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Ten members of the U of A Rotaract Club distributed over 400 Dental Hygiene packets to the students of the Santa Clara Elementary School.
The Rotaractor Club with School Staff
The project was supported by Tucson Kino Rotary and two other clubs. Four members of Tucson Kino Rotary were present to support the effort, Joan and David Fawcett, Chris Bejarano and Monique Soria.
The Package
Rotaract President Andy Le and Treasurer Ben Karls conducted the program instructing the students on proper dental hygiene.
The Students Were Active Participants Answering Questions About Dental Hygiene
Most of the Rotaractors Wore These Shirts.
Tucson Kino Rotary and the U of A Rotaract Club With Certificate of Appreciation from
Santa Clara Elementary School
Recently, Tucson Kino Rotary toured the wonderful facility on the campus. Here is some history of the lab:
"In 1937, the scientific study of tree-rings in America was formalized by the creation of the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) here at the University of Arizona in Tucson. By that time, founder Andrew Ellicott Douglass had been working with wood for over 30 years and so the tradition of dendrochronology here in Tucson is older than the Lab itself.
The LTRR has long since given up the distinction of being the nation's only dendrochronology lab, but we have helped to found many dendrochronology labs around the world.
Our unique heritage is still a source of pride, and it encourages us today to remain dedicated to our ideals: excellence in research, excellence in teaching, and excellence in outreach."
l - r, Joan FawcettChris Bejarano and her grandsons Elias and Noah,
Tree-Ring Docent Larry Allen, Monique Soria
and David Fawcett. Not pictured Raul Bejarano behind the camera.
Docent Larry talked about the history of the science, the construction of the present facility and let us see samples of tree slices, borings and photos of famous or unique trees.
Great Basin Bristlecone Pine
The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus Longaeva) has been deemed the oldest tree in existence, reaching an age of over 5,000 years old. The Bristlecone pines' success in living a long life can be attributed to the harsh conditions it lives in.
In the lobby was this cross section of a Sequoia which was blown down in 1912. It started growing in the 3rd century CE (common era or AD).
Joan Fawcett is dwarfed by this
Wonderful Feat of Nature
Then we toured the facility including using a microscope to examine a boring, seeing photos taken by students and faculty, and learning more about the science. It was a very interesting morning and we highly recommend the tour.
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Members of Tucson Kino Rotary Took a Guided Tour of the Mission Gardens
Tucson Kino Rotarians visited and learned about Mission Gardens. The site was a mission, convent and agricultural center founded by Father Kino in the 1500's. But it had been occupied and farmed as long as 4,000 years ago.
Our tour was led by docent Jerome West, a very knowledgeable and personable guide.
Docent Jerome West Shows an Artist Conception
of the Site Before the Europeans Came
Jerome led us to the various sections of the Gardens describing how the Native Americans first came as hunter/gatherers and started planting crops such as corn which they may have left to grow on its own and returned later. They eventually settled on the land and grew corn, beans and squash.
l - r: David Fawcett, Monique Soria, Joan Fawcett,
Dennis Bergquist, Chris Bejarano, Odette Koffi,
Raul Bejarano, John Palacio and John's brother Duane
When the first Europeans arrived they brought new crops which were "winter" crops meaning the natives could have a steady supply of food year round. These included citrus, fruits, other vegetables and grapes. The only animal which the natives had domesticated were dogs and, perhaps, turkeys. Soon, horses and more types of fowl were commonly raised.
One of the newest areas in Mission Gardens will be an African garden. When Africans arrived, mostly as slaves, they brought seeds with them from their home countries. Garden personnel are trying to locate 400 year-old seed stock to plant.
Plaque By The Pomegranate Tree
A highlight of the tour was visiting the Pomegranate tree donated by Tucson Kino Rotary and Tucson Sunrise Rotary ten years ago. It is THRIVING!
Odette and Joan are Mystified by the
Never-before-seen Bottle Tree!
