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.
 
 
 
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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.
 
Kansiri-Mwereerwe Water, Sanitation & Health Project 2017-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
 
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!
 
 
SCHOA Expo SCBj 2017-09-01 07:00:00Z 0
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.
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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.
 
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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
RIPE Samuel F Owori 2017-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
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!
RI Convention and RIPN Sam Owori SCBj 2017-06-25 07:00:00Z 0
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.
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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.
 
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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!
Busy Day last Tuesday! Steve Bjornstad 2017-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
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.
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Posted on Jan 21, 2017
 
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.
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Challenger Students of the Month Annette 2017-01-17 00:00:00Z 0
Challenger Winter Family Festival Annette & Steve 2016-12-14 00:00:00Z 0
Bell Ringing a valentine 2016-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Twelve New Rotarians Annette Valentine 2016-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
We've moved the date of our 4th Annual Golf Classic to accommodate our out of town friends and visitors...
 
 
Attention Snowbirds! Annette Valentine 2016-11-15 00:00:00Z 0
DG Danny's Official Visit Annette Valentine 2016-10-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2016
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.
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Posted on Jun 27, 2016
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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Posted on May 06, 2016
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. 
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Challenger Students A. Valentine 2016-02-16 00:00:00Z 0
Visiting Rotarian A. Valentine 2016-02-09 00:00:00Z 0
RYLA Attendees A. Valentine 2016-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
Challenger Students of the Month Annette 2015-12-15 00:00:00Z 0
Challenger Thanksgiving Annette 2015-11-24 00:00:00Z 0
Challenger Students Honored A Valentine 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Celebrating World Interact Week! A Valentine 2015-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Incoming Youth Exchange ADV 2015-10-20 00:00:00Z 0
Formulating Club Action Plans Annette Valentine 2015-09-22 00:00:00Z 0
Caleb in Cagliari 2015-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Challenger Students of the Month Honored Annette Valentine 2015-09-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2015
 

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. 

 
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Challenger Middle School Visit Annette Valentine 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
It's Time for a Haircut! Annette Valentine 2015-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on May 04, 2015
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.
Challenger Interact Visit Annette Valentine 2015-05-05 00:00:00Z 0
Second Annual Golf Classic a Success! Annette Valentine 2015-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 26, 2015

Our Club's monthly social was held Monday afternoon at the home of Chip, Elizabeth and Caleb to welcome our Swedish exchange student Erik's parents and sister to America. Club members and other Rotarians involved in the youth exchange program enjoyed a beautiful Arizona sunset, great food and company. 

Welcome to America Annette Valentine 2015-04-27 00:00:00Z 0

The project includes collecting items and bringing them to the District Conference on May 15, assembling packages at the District Conference, and shipping the packages after the District Conference. Items requested by the troop leaders in Kuwait:

  • Oral hygiene items (tooth paste, toothbrushes, floss, mouthwash, soft picks)
  • Personal items (combs, brushes, shave cream, razors, soap, shampoo/conditioner, nail clippers, nail files)
  • Outdoor items (sunblock, chap stick, flip flops, hats, cool-ties)
  • Other (magazines, snacks, gum, mints
 
  • Cash donation (to defray shipping costs) 

Bring items to our May 5 meeting. All items and funds that do not go to the troops in Kuwait will be given to Fighter Country Partnership at Luke Air Force Base.

 
 
Rotarians and Rotaractors in Districts 5490 and 5510 are participating in a joint District Conference service project: "Support Our Troops in Kuwait" Annette Valentine 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
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2nd Annual Golf Tournament 2015-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
Challenger Students of the Month Annette Valentine 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Challenger Students of the Month A Valentine 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Washington HS Interact Bracelets A Valentine 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Challenger Middle School Thanksgiving Annette Valentine 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 15, 2014
Sun City Rotary Club members Jim Green, left, and Hollie Green, right, present pins to Swedish foreign exchange student Erik Adling Tufvesson to wear on his Rotary jacket. Erik is sponsored by the Sun City club and attends Sunrise Mountain High School, 21200 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, while in the U.S. During his club visit Oct. 14, Erik shared a slide show and some information highlighting his home country.
Swedish tour Rusty Bradshaw 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Ani and Mike join Interactors Gardening Annette Valentine 2014-09-27 00:00:00Z 0
Grand Canyon Journey Annette Valentine 2014-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
Bay Seafood Festival Annette Valentine 2014-09-05 00:00:00Z 0
New Generations Visitor Annette Valentine 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Aug 19, 2014

