August 2023

Upcoming Events:
August 7— Member and Sierra Vista Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes will be providing the “State of the District” for 2023-24.
August 14—Boys & Girls Clubs of Sierra Vista fundraising luncheon at Vinny’s Pizza (volunteers to help wait/bus tables will be welcome!)
August 21—Club Membership 
August 28—OFFICIAL VISIT OF THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR, Dr. Don Jorgensen; August Birthday and Anniversary Celebration with cake!
August 2023 Kasey 2023-08-01 07:00:00Z 0

Sep. 19, 2022

Upcoming Events for October—
Oct. 3 -  Joe Puett:  Highlights from the 2022 District Conference
Oct. 10 – No noon meeting: Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct. 17 - Joe Puett: "Cyber Fraud" a Personal Story of Attack and Defense
Oct. 22 – “Make a Difference Day” – Work day to help install a split rail fence at the dirt bike pump track at the Domingo Paiz Sports Complex.
Oct 24 - Ty Baze: Salvation Army Sierra Vista Update; World Polio Day
Oct. 31 - Margaret Hepburn: Overview of the Legacy Foundation of South East Arizona
Sep. 19, 2022 Ken 2022-09-26 07:00:00Z 0 Cochise County,Cochise Education Foundation,District Conference,Jackie Clay,Rotary,Teacher of the year

Sep. 12, 2022 Meeting

Upcoming Events for September

Sept. 19 – Jacqui Clay, Cochise County School Superintendent
Sept. 22-24 – District 5500 Conference, Casino del Sol, Tucson.
Sept. 26 – Club Conference
Upcoming Events for October—
Oct. 3 -  Joe Puett:  Highlights from the 2022 District Conference
Oct. 10 - Dark: Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day
Oct. 17 Joe Puett: "Cyber Fraud" a Personal Story of Attack and Defense
Oct. 22 – “Make a Difference Day” – Work day to help install a split rail fence at the dirt bike pump track at the Domingo Paiz Sports Complex.
Oct 24 - Ty Baze: Salvation Army Sierra Vista Update
Oct. 31 - Margaret Hepburn: Overview of the Legacy Foundation of South East Arizona
Sep. 12, 2022 Meeting 2022-09-19 07:00:00Z 0 Cochise Collge,Ride to end Polio,Tour de Tucson

2024 Grants

This year the Sierra Vista Rotary Club will distribute monetary grants (typically
$200 to $1000 based on need, merit, and available funding) to local non-profit
entities such as yours.
Preference will be given to requests that fit into the Rotary’s seven primary areas of focus:

• Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
• Disease prevention and treatment.
• Water and sanitation.
• Maternal and child health.
• Basic education and literacy.
• Economic and community development.
• Supporting the environment.
2024 Grants Kenneth Stickler 2021-04-19 07:00:00Z 0

Our First Six Months of Service

Posted by Candyce Pardee
How has the Sierra Vista Rotary Club managed during the first 6 months of the 2020-2021 Rotary Year?  By continuing service!  Read a summary of the various projects carried out by the members of the Sierra Vista Rotary Club since July...and the plans for the second half of the year under quarantine!
Our First Six Months of Service Candyce Pardee 2020-12-16 07:00:00Z 0

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!
Sierra Vista Rotary will be dark through January 4th.  We wish everyone a safe and blessed holiday season. The club will be dark until January 4th so we can enjoy a relaxing Christmas and New Year. 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Rebekah Tilley 2020-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 6 John D. Spengler 2020-09-02 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action  in These COVID Times - PART 5

PEOPLE OF ACTION – Rotary Club of Sierra Vista in These COVID Times – Rotary Foundation Major Donor Award and Presentation by COL (Ret) Henry C. Beumler on ‘How the U.S. Military got Tricare’
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista started the weekly club meeting in the ‘live & virtual’ mode, using Zoom for the club members and visitors to the club who could not attend in person at the Tandem Restaurant in the Windemere Hotel.
Zoom Flag for Meeting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Who is That Masked Man?        
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 5 John D. Spengler 2020-08-16 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 1

Starting as far back as March and April 2020, with the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista began planning and executing activities that support community activities in all of the 'focus areas' for Rotary International.
PART 1 is April 2020 to June 2020 -The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times.

The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 1 John D. Spengler 2020-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 2

This is Part 2 of The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times
PART 2: July 2020 - July 4th 2020 and COVID Projects                                                                                                                                                                  Peach's Pantry
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 2 John D. Spengler 2020-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 3

This is PART 3 of People of Action in These COVID Times.
PART 3 - Cochise Strong and "Cash Mobs"
                            Guest Speaker Lisa Gustafson - "Cochise Strong"
                                    with Club President Candy Pardee                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Live Meeting at Tandem Restaurant (below)                             
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 3 John D. Spengler 2020-08-15 07:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 4

Part 4 of The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times
PART 4 New member Dr. Eric Holmes, the new Superintendent of Sierra Vista Unified School District (SVUSD)                                                                                                                        Frank Gonzalez and City Manager Chuck Potucek 
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista - People of Action in These COVID Times - PART 4 John D. Spengler 2020-08-15 07:00:00Z 0


