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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Sun City/Sun City Satellite 

Sun City

Blending Generations, Exceeding Expectations!

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Sun City, AZ
United States of America
Zoom meetings until further notice
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Thank you, again, RTN Salman Mubarak of the Rotary Club Multan Cantt, Multan, Pakistan for sharing with us this past Tuesday, July 21st your new project - Save the Sight (1000 Cataract Surgeries). We are inspired to do more!
For those of you who could not join us on Tuesday, July 21st for RTN Salman Mubarak's presentation, here is a link to the recorded session. Click here or on image below.
You can contact Steve Bjornstad ( for more information on the project...and an opportunity for you to participate!

The 7th Annual Golf Classic has currently been rescheduled for November 28th. Watch for updates.

June 30 Our Rotary Club partnered with the Sun City Del Sol Club to collect groceries and other necessities (as well as cash donations) for the Valley View Community Food Bank. Jim Hargrave, Incoming President Mary Zongolowicz and Satellite Chair Phil Ladd loading one of the SUVs.
Mary Z making presentation to Valley View's Jesse Rameriz.
Sun City Del Sol's Jan Powell 

At tonight’s Zoom Meeting, President Teresa Haire presented gifts of candles and lighters as Beacons of Light for Rotary to Satellite Chair Mary Zongolowicz, Secretary Dean Pokrandt and Treasurer Jim Hargrave for their assistance this past year. She also presented “Goober” (peanut butter and jelly) awards to Annette Valentine (PR and Facebook), Mike Zongolowicz (Foundation), Steve Bjornstad (Past President) and Kaley Gilmore (Satellite Secretary) for their contributions.

Paul Harris Fellows were awarded to Ann Martin for coordinating making and distribution of masks for the Hopi and Navaho nations on our behalf and Mary Zongolowicz.

Crystal engraved bookends were given to Teresa by the Club in appreciation of her 2019-20 service. 

Club Member and Incoming District Governor Elizabeth Mahoney presided over the installation of Mary Zongolwicz as President of the Club and Phillip Ladd as Satellite Chair. Elizabeth will be installed at the District 5495 Zoom Meeting on Saturday June 27 at 10 a.m.


Gil Fornaciari (one of our newest members) shared his experiences while working with Phoenix 100's Field of Dreams recreational complex at the Murphy School District. He also talked about the Arizona Burn Foundation's Camp Courage in Prescott which hosts young burn victims from ages 6-17.



June 2, 2020  At today’s Zoom meeting, District 5495 Interact District Governor Madelynn MacDonald (Mohave HS, Bullhead City) and her Assistant District Governor Asa Marette (Mingus Union HS, Cottonwood) gave an informative presentation on their Interact year. There are 558,877 Interactors worldwide in 241,299 Clubs. District 5495 has 100 Clubs (three are ours…Washington HS, Independence HS and Challenger Middle School). 


At our May 5th Zoom meeting, we met Tanya Shymanchuk. Our Club is proud to support her application for one of up to 50 fully funded Rotary Peace Fellowships being awarded for Master’s degrees. The program educates current and emerging peace leaders from throughout the world, enabling them to act as catalysts for peace in their communities. 

Tanya is a dedicated young Ukrainian woman who is assisting displaced persons during the conflict in her country. She plans to continue to work in Ukraine as part of their peace building team.

Please view the following powerful videos:

The Danish Refugee Council's work in Mine Action made by BBC. The interviewed family was supported during mine victim assistance: 

Danish Refugee Council video was posted on the DRC twitter account in November 2019: The Rotary Club of Sun City 

The Sun City Rotary Club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 12:00 at Grand Canyon University School of Nursing at 10484 West Thunderbird (across from Banner Boswell Hospital). The Sun City Rotary Satellite Club meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 5:30. All meetings are currently held on Zoom with notification sent to members a few days before.
An e-mail has been sent to all members regarding the Zoom Board Meeting to discuss District Grant Funds and Covid-19 Related Projects
District 5495's PETS, held March 6 and 7, featured the 2020-21 theme "Rotary Opens Opportunities". Opening the full-size doors (built by Steve Bjornstad) are Lucinda General (Regional Rotary Coordinator), AnnLee Hussey (Key Note speaker and Polio Survivor) and our own Elizabeth Mahoney.
20 Rotarians and friends spent a day at the races at Turf Paradise. The second race was the Rotary Club of Sun City Purse and ten of us watched the race trackside and were photographed in the Winners Circle...Jockey Denny Velaquez rode "Trafficiskilligme" for the win in the one-mile turf race in 1:38:81. Great races, great food and great fun.
Today, several of our members visited Challenger Middle School as Rotarian Bob Solis and Asst. Principal Brad Horstman presented awards to December and January Students of the Month for the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades as chosen by their teachers.
The deadline for paid reservations for our March 3rd meeting at Turf Paradise is fast approaching (2/17). Please call Annette at 623 500-5300 to confirm your participation at $30 per person and mail your check to Rotary Club of Sun City, POB 1683, Sun City, AZ 85372.
District Governor David Simmer made his official visit and presented the 2019-20 Rotary Banner to Satellite Club Chair Mary Zongolowicz.
He then named Hollie Green a “Rotary Connects the World Award Recipient” in recognition of her efforts to connect those beyond the club, locally and globally.
DG Simmer talked about Rotary’s new Vision analyzing and interpreting each phrase.
Caleb Lowe, son of incoming District Governor Elizabeth Mahoney shown with his sponsor Annette Valentine, was congratulated on becoming a Rotarian by DG Simmer who attached his Rotary pin.

