Recent activity – no meeting February 28, 2019…

 20140508_184810-2 IMG_20140419_104439 IMG_20140315_084507 IMG_20140213_194908_216 20131024_191308 IMG_20140823_104939


No Meeting.  Rotary President Elect Training and leadership training.

Service projects


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 Road 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 and UPCOMING MEETINGS section below for any of our Club’s volunteer projects where you can be involved and participate in volunteering.)




Mat has lived and worked in Africa as a safari guide for the past 9 years. Starting on Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, Mat gained his safari-guiding credentials from the renowned school, Ulovane, and the Field Guide’s Association of Southern Africa in 2007. He worked as a safari guide at a five-star lodge for six months and then decided that he wanted to see more of Africa. He joined one of the Africa’s premiere overlanding companies, Africa Travel Company. He worked as an overlanding guide in both East and Southern Africa until deciding to create TIA Safaris.

With a passion for Africa and a particular love for its flora and fauna, Mat is now living his dream; taking people across Africa and introducing them to Africa’s beauties and wonders. In creating TIA Safaris, Mat has found the perfect vehicle for not only taking people on safari, but also teaching them to love and understand Africa. From the Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga Moutains of Uganda to the Cape Floral Kingdom on top of Table Mountain in Capetown, South Africa there is nothing in between Mat wants you to miss.




Whether it’s volunteering, donating or spreading the word about Feed My Starving Children, there are many exciting ways to get involved.

“You will hear us say this again and again: ‘We want to reach everyone, until ALL are fed.’ We truly mean this. This means reaching the hard-to-reach people and places, the ‘least of these.’ They will be found, and they will be fed.’

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.  FMSC consistently receives the highest awards for integrity and trustworthiness, with more than 90 percent of total donations dedicated directly toward feeding kids in need.

(Feed My Starving Children, 2019, Get Involved, About Us.  Retrieved from


With the support of and in partnership with Rotary, some of the poorest mothers in Bangladesh and Pakistan are accomplishing something extraordinary for world education.  Gem and the AMAROK SOCIETY believes this is a start for world peace.  AMAROK SOCIETY teaches illiterate mothers each of whom then teaches 5 extremely poor girls and boys everything she’s learned. By this means great numbers of marginalized children are educated at very low cost – and each school spawns dozens of micro-schools.

Gem Munro, co-founder and director of Amarok Society, shared how the Society has managed to overcome the daunting challenges of teaching mothers to become neighborhood leaders in these dangerous and forbidding slums.

Here’s what others have said about Gem’s presentations:

Gem’s speech should be given to every Rotary Club and board meeting in the world!” President, Rotary Club of Westchester, California.

Chuck Anderson, Past District Governor for District 5280, “I was going to leave the luncheon early, but could not because of my interest in what he was saying.”

This club has been in existence for 11 years. We’ve had more than 400 speakers and I’ve never heard a better or more compelling speech than I heard here today.” Rotarian, Osoyoos, BC.

Gem’s speech and program is possibly the most fabulous and important I have ever heard in my 59 years in Rotary.” Lloyd Hild, Rotarian, Westchester (Los Angeles).

12-7-2018  –  HOLIDAY PARTY

Rawhide Western Town
5700 W North Loop Rd,
Chandler, AZ 85226

11-22-2018  –  HAPPY THANKSGIVING – No Meeting was Scheduled

11-8-2018  –  DAN PERSIGEHL, DP Media Consultants

In 2016 Dan Persigehl launched DP Media Consultants at, and is a pioneer in the marketing industry in Arizona. Dan has spent 27 years in radio in markets like Phoenix, Atlanta, Portland and Kansas City.  DP Consultant’s mission is to help small businesses with limited budgets make noise in their industry by taking the proper steps to actually PREPARE to advertise.  Dan asserts that he’s seen a ridiculous amount of small businesses simply waste valuable resources on campaigns that honestly are dead on arrival. Most traditional media and ad agencies aren’t interested in clients who aren’t willing to spend thousands every month. No one has been there to assist and represent small businesses with limited budgets, until now.