Posted by Candyce Pardee on Jul 12, 2020
July 12, 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis, the Sierra Vista Rotary will be offering its members the option of meeting in person at Tandem Upscale Dining and Lounge Restaurant located at the Windemere, 2047 S. Hwy. 92 OR to attend via Zoom until further notice in order to protect the health and safety of our members.  Those choosing to attend in person are required to wear masks when not actually eating.  Tandem seating is spaced apart to maintain social distance.  Meals are served to those attending.  Members will be notified of the menu on Friday so as to be able to reserve a meal--and space--for the Monday meeting as Tandem is normally closed on Mondays.  Tandem is also maintaining a "less than 50% capacity" to be in compliance with the Governor of Arizona's order regarding dine-in restaurants.   
Members attending via Zoom will be provided log in information for the Zoom meeting--and are able, should they choose to do so, to pick up the lunch meal "to go" before the meeting. 
Non-members of the Sierra Vista Rotary Club, visiting Rotarians and members of the public wishing to attend a meeting to learn more about Rotary, need to contact President Candy Pardee via email at to secure Zoom information and password.  Those wishing to attend in person must contact Tandem at 520-685-9061 by no later than the Saturday before the Monday meeting to reserve space and to make arrangements to purchase the meal.
We encourage all of our members and community to stay safe and, if unable to social distance, to stay home during this time.
For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 in Cochise County including how to protect yourself and your family, please refer to the Cochise County Health Department website:
For a statement of what Rotary International is doing to combat the impacts of COVID-19 please visit
HYBRID MEETINGS--in person and ZOOM Candyce Pardee 2020-07-12 07:00:00Z 0

Cowboy Poets at the Sierra Vista Rotary Club

Cowboy Poets at the Sierra Vista Rotary Club
At the weekly meeting, members and guests of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista were pleased to have George Wheat, Co-Chair for the Cowboy Poets event, and Steve Conroy, past chair and Cowboy entertainer, provide the club with information about the upcoming Cowboy Poet event.
The Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering theme this year– “It’s Cool to be a Cowboy,” features performances by the Grammy Winning Riders in The Sky and other award-winning western music and poetry artists. The gathering begins on Friday, February 7th at Buena High School, and runs through Saturday performances on February 8th.  On Saturday afternoon before the evening performances, the very popular Barn Dance will be held to help celebrate the Cowboy Way. Then on Sunday, February 9th, there will be a breakfast at the High School prepared by the Culinary Arts students.
George Wheat stated this was the 28th year of the Gathering. Each year students across Cochise County are introduced to the western way of life and poetry writing through the Western Heritage Schools Outreach Program.  This year, from all the students writing poetry, there were 36 prize winners and two scholarship winners. To give the club a taste of the poems and music to expect at the Gathering, Steve Conroy offered to recite one of his favorite poems about “Purtenear Perkins.”  After which, Steve took out his guitar and sang a western tune “Cheyenne.” He was prevailed upon to sing another tune and he accommodated with the Classic tune “Tumbling Tumble Weeds.” A final treat from Steve was his own poem “Grampa’s Will.”  Following Steve, George Wheat provided a reading from the Saddlebag of Poems, a remarkable collection of poems written by the best of the young students from the third through twelfth grade. He chose a prize-winning submission by his daughter, Amanda Wheat, called “Hats Off to the Cowgirl.” There are Cowboy Poet tickets for sale on-line and at various places in Sierra Vista.
Before the meeting concluded, we were reminded of the Annual Relay for Life team that Barbara Culton is forming. She has asked for more volunteers to help raise funds to fight cancer. We were also reminded of the Taste of Sierra Vista event that we are having on the 7th of March – a major fund-raising event for the Rotary this year.
Cowboy Poets at the Sierra Vista Rotary Club John D. Spengler 2020-02-03 07:00:00Z 0

Renee Romo Named Rotary Student of the Month for January

Renee Romo, senior a Buena High School, was chosen as the Sierra Vista Rotary Club's student of the month.  Renee is in the Buena Key Club, National Honors Society, and serves on the Buena Student Council. Her role on council made her an integral part of organizing the recent Arizona Association of Student Councils conference at Buena. She served as emcee of the conference and while some may have felt daunted by getting up in front of a crowd of 2000 of their peers, Renee said, "AASC is a very inclusive organization, we were from all across the state but felt like a big family."  She shared with the Sierra Vista Rotary Club the recent AASC conference exemplified the Rotary 4 way test. She shared, "At the conference we had to learn that our service comes before ourselves." She recieved buttons that say "I am number 2" and if asked who is number one, the answer is, "you are!" 
Renee is a senior and has been accepted into the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. 
Renee Romo Named Rotary Student of the Month for January Sarah Pacheco 2020-02-03 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Youth Shines at recent Meeting 2018-07-21 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Presents over $12,000 in Scholarships and Grants 2018-06-18 07:00:00Z 0
A New Rotary Year, A New Rotary President 2018-06-11 07:00:00Z 0
Cinco de Mayo 2018-05-21 07:00:00Z 0
Club Sponsors multiple Bus Stops in Agua Prieta, Mexico 2018-04-17 07:00:00Z 0
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce impact to our Region 2018-04-16 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Learns about Chiricahua Community Health Centers 2018-04-09 07:00:00Z 0
Club receives an Overview of Canyon Vista Medical Center Operations 2018-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Receives Report on Water Issues Impact to Castle & Cooke Operations 2018-03-20 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Enjoys the Traditional Irish Music of "The Rooks" in advance of St Patrick's Day 2018-03-12 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary's Baja Beach Bash Raises over $11K 2018-03-10 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Vocational Service: A Report from a Local Vineyard Owner 2018-03-07 07:00:00Z 0

