UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

  • June 3 - Denisa Hart, President/CEO AJ Chamber of Commerce
  • June 10 - Classification Talk by Elise Otero
  • June 17 - Tina Makris, Intuitive Hound
  • June 24 - Club Assembly/Presidential Transition
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

 
What a great opportunity to attend the Rotary International Convention! The Rotary International Virtual Convention will be held June 20-26, and is free to all Rotarians. Visit https://www.riconvention.org for additional information.
 
 
Save the Date! The Barleens event is still on track for November 7, 2020! If social distancing is still necessary, the Barleen family is prepared to do two shows, or an outdoor event. 
 
 
 
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GUESTS AND VISITORS

 
Visiting Rotarians
  • Jeffrey Mitchell, Westmont Club, Illinois
  • Jane Schoen, Estes Valley Sun Club, Colorado
 
Guests and Visitors
  • Ken Davis, guest of Harvey Clark
  • Suzanne Davis, guest of Harvey Clark
  • Patricia Mitchell, guest of Jeffrey Mitchell
 
 
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MEETING DETAILS

May 27
 
 Our meeting today was a combined Zoom / In-Person meeting. There were 14 people in attendance at our usual location. The protocol was social distancing, and masks were optional, according to personal preference.  President-Elect Harvey Clark coordinated the physical meeting, which included setting up his computer and a display screen, and logging into ZOOM.

At the same time, President Bob Benjamin hosted the ZOOM portion of the meeting.  We had 8 Rotarians plus our speaker attending via Zoom. One of our Zoom Rotarians was in Iowa and our speaker was in downtown Phoenix.
 
Our speaker, Martha Burruel, Education Manager for the Alzheimer's Association, Desert Southwest Chapter, provided a wealth of information on the global crisis that Alzheimer's has become. Currently, 5.8 million people are living with it in the United States, and that number is expected to grow to 14 million by 2050. She stressed the need for all of us to learn about it. Alzheimer's is a progressive disease and is fatal, because it kills brain cells.
 
The Alzheimer's Association offers many free services (many of which are provided by volunteers), including:
  • education workshops
  • support groups
  • online tools
  • community resources
  • a helpline at (800) 272-3900 that operates during all hours of every day.
To learn more--and find out how you can help--visit https://www.alz.org. You can get information on resources in your area through the Community Resource Finder (https://www.communityresourcefinder.org).
 
 
 
In commemoration of today's shuttle launch, Carole Kralicek told us about her experience with a previous launch. Through a fellow Rotarian in Coco Beach, Florida, she was offered the opportunity to spend a week in Florida and not only witness the launch, but also meet the astronauts and their families during the week of celebrations leading up to the launch. What a great story about the community of Rotary!
 
 
 MEETING DETAILS Roberta Holmes 2020-05-27 07:00:00Z 0

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

 
Happy Birthday!
  • Bob Benjamin - June 13
 
Happy Anniversary!
  • Ben and Peggy Fellows - June 2
  • Jacquie and John Smith - June 7
  • Bryant and Jenny Powell - June 29
 
Happy Rotary Anniversary!
  • Harvey Clark - 12 years on June 14
  • John Fillmore - 13 years on June 15
  • Roberta Holmes - 10 years on June 17
  • Peggy Cabrinha - 14 years on June 30
  • Jay Jones - 18 years on June 30
 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
 

  • May 27 - Martha Burruel, Education Manager for the Alzheimers Association Dessert Southwest Chapter
  • June 10 - Classification Talks
  • June 24 - Club Assembly/Presidential Transition
 
 
 
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MEETING DETAILS

May 20
 
Our scheduled speaker, Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, was unable to attend today, so we used the time for other important business.
 
Bob Benjamin reported that the club received a $5,000 donation from an anonymous source, to be used in the community as a stimulus to help those in need. After considering multiple options, the board voted to disperse the funds to local programs that are currently supported by the Club: $1,000 each to Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA); Boys and Girls Club of Apache Junction; Genesis Project; Feed the Children (AJUSD) and Project Help. We know that each and every one of these programs will put these funds to great use under these unexpected demands and conditions. We recognize that these organizations are being pushed to the limits providing assistance to individuals and families. 
 
President-Elect Harvey Clark announced that he has submitted grant applications in the amount of $2,500 each for Put on the Cape and Teen Strong. Put on the Cape was started by a police officer to help abuse victims through the use of super heroes. Teen Strong is a boutique website dedicated to making a difference in the lives of teen girls. These organizations were created in Arizona, and Harvey has hopes that we can help both of them expand to other states.
 
The board approved a $500 contribution to the Lost Dutchman Foundation, to be added to a fund set aside to distribute $20 restaurant coupons to the graduating seniors from Apache Junction high school. The coupons can only be used at local restaurants, making it also a benefit for struggling restaurants.
 
Bill Pepple announced that we are getting really close to meeting our goal for Polio Plus. If you haven't already done so, you can help us reach that goal by logging into https://my.rotary.org to create your account and set up your donation.
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

On Wednesday, May 27, we're going back to live meetings at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort. The resort is reserving the large dining room for us, so we'll be able to be compliant with CDC social distancing guidelines. We will have our usual buffet. If you want to attend virtually via ZOOM, watch for President Bob's email invitation. 
 
Jay Jones announced that Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held virtually on May 30. It is free for anyone to attend. Watch for more information soon from the coordinator, Polly Cady.
 
 
What a great opportunity to attend the Rotary International Convention! The Rotary International Virtual Convention will be held June 20-26, and is free to all Rotarians. Visit https://www.riconvention.org for additional information.
 
 
The Barleens event is still on track for November 7, 2020! If social distancing is still necessary, the Barleen family is prepared to do two shows, or an outdoor event. 
 
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MEETING DETAILS

May 13
 
 
Cathy Johnson, Patient Advocate for City Health Services, was our speaker at today's ZOOM meeting.
 
City Health Services' focus is joint and musculoskeletal health using regenerative medicine. Their services use cutting edge regenerative medicine treatments to address a variety of conditions, including knee pain, neuropathy, joint pain, shoulder pain, spine pain and osteoarthritis. Their goal is to have people moving pain-free into their 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond.
 
For more information, you can visit https://www.cityhealthaz.com. You can contact Cathy by calling 480-649-5297.
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

 
Lee and Roberta Holmes attended part 1 of Club Leadership Academy  via ZOOM on May 9th. It was very informative and worth the time spent. It is being offered again on Saturday, May 16th from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. For detailed information and login instructions, check your email inbox for information from DGE Elizabeth Mahoney, or visit https://rotary5495.org. Also be sure to save the date for CLA Part 2 on September 19.
 
 
Jay Jones announced that Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held virtually on May 30. It is free for anyone to attend. Watch for more information soon from the coordinator, Polly Cady.
 
 
What a great opportunity to attend the Rotary International Convention! The Rotary International Virtual Convention will be held June 20-26, and is free to all Rotarians. Visit https://www.riconvention.org for additional information.
 
 
November 7, 2020! In the interest of the health and well being of our club members and guests, we will not be holding the event at Barleens on March 21, 2020. We have secured a new date of November 7, 2020. Seat assignments will remain the same.
 
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GUESTS AND VISITORS

Visiting Rotarians Jeffrey Mitchell and Mary and Terry Drader joined us today.
 
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

 
Club Leadership Academy is being presented via ZOOM on May 9th and 16th from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm each day. For detailed information and login instructions, check your email inbox for information from DGE Elizabeth Mahoney, or visit https://rotary5495.org.
 
