Kino and the U of A Rotaract Participate in a Career Workshop

Members Dennis Bergquist, Daniel Stringham, and David Fawcett from Tucson Kino Rotary and members of the Tucson Sunrise club participated in this event sponsored by the U of A Rotaract Club on Saturday, November 8.
The workshop was led by Jacob Benabou, a Junior, and a two-year Rotaract member.
Guests made short presentations about their careers and answered questions from the students about the Four-Way Test, interviewing, networking and what membership in Rotary can do to jump start careers.
The students participating had varied majors in computer science, journalism, statistics, physiology, economics and pre-med.
This workshop is being planned as an annual event.
Kino and the U of A Rotaract Participate in a Career Workshop David Fawcett 2020-11-14 07:00:00Z 0


A few months ago, member Dennis Bergquist asked the club to support the application of Josue Tambara from Mozambique for a Rotary Peace Fellow scholarship. He was successful!
"The Rotary Peace Centers program promotes the mission of The Rotary Foundation to improve health, support education, and alleviate poverty." RI
Tucson Kino Rotary is the supporting club and District 5500 is the supporting District. There are only about 100 Peace Fellowships awarded annually, worldwide, so this is quite a feather in all of our caps. Thanks to Dennis for initiating this effort. Dennis had met Josue when he was on an agricultural tour in Minnesota a few years ago and has stayed in touch.
Josue has been assigned to the Rotary Peace Center at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, to attend the 2021 autumn session.
Past District Governor, Ellie Patterson, wrote to Josue, "This is such exciting news for everyone. Dennis and I spoke last night and we both shared our happiness for your opportunity. You make us proud! And we must also say that you are so deserving of this opportunity. Look what you have accomplished in your life and more doors are opening now!  You have a very bright future!
Here in District 5500 we couldn’t be happier for you. Congratulations!"
Yours In Rotary Service,
Past District Governor Ellie Patterson

Polio has been Eradicated from Africa

As of Aug. 25, it is official. The World Health Organization African Region has been certified free of the wild poliovirus.
This is great news and has been a long time coming. At this time last year, Nigeria, the last polio-endemic country in Africa, had gone three full years without a case of wild polio. But certification takes longer, to ensure that the virus is completely eliminated in all countries in a region.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) was launched in 1988 when there were still 125 countries across the planet that were polio-endemic. In that year, there were more than 350,000 cases of polio. As of today, there are only two countries remaining that are still polio-endemic: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
While continued vigilance and vaccinations are needed in Africa and in other regions of the world, the focus is now on eradicating polio in those two countries. As of this week, there have been 37 cases in 2020 caused by the wild poliovirus in Afghanistan and another 65 cases in Pakistan for a total of 102 cases worldwide this year. When compared with the 350,000 global cases in 1988, the progress has been huge.
Each partner in the GPEI brings a set of strengths to the effort to finish the job, working with the national health services in these last two countries. The World Health Organization (WHO), which works with governments around the world on disease prevention, has the expertise and health care specialists on the ground. UNICEF is working in Pakistan and Afghanistan to open health care centers that will provide services beyond polio vaccinations to meet multiple health needs of rural populations that do not have access to many vaccinations and medicines.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have set up high-functioning labs that can be used to test cases of polio. At the same time, these same labs are already fighting to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in both countries, as well as in nations around the world that still use these labs to monitor for poliovirus.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined the GPEI in 2007, and has brought their expertise and their network of funding sources to the effort, while Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has recently joined the effort and ensures funding for the global polio vaccine supply.
Each partner has an important role, including Rotary International, which has been a key partner in the GPEI from the start. Rotarians have raised over $2.1 billion for polio eradication since 1988, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, which matches every dollar raised by Rotarians 2 to 1, up to $50 million per year.
While Rotarians have been traveling around the world for many years to participate in National Immunization Day (NID) events, even a large group of Rotarians can only vaccinate a fairly small number of children. Their most important role when they take part in a polio eradication campaign is to bear witness to the incredible work being done by Rotarians, national health workers and volunteers across the globe.
When India was struggling to eliminate polio within its borders, thousands of Rotarians traveled to participate in campaigns and then returned home to raise awareness of the effort in their communities. India has been polio-free since 2014.
Dr. Dick Huston of Faribault, MN was given a rare opportunity to see Pakistani Rotarians in action when he visited the cities of Karachi and Hyderabad in November 2019. He was invited by Aziz Memon, Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee Chair.
Dr. Huston was not sure what to expect during his trip to Pakistan. Their hospitality left a lasting impression. He got to see Rotarians at work and came away full of hope that Pakistan has the determination, knowledge, creativity, cultural sensitivity, and passion to finish the job.
The polio eradication efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan were temporarily paused earlier this year to avoid spreading COVID-19 in house-to-house vaccination campaigns. New protocols have been put in place to allow the vaccinations to continue.
There is a lot of work still to be done, but the needed willpower and resources will be mobilized, inshallah! (God willing!) If you would like to learn more about this effort or make a contribution (to be matched two-to-one by the Gates Foundation), please go to
Charles Adams Cogan, of Northfield, MN, is PolioPlus team co-leader for Rotary District 5960 and a former Peace Corps volunteer to Togo, West Africa. Article submitted by David Fawcett, Tucson Kino Rotary.
Polio has been Eradicated from Africa David Fawcett 2020-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Why You Should Be In Taipei?

