January 11, 2018  –  Gina Agostini, Topic: Human Evolution


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Club meetings Service projects

January 11, 2017  –  Gina Agostini – Human Evolution


6:30 – 7:30 pm: 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
(Dinner orders: 6:15 pm; bell rings: 6:30 pm)


4403 S. Rural Road
Tempe, Arizona 85282  (Rural Rd. and US 60)

(Notes:   Location of meetings may change.  Please see UPCOMING MEETINGS dates for any location changes.  Also! please see the website’s SERVICE PROJECT’S section for any of our Club’s volunteer projects where you can be involved and participate in volunteering.)



1-11-18   GINA AGOSTINI – Human Evolution


I study what the skeleton can tell us about important aspects of being human at both very long and very short time scales (i.e., our evolutionary past to our unique life history) and in very large and very small samples (entire species to a single individual). I am especially interested in the long bones of the arms and legs because anthropologists often use these to parse out information about behavior from skeletons we find in forensic, archaeological, or fossil contexts. My current work is very multifaceted, which means I study human and nonhuman primates in all sorts of contexts, from 3 million-year-old hominins to people from my local community.

The evolutionary aspect of my work centers on the role that genes and developmental processes play in shaping long bones, in particular how different parts of long bones reveal information about genetic relationships between modern humans, other primates, and their extinct ancestors. This is important because long bones, being very dense, preserve well in archaeological and fossil records. However, they are often quite fragmented. By investigating which parts of these bones best reflect genetic signals, we can target those regions to reconstruct relationships between species/populations, and therefore better understand the path of primate and human evolution and the taxonomic affiliation (species) of newly discovered fossils.

The biocultural aspect of my work centers on the relationship between the skeleton and health/occupational intensity in modern and living populations. Bone is a remarkably dynamic organ system that refashions itself continually in response to changes in its local environment (i.e., you). Any major change in health or physical activity (e.g., starting couch-to-5k, gaining weight, change in mobility with age) will stress your bones in new ways. This prompts them to change shape. In the past I have studied how changes in long bone structure over time reflect broad elements of population history (e.g., migration, colonialism, sociopolitical instability) and lifestyle (e.g., obesity, occupation). I am now continuing this work in the context of aging, obesity, and other aspects of life history.  (Agostini, G. (2017). Arizona State University School of Human Evolution and Social Change.  Retrieved from https://shesc.asu.edu/people/gina-agostini).


11-9-17  Angel Carbajal Jr – Assistant Chief of Police at City of Tempe – Police Department

10-26-17    Tempe Downtown Rotary Club PolioPlus Fundraiser at Potbelly’s, 1717 S Rural Rd. in Tempe

Our annual Fundraiser for Polio Plus was held.   Members and friends and shared news and updated news on how Rotary International is conquering Polio and achieving the goal of eradicating Polio from the world.

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a paralyzing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens
children in some parts of the world. The poliovirus invades the nervous system and can
cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age but mainly affects
children under five. Polio is incurable, but completely vaccine-preventable.
In 1985, Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio
eradication through the mass vaccination of children. Rotary has contributed more than
$1.7 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in
122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by
donor governments to contribute more than $7.2 billion to the effort.
Global Polio Eradication Initiative
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative, formed in 1988, is a public-private partnership
that includes Rotary, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the
world. Rotary’s focus is advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment and awarenessbuilding.
Polio Today
Today, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild
poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Just 37 polio cases were confirmed
worldwide in 2016, which is a reduction of more than 99.9 percent since the 1980s, when
the world saw about 1,000 cases per day.
The polio cases represented by the remaining one percent are the most difficult to prevent,
due to factors including geographical isolation, poor public infrastructure, armed conflict
and cultural barriers. Until polio is eradicated, all countries remain at risk of outbreaks.
Ensuring Success
Rotary will raise $50 million per year over the next three years, with every dollar to be
matched with two additional dollars from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These
funds help to provide much-needed operational support, medical personnel, laboratory
equipment, and educational materials for health workers and parents. Governments,
corporations and private individuals all play a crucial role in funding.
Rotary in Action
More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources
to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health
workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries. Rotary Members work with
UNICEF and other partners to prepare and distribute mass communication tools to reach
people in areas isolated by conflict, geography, or poverty. Rotary members also recruit
fellow volunteers, assist with transporting the vaccine, and provide other logistical
‘This Close’ Campaign
Rotary has a growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in its “This Close”
public awareness campaign, including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation; actresses Kristen Bell and Archie Panjabi; WWE superstar John Cena;
supermodel Isabeli Fontana; Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond
Tutu; action movie star Jackie Chan; boxing great Manny Pacquiao; pop star Psy; golf
legend Jack Nicklaus; conservationist Jane Goodall; premier violinist Itzhak Perlman;
Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman; Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley; and peace
advocate Queen Noor of Jordan. These ambassadors help educate the public about polio
through public service announcements, social media and public appearances.

