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October 21, 2010

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding.”




The Rio Squawk The official newsletter of the Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Club ”The Funniest Rotary Club West & East of the Mississippi.”

District 5510 ~ Tempe, Arizona USA For information regarding subscriptions, advertising, submitting or requesting a story or photograph, sending a letter or making a comment, Email: The Rio Squawk is a free publication circulated weekly to both Rotarians and non-Rotarians worldwide, with readership on six continents. For membership information, call 623-326-7951 or join us for breakfast 7:00AM Thursdays at the Hometown Buffet, 1312 N Scottsdale Rd

Rotary International President Ray Klinginsmith - Missouri, USA District 5510 Governor - Glenn W. Smith Governor Elect - Alan Havir Governor Nominee – Abe Feder Assistant Governor – John Slentz Secretary - Perry Rattiner Treasurer - Joanne Kline World’s First Service Club Organization Founded on February 23, 1905 Over 1,200,000 Members in 33,000 clubs Located in over 200 Countries Worldwide

IN THIS ISSUE 3 6 10 12 15 16 21 24 31 32 33 34 35 36 43

Club Minutes The Harp Foundation (Today‘s presentation) United Nations Day (Cover story) The Art of the United Nations A Dollar Makes a Difference Mail Box & Picture of the Week The ABC‘s of Rotary Born to be Wild – Christina Bush Ugly Old Lady Car Wash Tundra Comics Timmy the Squirrel Tears of Joy Miscellaneous Foolishness Display Ads Speakers Bureau

Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Club President Corey Bruggeman Immediate Past President Patrick de Haan Vice President James Greene Secretary Jack Buckles Treasurer Bobbi de Haan Sergeant at Arms PDG Ben Eubank Environmental Services Chair Jim Lemmon Gift of Life Chair Ron Freeman Greeter Kent Hendricks Guiding Rotarian PDG Ben Eubank Health Services Chair PDG Ben Eubank International Service Chair Dona Eubank Leadership Committee Chair Bobbi de Haan Marketing Committee Chair Greg Searfoss Membership Committee Co-Chairs PDG Ben Eubank & Patrick de Haan Official Mascot Rio Macaw Pathway to Reading Committee Chair Jack Buckles Photographer/Writer Bobbi De Haan PolioPlus Committee PDG Ben Eubank & Brad Dowden Progetto Salvamamme – Salvabebè James Greene & Bobbi de Haan Public Relations & Media Management Patrick de Haan River Rally, Octoberfest, Picnic in the Park Jim Lemmon Rotary Foundation Chair PDG Ben Eubank Service Committee Chair Lynsie Scharpf Trainers Kent Hendricks Geoff Pashkowski Ambassadorial Scholars Justin Randall (Spain) Laura Kalb (Middle East) Beth Anne Martin (2011 Latin America) Service Above Self Award Recipients Jim Lemmon (2001) PDG Ben Eubank (2007)

Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Club The Harp Foundation October 21, 2010 PRESENT: Corey Bruggeman, Jack Buckles, Bobbi de Haan, Patrick de Haan, Ron Freeman, Kent Hendricks, Tim Lidster, Linda Searfoss, and Lynsie Scharpf. GUESTS: Lizbeth Congiusti, Curt Hench, and Bob Williams. Lizbeth Congiusti 1) President Corey tried to call the meeting to order promptly at 7:00AM. 2) Invocation – Lynsie 3) Pledge & Four Way Test – Tim


4) Introduction of Guests – Corey Lizbeth Congiusti – Speaker, The Harp Foundation Curt Hench – The Harp Foundation Bob Williams – The Harp Foundation 5) Get Food – GOOD as usual – BACON! 6) Rio‘s Macaw is sick with a broken leg. Linda told two bad jokes for Rio! Bad Linda! a. Q – Who is the dead blonde in the closet? A – The 1991 ―Hide & Seek‖ winner!! b. Q – Where does a mermaid sleep? A – In a water bed! 7) With Ben is out of the country, Linda seized the opportunity to fill in as Sergeant at Arms. She had a great time collecting Happy Dollars and fines. When she was finally done, $27 was in the hat. A motion was made and seconded to fine Ben for missing the meeting by having him match the pot. It was unanimously passed. Thanks, Ben. Bobbi will happily add $27 to your club tab. Good job, Linda! 8) Bumper Snicker of the Week: ―Machine Gunner 3314 ~ Accuracy by Volume!‖ (Seen on Ben Eubank‘s pickup) 9) Lynsie still has raffle tickets for sale for a new 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid. (See page 19) 10) Linda is making designer scarves to sell as a fundraiser for our Christmas events. If anyone would like to purchase a scarf, see Linda. They are beautiful and make great Christmas presents. Linda is also looking for venues where she can set up a table and sell them. 11) The Governor’s Assembly on Wednesday, October 27th will be held at the North Tempe Boys & Girls Club at 6:30PM. The address is 1555 N. Bridalwreath Street, Tempe, AZ 85281. Dinner will be served. We have the room from 5:30-8:30PM, so it‘s alright to come early. We know quite a few of our members will be out of state or have schedule conflicts, so let‘s try to get as many as possible to attend. 12)

Corey reviewed upcoming events:  October 24th – The Interact Fall Leadership Conference at ASU. Corey and Morgan are attending.  October 24th - World Polio Day (Sunday). In honor of World Polio Day, The Rotary Foundation is happy to announce 2-for-1 recognition points for every online contribution of $100 or more made to PolioPlus during October18-24, 2010, Central Standard Time. Go to contribute to contribute online.  October 27th – Governor‘s Assembly at the North Tempe Boys & Girls Club (Wednesday evening)  October 28th – Governor Glenn Smith‘s official visit to the Club.  November 6th – Tri-District Foundation Training. Bobbi will attend. 14) PRESENTATION – Today was a great day! Not only did we have an informative presentation, we got to listen to some beautiful harp music! What better way to start off a day? Today‘s speaker was Lizbeth Congiusti from The Harp Foundation. Lizbeth Congiusti

Since their founding over 10 years ago, The Harp Foundation has been able to provide more than 60,000 hours of therapeutic harp music to hundreds of thousands of critically ill and medically fragile patients and their families at hospices, hospitals, schools, churches and homes around the Valley. The harp‘s resonance and healing power is unique among musical instruments. The vibration, overtones and resonance touch the heart. Our files are full of tender stories of infants, children, families, staff and volunteers whose health, hope and comfort has been restored in all phases of life: pre-birth to end of life. With continuing help from supporters, they will be able to continue bringing the therapeutic and healing power of the harp to those in need – ―transforming lives and healing hearts.‖ (See page 6 for complete story.) 15) There was no further business. Corey adjourned the meeting at 8:05AM.

