Tag: Sun Lakes Rotary Club

Rotarian of the Month: Mark Stapels

April’s Rotarian of the Month started his journey to Sun Lakes Rotary Club when he and his father joined the local Rotary club in Michigan together. Mark Stapels graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a speech major and a teaching degree. After graduating from college, he spent five years as a junior high teacher, then…

Outstanding Rotary programs in May

Norm Noble On Tuesday morning, May 7, the Sun Lakes Rotary Club will honor the Chandler Unified School District Teacher of the Year with the prestigious $2,000 Sandy Lundberg Educator of the Year Award – Carolyn McCleary from Auxier Elementary, Caitlin Humphrey from Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary and Jessica Hogan from Hamilton High School are…

Rotary celebrates 33 years in Sun Lakes

Norm Noble It has been a memorable 33 years. The Sun Lakes Rotary Club was chartered on April 22, 1986, as a morning club with 15 members. It grew to 140 members in 2001 and then that year helped charter the Sun Lakes Crown Thursday Noon Club with several of its members transferring to the…

April Rotary meeting

Norm Noble The Sun Lakes Rotary Club’s major focus is with the students from Chandler Unified School District. Meetings during the month of April highlight some of our contributions. On April 2, four Chandler Unified School District high school students will share their experiences after attending the Rotary World Affairs Conference in Wisconsin. Rotary’s vision…

Outstanding Rotary speakers for March

Steve Irvin

Norm Noble On the morning of Tuesday, March 5, Steve Irvin, News Anchor for Channel ABC-15, will present what it’s like to work in a hectic, major TV newsroom. Steve is an Emmy-award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC-15 News. He joined ABC-15 News in 2002 as morning anchor/reporter. Steve grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and graduated…

Fascinating Rotary speakers for February

Norm Noble Mark Menasci, owner of Metro Valley Computer Solutions, will speak to the Sun Lakes Rotary Club on the morning of Tuesday, February 5. Mark’s company is a computer service resource for small business, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. That said, Mark has an interesting personal story (and video) to share with the club. He…

Water is Life on the Navajo Nation

Norm Noble The Sun Lakes Rotary Club has received a Rotary Foundation Global “Humanitarian” Water Grant to provide homes on the Navajo Nation with inside running tap water. Many of these people, our neighbors, presently have their water delivered weekly by a water truck into above-ground, 50-gallon holding barrels in their yards. These 50 gallons…

Educator of the Year: Sandy Lundberg

Norm Noble The Sun Lakes Rotary Club’s “Educator of the Year” award recognizes excellence in education throughout the Chandler Unified School District. In May 2018, the Sun Lakes Rotary selected Sandy Lundberg, just-retired Principal of Casteel High School, as recipient of its first “Educator of the Year” award. Club President Peter Meade said, “Sandy is…

32 years of Rotary in Sun Lakes

Gary Whiting The Sun Lakes Rotary Club was chartered on April 22, 1986. On July 1, 2018, we started our 32nd year. The club was conceived in 1985 when Chandler Rotarian Andre Felix put an advertisement on the Sun Lakes clubhouse bulletin board to see if anyone was interested in attending Rotary at the Palo…