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Sun Lakes Rotarians had a busy month of service

December 23rd, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Sun Lakes Rotarians had a busy month of service

By Dr. Honora Norton
Guest Writer

Rotary Club of Sun Lakes members completed several community service projects in November.

Rotarian Debbie Bailey partnered with Sun Lakes Computer Booters for the electronics recycle event in Sun Lakes and nearly 250 vehicles dropped off goods, filling four 18-foot rigs. About 20 RCSL members and ASU Rotaractors volunteered and the club is considering making this project an annual event.

Sun Lakes Rotarians also pledged $4,000 to Rotary International’s Polio Plus Campaign, according to Peter Meade, Sun Lakes resident and club lead for this project.

Rotary International, The World Health Organization, UNICEF and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the global eradication initiative in 1988. Since Rotary started the fight against polio, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent and reached more than 2.5 billion children with the vaccine.

RCSL members and friends gathered in Sun Lakes to make cozy fleece blankets for little cancer warriors helped by the Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels organization.

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels is a nonprofit, support and educational organization founded in 2012 in celebration of Amanda Hope’s life.

The organization provides gifts to children diagnosed with cancer and other blood related disorders; supports healthcare professionals in person-centered care for children and their family with empathy and understanding; and helps families have voice and choice above the harsh protocols often present in the healthcare system.

The Rotary Club also held its annual Veteran’s Day celebration and its event chair Maureen Alger facilitated the meeting in which keynote speaker RCSL Rotarian/US Navy Veteran Kiamesha Guy was keynote speaker, sharing her experiences as an aviation and damage control specialist.

She also gave an overview of Global Maternal Wellness, which she co-founded. The nonprofit provides care for veteran mothers.

RCSL members Bill McCoach led invocation; CUSD high school students Elliana Friedlund sang national anthem and Ethan O’Donnell played snare drum. Hamilton High School JRAFROTC performed color guard duties.

An endearing slide program was presented highlighting RCSL members who are veterans.

During November, RCSL Rotarians delivered dictionaries to 3rd graders in schools throughout the Chandler Unified School District.

The club has donated $9,360 to the National Dictionary Program, which has provided over 35 million dictionaries, of which 75,000 were sponsored by the Sun Lakes Rotary. The Rotary Dictionary Project is a nationwide effort to provide young students with their own personal dictionaries.

The club also donated $1,000 to assist with community service projects

The club named as Rotarians of the Month Bob Phillips and Dave Ouradnik, co-chairs of the club’s 29th Charity Golf Tournament March 11 at Sun Lakes Oakwood Country Club with an 11 a.m. registration, 12:15 p.m. ball drop, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

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Bob, a Maricopa resident, and Dave, a Sun Lakes resident, both serve as directors on Sun Lakes Rotary Foundation 2000, the philanthropic arm of the Sun Lakes Rotary Club. The mission of the foundation is to promote charitable giving and to provide support for important community-based projects and programs, as well as numerous international programs.

Bob joined RCSL in 2013 and has over the years led various club fundraisers, as well as, volunteered for community service projects.

Before joining the Sun Lakes Rotary Club in 2018, Dave was a member of the Fargo Lions Club. He brought that same community involvement and his get things done attitude to RCSL.

For more information about RCSL meetings in Sun Lakes, the club projects and membership:

Dr. Honora Norton is the public image director for the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes.