Welcome to the Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek

Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.

Welcome to the Goodyear Pebble Creek
 
 
Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group who share your drive to give back.
 
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This Wednesday, March 6th-7:00-8:00 am in the EN Palm Room, Please join us-Goodyear PebbleCreek Rotary will host Sharon Orlopp, author, consultant, and national speaker, who is passionate about building a world where everyone is valued and included. She believes in the transformative power of personal stories and actions to touch the heart which in turn change behaviors.
Sharon spent 30+ years working in Fortune 500 companies in senior executive roles in HR and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. She currently serves on The Harwood Institute Board which is dedicated to transforming our shared civic lives with community leaders focused on creating change.
Her topic-Polio and Empowerment will transcend cultural barriers as she shares the story she co-authored, Standing Up After Saigon with Thuhang Tran.
The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek is based on an ethic of “Service Above Self” and continuies to adopt diverse projects consistent with the club’s Avenues of Service supporting Vocational, International, Community, and Youth needs. The Club meets each Wednesday from 7-8AM in the Palm Room of the Eagles Nest Clubhouse. For further information, contact Joan Smith, Membership Chair-503-348-9468. www.goodyearrotary.org

 

 
 
 
 
Carson Seeker, a Senior at Millennium High School, was presented our Rotary club’s first Student of the Month award and recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Academic Excellence. Here is the nomination provided by his teacher:
Carson Seeker will graduate as this year's valedictorian. He has committed to a very academically rigorous course load. He is a star athlete on the cross country and track teams, and competed in a national tournament in the fall. He is always respectful and offers to help whenever he can, including spending RTI time tutoring students who are struggling. He participates in both the pickleball and science Olympiad clubs. Carson exemplifies a student who is dedicated to his classwork, sports, extracurriculars, and helping raise up other students.
 
In addition to receiving the award, Carson will have a solar light donated in his name to a family in Africa through Watts of Love (www.wattsoflove.org). Nearly 1 billion people around the world are without electricity and live in darkness. They spend up to 30% of their income on dangerous fuel sources just to have light, and it keeps them in a cycle of poverty.  Access to solar lighting eliminates the need for a costly fuel source and offers immediate savings.  Solar lighting also means people can continue daily activities after dark, which directly impacts household income, safety, and overall health.  Solar light starts people on the pathway to prosperity-giving light to educate & empower.
 
We are honored to partner with Agua Fria School District to recognize outstanding students in all spectrums of scholastic and personal achievement. We will feature these students throughout the school year as we present their awards.
     
 
One of our club’s favorite service projects is the Holiday Food Box and Book Distribution. Each year, our Community Service committee works with Avondale and Litchfield Elementary School Districts to identify children and their families who could use some extra help in December due to unemployment or other family crisis. Once the children/families have been identified. Rotarians with the help of our Interact students and school staff an age-appropriate book is purchased for each child in the family along with one family book to be distributed with a box of food including eggs, bread, ham, vegetables, bag of potatoes, peanut butter, jam. On a Saturday in December, club members, spouses and friends of Rotary gather to pack 80 food boxes and deliver them to the families along with the books. The look of excitement onthe children’s faces and appreciation from the parents is extremely rewarding! The holidays area special time for children and to see that smile and hear the thankyou’s melts your heart!
 
On November 16, at a regular club meeting of the Goodyear PebbleCreek Rotary club, we honored our Charter President, Joan Smith, a long-time Rotarian on her attaining Major Donor status with the Rotary Foundation. These donations are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. Joan is among a dedicated and select group of humanitarians who have committed themselves to serving others. Major Donors change the lives of children, young people, adults, communities, and the world to which we all belong.  Her gift inspires others to give, not just of their “treasure” but of their time and of their talent! In recognition of her investment in The Rotary Foundation’s wonderful projects and programs, District Governor Kevin Pitts presented Joan with a Major Donor pin on behalf of The Foundation’s Trustees.  The Rotary Foundation recognizes donors and expresses gratitude for her commitment. The Rotary Foundation Mission: The Rotary Foundation helps Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
Congratulations Joan for your years of commitment to “Service Above Self”.
 