Come and Welcome Governor Glenn & Sherry Governor's Assembly: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 North Tempe Boys & Girls Club 1555 N. Bridalwreath Street - Tempe 6:30 - 8:30 PM Dinner will be provided Governor's Visit: Thursday, October 28, 2010 Hometown Buffet 1312 N. Scottsdale Road - Scottsdale 7:00 - 8:00 AM

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Today’s presentation “Music is a universal language: it calms the heart and awakens the soul.” - - Anonymous The Harp Foundation, founded in May of 2000, evolved from Hospice of the Valley‘s Integrative Therapeutics Program (formerly known as Complementary and Alternative Therapies). In order to expand the harp program into the West Valley and surrounding areas, The Harp Consortium was formed as a separate, non-profit organization providing harp music to individuals in need. The Harp Consortium later became known as The Harp Foundation (THF) in 2007 when it became a separate community foundation. The Harp Foundation‘s founding members were Hospice of the Valley Sun Health Corporation, Interfaith Services and Sun Cities Area Ministerial Association. The Harp Foundation is uniquely positioned as the only collaborative organization between health care and spiritually-based organizations of its kind in the United States that provides therapeutic harp music. We are now servicing over 40 different institutions, partnering with many organizations and affiliating with several national and internationally based organizations. Vision for the Future The vision for the Harp Foundation is to provide a model for other Integrative Therapies to provide loving and compassionate care in mainstream churches, education, and healthcare environments. Our goal is to develop and sustain community partnerships to move forward in the area of providing quality health care alternatives to our diverse population here in Arizona. While partnering with like-minded organizations we will model structure, format guidelines and a training manual to be used in daily practice at medical, religious and home environments. The program will be inclusive of diverse styles of music and musicians, therefore providing clinical training and credentials for practitioners at a college setting, which will provide education and clinical research to support the many positive effects of Integrative Therapies. The Harp Foundation has expanded its mission to serve developmentally and physically handicapped children, oncology patients, under-served populations, and other individuals with special needs. In particular, THF is serving children and infants who are critically ill and medically fragile through programs at St. Joseph‘s Hospital in Phoenix, Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. We have also provided programs to The Foundation for Blind Children, Arthur Hamilton Elementary School and other numerous other private, charter and public schools. Since its inception, The Harp Foundation has provided over 50,000 hours of therapeutic harp music to individuals and their families in the Greater Phoenix area and throughout Maricopa County.

HOW AND WHY THE HARP HEALS US! – By SaraJane Williams     

The harp has a very wide pitch range (low C – 32.703 HZ to high G – 3136.0 HZ) which can vibrate the entire human body. The sound of the plucked string also closely matches the sound of vibrated human vocal chords. It offers a varied palette of tone colors, many of which are very soothing. The harp is noted for the ethereal effect that can be created through the use of its unique enharmonic glissando technique. The associated emotional expression of plucking strings may release tension. The muscles in our bodies resonate to harp strings and act like harp strings.

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When a harpist holds the harp while playing, it vibrates the player‘s body, including the thymus gland which is a major gland in the immune system and is located in the chest. Embracing the instrument is also a symbol of emotional nurturing. Aeolian harp may be the only instrument Mother Nature can play, herself. The harmonics created by the wind on the harp strings is very ethereal. Notes played on the harp blend into each other, creating an echo effect which may induce relaxation. This effect is especially apparent when the ear is placed near a sound hole located on the back of the harp. The whole body is used when playing harp, stimulating more brain tissue. Harps are made of wood, a material that symbolizes warmth and strength. They are impressive in size and shape. They are roughly triangular; the strongest of all geometric shapes (Pythagoras). The gentle curves of the neck also depict sacred geometry in form. According to Don Estes, ―Very complex information can be communicated though this elegant and yet simple instrument…‖ ―(NOTHING) except water produces such a full complement of harmonics.‖ ―…the waveform of a harp approximates that of the human voice. This very special wave shape is the sound equivalent of white light.‖

OUR PROGRAMS The difference between performance harp and therapeutic harp is in the intent of the musician. As performers, harpists provide entertainment to an audience. Therapeutic harpists provide a physical, mental, and spiritual link to the listener who may or may not be automatically aware of the harpist‘s presence. The goal is not to entertain, but to prepare or assist the listener for a healing or transitional experience through music therapy. Therapeutic harpists do not focus on themselves and their abilities as musicians. The music they play serves the needs of the listeners. This has allowed harpists of all skill levels to participate in our programs because their repertoire, regardless of size or difficulty, can be used as therapeutic music once they have received proper training.     

ANGEL SONG PROGRAM – Harps in a Medical Setting: Therapeutic healing harp music played for infants, children, adults, and their families in a hospital setting. CELEBRATION OF LIFE – Harps for Special Events: Family members or loved ones can request a harpist to play at milestone events, including a birth or memorial services to celebrate someone‘s life. HARP TO HEART – Harpist at Bedside: Therapeutic harp music is played at the bedside of patients in hospices, medical settings or in their own homes. This bedside gathering is tailored to the special needs of the patient and family. HEART STRINGS – Harps Ensemble: Multiple harpists perform harmonic harp music that specifically soothes, relaxes, and heals. This program is well-suited for special events, celebrations, fundraisers, and community outreach. REACH FOR THE STARS – Harps in the Schools: Harp music is played in classrooms and educational settings. This is an interactive program to enhance creativity, self-esteem, and personal growth.

Healthcare Facilities We have been servicing many assisted living, skilled nursing facilities and long term care facilities. The Beatitudes Campus of Care utilized our services at all levels of care, including their AgeLink Center (an intergenerational center serving children of all ages) and many other social services offered through the Church of the Beatitudes. Many ‗Celebration of Life‘ services offer a quiet, peaceful alternative for transitional periods. Tai Chi and Harp: A Path to Wholeness Balance and Harmony ―I had the privilege of attending a Tai Chi Class offered through the Church of the Beatitudes. I felt energized and peaceful. I was surprised at how body motions, although somewhat effortless, could produce such results. Harp Foundation training consultant, Jacqi