Dan has done a significant amount of public speaking during his radio days.  He has recently  released his book “How to turn your small business into a Category of One.”  His book will be reviewed in the Sunday NY Times book section within the next 60 days.   All of the profits go to Pediatric cancer research at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Tempe DT Rotary Club President Aaron Bercovitch with Dan Persigehl

10-25-2018  –  Rotary Polio Plus Meeting

Our meeting was highlighted with a informative visit and a current Rotary update from our District Governor, Mr. Jim Erickson.  Our club secretary, in turn, updated Mr. Erickson with our current active members, our 2018 – 2019 budget overview, and club projects for 201– 2019. 

Jim Erickson announced a few activities at  Rotary District 5495 Conference 2019.  Below following are the announcement flyers.  Contact is Mary K Clark,



District Governor Jim Erickson and Tempe Downtown Rotarian Fred Chalfin present Rotary Banner “BE THE INSPIRATION” for 2018-2019

Tempe Downtown Rotarians Rhoda Weisel and Fred Chalfin participate in a ribbon cutting at Treasures4Teachers in honor of Barbara Blalock’s induction into the Chamber of Commerce

Rotary is an international community that brings together leaders who step up to take on the world’s toughest challenges, locally and globally. The eradication of polio is one of our longest standing and most significant efforts. Along with our partners, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. We have reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide and we won’t stop until we end the disease for good.

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.

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.

(Rotary, 2018, Rotary:  Rotary and Polio.  Retrieved from https://my

9-27-2018  –  Terri Alexander – Arizona Corporate Commission

Ms Terri Alexander presented information about fraud.

9-13-2018  –  Care McGray-Lengel, League of Women Voters

Vision, Beliefs & Intentions: The principles that guide our organization.


The goal of The League of Women Voters is to empower citizens to shape better communications worldwide.

The Leagues of Women Voters is a NONPARTISAN political membership organization which:

● acts after study and member agreement to achieve solutions in the public interest on key    community issues at all governmental levels.
● builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
● engages communities in promoting positive solutions to public policy issues through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters Education Fund is a NONPARTISAN public policy educational organization which:
● builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
● studies key community issues at all governmental levels in an unbiased manner.
● enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and conflict management.

We believe in:
● respect for individuals
● the value of diversity
● the empowerment of the grassroots, both within the League and in communities.

We will:
● act with trust, integrity, and professionalism.
● operate in an open and effective manner to meet the needs of those we serve, both members and the public.
● take the initiative in seeking diversity in membership
● acknowledge our heritage as we seek our path to the future.  (The League of Women Voters, 2018, About.  Retrieved from https://www.lwvmetrophoenix/about)

8-23-2018 – Roberta Miller, Running For Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court

Roberta Miller, candidate for Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court, with Tempe Downtown Rotary Club President Aaron Bercovitch

             Welcome our newest Tempe Downtown Rotary Club member Kavisha Saraswat (center.)

8-18-2018 –  Treasures for Teachers

Treasures 4 Teachers is a member based resource and supply store serving the educators of Arizona. This means that anyone who works closely with students can have access to a wide selection of materials, resources and training that will enhance and expand the learning process. T4T is a donation-based operation. Therefore, we are able to provide low cost and free school supplies to our members in Tempe, Arizona. (Treasure 4 Teachers, 2018, Get Involved.  Retrieved from

8-18-2018 – Higher Octave Healing

Higher Octave Healing, Inc.  is a non-profit music therapy organization dedicated to increasing the quality of life and promoting the empowerment of others through a variety of therapy, research, resource, and community outreach programs.