 
 
Jay Jones also mentioned that Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held virtually on May 30. More information will be available soon.
 
 
 
Krista Anderson gave an update on the plans that are in place for Apache Junction high school graduation. Due to COVID-19, there will be a modified graduation ceremony. On May 20 and 21, each senior will walk across the stage and be presented with a diploma, with up to four guests attending. All presentations will be video taped and broadcast drive-in movie style at the rodeo on June 5. On Friday, May 15, the lights at the football field will be turned on for 20 minutes, and the seniors can parade in their cars during that time. 
 
 
 
Rescheduled to November 7, 2020! In the interest of the health and well being of our club members and guests, we will not be holding the event at Barleens on March 21, 2020. We have secured a new date of November 7, 2020. Seat assignments will remain the same.
 
 
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MEETING DETAILS

May 6
 
 
Braden Biggs, Director of Communications and Program Development at Empowerment Systems, gave us an update of their key programs at our meeting today.
 
Empowerment Systems is a suite of non profits that focuses on multi-dimensional and mental wellness, trying to cover all aspects of wellness.
 
One of their bigger programs is their community outreach connection center (CORC). CORC is a day center that operates Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm., where  community members can get help with identification and enrollment in healthcare benefits and social services for which they are eligible. One of Empowerment Systems' partners is Arizona at Work, which helps people find jobs.
 
Other Empowerment Systems programs include:
  • Monthly healthy harvest food distribution, which offers a drive-through food pick-up service on the third Wednesday of every month.
  • During the COVID-19 precautions, food box delivery to people who shouldn't leave their homes
  • Laundry services for homeless people, in partnership with Superstition Express Laundry
For more information about Empowerment Systems, you can visit https://empowermentsystems.org
 
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GUESTS AND VISITORS

 
We were excited to have prospective member Jeffrey Mitchell joining our ZOOM meeting on April 29. Jeffrey recently relocated to Apache Junction from Chicago, where he served as club president and sergeant-at-arms for his former club. He is looking forward to getting involved with a club here.
 
 
 
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MEETING DETAILS

April 29
 
 
Hesston Klenk, Communications and Communities Manager for Resolution Copper, and member of the Rotary Club of Superior, gave us a project update.
 
Resolution Copper is owned by two companies, with Rio Tinto, headquartered in London, England, holding 55% and BHP, headquartered in Australia, holding the remaining 45%. The project is located in Superior, Arizona, which is in the Copper Triangle, the highest productive copper area in the United States. The ever increasing growth of green energy, in the form of electric cars and wind and solar power, has led to a greater demand for copper.
 
The project has currently spent $2 billion (40% locally and 75% in Arizona) on creating jobs (340 local out of 500 total), keeping the workforce safe and building the local economy. By mid-2020, another $80 million will have been invested in protecting the environment by cleaning up what was left behind and returning the land to a more natural state.
 
In order to keep employees safe, many improvements have been made, including the use of drones to check for hazards and inspect machinery, robotics for blasting and a dual egress from the mine.
 
For more information about the Resolution Copper Project, visit https://resolutioncopper.com.
 
 
 
Slate of Officers and Club Board of Directors
 
President-Elect Harvey Clark presented the following positions for approval by the members:
  • President: Harvey Clark
  • President-Elect: Roberta Holmes
  • Treasurer: Len LaFlesch
  • Secretary: Jay Jones
  • Past-President: Bob Benjamin
  • Director:
    • Bill Pepple - Foundation
    • Ed Shockley - Service Projects
    • Sharon Boyd - Membership
    • Aaron McDermid - Sgt-at-Arms
    • Bryant Powell - Golf Tournament Co-Chair
    • Jacquie Smith - Golf Tournament Co-Chair
    • Dr. Tracey Yamamoto - Youth Director-Interact
  • Director at large:
    • Dr. Krista Anderson
    • Elise Otero
Lee Holmes moved to approve the proposed officers and board positions. Seconded by Bryant Powell. Unanimously approved.
 
Harvey Clark will continue to manage programs. We are still in need of a Newsletter Editor and a Public Image team leader to address public relations, the club website and social media.
 
 
 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
 

  • May 6 - Braden Biggs, Director of Communications & Programs for Empowerment Systems
  • May 13 - Cathy Johnson, Patients' Advocate for Health Services of Mesa
 
 
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BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

 
Happy Birthday!
  • Len LaFlesch - May 25
 
Happy Anniversary with Rotary!
  • Bill Staples - 1 year on May 15
  • Megan Connolly-Henny - 1 year on May 20
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

UPDATE ON MEETINGS
 
By President-Elect Harvey Clark
 
 
The Superstition Mountain Rotary Club, like everyone else, has been challenged by the COVID 19 precautions. Our in-person meetings have been curtailed and our Gold Canyon Golf Resort temporarily closed. These are unprecedented times, but I am reporting that your President, Bob Benjamin, and your Board has been working behind the scenes on many ideas to keep our members engaged.  
 
Bob has researched ZOOM as a means to conduct on-line meetings, and the Board helped test the process. The first virtual meeting was conducted by the Board on April 1. (There have been some recent news reports that ZOOM was having “hack” issues. ZOOM announced on April 14 that they have a new version available that fixes many of the issues.  We have installed the most recent updates.) 
 
We have now implemented ON-LINE ZOOM meetings for all members, every Wednesday from 12-1 pm (lunch is on your own!). You will be able to engage by Video or by telephone. We will convert our Speakers to a 20- minute presentation. We are still working on the logistics of how to do our drawing – as we are down to about 10 cards – and Happy Bucks stay tuned. 
 
We are looking at the most convenient way to purchase tickets and pay dues, including a secure payment system on our web site. You can always pay be check and mail to P.O. Box 565, Apache Junction, AZ 85117. Mail is picked up at least every other day.
 
Recognizing the importance of staying in touch with our nearly 40 members, the Board agreed that telephone call “Welfare Checks” will be made to each member – after all, our Rotary Family is very important.
 
On April 9, Rotary International hosted a Webinar on Best Practices for Driving Club Success during COVID-19, which I participated in. I am pleased to report that our club has actually identified many of the RI suggestions and are already implementing them. I am very proud of our club leadership!
 
To all our members, I wish you all the very best and pray you stay safe. If you have any needs, please reach out to any Board member and we will help in any way we can.
 
Harvey Clark

 

 

Club President Bob Benjamin presented a check for $1,500 to Rush Tucker at the United Methodist Food Bank, to help support the increased demand on resources during the COVID 19 health crisis.
 
 
 
 
 President Bob presented a Paul Harris +1 to Matt Ruppert for his service at Club President for the 2018-2019 year.
 
 
 
 
 
Rescheduled to November 7, 2020! In the interest of the health and well being of our club members and guests, we will not be holding the event at Barleens on March 21, 2020. We have secured a new date of November 7, 2020. Seat assignments will remain the same.
 
 
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MEETING DETAILS

 
President Bob Benjamin presided over our ZOOM meeting from his home office on April 22, 2020.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
 

April 29
 
  • Joining us on our ZOOM meeting on Wednesday will be Hesston Klenk, Communications and Communities Manager for Resolution Copper Company, with a project update.
 
  • President-elect Harvey will be presenting his proposed board and slate of officers for the 2020-21 Rotary year.
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

Rescheduled to November 7, 2020! In the interest of the health and well being of our club members and guests, we will not be holding the event at Barleens on March 21, 2020. We have secured a new date of November 7, 2020. Seat assignments will remain the same.

