Arthur Ammon, 2020 Inductee
Art has a BS in Business Administration from Widener University, MS Advanced Management, Pace University.
For 40 years, he worked in the telecommunications industry, 34 of which were with AT&T Network Services organization. He moved to Fountain Hills in 2003 from Orinda, Calif.
He is past president of Rotary Club of Fountain Hills. Art chaired the Rotary project to raise $15,000 for the purchase of 1,400 wheelchairs. Given the FH sister city affiliation with Ataco, El Salvador, that country was selected as the recipient of the wheelchairs. He traveled to El Salvador in 2009 with a container of wheelchairs, which with the local Rotary Club, were distributed to the handicapped. In 2013, he acquired $2,000 in Rotary grant money to re-landscape the vegetation in front of the Middle School which had been neglected due to budget problems. He organized and managed the implementation of the work. For many years, he actively participated in the mentoring program at the FH Middle School and was a volunteer annually to teach Junior Achievement classes at the Middle School.
He organized and managed the annual Salvation Army Bell Ringing campaign in the community for many years. During the first five years, more than $61,000 in donations was collected. These funds are utilized to help needy families with short-term emergencies.
Allocation of the fund was managed by the Extended Hands Food Bank with oversight from the local Salvation Army administrators. Art worked many years with Roy Kinsey and the Fountain Hills Sonoran Conservancy trail-building group to build and maintain hiking trails in the Fountain Hills Preserve.
He assisted the Fountain Hills Greening Committee with the planting work in Fountain Park.
Art served as Vice President of the North Heights Property Owners Association and served on its board. Art participated in assisting the local Boys and Girls Club with flag football, their painting project, and assisted in refurbishing the raised garden planter and participated in career discussions with student members. In 2015, Art assisted the Golden Eagle Foundation with the selection of scholarship recipients from the list of high school applicants. Art applied for and received a Rotary Grant to purchase a golf cart for the Extended Hands Food Bank to use at the two local art fairs.
Art is an annual volunteer for the Make-A-Difference Day. He has served in several responsible positions in the Rotary Club including Secretary, Programs, Service Projects, and Membership.
He also applied for grants for the Boys and Girls Club for kitchen refurbishments and for the Salvation Army Youth Camp.