Mountain Empire Rotary Club


December 2017
President Elect
Club Foundation Treasurer
Club Foundation Chair

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Service Above Self!

2nd and 4th Thursdays 5:30pm
The Steak Out
3243 State Highway 83
Sonoita-Patagonia-Elgin, AZ  85637
United States
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A big THANK YOU to Phil and Nicole for hosting the MER Christmas Party! Great fun, food and fellowship!
Letter and Pictures that accompanied our donation to the Beaumont, TX Rotary Foundation! Thanks to everyone who helped out, our schools and members who donated and believed that even Pennies can make a difference! 
Rhonda Harrington, District Governor,  Rotary District 5910
c/o Bobbie Applegate                                                
985 IH-10N, Suite 111
Beaumont, TX  77706
Good morning, I have enclosed a check for $1,519.10 from the Mountain Empire Rotary Club, District 5500. We are a rural area in Southern Arizona and represent three communities - Elgin, Patagonia and Sonoita, AZ. The week after Harvey hit one of our members, Rotarian Rosann Clark, stated that the students at her school - she is the school counselor- wanted to do something to help students that are being affected. So, she came up with the “Pennies for Harvey” Project. Her school, Patagonia Elementary and High School K-12 has 175 students. The enthusiasm caught on and our second school, Elgin Elementary School K-8 with 112 students, jumped on board. The students raised $1,019.10 and our club added $500. As you can see Rosann had the “honor” of counting all that change!
The students also are sending some notes for you to share with students who suffered from the hurricane. The students would like their donation to go either to a specific class or school, so they can get whatever they need.  
Please send us an update as to how the donation was utilized. The students here are excited to know what the outcome is. Pictures are great as well. I will make sure both school share the information with their students.
We are so happy to send this to you! I know it’s a small “drop” but it is coming to you with much love
Yours in Rotary,         
Sue Archibald, President, Mountain Empire Rotary   
Annual District Governor Meeting November 1, 2017 at the Steak Out.
Thanks to Joe for joining us tonight. His presentation focused on the primary areas of Rotary and the importance of supporting the community.
Joe thanked the Club and our Foundation for all their ongoing work, their 50+ years of service, the receipt of a District Grant this year, and the progress that has been made on the park! He wanted us to be sure to invite him to the first picnic we have there! 
Joe installed our newest member -  Rachell Hochheim, Supertindent PUSD 
We honored last years Club President - Kief Manning - Thanks for stepping up! We all appreciate it!
Rotarian Randy Heiss was presented with last year's "Above and Beyond" award for all his hard work especially on the Career Fair in May at the High School.
It was a wonderful evening.
The Club will not be meeting later in November due to Thanksgiving.
Phil is planning on hosting a Holiday Party on December 14. 
Congratulations to Elizabeth McKay our Patagonia High School Student of the Month. The Art teacher, Elizabeth McCowin, made the presentation and enjoyed presenting her student for all her hard work. Thanks to Rotarians,  Fred , Rosann and Sue for being there and supporting our local youth!
The teacher also expressed her gratitude to Rotary for their ongoing support of the school and students!
MER Club   Minutes 10/26/17
Meeting called to order by President Sue
Pledge lead by Phil
Attendance – Susan Scott, Sue Archibald and Phil Eiker
Upcoming meeting schedule was shared.
Nov. 1 District Governor Visit
No other meeting in November due to Thanksgiving
Dec. 14 (tentative) Holiday Party at Phil and Nichole’s home
No other December meeting due to Christmas.
Jan. 11 our speaker will be Margaret Hepburn back to regular meetings at the Steak Out.
A “Rotary Meets Here” plaque was ordered for the Steak Out.
The District Governor’s annual visit will be Nov 1. Aboard meeting will begin at 5pm (so Susan, Fred, Leslie, Rosann, Phil should be there early). He is meeting Sue a bit early to drive over to see our park. The DG will also be inducting Rachell into Rotary while he is here. He is bringing a power point to share. Lets have a good turnout and bring folks with you if you can.
