Welcome to District 5495 Club News

The Four Peaks Rotary Club has presented a contribution of $5,000 to The Rotary Vocation Fund of Arizona.
PDG Jeanie Morgan recently visited the club to speak about TRVFA. Following the presentation, Paul Perreault, Tim Taylor and Todd Harris posed for a photo with Jeanie after they announced that their club foundation was giving a check to TRVFA in the amount of $5,000.  
In addition, Paul gave Jeanie a personal donation from him and his wife.  Since the meeting, two more donations from Four Peaks members have been received online.  This level of generosity will help TRVFA meet the increased demand for grants it is experiencing so far this year.  TRVFA has already funded 57%  of the total amount of grants funded in the 2020-21 fiscal year.
To arrange a TRVFA speaker for your club meeting, send requests to trvfarotary@gmail.com

Submitted by Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

Rotary Club of Sun Lakes has announced that Molly Garrison, first-grade teacher at Chandler’s Elementary Connect Online Academy, received the club's Education Program Teacher for the Month of September 2021, and Laurie Jensen,  second-grade teacher at Chandler Traditional Academy (CTA Goodman), received RCSL’s Education Program’s Teacher for the Month of October 2021. 

The monthly teacher awards are sponsored jointly by Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, Trust Bank and Earnhardt Auto Centers.

Per RCSL’s Education Chair, Don Robins, each month various RSLC Members select from a large base of nominees a teacher from East Valley using the following selection criteria:  total years of service in the field of education; examples of how the proposed teacher goes above the normal requirements; examples of how teacher enhances the education of her/his students; the respect for the teacher by her/his peers, students and parents; and, interest shown by the teacher to be involved in extracurricular activities and in the community.

Mrs. Garrison is a graduate of the College of Education at Arizona State University; received her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University; has earned  endorsements in both reading and English Language Instruction; is a Spalding Certified Teacher; and, has been teaching first grade since 1999.  Mrs. Garrison’s goal is to create a community of lifelong learners who will always value the importance of education.

 Mrs. Jensen received her BA in English from Cal Poly Pomona located in Southern California and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from ASU; and this is her 13th year of teaching at CTA Goodman. Teaching children how to write is definitely one of Ms. Jensen’s favorite things to do. 

Jon Lyons, RCSL President, congratulated and thanked both Mrs. Garrison and Mrs. Jensen for their outstanding support of education and youth within the East Valley.

For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes Education Programs and/or membership see www.sunlakesrotary.com.


Submitted by PDG Tonya Watson, President of the Rotary Club of Flagstaff

The Rotary Club of Flagstaff's 100th birthday is just around the corner: December 1st. 

Please join us for a grand celebration of this auspicious anniversary, marking our club's service to Arizona and the world since 1921!

There will be delicious food and drink, music, nostalgia, entertainment, and dancing -- all in an enchanting setting.  Fun for Rotarians (former, current and future), friends of Rotary, and all community members.

See the attached invitation for details and please forward it to anyone you think might be interested in joining us.  The more the merrier for this very special event!

Four Peaks Rotary is hosting a Reverse Raffle Fundraiser with a Black & White Décor & Dress theme at We-Ko-Pa Resort at 6p.m. on Saturday, October 23.
This promises to be an exciting evening with one person winning $3,000, six others winning $100 ... but there’s more. That’s because everyone who attends will be able to ‘bid-to-buy’ another chance to win the $3,000 by buying the ticket from one of the last few, lucky participants whose ticket has not yet been drawn.
And...those last few, lucky, ticket holders can choose to ‘sell’ their tickets to the highest bidder.
Tickets for the Reverse Raffle are $125 each. This includes one dinner ticket to a carving station and pasta bar buffet. All attendees are required to have a dinner ticket. Additional dinner tickets are $50 per person...but with an additional $75, you can simply buy another Reverse Raffle ticket and double your chances of winning.
Please join us in the Wassaja Ballroom at We-Ko-Pa Resort on Saturday, October 23. The proceeds from this event benefit local, regional and international charities who have been awarded a total of $78,440 in grant funding for 2021-2022.
You may review the attached flyer for the current awardees as well as the options for purchasing your Reverse Raffle tickets.
We appreciate your support of Four Peaks Rotary’s efforts in fundraising to ‘help those who cannot help themselves’.
Yours in Rotary,
Todd Harris & Scott Schlossberg
Reverse Raffle Co-Chairs

 By Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

 The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes is proud to announce Bill McCoach as our Rotarian of the Month for October, 2021. Bill has been a  Rotarian since 1993 and a member of RCSL since 2016. 

Bill has held varied leadership positions in Rotary over the years, such as, Rotary International District Assistant Governor and Club President, including nearly two years as RCSL Club President (2015-17) and Club President in Ohio. 

