Meeting Wednesdays @ 6:30 am
The Hassayampa Inn
Guest Speaker: Tom Benson
Yavapai County Re-entry Project

What's Happening

Thank you Guest Gary Beverley

Notes & Photo by Laura Vanderberg. Edited by Lisa DeLeo  
Our speaker this week was Gary Beverly.
Gary talked about the Upper Verde Wild and Scenic River.  The Verde is the last living river in the state!  It’s really important for native fish.
Gary is a member of the Citizen Water Advocacy Group and a full time volunteer with the Sierra Club and created a Citizen’s Proposal to have the Verde declared an Outstanding Arizona River.  
He’s been working closely with Prescott Forest officials on this beautiful river. 
It requires that the river be managed, in this case, by the National Forest.  In management, you have to maintain the unique features of the river & requires public participation, so that the plan protects both river and its users. 
This is the top conservation priority in the Southwest!
The headwaters of the river start in Paulden & that’s the area that’s being worked on. This effort will not change any accesses that already exist along the river/on the river.  It has to be protected or enhanced.  It does not impact private land in any way.  It does not affect existing water rights.
If you want to get involved, contact Gary at:
The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was signed in 1978 by President Nixon.  It’s the highest form of federal protection for free flowing rivers with outstanding remarkable values.  The National Wild and Scenic Rivers System spans 41 states & 13,000 miles of rivers.
Excitement and community support for this effort is building.  More than 70 businesses in the Verde Valley & Prescott have written letters of support for this effort.  It’s just getting started. 
He is a self-described "Conservation addict."  He needs help!  He’s overcommitted!
Join us on March 31st- Wild and Scenic River Fest event at the Elks Theater. 
Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center
117 E. Gurley St.
Prescott, AZ 86301
Elks Theater

What You Can Do:

  • Join a local conservation group working to protect the Verde: Sierra Club (
  • Learn about the Verde River! Read about water on
  • Sign up for a Sierra Club hike on the river or volunteer to help us monitor the river =low.
  • Share your knowledge with your friends and neighbors.
  • Schedule a showing of Viva La Verde or a speaker for your group (
  • Vote for candidates that care and have a clue; make water and rivers an election issue. We must modernize Arizona water law.
  • Conserve Water: To protect the Verde, we need to use less water and reduce groundwater pumping: minimize your water use, use drought-tolerant landscaping, and use rainwater harvesting to irrigate landscapes and gardens. When your hand is on the faucet, your choices affect this river, our wildlife, and our children’s future quality of life.
  • Support Congressional designation of the Upper Verde Wild and Scenic River.

Looking Ahead 


Interact District Conference

Our Interact Council is planning our Tenth Annual Interact District Conference, for 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!

Interested?  Contact Laura Vanderberg or Christie Manning


Dealers and Volunteers needed for Double Down Casino Night

Saturday, June 17th  5p-9p at the Prescott Vibes Event Center. 
Located at: 6200 North Rt. 89, Prescott (near the Prescott Airport) 
Our Casino Night fundraiser is back!  
Contact Jane Anne Shimizu928-636-4565 Ext. 4 or
We are rolling with DD planning!  Laura showed slides with new Sponsorships, Table Sponsorships, Donations & Celebrity Dealers. 
Club members will be going out to the other Prescott Rotary Clubs to share information about DD and sell tickets. 
Speaking of tickets- get yours! 
Club members will be selling hard copy tickets, and for the internet/Square- savvy amongst us, you can also buy tickets by going to our website and clicking on the Double Down logo. 

Every club member is expected to sell 10 tickets. Get table sponsors and donations! Go now!

We need dealers for our 21 tables. Celebrity dealers and Prescott Residents encouraged.

Remember, our ability to offer scholarships is directly related to our success with Double Down.  The more donors, the more money raised, the more scholarships we're able to give to deserving graduating seniors- for both college and vocational schools. 


Help us support our youth!  

Meeting Notes

Written by Laura Vanderberg. Edited by Lisa DeLeo
Joke of the Day: "Knock knock!  Who’s there?  Better.  Better who?  Better get your Double Down tickets!"
Welcome to wonderful guests today
Stella Ortiz, a retired Nurse Practitioner who recently relocated to Prescott; Marty Coleman, guest of Glen Hammond; Caleb Southerd, ERAU Rotaract President; and speaker Dan Beverly.
The TriClub St. Paddy’s Day party will be at Goods from the Garden, on Thursday, March 16th. Time TBD
Rotary Week of Service is April 21 & 22.  Canned food drive. Find us at Safeway on 1044 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott, AZ 86301
Other locations are still being determined. 

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 Shimizu928-636-4565 Ext. 4 or

The Prez Says
Laura Vanderberg
member photo


This weekend, I'm actually braving the chaos in Phoenix to attend the WM Open golf tournament with my family. 
I don't know how to golf, but it's something that my nephews are passionate about, and I'm willing to learn!  
Science now has proven that the best way to keep your brain healthy is to keep learning. 
And, apparently, crossword puzzles and Soduko just aren't enough. 
We have to challenge ourselves to learn something that requires our brains to work- hard! 
Things like learning a foreign language, taking up a musical instrument, playing a sport you've never played, taking up a new hobby, taking a class on a topic that you know little about- they all require us to use different parts of our brain than we're accustomed to using. 
It helps our brains grow and set our brains up to be healthy for years from now.  
Why, you could even take on learning how to be a coordinator for one of our Club service projects, become a committee chair, or help write grants! 
Let your imagination run wild! 
There's all sorts of opportunities to learn to do new things in our Club and in Rotary!
So I encourage you- what might you take on as a new challenge for your brain? 
What's the first the step you'll take?  
Make it a brain-healthy, learning kind of week!

Warm Regards,


Laura Vanderberg


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