.Musselman, accompanied the class with soothing, beautiful sounds. Her harp music was a perfect complement. The class was taught by Deanne Hodgson, RN; certified by the Institute of Integral Tai Chi and member of the National Qigong Association. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Harp Foundation. Deanne is a delightful teacher; passionate, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. After the class, I researched and discovered that Tai Chi can awaken deep peace within the inner self. It has great health benefits from heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, and migraine headaches. It can offer comfort with grief and may facilitate the healing of emotional and spiritual issues. Many studies have supported these claims. Tai Chi is an ancient art. People in China, especially the elderly, practice the art regularly. The harp is currently used in many medical and social functions to help those experiencing pain or stress. The harp music brings comfort and relaxation to people who suffer physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Harp music and Tai Chi are a perfect complement for developing a path of wholeness, balance, and harmony. In our fast paced lifestyles, this was truly time well spent. Hospice For many years, the hospice communities have known the value of using an integrated approach between traditional medical care and complimentary alternative therapies. This combined approach allows for a variety of non-traditional approaches such as massage, aromatherapy, and therapeutic music for pain and stress management. The intensive nature of end-of-life and critical care not only affects the patients and their families, but also the caregivers and staff. The Harp Foundation began its services by providing bedside visits to patients in the final weeks of life or in eminent transition. The provision of harp music to the terminally ill was found to have a tremendous impact. Often, a patient starting with great pain, discomfort, and fear would experience significant relief and solace after harp music was played. Consequently, the sound of harp music is frequently requested at gatherings, funerals, and celebration of life and memorial services so that all may feel its effect. Research has shown that harp music reduces blood pressure, heart rate, and respirations. It can help decrease pain by elevating endorphin levels and promoting relaxation. Harp music is also shown to create considerable psychological and spiritual benefits. The benefits of therapeutic harp music have translated to the enhanced quality of care for children with special needs or those who are critically ill. This includes infants who were prematurely born. Hospitals Marie Grandstaff believes in the power of therapeutic harp. She knows its healing power, as a family member caring for a critically ill loved one, a patient, and, more recently as a harpist playing for patients. She is one of many angels working with and supporting The Harp Foundation (THF) in its mission of transforming lives and healing hearts. Mrs. Grandstaff was introduced to The Harp Foundation in late 2003, when Joyce Buekers (Executive Director and Harpist) played for her critically ill husband, Del. After that first meeting, The Harp Foundation arranged to have a THF harpist (Sherry Cook) play once a week in Del‘s room. The soothing sounds of the harp brought Marie a sense of peace during that difficult time. As her husband‘s health faded, Sherry came to Del‘s room and asked if Marie still wanted her to play. As she held her husband Del in her arms and the sweet tones of the harp filled the room, his spirit left his body. Marie says, ―His transition was so peaceful, so serene. What a grand finale for Del!‖ Mrs. Grandstaff also credits the tones of the harp for accelerating her own recovery from a stroke she suffered several years ago. Indeed, this harp music became a fixture in her life when she learned to play the instrument (one of Sherry‘s prize pupils). She is now a benefactor, advocate and musician for The Harp Foundation. In 2007, Marie‘s generous gift to THF, initiated the Angel Song Program at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center making harps available at patients‘

bedsides. Marie has renewed her support for The Harp Foundation and its work at Banner Del Webb in conjunction with Sun Health Foundation. The Harp Foundation, Sun Health and Marie call to your heart through the music of the harp. Sun Health Foundation‘s Harps for Healing January event kicks off our 2010 Harps for the Arts Series with the hospital providing a therapeutic harp model for other hospitals. Marie Grandstaff believes in the power of therapeutic harp. She knows its healing power, as a family member caring for a critically ill loved one, a patient, and, more recently as a harpist playing for patients. She is one of many angels working with and supporting The Harp Foundation (THF) in its mission of transforming lives and healing hearts. Mrs. Grandstaff was introduced to The Harp Foundation in late 2003, when Joyce Buekers (Executive Director and Harpist) played for her critically ill husband, Del. After that first meeting, The Harp Foundation arranged to have a THF harpist (Sherry Cook) play once a week in Del‘s room. The soothing sounds of the harp brought Marie a sense of peace during that difficult time. As her husband‘s health faded, Sherry came to Del‘s room and asked if Marie still wanted her to play. As she held her husband Del in her arms and the sweet tones of the harp filled the room, his spirit left his body. Marie says, ―His transition was so peaceful, so serene. What a grand finale for Del!‖ Mrs. Grandstaff also credits the tones of the harp for accelerating her own recovery from a stroke she suffered several years ago. Indeed, this harp music became a fixture in her life when she learned to play the instrument (one of Sherry‘s prize pupils). She is now a benefactor, advocate and musician for The Harp Foundation. In 2007, Marie‘s generous gift to THF, initiated the Angel Song Program at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center making harps available at patients‘ bedsides. Marie has renewed her support for The Harp Foundation and its work at Banner Del Webb in conjunction with Sun Health Foundation. The Harp Foundation, Sun Health and Marie call to your heart through the music of the harp. Sun Health Foundation‘s Harps for Healing January event kicks off our 2010 Harps for the Arts Series with the hospital providing a therapeutic harp model for other hospitals Schools The Harp Foundation has been supporting the work of StarShine Academy International Schools since the first school opened in August of 2002, as a partnered outreach of concern after the disaster of September 11, 2001. The schools are located in the highest need neighborhoods, consisting of kindergarten through high school students, coming from the most high-risk families. The children in most cases have experienced severe circumstances and have been victims of crime, abuse, pregnancy and lack of education. The families, many times, consist of a mother caring for many children. Some of the children are at times, homeless. Although StarShines students have experienced many, many hardships, its schools are well-known for the student‘s academic achievement and nearly 100% graduation. The Harp Foundation has had a profound effect on StarShine students and their achievement. At nearly every community event, adult harpists have provided music. And this year, because of a generous grant, StarShine students were able to take Harp lessons on the twelve Harp-sicle Harps. We believe along with others, that the harp is one of the most healing instruments for the heart. These children at StarShine provide a shining example of this truth, as you can witness in the attached picture. Prior to StarShine, most of the children were very angry and sad. They are now serious about listening and learning. Students take practicing the harp very seriously, waiting in line for a turn to practice. We are committed, as we grow the next 1000 schools, to continue to include Harp lessons as a priority for the children‘s education. It is that important to our overall theme of maintaining education standards that support each individual students needs for body, mind, spirit, health, wealth and happiness. Every child should be so lucky to learn to play and appreciate the heavenly music of harps, and how it helps them to gain brain function for further learning. For more information about their programs and how you can help, volunteer, and be involved in The Harp Foundation, please contact them at, call 602.265.4014 or visit their website,


HISTORY In the spring of 1945, representatives of fifty nations gathered in San Francisco to put the final touches to a document of far-reaching consequences — the Charter of the United Nations. Enthusiastically supported by the United States, the UN Charter went into effect on October 24, 1945. Two years later the UN General Assembly adopted a U.S.sponsored resolution declaring October 24th United Nations Day, to be commemorated annually by all member-states of the United Nations. Since 1947, UN Day has been observed in nations large and small around the world. In the United States, each President, beginning with Harry Truman, has issued a proclamation asking citizens to observe UN Day and to reflect upon the importance of the United Nations to our national interest, as well as to each American individually. At the time of the drafting of the Charter, close to one hundred U.S. national nongovernmental organizations were represented at San Francisco, giving their advice and support to the official U.S. delegation. Out of these organizations grew the United States Committee for the United Nations, a group consulted regularly by our government on matters related to the United Nations. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed Robert S. Benjamin, Chairman of United Artists Corporation, as chairman of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations and as the first National UN Day Chairman. In 1964, the U.S. Committee for the United Nations merged with the American Association for the United Nations to become the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). UNA-USA, under the guidance, first of Robert Benjamin, and later under other outstanding Americans, took on the coordination and supervision of the National UN Day Program working closely with the National U.N. Day Chairman. Over the years, the observance of UN Day in hundreds of communities all over the United States has changed significantly. In the early years, community observances tended to be symbolic events consisting of an international dinner in the town's high school or the UN flag flying from an official building. Today's program delves into world issues that are on the agenda of the United Nations and that affect every American citizen. The university campus, city hall, the governor's mansion have become sites for serious debates of issues before the UN and how to approach them through international cooperation.

