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Welcome to the Rotary Club of  Sun City

Sun City

Blending Generations, Exceeding Expectations!

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Royal Oaks
10015 W Royal Oak Rd.
Sun City, AZ 85351
United States of America
The Rotary Club of Sun City meets at Royal Oaks the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 12:00 noon. We meet together for a Happy Hour on the 2nd Thursday at 5:30 pm (Locations to be announced). We often meet on the 4th week of the month for a project or social.
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Home Page Stories
October 18: On his official visit, DG Larry Horton gave president Phil Ladd with RI President Jennifer Joses' 2022-23 Imagine Rotary banner. In turn, he was presented a check to be given on his behalf to the Rotary International Foundation.  He announced Pints for Polio on October 24 and passed out gloves to Club members to be used on a service project on April 16, the first day of Rotary Week of Service. 
October 20, 2022: A great time was had by all at the Halloween/60th Annivesary Celebration at Arizona Traditions hosted by Mary Funiski, Walter Clark and Jacqueline Alexander.
Walter was also the winner of 60+ Arizona Lottery Scratchers gathered in recognition of the Club's 60th Anniversary.
AG Mary Fusinski and President Phi Ladd welcome new members Joanna Conde and Carl Schuetze on October 4.
July 19:  President Phil inducted Katherine Grahl seen with her sponsor Marty Feess  on Tuesday.
May 3, 2022: Brad Horstman, Principal of Challenger Middle School was our speaker. He noted that many of their students are refugees, some of whom are English Language Learners who may also need Special Education Services. Community events planned the next school year include Bingo, Trunk or Treat, Winter Festival, Paint Night and Family Fiesta. He asked for items to be sold in the Bulldog Bodega (school store) and invited  us attend other events during school hours.  Our Interact Club has begun scheduling projects after a two+ year layoff due to Covid. Barb Jones has agreed to be the Interact Advisor. 
PDG Elizabeth Mahoney and Club President Phil Ladd presented Brad with his first Paul Harris Fellow pin for his outstanding accomplishments.
Our First Annual Spaghetti Dinner was a success due to the efforts of a few of our Club members. When you see them, say “Thank You”
Several members of our Club and other local Rotatians packed food at the ValleyView Food Bank during this year's Rotary Week of Service.
We volunteered to check in donors once again at the Red Cross Blood Drive on April 12. They collected 34 units of blood from 38 donors.

     “Get Your Game On” was DG Elizabeth Mahoney’s theme for the 2020-21 Rotary Year culminating at the District Conference in Cardinal Stadium. However, Covid-19 cancelled it along with all in-person meetings and fundraisers. Fortunately, a Celebration/Installation was held at The Wigwam on July 10.

       On June 22, the first in-person meeting (and a very important one) of our combined Clubs in over a year was held at The Atrium. Our weekly 50/50 raffle has resumed. 
       The official meeting began with outgoing President Mary Zongolowicz thanking those individuals who provided guidance during the past year. Incoming President Phil Ladd presented Mary a plaque with gavel attached. The inscription read, “In appreciation of your effective leadership during the year of the Covid 19 Pandemic”.
       Club member and current District 5495 Governor Elizabeth Mahoney presented the 2021-22 Rotary theme banner “Serve to Change Lives” to incoming President Phil Ladd. She then installed Phil, Satellite Club Chair Kaley Gilmore and incoming 2021-22 officers.
       Sponsor Steve Bjornstad welcomed our newest Satellite member Audree Lebjdiri.
           Starting July 20 (we are dark 7/6), we will be meeting the first and third Tuesdays at noon at Royal Oaks, 10015 W Royal Oak Road in Sun City. Signs will direct you to the meeting room. 
       Meal cost is $20 and cash is preferred. Choice of two entrees with sides, pre-plated salad, dessert selection and water, iced tea, lemonade and soda.
       We are returning to Happy Bucks announcements, $2 fee for unsolved trivia questions, 50/50 raffle tickets ($1 for one or three for $2).
       All Rotarians or interested guests are encouraged to attend.
Club Member Marty Feess recalled some  his (and wife Karen's) memories of their experiences while serving in the Peace Corp in Jordan. He also gave us a brief history of the area at our Zoom Meeting on May 11.
For the Rotary Week of Service, about 25 members and guests of the Sun City and Sun City West Rotary Clubs packed 936 bags of groceries for distribution at the Valley View Food Bank on April 22. A few of our members then enjoyed lunch at the outdoor patio of On the Border (our first in-person gathering in over a year).
Well, we hoped that the "third time is a charm" would come through and we would be able to put on our Golf Classic. Sadly, this is not going to be the case. We are postponing our Golf Classic once more - from March 20th to November 6th.
But we are enthusiastic about everyone beginning to "get back to normal" [or some level of NEW NORMAL] by November! Additional announcements will be released as we move through the summer.
The Rotary Club of Sun City/Sun City Satellite held its second successful American Red Cross blood drive June 27 at the United Church of the Palms in Sun City resulting in 56 accepted blood donations. We also collected socks for United Church of Christ Sun City’s drive for the Dysart Community Center and food donations for Valley View Food Bank.
At today's Zoom meeting, PDG Charlie Teagarden reported on Rotary's progress to End Polio Now. Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only two endemic countries left in the World. He announced the formation of the Polio Plus Society. Rotarians commit to $100/year until Polio is eradicated. All donations are matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Donations made before World Polio Day (October 24) will receive double recognition points.
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.
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