Posted by PDG Nancy Van Pelt
Rotary Gratefulness week was in late November, but District 5495 Rotarians have continued to ‘show the love’.  An example of appreciation and support to the front-line workers in our local communities comes from the Rotary Club of Surprise.
A team of members visited the Arizona Charter Academy t show their appreciation to the teachers and staff.  To thank each individual for their courage and support during the Covid-19 pandemic, they met with the school’s CEO and the club Interact chair to present over 100 cards. Each card was personalized with an individual teacher or staff member’s name and accompanied by a fresh carnation. The cards were originals designed and created by Kevin Moore with Moore Graphics in Youngtown.
The Rotary Club of the Verde Valley is showing their gratitude to the Verde Search and Rescue Posse at their club meeting January 7th.  The Verde Search and Rescue Posse is a volunteer 501 (c) 3 organization serving the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department to respond to search and rescue of lost, stranded, or injured persons in the Verde Valley.  The club is presenting them with a check for $1000 to support their needs for the many expenses they incur performing their services, such as:  Safety equipment (helmets), first-aid kits, navigation radios and antennas, maps and mapping software, uniform shirts and harsh weather clothing (waterproof parkas), dispatch system s liability insurance, flagging tape, vehicle identification (VSAR car door signage and decals).
And, there are still other projects in the pipeline! You can post your club’s photos and projects in the next newsletter.  Send to