United Nations General Assembly

Those born after the founding of the UN. in 1945 have come to realize that the UN offers no "quick fix," but is an instrument through which nations can identify common problems, set international standards, and take action. The UN is only as strong and effective as its 192 member states make it. Citizens and nongovernmental organizations play an essential role in building public support for the UN. Your United Nations Day observance can expand that support in your community.

UN Day 2010 – the 65th Anniversary of the UN “Engaging America in the MDGs!” As you know, the 24th of October is the most important day of the year for UNA-USA. As an organization, we use UN Day to focus national attention on the work of the United Nations and to highlight its importance to our country and the world on the anniversary of its founding. On this day, it is important for all of us to work together and to speak with one voice in support of the UN. For each of the past eight years, UNA-USA has focused on one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as our national UN Day theme. This year, on the 65th Anniversary of the UN, the organization is more engaged in more global problems that affect more people than ever before. The world recognizes this reality and the MDGs are compelling evidence of it. This UN Day UNA-USA‘s national theme will be ―Engaging America in the MDGs!‖ UNA-USA is partnering with the United Nations Millennium Campaign and the United Nations Global Compact for UN Day 2010 – the 65th Anniversary of the UN in order to strengthen our voices and provide our members with specific action items to help build support for the MDGs in the United States. World leaders will gather at UN Headquarters in New York City this September 20-22 for the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals with the objective to accelerate progress towards all the MDGs by 2015. A recent poll indicated that though most Americans are unfamiliar with these eight goals, that when made aware of them, an overwhelming majority believe that the U.S. should be involved in global efforts to accomplish them. This is where we fit in, folks! As members of UNA-USA, we need to engage our communities, elected officials, and local media outlets. We need collective action to match our collective responsibility!

―The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.‖ Franklin D. Roosevelt, considered the father of the United Nations.

The Art of the United Nations

Knotted Gun, by Fredrik Reuterswärd titled 'Non Violence'

The United Nations is reflected in a sculpture of a cracked globe titled 'Sphere Within a Sphere' at the UN entrance May 20, 2003 in New York City. It depicts the ravages of a nuclear war.

he Japanese Peace Bell, a gift from Japan before they were even members of the United Nations, holds a special significance on the UN grounds. It tolls twice a year, for the vernal equinox and on the first day of General Assembly.

'Good Defeats Evil', by Georgian artist Zurab Tsereteli.

The Cast the Sleeping Elephant Trust was established by Mihail in 1978. The founding premise for the organization is what the artist has termed The First Contract with Nature. This explores the philosophical and practical implications of man‘s dominance over Nature and the need to readdress and to completely rethink that link to Nature 'Sleeping Elephant', a bronze sculpture from three nations (Kenya, Namibia and Thailand) and cast from an actual living elephant by sculptor Mihail.

The circular Solidarity Among Sisters was a gift from 'Arab women' crated by Silvio Russo, "shaped ... in the form of an abstract image of a number of women, each of whom is holding out her hand to the next."

The most renowned of all the sculptures is probably Let Us Beat Swords Into Plowshares an Evgeniy Vuchetich creation donated by the Soviet Union.

(Left) Stained glass window commemorating the life of Dag Hammarskjold by French painter Mark Chagall.

Get Involved! This project runs through January 8th

Making a Difference...

So, RIM's fundraiser, A Dollar Makes A Difference (, kicked off this last weekend - how many of you would be willing to help us prove a point? We have been challenged (by the "YES I CAN" man himself, Don Ratliff) to set a big goal for this fundraiser. We were originally going to go for $25,000.00. Don challenged us to double that, which we found very exciting and adventurous, in all sorts of ways that have caused RIM and I (Mrs. Rim) to both grow as individuals and as partners in both life and this endeavor. We are very grateful for that! So, here's where we can use your help. This fundraiser began last Saturday October 9, 2010 with the kick-off party, and it will end officially on Saturday January 8, 2011 with a party that is ALREADY promising to be a huge event! During these three months - amidst all the activities and events and contests and raffles that will be getting under way - we are going to ask for people to participate by donating just ONE DOLLAR to this fundraiser. Of course, if people would like to give more, that would CERTAINLY be welcome. But the whole point behind "A Dollar Makes A Difference" is this: $50,000.00 SEEMS like a lot of money to raise, doesn't it? Now look at it this way... What if 50,000 PEOPLE each gave ONE DOLLAR APIECE?! That seems a lot more do-able, doesn't it? What would happen if YOU were to donate just ONE DOLLAR, and then ask one or two of your friends to do the same? Would you be willing to part with ONE DOLLAR to be a part of something HUGE to benefit a group of heroes who are not only worthy of our attention and appreciation, but who DESERVE our attention, appreciation and admiration? We are asking for your help in the form of giving just ONE DOLLAR, and then asking your friends to do the same. What's a dollar to you? What if YOUR dollar is the one that makes the difference? Guess what... IT IS!! We are so grateful for your willingness to participate! And I, personally, am so very grateful for your help in contributing to my husband's success in this venture that is so incredibly close to his heart.

A Dollar Makes A Difference A dollar can make a difference It can change a person's life It can serve a soldier in combat It can serve that soldier's wife*

We let our soldiers know that we care By supporting Packages From Home Your dollar will go toward shipping A package of "care" to the combat zone

God bless America, and God bless those men and women and their families, who have sacrificed - for us - more than we can ever hope to really comprehend or appreciate.

Rick and Sandi Daly "I want to serve the people who have been serving FOR US."

Rick Daly

And when our troops return They sometimes need a hand The Emergency Relief Fund Provides "solution" for problems unplanned As we raise money to help these two charities Our intention is simply to serve The men and women who give of themselves That our forefathers' Dreams be preserved. By Sandra Anne Daly

*We would like to acknowledge that we are aware that there are women in the military, as well, and husbands here at home—the word “wife” just works well for the poem. Thank you for understanding.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to share the story of The Harp Foundation and the wonderful work they are doing in the community. We look forward to working together on a mutual project. The Foundation for Blind Children sounds like a good start. Please reach out to Curt Hench to discuss. As requested attached is the info on The Harp Foundation please feel free to go to the web site. for additional information which you are free to use. Blessings,

Lizbeth Congiusti Speakers Bureau The Harp Foundation

PICTURE OF THE WEEK (Maybe of the century!)