Alzheimer's Association

Morgen Hartford, Southern Arizona Regional Director of the Alzheimer's Association (Desert SW Chapter) speaks to the Chapter
Buena HS Principal Dawn Maddock and Haley Rose McIntyre (the Rotary Club Student of the Month)
Alzheimer's Association 2018-03-05 07:00:00Z 0
Border Patrol Agents update Rotary 2018-02-26 07:00:00Z 0
Sierra Vista Rotary supports the purchase of a new Medical Van for Caborca Mexico 2018-02-18 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary and the Cochise College Culinary School 2018-02-12 07:00:00Z 0
Cowboy Poets Entertain Rotary 2018-02-05 07:00:00Z 0
The Sierra Vista Rotary Club's Holiday Party 2017-12-19 07:00:00Z 0
Sierra Vista Unified School District Bond Issue Update 2017-12-04 07:00:00Z 0
The Club Celebrates Rotary Foundation Month 2017-11-13 07:00:00Z 0
Club Gives Podium Time to Four Speakers: Scholarship Winner, Cochise Serving Veterans, ADOT and "Mr. Ace Hardware" 2017-11-11 07:00:00Z 0
Student of the Month & the Arizona Rangers, then and now 2017-11-11 07:00:00Z 0
Hope for Veteran's Treatment of PTSD 2017-11-11 07:00:00Z 0
Overview of the Chiricahua Community Health Center 2017-11-11 07:00:00Z 0
District Governor Visit 2017-11-11 07:00:00Z 0

Learning to Drive

Posted on Feb 13, 2017
Filmmaker Roderick Stevens—Learning to Drive

Our guest speaker this week was Roderick Stevens, an Artist/Filmmaker who was returning to the Rotary Cub to make an update presentation on his film project, Learning to Drive. He was accompanied by his primary
sponsor for the movie project, Derek Jordan, from Premier Alliances. Roderick is a multiple format artist who has won accolades as a cinematographer, painter, mixed media artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, as well as having designed and built his own custom house in the middle of the desert in Cochise County. Roderick has been a resident of the Sierra Vista area for 40 years and graduated Buena High School in 1985.

The movie, Learning to Drive, is “inspired by the true story of a feisty young man with Down Syndrome determined to convince his scatterbrained brother to teach him how to drive!” In reality, the movie is about Roderick (the scatterbrained brother) and his young brother who does have Down Syndrome and wanted to be taught how to drive an automobile. Originally planned to be a full-length movie, the film has now become a short, almost 30-minute movie, focusing on the wants and desires of the young person with Down Syndrome and not just focusing on the fact that he has Down Syndrome.

Roderick showed a short film trailer (at ) to give the club members an appreciation for the content of the film and an appreciation for the actor, Connor Long, who plays the lead role of the young man with Down syndrome. Connor Long has Down Syndrome, a lifelong condition in which a person is born with distinct physical features and some degree of cognitive disability.
Learning to Drive 2017-02-13 07:00:00Z 0

Bob White Receives Honor

Posted by Emily S. on Nov 06, 2016
Congratulation to Bob White, our own Rotarian, who was recognized for his contributions as a major donor to the Rotary Foundation.  We're so proud of you, Bob! 
Bob White Receives Honor Emily S. 2016-11-07 00:00:00Z 0

September Board Minutes

attendance at the Sierra Vista Library: Joe Puett, Nancy Fusco, Jack Lintner, Frank Gonzales,
Jim Evans, Emily Scherrer, John Spengler, K.J. Wigton, Joe Britton, Anne Gibson
Call to Order: 8:04 am
I. Secretary's Report: Omitted due to absence of Mike Strange, Secretary
II. Treasurer's Report: Please review the attached 3 pages presented by Jack
III. Borderlands Festival: an invitation to participate in an event happening on 11.5.16 at the Coronado
Nat'l Memorial (South side of Huachuca Mntns) was presented, a request to provide a food/beverage
booth for attendees. DISCUSSION: there are two other Rotary events happening that day (the Bisbee
Rotary fundraiser and the Rotary Foundation dinner in Tucson), AND the event is too soon to pull
something together. Motion presented by Joe to not participate in this event, seconded by Jack, an
unanimous “Aye” was cast . Joe will respond to invitation.
IV. Fireworks Trailer Location: notification has been received that Horizon is closing its doors as of
10.31.16. DISCUSSION: Member, Rick Shelley, Manager of Horizon, has resigned in anticipation of
relocating. Les has offered to have the trailer relocated to the fenced yard at Ace Hardware. Jack will
work with Les regarding any costs involved, including potential insurance due to fireworks stored.
Further discussion ensued regarding other items stored at Horizon such as items for the annual
fundraiser and Project Graduation. K.J. and Nancy volunteered to inventory all “crates” of items, aside
from the fireworks trailer, stored at Horizon. Jack will talk to “Dennis” regarding Project Graduation
items. Frank moved that the task of relocating all items in storage at Horizon be managed as an
“Executive Action” vs/Board action in order to facilitate. An unanimous “Aye” was cast.
V. By Laws and Constitution Changes: Please see attached amended Constitution and By Laws as
proposed by a select committee, with changes noted in Red. Discussion: John reviewed the noted
changes. Essentially, the changes reflect compliance with Rotary International's suggested
amendments. The proposed amended Constitution and By Laws will be presented to the club members
for review as an “Executive Summary of Changes”. A Club Business meeting will be held for further
discussion of specific items: Proposed varying levels of membership, attendance requirements,
member's leave of absence.
VI. Other Business: Frank brought up the fact that our By Laws addresses a Surety Bond to protect
the BOD and club against potential fraud, however, our club does not have such a bond. A vote was
cast to secure such a bond, 9 voted Aye, 1 against.
Meeting was adjourned at approximately 9:10am
September Board Minutes 2016-10-11 00:00:00Z 0

