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, 1 visiting Rotarian, PDG David Simmer, and 1 visiting Rotaractor, President Keegan Olson .
Club President Tonya Watson called the 16th meeting of the 2021-2022 Rotary year at 12:07pm.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Lee Raddatz.  Tonya led the club in a moment of silent reflection. 

The Rotary Moment was led by Eric Walden on March 's theme of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.   There are many countries and even places in the United States that do not have fresh clean water.  What can we do?  There are many Rotary programs that we can support with our donations to the Rotary Foundation.  The WASH programs (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.  We should be grateful and not take fresh water for granted.
Thanks for being Rotarians!

club assembly!

GLOBAL GRANT - Hepatitis Free Mongolia
PE Meredith presented an update on  this.  It originated with the Flagstaff not-for-project organization called FIRE (Flagstaff International Relief Effort) where Meredith is the Executive Director.  FIRE has worked with the Ulaanbaatar Rotary Club in Mongolia since 2009 to provide healthcare education and services to the remote and nomadic populace there. Phase I was recognized by the World Health Organization and European Union for providing healthcare services.
The Phase II project is to eliminate Hepatitis C in a single province.  There are 16 clinics that will be supported.  An app has been development for healthcare worked to be able to manage care for the community members.  Phase II has been stymied by COVID and is on hold at the moment.   See more at https://fireprojects.org/love-the-liver
GLOBAL GRANT -Navajo Water 
PDG David Simmons presented the Navajo Nation water projects.  We are involved in Phase 4 of 5 of this $1 million project to install water systems on the Navajo Nation (in NE AZ,  SE UT, and NW NM).  The average US  family consumes the same amount of water in one day that the average Navajo family uses in two weeks.  70K Javajo live with "indoor" tape water and/ or toilets. The overall project is being managed by a CA not-for-profit  organization called "DipDeep".  Check them out at DigDeep.org or on Youtube. 
As with all speakers, Tonya presented a thank-you book: for Meredith, a three book series "Things that go Together" board books.  For David, "Simply Living" edited by Shirley Ann Jones .  They will be donated in their names to the Flagstaff Family Food Center Reading Room.
As we are not paying for the room at Taverna, and the general inflation on food costs, Taverna has asked that we increase the amount of people purchasing food during the meeting.  As a result, effective April 1 the Board has agreed to change the meal system as follows:   
  • Everyone will be able to order off the regular menu
  • Orders can be made between 11:30 and 11:55
  • The food will come out in the order it was entered.  Come early!
  • Lunches, which will be priced with tax and tip, will be paid at the time of ordering with credit cards or cash.
Keegan Olson, President of the NAU Rotaract club announced the club was rebuilding membership.  Rotaract is an organization of folks 18 and older who have fund doing service work together.  Rotaractors are full members of Rotary International.  If you know of any 18+ folks that are looking for networking and service opportunities, contact Keegan at KeeganOlson2@gmail.com

club service

Vocational Service

Richard Lozano gave the two minute talk. He has been in the funeral business for 33 years and loves working with families.  In 2006 he opened his own mortuary, and in 2017 became sole owner.  Business has increased in the past two years mostly due to baby boomers getting old and not so much COVID related.  

Community Service 

Millie Alexander has organized the rest of the Rotary year.  Activities include:
  • April 30th: Flagstaff Junior Academy yard cleanup   AND
  • April 30th: Centennial project at Peace Surplus
  • May TBD: Habitat for Humanity fence building
  • June TBD: working with Arboretum staff on outdoor clean-up projects.


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraiser 

Maria Martell  announced she raised $1000 and thanked club members Millie, Dino, Larry, Kathy, Steve and Tonya for their help this past Sunday.

Announcements and Other News


Kathy Simmons is organizing shirts!  There will be an order of the green long sleeved club shirts.  More information at the next meeting.   There will also be t shirts with the Centennial project logo for Rotarians.  It will also be sold at the Peace Surplus shop.  
International Hosting opportunity
Carla Viola announced that the club had been asked, on short notice, to provide hosts for a group from the country of Georgia.  They will be here in early June to learn more about the US National Park system.  Unfortunately, due to the short notice, we are not able to help out this particular group.

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

Our weekly ‘50-50 split the pot’ card game aka “Hoppy Bucks”...  President Tonya almost forgot let the game occur!  Hoppy won the chance to win the pot so Steve C mixed the deck up.  Hoppy failed to win, as he pulled the queen of spades. The pot is up to $1000!
Happy Bucks:
- Hoppy $80 for his birthday and $20 for his granddaughter receiving a PHD in Chemistry in Paris, France.
- Laura $20 to have met her first grandchild, Poppy Lou 
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.


Paul Wagner led the Four Way test.   President Tonya closed the meeting with a Quote for the Day:
“We shall not defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking, sanitation and basic health care"
--Kofi Annan
Meeting adjourned at 1:15.
Upcoming Events 
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
Cleanup at Flagstaff Junior Academy
Flagstaff Junior Academy
Apr 30, 2022
Rotary Week of Service: Centennial Art Mural
Peace Surplus rear alley
Apr 30, 2022
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
May TBD - Habitat for Humanity
May 01, 2022
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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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