Meeting Wednesdays @ 6:30 am
The Hassayampa Inn
Next Meeting's Program:  Laura Vanderberg, Club President

What's Happening


Remembering Those we have Lost 

"Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11." —President Obama in a 2011 radio address


Prescott Police Chief Amy Bonney with retired CHP Sunupian Scott Weldy

Thank you Prescott Police Chief Amy Bonney  

Notes Written by Laura Vanderberg.  Edited by Lisa DeLeo


Prescott Police Chief Amy Bonney talked with us about some of the things that keep her up at night: her 12 year old daughter (who's really a good kid), Fentanyl, and how to fill positions at PPD. 
She shared that the Fentanyl problem is getting worse.  There's so much drug flowing into the country these days that the cost of pills have gone from $30 for one to 30 cents for one.  And worse, the drug makers have started making the pills colored to look more like candy. 
She shared that NARCAN® (a prescription medicine used for the treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose emergency)  used to work for heroin overdoses, but with fentanyl, one doesn't work, sometimes two doses can reverse the overdose.  Her officers now carry two at all times.  There's a newer more powerful variant of Fentanyl out there but no known way to counteract it. 
Education is our primary defense. Learn more here:
Chief Bonney also talked about the many open police officer positions, and how the number of applicants has decreased dramatically over the past years.  She's doing everything she can to fill the slots with the quality and skilled people that Prescottonians expect.  She hires for character and can train the rest, but even then, training takes a year and about $100,000.  And that's a tall investment when people leave the job after 2-3 years.  

She answered a number of questions from club members.  When asked if she'd consider becoming a Rotarian, she shared that she's immediate past president of the Kiwanis Club here in Prescott. 

Chief Bonney appreciates everything that Rotary and all of the service organizations in town do! 

Thank you Police Chief Bonney for all you and your team do for Prescott!



V.A. Flagpole Garden

Written by Laura Vanderberg

In May 2022, all three Prescott Rotary clubs cleaned up the flagpole area at the VA. Here’s a couple pics of the beautiful garden that is now there.

Prescott Area Shelter

Club President Laura Vanderberg delivering dinner to the Prescott Area Shelter on Labor Day

Volunteers always appreciated!

P.A.S.S. Mission: To serve women, children, and veterans by providing temporary housing, resources, individualized case management, and a pathway to permanent housing.

Next time you see Matt Greenlee...

Ask him about his adventure in Soldotna, Alaska on a Rotary Project.



Support PHS Interact Club @ Chipotle

Any purchase gives 33% to PHS Interact at the Chipotle at 351 N Montezuma St Ste B in Prescott on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.


Prostate Cancer Prevention

Your Health Matters!

Assistant Governor & Prescott Rotary Club President Joe Sweeney wants to get the word out about this opportunity. 

Grapes for Good 

The Frontier Club fundraiser is Grapes for Good.
Sunday, September 25
5-8 pm at Watter’s Garden Center
Tickets are $60 each. 
Pastor Dan Storvick will donate $5 back to Sunup for every ticket we buy!

Double Down Casino Night

The Double down Casino night will be our Scholarship fundraiser. Friday, April 21, 2023

Look for more info from the planners! 


Meeting Notes

Notes by Laura Vanderberg Edited by Lisa DeLeo

Joke:  Knock knock.  Who's there?  Fiddy.  Fiddy who?  Fiddy dollars is what I'm donating to our new Community Service Project, Good Things Come in Small Packages. 


Laura thanked Val Ripley for setup, Richard Hernandez for registration and Dr. Whitney James for greeting.  Jane Anne Shimizu put our hearts and minds in order. Tim Wiederaenders led us in the pledge and Glen Hammond led the 4-way test. 

Bob Keys chose America the Beautiful for song and Clent Walker gave the thought for the day (Laura can't recall what it was, but it was a good one from Mark Twain!). 

