, The Richard Grand Memorial Meadow delights visitors with thousands of native plants and a 1,200 gallon pond teaming with life including dragonfly larvae and endangered Sonoran Tiger Salamanders. A Streamside Restoration Project has restored four acres of riparian habitat along Sonoita Creek by planting over 3,000 new native habitat-creating plants and removing invasive plant species. Looking towards the future, the Center is involved in a $450,000 capital campaign which is nearly fully 3 funded. Once the capital campaign is concluded, Tucson Audubon will begin the process of replacing the former Paton home. The exterior of the new building will maintain the qualities of a private residence, but the interior will serve multiple needs, including an indoor space to engage the public, a small commercial kitchen for the preparation of bird food and hygienic maintenance of feeders, an administrative space for staff and volunteers, and quarters for short-term overnight stays by visiting researchers, speakers, or artists. The Paton Center for Hummingbirds sounds like a great place to visit whether you’re a birder or not!
Club Notes, Mar 28, 2019 Edward Duiven 2019-04-02 07:00:00Z 0

Mar 28, 2019 Valle Verde eBulletin

I just read last week's write up on post polio syndrome as I had to leave the meeting early. In the past, I have questioned the importance of the report but now understand its value. I had no idea that post polio syndrome was so prevalent even though I knew/know some polio survivors.
Onto to this week. This is our last meeting before the Food Fight to End Hunger concludes on Mar 31st. Please dig deep! We, the regulars, may have a window of opportunity to shine as I believe John Yaeger is cruising the southeast coast of the US and will not be there this Thursday. How glorious it would be if we retained our banner and the regulars once again won the club competition!  Whether we win or lose, the folks who need the help are the big winners.
There are a number of updates to future events and at least one addition, the Southern Arizona Day of Peace. If birthdays and anniversaries are wrong or missing please let me know and I will update your records. One critical lack of information is birth years for some of our female members. This is a common problem and is recognized by RI and it correction is built into the Rotary Citation by having at least 60% of club members report their birth dates through My Rotary. I would be glad to do this if necessary and you trust my discretion.
If anyone has heard of the services for Beth Phillips please let me know as a number of members were looking for that information last.
Finally, if you signed up for the I-19 luncheon on April 12th in Nogales, Sonora it is time to pay for it and select your entree. The all inclusive cost is $30 payable in cash. I will have the menus at the registration desk for the next three meetings.
Mar 28, 2019 Valle Verde eBulletin Bob Juettner 2019-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Mar 21, 2019

Today the Club was introduced to an organization known as Polio Epic, Inc. Polio Epic, Inc., founded in 1985, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to provide education, support and community connections that empower polio survivors with tools necessary to make adjustments needed to continue a life of dignity, independence and interdependence. Two representatives from Polio Epic, Inc., Cece Axton and Micki Minner, spoke to our Club about the issues that polio survivors, who were afflicted in their early years, face in their later years. The issues that polio survivors face in their later years are known as Post-Polio Syndrome. It is estimated that 80% of all polio survivors will be afflicted with Post-Polio Syndrome. The syndrome manifests itself as a slow degradation of muscle structure. There is no known method to slow down the aging process associated with Post-Polio Syndrome and the more active the survivor is, the greater the rate of muscle loss. There are at least nine symptoms that may point to an individual having Post-Polio Syndrome. These include multiple compression injuries, Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, body temperature regulation problems, chronic depression, need to overachieve, etc. The bottom line is there is no cure for a Post-Polio Syndrome although all symptoms may be treated as they occur. Much more information on Post-Polio Syndrome may be found on the Polio Epic, Inc. website ( One note of concern is the decreasing vaccination rate among youth in the United States. Vaccination of 95% of the United States population is needed to prevent the re-occurrence of Polio within our population. Currently the percentage of unvaccinated individuals under age 15 is 25%. After all that has been done to eradicate polio it would be a shame to have the virus reoccur in our population!
Club Notes, Mar 21, 2019 Edward Duiven 2019-03-26 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Mar 21, 2019

Last Saturday was the Sojourners' Farewell party and the attendance was not what was expected. I know the weather turned threatening later in the afternoon but the low attendance indicates that a change is needed.  If you have suggestions about the timing, venue etc. please pass them along to PE Andi. Let's prove the old adage wrong--Rotarians can change. We were successful in one endeavor during the farewell party, the remaining silent auction items from Jazz were sold.
Mike Duiven did a great report on last weeks speakers and the need to support our community food banks. We have two more meetings before the Food Fight to End Hunger is over.  Please dig deep and help Valle Verde to win the food fight once again! Would it be asking to much for the regulars members to win? I was truly surprised when PP Ray Cook said we won once. It must have been before my time in Valle Verde Rotary.
Friday, April 12th will be an I 19 luncheon at El Marcos in Nogales, Sonora. The cost is $30 for lunch, a drink, tip and transportation from the border to El Marcos and back to the boarder.  There is a limited number of guests and all five clubs are participating so see me to sign up.  I need to caution folks that you have to walk to the vans and then wait in line to get back to the States. CBP no longer has a line for seniors--there goes one of our few perks. Also, passport or border crossing card is required to get back.
Club News, Mar 21, 2019 Bob Juettner 2019-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Mar 14, 2019

It is March which means Jazz in the Desert is over for the year and the Food Fight has begun. The food fight is a friendly competition between the Valle Verde and Green Valley Rotary Clubs and between the Valle Verde Club members and their winter guests. The goal of the food fight is to raise funds to support the Green Valley/Amado and the Sahuarita Food Banks. Today’s speakers were Penny Pestle from the Sahuarita Food Bank and Debby Acuna from the Green Valley/Amado Food Bank. Their goal was to impress upon our membership the importance of the local food banks to our community. The goal of these food banks is to provide emergency food assistance to individuals and families in need. Several interesting facts, which point to the need for the services these food banks provide, were discussed. They are: 16% of the food bank’s clients are seniors; 18,099 individuals were served by the Green Valley/Amado Food Bank last year; 1,800,000 pounds of food were distributed last year; and 33% of food bank clients are children. These facts certainly point to a significant need in the region of Arizona. It was pointed out that the food banks receive goods from the local grocery stores, local growers with fruit trees, and dollars from many clubs and organizations like the Rotary Clubs of Green Valley. For every dollar donated to the food banks four meals may be provided to the needy. I came away from this talk feeling that the Green Valley/Amado and the Sahuarita Food Banks provide a valuable service to the community and I feel that my contribution to the food fight is truly appreciated
Club Notes, Mar 14, 2019 Edward Duiven 2019-03-19 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Mar 7, 2019

Posted by Bob Juettner
Jazz in the Desert is now in the books. If you are wondering how we did financially, you will have to wait until Jim Rusk and Gary Friedman make their report during the meeting. I was very impressed with all of Valle Verde Rotarians, both regulars and Sojourners, who work during the day on Saturday. It was good to see so many new and old faces involved. You might have missed three of us during the matinee performance--Phil Silvers, Ray Cook and myself. We were on site at the Peaks, La Posada and Silver Springs as the matinee was being, in one case trying to be, lived streamed. We had some technical difficulties but we are getting better at this endeavour. Hopeful, we will get it right at all of the sites next year.
Here are some reminders of other activities and up coming events:
  1. March is the Food Fight to End Hunger month. We will be collecting money for the local food banks--Green Valley-Amado and the Sahuarita food banks. Check can be made to the food bank of your choice for the AZ Tax Credit program. Cash and checks are welcome.
  2. Thirsty Thursday is next Thursday at Las Agaves. This is a venue change if you have an old events calendar.
  3. The Sojourners Farewell Party is a week from Saturday at the Sunset Ramada. Max Perry has taken this over from Ron Darrah who is missing at sea.
Club News, Mar 7, 2019 Bob Juettner 2019-03-05 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Feb 28, 2019

Posted by Jack Grieves

At our regular meeting held February 28. 2019, we were privileged to welcome District 5500 Rotarian Diane Ventura-Goodyear, a current nominee for Governor of District 5500, who, as a member of the Board of Directors of The Rotary Vocational Fund Of Arizona, Inc. (TRVFA), presented a program about that fund.


Th goal of TRVFA is to help fund vocational training for persons who need schooling or training in a vocation to enable them to obtain a vocational certification which will enable them to obtain vocational employment in support of their families.


TRVFA was formed 20 years ago and has been assisting those in need of vocational training ever since.  The program is open to any person in need of such training, regardless of their age.  To qualify for a program grant, the applicant:  must make application to TRVFA showing financial need; must file the most current Free Application for Student Financial Aid; provide a copy of their Student Aid Report; seek training in a qualifying vocational area; be a legal resident of the State of Arizona; attend a school/training institution; be sponsored by a Rotary Club in Arizona and be interviewed by that club.  If the applicant is accepted, TRVFA may make a one-time grant of up to $3,000 to pursue the vocational training desired.  The grant money is paid directly to the school or training institution, not to the applicant.


Preferred programs for priority funding are:  trades, maintenance and contraction; health and wellness; and emerging technologies.  Currently, the predominate area of training is the nursing program.


Funding for TRVFA is provided through donations and gifts.  Individuals who donate may be eligible for a deduction against their Arizona income tax, based on the amount of their donations.   

Club Notes, Feb 28, 2019 Jack Grieves 2019-03-05 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Jan 24, 2019

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
It was Vocation Day and Sue Horton introduced Steve Sibulsky, a sojourner and a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Coeur d Alene, take us on a journey through his career. All you had to do was hear that voice to know it was a voice for radio and TV.
     Except for a brief sojourn with Coldwater Creek, Steve's professional life was as the voice and management in radio and TV, mostly in the northwest - Spokane, Tacoma, Great Falls, Montana- but it seemed, always back to Coeur d Alene. If there is a person who has a real sense of the changes in the organization, structure and technology in radio and TV it is Steve.
     Fortunately for us, Steve is the voice of Jazz in the Desert on our local station, KGVY. 
Club Notes, Jan 24, 2019 Richard D. Roberts 2019-01-29 07:00:00Z 0

Fighting poverty, one tiny house at a time

By John Matthews, Rotary International Vice President 2018-19 and member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island, Washington, USA. Photos by Alyce Henson/Rotary International

Spending the night under the stars sounds romantic. But for hundreds of thousands of Americans, it’s the exact opposite. It’s not a choice; it’s an unpleasant reality that can quickly become detrimental to one’s life. And it happens more often than most people with a roof over their heads might think – 553,742 people were homeless on a single night in 2017. Alarmed by the growing homeless population in our city, my club and I felt compelled to take action.

While Seattle is the 18th largest city in the U.S., it has the third largest homeless population. Reasons include gentrification, sky-high real estate prices, and the availability of great resources. But despite these resources, living on the city streets in miserable, unsanitary, and unsafe.

Tiny house project

Rotary members in Seattle work on the door of a tiny house.

Tiny houses

We first partnered with Operation Nightwatch, which feeds the homeless in Seattle, and began volunteering on a monthly basis. That encouraged several of our members to conduct further research, which resulted in writing a grant to construct tiny houses, defined by city building codes as one-story detached structures that are under 120 square feet.

Our club eventually settled on the ‘Housing First’ model as the best approach. And we found a project and partner we could believe in and fully support. The Tiny Houses Project, owned and operated by the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), provides a suitable, safe and humane route to transitional housing for the homeless in the state of Washington. It offers displaced men, women, and children tiny houses which provide immediate access to a better quality of life.

Through this project, people can start rebuilding their lives and eventually contribute to their community. For this reason, we formed a special partnership with LIHI, and committed to building 10 wooden transitional tiny houses that offer a safe community in which to live. Included with the cluster of homes are outreach facilities offering health and medical care, job training, employment, and friendship.

Work day

Funding for these transitional homes went to LIHI in November 2017. On two days in May, Rotarians from our club and District 5030, along with other local groups, constructed 30 tiny houses. Ten of these houses were paid for by a district grant originating with our club.

What began as a serious concern for a major challenge facing our community turned into a collaborative project with other humanitarians who shared our convictions. It proves that small steps can lead to big changes, if we take the time to learn and collaborate with others.

These tiny houses and their communities act as an important intermediate step for providing shelter for the homeless. We plan to continue to help rebuild the lives of those who are down on their luck, one tiny house at a time until we have reduced the homeless rate in Seattle. That’s what People of Action do.

Learn more about how Rotarians are People of Action.

