Downtown Glendale Business Owner Receives Award for Ethics
by Glendale Chamber of Commerce on April 2nd, 2015

Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2015 1:00 am
By Nancy Van Pelt, Special to The Glendale Star

Natalie Stahl, owner of Virginia’s House, a vintage wedding and events venue in historic Glendale, has received the 2014 Glendale Ethics in Action Award.  Presented at a celebration for all nominees, the award was given by the Glendale West Rotary Club.

Stahl was also presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award, a special recognition bestowed on non-Rotarian individuals who have made significant personal or professional contributions to improve lives in the community and the world.

Natalie Stahl restored the Historic CH Tinker Home, honoring its background and the role it has played in the Glendale community. Renamed Virginia’s House after a longtime owner, the venue has become the setting for scores of weddings, celebrations, and memorial services.  Natalie is known for her commitment to treating people with affection, dignity and compassion, and accommodation.  If a couple married at Virginia’s House suffers the loss of one of the spouses, Natalie provides the venue space and the service at no charge.

Natalie’s presence in old Glendale has helped stabilize the neighborhood and has given other merchants encouragement in the area to eliminate neighborhood blight. Natalie is a member and the current facilitator of the Northwest Women’s Network. She supports the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Local First Arizona, Orchard Glen Weed & Seed (Chairperson), Glendale Planning & Zoning Commission (Chairperson), West Valley Wedding Association (co-founder), Arizona Law Enforcement Wives Network (co-founder), and the Glendale Police Spouse Support (Co-President).   She is on the crisis team for the families of officers who are wounded or killed on the job, and she responds to many requests for help from outside Glendale. She donates many services, responding when there is a wedding, funeral, or memorial service that “has to happen,” even though there is no payment.

Natalie’s favorite expression at such times is, “It’s just the right thing to do.” 

If it is, then Natalie springs into action.

When presented with the award at a dinner to honor the nominees, Stahl said simply, “I’m much better behind the scenes.”

She thanked her family and friends for their support and for their “hare-brained ideas.”
“I’ll never have to walk by myself,” she said.

Stahl lives the philosophy of Charles de Lint, saying “I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit."  

According to Glendale West Rotary Club President Nancy Van Pelt, the selection committee faced a tough challenge because every one of the nine award nominees was “an incredible human being who contributes to making this world a better example for all of us to emulate.”

The nominees for the 2014 award were:
  • Rich Brady, Brady Tax Services
  • Tom Eggleston, Retired businessperson and longtime member of Glendale City Council
  • Dr. Catalina Gonzalez, Aesthetic Dental Health
  • Dr. Roger Juarez, Vision Center of West Phoenix
  • Brian Mee, Chief Business Officer, Pendergast School District
  • Paul Metz, Metz Tax Services
  • Kerry Pohlmeyer, Teacher, Canyon Breeze Elementary School
  • Nedda Shafir, Communications Consultant
Glendale West Rotary plans to make this award an annual tradition, seeking those in the community who are committed to making a difference and living by the Rotary 4-Way test of:
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to All Concerned?
  3. Will it Build GOODWILL and Better Friendships?
  4. Will it Be BENEFICIAL to All Concerned?

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