Meeting Locations
Sedona Rotary Club
First and Third Tuesdays
12 noon
Relics Restaurant
Village Satellite Club
Second and Fourth Thursdays
7:30 a.m. in Redstone
at Oakcreek Country Club
Apr 03, 2018 12:00 PM
Rotary Meeting: Rotary Membership
Apr 12, 2018
Village Rotary - Sedona Vista Village
May 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Rotary Meeting: club culture
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March 27, 2018

Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity building three homes in Sedona

Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tania Simms announced three homes will be built in Sedona during this year's Home Builders Blitz July 28 to Aug. 11.  The two-week project is a partnership between Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity and the local building community to help more families have access to simple, decent and affordable housing. The Blitz will take place at Peach Lane in Sedona, bringing together hundreds to construct the homes. The club will be hosting hospitality for the build. Tania said Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity has built 14 homes and two remodels, providing homes for 16 families. She adds most are families of single mothers. She thanked the club for coordinating upcoming hospitality needs for the project. She also announced an upcoming fundraiser for the Builders Blitz on April 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott in Sedona and includes wine tasting from Cellar 433, food, and silent auction. Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets go to Club President Dave Young announced the book "Together We Can" will be donated to the Sedona Public Library on Tania's behalf. 
Meeting Highlights

Rotary Honor Student big on giving back

Delila Pastin, senior at Verde Valley School, loves community service and everything about music. Her VVS Advisor Shannon Jakes (right) says Delila goes after life wholeheartedly. "She has so many dreams and will move mountains." Currently Class President, Delila participates in school fundraisers, class activities, and is the assistant campus event coordinator. Her volunteer work in the community includes helping with TEDx Sedona, coordinator for "TEWA Coats for Kids" Project, Backpacks for Kids Hunger, and VegFest Sedona. During her junior year she had an internship for Festival/Music Management and says it helped her realize her love for everything music related. She plans to take one year off after high school to travel and earn funds for college. She then plans to attend a community college in Denver, Colo., and transfer to University of Puget Sound or Syracuse to seek a double major in Business and Music/Event Management. Club President Elect Holli Ploog (left) presented Delila with a $1,000 Rotary scholarship to the college of her choice.

Student Ambassador "fair to all concerned"

The club recognized West Sedona School Student Ambassador Andrea Araiza Alvarez during its March 6 club meeting. Andrea was introduced by Fifth Grade Teacher Sia Krog who said she is a quiet student and a determined leader. Sia also remarked Andrea is absolutely fair with her dealings with fellow students and staff. "Her interactions with staff and fellow students is one of respect and regard." Andrea thanked the club for the opportunity to be recognized. She said she plans to be a veterinarian. Also in the photo is (L-R) Past President Jennette Bill, Vincent Alvarez, Maya Alvarez, President Elect Holli Ploog, Andrea, and teacher Sia Krog.


Club supports Sedona Healthy Brain Community Initiative 

The Rotary Club of Sedona is an official Supporting Organization of the upcoming Sedona Healthy Brain Community Forum on April 9, 8 a.m. to noon at the Sedona Creative Life Center.  The forum is sponsored by Healthy World Sedona, a Sedona-based nonprofit organization and by the co-founders of the Healthy Minds Initiative, Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai.  As a club member you are entitled to discounted registration for this important event. The forum will be an opportunity for individuals and community leaders to learn about the Sherzais’ research regarding brain health, and to explore what would be involved for Sedona and other northern Arizona communities to become brain healthy.  There will be an optional “no host” lunch following the event for those interested in further dialogue about how we might work together to support a brain healthy lifestyle in northern Arizona communities. Cost for the half-day forum is $75 per person, or $50 for members of Supporting Organizations.  All the proceeds of the event will go towards the Northern Arizona Healthy Minds Initiative.  To register go to

People in the News

Club President Dave Young (left) and Foundation Director Dick Youngberg (right) celebrate Paul Harris Fellow +4 recognition to Past President Jennette Bill. Jennette received a sapphire pin for extraordinary support of Rotary projects. Rotary International awards PHF recognition for each $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation. Congratulations Jennette! 

Save the Date

Help us Be a Great Organization
Great organizations set goals and know what they're good at. We need your help to discuss both of these things and set our course for the next few years. Facilitator Al Barton, CFRE, CAE, MBA, promises it will be fun! Join us at the Sedona Public Library on May 12 from 9 to 12 noon for a rich dialogue (and to find out what Al's acronyms mean). 

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off - Silent Auction items ready for purchase

Silent auction items like the necklace above are available for purchase now on the club's CCO webpages. For a sneak peek at items go to

Dates to Remember

March 31--Red Rocks Rotary Golf Tournament, Sedona Golf Resort.
April 7--Highway Cleanup.
April 10--Community Services Committee meeting, 8 a.m., T Carl's at Poco Diablo.
April 20--Habitat Happy Hour Fundraiser for Builders Blitz, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott in Sedona (see above article).
April 21--Rotary Leadership Academy, 8 to 5 p.m., Black Canyon Conference Center, north Phoenix. Register at:
April 29--Moonlight Madness Fundraiser, Kiva Courtyard - The Collective, 5 to 9 p.m. (See online calendar for details).
May 5--Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off, Tlaquepaque.
May 12--Business Planning Session, 9 to 12 noon, Sedona Public Library.
June 1-2--District Conference.
July 28-Aug 11--VV Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build project. Club providing hospitality.
July 30--Community Supper at St. Andrew's Church.

Get your Bashas' Card--another way to support your club

Do you have a Bashas’ Community Card?  Are you using it?  Eight years ago when we started the program we received over $1,000 per year as a result of your purchases. Using the Bashas’ Community Card as a debit card we receive 6% of what you spend at Bashas’. No restrictions and no limits. Unfortunately, over the years the amount has dropped to about half of that amount. It costs you nothing to make that donation to our club happen other than the time to occasionally re-load the card. If you shop at Bashas’ please consider helping Rotary Club of Sedona continue its service to the community as well as the world. Dick Youngberg has the cards. If you are a member of the Village Satellite Club we can get a card to you easily. Let's get that donation figure back up where it belongs. Please contact Dick at or 928-282-3800.
Editor: Linda M. Clark
Contributors: Lynda Brown, Damian Bruno, Miki Dzugan, and John Terhune.