Our newest member!
 
 Bill Staples joined the club on May 29!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Service Opportunity!
 
Ed Shockley announced that we still need two people to complete the team for our July 15 service day. See Ed if you are available to help.
 
 
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2019-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
 
  • June 28 - Club Assembly and Presidential Transition
  • July 10 - Mike Farber, Fire Chief, Superstition Fire and Medical District
  • July 24 - Nancy Tossell, Copywriter and Author
  • July 31 - Denise Hart, President/CEO of AJ Chamber of Commerce
 
 
UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2019-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
 
 
Happy Birthday!
 
  • Roberta Holmes - July 3
  • Sharon Boyd- July 20
  • Bill Staples - July 21
 
 
Thanks for being a member!
 
  • Michael Dungan - 17 years on June 30
  • Jay Jones - 17 years on June 30
  • Aaron McDermid - 10 years on July 1
  • Matt Ruppert - 9 years on July 16
 
 
Happy Anniversary!
 
  • Jim and Maryann Erickson, 48 years on July 10
  • Bill and Suzie Staples, 39 years on July 12
  • Elise and Al Otero, 25 years on July 16
 
 
UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2019-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jun 24, 2019
 
 
May 29 
 
 Randy Johnson of Gold Canyon Pharmacy was our guest speaker. Gold Canyon Pharmacy, an independent pharmacy, opened their doors across the street from Walgreens in July, 2019. They offer medication management and compounds, and strive to save you money on your prescriptions through drug cards and coupons. Randy is a Quality of Life advocate, urging people to take their meds in the right dose, allowing them to enjoy their lives. He has lectured on many topics, including opioids and nutrition for children who may not have the means to eat as healthy as they should. This educated chemist is a valuable asset to our community. Seek out his advice regarding your medical challenges. 
 
 
June 19
 
 Myra Garcia, Director of the Apache Junction Food Bank, spoke about the Food Bank's mission to help people get through bad times. The Postal Service food drive brought in 39,000 pounds of food, and 279 volunteers have given 19,000 hours of their time. Kristen Gonzales, who serves on the board, wants to promote the food bank's message through social media. A new project is underway to teach people how to use their food nutritiously. They have four nutritionists helping with this effort. They are also working on a grant to fund the acquisition of a new truck.
 
 
Dr. Krista Anderson gave an update on the 60 million dollar capital improvements bond issue. There is a great need for updated textbooks, as well as for maintenance at the schools, including repairs to sidewalks, locker rooms, the high school track and air conditioning units. Consideration is also being given to reopening the Superstition Mountain Elementary School, to meet changes in demographics. An Advisory Oversight Committee is being put in place to make sure the money is spent where it is supposed to. Everyone is urged to vote yes.
 
 
 
 
SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2019-06-24 07:00:00Z 0
Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 23, 2019
 
 
May 1
 
 
 After suffering a massive stroke, Dan Zimmerman was told by doctors that he would never walk or talk. Through the use of a tricycle, exercise brought back his ability to speak by providing oxygen to his brain. To help others in the same situation, Dan started Spokes Fighting Strokes, and teaches other stroke victims how to ride. He uses a 1982 Ford Ambulance to pull 20 trikes in a trailer and conducts adaptive cycling clinics in Phoenix and Denver. Dan doesn't like to charge people for the trikes he provides for them, since many of them have lost income as a result of their strokes. The organization's immediate needs are funding and reorganization assistance from someone with business experience. For more information, see www.spokesfightingstrokes.org. You can also email Dan at dan@spokesfightingstrokes.org.
 
 
May 8
 
Ray Villa, Executive Director of the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA), gave an inspiring talk about CAAFA's efforts to help those who are struggling with abusive relationships. One in three women and one in four men suffer from domestic abuse. This year, CAAFA committed 1300 hours of work for sexual violence victims and 1500 hours of legal advocacy. They have a 16 bed shelter that serves as a safe place, and when that is full, they house victims in motels. You can find more information about CAAFA at www.caafaaz.org.
 
 
May 22
 
Mid Carlossi talked about the Genesis Project and the progress it has made. The Project, located at 564 N. Idaho Road, started as a cooling station in 2006, and has progressed to the point where they are on track to serve 80,000 meals in 2019.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lisa Jones from DIRECTV/Empire Communications updated us on the work they are doing in 55+ communities. They spend full days in the communities, helping residents with their connectivity issues.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
Guests and Visitors
  • Roger Hacker, Mesa
  • Dan Zimmerman, Mesa (speaker)
  • Bill Staples, Mesa
  • Rosie Portugal-Brasted, Mesa
  • Rick Mayer, Apache Junction
 
 
    GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
     
     
    Happy Birthday!
     
    • Cheryl Falser-Kramer - June 3
    • Bob Benjamin - June 13
    • Tressa Rice - June 16
     
     
    Thanks for being a member!
     
    • Harvey Clark - 11 years on June 14
    • John Fillmore - 12 years on June 15
    • Roberta Holmes - 9 years on June 17
    • Michael Dungan - 17 years on June 30
    • Jay Jones - 17 years on June 30
     
     
    Happy Anniversary!
     
    • Ed and Cassandra Shockley, 54 years on June 2
    • Jacquie and John Smith, 45 years on June 7
    • Bryant and Jenny Powell, 23 years on June 29
     
     
    UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
     
    • May 29 - Randy Johnson from the Gold Canyon Pharmacy
    • June 5 - Heather Hildreth, Arizona Award Winning Author
    • June 12 - Eric Dickey, Global Investigations for PayPal in Scottsdale
    • June 19 - Myra Garcia, Apache Junction Food Bank
    • June 21-22 - District Conference
    • June 28 - Club Assembly and Presidential Transition
     
     
    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
     
     
     Harvey Clark presented the new tablecloth, to be used for the club table at special events..
     
     
     
     
    Bob Benjamin presented the check that the club received for manning the aid station at the Lost Dutchman Marathon. He also presented the service plaque to President Matt for his first year at the aid station. 
     
     
     

    Sharon Stinard presented Rosie Portugal-Brastad from Project Hope with a check from the club for $1500. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
       Club members hard at work    serving the community on May 11. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Our newest member!
     
    Megan Connelly-Henny was inducted into the club on May 15.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    District Conference 2019
     
    The district conference is June 21 and 22. If you haven't already signed up, you should do so soon. How many chances will you get to see DG Jim in a toga?!!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2019-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
     
    • May 22 - Lisa Jones, DIRECTV/Empire Communications
    • June 5 - Heather Hildreth, Award Winning Arizona Author
    • June 12 - Eric Dickey, Global Investigations for PayPal
    • June 19 - Myra Garcia, Apache Junction Food Bank
    • June 21-22 - District Conference
    • June 28 - Club Assembly and Presidential Transition
     
     
    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2019-05-01 07:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Roberta Holmes on Apr 30, 2019
     
     
    April 3
     
    During Club Assembly this week, we heard from Bryant Powell and Michael Dungan.
     
     Bryant gave a recap of the golf tournament, and thanked Tracy Yamamoto and Sharon Boyd for their outstanding work on the ball drop and the auction gifts. We had a record-breaking 128 golfers. The committee is starting to meet to plan next year's event. All members are welcome to attend these meetings.
     
     
     
     Mike gave a recap of the pledge letters that were distributed. The response was good, with only eleven outstanding responses. He stressed the importance of the commitment of our leaders and volunteers. For the first time, we have organized committees, rather than having "committees of one".
      
     
     
    April 10
     
     John Pelletier, born in Nova Scotia, is a former Green Beret survival instructor and teacher at the Air Force Academy. He now teaches hikers how they can help rescuers find them, if they get lost, as well as what they should have among their gear that will help them survive.
     
     
     
     
    April 24
     
    Merrill Joyce Sparks told a moving story of her mother's battle with polio. She spoke of the general fear of the disease during that time, and how her mother constantly smiled through her suffering. 
     
     
     
    SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2019-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
     
     
    Happy Birthday!
     
    • Bill Pepple - May 2
    • Brian Kabat - May 3
    • Len LaFlesch - May 25
     
     
    Thanks for being a member!
     
    • Lee Holmes - 20 years on May 1
    • Cheryl Walser-Kramer - 2 years on May 17
     
     
    Happy Anniversary!
     
    • Ed and Cassandra Shockley, 14 years on May 5
     
     
    UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2019-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
     
     
     Sharon Stinard introduced Ray Villa as the new executive director of CAAFA. The club also presented a check for $1,000 on behalf of CAAFA.
     
     
     
     
    Ron Knies presented the club with a check for $8,800, from our work at the Lost Dutchman rodeo. Our total income, with tips, was $10,900.
     
     
     
     
     
    Mariposa Point will be hosting its next fundraiser for the club on May 9 from 3:30 - 5:00. The address is 1248 Crismon Road in Mesa. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.
     
     
     
    Lee and Roberta Holmes, Bob Benjamin, Sharon Boyd and Ed Shockley attended the Club Leadership Academy on Saturday, April 27.
     
     
     
    Our newest member!
     
    Chelsea Connelly was officially inducted into the club on April 3.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Upcoming service opportunity
     
    Our next work shift at the Apache Junction Food Bank is scheduled for May 11. We need 10 people from 12:00-2:00 p.m.
     
     
     
    District Conference 2019
     
    The district conference is June 21 and 22. If you haven't already signed up, you should do so soon. How many chances will you get to see DG Jim in a toga?!!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2019-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
    Guests and Visitors
    • Dan Maher, Waxahachie, Texas
    • John Jay Pelletier, Mesa (speaker)
    • Lisa Jones, Mesa
    • Jose Canto, Apache Junction
    • Larry Kirch, Scottsdale (speaker)
    • Sidney Urias, Mesa (speaker)
    • Merrill Sparks, Mesa (speaker) 
    • Joe Sparks, Mesa
     
    Visiting Rotarians
    • Ray Villa, Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club
    • Jill McCaughey, Calgary, Alberta North Club
    • Tom Halazon, Kennewick, Washington, Columbia Center Rotary Club
    • F. Allen Johnson, Olympia, Washington Rotary Club
    • Suzanne Johnson, Olympia, Washington
    • Leland Smithson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Downtown Rotary Club
    • Curry Bishop, Halliburton, Ontario Rotary Club
    • Phyllis Chambers, Lincoln, Nebraska Downtown #14 Rotary Club
     
      GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2019-04-30 07:00:00Z 0
      Posted by Roberta Holmes on Mar 31, 2019
       
       
      March 6
       
      This week we heard from Conrad Storad, award winning author, science writer, editor and teacher, and former professor at ASU. Over 1 million copies of Conrad's nonfiction books for young readers have been published. This week is the 21st anniversary of his first book (Saguaro Cactus) and the 20th anniversary of his first picture book (Don't Call Me Pig! A Javelina Story). You can read more about Conrad at https://www.conradjstorad.com.
         
       
       
      March 13
       
      Nancy Tossel of Copywriting by Tossell, is a writer, copywriter and editor. She took us through the process involved in writing a book, starting with the reason for the book, dealing with writers block, working with editors and self publishing.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      March 20
       
      Jerald Monahan is a law enforcement liaison for End Violence Against Women International. He spoke about the 4-way test as a standard for behavior since 1940, and its impact on public safety. He mentioned changes in the process of responding to, investigating and prosecuting predators. 
       
       
       
      March 27
       
       Sean O'Neill from Memory Dynamics gave an entertaining talk on remembering names and complex lists and dates. He guaranteed that after completion of one of his company's workshops, you will increase recall by a minimum of 300%, be able to recall 50+ items, know how to remember more of what you read, and remember the names of the people you meet. To sign up for a workshop, contact their Customer Care Department at 480-659-4988.  
       
      SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
       
       
      Car Show Fundraiser
       
      Ed Shockley announced that the car show fundraiser at Mariposa Point brought in over $200 for the club.
       
       
       
       Lee Holmes announced that this year marks the 30th year of women in Rotary world wide, and suggested we plan something special as a commemoration.
       
       
       
       
      Upcoming service opportunities:
       
       
      Jacquie Smith announced that the Arizona Water Festival for fourth graders (https://arizonawet.arizona.edu) is scheduled for April 25 at Prospector Park. They need volunteers, so if you are available to help, please let her know. For more information. arizonawet.arizona.edu.
       
       
       
      Our newest member!
       
      Bill Pepple was officially inducted into the club on March 13.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Bryant Powell announced that the Cactus Canyon PTO will be hosting a Bunco night on April 5 at 6:00 pm at the Views at Superstition, 6900 E. US Hwy 60 in Gold Canyon. Proceeds will benefit the Cactus Canyon Junior High students, classrooms and activities. Tickets are $25 each. To purchase, contact them at cactuscanyonpto@gmail.com.
       
       
       
       
       
      Paula Blessman and Lee Holmes accepted a check for Blessman International in the amount of $1500. The money will be used to support the Blessman ministry in South Africa.
       
       
       
      Project Cure was presented with a check for $1,000, which will be used in provide medical supplies and equipment in Tanzania.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Ten members of the club worked at the Apache Junction Food Bank during the morning of March 25.
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Lee Holmes announced that CLA is scheduled for April 27 from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm, at the Black Canyon Conference Center. There is room for one more in Lee's car, so let him know if you want to go.
       
       
      ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
      Guests and Visitors
      • Dorothy Homann, Gold Canyon
      • Vicki Fisk, Mesa
      • Ron McCanber, Edmonton, Alberta
      • Jennifer Gardner, Gilbert
      • Megan Connolly, Apache Junction 
      • Chelsea Connolly, Apache Junction
      • Paula Blessman, Gold Canyon
      • Heather Its, Mesa
      • Terry Doolittle, Gold Canyon
       
      Visiting Rotarians
      • Bill Ohe, Edmonton, Alberta Riverview Rotary Club
      • John Wasmuth, Marinville Rotary Cub
      • Tom Halazon, Kennewick, Washington, Columbia Center Rotary Club
      • Michelle Holcomb, Fountain Hills Rotary Club
      •  
      • Russell Grove, Pearl Beach, Australia Woy Woy Rotary Club
      • Phyllis Chambers, Lincoln, Nebraska Downtown #14 Rotary Club
      • "Van" Van Jepmond, Lacy, Washington Rotary Club
      • Scott Counfoough, Ithaca, Michigan Rotary Club
      • Mary McCambridge, Loveland, Colorado, Rotary Club
      • Jim McCambridge, Fort Collins, Colorado Breakfast Club
      • Duane Knight, Fort Collins, Colorado Breakfast Club
      • Paul Knight, Fort Collins, Colorado Breakfast Club
       
      Rotarians Visiting from other countries
      • Ilene Phipps, from the Cayman Islands Central Rotary Club.
       
       
      •  Frank Ewgr, from the Chapala, Mexico Sunrise Club and Russell Grove, from the Pearl Beach, Australia Woy Woy Club.
       
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
         
         
        Happy Birthday!
         
        • Don Auston - April 17
        • Bryant Powell - April 21
         
         
        Thanks for being a member!
         
        • Jacquie Smith - 5 years on April 30
         
         
        Happy Anniversary!
         
        • Jay and Carol Jones, 53 years on April 13
        • Jared and Brandy Gibbs, 12 years on April 22
         
         
        UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2019-03-31 07:00:00Z 0
         
        • April 3 - Club Assembly
        • April 10 - John Pelletier, author, from the Superstition Mountain Museum
        • April 17 - Larry Kirsch from the City of Apache Juncton
        • April 24 - Merrill Joyce Sparks with Joyce's Story of Polio
        • May 1 - Dan Zimmerman from Spokes Fighting Strokes
        • May 8 - Rita Anand, Consultant with Dementia Angels
        • May 26 - Club Assembly and Presidential Transition
        • June 21-22 - District Conference
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2019-03-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Feb 28, 2019
         
         
        February 6
         
        Heather Hildreth from HomeWell Senior Care highlighted the services they provide to help seniors stay in their homes.
         
              
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        February 13
         
        Jackie Hough, Attorney at Law, was our speaker today.  Jackie specializes in estate planning, and provided a very interesting and appropriate program.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        February 20
         
        Whitney Hensiak was our speaker.  She has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we learned much about Family Emergency Communication Planning.
         
         
         
         
        February 27
         
        Dr. Krista Anderson, Superintendent of the Apache Junction Unified School District, spoke about the challenges the school district is facing, as well as the new strategic plan for the district. Goal areas include academic excellence, community engagement, a culture of continuous improvement and the examination and evaluation of systems. Work is ongoing to become more fiscally responsible and to minimize inefficiencies.
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2019-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
         
         
         
        Mike Sheridan was installed as a member of the club on February 6, 2019.
         
         
         
         
         
        Ben Fellows was presented with his Paul Harris plus one at the February 6 meeting.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        Preliminary Rodeo Results
         
        Ed Shockley announced that we received $2,650 in tips, and sold all 500 koozies. Beer sales were comparable to last year.
         
         
        Rotary Milestones
         
        Jay Jones announced that February 23rd was the 114th anniversary of Rotary.
        Lee Holmes also announced that 2019 is the fifth year of the Paul Harris Society. 
         
         
         
         
        Upcoming service opportunities:
         
         Ed Shockley announced that our next service date at the food bank is March 25 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. We will work in two hour shifts, and need five people per shift. Please let Ed know if you are able to participate.
         
         
        Jacquie Smith announced that the Arizona Water Festival for fourth graders (https://arizonawet.arizona.edu) is scheduled for April 25 at Prospector Park. They need volunteers, so if you are available to help, please let her know. For more information. arizonawet.arizona.edu.
         
         
        Dena Kimble drew the winning card to win the drawing. She donated the entire $950 to the Apache Junction Unified School District! The money will be used for the Teacher of the Year project.
         
         
         
         
        Save the Date!
        Harvey Clark announced that the next Rotary night at Barleens Dinner Show will be Saturday, March 21, 2020.
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2019-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Visiting Rotarians
        • Bill Pepple, Bryan, Ohio Rotary Club
        • Phyllis Chambers, Lincoln, Nebraska Downtown #14 Rotary Club
        • "Van" Van Jepmond, Lacy, Washington Rotary Club
        • Mary McCambridge, Loveland, Colorado Rotary Club
        • Chris White, Idaho Falls, Idaho Rotary Club
        • Jim Nelson, Rockford, Illinois Rotary Club
        • Curt Ward, Gilbert Rotary Club
        • Bill Ohe, Edmonton, Alberta, Riverton Rotary Club
        • Edwina Coohe, Southampton, England, SCWS Rotary Club
        • Ray and Marion Miller, Red Deer, Alberta East Rotary Club
        • Ray Villa,  Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club
        • Joan Wasmuth, Marinville, Alberta Rotary Cub
         
        Ryan, Janna, Garon and Finton Gissler, Victoria, Canada, Rotary Club. The club they are a member of has a category of "family"; therefore, the whole family is a member.
         
         
         
         
         
         
        Guests and Visitors
        • Tom Gibbons, visiting from Plattsburgh, New York
        • Krista Anderson with the Apache Junction School District
        • Ken Weiland, Colorado Springs, Colorado
        • Greg Johnson, Edmonton, Alberta
        • Fran Johnson, Edmonton, Alberta
        • Patti Lindberg, Woodbury, Minnesota
        • Megan Connolly, Apache Junction, Arizona
        • Chelsea Connolly, Apache Junction, Arizona
        • Lisa Baes, Mesa, Arizona
        • Jackie Hough, Mesa Arizona
        • Earl Zumwalt
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2019-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
        • March 6 - Conrad Storad, author of Sonoran Desert Tales with Conrad Storad
        • March 13 - Nancy Tossell, Copywriter on editing and book writing
        • March 20 - Jerald Monahan, Law Enforcement Liaison with End Violence Against Women International
        • April 3 - Club Assembly
        • April 10 - John Pelletier, author, from the Superstition Mountain Museum
        • April 17 - Larry Kirsch from the City of Apache Juncton
        • April 24 - Lisa Jones from Direct TV-AT&T
        • May 1 - Dan Zimmerman from Spokes Fighting Strokes
        • May 8 - Rita Anand, Consultant with Dementia Angels
        • May 29 - Classification Talks
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2019-02-27 07:00:00Z 0
        UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2019-02-27 07:00:00Z 0
         
         
        • February 6 - Heather Hildreth, Marketing Manager at HomeWell Senior Care on fall prevention
        • February 13 - Jackie Hough-Frame Esq., Hough Law Firm on estate planning
        • February 20 - Whitney Hansoak, DEMA Private Sector Liaison for State of AZ Emergency Management
        • February 27 - Classification talks
        • March 6 - Conrad Storad, author of Sonoran Desert Tales with Conrad Storad
        • March 13 - Nancy Tossell, Copywriter on editing and book writing
        • March 20 - Jerald Momahan, Law Enforcement Liaison with End Violence Against Women International
        • April 3 - Club Assembly
        • April 10 - John Pelletier author, from the Superstition Mountain Museum
        • April 17 - Larry Kirsch from the City of Apache Juncton
        • April 24 - Lisa Jones from Direct TV-AT&T
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2019-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
         
         
        Happy Birthday!
         
        • Ed Shockley - February 5
        • Aaron McDermid - February 14
        • Sharon Stinard- February 15
        • Tracy Yamamoto - March 17
         
         
        Thanks for being a member!
         
        • Jared Gibbs - 4 years on February 18
        • Bryant Powell - 10 years on February 25
        • Bob Benjamin - 33 years on March 1
        • Dodie Doolittle - 1 year on March 28
         
        UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2019-01-29 07:00:00Z 0
         
         
         
         
        There will be a Celebration Life for long-time member Bob Homann on Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the Gold Canyon campus of Our Savior's Lutheran church, 5301 S. King's Ranch Road.
         
         
         
         
         
        The 18th annual Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Charity Golf Tournament was a huge success! The number of golfers increased from 88 last year to 128 this year. Kudos to the tournament committee for their amazing work. Committee chair Bryant Powell presented Sharon Boyd with an award for her outstanding job of fundraising. 
         
         
         
           Harvey Clark announced that there are still a few seats open for club night out at Barleens on February 9, 2019. Tickets are $37 per person.
         
         
         
         
         
        Bob Benjamin is organizing the club's role in the Lost Dutchman Marathon on Sunday, February 17. We can make at least $2,000 for our work with this event, and need a lot of volunteers! Please see Bob to sign up to help.
         
         
         
         
        Time to cowboy up--and sell beer! There are still a few open spots to help at the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo, February 22-24. See Ron Knies to find to when you can be of service.
         
         
        Sharon Stinard complimented Len for a well written article in the Apache Junction newspaper spotlighting the good works of Rotary.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2019-01-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Nov 01, 2018
         
         
         Jim Erickson presented Bob Crow with an award for distinguished service to Rotary.
         
         
         
         
         
        The 18th annual Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Charity Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, January 12, 2019. The tournament committee is actively working on preparations, and needs plenty of help, and is encouraging everyone's participation. The fund raising goal has been set at $20,000, and we are in need of raffle and silent auction items.
         
         
           Harvey Clark announced that 56 seats have been reserved for the club at Barleens on February 9, 2018. Tickets are $37 per person.
         
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Nov 01, 2018
         
         
        September 26
         
        Our speaker, Beverly Gomez Arriaga, Parent Awareness and Community Awareness Coordinator for the Pinal Region for First Things First. First Things First partners with families and communities to support the healthy development and learning of Arizona’s young children. Beverly spoke about challenges to early development, and ways you can support early literacy. Specifically, she mentioned the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, book drives, and volunteering to make literacy kits. For more information, visit www.FirstThingsFirst.org. You can also email barriaga@firstthingsfirst.org.
         
              
         
         
         
        October 3
         
        Cody Dungan delivered a powerful and moving message about his battle with alcohol and heroin addition, and his journey to recovery through the John Volken Academy (www.volken.org).
         
         
         
        Joy Voxx spoke about VOXXLife's mission to help 1 billion people reach their wellness goals using HPT technology, and presented an overview of their products. For more information, you can visit www.voxxlife.com.
         
