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New wave of 48 women honored in new book

BY ALEX GALLAGHER Progress Staff Writer

“Upon graduation from the program, we had to present a project and Kellogg said ‘Now that we have invested in you, how are you going to lift up women in leadership?’ 48 Women is that project.”

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decade after the publication of the successful book, “48 Women: Arizona’s Most Intriguing Women,” a sequel with a new wave of four dozen women is about to hit the market. The new “48 Women: Arizona’s Most Intriguing Women” is slated for an April 29 release and one of the women behind its development is optimistic about its potential influence across the state. “‘Impact’ is a word that I use because everyone in their own way has made one,” said Connie Robinson, the chair of the 48 Arizona Women Steering Committee. “The common thread of the women is the impact they’ve made.” It was just over a decade ago when Robinson was asking herself how she could make an impact herself.

Connie Robinson, the chair of the 48 Women Arizona steering committee, is excited for the release of the organizations second book detailing the impact of women across the state. (Alex Gallagher/ Progress Staff)

“The origin of ‘48 Women: Arizona’s Most Intriguing Women’ was born out of a philanthropy and leadership program through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and in collaboration with the Women’s Funding Network years ago,” she said.

‘’Upon graduation from the program, we had to present a project and Kellogg said ‘Now that we have invested in you, how are you going to lift up women in leadership?’ 48 Women is that project.” Upon the first book’s release, Robinson felt this sequel was in order. “The first book we did centered around the Arizona Centennial in 2012 and it was after the sales began to pick up and men began asking us ‘Are you doing this again next year and when are you doing this for men?’” Robinson said with a laugh. Though Robinson was anxious to get a new book out as early as three years after the initial publication, several delays occurred. “We initially said we would do this three years later but this didn’t happen for various reasons, then we tried to do it five years later and that was when

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Scottsdale man collected nearly 2 million stamps

BY LIN SUE FLOOD Progress Guest Writer

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t was 1939, and Monroe Wingate was just 9 years old when his father returned home from a business trip with a little package of German stamps. Two depicted an eagle circling the world with a swastika. Hitler’s invasion of Europe was all over the news and the young boy knew he was holding a piece of history. Over the last 81 years, Monroe has cataloged 962,000 stamps using a software program that helps him keep track of what he has. But he is only halfway through his collection. Honestly, I never met a stamp I

Phoenix Philatelic Association president, Kevin Lesk, admires Monroe Wingate’s collection. The large map above Monroe’s desk inspires him to research and pursue stamps from all over the world. (Courtesy of Hospice of the Valley)

didn’t like,” the 90-year-old chuckles. “Some collectors specialize in butterfly stamps or something. But I love them all and that’s my problem.” Stamp collecting may have begun as a hobby, but now it’s his life’s work. “Every stamp tells a story,” he said. “Commemorative ones celebrate statehood, for example. Others are pieces of art. They all have variations in watermarks and perforations. To me, every one of them is a miniature painting.” After respiratory illness reduced Monroe’s mobility several years ago, he “gave up sailing and golf,” his wife Peggy said. “But he’s never, ever bored!

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