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Superstition Mountain

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Gold Canyon Golf Resort
6100 S. Kings Ranch Road
Gold Canyon, AZ
United States of America
Update -- and good news -- about Club President, Harvey Clark
 
While traveling to Florida to celebrate his mother's birthday, Harvey suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. You can see his daughter's Facebook posts below. The good news is that Harvey is  getting out of the hospital today (April 19) and is expected to fly home on Wednesday!
 
April 12: My Dad came to FL for my grandmother’s 99th birthday on April 2. He had a stroke while he was visiting and has been in Halifax Hospital since April 8. He is stable and we haven’t seen any loss of sight, speech, joke telling etc but still in need of healing prayers. Thank you to everyone already praying and for those now joining us in prayer for complete healing.
Update: My Dad was moved out of ICU this afternoon. Still at hospital for observation but as he said - they moved him down a floor and that’s one floor closer to the exit. 💕 Thank you all for your prayers.
 
April 17: Update on my Dad. Still at Halifax (today is day 10). Getting stronger every day. Need to get that blood a little thinner before he can bust out of there. We are currently tied 2-2 in Cribbage. We thank you for the prayers. ❤️
 
 
Rotary Week of Service Proclamation
 
Rotary Clubs in Arizona have received a proclamation from Arizona Governor - Douglas A. Ducey, for 'Rotary Week of Service' - ---- April 17-24. Superstition Mountain Rotary is proud and honored, and appreciates the continuing opportunities to try and be of service to those in need in our community. As part of this year's Rotary Week of Service, the local community service project being undertaken by our club will be painting hand railings at Apache Junction High School, which are in need of repair. If you haven't already signed up, and would like to participate, contact Ed Shockley (dadshock@yahoo.com) for more information.
 
 
 
Update on "Spring Cleaning For A Cause"
 
If you haven't already cleaned out your closets, there's still time to help Superstition Mountain Rotary Club raise needed funds for local area causes. Club member, Jeffrey Mitchell, has worked to coordinate a fundraiser in partnership with Savers Stores. The Club will be paid 20 cents per pound for donated items through a 'FUNDrive', sponsored by Savers Thriftstore Company. This is a very eco-friendly program and will help the Club replace some of the funds we have lost/been unable to raise, due to the Covid-related cancellation of other fundraisers the Club normally participates in. If you have clothing, or household items to donate, Jeffrey Mitchell/or another Club member will be happy to come and pick the items up.
 
 
Club social 
 
The Club held a social event on Saturday afternoon, March 27th at the 'Sunland Theater' on Main Street in Mesa. Club members, family members and guests enjoyed a no-host bar and food -- along with some special yummy deserts provided by Rotarians. Those attending also enjoyed the music of Dave Webb's 'Southwest Surfers' and their talented band players. There was good conversation, laughter, and some dancing --- a good time was had by all attending.
 
Follow Sunland Promotions at (https://www.sunlandpromotions.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sunlandpromotions.
 
 
Jeff's car detailing ongoing total 
 
As of April 14, Jeff Mitchell has presented $1395 to the club for his volunteered automotive detailing services. The amount that would normally be paid to Jeff for detailing and/or waxing your car has instead been paid to the club. You can contact him at (630) 297-9204‬ to get on his schedule. 
 

 

April 14 Meeting

Our speaker, David Smith, covered a variety of topics - but his presentation was focused primarily on astronomy and science. David is a retired Alaska Airlines Captain with more than 26,000 hours of flight time, and 35 years of experience in the airline industry. He is type rated in the Boeing 727, McDonnell Douglas MD80, and Boeing 737, and is a certified flight instructor in multiple categories including hot air balloons and float planes. 
 
David holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree from Bastyr University. Prior to being an airline pilot, he was a high school science teacher. His love of astronomy and science began as a child when America was headed for the moon. He has subsequently been a life long amateur Astronomer and science enthusiast. David always welcomes the opportunity to share his knowledge and interest in Astronomy and space travel. We gained a lot of information from David, including an explanation of Pluto's demotion and the possibility of life on other moons. 

 

April 7 Meeting

We enjoyed a very informative presentation by Past District Governor, Nancy Van Pelt. Nancy shared information about the 'Rotary PeaceBuilder Project'. She spoke to the fact that conceptually, being a 'peace-builder' can take on many meanings. In past years, Rotary has held Peace Symposiums, Peace Exhibits at District Conferences, Peacebuilder Peace themed writing contents for students in Interact Clubs, and other/many peace-building efforts of goodwill.
But Rotarians can be 'peace-builders' in their day to day lives, often even with simple gestures and without even recognizing that they might be being involved in 'peace-building'. For example, in our current environment, even the simple gestures of being careful to not spread “germs” is a gesture of 'peace-building'. And as we all go about our day-to-day life, asking simple questions of family, friends and neighbors - “How are you?” and “How can I help you?” .... finding ways to be of service and helping others are the trademarks of being a 'Peace Builder Rotarian'.
 

