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Tucson Kino

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Tucson, AZ 85706
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Tucson Kino Rotary Salutes 2020 High School Graduates
 
Several club members visited three area high schools and posted handmade signs congratulating the graduating seniors in advance of their virtual ceremonies.
 
Maintaining Proper Distance,
We Begin the Project
 
Chris Bejarano and Fil Barrera Put Up
The First Sign at Star Academy
 
Bob Kuyper, Debbie Haddock and President Karen Barrera at Star Academy
 
 
Debbie Haddock and Buck Crouch at Sunnyside High School
 
Buck Crouch and Debbie at Desert View High School
In order to help the Tucson community during this pandemic, the Tucson Kino Rotary Club decided to provide a meal or meals to local first responders. Tucson Kino Rotary is using locally owned small restaurants and a bakery to provide thank-you lunches, dinners and treats.
 
Tucson Kino Rotary delivered pizzas to the South Tucson Police and Fire Departments, to Tucson Fire Station #10 and #14, and bakery treats to Banner-University Health Center South ER staff.
 
Pizza was delivered to the University of Arizona Police Department and to the fire fighters and paramedics at the Drexel station on Kinney Road.
 
Members also delivered twenty $25.00 Grocery Gift Cards to Las Ranchitos Annex of the Sunnyside Unified School District. Cards were given to families visiting the food shelf. The School District reported they gave the cards to families consisting of 45 children and 49 adults.
 
 
The Tucson Kino Rotary Club honored seven area high school students with Character Awards. Awardees are nominated by school administrators, counselors, teachers, or other students.
The Tucson Kino Rotary Club established the Spring and Fall Character Awards in 2011 to honor high school students who serve as role models in their schools and in society via service to the community.
This spring, the Awardees are:
 
  • Travis Campillo, Baboquivari High School
  • Alexis Hansen, PPEP TEC High School
  • Valeria Mendoza, Sunnyside High School
  • Kassandra Miranda, Star Academic High School
  • Maria Orduno, Desert View High School
  • Jennifer Rascon, Alta Vista High School.
  • Reyanna Robles, Pueblo Magnet High School
 
Normally, students are recognized at a community breakfast attended by family and representatives from each school. However, with the closing of the schools due to the pandemic, this year each honoree received a Certificate of Recognition and a $50 gift card by mail. In addition, Tucson Kino Rotary will donate $25 to a charity of each student’s choice.
 
Learn more about Tucson Kino Rotary at www.kinorotary.org.
Due to the Corvid-19 crisis, Tucson Kino Rotary has arranged to meet electronically. Our first trial run was for a Golf Tournament Committee meeting. Working out some bugs and learning some procedural things, such as muting all microphones unless actually speaking, we had a successful meeting.
 
During the meeting it was decided to postpone our tournament until the fall.
 
The next step was to hold a regular Friday morning meeting electronically. Once again, we had some bugs, but up to 18 people were "at the meeting". With our usual good humor and dedication to our mission we had a productive session. It was nice to "see" everyone.
 
If you would like to be included in our 8:00 AM Friday virtual meetings, but are not a member, send your email address to editorkino@gmail.com.
 
 
2020 ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE
 
At American Eat Company, Tucson Kino Rotarians were very excited to welcome four Minnesota Rotarians and/or spouses to our meeting on Friday, February 14,Valentine's Day.
 
l-r, Sheri and Don Johnston, Joan Fawcett,
Dan and Karen Stanley (Dan is President)
 
Sheri Johnston, one of the visitors said, "Kino Rotarians are the
friendliest I have ever met!"
 
They are from the Prior Lake Minnesota Rotary Club. Kino presented them with gift bags containing Arizona-related items such as Cowboy Poetry T-shirts, pecans, prickly pear suckers and jam and, of course, bottles of AZ-themed water! The Minnesotans presented us with Pearson's Nut Rolls, made in St. Paul, MN; Minnesota-grown wild rice; and donuts and cookies from a great Prior Lake bakery. Member Emma Carrillo gave sweet Valentines to all.
 
