2016 Press Releases (Jan-Apr)

Rotarians Explore the "Beyond" and Ready for Community Award Dinner
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians and guests welcomed Paul Davies.  Professor Davies is a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. He is Regents' Professor and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative, and Principal Investigator in the Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology, all at Arizona State University.  Davies’s research interests are focused on the “big questions” of existence, ranging from the origin of the universe to the origin of life, and include the nature of time, the search for life in the universe and foundational questions in quantum mechanics. Rotarian Jason Brock introduced Professor Davies to the over 100 attendees who met at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's West Lawn Pavilion.
 
The Club is preparing for its annual signature community event - its Service Above Self Community Award Dinner.  The event starts at 5:15pm on April 25, 2016 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club - West Lawn Pavilion.  This is the 3rd year, the Club will recognize local citizens and a community non-profit for achieving service above self volunteerism and have effected positive change within the community.  City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will present the 2016 Awards to Circle the City (Non-profit Award introduced by Rotarian Jeanette Griswold), to Dr. Honora Norton (Individual Award introduced by Rotarian Claudia Sawaf-Arnold), to Dr. Art DeCabooter (Lifetime Achievement Award introduced by Rotarian Jim Bruner) and Col Park Shaw (Lifetime Achievement Military Award introduced by Rotarian Chris Holm).  Fr. Patrick Robinson, Pastor at Scottsdale's Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church will lead the evening's invocation and pledge of allegiance. Club President Max Rumbaugh will introduce Rotarian Cary Silverstein, who will serve as the evening's emcee.  Keynote speaker will be Nick Lowery, NFL Hall of Famer. Well over 200 attendees are expected to attend the evening's festivities, including various Rotary and community dignitaries.  Deadline for reservations is April 18, 2016.  
 
At the meeting John Campbell, Rotarian and Scottsdale Rotary Scholarships Chair, reminded attendees that volunteers are needed for the Club's Scholarship Interviews which are scheduled to be held at Chaparral High School at 5pm on April 27th. The Club through its annual Youth Salute Leadership scholar awards, its scholarship awards and its vocational awards via The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona will award close to $100,000 to deserving students with our community.  Scholarships have been awarded  through  the Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Foundation since the Club was founded in 1954.
 
Don Loose, Rotarian and Paul Harris Days Chair requested hosts for the upcoming Paul Harris Day on May 9th.  Paul Harris Days provide 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 Founders did a century ago.
 
To find out more about the Community Award Dinner and/or about Club programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals - see www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158.
 
Picture:  Professor Paul Davies making a point about his research of the "Beyond"
 
Picture:  Rotarian John Campbell provides update on scholarships
 
Picture:  Rotarian Don Loose shares Paul Harris Day information.

Rotarians Interview Our Future Leaders
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale and Airpark Rotary Rotarians and community volunteers gathered at Chaparral High School for Youth Salute Leadership individual student interviews. High school students from 11 different Scottsdale high schools were interviewed individually during a three-hour period of judging. Rotary Club of Scottsdale Committee Co-Chairs Mike Savastio, Sara-Crosby-Hartman and Mary Blank along with the support of Airpark Rotary Club, celebrated another great year of turnout of judges and students.  Eight teams of 3-4 Rotarians and community volunteers enjoyed the opportunity to meet and interview 53 of Scottsdale's teen leaders. Rotarians Max Rumbaugh and Roger Rohrs took time before each interview to share and advise each student about interviewing best practices.
 
Youth Salute is a recognition program for high school juniors who are leadership achievers. The program is designed to applaud young people who are good citizens, have at least a B grade point average, and have been elected to a leadership position by their peers, in their schools and or community organizations. All students interviewed will be introduced and semi-finalists will be announced at Scottsdale Community College on April 7th starting at 5:45PM. Rotarian/Members, guests and parents are invited to this special evening to celebrate our community's young leaders. Each of the semi-finalists will be given two minutes to answer a "final question" before all gather. Four winners are then selected and announced. The winners receive scholarships and trips to a leadership conference in St. Louis, Missouri. At the event, special acknowledgement and gratitude is extended to the parents and school advisers for mentoring Scottsdale's teen leaders. 
 