The joint Park planning meeting is this Monday at 4pm at Leslie’s office.
We are awaiting news from the Elgin School in regards to their “Pennies for Harvey” drive so we can forward the donation onto Texas.
Phil and Nichole are working with the 3rd grade teacher at Elgin to set a date for the Dictionary Project there.
The Sierra Vista Club has requested our financial assistance with the Foreign Exchange Student. Since they sponsored Cosette from Patagonia for us we had told them we could help if they let us know what they needed. They have request $750 or whatever we can do. We will have to discuss this when we have a majority of members at our next meeting.
Randy has begun planning the Patagonia School Career Fair for this year for March. More information to come.
As many know RI is not focused solely on attendance anymore and is encouraging us to keep trak of hours spent on Rotary activities. We will discuss this further although Susan said this was something our club had done in the past.
Submitted by Sue Archibald
Minutes of Mountain Empire Rotary Meeting
Date:  October 12, 2017  5:30 p.m. at the Steak Out Restaurant in Sonoita
Meeting and Pledge:  led by Sue
Invocation:  A moment of silence for the victims of the fires in California.
Members and Guests:  Rosann Clark, Sue Archibald, Susan Scott, Joseph DeWolf, Leslie Kramer, Phil Eiker, Susan Phillips
Happy Bucks:  
·         Sue Phillips was happy that her daughter is doing so well and happy in school in Showlow, finishing high school and taking college classes, too. She tested into a math class above calculus (THANKS to Mr. Melanson at PUHS)!
·         Phil is happy that his granddaughter has gotten married in Vermont.
·         Leslie is happy to be back home after all her travels and that her Badgers are doing so well!
·         Joseph is happy that he has 2 trucks and 6 firefighters in Napa Valley, helping fight the fires.
·         Sue Archibald is happy to have donated blood today and that her son is coming home for 2 weeks vacation from the cruise lines.
Announcements & Club Business: 
·         RYLA applications were reviewed and 2 delegates, sophomores Russell Sherman & Karina Norton, plus 2 alternates, freshmen Hannah Young & Kurt Whitcoe were chosen.
·         We have received an invitation to join the Chamber of Commerce. It was suggested that we should invite them to come visit us as guest speakers to inform us about what the chamber is doing currently.
·         Sue will be attending the conference and taking along a case of Kief-Joshua wine.
·         At the November 1st meeting with the district governor, we will have him do the honors of initiating Rachell. Her family will be invited to attend.
·         Next Tuesday night we are on the agenda at the Fairgrounds Board Meeting at 6, to talk about the park.
·         With Jim stepping down as treasurer, Megan Peterson will handle the bookkeeping for the club. Susan Scott agreed to be treasurer  and will be available to sign checks, etc.
·         Sue and Fred handed out the dictionaries to the Patagonia third graders and had a great time, as usual. She would like to invite that teacher to visit the club and talk about how she uses the dictionaries and how much the students appreciate them.
·         Tomorrow morning, the Student of the Month will be awarded at PUHS for Math. Math teacher, Gilbert Melanson will [resent that award to his nominee, Matthew Davidson.
·         The next meeting will be October 26th at the Steak Out, 5:30 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 6: 30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rosann Clark
Keif Manning did a great job presenting at the 2017 District Conference. Thanks for representing MER!
This year's RYLA delegation was announced today they are Russell Sherman and Karina Norton. Our alternative delegates are Kurt Whitcoe and Hannah Young. They are excited to participate!
Congratulation to senior Matthew Davidson our Patagonia High School Student of the Month for Math. Thanks to the Math Teacher, Mr. Melanson ,  for the nomination and presentation and Rotarians Rachel , Sue, Fred and Rosann for being there to celebrate! 
Here is a list of some of Rotary “Firsts”!
