Posted by David Fawcett on Jul 21, 2019
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!
Rudy Garcia Park Cleanup David Fawcett 2019-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Fawcett on Jun 12, 2019
12th Annual Golf Tournament
A record 100 golfers enjoyed a perfect Spring day at the Del Urich Golf Course in Tucson. Following the round, golfers enjoyed a lunch served by the course.
Congratulations to the winning team of Paul Volpe, Scott Thomas, A.J. Kochevar and Casey Karch!
A Silent Auction saw spirited bidding and people found 45 great gifts for themselves or loved ones. In addition, over 40 items were raffled off and a good time was had by all.
Silent Auction Tables Waiting for Bidders!
And, remember, all the money raised from the tournament will be used by Tucson Kino Rotary in our community, our nation and around the world for the betterment of many hundreds of adults and children.

Watch for our January, 2020 announcement of our 13th Annual Golf Tournament!
Tucson Kino Rotary Sponsors 12th Annual Golf Tournament David Fawcett 2019-06-12 07:00:00Z 0
At a club social at the home of Fil and Karen Barrera, the Annual Pass the Gavel event took place Friday, May 24. Current President John Palacio handed the gavel to President-Elect Karen Barrera. Karen will assume the Presidency on July 1, 2019 and serve for a year.
Pass The Gavel Event David Fawcett 2019-05-26 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Dennis Bergquist on May 24, 2019
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:
Tucson Kino Rotary Helps in Kenya  Dennis Bergquist 2019-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Fawcett on May 06, 2019
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.
Backpacks for Kindergarten Students David Fawcett 2019-05-06 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Fawcett on May 01, 2019
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.
Parents As Teachers Celebration David Fawcett 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Fawcett on Apr 24, 2019
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.
Scholarship Awarded David Fawcett 2019-04-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Fawcett on Apr 19, 2019
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.
Mulcahy YMCA Check Presentation David Fawcett 2019-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Fawcett on Apr 15, 2019
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
Spring 2019 Character Awards David Fawcett 2019-04-15 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by David Fawcett on Feb 19, 2019
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.
Shoes for Kids Service Project David Fawcett 2019-02-19 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 18, 2019
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
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Character Awards David P Fawcett 2019-01-28 07:00:00Z 0


International PolioPlus Committee
PolioPlus Facts and Figures June 2018
The goal of the PolioPlus program: The goal of the PolioPlus program is the global certification of polio eradication. By eradication, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Commission on Certification and Rotary mean the interruption of the transmission of all polioviruses.
Rotary’s financial contribution to the polio eradication effort: By the time the world is certified polio-free, Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort will exceed US$2.2 billion, including US$985 million in matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary’s contribution to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative since 1988 accounts for nearly 14% of all contributions through June 2017 and represents approximately 42% of private sector contributions. Rotary is the leading non-governmental voluntary organization contributor to the GPEI.
PolioPlus Facts David Fawcett 2018-09-23 07:00:00Z 0
2018  Kino Rotary Dictionary Presentations David Fawcett 2018-09-10 07:00:00Z 0
The Kino Rotary Club of South Tucson's 11th Annual Golf Tournament held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson, AZ raised a record $17,650 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.
Thank to all sponsors, donors, and golfers for their support and belief in our mission to provide local services in the area of literacy in South Tucson and Sunnyside School District. We also work regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.
2018 Annual Golf Tournament Raises A Record $17,650! Joan Fawcett 2018-07-01 07:00:00Z 0
At a community breakfast on April 27th, 2018,  six area high school students were honored with Character Awards presented to them, their families and representatives from the faculties of their schools.
The Kino Rotary Club of South Tucson established the Spring and Fall Character Awards in 2011 to honor high school students who serve as role models in their schools and community via service to the community and modeling the Rotary Four-Way Test. For Rotary, 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 be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
This Spring, the Awardees were Clara Lopez, Star Academy High School; Dean Friskey, Desert View High School; Citlali Galindo, Sunnyside High School; Clayton Pancho, Baboquivari High School; Liam Membrila, Pueblo High School; and Brandi “Sarrae” Barron, PPEP Tec High School’s Celestino Fernandez Learning Center.
Each honoree received a certificate of recognition and a $50 gift card. In addition, the Kino Rotary Club will donate $25 to a charity of each student’s choice.
Spring 2018 Character Awards David Fawcett 2018-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
The Tucson Kino Rotary is proud to announce their 12th Annual Golf Tournament to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019.
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 lunch and an awards ceremony.
Under Site Pages, click on Golf Tournament for sponsor and registration information.
2019 Kino Rotary Golf Tournament -- June 8, 2019 David P Fawcett 2018-01-10 07:00:00Z 0