Thursday, June 11, 2009
Marlyse Brock invited me to speak at her Rotary Club meeting in May and it was a lot of fun to meet new people and explain the history of Tastes & Treasures A Storytelling Cookbook of Historic Arizona. They chuckled when I told them, "It took 2 years to write, just like the birth of an elephant".
Gene Urban from Realty Execs www.urbanteamaz.com called in June and asked me if I was interested in speaking at his weekly meeting. Carolyn Mendoza offered her assistance and we brought our books and props. The folding banner was a great visual aid and Carolyn made granola from pg 196 of the cookbook to sample. (They thought this was delicious). I mentioned the Sandra Day O'Connor house now being rebuilt at our Museum and they had questions about that. We had photos of Rose Mofford and Polly Rosenbaum which also elicited questions. I even brought a copy of the League's first cookbook Arizona's Cooking Heritage with the Victorian Lady holding 2 gila monsters recipe for 'Saute de Gila Monster'. (No it does not taste like chicken).
Turns out Realtors are a great audience and loved the book. It is a perfect client gift for their business as well as great gift for Father's Day, Graduations, Weddings, Birthdays, Hostess gift... So Carolyn and I left after selling 65 cookbooks. We look forward to many more presentations like this one.
The hotel was quite nice with suites so everyone had lots of room. Carolyn Mendoza's sister, Sherry Root, lives nearby so joined the group, knew the area and recommended some interesting locations for sightseeing and great dinner venues.
Why is Renee the one going through airport security? Perhaps there is something she hasn't told us about her background? (ha ha)
Joan Galloway, Betty Blank, Renee Donnelly and Delores Tomasek look like they are enjoying the tour. The group spent the day at Hearst Castle and went on 4 different tours. So much to see and so little time...