Here are some more recollections from long time member Ernie Jensen of his early days in Arcadia Rotary Club.
In 1990-91 as President of Arcadia Rotary, the board decided to have an Arcadia Rotary Trip to the Colorado River. Matt Weaver and Jim Clark Jr. organized an exciting trip. We chartered a Bus that Bob Margett led, rented a pontoon boat, and had several water ski boats. We had club families with young children, Rotarians who like travel like Ben & Mickey Goland, and Ben Coarse who was I believe in his 80’s.
One interesting memory, while I was assigned to be the Captain of the Pontoon boat ferrying the Rotarians to our beach site for swimming, play, good food of coarse and water skiing. Everyone had a wonderful day playing in the sand and we were all eager to get back to our hotel and clean ourselves up for the delicious BBQ dinner Denise and Matt had ready for us at the Weaver house on the river. I had one beer early in the day, but decided that it might be prudent to switch to soft drinks. When we came back to Havasu ramp to park the boat, the CHP, Arizona HP, Local Police, Forest Service were all on the docks. They had boats lined up waiting to land, but they would only let one in at a time dock. As we came in they asked me (the Captain) to please step off of the boat, and asked questions regarding drinking and boating (driving), while someone else went onto the boat to check on life vests, safety equipment, rental agreement etc. The boats owner came over to the boat and gave the officials a hard time (we later found out that he had been arrested for drinking and “boating” but released to his wife’s custody.) Matt and Jim scored with a wonderful skiing weekend and I was glad not to have been arrested like many other boat drivers that day
Just after joining the Arcadia Rotary Club, I was asked to join a committee, so said yes. The committee chairman was Bob Margett heading a fundraising concert at the Arboretum. It was 1983, George Fasching was instrumental in bringing in big talent and a band shell was set up. Bob asked me to work with Big John Tyler who was in charge of tables and chairs, and I got the special job of being in charge of the Toilets (Porta-Pottys). So I can to this day, my claim to fame is that I started in the toilets at Arcadia Rotary. ☺ By the way, these fundraisers were the predecessors to the Arboretum’s Concerts in the park, still popular today.