Changing of the guard for SVBA

Although the Sedona Village Business Association was officially organized with Articles of Incorporation and bylaws almost 20 years ago, there were several years when the SVBA was inactive.

A little over two years ago, the organization was re-activated with a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee and has grown to more than 50 members.

Several projects have been successfully launched, including the popular "Holiday Lights for the Village," the printing of a helpful new Map/ Brochure and an up-to-date Website. Committees have been created to address challenges such as Special Events, Transportation Alternatives and the like.

The first Members' Meeting of the reorganized group was recently held on April 19 with an election of the Board of Directors to begin serving immediately.

Procedures are now in place for following the bylaws and scheduling an annual Members' Meeting in April of each year. The Board of Directors has elected the following officers to serve as the Executive Committee:

• President: Sandy Barrett

• Vice President: Nina Joy Rizzo

• Secretary: Robin Amanda

• Treasurer: Tom Graham

The other five members on the Board of Directors are Dave Norton, Marc Fuller, Nikki Ramagli, Sue Schurgin and Diane Joens.

Active Project committees include: Holiday Lights for the Village, Map/Brochure Development, Website maintenance, Transportation Alternatives, Special Events and Membership.

The SVBA website, sedonavillagebusinessassociation.org, contains basic information about the organization and provides a link for joining and paying the annual $120 membership fee.

Data and organization news will be published on the website, as well as information regarding the next printing of the Map/Brochure in late summer or early fall.

There are several ways to communicate online via the website. You can use infosvba@gmail.com or leave a message on the SVBA phone number: 928-224-8342. The SVBA mailing address is: Sedona Village Business Association, P.O. Box 21412, Sedona, AZ 86341.

Monthly meetings of the SVBA Board of Directors are held on the third Tuesday of each month and all meetings are open to both SVBA members and interested guests. The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, May 17, 4 p.m., at the Sedona Hilton at Bell Rock, 90 Trail Ridge Road.

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