Come with me as we go “on the road” to visit clubs in the Northern part of the state. It has been quite a trip so far, meeting wonderful Rotarians, who share with me the passion for Rotary! Their hospitality is truly amazing!
Traveling north to Flagstaff, I noticed the change of scenery and temperature as I got closer to the city. Tonya Watson and partner, Steve, treated me to an evening of trivia questions and karaoke in a local establishment in downtown Flagstaff. I must say there was quite an eclectic group of people in there.
The Flagstaff club meets at noon at a local hotel. They are struggling with membership like we all are. They have a great group of very talented people who will answer the call for “service above self”. The club will be finishing up the project in Bangladesh, where they raised enough funds, with assistance from the Rotary Foundation, to create a sewing center for young women. Kudos to the Flagstaff club!
Back “on the road”, I head down I-40 towards Winslow, known for “Route 66” fame. I stopped in at the Quality Inn, where Devin Singh, proprietor of the hotel and president of the rotary club, greeted me. Along with Paul Ferris, a member of the club, we all had a wonderful dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Devin introduced me to sopapillas with hot caramel sauce. Out of this world!
The next day at noon, we had the club meeting. As members came in, the atmosphere was electric, with much positive energy. People were very happy to be there. They participate in many local activities for the community—a carnival, food wagon for fundraising, mother/son dance, provide breakfast at the car show and 9-11 Memorial involvement to name a few.
It was time to head back to the “Valley of the Sun”. Thank you to those two clubs for their rotary service!
The week of August 24, it was time to hit “the road” again and head to the White Mountains. This time I took a companion, Peg Glink, our district secretary. We headed to Snowflake AZ, to visit the Silver Creek club. We stayed at a lovely B&B, the Heritage Inn. The couple who own it, Craig and Joanne, were the best of hosts!
The next morning, the members of Silver Creek club, Peg, and myself, were treated to a wonderful breakfast in the courtyard as we conducted the meeting. This club, small but mighty, does so many good deeds for their community. They provide gifts at Christmas for over 200 children, send 2 students to RYLA, give scholarships to local high school students, and provide 600 dictionaries to children around the area to name a few. We thank these members, Kara, Bonnie, Kelly and newest member, Karlie for their service.
Now it was time to head to Springerville, close to the New Mexico state line. This club is also small but mighty. We had the assembly that night at a local restaurant, where I ate some amazing Crème Brule and bread pudding.
Steve West, President, talked about their big project—installation of a bell tower in downtown Springerville. This project will showcase Rotary and their club. The club also provides scholarships for local students, and raffles off a wonderful prize at the Fourth of July festivities. Speaking of Fourth of July, I had the pleasure of marching in the parade with club members, who are known for their scooping prowess!
The club meeting the next morning was fun! I shared with the group the “power of rotary” and knighted Steve West. Jackie and Bryon Harrington, Susie, Cody and Peg were there to see the ceremony. Speaking of Bryon, he is our district editor who puts out the newsletter every month. We thank him for his service.
Cooking tip: One learns many things on these trips, outside of Rotary. This one is how to cook bacon with no shrinkage and mess. Line a cooking sheet with foil, lay bacon out and bake in oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or so. Delicious! Try it sometime. This is a Harrington recipe I am sharing.
After this meeting, Peg and I headed home to Phoenix. We talked about our trip, how we have been enriched by this experience. Thank you all for your service to Rotary.
My next club visits will be here in the Valley, starting September 1. I will be back in the swing and “on the road again”!