Fighting poverty, one tiny house at a time 2018-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Oct 11, 2018

Posted by Bob Juettner
Your Board of Directors met last Thursday and had a quite and productive meeting. The Board approved the passing of the hat for two organizations. The first is for Shelter Box's Indonesian Relief efforts. Former Rotarian Sonja Van Burren left a check for $500 with us last week. Sonja was born in Indonesia 88 years ago. She and Jan, one of our past presidents, were inturned  by the Japanese in 1941, survived and went onto living interesting lives in Asia, Africa and Green Valley. Our goal for passing the hat is $500 to match Sonja's contribution. This will provide housing for 10 people for the year.
The second passing will be to help Fisher House probably in Nov. The goal is to raise $750 which will pay for 10 weeks of housing and meals at Fisher House. Max Perry will have more information on this. Also, do not forget the Fisher House donation box this week.
Club News, Oct 11, 2018 Bob Juettner 2018-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Oct 4, 2018

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
 Kelly Adams, the new CEO at the Santa Cruz Valley hospital came to us this morning to give us an update on the hospital. He prefaced his remarks by making two observations. First the reason for the name chanfe. Actually two reasons - - coming out of chapter 11 it was appropriate to change the name. Second, they wanted the name to reflect the wider area of service in Southern Arizona.
     His second comment was to remind us of the enormous surge in health care spending in the last 40 - 50 years. Today 20% of GDP is spent on health care. 1 in 5 workers are employed in the health care industry.
     That said, Kelly looked to the future of the hospital. They want  to expand services, with a particular emphasis on primary care. 60%-70% of the people in the area go to Tucson for primary care. The hospital hopes to address this problem by hring GPs and Nurse Practioners.
     Kelly spoke of other matters in the planning mill but always with an eye on being finacially sound and efficient in the delivery of services.
     All were invited to the open house at the hospital on Oct. 23 from 4 - 6 PM.
Club Notes, Oct 4, 2018 Richard D. Roberts 2018-10-09 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Aug 23, 2018

Posted by Jack Grieves
On August 23, 2018 a club assembly was held in which things past, present and future of interest to our Club were discussed.
Next month's Thirsty Thursday event will be held in 2 weeks on September 6, 2018 at Gary Friedman's home at 786 N. Alexis Loop, Quail Creek (P.O. address Green Valley).  Sounds like good food and fellowship.  A charitable donation collection will be held with proceeds to go to Fisher House.
A discussion, led by Virginia, was held about the forthcoming Dist. 5500 annual conference to be held at the Hilton Double Tree Hotel in Tucson.  There will be 6 main areas of interest at the conference, which are: Water and Sanitation, Literacy, Education, Peace, Mothers and Children, and Economic and Community Development.  There will be 24 exhibitors scattered among these 6 main areas of interest.  A video was shown of a talk on global literacy  by Kaylan Banarge of India, a past chairman of the Rotary International Foundation.
There is a large project in process to provide potable water to the Navaho Native American tribes in Southwest US.  This is a major project funded by Rotary Clubs and Foundations worldwide.
Virginia announced that our Club has the largest number of Paul Harris Awards among our active members of any Rotary Club in District 5500.
See you all at the District Conference..
Club Notes, Aug 23, 2018 Jack Grieves 2018-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Aug 30, 2018

Posted by Bob Juettner
I just got back from two days in Phoenix and my brain got fried! I am going to punt and include an article from RI Today. I am not suggestion that we go rock climbing or have a paint ball fight but there is a lot to consider if we are going to attract younger, family members to Valle Verde Rotary.

After hours: Rotary Club of South Metro Minneapolis Evenings  

As the sun sets over the Minnesota River, it casts a nearby hotel into silhouette. Young people trickle through the hotel’s front doors and gather at a long wooden table in the bar for happy hour. It’s not actually happy hour, but that’s what they call this casual gathering before their club meeting.

Rotary Club of South Metro Minneapolis Evenings members Ashley Taylor, left, Krysta Peterson, Matt Lunde, and Kristen Schlough.

Twice a month, the Rotary Club of South Metro Minneapolis Evenings (SMME) meets here. It’s a nontraditional club, but that has less to do with the members’ average age – 33 – than the fact that they meet after work and tend toward activities not usually associated with Rotarians, such as rock climbing, WhirlyBall, and escape rooms. The club also organizes one or two social outings (such as rock climbing) every month, and another focused on community service. Those have included serving breakfast at the local Ronald McDonald House, planting trees, and reviewing résumés for English as a Second Language students.

SMME’s mix of social and service – of doing and giving – has been key for drawing young people. Take Matt Lunde, who, at 36, is now one of the club’s elder statesmen. He sits at the far end of the table and has brought a prospective member, a woman who once skied in the Junior Olympics. Lunde was one of SMME’s charter members, and, like many in the group, he isn’t from the Twin Cities. He came from Fargo, North Dakota.

Not long after he moved to Minnesota in 2008, Lunde learned from a fellow Fargo transplant about a new Rotary club that might interest him. “I liked the concept of it being after work,” he says, “not in the middle of the day, and not every week – but still being able to have some sort of community and to give back.”

When happy hour is over, the group walks down a carpeted hallway to a conference room that feels a little too cavernous, though no one seems to mind. 

“Eli, you want to recap paintball?” asks Ashley Taylor, the 2017-18 president. 

Eli Johnson is succinct: “We shot balls of paint at each other. It was really fun. And it only kind of hurt.”

Club News, Aug 30, 2018 Bob Juettner 2018-08-28 07:00:00Z 0

Valle Verde Rotarians Aid Fisher House

Posted by Max Perry
Earlier this summer Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley was honored to partner with C.H.A.M.P.S. (Charites Helping American Military Patriots) of Tucson to purchase and install retractable shade screens for the patio of Fisher House on the VA Hospital campus in Tucson. Fisher House is a FREE hotel for families while their veteran is being treated at the hospital. The sun shades not only shelter guests from the scorching Arizona sun but also expand the space for relaxation, privacy and add another layer of security for the family members. The guests now feel they have a tranquil environment after spending long days taking care of their Veteran.
Valle Verde Rotarians Aid Fisher House Max Perry 2018-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Why We Should Try Changing

Change is bad. This is the way we have always done things. Right? Maybe not.

By Daniel Vankov, Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of Brisbane, Australia

Rotary’s secret is cooperation. Alone we are useless. Together we are powerful. And together in a million we are unstoppable.

I had the honor of serving as president of the Rotary Club of Brisbane in 2017-18. It was a task that was not only challenging, but highly rewarding. My desire had been to make a difference, which also happened to be the theme 2017-18 Rotary President Ian Riseley put forward for the year.

Rotary Donations in Kind event

Club members Carolyn Tate, left, and James Delahunty do some heavy lifting during a working bee at Rotary Donations in Kind.

Reflecting back, I realize that at that point of time, I was unprepared in many ways for the enormity of it, given my limited exposure to both Rotary and the club. But I embraced the opportunity I was given with a passion and desire to learn and grow as a person and as a Rotarian. And I had many great former presidents to learn from.

One thing in particular I learned, and it would be my advice to those that follow, is to take risks. We would not have achieved anything as a club had we not been willing to try new things and assume the risks that entails. When you change nothing, nothing changes. One should not fear failing, one should fear not trying.

My favorite quote from Mark Twain is this:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

If you would like further insights into how my club was able to innovate, download our annual report from our club website. I am also happy to respond to inquiries through my LinkedIn profile.

Why We Should Try Changing  2018-08-21 07:00:00Z 0

4 Way Test Winning Speech

This year, the Green Valley-Sahuarita Interact Club contestant won the Rotary District 5500 4 Way Test Speech Contest. The following is the winning speech by Elisa Magallanes:

The Impact of the Four Way Test on Social Media Use Today we will address the benefits and disadvantages of social media use and the impact of the four way test one this.Throughout the past decade social media has become an integral medium of communication. With the push of a button we can be connected to almost everything and everyone in the world. Social media sites are simply methods of communication, their impact results in how they are utilized. Social media sites can be used as tools of encouragement and kindness or as torches,igniting hate and fear. The impact of social media can and has resulted in suicide, eating disorders, hate speech,and violence; but when used correctly social networking sites can spread a universal spirit of kindness, greater equity and justice for all. If we were all to  apply the four way test to what we share, comment and post, social media could become a tool that would  spur altruism and inspire love to grow throughout our communities; if we become more mindful of what we spread on the internet, the negative aspects of social media will diminish. This change must begin with ourselves, before we post,text,tweet,or comment we must be sure that our actions are truthful, fair and beneficial to all who see them, and that what we share will result in goodwill and better friendship.  
Is it the truth? This question is imperative when sharing something on social media. False information can bring fatal results. Honesty in social media can be displayed through the acknowledgement of bias and opposing opinions as well as the  exhibition of imperfection--particularly  as it relates to physical appearance and beauty. When companies retouch or edit photos of models they portray unattainable standards of beauty, causing people to strive for elusive results. This especially harms adolescents, many american teenagers develop severe physical insecurities because models portray beauty standards that are not truthful reflections of their physical appearances. Lies can often infiltrate social media as a result of people utilizing their devices as shields, it is much easier to lie when behind a screen, the scrutiny is not as severe as it would be in real life. Often people create social media accounts that are not truthful to who they really are, whether that regards their physical appearance or their personality. This can bring about cataclysmic results, for example people will begin to live their lives through the facade of who they are on social media, delineating false perfection that is misleading to others. This untrue exhibition of perfection creates a sense that perfection is necessary for a satisfied life, which is not the truth--  because as humans we make mistakes, learn from them and improve. If honesty became a vital aspect of social media many of the devastating outcomes of social media use would cease.  
 Before sharing anything in the digital world we must examine the content and ask if it is fair and beneficial to all concerned. Neglect of care to this question has resulted in suicide caused by cyberbullying. According to the CyberBullyHotline, forty-two percent of American teenagers report being cyberbullied, twenty one percent ponder suicide and one in ten attempt it. The amount of pain inflicted on these people is horrific, they have been so terrorized that they have thought about and acted upon taking their own lives. These dreadful,unjust occurrences must stop,and they can-- if we examine the content of what we
share on social media and are assured that it is fair and beneficial to everyone who will see it these statics will not be the same. These fatal events will decline significantly, hate speech will be eliminated and in its place respect and kindness will flourish.
Social media is an incredible tool of communication, that connects the entire world. Using social media with the intent to spread goodwill can create friendships that will replace much of the present social violence. Instead of posting vile comments,photos,tweets and texts we can spread optimistic messages-- filling those around us with cheer. Social media can be an enabler of immense joy,if used with goodwill, we can impact others positively, for example the ice bucket challenge. This challenge was spread across social media in an attempt to spread awareness for a disease called ASL, you may know it as Lou Gehrig's disease; many celebrities would dump huge buckets of ice on themselves to raise awareness for this disease, and succeed.This is one of the many examples of social media’s positive impacts that can come from goodwill and produce better friendships.
If the the Four Way Test were applied to the use of social media the violence and negative outcomes that our society is currently experiencing would end, and in their place equity, universal kindness, awareness and love.  
4 Way Test Winning Speech 2018-08-19 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary I*nternational President for 2020-21 Chosen

Sushil Kumar Gupta selected to be 2020-21 Rotary president


Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

Gupta wants to increase Rotary’s humanitarian impact as well as the diversity of its membership.

“As individuals, we can only do so much,” Gupta said in a statement. “But when 1.2 million Rotarians work together, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and in the process, we can truly change the world.”

Gupta has been a Rotarian since 1977 and has served Rotary as district governor, training leader, and resource group adviser, and as a member, vice chair, or chair of several committees.

Sushil Kumar Gupta, of the Rotary Club of Delhi Midwest, Delhi, India, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2020-21. 


He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the IIS University, Jaipur, in recognition of his contributions to water conservation.

He has also received the coveted Padma Shri Award, the fourth-highest civilian award in India, conferred by the president of India for distinguished service to tourism and social work.

Gupta has also received the Distinguished Service Award from The Rotary Foundation for his support of its humanitarian and educational programs. He and his wife, Vinita, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Arch Klumph Society.

Gupta is chair and managing director of Asian Hotels (West) Ltd., and owner of Hyatt Regency Mumbai and JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. He has served as president of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Associations of India and on the board of directors of Tourism Finance Corporation of India Ltd. He is the president of Experience India Society, a public-private partnership between the tourism industry and the government of India that promotes India as a tourist destination. He is also vice chair of the Himalayan Environment Trust and serves on the board of Operation Eyesight Universal in India.