See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 

Arizona's Solicitor General Addresses Rotary Club
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians and guests welcomed John R. Lopez IV, Solicitor General of State of Arizona Office of the Attorney General. Lopez joined the Arizona Attorney General’s Office after working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for more than twelve years, where he was the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Chief Assistant of the Phoenix office. John has also served as the Chief of the White Collar and Public Integrity Section and as the Deputy Appellate Chief. In 2004-2005, John served in Iraq for six months as a legal advisor with the Regime Crimes Liaison Office, the Department of Justice-led group tasked with assisting the Iraqi government with the prosecution of top Saddam Hussein regime members. Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, John worked in the Phoenix Office of the Bryan Cave law firm as a commercial litigator and clerked for Justice Charles Jones of the Arizona Supreme Court. John is a graduate of the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  At the meeting, Lopez updated attendees on how the Attorney General's Office is impacted by the 10th amendment, how the office functions as the state's federalism unit and how the office addresses EPA regulation issues.
 
The Club is preparing for its annual spring Tennis with a Cause Tournament fundraiser.  The one day tournament has different levels of competition with an evening social.  The ‘Tennis with a Cause’ tournament is open to Rotarians and friends. Proceeds for this annual tournament are split between the Scottsdale Rotary Foundation's Scholarship Program and a program of tennis clinics and equipment sponsorships to underprivileged who would not otherwise get a chance to experience this wonderful sport. This year's Tennis with a Cause event will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the CopperWynd Resort in Fountain Hills. For more details, go to www.tenniswithacause.org.
 
See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: John R. Lopez, Arizona's Solicitor General making a point about the state's federalism unit.
 
Picture:  Players in action at 2015 Tennis with a Cause Tournament.
 
Picture: Rotarian Craig Miller warming up at the 2015 Tennis with a Cause Tournament.

Governor Ducey Addresses Rotary Club
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians and guests welcomed Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as keynote speaker at a recent luncheon meeting.  Rotarian Paul Critchfield introduced the Governor at the meeting held at The McCormick Scottsdale capacity-filled Lakeside Ballroom.   Governor Ducey is the 23rd and current Governor of the U.S. State of Arizona and was sworn  in as Governor on January 5, 2015. He also served as the 32nd State Treasurer of Arizona.  The Governor joins a long list of Arizona Governors who have addressed the Scottsdale Rotary Club since the Club was chartered in 1954.
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  March 21, Mark Brnovich, Arizona's Attorney General; April 4, Cosmologist ASU Professor Paul Davies; and, April 11, Dr. Mark Slater, VP Research HonorHealth.  On April 18, the Club will at noon enjoy a picnic barbecue at Scottsdale's Rotary Park.  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 and the world's first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary symbol. Club meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at McCormick Scottsdale Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: Governor Ducey at enjoying a moment at Rotary Club of Scottsdale Meeting
 
Picture: Max Rumbaugh, Club President; Governor Doug Ducey; Rotarian, Paul Critchfield; and, Rotarian and Mayor of Scottsdale, Jim Lane greet attendees at Rotary Meeting.
 

Rotary Club Visits Salt River Ballpark
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians, family members and friends spent an afternoon at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick ballpark.  Going to a spring training baseball game has been a longtime annual tradition for the Club. The group gathered at noon in an upper level group hospitality area for lunch and fellowship.  After lunch, attendees took to their seats to watch a Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs Cactus League game. Attendees enjoyed the game, as well as, unmatched views of Camelback Mountain, the McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks, Red Mountain, and the Superstition Mountains.  
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  March 14, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey; March 21, Mark Brnovich, Arizona's Attorney General; April 4, Cosmologist ASU Professor Paul Davies; and, April 11, Dr. Mark Slater, VP Research HonorHealth.  On April 18, the Club will at noon enjoy a picnic barbecue at Scottsdale's Rotary Park.  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 and the world's first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary symbol. Club meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Pictures: Rotarians and guests enjoy day at the park.
 

