• Stephen Briggs, business liaison for Congressman Paul Gosar, joined us for lunch. Congressman Gosar just opened a new office on Kings Ranch Road. Stephen informed us that staff members there are available to assist with many constituent services, such as social security, medicare/medicaid, disability, VA – any federal issue. “We would love to sit down and learn about the problem and see what we can do to help.”
  • Richard Ward passed around a photo album created by his 15-year-old granddaughter, who went to the Rotary International conference with them in Sydney, Australia last May/June. Richard shared their story, including the convention and a two-week RV Fellowship tour of historical sites and national parks in the area. His granddaughter even got to fulfill her dream of holding a Koala at the Wildlife Park in Brisbane. After returning home, the Wards’ summer continued with an annual RV Fellowship rally in Bowling Green, KY; a Rotary service project in Estes Park, CO; a Scottish Festival; a son’s wedding in Maryland; and much more.The story ended on a tragic note, however, as Richard shared that the granddaughter they had just spent three wonderful weeks with in Australia, passed away in a plane crash in July. Richard and Lynn, we offer our heartfelt condolences and our joy that you were able to spend some very special quality time with her before she passed.
  • Sharon Stinnard provided an update on the Save Our Schools petition to place the AJUSD override on the ballot again in November, 2015. For those who are participating by collecting signatures among neighbors and community, the petitions will be collected at Rotary at the next two meetings. “We need your support; we cannot endure any more cuts.”
  • Tim Sicocan informed us of a great event coming up May 23. The “Club of Rock” is a rock concert produced by the teens at the Club. “Produced by Teens, Benefitting Teens.” The show will feature two professional rock bands. The kids wrote the contracts and produced the tickets and the posters.The teens are learning entrepreneurship, business, and production so that they can give back to their club and their community with what they have learned. Jeff Cutler has been working with the kids, teaching them about the business end of the industry.
  • Larry Johnson thanked fellow Rotarians for supporting the Chamber of Commerce golf tournament. $5000 will be awarded through the Chamber scholarship fund, thanks to a successful event.
  • President Bryant reminded attendees that the Bi-District Rotary Conference is coming up May 15 & 16 at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak in Phoenix. All club members are encouraged to participate.
  • Bill Burrows presented, “All the news that’s fit to read.”