Community Service Opportunities

The Rotary Club of Sedona Village hosted its end of year breakfast and included a service project for those in need on Tuesday, June 28. This annual event is held in June and marks the completion of the president’s term and the handing over of duties to the next in line.
 
Heather Hermen served as club president from July 2021-June 2022 and was recognized for the term she served and handed over the duties to incoming president, Carolyn Martin. Others were recognized for their dedication and commitment to Rotary, the community, and service above self.
 
The highlight of the event included a hands-on service project for those in attendance. Working with LN-4 Hand Project, the club ordered 10 prosthetic hand kits to assemble as teams. These hand kits are available for service clubs, organizations, or individuals to purchase and assemble to provide free prosthetic hands to anyone in need around the world.
 
Anyone able to put together a jigsaw puzzle can assemble one of the hand kits. The Rotary members paired off and began assembling the kits with small screws, tools, and the parts to make a moving hand. In less than an hour, 10 prosthetic hands were assembled and will be shipped to LN-4 to be distributed somewhere in the world.
 
LN-4 Hand Project has reached 80+ countries including Columbia, Ecuador, Vietnam, India, Jordan, Uganda, Tanzania, and more. Anyone interested in learning more can visit www.ln4handproject.org.
 
This service project is one example of the action the Rotary Club of Sedona Village is involved in. To find out more about projects like this, how to get involved and help with the community garden, Veteran’s Raffle, Adopt a Family, or other programs, please visit www.sedonavillagerotary.org or email president@sedonavillagerotary.org. Rotary invites you to become a person of action!
 
Rotary International is a service organization that works to promote world health, eradication of polio, supports the education of young people, and makes local communities a better place through a variety of service activities. The Rotary Club of Sedona Village meets the first and third Thursdays each month on the campus of Big Park Community School. For more information about the club and club meeting schedule visit www.sedonavillagerotary.org

Rotary Club of Sun Lakes supports the following educational and community service projects:

·         AWIM Program:  Rotary Club of Sun Lakes recently announced the club’s plans to continue support of its AWIM (A World in Motion) Program within Valley schools.  The Program is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE, to get K-9th grade students excited about math and science so that they will consider a career as an Engineer or other technical fields.

The Sun Lakes Rotary Club partners with SAE and provides volunteers to go into the classroom to work with the teachers and students using hands on projects. RCSL provides recognition to the winning teams at the end of each session.  AWIM Program volunteers are members of RCSL, General Motors Employee Alumni, Northrop Grumman Corporation and ASU Students.

During the 2018-19 school year, 3,802 students in 20 schools were impacted by the AWIM Program. During the 2021-22 school year, 2,410 students at Surprise Canyon Ridge Elementary, Chandler’s Carlson Elementary, Phoenix Christ Lutheran, Tolleson Country Place Elementary, Chandler Fulton Elementary, Goodyear Western Sky, Avondale Pope John II High School, Chandler Patterson Elementary, Chandler Strong Foundations Academy and Phoenix Sevilla West were impacted by the AWIM Program.  

Per Rotarian Don Robins: "I'm impressed with our numbers for this school year and the teachers really enjoyed having volunteers back in the classroom. We have a few new schools signed up for the 2022-23 school year and some of our schools will add some more grades."

·         Sleeping Mats for Valley Homeless:  RCSL is partnering with Rotary Club of Tempe South in collecting plastic bags, which will be used to create sleeping mats for the homeless. Rotarians plan to crochet sleeping mats on a weaving loom.  Per RCSL President -Elect Stephen Phair, this is a great summer community service project!   

·         Snack Packs for Rainbow Angels: Sun Lakes Rotary Charity Committee assembled over 100 nutrition packets for Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels.  The packets will be distributed to the pediatric floors of local hospitals.  AHRA bought refrigerators for these hospitals to help Mom and Dad’s out when they bring their other children to visit.  These families are stressed out from their child’s cancer.  Since the cost of feeding their other children from a hospital cafeteria can be a financial hardship for them, they can take a packet.  Per RCSL Project Leader, Sharon Flood, one small gesture of kindness goes a long way. 

