Announcements
  • Jim and Beth, fellow Rotarians who visited us not long ago from Honolulu, sent us Hawaiian calendars and the Rotary Club of Honolulu visiting club banner.
  • Larry Johnson announced the Superstition Open Golf Tournament benefitting the AJ Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Republic Services and held at the Superstition Springs Golf Course. The tournament will be April 11, with a 1pm shotgun start.
  • President Bryant presented Daiton Rutkowski with a Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin x2. Rotarians are designated a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize a person whose life demonstrates shared purpose with the objectives and missions of the Rotary Foundation to build a world of understanding and peace. Our thanks and appreciation go to Daiton for his efforts.
  • Steve Gable just returned from the Phillippines. Steve is the international chair on the club Board and will report on his experience in the near future.
  • Heidi Golemon and Dana Hawman were presented with their Rotary pins.
  • Bryant shared that the Apache Junction Food Bank, during their volunteer appreciation event, mentioned our Rotary Club twice: for the work that we did to help them get a new truck and for all the work we do to support them through their events.
 
In Local News
Bill Burrows reported on the news, bringing to our attention an active shooter situation in East Mesa. One person was killed and several others wounded before the shooter was apprehended. Toward the end of our meeting, president Bryant was able to inform us when the shooter was taken into custody, thanks to his email connection with the city.

The event began very near the East Valley Institute of Technology, necessitating a full lockdown of the campus while the search was ongoing. EVIT is a vocational/technical school serving seven area high schools, which effectively brought the terror of an active shooter situation home to the entire east valley.
 
Since Chief Kelly presented at our club just three weeks prior and spoke about the importance of interagency training, it was interesting to note that the manhunt involved several municipal police forces working effectively together. We applaud and appreciate their efforts.
 
Sargeant-at-Arms  Aaron McDermid raised "money for the children".
 
Drawing: The pot was worth $482 today.  Ron Knies won the drawing and $10 but drew the 9 of diamonds.