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September 25

Our first speaker was Col Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, who told us about his history with the department. The group was surprised to learn that Frank’s father, Colonel Ralph Milstead, served as Director of DPS during the 1980’s.

It was interesting to hear about the wide range of functions and services in Arizona. Most people only think about State Troopers and the Highway Patrol … but there are scores of other activities in the department too numerous to outline here. During our Q&A, Frank generated lots of interest in describing the effort being made to reduce or eliminate the Wrong Way Driver problem we have on our highways.


Our second speaker was Princess Jennifer Lee. Her organization, Operation Heart to Heart, provides healthcare through medical missions in Africa. They are also joining hands with other organizations to focus on helping, through vocational training, the survivors of the insidious evil called forced Slavery, Sex, and Human & Organ trafficking. Princess calls it "From Adversity To prosperity"

September 18
Yanick Hicks is a certified motivational speaker and trainer. His topic at our meeting was "Becoming a Rotarian of Influence". It touched on a few methods to become more successful as a leader. He spoke about a simple way of developing leadership influence -- asking oneself three questions at the end of each day: 1. What did I do right ... 2. What did I do wrong ... and 3. What can I do differently. By answering those three questions everyday a person will have a positive impact on achieving their goals.
September 11
Our Club had the opportunity on September 11th to visit the Apache Junction High School campus. Club members wanted to learn as much as we could about the upcoming bond and capital override election slated for November. Club members appreciated Apache Junction Unified School District giving us the opportunity to tour parts of their campus and learn more about the issues that are a part of this upcoming election. We encourage residents to attend one of the scheduled public forums or campus tours.

During our tour, it was easily apparent that the high school is in much need of many repairs and updates in order to provide an environment that would be both safe and conducive for learning.  

Notably we learned from facility maintenance staff of the need to replace outdated HVAC systems.  Many of these units were installed 15 to 20 years ago and have been repaired numerous times. Age of current equipment is presently costly for taxpayers, due to excessive maintenance costs and higher electricity bills, and is not doing an adequate job of creating a productive learning environment. Many plumbing fixtures need to be replaced, including drinking fountains, sinks, showers in locker rooms and bathroom facilities.  The interior and exterior of buildings needs paint. Also observed is the need for new flooring, desks, tables and chairs. Security issues need to be updated. So many things in the facility seem to be suffering from deferred maintenance.

Our members are supportive of youth in our community. Funds are needed to handle the needs of the Apache Junction Unified School District. Voting yes on the capital override and bond elections will work toward providing funds to bring about a safer and better environment for the education of our young people.
September 4

Our members learned about an unusual business model when Becky Huffman spoke to us at our meeting. Becky’s Charity Car Sales LLC is a family owned and operated used car dealership and mechanic shop. 

She and her partner, Kevin Schweitzer, are committed to being more than just a used car dealership and mechanic shop. For every car they sell a donation is made to a local charity. Becky shared several stories of how they got personally involved in generously helping people obtain or repair their critically needed vehicle. Their lives and the mission of their business are above and beyond just running a small business … Impressive! Becky and Kevin are residents of Apache Junction and are attempting to relocate their business closer to home. They will be reaching out to AJ’s Business and Development Department for assistance in finding a suitable location.

  • October 2 - Ben Kartchner, Terrorism Liaison Officer at Sky Harbor Airport
  • October 9 - Karen Perry, 3 Wings of Life-Update of the Karen Perry Story from 11/23/2011
  • October 16 - Jeff Scanlon, How we quit too soon and how it affects every aspect of our lives
  • October 23 - Pam Nitro, PR Coordinator for Bikers Against Child Abuse
  • October 30 - Christine Biteroff, Rotary District Conference
We have two upcoming service opportunities on October 26:
  • 'Make a Difference Day' and the 'Arizona Sustainability Alliance' are working on improvements to the median on the Apache Trail, with plants and trees. There will be an opportunity to help with planting.
  • We have been given the opportunity take host a tent at Parks & Rec's Halloween Event, where children can play games and get their Halloween treats. We will need volunteers at the tent during the evening.
Lee Holmes presented the club with two banners from District 9400 clubs that he visited while on his trip to South Africa with Blessman International.

Peggy Cabrinha was inducted to the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club at our meeting on September 25 by Club President, Bob Benjamin. 

New to our club but not new to Rotary, Peggy joined the Rotary Club of Atwood Kansas about twenty years ago. She went on to become the President of that club and then District Governor for District 5670. 

Peggy joins our club with a boat load of Rotary experience and ideas. We welcome Peggy.

Ed Shockley and Lee Holmes attended the Pursuing Peace Conference on September 20th in Peoria. It was a great day meeting.  This picture of PDG Nancy Van Pelt and Lee Holmes was taken at that meeting.
 Tickets are now available for our second annual Barleens event, on March 21, 2020! The cost will be $62 per person, $25 of which will be going to the Rotary Foundation. The entire theater is currently reserved for the club until two weeks before the event, when any unsold tickets will go back to Barleens. All promotions will be through the district, at no cost to the club. Harvey is working with Dr. Anderson to get the Apache Junction high school band to play at the event, for a donation of $500. It was moved, seconded and approved to put the event on the district calendar. A table for eight can be reserved at a sponsorship rate of $500. You can purchase tickets directly from Harvey Clark, or through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/superstition-mountain-rotary-fundraiser-barleens-tickets-68658065121
The annual Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Golf Tournament is scheduled for January 11, 2020.
Happy Birthday!
  • Megan Connally-Henny - October 6
  • Jay Jones - October 7
  • John Fillmore - October 8
  • John Blessman - October 10
  • Ben Fellows - October 13
  • Elise Otero - October 15
  • Matt Ruppert - October 18
  • Frank Mwinyelle - October 20
Thanks for being a member!
  • Ron Knies - 37 years on October 1
  • Frank Mwinyelle - 4 years on October 14
  • Jodi Ehrlich - 2 years on October 19
  • Werner Salinger - 2 years on October 19
Happy Anniversary!
  • Matt Ruppert & Carolyn Wright-Ruppert - 16 years on October 3
  • Ron and Mary Knies - 47 years on October 7
Guests and Visitors
  • Becky Huffman, Apache Junction
  • Kevin Schweitzer, Apache Junction
  • Carolyn Benjamin, Gold Canyon
  • Peggy Fellows, Gold Canyon
  • Rose Hughes, San Tan Valley

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