Press Release:  03/25/2020 Rotary Club of Scottsdale - No Meetings, Yet Rotary Club's Service to Community Not Interrupted   
Submitted by: Dr. Honora Norton, RCS PR Chair
Even though Coronavius (COVID-19) outbreak is impacting The Rotary Club of Scottsdale (RCS) weekly meeting way of life, the Club is still serving Scottsdale.  The Club's Board joined together via phone/internet to approve a $10,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Foundation to Scottsdale's Vista Del Camino. 
 
Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency.
 
Scottsdale Community Partner programs provide crisis support to three primary populations living in poverty within Scottsdale: Youth, Families, and Seniors/Disabled Adults. All participants are screened by City of Scottsdale social workers as living below defined poverty guidelines, ensuring our programs and services are reaching those in true need.
 
Per the Club's Vice President-Elect, Christopher West, "It is important to help those in need at this time. several members have made food donations to Vista Del Camino and assisted with the pickup and delivery of the donated goods.  The Club is searching for community matching gifts to augment this $10,000 donation.  If you can donate monies, call 480-945-6158.  To donate food and/or household goods, call Vista Del Camino at 480-312-2323.  
 
Scottsdale Mayor and Honorary Rotarian Jim Lane when acknowledging the Club's gift stated: “This is but another wonderful example of how the members of Rotary Club of Scottsdale demonstrate the values they espouse and their commitment to the safety and betterment of our community. In these times this donation is particularly meaningful for those who have been thrown into a situation of physical and financial uncertainty. As Mayor of Scottsdale, and on behalf of our citizens, thank you.”
 
Per Jenny Adams, Executive Director, Scottsdale Community Partners: “We are so deeply grateful to Rotary Club of Scottsdale for this generous donation that will help us provide for Scottsdale’s most vulnerable citizens. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Scottsdale.” 
Additionally, Angela Bravo-Gallagher LMSW, Human Services Center Supervisor, City of Scottsdale-Vista Del Camino stated: “We cannot express how much we appreciate this incredibly generous donation, and it could not have come at a better time. Our food and supplies are at very low levels, while the need from our community is increasing daily. This donation will allow us to help our Scottsdale neighbors at a critical time, and for that we express our most sincere thank you to the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.”
Other RCS community projects include Scottsdale Rotary Park 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.  Papago Rotary Park, an one acre community park was built by the former Papago Rotary Club members.  Over the years, RCS has completed various improvement projects at both of the parks.  

Forty-two volunteers representing the Rotary Club of Scottsdale Arizona and members of Scottsdale Preparatory High School's Rotary Interact Club joined forces to complete a community service project with Arizona Helping Hands.  The mission of Arizona Helping Hands is to provide essential needs for children in foster care (over 14,000 kids in Arizona) through programs promoting safety, permanency and health.   
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Foundation provided $3,000 in support of this project and the volunteers provided much needed smiles for kids by making Birthday Bags for 40 children in foster care.  Each volunteer was given a foster child's wish list.   Arizona Helping Hands' warehouse in Northeast Phoenix has beds, cribs, clothing, backpacks and school supplies, toiletries, and toys from ongoing toy drives.  
 
Per the Club's Community Service Project Director, Laura Biever, the volunteers selected the birthday toys and books to go in each child’s gift bag.  They gift wrapped the items and then decorated the bags especially for each individual child.   Forty children in the foster care system will have a special birthday because of this volunteer event.    
 
Arizona Helping Hands' Corporate Engagement Officer Sherie Siegel stated: Arizona Helping is truly appreciative of The Rotary Club of Scottsdale for participating in a Birthday Dreams Team Building Experience and sponsoring 40 birthday packages for boys and girls in foster care throughout Arizona. The group helped to personalize and decorate birthday bags specific for a child turning 1-12, select the perfect gifts and new book, wrap the presents and finish by tying a bow at the top of the bag. In 2019 Arizona Helping Hands made birthdays special for 3,596 children in foster care turning 1-21 throughout the state of Arizona. For more information about Arizona Helping Hands please visit AzHelpingHands.org.

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed real estate transaction navigators Rebecca Grossman and Sindy Ready from the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS as speakers at the Club's luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion.   
 
When introducing the speakers, Rotarian David Arriola noted that Rebecca Grossman, is CEO of over 9,000 and Realtors' affiliates in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills,  Cave Creek and Carefree Arizona. She has over 30 years of experience in Association management. And, that Sindy Ready serves as Realtors'  President.  Both women are active locally and nationally within REALTORS  hold various high level real estate designations and are involved in community organizations, such as, Chamber of Commerce, Experience Scottsdale and various non-profits.
 
Ms. Grossman shared the following real estate market statistics:
  • At the state level, 'active listings' were down 44 percent, 'sold listings were down 5%, and 'months supply' was down 54 percent compared to February 2019.  
  • In Maricopa County, 'active listings' were down almost 45 percent, 'sold listings' were down almost 45 percent, 'new listings' were down 4 percent with 7,950 new units, and 'months supply' was down nearly 51 percent compared to February 2019.
  • In Scottsdale, 'active listings' were down 38 percent, 'sold listings' were down 13 percent, and 'months supply' was down 4 percent, and 'new listings' were down nearly 8.5 percent with 889 new units.
 