Rotary Foundation Day and a Dinner Celebration It's time to register to attend two events related to Our Rotary Foundation. The first is an AZ Tri-District Rotary Foundation Day that will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 9am-3pm at EVIT in Mesa (see link to register It will cost just $20 to cover breaks, lunch, great information and the camaraderie of the day. Everyone is welcome to attend but this will be especially helpful for club officers of 2010-11 and 2011-12 and new or prospective members. Don't be shy about signing up. Every clubs should have 4-5 people there to soak up all of the information. Highlights include details about Group Study Exchange and new changes, How to Create and Execute Grants, news about Ambassadorial and Peace Scholars, and a keynote address from Steve Solomon from The Rotary Foundation. Steve is not just a staff member; he was an Ambassadorial Scholar and weaves a wonderful story about his experience. Second, DG Glenn has brought us back our own District Foundation Dinner - Thanks For Giving! This dinner will be the week after the Training Day Saturday, November 13, 2010 beginning at 6 pm at the Mesa Country Club. This will be a venue for you to hear and see where your giving dollars are being used. We will hear from Ambassadorial Scholars (Imagine being the recipient of a $25,000 scholarship!), hear fabulous results of what some grants have done and more. We will also take time to honor the Rotarians who are actively supporting the Rotary Foundation as Major Donors, Bequest Society Members, Benefactors and other levels of TRF support. Plan to be there as we say to you "Thanks for Giving". It‘s easy to register, just use the link

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Looking for a Simple, Low-Cost, High-Impact Polio Project? All we need is a $25 donation from 100 Clubs, Companies, or Individuals

To make a contribution or if you need additional information, contact:   

Patrick de Haan (Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Club) 623-326-7951 or Jan Snyder (Tempe East Rotary Club) 480-951-9250

50. SENIOR ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP "Senior active" is a form of membership reserved for members who have provided substantial years of service to Rotary and is usually regarded as a mark of Rotary distinction. Being a senior active member signifies that a Rotarian has been involved in club activities over a long period. A Rotarian automatically becomes "senior active" upon completion of 15 years of service in one or more Rotary clubs. Senior active status is also conferred upon a Rotarian with ten or more years service who has reached the age of 60, or with five or more years of service who has reached the age of 65. A Rotarian who serves as a district governor is also eligible for senior active membership. One of the benefits of being senior active is that the Rotarian no longer must reside or have his place of business within the territorial limits of the club. If a senior active member moves to another city, he may be invited to join Rotary without having an open classification. When a Rotarian becomes senior active, his/her classification is released to enable another individual to join Rotary. It is important to remember, senior active is not a classification, it is a type of membership. A senior active member is always identified by "former classification," which describes a business or profession. 51. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP "Honorary" is one of the four types of membership a person may have in a Rotary club. This type of membership is the highest distinction a Rotary club can confer and is exercised only in exceptional cases to recognize an individual for unusual service and contributions to Rotary and society. An honorary member is elected for one year only, and continuing membership must be renewed annually. Honorary members cannot propose new members to the club, do not hold office and are exempt from attendance requirements and club dues. Many distinguished heads of state, explorers, authors, musicians, astronauts and other public personalities have been honorary members of Rotary clubs, including King Gustaf of Sweden, King George VI of England, King Badouin of Belgium, King Hassan III of Morocco, Sir Winston Churchill, humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, Charles Lindbergh, composer Jean Sibelius, explorer Sir Edmund Hillary, Thor Heyerdahl, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Bob Hope, Dr. Albert Sabin, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and many of the presidents of the United States. Truly, those selected for honorary membership are those who have done much to further the ideals of Rotary. 52. MEMBERSHIP IN ROTARY INTERNATIONAL If you asked a Rotarian if he or she belonged to Rotary International, the individual probably would look puzzled and answer, "Of course I'm a member of Rotary International." But in this instance, the confident Rotarian would be technically wrong. No Rotarian can be a member of Rotary International! The explanation of this apparent contradiction is simple. The constitutional documents of RI state that membership in Rotary International is limited to Rotary clubs. Over 27,000 Rotary clubs belong to the organization we call Rotary International. A Rotary club is composed of persons with the appropriate qualifications of good character and reputation, a business or professional classification and who serve in an executive or managerial capacity. The Rotarian belongs to a club-the club belongs to Rotary International. This technical distinction is not obvious or even known to most Rotarians and seldom does it create any problems or complications. It does explain, however, why the Rotary International Board of Directors places expectations upon and extends privileges to Rotary clubs, rather than to individual Rotarians. If someone asks if you belong to Rotary International, your most accurate answer would be, "No, I belong to a Rotary club." But I doubt if anyone would understand the difference, or, in fact, would really care.




Your Club is invited to join Tempe Rio Salado and our Sister Club, the Rotary Club of Islamabad, Pakistan, to become part of this important Global Peace Initiative!

Looking for a COST EFFECTIVE Literacy Project? Are you working with a limited Club service budget or short of voluynteers? Would you like to get books to hundreds of impoverished valley children for just a few cents per book? Contact Rotarian Jack Buckles & learn about Pathway to Reading!

Bobbi de Haan’s

Born to be Wild

Celebrating the Care and Husbandry of Exotic and Endangered Wildlife In this issue, we have a special treat for you. One of Rio Macaw’s Facebook friends is the world renowned wildlife photographer, Christina Bush of Animal Magnetism Photography. I love passionate people. Maybe that’s why I enjoy our Rotary family so much. Maybe that’s also why I enjoy Christina so much. She is passionate about her work, passionate about her photography, and passionate about her beloved animals, especially the big cats. The following pages contain some of Christina’s favorite wildlife photos. She sent them to the Squawk so that we could share them with all of you. ~ Pat

About Christina Bush Christina grew up in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina in the charming town of Waynesville. She moved to CA in 1992 when she married her husband Tom, who was stationed as a Marine at Camp Pendleton. They now live in Vista, CA, with their two Rottweilers, Precious Diamond and Lord Benno. Christina has always had a passion for animals of all sorts. Throughout her life, she has had dogs, cats, turtles, birds, snakes, guinea pigs, bunnies, scorpions, fish and the pet she calls ―super-cool,‖ a tarantula named Raven. Christina is most passionate about the plight of her favorite species, the majestic tigers and wants to spend her life trying to help conserve them for the future of the world. She has become disgusted with what goes on in the world with tigers, especially in China and the United States. In addition Christina also supports the banning of canned/trophy hunting and stands behind Dr. Jenny Conrad and The Paw Project in helping make it illegal everywhere to declaw cats. Christina is also active in helping educate the youth of the world about wildlife because the youth is their future. She administers the Youth for Wildlife page where facts and photos are posted in a way that makes them interesting, interactive and fun. Christina is the photographer for well-known wildlife artist Chris Hoy ( and travels all over Southern California with him, photographing exotic animals at the sanctuaries/rehab facilities they support, educational centers and throughout Hollywood. She has photographed nearly all the animals on TV and in such movies as Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Evan Almighty, Operation Dumbo Drop, Gladiator, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. Christina notes, ―I began doing photography for fun in the year 2000 when my husband bought me a digital camera for Christmas. It was the greatest toy I‘ve ever, ever had. To me there‘s nothing like being able to capture a look, a memory, a small fantastic moment in time...and it‘s captured forever. What a beautiful thing photography is and it opened a whole

