Meeting Wednesdays @ 6:30 am
The Hassayampa Inn
Next Meeting's Program: Tom Benson of the Highland Center for Natural History

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Karen Jones

Thank You Speaker: Karen Jones, Director of The Regional Economic Development Center at Yavapai College 

Quoted directly from Yavapai College Website and Edited by Lisa DeLeo 

Karen has been the Director of the Regional Economic Development Center since April 2021. This role concentrates on supporting economic development collaboration with our regional partners, providing data analysis to support economic data driven decisions, and workforce education. The departments serves workers and businesses alike. 

The mission of Regional Economic Development Center is to enhance the quality of life in Yavapai County by providing regional support for a prosperous economic environment through job creation, business and workforce development, technological innovation, and regional collaboration.

Areas of expertise include:

Innovation & Economic Research: 

  • Introducing technology innovation in processes, products, and services.
  • Provide policy and data analysis to support economic decisions.
    • Analyze the impact of policy decisions on local and regional economies and public resources. 
    • Examining the impact an activity has on wages, jobs creation, and regional sales or output provides a solid foundation from which decisions can be made which best serve community goals and build wealth across the region.
  • Catalyst for regional collaboration with local, state & federal economic development.
  • Cultivate public private partnerships (P3's).

Sustainability Through Diverse Revenue

  • Deliver relevant products and services that support programmatic needs of today and tomorrow.
  • Deliver valued resources that generate financial sustainability.

Business Creations, Expansion & Recruitment

  • Entrepreneurial Education and Resources are provided by the REDC through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). 
  • Increase business startups and enhance a regional entrepreneur ecosystem.
  • Promote business expansions and retention through strategic growth resources and planning.
  • Support regional business/industry recruitment efforts.

The Yavapai County Economic Resource Alliance provides Yavapai County businesses also created this website to navigate the ever-changing resources available to those impacted by the pandemic. Learn more here:  YCAZBUSINESSES.ORG

Thank you to to all who made the VA Flag Pole Clean Up a success!


Thank you to to all who participated in the Cruise In For Vets!


District 5495 Annual District Conference 

The District Conference brought Rotarian together at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center this weekend for two days of fun, inspiration and socializing.

In honor of Prescott, Sunup Rotary hosted a hospitality suite themed "The Oldest Rodeo." 



During the month of May, the Prescott Valley Ace Hardware (7211 E 1st St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314)  is sponsoring a "Round-Up" to help raise funds to send our Interact Ambassadors team to Kenya this summer.  Anyone shopping there simply has them "roundup" their purchase to the next dollar, with those extra cents helping to send our team in Kenya.

Volunteer Meal Coordinator Needed

We are looking for a volunteer coordinator for PASS meals.  Sunup Rotary provides meals one day a month and reimburses the cost of the meal.  This role signs up members to shop for and deliver the meal to P.A.S.S. on Rush Street in Prescott. 

Contact Christy @ or Laura for more information.

Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS) provides temporary, emergency shelter to women and women with children in a 19 bed dormitory setting, and an additional two rooms built to serve mom's with children, including sons over 12 years old.

The shelter includes a community room with two rooms built above it, kitchen, four bathrooms and a conference room equipped with computers.

Along with providing a 26 bed emergency shelter, and running two transitional houses, we also offer intensive case management to our guests during their stay. Our other supportive programs include:
1) The Wheels to Work Program which offers transportation options necessary in a community with limited public transportation
2) Our Education to Employability Program ensures guest support in lifelong learning and work
3) The Smile With Confidence Program pays for dental procedures that are not covered by AHCCCS or for those uninsured guests
4) Our Homeless Transition Project provides matching rent and utility deposits for transitioning guests
5) The community collaborative, Operation Deep Freeze, ensures that when the temperature drops below 30 degrees at night, people in need have a place to stay
It is because of the community support and belief in us and our mission that we are able to holistically work to move our guests from crisis to stability. Learn more here:



Looking Ahead:


Memorial Day Observance – Save the Date and Volunteers Needed

Quoted from


The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors invites anyone wishing to remember and honor those who have fallen in service to their country to join them, Prescott Mayor Phil Goode, Historian Melissa Ruffner, William Weiler, USN (Ret), and many others at the Historic Citizens’ Cemetery, on May 30, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. The Citizens’ Cemetery is located at 815 Sheldon St in Prescott AZ.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is also looking for a few volunteers to help during the event. If you are interested, please contact Barbara Fox-Thomas at 928-771-3206.

Presentations for the observance will include Master of Ceremony the Honorable Ken Bennett, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Harry Oberg, and Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes.

Period attire is welcome, and parking will be available at Yavapai College with shuttle vans picking up near the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Additional parking is available at Prescott Transit Authority and Bennett Oil. Golf carts will be available to shuttle attendees from the entrance of the cemetery to the event. Seating is limited and anyone able to bring a light chair is encouraged to do so.

For more information contact Barbara Fox-Thomas at or call the Board of Supervisors office at 928-771-3206.



Interact Club Blood Drives

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 : Time and exact campus location TBD 
When: Monday,  July 25, 2022 : Time and exact campus location TBD at Yavapai College
Info: Contact Art Harrington for more details:


Meeting Notes

Thought for the Day sent in by Christy Manning:
"Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress, working hard for something we love is called passion."  By Simon Sinek
"If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito."  By Anita Roddick

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

Jane Anne Shimizu
Director of Marketing
928-636-4565 Ext. 4

President's Message
Richard Hernandez
member photo








It was great to see an almost full house Wednesday. Our new automated breakfast ordering system continues to perform but we did have our first hiccup. We got it sorted out before you all got there and you probably didn’t even notice. Apparently if you don’t charge the iPad it won’t work! Who knew right?

Thank you to everyone who made the VA flag pole clean up and the Cruise in for Vets such a success!

Looking forward to Wednesday


Richard Hernandez


Prescott Sunup Rotary


May 18, 2022
Highland Center for Natural History
May 25, 2022
Bethany's Gait Ranch Veterans Rehab
Jun 01, 2022
Prescott College Americorps / Vista Update
Jun 08, 2022
Mayor Kell Palguta
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Keys, Bob
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May 4, 2022
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Ripley, Valard
Harrington, Art
May 11, 2022
Thought for the Day
Manning, Christine
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Greenlee, Matt
Harrington, Sharon
May 18, 2022
Thought for Today
Berry, Jon
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Beyer, Dan
James, Whitney
May 25, 2022
Thought for the Day
Chester, Eric
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Board of Directors Meeting
Hassayampa Yavapai Room
May 19, 2022 4:00 PM
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Founding Fathers
Jun 01, 2022 5:00 PM
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Jun 06, 2022 7:00 AM
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Hassayampa Yavapai Room
Jun 16, 2022 4:00 PM
Program Committee Meeting
Waffles & More
Jul 04, 2022 7:00 AM
Membership Committee Meeting
Founding Fathers
Jul 06, 2022 5:00 PM
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