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Red Rocks Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Sedona Public Library
3250 White Bear Rd.
Si Birch Community Room
Sedona, AZ 86336
United States of America
1st and 3rd Wednesdays only
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New gear belts, under belts and holsters for the Sedona Police Cadet program have arrived!  All provided courtesy of a $1,300 donation from Sedona Red Rocks. 
 
Sedona Red Rocks’ treasurer, Donna Hawk, presented the check to some of the cadet team, their advisors and Sedona Police Department leadership staff at their evening meeting on August 17.
 
The Sedona Police Cadets are currently comprised of 8 recruits. A mix of six guys and two gals all currently enrolled in grades 9 - 12 either at Sedona Red Rocks High School or the private Verde Valley School. The program is open to any student that meets the qualifications and lives within the Verde Valley. Three cadets graduated as seniors last May and have exited the program. As the current school year has just started, they are actively looking for new recruits. The maximum number the program can accommodate is twelve.
 
As a result of a press release in the Sedona Red Rocks News, the club became aware of the program. Officer Catherine Beers, the cadet’s co-advisor was contacted and the need for new equipment was expressed. As Sedona Red Rocks budgeted its giving for the 2023-24 year, the cadets’ wish for some new gear was included.
 
Officer Beers and co-advisor Officer Mike Lucas train the cadets in real-life police tactical situations, following the written law and treating the public with respect and kindness. The highlight for the cadets is the opportunity to compete against their peers. Their next nation-wide competition is in Chandler, AZ in January 2024.
 
No longer sporting used, mis-matched equipment, the cadets will be proud to wear their new Sedona Red Rock’s provided gear into competition. Good luck SPD Cadets!
Perfect golfing conditions bode well for the team of defending first place champions David DeWitt, Stephen Cook, Wilfred Tewawina and Gene Moran as they swung their way to a low score of 54 to reclaim their title at Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks’ annual charity golf tournament. The sold-out event was held Saturday, April 8 at Sedona Golf Resort.
 
Scoring a 56 and winning second place in a score card playoff were Dan Olson, Craig Klimczak, Brad Tebrake and Mark Hoagland. The only all women’s team of Valna Wilson, Alana Kelly, Heather Lammers and Ann Crossland took the dubious honor of last place team with a score of 82.
 
Winners of the trophies for the individual golf skills contests were Lori Zaun for senior lady longest drive, Dean Patterson for senior man longest drive, Stephanie Foley for ladies’ closest to the pin, Brandon Sellers for men’s closest to the pin, Mindy McElroy for ladies’ long drive and Jack Johnson for men’s long drive. Johnson also bought forty-two Splash-for-Cash entries and chipped six balls in the target area. As a result of winning that contest, he split the total pot with Red Rocks Rotary and was awarded $790.
 
Sponsors were on the course at holes 10 and 17 to interact with and heckle the players. Mimosas and Fireball shots were offered to golfers leaving the green at number 10 to celebrate completing the course’s signature par three hole.
 
Following the round of golf, players returned to the clubhouse for a buffet lunch, the awards ceremony and featured raffle. Over 100 donated raffle items were displayed and included dining cards from local restaurants, gift baskets, jewelry, apparel, wine, liquor, baked goods and golf gear.
 
Many local businesses supported the event by sponsoring tee box signs, towels, carts, caps, trophies, golf balls and bottled water.
 
According to Red Rocks Rotary’s treasurer and chairman of the event Donna Hawk, the final results are not yet in but will be in excess of $25,000. Most of the funds raised are used to support the club’s youth- oriented projects and programs. Hawk noted in her speech at the luncheon that, since its inception in 2002, Red Rocks Rotary has contributed more than $300,000 locally.
 
Photo below: Last Place Team of Alana Kelly, Heather Lammers, Ann Crossland and Valna Wilson proudly display their beer stein trophies.
 
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.

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.
We're all looking forward to the RYLA presentation this week, hope to see everyone at the meeting.  We didn’t have a presenter at our last meeting so keep working on your golf tournament donations! 
Please consider participating in the Rotary Week of Service this April by volunteering at the Manaznita Outreach warehouse, more info to come.

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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".

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Feb 28, 2024
TBD
Mar 06, 2024
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Mar 13, 2024
Golf Tournament Final Prep
Mar 20, 2024
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Mar 27, 2024
Danalyn Savage
Apr 03, 2024
County Court System
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Apr 10, 2024
Club Assembly
Apr 17, 2024
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Apr 24, 2024
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May 08, 2024
TBD
May 15, 2024
 
 
 
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