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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Western Arizona Humane Socity

Becky Fawson, President of Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club, presented Nicole Mangieli/Western Arizona Humane Society Operations Manager and Lynn Kannianen/Board Member a $1,700 donation check. The donation was obtained from tips received by the Rotary club's at its Oktoberfest last month where 5 dogs and 5 cats were adopted out by the humane society. Mangieli and Kannianen spoke to the club on the humane society's upcoming December 1 fundraiser, Whiskers and Wine, to be held at the Grand Events Center. The event will be catered by Garlic Clove with beer and wine provided by Black Bridge Brewery and live music by Buffalo Nickel. Proceeds will be used to help defray the cost of maintaining the animal shelter.  The average shelter cost for each animal admitted is $300, covering not only food and boarding but also parvo-testing, vaccinating, spaying or neutering, and microchipping. For more information on the humane society or to volunteer, call 928-753-2727.
11-16-2018 - Western Arizona Humane Society 2018-11-17 07:00:00Z 0
Another successful Brews and Brats Oktoberfest! Mary K Clark 2018-10-16 07:00:00Z 0

Lee Williams Wrestling Program

Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's August 24th meeting were Dan Ondrejka, Head Coach of Lee Williams Wrestling Team and Jimmy Wayman, team member (shown above with club president Becky Fawson). The wrestling program began 6 years ago and is proud of the strides made in the past 3 years, winning 70% of their matches, 10 state qualifiers and  a trophy last year. The team travels more than any other school sport with 5 away tournaments (and 1 home tournament) per season. This coming season they're pleased to have scheduled 2 home tournaments. The cost of the wrestling program is $4,500 per year with only $700 provided by the school and the balance through fund raising and donations. Tax credits are available to those making donations to the program.
Wrestling Program! Lee Williams High School 2018-09-08 07:00:00Z 0

Jeff Wrigley, Warden

Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's June 8th meeting was Jeff Wrigley, Warden at AZ State Prison in Golden Valley (shown above with club president-elect Becky Fawson). The facility consists of 2 units. Huachuca, with 1500 beds, houses medium security prisoners, primarily sex offenders with an average sentence of 15 years. Cerbat, with 2,000 beds, houses minimum security prisoners with an average sentence of 5 years or less. Approximately 100 prisoners per day from the Cerbat unit work on outside projects through the City of Kingman, Mohave Community College and elsewhere. Wrigley noted the prison emphasis is on a maintaining a safe facility and respectful environment. Upon entering, if an inmate doesn't have an 8th grade education, he must attend classes to obtain a GED and if he doesn't, then he is required to serve his full sentence. Vocational programs are also offered including Braille, in which 22 inmates are currently enrolled.
6-8-2018 Jeff Wrigley, Warden at AZ State Prison in Golden Valley 2018-06-09 07:00:00Z 0

Chamber of Commerce Report

Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's June 1 speaker was Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Michael Hindenach (shown above with club Past President Tom Clark). The chamber's annual meeting at Kingman Regional Medical Center's Hualapai Campus will feature a presentation on Kingman Crossing by KRMC CEO Brian Turney. June 30 at 6:00 p.m. is Derby Days at Mohave County Fairgrounds with tickets available at the chamber office. Hindenach also touched on water resource management, a topic of concern to all. 
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May 25th’s Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club meeting featured a speaker, a donation presentation, and a Citizen of the Month award.  White Cliffs Interactor Past President/Assistant Governor Chase Walther (above left of club president Susan Williams) gave a flip chart presentation on “Lessons from Interact Conference”: double check everything, utilize your resources, believe in your ability, never deny an opportunity to serve others, and more. The club presented a donation check to the Kingman Academy of Learning Lego League Team (above, right of club president Susan Williams - Evan Steadman, team coordinator Celeste Lucier, Dylan Steadman). Honored as the club’s May Citizen of the Month was Jody Schanaman (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Shanahan’s community involvement includes Kingman High School Sharpshooters, Mohave Scholastic Clay Target Program, Kingman First Robotics Team 60, and Friends of the NRA.
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KRMC Ongoing Construction

Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's May 4th meeting was Ryan Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer of Kingman Regional Medical Center and fellow club member (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Kennedy updated the club on KRMC's ongoing construction and development. The cancer center's $4,500,000 project has double the center's space. The cardiovascular center is expanding, along with new state-of-the-art equipment. The emergency department's planned expansion will increase its beds from 27 to 49 and change semi-private rooms to private rooms. Also in the works is a retail pharmacy with drive-thru window.
5-4-2018 Ryan Kennedy COO KRMC 2018-05-06 07:00:00Z 0

Mohave Community College

April 27th's Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club speaker was Dr. Michael J. Kearns, President of Mohave Community College  (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Dr. Kearns reported the college campus is getting a new improved look with permanent buildings replacing the outdated mobile ones, including a building underway that will house a fitness center. Innovation and transformation is of import in education today and college completion takes precedence over college enrollment. As a result, the college's success rate in remedial math has improved from 57% to 88% over the previous year with student progression now being stressed.
4-27-2018 Dr. M.J. Kearns 2018-04-29 07:00:00Z 0

Mohave County Elections

Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's April 20 speaker was Allen Tempert, Mohave County Elections Director (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Tempert  updated the group on the elections department. The next Primary Election is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, with a registration deadline of Monday, July 30th. For further information go online at or phone 928-753-0733.
4-20-2018 - Allen Tempert 2018-04-21 07:00:00Z 0

School Safety and Active Shooters

Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's April 13 speaker was Roger Jacks, Superintendent of Kingman Area School District (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Jacks spoke to the club on School Safety and Active Shooters. Schools receive extensive training throughout the year on school safety, conduct drills, and have security cameras. To date, there are also security resource officers in 5 of the 12 schools in the district.
4-13-2018 Roger Jack 2018-04-18 07:00:00Z 0

Balance Local and International Service

Featured speaker at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's March 30 meeting was Rev. Michael Birnbaum, pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Rev. Birnbaum, having been a Rotary International Team Leader in Central America, encouraged the group to balance local with international service, emphasizing projects that are sustainable. When traveling Rotarians should put into practice Rotary's motto of Service Above Self by seeking to fill a need when observed. Living Word Church has two May mission trips planned to Rocky Point, Mexico open to the Christian community. For details, call 509-710-3283 or email 
3-30-2018 Rev Michael Birnbaum 2018-04-01 07:00:00Z 0

The Club for Youth

Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club's March 23 speaker was Bill Ward (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Ward, CEO of The Club for Youth (formerly Kingman Boys & Girls Club) noted the club served 202 youth in February, serves dinner and a snack Mondays through Thursdays and  lunch and a snack Fridays, is open 253 days a year and costs only $350/year with scholarships available. For further information email or phone 928-718-0033.
3/23/2018 Speaker Bill Ward 2018-03-28 07:00:00Z 0

Monthly Movie Night

Monthly Movie Night was the topic of the presentation to Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club at their March 16 meeting. Steve Conn (shown above with club president Susan Williams) presents a classic movie, mainly from the 1930s-1950's,  at Kathryn Heidenreich Seniors Center, 1776 Airway Avenue, at 6pm the 4th Friday of the month for a $2 donation. Popcorn, snacks and drinks are also available. For further information call 928-757-2778
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Wayne Hollins Thank you!

Honored as Citizen of the Month at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s February 23 meeting was Wayne Hollins (shown above with Citizen of the Month Chairman Kristi Blair and Rotary presenter Sue Bethel). Hollins spearheaded a clean up effort of the desert in Golden Valley called Golden Valley Cactus Cleaners.  In 2017 the group cleared 104,110 pounds of trash in Golden Valley which included 15 boats and 4831 tires from the desert. Hollins encourages people to clean up one bag of trash each time they head out into the desert.
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Tax Laws

Speaking on Tax Law Updates at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s February 23 meeting was local CPA Henry Varga (shown above with club president Susan Williams).
2-23-2018 The Mystery of Tax Laws 2018-02-24 07:00:00Z 0

Kingman Academy Middle School - The Force!

