2015 Press Releases (Jan-Jun)

 
2015 Press Releases (Jan-Jun) - Rotary Club of Scottsdale
 

 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Welcomes Global Visitor

 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale and guests, extended a warm welcome to Rotary Club President, Hussein Hashim, from Sri Lanka's Rotary Club of Colombo.  The Rotary Club of Colombo, chartered in 1929, celebrates being the home club of Rotary International's 2015-16 President, K. R. “Ravi” Ravindran - see www.rotarycolombo.org.

 

Mr. Hashim, along with his wife, Begum stopped in Arizona to visit their son, Jehan, who lives in Chandler.  While in the area, Mr. Hashim, attended a Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting.  City Scottsdale's Police Chief, Alan G Rodbell was keynote speaker at that meeting.  Mr. Hashim, left the next day to travel to and attend the 106th Rotary International Convention being held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  The RI International Convention is the best opportunity for attendees to meet people of different cultures and ethnicities and to form partnerships for Rotary global projects.  While visiting the Rotary Club of Scottsdale,  Mr. Hashim discussed a potential global project partnership between his Rotary Club in Sri Lanka and the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.  The Rotary clubs plan to explore water projects that would share a sustainable and simple technology to provide clean water in areas where this is a challenge. 

 

Learn more about Rotary at www.rotary.org. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  Visitors to club meetings are always welcome - call 480-945-6158

 

Pictured:  Tim Baughman, Club President, with club member Sara Crosby-Hartman welcoming Rotary Club President Hussein Hashim, from Sri Lanka's Rotary Club of Colombo.

 

Picture: City Scottsdale's Police Chief, Alan G Rodbell updating Rotarians and guests about relationship building within community neighborhoods.

 

 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Celebrates Awards

 

Members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale attended Rotary Districts 5490/5510 Conference '15 on May 14-16 at Point Hilton Squaw Peak in Phoenix. It was an action packed weekend celebrating patriotism, youth - the path to Rotary, RI International global perspectives, award presentations, Council on Legislation, and much more. Saturday evening's keynote speaker was Barry Goldwater, Jr - former CA Congressman 1969-83.   Tim Baughman, Club President accepted District 5510's Club Achievement Award.  Only 10 of 36 clubs from the District received this award in recognition of the Club's efforts to address Rotary's areas of focus - promotion of peace, health, education, water and economic development, as well as, membership growth.  Rotarian and Club member, Dr. Honora Norton, District 5510 Peace Fellow Chair, received a District 5510 Service Above Self Award, in recognition of her efforts to promote Rotary's peace and conflict resolution fellowship program within the District. She leads the program's promotion, application and interview processes for the District.  

 

Max Rumbaugh, Rotarian and Club member received District 5510's highest single honor - Rotarian of the Year Award.  He was recognized for his leadership and support of City of Scottsdale’s Sister City Program. Mr. Rumbaugh has reached over 2000 area high school students through international programs that he has implemented in public, private and charter schools. Under his guidance, over 200 high school students have had an international experience through International Exchanges and Summits. Mr. Rumbaugh has led the charge in showing the community’s youth the importance of being a “global citizen” through his local leadership of Rotary's Student Exchange Program. Additionally, Mr. Rumbaugh, was inaugurated at the Conference as a District 5510 Leader - 2015-16 Club President. 

 

The Club hosted a Conference Hospitality Room with theme Honoring a WWII Military Hero. Club member and Rotarian Col Albert Park Shaw, Jr. (retired US Army) was host.  Col Shaw displayed various pieces of his military memorabilia collection.  Hundreds of conference attendees and guests came to thank Col Shaw for his military service. Albert Col Shaw's military career spanned three decades, from 1942 to 1973, launched with his service at Fort Benning in 1942 and later in Texas, Louisiana, and California.  He was sent to New Guinea in late 1943, where he served for a year.  In 1944 he went to the Admiralty Islands and later, on January 9, 1945 was in the initial assault waves for the invasion of the island of Luzon in the Philippines with the 6th Infantry Division.  His final assignment in his overseas World War II deployment was in the initial occupation of Hokkaido in Japan. Colonel Shaw served in active duty until 1973.  

 

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  Visitors to club meetings are always welcome - call 480-945-6158.

 

Pictured:  Col A. Park Shaw with RI In-bound Exchange Student from Japan interpreting a 70 year old Japanese flag.

 

Pictured:  L-R - RI District 5510 Governor, John Pennypacker, Max Rumbaugh with Cathy Roth, Rotary International's representative from Australia.

 

Pictured:  Dr. Honora Norton, Rotarian/Club member with Conference keynote speaker, Former US Congressman, Barry Goldwater, Jr.

