Save the Date for Blazin' for Books Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for Blazin’ for Books, the first Celebration and Fundraiser for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the Verde Valley, to be held Feb. 23, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Blazin’ M Ranch, 1875 Mabery Ranch Rd, Cottonwood, AZ 86326.
Tickets are $50 per person and include a Chuckwagon dinner, special entertainment, raffle, silent and live auctions, and more. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Verde Valley Imagination Library (VVIL), the local affiliate that funds Dolly Parton’s program. 
The Verde Valley Imagination Library is an All-Volunteer-Organization that depends on community support. Newborn nurses, children’s librarians, Head Start and preschool directors help parents enroll. This year’s funders include all Rotary Clubs in the Verde Valley, United Way of Yavapai County, Yavapai Title Agency’s employee giving and other individual donors. Help us sustain this wonderful program. Donate online at https://vvilbooks.com or by mail at VVIL, PO Box 3056, Sedona, AZ 86340. Tickets are now available at https://vvilbooks.com/
 
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.
 
Monthly Subscription Options
 
 
Annual Subscription Options
 
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 meet at noon at Heartline Cafe every 2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesday of the month.
You're welcome to arrive at 11:30 a.m. for social time
 

Coming Programs

RYLA Presentation & Lunch at Red Rock High School
Feb 19, 2020
12 noon at Sedona Performing Arts Center
Imagination Library Fundraiser
Feb 23, 2020
Blazin' for Books
Don Kelley, Past District Governor
Feb 25, 2020
Surviving a Hydrogen Bomb
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!