10-12-17   Tara Havilard   –   Group tree planting project in the City of Tempe.

Tara is from the Crossroads Club and shared the details on a group tree planting project in the City of Tempe.

 9-14-17   Jesse Simpson   CALM, FIT, COMPLETE.

Jesse Simpson presented his goals with Calm, Fit, Complete.   He the founder of Calm, Fit, Complete, a veteran focused organization.   A total body wellness – Mind, Body, and Soul – for America’s heroes and their families, CALM, FIT, COMPLETE is veteran owned and operated nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the lives of both veterans and military children who’s family has been impacted by war.   Our family is the first of it’s kind made just for veterans and youth by a team of former service members and military families. Our nations veterans have a great deal of life experience and leadership skills and our goal is to capitalize on those strengths ensuring a successful transition into the civilian workforce, all while mentoring youth who may have otherwise been overlooked.(https://calmfitcomplete.org/.)

9-7-17  Tempe Downtown Rotary at La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club, La Jolla, CA

Don Kesner, Tempe Downtown Rotary Club President, was presented the La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club flag from Mike Zimmerman, President of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club.   Sunrise Rotary Club meets at La Jolla Shores Hotel if anyone is visiting this beautiful part of California.

8-24-17  Beverly Babb, Arizona Community Tree Council.

The Arizona Community Tree Council is an education and tree community-building nonprofit organization.   The council assists with:

  • Volunteers plant trees – Learn More!
  • People learn proper tree choice and tree care – Learn More!
  • Tree professionals, like Certified Arborists and other tree workers, access education and CEUs – Learn More!
  • Tree owners connect with arborists and tree professionals to help them keep their trees healthy – Learn More!
  • Partner organizations and volunteers in their efforts to plant trees and care for trees – Learn More!

Our mission is to facilitate the planting and care of trees in Arizona.  Our programs bring together communities to encourage green spaces, urban forests and great neighborhoods with shade and other benefits.  We love Arizona and work together with volunteers, partners and businesses to make our communities greener and more enjoyable (ACTC, Inc., Aug. 2017, Arizona Community Tree Council:  About Us. https://www.aztrees.org)

8-10-17.  Kim Boehm and Sandy, R.A.I.N Rescuing Animals in Need.

(Please note:  the meeting scheduled with Kim was cancelled due an emergency and will be reschedule at a date to be determined)

RAIN rescue is an all-volunteer 501c3 non-kill animal welfare organization that finds homes for dogs and cats that would otherwise have no future or home.

7-27-17.  Dr Jan Synder, Africa and Sustainable Resources, Ltd.

Dr. Jan Synder has traveled to sub-Saharan Africa (East, Central, South) since the ’60’s, first as a biologist and more recently in conjunction with humanitarian efforts. Through his nonprofit, and association with students and faculty from the Arizona State University Schools of Engineering, they have developed products designed to help peoples of Africa. Some of this effort has involved devices for people with disabilities and in the past few years they have worked to develop innovation that benefits large numbers of people. All ideas for development come from the people they serve rather than any decisions on what is needed from this side of the Atlantic. That mode of operation represents the foundation of why Dr. Snyder established Sustainable Resources, Ltd, and is looking to provide solutions to long term needs rather than those that only provide temporary assistance.
Dr. Synder is a retired high school science teacher, with degrees in Science Education, and now working within the ASU Schools of Engineering as an outreach coordinator.  His position allows for on-going contact with students who want to make a difference for those in need but otherwise would not have an avenue to follow such a course. (Snyder, David Jan. (2013, July) VCRA:  Venture Capital for Africa. https://vc4a.com/members/sustainableresources/)

7-13-17.  Club Planning Session.