Other statistics shared:
  • In Maricopa County, last month nearly 57 percent of all 'sold listings' were between 1,500 and 3,000 square feet with an average price-per-square-foot of $169.57.   
  • In Scottsdale, last month about 57 percent of all 'sold listings' in Scottsdale were between 2,000 and 4,000 square feet with an average price-per-square foot of $270.94. Fewer Scottsdale homes are available in the most-desirable size range with 75 percent sold between $500,000 and $1M.
  • Per Ms. Ready, Arizona is experiencing a great 'inbound migration.' According to the last state-to-state flow estimates from the U. S. Census, just over 68,500 people migrated here from California in 2018 - that is an average of nearly 188 per day. 
  • Based on R-L Brown Housing Reports, over the next 3-5 years, there are specific 'high growth areas' within the valley - especially in the Southeast Valley along 202; West along 303 from Surprise area to Buckeye; and greater Scottsdale. Builders have noticed the migration here and are constructing affordable entry-level homes in throughout the valley.  Californians have been paying more for housing, so to them Valley homes are relatively 'less expensive' properties.  
  • Condo and townhouse 'new listings' were down nearly 6 percent year-to-year, but were down more than 15 percent month-to-month with only 324 'new listings.' 
  • Per Ms. Ready, more home listings are needed as Scottsdale grows by approximately 290,000 residents in the next 5-10 years. Scottsdale age demographics is limited by the types of properties available.  There are an inordinate amount of empty nesters and retired residents.  And, as the city grows, public service, education resources, home values, healthcare sector and medical services will be impacted.  

Over 90 Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests enjoyed their annual visit to a spring training baseball game at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, along Scottsdale border with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  It was a cool, breezy and sometimes rainy afternoon to watch an Arizona Diamondbacks versus San Francisco Giants game. 
 
The Giants won the game  8-1. D-back John Hicks hit a solo home run to left (398 feet) to tie the game at one in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  The Rotarians were able to watch seven different D-back pitchers try their had at the mound.
 
 
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale and spring training baseball attendance under the warm Arizona sun has been an annual tradition for over 25 years.  The Club has been attending spring training at Talking Stick Stadium since 2011.  Originally, the Rotarians and their guests attended games in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale at Scottsdale Stadium.  
 
Attendees were provided a tasty ballpark catered buffet lunch.   The Chair of this year's ballpark event, Cary Silberstein, organized a fun raffle to benefit the Club's Foundation's scholarship fund and extended thank you to the Talking Stick staff for making it an enjoyable afternoon.    

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Beth Garrow, CFRE, MPA, The Rotary International Foundation's (TRF) Zone 26 Regional Major Gifts Officer, to the Club's luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion.  Ms. Garrow is a certified fundraising executive with a successful track record of helping donors realize their charitable goals.  Beth joined the Rotary Club of Hawthorne, CA in 1989 and was an active member of the Rotary Club of Joliet, IL before joining California's Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club in 2016.
 
During Ms. Garrow's introduction, Rotarian and TRF Major Donor Bob Murray stated that Ms. Garrow, joined TRF in June 2016 as a seasoned major gifts officer with a 25-year development career in K-12, higher education, as well as, healthcare in Illinois and California.    
 
During her talk, Ms. Garrow stated that TRF is four-star rated with 92% ROI within Charity Navigator - the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. During 2019, over $391.5 million dollars was raised with most being directed towards RI global grants ($100 million), PolioPlus grants ($151.2 million); RI District grants ($27.8 million) and Rotary Peace Fellowship education ($5 million). After three years, fifty percent of TRF gift monies donated by Rotarians are returned to the donor's respective RI District for future domestic and international Club projects.  
 
Per Ms. Garrow, RI's Foundation is the best charitable organization in the world.  RI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently renewed their longstanding partnership to end polio, announcing a joint commitment of up to $450 million to support the global polio eradication effort.  Rotary has contributed more that $2 billion to fight polio, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio eradication program, PolioPlus in 1985.  In 1988, RI formed the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The Gates Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance later joined.  When the initiative was launched, there were 350,000 cases of polio every year.  Today the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent.  
 
Jim Bissonett, RI District 5495 Rotary Foundation Chair, joined Ms. Garrow in further updating the attendees about the RI District 5495's goal to raise $2 million in additional funds for the Rotary Foundation through Major Gifts.  A Major Gift is $10,000 or more pledged  or donated between January 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. A Major Gift amount is a minimum contribution of $10,000 or more of outright cash which can be given over three years or a minimum planned giving amount of $10,000 or more as a estate or legacy bequest gift at death. Bissonett noted that major contributors will be invited to celebrate at a black-tie dinner to be held in June 2020 at Paradise Valley's Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.   
 
David Pastor, a Rotary Club of Scottsdale member, recently returned from a pilgrimage trip to Caborca, Mexico.  David along with 40 other Rotarians from Arizona, California, Alabama and Louisiana, visited the "ejidos" outside Caborca (villages) to administer PolioPlus "two drops of life."  Per David, walking up and down the dirt streets of the ejidos, locating and going into homes of the children needing their polio immunizations and interacting with the people/families was interesting,  rewarding and eye-opening.  The ejidos of greater Caborca that are serviced by the Caborca Health Department are spread out along the highway between the city of Caborca and the Sea of Cortez – a distance of about 60 miles.   David joined a group that consisted of a Caborca Rotary translator, a public health nurse and other Rotarians.       

Rotarian Max Rumbaugh of The Rotary Club of Scottsdale (RCS) proudly introduced potential charter members of the Proposed Club Rotario De Phoenix to RCS members and guests at a reception and luncheon the Club hosted for The Honorable Jorge Mendoza Yescas - The Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix.  The Proposed Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, is currently awaiting Rotary International's (RI) Club charter approval. 
 
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  For more than 110 years, Rotary's people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, Rotarians are always working to better our world.
 
