For Rotary Club of Sedona every dog has its day. At least that was true during the club’s July 26 meeting at Sedona Public Library. Thirty-five Rotarians and guests joined the meeting to get to know German Shephard K9 Slider and Golden Retriever K9 Ivy for a description of their invaluable service to residents and visitors to the Verde Valley. Ivy’s owner, Jennifer Brehler (left), and Slider’s owner, Hank Summy, explained the crucial role their dogs play in finding lost hikers and other missing persons before something disastrous happens. Brehler is a Lieutenant for the all-volunteer Verde Search and Rescue Posse as well as being the executive director of the Humane Society of Sedona. The 35-volunteer group help locate lost, injured or dehydrated hikers, lost children, runaways, stranded motorists, conduct evidence searches, fire and flood evacuations and even, in those most unfortunate of circumstances, body recovery. The volunteers not only donate their time and expertise, but also their personal gear such as drones, off-road vehicles, climbing apparatus, mountain bikes, and, in the case of Brehler and Summy, woman and man’s best friends — Ivy and Slider. For more information or to inquire about joining for the Verde Search and Rescue Posse visit https://verdesar.org

Club installs new president 

 
Dr. Jean Barton was installed as Rotary Club of Sedona's President for 2022-23 during the Installation Ceremony held July 12 at Courtyard by Marriott. Inspired by Rotary International's 2022-23 theme, "Imagine Rotary," she asked club members to "Imagine Rotary in Sedona" and what its three clubs can do when they unite to make Sedona a better place for its children, youth, and its working families. Barton kicks off her term with the Great Sedona and Verde Valley Chili Cook-Off, being held for the first time in several years at a new date and location: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, 12 to 3:30 p.m. at Sedona Performing Arts Center. The fundraiser’s theme, “Working Hard for Working Families,” will benefit programs that help kids, their parents, our school and our workforce: West Sedona School’s Extended Day Program, Imagination Library, Hope House, and Rotary's Junior High Youth Leadership Programs, Barton said.

Make A Difference & Silent Rotarian Awards

 
For the past six years the club has recognized organizations and individuals who have made a difference in their Sedona community. This year the Make A Difference award was presented to Superintendent and JH/SH Principal of Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District, Dennis Dearden. Dearden was awarded because of his leadership in starting West Sedona School's Wildcat Extended Day Program benefitting students and their working parents. The award comes with $1,000 that he will give to the Sedona-Oak Creek Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, he helped to start to fund innovative and supplemental programs that are outside the normal operation of the school district. The club also recognizes a club member who has gone above and beyond in his/her role, putting “Service Above Self.” The award this year was given to Dick Youngberg, chair of the club’s International Services Committee. Youngberg was chosen because of his leadership hosting and participating in annual Mexico/USA Friendship Conferences and the relationships he has forged with Rotary Clubs in Mexico. He’s been a dedicated club member for nearly 13 years.

Club supports Wildcats Extended Day Program

 
The Rotary Club of Sedona, with funds matched by Health First Foundation of Northern Arizona donated $2,500 for a total of $5,000 to West Sedona School's free Wildcats Extended Day Program. The gift helps the club fulfill this year’s theme: Working Hard for Working Families. “Funding the school's extended day program benefits children’s health and meets the needs of parents working in Sedona, even if they can't find housing or afford to live in Sedona,” said retired pediatrician and Club President Jean Barton. "I couldn't have worked without the extended day program at our children's school. I could afford to pay, but my clinic's support staff really struggled. They worried about their kids' safety and tried to parent by phone while at work. Data shows that accidents, inappropriate Internet use and petty crime peaks in the unsupervised after school hours. Children's mental health improves when they have healthy recreational activities of their choosing. Knowing that their kids are happy and safe also reduces stress for working parents."

Rotary providing funds for Ukrainian humanitarian crisis

 
In response to the deepening Ukrainian refugee crisis, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have prioritized contributions made to its Disaster Response Fund until April 30, 2022 to support disaster response grants for Rotary districts affected by these events. These expedited disaster response grants can be used to supply water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing. All four Rotary Clubs of Sedona and the Verde Valley contributed over $9,100 to the response fund. Club members are also making individual contributions. 
 
The United Nations estimates 10 million refugees have fled Ukraine. Rotary clubs in Europe and around the world have stepped up their relief work, some working on the ground to help displaced families. If you would like to contribute to Rotary's Disaster Response Fund, please go to https://my.rotary.org/en/disaster-response-fund. You can make your donation as a Rotary member or guest. With your donation, we can support communities and help rebuild lives during this tragic time. Thank you!
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

Club Meetings   

We meet at 12 noon the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at the Sedona Public Library
3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336
 
Visitors Welcome! We bring our own lunches.
 
For questions please contact our
Club President Jean Barton at
(612) 750-1745
 
Please check our meeting calendar here
 

Coming Programs

Board Meetings
Aug 15, 2022
Zoom
Volunteer Appreciation Event
Aug 16, 2022 3:00 PM
Sedona Art Center
Club Meeting
Aug 23, 2022 12:00 PM
Kathy Louderback: Surviving Covid & Beyond as a Small Business
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
 
Chili Cook-Off

The Great Sedona & Verde Valley Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, October 2, 2022  - 12 to 3:30 p.m.

 

For event information, to purchase tickets or become a sponsor please visit our landing page at:

https://www.givsum.com/opportunities/the-great-sedona-verde-valley-chili-cook-off-8e984e132
Help make a difference in our community and support working families!

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
 
 
 
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