Our meeting was held at:  Higher Octave Healing, 200 E Curry Rd, Tempe, AZ  85281

6-22-17 to 6-24-17.  District 5510 Conference of Clubs at the Little America Hotel, Flagstaff, Arizona.

Club Members and other Arizona Club Members met for the Annual District 5510 Conference in cozy Flagstaff at the Little Americal Hotel.  This was a special opportunity for Rotarians to spend time together.  This conference was themed “Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, & Launching the Future.”

5-25-17 –  Business Meeting at The Watershed.

Our meeting was at The Watershed in Tempe.  Nicole Harris presented Huttle.  Nicole is the founder and CEO of Huttle.  Huttle was founded with the simple idea that volunteer experiences should be as distinct as the person signing up. When nonprofits leverage the unique talents and expertise of their volunteers, the results are incredible: volunteers are inspired, they have longer retention rates, save the organization money, and most importantly, strengthen the nonprofit’s capacity to deliver more programs and services to the community. Nicole attended Loyal University in New Orleans receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Texas Tech University and received a Master of Arts in Psychology.  (LINKEDin.  “Nicole Harris, Huttle”.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-harris-73ba8a72.  Accessed May 3, 2017)

Nicole HarrisNicole Harris with Tempe Downtown Rotary Club President Barb Feder.

Ralph DiazRalph Diaz was inducted as our newest Club Member.

5-11-17 – Rotary International Fundraiser at Portillo’s For GOOD.

The Rotary Club of Downtown Tempe promoted a Fundraiser at Portillo’s from 4 pm to 9 pm. We had a nice gathering of members and friends with great food and lively discussions.   20% of our cost for food purchased at Portillo’s went to the Rotary Club of Downtown Tempe for our donations to those in need.


4-29-17 – Weekend Volunteer Activities

Joe Dwight Park Clean-Up starts at 8:00 am
Roosevelt St & Manhattan Drive in Tempe
Volunteers signed up are:
Don, Kymla, Lynn, Dayna, Ashley, Barb, Ralph
Westchester Senior Living Smoke Alarm Installation starts at 9:00 am
6100 S. Rural Road in Tempe
This is a joint project with Tempe South.
Volunteers signed up are:

4-27-17 – Esteve Giraud, Rotary Scholar and Rotaractor (regular business meeting)

Esteve is from France and a Scholar/Rotaractor.  Esteve gave an impressive presentation about her experiences as a Rotary Scholar and her current projects and upcoming projects.

Esteve Giraud

4-13-17 – Kandy Jaffe, Let’s Talk About Massage for Everyone

Kandy gave a wonderful interactive presentation of the benefits of massage.   She presented different types of massage therapy and how each may be individually tailored to fit one’s needs. Just few benefits of massage are:  relief from stress, to relieve muscle tension and pain, relaxation, and better sleep.  Talk to Kandy at our next meeting!

3-23-17 – Rod Daniels, District End Polio Now Chairman

Rod Daniels is from the Mesa West Rotary Club. Rod is the District Polio Fund Chair. Rod was also the five-time president of the Chandler North Rotary Club, until that club merged into the Mesa West Club in January of 2015.  Included on Rod’s resume is the position of District 5510 Polio Program Chair.  Rod’s passion in Rotary is Foundation and Polio and Rod will present an update on End Polio Now this meeting.

Rotary, along with our partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever:


Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

Your gift to the PolioPlus Fund is eligible for recognition. You can maximize support for polio eradication within your club and your community by organizing a fundraiser. .

*Build awareness*

Help get the word out about our efforts to fight polio.

*Become an advocate*

Make sure policymakers know how important it is to eliminate polio. You can:

*Reference & resources*

3-9-17 – Membership Drive and Fun Raiser at Potbellies

2-23-17 – Meeting Social During President-elect Training

Out meeting was held at Hilton during the presidents‑elect training seminar (PETS).  The Tempe Downtown Rotary Club gathered to socialize and receive club updates, and renew our MY ROTARY websites.  Thank you Dayna and Lynn for assisting everyone.

