Community Service Opportunities

The Rotary Club of Sedona Village is proud to announce that it has awarded a total of $4,280 this year in summer camp scholarships to select local families, benefiting children from pre-kindergarten to high school age.  An additional $1,135 was recently awarded along with the $3,145 of funds that were disbursed as part of the club's previous initiative in April, where five students from Sedona Red Rock High-Middle School were awarded summer camp scholarships.

Just this week, the Rotary Club stepped up for the 2nd time this year, to support the community by awarding scholarships to seven children for summer camp programs offered through City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

Derek Bond, father of student camper Daymon Bond, expressed his gratitude, saying, "Thank you for the email and for sponsoring my son, Daymon Bond! He is really excited about the camp and really appreciates you selecting him.” Allison Depuydt, mother of two twin camper students, shared her excitement, "I just registered them for the class …!! Yay!! We’re so excited!”

The Rotary Club of Sedona Village has a dedicated youth services committee with a proven track record of assisting local families with the financial burden of summer enrichment camps. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the club has been able to provide even more scholarships this year, with a special focus on STEM-themed programs. Holly Johnson of the Village Rotary Club was the organizer of this year's scholarship program.

The Rotary Club invites community members who are interested in contributing to or helping organize community service initiatives like this to contact them for more information.

For further details, please contact Jennette Bill, Rotary Club of Sedona Village Youth Services Chair, at JLBill@outlook.com or 928-301-1363

About Rotary Club of Sedona Village: The Rotary Club of Sedona Village is committed to serving the community through various initiatives that support education, health, and community development. By providing scholarships and other forms of support, the club aims to make a positive impact on the lives of local families and children.

Kids from all over the White Mountain communities of Show Low, Snowflake, Taylor, Springerville, Eagar, Holbrook, Pinetop, and Vernon came together May 18 for the third Annual Community Prom, hosted by the Northern Arizona Academy Interact Club and sponsored by the Silver Creek Rotary Club.
 
The idea for the prom came from the Interact kids of the Northern Arizona Academy for the express purpose of giving kids who otherwise wouldn’t get a prom one of their own. With smaller schools, homeschooling, and the occasional conflict, this prom gives a chance for all high school-aged kids to come together and celebrate their school year.
 
It doesn’t matter that the kids don’t all go to the same school or live in the same area. The kids are just wanting to get out and dress up for an evening of fun.
 
Months in advance, the Interact Club chooses the year’s theme, plans, purchases decorations and organizes the volunteers. The Rotary Club pays for the event, helps to order supplies, organize security, book the venue, DJ, and photographer, decorate and chaperone the event. The afternoon before the event the Rotary & Interact Clubs get together to decorate the gymnasium where it was held.
 
The entire evening is paid for by the Silver Creek Rotary Club through fundraising projects like the upcoming 4th Annual Golf Tournament, October 5th at the Birdie Ranch Golf Club in Show Low. The money they raise from that tournament also helps fund the Prom Closet the club holds in mid-April, so that kids can get a free outfit for prom.
 
The Prom Closet has been held each year in advance of the prom for all high school-aged kids at no cost to them and was the brainchild of incoming Club President Suzanne Heninger. The club receives an immense amount of clothing donations from the Peoria North Rotary Club Prom Closet and additional local donations.
 
For more information about the Prom, Prom Closet, the Golf Tournament, or any of the club’s other 12 projects, please visit their website at azsilvercreekrotary.org.
 

The three Rotary clubs in the Prescott area joined forces once again for the fourth consecutive year to participate in the annual Arizona Rotary Week of Service. This time, the focus was on a vital food collection initiative. Two local Safeway stores generously sponsored the two-day event, allowing our dedicated members to gather essential canned goods and other food items from their shoppers.

Over the course of the event, which saw volunteers tirelessly working for two days, we managed to amass an impressive haul of approximately 3 tons (6,000 pounds) of food. This bounty was carefully boxed up by our members and promptly delivered to two Food Banks in Prescott and Prescott Valley.

In addition to the substantial food donations, our Rotary Clubs were also fortunate to receive generous cash contributions. These funds will be directly allocated to support the ongoing efforts of the Food Banks in serving our community. One anonymous Donor gave the Food Banks $500 in cash.

Kudos go out to Christy Manning of the Prescott SunUp Club and Gary Wolfe of the Rotary Club of Prescott for their tireless efforts in putting this together without any hitches or challenges. Marshalling volunteers sometimes is difficult but with their background and expertise in managing Volunteer Groups the event was successful and the Food Banks’ shelves were filled up.

Once again, the Rotary Club of Queen Creek brings together vendors, mental health professionals, community leaders, local government officials, runners, walkers and families for a one-of-a-kind community event. 

Last year’s 5K run/walk was kicked off by Mayor Wheatley and drew nearly 200 participants and dozens of spectators, all in support of raising awareness for teen mental wellness.

Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Queen Creek’s local programs designed to improve youth mental  resilience with an effort to improve teen mental wellness.
 
For more information about our Club and to register, visit:
 
Check out a video of last year's event: 
https://youtu.be/v2vb4JlBTAk?si=GdYrUPOk6QBByqEb
 
Thanks to a grant from the Meta Data Center in Mesa, the Rotary Club of Mesa West has embarked on a quest to make STEM-related education and projects not only more accessible to local students, but more exciting and enjoyable to experience.
 
The club is one of 15 grantees recently selected to receive a Meta Data Center Community Action Grant. The club’s foundation received a grant of $28,700.
 
According to Colleen Coons, president of the Rotary Club of Mesa West, the grant will be used to purchase 30 Meta Quest headsets and software to support immersive STEM experiences and learning spaces in three Mesa public libraries.
 
“This opportunity can really change the lives of Mesa residents, and really, students throughout Maricopa County,” said Colleen.
 
Colleen first heard of the grant opportunity while taking part in Mesa Leadership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing, training and empowering future leaders in the Mesa community. Also enrolled in the class was Amir Hasen, a director at Meta Data Center in Mesa.  Creating partnerships with the Community, Amir invited Mesa West club to apply for a grant that serves the community.
 
The club will use the grant to provide VR/AR Meta Quest Pro headsets to the Mesa public libraries. The libraries will develop programs for the entire community to participate in multi-sensory experiences to “imagine the possibilities” of a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
 
“Students don’t always relate to the way STEM is taught in a school, or maybe aren’t getting all they need from a teacher,” said Colleen.
 
The new virtual-reality headsets will allow students to literally experience a project where they can see the benefits. “Maybe then, the students might consider a STEM career,” said Colleen.
 
Among the projects to be featured in the program is an artificial reef that was created by Rotarians in the Philippines. Using Rotary funds, a giant artificial reef in the shape of the Rotary wheel was created to restore marine life and protect the livelihood of several fishing villages.
 
Colleen expects the first headsets to be in place and operational by summer.
 
This initiative, said Colleen, is totally in synch with Rotary’s mission and areas. “How great that we’re able to live the Rotary vision statement, by uniting with community partners to take action to create an experience to move naturally in virtual spaces while mirroring real-world opportunities to create generational change in our community”
Rotary Week of Service, initiated in 2021 by the two Arizona Rotary districts, aims to amplify Rotary's commitment to service. Throughout the week, clubs across the state engage in various acts of service, extending an open invitation to all individuals eager to contribute.
 
This year, the four Rotary clubs in the Verde Valley—Rotary Clubs of Sedona Village, Sedona, Sedona Red Rocks, and Verde Valley—are proud to announce their partnership with the Manzanita Outreach Food Assistance Program. From April 15 to 20, volunteers from these clubs will dedicate their time to support the program, facilitating essential assistance to those in need.
 
All individuals passionate about volunteering and serving their community are encouraged to join the Rotarians each day at Manzanita Outreach. Embracing the Rotary motto of "Service Above Self," the clubs aspire to foster a spirit of unity and generosity among participants.
 
Interested volunteers can obtain daily volunteer details and sign up information  at www.sedonavillagerotary.org  For inquiries or additional information, please contact Jennette Bill at 928-301-1363 or via email at JLBill@outlook.com.
 
Let's come together and make a difference during Rotary Week of Service. Join us in spreading kindness and compassion throughout the Verde Valley community.
 
Contact:
Jennette Bill
Phone: 928-301-1363
Email: JLBill@outlook.com
 
About Rotary:
Rotary is a global network of community leaders dedicated to tackling the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges. With over a century of service, Rotary brings together people from all walks of life who share a commitment to creating positive, lasting change in their communities and around the world. For more information, visit www.rotary.org.
 
The Peoria North Rotary Club is gearing up once again for its annual Prom Closet, the club's signature community service project.
 
Rotarians from throughout the district will join Peoria North to assist with this year's Prom Closet, scheduled for April 6-7 and April 13-14. The event on April 13 will serve as our District 5495's official kick-off to Arizona Rotary Week of Service.
 
The Prom Closet will be held the Glendale System of Care Campus, 7677 W. Bethany Home Road, Glendale.
 
The club will hold its April 3 club meeting at the Glendale System of Care Campus. The meeting will include an update on this year's event and feature a short volunteer orientation. Volunteers and Rotarians from other West Valley Rotary and Rotaract Clubs have been invited to join us for the meeting. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
 
Club members and volunteers are invited to arrive earlier that day to assist with set-up in the gymnasium for the April 6-7 Prom Closet. Set-up will begin at 4 p.m.
 
We are looking for volunteers.  The Prom Closet’s popularity has increased each year so we need to increase our number of volunteers. We would like 40 volunteers for each session on the weekend so it will take 40 to 80 people a day to make it run smoothly.  Gather a group and serve together.