 

Our volunteers worked really hard at one of our biggest fund raisers of the year, selling beer at the Lost Dutchman Days rodeo. The weather was great and sales were brisk!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 President-Elect Harvey Clark presented a check for $1,000 to the Genesis Project, on behalf of the club. The Genesis Project is a faith-based 501c3 organization seeking to feed the hungry and the homeless by facilitating hot meals, showers, clothing and medical services. For more information about the Genesis Project, visit http://www.genesisprojectaz.com 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
 

In the interest of the health and well being of our Superstition Mountain Rotary Club members and guests, we are cancelling our weekly Rotary meetings for the next EIGHT weeks. We will be monitoring the situation and will send out other announcements as the situation dictates.
 
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BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

 
Happy Birthday!
  • Tracey Yamamoto - March 17
  • Werner Sallinger - April 5
  • Donald Austin - April 17
  • Dorothy Homann - April 21
  • Bryant Powell - April 21
 
Happy Wedding Anniversary!
  • Jay and Carol Jones - 54 years on April 13
 
Happy Anniversary with Rotary!
  • Bob Benjamin - 34 years on March 1
  • Chelsea Connolly - 1 year on March 13
  • Jacquie Smith - 6 years on April 30
 
 
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MEETING DETAILS

February 5, 2020
Andrea Brundage, owner of Simple Organized Solutions, and author of Simplify Your Life, gave us an overview of her work. Her books are tools to help you achieve the goal of simplifying your life. In a nutshell, organizers can run interference during conversations about what's important and what isn't. She point out that "storage units are full of delayed decisions".Four questions to ask yourself in deciding whether to keep an item are:
  1. Do I love this?
  2. Do I use it, or do I need it?
  3. Does it serve me well?
  4. Could it serve someone else better?

 

February 12

Our speaker, Jeannie Morgan, educated us on the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona. Jeannie is a past District Governor, a member of the Mesa West Rotary Club, a Kiwanian and a Soroptimist. She stressed the importance of this fund, which is unique to Arizona. In 1990, the Rotary Districts in Arizona established the 501(C)3 organization for the sole purpose of partnering with Rotary Clubs and their members to aid qualified candidates in obtaining eduction, training and skill development, so they may, in turn, attain career oriented employment and financial stability, and contribute to their communities. We were told that there are more applicants than the fund can handle, making grants unavailable anywhere from three to six months of the year. The maximum grant has been lowered from $3,000 to $2,000. This fund is not related to the Rotary Foundation. Jeannie is requesting that we have a Vocational Fund spokesperson for our club. Donations may qualify for an Arizona Tax Credit up to $800 for couples and $400 for a single filer, and are also deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes. For more information, visit www.donate.trvfa.org.

 

 

February 19, 2020

Nicky Burroughs, BSN, RN, CM, member of the Mesa West Rotary Club and owner of A-Z Best Home Care, spoke about her passion for making people's lives more comfortable. The services she offers include companion care, personal care and specialty care.

For more information, visit www.atozbesthomecare.com

 
 
 
February 26, 2020

Harvey Clark gave us an overview of Sky Med, the international rescue company that provides emergency transportation services when you are traveling. If you get sick, they will get you home. For more information, visit http://www.skymed.com.

 

 

 

 

 

March 4

Wendy Udall from Hospice at Home of Arizona "Busted the myths about hospice" for us by answering the 5 W's of hospice care:

  • What is hospice? Hospice is Comfort care for those who are terminally ill … it is End of Life Care
  • Who pays for the cost of hospice?  Medicare Part A
  •  When are you eligible for hospice? When a physician states that if the terminal illness takes its normal course, the patient would pass away within six months
  • Where can you receive hospice services? Hospice services can be provided in private homes, group homes, nursing homes … or just about anywhere.
  • Why? Why not?  You deserve the right to pass away comfortably in your own home Also, you already paid into it (Medicare) … you earned it
 

Our newest member, Dorothy Homann, was inducted on March 4.

 

 

 

Tracey Yamamoto was awarded a Paul Harris award.

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2020

Apache Junction Police Chief, Tom Kelly, updated us today on the police department's current outreach efforts, which include loaning car seats to out-of-town visitors, automobile VIN etching for theft prevention, bicycle registration, homeless outreach and services to help victims with emotional stress, to name a few.

 
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GUESTS AND VISITORS

Guests and Visitors
  • Andrea Brundage, Mesa, AZ
  • Rose Holmes, guest of Dean Holmes
  • Lisa Burkett, Mesa, AZ
  • Eric Burkett, guest of Bob Benjamin
 
Visiting Rotarians
  • Robert Southworth, Gig Harbor, Washington Club
  • Doug Kinley, Calgary RCCHP
  • Jeanie Morgan, Mesa, AZ, Mesa West Rotary Club
  • Tom Halazon, Columbia Center, WA, Rotary Club
  • Steve Morain, Des Moines, IA, Downtown Rotary Club
  • Erna Morain, Waukee, IA, Rotary Club, DG District 6000
  • Van Van Jepmond, Lacey, WA Rotary Club
  • Allen Johnson, Lacey, WA Rotary Club
  • Bud Knore, Kennewick, WA, Columbia Center Rotary Club
  • Helen Timm, Regina Eastview 5550 Rotary Club
 
 
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MEETING DETAILS

January 8

Peggy Cabrinha announced that the Apache Junction high school has established a committee tasked with finding ways to provide community outreach projects for their students.  She has been invited to attend one of their meetings to share the concept of INTERACT and how it's structure and Rotary support can help them accomplish their goals. Peggy is very excited about working with the school and community leadership. What a great way "share Rotary".

 

President Bob Benjamin exchanged club banners with Rick Kreps from the Columbia City, Indiana Rotary Club and Warren Tobin from the Jamestown, North Dakota Rotary Club.

 

January 15, 2020

Heidi Potsma from Integri Home Care visited our club today and told us about the services of her company. Integri Home Care offers non-medical in-home care for those who need assistance with any or all of the various activities of daily living. For more information, visit www.intetrihomecare.com.

 

 
January 22, 2020


Barbara Rae updated us on Melaleuca's products for good health. Founded in 1985, Melaleuca now has over 500 products, including vitamins probiotics, skin products, makeup and essential oils.

 

 

 

January 29, 2020

Stacy Gramazio, Manager of Communications and Public Affairs for Florence Copper provided some very interesting information about the company's copper recovery methods, as well as their commitment to the community of Florence and the priority given to the area's water quality and quantity. You can learn more at www.florencecopper.com.

 

 

Peter Mead from the Sun Lakes Club visited today to promote the Healing Veterans Annual Poker Ride on March 7, which benefits veterans with PTSD and physical challenges. They are looking for volunteers from our club to help at Wahoo's Restaurant and Bar, the ride's stop in our area. You can find out more at sunlakesrotary@gmail.com or at www.healingvets.org.

 

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

Superstition Mountain Rotary Team Golf delivered a fabulous Tournament at the Gold Canyon Resort on January 11, 2020.

Perfect weather, incredible Dinosaur Mountain golf course, silent auction, banquet dining and a great group of golfers.

 
 
 
 Tickets are available for our second annual Barleens event, on March 21, 2020! The cost will be $62 per person, $25 of which will be going to the Rotary Foundation. The entire theater is currently reserved for the club until two weeks before the event, when any unsold tickets will go back to Barleens. All promotions will be through the district, at no cost to the club. Harvey is working with Dr. Anderson to get the Apache Junction high school band to play at the event, for a donation of $500. It was moved, seconded and approved to put the event on the district calendar. A table for eight can be reserved at a sponsorship rate of $500. You can purchase tickets directly from Harvey Clark, or through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/superstition-mountain-rotary-fundraiser-barleens-tickets-68658065121
 
 
 
Need for Volunteers!
 
