Mountain Empire Rotary Club


July 2018
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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Congratulations to MER's 2018/19 President, Phil Eiker! Thanks to everyone who made the event possible! The Ranch was a beautiful setting, the Sonoran Dogs were yummy, the wine flowed, and the Club was energized!  Thanks for our DG Joe for his leadership and inducting our new President and our AG Hank for joining us! A wonderful Rotary Celebration full of Rotary FUN , FOOD and FELLOWSHIP.
Congratulations to Julianna Quiroga and Ernesto Cabrera (not in attendance) this years MER Scholarship recipients. We received 6 applications this year and all were worthy. Thank you to Rotarians Anne and Susan for making the hard decision and  Rotarians Phil and Sue for being there for us!
Congratulations to The Elgin and Patagonia Middle School Annual Award recipients. 
2018 Elgin Middle School Rotary Awards. Congratulations to Emma Goellner (Scholastic award), Madison Vines (Athletics award), Aysialin N. Mountjoy (Citizenship award). Thanks to Rotarians Reba Webber and Randy Heiss for representing the club!
Congratulations to Dahana Hernandez for the Leadership, Jesus Guzman for the Scholarship and Savannah Woods for the Citizenship 2018 Middle School Awards at the Patagonia School. A Wonderful Middle School Transition ceremony and thanks Rotarian Sue for representing the club.
Congratulations to Mia Archi, Roberta Ford the school librarian and yearbook sponsor selected her for the final 2018Patagonia High School Student of the Month for her hard work and dedication to this years' beautiful yearbook for the school year 2018/19.
MER Meeting May 10, 2018 – Steak Out
Attendance – Sue A, Susan S, Leslie, Charlie, Reba, Rosann, Annie, Randy.
Visitors – Pat, Joanie and Roger Cogan
-              There is a Rotary Family Picnic in Tucson this Saturday for District 5500
-              We have received an invitation to the FFA Dinner. Its on May 19th. Anyone interested??
-              District Governor installation is coming up on June 16th at the U of A. Check out the District 5500 website for more info.
-              Foundation check is due by end of May.
-              We still need someone to agree to be President Elect for Phil
-              The change of gavel will be on June 14th and hosted by Anne Gibson at the Babocomari with Sonoran Hot Dogs. RSVP by June 9, please. Annie is putting together a flyer and will get it to everyone.
-              The Mat Bevel group has requested a sponsorship again this year. We will schedule a presentation for early in the fall.
-              The scholarship committee chose to award Ernesto Cabrera and Juliana Quiroga. Scholarship night at Patagonia HS is May 17th at 6pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Thanks to Phil for presenting these.
-              Middle School Transition ceremonies and Students of the Year presentations will be May 23rd at Elgin and May 24th at Patagonia. Thanks to Randy, Reba and Sue for presenting these.
-              Our May Student of the Month will be May 18. Sue has volunteered to be there.
-              The club netted around $800 for the raffle at the Wine festival, the chili-fest netted $1528 and the golf tournament $21,425. Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make all of this happen.
-              Leslie gave an update on the park and said that the company who agreed to donate the labor if we name it the Fred Sang memorial park. Work will be progressing with the goal of having it completed by the Memorial Day.
-              A suggestion was made in regards to a fall fundraiser in conjunction with the Patagonia Fall Festival in October. Sue will check if a margarita booth is a possibility and get back to everyone.  
 Roger Cogan was our guest speaker and spoke to us about his new business HomeScape Consulting, LLC. With his background of more than 30 years with the Phoenix Zoo in the Arizona Trails habitats, he comes with a lot of experience and information that is helpful to landowners in the Sonoita Plains.  As a consultant, he will be able to help landowners understand and work with plants and animals on their property; identification and evaluation of issues; finding solutions. The Sonoita Plains is a unique area with a lot of biodiversity. Among other things he has experience with Invasive plants, inexpensive gardening techniques, enhancement of wildlife habitats, water usage, erosion control & conservation, understanding of the laws governing hunting & non-game species, he is certified to assist with fire safety and fire hazard situations, and living with venomous reptiles, poisonous toads and hazardous insects. Check out Roger's website - or call 520-604-8670 for more information.
Due to the events at the School on May 24th there will not be a MER Meeting. We also discussed changing the meeting location to the Copper Brothel next year.  More info to come.
Hope to see everyone June 14th at the Installation Dinner!
Great weekend at the Chili Cook off. Year 6! Thanks to everyone who organized everything before the weekend, who made the awesome chili and salsa, who helped out on Saturday and Sunday, who judged lots of wonderful food , sold tastings and just enjoyed the weekend with us! Another wonderful Rotary event!
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A wonderful Tournament! We had over 70 happy golfers, more than 40 amazing generous sponsors, and over 50 raffle donors who all made the event a success. The day was beautiful and full of Rotary FUN, FOOD and FELLOWSHIP! A BIG thanks goes out to everyone who worked so hard!