The tour finished with a visit to the Gift Shop!
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On April 8, members of Tucson Kino Rotary presented dictionaries to third-grade students at the Southside Community School. Ms. Takara is the teacher.
Southside is the 23rd school we have donated dictionaries to this school year.
The Students Showing Off Their New Books!
In the back of the room are l - r: Kino Members David Fawcett, President Dennis Bergquist, Debbie Haddock, Liberkis Paulino (also on the staff of the school) and Joan Fawcett
The dictionaries are bought using proceeds from the Kino Rotary Golf Tournament, donations from Long Realty Cares, and donations from friends of Kino Rotary.
On April 8, 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 Character Award Recipients are:
  • Stephanie Celaya, PPEP TEC High School
  • Jaquelyn Duarte, Desert View High School
  • Ricardo Echanove, Sunnyside High School
  • Kimberly Hernandez Guerrero, Alta Vista High School
  • Carlos Laphond Moreno, Pueblo Magnet High School
  • Victor Jesus Paraza, Star Academic High School
  • Stanislaus Venego, Baboquivari High School
The students were recognized at a community breakfast attended by family and representatives from each school. Each honoree received a Certificate of Recognition, a Rotary commemorative coin, and a $50 gift card. In addition, Tucson Kino Rotary will donate $25 to a charity of each student’s choice.
Learn more about Tucson Kino Rotary at
The 2022 Spring Character Awards Honorees:
l to r: Victor Jesus Peraza, Ricardo Echanove, Stephanie Celaya,
Jaquelyn Duarte, Stanislaus Venego, Carlos Laphond Moreno, and Kimberly Hernandez Guerrero
The Tucson Kino Rotary Club presented a $500 check to First Tee - Tucson to empower kids through golf.  Accepting the check was the Executive Director Judy McDermott.
L to R, Kino President Dennis Bergquist, First Tee ED Judy McDermott,
Kino Member David Fawcett and Kino Past President Raul Bejarano
“First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. We’re Building Game Changers through our junior golf programs.”
The $500 donation was raised at Kino Rotary’s 2021 annual golf tournament to be held again this year on October 1, 2022.
Jim Brown, Outreach and Event Coordinator for Gospel Rescue Mission, Tucson, welcomed our group of nine Kino Rotarians at the H. S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity.
Kino Rotarians were treated to a beautiful breakfast in the center's dining room, where 200 meals are served three times a day. Meals are served at the table, never in a line.
                                                             Sharing the Breakfast
The Gospel Rescue Mission complex has more than 30 community partners, including onsite offices for El Rio Health and the Department of Economic Security. La Frontera recently purchased an adjacent building to be used for low-income housing. 
The complex has a playground for children, prayer garden, chapel, library, computer lab and an athletic training room, where one of the quotes on the wall says "If it doesn't challenge you it won't change you." Planning is underway for a raised bed garden.
           Touring the Library
The housing, adapted from the previous use as a hotel, accommodates four people per double room, known as casitas. Rooms have plaques on the door to thank the room's sponsoring organization. Children also live onsite.
Gospel Rescue Mission Programs and Activities:
  • GRM's Shelter Program and Recovery Program have a total bed capacity for the two facilities of 409 beds. During the pandemic, the center was at half capacity but never closed.
  • Smart Schools for people to obtain high school diplomas.
  • A new partnership will bring Pima Community College classes onsite for culinary skills training.
  • The Donation Center provides clothing and furniture for people who are moving into places of their own.
  • Classes, group sessions and ministering are available for residents, who are often off-site for school and jobs.
  • The Genesis Process for recovery looks at why people choose destructive behaviors and how brain processes affect choices.
  • Every GRM guest is assigned an advocate to work with, to achieve recovery and get out of homelessness.
  • Women in recovery are at GRM's Women's Recovery Center on the north side of Tucson. Women commit to a year-long recovery program. 
