January 2017

From DG Tonya

Happy New Year!  2017 holds tremendous promise for Rotary in Arizona ... just wait and see!  

Unbelievably, we are at the halfway mark of this Rotary year.  It's a good time to step back and see if we are are where we want to be.  Take a moment to assess your club -- your amount of service,  your number of members, your level of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) giving, the overall health of your club -- and see if you need to make adjustments.  There is still time to achieve, or even exceed, your goals!

Last month First Dude Steve and I had the pleasure of visiting five clubs.  DID YOU KNOW ...

  • RC of Four Peaks conducts an innovative Vocational Program.  They provide free and no-obligation vocational services and advice to local high school and college students, as well as needy working individuals, in over 14 different subject areas.  How motivational!
  • RC of Mesa East has a great "Winter Visitors" program.  They do a wonderful job of welcoming, engaging, and acknowledging their numerous winter friends.
  • RC of Tempe Downtown is major contributor to the BRIC (Business Resource and Innovation Center) in the heart of Tempe. Rotary Means Business!
  • RC of Scottsdale Sunrise is sponsoring its 32nd (!) Annual "Special Day for Special Kids" at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale on Saturday, March 18th.  Everyone welcome for this very special event!
  • RC of San Tan Crown - Chandler has Sunshine Angels. For the last 8 years the club, compliments of long-time, beloved members, Norm and Bobbie Brooks, puts 300 $5 bills in the Christmas Cards for the kids at the Sunshine Residential Homes.  Rotary, from on high. 
  • The Rotary eClub of the SW, USA forged new ground technologically (appropriately so) by publishing the first podcast of the official DG Club Visit, see the recorded program for the Dec 19th meeting.

Let's work together to make 2017 the best year yet in Rotary!

YIRS ... DG Tonya



CALLING ALL CLUB LEADERS--- PETS Registration is now open!

All over the Rotary World President Elect Training Seminars (PETS) will soon start taking place.  Every Rotary Club President-elect worldwide will be a ‘guest of honor’ at these signature events --and our incoming club leaders are no exception! 
Arizona Tri-District PETS will be held February 24 and 25, 2017, at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa. 
PETS includes breakout sessions with PEs from across the state as well as meetings with your district leadership team.  General sessions will feature a star-studded lineup of speakers, including 
RI President-Elect Ian Riseley from Australia and RI Director-Elect John Matthews, and PDGs Jeff Cadorette and Shirley Grace. 
IMPORTANT-- Rotary International requires all Presidents-elect to participate in PETS (Presidents Elect Training Seminar).  The 2016 Rotary International Manual of Procedure states that, in order to be president of a Rotary club, the President-elect must attend a PETS. If the President-elect cannot attend the District’s PETS, the PE must attend an alternate PETS approved by the District Governor-Elect.\
PS-- PETS is not just for PEs!  There is a full schedule of sessions for Club President-nominees as well!

16th Annual Golf Tournament

On Saturday January 14 Superstition Mountain Rotary Club is holding its blah Annual Charity Golf Event.

This tournament raises fonds for local organizations like the Apache Junction Food Bank, the local Boys & Girls Club, Project Help, Empowerment System's annual turkey drive. CAAF A (the local family violence agency), and scholarships for Apache Junction student.

Rotary also supports the efforts that are eliminating polio worldwide. Rotary is an international organization of l .2 million community leaders who work together to create positive lasting change locally and around the world. We believe in high ethical standards of professional conduct, friendship, and personal growth through giving of one's self.

Again this year, the tournament is played on the fabulous Dinosaur Mountain Course at Gold Canyon Golf Resort, one of Arizona's top rated courses!!! This is not your average 4 person scramble; this is a Ryder Cup Match Play formal. In each foursome, two USA players are matched with two Canadian players with similar handicaps. Six holes are best ball format, 6 holes are scramble format. & 6 holes alternate shots. This is always a TON of FUN!!!

To register, call Len LaFlescb at 650-400-7700.

Superstition Mountain Rotary President Ed Shockley says, ''This is one of our favourite events all year. lt puts the FUN in fundraising! ! ! Please come join us ... and don't forget, there are sponsorship/advertising opportunities, too."

Information about sponsorship and advertising can be obtained from Ed Shockley at 602-616-0145.