new world of creativity for me. And, it is instant gratification! That‘s the best thing because I‘m a busy girl with little free time. But, with digital...take the picture, connect the camera to a computer and in about 3 minutes you can have the print in your hand.‖ ―I started first photographing the beautiful coast along Southern California...the beaches, the sunsets, the flowers...the landmarks...and friends, of course. Then I met Chris Hoy!!! I began traveling on fun animal adventures with him and have met many of terrific people in the animal world, including not only animal celebrities...but people ones as well: Carol Channing, Kay Starr, Dan Westfall, Carol Burnett and many others. What a fun life!‖ Christina started Animal Magnetism Photography in 1995. Her images have been featured by National Geographic, Animal Planet, ABC‘s Extreme Home Makeovers, The International Anti Fur Coalition, the Paw Project and many other organizations around the globe. She uses them to educate as many people as possible through the use of imagery and interesting facts that help to raise awareness for wildlife ( ―I want to go to South Africa with my camera someday soon and see the animals in the environments that they are meant to be in....and not behind cages. I ache to see them free,‖ she says. ―I am a friend and supporter of Cheeta the chimp from the 1930s and 40s Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O‘Sullivan. Cheeta is age 78 and in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the oldest living primate. He is living out his Golden years in Palm Springs, CA, with his caretaker Dan Westfall, who just received his star on the Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, right beside Cheeta‘s. I was invited to attend the celebration and it was amazing. Here‘s the link for my photos of that day. Being part of the rescue effort to save lives has been one of my greatest personal achievements.‖ You can read more about Cheeta at

CONTACT INFORMATION 949-228-3508 FACEBOOK animalmagnetismphotography

"The gift of photography is an art form, not a hobby" Mary Gray

October 23, 2010

Circle-K 75th Ave & Cactus

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

We’re Back! And Uglier Than Ever! Mark your calendars, dust off your dancing shoes, dry clean your dresses, powder your wigs, and stock up on lipstick!




If you like these cartoons, visit Chad’s web site - Tundra Comics

James Greene’s

Timmy the Squirrel


Bizarre Pictures of Cute Little Animals


JACK BUCKLES’ TEARS OF JOY Funny Stories, Bad Jokes, Bumper Stickers, etc.

WHAT DOES LOVE MEAN? ~ ANSWERS BY KIDS! A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, "What does love mean?" The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think: "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love." - Rebecca - age 8

So my

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth." - Billy - age 4 "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other." - Karl - age 5 "Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs." - Chrissy - age 6 "Love is what makes you smile when you're tired." - Terri - age 4 "Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK." - Danny - age 7 "Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss" - Emily - age 8 "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen." - Bobby - age 7 (Wow!) "If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate." - Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikkas on this planet) "Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday." - Noelle - age 7 "Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well." Tommy - age 6 "During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore." - Cindy - age 8 "My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." - Clare - age 6 "Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken." - Elaine-age 5 "Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he‘s handsomer than Robert Redford." - Chris - age 7 "Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."- Mary Ann - age 4 "I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." - Lauren - age 4 "When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." - Karen - age 7 "Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross." - Mark - age 6 "You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget." - Jessica - age 8

Edible Architecture

RIO MACAW’S FACEBOOK PAGE Rio now has 1,092 friends on his Facebook page. What‘s even more amazing is that more than 200 of them are from different countries around the world, true to the spirit of Rotary International. Rio currently has friends in:  India  Greece  Turkey  Argentina  Portugal  Denmark  Italy  England  Venezuela  Bangladesh  Pakistan  South Africa  Brazil  Chile  Mexico You can visit Rio at this link:

The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands!

The 2011


Walk Across America For Special Needs Kids


A Directory of Speakers We Have Used Looking for a good club presentation? Here are some resources for the Phoenix area.

Chaplaincy for the Homeless

At its main office in the Lodestar Resource Center, the Ecumenical Chaplaincy for the Homeless helps thousands of homeless people each year obtain lost documents, such as birth certificates and drivers' licenses, so they can get jobs, obtain medical help, or find housing. Very moving, informative presentation.

Chaplain Dave Goodall Executive Director 1125 W. Jackson St. Phoenix AZ 85007 602-417-9853

North Tempe Boys & Girls Club

The North Tempe Branch offers activities from each of the 5 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Core Program Areas: Education and Career Development; Character and Leadership Development; The Arts; Health and Life Skills; and Sports, Fitness, and Recreation, and a Power Hour homework completion program where dedicated staff members are available to assist children complete their daily homework.

Lynsie Scharpf Branch Executive 1555 N. Bridalwreath St. Tempe, AZ 85281 480-858-6520 Fax 480-858-6545

Safeddy Identification Cards Shiela Maguire Executive Director PO Box 20724 Mesa, AZ, 85277-0724 (480) 236-8811

Indicates that this person belongs to a Rotary Club or organization.

The Safeddy card is an identification card. On the front, the card will have the person’s photograph and personal information such as name, date of birth, address and basic medical information. On the back of the card there will be listed some Do’s and Don’ts. Many times first responders will escalate a situation through no fault of their own by inadvertently asking or doing something that triggers aggressive behavior.

Citizens Offering Police Support Officer Larry Horton Phoenix Police COPS Program 620 West Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85003 602-262-7218 Fax: 602-534-1972

100 Club of Arizona Sharon Knudson-Felix Executive Director 5033 N. 19th Ave., Suite 123 Phoenix, AZ 85015. (602) 485-0100 Fax (602) 242-1715

Lauren’s Institute for Education Margaret Travillon Co-Founder & CEO 3341 E. Queen Creek Road, Suite 109 Gilbert, AZ 85297 480.621.836 fax: 480.621.8513

C.O.P.S., is the volunteer force of the Phoenix Police Department. Volunteers work under the direction of the Employment Services Bureau and play an important part in our city's police operation. Volunteers work side by side with sworn officers in almost every aspect of law enforcement, from administration to investigation. Larry is passionate about this program and gives an excellent presentation!

The mission of the 100 Club of Arizona is to provide financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare. This is an excellent organization and a very worthwhile presentation.

Lauren’s Institute for Education (L.I.F.E.) is a special place for developmentally disabled children. They offer a variety of therapies that nurture each individual child's overall growth to improve their quality of life and the lives of their family members. Their 11,000 square-foot facility is state of the art with over 20 thrapy rooms.

This absolutely wonderful program was started by a local Lions Club as a way to provide free books to poor children who otherwise would not have any. The Pathway volunteerrs hold “Free Book Fairs” at local schools, providing the children with a vast selection of books from which they can pick one to keep. What’s amazing is that they are so affordable. It costs just a few cents per child!