After the raffle jackpot was won the week before, Mike Zongolowicz pulled the Queen of Hearts to win it at the very next meeting. Just one week sooner and Mike would have gotten $350 more. The previous week's winner, Robert Flavell, donated his winnings to feed hungry children.Image

Back-to-back Rusty Bradshaw 2014-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
Erik Attends District 5490 Youth Orientation Annette Valentine 2014-08-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Aug 04, 2014

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DG Chuck Fitzgerald (accompanied by wife, Susan, DG Elect Paul Pulicken and Assistant DG Alvin Hancock) made his official visit to our Club on August 5. He brought greetings from RI President Gary Huang explaining this year's theme "Light Up Rotary." Chuck talked about being a proud Rotarian and challenged each of us to reflect on the time when we became a proud Rotarian. He also encouraged us to tell non-Rotarians about Rotary inviting them to join us for lunch and/or service projects. 

 
DG Chuck Fitzgerald visits our Club Annette Valentine 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Four Special Guests (continued) Annette Valentine 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Jul 28, 2014

July 29, 2014  We were treated to an informative and energizing presentation by enthusiastic future Rotarians: Sandy Zao, Cairo Geha, Erik Adling Tufvesson and Pasquale Geha

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Four Special Guests Annette Valentine 2014-07-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dean Pokrandt on Jul 22, 2014

On Wednesday July 23, our club had four volunteers who assisted the Salvation Army in their back-to-school clothing shopping at the Walmart in Peoria.  About 170 children and their parents were served in two shifts by 75 volunteers. Many of the volunteers were service men and women from Luke Air Base and some from the local Honda car dealership. It was a lot of fun, a rewarding experience and the families were very appreciative.  

Back-to-School Shopping Dean Pokrandt 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Jun 23, 2014

Our newest member Neal Layton was sponsored by Dick Brown.Image

Welcome Neal Annette Valentine 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Jun 16, 2014

The Sun City Rotary Foundation awarded $35,000 to area charities during its 2013-14 Rotary year.
Presentations to four of them — Boy Scouts of America, Doves, Grand Canyon University and Justa Center — were made at its weekly luncheon on June 17.
The foundation, through the Rotary Club of Sun City, annually awards grants to area charities from its fundraising efforts and donations received. The Sun City club is active in other ways, including being the parent club for the largest high school Interact club in the world and presenting monthly student of the month awards to children attending an El Mirage elementary school.
Founded in 1962, just two years after Sun City was created, the Sun City Rotary Club has been involved in the community for more than 50 years. The club meets noon Tuesdays at the Grand Canyon University-Banner Boswell campus, 10484 W. Thunderbird Blvd.
Visit the Sun City Rotary Club’s Facebook page or website, www.RotaryClubSunCityAZ.com.
This year the club distributed 14 grants. They went to:
• Arizona Funeral, Cemetery & Cremation Association Foundation for Children works in conjunction with school nurses across the state identifying children with medical needs not commonly funded by other organizations. Common needs are wheelchairs, eyeglasses and specialized equipment to enable children to participate in regular scholastic activities.
• Benevilla’s Volunteer Home Services Program provides transportation, minor home repairs, obtaining groceries, weekly errands, leisure companionship and business assistance for elderly and disabled Sun City residents at no charge.
• Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council’s After School Scouting program serves the Glendale Youth Project and Dysart and Peoria school districts and community organizations by offering boys and girls a chance to participate in scouting activities at no cost.
• Doves, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, is Area Agency on Aging’s program for victims of late-life domestic violence and elder abuse. For up to two years, participants can receive safe housing, food, clothing, case management, transportation, referrals to needed resources and assistance in applying for benefits so they can move on to a life free from violence and fear.  
• Grand Canyon University’s College of Nursing and Health Care Professions has a 25-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 older homeless adults, 30 percent of whom are military veterans. The center’s services include procuring safe, affordable housing, basic physical health care, mental health counseling, job assessment and training/placement assistance. It offers unique amenities such as showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, computers with internet access, lockers, coffee, books and TV.
• KAET Eight, Arizona, the local PBS station, delivers groundbreaking, high quality programming; in-depth analysis of local issues; safe, educational viewing for children; and educational outreach initiatives. 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 with life threatening conditions and their families and, as needed, end-of-life care. There is no charge to families. Any child between the ages of birth and 17, living in Arizona with a life-threatening condition and care for at home, is eligible. This year, Ryan House anticipates serving more than 300 children and their families.
• 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.
• St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Emergency Food Box program is for food-insecure individuals and families in the Northwest Valley. Families receive a three-day supply of nutritionally well-balanced food including fresh, refrigerated and frozen products. The Surprise facility assisted nearly 30,000 people this past year.
• Sun Health Foundation’s Memory Care Navigator program educates families and caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease and/or dementia on what to expect and how best to cope or navigate through this disease process. Classes include memory screenings, brain fitness and meal planning for brain health.
• Sun Valley Lodge Retirement Center, the first retirement center in Sun City founded in 1965, provides a continuum of care for seniors from independent living to skilled nursing. Funds are being given to the Residents’ Assistance Fund for those who have outlived their resources.  
• After learning that third grade students in Arizona would have to pass a literacy test to advance to the next grade, the club applied for a matching grant from District 5490 Rotary to provide 166 library books suitable for grades K-3 at Thompson Ranch Elementary School in El Mirage. The Foundation also hosts student of the month lunches and awards for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students and their parents during the school year.
• Washington High School Interact Club, sponsored by the Sun City Rotary Club for 14 years, has more than 300 members participating in weekly service projects to help the less fortunate, such as Andre House, Home Base, Watkins Shelter and St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. The Sun City Rotary Foundation awarded scholarships to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference in January and college scholarships to six graduating Interact members.


