Buena High School senior Timothy Jones was recognized as the Rotary student of the month. Jones has a GPA of 3.6 and is a varsity football player who was the defensive MVP for the last two years. He has also been an honor roll student for the past two years, which has helped him embrace good education moving toward his college years.
Jones volunteers at Christian House Fellowship, where his father, Tim, is the bishop. His volunteer work includes the outreach programs, youth choir and youth commission. During the past two years at his church, he has learned to make strong decisions, speak up and be a leader in the community.
Jones looks to his father as a role model. He has taught him high moral standards and expectations from himself. The elder Jones strives to meet his expectations as a bishop and his leadership has impacted many people’s lives through compassion and the ability to understand what one may be going through. The younger Jones’ ultimate goal is to play professional football.
November is Rotary Foundation month and the club ended the month with Les Orchekowsky’s presentation on fun game of “Who wants to be a foundation expert?” Ranging from $100 value to the $1-million-dollar question, Orchekowsky educated the club on its foundation history and encouraged them to continue to support the foundation through Paul Harris Fellowships and to choose the Rotary Foundation as your charity of choice not only for Giving Tuesday, but year-round.
Below is a summary of what was learned through Orchekowsky’s “Who wants to be a foundation expert?”
The Rotary Foundation was founded in 1917 by Arch C. Klumph, with the initial contribution of $26.50. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition began in 1957 and is achieved by donating $1,000 or more per year to the annual fund or Polio Plus. In 1979, Rotary International began to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines and in 1985 the organization launched Polio Plus in an effort to eradicate polio with an initial goal of $1.2 million. These efforts have gone from 350,000 cases of polio in 1988 to only 15 cases so far this year.
Locally, the all-time giving amount from the Sierra Vista Rotary club is $475,341 and growing. During Rotary International’s first 100 years, the Rotary Foundation has contributed $3 billion toward life-changing projects. Those projects include fighting disease around the world, teaching people to read, building peace with efforts to resolve conflicts, providing clean water and sanitation, assisting in growing local economies through efforts to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, and also saving mothers and children by supplying birthing kits, immunizations, neonatal care equipment and medical training. All are viable and exceptional reasons to join Rotary International to help local communities and people in need around the world. Sierra Vista Rotary for 2017-2018 has donated $20,577 to the foundation with an average of $247 per member.
The informational game was completed by recognizing Jim Evans as the Paul Harris Fellowship winner.
The Rotary Club was recently recognized for sponsoring 10,584 Cochise County students through The Dictionary Project, providing individual dictionaries to third grade students.
Submitted by the Sierra Vista Rotary Club.