Meeting began at 5:45pm.
Attendance - Susan Scott, Leslie Kramer, Sue Archibald, Anne Gibson, Raquel Hochheim
Golf Update - Leslie reported that once we collect the outstanding sponsor commitments we should net over $17,000 ( A tournament record, Fred would have been proud). A discussion including plans for next year and thoughts to even make it more successful. She thanked everyone for their work! Raquel asked about her high school seniors helping out next year and wondered if they could also play. The answer was YES to both. 
We discussed planning another fund raiser of some kind next fall. Susan suggested a concert with a popular group and have it at the high school football field. The idea was to assist the seniors in raising money for their senior trip. Both Susan and Raquel were going to look into it as a possibility.
Dues Increase - Sue A reported that we have not raised our dues that we pay to the District and RI since they raised theirs. You will see an increase of 9$ per quarter in your billing to begin making up for that change.
Leslie continues to work on this years additions to the Park. The District Grant we received this year needs to be spent and the grant project completed by the end of May. 
Susan will be getting an email out to all members about the upcoming Chili Cook-off and Chopped Event April 21-22, so members can sign up to help! The event sounds like a lot of fun!
Other upcoming dates include; 
        May 30 and June 30 are the annual Grants Management Webinar. We are required to have 2 members participate annually. As of now Sue A and Anne plan to register. Anyone else who maybe interested should register as well. Registration is on the District 5500 website.
        May 5 - District Assembly in Green Valley. As of now Phil plans to attend and welcomes anyone else interested.
        June 14  - Club Installation of new officers. Location TBA.
        June 16 - New District Governor, Kirk Reed, Installation at the U of A Student Union Dining Room.
        June 23-27 - Rotary International Convention Toronto.
Next Meeting is April 26 at the Steak Out!
Meeting called to order at 5:45pm.
Attendance - Susan Scott, Reba Webber, Leslie Kramer, Randy Heiss, Susan Archibald
Randy gave everyone an update on the successful Career Fair last week at the Patagonia School. The feedback from the surveys gave us very positive feedback and a few ideas for next year. We have received lots of thank you messages since the event. It was great having the Elgin Middle School join us! Randy has also been asked by the Oro valley Club to share information because they may want to do a similar event with their schools. Thanks to Randy, Rosann, Sue, Ginny, Bob and Reba for spending the day helping the event be successful! Bob joined us from Phoenix to cook the burgers for everyone!
Susan and Leslie reported on the Raffle at the Southern AZ Wine Festival. Great day and we made about $800. Great Job! 
Upcoming events updates
 Nogales Bike Classic - Reba and Randy have volunteered to man the Patagonia table. The water and bananas are located at the Patagonia Market (thanks Irma). 
 Golf - Leslie needs the names of folks that plan to golf. Please send her an email with names. We are short these folks. WE NEED FOLKS TO PLAY!
          If you have raffle prizes contact Sue Archibald. 
          At this point we have about $10,000 in sponsorships. We seem to be short on the $100 hole sponsors. Contact Leslie with information about that.
          Reba and Sue will be meeting early Monday to put the Golf Tournament Display at the bank. Check it out!
          Randy and Sue will check out the stuff in our storage unit!  and have it ready for the event!
 Chili Cook Off - April 21 and 22. Susan will have sign up sheets at the next Club meeting. She let folks know we need judges, chili maker for the Saturday open competition and salsa makers for Sunday. The event is designed like the Chopped TV show and we have some great professional judges joining us!
Next meeting April 12 at the Steak Out!
MER - Lots going on and looking forward to seeing everyone at the tournament! It will be another great event!
Our RLYA Delegates shared their experience from the 2018 RYLA training at our club meeting!  Carina and Russell worn their shirts proudly and felt the experience was valuable. Russell also expressed his interest in applying next year as a counselor! 
A wonderful day at this years wine festival. Thanks to Rotarians Susan Scott and Leslie Kramer for their help in making our raffle at the event a success!
Congratulations to Senior, Juan Urias for being selected by his teacher Jason Schreiber as the Patagonia High School Rotary Student of the Month in Music! Thanks to Rotarian Phil Eiker and School Board President Ron Pitts for presenting the award!
Yesterday was the Mt. Empire Rotary Career Fair at Patagonia Union High School. We want to thank the Rotary Club for their support and especially Rotarians Randy Heiss, Sue Archibald, Reba Weber, Ginny Cosbey and PUHS Guidance Counselor, Rosann Clark for all their hard work and effort. The event was an amazing experience for the students who were able to talk to professionals representing over 45 organizations, private corporations and partnerships, former PUHS graduates as well as universities and community colleges. There were demonstrations, break-out sessions and a key note speaker who gave an overview on skills needed for the future workforce. We also want to thank the middle school students and teachers from Elgin for joining us today. Kudos to all for another fantastic event!

