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Meetings are every Thursday morning 6:30 to 7:45.  
Elko Desert Sunrise

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We meet In Person
Thursdays at 6:30 AM
Elko Senior Citizen Center
1795 Ruby View Drive
Elko, NV 89801
United States of America
(775) 397-1922
Every Thursday except the 2nd Thursday of the month we meet at 5:30 pm at OGI Deli for our Family Social. OGI DELI is located at 460 Commercial St, Elko, NV 89801. All are welcome! Advance notice is appreciated. All interested in Rotary are welcome!
Home Page Stories
A few weeks ago, we lost a long-time friend and Rotarian, John Collett.
John joined our club as a charter member in 1989.  He was one of those guys who really lived the Rotary motto, “Service above Self”.  It was John who approached Southside Elementary in Elko as well as  Sage and Spring Creek Elementary schools and Spring Creek High School about flags for their gymnasiums.  It was John who brought up the idea of purchasing a tree at the Festival of Lights and donating it to a local family.  John was the guy who was there helping during our Brew Fests in the ‘90’s.  He initiated the “Taste of Elko” at Great Basin College one year.  For several  years, he spearheaded the collection, purchase, and distribution  of food from local grocery stores for families needing staples during the winter months.  John was a “get things done” guy.  John was club president 2002-03.  He was our friend and a wonderful Rotarian.  He is greatly missed.  More information can be found about John at:
The Board of Directors of the Elko Desert Sunrise Rotary Club voted May 13, to send a contribution to the Rotary Foundation in John Collett's honor. 
Individuals who would like to contribute to the Foundation in his honor may do so by 1) going to my.rotary.org and making a donation by clicking on DONATE in the upper right, or 2) contacting Jean Sloan (775-388-8822), or 3) by calling the Rotary Foundation (847-866-3000) directly.  Jean suggests choosing the Annual Fund as that was something John favored, but which fund is up to you.
Shelter Box USA is making a critical difference in people's lives and survival in natural disaster and war torn zones worldwide. Bill Tobin, long time Rotary leader and member and Shelter Box USA Rotary Relations Manager, gave an outstanding orientation to our club in early May. Check out the following short videos for more information:
ShelterBox: 20 Years of Impact (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kagua1_lLrs)
Kunyumba - The Story of Home | ShelterBox (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-11SdugQjU)
Food will be distributed for those in need at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church on the fourth Thursday of every month between the hours of 10:00 am and 12:00 PM.  The church is located at 990 highland drive, Elko and the food is distributed behind the church on the C street entrance. 
Local groups are trying to get a distribution center organized where people can place an order for items such as eggs, butter, flour, beans rice (staples) and the items will be distributed from one location.  The order will be placed through Sysco and individuals will pay for the items they need at the discounted price. More details to follow.

The Rotary Club of Elko-Desert Sunrise Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate of an Elko County High School who displays the qualities of high moral character, service, leadership, good academic standing and genuine desire to enhance his/her educational background. The scholarship is applicable at the college, university or trade school of the recipient’s choice. 

This year’s scholarship is in honor of one of our charter members, John Leask Collett, who passed away on April 5, 2020. John’s extreme passion and love for helping others will never be forgotten. We will forever miss his smile and he will live on in our heart’s as “Cowboy John Collett”. John’s favorite quote, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” (Albert Pine). 

This scholarship will be awarded as a lump sum amount of $1,000.00. Students will be required to provide verification of enrollment at the school of his/her choice to receive the total scholarship amount. Enrollment must be on a full-time basis. 

Interested students can download the application here.

Our Club’s Spanish Son
Albert Schindler, our club’s Rotary Youth Exchange student from Spain is on the home stretch of his exchange year.  He has faced and overcome many challenges since his August 2019 arrival.  Improving English, taking classes such as Algebra with new vocabulary, playing soccer, and making new friends.  Three different host families (Jennifer and Curlin Archuleta, Aimee and Jordan Kendall, and Nikki and Gordon Fellows) have stepped up to provide Albert with hospitable homes and a perspective on American family life.  All of these pale, however, with the challenge provided by a March school closure due to the corona virus.  Albert has had to adjust to being home, without opportunity to interact with friends, and trying to figure out what to do.  For a 16 ¼ year old adolescent this has been tough.  Even with online classes, home chores and a caring family, it has been an unparalleled learning experience.  The willingness of the Fellows family to continue to host him during these times is greatly appreciated by all of us in the RYE program as well as by the club.  We will miss Albert when he returns to Spain at the end of the school year.
Helen Hankins, Mike Mauser and Albert Schindler at Hoover Dam
Rotary Club of Elko Desert Sunrise is contributing funds to support a global grant that helps Ukrainian children with cancer. Our club is partnering with our sister club, the Rotary Club of Cherkasy Ukrainian and other clubs in Ukrainian and Miami Florida. One of the primary objectives of the grant is to purchase infusion equipment that will dispense chemotherapy drugs to children.
For more information and/or to donate, no amount is too small, please visit:
Abby Fellows, our outbound RYE student to France sent this link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHEI7nWn0cw) to help recruit other students to participate in Rotary's high school foreign exchange program.
Check it out! It's amazing and creative!
Special thanks to Ross Eardley for suggesting this and to Nikki Fellows for facilitating this.
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