Feel the Energy in Taipei

Our potential to create lasting change is limitless. And there’s no better place to explore your full potential than the 2021 Rotary International Convention, 12-16 June in Taipei, Taiwan:

  • Discover the many aspects of Taipei, from its tranquil temples and abundance of colorful hydrangeas to its jubilant festivals and lively night markets.
  • Find new opportunities for service by learning practical skills and exploring innovative ways to make a lasting impact in your community.
  • Experience the invigorating city like a local when you attend exciting host-ticketed events.
  • Take part in motivating breakout sessions to learn new skills and get ideas for projects, fundraising, and more. Help us build a breakout program that celebrates Rotary’s diversity! Submit your breakout proposal by Wednesday, 30 September.
  • Explore the Rotary Fellowships at the House of Friendship to build relationships, collaborate, and ignite inspiration.
Want more reasons to attend? Watch our video about Taipei or download the promotional kit and use the materials to invite friends to join you in attending.
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Tucson Kino Rotary Helps Angel Heart Pajama Project

Tucson Kino Rotary Club and the Cyber Lions Club pitched in to help one of our favorite charities relocate to a new space.
Over two days, members made several trips to relocate pajamas, books, office equipment and shelving to a space inside Wakefield Middle School. The new location is more centrally located and offers more room. Angel Heart Pajama Project donates new pajamas and books to children in transitional housing, foster care or shelters throughout southern Arizona. 
Thanks to all the Lions and Rotarians that volunteered including Dennis Bergquist, Debbie Haddock, Buck Crouch, Richard Stevenson, Ralph Nickl, Daniel Stringham, Ed Trejo, Luis Serrano and Rene Redondo.
Tucson Kino Rotary Helps Angel Heart Pajama Project Fawcett 2020-09-16 07:00:00Z 0