At the RCS luncheon meeting, Club Rotario De Phoenix's Provisional Club President, Irayda Flores updated RCS members and guests on the progress made in the Proposed Club's formation.  Per Ms. Flores, the group of business professionals, represent a broad range of professions, Hispanic and other nationalities and a wide range of club service interests.  Per Ms. Flores, during the group's first three meetings, money has already been raised for future youth scholarships and community and international projects.   
 
The Proposed Club plans to focus on expanding the involvement of valley international business and professional leaders in Rotary.  The group's initial meeting held December 11, 2019, was hosted by Enrique Franco - Sonora State Representative to Arizona at the State Capital.  Rotary Club of Scottsdale members, Max Rumbaugh and Dale Gray have been assisting with the Proposed Club's organizational activities.  Bret McKeand - RI District 5495 Governor Nominee; Larry Horton, Michelle Holcomb and Patrick Walsh - RI Assistant Governors District 5495 and Angel Aguirre - RI District New Club Development Officer have also been instrumental in the Proposed Club's formation.
 
Ms. Flores acknowledged that it is a privilege being associated with Rotary International - an organization with members who solve real problems through service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through his/her fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.  In closing her talk, Ms. Flores stated she  looks forward to Club Rotario De Phoenix members joining together to make a difference through active commitment and service in the community, both here and internationally. And, be a Rotary Club where neighbors, friends and problem-solve, share ideas, join leaders and take action to create lasting change.
 
The provisional officers of Club Rotario De Phoenix include: Irayda Flores - President; Rene Bermudez - Vice President; Luis Ortega - Secretary; and, Carolos Velasco - Treasurer.   
 
To learn more about Club Rotario De Phoenix membership, meetings and projects - see the Club's new transitioning website:  www.hispanicrotaryclubarizona.com.  

 

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale hosted a reception and luncheon with The Honorable Jorge Mendoza Yescas - The Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix attending. Consul Yescas spoke at the well-attended event held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf's Pavilion. 
 
Dignitaries attending included City of Scottsdale's Vice Mayor - Kathy Littlefield; City of Scottsdale Council members Suzanne Klapp, Virginia Korte and Solange Whitehead;  Max Haechler - Rotarian and Consul Emeritus of Switzerland; Dr. Bernard O. Otremba-Blanc - Honorary and former Rotarian and German Consul for Arizona; Gerardo Valenzuela, Mexican Assistant Consulate; and, Enrique Franco - Representative del Estado de Sonora en Arizona.   
 
Along with Club members and their guests, potential charter members of the proposed Club Rotario De Phoenix attended.  The Hispanic Rotary Club, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Scottsdale, is currently awaiting Rotary International's Club charter approval.  Irayda Flores - Provisional President of Club Rotario De Phoenix updated attendees on the progress of the Club's organizational activities.    
When introducing Consul Yescas, Rotarian Max Rumbaugh stated that before taking his current post, Yescas served as consul for documentation and legal affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver. Consul Yescas has extensive consular experience in Tucson and Presidio, Texas. He holds a law degree from the University of Sonora and a masters degree in Public Administration from Sul Ross State University in Texas. 
Since his appointment as Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix last year, Yescas has been busy working to fulfill his mission to establish and strengthen economic and cultural relationships between Mexico and Arizona; representing Mexico in Arizona; and, serving the interests of Mexican nationals and tourists in Arizona. 
 
Per Consul Yescas, his role as consul general is to represent the foreign estate in Arizona, serve the best interest of Mexican nationals who are living in the consulate district and also who might be tourists; and, work to establish commercial and economic relationships.  In addition to representation, the Consul General works to meet the needs of Mexican citizens, such as, issuing passports, birth certificates, Mexican Consular IDs and legalizations of U.S. documents, and more.  A Mexican Consular ID is a certificate in which the Consulate of Mexico states that the bearer is registered as an inhabitant in it Consular District and is proof of Mexican nationality. 
 
Consul Yescas stated that Mexico's Administration priorities are to: combat/eradicate corruption, enhance security, ensure fair competition/open economy and reduce poverty. Additionally he noted, the Mexican's Government's priorities are to: develop the economy of Mexico's Southeast region and Central America; address the structural causes of irregular migration and organized crime; ensure Mexico and the U. S. partner with the private sector on both sides of the border; and promote multilateral bank investment and economic development, particularly in the Northern Triangle.
 
When asked, what are Mexico's commercial goals with the U.S; Consul Yescas replied: improve the business environment by creating new value chains by connecting manufacturing centers and U.S. suppliers; explore new investment opportunities; promote trade of strategic products; include women entrepreneurs in the global market; and, identify U. S. companies that invest in infrastructure, electric mobility, aerospace industry and technology sectors. 
 
Consul Yescas shared the following related statistics:
  • U.S. and Mexico share a border of 3,175 km
  • Daily one million people cross the border legally in both directions
  • Daily more than one billion dollars cross the border because of bilateral trade
  • The U.S. is Mexico's first trading partner and Mexico just became the top trading partner to the U.S
  • The Mexican Consular Network in Arizona includes Phoenix, Tucson, Nogales, Douglas and Yuma
  • 1.8+ million Mexicans live in Arizona (27.7% of the total population) with 608, 403 Mexicans living in Phoenix (38.6% of the total population)
  • An estimated 228,000 jobs in Arizona depend on trade with Mexico and Canada, underscoring the importance of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
  • and, he stated the number of issued passports, consular ids, birth certificates and mobile consulate documents   
Consul Yescas closed his talk with the following statement: "We are working to strengthen our ties with local authorities - the Governor's Office, mayors, local legislators, council members, business people, researchers and academics from the different cities and towns in the Consul's region.  Local authorities play a critical role in defining the way Mexican and Mexican Americans live their everyday lives."
 

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Bridget Binsbacher, Executive Director of the Arizona Cactus League Association, to the Club's luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion.  During his introduction, Rotarian Tim Baughman stated that Ms. Binsbacher serves as Vice Mayor and Councilmember for the City of Peoria. Ms. Binsbacher is the first employee of the Arizona Cactus League Baseball Association.
 
Ms. Binsbacher's tireless dedication as a community volunteer has not gone unrecognized. Bridget is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow recipient in recognition of her "service above self" community service contributions and was named one of 2016’s Who’s Who, Top Five Women in Business Leaders of Arizona.  In July 2019, AZ Business and AZRE magazines announced Ms. Binsbacher as one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2019.
 
According to Ms. Binsbacher, since 1947, the Arizona Cactus League Association has consisted of members with direct interest in the good of the league.  The Association has provided a forum to share operation efficiencies, to establish and nurture business relationships with respective Major League Baseball franchises and to facilitate and participate in activities to promote and fundraise for the Cactus League. 
 
Fifteen (15) Major League baseball teams call Arizona their spring training home.  With ten spring training facilities hosting the Major League baseball teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the USA.  The facilities offer volunteer opportunities and non-profit partnerships that generate meaningful contributions to various programs, charities and scholarships throughout the state.   
 
The Cactus League industry League industry continues to grow and contributes an estimated $644 million annually to Arizona's economy. Ms. Binsbacher shared Cactus League 2017/2018 statistics: 1,941,347 fans attended games (6 of 10 were from out of state); 6,439 jobs paid $224.6 million; over 90,000 volunteer hours were shared by 1,944 volunteers; the Cactus League organizations collectively raised over $2.6 million for charitable gifts; and, $319 million was generated in taxes.  Per an ASU W.P. Carey School of Business Study, the median spring training visitor stays four days in Arizona and the spends $405 per day.
 
Ms. Binsbacher closed her talk with the following statement: The Arizona Cactus League Association is committed to continuing its work to strengthen and promote the industry while serving communities and contributing to a wonderful quality of life for all to enjoy in Arizona.
 
The Club's members and guests are looking forward to attending its annual spring baseball training game (Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants) and luncheon scheduled March 2 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 

 

At a recent luncheon meeting, The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Glenn Williamson, Founder and CEO of Canada Arizona Business Council (CABC) as its keynote speaker.  CABC is a private sector group sanctioned by the Canadian Government and the State of Arizona to work on increasing bilateral trade and foreign direct investment between Canada and Arizona.  Mr. Williamson, a venture capitalist and private equity investor, has been named Honorary Counsel of Canada in Arizona and is a dual citizen of both the United States and Canada.  
 
During his introduction, Rotarian Ken Brown stated that Mr. Williamson specializes in accessing the Canadian capital markets for global investments; has over 30-years of executive experience as a entrepreneur in finance and operations of high-level companies; and has strengths extending to advanced capital formation, marketing, turnarounds, and company positioning. Mr. Williamson is currently CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. with offices in Montreal and Phoenix and is Chairman of EPCOR Water USA, the largest private water utility in Arizona, a subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, with operations in Canada and the U.S.   
 
According to Mr. Williamson, Canada’s roots are starting to take hold and run deep here in Arizona. Currently, there are more than 450 Canadian-owned businesses that operate out of Arizona. Nearly 160,000 Arizona jobs are dependent on trade and investment with Canada.  Also, around 150 Arizona-based companies have expanded their international operations in Canada. Approximately one million Canadian tourists visit Arizona annually with a significant number of them being "snowbirds."
 
Per Mr. Williamson, business between Arizona and Canada comes in at around $4.4 billion in bilateral trade, but Williamson wants to see that number rise to $8 billion within the next three years, with a focus on opportunities in the services and aerospace sectors.
 
Williamson stated that when it comes to news surrounding international business with our North American neighbors, most of the news is geared toward Mexico, especially with the wait-and-see scenario with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) - a very important piece of legislation to update the NAFTA.
 
Other topics discussed by Mr. Williamson included: pending Snowbird Visa Act to allow Canadians an extra two months beyond the current allowable 182 maximum days; 210 non-stop flights a week are flown between Arizona and Canada (WestJet is running at 80% load factor and Air Canada flights between Phoenix and Toronto carry on average 400 passengers a day); EPCOR's five year water management plan and new technologies; trade between other states and Canada; and more.
 
Preceding Mr. Williamson's talk, Club President Don Loose welcomed new members Thomas Mayer Jr (sponsored by Rotarians Joe Cusack and Craig Miller) and Mike Wolff (sponsored by Rotarian Jay Franz) to Rotary International. 
 
Rotarian Cary Silverstein provided details and cost of the Club's annual spring baseball training game (Arizona Diamondbacks vs San Francisco Giants) and luncheon scheduled for March 2 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.  
 
Club President introduced the Club's upcoming community service project in support of Arizona Helping Hands foster care program.  The Club will donate $3,000 to provide, assemble (on February 22nd) and present gift bags as birthday gifts to forty children in the state's foster care system.  
 
Rotarian David Pastor announced that several members are planning a Top Golf fundraiser to be held April 13th.
 

