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THE HEART OF ROUTE 66

Kingman Route 66

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3269 Stockton Hill Rd, Kingman AZ 86401
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Kingman, AZ  86402
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Mayor Jen Miles

Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's March 6 speaker, Mayor Jen Miles (shown with club president Karen Brown), addressed the club on the state of the city. The Home Rule option has been approved every 4 years by voters since 1988. When it expires in 2023 staff recommends replacing it with a Permanent Base Adjustment. Miles noted the Rancho Santa Fe Interchange looks good and is expected to go to executive session in April with hopes of breaking ground by the end of the year. Water issues focus on the substation and state legislation is needed for these. Rep. Regina Cobb has proposed several bills on this but no progress yet in the State House of Representatives. Downtown Kingman has new parking spaces for tour buses and street-side seating in front of some businesses. August's primary ballot will include a measure to change the term of mayor from 2 years to 4 years. (Photo and verbiage by Jo Ann Oxsen) 
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Rotary Microgrant recipient
 
At its March 6 meeting, Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club presented Kingman Academy of Learning teacher, Stephanie Roundy with a microgrant donation check of $2,000 (shown with Rotarian Brenda Rhodes and club president Karen Brown). Roundy teaches 3rd-5th grades and will be using the donation for materials to be used in the Sensory Path Circuit program. This is an evidence-based, colorful, creative and playful way for kids to improve fundamental motor skills and build stronger sensory connections in the brain that are responsible for sight, touch, sound, balance, etc. (photo and verbiage by Jo Ann Oxsen)
Treatment for Opioid Addiction
 
The community Medical Services Clinic Manager for Kingman and Lake Havasu City Michelle Valandingham and her associate Ronny Jones spoke at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's February 7 meeting (shown above with club president Karen Brown).  Offering treatment for opioid addiction, there are 46 Community Medical Services clinics nationwide including Kingman, which opened September 2019 and Lake Havasu City, open since August 2019. The clinics administer methadone treatments and provide Naloxone for overdose treatment. Jones, a recovering opioid addict himself, noted opioids are as important to an addict as food and water and methadone helps rewire the brain to help patients avoid relapses. The clinic accepts Medicare, Access or private payment. For further information call 928-565-6699 or email michelle.valandingham@cmsgiveshope.com  (provided by Jo Ann Oxsen) 

Mohave Community College

 

Featured speaker at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's January 24th meeting was Mohave Community College's Kingman campus President (and fellow Rotarian), Dr. Stacy Klippenstein. As of July 1st, Klippenstein became  MCC's 6th President. Having earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and Master of Education in Student Affairs Administration at Montana State University, Klippenstein went on to be awarded his Doctor of Education at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. From there, he began his career in higher education at Northern Arizona University in 1996, where he worked in the Office of Residence Life and Facilities Management. Klippenstein and his wife always had a soft spot in their hearts for Arizona and were happy to return here last year. He noted Mohave Community College has served Mohave County, our communities and students extremely well over the years and he is encouraged by the positive and collaborative spirit of its faculty, staff, students and community partners. For information on Mohave Community College, log on to its website: mohave.edu

Volunteers Needed

 

Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's January 17 meeting speaker was Cecilia Clouser, Kingman Regional Medical Center Volunteer Services Manager (shown with club president, Karen Brown). KRMC volunteers, numbering about 150, serve at the reception desk, the gift shops on the main and second campus, outpatient surgery, the cancer care center, Joan & Diana Hospice, and as drivers transporting patients and more. Gift Shop proceeds go towards grants for hospital needs and scholarships. Minimum age to volunteer at KRMC is 14 years of age. For further information, contact Clouser at 928-263-5673.

