Posted by Jane Anne Shimizu
The meeting was called to order at 07:00 by Clent Walker in the Arizona Room of the Hassaympa. The prayer was recited by Art Harrington, the pledge of allegiance by Phil Goode and the 4 way test by Larry.  We sang America the Beautiful in almost perfect pitch.  The thought for the day by Terri Smith was from Eleanor Roosevelt “You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you knew how seldom they do.”
 
Laura Vanderberg welcomed Lisa Delalo who was inducted into the club.  Lisa works at Touchmark and was introduced to Rotary by non other than Don Schiller.  She has been in advertising for 25 years.  She and her husband have been in Prescott for 1.5 years.  Together they make Family Legacy Films.  Welcome Lisa!
 
Announcements were Art’s weekly update for the Food drive beginning with Cruiz’ in for Vets, a 6 club project with all the rotaracts and interacts.  Jim Huffman is in charge of the set up for next Saturday in back of the sears parking lot.  The food drive has drop off points at Rafter 11, Olsens, Watters, True Value and the Prescott High School.
 
Richard was the SGT, even though Val started the rumor that he was.  Every table had a representative spin the wheel and they paid their fines accordingly.  Richard gave $20 happy bucks for being back to in person meetings, in fact everyone was extremely happy about the in person meetings. 
 
Phil Goode, our own candidate for Mayor, announced the city was removing the parklets downtown along with the temporary signs and blocked off parking spaces.  YEA!  He also announced that the new terminal for the Prescott Airport is now open.  If the city hadn’t signed the contract last year the terminal would have cost 3 million dollars more than it did.  The ceiling alone was $650,000    and it today would have cost 1.2 million.
 
Dr. Lisa Hayes was our speaker.  Lisa Hayes succeeded Fred Veil as the Executive Director of the Sharlot Hall Museum in January of this year. She brings over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit world, including six years as CEO of the Accokeek Foundation, which stewards 200 acres of a national park on the Maryland shore of the Potomac River directly across from George Washington's Mount Vernon. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Washington in Seattle, and graduated from the Joan White English Theatre School in London and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. In mid-life, she returned to school, earning a PhD in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
 
Unlike Sharlot Hall, I did not arrive in Prescott by covered wagon. My 2300 mile journey was in a very packed car with a 30 pound dog on my lap in the middle of a pandemic. However, the hyphenated nature of Charlotte’s life that led to the creation of the Sharlot Hall Museum – poet, historian, rancher –reminds of my own hyphenated life that has led me here. So today I thought I would share a little about my very unlinear journey to leading a Prescott treasure and tell you about some of the things we’re planning as the world begins to emerge from Covid. 
 
Started professional career acting in a melodrama at the Buffalo Bill Village in Cody Wyoming. Graduated from U. of Washington with a degree in drama, as well as from the Joan White English Theatre School in London and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Pursued acting career in New York City, and then began to create my own work, including four solo shows that I wrote and performed.Mid-life returned to school, earning a PhD in American Studies which led to job at the Accokeek Foundation, which stewards 200 acres of a national park on the Potomac River across from George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Started as Director of Education and then spent six years as CEO. Programs included living history and museum theatre at the living history colonial farm.
 
Upcoming programs at Sharlot Hall Museum include:
  •    Living history the second Saturday of every month. Have eliminated Folk Arts Fair, but are weaving activities from that event into monthly living history programming.
  •    New Toys! exhibit
  •    Monthly lecture series begins in May with program on Fred Harvey’s Farm.
  •    Winefest scheduled for August 21
  •    Prescott Indian Art Market returning September 18 & 19
  •    Debuting a Halloween event on October 23
  •    Frontier Christmas expanding to include afternoon as well as evening activities.
  •    Planning performance of A Frontier Christmas Carol, which will be done like an old time radio show with actors on script and someone doing live sound effects.