ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

 
  • President Matt Ruppert welcomed our “visiting Rotarian,” Jared Gibbs. ;)
  • A Board meeting was announced, to be held following the general meeting.
  • Matt reminded everyone of the District Assembly coming up on April 23 in Payson and April 30 in Scottsdale, providing a great opportunity to learn more about Rotary and incoming Board positions.
  • Matt Ruppert and Sharon Stinard will represent Superstition Mountain Rotary tonight (4/20/16) as they award ten $500 scholarships to selected honorees at Apache Junction High School. Bob Homann and Dana Hawman served on the selection committee. Dana will also attend the presentation to photograph the event.
  • Jim Erickson conveyed the news that the proposed merger between District 5510 and District 5490 has been approved, effective July 1, 2016. The resulting single District will be 5495.
  • The club received a thank you note from Genesis Project, expressing appreciation for the gift of $125. During the month of March, Genesis served an average of 117 people per day; 5,951 meals total.
  • Bryant Powell updated the club on the AJ downtown park. Our club has donated $10,000 of the $150,000 needed for the splash pad. For those who do not know, a splash pad, per Bryant, is “a really nice sprinkler.” The City is still seeking additional sponsors; they have collected about 40% of the necessary funds for the splash pad. “This kind of thing can’t happen without community partners. There is going to be a display at the park showing all of the contributors.” New parks director, Liz Langenbach, will provide a presentation for us with a full update about the downtown park in July.
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  • Photo is of the splash pad at Heritage River Park in Marana. Photo credit: www.maranaaz.gov/recreation.
  • Bryant also informed us about “Mount Trashmore.” The City is currently discussing a landfill closure plan, due to the fact that when the landfill was contracted in 1997, no closure date was set. Right now, the landfill operators have the legal right to fill one more cell, which will take 8-10 years. “What we’re trying to figure out is whether it is worth it to expand 20 feet higher instead of wider… For us, it’s an opportunity to discuss a closing date and create significant dollars toward the end of the life of the landfill to put in a park.” See Bryant for more of the inside scoop about landfill futures.
  • Our club’s Facebook page is picking up speed. If you haven’t yet, “Like” us HERE.