The month of February will see our greatest need for your help. If you can help at the Lost Dutchman Marathon on February 16, either make sure to put your name on the sign-up sheet at the meeting, or call Bob Benjamin (480-688-6963). Ron Knies has been working hard to make sure we have a full slate at the Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo February 28 through March 1. If you haven't already signed up to help there, contact Ron (602-318-9582).
 
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GUESTS AND VISITORS

Guests and Visitors
  • Andrea Brundage, Mesa
  • Paul Buckley, Butte, MT
  • Heidi Postma, Mesa
  • Lainey Wightman, Mesa
  • Tom Cleveland, Larwell, IN
  • Frank Kelley, Apache Junction
  • Barbara Rae, Apache Junction
  • Paula Kenney, Mesa
  • Dorothy Homann, Gold Canyon
  • John Lacock, Monticello, IA
  • Eric Burkett, Nashua, NH
  • Ellie Lowney, Scott, AZ
  • Tom Cleveland, Larwill, IN
  • Norm Clare, Apache Junction
 
Visiting Rotarians
  • Rick Kreps, Columbia City, Indiana Rotary Club
  • "Van" Van Jepmond, Lacey, Washington Rotary Club
  • Ron Bacon, Yakima, Washington, Southwest Yakima Club
  • Nat Bacon, Yakima, Washington, Southwest Yakima Club
  • Bill Ohe, Edmonton Riverview Club
  • Robert Southworth, Gig Harbor, Washington Club
  • Dick Rasmussen, Waukee, Iowa Club
  • Sue Rasmussen, Waukee, Iowa Club
 
 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
 

  • February 5 - Andrea Brundage, Professional Organizer
  • February 12 - Classification Talks
  • February 16 - Lost Dutchman Marathon
  • February 19 - Nicky Doss, Owner of A-Z Best Home Care
  • February 26 - Sharon Stinard, TRIP
  • February 28-March 1 - Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo
 
 
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

 
Happy Birthday!
 
  • Ed Shockley - February 5
  • Aaron McDermid - February 14
  • Sharon Stinard - February 15
 
 
Happy Anniversary with Rotary!
 
  • Michael Sheridan - 1 year on February 6
  • Bryant Powell - 11 years on February 25
 
 
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December 4, 2019

At his official visit on December 4, District Governor David Simmer educated and inspired us as he spoke about the Rotary Vision Statement: "Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the glove, in our communities and in ourselves". He pointed out that there are three things you can bring to an organization: time, talent and treasure. He also stressed to us that, in order to attract people to our organization, we need to show that we are "people of action"--that we make a difference in the lives of other people.

 

DG David presented the Rotary ‘Connects the World' Banner to President Bob Benjamin.

 

 

 

 

 

David also presented the 'Rotary Connects the World' Award to Assistant District Governor Lee Holmes, in recognition for his efforts to "connect to those beyond the club, locally and globally".

 

 

A ‘Certificate of appreciation’ was presented to the club for its support of the ‘End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign’ -- ‘together we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradicate polio’. Past District Governor Jim Ericson accepted the award for the club.

 

A ‘Paul Harris plus Seven’ pin was awarded to Past District Governor, Jay Jones.

 

 

 

 
 
December 11, 2019

Cheryl Hussein from the Natural Healing Center of Gold Canyon, spoke at the December 11 meeting about the potential benefits of CBD oil produced from responsibly grown help. It is known to help sleep, relieve anxiety and improve memory, appetite and mood.

 

 
December 18, 2019

On December 18, Bryant Powell, Chairman of the charity golf tournament on January 11, gave an update of planning team's progress.

Ball drop tickets were distributed by Tracy Yamamoto to everyone who was present at the meeting. Sharon Boyd reported on efforts to collect auction and raffle items. She stressed the value of gift cards from restaurants, salons, golf courses, etc. Len LaFlesch is trying to add items to the player bags, such as golf towels with the logo of the donor.

Volunteers should be there at 8:00 am to prepare for the 10:30 tee-off. If you haven't already signed up, you can do so by emailing Bryant Powell (bpowell@ajcity.net) or Aaron McDermid (aaron@mcdermidteam.com).

 

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
 

  • January 8 - Club Assembly
  • January 11 - 19th Annual Rotary Charity Golf
  • January 15 - Lanie Martin, Options for Senior Living
  • January 22 - Barbara Rea, Melaluca
  • January 29 - Stacy Gramzaio, Florence Copper
 
 
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UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
 

  • December 18 - Golf Tournament planning update
  • December 25 - No meeting - Merry Christmas!
  • January 1 - No Meeting - Happy New Year!
  • January 11 - Annual Golf Tournament
 
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Carey Dickerson joined us at our November 20, 2019 meeting to explain the many services provided by Hospice of the Valley. 

Their services extend beyond the medical realm and end-of-life-care. Many of their programs are for everyone and include grief support sessions, special workshops and educational presentations.

Much of Carey’s presentation focused on the topic … “Coping with Grief During the Holidays”.

Below are some links about the work of Hospice of the Valley.

https://www.hov.org/

https://www.facebook.com/HospiceoftheValley/

 
 

Judy Lutes was inducted into the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club by President Bob Benjamin at our November 20, 2019 meeting. Judy is the President of the Arizona Winter Visitors Association. Welcome to our club, Judy.

Below are some links about about Judy's work with the Arizona Winter Visitors Association

https://arizonawintervisitors.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/313720562111171/

 
 
 

We had two speakers at our November 13 meeting.

Lee Holmes gave a summary of his trip to South Africa and the fine work Rotary is doing there. Rotary projects include providing clothing, clean water, hygiene products, fresh fruits and vegetables and education.

Bryant Powell briefed the club on our upcoming Rotary Golf Tournament on January 11, 2020. 

Bryant is the Chairman of this event and is excited that we have all of the elements of a successful golf tournament … a great golf course, golfers, prizes, sponsors, organization and marketing. 

Oh! … but we need one more thing … Good Weather!

 
 

Jeff Struble was the speaker at the November 6 meeting. Jeff shared with us his idea to create a multi-use faculty called 'The Rhino ReCreation Center' where the kids will work in, and be employed by, the center.

Kids will be given increasing responsibilities and authority as they deserve them. This will help them to develop the skills they will need in the “real world” after high school.

The slogan of the facility is, “Where kids are in CHARGE”. 
Jeff expects the facility to be open by Christmas 2021.

To learn more about 'The Rhino ReCreation Center' visit  http://www.rhinorecreation.com/

 
 
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The annual Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Golf Tournament is right around the corner on January 11, 2020. We are in need of silent auction and raffle items, and all members are urged to start gathering them. Suggested sources are restaurants, retail establishments, hair salons, etc.
 
 
 
 Tickets are available for our second annual Barleens event, on March 21, 2020! The cost will be $62 per person, $25 of which will be going to the Rotary Foundation. The entire theater is currently reserved for the club until two weeks before the event, when any unsold tickets will go back to Barleens. All promotions will be through the district, at no cost to the club. Harvey is working with Dr. Anderson to get the Apache Junction high school band to play at the event, for a donation of $500. It was moved, seconded and approved to put the event on the district calendar. A table for eight can be reserved at a sponsorship rate of $500. You can purchase tickets directly from Harvey Clark, or through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/superstition-mountain-rotary-fundraiser-barleens-tickets-68658065121
 
 
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GUESTS AND VISITORS

Guests and Visitors
  • Carolin Benjamin, guest of Bob Benjamin
  • Delbert Lutes, guest of Judy Lutes
 
Visiting Rotarians
  • "Van" Van Jepmond, Lacy, Washington
  • Leland Smithson, Cedar Rapids, IA Downtown Club
  • Phyllis Chambers, Lincoln NE Downtown #14 Club
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    UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

     
    Happy Birthday!
     