 

Pictured:  RI District 5510 Governor, John Pennypacker; RI District 5510 Governor Elect, Tonya Watson with Tim Baughman, Club President receiving District's Club Achievement Award.

 

 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Celebrates Paul Harris
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale holds two Paul Harris Days each year. One in the fall and one in the spring. This day is an excellent opportunity for club members to learn more about each other by gathering in small groups, in member's offices or other locations, just as Rotary International's founders (including Paul Harris, pictured right) did a century ago. "Rotating" between member's offices is actually how the name Rotary was established. On 23 February 1905, Paul Harris and three friends gathered for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting. Harris’s desire for camaraderie among business associates grew into an international network of 1.2 million volunteers who work to improve health, alleviate poverty, and promote peace. Learn more about the founders of Rotary at www.rotary.org. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  Visitors to club meetings are always welcome - call 480-945-6158
 
Pictured: Rotary International's original members, with Paul Harris, founder pictured on right
 
Pictured:  Paul Harris Day with Rotary Club of Scottsdale members meeting at Scottsdale Community College, Rotarian Dr. Jan Gehler hosting. 
 

 

Rotary Club Celebrates its Youth Programs

 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale held its Youth Recognition Day at The McCormick.  Youth, their parents and advisors were invited to a lunch and program that highlighted the wide-variety of youth-related programs the Rotary Club supports.  The Club's Youth Programs Chairperson, Wendy Wentz, introduced the committee chairs and students present to represent the following Club youth-related programs:

 

· Youth Mentoring:  Three high students and another is just starting to participate in the club's mentoring program, which assists high school students prepare for a job, career, or education. Rotary has a wide variety of career choices represented in its membership. Upon being accepted into the program, Rotary will seek members or other professionals who wish to mentor the student and are willing spend one hour being interviewed by the student. The student will be invited to attend a Rotary meeting with their mentor. Rotary offers high school students an opportunity to learn how to do well in an interview.  Recently four students were matched with professionals in the bio-medical, pediatric nutrition, entrepreneur and international business fields. This program is led by Rotarian, Tony Martino.

 

· Interact Club: Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.  The Rotary Club of Scottsdale currently sponsors the Barker Keystone Interact Club at the Barker Branch Boys and Girls Club.  This school year each of the twelve interact members averaged 60 hours of community service. This program is led by Rotarian, Kevin Bollinger.

 

·Youth Salute:  Counselors from most of the Scottsdale and Paradise Valley high schools nominated several students from each school to participate in the Club's Youth Salute program. Every year, Rotarians and members of the education and business community are assembled to read and judge essays submitted by the contestants. Shortly thereafter, an interview night is scheduled where committees of the essay judges conduct oral interviews with the contestants. This year twelve semi-finalists are selected. These semi-finalists are then announced during the Awards Night at Scottsdale Community College and each of the semi-finalists is given two minutes to answer a "final question" before all gathered. Four winners are then selected and announced. The winners receive scholarships and trips to the "Town Meeting on Tomorrow" leadership conference held at George Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. This program is led by Rotarians, Mary Blank and Mike Savastio.

 

·RYLA:  Rotary holds its Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) camp at the Salvation Army Camp Ponderosa near Heber, AZ.  Guided by Rotary's Youth Services philosophy regarding youth, the camp is structured to challenge the students to discuss problems confronting today's youth and to give participating adults the opportunity to listen to their suggestions and devise methods and activities for resolving their concerns. This year the club sponsored 8 high school students to attend RYLA camp.  This program is led by Rotarians Coreen Young and David Bertelli.

 

·Scholarships:  Through its Foundation, the Club annually awards over $50,000 in scholarships to outstanding graduating seniors attending Scottsdale Unified School District high schools. The scholarship program is a district-wide competition honoring outstanding achievement in different categories, plus the Norval O. Tyler and Bob and Louise McCall Scholarships  (which is named after an outstanding Rotarians).  The 2015 Club scholarship ($5,000 each ($2,500 for 2 years) winners were:  Athletics: Alexander Stevens, Saguaro High School; Business Plan:  Adam Kershner, Desert Mountain High School; Performing Arts: Mary Townsend, Coronado High School;  Science-Technology:  Mehrek Mohan, Desert Mountain; Vocational-Trade: Elena Bornacini, Desert Mountain; Bob & Louise Visual Arts $10,000: Madeline Markus, Coronado High School; Norval O. Tyler $1,000:  Athletics, Christian Gaxiola Coronado High School and Science & Technology, Nina Sharp, Coronado, High School.  This program is led by Rotarians, Charlie Kester and John Campbell.

