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
Jan 25, 2018
Village Rotary - Verde Valley Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Feb 06, 2018
Rotary Lunch - Northern AZ Healthcare - Community Healthcare Needs
Feb 06, 2018 12:00 PM
Community Health Needs
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January 23, 2018

Verde Valley Sanctuary shelters and educates

Jennifer Perry, from Verde Valley Sanctuary said domestic violence impacts all walks of life and happens in our own backyard. Jennifer also announced during the club's Jan. 18 meeting the Sanctuary has served the community for 25 years. Its mission is to stop family violence, exploitation, and sexual assault in our community. She said 35% of women in America experience a violent partner in their lifetime as well as 25% of men. The Sanctuary accommodates 24 residents at a time; half women and half children. Guests stay 60 to 90 days. Its Outreach Center provides a 24-hour hotline, emergency planning, exit strategies, job placement, legal advocacy, prevention and education classes. Jennifer said they also work with the Sheriff's Office to help victims of sex trafficking. Club President Dave Young announced the book "Look Book" will be donated to the Sedona Pubic Library on Jennifer's behalf. For more information about the Sanctuary and to donate go to
Meeting Highlights

Rotary Honor Student plans to give back to her community

Red Rock High School Honor Student Nevada Karuzas received a $1,000 Rotary Scholarship to pursue her career dreams. RRHS Teacher Elaine Rankin said she is so proud of Nevada. "She is the most hard working, deserving student I have ever met." Number one in her class along with three other students, Nevada plans to go to Florida Central or University of Florida to seek a degree in finance or business and give back to her community. "Thanks to Rotary for this opportunity and scholarship." Also in the photo are Nevada's parents Darrin (2nd left), principal of Red Rock High School and Linda Karuzas (4th left), Rotarian Andrew Bailor (far left), Club President Dave Young (2nd right) and Elaine Rankin (far right).

Rotary Student Ambassador exudes trustworthy, caring attitude 

West Sedona School Student Ambassador Emily Frey has a thirst for learning. But she's not just in it for herself. Her teacher Deb Sanders (3rd left) says she's always wanting to help students. "She's a trustworthy and a caring friend. She does the right thing and goes above and beyond." Emily is in the Advanced Learning Program, has participated in the Daring Designer Project, the school's Kindness Project and so much more. Club President Dave Young (2nd right) presented Emily with a Rotary Student Ambassador plaque. She was joined by her parents Kirsten and Joel Frey (far left) and Rotarian Russ Snider (far right).

Red Rock Junior High student receives Student Ambassador Award 

Ashley Wassel, Red Rock Junior High student, was recognized for her academic achievements and positive attitude during the club's Jan. 16 meeting. Science Teacher Rodd Brumback (2nd left) introduced Ashley, saying she is a great example of an exemplary student. "She always has a smile on her face and a cheerful personality." He adds that she is a positive role in class and in the community. Ashley participated in the 2017 Nutcracker Ballet and plans to brighten up Valentine's Day for residents at Kachina Point by decorating. Jennette Bill (far left) presented Ashley with a Rotary Ambassador certificate and gift certificate to Oregano's Restaurant. Also present was Ashley's mom Michelle and Club President Dave Young (far right). 

Club inducts new member Susan Deierling

The club inducted new member Susan Deierling during its Jan. 16 meeting. Susan is an Associate Real Estate Broker and a member of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband Troy came to Sedona in 2010. Susan is originally from England and was previously a nursery nurse. She continues to have compassion for children and children's issues. Her sponsor Rotarian Eric Haggard (2nd right) presented her with her pin. Rotarian Bill Minard (far right) facilitated the induction ceremony along with Club President Dave Young. Welcome Susan! 

Dates to Remember

Jan. 28--Village Club Wine Tasting Fundraiser, 4 p.m. Vino di Sedona.
Feb. 2--Chili Cook-Off meeting, 5:15 p.m. at Starbucks. 
Feb. 12--Youth Services Committee meeting, 12 noon at Javelina Cantina.
Feb. 15--Happy Anniversary Mixer with Sedona Chamber of Commerce at Sedona Arts Center.
Feb. 26--Charitable Fund Board meeting, 4:30 p.m. at Starbucks.

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

Bashas' shopping cards function as debit cards. You load them with money and use them to make all your Bashas' purchases. When you use your card the club gets six percent of the value of your transactions. Cards are pre-loaded with $20, so that is your price to purchase. The club receives about $1,000 each year from this program. Please let family members and others know this is another way they can support our efforts. Come on new members, get your Bashas' card and support your club. It really is free money! Contact Dick at or 928-282-3800.
Editor: Linda M. Clark
Contributors: Lynda Brown, Damian Bruno, Miki Dzugan, and John Terhune.