Kino Members Tour a Converted Room
When asked what kind of help GRM needs, Mr. Brown said friends could, first of all, pray; donate funds since GRM is funded entirely by private donations; and volunteer - it could be once a week, once a month, or as a group to serve and clean up after meals. 
For more information:
Here is what the flyer says:
A morning clean up event
and lunch cook out.
A collaboration of Rotary Clubs of Tucson Sunrise, Kino, Old Pueblo, Tucson Presidio, Tucson Sunset, Catalina, REI, Rotaract Club of the University of Arizona, and
Tucson Clean and Beautiful.
Time 8:00 to 12:00 PM
Brandi Fenton Park*
3482 East River Road
Please Register As Soon As Possible at:

*Brandi Fenton was tragically killed in a car accident back in March of 2003. She was only 13. At the time of her death, Brandi's family decided to donate her organs to save someone else's life. Today, the park is meant to honor Brandi and other organ donors in the community. "Just to show she was a wonderful girl and had a lot of friends and a kind heart. Brandi was an organ donor and that's something they've represented in the memorial garden is the tree of life about the significance of organ donors," says Park Architect, Phil Swaim.

Kino Rotarians, Wakefield Middle School Service Club members, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority and friends from the U of A volunteered for Angel Heart last Saturday. More than 25 volunteers prepared pajamas by removing price tags, making tags indicating size/gender and binding the pajamas with ribbon. Pajamas will be going to emergency closets and shelters throughout Southern Arizona.
The Happy Crew Under the Picture of Angel Heart Founder,
the Late Graciela Lopez
Some of the sorority volunteers painted a classroom which is going to be used by Angel Heart who needed a larger space.
Another wonderful thing occurred at the folding event when Tucson Kino Rotary enrolled another Member, Stacie Emert. Stacie works for and volunteers for Angel Heart and is now the newest member of Kino Rotary.
Dennis, Stacie, David and Maria Do the Honors
She was honored by President Dennis Bergquist and Membership Chair David Fawcett. She received her Rotary Pin, a Four-Way Test coin and a Certificate of Membership. She was pinned by member Maria Patterson, also a founder of the Angel Heart Pajama Project.
Tucson Kino Rotary Club members had fun cleaning Rudy Garcia (old Rodeo) Park on Saturday, January 8, 2022. We covered a huge area picking up litter. During the event a city park worker came by and said "Thank You!" to several of us.
As you can see in this picture, it was a beautiful day in Tucson, chilly to start with, but donuts and hot coffee made us ready for the work. In an hour we covered most of the park. This is a regular Service Project for the Club. Come join us next time.
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 fall, the Honorees are:
Cecelia Antone, Baboquivari High School
Jamie Mejia Ana, PPEP TEC High School
Juan Manuel MorenoSunnyside High School
Evette Magdalena Cervantes, Star Academic High School
Bradie Edward BlackDesert View High School
Esmeralda Mora, Alta Vista High School.
Ana Aguilar Jerez, Pueblo Magnet High School
President Dennis Bergquist
with the In-person Honorees
The students were recognized at a community breakfast attended by family and representatives from each school. Each honoree received 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.
Melani “Mele” Martinez is a dancer, teacher, mother, and writer from Tucson, AZ. Her personal and lyric essays often braid cultural narratives and spiritual reflection with a voice that is particular to the Southwest.
She has an MFA from Goucher College in Creative Nonfiction and her work has won the Fourth Genre Editor’s Prize, the Bacopa Literary Prize and the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Prizes.
She teaches food writing and Latinx-themed first-year writing courses for the University of Arizona's English Department and Writing Program.  
editor: If you would like to hear our guest speaker Friday, September 24 at 7:00 am MST, send your email address to
Lisberkis Paulino - Southside Community School Family Liaison
Southside Community School is a free, non-profit, public charter school serving grades preK-9. It works with the community and parents to foster academic excellence, community responsibility, cultural awareness, and a safe campus with a school-wide policy of non-violence.
