District 5495 Youth Services News

Rotary volunteers gathered Jan. 12 at American Furniture Warehouse in Glendale to pack a container full of mobility-assistive devices to be sent to Kenya by Crutches 4 Africa.
American Furniture Warehouse has been a strong Rotary partner over the past few years and has served as a collection site for mobility devices donated for the Crutches 4 Africa program. A shortage of warehouse space has prompted Rotary to remove the collection in order to free up space for AFW. 
The Arizona Crutches 4 Africa program is coordinated by our district's Interact clubs. Each year, a group of Interact members join Crutches 4 Africa and travel to Kenya and/or Mexico to distribute mobility devices collected throughout the year.
A large collection of mobility devices was sent in November to partner clubs in Mexico. The remaining items were packed into a container last week and shipped to Crutches 4 Africa in Colorado. David Talbot, founder of Crutches 4 Africa, said the items will be included in a shipment planned to be sent to Kenya in February.
Rotarian Ron Williams of the Rotary Club of Prescott led the effort on Jan. 12, assisted by Mr. Talbot and his wife, Candice, and Lauren Lukas of American Furniture Warehouse.
Rotarians are asked to NOT donate additional mobility devices at this time to American Furniture Warehouse. The district is looking for a permanent solution to collecting and storing future donations.
For additional information on Crutches for Africa, visit www.crutches4africa.org.

Submitted by Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

 The CO2 Dragster STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) High School program started in Rotary year 2018-2019. This is a STEM program for CUSD (Chandler Unified School District) high school students and replaced the F1 In School program that was sponsored by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and supported by the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL).

This year 13 Perry High School student teams competed by using 3D CAD (Computer Assisted Design) to design their Dragsters and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) to build their dragster. The Teams competed at Perry High School on Dec. 11 in a competition sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes.  

The competition required each team to present readable renderings/drawings containing views and dimensions of the dragster.  Each team was interviewed by the competition judges.  Each team provided an overview of their team dragster’s design, operations, construction, speeds, build experiences, CAD/CAM and final drawings, research, simulations and finishing techniques. 

The teams were required to follow specific technical regulations in body construction and wheel definition.

 According to Fred DePrez of the RCSL CO2 Dragster Competition Committee, trophies were awarded to fastest car, best in show, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and overall dragster competition winners.

According to RCSL CO2 Dragster Competition Committee member Don Robins, a very knowledgeable group of engineering experts were on hand to do competition interviews and judging. The 15 judges included representatives from Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, Chandler United School District teachers and retired members of the Society of Automotive Engineers and General Motors. 

The RCSL would like to acknowledge Clint Beauer, Perry High School Assistant Principal, for his support in arranging the competition.

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.


Photos by Dr. Honora Norton


Submitted by Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair  

It is time for Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) Dictionary Project!  

Despite the internet, dictionary use is still a needed skill. Dictionaries are important in the digital age because they help children understand the meanings of words; learn the English language and spell words correctly; follow instructions;  and carry on conversations. 

The more words a child knows, the better the child will be able to understand and connect with other people.  Since 2003, each school year, RCSL promotes literacy and forges connections with young people through the Club’s Dictionary Project. 

The Dictionary Project, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995, has the goal to assist all students to become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students a gift of their own personal dictionary. The dictionary is filled with more than just terms and definitions. It often represents the first personal book these children are given and contains mini encyclopedia filled with maps; sections on world geography, civics, math conversion tables, science, the water cycle, planets, the constitution, bill of rights, presidents, largest word and even has illustrations for sign language and braille.  

Annually, RCSL provides the purchasing, preparation and delivery of “A Student's Dictionary” with book mark to 3,000-plus all the 3rd Grade Students in Chandler Unified School District, approved Private Schools, Indian Reservations, and Title 9 Schools. To date the RCSL has distributed over 54,000 dictionaries. 

As part of the preparation, over 20 RCSL, members of the Chandler Horizon’s Club, friends and families recently held a sticker party and readied 3,078 dictionaries for delivery to CUSD schools.    

Some quotes from teachers:  “Please know that you have touched the lives of our students in a very meaningful way” and “The gift of knowledge is the most precious gift of all.”  The happiness and wonder on the kiddo’s faces is the gift we Rotarians receive. 

To quote some students from their thank you notes: “The longest word is really cool.”  “That was nice of you to spend your money on the dictionaries for us!”  “I will always think of the Rotary Club giving all third graders such a useful gift.”  “You’re the best people ever.  Keep doing what you do best.”

