Kyrene Corridor Rotary Club celebrates growing membership roster

One of Arizona’s newest Rotary Clubs has been in business less than a year, but it’s already attracting worldwide attention.

Rotary Club of Kyrene Corridor was established last October with only three members and an uncertain vision of the future.

Today, in what officials say has been near-record speed, the provisional club has reached 20 members and is on the threshold of formal chartering ceremonies.

“We have undertaken an incredible number of projects, which as a fully chartered club would have put us in line for an award from Rotary International,” said club president Wally Steubner, a Realtor with Keller Williams East Valley.

Although the club’s list of accomplishments has been rewarding for Steubner and founder Barb Feder, a former Rotary district governor, the most rewarding aspect of club development has been the breadth of its members’ diversity.

“We have a mix of age, of gender and of ethnicity,” said Steubner. “It’s a group of outstanding professionals, with still room for more.”

In addition to Steubner, officers include Tom Hickey, an attorney, vice president; Kyle Maki, advertising director for Wrangler News, secretary; and George Kimbler, CPA, treasurer.

Founding member Feder is the longtime owner of Framin’ Works.

The group meets for lunch at 12:10 p.m. Mondays at Marcello’s, featuring local speakers and project updates. Interested area businesspeople can attend as guests by calling Steubner at (480) 205-9217.