Meeting Locations
Sedona Rotary Club
First and Third Tuesdays
12 noon
Relics Restaurant
Village Satellite Club
Second and Fourth Thursdays
7:30 a.m. in Redstone
at Oakcreek Country Club
Sep 28, 2017
Village Rotary - Verde Valley School
Oct 03, 2017
Youth Enterpreneurialism
Oct 12, 2017
Village Rotary - Tee Up Fore Big Park Recap
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September 26, 2017

Honor student has passion for athletics & video games

Rotary Honor Student from Red Rock High School, Michael Ortega, enjoys sports, video games, and plans to study architectural engineering. Michael, born and raised in Sedona, has played varsity sports his high school career. He decided to conquer swimming for his exhibition on the benefits of cross training with an emphasis on swim. Playing baseball for years, he also helps new players grasp the concepts of the game. His passion for video games led him to build his own desktop computer. President Elect Holli Ploog (center) presented Michael with a certificate. Michael will also receive a $1,000 scholarship for the college of his choice. He plans to attend Northern Arizona University to complete prerequisites for architectural engineering and transfer to Arizona State University to complete his major. Michael was joined by his teacher A. J. Bronson (far left), also a past Rotary Scholarship recipient, and his parents Pedro (far right) and Maria (2nd right). Keep up the great work Michael! 
Meeting Highlights

Verde Valley Imagination Library receives over $16,000 for program

President Elect Holli Ploog (left) presents Dr. Jean Barton with over $16,000 in grants and funds for the Verde Valley Imagination Library. The program received $10,882 in proceeds from Eddie's Promise Golf Tournament held over Labor Day weekend and a $5,500 grant from Rotary District 5495. The VV Imagination Library is its own 501 (c) (3) and supported through grants, individual gifts, and fundraising assistance from Rotary Club of Sedona, Sedona Village Satellite Club, Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks and Verde Valley Rotary Club. 

Club inducts new member Ray Harris

President Elect Holli Ploog (left) and Rotarian Bill Minard (far right) welcome new member Ray Harris to the club. Ray spent seven years in the U.S. Air Force and 39 years as a jockey agent. He worked 35 years for jockey Russell Blaze, the leading rider in horse racing history. Ray likes to travel, read fiction, and go to the horse races. Ray says he's spent 44 years making his beautiful wife Peggy happy. He adds his favorite thing about Rotary is people helping people not only locally but all over the world. "It's a great group to be a part of."

Clubs get ready for Tee Up Fore Team Big Park events 

Tee Up Fore Big Park School activities start with Sip & Savor on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Vista Room in the Collective, and includes live and silent auctions. MC Jennette Bill and Auctioneer Kris Kazian will auction off great trips, dinners and other experiences. Saturday, Oct. 7 is family day, with BBQ, putting contests for kids and adults, car shows and the helicopter ball drop. Volunteers are still needed (please respond to club email). To make reservations, purchase balls for the ball drop, and more information go to

Dates to Remember

Sept. 25--Charitable Fund Board meeting, 4:30 p.m. at Starbucks.
Oct. 6--Tee Up for Team Big Park, Village Rotary Live and Silent Auction Party.
Oct. 7--Ball Drop, Putting Contests, Food & Fun.
Oct. 10--Community Service meeting, 8 a.m. at T Carl's at Poco Diablo.
Oct 26-30--US/Mexico Friendship Conference in Scottsdale.
Oct. 30--Community Supper at St. Andrews.
Oct. 31--5th Tuesday Social Event. Location TBA.

Bashas' Cards available--another way to support your club

Please remember to use your Bashas' card. See Dick Youngberg for a replacement or new card. Your card is worth $20.00 when you buy it and you can increase its value before using it. Each month the value of your purchases are added to other purchases made by club members and supporters and six percent of the total amount is forwarded to the club's Endowment Fund.  The club receives about $1,000 each year from this program. Please let family members and others know this is another way they can support our efforts. 

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Editor: Linda M. Clark
Contributors: Lynda Brown, Damian Bruno, Miki Dzugan, and John Terhune.