    • Lee Holmes - December 6
    • Harvey Clark - December 08
    • Jim Erickson - December 13
    • Ronald Knies- December 15
    • Carole Kralicek - December 20
     
     
    Happy Anniversary!
     
    • Donald and Ruth Austin - December 3
    • Bill and Kim Pepple - December 23
    • John and Paula Blessman - December 27
     
     
    Thanks for being a member!
     
    • Bill Pepple - 39 years on December 12
    • Ray Trankle - 2 years on December 13
    • Sharon Stinard - 20 years on December 14
    • Tracey Yamamoto - 14 years on December 16
     
     
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    October 30
     
    Today we had the opportunity to learn about the lives of two of our members.

    Bill Pepple shared his experiences as the owner of a car dealership and as an Executive with United Way in Hicksville, Ohio. Bill is currently heading up a club project to help disadvantaged children learn to read.
     
    Peggy Cabrinha, Past District Governor  (2013-14) of District 5670, spoke about her life as a school teacher in Oahu, Hawaii and Atwood, Kansas. Peggy shared her excitement about a project she is starting with Four Peaks Elementary, where she will be teaching Spalding Phonics.
     
     
    October 23
     

    To a child who is now a member of the 'Bikers Against Child Abuse' family, the rumbling sound of a dozen motorcycles and the ground trembling beneath their feet is the sound of safety.

    Pam Musler, AKA “Nytro” to her BACA family, spoke at our Superstition Mountain Rotary Club meeting on October 23rd about how BACA helps an abused child.

    Two BACA members are assigned as the child’s primary contacts.They are committed to supporting the child in a variety of ways; accompanying a child to a court hearing, being there when in the presence of the abuser, hospital visits if there is physical harm to the child, supporting a child undergoing therapy, and more.

    Go to their website to learn more about BACA or donate - https://bacaworld.org/
    Or visit their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/BikersAgainstChildAbuseInternational/

     
     
     
    October 16
     

    Despite our probing questions, magician and motivational speaker Jeff Scanlan did not reveal the magic of putting a deck of cards in a bottle. 

    To accomplish this feat, Jeff gave us his not so secret advice. Don't quit too soon, and never give up trying. And Jeff’s real message is to follow that advice in everything we do in our lives to achieve success beyond our dreams. The only reason to quit is when it begins to affect our time or our finances.

     
     
    October 9
     
    Our speaker was Karen Perry, founder of '3 Wing of Life', with an update of her work with equine assisted therapy. In the memory of her three children, who were lost in a tragic plane crash in 2011, Karen has dedicated her work to helping children from age 5 to 17 with emotional and behavioral issues, as well as to veterans. Her organization offers cognitive equine assisted therapy, which is a non riding program conducted with a mental health care professional and an equine specialist. '3 Wings of Life' is a 501 (c) (3) organization, relying solely on donations, and is an eagala certified facility ( www.eagala.org ).  They have a desperate need for mental health professionals to help with therapy. For more information about Karen's work here are her website and Facebook pages:
     
     
     
    October 2
     

    Our meeting today was a Club Assembly, with discussions on a variety of topics. AJ City Manager, Bryant Powell, provided an update on some happenings in Apache Junction that included recent flood information and the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

    Club members participated in an intense discussion of the many aspects of the upcoming school bond election. Jacquie Smith commented on how difficult it is to communicate the importance of this issue to voters. It is a big decision facing our community in the coming weeks.

    We talked about a number of upcoming events happening on October 26: Make a Difference Day, the Sustainability Alliance project and a Halloween event for kids at Flatiron Park. Members of our club will be volunteering.

    In addition, there were number of suggestions for new projects; i.e. Walking dogs at the Paws and Claws Animal Shelter, or holding a theme dinner with a silent auction.

     
     
     
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    Make a Difference Day!
     
    The club donated $500 to the 2019  Apache Junction Tree Planting project that was conducted, in partnership with the Arizona Sustainability Alliance, on October 26. About 100 volunteers planted trees and plants along Apache Trail and at Flatiron Park.
     
     
     
     
    The club participated in Apache Junction Parks & Recreation Halloween Event. Children played games to get their Halloween treats. Thanks to Sharon Boyd for all her hard work in building the games, and to all who helped with setup, running the games and cleaning up afterward. The city shared a portion of the income with the club, which will be put to good use!
     
     
     
     
    Congratulations to Bill Pepple for his Paul Harris + 5! Thank you for your contributions.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Rotary Reads

    Bill Pepple is coordinating with Desert Vista School for members of our club to help students who need help with their reading. He is looking for 4 to 5 volunteers to participate.

     
     
    Save the Date!
     
    This year's holiday party will be held on December 3. More information to come! Everyone is encouraged to bring a white elephant gift.
     
     
     
    The annual Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Golf Tournament is right around the corner on January 11, 2020. We are in need of silent auction and raffle items, and all members are urged to start gathering them. Suggested sources are restaurants, retail establishments, hair salons, etc.
     
     
     
     Tickets are available for our second annual Barleens event, on March 21, 2020! The cost will be $62 per person, $25 of which will be going to the Rotary Foundation. The entire theater is currently reserved for the club until two weeks before the event, when any unsold tickets will go back to Barleens. All promotions will be through the district, at no cost to the club. Harvey is working with Dr. Anderson to get the Apache Junction high school band to play at the event, for a donation of $500. It was moved, seconded and approved to put the event on the district calendar. A table for eight can be reserved at a sponsorship rate of $500. You can purchase tickets directly from Harvey Clark, or through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/superstition-mountain-rotary-fundraiser-barleens-tickets-68658065121
     
     
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    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
     

    • November 6 - Jeff Struble, Rhino ReCreation Center
    • November 13- Lee Holmes, Africa Update
    • November 20 - Carolyn Richel, Hospice of the Valley
    • November 27- No Meeting
    • December 3 - Holiday Party at Holmes residence
    • December 4 - District Governor David Simmer's official visit
     
     
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    UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

     
    Happy Birthday!
     
    • Werner Salinger - November 5
    • Michael Sheridan - November 18
    • Dean Holmes - November 21
    • Judy Lutes - November 29
     
     
    Happy Anniversary!
     
    • Ray and Kathy Trankle - November 12
    • Megan Connolly-Henny and Jason Kenny - November 18
    • Sharon and Roger Stinard - November 18
    • Dodie and Terry Doolittle - November 20
     
     
    Thanks for being a member!
     
    • Mirza Baig - 5 years on November 19
    • John Blessman - 2 years on November 22
     
     
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    GUESTS AND VISITORS

    Guests and Visitors
    • Denise Webster, Gold Canyon
    • Tom Webster, Gold Canyon
     
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      We have two upcoming service opportunities on October 26:
      • 'Make a Difference Day' and the 'Arizona Sustainability Alliance' are working on improvements to the median on the Apache Trail, with plants and trees. There will be an opportunity to help with planting.
      • We have been given the opportunity take host a tent at Parks & Rec's Halloween Event, where children can play games and get their Halloween treats. We will need volunteers at the tent during the evening.
       
      Lee Holmes presented the club with two banners from District 9400 clubs that he visited while on his trip to South Africa with Blessman International.
       
