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Red Rocks Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
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Sedona, AZ 86336
United States of America
1st and 3rd Wednesdays only
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The 2022 annual Board Planning Retreat/Dinner on May 10 at Donna's house was a great success. Looking forward to a productive year with prez Tony at our helm. Lots of good ideas. Food and drink too! 
 
Discussion Points:
Proposed Discretionary Budget for 2022-23 FY reviewed. Explanation from treasurer Donna about IRS 990 filing requirements to retain public foundation status. The coming FY donation should be adequate to meet IRS parameters for giving from individuals – but, if not, a per member annual assessment may be necessary. Proposed budget approved as submitted. Many line items back to pre-COVID levels with $14,200 increase in overall spending. If 2022 Oktoberfest nets comparable proceeds to 2019 event, the board may further, at its discretion, increase additional line items. The District Grant request for Manzanita Outreach school supplies for teachers project has been submitted.
 
Committee Chart: The “flow chart” was reviewed and recommendations made to update. International Service Committee will be put on an as needed basis. New members need to be more engaged. There will be a “Fireside Chat” soon for new members to better inform about the club and the big picture of Rotary and what it encompasses.
 
Hostess Donna was lacking is her usual organizational skills and failed (even though the camera was at the ready) to get the traditional group shot. To make up for the loss, a favorite from several years ago is being substituted. 
 
Tony will be contacting members soon about joining a committee to make things happen. Use your skills to make our club shine!
Chartered by Rotary International on March 15, 2002, Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks celebrated its twentieth anniversary at the club’s March 16 meeting held at Sedona Public Library.
 
Of the club’s twenty-five original charter members, Allen Bradley, John Bradshaw, Ron Draxler, Donna Hawk and Randy Sosin remain active. Each of these five were awarded an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship presented at the meeting by Rotary District 5495’s Governor Bret McKeand. Paul Harris, for whom the fellowship is named, founded Rotary in Chicago in 1905. Rotary is now the world’s oldest and largest service organization with over 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs around the world.
 
Other Rotarian guests at the celebration were Rotary District 5495 Assistant Governor Joe Sweeney, Heather Hermen, president of the Sedona Village of Oak Creek Rotary club and Tom Taylor a long-time member and past president of the Rotary Club of the Verde Valley located in Cottonwood.
 
Red Rocks Rotary provides service to the local community and, in partnership with Rotary districts and clubs worldwide, brings much needed assistance where needed. The club’s principal focus is youth-oriented projects and programs throughout the Verde Valley. Since 2002, according to the club’s treasurer Donna Hawk, Red Rocks Rotary has funded more than $300,000 in support.
The board along with prospective board member, Tony Hauserman, gathered for the annual board retreat and dinner at Donna's house on May 12.
 
Looks like everyone had a great time except maybe Sheriff Bradley. Even the good food didn't seem to put a smile on old grumpy's sour puss.
A group of Red Rocks Rotarians, friends and family joined for a happy time at Steakhouse 89 on March 24. Look for our next social outing the 4th Wednesday of April!
Members of Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks and their family members joined together on Sunday, February 28 for the club’s first community service project of 2021.
 
The project, located at the Friends of the Sedona Library’s used book store at 3270 White Bear Road in Sedona included cleaning up the property’s landscape, laying weed block material, spreading recycled rubber mulch, planting low maintenance evergreen bushes and installing a drip watering system
 
Red Rocks Rotary partnered with Friends of the Sedona Library and a private donor to cover the cost of materials. The crew of ten Rotarians and three family members along with Sedona Public Library executive director Judy Poe provided the labor.
 
The goal of the project was not only to improve the appearance of the property but to target weed and dust abatement while incorporating low water usage.
 
Friends of the Sedona Library opened the used book store at this location in June 2018. The house, owned by Sedona Public Library, was converted from a former rental specifically to house the Friends’ used book sale operation. The store is operated entirely by volunteers and all of its inventory is comprised of donations. It generates proceeds of about $50,000 a year which is contributed to Sedona Public Library to help provide enhanced library services such as children’s, teen and adult programs, collection development and modern technologies that might otherwise not be available to library patrons.
 
Red Rocks Rotary is planning to incorporate a second phase of landscape improvements at the store in conjunction with Rotary’s “Week of Service” that will run April 18 through April 24, 2021. Rotary clubs across Arizona and the United States will be participating in projects to improve their communities.

Sedona Chief of Police Charles Husted joined Andrew Bailor and Dr. Dan Olson as the newest members of the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks. The trio were inducted by the club’s Foundation Chair, Ron Draxler, during the August 7 meeting at Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa. Scott Gilbert and Marjie Muro acted as their sponsors.

