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 14 members in house plus 5 on Zoom,  and 4 guests.  Guests included Mark Henderson, who Tonya met while volunteering at the Food Bank last weekend.  Also joining us were the husbands of new inductees Maria ( Eric Montel) and Kathy (Chip Simmons). Also present on Zoom was Lindsey DeStefano, the mural artist.

Club President Tonya Watson called the 12th meeting of the 2021-2022 Rotary year at 12:04pm.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mike Williams.  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.  Rotarians benefit by expanding their interpretation of vocation from “just” their profession, to anything they do well.  It could be a hobby or any skill that they can share with others to improve their lives.  This is what Rotarians do – it often doesn’t take a lot of skill – just the commitment to show up.  Thanks for being Rotarians!



Tonya presented an update on the Mural project.

The final artwork was presented. It is entitled “Volunteerism: A Pathway to Peace”.  The vision statement is “Designed to honor and celebrate, in a lasting way, the tremendous community value of volunteering and peacebuilding.", It will be quite large – 20’ by 31’, or 620 sq. feet! 

This project will align with the City of Flagstaff “Alley Activation” initiative to add to the beauty and cultural draw of Flagstaff for many years to come.


Weather permitting the work will be done in a March-April timeframe, and it will be all hands on deck! It is our intention to have a block party to celebrate its completion. Kudos to Tonya and Lindsey for making this happen!



Largely through the efforts of Eric Walden, the local Interact club has submitted its application to Rotary International to become an officially charted club.  With the guidance of Eric and Kimberly Batty-Herbert, the club has grown from 3, three years ago to a current membership of about 18. Great job!



Eric reported that the Flagstaff Rotary foundation currently has $108,000 in endowed funds – in an account at the Arizona Community Foundation.  There is currently $2,900 in the checking account, which is unencumbered.  Traditionally, the Foundation supports the Coconino Community College with annual scholarships from the income earned in the endowment account.



Meredith presented her slate of proposed board members and directors to the club for a vote today. 


President: Meredith Potts

President-Elect: ???

Immediate Past President:   Tonya Watson

Secretary: Paul Wagner

Treasurer: Millie Alexander (& Carla Viola)



Club Administration: ???

   Programs (non-board position): Eric Wolverton

   Sgt-at-Arms (non-board position): ??? 

Membership / Social: Steve Cervantes

Public Image: Kathy Simmons

Service: Tonya Watson

The Rotary Foundation: Carla Viola


Vaughan moved that we accept the slate as it stands today, Hoppy seconded.  The motion carried.



There was an induction of three new members today – Maria Martel, Kathy Simmons and Jenny Staskey.  Please make them feel welcome!  Maria was formerly a Rotarian in Big Bear, CA.   Kathy and Jenny are new Rotarians.  Maria’s sponsor is Millie, Kathy’s sponsor is Tonya, and Jenny’s sponsor is Paul.  With the addition of these three power-women, our club’s demographic just became 27% female to 73% male.



Steve Cervantes would like everyone to end the Rotary year as a Paul Harris Fellow, or take the leap to the next level.  The club will match your contribution to put you over the top.  Contact Steve to find out what it would take for you!CLUB ASSEMBLY TODAY! 

Announcements and Other News

Vocational Service

Micah Crabtree shared a bit about himself in the meeting today.  He is a third-generation Rotarian.  His grandfather and father before him also held the position of club president in the Prescott club, as he did a few years ago.  Micah has shared his financial knowledge by teaching classes to seniors in high school about money management, as well as being a guest instructor at N.A.U.  He is co-owner in the local firm of KDI Wealth Management Group, which has a 17-member team, manages assets of $500 million, and has branches throughout Arizona. 

Community Service 

The Flagstaff Spelling Bee is on February 5th.  We have a long history of providing the first place prize of $250.  We also provide a judge, which will be Micah this year.
Thank you to all of our 8 volunteers at Flagstaff Family Food Center this past Saturday: Millie Alexander, Maria Martell, Paul Wagner & daughter Kate, Karan Patel & girlfriend Carla, and Steve Cervantes and Tonya.

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.
Download the ClubRunner App for your phone.  It will have a list of membership contacts AND a listing of the club events.
FFFC volunteers needed.  They especially need help Tues - Sat mornings with the Food Box Distrubution.  You can sign up at

Wrap up Rotary announcements

Our weekly ‘50-50 split the pot’ card game is aka “Hoppy Bucks”...  Eric Walden got to draw for the honor of splitting the pot- which is now at $771- but alas, it was not to be.
Happy Bucks:
- Tonya wrote a check for $51 in honor of the total points scored in the National Champion ship game which her Georgia Bulldogs beat Hoppy’s Crimson Tide 33-18!  Thanks Tonya!  
- Hoppy gave $20 happy bucks in recognition of the Alabama cheerleading squad, which are the National Champions this year😊.
- Paul gave $15 in happy bucks – $5 for each new Rotarian.  Thanks, all.


Mark your calendars! 

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
February’s monthly board of directors meeting via Zoom: WED., Feb. 9th at Noon (always 2nd Wednesday). All welcome to attend.
Next Lunch Meeting – February 15th – Speaker: TBD
February’s monthly social: TBD
February’s monthly service project: TBD
Visioning project is scheduled for the morning of February 26th.
Pencil in working on the Mural in March-April 2022.


The meeting closed with Hoppy  leading the Four Way test lead.  Tonya adjourned the meeting at 1:15.
Upcoming Events 
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
Board Meeting
Mar 09, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Club Meeting, 3rd Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Mar 15, 2022 11:45 AM
Club Meeting, 1st Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Apr 05, 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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