This month’s editorial is featuring a community leader who has dedicated much of her life to community service. Patty Molina was born and raised in Nogales, Arizona. She returned to Nogales the summer of 1992. Mrs. Molina began working at the Pimeria Alta Historical Society. There she helped organize the society’s library and archives. She also played a huge role in continuing the efforts of the museum after both its director and registrar resigned. They were a small team of four.
Mrs. Molina was introduced to the Woman’s Club, October of 1992. The GFWC Nogales Woman’s Club is the oldest service club in Nogales and Santa Cruz County. She was invited to be a guest of Lillian Hoff who was the Club President at the time. The club was hosting their annual new member recruitment tea, where she became a member. Mrs. Hoff founded the Very Special Arts and the club sponsored the annual event.
Mrs. Molina was approached by Mrs. Hoff to take the responsibility of coordinating the annual festivals held locally at Challenger School. “I loved the arts and at the time I worked at Pimeria Alta Historical Society, so I accepted as it came naturally to me,” said Molina. After Mrs. Hoff’s term as President was up, she was asked to serve on the Press Book Committee. She served on this committee for several years. The book won many awards for the Women’s Club. The state headquarters noted these award-winning books and asked her to serve as the Arizona State Public Relations Chairwoman. Mrs. Molina served for two years.
She was later asked to sit on the board of the Women’s Club. She served as a regular board member for years and then served as Vice President under the Presidency of Mrs. Anita Licther. The year after, she was nominated and elected as Club President. Mrs. Molina is the youngest and first Hispanic in the Women’s Club’s history in Santa Cruz County. “I was attracted to the club because of how it strengthens the role of women within our community,” said Patty Molina.
She ended up serving two terms as President and then continued as Vice President for several years under the Presidencies of Mrs. Jo Ciardulli, Ms. Mary Darling, Ms. Judy Becker, Mrs. Betty Rae McGehee and Mrs. Adeline Cripe. Mrs. Molina currently, serves the Women’s Club as the recording secretary under the current leadership of Mrs. Marta Valenzuela. “I learned during my time as President of the Women’s Club the importance of being open-minded and listening to my peers. Being a good leader is not about telling people what to do but working alongside my peers,” said Molina.
Mrs. Molina has been happily married to husband Ramiro Molina for 21 years. They both have three beautiful daughters: Cristina age 18, currently a Freshman attending Arizona State University, Rebecca age 16, Junior at Nogales High School and Camilla age 12, a 6th grader at Calabasas K8 School.
These are among the professional associations she has contributed her volunteer service:
- Very Special Arts Arizona
- Santa Cruz County Public Library Children’s Story Hour Volunteer Coordinator
- Bed Race Co Chair – Friends of the 1904 Courthouse
- Grant Review Panelist Arizona Commission on the Arts
- Bi-national Adolescence Committee working on substance abuse prevention
- Nogales Woman’s Club
- Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
- Santa Cruz County Complete Streets Committee
- Safe Routes to School Arizona State Advisory Committee
- Safe Routes to School SCC Advisory Board
- GFWC-Arizona State Public Relations Chair
- Parent Volunteer Peña Blanca Elementary
- Rio Rico Middle Schools Band Booster served as President, Vice President, Concessions Chair and Treasurer
- Rio Rico High School Band Boosters President, Fundraising Chair, Concessions Chair and Pitt Crew
- Zonta Club of Nogales
- Arizona School-Based Healthcare Council