Class 28 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program. The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership.
On Community Stewardship Day, Scottsdale Leadership Class 28 experienced several amazing examples of community stewardship. Each example carried a common theme – a recognized need leads to an opportunity. What was unique about this class was the opportunity for us to witness community stewardship through several different pairs of eyes.
Our day began at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve – a beautiful 27,800 acres of preserved land in the McDowell Mountains. We learned about the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy which seized the opportunity to secure the Preserve for the benefit of the community and where 400 volunteers help to provide public access to the Preserve, protect the Preserve through research and stewardship and increase the community’s understanding and appreciation of the Preserve through educational programs and community events. We then walked one of the nature trails, escorted by volunteer guides.
Next, we traveled to STARS where keynote speaker, Mary King, shared her thoughtful story on her inspiration to get involved. She hadn’t planned to be involved in serving those with developmental disabilities – but she seized the opportunity when she recognized the need. We toured the campus and saw countless examples of stewardship through the life changing work that the staff at STARS does every day.
Lastly, we saw practical community stewardship in an impassioned debate regarding the 2013 City of Scottsdale Bond Election. Bothsides were represented – those for the bond, and against. Each side made compelling arguments for their position, encouraging us, as members of Scottsdale Leadership, to make up our own minds.
Community Stewardship day showed me that there are many opportunities to participate, Mary King inspired me to seize those opportunities.
I am passionate about mentoring, and I expect to find an opportunity to serve as a mentor, possibly on the board of an institution providing mentoring services. So now I’d like to hear from you … given your passion, what do you think your opportunity will be and how do you think you’ll get involved?