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city of Apache Junction was the thankful beneficiary of a recent Rotary
International challenge to help plant trees across the globe.
After 2017/18 Rotary International President Ian H.S. Riseley announced the theme for his term, Rotary: Making a Difference, he further indicated that
environmental protection was something essential to Rotary’s goal of
sustainable service. Riseley challenged
every Rotary club to make a difference in their local community by planting a
tree for every member, stating: “I
believe the greater result will be a Rotary that recognizes our responsibility
not only to the people on our planet, but to the planet itself.”
The local Rotary Club of Superstition Mountains, led by efforts from Treasurer Len LaFlesch, President Ed Shockley, and project manager Warren Salinger convinced their club to do just that. Planting 40
trees in Apache Junction, they helped beautify areas, increased the enjoyment
of residents, and affected positive changes for the environment.
The largest portion of the tree donations took place on Royal Palm Rd, where a neighborhood initiated project was already occurring to vegetate and beautify the median. Funds for boulders and native trees in this area were contributed
primarily by area residents and the project was coordinated by city staff. The
project was short of about two-thirds of the funds to complete the trees but with the
help from Superstition Mountain Rotary, the city was able to complete the
project in its entirety.
second project receiving attention from the local Rotary club was the
replacement of several trees at the Little League baseball field complex
located on Ironwood, north of Broadway. This facility is owned and operated by the city and several of the large
shade trees have died over the years. Replanting shade trees will be a major impact to both the aesthetic appeal and practical needs of the facility.
of Superstition Mountain’s (Club 1246) was chartered by Rotary International on
Jan. 9, 1961. Rotary International is the world's first service club
organization having started in February 1905. Rotary International has more
than 1.2 million members in over 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary’s goals include
five Avenues of Service: Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service,
International Service, and Youth Service. Members of Rotary Clubs work locally, regionally and internationally by
volunteering and contributing resources to others, living the motto: “Service Above Self."
For more information about Superstition Mountain Rotary Club, visit www.superrotary.com. For more information about this project and other donor projects, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (480) 983-2181 or visit our website at www.ajcity.net/parks.