2-9-17 – Yolanda Isham, Real Estate in Arizona

Thank you to President-elect Don Kesner for leading our meeting.  The club celebrated our 94th Anniversary with festive fare reflecting on the history of the club.

The original Tempe Rotary Club was chartered on Valentine’s Day in 1923, on the eleventh anniversary of Arizona’s statehood. The club was registered with Rotary International on February 26, 1923 as Club 1280. The original Tempe Club merged with the Tempe East in 2013 to become the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown.

The first meetings were held in the backroom in what was then the City Confectionery in a storefront just south of the what is now the Mill Avenue Shops on the west side of Mill Avenue between Fifth and Fourth Streets. After meeting at various other places, the Club moved to Monti’s La Casa Vieja until November, 2014 when Monti’s closed.  The Club now meets at Macayo’s on Ash in Downtown Tempe.

The Club has always been a leader among the Arizona Rotary Clubs, and on occasion hosted Rotary International founder Paul Harris for makeup meetings. The Club has been involved in many significant projects, both locally and globally, among them being work with the Tempe Library, the VA Hospitals, the TCAA Food Drive, the Tempe Adult Day Health Care Center, Junior Achievement of Arizona, 100 Miles to End Polio, the Dictionary Project, the Pakistan Notebook Project, The Boys and Girls Club, The Centers For Habilitation, Rotary and Joseph Dwight parks maintenance, and many others. The Club is also involved with the City of Tempe Plan 2040.

The Club has been honored to be the home of many District Governors, including Fred Joyce, Joseph Dwight, Robert Lytie, Frank Crane, and Barb Feder.

Anniversary Cake

1-28-17 – 100th Year Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation

The 100th Annual Anniversary Event was held to celebrate the 100 years of the Rotary Foundation.   The Rotary Foundation transforms Rotarians donations and gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into , such as and . Foundation empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.  (Rotary.  My Rotary:  “The Rotary Foundation.” http://www.rotary.org/)

1-26-17 – Marni Anbar, The DISCOVERoom

Marni Anbar had a wonderful presentation of the Kyrene Elementary School and the Discovery Room.  The Kyrene del Cielo DISCOVERoom is a dedicated room accessible to students during their lunch recess, in which they can freely investigate a variety of science and engineering concepts. Non-directed exploration (i.e. ‘play’) is as crucial as direct instruction to a well-rounded science education. The intent of this room is to complement classroom instruction by providing an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a science and engineering-rich environment, with the ultimate goal being to stimulate a sustained interest in these disciplines. (Kyrene School District.  Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School:  “About the DISCOVERoom.” http://www.kyrene.org/Page/25201)

Marni Anbar

Tempe Downtown Rotary Club President Barb Feder presents Marni with an appreciation Starfish for her presentation of The DiscoveRoom.

1-12-17 – Dr. Annesah Nadir, Identity Theft.

Dr. Annesah Nadir spoke on the dangers of Identity Theft.   With the possible threat of your identity being stolen, Identity Theft should not be taken lightly.   Identity theft is the deliberate use of someone else’s identity, typically as a financial advantage or to obtain credit and other benefits in the other person’s name,  while other person suffers disadvantage or loss. The person whose identity has been assumed may suffer adverse consequences and they may be held responsible for the perpetrator’s wrong doings. Identity theft occurs when someone uses another’s personally identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud and/or other crimes. The term identity theft was coined in 1964.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/identity_theft)

Dr Aneesah Nadir

12-1-16 – Dist Governor Dr. Tonya Watson of Rotary District 5510 Official Visit.

Our District Governor made an official visit to Tempe Downtown Rotary Club.  Dr. Watson spoke about the Rotary International Board of Directors officially approving the merger of Districts 5490 & 5510 on April 18, 2016, to become Rotary District 5495 on 1 July, 2017.   She also spoke about the following items below normally presented with the District Governors Official Annual Visit:

  • Informing us how to further the Object of Rotary among the Clubs in the District and to assist those Clubs that may need some guidance;
  • Motivated us Rotarians to participate in service activities to strengthen the programs of Rotary;
  • Brought attention to important Rotary issues as they pertain to both the RI and District levels;
  • Recognized the contributions of Rotarians in the Club.

Dist Gov prsnts Don with Paul Harris

   Dr. Tonya Watson presenting Don with his Paul Harris Award.