 

·Rotary Youth Exchange:   Rotary youth exchange students spend the year living in an overseas city with a host family and attending school. This is a chance to travel and see the world;  experience another culture; master a new language; return home having had a life changing experience; and, be hosted by a local Rotary club of business and professionals.  The club's 2014-15 outbound student is in Germany; the inbound student is from Chile; the 2015-16 outbound students are going to Belgium and Netherlands; and the 2015-16 inbound students are from Netherlands and Germany.  This program is led by Rotarians, Max Rumbaugh and Claudia Arnold-Sawaf.

 

Additionally, the Club supports the Rotary International Peace Fellows Program.  Rotary selects some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals to receive fully funded fellowships to study at our Rotary Peace Centers located in USA, England, Japan, Australia and Sweden.  In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank. Club members who serve on the District Interview Team are Dr. Honora Norton (Chair), Roger Rohrs and Scott Miller, joined by Rotary's District Governor, John Pennypacker. 

 

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  Visitors to club meetings are always welcome - call 480-945-6158.  At noon on May 18, 2015 at the McCormick Scottsdale,  the club is hosting a Guest Day - keynote speaker is Douglas Price, Special Agent in charge of FBI Phoenix Division.

 

Interact Picture:  Advisor and students from Barker Keystone Interact Club at the Barker Branch Boys and Girls Club

 

RYLA Picture: RYLA Students with 2014-15 Inbound Student (center), Valentina, from Chile

 

Scholarship Picture:  2015 Scholarship winners with Rotarians, Charlie Kester, along with Rotarian, Wendy Wentz at podium

 

Youth Salute Picture:  2015 Youth Salute winners with Rotarian, Mary Blank, along with Club President, Tim Baughman at head table.

 

Wendy Picture:  Rotarian, Wendy Wentz emceeing Club's Youth Recognition Program.   

 

 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Holds Annual Charity Tennis Tournament
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale. in collaboration with  USTA Southwest, recently held its 7th Annual Tennis with a Cause Charity Tournament.  The event was spread over two days including a Pro-Am with Calcutta, a mixed doubles round robin, a silent auction and raffles with fantastic prizes. The event was held Scottsdale Ranch Park and at the Phoenician.  On Friday evening, people came to the Phoenician to play or watch quality tennis with the valley's top pros.  Some of the valley's top pros were auctioned off to the highest bidder, who could either play with the pro, or nominate someone to play with the pro in the competitive Pro-Am.  For those who didn't want to bid or play, there was Calcutta betting - one could buy a team and predict its position in the overall standings.   Attendees were able to try out the latest racquets by HEAD in the demo courts and/or complete in the fast serve contest.
 
Over the past year's, the tennis tournament has netted close to $100,000, in which the funds raised have provided tennis clinics and equipment to underprivileged children in the community that would otherwise not get a chance to experience this wonderful sport.  Additionally, each year a portion of the proceeds is directed towards Rotary Club of Scottsdale Foundation to fund its annual scholarship program.  The Rotary Club of Scottsdale extends thank you to Scottsdale Ranch Park, the Phoenician, and all the tennis professionals and competing players, as well as, all the supporting sponsors and event supporters. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  Visitors to club meetings are always welcome - call 480-945-6158.  At noon on May 18, 2015 at the McCormick Scottsdale,  the club is hosting a Guest Day - keynote speaker is Douglas Price, Special Agent in charge of FBI Phoenix Division.
 
Picture Division A: The Winners in Division A were Matt Gleason and Candace Barrett
 
Picture Division B:  The Winners in Division B were Raymond Hebert and Elise Hepner  
 
Picture:  Players in Competition at the Scottsdale Ranch Park
 
Picture:  Craig Miller, Rotarian who has competed in all seven tournaments, along with Valentina Cristi, Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Rotary International Exchange Student.
 

Picture:  Darin Shebest; Bob Jackson, Rotarian and Varesh Chaurasia - co-chairs of weekend event.
 

 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Honors Local Volunteers

 