The Rotary Club of Sun City/Sun City Satellite again this year supported the Community In-Reach WinterFest at Challenger Middle School in Glendale on the evening of December 11. The event was put on by PTSA members, Rotarians and Interacters on school grounds in cooperation with Challenger Middle School Staff and the Glendale Unified School District. Several hundred Challenger students and their families participated.


Our Challenger MS Interacters were also very involved again this year, with the corn-hole games, face painting, crafts, ticket sales, and just generally being terrifically helpful wherever they were needed.


The Rotary football-throw game is a perennial favorite with all the kids...and a lot of parents!

     Under beautiful skies and relatively cool temperatures, several local clubs participated in the first Rotary Rummage Sale hosted by Glendale West Rotary Club. Mary Z. deserves an award for pulling everything together for a successful club project. 

    Thanks to Elizabeth and Kevin for providing and delivering the tables and chairs at 5:30 a.m. which elevated our display. (Thanks to Caleb and Miranda for picking up and returning them at the end of the day.)     

    Canopies were supplied by Jim and Steve giving needed shade. The sales force of Mary and Mike, Lynne and Steve, Annette, Jim and Dean peddled the merchandise.

     Leftover items were donated to Valley View Food Bank and St. Vincent DePaul. 


Our Elizabeth graduating at the Rotary Institute Zones 26 & 27 training in Denver. She is officially District 5495's next Governor. So proud of her.

August 22: District Governor Nominee Bret McKeand of the Peoria North Club is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sun Cities Area Historical Society. His slide show began with the open spaces of Marinette through the three building phases of Sun City. He talked about the Milwaukee Brewers American League Spring training site in Sun City Stadium (built in 1971 and demolished in 1995) and the throngs of people in their Sunday best lining up to buy all available homes in three days in January 1960. The Museum is located in one of the five original model homes. The 860 s.f. Kentworth model sold for $8,600 plus $600 for A/C and additional $1,250 for a golf course lot. The Museum in undergoing expansion with a Grand Opening planned in the Fall. Museum Hours are 1-4 on Monday, 10-4 Wednesday and Friday or for groups of six or more by appointment.

     Demetra Presley (right) of Go with the Flow was our speaker. She created the non-profit organization in 2017 to distribute menstrual hygiene products to students in the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas after learning school budgets were not providing an adequate supply.
     She's pictured with Kaley Gilmore (left) who was instrumental in helping form the North Phoenix Rotaract Club (co-sponsored by our Club and Peoria North). Natalie Sabinsky (middle) will be President of the soon to be chartered club. Our Club will partner with Go With the Flow as one of their first projects. 
Outgoing President Steve Bjornstad was presented with laminated photo collage of events during his two-year reign. 
Posing with a celebratory cake are: Treasurer Dean Pokrandt, Satellite Chair Mary Zongolowicz, Satellite Secretary Kaley Gilmore, Club President Teresa Haire, outgoing President Steve Bjornstad and Secretary Jim Hargrave.
We inducted Michelle Walton Farmer who moved here last year from Montana. She was sponsored by Annette Valentine and our Club President Teresa Haire officiated.
Kerina Graham has participated in every Susan G. Komen 3-Day Mile Walk (thirteen different cities, Boston has just been added to the schedule and will be her fourteenth. She also completed the El Camino de Santiago. She began the walk in Saint Jean Pied du Pont, France and walked 400 miles in thirty days with a small break in the middle to attend her nephew's wedding in California. She flew to Spain twice in a ten-day period. She completed the walk at the Shrine of the Apostle James the Great in Santiago, Spain. 

Final Student of the Month Awards for this school year at Challenger Middle School. In addition to our honored guests, two other students were awarded certificates for their winning participation in the Glendale Elementary School District's Science Project Showcase.


25 Challenger Middle School Interactors participated in a slideshow about their many activities this school year and thanking our Club members for their support. They were introduced by Rotary Advisor Bob Solis (who treated all to pizza) and accompanied by Sarah Rittenhouse and Kristin Stevenson. 

President Elect
R.I. Foundation Chair
Membership Chair
Satellite Club Chair
Public Image Chair
Youth & Interact Chair
Rotarian Advisor - Washington HS
Rotarian Advisor - Independence HS
Rotarian Advisor - Challenger MS
Club Foundation President
International Service Chair
Past President
Executive Secretary/Director
Director At-Large
Director At-Large
Peacebuilder Network Rep