In the photo:

Receiving grants from the Sun City Rotary Club were, back from left, Gerry Kroloff for Doves, Scott Ritchey for Justa, Tom Hamlett for Boy Scouts of America and, front center, Roni Collazo for Grand Canyon University. Making the presentations for the club were Annette Valentine, front left, and Elizabeth Lowe, front right.Image

Sun City Rotary Foundation awards $35,000 in grants Rusty Bradshaw 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Transition Time Annette Valentine 2014-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on May 27, 2014

The Sun City Rotary Club recognized the last students of the month for the 2013-14 school year from Thompson Ranch Elementary School, 11800 W. Thompson Ranch Road, El Mirage. Students, the parents and one sibling who attended were, front from left, Esther Uribe-Reyes, Jayden Tario-Welch, Aaron Facio, Arianna Facio, back row from left, Aida Reyes, Felipe Uribe, Tasha Welch, Elsa Facio and Leo Facio. Students received a certificate and a cash award. The club will resume the program in the fall.Image

Sun City Rotary honors students Rusty Bradshaw 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on May 26, 2014

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At our May 27 meeting, WHS Interact Club Advisor Jill Green was presented with the Presidential Citation as well as Sun City Rotary Club's Member of the Month. She is flanked by Joseangel Gonzalez and Erica Balderas who served as Co-presidents of their Club and Assistant District 5490 Governors. They presented a $1,000 check to be given to Rotary International Foundation's Polio Plus fund. Also attending were AnaRosa Huicochea and Gerson Aristondo who will succeed them as Co-presidents and Assistant Governors for the 2014-15 Rotary year.

WHS Interact Visit Annette Valentine 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Sun City Golf Classic a Sucess! Annette Valentine 2014-05-03 00:00:00Z 0
Thompson Ranch Students of the Month Annette Valentine 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Apr 21, 2014

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The Sun City Rotary Club hosted a lunch for District 5490 leaders, educational dignitaries, Interact officers and sponsors on April 22. Catherine Coronado, Mary Freeland, Wendy Ramos, Jeri Shranko, and Tami Strege were awarded honorary memberships in the Sun City Rotary Club for their role in assisting Interact Advisor Jill Green in carrying out an average of five service projects a week. District Governor Duce Minor presented a second Paul Harris Fellowship to Jill Green on behalf of the Sun City Club. Representative Mark Cardenas (a WHS Interact alumni) was unable to attend due to commitments in the State Legislature, but will be given his first Paul Harris Fellow by the Club at an upcoming meeting.