The members of the Nominating Committee for the 2020-21 President of Rotary International are Kazuhiko Ozawa, Rotary Club of Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan; Manoj D. Desai, Rotary Club of Baroda Metro, Gujarat, India; Shekhar Mehta, Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India; John G. Thorne, Rotary Club of North Hobart, Tasmania, Australia; Guiller E. Tumangan, Rotary Club of Makati West, Makati City, Philippines; Juin Park, Rotary Club of Suncheon, Jeonranam, Korea; Elio Cerini, Rotary Club of Milano Duomo, Italy; Gideon M. Peiper, Rotary Club of Ramat Hasharon, Israel; Per Høyen, Rotary Club of Aarup, Denmark; Paul Knijff, Rotary Club of Weesp (Vechtstreek-Noord), Netherlands; Sam Okudzeto, Rotary Club of Accra, Ghana; José Ubiracy Silva, Rotary Club of Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil; Bradford R. Howard, Rotary Club of Oakland Uptown, California, USA; Michael D. McCullough, Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan, USA; Karen K. Wentz, Rotary Club of Maryville, Tennessee, USA; Michael K. McGovern, Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine, USA; and John C. Smarge, Rotary Club of Naples, Florida, USA.

Rotary I*nternational President for 2020-21 Chosen 2018-08-11 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Aug 09, 2018

Posted by Bob Juettner
Your Board of Directors met last Monday and I am happy to say no harm was done. The summer time blues have struck the Board and the Club with attendance at year lows. Here are some changes and activities coming up.
  1. Andrew McGibbon is our speaker this week to tell us about ranching in the Santa Ritas.
  2. Thirsty Thursday is scheduled for the Agave Restaurant at the Casino. They have an happy hour.
  3. This Saturday is the D 5500 Membership Meeting at the Kino Center at Quail Creek. You still have time to sign up at or just turn up before 8:30 am.
  4. DG Kirk Reed will be at the meeting on Aug. 16th to check us out and to be our speaker. Hopefully, there will be Rotarians present for him to address.
  5. Dress for Success is the following Saturday, Aug. 18th. Bill Grantham is still looking for some shoppers from the Club.
  6.  D5500 Conference is coming up on Sept. 28-29. Early registration is still available and discounted room at the Doubletree are $90 plus tax until Sept. 14th.  Virginia will fill in the rest at the meeting.
Club News, Aug 09, 2018 Bob Juettner 2018-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Aug 02, 2018

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
   It was one of those casual mornings when a lot of little things were addressed:
     - A letter from the Rotary International President honoring Carl's 100th birthday and 68 years of perfect attendance
     -Meeting Steve Sibulsky of the Coeur d'Alene Idaho club who is taking up winter residence in Green Valley.
     - Jim Rusk's update on the Foundation. Funding 17 projects with $50,000. Biggest contributor -"JAZZ" with a net of $30,000,
Then it was "serious hour", A report of the FAB-Four (Bob and Virginia Juettner, Gary Friedman,Tom Cooke) trip to the Navaho Reservation to check out the water crisis. And a crisis it is. Most have limited access to water, waiting for the arrival of the water truck to fill barrels and pails, A partial solution is under way with the instillation of 1200 gallon water tanks, pumps, etc.The process that decides who gets the new system is somewhat opaque.
A point was made that Rotary funds many worthy projects across the globe ( think our involvement in Uganda), and here is a poverty project right at our front door.
Next time you take a shower - count your blessings.
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Club Notes, Aug 02, 2018 Richard D. Roberts 2018-08-07 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Aug 2, 2018

Posted by Bob Juettner
Last Thursday, the VVRC Foundation Board met in what was one of our longest meetings since it inception. The subject was how do we meet the financial needs of the year in light of the fact that Jazz in the Desert is our big fundraising event.  With a little bit of luck and good timing, we should be able to do it. However, it will take some help from the membership of the Club. In the near term, the Board wants to raise an additional $1,500 from the Jim Click Raffle and $1,250 from calendar sales. It is important to note that the Foundation keeps every dollar it gets from both of these activities thanks to the generosity of Jim Click and Ron and Sherry Darah. There will also be some changes to the list of projects to funded and in what amount.
For the past several years we had an exchange student. This year, we have an exchange student of sorts its Mate Domeny from Slovikia. He arrived Sunday evening and was met by Tom & Diana Scott of the Nogales Rotary Club. Because we had so many problems hosting an exchange student in the past, we joined with the Nogales Club. Valle Verde is providing the financial support while the Nogales Club is providing housing and supervision. This may be a win/win for both Rotary Clubs. Time will tell.
Some key dates and events are coming up. The Membership Seminar is on August 11th at 0830 at the Kino Center right in Quail Creek.
DG Kirk Reed will be at our Club Meeting on August 16th.
Dress for Success is August 18th.
The D 5500 Conference is on Sept. 28-29 at the  Reid Park Doubletree. The conference registration is $185 including five meals. Room can be reserved at the Doubletree, call them directly, for $90 per night.
Club News, Aug 2, 2018 Bob Juettner 2018-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Jul 26, 2018

Posted by Edward Duiven

Microcredit is a program that the Valle Verde Rotary Club has enthusiastically supported for several years. This morning Daniel Stringham spoke to the Club on the status of the Microcredit activities, supported by the Club, in Sonora, Mexico. The concept of providing small loans to people in disadvantaged communities was first discussed by Friedrich Wilhelm, Raiffeisen, and Lysander Spooner and others in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1976 the first modern microcredit institution, Grameen Ban, was found by Muhammad Yunus in Jobra, Bangladesh. Today’s talk focused on the success of the Rotary sponsored program in Sonora Mexico. The concept of microcredit is to provide small loans, in the neighborhood of $200.00 per individual, to a small group of four to six individuals, made up mostly of women, who want to start small businesses. The individual shares in their own success and the small group covers any members who struggle for one reason or another. Many small businesses have flourished using these small loans and 97.5% of the loans have been paid back on time and with interest. Over time, as the loans are paid back successfully, the individual may acquire a new loan for a larger amount. Due to the success of the Rotary microcredit programs to date Districts 5495 and 5500 are working to secure a $24,000.00 grant to initiate a new microcredit program in Sonora, Mexico. The program was wrapped up with the presentation by the Club of a check for $2,000 to aid in acquisition of the new grant.

Club Notes, Jul 26, 2018 Edward Duiven 2018-07-28 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Jul 19, 2018

Posted by Edward Duiven

This morning the Club was brought up to date with some goings on in Green Valley as well as a look at Green Valley’s past. These insights into the past and present were provided by Thao Tiedt, vice-president of the Green Valley Council (GVC), vice-chair of the Green Valley Park Task Force, as well as numerous other volunteer organizations. This morning Thao’s remarks focused on the new Green Valley Park, on the forthcoming bond issue (Proposition 463), and an overview of the history of Green Valley. The Green Valley Park, all 130 acres, is to be situated on property that belonged, at one time, to the Canoa Hills Golf Course. This park will be an open space park with minimal facilities. At this time the park boundaries are uncertain due to the lack of an accurate survey of the site. It is anticipated that the park will begin to take shape late this year or early next year once a survey of the property is complete. An organization called Friends of the Park is being established now and will, along with the GVC Foundation, help manage the park. You can keep up with the park’s development by visiting the GVC website - On another subject, it is well known that the roads in Pima County are not in good shape. The County is planning on selling bonds, if Proposition 463 passes this fall, to provide funds for road maintenance. The bonds will be sold over a five year period and will mature in 3.5 years from the date of issue. Funds raised from the bond sales will be used only for road maintenance in Pima County! Funds from the bond sales will be distributed to areas based on the percentage of roads in that area. With time to spare, Thao began what was perhaps the most interesting topic of the morning, a short history of Green Valley. Thao, it seems, sat down and read every issue of the Green Valley News from 1964 through 1980. From this reading exercise she found that the history books of the area are based on lore and not on history. Founded in 1964 by the Maxon brothers, Don and Norman, Green Valley was not originally envisioned as an age restricted community as it is today. The Villas East and West were constructed as apartments using funds from the Federal Housing Administration. In order to acquire the loan the FHA required non-profit sponsor(s) for the project. The sponsors, it turns out, were the New York Retired Teachers Pension Fund and University of Arizona’s Retirement Foundation. Because of this sponsorship many of the first residents of Green Valley were well educated individuals which impacted the ways in which Green Valley grew. A library was established 15 minutes after Green Valley was established. Two years after the founding of Green Valley the Maxon brothers defaulted on their loan and the FHA took control of the core of Green Valley for the ensuing six years and managed the area with a number of “malevolent and bumbling idiots” who nearly destroyed the community. I could have listened to Thao talk on this subject all day. When asked when her book would be available we learned that it will never be, but more historical perspective may be gained by attending the course on Green Valley’s history that Thao teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Course to be offered in early 2019.

Club Notes, Jul 19, 2018 Edward Duiven 2018-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Club News Jul 5, 2018

Posted by Bob Juettner
Last week I wrote that there would not be another ebulletin for the next three weeks. Given my editorial license and the need to share some good news, I am issuing one more ebulletin before I leave.
First, the 4th of July. We have commitments to put up flags on LaCanada and Sahaurita Road. Bill is moving mountains to get volunteers. David Kinsey made an impassioned plea to get volunteers last week and made a generous offer to host a 4th of July Party at his place--
July 4th  Casual, laid back, get together!!!!
Dave and Clare's home 1370 N Placita Parasol off of Paseo De Golf Time: 545 pm
We supply the hot dogs and potato salad and American Beers If you come you bring the rest side dishes cake
ice cream Please RSVP, ASAP to  email or phone
Cell   406-544-2320  Email
I want to pass along JP's Rotary Foundation report. "
Virginia, looks like we are at $322,500 for total Club giving and averaged $500.96 per member in Annual giving. and average including Polio Plus per member of $696.  What a club!!!!!"  The Club also qualified for EREY as well.
Finally, don't forget Carl Liebrick's 100th birthday party at the Green Valley Rotary Clubs meeting on July 24th.
I  will be back in three weeks. Take care and keep up the great work!
Club News Jul 5, 2018 Bob Juettner 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Jun 28, 2018

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
This could be called "Transition Morning" as we moved from Virginia Juettner and her team to Paul Barker and his team. Paul's
team of officers, directors and "heavy lifters" were duly installed by Gary Friedman, D5500 executive assistant governor. There is no room here to list all the names. Just check the back of the Cactus Chronicle for the complete list - - and give a special thanks for their service to the club. There was a special moment when Mike Barker, Paul's father and long time Rotarian presented Paul with the Presidential Gavel.
In his remarks Paul first thanked his incoming team for their committment  to service. He then commented on his experiences at the International meeting in Toronto. Among his comments was his hope that he could bring this year's Rotary Theme, "Be The Inspiration" to the Club.
as Virginia stepped down she recalled how much she enjoyed her year and what an honor it was to serve. She thanked her team and urged all the Club members to be open to serving on future teams. She wished Paul and his team well in the upcoming year.
Than you Virginia. Thank you Paul. Thank you, team members. 
Club Notes, Jun 28, 2018 Richard D. Roberts 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Jun 28, 2018

Posted by Bob Juettner
Last week was PP Virginia's time to shine and review the past year's accomplishments in Valle Verde Rotary Club. This week we welcome our new President Paul for the next year. (Paul will be returning from Toronto on Wednesday, where it has been in the 60s and low 70s.) One of the differences between Paul and Virginia is cake. Paul like to celebrate with cake and has provided several of them to Valle Verde Rotary over the years. Charlotte Gates offered to get a cake for his investment but ran into a problem. She could not find a bakery that would put the Rotary logo on a cake because it is copy righted! Sorry Paul.
This will be the last bulletin until the end of July. Your truly had a family emergency and then it is off to Honolulu to celebrate some family accomplishments.
Club News, Jun 28, 2018 Bob Juettner 2018-06-26 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Jun 21, 2018

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
There is not enough room here to go into great detail concerning Virginia Juettner's "Farewell Address". Suffice to say she was very generous in her remarks concerning those made her year in office run so smoothly and successfully. Her citations ranged from those who made each weekly meeting run so smoothly to the "officials" in her Cabinet - chairpersons, secretary, treasurer, communications, interact/ryla, exchange student support, and so on.
     She spoke of our successful outreach internationally ( Uganda) and locally (Jazz contribution of $15,000 to local school music programs, $10,000 to the local food bank from the Food Fight). And, of course, she commented on the members generosity in supporting the Rotary Foundation and the Paul Harris Fund.
     But,all of this would not have come together so smoothly and successfully without her oversight and leadership. Thank you, Virginia, for your service.
     There was one "heavy lifting" task she did not comment on. Her quiet assumption of the duties as Program Chair for most of her term in office.
Club Notes, Jun 21, 2018 Richard D. Roberts 2018-06-22 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Jun 21, 2018

