Meeting Wednesdays @ 6:30 am
The Hassayampa Inn
Next Meeting's Speaker:  Club President Laura Vanderberg "President's Update"

What's Happening


Thank you Art Harrington for Interact Update 

Written by Art Harrington  Edited by Lisa DeLeo 

Sunup Member and Interact Chair, Art Harrington explained why the Arizona District 5495 Interact District program we have been building for the past 10 years has become a worldwide model for the other 530 Rotary districts, who may be seeking to improve, and make more effective, the Interact programs. 

Interact 5495:

  • Encompasses the northern 2/3 of Arizona, plus Needles, CA, and Laughlin, NV
  • Consists of 80+ Interact clubs
  • Includes middle school, campus-based and community-based clubs
  • Five of our community-based clubs are in Boys & Girls Clubs
Among other widely admired features, we are the only Interact District in the world which offers leadership training and service opportunities at 3 levels: (1) Club; (2) District; and (3) International. 
We are one of the very few districts which has a student led Interact District; and we are the only Rotary district in the world with anything like our Interact Ambassadors to Kenya and to Mexico programs. 
Our Interact District 5495's signature international service project for our clubs, Interact Crutches 4 Africa, is also totally unique among the other Rotary districts around the world.
We have shipped by land 46 ft. semi-trailer loads of mobility equipment to Central Mexico and shipped by sea 40-ft containers of equipment to Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria.
Each year begins with an Interact District Council Retreat featuring essential training and includes two additional conferences. 
Here are some great photos of the group. 
2021 Arizona Interact ambassadors to Kenya
2022 Arizona Interact ambassadors to Kenya
2021 Arizona Interact ambassadors to Mexico

“Serve Today to Build a Better Tomorrow”


Our 10th Annual Interact District Conference will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023.

It will be hosted by the Interact Club of Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix 

To learn more contact Art Harrington



Veterans Day Parade 

Thank you to everyone who participated making flags and marching in the parade! 


American Red Cross Home  

Rotary Arizona Blood Drive Wednesday, November 30th

Wednesday, November 30th  9am-2pm 
CLICK HERE: To sign up for the Next Blood Drive

Prescott Area Shelter Services' Fundraiser Festival of Trees November 17-19th

At the Sam Hill Warehouse, November 17-19.  See website for times.

232 South Granite Street, Prescott


LazyG Brewhouse Home


TRI CLUB Prescott Rotary Social Monday, November 21st

All Prescott Rotary Clubs will join at the Lazy G  

Monday, November 21st

Happy Hour from 3p - 6p

220 W Leroux St, Prescott, AZ 86303

The Cardinals play the 49ers in football, and it's a great excuse for us all to get together! 

Tis the season!


Holiday Parade Saturday, December 3rd 

All three Rotary clubs will participate in the parade together: Saturday, December 3rd 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Look for more details to come.


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.

Holiday Party Wednesday, December 7th

Has been reserved for Wednesday, December 7th!


Sunup Rotary Club Foundation Donation

Here is a link to make donations to the foundation. This account is different than the club account for payment of meals and dues.

Looking Ahead 

Double Down Casino Night Saturday, March 11th 

Embry Riddle Gym will be the location of the Double Down Casino Night Event. 
Double Down Planning is in full swing! Committee sign up!
Get Involved it will be fun!
See Chelsea for more info on how to participate. 

Meeting Notes

Nothing to report this week.


Do you have any announcements, photos of Rotary in Action or notes to include in newsletter? please send by end of day THURSDAY 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


As Thanksgiving approaches, we think of gratitude for others, and for what we might have, but few, if any of us, will practice self-gratitude.
Admit it! It feels weird, awkward or maybe you think it's being narcissistic if we acknowledge ourselves.
I would argue that offering ourselves some self-gratitude is an act of kindness for yourself, and that helps you to be happy and thrive.
Treating yourself with self-compassion pays dividends into all aspects of your life and relationships.
Dr. Kristen Neff, in her book:  "Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Yourself" (2011) suggests that we need to treat ourselves with the same kindness and compassion as we do our good friends.
So here's the question:
Can you stop judging yourself?
Can you accept yourself just as you are, with an open heart?
Not good or bad, just authentically you?
Compassion is first the recognition of suffering and then feeling kindness toward those who are suffering.
We, as Rotarians, practice compassion regularly through fellowship and service. 
Self-compassion then, is that same practice, directed inward.
And it’s just as important to do that for ourselves as it is to offer it to others.
What if you began to recognize when you're suffering?
Could you maybe practice some self-compassion?
How hard would it be to give it a try?
Shifting our perspective is never easy, but wouldn't a little more self-compassion feel good?
What's one small step that you might take in this direction this week?
Wishing you a week of compassion- towards yourself!

Laura Vanderberg


Prescott Sunup Rotary


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