So much work has been done! In the last couple of months, a yard/bake sale was held that raised over $1,000, relationships have been built with the town and the schools, and reassurances received that both entities want to see the pool stay open. Many thanks to Abbie Zeltzer for creating an outstanding strategic plan with support from Erin Botz, Terri Schindel and Laurie Monte. And many thanks to Samantha Carlson and Anne Townsend for their diligence in getting a P.O. Box set up, procuring a tax identification number, filing for corporate status, and filing the forms for the creation of a non-profit. This is a huge amount of work done in a very short time and they are owed a debt of gratitude. 

The Sept 24 meeting was very encouraging, as eight people showed up. The pool has been renamed the Patagonia Regional Aquatic Center (PRAC) and Erin Botz has stepped up as president. Fundraising has been divided into two sections: grants and local fundraising. 

If you want to be involved with grant writing or management, please contact

Susan Abagnale is taking on the local fundraising. If you want to help out with that, please contact her at or 520.260.8139.

I can’t tell you how supportive it was to have people show up at the meeting. When just four people showed up, it was discouraging. I can’t imagine how frustrating it was for Karen Riggs and Mary Spicer who hung on for over a year with little outside support. So please come! We won’t (necessarily) put you to work. If you’re not getting pool emails and want to, contact

To donate, please send checks to Patagonia Sonoita Rotary Foundation. (The current fiscal agent for PRAC), PO Box 424, Sonoita 85637

with POOL DONATION or POOL on the memo line.

Looking forward to a great summer in the pool!