For more information about RCSL – see www.sunlakesrotary.com
The City of London/London Bridge Rotary Educational Foundation (COL/LBREF) provides scholarships to deserving students attending Arizona Colleges and Universities for summer study at the University of Westminster in London England.
COL/LBREF was formed by the London Bridge Rotary Club, located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, to administer the scholarship program. The City of London Arizona Educational Trust, Inc. (COLAET) has operated the scholarship program since its inception in 1991.
The Corporation of London formed COLAET in 1991 for the expressed purpose of enhancing the bond of friendship between the State of Arizona and the Corporation of London. The proceeds of the sale of an authentic English PUB, located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, were used to initially fund the Trust, which had a seven-member Board of Directors, including two from the United Kingdom, one a former Lord Mayor of London. In 2005, the London Bridge Rotary Club (Lake Havasu City) assumed operation of the scholarship program.
Scholarship awards include airfare, tuition, room and a small cash allowance. London is very expensive and selected students will need to save personal funds before leaving for London.
Students have the opportunity to meet the sitting Lord Mayor of London and to attend a meeting of the City of London Common Council.
Students attend classes for three to four hours per day and have numerous field trips related to their chosen field of study, which include Creative Writing, History, International Relationships, Law plus many others.
The University of Westminster Summer School Program (www.wmin.ac.uk/libarts) is renowned for bringing together students from all over the world. This enables Arizona students to experience the excitement of London and get to know people from many diverse cultures at the same time. Student classes last for three weeks, usually beginning in early July and return to Arizona in early August. Students can extend their stay in London, at their own expense, if they choose to do so.
Please go to the Westminster web site (www.wmin.ac.uk/libarts) for more details of classes and housing.
In  May  COL/LBREF will host an orientation meeting for selected students and their parents in Lake Havasu City, Arizona where you will meet former students and parents. Attendance at this meeting is mandatory.
To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an Arizona College or University and have COMPLETED the Freshman year. You must complete the attached application and write a one or two page essay describing how you think you will benefit from this experience. You must also send two letters of recommendation and forward a copy of your college transcript. Hard copies of these four documents must be sent to the following address by DECEMBER 30, 2021. Email is not accepted. Selected students will be notified before MARCH 1, 2022.. More Information, Student reports from prior years and this application are available at LB Rotary web site (www.londonbridgerotary.com)
Disclaimer; As of this date we believe the live summer school will be head by the University of Westminster and we think travel will safe. Obviously, many factors could change this situation and plans may have to altered or cancelled on short notice.


PO BOX 549
Lake Havasu City Arizona 86405
More information www.londonbridgerotary.com
The Rotary Club of Sedona Village held its first Youth Salute Awards Ceremony, Wednesday evening September 22, 2021, at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

Four local high schools were asked to nominate candidates: Verde Valley, Mingus, Camp Verde & Sedona. The students from the junior class were nominated for their exemplary leadership skills and needed at least a B average.

Forty Students were nominated among the schools. Nominees completed an application and submitted an essay to participate. Rotary Club members and volunteers interviewed each candidate, who were asked to treat the process as a professional interview. The top nine candidates were selected to compete for the Award.

At the Awards evening, moderated by Sara Crosby, the nine candidates were sequestered and one by one called back to answer an impromptu question for two minutes in front of the audience and a panel of judges.

The judges included: Heather Hermen, President of the Rotary Club of Sedona Village (RCSV), Jennette Bill, Past President RCSV, Dr. Tina Redd, Dean of the Verde Valley District, Yavapai College, & Eric Young from Rotary Club of the Verde Valley. The judges then chose four winners after comparing notes and deliberating.

While the judges were deciding the winners, Patrick Schweiss, Artistic Director of the Sedona International Film Festival & Mary D. Fisher Theatre addressed the audience for 15 minutes about leadership and shared his experience.

The four winners are usually awarded an all-expense paid trip to the annual National Council Youth Leadership Conference, “Town Meeting on Tomorrow” at the University of Washington, St. Louis. Because of COVID this year the in-person conference has been cancelled. Instead, the winners are invited to a four-hour Zoom leadership meeting October 21, 2021.

In addition, The Rotary Club of Sedona Village awarded $500 to each finalist. The official name of the program sanctioned by the National Council of Youth Leadership is Rotary Club of Sedona Village Youth Salute. Youth Salute has been implemented in communities across the country.

See www.ncyl.org for complete details about the program.

(Photo: Three of the four winners with President Heather Hermen. (One of the winners competed remotely)
After a long hiatus because of the pandemic, in person RYLA Ponderosa is back! 

Originally scheduled for October 8-11, 2021, it has been moved to the Spring 2022, April 7-10.  This will give staff more time to promote the program, and more time for the current COVID picture to improve.
Our website is ryla5495ponderosa.org.  Please contact Sherry Mischel at sherryfmischel@outlook.com or John Wintersteen at jdwintersteen@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
Thank you!
RYLA Ponderosa Staff