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It's here! If you've never been to the District Conference, it's a lot of fun. Our Rotary is involved with several other Sierra Vista clubs for "Casita Night" which is a networking evening involving tasty food and drinks. If you haven't already, please sign up here: http://www.rotaryd5500.org/SitePage/district-conference-2015.
Mark your calendars! There will be a SV Rotary Happy Hour at Hoppin' Grapes on August 28 from 5-7 p.m. This is a chance to just relax with fellow members of your own Rotary, as well as other Rotarians from other clubs in Sierra Vista. All members of Rotary are invited, as well as people wanting to learn more about Rotary, and possibly join. We'd love to see you!
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista held its weekly meeting on August 10th. Paul Harris committee Chairman, Les Orchekowsky awarded Paul Harris Fellow pins to six members;
Rick Shelley, Brian Barkdull, and Ray Morace received their first awards, Frank Gonzalez and Mike Strange received their Paul Harris plus four awards. Charlie LaClair received his Paul Harris plus seven award in the name of his second grandson, David.
Ray Morace and Mike Strange were not in attendance and will be recognized in the future.
Paul Harris was one of the founders of the Rotary Club in 1905. In 1956-57 the concept of a special award and recognition to those members who have contributed $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation, during a one year period was initiated. As $1,000 was a considerable sum then, the award was changed so that anyone contributing $1,000 over several years would become a Paul Harris Fellow and then receive a certificate, neck ribbon with medallion and a pin recognizing their contribution. Subsequent donations in one thousand dollar increments are recognized with colored stones added to a new pin; blue sapphires for the first five additional contributions and red rubies for the next three contributions. Subsequent contributions are recognized as well.
The first year there were only 500 world-wide members who qualified. Today there are 700,000
Paul Harris Fellows who have accumulatively contributed $700,000,000 to The Rotary Foundation or
Polio Plus (Eradication). This money is used to fund worthwhile projects world-wide, such as clean water,
education, eradication of polio and other diseases, and disaster relief.
The Speaker today was Dave Breen, President of AZgreyhounds.Inc. Dave was accompanied by his wife, Nancy (Wendy) Breen, and a fawn colored greyhound named “Jay”. Dave explained that no Greyhounds are really grey. They have 16 different colors which range from light tan to bluish black color. They have been associated with royalty for thousands of years, going back to ancient Egypt. They often appear in family heraldry. They were used in hunting and sometimes there would be hundreds of greyhounds helping in deer hunts.
Today they are raised to race. They go through training for six months or so at special training
facilities in Colorado and Oklahoma. Then appear at different race tracks at many locations for approximately
two years, at which time they are “retired”. At the race track they chase an artificial “rabbit” but really they
are chasing the motion as they typically ignore a real-life rabbit. The races only last 20 – 30 seconds.
After retiring they are put up for adoption. Greyhounds are unique in many respects. They don’t shed, seldom bark, don’t jump up on people, and are good with children and other dogs. They make ideal pets. Interestingly when excited, their teeth chatter. They are also famous for having very broad smiles, showing their teeth but only when they are happy. Arizona has a state program to temporarily put these retired animals in foster homes, until they can be adopted. Many foster home people grow so fond of the animals that they in turn adopt them. There is a $350 charge to adopt, but this covers their vaccinations, and the cost of a micro-chip implantation.
Here in Sierra Vista Dave and Wendy Breen hold an “Adoption Day” on the last Saturday of each month at the Cal Ranch store. The hours are from 10 am until 2:00 pm. For further information about serving as a foster
home or to adopt one of these beautiful dogs, you are invited to contact Dave at (520) 378-1763.
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista meets each Monday at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club for lunch. For more Information, please contact President Emily Scherrer at www.rotarysv.org.
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista held its weekly meeting on June 20th. The exempt badge was held by Lisa Stallcup, who is the Boy Scouts District Executive.
Lisa gave the club an update on scouting and the inclusion of girls in the Boy Scout
activities. Explorer scouts are older 14 – 21 and have opportunities to learn about different career fields. Law Enforcement, Fire Fighting, Arts and Humanities, as well as other careers.