       
       
       
       
       

      Peggy Cabrinha was inducted to the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club at our meeting on September 25 by Club President, Bob Benjamin. 

      New to our club but not new to Rotary, Peggy joined the Rotary Club of Atwood Kansas about twenty years ago. She went on to become the President of that club and then District Governor for District 5670. 

      Peggy joins our club with a boat load of Rotary experience and ideas. We welcome Peggy.

       
       
       
      Ed Shockley and Lee Holmes attended the Pursuing Peace Conference on September 20th in Peoria. It was a great day meeting.  This picture of PDG Nancy Van Pelt and Lee Holmes was taken at that meeting.
       
       
       
       
       
       Tickets are now available for our second annual Barleens event, on March 21, 2020! The cost will be $62 per person, $20 of which will be going to the Rotary Foundation. The entire theater is currently reserved for the club until two weeks before the event, when any unsold tickets will go back to Barleens. All promotions will be through the district, at no cost to the club. Harvey is working with Dr. Anderson to get the Apache Junction high school band to play at the event, for a donation of $500. It was moved, seconded and approved to put the event on the district calendar. A table for eight can be reserved at a sponsorship rate of $500. You can purchase tickets directly from Harvey Clark, or through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/superstition-mountain-rotary-fundraiser-barleens-tickets-68658065121
       
       
       
      The annual Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Golf Tournament is scheduled for January 11, 2020.
       
       
       
       
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      UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

       
      Happy Birthday!
       
      • Megan Connally-Henny - October 6
      • Jay Jones - October 7
      • John Fillmore - October 8
      • John Blessman - October 10
      • Ben Fellows - October 13
      • Elise Otero - October 15
      • Matt Ruppert - October 18
      • Frank Mwinyelle - October 20
       
       
      Thanks for being a member!
       
      • Ron Knies - 37 years on October 1
      • Frank Mwinyelle - 4 years on October 14
      • Jodi Ehrlich - 2 years on October 19
      • Werner Salinger - 2 years on October 19
       
       
      Happy Anniversary!
       
      • Matt Ruppert & Carolyn Wright-Ruppert - 16 years on October 3
      • Ron and Mary Knies - 47 years on October 7
       
       
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      GUESTS AND VISITORS

      Guests and Visitors
      • Becky Huffman, Apache Junction
      • Kevin Schweitzer, Apache Junction
      • Carolyn Benjamin, Gold Canyon
      • Peggy Fellows, Gold Canyon
      • Rose Hughes, San Tan Valley
       
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        Posted by Roberta Holmes on Oct 01, 2019
         
        September 25
         

        Our first speaker was Col Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, who told us about his history with the department. The group was surprised to learn that Frank’s father, Colonel Ralph Milstead, served as Director of DPS during the 1980’s.

        It was interesting to hear about the wide range of functions and services in Arizona. Most people only think about State Troopers and the Highway Patrol … but there are scores of other activities in the department too numerous to outline here. During our Q&A, Frank generated lots of interest in describing the effort being made to reduce or eliminate the Wrong Way Driver problem we have on our highways.

         

        Our second speaker was Princess Jennifer Lee. Her organization, Operation Heart to Heart, provides healthcare through medical missions in Africa. They are also joining hands with other organizations to focus on helping, through vocational training, the survivors of the insidious evil called forced Slavery, Sex, and Human & Organ trafficking. Princess calls it "From Adversity To prosperity"

         
         
        September 18
         
        Yanick Hicks is a certified motivational speaker and trainer. His topic at our meeting was "Becoming a Rotarian of Influence". It touched on a few methods to become more successful as a leader. He spoke about a simple way of developing leadership influence -- asking oneself three questions at the end of each day: 1. What did I do right ... 2. What did I do wrong ... and 3. What can I do differently. By answering those three questions everyday a person will have a positive impact on achieving their goals.
         
         
        September 11
         
        Our Club had the opportunity on September 11th to visit the Apache Junction High School campus. Club members wanted to learn as much as we could about the upcoming bond and capital override election slated for November. Club members appreciated Apache Junction Unified School District giving us the opportunity to tour parts of their campus and learn more about the issues that are a part of this upcoming election. We encourage residents to attend one of the scheduled public forums or campus tours.

        During our tour, it was easily apparent that the high school is in much need of many repairs and updates in order to provide an environment that would be both safe and conducive for learning.  

        Notably we learned from facility maintenance staff of the need to replace outdated HVAC systems.  Many of these units were installed 15 to 20 years ago and have been repaired numerous times. Age of current equipment is presently costly for taxpayers, due to excessive maintenance costs and higher electricity bills, and is not doing an adequate job of creating a productive learning environment. Many plumbing fixtures need to be replaced, including drinking fountains, sinks, showers in locker rooms and bathroom facilities.  The interior and exterior of buildings needs paint. Also observed is the need for new flooring, desks, tables and chairs. Security issues need to be updated. So many things in the facility seem to be suffering from deferred maintenance.

        Our members are supportive of youth in our community. Funds are needed to handle the needs of the Apache Junction Unified School District. Voting yes on the capital override and bond elections will work toward providing funds to bring about a safer and better environment for the education of our young people.
         
         
         
         
        September 4
         

        Our members learned about an unusual business model when Becky Huffman spoke to us at our meeting. Becky’s Charity Car Sales LLC is a family owned and operated used car dealership and mechanic shop. 

        She and her partner, Kevin Schweitzer, are committed to being more than just a used car dealership and mechanic shop. For every car they sell a donation is made to a local charity. Becky shared several stories of how they got personally involved in generously helping people obtain or repair their critically needed vehicle. Their lives and the mission of their business are above and beyond just running a small business … Impressive! Becky and Kevin are residents of Apache Junction and are attempting to relocate their business closer to home. They will be reaching out to AJ’s Business and Development Department for assistance in finding a suitable location.

         
         
         
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        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
         

        • October 2 - Ben Kartchner, Terrorism Liaison Officer at Sky Harbor Airport
        • October 9 - Karen Perry, 3 Wings of Life-Update of the Karen Perry Story from 11/23/2011
        • October 16 - Jeff Scanlon, How we quit too soon and how it affects every aspect of our lives
        • October 23 - Pam Nitro, PR Coordinator for Bikers Against Child Abuse
        • October 30 - Christine Biteroff, Rotary District Conference
         
         
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         Tickets are now available for our second annual Barleens event, on March 21, 2020! The cost will be $62 per person, $25 of which will be going to the Rotary Foundation. The entire theater is currently reserved for the club until two weeks before the event, when any unsold tickets will go back to Barleens. All promotions will be through the district, at no cost to the club. Harvey is working with Dr. Anderson to get the Apache Junction high school band to play at the event, for a donation of $500. It was moved, seconded and approved to put the event on the district calendar. A table for eight can be reserved at a sponsorship rate of $500. You can purchase tickets directly from Harvey Clark, or through eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/superstition-mountain-rotary-fundraiser-barleens-tickets-68658065121
         
         
         
         Our September 11 meeting will not be at our usual location. Instead, we will be having lunch at Apache Junction High School, with lunch being prepared by the head chef and culinary class. This will be our chance to see the desperate need for the capital improvements bond issue. The high school is located at 2525 S. Ironwood Drive. Parking is on the north side of the building. The cost is $10 per attendee, and the club will write one check for all attending. If you haven't already gotten your name on the sign-up sheet at the regular meeting, contact Ed Shockley. Ed's email address is dadshock@yahoo.com.
         
