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Every Wednesday at 12:10 pm (doors open at 11:45)
Gold Canyon Golf Resort
6100 S. Kings Ranch Road
Gold Canyon, AZ  85118
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Happy Birthday!
  • Fareed Baig - September 9
  • Michael Dungan - September 17
Thanks for being a member!
  • Sharon Boyd - 12 years on September 1
  • Brian Kabat - 5 years on September 17
Happy Anniversary!
  • Dean and Rose Holmes - 31 years on September 3
Guests and Visitors
  • Jay D. Allen from Gold Canyon, guest of Harvey Clark
  • Jerry Basinski from Apache Junction
  • Dee Basinski from Apache Junction
  • Karen Warhus
  • Susan Corsaro Johnson from Apache Junction
  • Sherry Eklund from Mesa
  • Michelle Iglewski from Green Bay, WI
  • Peggy Cabrinha from Apache Junction
    • September 4 - Becky from Becky's Charity Car Sales
    • September 11 - Lunch at Apache Jct. High School 
    • September 18 - Yanick Hicks, from the Glendale Rotary Club, on becoming a rotarian of influence
    • September 20 - Pursuing Peace Conference
    • September 25 - Col. Frank Milstead, Director of AZ Public Safety
     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
     Our September 11 meeting will not be at our usual location. Instead, we will be having lunch at Apache Junction High School, with lunch being prepared by the head chef and culinary class. This will be our chance to see the desperate need for the capital improvements bond issue. The high school is located at 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Parking is on the north side of the building. The cost is $10 per attendee, and the club will write one check for all attending. If you haven't already gotten your name on the sign-up sheet at the regular meeting, contact Ed Shockley. Ed's email address is dadshock@yahoo.com.
     Club President, Bob Benjamin, presented a check for $4,000 to the Apache Junction Unified School District "Feed the Children" program. The program provides food to disadvantaged children during school breaks. Dr. Krista L. Anderson, AJUSD Superintendent and Karen Warhus, Food Service Director are in the process of starting up a summer food program, which will provide free breakfast and lunch to anyone under the age of 19.
    Lee Holmes announced that he will be attending the Pursuing Peace Conference in Peoria on September 20, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm (plus driving time). He'll have extra room in the car, so let him know if you would like to ride along. You can get more information, and register, at http://www.pursuingpeace.org.
    Len LaFlesch announced that the date for the annual Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Golf Tournament has been changed to January 11, 2020.
    August 28
    Michelle Iglewski told us how her health has been positively impacted by her 'Tower Garden' at today's meeting. She attributes her good health to Aeroponics, an advanced gardening technology. Instead of using soil, 'Tower Garden' plants grow in a soil-free plant nutrient mineral blend solution, which provides plant roots with oxygen and consistent moisture, encouraging rapid, healthy growth.
    August 21
      Sherry Eklund provided us with an informative overview of Teen Strong, the organization she created to provide struggling teens with encouragement, inspiration and information about the resources they need to help them be successful. Her web site covers a variety of areas, including substance abuse, domestic and dating violence, eating disorders, sexually transmitted diseases and job skills. You can learn more about Teen Strong at https://www.teenstrongaz.com.
    August 14

    Rotary Minute:

    What was the first Rotary Club community project? A “comfort station” in downtown Chicago. Public restrooms were typically found only in saloons at that time, and unaccompanied women were not permitted to enter saloons.

    Dee Baginski inspired us all through her positive attitude and refusal to give in to fear during treatment for aggressive stage four cancer. Her experience has motivated her to create the Courage Under Cancer Foundation, to help other people in similar circumstances. Her Foundation's goal is to help people who are undergoing treatment by assisting them with their rent and insurance co-payments, providing rides to the doctor, etc. Dee's book, Courage Under Cancer, can be ordered on Amazon for $6.99 in print or $5.99 for the Kindle version.
     Bryant Powell gave an overview of the recent Apache Junction land annexation, Through annexation, Apache Junction will provide services (911, water, sewer, etc.) that was previously provided by the county, paving the way for new development.
    August 7
    Sean Reavie, President and Founder of Put on the Cape, was our guest speaker today. Board member Kay Royal was also in attendance. Sean, an officer with the Phoenix Police Department, works with abused children. His organization raises funds for advocacy centers that care for children who are victims of crime. Besides providing basic needs, they use super heroes to empower children. Ways you can help are by donating funds, sponsoring events and volunteering. Specific needs include:
    • snacks and juice boxes
    • toys
    • diapers
    • clean clothes
    • super hero action figures and Barbie dolls
    • cash donations, which are always best
    **Our ever generous club members donated $650 in cash for the organization to use as needed.
    For more information, visit https://www.putonthecape.com.
    Tina Byrd with Gold Canyon Candles donated two coupons for online social media training. The training will be extremely helpful to the club in learning how to get our message our to the rest of the world. Gold Canyon candles supports charitable groups by giving a portion of the purchase price of their $20 fund raiser candles back to the group.
     Len LaFlesch presented two croquet sets that he purchased for the golf tournament auction. These are great examples of items that could be well received as fund raisers.
    Guests and Visitors
    • Susan Corsaro Johnson
    • Diane Haskins
    • Mike Lamb
    • Sandie Russell
    • Kip Olson
    • Peggy Cabrinha
      • August 7 - Christine Bitterolf , Homeless Youth Connection
      • August 14 - Dee Baginski, Author of "Courage under Cancer"
      • August 21 - Sherry Ekland, Founder of Teen Strong
      • August 28 - Michelle Iglewski from Grow Good Health/Juice Plus
       In honor of the Raptors winning the NBA Championship, Len LaFlesch saluted our Canadian members by enhancing their flag!
      Kudos to Harvey Clark, champion fundraiser! Our second annual Barleens event will be on March 21, 2020. The cost will be $62 per person, with $25 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.

      Rotary Leadership Institute

      The next session of the Rotary Leadership Institute is scheduled fort August 24, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in Flagstaff. RLI is an outstanding opportunity for each club to improve the Rotary knowledge of its key people, who will also be exposed to new ideas of leadership. The exchange of ideas with other experienced Rotarians alone makes the courses worthwhile. The Institute offers a leadership development program in three full day sessions (Parts I, II and III). The courses are designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for voluntary organizations. Some examples of course sessions include: Creating Service Projects, Membership Development and Effective Committees to name a few. You can register at https://rotary5495.123signup.com/event/registration/rvtsn.



      Happy Birthday!
      • Dodie Doolittle - August 7
      Thanks for being a member!
      • Elise Otero - 1 year on August 1
      • Tressa Rice - 1 year on August 27
      Happy Anniversary!
      • Michael and Diane Dungan, 35 years on August 4
      • Frank and Shara Mwinyelle, 13 years on August 7
      • Brian and Ashley Kabat, 13 years on August 12
      • Michael and Val Sheridan, 33 years on August 24

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