How the West Was Run!  Rotary West Club. 

Posted on Sep 22, 2016
Hosted by the Sierra Vista West Rotary Club, the 5k and 10k event takes participants on a journey through the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
The fundraiser has grown from about 40 to more than 160 people and each year the club adds some pre-event entertainment to get the crowd energized.
This year, the Vigilantes will be bringing their distinctive style of rabble rousing to send the runners and walkers on their way.
“We’ll also have a photo booth where participants can have their pictures taken with members of the Tombstone Vigilantes. It should be a lot of fun,” said club member Cheryl Cervantes, who owns Cerendipi Tees, which provides t-shirts for early registrants.
The route starts and ends at Len Roberts Park, next to Carmichael Elementary School, at 101 E. Theater Drive, and meanders through the local neighborhood.
One of the goals of the event on October 1 is to showcase areas of the West End that most people probably never see.
“We go through the Soldiers’ Creek area and we utilize the multi-use paths,” explained club president Sharon Gilman. “It’s a beautiful route and one of the things we hear from just about everyone after the race is that they never realized what was there, and how pretty it is.”
The run is the club’s biggest annual fundraiser and all monies collected help to support the non-profit’s service projects.
“Our focus is the West End and that’s where we do our service projects,” Gilman said. “We do a lot for Carmichael Elementary School, and we’re hoping to do a project soon at Lori’s Place. We also buy dictionaries for third graders and we help with the West End cleanup. In fact, we try and help wherever we are needed.”
How The West Was Run is open to anyone who would like to run or walk the 5k and 10k routes and there will be awards for the top runners.
The entry fee is $30 before October 1, or $35 on the day of the event. There is a $5 discount for military personnel, and the cost for children aged 12 or under is $10.
You can register by visiting or at Len Roberts Park between 6:45 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on race day. For more information email or stop by a club meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce.
How the West Was Run!  Rotary West Club.  2016-09-23 00:00:00Z 0

August Board Minutes

Posted on Sep 15, 2016
Rotary Club of Sierra Vista
Board Meeting 8/22/2016
Attending were Club President Joe Puett and Club Officers and Directors Jack Lintner, Mike Strange, Joe Britton, Les Orchekowsky, Frank Gonzalez, Annie Gibson, Jim Evans, Dan Crews, Emily Scherer, KJ Wigton, and Nancy Fusco, making a quorum.   The meeting was held before the Monday club meeting.
Assistant District Governor Hank Huisking also attended.  District Governor Sheryl Christenson was delayed.  She arrived for the club meeting, and a presentation by the club and the club officers to Sheryl was made after the club meeting.
In routine business and calendar:
  • The minutes of the June Board meeting were approved. 
  • Treasurer Jack presented budgeted and expended so far for 2016-17.
Frank Gonzalez has proposed John Kerley as a new member.  An email vote by the Board was made over the previous weekend and was approved 12-0.  Objections by the club members were solicited at the following club meeting and none were received.  By the club by-laws, if no objections are received by August 29 then the membership is approved by the members.
KJ asked that the last 5 months of Board meeting minutes be maintained on the website.  Mike has asked Webmaster Bob White how to do this behind the password protection.
The August 29 meeting will be a dine-around at Olive Garden at 6:00 PM.
Tim Quinn is still talking to Randy Anderson about membership.
Glenn Cobb may be interested in rejoining the club.
There is a District Membership Seminar in Yuma on Sept 24.  Hank is planning to attend; Nancy is uncertain.  It may be taped on video.
Polar Express will be the theme of the Christmas Party.
A City clean-up event will be held Sept 17.  Frank will probably organize club participation in this.
The next Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday September 14 at 8:00 AM at the Ace Hardware Training Room.
Respectively Submitted,
Mike Strange, Secretary
August Board Minutes 2016-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

