November Rotary Club

RCSL Club President Jon Lyons with Bill McCoach, RCSL October 2021 Rotarian of the Month

Bill McCoach Named October 2021 Rotarian of the Month

Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) is proud to announce Bill McCoach as our Rotarian of the Month for October, 2021. Bill has been a Rotarian since 1993 and a member of RCSL since 2016. Bill has held various leadership positions in Rotary over the years, such as Rotary International District Assistant Governor and Club President, including nearly two years as RCSL Club President (2015-2017) and Club President in Ohio.

Most recently, Bill, a multiple RI Paul Harris recipient, has been active in the following areas: RCSL Membership Committee by conducting exit interviews with members who leave RCSL; organizing small groups, including Dinner-In/Dinner-Out and Happy Hour socials; RCSL program speaker; coordinating RCSL programs/speakers; organizing RCSL’s Summer Social event; and helping to develop RCSL weekly newsletters and social media updates.

Per RCSL Club President Jon Lyons, “Bill has helped me coordinate meeting presentation material, support RCSL ‘Hybrid Meeting’ approach, and always has kept a keen eye to advise me on improvement opportunities for RCSL Club meetings/events.”

Bill, a Sun Lakes resident and retired CFO, is an avid hiker and big baseball fan. He enjoys traveling (land and cruise). RCSL is very fortunate to have Bill McCoach as a member. Please join RCSL in congratulating Bill as RCSL Rotarian of the Month for October, 2021.

For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes membership, programs, and projects, see

Thumbs up: Miss Ellie, along with RCSL Rotarians, her mother, brother, and Chandler CARE Center staff, share in the joy of the large delivery of food donations.

Rotary Club Supports Community Food Collection

Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) partnered with Ellie Neal, an 8th grade student at Dr. Camille Casteel School, to complete the “2021 Cereal September” Community Service Project. This project ran from Sept. 1 through Sept. 17, where cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars, and canned food were collected to go to the Chandler CARE Center. RCSL Rotarians, along with students from select schools, donated the items over the first half of September.

Miss Ellie sends a huge thank you to RCSL members and fellow students and their families for their support of the Cereal September Project. A trailer “full” of collected food was delivered on Sept. 17. The Chandler CARE Center said it was the largest donation (estimated 1,600 boxes and $350) ever received from one project and may feed families through March, 2022. RCSL President Jon Lyons and RCSL Rotarians Maureen Alger and Peter Meade congratulated Miss Ellie for her endearing and enthusiastic support of those in need, and also extended their thank you to RCSL members for their donations and to those who helped deliver the food goods: Jon Lyons, Maureen Alger, Bill Giessing, Sharon Flood, Debbie Brown, Stephen Phair, Ellie Neal, her brother, and her mother Angie.

Established in 1995, the Chandler CARE Center is a school-based family resource center providing access to medical, dental, counseling, and social services. Most services are free of charge to families, thanks to the many funders, professionals, and service organizations like Rotary Club of Sun Lakes contributing in-kind goods, financially, and volunteering their services.

For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes community service projects and membership, see

SLRC President Jon Lyons, Molly Garrison, and SLRC Education Chair Don Robins with Molly Garrison receiving September 2021 RCSL Teacher of the Month Award

SLRC Education Chair Don Robins, Laurie Jensen, and SLRC President Jon Lyons with Laurie Jensen receiving October 2021 RCSL Teacher of the Month Award

September and October Teachers of the Month

Dr. Honora Norton, RCSL Public Image Chair

Rotary Club of Sun Lakes (RCSL) has announced that Molly Garrison, first grade teacher at Chandler’s Elementary Connect Online Academy, received RCSL’s Education Program Teacher for the Month of September 2021, and Laurie Jensen, second grade teacher at Chandler Traditional Academy (CTA Goodman), received RCSL’s Education Program’s Teacher of the Month of October 2021. The monthly teacher awards are sponsored jointly by Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, Trust Bank, and Earnhardt Auto Centers.

Per RCSL’s Education Chair Don Robins, each month, various RSLC members select from a large base of nominees, a teacher from the East Valley using the following selection criteria: total years of service in the field of education; examples of how the proposed teacher goes above the normal requirements; examples of how teacher enhances the education of her/his students; the respect for the teacher by her/his peers, students, and parents; and interest shown by the teacher to be involved in extracurricular activities and in the community.

Mrs. Garrison is a graduate of the College of Education at Arizona State University, received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University, has earned endorsements in both reading and English language instruction; is a Spalding-certified teacher, and has been teaching first grade since 1999. Mrs. Garrison’s goal is to create a community of lifelong learners who will always value the importance of education.

Mrs. Jensen received her BA in English from Cal Poly Pomona located in Southern California and her master’s in curriculum and instruction from ASU, and this is her 13th year of teaching at CTA Goodman. Teaching children how to write is definitely one of Ms. Jensen’s favorite things to do.

Jon Lyons, RCSL President, congratulated and thanked both Mrs. Garrison and Mrs. Jensen for their outstanding support of education and youth within the East Valley. For more information about Rotary Club of Sun Lakes Education Programs and/or membership, see