 

Kim Bilbrey

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's January 10th speaker was Edward Jones Financial Advisor and Rotarian, Kim Bilbrey. Bilbrey addressed the club on Protecting Yourself from Financial Fraud. For information on this and other financial matters of concern, Bilbrey may be reached a 928-757-5831 (Photo and verbiage by Jo Ann Oxsen)

Kingman Parks, Recreation, Golf and Aquatics

 
Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's first meeting of the new year January 3rd was Mike Meersman, Director of Parks, Recreation, Golf and Aquatics for the City of Kingman (shown above with club Rotarian Tom Clark). Among the topics discussed, Meersman noted a shade structure is being added at Firefighters Park, a new 2-1/2 mile trail, White Cliffs Wagon Wheel Trail, is in the works, and Fort Beale Loop Trail has been upgraded and its parking area increased. Meersman may be contacted at 928-692-3105 or  mmeersman@cityofkingman.gov

Dept of Public Health

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club welcomed Kyle Walsh, Mohave County Department of Public Health Environmental Health Supervisor, as their December 20th speaker (shown with club president Karen Brown). Walsh addressed the club on obtaining health certificates for food service. Two-hour classes are conducted by the health department to obtain food service cards, which are valid for three years. Cost is $20 but is free to volunteers. For details phone 928-757-0901 or email kyle.walsh@mohavecounty.us (photo and verbiage by Jo Ann Oxsen)

Tobacco Use

 
Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's November 22 meeting was Mohave County Community Health Educator Specialist Senior Supervisor and Rotarian Susan Williams (shown with club president Karen Brown). Williams presented a power point presentation on tobacco use. Between 1965 and 2018 tobacco use in the U.S. dropped from 42% to 13.7% while in Mohave County it dropped from 29% in 2011 to 20% in 2018. E-cigarette use among high school students surged from 11.7% in 2017 to  20.8% in 2018. According to the Center for Disease Control as of 11-20-19: nationwide 2,290 cases of e-cigarette or vaping products use has been associated with lung injury, along with 42 deaths.

Tanzania H.O.P.E 

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's November 1 speaker was Cindy Vawter (shown above with club past-president Becky Fawson). Cindy gave a power point presentation  on the Tanzania African Water Project in which her late husband and fellow Rotarian, Don Vawter, was very much involved and to which the club donates. Also covered was Tanzania's H.O.P.E. Now children's project. (Verbiage and photo by Jo Ann Oxsen)

Annie's Attic

 
 Don and Annie Fuller of Annie's Art Attic were featured speakers at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's October 25 meeting (shown above with club president Karen Brown). Annie's Art Attic, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, raises money through sales of donated clothing, jewelry, household items, furniture, collectibles and antiques at   2575 Northern Ave and a second annex location at 4535 Roosevelt where art and craft classes are held. Each month it chooses a local charity to receive a $500 donation. It also assists St. Mary's Church Tuesdays and Fridays in their Daily Bread sandwich distribution. This is just a sampling of Annie's Art Attic's many contributions to the Kingman community and beyond.

Mohave County Animal Shelter

 
Tips from Oktoberfest totaling $1,880 were donated by Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club to Mohave County Animal Shelter at the club's October 18 meeting. Accepting the donation on behalf of the shelter were Lynn Kannianen and Nicole Mangiameli (shown above with club president Karen Brown).

Mohave County Economic Development Director

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's October 11 speaker was Tami Ursenbach, Mohave County Economic Development Director (shown above with club president Karen Brown). Ursenbach addressed the group on attracting businesses to Mohave County, noting the county has a lot to offer relocating and expanding businesses from low business costs to available land. For further information log on to mohavedevelopment.org or phone 928-757-0960.

Street Drags 2019

 
The topic of Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's September 27th meeting was Route 66 Street Drags, presented by Brian Devincenzi/COO/Executive Producer of the event (shown above with club president Karen Brown). 300 cars will vie for the title in 9 classes over this 3-day event October 25-27. This will be the first-ever legal street drag race of this size to be run on Route 66 anywhere in the country. For details, log on to www.RT66streetdrags.com or phone 530-521-4016.

