The Sedona Women
Monthly Programs – Short Description
Subject to change due to Covid Variant
October 13th at 10:00 am – Fashion Show with a Twist – Carla Williams
Paw Prints West, Red Rose Thriftique and Twice Nice clothing stores are highlighted. Managers from these clothing stores report on their charities, donations, challenges, rewards and anecdotal stories. Fashion models will sashay through the audience wearing clothing, jewelry and shoes from each store, while audience members shout their encouragement. The decoration theme will be French, specifically Paris. Included in the Program will be a “getting to know each other” breakout session for members.
November 10th at 10:00 am – Amazing Veterans
Cathleen Banister-Marx tells the story of her late father, John Cornelius, who was a 1st Lieutenant in WWII and served in Italy and North Africa. John started a local fundraiser, with the help of golfers Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson and philanthropist George Randolph Hearst Jr., raising over $260,000 for Prescott’s VA Medical Center. Included in this program is Phong Vu, a member of the Rotary Club of Sedona Village, who tells his impactful story about immigrating to the US from Vietnam, then returning to Viet Nam and escaping from the American Embassy’s rooftop with his family. Phong was an infantry officer with the US Marine Corp and a chief engineer at Ford Motor Company. He managed the development of the most popular truck in America, the Ford F150. Phong talks about his mother, his own life and today’s Vietnam.
December 8th at 10:00 am – Holiday Traditions
How many Sedona Women have a holiday tradition rooted in a far-away country or something passed down from great grandparents or before? Or, maybe some have developed new traditions living here in Sedona. Members will celebrate their traditions by sharing their crafts, foods, games, recipes, and humorous stories. Following speakers, small breakout sessions will explore further the idea of traditions and what remains important.
January 12th (2022) at 10:00 am –Macular Degeneration-What you need to Know - via Zoom
Local optometrist, Dr. Kendra Ivy, OD, explains Macular Degeneration and the latest science on this common eye condition. Discover what you can do to keep degeneration at bay. Learn what causes macular degeneration, along with symptoms and treatments. Zoom Link
February 9th (2022) 10:00 am –Vincent Van Gogh Comes Alive in Sedona
What better way to celebrate February than featuring an independent filmmaker! On February 9th, The Sedona Women program will introduce writer, producer, director and filmmaker Paul Davids to our podium. Mr. Davids offers a behind-the-scenes look at a film he wrote and directed entitled “Starry Night.” This film is a fantasy about Vincent van Gogh returning to the present and realizing his life’s work is worth billions. Interest in van Gogh’s life has recently intensified with the multi-media exhibits touring many cities and an acclaimed film called “Loving Vincent.” “Starry Night” showed in a previous Sedona Film Festival and won the audience choice award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It is available for viewing on Amazon.
March 9th (2022) 10:00 am – The Day After Brings Light to International Women’s Day
This program pays homage to International Women’s Day (March 8th) with a highlight of Arizona Foundation for Women. This statewide organization works to advance the status of Arizona’s women through research, advocacy and philanthropy to ensure their safety, health and economic independence. The organization isn’t about talking but doing, because they believe SHE Counts!® One of their newest programs is SHE Leads!™, a women’s leadership development program where 29 women graduated from the first class last year.
April 13th (2022) 10:00 am – A Day Just for Me
This program offers group learning workshops (1-2 hours or more) at various locations around Verde Valley. Workshops could include creative writing, identifying bird sounds, poetry, enneagram, meditation, Red Rock State Park tour, V Bar V Petroglyphs, pickle ball lessons, gourd decorating, chocolate hike, mixology, wine tasting, and decorating packages.
May 11th (2022) 10:00 am – Social Programs supported by Members
Sedona Women members often volunteer with multiple nonprofits and sit on a variety of local boards. This program features members and their volunteer activities. The audience will learn why these women picked certain nonprofits and members will describe their role, successes and challenges. The discussion will provide a deep dive into the nuances of local nonprofits.