 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and over 115 guests filled the Lakeside Ballroom at Scottsdale's The McCormick to honor selected men and women who serve the Club and the community of Scottsdale in a manner Rotary International calls "service above self."  This year's award winners were: Jason Washo, Rotarian, recognized for leading the City of Scottsdale Clock Project - a 3-year project which included a detailed plan to involve members, solicit funds and donations, direct clock design, gain city approval, coordinate contractors, lead clock's installation at City of Scottsdale's Civic Center, and host the clock's dedication ceremony.  Jason is involved in many youth-oriented community service projects and serves on Club's board of directors.  Max Rumbaugh, Rotarian, was recognized as a dedicated City of Scottsdale ambassador, especially through his leadership and support of Scottsdale's Sister City Program, City of Scottsdale's Leadership community projects  and Rotary's Youth Exchange Program.  Max joined Rotary in 1969 and has served in Rotary leadership roles throughout the US; he serves as Club's President-Elect.  Rachel Sacco, Rotarian, was recognized for leadership and service to Scottsdale in her role of President and CEO of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Rachel's vision helps bring 7.5 million visitors to Scottsdale annually and these visitors contribute $2.6 billion in economic impact, including $1.1 billion in direct spending in Scottsdale.  Rachel serves on many community boards, including National Advisory Board for the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU. Jeanette Griswold, Rotarian, was recognized as a business owner and President of Scottscom Insurance Services, Inc, now merged with Crest Insurance Group, for her sharing with her employees and business associates the values of integrity and community service. Jeanette has made community service for herself and her staff a way of life by supporting many community organizations, to name a few, Miracle Network, Feed My Starving Children Program, St. Mary's Food Bank, Make-a-Wish and Phoenix Symphony.  Jeanette is a former club president and initiated its Computers for Kids Project.  Jim and Donna Piscopo, community volunteers, were recognized for founding and initially funding Bridging AZ Furniture Bank which quickly evolved into a federally recognized nonprofit.  Through their social service agency partners, Bridging AZ has impacted the lives of over 60,000 Arizonians and veterans.  Over 250,000 donated items valued over $5 million have been distributed to families in need.

 

Chair of the Service Award Dinner, Dr. Honora Norton, and Tim Baughman, Club President congratulated award winners and expressed appreciation to Mayor Jim Lane for his genuine support and participation in this annual signature Scottsdale event - the Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Service Above Self Award Dinner.  Attendees enjoyed an inviting buffet along the lakeside, and received a "baseball" update from the evening's keynote speaker - Joe Garagiola, Jr, Senior VP of standards and on-field operations for Major League Baseball.  Joe shared personal stories of his involvement in a variety of matters including on-field discipline, pace of game, stadium-related issues and people, such as, Jim Bruner, Rotarian and Club member, who was one among many who were instrumental in bringing major league baseball to Arizona.

 

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  Visitors to club meetings are always welcome - call 480-945-6158.  At noon on May 18, 2015 at the McCormick Scottsdale,  the club is hosting a Guest Day - keynote speaker is Douglas Price, Special Agent in charge of FBI Phoenix Division.

 

Picture:  Joe Garagiola, Jr, keynote speaker at Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Service Above Self Award Dinner

 

Group Picture:  LR Front - Donna and Jim Piscopo, Jeanette Griswold, Rachel Sacco, Max Rumbaugh, and Jason Washo; LR Back - Tom Baughman, Club President, Dr. Honora Norton, Event Chairperson and City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane

 

District Supporters:  John Pennypacker - RI 5510 DG; Marilyn Minihane;  Jim (RI District 5510 AG ) and Wendy Bissonett; and Sherry Mischel, RI District 5510 DG-Elect

 


 
Rotarians Celebrate Day at the Park
 
Members and guests of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale enjoyed a Rotary Day at the Park.  Member, Carroll Huntress, Rotarian and owner of Scottsdale's Sugar Bowl, provided all the food, while Rotarian  Ken Brown and friend of Club, Rob Adler barbequed brats. At the event, Rotarian Tom Krawczyk, received an American flag that he donated in loving memory of Lyn Krawczyk, wife and mother to Laura, Jack and Amy and Grandma to all their kids. The American Flag was flown at Scottsdale Rotary Park's Unity Plaza from October 27, 2014 to April 20, 2015.  Additionally, a tree donated by Rotarian Orme Lewis was planted at the park in loving of his wife Elizabeth B Lewis.   Scottsdale Rotary Park is an eight acre oasis in the heart of Gainey Ranch. The park was built by members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and then donated to the City of Scottsdale. The park features lighted walking paths, a children's playground, rotary-themed bike rack, a greenbelt, picnic ramadas, barbeque grills, a restroom facility and the world's first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary symbol.  Rotary Plaza is located at 7959 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ.  This is approximately one mile south of Shea Blvd. and one mile east of Scottsdale Road, on the north side of Doubletree Ranch Road at Gainey Ranch Road. 
 
Also, at the  meeting Retired Major/General Wayne Knudson, was welcomed as a new member, by his sponsoring Rotarian, Retired Col Park Shaw and fellow Rotarians.  For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Rotary Park memorials, programs, meetings and membership - see www.scottsdalerotary.orgVisitors to club meetings are always welcome - call 480-945-6158. 
 