DG David Simmer

 
 At its September 13th meeting, Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club was honored to have 5495 Rotary District Governor, David Simmer, speak to club (shown above with club president, Karen Brown). Simmer noted The Rotary Foundation is among the top-rated service organizations. Charity Navigator, the largest independent evaluator of U.S. charities ranked The Rotary Foundation 8th out of 8,000 charities evaluated in 2019, while Charity Watch gave it an A-plus rating Nov. 2018 and CNBC ranked it as 3rd in its Top 10 Charities Changing the World in 2016. According to Simmer, 785,000,000 world-wide don't have access to clean water and Water and Sanitation is among Rotary's six areas of focus. The other five areas of focus are Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development. For further information on the Rotary Foundation and to support or become a part of this outstanding service organization, log on to rotary5495.org

All Hazard Emergency Service

 
Paul Pitts, a retired Fire Chief (shown above with club president Karen Brown), addressed Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club at its August 23rd meeting. Pitts, who has worked in emergency service his entire career, reviewed All Hazard Emergency Service formed after Anthrax attacks, which prepares health departments for major catastrophes or disasters. Also reviews was  Medical Resource Group, formed after 911, which has 900 units nationwide and can respond to any incident that affects public health. Pitts noted individuals and family should have in place a plan for what to do in the case of a disaster and recommended downloading the mobile app Code Red. (Thank you to Jo Ann Oxsen)
 
 
  

KRMC Public Relation

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's August 16th meeting's featured speakers were Ben McGlothlin, KRMC Public Relations Specialist and Scott Kern, KRMC Director of Communications & Development (shown above with club president Karen Brown). The topic was Kingman Regional Medical Center Foundation's Stewardship Program. The program consists of 5 classes beginning October 17 from 8-10am and continuing on the third Thursday of the month through February 2020, each with a different focus. October: Overview by President/CEO Brian Turney the Emergency Department; November: Cardiology and Inpatient Services; December: Pain Management, Orthopedic & Therapy Services; January: Imaging Services and Respiratory and Wound Care; and February: Finance Economics and Cancer Care. Classes are open to the public but limited to 20 registrants. For details and to register, contact McGlothlin at bmcglothlin@azkrmc.com or 928-263-3873. 

Yes for Kingman Schools Committee

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's August 9th speaker was Gary Waters with the Yes for Kingman Schools Committee. Waters spoke on Kingman United School District's $35,000,000 Bond issue. If passed in November's Special Election, $18,000,000 of the bond will be used to update Palo Cristi and La Senita schools with the balance to be used for 10 new school busses and other school district needs. Cost to Kingman Area School District property owners will be approximately $50 for every $100,000 of property valuation. For further information, email Waters at gjwatersjr@pm.me
 

Micro Grants Distributed!

 
At its July 19th meeting, Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club presented microgrants to 3 local teachers (shown above with club president Karen Brown). A $1,000 microgrant was awarded to Bethany Wigal to be used for a 3D printer for her Cerbat Elementary 5th grade class. A $605 microgrant was awarded to Jennifer Colbert to be used for 5 microscopes and film  for her Cerbat Elementary 3rd grade class. A $350 microgrant was awarded to Susan Collins to be used for 40 high-quality recorders for her music class at Manzanita Elementary School. 

Rotary Grants

 
At Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's July 19th meeting, the club presented two donations to the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council. The first $7,750 donation was towards the Women's Veterans Room and the second $4,000 donation towards ADA Compliance. Accepting the donations was Casey Farrell (shown above with club president Karen Brown).et.

QR 911

 
 Speaking at the July 12th meeting of Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club was Oscar Lopez, Building & Life Safety Inspector with Kingman Fire Department (shown above with club past-president Becky Fawson). Lopez addressed the club on QR911, a program that provides life-saving information to emergency responders. City of KIngman Fire Department is the first fire department in the nation to offer this free program. With it, each person that enrolls is issued a QR code, specific to that individual, which can be printed out & displayed in the home, vehicle, wallet, etc. Included in the code is the individual's critical medical information such as medications taken, allergies, etc. and is confidential and can only be accessed by emergency responders.For more information on QR911, contact Lopez at 928-753-2891 or alopez@cityofkingman.gov

Peramedic with Western Air Rescue

 
Featured speaker at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's May 31st meeting was John Rodriguez, Paramedic with Western Air Rescue, a division of Arizona DPS (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). Western Air Rescue has been providing rescue services for over 45 years. In addition to responding locally, as directed by DPS, the 3 pilots and 3 paramedics in the Kingman vicinity also respond to Utah, Nevada and California when called upon. For further information on Western Air Rescue, Rodriguez can be reached at jrodriguez@azdps.gov
 

WWI Memorial Restoration

 
 Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's May 24th meeting was Terry Flanagan, Commandant of Marine Corps League 887. Flanagan spoke to the club on the World War I Memorial currently being restored by the Marine Corps League's Devil Dogs. In the 1990's the machine gun figure between the doughboy and sailor disappeared at a time when copper was being stolen throughout the area and it is being replaced by the Devil Dogs. Dedication of the memorial is scheduled for June 29th in front of the courthouse.

