Anza Community Hall welcomes new president

Mike Patke and Melissa Melendez
Newly appointed Community Hall president Mike Patke poses for a photo with Assemblymember Melissa Melendez at her Town Hall meeting in Anza Friday, Jan. 31. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The Anza Community Building Board of Directors met Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Community Hall and chose Mike Patke to replace outgoing Hall president Johnathan Schmidt.

Patke, a previous Hall board director, will continue to work closely with secretary Noel Donahue, treasurer Barbara Ann Keller, vice president Keith Richardson and directors Terry Gormley and Kimberlee Patke. There are three vacancies on the board at this time.

“Upon my resignation, Mike Patke was nominated to be president by majority vote,” Schmidt said. “I have no doubt he will continue to help the Community Hall grow, and he has my continued support, as does the entire board of directors.”

Patke has been meeting with local organizations to promote the Hall.

“I’ve been out introducing myself to the local businesses and groups, looking to sign them up as members of the Community Hall,” Patke said. “In return we will promote their businesses on our website as much as we can. My goal as the new president is to unite all of the nonprofit organizations in Anza to help make Anza strong. There is strength in unity. I would like to meet with all of the nonprofit presidents and talk about a coordinated plan in the event of another emergency situation like we had during the Cranston Fire. Our community depends on our strengths as we work together. The Community Hall is the center of town and most accessible to everyone.”

He is best known for his Escape to Gain Safety women’s self-defense seminars and his Chair Boundless – Freedom through Mobility classes. Patke said he enjoys teaching people with “handicaps” to become “handi-capable.” The play on words indicates how effective the self-defense lessons can truly be, he said.

“I’m so excited to see Mike’s enthusiasm in uniting our community, working together to make Anza strong,” his wife Kimberlee Patke said.

Patke also collects used or unwanted medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and adult diapers to disperse to those in need for free.

“We look forward to where Mike takes the board,” Noel Donahue said.

Community Hall Board meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Anza Community Hall.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Anza Community Building Inc. can call (951) 428-0901. Memberships are $20 per person or family with one vote per family or person and $35 per business with one vote. Cash and checks are accepted.

For more information, visit the Hall on Facebook or at

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