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed three former City of Scottsdale Council members who together served the City of Scottsdale nearly 150 accumulated years.  Rotarian Virginia Korte introduced the following Council members to Club members and guests:
  • Jim Bruner, a member of Rotary Club of Scottsdale, has for nearly 50 years committed his life toward making Scottsdale, Maricopa County and Arizona a better place to live and work.  An attorney and banker by profession, he has provided leadership in civic, business and philanthropic endeavors, as well as, in city, county and state government service. Mr. Bruner served on City Scottsdale Council from 04/01/1980 to 04/05/1988.
  • Charlie Smith is known for his long time community service in Scottsdale.  Mr. Smith is largely credited as THE person responsible for securing Major League Baseball and the San Francisco Giants baseball team and stadium in Scottsdale. Mr. Smith served on the City of Scottsdale Council from 07/18/1974 to 04/03/1984.
  • Bill Walton for more than 56 years has dedicated his energy, vision, and professional expertise to enhance Scottsdale for this and future generations.  As a landscape architect, Mr. Walton has a special interest in Scottsdale parks.  Mr. Walton served on City Scottsdale Council from 04/03/1984 to 04/07/1992.
 
The former Council members discussed the following City projects that have impacted Scottsdale citizens and visitors: 
  • Indian Bend Wash:  As Bill Walton biked to work in the early 1960s, he traveled through an often muddy and flooded Indian Bend Wash. In 1964 as a private citizen, Mr. Walton sent a letter to the local newspaper the Scottsdale Progress.  The letter included the statement: "I would urge city and civic leaders to buy land in what is now a messy, ugly sleuth that floods with every heavy rain.  And, begin planning now for recreational purposes to make this a unique and outstanding park for Scottsdale.  It can be designed so as to not interfere with flood control and could contain parks, trails, golf courses, tennis courts and other recreational amenities." 
 
Originally, the Army Corps of Engineers wanted to put a 200 ft wide concrete ditch through the center of Scottsdale to control the flood waters.  Thankfully, Mr. Walton had a different idea and his urging led to what is now the Indian Bend Wash.  The Wash had become a subject of much debate in fast-growing Scottsdale. 
 
Mr. Walton shared his historical perspectives on the flooding within the Indian Bend Wash; Wash funding and bond issues; Scottsdale's Town Enrichment Program in which 250 citizens addressed the City's Green Belt plan; and, the Green Belt's controlling flooding through runoff into deep lakes rather than constant tearing up land and streets.  
 
  • City of Scottsdale's Sprinkler Ordinance: The City of Scottsdale is widely recognized as a leader in built-in automatic sprinkler systems. In 1985, the City passed an ordinance requiring every commercial and multi-family building to be outfitted with a complete fire sprinkler system. The ordinance requires that single-family residences, built after Jan. 1, 1986, be fully outfitted with an approved fire sprinkler system. Sprinkler systems are also required in major remodeling projects. These systems have been credited with saving lives locally.
 
  • West World (formerly HorseWorld): Founded as a farming and ranching community, Scottsdale had always had a strong horse culture. Originally, the Arabian Horse Show was held in the current McCormick Ranch area.  In 1982, Scottsdale entered a long-term agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to lease land north of the Central Arizona Canal and at the base of the McDowell Mountains for development as a park. Horseman’s Park opened in 1986 on a 356-acre site, and initially featured an open-air arena, several smaller open arenas, stables, recreational vehicle hookups and a large field that served as a parking lot as well as a flood control basin.  The Park was renamed HorseWorld in 1988, and to WestWorld in 1990. The City of Scottsdale resumed operation of WestWorld in 1997. The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction and the All Arabian Horse Show moved to the park in 1989. Each has continued to stage their internationally-renown events at WestWorld annually.
 
  • TPC Scottsdale:  Per Jim Bruner, TPC Scottsdale was born from the dream of then PGA TOUR Commissioner Deane Beman. His vision was to create a network of clubs that would embody the TOUR’s rigorous quality standards, provide unparalleled venues for TOUR events, and further advance the PGA TOUR’s charitable contributions.  In early 1986, the Phoenix Thunderbirds (host organization for the Phoenix Open) started looking for a new tournament site. Tour Commissioner Beman began identifying a new a location when then Scottsdale Mayor, Herb Drinkwater, called with the perfect solution – he could secure gifted land within the City of Scottsdale that would offer the ideal setting for a stadium-style course, as well as, a location to build a hotel - the current Fairmont Princess Hotel.  So in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, the City of Scottsdale Council, and the Phoenix Thunderbirds, the PGA TOUR moved the event to its new location and named it Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale. 
 
  • Scottsdale Stadium:  Per Charlie Smith, the original stadium was built on 27 acres in 1956, and served as the former Cactus League home of the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s, and now the San Francisco Giants.  Construction began in April 1991 and the new Scottsdale Stadium opened it’s doors for Spring Training on March 12, 1992.  The facilities were renovated in 2005 and continue to be upgraded.  Located in Old Town Scottsdale, the Stadium has become the home of not only the San Francisco Giants and the Arizona Fall League, but also numerous cultural events. Over 15 baseball teams are now part of the Cactus League.  
When recalling the history of the stadium, Mr. Smith noted that in 1950 there were 2,200 Scottsdale residents, now there are over 250,000.  Over the years, there were many bond elections impacting stadium renovation funding.  In 1955, to compete with Florida spring training fields, $55,000 of the $72,000 cost to build the stadium was raised by selling lifetime box sales for $500 a piece.  Per Mr. Smith, former San Francisco Giants President, Al Rosen supported Scottsdale Stadium, calling it a "masterpiece" and acknowledged that Mrs. Rosen loved Scottsdale.
For the past five decades through the sale of stadium's Charro Lodge passes and stadium and magazine advertising, the non-profit Charros and The Charro Foundation raised and awarded millions of dollars back to the community through grants and donations to local non-profits and schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District.  
 