• The first Rotary club meeting was in Chicago, Illinois, on 23 February 1905.
• The first regular luncheon meetings were in Oakland, California, chartered in 1909.
• The first Rotary Convention was in Chicago in 1910.
• The first Rotary club outside of the United States was chartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1910.
• The first Rotary club outside of North America was chartered in Dublin, Ireland, in 1911.
• The first Rotary club in a non-English speaking country was in Havana, Cuba, in 1916.
• The first Rotary club in South America was chartered in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1918.
• The first Rotary club in Asia was chartered in Manila, Philippines, in 1919.
• The first Rotary club in Africa was chartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1921.
• The first Rotary club in Australia was chartered in Melbourne in 1921
• Rotary established the Endowment Fund in 1917, which became the forerunner of The Rotary Foundation.
• Rotary first adopted the name “Rotary International” in 1922, when the name was changed from the International Association of Rotary Clubs.
• Rotary first established Paul Harris Fellow Recognition in 1957 for contributors of US $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
• The Rotary emblem was printed on a commemorative stamp for the first time in 1931 at the time of the Vienna convention.
• The first Rotary club banner (from the Houston Space Center Rotary club) to orbit the moon was carried by astronaut Frank Borman, a member of that club.
• The first Rotary Convention held outside the United States was in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1921.
• The first head of state to address an RI Convention was U.S. President Warren G. Harding in 1923 at St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Great meeting at the High School today presenting RYLA. Thanks to Rotarians Rosann and Sue Archibald.  We also had 3 of our past attendee's join us. Staci came from Tucson, Jules joined us and Coco sent a video from Denmark. We are looking forward to hearing from the kids!
Minutes of Mountain Empire Rotary Meeting
Date:  September 28, 2017  5:30 p.m. at the Steak Out Restaurant in Sonoita
Meeting and Pledge:  led by Sue
Invocation:  A moment of silence for the victims of hurricanes in various locations.
Members and Guests:  Rosann Clark, Sue Archibald, Fred Sang, Rachell Hochheim, Hank & Peter Huisking, Amanda Zamudio
Announcements & Club Business: 
·         Rosann reviewed the Pennies for Harvey campaign & Amanda mentioned that she might be able to get 4-H kids to participate in some sort of fundraising project, too.
·         Rachell issued a challenge to the Elgin school to do a similar drive. They accepted the challenge and their money will go with another rotary foundation donation to the victims in Florida. The stipulation from the Elgin school is that the “losing” Principal will kiss a pig!
·         Sue and Rosann will recruit PUHS students tomorrow morning, Friday, Oct. 29th, for RYLA.
·         October 11th is the proposed date to deliver dictionaries to Patagonia elementary school.
·         We talked about what the club currently does to support the First Book Project. Sue buys the books and takes them to the school where the librarian distributes them to the students on their birthdays. The club also participates in the First Things First initiative.
·         Sue talked about the Rotary Leadership Academy – Global Rewards Program and the My Rotary Site.
·         Friday the 13th of Oct. is District Conference and our club usually provides a case of wine for the hospitality event. Sue will be attending at least part of it.
·         There will be a special meeting on November 1…not a regularly scheduled meeting date. This meeting wil be with Joe Hentges and he will meet with Sue between 5 and 5:30, then join the rest of the members for the meeting. This meeting will replace our regularly scheduled Meeting on the 8th.
·         Hank reported that every club in the district got a foundation grant.
·         March 10 will be the Sierra Vista clubs’ combined fundraiser…the Baja Beach Bash.
·         April 14 is the 6th Annual Rising Sun Run and we have posters to distribute at a later date.
·         October 7th is the How the West Was Run, fun run.