Picture: Tom Krawczyk, Rotarian with Tim Baughman, Club President, receiving memorial plaque
 
Picture: Tom Krawczyk with American Flag that was flown at Scottsdale Rotary Park
 
Picture:  Ken Brown and Rob Adler barbecuing at Rotary Day at the Park.
 
Picture: Retired Major/General Wayne Knudson with Col Park Shaw enjoying Knudson's 1st meeting as a Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarian
 

 
U.S. Senator John McCain Addresses Rotary Club
 
U. S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) recently spoke to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests.  The luncheon meeting held at McCormick Scottsdale's Lakeside Ballroom was filled to capacity.  Senator McCain, Chairman of the Armed Services Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed how he advocates for foreign policies that defend against established and emerging global security threats; and, he shared his concern for our nation's vital security interests. Senator McCain, directly addressed individual questions from the audience about important issues - energy, water and the environment; foreign affairs; technology; defense and national security; and, other topics that impact our state and nation.
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale is known for its outstanding speakers - nationally known innovators, high ranking legislators, supreme court judges, high ranking military officials, sports figures (professional/university), artists, educators, business owners/professionals and more...  Club President, Tim Baughman, welcomes guests to the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, where community and business leaders have gathered for 60 years to serve the youth of Scottsdale while supporting Rotary International's global efforts to promote education, health, sanitation, and peace. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org and/or call 480-945-6158.
 
Picture: U. S. Senator John McCain Speaking at Rotary Club of Scottsdale
 
Group Picture: L-R; Matthew Dana, Rotarian; Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, Rotarian; Tim Baughman, Rotarian/Club President; Jim Bruner, Rotarian; U. S. Senator John McCain; Orme Lewis, Rotarian - Club President Tim Baughman, opening the Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting's program in which U.S. Senator John McCain was keynote speaker.
 

 
New Bike Rack at Scottsdale's Rotary Park
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale members believe that biking is a great form of transportation and a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  To support local bikers, the Rotarians, via their Rotary Club Foundation, have donated and installed a new bike rack for residents and visitors to use at City of Scottsdale's Rotary Park, which is located at 7959 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale. This stylish blue bike rack with Rotary International's Rotary wheel logo, is an eye-catching, functional piece of street art.  It welcomes people on bikes and provides them a secure, convenient place to park.   For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations, visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.
 
 
 

 
Scottsdale Rotary Clubs Honor Student Leaders
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale and Airpark Rotary Clubs annually collaborate to hold Scottsdale Youth Salute to applaud the positive accomplishments of local young men and women.  Youth Salute recognizes outstanding high school seniors and involves them in seminars and workshops specifically designed to further develop their already formidable leadership skills.  Nominations for Scottsdale's Youth Salute candidates are requested during a student's junior year. Students are nominated not only on grades, but also on leadership in school activities, religious organizations, or activities in their community.
 
Each student is asked to complete an application and answer three out of four essay questions. The two Rotary Clubs review the essays; interview each student; and then select twelve students to compete on award night by answering an "on the spot question."  Of the twelve selected students, four students are selected to attend  "Town Meeting on Tomorrow" to be held mid-October 2015 in St. Louis. Youth leaders with diverse backgrounds from across the nation gather in St. Louis at Washington University to participate in the Youth Salute Programs, sponsored by the National Council on Youth Leadership. “Town Meeting on Tomorrow” inspires youth to service, excellence and outstanding performance by reinforcing active leadership as the key to meeting tomorrow's needs.
 
This year the Rotary Clubs received 26 Youth Salute leadership nominations from six Scottsdale high schools. At the Youth Salute Award ceremonies held March 25th, at Scottsdale Community College, Mike Savastio, Youth Salute Co-Chair/Rotary Club of Scottsdale member, announced the names of the all the nominated students.  Coach John Avianantos spoke to the all the nominated students and their parents and guests. Coach John is a nationally renown speaker and Scottsdale Community College athletic director and head football coach. Coach John's talk was fun, fast paced and loaded with cutting edge concepts that the students could apply immediately to make a lasting effect his/her self image and confidence.
 
As part of the Award Night program activities, Youth Salute Program Co-Chair/Rotary Club of Scottsdale member, Mary Blank, presented award certificates to the 26 Youth Salute nominees and announced the four 2015 Scottsdale Youth Salute Award Winners going to the 2015 Town Meeting on Tomorrow in St. Louis:  from Phoenix Country Day High School - Jason Greenfield and Cole Dady; from Notre Dame High School - Allison Yeomans; and, from Chaparral High School - Addie Buzas.  The Rotary Clubs extended thank you to the applicants, parents, high school counselors, interviewers, award judges (Tim Baughman, Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Club President; Dr. Nigel Drummond, Airpark Rotary, Club President; Dr. Stephanie Fujii, Dean of Instruction at Scottsdale Community College; and, Dr. Honora A. Norton, Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Board Member), and to Chaparral High School and Scottsdale Community College for hosting the Youth Salute events.
 
