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It’s Over – NOW WHAT?

Arizona LeadershipBy Kim Hanna, Class 27
Economic Vitality, City of Scottsdale

The Class 27 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s core program. The program informs, inspires and empowers leaders to champion and strengthen the interests of the community. Scottsdale Leadership is an Arizona Leadership Program.

At the beginning it seemed like such a long road.  But now—the fabulous 9-month journey with Scottsdale Leadership is over.  Yikes—NOW WHAT?

This rich experience was not intended to only expose me to a bunch of issues in the community.  It’s about engaging in the community to make it a better place into future generations!

On our final class day, Suzanne Paetzer—our Core Program Chair—reminded us of a T.S. Eliot quote, “To make an end is to make a beginning.”  THAT’S WHAT!  It’s time to make a beginning!

Then came Eileen Rogers who said, “Most of us don’t know what we want—but we’re pretty darn sure we don’t have it!”  Isn’t that the truth?!?

The answer: Life By Design, Not By Default!  Eileen led us through an exercise that rocked my world!  She gave us a list of “life topics” and asked us to circle all of the items that are important in our lives today.  I circled 19 items.  Then she asked us to eliminate all but the top 12…Ouch!  I began feeling guilty about the items I crossed off of my list.  Then she said we needed to further reduce to 7.  Was she kidding?!?

It was about this time in the day that I began talking to myself.  I had to tell myself, “This is just an exercise…I’m sure I’ll learn something from it.  Calm down!”  So, I did.

It wasn’t over—we had to rank the list in order of importance and grade our performance.  My heart sank…I really didn’t want to face the music but the band kept playing.  All of the things I claim as important are also the things I seem to be getting around to when I have a free moment.

“TIME FOR A CHANGE,” I said to myself.  By this time my self-talk was in surround sound with full-on subwoofer!

But there’s more!  Courtney Klein Johnson shared the heart-warming story of the Stuttering King Bakery—way to go Matt Cottle!  Courtney gave us a menu from the bakery which included another nudge for me.  A quote from Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true…if we have the courage to pursue them.”

Throughout this 9-month experience speakers told us the key to successful leadership is service through passion.  If you start with your passion, things feel right—you’ll know when you are there.

I’ve decided to take those words to heart.  I have been passionate for a long time about camping, hiking and cooking.  I’ve decided to use my blog www.CampingForFoodies.com as a platform from which to launch my community stewardship adventure.  I have tons of ideas and am thrilled to get started!  I know each and every one of my classmates will be doing the same with their individual passions.

To the Magnificent 27 and our wonderful leader—Suzanne—Thank You for a truly life-changing experience!  See you on the edge!

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20/20 Vision: Scottsdale’s Future

By SUZANNE PAETZER, Class 24
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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20/20 Perfect Vision: It’s Possible!

By SUZANNE PAETZER, Class 24
President- TriAra Consulting, LLC

20/20 Vision: Our Citizen’s Prescription for the Future – Scottsdale Leadership’s annual community forum sponsored by Scottsdale Republic/The Arizona Republic, APS and Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors.

Your vision is a primary sensory source – taking in your surroundings and making key decisions.  Quickly your eyes note the meaning of facial expressions in a conversation.  Colors and textures in nature are discerned. Vast publications of knowledge are absorbed. BlackBerry’s and TV’s send us countless images that influence our lives.

Your vision is not something to take for granted. It creates wholeness in your world and isn’t seeing 20/20 the ultimate goal?

On Thursday, April 29th a distinguished group of community leaders challenged the audience at Scottsdale Leadership’s  7th Annual Community Forum to create a vision for Scottsdale.  Scottsdale hasn’t set sight on defining a citizen-driven vision for more than 20 years. What do our citizens want for the future?

The panel, facilitated by Dick Bowers, former Scottsdale city manager, consisted of: Jane Rau, co-founder of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, sharing an activist’s vision; Charlie Smith, former Scottsdale council member, providing a hindsight perspective; Peter Kasperski, owner of Cowboy Ciao and Kazimierz, lending a future perspective; and Trevor Barger, founder Espiritu Loci, highlighting the key components of vision.

What is Vision?
I view the path of vision like a tree.  At the very root of vision is just one idea.  Then vision takes on an element of natural growth developing one branch.  As ideas are nurtured, more branches of new ideas stem from conversations that feed the knowledge tree.  Eventually, one idea has grown and taken shape and now becomes a solid foundation upon which more growth occurs.  Sometimes the final vision is very different than the very first idea that planted the seed of thought for growth.  Vision grows naturally and can’t be forced.

Trevor Barger resonated with my tree vision when he talked about a community vision and its premise of starting with a believable idea created by looking in the present with passion to the future.  We must see the potential of an idea but not merely change an existing issue.  We need to be bold about the vision of future potential of an idea.  You know when a vision has taken hold when it culminates by influencing and inspiring people to take action because the vision touches their soul.  Just like the deep roots of a magnificent tree firmly planted, vision inspires and takes hold on solid footing and branches out and grows naturally.

It’s Time Scottsdale
There is no citizens-driven vision for Scottsdale.  We need to know where we want to go or we will never get there. A small group of seven, who in the past decided to increase the size of Scottsdale’s original one square mile, made a difference!

There are countless examples of people from the past who said, “Why not _______?” Fill the blank in with build a stadium, create an Old Towne, preserve the desert, etc.  You can make a difference.  We must gather as citizens of Scottsdale and explore the vision we want.

The Challenge to Scottsdale Leadership, Class 24
As a member of the soon-to-graduate Class 24, I propose a challenge to my esteemed classmates.

