Phoenix FGoTM – January 18 – 19, 2019

Heya folks!

Our Domain out here in Phoenix is gearing up to bring you our annual
Featured Game of the Month, coming up January 18th – 19th, 2018!

We’ve got our location all locked in – the Holiday Inn and Suites
Phoenix-Mesa/Chandler. This is the same location we had last year, as they
were so good to us. Our event wizards wheeled and dealed to get us twice
the playing space this year!

For those who were unable to attend, the Hotel Website is below:

*Please do not make reservations yet*, as we are awaiting a code for our
discount rate. That said, we don’t have a limited room block – our discount
will be available as long as they have rooms available in the hotel!

We’re working on updating our website, we’ll pass on the link when we’ve
got that shored up. Of course, we’ll release more information as the Domain
decides on which venues will be hosted!

Hope to see you in Phoenix!

Bryan Himebaugh

Featured SW Regional Charities July – December 2018

The region is currently using a 6-month rotation for regional charities, to give members more time with the featured charities, and to allow us to offer several different options simultaneously during that time period.

For the period of July – December 2018, the Southwest Region will be featuring the three following charities:

  • *RedRover* (Helping animals and humans in crisis, to make the world a more compassionate place)
  • *Children’s Literacy Initiative* (Providing educators training and resources for early childhood literacy instruction)
  • *10,000 Degrees* (Helping low-income students get into and *through *college in order to create positive impact)

Per the Membership Handbook, from July 1st – December 31st 2018, for any donations you make to these charities, you will earn 1 point of Regional prestige
for every $3 donated, or 10 points of Regional prestige for every hour of time donated volunteering. (Note that volunteering time is also eligible for VIP!)

Donation options are listed below for each charity, but regardless of option or charity selected, please send a copy of your receipts (or photographic proof of donation) to and copy To help ensure things are tracked and reported properly, please include in your email subject line: Jul-Dec 2018 Charity (Name of Charity) (Month of Donation)


For the past 30 years, RedRover has work to support the bond between animals and humans by provide vital emergency sheltering assistance for animals displaced by natural disasters and rescued from other crises, such as puppy mills and hoarding situations. They also offer financial assistance and resources to low-income individuals for lifesaving emergency veterinary care, and to help survivors of domestic violence escape together with their pets, by offsetting the cost of temporary pet boarding while in domestic violence shelters.

Direct *monetary donations* can be made to RedRover at

You can also *donate goods or volunteer time* with any local 501(c)3 no-kill animal rescue or animal welfare organization.

*Children’s Literacy Initiative*

This organization works with teachers and children (pre-K through 3rd grade), to help improve early childhood literacy, especially among lower-income and disadvantaged children. Their goal is to see a nation where all children are literate, and reading at their grade level by the end of 3rd grade.

Direct *monetary donations* can be made to Children’s Literacy Initiative at

You can also *donate goods or volunteer time* with any local 501(c)3 children’s literacy organization, or public library children’s literacy program.

*10,000 Degrees*

This California-based organization works to create a college-bound mentality in elementary and middle school students, to help lower-income high-school students get enrolled in college, and to support them through college. Most of the lower-income students 10,000 Degrees supports are the first members of their families to attend college, and with the help of this organization, 85% of these students graduate with a completed college degree (nationally only 31% of college students do so).

Direct *monetary donations* can be made to 10,000 Degrees at
Or to learn how to *volunteer time*, go to

Members are encouraged to forward this email to your domain lists for
further distribution.

Sarah Himebaugh
SW ARC Charities

PACT election Q&A

Hi folks –
The PACT election Q&A is underway.
The first round of questions has gone out
Applications for our candidates can be found on the 2018 PACT Election page.

Information about the office and it’s responsibilities can be found on the PACT page.

Thank you to our candidates for their applications and best of luck to you all!

PACT Election page:…/…/09/pact-election-2018/

PACT Office page:…/protection-advocacy-and-…/

Q&A Google Group:…/mes-bod-election-discussion