For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs, and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  Visitors to club meetings are always welcome - call 480-945-6158.  At noon on April 6, 2015, at the McCormick Scottsdale, Senator John McCain will be the meeting's keynote speaker.
 
Pictured (LtoR):  Youth Salute Nominated Students: Danielle Mara, Saguaro HS; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day HS; Shoshana Dubnow, Chaparral HS; Amal Omar, Saguaro HS; Maxwell Bartlett, Chaparral HS; Stefen Koester, Chaparral HS; Amalia Frohna, Chaparral HS; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day HS; Michael Brinkman, Chaparral HS; Addie Buzas, Chaparral HS;  Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame HS; and, Sydney Bettis, Notre Dame HS.
 
Pictured (LtoR):  Youth Salute Awardees:  Tim Baughman, President - Rotary Club of Scottsdale; Addie Buzas, Chaparral HS; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day HS; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day; Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame HS; Dr. Nigel Drummond, President - Airpark Rotary; Mary Blank and Mike Savastio, Youth Salute Project Co-chairs - Rotary Club of Scottsdale
 
Pictured (LtoR): Addie Buzas, Chaparral HS; Cole Dady, Phoenix Country Day HS; Jason Greenfield, Phoenix Country Day; Allison Yeomans, Notre Dame HS
 

 
Enjoy Rotary Parks in Scottsdale
 
Scottsdale Rotary Park is an eight acre oasis in the heart of Gainey Ranch. The park was built by members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and then donated to the City of Scottsdale. The park features lighted walking paths, a children's playground, a greenbelt, picnic ramadas, a restroom facility, brand new grilling area and the world's first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary symbol. In 2002 the Rotary Club of Scottsdale added Unity Plaza and the Spirit of Unity Flagpole to Rotary Park.  These were a Rotary International Centennial Project in commemoration of RI's 200th Anniversary in 2005.  Today, the Scottsdale Rotary Foundation continues to offer naming and/or memorial opportunities (trees, paver bricks and more) at Unity Plaza for major donors. Rotary Park is located at 7959 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ. This is approximately one mile south of Shea Blvd. and one mile east of Scottsdale Road, on the north side of Doubletree Ranch Road at Gainey Ranch Road.
 
Papago Rotary Park is a one acre community park and was built by the former Papago Rotary Club members. The "pocket park" was part of the original housing subdivision, built in the 60's. The metal ramada on site, was relocated from the Scottsdale Galleria lower atrium. The ramada was installed with masonry columns, curbs and sidewalks and a multi activity play structure was added with landscaping improvements. In 1994, Mayor Herb Drinkwater rededicated the revitalized park. Some of the other amenities include: grass volleyball court, ½ basketball court and playground amenities. Papago Rotary Park is located at 7316 E. Garfield Street, Scottsdale, AZ. Members of the Coronado High School's Interact Rotary Club, with the support of club's sponsor - Rotary Club of Scottsdale, have plans to complete various improvement projects at the park. 
 
Have a great time at these parks! These Parks are available on a first come, first served basis. No reservations are required. However, if you are planning to have inflatables, catered food, or another specialty item at your park use, please call City of Scottsdale's Facility Booking office at 480-312-7707, to ensure that the company you are renting from has adequate insurance to use our city parks. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  
 
Papago Park Picture:  Coronado High School students and Rotary Club of Scottsdale supporters visiting the park.
 
Scottsdale Rotary Park entry signage
 
Tree Planting at Scottsdale Rotary Park: Rotary Club of Scottsdale and the City of Scottsdale's Park and Recreation Tree Program - tree is being planted in memory of a club member's mother, Virginia Murray. A memorial tree is a long-lasting opportunity to honor and remember while enhance the beauty and quality of the park.
 

 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests received an update about Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust from it's President and CEO, Susan M. Pepin, M.D.  The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. The Trust concentrates its efforts in six areas: Arts and Culture, Children, Education, Healthcare and Medical Research, Older Adults, and Religious Organizations. 
 
Dr. Pepin is a nationally recognized medical educator, clinician and researcher; she joined Piper Trust as President and CEO in July 2014.  The Trust works side-by-side with non-profit organizations as a partner, helping them to identify problems, build expertise, find solutions, and become continually stronger and more effective.  The Trust strives to be a vital part of Maricopa County - not only as a source of leadership and financial support, but as a neighbor sharing a lasting stake in the county's future.
 
