On March 4, the Class of 2016 will be attending their eighth class of the year. The focus will be on Business Advocacy and Media Relations. The Class of 2016 have been very busy in February. They are continuing to work hard on their Class Project–a refresh of the Grant Woods Boys and Girls Club in Mesa. The class is replenishing the library, enhancing the playground, painting a mural and renovating an office area. In addition, class members are completing any activities still outstanding like completing their shadowing and reporting to the class, attending board meetings, and attending tours. There are still quite a few tours left this year. If you want to follow along with all the class is doing, check out class member Jill Adair’s blog. She is a freelance journalist and Associate Faculty Member at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. https://jillbadair.wordpress.com/
The Mesa Leadership Class of 2016 is working with the Boys & Girls Club for their project this year. One aspect of the project is to replenish the library. The outpouring of generosity from local authors has been incredible. The goal was to provide at least 10 different books of 10 copies each for children and teens. At this point they’ve collected more than 160 copies of new books. We offer our sincere thanks to these authors.
You can participate too. Make a donation online by following the Make a Payment link a the top of this webpage. Be sure to include that your payment is for the 2016 Class Project Boys and Girls Club in the Payment for: field. You can also mail a check made the Mesa Chamber Business in Education Foundation to Mesa Chamber of Commerce c/o Mesa Leadership, 40 N Center St, Ste 104, Mesa AZ 85201. Make sure to note on the memo line the 2016 Class Project Boys and Girls Club.
Check out these titles for children and teens from local authors.
Carol Schultz “Cracker & Kurt’s Baseball Game” and “Sandy Brown’s Butterflies”
Adam Baker “Maury C. Moose and the Forest Noel” www.maurycmoose.com
Sandra Wardman “Cody the Coyote” www.sandywardman.com
David J Guidera “A Perfect Christmas”
Leslie Carol “Royal Priesthood” and “Adams in Your Courtyard”
Rico Austin “Arizona Is Where I Live,” ” Mexico Got Lucky” and “My Bad Tequila”
Nancy K Arnold “Patriotic Pups”
Dani Miller “Paxton and Mali Find Their Boat”
Plynn Gutman “My Son Dave (the Duck)” and “Your Journal Companion”
Annette Mahon “The Secret Admirer”
R J McMillan “Tell Me About Your God. Interviews with ordinary people revealing extraordinary personal thoughts on religion, spirituality and the nature of existence.” Available as an ebook in Kindle format through Amazon books. Order the paperback version through the author at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter @RJMcMillan99
The Class of 2016 selected the Grant Woods Boys and Girls Club for their project this year. Class members have been working with the on-site Manager to determine the needs. The project is ambitious with 4 areas of emphasis.
The Book Club is collecting supplies and books to replenish the library at the Boys and Girls Club.
The Playground Enhancement Team is working to provide soccer field goals, repaint the basketball court, replace the sand in the play area with wood chips, and provide a BBQ set for community events.
A mural project will allow the community and students to be involved in enhancing the appearance of the playground.
The Office Renovation Team is working to update, restore, or replace existing furniture that isn’t structurally sound.
The class has had a cleanup day and a paint day. They are making great strides but they could use your help. a donation to the project would help make this transformation a success and would enrich the lives of the children in our community. Your donations are tax deductible.
Make a donation online by following the Make a Payment link at the top of this webpage. Be sure to include that your payment is for the 2016 Class Project Boys and Girls Club in the Payment for: field. You can also mail a check made out to the Mesa Chamber Business in Education Foundation to Mesa Chamber of Commerce c/o Mesa Leadership, 40 N Center St, Ste 104, Mesa AZ 85201. Make sure to note on the memo line the 2016 Class Project Boys and Girls Club.
Thanks for your support of this incredible class and their impressive project.
Mesa Leadership Alumni and Members of the Current Class had a blast at our Annual Holiday get-together on Thursday, December 3 at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC) in the beautiful Brown Sculpture Courtyard. We collected 29 gift cards worth $345 for Helen’s Hope Chest. We also raised $115 for the Scholarship Fund through our raffle activities. MAC Artist Kyllan Maney made sure we were able to express our creative side. We made Shrinky Dinks–google it if you are furrowing your brow in confusion. We also created a Mesa Dream Share Cloud where we shared our dreams for Mesa in the magical balloon cloud tent. All while we learned about the MAC’s Creative Catalysts initiative to get young people, especially those under 40 to get involved in leadership in their community. We enjoyed delicious food from Zappone’s Italian Bistro and grooved to the music of Guitarras Latinas. Special Thanks to the i.d.e.a. Museum, Zappone’s and the MAC for their generous donations to our raffle.
The December Mesa Leadership class will be held in the Mesa Council Chambers and the focus will be on Government. The class will discuss Economic Development, they’ll get a Financial overview for the City of Mesa from Budget Director Candace Cannistraro. State Government will be represented by District 26 Senator Andrew Sherwood and District 16 Representative Doug Coleman. A public policy discussion will also be led by Eric Emmert from the Dorn Policy Group.
It was announced that the 2015-2016 Mesa Leadership Deadline has been extended.
The new deadline to submit applications for approval is Friday, June 5th, 2015. Download a copy of the Application and additional information from the Forms and Documents page.