Superstition Mountain Rotary Club held a Rotary Foundation fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 7, at Barleens Dinner Theater, 2275 E. Old West Highway in Apache Junction.
All CDC guidelines were carefully followed for the sold-out event, including social distancing, face masks and additional safety precautions.
The Barleen family did a fantastic job with the show — new songs, new acts, along with a great dinner. Indeed a pleasure and great fun was had by all. The show was one hour and 45 minutes with constant entertainment.
The event started with a special performance by the Apache Junction High School Marching Band under the direction of Karl Hermann. The 30-plus band members in full-dress uniforms marched into the theater and performed to a standing ovation from the audience.
Director Hermann said, “The band members had been practicing for months and looking forward to this event because due to COVID-19 they have not been able to perform for months.”
Rotary Club President Harvey Clark presented Director Hermann with a check for $500 to assist the band with their needs.
Local Rotarians and community guests were in attendance, along with District 5495 Gov. Elizabeth Mahoney, District Gov. Elect Bret McKeand and District Gov, Nominee Larry Horton, as well as several past district governors and assistant district governors.
The Gilbert Rotary Club was invited to participate with a silent auction fundraiser; COVID-19 had caused their own fundraising event for the year to be canceled.
There was a special recognition to the Barleen Family. The Rotary Club of Superstition Mountain presented a Paul Harris Fellow posthumously to Lloyd Warren Barleen for his vision of musical family entertainment that continues into its 34th season. Today, the children continue to support the community with a free musical program where they entertain residents of East Valley Alzheimer’s Care Facilities as their father struggled with Alzheimer’s later in life.
A Paul Harris Fellow is the highest honor a Rotary Club can bestow upon a person and represents a combination of fellowship and extraordinary service to the community. Paul Harris, a Chicago attorney, is the founder of Rotary in 1905. The Rotary Foundation created the Paul Harris Fellow for individuals who support Rotary through contributions and educational programs.
“Lloyd Barleen clearly demonstrated to his children high ethical standards in business, fostering the ideals of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and the advancement of understanding, goodwill and peace…. These values and ethics are in line with those of Rotary members as defined by the Object of Rotary and the Four-Way Test,” President Harvey Clark said.
Superstition Mountain Rotary helps provide support to several local non-profits, including CAAFA, Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, Courage Under Cancer Foundation, I am Teen Strong, Put on the Cape, Genesis Project, Superstition Community Food Bank, Random Acts of Kindness and Black and Gold Youth Football.
Rotary International is a 501(c)3 organization with 1.2 million members in 200 countries.
Locally, Superstition Mountain Rotary Club was chartered January 1961 and is celebrating 60 years in 2021. The club has 40-plus members who meet 11:45 a.m.-1:10 p.m. Wednesdays at The Gold Canyon Golf Resort, 6100 Kings Ranch Road, as well as virtually via Zoom. Weekly meetings offer guest speakers who provide information about businesses and services in and around the area. The club is open to additional members who are interested in being of service to our community. Go to superrotary.com.
Editor’s note: Harvey Clark is president of programs at the Superstition Mountain Rotary Club.