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Instead of enjoying shrimp cocktail and umbrella drinks, Melin, Nelson and Spears worked to bring running water and medical / dental care to this yet- to-be-mapped community of Secanquin, home to 200 Mayan descendants. It’s so far off the beaten path that even Spanish is a second language. It’s certainly a new twist on the sales

MOUNTAIN HIGH: Enjoying a trip of a lifetime to the rugged Cloud Forest region of Guatemala are, from left: Academy Mortgage loan officers Ryan Nelson, Chad Melin, Jason Spears and Jason’s brother Ryan Spears. Submitted photo.

After spending days lugging boulders up hills, digging 3-foot trenches and literally pulling teeth in 95-degree heat and humidity, three Chandler businessmen had to agree: it was truly a trip of a lifetime. The three loan officers from the

Chandler office of Academy Mortgage — Chad Melin, Ryan Nelson and Jason Spears — recently were rewarded for being their office’s top producers with a trip to the Cloud Forest Region of north central Guatemala. They were joined by 22 of Academy Mortgage’s other top producers from across the country; each employee was allowed to bring one guest.

Exercise, then eat chocolate

Enjoy the satisfying benefits of both

Tai Chi and chocolate during a special two-hour workshop set for Wed., June 13, at the Holiday Inn Ocotillo, 1200 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler. Relax your mind and body with easy,

gentle Tai Chi, and finish with a satisfying reward of dark chocolates enhanced with herbs, spices and flower essences. Kim Kubsch, a certified Tai Chi-Qi Gong instructor leads the workshop, which takes place 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and is repeated 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kubsch choreographed a relaxing, flowing and mindful safe movement for the accompanying pieces of candy from local confectioner Wei of Chocolate, to energize and delight from head to toe. Cost for the workshop is $30 per person.

RSVP by June 9 to kim@safemovements. com or call 480-392-3436. The workshop is limited to 38 people.

incentive junket, and the first time that Academy Mortgage has tried this new form of company “reward.” The inaugural trip took place April 28 to May 6, and was such a success with the team members and guests that company representatives say it is very likely it will be repeated again next year.

Academy Mortgage partnered with CHOICE Humanitarian, which specializes in connecting motivated villages to resources and tools that allow villagers to change their lives. Academy will continue working with the village of Secanquin in future trips. Melin, Nelson and Spears agree

that it was one of the most important experiences of their lives, and they are already planning to make the top-25 nationwide producers of Academy Mortgage for next year so they can go on the trip again.

Benefits of deep brain stimulation

Jill Wallace of Medtronic will

present “What’s New with Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy” at the next Sun Lakes Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, set for 1 p.m. Thu., June 21, in the Mirror Room at the Sun Lakes Country Club, 25601 N. Sun Lakes Blvd., Sun Lakes. Wallace, a therapy representative,

will discuss the history of DBS therapy, patient selection process and work up and living with Parkinson’s after DBS. She will answer such questions as: Am I even a candidate; when do I consider this therapy; and what are the differences between “awake” versus “asleep” surgery. For additional information contact Grace Roth at 480-895-1734 or Susan Uhrich at 480-305-0031.


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June 2 - 15, 2012 Company prize: visit to Third World Realtors paint town RED


RED HANDED: Staff members from Keller Williams Legacy One Realty in Chandler participate in a company-wide “RED Day” of service on May 10. Submitted photo

Staff members from the Chandler

office of Keller Williams Legacy One Realty recently took the day off to help three local nonprofit organizations with sorting clothing donations, painting walls, landscaping and more. It was all part of the company’s fourth annual day of service, “RED Day,” which took place on May 10 across the United States and Canada. “As busy as our lives are, it is

important to turn off the phone, step away from the office and give back to the community that supports our agents and offices,” says Mark Willis, CEO of Keller Williams Realty, Inc. “We feel so fortunate to have associates that don’t see this as a dollar lost in a day off from

work, but much more gained in the community.” This year, members of the Keller Williams Legacy One Realty office serving Chandler and Sun Lakes volunteered at Save the Family, Helen’s Hope Chest and The Centers for Habilitation. At all three of the agency’s locations, a full day was spent sorting and laundering clothing donations, setting concrete, painting interior and exterior facilities, cleaning and landscaping. Keller Williams Legacy One Realty is located at 3910 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 1, Chandler. To learn more about “RED Day,” visit redday or

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