Posted by Bob Juettner
This Thursday is the Summer Solstices and President Virginia's final meeting. She has been preparing for several days now and want to get This Was The Year That Was right!
Last Saturday, DGE Kirk Reed became our new district governor. He made one mistake during the evening--he turned the mic over to outgoing district governor Joe Hengtes. Never at a loss for words, Joe said the heck with the schedule and launched into his final speech which was exceptional! It was one of the best speeches I ever heard at a Rotary gathering and I had the opportunity to hear from some legendary past RI Presidents. Way to go out Joe.
I was reading the Rotarian this morning and had a good thought for today. Let's recycle our old Rotarians, magazines that is, into professional offices such as doctors, dentists, lawyers etc. Seeing that we are incapable of getting the word out, the magazine would do  a better job. Any takers?
Club News, Jun 21, 2018 Bob Juettner 2018-06-19 07:00:00Z 0
Club Notes, Jun 14, 2018 Richard D. Roberts 2018-06-19 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Jan 25, 2018

SPECIAL NOTE FOR YOUR CALENDAR. Our club meeting on February 8, will be held at Quail Creek Club House. So mark your calendar to meet us at Quail Creek on Thursday February 8, 2018.
Our program this week was present by fellow Rotary member and GVFD Chief Chuck Wunder. Rather than give us a presentation on the inner workings of a fire department Chuck gave us a through explanation of the reality that during the last 60 years the cultural divide that exists between the multiple birth groups is real and as a Rotary organization and a business organization we are far better off recognizing the needs and wants of these different age groups.
Here is one chart to use as a basic age reference.
                                                                                                                              Ages of the 
                                                                                                                            Youngest  Oldest
The Greatest Generation1910192494108
The Silent Generation192519457393
Baby Boomer Generation194619645472
Generation X (Baby Bust)196519793953
Xennials - 197519853343
Generation Y - 
The Millennials - 
Gen Next
iGen / Gen Z
The Chief's presentation centered around the Boomers through the Millennials.
Several key communication and expectation differences exist across the groups. 
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Now imagine the Chief of our fire department and the crazy array communication techniques, basic life experience skills (IE: What is a carburetor?) and the individuals sense of right and wrong. These are all major demographic hurtles that must be crossed all day long. Bring this back to Rotary, we need to be understanding the very same array of characteristics when we asses how and who to invite into our organization.  This is not simple but knowledge is power, lets use the knowledge.
Remember we are all pulling for you and keep your stick on the ice.
Yours in Rotary, Dave.
Club Notes, Jan 25, 2018 David Kinsey 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0

Jazz in the Desert IX
“The Musical Magic Returns!”


“Jazz music is America's past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it.  The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come.  It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, and ultimate value of art.”  Wynton Marsalis.
On Saturday, March 3rd, the Valle Verde Rotary Club in Partnership with the Green Valley Pecan Company will once again present an evening of great music performed by some of the finest school jazz ensembles along the I-19 corridor when it presents “Kansas City Jazz” – Jazz in Desert IX at the Quail Creek Ballroom.  In addition to the evening performance, which includes dinner, there will be a  Matinee featuring more great music AND popcorn!
A major fundraiser for the Club, Jazz in the Desert has, over the past eight years, raised over $75,000 to support the music programs at the participating schools.  This year's line-up includes ensembles from Great Expectations Academy, Walden Grove, Sahuarita, Rio Rico and Nogales High Schools.
Said Club President Virginia Juttner, “There are concerts, there are dinners and there are fundraisers; but Jazz in the Desert is a truly unique experience. Watching these young adults perform at the level they do will in short, Blow you Away!  They are talented, dedicated and hard-working – it's easy to believe some of them will continue performing and/or teaching for the rest of their lives.”
Tickets can be purchased at the Green Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Quail Creek concierge desk.  The Matinee ($10) starts at 1 pm.  The dinner performance ($40) begins at 5.  For more information call Committee Chair, Jim Rusk at 520-625-0860.
Remember that “Experience has shown that music provides a boost in the quality of life and Jazz in the Desert gives us a glimpse at our next generation.”
Jazz in the Desert IX“The Musical Magic Returns!”  2018-01-23 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Jan 18, 2018

Aloha and Happy New Years. The Juettner's have returned from their Griswold Hawaiian vacation and are getting back to work. First, there was a Board of Directors meeting last Monday. The major actions included accepting Alex Droban's resignation. No reason was given in his letter. The Board approved a $250 donation to the medical clinic in Carborca, Sn that is hosting the polio immunization day and a presentation to the membership on the Fisher House, at this Assembly meeting. (Last month the Board approved a $5,000 contribution to the Valle Verde Rotary Club Foundation from surplus finds in the club's checking account. See me if you have any questions.)
Jim Rusk and the Fundraising Committee are closing in on the big event. All members and sojourners are invited to attend the meeting at Quail Creek on Wednesday afternoons. I am sure Jim will have a report on this at the Assembly as well.
Club membership is a growing concern. We understand that a new member is in the wings but we need to recruite continuously. When I was younger and immortal, I wondered whey RI stressed the need to recruit and grow the Rotary Clubs. Now I understand.
WHO WANTS A MEMBERSHIP LIST? See me and I will get you and updated list of names, phone numbers and emails. Addresses will be an option.
Club News, Jan 18, 2018 Bob Juettner 2018-01-17 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Nov 09, 2017

We are celebrating our anniversary by holding a rare evening dinner meeting in the Silver Room of the Quail Creek Club House. We will start with a social hour beginning at 5 pm with music being performed by the Nogales Mariachi Apache Band with dinner service beginning around  6 pm with a Mexican Fiesta. Our special guests are Dr. Peter & Phyllis Eichman with the program beginning around 6:45 with Peter reviewing the history of Valle Verde Rotary from his unique and I expect witty prospective.
Just to reiterate, there will be no morning meeting at the church this week.
Lots going on over the next few days:
  1. Rotarian and USMC veteran Patrick Shely will be presenting our wreath at the Veterans Day memorial at the Green Valley Cemetry on the morning of Nov. 10th which is also the 242nd Anniversary of the Marine Corps which actually predates the founding of the Navy by a few day.
  2. The I 19 Corridor Mixer will be held the same day at the Silos at the Tubac Resort at 5pm. Come down and met fellow Rotarians from d4 different CLUBS.
  3. Saturday, Nov. 11 is the Pecan Festival in Sahuarita. Other than a parking fee, everything is free I believe. As I have worked at the parking concession for so many years, I am not sure the previous statement is correct. If you volunteered to assist with parking, Rotarian Bill Grantham is back and he will be getting in touch with you and your time slots. 
Finally, we will return to our regular meeting place on Nov. 16th with or Speaker being Rotarian Phil Slivers reporting on the recent activities in Uganda.
Club News, Nov 09, 2017 2017-11-07 07:00:00Z 0

We are Valle Verde Rotary

Posted by Virginia Juettner


Valle Verde Rotary is affiliated with Rotary International. Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.

Promoting peace

Fighting disease

Providing clean water,   sanitation, and hygiene

Saving mothers and children

Supporting Education

Grow local economies


Valle Verde Rotary Club meets every Thursday, 6:40 am at the United Methodist Church

of Green Valley, 300 W Esperanza Blvd. If you are interested in learning about Rotary membership,

please join us any Thursday morning.

Valle Verde members hold Rotary Core Values of fellowship, service and diversity by:
  • developing acquaintance as an opportunity for service,
  • advancing international understanding, good will and peace,
  • applying the ideal of service in our personal, business and community life, and,
  • maintaining high ethical standards in business and professions and recognize the worthiness of all occupations as opportunities to serve society.
Continental Literacy Project – This project creates classroom libraries for eight teachers through partnership with the Green Valley Rotary Club and Continental School Educational Foundation including matching funds from Rotary District 5500. Rotarians will work with teachers on literacy activities during the year.
Continental Birthday Books – Students receive a book during their birthday month. Rotary volunteers help PreK-8th grade students find a book and place a name plate in the book.
Dress for Success – Rotarians shop at Walmart with up to 20 students spending approximately $100 per student for school clothes. The club then hosts lunch for the students at Triple Play.
Rotary Scholarship Program – Funding for 3 students from local high schools or home-schooled students for post-secondary education including vocational training programs.
Jazz Music Programs – Local school jazz bands who participate in Jazz in the Desert receive a check for their participation to support the music programs. Since the beginning, Valle Verde Rotary has donated over $60,000 to school music programs.
Rotary Youth Exchange – Valle Verde Rotary hosts a student from another country for a year. The club supports the student with a monthly allowance and sometimes other costs as needed. The 2017-2018 student is from Germany. He will live with 3 families over the year as part of the exchange experience
RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Six students are funded to attend the RYLA weekend event
Community Food Bank – The annual Food Fight Against Hunger is a competition among the regular club members, the sojourners and the Green Valley Club members.
Project C.U.R.E. – Valle Verde assists Project C.U.R.E. through funding and volunteer work to collect unused hospital supplies and equipment to send to hospitals and clinics in other countries including our contacts in Mexico and Uganda.
Rotaplast – Valle Verde Rotary contributes to this program which provides cleft lip/palate and burn victim surgery for children in third world countries by sending a team of doctors, nurses and Rotary volunteers to designated countries for two weeks.
Madre Conchita de Hogar Orphanage, Nogales, Mexico – An annual donation is made to the orphanage. Club members purchase Christmas gifts, clothes and art supplies, which are delivered in December.
St Andrew’s Children’s Clinic – Donated funds for cleft lip and palate surgery are used during one of the monthly Thursday clinics in Nogales.
Micro-credit – The Club participates in a joint international project to fund small business loans to people in Mexico building their businesses and financial independence. Participants may borrow up to $2,000 upon payment of previous loans.



We are Valle Verde Rotary Virginia Juettner 2017-08-30 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Jul 27, 2017

Posted by Bob Juettner
This week's speaker is Jospeh Ursig, the new CEO of the Green Valley-Shaurita Chamber of Commerce. If you have questions concerning the direction and activities of the Chamber, this is a good time to get them answered.
I visited with Chad Denson last week and got the Arivaca report. The road is open but in bad shape with a lot of sand and floatsam on the road.  Cyclist, bikers and the Border Patrol make driving the road a challenge this year. The Learning Center is getting ready to open for another year. Natalie is back and making plans. I got a some what discouraging report on our drainage report. It sounded as someone who volunteered to work on the drainage project may have forgotten his commitment. Re Chad, he sold his business and went to work for the company that bought his out. He is no looking for a place in Tucson.

Do not forget that Maulty,  our new exchange student, will arrive this Sunday around 8:30 pm Delta willing. His connections are much better than Nika's as his layover in Atlanta is almost reasonable.
Club News, Jul 27, 2017 Bob Juettner 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

We are Number #2!

Posted by Gary Friedman
Our Annual Fund per capita was $562.81
Our average TRF per capita was $642.65
We came in second in Annual Fund giving to Marana Dove Mountain who gave $714.88 per capita.
From what I heard and who knows if it true or not, it's because Joe purchased lots of items to give away and brought the per capita up. They have only 25 members in that club.
Coming in second in the District is something to be proud of.
Our club giving to the Annual Fund: $30,954.50; Tucson: $31,547.00
Our club total giving: $35,34;.50; Tucson: $50,431.77
We are Number #2! Gary Friedman 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0

Valle Verde Rotary 2017-2018
Club Service Projects and Projected Costs

Posted by Virginia Juettner

Community Food Bank – The annual Food Fight Against Hunger is a competition among the regular club members, the sojourners and the Green Valley Club members. While this raises several thousand dollars for the area food banks, it is done with individual member donations and does not impact the budget. Foundation Cost: 0

Continental Birthday Books – Books for the monthly birthday book distribution will continue with a monthly schedule for volunteers to distribute books. Foundation Cost: $700

Dress for Success – Shop at Walmart with up to 20 students who attend Sopori Elementary School spending approximately $100 per student for school clothes. Host lunch for the students at Triple Play. Foundation Cost: $2,000-$2,500

Rotary Service Project Day – Club Volunteers provide yard and other work to a local home owner or organization in need. It has been suggested that we might adopt a section of highway this year and schedule both fall and spring days. Club Cost: 0

Interact Club – Volunteers work with the Interact Club including some fundraisers. Club cost has been limited depending on their projects and needs. Club Cost: $600

International Health Project in Uganda – Volunteers travel to Uganda to work with Rotarians in Uganda conducting health clinics focusing on women’s health including pre-natal care. The program has a literacy component. There are now two aspects: Rotary Family Health Days and TRF Global Grant, Empowering Women in Rural Villages. Individuals may donate to this project through the Annual Fund donations. Foundation Cost: 0

Jazz Music Programs – Local school jazz bands who participate in Jazz in the Desert receive a check for their participation to support the music programs. The amount has gone up each year. It is recommended that we cap the amount for the bands at the amount paid in the previous year, $2,800 each Foundation Cost: $14,000