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Chairman Bob Burns as key note speaker at the Club's 2020 opening meeting held at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion.  When introducing Mr. Burns, Rotarian Jolene Hale, noted that Mr. Burns, a former Rotarian, currently serves as one of five state-wide ACC elected members. Mr. Burns first term began in January 2013 and he was recently re-elected to a second four-year term that started in January 2017.

As a Corporation Commissioner, Mr. Burns  oversees the regulation of Arizona’s private water, wastewater, electric, gas and telecommunications companies, as well as, civil enforcement of the Arizona Securities Act, safety inspection of railroads and pipelines and the incorporation of businesses.  During his time at the Commission, Bob has been actively engaged in issues pertaining to emerging technologies in energy.

For the past 54 years, Mr. Burns has played an role in making Arizona a better place to live, work and play. In 1989, Mr. Burns began his career in public service as an elected State Representative. In the House of Representatives, Mr. Burns was Chairman of Appropriations and served on many committees, including, Health, Judiciary, Ways and Means, Transportation, and Insurance.

In 2001, Mr. Burns was elected a member of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for overseeing the management of the Central Arizona Project, a 336-mile long system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping plants and pipelines, and is the largest single resource of renewable water supplies in the state of Arizona. It is also the largest user of electrical power in Arizona.

In 2003, Mr. Burns was elected to the Arizona State Senate where he served as Chairman of Appropriations (served fourteen years) and on a number of committees, including Rules and Finance.  In 2009, Mr. Burns was elected as President of the Arizona Senate, and served as such until 2010. While serving in the Legislature, Mr. Burns has received many recognitions and awards.  Mr. Burn’s public and community service extends beyond his substantial time in the Legislature.

During his talk, Mr. Burns addressed a plethora of topics: utility rate setting cases; complaint due processes; utility rate setting tools; individual roles and rights of ACC members; corporation registry and security processes; railroad crossing (i.e. hazard materials); and pipeline safety (i.e. gas leaks); master meter complexities (i.e. apartments and trailer parks); ACC member election perspectives; national organization for regulatory commissions; pending court cases; ACC led studies and reports; various ACC and APS matters; and more.  
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently received an International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR) Youth Service award certificate for service exemplary of Rotary International's commitment to youth throughout the world through cooperation between Rotary International and Scouting. This is not a Scouting award nor a Rotary award, but an IFSR worldwide award and is intended to reward Rotary Clubs who support local Scout and/or Guide Units. Rotary Clubs can receive this award for: working together on a community service project; performing service projects at a Scout or Guide camp; forming a partnership with a Scout and/or Guide unit; making a Scout or Guide unit an Interact unit; recognizing Scouts & Guides who attain the highest rank; recognizing a Scout & Guide unit who performs community service.
 
At a meeting in 2019, Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Andy Price, CEO of Grand Canyon Council for Scouts as its keynote speaker.  Mr. Price, a Scottsdale resident, addressed scouting topics from STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- to increasing scout numbers in 2020.  Mr. Price noted that scouting develops character, respect for self and others, independence, leadership, values, education, and serving others.
There were 2.2 million Scouts in BSA last year, according to the release, noting the 38,000 participants in Grand Canyon Council’s varied programs.  Rotary Club of Scottsdale's President Don Loose, acknowledged the importance of scouting and appreciation of the time, talent and resources that Club member Rotarians Matthew Graham and Matthew Hill bring to the Club.
See the Club's website for information about the Club's upcoming speakers - www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158.
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Dean of Thunderbird School of Global Management. During his introduction of the program, Rotarian Joe Cusack, shared Dr. Khagram's bio as a world-renowned expert, scholar and practitioner in global leadership, the international political economy, sustainable development and the data revolution.
 

Dr. Khagram has worked extensively with global start-ups, corporations, governments civil society groups, multilateral organizations, cross-sectoral action networks, public-private partnerships, foundations, professional associations and universities.  He has lived and worked for extended periods in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Germany and United Kingdom.

 

Dr. Khagram shared with the Rotarians his personal journey as a refugee in 1973 fleeing from Idi Amin's Uganda to refugee camps in Italy to settling in the United States.  Dr. Khagram has held faculty positions at the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Washington where he was the founding director of the Lindenberg Center for International Development.

 
Dr. Khagram envisions the global management school bringing peace to the world through commerce. Dr. Khagram identified areas in which he believes the Thunderbird School can take the lead in educating students from around the world by:
  • championing better globalization;  
  • addressing climate change's nature of the world; and,
  • advancing the importance of entrepreneurship and The Fourth Industrial Revolution of advanced technologies and innovation.  The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a way of describing the blurring of boundaries between the physical, digital, and biological worlds. It's a fusion of advances in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing, and other technologies.
 
Dr. Khagram updated the Rotarians about the global management school's new downtown Phoenix headquarters, at First and Polk streets, next to the Beus Center for Law and Society, home of the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at ASU. The five-story building will include large gathering spaces, classrooms, a video studio and, on the roof, the pub — an icon from the school’s early days.  He noted that this will be the third home for the school, which started in 1946 at a site in Glendale that had been used to train pilots during the war.
 

Dr. Khagram stated: "Since the time ASU President Michael Crow arrived in 2002, Dr. Crow wanted to partner with Thunderbird, then a struggling but still prestigious private institution. Dr. Crow was impressed by the Thunderbird's history and wanted to find a way to work with the school. In 2014, Thunderbird officially became part of ASU, and in 2018 moved from the Glendale campus to temporary quarters in downtown Phoenix."

Dr. Khagram said that Thunderbird’s base of 45,000 alumni in 140 countries is its greatest asset. The school educates global leaders who create equitable and sustainable prosperity worldwide.