Planning meeting Minutes 2/15/18

Leslie, Randy, Charlie, Susan S, Rosann, Sue A, Phil (via phone) and Reba Webber.

Reba handed in her application for membership this evening as well. At the next Rotary meeting she and Ann Gibson (who transferred from SV) will be inducted into the Club. A special congratulations Reba a Brand-new Rotarian and were glad Ann came back!

Rosann shared the wonderful Thank You Card we received from the Patagonia Elementary School Pre-School class. So sweet!

Fred Sang – It was decided that we would dedicate the new Rotary Park to Fred. When we have the grand opening of the park we will invite his family to be a part of the dedication.  A sympathy card will be given to Irma in which she will be made aware of that. Most of us will be his funeral on Saturday and Irma asked that we bring deserts to the reception at the school after the service.

Park – Caleb Everhart from Monument Steel and former Rotarian Jim Rowley have agreed to complete the work on the park Ramada’s, corn hole, grills and horseshoe pits. This is wonderful!

Golf – The group went through last years sponsor list and divided it among those in attendance. We also added new potential sponsors. Leslie will be the contact for the sponsors and checks will be given to her. Chuck is writing the letter to the Legacy Foundation and he will be contacted in regard to Golf Course donations of foursomes. Sue A agreed to head up the raffle and begin working on local business for donations. Reba agreed to go to the winery’s. Susan S is applying for the liquor License and she and Phil will work the margarita tent. Anne will take care of breakfast the day of the event and Randy will work on the set up at the golf course. He and Sue A will meet at the storage unit soon to gather all signs and other items for the day. We agreed that instead of “goodie bags” we would put a water bottle and snack bar for each golfer in their cart. Unless we can get enough good donations for the bag. Leslie has ordered the prizes. Folks will be needed for the day of the event to help with selling mulligans, registering golfers and getting the lunch organized. Leslie has the food taken care of. Sue A will write the thank you notes after the event. The PRT article has been submitted for the March edition. We need golfers!!

Career Fair 3/16 – Randy gave an update and encouraged folks to help. We are responsible for the hospitality room, greeting guests and anything else Randy may need. Rosann, Reba and Sue A are currently on the school committee working on this. He stated that it is coming together nicely.

Scholarships – The announcement for this year’s scholarship applications will go out in the April PRT and the Nogales International. Sue A has these but will need a few folks to review them and make the decisions about awards once the applications are in.

Chili Cook Off – April 20-21 will also be a Chopped Event. Susan S will keep us updated and she will need volunteers for those two days to man the tent. Instead of having a raffle at the cook off it was decided that we would do a raffle at the Southeast Arizona Wine Growers & Music Festival on March 10 at Kief Joshua’s Vineyard. Susan S will prepare the raffle prizes.

Club and Foundation financial status was shared.

We need a President Elect and folks were asked to consider volunteering.

Change of Gavel will tentatively be June 14. More info to come.

Next Meeting is Feb 22 at the Steak Out!

