Each link in the colorful chains represents and act of kindness on the part of a Sedona school student in two weeks leading up to a Kindness Rally, Thursday, Nov. 14 at City Hall. Rotary Club of Sedona partnered with Sedona Kindness to sponsor Think Kindness speaker Gary Xavier, who challenged students to be kind, starting with small acts. The goal was to perform 5,000 acts of kindness over the two week period. Each student was challenged to perform 5 acts of kindness and to bring five items of food for the Sedona Food Bank.
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Kindness Rally in Sedona/Oak Creek Schools 2017-11-17 07:00:00Z 0 anti-bullying,charity,kindness,peacemaking
The Rotary Club of Sedona partnered with Sedona International City of Peace and the Sedona Library to create a special experience to further understanding and acceptance on International Peace Day, September 21.
The Human Library™ featured 34 "human books" who shared their experiences as people who are frequently stereotyped because of who they are, their appearance or their beliefs. Members of the Rotary Club of Sedona, David Simmer and Holli Ploog helped to plan the event. Linda Clark and Miki Dzugan helped with publicizing it. Several Rotarian volunteers greeted guests and helped them to find the "books" they wanted to hear from. The Rotary Club provided refreshments for the "books," t-shirts and buttons that were used to distinguish volunteers and books.
Human Library a Great Success 2017-09-24 07:00:00Z 0

Visiting Assistant Governor Dawna Hawk spoke to the club. She explained Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley's goals for this year include the planting of trees. She announced District Governor Nancy Pelt's visit to the Sedona Clubs is scheduled for September 13 and she encouraged our club president to post and track goals and volunteer services on Rotary Central.


Visit by AG Dawna Hawk 2017-08-01 07:00:00Z 0
Healthcare in the Verde Valley
Thursday, July 13 in the Village
Lori Zaleski (left) presents Barbara Firminger, Northern Arizona Healthcare executive vice president with a book to be donated to the Sedona Public Library in Barbara's name after her presentation about NAH's network and facilities in the Verde Valley.
Healthcare in the Verde Valley 2017-07-24 07:00:00Z 0

Tee Up Fore Team Big Park

The Rotary Club of Sedona Village Satellite is pleased to announce an all new event coming October 6 & 7, 2017: Tee Up Fore Team Big Park! This fantastic event is brought to you by committed community members in the Sedona Rotary with the proceeds benefiting Big Park Community School.
Tee Up Fore Team Big Park kicks off on Friday, October 6, 5:30pm in Vista Hall at The Collective. This Sip & Savor Reception will feature both a live and silent auction, beer & wine, delicious appetizers and desserts all for the ticket price of $50 per person. Some auction items include; in home chef dinners, vacations to far away lands, beauty & spa products, outdoor adventures and more.
The fun continues on Saturday, October 7, 9:00am-3:00pm as we Tee Up with a day of golf at the Sedona Golf Resort. Sign up for the putting contest for adults and children, enjoy a hot dog or hamburger, soft drinks, popsicles, and more. Don't forget to purchase a golf ball or 10 for the Helicopter Ball Drop on the driving range! 
Keep up to date on the plans, become a sponsor or buy tickets and golf balls at http://www.teambigpark.com/
Tee Up Fore Team Big Park 2017-07-18 07:00:00Z 0
Additional Chairs were needed to accommodate the number of people who turned out for the screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary on Atul Gawande's book, Being Mortal.
The nearly hour long program covered the issues surrounding aging and end of life from the point of view of the individual, medical professionals and families. The program is made available at no charge by the Hospice Foundation of American & the John & Wauna Harmon Foundation. Accord Hospice, the Rotary Club of Sedona and the Sedona Public Library were the local sponsors.
Being Mortal Screening and Discussion 2017-07-02 07:00:00Z 0