Lisberkis, born in the Dominican Republic, educated in The Netherlands spoke to us about her journey to Tucson and her position at Southside Community School.
Liberkis Paulino
Liberkis said the school has 287 students enrolled this fall. Many come from families deep in poverty. She helps manage a food and hygiene supplies pantry in the school. Also, they operate a drive-through food distribution every month. Some families are not able to come to the distribution, so food is delivered to their homes.
Liberkis said that many families lack legal status so they don't qualify for many of the available city, county, state and federal benefits. A few years ago, many students did not attend school regularly because of shame about their lack of good clothing, shoes, and backpacks. The school was able to raise funds to provide $1300 to these families for basic items needed for school. Attendance went up 67%!
For more information, Southside Community School has a Facebook page.
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Join us for this presentation by Tucson Kino Rotary Member, Deborah Dimmett. Deborah will be speaking to us from the Dominican Republic where she is working to stem gang violence in neighboring Haiti.
Deborah Dimmett
Tucson Kino Rotary Club
Executive Director Youth Envision
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Topic: A Partnership is Born as Unprecedented
Gang Violence Grips Haiti's Capitol
Passcode: 026598
Friday, July 9, 2021, 7-8 am MST
The final food and hygiene supplies drive-thru of this school year was held June 8th at the Sunnyside Opportunity Center. Assisting were volunteers from the Sunnyside Foundation, Tucson Kino Rotary Club, Tucson Cyber Lions Club, Latino Amazon, United Health Care, and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
Each family received a bag of fresh produce, a bag of grocery dry goods, and a bag of hygiene products.
Here are the numbers helped Tuesday:  
# of Household Served:  106
# Adults : 291
# Seniors: 38
# Children: 234
A total of 563 persons were helped.
Kino Member Ralph Nickl Readies a Bag for the Next Car
Members David Fawcett, Maria Patterson, Ralph Nickl
and Joan Fawcett and the Hygiene Bags they packed
Also helping were members Chris BejaranoTiffany Emerson, Emma Carrillo and Richard Stevenson.
The experience of helping our neighbors is so much FUN and REWARDING!
This was the final drive-thru event until the beginning of the next school year.
A Peace Pole was presented to the Mulcahy YMCA Early Learning Center in a ceremony on April 21, 2021.
Eight members of the Tucson Kino Rotary Peace Pole Committee, chaired by member and President-Elect Dennis Bergquist, dedicated countless hours into the preparation and presentation of the Celebration of Peace Ceremony. Other Committee Members are Emma Carrillo, Buck Crouch, Debbie Haddock, Ralph Nickl, John Palacio, Maria Patterson, and Daniel Stringham.
Dennis Bergquist Emceed the Event
The stage was set with a long table upon which stood a mysterious three-foot tall item under wraps as the children marched out and a group of Rotarians and YMCA of Southern Arizona Metro Board Members stood by in anticipation.  Dennis began the celebration with an inspirational moment on Peace.
Debbie Haddock recognized Carolyn Schwartz, the Director of Youth Development for the YMCA of Southern Arizona, with a Paul Harris Fellow (an award given by Rotarians to outstanding community members) for her dedication to youth.  Emma Carrillo shared the history of the Peace Pole and Maria Patterson read the poem “Recipe for Peace” from the book Peaceful Pieces, by Anna Grossnickle Hines.
The Peace Pole was then revealed to the children and awaiting adults. Debbie presented 16 peace-themed books to the YMCA which will enhance their future peace discussions.  Beki Quintero, author of In the Peace Garden and the creator of the Peace Garden located in the Manuel Herrera Jr. Park, donated four copies of her book, and gave each child a packet of “Peace Seeds” to take home and plant. 
