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Quad Cities in Brief: 10 questions to ask before you say yes

10 questions to ask before you say yes

Serving on any Board of Directors is an honor that can be both challenging and rewarding. This service has both legal and fiduciary responsibilities as well as potential liabilities and a commitment of your time, skills and resources. Choosing the wrong Board to serve on can be frustrating, time consuming and difficult to remedy.

While being asked to serve is flattering, stop to ask questions about programs, finances, constituents, structure, responsibilities, staff and more. What are the 10 questions you need to have answered before you say “Yes!” to joining any Board? Find out 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6719 E. 2nd St. (Stepping Stones Administrative Offices), Prescott Valley.

Join us for a fast-paced 90 minute workshop where we will go through the questions you should ask and even more importantly how to understand and weigh the responses to make an informed positive choice-the first time. If you are already serving, this workshop will be a good reminder of information should have at your fingertips.

This workshop is offered free of charge by West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation, and you don’t need to be considering Board service with us. It’s for anyone! RSVP to Cindy Brown, at 445-5211 x3634, or email

Leading this “10 Questions” workshop is Arlene Alen, CPM, IOM. Alen is President/CEO of the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce & Arizona Office of Tourism Visitors Center.

City kicks off WaterSmart program

An interactive and instructive program on the smart use of water is now available through the City of Prescott’s Water Resource Management department.

“WaterSmart: Drop by Drop” is described by the city as “an interactive education initiative addressing water supply and water conservation.”

A news release from the city points out that a presentation and factsheet highlighting a different topic each month will be offered in the Founders Suite at the Prescott Public Library, at 215 East Goodwin St., on the third Wednesday of each month.

Those who can’t make it to the library can refer to the city’s website,

The “Introduction to WaterSmart” presentation, held at noon on Jan. 17, will answer questions about the program and provide the upcoming series topics and schedule. January is focused on WaterSmart as the city’s Water Education Program, and Drop by Drop as an initiative to share current water information with the community.

“The City encourages everyone to do their part and be WaterSmart,” the news release states. “The goal is to be an active, knowledgeable WaterSmart community.” Further information is available by contacting Leah Hubbard at the City of Prescott Water Resource Management at 928-777-1645.

Program sells U.S., state flags once on courthouse

These flags have flown over the historic Yavapai County Courthouse, and they can be yours for a reasonable fee.

The Yavapai County, Arizona and United States flags, are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity stating, “This flag was flown over the historic Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott, Arizona.” Flags are flown only for a minute or two in order to preserve the quality of the flag, and are sold at cost plus a small shipping and handling fee.

All are nylon, and available in the following sizes and price:

Yavapai County: 3 feet by 4 feet, $68.

Arizona: 3 feet by 5 feet, $48.

United States: 4 feet by 6 feet, $42.

Certificates also can be personalized to honor a particular person, event or organization. For example, “For John Smith in recognition of his retirement from teaching after 40 years of dedicated service.”

The flag program began in 2013, an idea of Yavapai County Supervisor Jack Smith, and put into action by Kenny Van Keuren, county facilities director. Smith said, when he joined the Army, he took with him a flag. He wanted to make sure others had the same opportunity.

“The very first flag was sold in December 2013; and since then, Yavapai County has distributed 38 flags,” said David McAtee, YC public information officer.

The Yavapai County flag is the most popular flag sold at 16, followed by the United States flag, 14, and the Arizona State flag, 8.

Many of the flags purchased are to celebrate birthdays or retirements, McAtee said. Businesses sometimes also want to fly a county flag.

To purchase any or all of these flags, send check or money order payable to Yavapai County Facilities. Allow four to six weeks for processing. Checks may be sent to Yavapai County Facilities, Attn: Flag Coordinator, 1128 Commerce Drive, Prescott, AZ 86305. The Flag Request Form can be found at: For more information, call 928-771-3115 and ask for the flag coordinator.