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CHAC presents public meetings first Wednesday of every month*


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FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) holds public meetings at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday* of every month normally at the Coconino County Administration Building, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, Arizona.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, CHAC meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Call 928-679-7135, send an email to Susie Garretson at sgarretson@coconino.az.gov or visit https://cchac.wordpress.com for more information.

*Meetings are subject to change due to holidays, annual board retreat in January**. Notification of changes will be announced 24 hours before the meeting. Contact Susie Garretson at sgarretson@coconino.az.gov or 928-679-7135 for the next meeting date.

Download agendas, minutes HERE

CHAC serves as an official liaison and communications link between the Hispanic community and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, so please bring any concerns you may have about equal education opportunities, fair employment, juvenile justice, political representation and other issues.

CHAC is a supporter of the Ballet Folklórico de Colores — Flagstaff, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, the Hispanic Convocation at Northern Arizona University, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff and other organizations.

** In lieu of a meeting, CHAC will hold a planning retreat in January

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 — El Consejo Asesor Hispano del Condado de Coconino (CHAC) celebra reuniones públicas a las 5:30 pm el primer miércoles de cada mes normalmente en el Edificio de Administración del Condado de Coconino, Junta de Supervisores Cámaras, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff.

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, las reuniones de CHAC se llevarán a cabo virtualmente a través de Microsoft Teams. Llame al 928-679-7135 o envíe un correo electrónico a Susie Garretson at sgarretson@coconino.az.gov o visite https://cchac.wordpress.com para más información.

* * Las reuniones están sujetas a cambios debido a días festivos, retiro anual de la junta en enero **.  Notificación de cambios se darán a conocer 24 hours antes de la reunión. Llame al 928-679-7135 o envíe un correo electrónico a Susie Garretson at sgarretson@coconino.az.gov para la próxima fecha de reunión.

CHAC sirve como enlace oficial y nexos de comunicación entre la comunidad hispana y la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Coconino, así que por favor traiga cualquier preocupación que pueda tener acerca de la igualdad de oportunidades de educación, empleo justo, la justicia de menores, la representación política y otros temas.

CHAC es un partidario del Ballet Folklórico de Colores – Flagstaff, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, la Convocación Hispana en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona, la Asociación de Vecinos de Sunnyside de Flagstaff y otras organizaciones.

** En lugar de una reunión, CHAC llevará a cabo un retiro de planificación en enero.

CHAC honors Purple Heart recipients, community and student leaders at 2019 César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast

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FLAGSTAFF— Area Purple Heart recipients and their family members received a well-deserved community recognition, while a representative from the Cesar Chavez Foundation recounted the organization’s past while outlining the steps to share the vision César E. Chávez to a new generation, during the fifth annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast held Friday, March 29, 2019 at American Legion Mark A. Moore Post No. 3, Flagstaff.

The celebration, which drew a record audience of 150-plus commuity members, dignitaries and elected officials, was presented by the Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC).

Purple Heart recipients honored during the event included Daniel M. Bernardo, Lance Davison, Clory Duran, Miguel Eugene Garcia, Joseph Hudson, Marc. A Hunter, Lori Ann Piestewa, Simon A. Sandoval Jr., Tom G. Urias and Guadalupe Velasco Jr.

Bill Barquin, chair of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and chief operating officer for the Cesar Chavez Foundation’s Communications Fund and its flagship program — Radio Compesina, served as keynote speaker. Barquinhas been recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as a 40 under 40 Leader in Arizona, as well as a recipient of the Univision Communications “40 Under 40 Hispanic Leaders in Arizona” and Cox Communication’s Hispanic Leader of Arizona.

The celebration also included the presentation of the Community Life Time Award presented to the memory of Robert A. Reyes, a U.S. Navy veteran who passed away on Dec. 31, 2018. “Bobby” was a past State Commander of the American Legion and retired in 2014 as the Post Adjutant.