Rotary Club Updated on Wright's Pioneer Desert Home   
 
Lindsey Crosland, Estate Manager, David and Gladys Wright House Foundation, led a presentation to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests about the landmark designation for the David & Gladys Wright House Property.  World-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed this pioneering desert home on a 10-acre parcel for his son and daughter in 1950.  Wright's son, David Samuel Wright, acting as general contractor, completed the house in 1952.   David Samuel Wright and his wife Gladys lived in the home until their deaths in 1997 and 2008, respectively. The house, elevated above-ground, was described in a November 1955 edition of House Beautiful as "a castle in the air, curving above the hot, dusty floor of the desert at the base of Camelback Mountain, looking out in all directions above the tree tops of orange groves and surrounding mountains." The David Wright House is one of three spiral designs realized by Frank Lloyd Wright and the precursor to the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The house is regarded as Mr. Wright’s last residential masterpiece. Past Club President, John Thornton, introduced Ms Crosland at the luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick Lakeside Ballroom.
 
The mission of the David and Gladys Wright House Foundation is to restore and maintain the David Wright House and grounds, to celebrate the artistic legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright at the site of one of his most unique and architecturally significant houses through tours, educational programs, exhibitions, lectures, research facilities, events and performances, and to inspire creativity in future generations of artists and architects.  To learn more about the House - see www.davidwrighthouse.org.
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  March 14, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey; March 21, Mark Brnovich, Arizona's Attorney General; April 4, Cosmologist ASU Professor Paul Davies; and, April 11, Dr. Mark Slater, VP Research HonorHealth.  On March 7, members will attend Rockies/Cubs pre-season baseball game.  Club meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: Lindsey Crosland, Estate Manager, David and Gladys Wright House Foundation speaking to Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests
 
Picture: Rotarian John Thornton and Lindsey Crosland - both champions of Wright's last residential masterpiece
 

Rotary Club Celebrates Presidents
 
Rotarian Gary Dorris provided the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests with an interesting view of the leadership styles of US Presidents Lincoln and Washington.  Dorris has been a Rotarian for the past 44 years, 22 of which with the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.  Growing up in Southern Illinois, in the land of Lincoln, Dorris's life-long interest and admiration of  Lincoln has resulted in study of volumes of both favorable and critical perspectives of Lincoln's actions during the Civil War. Dorris has authored several books about Lincoln, including Abraham Lincoln - An Uncommon, Common Man, a narrative of Lincoln's life.  As narrator/author, Dorris tells of Lincoln's magnanimity in both victory and defeat, his continual quest for self-improvement, his personal tragedies, and his compassion in the midst of war.  Per Dorris, Lincoln was a complicated man; unassuming but ambitious, honest but wily, humorous but occasionally despondent, spiritual but not religious, and he thought slavery was evil but condoned its legality until late in his life.  
 
On February 23, 1954, Rotary Club of Scottsdale was founded with its first Club President being Roland "Rolly" Feltman.  At its February 22, 2016 luncheon meeting, held at Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Golf Course's Westlawn Pavilion, the Club celebrated and acknowledged its past Club Presidents, as well as, recognized 16 of its members, for his/her community service as Club Presidents elsewhere before joining Rotary Club of Scottsdale.  Over 100 attendees enjoyed the opportunity to meet and greet the community leaders and thank each for his/her gifts of time, talent and resources.  
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  February 29, Lindsey Crosland, Administrator/Estate Manager, David & Gladys Wright House Foundation; March 14, Eileen Klein, President of Arizona Board of Regents; and, March 21st, Mark Brnovich, Arizona's Attorney General. On March 7th members will attend Rockies/Cubs pre-season baseball game, Club meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale. See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: Rotarian Gary Dorris sharing his research about Lincoln and Washington
 
Picture: Past Club Presidents of Rotary Club of Scottsdale
 
Picture: Rotarians who served as Club Presidents before joining Rotary Club of Scottsdale

