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Who was Frances Young?

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For nearly a half century, Scottsdale resident Frances Young mentored, advised, assisted and championed numerous local organizations and causes – simply for the good of the community. Among her admirers she was fondly known as “the mayor of South Scottsdale”.

Young epitomized warmth, caring and concern for people of diverse backgrounds. She embraced all people and advocated for their quality of life, whether Yaqui, Hispanic, Asian, Black or White. Her notable contributions include the establishment of an English as a Second Language program in the schools, the beginning of Indian Education, Head Start and Title I programs, and the establishment of the Vista del Camino Community Center.

During her tenure serving on the Human Services Commission, Young worked with other members to find funds for various social services. Young summed up her life by saying, “I’ve gained far more than I ever gave. That’s what I want everyone to know.”

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Frances Young Community Heroes award sponsored by General Dynamics. Nominees must be ages 14 or older whose volunteer services directly benefit Scottsdale citizens and/or Scottsdale organizations. They may not have previously received public recognition for their volunteer efforts. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, September 3.

Do you know someone who is a community hero and who deserves to be recognized? Now is your chance to say “thanks” for all they do!

For more information and to download the nomination form visit www.gdc4s.com/about/community.

Nominate a hero today!

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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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20/20 Vision: Scottsdale’s Future

President- TriAra Consulting, LLC

Scottsdale Leadership Class 24 has initiated a grassroots interest group to discuss a citizen’s driven vision in Scottsdale. While the City’s Advanced Planning Development Committee is currently working on the state-mandated 2011 General Plan, the visioning group hopes to create, at a citizen’s level, positive influence on the future direction of our community.

The group will be meeting for a brainstorming session on Monday, June 28, from 5:30 -7:00 p.m. at the Village at DC Ranch (yellow building located at Legacy Blvd/Thompson Peak Pkwy).  The public is welcome to join in the conversation. Please RSVP to Suzanne Paetzer at spaetzer@aol.com.

It’s YOUR community.  Come and influence its future!

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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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Southern Scottsdale Character Area Plan (CAP)

You can give your input on June 17th!

Scottsdale Leadership Class 24

Sixteen years ago, when we were moving from Denver to the Phoenix area for a job that I just couldn’t refuse, we looked at several areas in the Valley.  We had been Colorado residents for 24 years and raised our family there.  It was hard to leave.  However, each year, for several years, we had vacationed in Scottsdale during our kids’ Spring Break, usually staying at the Embassy Suites, now the Chapparal Suites, on Scottsdale Road.  As a result, we knew something about the area before we moved.  The one thing that we wondered about was whether or not Scottsdale was a “real place”.  It seemed so beautiful and well cared for that we questioned its reality.  Even the McDonalds didn’t have its normally ostentatious golden arches sticking into the air.

Having decided that Scottsdale was the only place in the Valley that we wanted to live, we purchased a home and settled in.  It’s now been 16 years and we’ve never regretted our decision.  We’ve determined that this will be our home for the rest of our lives.  That’s why we’ve taken an interest in Scottsdale and want it to be the best that it can be.  To some, it may seem that Scottsdale consists of several separate enclaves, from the south to the north.  Still, we’re one city and the character of the city is determined by its whole.  Scottsdale needs a vision for its future.  For those who view the word “vision” as being too amorphous and “touchy/feely”, it’s simply addressing the question of what we want Scottsdale to reflect as its image to the world.  Do we want to have others see us as “The West’s Most Western Town”, the “Beverly Hills of the Southwest” or an “All American City” that attracts great jobs and families?

As part of the process to determine what Scottsdale will look like in the future, a Scottsdale Character Area Plan is being drafted.  This plan will document policy that will determine the vision for Southern Scottsdale and guide policy decisions for private and public projects in that part of the city.  On Thursday, June 17, there will be two Open Houses at the Convergence Room at SkySong.  The Open Houses will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

For those who think that Southern Scottsdale is just a small enclave of rundown strip malls and older homes, you should know that the area consists of about 15 square miles, running from McKellips Road on the south to Indian Bend Road on the north, from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community on the east to the City of Phoenix and Paradise Valley on the west.  Approximately 30% of Scottsdale’s population lives in this area.  The future character of this area will have a major impact on the future of Scottsdale and all those interested in that future should try to attend one of these sessions.

As an aside, since the South Scottsdale area is adjacent to Tempe and Phoenix, the character of that area will probably be impacted by the plans developed for the Discovery Triangle, from which Scottsdale recently withdrew.  One may question whether isolation will improve the character of Scottsdale or diminish it.

For more information on the Scottsdale Character Area Plan please visit the City of Scottsdale website by clicking here.

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Effective Leadership and Emotional Intelligence (EI) Part 4

Scottsdale Leadership Class XIX

This is the fourth of a multi-article series discussing the relationship of leadership and emotional intelligence.

Organizations continually face the challenge of finding their next generation of leaders. According to an article published in the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA), “Identifying leaders is not about simply reviewing a performance appraisal and making a selection based upon what the individual knows or does not know about getting the job done. Just because someone excels in a functionally specialized role – say, as an accountant or a computer programmer – does not guarantee that he or she has the qualities to effectively lead an organization from an enterprise-wide perspective” (2004).

The ability of organizations to improve performance through emotional intelligence (EI) adds to their bottom line and shareholder value by hiring and retaining a higher caliber of employees, reduced turnover, employee satisfaction and financial results.  Goleman, Boyatzis and McKee (2001) examined the question of what drives an organization’s bottom line performance and determined that EI was a major factor in successful leadership.

Over the past 10-12 years there has been the development of several multi-rater or 360-degree surveys that have been designed to measure emotional intelligence in the workplace. Many of these are based on a model of emotional intelligence called the Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI).  These surveys and raters have been useful in providing feedback on (a) someone’s individual strengths and weaknesses compared to others in the same organization or in a similar role, and (b) they also provide feedback on the gaps or discrepancies between a person’s self-perceptions and how they are rated or perceived by others.  These feedback systems are great for enhancing self-knowledge, leading to improved leadership behaviors, effectiveness and performance.


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