Carolyn Schwartz Received her Paul Harris Pin
Two children, Anabell Estrada and Zayleigh Clark, came forward and shared their thoughts on peace. 
About 60 Children Attended the Event
The traveling pole, constructed by John Palacio and Buck Crouch, is made of a light plastic on a wooden base.  This Peace Pole will go from room to room, and from YMCA to YMCA, and be the focal point of the peace lessons and activities developed by Emma Carrillo. Group leaders will use the pole to expand the children’s understanding of peace far into the future.  Debbie, Emma, and Maria hope to work with the YMCA students once Covid restrictions are lifted.  Fifteen proud members of the Tucson Kino Rotary Club were in attendance along with Past District Governor Ellie Patterson, District Peace Pole Chair Joe Daniszewski, and Rotarian Kurtis Dawson who is the CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona.  KGUN9 and KVOA4 news channels were there to record the event.  A short news piece with interviews appeared on KVOA4 at 4:25 and 5:25 pm that night.

Another taller, permanent pole, constructed out of metal to increase its durability, will be installed outside the Mulcahy YMCA entrance.  The message on the Peace Poles’ is in four languages -- English, Spanish, Yaqui, and Tohono O’odham, which represent the languages spoken most often in the Sunnyside School District. 
As a finale, all present recited the Peace Pledge and signed a Peace Poster:
  • I pledge to treat everyone around me with respect, honor, dignity, and with an open mind
  • I will refrain from both physical violence and violence of the heart and mind
  • I will treat others as I want to be treated, so we all may reach our fullest potential
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On April 13, Tucson Kino Rotary, the Tucson Cyber Lions Club, and other community partners assembled and distributed over 130 Food and Toiletry Boxes that served 225 adults, 129 seniors, and 318 children. The event happened at the Opportunity Center at Los Ranchitos Annex of the Sunnyside Unified School District.
A Pop-Up Food Stand was also available for SNAP clients to purchase food and vegetables at reduced prices.
Araceli Mendoza, SUSD’s Homeless Liaison and ESSA Foster Care Point of Contact said, ”Way to go team! Thank you so much volunteers and community partners!”
The Bags are Ready
A Rewarding Experience for all the Volunteers
About the First Tee
Judy McDermott is a veteran of Professional Golf Association Event Management with corresponding executive-level expertise in Nonprofit Agency Management. After receiving a B.A. from UCLA as a member of the women’s golf team, McDermott spent her early career in sports and event management in Los Angeles. Before moving to Tucson in 1992, she managed LPGA golf tournaments in Los Angeles and Orange County.
McDermott recently transitioned to the full-time executive director of First Tee Tucson after over twenty-five years as the tournament director/ executive director of the Tucson Conquistadores Inc., Tucson  Conquistadores Foundation, and part-time executive director of First Tee - Tucson.
McDermott is thrilled to devote 100% of her time with First Tee - Tucson to pursue her lifelong passion of giving kids the chance to play a game of a lifetime. The program currently operates Golf and Life Skill programming at nine green grass program locations in Tucson and Southern Arizona.
McDermott was inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 2015 and received the Women of Influence Non-Profit Champion Award in 2017 from Inside Tucson Business.
She currently serves on the Beacon Group Board of Directors as Vice Chair, Board Member with Act One, past president of Women at the Top, member of the City of Tucson Greens Committee, and member of the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Tree Planting
The planting event, Saturday, March 13 at 9:00 am. We will meet at Manuel Herrera Jr. park located at 5901 South Fiesta Avenue.
There will be 79 trees ready for planting at 53 households.

If you want to be part of the fun sign up to volunteer at:

Please wear masks, closed toed shoes and dress for the weather. Tools and gloves will be provided.
Recently, members of the Tucson Kino Rotary Club lent helping hands to a group of volunteers at the Sunnyside Opportunity Center, which is headed by Araceli Mendoza, to organize, pack and distribute hundreds of pounds of citrus, vegetables and 100 bags of toiletries as part of the Sunnyside Foundation’s monthly drive-up Food Box Distribution. 