Providing music therapy to over 600 people each week, Higher Octave Healing seeks to support community programming, music therapy and related services, and continuing education for professionals and students by providing an avenue for donations, fundraising, grants, and other streams of funding to help continue the music therapy and support programs and services we provide for so many of Arizona’s children, teens, and adults through our 501(c)3, federally recognized non-profit status.  EIN 27-1896282​ (Higher Octave Healing, Inc., 2018, About Us.  Retrieved from us)

Music from the Heart performed at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA).

8-13-2018 – United Food Bank

Our mission is to stabilize the lives of hungry, low-income people within Eastern Maricopa, Gila and Pinal, and Southern Navajo and Apache Counties of Arizona by actively acquiring, storing and distributing large quantities of wholesome and nutritious foods to our network of community and strategic partners, combined with advocacy and educational initiatives that enhance lives.

The food we receive has one destination: to feed hungry people in our community. We work with community partners across our service area that operate food programs like food pantries, meal sites,  after-school youth meal programs, as well as distributing food on our own through our mobile pantries and Help Yourself Program.

What Does United Food Bank Need More – Food or Money?  We appreciate both. We depend on many yearly food drives to replenish our shelves when donations decrease. However, with our partnerships with Feeding America and the food industry monetary donations go much further. We can obtain truckloads of nutritious foods for the cost of transporting it to our warehouse. In fact, for every $1 donated we can distribute four meals to hungry people.

Volunteer to help:  we sort food for our 200+ agencies; we have an assembly line to prep for the kids’ backpack buddy bag program and our Friday co-op; and we have approximately 300 families come through our warehouse and receive food through our Help Yourself co-op and donated items from local grocery stores.  (United Food Bank, Nourishing Arizona Communities, 2018, About Us.  Retrieved from

8-9-2018 – Dan Shufelt, Executive Director, ARIZONA HELPING HANDS

Dan Shufelt, Executive Director of ARIZONA HELPING HANDS n Shufelt, Executive Director of ARIZONA HELPING HANDS is a native of Rochester, NY.  He graduated with a BS in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and moved to Phoenix with his wife Cheryl Fehlner in 1979.  He worked his way up through local accounting firms and landed at Miller Wagner and Company (now CBIZ) in 1985.  After serving as a Manager for five years, he accepted an offer from a client as the CFO of a Real Estate Trust.

Over the last 30 years, Dan has progressed from the CFO role to the Co-Trustee of a $40million enterprise that includes a Private Foundation which benefits Arizona charities.  Additionally he, until recently, has maintained a small tax and business consulting practice.

Dan’s charitable activities began in 1985 when he joined the Kiekhefer Branch Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix.  He was instrumental in merging the 8 Branch Boards, and became the Inaugural President of the unified body.

In 2000, Dan was introduced to Arizona Helping Hands by its Founder, Kathy Donaldson.  The passion exhibited by Kathy for the cause of a hands-on Organization dedicated to assisting Arizona’s children in need drew Dan’s interest and he joined the Board of this fledgling group.  Instrumental in the Organization’s phenomenal growth, Dan has served in leadership roles including Board Chair and Treasurer over 14+ years.

Through long-term connections with people involved in the foster care arena, in 2013 Dan proposed to the Board a new focus – that of supporting the foster care community in Arizona.  This new focus in an area of great need brought attention to Arizona Helping Hands and has spurred amazing growth in client services and increased needs for management skills.

In the spring of 2014, the Executive Director of AHH resigned to handle her growing family needs.  Dan volunteered many hours in an effort to hire a new Executive Director and tackle the increasing Organizational needs.  After operating in a volunteer role for a few months, Dan’s passion was ignited by hearing the stories of client service needs and seeing firsthand the benefit of the services AHH provides to foster families.

Dan brings his passion for the role, combined with business management skills, and his accounting and tax background to the President & CEO position at Arizona Helping Hands.  He is excited and committed to continuing the Organization’s growth and filling more of the community’s needs, One Child, One Dream, One Family at a time.

Married to Cheryl, they have two daughters and two grandchildren and love the Arizona lifestyle.