         
         
         
         Club President, Bob Benjamin, presented a check for $4,000 to the Apache Junction Unified School District "Feed the Children" program. The program provides food to disadvantaged children during school breaks. Dr. Krista L. Anderson, AJUSD Superintendent and Karen Warhus, Food Service Director are in the process of starting up a summer food program, which will provide free breakfast and lunch to anyone under the age of 19.
         
         
         
         
        Lee Holmes announced that he will be attending the Pursuing Peace Conference in Peoria on September 20, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm (plus driving time). He'll have extra room in the car, so let him know if you would like to ride along. You can get more information, and register, at http://www.pursuingpeace.org.
         
         
         
        Len LaFlesch announced that the date for the annual Superstition Mountain Rotary Club Golf Tournament has been changed to January 11, 2020.
         
         
         
         
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        August 28
         
         
        Michelle Iglewski told us how her health has been positively impacted by her 'Tower Garden' at today's meeting. She attributes her good health to Aeroponics, an advanced gardening technology. Instead of using soil, 'Tower Garden' plants grow in a soil-free plant nutrient mineral blend solution, which provides plant roots with oxygen and consistent moisture, encouraging rapid, healthy growth.
         
         
         
         
        August 21
         
          Sherry Eklund provided us with an informative overview of Teen Strong, the organization she created to provide struggling teens with encouragement, inspiration and information about the resources they need to help them be successful. Her web site covers a variety of areas, including substance abuse, domestic and dating violence, eating disorders, sexually transmitted diseases and job skills. You can learn more about Teen Strong at https://www.teenstrongaz.com.
         
         
         
        August 14
         

        Rotary Minute:

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

         
         
        Dee Baginski inspired us all through her positive attitude and refusal to give in to fear during treatment for aggressive stage four cancer. Her experience has motivated her to create the Courage Under Cancer Foundation, to help other people in similar circumstances. Her Foundation's goal is to help people who are undergoing treatment by assisting them with their rent and insurance co-payments, providing rides to the doctor, etc. Dee's book, Courage Under Cancer, can be ordered on Amazon for $6.99 in print or $5.99 for the Kindle version.
         
         
         
         Bryant Powell gave an overview of the recent Apache Junction land annexation, Through annexation, Apache Junction will provide services (911, water, sewer, etc.) that was previously provided by the county, paving the way for new development.
         
         
         
        August 7
         
        Sean Reavie, President and Founder of Put on the Cape, was our guest speaker today. Board member Kay Royal was also in attendance. Sean, an officer with the Phoenix Police Department, works with abused children. His organization raises funds for advocacy centers that care for children who are victims of crime. Besides providing basic needs, they use super heroes to empower children. Ways you can help are by donating funds, sponsoring events and volunteering. Specific needs include:
        • snacks and juice boxes
        • toys
        • diapers
        • clean clothes
        • super hero action figures and Barbie dolls
        • cash donations, which are always best
        **Our ever generous club members donated $650 in cash for the organization to use as needed.
         
        For more information, visit https://www.putonthecape.com.
         
         
         
        Tina Byrd with Gold Canyon Candles donated two coupons for online social media training. The training will be extremely helpful to the club in learning how to get our message our to the rest of the world. Gold Canyon candles supports charitable groups by giving a portion of the purchase price of their $20 fund raiser candles back to the group.
         
         
         
         Len LaFlesch presented two croquet sets that he purchased for the golf tournament auction. These are great examples of items that could be well received as fund raisers.
         
         
         
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        UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
         

        • September 4 - Becky from Becky's Charity Car Sales
        • September 11 - Lunch at Apache Jct. High School 
        • September 18 - Yanick Hicks, from the Glendale Rotary Club, on becoming a rotarian of influence
        • September 20 - Pursuing Peace Conference
        • September 25 - Col. Frank Milstead, Director of AZ Public Safety
         
         
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        UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

         
        Happy Birthday!
         
        • Fareed Baig - September 9
        • Michael Dungan - September 17
         
         
        Thanks for being a member!
         
        • Sharon Boyd - 12 years on September 1
        • Brian Kabat - 5 years on September 17
         
         
        Happy Anniversary!
         
        • Dean and Rose Holmes - 31 years on September 3
         
         
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        GUESTS AND VISITORS

        Guests and Visitors
        • Jay D. Allen from Gold Canyon, guest of Harvey Clark
        • Jerry Basinski from Apache Junction
        • Dee Basinski from Apache Junction
        • Karen Warhus
        • Susan Corsaro Johnson from Apache Junction
        • Sherry Eklund from Mesa
        • Michelle Iglewski from Green Bay, WI
        • Peggy Cabrinha from Apache Junction
         
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          ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

           
           
           
           In honor of the Raptors winning the NBA Championship, Len LaFlesch saluted our Canadian members by enhancing their flag!
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
           
          Kudos to Harvey Clark, champion fundraiser! Our second annual Barleens event will be on March 21, 2020. The cost will be $62 per person, with $25 going to the Rotary Foundation. The entire theater is currently reserved for the club, until two weeks before the event, when any unsold tickets will go back to Barleens. All promotions will be through the district, at no cost to the club. Harvey is working with Dr. Anderson to get the Apache Junction high school band to play at the event, for a donation of $500. It was moved, seconded and approved to put the event on the district calendar. A table for eight can be reserved, at a sponsorship rate of $500.
           
           

          Rotary Leadership Institute

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

           

           

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          GUESTS AND VISITORS

          Guests and Visitors
          • Susan Corsaro Johnson
          • Diane Haskins
          • Mike Lamb
          • Sandie Russell
          • Kip Olson
          • Peggy Cabrinha
           
           
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            UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

             
            • August 7 - Christine Bitterolf , Homeless Youth Connection
            • August 14 - Dee Baginski, Author of "Courage under Cancer"
            • August 21 - Sherry Ekland, Founder of Teen Strong
            • August 28 - Michelle Iglewski from Grow Good Health/Juice Plus
             
             
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            Upcoming Programs and Events

             
            • July 31 - Denise Hart, President and CEO of AJ Chamber of Commerce
            • August 7 - Christine Bitterolf , Homeless Youth Connection
            • August 14 - Dee Baginski, Author of "Courage under Cancer"
            • August 21 - Sherry Ekland, Founder of Teen Strong
            • August 28 - Michelle Iglewski from Grow Good Health/Juice Plus
             
             
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            SPEAKERS

            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, 2018. 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, Executive 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.
             
             
             
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            ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

             
            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.
             
             
             
            Paul Harris Fellow!
             
            Rotarian Brian Kabat was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by President Matt Ruppert, for putting service above self. Brian and his wife, Ashley, contribute so much to the Apache Junction community. Well done, Brian!
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
            Presidential Transition!
             
             Outgoing president Matt Ruppert passed the gavel to Bob Benjamin on May 26. Thanks for a job well done, Matt! Bob, we're excited for your leadership!
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
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            UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

             
            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
             
             
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            SPEAKERS

            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.
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
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            GUESTS AND VISITORS

            Guests and Visitors
            • Roger Hacker, Mesa
            • Dan Zimmerman, Mesa (speaker)
            • Bill Staples, Mesa
            • Rosie Portugal-Brasted, Mesa
            • Rick Mayer, Apache Junction
             
             
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              UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

               
               
              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
               
               
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              UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

               
              • 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
               
               
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              ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

               
               
               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?!!
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
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              UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

               
              • 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
               
               
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              SPEAKERS

              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. 
               
               
               
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              UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

               
               
              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
               
               
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              ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

               
               
               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?!!
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
               
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              GUESTS AND VISITORS

              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
               
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                SPEAKERS

                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.  
                 
