Making A Difference

Seville Residents and Community Served by Gilbert Rotary!

Story by Mike Flores, Seville Bellamonte II resident

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My wife, Robin and I relocated to Arizona in 2015 and until we could find permanent residence, lived with our son, Nolan and his family, who resided in Seville and introduced us to the charm and magic of the Seville community. We were immediately impressed. Robin and I have lived in 13 homes in 26 years and we know a good place to live when we see it!

I am a senior manager with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), I have served in a variety of executive positions in Colorado, Texas, California and New Mexico and just completed two years in Phoenix as the USPS marketing manager for the Arizona/New Mexico District office. Next to my 10 years as the postmaster of Denver, the Phoenix assignment was my second favorite. When I retired in 2018, I settled in Seville; found I had time and not many activities to fill that time. I know retirement is a transition and I wasn’t alone in that predicament. I still wanted to be productive and to do so in a positive way that helped others. One way was to work part-time as a substitute teacher for the Chandler School District. I enjoy the kids but I wanted to do more.

Fortunately, I discovered the Gilbert Rotary Club, an organization that provided me a chance to use the skills and education developed during almost four decades of public service. The Rotary Club, I soon discovered, allowed me and others to continue a legacy of serving others through a variety of Rotary projects and events. During my short eight-month tenure with the Rotary, I and my Rotary companions have provided local efforts to feed the homeless, educate Gilbert students, and provide leadership training for young adults in the community.

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world. Grassroots at the core, Rotary International links 1.2 million members to form an organization that circles the planet. Chicago attorney Paul Harris formed the Rotary Club of Chicago in 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

An annual event for the Gilbert Rotary is the distribution of more than 3,000 dictionaries to 3rd Grade students attending Gilbert elementary schools in the area. The club has been providing this service for more than 30 years and is their primary local public service. Another regular club activity is serving food to the needy at the Paz de Cristo Community Center in Mesa and preparing meals for the Feed My Starving Children charity.

The Gilbert Rotary also originated the Navajo Water Project which provided running water to families residing in the Navajo Nation who before relied on water tanks and wells for drinking, cooking and washing in their homes. Other good works last year included planting trees, assisting local food banks, and networking with senior citizen organizations.

Fortunately Rotary is not just about all work…there is play for interested members. Last year Gilbert Rotary hosted a “Night at the Turf Club” for horse track aficionados, a Christmas Holiday Social and Gift Exchange, and a well attended Super Bowl Party. The Rotary has been both fulfilling and fun! It gives its members an opportunity to service others and make friends. I encourage fellow Seville residents to join an organization that  “not only makes the world better, it makes you better!”  

I can be reached at (602) 777-1164 if you have any interest or questions.

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