We Celebrate you!

 
Honored as May Citizen of the Month at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's May 17th meeting was Tim Gerlach (shown above with Rotarian Susan Williams, Gerlach's wife Wendy, daughter Dakotah and niece Sadi). Gerlach is president of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 765 in Kingman which sponsors The Young Eagles. This year they've completed two Young Eagles Flight Rallies with a third planned and have hosted a Flight Safety Seminar in cooperation with the FAA and the USMC. Now being organized is the 2019 Kingman Air Fest, fly-in and Open House scheduled for October 19. 

Tourism our future! 

 
Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's May 17th meeting was Jim Hinckley (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). Hinckley, author of 18 books and hundreds of feature articles for various publications, is a tourism development consultant, CEO of Route 66 Crossroads, committee member of Kingman's Economic Development Advisory Committee and member of Route 66 Road Ahead Partnership. Hinckley is currently teaching a class at Mohave Community College, The History and Culture of Route 66, with a second class, Route 66 Hospitality and Tourism scheduled for May 29-June 12. To register, log on to ce.mohave.edu. Jim Hinckley's America website, www.jimhinckleysamerica.com gives readers a closeup look at America's historic Route 66.

WW2 AC Last Stand

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's April 12th speaker was Kingman's  Planning and Economic Development Director Gary Kellogg (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). Kellogg presented a 7 minute black and white video, "WW2 AC Last Stand" by Howard Grounds depicting the destruction of World War 2 airplanes at Kingman Airport. Over 5,000 planes were destroyed following WW2. Aluminum from the planes was smeltered and it, along with tires, fuel and any other salvageable items were sold.
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Tunnels in Kingman! 

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's April 5 speaker was Kingman Historian and fellow club member Dan Messersmith. Dan addressed the club on The Kingman Tunnels. Most or all of those originating prior to 1888 were destroyed in the devastating fires of 1888, 1898 and 1907. Two tunnels were built @1909: the first a steam pipe under the Powerhouse running east and the second a large sewer system by the railroad. These have since sealed up with no access today. (Photo and verbiage by Jo Ann Oxsen)

One Stop Operator

 
Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's March 29th meeting was Jason Millin, One Stop Operator with Kingman's Arizona at Work (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). Arizona at Work assists unemployed or underemployed individuals to create and implement their career plan and earn a living wage. For further information call 928-753-0723 or email Millin at jason.millin@mohavecounty.us
 

Day in the Park

 
 At its March 22nd meeting, Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club had as its featured speaker Linda Williams, Kingman Regional Medical Center Pharmacist. Williams spoke on Kingman's upcoming "Day in the Park", scheduled for Saturday. April 13th from 9am to 1pm at Centennial Park. This free event promotes healthy living by encouraging participants to walk the path at Centennial Park and along the way to visit vendor booths for tips and information about health and wellness in our community. Included will be live fitness demonstrations, raffles and prizes for participants. 

Your Title here

 
TSpeaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's March 15th meeting was Jill Gernetzke (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). Gernetzke, a pilot and wing-walker, is President of M-14P.  On its website M-14P is billed as the world's #1  provider of sales and service of M-14P aircraft and is located at 4905 Flightline Drive in Kingman Airport's Business Complex. For further information on M-14P, log onto it's website at m-14p.com or phone 928-681-4400. 

Suicide education.

