Community generosity reflects season of both thanks and giving
The Mayor and City Council took some time at their meeting on December 5 to thank individuals, organizations and agencies who have generously donated time and money over the past quarter to community projects administered by the city.
Almost half of the meeting was devoted to these acknowledgements. “Wow... 45 minutes of thank yous and kudos to the community,” Mayor Jeff Serdy remarked following the recognitions and announcements from the Council.
Roger Hacker from the city’s Revenue Development Department introduced the donors and the donations with a qualification that it was not possible to list everyone.
“You turned to a citizen’s group to get some recommendations on what levels should be recognized, what levels should merit a photo opportunity with the mayor and the opportunity to speak to the council,” he said. “Just because somebody is not thanked here, does not mean that your donation... is not appreciated.”
Tuesday night’s recognition was the fourth time that donors have been named in this manner, and since November 1, 2016, there have been 447 donors who have contributed $126,383 toward 24 city-supported projects. “Everyone who donates is making a contribution to our community,” Hacker said.
The Apache Junction Mounted Rangers were recognized for their contributions to the Christmas Toy Drive and the D.A.R.E. program. The Rangers’ spokesperson Linda Umlah was joined by several other Rangers to accept recognition. Also thanked for their support of D.A.R.E. were Apache Junction Unified School District, represented by Superintendent Dr. Krista Anderson; the Fraternal Order of Elks, Horizon Health & Wellness and the Volunteer Center of Pinal County.
Rich Sterba was recognized for his support of Fit Families (Supporting Healthy Families) and STEM Education (Preparing our Youth).
The Superstition Mountain Promotional Corporation was thanked for their support of both Kids’ Club (providing positive activities) and the TGIF lunch program. Other contributors to programs supporting local youth were also thanked, including Superstition Mountain Rotary for planting trees at Little League Park; and Robin Barker, Publisher, Apache Junction/Gold Canyon News; Bashas’ Food Stores, represented by Rob Johnson, for contributing to the TGIF lunch program.
For their support of Paws & Claws Care Center (safeguarding animals), Keith and Abby Burkholder, Dilly Dog, Henry and Mary Jo Diulus, Norma Guysinger, Lynn Harwell, Andrea Hinkle, Howard Hinkle, Diana Kesler-LaClair, Dale Meyerson, Shirley Rollins and Janelle Weyer were thanked by the Mayor and City Council.
Residents of the Royal Palm Median Project (Enhancing a neighborhood) Jerry Anderson and Ann Reid, Charles Jordan, Dale Meyerson, Jeff and Svitlana Serdy and Valerie Steinbock were thanked for their contributions.
Pam Giannonatti and Bob Zimmerman of Fry’s Food Stores presented a check for $5,000 in support of the city’s Senior Lunch Program.
Thanked for their support of Apache Junction’s recent Town Hall (involving citizens), were Arizona Water Company, CORE Construction, Republic Services, Salt River Project and Superstition Mountains Community Facilities District.
Robin Barker was recognized for her generous support of the Water for Living Project that collects and distributes water bottles to the community’s residents in need.