Arizona's Official Historian talks to Rotary Club
 
Marshall Trimble, Arizona's Official State Historian, shared stories of Arizona towns and people that formed the myths and legends of Arizona. Trimble, often talks at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Trimble serves as a Board Trustee of the Museum.  Trimble is considered the "dean of Arizona historians" and has taught Arizona history at Scottsdale Community College for 40 years. His first book was published in 1977 by Doubleday & Company, New York.  Since then he's written more than twenty books on Arizona and the West. Trimble is one of the state's most popular speakers and performers. He's also an educator, lecturer, folk singer and stage performer. Most recently, True West Magazine named Trimble its "2015 Westerner of the Year." 
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  On February 22, Rotarian Gary Alan Dorris, based on the book he authored, will talk about President George Washington's influence on President Abraham Lincoln - this meeting will be held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club's West Lawn Pavilion; on March 14, Eileen Klein, President of Arizona Board of Regents; and, on March 21st, Mark Brnovich, Arizona's Attorney General. Except for February 22nd and on March 7th members will attend Rockies/Cubs pre-season baseball game, Club meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: Marshall Trimble greeting Rotarians
 

Former Ford Motor Company CEO talks to Rotary Club
 
Alan Mulally, former CEO of Ford Motor Company, addressed Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians and their guests at a Scottsdale McCormick's capacity-filled Lakeside Ballroom.  Mulally related many impactful, humorous and informative stories about his experiences as an engineer and senior executive. He related his desire to strive to be best in class; to trust and believe in employees; to build an environment of everyone working together; to get the hearts and minds of employees to work as a team to implement Henry Ford's original vision - to open highways to all mankind; and, to ensure each team member shares together on a journey from "I to "We," and from "Me" to "Our." 
 
Mulally served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company and was a member of the company's Board of Directors from September 2006 to June 2014. Mulally led Ford's transformation into one of the world's leading automakers.  He guided the Ford team in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and implementation of a plan to drive profitable growth for all the company's stakeholders. Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served as President of Boeing Information, Space & Defense Systems and Senior VP of The Boeing Company, and was responsible for Boeing's defense, space and government business. Throughout, his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions and industry leadership, including, to name a few awards:  No. 3 Fortune's "Worlds Greatest Leaders" list, one of the 30 "Worlds Best CEOs" by Barron magazine, "Industry Leader of the Year" by Automotive News magazine, one of "The Worlds Most Influential People" by TIME magazine, "Chief Executive of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine, the Edison Achievement Award, induction into the Kansas Business Hall of Fame, "Person of the Year" by Aviation Week magazine and many more honors. While at Boeing, Mulally progressed through a number of significant engineering and program-management assignments, including contributions on the 727, 737, 747, 757, 777 and 787 airplanes.
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  on February 8th, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian; on March 14, Eileen Klein, President of Arizona Board of Regents; and, on March 21st, Mark Brnovich, Arizona's Attorney General.  The meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: Alan Mulally, addressing the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests.
 
Picture: Rotary Club of Scottsdale Members and guests enjoying Alan Mulally's sharing of lessons learned.

Merritt provides Rotary Club with Economic Update
 
Richard Merritt, President of Elliott D Pollack and Company provided the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests with an update on Phoenix/Scottsdale's housing markets, unemployment rates, construction labor shortages, multi-family unit growth, rental vacancy rates, and much more about our area's economy.   Merritt specializes in economic and fiscal impact analysis, real estate market and financial feasibility.  Among many local projects, Merritt managed market studies for cities of Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix and Scottsdale.
 
At the meeting, it was announced that the Club has named Nick Lowery as keynote speaker of the club's signature community event - its Service Above Self Award dinner.  Lowery will speak about life after the NFL.  Lowery, nicknamed Nick the Kick, is a former American football placekicker for the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs, and New York Jets. Lowery was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and when he retired was ranked first in field goal percentage and also had the most field goals in NFL history. Lowery, a Scottsdale resident, leads and is involved in many local and national youth-related, homeless shelter and philanthropic activities.  The award dinner is held annually to honor local volunteers for volunteerism that exemplifies "service above self." The evening event, with an inviting buffet dinner, will be held April 25th at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club West Lawn Pavilion.  Local active and retired business professionals are invited to make reservations to participate in an event that will honor several of Scottsdale's inspiring volunteers and businesses. Members are submitting nominations now and award selection will be announced early March.  Guest fee for this event is $40.
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  February 1, Alan Mulally, retired Ford Motor Company President & CEO; on February 8th, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian; and, on March 21st, Mark Brnovich, Arizona's Attorney General.  The meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: L-R Rotarian John Berry introduced Richard Merritt to the meetings attendees
 