12-8-16 – NO MEETING due to Holiday Party on 12-9-16.

12-9-16 – Tempe Downtown Rotary Club Holiday Party.

  • Western-theme at RAWHIDE, 5700 W N Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ 85226.
  • Arrive:  6:00 pm with dinner at 6:30 pm
  • Cost:  $35.00 person (Cash or Check)
  • RSVP:  No later than Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 pm.

11-21-16 – Call to action for Clothes Cabin.

Tempe Downtown Rotarian Lynn Gustke was proud to announce our Rotary Club dropped off 20 Literacy Kits and 40 hygiene kits for individuals to the Clothes Cabin.   Caryn Shoemaker was delighted with our Rotary Club donation and she said “I don’t know what I would do without Rotary!” Lynn is reminding all members to gather up your travel size soaps, shampoo, etc. and bring them to our December 1st meeting.  Every little bit we do makes a big difference to East Valley families.  Now that winter and cooler weather is upon us the Clothes Cabin is in need of the following:

1. Children’s Shoes

2. Children’s Coats

3. Warm Blankets for Full Size beds

11-10-16 – President Barb Feder introduces our newest member to Tempe Downtown Rotary.


Kandy Jaffe was inducted to Tempe Downtown Rotary Club.  Please extend a warm congratulations and welcome to Kandy.

11-7-16 – Rotary’s Connecting for Good Tour for Feed My Starving Children.

Rotary’s Connecting for Good Tour was a goodwill road-trip that started October 29, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii and ended November 11, 2016 in Santa Barbara, California!  From Honolulu, the tour team flew to Seattle and drove to cities across the West Coast in a Rotary RV.   Each stop was connected with Rotarians to volunteer at local community service projects.  Tempe Downtown Rotary club members were invited to join the team of young Rotarians in town on November 7th to pack food at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa, Arizona. Immediately following the service project there was a social at Crescent Crown Distributing.

10-27-16 – Caryn Shoemaker, Clothes Cabin.

Formed in 2001, One Small Step provided socks and clothing to agencies serving the poor. In 2008 Clothes Cabin grew when the Chandler clothing bank closed.  Our vision is that no person or family within our service area lacks the clothing they need to secure employment, maintain a healthy and hygienic life, and be socially accepted.   We provide clothing and household linens to people in need, and builds lasting relationships with our clients, characterized by Christian love, trust, and respect (“Clothes Cabin:  Providing Free Clothing to People in Need”, 2016.).

Caryn R. Shoemaker of Gilbert, Arizona, is retired from Maricopa Community Colleges. She is one of the founders of One Small Step and has been active in its operations since 2001. Caryn has a Master of Education degree in Community Counseling from Ohio University and a B.A. in Psychology from Ohio State University (“Clothes Cabin:  Providing Free Clothing to People in Need”, 2016).

10-13-16 – Annual Membership and Network Mixer.

The meeting was held at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 1717 South Rural Road, #102, Tempe, at 6pm.

Our Club President, Barb Feder, shared membership drive recent Polio eradication news from Nigeria, and newly published membership information for our Tempe Downtown Rotary Club. This was our Annual Membership & Networking Mixer.
25% of all sales between 5pm-8pm were donated to Polio Plus.

9-20-16 – Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRiC) Grand Opening.

Mayor Mark Mitchell and the Tempe City Council officially presented and dedicated the Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRiC) for business.  The grand opening celebration was attended by Asst Governor Gary Johnson, and Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown President Barb Feder & President-elect Don Kesner, was held on Tuesday, Sept. 20.  BRiC offers resources, expertise and creative space for the business-minded. This new business resource center and co-working space opened by the City of Tempe Economic Development Department will help small businesses and emerging entrepreneurs. Located in the Tempe Public Library, the BRiC will host workshops to help small business owners and managers as well as those considering starting a business (“City of Tempe, AZ:  BRiC Grand Opening Event”, 2016).


9-8-16 – Lucinda General, Rotary International Council on Legislation.

Rotary District 5510 representative to the Council is PDG Lucinda General, from the Rotary Club of Mesa West.  Lucinda was elected during the 2014 District Council on Legislation.  PDG Gary Whiting from the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes was elected as alternate.

