Community Hall emergency meeting to be held June 4

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Anza Community Hall president Mike Patke encourages everyone to attend the Anza Community Hall emergency meeting Thursday, June 4. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

The Anza Community Hall board of directors will host an open meeting Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. at the Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

“The Anza Community Hall is at risk of shutting down for good,” Hall president Mike Patke said. “We need the community’s help by attending this meeting to share your ideas to help keep the Community Hall alive and operating. This has always been the first place that families to come for assistance. Remember the Cranston Fire? Please do not discount this as anything other than an emergency meeting. Let’s fill the building.”

The Community Hall, a centerpiece of Anza, has always been available to rent for special occasions such as weddings, quinceañeras, parties and more. The Anza swap meet takes place in the Hall’s parking lot. In times of emergencies, such as power outages and fires, the Hall is a meeting place for people to obtain information and supplies. The Friends Uniting Neighbors Group and Fishes and Loaves ministries use the Hall to distribute free food and meals.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting closure of the Hall to gatherings and the swap meet have adversely affected income from rentals and swap meet space fees and memberships.

“We will be discussing a few interesting topics for Anza and the Hall. We need input to know what the community wants. The Hall needs your support. It cannot function on its own,” Dan Robinson said.

Reminders will be posted on social media throughout the week.

“I have never attended one of the Hall meetings in the six years I’ve lived here. This sounds like a meeting to attend,” Sylvia Saenz said.

“You do not have to be a member of the Hall to attend this meeting,” Patke said. “I would like to see a lot of new faces on Thursday.”

Community Hall Board meetings are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. 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 at http://www.facebook.com/groups/337754646415866 or on the web at http://www.anzacommunitybuilding.org.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.