CHARACTER AWARDS

TUCSON KINO ROTARY
CHARACTER AWARDS
On November 18, the Tucson Kino Rotary Club honored nine 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 Character Award Recipients are:
 
  • Samuel Carrillo, PPEP TEC High School
  • Esteban Macias, Desert View High School
  • Hakima Abdulkadir, Sunnyside High School
  • Dominic Ariaza, Alta Vista High School
  • Aritza Monge Morales, Pueblo Magnet High School
  • Isabel Garcia, Star Academic High School
  • Cecilia Antone, Baboquivari High School
  • Serene Matus, Cholla High School*
  • Mark Cordova, Toltecalli High School*
*Schools added for Fall, 2022
 
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 4-Way Test 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 www.kinorotary.org.
 
 
The 2022 Fall Character Award Recipients
l to r: Committee Co-Chairs Maria Patterson and Emma Carrillo, students Isabel Garcia, Serene Matus,
Dominic Ariaza, Mark Cordova, Esteban Macias, Samuel Carrillo, Hakima Abdulkadir,
and Aritza Monge Morales
(Cecelia Antone, Baboquivari High School, could not attend.)
CHARACTER AWARDS David Fawcett 2022-11-20 07:00:00Z 0

PEACE POLE DEDICATION AND CHECK PRESENTATION

PEACE POLE DEDICATION AND CHECK PRESENTATION
 
On Wednesday, December 9, a Peace Pole was dedicated at Elvira Elementary School in Tucson. Four third grade classes had been studying and writing about Peace leading up to the ceremony.
 
Nearly 100 Third Grade Students Paid Close Attention
 
 
Peace Pole Committee Members Buck Crouch and John Palacio Unveiled the Pole
 
Tucson Kino Rotary President, Emma Carrillo, introduced the many visitors to the students and staff.
 
President Emma Carrillo
 
Selected students from each class read what they had written about Peace.
 
Elvira Students will Remember This Day
 
 
 
Elvira Principal Andy Townsend spoke to the students about the meaning and the special location on the school grounds for the installation. Many trees have been planted in this area commemorating former students and faculty. One was especially poignant on this day -- see below.
 
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Something special was added to this occasion - a check presentation was made to Mike Arias, founder of the Victoria Teresa Arias Foundation. Named for his daughter who passed away just as she was about to start her college career aiming toward a medical degree.
 
Mike had spoken to Tucson Kino Rotary in August of this year and the club decided to make a donation towards the college scholarships the foundation awards each year.
 
Mike Arias Accepts the Check from President Emma Carrillo and Member Fil Barrera
 
Adding to the reason for holding the presentation, here, was the fact that Victoria had been a student at Elvira and a tree had been planted in this yard in commemoration of her passing five years ago. 
 
The Tree has GROWN!
 
Victoria was a very talented young woman. A portrait of her, wearing her Mariachi costume, is painted on a wall facing the yard.
 
Victoria Teresa Arias
PEACE POLE DEDICATION AND CHECK PRESENTATION David Fawcett 2022-11-15 07:00:00Z 0

PEACE POLE INSTALLATION

On Wednesday, December 9, a Peace Pole was dedicated at Elvira Elementary School in Tucson. Four third grade classes had been studying and writing about Peace leading up to the ceremony.
 
Nearly 100 Third Grade Students Paid Close Attention
 
 
Peace Pole Committee Members Buck Crouch and John Palacio Unveiled the Pole
 
Tucson Kino Rotary President, Emma Carrillo, introduced the many visitors to the students and staff.
 
President Emma Carrillo
 
Selected students from each class read what they had written about Peace.
 
Elvira Students will Remember This Day
 
 
Elvira Principal Andy Townsend spoke to the students about the meaning and the special location on the school grounds for the installation. Many trees have been planted in this area commemorating former students and faculty. One was especially poignant on this day -- see below.
 
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Something special was added to this occasion - a check presentation was made to Mike Arias, founder of the Victoria Teresa Arias Foundation. Named for his daughter who passed away just as she was about to start her college career aiming toward a medical degree.
 
Mike had spoken to Tucson Kino Rotary in August of this year and the club decided to make a donation towards the college scholarships the foundation awards each year.
 
Mike Arias Accepts the Check from
President Emma Carrillo and Member Fil Barrera
 
Adding to the reason for holding the presentation, at Elvira, was the fact that Victoria had been a student here and a tree had been planted in this yard in commemoration of her passing five years ago. 
 
The Tree has GROWN!
 
Victoria was a very talented young woman. A portrait of her, wearing her Mariachi costume, is painted on a wall facing the yard.
 
