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Submitted by Chuck Marr
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village is proud to announce this year’s winner of the annual Clark’s Grocery Grab raffle event. This much-anticipated raffle took place as part of our ongoing efforts to support various community programs through fundraising.
This year, the coveted prize of the Clark’s Grocery Grab was won by Rotary Club member and officer, Carol Hess. In an inspiring act of kindness, Ms. Hess has chosen to donate her prize to Project Fill the Need (PFTN), a local food pantry dedicated to supporting underserved residents in the Sedona area. Thanks to her generosity, PFTN will be able to stock up on essential food items to continue its mission of feeding those in need in our community.

Project Fill the Need plays a critical role in the lives of many, providing groceries to senior citizens, veterans, individuals with disabilities, the working poor, and families struggling to provide nutritious meals for their children. Since its inception in September 2021, PFTN has helped an average of 40-50 clients per month, which represents over 100 household members.
We extend our gratitude to Clark’s Market for their annual sponsorship of the Grocery Grab. While the raffle for the grocery grab has concluded, we encourage the community to continue supporting both the Rotary Club’s initiatives and Project Fill the Need directly. Contributions help sustain our ability to carry out vital community projects and support essential services provided by organizations like

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) named Sun Lakes resident Kandi Skrabala May  2024 Rotarian of the Month. 

The Club enthusiastically thanked Kandi for her dedicated volunteer service to RCSL and within the Valley. Over the past few years Kandi has led the Club’s annual April Rotary Volunteer Week projects—this year included leading volunteers for the Welcome to America Project to help resettled refugees in the Valley. 

She has been involved in many of the Club’s community service projects from sewing goodies for children and collecting food and toiletries for those in need.  She also is key to the Club’s meeting setup, often serves as a greeter and much more.

 For more information about Rotary see www.sunlakesrotary.com.

The 46th Annual Kingman Festival of the Arts will be held at Metcalfe and Locomotive Parks, Kingman, AZ. Saturday, May 11, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Local artisans will display their creations including paintings, ceramics, photography and jewelry. This year we’re introducing The Marketplace where you can shop for fun and exciting merchandise, gifts and decor.
Also featuring food, beer, mimosas, and live music and entertainment provided by Leonard Interior, Casey Frank, AZ Blue Raz, KP Studio, AZ Blue Rayz, GoodHeart and BAHIRA/Hot Hips Belly Dancers.
The festival is presented by Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club Foundation, with net proceeds going towards Rotary local and international service projects. For further information contact Tina Greenwood at 801-979-7123 or email her at rt66rotaryforms@gmail.com
Colleen Malany from the Rotary Club of Goodyear-Pebble Creek recently visited the Rotary Club of Estrella (Goodyear) to pass on District Governor Kevin Pitts' Friendship Trophy. Colleen hands over the trophy to Joe Zuccaro, president of the Estrella (Goodyear) club.
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village is thrilled to announce the winners of the "Choose Your Adventure" online Raffle, marking the successful conclusion of a dynamic fundraising endeavor.
Members gathered for a joyous winner reveal party, highlighting the excitement surrounding the event. Participants from across the United States, along with local Rotarians and sponsors, contributed to the $21,000 success of the Raffle. Eight lucky winners were randomly selected via computer, each claiming fantastic prizes generously donated by Village Rotarians and sponsors.
The winners and their prizes include:
• Larry Tebelak: Weekend in Beautiful San Juan Island, Washington
• Valorie Reid: 8 Days at the Sedona Summit Hilton Grand Resort
• Robert Johnnson: Weekend in Scottsdale
• Stanley Fernandes: 7 Nights at Sunrise Lodge in Park City, Utah
• Charlie Kost: 4th of July week at Grand Timber Lodge, Breckenridge, Colorado
• Tamara Fernandes: One week in spectacular Tamarindo, Costa Rica
• Diana Shutte: Hummingbird Festival package
• Carol Hess: 5-minute Grocery Grab shopping spree at Clark's Market
The "Choose Your Adventure" Raffle not only offered participants the allure of incredible prizes but also contributed significantly to impactful community initiatives. Proceeds from ticket sales directly support vital projects such as the Village Rotary Community Garden, youth services fostering literacy, creativity, leadership, and student exchanges, as well as initiatives for Veteran’s support and recognition.
Guided by the motto "People of Action," the Rotary Club of Sedona Village remains dedicated to creating a lasting positive impact on the local community and the broader world. For those interested in supporting these impactful initiatives, tickets for future events and projects are available online or through direct contact with the club president.
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village is a dynamic community organization committed to service above self. Through various projects and initiatives, the club aims to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities locally and globally. With a focus on fellowship, integrity, diversity, and service, the club welcomes members from all walks of life who share a passion for making the world a better place.
Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) celebrates its support of its Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program. 
RCSL started the program with 127 children and now as of April 2024, 1,200 children are registered in the cities of Guadalupe and Chandler to receive a monthly book at no cost to their family.  Per RCSL Rotarian Val Crump, the DPIL program has been around since 1995 and is the premier early childhood book gifting program in the world.
Parents of children from birth until age 5, sign their child up to receive a free book in the mail every month for 5 years. RCSL raises funds to pay $150 cost per child.  
RCSL’s Annual DPIL Fundraiser will be a Reverse Raffle Drawing. The Club will be selling $20 paper raffle tickets.  In a reverse raffle, the “last” one to be drawn is the winner. If 1,000 tickets sold, the goal grand prize is $10,000; otherwise, it will be a 50/50 raffle.  The drawing will be held January 11, 2025.
For tickets or to donate directly to this great cause, contact Val Crump at 480-216-8415 or mcrump9544@hotmail.com.  For more information about RCSL programs and membership see wwwsunlakesrotary.com
Prescott Sunup Rotary Club started offering rubber duck adoptions last Wednesday for our Duck Derby, which will splash down on Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. at Watson Lake's South Boat Ramp. The duck race will be held at noon, complemented by food trucks, fun games and face painting. Prescott Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sheri Heiney showed her support for the fundraiser by officially adopting the first rubber duck during a ceremony this morning at the Chamber.
The Sunup Rotary Duck Derby will feature 5,000 rubber ducks, each marked with a unique number, which will hit the water and race in multiple heats following a big duck drop. Folks are invited to visit www.duckrace.com/prescott to adopt a Lucky Duck for $5, a Quack Pack of six ducks for $30, The Whole Raft of 10 ducks for $50 or The Fly Over of 20 ducks for $100, for a chance to win cash and prizes. Adoption forms, including a QR Code, will also be available at adoption events and select businesses.
"I applaud Sunup Rotary for bringing this family-friendly event to Prescott," said Heiney. "We'll have duck adoption forms in our Visitor Information Center starting next week as will many of our over 1,000 Chamber members, and I encourage everyone to follow my lead and adopt a duck for a good cause."  
A quilt created by the Interact Club of Union Academy High School in Monroe, N.C., was donated to the Peoria North Rotary Club and auctioned at the club's annual dinner classic on Feb. 17.
The Interact Club is a fast-growing and highly successful Interact Club led by President Steve and Maria Matthews's granddaughter, Marissa Matthews. Marissa visited the club via Zoom recently and shared information about her Interact Club.