·         The next meeting will be October 12th at the Steak Out, 5:30 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 7: 00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rosann Clark
Minutes of Mountain Empire Rotary Meeting
Date:  September 14, 2017  5:30 p.m. at the Steak Out Restaurant in Sonoita
Meeting and Pledge:  led by Phil
Members and Guests:  Phil Eiker, Susan Scott, Ginny Cosbey, Randy Heiss, Rosann Clark, Paula Shaper, Cynthia Darland
Announcements & Club Business: 
·         We will add Ginny Cosbey to the membership list for Elgin School
·         Randy & Rosann will man the beverage booth at Fair Day on Friday, 9/15, from 8:30 – 12:30
·         Sue ran into Ken Karrels and invited him to join the club and not pay any dues for the first year. We agreed to “table” this discussion for another meeting where more members are present. We should discuss making that offer to more individuals. Members should reach out to others to invite them to rejoin. Perhaps we could hold a “reunion” of sorts and invite past members and friends to a celebration event.
·         Phill talked about the First Things First program on reading, administered by the state and frequently supported by rotary clubs.
·         It was suggested that we find programs we are good at and stick with those to develop them further.
·         Dictionaries should be delivered to the schools as soon as possible, perhaps on the 29th when we talk to students about RYLA.
·         Friday the 13th of Oct. is District Conference and our club usually provides a case of wine for the hospitality event.
·         Phil has information on a Secretary Training webinar and will provide that for Rosann.
·         RYLA is paid for, for 2 delegates, but the application deadline is November 1st.
·         November 4th is the Foundation Celebration in Yuma.
·         The deadline for Form 990 is November 15th…has this gone in?
·         How are we on the District Grant Process?
·         The Pennies for Harvey campaign went really well with the classes raising $478.02.
·         Can we also send $500 to Florida?
·         The next meetings will be September 28th and October 12th at the Steak Out, 5:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker/Program:  Paula Shaper gave us a presentation on the Mat Bevel Company. We have contributed funds to this initiative to help get students on field trips to their museum in Tucson.
The meeting was adjourned at 7: 00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rosann Clark
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This morning MER announced that the Patagonia School K-12, in partnership with MER, will be collecting change for victims of the Hurricane Harvey. This along with a $500 club donation will be sent to the Beaumont Texas  Rotary Club to address the critical needs in their area.  
We are excited to begin using the Steak Out as our meeting place! Come visit! We meet the 2nd and 4th Thursday's at 5:30 pm.
Amazing experience!
More than 40,000 members from 174 countries have gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to renew friendships, find inspiration, and celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s 100 years of Doing Good in the World. Speakers were inspiring, the break out sessions were informative and were relative worldwide, and plan to attend in Toronto next year!
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This years annual dinner was cancelled due to the Encino Fire in Sonoita. Our Officers -  Sue Archibald is back as our President, Phil Eiker is president Elect for 18/19, jim Rowley is our treasure and Rosanne Clark is our Secretary. We will be looking for lots of help throughout the year and hopefully grow again in our membership! As usual we there are no formal meeting again until September although we may try and gather together in late August! More information to come!
The May Student of the month was Mia Archi for her work on the Yearbook.
The Rotary Patagonia  Middle School Students of the Year, chosen by their teachers are: 
Justice Urias for Citizenship, Kurt Whitcoe for Scholarship and Abelardo Aguilar for Leadership.
The Elgin School Rotary Middle School awards are:
Sophia Bergh for Citizenship , Sarah Lyman for Academics and Carolina Quiroz for Athletics
This years Rotary Scholarship Awardees are Andrew Botz and Lily Wharton. Myself and two community members assisted in the decision. I am sending them award letters as well as sending letters to those that were not chosen so they are aware. These two are both wonderful HS Seniors from Patagonia one attended RYLA and one received our student of the year award for science this year. Andrew plans to attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott with the goal of becoming a pilot in the US Air Force and Lily plans to attend NAU and is the Valedictorian of her High School Class. I am excited for them both! Sue
The Park Tables have arrived and Thanks to Jim and his crew they look great! The ROSES are blooming!!!! Our Rotary Park is looking great! All set for the Rodeo!