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                ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                 
                 
                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.
                 
                 
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                GUESTS AND VISITORS

                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.
                 
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                  UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                   
                   
                  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
                   
                   
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                  UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                   
                  • 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
                   
                   
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                  SPEAKERS

                  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.
                   
                   
                   
                   
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                  ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                   
                   
                   
                  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.
                   
                   
                   
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                  GUESTS AND VISITORS

                  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
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                  UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                  • 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
                   
                   
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                  UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Roberta Holmes 2019-02-27 07:00:00Z 0


                  UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                   
                   
                  • 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
                   
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                  UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                   
                   
                  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
                   
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                  ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                   
                   
                   
                   
                  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


                  GUESTS AND VISITORS

                  Guests and Visitors
                  • Delbert Lutes, guest of Judy Lutes
                   
                  Visiting Rotarians
                  • "Van" Van Jepmond, Lacy, Washington
                  • Terry Cowan, Apache Junction, eClub of the Southwest
                  • Bill Ohe, Edmonton Riverview Rotary Club
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                    MEETING DETAILS

                     
                    December 4, 2019

                    At his official visit on December 4, District Governor David Simmer educated and inspired us as he spoke about the Rotary Vision Statement: "Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the glove, in our communities and in ourselves". He pointed out that there are three things you can bring to an organization: time, talent and treasure. He also stressed to us that, in order to attract people to our organization, we need to show that we are "people of action"--that we make a difference in the lives of other people.

                     

                    DG David presented the Rotary ‘Connects the World' Banner to President Bob Benjamin.

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    David also presented the 'Rotary Connects the World' Award to Assistant District Governor Lee Holmes, in recognition for his efforts to "connect to those beyond the club, locally and globally".

                     

                     

                     

                    A ‘Certificate of appreciation’ was presented to the club for its support of the ‘End Polio Now Countdown to History Campaign’ -- ‘together we will fulfill our promise to the children of the world and eradicate polio’. Past District Governor Jim Ericson accepted the award for the club.

                     

                    A ‘Paul Harris plus Seven’ pin was awarded to Past District Governor, Jay Jones.

                     

                     

                     

                     

                     
                    December 11, 2019

                    Cheryl Hussein from the Natural Healing Center of Gold Canyon, spoke at the December 11 meeting about the potential benefits of CBD oil produced from responsibly grown help. It is known to help sleep, relieve anxiety and improve memory, appetite and mood.

                     

                     
                     
                    December 18, 2019

                    On December 18, Bryant Powell, Chairman of the charity golf tournament on January 11, gave an update of planning team's progress.

                    Ball drop tickets were distributed by Tracy Yamamoto to everyone who was present at the meeting. Sharon Boyd reported on efforts to collect auction and raffle items. She stressed the value of gift cards from restaurants, salons, golf courses, etc. Len LaFlesch is trying to add items to the player bags, such as golf towels with the logo of the donor.

                    Volunteers should be there at 8:00 am to prepare for the 10:30 tee-off. If you haven't already signed up, you can do so by emailing Bryant Powell (bpowell@ajcity.net) or Aaron McDermid (aaron@mcdermidteam.com).

                     

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                    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
                     

                    • January 8 - Club Assembly: Golf Tournament planning update
                    • January 11 - 19th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
                    • January 15 - Lanie Martin: Options for Senior Living
                    • January 22 - Barbara Rea: Melaluca
                    • January 29 - Stacy Gramazio: Florence Copper
                     
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                    UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                     
                    Happy Birthday!
                     
                    • Ray Trankle - January 13
                    • Jacquie Smith - January 16
                    • Susan Corsaro-Johnson - January 24
                     
                     
                    Happy Anniversary!
                     
                    • Lee and Roberta Holmes - January 20
                    • Werner and Martha Salinger - January 27
                     
                     
                    Thanks for being a member!
                     
                    • Krista Anderson - 1 year on January 1
                    • Donald Austin - 2 years on January 11
                    • Jim Erickson - 13 years on January 12
                    • Ben Fellows - 14 years on January 14
                    • Len LaFlesch - 24 years on January 15
                    • Ed Shockley - 11 years on January 15
                    • Dean Holmes - 5 years on January 26
                     
                     
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                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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.
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    SPEAKERS

                    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.
                     
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                    NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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
                     
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                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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
                     
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                    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                    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
                     
                     
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                    OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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
                     
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                    SPEAKERS

                    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.
                     
                     
                     
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                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    Posted by Roberta Holmes on Sep 02, 2018
                     
                    We were pleased to have as visitors Sharon Boyd, Dena Kimble and Dorothy Homann.
                     
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                    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                    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
                     
                     
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                    SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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
                     
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                    SPEAKERS

                    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.
                     
                     
                     
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                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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.
                     
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                    AUGUST BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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
                     
                     
                     
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                    SPEAKER

                    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.
                     
                     
                     
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                    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                    Posted by Roberta Holmes on Jul 11, 2018
                     
                     
                    July 18 - Member classification talks
                     
                    July 25 - Dr. Kelli Ward, U.S Senate Candidate
                     
                     
                     
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                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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.
                     
                     
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                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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.
                     
                     
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                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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.
                     
                     
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                    JUNE BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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
                     
                     
                     
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                    SPEAKER

                    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

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                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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.
                     
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                    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                    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
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    SPEAKER

                    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.
                     
                     
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                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 23, 2018
                    Our guest on Wednesday was Chuck Holland from the Mesa East club.
                     
                     
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                    SPEAKER

                    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.  
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                    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
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    Posted by Roberta Holmes on May 16, 2018
                    Our guests at the May 16th meeting were Cassandra Shockley and Jennie Buchanan.
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                    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                    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
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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.
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    SPEAKER

                    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. 
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    MAY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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
                     
                     
                     
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                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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. 
                     
                     
                     
                     
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                    ANNOUNCEMENTS

                    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. 
                     
                     
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                    SPEAKER

                    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.  
                     
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                    UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    MARATHON AND RODEO

                    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


                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ROTARIANS CELEBRATE TREE PLANTING

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES 

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKERS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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


                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                     
                    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


                    SPEAKERS

                     
                     
                    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


                    SPEAKERS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    GOLF TOURNAMENT REPORT

                    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

                    GOLF TOURNAMENT MAJOR SPONSORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    MEET OUR NEWEST MEMBER

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    SPEAKERS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    CLUB HOLIDAY SOCIAL

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    FESTIVAL OF THE SUPERSTITIONS

                    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

                    NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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

                    ANOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    RE THE PLEDGE AND/OR AN INVOCATION

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ROTARIANS HONOR CAAFA FOUNDER SHARON STINARD

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    IN MEMORIAM

                    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

                    SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR LUCY YOUNG

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    AUGUST BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    GOODBYE FAITHFUL FRIEND OTIS

                    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

                    PRESIDENT ED'S GOOD-BYE AND THANK YOU!

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    JULY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    JUNE BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKERS

                    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

                    ROTARY FOUNDATION REPORT

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    CORRECTIONS REGARDING THE APACHE JUNCTION FOOD BANK

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    BOB CROW TURNS 88!

                    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

                    MAY BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    SPEAKER

                    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

                    THESE ARE THE ONES WE ARE HELPING

                    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

                    ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CLUB BUSINESS

                    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

                    GUESTS AND VISITORS

                    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

                    ANOUNCEMENTS AND
                    CLUB BUSINESS

                    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.
                     
                     
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                    SPEAKER

                    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!
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
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