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Elizabeth Cling Named 2017 Outstanding Community Leader

Posted on | June 29, 2017 | No Comments

Tempe, Ariz. – Tempe Leadership will award its highest honor, the Outstanding Community Leadership Award, to Elizabeth Cling at the Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s annual luncheon on June 29, 2017 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

Cling is a longtime resident of Tempe and a graduate of Tempe Leadership Class XXX (30) with an impressive history of community leadership. This April marks her 20th year of volunteer service with the Tempe Police Department’s Volunteer in Policing Program. As a department volunteer, she has served in assault and crime prevention, disaster assistance, special projects, photography and on the Kids + Cops Holiday Shop planning committee.

As a member of her Tempe Leadership class, she took on several leadership roles in completing the class project, which involved significant fundraising, planning, and project management to finalize the installation of a new Bike Corral at Tempe Town Lake. As a part of that effort, Elizabeth secured the donations for all of the class’ fundraising events, which brought in over $10,000. She represented Class XXX as part of Tempe Leadership’s Tempe Cares committee and continues to volunteer with Tempe Cares by bringing in tens of thousands of dollars in grant money, as well as participating in planning and volunteer efforts the day of the event.

Cling also supports Tempe Youth Leadership by volunteering to organize their Police Day and assisting with Business and Career Day by opening up her family business, Cling’s Aerospace, to both the youth and adult classes. She also serves on the Tempe Community Council Board of Directors, currently as president-elect.

“Elizabeth doesn’t do these things for the recognition or to personally elevate herself,” said Nancy Puffer, Tempe Leadership’s President-Elect and one of Elizabeth’s nominators. “She does it because she genuinely enjoys making our community a better place. She enjoys collaborating with people, working as a team and taking whatever steps are necessary to make each effort a success.”

Puffer adds that Cling displays a high level of integrity and places great value on maintaining positive, healthy relationships.

“She exemplifies a leader who leads through service, setting a personal example by committing to a worthwhile endeavor and consistently following through on what she says she will do,” Puffer said. ”She is a collaborative leader who makes others feel included, heard and appreciated. She represents everything Tempe Leadership stands for, and for these reasons, we chose her for this year’s Outstanding Community Leadership Award.”

Elizabeth lives in Tempe with her husband, Doug. Together, they have four children and three dogs. She is a graduate of Arizona State University.

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