Dan Shufelt with Tempe Downtown Rotary Club President Aaron Bercovitch

8-6-2018 – I Help

Tempe Community Action Ageny (TCAA) offers the only shelter program available in the City of Tempe, the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP). Its goal is not only to provide for the immediate needs of homeless individuals, but also to offer them resources for finding employment and regaining self-sufficiency.

In partnership with the local faith community, I-HELP provides emergency shelter, meals, workforce development, and life skills training. I-HELP operates in Tempe seven nights per week, 365 days a year.

Every night in our community, 35 to 40 homeless individuals are fed dinner and provided safe shelter by teams of faith community volunteers. Through the mobile shower unit “Shower Power” program, sponsored by the Henkel Corporation and the Dial brand, these clients also have access to proper hygiene, an invaluable tool in gaining and maintaining employment. (Tempe Community Action Ageny, Inc., 2018, I Help, Retrieved from

7-26-2018 –  YANICK HICKS, The John Maxwell Group

Yanick Hicks gave an inspiring story of his life and his journey to the United States from Cameroon.  He talked of challenges in life while growing up in Africa, his travel to the US, and his education in the US.  His determination, experiences, and developed leadership skills guided him to complete his doctorate in Pharmacy.

With Mr. Hicks involvement with the John Maxwell Team he shared the Team’s vision:  “To come together as elite coaches, teachers, speakers and professionals, taking our leadership training, talents and skills and adding value to people all over the world. In doing so, we continue with our desire to do something of significance, as we transform lives and carry out the work of our leader, John C. Maxwell, and continue his legacy, while leaving an impact of our own.”

7-12-2018 –  CLUB ASSEMBLY

The Tempe Downtown Rotary Club members voted on a list of past projects and past project categories for the new year we will be working on.   Please note that while some categories received no votes, this does not mean the club will not engage in charity works in the area.  The list with votes is as follows:

  • Veterans   7
  • Mexican American Friendship   5
  • Education/Literacy   4
  • Higher Octave Healing   4
  • RYLA   3
  • Alexi Robots   3
  • Clothes Cabin   2
  • Discovery Room   1
  • Tempe Adult Day Care   1
  • Polio Plus   1
  • Adopt a Family   1
  • United Food Bank
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Tempe Centers for for Habilitation
  • Feed My Starving Children

6-15-2018 – Tempe Downtown Rotary Club Changing of the Guard and Presentation of Awards Dinner 2017 – 2018

2017 – 2018 Year in Review


  • Higher Octave Healing – Music from the Heart Sponsor
  • Treasures 4 Teachers – Scholorships & Donations
  • Alexi Robots –  Justa Center, Food & Hygiene Kits
  • The Clothes Cabin – Hygiene Kits & Literacy Project
  • The Tempe Svob Park Project – 200 Trees Planted
  • United Food Bank Food Sorting & Packing
  • City of Tempe Park Clean-up:  Rotary and Dwight Parks
  • Feed My Starging Children
  • W.O.W. Dog Rescue Animal Care


  • Grant District Image Project – Club Website
  • Grant Sponsor:  Literacy Project – Bali Indonesia
  • Foundation Sponsor:  Raffle Baskets
  • Conference Sponsor:  Mexican-American Friendship
  • Conference Sponsor:  District Raffle Baskets
  • Polio Plus Restaurant Night at Potbelly’s Restaurant
  • Polio Plus Adopt an Aloe Vera Plant
  • Feed My Starving Children Fundraisers T-Shirt Raffle
  • Scholarship Sponsor:  Rotary Global Foundation
  • Scholarship Sponsor:  Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA)


Tempe Downtown Rotarians enjoying a night of dinner and awards

5-24-2018 – BOB ZARLING, Rotary and Polio, A Current Update

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.

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

5-10-2018 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Representatives from from the local I.C.E. field office presented an overview of operations within the their department.  The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety. ICE was created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the former U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 46 foreign countries. The agency has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion, primarily devoted to three operational directorates – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA). A fourth directorate – Management and Administration – supports the three operational branches to advance the ICE mission.