March 31 Meeting

We enjoyed a presentation by Stacey Marz, Financial Consultant for Thrivent Financial. Stacey shared her story of how her many life experiences led her to become a Financial Consultant. Stacey talked about the company's 'Thrivent Choice' program which allows Thrivent's clients to annually contribute to non-profit organizations & causes which the user cares about and/or has a special interest in supporting. ( Additional info about the Thrivent charitable funding program can be found at - https://www.thrivent.com/.../generosity/thrivent-choice.html. Stacey can be reached at https://connect.thrivent.com/stacey-marz )

 

March 24 Meeting

Our speakers, were Tony Conn from the Keokuk, Iowa Rotary Club and historian Dr. Yogi Reppmann from Flensburg, Germany and Northfield, Minnesota. Tony and Yogi spoke to the Club about the more than 500 'Peace Pipe Letters' of goodwill and friendship that the Keokuk Rotary Club wrote to Rotary Clubs around the world in 1931 -- when the world was on the brink of disaster. Hundreds of letters were received from Rotary clubs across the globe in response . In 2020, Tony and Yogi revived the project. Additional information about this interesting project can be found by visiting www.moin-moin.us or www.peace-pipe-proposal.com. If anyone wants to order the book about the 'Peace Pipe Letters Project - books can be ordered direct through this link -- https://www.peace-pipe-proposal.com/the-book
 
More information about the upcoming October 19-22, 2021 International Rotary Conference, where the topic will be 'How to Shape the Future - Democracies under Pressure: Nationalism,
Then & Now' can be found at - https://www.peaceconference.us.

 

March 17 Meeting

Our speaker was Sarah Robinson from 'Robinson Golf Cars' in Apache Junction. A few years ago when Sarah was preparing for college, she received a Rotary scholarship. Sarah attended Northern Arizona University and graduated with two degrees - Public Relations and Advertising.
Armed with her education to help her with her career, she is involved with her family's business, 'Robinson Golf Cars' in Apache Junction.
They have been a supporter of many Rotary and community events. More information about them can be found at https://www.robinsongolfcarsupplyaz.com/ .
 
 
Apache Junction City Manager, Bryant Powell, updated the Club members about the Apache Junction police officer who was shot/wounded in the line of duty. The officer is recovering from the shooting. Suspects have been apprehended.
 
 
 
Upcoming President-Elect (2021-22) Carol Kralicek gave a brief, 'Rotary involvement talk' covering experiences she has been fortunate to have during her years with Rotary. Carole comes to us with a great deal of Rotary experience, including President of the 110-member Bismarck, North Dakota club, Public Image Chair for her district in Minnesota, Public Image Chair for the Mesa, AZ club, and much more.
 
 

March 10 Meeting

Our speakers were Jacquie Smith and Jenny Powell, Directors/Officers of 'Friends of Apache Junction'. 'Friends of Apache Junction' supports our entire area/ anyone who partakes and participates with services in the local area. The organization was founded in 2009 by long time Rotarian, Lucy Young, along with community business people to help support local area needs, as well as promote the community. The group works to help a wide range of issues/groups such as Paws and Claws, AJ Library, AJ Parks and Rec, the AJ Police Department, and a number of the area schools and youth groups. More info about 'Friends of Apache Junction' can be found on their website and FaceBook page: https://friendsofapachejunction.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Apache-Junction-568900563227241.
 
Jenny Powell also shared that the AJ High School tennis team is in need of new uniforms....... when Covid shut everything down, none of the previous uniforms could be returned or shared. She suggested people interested in supporting the need might consider using the Arizona Tax Credit to help with support (More information about Arizona Public School Tax Credit - https://azdor.gov/tax-credits/public-school-tax-credit ). Also direct $ donations are appreciated. Donations of used tennis racquets, and other school sports equipment are also needed.
 

March 3 Meeting

 
Our speaker was Bryant Powell, Apache Junction City Manager. Bryant shared a wealth of diverse information about a wide range of topics affecting our local area, including data about Covid case stats in Pinal county, as well info regarding status/locations of Covid vaccines being currently offered in our area. Bryant was pleased to report that some events in our area are beginning to reopen, including some Apache Junction Parks and Rec events and activities (while socially-distancing and adhering to any Covid regulations.) He also happily reported some local athletic events are able to be reopened, (which have been long awaited by participating students. He shared highlights about local businesses - discussing how so many of them are hurting economically due to Covid related issues. Also the Club was reminded that many of the local Apache Junction services, ie fire, police, etc receive funding from local area sales taxes --- and business sales being down is affecting a wide range of area services. However, despite existing businesses having hard times, new businesses are opening.
 
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • William Pepple
    May 2
  • Brian Kabat
    May 3
  • Len LaFlesch
    May 25
Anniversaries:
  • Ed Shockley
    Cassandra Shockley
    May 5
  • Mike McCord
    Jackie McCord
    May 27
Join Date:
  • Lee Holmes
    May 1, 1999
    22 years
  • Bill Staples
    May 15, 2019
    2 years

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