Letter From President Mike Jan 2022

Dear Sunsetters,

First of all, let me wish you all a Happy New year! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas.
Our Club is at the halfway point of the Rotary Year! But before I review our Club’s activities, let me remind you about our Tuesday night meeting via Zoom, to be immediately followed by a Board Meeting.
In this past Rotary Year, our Club organized notable events and projects. We returned to live meetings once per month to supplement our Zoom meetings. We started out at Coco’s Restaurant, where DG Hank Huisking paid us a visit. As part of her address, Hank presented Paul Harris+3 to Members Laura Ziady and George Ward. After three months at Coco’s, our meetings were moved to our current digs at Maria Bonita’s (Kirsten Stephen’s discovery). It seems to fit us well.
We added three new members to our Club since July 1st. Rita Stubbs joined us in July; IPDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear joined us in November. At the same time, Gordon Goodyear was inducted as an Honorary Member.
Our Club worked on numerous projects during the past six months with the assistance of the Tucson-United Interact Club. Naturally, we ventured to our section of the Rillito River for a couple of classic River Cleanups. Next, Laura Ziady initiated and coordinated the collection of school supplies for the Holladay Magnet Elementary School, which she personally presented, with much thanks from the Principal. Harold Loewenstein, our perennial Dictionary Leader, once again coordinated the distribution of dictionaries to numerous elementary school third graders. The effort was aided by Sarah and Sam Craddock, who placed the Rotary stickers in each dictionary.  Natasha Wrae, in addition to acting as our Interact Advisor, shouldered the bulk of the three-day operation of the Club’s/District’s Finish Line Booth at the Ride for Polio. A number of Club members and Interactors assisted, most notably booth set-up and take-down artist Jerry Jordan, and Interact Allstar Chance Storie. Interspersed amongst these activities, President-Elect Ann Huber arranged for our Club to interview and sponsor two applicants for TRVFA scholarships.
Late in the year, we held two Club Assemblies, the second of which was hosted by Laura Ziady. Both meetings featured fruitful discussions re our Club’s operations. One of the immediate outcomes was Denny Scanlan’s launching of a festive purchase of gifts by Club Members and our Interactors for the Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse. The Club’s funds were matched by a District Grant procured by a rather frenzied application spearheaded by Diane Ventura-Goodyear. All of the Club’s purchases were subsequently delivered to the thankful staff at the Center. And finally, two days after Christmas, Denny Scanlan and Ann Huber delivered a wheelchair and a walker to an older gentleman encumbered by severe physical limitations.
Re a social event, Club Member Rita Stubbs, aka the UA Associate Head Volleyball Coach, was kind enough to host our Members’ attendance at a UA Volleyball game! A fun time of fellowship that also allowed us to view a big-time college sporting event.
As to District events, six of our Club Members and our Interactors attended the District Conference at the Casino del Sol. Denny Scanlan, Ann Huber, and yours truly also participated as members of the Conference Committee. Our Interactors participated in two sessions designed for Interactors and enjoyed the conference luncheon with a keynote speaker who described his family’s experience of climbing Mt. Everest.
While I am looking forward to an even more productive 2022 for our Club, I appreciate all of the support that I received from the Board and all of the Members.
Thanks to you all,
Prez Mike
Letter From President Mike Jan 2022 2022-01-02 07:00:00Z 0

Club Members Shop for Youth On Their Own

In February, club members and guests, including one Interactor, shopped for food, hygiene, and household supplies for Youth On Their Own (YOTO) as part of a D5500 Matching Grant.  The club donated $500 and the district matched that amount.  Items procured for the YOTO Mini Mall include toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, toilet paper, and student favorites such as ramen, oatmeal, tuna, mac & cheese, and peanut butter.
YOTO serves homeless students and from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, it served 2,176 youth.
Thanks to shoppers:  Pres. Sarah Craddock, Samantha Craddock, Natasha Wrae, Interactor Connor Storie, Cameron Storie, Jerry Jordan, Laura Ziady, Mike Kloehn, and Kirsten Stephens.  Additional thanks to Bob Stephens for helping deliver the supplies to YOTO.