In preparation for this event, Tucson Kino Rotary purchased over $1,000 in shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, bars of soap, hand sanitizer and seventy $10 grocery store gift cards to supplement the food donated by the Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona. 
Araceli Mendoza Receives the Toiletries Donation
from Kino Rotary President Raul Bejarano
Rotary District 5500 of Southern Arizona matched Kino Rotary’s donation with $500 and the South Tucson Cyber Lions contributed as well so that 100 families received the toiletries.  Benefitting from this event were 257 adults, 237 children, and 30 senior citizens.
Volunteers Package all the Items
A Tucson Kino Rotary Member Helps Load a Package
Saturday, February 6th, University of Arizona Rotaract members with help from Tucson Kino Rotarians cleaned a large part of the Turquoise Trail in Downtown Tucson. The Rotaractors, under the leadership of President Andy Le, have adopted cleaning the Trail as a Service Project. Eleven members from both groups took part. A Rotaract Club is for young, usually college-age or older members. Members of Rotaract Clubs enjoy full membership in Rotary International.
The Turquoise Trail meanders around 23 various sites of interest including Hotel Congress, Armory Park, the Pima County Courthouse, and Fox Tucson Theatre. A turquoise-colored line keeps walkers on track, while plaques along the way provide historical information.
Some of the members also visited the Tucson’s January 8 Memorial. While not completed, much can be seen and experienced by looking through the fences. The Memorial is directly behind the Old Pima County Courthouse, one of the stops on the Trail.
After the cleanup, the Rotaractors went shopping for donuts!
As part of our Covid-19 relief efforts, Tucson Kino Rotary recognized the contributions made by the Sunnyside Unified School District's Security Staff. They secure school buildings, check on absent students, and a hundred other things necessary both in and out of a pandemic.
Here, Tucson Kino President, Raul Bejarano, presents Certificates of Appreciation and Gift Certificates from the Sunny Daze Cafe (specifically requested by the Security Staff).
l - r, Marcelino "Nino" Sanchez, Chris Higgins, Ryan Powell (in charge),
Secretary Margaret Grijalva, President Raul Bejarano, and Dave Romero
Ryan Powell will be a Tucson Kino Rotary Guest Speaker in April.
Bringing Water to Mwongeti, Kenya
Tucson Kino Rotary partnered with the Litchfield Rotary Club, District 5950, in Minnesota in 2017 to apply for a Global Grant to bring water to Mwongeti, a village of 6,000 in Kenya.
The Rotary Foundation has just approved the Grant and is transferring the funds to begin the project. Dennis Bergquist, President -Elect of Tucson Kino Rotary, is a transplant from District 5950 where he initiated the project.
In Mwongeti, women walk up-hill an hour from the water source to the village with a jerry can filled with 42 pounds of water balanced on their heads.  They rest at their houses and then repeat the trip for another can of water.
Damaris Nyamkabaria, who lives in Minnesota, but whose mother lives Mwongeti, brought the need for the well to the Litchfield Rotary Club.
Dennis’ friend, Fred Rau, then President of the Litchfield Club, and George Ngotho with the Rotary Club of Kikuyu, Kenya, joined in partnership to secure the Grant.
“Rotary Making a Difference” at home and around the world.
Tucson Kino Rotary Club members participated in a Jacket and Shoe giveaway for families of three local elementary schools. Those receiving jackets and vouchers for shoes were: 30 students from Mission View Elementary School, 30 students from Ochoa Community School and 37 students from Southside Community School.
The Bags are Ready and Waiting for the Families
The Families Line Up
A Happy Student with a New Jacket
and Kino Rotary President-Elect Dennis Bergquist
Other sponsors for the 7th Annual Project include United Hearts of Arizona, Jim Click, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Richard Ortiz Barker Foundation.