 
 
RUDY GARCIA PARK CLEANUP
 
On Saturday, February 1st at 8:00 AM, Tucson Kino Rotarians and members of the U of A Rotaract Club combined to pick up litter at Rudy Garcia Park. This large park is across from the Rodeo grounds and is home to the bleacher seating for the Rodeo Parade. Tuscon Kino Rotary and Rotaract wanted the park to look great for all the rodeo visitors.
 
 

The Tucson Kino Rotary Club established the Spring and Fall Character Awards in 2011 to honor high school students who serve as role models in their schools and in society through service to their community and modeling the Rotary Four-Way Test. Honorees are selected by school staff and/or other students.

For Rotarians, the Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action:

Of the things we think, say or do:

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?

Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Each honoree will receive a Certificate of Recognition and a $50 gift card. In addition, Tucson Kino Rotary will donate $25 to a charity of each student’s choice.
 
Date: Friday, April 17 CANCELLED- Awards will be mailed to the awardees
Time: 7:00 AM
Place: Los Ranchitos Annex, 2054 East Ginter Road, Tucson
Breakfast will be served.
Non-club members RSVP to editorkino@gmail.com
NOTE: The golf tournament has been postponed. Watch our website for updates. kinorotary.org
 
                                                               
 
The Tucson Kino Rotary is proud to announce their 13th Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Randolph Golf Course at 600 South Alvernon Way in Tucson.
 
Proceeds raised from the golf tournament help to provide Sunnyside School District, Tucson Unified School District and Indian Oasis School students with books and school supplies for kindergartners, library books for elementary school libraries, dictionaries for third graders, and Kino Rotary Character Awards for local high school students.
 
We invite you to join us for a fun-filled day of golf as a corporate sponsor and/or foursome for golf. The 18-hole four-person scramble tournament with a 7:30 AM shotgun start attracts participants from throughout Southern Arizona. It includes contests, hole activities, a silent auction, benefit drawings, and opportunities to win individual and team prizes.  The tournament will conclude with a buffet lunch and an awards ceremony.
 
Under Site Pages, click on Golf Tournament for sponsor and registration information.
CHARACTER AWARDS
 
On November 15, 2019, at a community breakfast, seven area high school students were honored with Character Awards presented to them, their families and representatives from the faculties of their schools. Students are nominated by school administrators, counselors, teachers or other students.
 
The Tucson Kino Rotary Club established the Spring and Fall Character Awards in 2011 to honor high school students who serve as role models in their schools and in society via service to their community.
 
This fall, the Awardees were:
 
Sammy Bedoy, Star Academic High School
Brooke Atchison, Desert View High School
Sebastian Urrea, Sunnyside High School
Joshua Tawyesva-Ortiz, Baboquivari High School
Nestor Ibarra, Pueblo Magnet High School
Mireya Trujillo, PPEP TEC High School
Meralys Del Valle Martinez, Alta Vista High School
 
Mireya Trujillo, Brook Atchison, Sammy Bedoy, Merles Del Valle Martinez, Sebastian Urrea.
Not pictured were Nestor Ibarra and Joshua Tawyesva-Ortiz.
 
Each student received a Certificate of Recognition and a $50 gift card. In addition, Tucson Kino Rotary will donate $25 to a charity chosen by each student.
 
 
DICTIONARIES
 
Beginning in 2007, Tucson Kino Rotary started giving incoming third grade students a dictionary/reference book. Club members personally hand deliver a dictionary/reference book to each child during special presentations at their school.
 
The Students are Eager to Read!
One said, "It's like having Google on paper!"
 
The first year, we began by giving 101 students a dictionary/reference book at Miller Elementary School. Each year the project has grown and in 2019, at 22 local elementary schools, we gave over 2000 students a dictionary/reference book to call their own . In the past 12 years, Tucson Kino Rotary has given students over 21,000 dictionary/reference books.
 
