On the Road with DG Sherry

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.

DG Sherry & her travel buddy District Secretary, Peg pose with the dynamic and growing Silver Creek club
DG Sherry & her travel buddy, District Secretary Peg, pose with the dynamic and growing Silver Creek club

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!

DG Sherry with the Honorary Golden Poop Scooper
DG Sherry with the Honorary Golden Poop Scooper

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!

President Steve West gets knighted
President Steve West gets knighted

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”!

Africa – One Year Polio Free!

Polio video pic

On 11 August, we marked a tremendous milestone: one full year without a single case of polio caused by wild polio virus in Africa.

The magnitude of this achievement can hardly be overstated. A polio-free Africa has been within sight, so near and yet so far, for over a decade. The hard work and commitment that have brought us to this point have been nothing short of heroic. Tens of thousands of health workers reached hundreds of millions of children with vaccine, in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable. Together, we have done what once seemed impossible: We have stopped polio in Africa.

Yet this progress, momentous as it is, is still fragile. As long as polio exists in the two remaining endemic countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the virus still has the potential to spread and to spark new outbreaks. Now, more than ever, we need the power of all of Rotary to carry us through to the end: not just a polio-free Africa, but a polio-free world.

Wherever you live, whether your country has just conquered polio or has been polio-free for decades, we need your voice, and your help. I ask all of you to read and use the materials in this tool kit to find ways to raise awareness in your community, and beyond. We need every Rotarian, in every Rotary club, to be talking about polio: making sure that media outlets report on our progress and our elected officials see polio eradication as a global priority. Your grassroots work helps drive the increased media coverage we have seen in the past year, which in turn drives global backing of our work to eradicate polio. Together, we will keep polio front and center in our communities and on our national agendas, keeping up the energy and the momentum that will push us through to the finish.

The battle in Africa has, for the moment, been won, but we need the strength of every Rotarian to help us win the war. Together, we will End Polio Now and truly Be a Gift to the World.

Warm regards,
K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International

Passing of a great Rotarian

PDG Van Houten receives an award for his 30+ years service to GOL.
PDG Van Houten received this award in 2014, for his 30+ years service to GOL.

Past District Governor, John Van Houten, 95, of Flagstaff, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

PDG John epitomized the values of Rotary like no one else. He was truly a “good man” to the core and a Rotarian’s Rotarian.

PDG John joined the Yuma Rotary Club, D5500 in 1954 and became Club President in 1958‐59. In the early 60’s, his business took him from Yuma to the Phoenix area where he helped charter the Rotary Club of Phoenix Mid‐Town in D5490. As his Rotary experience and leadership developed, John was elected to be a District Governor in 1984‐85 of what now is D5490. As District Governor Elect under then District Governor, Jack McFalls, John was asked to look into the New York Rotary Gift of Life project and see if a like humanitarian project could be implemented by the Arizona Rotary Districts. Along with the assistance of some Arizona Rotarians and the generous Phoenix pediatric medical community, John finalized the GOL‐AZ project as a 501 (c) (3) non‐profit in April, 1985 during his year as D5490 Governor. Even though John retired to Flagstaff a few years later, he continued to be heavily involved in the program.

John touched many lives in and out of Rotary, all around the world. He will be greatly missed.


USA-Mexico Friendship/Global Grants Exchange & Rotary Foundation Conference


Sedona, Arizona – November, 19-22 2015

Special Guest Speakers:
Paul A. Netzel, Rotary Foundation Chair and Trustee & Susan Doxtator, TRF Latin American Regional Grants Officer

For the past 15 years Rotarians from several districts have come together on an alternating basis meeting each year in either Mexico or Arizona. Interested clubs, their members and district leaders, bring projects, talk about needs, and target those areas and grants that can be funded. They also bring commitments for both cash and District Designated Funds to enable selected projects to take place. And Oh yes!…they have a lot of fun as well. Social events and work projects take place during this event and I can promise you that very few people leave rested…there is just too much work to do and fun to have.

This year for District 5510 and 5490 this event features our Rotary Foundation Day. We have 2 very special speakers coming to bring us up to date on all that is going on in our Foundation and the impact that it makes in not only the lives of others but ours as well. If you cannot make the entire conference, why not just make the 90 minute drive up and spend the day with us on Saturday and you can be back at home in time for dinner…that is the time that Barb and I eat!

So after 15 yea

sponsor options usmx2015 final

rs does this conference really do any good? Let’s just look at the last 3 years efforts;
Total grants (projects completed)-29
Total project value $1,341,039.00
Projects include burn treatment equipment, community gardens, water tanks and fresh water filtering, wheelchairs, economic development and community development.
And no…all the money does not go to Mexico-in fact $468,656.00 came to us in Arizona, the last grant providing clean water for Yarnell Arizona. That figure works out to 35 percent of all monies raised.

The flyer enclosed provides a basic outline of the event and schedule. if you do business in any parts of Mexico( like Rocky Point) or if you or your club would like to help offset some of the expenses of the conference a sponsorship form is enclosed as well.

USA-Mexico Registration Form (1)

Become a part of a 15 year history that brings together Rotarians from different countries for the common good-and make some new friends.

PDG Abe Feder-602-622-7289—abefeder1@gmail.com