A variety of colorful backpacks will greet thirty-six at need elementary grade students as they return to classes at West Sedona School in August.

The back packs, provided free of charge by the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks, also contain essential school supplies. Each backpack, suitable for grades K – 4, holds two spiral notebooks, a dozen pencils, two glue sticks, one wedge eraser, a pair of safety scissors, a box of colored pencils and a set of 24 assorted crayons.

This is the eighth year that Red Rocks Rotary has donated the backpacks and supplies. They will be distributed by the Sedona Oak Creek School District to students lacking the necessary start of school staples. The district’s new superintendent Dennis Dearden helped unload the backpacks when they were delivered to the district’s offices on July 19 by Red Rocks Rotarian Donna Hawk.

The backpack donation is valued at nearly $1,000 which the Red Rocks Rotary finances through its fund raising efforts. During its past fiscal year, the club hosted seven events including its signature charity golf tournament and the popular Red Rocks Oktoberfest. Combined net proceeds for all of the events was over $38,000.

Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks and Friends of the Sedona Library have collaborated on providing a new commercial grade picnic table to Sedona Public Library. The table is located at the library’s rental property that currently houses the Friends’ used book store.

The Friends’ used book store has operated at the 3270 White Bear Road location since June 2017. Prior tenants had left a picnic table on site but concerns recently developed about its condition, stability and safety to users.

Donna Hawk, treasurer for both Friends of the Sedona Library and Red Rocks Rotary, recognized the need for a new table as an opportunity for the two non-profits to join forces. Each organization contributed $450 toward the cost of the project while Red Rocks Rotary provided the skill and man-power to assemble the table’s components.

Although storm clouds filled the skies, the assembly project escaped a downpour. Hawk, joined by fellow Red Rocks Rotarians Randy Sosin, John Bradshaw and Luke Sefton, labored the evening of July 17 to complete the task.

During its first year in business that concluded May 31, 2018, the Friends’ used book store realized proceeds of nearly $46,000 that was donated to Sedona Public Library to assist with its annual operational costs.

A variety of colorful backpacks will greet forty at need elementary grade students as they return to classes in the Sedona Oak Creek School District in August.

The back packs, provided free of charge by the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks, also contain essential school supplies. Each backpack, suitable for grades K – 3, holds one spiral notebook, a dozen pencils, a glue stick, one wedge eraser, a box of 24 colored pencils and a set of 24 assorted crayons.

Delivered to the Sedona Oak Creek School District Administrative Office on July 19, this is the sixth year that Red Rocks Rotary has donated the backpacks and supplies. They will be distributed where most needed by the SOCSD to students at both West Sedona School and Big Park Elementary School.

The backpack donation comes every year just following the completion of Red Rocks Rotary’s longest running service project which is the summer school literacy program at West Sedona School. The club’s support of the program began in 2003 at the urging of its founding member the late Ray Myrvold.

Red Rocks Rotary annually provides $1,500 toward the cost of the program. Red Rock Rotarians also personally visit the campus and assist the students with their reading lessons during the summer session.

                                
Raye Speirs braves the coldest morning of the season to assist Donna Hawk with the delivery of gifts to the seniors in the program.

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On Sunday May 19, ninety-two golfers participated in the club's annual charity golf event at the Sedona Golf Resort. Following the round of golf, the tournament includes lunch and its wildly popular raffle. This year the festivities also featured the live auction of an electric guitar autographed by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Phoenix resident and avid golfer Alice Cooper. Capping off nearly three months of soliciting donations and organizational efforts, the tournament generated a net profit of $18,600 which will be used to fund Red Rocks Rotary's youth oriented projects and programs.

Our Javelina "Piggy" Bank continues to be a steady source of revenue for the club. The bronze sculpture was created by Sedona artist Barbara R. Brown. A plaque on the base invites passing tourists to "Drop a Buck and Have Good Luck".

Speakers
Final Oktoberfest Prep
Oct 05, 2022
No Speaker Today
No Meeting
Oct 12, 2022
TBD
Oct 19, 2022
No Meeting
Oct 26, 2022
TBD
Nov 02, 2022
No Meeting
Nov 09, 2022
TBD
Nov 16, 2022
No Meeting
Nov 23, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving!
No Meeting
Nov 30, 2022
Annual Club Meeting & Elections
Dec 07, 2022
No Speaker Today
No Noon Meeting
Dec 14, 2022
Evening Holiday Party
No Meeting
Dec 21, 2022
Merry Christmas!
No Meeting
Dec 28, 2022
Happy New Year!
 
 
 
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