No Meeting 12/7/22 Holiday Party!
Next Meeting's Speaker:  President Laura Vanderberg
Meeting Wednesdays @ 6:30 am
The Hassayampa Inn

What's Happening

From Left to Right: Dr. Whitney James (Sunupian & CEO James Marco Healthcare), Dr. Torres (YRMC/Dignity Health CEO & President), Dr. Babcock (Chief Medical Officer, VA-Prescott), Mr. Steve Sample (Sunupian & Medical Center Director for the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System-Prescott)

Thank you Guests Dr. Anthony Torres 

Guest Dr. Anthony Torres from Dignity Health shared an inspiring update on YRMC.

Dr. Torres became the President & Chief Executive Officer of Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center on July 10, 2022.

He has been on the Medical Staff at YRMC since 2006 and practiced in the PhysicianCare Internal Medicine clinic from 2009-2015.

Dr. Torres was formerly the Chief Medical Officer of Dignity Health Yavapai Regional Medical Center and the Medical Director of Yavapai Regional Medical Center PhysicianCare.

Prior to joining PhysicianCare, Dr. Torres was in group practice in Walnut Creek, CA since 1993.

Dignity Health's Yavapai Regional Medical Center is part of CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems with more than 1,000 care sites and 140 hospitals in 21 states.

This is a stable and growing path for building much needed clinics around our community including property around Prescott and Prescott valley. 

Exciting developments include:  YRMC West Prescott hospital acquiring a da vinci Xi Surgical System.  According to the YRMC website: "Surgeons throughout the nation use the da Vinci robot for a wide variety of minimally invasive surgical procedures, primarily in the areas of gynecology, urology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery."

And partnering with the Norton Thoracic Institute to bring these services to Prescott. According to the YRMC Website: "When you visit Norton Thoracic Institute, you will be treated by experienced, respected experts in lung and esophageal disease. Our dedicated patient care team includes pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, and a support staff designed to meet all of your needs."

YRMC campuses are evolving the Health care delivery model. With a shortage of health care professionals,  building a team approach is vital for providing services effectively. 

Learn more:



Sunup President Laura Vanderberg led the group in playing "Guess Who?" 
Club members provided pictures of themselves as children or teens and the group got to guess who was who. 
We collectively scored the guesses, and voted for some "People's Choice Awards". 
First place winners: Richard Hernandez and Dr. Whitney James tied for the best guessers out of of the group. 22 out of 25 points total. Way to go!  
Second place winner: Scott Weldy with a strong 21 points. 
Jane Ann Shimizu - Won "Looks most like the Picture"
Tim Wiederaenders  - Won "Funniest Photo" - It made us all smile!
Glenn Hammond- Won "Hardest to Guess Photo" 

HOLIDAY PARTYWednesday, December 7th

No meeting December 7th. See you at the Holiday Party! 

Ring the Bell for the Red Kettle!

Thanks to everyone who rang & sang for the Salvation Army.
Ken McGuckin- Prescott Club
Jane Anne & Bob Shimizu

Art Harrington,  Marcy and Gene Korte

Art said: "It was amazing to see how our Christmas Carols would cause the people passing by to start digging for their wallets to donate to the Salvation Army.  We wound up with a very full red kettle!"


Nancy Van Pelt Celebration of Life

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Past District Governor Nancy Van Pelt on Wednesday, November 22, 2022.

Amongst the multitude of her Rotary accolades, Nancy served as the first District Governor of District 5495 in 2017-18, its inaugural year. Nancy was instrumental in initiating and leading District 5495’s Peacebuilder Club, a Rotarian movement creating energy and momentum for peaceful conflict resolution around the world.
One of her final achievements reflecting her dedication to peace is embodied in the recently inaugurated Rotary Peace Pole sculpture at the entrance to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center photo above. 

Thank you, Nancy, for your tremendous contribution to Rotary and District 5495. You will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm at the Shadow Rock Church of Christ located at 12861 N. 8th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85029 with a gathering to follow at Smith Hall.
If anyone wants to carpool to the service, contact: A.J. Sheridan 


Interact Blood Drive Tuesday, December 6th

Interact Club Advisor for Prescott High School Cathleen Cherry says:   "We are hoping to have 100 successful donations this time around!  Please share with your networks, in newsletters, on social media, etc., as well as with the other local Rotary Clubs.  Thank you so much for your help in saving lives!"
Art Harrington adds:  This Vitalant blood drive is a collaborative effort between JROTC and our PHS Interact Club — and it is directly connected to our Interact District's 2nd Annual Virtual Blood Drive, from Nov. 23 - Jan. 7. 
Its purpose is to recruit blood donors to help save lives here in Arizona during the Holidays period, when blood is in such demand, but is in critically-short supply. 
Vitalant supplies 100% of the blood used in the hospitals in Maricopa County, and over 90% of the blood used in the rest of the hospitals in Arizona.
The American Red Cross blood donations are primarily sent and used outside Arizona.
During the Interact District's Virtual Blood Drive there is also a contest between the Interact clubs, to see which club can recruit the most blood donations during this Holidays period of time.  
When a potential donor scans the QR code on this flyer, it automatically connects the donation they may make to our PHS Interact Club's account with Vitalant. 
Last year, our PHS Interact Club was the winner of this contest. 
What does the winning club get?  That club gets free registrations for as many of their members as they want to take to our Interact District Conference, being held this year at the Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix on Saturday. Feb. 25.  The conference registration cost is $30 per person.
By signing up to donate blood at Prescott High School on December 6, our members, along with their friends and family, will be both saving lives here in Arizona during the Holidays, and they will also be supporting our PHS Interact Club in their efforts to once again win this district-wide Interact Virtual Blood Drive contest.

