|What we are:
We are a non-profit, non-political organization of volunteers dedicated to addressing current and long-range issues facing the Verde Valley communities, and
facilitating informed consensus through the forum process — bringing people and ideas together. We are modeled after the highly-successful Arizona Town Hall.
From 1985 to 2008, the Sedona Academy of Public Affairs produced 20 forums. 17 of them were Sedona Forums, more or less limited to issues of the
Greater Sedona area.
But the 1999, 2002 and 2004 forums were expanded to study issues of the entire Verde Valley region. Membership of the Academy and its Board of Directors grew
to include the residents of all the Verde Valley communities and unincorporated areas.
Recognizing that a new spirit of cooperation had arisen between Verde Valley peoples in all kinds of activities, the Academy Board unanimously agreed that it was
time to change the makeup of the organization and its goals to meet regional needs. In 2004, the third region-wide forum, it was announced that the Sedona Academy of Public Affairs was being reorganized and transformed
into the Verde Valley Forum for Public Affairs.
Who we are:
| We’re an all-volunteer group of people who want to help address issues of the
Greater Verde Valley. We have no paid staff, and no costly offices or buildings. All of our funds go to researching and producing forums to bring people and ideas together.
President: Dick Dahl
Vice President, Operations: Jim Eaton
Vice President, Forums: Steve King
Secretary: Jane Whitmire
Treasurer: (position available)
Past President: Frank Besnette
Executive Committee: Officers, Committee Chairs, plus Claudelle Johnson and Sandy Moriarty.
Board of Directors:
1-year terms --Expires 4-30-17
Thomas Beauty (Honorary Director)
2-year terms – Expires 4-30-18
Development Committee: Donna Michaels, chair.
Research Committee: Marshall Whitmire, chair.
Participant Selection Committee: Lisa Hirsch, chair.
Physical Arrangements Committee: Linda Buchanan, chair.
Public Information Committee: Jim Eaton, chair.
Program Development Committee: Dick Dahl, chair.
Membership Committee: Russell Moker, chair.
Future Leaders Forum Committee: Julie Larson, chair.
Community Outreach Committee: Steve Ayers, chair.
Special Committees and Task Forces may be appointed to handle specific matters.