Members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale received a first-hand update on Arizona highway projects during a recent club meeting.
Rotarian Jim Bruner introduced Doug Nintzel, spokeman and public information officer of the AZ Department of Transportation, to Rotarians and their guests at the recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting held at the McCormick Scottsdale Lakeside Ballroom.
Mr. Nintzel has held his position at ADOT since 1996 after being a reporter and newscaster for KTAR for 13 years.
Attendees could sense that Mr. Nintzel enjoys communicating directly with the citizens and providing a realistic view and response to questions about ADOT projects.
Arizona has more than 6,800 miles of state highways, including more than 200 miles of urban freeways in the Valley of the Sun with continual growth within the Phoenix area.
After giving an update of metro-Phoenix highway projects, Mr. Nintzel reminded attendees of the importance to be prepared for emergencies, especially during summer heat and Northern Arizona’s winter cold.
Along with the usual car trouble calls, the rising temperatures will bring in waves of stranded drivers with cars that are not well equipped to handle the heat.
If you do experience car failure, you may be on the side of the road for some time. Mr. Nintzel encourages drivers to make sure they have a water supply in your car. as well as a first-aid kit, jumper cables, a flashlight, non-perishable food, boots and outerwear, an extra phone charger and a whistle.
Club President Max Rumbaugh also introduced to the attendees several new Corporate-level Rotarian club members from Arizona Trust & Bank and Jackson/Roskelley Wealth Advisors, Inc.
Mr. Rumbaugh congratulated four Rotarians for their perfect Rotary meeting attendance: Retired U.S. Army Col Park Shaw, 41 years; David Arriola, 20 years; Jason Brock, 16 years and Lance Davidson, five years.
Rotarian, John Burgess was acknowledged for completing new member assignments to earn his “Blue” Rotary ID badge.
For information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale programs, projects and membership, visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.
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