Members of the Gilbert Rotary Club joined groups from many other local civic organizations, including members of the Resurrection Episcopal Church, to kick off the inaugural block party at the House of Refuge on June 3rd.  Despite the hot weather, Rotarians gathered to cook hot dogs and hamburgers, serve the food and teach arts and crafts to the many residents.  The purpose of the gathering was to introduce the resident families to local law enforcement and fire and rescue teams who serve them, teach about sun protection, bicycle safety and water safety now that school is out.  Many prizes were awarded, including several bicycles, and games and squirt guns were abundant.  Nancy Marion, the Executive Director at House of Refuge, thanked everyone in attendance for helping to make the event memorable and fun.  The next event involving Gilbert Rotary will be a harvest festival event scheduled for November 4th, when the weather will undoubtedly be much cooler.  Plan to come out and help keep this project growing!