         
         
         
        October 10
         
        Two of our newest members, Tressa Rice and Elise Otero, gave classification talks today.
         
                        
         
         
         
        October 17 - District Governor Official Visit
         
        District Governor Jim Erickson was introduced by President Matt Ruppert. Jim shared with the club his Rotary history, including his 42 years of perfect attendance at Rotary meetings. Jim's main focus is polio eradication, and encouraged all members to give $50 to the Polio Plus fund through their MyRotary Account. He also encouraged all Rotarians to attend the Foundation dinner on November 10, and the district conference June 20 - 23.
         
         
         
         
        October 24
         
        Tracy Leonard-Ward spoke about Ryan House, which provides respite and palliative care for children and their families. There are numerous ways to help Ryan House with their cause, through volunteering and donating. For more information, visit www.ryanhouse.org.
         
         
         
        October 31
         
        Steve Byfield, Chair of the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce, updated the group on recent developments with the Chamber.
         
        SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Nov 01, 2018
         
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        • Werner Salinger - November 5
        • Jared Gibbs - November 16
        • Dean Holmes - November 21
         
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        • Ray and Kathy Trankle - November 12
        • Sharon and Roger Stindard -November 18
        • Dodie and Terry Doolittle - November 20
         
        Rotary Anniversaries
        • Bob Crow - 16 years on November 13
        • Mirza Baig - 4 years on November 19
        • Jeff Cutler - 4 years on November 19
        • John Blessman - 1 year on November 22
         
        NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2018-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Oct 10, 2018
         
        September 26
        • Krysta Paffrath, Apache Junction
        • Harold Miller, Napa Noon Rotary Club
        • Shirley Cowan, Gold Canyon
         
        October 3
        • Cody Dungan, Seattle
        • Luann Lennox, Gold Canyon
         
        October 24
        • John Pennypacker, Mesa West Rotary Club
        • "Van" Van Jepmond, Lacey Rotary Club
        • Andrea Claus, Phoenix
        • Pam Bucks, Gold Canyon
        • Krysta Paffrath, Apache Junction
         
        October 31
        • Ron Capanasit, Chandler Rotary Club
        • Ed Corbitx, Chandler Rotary Club
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Oct 10, 2018
         
         
        November 7 - Charlie Miller from the Renewable Sustainable Committee
         
        November 14 - Tina Miller with IsAgenex on health and wellness
         
        November 21 - No meeting 
         
        November 28 - District Governor-Elect David Simmer with an update on the Rotary Foundation
         
        December 12 - Sue Black, Executive Director of AZ State Parks and Trails
         
        December 15 - Club Christmas Party at Lee and Roberta Holmes' residence
         
        December 19 - Harvey Clark, Agent/Rep with SkyMed International on Emergency Rescue Transport
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2018-10-10 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Oct 03, 2018
         
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        • Jay Jones - October 7
        • John Fillmore - October 8
        • John Blessman - October 10
        • Ben Fellows - October 13
        • Murray Hyatt - October 15
        • Elise Otero - October 15
        • Matt Ruppert - October 18
        • Frank Mwinyelle - October 20
         
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        • Matt Ruppert and Carolyn Wright-Ruppert - October 3
        • Ron and Mary Knies - October 7
        • Jeff and Tamara Cutler - October 15
         
        Rotary Anniversaries
        • Frank Mwinyelle - October 14 - 3 Years
        • Michael Cowan - October 18 - 17 years
        • Jodi Ehrlich - October 19 - 2 years
        • Werner Salinger - October 19 - 1 year
         
        OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2018-10-03 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Sep 02, 2018
         
         
        August 22
         
        Our speaker was Dr. Kelli Ward, member of the Havasu City Rotary Club, multiple Paul Harris fellow, major donor, and candidate to represent Arizona in the United States Senate.
         
              
         
         
        August 29
         
        Club member, Sharon Stinard, the Democratic party's candidate for Arizona House District 16, gave a very informative overview of the process of becoming a political candidate.
         
         
         
        SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2018-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Sep 02, 2018
         
        We were pleased to have as visitors Sharon Boyd, Dena Kimble and Dorothy Homann.
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-09-02 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Aug 15, 2018
         
         
        September 5 - Carrie Barleen CLC from Life Coach Carrie
         
        September 19 - Madi Esteves, Miss Arizona 2015 on Empowering individuals with disabilities
         
        September 14 - Club Social at Pietro's in Fountain Hills
         
        September 26 - Beverly Gomes Arriaga, Pinal County Parent Awareness & Community Outreach with an update on current programs
         
        October 3 - Joy Phips, Qualified Associate with VoxxLife on Drug Free Wellness
         
        October 17 - District Governor Jim Erickson official visit
         
        October 24 - Ryan House, Hospice of the Valley
         
        November 14 - Tina Miller with IsAgenex on health and wellness
         
        November 28 - District Governor Elect David Simmer with an update on the Rotary Foundation.
         
        December 12 - Sue Black, Executive Director of AZ State Parks and Trails
         
        December 15 - Club Christmas Party at Lee and Roberta Holmes' residence
         
        December 19 - Harvey Clark, Agent/Rep with SkyMed International on Emergency Rescue Transport
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Aug 15, 2018
         
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        • Mirza Baig - September 9
        • Michael Cowan - September 14
        • Michael Dungan - September 17
        • Michael Munion - September 20
         
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        • Dean and Rose Holmes - September 3
         
        Rotary Anniversaries
        • Michael Munion - September 8 - 12 Years
        • Brian Kabat - September 17 - 4 years
         
        SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Aug 15, 2018
         
         
        August 1
         
        Classification talks were given by members Michael Cowan and Ed Shockley
         
              
         
         
        August 8
         
        Bill Mundell, candidate for Corporate Commission, spoke about the role of the commission. He compared it to the Public Utilities Commission in other states, and also likened it to a "mini SEC". The commission works hand in hand with the Attorney General.
         
         
         
        August 15
         
        Melissa Windsor with Window Genie of the East Valley spoke to the club about the services provided by Window Genie, as well as the experiences she gained from hosting a Rotary Exchange student.
         
         
         
        SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Aug 15, 2018
         
        Recent guests have been Tressa Rice of Tressa's Hair Design, Carolyn Benjamin, Bill Mundell, Steve Brittle, Elise Otero and Melissa Windsor.
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Aug 15, 2018
         
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        • Jeff Cutler - August 5
        • Dodie Doolittle - August 7
         
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        • Michael & Diann Dungan - August 4
        • Frank & Sharla Mwinyelle - August 7
        • Brian & Ashley Kabat - August 12
        • Michael & Shirley Cowan - August 18
         
        ROTARY MEMBERSHIP ANNIVERSARIES
        • Ronald Knies - August 4 - 14 years
         
         
         
        AUGUST BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2018-08-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jul 16, 2018
         
         
        Our speaker on July 11 was Greg Suenden, Executive Director of Will's Hope Charity. The mission of Will's Hope is to provide support for the donors, volunteers and advocates who care for and give HOPE to our community's children in medical crisis and their families; maximizing their quality of life and restoring their hope. More information on Will's Hope can be found at http://willshope.org.
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Roberta Holmes 2018-07-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jul 11, 2018
         
         
        July 18 - Member classification talks
         
        July 25 - Dr. Kelli Ward, U.S Senate Candidate
         
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jul 11, 2018
         
         
        Incoming president Matt Ruppert accepted the gavel from Ed Shockley on July 11.
         
         
         
        Our first service project of the year will be in August, at the Apache Junction Food Bank. The exact date has yet to be established.
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jul 11, 2018
         
        Our guests today were Harold Suenden, who was here for his third visit, and David Simmer, past president of the Rotary Club of Sodona and District 5495 Governor-Elect.
         
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-07-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jun 06, 2018
         
        Signing in with us on May 30 were special guests Lynn McDermid and Rose Barnes and on June 6 we were visited by former member Tom Puklin.
         
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jun 06, 2018
         
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        • Cheryl Walser-Kramer - June 3
        • Bob Benjamin - June 13
         
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        • Ben and Peggy Fellows - June 2 - 53 years
        • Jacquie and Jon Smith - June 7 - 44 years
        • Bryant and Jenny Powell - June 29 - 22 years
        • Bob and Dorothy Homann - June 30 - 56 years
         
         
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        • Harvey Clark - June 14 - 10 years
        • John Fillmore - June 15 - 11 years
        • Roberta Holmes - June 17 - 8 years
        • Michael Dungan - June 30 - 16 years
        • Murray Hiatt - June 30 - 14 years
        • Jay Jones - June 30 - 16 years
         
         
         
        JUNE BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jun 06, 2018
         
         
        May 30
         
        Our speaker today was Dr. Tecla Fuller of Fuller Life Chiropractic. She spoke about the affect the spine has on the general health of the rest of the body, and highlighted the services her company offers.
         
         
         

        June 6

        Our speaker for today was Colette Bos who is the Director of Local Missions for The Gold Canyon United Methodist Church.

         

        Colette pointed out the numerous Local Mission Ministries that the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church supports in a financial and volunteer capacity. These include:

        1. Angel Tree, which is a 2 month Christmas mission, giving gifts to children that include clothing , shoes , a food box and so much more.
        2. A Food Bank that provides meals for 10,000 people.
        3. The Genesis Project which offers clothing and hot meals to the hungry.

        The church supports numerous other missions that offer books to children, handyman services, Sunday school services to kids, and quilts for nursing home residents. This church is doing God’s work all over the community. We are blessed to have people like Colette and her volunteers!

        Colette spent most of her time explaining Sofie’s Start. The idea of the program is to assisting a family to get them out of poverty to providing for themselves.  The program provides financial assistance and mentoring to allow a family to live on their own. By providing furniture, counciling on life skills and a chance to get additional education, this family of a single mother and her 2 children will be able to live a better life. Self reliant and independent is the goal. The family is getting closer to realizing this dream.

         

        Thank you Colette for your inspiring work. 

         

        You can contact, donate or volunteer your services at:

        Gold Canyon United Methodist Church

        6640 S Kings Ranch Rd

        Gold Canyon, AZ. 85118

        480-983-2776

        SPEAKER Roberta Holmes 2018-06-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jun 03, 2018
         
         
        June 3
        The 2018 District 5498 Conference was capped off this morning with a breakfast celebrating the installation of our very own Jim Erickson as District Governor for 2018-2019. Several of our members were able to attend.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2018-06-03 07:00:00Z 0
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 23, 2018
         
         
        May 30 - Dr. Tecia Fuller, DC - Maximized Living Health Center
         
        June 6 - Colette Bos, Director of Local Missions at the United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon
         
         
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 23, 2018
         
        In lieu of a formal speaker on Wednesday, we had an open discussion with Chuck Holland on the experiences leading to the Mesa East club's recent decision to disband. Among their most prominent problems were a significant drop in membership over the last couple of years, and the inability to attract and keep new--especially younger--members.
         
         
        SPEAKER Roberta Holmes 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 23, 2018
        Our guest on Wednesday was Chuck Holland from the Mesa East club.
         
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-23 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 16, 2018
        Our speaker today was Wendy Jones of BLOOMM Studios and iComplyK12.org.
         
        Wendy created BLOOMM Studios by turning a building at 6804 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon into individual studios. Wendy's goal is to provide fledgeling business owners with business leadership, ownership opportunity, marketing and merchandising. Each occupant is in a business that is unique from the other businesses in the building. She is currently looking for a gift vendor and a coffee vendor.
         
        iComplyK12.org is partnering with BigAppleRed LLC to provide children's books for their 'Apple a Day' Book Program. The books focus on life skills, life lessons, awareness and personal growth for children ages K-8, and will be available for individual purchase on Amazon.  
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Roberta Holmes 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 16, 2018
         
         
        May 23 - Classification Talks
         
        May 30 - Dr. Tecia Fuller, DC - Maximized Living Health Center
         
        June 6 - Colette Bos, Director of Local Missions at the United Methodist Church in Gold Canyon
         
         
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 16, 2018
        Our guests at the May 16th meeting were Cassandra Shockley and Jennie Buchanan.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 12, 2018
         
         
        May 16 - Wendy Jones -  Bloom Gold Canyon
         
        May 23 - Classification Talks
         
        May 30 - Dr. Tecia Fuller, DC - Maximized Living Health Center
         
         
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-12 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 09, 2018
        1. A check was printed to the Apache Junction Chief of Police in the amount of $500, to help the police department achieve their goal to purchase a camera to install in the prisoner transport vehicle.
        2. Len LaFlesch presented a District Governor 2018-2019 pin to Jim Erickson. He also presented Assistant Governor pins to Jay Jones and Lee Holmes.
         
         
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 09, 2018
        Our speaker on May 9th was Chris Holm, a Past District Governor from Minnesota.
         
         
        Chris spoke about how the Rotary Foundation, the heartbeat of Rotary, has evolved since its beginning. He hilighted the power of matching grants, using the press and making sure the groups that benefit would not receive those benefits from other sources. He urged us to pick large projects that can be successful and sustainable. 
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Roberta Holmes 2018-05-09 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 02, 2018
         
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        • Brian Kabat - May 3
        • Larry Wright - May 12
        • Bob Crow - May 23
        • Len LaFlesch - May 25
         
         
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        • Ed and Cassandra Shockley - May 5 - 13 years
         
         
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        • Cheryl Walser-Kramer - May 17 - 1 year
         
         
         
        MAY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 02, 2018
        1. Bob Benjamin presented a check in the amount of $2,250 that the club received for helping with the Lost Dutchman Marathon.
         
        2. Len LaFlesch announced the following donations that the club has made to deserving organizations:
        • $1,500 to the Boys and Girls Club
        • $1,000 to RYLA
        • $1,000 to the Apache Junction Food Bank
        • $2,000 to Project Help
        3. Harvey Clark announced that Infragard is hosting a Domestic Security Briefing at Talking Stick casino on June 4, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. 
         
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-05-02 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 14, 2018
        1. Jay Jones reminded the club that we are required to have two members at the upcoming District Leadership Academy
         
        2. Jay presented a check for $2,000 to the GCUMC Food Bank. Duke Watkins from the Food Bank was present to accept the check.  Duke said they are feeding an average of 20 families a day.
         
        3. John Ewing won the drawing and $10 but drew the 9 of clubs. 
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS Robert Homann 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 14, 2018
        Our speaker today was Nancy Larson - the Community Liaison officer of the Pinal County Attorney's office.
        Nancy has been focusing on sexual assault awareness.  She showed a powerful and disturbing video of the testimony of a 96-year old woman who was exploited financially, emotionally abused and sexually abused including rape by her grandson with whom she was living.  The problem in prosecuting a case like this is the person's age - people (including juries) tend to not believe the stories told by elderly people.  Not one of her extended family members supported her in the trial of her grandson who was ultimately convicted and put away for a long time.  The grandson's motives in doing this abuse can not be fathomed of explained.  
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Harvey Clark on Mar 14, 2018
        March 21 - Mike Day - LPL - Financial Planning
         
        March 28 - Classification talks
         
        April 4 - Wendy Jones - Bloom Gold Canyon
         
        April 11 - Krista Paffrath - Southwest Marketing Solutions 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        UPCOMING CLUB SPECIAL EVENTS
         
        Lost Dutchman Rodeo - Friday, Saturday, Sunday February 23-24-25. 
         
        "The 13 Folds of the American Flag" Wednesday, February 28. 
         
        April 5-8 - RYLA. $400 per student
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
                                 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS Harvey Clark 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 14, 2018
        Signing in today were guests Duke Watkins from the GCUMC-Food Bank and Joan Marlow from Gold Canyon.  Visiting Rotarians were Gary Harkin from Bozeman, MT and Tom Halazon from the Columbia Center RC of Pasco, WA. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
        MARCH BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2018-03-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Ed Shockley
        Fellow Rotarians,                                                                February 27, 2018
        I would like to express my appreciation to all of the Rotary Club members and the Friends of Rotary” who participated in our two recent fundraisers. Bob Benjamin coordinated the volunteers for the Lost Dutchman Days Marathon. Michael Cowen ran the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo. Ron Knies was Michaels right hand man and helped direct the numerous volunteers. Both events were very successful in raising the monies to meet our community commitments. I am very proud of the selfless individuals who participated and worked so hard to make these events profitable for so many worthwhile projects and charities.
        Thank you for being there for your community and your club.
        Yours In Rotary,
        Ed Shockley
         
         
         
        MARATHON AND RODEO Ed Shockley 2018-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Feb 28, 2018
         
        Visiting Rotarians
        • Bill Pepple, Bryan, Ohio Rotary Club
        • Phyllis Chambers, Lincoln, Nebraska Downtown #14 Rotary Club
        • "Van" Van Jepmond, Lacy, Washington Rotary Club
        • Mary McCambridge, Loveland, Colorado Rotary Club
        • Chris White, Idaho Falls, Idaho Rotary Club
        • Jim Nelson, Rockford, Illinois Rotary Club
        • Curt Ward, Gilbert Rotary Club
        • Bill Ohe, Edmonton, Alberta, Riverton Rotary Club
        • Edwina Coohe, Southampton, England, SCWS Rotary Club
        • Ray and Marion Miller, Red Deer, Alberta East Rotary Club
        • Ray Villa,  Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club
        • Joan Wasmuth, Marinville, Alberta Rotary Cub
         
        Ryan, Janna, Garon and Finton Gissler, Victoria, Canada, Rotary Club. The club they are a member of has a category of "family"; therefore, the whole family is a member.
         
         
         
         
         
         
        Guests and Visitors
        • Tom Gibbons, visiting from Plattsburgh, New York
        • Krista Anderson with the Apache Junction School District
        • Ken Weiland, Colorado Springs, Colorado
        • Greg Johnson, Edmonton, Alberta
        • Fran Johnson, Edmonton, Alberta
        • Patti Lindberg, Woodbury, Minnesota
        • Megan Connolly, Apache Junction, Arizona
        • Chelsea Connolly, Apache Junction, Arizona
        • Lisa Baes, Mesa, Arizona
        • Jackie Hough, Mesa Arizona
        • Earl Zumwalt
         
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-02-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 21, 2018
        1. Warren Salinger reminded us there is a photo shoot today after the meeting where we planted trees along Royal Palm Rd. in Apache Junction.
        2. Mike Cowan handed out ID badges for the Lost Dutchman Rodeo beer sales.
        3. Harvey reminded club members that he needs to know if you plan to be present next week for the presentation on the American flag.  Seating is limited.
        4. Lee Holmes brought back a trading banner from his recent trip to South Africa.
        5. Ben Fellows won the 50/50 drawing and $10 but drew the queen of spades.  The pot was worth $48 today.
        6. Sharon Stinard reminded club members of the free Bluegrass Music Festival at Earth Heart Park in AJ on March 10 and 11.
        7. Aaron McDermid served as Sargent-at-Arms and "raised money for the children". 
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2018-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 21, 2018
        Today's speaker was Angelica "Angel" Pilato speaking about "Angel's Truck Stop - a woman's love, laughter and loss during the Viet Nam war."
        Angel is a retired Lt. Colonel in the USAF and she has a Ph.D.  She was a very humorous speaker who told us of her various experiences in the military and had everyone laughing. Her book is based on her posting to Udorn AFB in Thailand where she managed the base Officers' Club.  Her book takes its name from the fact that pilots who had a MIG shoot down would drive a truck into the lobby of the Officer's Club - hence "Angel's Truck Stop".  She told of losing good friends to enemy fire and quipped that from her experiences, you don't have to be shot at to suffer the wounds of war.
        At the end of her presentation, Angel asked any Viet Nam war vets to come forward to receive a certificate from her thanking them for their service. In the picture below, from left to right are Angel, Bob Benjamin, Ron Knies and visiting Rotarian Jim Nelson.  
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2018-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 21, 2018
        Two stories flow together to make this story.  The first one concerns a citizen effort to beautify Royal Palm Road in Apache Junction.  Royal Palm has a median strip down the center that was planted with palm trees for several blocks but the planting was never completed.  That left a long strip of bare median that some considered an eyesore. Some neighbors (including Mayor Jeff Serdy) from a subdivision on Royal Palm Rd. got together to raise funds to plant some native desert trees to complete the median strip in stages as they were able to raise funds. The other story was Rotary International President Ian Riseley's plan to have Rotarians throughout the world plant a tree for each member of their club.  Our club accepted the challenge and put new member Warren Salinger in charge.
        Someone (AJ City Manager and club Member Bryant Powell?) got the two groups working together with Rotary supplying funds to buy the trees.  Warren and the neighbors worked with Liz Langenbach from AJ Parks and Recreation who got the trees planted. They are in a symmetrical pattern - 3 Mesquites followed by 3 Ironwoods followed by 3 Palo Verdes that repeats along the length of the street.  
        Following our weekly meeting, a delegation of Rotarians and a delegation of neighbors met on the Royal Palm median strip to celebrate the tree planting.  We even had a Parks and Rec drone fly over taking pictures.
        This was a great project that will leave the environment more beautiful for years to come.
         
        ROTARIANS CELEBRATE TREE PLANTING Robert Homann 2018-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 21, 2018
        We had lots of visitors today.  Dick Thomas from the Sun Lakes, AZ RC accompanied our speaker Angelica Pilato.  Other visiting Rotarians were Sarah Hanson from the Waukee, IA RC, Bill Ohe from the Edmonton Riverview RC, Dodie Doolittle from the Florence, AZ RC, and Past District Governor Jim Nelson from the Rockford, IL RC.  DR. Krista Anderson, the Superintendent of the AJUSD schools, was a visitor.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2018-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 21, 2018
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Ed Shockley - February 5
        Aaron McDermid - February 14
        Sharon Stinard - February 15
        Dave Webb - February 24
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        None this month
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Jared Gibbs - February 18 - 3 years
        Bryant Powell - February 25 - 9 years
        FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES  Robert Homann 2018-02-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 14, 2018
        1. The Gilbert Rotary Club is sponsoring a Trivia Night as a fund raiser for their club.  It will be held on Friday, March 2nd from 6 pm to 9 pm.  Location: Shakespeare Room of the SE Regional Library at 775 N. Greenfield Rd. in Gilbert.  Harvey Clark is assembling a team from our club to compete in the event.
         
        2. Mike Cowan still needs 3 volunteers for the Lost Dutchman Days beer sales and a person to supervise the Sunday effort.
         
        3. Harvey told the club that the February 28 program concerning "The 13 Folds of the American Flag" will be held in the main dining room.  Guests from outside the club need to register with Harvey at harvey.clarksuperrotary@gmail.com
         
        4. The drawing today was worth only $22 since Murray Hiatt found the joker last week.  Ron Knies won $10 but drew the queen of hearts - appropriate for Valentine's Day.
         
        5. Mike Dungan served as our Sargent-at-Arms today.
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2018-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 14, 2018
        Curt Ward, President of the Gilbert Rotary Club led off with a presentation about the Navajo Water Project. This project is working with the St. Bonaventure Nation. Currently most homes on the St. Bonaventure Reservation get their water via a monthly tanker truck delivery.  This method has problems with storing adequate amounts for the month.  This project pays for the construction of a communal cistern large enough to serve 17-18 families and costs $4,500.  Their budget is met for one cistern but there are still 150 more families who could benefit from the communal cistern idea. 
        Curt is hoping that a $75,000 Rotary Global Grant they have applied for will be approved.  He also is hoping Sun Lakes Rotary will take over the leadership role for this global grant.  Our club could become a sustaining member for the Sun Lakes club. 
         