For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes community service projects or membership – see www.sunlakesrotary.com

Rotary clubs in Prescott teamed up with The American Red Cross in May to conduct a community blood drive.

According to Assistant Governor Joe Sweeney, the Rotary/Red Cross Blood Drive was a "huge success as we had 44 donors" that gave that day.

The group photo of the Red Cross Team contains boxes of the donated blood that was transferred down to Phoenix to be used to save several people’s lives.

Among Rotarians assisting with check-in, were, from left, Tom Hendershott and Carl Marsh from the Prescott-Frontier Club, and AG Joe Sweeney, who is also president of the Rotary Club of Prescott.

"It was a lot of fun, and we met many donors that were interested in Rotary and what we do in the community," said Joe.

"We are looking forward to holding another Drive on July 25 and then every eight weeks after," added Joe.

The Rotary Club of Flagstaff has recently completed a mural in downtown Flagstaff that celebrates volunteerism and promotes peacebuilding.
 
Club President Tonya Watson refers to the 20-by-30-foot mural as a “love letter to our community.”
 
The signature plaque that will be installed alongside the mural will include the following:
 
“VOLUNTEERISM: A PATHWAY TO PEACE”
Artist: Lindsey DeStefano
To Commemorate the Centennial of
The Rotary Club of Flagstaff,
Serving Community and World since 1921.
Gratitude to Peace Surplus and City of Flagstaff
 
“Two years in the planning and creating, it is not by accident that our mural is on the rear wall of Peace Surplus, a prominent downtown business for over 50 years,” said Tonya.
 
The mural depicts many hands symbolizing volunteerism (and except for the large ones at the bottom for perspective, all are current Rotarians’ actual handprints) – leading up to the peace sign. The rest of the mural abstractly depicts elements of the community, such as, mountains, trees, Black-eyed Susans, poppies, wind/water, blue skies, and fluidity.
What a SUCCESS!   $22,468.64 to Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary!!!
 
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary partnered with Raising Special Kids for our second Good Morning Great Cause fundraising breakfast.  Our first breakfast was in 2020 and we had to take a pause until 2022 to hold the event. 
 
Speakers were Luis Serna and Amy Bockerstette. 
 
Luis spoke at our first fundraising breakfast; he has attended Special Day for Special Kids and gives a great presentation on his fears of attending his first Special Day and then just falling in love with the event.  He looks forward to it every year.
 
Amy is the young Down Syndrome golfer who played in the Phoenix Open and hit a great shot from the 16th hole.  Amy sent a very moving video giving us an overview of her journey, including shots from the Phoenix Open.  Surprise to us all when you could hear Amy saying on the video “They Love Me”!
 
It is such an honor to be able to interact with an organization like Raising Special Kids and help improve lives of those in need.
 
After the speakers, we asked for donations and held a live auction to raise funds which were shared with Raising Special Kids and Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary.  Our share can only be used to assist special needs kids, the majority of which was used for our 34th Annual Special Day for Special Kids held on March 12, 2022.
 
Photo of Chris Tiffany, Executive Director Raising Special Kids, presentation the $22,4468.64 check to Dale Shafer, our president-elect.
Clubs throughout District 5495 hosted community service projects as part of the district's second annual Week of Service, April 16-24, 2022.
 
Clubs big and small planned and participated in projects -- including volunteering at the local food bank, giving away free formal prom attire to high school students, cleaning up a local park or trail, furnishing an apartment for a refugee family recently relocated to Phoenix, providing clothes to homeless shelters and more.
 
The mayors of both Chandler and Mesa declared April 16-24 as "Rotary Week of Service" in their communities in honor of the work performed over the years by the local Rotary clubs, and the impact their work has had on local citizens.
 
Local Phoenix television stations broadcast live at two Week of Service events: The Prom Closet in Glendale and the furnishing of an apartment for a refugee family from Afghanistan that recently relocated to Arizona.
 
The Prom Closet, sponsored by the Peoria North Rotary Club, was held April 2 and April 16 at Landmark Elementary School in Glendale. Over 70 Rotary volunteers from numerous clubs assisted in the project, which served nearly 500 students from over 70 high schools in Arizona.
 