Club President, Tim Baughman, welcomes local business professional (both working and retired) to join other community and business leaders who have gathered together for over 60 years to serve the youth of Scottsdale while supporting Rotary International's global efforts to promote education, health, sanitation and peace.  For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.
 
 
Picture:    Dr. Susan M. Pepin, M.D., Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust President and CEO with (L-R) Tim Baughman, Club President  and other Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians who also serve as lifetime Trustees of Virginia G Piper Charitable Trust: Jim, Bruner, Paul Critchfield and Arthur DeCabooter.
 

 
Rotarians Partner with High School International Clubs
 
In 2007 with the support and encouragement of Scottsdale Sister Cities Association Board of Directors, several high schools initiated student clubs focused on increasing international awareness and involvement of Scottsdale young people. Since then the program has grown to six high schools that have International Clubs. Those high schools are:  Arcadia High School, Chaparral High School, Coronado High School, Desert Mountain High School, Notre Dame Preparatory and Saguaro High School. The Scottsdale Sister Cities Board has approved the formation of a student Junior Board. One representative of each International Club is a member. The purpose of the Junior Board is to coordinate student activities of the international clubs in Scottsdale and to help city wide events.
 
Each club has a full set of student officers who are elected in the spring of each year. Each club has one or more high school staff/faculty members who serve as club sponsors and/or advisors.  Members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale serve as mentors and volunteers to assist with organization of exciting international projects. Members of the Junior Board are the first to know about exchange trips that give students an opportunity to attend classes overseas, live with host families, establish international friends, and experience new cultures.
 
Scottsdale Sister Cities Association promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding, & cooperation — one individual, one community at a time. It strives to build global cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development. It motivates and empowers private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term sister city programs.  Scottsdale Sister Cities Association manages seven sister city relationships for the City of Scottsdale - Alamos, Sonora, Mexico; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Interlaken, Switzerland; Haikou, Hainan, China; Marrakech, Morocco and Kenya.
 
The Scottsdale Sister Cities Association Board members come with varied international business, consulting, educational, armed forces, governmental. cultural, community service and non-profit experiences. Several members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale serve on the Scottsdale Sister Cities Association Board: Craig Miller, Max Rumbaugh and Max Haechler.  Additionally, many local Rotarians mentor and assist the high school students with their international projects. For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.  
 
 
Picture:  Scottsdale Sister Cities Junior Board members with Max Rumbaugh, Rotary Club of Scottsdale board member, planning an upcoming area-wide exchange student gathering.  Representatives from Arcadia, Chaparral, Desert Mountain and Saguaro high schools attended this meeting held at Scottsdale's Mustang Library.
 

 
ASU's Dr. Boyes Updates Rotarians on Economic Liberty
 
Dr. William Boyes, ASU WP Carey School of Business Director of Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, recently addressed members and guests of Rotary Club of Scottsdale.  In the past year Arizona State University, with the help of $5 million in gifts, has created a new Center for the Study of Economic Liberty at the university's business school.  The new Center for the Study of Economic Liberty will be involved in research, publishing, conferences, and engaging students and scholars from around the world.  This new center brings together scholars and public intellectuals to examine the broad societal effects of free markets, private property rights and entrepreneurship.
 
William Boyes, an ASU professor, was named the founding director. Through the research center, Dr. Boyes will be able to build on his studies of how economics, policy and general well-being are influenced by individuals' ability to make choices.    While addressing attendees, Dr. Boyes discussed economic implications of government regulation, laws, small business and public education.  The Rotary Club appreciated Dr. Boyes outreach to community business professional and his creating an interesting and lasting dialogue about the important role liberty plays in everyday life.
 
Club President, Tim Baughman, welcomes local business professional (both working and retired) to join other community and business leaders who have gathered for together for over 60 years to serve the youth of Scottsdale while supporting Rotary International's global efforts to promote education, health, sanitation and peace.  For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's upcoming speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates/locations - go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.
 
Picture:  Dr. William Boyes
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Duo Picture:  Dr. William Boyes and Jason Washo, Rotary Club of Scottsdale Board Member

 


 

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Welcomes Rotary Leader

 
Greg E, Podd, 2014-15 Director of Rotary International, recently met and spoke to members and guests of Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club.  Greg serves on RI's board along with 20 other officers and board members from USA and 14 other countries.  Greg became a Rotarian in May 1982 and is a member of the Evergreen Rotary Club (near Denver CO).  Greg served as Arizona's District 5510's 2003-4 District Governor; and, is a former Club President of Scottsdale's Camelback Rotary Club and member of Fountain Hills Four Peaks Rotary Club.  Greg has served a two-year term as a member of the Rotary Foundation Investment Advisory Committee and as a Rotary International Membership Zone Coordinator. He has also served as a Rotary Foundation Major Gifts Advisor where he established his District’s Million Dollar Dinner raising over $3,100,000 for the Rotary Foundation in one night.
 