Art Harrington reports that Our Interact Council is already at work planning our in-person Tenth Annual Interact District Conference, which will be held on 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!


Volunteers needed for RYLA's Camp Pinerock Event happening January 13 - 16, 2023
"Our RYLA weekend will give each delegate to expand their leadership capabilities. It encourages leadership of youth by youth. Delegates exceed their expectations through increased self confidence and group support."
Learn More:  A.J. Sheridan 928-308-6780

Looking Ahead 

Double Down Casino Night

Double Down Planning is in full swing! 
Get Involved it will be fun!
See Chelsea Sederstrom ( for more info on how to participate. 

Meeting Notes

Song: Jingle Bells! chosen by Jane Anne 

Thoughts for the Holiday Season from Dr. Whitney:

  • If you want to fly, you must give up everything that weighs you down.
  • Make someone smile everyday but don't forget that you are someone too. Be kind to yourself and others. Give strangers compliments and do random acts of kindness for others and treat yourself like someone you love. 
  • Don't take criticism from someone you wouldn't take advice from.
  • Be yourself, you are the only person who's like you and that's the advantage. You are so unique and you are enough. You just haven't realized it yet. Don't compare yourself to others.  Comparison destroys personality. 

Adopt a Family

Steve Sample shared that we have 4 families that our club is adopting this year. Thank you Whitney, Richard and Laura for helping shop for these folks. 
Want to contribute? Contact: 
Santa Ana Dojo 2019 Holiday Schedule – Genbu-Kai News

Check the schedule!

We only have one Meeting in December, 14th

Newsletter Update

Sunupian Lisa DeLeo is taking a leave of absence to return to school for a Digital Marketing Certification.

Newsletter Volunteer Needed starting 1/1/23.


Program committee

Meets Monday 12/5 - thoughts, ideas, suggestions! Let the committee know.

Contact Chelsea for more information on how to contact the committee:


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 Shimizu. 928-636-4565 Ext. 4 or

The Prez Says
Laura Vanderberg
member photo


I just love this quote from Author Christy Evans: “Good friends are like stars, you don’t always see them, but you always know they’re there.” I think it’s a pretty accurate reflection of the state of close friendships as we age.
But, busy as we all may be, it’s still important to maintain and/or grow friendships. Why? Because it’s good for our health- really!
Science tells us that friendships positively impact our health across the board, from increasing our life satisfaction, to decreasing the likelihood of chronic disease (Fuller, 2017).
Friendship has even been shown to improve your mind (Cook Maher et al., 2017)!
Now that we have moved past the pandemic, have you reconnected with friends?
When we’re younger, we develop friendships more easily, in part because we tend to be co-located (as in college) and as we get older, we tend to get wrapped up in work, family, maybe fitness or other hobbies, and we don’t spend much, if any, time with friends.
We try to squeeze them in between all of our other commitments and it often takes weeks to schedule something as simple as a cup of coffee. Sound familiar?
What can you do about this?
Well, what if you actually made time for friends?
What if you made it a priority?
What if you picked up your phone and called or texted a pal to catch up?
To get together sooner rather than later? I guarantee that your friend will be tickled to hear from you, no matter how long it’s been.
And, of course, you can always make new friends. It’s a little more challenging than renewing existing friendships.
Science tells us that it takes about 90 hours of contact with a potential new friend to convert that acquaintance into a friend. It takes another 100 hours of interactions to shift from friend status to a close friend status (Hall, 2018).
But all is not lost! You can make new friends, and spend time maintaining relationships with old friends.
You know what to do about old friends, but how do you actually make new friends? You have to start by going to places where people gather. Cast the net broadly and be persistent.
Take the initiative and invite a potential friend out to lunch or to get together for coffee. Don’t treat is as a onetime thing though.
It may take you a few times to see if the friendship potential is there. And check out the list below for some possible ways to increase the likelihood that you meet new potential friends.
  • Volunteer somewhere that’s of interest to you, and ideally somewhere where you’re not the only one working.
  • Wait!  We do that!  It’s called SunUp Rotary!  Join in on our breakfast meetings and community service projects!
  • Join a community group whose focus is of interest. Lots of options for these in the quad-cities!
  • Attend community events like art shows, music productions, parades, fundraisers, there’s all sorts of opportunities all year round!
  • Join a faith community, and participate in more than just services.
  • Take up a new hobby. Sign up for a class about something you’ve wanted to learn, take a class at a gym, the senior center or art league.
  • No matter what though, keep a positive attitude. Not everyone may wind up being your friend, but if you continue to put yourself out there with a friendly attitude, you’ll meet people with whom you’ll resonate and you will make friends!
Friendships are a critical part of having a rich, full and healthy life. And this isn’t just Laura pontificating- the Mayo Clinic even thinks so (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2019).
So, what can you do to maintain friendships or create new ones?
What are you willing to do, for your health, for your life?
Take a step, any step. You’ll be all the better for it.
Here’s to friends!

Laura Vanderberg


Prescott Sunup Rotary


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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 <>