We talked about the need for a vision in Scottsdale during one of our classes.  It was even proposed by Mike Seiden, Core Program Vice-Chair for Class 25, we abandon our six community projects and all focus on creating the groundswell for Scottsdale’s vision.  Well, we all participated in six amazing and impactful projects that touched the community in so many ways.  Thank you Scottsdale Leadership for having the foresight to not heed our plea, for our projects changed our lives and impacted many others.

So, now that we are a united force of 42 with community presence, I challenge my classmates to join in the offer from Dr. Jan L. Gehler, President of Scottsdale Community College, to meet at her college and start the dialogue and groundswell for our community vision.

We can make a difference even if it is only a small group of seven.  We may not know “how” it will turn out or even “what” the vision is but isn’t that exciting?  What we do know is that it will be revealed to us as we share ideas and perspectives, conduct difficult conversations and envelope it in courageous leadership.  The time is now.  And, it’s up to us.  What better way to serve our community than to help create its future!

If you’re in, let me know.  I’m willing to take the first step to get it started with you.  Let us take our time, talents, passion, pride and leadership and create a legacy for Scottsdale.  If we don’t, who will?

“Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.”
Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Statesman and Secretary-General of the United Nations).

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Scottsdale’s Great Arts!

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the fourteenth of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

Vibrant Art = Sustainable Community!

Did you know that Scottsdale is home to over 100 galleries? On the evening prior to our Scottsdale Leadership “Arts in Scottsdale” topic day, Class 24 participated in the downtown ArtWalk.  We were fortunate to have presentations by the owner/staff at three galleries:  Joan Cawley Gallery, Duley Jones Gallery and Gebert Contemporary Gallery. They exhibit some of the finest and most diverse art from all over the world.

The Scottsdale Gallery Association and the 30-year old Thursday night ArtWalk were formed to promote not only the galleries, but the idea of Scottsdale as an arts town.

Visit www.scottsdalegalleries.com to check out special events and then be prepared to be awed by the vast array of artwork and the welcoming spirit of the gallery owners.  Like us, you might be lucky enough to meet an artist or two!

More Arts and Culture
Wowed by our ArtWalk experience, we spent the next day gaining an understanding of the role that arts and culture play in Scottsdale – past, present and future. It started with a musical performance by a trio from Musica Nova (Warren Cohen, Music Director).

To read the rest of Suzanne’s blog click here.

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‘Pay It Forward’ Project Inspires Scottsdale Citizens to Think Big

By MELISSA RZEPPA, Class 23
Partner & PR Director – Serendipit Consulting

Suzanne Paetzer, a member of Scottsdale Leadership‘s class 24 (and soon-to-be graduate) wrote a great “Letter to the Editor” that was published in the Arizona Republic – Scottsdale Edition today about the Pay It Forward projects and the positive impact the projects had on Scottsdale citizens.

In the article, Suzanne says that she is “inspired to think big and deliver big results.” We hope that everyone who attended the presentations left with that same inspiration! Read the full article on AZCentral.com here.

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Scottsdale’s Unique Oasis

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the 13th of a 17-article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

Does staying Calm, Relaxed and surrounded by Natural Beauty factor into your Quality of Life?

If so, you would have really enjoyed Scottsdale Leadership’s Quality of Life and Sustainability class day.  Held in Scottsdale’s own backyard – the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve – this pristine recreational area is amazing!

Completed in May 2009, the Gateway adjoins 383 acres and is part of Scottsdale’s vision to preserve 36,400 acres.  That’s 1/3 of Scottsdale’s total land mass!

If you don’t hike, mountain bike or ride horses along the 45 miles of trails, maybe the 8,800 SF building (pending LEED Platinum certification) would catch your eye. It has rammed earth walls and uses recycled/regional materials.  With its solar energy performance (producing 105% of annual demand), rainwater harvesting (providing 100% irrigation), water efficiency (saving 250,000 gallons annually) this building is a marvel in the desert.

Or you can take a short stroll to the Amphitheater and enjoy the amazing views. The amphitheater serves as an ideal field classroom for lectures, too. For those physically challenged, there is a ¾ mile accessible interpretive trail – one of the few in existence.

Whatever route you take, I guarantee you’ll be touched by the beauty of the land and its ability to restore calm!

Scottsdale Leadership, Class 24 not only experienced the Preserve but spent time with Virginia Korte, Class 3, and president/CEO of STARS who shared the history of preserving Scottsdale’s land since the 1960’s and how the Preserve came to fruition.

To read the rest of Suzanne’s blog click here.

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Keeping Our Community Safe

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the 12th of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

How Safe is Scottsdale?
Forget the statistics in the paper (they don’t tell the whole story). Come on the journey in the life of a police officer and fire fighter. With over 200,000 residents covering 185 square miles, keeping our community safe is a high priority for Scottsdale! Class 24 learned that you may be 2 feet away from a criminal or 102 feet atop a ladder fighting a blazing building but the reality of danger is still the same. Courageous men and women put their life on the line for you and me every time they respond to an emergency. They willingly serve to make our community safer each and every day.

WHAT BACKS UP THESE BRAVE SOULS?
We have 750 Police in Scottsdale, armed with about 25 pounds around their waist -a gun, handcuffs, baton, and OC (pepper spray). We learned that since 1993 another device that aids in subduing a person is a Taser. Steve Tuttle, TASER International, explained 1.8 million Tasers are used at 15,000 law enforcements agencies – many equipped with video capability.

To read the rest of Suzanne’s blog click here.

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