Greg provided attendees with an overview of his experiences as a board member of an international service organization with 1.2 million members actively participating in thousands of clubs spread across 161 countries around the world. RI's headquarters is located in Evanston, Il.  An RI Board meeting typically lasts four days; meetings are led by RI President, Gary Huang, Taipei, Taiwan.  An RI Board meeting may require as many as 20 different language interpreters.  As RI Board-level decisions are made, Gregg always considers first - what will be the impact to local Rotary clubs.  Additionally, Greg's wife, Pam, shared her experiences of being a RI leader's spouse.  For example, one year Pam and Greg traveled to over 400 Rotary events.  Both Greg and Pam, share integrity, expertise, and a commitment to service—all the qualities that make Rotary members extraordinary. 
 
Two local Rotary Club's meet in close proximity.  Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club meets 7am Thursday mornings at McCormick Ranch Golf Club, 7505 East McCormick Parkway Scottsdale and Rotary Club of Scottsdale meets noon Mondays at McCormick Scottsdale (Formerly The Millennium), 7401 N Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale in its Lakeside Ballroom.  For more information about Rotary Club programs, community service projects, meetings and/or membership - see www.scottsdalesunriserotaryclub.org and/or www.scottsdalerotary.org.
 
Group Picture:  Greg Podd, Rotary International Board Member; John Burgraff, Past President Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club; and Pam Podd.
 
Duo Picture:  Dr. Honora Norton, Rotary Club of Scottsdale Board member; Greg Podd - Dr Norton and Greg, as Rotarians, participated together in RI Matching grant international water projects.
 
 

 
Rotary Club Donates Clock to City
City of Scottsdale Honorable Mayor Lane dedicated the Rotary Clock at City of Scottsdale's Civic Center Mall. The Mayor thanked the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members for their community service and for gifting the clock to the City of Scottsdale. The event was attended by Rotary District Representatives, Club Rotarians, guests, city officials, and representatives from Team Fishel and Crown Castle, the project's construction management firms. The Rotary Clock became a reality via the dedicated project leadership of Club member, Jason Washo, and through the generous donations to the Scottsdale Rotary Foundation by many club members, area businesses, and club friends. No dollars were contributed by the City of Scottsdale.

This clock's iconic design is based on the historic Howard Post Clock and was manufactured by the Electric Time Company based in Medfield, MA - manufacturers of quality, custom made clocks.  At the dedication ceremony, Rotary Club of Scottsdale President, Tim Baughman, stated "the clock will be a reminder of Rotary's timeless dedication to service above self."  For more information about the Rotary Club of Scottsdale's programs, community service projects, meetings, and membership - see www.scottsdalerotary.org.
 
City Officials Pictured: Bob Jackson, Past Club President; Kathy Littlefield, City Council Member; Mayor W. J. "Jim" Lane; Virginia Korte, City Council Members; Jason Washo, Club's Project Lead; Tim Baughman, Club President; David Smith, City Council Member
 
Donor Picture: Major donors to the Rotary Club Project attending the dedication ceremony gathered together with Mayor Lane. Club's President and Club's Project Lead - Tim Baughman and Jason Washo 
 
Rotary Picture:   Club President, Tim Baughman; John Pennypacker, RI District 5510 DG; Honorable CIty of Scottsdale Jim Lane; Bob Jackson, Past Club President; Jim Bissonett, RI District 5510 AG
 
 
 

 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Gains Western Spirit
 
Members and guests of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently heard about Western Spirit - Scottsdale's Museum of the West's extraordinary exhibitions of world class art, historic artifacts, compelling western stories, exciting events and more - where the saga of the American West comes to life.  The Museum's Director, Mike Fox, told attendees that it is not a museum of objects, but a museum of ideas. The Museum serves as the western anchor to Scottsdale's arts and cultural district, linking several vibrant residential, commercial, and entertainment neighborhoods in Old Town Scottsdale. It energizes the historic Loloma Arts District and enhances pedestrians’ enjoyment of the respected gallery community on nearby Main Street. Attendees left the meeting excited to experience the Museum's essence of the American West, past and present. 
 
For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale's programs, community service projects, meetings and membership - see www.scottsdalerotary.org.
 
 
 
Pictured:
            Jim Bruner, Rotarian/Museum Board of Trustees' Chair
            Orme Lewis, Jr., Rotarian/Museum Board Trustee
            Mike Fox, Museum of the West, Director
            Tim Baughman, Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Club President