Most recently Bill, a multiple RI Paul Harris recipient, has been active in the following areas: RCSL Membership Committee by conducting exit interviews with members that leave RCSL; organizing ‘Small Groups,’ including Dinner-In/Dinner-Out and Happy Hour Socials; RCSL program speaker; coordinating RCSL Programs/Speakers; organizing RCSL’s ‘Summer Social Event;’ and, helping to develop RCSL weekly newsletters and social media updates.

Per RCSL Club President, Jon Lyons, "Bill has helped me coordinate meeting presentation material, support RCSL ‘Hybrid Meeting’ approach and always has kept a keen eye to advise me on improvement opportunities for RCSL club meetings/events." 

Bill, a Sun Lakes resident and retired CFO, is an avid hiker and big baseball fan. He enjoys traveling (land and cruise). RCSL is very fortunate to have Bill McCoach as a member, please join RCSL in congratulating Bill as RCSL Rotarian of the Month for October, 2021. 

For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes membership, programs and projects see – www.sunlakesrotary.com.   


Photo: RCSL Club President Jon Lyons with Bill McCoach, RCL October 2021 Rotarian of the Month.

 The Rotary Club of Silver Creek hosted a golf tournament Oct. 2 at Silver Creek Golf Club (in the White Mountains).
The successful fundraiser attracted 96 golfers (24 teams), five Platinum sponsors, 13 Gold sponsors and 38 hole sponsors.
Club President Kara Schroeder said the club will be having its tournament yearly on the first Saturday of October. Mark your calendar!
Photo: Past District Governor John Pennypacker was among those participating in this year's Silver Creek Rotary Golf Tournament. PDG John came dressed in his special Scottish golf attire!
The Rotary Club of Prescott celebrated a "century of service" with a special 100th Anniversary Gala held Oct. 2 at the historic Hassaympa Inn in Prescott.
Members of the club were joined by Rotarians from throughout the district -- including from the other two Rotary clubs in Prescott -- to mark the occasion. Past President and DGN Kevin Pitts served as emcee for the program and provided a historic glimpse of the past 100 years, including background on the club's founders and the many projects the club has conducted over the years to benefit the community.
District Governor Bret McKeand presented the club with a special 100th anniversary certificate from Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta.
The Rotary Club of Prescott is one of five clubs in District 5495 celebrating its 100th anniversary during the 2021-22 year. The others are Flagstaff, Mesa, Glendale and Winslow. The district will honor all five clubs at the district conference planned for May 2022 in Prescott.
Congratulations to Marni Anbar, president of the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown, as the recipient of the Tempe Community Council’s Volunteer of the Year Award for 2021.
The award is one of four distinguished awards to be presented at the 38th annual Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards to be held virtually 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29.
Admission is free. Click here to register for the online program.
Marni will receive The Spirit of Tempe Karma Volunteer Award, recognizing an individual “who has made a significant impact through dedicated volunteer efforts impacting those in Tempe.”
Her volunteer work over the past 17 years includes involvement with local schools and serving on a variety of boards, including with the Kyrene Foundation and Tempe YMCA Advisory Board. In addition to Rotary, she has been a member of Kiwanis, PEO, Hadassah and the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.
The Tempe Community Council is an organization that works to nurture and steward Tempe’s sense of community. Its mission is “creating a community where children, seniors, families and individuals care for and about one another.”
While volunteering with schools in Kyrene, she created and served as the director of an informal STEM program called DISCOVERosity Zone.
DISCOVERosity Zone (formerly Discovery Room) is a STEM curiosity space available to all K-5 students during their lunch recess at Kyrene del Cielo and Kyrene de la Colina Elementary Schools as well as Kyrene Traditional Academy.
The DZ is dedicated to students' self-directed exploration of Science, Technology Engineering and Math ideas. Students can choose to visit the DZ during their lunch recess to explore various stations that allow for self-directed discovery with biologic, geologic, and archeologic specimens, electronic circuits, mathematical and engineering concepts, magnets, etc.
Students can also choose to build with Legos, recyclable materials, and more. Optional small group activities are offered by community volunteers from a variety of businesses and disciplines. The spaces are supervised by parent and community volunteers who assist the students but allow them to focus on what makes them curious and to direct their own discovery.
The Tempe Community Council is an organization that works to nurture and steward Tempe’s sense of community. Its mission is “creating a community where children, seniors, families and individuals care for and about one another.”
The Rotary Club of Anthem hosted a successful golf tournament this year that raised funds for The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona Treasurer Steve DeMar is a member of the Anthem club, and recently had the privilege of depositing a very nice donation from his own club to TRVFA.  Their successful tournament made their very generous donation possible.
Shown in the check presentation photo, from left, are Club President John Salem, TRVFA Treasurer Steve DeMar, and Past Club President and current District 5495 AG Krista Solomon.
TRVFA is very appreciative of this generous level of club support in a year where the first quarter of the current fiscal year has already seen more than half as many vocational education grants funded by The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona as were funded in the entire 2020-21 fiscal year.