Our Centennial Year!

Welcome to another issue of our newsletter! Find out who our upcoming speakers are, what we covered in this week's meeting and any other scheduled events.  
We met in person and on zoom.  We had 18 members in house plus 2 on Zoom,  and 5 guests.  Guests Kathy Simmons and Maria Martell will be inducted as new members at the February 1st meeting!

Club President Tonya Watson called the 11th meeting of the 2021-2022 Rotary year at 12:04pm.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Paul Wagner.  Tonya led the club in a moment of silent reflection.

The Rotary Moment was led by Eric Walden discussing RI's January theme of Vocational Service Month as a time to reflect on " How can I use my vocational talents to serve Rotary in 2022?".
This week's program 
Mike Williams introduced Kevin Schindler from the Lowell Observatory.  Kevin is the Public Service representative and historian for the Observatory.  He stressed the importance of Lowell Observatory being a part of the FLagstaff community. 
It has been operational in Flagstaff since 1894 connecting people to the universe, through education, exploration and discovery.  Their mission is to "pursue the study of astronomy, especially the study of our solar system and its evoluation; to conduct pure research in astronomical phenomena; and to maintain quality public education and outreach programs..."
COVID has greatly impacted visitors to the Observatory; however, it has given the educational staff the space to get remote educational programs up and running.  As a result, several new programs such as "Interactive Stargazing", "Cosmic Coffee", "Perseids Meteor Shower", and "Sagas in the sky: Aquila" were created.  These programs have brought attention to the Observatory from the NY Times and the BBC and participants worldwide. 
In November, they broke ground /exploded rock for a new Astronomy and Discovery visitor center.  This building will help provide expanded services for visitors.  They are planning for 100-110K visitors annually.  this will include improved parking for summer visitors, a snack cafe, and an open planetarium with heated seats to show off the dark skies above Flagstaff.  
Tonya closed the program by noting this month's  book 100 Things to See in the Night Sky” by Dean Regas will be donated in Kevin's name to the FFFC Reading Room.
Announcements and Other News

2023 Executive team

President Elect Meredith is looking for additional members to be a part of the Executive Team for the 2022-2023 year.  Contact Meredith or Tonya to see how you can serve.

Vocational Service

Meredith Potts is the Executive Director of Flagstaff International Relief Effort (FIRE).  She spoke of her life of service starting in grade school through to the present.  She is managing,  in partnership with FIRE, one of the club's Rotary International grants for hepatitis prevention in Mongolia.

Community Service 

The club will once again this year be sponsoring the local Spelling Bee $250 prize.

Rotary Call to actioN

Suggestions for speakers  or February and beyond can be sent to Mike Williams. 
Suggestion for monthly service and social activities can be sent to Millie Alexander.
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Millie Alexander distributed a request for volunteers from the FFFC.  The National Guard is no longer part of the volunteer group and additional hands are needed.  They especially need help Tues - Sat mornings with the Food Box Distrubution.  You can sign up at https://hotfood.volunteerhub.com

Wrap up Rotary announcements

Our weekly ‘50-50 split the pot’ card game is aka “Hoppy Bucks”.  Kathy Simmons won the chance to play.  She pulled the 8 of diamonds and so the games go on.

Mark your calendars! 

January’s monthly board of directors meeting via Zoom: WED., Jan. 12th at Noon. All welcome to attend.
 January’s monthly service project: SAT., Jan. 15th at Flagstaff Family Food Center, 8:45 AM – 1:00 PM
January’s monthly social for JAN: Historic Brewing downtown, WED., Jan. 26th, 5:00 PMish; optional dinner afterwards next door at Ewa’s Thai restaurant.
Following Lunch Meeting – February 1st at Taverna & via Zoom – PDG Alan Havir speaking about some Rock-n-Roll history, focusing on drums
Visioning project is scheduled for the morning of February 26th.
Pencil in working on the Mural in March-April 2022.


The meeting closed with Jeff Ross  leading the Four Way test lead.  Time adjourned at 12:58 pm.
Upcoming Speakers
Jan 18, 2022 11:45 AM
Club Assembly
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Upcoming Events 
Board Meeting
Jan 12, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Flagstaff Family Food Center warehouse
FFFC Warehouse
Jan 15, 2022
8:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Meeting, 3rd Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Jan 18, 2022 11:45 AM
Jan 26th Club Social
Historic Brewing
Jan 26, 2022
4:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Club Meeting, 1st Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Feb 01, 2022 11:45 AM
Post Meeting PDG Alan Havir speaking
Feb 01, 2022
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Board Meeting
Feb 09, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Club Meeting, 3rd Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Feb 15, 2022 11:45 AM
Club Visioning - February 2022
Feb 26, 2022
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Club Meeting, 1st Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Mar 01, 2022 11:45 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Laura Trout
January 23
Mike Williams
Barbara Williams
January 8
Join Date
Mike Williams
January 1, 1987
35 years
Vaughan Winborne
January 1, 2006
16 years
Chris Verrill
January 2, 2001
21 years
Meredith Potts
January 15, 2011
11 years
Officers & Directors
Immediate Past President
President Elect
The Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Service Projects
Public Image
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