ARW installs officers for new year
Ahwatukee Foothills residents, elected officials and candidates joined the Ahwatukee Republican Women for its annual Christmas party and installation of officers at the home of Brian and Debbie Smith.
National Federation of Republican Women fourth vice president, Rae Lynne Chornenky, an Arizona resident, conducted the installation ceremony.
The 2010 Board of Officers are Loraine Pellegrino, president; Mary Baumbach, 1st VP programs; Christine Opheim, VP membership; Debbie Smith, third VP fundraising; Mary Ann Reith, treasurer; Carol Wilson, recording secretary; and Jill Perry, corresponding secretary.
The Ahwatukee Republican Women’s club is affiliated with the Arizona Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women, which is America’s foremost political organization bringing together women to positively influence the direction of our nation. In addition to political education and participation, the club’s platform includes community service and literacy.
‘Knights Kids’ event helps 20 children
The Corpus Christi Knights of Columbus Council 10062 and In Country Vietnam Veterans shared in sponsorship of this year’s “Knights Kids” event held recently at the JC Penney store in Ahwatukee Foothills.
Twenty students from the Frank School in Guadalupe were accompanied by volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and In Country Vietnam as they selected clothing items.
On hand again this year was Alicia Blanco, the current Miss USA Arizona. Normalicia Blanco, Alicia’s mother, coordinated the selection and transportation of the students to the JC Penney store.
The Knights wish to thank In Country Vietnam Veterans for joining in this event. Also, a big thanks to JC Penney store manager Bill Ahern and the very helpful and pleasant associates. In addition to their clothing, each child was treated to refreshments and a commemorative gift provided by JC Penney.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are YMCA champs
Summit School of Ahwatukee seventh- and eighth-grade girls are the YMCA Volleyball Champions for the fall 2009 season.
MEA kindergartners hold food drive
Montessori Educare Academy’s Kindergarten Class of 2010 organized a canned food drive to benefit the Mountain Park Community Church Food Pantry.
The group of 11 kindergartners collected over 350 items to donate to the food pantry. Items collected over the last two weeks included a wide range of canned food, dry goods and baby formula.
The Food Drive culminated Dec. 17 at MEA’s seventh annual Cookies and Carols Concert, in which students ages 12 months to 6 years performed a variety of holiday songs for friends and family.
Mountain Park Community Church’s Food Pantry serves an average of four to seven families daily. This food drive is part of Montessori Educare Academy’s continuing effort to educate the students on compassion and community service. The kindergartners were completely responsible and involved in the organization, advertising, collection, transport and stocking of the food pantry. Pastor Greg Battle from the church assisted the children in the stocking process and explained how the pantry serves our local community needs.
Montessori Educare Academy is located at 1244 E. Chandler Blvd.
For further information, call (480) 283-8885.
Families helping families
Tough economic times increase the burden on organizations such as Homeward Bound, which provides housing assistance to more than 150 struggling Phoenix families.
Recently, 7,575 diapers, 5,871 baby wipes and cash were delivered to Homeward Bound from Summit School of Ahwatukee. The effort was led by the seventh- and eighth-grade student council and their advisor, middle school teacher Melissa France. This is the sixth year that preschool through eighth-grade students have helped this organization.
Summit students also assisted 30 Homeward Bound families in November by providing all of the items needed for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, plus fun family games.
To learn more about Homeward Bound, go to www.hbphx.org.
Kempson honored with award
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dave Kempson has been named Practitioner of the Year by the Society for Information Management.
Kempson has served as vice president and CIO for Maricopa Integrated Health System, an integrated health care delivery network in Phoenix, since 2005. He is also an adjunct professor with the Arizona State University Department of Biomedical Informatics and is currently serving as a lieutenant colonel in the Arizona Air National Guard Medical Corps.