The Connecting Link Little Moments. Big Magic. Fall 2008 A bi-annual publication of BBBSF The Princess and I By Tom Hart but I know they’re out there and that my sans glamour job helps keep it all going. “What if women stop buying shoes?” Yikes! It’s enough to give a Princess escort apoplectic Clothes for Kids’ Sake Route Manager I’m the oldest employee seizures. I know at the end of the here (55), and sometimes… day though (after a handful of no, all the time, this job is very Ibuprofen) that it’s all going to physically demanding for an old work out and that The Princess poop like me. So, when a new loves me and that I have the girl starts working in the ofﬁce, I best job in the world – one that read her the riot-act, like this: “I’m actually makes a dent in the the oldest employee here, so you lacrimae mundi endemic to our have to be nice to me all the time, human situation. got it?” And you know, whether So, if you see an old they “got it” or not, I feel more guy who looks like Santa tooling loved at BBBSF than at any other down the road in his six-wheeled job I’ve ever had… and I’ve had a royalty, give a wave, and know few. that at least one person in the There’s an on-going world really likes his job and that Tom with his Lady, the BBBSF Clothes for Kids’ Sake truck. joke at the ofﬁce because I’m the it won’t be out-sourced or off- only PhD truck driver anyone’s shored any time soon. electronic doo-dads, etc.) takes ever heard of. However, since For more than a I’ve spent so many years in year now, I’ve been driving a dumpster-diving to a whole Turn to page 6 to new level. My boss, Lauren, says academia, I know that I wouldn’t truck (I affectionately call her that The Princess generates a be nearly so happy in some stuffy see a list of Clothes The Princess) that is the main fair bit of revenue for the other classroom lecturing bored kids for Kids’ Sake bin component of the Clothes for programs, like School Based on things they really don’t care Kids’ Sake program here at BBBSF. Mentoring, the Step Up program about as I am doing this. In fact, locations including My job doesn’t even register on and other very worthy endeavors my level of commitment makes our newest location the glamour Richter scale, but I’m that BBBSF does. I never really see me worry a lot. “Is The Princess so proud to be doing this that coming down with a cold?”“Will in Williams! the Littles much, except the ones collecting bin donations (endless plastered on the sides of M’Lady, the bins be full enough today?” women’s shoes, stuffed animals, Clothes for Kids’ Sake Raises Top Funds for BBBSF It’s out with the old and in with the new, and here at BBBSF we are ready to help you turn your used belongings into support for our organization and make a difference in lives of children through our Clothes for Kids’ Sake (CFKS) program. You might be wondering, “How can my used clothing make a difference?” When you donate to CFKS, you help us raise money through our partnership with Savers Thrift Department Stores, who we have had a special relationship with for the past 16 years. We collect donations and sell them to Savers with 100 percent of all proceeds supporting BBBSF’s youth mentoring programs. Donation bins are located throughout the Flagstaff area and we also have a new bin location in the Safeway parking lot in Williams. We will gladly accept any of your used clothing, accessories, shoes, bedding items, curtains, housewares, glassware, toys, games, tools, working TVs, radios and other small appliances. We also accept cash, checks or credit card donations. You can call us, come by our ofﬁce, mail us a check, or donate online straight from our Web site. You can change a child’s life and receive a tax deduction for your contribution. Another option is to give us a call at 928-774-0649 and set up a home pick up appointment. Our Clothes for Kids’ Sake truck, driven by our dedicated Route Manager Tom Hart, will come right to your house for curb-side pick up, saving you time and labor. If you would like to donate larger items such as furniture and cars, just let us know, and we will be happy to make arrangements and take them off of your hands. Every little bit helps and we are excited about all that this program has done and is going to do to make a positive impact. Because of the community’s generous donations, and Savers amazing support, we were able to raise more than $125,000 last year alone. We thank you for all the donations so far and we challenge you to continue your generosity to the Clothes for Kids’ Sake program. Street: 1338 W. Forest Meadows Street, Suite 130 Phone: (928) 774-0649 Mailing: P.O. Box 1701 Flagstaff, Arizona 86002 Fax: (928) 774-4879 Web: www.bbbsf.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org BBBSF Staff List A Note From The CEO/Executive Director Merk Perelstein CEO/Executive Director Program Director Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a Kelly Walsh room ﬁlled with men and women who work in correctional facilities across the United States. There, I learned that Operations Director these honorable people put their lives in danger quite Lauren Copeland-Glenn literally every day. They convened in Flagstaff for their yearly convention and to celebrate those who displayed Office Manager particular acts of heroism while protecting their colleagues Pat Washburn and the inmates who are their charges. I wonder how it is that they ﬁnd inspiration day after day to put themselves in Clothes for Kids’ Sake harm’s way. What gets them up in the morning? Route Manager After speaking with a few of them, and getting Tom Hart to know a little more about who this seemingly ﬁctional character of a prison guard really is, I was increasingly Office Assistants Contessa Folkers impressed with the level of integrity they bring to their Jennifer Merrill largely misunderstood profession. I realized why many of them were so very excited to learn about volunteerism through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Customer Relations Specialist Their eyes widened as I spoke of the measurable outcomes suggesting that a child in our Hilary Copeland-Glenn program with an incarcerated parent is eight times less likely to become incarcerated themselves. But more importantly, their hearts opened as Big Brother and Board Member, Dave VanBoxtaele, spoke of Community Based Mentoring his journey and his bond with his Little Brother. The positive response was overwhelming. Caitlin Stewart Once again, I am so pleased and satisﬁed to be able to bring the magic of volunteerism to a Samantha Schaffer group of people who truly desire it. These tough, gruff, correctional ofﬁcers, through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, are now speaking of the chance to break the cycle of incarceration School Based Mentoring and to make a very real difference in a child’s life before seeing them behind bars. The kind of joy that’s Brittany Starace created through making a true difference gets us all up in the morning. I’m so proud to be a part of it. Claudia Clark STARS Mentoring Alycia Noriega Merk Perelstein GEAR UP Mentoring Laurel Clohessy STEP UP Mentoring A Note From The Tristan Andres Regina Glaza Board President Public Relations Coordinators Vince Lombardi, legendary football coach for the Michelle Talsma Everson Green Bay Packers, said, “the achievements of an organization Gretta Gronert are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” Jennifer Merrill While most of his famous quotes involved football, I think this one captures the essence of the BBBSF Boards. Both Advertising Coordinator Boards work as one team and the results of the fundraising Sterling Garner events certainly reﬂect their “oneness.” Our Bowl for Kids’ Sake exceeded its fundraising goal and the recent summer Half-Marathon Race also Updated Web site exceeded its goal and set an amazing record of 400+ runners. Records were set and the events ran smoothly – all due to Coming Soon! the cooperation of each and every Board member. Kudos to each of you! We will be updating our Web The annual Wine & Beer Tasting fundraiser is site to make your online scheduled for November 22. No doubt this event will set a new record as members are busy selling experience easier and more tickets and gathering items for the Silent Auction. This is a FUN, FUN evening. convenient. So remember to Lastly, I want to congratulate our new CEO/Executive Director, Jenean Merkel Perelstein. keep checking out Merk took over the leadership of the agency in June when our long time CEO/Executive Director, Kay www.bbbsf.com for updated McKay, retired. Her energy, fresh ideas and hands-on approach are greatly appreciated by her staff and info and features. the respective BBBSF Boards. We look forward to achieving greater heights in our fundraising efforts, therefore having a greater impact on the children of our community. And that, of course, is the reason for our being. My thanks and appreciation to our Board members, staff, volunteers and all our community supporters for the remarkable job you do! Bren Hershey 2 Meet Merk... Big Ways to Our New CEO/Executive Director Become a Big After more than 40 years of dedicated service, Kay McKay Do you or someone you know want to become a Big but don’t know retired as the CEO/Executive Director of BBBSF this past summer. where to begin? At BBBSF, there are several programs to choose from Although she will be greatly missed, BBBSF is proud to introduce