Kingman Academy Middle School’s FIRST Lego League teams (Evan Steadman, Margret Scholl, Dylan Steadman, Marla Nisski, and Lanie DelaPena, flanked by Rotary club president Susan Williams and teacher Celeste Lucier ) spoke at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s February 16 meeting. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Lego League is a worldwide event with thousands of teams competing. Students research a real world problem, develop a solution to the problem and present it to others. The past three years, Kingman Academy’s teams have qualified in Flagstaff for the State Tournament. For further information or a presentation to your business, contact Celeste Lucier at 928-377-8586 or
2-26-2018 - Lego League Team 2018-02-17 07:00:00Z 0

Operation Homecoming 

Operation Homecoming was the topic of the presentation given at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s February 9 meeting. Featured speaker was club member Bill McClure (shown above with club president Susan Williams). McClure, a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, flew the second plane which airlifted 40 POWs (prisoners of war) out of Hanoi, North Vietnam February 12, 1973, some had been held captive for 7-1/2 years.
2/9/2018 Operation Homecoming 2018-02-11 07:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2018

Rotarian or was it Theodore Roosevelt?

After Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club ‘s February 2 planned speaker cancelled at the last minute, the club was treated to a welcome surprise. As it so happened, Rotarian Joe Wiegand from Colorado Springs Rotary Club, was visiting the club that day. Joe is billed as “the world’s premiere Theodore Roosevelt reprisor, delighting audiences at the White House, in all 50 states and internationally.” Wiegand stepped up and treated the club to a wonderful performance. He can be reached at
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School Reading Program

Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s January 26 meeting were Vicki Trujillo/ Cerbat Elementary School Principal and Julie Runkel/Assistant Principal (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Their topic covered the school’s reading program. Third grade students must pass a reading test before being promoted to fourth grade. To help students in this effort are Rotary Readers, club members and other volunteers who devote a half hour weekly to sitting with students needing help in this area and having the students read to them. For additional information on Rotary Readers, contact Bob Najaka at 928-715-1440.
1-23-2018 Rotary Readers Make a difference 2018-01-30 07:00:00Z 0

Pilot Project - partnership with Bureau of Land Management and The Humane Society

Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s January 19 meeting was Grace Kahler, Humane Society of the United States Wildlife Field Manager (shown above with club president, Susan Williams). Kahler reviewed the pilot project the humane society will be conducting in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management to determine the feasibility of using the PZP (or ZonaStat-H) immunocongraceptive vaccine to manage the wild burro population in Oatman and the surrounding Black Mountain Herd Management Area. For details on the project email 
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Preparing for Emergencies

Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s featured speaker January 12 was Paul Pitts, Mohave County Medical Reserve Corps Unit Coordinator (shown above with club Public Relations Chairman Lorraine Leeming). Pitts spoke  to the group on Preparing for Emergencies, noting everyone should have two emergency supply kits – one at home and one in their vehicle. Among items to be included are food, water, a battery-operated radio, flashlight, first aid kit, whistle and pet supplies, if applicable. For additional info, Pitts can be contacted at
Paul Pitts, Mohave County Medical Reserve Corps Unit Coordinator 2018-01-12 07:00:00Z 0

Gemstone Tile made in Kingman Arizona

Carolyn Vancleave of Gemstone Tile spoke to Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club at its December 15 meeting. (as shown above with club president Susan Williams). Vancleave explained the process of handcrafting a one of a kind product, utilizing turquoise exclusively from Kingman’s turquoise mine, the last commercially operated turquoise mine in North America. Gemstone Tile makes premium custom handcrafted gemstone tiles from jewelry grade turquoise and other precious materials. It is the only company in the world that is capable of creating this tile. Vancleave can be reached a 928-753-3147 or visit their website at
Carolyn Vancleave of Gemstone Tile 2017-12-16 07:00:00Z 0

Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program.

Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s December 1 speaker was Michelle Valandingham (shown above with club president Susan Williams). Valandingham is Program Coordinator for Mohave County Department of Public Health’s Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program. Her topic, Opioid Crisis, included the following statistics of concern:  Arizona is #8 in U.S. with the biggest opioid problems; Mohave County is #1 among Arizona counties for prescription opioids, illicit opioid possession increased 54.% 2010-2016; there was an increase of 43.9% in RX opioid related deaths 2005-2015. Efforts are being made to encourage physicians to prescribe non-addictive alternative medications when at all possible.
12/01/2017 Michelle Valandingham 2017-12-07 07:00:00Z 0

Among Kingman Route 66 Rotary Clubs community service projects are donations to worthy local charities and distributing dictionaries to all Kingman area third grade students. Shown above club president Susan Williams presents an $800 donation to Kingman Area Food Bank’s director, Katherine Walker at Nov. 17th club meeting.
11/17/2017 Kingman Area Food Bank 2017-11-21 07:00:00Z 0