        Curt's presentation was followed by classification talks by three of our newest members - Warren Salinger, Lorraine ________ and Ray Trankle.  Each person told an interesting story of their lives, their values and their previous experience with Rotary, if any.
        SPEAKERS Robert Homann 2018-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 14, 2018
        We had two visiting Rotarians today - Bill Ohe from the Edmonton, Alberta Riverview Rotary Club and Curt Ward, President of the Gilbert, AZ Rotary Club.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2018-02-14 07:00:00Z 0
         
        Visiting Rotarians:
        • "Van" Van Jepmond from the Lacey, Washington Rotary club
        • Rae Campbell from the Calgary, Alberty Rotary club
        • Allen Johnson from the Lacy, Washington Rotary club
        • David Simmer from the Sedona Rotary club
        • Jim Blessman from the Waukee, Iowa Rotary club
        • Bill Ohe from the Edmonton. Alberta Riverview Rotary club
        • Bud Budinger from the Colville, Washington Rotary club
        • Doug Haaland from the Carmichael, California Rotary club
        • Kelly Starling from the Drayton Valley, Alberta Rotary club
        • Mary McCambredge from the Loveland, Colorado Rotary club
        • Jim McCambredge from the Fort Collins, Colorado Rotary club
        • Bill Pepple from the Bryan, Ohio Rotary club
        • Phyllis Chambers from the Lincoln, Nebraska Downtown #14 Rotary club
        • Paul Bedoe from the Big Bear Lake Rotary club
        • Earl Zumwart from the Calgary, Alberta Rotary club
         
        Visitors and Guests:
        • Letitia Sullivan, visiting from Gold Canyon
        • Richard Nefzer, visiting from Gold Canyon
        • Diane Dungan, visiting from Catalina, guest of Michael Dungan
        • Stacey Fischer, visiting from Mesa
        • Laura Schutt, visiting from Mesa
        • Julie Shott, visiting from Kent, Washington
        • Billy Shott, visiting from Kent, Washington
        • Priscilla Hiatt, visiting from Gold Canyon, guest of Murray Hiatt
        • John Pelletier visiting from Mesa
        • Rose Holmes, guest of Dean Holmes
        • Mike Niemen
        • Carole Rike, visiting from Ft. Collins, CO
        • Al Bravo, visiting from Mesa
        • Audrey Powell, visiting from Apache Junction, guest of Bryant Powell
        • Mike Sheridan, visiting from Jackson, Michigan
        • Terry Doolittle, visiting from Gold Canyon, guest of Dodie Doolittle
        • Jared Hanson, visiting from Gold Canyon
        • Brian Hanson, visiting from Gold Canyon
        • Brig Day, visiting from Gilbert
        • Kieran McIntosh, visiting from Edmonton, Alberta
        • Dal Childress, visiting from Apache Junction
        • Joe Hooper with the FBI, guest of Harvey Clark
        • Terri Tobey, visiting from Gilbert, guest of Harvey Clark
        • Justin Wagner, visiting from Santan Valley, guest of Harvey Clark
        • Lisa Jones, visiting from Mesa
        • Kevin Schuster, visiting from Mesa
        • Jonathan Bedoe, visiting fron Mesa
         
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Roberta Holmes 2018-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
         
         
        November 14
         
         Tina Miller from Isagenix spoke about the health and wellness benefits of her company's products.
         
              
         
         
         
         
        November 28
         
         District Governor Elect David Simmer gave an inspiring and educational presentation on the Rotary Foundation.
         
         
         
         
         
         
                        
         
         
        December 12
         
        Kevin "Gecko" Sliwa, from the Arizona Parks and Trails, gave an update on the state parks in Arizona. Arizona has the youngest state park system in the country.
         
         
         
         
        December 19
         
         Harvey Clark provided examples of the astronomical expense of medical transport when we're traveling, and informed us of the benefits and membership options of SkyMed, which provides global emergency travel services.
         
         
         
         
         
        January 16
         
         Tina Gerola from Superstition Fire and Medical spoke about the importance of risk management measures in our homes and businesses. More than one of us was surprised to hear that our smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years!
         
         
         
         
        January 23 
         
        Joe Hooper, Supervisory Special Agent for the Cyber squad of the FBI, informed the club about the newest business and email scams of hackers attempting to divert funds.
         
         
         
        January 30
         
         Thank you, Lee Holmes, for giving you classification talk today.
        SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2018-01-31 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jan 31, 2018
         
         
        November 14
         
         Tina Miller from Isagenix spoke about the health and wellness benefits of her company's products.
         
              
         
         
         
         
        November 28
         
         District Governor Elect David Simmer gave an inspiring and educational presentation on the Rotary Foundation.
         
         
         
         
         
         
                        
         
         
        December 12
         
        Kevin "Gecko" Sliwa, from the Arizona Parks and Trails, gave an update on the state parks in Arizona. Arizona has the youngest state park system in the country.
         
         
         
         
        December 19
         
         Harvey Clark provided examples of the astronomical expense of medical transport when we're traveling, and informed us of the benefits and membership options of SkyMed, which provides global emergency travel services.
         
         
         
         
         
        January 16
         
         Tina Gerola from Superstition Fire and Medical spoke about the importance of risk management measures in our homes and businesses. More than one of us was surprised to hear that our smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years!
         
         
         
         
        January 23 
         
        Joe Hooper, Supervisory Special Agent for the Cyber squad of the FBI, informed the club about the newest business and email scams of hackers attempting to divert funds.
         
         
         
        January 30
         
         Thank you, Lee Holmes, for giving you classification talk today.
         
        SPEAKERS Roberta Holmes 2018-01-31 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 24, 2018
        1. We are partway through our joint tree-planting project with the able help of AJ Parks and Rec (Liz Langenbach) and Warren Salinger from our own club.  Four trees were planted at the Boys and Girls Club baseball field. Next, 36 more trees will be planted along Royal Palms Avenue in AJ so we will have donated a total of 40 trees which represents one for each club member.  On February 21st at the end of our weekly meeting, Parks and Rec will have a van at the resort to take whoever wishes to be in a photo to the final planting along Royal Palms Avenue.  The van will return us to the resort.
        2. The drawing was worth $691 today.  Sharon Stinard won $10 and a chance at drawing the joker but she drew the 10 of diamonds. 
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2018-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 24, 2018
        Today's speaker was Nancy Fassbender representing the Pinal County Veterans Memorial Foundation.  The Foundation's goal is to construct a memorial for veterans from Pinal County who have given their lives in battle from WW I to the present day defending our freedom and liberty.
        The memorial will be built inside the Ed Hooper Regional Park in Casa Grande, a city which is located at the center of Pinal County.  The center piece will be a bronze statue of a serviceman from the waist up offering the folded American flag as if presenting it to a family member of a fallen veteran at a military funeral.  The statue will be placed on a pedestal with the words "On Behalf of a Grateful Nation" carved into it.  The statue will be surrounded by an octagon-shaped wall where the names of the fallen service members will be inscribed.  There will also be a kiosk with information about each soldier.
        The Foundation is a 501c3 organization.  They are sponsoring two events to raise money for the memorial.  On Sunday, February 11, the 4th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration will be held at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.  Howard Schneider and his All Star Dixieland Band will provide dance music.  There will be food, prize drawings and 50/50 drawings.  The other event is the 8th Annual Golf Tournament on March 17 at the Arizona City golf course.  For more information about either event contact Donna Stadum at 480-332-6916.  Ben Fellow's wife Peggy is also selling tickets for the Mardi Gras event.  See her for your tickets.]  Nancy has written a book "My Favorite Hero" which tells the stories of some of Pinal County's fallen heroes.  Proceeds from book sales go toward the memorial.  
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2018-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 24, 2018
        Visitors today were Richard Wilson of Gold Canyon - a guest of Harvey Clark, "Van Van Jepmond from the Lacey, WA Rotary Club and Warren Tobin from the Jamestown, ND Rotary Club.  Our speaker Nancy Fessbender was a club guest.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2018-01-24 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Ed Shockley on Jan 16, 2018

        The Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Golf Tournament was a resounding success!

        Our club’s volunteers stepped up and got the job done. Led by Len Flesch, Michael Munion, Brenda McCullough, Paula Blessman and Larry Wight. The Rotary volunteers and friends of Rotary were everywhere and taking on the tasks at hand. Our volunteers arrived early and stayed late. Harvey Clark took a video of the 50:50 Ball Drop. John Blessman coordinated with the local Superstition Mountain Fire and Medical for their participation in the ball drop. Two lucky winners split the $1500.00 prize. Congratulations to Jack Beveridge, one of the winners. Our volunteers included Bob Benjamin, Ron McCullough, Tracey Yamamoto, Don Tarrant, Cheryl Kramer, John Blessman, Ron Knies, Michael Cowan, Roberta Holmes, Dean Holmes and Aaron McDermid. The members who played in the tournament were Terry Drader, Matt Ruppert, Maurice Francoeur, Lee Holmes, Michael Munion, Doug Evans, Bryant Powell and Alex Blais. A great showing of players and volunteers. Great work Rotarians and friends. 

        Michael Munion and Len LaFlesch took the lead in orchestrating the event, with strong backup of eager volunteers. Len was our MC at the luncheon. Great job Len! 

        Larry Wight, our resident professional auctioneer, did an outstanding job of extracting more money from the crowd in the live auction portion of the afternoon.

        Brenda and Paula organized the tournament flyer, the online sign up for golfers and categorized the prizes for the silent and live auction as well as prizes for the winners. Tracey organized the 50:50 Ball Drop tickets which raised $1500.00 for our club. Thanks to all of our exceptional volunteers who kept us organized and moving forward throughout the day. Aaron, Heather, Brenna and Kadyn organized the T-Signs that advertised our local business community (see the golf flyer for a list of companies). Each company donated $150.00 per sign. 

        Please read the second enclosed attachment that lists all of the Tee Sign Sponsors.

        Our Corporate Sponsors, Arizona Water Company (Thank you Jacquie!) and Republic Services, Inc., each contributed $1000.00. Arizona Water Company also donated gift cards. Our Drink Sponsor, Amazing Dental Care (Thank you to our Kiwanis friend, Andrea Chisholm) also donated $1000.00. Horne Hyundai put up a new car for a chance to win it in a hole in one contest. Fry’s Marketplace donated bottled water, snacks for the golfers and gift cards. 

        Our members contributed a long list of prizes for the golf prizes and auction items. 

        All in all, a fun, engaging, entertaining day in Gold  Canyon and a step closer to reaching our Rotary goals for the year. Nick Armstrong and Carlo Karim donated several prizes from the Gold Canyon Resort and ran an exceptional tournament for our club.  A sincere appreciation to everyone in striving for a better community. PROUD TO BE A ROTARIAN!

        Ed Shockley

        President 

        Superstition Mountain Rotary Club

         

         

        GOLF TOURNAMENT REPORT Ed Shockley 2018-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Ed Shockley on Jan 16, 2018
        Major Sponsors
        Republic Waste Services
        Arizona Water Company
        Amazing Dental Care
         
        Tee Sponsors
        Republic Waste Services
        Arizona Water Company
        Amazing Dental Care - Andrea Chisolm
        State Farm Insurance - Aaron McDermid
        Frontier ACE Hardware - Brian Kabat
        Anytime Auto Glass - Ray Romero
        Edward Jones - Abe W. Dye
        Arizona Behavioral Consulting - Mike Munion
        2nd Wind Ventures, Ltd - Alex Blais
        Edward Jones - Matt Ruppert
        Empowerment Systems, Inc. - Jack Beveridge
        3 Phase Mechanical - Robert / Renee Schroder
        Apache Family Dentistry - Dr. Yamamoto
        TPG Tax & Accounting PC - Jodi Ehrlich
        Lori Blank & Associates
        Armoured Contruction - Roberto / Jennifer Benet
        KRDE, The Ride 94.1- Ensy / Carol Handy
        Thank you!
        GOLF TOURNAMENT MAJOR SPONSORS Ed Shockley 2018-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 16, 2018
        1. There was no speaker today so we used the meeting time to go over several upcoming events important to the club.
        2. Mike Cowan passed around a sign-up sheet for shifts at the Lost Dutchman Days beer sales.  He is giving members the opportunity to claim the same time(s) they had last year.
        3. Bob Homann is trying to get all new members access to the Club Runner web site. He needs help from the Club Runner staff.
        4. Len LaFlesch and Mike Munion went over last minute details related to our golf tournament on Saturday.
        5. New member Don Austin was inducted into the club in a formal ceremony (see story and picture below).
        6. Sharon Stinard put flyers at each table for the 1st Annual Bluegrass Music Festival to be held March 10-11 at Earth Heart Park in Apache Junction.  
        7. The drawing was won by Dean Holmes who put his $10 prize back into the fine bucket.  Dean drew the four of hearts so the joker escaped again.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2018-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 16, 2018
        Our newest member is Donald C. Austin who has transferred his membership from the Edmonds, WA Daybreakers Rotary Club.  Don is the retired owner of Heritage Panelgraphics.  Don and his wife Ruth live in Apache Junction.  Take an opportunity to introduce yourself and welcome Don to our club.
        MEET OUR NEWEST MEMBER Robert Homann 2018-01-16 07:00:00Z 0
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2018-01-10 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
        Today's speaker was Mary Cameli, the first female chief of the Mesa Fire Department.  Mary has 35 years of fire department experience.  Her responsibilities include overseeing 500 employees.
        She explained how one works their way through system.  New fire-fighting employees have to have graduated from the Fire Academy that provides training in physical fitness, fire fighting and EMT certification.  One starts at the firefighter level.  The next step after experience and demonstrated leadership is to become a truck captain who is in charge of the crew of one truck.  The next step is to become a truck engineer who is responsible for the deployment and use of the firefighting equipment on the truck.  The next level is the battalion chief who is in charge of all the trucks at a fire or medical incident. Finally the top is the department chief who reports to the Mesa City Manager.  The Mesa firefighters are unionized and the department has great relationships with the union.
         
        The local fire departments cross over fire district boundaries to provide fire or medical response if they can get to the incident faster than the in-district trucks.  She mentioned that Mesa Fire went over the boundaries 5,000 times in 2017 and had about an equal number of incoming fire departments such as Superstition Fire and Medical provide services for them.
         
        In response to a question, Mary said that there were 2 female fire fighters in 1983 and there are 20 today. In response to another question about ambulance service, she said that Mesa contracts with an outside vendor for ambulance services but some departments such as Superstition Fire and Medical have their own ambulance service in house.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2018-01-03 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 03, 2018
        1. Don Austin has completed the required 3-meeting attendance requirement for membership and he has applied for membership in the club.  Don is transferring his Rotary membership from the Edmons WA club as he and wife Ruth are now living here full time.
        2. Mike Dungan continues to have vision issues and recently underwent eye surgery.  Please keep Mike in your thoughts and prayers.
        3. The drawing today was worth $591.50.  Frank Mwinyelle won the drawing and $10 but drew the queen of diamonds so the joker is still in there.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2018-01-03 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 03, 2018
        Signing in today were visiting Rotarians Curt Wood from the Gilbert, AZ Rotary Club, Warren Tobin from the Jamestown, ND Rotary Club and Don Austin of the Edmons, WA Daybreakers Rotary Club.  Elise Otero from Kingman, AZ was a guest.  Mary Cameli was our speaker.  Shirley Cowan was a guest of her club member husband Mike Cowan.  Linda Simmons of Gold Canyon was a visitor.  Welcome to all of you!
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2018-01-03 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 13, 2017
        Our speakers today were club member Frank Mwinyelle and Farah Butler from Integrity Hospice Care.  Integrity is located at 6877 S. King's Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon. 
         
        Integrity uses an interdisciplinary team approach.  The team is composed of a medical doctor, a social worker, and a registered nurse. The team develops a plan of care to address the needs of the patient and his/her family.  Some of the services available are:
             Routine nursing
             Effective pain control
             Bereavement services
             Home health aide
             Social services
             Spiritual counseling
             PT and OT services
             Speech therapy
             Respite care for caregiver
             Pharmacy with home delivery
             Dietician services
         
        Integrity also makes use of specially trained volunteers who are available to spend time with the patient and offer companionship to the family.
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKERS Robert Homann 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 13, 2017
        1. Matt Ruppert is our President Pro Tem today.
        2. The Holiday Social is at 5:30 PM on Saturday, December 16 at the Holmes.
        3. Jim Erickson read a certificate given to the club for or support of Polio Plus.
        4. Lee Holmes thanked Bob Homann for the gift of $300 for the fish farming project in South Africa.
        5. Andrea Chisholm of the AJ Chamber of Commerce was present to thank the club for our participation in the Festival of the Superstitions.
        6. Aaron McDermid served as our Sargent at Arms.
        7. The drawing was worth $536.50.  Jack Beveridge won the drawing and $10 but drew the 4 of spades.  We are down to the last 16 cards in the deck.
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 13, 2017
        Visitors today were Warren Tobin from Jamestown, ND, Don Austin from Seattle, WA and Andrea Chisholm, outgoing chair of the AJ Chamber of Commerce Board.  Don Trankle from Gold Canyon is a new member of the club.  Farah Butler from Integrity Hospice Care was one of our speakers. This was the first visit by Neal King from Canada.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 13, 2017
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Lee Holmes - December 6
        Harvey Clark - December 8
        Robert Homann - December 11
        Jim Erickson - December 13
        Ron Knies - December 15
         
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        Murray and Priscilla Hiatt - December 4 - 44 years
        Bob and Jenny Crow - December 27 - 48 years
         
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Sharon Stinard - December 14 - 18 years
        Tracey Yamamoto - December 16 - 12 years
         
         
         
        DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-12-13 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 06, 2017
        Our speaker today was Dr. Jim Blessman, M.D., President and Founder of Blessman International.  He had a very successful medical practice in Iowa but at the age of 54 after several mission trips, he felt God's call and decided to enter the foreign mission field in South Africa. 
         
        One very important goal of Blessman International is to feed children and to help them grow up to be good human beings.  The HIV epidemic has led to tens of thousands of children in South Africa without a parent.  It is estimated that there my be as many as 2 million orphans.  The Blessman compound feeds 7,500 children weekly.  They also provide shoes and eyeglasses for the kids. 
         
        Another important goal is to promote sustainability.  They bought 180 acres to start a demonstration farm.  Currently they are growing vegetables and chickens and soon will move into tilapia fish farming via a $150,000 grant from Rotary to the Waukee, IA club. 
         
        Paula Blessman, who we heard speak earlier this year, is in charge of a BI project called Days for Girls that provides girls with feminine hygiene information and products.
         
        Dr. Jim would love to have some of our club members come along on the trip to RSA in January.  He said you can take it as a Christian experience, a Rotary experience or a tourist experience.  Lee Holmes echoed the invitation.
         
        Amazing what you are doing for the people of South Africa.  We will provide some support for your activities.
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 06, 2017
        Wow - we had so many guests and winter visitors we had to bring in extra tables and chairs.  What a great problem to have!  Back for the first time was Rotarian Jim Dokken from The High River Alberta Rotary club. Signing in on the guest list were Ray Trankle from Gold Canyon as a visitor and Warren Tuon, Rotarian from the Jamestown, ND Rotary Club.  
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 06, 2017
        1. Bryant Powell is our President Pro-Tem today.
         
        2. Aaron McDermid reported on the board member and officer nominations for 2018-19.  The President position will have to be filled by committee of former presidents again.  Board nominees and officers are:
                       Bryant Powell
                       Jacquie Smith - Secretary
                       Tracey Yamamoto
                       Aaron McDermid
                       Len LaFlesch - Treasurer
                       Bob Crow - Rotary Foundation
                       Mike Dungan
                       Cheryl Kramer
                       Lee Holmes
        The club voted unanimously to elect the slate presented.
         
        3. Golf Tournament - golf ball drop raffle tickets were handed out.  Club members are expected to sell or purchase the 20 tickets.
        We will need registration volunteers on tournament day starting at 10:30 AM.
         
        4. Lee Holmes asked if anyone had an outdoor patio heater they could bring to the Social on the 16th.
         
        5. Jack Beveridge invited club members to attend the distribution of turkeys and other Holiday meal components at Empowerment Systems on December 13.  The address is 2066 west Apache Trail. 1/2 block west of Ironwood.
         
        6. Ed Shockley suggested we pony up $20 per person to pay food costs for the Social.  He mentioned a BBQ place in Mesa that will cater in. 
        Pete Polster, a former club member, is undergoing Parkinson's treatment.  Pete has been given a Paul Harris Fellow award by the club.
        We received a letter of thank you from East Valley Adult Resources for a donation we made.
         
        7. Aaron McDermid raised "some money for the children" as our Sargent-at- Arms.
         
        8.  The drawing was worth $507.50 today.  Doug Evans won the drawing and $10 but drew the 5 of diamonds.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
                    
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 06, 2017
        Lee and Roberta Holmes invite all club members and their significant others to attend a "2017 Holiday Social" to be held at their home on Saturday, December 16th starting at 5:30 PM. Winter visitors and significant others are always welcome to attend.  The Holmes home is located at 6320 E. Dalea Way in Gold Canyon.  
        CLUB HOLIDAY SOCIAL Robert Homann 2017-12-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 29, 2017
        1. Aaron McDermid is serving as President Pro Tem today.
         
        2. Len reminded us of the need to get prizes and players for the golf tournament on January 13th.
         
        3. Mike Dungan told the club of the passing of Jan Miller, wife of long-term winter visitor Harrell Miller of Napa, CA.  Mike read aloud Harrell's tribute to his wife.
         
        4. Jack Beveridge brought along his communications director who told us of two projects being run by Empowerment Systems:
             a. The Sixth Annual 2017 Drive.  They are seeking donations from club members to provide a wonderful holiday meal for up to 120 families. 
             b. The Eighth Annual Awards Luncheon.  March 29.  They are seeking sponsorships in the $500 to $5,000 range to support the wide variety of programming done by Empowerment Systems.  They are also selling tickets to the luncheon.
         
        5. Earl Zumwalt said his "Goodbyes" to the club.  He has really enjoyed being a member and he has participated fully in our activities.  We will miss you Earl - a lot!  Thank you!
         
        6. Alex Blais won the drawing and $10 (which he contributed back to the club) but he drew the 10 of diamonds.  The drawing was worth $474.50 today.  We are down to 19 cards.
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
        Our scheduled speaker was a "no show", so Lee Holmes graciously stepped up to tell the club about some projects he is involved with in South Africa.  Lee is a retired veterinarian from Iowa. 
        District 6000 in Iowa received a grant from Rotary to build wells in South Africa.  They auctioned off an expense-paid trip which Lee bid on and won.  He and Roberta spent their 30th wedding anniversary on this S. African mission trip.
         
        While there, the Rotary group dug 14 wells situated near schools.  Some of the wells are powered by electricity - a couple are solar powered and one is wind powered.  They actually bought a used windmill for the latter. 
         
        In the interim, the Holmes have been involved with the Blessman Ministries.  That organization donated 8,000 pairs of shoes.  Other projects are vegetable gardens, better toilets, donating eye glasses, microcredit projects (sewing, cafe'), a chicken-raising project, a female hygiene program and a feeding program.
         
        John and Roberta are inviting the club to their home for our annual Christmas social.  See elsewhere in this eBulletin.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 29, 2017
        Our visiting Rotarians today were Lorraine Dopson from the Bismarck, ND Rotary Club and Earl Zumwalt from the Calgary Rotary Club.  Nadia Adawala and Marni Rawszer from Mesa were visitors to the club today.  We welcomed back winter visitors Mary and Terry Drader and John Raine.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-11-29 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 15, 2017
        1. Jack Beveridge announced the Empowerment Systems annual turkey drive.  This is for the Christmas holidays rather than for Thanksgiving The turkeys are given out on December 13th.  Jack is soliciting donations - you can provide a low income family with a turkey dinner for $20.  Donate online at empowermentsystems.org. or make a check payable to "Empowerment for Life Foundation."  Jack thanked the club for its donation of $300 toward this project.  Jack also announced the recent birth of his second grandson.
         
        2. Jim Erickson handed out pins for his term as District Governor of District 5495 which begins July 1, 2018.
         
        3. Ed Shockley thanked the volunteers who worked at the Festival of the Superstitions (see following article).  Ed read a thank you from CAAFA for the $1,000 club donation and for the 20 club members who stepped up to give $20 each.
        Ed started a bucket around for a Christmas present from the club for the kitchen staff. 
         
