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Celebrating 25 Years of Community Leadership 
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By Chris Irish, Executive Director

When Scottsdale Leadership's Class I graduated in 1987, Mayor Herb Drinkwater wrote a letter congratulating each class member and stated, "One of the things that makes Scottsdale a great city is citizens' involvement."  Today, Mayor Jim Lane says, "Scottsdale Leadership is about communicating to citizens the need for ownership in their government. It shares Scottsdale's history and challenges participants to become leaders in our great community."

Scottsdale Leadership is celebrating its 25th Anniversary. This milestone year lets us reflect on our success. Our alumni have had a huge impact on our community spearheading preservation of open space, improving our education system, championing public art and mentoring at-risk youth. 84% have served on one or more nonprofit or civic board/commission with 59% taking on the role of board chair.  71% of Scottsdale Leadership alumni changed their career path to include community service goals.  87% say they have a greater awareness of key issues in our community because of their Scottsdale Leadership experience.

Our 25th Anniversary is also a time to look forward.  Can Scottsdale Leadership alumni bring insight and energy to redevelop the McDowell Corridor; to fundraise and build the Desert Discovery Center or the Museum of the West; to restore civil discourse in politics? There will always be challenges in our community, state and country. Luckily, Scottsdale Leadership alumni love a good challenge!


It is time to CELEBRATE! - What we've accomplished and what's yet to come.  

Scottsdale Leadership's 25th Anniversary Spring Event
Keynote speaker: Kurt Warner
Location and date to be announced soon!

11th Annual Spirit of Community Awards Luncheon a Success!
5 Award Winners

Pictured left to right- Marion Kelly, Noelle Rabiah,

Abbie S. Fink, Betty Drake and Hope H. Ozer

Last week, 350 attendees gathered at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center to celebrate the spirit of community leadership. The event included inspirational acceptance speeches about mentorship, community stewardship and even a pair of red cowboy boots!

The five award winners that were honored for their community stewardship were:

Abbie S. Fink & Hope H. Ozer, Hodges Alumni Achievement Award, presented by Prestige Cleaners
Betty Drake, Drinkwater Leadership Award, presented by Merrill Lynch
Mayo Clinic, Corporate Leadership Award, presented by Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.
Noelle Rabiah, Youth Leadership Award, presented by Scottsdale Active 20/30 Foundation

To view more photos from the event visit

In This Issue
Spring Alumni Events
Community Leadership Opportunities
Community Opportunities
Updates and Brags
Calendar of Events
January 7 Core Program, Community Stewardship
Location: DC Ranch
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

January 12 CSI Scottsdale
Location: McKellips Police Station
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

January 21 Core Program, Leadership Academy/Project Planning
Location: YMCA
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For tickets or more information about upcoming events, call Scottsdale Leadership at 480-627-6710 or online at
Save the Date
February 17 Alumni Event, Economics in Arizona
Location: U of A MBA, Scottsdale Facility
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

March 23
Class XXVI Applicants Reception
Location: Fairmont Princess
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

May 6 Class XXV Graduation
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Doreen Reinke, President

   Scottsdale Insurance Company

Betsy Goreham, Past President

   Arizona Weddings Magazine

Brian Bednar, President Elect


Carol Damaso, Treasurer

   City of Scottsdale Public Library

Patti Counce, Secretary

   Chicago Title Insurance, Co.

Jane Blacker, Board & Volunteer Development Vice Chair

   Russ Lyon Sotheby's International Realty

Marc Blonstein, Class Representative

   Berens, Kozub & Kloberdanz, PLC

Carl Campbell, Board & Volunteer Development Chair

   Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Xavier Castro, Outreach & Recruitment Chair

   City of Scottsdale

Kimberly Crowther, Marketing & P.R. Vice Chair

   DC Ranch Community Council

Stefanie Lerner, Community Events Vice Chair

   Encore Creative Décor & Entertainment

Scott Palmer, Resource Development Vice Chair

   Salt River Materials Group

Kevin Patrick, Membership Development Vice Chair

   Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Bobby Raines, Alumni Events Chair

   Americor Investment Group, Inc.

