Sneak Peek: Happy Holidays! We have 129 reasons to THANK YOU!

December 13, 2017

By Les Conklin
President, Greater Pinnacle Peak Association

On behalf of the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association (GPPA) Board of Directors, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! As I write this, we have 129 reasons to thank you and the community.

Expecting a lengthy article describing the 129 reasons? Read on; that’s not what your are going to encounter.

55 Reasons. For the 55 years of its existence, volunteers, local and state governments have supported the Desert Foothills Scenic Drive, i.e. the Scottsdale Scenic Drive. Over those years, the Scenic Drive plant identification signs and exhibits have been established, maintained, and enhanced. Special thanks to Friends of the Scenic Drive, a corps of volunteers that conduct regular roadside cleanups and other projects related to the Scenic Drive.

40 Reasons. Established 40 years ago, GPPA has worked to protect and enhance the quality of life in the north Scottsdale Sonoran Desert. Its most important tools have been community service and education. Special thanks to GPPA’s members who support its efforts by contributing a membership fee of approximately $50 per year. We also thank those board members and members who have been active in the community by serving on City of Scottsdale boards and commissions and on the boards of HOA’s and community nonprofits. Also deserving of standing applause are the numerous volunteers who have worked on fund-raisers and other GPPA and Friends of the Scenic Drive initiatives.

Scenic Drive Exhibit Area, Just Off Scottsdale Road

Scenic Drive Exhibit Area, Just Off Scottsdale Road

34 Reasons. The first edition of A Peek at the Peak (The Peak) magazine, the publication that you’re reading now, was published 34 years ago as GPPA’s six page newsletter for Pinnacle Peak residents. We thank the individuals, nonprofit organizations and the City of Scottsdale for contributing articles, photographs and videos and the people who donated their time to producing and distributing The Peak and related email and social media publications. The board gives a round of applause to The Peak‘s advertisers and donors. The Peak‘s primary missions are to retain a reader’s attention and to support the Scenic Drive and GPPA’s community goals.

It Adds Up

So happy holidays from Maricopa County’s oldest scenic drive (55 years old), north Scottsdale’s first nonprofit organization (40 years old) and our area’s oldest continuously published magazine (34 years old). If my math is correct, 55 + 40 + 34 = 129. It all adds up. Every year of their existence is a reason to thank YOU and the many community-minded people who have contributed! Can we keep these traditions for one more year?


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Author: Les Conklin

Les Conklin is the editor of A Peek at the Peak publications and the author of Images of America: Pinnacle Peak. He is the president of the Greater Pinnacle Peak Association and the Monte de Paz HOA. He founded Friends of the Scenic Drive and has served on the Scottsdale Pride Commission, McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission, and on the boards of several local nonprofits. Les is a resident of north Scottsdale and a member of Scottsdale's History Maker Hall of Fame. Les is a volunteer school tour guide at the Musical Instrument Museum.

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