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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Sun City/Sun City Satellite - Small But Mighty!

Sun City

Blending Generations, Exceeding Expectations!

1st, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays at 12 noon
Grand Canyon School of Nursing
10484 W. Thunderbird Blvd. @ 105th
Grand Canyon University-Banner Boswell Campus (across from Banner Boswell Hospital )
Sun City, AZ  85351
United States of America
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Eight Sun City Rotarians joined parents and friends at Challenger Middle School to honor the October and November students of the month. They were treated to a hot dog bar with all the condiments served by One Step Beyond. All ten students of the month were in attendance. As expected, parent participation has increased since moving the awards to the school.
 
 
 
Jim Hargrave joined Washington High School's Interact Club on November 27 making ten drawstring bags which will be used to place books in for UMOM's "Read to Me" program.
 

The James R. Green peace pole was installed on Saturday November 17 at the community garden run by Growing Together:A Giving Garden where Washington High School Interact Club volunteers work each week. 

The produce grown at the garden (located at the Living Streams Church on Glendale and Central) is given to local food banks to provide fresh vegetables and fruit for those in need.

 

Jim Green was an active supporter of the Interact Club and their work in the community garden. No matter how many students were there on any given Saturday, Jim always made sure each student knew they were important and loved...and had a future.  

President Steve and wife Lynne and Jim and Shari Hargrave joined in the celebration.

On November 6, District Governor Jim Erickson made his official club visit (along with his wakeboard and sunglasses) to present several awards and encourage participation in End Polio Now. 

Two of the four Interact clubs in our district which received the 2017-18 Presidential Citations were our Interact Clubs. 

          The Sun City Rotary Club expanded its Students of the Month at Challenger Middle School in Glendale this year to include 4th to 8th grades. Rather than have students and families travel to Sun City once a month, the Club voted to bring a catered lunch to the School every other month allowing more families to attend and giving those honored students greater recognition at the school.

          On October 2nd, eight of the ten students had family in attendance. Parents and grandparents were pleased to see the children honored and the obvious love, respect and encouragement shown by the Rotarians.

          Excellent food and service was provided by our weekly caterer One Step Beyond, Inc. Culinary Services. Six Challenger MS Interactors helped with the setup and cleanup.

          In the midst of the meeting, Saint Mary's Food Bank arrived to pick up several hundred pounds of food and water collected by the Interact Club. Students, Interactors, staff, dads and Rotarians quickly created a "bucket line" to move the goods out of the meeting room for Saint Mary's dramatically demonstrating that we are, indeed, People of Action!

 
 
  
 
 

Middle School Interact is off to a good start with more than 80 members attending their first two meetings.  The photo features only half the students because there are so many members they have to meet in two classrooms. Five Interact Alums who attend Independence High School also attend because they miss Interact and wish to influence the next generation of Interactors behind them. 

Bob Solis has been mentoring Aginess Doka, a Sudanese refugee and former Interactor who attends the CMS Interact meetings for the past four years. Aginess attended RYLA and has been accepted at NAU next fall. She will be applying to become a Rotary Exchange Student after her high school graduation. 

Teresa Giarrusso, our President-elect, is shown with Assistant Principal Brad Horstman. Teresa led a spiral notebook drive gathering more than 1,000 notebooks for use by Challenger students. Teresa and all who donated really capture Rotary in Action!

To start the school year off right, Sun City Rotary - through the generosity of an anonymous donor and RC Surprise - have been able to bless both of our Interact schools (Washington High and Challenger Middle schools in Glendale) with several hundred wireless mice.  We were also able to bless an elementary school in a small community in eastern California with wireless mice and keyboards for all of their teachers and staff.  Thank you everyone!
 
So many of us have a favorite “Jim” memory.  Jim’s club, Sun City Rotary, along with Jim’s family are preparing a memorial service and reception for all his close friends throughout Arizona.  This will take place 11:00 am, Saturday, April 28th at the Advent Episcopal Church, 13150 W Spanish Garden Dr., Sun City West, AZ.
 