        4. THE CLUB IS NOT MEETING NEXT WEEK DUE TO THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.
         
        5. Lee and Roberta Holmes are going to host the club Christmas party at their home on December 16th.  More details to follow.
         
        6. Mike Munion announced a Golf Committee meeting following this meeting.
         
        7. Aaron McDermid is recruiting people to serve on our club Board of Directors for the next Rotary year which starts on July 1, 2018.  We have to let Rotary International know by the end of this calendar year who our club officers are for next year.
         
        8. The drawing today was worth $441.  Roberta Holmes drew the winning number and won $10 but she drew the 2 of clubs.  We are down to 19 cards remaining in the deck.
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 15, 2017
        Our speaker today was our own Mike Munion on the topic "The Pain Project".  Mike has an MA and is an LPC who has been a practicing psychotherapist in Arizona since 1979. 
         
        Mike started out by discussing the opioid epidemic that our country is experiencing.  For example 2 people die daily in Arizona from opioid overdoses. Mike then made the distinction between acute and chronic pain. 
         
        The Pain Project is an online community where people who suffer from chronic pain - and the pain project therapists who care for them - learn to manage pain and provide support for one another.  The professional staff of the Pain Project (13 by my count) interact with patients via Skype sessions that last up to an hour.  The objective according to Mike is to develop patient-centered pain self management.  Another objective is to adopt a conservative use of analgesics - what's needed and no more.
         
        The Pain Project approach, according to their website, is to:
         
        1. Help you better understand your pain
         
        2. Guide you to healing
         
        3. Develop a plan with attainable goals
         
        4. Teach you skills to reclaim your life
         
        5. Put you back in control
         
        For more information, see thepainproject.com.
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 15, 2017
        We welcomed visiting Rotarians Don Austin from the Edmonds (WA) Day Breakers club and Van Van Jepmond, one of our regular winter visitor attendees from Lacey, WA.  Tracey Yamamoto brought as her guest Justin Waters who is a dental student at Midwestern University in north Phoenix.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Ed Shockley on Nov 15, 2017
        Thanks are due to a bunch of people who helped at the club's fundraiser doing beer sales at the Festival of the Superstitions on November 11 & 12.
        First of all to Harvey Clark for chairing the club's participation in this event including rounding up volunteers at our weekly meetings.  Second to Len LaFlesch for handling the bureaucratic red tape involved in getting a liquor license to sell beer at the Festival.
        Third to the volunteers who sold beer:  Ed Shockley and Harvey Clark (both above), Tracey Yamamoto, Warren Salinger, Ben Fellows, Cassandra Shockley, Cheryl Walser-Kramer and Scott Lanning (Mike Cowan's son-in-law).
        Thanks too to the Handlebar Pub and Grill that donated the beer and wine and to the AJ Chamber members who organized the entire event.  The Handlebar also provided two employees named Krista and Kerry who helped with beverage sales.
         
         
        FESTIVAL OF THE SUPERSTITIONS Ed Shockley 2017-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 15, 2017
        BIRTHDAYS
        Jared Gibbs - November 16
        Dean Holmes - November 21
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        Debbie and Dan Jusko - November 7 - 25 years
        Sharon and Roger Stinard - November 18 - 39 years
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Bob Crow - November 13 - 15 years
        Fareed Baig - November 19 - 3 years
        Jeff Cutler - November 19 - 3 years
        Bob Homann - November 27 - 15 years
         
         
         
        NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-11-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 08, 2017
        1. Veterans Day is November 11.  Acting President Jay asked all club military veterans to stand and be recognized for their service.
         
        2. Ed Shockley had several announcements
        The Rotary Foundation Dinner was attended by Jay and Carol Jones, Bob and Jenny Crow, Jim and Maryanne Erickson and Ed and Cassandra Shockley. Roy Klinginsmith gave a great talk about the history of Rotary.  There was a band and a buffet dinner.
               Ed read a thank you letter from the Save the Family Foundation.
               There will be a Board meeting next week at 11:00 AM
         
        3. Harvey Clark made a plea for a few more volunteers to sell beer at the Festival of the Superstitions this weekend.
         
        4. Sharon Stinard reported that the CAAFA fundraiser "Giddy Up Gala" was a big success. They hope to exceed their fund raising goal for the event.  She thanked the club for our support of the event.
         
        5. Len reminded club members of our individual obligation to provide a gift for the silent auction or drawing prizes.  We should also be working to encourage friends to play in the tournament. 
         
        6. Aaron McDermid served as our Sargent at Arms and raised fine money.
         
        7. The drawing today was worth $421.  Matt Ruppert won the drawing and $10 but drew the 4 of diamonds.  We are down next week to only 20 cards remaining.
         
         
         
         
         
         
             
        ANOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 08, 2017
        Our speaker today was Brian O'Neill, Executive Director & CEO of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority. 
        Brian said there is a lot going on at the airport.  Last year, there were 275,000 takeoffs and landings.  There are 2,500 on-airport employees. The airport covers 3,000 acres. 
         
        Allegiant is the main passenger carrier.  It serves 46 non-stop destinations and more are being added.  He mentioned Calgary, Boise, Milwaukee, Omaha, Kansas City, and Louisville.  They are trying to add more carriers.  There were 1.4 million passenger boardings last year. Allegiant is in the process of switching over its fleet from MD-80s to Airbus 319s that are quieter and more fuel efficient.
         
        In terms of corporate and general aviation, they are so busy they have run out of hangar space. The Airport Authority is trying to decide whether to build more hangars themselves or turn it over to a private builder who will lease the space.  There are several flight schools operating at the airport.
         
        The Authority has reached a 49-year agreement with an LLC to expand the Gateway Aerospace Park. They will follow a master plan developed by the Airport Authority.
         
        There are 700 acres on the east side of the airport that will feature a new passenger terminal.  The environmental impact statement for construction on that site has just been approved.
         
         
        The East Valley is emerging as its own market.  Gilbert and Chandler are each around 265,000 in population.  The Airport Authority has representatives from Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and the Indian community.
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 08, 2017
        We welcomed visiting Rotarian Jill McGaughey from the Calgary North Rotary club.  Returning winter visitor Rotarians seen for the first time today were Alex Blais, Art Hergatt and Richard Ward.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-11-08 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 01, 2017
        Our speaker today was Jennifer Koeller, Corporate and Community Relations Manager for the "Save the Family Foundation of Arizona".
        The Save the Family Foundation was founded in 1988 as a 501c3 corporation.  It is headquartered in Mesa, AZ.  Its mission is to equip families to address poverty, to overcome homelessness and to achieve self-sufficiency.  Save the Family uses a 3-tiered approach involving housing, case coordination and supportive services to homeless, low income, disabled and veterans families.  90% of the families who enroll in their programs graduate within 10 months and move on to success in employment, financial stability and a life of independence and self-reliance.  They serve over 650 families a year.
         
        Their greatest needs are for cash donations and volunteers.  They also need donations of clothing, food, hygiene products, cleaning supplies and furniture.  Donor tours are available to see what they do firsthand.
         
        For more information or to make a donation, go to www.savethe family.org.
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Jay Jones on Nov 01, 2017
        There is nothing in the Rotary International Manual of Procedure (lovingly referred to as “The MOP”) that states that Rotary Clubs are required to include the Pledge of Allegiance and/or an Invocation during their meeting openings.
         
        The definition of an invocation is the action of invoking something or someone for assistance or as an authority.  It does not have to be of a religious nature.  An invocation can also include inspirational messages.
         
        In our district, I know of at least one club that doesn’t include the Pledge of Allegiance in their openings.  Instead they have a club member with sufficient boldness to stand up and lead the club in singing “God Bless American” or any of a number of songs in a Rotary Songbook.  (Yes, there really is such a thing as a Rotary Songbook.  They can be ordered through the RI website.)
         
        In summary, the content of each club’s opening ceremony is up to each club!  Since the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club has never (to the best of my knowledge) formally addressed this issue, our meeting moderators have the option of using an invocation, a Rotary thought, or a thought for the day during the opening of our meetings.
         
        Jay Jones, Club Member
        RE THE PLEDGE AND/OR AN INVOCATION Jay Jones 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 01, 2017
        1. Bob Crow asked if anyone had made a contribution to Polio Plus during the triple match campaign.  If so, contact him. One donor gave $250 which ended up becoming a gift of $750. 
         
        2. Ed Shockley gave a brief summary of the meeting with the District Governor on October 25.  There were six clubs represented.  We received a new banner for the upcoming Rotary year of 2017-2018.
         
        3. Guests Ruthanne Wahlheim and Martha McNair made a brief presentation encouraging people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.  The time window is narrow this year.
         
        4. Jay Jones said he picked up theme pins for the new Rotary year at the meeting with the DG.  Ask him if you would like one.
         
        5. Harvey Clark reminded the club that we need volunteers to sell beer at the Festival of the Superstitions.  He passed around a sign up sheet but is still short of volunteers.
         
        6. Ben Fellows (right in picture) was recognized for his support of the Mexico Micro Credit program.  Ben gave a gift of $500 to help entrepreneurs get started in business.
         
        7. The club inducted Warren Salinger as our newest member.  Bob Homann is his sponsor and Bob presented Warren with his Rotary pin.  Warren is interested in the international dimensions of Rotary and plans to get involved in that area.
        8. The drawing was worth $397.50 today.  Ben Fellows won the drawing and $10 but drew the 10 of clubs.  There are only 21 cards left in the deck so your chances of winning are going up each week.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 01, 2017
        We welcomed visitors Ruthanne Wahlheim and Martha McNair, both from Mesa, AZ.  Cassandra Bloomer from Gilbert, AZ was a guest of Aaron McDermid.  Matthew Hill of Phoenix was a guest of Bryant Powell.  We also welcomed back winter visitor Doug Evans.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-11-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 18, 2017
        1. October 24 is World Polio Day.
        2. Debbie Jusko said the club alone met CAAFA's $400 goal for 20 donations of $20 apiece.  She brought receipts for tax credit for the donations.
        3. Sharon reminded the club of the CAAFA Fundraiser "Giddy Up Gala" to be held on November 4 at 5:30 PM at the Rockin' R Ranch at 6136 E. Baseline Rd. in Mesa.  Tickets are $25.
        4. Next week there is no noon meeting of the club.  Club reps will be meeting with the DG in the evening.
        5. Harvey Clark announced a club fund raiser - selling beer at the Festival of the Superstitions.  It will be held in Flatiron Park on November 11-12.  Volunteers are needed to sell beer on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM and on Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM.
        6. Aaron McDermid has the dictionaries pre-positioned in the classrooms for the Dictionary Project on October 25 and all the slots are filled.  If any problems, contact him no later than the day before.  He will not be available on the 25th.
        7. Rotary Foundation Dinner
        8. 17th Annual Golf Tournament.
        9. Mike Dungan brought us the "News of the Day".
        10 Aaron McDermid served as Sargent at Arms and raised fine money.
        11. The drawing was worth $390.50 today.  Mike Cowan won the drawing and $10 but drew the 5 of spades.  There are not many cards left hiding the joker.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 18, 2017
        Our speaker today was Jerry D. Walker, President of Mobilizing America's Commitment to Veterans (MACV).  Jerry was a medical corpsman in the Navy who went out on helicopter missions to give aid to wounded Marines. 
         
        He founded MACV as a 501c3 charitable corporation to seek out local veterans including homeless ones and to provide them with information on services meant to help them be successful in society after military service.  He himself went back to college and has a BA and an MA and an honorary PhD from an English University.  In the discussion period after his presentation, AJ City Manager Bryant Powell told us there are around 15 different groups offering services in AJ to vets and he is hoping to get them to sit down together to talk so each group knows what the other is doing.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 18, 2017
        Our guests today were potential member Warren Salinger, a guest of Bob Homann, and our speaker Jerry Walker from MACV.  We welcomed back seasonal visitor John Ewing from Sioux Falls, SD.
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 18, 2017
        BIRTHDAYS
        October 7 - Jay Jones
        October 13 - Ben Fellows
        October 15 - Murray Hiatt
        October 18 - Matt Ruppert
        October 20 - Frank Mwinyelle
         
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        Matt and Carolyn Ruppert - October 3 - 14 years
        Ron and Mary Knies - October 7 - 45 years
        Jeff and Tamara Cutler - October 15 - 23 years
         
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        October 14 - Frank Mwinyelle - 2 years
        October 19 - Jodi Ehrlich - 1 year
        October 19 - Heather Wallace - 1 year
        October 19 - Dave Webb - 1 year
         
        OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-10-18 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 11, 2017
        Harvey Clark introduced our speaker Dorian Townsend, Executive Director of the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse.  Dorian has now been with CAAFA for one year.  Her hobbies include ice hockey, board games and dressing in costume to visit childrens' hospitals.
        October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  Dorian told us of various ways the city of AJ, local businesses, Central AZ College and the Allstate Foundation are providing ongoing activities during the month.
         
        This is CAAFA's 20th year and so they are starting a "Twenties" campaign to raise money.  Debbie Jusko collected $20 contributions from a number of club members towards one of the campaign goals of 20 gifts of $20.
         
        CAAFA is sponsoring a community training event on suicide prevention to be held November 8 from 10:00 to 12:30 at Central AZ College.  It is free but an RSVP is required.
         
        Some of the new areas that CAAFA is providing help for are ways to deal with sexual harassment/abuse in the AZ National Guard, cyberstalking and financial abuse. 
         
        Their annual fund raiser - the Giddy Up Gala - will be held on November 4 at 5:30 PM at the Rockin' R Ranch at 6136 E. Baseline Rd. in Mesa.  Tickets are $25
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 11, 2017
        The Rotary club surprised club member Sharon Stinard with a short ceremony honoring her key role in founding the Community Against Family Abuse (CAAFA).  The organization is celebrating its 20th year and has grown into an irreplaceable regional resource in providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence.  Harvey Clark presented Sharon with a commemorative plaque and presented CAAFA's Executive Director Dorian Townsend with a check for $1,000 in Sharon's honor.  Sharon also received a pin for her Paul Harris Fellow + 1 award.
         
        Sharon spoke briefly to thank the club and to stress the ongoing need for financial support to keep CAAFA healthy.  She praised the excellent staff and the volunteers that keep CAAFA going forward.  Sharon is a long-term (18 years) member of the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club.  She has twice served as club President and has served on the club's Board of Directors numerous times.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow.  Debbie Jusko of our club is a member of the CAAFA Board.  Branden Biggs, another CAAFA Board member, was present today to honor Sharon.
         
         
         
         
        ROTARIANS HONOR CAAFA FOUNDER SHARON STINARD Robert Homann 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
        1. There will be a club Board meeting here next week at 11:00 am.
        2. We have a contingent going to the meeting with the DG on October 25.  If you would like to go, contact Ed Shockley.
        3. On Friday, October 13, there will be a dictionary labeling party from 12-1 at Bob Crow's home in Mountainbrook Village. 
        4. Len showed off a 1.75.l bottle of Maker's Mark - one of the prizes donated for the golf tournament.
        5. The club honored Sharon Stinard as founder of CAAFA (see story below)
        6. The drawing was worth $371 today.  Jack Beveridge won the drawing and $10 but drew the nine of hearts. That joker he be tricky.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 11, 2017
        We had two guests today from CAAFA - Executive Director Dorian Townsend and Braden Biggs, CAAFA Board member from Apache Junction.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-10-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 20, 2017
        Harvey Clark introduced our speaker - Judy Lutes of the Arizona Winter Visitors Association.  The AWVA was formed in 1992 by a group of 100 winter visitors so this is their 25th year of existence.  It is an all-volunteer organization.  Judy said she spends 30-40 hours a week on AWVA business.  Their office is at 861 W. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction and they are open from 9-12 am M-F.
        The organization works for the benefit of winter visitors by providing information, goods and services via a network of local businesses, publications, handouts, etc.  They also have a travel network, an insurance network, a Canadian Health Care network, and offer help with Medicare, help with Health Care Directives, reduced rates to the Arizona Republic, etc.
         
        They are hosting a 25th Anniversary "Welcome Back Bash" on December 4th at Barleens' Arizona Opry at 9 am. There will be lots of door prizes.
         
        They are also selling tickets to win a restored 1974 Harley Davidson golf cart.
         
        There are an estimated 70,000 winter visitors in the Mesa, Apache Junction and Gold Canyon areas each year.  But the AWVA has a statewide reach and has even received inquiries from Mexico wondering about visits across the border.
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 20, 2017
        1. Brian Kabat was our Acting President today.
        2. John Pennypacker introduced Beth Garrow, the Major Gifts Officer for Zone 26.  Her home club is in Carlsbad, CA.
        3. Len reminded us of the need to start getting drawing and silent auction gifts for our Rotary Golf Tournament.
        4. Aaron McDermid passed around a sign-up sheet to participate in this year's Dictionary Project.  Time slots are available at 10 AM, 10:45 AM and 2 PM.
        5. Bryant Powell presented Ed Shockley with a PHF + 2 pin.
        6. Bob Crow reported that in the month of September, our club members contributed $210 to The Rotary Foundation, $900 to the Polio Plus Fund, and $1,200 for Hurricane Harvey relief.
        7. The drawing today was worth $340.50.  Mike Munion won the drawing and $10 but drew the 5 of hearts.  It was Mike's birthday today so he was super lucky.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Len LaFlesch on Sep 20, 2017
        We remember with respect and affection these fellow Rotarians who have passed away in recent months.  We will miss them.
         
        Hazen Barnard - Rotarian from May 10, 2006 to March 31, 2013
         
        Lucy Young - Rotarian from June 30, 2002 to September 11, 2017
         
        Jim Rutkowski - Rotarian from August 16, 2017 to September 16, 2017
         
        IN MEMORIAM Len LaFlesch 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 20, 2017
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Larry Johnson - September 8
        Fareed Baig - September 9
        Mike Cowan - September 14
        Mike Dungan - September 17
        Mike Munion - September 20
        Jack Beveridge - September 21
         
        ANNIVERSARIES
        Dean and Rose Holmes - September 3 - 29 years
         
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Mike Munion - September 8 - 11 years
        Brian Kabat - September 17 - 3 years
         
        SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-09-20 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 13, 2017
        1. Mike Dungan thanked club members for the calls, cards and letters sent to him and Diane re the recent passing of Hazen Bernard, Diane's father. They were much appreciated.
        2. Several club members were honored today:
        Bob Homann received a plaque for his weekly production of the eBulletin
        Mike Munion received a plaque for his leadership of the annual golf tournament.
        Anja Baig received a spouse's Rotary pin for her regular attendance at meetings with Fareed.
        3. October 25 is World Polio Day
        4. Len LaFlesch started the process of gathering prizes for the golf tournament with the annual tote board showing who donated what.
         
        5. November 4 is the District's Rotary Foundation dinner "Abundant Harvest".
        6. A reminder that the club will not meet here on October 25th but will meet at a multi-club luncheon with the DG in Sun Lakes.
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 13, 2017
        Harvey Clark introduced our speaker for the day, Diana Fisher, Director of Marketing for HealthSouth East Valley.  Diana has been with the company for 6 years.  She earned a BS from Emporia State U. (KS), did graduate work at the University of Kansas and has an LPN degree from Gateway Community College.  Most recently, she was elected to the Board for the Arizona Burn Foundation. 
        HealthcareSouth of the East Valley is located on Baseline between Recker and Higley.  They are a rehabilitation hospital focusing on people who have been in car accidents, burn victims and stroke victims.  She talked with us this morning about strokes.
         
        Stroke frequency is up 75% since 1973.  The most common stroke is caused when a blood clot goes to the brain.  Another type is hemorrhagic stroke that often occurs in people in great shape.  Quick analysis of a stroke event is the key to successful treatment.  Clot dissolving agents can be administered before too much damage has been done. 
         
        HeathcareSouth East Valley provides daily doctor visits and 3+ hours of therapy daily.  They have a pharmacy on site, they have a specialized neurological unit and all their nurses are certified.  The technology which is available to help patients is truly amazing.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 13, 2017
        Lucy Young was a member of our club for many years.  Ultimately, her deteriorating health situation required her to cut back on activities and so she quit coming to meetings.  She was later made an honorary member of the club.  Lucy was the owner of The Little Prospector pre-school in Apache Junction, was on the AJUSD school board and was very active in the Apache Junction community.  One of her service activities for the club was to solicit, read and evaluate Rotary college scholarship applications from AJ seniors.  She always argued that the "A" students would be well taken care of by the colleges they applied to and by scholarship donors and that Rotary scholarships should go to the "B" students with good records and potential for future growth.
        A Celebration of Life Ceremony for Lucy was held on September 16 at Mountainview Funeral Home (the one formerly managed by our club member Steve Lewis).  The turnout was huge with people standing in the aisles, in the back and in an overflow room.  Five Rotarians from our club and three of their spouses attended.  The anecdotes from family and friends was light-hearted with many funny stories told. It was abundantly clear that Lucy was well-loved and well-respected. 
        Donations in Lucy's memory can be made to the "Lucy Young Legacy Scholarship Fund" (Wells Fargo account number 5112667497) or to the Rotary Foundation.
        CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR LUCY YOUNG Robert Homann 2017-09-13 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 06, 2017
        Sharon Stinard introduced our speaker for the day - Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott, President of Central Arizona College.  She has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English and an Ed.D. degree in education.  She has 22 years of experience in a variety of administrative positions in 2-year and 4-year colleges. She has been President since July, 2016.
        She grew up on an Indian reservation and her parents had not attended college. Dr. Elliott spoke of the importance to her future of receiving encouragement to attend college.  One program very influential in that decision was the Upward Bound program.  She proudly announced that CAC had just been notified that the college was going to become an Upward Bound program site. 
         
        She shared with us some of her initial observations about CAC after a little over a year on the job.  She called CAC a "Diamond in the Desert".
        1. Operating over 5 campus locations is a challenge. 
        2. The college offers 159 degree or certificate programs which she thinks is too many for the size of the college.  Maybe 60 would be a more reasonable number.  What programs make sense for these times?
        3. Community relationships need to be improved and that is one of her goals over the next 2-3 years.
        4. Fundraising needs to be improved.  The college raised only $145,000 last year and 13% of that came from staff at the college.
        5. She has had success meeting with employers in an attempt to align the college's offerings better with the needs of businesses.  The pharmacy tech program is one example of a successful new program. The construction industries have a crying for need trained carpenters, welders, electricians and plumbers and she plans to have the college respond with training programs for these skilled trades.
        6. She wants to improve internal communications with staff and faculty as well as empowering employees closest to an issue to make the decisions to solve the problem.
        7. The retention rate at CAC is 32% which can be improved.
         
        Thank you Dr. Elliott for your transparency about the college and for sharing your hopes and dreams for the future of your students.
         
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 06, 2017
        1. Jay Jones mentioned the passing of former club member Hazen Bernard.  Hazen was the father-in-law of Mike Dungan.  Jay suggested memorial gifts be given to the Rotary Foundation.
        2. Len LaFlesch said the club is sending a $1,000 check to the Houston, TX Rotary Club for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Thanks for spearheading this effort Len.
        3. Harvey Clark announced he is working on the January, 2018 speaker list.  Harvey is doing a terrific job as our Program Chair.  Thanks for all you do Harvey.  It makes our club meetings interesting and informative.
        4. Mike Cowan announced that he and wife Shirley have formed a new realty business in Gold Canyon. Mike received a round of applause in appreciation of his new venture.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Sep 06, 2017
        Visiting today were Anja Baig, wife of Fareed Baig, and our speaker, Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-09-06 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
         
         
        1. Matt Ruppert is our acting President today.
         
        2. Harvey Clark told the club about the outstanding athletic achievements of his granddaughter (age 18) and grandson (age 16).
         
