The Association of Fundraising Professionals, an international professional development organization, each year honors philanthropists who have made significant contributions to their communities.

The chapter has chosen to honor the Sedona Women, Dames Who Make a Difference, as the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization of the Year; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona as the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation; Eugene Munger as Volunteer of the Year, and Traci Corey of Yavapai County Community Foundation as Outstanding New Fundraising Executive.

These organizations and individuals will be honored during a luncheon Thursday, Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Agave Conference Center, Best Western Inn of Sedona.

The luncheon will be preceded by a workshop given by fundraising expert Kayt C. Peck of Flying Pigs Creative Services from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Sedona Women has been in existence for about 10 years and is open to all women who care about Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Some of organization’s projects include:

Helen Wolfe Scholarship — The Sedona Women awards up to three $2,500 annual scholarships in honor of our founder, Helen Wolfe. Scholarships are awarded to women who are re-entering students whose education has been interrupted or to students who are planning to resume their education.

Sedona is Water Wise — The Sedona Women took on the project of Water Wise several years ago to raise awareness and move residents and businesses to a much higher level of action to protect this most valuable resource.

Sedona Winds and Kachina Point Health Care — In 2008 and 2009, the Sedona Women created and hosted nine special events at the centers.

Elderly Christmas Gift Program — This program was started by The Sedona Women new board member Brenda Cosse, as a way to help elders living in the Verde Valley. Gift bags containing gift certificates, shampoo, soap, blankets, socks and slippers and cash are distributed. This year’s plan is to distribute 532 gift bags, during the holidays, to the Meals on Wheels recipients in Cottonwood and the residents of Verde Valley Manor.

Art Placement in the Roundabouts — The Sedona Women have pledged $10,000 to the city, via the Arts in Public Places Committee, toward the development and placement of art in the roundabouts.

Giving Gardens — Giving Gardens is a community service project sponsored by the Sedona Women to assist those in need within our community, including retired seniors, singles, and young families who struggle to afford the basic necessity of groceries. Its fundamental vision is to heighten the awareness of need and to increase food donations to the Sedona Community Food Bank.

Verde Valley Sanctuary — The Sedona Women repainted, put in new curtains, provided new towels and bedspreads, and updated bathrooms to create an atmosphere that was cheery for the residents.

Film festival presents charming comedy 'mockumentary' feature in Tuesday series on Oct. 13

Winner of numerous Audipaper-heart-m153_rgbence Choice awards for Best Feature Film and a hit with critics around the world, “Paper Heart” makes its Sedona debut on Tuesday, Oct. 13. There will be two screenings of the film at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres. The film is being presented by the Sedona International Film Festival in this one-night-only special engagement as the October installment of its part of its popular Second Tuesday Cinema Series.

Half feature narrative comedy and half documentary, “Paper Heart” is a delightful and enjoyable journey into the concept of fairy-tale love. Does it really exist? Combining elements of documentary and traditional storytelling, reality and fantasy, the film brings a fresh perspective to the modern romance and redefines the classic love story.

Charlyne Yi does not believe in love.  Or so she says.  Well, at the very least, she doesn’t believe in fairy-tale love or the Hollywood mythology of love, and her own experiences have turned her into another modern-day skeptic.

“Paper Heart” follows Yi as she embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn’t fully understand.  As she and her good friend (and director) Nick Jasenovec search for answers and advice about love, Yi talks with friends and strangers, scientists, bikers, romance novelists, and children.  They each offer diverse views on modern romance, as well as various answers to the age-old question: does true love really exist?

Then, shortly after filming begins, Yi meets a boy after her own heart: Michael Cera.  As their relationship develops on camera, her pursuit to discover the nature of love takes on a fresh new urgency.  She risks losing the person she finds closest to her heart.

Long fascinated by the intangible idea of love – and fundamentally not believing in “love at first sight” or any of that “Julia Roberts / English Patient / sobbing-in-the-rain stuff” – Yi had always dreamt of making a documentary about the subject.  She knew “true love” was something everybody was searching for, so it was great subject matter.  Plus, she found the people who actually believed in love endlessly fascinating – even though she herself thought it was all so much hot air.

Feeling passionate about it, she approached her good friend, director Nick Jasenovec, to aid her in bringing the idea to life, and the friends’ discussions became the seeds of what is now Paper Heart.  As their talks and ideas became plans and reality, their progress morphed Yi’s original documentary idea into something different, exciting and new.

In blending the narrative storyline, Yi and Jasenovec knew it would need an arc and structure, so they began writing a script that would support and complement the documentary sections.  In choosing the story, they felt it would be great to have Yi’s “character” meet a boy and possibly fall in love, so they began working on a relationship angle for the film.  They then compiled a list of the types of people they were interested in interviewing for the doc portion, hoping to find stories that would tie into or support the narrative.

Because they were blurring the lines, the filmmakers felt they also might be able to have fun with people’s expectations of what the movie actually was.

“We knew people might get muddled and think it was real,” says Yi.  “But there are credits.  There’s a ‘written by’ and ‘Nick is played by Jake.’”

“We found it exciting,” said Jasenovec.  “If you thought what you were watching was potentially real, you’d be more engaged in the story.  The actors are playing themselves, but it’s not them and it’s not the ‘real’ circumstances…although they’re similar circumstances.”

Overall, they were excited about presenting a love story an audience could believe in, and hopefully creating something even more effective than most traditional takes on the subject.

“I think one of the reasons the film comes across as realistic across the board, with lines blurred between documentary and narrative, is because Charlyne and Nick were not trying to fulfill any formula or manufacture a typically Hollywood film,” said producer Sandra Murillo. “This is definitely a film with an independent spirit and a unique perspective on love, and that’s the film’s charm.”

“Paper Heart” stars Michael Cera, who has become one of the most sought after actors in the business.  After garnering major critical acclaim for his portrayal of George-Michael Bluth in the Emmy Award-winning series Arrested Development, Michael quickly found himself amongst the young comedy elite when Judd Apatow cast him as the lead in the hit film Superbad.  The film nabbed the top box office gross and quickly became one of the most talked about films of 2007.  On the heels of Superbad, Cera co-starred in the Oscar®-nominated Juno opposite Ellen Page and former Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman.  Most recently Cera starred in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

The title sponsor for the Sedona premiere is Art for Sedona’s Sake, presented by Thom Stanley. It is co-sponsored by Vora Financial and is also made possible by grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Sedona.

“Paper Heart” will be shown at Harkins Sedona Six Theatres on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10, or $8 for Film Sedona members, and will be available starting at 3:00 p.m. that day in the Harkins lobby. Cash or checks only. Film Sedona members can purchase tickets in advance at the Sedona International Film Festival office, 1785 W. Hwy. 89A, Suite 2B, or by calling 282-1177. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.

Families and children in the Verde Valley who want to learn how to get control of their finances have a local resource.

Very few people have escaped the effects of the recent economic recession and so there couldn’t be a better time for the financial education training program offered by Catholic Charities in conjunction with Arizona Saves and Arizona Kids Saves.

Those who have emerged relatively unscathed know that money can work for a person or against them and that it’s far better for a person and their money to be working together than at odds.

There are two parts to the program, according to Carol Quasula, site director for Catholic Charities in Cottonwood.

The first is a two-day workshop for adult volunteers interested in teaching kids and other adults how to be in control when it comes to their money.

The next workshop for prospective instructors will be held at the Catholic Charities Yavapai Regional Service Center at 736 N. Main St. in Cottonwood on Friday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.

Registration for the free workshop is required by calling Carol Quasula at 634-4254, ext. 54117.

Those who attend this training workshop will learn a teen financial education curriculum, an adult financial education curriculum and crisis budgeting.

Included will be information on building a better budget, banking basics, taking charge of credit and preparing for home ownership.

The second part is teaching classes.

Instructors who complete the workshop will be asked to commit to observing one full series of financial classes before heading up their own class.

A full series of classes typically consists of three or four two-hour evening sessions, one per week for three or four weeks.

Following that, instructors will be asked to teach a minimum of three series per year.

To encourage community participation in the classes, incentives for the younger students include pizza and soda, a financial folder with budgeting and credit tools, and a certificate for attending all classes.

Incentives for the adult sessions include all of the same items plus the chance to win a $50 savings bond.

Angela LeFevre went through the instructors’ training and is now on her second series of workshops.

“The program is well thought out and easy to follow,” LeFevre said. “It covers items like the importance of savings, how to track your money, choices in spending, the good and bad about credit cards, how to put together a budget, and how to budget for the future. There are great activities which require participation and the program really works.”

Quasula and LeFevre emphasized that it’s not necessary for instructors to have a degree in economics.

In most cases, two instructors are present for each class, one leading the class and the other assisting.

The community money management classes are held at the Cottonwood Boys and Girls Club at 817 N. Second St. from 6 to 8 p.m.

Specific dates for the kids’ and adults’ classes have not yet been determined; however, Quasula expects the next series will begin in mid- to late-October.

Although future dates for money management classes have not yet been set, those interested in participating should call Carol Quasula at 634-4254, ext. 54117.

Quasula said she’s also working on a grant to make the same classes available in Sedona.

 

Susan Johnson can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 129, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Thomas Wisbey and Samuel Holeyfield, both of Sedona, grew up together in the Boy Scouts.

They were honored last weekend at an Eagle Court of Honor when they joined the rare cadre of men who become Eagle Scouts.

The rank is considered permanent, conveying responsibility that is lifelong and recognized in every sphere: corporate, military and community; hence the motto, “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

eagle-scout-ceremony-8-12Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Verde Valley where older Eagles work hard at mentoring and supporting the Scouts whose goals are to become Eagles.

Ross Cowgill earned his ranking as an Eagle Scout years ago in the same troop as Wisbey and Holeyfield under Scoutmaster Charlie Crick and was instrumental in helping both of them complete their community project, considered the most difficult hurdle to surmount.

“Looking back, I received a lot of help myself from my dad who was very involved and took time away from work, from Ron Williams and Charlie Crick,” Cowgill said. “Today, a lot of kids come from single-parent families with no male influence. Without scouting, they have fewer chances to camp, fish and canoe. From that perspective, it’s important to me to give them those opportunities.”

Now that he has 4-year-old twin sons, Cowgill plans to continue his support of the scouting community for the foreseeable future.

“It develops kids into successful young men; it isn’t the only thing, but it combines with other things like sports to shape them,” Cowgill said. “It’s a valuable asset that they can always look back on with pride.”

Locally, Chief of Police Joe Vernier is another of the community’s most visible Eagles.

He earned his rank in 1966 as a scout in Troop 63 in Aldingen, Germany.

“The most important thing I learned while pursuing the Eagle Scout rank was that one could accomplish anything as long as you set your mind to it and were willing to do the work that was required to achieve your goal,” Vernier said. “One of the attributes I’ve seen in other Eagle Scouts is that they continue to serve others instead of themselves, becoming leaders in their chosen professions or volunteer service. They also tend to see obstacles as opportunities rather than obstacles — as challenges that need to be met to move on to something better.”

Nationally, even a short list of Eagles reads like a Who’s Who of accomplishment, including home run king Hank Aaron, astronaut Neil Armstrong, Olympian Willie Banks, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, World Bank President Barber Conable, adventurer Steve Fossett, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, Pulitzer prizewinner Wallace Stegner, Naval Adm. Elmo Zumwalt and Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton.

Achievement is the program’s foundation, requiring each applicant to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and to complete a service project.

In addition to being active in a troop, demonstrating Scout spirit by living the Scout oath and Scout law, prospective Scouts must have first earned the level of Life Scout and earn a total of 21 merit badges, including one in each of the following:

First Aid

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World

Communications

Personal Fitness

Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving

Environmental Science

Personal Management

Swimming or Hiking or Cycling

Camping

Family Life

The final step is completing a substantial community service project before turning 18.

Designed to benefit only nonprofit organizations, schools or communities, the project has to be planned, directed and completed after going through multiple approval levels within the scouting organization.

 

Susan Johnson can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 129, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The men were, forgive the pun, uniformly good-natured and the women’s behavior ranged from slightly risque to sweetly demure at the fifth annual Trauma Intervention Programs of Arizona Calendar Release and Heroes Auction at Relics Restaurant in West Sedona on Friday, July 31.

A good-looking combination of eligible firefighters and police officers participated in the fundraiser for the nonprofit, all of them stepping up to help an organization that supplies well-trained trauma intervention volunteers to work with victims hurt by car crashes, the death of a family member, fires and other sudden emergencies.

living-hero-auction-8-5The men weren’t the only lookers in the big back room where dozens of pretty women showed up in light sundresses, high heeled sandals, sequins and form-fitting tops on this warm summer night.

By the end of the evening, it was clear that both genders were out to have a good time on behalf of a good cause.

In the meantime, Steve Trautman of the Clarkdale Fire District, better known as Mr. June for the 2010 calendar, was busy signing autographs at a table for six and had only good things to say about TIP.

“They’re excellent, compassionate, caring people who turn bad situations into something better than it would be otherwise,” Trautman said.

Sitting at the end of the table where Trautman brandished his pen was Donna Frazier, a volunteer with TIP for the past year.

Called out for an emergency earlier in the day, she spent two and a half hours with a victim, but didn’t even consider ditching the auction.

Looking over Mr. June as well as the other calendar men and bachelors was Stacey Peterson of Prescott Valley, whose sparkling accessories gleamed under the lights.

“It’s definitely worth the drive over the mountain,” Peterson said.

Last year, she put in the winning bid on Dave Riley, a police officer from Prescott Valley, who was in the lineup once again this year.

An EMT at Yavapai Regional Medical Center, Peterson said she appreciates what the nonprofit does for the community, stating, “They bridge the gap between families who are going through tragedies and the medical community.”

Nearby, Lisa Bravo was wearing a red and white strapless sundress and sitting at a table with her friends, Christina Hemingson and Deandra Gadberry, all of Sedona.

“Last year, I had the winning bid on Johnny Sedillo from Sedona Fire,” Bravo said. “After making that connection, I started a nonprofit organization called Support Sedona Firefighters. This year I might go for a policeman.”

On the opposite side of the room was Christy Clouse from the Village of Oak Creek who hoped to buy a bachelor as a gift for her sister, Cindy Maddocks, who’s visiting from Huntington Beach, Calif.

“What could be better than a man for your birthday,” Clouse asked. “And this is a perfect place for us to find one — our father was a firefighter.”

If her birthday bid wins, Maddocks said the perfect date would be going out for dinner, then listening to musician Chris Spheeris at the Gypsy Lounge.

Emceeing the auction were Ken Byers and Donna Tina Charles, a TIP volunteer wearing a dangerously low-cut green-sequined gown.

To the tune of “Welcome to the Jungle,” Charles lined up all seven bachelors on stage, introducing Cmdr. Ron Wheeler, 50, of the Sedona Police Department, Tyler Reczonico, 21, of Camp Verde Fire District, Patrick McInnis, 30, of Cottonwood Fire Department, Dave Riley, 33, of Prescott Valley Police Department, Matthew Poe, 31, of Clarkdale Fire District, Andrew Johnson, 23, of Sedona Fire District, Brandon Nargessi, 31, of the Clarkdale Fire District and Joe Pace, 28, of Sedona Fire District.

Once the goods were on the table, so to speak, Charles and the audience pelted each bachelor with one loaded question after another, employing plenty of euphemisms not appropriate for a family newspaper.

One demanding table of 10, obviously highly experienced at bachelor auctions, came well-equipped with noisemakers, whistles, bubble-blowing liquids, and laser pointers, the latter employed to better illuminate various body parts.

Nearby was another table for 10 from Christ Center Wesleyan Church, nine of the participants there to support their tenth member in her bid for a bachelor.

Songs pounded out of the sound system, including “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” giving the men a chance to show off their moves.

With Byers shamelessly instigating bidding wars among the ladies, by the end of the evening TIP raised thousands of dollars thanks to a roomful of generous females and seven of the nicest guys in Yavapai County.

More information on trauma intervention is available at www.tipofaz.org.


Susan Johnson can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 129, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Wild Boomer Women is an instant community of girlfriends, events and activities for women over 40.

Started in Phoenix in 2008, Wild Boomer Women has over 500 members. The group meets frequently to have fun, meet new girlfriends and enjoy life.

According to a press release, one of the goals of the group is to show women how to have more fun in life, get out from behind their computers, take a break from work, family and responsibility and just be. Our long-term goal is to have chapters all over the country and the world.

The founder, Sue Barenholtz, Queen of the Wild Boomer Women, has relocated to Sedona and has formed a chapter here.

The first gathering — Getting to Know You Wild Boomer Women Style — will be held Friday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Barking Frog Grille in the Reserve Room. Just ask for Wild Boomer Women. You can order off the menu and will receive separate checks.

Toni Walker, a Scottsdale accountant, is a fan of the group.

“It has added so much more to my life, especially since I work so much. Girlfriends and laughing are very important to me. Now, I’m getting out and having more fun, and all I have to do is show up, because the events are already planned for me.”

For more information about the group, please go to www.wildboomerwomen.com and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter. To join the Sedona group and get e-mail notification of upcoming events and activities, please go to meetup.com/wild-boomer-women-sedona.

 

Known just about everywhere in Sedona by his warm, engaging smile and inspiring personality, salesman, businessman and community booster Howard Hawk died Monday, July 27. He was 91.

Hawk performed many jobs during his lifetime, but took special pride in his talent as a seller, emblazing a personalized pen with the phrase “Still a Salesman” at the time of his 91st birthday.

Howard-Hawk“He had a way of making you feel like the most important person in the world,” said Vice Mayor John Bradshaw, who knew Hawk since the time Bradshaw was a child.

Hawk’s salesmanship came in handy during his years in Sedona, where he helped found two rotary clubs and raised tens of thousands of dollars for local causes.

“He was always interested in making Sedona a better place,” said Alan Everett, mayor of Sedona from 1998 to 2002.

He was the inspiration for the annual Howard Hawk Charity Golf Tournament that raises tens of thousands of dollars for charity in Sedona and around the world every year, said Rick Wesselhoff, a local real estate broker and fellow Rotarian.

“Howard was a Sedona legend and for those of us lucky enough to be in contact with him, we will miss him dearly,” Wesselhoff said.

Bradshaw agreed, explaining Hawk had a “huge influence” on his life.

“I try to live my life like Howard every day,” Bradshaw said.

Born in Kingsport, Tenn., on Nov. 11, 1917, Hawk’s family moved to California when he was 5 years old.

A man of numerous skills and occupations, Hawk eventually becoming an asphalt paving contractor, a heavy equipment operator and a trailer manufacturer.

After moving to Sedona in 1968, he built and operated the Hawk Eye Trailer Park in Uptown Sedona.

Hawk was also one of city’s first locksmiths and sold safes and office equipment, but he was probably best known in Sedona for selling promotional advertising merchandise.

His own “best customer,” Hawk delighted in handing out trinkets and pens bearing his name. Most recently he ventured into commercial embroidery services with his wife.

Hawk and his wife were friends for 25 years

before they married. Both lost spouses to Alzheimer’s disease, Donna Hawk

said.

About a week after her husband, Bill Steinbach, passed away in 2001, Hawk called his future wife and invited to her to play golf. Golfing with Hawk helped her get through the grieving process, she said. Their friendship soon grew into a romance.

“He had the most positive attitude of anybody I’ve ever known,” Hawk said. “Just a naturally happy person.”

Hawk volunteered to serve with the Sea Bees during World War II and was stationed on the island of Tinian in the South Pacific during his service. An amateur photographer while serving in the Sea Bees, pictures Hawk snapped of life during wartime were displayed by the University of Guam.

For nearly 70 years, Hawk’s true passion was golf, Donna Hawk said.

“He played well and often and sought out courses across the country during his motor home travels,” she said.

Even though he was not able to play much in recent months, her husband practiced nearly every day on his home putting green, Hawk said.

During his lifetime, Hawk was a member of the Masonic Order, Shriners International, and Lions Club International. He was also a charter member of both the Rotary Club of Sedona Midday and the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks.

Hawk was predeceased by younger son Jeff and his wife of 61 years, Shirley. He is survived by his wife Donna, son Jerry, two grandchildren and many special friends.

Services will be at the Church of the Red Rocks on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks Endowment Fund, PO Box 1986, Sedona, AZ  86339, is suggested.

 

Greg Ruland can be reached at 282-7795, ext. 127, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Before one of Bob Matthews’ students signed up for a tracking class, a morning’s walk around his property to examine the prior night’s activities chewed up an hour and a half.

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