Many people quickly ask what they can do to help.  Sun City Rotary is asking that donations be sent to Jim Hargrave, Treasurer, Rotary Club of Sun City, PO Box 1683, Sun City, Arizona 85351.  Funds received will be used to offset some of the expenses of the service/reception and for the planting of a memorial tree in Sun City (in cooperation with our friends at the Sun City PRIDES).  Remaining funds will be used to further Jim’s favorite Area of Focus – Promoting Peace.
 
We hope to see all of you to celebrate Jim’s life and legacy. Thank you for helping us to honor Jim.
 
Our noon lunch meetings these days are provided by the culinary services group of One Step Beyond (https://osbi.org/).  Both the food and the service is terrific! On February 6th, our speaker was OSBI's Culinary Supervisor for Olive & Creekside, Ms. Becca Mungovan.  OSBI's mission is "to provide responsive, progressive, and dynamic programs to empower individuals with Intellectual Disabilities to realize their dreams  of optimal independence, meaningful employment, significant social relationships, and full participation in our (Phoenix) community."
 
It was great to learn something of the beginnings, goals and successes of this organization and to affirm to Becca and the crew that we are totally pleased to serve as partners in their endeavors.  OSBI Culinary Crew pictured (right to left) here with Ms Becca ( far right) and Steve Bjornstad, President RC Sun City, are Abbie, Joe, Zack, Cory, (Iron Chef) Kaitline, Danny and Allyn.
 
Turkey night at Challenger Middle School was a resounding success!
 
We have reports of over 900 meals served to Challenger Families.  What a blessing!
 
A good number of Sun City Rotarians came to help out...as did a couple of our friends from Surprise Rotary.  Thank you all!
 
Be sure to check out our Facebook site for more great photos.
 
 
 
Your Rotary Club of Sun City has undertaken to partner with the Rotary Club of Kampala, Uganda on a water, sanitation and health project.  This project will benefit over 8,300 people in 10 villages of the Kansiri and Mwereerwe areas of Central Uganda.
 
For more information and to become a partner in this amazing project, contact Club President, Steve Bjornstad or International Chair, Bob Solis today.
 
 
Our very own, "Zen-Master-of-all-Ceremonies", Jim Green, recently head-lined a recent terrific informational meeting hosted by the Sun City Homeowners Association.  This meeting is being billed as the first of many "resource networking expos" designed to help agencies, community assistance organizations and business partners better serve Sun City residents.
 
Sun City Rotarian Vicki Frye, who - like Jim, is a driving force behind the Sun City Community Fund - also contributed to this event as an important member of the panel.
 
See the entire article by Honorary Rotarian Rusty Bradshaw at:  https://yourwestvalley.com/news/agencies-learn-others-help/
 
Kuddos to all!
 
 
On July 12, certificates were presented to 2016-17 President Dean Pokrandt for things accomplished by Past DG Danny Messersmith and to 2017-18 President Steve Bjornstad for a glimpse of things to come by DG Nancy VanPelt.
Giving a big shout-out and welcome to our Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Lissa Bergner, from Austria!  We hope that you have an amazing exciting time while you'r here in Arizona!
 
Here is Lissa being welcomed at Sky Harbor by 11 excited Arizonans, including Kaley Gilmore, Ben Lazere, Donna Goetzenberger, Emilee Goetzenberger, Lucas Rendel, Caleb Lowe and Marla Tattrie Lazere.
 
Sadly, the family of Rotary lost an important member on Friday.  
 
Rotary International President-Elect Samuel Forbisher Owori (Sam) died while undergoing a surgery on his leg in Dallas TX.  Sam and his wife, Norah, have family in Plano, TX, 'though is has been a member of the RC Kampala, Uganda for many years and was a successful and influential member of both the Uganda business community and Rotary International as well. 
 
Sam (seen below in a recent club post with RC Sun City President, Steve Bjornstad) was set to serve as RI President for 2018-19.  He will be sorely missed.
 
Rotary is establishing a memorial fund in Sam's honor and will provide further details soon.  https://www.rotary.org/en/president-elect-sam-owori-dies
Perhaps I (Steve Bjornstad) should have warned the club - before they elected me President - that I can be a little irreverent.  But it's always in fun and with the warmest of intentions.
 