        3. Matt read the August birthday and anniversary list.  Mike Cowan thanked Matt for reminding him of his wedding anniversary this month.
         
        4. Matt's grandson is 1 year old today.
         
        5. John Pennypacker announced that Jim Erickson has 40 years of perfect attendance at Rotary meetings and Ray Lang has 37 years of perfect attendance.
         
        6. Ed Shockleys wife Cassandra is recovering from surgery.
         
        7. Bob Homann won the drawing and $10 but drew the 3 of hearts.  Matt said the Joker was right next to the 3 of hearts.  The pot was worth $271 today.
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Aug 16, 2017
        Jay Jones introduced our speaker of the day, John Pennypacker, who is a member of the District's Rotary Foundation Committee.  John is well-known to our club since he served as District Governor in 2014-15 and he has been out to speak at our club several times.  He is very active in Rotary leadership areas.
        The Rotary Foundation funded 1,165 Global Grants in 2015-16 for 76 million dollars to support a wide variety of good causes.  Our dues help pay for the global grants and so we all participate in these grants indirectly if not directly.  On the Polio Plus front, there were only 7 new cases worldwide in 2016 so we are very close to getting it eradicated.  Compare 7 in 2016 vs 1,000 new polio cases a year in just the USA in 1955.
         
        John announced the Rotary Foundation Dinner "Abundant Harvest" to be held on Saturday, November 4 at 6pm at the Doubletree by Hilton in Tempe.  It will be a buffet dinner costing $50.  The speaker will be Ray Klinginsmith, past Rotary International President.  Cowboy attire is welcome.
         
        John made two special presentations to two club members who have become members of the Paul Harris Society.  PHS members pledge to support the Rotary Foundation to the amount of $1,000 per year. 
        Presentation to Dr. Tracey Yamamoto
        Presentation to Ed Shockley
         
        CONGRATULATIONS TO TRACEY AND ED FOR THEIR STRONG SUPPORT OF THE GOALS OF ROTARY!!
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Aug 16, 2017
        Visitors today were prospective member Jim Rutkowski (3rd visit) and Dr. Ray Lang from the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club.  Anya Baig was a guest of her husband Fareed Baig and John Pennypacker. our speaker, was a guest of the club.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Jeff Cutler - August 5
        Dana Hawman-Trumbull - August 22
         
        MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES
        Mike and Diane Dungan - August 4 - 33 years
        Frank and Sharla Mwinyelle - August 7 - 11 years
        Brian and Ashley Kabat - August 12 - 11 years
        Mike and Shirley Cowan - August 18 - 10 years
        Earl and Lois Zumwalt - August 29 - 59 years
         
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Ron Knies - August 4 - 13 years
        Larry Johnson - August 15 - 5 years
        Len LaFlesch - August 24 - 12 years
         
         
        AUGUST BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-08-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Aug 09, 2017
        1. Brian Kabat reported on the Rotary Leadership Institute held in Flagstaff on Saturday.  He participated in Session 1.  Brian will be our club president for the 2018-19 Rotary year.
        Jay Jones of our club was a resource person at the conference and Brian expressed admiration for Jay's broad knowledge of Rotary.  Brian asked Bob Homann to give him any info he has on the club's history.  Jeannie Anderson offered Brian the scrapbooks she has that also give some club history. Brian has been working with the high school through Larry LaPrise and thinks he will make helping the school district the focus of his presidency.  Specifically he mentioned a new scoreboard and field improvements for the girl's softball team (est. cost $12,000) and an enclosed trailer for transporting band instruments (est. cost $9,000).  Brian has reserved space at Dolce Vita on November 18, 2018 for a fundraiser - maybe a comedy club night.  He strongly encourages other officers and members to attend the Leadership Institute.
         
        2. Sharon Stinard thanked Debbie Jusko and Aaron McDermid for their roles in helping CAAFA move to their new larger quarters.
         
        3. Jay Jones mentioned that the next Leadership Institute will be held on October 7, 2017 at Prescott College.  All three sessions will be available.
         
        4. Today's acting President Bryant Powell announced that Lee and Roberta Holmes have been approved by the Board for transfer of membership to our club.  He introduced them to the club.
         
        5. Aaron McDermid served as Sargent-at-Arms and raised money "for the children".
         
        6. The pot was worth $255.50 today.  Ed Shockley won the drawing and $10 but drew the queen of hearts.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Aug 09, 2017
        Today's speaker was E'lan Vallender, Senior Economic Development Specialist for the City of Apache Junction.  He was introduced by Bryant Powell, City Manager of Apache Junction.  E'lan has a Bachelor's degree in business from Ottawa University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from ASU.  He has been with the city for four years.
        His talk today is to bring us info about recent developments in Apache Junction.  One is the opening of the new city Park on Rte. 88 across from Best Hardware.  Rotary helped with the creation of a splash pad at the park and E'lan says he sees kids using it regularly.  Another big story is the new Fry's Marketplace store being built.  Fry's is expanding from their current 63,000 sq. ft. to 120,000 sq. ft.  There will be an additional 16,000 sq. ft. available for other businesses.  The new store is targeted to open in November, 2017.  There has been some interest expressed by businesses in the old Fry's store.
        Two new housing developments are starting up in the city limits. One on Superstition will be multigenerational and one on Tomahawk will be a 55+ community.  They will bring an estimated 100-250 new homes into the city of AJ. 
        ADOT is planning the installation of a roundabout at the intersection of Rte 88 and Idaho Rd.  It is an awkward corner for turning and the roundabout will alleviate that problem. The tentative start date for construction is Jan. or Feb., 2018. 
        Finally, Pinal County is going to put a 1/2 cent sales tax increase on the ballot.  If approved, the funds will be used to accelerate transportation improvements in Pinal County.  One projected improvement is a north-south connecting highway that will have AJ as its northern terminus.
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Aug 09, 2017
        Our only guest today was our speaker, Elan Vallender. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-08-09 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Aug 02, 2017
        Our speaker today was Bruce Tunnicliff, Director of Safety and Security at Casino Arizona.  He and our own Harvey Clark serve together on the Board of Infragard which is a collaborative partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector. 
        Casino Arizona invests heavily in safety and security measures because they are a big target with lots of money flowing through the casino.  Much of Bruce's job involves training employee on how to respond to various threats such as an active shooter or an armed robbery.  Casinos see a variety of crimes such as money laundering, credit card fraud, prostitution, drug dealing, theft and gaming scams. Casino Arizona works closely with The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI in reviewing the adequacy of the casino's preparation to deal with various threats.  The cooperation with these agencies has been great according to Bruce. On a larger scale, some casinos abroad have been targets of terrorist attacks so how to respond initially to such an event also fall's under Bruce's authority.
        In response to a question about why casinos allow smoking, Bruce shrugged his shoulders and said people who like to gamble also like to smoke,  The casino has a non-smoking area but it is admittedly quite small.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Aug 02, 2017
        1. Jay Jones announced the passing of PDG Glen Smith of the Payson Rotary club.
        2. Sharon Stinard had two announcements:
        a. CAAFA is relocating its outreach office to larger facilities at 879 N. Plaza Drive, Suite 101D in Apache Junction.  There will be a ribbon-cutting event on August 8 at 11:00 am and all are welcome to attend.
        b. The CAAFA fundraiser "Giddy Up Gala" will be held on Saturday, November 4 at the Rockin' R Ranch at 6136 E. Baseline Rd in Mesa.  Tickets are $25. 
        3. Brian Kabat brought a banner from a Rotary club he visited recently.
        4. The club has received an invitation to attend the Annual United Way of Pinal County Community Appreciation Dinner on Friday September 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  They would like our club to become a Community Sponsor.  We need to discuss this at the next Board meeting.
        5. Bob Benjamin won the drawing today and pocketed $10.  But he drew the 6 of hearts so the joker continues its elusive ways.  The pot was worth $244 today.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
        Jim Rakowski was a visitor today.  Lee and Roberta Holmes were here for the second time.  They plan to transfer their Rotary memberships at the Clive, IA club to our club. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-08-02 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jul 26, 2017
        Our speaker today was Sophia Wahlgren. Sophia is a Pinal County Youth Program Career Planner based at the Central Arizona College campus in Apache Junction.  She is a political science graduate from ASU. 
        The Arizona @ Work Pinal County Youth Program offers education and training to help out-of-school and income-eligible applicants become gainfully employed.  Youth ages 16-24 are eligible. The Youth Program provides these services:
        1. Help in obtaining a HS diploma or GED,
        2. Paid work experience
        3. Support services to help reach career goals
        4. Work readiness and money management training
        5. Assistance with tuition and books
         
        From an employer perspective, businesses can become a site for the On-the-Job-Training program.  This program helps a participant develop the skills required for a particular position in the company. It combines instruction with work experience. Eligible businesses can receive up to 75% in wage reimbursements for the selected positions.  Businesses may also qualify for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups.
         
        For more information, contact Sophia at 480-677-7710 or sophia.wahlgren@centralaz.edu.
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jul 26, 2017
        1. Aaron McDermid served as our President today and doubled as our Sargent-at-Arms.
        2. Aaron and membership chair Len LaFlesch welcomed our newest member Fareed Baig.  Fareed was a member previously and is re-joining the club.
        3. Jay Jones reminded us of the Rotary Leadership Institute to be held August 5, 2017 at the Doubletree Inn in Flagstaff.
        4. AJ City Manager Bryant Powell spoke about the street clean up efforts going on in AJ due to the recent monsoon rains. He also mentioned the total loss of the Mining Camp Restaurant due to fire.
        5. Anya Baig won the drawing and $10 but drew the 6 of clubs so the joker is still in the deck.  The drawing was worth $235 today.
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jul 26, 2017
        We welcomed visiting Rotarians Lee and Roberta Holmes from Clive, IA (a suburb of Des Moines).  They are members of the Waukee, IA Rotary club.  The Holmes recently bought a home in Gold Canyon.  We also welcomed Bill Staples who was a guest of Jacquie Smith.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jul 26, 2017
        Want to find out who is scheduled to speak at our club?  Click on the link above labeled "List of Scheduled Speakers (and Past Speakers)", then click on the link at the bottom of that page that will bring up the 2017-18 speaker schedule.  Scroll to the date you are interested in.
        WHO IS SPEAKING AT ROTARY? Robert Homann 2017-07-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 28, 2017
        You can find our club Facebook page under Superstition Mountain Rotary Club.  Check us out.
        OUR CLUB ON FACEBOOK Robert Homann 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 28, 2017
        Otis was Len LaFlesch's dog and companion.  After a long, good life, Len recently had to have Otis put to sleep.  Bob Benjamin noted that Otis was a fixture at our club's  water table during the lost Dutchman 8 K Trail Run.  Thank you Otis for your service to Len and to the club.
        GOODBYE FAITHFUL FRIEND OTIS Robert Homann 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
         
         
         
        Len LaFlesch gave a humorous presentation of how President Ed had been a "hands-on President".  Len used the words "hand" or "hands" in 25 or more sayings that described Ed's presidency. 
         
        Then Harvey Clark presented Ed with a plaque of thanks from the club for Ed's service.
        President Ed then went around the room naming each member and mentioning some of their contributions to the success of our club.  It was impressive to see the depth of his knowledge of the membership and the way they serve.  Finally, Ed gave us a list of things he thinks would be beneficial to the club in the coming year. 
        1. Advertise our future speakers (ala Mike Dungan above)
        2. Be on a committee.  Chair or co-chair a committee
        3. Volunteer to work at our service projects and fund raisers 
        4. Be generous as a donor
        5. Find a speaker
        6. Add more service projects - fall event?
        7. Put on socials for club members and spouses - Maybe a comedy hour (Dave Webb?)
        8. Maybe support the efforts of the Gilbert club to bring home water sources to Navajo people
         
        THANKS ED FOR A GREAT YEAR!
         
         
         
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        PRESIDENT ED'S GOOD-BYE AND THANK YOU! Robert Homann 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 28, 2017
        Aaron McDermid brought his mother Lynn McDermid along as his guest.  Lynn is from Portland, OR.  It may be the first time we have had a club member's Mom as a guest.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 28, 2017
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        None in July
        WEDDING ANIVERSARIES
        Jim and Maryann Erickson - July 10 - 45 years
        Heather Wallace and Jef - July 12 - 21 years
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Aaron McDermid - July 1 - 8 years
        Dana Hawman-Trumbull - July 2 - 3 years
        Matt Ruppert - July 16 - 7 years
         
         
        JULY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-06-28 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 21, 2017
        Our speaker today was Tina Slankis, Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the city of Phoenix.  She has spent over 20 years as a leader in the fields of information technology and cybersecurity.  She has a BS degree in mathematics from the U. of AZ and an MS in information and telecommunication systems from Johns Hopkins University.  Tina has worked in various technology roles for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon, for Lucent Technologies, for Wells Fargo Banks and for Freeport McMoran Mining Co. prior to taking her position with the City of Phoenix.  Her topic today is "Cybersecurity".
        By cybersecurity" she means "measures taken to protect a computer or a computer system against unauthorized access or attack."  Almost everyone in the world is connected to the Internet in some way and some businesses such as Ally Bank exist only on the Internet.
        People who do this kind of mischief fall into three broad categories:
        1. Criminals (46% of attacks) - they are out to make money.  Their major weapon is Ransomeware that locks up your files unless you pay a ransom to free them (which isn't guaranteed).  For examle, Lake Havasu City had its entire governmental structure locked up by ransomeware. 
        2. Hacktivists (33% of attacks) - many are out to promote their political cause by getting publicity through their attacks. This group also include people who see a challenge in breaking into someone else's system.
        3. Nation States (21% of attacks) - much of this is industrial espionage but it also includes attempts to gain access to military systems and infrastructure systems like power, water and telecommunications.
         
        How do these people get ransomware viruses into your computer or computer system?
        1. Via email messages - they are very clever about making real-looking emails that look like it came from your bank or insurance company or your ISP or FedEx or whatever.  This is called "Phishing" and they are looking for you to provide personal information in reply to the email.  Verify if you are in doubt by calling the company.
        2. Watering hole attacks - a web site is infected with a virus so whoever visits the website is automatically infected by the virus. 
        3. Mal advertising - urgent messages that appear on your computer screen saying your computer is infected.  NEVER click on this malware or you will be in deep trouble.
        4. Denial of Service attacks - people link a large number of computers together into a "botnet" that then can send an overwhelming number of requests to your business that blocks out usage by anyone else.
        5. And many others - there are new ones every day.
         
        The best and only way to protect your information from ransomware is to back it up regularly to an external hard drive or to the cloud.  THIS IS A MUST FOR ALL USERS WHO WANT TO PROTECT THEIR FILES!  Get in the discipline of doing this frequently.
         
        The number of devices that are connected to the internet is growing rapidly.  It has been called the "Internet of Things". Your home (thermostats, security systems, etc.), your car (GPS system, phone, etc.), your cell phone or tablet (Wi-Fi, location devices, etc.) are examples.  Each one provides a potential portal for access by hackers. 
         
        What do you do if you have been hacked? 
        1. Disconnect your device from the internet.
        2. Have your hard drive wiped clean by a professional.
        3. Re-install your data from your backed up files.
        4. Report the problem to law enforcement.  In AJ, that is the city police.  Or to agent Paul Schaaf of the FBI (Paul.Schaff@ic.fbi.gov or 623-466-1241).
         
        Thank you Tina for a very interesting (and troubling) presentation and for driving all  the way from downtown Phoenix to give this outstanding presentation.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 21, 2017
        1. President Ed welcomed Jared's guest T.J. Watson from Mesa, AZ.
        2. There will be a Board meeting following our regular meeting today.
        3. Jay Jones, Jim Erickson and Harvey Clark will attend the District Conference  in Flagstaff this weekend.
        4. We welcomed back from vacation our Sargent-at-Arms Aaron McDermid.  Aaron proceeded to "raise money for the children" via his creative fines and "Happy Bucks".
        5. The drawing was worth $195.50 today.  Mike Dungan won the drawing and $10 but drew the 8 of diamonds and so the joker escapes again.
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 21, 2017
        Jared Gibbs brought T.J. Watson as his guest.  Our speaker Tina Slankis was a guest of the club.  There were 20 club members present. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 21, 2017
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Cheryl Kramer - June 3
        Bob Benjamin - June 13
        WEDDING ANIVERSARIES
        Ben and Peggy Fellows - June 2 - 52 years
        Jacquie and John Smith - June 7 - 43 years
        Jack and Vicki Beveridge - June 22 - 43 years
        Bryant and Jenny Powell - June 29 - 21 years
        Bob and Dorothy Homann - June 30 - 55 years
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Harvey Clark - June 14 - 9 years
        Jeannie Anderson - June 30 - 15 years
        Bob Benjamin - June 30 - 12 years
        Jack Beveridge - June 30 - 14 years
        Mike Dungan - June 30 - 15 years
        Murray Hiatt - June 30 - 13 years
        Jay Jones - June 30 - 15 years
         
         
        JUNE BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-06-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 14, 2017
        1. Mike Dungan is our acting club President today.
        2. Our speaker - Diane Fischer who was going to speak to the club about stroke rehabilitation - was involved in a sideswipe accident on the way to the meeting so she will not be with us today.
        3. There are only 10 members here today.  You can tell it is summer time.
        4. Harvey Clark brought a trading banner from the Springerville Rotary Club which he recently visited.
        5. Mike Dungan brought us the "News of the Day"
        6. Mike Munion won the drawing and $10 but drew the 9 of clubs.  The pot was worth $186.50.
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 14, 2017
        Dean Holmes graciously agreed to be our speaker on the spur of the moment.  He told us some anecdotes of his time as Mayor of Miles City, MT.  Dean had a friend who was always complaining about the school board.  Dean laid out a challenge to his friend that if the friend would run for the School Board, Dean would run for mayor.  Dean was 27 years old then and knew next to nothing about the mayor's job, but he went and filled out the papers and, after a door-to-door campaign, Dean was elected mayor.  He found out later that his friend had never filled out the papers to run for the school board. Dean even had to ask where the City Council met.
        Miles City people are conservative in their views.  Dean mentioned the Bucking Horse Rodeo - a 3-day event that is Miles City's biggest events of the year.  He got to ride on the back of a bison one year.
         
        A couple of issues Dean mentioned were trying to stop the illegal dumping of garbage in the Yellowstone River (he succeeded) and finding the funds to upgrade the quality of the sewage treatment plant.
         
        Dean put in 8 years as mayor and he always wore a white cowboy hat which was his trademark during those years.
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-06-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 07, 2017
        1. Bob Benjamin announced that the Lost Dutchman Marathon won an award plaque for being the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year for 2016.  Bob brought the plaque to show the club. 
         
        2. Sharon Stinard read several Thank You Letters from seniors who received our $500 Rotary scholarships this year.
         
        3. President Ed read a Thank You Letter from Jeff Downing, Director of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church Food Bank, for the $500 contribution to the food bank last week.
         
        4. Bryant Powell presented the list of officers and Board Members for 2017-18.  They are:
         
        President - Ed Shockley
        President-Elect - Bryan Kabat
        Treasurer - Len LaFlesch
        Secretary - Jacquie Smith
        Tracey Yamamoto - Director
        Bryant Powell - Director
        Matt Ruppert - Director
        Aaron McDermid - Director and Sargent-at-Arms
        Bob Crow - Director and Foundation Chair
         
        It was moved by Larry Wight and seconded by Bob Homann to approve the slate as presented.  The motion passed unanimously.
        Thank you to all who have agreed to serve the club in this way.
         
        5. Jim Erickson won the drawing and $10 but drew the 3 of clubs. So the pot grows.
         
         
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 07, 2017
        Our speakers today were three representatives from the Pinal Partnership.  They were Harold Crist (President & CEO), Melissa Johnson (Executive Director) and Sandie Smith (newsletter and events coordinator).
        Harold is well-known as one of the creative forces behind the original establishment of Gold Canyon as a community.  Sandie is a former Pinal County Supervisor who has been an active advocate for Pinal County.  Melissa is the newly-appointed Executive Director of the Pinal Partnership.
         
        The mission statement for the Pinal Partnership is "To improve research, planning and coordination of private and public efforts related to infrastructure, natural resources and community development in Pinal County."  The Partnership schedules monthly breakfasts on timely topics and provides a newsletter with updates on happenings throughout Pinal County and its cities and towns.  The Partnership operates through committees whose titles provide a key to the interests of the Partnership:
         
        Transportation and Infrastructure
        Government Relations
        Economic Development
        Open Space and Trails
        Education
        Health and Human Services
        Renewable Energy
        Water Resources
         
        Some areas that Harold and Sandie covered in their presentation were the possible extension of I-24, advocacy for a North-South highway through Pinal County, the new 800 home development in Peralta Trails, the AJ Banner Hospital, working to link the CAC educational system to the needs of incoming business and industries, zoning that affects open spaces and trails, the Resolution Copper mine and its impact on the area, the potential of Superstition Vistas and water resources. Pinal County is the fastest growing county in Arizona with great prospects for the future.
         
        See the Pinal Partnership website at http://pinalpartnership.com for more information.  There is a link on the site to begin receiving the e-newsletter and event announcements.
         
        What a great organization this is for our county!!
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKERS Robert Homann 2017-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Bob Crow on Jun 07, 2017
        Bob Crow reports the following summary of club giving to the Rotary Foundation for calendar 2016.
         
        POLIO PLUS
        January       $100
        February   $8,000
        May          $7,900
        October     $1,000
        December  $1,000
         
        2016 Total = $18,000
         
        THE ROTARY FOUNDATION (as of October 18, 2016)
        Donations Direct to TRF     $19,512 as of 3/9/2016
        Scheduled Direct TRF Contributions   $235/month
        Paul Harris Awards -   26 of 37 members
        Paul Harris Awards new in 2016     3
        Paul Harris Award Step Ups in 2016   4
        Benefactors   4
        Bequest Society Members  3
        Major Donors  1

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        ROTARY FOUNDATION REPORT Bob Crow 2017-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jun 07, 2017
        Our guests today were Sandie Smith of Gold Canyon, Harold Crist of Florence and Melissa Johnson of Gilbert. All three were here representing the Pinal Partnership.
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-06-07 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 31, 2017
        1. With Memorial Day just past, President Ed thanked all the club veterans for their service.
        2. Bob Crow brought "Hellos" from Harell Miller and Steve Gable.  We still have over 6,000 recognition points and can recognize additional local people for their service to the communities. 
        3. Harvey Clark brought back a trading banner from the Daytona West Rotary club and presented it to President Ed. Harvey was in Florida for family graduations.
        4. Murray Hiatt described the Honor Flight Arizona he was on recently. The vets on board were WW II and Korean war veterans.  He told how he was made to feel very special - people in the airports both coming and going broke out in applause for the vets as they went by.  His group visited the major military memorials in D.C. and also Ft. McHenry in Maryland.  There were 30 guardians on the flight accompanying the vets. The trip is free to the vets but the guardians pay $900.  Murray said it is an experience he will never forget.
        5. Mike Dungan brought us the News of the Day. His alma mater Oregon State U. is seeded #1 in the NCAA baseball world series.  The team record is 49-6.  LeBron James and Stephen Curry were born in the same hospital in Akron, OH three years apart.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 31, 2017
        Our speaker today was Ed Koeneman.  Ed is a member of the Mesa West Rotary Club and served as the club's president.  He is an electrical engineer who is teaching engineering classes at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. 
        Ed's topic today is the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).  He is president of the Palo Verde Chapter of the SAR located in the East Valley.  There are 35,000 members of SAR worldwide. The organization started in New York in 1876 but the SAR split off in 1889 to become a national organization. To be eligible for membership, one must prove descent from a Revolutionary War veteran or a person involved in some other direct way in the support of the Revolution. Genealogy tracking is helpful in providing proof. Ed is related to Sgt. James Johnson whose name appears on the rolls of the Continental Army at Valley Forge in 1777. 
         
