LONG TERM COMMITMENT TO THE MADRE CONCHITA ORPHANAGE
Valle Verde Rotary Club has a long history of support for Casa Hogar De Madre Conchita - a girls orphanage in Nogales, Mexico. A restaurant owner in Nogales Arizona, George Papachuris found himself with 200 extra meals one day and decided to look for the orphanage that he had heard of across the border. He found twenty little girls living with three nuns in a tin-roofed building with dirt floors, minimal furniture and no heat. This restaurateur undertook personally to help – and discovered his Nogales, Arizona, Rotary Club– and several other Southern Arizona clubs including Valle Verde were also willing to help. By 1997 Valle Verde had helped fund real beds for the girls and had established it's annual Christmas gift tradition of purchasing clothing and toys for the children. In 1999 Valle Verde submitted a Rotary International matching grant application that provided$25,000 to upgrade and refurbish the living quarters - this included installing a tile floor, gas furnaces and closets for the girl's bedrooms.
In 2006 Valle Verde spearheaded a fund raising drive to build a 2000 sq. feet, three room, new school house at the orphanage. Many Rotary Clubs and some individual Rotarians pitched in. This school also serves both the orphans and a limited number of other disadvantaged children in Nogales, Sonora.
LOCAL COMMUNITY SERVICE
Valle Verde Club has a tradition of helping in the local community as well. Wide-ranging projects include helping fund a medium weight truck for the Green Valley Fire District.
FOOD DRIVES-- Annually Valle Verde Rotary collects donations for area food banks. Often this takes the form of ‘spirited’ competition among clubs.
HUCK FINN LANDSCAPE SERVICE: The club regularly spends a morning trimming plants for homeowners or schools that require an extra hand due to recent poor health or budget restraints. Road clean-up is also on the list of community service.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS: Disadvantaged school-aged children (chosen by their school ) enjoy a shopping excursion for school clothes and a picnic –chaperoned by Club members at the expense of the Club.
SOCIAL EVENTS AND FUNDRAISING
Fundraising can be fun! Club members contribute their Happy Dollars for all these worthy projects. In addition the Club has some fun and interesting activities that generate funds for local needs.
HAPPY DOLLARS--At club meetings members take a minute to donate a dollar, two or five and announce something they are happy (or sad) about.
JAZZ FOR FUN--Valle Verde feels extraordinarily lucky to sponsor an evening of jazz music, provided by area school jazz bands. The terrific performances of favorite jazz tunes, combined with food and a silent auction results in a wonderful evening and extra money for worthy local needs, like the food bank, the pediatric wing of the local community health center or the eradication of polio in India, Pakistan Nigeria and Afghanistan.
MINIATURE GOLF AND HOLE-IN-ONE CONTESTS-- In recent times Valle Verde has been fortunate to be able to sponsor a Hole In One Contest in conjunction with the Quail Creek winter open house event. One of these days, some lucky golfer is going to win that new car!
VALLE VERDE ENJOYS AN INFLUX OF SOJOURNER MEMBERS – winter visitors from northern climes make up at the club and provide an opportunity for social events like the “Pool Party” and “Sojourner's Farewell.”
These open air social events include food and exchanges of hilarious jokes and both comic (snow shoveling) and valuable ( a favorite dessert) services for bid.
VALLE VERDE ALSO FOCUSES ON YOUTH
Valle Verde awards Scholarships annually to local high school students – PIX; Mock trial, speech contests and Rotary Youth leadership programs and ambassadorial exchange student opportunities are available.
ROTARY INTERNATIONALINCLUDES AN UNPARALLELED EXPOSURE TO INTERNATIONAL VISITORS
The District usually sends a group of non-Rotarians to a foreign country and receives a group here. Through these Group Study Exchanges each year we meet young professionals from another country – a group from Turkey and a group from the Middle East and a group from Thailand - all recent visitors to our area - and our Thursday morning Valle Verde Club.
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million people. Rotarians provide humanitarian service and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and ab
VALLE VERDE ROTARY CLUB has approximately 55 members. We are a morning club in Green Valley, Arizona, and have a history of worthwhile local and international projects.
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