 

A delicious lunch was prepared and served by Washington High's advanced culinary students. Interact co-presidents Joseangel Gonzalez and Erica Balderas conducted a traditional weekly Rotary meeting featuring Earth Day trivia and happy bucks to be used in connection with a purple pinkie campaign for Polio Plus being implemented by the Interact club. After being serenaded by the WHS choir including a inspiring rendition of the National Anthem, the group planted two trees on the campus for Earth Day.

 

Honored guests included District Governor Duce Minor, DG Elect Chuck Fitzgerald, PDG Jim Green, Associate Superintendent of Glendale Schools Brian Capistran, Glendale Board of Education member Patty Kennedy, WHS Principal Carol Lippert, Assistant Principals Tami Strege, Eric Zimmerman and Jeff Parsons.

Washington High School Interact Luncheon Annette Valentine 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Apr 15, 2014
Sun City Rotarians Shari Hargrave, left, and Elizabeth Lowe, right, welcome Robert Flavell as a new member to the club. Ms. Hargrave was his sponsor. Mr. Flavell provides the catering for the club’s weekly lunches.Image
The chef becomes a member Rusty Bradshaw 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Apr 15, 2014
Sun City Rotarian Carrie Kulesh, left, receives a pin from club President Elizabeth Lowe recognizing her for achieving her second Paul Harris Fellow award.Image
She becomes a fellow for the second time Rusty Bradshaw 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Apr 15, 2014

 Miles Keegan explained to Sun City Rotarians the various duties of a county constable. In the position, he serves orders of protection, evictions and other legal documents. Considered part of law enforcement, but not quite a sworn police officer, constables arImagee rare in the United States; Arizona is one of only 18 states that still have constables. 

Constable is a thankless job Rusty Bradshaw 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Apr 15, 2014
With Sun City Rotary Club member Annette Valentine, left, listening, Joseangel Gonzalez of the Washington High School Interact Club reviews the club’s accomplishments so far this year, including passing the 300 member plateau. The Interact Club, sponsored by Sun City Rotary, is the largest and most active Interact club in the world.Image
Washington Interact students are busy Rusty Bradshaw 2014-04-16 00:00:00Z 0
April 1 -- Honors Program Annette Valentine 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
March 25 Youth Oriented Programs Annette Valentine 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Please join us.... Annette Valentine 2014-02-21 00:00:00Z 0
One of our favorite activities... Annette Valentine 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Meal becomes Highlight of Meetings Annette Valentine 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Jan 30, 2014
More will be posted but want to express our thanks and appreciation to Nancy Van Pelt (and her "staff") for the planning and execution of a wonderful trip. All members of the Hermosillo Pitic Rotary Club (and their wives) were fantastic hosts .... and we did good deeds as well. An honor to represent our Club.Image
Successful Wheelchair Distribution in Hermosillo Annette Valentine 2014-01-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Jan 27, 2014

Our first meeting at Grand Canyon University location was a winner! Chef Robert served the best lunch we've had in years. Our inbound exchange student, Agnes, gave a beautiful and educational program on her homeland Poland. Come visit us ... reservations at suncityrotary@gmail.com

Kudos for New Location Annette Valentine 2014-01-28 00:00:00Z 0
TRES Students of the Month Annette Valentine 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Dec 09, 2013

At our December 10 meeting, Bob Solis' program provided insights into Rotary history. Jim Hargrave scored the most points with 16 out of 47 correct answers. You could only answer the second part of a question IF you answered the first part correctly. For the education of those who did not attend, the answers follow in bold.