The Council on Legislation (COL) is the legislative body of Rotary International. It meets every three years to review proposals to amend the constitutional documents of the organization (the RI Constitution, the RI Bylaws and the Standard Rotary Club Constitution). It also considers other district-endorsed resolutions and club petitions.

The last meeting of the Council was held this past spring of 2016. Proposed enactments by districts were voted on by the clubs in the district and submitted to Rotary International on December 31st 2014.

Information regarding the Council on Legislation may be found in the Chapter 17 of the 2013 Manual of Procedure and in the RI Bylaws Articles 7 and 8. The following documents should be consulted in the drafting of legislation: How to Propose Legislation and Drafting Legislation

8-25-16 – Gary Johnson, District Membership Area Coordinator.

Rotary is organized at club, district and international levels to carry out its program of service around the globe.  Rotarians are members of their clubs and the clubs are members of the global association known as Rotary International (RI) headquartered in Evanston, Illinois.  Rotary International is the world’s oldest service club organization that was started in 1905 in Chicago by four businessmen and is the oldest service club in the world comprising roughly 33,000 clubs. Rotary Clubs are in more than 165 countries, with 1.2 million members.  Members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.

Past Assistant District Governor Gary Johnson presented the current status of Rotary Membership, the benefits of being a Rotarian,  and provided motivation and insight for increasing Tempe Downtown Rotary Club’s membership.

8/11/16 – Dennis Haberer, District Vocational Service Chair.

Dennis presented the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) is a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3) whose purpose is to assist those people who qualify under Arizona law to obtain financial assistance to further their vocational studies. TRVFA is an organization which meets Arizona’s Credit For Contributions To A Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements.


Tempe Downtown Rotary Club President Barb Feder with Dennis Haberer.

Kymla, Barb, and Charissa with award

Past President Kymla Eubanks, President Barb Feder present Charissa with 2015-2016 Spirit of Rotary Award.

7/28/16 – Rotarian Terry Lubsen presented the Rotarian Microcredit Global Grant Project in Sonora, Mexico.

Terry discussed the successful money that has been invested through Microcredit in Sonora, Mexico.  Cosponsored by Rotary clubs in District 5510/5490 as International Partners, and the local Mexican Rotary Club in Sonora, Mexico (District 4100) this Global Grant Project makes small business loans available to the poorest people in the poorest sections of Sonora, Mexico. Microcredit is one of the most successful ways to invest money to eradicate poverty. Information for donations can be made with the Rotary International Microcredit Project in Sonora, Mexico.  Contact Terry at 480-699-9649 or 480-250-8159.

Terry Lubsen

In addition to Terry’s meeting presentation our last meeting welcomed a new member, a vocational fund scholar, and Randy found five bucks.

Rotary’s Vocational Fund is a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3) whose purpose is to assist people to obtain financial assistance to further their vocational studies.  Marissa was awarded a scholarship for her vocational studies as a Phlebotomist.   We welcomed a new member to Tempe Downtown Rotary Club.  Our new Rotarian Kelly was recognized by Barb and her sponsor Lynn.  Pictures respectively are:  President Barb Feder thanking Terry for his wonderful presentation on Microcredit; Fred presenting Marissa with her Vocational Scholarship, Barb and Lynn welcoming Kelly; and Big Five Randy.

Kelly Lynn Fred Randy

7/14-16/16 – President Barb Feder attends Multi-District PETS Alliance

The Multi-District PETS Alliance is a membership consortium of the leadership of the multi-district presidents-elect training seminars.  The primary objective of the Alliance is sharing of information on successful event planning and implementation.  Successes and failures are shared between future leaders.  Multi-District PETS events present opportunities to improve the quality of training for Presidents-elect — Rotary’s future leaders.

Barb Feder at PETS


6/10/16 – Annual Awards Banquet.  Location:  Casey Moore’s Oyster House, 850 S Ash Ave

This year’s Annual Awards Banquet recognized many members of the local Tempe Downtown Rotary Club for their hard work in creating positive changes within the community, at home, and around the world.  These Rotarians are making clubs stronger, communities better, and peace possible. Thank them for their dedication and valuable contributions with their recognition and awards.

