Up to Date
  • Call to action:  Shelter Box is seeking donations as they are on the ground in Turkey and Syria.  Go to 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!
RYLA Students Captivated Club
Three of the RYLA attendees from Sedona Red Rock High shared their camp experiences.  Kaori Emerson, Arabella Licher, and Kaitlyn Otterlee excitedly described the numerous activities offered.  With a slide show of fun photos and videos from their dance-off, their enthusiasm was palpable.  All three continued to circle back to the relationships they developed, the confidence they gained, and the fun they had.  Arabella referenced how RYLA boosted her confidence when she went for her AP course oral examination.  Kaori admitted that her concerns about becoming an exchange student next year were affirmed and relieved by meeting current exchange students.  They all expressed their gratitude for this incredible opportunity.
Welcome New Member Angela!
Angela Emerson was inducted into the club, the fourth new member of the year!  Angela is an American Sign Language interpreter.  With her children benefiting from Rotary's youth services, she is excited to give back to her community.  She has already jumped in with both feet!  Angela will host next year while her daughter, Kaori, goes abroad in the youth exchange program.  Welcome Angela!
Armenian Cultural Exchange Celebrated!
The club celebrated the success of the Reunite Cultures Fund visit to Sedona.  The Armenian Troupe performed for over 500 students and 200 adults during their stay.  Sedona Red Rock High School World History teacher, Chris Ames, said, "It was wonderful for our students to meet artists their own age traveling the world to perform traditional dances and music... [We] just completed...[learning] about Armenia being the first nation to officially embrace Christianity...the perfectly."  West Sedona principal, Elizabeth Tavasci, said, "The kiddos LOVED being able to dance with the dancers."  The event was probably best summed up by Zane Dickey, Verde Valley School's Assistant Director for Admissions, when he wrote, "...well done on an amazing cultural event to bring our community together."
*photo from Jim Peterson
Carol and Jeff, Chuck, Jennette and David, Tracey, Bob, and Russ all stepped up to host the group.  They unanimously agreed that it was a wonderful experience to have them in their homes.  Thank you to the members who provided food for the potluck.  Winnie was awarded the Above and Beyond award pin for her dedication and persistence in making this event successful and professional.  The troupe specifically thanked her for showing them how to "up their game."  Jennette, having already been awarded the Above and Beyond pin, received the Spirit of Service award. Jennette devoted her endless energy to making the troupe feel at home while giving as many students and community members the opportunity to appreciate this cultural exchange.
February 16, 2023; 
Edition 5, Issue 14
President- Carolyn Martin
Immediate Past President- Heather Hermen
President Elect- Robert Wright
Secretary- Sara Crosby-Hartman
Treasurer- Jeff Mahan
Rotary Foundation-Mark von Hoetzendorff 
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Upcoming Meetings and Events:
  • Feb 23rd @ 7:30 a.m. Service Project @ Manzanita Outreach 
  • Week of Feb 27th:  Verde Valley Club's PROM CLOSET at Mingus Union High School
  • Feb 2nd @ 7:30 a.m. Traditional meeting
  • Mar 8th @ 11 a.m. International Women's Day Luncheon at Poco Diablo
  • Mar 8th @ 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.  ENDGAMES at Decanter with Board
  • Mar 16th @ 7:30 a.m. Contemporary meeting
  • Mar 31 PARTY! TBD
  • Apr 6 @ 7:30 a.m. Traditional meeting
  • April 15-22:  Rotary Week of Service--service projects every day--details coming soon
  • NO meeting April 20th--service at Manzanita Outreach @ 7:30 a.m.
  • May 4th @ 7:30 a.m. Traditional meeting
  • May 6th Plant & Seed Sale TBD
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Nurturing our communities through service
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
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25 W Saddlehorn Rd
Music Room @ Big Park School
Sedona, AZ 86351
United States of America
First and Third Thursdays at 7:30 am
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Have questions, need more information, please contact the Club President: Carolyn Martin.