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  • Veteran Resources

    Jaime Martinez, Executive Director, Mesa Veterans Resource Center

    How to get struggling veterans to the help they need so that they can assimilate to civilian society. Jaime takes the audience through his real world experience, struggles, and ultimate success as a road map.

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  • The Legend of Tessie Agana: Beloved Child Star of the Philippines

    Mylene Richardson, Author, The Legend of Tessie Agana: Beloved Child Star of the Philippines

    Mylene connects with her mom, Tessie Agana, a famous child actress from the Philippines, who today lives in Cave Creek with dementia. Mylene listens to her mother’s stories of yesteryear, and their candid discussions break barriers between mother and daughter. MORE >

    Tessie Agana was affectionately deemed “The Nation’s Little Sweetheart” and known as the “Shirley Temple of the Philippines.” With unsparing truth, Mylene offers the first intimate portrait of her mother, whose early fame and exposure to the public eye led to dark shadows that impacted her entire life.
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  • Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial & the History of the Scottsdale Airport

    Gunnar Buzzard, Exec. Vice President, Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial

    Thunderbird Field II was built in 1942 for the sole purpose of training WWII Army Air Corp pilots. Over 5,500 pilots were trained at Thunderbird Field II between 1942 and October 16, 1944, when the school was deactivated. Many of these young aviators saw military action in Europe and the Pacific. Learn about the history of the 3 Thunderbird Fields, current Scottsdale airport operations, and the Thunderbird Field II Veterans Memorial. MORE >

    The Thunderbird Field II Plaza at the entrance to the new Scottsdale Airport terminal, business center and restaurant will include a monument with information on Thunderbird Field II and its military history. The Plaza’s centerpiece will be a Stearman PT-17, the aircraft used for training at Thunderbird Field II. The service plaques for all of our armed services as well as the revered POW-MIA plaque will be on permanent display.
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  • Learn to Be the Leader and Not the Boss

    Frank (Gunny) Alger, Education Advisor, Facilitator, Trainer, Leadership Developer

    Volunteers are a tradition of American life. They offer countless hours of service and a variety of skills and insights to their organizations, all without compensation. Volunteers need people who understand leadership to show them the way and not bosses that tell them what and how to do it. This presentation will help you understand the difference and how to lead your organization successfully. MORE >

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  • Team Building

    Debbie Moore, Teacher, Mountain Ridge High School

    Workshop Learning Objectives: Characteristics of effective teams • Four stages of team development • How individual differences and roles contribute to building a strong team Have practiced skills in: • Supporting team development through its formative stages • Constructive communication • Conflict resolution And will have discussed: • A vision of their ideal team • Principles and behaviors to guide team performance • A plan for monitoring progress toward achieving their vision
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  • The Civil Rights Era: Chronicled!

    John Prothro, Educator, Chandler Unified School District

    Before Mrs. Rosa Parks' Montgomery, Alabama arrest, lynchings, assassinations and legislative tactics set the scene for America's Civil Rights Era. Why were 4 Mississippi murders by known assailants that occurred the same year her arrest not well known? A 1957 Constitutional Crisis rocked the nation centering around the school segregation issue. Sit-ins, demonstrations, marches and sacrifices created headlines that have left indelible marks on American History. This talk chronicles the major events of the Civil Rights Era (1954 - 1968). MORE >

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  • 3 Phases of MLK

    John Prothro, Educator, Chandler Unified School District

    In this lively, energy filled presentation, listeners will understand how the adaptable Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. navigated his way through the Civil Rights Era (1954 - 1968). We will examine Dr. King as a reformer, a redeemer and ultimately as a revolutionary. Listeners’ knowledge will be enhanced and increased through little known facts about Dr. King and becoming cognizant of how his role changed throughout this eclectic time period.
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  • The Legacy Journal, The Treasure Map to Your Life and Heritage

    Albert Monreal Quihuis, Author / Historian

    Have you ever been with family members trying to piece together fragments of your ancestor’s stories? It happens to every generation, eventually these special stories are forgotten. Can you imagine, the sense of pride, if you could look into your ancestor’s legacy book telling their stories in their own handwriting? MORE >

    Most ancestry and genealogy programs motivate you to learn and research your lineage as far as you can. What makes the Legacy Journal different and unique is that it starts with the person you know the most… yourself.

    This presentation will help stir memories to inspire you to document your history so it is not forgotten. We will have an opportunity to discuss the contents in this self-help guide and we can answer your questions if you are planning to write your family journey. Your children, grandchildren, and descendants will learn from your journey and experiences and take pride in the things you have in common. Knowing and understanding your ancestors’ circumstances creates a sense of pride, self-worth and affirms your legacy. Join us for this adventure of a lifetime.

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  • Journeys to Authorship

    Howard Gershkowitz, Author

    Fourteen authors came together to share their stories of becoming published authors. In the recently released, #1 best seller on Amazon, 'Journeys to Authorship,' we tell all! Now, we are taking our experiences on the road: through panel discussions, we share our individual roadmaps from 'writer wannabe' to published author in an interactive way, providing insights and valuable tips. Depending on your needs, two, three, or four of us will come visit and share our successes and obstacles, heartache and triumphs, tears and laughter. MORE >

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  • Project Based Learning in Schools

    Debbie Moore, Teacher, Mountain Ridge High School

    Learn how to design, assess, and manage a rigorous, relevant, standards- focused project. The workshop models the project process. The workshop is a balanced blend of direct instruction, video analysis, hands-on work, resource sharing, and peer collaboration. Participants have substantial time to plan their own project, and receive formative feedback from peers and the facilitator. MORE >

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