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The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) is proud to name Peter Meade as the Club’s January 2022 Rotarian of the Month.
 
Peter Meade, a Sun Lakes resident, has been one of the club’s most active members since becoming a member in July 2014.  Peter, who has been involved in countless aspects of RCSL, is always willing to lend a hand and help others when/where needed. 
 
As one who is a regular attendee of club Meetings, Peter regularly facilitates its technological presentations; manages evite invitations to Club events; has contributed and served and/or led multiple RCSL project and fundraising committees, including recent veteran activities, Healing Vets Motorcycle Ride and Golf Tournament.  Peter manages a regular Splash delivery route each month.  Peter served as a RCSL 2017-18 Club President and has given many years of valued service to the Club, community and beyond.  Peter is a multiple Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Fellow.   
 
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.  Come join us and share our passion for community service and friendship.  See – www.sunlakesrotary.com for more information.
 

Release Submitted by Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

Rotary Club of Sun Lakes has announced that Paige Green, Special Education Teacher at Chandler’s Haley Elementary, received RCSL’s Education Program Teacher Award for the Month of November 2021 and Kelly Baker, fifth-grade teacher at Chandler Conley Elementary, received RCSL’s Education Program Teacher Award for the Month Award of December 2021. 
 
The monthly teacher awards are sponsored jointly by Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, TrustBank and Earnhardt Auto Centers.

Per RCSL’s Education Chair, Don Robins, each month various RCSL Members select from a large base of nominees a teacher from East Valley using the following selection criteria:  total years of service in the field of education; examples of how the proposed teacher goes above the normal requirements; examples of how teacher enhances the education of her/his students; the respect for the teacher by her/his peers, students and parents; and, interest shown by the teacher to be involved in extracurricular activities and in the community.

Ms. Green  grew up in Chandler and attended school in both Kyrene and Tempe Union School Districts. She attended NAU in Flagstaff Arizona for two years and graduated from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College with a Bachelors of Art in Elementary and Special Education in December 2016. 

Per Haley Elementary Principal, Nicole McMillian and fellow teacher, Amy Miller, Ms. Green is an energetic and positive team member; teaches from her heart with passion, patience and persistence; and for the past five years has supported the school drama club’s annual productions, especially with choreography – thereby adding to the school’s thriving in arts.  

Mrs. Baker has been teaching since 2005; received her bachelors from Ottawa University, and her Masters in Education and Reading Endorsement from NAU. Per Conley Principal Lisa Shore and fellow teacher Rebecca Marty, Mrs. Baker is an amazing and kind teacher and a patient supportive co-worker.  Mrs. Baker believes as a professional, she is entrusted with the education of young minds and must facilitate learning and growth academically, personally, and ethically - in order to equip children with the tools necessary for success in life.

As Jon Lyons, RCSL President, presented each teacher with a $500 check, he congratulated and thanked both Ms. Green and Mrs. Baker for their outstanding support of education and youth within the East Valley.  Additionally, Mr. Lyons acknowledged RCSL Rotarians and both TrustBank and Earnhardt Auto Centers for their support of the RCSL’s Educational Programs. For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes Education Programs and/or membership see www.sunlakesrotary.com.

 
Jack Holder, a World War II veteran and honorary member of the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, celebrated his 100th birthday with a special party held in his honor Dec. 11, 2021 at the Phoenix VFW Post 720.
 
Friends, fellow Rotarians and family attended the event to pay tribute to Jack and to honor his military service.
 
Jack is believed to be our oldest living Rotarian in District 5495.
 

By Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes is proud to name Roger Edmonds as the club’s December 2021 Rotarian of the Month.

Roger Edmonds, a Sun Lakes resident, has been a RCSL member since October 2001.  Roger, AKA “Santa Roger” chairs the Club’s Dictionary Committee - ensuring each year all third graders in Chandler United School District get a dictionary; has own and summer Sun Lakes Splash delivery routes; is a Rotary International Foundation Paul Harris Fellow+14/Major Donor; performs in children’s plays; works with Hamilton High School Drama Club and distributes drama scholarships; active with valley refugees; assists foster families; prepares meals for those in need/sick; cooks for Family Promise’s homeless families; and has a YouTube “Cooking with Santa Roger’ program. 

This the second holiday season that RCSL has adopted a school for Christmas.  This year Roger, as Santa, and his wife Judi, as Mrs. Santa, plan to deliver sweatshirts and a pair of Bombas socks for Christmas to each of the 474 students at Chandler’s Galveston Elementary School.  RCSL is fortunate to have Roger Edmonds as an outstanding, influencing Club member and leader.

 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. 

Come join us and share our passion for community service and friendship.  See – www.sunlakesrotary.com for more information.

 
 
 
Members from all three Rotary Clubs in Prescott participated in the city's annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 4.
 
The theme for this year's parade was "Christmas in Whoville," and our Rotarians decorated a Grinch-themed float that was led by a classic Cobra owned and driven by Ron Williams.
 
Members participating were from the Rotary Club of Prescott, Prescott Frontier Club and Rotary Club of Prescott Sunup. District Governor Bret McKeand and his wife, Michelle, also joined the festivities.
 
Thousands of residents lined the streets surrounding the Courthouse Square in Prescott to view the more than 90 parade participants.