Minutes of Mountain Empire Rotary Meeting
Date:  February 22, 2018  5:30 p.m. at the Steak Out Restaurant in Sonoita
Meeting, Pledge and Invocation:  led by Sue
Members and Guests:  Rosann Clark,  Susan Scott, Anne Gibson, Sue Archibald, Rachell Hochheim, Ginny Cosbey for Chris Bonn, new member Reba Webber, and guest speaker Roslyn Bonchikas.
Announcements & Club Business: 
·         March 5th – Kief-Joshua is teaming up with a Sierra Vista for a dinner event. More info to follow watch your emails.
·         March 10th – Raffle during the Wine Festival at Kief-Joshua. Help is needed selling raffle tickets the day of the event from approximately 11 – 2. Let Susan S know if you can help out.
·         March 16th – Rotary Career Fair at PUHS – help needed in the hospitality room to register presenters and make sure they are comfortable, starting a little before 8 a.m. Then, possibly helping serve lunch to students and guests between noon and 1.
·         April 7th is the Golfing for Scholars Golf Tournament. Help is needed getting golfers, sponsors, donations and prizes.
·         April 21-22 – Chili Cook-Off at Kief-Joshua. This year there will be a “Chopped” event and help is needed getting the word out, selling tickets and getting cookers signed up.
·         March 24th – The Rio Rico Club needs help to man their bike race turn around spot in Patagonia. Rotarians needed to man the water booth as the bikers turn around at the Park.
·         June 14th – Change of Gavel…details to follow
·         The next meeting will be March 8th at the Steak Out, 5:30 p.m. Our 2018 RYLA delegates will be joining us to share their experiences.
·         The next Student of the Month at PUHS will be presented on March 9th at PUHS at 9:05.
Club Business:
Anne Gibson was inducted as a returning/transferred  member by Sue A.
Reba Webber was inducted as a brand new member and presented a her pins and welcome packet by Sue A.
Welcome to them both , make sure you get to know them!
Guest Speaker:
The guest speaker tonight is Roslyn Bonchikas, Community Relations Officer for the Sonoita Border Patrol office.
The Sonoita office has 300 agents, 6 Horse Patrol agents and an International liaison unit. She showed several slides containing apprehension data, indicating that across the board incidents are significantly lower than they were last year. Marijuana seizures are way down and she attributes this to the fact that since it has been legalized the cartels are selling it legally within the U.S. borders to distributors who will sell it legally.
The border is completely controlled by the cartels on the south side, not by our officers to the north. The use of 8 new camera towers since November partially explains the lower numbers as well.
The Citizen’s Tool Kit outlines what information should be reported by citizens:
1.       What was observed…complete details.
2.       When was it observed?
3.       Where was it observed? Mile markers, landmarks, GPS
4.       Direction of travel…
5.       Call back number and follow up requested.
The main number is 520-455-5051, Dispatch is 520-455-4275 – this is the best one to use and Roslyn’s number is 520-604-1977. See Something! Say Something! We Depend on You!
The meeting was adjourned at 7: 00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rosann Clark
Rosann shared with the club this wonderful thank you card from the Patagonia Pre-school students who receive new books on Valentines day! Here are two of the 7 wonderful drawings!
Congratulations to Chesed Chap for being named the Student of the Month at Patagonia High School for Science.
Her teacher, Allison Lemons,  shared this with the school. "I chose Chesed based on her consistency. She consistently demonstrates a depth of thought that is rare. She consistently participates in every task I put forth, even if it seems silly or mundane. She consistently executes our learning goals thoroughly and thoughtfully. And she consistently demonstrates excellence in citizenship." A big Thanks to Rotarian Rosann Clark and Sue Archibald for presenting this award.
The meeting was attended by Rotarians Sue Archibald, Susan Scott and Rosann Clark.
The visitors included former member  Chuck Carlson and potential member Reba Webber.
Announcements and upcoming dates -
February 14 9am books for Pre School Students presentation after the Student of the Month presentation at the Patagonia School. Please join if you can it will be fun.
February 15 5:50pm Club planning meeting at Sue Archibald's - we have lots to talk about. Please plan to attend.
February 22 regular club meeting at the Steak Out.
Rotary Career Fair - March 16 - we are responsible for the Hospitality room for the presenters.
 Its a fun event if you can help let Sue A. know.
April 7 - Golf Tournament - we need golfers, sponsors and raffle prizes. This is our big fund raiser of the year!
April 21&22 - Chili Cook-off at Kief Joshua's Winery 
Overall the meeting was one talking about the sudden loss of Rotarian Fred Sang. A special thanks to Pastor Chuck who came to join in the process of the club expressing their sorrow. 
Fred was a dynamic member of MER and will be sorely missed. 
There will be services for Fred on Saturday the 17 at 10 am at the Catholic Church in Patagonia followed by a reception at the Patagonia School Cafeteria.
Next meeting is a special meeting on the 15th of February at Sue Archibald's home - 24 W. Calle Sobaipuri - lots to discuss and we need everyone's help as we look forward to the upcoming events and the future.  
Phil Introduced our special speaker - Fr. Sean Carroll, S.J brought the Kino Boarder Initiative Project to MER. A wonderful presentation and a potential opportunity for International Service.

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.   The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Diocese of Nogales.  The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.  Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through:

-Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants;

-Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border;

  • -Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.
Fr. Sean reported that last year they served 46,820 meals to 8,383 individuals, offered first aid to 3,784 migrants requiring medical attention, sheltered 380 women. Rev. Sean Carroll is the Executive Director. They have secured a new location where they can expand their services. And they are always looking for volunteers and financial support.
Thanks to President Elect Phil for bringing this to the Club! Special welcome to our visitors Hank Huisking and Reba Webber. 
See everyone on February 8 for our next meeting.