IICE Officials with Club President Aaron Bercovitch

4-26-2018 – Presentation and Tour of the SW College of Naturopathic Medicine

This meeting was held at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine2140 E Broadway Rd, Tempe AZ  85282.  

Naturopathic medicine is a general practice field, though many naturopaths develop specialties and areas of emphasis. Such medicine is complementary to conventional medicine and dedicated to the study and celebration of holistic health and healing, covering all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care. It blends centuries-old natural, non-toxic therapies with cutting-edge advances in medical science, and is committed to empowering patients to retain control over their health and well-being.

Naturopathic medicine concentrates on whole-patient wellness; the medicine is tailored to the patient and emphasizes prevention and self care. Naturopathic medicine attempts to locate and treat the underlying cause of the patient’s condition rather than focusing solely on symptomatic treatment.

Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) treats the whole person and embraces the healing power of nature.  SCNM has a rich history of sending naturopathic physicians into the world with not just a knowledge of naturopathic medicine but a rich experience in its healing effects. “We train and prepare graduates for the future of medicine and health care. Since day one, we have been an innovator in the field of naturopathic medicine and we strive to advance the profession and opportunities for graduates”.   (Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences, 2018, About.  Retrieved from

During this meeting a Naturopathic doctor addressed the group, the group was given a tour of the two clinics, and healthy hors d oeuvres was provided.

4-21-2018  Treasures for Teachers

Treasures 4 Teachers is a member based resource and supply store serving the educators of Arizona. This means that anyone who works closely with students can have access to a wide selection of materials, resources and training that will enhance and expand the learning process. T4T is a donation-based operation. Therefore, we are able to provide low cost and free school supplies to our members in Tempe, Arizona. (Treasure 4 Teachers, 2018, Get Involved.  Retrieved from

4-19-2018  Feed My Starving Children Service Date

Volunteering at FMSC is fun, upbeat and energizing! FMSC volunteers from all walks of life are able to come together with family, friends, co-workers and strangers to feed starving children.

FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.

Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today.

Feed My Starving Children meals are produced by volunteers in Minnesota, Illinois, Arizona and all over the United States through MobilePack events. (Feed My Starving Children, 2018, Volunteer Info.  Retrieved from

FMSC has moved from Tempe to Mesa.  Location is:  1345 S Alma School Rd, Mesa AZ 85210.

4-12-2018 – No meeting was scheduled.

3-22-2018  –  KIM BOEHM, W.O.W. (Waggin’ Our Way) Small Dog Rescue, a new 501c3 non-profit

“WOW has helped another rescue for 5 years and we love finding homes for the dogs. We love their loyalty and their compassion for people regardless of their situation. The gals that worked with me prior have followed me to my own rescue now. We are a great team and its an exciting adventure!!”
*We are a 501c3 Non Profit, No Kill small dog rescue.  (Petestablished, 2014., W.O.W. Dog Rescue.  Retrieved from

WOW Director Kim Boehm (center) with Sandy, and
Past Dist. Govenor/Tempe Downtown Rotarian Barb Feder (right)

Our newest Rotarian Sarah Jacobsen (center), with  Barb Feder (left) and Dayna Gutske (right)

3-8-2018  –  ARIEL ANBAR, Education Through Exploration:  Re-imagining Education in a Digital Age

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Ariel Anbar, a President’s Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and School of Molecular Sciences, to its first-ever list of “Teaching Innovators.”

 Downtown Tempe Rotarian Aaron with Professor Ariel Anbar


2-8-2018  –  ADRIAN FONTES, Maricopa County Recorder Office

Adrian Fontes, the Maricopa County Recorder and Chatham Kitz, an advocate for voting rights presented new technology for voting and processing in the upcoming City of Tempe election.  March 13, 2018 was the City of Tempe’s General/Special Election.  The City of Tempe’s website provided the following links for election information.