their where you can make a big difference in the life of a child on any new executive director – Jenean Merkel Perelstein, otherwise known schedule. as Merk to her friends and colleagues. “I’m so pleased to be a part of an agency whose mission BBBSF Programs in Need of Bigs I hold dear and whose stellar reputation and broad reach in our community is so far reaching,” Merk says. • Community Based Mentoring: In this 41-year-old Merk comes to theCEO/Executive Director position with a mentoring program, Bigs serve as mentors and friends to master’s degree in cultural anthropology and a diverse background Littles within the Flagstaff and Williams communities. Once in various leadership positions. Before working at BBBSF, she and her matched, Bigs and Littles bond by going on outings and husband Scott helped bring the dream of homeownership to many doing fun activities together. Bigs and Littles meet weekly Arizonans through their company, National Home Buyers Assistance. for 2-4 hours and you must be at least 18 to be a Big in this She has also taught anthropology classes at NAU and has worked program. with a number of social service providers in the areas of evaluation, • School Based Mentoring: In this mentoring program, Bigs program management and fundraising. Merk currently sits on the meet with Littles in the ﬁrst through sixth grade in an after Board of Directors for the Flagstaff Leadership Program and is involved school program at the Little’s school. During their one- with Pine Forest’s Capital Campaign, where her two sons, ages 8 and 5, on-one time together, matches participate in recreational, attend school. health, community and academic activities. Bigs and Littles Merk says she has enjoyed her new position so far and looks meet from 3-5 p.m., weekly, at the Little’s elementary school. forward to building upon the strong foundation left by Kay and David You must be at least 16 years old to participate in this McKay, the original founders. program. • STARS: In Coconino County there are more than 1,300 children with an incarcerated parent. In the STARS program, Wanted: Big Brothers Bigs are matched with Littles who have an incarcerated parent and serve as a positive adult role model in the child’s Have you ever considered being a Big life. Bigs and Littles meet weekly for 2-4 hours and you must Brother? Do you know someone who would be at least 18 to be a Big in this program. have a blast hanging out with a Little Brother? • STEP UP: In a partnership with the Coconino County Well now is the time to make it happen. Big Juvenile Court Services, BBBSF matches teens involved in the Brothers Big Sisters of court system with positive adult role models in the STEP UP Flagstaff has a Big program. Bigs provide friendship and support to these teens, Brother shortage and which makes a difference in their lives and inspires them to needs you. There are make positive life decisions. Bigs and Littles meet weekly so many different for 2-3 hours and you must be at least 21 to be a Big in this ways to get involved program. and you can choose Contact BBBSF or more information on how to become a Big in any of the best way to make these programs and begin making a difference in a child’s life today! it work for you. Even something you Introducing Lunch Buddies: already have planned could be the perfect A New Way to Become a Big chance to spend time with a Little Brother. As a part of School Based Pass down your basketball skills, take Mentoring, the Lunch Buddies the dog for a walk program pairs Bigs and Littles or rent a new video game – anything to together once a week during have fun and be a the Little’s school lunch break. friend to a kid who needs one. So guys, Matches meet at the Little’s take a risk, and do Big Brother Jete White and his Little school and bond while eating something small that Brother Kaharie enjoying a lunch together, usually will make a huge BBBSF gathering. difference in a kid’s life. for 45 minutes to an Become a Big Brother. For more information hour, once a week. stop by or give us a call. 3 Bowl for Kids’ Sake Event Proves Hundreds of Participants A Striking Success “Run for the Magic” This August more than 400 participants put on their running shoes and ran or walked to raise money for BBBSF in the 31st annual “Run for the Magic” Half Marathon and 5K Race. This year’s event raised more than $30,000 for BBBSF. The money raised will directly beneﬁt the community by supporting our many programs that reach out to local youth. Runners and walkers came from all over Flagstaff and Arizona to tackle the 13.1-mile course that rose and fell 700 feet in elevation. Sara Wagner and Jared Scott, both of Flagstaff, won the women’s and men’s Half Marathon divisions