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Grounds to retire

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 19th, 2012

Dear Editor:

I will be retiring on Dec. 31, 2012. I want to spend more time with my grandchildren and children. My wife and I love Arizona and the people of Arizona we have been so fortunate to have lived and worked in the community of Globe-Miami as well as Kearny, Hayden, Winkelman and Dudleyville; however grandchildren trump all other considerations.

It has been an honor and pleasure to serve our valued State Farm clients and the citizens of Gila County. One of the highlights of my six years here in Globe is a Rotary Club project. The Globe Rotary Club donated several thousand dollars toward a solar oven for a ministry located in Africa. Most of the children are orphans, having lost both parents to AIDS. There is no social safety net for these children. You have siblings raising siblings. The program provided one meal a day which required the children to walk several miles each way. In America we pretend to know what poverty is, however these orphans live stark poverty each day of their life. I have been very fortunate to have been a part of the Globe Rotary; what a fine group of people. The other project was Globe Fire Dept.ís Frank the Arson Dog. I approached our VP of Agency and told him of the fundraising project. I explained that I would donate $500 and asked if he would match it? Not only did he match it, he kicked in $1,000 of State Farm money. Frank is retired but not forgotten. Phoenix and Tucson are the only other communities with a certified arson dog.

Mary Holliday and Genie Barajas will continue to run the office. They will continue to take care of our valued State Farm clients in Gila County.

The search for a new agent has already begun. I close one chapter of my life and open yet another. I canít wait to get a hug and a hi from my grandchildren.


Gary Grounds

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