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Monday, January 2, 2023

January is Vocational Service Month

Happy New Year!

 Feliz y Próspero Año Nuevo!


The Rotary Rose Parade Float


The Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset

from PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear)

Angel Heart Pajama Project

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Angel Heart Pajama Project

Huge Success !


A Big Thanks to Everyone Who Participated and Contributed.

The Tucson Sunset Rotary Club had many members participate in the Polar Express Storytime and Crafts Bookfair at Barnes and Noble at 5130 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711, on December 3, 2023.

 It was an exceptional Service Project.

A percentage of all purchases in-store and online on that date supported needy children across Southern AZ.

 Please visit the Angel Heart Pajama Project website:


for volunteer opportunities for your Club.

(Past Sunset Rotary Club President Mike Kloehn with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!)

Gift Giving Service Project

“It's a "WRAP!"

Reaching Out and Extending Holiday Cheer

     The Tucson Sunset Rotary Club purchased gifts for people referred to the Club by the Interfaith Community Services (ICS).  Besides the Club members, seven Interactors (Tucson United Community Interact Club) assisted in purchasing the Holiday Gifts.

     At the Tuesday, December 13, 2022, evening meeting, the gifts were wrapped and ready to deliver.

     Mike Kloehn delivered the vast majority of the gifts to the ICS Office on Ina Road.  President Ann Huber, Past President Mike, Foundations Chair Laura Ziady, and Past President Denny Scanlan, delivered them directly to a few of the seniors' homes. It's all about Service to our community.

     Sunset has a long-standing tradition of generously providing gifts to those who may need some Holiday Cheer.

   The members shop annually but have designated different organizations as recipients. In other years, the Club has received names from The Urban League.

     In 2021, the Tucson Sunset Rotary Club supplied $2,400 in gifts to the Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse for distribution to those who could use assistance. The gifts were especially bountiful, thanks to a matching District 5500 Grant.

     For 2022, Sunset used a matching grant from the District to donate $2,000 to the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.

     Visit our  website:


to discover the dynamics of this Rotary club. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Maria Bonita Mexican Kitchen, 2708 E. Fort Lowell Rd. Tucson, AZ 85716, at 6:00 PM.

     Everyone is always welcome to attend. 

The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona
(from PDG Diane Ventura-Goodyear)
The Rotary Club of Valle Verde                      (from Ginger Leavitt)
The Rotary Club of Rincon                                   (from Mike Esparza)
The Rotary Club of Tucson
(from Joe Daniszewski)
Peace Pole Dedication
     On a cold, clear night, Friday, December 2, 2022, at the Reid Park Zoo, the Rotary Club of Tucson planted its second Peace Pole.
     Ellie Patterson, President of the Tucson Verde Rotary Club, Past President of the Rotary Club of Tucson and Past District 5500 Governor, and Joe D. Daniszewski, District Peace Chair and Rotary Club of Tucson Board Member, conducted a brief and heart-warming unveiling ceremony.
     Peacebuilders of the Rotary Club of Tucson presented a peace poem enjoyed by all.  Rotarians from all over District 5500 hoped for, and shared the beautiful sentiment:
May Peace Prevail on Earth
The Rotary Club of Dove Mountain          (from Aleta Wiener)
     The Dove Mountain Rotary Club had a very successful Ride to End Polio as part of El Tour de Tucson on November 19, 2022!!
     Two riders, Tom Arden, and his wife, Suzanne, represented the Club in the 63-mile course!
  Two teams of indoor riders raised a total of $1720, but, with the 2 for 1 match by The Gates Foundation, the Club’s final number was $5,160!!!
PDG Joe Hentges              
     In addition, Cindy Kratzke and Aleta Wiener volunteered on November 19, 2022, to help register more than over 7500 riders!
The Rotary Club of Tucson Kino             (from David Fawcett)
     Tucson Kino Rotarians represented Rotary at Holy Hope Cemetery in Tucson where almost 900 wreaths were placed on veteran's graves on Saturday, December 17, 2022. Kino has been involved in this worthy project for many years.
      John Palacio, Raul and Chris Bejarano and David and Joan Fawcett were at the ceremony.
     The organizer and emcee, Maria Marin, welcomed the volunteers. She and her husband lost their son, Martin, who was killed twelve years ago in the Middle East.
      At the beginning of the ceremony, a TUSD Junior ROTC unit presented the colors, a TUSD Choir sang “The National Anthem” and “America the Beautiful”. A violinist played “Amazing Grace”.
     The wreath laying began when Maria asked a few of us to place service wreaths on graves one at a time.
     David Fawcett said he felt very honored when she asked him to place the Army wreath on her son, Martin Lugo's, grave. 
      In all, 2.7 million wreaths were laid at 3,702 cemeteries including American Cemeteries in Europe. At Arlington National Cemetery alone, 257,000 wreaths were laid by 28,000 volunteers!
     The non-profit responsible for this program is Wreaths Across America.
Remembering PDG George C. Wheeler 
(from PDG Phil Silvers)

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