In closing, Dr. Khagram stated that April 2021 will the be the school's 75th anniversary and also the grand opening of its new downtown headquarters. The school started after World War II as a training program for international business people.  Its latest motto is: “Borders frequented by trade seldom need soldiers."

 
As part of the Club's business meeting, Rotarians welcomed its newest member Virginia (Ginny) Agar.  Rotarian Dale Gray, provided an update of the Club's community thanksgiving dinner and international service projects.  The Club expects to deliver a fully equipped ambulance to Sonora Mexico's Minister of Health and $800,000 of medical supplies to five Sonora Mexico hospitals.  
   
          Dennis Haberer              Dr. Honora Norton
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Dennis Haberer, Chairman of the Board of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona, Inc (TRVFA).  Mr. Haberer updated the Rotarians about TRVFA being a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3) whose purpose is to assist those people who qualify under Arizona law to obtain financial assistance to further their vocational studies.
 
During Mr. Heberer's talk to the Rotarians, he noted that TRVFA is a partner with Rotary Clubs to provide financial and personal support to qualified candidates in obtaining education, training and skill development so they may, in turn, attain career-oriented employment, financial stability to raise their families and become productive citizens contributing to their communities.  Because of their increased earning potential, they help grow the economy of the state of Arizona.
 
Mr. Haberer shared a few examples of how TRVFA and local Rotary Clubs have helped students achieve a better and more rewarding career and life:
 
  • Sofia was sponsored to study phlebotomy.  She was hired immediately after graduating and has since completed other studies and advanced in her medical profession.  She has enjoyed many positive transitions in her personal life as a result of the beginning her TRVFA grant provided. 
  • Jocelyn was sponsored to begin a surgical technology program.  The grant enabled her to enter a career where she will earn a livable wage while she seeks to achieve her goal of becoming a surgeon.
  • Sarah earned her certified nursing assistant license and a patient care technician certification.  She was hired as soon as she graduated and has been working in a hospital for 3 1/2 years.  Sarah will go back to school soon to get her RN.
  • Corey graduated with a degree in medical radiology.  Going back to school later in life with kids was challenging for Corey, but is was worth it and very rewarding.
 
Per Dr. Honora Norton, a Rotary Club of Scottsdale TRVFA liaison, the Rotary Club of Scottsdale has sponsored many TRVFA scholarships to low income working poor, especially men and single mothers struggling to survive on multiple low paying part-time jobs with no benefits.    Dr. Norton stated - I am honored to support TRVFA and its blessed workings.  Each applicant that I have met is deserving, eager to learn and ready to make productive career moves after completing his/her TRVFA funded courses at Trade Schools which encompass a wide variety of hands-on education, from HVAC to carpentry to cosmetology to healthcare.
 
A college degree or vocational training beyond high school are necessary tools to obtain a well paying job. The days when a person graduated from high school, entered the workforce, and stayed with the same company until she or he retired are over.  The cost of college tuition and books is prohibitive for many people in low income households who wish to better themselves by furthering their education. TRVFA scholarships give them the leg up to provide for themselves and their families.  TRVFA provides financial aid to those who need it most.
 
See www.trvfa.org for more information about vocational scholarship opportunities and/or to make a charitable donation. TRVFA is 100% funded by donations from individuals, local businesses, as well as, Rotarians and Rotary Clubs. TRVFA is an organization which meets Arizona’s Credit For Contributions To A Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements (QCO Code is 20698).
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Dean Ballard, TGen Foundation's Director of Development. During his introduction of the program, Rotarian John Abbs, shared Mr. Ballard's bio as a senior professional fundraiser, with over 18 years of experience conceptualizing, designing, and implementing creative development strategies. Mr. Ballard specializes in creating and building interest-specific programs, including the Waylon Jennings Diabetes Research Fund, the TGen Ambassadors program and the Annual Fund for the TGen Foundation.
 
Mr. Ballard noted that native Phoenician Dr. Jeffery Trent, FACMG (who spoke to the Rotarians in December 2013), originated the concept for TGen.  Dr. Trent is an internationally recognized scientist, who envisioned an institute where many of the world's leading scientists would turn breakthroughs in genetic research into medical advances benefiting patients and their families.  Dr. Trent envisioned that TGen would be good for Arizona's economy, bringing together collaborative partnering and accompanying knowledge-based businesses that co-locate with major research institutions.
 
Per Mr. Ballard, also key to TGen's progress is Daniel D. Von Hoff, M.D., FACP, FASCO, FAACR, physician in chief and director of translational research at TGen.   Dr. Von Hoff is chief scientific officer for US Oncology and for HonorHealth’s Clinical Research Institute and a clinical professor of medicine at University of Arizona.
 
When describing the work at TGen, Mr. Ballard stated its work is:
  • Transitional - by translating new genomic knowledge into clinical results
  • Genomics - through study of the entire make-up of an organism
  • Research - through teams of genomic and computational investigators of cancer, neurological and metabolic disorders
  • Institute - TGen's being a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 
Mr. Ballard shared TGen's history from 2002 when it was officially launched to present day's 215 employees, 12 spin off entities, individual collaborations, scientific gene discoveries and national/international recognition. TGen Flagstaff North's Pathogen Genomics Division addresses valley fever, Lyme disease, antibiotic resistant staph infections, microbiomics, anthrax and other infections. Mr. Ballard shared the statistics that over 150,000 have been diagnosed with valley fever, with 50% originating in Arizona.
 