Picture:  Nick Lowery, upcoming keynote speaker at Scottsdale's Service Above Self Award Dinner
 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Hosts Brazil Young Professionals

 

Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently hosted a social for the Rotary International District 5510 New Generations Service Exchange Team from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Chris and Jessie Holm, hosted the reception at their inviting Carefree home.  Chris, a Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarian, has served as District Governor of Rotary District 5950 in Minneapolis area - serving  60 clubs and over 3,000 Rotarians in the Minneapolis area and west and south central Minnesota.  Chris is a longtime Rotary International exchange student champion, who has been involved in numerous Rotary international projects for over 20 years. Members of the Club, Rotarians from the area and Rotary International District 5510 representatives, enjoyed sharing stories about Arizona culture.  At the social, the Brazil Team had an opportunity to meet WWII veteran and Rotarian, Retired US Army, Col Park Shaw.

 

New Generations Exchanges provide an opportunity for young professionals to learn about a different culture while fostering goodwill and understanding, meeting new friends and forming international friendships. This program recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, involvement in community and international service projects, and exchange programs that enrich and foster world peace and cultural understanding. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale is committed to involving youth and young adults in its vocational, community, and international service projects, and to providing programs and resources that support them.  The Club has a rich history and deep commitment to supporting New Generation’s programs including Interact, Rotaract, RYLA, Youth Exchange, Youth Salute, Rotary Peace Fellows, and now the relatively new New Generation’s Service Exchange (NGSE)

 

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.

 

Picture: Sao Paulo, Brazil Exchange Students: Diego Rico, Elder Eron Martins Piccoli, Pedro Secanho, Rainer Souza,  Mariana Pasqualon Luciano, and Marina Bergemann; with Rotarian and host, Chris Holm; RI District Governor, Sherrie Mischel; and, Mike Casey, RI District 5510 New Generations Chair -  greeting Rotarians and their guests at recent social (L-R)

 

Picture:  Host Chris Holm with WWII Veteran, US Army Retired Col Park Shaw.


Rotary Club Hosts Consulate Ambassadors
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale held a truly international-themed meeting, with the Honorable Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez, Consul General De Mexico en Phoenix, speaking to Rotarians and their guests.  Other Consulate Ambassadors from Switzerland, Poland, Honduras and Belgium where in attendance to hear Ambassador Rodriguez speak about Mexico's relationship with United States and Canada; NAFTA's impact on Mexico's trade - especially oil, gas and automobiles; border infrastructure; judicial system; immigration; education; health; jobs; and, much more. Ambassador Hernandez was introduced to the club by Rotarian, Max Haechler and by Alisa Jost, Consul of Switzerland.   
 
Born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, Ambassador Rodriguez serves as Consul General of Mexico, representing the country internationally and providing different services to Mexican immigrants. The three main areas that the consulate focuses on include documentation, citizen services and promotion of culture, education, commerce, and investments.  The Consulate General of Mexico provides an array of services to the community, including aid with visas, documentation, money and legal trouble.  In addition to Mexico's consulate general in Phoenix, Mexico has 56 other representations in the United States.
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  January 25th,  Rick Merritt, President of Elliott D. Pollack & Company will speak about the area's construction industry; February 1, Alan Mulally, retired Ford Motor Company President & CEO; and, on February 8th, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian.  The meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: Ambassador Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez speaking at Rotary Meeting
 
