Loni Nannini Special at the Arizona Daily Star
If the planet is at the top of your gift list this holiday season, you might want to check out a new Rotary club that is making the environment a priority in Old Pueblo.
The Rotary Club of Tucson Verde, which celebrated its charter on November 7, is the first Rotary club in Arizona to focus on environmental issues. The club is made up of 31 members aged 26 to 92; 17 of the members are women.
âThe club is unique in its diversity and also in the fact that it is a ’cause-based’ Rotary club, and our projects will focus on environmental issues. It is basically a Rotary garden variety club with special interests that may be appealing to those new to Rotary but drawn to the cause, âsaid Drake, club president and 38-year-old Rotarian. .
Cause-based Rotary clubs are increasingly popular across the country, and Drake said Tucson Verde’s mission dovetails with Rotary International’s growing role as a global leader in environmental advocacy.
Rotary International is a non-religious, non-political service organization with 1.2 million members worldwide in 34,000 clubs that support causes related to peace and conflict; prevention and treatment of diseases; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; community and economic development; basic education; and the environment.