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The Rotary Club of Sedona Village is thrilled to announce the winners of the "Choose Your Adventure" online Raffle, marking the successful conclusion of a dynamic fundraising endeavor.
Members gathered for a joyous winner reveal party, highlighting the excitement surrounding the event. Participants from across the United States, along with local Rotarians and sponsors, contributed to the $21,000 success of the Raffle. Eight lucky winners were randomly selected via computer, each claiming fantastic prizes generously donated by Village Rotarians and sponsors.
The winners and their prizes include:
• Larry Tebelak: Weekend in Beautiful San Juan Island, Washington
• Valorie Reid: 8 Days at the Sedona Summit Hilton Grand Resort
• Robert Johnnson: Weekend in Scottsdale
• Stanley Fernandes: 7 Nights at Sunrise Lodge in Park City, Utah
• Charlie Kost: 4th of July week at Grand Timber Lodge, Breckenridge, Colorado
• Tamara Fernandes: One week in spectacular Tamarindo, Costa Rica
• Diana Shutte: Hummingbird Festival package
• Carol Hess: 5-minute Grocery Grab shopping spree at Clark's Market
The "Choose Your Adventure" Raffle not only offered participants the allure of incredible prizes but also contributed significantly to impactful community initiatives. Proceeds from ticket sales directly support vital projects such as the Village Rotary Community Garden, youth services fostering literacy, creativity, leadership, and student exchanges, as well as initiatives for Veteran’s support and recognition.
Guided by the motto "People of Action," the Rotary Club of Sedona Village remains dedicated to creating a lasting positive impact on the local community and the broader world. For those interested in supporting these impactful initiatives, tickets for future events and projects are available online or through direct contact with the club president.
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village is a dynamic community organization committed to service above self. Through various projects and initiatives, the club aims to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals and communities locally and globally. With a focus on fellowship, integrity, diversity, and service, the club welcomes members from all walks of life who share a passion for making the world a better place.
Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) celebrates its support of its Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) program. 
RCSL started the program with 127 children and now as of April 2024, 1,200 children are registered in the cities of Guadalupe and Chandler to receive a monthly book at no cost to their family.  Per RCSL Rotarian Val Crump, the DPIL program has been around since 1995 and is the premier early childhood book gifting program in the world.
Parents of children from birth until age 5, sign their child up to receive a free book in the mail every month for 5 years. RCSL raises funds to pay $150 cost per child.  
RCSL’s Annual DPIL Fundraiser will be a Reverse Raffle Drawing. The Club will be selling $20 paper raffle tickets.  In a reverse raffle, the “last” one to be drawn is the winner. If 1,000 tickets sold, the goal grand prize is $10,000; otherwise, it will be a 50/50 raffle.  The drawing will be held January 11, 2025.
For tickets or to donate directly to this great cause, contact Val Crump at 480-216-8415 or mcrump9544@hotmail.com.  For more information about RCSL programs and membership see wwwsunlakesrotary.com
Prescott Sunup Rotary Club started offering rubber duck adoptions last Wednesday for our Duck Derby, which will splash down on Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. at Watson Lake's South Boat Ramp. The duck race will be held at noon, complemented by food trucks, fun games and face painting. Prescott Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sheri Heiney showed her support for the fundraiser by officially adopting the first rubber duck during a ceremony this morning at the Chamber.
The Sunup Rotary Duck Derby will feature 5,000 rubber ducks, each marked with a unique number, which will hit the water and race in multiple heats following a big duck drop. Folks are invited to visit www.duckrace.com/prescott to adopt a Lucky Duck for $5, a Quack Pack of six ducks for $30, The Whole Raft of 10 ducks for $50 or The Fly Over of 20 ducks for $100, for a chance to win cash and prizes. Adoption forms, including a QR Code, will also be available at adoption events and select businesses.
"I applaud Sunup Rotary for bringing this family-friendly event to Prescott," said Heiney. "We'll have duck adoption forms in our Visitor Information Center starting next week as will many of our over 1,000 Chamber members, and I encourage everyone to follow my lead and adopt a duck for a good cause."  
A quilt created by the Interact Club of Union Academy High School in Monroe, N.C., was donated to the Peoria North Rotary Club and auctioned at the club's annual dinner classic on Feb. 17.
The Interact Club is a fast-growing and highly successful Interact Club led by President Steve and Maria Matthews's granddaughter, Marissa Matthews. Marissa visited the club via Zoom recently and shared information about her Interact Club.
The Annual “Golfing Fore Good” tournament is being hosted by Prescott Frontier Rotary on April 16 at The Club at Prescott Lakes. 
Since its inception in 1974, Frontier’s focus has always been on kids, both locally and internationally.  Some of these programs include Imagination Library/Prescott Area; Path to Graduation/Credit Recovery in the local high schools; funding summer school programs; Hungry Kids; Caborca Children’s Hospital; and so many more.
This an opportunity to play a great round at a private course and help support worthy projects.  Registration has already begun.  The cost is $150 per player or $500 for a foursome.  Check-in begins at 9AM with a shotgun start at 11AM.  Dinner follows the round with auctions and raffles and prizes being given out.  Plenty of contests including the chance to win a new car for a hole-in-one!
To register, contact co-chair Mike Payson at 928-379-5105 or visit our Facebook page at prescottfrontierrotary.
We look forward to seeing you!