San Tan Crown Rotary holds Charity Ride to give Veterans hope

San Tan Crown members are completing plans for the second annual “HOOKED ON HEALING VETERANS” motorcycle charity ride. The ride which is slated for Saturday, February 25, 2017 benefits the Phoenix Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing [ www.phx-phwff.org  ] and the AZ Stand Down Alliance [ www.arizonastanddown.org ], both 501 [c] [3] charities supporting homeless and returning injured service men and women.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing assists injured veterans with physical, mental, and spiritual rehabilitation by engaging veterans in the basics of fly tying, rod building, casting, and practical “on the water” catch and release fishing skills.  Arizona Stand Down is an alliance of community-based organizations that come together to provide annual one to three day events that bring together the State’s homeless and at-risk veterans, connecting them with services ranging from healthcare, mental health services, clothing, meals, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing and myriad other services and resources.  Our motorcycle ride has been dubbed the “HOOKED ON HEALING VETERANS” ride which is a fitting moniker considering the veteran-focused organizations benefiting from this event.

PLEASE COME RIDE WITH US…………. WE would love to see dozens of Rotarians register and ride with us.    Don’t ride or won’t be here 2/25/2017?  You can still participate in this worthy fundraiser.  Rider or interested Donor …. Simply go to www.healingvets.org and follow the links to on-line Registration or the Donate Now link to PayPal Charities.  For those Rotarians who might wish to involve their small business as a corporate sponsor of this event we have many participation options available or we can build a program to suit you. 

For more information on how you can participate in or support  our veterans please call Stan Kaufman 480-339-0247, or contact us at info@healingvets.org.     

Stan Kaufman
San Tan Crown Rotary Club
Also at info@healingvets.org


A UK Rotary Santa

First thing I saw when we went shopping -- jolly Sanda Claus greeting shoppers (especially kids) in front of the huge Tesca department store.  Santa gave me a big thumbs up after I took this photo.  His elves, in red costumes and blue Rotary vests, handed out treats.  I'd say people in Huntington, Cambridgeshire, know Rotary is active in their community!

Merry Christmas from England, friends!

John Wintersteen



Scottsdale Rotarians Volunteer to Solve Contaminated Water Problem in Las Minitas Mexico

Las Minitas villagers gather to learn about the water filters (RCS Rotarian Jim Hann 5th from left)The Rotary Club of Scottsdale defined a solution: Individual home Bio Sand filters have proven successful in eliminating E.coli and dissolved limestone in well water. The Club strives to provide safe potable drinking water for families by installing water filters in Nicaraguan and Mexican homes. The filter components are mostly bought locally and the filters are built and installed by the families that use them. Material costs are from $35.00-$50.00 per filter. This project became available through collaboration of Rotary Clubs in Scottsdale, Nicaragua, and Mexico. The Club's future goal is to work on community water systems with Rotary Clubs in Sri Lanka.

The Club has formed an international service water project team with representatives from Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Alamos is very close to the border between Sinaloa and Chihuahua. Joining the cooperative Alamos Team to build water filters with the villagers are: Jim Hann from Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Dennis St. John from Rotary Club of Green Valley Arizona, Rotarians from Rotary Club of Navojoa Mexico, representatives from the Alamos City Government and residents of Alamos. 

Per Rotarian, Max Rumbaugh, Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, became Scottsdale’s first Sister City in 1969. Over the years, delegations from Scottsdale have made yearly visits, taking all manner of useful things to the community from used school desks to old x-ray equipment donated by local hospitals.  This Alamos Team water project is an extension of the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association's long-standing relationship between Scottsdale and Alamos.One of the villages learns to assemble the filters

The Alamos Team reviewed several villages for the initial project and selected Las Minitas as the first village to initiate project. Las Minitas is one and a half hour drive from Alamos city center.  The village has about 40 families who will benefit from this project.  The water source is a local well with a holding tank for sediment to settle.  The water must settle out for three days before it can be used by the villagers.  The primary contaminate is biological contamination.  A local village leader will be the main contact with the villagers and the City of Alamos to handle follow up with all the villagers to ensure the filters are being properly used and maintained.

While on-site, Rotarian Jim Hann was able to confirm that the sand is available, and that the Alamos Team will provide transportation of the sand, materials and equipment to Las Minitas.  It was fully understood by everyone that the materials for the filters would be purchased in Mexico, the assembly would be done by the local villagers, and the costs of the materials and tools would be provided by the Rotary Clubs.  The Alamos Team confirmed the all forty families within the village were willing to learn to make and assemble the filters under the instruction of the Rotarians, maintain the filters once assembled, and use the filters properly.  After the filters are assembled and in use, the local Alamos Team including Rotary Club of Navojoa Mexico Rotarians, will keep in contact with the village leader and families to ensure the filters are being maintained and used properly.

To learn more about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's projects, programs and membership - see www.scottsdalerotary.org

Club International Service Water Project Flyer