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Application Deadline Quickly Approaching


Look around the community and you will see the dedication, involvement and influence of Scottsdale Leadership alumni everywhere! Did you know that 84 percent of alumni have served on one or more nonprofit or civic boards with 59 percent providing leadership as board chair?


Share that experience and help recruit for Class XXVI

Application deadline is Friday, May 13 at 5 p.m.


Reach out to individuals that you think can make an impact on our community. Talk to them about your experience with Scottsdale Leadership and encourage them to apply! Also, please email their name, address, email and phone number to  We will follow-up by sending them a letter and brochure.


Applications are available online at The application lists all of the class dates, tuition information, etc.   

Congratulations P.E.T. Pantry

PET Pantry
Team members: Scott Popp, Kelly Ries, Lisa Johnson Stone, Valarie Miceli, Ruth Ingall, Ken Brooks and Cynthia Wenstrom

As part of their nine-month community leadership program, members of Scottsdale Leadership's Class XXV formed six teams with the goal of developing a community service project that would provide them with hands-on experience giving back to the community. On April 15, the teams presented their projects during Project Pay It Forward Day at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library auditorium.


A panel of judges selected P.E.T. Pantry (Pets Eat Too) by team Reigning Cats & Dogs as the winning project. As a result, Concerned Citizens for Community Health (CCCH) received a $2000 donation.


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. The project team was able to add questions about pet ownership to the food bank's intake form, secure a long-term commitment up to 8,000 lbs. of pet food per month to be provided to the food bank, and raised $15,400 in cash and food donations.


For more information:

25th Anniversary Celebration Success


Thank you to everyone who came out to support Scottsdale Leadership at our 25th Anniversary Celebration! The evening was a huge success and Scottsdale Leadership together with Kurt Warner's First Things First Foundation gave a $25,000 gift back to the community. The gift was shared by STARS and The Best Buddies program.

Check Presentation
Pictured left to right, Doreen Reinke,Timothy Bolen, Kurt Warner,
and Virginia Korte 


In This Issue
Community Events
Updates and Brags
Opportunities to Volunteer

Calendar of Events

May 6

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

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

Save The Date

December 9 

Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon
Time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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Board of Directors 

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

Celebrate with Class XXV-- Silver Bullet Style

On Friday, May 6, Class XXV (Silver Bullets) will hold their graduation ceremony 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 hosted 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

Community Events

Lucky Ducky Derby

Join the City of Scottsdale to Support Scottsdale Cares on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Waterfront in Downtown Scottsdale. The "Duck Drop" will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Soleri Bridge. The event will benefit Scottsdale Cares, a city program that provides funds to nonprofit agencies that, in turn, help thousands of Scottsdale residents in need. Members from Class 24 project team Check the Box are involved in promoting and volunteering at this event. For more information (and to adopt ducks):  


Authors & Appetizers

On Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m. the Scottsdale Friends of the Public Library will be hosting their major fundraiser at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Joan Fudala, Class IX, Teresa Quale, Class XX and Elizabeth Teitel, Class XXIV are on the board of the Scottsdale Friends of the Public Library. For more information: 

Updates and Brags

Two Alumni To Serve   

Congratulations to Carolyn Allen, Class I and Court Rich, Class XXIII who have both been selected as members of the Scottsdale Public Art advisory board.
Opportunities to Volunteer

Have you always wanted to race a bed?

Here is your chance! Bridging Arizona Furniture Bank is looking for teams of four to participate in the inaugural Bedrace. On Saturday, May 7, teams will race by rolling beds down a 100-yard section of Tempe Marketplace. Jim Piscopo, Class XXIII, is the Executive Director of Bridging Arizona Furniture Bank.
For more information: 


Do you like mud & children? Volunteers needed!

Mighty Mud Mania, the original mud obstacle course, will be held on Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  More than 200 volunteers are needed to get down and dirty and ensure all the children (and adults) have fun. There are muddy and not-so-muddy jobs available. Terry Erickson,Class VI, is the Parks & Recreation Manager for the City of Scottsdale and started this program. For more information visit  

Terry Erickson
Terry Erickson, Class VI, at 2010 Mighty Mud Mania

Scottsdale Leadership

10533 E. Lakeview Drive

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Ph. 480-627-6710