Madre Conchita de Hogar Orphanage, Nogales, Mexico – Club members purchase Christmas gifts, clothes mainly, by selecting children from the Angel Tree put up in November. Club members may also purchase if they wish art or other supplies for the school. The gifts are delivered by club members and we are usually invited to their seasonal program in Nogales. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Micro-credit – Participate in a joint international project to fund small business loans to people in Mexico building their businesses and financial independence. Participants may borrow up to $2,000 in small increments starting with small amounts, i.e., $200, and working up to larger amounts after paying back their current loan. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Rotary Scholarship Program – Funding for 2-3 students from local high schools or home schooled students for post-secondary education including vocational training programs, $2,000 per student to be paid directly to the institution of the student’s choice. It is recommended that this year’s committee consider adding funding for a pre-school scholarship. Foundation Cost: $4,000-$6,000

Rotary Youth Exchange – We have made application for an exchange student for 2016-2017. Arrangements are being coordinated. The club supports the student with a monthly allowance and sometimes other costs as needed. We are looking for home hosts for the coming year. Club Cost: $2,100

Rotaplast – Clubs contribute to this program which provides cleft lip and palate surgery for children in third world countries by sending a team of doctors, nurses and Rotary volunteers to designated countries for two weeks. Foundation Cost: $2,000

RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards – Send up to 6 students to the RYLA weekend event in Flagstaff. Sometimes, we send an adult advisor. Foundation Cost: $2800

St Andrew’s Children’s Clinic – Donate funds for clef lip and palate surgery for during one of the monthly Thursday clinics. Collect medical supplies being donated by hospitals or other clinics for St. Andrew’s clinic program in Mexico. Foundation Cost: $2,000

President’s Projects:

Hospital Supply Project – Develop a relationship with hospitals in Tucson and continue to work with the Green Valley Hospital to collect hospital supplies that will be discarded even though they have not be used to distribute to other countries in need including our contacts in Mexico and Uganda. We are exploring the possibility of working with Project C.U.R.E., located in Phoenix. They have already established a large network for getting hospital supplies to countries and have a system in place. Cost: 0 (current recommendation)

Continental Literacy Project – This project puts trade books in classrooms to create classroom libraries in the K-3 program by leveraging funds from Green Valley Rotary ($1,000) and funds from the Continental Foundation ($1,000) and other grant sources to match District 5500 funds ($4,000). It also creates activities to use for literacy enrichment in these classrooms by planning with the staff for events that could include parent nights, parent workshops and other activities to increase the opportunity for all students to become lifetime readers. On the club side, donations and discounts for books will be sought. Foundation Cost: $2,000

Sahuarita Food Bank Storytime Project – The Sahuarita Food Bank collects books and organizes volunteers to read to children when their parents come to the food bank to shop. After storytime is over, the children are given a book to take home. This program fosters literacy and increased success in school. Rotarians may volunteer time at the food bank, donate books or volunteer do to other things for this project. Foundation Cost: 0 (current recommendation)

While the Valle Verde Foundation is listed as a funding source, these recommendations must go to the Valle Verde Foundation at one of their monthly meetings for approval.
Valle Verde Rotary 2017-2018Club Service Projects and Projected Costs Virginia Juettner 2017-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

RI Weapons Policy

Posted on Mar 14, 2017
This is the sweet time of the year in Arizona--cool enough not to need air conditioning during the day and warm enough at night that you do not need heat. And yet, we are having our Sojourners Party this Saturday. I have a hard time believing that you are getting ready to leave. You really should stick around through April. However, before you leave do not forget this year's food fight.
This goes for all of our Rotarians. The real winners are those people in need who depend upon the food banks to make ends meet.
If you are wondering how we did at Jazz in the Desert, I will let Jim Rusk talk for himself:
Valle Verde Rotary Foundation
Regular Monthly Board Meeting
February 9, 2017
The regular monthly board meeting of the Valle Verde Rotary Foundation was called to order at 8:15 am, February 9th.
Members present:  Bill G, Gary F, Ron D, Tom C, Virginia J and Jim R. Others present: Bob J and Alex D.
Due to the absence of the board secretary no minutes were available to review.
Financial Report:  Treasurer Gary F presented the Year-to-Date P & L and Balance sheets for review. Funds are in good shape.
Old Business:
*  Decision to withdraw $2000 from the Nogalas Sanora International Water Project grant was confirmed.  Project has not been approved by RI.  President Jim R will contact District Grant Coordinator Sally Montagne and request that our check be returned.
*   Board will support the Navaho Indian International Water Project in the amount of $2000. Action is needed to identify the POC for that project.
*  Club members will visit with the Arivaca Action Center board on February 12th to update the progress on the District grant.
New Business:
*  A number of topics were discussed concerning the upcoming Jazz in the Desert event.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:45.
Respectively submitted.
Jim Rusk
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention the action of the RI Board of Directors last January re firearms, Rotary Clubs, Districts and Entities. I ask all of our membership to read the policy and not react in haste even though this is happening. Let's be patient and thoughtful. The policy is:
B-16. Weapons and Rotary Clubs, Districts and Other Rotary Entities
2.100. Clubs and Districts and Guns, Weapons or Other Armaments
Rotary clubs, Rotary districts and other Rotary entities shall not sell or otherwise transfer ownership of guns, weapons or other armaments, nor participate in activities where such items shall be sold or given away, such as raffles, even if the Rotary entity is not the owner of the item(s). Rotary clubs, Rotary districts and other Rotary Entities shall not conduct or sponsor any gun shows or other exhibitions involving guns, weapons or other armaments or accept sponsorship from any entity whose primary business is the sale or manufacturer of guns, weapons or other armaments.
The effective date for the world wide implementation is July 1, 2017 unless modified.
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Visiting Rotarians

Posted by John Yeager
Attention Visiting Rotarians
Valle Verde Rotary has a very unique program for our seasonal Rotary guests.  It’s known as our Sojourner Membership.  Each Sojourner is given a special red badge and is encouraged to participate in Club activities as any other member would do.  Visiting Rotarians in good standing may apply for Sojourner status by submitting an annual $50.00 donation to the Valle Verde Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. along with a completed information form to John Yeager (231) 946-8378.
Visiting Rotarians John Yeager 2017-01-16 07:00:00Z 0

Jazz in the Desert VIII

Posted by Jim Rusk
Valle Verde Rotary Club President Alex Droban is proud to announce Jazz in the Desert VIII.  This years event will be Matinee and Dinner performances at the Quail Creek Ballroom on Saturday, February 25th.  The event committee, chaired by President Elect Dr. Virginia Juettner, is organizing a special Mardi Gras theme event. Performances will feature Jazz ensembles from Great Expectations Academy, Walden Grove, Sahaurita, Rio Rico and Nogales High Schools. The Matinee will also include a special performance by the new Anza Trail Middle School ensemble. 
Jazz in the Desert is the major fund raising event of the Valle Verde Rotary Club.  Over the past seven years over $50,000 has been returned to the music programs of the participating schools. Numerous other local and international projects are also supported by the event. These include: Continental School Birthday books, Sopori School “Dress for Success”, Student scholarships, and the Arivaca Early Learning Center locally and Madre Conchita Girls Orphanage, Nogales, Sonora, St. Andrews Clinic, Uganda Health days and the Rotary Student Exchange Program internationally.
A unique feature of the Matinee is providing free tickets to Assisted Living residents and clients of Casa Community Services. Experience has shown that music provides a boost in the quality of life of these attendees and injects a special energy into the Matinee performances.
There are many ways for the community to support this event.  Various levels of Sponsors – This years Major Partner is the FICO/Green Valley Pecan Company – are available to local businesses. Attending the event and participating in the Silent Auction which this year will feature, Week-end getaways, MN fishing trip, Art, jewelry, gift baskets and much, much more.  You can also become a “Friend of Valle Verde Rotary Club” with a cash donation. The Valle Verde Rotary Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) which makes your donation tax free.
A limited number of performance tickets ($10-Matinee: $35-Dinner) will be available at the Green Valley Chamber of Commerce and Quail Creek.  For more information contact Virginia Juettner, Ph.D. at 520-2407 or on Facebook.
Jazz in the Desert VIII Jim Rusk 2017-01-16 07:00:00Z 0

President's Message 2016-17

Posted by Alex Droban on Jun 30, 2016
I was sitting in church the other day and we had a visiting pastor.  He stepped up to the podium and I saw a young man who I thought was all of 14 years old.  I know my wife thinks that I either sleep through the sermon or just don't pay attention.  But this young man got my attention and as he went on I found that his sermon drew me in, and I listened carefully.  As I continued to listen I associated the sermon to our Rotary Club.  So today I am going to talk about our Rotary Club being a “Deep Club.”
We have all attended Rotary Conferences and by now heard that we should strive to be a VIBRANT CLUB.  I believe that we can build on that goal and take it a step higher.  I believe that we can be a DEEP CLUB.  We are going to take a look at what is a Deep Club.  What is the DNA of a Deep Club?  What does it mean to us as individuals and as an organization to be a Deep Club?
There is a thought leader, Simon Sinek, who writes about how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change.  He says that most of us fall from our path because we focus so much on what we do that we forget why we do it.  If we are going to make a difference personally and organizationally, long term, then we really have to be intentional about why we do what we do.
So why a Deep Organization?  Because the story of our organization matters!  The story of Valle Verde Rotary matters.  Let us celebrate this club because the people in this club have a story in this community and in this world.  While we as Valle Verde Rotary members meet in this humble quarters our story is being told in this community.  Each of us, each of you also has a personal story, your place, your bigger story that also matters. 
As we age and go about our business our story becomes a little foggy.  Things have changed.  The community has changed. What took care of people, what satisfied people, what attracted people years ago no longer works.  Consider the church service of yesterday.  Some of those services in big tents, loud music, dramatic sermons.  They have all faded away because they no longer meet the needs of their members. Service clubs don’t attract people and keep members like they used to.  When organizations focus on community, connection, and collaboration they thrive. When it’s about the people.  When it's about the transformational power of relationships, community and engagement then the organization as a Deep Organization is important.  So we are all here for a worthy purpose, not by accident, and we are part of the story.
Any organization can have great speakers, parties, lunches, videos, and slogans.  Our story is important because we are a deep club.  We are about purpose, community, and service that engages us to one another as well as to those we serve.
In Tucson a collection of organizations gathered to talk about how to make Tucson a flourishing city.  This conversation generated more questions, including “What is the DNA of a transformative city?  What are the keys to organizations that are transforming their people, and their people are transforming the organization and the community around them?  Are their common characteristics?  Research finds that Deep Communities and companies do three things together.
  1. They create together.
  2. They lead and love together.
  3. They invest in each other.
This sounds pretty corporate, touchy freely, lofty, and broad.  But this comes from the Bible.  Go figure right!  After all this was a sermon.
The commentary goes  deeper with direction to care for what already exists but also to create what doesn't yet exist. We all perform random acts of kindness; hold the door, pay for a cup of coffee, etc.  We should continue those good deeds but it is not enough because true good deeds and service comes from the grit under your nails, the shovel in the dirt, and the sweat on your brow.  This is the hard work, creative, loving transformative service that transforms communities and people.  Deep Organizations care for what already exists and create what doesn't yet.  Deep Organizations create together.
Deep organizations demonstrate inter generational collaboration, the younger with the older.  We must be role models and mentors to those who join and those who follow.  Research shows that a critical factor in people leaving the church is the absence of relationship with an older person.  In the workplace, Employees quit their jobs not because they dislike their work but because of their boss, supervisor, or CEO.  ROTARY clubs lose members because of lack of engagement, absence of relationship.  Younger people want to have a relationship with you.  There is a younger person who desperately needs a relationship with you.  A Deep Organization requires that young people and older people have relationships.  This requires older Listening to the younger, and the younger listening to the older.  Mentors most often say, “I have this wisdom.  Let me pour it into you.”  Young people want you to pour it into them but they also need an opportunity to share back.  A Deep Organization leads and loves together.
Investing and resourcing into each other is important.  In Tucson, at the University of Arizona, 82% of the graduates leave Tucson upon graduation.  Only 18% will stay.  Deep Organizations must invest in its members to give them reason to stay.  University of Arizona graduates are lacking mentorship and professional connections, someone that will help them reach their dreams and goals.  They are lacking people that will invest together with them.
We are a Deep Organization.  We have a story, we have human resources, we have much to offer.  Younger people can benefit so much from a connection with the members of Valle Verde Rotary.
What does all this mean for us as individuals?  Be creative: See a need, fill a need.  At home, at work, in community, and in the world.  If you are filling a need you are being creative.  Relationships: Make time for relationships.  Allow younger and older to be near you.  Us older folks don't know how to have a relationship.  We get things done by checklists.  We do so many good things but they are so much more about the check boxes and check lists than about relationships.  Young people are much better about relationships than us older people.  We can learn from them.  Let us encourage each other through relationships. 
Deep Organizations, deep communities; Create together, They lead and love together, and They Invest in Each other.  Valle Verde Rotary is a Deep Organization and our story matters.  This year Sahuarita, Green Valley, District 5500, and Rotary International will hear our story.  Together we will Serve Humanity.
President's Message 2016-17 Alex Droban 2016-06-30 07:00:00Z 0