Victoria Teresa Arias
PEACE POLE INSTALLATION David Fawcett 2022-11-09 07:00:00Z 0

Anniversary Celebration

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
 
Tucson Kino Rotary held its Anniversary Celebration at the home of members Buck Crouch and Ada Adams. The evening celebrated:
  • Kino Rotary's 21st Anniversary of being accredited as a Club of Rotary International.
  • Dedication of a Peace Pole.
  • Induction of two new members.
  • And, last but not least, seeing each other in-person for one of the few times since the pandemic began
 
Kino Rotarians and the U of A Rotaract Club celebrating the dedication of our latest Peace Pole
 
Come join this happy group of committed volunteers from Rotary and Rotaract who know "Service Above Self " and know how to have a good time doing both! For more information on membership see kinorotary.org
Anniversary Celebration David Fawcett 2022-10-19 07:00:00Z 0

Have You Signed Up Yet?

The countdown begins! This charity event for the Tucson Kino Rotary Club which uses the proceeds for wonderful literacy projects that serve almost 2,500 students in and around Tucson. HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET? There are still a few openings for foursomes in this Saturday, October 29 event. Come joins us in this four person scramble tournament with a lunch, prize drawings, and a silent auction. We have more prizes than ever this year. Look for the sign-up materials at kinorotary.org.
Have You Signed Up Yet? David Fawcett 2022-10-08 07:00:00Z 0

15th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament

WHO:           Join us for a fun-filled day of golf! The 18-hole four-person, scramble tournament with shotgun start at 8:00 AM. It attracts participants from throughout Southern Arizona and includes contests, hole activities, benefit drawings, and opportunities to win individual and team prizes. The tournament will include a luncheon and a brief Awards Ceremony following the golf round.

WHAT:          15th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament

WHEN:          NEW DATE Saturday, October 29, 8:00 AM Shotgun Start

WHERE:        NEW LOCATION Silverbell Golf Course, 3900 North Silverbell Road, Tucson AZ

REGISTER:   Registration Form appears at bottom of page.

CONTACT:    Dr. Raul Bejarano, Chair, 520-481-5710, rbejarano64@gmail.com

WHY:             Our goal is to raise $18,000 to benefit the Tucson Kino Rotary Club's literacy and youth development activities. Proceeds raised from the golf tournament help:

1. To provide books and school supplies to kindergartners.

2. To provide dictionaries to third grade students.

3. To provide library books to elementary school libraries.

4. To provide Tucson Kino Rotary Character Awards to local high school students.

HOW:  The Tucson Kino Rotary Club presents one of the community’s best loved events, the 15th Annual Golf Tournament.

As a sponsor, you will receive widespread publicity through advertising, printed materials and signage at the golf course in addition to a fun-filled day of golf with games and contests featured on many of the holes.

There are ways in which your business can invest in literacy and youth development activities and support Tucson Kino Rotary’s 15th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament on October 29, 2022.

Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities range from:

  • Pure Gold Sponsor at $1,000 includes prominent company ad recognition on all promotional materials and welcome banner. (100% tax deductible)
  • Gold Sponsor at $1,000 includes prominent company ad recognition on all promotional materials and welcome banner, and a golf foursome. ($764 is tax deductible)
  • Super Silver Sponsor at $500 includes company ad recognition on all promotional materials and welcome banner. (100% tax deductible)
  • Silver Sponsor at $500 includes company ad recognition on all promotional materials and a golf foursome. ($264 is tax deductible)
  • Copper Sponsor at $300 includes company ad recognition. (100% tax deductible)
  • Hole Sponsor at $100 per hole includes acknowledgment of your company’s name on a sign placed at a tee box. (100% tax deductible)
  • Cart Sponsor at $25 per golf cart includes company’s name placed on a golf cart. (100% tax deductible)
  • Foursome Golf Sponsor at $380. ($144 tax deductible)
  • Individual Golf Sponsor at $95. ($36 tax deductible)
  • Silent Auction and Raffle donation—your donations of prizes, admission tickets or gift certificates will be prominently recognized by Tucson Kino Rotary.
  • Golfer’s Goodie Bag donation- items with company logo items, golf tees, golf balls, hats, bags, and towels, sunscreen, bottled water, granola bars, pens, logo note pads, plus business cards or literature.
All sponsors, golfers, and donors are publicly recognized during the Awards Ceremony.
 

GOLF REGISTRATION FORM

Team Leader Contact Name:

Company Name: (as it should appear on signage)

Address: 

City:                                                                   Zip: 

Phone: 

Email:

Please select:

____ $1,000 Pure Gold Sponsor
____ $1,000 Gold Sponsor (includes 4-some golf)
____ $   500 Super Silver Sponsor
____ $   500 Silver Sponsor (includes 4-some golf)
____ $   300 Copper Sponsor
____ $   100 Hole Sponsor
____ $     25 Cart Sponsor
____ $   380 Foursome Golf Sponsor
____ $     95 Individual Golf Sponsor
 
Total Amount Enclosed: $ _________
 
____ I am not able to participate, but I would like to make a contribution to the Tucson Kino Rotary Club in support of its literacy programs.
____ Enclosed, you will find a donation for $ ___________.
____ I would like to donate an auction item.  Please contact me.

