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The Rotary Club of Flagstaff earned special praise this week from the Flagstaff Daily News as the club prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary on Dec. 1. A link to the news article can be found here:
Congratulations to President Tonya Watson and the entire club!

Submitted by PDG Tonya Watson, President of the Rotary Club of Flagstaff

The Rotary Club of Flagstaff's 100th birthday is just around the corner: December 1st. 

Please join us for a grand celebration of this auspicious anniversary, marking our club's service to Arizona and the world since 1921!

There will be delicious food and drink, music, nostalgia, entertainment, and dancing -- all in an enchanting setting.  Fun for Rotarians (former, current and future), friends of Rotary, and all community members.

See the attached invitation for details and please forward it to anyone you think might be interested in joining us.  The more the merrier for this very special event!


The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) is proud to name Kristine Schultz as the club’s November 2021 Rotarian of the Month.


Kristine Schultz, a Chandler resident, has been a RCSL member since December 2019.  As RCSL Membership Committee Chair, Kristine has been an excellent manager, recruiter, mentor and leader and holds monthly committee meetings. Since July 1, 2021, RCSL has inducted 14 new valued members. There are 8 potential members in the RCSL pipeline.


RCSL is fortunate to have Kristine as an outstanding, influencing club member and leader.  Kristine additionally finds time to volunteer at many of RCSL’s community service projects, such as, the recent Hooked on Healing Vets Bike Ride.


Sun Lakes Rotary Club (Chartered April 22, 1986) is a leadership organization made up of men and women from local businesses, professional, education, civic and emerging leaders.  RCSL meets regularly to get to know each other, form friendships, and through that RCSL is able to get things done within the East Valley and far beyond.


See – www.sunlakesrotary.com for more information.


Photo: Club President Jon Lyons presents Rotarian of the Month to Kristine Schultz.

The Rotary Club of Prescott Sunup conducted a Roadside Cleanup Saturday, October 23.
Thank you to Doug Ficke for organizing a fun and successful roadside clean up with Sunup Rotary and the Interact club.
Sunupians Doug Ficke, Mayor Phil Goode, Donna and Ray Jacobs, Greg Bartstad, Lisa DeLeo, and Interact Members: Cathleen Cherry,  Lorna Pierie, Joslan Mann, Ainsley Willison, Areli Martinez-Aviles, Leia Augustine
The Rotary Club of London Bridge has announced that its current London Bridge Days Commemorative Coin will be the 50th -- and last coin -- to be released by the club.
The theme for this year's coin is "London Bridge Havasu & Rotary Coin 50 Years." The coin is available in four different configurations: standard coin, colorized coin, a one-ounce fine silver coin and a one-ounce fine silver coin with a 24-karat gold overlay.
Sales of the coins over the years have generated over $1.5 million to benefit local organizations, causes and nonprofits.
The front of the coin depicts fireworks and balloons celebrating the 50th anniversary, while the reverse of the coin features a photo of the London Bridge and Rotary logo.
Coins cost $10 for the standard coin, $20 for the colorized coin. The silver coins are available only in three-coin sets with the standard and colorized coins included. The fine silver coin set sells for $90, while the gold overlay coin set sells for $120.
The coins are available through Rotary members, at the visitors center under the London Bridge or by contacting Gary Hettick at ghettick@frontier.com.
The Four Peaks Rotary Club has presented a contribution of $5,000 to The Rotary Vocation Fund of Arizona.
PDG Jeanie Morgan recently visited the club to speak about TRVFA. Following the presentation, Paul Perreault, Tim Taylor and Todd Harris posed for a photo with Jeanie after they announced that their club foundation was giving a check to TRVFA in the amount of $5,000.  
In addition, Paul gave Jeanie a personal donation from him and his wife.  Since the meeting, two more donations from Four Peaks members have been received online.  This level of generosity will help TRVFA meet the increased demand for grants it is experiencing so far this year.  TRVFA has already funded 57%  of the total amount of grants funded in the 2020-21 fiscal year.
To arrange a TRVFA speaker for your club meeting, send requests to trvfarotary@gmail.com

 By Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

 The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes is proud to announce Bill McCoach as our Rotarian of the Month for October, 2021. Bill has been a  Rotarian since 1993 and a member of RCSL since 2016. 

Bill has held varied leadership positions in Rotary over the years, such as, Rotary International District Assistant Governor and Club President, including nearly two years as RCSL Club President (2015-17) and Club President in Ohio. 

Most recently Bill, a multiple RI Paul Harris recipient, has been active in the following areas: RCSL Membership Committee by conducting exit interviews with members that leave RCSL; organizing ‘Small Groups,’ including Dinner-In/Dinner-Out and Happy Hour Socials; RCSL program speaker; coordinating RCSL Programs/Speakers; organizing RCSL’s ‘Summer Social Event;’ and, helping to develop RCSL weekly newsletters and social media updates.

Per RCSL Club President, Jon Lyons, "Bill has helped me coordinate meeting presentation material, support RCSL ‘Hybrid Meeting’ approach and always has kept a keen eye to advise me on improvement opportunities for RCSL club meetings/events." 

Bill, a Sun Lakes resident and retired CFO, is an avid hiker and big baseball fan. He enjoys traveling (land and cruise). RCSL is very fortunate to have Bill McCoach as a member, please join RCSL in congratulating Bill as RCSL Rotarian of the Month for October, 2021. 

For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes membership, programs and projects see – www.sunlakesrotary.com.   


Photo: RCSL Club President Jon Lyons with Bill McCoach, RCL October 2021 Rotarian of the Month.

 The Rotary Club of Silver Creek hosted a golf tournament Oct. 2 at Silver Creek Golf Club (in the White Mountains).
The successful fundraiser attracted 96 golfers (24 teams), five Platinum sponsors, 13 Gold sponsors and 38 hole sponsors.
Club President Kara Schroeder said the club will be having its tournament yearly on the first Saturday of October. Mark your calendar!
Photo: Past District Governor John Pennypacker was among those participating in this year's Silver Creek Rotary Golf Tournament. PDG John came dressed in his special Scottish golf attire!
The Rotary Club of Prescott celebrated a "century of service" with a special 100th Anniversary Gala held Oct. 2 at the historic Hassaympa Inn in Prescott.
Members of the club were joined by Rotarians from throughout the district -- including from the other two Rotary clubs in Prescott -- to mark the occasion. Past President and DGN Kevin Pitts served as emcee for the program and provided a historic glimpse of the past 100 years, including background on the club's founders and the many projects the club has conducted over the years to benefit the community.
District Governor Bret McKeand presented the club with a special 100th anniversary certificate from Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta.
The Rotary Club of Prescott is one of five clubs in District 5495 celebrating its 100th anniversary during the 2021-22 year. The others are Flagstaff, Mesa, Glendale and Winslow. The district will honor all five clubs at the district conference planned for May 2022 in Prescott.