ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

 
  • President Matt Ruppert reminded us about the Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 16 at Earth Heart Park on North Plaza Dr. in Apache Junction from 9am – 1pm. Entertainment, vendors, a Ladybug release, and more.
  • This month on eBay, there are LIVE auctions being held nearly every day with proceeds from some of those auctions benefiting Rotary. Bob Homann will post more information on the website.
  • Matt presented Sharon Stinard with a pin for recruiting new members.
  • Jay Jones expressed appreciation to president-elect Ed Shockley for spending last weekend at the PETS conference learning how to be our new president.
  • Ed provided a recap of PETS: Jay Jones, Jim Erikson, and Dan Govinsky also attended PETS and Ed noted that all three gentlemen are obviously well known among our fellow Rotarians. The conference offered an opportunity to meet many Rotarians from across the state. Ed especially appreciated meeting president-elects from other clubs. The speakers were “fantastic,” including a Rotary International director, Brad Howard who shared stories about how Rotary has affected him and his family as well as the communities where he has worked through Rotary on various projects. He also met Tonya Watson, the incoming district governor. Rotary International secretary-general John Hewko was also at the conference as a keynote speaker.
  • Jay Jones offered a new version of the Four-Way Test. It is the Four-Way Beer Test:
    • First, is it cold enough?
    • Second, is there enough for all concerned?
    • Third, will it build good times and much better friendships?
    • Fourth, can it get any better than this?
  • Mike Dungan announced the news:
  • International: Sir George Martin, “the fifth Beatle,” has passed away at the age of 90. He was a classically trained composer who collaborated closely with the Beatles’ and produced nearly all of their music throughout the 1960’s. Critics agree, there would have been no Beatles without Sir George Martin.
  • Domestic: According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, New York is the fourth most expensive state to live in. Landlords typically require tenants to have $40,000 of annual income for every $1,000 of rent, which means that a six-figure income is required to rent a “pretty nice” 2-bedroom apartment in Manhattan or Brooklyn.
  • Local: Apache Junction has a new director of the Parks & Rec department, Liz Langenbach. Liz is a local – an alumna from Apache Junction USD – and a 20-year veteran of AJ Parks & Rec.
  • Historic: The jock strap was originally developed and sold in 1874, specifically for bicycle riders traveling on bumpy cobblestone streets
  • The drawing was worth $583.50 today. Ron Knies won the drawing and $10 but missed the joker.  WE ARE DOWN TO 14 CARDS SO YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING ARE GOING UP DRAMATICALLY.  CAN'T WIN IF YOU DON'T PLAY!