Cleaning up Red Rock Crossing

Red Buckets ready Sedona Village Rotarian families gathered at Oak Creek Crossing on Memorial Day to tidy up this popular section of Oak Creek.
Done In A Day 2017-06-02 07:00:00Z 0
The Sedona Library and Verde Valley Imagination Library celebrated 5 years of free books for children in Sedona through Dolly Parton's Imagination Library with a party at Storytime March 23. In addition to the usual stories and games, a special guest dressed as the Cat in the Hat delighted the kids.
Imagination Library 5th Anniversary 2017-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
A near capacity crowd showed up at the Bill's residence for the first Rotary Sparks Event to benefit Big Park School and the Imagination Library. The event provided a great opportunity to socialize with members and spouses, provided a glimpse of the club to guests and $1320 to be divided between Imagination Library and Big Park School International Baccalaureate project. A big thank you to Hosts Jannette and David Bill, Danielle Giann and Damian Bruno and Lori and Tom Zaleski for making the first Sparks Event a great success.
First Rotary Sparks Event: Spring Wine Tasting 2017-03-21 07:00:00Z 0

Elote Tequila Tasting Event big success

It was the perfect way to spend Sunday afternoon, May 7, in a Tequila Master's Class style event at Elote. Representatives from two top Tequila brands, Herradura and Patron explained the tequila making process while Elote Chef Jeff Smedstad served small plates to complement each tequila flight. The event raised over $10,000 to benefit the Verde Valley Imagination Library. To read more go to: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/tequila-tasting-at-elote
The food and drink exceeded expectations. On arrival guests were treated to a light aperitif and there were small cordials from time to time.
Rotary 5490 District Governor, Danny Mesersmith, presented Elote and Jeff a plaque of appreciation for the event.
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/tequila-tasting-at-elote#sthash.a5TzZy8q.dpuf
The food and drink exceeded expectations. On arrival guests were treated to a light aperitif and there were small cordials from time to time.
Rotary 5490 District Governor, Danny Mesersmith, presented Elote and Jeff a plaque of appreciation for the event.
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/tequila-tasting-at-elote#sthash.a5TzZy8q.dpuf
The food and drink exceeded expectations. On arrival guests were treated to a light aperitif and there were small cordials from time to time. - See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/tequila-tasting-at-elote#sthash.a5TzZy8q.dpuf
The food and drink exceeded expectations. On arrival guests were treated to a light aperitif and there were small cordials from time to time. - See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/tequila-tasting-at-elote#sthash.a5TzZy8q.dpuf
The food and drink exceeded expectations. On arrival guests were treated to a light aperitif and there were small cordials from time to time. - See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/tequila-tasting-at-elote#sthash.a5TzZy8q.dpu
More News Linda Clark 2017-02-26 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Sedona Village Satellite just had its first meeting since the launch event and the group was busy getting organized. The clubs traditions and program ideas were discussed and decided upon. The meeting was attended by current members, visitors from the Sedona club and those considering joining.
Village Satellite Holds First Meeting 2016-10-15 07:00:00Z 0
Imagination Library Launch Parties 2016-08-21 07:00:00Z 0
Over 90% of a child's brain development occurs before a child enters kindergarten. The Verde Valley Imagination Library works together with other community programs to help parents become the first teachers. The goal is to have every child in the Verde Valley ready to succeed in school.
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Become a Subscription Supporter 2016-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
The opportunity for a Verde Valley-wide program came this year when the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona awarded the Rotary Club of Sedona a $25,000 grant to partially fund the first year of expansion.

