October 21, 2004
Lions Clubs throughout Arizona actively contribute all year to a summer camp for the disabled.
Camp Tatiyee in Lakeside (near Show Low) recently wrapped things up until next May.
The full-service camp, complete with trails and sleeping quarters, is free to local special-needs youth.
The campers benefit from the priceless time spent among peers in a confidencebuilding, pressure-free environment.
It costs nearly $500,000 to run the camp each summer, said Philip Burnett, president of the camp’s board and the Pride of Scottsdale Lions Club.
Every contribution helps, and some donations can make a big impact.
Bob Becker of the Chandler Lions Club used his connections to get a wheelchairaccessible van donated to the camp Oct. 12. The vehicle replaced the last van Becker scored for the camp more than 20 years ago.
A former business contact told Becker about a family wanting to donate a 2004 Chrysler Town and Country van modified for the physically disabled.
"You just kind of lean on who you know," said Becker, who ran a Chandler shop that modified vans for about 25 years. "The van will last the camp forever because they only drive it three months out of the year."
To learn more about the camp, visit www.lionscampt.org or call (480) 998-6988.
Montgomery Ward department stores closed their doors in the Valley about three years ago, but left behind a network of friends.
More than 100 former employees gather every year for a reunion. A good portion of them worked with the company for a few decades.
A third annual reunion and picnic will run noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Tumbleweed Park, at McQueen and Germann roads in Chandler. Admission is free.
"A lot of those people have known each other for years," said Jerry Weagant, a Chandler resident who spearheaded the reunion.
Roving job duties allowed many longtime workers to form solid friendships with employees at all seven Valley stores as well as in Tucson.
To learn more about the reunion, call Weagant at (480) 895-6459.