5/26/16 – President Elect Barb Feder

Barb thanks everyone for their attendance and support of the Club Assembly and planning session for the 2016-17R Rotary Year. Barb commended Kymla for her successful year as president and Barb is looking forward to another successful Rotary Year.

Below is a summary of the results of the voting at the meeting, and an invitation for you to give your input as well.  The events and projects are ranked from top to bottom by the most votes they received at the planning meeting so the order may change somewhat with new votes.


Consuls Dinner – Voted to become our signature event and proposed fundraiser by making it a bigger, formalized and public event perhaps attaching a wine tasting (wines or beers from the consuls’ countries would be fun) and silent auction.

“On the Border” Membership Social and Polio Fundraiser

Holiday Party

Awards Dinner

2017 Hospitality Suite at 2017 District Conference

Silent Auction

Rotary Day at Chase Field

Wine Tasting


Westchester Adult Care Center – A new project partnering with Tempe South for socials for the residents and repair work on Westchester Care Center in Special elder care projects are a focus of Governor Tonya on the District Achievement Award.

Clothes Cabin – Hygiene kits and clothing drive (District Grant)

Feed My Starving Children – Food packing

Treasures for Teachers – Supplies and funding for local teachers (District Grant)

Rotary Park and Joe Dwight Park Clean-Up

Higher Octave Learning – Financial aid and snacks for concerts

United Food Bank – Food sorting

Project Cure – Equipment and supply sorting

Robot Project – Food for homeless vets and hygiene kits

Alzheimer’s Walk

Rain-animal – Rescue care

Big West Conference – Financial support and home hosting for Rotaractors attending the conference at ASU (250 expected to attend)

Tempe Community Action Agency – Food drive and hygiene kits

Refugee Relocation

Habitat for Humanity

Bali school supplies and helmets (District Grant)

Multan, Pakistan hospital equipment (Global Grant)

Mexican/American Friendship Conference (Global Grant)

Please email Barb with your support and suggestions.

4/30/16 – Annual Dwight Park Cleanup


4/28/16 – Fred Chalfin

Fred’s presented on Avenues of Services for Rotary International.  Fred enlightened everyone of the numerous Avenues of Service and how these services help Rotary Plan.

4/14/16 – Gary Johnson

Past Asst Dist Governor Gary Johnson spoke of the current status of Rotary Membership and provided motivation for increasing our club’s membership.

Guadalupe Mabry of Marcos de Niza High School gave a presentation about her experiences as one of our club’s RYLA participants.

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3/24/16 – Charissa Cleveland

CHARISSA CLEVELAND is a speaker, coach, and workshop developer dedicated to helping others conquer their fears and live a more courageous life.  Originally from Indiana Charissa is also a bullying and domestic violence survivor.  She uses her own personal experiences as examples along with tools and techniques that anyone can start immediately applying in their life.  Charissa uses her expertise and savvy to deliver engaging and energizing presentations on the HOT Topic of FEAR.

Charissa presented her definition of FEAR.  The enthusiastic topic of FEAR delighted the audience with “Forget Everything And Run” to “Face Everything And Rise“.

2/11/16 – General Assembly

The meeting addressed the remaining fiscal Rotary year and included:

  • Input from members about possible projects
  • The Presidential Citation and District Achievement Award
  • Planned project details
  • Club topics and issues for discussions by members

2/25/16 – Consuls Banquet

Casey Moore’s Oyster House, 850 S Ash Ave:


About Rotary…

Rotary began as an idea more than 100+ years ago. Today Rotary flourishes worldwide with 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries and geographic locations. Rotary is forever evolving to meet the demands of the world’s needs and the abilities of our members.

The Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown, Arizona, USA was created by merging two clubs – Rotary Club of Tempe and the Rotary Club of Tempe East. The new club used the charter date of the old Tempe Club of February 26, 1923. The new club was officially sanctioned by Rotary International on November 26, 2013. The paperwork to incorporate was submitted to the Arizona Corporate Commission on January 5, 2014.

We are business professionals dedicated to working within our community and the world to assist with humanitarian-based projects. We are seeking like-minded professionals who are looking to serve through volunteerism and “Service Above Self,” which conveys the humanitarianism spirit of the organization’s members.

Do you have a project that you would like to start? Bring it! The Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown is famous for assisting with start-up projects. We will help you bring your project to life! We love to serve our local community.

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