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Judy Flowers: ARCS Founding Member 1975

Posted on Monday, June 12, 2023

Honoring Judy Flowers at the Annual May Luncheon

Judy Flowers was one of 18 founding members in the Phoenix ARCS Chapter in 1975 and is the only living founder. She was born in Joliet, Illinois. She went to live with her Aunt because her mother contracted Tuberculosis and was placed in a TB sanitarium. She went to Marymount High School in Los Angeles. She attended several colleges but graduated from USC with a teaching degree. She was a Pi Phi. She taught school in LA, was married and has 3 children.


Her Aunt was involved in the Los Angeles Chapter of ARCS so Judy attended an ARCS tea for potential new members, at the Biltmore in Phoenix, in 1975. While she attended the tea, her very good friend, Joan Jugoloff, watched her children. She told Joan that she had joined. In 1977 Joan Jugoloff and Stevie Eller joined.

The 18 founding members were movers and shakers in the Phoenix Community. Mimi Prentice was married to the grandson of John D. Rockefeller. Allison Johnston was divorced from a Wrigley chewing gum heir. Mae Talley was part of Talley Industries and they owned the Biltmore at the time. Most of them belonged to the garden club, Phoenix Country Club and played tennis. Monday was the only day they had open so ARCS meetings have always been on Mondays.

The first 2 fundraisers were Glamorous Garage Sales held in the Biltmore Stables. Hugh Downs was one of the first speakers at an ARCS event. Arnold Palmer was also involved.

In 1977 they gave one scholar Award and his speech was on La Nina and El Nino, at the Phoenix Country Club Photos of the Luncheon