First Things First Recognition

Posted by Jim Rusk on Jun 18, 2016
First Things First Award:  Our club will receive the First Things First award on Tuesday, June 21st and EVERYONE is invited. The meeting will began at 9:30 am and the award will be among the first items on the board's agenda so we should be finished by 10:15.  Checked out the location. The meeting will be in the Conference Room which is located on the the second floor of the office complex on the Northwest corner of the Continental shopping center. It is next to the True Value Hardware store. There is an elevator on the corner of the building - when you exit the elevator walk straight ahead and you will see a sign "Conference Room". Hope to see you there as it is an honor well earned by our club.
First Things First Recognition Jim Rusk 2016-06-18 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs & Politics

Posted on May 09, 2016
This year is the year of politics at the national and state levels. How do we treat politics in our Rotary Clubs and our own Valle Verde Rotary Club in particular? Are there lines not to be crossed? If so, what are they and how do we know we have crossed a line or just merely approached? The following article from the April 2016 Rotarian Magazine provide the guidance we are looking for.
Rotary Clubs & Politics 2016-05-09 07:00:00Z 0

Ride to End Polio

Posted by Phil Silvers
Hi Rotary Friends and Supporters,
Thank you for your support of my effort in the Ride to End Polio in the 21 November El Tour de Tucson.  This aging body made the 40-mile ride this year in about 3.5 hours.  I assure you that the thought of your generosity helped keep me going--in the initial steep hill climb and in the final ten miles. 
All in all, you contributed $3, 115 which, with the Bill and Melinda Gates 2:1 match, earned $9,345 to eradicate polio from the face of the earth...which could happen in 2016 (Pakistan will be tough but current numbers are encouraging).  When I get the numbers from all of our 100 or so riders, I will let you know.
Special thanks to JP and Kathleen.  John Pilger contributed himself and sent your money into The Rotary International Foundation--for which you received Paul Harris credit.  Anne, you will receive a Rotary ID number and when you join Rotary, you will have your contribution to your credit.  Kathleen contributed big time and took the attached picture and got some publicity for Rotary's Polio work in the Green Valley News (November 29, p B-3 "Riding Strong").
From the children of the world who will now live healthy, normal lives, many thanks!
Ride to End Polio Phil Silvers 2015-12-09 07:00:00Z 0

Valle Verde Rotary's Peace Fellow on the Air

Posted by Phil Silvers
Valle Verde RC's Rotary Peace Fellow, Dimitria Clayton, literally stole the show at the 10th Anniversary Conference of Rotary's Chulalongkorn University Peace Center in Bangkok.  The conference was telecast worldwide.  We saw Dimitria live on Thanksgiving evening, 9-10 pm Arizona time, which was Friday morning in Bangkok.
Dimitria had a ten-minute opening statement on the immigration crisis in Europe (where she works), and then responded to a half dozen questions from the floor--all in two minutes.  She spoke fluently and with passion, only occasionally glancing at her notes.  She was clear, succinct, and substantive.  She couched her remarks in the context of the world history of immigration--not only is it a humanitarian effort by the receiving country, but an economic benefit to the same receiving country.  Dimitria very effectively debunked the current myths that immigrants deny locals jobs and are a drain on society.  She complimented those subgroups in European countries which have formed welcoming committees for the new immigrants.
And...she has already thanked us for watching and commenting on her one-hour segment!  Dimitria will come visit our club in the new year.
Valle Verde Rotary's Peace Fellow on the Air Phil Silvers 2015-11-28 07:00:00Z 0

A Volunteer Opportunity That Will Change Your Life

Posted by Phil Silvers
Opportunities for Rotary Family Health Days
As of today, Rotary Family Health Days in Africa has served 1.23 million patients since 2011 in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa.  Our model for measuring sustainability is now used in all four countries and is endorsed by the CDC, the Coca Cola Africa Foundation, and TRF staff.
If you want to go as a Rotary volunteer in any of the four countries, paying ~$1500 airfare and ~$100 visa, we can have you picked up at the airport and home hosted in nice accommodations.  We are adding India in 2016.  Volunteers at RFHDs can--work registration, greet and guide patients, help elderly and disabled get priority treatment, sort and distribute prescribed medicines, interview patients and get informed consent forms for evaluation follow up.  White folks, of course, stand out and the patients are honored that you have come to assist.  There is nothing like having them come up and say:  Thank you for loving us!
Some tourism will no doubt be provided by your hosts at no cost.  Special wildlife reserves and spectacular parks can be arranged by Rotary-connected tour agents at very low-cost.  South Africa and Uganda have prime sites, but Ghana and Nigeria have some charming venues as well.  You will be safe and well-cared for.
All countries--in Africa and India--will hold RFHDs for three days in late October 2016.  Uganda will also do early April 2016, just prior to our Vocational Training Team on diagnostics for rural health providers.
Contact me at or 399-3994 if you might be interested.
A Volunteer Opportunity That Will Change Your Life Phil Silvers 2015-11-20 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, Oct 29, 2015

Posted by Bob Juettner
Way back in the old days when I was a teenager, there was a British TV show called This Was The Week That Was hosted by David Frost. It didn't last long but the title always stayed with me. This was another of the weeks that was for Valle Verde Rotary Club. Starting with last Thursday, we had or did the following:
  1. We met at Quail Creek to hear John Abraham speak on advanced medical directives and the rights of those who wish to die.
  2. Some of the members meet with the some of the members of the Rotary Clubs of Nogales from AZ and Sonora to discuss a safe drinking water project at a school in Nogales, Sonora.
  3. Friday was Birthday Books at the Continental School and we had a good turnout of members including Benjamin Gillette who drafted a worker to help out.
  4. Saturday was the Chilli Cook Off at La Posada. Some of our members were judges and some of us sold beer as a fund raiser, maybe. Last year we lost $1.50 but this year we switched from kegs to cans. If we did not give away too many samples and comp the band, maybe we made some money. In any case we have beer left over for a Thirsty Thursday at someone's house.
  5. Also on Saturday, President Jim and a few others went to Arivacca to check out the community health fair with an eye to a future project.
Here is a little advice for our new Rotarians--get involved now before it is too late. There is more to being a Rotarian than paying dues and going to a meeting. If the Club activities do not interest you, start one of your own and see how it works out. All of the activities above were started by individual Valle Verde Rotarians who saw a need and did something about that needed to get done:
  • Kids need to read; give them there own book once a year.
  • Safe drinking water is needed in Mexico just 50 miles away.
  • You want to work farther afield or abroad, speak to Phil Silvers.
  • Come and have a drink of your favorite beverage at the next Thirsty Thursday. Tell us a little about yourself and maybe someone might reciprocate.
  • Our club possess a wealth of talent and wisdom. Ever hear of impressionist photography? Speak to Sonja who has an amazing life.
Our approval process for new members is pretty light. However, there are only 1.2 million Rotarians in this world out of a population of 6 or 7 billion humans. Make the best of being a Rotarian.
Club News, Oct 29, 2015 Bob Juettner 2015-10-27 07:00:00Z 0

District 5500 Fall Conference

The Rotary District 5500 Fall Conference registration is now available at:  Just click on the desert scene which should be familiar to most of us and follow the instructions. We expect to see you there.
District 5500 Fall Conference 2015-08-18 07:00:00Z 0

Dmitria Clayton, VVRC's Peace Scholar

Posted on Jun 17, 2015
I have begun the Peace Program at Chula and Bangkok! It has been a very exciting time. I've been here for about 10 days now and have met some very interesting people and have already learned a lot. I am sure that whatever happens, I'll be able to use the information and benefit from the network that I'm gaining and developing here.
I have attached some pictures of this sessions peace fellows, their host counselors (local Rotary members) and, on the big group picture, you will see, front row in the middle, the man who initiated the Rotary Chula Peace Program - Mr. Bhichai - former Deputy Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister of Thailand. We are, as you will notice a very international group. Many of them have experience with peace and conflict resolution programs in place like South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Kenya.  I have to host country counselors - Santi Chaterjee and Prof. Abdus Samad - both of them former presidents of a local Rotary club. You will see them in the big group picture standing in the second row, near the middle to the left (from your perspective) of the lady in the red top. They picked me up from the airport and have been making sure that I settle in well. I have been invited to visit their club next week Thursday.
I have also attached a couple of pictures of a Thai group of artists who were having an outdoor performance just in front of the place where we often go to eat in the evenings.
I am staying on the 20th floor of a new dorm for international students. It is very near the student center where we have our sessions, close to several big shopping malls and a number of markets. From my window I have a view of the city that reminds me of New York. The facilities are fantastic. The student sport facilities are particularly good with anything you could want (tennis, soccer, basketball, yoga, etc) free of charge. I have regular morning workout sessions at the local stadium with several of the other peace fellows most mornings.
On July 5, we will be taking a field trip to look at conflict and peace related projects in Thailand to a city in the South. We will have a field trip toward the end of the program in Cambodia. So there is a lot more to look forward to.
I will close now but will send another email as time goes on with more info on my stay here.
Many greetings to the Valle Verde club! And again, many thanks.
All the best,
Dmitria Clayton, VVRC's Peace Scholar 2015-06-17 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, June 4, 2015

Posted by Bob Juettner
President Larry oversaw his last board of directors meeting this past Monday. We all reviewed of areas of responsibilities to ensure a smooth transition to President Jim in a few weeks.  (You may remember to President Larry is off to see a new grandchild and some R & R with Tammy in Hawaii so he will not be around for the rest of June.) Some of the highlights of the meeting were:
  1. Dottie Hill won the Paul Harris drawing for the month!
  2. Arlyeen Boyuls was granted a leave of absence or the Rule of 85. It is her choice.
  3. Max Perry is going to investigate the biggest social gig of next year. I will let him tell you about it.
  4. Dues will most likely go up in July. This was a big item of discussion but action was postponed until soon to be President Jim is back. Some important points of this discussion were: 48% of all of your dues goes to RI & District (the amount increases a dollar or two a year); no one can remember when the dues were last increased; there should be some benefit to the members of increased dues (we seem to be moving to drop fees or costs for two social engagements each year); the dues will probably be increase $12 per quarter to an annual dues of $300.
  5. Phil Silvers was approved as the Valle Verde delegate to the RI Convention. Hopefully, RI will have a quorum.
  6. People favored having "is it fun" as part of our meeting but not as part of the Four Way Test. It will likely be added at the beginning or the end of the meeting but separated in time from the Four Way Test.
  7. Finally, President Larry used $200 of the President's discretionary fun to pay for a partial scholarship for a young musician from Rio Rico to attend a workshop in Tucson.
To wrap this report up, the Shelter Box challenge is alive and very well.  The final amount is still to be determined by within the last 24 hours, the Challenge received a $1,000 from the Marana Rotary Club and a $1,000 from the Green Valley Rotary Club Foundation. For a complete wrap up, see Wednesday's Green Valley News.
Club News, June 4, 2015 Bob Juettner 2015-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, May 28,2015

Posted by Jack Grieves
The program was presented by Rotarian Pat Sheely who spoke on his interest on genealogy and told of some of the historical lineage of the Sheely family.  His research led him to Lexington, Kentucky and a small town named Cynthiana.  When he asked a lady in the Public Records office about an ancestor named David Sheely who had lived in the lexington area, he thought the lady gave him an odd look, but then she led him to some public records that told of David Sheely having been convicted of murdering his wife in 1839, although he never admitted it.  He was hung for the crime, his body dismembered and the body parts donated to the medical profession for educational purposes.  A short time later the real killer made a death bed confession and then people began telling of seeing David Sheely's ghost, and the legend of David Sheely's ghost  was born.  In 1960 a great, great granddaughter of David Sheely happened upon one of David Sheely's hands preserved in formaldehyde and kept as a souvenir in a local doctor's office.  She afterwards claimed she had at that time seen David Sheely's ghost which pointed toward an adjacent cemetery as if to say the hand should be buried there.
In 1882 the Sheely family moved to Texas near San Antonio where several of them joined the Texas Rangers and later became known as the First Family of the Texas Rangers.
Pat's advice to those who wish to pursue their ancestral records is to start with their father's birth certificate and work backwards, consulting the website "" and the ancestral records at Brigham Young University.
Club Notes, May 28,2015 Jack Grieves 2015-06-02 07:00:00Z 0