Pathway to Reading Jack and Karen Buckles PDG Forrest Hickman

FBI Special Agent Paul Schaaf Federal Bureau of Investigations 201 E Indianola Phoenix AZ 85012 602-279-5511 Fax 602-294-4055

ChildLight Foundation For Afghan Children Diana Tacey Founder & President 480-964-5484

Polio Echo Brad Dowden President P.O. Box 61024 Phoenix, AZ 85082

John Fitzsimmons Phone: (602) 820-6202

Desert Edge Mentoring Dennis Gregory Executive Director 1950 W Heatherbrae Dr. Ste 4 Phoenix, AZ 85015 602-237-2485

Max A. Butler Certified Arborist 602-885-4361

ChildLight Foundation for Afghan Children is committed to caring about and relieving the suffering of children and their families. When families suffer, children suffer. This was a fantsastic prersentation about one of the most dangerous and needy places on the planet. Well worth your time to schedule Diana!

Serving polio survivors (certified under United Way and supported by Easter Seal Society of Arizona and Arizona Chapter of March of Dimes) strives to service these needs by offering information, services, equipment and "support" by professionals, and most importantly, by those who are walking in your shoes!

A high-energy performance filled with magic, comedy and jawdropping stunts, John Fitzsimmons offers one of the most amazing shows you’ll ever see. John thrills audiences with everything from the most creative way to make a balloon animal to “The World’s Most Dangerous Card Trick” — a smashing stunt that landed him on every major TV network in the nation. John is extremely active in our community, supporting many of our local charities.


Holistic Horticulture

Special Agent Schaaf spoke to us about “Cyber Crime.” The top three priorities for the FBI are terrorism, counter intelligence, and cyber crime. Cyber crime includes SQL infection, scams, identity theft, extortion, investment fraud, and mortgage fraud. This was a fascinating presention full of important information.

As an outpatient clinic they provide therapeutic intervention through counseling and mentoring. Their targets are male and female adolescents ages 10-17 and male and female adults ages 18 and older, who are seeking guidance while progressing through their life stages. They offer a learning environment, leadership skills, and real world experiences while promoting personal growth, team and relationship building and accrual of lifelong skills.

Max is amazing! Everything you could ever want to know about trees, Max knows. After earning his ISA Certification (WE-7939A) while working for several local tree care companies, Max decided to start his own tree health management practice emphasizing entire tree systems rather than focusing only on trees' individual components. Thus, Holistic Horticulture was born.

Astonishing Families Justin Rohner Executive Director 4327 E. Cloudburst Ct. Gilbert, AZ 85297 480-235-1006 (Todd Runyan)

O’Connor House Linda Searfoss Linda is the past Executive Director of Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters and recently served as interim CEO of the Red Cross, so she can talk on multiple topics.

Origami Joey Hudy Origami Artist Schedule Joey through his mother, Julie. Try not to interfere with his school. He‘s a great kid!

Police Photography Hal Becker Professional Photographer The gallery Hal brings also includes military and landscapes.

Hold On To Your Dreams

Bobbi de Haan 3629 W Camino Real. Glendale, AZ 85310 623-326-7950

The O’Connor House Project is a community effort to relocate both the original adobe house and the spirit of Sandra Day O’Connor to Arizona’s Papago Park. There, the house will once again be a gathering place where people find the level of compromise and consensus needed to move society forward..

Joey Hudy shows us an award winning piece that he entered in an OrigamiUSA competition. Named the “Winged Devil”, the 360-fold work of art took him four hours to complete. Very moving, heart-felt presentation. Joey has autism and uses paper-folding as a way to stay calm and function. Another amazing story.

Hal Becker specializes in photographing our public safety officers and military. Hal has used his technical skills and artistic eye to capture the people behind law enforcement, honoring them for their service. It was amazing to see all of the places Hal has been in pursuit of his craft and to experience his journey through his pictures. Awesome!

Francoise Maricle was born two months prematurely in a Japanese internment camp in Indonesia during World War II. She was in three different camps with her mother and older brother for the next three years. She survived in spite of the horrible physical and mental conditions. This is an amazing story and presentation!

Francoise Maricle Author 17831 N Del Webb Blvd. Sun City, AZ 85373 623-972-3168

Cruising the Oceans

Justin, from Astonishing Families, provided us with a thought provoking presentation about his Mind 4 Money program. It was excellent! Wealth is about attitude. Justin uses his skills to help families change their attitudes towards their finances, become grounded, and turn their lives around. Very useful information.

A few years ago, Bobbi went on a short cruise with her daughter and immediately fell in love with cruising. Now, with several cruises under her belt, she has put together an informative presentation showing what you can expect. Geared for the novice as well as the seasoned traveler, her insight and perspective will have you longing for the high seas. Focus will be on her voyage aboard the Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship. Great pictures!

Save the Family Tim Lidster Director of Community Outreach 450 W. 4th Place Mesa, AZ 85201 480-898-0228 x 245

Last year, Save the Family served 195 families including 393 children in its Transitional Living Program and an additional 114 families with 226 children in its Affordable Rental Program, and through an outreach of local schools, Save the Family served an additional 2500 youths.

College Depot Janet Reno - Director 1221 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 85004 602-262-7783 Fax 602-495-0177

A collaborative effort between the City of Phoenix and several private partners, it is located in the Burton Barr Library, near the library’s “Teen Club.” They provide a complete range of support services, from encouraging kids to consider college, to helping them with their applications and tests, and providing support.

Fill the Bookshelves in Fiji These two Pat Tillman Scholars from ASU are arranging to Nicolette Lewis Mailai Echeverria

send a load of books to school children on a remote island in Fiji. A vacationing Chandler teacher discovered the severe need for reading material and started collecting books. Nikki & Mailai accepted the challenge and want to make this happen. Very interesting. This is an area which is often forgotten yet has some real issues that can easily be corrected.

(Waiting for updated contact information)

Desert Sounds Performing Arts Jenny Crews President PO Box 7526 Chandler, AZ 85246 480-304-4762 480-699-6902

Phoenix Police Missing Persons Unit Sgt. Bryan Chapman 2120 N Central Ave. Phoenix AZ 85004 602-262-4088

Desert Sounds Performing Arts, Inc. is an organization of local community residents who know the benefits of participating in the arts, both personally and professionally. Their goal is to provide underserved children access to school band and orchestra programs, lessons and performance opportunities

Sgt. Chapman provided us with a conprehensive, fascinating behindthe-scene look at the Phoenix Police Department’s Missing Persons Unit. We learned about how well the Amber Alert system works and reviewed the facts and data pertaining to missing individuals. The presentation was so good, everyone stayed late to hear more. Sgt. Chapman is a captivating speaker and really knows his material well. Especially useful were his hints for parents/grandparents.

