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Calling all Scottsdale Leadership alumni, supporters and friends!

Kurt Warner


As you know, this year is a BIG year for Scottsdale Leadership. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of developing community leaders in Scottsdale. In true Scottsdale Leadership spirit and in conjunction with the Kurt Warner First Things First Foundation, we will give a $25,000 gift to the community.  


Join us for this monumental event and celebrate all that our alumni have accomplished. 


Date: Thursday, April 14 at 6 p.m.

Location: Hyatt Gainey Ranch

Tickets: $150; $125 dues-paid alumni


Tickets are now available by calling 480-627-6710 or online at   


Thank you to our event sponsors

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Vote on the slate for Scottsdale Leadership Board of Directors


Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.                                                                  ~Harold S. Geneen


Nominees for the 2011-12 Board of Directors are as follows:  

Brian Bednar, President, Class 20

Doreen Reinke, Past President, Class 17

Patti Counce, President Elect, Class 17

Suzanne Walden-Wells, Secretary, Class 16

Carol Damaso, Treasurer, Class 21

Jennifer Rueb, Alumni Events Chair, Class 22

Susie Timm, Alumni Events Vice Chair, Class 23

Jane Blacker, Board & Volunteer Development Chair, Class 19

Patti Goodrich, Board & Volunteer Development Vice Chair, Class 23

Cynthia Wenstrom, Class Representative, Class 25

Stefanie Lerner, Community Events Chair, Class 23

Karolyn Kiburz, Community Events Vice Chair, Class 23

Mike Seiden, Core Program Chair, Class 24

Suzanne Paetzer, Core Program Vice Chair, Class 24

Kimberly Crowther Miller, Marketing & P.R. Chair, Class 22

Jami Thompson, Marketing & P.R. Vice Chair, Class 23

Kevin Patrick, Membership Development Chair, Class 17

Zack Barna, Membership Development Vice Chair, Class 24

Jeff Winkler, Outreach & Recruitment Chair, Class 22

Mike Merucci, Outreach & Recruitment Vice Chair, Class 20

Scott Palmer, Resource Development Chair, Class 22

Marc Blonstein, Resource Development Vice Chair, Class 24

All dues-paid alumni may vote on the Vice Chair positions at:  

Class 25 to Pay it Forward


Class 25 is making an impact with six Pay it Forward projects. Class members are divided into six teams. Each team was tasked with identifying a community need and developing a project to address that need.


The six projects are as follows:

Team P.E.T. Pantry keeps pets with their owners during times of financial crisis through a collaborative effort between Vista del Camino Food Bank, Animal Guardian Network and Scottsdale Community College. This project embraces public awareness, direct donations and practicality for food banks.


The Enchanted Garden team at Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship transformed an unused plot into a special spot for children and adults who face physical challenges and obstacles. The project team recruited contributors and constructed a wheelchair-accessible, raised bed garden.


The Foundation for Sustainable Senior Centers team created a nonprofit foundation serving Scottsdale's seniors and senior centers and bridging the gap between city services and community needs, including health, safety and medical. 


Team Bridging Generations created a platform for sharing, learning and interaction between seniors and elementary school students. The project was designed to enhance the curriculum for children and quality of life for seniors through interviews related to history.


Come Take a Stand team implemented an awareness campaign educating youth in understanding effective bystander strategies to apply when witnessing cyber-bullying. School curriculum was developed to support Scottsdale's eighth grade students.


Seeing Is Believing team provided under-represented children with the gift of vision. Striving for all children to have eye-exams and glasses, the team raised funds and created community collaboration between individuals, businesses and schools.  


Alumni are invited to hear about the projects on April 15 at the Civic Center Library. Each team will give a 25 minute presentation to a panel of judges who will select a winning project. The winning project will receive a $2000 check to be donated to their project's beneficiary.

In This Issue
Opportunities to Volunteer
Community Events
Updates and Brags

Calendar of Events 

April 14 25th Anniversary Celebration
Keynote speaker: Kurt Warner
Location: Hyatt Gainey Ranch
Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.

April 15 Core Program, Project Pay It Forward
Location: Civic Center Library
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

April 27
Alumni Event Tour
Salt River Fields
Time: 5 - 6:30 p.m.

April 29 Core Program, Leadership Emerging
Location: Kahala
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

May 6
Class XXV Graduation
Location: Henkel
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

For tickets or information,
call 480-627-6710 or online at   

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Maire Simington, PhD, Class 12, Director of Care Management Services at Banner Health blogs about her experience in Scottsdale Leadership!

The blog can be viewed at: 

Celebrate with Class XXV-- Silver Bullet Style

On Friday, May 6, Class XXV (Silver Bullets) will hold their graduation celebration on the rooftop garden of Henkel. The event will celebrate Class XXV's accomplishments along with honoring the outgoing board of directors and welcoming our new president of the board. Music, hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar are included.


Date: Friday, May 6
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Henkel, 19001 N. Scottsdale Road
Tickets: $35; $25 for dues-paid alumni

Tickets are now available by calling 480-627-6710 or online at

Opportunities to Volunteer

The Police Officers of Scottsdale Association (POSA), Scottsdale PD K-9 Unit and AZ Law Enforcement Canine Assoc. are looking for volunteers on April 9 &10 at Scottsdale Stadium. Cindy Hill, Class XXV, is the Executive Director for POSA. For more information:


The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC) is looking for volunteers for a phone-a-thon on Thursday, April 21, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. For more information: (480) 998-7971 ext. 101 or Oliver Smith, Class V, chairs the MSC board of directors.

Community Events

International Carnival

Join the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on April 27 at 5:30 p.m. for an Arts Education Showcase.  The event details how the programs help the community and what can be done to support artistic expression and creative thinking for tomorrow's leaders. For more information: 

Updates and Brags

Congratulations to 2011 Scottsdale History Hall of Fame Inductees

Bob Howard, Class I and Oliver Smith, Class IV will be inducted into the Scottsdale History Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. at Chaparral Suites Scottsdale. Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (S.T.A.R.S) led by Virginia Korte, Class III, will also be honored that night.

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