of the race, respectively. Both runners were featured in the sports section of The Daily Sun shortly after the race where they mutually agreed that the “Run for the Magic” Half Marathon was a challenging, worthwhile event. Joann Ott and Phil Warton were the 5K Race winners for the women’s and men’s divisions, respectively. Betta Gamma Chi, 2008’s BFKS winning team, poses with In order to include as many participants as possible, there was also a the traveling trophy. Kids Dash, so children could take part in the event as well. In addition, Every year, bowlers International Honor Society, for every individual who raised $100 for BBBSF before the event, their of all skill levels team up and an organization dedicated to entrance fee was waived. The “Run for the Magic” Half Marathon takes take to the lanes for a day of promoting academic excellence place yearly and continues to grow as a popular community event. fun that also raises money for a and community service among For more information on how to participate, contact the BBBSF ofﬁce worthwhile cause – their local Big community college students. The or visit our Web site at www.bbbsf.com. Brothers Big Sisters. Bowl for Kids’ team raised the most money out Sake, one of BBBS’s nation-wide of all of the participating teams, fundraisers, is a popular event with a total of more than $1,200. that afﬁliates of BBBSA put on As a reward, they won BBBSF’s every year. coveted traveling trophy – a BBBSF’s Bowl for wooden bowling pin with the Kids’ Sake takes place every BBBSF logo carved into it. Other February at Starlite Lanes. Each teams involved raised a lot of year, around 160 teams of ﬁve funds as well and come closer members bowl for an hour each, every year to breaking Beta enjoying lots of fun prizes and Gamma Chi’s most money raised a great rafﬂe table. The event winning streak. raises more than $40,000 every If you and your year to support BBBSF programs. potential teammates would like This year was no exception – the to participate in the fun, the next bowling fun lasted all day and BBBSF Bowl for Kids’ Sake event participating teams represented will be held on Feb. 28, 2009. The a myriad of northern Arizona cost is $250 per team and local organizations, businesses and companies can also sponsor individual supporters of BBBSF. lanes for the entire 10-hour event. This year’s winning For more information on how More than 400 runners participated in the “Run for the Magic” Half team was Beta Gamma Chi, to register your team or how to Marathon and 5K Race. Coconino Community College’s participate in the event, contact chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa our ofﬁce. Annual Chili Cook-Off Heats Up the Summer, Raises Funds for BBBSF The Flagstaff Chili Society held their 25th annual Route 66 Regional Chili Cook-Off this past June in Thorpe Park. The cook-off had local, statewide, and out-of-state chili cooks as well as several past World Champions and qualiﬁers who competed in the event. The cooks who participated were vying for a coveted spot in the International Chili Society’s World Championship Competition, as well as winning an award in one of the competitive categories of Best Green Chili, Best Local and Best Overall Red Chili, People’s Choice for Best Chili, Best Local Restaurant Chili and Best Salsa. Each year the President of the Flagstaff Chili Society, Paul Whitney, chooses a local non–proﬁt organization to receive the proceeds from the competition and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff is grateful to have been chosen as that recipient for the past three years. We are proud to announce that this has been the most successful year of the cook-off to date, with proceeds totaling more than $2,000. Thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a success! 4 Upcoming BBBSF Events Arizona State Tax Credit Available for Donations to BBBSF 41st Annual Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction 8 -10 p.m., Saturday, November 22 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff is now a qualifying Flagstaff Radisson Woodlands Hotel charitable agency under Arizona Department of $30 per ticket Revenue tax code. * Silent Auction donations are welcome* This means that you (or anyone you know) can receive Holiday Dinner a tax credit for cash donations made to our agency, up 6 - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 9 to $200 for those ﬁling as single and $400 for those duBois Center, NAU south campus married and ﬁling a joint return. There are stipulations Free to matches & BBBSF Boards to this so please speak with your accountant. Sponsors are also welcome to come Donations qualify for a federal tax deduction as Bowl for Kids’ Sake allowable by law. All day, February 28, 2009 Starlite Lanes You can see more information and a complete list of $250 per team, all day qualifying agencies at: lane sponsorships also available http://www.azdor.gov/refunds%20and%20credits/ The Big Breakfast charitablecredits.htm. 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Radisson Woodlands Hotel This is a great way to help our agency continue our Free invaluable work in the Flagstaff community. We appreciate your support. BBBSF Spring Picnic 12 – 1:30 p.m., date TBD, May 2009 Thorpe Park Lowell Observatory Donates Bike to BBBSF for Silent Auction Following the annual Bike to Work Week event this past May, a new Breezer brand cruiser bike was donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff by Lowell Observatory. The Bike to Work Week was sponsored by biking goods store Absolute Bikes and had 1,157 individual participants. The bike is set to be auctioned off at the upcoming 41st Annual Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction. Lowell Observatory was named the winner of the Bike to Work Week challenge for having the worksite with the largest number of participants and received the Breezer Bike as their prize. Observatory staff said they desired to make the most of their good fortune and use the bike in a way that would beneﬁt the community. After contacting BBBSF, the bike was presented to Merk Perelstein, CEO/Executive Director of BBBSF, by staff from both Lowell Observatory and Absolute Bikes. A big thank you goes out to Lowell Observatory for their generous donation! To win this classic cruiser, bid on it during the silent auction at the 41st Annual Ken Lane, Absolute Bikes; Steele Wotkyns, Lowell Observatory; Susan Hueftle, Wine & Beer Tasting and Silent Auction taking place Bike to Work Week Coordinator for Flagstaff Biking.org; Linden Lane, Absolute from 8-10 p.m., November 22 at the Flagstaff Radisson Bikes; Merk, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff; and Melinda Linzey, Lowell Woodlands Hotel. Tickets are $30. Contact BBBSF for Observatory. more information. Photo by Melissa Dunstan/Flagstaff Biking.org 5 Meet a Waiting Little At BBBSF, we’re always looking for Bigs. There are several waiting Littles, especially Little Brothers, who are ready for someone like you to be their friend. Meet Christian, Manuel, Daniel and Callie – four waiting Littles in our School Based Mentoring program. Christian is an active 5th grader Manuel is in the 4th grade and who likes to keep on the move by has been waiting two years for a playing basketball, football, riding Big Brother of his own. In school, his bike and skateboarding. math is his favorite subject and Therefore, it’s no surprise that his he likes to play soccer once favorite subject in school is P.E. school is out for the day. In his and that he wants to be a pro- free time, he likes to draw and basketball player when he grows ride his bike – one of his favorite up. In addition to sports, Christian possessions. He says his family is feels proud when he draws and very supportive of him, especially likes to play board games with with his homework, but he would his mom. He says his family is like a Big Brother to play games very important to him and he with him. Manuel is very excited likes to help his mom with chores. to hopefully have a Big Brother He also enjoys hanging out and soon after such a long wait. playing football with his friends. Christian Manuel Christensen Elementary Puente de Hozho School Elementary School Daniel is a talkative 4th grader Callie is a helpful 3rd grader who who enjoys playing video loves being around her family games, watching Pokemon and and friends. She likes to play playing hackey sack with his soccer and enjoys reading books friends. He says he admires his and doing art in school. Her teacher and his favorite subject favorite movie is “Horton Hears in school is math. He really wants a Who” and her favorite colors to be a police ofﬁcer when he are pink, yellow, black, and red. grows up. Daniel is very proud She’s not completely sure, but of the fact that he completes his she thinks she would like to be homework every day and helps a nurse one day. Callie is looking his mom with household chores. for a Big Sister in high school or He would like a Big Brother who college who would look out for wants to hang out, play board her and enjoy spending time games and help him with his with her. homework. Daniel Callie Thomas Elementary Marshall Elementary School School For information on how to become a Big to one of our waiting Littles, contact the BBBSF ofﬁce today. Clothes for Kids’ Sake Bin Locations New Bin Location: Safeway parking lot in Williams! Flagstaff Athletic Clubs (East and West) Flagstaff High