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Letter from our Desert Club president

Nov 15, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Desert Club Letter

To Our Dearest Friends, Family, and Community, 

It is with sad hearts and much sorrow that we have decided to cancel this years 2020 Christmas Idea House. This decision was not reached without much deliberation and consideration. Ultimately in the end we had to put the safety and health of our cherished attendees and our volunteers first. Unfortunately, there was no way for us to bring this beloved tradition to life this year without compromising one anothers safety. Instead we have decided to adopt several local families and a charity to support those who are in need of our generosity and kindness. This will only be possible with the help of all of our supporters. We hope you will join us in our efforts to help these very special families

Now more than ever it is important to focus on the rhythms that move us forward. We are choosing to embrace the spirit of giving, compassion, love and human kindness and we are so grateful for the platform we have, to join our community, in spotlighting ways to give joy to others

Please visit our website later this month for more information about the families that we have selected and ways to Join the Joy

Much Love and Blessings to you all

Deanne Richardson President of Desert Club 

Join the Joy Christmas 2020

Nov 15, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Due to the Covid19 increase in our community, Desert Club of Mesa has cancelled this year’s 2020 Christmas Idea House. While we are deeply saddened to put our plans on hold, we want to keep the Christmas spirit going by bringing joy to those who are experiencing difficult times this year. Desert Club of Mesa is sponsoring several local families in need and contributing to the AZ Friends of Foster Children. Our organization wants to ensure that the Christmas spirit is spread and more children have a reason to smile on Christmas morning. 

Here is what we are asking of you: Please Join the Joy! We are in need of your donations to make Christmas dreams come true. If you usually attend Christmas Idea House with Desert Club, we ask that you consider donating the amount that you would have likely spent on holiday decorations.  All monies received through December 12, 2020 will go to our adopted families and the AZ Friends of Foster Children.  

A Lasting Impression

Mar 21, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments
The theme for the 62nd Annual Christmas Idea House was “A Lasting Impression.” It was a destination to remember for all visitors in December of 2020 at the Mesa home of Billy Johnson.
The Christmas Idea House event was a huge success. The money raised will allow Desert Club to expand support for the community in the upcoming year. We appreciate the hard work of our House Chairs Glenda Stechnij and Candy Zeper. We could not have done it without our Desert Club Active Members, Life and Sustaining Members, and volunteers who made it all possible. Thank you!

Proposed Bylaw Changes

Mar 10, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

A presentation was made at the February 26, 2020 meeting to make adjustments to the bylaws. A total of 4 changes to the bylaws have been brought to the membership for consideration. Please take a look at the proposed changes that will be discussed for vote at the March 11 meeting. 

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New Members Sparkle

Feb 26, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Are you Ready to Sparkle?



Bow Magic – Throwback 2014

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

How to Make the Famous Desert Club Bow – Revealed! 

This graphic shows 6 easy steps on how to make the perfect holiday bow.

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Voila! You have a beautiful bow any Desert Club member would be proud of.

Media Sneak Peek – Throwback 2014

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

It’s about that time again for the Fox 10 News sneak peek at the house in a video tour!

Give your holiday senses a taste teaser with this news reel. Each year, Fox 10 News teams with Desert Club and guides the media through the Christmas Idea House before any of the events begin like the Preview Gala, Preview Brunch and Public Tours.

Check out this news link for a preview of what is to come!

Get inspired at Christmas Idea House – FOX 10 News |

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What a grand year to have a Joyous Noel, you wont want to miss the Christmas Idea House this weekend!

Tomorrow the Desert Club Christmas Idea House will officially open to the public starting at 4pm-8pm and Saturday from
9am-4pm. Bring at least one canned food item and get a $2 ticket discount at the door. Canned food will be donated to a local food bank.

Parking will be in the Basha’s Grocery parking lot on the S/E corner of Higley and Elliot Roads and a shuttle will be available to take guests to the home from the parking lot. Directions: From the 202 (San Tan Freeway), exit Higley Road North to Basha’s parking on the right.

Hope to see everyone there! It will be a Christmas Delight starting tomorrow night! May the festivities begin!

‘Tis the Season for Service

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

It’s getting to that time of year to gear up for Christmas once again! And what better way to get prepared for the upcoming Christmas season than to serve those around you? The true spirit of Christmas is about giving to others who may not have quite as much. The ladies of Desert Club are a prime example of the spirit of service giving their time, talents, energy and love in all the work they do.

