August 21, 2018
Meeting Dates/Location
First & Third Tuesdays
Each Tuesday
12 noon - Heartline Cafe
Aug 21, 2018
State of the Red Rock Trails
Sep 04, 2018
Sep 11, 2018
Sedona in Motion
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Chili Cook-Off Best Community Event

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!
Meeting Highlights

Rotary exchange students share experiences

This summer’s two Sedona short term Exchange Students, Audrey Perry (2nd left-front) and Yonah Wahnon (back right), along with their exchange siblings shared their experiences this summer in Germany and Spain and here in the US. The club also met its full year exchange student, Virginia (Virgi) Girello (far right-front), from Italy and the Red Rock Club’s exchange student, Tristan De Meyere (center-back), from Belgium. These students will each live with three host families and attend Sedona Red Rock High School. Also pictured is: Paula Strodtkoetter of Germany (far left-front), Nathan Hoyer of Sedona (far left-back), and Jazmin Santillan of Sedona (2nd right- front).

Club helps support Verde Valley Sanctuary's Healing Garden 

All four Verde Valley Rotary Clubs are providing support to victims of domestic abuse. A check presentation was held at the Verde Valley Sanctuary’s Outreach Center on Aug. 9. Club President Holli Ploog (center) presented a check for $4,000 to support the construction of a Healing Garden at the Verde Valley Sanctuary’s Shelter; $2,000 was raised by our club along with a matching grant from Rotary District 5495. Tania Simms (2nd left), Membership Chair of the Rotary Club of the Verde Valley presented a check for $1,000 also in support of the Healing Garden Project and Rob Schaefer (far right), President of the Rotary Club of Sedona Village presented a check for $2,100 which was raised at the recent Waters Concert at Tequa Plaza, Village of Oak Creek. Also in the photo are Verde Valley Sanctuary Executive Director Matthew Kelley (2nd right) and Development Director Jennifer Perry (far left).

Hosts needed for Open World group from Ukraine

Hosts are needed to house and provide breakfast for Ukrainian visitors who are 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 will tour northern Arizona, visiting the Grand Canyon and arriving in Sedona late afternoon on Sept. 11, leaving for the return to Kingman the morning of the 12th. Hosts are needed for the night of Sept. 11. An event will be held that night for the group, so hosts just need to provide bed and breakfast. Dick Youngberg says this is a great opportunity to make new friends and learn more about the world. Please contact Dick at 282-3800 or Even one host will help!

Youth Exchange Potluck

The District 5495 Youth Exchange Potluck Dinner and Program will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m. at Jennette and David Bill’s Home,  20 Coburn Court, Village of Oak Creek. Rotarians, spouses, families and friends are welcome. Please bring something to share to feed 13 hungry kids and your fellow Rotarians! Please RSVP to or 928-301-1363 so that we’re sure to save a seat for you!


Aug 27--Club & Charitable Board meetings, 4:30 p.m. at Sedona Arts Center.
Sept 4,11,18, 25--Club meetings.
Sept. 5--Dist. 5495 Fellowship Potluck Picnic, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sedona Sunset Park.
Sept. 8--Dist. 5495 Youth Exchange Potluck, 5:30 p.m., Jennette & David Bill's home (see above).
Sept 23--Human Library event at Sedona Public Library, starts at 10 a.m. See article in next newsletter.
Oct 1-15--VV Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build project. Club providing hospitality. Need volunteers and snacks.
Oct 9, 16 23--Club meetings.
Editor: Linda M. Clark
Contributor: Lynda Brown