The 2019 Community Leadership Award was presented to Joe Gutierrez, who has been a principal at Killip Elementary School in Sunnyside for 24 years. Student awards were presented to Omar Gomez, a senior at Northern Arizona University and David Joseph Melendez-Salgado, also a senior at Northern Arizona University.

Planning is already under way for the 2020 celebration. CHAC also plans to honor other area Purple Heart recipients at its future monthly meetings. Recipients or their family members should provide contact information to Susan Garretson at sgarretson@coconino.az.gov

 

CHAC celebrates variety of events in December

FLAGSTAFF — Members of the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) participated in a number of events in December as 2018 came to a close.

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CHAC members joined the Inter-Tribal Advisory Council and the African-American Advisory Council for the final Tri-Diversity Council meeting of the year on Dec. 12 at the Coconino County Board of Supervisors board room. Photo by Ruth Eaton.

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CHAC members participated, above and below, at the Northern Arizona University “Lumberjacks of Inclusion” ceremony held Dec. 13 at the High Country Conference Center.

“Similar to a convocation ceremony, Lumberjacks of Inclusion brings together and honors graduating students from all ethnic, cultural, identity, service and experiential backgrounds,” the university reported in a media release. “In this unique event, all students will celebrate together with shared performances, convocation ceremonies and special refreshments.” Photos above and below by Ruth Eaton.

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The Coconino County Tri-Diversity Councils and Southside Community Association presented a 2018 Community Holiday Party on Dec. 15 at the Murdoch Community Center in Flagstaff. Photo above by Ruth Eaton.

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The Coconino County Board of Supervisors on Dec. 18, 2018, recognize members of the Coconino County Tri-Diversity Councils and Coconino County employees, below, for their participation in the 2018 Flagstaff Holiday Lights Parade. Photo above by Photo by Frank X. Moraga / ©2018 AmigosNAZ.com. Photo below by Ruth Eaton.

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Members of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors approve the nomination of Ruth Eaton for a two-year term as chair on the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) during a ceremony held on Dec. 18, 2018. Photo above by Frank X. Moraga / ©2018 AmigosNAZ.com

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CHAC joins other Diversity Councils during the 2018 Holiday Parade of Lights

FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council joined with the African American Advisory and the Intertribal Advisory councils for the 2018 Vora Financial Holiday Parade of Lights, held Dec. 8 in downtown Flagstaff.

A variety of local businesses, non profit organizations, public safety and other agencies took part in the event.

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Lina Wallen, left, and Patty Garcia, wave to the crowd during the 2018 Holiday Parade of Lights.

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Ruth and Richard Eaton deck out their vehicle, above and below, for the CHAC entry.

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The Intertribal Advisory Council makes its appearance, above and below.

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The African American Advisory Council was represented at the parade.

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Photos above by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2018

Photos below by Ruth Eaton

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Diversity council members get their rides ready for the parade.

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Members of the Diversity council get ready for the evening’s festivities.

CHAC joins with NAU student, community groups to present Día de los Muertos Celebration

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CHAC supporter Richard Eaton helps prepare activities for children at the celebration. Photo by Ruth Eaton.

FLAGSTAFF — A variety of NAU student clubs held their annual Día de los Muertos Celebration on Nov. 3 at Killip Elementary School.

The event was presented by NAU Hermanas, United for Change and sponsored by WF Killip Elementary School, the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

The celebration, which has outgrown previous venues at the Murdoch Cultural Center and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Arts Center, was moved to Killip this year.

The annual event, which honors Day of the Dead, included performances by members of Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff, an altar / ofrenda presentation by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, sugar skull decorating, food and a piñata for children.

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CHAC member Barbara Mendez lights candles on her ofrenda.

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CHAC Chair Ruth Eaton staffs the CHAC table.

Photos above by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2018

Photos below  by Ruth Eaton.

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CHAC and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces member Frank X. Moraga gets ready for the evening’s events.

 

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