Uganda Wrap-up

Posted by Phil Silvers on May 29, 2015
Dear Friends in Rotary,
We have just uploaded the attached initial report to the Rotary Foundation website for the referenced Global Grant/VTT.  Thanks to the team for your comments and suggestions, and your months of work on this project.  Also attached is the VTT brochure which gives you a quick overview of the VTT and which gives the trainees contact information for the team.
Rotary leaders in Uganda are currently contacting the four remaining sponsor clubs to expedite their presentations of the ultrasound scanners to the participating healthcare centers.  In September, we will perform two sustainability follow-ups:  1) Of the 23 VTT trainees, and 2) of a sample of more than 200 patients during Rotary Family Health Days in April 2015.  We will then file the Final Report and financial accounting for the reference grant, Strengthening the Diagnostic Capability in Rural Ugandan Healthcare...well in advance of the required one-year report deadline.
Acknowledgments are contained in the attached report, but we do need to give special thanks to the sponsoring District Governors--Harish Bhatt, Sally Montagne, and Ajay Gupta--and their DRFCs.  We also need to acknowledge the assistance of TRF staff, Abby McNear and Brent Drage, in helping to expedite the various approval processes at TRF during a high-volume season for East Africa.
The trainees and their healthcare center directors are indeed grateful for this project, not to mention the expectant mothers over the coming years for the better diagnostics in their villages.
Please let me know if you have questions.  Your next report will be in October 2015.
Uganda Wrap-up Phil Silvers 2015-05-29 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Clubs of Green Valley Shelter Box Challenge

Posted by Jim Rusk
On April 25, 2015, Nepal was struck with a magnitude 7.8 earthquake resulting in destruction of communities on a scale that is hard to imagine. Thousands of people were killed and many more were left homeless without shelter, food or water. Such destruction requires immediate humanitarian aid if those who survived the earthquake are to live and rebuild.
Rotary International as the oldest and largest humanitarian organization in the world has long used Shelter Boxes to provide resources in countries experiencing catastrophic events like earthquakes. Shelter Boxes were used successfully in: 2010 – Haiti earthquake: 2011 – USA storms and tornadoes (Arkansas): 2012-13 – Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Syria – Syrian conflict/refugee crisis: 2013 – Philippines – Typhoon Haiyan and earthquake.
The Valle Verde Rotary Club of Green Valley and the Green Valley Rotary Club are raising funds to provide Shelter Boxes for the people of Nepal and would like to make this a community wide project.  Rotarians will MATCH community contributions dollar for dollar up to $5000.00.  We invite all of our citizens to join the Shelter Box Challenge.  This challenge will begin May 14th and last thru May 31st.
What exactly is a Shelter Box?  As the name implies, the boxes contain supplies essential for a family of eight to survive the aftereffects of a natural disaster.  They were developed through Rotary International in Cornwall, England.
What does a typical box contain?  A durable plastic box which can be used for storage, tent, stove, water containers and purification systems, cooking equipment, blankets and ground sheets, hats, gloves, scarves, tool kit, mosquito nets, and children activity packs.
How do they get to the people who need them?  Boxes are prepositioned throughout the world in Dubai, Panama, Melbourne, Curacao and Singapore.  Currently the boxes are being handled by the Rotary Clubs in Kathmandu, Nepal. Shelter Box Response teams insure that the deliveries are not tied up in government “red tape” and the goal is for them to reach communities within 48 to 72 hours.
How much does a Shelter Box cost?  $1,000.
Why should I support the Shelter Box project for Nepal?  These shelters will have a direct and lasting impact upon the people of Nepal. The boxes will last for a long period of time, allow the family group to remain together and prevent the spread of disease. 100% of donations go to the project. With the matching funds you will also double each dollar donated.
How do I contribute? Both Rotary clubs have 501(c)3 foundations which will make contributions tax deductible.  Checks should be made out to the Valle Verde Rotary Club Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 311, Green Valley, AZ 85622 or the Green Valley Rotary Club Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 701, Green Valley, AZ 85622.  To make a contribution by Credit Card please call: Bob Juettner, 240-4303, or Ron Darrah, 203-1888 (After May 16th).  Questions may be directed to: Jim Rusk, 625-0860 or Gene Friesen, 625-4231.
Rotary Clubs of Green Valley Shelter Box Challenge Jim Rusk 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0

Arizona D-backs Games Trips Announced

Posted on May 06, 2015
Thanks to Ron Darrah, club members and their guests have a wonderful opportunity to see some D-backs games this summer at a bargain price and not have to drive to Phoenix.  Ron announced recently that we were invited to join Quail Creek residents on their bus to Phoenix. The price is only $43 and includes the bus, driver gratuity, a bottle of water, and ticket to the game in section 111. This price represents a $25 savings over the price quoted when we were planning the trip alone and over $60 compared to the GVR planned trips. A true bargain!! 
We will have three possible dates to see a game:
Sunday, June 7 versus the New York Mets....deadline May 29
Sunday, July 26 versus the Milwaukee Brewers...deadline July 10
Sunday, August 9 versus the Cincinnati Reds...deadline July 31
The bus will leave the Quail Creek Madera Clubhouse about 10:00 AM for the 1:00 PM start time and return about 7:00 PM.
There is no limit to the number of games you can attend, but seats on the bus are limited to 50, including any Quail Creek residents.              I suggest you call Quail Creek Concierge Desk directly to order your tickets at 393-5822.  
Arizona D-backs Games Trips Announced 2015-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Club News, May 7,2015

Posted by Bob Juettner
Where to begin since last week?
  Birthday Books were distributed last Thursday. Members attending were Jim & Kathy Rusk, Rachel Malcolm, Tom Cooke and yours truly. A good time was had by all and Rachel even took a little homework with her. As I was in charge, I told everyone to just leave and forgot to check them out at the front desk but it all worked out.
  Board of Directors' Meeting was well attended. Ed Farver gets $100 for his Paul Harris as our lucky winner for April. The Board approved Mie Duiven as a regular member matriculating from Sojourner status. Mike is sponsored by Terry Sutherland.  Approved moving forward with an aid contribution for the Nepal in the form of a shelter box contribution. The VVRC Foundation has $1,000 on the table and the Club is asking for individual contributions to add to this amount. Bring your checks and credit cards tomorrow.  I also wrote a separate story on this action with a lot of additional information. Sojouners you might want to pass this idea onto your permanent clubs. The Board also confirmed a number of resignations so that our club membership is up to date when the RI and District 5500 bills come due in a few weeks.
MARY FISHER CONGRATULATIONS! Mary finished second in her age class in her first triathlon. Way to go Mary.  I won't ask what age group you were in because it doesn't matter.
Don't forget Thirsty Thursday next week at Quail Creek at 4:30. Returned Rotarian Ron Darrah said all the drinks are on Mr. Robson--not! Also the Board of Directors retreat is coming up on May 23rd at Quail Creek. Maybe Mr. Robson should spring for a round of well drinks.
Club News, May 7,2015 Bob Juettner 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

Club Notes, Apr 30, 2015

Posted by Richard D. Roberts
  Let the enthusiasm begin!!! Irene Redondo gave her Ice-Breaker this morning. A new Rotarian and already preparing to serve on the Club Board. High energy levels indeed.
     A mother of 3, Irene retired from the Green Valley News after 20 years as business manager. The "retirement" lasted about 3 months. Being a stay-at-home mom just did not seem to fit -- her or the kids.
     Irene is now involved in a variety of volunteer activities ranging from Green Valley to Hermisillo, Mexico-- all the while being gainfully employed in finance for the town of Sahuarita.
     Valle Verde Rotary has a live-wire indeed.
Club Notes, Apr 30, 2015 Richard D. Roberts 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0

How an Idea Starts, Grows & Blossoms

Posted by Bob Juettner
The simple idea of providing some assistance to the people of Nepal is growing! A few of us wanted to get a Shelter Box to help out the Nepalese people. The VVRC Board and the VVRC Foundation Board picked up the idea. Our Foundations said they would make a $1,000 donation for a Shelter Box if the Club Board approved. The Club Board agreed with it and said that it would solicit donations at Thursday's meeting to enhance our Foundation's donation with the hope of doubling it which we did for the Philippine disaster. Then soon to be President Jim Rusk expanded the idea by saying he would contact the Green Valley Rotary Club to see if they would join the effort. He also said he would approach the I 19 Corridor Clubs on Monday next and see if KGVY would give us some air time to pitch the project to the community. Soon to be past president Larry offered to donate some paid for KGVY time that Home Watch Caregivers has to begin the pitching.
So, this morning here is where we stand: the Green Valley Rotary Club made donations of $870 at Tuesday's meeting. Furthermore Katie Carter, their PE, and Gene Friesen have volunteered to join our efforts. KGVY will give us time on May 14th and Larry Kempton is giving us some time on May 12th to introduce the idea on his KGVY show. And, do you remember Kevin Kent who spoke to our Club recently? PE Jim will try to enlist him as well so that we have someone with a good local knowledge of Nepal to assist us.
How an Idea Starts, Grows & Blossoms Bob Juettner 2015-05-06 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Max Perry on Apr 29, 2015
During the upcoming month of May we will have a couple of opportunities to gather with fellow Rotarians outside our regular Thursday meetings.  The first is our regular Thirsty Thursday which will be held at Quail Creek on May 14 at 4:30. Both Quail Creek and a slightly later starting time were requested by several folks. Some might like to come to Thirsty Thursday and then stay for dinner. Sounds like a good idea and a nice way to extend the fellowship. The second gathering is a trip to the UA baseball game on Thursday, May 21. It will be played at Hi Corbett field and will see Arizona take on Abilene Christian at 6:00. Assuming we have at least 15 sign up, our tickets will be the bargain price of $4.00.  A list was circulated this morning and we have 13 already. This will be a fun evening and carpooling details will be available later. Watch for the clipboard next week or email me ( and I'll add you to the list.
MAY SOCIAL HAPPENINGS Max Perry 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0

Dispatches from Uganda, Days 3-5

Posted by Phil Silvers
Hi Friends,

You're wondering why you have not heard from me for two days. Well...things turned out pretty well at graduation yesterday, and our 'fellowship' meeting at the Kiwatule club last night. The Minister of Health, a past president, was there for my presentation. Some members of the team have been, shall we say, demanding.  Every hour or so, a new idea or better way of doing things...even when the 'new idea' is what we are already doing.  It has been exhausting.  The trainees have been wonderful and inspiring...and inspiring one another.  Also, our Rtn Rosemary and her two staff members from Mulago national referral hospital have been super great to work with.  Out of about 25 cases with the pregnant women we screened, there were three exceptional cases:  one with two tubal masses, a discovery of twins rather than a large baby, and, sadly, a fetus that had been dead for several days.

We finished with 23 happy graduates.

Today, I have a day off--to analyze and write the participant evaluations.  Tomorrow, Dana and I go to Gulu in the north country for Rotary Family Health Days.

Meanwhile, I am behind the curve on coordinating nationwide the random sample of sites for 4-month follow-up evaluation.  That is job one for today--my "day off."

Just before the participants wrote their Personal/Professional Strategic Plans (which I also need to analyze), we had a fun time in the amazing vegetable demonstration garden with various kinds of composting.  We planted things, getting down and dirty.  Hopefully, we will have gardens around the country, providing free, or low-cost, vegetables for expectant mothers.

Time to go back to bed!  Thanks for your support,  phil
Dispatches from Uganda, Days 3-5 Phil Silvers 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0

I-19 Mixer and Thirsty Thursdays

Posted by Max Perry
The I-19 Rotary Mixer, hosted by the Nogales, Rio Rico & Tubac Rotary Clubs, is set for Friday, April 24th at 5:30 pm at Dos Silos in the Tubac Golf Resort. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar.
Rotarians and their guests are welcome to attend.
This is an excellent opportunity to introduce prospective Rotary members to our Rotary family and to enlighten them as to the benefits of belonging to our organization.
We need to confirm the number of people expected to attend, so we will be counting noses this Thursday, April 16. If you cannot attend this week's meeting please let me (331-2973) know if you plan to attend. I need to report our number by Monday, April 20.
Thanks, and let’s look forward to a lively event on the 24th!
We had a nice turn out on a beautiful evening at Quail Creek last Thursday. The LAST club sanctioned Thirsty Thursday of this Rotary year will be May 14.  We'll take a break June, July and August and begin anew on September 10. Of course, anyone is welcome to extend an invitation any Thursday morning to meet at a time and place of your choosing. It's always nice to get together.   If you have a suggestion of where you would like to meet in May, I'd love to hear from you.  Also, please think about our rotating site format. Do you like a different local each month or would you like to settle on  one or two spots? In addition it has been suggested that we move the time to 4:30 to accommodate those who are still working. How does that sound?
I-19 Mixer and Thirsty Thursdays Max Perry 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0

Dispatches from Uganda, Day 1

Posted by Phil Silvers
Hello all,

Today (Saturday) was our first day of training.  It could not have gone better--except that five trainees were no shows, but they will be with us tomorrow and our first 16 will help them get caught up.  It is an impressive group--from all over the country.  And four of the ten sponsor Rotary clubs also showed up to start the bonding.  The rest will join us as we go.

