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Mesa Leadership Graduates 2017 Class

On Friday May 5, Mesa Leadership graduated their 36th class. Congratulations to the vibrant, engaged and diverse members of the class of 2017. We celebrated with some encouraging words from Mayor Giles and an inspirational leadership message from our Keynote Speaker Colonel Frank Milstead, Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The accomplished class members are:

  • Jared Archambault
  • Mara Benson
  • Polly Bonnett
  • Larry Burke
  • Sare’ Burke
  • Justin Cardwell
  • Lori Chaplin
  • Lindsay Deitch
  • Jennifer Dennison
  • Sabine Ellis
  • Talona Felix
  • Kelly Hammer
  • Wallace Haws
  • Nicholas Kenny
  • Denise Konkol
  • Justin Krehbiel
  • Tracy Langston
  • Dustin Loehr
  • Deb McLean
  • Danny Ray
  • Marilyn Stromsness
  • Leanne Thomson
  • Terry Valerio
  • Dan Walker
  • John Zielonka

Congratulations to our newest alumni.

Meet the 2017 Board

IMG_0395The new board was elected at our Annual Meeting in May. The all-volunteer Board will serve through the graduation of the 2017 class. The board works hard to provide a quality program for each class and to implement improvements every year.

Dave DiPietro – Chair

Mandy Rogers – Chair Elect

Sharon Brause – Secretary

Dawn Forrest – Treasurer

Melissa Jones – Past Chair

Cristina Brennan – Alumni/Community Events

Kim Gauthier – Communication

Lucia Lopez – Program Advancement

Brian Lawson – Recruitment

Phyllis Reichard-Benson – Social

Mark Organek – Tours/Program Liaison

Class Project – The Office Upgrade

This is the last installment of the class project series–the office upgrade. Not as glamorous as a mural, a playgound, or the library, but it was an area in need of an upgrade. The class was able to secure donated furniture from SRP. (SRP always comes through for us.)

BandGBldgI know the staff at the Boys and Girls Club appreciate all the improvements that were made. We all hope it helps the kids enjoy their time there and that each one of them go on to fulfill their promise.

Everyone in the class felt that this was such a worthwhile project benefiting the children in our community. Everybody who had a role did an outstanding job. It’s amazing to see what can be done when 25 people set out to use their time, talents, resources and contacts for the benefit of their community!

We appreciate the contributions of the dozens if not hundreds of people and organizations in the community who contributed and participated to make this project a success.

Class Project – Replenish the Library

bookReplenishing the Library at the Boys and Girls Club is one of my favorite elements of this class’s project. The book committee solicited new books from local authors and they were incredibly generous. At last count 243 new books were donated and more than 200 used books were donated.

The class was able to provide a lot of the supplies on the club’s wish list including thousands of pencils (they consider them “gold”). They were also presented a check for $500 for anything else that they needed.

A list of very generous 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. Available as an ebook in Kindle format through Amazon books. Order the paperback version through the author at rjmcmillan@cox.net. Follow on Twitter @RJMcMillan99

Mesa Leadership Graduates 34th Class

LaMarreMesa Leadership honored 23 graduates at a ceremony at the Hilton on Friday May 6. The graduates were Jill Adair, Journalist; Jerry Bianco, No Slip Arizona; Julie Bigler, Mesa Fire and Medical; Michael Book, HDR Inc; Sharon Brause, Mesa Purchasing; Diane Cantile, Community Volunteer; Diana Clevenger, Mesa Police; Vince Evans, SRP; John Gilliam, Outerwall; Jaime Glasser, Artist; Missy Gleason, DMB Associates Inc.; Lyn Gorton, Relay for Life; Shannon Heinze, Guild Mortgage; Pei Hseih, Good Neighbor Insurance; Robert Kjar, The Fit Stop; Wayne LaMarre, Mesa Energy Resources; Matt Long, Solutions Real Estate; Patti Oskvarek, Mesa Business Services; Kristen Rubi, SRP; LynnOskvarek Runyan, SRP; Morgan Sarager, SRP; Susan Tychman, Mesa Chamber of Commerce; and Mark Young, Mesa United Way.

The highlight of the evening was the WaltersKeynote Address by Claudia Walters Interim President and CEO of the Mesa United Way. She’s a former Mesa Vice Mayor and Council Member and she was the 2009 Mesa Woman of the Year. She inspired the graduates by telling them about the Power of Yes. Mayo John Giles welcomed the graduates to the fraternity of service.

 

Mesa Leadership Participates in Relay for Life

Relay4Life4On Saturday April 9, the Mesa Leadership Class of 2016 participated in the Relay for Life raising over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society and had a lot of fun doing it. They were awarded a Track sign. Track signs are awarded to teams who raise more than $1,000 and are color coded so teams can move up as they raise more money each year. Some of the longer serving teams at the Relay proudly display 6 or 7 Track signs. Congratulations Class and Lyn Gorton, the class member who led the team.

Next year they plan to invite alumni to be involved so be looking for information about this very fun and worthy event in the Spring of 2017.

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Local Authors Donate Books to Boys & Girls Club

bookThe 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 Codyfollowing 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”

GodR 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 rjmcmillan@cox.net. Follow on Twitter @RJMcMillan99

 

 

2016 Class Project – Grant Woods Boys and Girls Club

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 proCaptureject 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.

Alumni Give to Helen’s Hope Chest at the Annual Holiday Event

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 IMG_0390beautiful 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–IMG_0387google 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.

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2016 Class Selected

Mesa Leadership 2016 Class KickoffCongratulations to the 2016 Mesa Leadership Class. The class was announced at an event held at Mesa United Firefighters on Thursday, July 23rd.

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