 
 
How do you measure the importance of Literacy? Studies show that if a child hasn't learned how to read by third grade will struggle all through high school and for years to come. The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek understands this importance. Through our club's sponsorship of the Dolly Parton Imagination Program, we have enrolled 785 children between birth up to age five to receive a book each month delivered directly to their home. Since inception, 275 children have graduated. Thanks to local businesses like Karston's Ace Hardware on Estrella Pkwy who have set up a monthly program for customers to donate their change to a non-profit program. Karston's has donated over $6000 to the DPIL through this program. Thanks Dave Karston for your generosity!!
 
     

Avondale KidFest, a family friendly event hosted by the City of Avondale with a focus on literacy, education, healthy lifestyles and water safety for ages 5 and younger this past Saturday. Our Dolly Parton Imagination Library crew were onsite to register children from birth to age five for the free book-gifting program to encourage early literacy. 75 families signed up!! Some of our graduates came by to say hi while new students signed up! It was great to see so many families out spending the morning together. What a Fantastic Day!
 

 
 
 
The energetic Estrella Foothills High School Interact Club is busy serving the community. These young leaders spent their Saturday manning a rest station for cyclists participating in the Tour de Cure held in Estrella Mountain Ranch. Lots of fun for a great cause!
 

There are many benefits for students who are interested in joining an Interact Club offered at their high school. Many of the top benefits of taking part in a Interact Club is that students get the chance to:

  • Discover new cultures as they promote a greater sense of international understanding
  • Develop key leadership skills in their schools and their community
  • Make new friends both in their own community at home as well as communities across the world
  • Encourage and practice thoughtfulness and helpfulness towards others
  • Create an awareness of the importance of home and family
  • Build respect for the rights of all people, based on recognition of the worth of each individual
  • Emphasize acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement, and group achievement
  • Develop important life skills that include self-development, time management, and personal finances
  • Recognize the dignity of all useful jobs and opportunities that work towards making society better
  • Open pathways to the advancement of international understanding and goodwill towards the whole of humanity
 

 

 

 

We are awarding six $1,000 scholarships to one senior per school at five high schools in the Agua Fria Union High School District (Agua Fria High School, Canyon View High School, Desert Edge High School, Millennium High School, Verrado High School), plus one senior at Estrella Foothills High School. The deadline for submission of the completed application and all documents is Monday, April 4, 2023Recipients will be notified by Wednesday, April 20. Awardees and their guests will be invited to be recognized at a Club meeting in PebbleCreek at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, May 4.

 
 

Eligibility information:

Criteria:

  • Current senior in the Agua Fria Union High School District or at Estrella Foothills High School
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 (unweighted)
  • Minimum 175 documented community service hours throughout high school career (Interact, NHS, Student Government, Faith-based services, etc.)
  • Participated in at least two clubs/sports throughout high school career

Requirements:

  • Completed application packet and all required documents 
  • Official high school transcript

Scholarship Information:

  • This scholarship is nonrenewable and is stackable.
  • Upon proof of enrollment, scholarship checks will be mailed directly to educational institutions.
  • Scholarships may be applied to tuition costs at universities, community colleges, and vocational programs.
  • Application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation are due by midnight on Monday, April 4, 2022.
  • Scholarship winners will be announced by Wednesday, April 20, 2022
  • Winners and their guests will be invited to be recognized at a Club meeting in Pebblecreek at 7:00 AM on a Wednesday TBA.
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Meeting Information
We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
PebbleCreek Eagle's Nest Clubhouse
3645 Clubhouse Drive
Goodyear, AZ 85395
United States of America
Phone:
(623) 698-0618
* Palm Room
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Sharon Orlopp
Mar 06, 2024 7:00 AM
Polio & Empowerment
President Colleen
Mar 13, 2024 7:00 AM
Work Session-Committee Planning
Kyle Roberts
Mar 20, 2024 7:00 AM
Antisemitism
Derek Brown
Mar 27, 2024 7:00 AM
Secret Santa
Jean Herschede
Apr 03, 2024 7:00 AM
Amigos de Guatemala
President Colleen
Apr 10, 2024 7:00 AM
Work Session-Committee Session
Estrella Foothills High School Interact Club
Apr 17, 2024 7:00 AM
RYLA Experience
Gary Marrer
May 01, 2024 7:00 AM
Future Trends in Technology
Dr. Betsy Hargrove
May 08, 2024 7:00 AM
GYPC Rotary Scholarship Winners
Youth Service Chair Karen Gimse
May 15, 2024 7:00 AM
Student of the Month Award

GYPC Rotary Golf Tournament