Twelve East Valley Rotary Clubs -- including the ASU Rotaract Club -- worked with the International Rescue Committee to fully furnish an apartment for a family recently relocated from Afghanistan. Clubs provided furniture, toiletries and food for the family.
 
 
Submitted by  Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Director
 
Rotary Club of Sun Lakes has been very active with the East Valley's Welcome to America Project (WTAP). The Welcome to America Project shares transportation, technology, and transformational resources to enhance success, so that refugees do not just resettle in our country, they find community and flourish. WTAP creates impacts that last a lifetime for the refugees as well as the volunteers who serve. 
 
The Tempe-based WTAP is proud to celebrate over 20 years of creating meaningful interactions and providing needed resources to refugees becoming our new Phoenix neighbors. In that time, the organization has welcomed more than 15,000 refugees from more than 40 countries, helping them find community and flourish. In the coming year, they will assist more than 2,000 incoming Afghan refugees.
 
In early April 2022, partnering with WTAP, Rotary Club of Sun Lakes volunteers donated, purchased, packed, delivered and set up items for the bathrooms in an East Valley apartment of a refugee family of seven (mother, father and 4 kiddos). Additionally, RCSL members did a "Saturday Delivery" to families in the West Valley (mostly along the I-17 corridor). 
 
They met at the WTAP warehouse for orientation before meeting the families and delivering the furniture and supplies. Each family received a few helpful household supplies (like the cleaning supplies RCSL had collected) and fill-in furnishings to complete a comfortable home and most importantly a warm and friendly welcome.
 
RCSL has several other projects planned with WTAP during April including a couple of packing days-sorting and getting items ready for "Saturday deliveries" and an evening of bike repair.
The RCSL volunteers, including ASU Rotaract Rotarians and Rotarians from other area Rotary Clubs, participated in the complete furnishing of an entire apartment located in the East Valley, including food for the family's first week in the apartment.  During the East Valley apartment project, RCSL partnered with several other Rotary Clubs and the resettlement agency International Rescue Committee (IRC).
   
 Over 4 million refugees have been forced to flee Ukraine. IRC sends vital supplies to displaced children and families.
 
To donate or volunteer visit www.WTAP.orgwww.rescue.org; or join the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes members by volunteering with them - visit www.sunlakesrotary.com.

 
How many of you have heard of the Rolling Hills Cemetery in Prescott?  How many of you know where it’s at?  And how many of you know its story?  Not many, I suspect.
 
 The Rolling Hills Cemetery sits on both sides of Ruger Road just before you come to the intersection with Crystal Lane, one of the entrances to the airport.  It lies close to St. Luke’s Church.
 
 Rolling Hills has an interesting background.  It was started during the Depression by the well-known Ruffner family in Prescott, and was to be used primarily for burials of indigents and those who could not afford a plot in any of the city’s other cemeteries. 
 
While other cemeteries in the area were charging $50 to $150 for plots, those at Rolling Hills were only $5.  Burials began there in 1933 and continued until around 1955, and perhaps even a little later.  In the mid-50’s the City of Prescott brought the adjacent property for the Antelope Hills North Golf Course and the Rolling Hills Cemetery was included in that purchase.
 
 In doing some research, there are several hundred known names buried in Rolling Hills, but the belief is there may be as many as 150-200 lying in unmarked graves, many of whom may have been buried without coffins.  It’s also thought that there may be a mass gravesite that is also unmarked.  When Sheldon Street was widened in the 1950s some of those buried in the Citizen’s Cemetery were removed to Rolling Hills. 
 
Over the years a number of different groups have taken on the upkeep of Rolling Hills- members of St. Luke’s, Boy Scouts, other concerned citizens, some who have family members buried there.  But in recent years, the Cemetery has fallen on hard times, with little upkeep.  One of those things that sadly has fallen through the cracks.
 
During a recent visit with Joe Baynes, the City’s Parks and Recs Director, on an unrelated matter, The Rotary Club of Prescott-Frontier Community Service Director, Mike Payson, was asked if the Club might be interested in taking this on as a regular service project. After discussions with several key members of the Club the decision was made to move forward doing this on an annual or semi-annual basis.