Club President Dave Young thanks membership for year's achievements

Club President Dave Young thanks the club for the year's accomplishments resulting in the 5 Avenues of Service Club Achievement Award. The award recognizes and commends the club's fulfillment of challenges in the areas of club service, community service, international service, vocational service, and youth service. Those award activities included: three club officers/members attending Club Leadership Academy; all website and social media reflect official Rotary branding; achieved a net increase in membership; at least one club member served on or led a district committee; partnered with another Rotary Club on a local service project; received a district grant to support a community project; achieved 100 percent annual fund giving; participated in a global grant; assisted with a project that promoted peace; supports the final effort to end polio; attended the 2017 USA-MEX Friendship Conference & Global Grants Exchange; hosted a vocational fair; helps support a project that promotes literacy; provided recognition to students for continued education in pursuit of a career; sponsored at least two students to RYLA; actively supports an Interact or Rotaract Club; supports Rotary Youth Exchange students; and supports a local school by providing recognition for student achievement. "I want to thank the membership for their support and guidance this past year. Without their help we would not be able to accomplish all that we do for the community and the world," Dave said.

Sedona Fire District first to respond to medical emergencies

Club Rotarian and Sedona Fire Marshal Jon Davis said 83% of calls to the Sedona Fire District are for emergency medical services, which also include technical rescues, swift water rescues, and assistance finding lost hikers. The fire district, 168 square miles, serves over 21,000 full-time residents and 3.5 million visitors annually. In 2017, Jon said the district received 4,442 service calls and 2,765 calls for fire inspections. He adds five percent of calls are actual fires with two percent structure fires. He said the fire district assists with wild land fire suppression, provides yard trimmings collection, and community service. Club President Dave Young announced the book "King and Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats" will be donated to the Sedona Public Library on Jon's behalf. Keep up the great work Jon!

Rotary Young Professional experiences American journalism

Debbie Barrato, Rotary Young Professional from Brazil, shares her experiences of U.S. and Arizona visit. Her third visit to the Arizona, Debbie says she can see the difference between journalism here and in Brazil. In Brazil she produces a weekly radio program. Here, she's learning all aspects of journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She's also enjoying many Arizona towns and cities. She thanks the club for hosting some of her visit. "Thank you for having me here." Club President Dave Young presents Debbie with a club flag to take home.



Club's Foundation Chair Dick Youngberg answers questions on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow

You can become a Paul Harris Fellow when you give $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. You are awarded a point from the Rotary Foundation for each dollar contributed. In our club we have given an incentive bonus of 500 points to first time donors once they reach $500 in personal donations. When the Rotary Foundation is notified of the bonus they forward the Paul Harris Award pin and Certificate to the club. Subsequent awards are presented to members for each $1,000 donated. There are many other ways to support The Foundation such as through estate planning or Rotary Direct which is an automatic donation to The Foundation on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. For more details on supporting The Rotary Foundation's important work see the attached link
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Dave Young reflects on club's many accomplishments

Club President Dave Young, ready to pass the gavel on June 19, is proud of the many accomplishments of the past year. Foremost is the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off. "All of our giving is based on how much money we can raise for the many programs we help support and having a successful Chili Cook Off is crucial to that end.  I feel we had a very successful one this year," Dave said. Other important accomplishments include: helping and supporting the Village Satellite club become its own Rotary club; purchasing equipment for the Bountiful Kitchen (Yavapai Food Council); supporting our students with student exchanges, scholarships and recognition; supporting library and infrastructure projects in Mexico; celebrating our club’s 60th anniversary; and the many other International, youth and community service related programs the club supports. In photo above: Rotarian Jean Barton (left) and Past President Jennette Bill present Dave with the 5 Avenues of Service Club Achievement Award, presented to the club at the District 5495 Conference. Dave has been a Rotarian for 13 years, 10 of which have been in Sedona. Before that he was a member of the Tempe South Club. He’s also been president twice, secretary for three years, Chili Cook-Off chair for three years and will be club treasurer next year.  He’s also the Stewardship Chair for District 5495 for a third year. When asked about next year's outlook, Dave said "We will be a smaller club without the Village Club as part of our membership and smaller than we have been in a number of years.  However, I am confident President Elect Holli Ploog can take on the challenges that presents and that membership will step up to help her as I know I will."
Club Accomplishments for 2017-18 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
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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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
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:
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.
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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.
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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:
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:
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:
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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.
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If you are a visiting Rotarian,  make up at our club on Tuesday noon at:
Heartline Cafe, 1610 Arizona 89A, Sedona
Or the second or fourth Thursday at 7:30 am in the Village of Oak Creek at:
Redstone Dining, Oakcreek Country Club,
Sedona and Village Satellite Meeting Locations 2016-09-08 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.
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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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
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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.    
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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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Weekly Meeting News 8-12-2014 R Abbott - R Barnwell 2014-08-13 00:00:00Z 0

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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Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Miki Dzugan 2013-05-31 00:00:00Z 0
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