This start-up funding has prompted the Rotary Club of the Verde Valley (in Clarkdale/Cottonwood) and the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks to help register children for the program and develop a plan for future funding. Libraries in Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Camp Verde have teamed up with the Sedona and Beaver Creek Libraries as the primary locations for parents to register children. Northern Arizona Healthcare is helping to register all newborns in the Verde Valley. Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Project Head Start (both federal programs focusing on the well-being and development of children under five years old) will expand their efforts to register children.
Learn more:
Now Children Can Receive Free Books In All Verde Valley Communities 2016-08-06 07:00:00Z 0
Pam, who is a client of Verde Valley Caregivers, has a few challenges to remain in her own home. She needs a ramp up to her front door so that she can enter safely with her walker and her yard is overgrown with weeds and wild grasses. Saturday morning saw a workforce of volunteers from the Rotary Club led by VVCG Director, Kent Ellsworth, descend upon her property with weed whackers and rakes to clean up the yard.
Volunteers included Kent, Dave and Suzette Young, Jennette Bill, Catherine Moore, Eddie Passov, Jean Barton,  incoming exchange student, Daniel, and Cullen Hollister from Habitat for Humanity.
Club cleans up property of VVCC client 2016-07-30 07:00:00Z 0

The Judges Have Spoken

Special thanks to this year's panel of judges Robert McGrath, host of Arizona PBS' popular restaurant review series Check, Please! Arizona; Chris Bavasi, a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and Linda Goldenstein, owner of Goldenstein Gallery. Thank you so much for sharing your time and expertise!
   First Place goes to
Timo Wood Oven Wine Bar located at Los Abrigados
   Second Place goes to
89 Agave Cantina Sonoran Style Mexican Cuisine located in uptown Sedona.
  Third Place goes to
Hideaway House Curious Country Italian located on 179 South of the Y

The People Have Spoken

  First Place People's Choice
The Hudson A Neighborhood Restaurant located in Hillside Shopping Center
  Second Place People's Choice
Timo Wood Oven Wine Bar located at Los Abrigados
  Third Place People's Choice
89 Agave Cantina Sonoran Style Mexican Cuisine located in uptown Sedona.

Mayors and Fire District Competitions

Seems as though there was a home-town advantage to both the Mayors and Fire District competitions.
  Fire District Competition winner
For the second year - the Sedona Fire District


  Mayors Competition winner
Mayor Sandy Moriarty
2016 Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off Results 2016-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
Come Raiin or Come Shine! 2016-05-03 07:00:00Z 0

Wendy Edwards explains DUI & the law

Attorney Wendy Edwards discussed the dos and don'ts for persons who get stopped by law enforcement officers for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She said "if ever confronted remember two rules: Don't ever lie to a police officer; and don't incriminate yourself." Wendy gave sample scenarios and explained the best ways to respond to an officer. Club President Tim Ernster thanked Wendy for speaking during the Jan. 19 meeting and announced the  "Book of Nature Poetry" will be donated to the Sedona Public Library on her behalf.    
Wendy Edwards DUI & Law 2016-01-15 07:00:00Z 0

Club celebrates 60th Anniversary during Sedona Chamber Mixer

Gary Karademos stands next to Rotary flags from clubs around the nation and the world. The flags were displayed during the  Feb. 15 Sedona Chamber Mixer held at the Sedona Arts Center. The event also showcased the history of the club and the impact the club makes locally and globally. Program displays included Youth Services, International Services, Community Services and the Village Satellite. El Rincon restaurant catered the event serving their Cook-Off Winning chili and other goodies. 

Rotary Honor Student Liza Westervelt to pursue nursing career

Red Rock High School Honor Student Liza Westervelt received a $1,000 Rotary Scholarship to the college of her choice. RRHS Teacher Paul Pavlich (right) said she is an amazing human being. "She is smart, reliable, caring . . . and is one of the best basketball players in Arizona." A Sedona native, Liza is passionate about sports and playing volleyball and basketball. She's also been a part of Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Future Business Leaders of America and Interact Club. She plans to attend Yavapai College's Nursing Program and then University of Arizona to become a Nurse Practitioner. Club President Dave Young (left) presented Liza with her check.  