Rotary Insights! Annette Valentine 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Bell Ringing Annette Valentine 2013-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Nov 26, 2013
ImageElizabeth Lowe, right, Sun City Rotary Club president, accepts a banner from Agnes Slowikowska, a Polish foreign exchange student sponsored by the Sun City club during her year’s stay in the Valley. A resident of Warsaw, Poland’s capital, Ms. Slowikowska was given a Sun City banner to take to her home club, which her grandfather founded.
Trading banners Rusty Bradshaw 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Nov 26, 2013
As one of its youth projects, the Sun City Rotary Club recognizes monthly the top students in grades 6-8 at Thompson Ranch Elementary School, 11800 W. Thompson Ranch Road, El Mirage. The students recognized for October, and their families that accompanied them, were, front from left, Wendy Macias, Nina Sanchez, Kiera Allison, back from left, Valentin Macias, Belen Madero, Eddy Macias, Sonia Sanchez, Martin Sanchez and YolandaImage
Top notch students Rusty Bradshaw 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
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During a Nov. 19 visit to the Sun City Rotary Club, Jose Angel, Washington High School Interact Club co-president, shared that the group topped the 300-member mark this year. The Washington club is the largest and most active Interact club in Rotary International, and is sponsored by the Sun City club.

Interact on the upswing Rusty Bradshaw 2013-11-27 00:00:00Z 0
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The club's September Students of the Month from Thompson Ranch Elementary School and their parents were honored Oct. 22. Students were Monssarat Ayala, Nicole Valdez and Eve Sperry. They were accompanied by their parents (and one grandparent) Angie Valdez, Gina Lopez, Nicole Ferrier and Scarlott Lawlar. See more photos on the club's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sun-City-Rotary-Club/111302695607646

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Student day at Sun City Rotary Club Rusty Bradshaw 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Mega Pack in Prescott Rusty Bradshaw 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Youth Exchange student update Rusty Bradshaw 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary friendship conference Rusty Bradshaw 2013-10-22 00:00:00Z 0
Visioning a Five-Year Plan... Annette Valentine 2013-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
U.S./Mexico Friendship Conference and Matching Grants Exchange Rusty Bradshaw 2013-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
"Some Like it Hot" Annette Valentine 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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"Safe!" Annette Valentine 2013-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Annual Mexico Friendship Conference coming up Rusty Bradshaw 2013-09-23 00:00:00Z 0
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Thumbs up! Annette Valentine 2013-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarians gear up for wheelchair distribution Rusty Bradshaw 2013-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rusty Bradshaw on Aug 24, 2013
Sun City Rotarians joined other Rotary Club members, student groups and other volunteers to pack meals at the Salvation Army's Herberger Center Aug. 24. The Sun City Rotarians' afternoon shift (just more than one hour) packed 300 boxes of meals that will provide more than 64,000 servings and give 177 children meals for one year.Image
Packing meals at the Salvation Army's Herberger Center Rusty Bradshaw 2013-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Aug 06, 2013

in celebrating Rotary's 100th anniversary in Arizona by packing meals for Feed My Starving Children!Image

Please join us.... Annette Valentine 2013-08-07 00:00:00Z 0
Groups urged to join Rotary in packing Feed My Starving Children meals at the Salvation Army Rusty Bradshaw 2013-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
District Governor Duce Minor to Address Club on July 23 Annette Valentine 2013-07-06 00:00:00Z 0
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L to R: Sun City Rotary Club President Heather Lyons, Scott Ritchey
of Justa Center, Sun City Rotary Club Foundation Chair
Michael Zongolowicz and Holly Cotter of Ryan House


Sun City Rotary Foundation Presents Grants Annette Valentine 2013-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Scholarships Awarded to WHS Interact Seniors Annette Valentine 2013-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
World Water Monitoring Project Continues Annette Valentine 2013-05-25 00:00:00Z 0
April 6 District Assembly and Food Packing Annette Valentine 2013-04-06 00:00:00Z 0
Newest Member Ben Stevenson (Bob Solis holding banner high enough for Ben's "official" photo.) Annette Valentine 2013-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Sun City Rotary Foundation awards $34,000 to local charities Annette Valentine 2012-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Group Study Exchange team from South Korea District 3590 Annette Valentine 2012-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Washington High School Interact Participates in Neighborhood Clean-up Annette Valentine 2012-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Shari Hargrave presented a token of the Club's appreciation to Dr. Rajesh Bhatka who has been an ongoing supporter of the Club's special events ... most recently the Casino Night at the District 5490 Conference.
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Bianca Sandoval and her parents, Javier and Cecilia, received well wishes (along with parting gifts) before leaving on her journey as a one-year Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Palmeira das missios, Brazil.
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President Bob Solis cheerfully passed the gavel to incoming President Julie Bell at our June 28 meeting.
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Club members pose for Patricia Fehlhaber after presentation of Foundation Grants. Annette Valentine 2011-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
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Photo:  Gerry Keroloff (Doves), Joanne Anderson (Benevilla), Mike Zongolowicz (Foundation Chair), Patricia Fehlhaber (St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance), ellise l.g. hayden (Adelante Healthcare) and Bob Solis (Sun City Rotary Club President)

