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.
9 Members, and 1 Guest joined us in person and via Zoom.  Our visitor was Bill Olsen a new resident of Flagstaff and a Peace Corps volunteer teaching literacy remotely to the Ukraine.

Club President Tonya Watson called the 5th meeting of the 2021-2022 Rotary year at 12:05pm.  The Pledge was led by Dino Dullbson.  Tonya led the club in a moment of silence.

Tonya noted a small but mighty group met for the September social at the Drinking Horn Meal Hall last week.

2 Rotarians,  11 Interactors and 2 adults volunteered at the September service project at the Flagstaff Family Food Center kitchen. They are getting new flooring this week.  It took just one hour to get everything on the floor moved out of the all the rooms and into storage.  Thanks to everyone who helped.

The Rotary Moment was led by Eric Walden on RI's September’s theme of Education and Literacy.  He asked "What do we take for granted that are a result of literacy?"  The ability to read and the access to education have resulted in clean water, clean air, health care, and food stability.   Literacy is a Rotary signature case to help improve the world.
This week's program
President Tonya introduced Monica Foos, Executive Director of the Flagstaff Family Food Center.  FFFC has been supported by the Rotary Club for many years.  Their organizational motto is Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Every Day.  No questions are asked of those requesting food.  There are no requirements in order to receive food.
Monica gave an update on what they learned during COVID which included the following:
- Mobile distributions: School principals called and asked for food help as many students here in town get food assistance during the year.  She noted 1 in 4 children in Flagstaff have food insecurity.  This program of mobile distribution of food will continue going forward past COVID.
-Home deliveries of food boxes were extended from seniors to also include the home-bound due to physical or mental illness, have a sick or high-risk member of your household, or are simply continuing to “shelter in place”.  FFFC distributed 173K lbs of food to homes during the past fiscal year.
-To Go hot meal program was started since the dining room was closed.  They received very positive feedback from the user community.  This program will also continue post COVID.
The good news is that the dining room should be reopening in the Oct-Nov timeframe depending on the county's COVID activity.
FFFC donates their excess food to local farmers so that nothing goes to waste.  They have received dozens of eggs back from the farmers.  These eggs are cooked and go to the breakfast for homeless at shelters.
They are currently raising money for a new refrigerated truck.   The estimated cost is $75K. The National Guard has provided one in the past year.  The Guard contract is up in November and that truck needs to be replaced to continue programs.
Monica introduced Jason Kordosky, the FFFC Volunteer Coordinator.  He noted there is a general need of 58 volunteers daily to support the programs.  There is an online calendar to sign up individually.  Group activity should be coordinated through him.
Their website  https://hotfood.org  has general information and statistics on food volumes and the numbers of Arizonans that have been helped during this past year. 
Tonya closed the program by noting this month's  book will be donated in Monica and Jason's names to the FFFC Reading Room.
Announcements and Other News

Centennial Project 

Our project will be an art mural in downtown Flagstaff and it is moving forward!  
- Grant money has been received from the District. 
-President Tonya has applied for two grants here in town.  One with the Heritage Planning Commission and the second is with the Beautification and Public Art Commission.
-The Club is working with a local artist, Lindsay Distefano on the design.


President Tonya introduced a new "CRAFT TALK" during the meeting to include focus on Vocational Service. 
Paul Wagner was our first presenter.  Paul is a Renaissance man of systems!  He teaches at NAU, and trains business leaders on business systems.  He enjoys presenting complex technical ideas to students.  And he keeps Rotary meetings running with his extensive PC knowledge.


Rotary Call to action….

Suggestions for speakers can be sent to Mike Williams. 
Suggestion for monthly service and social activities can be sent to Millie Alexander.

Community Service Activities

Tonya has opened up announcements during the meeting for announcements of volunteering activities that we Rotarians are participating in.  The announcements made will be repeated here in the newsletter.

Wrap up Rotary announcements

Happy Bucks –Paul W  and Hoppy each $10 for NAU beating the AZ Wildcats in college football last weekend. 
Our weekly ‘split the pot’ card game aka “Hoppe Bucks” is up to around $350.  Steve Cevantes drew the King of Hearts and not the joker.... and so the game continues.

Mark your calendars! 

Keep in mind the October volunteer project tentatively scheduled for Oct 16th.
Join us at the October social - details to come.
Pencil in working on the mural in April 2022.
The meeting closed with the Four Way test lead.  Time adjourned at 1:05pm.
Upcoming Speakers
Oct 05, 2021
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Upcoming Events 
Club Meeting, 1st Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Oct 05, 2021 11:45 AM
Board Meeting
Oct 13, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
October Service Project
Oct 16, 2021
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Club Meeting, 3rd Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Oct 19, 2021 11:45 AM
October Social - TBD
Oct 25, 2021
Club Meeting, 1st Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Nov 02, 2021 11:45 AM
Board Meeting
Nov 10, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Club Meeting, 3rd Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Nov 16, 2021 11:45 AM
Centennial Celebration
Flagstaff Ranch
Dec 01, 2021
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Club Meeting, 1st Tuesday
Taverna Modern Mediterranean restaurant
Dec 07, 2021 11:45 AM
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays
Jeremy Baker
September 20
Jeff Ross
Sue Ross
September 29
Join Date
Eric Walden
September 1, 1999
22 years
Steve Peru
September 6, 2016
5 years
Officers & Directors
Immediate Past President
President Elect
The Rotary Foundation
Club Administration
Service Projects
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