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  • Call to action:  Shelter Box is seeking donations as they are on the ground in Turkey and Syria.  Go to shelterboxusa.org for more information and to donate.  They are also holding a webinar on February 28 to review the year-long efforts in Ukraine as well as for the recent earthquake.
  • John Lothrop shared the tragic story of his son, who has alcohol-induced dementia.  John announced that he is moving to Albany, NY.  There they will circle the wagons for support, living within five minutes of each other.  The club recognized John as a Quiet Rotarian, and one who will be dearly missed.
  • World Understanding and Peace Day is February 23.  This marks the day that Rotary was founded in 1905.  We will honor and celebrate by helping at Manzanita Outreach from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. in Cottonwood.  Contact Carolyn if you want to carpool.
  • Mark reviewed Rotary Foundation's many ways that donors are recognized.  Every year, the club donates $25 from each member's dues money to the Foundation.  Contact Mark if you would like to know more about how you can support the number one charitable foundation in the world!
Invitation:  Yavapai College Culinary School Open House
Chef Carl from Yavapai College's Culinary Arts has invited all Rotary Club members to a Showcase of the Culinary Arts Program at Yavapai College‚Äôs West Sedona Campus. The event, featuring food tasting and a tour of the facility is on Wednesday, December 7 from 4:30 - 7 p.m.  This is an end-of-semester program that will hopefully evolve into a recurring event.  A "course final" if you will.  
 
If you have any questions, please contact Rotary Club of Sedona President Jean Barton at jeancbarton@icloud.com or reach out to Yavapai College.
'Tis the Season for Service
The Holidays are here!  It is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for as well as for giving gifts.  Khalil Gibran said, "You give but little when you give of your possessions.  It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."  The following are opportunities to give of yourself this December.  Please join in as many as you can!  ALL are welcome to join!  (You do not have to be a member to come help!)
 
Adopt-a-Family.  The families are chosen and the wish lists have been compiled.  Please email Heather (heather@frontburnermedia.com) with what you'd like to purchase before you do so!  We don't want to duplicate gifts this year!  Shopping not really your thing?  Then please go to our website to the yellow Donate button on the right side, select Adopt-a-Family and make a donation.  All money collected will go to supplementing gifts and purchasing gift cards for Clark's and gas stations, etc. to help with family expenses.  Please complete your donations and bring your gifts to Eye Boutique of Sedona Storage by December 14th at 5 p.m.  We will be wrapping those gifts in our own Rotary wrapping paper at our meeting on December 15th.  Please bring scissors, tape, and ribbons if you'd like to participate!
 
Manzanita Outreach.  We will be packing food boxes for the Hopi Reservation at 406 S. 6th Street in Cottonwood.  Contact Heather if you'd like to carpool.  We will start with a tour of the facility at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 8th.  We will finish up by 9:30 a.m.  This may develop into an ongoing club project!
 
Winter Wonderland at Verde Valley School has been postponed!  Due to several active cases of COVID on campus, the VVS administration has moved to partial COVID restrictions.  This is due to the fact that many of the students have upcoming international flights home.  If these students cannot get home, they will be homeless for the holidays as the campus is closed.  But things always happen for reason.....perfect those chili recipes as there will be a chili competition!  Please mark your calendars:  Saturday, January 21st from 2 - 6 p.m.  Even though Iranian officials have signaled that they are going to shut down the "morality police," we cannot let up.  Join VVS Interact at Winter Wonderland to raise money for United for Iran.
 
Sedona Area Homeless Alliance.  Come to Decanter on Wednesday, December 14th from 5 - 6:30 p.m. to complete what we started last month:  plarning.  This is the last chance to repurpose those plastic grocery bags!  (At least until next year!)
 
Verde Valley Care Givers.  Every year VVCG gets gifts for their "neighbors."  The challenge is finding enough "Santas" to deliver them!  Miki will let us know when the gifts are ready for pick up.  Addresses and phone numbers of the recipients will be provided.  We then make contact and deliver whenever it is convenient during the week of December 19-23.  Please contact Miki (medzugan@gmail.com) if you have any questions.  
Successful Veterans' Raffle!
Rob gave us a year-end review of our Veterans' Raffle.  We will be giving a check for $10,000 to the VA in Prescott at our meeting on January 5th.  Be sure to join us for that award presentation!
 
Speaking of awards, Rob was our Veterans' Raffle MVP, earning an Above and Beyond pin.  He was assisted by Robert and Ernie, who each received a special Rotary Veterans' pin.  Thanks to all who participated and made this event a huge success.
 
Of special note, Phong's wife, Donna, won one of the raffle prizes!  This meant a lot to her and was a poignant ending to this year's fundraising drive.
 
We did some Monday afternoon quarterbacking after the raffle and celebrated our successes while finding areas for improvement.  Cathleen Banister-Marx joined us and enthusiastically appreciated the opportunity to review the event.  She offered her heartfelt thanks to the club for continuing her father's legacy.  Stay tuned for new updates to the raffle format for 2022-23!
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Defining Our Club
Carolyn was at it again, asking us to think about how we see our club.  This time the question is, "Are we a fundraising organization or a service organization?"  At the heart of that question is, "How do you define service?"  Carol said that when people ask what Rotary does, we don't say we are a fundraising organization.  So what do you say besides our motto, "Nurturing our communities through service"?  What does that even mean to you?
 
The Community Service team has the lead on our "Signature Event."  Event does not mean fundraising by definition.  Can we have an event that just brings community together without money as a focus?
 
John Maynard Keynes said, "The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones."  What do you think?  We'll continue this discussion while we wrap presents at our next meeting!
December 1, 2022; 
Edition 5, Issue 10
 
Officers:
 
President- Carolyn Martin
Immediate Past President- Heather Hermen
President Elect- Robert Wright
Secretary- Sara Crosby-Hartman
Treasurer- Jeff Mahan
Rotary Foundation-Mark von Hoetzendorff 
 
 
 
Read more about the Rotary Foundation by clicking here.
 
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Upcoming Meetings and Events:
  • Adopt-a-Family gifts due at Eye Boutique by December 14th @ 5 p.m.
  • Dec 7th @ 4:30-7 p.m. Yavapai College Culinary Arts Showcase
  • Dec 8th @ 7:30 a.m. Service Project @ Manzanita Outreach
  • Dec 14th @ 5-6:30 p.m. Service Project (Plarning) @ Decanter
  • Dec 15th @ 7:30 a.m. Meeting in the MUSIC ROOM to wrap gifts
  • Dec 19-23:  Service Project:  Delivering gifts in Camp Verde
  • Jan 5th @ 7:30 a.m. Meeting:  Check presentation to VA Hospital
  • Jan 19th @ 7:30 a.m. Meeting:  Resilience with Dr. Komer
 
 
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Have questions, need more information, please contact the Club President: Carolyn Martin.