Mountain Empire Rotary Club


October 2017
President Elect
Club Foundation Treasurer
Club Foundation Chair

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2nd and 4th Thursdays 5:30pm
The Steak Out
3243 State Highway 83
Sonoita-Patagonia-Elgin, AZ  85637
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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!
A successful First Annual Career Fair at Patagonia High School sponsored by our Club. A BIG thanks to Rotarian Randy!!! Our RYLA youth were an
awesome help! Wonderful speakers, and information tables as well as great participation.  Just a great day!
Congratulations to Alexandra Pallanes for the April Patagonia High School Student of the Month Award.
Minutes of Mountain Empire Rotary Club Meeting
Date:  May 4, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. at the Wild Horse Restaurant in Patagonia
Meeting and Pledge:  led by Fred
Attendance:  Fred, Sue , Rosann, Jim and Bob.
Announcements & Club Business: 
·       Sue asked the members present how they feel about the scholarships and to decide if we think we can afford to continue to award 2 scholarships or we should cut that back to one, in light of declining membership. After discussion, Fred made a motion to keep the number to two. Jim seconded his motion and all present agreed.
·       The dinner on June 22nd will be at Sue Archibald’s home and will be catered by Bob Tollefson. Bob needs to know how many people to prepare for, so we estimated about 20 people, but it probably would be a good idea to ask people to RSVP to Sue or Rosann just to have a better idea.
·       We normally have no meetings in June, July or August, but it was suggested that we continue to hold them in June this year…although dates are in question since many people have commitments already.
·       Randy will be available to present the Middle School Student of the Year awards at Elgin School on the 23rd and Rosann will make the presentations to the Patagonia Middle School students on the 25th. If anyone else would like to be at either event to represent the club, please feel free!
·       Jim has agreed to continue to serve as Treasurer for the club and Rosann will continue as Secretary.
·       Fred gave us an update on the park. The picnic tables have been ordered and should be here prior to the Memorial Day Rodeo. We made need help putting them together once they arrive so folks should watch their email to come to the Fairgrounds to help. The Roses are in and look great!
·       Sue is planning to attend the District Governor’s Installation Dinner and will be going to the national conference in Atlanta.
·       The Rotary Career Fair is tomorrow and Randy, Bob, Rosann and Sue have done a great job putting it together. Please plan on attending if your available.
·       Sue has learned that the restrictions we ran into last year when we applied for assistance through a grant to help with the park, that those restrictions have been lifted. She will resubmit that application, however, we must have 2 members attend a grant training. The training can be via a webinar and Sue will get us all that information.
·       The next meeting is May 18th at the winery, 5:30 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 7: 50 a.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rosann Clark
Meeting Called to order by Sue Archibald
In attendance were Susan Scott and Leslie Kramer.
Those in attendance discussed the following;
- Chili Cook Off is this coming weekend. For the fourth year we will be raising money for the Park project by selling tickets and having a raffle.
- Update on Golf Tournament - Thanks you notes have been sent. Leslie is preparing a final accounting of the funds raised. Great job everyone who made the tournament a success this year!
- The PHS Rotary Career Fair is May 5th. Randy, Rosanne, Sue and Bob are working to ensure this is a success and hopefully it will be an annual event. We agreed to reimburse Rosanne for the expenses she had spent on a banner and bags for the event. The group is looking for additional volunteers to help out on the day of the event.
- Park update - The expenses for the park are doing well and on target. The group decided op purchase 5 picnic table that will be delivered prior to the upcoming Memorial Day Rodeo. Next week the Roses are being planted in the flower bed, the irrigation has been installed and Fred has begun spreading the decorative rocks, installing the gate and adding the large boulders. Folks are encouraged to stop by!
- We have received three applications for Scholarships.
- We have requested the names from the Elgin School and Patagonia Middle School for the annual middle school awards.
- The District Assembly is May 20 in Tucson.
- The installation of our new District Governor is June 25 at the Dove Mountain Resort. Sue Archibald plans to attend.
- Susan Scott plans to attend the president meeting in Sierra Vista on May 11.
- Fred has agreed to be next years Foundation President.
- Rosann has agreed to continue to be our secretary and Jim will continue to be our treasure. We are still in need of a membership chair.
Next meeting May 4th at 7am at the Stage Stop Restaurant in Patagonia.
Submitted by Sue Archibald
Have a wonderful Easter Celebration!
Minutes of Mountain Empire Rotary Meeting
Date:  April 6, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. at the Wild Horse Restaurant in Patagonia
Meeting and Pledge:  led by Charlie
Invocation:  Chuck
Guests:  Chuck Carlson, Hank Husking
“Happy Bucks”:
·         Sue Archibald thanked Chuck and Fred for the best golf tournament! She also was grateful that he granddaughter is okay and recovering from a serious car accident.
·         Bob was very happy to have won the 50/50 raffle at the golf tournament. He also reported on the upcoming interviews for the Superintendent position at the Patagonia Schools on Monday,        April  10th.
·         Chuck was also happy for another great golf tournament.
·         Phil worked at the “Bar Tent” and said that it was more like a bar at an AA meeting…didn’t sell too many drinks.
·         Hank was happy that the Sierra Vista club’s Baja Beach Bash was so successful. They made $14,000! Our Marlin was a big hit and will be going to Yuma for the Governor’s convention. Hank is also happy to be heading to California to spend Easter with her twin grandsons & giving their parents their first vacation since they were born 4 years ago. After that, she’s heading to Utah for a rafting trip.
Announcements & Club Business: 
·         The Club was highlighted in the PRT for the dictionary project and scholarships.
·         Sue attended a meeting with the ambassador with the Mexican consulate at a meeting in Sonoita and he extended an invitation to give the club a tour if there is interest.
·         We were also highlighted in the District Newsletter for the Caborca Trip and the upcoming Chili Cook-Off.
·         Phil spoke about the activities of the women’s rotary club in Hermosillo and reminded everyone about the upcoming Blood Drive in Sonoita.
·         The “passing of the gavel” ceremony will be held at the end of June and Sue will be sending out more information to get more imput from club members about what we want to do.
·         Charlie spoke about some of the positive trends he’s seeing in the real estate market over the past several months.
·         Hank spoke about the desire of the new district governor to meet with us in November.
Reminder that the Chili Cook-off at the Southern AZ Wine Festival is April 22 and 23. Contact Susan Scott as she is looking for volunteers...
The meeting was adjourned at 7: 50 a.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Rosann Clark