        The SAR promotes appreciation for military service and veterans.  They sponsor Honor Flights, they volunteer at VA hospitals, they support Junior ROTC at high schools and ROTC at colleges,  and they have a color guard in colonial uniforms that appear at veteran funerals and parades.
         
        The SAR promotes knowledge of American history and heritage in cooperation with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. One new project is a study of the recently-discovered papers of King George III of England who was king during the Revolution.  They hold essay contests for high school students, brochure contests for middle school students and poster contests for elementary students.  They go into schools dressed in military uniforms from the Revolution and present programs for school kids. The uniforms can cost as much as $1,500-$2,000 and authentic reproductions of weapons can cost as much as $3,000-$4,000.
         
        Thanks Ed for a very interesting presentation.
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted on May 31, 2017
        Gerry Hundt of the Board of the Apache Junction Food Bank sent along this clarification about who is eligible to be served at the AJ food bank.
         
        "I enjoy getting your Rotary newsletter.  I saw the recent one regarding the Gold Canyon Food Bank and wanted to correct something said there.  The Apache Junction Food bank does NOT limit those we serve to only Apache Junction residents.  In fact the boundary for our services are listed below and in fact if someone comes for help for the first time, they are given food and the boundary area explained to them along with referring them to a food bank in their area.  As you know, I along with Ben Fellows are board members and I would love the opportunity to speak to the club if the opportunity happens."
         
        "Requirement 1: Live within our service area
              South Boundary - Ocotillo Road
              West Boundary - Ellsworth Road
              North Boundary - McDowell Road
              East Boundary - Queen Valley
         
        Requirement 2: Meet 185% of the Federal poverty guidelines, as established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as determined by our Board of Directors.
         
        Requirement 3: Provide a valid ID and a document that shows proof of residence.  A utility bill or rent receipt will work.  We simply need a current document showing your name and address."
         
         
         
        CORRECTIONS REGARDING THE APACHE JUNCTION FOOD BANK Robert Homann 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 31, 2017
        Our only guest today was our speaker Ed Koeneman who is a member of the Mesa West Rotary Club.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-05-31 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 24, 2017
        Matt Ruppert, who has been a long time supporter of the GC-UMC Food Bank, introduced our speaker.  Jeff Downing is retired from the Chevrolet
         
        Division of General Motors.  He and wife Harriet have been married for 49 years.  They have 3 kids and 5 grandkids.  He graduated from the Wharton School of Business and has been active in the local community including service on the ADOBE board and the Superstition Foothills HOA board.
         
        Jeff told us that the Food Bank is the oldest of the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church's mission activities.  It was started in 1997 so it is 20 years old this year.  He has served as administrative manager for the food bank for the past 11 years. The Food Bank outgrew the available space in the church building, but they were fortunate to be able to buy the empty Red Sage restaurant as the new Food Bank location. It has a walk-in freezer and refrigerator. The building is more than a Food Bank since it has 4 major meeting rooms.  Remodeling and clean-up work started in November of 2016 and opened for the first clients on May 17, 2017. 
         
        The Food Bank is affiliated with United Food Bank as one of 260 local food banks handled by that cooperative.  Statistical studies show that nationally, 14% of people qualify as "food insecure" which means they do not have enough money to buy food for themselves and their family.  In Arizona, that figure is 15%.  In April of 2017, the GCUMC Food Bank served 692 people and distributed over 5,000 lbs of food.  The clients are 65% from Apache Junction, 15% from Gold Canyon, 9% from Mesa and 11% from San Tan, Florence, Superior, Eloy and other regional communities.
         
        Why is the UMC church Food Bank different from others?
        1. Clients are not geographically restricted as is the case for example with the AJ Food Bank where one has to have residency in the city.
        2. They allow visits twice a month whereas once a month is common among other food banks.  The amount of food given is based on family size.
        3. The volunteers try to learn the names of all the clients and treat them with empathy and a smile.
        4. They have gluten free and sugar free foods available.
        5. They do not give out out-dated foods.
        6. They provide basic hygiene items like toothpaste and soap.
        7. They provide cat and dog food for family pets.
        8. Kids get a free book and a toy each time they come in.
        9. They are an all-volunteer staff - there are no paid food bank employees.
         
        Jeff listed a few of the "good" and "bad" donations.  Good = toilet paper, tuna, Spam, pre-mixes like Hamburger Helper, baby formula, diapers, wipes, Vienna sausages and sardines.  Bad = dented cans, exotic foods, out-of-date cans.  If they don't get donations of needed supplies, they buy what they need, so cash donations are always welcome. The Food Bank is open 8:30 AM to Noon.  Donations also come in at the Arts Council performances and Doug Benton's Artist Series.  The food given out is typically a 3-day supply so 2 visits only cover food needs for 6 days out of a month.
         
        They have a food trading relationship with the Genesis Project in Apache Junction.  They have a resource handout that helps people locate needed services and service agencies.
         
        At the end of the talk, President Ed Shockley presented Jeff with a check for $500 from the club.
         
        We are very proud of Jeff and his volunteer staff of 50 and proud of all all the donors who give regularly to keep food supplies available.  Thanks to all involved!
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 24, 2017
        1. Bob Benjamin was presented with his PHF + 3 pin.  The award is in partial recognition of the work Bob does serving as our club representative to the Lost Dutchman Marathon Committee and organizing our club volunteers for the 8K Trail Run.
        2. President Ed Shockley announced that we have a $500 college scholarship to award to a student at Imagine Prep. 
        3. President Ed also announced that the Board approved the application of Cheryl Kramer for membership.
        4. Aaron McDermid served as our Sargeant-at-Arms.
        5. Len LaFlesch won the drawing and $10 but missed the joker.  The pot today was worth $180.
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 24, 2017
        Our club guests today were our speaker Jeff Downing and his wife Harriet. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 24, 2017
        Bob Crow celebrated his 88th birthday with wife Jennie Crow and friends at The Cheesecake Factory.  Bob grew up in Georgia.  He served in the U.S. Army.  Much of his working career was with Sandia Corporation in New Mexico and California. 
        Bob serves the club as our Rotary Foundation chair. We think Bob is the oldest member of our club.  Anybody want to argue that?
        BOB CROW TURNS 88! Robert Homann 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 24, 2017
        BIRTHDAYS
        Debra Jusko - May 2
        Brian Kabat - May 3
        Larry Wight - May 12
        Jeannie Anderson - May 23
        Bob Crow - May 23
        Len LaFlesch - May 25
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        Ed and Cassandra Shockley - May 5, 11 years
        Mike and Jackie McCord - May 27, 10 years
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        None in May
        MAY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-05-24 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 17, 2017
        We had only one signed in guest today - our speaker, Deputy Chief Matt Hedrick of the Pinal County Sheriff's office.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 17, 2017
        1. Club member Murray Hiatt has written a book - "The Ghost of Tabby Mountain".  It is available on Amazon if you would like to oder a copy.
        2. President Ed reminded us of the District Conference in Flagstaff in June.  We have 6-7 members who plan on going.
        3. President Ed called the membership into a Club Assembly.  Jay Jones then presented two motions:
               To approve the revised version of the Club Constitution as distributed by email.  The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.
               To approve the revised version of the Club By-Laws as distributed by email.  The motion was seconded and approved unanimously.
        Jay will post a link to the documents on our Club Runner web site.
        4. Aaron McDermid did the Sargeant-at-Arms duty.
        5. The drawing and $10 was won by Jay Jones.  The pot was worth $173 today.  Jay drew the 7 of hearts so the joker remains in the deck.
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 17, 2017
        Our speaker today is Matt Hedrick of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.  Matt is the Deputy Chief for Detention Services.  He grew up in Mesa and graduated from Mountain View High School.  He has been a police officer for 18 years.  Much of his career was as an officer on the San Carlos and Salt River reservation police forces since he is half Native American. He and his wife have 3 teenage children.  Matt did a 2-year mission term in Chicago and it was a great experience for him.
        Matt is in charge of the Pinal County jail.  The jail has 1500 beds but currently there are only 498 inmates, 48 of whom are undocumented.  ICE wants 500 beds at the Pinal County jail and would pay the county for them, but ICE insists on its own standards for incarceration which would put them in conflict with the existing way of doing things, so the Sheriff's office said "No" to ICE.
        There are 146 employees at the jail.  Aides handle the paper work related to admitting and releasing inmates, preparing court paper work, monitoring surveillance cameras, etc.  Officers have contact with the inmates.  Some have direct supervision which means they are in the inmate pods while they are on duty.  Others have indirect supervision which means they enter the pods at certain times but do not stay in them.  Matt is looking to hire 30 new officers. 
         
        With respect to undocumented aliens, the jail has 6 officers trained to work with ICE.  Under 287g, the jail must release undocumented persons after 48 hours of detention if ICE has not come to the jail to pick them up.  Some cities, counties and even states (Colorado) have declared themselves "sanctuaries" and they will not hold undocumented people at all for minor offenses. 
         
        The average stay in the jail is about 90 days as the person awaits a Superior Court trial.  Post-trial, it is about 16 days as the paper work is cleared , etc.  If the person is found guilty and sentenced, they stay in the jail with credit for time served but if the sentence is longer than 1 year, they are transferred to one of the state's prisons.
         
        Matt is impressed with Wexford which supplies health care services to prisoners at the Yavapai County jail. He is exploring using them at the Pinal County jail.
         
        There is a long section of U.S/Mexico border that runs along the south end of the Tohono Odom reservation.  The tribe does NOT want a fence along its border so that is going to pose an interesting issue for THE GREAT WALL builders.  People coming across through the reservation funnel directly into Pinal County.
         
        Thanks Deputy Hedrick for being with us today and for your service to the people of Pinal County.
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-05-17 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 10, 2017
        One visitors today was prospective member Cheryl Kramer from Dubuque, IA. Matthew Boswell from Ace Hardware was here representing his boss Brian Kabat.  Todd Kopcha, our speaker, was a guest of the club. He was accompanied by his brother-in-law Greg Dean.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 10, 2017
        1. There are 3 days left in the Chandler Horizon "Golf Shoot Out" event.  Lots of cash prizes to be won - some BIG ones for aces.  See their web site for more information.
        2. Harvey Clark acted on behalf of Curt Ward of the Gilbert Rotary Club to present the Gilbert club's trading banner to President Ed Shockley.
        Curt visited our club last week.
        3. The drawing was worth $164 today. Jacquie Smith won the drawing and $10 but missed the joker.  So the pot continues to grow.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 10, 2017
        Harvey Clark introduced our speaker.  Todd Kopcha is a special agent for the FBI from the PHX office.  He has been with the FBI for 20 years.  Todd heads the local Joint Terrorism Task Force.
        He reminded us that the first ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in the U.S. took place in Phoenix.  He is going to speak today about the ideological stance of ISIS and how to differentiate among the various forms of Islam in the world.
         
        There are 1.4 million Muslims in the world.  Seventy per cent are Sunnis and thirty per cent are Shiaas.  Of the Sunnis, 95% are Sufis who tend to be less violent in their views than the other 5% who are Salafis.  ISIS and El Qaeda are Salafist in orientation.  The Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood are from the Sufi tradition.
         
        The Salafis believe that the only true form of Islam is that which follows the practices of the earliest believers.  So they are very pious, believe states should be governed by Sharia law, wear beards, have certain clothing styles, etc.  Those who don't follow their conservative views are considered apostates. ISIS believes in imposing Salafist views and monotheism by force. Taweed means "One (God)" and when you see pictures of ISIS fighters, they are often holding up one finger to symbolize one God. They see terror is a legitimate weapon in achieving their goals.
         
        In July of 2014, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi declared himself the caliph of a new caliphate which included large swaths of Iraq and Syria that were predominantly Sunni areas of these countries.  This is where the fighting is going on currently - e.g., Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria.
         
        ISIS and other terrorist groups are very effective at using social media to spread their views and to recruit new adherents.  They use You Tube, instructional videos, blogs, on-line forums and on-line magazines. Al Queda publishes "Inspire".  ISIS published "Dabiq" which has now been retitled as "Rumiyah" since they lost control of Dabiq in Syria.  Todd passed around downloads of these magazines and they are truly shocking in their content. The most effective recruiter of Americans is Anwar al-Awlaki who, even though he was killed by a U.S. air strike, continues to have an impact via his writings and his videos.
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-05-10 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 03, 2017
        Program Chair Harvey Clark introduced our special speaker of the day, Michele Reagan, Arizona's Secretary of state.  Michele is the youngest Secretary of State in the country.  She served 12 previous years in the state legislature prior to becoming S.O.S.- 8 in the House and 4 in the Senate.
        Arizona is one of only 3 states that do not have a lieutenant-governor.  Rather, the Secretary of State is the de facto Lieutenant Governor and would replace a Governor vacancy as Jan Breuer did when Janet Napolitano left to become head of Homeland Security. 
        Michele has been spearheading the updating of the electronic systems and methods used by the S.O.S office.  Some of the new developments:
        1. Hackers - the S.O.S. computer systems experience 70,000 unwarranted hits per month.  Her office has put additional security measures in place and they are assisting other S.O.S0'.s in upgrading their security.
        2. Arizona archives - these records have now been digitized to provide easy access from home rather than having to come to downtown Phoenix.  The records are available under the "Digital AZ Library" tab near the top of the Azlibrary.gov home page.
        3. Political Contributions - Michele has developed a system for tracking political contributions for elections.  You can learn who gave how much to what candidates.  When asked about "dark money", she said 95% of the donations are transparent and the remaining 5% provide all the information they are required to provide under Federal law.
        4. Petitions to get measures on the ballot - these start 18 months prior to the election.  The S.O.S. is responsible for verifying signatures on the petitions.  They compare the name of the signee with the voter lists.
        5. Elections that don't end - lawsuits following an election drag out closure to some indefinite future date. The AZ legislature passed a law making "ballot harvesting" illegal.  Ballot harvesting is the delivery of a person's ballot by a 2nd party to the polling station.  The lawsuit is challenging the constitutionality of the law. It is currently at the US District court and may reach the Supreme Court.
        6. On-Line voting - this is being tried by several states for the convenience of military people serving overseas.  It is likely a long way off yet.  Interestingly, on-line voting rules developed so far closely follow those developed for on-line banking.
        7. Who sends out ballots?  - it is the county recorders who do this, not the Secretary of States office.
         
        Thank you so much Michele for your devoted service to the state and people of Arizona.  Your leadership in updating the capabilities of the office is exemplary. 
         
        At the end of her presentation, Harvey Clark presented Michele with a club trading banner which she was happy to receive.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 03, 2017
        These are the young men and women from Apache Junction High School that we are helping reach their dreams through a $500 scholarship donated by our club.  We wish them all the very best.
        Standing L to R:  Sharon Stinard, Larry Wight, Dalton Combs, Beatriz De Santiago, Diego Gonzales, Yanori Nava Porto, Shaylee Sipple, Ronaldo Venegas, Len LaFlesch.
        Kneeling L to R:  Haylee Eckhardt, Danae Liguori, Sean Maloney, Olivia Marsala.
        Photo courtesy of Dana Hawman-Trumbull.
        THESE ARE THE ONES WE ARE HELPING Robert Homann 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 03, 2017
        1. Bob Benjamin presented the club with a check for $2,000 for our participation in the 8 K Trail Run event during the Lost Dutchman Marathon.  Bob and President Ed thanked the 17 volunteers and Ed thanked Bob for spearheading the club's participation in the event.
        2. Jay Jones alerted the club to the upcoming vote at our May 17th meeting regarding approval of the updated Constitution and By-Laws.  The two documents have been approved by our club Board of Directors but a vote by the membership is required.  Jay has distributed the documents by email to members.  If you need them, contact Jay or see them on our Club Runner website.
        3. President Ed reminded us of the District Conference to be held in Flagstaff June 23-24. Seven club members are going so far.
        4. Aaron McDermid served as Sargeant-at-Arms and raised fines for our always needy budget.
        5. The drawing today was worth $151.50.  Ed Shockley won $10 and a chance at the joker but drew the king of hearts.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on May 03, 2017
        Our signed-in guests and visitors today were:  Judy and Delbert Lutes from Apache Junction, Jackie Salisbury from Apache Junction, and Elise Otero from Gold Canyon.  Curt Ward, the President-Elect of the Gilbert Rotary Club, was our sole visiting Rotarian.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-05-03 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Apr 26, 2017
        1. Sharon recapped the awarding of Rotary Scholarships at the Awards Ceremony at Apache Junction High School.  She, Larry Wight and Len LaFlesch were there representing the club and Dana Hawman took pictures.  The awardees, each of whom received a $500 scholarship, were:
        Dalton Combs
        Beatriz De Santiago
        Haylee Eckhardt
        Diego Gonzales
        Danae Liguori
        Sean Mahoney
        Olivia Marsala
        Yanori Nava Porto
        Shaylee Sipple
        Ronaldo Venegas
        Len found out that since 1978, our Rotary club has donated $138,000 in college scholarships - an amazing figure.  Larry reported that community groups donated $91,400 this year in scholarships and if the college-source scholarships are figured in, the total is well over 1 million dollars.
         
         
        2. Larry Wight was welcomed into our club as our newest member.  Brian Kabat presented him with his Rotary pin.
         
        3. Bob Homann was presented with his PHF + 8 pin by President Ed Shockley.
         
        4. President Ed noted that several of our club member were at the Boys and Girls Club fund raiser.  The event was successful in generating funds for the club.
         
        5. Larry Wight reported that the Lori Blank and Associates "Shred-A-Thon" shredded 6 1/4 tons of paper documents.
         
        6.  Tracey Yamamoto served as our Sergeant-at-Arms and did a great job.
         
        7. The drawing today was worth $133.50.  Art Hergatt won $10 but drew the jack of clubs, so the joker continues to elude capture.
         
         
        ANOUNCEMENTS ANDCLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
        Ed Shockley introduced today's speaker Warren Salinger.  Warren came to the U.S in 1939 when his family fled Nazi Germany.  He spent 1952-1958 in USAF intelligence interviewing German POWs and refugees returning to Germany from Eastern Europe.  For the past 14 years following retirement, he has taught a "World Affairs Seminar" on Holland-America cruise ships, attracting as many as 500 attendees.
        Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the resort's projector to work off Warren's laptop so Brian Kabat held Warren's laptop over the podium for the duration of the talk.
         
        The West (USA and Western Europe) have dominated the world economy since the Industrial Revolution.  The West laid down the rules by which international trade is conducted, the organizations and agreements that make it work as well as the protection of international trade routes. However, we are now at a time in history when the West's total economic domination is eroding.  The economies of Asian countries like China, India, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan and South Korea have been growing rapidly; the new era has been called "The Rise of the Rest".  It will be a period when no single country or group of countries will be dominant - rather the economy will be global in scope.
         
        Globalization means the free movement of 1. Goods 2. Money 3. Technology 4. People.  We have succeeded at 1-3, less so for 4. The growth of the global economy has brought one billion people around the world out of poverty and into a better life.  Two major drivers of globalization were 1. the invention and application of the Charge-Coupled Device to convert optical images to electrical charges that can be transmitted across long distances (think cameras, satellite photos, TV pictures, internet photos, cell phones, etc.) and 2. containerization that made the movement of goods so much more rapid and efficient and the development of huge container ships (90% of world trade goes by sea).  There are several choke points for ship-borne trade - the Straits of Malacca, the Straits of Hormuz, the Bosporus, and the Suez Canal.  The Panama Canal has recently been widened to allow larger container ships so one choke point has been removed.
         
        Warren thinks it was a bad move for the US to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  It will just open the door for more Chinese influence among  Asian nations.  Trade protectionist policies are also a dangerous way to go.  The Smoot-Hawley Bill of 1930 raised tariffs on 900+ products coming into the US to "protect our country".  Economists think the effects of this one bill lengthened the Great Depression by at least two years.
         
        Thank you Warren for a very interesting presentation!
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Apr 26, 2017
        Our newest member is Larry Wight.  Larry works as a real estate broker and auctioneer for Lori Blank & Associates. 
         
        Larry was a Rotarian in the Valley Center, CA club before joining our club.  Larry's wife's name is Paula and they live in San Tan Valley.  Len LaFlesch is Larry's club sponsor.  Welcome to our club Larry!  We look forward to great things from you.  Larry already participated in the presentation of the Rotary Scholarships at the AJ High School along with Len and Sharon Stinard.
        MEET OUR NEWEST MEMBER Robert Homann 2017-04-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
        Rosie Holmes was a guest of club member Dean Holmes.  Our speaker Carey Dickerson was a guest of the club.  Van Van Jepmond (R.C. of Lacey, WA) and prospective member Larry Wight were visiting Rotarians as were Art Hergatt and Bob Dolsen.  Last week, speaker Tina Miller was a club guest and Martha McNair of Apache Junction was a visitor.  Larry Wight was a visiting Rotarian from the Valley Center Rotary Club (CA).
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Apr 19, 2017
        1. Bob Homann presented President Ed Shockley with Ed's Paul Harris + 1 pin and noted that Ed exemplifies all the ideals that the Paul Harris pin stands for.  Bob Crow, our Foundation Chair, arranged for the pin and provided some recognition points to reach the $1,000 threshold.
         
        2. AJ Chamber of Commerce Executive Larry Johnson showed off the new business map of Apache Junction.  Our club is one of the map's sponsors and is recognized as such in the box that Larry is pointing to.
        3. Len LaFlesch circulated via email a picture of the sponsor sign at the new Flatiron Park in Apache Junction.  The club made a $10,000 contribution toward the Splash Pad in the park
        4. Ed Shockley will be starting PT this afternoon following the Board meeting.  He will have to miss a number of weeks but has made arrangements for past presidents to fill in for him.
        5. Ed welcomed Bob Dolsen back to our fellowship after a stint in the hospital.
        6. Aaron McDermid served as our Sargeant-at-Arms and raised fines "for the children".
        7. Ed Shockley mentioned that today is the anniversary of the bombing of the Murraugh Federal building in Oklahoma City.  Ed lost some good friends in that terrible event.
        8. Len LaFlesch won the drawing and $10 but missed the joker.  The pot was worth $116.50.
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Apr 19, 2017
        Our speaker today was Carey Dickerson, a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley who has been on their community speakers' bureau for 5 years.
        Hospice of the Valley has been in existence since 1977.  It is a non-profit type of hospice - many of the others are for-profit organizations. They have a  larger number of staff with national certification than most hospice providers. 
         
        To be eligible for Hospice Palliative Care programs, the patient and family and doctor have previously agreed to stop trying curative treatments and the doctor has estimated that the patient has less than 6 months to live. Under these conditions, Medicare will pay for hospice palliative care at home that seeks to alleviate painful suffering and to provide for the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the patient and the patient's family. Hospice of the Valley can provide prescription medicines and medical equipment like hospital beds for home use and walkers and wheel chairs.  HOV offers 24/7 telephone support to talk with a live nurse or social worker for advice and directions. 
         
        Another program offered is Arizona Palliative Health Care which is for people with a chronic health care condition but who are expected to live two years or more. It is similar to the 6-month program but it is not paid for by Medicare.  One type of care is for people with Alzheimer's disease. 
         