  • Certified Candidates/Candidate Contact Information – 12/29/2017,
  • Ballot by Mail Information    Ballot Centers
  • Proposition 402: Resolution No. R2017.137     Resolución No. R2017.137
  • Proposition 403: Resolution No. R2017.140     Resolución No. R2017.140
  • Proposition 404: Resolution No. R2017.139     Resolución No. R2017.139
  • Resolution No. R2017.69     Resolución No. R2017.69
  • Resolution No. R2017.134     Resolución No. R2017.134   
  • Call of Election Public Notice of the City of Tempe  AVISO PÚBLICO La Ciudad de Tempe convoca a elecciones 
  • 2018 Candidate Packet Information
  • 2018 Candidate Election FAQ/Elección de candidatos 2018 Preguntas frecuentes

(City of Tempe, AZ (2018). Election Information.  Retrieved from

Maricopa County Recorder Andrian Fontes and Chatham Kitz (left and center) are presented with an appreciation card by Club President Don Kesner


1-25-18   JENNIFER KOELLER, Corporate & Community Relations Manager – PresentedSave the Family Foundation of Arizona,” an organization to aid homeless families and their future well being.

Jennifer Koeller with Tempe Downtown Rotary Club President Don Kesner.

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona offers a variety of programs designed to empower families to conquer homelessness and achieve life-long independence. Through targeted services that align with the goals and strategies set by Valley of the Sun United Way and the Maricopa Association of Government’s Continuum of Care, families at Save the Family end the damaging effects of family homelessness by:

  • improving their education and employment opportunities,
  • accessing safe, permanent housing, and
  • building family competencies.

Early on, Save the Family recognized that families need more than safe housing to conquer homelessness. They also need skills and confidence to lead productive, self-sufficient lives. Today, we offer an array of programs for adults, youth, and children, including:

  • parenting skills, personal development classes, and support for victims of domestic violence
  • career development, literacy support, and financial education
  • dental, vision, and legal services
  • tutoring, after-school classes, and camps and activities for youth

We Provide Housing

Operating over 176 units of housing Valley wide, we provide transitional housing for homeless families and housing to keep working poor families stable through market adjusted rents.

We Focus on Children

Over 60% of our clients are children. We strive to create stability for homeless children through consistent housing, stable schooling, after-school programs, tutoring, and extracurricular activities.

We Change Lives

We provide a full array of support services to help our clients succeed. We offer financial literacy education, career development support, budgeting workshops, parenting classes, and self-esteem coaching. Our clients’ successes include the following: high school diplomas/GEDs, home ownership, full-time employment, college degrees, scholarships, good credit scores, and savings accounts.

Our History

Save the Family began serving homeless families when we acquired four housing units in 1988. Soon after they were housed, families recognized the need for services to support their journey into self-sufficiency. In response to those requests, Save the Family offered the first adult and children’s education classes in 1991. At that time, adult classes focused on parenting, as well as personal growth and development. Children’s classes focused on expressive art activities aimed at assisting children in sharing their experiences.

Our Growth

Increasing demand for our services led us to expand our programs into a broad array of offerings, including the following:

  • Youth tuition-based camps and extracurricular activities.
  • Career development services.
  • Financial literacy programming for both adults and youth.
  • Family camps that focus on family dynamics that are built on family strengths.

Assessing Our Work

We use pre- and post-standardized assessments, which allows adults and children to report and see changes in their skills as they participate in our programs. Standardized assessments also enable Save the Family to track improvement and trends over time.  (Save the Family Foundation of Arizona (2013). Save the Family.  Retrieved from ).


1-20-18 – Treasures for Teachers

Treasures 4 Teachers is a member based resource and supply store serving the educators of Arizona. This means that anyone who works closely with students can have access to a wide selection of materials, resources and training that will enhance and expand the learning process. T4T is a donation-based operation. Therefore, T4T is able to provide materials and supplies to our members for low to no cost. (Save the Family (2013). Save the Family Foundation of Arizona.  T4T relies on the generosity of the community to keep our doors open and is thankful and appreciative of local corporations, businesses and individuals who support our operations. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Your support has a huge impact on the education of our community’s students.