Board Meeting Minutes, June 2016

Posted on Sep 13, 2016
We, as a board, deciding that transparency is where it's at!  Starting today, all board meeting minutes will be posted here after they're approved.  We will post the past five months of minutes, and if you have any questions, please ask Mike Strange or Joe Puett.
As a club we strive for consistency, good decision making, and truth-telling--it's what being a Rotary member is all about, after all!
Emily (Vice President)
Rotary Club of Sierra Vista
Board Meeting 6/16/2016
Attending were Club President Emily Scherrer and Club Officers Jack Lintner, Mike Strange, Joe Britton, Joe Puett, Les Orchekowski, Frank Gonzalez, John Spengler, Annie Gibson, Brian Barkdull, and Nancy Fusco, making a quorum. 
In routine business and calendar:
  • The minutes of the May Board meeting were approved.
  • Treasurer Jack presented a verbal budget report because it will only be a few weeks until the final end of the year statements.  Our year end balance should be about the same as last year.
  • The District Governor will visit the club meeting on 8/22.
  • Installation of new officers and presentation of 2015-16 awards will be at the regular club meeting on June 27.  Assistant District Governor Hank Huisking will be present.
An membership application for Bob Hebert has been received from Tony Waalkens.  Bob is a past member of our club and of the Sunrise Rotary Club.  Several members are aware of repeated unpleasant incidents when Bob was a member of our club, and at other events in town.  The Board voted unanimously to deny Bob’s admittance to our club.  Emily will notify Tony.
Mike discussed ice cream at the Fourth of July event; Mike is vendor chairman.  For the past 10+ years the Historical Society has had a booth out of a Schwann’s freezer truck.  Now Schwann’s has decided to not continue with this.  Mike had informal discussions with the Sunrise Rotary club about running a simple ice cream tent, maybe out of a home freezer (there is power available).  This idea came about because our club is already heavily committed to staffing the beer booth, drink trailers, and hot dogs at Stone Field.  It turns out the Sunrise Club has 15 of their 25 members already committed to the Fourth of July party, so it is too late to realistically find someone for this.  It was suggested that this might be a good project for Rotaract/Interact clubs next year.
Randy Sueskind’s tenure with the club has been discussed and documented at previous Board meetings.  It is uncertain whether Randy will begin paying his dues again.  Those who are covering him currently will stop in July.  Randy has been running the Fourth of July event for about 6 years.  This is a very big job.  Joe will discuss the situation  with Randy after 7/4.
Annie reported that exchange student Alice Bayard left this morning.  She is on a tour of the USA until she rejoins her family in France.  Grant Lawley will be returning from Taiwan in a few days.  We are not sponsoring or accepting an exchange student in the 2016-17 year, but Annie wants to find an exchange student for 2017-18.  She plans a presentation at our club to look for out-bound potentials.  The Board voted and approved support for 2017-18.
Joe discussed grants.  We are fully qualified (by formal training) to receive grants but need to sign a memorandum of understanding with RI.  This MOU will need the signatures of current and next Club Presidents.
Les explained matching points for contributions to our Rotary Foundation.  Because of the way the accounting process works, although we are approaching $300/member in contributions (highest in the district), we may not have matching points to contribute to events like El Tour next fiscal year.
The next Club Board Meeting is scheduled for July 13th JOE time and place  ????
Respectfully submitted,
Mike Strange, Secretary
Board Meeting Minutes, June 2016 2016-09-14 00:00:00Z 0

District Governor Sheryl Christenson and U.S. Senator Jeff Flake

Posted by John D. Spengler on Aug 22, 2016
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista heard from two distinguished guests in attendance, District 5500 Governor, Sheryl Christenson and United States Senator Jeff Flake.
Left to Right - Club President Joe Puett, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, and DG Sheryl Christenson
District Governor Sheryl Christenson and U.S. Senator Jeff Flake John D. Spengler 2016-08-22 07:00:00Z 0

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program - Jean Tomlin

Posted on Aug 14, 2016
This week, the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista heard from Jean Tomlin, a volunteer with the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (“VITA”) program. The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS. Last year, over 90,000 volunteers assisted with the preparation and filing of 3.7 million tax returns. VITA has locations in all 50 states, with four Cochise County locations - two in Sierra Vista, one in Tombstone and one in Douglas. In Cochise County, VITA prepared and filed nearly 1700 tax returns this year.
Volunteers are expected to maintain the highest standards and are required to participate in ethics training. Volunteers must also take annual training and pass rigid certification exams. To ensure accuracy, after a return has been prepared, a second VITA volunteer will review the return before filing.
For more information about the VITA program, please visit
This week Anne Gibson of Cochise Oncology used the Exempt Badge to provide an update about the business. Anne informed Rotarians that Cochise Oncology had recently hired Dr. Lincoln Pao as its new radiation oncologist. Dr. Pao has been practicing medicine for nearly 30 years and is happy to join Cochise Oncology’s team. This year Cochise Oncology will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in Sierra Vista and will host an anniversary celebration on September 4th.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program - Jean Tomlin 2016-08-15 00:00:00Z 0

Empire Ranch - Gene Raymond

Posted on Jul 31, 2016
This week, August 1st,  the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista recognized Randy Sueskind as July's Rotarian of the Month for his substantial efforts in putting on the Fourth of July activities this year.  Randy led a team of volunteers to ensure that the Fourth of July festivities were well run and well executed.  Rotarians agreed that Randy did a fantastic job.  
Rotarians were then pleased to hear from Gene Raymond, a volunteer with the Empire Ranch Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Empire Ranch, a historical ranch located north of Sonoita, Arizona.  The Empire Ranch was founded in August 1876 when Walter Vail and Herbert Hislop purchased a 160 acre homestead from Edward Fish and Simon Silverberg.
Vail and Hislop added another business partner in October 1876 and began the expansion of the ranch.  Vail ultimately acquired the entire ownership of the Empire Ranch, and continued to expand it into one of the largest cattle operations in the region.  Vail and his family operated the ranch until 1928, when they sold the operation to the Chiricahua Ranches Company, owned by Henry, Frank and Charles Boice.
The Boice family was well respected in the Arizona cattle industry and was known for promoting the Hereford breed in the state.  In his role as chairman of the National Livestock Association Tax Committee, Frank Boice was influential in the passage of tax policy relating to the sale of cattle.
In 1969, the Boice family sold the ranch to Gulf American Corporation, a national developer, who in turn sold the ranch to the Anamax Mining Company in 1975.  During that same year, the Empire Ranch House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 1988, the U.S. Bureau of Land management acquired the ranch lands, which have since been designated a national conservation area.  
In 1997, a group of private citizens created the Empire Ranch Foundation, a non-profit entity organized to protect, restore and sustain the Empire Ranch historical buildings.  Working with the BLM, the Empire Ranch Foundation has contributed $500,000 to the preservation of the ranch.
For more information about the Empire Ranch and activities available, please visit its website at
Empire Ranch - Gene Raymond 2016-08-01 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Scholarship Winners and Paul Harris Foundation Awards

Posted on Jul 28, 2016
July 18, 2016, the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista Director of New Generations, Anne Gibson, introduced three of the Rotary Club's eight scholarship winners, Roberto Bermudez, Miguel Wachtel and Maria Sckaff. 
Mr. Bermudez is a recent Buena High School graduate and will be pursuing an electrical engineering degree at Arizona State University.  He described the many high school activities and events that have helped him build upon his interest in electrical engineering, including working as a member of Buena’s robotics team.
Miguel Wachtel, also a Buena graduate, currently attends Cochise College, and plans on going into a career in law enforcement.  He is planning on studying either accounting or cybersecurity, and hopes to work for the FBI at some point in his life.
Maria Sckaff, originally from Brazil and a former exchange student at Buena High School, attends Cochise College and is studying to earn a bachelors in biomedical engineering, with a focus on tissue engineering.  Ms. Sckaff hopes to go to medical school after receiving her bachelor’s degree, with her end goal being reconstructive plastic surgery.
After hearing from these three outstanding students, the Club's immediate past president, Emily Sherrer and Club member Anne Gibson were also recognized as first time Paul Harris fellows for their contributions to Rotary's charitable endeavors.  Rotarians Jerry Proctor, Bill Miller, John Black, Jack Lintner, Bob Strain, Jim Evans, Al Chariton and Frank Gonzales each received recognition for their ongoing contributions to humanitarian and educational programs espoused by the Rotary Foundation.
Rotarian Les Orchekowsky and his wife Kathy, who jointly own the ACE Hardware stores in Sierra Vista, Benson and Bisbee, received the Pinnacle Retailer award from ACE Hardware and were recognized by the ACE Regional Manager, who visited the Club as Mr. Orchekowsky’s guest.
Rotary Scholarship Winners and Paul Harris Foundation Awards 2016-07-29 00:00:00Z 0

Villages at Vigneto - Dana Cole

Posted on Jul 17, 2016
Dana Cole, a reporter for Wick Communications was the keynote speaker, addressing the new development slated for construction in Benson, known as the Villages at Vigneto.  At completion, the master planned community is expected to contain 28,000 homes.  The developer is El Dorado Holdings, Inc., out of Phoenix.
Ms. Cole explained that the total development site encompasses 12,339 acres, containing 60 percent residential space and 25 percent open space, and will provide a mix of active adult and traditional family homes, with bike paths and trail systems throughout the development.  The Tuscan-themed development will also include a village core for entertainment, dining and shopping.
El Dorado has submitted a community master plan to the City of Benson with the hopes of setting design parameters to ensure consistency throughout the 18 year buildout.  The plan provides for the construction of the development in 14 planning units, and includes the creation of special taxing districts which would generate revenue to pay for the infrastructure and improvements over a 25 year period.  Those residing within the development’s taxing districts would be liable for the costs of building the improvements, purportedly leaving very little financial liability to the City of Benson.
If successful, the economic impact of the development would be very large, with a projected an annual impact of $1.2 billion per year.  The development has been heavily endorsed by governmental and economic development organizations and is opposed by environmental and conservation groups.
In fact, a lawsuit by Earthjustice on behalf of Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club, Maricopa Audubon Society, and others is already pending.  The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the development would impact four endangered or threatened animal species and suggests that the Clean Water Act Permit issued to Whetstone Ranch, which was transferred to El Dorado with its purchase, does not fully cover the extent of the development.
Villages at Vigneto - Dana Cole 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Goals, Objectives (President Joe Puett)!

For the regular noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista, new Club President Mr. Joe Puett conducted a “Club Assembly” to outline club goals and objectives for the Rotary year 2016 –17. President Joe took a few moments to briefly outline his objectives for the club and highlighted the RI Presidential Citation goals (this was a handout for every club member) which he explained is like ‘doing normal things in Rotary for us,” and that it is “Our Club” not “My Club.”
President Joe also likes ‘good ideas’ and wants members to take charge of new projects, and to continue the strategic focus of being “The Club” in Sierra Vista to belong to and to improve our membership in size and diversity. He continued to use the RIPresident’s goals to focus the club on membership growth and has organized teams for a membership drive, asking each club member to get with the team members on the handout and seek to add at least one new member to the club/team (16 teams).

