District 5495 holds honorary parade for DG David Simmer

 
 
David Simmer was stunned to see a social distancing parade pass by his and Isabel's home on Saturday, June 20, to honor his term as District 5495 Governor. Rotarians around the state ventured to Sedona to thank David for his efforts in supporting district clubs and Rotary ideals. "You guys drove all the way here! This is unbelievable," David said. Rotarians gave David cards and gifts as they drove past. "I'm so excited. This is shocking. I can't believe you all came out. I really appreciate it." David thanks all his friends in Rotary for this special tribute! (Please note: If the video does not show up in your version of newsletter, click to view it online or go to https://sedonarotary.org/page/showhomepage/ 

2020 Chili Cook-Off sponsors help community during pandemic

While Rotary Club of Sedona’s May 2 Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CCO sponsors decided to donate anyway to help the community. Sponsorship Chair Holli Ploog, said the club raised about $10,000 or 50% of the sponsorship budget prior to the cancellation of the event. The club then wrote to sponsors requesting permission to retain their financial contribution to support local non-profits during the pandemic.
At the same time, the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) created the Sedona/Verde Valley COVID-19 Community Response Fund, matching dollar for dollar of donations received. “We agreed to contribute our entire sponsorship funding to ACF and were therefore able to leverage our $10,000 into $20,000,” said Holli. “The gift will support the Sedona Food Bank, the Verde Valley Caregivers, Manzanita Outreach and other worthwhile organizations on the front line of supplying food and necessities to local families in need.”
The club also made an additional contribution in the way of grocery gift cards to patrons of St. Andrews dinners in lieu of providing our regular quarterly supper.
The club deeply appreciates sponsors’ support of the Rotary Club of Sedona and in making a difference in their community: Bailor Insurance, Draxler Insurance, Her in Arizona LLC, Kincaid Financial Advisors, Northern Arizona Healthcare Foundation, Ralston Construction, Sedona Dental Arts, Sedona Real Inn, Sedona Smiles, Stormaster, Shrader & Martinez Construction, The Artist’s Kitchen Shop, and David and Isabel Simmer.
 

Club and partners producing masks & gowns

 
The club’s Mask and Gown Project has produced over 307 Masks and 27 gowns. Because of the need, the club joined forces with Sedona Women, Independent Women, Red Rock Quilters and Sedona Kind. “Together, we have made thousands of masks and hundreds of gowns for the health care providers of the Verde Valley,” said Penny Blazej, the club’s project leader. “Not only are we making masks and gowns for Verde Valley Medical Center, we are also making them for Meals on Wheels and the Navajo Nation. Thanks to every Rotarian who is helping out in this most needed project.” Penny gives a big thanks to Rotarians who have helped: Wendy Knight, Marge and Dick Youngberg, Jean Barton, David Simmer and Jamiss Sebert. “This is really important and needed work Penny is leading and that many in the club are helping with,” said Club President Paul Tibbs. “She saw a need and took the initiative. Penny exemplifies the Rotary theme ‘People of Action.’” Penny's husband Tony Blazej models a gown, which takes 1.5 hours to make using old sheets.

Club & partners make masks & gowns for Verde Valley Medical Center

 
About three weeks ago, Rotary Club of Sedona member Penny Blazej let club members know she could make masks for them and their loved ones during the Coronavirus crisis. Once the word got out Penny's project snowballed. Now she has a team of Rotarians, neighbors and two organizations sewing masks and gowns, providing supplies and making deliveries. So far the Rotary Club of Sedona team has produced 185 masks and 5 gowns, mostly for Verde Valley Medical Center and some to Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition and the Mayo Clinic. Penny says she's still in need of sewers so if anyone can help please contact her at 760-685-3403.
 
The club exchanged flags during its Sept. 10 meeting, receiving beautiful flags from Rotary Exchange Student Louise Desquesness (4th left, front) from Soignies, Belgium, and from "Sunny" (2nd left, 2nd row) from the Burbank, Calif. club. Okay--everybody smile!

Tewa Project to provide holiday gifts to Hopi elders and children

 
Rotarian Randy Crewse (left) visited the club during its Aug 20 meeting. Randy is founder of the Tewa Project, established about 14 years ago, to provide essential items to Hopi elders such as food and personal items like hygiene supplies (tooth paste, soap, etc.). Randy leads a caravan each year to the reservation just before Christmas to deliver the gifts. Today it has expanded to cover not only the elders but also school-aged children. Each child receives a new warm coat each year as well as many other essential as well as fun items making the arrival of the caravan a highly anticipated yearly event. For information on how you can contribute or participate contact Randy at http://tewaholidayproject.com/, randycrewse@gmail.com or 284-7141. This year's delivery date is Dec. 14, 2019. Club President Paul Tibbs announced the book "Uni the Unicorn" will be donated to a local school on Randy's behalf.

