Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Club Information
Welcome to our Club!
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
District Site
Venue Map
Our only guest today was our speaker, Elan Vallender. 
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.
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.
Jeff Cutler - August 5
Dana Hawman-Trumbull - August 22
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
Ron Knies - August 4 - 13 years
Larry Johnson - August 15 - 5 years
Len LaFlesch - August 24 - 12 years
August 16 - John Pennypacker - the Rotary Foundation
August 23 - Dr. Krista Anderson - new Superintendent of AJUSD
August 30 - Charles Hefton - Founder of Life Builders
August 12 - 3rd Annual Arizona Rotary Water Summit to be held at Catholic Charities in PHX.  More details on District 5495 website.