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Superstition Mountain
Service Above Self
We meet Wednesdays at 12:10 PM
Gold Canyon Golf Resort
6100 S. Kings Ranch Road
Gold Canyon, AZ  85118
United States
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Visiting today were Anja Baig, wife of Fareed Baig, and our speaker, Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott.
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.
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.
Larry Johnson - September 8
Fareed Baig - September 9
Mike Cowan - September 14
Mike Dungan - September 17
Mike Munion - September 20
Jack Beveridge - September 21
Dean and Rose Holmes - September 3 - 29 years
Mike Munion - September 8 - 11 years
Brian Kabat - September 17 - 3 years
September 13 - Diane Fisher - Health South, Stroke rehab
September 20 - Judy Lutes - Exec. Dir., AZ Winter Visitors Association
September 27 - Vicki Fisk - Assisted Living Memory Care
October 4 - Nadine Armstrong - Project C.U.R.E.
October 11 - Dorian Townsend - CAAFA update
October 18 - Connie Van Driel - Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley update
October 25 - Meeting with District Governor Nancy Van Pelt at Oakwood Country Club; Sun Lakes, AZ.  Regular meeting cancelled