For most people Christmas is once a year but with Desert Club it runs all year long. These ladies are like little elves hard at work every month to bring the Christmas spirit to charities and benefit high school seniors each year.

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is it allows communities to be more service oriented, charitable and a little more kind to their fellow man. In the spirit of service, Desert Club has coordinated with the following charities:

  • Hope Women’s Center
  • AZ Brain Food
  • Oakwood Creative Care (formerly Sirrine Day Care of Mesa)
  • Peer Solutions
  • East Valley Adult Resources
  • Save the Family
  • Sharing Down Syndrome
  • Arizona Disabled Sports
  • Arizona Blankets for Kids
  • Sage Foundation
  • Down Syndrome Network

This Christmas season we invite you to serve. Service can be done in little ways by small acts of kindness or more drastic measure such as volunteering at one of the aforementioned charities.  Whatever you choose, choose to serve and truly it will be a joyous Christmas, Joyeux Noel.

Secrets of the Fudge Workshop

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Secrets of the Fudge Workshop – Revealed!

There are many workshops throughout the year, and with the Christmas Idea House just around the corner November is the time for the glorious fudge workshop! Is it really Christmas time without fudge? I think not.

One morning in November, volunteers from the Desert Club turn a normal kitchen into a sweet lover’s dream. Between about a dozen women over 120 pounds of fudge get made in just one day. That’s a lot of fudge!

Typical flavors of the season are plain, peppermint, pecan, walnut, and rocky road, yum! The fudge is packaged and tied with a big bow. Those containers of fudge are sold at the Christmas Idea House each year.

In addition to fudge, Desert Club members make a variety of sweet treats that are for sale in the Gourmet Room. They are perfect gifts give away or bring these holiday treats home to your family and enjoy all season long. 

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Enjoy a joyous Christmas season with treats that will fill your home with the aromas of holiday memories.
Believe me, your taste buds and family will thank you!

Growing Up With Desert Club – Throwback to 2014

Feb 22, 2020   //   by heatherp   //   Blog  //  No Comments

Growing Up With Desert Club: An Organization by Families for Families

As a child I was awed every Christmas season at the grandeur and beauty of the homes, decorations, and toys like a Christmas wonderland. Now, as an adult, I am amazed and so appreciative of the time and effort these strong, dedicated, busy, and wonderful women and mothers put into this organization.

I had my first taste of Desert Club when my mother Karma joined in 1995. For about three quarters of my life my mother has been involved with Desert Club. It’s safe to say that I don’t remember life without Desert Club being a part of our family Christmas season.

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Throughout the years I have noticed what a great organization this is and what it has done for my mother.
She, like many women in Desert Club, has many other duties her life is dedicated to.

However, with Desert Club, this is something for her, a place where she can serve outside her day to day life and make an even greater impact to others.

To give everyone an idea of what these women do to prepare for each Christmas Idea House, this is their typical year:

January: Evaluate how much profit was made and scholarship applicants and community grants and review. Announce theme for the next Christmas Idea House and go to Market.

February-March: Review applications and interviewing students and people for community grants and choose where money goes.

April: Spring Luncheon- The location of the next year’s house announced and member appreciation celebration.

May: Get orders in from  Market, start crafting pieces. Tour new house chosen.

June: Market trip round two if necessary, workshops.

July:  Market and more items arrive, workshops.

August: Workshops to make and decorate items.

September: Fall Dinner, tour house again.

October: Meetings and more workshops

November: Review rooms, sneak peek (bring something from room to show club).

December: Desert Club’s Christmas Idea House Event!

Can you imagine giving and having the Christmas spirit all year long? These ladies do, all year every year! Come show your support by attending the Christmas Idea House and give back to your community while gaining something beautiful for your family.

Author Bio: Stephanie is the youngest daughter of long time member Karma Gifford. She was a Marketing Major at UVU and Inbound Marketing Specialist at Digital Flavor, a premium inbound marketing agency.
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Upcoming Events

Desert Club of Mesa is looking forward to MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT in 2021.

Here’s a sneak peek.

Check back regularly for information about the 2021 Christmas Idea House!

Special Memories

Christmas Idea House 2009 - Dining Room Entry Hall Tree Living Room Dining Room Couch Gnomes CIH 2011 CIH 2011 CIH 2011 CIH 2011