Working With Horses Helps Veterans & First Responders to Heal
Pictured with PE Christy Manning are Cristi Silverberg Rose and Wrangle William from Bethany's Gait.
Bethany’s Gait is a 501(c)3 non-profit ranch in Prescott, Arizona dedicated to “Rescuing Horses, Restoring Lives.” Our programs were created specifically for active duty, reserve and veteran military personnel, first responders, and their families. Their Ranch is nestled in Chino Valley, providing for a peaceful, private environment.

One of the things that makes their program unique, according to Christi, is that they are also a horse rescue. She told us they have found bringing the rescue horses together with the people offers a dynamic situation where horse and human heal through a bond that is developed based on unconditional love, unwavering trust and a keen understanding of what the other has been through.

One client, one horse, one Wrangler (mentor) is their philosophy for this program. Clients work one on one with an experienced Wrangler and the horse of their choosing. Through this program clients are taught how to care for the horse, how to work with them on the ground and how to ride. They work through four different levels of horsemanship skill – Mustang, Greenhorn, Maverick and, finally, Wrangler. It takes about a year to get through all four levels as we want the client to strive for proficiency and in turn have a feeling of true accomplishment.

Each session is individualized to meet the client’s needs and designed to help them build a bond with their horse. This leads to greater confidence, elevated self-esteem and a better understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like. They hold four 8-week session blocks each year. The program is open to adults and children 5 and over.

All club members should have received their personal "Let's Make A Deal" proposal letter by now.  Please remember that this club matching is a limited-time offer.  We had announced that your response needed to be made by March 31; but since our letters were so late getting to our members, it has been decided to extend that deadline to April 15 this year.  However, the sooner you get your check to Art, either by mail, or by bringing it to one of our club meetings, it will be appreciated.  Our goal has been to have a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Sunup Rotary Club! 


Reminder!  Wednesday, March 20th evening meeting at the Lobby of the Hassayampa!  Social time starts at 4:45 pm.  Meeting starts at 5:15 pm(No morning meeting this week.)  Bring non-perishable items for the YC Food Pantry.  Free snacks, you buy your own beverages.  Feel free to bring a friend!

Sunup Rotary's Duck Derby Co-Chair Lisa Dougherty appeared on the KQNA Radio "Talk of the Town" show last Tuesday at 4:30 with host Marnie Uhl, President and CEO of the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Way to go, Lisa!! 

Our Duck Derby will splash down on Sunday, May 5 from 10 3 p.m. at Watson Lake's South Boat Ramp. The duck race will be held at noon, complemented by food trucks, fun games and face painting. 
The Sunup Rotary Duck Derby will feature 5,000 rubber ducks, each marked with a unique number, which will hit the water and race in multiple heats following a big duck drop.
Go to to adopt a Lucky Duck for $5, a Quack Pack of six ducks for $30, The Whole Raft of 10 ducks for $50 or The Fly Over of 20 ducks for $100, for a chance to win cash and prizes. Adoption forms, including a QR Code, will be available at adoption events and select businesses.  Batches of these were also distributed to our members at last week's meeting. 



Thank you to everyone who's signed up so far for Snack Shack!  Keep it coming!
Reminder!  Little League Opening Day is Saturday!  We have 4 people signed up.  If you happen to have an hour or two to help out, please feel free to pop down to the Bill Vallely Field and lend a hand!  The Snack Shack will be open from 10 am - 4 pm.  
Our Rotary Snack Shack will be operating on Tuesdays and Thursdays into May for Little League Majors.
Here is the signup link:
SNACK SHACK QUESTIONS?  Ask  Tim Wiederaenders,, (928) 420-6472
THE WORD FOM JOE about our 2024 Rotary Week of Service Food Drive
As a community dedicated to service above self, we have an incredible opportunity before us to make a tangible impact on the lives of those in need. We are thrilled to announce our 3rd annual Food Drive on April 19 & 20, and we urge each and every one of you to join us in serving the community.
It is no secret that hunger remains a pressing issue in our society, affecting individuals and families from all walks of life. Together, we can lessen the burden of food insecurity and foster hope within our community.
Review the attached flyer and the embedded web link to register yourselves, friends and family members who may want to do community service. Then join us at the three Safeway store locations!! 
Let me know if you have any questions.
Joe Sweeney
Assistant Governor 2021-2025
Prescott Area Rotary Clubs
District Governor Nominee 2026-2027

A Little Irish Humor:
Q:  What did the Irish potato say to his sweetheart?
A:  I only have eyes for you.
Q: What do you call a fake diamond in Ireland?
A:  A sham-rock
Q:  How does a bee brush its hair?
A:  With a honeycomb.
It was my wife's birthday and she rang me to see what time I would be home.

