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4/30/2014 10:56:00 AM
Honoring the 'Three Amigos' of the VOC
Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis recognizes and honors Village residents Joanne Johnson (above) and Joan McClelland (below) for their many years of extraordinary service to the community.
Yavapai County Supervisor Chip Davis recognizes and honors Village residents Joanne Johnson (above) and Joan McClelland (below) for their many years of extraordinary service to the community.

Steve Nelson
Big Park Council President


At the Big Park Regional Coordinating Council this past month, our County Supervisor, Chip Davis, and representatives from the County Development Services were in attendance.

To start, Chip led a fun and informative quiz on important dates throughout Arizona history. This led into his next topic of the importance of being involved in the community and the value of volunteers. He spoke to how our community has grown and matured through the years with volunteers and their associated groups leading the way.

It was then his honor to present three Community Member Recognitions to Joan McClelland, Joanne Johnson and Ruth Kane.

These ladies, who I call the "Three Amigos," have been involved in a wide variety of activities in the Big Park/Village of Oak Creek community. It is my pleasure to list what they have done for our community.

• Joan McClelland - Moved to VOC in 1980; Past President of Village of Oakcreek Association; One of the founders of Big Park Regional Coordinating Council serving as the initial Vice President, Past Secretary and member on the Planning & Zoning Committee; Commissioner on the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Committee for nine years; Member of Responsible Residents of the Red Rocks; Member of KSB and its past President; Worked extensively with Coconino National Forest on subjects such as Amendment 12 and Red Rock Crossing; Member of All American Road Committee and worked extensively in circulating petitions for the creation of the Red Rock Enhancement SID; Strong supporter of local schools and member of the Bond Oversight Committee for the Sedona Red Rock High School; Worked extensively on the last VOC Community Plan.

• Ruth Kane - Moved to VOC in 1993; Serving on the Big Park Domestic Waste Water District since its inception and its President for 16 years; Board Member of the Sedona Muses of the Museum of Northern Arizona and serving as President multiple times; Worked extensively in circulating petitions for the creation of the Red Rock Enhancement SID; Worked extensively with Coconino National Forest on subjects such as Amendment 12 and Red Rock Crossing; Member of the Responsible Residents of the Red Rocks.

• Joanne Johnson - Moved to VOC in 1990; Board Member of the Big Park Domestic Waste Water District since its inception; Founder of Big Park Regional Coordinating Council serving as a Representative from the Village of Oakcreek Association and member of the Transportation Committee and the Planning & Zoning Committee; Served on Social Committee and Planning, Utility and Transportation Committee at Village of Oakcreek Association; Worked extensively with Coconino National Forest on subjects such as Amendment 12 and Red Rock Crossing; Member of Responsible Residents of the Red Rocks; Board Member of All American Road Committee which got Hwy 179 designated as an All American Highway; Worked with ADOT on the redesign of Hwy 179; Board Member of Red Rock Road Enhancement SID and led the petition drive to create the SID; Member of KSB; Help start and member of Volunteers in Protection (VIP) Program; Yavapai County Deputy for six years; Recipient of Bucky O'Neill Award; Worked extensively on the last VOC Community Plan; Negotiated with the County for the creation of the Verde Valley School Road median, completed its landscaping and performed its maintenance.

These women have set a high standard of volunteerism that we should all try to attain as we strive to grow and expand our community. From everyone, we say THANK YOU.

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