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12/24/2012 8:21:00 AM
Changing of the guard for Big Park Community Council
2013 BPRCC officers are (from left) Carolyn Fisher, Interim Treasurer; Paul Jankovsky, Vice President; Ken Rouse, President; and Joan McClelland, Secretary.
2013 BPRCC officers are (from left) Carolyn Fisher, Interim Treasurer; Paul Jankovsky, Vice President; Ken Rouse, President; and Joan McClelland, Secretary.
By Carolyn Fisher
Big Park Council President

As I hand over the Presidency of the Council to the capable hands of Ken Rouse this month, I want to personally thank all of you who have worked so diligently to make this one of the most satisfying places to live that I can imagine. Every day I meet people who are passionately following their hearts to give back to their community in an incredible variety of ways.

It’s this willingness that allows us to continue to shape our destiny with all the governmental entities that make decisions on our behalf – Yavapai County, AZ Dept of Transportation and the Forest Service most specifically. I urge all of you to get involved in a way that speaks to your interests.

Congratulations to our new Board of Directors for the Red Rock Road Enhancement Maintenance District: Joanne Johnson, Dave Norton, Mark Mumaw, Steve Fiedler and Richard Sidy.

They were sworn in at our December meeting (with the exception of Sidy) by Supervisor Chip Davis, who spoke of how proud he is of our community’s activism in shaping it’s destiny.

We now have local control of the contract that maintains the landscaping along Hwy 179 through the Village.

Although I’m stepping down as President of the Council, I will remain involved, through the Vision Committee, in further defining the direction we want our community to move.

I have two specific personal goals that I hope gain interest with other members of the community.

The first would be Walking School Buses. For those who may have missed hearing about this idea, let me fill you in. We would recruit volunteers from parents, neighbors and friends to escort a small group of children to school once or twice a week.

There are many benefits to this program: the children arrive at school more alert and ready to learn, the adults have a chance to get a bit of exercise while we decrease the expense and pollution of running as many buses.

With the improvements on Verde Valley School Road soon to be completed, we will have better “walkability” on that section of our roadways.

Let me know if you want to become a part of the program (

The other goal I would like to work on is having our Walk to End Alzheimer’s become a signature charitable event for our Village residents and businesses. We have held this event in late October for the last several years with the goal of raising awareness as well as funds for Alzheimer’s research.

The walk goes from Tequa to the roundabout at 179 and Bell Rock Blvd and back – or some folks shorten it according to their ability and desire. This past year, we had a wide representation of abilities – folks in wheelchairs, kids on scooters, dogs with their humans (they even get their own registration) – all in all, a great chance to enjoy the spectacular fall weather among our red rock vistas, while strolling (or a faster pace if you chose) our pedestrian friendly sidewalks.

The colorful flowers we carry are to show support for those who have/had the disease and this past year were hosted by four local businesses (the Worm, Allie Ollie, Oak Creek Indian Traders and Marketplace Café) for a couple of weeks after the event. Contact me if you would like to help with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in October 2013.

Thank you one and all for supporting me this past year. And come support the new (or returning) Big Park Regional Coordinating Council officers for 2013.

Our meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Village’s fire station.

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