Rotary Student Ambassador Laura Shimkus exemplifies caring, compassion & empathy

Sedona Charter School Rotary Ambassador Laura Shimkus, was recognized during the club's Feb. 20 meeting with her teacher Suzi Ashley (2nd left) and her Father, Richard (far right) in attendance. Her teachers say "Laura exemplifies all of the qualities most cherished by Sedona Charter School and we are honored to have her part of our community." Laura volunteers for community service projects and is a role model to students and staff. Laura will move on to middle school next year. Also pictured is Rotarian Russ Snider (far left), Youth Services co-chair.

Club inducts new member Al Barton 

The club inducted new member Al Barton (2nd left), husband of Rotarian Jean Barton, during the Feb. 20 meeting. Rotarian Bill Minard (far left) facilitated the ceremony. Jean (2nd right) is Al's sponsor and Membership Director Catherine Moore his mentor. Club President Dave Young (far right) was the first to welcome Al to the club. Al has a strong nonprofit/development background and will facilitate a retreat to help the club development a business plan. Welcome aboard Al!
Meeting Highlights 2016-01-09 07:00:00Z 0

Simmers recognized for help with the USA-Mexican Friendship Conference

Past District Governor George Wheeler presented David and Isabel Simmer with a recognition plaque for their help in making the USA-Mexican Friendship Conference a great success. District representatives (pictured in story above) thanked the Rotary Club of Sedona for their leadership and hard work in making the conference an enjoyable and memorable one.  
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Message from Club President, Tim Ernster
Dave Simmer reminded me that today is World Polio Day. There is a big push on the Rotary (and WHO and CDC and other) websites to raise funds to finish the work that Rotary has been involved in for 30 incredible years.  It was 30 years ago -- October 1985 -- that Rotary announced at the United Nations that they were taking on polio.  Since then the WHO, CDC, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and governments around the world have joined Rotary to give children around the world a polio-free life.  We have gone from 350,000 cases in over 150 countries down to 51 cases in just two countries in 2015.  That is a 99.9% reduction in the number of new cases of polio.  Rotary is making its final push to eradicate polio.  Below are some links to websites that discuss this in more detail.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching Rotary contributions 2:1.  Be a part of history.  End Polio Now.
Have a great weekend!
End Polio Day - Oct. 24, 2015 2015-10-24 07:00:00Z 0
The Beaver Creek School District, together with the Rotary Club of Sedona, Lake Montezuma Women's Civic Club, Beaver Creek Friends of the Library and Red Rock Quilters, announces that Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is now available to the communities served by the Beaver Creek School. More than 65 kids have now been signed up!
Imagination Library Expands to Beaver Creek School District 2015-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
Within only two weeks in April, 2015 the Rotary Club of Sedona lost two of our most active members. From the beginning of the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off (GSCCO) Rod and Ron have been the dynamic duo recruiting restaurants to participate and obtaining sponsors. Even this year, although very ill, these men were on the phone doing their part to make this year a success. In view of this and the many other services that they performed for the Rotary Club and for the community, the GSCCO will be dedicated to their honor.
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Ron Larson, Another Dear Friend Gone 2015-04-26 00:00:00Z 0
In Honor of Roderic “Rod” Abbott 2015-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Fire Chiefs to compete for “Chili Chief 2015” Title 2015-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
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Sandra Gardner!
Sandra Gardner does a little victory dance in front of the quilt she has won.
Sandy does a little victory dance in front of the quilt, Celebrating Imagination, held by Club President David Simmer and Vice President Jennette Bill.
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Now at the Sedona Library through June 15

On May 20, 2014, the largest fire in the history of the Coconino National Forest ignited in Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon, one of the most scenic places on earth. As flames spread through the forested hills, fire crews battled day and night for 16 days to contain the blaze and minimize the damage to the forest. The Slide Fire Story presents more than 100 hauntingly beautiful images, depicting the fire's dramatic race up the Canyon and the efforts of over 1,200 firefighters to halt its fury.

The Rotary Club of Sedona and Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks created this exhibit, which was originally displayed at the Sedona Art Center.

The Slide Fire Story - A Tribute to Oak Creek Canyon 2014-07-23 07:00:00Z 0
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