People of Action Inspiring the World!
We Came, We Saw, We Served!

The Rotary Club of Surprise brings together a network of community volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the most pressing both in our community and abroad. Our work impacts lives at both the local level in Surprise, to regional and international levels. Our projects include everything from raising money for local schools, scholarships for students, food and water drives, support for senior services, community health and advocacy resources, and supporting other area non-profits and their initiatives..
ROTARY CLUB OF SURPRISE
Surprise

We meet In Person
Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m.
The Colonnade
19116 N Colonnade Way
Surprise, AZ 85374
United States of America
Phone:
(623) 734-5438
2nd and 4th Tuesday Each Month from 5:00PM -6:30PM
Recent Events
Members of the Rotary Club of Surprise had a fun time filling up donated bags of beans for the less fortunate.  At Rotary we get involved in all kinds of things to help people!
Congratulations to Phil Souza (right) who is our Rotary Member of the Month!  Jesus Hernandez (left), the President of our Rotary Club, is presenting a pin.
Ron Klaphake, a long-time member of the Rotary Club, was spotlighted this month.  
 
An Example of How One Rotary Club in Arizona is Helping to Make The World A Better Place!
By
John A.Yaeger
 
The Rotary Club of Surprise, Arizona, recently sponsored a student for a grant from The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona, Inc. (TRVFA).  This is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist candidates in obtaining financial assistance in furthering their vocational studies.  Grants are awarded up to $2,000 and paid directly to a school on behalf of the recipient.  In this recent case, we’ll call our beneficiary “Nikki” to protect her privacy.
 
Nikki lives in Surprise, Arizona with her husband and five children!  The last two were twins—born prematurely—and had to stay in the hospital for several weeks.  During her daily visits, she became friendly with many nurses.  Some were not only competent, and passionate, but formed a bond with Nikki as they joyfully took a personal interest in monitoring the health of her twins.  This experience had a profound influence on the young mother of five.  As a result, she set a new course that involved her passion for helping people.
 
Nikki participates in her church’s activities and helps those less fortunate parishioners by making extra food and taking it to them.  During my interview with her, it became clear that I was speaking with a community-minded, caring person.  She was under no illusions as to how much time and money was needed to invest in becoming a nurse, but still enquired about getting into this field.
 
The nurses caring for her babies explained the path for Nikki to become a nurse.  At this stage, she would have to attend a vocational school and become a Certified Nursing Assistant.  With that accreditation, she could start working in the medical field.  Nikki told me that she worked out a plan to take care of her family while she was at school: her husband worked flexible hours and they were on the cusp of finding a trusted, nearby babysitter for those in-between times.  Although this was still going to be a demanding schedule and school program, the entire family was “all in!” The school also understands the challenges and was accommodating by offering a flexible schedule which included weekends.
 
Nikki told me that the tuition for the vocational school was unaffordable for the six-week program.  With TRVFA we were able to help someone’s dream come true—and in a field that would enable her to help others.  This is what is commonly known as a “win-win!”  It was a good feeling for me to have played a small part in making this happen; a very good reason to be a proud member of The Rotary.
The Women4Women in Surprise has a mission: To help homeless and low-income women maintain their dignity, self-respect, and health by distributing feminine hygiene products to those in need.  The Rotary Club of Surprise works with them periodically in an assembly line fashion to fill bags with these essential items to be distributed to individuals.  This event was organized by Jo Grant from the Women4Women organization.  
 
 
The Surprise Rotary Club Receives The District 5495 Friendship Inter-Rotary Trophy!  This memento is to foster better relationships with other Rotary clubs in the area.
Our monthly Rotary Club of Surprise volunteering project at Valley View Community Food Bank.
The Rotary Club of Surprise supported The Rotary Club of Sun City by attending their Italian Dinner Event
A splendid time was had for all during our "Adopt A Street" cleanup in Surprise!
 
 
Adopt-a-Street is our upcoming service project.  Come join us on March 9th, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Surprise Club Rotarian Phil Souza helping out at a Sleep in Heavenly Peace Bed-Build in Buckeye, Arizona.
 
 
 District 5495 Governor, Kevin Pitts, visited The Rotary Club of Surprise!
 
 
Rotary Club Members and several guests visited Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House.
Our Golf Tournament was our biggest event of 2023 . . . and it was a roaring success!
Rotarians helping supply Women for Women with feminine hygiene products before the monthly meeting at the Colonnade.
 
Surprise Rotarians Jon Cavaletto, Pamela Kohnen and Jim Schlenvogt hard at work at the Valley View Food Bank.
 
On December 2, 2023, we held a fundraiser at the Quick Quack Car Wash!
 
Rotary Club of Surprise Hosts Veterans Appreciation Ceremony at Grandview Terrace

 
 
Excitement was in the air as rotary members hosted a Rotary Club of Surprise Booth at last weekend’s Surprise G.A.I.N Night. 
 
 
Members were able to spread smiles on the faces of children who tested their luck and skills while learning about our club.  
 
Spreading Joy, One Can at a Time!
 
 
Fellow Rotarians Jon C. and Jim S. rolled up their sleeves and got to work at Valley View Community Foodbank last Saturday, October 21st
Guest Speaker Cory Stangle, Executive Director of AZ 4 Kids
 
 
Our Club was honored to host Cory Stangle the Executive Director and Founding Member of AZ 4 Kids.  
 
The Rotary Club of Surprise was honored to donate items and time to Women4Women.
 
Club members with our recent scholarship recipient volunteering at Valley View Food Bank. The club volunteers time every month to help the organization.
 
The 2023-2024 Club Officers and Directors. Pictured from left are: President-Elect nominee Jim Schlenvogt, Secretary Pamela Gralton Kohnen, Immediate Past-President Brian Laurie, Director Nancy Collins, President-Elect Traci Sawyer-Sinkbeil, President Jesus Hernandez and Adria Poindexter, Asst. District Governor
Glendale Rotary Club. Absent were incoming Treasurer Phillip Souza and Director Jon Cavaletto.
 
 
 
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