The Sun City Youngtown Rotary Foundation awarded $40,000 in grants to area charities at its weekly luncheon June 21 at the Sun City Country Club in Sun City. Awards were given to:

Rotary Foundation awards $40,000 in Grants Annette Valentine 2011-06-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Annette Valentine on Jun 12, 2011
The Sun City Rotary Club hosted the wonderful District 5490 conference at The Wigwam this past weekend. Vicki Frye and Vicky Fox did a fantastic job in planning and execution. No detail was overlooked. Presentations by the GSE team from Taiwan, Youth Exchange and, of course, Rotary International General Secretary Ed Futa, Past RI President Cliff Dochterman, Col. Jeffey R. Weed, and Ambassadorial Scholar Second Lieutenant Kathryn Murphy  were powerful and entertaining. The Casino Night, presided over by our President Bob Solis, was great fun and a huge success and the memorial release of the doves provided a moving finish to the conference. Congratulations to all those Sun City members who assisted in many ways and for our club's solid attendance in support of our esteemed Club Member and current District Governor Jim Green.
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Installation of Officers and District Govenor Annette Valentine 2010-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
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Darlene Roach, center, Thompson Ranch Elementary School Interact Club advisor and school librarian, accepts books from Sun City Rotarians, from left, Jim Hargrave, Elizabeth Lowe, Annette Valentine, Jim Green, James Valentine and Fernando Gomez. The club donated about 2,700 books to the school, located in El Mirage, through a $3,500 matching grant from member Charley Trantina, the club’s Foundation and Rotary District 5490.

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District governor challenges Sun City Rotarians to be engaged Rusty Bradshaw 0
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Alf rides again! Rusty Bradshaw 0
Sun City Rotary's own Dancing Queen! Rusty Bradshaw 0
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Sun City Rotarians Mike Zongolowicz and Annette Valentine joined Founder Bob Solis along with Bill Ehlman (SC winter Rotarian), Peoria North Rotarians: Club President Rebecca Wilks and PDG George Wheeler as part of a 33-person group to visit Open Arms Home for Children arriving February 26th.Image
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Kelly McCullough, General Manager of Channel 8, addressed the Club on January 25. He detailed the programs provided on 8.1, 8.2 and 8.3, especially local productions ... Monumental Arizona; Over Arizona; Under Arizona; Arizona Stories; Check, Please! Arizona; Arizona Technology and Innovation; Phoenix Mars Mission; Horizon and Horizonte ... and asked for our support. Photo by DJ Natvig
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Chair Shari Hargrave (in red), Past President Hollie Green (in white) and fellow Rotarians Mike and Heather Lyons (with daughter Chloe) present a check to the Surprise Firefighters Charities in support of their Christmas shopping spree. 165 students from the Dysart Unified School District were assigned a chaperon and given $50 to spend however they desired as part of the group's annual Aisles of Smiles event.
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Jim and Shari Hargrave with two adorable granddaughters
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Charlie Trantina and Bob Chartrand
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Vaughn and Bev Autrey preparing to sell Winging It tickets at the Litchfield Art Festival on November 7. Winners were:
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On November 7, 70 white doves will fly from Litchfield Park to their home in Tempe. Tickets are $50 each.
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Every month the Rotary Club of Sun City honors 3 students from Thompson Ranch School.  The students are honored for their leadership, cooperation, assistance, volunteering and more.  They are selected by their teachers.  We as the Rotary Club of Sun City are proud to honor these great citizens in their academic setting and helping to become great future Rotarians.
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Shari Hargrave and Vicki Frye "Ring the Chimes"
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Bob Gilberg and his lovely wife Elaine ring the bell for the Salvation Army
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Vaughn Autrey rings the bell for the Salvation Army
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"Ring My Chimes" was the call for the Rotary Club of Sun City day of ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.
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