School Bookman's/Hastings parking lot Albertson’s parking lot NAU central campus (Tinsley parking lot) Mount Elden Middle School Wal-Mart parking lot Knoles Elementary School HomCo Ace Home Center 4th Street Shell Station DeMiguel Elementary School Coconino Federal Credit Union (West Side) Late for the Train (Ft. Valley Rd.) Mountainaire Country Store Marshall Elementary School Kachina Village Highlands Fire Station Savers store location 6 School Based Mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff’s Mission: To help children succeed by matching them with appropriate adult mentors. The goal of the School Based Mentoring Program is to match a Big and Little for the purpose of initiating, developing and maintaining an effective one-to-one relationship within the school environment in which the child builds self-esteem through activities that promote conﬁdence, competence and caring. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff’s School Based Mentoring Program serves children at nine elementary schools in Flagstaff and Williams. Bigs meet with their Littles on the school campus on one designated day per week from 3 to 5 p.m. for ten weeks in the fall and ten weeks in the spring. Matches have a blast together playing games, running around on the playgrounds and creating art projects together. Contact Us! The schools served by School Based Mentoring are: (928) 774-0649 Kinsey, Killip, Knoles, Christensen, Marshall, Thomas, Puente de Hozho, South Beaver and Williams. email@example.com Volunteers must meet requirements in order to become And don’t forget our new School Based Mentors: *Minimum age of 16 years Lunch Buddies program! *Minimum commitment of one school year *Ability to transport themselves, but not their Little, to and from each mentoring session *Completion of enrollment interview and process with Big Brothers Big Sisters staff Let us know that you’d like to get more information on how to get involved with School Based Mentoring Name: ______________________________________________________ Home Phone Number : ________________________ Cell Phone Number: ___________________________ Email Address: __________________________________________________________ Local Address: ________________________________________________________ Flagstaff, AZ 860_____ Drop this portion of the form in the mail: PO Box 1701, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 or e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org 7 Match Anniversaries in 2008 The following matches celebrate an anniversary in 2008. Congratulations and thank you to all of our Bigs and Littles for your participation in BBBSF! Matched One Year Matched Two Years Bigs Littles Bigs Littles Christina Shapter Haley Liz Yang Maria Elena Christi Macias Rosa Daveane Simpson Catherine Callie Davis MacKenzie Tricia Ferguson Victoria Cathy Hook Danielle Caroline David LaTosha Karen Padilla Tiara Reba Allen Hannah Denim Bond Autumn Ashley Omelianowich Jessica Katy Paterson Leila Amy McFadden Angelina Sara Pisa Delia Tracey Denet Darian Laura McMinn Tyra Christy Scholler Stephanie Karell Meyer Deja Jennifer Beltz Lisa Andrea Helm Angel Austin Campbell Dennis Becky Vera Brenea Michael Back Roman Danielle Finney Saranah Nick Sucik Kee John Katie Rouiller Samantha Tom Mutz Jesse Lacy Willson Brittany Neil Weintraub Justice Susan Longerbeam Andi Rachelle Eddie Barbara Judy Travis Fatima Arlene Hittle Maggie Brittany Walton Briana Jessica Binkley Izzy Juliet Davidson Lupe Maddie Kent Dessa Lindsey Sherman Sadie Sarah Chalberg Lucie Bridgit Harris Nikita Erika Begay Kristen Alyssa Williams Amber Nick Velde Andrew Steve and Ann Spravzoff Nick Ryan Korte Kyle Big Sister Pat George and Little Big Brother Michael Franklin and Little Brother Kody Sister Chanelle celebrate their 3rd Michael Franklin Kody celebrate their 1st anniversary as a match this year. anniversary as a match this year. Jessica Gintowt Nate Seth Caulkins Kole Jim Townsend Samuel Ryan Torres Erik Rick Nevius Jay Keil Melkus Thomas Matt Maxwell Jerard Bigs and Littles at this year’s Camp Fireﬂy. 