Tucson Kino Rotarians Stamp and Box
Over 2,000 Dictionary/Reference Books
 
Each time Tucson Kino Rotary has a guest presenter, we ask the presenter to sign a bookplate and we tell them that a book will be donated in their name to a local school library. This year, Esperanza Elementary in the Sunnyside Unified School District was chosen to receive the donation.
 
President Karen Barrera presented a check for $400 to Esperanza Principal Michelle Gottleber for the purchase of books for the Esperanza library. She also gave her labels for the books that were signed by guest presenters at Kino meetings over the last year.
PARK CLEAN UP
 
Tucson Kino Rotary, with the help of the Wrestling Team from Tucson High School under the leadership of Coach Kory Deberry, picked up trash in Rudy Garcia (Rodeo) Park in Tucson. Nine students helped club members complete the third cleanup of the park this year. New Tucson Kino Rotary member, Bernadette Alvarado, coordinated the assistance of the wrestling team.
 
82 degree temps and some snacks
helped the crew maintain enthusiasm!
 
With a $6,000 grant, Tucson Kino Rotary, Rotary District 5500 and the Rotary Club of Kisumu Central in Kenya, helped equip a medical clinic in the remote Mwongeti Village in Kenya.
 
Previously, the 6,000 villagers had to walk for two hours for any medical help. Using the Rotary grant, a six-room structure was retrofitted and furnished with medical furniture, equipment, and supplies. The clinic employs a Registered Nurse Midwife and a Lab Technician to provide treatment for and prevention of malaria, diphtheria and the other medical needs of local families. A future goal is to equip a Maternity Ward for mothers who often give birth along the road enroute to the closest medical facilities. A community well is also planned.
These efforts are in addition to past projects providing the village with electricity for the first time, supplying a grist mill to grind maize grown nearby, upgrading facilities at the village school and building a charging station for cell phones and other electronics all done with Rotary grants.
 
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. Visit: rotary.org.
Tucson Kino Rotary donated 218 backpacks loaded with school supplies and two books to 4 year-olds at the Ocotillo Early Learning Center on May 2. Kino has worked with the school staff for many years. These students are graduating from pre-school and will be entering kindergarten this fall. Last year there were over 300 students in the class.
 
The squeals of delight rewarded Kino Rotary volunteers at the presentations.
On April 24, 2019, 66 college scholarships ranging in size from $1,000 to $5,000 were awarded to seniors graduating from Desert View or Sunnyside High Schools. Tucson Kino Rotary Club presented a scholarship to Yazmin Kotzambasis from Sunnyside High School. These annual scholarships are managed by the Sunnyside District Alumni Association in partnership with a national program of Scholarship America called Dollars for Scholars.
 
Ms. Kotzambasis is planning to attend Pima Community College in Tucson. She will be studying to be a paralegal with a minor in Spanish. She attended the Scholarship Reception with members of her family and was presented a Certificate of Achievement from Tucson Kino Rotary President, John Palacio.
 
A number of Tucson Kino Rotarians are involved with the Sunnyside District Alumni Association. Karen Barrera is Vice President and a Director. Fil Barrera is a Director. Raul and Chris Bejarano, along with Karen and Fil served on the Scholarship Selection Committee choosing the 66 student winners from over 200 applicants. Raul and Chris also awarded and introduced each Scholarship to the students.  And, of course, Buck Crouch is President of the Sunnyside Governing Board.
 
Also attending from KinoRotary were Monique Soria, Debra Haddock, David and Joan Fawcett.
 
Tucson Kino Rotary is proud to award this scholarship each year and is proud of its members who donate so much time and resources to this great program to help senior students reach their college and career goals.
On May 1, 2019, 60 students graduated from their Parents As Teachers program and a Celebration was held at Desert View High School.
 
