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Leadership Spotlight – Kimberly Crowther, Class XXII

This blog is third in a series from alumni about their experience in Scottsdale Leadership. Kimberly Crowther is a graduate of Class XXII and the Communications Director for the DC Ranch Community Council. Scottsdale Leadership is currently recruiting participants for Class 26. Visit scottsdaleleadership.org for details.

Name and Class:  Kimberly Crowther Miller; Class 22
Current place of employment, title: DC Ranch Community Council, Communications Director
Community Involvement: Board Member: Workshops for Youth & Families; Scottsdale Leadership

What was your most memorable class day? Each Scottsdale Leadership class day was a new opportunity to become more educated on the real issues affecting our community. The discussion on population growth in Scottsdale during our Community Trusteeship day was particularly memorable to me. Prior to the class, I had never considered how many variables are at play when attempting to manage population growth in a city.

For example, many people support constructing taller residential buildings in Scottsdale to accommodate population growth. But another segment of the community opposes high-rise projects. Since Scottsdale is land-locked and one-third of the city is designated a preserve, new housing projects are limited if buildings can’t be built taller. Of course, the amount of available housing affects cost of living in Scottsdale. If housing in Scottsdale becomes limited and therefore more expensive, many people who want to live in the city are priced out of the market. This then leads one to consider what the socio-economic makeup of the population should be. It was thought-provoking discussions such as these that made my experience in Scottsdale Leadership so valuable.

What advice can you give to future Scottsdale Leadership participants? The best advice I can give to future Scottsdale Leadership participants is to come to each class with an open mind and the intention to participate. Embracing the activities and getting to know each of your classmates is what make the Scottsdale Leadership experience so rewarding.


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Calling all volunteers: Scottsdale Cycling Festival needs you!

By Kimberly Crowther, Class 22
Communications Director, DC Ranch Community Council

Have you caught the Tour de France action on television this month? Although I’m not a cyclist -and I am half a world away from the action on the Alps – I’m drawn into the excitement.  This fall you can join in similar excitement when Valley residents experience cycling action at the seventh annual Scottsdale Cycling Festival. The festival will take place September 30 to October 3. An estimated 2,000 cyclists will ride a 70-mile route around the scenic McDowell Mountains.

To pull off the multi-day festival, event organizers rely on 12 teams of volunteers – about 150 individuals. Teams assist at aid stations, help set up and tear down event expos, ensure cyclists are aware of – and follow – safety guidelines, and distribute registration packets. Volunteers have a unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of cycling.

Volunteers can tout that they are part of a “green” event. The Scottsdale Cycling Festival will be the first race of any sport to take place in Arizona without the presence of plastic water bottles. Instead, water trucks on site will refill water bottles attendees bring. Other green initiatives include a recycling and composting program.  Volunteers can feel good about donating their time at an event that is dedicated to environmentally-friendly practices.

In addition to the euphoria of community involvement, volunteers are treated to breakfast courtesy of Krispy Kreme and lunch compliments of Grimaldi’s. It’s still warm in October, so volunteers will receive a moisture-wicking t-shirt.

There are also opportunities to socialize with other volunteers and cyclists at the Scottsdale Cycling Festival Launch Party on Sept. 30. In addition to the launch party, the Scottsdale Cycling Festival will host a Kick-Off party Friday, July 23 from 5 – 8 p.m. at DNA Cycles in North Scottsdale. The event is free and open to the public. Cyclists and festival volunteers can meet professional rides, register at reduced rates, preview gear and get training advice. The first 100 attendees will receive a special swag bag.

Volunteers can sign up now through Sept. 20; a volunteer orientation is Friday, Sept. 24. Corporate volunteer teams are welcome. For more information, contact DC Ranch Event Director Jennifer Clark at 480.538.3544 or jennifer.clark@dcranchinc.com.

For more about the Scottsdale Cycling Festival, visit www.scottsdalecyclingfestival.com.

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Music enthusiasts invited to join advisory board

By Kimberly Crowther, Class 22
Communications Director, DC Ranch Community Council

Are you a sucker for sonatas? Do you tap your toes to the rhythm of a drum beat? Are you looking for ways to get involved in the community? If you answered yes, then this opportunity will be music to your ears. Dr. Christina Novak, Class 23 and Music Department Chair at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) is recruiting volunteers to join the SCC Music Advisory Board.

“Candidates should have a love of music and the arts, a strong interest in education and a desire to connect with the Scottsdale Community,” said Novak.

The board bolsters community awareness about the SCC music program and organizes special events to raise funds for student scholarships and instruments. Earlier this year, for instance, the board participated in the planning of the SCC annual Faculty Valentine’s Day Dinner and Concert and the silent auction for the annual SCC Cabaret, a musical theater review. The board raised $2,000, which will be awarded to music students in the fall.

Since she began playing piano at the age of six, music has been a way for Novak to express herself and to connect with others. Being a part of the SCC Music Advisory Board offers a similar experience. In addition, board members are rewarded by knowing they are helping music students fulfill their dreams and enriching music education in Scottsdale.

“We have a great board made up of Scottsdale Leadership graduates and SCC music faculty. It is a very enthusiastic group and we welcome new members,” said Novak.

SCC Music Advisory Board meetings are held monthly September through April. If you are interested in learning more, contact Dr. Novak at chirstina.novak@sccmail.maricopa.edu.

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