WOMEN POWER: Preside Rotary Douglas; Aaliyah Montoya.

Rotary installs new president

Douglas, AZ.- The Rotary Club of Douglas inducted their new president, Aaliyah Montoya, on July 11. During the ceremony, former President, Meegan Muse was recognized for her one-year tenure. Muse thanked the club for their dedication and announced that she is looking forward to another year as a club member. The Douglas Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, the world’s largest civic organization— with 1.2 million men and women who work to create positive, lasting change in communities around the world. 

 In Douglas, the club has focused on raising money for education, through fundraising events like the Fly-in and Pancake Breakfast, beer garden and hamburger sales, and organized raffles. This past year the club was able to continue their annual Dictionary Project, which provided free dictionaries to all third-grade students in the area, as well as educational scholarships to the two most improved students at Douglas High School.

 More recently, the club was able to fulfill requirements to receive a $2,000 grant from Rotary District 5500. The club raised $2,100 to match the grant, and will use that money for the Douglas High School Library Books project. Through this grant the high school library will be replenished with $4,100 worth of new books, which includes an update to the library’s e-book subscription. “Although our club is small, we aim to make as big of an impact as we can,” said Montoya, who joined Rotary in 2015. “I’m honored to be taking a leadership role, for a club that has worked for more than 50 years to improve this community.” Montoya, 22, was born in Sierra Vista and raised in Douglas. 

She graduated from Douglas High School in 2013, as has worked as a reporter at the Douglas Dispatch since 2014. It has been confirmed that she is the youngest Rotary Club president in District 5500 of Southeast Arizona. Although data cannot confirm, Montoya believes she is also the youngest Rotary president in the state, and possibly one of the youngest in the country. “This year I would love to see our club grow, that’s a goal of mine,” Montoya said. “Right now, we’re doing a lot with under 10 members but we could do so much more with a bigger club.”

 She added, “I know there are so many people out in the community who are looking for ways to make a difference. I invite those people to visit us during one of our meetings.” The Rotary Club of Douglas meets once a week, on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 12 p.m. at the American Legion, and the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Douglas Public Library. 

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