Rotary Club of Tucson Verde will focus on environmental issues |

Members of the Rotary Club of Tucson Verde removed Buffelgrass from Mission Garden last month. The newly formed Rotary club is accepting new members and will focus on advocacy and hands-on projects related to environmental issues such as climate change, conservation, and environmental sustainability.

Rotary Club of Tucson Verde

Loni Nannini Special for the Arizona Daily Star

If the planet is high on 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 held its charter ceremony Nov. 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.

“The club is unique in its diversity and also in being a ‘caring’ Rotary club, and our projects will focus on environmental issues. It is essentially a backyard Rotary club with special interests that may appeal to those unfamiliar with Rotary but are drawn to the cause,” said Drake, club president and 38-year-old Rotarian.

Cause-based Rotary clubs are growing in popularity across the country, and Drake said Tucson Verde’s mission aligns with Rotary International’s growing role as a global leader in environmental advocacy.

Rotary International is a nonreligious, nonpolitical service organization with 1.2 million members worldwide in 34,000 clubs that support causes related to peace and conflict; disease prevention and treatment; water and sanitation; maternal and child health; community and economic development; basic education; and the environment.