We started with introductions, some testimonials, trainees telling about their greatest challenges.  Objectives of this project, the MOU between sponsor clubs and the healthcare centers.  We have four Ugandans on the team--Rotarian Rosemary, the radiologist, and her two colleagues from Mulago Hospital; then Rotarian Shiba, the staff nutritionist at AIC (our host for the 3rd year).  Shiba has created wonderful demo compost pits and several demo veggie gardens as nutrition is a huge issue for  the well-being of mothers and babies.

We unpacked the ten ultrasounds and charged up four of them for the afternoon.  In the morning, trainees learned the workings of the ultrasound and how to use it.  In the afternoon. we had 3 breakout groups with 2-3 trainees in each group volunteering as 'patients'.  They were like kids at Christmas with this very helpful tool that they have forever needed.

Dr Dan Shanit MD of Israel had great difficulty getting her from France where he was consulting...canceled flights and a missed flight. He has already made a great difference after he arrived in the early afternoon.  We had a very stimulating meeting here at the hotel after the 'work day.'

Tomorrow the trainees will get a primer in OB/GYN, analyze some slides, and Dana will do some role plays on interviewing patients...and getting their histories.
Monday we will have 20 pregnant clients and 10 other women volunteers.

The team seems to be bonding very well.  Intermittent rain yesterday; none at all today.
Dispatches from Uganda, Day 1 Phil Silvers 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Dispatches from Uganda, Day 2

Posted by Phil Silvers
Day Two is in the books. We had lectures all morning and it was too long--not supposed to be that way.  However, the afternoon was all hands-on with our trainees examining each other, which they were very willing to do.  We even had an expectant mother who was among the first volunteers.  Late afternoon, Dana put on an outstanding role play on how to interview patients.

Tomorrow, we will import 20 pregnant women, and supervise our trainees while they each interview and use ultrasound on the patient.  Tomorrow evening we will attend the meeting of our host club, Kampala South.  Not looking forward to the weekday traffic in Kampala.  Even today, we had to wait 25 minutes for a Sunday morning marathon to move on.
Dispatches from Uganda, Day 2 Phil Silvers 2015-04-13 00:00:00Z 0

Thirsty Thursday at Quail Creek

A couple of quick reminders from Club Services territory.....
Thirsty Thursday for April 9 will be at 4:00 at Quail Creek. This is a great opportunity to visit with fellow Rotarians (and guests, of course) in a more casual setting and for a longer time than is often available at our regular meetings. The weather will be nice and the view spectacular.
Also, each of you should have received an email invitation to provide feedback on this year's social gatherings. I've heard from several folks but would like to hear from many, many more. Thanks.
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Rotary Microcredit Project in Sonora Mexico 2015-03-25 00:00:00Z 0


This Thursday's regular meeting will be the last opportunity to sign up for the Sojourners' Farewell Party.
The evening will begin at 4:30 with drinks. Dinner will be served at our tables about 5:00 and our very own troubadour Volney Morin will entertain. If you haven't signed up, please do so Thursday. Be sure to indicate how many will be attending and your choice of chicken marsala or vegetable lasagna. If your plans have changed and you need to delete your name, please do that on Thursday or let me know at 331-2973.  I will be reporting the final numbers to our caterer, Jenni Stern, Thursday afternoon.
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Sojourners Fairwell Party

Plans are coming together for our annual goodbye dinner for our sojourners.  The event will be held March 21 from 4:30 to 8:00 at the Esperanza Estates ramada, on the corner of Portillo and Ensalmo.
Diners will be able to choose chicken marsala with wild rice or veggie lasagna accompanied by a garden salad, rolls and dessert.
Beer, wine or soft drinks are included but BYOB is always appropriate.
Sign up will begin at this Thursday's regular meeting.
Check your calendars and talk to your significant others and register then with your choice of entree.
This is the final social event of our Rotary year and we hope for a great turnout.
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March Thirsty Thursday at Easy Street

Thirsty Thursday this month will be held at Easy Street, in the Arizona Family Restaurant.
We will meet at 4:00 PM, March 12. We hope to have a nice turnout and join other club members for some good times. See you there and remember, guests are always welcome.
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Jazz Festival for School Music Programs and other charitable causes

Posted on Jan 02, 2015
Jazz For Fun is an annual charitable event to raise money for music programs in our local schools, as well as assist in many other charitable endeavors.  This program is orchestrated by the Valle Verde Rotary Foundation. In the accompanying link, you will hear Valle Verde Rotary's club secretary Chad Denson explain our club's major fund raiser and name the many community beneficiaries of this project and others of Valley Verde Rotary.
We hope you will consider supporting this project. It will be a fun evening for an excellent cause. Enjoy.
Jazz Festival for School Music Programs and other charitable causes 2015-01-03 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Max Perry

The first Thirsty Thursday of the new year will be January 8.
Everyone is invited, including guests, to the EASY STREET LOUNGE in the ARIZONA FAMILY RESTAURANT at 4:00.
Happy Hour is from 2:00 to 6:00, so our members who are still working can still enjoy some reduced prices
So, please plan to attend and bring your friends, spouses, co-workers, neighbors or people you just met in the parking lot.
FIRST THIRSTY THURSDAY OF 2015 Max Perry 2014-12-22 00:00:00Z 0
Club Notes, Nov. 20, 2104 Peter Eichman 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Club News, Dec. 4, 2014 Bob Juettner 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0

Calendar Sales Update

Posted by Max Perry on Nov 28, 2014
With us now entering December, I thought it might be a good time to think about our annual calendar sales and bring everyone up to date on it's progress. As of the end of November we have deposited $1600 into the Valle Verde Rotary Foundation. I think that is a significant effort.  However, we still have about 150 calendars out that have not been sold or, at least, the money has not been turned in.  If you have sold calendars please turn in the money as soon as you can. If you think you have exhausted the sales opportunities, then return any calendars you have so I can give them to Ron. Of course, any sojourners who would like to purchase calendars should know we can accommodate them.  Thank you.
Calendar Sales Update Max Perry 2014-11-29 00:00:00Z 0

Attention Visiting Rotarians!!!

Attention Visiting Rotarians
Valle Verde Rotary has a very unique program for our seasonal Rotary guests.  It’s known as our Sojourner Membership.  Each Sojourner is given a special red badge and is encouraged to participate in Club activities as any other member would do.  Visiting Rotarians in good standing may apply for Sojourner status by submitting an annual $50.00 donation to the Valle Verde Rotary Club Foundation, Inc. along with a completed information form to John Yeager (231) 946-8378. 
Attention Visiting Rotarians!!! John Yeager 2014-11-24 00:00:00Z 0

Last Thirsty Thursday of 2014

Posted by Max Perry
Don't miss our last Thirsty Thursday of the the year. We will gather at the Quail Creek Grill at 4:00 on Thursday, December 11. Special tables have been reserved on the patio. All of our Thirsty Thursdays are held at full service restaurants that offer a full menu, including a complete selection of alcoholic AND non-alcoholic beverages. These gatherings are a great chance to visit with members who may not sit at your table during our regular meetings. And, as usual, guests are always welcome. See you there.
Last Thirsty Thursday of 2014 Max Perry 2014-11-23 00:00:00Z 0

Arizona v Washington Carpool

If you are interested in carpooling to the football game on Saturday, plan to be in the church parking lot by 11:30.
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Club New, Nov. 13, 2014 Bob Juettner 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Angel Trees Tom Cooke 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Club Notes, Nov. 6, 2014 Peter Eichman 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Club Notes, Oct. 31, 2014 Jack Grieves 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Club News. Nov. 06, 2014 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Club News,Oct. 30, 2014 Bob Juettner 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Club Notes, Oct. 23, 2014 Jack Grieves 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Max Perry on Oct 22, 2014
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Club Notes, Oct. 16, 2014 Jack Grieves 2014-10-22 00:00:00Z 0


Our next major social gathering opportunity is scheduled for Saturday, November 1, as we join with the noon club to host the fall installment of the I-19 Corridor Mixer.
Driving north to join us will be members from Nogales, Rio Rico and Tubac.
We will gather in the Eldorado Room, La Perla Building at La Posada from 5:30 to 7:30. There will a cash bar ($3 for ALL drinks and no tipping please.), complimentary veggie, fruit and cheese trays for munching and meat balls and chicken skewers. Non-alcoholic drinks, including sodas, will be available as well at no cost. This will be a good opportunity to meet and greet other Rotarians in a comfortable and relaxed setting. Drop in, even for a little while.
I-19 CORRIDOR MIXER SET FOR NOVEMBER 1 Max Perry 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Max Perry

Valle Verde Rotary's annual pool party concluded this weekend and was by all reports a major success. I would like to thank all the Rotarians who attended.
In addition a big thank you to the members who donated personal services, both large and small, to the auction that made the event a financial success as well. And, of course,  to those who dug deep to place the winning bids a special thank you is due.
Specials kudos go out to Tom Cooke for his help with the auction, Gary Friedman for his superior photography, Bob "Lefty" Juettner for manning the treasurer's chair, Melodye Cooke for helping with set up and clean up and Jenni Stern of Sweet Peas for a delicious buffet. And, finally, a big thank you to the Rust Ford group for a rousing and entertaining evening of western music. THANK YOU ALL. I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR.
POOL PARTY A BIG SUCCESS Max Perry 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0


Posted by Max Perry

Here's the Thirsty Thursday Happy Hour schedule for the remainder on 2014:
October 9......Easy Street in the Arizona Family Restaurant
November 13...The 19th Hole in the Best Western Hotel....Celebrating our 27th birthday.
December 11...Quail Creek Grill
All Thirsty Thursdays begin at 4:00 and end when the last person leaves.
If you can't make it this time, we'll see you next month. Join us as we get to know each other in a more relaxed atmosphere.
And, remember, it's always ok to bring a guest.

New location for Thirsty Thursday in October

Posted by Max Perry on Sep 24, 2014
Our Thirsty Thursday Rotary get together for Thursday, October 9 has been moved.
Originally scheduled for Quail Creek, we will gather at Easy Street instead.
After conferring with several members, it was felt we should keep the event a little more centrally located.
Please join us at 4:00 at Easy Street (Arizona Family Restaurant) on October 9.
It's a nice relaxing time and a chance to get to know our fellow Rotarians a little better.
New location for Thirsty Thursday in October Max Perry 2014-09-25 00:00:00Z 0
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Club News, Sep 25, 2014 Bob Juettner 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Thirsty Thursday

Posted on Aug 12, 2014
Thursday August 14, 2014 is the first Thirsty Thursday gathering at Easy Street Lounge. The Easy Street Lounge is located inside the Arizona Family Restaurant on Esperanza and will begin at 4 pm.

This is the first in a series of, dare I say, FABULOUS social events laboriously constructed by super hero and club member Max Perry. Stay tuned for our future social events including a UofA football game!

Stop by even if you have the time.  To paraphrase a Chinese manager you do not have to drink!

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Thirsty Thursday!!!

Posted by Chad Denson on Aug 11, 2014
Thursday August 14, 2014 is the first Thirsty Thursday gathering at Easy Street Lounge. The Easy Street Lounge is located inside the Arizona Family Restaurant on Esperanza and will begin at 4 pm.

This is the first in a series of, dare I say, FABULOUS social events laboriously constructed by super hero and club member Max Perry. Stay tuned for our future social events including a UofA football game!

Stop by even if you have the time.  To paraphrase a Chinese manager you do not have to drink!

Thirsty Thursday!!! Chad Denson 2014-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Membership confernce 2014-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary program helps Mexico Bob Juettner 2013-08-21 00:00:00Z 0
Micro Credit Field Trip to Nogales, Sonora Bob Juettner 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
I19 Corridor Presidents 2011-12 With AGs Bob Juettner 2012-05-22 00:00:00Z 0
Show us the wisdom as we grow older! Tom Cooke 2012-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Photos Bob Juettner 2012-02-24 11:24:32Z 0

Angel Pup for Anabell

Posted by Chad Denson
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