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Wednesdays at 7:00 AM
PebbleCreek Eagle's Nest Club House
3645 Clubhouse Dr.
Goodyear, AZ 85395
United States of America
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(623) 698-0618
July 2021
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Club History
The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek received their official Charter from Rotary International at the special Charter Celebration & Dinner on November 2, 2017, inducting 22 members in the Chianti Room of the Tuscany Falls Clubhouse.   Rotary District Governor Nancy Van Pelt presented the Charter to Joan Smith, the new Club President.
 
The Charter Night Celebration included a wonderful dinner and an inspirational talk by Craig Wilson, Past District Governor and member of the Phoenix 100 Club, was a highlight of the program.
 
In addition to the District Governor, Nancy Van Pelt, and the 22 Charter Members of the new Rotary Club, several distinguished guests were present including Rotary International Past President, Ray Klinginsmith; past district governors and local club representatives from across Arizona gathered to support and applaud the first club in District 5495 and the newest club in Arizona
 
We are proud and excited to have the spirit of Rotary thriving again in the Goodyear PebbleCreek community,” said John Spooler, long-time Rotarian and PebbleCreek resident who inspired and was the organizational lead in the formation of the club.  “Over a decade ago, a local club which met at PebbleCreek moved and I have been committed to re-building a Rotary presence in the PebbleCreek community.” At the ceremony Spooler was also recognized as a Paul Harris Society member for his generous contributions to the Rotary International Foundation.
 
Concluding the charter ceremony, Smith underscored that Rotary is simply a mix of neighbors, community leaders and global citizens uniting for the common good.
 
 

Club News

4th Annual GYPC Rotary Foundation Golf Tournament

The Goodyear PebbleCreek Rotary Foundation had an outstanding response to its Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament & Ball Drop held February 21 at the PebbleCreek Tuscany Falls East Course. This tournament continues to grow in recognition by players and sponsors because of the charitable good works by the Club that make a difference in the lives of our local community
 
“This has been an especially challenging year for our community due to COVID-19.  Many of our non-profits have been overwhelmed with the number of clients they are serving. The over-whelming success of this year’s Rotary tournament allows us to partner with many of those organizations again with even more dollars!” said Joan Smith, Rotary Club President. “This commitment to give back is embodied in the “Service Above Self” motto that anchors Rotary’s mission.”
“We are genuinely grateful for the outpouring of support from our tournament sponsors and, of course, the record number of golfers who participated—we were sold out!” said Jim Frey, Rotary Club Foundation tournament co-chair.  “This is our primary annual event which generates funds to re-invest in the community through a variety of charitable donations to local non-profits, six $1000 scholarships, youth leadership programs, local service projects including COVID-19 response,” said Frey.
 
Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions, the Ball Drop took place without a big fanfare. We are very appreciative of the Goodyear Fire Department for bringing their ladder truck and dropping 400 numbered pre-sold golf balls onto the putting green. The lucky ball number this year that rolled into the designated hole was held by Lynda Hyde of Love Your Brand PS who won $3000!
 
The Rotary Club Foundation truly appreciates the generosity of area businesses and community patrons in supporting the tournament.  Major sponsors included: The OPUS Group, Robson Reserve, Heart One Associates, Sun Health Foundation-Rancho La Loma, Johnson Wealth Management, Argent Solar, Abrazo West Campus, Freedom Audiology, Estrella Mountain Community College, Burns & McDonnell, Big O’ Tires, Macy’s Logistics, Window World of Phoenix, KW Realty-Oakie Arnot, Broker, Kelley’s Insurance Services, ADM Group, The Orchard at Rancho La Loma, Jones Ford Buckeye, plus are many hole sponsors. These area businesses should be thanked and more importantly deserve our business. They believe in helping our community.
 

The Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek is gearing up for their Community “Let’s Bag Hunger” Food Drive for the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank and All Faith Community Services. Rotarians throughout Arizona have declared April 17-24, 2021 “Rotary Week of Service” and we invite you to join us as we conduct community service projects throughout our communities, our state and the world!

