Annual chamber event honors its Visitors Center Volunteers
AS SEEN IN THE RED ROCK NEWS
October 5, 2018
One of my favorite annual events is joining the board of directors to celebrate the Chamber’s one-hundred plus volunteers. Our Visitors Center at the corner of Forest Road and SR 89A is one of the busiest in Arizona. Thanks to our 80 volunteers and the welcoming atmosphere they create, it is also a critical tourism management tool.
We also celebrated our event volunteers, ambassadors and board of directors, who all volunteer their valuable time and expertise to our organization, partners and the community. A big thanks to the City Council who volunteer hundreds of hours to our community.
No Sedona business has more direct contact with visitors than our Center. About 300,000 people step through the doors annually, looking for guidance on everything from hiking to places of worship. Thousands more call or email every month.
An encounter with volunteers is often a visitor’s first impression of our community, and each one finds their Sedona experience enriched by the friendly reception and expert guidance our volunteers offer. Thanks to their dedication, the Center is open seven days week from 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving. Tourism – Sedona’s most important industry – would not succeed without volunteers.
Our Sustainability Plan includes educating visitors about our culture and environment, which means the Visitors Center is becoming even more important, helping place a ‘Sedona ethos’ at the heart of the visitor experience.
On September 23, Board Chair Stephanie Giesbrecht, Vice Mayor John Martinez, Director of Visitor Services Donna Retegan, Visitors Center Manager Brenda Andrusyszyn, and other Board members joined in recognizing our volunteers at Poco Diablo Resort and noting many special achievements.
Volunteers of the Year: Debbie and Ray Schwartz
Dick Youngberg – 280 hrs
Jeanne Fischer – 262 hrs