Dan Beyer was the Sgt at Arms and collected donations for our new Community Service Project.  Through a combination of cash & the Square reader (Yay for technology!), the club in attendance donated $750 to meet our goal for the 13 care packages we'll be putting together next week.


Do you have any announcements, photos of Rotary in Action or notes to include in newsletter? please send by end of day FRIDAY to Lisa DeLeo to appear in the following week's newsletters. 

Anyone knows of members who might be interested in joining our program group please encourage them to get in touch with Jane Anne Shimizu. 928-636-4565 Ext. 4 or

The Prez Says
Laura Vanderberg
member photo



Sunupians are passionate about service, and particularly passionate about youth and education! 
That’s why I’m so excited about our new community service project, Good Things in Small Packages
We rolled this out at our meeting on the 7th, and the club response was amazing!
So, what’s it all about?  Well, we know that there are lots of programs and direct support for kids in schools, and supply closets to help teachers outfit their classrooms, but there’s no program for teachers or staff that might be facing some financial hardships- temporary or otherwise. 
This is where Good Things in Small Packages comes in.  It’s a starting point, hatched by Christy Manning, John Scholl, Whitney James, Clent Walker and me in keeping with the club’s local focus. 
The idea is to give principals at each of the Prescott schools 1-2 small care packages- a gas card, food card, sweet treat and thank you/support card, that the principals can hand out at their discretion to teachers/staff in need. 
When we put this out to the Club on Wednesday, the enthusiasm for this project was clear! 
With the Sargent at Arms leading the way, we gathered $750 right then and there in donations to get this program rolling! 
And at this coming week’s meeting, we’ll be signing cards of support and putting those packages together.
Obviously, we are starting small, but you can see the potential for being able to offer these packages to schools across the Quad Cities, increase the numbers of packages and/or dollar value of the cards as needed. 
Are you passionate about helping these folks who support youth development? 
Do you want to help someone who might be having a challenging time with the current economy? 
Do you want to make a difference for our community? 
If so, there’s two ways you can do that: 
1) Join us at our club meeting on the 14th to share in putting the packages together.
2) Contribute funds for more packages. 
You can do the later from the comfort of your own home, by going to our website and click on the “SQUARE PAYMENTS” button which will lead you to  Donate to SunUp Rotary Foundation and donating any amount you’d like to contribute. 
We all thank you in advance for your support! 
Every little bit helps!

Laura Vanderberg


Prescott Sunup Rotary


September 5, 2022
Sep 21, 2022
Prescott Fire Department Update
Sep 26, 2022
Chino Valley Education Foundation
Sep 28, 2022
Prescott Well Contamination : PFA's
Oct 05, 2022
District Governor Visit
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Meeting Assignments
September 2022
Hernandez, Richard
Sheridan, A.J.
Set Up / Take Down
Ripley, Valard
Shimizu, Jane Anne
Sept. 7, 2022
Song Selection
Keys, Bob
Thought for the Day
Walker, Clent
Beyer, Dan
Sept. 14, 2022
Song Selection
Chester, Eric
Thought for the Day
Weldy, Scott
Walker, Clent
Sept. 21, 2022
Song Selection
Manning, Christine
Thought for the Day
Berry, Jon
Shimizu, Jane Anne
Sept. 28, 2022
Song Selection
Sample, Steven
Thought for the Day
Beyer, Dan
Ripley, Valard
Upcoming Events
Program Committee Meeting
Waffles & More
Oct 03, 2022 7:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting
Founding Fathers
Oct 05, 2022 5:00 PM
Board of Directors Meeting
Hassayampa Yavapai Room
Oct 20, 2022 4:00 PM
Membership Committee Meeting
Founding Fathers
Nov 02, 2022 5:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Waffles & More
Nov 07, 2022 7:00 AM
Board of Directors Meeting
Hassayampa Yavapai Room
Nov 17, 2022 4:00 PM
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Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Community Service
Vocational Services
Club Service
International Service
Youth Service
Communications Director
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