Register now for Optimists’ Junior Golf Tournament

The Oro Valley Optimist Club is teaming up with the Southern Arizona Junior Golf Association to bring the Optimist Junior Qualifier Tournament on June 2 and June 3 at the Oro Valley Country Club.

The tournament is a qualifier for the Arizona Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, in Florida. For the winners of each qualifier bracket, the Optimists will pay the following expenses into the Junior Golf Championships for the winners of the Boys 16-18 and Girls 15-18 age brackets: tournament entry fee, five nights lodging, five nights breakfast, four dinners, airfare up to $450, and access to all Optimist functions and special events. The total package is valued between $650-$1,170 per person. Depending on the outcome of the Optimists’ fundraising, the winners of the other age brackets may have their entries and/or travel expenses paid as well.

To be a qualified winner, participants must shoot a qualifying score of:

Boys 16-19 (156), Girls 15-18 (170), Boys 14-15 (166), Girls 13-14 (184), Boys 12-13 (180), Girls 10-12 (192), Boys 10-11 (192) to eligible for paid entry fees and expenses.

Boys 16-19 and Girls 15-18 must be within the age bracket as of July 29, the date of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships for these brackets (July 24-29, 2012).

Boys 14-15, Boys 12-13, Boys 10-11, Girls 13-14 and Girls 11-12 must be within the age bracket as of July 23, 2012, the date of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships for these brackets (July 19-24. 2012).

There is a limit on the number of entries. The first paid entries up to the limit in each bracket will be accepted in the order they entered. After that, entries will be accepted for the waiting list in case of withdrawals.

The registration deadline is May 26. Registration is $75. So far, there are 62 golfers registered.

This event is sponsored by the Optimists and run by the SAJGA. For further information, contact Brian at

Relay for life 
of Marana

Marana’s Relay For Life event May 18 and May 19 at Crossroads Park will provide a family-friendly environment for the entire community.

Participants can form teams and take turns walking around the track for the length of the event.
Prior to the event, fundraising has already gotten under way, with five teams raising more than $1,500.

This weekend’s event begins on Friday at 4:15 p.m. at Crossroads Park.

Participants who are not part of a team can walk and take part in family-friendly games and activities throughout the night.

Following an opening ceremony at 5:45 p.m., the event begins with a Survivor Lap, when cancer survivors walk the track together to celebrate victories over cancer. A Caregiver Lap follows, recognizing those who have given care to cancer patients.

The event continues with a Fight Back Ceremony during which participants are meant to make a personal commitment to take action in the fight against cancer. A personal commitment to action may be to get a screening test, quit smoking or to talk to elected officials about cancer.

The Marana Relay is an overnight event and when the sun goes down, participants will light luminaria bags and candles to line the track and remember those lost to cancer, those fighting cancer and those who have fought cancer and won.

The money raised at Relay for Life events go to the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research.

For more information,

Register now for OVPD Teen Academy

Oro Valley students, ages 13-17, are invited to register for the next Oro Valley Police Department Teen Academy, a program to help students understand their police department. Participants will see a SWAT demo, watch a K-9 in action, process a crime scene, see a DUI demo and much more.

The Teen Academy is held in the OV Police Department Training Room and spans the course of three days.

Pizza, snacks and soda will be provided. Seating is limited, so sign up today by calling Officer Jodi Stevens at 229-2900.

Catalina Elks Lodge awards scholarships

The Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge gave scholarships to six Oro Valley high school students, which is part of the Elks National Foundation’s Most Valuable Student program.

The students received the awards during a dinner held at Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 on May 6.

Pusch Ridge Christian Academy students Jenna Johnson and Tyler Sasse received national scholarships valued at $4,000.

Ironwood Ridge High School students Kimberlee Jensen, Adrianna Pulver, Joshua Petersen, and Tyler Worden received $1,200 state scholarships.

Clara Estey and Jacquelin Holst both received $800 scholarships from Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge.

The Elks National Foundation’s Scholarship Program recognizes top students across the country based upon their academic achievements, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, and their participation in community services.

Over the past seven years, 25 local area students have been the recipients of scholarships provided by this program. This program offers scholarships to students residing in the greater Tucson Metropolitan area who are pursing post-secondary degrees or certifications from vocational or technical schools.

To qualify, students must have successfully completed at least one grading period of study in a U.S. post-secondary educational institution of learning.

State personnel reform signed into law

Last week, Gov. Jan Brewer signed HB 2571 into law, which will reform personnel rules for the state workforce, seeking to bring state government into a position to compete with other employers.

“The cumbersome rules of our existing personnel system serve only to discourage our best employees and protect the weakest performers,” Brewer said. “With this legislation, we will increase State productivity, eliminate, bureaucratic red tape and, ultimately, save our taxpayers money.”

Proponents say the goal of HB 2571 is to improve employee accountability and performance and to make State employment a more attractive option.

The Governor’s Office and the Arizona Department of Administration collaborated to create HB 2571, holding meetings with law enforcement and other groups to consider potential effects of the legislation’s change to the state’s personnel system.

Under the new legislation, state managers will be better equipped to hire the most talented applicants and reward the best workers and discipline underperforming employees without excessive bureaucracy.

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