Registration is now open for Sedona’s most iconic Charity Golf Tournament. That’s right. The 22nd annual edition of Sedona Red Rocks’ signature fund-raiser will be held on March 30, 2024 at the beautiful Sedona Golf Resort.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start promptly at 9 a.m. Cost is $150 per player which includes greens fees, cart, complimentary range balls, chances to win Hole-in-One prizes and a delicious lunch buffet following the round. A couple of on-course contests keep things lively and the perennial favorite is the “fastest raffle in the West” which caps off the day’s festivities. Dozens of raffle prizes include rounds of golf, jewelry, premium liquor, golf apparel, jeep tours and more.

The event always sells out so early registration is a must. Foursomes can pay as a group or individually. Twosomes may register but are subject to availability and are usually accommodated. Single players are welcome to place their name on a wait-list by contacting event chair Donna Hawk at 928-284-6820. You can also visit sedonarotarygolf.com for more information.



Submitted by: Dr. Honora Norton Rotary Club of Sun Lakes Public Image Chair
Rotary Club of Sun Lakes Golf Committee has announced that Don Rea, Jr., PGA Vice President will attend the Club’s 30th Par Tee Golf Tournament at Sun Lakes Oakwood Country Club on Saturday, March 16, 2024. 
Rea is the Owner and General Manager of Augusta Ranch Golf Club, a public golf course, in Mesa, Arizona, which has been rated the “Best Executive Golf Course in Arizona” by the Arizona Republic and selected as “Host Club of the Year” by the Arizona Women's Golf Association.  A PGA Member for 20 years, Rea was elected PGA Secretary in 2020; and PGA Vice President at the 2022 PGA Annual Meeting. 
A Member of the Southwest PGA Section, Rea served on the PGA of America’s national Board of Directors from 2016-’19. Elected as President of the Southwest PGA Section from 2013-’14, Rea also was a member of the Board of Directors for the Southwest PGA Section, National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) and the Arizona Tourism Alliance. While on the PGA Board of Directors, he chaired the Junior Golf Committee and worked with the Coaching and Player Development, and Community Golf Committees.
Rea currently serves on the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association Board of Directors to promote the golf and hospitality industry and help educate the public and Arizona legislators on golf industry water usage. Since 2012, Rea has owned Your Course Consulting. He also founded Community Course Rescue Services, LLC in 2017. Rea spent nine years as a Minor League Baseball umpire, ascending to Triple-A. In addition, he umpired several Spring Training Games for Major League Baseball. He was awarded the 2012 Southwest PGA Section Bill Strausbaugh Award and the Section’s 2011 President’s Plaque. Rea resides with his wife, Karen, in Gilbert, Arizona, and has two children, Don III and Katie.
The RCSL Golf Tournament registration starts at 6:30 am; 6:30-8:00 am Continental breakfast; 7:45am Helicopter ball drop; 8:00am celebrity tee-off followed by shotgun start; 12:30pm lunch banquet and live/silent auctions; ending with 1:30pm tournament award presentations.  The Committee is looking to have both women and men’s foursome divisions and SuperTickets available for purchase.  The SuperTicket includes mulligans, bucket raffle, ball drop, bazooka blast and door prize tickets. These options can be bought separately.  Each attendee (golfer and/or lunch attendee) will have a chance to win a 75-inch TV. 
All proceeds benefit community service projects, such as, the Club’s support of Dolly Parton Imagination Library; veteran projects; homeless;  youth education projects and scholarships;  teacher appreciation awards and more. The monies earned stays in the East Valley.
To register as a sponsor, golfer or attend lunch banquet only - go to: www.pixelfy.me/SLRCGolf .  For more info about RCSL see www.sunlakesrotary.com.
CLUB PRESIDENTS: Here is an opportunity for Rotarians to both serve their community AND raise some money for their club at the same time.
ASU’s Consortium for Community Engagement Innovation and Learning (CCEIL) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to hold community dialogues around the topic of “energy.” The dialogues are led by trained facilitators, take place over a day-and-half (usually on a weekend) and include lunch on both days.
Upon completion, participants are given an Amazon gift card, which they can choose to donate to their club.
District Governor Kevin Pitts notes that participation in these dialogues would mesh nicely with Rotary International’s focus on “Protecting the Environment.”
If you are club president and recruit members of your club to participate, please contact Marni Anbar from the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown at marnibo1@mac.com (subj ASU DOE) with the following information: Name and location of your club, names and contact information (phone and email) of interested participants.
CLUB MEMBERS: If you are a Rotarian interested in participating, please contact Marni at marnibo1@mac.com (subj ASU DOE) with your name, your club’s name and location, and the name and contact email for your club president.
Please email Marni with any questions.