Yuma Rotary President Melissa and Cibola High School Counselor Mary Lynn Coleman highlighted Diego Salgado as our Student of the Month for his exceptional efforts towards his studies. Diego took a moment to thank God and his parents for their never ending support. Diego plans to attend Stanford to study mechanical engineering. Congrats and we are so proud of you!!
Many thanks to City Administrator, Greg Wilkinson for speaking to our group about the benefits of passing Prop 407 on the General Election ballot November 8th.
A YES vote allows for an increase in sales tax of $0.03 on every $10.00. What we get in return is a freeze on City property taxes for three years, and the approximate $6M collected will be distributed towards subdivision asphalt replacement and additional staff and equipment for YPD and YFD.
It's an important vote so please feel free to share and help spread the word!
It was an honor for President Melissa to induct Anna Martinez and Pauline Villa into Yuma Rotary during this afternoon's meeting. Both ladies were nominated by Flora Llamas (woo hoo!) and are excited to be involved in the great projects and events our club supports! Welcome ladies!!
This afternoon President Melissa recognized Lori Arney and Barbara Hengl for their Acts of Good through tremendous support of the Yuma Rotary. Thank you for all you do and Congrats!!!
We appreciate guest speakers Mario Zappitelli and Diana Maldonado from YRMC who explained the hospital continuously assesses the community's health needs and participants in various health fairs throughout the County to promote the services the provide. Mario shared information about the Silver Care program and from the heart said that Yuma is one of the most caring communities he's had the pleasure to work in!
Yuma Rotary's Student of the Month is Cibola High School's Rosa Vasquez. Rosa was selected because of her dedication to student council and a long list of other school activities and aspires to attend the University of Arizona to become a Pediatric Surgeon. Yuma Rotary provided a check for $100 to go towards her studies.
Doug Richey acknowledged Jim Conlee this afternoon and gave him a challenge coin for his many Acts of Good and being the 'voice' of Yuma Rotary. We love you Jim!!
This afternoon's guest speaker was Laura Luna from Yuma County who educated our group about their Bad Check Program, offered advice when accepting checks and discussed the steps available online when a bad check is received. Afterwards, President Melissa offered a beautiful gift from the club in appreciation of her time.
President Melissa Short recognized Kevin Burge this afternoon for his Acts of Good and dedication to the Yuma County Children's Museum. Kevin shared that in 6 weeks there were over 8,000 people who visited the museum, giving proof the community wants it in Yuma. Many thanks to all the Rotarians who are involved in this program!!
During this afternoon's meeting, Lonie Ross-Meisenhimer acknowledged Doug Richey and presented him with Yuma Rotary's challenge coin for his Acts of Good towards Rotary projects, his dedication to his church and construction of dance sets for the community's dance companies. You're a great man Doug and so deserving!
This afternoon's speaker was Wayne Steffey, Executive Director for the YRMC Foundation. Wayne shared the foundation holds fundraisers throughout the year benefitting scholarships, Bridget's Gift, cancer programs and Drive for School Supplies. So far they've raised $82k filling over 6100 backpacks for students throughout Yuma County and San Pasquale. Since they started the drive in 1999, Wayne shared they've donated over 48k backpacks!!!
Wayne continued that Yuma is the most generous community he's ever worked in and credits the foundation's success to this generosity and the dedication of over 250 volunteers.
Congrats and keep up the great work Wayne!!!
Also during our meeting this afternoon, President Melissa acknowledged Steve Moore and his family for their Acts of Good in raising $125.00 for Amberly's Place! We are blessed to be amongst such generous people who care so deeply for our community! Thank you Steve!
During this afternoon's meeting, Robert McNeese acknowledged Lonie Ross Meisenheimer for her dedication and undying support of Yuma County's Humane Society and presented her with a 100 Good Acts challenge coin! Congrats and thanks for all you do Lonie!!!
This afternoon Yuma Rotarians learned about two Odyssey of the Mind teams from Yuma and their experiences at World Finals this year.
Gowan Science Academy coach, Alicia Boelts, Her daughter Daisy and Matthew placed 30th and explained how the students must work together to create their own skit, setting and costumes to come with with a solution to a predetermined problem.
Yuma Catholic High School coach, Travis brought Lauren, Quentin, Travis and Nathan who shared how the expe...rience at World Finals helps them through everyday problem solving and creating everlasting friendships from around the world! They placed 29th this year!
Congrats to you all and we wish your teams much success in the upcoming year!!
A huge 'round of applause' to Yuma Rotarians for raising $12,978 at last weekend's Killer Dueling Pianos event!! The funds raised help Yuma Rotary provide scholarships for great students within our community! So many thanks to the event coordinators and everyone who attended!
Our speaker this afternoon was Mr. Gene Dalby's, accompanied by his lovely wife, Lynn. Gene talked with our group about the Yuma Bicycle Coalition, bike safety and his work to improve bicycle infrastructure throughout Yuma County in an effort to attract a portion of the $88M of Arizona's bicycle tourism to our community. He's organized 8 major events this year including the North End Classic which is a state championship criteria. Thank you Gene for your continued hard work and dedication to bring awareness to the economic impact potential for Yuma!!!
Yuma Rotary President Melissa Short invited long time Rotarian, Perry Pensky who recently celebrated 28 years as a Rotarian to share what he loves about Rotary. Perry said he joined in his 20s first for business networking but he's stayed in because he he wants to make a difference and give back to the community. He's helped build schools and contribute to well deserved scholarships and so much more! Thank you Perry and Happy Anniversary!!!
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