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Sun Lakes Rotarians seek help on book project

September 15th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Sun Lakes Rotarians seek help on book project

By Dr. Honora Norton
Guest Writer

At a recent meeting Sun Lakes residents and Rotarians Val and Bill Crump provided an update on the club’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library Project.

Currently 603 children participate in the book-gifting program. The club pays about $2.50 per book for the costs involved for gifting eligible children an age-appropriate book a month sent directly to the child from the Dollywood Foundation.

The benefits to this early-childhood educational opportunity to children is immeasurable. As a requirement to become an affiliate of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Sun Lakes Rotary was required to identify the specific area and only enroll children between the ages of 0 to 5.

The club’s Imagination Library Committee, decided on the Town of Guadalupe, based on its size and obvious need.

The RCSL Imagination Library Committee is looking to expand to other communities and looking for partners.

RCSL is asking for your help if you believe in and have a passion for early childhood development. You can do something positive while knowing your donation will be vetted and used properly while also having a tax deduction.

Your donation will be used almost exclusively for books and postage to deliver the books to the children’s homes. RCSL will be happy with any donation, but just think, for only $150 you would be sponsoring a child to receive a book a month from birth to five years old. For more information, call 480-593-5377.

For more information about the RCSL projects, programs, and membership – see

The late Don Prestin was named Rotary Club of Sun Lakes September Rotarian of the month.

Don, who passed away in August, joined RCSL in November 2007 and served as treasurer for eight years. He also served on club’s golf committee, Polio Plus Board, Sun Lakes Easter Parade Committee, and was the 2015-16 RCSL Rotarian of the Year Award.

A RI Paul Harris Fellow and major donor with special support directed towards Rotary International’s PolioPlus, Don was a United Airline pilot for 37 years. He is survived by his wife Jan and his daughters Karina and Kimberly.