  
Picture: Ambassadors gathering to meet Rotarians and their guests: Ambassador Roberto Rodriguez Hernandez, Consul General of  Mexico; Max Haechler, Consul Emeritus of Switzerland; Alisa Jost, Consul of Switzerland; Bogumil Horchen, Honorary Consul of Poland;  Max Rumbaugh, President of Rotary Club of Scottsdale; Tony Banegas, Consul Emeritus of Honduras; and, Reginald Winssinger, Honorary Consul of Belgium (L-R)
 

Rotary Global Scholar Addresses Rotary Club
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale was honored to introduce, Lt. Michal Joy Cantrell, Rotary International's District 5510 Global Scholar to members and guests.  The RI Scholarship allows for a college graduate to study in an overseas environment.  Currently serving as a Military Intelligence Officer in the US Army, Lt Cantrell is a native of Gilbert, Arizona and a West Point Military Academy graduate.  She graduated in the top 3% of her West Point class in May 2014.   Her interests lie in Service, Arabic and Foreign Policy.    She used the RI Scholarship to further those interests and to obtain a Master degree in International Peace & Security at King's College London's War Studies Department.  While at King's College she completed courses that addressed Law and Conflict in International Society, International Law and War, as well as, War and Insurgency in the Middle East.  King’s College is one of England’s oldest and most prestigious Institutions.  She is a remarkable young woman who represents Rotary and our country very well. 
 
See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meetings, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: Lt Michal Cantrell with Rotarian Col Park Shaw, Retired US Army and Infantry Officers Hall of Fame Inductee.
 
Picture: Lt Cantrell

US Congressman Schweikert Provides Rotarians with a US Economy Update
 
David Schweikert, United States House of Representatives Arizona 6th District Congressman provided Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests with an update on U.S. deficit projections, baby boomer impact on social security and pension liabilities and much more.  The Congressman stated, on average in the lifetime of the 76 million baby boomers, each will have contributed $100,000 to our country's social security fund and will likely receive over $350,000 in benefits. He talked about the importance of economic growth and reforms needed for taxes, regulations, immigration and information sharing.
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdalefounded in 1954, is proud of its support for youth in our area, Scottsdale's Rotary and Papago Parks and Scottsdale Sister Cities.  Through member support of Rotary International Foundation, the Club supports PolioPlus Fund and supports international projects that provide clean water, promote world peace, fight disease around world, support education and grow local economies.  The Club is known for its outstanding speakers - nationally known innovators, high ranking legislators (i.e. Congressman Schweikert), supreme court judges, ambassadors, high ranking military officials, sports figures (professional/university), artists, educators, business owners/professionals and more... 
 
The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale:  On January 11th, Honorable Roberto Rodriguez Consulate General of Mexico; January 25th, John P “Pat” Maroney, President of Standard Pacific - Arizona Division; February 1, Alan Mulally, retired Ford Motor Company President & CEO; and, on February 8th, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian.  The meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale's McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is located at 7401 N Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.  See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture:  Club President Max Rumbaugh; Rotarian and City of Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane; Congressman David Schweikert; and, Rotarian Jim Bruner greet members and guests.
 
Picture:  Congressman Schweikert making a point about the U.S. deficit
 

Rotary Club Celebrates Holidays with Santa
 
Each holiday season, Santa comes to visit the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.  Rotarians, their families and friends enjoy a bountiful buffet and entertainment.  At the festive party, the children (and even the adults) get a chance to visit with Santa to share their Christmas wish list.   This year, the sold-out event was held in the McCormick Lakeside Ballroom.  Everyone enjoyed pianist, keyboardist, composer and arranger Nicole Pesce.  She provided a unique blend of virtuosity, pizzazz, popular and holiday tunes for the special occasion. Nicole has a repertoire consisting of over 12,000 memorized songs; is often dubbed "the human iPod;" and, is recognized as one of the "top ten musicians to hear in Phoenix" by the Arizona Republic.  
 
Additionally, Rotarian and Past Club President, Pat Rile, thanked members for their support of The Salvation Army. Close to seventy volunteers raised $5,500 while representing Rotary Club of Scottsdale at the holiday weekend bell ringing at Fashion Square's Nordstrom's.   Club members also supported Salvation Army's "Changing Lives" coin can and kids toy collections.
 