At the recent Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA, I had the opportunity to have a meeting in RI's President Nominee, Sam Owori.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Kampala and I am working with two other Kampala members to create a new clean water/solar energy/health clinic project about 100km north of Kampala.  My friends, Richard Ssekyeru and Herbert Kasiita, arranged with RC Kampala President, Stephen Luwanga, to meet up in Atlanta and to have a short meeting with RIPN Owori.
 
Well, you shouldn't go empty-handed...and I know from experience that older men in Uganda can get cold feet same as old men here.  So...Navajo-print socks!  They were well received by Sam!
 
Our meeting was great and we look forward to doing very good things for some communities in the interior of Uganda.  
 
Joining Sam and I were, District 54395 Governor, Nancy Van Pelt, PDG Craig Wilson, AG Bob Murray, Sun City West President, Dick Stuckey, Mrs Norah Owori, President Luwanga and Rotarian David Kasingwire.  Thank you Nancy, Craig, Bob and Dick!
Tuesday, we had the privilege of honoring Washington High School Principal, Tami Strege, as she retires from 32 years of service to the Glendale, AZ community and heads off to her next challenge in New Jersey.
 
Besides being a terrific teacher/administrator, Tami has always been a strong supporter of Washington High’s Interact Club.  She is part of the reason that this Interact Club – our Interact Club is the largest in the US…possibly the world!
 
We will miss her.  We are sure the Interactors will miss her…and Interact alumni will speak fondly of her.
Meet our latest Students of the Month from Challenger Middle School, Glendale.  We celebrate your achievements and look forward to great things ahead for all of you!
 
6th Grader, Farah al Fradi, with her mom, along with Rtn Bob Solis.
8th Grader, Giselle Lara, with her family, plus Rtn Bob Solis and Challenger Vice-Principal, Brad Horstman.  7th Grader, Lien Gonzolez was not able to attend.
 
Last Tuesday's noon meeting moved very quickly.  We greeted a visiting Rotarian from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Steve Sibulshy.  Steve says that he enjoys joining his wife on her business trips...she works...he visits Rotarians!
 
We had a quick report from Elizabeth M on our Evening Satellite Club.  Through the initiative of member Marni Gerber, the Satelliters are going to be doing some work with Project C.U.R.E. - preparing some Kits for Kids to be sent to Cameroon in West Africa.  All club members (and their guests) are invited to Elizabeth's home the evening of May 5th.  Check the Club Bulletin for details.
 
AND.... Carrie K gave us an update on the status of our Sun City Rotary Club Foundation in preparation to defining what "good works" the club would like to support through the foundation in the coming Rotary Year.  THANKS CARRIE!
March 16:  Sponsor Elizabeth Mahoney and Club President Dean Pokrandt welcomed Derek Heinzerling, Kaley Gilmore and Cody Brooks as new members of the Satellite Club.
 
Four members of our Club (Steve Bjornstad, Colt Brooks, Teresa Giarrusso and Nancy Tweed) participated the Rotary Leadership  Institute on January 21. Prospective member Betsy Rivera also attended.
We've moved the date of our 4th Annual Golf Classic to accommodate our out of town friends and visitors...
 
 
The Sun City Rotary Club once again volunteered to assist children during the Salvation Army's Back to School Shopping Project at the Walmart at 79th and Peoria Avenues. Each child was given $100 to purchase clothing and school supplies. Seated: Past District Governor Jim Green, Caleb Lowe (returning youth exchange student from Cagliari, Italy), Erik Adling Tufvesson (last year's youth exchange student from Sweden) and his sister, Amalia. Back row: Lynne Bjornstad, Richard Kerr, President Elect Steven Bjornstad and President Dean Pokrandt.
Caleb Lowe reported on his Rotary Youth Exchange Year in Cagliari, Sardinia. He talked about the all-girl class he was enrolled in, the Italy tour, good food and coffee, new-found friends, concluding with the European tour. A memorable exchange.
Dean Pokrandt was installed as the Club's 2016-17 President by Past President Jim Hargrave at the June social at Cucina Tagliani
 
 
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