Bean Bag

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!
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Phil Souza-Rotary Member of the Month


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.
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Ron Klaphake-Member Spotlight 2024-04-14 07:00:00Z 0
Surprise Rotary Club Members Assist The Interact Kids! 2024-03-30 07:00:00Z 0


An Example of How One Rotary Club in Arizona is Helping to Make The World A Better Place!
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.
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Women 4 Women

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.  
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Surprise Receives The Rotary Social Inter-Rotary Award 2024-03-26 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Sun City Event 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
Volunteering project at Valley View Community Food Bank 2024-03-17 07:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Surprise Adopts a Street! John Yaeger 2024-03-09 07:00:00Z 0
Car Wash Fundraiser 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0
Adopt-a-Street Service Project.   John Yaeger 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Phillip Souza 2024-03-03 07:00:00Z 0 SHP
District Governor, Kevin Pitts Visits Surprise Club Jesus Hernandez 2024-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Surprise- Social Dinner John Yaeger 2024-02-26 07:00:00Z 0

Women for Women

Rotarians helping supply Women for Women with feminine hygiene products before the monthly meeting at the Colonnade.
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Valley View Food Bank 

Surprise Rotarians Jon Cavaletto, Pamela Kohnen and Jim Schlenvogt hard at work at the Valley View Food Bank.
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Veterans Appreciation Ceremony at Grandview Terrace Jesus R Hernandez 2023-12-07 07:00:00Z 0
Golf Tournament John Yaeger 2023-11-19 07:00:00Z 0

Spreading Joy, One Can at a Time!

Posted by Jesus R Hernandez
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
Spreading Joy, One Can at a Time! Jesus R Hernandez 2023-10-23 07:00:00Z 0

Surprise GAIN Night

Posted by Jesus R Hernandez
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.  
Surprise GAIN Night Jesus R Hernandez 2023-10-23 07:00:00Z 0
Guest Speaker Cory Stangle, Executive Director of AZ 4 Kids Jesus R Hernandez 2023-10-21 07:00:00Z 0
Women4Women: Service Project Jesus R Hernandez 2023-09-28 07:00:00Z 0

Valley View Food Bank

Club members with our recent scholarship recipient volunteering at Valley View Food Bank. The club volunteers time every month to help the organization.
Valley View Food Bank Phillip Souza 2023-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
ACA Interact Club celebrates MLK Day Phillip Souza 2023-06-10 07:00:00Z 0

Member Social at Booty's

Club members get together at Booty's for their monthly social night out. Booty's is a long-time supporter of Rotary.
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Rotary Day of Service 2023 Phillip Souza 2023-05-20 07:00:00Z 0
10th Annual Golf Scramble: Fore! the Kids 2018-06-19 07:00:00Z 0 Coyote Lakes Golf Club,Fore! The Kids,Rotary Club of Surprise,Rotary Golf,Suprise Rotary Club
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Surprise Rotary in the community

Rotary Club of Surprise in community news....

Benevilla has announced that it is a recipient of $4000 from the Surprise Rotary Club, a portion of the proceeds from the club’s Second Annual Taste of Surprise event held March 11, 2015.

Over 600 people attended the event, paying $25 for a chance to sample cuisine from local restaurants including that of Benevilla’s own Birt’s Bistro.

“Thanks to the Surprise Rotary for their community involvement and support of nonprofits like Benevilla,” said Birt’s Bistro Sr. Director of Food & Beverage Jeff Amperse, who has participated in this event since its inception. “This year’s event was a lot of fun. The food was great and so was the entertainment.”

The event featured samples from local restaurants, including Benevilla’s own Birt’s Bistro, West End Bar & Grill, Las Fuentes Mexican Grill & Bar, Booty’s Wings and Burgers, New York Pizza Department, The Captain’s Galley at Riverboat Bingo, Anacapa Restaurant, The Tree of Oil, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Yogurtini, Rita’s, The Links Neighborhood Grill, and Pepsi products.

A beer garden featuring samples of Crescent Crown’s Craft Beer and Golden Eagle Distributing wine tasting added to the festivities.

Event proceeds benefit Benevilla, The Surprise Rotary Club and Foundation, A New Leaf Foundation, and Homeless Youth Connection.

Surprise Rotary in the community Jen Powell 2015-04-29 00:00:00Z 0

Taste of Surprise

Posted by Amanda Sanchez on Jan 12, 2014


Samples from Local Restaurants, 
Craft Beer Tasting by Crescent Crown Distributing, 
and Dan Reed & his Band

RiverBoat Bingo Hall
18300 W Bell Road
Surprise, AZ 85374
5:30pm - 8:30pm


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Your Tube - THIS IS ROTARY Ralph Wirebaugh 2013-01-11 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club donates $200

Posted by Charlene Patti Bisson
Foundation gives
$200 to police

The Surprise Rotary Club Foundation board agreed to give $200 to the Surprise Police Department to buy candy for its community Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhood (GAIN) night.
Time and location are yet to be determined.
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What Is Rotary?

Posted by Ralph Wirebaugh
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Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
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