The Club will begin its 2016 club season at noon on January 4th at The McCormick Lakeside Ballroom.  The noon luncheon program keynote speaker will be David Schweikert, U.S. Congressman representing Arizona's 6th District. See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meetings, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture:  After signing the book, Santa reads the club-donated book that will be given to Yavapai Elementary School's library.
 
Picture: Dr. Joe Hegstad, Rotarian/Past Club President and coordinator of the Club's Holiday Party; Nicole Pesce, pianist;  and, Santa greeting holiday party goers.

Former NATO Ambassador Addresses Scottsdale Rotarians
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale members, guests and international visitors heard Kurt Volker, former Ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), present an overview of several major conflicts around the world. Volker was introduced to the Club by Paradise Valley resident,  Steve Arkawi and Rotarian, Claudia (Arnold) Sawaf.  Volker talked about the  Middle East - the conflict in Syria, the situation in Libya and the rise of ISIS; Russia - Russia's involvement with Syria, Iran, Crimea, Balkan States, NATO and EU; and, China - China's dispute over territory and sovereignty of areas around them, their claim of which countries around them should be under Chinese rule and disputes over the oceans and islands abutting China.  
 
Former Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with some 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities. Volker serves as Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University based in Washington, DC. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, a Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council, and a Trustee of IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France. He is a consultant to international business, a member of the Board of Directors of Capital Guardian Funds Trust, and had previously served as Managing Director, International, for BGR Group. He has taught Transatlantic Relations at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs. Volker's initial experience with Rotary International was as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Sweden, sponsored by a Rotary Club in Pennsylvania.
 
At the same meeting, attendees met Dennis Haberer, President of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA).  TRVFA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to assist those who qualify under Arizona law to obtain financial assistance to further their vocational studies.  TRVFA donations may qualify for an Arizona Tax Credit up to the amount allowed by state law and may be deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by the law.  For more information to make a donation and/or to learn more about receiving student aid - see www.trvfa.org
 
See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meetings, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Group Picture: Max Haechler, Rotarian/former Consul Emeritus of Switzerland; Claudia (Arnold) Sawaf, Rotarian; Kurt Volker, former Ambassador to NATO; and, John Fowlis, visiting Rotarian from Calgary, Alberta, Canada gathered at Rotary Club of Scottsdale meeting, held at Scottsdale McCormick Lakeside Ballroom.
 
Picture: Kurt Volker

Rotary Club Invites Local Aircraft Industry Leader to Speak
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Program Committee often selects, as keynote luncheon speakers, prominent business leaders from the growing number of international industries within our community.  At a recent meeting, held at The McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, Rotarian Mayor Jim Lane introduced Russell Ford, CEO of StandardAero, to the members and their guests.  Ford provided an overview of StandardAero's business of service, repair and maintenance of aircraft and helicopter engines, auxiliary power units and components, as well as, airframe services including major alterations.  The company, which can trace its roots back to 1911, has grown to a 1.7 billion dollar organization by acquiring small enterprises that are in the same or similar business.  Ford pointed out that their major customers prefer to deal with a large reputable firm that can provide services around the world.  Because of its easy air access within Scottsdale Airport and Sky Harbor Airport, StandardAero picked Scottsdale for its international headquarters.
 
The minimum requirement for StandardAero is excellence in its work.  All its maintenance personnel are certified and the organization must comply with strict FAA requirements.  When asked how they assure their high quality work, Ford stated that one way is to maintain records with the name of each individual who touches any part used in repair and maintenance operations.  Another interesting part of their business is the retrofitting of aircraft for dignitaries and high profile individuals.  They will completely design and build interiors for musician celebrities and government leaders such as princes in the Middle East.  They are bidding on the refitting the interior of Air Force One. Through continued acquisitions, the company expects to more than double in size by 2020 by focusing on expanding its global capabilities.   
 
See www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meetings, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.
 
Picture: Club's Program Committee, meet to plan upcoming programs.
 
Picture: Russell Ford, addressing Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests.

