Category Archives: Meetings

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.

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Shelley Gillespie – April 9, 2015



Communication – Modes, Meaning and the Future – download

Award-winning journalist, author and trainer Shelley Gillespie will explore communication modes, meaning and the future of communicating.

  • Do we have clarity?
  • Does one-size-fit-all?
  • Are reading, writing and ‘rithmetic lost arts?

Communication has dramatically changed in less than a decade.  Are our messages real, informative and memorable? Can we truly communicate?

…A perspective on the message and how we communicate.


Shelley Gillespie

Award-winning journalist, writer, marketing consultant, educator, trainer, and speaker, Book Writing Success Coach Shelley Gillespie assists businesses and authors with their writing and communication projects.

As a writing consultant, she assisted in raising $9.3 million dollars for a non-profit and saved a community $5 million annually.  A young man who was uncomfortable with writing overcame that problem by working with Shelley. He’s now a Fulbright Scholar.

While her job titles have included reporter, editor, marketing director, ghostwriter, training director and author, her most prophetic job title was “Problem Solver,” which now defines her work with clients and authors.

She has served as a volunteer for Maricopa Friends of the Library, Pinal County Open Space and Trails Committee, Girl Scouts, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, Boy Scouts and others.

Rotary In Action – Phoenix Youth Symphony – Jose Placentia – January 8, 2015



Jose Plascencia is currently a freshman at Arizona State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computational Mathematical Sciences as a First-Generation college student. He plans to use his knowledge from his major, experiences from Rotary and other clubs to research methods regarding improvements to medical imaging through mathematical algorithms. When he is not studying math or programming, Jose is an active member of the ASU Sun Devil Marching Band where he plays the mellophone. Jose was heavily involved in multiple clubs at his high school and achieved high level of success in all of them. In the Perry High School Puma Regiment marching band, the group continually achieved awards at various competitions throughout Arizona and California. During his freshman year Jose and his sister became the founders of their school’s Interact club. In the first two years of the club, they successfully raised over $11,000 for the Rotary International End Polio campaign. He was also heavily involved in DECA, a club built to prepare young adults around the world for the professional business world, where he and a team of two others placed in the “top 18” at the International level of competition with their proposed rebranding business plan. During his senior year he was accepted into The Phoenix Youth Symphony where he was in the French horn section within the Symphonic Winds ensemble and awarded The Phoenix Youth Symphony Musicianship award. Thanks to Chris LaBarge, various Rotary clubs throughout Arizona and California, Jose was able to participate in The Phoenix Youth Symphony’s music tour of Germany in the summer of 2014. While in Germany, The Phoenix Youth Symphony performed concerts at various venues and explored various historical sites in Germany. This experience immersed Jose in German culture and motivated him to want to explore others. Jose plans to continue his involvement with Rotary and to paid forward the selflessness and kindness that they share with him.