Welcome to Friends
in the Hills
We are a thriving and active social club in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Our membership roster currently includes more than 350 women of various ages and backgrounds, hailing from nearly every US state and a number of different countries. We meet monthly at group luncheons and enjoy a wide range of activities and events throughout the month, where we socialize with current friends and welcome new ones.
If you live in Fountain Hills or in the immediate vicinity, please join us at our next luncheon or attend one of our Newcomer's Coffees to see what we're all about and let us get to know you.
Meanwhile, feel free to make use of our website to find out more about us, check out our Calendar of events, or Contact Us.
We hope to see you soon!
Second Wednesday of the month - September 10th
It’s that time of year when, everywhere you go, you hear the same familiar refrain, “Can you believe it’s September already? Where has this year gone?” But, yes, it is September and, for us, that means we’re back at the Community Center for our monthly luncheons.
We do enjoy our summertime lunches at FireRock but this year we have a special surprise awaiting us as we return to the Community Center: A brand new (to us) caterer will be providing our luncheon fare. Carolyn Redendo of Sofrita Restaurant, right here in Fountain Hills, will be doing the honors. Check the Monthly Luncheons page for this month’s delectable menu offerings.
of our members’ favorites – a fashion show! This one will
be presented by Friends member and fashion consultant, Gina Waldo, featuring the fabulous 2014 Fall Collection
from CABI fashions. Some of our own members will model
so it promises to be a very enjoyable event.
Be sure to secure your reservation for this fun luncheon by having your check for
$20 to Ione Bushman by the cutoff date, Wednesday, September 3rd.
AND DON’T FORGET – tickets for the Friends in the Hills Holiday Dinner-Dance will be on sale in the lobby prior to the luncheon. Committee members will be on hand
to provide reservation forms, accept your payment, and answer your questions.
See you at the Fountain Hills Community Center on September 10th!
Our Holiday Dinner Dance Committee will be selling tickets for this favorite annual event at
the September Luncheon.
Mark your calendars and dust off your dancin'
shoes! The festivities will be at the Rio Verde Country Club, on Sunday, December 7th, from 5:30 until 9 PM.
Committee members are: Kathleen Sauser, Ann Elam, Joanie Gallichio, Suzanne Bertino, Toni Johnson, Sandy Clark and Joyce Stehlik.
Check out the Special Events page for the latest details!
Please Welcome Our
New Assistant Webmaster!
In an impressive display of generosity and a sense of wanting to contribute significantly to Friends in the
Hills, Sharon Essenburg has agreed to train as our
assistant webmaster. *~happy dance!~*
Trust me when I say that this is a serious commitment of time, effort and energy and we thank Sharon profusely for that.
She has already spent a number of hours over the summer training on the
graphics program that's required to edit all the photos and images we post
to make this site attractive and interesting, and she is also learning to
navigate the rather complicated software that maintains our website.
Please, when you see Sharon, thank her for all she is doing for our
(As a matter of fact, you might want to thank everyone who has taken on a committee position, a board post, or an activity chairmanship, since our club would not be able to function without these volunteers. We need to let them all know that they - and their contributions - are sincerely valued.)
Check out these
web pages and events that may
be of interest . . .
1 - WEBSITE-ONLY FEATURE: A Friendly Close-Up
Beginning in May, Jill Dohrman started a series of interviews, highlighting a different member of Friends in the Hills each month. The results of her insightful and unique questions make for a very interesting read! What will you learn about people you thought you knew? This feature is ONLY published on the WEBSITE, so check in every month to see who's in the spotlight. Click here to see Jill's interview for this month.
2 - NEW ACTIVITY: Happy Hour
What could be more fun at the end of the day than a gathering of Friends at a local establishment, sharing conversation and an adult beverage or two? Chris Itami and Mary Courtney will head up the "Drinking Divas" Happy Hour activity and let us know about ongoing plans as they've been worked out. Check the Happy Hour activity page for their next outing.
3 - SPECIAL EVENT: Artists Gallery
September 18th is next up on the schedule at the Fountain Hills Artists Gallery on the Avenue of the Fountains, with a demonstration by potter, Rick Fitch. Contact Friends member, Margarete Ripps for details.