Salvation Army Thanks Nordstrom Store and Rotary Club
 
At the November 30, 2015 Rotary Club of Scottsdale meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick's Lakeside Ballroom, Major Mike Dickinson, Corps Officer/Administrator of The Salvation Army's Kroc Corps Community Center - Phoenix South Mountain, presented Scottsdale Fashion Square Nordstrom's store manager, Lejla Hasanagic with a special award in recognition of the store's support of Salvation Army's Red Kettle holiday bell ringing campaign.  The Rotary Club of Scottsdale's members, family and friends helped raise $7,000 of the $25,000 that was raised from belling ringing at the store in 2014.  The Rotarians hope to exceed Red Kettle donations during the 2015 holiday bell ringing season. The monies raised benefit the KROC Center which is located on 16 acres on a hill in the heart of the Phoenix South Mountain community.  The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center’s mission is to build a community of hope by providing opportunities for personal discovery, growth and service through arts, education, recreation, wellness and spiritual guidance. Keeping true to The Salvation Army mission, the KROC Center nurtures the whole person – body, spirit and mind.
 
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Photo: Major Mike Dickenson (Salvation Army), Lejla Hasanagic (Nordstroms) and Max Rumbaugh (RCS President) during award presentation to acknowledge Salvation Army Red Kettle holiday bell ringing.
 

Mayor Lane Addresses Rotary Club
 
City of Scottsdale's Mayor Jim Lane recently was the keynote speaker at Rotary Club of Scottsdale's luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick's Lakeside Ballroom.  Mayor Lane spoke to a capacity-filled room of Rotarians and guests about the remarkable community he represents.  Mayor Lane began his first term as Mayor of Scottsdale in January 2009 and was re-elected to the Mayor's office in 2012.

During his annual address to the Rotary Club, the Mayor touched on various city-related topics, such as, Salt River Pima - Maricopa Indian Community collaboration, bond issues, Scottsdale's Desert Discovery Center vision, McDowell Road corridor revitalization, special events, Scottsdale Airpark and much more.  In his address, the  Mayor touted the city's vibrant businesses, especially the biomedical breakthroughs blossoming along The Cure Corridor and the growth of tourism industry.  He spoke about the city's recent successes including the debut of the Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West and the continued growth of Sky Song, ASU's Innovation Center.

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Photos: City of Scottsdale, Mayor Lane addressing Rotarians and guests; and with Rotary Club of Scottsdale Club President, Max Rumbaugh; and attentive attendees.

 


Rotary Club of Scottsdale Receives District Grant
 
Rotary Club of Scottsdale (RCS) recently qualified and was awarded a $1,000 Rotary International 5510 District  Designated Funds (DDF) Grant. In order to qualify for the DDF grant award, the Club sent several members to the District's Grant Management Seminar, completed the Club's Memorandum of Understanding/Addendum and district grant application, as well as, obtained Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) qualification by the club's annual contribution of over $100 Annual Fund per capita (member).   The awarded grant money will be spent on upgrades to the two parks within City of Scottsdale that the Club sponsors - Rotary Park, located in the heart of Gainey Ranch and Papago Rotary Park, located at 7316 E Garfield Street.
 
In addition to awarding the check to the club, Rotary International, District Governor, Sherry Mischel, addressed members and guests at their luncheon held at the McCormick Scottsdale's Lakeside Ballroom. Ms Mischel updated attendees on Rotary International happenings and thanked the Club for its community service and dedication to youth programs, and for its support of Rotary International's Foundation.  Rotarians understand that The Rotary Foundation truly does work in our community and around the world.  Contributions to The Rotary Foundation, support the programs and projects identified, developed and managed by fellow Rotarians all over the world.  The Club has several international water purification projects in the works.   
 
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 November 30, 2015 at the McCormick Scottsdale,  Scottsdale's Mayor Jim Lane will the meeting's keynote speaker.
 
Picture 1: Club President, Max Rumbaugh with RI 5510 District Governor, Sherry Mischel's ceremonial awarding of DDF grant check.
 
Picture 2: Past President, Tim Baughman with RI 5510 District Governor, Sherry Mischel's awarding of Rotary's EREY Award Banner.