Rotary is family affair

Thirty-four years ago Linda Allen became a Rotarian, but her family's relationship with Rotary began with her daughter Karen in 1978. "Our daughter Karen heard an announcement about Rotary at school and wanted to be an exchange student. She spent her senior year, 1978-1979 in Brazil." Shortly after, in 1979, Linda's husband Ray joined Rotary. He soon joined the District 7150 Youth Exchange Committee, which he chaired for several years in a district that exchanged 25 to 30 plus students each year in the days before computers and email.  "We have hosted upwards of 15 students in our home," Linda adds, "several of whom remain part of our family today." In 1983, their daughter Katy did a summer exchange in Scotland. And in 1987, Ray helped establish a scholarship for his New York district outbound students, a program that Linda continues to facilitate today. Ray continued to be an active Rotarian and a member of the district youth exchange committee until his death eight years ago. Linda's acceptance into Rotary in 1988 is historical. In 1987 the Supreme Court found that Rotary International did not have a First Amendment right to exclude women. The decision affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals of California, respecting a state statute requiring that business establishments admit women members. In 2000, Linda and Ray built their home in Sedona, beginning their visits to the Rotary Club of Sedona, where Linda first heard about the Imagination Library, now her passion. She is pleased to be a member of the club today. "For 45 years Rotary has been and continues to be a treasured part of our family’s life," she says. And Rotary Club of Sedona is proud to have one of the first female members of Rotary in its club! (Pictured in front row: Linda and Ray Allen. 2nd row: Nenetzin Allen-Caballero, Katy Allen-Caballero, Carlos Caballero, Karen Allen, Alexandria Allen (who also participated in RYLA, and Xaelel Allen-Caballero).

Club awards Paul Harris Fellow pin

The club's Foundation Director, David Simmer (Left), awarded a Paul Harris Fellow plus five pin to Dave Young. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute or who have contributions made in their name of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. PHF awards are given to Rotarians for every $1,000 they donate to the Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation transforms gifts into service projects that change lives locally and around the world such as eradicating polio, disaster response fund, now helping Ukraine relief efforts, providing clean water, including the Navajo Water Project, promoting peace, education, and more. For more information go to

Rotary making strides in Polio eradication 

David Simmer, past district 5495 governor and the club's foundation director, rolls out 30 feet of paper with 350,000 dots representing polio cases around the world in 1985 when Rotary International took on the eradication of the disease. Next David held up a small piece of paper with only five dots representing the few remaining cases left. "Due to the leadership of Rotary, 18 million children have been saved from this ravage." David adds the work has been possible by contributions Rotarians make to the Rotary Foundation's Polio Fund. If you would like to contribute please go to

The Great Sedona and Verde Valley Chili Cook-Off is coming!

Yes--the Chili Cook-Off is coming this fall!  Please mark your calendars now for Sunday, Oct. 2, 12 to 3:30 p.m. to be held at Red Rock High School near the Sedona Performing Arts Center. More information will be coming soon! You can expect tasting signature chili recipes from local restaurants, chefs, and caterers, a silent auction in the lobby of SPAC, beer and wine, music, and more. Sponsorship and entry forms ready soon.