Speaking at Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club’s January 26 meeting was Velizar Iliev, a U.S. Olympian and World Champion. Born in Bulgaria, Iliev won multiple national titles there before moving to the USA and becoming an American citizen. Iliev was a three-time World Champion while in Bulgaria and won the 1999 Pan American Games. He became a volunteer fencing coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas,where he coached the Olympian Fencing¬†Club. Ilev and his wife moved to Kingman recently and he will be opening Mohave Fencing Academy to be held at College Park Community Church for ages 5 years through adults. For further information call 928-263-9903 or email¬†MohaveFencingAcademy@gmail.com

Also at its January 26 meeting, Kingman Route 66 Rotary Club presented a $2,500 donation to Beale Street Theater. Accepting the donation was the theater’s executive director, Kristina Michelson (shown with Rotary club president, Ken Cunningham).