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Valle Verde Rotary Welcomes You!

Valle Verde Rotary Club

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 6:45 AM
United Methodist Church of Green Valley
300 W Esperanza Blvd.
Green Valley, AZ 85614
United States of America
Phone:
(517) 238-6221
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We had so much fun last week, we're doing it again!
Watch your e-mail for the link to our weekly ZOOM on-line meeting!
Valle Verde Rotary has suspended in-person meetings until AT LEAST Thursday, May 7.
 
However, we will hold a VIRTUAL MEETING using the ZOOM Cloud Meeting service this Thursday morning, April 2, at 7:00 AM.
 
Valle Verde Rotary members should have received an e-mail from Club President Charlotte Gates that included instructions and the unique Meeting ID
If you did not receive that e-mail, please send an e-mail to steve@sibulsky.com and we’ll send you the information!
President Charlotte presents American Legion Post 131 Commander Dan Cady with some thank-yous after his very informative presentation to our club this morning.
Great day & evening at Jazz in the Desert XI. For two shows, about 600 attendees! Great music and fundraising. Thanks to all who participated...the bands, the sponsors and all the Valle Verde Rotarians worked so hard!
Dan Cady, Commander of American Legion Madera Post 131 here in Green Valley, spoke to us about the purpose of the Legion. Individuals currently serving or who have served (honorably discharged) as an active duty member in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, are eligible for membership in The American Legion! The Legion is a family of four active groups: Veterans, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, and American Legion Riders. The American Legion is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization committed to the following pillars: (1) mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in the community, (2) advocating patriotism and honor, (3) promoting strong national security, and (4) continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. The activities undertaken in support of these four pillars were discussed in detail. The activities include: college scholarships, sports programs, suicide prevention, assistance in navigation of government bureaucracy, Fisher House, etc. The American Legion is always looking for new members to assist the execution of their programs.
One of three areas of focus of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation is Peace Building and Conflict Prevention. This week’s speaker, Jerry Leggett, has as his life’s mission Peace Literacy and the Peace Literacy Foundation. Very few if any of our members in attendance had heard of Peace Literacy. Peace Literacy is the next step in the development of our global civilization, because peace literacy is necessary in an interconnected world where the fate of every nation is tied to the fate of our planet. Peace Literacy is now taught to students and educators alike, in the U.S. and internationally. It’s built on the core premise that peace, like math and reading, requires a skill set that needs to be taught in schools. Peace literacy teaches the skills and knowledge needed to live peacefully in the 21st century. Rotary’s involvement in peace can be witnessed in the Rotary Peace Fellows Program, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace, and many other initiatives too numerous to mention. It could be said that all Rotary’s programs at home and around the world are focused on Peace Building and Conflict Prevention!
The meeting of February 6, 2020 was what one might call a double header. We had two speakers address our Rotary Club this week. The first speaker was Past District 5500 Governor Kirk Reed. Kirk attended our meeting to present the Club with a District Award. The Valle Verde Rotary Club was one of only nine clubs in District 5500 to receive the award this year. The award was given in recognition of the Clubs significant participation in the areas of: Club Services, Community Service, Youth Services, International Service, Veterans, and Literacy. The award is in the form of a digital file that can be used on website, etc. rather than paper which may end up in a waste basket. Kirk expressed the thanks from all of the District Leadership for the efforts of the club! The second speaker was our own Dr. Phil Silvers who spoke on Rotary’s efforts in the area of Peace and Conflict Resolution. It was apparent after Phil’s introduction by Kathleen Silvers that Phil should be in the Rotary International Hall of Fame if there is such a thing. His contributions to RI are stellar. During his talk Phil pointed out that Rotary does not involve itself in any specific political or religious groups. This is a real key to getting progress to occur across borders. Since conflicts are the result of several causes including Tribalism, Aversion to the Unfamiliar, the Empathy, and Competitive Victim hood it is key that Rotary work on mitigating these sources. Phil did an excellent job of identifying how Rotary through its many activities is taking working toward Peace and Conflict Resolution around the world. I came away from this talk feeling that Rotary is making a difference around the world.

“Turning the page for someone and changing lives” was the impetus for formation of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona. TRVFA was established in 1990 by Rotary Districts throughout Arizona to provide financial support through scholarships to qualified candidates in obtaining education, training and skill development so they may, in turn, attain career-oriented employment. Today’s guest speaker, Marc Snow, the current Secretary of TRVFA, Past President of the Oro Valley Club and current Assistant Governor of District 5500, addressed our Club. We learned that TRVFA is a 501(c)3 qualified tax credit organization. Partnering Rotary Clubs throughout the state have made it possible through donated funds to award in 2019 $108,000 in scholarship money to 60 qualified candidates. Each received about $2000 in scholarship awards.

Marc closed his presentation by encouraging us to participate and donate to TRVFA. He also suggested Valle Verde Club become involved with the program by sponsoring and interviewing candidates for scholarship awards.

 
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