        How does one get approved for services from Hospice of the Valley?  1. Call them at 602-530-6900 2. Have an informational visit in your home 3. Get your doctor's approval to place you in hospice care.
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Apr 19, 2017
        BIRTHDAYS
        Bryant Powell - April 21
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        Jay and Carol Jones - April 13, 51 years
        Jared and Brandy Gibbs - April 22, 10 years
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Michael Cowan - April 26, 4 years
        Jacquie Smith - April 30, 3 years
         
         
        APRIL BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-04-19 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Apr 05, 2017
        Our speaker today was Hailey Garland, Youth Development Coordinator for the AJ Boys and Girls club.  She has been with the club for 3 years.  Hailey thanked our club for helping make the splash pad at the new AJ park possible - she knows her B & G Club kids will make good use of it.
        The B & G Club serves about 80-90 students in the age range of 5-18.  It is an after-school program Mon-Thur but it is open all day Friday when AJUSD students are off due to the 4-day school week. The club is a safe place, a fun place, an educational place for students to be after school.  The students spend 1 hour doing their homework in reading, writing, math, science or history.  They are always looking for volunteers to work with the kids on their learning tasks.  The club will soon be adding fine art to the list of opportunities for kids. Older students (13-18) also mentor younger students which is helpful to the staff. .
        The B & G Club provides an evening meal for the students M-F since many of them come from needy, low-income families.  Hailey encouraged Rotary club members to support the B & G club through sponsorships.  Donation of sports equipment is always appreciated, even used equipment if it is in good shape.  She spent most of her time answering questions from the floor.
        At the end of her presentation, acting President Matt Ruppert presented her with a check for $1,000 from our club.
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Apr 05, 2017
        1. Matt Ruppert filled in today as President.  Ed Shockley is still recovering from shoulder surgery.
        2. Tracey Yamamoto filled in today as Sargeant-at Arms for Aaron McDermid.  Tracey thought everyone was too well-behaved today but she caught a bunch of people with no Rotary pin on.
        3. Rich Ward is going to attend the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.  He is a member of a Rotary RV interest group that plans to travel the region around Atlanta before the convention.
        4. Jared Gibbs noted that his insurance agency is holding an office mixer on Friday, April 14 and all Rotarians are invited to attend.
        5. Ron Knies is leaving us now for the summer.  He will travel with their camper from May through September and then go on a Pacific cruise to Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, etc.  He will be back in November.
        6. John Ewing won the drawing and $10 but drew the 3 of spades.  The pot was worth $91.50 today.  John passed the $10 along to Hailey for the Boys and Girls club.
        7. Matt reminded us that we still need a President for 2017-18. 
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Apr 05, 2017
        We had only one guest today - our speaker Hailey Garland from the Boys and Girls Club.  We still have a handful of our regular Rotarian winter visitors with us - John Ewing from South Dakota, John Rain from Iowa, Bob Dolsen from Michigan and Art Hergatt from Ohio.
        Last week we had one visiting Rotarian - Tom Halazon from the Columbia Center Rotary club in Pasco WA.  Larry Wight was a guest, as was last week's speaker Mannie Bowler from the Pinal County United Way.
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-04-05 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 22, 2017
        City Manager Bryant Powell brought us up to date with some happenings in Apache Junction.  The Flatiron Community Park will be inaugurated on April 22 from 5:00-8:30 PM.  Our club donated $10,000 toward the splash pad in the park.
        The Pinal Regional Transportation plan proposes a north-south freeway connecting US 60 in Apache Junction with US 10 in Eloy.  The US 60 link would be at Mountain View Road.  There is a public hearing on the proposed route on Thursday, March 23rd at the MultiGen Center in AJ from 5:00-9:00 PM.  There is no Gold Canyon bypass in ADOT's current 5-year plan but what is planned is an extension of US 24 from Mesa-Gateway Airport east to join Ironwood Rd. The AJ City Council has approved a closure plan for the landfill.  It will remain open for the next 17 years but then a new landfill site will have to be found. Construction on the Fry's Marketplace store is proceeding.  There will be several other businesses located next to Fry's as well.  AJ is considering an 0.5% sales tax increase. 
        Thanks Bryant for being a dynamic force for positive changes in Apache Junction and for your membership in our club.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 22, 2017
        1. President Ed has appointed Len LaFlesch as our new club Treasurer.  He will help Jandi with her various Rotary bookkeeping tasks.
        2. Jack Beveridge is looking for sponsors and donations for the 7th Annual Power of Wellness Luncheon on April 27th.  You can also donate to their Foundation and receive AZ tax credits for your donation up to $800 per couple. The Foundation will help pay for people to attend the luncheon.  Contact Jack with questions or donations.
        3. The club presented Paul Harris Fellow awards to Chief Paul Bourgeois of Superstition Fire and Medical and to Chief Tom Kelly of the Apache Junction Police Department. Both awards were for the excellence shown by their organizations and their leadership in providing public safety services to our communities. The presentation was made by AJ City Manager and club Past-President Bryant Powell.
        4. Mike Dungan brought us the news of the day.
        5. Aaron McDermid raised fine money "for the children".
        6. President Ed announced he will be gone for the next 3 weeks to have shoulder surgery and physical therapy.  Several past presidents will fill in for him while he is recovering.
        7. The drawing was worth $67 today.  Alex Blais won the drawing and $10 but drew the ace of hearts. 
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 22, 2017
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Tracey Yamamoto - March 17
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        None found for March
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        John Blessman - March 16
        Paula Blessman - March 16
         
        MARCH BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-03-22 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 15, 2017
        Harvey Clark introduced our speaker of the day Joan Marlow of "Peaceful Easy Healing".  Joan's topic was "5 Simple Tools to Jumpstart a Lifetime of Health and Well-Being".
        The Five tools are:
        1. Be an observer in your own life - stop 3 times a day and observe what's happening in your body and mind.  See if you can identify some of your personal stressors.
        2. Decide what you can control and what you can't, know the difference and act.  Sort you findings from step 1 into two columns - "what you can control" and "what you can't control".
        3. Where the mind goes, the body follows so let's keep our minds positive.  Note what people, topics, activities, things move you from being positive.  Take control and act to rectify them.  Surround yourself with positive people.
        4. Just BREATHE!  Take three deep breaths three times a day.
        5. Open your mind to new perspectives.  Challenge your belief system.  Go out and learn something new.
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 15, 2017
        1. Beer Sales Results - Mike Cowan reported via email that this year's Lost Dutchman Rodeo beer sales were $22,385 and tips were $2,112.  This is about 20% less than last year's record sales but cooler temps meant fewer sales. 
        2. Jack Beveridge announced the 7th Annual "Power of Wellness" luncheon to be held April 27, 2017 at the Phoenix Biltmore Hotel from 11:00 to 1:00.  Jack is looking for business sponsorships for the event which range from $500 for a "Friend" sponsor to $10,000 for a "Platinum" sponsor.  He also needs raffle prizes and silent auction prizes.  He is hoping the club will become a sponsor at some level and that members will consider donating business sponsorships and prizes. Jack introduced his son Deke who joined Jack at our meeting.
        3. President Ed exchanged banners last week with Tom Halazon of the Columbia Center, WA Rotary Club.
        4. President Ed welcomed back Bob Dolsen who presented him with a newly designed Banner from his home club of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, MI.
        5. Murray Hiatt told us he has been chosen to be a participant in a future Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
        6. Jay Jones won the drawing and $10 but missed the joker.  The pot was worth $44 today.
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 15, 2017
        We had four visiting Rotarians from the Strathcona, AB Canada Rotary Club - Lloyd and Bernice Hilderman and Walter and Elaine Romaniuk.  Don Mintz from the Calgary South Rotary club and Tom Halazon from the Columbia Center Rotary Club of Pasco, WA were other visiting Rotarians. Moncho McGrew, Deke Beveridge (Jack's son) and Joan Marlow (our speaker) were guests. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-03-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 01, 2017
        Terry Lubsen is the chair of the Rotary Global Grants in the State of Sonora program.  All three AZ districts participate in this program.  Terry reports regularly on progress in the District newsletters.
        Thirty to forty per cent of people in Sonora live at the poverty level. The microcredit program is one of the most successful poverty reduction programs available worldwide.  Rotary global grants and donations from individuals and clubs  provide the working capital.  A local Mexican bank (FinReg S.A.) then makes small business loans from the invested capital. The typical first loan is for $400-$600 but this may increase in later cycles to $1,500.  Borrowers are organized into borrowing groups of 4-12 people that are collectively responsible for seeing that individuals pay off their loans.  Ninety per cent of the borrowers are women.  Some small businesses that have been started include a taco stand, an empanada making shop, a costume jewelry maker and a dress maker.  So far, there have been 855 Mexican borrowers helped by this program.  Some of the positive results from having more family income are kids go to school, families eat healthier meals, living conditions are improved and financial anxiety is lessened.  The beauty of this system is that the initially-loaned money returns and can be loaned out again.  In 10 years since 2007, FinReg has loaned over $150,000,000 pesos and has successfully collected 97-98% of the loans made. 
        If you would like to help by making a donation, email Terry at MexicoMicrocredit@gmail.com or call him at 480-699-9649.  Contributions get Paul Harris credit.  Groups of 10 people can take donor tours to see the micro credit loans in action.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 01, 2017
        Visiting Rotarians today were Don Mintz and Len Hamm, both from the Calgary South Rotary club, George Hudson from the Burntisland/Kingholm (Scotland) Rotary Club and our speaker Terry Lubsen from the San Tan Crown Rotary Club.  Our guests were Gary Galinat from Pierre, SD and Gary Clem from Gold Canyon.
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Mar 01, 2017
        1. George Hudson from the Burntisland/Kinghorn Fife Rotary Club (Scotland) exchanged trading banners with President Ed Shockley.
        2. President Ed presented Terry Lubsen with a check for $500 to be used for the Sonora, MX microcredit projects.
        3. Ron Knies spoke for Rodeo Chair Mike Cowan who was taking a much-needed rest from a very long weekend.  Ron thanked the 50 volunteers who participated - especially the spouses, friends and winter visitors - who made this fund raiser a success again this year. Sales were good ($25,000 gross?) but down some from last year due to cooler weather.The tip jar response was very strong.  More financial details later.
        4. Bob Homann announced that there are lots of pictures of recent club events (Social, Golf, Rodeo) posted on the Club Runner home page. Check the right hand side at the top for a list and click on the album name to see the photos.
        5. THE JOKER WAS FOUND!!  Ben Fellows drew the winning ticket and $10 and then proceeded to draw the joker. The pot was worth $464.50.  Congratulations Ben!
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-03-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 22, 2017
        Today's speaker was Jeff Serdy, the newly-elected mayor of Apache Junction.
        One of Jeff's goals is to explore ways in which the various communities surrounding Apache Junction might cooperate to the mutual benefit of all of them.  He listed Gold Canyon, Lost Dutchman Heights, Superstition Foothills and the Museum/Mining Camp/Goldfield Ghost Town areas that surround AJ but are all independent.  What are the pros and cons of trying to be more integrated?  We have a potential community of 50,000 which would make us the same size as Yuma or Flagstaff and give us more political and economic clout.  And the surrounding communities would benefit from more localized AJ police and fire protection, sewer system, water system and trash removal.  Pinetop-Lakeside is an example of two communities benefitting from common governmental services but retaining their own identities. 
        AJ is trying to re-interest developers in the Superstition Vistas property south of US 60.  It will likely be developed in stages via smaller purchases of land than was originally envisioned.  Jeff thinks we could use a larger Conference Center-Resort to bring in more conferences.  Southern Avenue could be run through to get a second route of access to Gold Canyon.  The proposed bypass is long in the future. 
        Bryant and Jeff spoke of the opening of the Lost Dutchman Park for which the club provided a $10,000 grant.  The grand opening will be on April 22nd.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-02-22 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 22, 2017
        1. President Ed exchanged trading banners with Jim Nelson, one of our winter visitors, who is a DG from District 6420 in Illinois.
        2. Bob Benjamin presented the club with a plaque honoring our participation in the Lost Dutchman Marathon.  This year's volunteers had to deal with mud and rain but they persisted and the 8K was a success as usual. 
        3. Mike Cowan reported that the staffing for all shifts of the Lost Dutchman Rodeo is now complete.  Mike and Ron Knies handed out ID badges for volunteers.
        4. President Ed reported that club member Ben Fellows asked the club on behalf of the AJ Food Bank for a $3,000 grant to provide milk for kids over the summer months.  The club donated $2,200 toward the goal of $3,000.
        5. Aaron McDermid raised some fines "for the children".
        6. The drawing was worth $436 today.  The winning number was held by our visiting Rotarian Jim Nelson.  He won $10 but missed the joker.
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-02-22 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 22, 2017
        Our Symantec speaker on February 15 was Robb Leatherwood, not Brian Brotschi as I reported.  Mea culpa.
        CORRECTION Robert Homann 2017-02-22 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 15, 2017
        You have taken some pictures at a Rotary event and would like to create a photo album and upload it to our Club Runner home page.  Here's how to do it.
        To create a photo album:
        1. Go to superrotary.com home page.
        2. Click on "Member Area" and enter it using your Club Runner password.
        3. Under "Website Manager", click on "Edit Photo Albums".
        4. Click on the red "Add" button on the right side.
        5. Fill out the form that appears with your album title, description of the event and date of the event. Click on "Save".
        6. This will bring up a page titled "Upload Photos to [your album name]"
        7. Click on the "Add Files" button at the bottom left.
        8. Find the stored photos you want to add to the album.  Click on "Open".  Note: you can add several photos at a time by holding down "Crtl" as you select them.  Then hit "Open".
        9. When you have opened all the pictures, click on the "Start Upload" button.  The progress of uploading will show for each picture.  When they are all uploaded, you will get a screen that says "Upload Completed".  Your album is now listed in the Photo Albums List.
         
        To create a link to your album on the home page (recommended for easy access by others).
        1. Click on "Website"
        2. Click on "Website Content"
        3. Click on "Home Page Photo Albums"
        4. Click on "Photo Albums Widget"
        5. Click on "Add Photo Album from Library"
        6. Click in the box next to your photo album name
        7. Click on "Add Selected Album"
        8. This brings up the "Photo Albums for Home Page" screen.
        9. Click in the box next to your album name
        10. Click on "Add Selected"
        11. This will bring up the "Add Photos to Home Page" screen
        12. Click in the box next to your album name
        13. Click on "Add Selected Photo Album"  Your photo album name will now appear on the "Photo Albums for Home Page" list.
        14. Verify that it has been added to the home page under "Photo Albums".
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        HOW TO CREAT A PHOTO ALBUM AND UPLOAD IT TO HOME PAGE Robert Homann 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 15, 2017
        The Board met following the February 15 weekly meeting. Some issues discussed/decided:
        1. We want to give honorary Paul Harris awards to some local people for their contributions to our communities and exemplification of the ideals of Rotary.  The club has thousands of available PHF recognition points to do this.  Some names suggested: Paul Bourgeois (Fire Chief), Tom Kelly (Police Chief), Lucy Young (former AJ School board member), George Hoffman (former AJ City Manager), Ed Barker (AG/GC News editor), Tom Kollenborn (local historian). If club members have ideas for others, submit them to President Ed. It is a great way to increase visibility of our club.
        2. The board authorized Jandi Morgan (our bookkeeper) to prepare the club's tax reports including filing a late 990EZ due in November.
        3. Board agreed to have Carlo send an invoice for Jandi's service with the weekly lunch bill.
        4. The club will ask for the $100 grant from District under the Rotary Public Image project.  We will use it to buy club advertising on Facebook.
        We need to get more info out to the papers re our doings in the community.
        5. The Board turned down a request to provide housing for a Rotary exchange student.  This program has gotten entangled in lots of bureaucratic procedures including some meant for the protection of the incoming student, but difficult to live up to on a daily basis.
        6. Homann was asked to publish the procedure for how pictures can be posted on our Club Runner website. Lots of people take pictures at our events.
         
         
         
        BOARD ACTION REPORT Robert Homann 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 15, 2017
        Paula Blessman gave me two corrections from my write up of her presentation.  One is that the experimental farm is 120 acres, not 20 acres.  More importantly, the date of the Rotary visit to South Africa is September 14-26,2017.  If interested in going on this trip, talk to Paula.  You will be most welcome.
        CORRECTIONS Robert Homann 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 15, 2017
        Harvey Clark introduced our speaker for the day, Brian Brotschi from Symantec.  His topic was "How to Stay Safe Online".
        Brian said trust is the big issue in being online.  Do you believe the person you are dealing with is who they say they are?  Why do you believe they are or might not be
        He gave us 5 suggestions to be safe online.
        1. Look for the green stripe validating your service provider - never give out personal information if it is not there. (I have never seen it on my computer - editor)
        2. Use your bank's app on your smart phone - it is highly encrypted
        3. Use two stage authorization - passwords alone are notoriously easy to crack.  A second authorization such as a picture or a fingerprint or question is good policy for the website provider.
        4. Password procedures - use strong passwords - long with caps, numbers and symbols.  Don't use the same password for different accounts - it makes more of you information accessible if the PW is hacked. Consider using a PW vault like Last Pass.
        5. Use a chip credit card - replace you swipe credit cards with this new, more secure technology.
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann
        1. Bryant Powell gave a report on the landfill issue and on the annexation of Gold Canyon flap.  We will hear more from AJ Mayor Jeff Serdy next week.
        2. Mike Dungan is trying to get U.S.Marshall David Gonzalez to talk to the club in April.
        3. Mike Cowan reported that all the slots for the Lost Dutchman Rodeo are now filled.  But we need everyone who signed up to show up.
        4. The drawing was worth $403 today.  Murray Hiatt won $10 but drew the king of clubs, so the joker is still in there.
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 15, 2017
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Ed Shockley - February 5
        Aaron McDermid - February 14
        Sharon Stinard - February 15
        Dave Webb - February 24
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        None This Month
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Debra Jusko - February 17, 1 year
        Jared Gibbs - February 18, 2 years
        Bryant Powell - February 25, 8 years
         
        FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-02-15 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 08, 2017
         
        1. Don Mintz, visiting Rotarian from the Calgary South Rotary Club, presented President Ed with a trading banner from his club.
        2. Our new bookkeeper is Jandi Morgan who works for the Gold Canyon Resort.
        3. Mike Cowan is still looking for people to fill 3 slots for the Lost Dutchman Rodeo.
        4. We are planning to send 3 AJHS students to RYLA camp in April.  The high school principal is helping us identify promising student leaders.
        5. The drawing was worth $376 today.  The winning number belonged to one of our visiting Rotarians who pocketed $10 but missed the joker.
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 08, 2017
        Today's speaker was our own Paula Blessman.
        Paula participates in two volunteer organizations that are active in the Republic of South Africa, specifically in Limpopo Province in the northeast part of the country. One is Blessman Ministries, Inc. (BMI) founded by Dr. Jim Blessman and his wife Beth and headquartered in Urbandale, IA.  This organization has been active in South Africa since 2004.  They provide nutritional food packs ("Meals from the Heartland") to 7,500 students daily.  They also supply thousands of donated eyeglasses and shoes.  Providing farming education and fresh produce are also BMI goals. They run a 20 acre research farm in cooperation with Iowa State University and the University of Limpopo. Current new goals are to provide safe water supplies and flushless toilets for rural schools. BMI provides jobs for local people in construction, well drilling, farming and micro credit projects like sewing, baking and construction. 
         
        The other organization in which Paula is active is Days for Girls International which was started in 2008.  She is a team leader for Team Cedar Rapids, IA.  This volunteer group makes and distributes feminine hygiene kits. Dr. Blessman and wife Beth and other volunteers (Paula included) teach girls in south Africa about reproductive health and hygiene.  Days for Girls has reached over 400,000 women and girls in 100+ countries.
         
        If you would like to help Days for Girls, here's how.  Volunteer at home or during local workshops to make kit components and assemble kits.  Donate supplies or money.  Pray for the success of the effort.  Go to South Africa as a volunteer (a Rotarian outreach event is planned for September 24-26, 2017).  For more information, speak to Paula or go to www.blessmanministries.org. There is an online donation option at the website. You can also donate by using Amazon Smile or Thrivent Choice Dollars.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 08, 2017
        Our visiting Rotarians today were Don Mintz from the R.C. of South Calgary, John Millard and Bruce Klein. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-02-08 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 01, 2017
        Our speaker today was Tanya Hughes from SRP on the topic "Save with SRP".  Tanya is a 2002 graduate from ASU who has been with SRP for 6 years in the area of energy- and water-saving education. 
        LED lights - available for every kind of use in your home or business.  Look for SRP discounted bulbs at Home Depot, Costco, Sam's Club and WalMart.
        Water Heater Timer - No sense heating water if you are not in the house to use it. See savewithSRP.com.
        Air Filters - midgrade pleated filters are the best to use. She recommends changing them monthly.
        Shade Screens - can cut your cooling costs by up to 25% by shading sun-exposed windows. SRP-approved contractors give a reduced rate for screens.
        Shade Trees - SRP is giving customers two free desert-adapted shade trees for your home.
        Programmable Thermostats - these can save up to $180 annually if properly used.  Newer models offer remote access control from your cell phone.  There is an SRP rebate on them.
        New ACs - SRP offers a rebate for installation of the new super efficient AC units.
         
        Tanya also talked briefly about ways to save on water usage.  She mentioned water-efficient faucets, water-efficient showerheads, high-efficiency toilets and high-efficiency kitchen and laundry room appliances. 
         
        For more information on any of SRP's programs, go to savewithsrp.com.
         
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 01, 2017
        1. President Ed Shockley introduced Kailia Lavato, a student who was granted a college scholarship by the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  Our club is her sponsor.
        She is enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant program at East Valley Medical College in Gilbert.  The RVFA is a program to help ambitious people better their earning potential through vocational education. Last year we sponsored another local student - Rosita Raby - through the same certified nursing assistant program.
        2. The club is interested in providing school supplies for Peralta Trail Elementary School.  If you would like to help, talk to President Ed.
        3. The drawing was worth $360 today.  Dean Holmes won the drawing and $10 but missed the joker.
         
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Feb 01, 2017
        We had 3 visiting Rotarians today - John Millard, Bill Ohe and Carl Simonson.  Kailia Lavato who is sponsored by our club through the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona was our guest as was our speaker for the day - Tanya Hughes from SRP.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-02-01 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 25, 2017
        1. January 19, 2017 is the 55th anniversary of the formation of our club.
        2. This year, the Rotary Foundation - that great vehicle for doing good - is 100 years old.
        3. Tammy our bookkeeper has quit.  The club has begun searching for a replacement for her.
        4. One of our winter visitors won the drawing and $10 but did not draw the joker.
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-01-25 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 25, 2017
        Our speaker today was Lisa Marshall, owner of Gold Canyon Hearing in the Basha's Plaza shopping center. Lisa has been in the hearing industry for 15 years - 6 years in Gold Canyon. 
        One in five people have a hearing loss.  The most common forms are high frequency hearing loss and tinnitis.
        Some causes of hearing loss are high blood pressure, diabetes, work-related noises, osteoporosis and aging. Also, two hundred medicines are known to negatively affect hearing.  Hearing loss can lead to balance problems and to social isolation. Lisa gives hearing tests and bone conduction tests to assess a person's hearing ability.  The technology continues to evolve - 24, 48 and even 64 channels are available.  The cost of hearing aids depends on how sophisticated a system you want to purchase.  Good intro level hearing aids can be had for $1,500 to $2,500.  Blu-Ray systems now can send sound direct to hearing aids from a TV or in a public space like a church.  Lisa recommends that each person who is noticing hearing problems take charge of their situation and get a hearing test done.
        Lisa volunteered at the end of her talk to help out the club at the Lost Dutchman Rodeo Days.  Way to go Lisa!
         