____ Check payable to Tucson Kino Rotary Club mailed to 5011 W. Paseo de las Estrellas, Tucson, AZ 85745

____ An invoice emailed to you that will allow you to pay electronically from your home or business (3% charge) 

____ For a tax deduction, check payable to ProvisionBridge, memo to Rotary Club of Tucson Kino Charitable Fund #15493.

Please send registration and check payable to Tucson Kino Rotary Club by October 19, 2022 to:

Raul Bejarano

Tucson Kino Rotary Club

5011 W Paseo de la Estrellas

Tucson, AZ 85745

Foursome Registration: Please fill out the registration form completely and print clearly.

Player #1

Name 

Address

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Daytime Phone

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Player #2

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Address 

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Player #3

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15th Annual Rotary Golf Tournament Joan Fawcett 2022-07-25 07:00:00Z 0

Ocotillo Learning Center Backpack Distribution

OCOTILLO LEARNING CENTER BACKPACK DISTRIBUTION
 
On May 17th, six members of Tucson Kino Rotary presented backpacks containing school supplies and books to 150 students of the Ocotillo Learning Center. These students will move on to Kindergarten next fall. This is an annual event for the club.
 
Monique Soria, President Dennis Bergquist and Chris Bejarano Distribute Backpacks in A Classroom
 
Some of the Presentations Were Made Outdoors
 
Patti Lopez Helps Chris Bejarano
With The Backpacks
 
Monique Soria, Micky Ulrich and Chris Bejarano
Explain What the Students Will Find in Their New Backpacks
 
 
Thanks to Debbie Haddock who obtained all the items and packed the backpacks but could not be at the event this year. Also present but not pictured, was John Palacio who delivered all the items to the learning center.
Ocotillo Learning Center Backpack Distribution David Fawcett 2022-05-25 07:00:00Z 0

Dental Project

ROTARACT DENTAL PROJECT
 
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
Dental Project David Fawcett 2022-05-10 07:00:00Z 0

Site Visit to the U of A Tree Ring Lab

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."
 
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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.
 
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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).
 
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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.
 
For more information visit:
 
Site Visit to the U of A Tree Ring Lab David Fawcett 2022-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

Site Visit to Mission Gardens

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!
 
For more information please visit:
Site Visit to Mission Gardens David Fawcett 2022-05-01 07:00:00Z 0

2022 Spring Character Awards

KINO ROTARY CHARACTER AWARDS
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 www.kinorotary.org.
 
 
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
2022 Spring Character Awards David Fawcett 2022-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Tucson Kino Rotary Gives More Dictionaries!

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.
Tucson Kino Rotary Gives More Dictionaries! David Fawcett 2022-04-11 07:00:00Z 0

Site Visit to Gospel Rescue Mission

SITE VISIT -
GOSPEL RESCUE MISSION
 
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:
Site Visit to Gospel Rescue Mission David Fawcett 2022-03-23 07:00:00Z 0

Rotary Day of Service

 
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Here is what the flyer says:
 
RILLITO RIVER CLEAN UP
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.

Rotary Day of Service Fawcett 2022-02-08 07:00:00Z 0

Service With Angel Heart Pajama Project

ANGEL HEART PAJAMA PROJECT
 
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.
Service With Angel Heart Pajama Project 2022-02-05 07:00:00Z 0
ROTARY DAYS OF SERVICE David Fawcett 2022-01-11 07:00:00Z 0

Fun In The Park!

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.
Fun In The Park! David Fawcett 2022-01-09 07:00:00Z 0

2021 Fall Character Awards

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
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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.
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Guest Speaker

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 editorkino@gmail.com
Guest Speaker David Fawcett 2021-09-22 07:00:00Z 0

Deborah Dimmett - 
A Partnership is Born as Unprecedented
Gang Violence Grips Haiti's Capitol

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
Deborah Dimmett - A Partnership is Born as Unprecedented Gang Violence Grips Haiti's Capitol Fawcett 2021-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

TUCSON KINO ROTARY HELPS DISTRIBUTE FOOD

FOOD AND HYGIENE SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTION
 
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.
 
TUCSON KINO ROTARY HELPS DISTRIBUTE FOOD Fawcett 2021-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

PEACE POLE FOR MULCAHY YMCA EARLY LEARNING CENTER

MULCAHY YMCA PEACE POLES
 
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:
 
PEACE PLEDGE
  • 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
 
For more information, visit kinorotary.org.
 
PEACE POLE FOR MULCAHY YMCA EARLY LEARNING CENTER David Fawcett 2021-04-28 07:00:00Z 0

FOOD BOX DISTRIBUTION

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
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Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Tree Planting

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:
tucsoncleanandbeautiful.org/events/

Please wear masks, closed toed shoes and dress for the weather. Tools and gloves will be provided.
Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Tree Planting David Fawcett 2021-03-06 07:00:00Z 0

Tucson Kino Rotary Helps with a Food Box Distribution

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
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A Rotary Project in Kenya

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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2020 Friendship Exchange

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.
 
 
 
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