"Can't talk," I said, "I'm driving."

"Where are you?" she asked.

She wasn't happy when I said the 7th tee.
How About Some Southern Humor?
A group of Alabama friends went deer hunting and paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.
"Where's Henry?" the others asked.
"Henry had a stroke o' some kind. He's a couple of miles back up the trail," the successful hunter replied .
"You left Henry layin' out there and carried the deer back?" they inquired.
"A tough call," nodded the hunter. "But I figured no one's gonna steal Henry!"
The owner of a golf course in Georgia was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.
He called her into his office and said, "Y'all graduated from the University of Georgia and I need some help. If I wuz to give yew $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?"
The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, "Everthang but my earrings."

The young man from Mississippi came running into the store and said to his buddy, "Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the parking lot!"
Bubba replied, "Did y'all see who it was?"
The young man answered, "I couldn't tell, but I got the license number."

North Carolina
A man in North Carolina had a flat tire, pulled off on the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of flowers in front of the car and one behind it. Then he got back in the car to wait.
A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was so curious he turned around and went back. He asked the fellow what the problem was.
The man replied, "I got a flat tahr."
The passerby asked, "But what's with the flowers?"
The man responded, "When you break down they tell you to put flares in the front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neither.."

A Louisiana State trooper pulled over a pickup on I-10. Walking up to the driver's window,
the trooper asked, "Got any ID?"
The driver replied, "Bout whut?"
The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, "Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don't you see that sign right over your head."
"Yep," he replied. "That's why I'm dumpin' it here, 'cause it says: 'Fine For Dumping Garbage.' "
Y'all kin say whut y'all want 'about the South, but y'all never heard o' nobody retirin' an' movin' North. 


Meeting Wednesday @ 4:45 pm
The Hassayampa Inn
Speaker: Quarterly Evening Social Meeting
Bring Canned & Packaged Food for Yavapai College Food Bank
The Prez Says
Laura Vanderberg
member photo
I came across an article about being creative, and it really struck me, so I thought I'd share some about it here.
Do you feel like you're creative? Do you wish you could be more so?
The good news is, there's ways to boost your creativity! Read on for more... Most of us tend to frame creativity in the context of ourselves- either we're creative or we're not, without much middle ground.
Dr. Srini Pallay, a Harvard University professor, says that, to be creative, we must be able to believe we're someone other than ourselves. This is because, as he and other researchers have found, everyone can be creative- as long as he or she feels like a creative person.
For example, thinking like you're an eccentric poet allows you the freedom to come up with more ideas than thinking like you're a rigid librarian.
So, Pallay offers the following exercise:  Say you have a plaid cotton shirt. How many different ways can you put that shirt to use? Now, imagine you're a scuba diver- how many ways can you use that shirt? What if you were a fireman? What other uses come to mind?
This activity is essential to being creative says Dr. Pallay. So next time you need some creativity, pretend that you’re someone else! (from The Cut, 2017)
Where can you put this to work in your life? What if you put on some other persona and you approached it from this other perspective? What would it be like to try that? Why not give it a try?
Have a creative week!

Warm Regards,

Laura Vanderberg


Prescott Sunup Rotary

Mar 20, 2024
President's Choice- Quarterly Evening Meeting!
Mar 27, 2024
Update on the World's Oldest Rodeo
Apr 03, 2024
Better Together, sponsored by Launch Pad
Apr 10, 2024
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March 6
Manning, Christine
Beyer, Dan
Set Up/Take Down
Doherty, Lisa
Harrington, Art
Scholl, John
Thought for the Day
Sample, Steven
Scholl, John
March 13
Keys, Bob
Chester, Eric
Set Up/Take Down
Doherty, Lisa
Hernandez, Richard
Sheridan, A.J.
Thought for the Day
Van Bourgondien, Sarah
Sgt At Arms
Shimizu, Jane Anne
March 20- Evening Meeting
Set Up/Take Down
Thought for the Day
Sgt At Arms
March 27
Scholl, John
Hammond, Glen
Hernandez, Richard
Wiederaenders, Timothy
Spires, Isaiah
Thought for the Day
Davis, Russ
Sgt At Arms
Wiederaenders, Timothy
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Hassayampa Inn Lobby
Mar 20, 2024
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Mar 21, 2024 4:00 PM
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Apr 09, 2024 7:00 AM
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 Help Spread Sunshine:  If you currently know any Rotary members who are going through challenging times or if you'd like to volunteer to make calls and send cards to members and their families during sickness, hospitalization or loss, contact Laura Vanderberg <>