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.