 
Sue Blayre-White with Mohave County Department of Public Health (shown above with Rotary club president Becky Fawson) addressed Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club on Suicide at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's March 1st meeting. Blayre-White explained suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in Arizona and the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-34 year olds, adding almost twice as many people die by suicide in Arizona annually than by homicide. The Mental Health Resource Team has placed suicide prevention in Mohave County as its primary focus with monthly meetings held the third Thursday of the month at Kingman Regional Medical Center's Hualapai Campus. For more information contact Teri Williams at 928-681-5061 or email her at twilliams@azkrmc.com

Shelter Box

 
 Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club member Andrea Shields gave a power point presentation on Shelter Box. Rotary International partners with Shelter Box to provide emergency shelter following catastrophic events worldwide. Within 24-48 hours following a disaster, volunteers arrive on the scene with shelter boxes, each of which includes a custom-designed family tent, waterproof ground mat, thermal fleece blankets, cooking equipment, water containers, a solar light, a tool kit and more to provide for a family for up to 6 months. Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club donates $1,000 yearly to the Shelter Box Project. 
 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club donates $1,000 yearly to this worthy project.

Motivational Speaker!

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club hosted  as its February 8 speaker Yanick Hicks, a member of Glendale Rotary Club (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). A licensed Pharmacist, Hicks is also a certified John Maxwell speaker, coach and trainer. He spoke to the group on Leadership. For further information log onto Hicks' website: liftmylids.com or email him at yanickhicks@gmail.com

Kingman Harm Reduction Program

 
Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's February 1st meeting was Dusti Yamaguchi (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). Yamaguchi heads up the Kingman Harm Reduction Program which provides free, anonymous, non-judgmental syringe exchange, naloxone (Narcan), and harm reduction supplies. According to Yamaguchi, 83% of overdoses are reversed by naloxone, including 73 reversals in the Kingman area between May and December 2018.Over 6,000 clean needles were distributed last year. Yamaguchi announced Sonoran Prevention Works will be presenting Introduction to Overdose Prevention at Mohave Community College February 27th, 5-7pm. and to contact Courteney Wettemann at 928-550-1681 or email her at cwettemann@spwaz for details. For further information on Kingman Harm Reduction Program, contact Yamaguchi at 609-755-5477 or email her at dyamaguchi@spwaz.org
 

The Wall: Operation Pal Joey

 
 Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's January 25th meeting was Harley Petit (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). Petit spoke on an organization he has initiated called "The Wall: Operation Pal Joey." Its goal is to raise funds to send veterans (from any U.S. military service branch) to Washington, D.C. on an all-expense-paid trip to experience the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The trip package for the Vet and a companion includes four days and three nights stay in Washington, D.C. with per diem to offset any costs. For further information email Petit at harley3787@gmail.com or phone him at 928-530-2555.

All the Light Inside of You

 
 Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's January 18th speaker was Keryl Oliver (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). Oliver ,who spent her teen years in Kingman and now resides in Atlanta, GA, shared personal experiences from her recently published book "All the Light Inside of You," which walks readers "through the seasons that make up her secular life to the discovery of the true source of the light and love that resides within every one of us." 

Bruce and Lorraine Leeming

 
At Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's January 4th meeting, Bruce Leeming, assisted by his wife, Rotarian Lorraine Leeming, shared slides from their European tour of World War II memorials dedicated to the United States armed forces.

Kingman Regional Medical Center

 
 Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's December 14 meeting was KRMC Chief Operating Officer and fellow club member, Ryan Kennedy. With 1,900 employees, Kingman Regional Medical Center is Mohave County's largest employer. Its Community Pharmacy is scheduled to open in the next week, which will enable patients to have their prescriptions filled before being discharged from the hospital. KRMC's cardiovascular center expansion is due for completion in the spring of 2020. Its emergency department expansion two-year project, adding 20,000 square feet with a projected cost of $11,000,000-$12,000,000, will go to bid this coming spring. 100 stalls have been added to employee parking behind Urgent Care, thus freeing up more patient parking spaces. Also pending is medical office space development on the 4th floor of KRMC's Hualapai campus. 

Citizen of the month

 
Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club named Tim Schritter as Citizen of the Month at their November 30th meeting. Schritter is a native born Kingman resident and owner and brewmaster of Blackbridge Brewery. His passion for success has always included serving and giving back to the community. He has brought value, service and revitalization to the downtown area with a place for both young and old to hang out and socialize and has encouraged other business owners to invest in this area. Schritter has donated to many organizations from the day he opened his doors and is a big supporter of Rotary, local small businesses, law enforcement and public service agencies. 
 
 
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