Monday, 02 May 2016 11:21
The Town of Fountain Hills and the Fountain Hills Sister Cities Corporation
Invites You to attend the...
27th Arizona State Sister Cities Conference
MAY 20 - 21, 2016
Friday, May 20
4:30 p.m. -- Registration begins at Lexington Hotel, 12800 N. Saguaro Blvd.
5:00 p.m. – Bus leaves for cruise on Saguaro Lake. For those driving themselves, see directions.
6:00 p.m. – Desert Belle leaves the dock. Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar
8:00 – Bus leaves Saguaro Lake for Fountain Hills.
Saturday, May 21
7:30 a.m. – Registration begins at Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. LaMontana Drive.
8:00 a.m. – State Board Meeting in Community Center.
8:00 a.m. – Continental Breakfast in Community Center Ballroom.
9:00 a.m. – Welcome by Fountain Hills Mayor Linda Kavanagh and Town Manager Grady Miller.
9:15 a.m.– Video: President Eisenhower’s vision of Sister Cities.
9:30 a.m – Speaker Bob Greninger: “What Sister Cities International Can Offer You”.
9:45 a.m. – 15 Minute Break.
10:00 a.m. – Break-out Sessions:
2. Building your membership
11:00 a.m. – 15 Minute Break.
11:15 a.m. – Panel on Youth Programs.
12 Noon – LUNCH in Community Center Ballroom.
1:00 p.m. – Roundtable: What Arizona’s Sister Cities programs are doing.
2:00 p.m. – State President Milt Laflen: Power Point on Tempe’s new Sister City in India
3:00 p.m. – Adjournment and Docent-led Tours of the River of Time Museum and the Fountain Hills Public Art collection.
We’re taking a cruise on the Desert Belle on Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres and Cash Bar This Conference continues on Saturday, May 21 in Fountain Hills, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A bus will leave the Lexington Hotel at 5 p.m. Friday for the Cruise. If you wish to drive, here are the instructions:
DIRECTIONS TO SAGUARO LAKE MARINA
In case individuals prefer to drive their own vehicles to Saguaro Lake, here are driving directions.
From the Lexington Hotel Drive South on Saguaro Blvd. to Shea Blvd. Turn left on Shea Blvd. at the traffic light. Turn left on the Beeline Highway (State Highway 87). Drive north 9.89 miles and take exit 199 to Bush Highway, turning right at the top of the ramp. Proceed 5.12 miles. and turn left between markers 32 and 33 onto Saguaro Lake Road. Please park in the lot near the restaurant.
From Mesa or Apache Junction Take the Bush Highway, (Power Road), approximately 13 miles from the 202 to the Marina. The entrance to the Marina will be on your right between markers 33 and 32, after the Saguaro Lake Ranch. Turn right on Saguaro Lake Road. Please park in lot near the restaurant.
From the South Drive north on State Highway 87 (Beeline Highway) and take exit 199 to Bush Highway, turning right at the top of the ramp. Proceed 5.12 miles. and turn left between markers 32 and 33 onto Saguaro Lake Road. Please park in the lot near the restaurant.
From the North Drive south on the Beeline Highway (State Highway 87) and take the Bush Highway exit, turning left at the top of the ramp. Proceed 5.12 miles. and turn left between markers 32 and 33 onto Saguaro Lake Road. Please park in the lot near the restaurant.
A block of rooms has been reserved until May 8, 2016 for $60 per night at the Lexington Hotel, 12800 Saguaro Blvd., 480-837-6565. TO MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE (you cannot make them by calling the local Fountain Hills Lexington Hotel). Click the below blue link: Sister Cities Lexington Hotel Reservations www.lexingtonhotels.com The group booking code is SISTERCITIES. Other nearby hotels: Comfort Inn Fountain Hills 17105 E. Shea Blvd. 800-777-7529 Inn at Eagle Mountain 9800 N.Summer Hill Blvd. 480-816-3000 You don’t want to miss this conference.
Pre-registration (before May 8):
$50 per person for the Friday night Cruise and Saturday meetings
$30 per person for the Friday night Cruise only
$30 per person for the Saturday meetings only
Late Registration (after May 8):
$60 per person for the Friday night cruise and Saturday meetings
$40 per person for the Friday night Cruise only
$40 per person for the Saturday meetings only.
Download the flyer and registration form, mail it in along with your check made payable to: Fountain Hills Sister Cities Corporation, and send it to: Jean Linzer, 16142 E. Glenpoint Drive, Fountain Hills, 85268.
Friday, 01 April 2016 16:07
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of former Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee chairman Wil Gaughan who passed away at the age of 91 on March 18, 2016. Wil was a longtime member of the Ennis Committee and served as Ennis Committee chairman for a number of years. He was a dedicated Phoenix Sister Cities volunteer and was a member of several Phoenix Sister Cities delegation visits to Ennis. Wil was born in Centralia, Kansas, the last of 11 kids, on September 8, 1924. Wil was raised on a farm and rode a blind horse to school every day with his twin brother Victor. He enjoyed school and was Student Body President. In 1944 he joined the Navy and trained to be a Gunner, Bombardier, and Pilot. After the Navy he earned a Civil Engineering degree at Kansas State University in 1950. He was a Lifetime Member of Phi Kappa Catholic Fraternity. Wil was always busy in clubs, Junior Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Kansas State Boosters. In addition to his work with the Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee, Wil was a Founding Member and very instrumental in the growth of the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. He loved Irish music and was able to enjoy it as he was in great health all the way until the end. In 1953 he married DeEtte and had four children. They came to Phoenix in 1965. He was involved in his children’s activities to include Boy Scouts and coaching. For 25 years he and DeEtte were very involved in the Desert Dance Club. He worked for 25 years for Salt River Project and was responsible for the Navajo Generating Plant. Wil was an active parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church for 50 years. He is survived by his brother Robert, sister Rita, children, Charles of Phoenix, AZ, Rebecca of Seattle, WA, Charlotte (Daniel) Taylor of Hot Springs, AR, Victor (Margie) of Phoenix, AZ, grandchildren, Regina Gutierrez, Garth Gaughan, Daniel Gaughan and Allison Gerke, great grandchildren, Lorelai Gutierrez and Genevieve Gaughan. He was preceded in death by his wife DeEtte, parents, and eight brothers and sisters.