Parents As Teachers trains parents, mentors and caregivers to work with prenatal through kindergarten children to develop their interest in and ability to read.
 
The audience was entertained by many students from the Sunnyside Unified School District.
They sang, danced and played instruments while wearing wonderful, colorful clothing.
 
Tucson Kino Rotary is proud to have provided funding support to Parents As Teachers for many years.
CHECK PRESENTATION
Tucson Kino Rotary was proud to present a check to the Mulcahy City YMCA to purchase 60 books for an innovative Summer Reading Challenge for up to 20 children ages 8 to 12.
 
Children who are not exposed to reading during summer vacation regress in their abilities to comprehend and retain learning from the previous school year. Under this new, innovative program, twice a week, the Mulcahy YMCA will "have children discuss where they are in the current  book and participate in themed activities such as arts and crafts, dramatic play and games that go along with the book to make the program fun and engaging,"
 
Receiving the check from Tucson Kino Rotarians David Fawcett and Debbie Haddock
were YMCA staffers Nico Alvarado and Brittany Trang.
 
The Tucson Kino Rotary Club established the Spring and Fall Character Awards in 2011 to honor high school students who serve as role models in their schools and in society via service to their community.
 
On April 12, 2019, at a community breakfast, seven area high school students were honored with Character Awards presented to them, their families and representatives from the faculties of their schools. Students are nominated by school administrators, counselors, teachers or other students.
 
This year, the Awardees were Kitxia Torres, Star Academic High School; Misael Ayon, Desert View High School; Alan Tadeo Ballesteros Carrazco, Sunnyside High School; Evelyn Young, Baboquivari High School; Albert Mazon, Pueblo Magnet High School; Angela Gonzalez Ordaz, PPEP TEC High School; and Jesus K. Martinez, Alta Vista High School.
 
Each honoree received a Certificate of Recognition and a $50 gift card. In addition, Tucson Kino Rotary will donate $25 to a charity chosen by each student.
 
Learn more about Rotary at www.rotary.org.
READING UNDER THE STARS
Tucson Kino Rotary and Tucson Sunrise Rotary participated in "Reading Under the Stars", a literacy event sponsored by the Sunnyside Literacy Council and the Sunnyside Unified School District. The goal of this annual event is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and to engage Sunnyside families in a wide range of literacy-related events!
The Children Received a
Rotary Logo Backpack
 
This year's event "The Heart of Literacy" took place on February 11, 2019, at Apollo Middle School and was devoted to making informed choices regarding health information and learning more about the resources available to school families. Several health screenings were available, as well as information on nutrition, meal programs, pharmacy programs, and even fitness and wellness programs. School performances and activities were offered for children, including yoga classes by YMCA instructors and book giveaways!
Raul and Chris Bejarano, Micki Ulrich,
Debbie Haddock from Tucson Kino Rotary
and Stephanie Chavez from Sunrise Rotary
Helped Distribute Books
This joint project with the South Tucson Cyber Lions Club to provide shoes to 25 students from Elvira Elementary School took place on Tuesday, February 19. 25 students arrived at the Payless Shoe Source at the Spectrum Mall to select a pair of shoes. They were led by Tucson Kino Rotary member, Andy Townsend, who is the Principal of Elvira and several faculty members.
 
They were met by Richard Stevenson the President of the South Tucson Cyber Lions club and six of their members. Tucson Kino Rotary was represented by President John Palacio, Chris Bejarano, Joan Fawcett, David Fawcett and Buck Crouch (a member of both organizations).
 
On a very positive note, each child received not one, but two pairs of shoes and a package of socks. This good fortune for the students was caused by the "Going out of Business" sale happening at the store. We expressed our sympathy to the Payless staff.
 
Each child had their feet measured by Payless staff, then accompanied by a Lion or Rotary volunteer to the appropriate size area. Delighted oohs and aahs were heard throughout the building. One by one each child chose their favorites and tried them on.
 
A very satisfying morning for all.