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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Sun City - 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
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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
3rd Annual Golf Classic winning foursome led by Bill Kulesh. He and his partners Nick and Joe Roeschley and Jonathan Jablonski shot 12 under. Mark your calendar for next year's event on February 25. Join us at one of lunch meetings to learn about our wonderful projects. 
 

Cathy LaSusa (Ryan House), Barbara Lewkowitz (Justa Center) and Gerry Kroloff (Doves) represented three of the organizations receiving Sun City Rotary Club Foundation grants.

This year’s recipients are: 

 

 

Arizona Funeral, Cemetery & Cremation Association Foundation for Children gives medical aid to school age children with needs that are not usually met by other organizations. Common needs are wheelchairs, eyeglasses and specialized equipment to enable children to participate in regular scholastic activities. Recipients are identified by school nurses.

 

Challenger Middle School Interact was founded in October 2014. The Club hosts student of the month lunches and awards for six, seventh, and eighth grade students and their parents during the school year and was a sponsor of the School's third annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner where over 700 individuals were served. Challenger is a Title I school with 80% of the students speaking English as a second language. The Foundation has awarded a grant to buy 100 new books for each of the five grade-level literacy teachers that will appeal and encourage reading for these students.

 

Doves is Area Agency on Aging’s program for victims of late-life domestic violence and elder abuse providing transitional housing, food, clothing, case management, transportation services, assistance in applying for benefits such as Social Security Disability and HUD housing. The funds will be used to replace aging stoves and refrigerators with new, more energy efficient units in the housing complex built in the 1950s.

 

Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has a 26-year history of providing outstanding education. Their baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The grant will be used for nursing scholarships.

 

Justa Center is a day resource center catering to people 55 years of age and older who find themselves homeless in the metro Phoenix area. The center's services include procuring safe, affordable housing, basic physical healthcare, mental health counseling, job assessment and training/placement assistance. Women seeking services during 2014 increased nearly 35% from previous years. Justa Center will use the grant to expand its counseling program addressing sexual trauma issues faced by female members. 

 

KAET Eight, Arizona PBS will use its grant to help in continuing their commitment to providing lifelong learning opportunities for all Arizonans. Eight operates three TV channels (Eight HD, Eight Life and Eight World) twenty-four hours a day and typically ranks among the top five most viewed PBS stations in the country.     

                                                                                      

Ryan House provides respite and palliative care to children between birth and 17 years with life threatening or terminal illness at no cost. Each child may stay for respite for up to 28 days of care per year. Children staying at Ryan House for their end-of-life journey may stay until they pass on. Ryan House receives no insurance reimbursement for services so must raise 100% of their annual operating budget each year. This grant will provide over 120 life-enhancing therapeutic activities such as Hydrotherapy, Arts & Crafts, Music and Pet Therapy for the affected children and their siblings. 

 

Sun City Home Owners Association's Residents Assistance and Maintenance Program provides basic needs, as well as food, electricity, day-to-day expenses, cleaning and home repairs to residents in need. The majority of assistance is performed by volunteers and is provided based on available income. This year, Sun City Rotary Club members also joined in service projects weeding and cleaning up yards. 

 

Washington High School Interact Club has been sponsored by the Sun City Rotary Club for 15 years and has over 300 members participating in weekly service projects to help those less fortunate such as Andre House, Home Base Youth Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul, UMOM Read to Me, Watkins Shelter, St. Mary’s Food Bank  and Growing Together: A Living Garden. The grant will provide material for a making "6-hour quilts"  for the Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and local child crisis centers like Child Help and the Glendale Family Advocacy Center.  Students made beds for the Arizona Humane Society with the quilting scraps. Their goal is a minimum 100 quilts during the coming year. The Foundation awards scholarships for high school students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference in January and recently awarded college scholarships to three graduating Interact members.

 

Welcome to America Project serves foreign refugees who have been recently located to the Phoenix area by the U.S. State Department. In 2014, 561 newly arrived refugees including 167 women, 250 children and 35 single-head households were served by the non-profit which provides them with home furnishings and clothing. The agency partners with other local non-profits who serve the refugees. 

 
Our Challenger Middle School Interact Club surprised us at this week's meeting. They gave an excellent presentation of their first year's activities and everyone of them participated. Congratulations to Sarah, Brad and Mr. Solis for guiding these beautiful children.
 
 
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