At Karen Barrera's final meeting as Tucson Kino Rotary President, she thanked all the members for their cooperation and participation in operating the club. 
Tucson Kino Rotary Members and Guests
at the Pass the Gavel Virtual Meting
Karen singled out two officers, Micki Ulrich, Treasurer, and Monique Soria, Secretary, for remaining in their positions for a second year to help Karen.
President Karen Barrera
During the meeting, Paul Harris Fellow Awards and pins were given to three members. Buck Crouch received his PHF+1, David Fawcett received his PHF+4, and Daniel Stringham received his PHF+8.
A Paul Harris Fellow is awarded to any Rotarian
who has donated $1000 or more to the
Rotary Foundation over any period of time.
In 2017, Karen had suggested the club donate some of the 50/50 Raffle money to purchase a ShelterBox which costs $1000 each. Over the last few years, the club had raised about half of the money needed. To surprise Karen, an appeal was recently made to donate the Happy Dollars raised at every Zoom meeting to meet the final $1000 goal, which the club did!
ShelterBoxes are unloaded at the scene of a disaster
The money was sent to the ShelterBox organization and Karen was presented with a Certificate acknowledging her role and the club received a Bronze ShelterBox Hero Banner.
For more information:
ShelterBox Banner
Next, each incoming officer agreed to their new commitments. President Raul Bejarano, Secretary Emma Carrillo and Treasurer Daniel Stringham were all sworn in. And, finally, a virtual gavel was passed to the new President.
New President Raul Bejarano
2020 - 2021
Thank you to the outgoing officers, Karen Barrera, Monique Soria and Micki Ulrich. Welcome to the 2020-2021 officers, Raul Bejarano, Emma Carrillo and Daniel Stringham!
PASS THE GAVEL SOCIAL David Fawcett 2020-07-01 07:00:00Z 0

Tucson Kino Rotary Donates to Emerge!

Using money from District 5500, Tucson Kino Rotarians David and Joan Fawcett delivered a check to Andrea Carmichael, Development Director at Emerge. 
Check Presentation at Emerge!
"Emerge! has issued a call to action in our community – Answer the Call to End Domestic Violence. We can engage our community as a whole in the effort to build a safe community for all. The range of actions we can take to cultivate a community that will not tolerate abuse is as expansive as our imagination. "
Emerge! website
For more information see:
Tucson Kino Rotary Donates to Emerge! David Fawcett 2020-06-05 07:00:00Z 0


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
TUCSON KINO ROTARY SALUTES 2020 GRADUATING SENIORS David Fawcett 2020-05-14 07:00:00Z 0

Tucson Kino Rotary Helps First Responders

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.
Tucson Kino Rotary Helps First Responders David Fawcett 2020-04-27 07:00:00Z 0

Tucson Kino Rotary Character Awards - Spring 2020

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
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Tucson Kino Rotary Meets Electronically

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
Tucson Kino Rotary Meets Electronically David Fawcett 2020-04-06 07:00:00Z 0

2020 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.
2020 Friendship Exchange David Fawcett 2020-02-22 07:00:00Z 0

Save the Date  - 2020 Spring Character Awards

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 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
Save the Date - 2020 Spring Character Awards David Fawcett 2020-02-04 07:00:00Z 0

Rudy Garcia Park Clean Up

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.
Rudy Garcia Park Clean Up David Fawcett 2020-02-02 07:00:00Z 0

2020 Tucson Kino Golf Tournament

NOTE: The golf tournament has been postponed. Watch our website for updates.
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.
2020 Tucson Kino Golf Tournament David Fawcett 2020-01-21 07:00:00Z 0

2019 Fall Character Awards

Posted by David Fawcett on Nov 23, 2019
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.
2019 Fall Character Awards David Fawcett 2019-11-23 07:00:00Z 0

Book Donation for Esperanza Elementary

Posted on Oct 04, 2019
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.
Book Donation for Esperanza Elementary David Fawcett 2019-10-04 07:00:00Z 0

Dictionary/Reference Book for 3rd Graders

Posted by David Fawcett on Sep 21, 2019
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
Dictionary/Reference Book for 3rd Graders David Fawcett 2019-09-21 07:00:00Z 0

Rudy Garcia Park Cleanup

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

Tucson Kino Rotary Helps in Kenya

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

Backpacks for Kindergarten Students

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

Parents As Teachers Celebration

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

Scholarship Awarded

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

Mulcahy YMCA Check Presentation

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

Spring 2019 Character Awards

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
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Shoes for Kids Service Project

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

Reading Under the Stars

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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