David Simmer installed as 2019-20 District 5495 Governor

 
Rotary 2005-06 District 5510 Governor Lucinda General and 2018-19 District 5495 Governor Jim Erickson (center) pass the gavel and bell to 2019-20 District 5495 Governor David Simmer of the Rotary Club of Sedona during his July 13 installation celebration at Seven Canyons Golf Club. Over 100 Rotarians from around the state attended David's Hawaiian-themed Hoohiki (oath) Party. Simmer said Sedona is the birthplace of his experience with Rotary. “It’s such a pleasure to change people’s lives in this community and this club. Rotary is so well regarded in this community.” David said his areas of emphasis will help grow Rotary for the next generation and include: strengthening and supporting clubs; growing major donations; expanding participation in Rotary Direct; and expanding foundation-funded programs for local projects.

Winners of the 2019 Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off 

Photo: Rotarian Dave Young presents Tamaliza Café owner and chef Claudia Gonzalez with the First Place Restaurant Judge's Choice trophy. 
 
The 9th Annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off was enjoyed by over 750 visitors and the Verde Valley community. Here are Competition Winners for 2019. Judge's Award-Restaurants: 1. Tamaliza Café; 2. Vino Di Sedona; 3. Steakhouse 89. People's Choice Award - Restaurants: 1. Steakhouse 89; 2. Vino Di Sedona; 3. Tamaliza Café. Judge's Award - Community Competitors: 1. City of Sedona; 2. Sedona Fire District; 3. City of Cottonwood. People's Choice Award - Community Competitors: 1. City of Cottonwood; 2. Sedona Fire District; 3. City of Sedona. Best Decorated Booth: Tamaliza Café.

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off wins best annual event

 
The club's Great Sedona Chili-Cook-Off won the Kudos Readers' Choice Award for Best Annual Local Event in the Verde Valley. Winners were all listed in the Aug. 8 edition of Kudos. The Chili Cook-Off was held May 5 during Tlaquepaque's Arts & Crafts Fair. The event is the club's biggest annual fundraiser. "We are thrilled to receive the Readers' Choice Award for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-off which has become a festive and tasty event for both residents and visitors," said Club President Holli Ploog. "We raised over $27,000 to fund this year’s charitable programs for youth, literacy, seniors, the environment and disadvantaged members of our community. We are grateful for the tremendous local support: our partnership with Tlaquepaque, local restaurants and merchants, and community competitors such as the City of Sedona, Sedona Fire Department and City of Clarkdale." Save the date, May 4, 2019, for the best Chili Cook-off yet!
Visiting Rotarians are welcome to attend our meetings the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
We meet at 12 noon at Heartline Cafe, 1610 State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336.
You're welcome to arrive at 11:30 a.m. for social time.

Become a Subscription Sponsor of Imagination Library

 
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.
 
Become a tax exempt subscription sponsor today! Simply decide whether you want to subscribe on a monthly or annual basis and use the drop-down menu to select the number of children you want to support.
 
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If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. Highway 89A
Drive around the west side of the building and use side entrance.
 
Or the second or fourth Thursday at 7:30 am in the Village of Oak Creek at:
Redstone Dining, Oak Creek Country Club,
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/sedona-and-village-satellite-meeting-locations#sthash.ytCQ0nBS.dpuf
If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. Highway 89A
Drive around the west side of the building and use side entrance.
 
Or the second or fourth Thursday at 7:30 am in the Village of Oak Creek at:
Redstone Dining, Oak Creek Country Club,
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/sedona-and-village-satellite-meeting-locations#sthash.ytCQ0nBS.dpuf
If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. Highway 89A
Drive around the west side of the building and use side entrance.
 
Or the second or fourth Thursday at 7:30 am in the Village of Oak Creek at:
Redstone Dining, Oak Creek Country Club,
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/sedona-and-village-satellite-meeting-locations#sthash.ytCQ0nBS.dpuf
If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Relics Restaurant, 3235 W. Highway 89A
Drive around the west side of the building and use side entrance.
- See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/Stories/sedona-and-village-satellite-meeting-locations#sthash.ytCQ0nBS.dpu

Join Us Tuesday 

We usually meet at noon at Heartline Cafe every 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesday of the month.
Please note meetings held on Zoom through May or until further notice.
 
The Rotary Club of Sedona's Mission is to enhance community through service, teamwork and friendship. - See more at: http://sedonarotary.org/#sthash.p8FAoShV.dpuf
 
 

Contact Sedona Rotary

P. O. Box 2170
Sedona AZ 86339
 

Imagination Library

Free Books for Kids Under 5!
Now available in the whole Verde Valley. Sign up your kids at www.imaginationlibrary.com
 
 
Little brains experience 90% of their development before their owners reach kindergarten. Studies show that reading to preschool children makes a significant difference to a child's success in school. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program, which mails age-appropriate books each month to registered children from birth to age 5 free of charge, has been shown to make a difference in the communities in which it is available.
 
It costs less than $30 to provide books for one child for a year!
To make a tax exempt donation to the Rotary Club of Sedona's Imagination Library Project:
 
Make your check out to
Verde Valley Imagination Library c/o
The Rotary Club of Sedona Charitable Fund
P. O. Box 2170
Sedona, Arizona 86339
 
Or use credit or debit card through PayPal
 
 
 
Finally, tell everybody you know about this great program!