2014 Service Awards Press Release

Rotary Club of Scottsdale Honors Community Volunteers
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently honored two Scottsdale residents for their "Service Above Self" volunteerism. Early in Rotary International's history, the members of the first Rotary club realized that fellowship and mutual self-interest were not enough to keep a group of busy professionals meeting each week. Undertaking efforts to improve the lives of others proved an even more powerful motivation. In 1910 Rotarians proposed a motto for Rotary International to recognize its commitment to the idea of service, to recognize the importance of serving others and to promote the idea that a Rotary Club should be organized on the principle of "Service, Not Self." "Service Above Self," was quickly embraced by all Rotarians and were officially designated as a Rotary motto at the 1950 convention in Detroit, Michigan. In 1989 and continuing to today, Rotary International has established "Service Above Self" as the organization's principal motto.  Club members and guests congratulated the awardees at an evening award dinner at the Scottsdale Plaza.
 
Dr. Jan Gehler received the Rotary Club of Scottsdale 2014 Club Rotarian Service Above Self Award.  Dr. Gehler currently serves as President of Scottsdale Community College.  Dr. Gehler serves the larger Scottsdale community through membership and serving on Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Rotary Club Scottsdale Club, Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., Communities Celebrating Diversity as Board Chair, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services Board, Maricopa Community College Foundation Board and other community organizations. As a member of Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Dr. Gehler  has actively supported and participated in youth projects - from scholarship interviewing/selection; computer collection, recycling and rebuilding for those in need; student mentoring;  and, much more.  She has served on the club's Foundation Board.  Dr Gehler believes that great cities include great educational systems and knows that education provides opportunity, and opportunity changes everything.  Dr. Gehler was nominated by Rotarians Art DeCabooter and Jason Brock.  
 
Brian Trevellyan received the Rotary Club of Scottsdale 2014 Community Volunteer Service Above Self Award. After a successful corporate career, Mr. Trevellyan received his teaching degree in 2010 and joined Teach for America, at a charter school. Mr. Trevellyan's professional experience exemplifies his service above self.  Brian has been a volunteer for his faith community, no matter where he lived.  He taught 3rd grade Christian formation and sacrament preparation, participated in outreach to the Navajo Indian communities for the past 10 years.  In 2009, Mr. Trevellyan became the community coordinator of the Catholic Coalition of Habitat for Humanity working out of St. Patrick's Catholic Community in Scottsdale,  He has been an integral part of the leadership team responsible for coordinating the construction crew of 30+ people, as well as, coordinating 100's and 100's of volunteers, which build two houses per year and currently working on house #32. Mr. Trevellyan was nominated by Rotarians Jim Bruner and Dr. Honora Norton.
 
In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find 1.2 million Rotarians volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale is the largest Rotary Club that meets every Monday at noon in the Valley of the Sun's Scottsdale area. The Club is proud of its support for youth in our area and for the quality of its weekly luncheon speakers.  The clubs actively welcome new members and transferees from other Rotary clubs.   Visit www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to learn more about local Rotary club meetings, projects and upcoming programs.       
 
Pictured:  Jason Brock,  Dr. Jan Gehler, Bob Jackson (President of Rotary Club of Scottsdale), Brian Trevellyan and Jim Bruner