Scottsdale Salutes downtown volunteer Janice Marohn

Janice Marohn

Janice Marohn

Substitute teacher and Scottsdale resident, Janice Marohn, volunteers as a Downtown Ambassador for the city of Scottsdale on the weekends. The hardworking volunteer has also traveled, and uses her experience to connect with people she meets while working downtown.

“I love meeting people,” said Ms. Marohn during a July 23 phone interview. “I used to work on cruise ships. I traveled all over the world.”

Before becoming a volunteer on 5th avenue in Scottsdale, Ms. Marohn taught arts and crafts aboard long voyage cruises. These trips would be an average of 60-70 days, she said.

“I went to all seven continents that way,” said Ms. Marohn. “It was a very inexpensive way to travel.”

The long voyage trips were a type of lifestyle for people, and sometimes there were up to 30 “sea days” where the boat was in the process of traveling from one location to another, said Ms. Marohn. She said a friend of hers was a dance teacher on a similar cruise ship, and gave her the idea.

“It was a period of my life, and I’m very grateful that I did it,” Ms. Marohn said.
Before she traveled, her husband traveled all over. Now, they enjoy taking road trips together.

“I find working in Scottsdale as an ambassador, you find people from all over the world,” said Ms. Marohn. “I just enjoy meeting people. We meet people on the street and ask them where they’re from, and we are familiar with where they are from. We really can offer something about that state.”

Ms. Marohn enjoys working on 5th avenue on Sundays because of the weekly artisan markets and activities going on. One aspect of the job that she enjoys is keeping the carts stocked for visitors who take the free literature provided.

“If it’s a holiday, spring training or the Super Bowl, there are all these brochures that need to be restocked,” said Ms. Marohn. “Free stuff just fly’s off the cart.”
During spring training she enjoys the fans, she says.

“It’s fun to see the excitement in San Francisco sports because I used to live there and I know how seriously they take their sports,” said Ms. Marohn. “During spring training we have hundreds of pins to give out to fans. The kids are so tickled to get it.”

When Ms. Marohn isn’t traveling or volunteering, she is a substitute teacher for kindergarten through 4th grade at the Scottsdale Unified School District.

“If there’s ever a need for a filler, I love talking about geography and getting the globe out,” said Ms. Marohn. “I will pull out a globe and share something about our country or maybe they will have a rug that is of the states of the world and we will use geography as some type of lesson.”

Ms. Marohn has been married for 27 years, she said. She originally hails from South Dakota, earned a business degree in South Dakota and moved to Arizona right after college graduation, she said.

“I have no regrets,” she said.

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