VOLUNTEER!  We are always in need of helpful hands and minds, including creative thinkers and net-workers who are interested in sharing talents, skills, and advice with our small but rapidly growing organization. Areas of need include: general store administration, direct mail campaigns, marketing, fundraising support, bookkeeping, and outreach.  (Retrieved from

Our own Tempe Downtown Rotarians Fred Chalfin and Rhoda Waisel, third and fourth from left, participating in a T4T volunteer event.


1-11-18   GINA AGOSTINI – Human Evolution

Gina gave a wonderful informative presentation of the evolutionary process of humans, beginning the genus Homo leading to Homo sapiens.  Below is her bio.

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

Gina being pinned after her presentation on Human Evolution.

Our newest Downtown Rotary Club of Tempe Rotarian Henry.  Congratulations Henry!!

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

Assistant Police Chief Angel Carbajal Jr. with Tempe Downtown Rotary Club Pres. Don Kesner.

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.

Aaron is now a member of Tempe Downtown Rotary Club.  Club President Don is inducting Aaron.  Congratulations Aaron!

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.(

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.

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.

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”.  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.”

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.”

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.  (

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.

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 8.34.53 AM

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.

Buy a toner cartridge and donate to this rotary club (click on icon below):


Donations and dues:

Paypal Payments or Donations
Description of Payment Click on Button
Use this button for a quarterly Business Membership payment ($105)

Use this button for a quarterly Regular Membership payment ($90)

Use this button for a quarterly Senior Membership payment ($35)

Use this button for a quarterly Student Membership payment ($15)

Use this button for any other membership payment ($variable)

Use this button for a donation to the Rotary Foundation (tax deductible)

Use this button for a donation to the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown including Happy Dollars.

Note: Donations to the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown are not tax deductible.

Use this button to buy a quarterly advertisement in Rotempary ($25)

Use this button to buy a single ticket to Rotary Day – March 14, 2015 ($5)

Use this button to buy a family ticket to Rotary Day – March 14, 2015 ($25)

Use this button to make a donation to helping Nepal recover

Use this button to make a donation to the Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown Foundation, Inc.This donation is tax-deductible.

Use this button to buy one or more tickets for Rotary Day at the Ballpark on September 13, 2015 at $25 each

Charissa Cleveland – Personal Development Coach, Inspirational Educator, & Entrepreneur

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 here expertise and savvy to deliver engaging and energizing presentations on the HOT topic of FEAR.

HER MISSION:  To reframe the audiences’s definition of FEAR from Forget Everything And Run To Face Everything And Rise!

Kris Walters – The Clothes Cabin 7/9/15

Thank you to Kris Walters from The Clothes Cabin for presenting about her organization’s mission, values and work within our community.  In addition to presenting, Kris also accepted a Community Partner Award from The Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown on 07/23/15. We look forward to working with The Clothes Cabin as one of our top priority organizations this Rotary year.

[metaslider id=2193]

Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown makes big impression at Districts 5490/5510 Conference

The Rotary Club of Tempe Downtown was highly visible at the 5490/5510 District Conference:
1. Thanks to Lynn, Kymla, and Dayna, the Club’s hospitality suite, featuring a Mardi Gras theme, came in 2nd out of 13 suites – many of which were hosted by multiple clubs – thanks to Alex Pallas and his wife for popping in and making eveybody feel welcome
2. The Club won the District Achievement Award at the Gold level
3. Lynn was elected to a two year term as a member of the District Finance Committee
4. Barb continues as the District Foundation Chair
5. Kymla was sworn in as Tempe Downtown President
6. Nigel was sworn in as Tempe Area Assistant Governor (Downtown, Kyrene, Rio Salado, South, Camelback Crossroads satellite, and ASU Rotaract) – also awarded the District Service Above Self Award