August 2021 Newsletter

Excerpt from the President’s Column:

COVID-19 is still a challenge, but I am optimistic the future will be better. I hope everyone is
healthy. Due to the COVID-19 impact, the board decided to keep the dues at $5 for another year.
When we get back to regular meetings, we expect dues to go back to $15.

The Scottsdale Senior Center does not have a formal opening date but optimistically expects it
will be open for meetings in January 2022. We are upbeat that our next meeting will be on January 5, 2022. Our Vice President is planning for interesting speakers.

The good news is that our Events Manager Diane Bennett is planning two events for this year.
The first is an October Fest on October 6 at the Kiwanis Park Fiesta Ramada in Tempe. The Club
will be providing all the food: brats, sauerkraut, homemade German potato salad, and more. We
have a beer permit. Please drink responsibly. There will be an accordion player for our entertainment.

In addition, Diane also started planning our December Holiday Charity Luncheon. The tentative plan
is to do the one we put together last year but had to cancel. It will be held at the Scottsdale Plaza
Resort at the northwest corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale Road.

The Club needs two to three volunteers for three functions:

  • Treasurer
  • Membership Chair
  • Newsletter Editor

In addition, Gary Kains our Fix-It Guy coordinator would like to retire, and his replacement can
be from our Club or one of the two other local Clubs.

The Club needs volunteers for these jobs otherwise the Club will be gone. We need members in
their 60’s and early 70’s to become active in running the Club. Please contact us to volunteer.

As of July 31st, our treasury has a balance of $6,981.68. We have not sent any charitable contributions out as yet for this year. The Club will continue with our charity program. Each year we donate $100 to eight local non-profit groups. All recent new members can submit their favorite local non-profit.

The Scholarship Foundation has awarded 8 scholarships this year. STEM students received
$2500 and non-STEM received $1875. These are the highest awards that I am aware of. Our
HGRC members donated the majority of the funds, $8295. All of our contributors should be
proud of giving to a worthwhile cause.