City Issues Proclamation
Sedona AZ (August 27, 2020) – The Sedona Women (“TSW”) celebrates “20 Years of Making a Difference” on September 9, 2020 marking two decades of friendship and service to the community. To celebrate this milestone, the City of Sedona has proclaimed September 9, 2020 “The Sedona Women 20th Anniversary Celebration Day.”
“Making a Difference” is not just a slogan for this extraordinary group of women. It goes to the core of every project, activity and gathering TSW members have enjoyed for the past twenty years. When the group began in 2000, Founder Helen Wolfe invited thirty women to her home with one thing in mind: Joining together to make a real difference in their beloved community of Sedona.
Twenty years later the group’s 200+ members have built an outstanding reputation for community service and continue to provide a foundation for many lifelong friendships. “We provide a framework that inspires action and that harnesses the collective power of a unique group of women,” said TSW President, Rosemary Anderson. “Our common focus is the key to the success of our efforts.”
So how is today’s TSW still “Making a Difference?” It all begins with volunteerism. TSW is dedicated to community service projects that have benefitted organizations such as the Sedona Food Bank, St. Andrews Dinners, Run Sedona, Big Brothers and Sisters, Rainbow Acres and many more. TSW also supports and collaborates with dynamic sister organizations ̶ Giving Angels, Sedona Kind, and NAZ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Additionally, TSW has helped to maintain Sedona’s character and beauty through community projects such as the Oak Creek Clean Up, Art in the Roundabouts and the Sedona Waterwise Alliance.
TSW is also “Making a Difference” by lifting up local women in our community through educational scholarships as they return to the workforce or seek new, enriching careers. This year, the Helen Wolfe Scholarships have been awarded to ten inspiring recipients. According to Scholarship Chair Jennifer Braaten, “These life changing scholarships focus on women who’ve had their education interrupted and have chosen education as a means to better their lives. The Sedona Women appreciate the profound impact of education and we know our scholarships make a difference in the lives of our recipients, the community and the world.” Fundraising events in support of the Helen Wolfe Scholarships are held throughout the year and donations are always welcome through TSW’s website: www.thesedonawomen.com/scholarships
Members of TSW develop and participate in monthly educational programs of interest while encouraging a diversity of ideas through topics ranging from the arts to the environment ̶ all in a welcoming atmosphere where new connections and friendships are encouraged and celebrated. “This year’s exciting 20th Anniversary programs will highlight the talents and accomplishments of our many dedicated members,” said Vice President and Programs Chair, Linda Scott. “While monthly program meetings are slated to take place at the Fellowship Hall at the Sedona United Methodist Church, this season’s meetings will begin virtually until it’s deemed safe to resume in-person gatherings.”
The Sedona Women is an apolitical 501(c)(3) organization that respects the diversity of its membership and the inclusivity of our community. Membership is open to all women in the Sedona area who want to make a positive difference in our community and create new and lasting friendships. To join or learn more, please visit www.thesedonawomen.com.
I have been a member of The Sedona Women since moving to Sedona in 2013. The organization has meant a great deal to me. Arriving without knowing anyone in town, I was able to develop friendships with women who were community oriented, shared my values, enjoyed one another, and provided scholarships to women returning to school after a life interruption. During this pandemic, we have pivoted to Zoom for our monthly meetings and social gatherings. Our first meeting of the season is on September 9th. If you are new to Sedona or are interested in joining a great group of women still strong after 20 years, please consider The Sedona Women! Check out http://www.thesedonawomen.com for further information.
I really enjoy being part of this organization. It’s a great way to meet some wonderful women in our community and form friendships while helping others.
I have been a member of The Sedona Women now for eight years. It’s the main organization that I consistently make time for because I am able to touch so many sectors of the Sedona community through this one group of excellent women. Whatever you bring to the table The Sedona Women will encourage you to put it good use.
As a new member, I’ve been able to meet more of my Sedona neighbors who share a common interest in our community through volunteering. Additionally, educational and social events provide further opportunities to get to know these charitable ladies on a more personal level. Of course, during this pandemic, we have recalibrated to continue these activities on Zoom.
Entering my third year as a member. What a wonderful group of women! The friendships I’ve made through our shared commitment to the community and to each other has been priceless. COVID has not stopped us! We continue to meet virtually and maintain our connection to one another. Come join us!
I’ve been a member of Sedona Women since 2006. This is an amazing, proactive, and community centered group. I’ve been on several committees and for the last 3 yrs on the program committee which has been challenging and extremely Interesting.
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I’ve been a member of The Sedona Women since 2016. What a wonderful and amazing group of women with fascinating backgrounds and experience, and so committed to our community – both its residents and its physical beauty. I treasure the friendships I’ve made with other women as part of this organization.
Hi I would like to be a guest at the upcoming Sept meeting on the 9th. Can you send me as zoom invite or tell me how to go about it? Thanks, Nancy
Nancy, so sorry we did not see your reply until after our meeting date. Would you like to attend our October 14th meeting? If yes, please send me your email address and you will receive an invite. Thank you. Holli