In appreciation of the local service provided by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the city of Tucson leadership presented a certificate for many hours of hard work that members of the Church have performed. On Wednesday, February 19th, 2014, at the Tucson Mayor and Council Meeting, Vice Mayor Shirley Scott presented President A. Cole Thies of the Tucson Arizona Rincon Stake a Certificate of Appreciation for those who helped on “Operation Clean Sweep!”
Less than a month earlier, on Saturday, January 25th, more than 200 volunteers from the Rincon Stake helped clean up the Groves Park area on the south east side of Tucson. The large project is a plot of land bordered by Kolb Road on the west, and south of Escalante Road. Over 33 tons of trash and construction waste were cleaned up in about 4 hours. Vice Mayor Scott said she was “amazed at what was accomplished.”
President Thies was asked to say a few words to those in attendance. He thanked the Vice Mayor and Tucson Clean & Beautiful organizers for the chance to give back to the community by stating, “It is a blessing in our member’s lives to be able to serve”.
Prior to the start of the meeting when Vice Mayor Scott was introduced to President Thies, she commented on how beautiful the Gilbert Temple was. She along with a group of friends and family had a chance to go through the Temple during the public open house. She expressed how excited she is to have a Temple planned for Tucson. With a smile, she said there is only one problem with the proposed Tucson site, because “they are building it in the wrong place.” She explained, “I want it built in my Council Ward!”