We have set a goal of collecting 32,000 pounds of non-perishable food which equals 16 tons during the “Week of Service”!!  “To accomplish this goal, the Goodyear PebbleCreek Rotary Club is inviting the whole community to become involved,” said Club President Joan Smith.  The summer months are a challenge when donations take a sharp downturn. Check your pantries or pick-up some extra cans each time you go grocery shopping.  Community members can drop off their canned food at any City of Goodyear office such as the Police Department, City Hall or Robson Reserve on Pebble Creek Parkway.

Students from Litchfield and Avondale Elementary School Districts and Agua Fria Union High School District will be doing school drives. “Learning the importance of community service and helping others spread throughout our curriculum on a daily basis” says Dr. Betsy Hargrove. Superintendent of Avondale Elementary School. “Our students are excited to get the opportunity to join Rotary on this project. Canyon View Interact Club will be working to surpass the 1300 pounds they collected last year. “Kare Bears and Rotary will be collecting in PebbleCreek. Last year they collected 3500 pounds”, said Smith. We are asking faith groups, youth groups, community organizations, businesses and others to join in the spirit of service.

Arizona ranks 5th in the U.S. for the highest food insecurity rates. Just over one million people in Arizona are struggling with hunger, which translates to 1 in 4 children, 1 in 5 adults, and 1 in 7 seniors. These are our friends, family, coworkers and neighbors.  This year has been especially challenging due to COVID-19. The Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank serves approximately 50,000 individuals experiencing hunger annually here in the Southwest Valley. All Faith Community Services serves approximately 2000 individuals a month. Unfortunately, the communities served are some of the poorest – not only in the state, but in the country.

Each year, the Rotary Club e of Goodyear PebbleCreek engages community leaders, non-profit charities, community organizations and churches to determine local area needs.  Then through fund-raising efforts and the volunteer energy of Club members, Rotary works to improve the quality of local lives.

For more information or to volunteer to help, contact: Henry Raczkiewicz, Community Service Chair at 630-945-8812 or email goodyearrotary@gmail.com

Rotary has served our citizens in Arizona for over 100 years. Arizona is presently served by two Rotary districts (5495 and 5500) with over 3,000 members in more than 100 Rotary clubs in communities big and small. Our community projects include providing food for local food banks, supporting children in the classroom, cleaning up city streets, providing shelter for the homeless, building local playgrounds, assisting our community’s most vulnerable citizens and much, much more!

The installation of new officers for the Rotary Club of Goodyear PebbleCreek took place on April 24. The dinner was hosted by out-going club president Joan. She reviewed the club's progress and achievements for the last 18 months. Major milestones recognized included membership growth of 30 members and over $35,000 donated to charitable organizations in the greater Goodyear community., including Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank, SW Family Advocacy Center, Mutts on a Mission, SW Lending Closet, Hope Community Services and four high school scholarships. The club has also planted trees at the Goodyear Community Park, collected 2800 pounds of canned food for the food bank, delivered food and book boxes during the holidays, rang bells for the Salvation Army and participate in monthly road clean-up.
 
The highlight of the evening was the recognition of John Spooler as Rotarian of the Year. "John has been a dedicated Rotarian for over 20 years and he was the inspiration and driving force to organize our Goodyear PebbleCreek Club", said Smith. "His spirit of service and charitable giving really reflects the heart and soul of our club."  Spooler, in addition to his long tenure of Rotary Club volunteer work, is also recognized as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow for generous financial giving to Rotary International. "John is the epitome of Rotary's ethic of service above self and we are fortunate to benefit from his decades of Rotary experienced," noted Smith
 Posted on Jul 09, 2018
At our June 20th meeting, President Elect Charlie Miller presented $500 checks to two great local charities from our club foundation. Executive Director Ann DeVlaeminck accepted the check. Southwest Lending Closet loans durable home health equipment free of charge to those in need. Contact: southwestlendingcloset.org, (623) 932-1016.
 
Therapy Paws/Mutts on a Mission was represented by President Kathleen Malony and her therapy dog Finnley. Their mission is to provide comfort through animal pet therpy to those who have physical and emotional needs. Currently, they are partners with Abrazo Hospital, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Copper Springs Behavioral Hospital and Goodyear Library. Contact: kathleen.malony@cox.net, (844)387-4847
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