Kiwanis Club of Tempe June Speaker: Mountain Rescuer – Justin Bern

Kiwanis Club of Tempe June Speaker: Mountain Rescuer – Justin Bern

The Kiwanis Club of Tempe is honored to host Justin Bern as our June 1st luncheon speaker. Justin is a Rescue Technician II and wilderness emergency medical techni-cian with the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) and Maricopa County Sherriff’s Office Mountain Rescue Posse. He is currently serving his fifth term as a CAMRA board member and is the technical rock chair and team training officer for the operations committee. Justin has been involved with the team for approximately six years and, like other members of the team, he spends be-tween 600 and 1,000 hours per year performing missions, conducting trainings, and drudg-ing through administrative tasks. CAMRA is entirely volunteer, self-funded through dona-tions and member support and, most importantly, never charges for rescue! KCOT member Tom Sands has arranged his talk.

Justin will speak at our June 1st luncheon meeting at noon. Visitors are always welcome at KCOT meetings!

Traditionally, KCOT meets weekly at Shalimar Country Club, for lunch on Thursday at noon, and adjourns at 1:15 PM.  During the lunch meeting there is socialization; some Club business, including committee announcements; sharing of events in members’ lives; a 50/50 cash drawing; and an invited guest speaker.  U.S. senators, Arizona governors, college presidents and coaches, professional athletes, authors, activists, business leaders, judges and media personalities are some of the people who have given Kiwanians a 20-minute dose of education and entertainment.  This bread-breaking time allows for conversation, friendly banter, laughter, fellowship, and a sense of community togetherness.  

Lunch is buffet style; it includes dessert, and your choice of beverage. The price is $14 per person.         ​

About Kiwanis Club of Tempe (KCOT):

Since the Club’s inception, members of KCOT have worked to raise millions of dollars for children in need, and improve the community.  The dedication and compassion of KCOT members have touched countless lives.  From buying school clothes; reading books to students; providing grants and scholarships; to serving Thanksgiving meals at the Boys & Girls Club and buying Christmas presents for a family in need.  From selling Christmas trees; hosting community events; to giving seed-money for the Tempe park which is named in this Club’s honor.  The good work done by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe has made an impact in Tempe and beyond.  But, it are the Kiwanians whom have given of themselves that feel the greatest impact of altruism. ​

The dynamism of KCOT is a direct reflection of the Club’s members.  For over six decades, the Club has possessed giants with character, commitment and grace.  What makes KCOT special is not the illustrious awards, titles, or careers its members have, or once had, it is that a group of dedicated, compassionate people from varied and diverse backgrounds meet regularly to engage in fellowship and unite around a common purpose – to serve the children of the world and improve communities.  More information:   

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