Jennifer Rueb, Alumni Events Vice Chair

   Hotel Valley Ho

Melissa Rzeppa, Marketing & P.R. Chair

   Serendipit Consulting

Mike Seiden, Core Program Vice Chair

Susie Timm, Resource Development Chair

   SCM Timm Enterprises LLC

Suzanne Walden-Wells, Core Program Chair

   DC Ranch Community Council

Jeff Winkler, Outreach & Recruitment Vice Chair

Michele Yates, Community Events Chair

   Comerica Bank

Raoul Zubia, Membership Development Chair

   Bank of America

Spring Alumni Events
Join Scottsdale Leadership alumni for a tour of the city's state-of-the-art crime lab and police warehouse operations. The event is limited to 30 attendees so get your ticket today! This event is sponsored by UofA Eller MBA College.
Date: Wednesday, January 12
Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: McKellips Police Station - 7601 E. McKellips Rd., Bldg. B
Tickets: $25; dues-paid alumni $15
Purchase tickets by calling 480-627-6710 or online at

State of Arizona Economy 2011: Recovery at Last?
Join us, and special guest speaker Marshall Vest, to look at the current state of the economy and discuss what we can do to improve our future. This event is sponsored by U of A Eller MBA College.

Marshall J. Vest is director of the Economic and Business Research Center (EBR) at the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management.
Vest is an authority on Arizona's economy and is a consultant to a number of Arizona's largest companies, Arizona's Governor and Legislature, as well as a number of local governments.  With 30 years heading the College's Forecasting Project, Marshall has authored over 175 articles on the economy.

Date: Thursday, February 17
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: U of A Scottsdale Facility,
16425 N. Pima Rd., Suite 370

Tickets: $25; dues-paid alumni $15
Purchase tickets by calling 480-627-6710 or online at
Community Leadership Opportunities
City Seeking Community Leaders
The city is accepting applications for eleven different board and commission openings. Applicants must be Scottsdale residents and applications should be submitted by December 23. The application is available at

Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) Looking for Board Members
Scottsdale Leadership alumni who have experience or interest in supporting youth and the arts are encouraged to contact the VYT about open board positions.  For more information, contact Donna Catalfio at or call 602-530-8208.

Leadership Development Series: "Learn to Unlock Your Unlimited Potential" for Women
On February 9 at 3 p.m. alumni are invited to hear Gloria Feldt discuss her new book No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. Following Feldt, three panelists will discuss how to navigate the obstacles of the business world, each using a different example of one of Gloria's 9 power tools. The event is presented by Valley Leadership and will be held at ASU Skysong. For more information visit
Community Opportunities
Scottsdale Schools can use your Tax Credits
Arizona allows residents to get a tax credit when you donate to public schools. Anyone who pays Arizona State income tax can participate. Single filers can get a credit of up to $200 and married filers can get a credit of up to $400. The Tax Credit is a great way to support the Scottsdale School District and reduces your state tax bill.
Your tax credit donation can be designated for:
ˇ Tutoring
ˇ Field trips
ˇ Overnight trips
ˇ Athletic programs
The school must receive the funds by December 31, 2010. To learn more, visit the Scottsdale Unified School District Website.

Living the Dream

The 17th Annual Scottsdale Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner Celebration will be held on Wednesday, January 12. Community Celebrating Diversity will feature keynote speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Chaparral Suites Resort. Tickets are $60. For more information visit

Updates and Brags
Valley Leadership to honor Bruner, Campana
Jim Bruner and Sam Campana, are the recipients of the 2010 Man and Woman of the Year. They will be honored at the 62nd Annual Man and Woman of the Year Luncheon on March 24, 2011 at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.

Class XIII Alumni honored
Bruce Samuels was recently named Phoenix Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year 2011 by Best Lawyers.

The Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors and staff would like to wish our advisory board, alumni, corporate sponsors and community partners a healthy and happy holiday season.
Happy Holidays
We look forward to working with you in 2011!