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Collecting Items for PACC

Posted by Kirsten Stephens on Oct 29, 2017
The Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) is in constant need of blankets, towels, sheets and pet food.  If anyone has any of the above that they would like to donate, please bring them to a club meeting and Kirsten will get them to PACC.  This is a great opportunity to clean out your closets and help a worthy cause in the process!
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Tucson Sunset Rotary Projects

  • Rotary Foundation Matching Grant to furnish and equip an orphanage in Uitenhage, South Africa in 1998
  • Rotary Foundation Matching Grant, in partnership with a club in India, to provide computers to the Boys and Girls Club in Sells, Arizona in 2000
  • Rotary foundation Matching Grant to furnish and equip a children’s center in Al Jalazone refugee camp, Ramallah, Palestine in 2011
  • Rotary Friendship Exchange to Denmark in 1993
  • Rotary Friendship Exchange to New Zealand in 2002
  • Rillito River clean-up since 1986
  • Distribution of holiday gifts to children and food baskets to needy families since 1990
  • Since charter in 1983, members have donated over $158,000 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
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District 5500 6 Club Mixer

Posted by Tom Parsons on Jun 13, 2016
Please join us for the first-ever 6 Club Mixer presented by Old Pueblo, Presidio, Pantano, Pima, Kino and Sunset Rotary Clubs on June 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at Brother John's, 1801 North Stone Avenue.  This is a wonderful opportunity to network and learn more about Rotary. Light appetizers will be served with a no host bar. Feel free to invite significant others, friends, and prospective members. Please RSVP to my secretary, Jenifer, at 520-623-5466 or Jim Lovelace at 520-269-5142.
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Jim Click Jeep Cherokee raffle tickets

Posted by Bryan Cordova on Sep 20, 2014


Buy tickets for the Jim Click Jeep Cherokee, and help support Tucson Sunset Rotary community projects!

(Download/print flyer and order form)

Tickets are $25 each, or 5 for $100. Request your tickets from Tucson Sunset Rotary club members, or mail a check with the above order form by October 22, 2014 to ensure entry in the raffle (tickets and payment due by October 28, 2014 for delivery to the raffle coordinator by October 31, 2014 deadline). For assistance contact B.J. Cordova, wildcatbeej@hotmail.com


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Rotary Road Rally 2014

Posted by Bryan Cordova on Sep 19, 2014

The Rotary Clubs of Tucson Sunrise and Tucson Sunset invite you to the 2014 Rotary Road Rally and BBQ!

(Download/print flyer)

Taking place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 - check in 8:30 a.m. - BBQ begins 11:30 a.m.

Start and finish at Brandi Fenton Park, 3482 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718 (River & Alvernon)

Choose your tour:

- Fun, interesting, historic Tucson route (BLUE route) - approximately 100 minutes

- Challenging, skill-based (GOLD route) - approximately 110 minutes

* Rally Prizes * Car Prizes * Best Costume Prizes *

contact: Steve, bestroadrally@gmail.com or (520) 307-5237

$50 per car (driver & navigator), includes BBQ at the finish line!

$10 for additional riders or BBQ attendees

Proceeds to benefit Intermountain Academy, serving K-8 students with AutismImage

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Medical Equipment Collection

Posted by Kirsten Stephens

Tucson Sunset Rotary continues to accept donations of durable medical equipment to support Crutches 4 Africa international relief efforts, and other local charities supporting those who need medical equipment in Southern Arizona. Items collected include, but are not limited to, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, elevated toilet seats and  shower chairs. Items may be brought to any Tuesday evening Tucson Sunset Rotary club meeting, or other club functions. In addition, two club members' businesses will accept donated items during their business hours:

- Law Office of Natasha Wrae, 312 S. 3rd Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701, (520) 624-4224

For additional assistance with donations, please contact Denny Scanlan, dscanlan@dakotacom.net

Project flyer (prints 3 on a page)

Other local resources:



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Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset

The Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset was founded under the principle of Rotary International - "Service Above Self." It has evolved in 25 years as a club devoted to community service, family and friendship.

An intimate group of diverse members, we meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:30 P.M. at Sabbar Shrine, on the west side of Tucson Blvd. 1/2 mile south of Broadway Blvd. Our meetings are spirited and informative with guest speakers addressing us on a variety of tantalizing subjects.

While our club is a small piece of a very large international organization, the impact that we have in our own community is great.

For those who are members, be proud, be active and be a participant. For those considering joining us, we invite you to become a part of Tucson's most enthusiastic and dynamic Rotary Club.
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