India James Freeman Past District Governor 3160 E. Main St., Lot 42 Mesa, AZ 85213 623-640-6201

Lauren’s Institute for Education Margaret Travillon Co-Founder and CEO 3341 E. Queen Creek Road, Suite 109 Gilbert, AZ 85297 480-621-8361x207 Fax: 480-621-8513

East Valley Rotaract Laura Zilverberg North Tempe Multigenerational Center

1555 N Bridalwreath St, Tempe, AZ 85281480-463-4886

PDG Jim blended pictures, slides, and items from his numerous trips overseas with wonderful stories of his experiences. Although his primary focus for the presentation was on his visits to projects that were funded by Rotarian Matching Grants, he also covered political, cultural, and economic concerns in the area. PDG Jim easily captivated us with his passion for the people of the region. Good talk!

Lauren’s Institute for Education (L.I.F.E.) is a special place for developmentally disabled children. They offer a variety of therapies that nurture each individual child's overall growth to improve their quality of life and the lives of their family members. Their 11,000 square-foot facility is state of the art with 20 rooms for specialized therapy, an outdoor patio, staff offices, observation rooms and much more! A great program!

The East Valley Rotaract Club is a community-based club sponsored by the Paradise Valley Rotary Club. The Club is extremely active and involved in their community. They are known for their creative fundraising projects and high energy level. It’s always a treat to hear about their current activities. Good job!

The Mutual UFO Network is one of the oldest and largest UFO investigative organizations in the United States. Their Mission Statement is the scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of humanity through investigations, research and education. It was very interesting to hear and ask questions about the “Phoenix lights” and other regional sightings. It’s almost like having your own X-Files speak to your meeting.

MUFON Mutual UFO Network Stacey Wright & Jim Mann State Section Directors


"It is my Purpose to serve as flesh-and-blood proof that patterns can be broken, and to assist others in breaking their own limiting patterns of thought that keep them stuck in circumstances that are unsatisfying, or maybe even painful. I believe that every person on this planet deserves to live a life they can love, and it is my Purpose to assist them in doing so."

Neutralize your "programming" and start LIVING your life!

Sandra Anne Daly Author and Certified Life Mastery Consultant

Native American Connection

Their philosophy and services are grounded in Native American cultural and spiritual values, with a deep sense of purpose. They serve a variety of individuals and families in a wide-range of services - from homeless men or women seeking recovery in hopes of becoming clean and sober and reuniting with their children and families to working families looking for affordable housing or pursuing the path to homeownership.

Melissa Arellano Valazquez Marketing Coordinator 4520 N Central Avenue, Suite 600 Phoenix, Arizona 85012 P: 602.254.3247 F: 602.256.7356

A. T. Stills University Dr. Jack Dillenberg Dean 5850 E. Still Circle Mesa, AZ 85206 480-219-6000

The mission of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health is to educate caring, technologically adept dentists who become community and educational leaders serving those in need, and to be the leader in the lifelong education of community responsive general dentists. This program is heavily vested in community service. VERY impressive!

Southwest Bureau of Economics Bryce Wilson and Steven Bustamante History of American Coins 3918 E Stanford Avenue Gilbert, Az 85234 888-399-4690

The Centers for Habilitation Dawn Hocking Development/HR Specialist 215 West Lodge Drive Tempe, Arizona 85283-3652 480-730-4221 Fax: 480-730-5214

Positive Network Alliance Patrick de Haan, MAPC President & CEO 3629 W Camino Real Glendale AZ 85310 623-326-7951

We received a fascinating half hour review of the history of American coins and currency. Covering everything from the Coinage Act of 1792 to the Gold Standard Act of 1900 and current trends and conditions, this was a most informative lecture. We also enjoyed looking at the many historic coins they brought with them.

TCH provides services for individuals in every stage of life. From early intervention for infants and toddlers to senior recreation programs, from at-home attendant care to community employment supports, TCH meets the needs of individuals with disabilities. The TCH mission-empowering people with disabilities-is evident in all programs.

PNA serves impoverished and homeless children from PK-3rd grade through their Christmas Tree Project. They also serve the children of our deployed troops through their National Gratitude Project. They are active 365 days a year, so you don’t have to wait until December to have a visit from the real Santa Claus!

New Page – Updated 10/22/10 Rotary Youth Programs Chris LaBarge District 5510 Interact Chair 2010 2332 E. Grandview Circle Mesa, AZ 85213 H480-844-8714 C 480-229-0150

The Harp Foundation Lizbeth Congiusti Board Member 400 W. Camelback Road Suite 304 Phoenix, AZ 85013 602-265-4014

My Year in China Susan Seats Susan‘s availability is extremely limited due to her travels. Contact her by email

Abuse and Harassment PDG Don LaBarge District 5510 Youth Harassment and Abuse Chair

Camp Tatiyee Pam Swanson, Executive Director (Off Season: Mid-August to Mid-May)

480-380-4254 Lions Camp Tatiyee P.O. Box 6910; Mesa, AZ, 85216

Chris LaBarge provides an excellent presentation on the Interact program and other Rotary youth initiatives. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are selfgoverning and self-supporting. Chris is very knowledgable and totally commited to working with children. Excellent!

Since their founding over 10 years ago, The Harp Foundation has been able to provide more than 60,000 hours of therapeutic harp music to hundreds of thousands of critically ill and medically fragile patients and their families at hospices, hospitals, schools, churches and homes around the Valley. This is a wonderful presentation complete with soothing harp music.

Susan has just returned to the states from a one year teaching assignment at Hubei University of Technology in Wuhan, China. While there, she created a magic club to help build student confidence and self-esteem. Her work was so extraordinary that the Chinese produced a movie about her. If you can catch Susan when she is in Arizona, you will be captivated by her amazing story. She has also traveled extensively in India.

PDG Don LaBarge provides an excellent overview and update on Rotary International’s and our District’s progress towards developing an “Abuse and Harassment” policy. This is a must presentation for any club hosting or conducting youth programs/activities. PDG Don has not only done extensive research on the subject, as a retired police officer he brings a professional perspective to his presentation. Excellent!

Lions Camp Tatiyee is simply a place created to give a chance for individuals with special needs to relax, be themselves, and have a great time with new friends. For over 50 years, the camp has served children facing the challenges of living with a disability. Learn about their quality programming, dedicated staff, and how you can get involved in supporting their efforts. Excellent presentation.

Sustainable Resources, Ltd.

Dr. Jan & Clarice Snyder

6248 E. Waltann Lane Scottsdale, AZ 85254-1942 Phone 480-951-9250 Email Web Site

The objective of Sustainable Resources is to identify and support industries or projects that provide jobs, education, or basic human needs to those people that are in most need of fundamental support in order to escape the cycle of poverty. The Snyders have fascinating stories of their trips to Africa and their many wonderful projects. Learn how ASU students are involved in designing and building adaptive equipment for disabled Africans. These people are amazing!!!

Rio Squawk 10.21.10  

This is the 1/21/10 issue of the Rio Squawk, the weekly news magazine of the Tempe Rio Salado Rotary Club in Tempe, Arizona USA.

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