The speaker today was Kathy Calabrese who is with the Good Neighbor Alliance. The Good Neighbor Alliance (GNA) is an organization that helps homeless people in Cochise County. Kathy was a previous member of our Rotary Club and was familiar to many current members. She explained there are two types of homeless people; temporary and chronically homeless. There is a Vulnerability Index, a number givento each homeless individual, to help ascertain what assistance is needed. Moreover, the Emergency Rooms in hospitals are their only source of medical care.
She explained that there are an estimated 86 chronically homeless people in Cochise County, mostly men, with about 50 of them in Sierra Vista. Bisbee has
the next highest number.
The police department checks on them in their encampments and tries to get them into programs that will help them. Sometimes it is necessary to clean up the area in which they live, especially if it is State lands. There are services provided by HUD and the Veterans Administration to help people get on their feet.
Explained that many homeless have undiagnosed mental illness and many are dealing with Addictions. The GNA facility can provide beds for about 23 – 24 people, but many prefer to sleep outdoors. In order to stay at the facility they must be sober. The facility provides breakfasts. The overall goal of GNA is to get individuals into appropriate assistance programs to try to get them off the streets.
On June 6th the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista held its weekly meeting, chaired by newly-elected Emily Scherrer.
Treasurer Jack Lintner gave a short report about the Fourth of July fund raising. It appears that enough money was raised to pay for the magnificent fireworks display. The two day celebrationwent off with no problems, thanks to the extensive planning and organizing done by Randy Sueskind. The club gave Randy a round of applause for the excellent job he once again accomplished.
John Black reminded the club of the Tour de Tucson bicycle ride which is an annual fund raiser which takes place each November. This has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in previous years for the eradication of polio.
The speaker today was Mike Moats who is with the Sunrise Rotary Club. This club holds its meetings at 0630 each Wednesday. Mike told our club about a project sponsored by his club after discussions with the school district. The Sierra Vista School District has requested a playground for special-needschildren. This playground will be built at the Town and country Elementary School. It should accommodate 50 children with special needs, which is a substantial increase over previous years. In addition the district is expanding. The number of class rooms and adding pre-school education this up-coming school year.
Mike Moats’ club has sponsored this project and with the help of the other Rotary clubs in town, has raised a total of $16,000 to pay for this project. Half of these funds is coming from a matching grant from the Rotary District 5500. The new playground facility will include in-ground equipment and toys. Rotarians are planning an early morning meeting at the facility to assemble the equipment and finish the necessary details to have this playground ready prior to the beginning of new school year.
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista meets each Monday for lunch at the Pueblo Del Sol Country Club. Anyone interested should contact President Emily Scherrer at www.rotarysv.org.
Every year, Sierra Vista Rotary puts on a spectacular 4th of July event complete with fireworks, food, beer, and entertainment. This year the weather cooperated with us, and the event was more successful than ever. As Rotarians, one of our strong pillars of belief is of that in our local community. We love Sierra Vista and we strive to make it great. The 4th of July has become a pinaccle event in our community and one we're very proud of. We haven't seen the numbers of attendees yet, but the showing was strong and the number of people who commented on what a nice event it is were many. As our signature event, the 4th of July has become a symbol of what our club believes in: family, service, community. As a strong military community here in Sierra Vista, it is vital to have an event such as this where young military families can go and get a hot dog and discuss with their children the importance of things like "changing of the color guard." As a family based organization, Rotary wants more opportunities for families to come together in safe environments while enjoying their community and its offerings. We all had a wonderful time at the event, and hope you did too! Please feel free to contact us to volunteer at next year's event, or for more information on Rotary.
Pictured: Dean, Joe & Al working the beer tent.
On Monday evening, June 22nd, the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista held an installation dinner at the Mesquite Tree restaurant. This gala event was well-attended with great food and drink. We were honored by having the Rotary District Governor Elect (soon to be District Governor) Frank Presson in attendance to swear in the new president and her new board of directors and assisting officers.
Past president Grant Hays served as the MC and after the swearing in ceremony, turned his Ceremonial gavel over to Emily Scherrer, the newly sworn in club president. Emily will serve from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016, which is the Rotary Year.
The other officers and directors were then sworn in by Mr. Presson.
Les Orchekowsky was named Rotarian of the Year. He was given a plaque and a standing ovation for his great involvement with so many Rotary events during the past year. Les was also instrumental in arranging this installation dinner.
Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
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