• President Bryant Powell shared a letter from the Gift of Life expressing appreciation for the $400 donation. Gift of Life-AZ is a nonprofit tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization administered by participating Rotarians and friends for the purpose of providing open-heart surgery to needy children worldwide.
  • President Bryant also read a letter from the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley thanking the club for the donation of $2,083 to the Apache Junction branch. Boys & Girls Club is one of the organizations supported through our weekly speaker donations.
  • Julian Easter updated the club about the reduction in the property tax increase supporting Central Arizona College. The Board has reduced the proposed assessment from 45% to 20%. “A lot of people thought that their total property tax was going up 45% - or 20% now... what is going up is the percentage of what CAC receives from the County. CAC currently receives 14% of the property tax collected by the County. That 14% is being increased by 20% – not the entire tax rate.”
  • Dana Hawman informed the club that the AJUSD Governing Board was persuaded to try once again for a 15% Maintenance and Operations override, which will have to be approved by voters in November. The grass roots community group Save Our Schools has pledged to take the message to the public in support of the override.
  • Bob Homann introduced Rosita Raby, who has applied to the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona and was at our club to request sponsorship. The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona is meant to help people who have low income better themselves through vocational education. (More info below.)
  • Bill Burrows gave us the latest news, including a story about a young man who was charged with “breaking and entering and being domestic” after a female homeowner woke to find him wiping down a countertop and baking a potato in her microwave oven. When told to leave, the man went outside and began raking leaves in the front yard. Another popular story told us about chimpanzees in West Africa becoming inebriated from drinking the fermented sap of palm trees.