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-01-25 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 18, 2017
        1. President Ed thanked the Golf Committee and everyone from the club who participated in some way in our January 14 tournament.  Canadian players won the day.
        2. Bob Benjamin is looking for volunteers for the Lost Dutchman Marathon.  Winter visitors are welcome to participate.
        3. The drawing was worth $312 today.  John Ewing won $10 but missed the joker - so the pot grows!
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-01-18 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 18, 2017
        Today we heard from Tina Gerola of Superstition Fire and Medical regarding how to deal as bystanders with sudden cardiac arrest. 
        Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same thing as a heart attack.  During a heart attack, the person is usually conscious and expressing pain. It is due to problems with the heart muscle or arteries and the flow of blood around the body is diminished. Sudden cardiac arrest, on the other hand, is the loss or disruption of the electrical impulses that cause the heart to beat.  The person collapses and is not aware of what is going on.  Bystanders should follow these steps: 1) designate someone to call 911. You need to know the physical address where you are. 2) designate someone to get the automated external defibrillator (AED). 3) immediately begin chest compressions at the rate of 100 per minute.  This is tiring work so have a team of people ready to relieve each other.  Time is critical - there is a 10% loss in survival rate for every minute that goes by without compressions.
        Have someone turn on the AED.  It talks to you - follow the instructions.  Remove clothing from the waist up so the two pads can be applied at the right spots.  The AED will analyze the heart rhythm and determine if a shock is needed.  If it is, clear people away from the person and apply the shock per the AED's directions. The machine will tell you whether to do a second shock or not.
        An AED costs $1,500 and can be purchased through Superstition Fire and Medical. Hopefully, someone's life may be saved because of this information Tina gave us today.  Thank you Tina!
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-01-18 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 18, 2017
        Our visitors today included Dan Maher of the Rotary Club of Waxahachie, TX.  Dan is a former president of our club and he was here playing in our golf tournament with his sons.  Jim and Carol Luoma were here from the Cohasset, MN Rotary Club.  Aubrie Gile was a guest as was our speaker Tina Gerola.
         
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-01-18 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 18, 2017
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Lucy Young - January 11
        Jacquie Smith - January 16
        Heather Wallace - January 19
        Paula Blessman - January 20
        Earl Zumwalt - January 23
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        Dave and Mickey Webb - January 4 - 18 years
        CLUB JOIN DATE ANNIVERSARIES
        Earl Zumwalt - January 2 - 1 year
        Jim Erickson - January 12 - 9 years
        Ben Fellows - January 14 - 8 years
        Ed Shockley - January 15 - 7 years
        Dean Holmes - January 26 - 1 year
         
         
         
         
        JANUARY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2017-01-18 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 11, 2017
        1. Golf Committee meets today after today's meeting.
        2. Mike Cowan needs 27 more volunteers for the Feb 24-25-26 Lost Dutchman Rodeo.  He passed around a sign up sheet.  We need to get some of our younger members involved.  This is one of our two largest fund raisers - it brought in $10,000 last year. 
        3.Bob Benjamin is rounding up volunteers for the Lost Dutchman Marathon.  Our duty is the 8 K trail run early Sunday morning, February 19.  It's an early start but you will be done by mid morning. Volunteers act as course marshalls and also give water to runners.
        4. Next week, the club will meet in the main dining room.  We will have Tina Gerola from Superstition Fire and Medical here to demonstrate modern CPR technique.  You are encouraged to bring your spouse, kids, friends, etc.
        5. President Ed is looking for someone to step up and be President-Elect and serve as President after July 1.  Ed is planning on going back to work and won't be able to take a second year.  The new person will be trained at PETS in late February. If interested, contact Ed.
        6. Jacquie Smith won the drawing and $10 but drew the queen of spades.  The pot was worth $273.  It was Jacquie's birthday today so it was appropriate that she won.
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2017-01-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 11, 2017
        Our scheduled speaker did not show today so Jay Jones filled in on short notice.
        Jay told us about his father, J. Richard Jones, custom tailor.  His Dad didn't finish high school.  He apprenticed himself as a tailor and eventually graduated from the Custom Tailors' and Designers' School in New York City. He got into the business of making riding clothes when Ft. Riley, KS was the U.S. Army Cavalry School.  He knew and made clothes for many of the old cavalry officers - George Patton, Jonathon "Skinny" Wainwright, "Jumpin' Joe Stillwell, etc. He traveled to horse shows around the U.S.  He knew and made riding clothes for Ronald Reagan before and during his term in the White House.  All Reagan's riding clothes in the movie "Stallion Road" were made by Jay's Dad. He sewed the riding habits for the 1951 U.S. Olympic equestrian team.  The woolens for the clothes came from England and chamois skin from France were used inside the calves of riding breeches.
         
        When Jay was a sophomore in college studying engineering he wasn't doing too well academically.  He suggested to his Dad that he drop out of college and join him in the tailoring business. His Dad picked up his large cutting shears and threatened to cut off one of Jay's fingers if he quit.  Jay ended his talk by expressing his profound admiration for his Dad and the shaping influence he had in Jay's life.
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-01-11 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Hom on Jan 04, 2017
        1. Jim Dokken presented President Ed Shockley with a banner from his home club of High River in Alberta, Canada.
        2. The club is looking into buying a portable amplification system for our meetings since it sometime hard to hear our speakers (and each other).
        3. There are two celebrations of the 100th anniversary of The Rotary Foundation. One is January 28 sponsored by the Scottsdale Rotary Club.  This is a family event.  You can get tickets on line.  The other is also on January 28 and is sponsored by the District.  See the district website for more info.  Jay Jones urged us to attend it.
        4. Mike Munion announced there would be a meeting of the Golf Committee following this meeting. We still need raffle prizes and silent auction prizes.  Len LaFlesh mentioned that he had a list of golf courses in AZ and their phone numbers.  He encouraged us to call some of them to see if we can get donations of foursomes, twosomes, bags, a club, a shirt, golf balls, whatever.
        5. Mike Cowan said Lost Dutchman Days is coming up February 24-25-26, 2017.  He needs lots of extra help this year, particularly in the evenings.  He passed around a sign up sheet for volunteers.  You can have your last-year's slot if you want it.
        6. President Ed mentioned that Tina Gerola from SF&M will be here January 18 to teach us about modern CPR techniques.  Feel free to bring a spouse or friends to the session.
        7 Matt Ruppert read a Thank You letter from the family who received our donation to the "Folds of Honor" foundation (see below):
         8. The drawing today was worth $253. I don't recall who won it, but the person who did got $10 but did not draw the Joker.
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Hom 2017-01-04 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 04, 2017
        Mike Dungan introduced our speaker Chris Bucci from Prudential Mutual Funds.
        Chris gave a humorous presentation that challenged our beliefs about interest rates, Trump, oil's future, receiving advice, growth rates, etc.  It was a presentation difficult to sum up other than to say it was fun and very informative.
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2017-01-04 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 04, 2017
        Our one signed-in visitor today was Bill Ohe. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2017-01-04 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Jan 04, 2017
        TO REGISTER FOR OUR GOLF TOURNAMENT, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW. THE TOURNAMENT DATE IS JANUARY 14, 2017 AT THE GOLD CANYON RESORT AT 6100 S. KING'S RANCH ROAD IN GOLD CANYON.
        RYDER CUP STYLE OF PLAY.
         
         
         
         
        REGISTER FOR OUR GOLF TOURNAMENT Robert Homann 2017-01-04 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 21, 2016
        Our speaker was Past District Governor Don Kelley on the topic "The Purpose-Driven Student: Improving Low-Income Pupils' Graduation Rates".  Don is Professor Emeritus of Engineering from Arizona State University.  Over the year's Don developed an innovative teaching style that transfers learning responsibility from teachers to students.  His method involves using positive peer pressure as experienced in small learning groups. It is based on two human needs - being accepted and loved and gaining self esteem and confidence based on successful achievement.  It has been successful in getting students to develop goals for themselves and to stay in school longer so they can achieve these goals.  Don regularly taught an eight-week summer course for minority students. A 3-year follow-up study showed that 83% of the participants were still in school or had graduated.
         
         
         
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2016-12-21 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 14, 2016
        1. Jack Beveridge invited any club member to come to help hand out turkeys at the Empowerment for Life Foundation turkey raffle. It will be held at 9 AM Wednesday, December 21.  Meet behind the two-story brown building at the corner of Apache Trail and Ocotillo.
        2. Bob Homann announced that Bob Crow is out of the hospital and anxious to get back to our club meetings.
        3. Mike Munion reminded everyone to do their part for our Can-Am golf tournament - drawing gifts, silent auction items, getting golfers, sponsorships, etc.
        4. There will be a Board meeting on December 21 following the meeting.
        5. Jared Gibbs gave a short vocational talk about his insurance agency. 
        6. Aaron McDermid served as Sargent-at-Arms and raised money for the children.
        7. President Ed thanked Ben Fellows for his financial support of the Rotary micro-credit program in Nogales, Mexico.
        8. Sharon Stinard won the drawing and $10 but drew the 7 of clubs.  The pot was worth $187.50 today.
        9. Paula Blessman presented President Ed with a banner from the Rotary Club of Polokwane, South Africa.  The second picture shows Paula receiving it from the President of the Polokwane club and exchanging one of our club banners.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2016-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 14, 2016
        Our speaker today was new club member Dave Webb who gave a classification talk.  Dave grew up in Paola, Kansas.
        He attended a one-room school through 4th grade.  It featured a well, an outhouse and real spankings. Dave's parents had 100,000 laying chickens and an egg business.  Dave raised hogs so he always had pocket money from sales of those animals. For a while, he owned a carpet store.  He felt if you were always scrupulously honest, people would be return customers and he led his business that way and was successful.
        Now Dave is in the music industry as a promoter of dinner musical theater productions offered here at the Gold Canyon Resort.  The business name is Sunland Promotions.  He originally started out with the idea of presenting 80 different shows but has cut that back to 35.  The most popular show is the one featuring music of the Beach Boys. 
        Dave is married to Mickey who works as a manager at Golden Sun RV park.  They have a daughter who recently adopted a girl that she waited two years for.  The Webbs believe in charitable giving to others and that is one reason he joined Rotary. Dave mentioned that his spikey hair is a marketing tool.  People expect him to do anything and say anything and it gives him an entree' to speak with customers at his shows.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2016-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 14, 2016
        Winter visitor Rotarians meeting with us today include: Alex Blais, Sandra Eckert, John Ewing, John Raine, Earl Zumwalt and Richard Ward.
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2016-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 14, 2016
        MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
        Harvey Clark - December 8
        Robert Homann - December 11
        Jim Erickson - December 13
        Ron Knies - December 15
        WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES
        Murray and Priscilla Hiatt - December 4 - 43 years
        John and Paula Blessman - December 27 - 13 years
        Bob and Virginia Crow - December 27 - 47 years
        CLUB JOIN ANNIVERSARIES
        Mary Gilliland - December 2 - 1 year
        Sharon Stinard - December 14 - 17 years
        Tracey Yamamoto - December 16 - 11 years
         
         
         
         
         
         
        DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2016-12-14 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 07, 2016
        1. Today is the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.  President Ed asked all veterans to stand and identify their branch and when and where they served.  He thanked all the vets for their service to the country.
        2. Anyone attending the club social at Beveridges needs to pay Tammy or Ed $20 per person to cover costs.  Ed handed out directions of how to get to Jack's home.
        3. John Pennypacker (left) presented Jim Erickson with a Paul Harris Society pin and certificate.  Paul Harris Society members contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Rotary Foundation Annual Fund, PolioPlus or approved Foundation grants.
        4. Tracey Yamamoto handed out packets of drawing tickets to be sold for the Golf Tournament.  There are 20 tickets in a pack that sell for $5 each.
        5. Mike Dungan brought us the News of the Day.
        6. Aaron McDermid our Sargeant at Arms raised some funds "for the children".
        7. The drawing was worth $173 today. Alex Blais won the $10 and put it back in the fines pot.  Then he drew the 5 of diamonds so the pot continues to grow.
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2016-12-07 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Dec 07, 2016
        Our speaker was our own Jodi Ehrlich who agreed to give a classification talk on short notice when a speaker cancelled.
        Jodi was born in Arizona to two parents who were educators.  She shared some of the challenges in her life including having a leg run over (twice!) by a church van when she was a child that required two years of surgeries and rehab. and having a daughter injured in competitive gymnastics.  Jodi completed her college degree at NAU in Finance with a minor in Psychology. She met her future husband Jeff in Flagstaff.  They moved back to Apache Junction,  Jeff finished his Education major and got a teaching job.  Later he became a firefighter.  She is a partner in TPG Tax 3 Accounting in Apache Junction.  She is looking for ways to serve the community through Rotary.  Thanks for stepping up Jodi!
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2016-12-07 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 16, 2016
        Harvey Clark introduced our speaker - Barb Plante from the Apache Junction Drug Prevention Coalition.
        The Coalition is working with students, parents and teachers at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels. Barb handed out the results of a survey done in 2014 in Pinal County.  It asked for the reasons youth gave for using abused substances and also for not using them. The top 5 reason for using were: Have Fun, Get High, Deal with Stress, Other and Keep from Getting Sad.  The top five reasons for not using were: Not Interested, Can Hurt Me, Parent Disapproval, Could Be Arrested and Morally Wrong.  She also handed out a Coalition calendar of activities for 2016-17 that gave us specifics on how the Coalition operates and who they interact with. She mentioned that the average age when students begin drug experimentation is 13.  Opioid pain killers are the substances most abused because they are easily accessible in the parents or grandparents medicine cabinets. 
        Barb asked club members to consider making a donation to the Coalition either as a club or as individuals.  We are grateful the Coalition is helping prevent substance abuse and monitoring what is going on in the local schools.
        SPEAKER Robert Homann 2016-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 16, 2016
        1. President Ed welcomed our guests and visiting Rotarians.
        2. Jack Beveridge announced the Empowerment for Life Foundation's Holiday Turkey Drive and encouraged club members to make money donations that will be used to purchase turkeys for the annual turkey raffle. Make your check payable to the Foundation.  He also encouraged use of the AZ state tax credit to donate funds to the Foundation.
        3. Mike Munion asked for club member support for our golf tournament.  We need golfers (ask your friends to play), event sponsors, tee sponsors, drawing prizes and silent auction items.  Every club member has an obligation to support this event in every way possible because it is one of our biggest fund raisers of the year.
        4. Mike Dungan brought us the "News of the Day".  One quip: "Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity."  Also there were 3 million fewer votes cast in the recent election than in 2012 in spite of the population growth of the country.
        5. Ed Shockley announced at Board meeting that we need volunteers to bring certain items to the holiday social - bags of ice, beer, wine, bottled water, plastic tableware and paper plates.  Check with Ed if you can bring something.
        6. The Board also discussed going to a model where we would have 3 meetings a month at the Resort and one social meeting a month at a home, business or restaurant/bar.  The object being, to get to know each other better.
        7. Brenda McCullogh won the drawing and $10 but drew the 7 of spades.  The pot was worth $136 today.
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2016-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 16, 2016
        This is the time of year when our winter visitor Rotarians begin to show up in large numbers at our club meetings.  Longstanding friendships are renewed and new energy flows into the club.  Some familiar faces spotted at recent meetings: Art Hergatt, Brenda McCullogh, John Ewing, Alex Blais, Don Tarrant, Cheryl Kramer, Sandy Eckert-Stewart and "Van" Van Jepmond.
         
        Barb Plante, our speaker, was a club guest today. 
        GUESTS AND VISITORS Robert Homann 2016-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Nov 16, 2016
        Member Birthdays
        Jared Gibbs - November 16
        Dean Holmes - November 21
        Wedding Anniversaries
        Debra and Dan Jusko - November 7 - 24 years
        Sharon and Roger Stinard - November 18 - 38 years
        Club Join Anniversaries
        Bob Crow - November 13 - 14 years
        Jeff Cutler - November 19 - 2 years
        Bob Homann - November 27 - 14 years
         
         
         
        NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Robert Homann 2016-11-16 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 26, 2016
        1. This year is the 100th anniversary of the formation of The Rotary Foundation (that wonderful tool that allows Rotary to do so much good in the world) and also the 55th anniversary of the formation of our club. We will do some celebrating early in 2017.
        2. Mike Cowan thanked the volunteers who helped at the Ranch Rodeo.
        3. The Golf Committee will meet following next week's regular club meeting.
        4. President Ed thanked the volunteers who helped on the Paint-A-Thon service project.  Aaron McDermid brought employees from his State Farm Insurance Agency to help paint.
        4. Bob Homann presented Ed Shockley with his Paul Harris Fellows award.  Congratulations Ed!
        5. Then Ed turned around and won the drawing and $10 but he drew the 2 of clubs so the Joker continues its elusive behavior.
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2016-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 26, 2016
        Mike began his talk by telling us of the importance to him of the "Declaration of Rotarians in Business and the Professions", a document that provides specific guidelines for the high ethical standards called for in the Object of Rotary.
         
        Mike told us some aspects of his life story.  He played semi-professional baseball, earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a masters in adult education, was in the 104th Division of the U.S Army in their intelligence group, worked many years in the electrical power industry and was a lobbyist for the electrical industry throughout his career at city, county and state levels of government.  Later in life, Mike got his license as a securities advisor and started a new direction in his life for the last 25 years.
         
        Mike is married to Diane and they have two children.  Mike became a registered principal with LPL. Together Mike and Di run the Gold Canyon Private Client Services office on King's Ranch Rd.  They spend countless hours counseling individuals and families on financial matters.
         
        Mike credits Rotary as one of the strongest shaping influences in his life.  Mike says "Rotary continues to be my strength during our service to others."
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
        MIKE DUNGAN CLASSIFICATION TALK Robert Homann 2016-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
        DG TONYA WATSON'S GOALS FOR 2016-17 Tonya Watson 2016-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Ed Shockley on Oct 26, 2016
        Good Afternoon! Monday was World Polio Day. Two United Nations agencies will support the Iraqi Ministry of Health in marking World Polio Day by launching a weeklong nationwide campaign to immunize Iraq’s children against the infectious viral disease. Thanks to the governments strong commitment and the hard work of frontline workers, no new polio cases have been reported in Iraq since April 2014. In May 2015, Iraq was removed from the list of infectious countries. Under the slogan, 2 drops can change a life, the 5 day campaign aims to reach an estimated 5.8 million children below the age of 5 in Iraq, regardless of previous vaccination status.
         
        Now, I would like to take a few minutes to update everyone on our club year to date.
        Thanks to all of the Club Members,  Board members and Directors and Jim and Jay for being so attentive to Tonya Watson (DG), Steve Cervantes and Carol Kralicek (District 5510 Public Image Chair) that attended our regular meeting and Club Assembly/Board Meeting last week. We received some good input from both ladies and will take their ideas and  advice into consideration.
         
        Our Public Image Committee (Bob Homann, Jared Gibbs, Dana Hawman and Harvey Clark) has received kudos from the District 5510 Public Image Chair. We are on Facebook and you will see articles from time to time in the local newspapers that promote Rotary and our club.
         
        Tracey and Heather are working on getting Interact back into the AJ High School. I am meeting with the principal at Imagine Prep tomorrow to offer a scholarship or two to deserving students.
         
        So, we have capable board members, directors and seasoned Rotarians that are taking charge and getting it done. Not everyone on the committees was mentioned today but they are on top of it and working on your behalf. If there is a committee that appeals to your interests, help that chair person.
         
         One of our newest members, Tammy Bricketto, is now our club’s treasurer. She will sit on the Board and keep us up to date on our club’s finances. Thank her for stepping up and assuming this very important position. Help her out if she has a question for you. At the moment Aaron, Len or myself are authorized to write out checks for the club. Tracey can write checks on the Interact account.
         
        Aaron and his State Farm staff as well as one of our new members, Dave Webb, all stepped up and painted a home in AJ this past Saturday. They worked hard and really improved the looks of a local citizen’s home. Dave is actually able to climb a ladder and get some work done. They all did a great job and service for the community.
         
        One of our potential service projects is volunteering a couple of hours to pack food to be sent to hungry school children around the world. Feed the Starving Children is an organization that has a large facility in Mesa and gets volunteers from all over the valley to come in, get trained and pack food for hungry kids. Let’s get a group together and spend the 3 hours or so that it would take to get there and back and pack some food. Everything we need is there. They just ask for volunteers to assist. They have very flexible hours. If you are interested,
        see me, and I will set up a time that works for whoever can do it.
         
        I would like to purchase a table for 10 to back Sharon who has a passion for CAAFA. We budgeted some money for CAAFA. So, let’s write a check for $225.00. Get a table for 10 and socialize for a good cause and eat some BBQ. This takes place at Dolce Vita on Sat. November 5th at 5:30 pm. It features a band and a silent auction.
         
        The Scotland Golf Raffle is a chance to win a trip to Scotland for 6 nights accommodations, 5 rounds of golf at the home of golf, $7500 in spending cash and a van to use. Or up to $25,000 if at least 2000 tickets are sold. We are attempting to sell 50 of the 2500 tickets. You can purchase them from Ed or online at http://smrc.scotlandgolfraffle.com
         
        Our annual Christmas party will be held at Jack Beveridge’s home on Friday, December 16, 2016 from 6 pm until 9 pm. We could use a volunteer to organize the affair. To secure a caterer, entertainment,
        collect maybe $10/person(?) in person or at Jacks as people arrive.
         
        New members-
        Let’s get to know these new members. Educate them on Rotary and what we do here. Make a personal connection. Learn more about them, their work, their families. Inspire them.  Encourage them. Make it fun and make a new friend. Get them involved in the areas of Rotary that meet their needs and interests.
         
        Finances-
        We appear to be in good shape. We will be writing the check of $10,000 soon that was committed last fiscal year to the Flatiron Park’s splash pad. We have a pretty ambitious donation plan.
         
        Field Trip-
        It has been suggested that we take a break from this meeting room on a Wednesday to attend another location. Maybe the Arboretum or a manufacturing facility or another place of interest. Give me an idea of what would be of interest to us and lets do it.
         
        The District Vocational Fund Chair has encouraged us to do 2 minute vocational talks to share your company’s information with our club. If any of you would like to do a life story or classification talk, let Harvey
        know and he will schedule you in the speaker’s schedule.
         
        Celebrating TRF’s 100th anniversary as well as the 55th anniversary of our Club’s origination-
        One possibility would be Brian’s idea of a comedy night in AJ. We could introduce Rotary to the public at the beginning of the show and have a fun event, possible fund raiser, and celebrate Rotary all in one evening. This would probably take place in the early part of 2017. This is still in the idea stage so let’s give it some thought.
         
        If anyone has any suggestions on improving or changing something that our Club is doing. Please attend a board meeting or present it to our club and we will give it every consideration. There is always room for improvement.
        PRESIDENT ED'S STATE OF THE CLUB ADDRESS Ed Shockley 2016-10-26 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 19, 2016
        1. DG Tonya assisted by President Ed Shockley, Past President Harvey Clark, and Dana Hawman inducted four new members into the club - Tammy Bricketto, Jodi Ehrlich, Heather Wallace and Dave Webb.
         
         
         
        2. Following the regular meeting, GD Tonya met with our club Board of Directors to get more familiar with what we do and to meet the Directors.
        3. Carole Kralicek met with Bob Homann and Dana Hawman to discuss Rotary's new logo and to offer ideas on how to make our club more visible.
        4. Jack Beveridge won the drawing and $10 but drew the 9 of spades.
        5. Steve Cervantes led us in a song "The Rotary Prize" at the end of the meeting.
         
         
         
        ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS Robert Homann 2016-10-19 07:00:00Z 0
        Posted by Robert Homann on Oct 19, 2016
        Our speaker today was DG Tonya Watson.  She reminded us that our District 5510 is merging with District 5490 to form a new District 5495 that will cover the northern half of Arizona.  She thinks it is good for everyone - we will be bigger, better and stronger as a combined district.
         
        Tonya spoke of this year's top priorities for Rotary.
        1. Look at value added by membership in Rotary
        How does being a Rotarian add value to club members, to the community and to the world?  How can we increase      this value?
        2. Stop the revolving door of membership
        Would I join my club again today?  If so, why?  If not, why not?  How can we do a better job of keeping members?
        3. Celebrate 100 years of doing good
        2017 is the Centennial Year for the Rotary Foundation - that tremendous mechanism that helps Rotary do more good in the world than any other non-governmental organization.  Make the Centennial of TRF a big deal this year.
        4. Participate in the district-wide Assist-an-Elder campaign
        Find a way to be of service to elderly persons who need some help - home repairs, calls and visits, meal delivery, yard work, special remembrances like Valentine's Day.  Try to involve youth in these projects too.
        5. Leap into the future with pride and strength