Oct. 9, 2018
Meeting Dates/Location
2nd, 3rd & 4th Tuesdays
12 noon - Heartline Cafe
Oct 09, 2018
Search And Rescue Team
Oct 16, 2018
For the Love of ART!
Oct 23, 2018
Navajo Water Project
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Ukraine Healthcare Professionals Visit

Ukraine healthcare professionals visit northern Arizona


Sedona Fire Chief Kris Kazian meets with Ukrainian health care professionals during their visit to northern Arizona Sept. 11-12. Their visit is part of the Open World Exchange/Friendship program chartered by the U.S. legislature after the collapse of the Soviet Union to foster goodwill between the people of the former Soviet states and the people of the US. The group of six young Ukrainians with five other leaders/interpreters and Rotarians toured northern Arizona, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Kingman, Lake Havasu, and the Mayo Clinic.  Our club's International Services Director Dick Youngberg thanked Club President Holli Ploog and her husband and Jennette Bill and her husband for hosting some of the visitors. Jennette said the doctor who stayed in her home said there would be changes in their health care as a result of the visit. Holli also thanked Dick and his wife for hosting Ukraine visitors.
Meeting Highlights

Verde Valley Caregivers impacts well being of seniors 

VVCC Executive Director Kent Ellsworth said services VVCC provides keeps older adults living independently in their homes three to five years longer. With 2,400 adults enrolled to receive services, Kent said 60 percent are 85 years and older and half are living at or below the poverty level. "We are serving more and more older adults who are in their last 5 to 10 years of life, many of which suffer from serious and/or chronic health conditions." Kent thanked club members for their volunteerism and financial support. "You are making a big difference. It takes the whole community to work together to make Sedona the best place to age in place." Kent also announced VVCC's 6th Annual Gala will be held Nov. 9, 5 to 9 p.m. at Enchantment Resort. The event features a wine/appetizer reception, silent auction, seasonal fall dinner, music, live auction, and dancing. Proceeds benefit programs and services for seniors in need. You can purchase seats now at 

First Things First prepares young children to succeed

Jana Truman, community outreach coordinator for the Yavapai County region (and all of Sedona) of First Things First, discussed how the organization prepares young children for kindergarten. Because "90 percent of a child's brain develops by age 5, the job of helping young children succeed in school starts the day they are born," she said. First Things First is a partner of the Verde Valley Imagination Library, sharing information about the free books the program provides to children up to kindergarten. FTF provides screenings, visitations and workshops to caregivers and to parents to support the healthy development of their children. For more information contact To thank Jana for her visit to the club, Club President Holli Ploog announced the book "What can a Citizen Do?" will be donated to the Sedona Public Library.

People in the News

Congratulations to Club President Holli Ploog, who received the Volunteer of the Year award during the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona Spirit of Sedona Awards luncheon held Sept. 20 at Enchantment Resort. Holli serves on other organizations including Verde Valley Imagination Library, Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and Sedona Human Library. Way to go Holli!


Oct. 9, 16 23--Club meetings.
Oct. 30--Fifth Tuesday. More info coming
Dec. 11--Club Dark
Dec. 12--Holiday Party. More info coming
Editor: Linda M. Clark
Contributor: Lynda Brown