Claude Haynes and Dave Croshow spoke to the Gilbert Rotary Club on October 22, 2015. They gave many of our newer members a history of how the observatory came to be. Through the vision of our moved away Rotarian Win Pendleton, this project was a dream made reality for him. He knew what he wanted and why. Partnering with the East Valley Astronomy Club, his vision began to take life. With generous private donations, help from the Rotary Club of Gilbert, Salt River Project, Hunter Contracting and members of the EVAC, the foundation was laid, the dome assembled and the observatory was officially dedicated October 23, 2006 and was the Centennial Project by Gilbert Rotary to celebrate 100 years of Rotary. Now overseen by Gilbert Parks and Recreation, the observatory continues to be managed by members of the EVAC. Wow… almost 10 years. Thanks Win Pendleton, George Pettit, Steve Padilla, Scott Anderson and many others who were instrumental in making the observatory happen and be a legacy for the club and the town for years to come.
East Valley Astronomy Club beginning 10th year of Management of Gilbert Rotary Centennial ObservatoryGilbertRotary