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 15 members in house plus 1 on Zoom,  and 2 guest speakers.
Club President Tonya Watson called the 15th meeting of the 2021-2022 Rotary year at 12:04pm.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Laura Trout.  Tonya led the club in a moment of silent reflection. 

The Rotary Moment was led by Eric W (as in Walden) combining RI's February theme of Peace & Conflict Resolution and March 's theme of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.   There is war in Europe and we are safe and sound, with peace in our country.  We take for granted that clean water will appear at our taps when they are turned on.   That assumption is not true in other countries and even in rural parts of our own country.  Rotary sponsors many water projects.  Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested in more than $130 million in over 2000 projects worldwide. 
Thanks for being Rotarians!

This week's program!

Mike Williams introduced this week's speaker.  Tasha Vigil is the Community Outreach Director for The Bluffs of Flagstaff Senior Living facility.  Tasha has been there for 9 months.  The construction has run behind but looks to be open on April 1, 2022.
The Bluffs is a resort-style community with Independent Living,  Assisted Living, and a Memory Care unit. The Bluffs is very supportive of the Flagstaff community already through their community outreach program.  It has a
concierge program to provide community residents with the amenities and activities they want.   Amenities include 
  • Maintenance-free living
  • Housekeeping and laundry service
  • Trash removal
  • Scheduled local transportation
  • 24-hour staff on site
  • Emergency call system
  • On-site salon
  • Activity room
  • Library
  • Fitness center
  • Indoor pool
  • Putting green
  • Interior courtyard
  • Outdoor garden areas
  • Walking trails
  • Dog yards
  • Dog spa
  • Garages
  • Covered parking
  • Full kitchen in each residence
  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Pub and wine bar
  • Bistro
  • Outdoor kitchen
The independent living section includes Studio, 1, 2, and 3 Bedroom apartments.  This section is already 50% full.  There is assisted living accomodations for 65 residents, and the Memory Care section will care for up to 25 residents.  Memory Care includes an enclosed outdoor area so residents can safely spend time out of doors.
The Bluffs is trying to partner with the NAU culinary school to provide an internship relationship with their chef.
Tasha provided copies of the Flagstaff Community Reference Guide that she created to summarize the various Home Health, Hospice, Medical and various other services that are available in the Flagstaff community today.
As with all speakers, Tonya presented a thank-you book: “The Old Boat" by Jarrett & Jermone Pumphrey.  It will be donated in Tasha's name to the Flagstaff Family Food Center Reading Room.

club service

Vocational Service

Eric W (as in Wolverton) gave the two minute talk. Eric is the Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona.  He brought news to the club of a new model of housing that is currently being developed.  The existing model for the past 50+ years has been to provide affordable housing though volunteer community labor and donations.  Nationwide, this has provided some affordable housing but has not created a permanent solution.
The proposed new program is to build small starter one-bedroom houses (400 sq ft) on land that is held by Habitat.  There will be a nominal down payment (est $1250) and then monthly payments of around $830 per month.  It will still have the zero interest financing.  The owner has title to the house only.  The land will be held in trust.   After 3 years, the owner can sell the house back to Habitat, and will receive 100% of the downpayment and monthly payments back to use as a downpayment for their next house. 
He is working with the city of Flagstaff, and developers to get land that is not large enough for a standard house but would be large enough for the starter home.  There is a lot of need in Flagstaff for this type of housing, with the City, NAU, and the school system all noting there is difficulty in recruiting because of the high cost of housing.

Community Service 

Millie Alexander has organized the rest of the Rotary year.  Activities include:
  • March 13th: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser at Heritage Square
  • April 30th: Flagstaff Junior Academy yard cleanup   
  • May TBD: Habitat for Humanity fence building
  • June TBD: working with Arboretum staff on outdoor clean-up projects.


Cycle for a Cure for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - March 13

Maria Martell and zoom guest Lisa Phinney spoke about supporting Team Brandon (Maria's son-in-law).  He has been diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma.  This is a stationary bike fundraiser to support reason for a cure in blood related cancers.  It is our March community service project to support this activity at Heritage Square.

- To book a bike, go to https://www.thespinboxstudio.com/ or call 928-404-0700

- To donate to Team Brandon, go to  https://pages.lls.org/tnt/gr/hikepnwc22/HKohn

The Club approved a $100 contribution from our club coffers.

Announcements and Other News

2022 club visioning - Feb 26th

Carla Viola noted 16 club members and 3 district coordinators participated in the Club Visioning.  The results are being summarized and will be presented to the Club during the April 5th meeting.



Eric Walden noted the The Interactors had another successful student run fundraiser for local distribution of menstrual products.  More than $1000 cash was received in addition to the products donated.  The Interactors will distribute the menstrual products to local Flagstaff not-for-profits during March in support of Women's History month.

Rotary Call to actioN - Get involved!

Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) 
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM.
Club Leadership Academy (CLA)
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 8:00 AM-Noon.
Nine one-hour classes to choose from. Free, via Zoom.
2022 District 5495 Conference 
Friday & Saturday May 13-14, 2022.
2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston, TX
Friday thru Wednesday June 4-8, 2022.

Wrap up Rotary announcements

Lindsey Watson of Threaded Together, a local not-for-profit sewing and creative group, is looking for additional members of their board of directors.  Contact Lindsey if you are interested in volunteering at lindsey@threadedtogether.org
Our weekly ‘50-50 split the pot’ card game aka “Hoppy Bucks”...  Laura won the chance to win the pot but alas no joy, she pulled the 2 of Diamonds.  (RATS! notes the editor) Better luck next week.  The pot is up to $937... so nearly $468 for the winner.
Happy Bucks:
- Mike W $10 happy to have completed replacing flooring in his house
- Lee R $20 for his daughter, cancer free!
-Eric Wolverton $10 for the McDowell Music Festival this weekend.  It supports Habitat for Humanity of N. Arizona. https://m3ffest.com/
- Maria $20 for Brandon.
Thanks everyone for your donations.

Mark your calendars! 

Look above for links to worthwhile Rotary events.
Pencil in working on the Mural in April-May timeframe.


President-Elect Meredith led the Four Way test.   President Tonya closed the meeting with a Quote for the Day:
“I do believe that clean water is THE most efficient way to change the world."
--Chris Long
Meeting adjourned at 1:10.
Upcoming Events 
Board Meeting
Mar 09, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cycle for a Cure: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Heritage Square
Mar 13, 2022
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Club Meeting, 3rd Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Mar 15, 2022 11:45 AM
Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI)
Thunderbird School of Global Mgmt
Mar 19, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Social at Wonderlust Brewing Company
Wanderlust Brewing Company
Mar 23, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Club Meeting, 1st Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Apr 05, 2022 11:45 AM
Club Leadership Academy (CLA)
Apr 09, 2022
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Board Meeting
Apr 13, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Rotary Week of Service: Centennial Art Mural
Peace Surplus rear alley
Apr 16, 2022 – Apr 23, 2022
Club Meeting, 3rd Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Apr 19, 2022 11:45 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Micah Crabdree
March 16
Hoppy Hopkins
March 31
Michael Casey
Ilean Casey
March 21
Join Date
Eric Wolverton
March 14, 2006
16 years
Officers & Directors
Immediate Past President
President Elect
The Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Service Projects
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