Gov. Brewer’s speechwriter is Kiwanis speaker Thursday

Governor Brewer's Speechwriter

Governor Brewer’s Speechwriter

Hal DeKeyser, speechwriter for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer since 2013, was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe in the mid-1980s and served on the board of directors while on staff of the Tempe Daily News.  A 1976 graduate in journalism from Arizona State University, Hal spent 30 years in Valley media: Associated Press reporter, then reporter, photographer and city editor of the Mesa Tribune, 1979-81; Tempe Daily News editor, 1981-85; publisher of Chandler Arizona Tribune, 1985-89; Tribune Newspaper opinions editor, 1988-93; executive editor, Scottsdale Tribune, 1993-98; publisher for Daily News Sun in Sun City, 1998-2005; Hal DeKeyser & Associates,, West Valley Magazine, 2005-09; chief of staff for Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio; and then speechwriter for Gov. Brewer. He has served roles with numerous business and community groups. A Vietnam veteran and licensed realtor, Hal and his wife Suzanna live in Peoria.   Noon Thursday at Shalimar Country Club, 2030 E. Golf Ave, Tempe.  Open to the public. Meal is $14.


Tempe Sister Cities Week celebrates 40 years of international relations

Tempe, Arizona – Local and international supporters of Tempe Sister Cities will gather next week in Tempe for a series of special events to mark 40 years as one of the nation’s strongest and most recognized exchange and humanitarian organizations.

Tempe Sister Cities Week is Oct. 3-9 and the organization will celebrate with an array of activities in recognition of 40 years of bringing the world closer – one friendship at a time. Events include:

Oct. 3 – Bakery Day at Hackett House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hackett House is located at 95 W. Fourth St., in Tempe. Free beverages and cupcakes will be served and prizes will be given away every hour on the hour. The historic house has been the home of Tempe Sister Cities for 25 years and features a gift shop.

Oct. 5-6 – A first-ever International Economic Forum will be held in Tempe City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth St., and in locations around the city. Speakers include Barbara Barrett, former U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and Dr. James Jackson, founder of Project C.U.R.E. Pre-registration is required. Contact Chris Quigley at

Oct. 5 – Ring of Honor Ceremonies at Sister City Garden, within Kiwanis Park. At 6 p.m., 11 longtime Sister City volunteers will be inducted into the Ring of Honor.

Oct. 6 – Making a World of Difference Banquet at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. The event begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by dinner. Attend this moving recognition of international humanitarians who have bettered the lives of others. Tickets are $75. Contact

Oct. 7-9 – Where else in the Valley can you get a family-friendly carnival, food fest and cultural extravaganza all in one place? The Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, of course! This free event at Tempe Beach Park, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, is the main annual fundraiser for Tempe Sister Cities and it is produced with the aid of legions of dedicated volunteers. Come down to hear some polka, eat some brats, watch dachshund races and more!

The event starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, with opening ceremonies and a Flags of the World Parade at 7 p.m. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday. For more details, visit


For more information about Tempe Sister Cities, visit or call 480-350-8181.