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As the 2018-19 Rotary year winds down, we have a number of things that we accomplished this year and should be proud of Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary.
 
  • Added seven new members for the 2018-2019 year:  Zack Smith, Lisa Winslow, Kathy Lane, Ken Kaplan, Ed Gonzales, Alli Roth, and Lauren Wheeler.  Unfortunately we had resignations from three members: Lenny Teischer, Rick Jacobs, and Barbara Balkin.
  • Achieved our EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) goal of a $100 donation per member to Rotary International.
  • Contributed $1,000 to Polio Plus Fund.
  • Contributed $500 to Desert Mountain Interact for Crutches for Africa.
  • Provide a $400 scholarship to, Amigos de Guatemala for Sandra Rodriques who we have sponsored the last few years.
  • Our International Project in Rwanda is close to wrapping up.
  • Joined forces with Club Rotario Mar de Penasco, to provide some play ground equipment in Rocky Point, Mexico. 
  • Continue to sponsor two Interact Clubs, Saguaro and Desert Mountain.
  • Working weekly at Vista del Camino to distribute bread to those in need, thanks to everyone who give up their Tuesday morning for this great event.
  • Assisted this year on the Back to School Program with Vista del Camino with the distribution of items and then packing items that were left.
  • Provided a $5,000 donation from the Club to TRVFA (The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona).  We interviewed a number of candidates for approval to receive a grant.  Thanks to the Club members who donate their Arizona Tax Credit to TRVFA.
  • Can't forget our third grade Dictionary Project distributing dictionaries to five Scottsdale Elementary Schools.
  • Contribution of over $1,000 to the Alli Ortega Empty Bowls event as well as giving a $10 donation to any club member who attended to use in the purchase of a bowl.
  • Building bicycles and providing helmets for Vista del Camino's Holiday Program.
  • Don't forget the garage sale and all the fun we had.
  • Great Holiday Party and October Club Social to just get to know each other better, as well as meeting the spouse of our members.
  • Who could forget our Whiffle Ball Tournament with Miracle League, we even won a game this year.
  • Our 34th Annual Special Day for Special Kids was a great success with around 2,800 in attendance for the fun filled day.
  • The Golf Tournament held this year at Ancala Golf Club provided a great golf venue, lots of Silent Auction items, and another social activity.  Clark was a great chairman.  A special thanks to our Canadian visitors for the great success of this event.
  • A great outing at Spring Training watching the D-Backs and Cubs.
  • Helped Raising Special Kids celebrate their 40th Anniversary with a great party.
  • Sent a student to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Academy).
  • The SSRC Vision Care Foundation did a $250 sponsorship the Miracle League's annual Casino Night.
  • Keith Walter attended PETS (President Elect Training); Craig Rethwill attended Grants training, Dave Lewis, Craig Rethwill and Kathy Lane attended CLA (Club Leadership Academy).
  • Presented a check for $12,000 to Scottsdale Community Project to assist with the July 2019 Back to School Project.  Our thanks to BHHS Legacy for matching our donation.
  • Dennis and Evie attended District Conference in June where we received The Five Avenue of Service Award.   
  • Our last meeting in June will be a Club Assembly to install Keith Walter as our new President for the 2019-20 year.
  • Our thanks to Jake Duffy for his leadership for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.
We've had a great year, lots of events, great socials, supported the community, and played a roll in international projects.  Looking forward to another great year with Keith Walter at the helm.
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Russell Hampton
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