8 Match Anniversaries in 2008 The following matches celebrate an anniversary in 2008. Congratulations and thank you to all of our Bigs and Littles for your participation in BBBSF! Matched Three Years Matched Five Years Bigs Littles Bigs Littles Pat George Chanelle Meg Heneghan Kirsten Sarah Schol Selena Jennifer Samuel Nichole Courtney Baker Cedar Chris Gunn Connor Don Barnes Tyler Peter Bungart Jimmie Brian Matched Six Years Mike Sherman Ryan Bond Ian Bigs Littles Tony Mangine Tyler Dave Vanboxtaele Jeremy Matched Four Years Bigs Littles Stephanie McKinney Darcie Matched Eight Years Mark Moran AJ Bigs Littles Sue Ordway Leea Rebecca Cox Crystal John Schiebe Josh Check out BBBSF’s two new spots on the Web On Facebook, go to “groups” and search for “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff” On Myspace, go to www.myspace.com/bbbsﬂagstaff and add us as a friend! You can keep updated on upcoming events, meet other Bigs and Littles and keep in touch with BBBSF staff! Big Sister Stephanie McKinney and Little Sister Darcie * Littles, be sure to ask your parents before going online! celebrate their 4th anniversary as a match this year. Discount Passes Available for Matches! Are you looking for something fun and inexpensive to do with your Little? Below is a list of organizations in Flagstaff that have generously offered discounts so that matches can do activities together at a low cost. All passes are available for pickup during business hours at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff ofﬁce, located at 1338 W. Forest Meadows, Suite 130. Current discounts include: • Guest passes to Flagstaff Parks • Free entry into Lowell Observatory and Recreation Swimming Pool (Flagstaff High MEMS) • Free entry into The Museum of Northern Arizona • Discounts at the Artistic • Free entry into Riordan Mansion Beauty College • Free entry into J. Lively Ice Rink • Show your match card and • Guest passes to Flagstaff Athletic Club (limit one pair per match/per month) receive free shoe rental at Starlite Lanes New discounts are added periodically, so please contact us anytime for more information! 9 Games Below are some fun puzzles that matches can do together. There is an easy game for beginners and a harder puzzle for those who are up to the challenge. Take a break and play! How to play Sudoku: Fill in the game board so that the numbers 1 through 9 occur exactly once in each row, column and 3x3 box. The numbers can appear in any order and diagonals are not considered in the game. The initial game board will consist of several numbers that are already placed. Those numbers cannot be changed. The goal is to ﬁll in the empty squares following the rules above. Good luck! Easy Math Puzzle Fill in the empty boxes with the appropriate math symbol or number to make the puzzle all ﬁt together! Have fun! Medium 6 9 = x Answer Key: = Easy Medium 4 8 6 = 3 3 8 6 +9 = 1 5 2 x 9 7 4 10 Spread The Word You’d make a good You’d make a good Big Brother Big Brother ---visit or call--- Do you know someone ---visit or call--- www.bbbsf.com who would make a www.bbbsf.com 928 774 0649 928 774 0649 great Big Brother? Statistically, everyone knows at least four guys who would make good Big Brothers. Cut out these mini cards You’d make a good You’d make a good and pass them out to Big Brother Big Brother ---visit or call--- your most ---visit or call--- www.bbbsf.com Big-worthy friends. www.bbbsf.com 928 774 0649 928 774 0649 41st Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Event and Silent Five Great Ways to Support Auction our Mentoring Programs Saturday, November 22, 2008 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Annual Holiday Party for Matches Radisson Woodlands Hotel Bowl for Kids’ Sake Sponsor a School Based Mentoring Program Host Spring Picnic Activities Big Brothers Big Sisters of Volunteer as a Big Flagstaff (928)774-0649 11 Big Brothers Activity Board Governing Board Big Sisters Activity Board Kirk Robertson - President Bren Hershey - President Nancy Davis - President Joshua Steinlage - Vice President Rich Haag - Vice President Laurie Beth Carl - Vice President Greg Kuzma - Treasurer Mary Flagg - Secretary Mary Flagg - Secretary Rich Haag - Secretary Greg Kuzma - Treasurer Lori Pappas - Treasurer Brian Ward - Past President Shelagh O’Connor - Past President Howard Brown - Past President Brian Beamer Laurie Beth Carl Nanette Aker Howard Brown Nancy Davis Fran Anaya Kurtis DeMarse Debra Garrity Cindy Anderson Jeff Dillon Dan Groth Cheryl Blume Dennis Dixon BJ Henkenius Laurie Beth Carl Jim Driscoll Helen-Marie Holmgren Stacey Cislo Bill Gaylord Mary Anne McPoil Angela DeMarse Rex Gilliland Shelagh O’Connor Marlene DeRosa Dan Groth Chip Ogden Liz Fontanini BJ Henkenius Lori Pappas Debra Garrity Chris King Kirk Robertson Dinah Gillette Dave Klensin Joshua Steinlage Mickey Glasby Godfrey Loper Tommy Tennyson Sue Harris Gene Munger Jill Henkenius Brian Ward Chip Ogden Bren Hershey Eric Peterson CEO/Executive Director Helen-Marie Holmgren Andrew Prosper Jenean Merkel Perelstein Elaine Kasch Bill Shaler Charlotte Madden Tommy Tennyson Mary Anne McPoil Tom Turnbull Heather Meyer Doug Umlah Margot Saltonstall Dave VanBoxtaele Fanny Stein Neil Weintraub Julie Ward Ralph Whistler Cristy Zeller Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff Non Proﬁt Org. 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