Rotary Club of Prescott Valley was chartered in 1983. Our members are dedicated and active in serving the local community. And we are one of the few Rotary Clubs in our District to have a strategic plan.
To be Prescott Valley’s leading service club, creating fun activities in support of our community’s youth organizations guided by Rotary International’s Vision, Mission and Values.
Rotary International’s Vision: A worldwide network of inspired individuals translating passions into relevant social causes to change lives and communities.
While one of Rotary International’s primary projects is to eradicate polio, your Prescott Valley Club focuses our efforts locally to support education and youth in our local community.
We have several successful ongoing projects:
Rotary Interact Club at Bradshaw Mountain High School – Thanks to Rotarian Beth Staub’s dedication, Interact students learn to take on leadership roles in running their club. They choose their school, community and international projects each year, as well as organize the annual Interact Zombie Run. This fun run made money in it’s second year. View 2013 Interact Zombie Run photos.
This club boasts 100 members with an active leadership of 50. Since they started painting the bathrooms at the school, vandalism has decreased significantly. The Interact Club also does an annual Trick or Treat for Cans at Halloween to benefit the PV Food Bank. Their collection last year netted over 5000 pounds in canned goods – in just 2 hours! They volunteer 4 times a year at the Boys and Girls Club creating fun games and fellowship for the youngsters. Interact also joins Rotary in our Roadside Cleanup adventures.
Teacher of the Year Awards – for 15 consecutive years, we have recognized the dedicated teachers at Humboldt Unified School District schools at Rotary’s Teacher of the Year Awards Banquet. Initially started by Dr. Ralph Showers, former PV Rotary Club President, the 2014 event was held at The Grille at Stoneridge. Students nominate their teachers who are selected by a panel of judges that includes Rotarians and District leadership. Each teacher receives a $100 gift certificate, and this year, each student also received a $25 gift certificate. There was hardly a dry eye in the room as the students read their letters at the recognition dinner. Many thanks to Reporter Sue Tone who photographs the teachers with their students and writes the story for the PV Tribune.
Student of the Month – each month from July through June, our club recognizes one student selected by his or her teachers who exhibits outstanding dedication, motivation, responsibility and drive to succeed while maintaining excellent grades. The student is recognized during a Prescott Valley city council meeting and presented with a certificate, and a paper weight for their desk. Dalis Francis is just such an example.
RYLA – each year, our club sends two to four high school students to Rotary’s Youth Leadership Awards camp at Camp Pinerock in Prescott. During this 4-day weekend, students engage with participants from other countries and Rotary Clubs from throughout Arizona to learn leadership skills and build lasting friendships. Our goal is to raise enough funds yearly to pay for up to 12 scholarships for youths to attend the RYLA camp each year.
Annual Balloon Festival – For the past three years, PV Rotary has hosted hot air balloon pilots from across the country to come fly their balloons and entertain Prescott Valley residents. Formerly part of PV Days, this year, the festival will be independent. The purpose of the festival is to raise funds to support PV youth, and in particular Interact, RYLA, Lonesome Valley 4-H, Boy Scout Troop 7330 and Humboldt Unified School District.
Highway 69 Clean-Up – Each year PV Rotarians join together to help clean up a 1-mile stretch of Highway 69 from Windsong to Glassford Hill Rd. Frequently, Bradshaw Mountain High School Interact Club members join in the fun as well.
Rotary International Youth Exchange program – several times each year, Rotarian Joe Waesche and his wife Olga host youths from Russia, Belgium and other countries. This program gives these students an opportunity to explore life in the US, perfect their language skills, and assist with community projects. Among the students the Waesches have hosted are Nafset Chenib, a blind coloratura soprano from Russia, Adam, a law student from the Czech Republic, and Maria a public relations major from Russia. Below is a video of one of Nafset’s performances: