Summer 2019 Member Update

Upcoming Member Meetings & Activities:
This is an open invitation to expand your world; all current and past members, supporters, friends, and prospective members are welcome. Find out about the exciting programs and activities planned for the upcoming months. To find out more about membership and check out the event calendar go to
JUNE 2019
Annual Meeting (6/11/19) Election Results 2019 – 2020
President Cheryl Laflen
Vice President Gerry Paulus
Secretary Patsy Fimbres
Treasurer Vern Mathern
Directors Wayne Balmer Milt Fort
Kyle Jones Dennis Kavanaugh
Dr. Val Wilson Jennell Wise
Corporate/Educational Board Members:
Kevin Broeckling (Benedictine University.) Dustin Ewert (Cox Communications)
Marc Garcia (Visit Mesa) Sally Harrison (Mesa Chamber of Commerce)
Yvonne Schmidt (Mesa Community College)
Sister City Chairs (appointed by President/Board, serve as members of the Board)
Burnaby, Canada Chris Glover
Caraz, Peru Ashu Alegre and Doris Osorio
Guaymas, Mexico Dave Keilholtz
Kaiping, China Jennifer & Brad Halfmann, Donald Mui & Yee Yeung Tang (Annie White)
Upper Hutt, New Zealand Shawn & Doug Coats
City of Mesa Liaison: Candace Copple, Mayor’s Chief of Staff &
Council Member Francisco Heredia
Operational Committee Chairs
Golf Tournament: Sally Harrison & Dustin Ewert (Corporate Board Members)
2019 Golf Tournament, our major fundraiser, raised $8720.83 & the 2020 Golf Tournament will again be held at Viewpoint Golf Club
Youth Ambassador/Student Exchange Program: Christine & Todd Selman
Young Artist and Author Showcase: Candace Sharkey
Membership Committee: Patsy Fimbres
Communication/Promotion/Publicity: _________________
Social Committee: ________________
JULY 2019
Youth Ambassador/Student Exchange Program Activities/Events:
Monday, 7/1/19: Family Day
Tuesday, 7/2/19: Welcome Dinner 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Red Mountain Community College; Power/McKellips Roads; catered by Nandos Mexican Restaurant. We would like to have a good size crowd attend to welcome our international students. Let Christine Selman know if you want to attend or 480-272-3122.
Wednesday, 7/3/19: Meeting with Mayor John Giles and Council Member Jennifer Duff, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fry Bread Lunch and welcome from the Tribal Nations Ceremony, 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, 7/4/19: Family Day 4th of July celebrations, no scheduled plans.
Friday, 7/5/19: State Capitol Phoenix City Scape guided Tour, 3:00 p.m. Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies baseball game, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 7/6 & 7/19: Family Days
Monday, 7/8/19: 2:30 a.m. meet at downtown Mesa Library to load bus; 3:30 a.m. depart Mesa for Disneyland/California. 8:00 a.m., stop for breakfast. 10:00 a.m., arrive Disneyland California Adventure Park. 10:00 p.m., depart park & go to hotel.
Tuesday, 7/9/19: 7:30 – 8:15 a.m., meet in hotel restaurant, eat breakfast, then load bus. 8:30 a.m., drive bus to Huntington Beach. 9:00 a.m., arrive at Huntington Beach. 9:15 a.m. beach time. 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., lunch on pier at Ruby’s Surf City Diner. 2:30 p.m., load up bus. 3:00 p.m., depart California for Arizona. 8:00 p.m., drive through dinner. 10:30 p.m., arrive back at Mesa Library.
Wednesday, 7/10/19: TBD, meeting with Tempe Sister Cities Ambassadors and Mesa Ambassadors.
Thursday, 7/11/19: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, 1345 S. Alma School Road, Mesa 85210.
Friday, 7/12/19: 5:00 a.m., meet at Mesa Library to load van to Sedona; day hike in Sedona. Travel through Bear-Azona. Travel to Williams–Camp Navajo, overnight stay at Camp Navajo.
Saturday, 7/13/19: 8:15 a.m., load up van to Grand Canyon Railway. 9:30 a.m., ride railway to Grand Canyon. 11:45 a.m., arrive at Grand Canyon; 3:30 p.m., depart Grand Canyon; 5:45 p.m., arrive Williams Grand Canyon Depot. 6:15 p.m., dinner at Grand Depot Café. 6:30 p.m., depart Williams for 10:00 p.m. arrival back at Mesa Library.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, 7/14, 15, & 16/19: Family Days
Wednesday, 7/17/19: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., BBQ lunch at Waldo’s BBQ and souvenir shopping at Hi-Jolly Gift Shop 4800 E. Main St.
Thursday, 7/18/19: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thanksgiving Farewell Potluck Dinner, location to be determined. We would like to have a good size crowd attend to bid farewell to our international students, and listen to their comments and impressions of their visit here. Let Christine Selman know if you can attend or 480-272-3122.
Friday & Saturday, 7/19 & 20/19: International students depart for home.
Thursday, August 1, 2019: August Board and Member Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Visit Mesa north Conference/Meeting Room, 120 N. Center Street (northwest area of Center and First Streets), Mesa 85201.
GET INVOLVED: Recruit your friends, relatives and other interested parties to join this busy group. Active paid membership and participation helps support Mesa Sister Cities programs, events and activities and updates contact information. Questions about membership contact Patsy Fimbres at or call 480-964-6400.

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