We also received a preliminary Rotary Monthly Schedule that has club meetings, Dine Arounds and social events on the calendar and proposed projects for the club to consider. (He is sending out a ‘Survey Monkey’ questionnaire.)
Concluding his presentation, club members asked questions about projects and typical meetings for the club and how RI changes from the Council on Legislation might impact our club’s By Laws. To address the issues, the Board of Directors
will consider proposals for changes to be presented to the membership.
Rotary Goals, Objectives (President Joe Puett)! 2016-07-18 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club Installation of Club President and Board of Directors 2016-17

Posted on Jul 07, 2016
The regular noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista was a special event this week. Our new Club President, Mr. Joe Puett, was installed in office along with the new Officers and Directors of his team. Prior to the Installation ceremony, the Club President for 2015-16, Ms. Emily Scherrer, provided an excellent recap of the accomplishments by the club during her tenure.
Emily began her Rotary year a little earlier than most, as she stepped in to be the Club President when the serving President 2014-15 transferred to Utah. Emily was up to the task and with support from her Board of Directors and the club members, she blazed a path for us to follow the entire year.
With her energy and leadership, the club completed dictionary and thesaurus deliveries to 3rd grade and 7th grade students in Cochise County. Club members supported the Douglas Fly-In and the Sierra Vista Fly-In; participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk and the Relay for Life; participated in a record breaking manner in the Ride to End Polio conducted in conjunction with the El Tour de Tucson; sent an exchange student to Taiwan and sponsored a young French high school student here in Sierra Vista. We also sent two of our club members to Mexico to immunize children from polio. The club started having regular “Happy Hour” gatherings open to all Rotarians and prospective Rotarians, intended to strengthen our social ties in the club and within the community, which they did. These gatherings were a big hit and will continue into the next Rotary Year.
Continuing her year in review comments, President Emily said, “The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista has had another successful and hectic year. We participated in project graduation. We were part of a grant that built a playground for schoolchildren with disabilities. Our weekly bulletins went electronic; our website and social media are now (somewhat) updated, and over a glass of wine and cheese we became friends in addition to Rotary partners and business friends.”
Another significant accomplishment of the club under the Presidency of Ms. Scherrer, was being at the very top level of contributions per/capita for the Rotary Foundation, thereby helping to provide aid and assistance around the world in international humanitarian and peace-making efforts.
In concluding her remarks, Emily said she would “like to say a big THANK YOU to all the Board Members, Rotarians, and all of you who have helped make this year a productive one, including the Pueblo del Sol Country Club (the location for our weekly meetings) and its excellent staff.”
“It is now my pleasant duty to pass on the baton of leadership of this prestigious club to our incoming president, Joe Puett. He is energetic, full of ideas, and ready to lead.  I know his year will be a success and I'm already looking forward to serving him (and handing over my duties) as our leader. I wish Joe and his incoming board every success.  
As a former youth librarian, and a current library administrator, I thought it prudent to end on the infamous words of the highly sought-after poet, Dr. Seuss. So, to Joe and the Board, here's my advice for the next year:
                        ‘You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So... get on your way!’
Thank you for a wonderful year. It's been an honor serving as your president.”
Ms. Scherrer then recognized her 2015-16 Board of Directors with presents: Rotary wine glasses went to Vice President - Frank Gonzalez; Secretary - Mike Strange; Treasurer - Jack Lintner; Sgt-at-Arms - Les Orchekowsky; Community Service Director - Brian Barkdull; Vocational Service Director - Joe Britton; Public Relations Director - Al Chariton; International Director - Jim Evans; New Generations/Youth Services Director - Anne Gibson; and Rotary Foundation Director - Les Orchekowsky.  Emily then announced attendance awards, and gave special thank you presents to Rotarians who provided exceptional support to Rotary projects. Emily ending up by presenting her two highest annual awards; The “Rotarian of the Year Award” was given to Rotarian Jack Lintner, and the “Service Above Self Award” was given to Rotarian John Spengler.
Past President and Rotary District 5500 Assistant Governor, Ms. KJ Wigton, then conducted the Installation ‘Swearing- In’ ceremony for new Club President Joe Puett. After taking the President’s gavel, President Joe took charge of the rest of the meeting starting with the official ‘swearing-in’ of his new Board of Directors.
Rotary Club of Sierra Vista—Officers and Directors—2016-17
                                President: Joe Puett
                                Vice President: Emily Scherrer
                                President Elect: Nancy Fusco
                                Secretary: Mike Strange
                                Treasurer: Jack Lintner
                                Admin Services: KJ Wigton
                                Community Service: Frank Gonzalez
                                Vocational Service: Joe Britton
                                International Service (Co-Chairs): Jim Evans, Dan Crews
                                New Generations: Anne Gibson
                                Public Relations: John Spengler
                                Rotary Foundation: Les Orchekowsky
Afterwards, President Joe took a few moments to briefly outline his objectives for the club for Rotary Year 2016-17. He emphasized that service projects and the club activities were going to be focused on areas that Rotary International supported and would reflect the areas that Sierra Vista Rotary Club members wanted to pursue for our local community and for international projects. He pledged to work hard and to help ‘grow’ projects that would meet the theme for Rotary Year 2016-17, which is “Rotary Serving Humanity.”
Rotary Club Installation of Club President and Board of Directors 2016-17 2016-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

