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Leadership Connection


Annual alumni dues drive underway


Inspire.  Engage.  Connect.  Commit.  These are four key attributes which servant leaders aspire to achieve. You are among 850 important Scottsdale Leadership Alumni that have made significant contributions to our community and state. We ask you to commit to fostering community stewardship and keeping Scottsdale Leadership vibrant by paying your annual alumni dues.  


Several dues levels are available to match your desired contribution. Consider giving at the Platinum level and you can attend all of Scottsdale Leadership's events for free during the coming year. And, your $500 commitment can be made with minimal impact through a $100 charge over five months.  Also, new this year you can pay at Gold level for $300 and make $50 payments over 6 months. 


Renew for 2011-12 and enjoy the benefits of being a dues-paid alumni including reduced or free event tickets and access to the alumni database. Click here for information on the levels and perks that come with each level.


Your alumni dues can be paid online at or by contacting the Scottsdale Leadership office at 480-627-6710.   


Thank you to our early bird dues-paid alumni!


The following alumni were among the first to pay their alumni dues!   

Class 16: Suzanne Walden-Wells; Class 17: Doreen Reinke; Class 19: Betsy Goreham; Class 20: Brian Bednar; Class 21: Carol Damaso; Class 23: Patti Goodrich; Class 24: Suzanne Paetzer, Julius Williams; Class 25: Dianne Fitzgerald-Verbonitz, Kristi Staab, Peg Mulloy, Kathie May  


Class 1: Carolyn Allen; Class 4: Randy Nussbaum; Class 10: Jolynn Clarke; Class 25: Stephanie Connelly, Paul Dwight  

Class 2: Eileen Rogers; Class 6: Mark Eberle; Class 12: Katherine Cecala; Class 20: Joe Gibson; Class 23: Eve Bilotas; Class 25: Ken Brooks, Greg Cohen, Greg Hand, Katherine Yu  

Class 1: Bob Howard; Class 2: Doug Sydnor; Class 9: Joan Fudala, Kay Henry; Class 13: Wendy Lyons; Class 15: Jim Cramer; Class 17: Linda Coughenour, Judee Morrison; Class 18: Julia Perrine; Class 21: Jim Bissonett; Class 22: Alesia Martin, Bonnie Sneed; Class 24: Ken Levine, Joe Laux; Class 25: Ruth Ingall, Lisa Johnson Stone, Jeffrey Klefstad, Kristi Small, Drew Vallorano  

Thank you!  

In This Issue
Leadership Opportunities
Updates and Brags

Keep a Look Out! 

We care about what you think!

In a few weeks we will be emailing out a short survey to all alumni. We want your input on events, communication and engagement.

Save The Date

September 9

Class 26 Welcome Reception

Location: Hotel Valley Ho

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

$25; Free for dues-paid alumni
RSVP by August 29 to   


September 14 

Restaurant Week Sneak Peek
Location: Cafe ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

Time: 5:30

$55; $45 dues-paid    


December 9 

Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon

Location: Doubletree by Hilton Paradise Valley - Scottsdale 

Time: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Tickets on sale September 15 


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Scottsdale Leadership is now accepting nominations for the 12th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards.The four categories are:


Frank W. Hodges Alumni Achievement Award

Presented by Prestige Cleaners, this award commemorates Class I graduate, Frank Hodges, by recognizing an alumnus of Scottsdale Leadership who has made a significant and notable contribution to the community. Nominations are due September 2.  


Drinkwater Community Leadership Award

Presented by Merrill Lynch, the Drinkwater award commemorates former Scottsdale Mayor Herb Drinkwater's commitment to Scottsdale. Nominees for this award are not alumni of Scottsdale Leadership, but rather those who have demonstrated outstanding community leadership and service. Nominations are due September 2.


Corporate Leadership Award

Presented by Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc. This award honors a company that supports a philosophy and process for involving employees in community service, honors humanitarian values, and positively impacts the community through leadership and financial support. Nominations are due September 2.


Youth Leadership Award

Presented by Scottsdale Active 20-30 Club & Foundation, this award honors a youth leader in their junior or senior year of high school. Nominees are leaders in their school, family, community and extracurricular activities. Nominations are due September 16.  


Award recipients will be honored at Scottsdale Leadership's 12th Annual Spirit of Community Leadership Awards Luncheon, on Dec. 9. To download an award nomination form or for more information, call 480-627-6710 or visit  

Leadership Opportunities

Volunteers sought for five boards and commissions

The Scottsdale City Council is looking for volunteers for open positions on boards and  commissions and applications should be submitted by Friday, Aug. 12. Openings are available on the Airport Advisory Commission, the Board of Adjustment, the Development Review Board, the Housing Board and the Library Board.  For more information:


Scottsdale Leadership alumni can be nominated for state-wide leadership academy

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership will be accepting nominations for the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy's Spring 2012 session. The session will run from March 11 - May 20, 2012 in 12 day-long seminars that will focus on state-wide issues, such as budget deficits, health care, and immigration. Alumni must be nominated, if interested contact Chris Irish, Scottsdale Leadership Executive Director, at 480-627-6717. For more information:    

Updates and Brags

Two Class 25 Scottsdale Leadership alumni join Stepping Stones of Hope board of directors

Yvone Murphy and Dianne Fitzgerald-Verbonitz were recently nominated to the Stepping Stones of Hope board of directors. The Phoenix-based non-profit provides comprehensive support-based programs, continuum of care and education to grieving children, families, adults and communities.


Helene S. Fenlon to head local bar association 

Class 19 alumnus Helene Fenlon will serve as the 2011-12 president of the Scottsdale Bar Association.  

Scottsdale Leadership alumnus accepts roles with healthcare and political organizations

John Little, Class 6, was recently elected as chairman of the board for NOAH Community Healthcare Clinics. He also was elected as a member to the District 8 Democratic Precinct Committee.

Scottsdale Leadership

10533 E. Lakeview Drive

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Ph. 480-627-6710