Phoenix Arizona

Sheppard named Acting Parks Director by quotes
August 29, 2006, 9:16 pm
Filed under: City of Mesa, City of Phoenix News, Community Service, Mesa, Parks

Sheppard named Acting Parks Director

Jenny Sheppard, Assistant Financial Services Manager for the City of Mesa, has been named Acting Director of the Mesa Parks and Recreation Division following the retirement of Director Bob White, effective Saturday. Sheppard will begin serving as Director on Monday.

Sheppard, a 28-year veteran of the City, has spent the last three years in the Financial Services department and has spent the majority of her time with the City in the Customer Service and City Manager’s offices.

Trisha Sorensen, Acting Community Services Manager, said Sheppard brings expertise in building solid financial systems and a focus on customer service to the Parks Division.  Sheppard, a certified public manager, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a masters’ in organizational management.

Roger Okin, administrator of tax and audit collections, will take on some of Sheppard’s duties in financial services.  Scot Rigby, management assistant in Economic Development, will assist Sheppard in Parks on a temporary basis.

Parks and Recreation is a division of the Community Services Department

Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition – Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) by quotes

Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition

Contact: Carolyn White


Commander Manny Blea of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1433 announced the kickoff of this year’s VFW and Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Students in grades 6 through 8 in the Glendale area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to be honored at theVFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District. District winners compete in the State competition. State winners compete for more than $75,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year more than 130,000 students throughout the U.S. participate in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. Students are invited to write a 300 – 400 word essay on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Citizenship in America.”

Deadline for student entries is November 1, 2006. Interested students and teachers should contact Carolyn White, VFW Post 1433 Ladies Auxiliary, at 602-841-2378 or contact by e-mail at

Additional information for those outside the Glendale area can be found here:

and information about other local VFW Posts can be found here: