Q2 meetings were held on April 26th and 27th. We have over 270 members in our chapter! Our members did a FANTASTIC job inviting guests this quarter. The vast majority of those guests turned into members!
GRATITUDE FOR OUR SPONSORS
We are continually grateful for the generous support of our venue sponsors – Foothills Golf Club and Scottsdale Hilton Resort. The Foothills Golf Club is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8th and the Scottsdale Hilton will have plenty of specials to take advantage of this summer.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness month. Ahwatukee Skin & Laser provided our Ahwatukee members with important information on identifying skin cancer on their bodies. Their office is conducting free skin cancer screenings on Friday, May 13th, from 12pm – 2pm. Call 480-704-7546 to make an appointment.
We also acknowledged our new printing sponsor, Outlets at Anthem. Sallyann Martinez is the Marketing Director for Outlets at Anthem and a member of our Scottsdale group. Thank you, Sallyann for your big, generous heart!
One-of-a-kind Artwork provided by Joan Jakel.
We also want to give a shout out to Bradlee Reginald who stepped in as our Ahwatukee photographer this quarter. Jenni Webb had a previous commitment. THANK YOU, Bradlee!!
CHARITY IMPACT STATEMENTS
Our Ahwatukee members heard from Liz Velazo and Ken Lynch from Tumbleweed. Liz and Ken shared with us the significant impact our donation of $9,375 made on their organization. Five nights per week, staff and trained volunteers hit the streets of Phoenix and Tempe in search of youth living on the street. They offer food, clothing, water and hygiene items. This is the first step in building trust and rapport with these individuals. Our donation will help fund these efforts so more youth may be reached and brought off the street. The staff and youth they serve presented our chapter with a lovely thank you gift signed by all of them.
Sharon Bates, CEO and Founder of the Anthony Bates Foundation spoke to our Scottsdale group and described how our $7,000 donation will be used to bring two heart screening events to our community. ABF events save lives and Sharon wants to ensure the people in our communities get the opportunity to be heart healthy.
August 14th at Horizon High School (12pm – 5pm)
August 27th at Foothills Golf Club (10am – 4pm)
Schedule appointments or sign up to volunteer at www.anthonybates.org. A tax deductible donation of $40 will help ABF continue to pay it forward and protect Arizona families.
Paz de Cristo – Leslie Shamp-Beaver described how this organization empowers their guests to reach their full potential by removing barriers so they may become more self-sufficient. Paz de Cristo exists to help them achieve self-reliance, pride and self-respect. In turn, this leads to improved economic standing, respect for others, and citizenship participation.
Maggie’s Place – Jill Norgaard shared how this organization provides houses of hospitality and ongoing support to help pregnant and parenting women in need reach their goals and welcome them into a community filled with love and dignity. Maggie’s Place has provided food, shelter, supplies, support, and hope for hundreds of women and their babies over the past 15 years.
Chandler T.R.A.C. – Becky Luccitti has been a volunteer at this camp for foster kids for several years and described the impact the camps have on the kids. T.R.A.C. is a summer camp where youth ages 12-15 experience the outdoors while participating in activities that improve trust, self-value and teamwork. The camps are held outside of Payson. The girls’ camp is June 26 – 28 followed by the boys’ camp on June 29 – July 1.
Singleton Moms – Temple Blackburn nominated this charity who is dedicated to nurturing single parents battling cancer and their minor children. They do this by meeting the practical day-to-day needs of the entire family, while providing hope for tomorrow.
Gabriel’s Angels – Christine Wilson spoke about the charity’s mission to deliver healing pet therapy to at-risk children, nurturing their emotional development and enhancing the quality of their lives forever. Registered therapy teams, made up of an individual and his/her companion pet, engage children to develop and improve healthy core behaviors that are critical to normal development.
SEEDS for Autism – Debra Park explained how SEEDS works with all levels of the autism spectrum. They believe everyone deserves the chance to experiment, try new things and grow. Their program is designed to allow their participants to explore possibilities and discover new skills in a structured environment. Participants can learn skills such as computers, ceramics, jewelry making, metal artwork, sewing, weaving and woodworking along with social skills and job coaching.
AND THE SELECTED CHARITIES ARE…..
Ahwatukee – Chandler T.R.A.C.
Scottsdale – Singleton Moms
God’s Garden Treasures provided beautiful spring inspired bouquets for our raffle. Anne Duggan, Ahwatukee, and Jill Heuer, Scottsdale, took the lovely flowers home.
Thank you to our teen volunteers! If you know a high school girl who is interested in volunteering at our quarterly meetings, please contact Kim.
Q3 meetings are August 23rd in Ahwatukee and August 24th in Scottsdale. Register here. The charity nomination deadline is August 9th.
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Join our Members Only Facebook Group. A place for members to share volunteer opportunities, needs and events for their nominated charities.
Q2 is complete! Enjoy your summer!