Henry Hauser Museum Curator, Nancy Krieski

Posted on Jun 29, 2016
The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista recently met for their usual Monday lunch at the Hummingbird Grille at Pueblo Del Sol Country Club, with guest speaker Nancy Krieski, Sierra Vista Museum Curator, of the Henry F. Hauser Museum.  She provided information about the unique and wonderful history of the city, and many interesting stories. 
One of the first stories, as Sierra Vista celebrates its 60th Anniversary, was on the person that named the City: Nola Walker. Nola arrived in Sierra Vista in 1939, and turned 94 years old this year. Ms. Walker’s story was in the Sierra Vista Herald a few weeks ago, describing her ‘vote collecting’ process and her announcement of the name of Sierra Vista as the ‘winner’ of the balloting for naming the city.
Ms. Krieski shared many historical photos with the members of the club that included a picture of Daisey Maes, the oldest building in Sierra Vista, built in 1905. In addition, she provided a story about the original owners of the brothel and saloon, John and Ellen Riley, and why they moved from Bisbee to the location outside Fort Huachuca - to escape Bisbee taxes.
She also discussed a hand written map the Museum has from Margaret Carmichael that literally lays out the early town, to include Fry Blvd, the current Elks Club, land donated for Saint Andrews Church, and other properties and sub divisions.
But the Museum isn’t just photos. As, “the keepers of the evidence of the past”, there are many artifacts that have been collected. For example, a guest book from 1958 when the City Hall was built; an exchange of letters between a resident and the Mayor and Post Commander about bootlegging; Buena High School graduation book from 1953; and one item of special significance for the Rotary Club – a Rotary bell used by the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista, donated to the Museum in 2006.
In addition, Ms. Krieski shared information about the historical plaque program, a project of the Sierra Vista Historical Society, which has over 20 historical plaques located around the City. 
The Museum relies on volunteers to keep it running.  Volunteers do all sorts of things, from database entry, to running the gift shop, to helping with oral history. The Henry F. Hauser Museum is located inside the Ethel H. Berger Center at 2950 E. Tacoma Street. The mission of the Museum is to collect, document, preserve, interpret, research, share and disseminate knowledge about cultural and historic material from the greater Sierra Vista area. Hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday from 10:00am to 4:0pm, and Thursday and Friday from 10:00am – 1:00pm, as well as some Saturdays, for special events. For more information, contact Nancy Krieski at (520) 439-2306 or,
Following the presentation, Mr. Brian Barkdull, President/CEO of the American Southwest Credit Union, provided three colorful graphics on the macroeconomics of why savers are receiving such a small return on their savings investments. This included a graphic on the Federal Reserve’s Assets from 2006 through 2015: treasuries, mortgage back securities, and other assets. Another graphic on the treasury rates and the federal funds targets, this from 1989 through 2016. The final graphic included a comparison between yield on loans, investments and COF, from 2003 to 2015.
Henry Hauser Museum Curator, Nancy Krieski 2016-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Charities and Our Rotary Exchange Student

Posted by John D. Spengler on Jun 18, 2016
Regular Rotary Meeting Recognizes Organizations to Receive Sierra Vista Rotary Charities Checks and A Visit With Alice Bayard, Our Rotary Exchange Student
The regular Monday meeting of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista (The Noon Club) started with recognition of the seven organizations receiving cash contributions from the Sierra Vista Rotary Charities, Inc.  Total annual contributions from Rotary Charities range between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the success of community fund raising events. The Rotary Club of Sierra Vista makes these annual contributions to local charitable organizations to further their programs supporting one of the six areas of focus for Rotary International: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution; Disease prevention and treatment; Water and sanitation; Maternal and child health; Basic education and literacy; and Economic and community development. Organizations that met the criteria for this year were; the Good Neighbor Alliance; the Cowboy Poets; the Salvation Army; Peaches Pantry; Lori’s Place; St Vincent de Paul; and the Sierra Vista Boys and Girls Club. Club President Emily Scherrer, center of photo, presented checks to representatives of each of the organizations.

Following the recognition, our Rotary Exchange Student, Alice Bayard, provided the club with a recap of her 10 months as a High School exchange student, a young ambassador from France, and a full-fledged young Rotarian. Alice gave us a chronology of her time as an exchange student and paused often to tell us and show us with her pictures that “this was one of the best things I ever did!” Whether it was the Grand Canyon experience down to Havasupai Falls or joining the Buena Swim team, Alice jumped feet first into all her activities and joyfully helped us to share her experiences and the wonder of new things/places/people. Mayor Rick Mueller presented a Sierra Vista City Pin to Alice as a token of our appreciation for her contributions to the community and to better understanding our neighbors across the ocean.


Rotary Charities and Our Rotary Exchange Student John D. Spengler 2016-06-19 00:00:00Z 0