Meeting Wednesdays @ 6:30 am
The Hassayampa Inn
Guest Speaker: President Laura Vanderberg
Club President Update

What's Happening


Happy Presidents' Day

May all Americans enjoy Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness!
According to the today's holiday was: "Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents' Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents' Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present."

Thank you Guest Speaker Tom Benson

Notes by Jane Anne Shimizu. Photo by Laura Vanderberg. Edited by Lisa DeLeo  
Honorary Rotarian Tom Benson is a volunteer with The Yavapai Reentry Project which was established in 2011 by the nonprofit organization MATFORCE. 
The Yavapai Reentry Project provides supportive services, information referrals and mentor pairing for individuals returning to the community from incarceration. 
"In an effort to reduce recidivism, improve individual lives, and promote a safer community for all members of Yavapai County, a group of non-profit organizations, government offices, and motivated community members came together to form the Yavapai Reentry Project."
The Community Coach Mentorship Program is a tremendously successful program.  It offers participants case-plan management and placement with a volunteer coach trained to provide resource referrals, assist with goal completion and provide emotional support.

The benefits of providing hope and support to formerly incarcerated individuals are: safer communities, increased hope through positive relationships, increased employment, increased family support and cohesiveness.  Decreased family violence, decreased crime and homelessness and decreased recidivism and costs associated with incarceration.

Providing these supportive services give individuals the guidance they need to empower themselves to overcome potential barriers and achieve their goals.
If interested in learning more about becoming a re-entry coach, or supporting this important program, contact Tom at:
Learn more about the program at:   
Check out this informative video.

Looking Ahead 


Interact District Conference

Our Interact Council is planning our Tenth Annual Interact District Conference, for Saturday, February 25, hosted by the Interact Club of Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix.

Please reserve this date on your club calendar. Plan to bring as many of your club members as possible to this conference!

Interested?  Contact Laura Vanderberg or Christie Manning


Double Down Casino Night

Saturday, June 17th  5p-9p at the Prescott Vibes Event Center. 
Located at: 6200 North Rt. 89, Prescott (near the Prescott Airport) 
Contact Jane Anne Shimizu928-636-4565 Ext. 4 or
We are rolling with DD planning!  
Club members will be going out to the other Prescott Rotary Clubs to share information about DD and sell tickets. 
Speaking of tickets- get yours! 
Club members will be selling hard copy tickets, and for the internet/Square- savvy amongst us, you can also buy tickets by going to our website and clicking on the Double Down logo. 

Every club member is expected to sell 10 tickets. Get table sponsors and donations! Go now!

We need dealers for our 21 tables. Celebrity dealers and Prescott Residents encouraged.

Remember, our ability to offer scholarships is directly related to our success with Double Down.  The more donors, the more money raised, the more scholarships we're able to give to deserving graduating seniors- for both college and vocational schools. 

Help us support our youth!  



Prescott Women’s Magazine, the Prescott Courier, the Chamber of Commerce events webpage and the Rotary Clubs in Phoenix are all board for advertising Double Down Casino Night.


Meeting Notes

Written by Laura Vanderberg. Edited by Lisa DeLeo
The TriClub St. Paddy’s Day party will be at Goods from the Garden, on Thursday, March 16th. Time TBD
Rotary Week of Service is April 21 & 22.  Canned food drive. Find us at Safeway on 1044 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott, AZ 86301
Other locations are still being determined. 

Join us! 

Anyone knows of members who might be interested in joining our program group please encourage them to get in touch with Jane Anne Shimizu928-636-4565 Ext. 4 or

The Prez Says
Laura Vanderberg
member photo


Have you noticed that it’s starting to turn green? Spring is coming! 
Green also means St. Patrick’s Day!  And the tri-club St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 16th
And then summer is coming!  And before we know it, it’ll be time for Double Down Casino Night
Funny how that one little thought led me to all those other things.  But that’s how our brains work! 
In fact, we think somewhere between 50-65,000 thoughts (depending on the reference) every day.  And we also tend to think 80 % of those same thoughts every day! 
What if your new thoughts were around how to bring your strengths to our  Club?
We all have our unique set of strengths.  We want to be sure that you have the opportunity to use those strengths when we have our meetings, do community service or plan and execute fundraising events. 
What strengths do you want to use when it comes to club activities? 
Where do you most want to help? 
If we’ve not yet hit on them, or you haven’t felt a pull to use them, please, pretty please, reach out to me and share!
We’ll be putting our strengths to work on Wednesday as we continue with Double Down planning and Snack Shack scheduling. 
See you then.
Make it a strong week!

Warm Regards,


Laura Vanderberg


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