Member Spotlight: Lisa Savage Black

Published On: August 8, 2022

Growing up, Lisa Savage-Black saw firsthand the impact Kiwanis could have on young adults. Her brother was a Key Club member during high school, an experience that gave him a sense of direction and mentorship during a time of need. Her sister was awarded a Kiwanis Scholarship, enabling her to attend college.

Lisa and her husband have two daughters and four grandchildren.

When Lisa and her husband retired, she joined Kiwanis, a decision that has helped her transition to living in the foothills full-time. She immediately joined the Hospitality Committee and was elected to the Board of the Kiwanis Foundation.

As part of the Hospitality Committee, Lisa works to ensure the weekly member meetings run smoothly and helps raise money for the Club through her work on fundraising events like the Annual Pancake Breakfast. On the Foundation Board, she sees first-hand the substantial impact Kiwanis has on local non-profit organizations and children in the area. As part of her Board duties, she has approved thousands of dollars of grant funds that support children’s programs, including those at the Valley of the Sun YMCA and the Desert Foothills Library.

During her career, Lisa served as a Master Sergeant in the Washington Air National Guard, both as a traditional guardsman and a full-time military technician. She deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and performed military training in Spain, Korea, England and Japan.

Lisa has seen firsthand how joining Kiwanis is a great first step in meeting new people, giving back to the community and learning of other non-profit organizations with volunteer opportunities. “Join Kiwanis. Then join a committee,” Lisa stated. “Take the first step and put yourself out there.”

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Lisa Savage Black