During his talk Mr. Ballard highlighted:
  • The on-going partnership between Riddell, TGen and Arizona State University Sun Devil football program's genetic research study designed to advance athlete concussion detection and treatment.
  • TGen's Center for rare children's diseases, noting that 1 in ten Americans suffer from a rare disease with 50% of those being children.
  • TGen's collaboration with City of Hope's comprehensive cancer center known as one of the leading cancer hospitals in the West.
  • TGen's funding sources - contributions, grants and services.
  • TGen's Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials - approved by FDA.
 
For more information about TGen's work and individual patient clinical trial and research opportunities see www.tgen.org. To learn more about ways to support TGen's work -  contact Dean Ballard at 602-343-8543/dballard@tgen.org  
 
As part of the Club's business meeting, Rotarians were invited to volunteer at the annual holiday Salvation Army bell ringing at various Scottsdale retail organizations.  Additionally, Dennis Haberer, Chairman of the Board of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona, Inc (TRVFA), updated attendees about TRVFA being a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3) whose purpose is to assist those people who qualify under Arizona law to obtain financial assistance to further their vocational studies. TRVFA is an organization which meets Arizona’s Credit For Contributions To A Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements (QCO Code is 20698). See www.trvfa.org for more information about vocational scholarship opportunities and/or to make a charitable donation.
 
 
To kickoff his talk, DG Simmer highlighted the importance of RI's vision statement - "together we see a world where people unite, and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities in ourselves."  Per DG Simmer, the reasons people join Rotary is for leadership development, friendships, fellowship, membership and community impact.  DG Simmer shared that for many years the motto of Rotary International (RI) has been "service above self."  RI has been rebranding itself to be an all volunteer organization of "people of action."
 
RI supports three organizations that partner together - Rotaract (age 18-30), Interact (middle and high school) and Rotary Clubs.  Per DG Simmer, each Rotarian's stewardship of sharing his/her time, talent and treasure is key to the success Rotary Clubs. RI's areas of focus are: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development; which coincidentally match the United Nation's areas of focus as peace builders.   
 
Key to RI's stewardship is Rotary's Foundation which supports sustainable projects that implement permanent and lasting change across the globe.  For example, RI in 1985 initiated its global Polio Plus project, in partnership with Gates Foundation, UNICEF, World Health Organization and other health organizations to eradicate polio. Over two billion dollars has been spent and millions of volunteer hours has been spent distributing polio immunizations around the world.  It is estimated that over 16 million children have been saved from the polio disease.
 
Rotarians at the event gave a resounding expression of support and gratitude for all the time, talent and resources that DG Simmer has been sharing with the 70 Rotary, 101 Interact and 6 Rotaract Clubs in District 5495, as well as, serving as the district's key liaison with Rotary International region and its headquarters located in Evanston, IL.
 
As part of the Club's business meeting, Judy Smith was welcomed as the Club's newest Rotarian and members were invited to volunteer at the annual holiday Salvation Army bell ringing at Scottsdale's Fashion Square's Nordstrom's.  See the Club's website for information about the Club's upcoming speakers - www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158.
 
Eleven volunteers representing the Rotary Club of Scottsdale Arizona partnered with City of Scottsdale's Operation Fix It (neighbors helping neighbors) to complete a yard landscape installation of drought-tolerant plants and 15 tons of gravel for a Scottsdale homeowner in need.  This is the second Operation Fix It project for the Club.  The first was a house painting project in February 2019. Operation Fix It provides assistance to Scottsdale home owners with exterior improvements to their properties when they are unable to address due to financial/physical constraints.
 
Per the Club's Community Service Project Director, Laura Biever, the home owner were thrilled and thankful for all the hard work and beautiful landscaping job.   
 
In addition to landscaping, the Rotary Club of Scottsdale presented to Michelle Holmes, Program Manager of Operation Fix It, a check for $1,000 for use on future home improvement projects within the City of Scottsdale. Operation Fix It program is not funded by the City of Scottsdale Arizona and operates on donations both financial and in kind and the support of our incredible volunteers who contribute their precious time, sweat and dedication to the program's mission which is: To find creative solutions to assist our residents in need with helpful hands and generous hearts.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed the former distinguished member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1969-1983), Barry Goldwater, Jr.  While introducing Goldwater Jr, Rotarian Christopher West, noted that Goldwater Jr is the son of Barry Goldwater, U.S. senator from Arizona and Republican Party presidential nominee in 1964.  The Rotarians and guests were elated to learn that Goldwater Jr served as President of the Greater San Fernando California Rotary Club.
 
After retiring from politics, he moved to Los Angeles and pursued a career in the financial sector, specializing in security law and underwriting.  He became a member of NYSE and a partner in what is now Wedbush Securities.  Goldwater Jr now resides in Phoenix, near his son, Barry M. Goldwater III.  Goldwater Jr continues to champion the conservative political movement started by his father.  He serves as Chairman of a solar advocacy group and maintains his contacts with political leaders and activists, while he champions the conservative political movement started by his father. Goldwater Jr serves as Chairman of Nelson Taplin Goldwater (NTG) Consultants, a government relations firm primarily focused on the insurance industry.
 
During his talk, Goldwater shared his family's legacy of migrating to America from Poland in 1840 settling in San Francisco.  They were clothing merchants who followed the miners and army to Prescott AZ and grew the business into Goldwater's Department Store.  His uncle Morris, was Mayor of Prescott for 25 years and helped to write Arizona's constitution.
 
Goldwater declared that in a democracy, every four years we can elect a new president and every 2 years elect a new congress; and, that the watch dog role of the free press, which is important to a functioning democracy, needs to be impartial or independent.  As such, most of us now get our news off the internet. 
 
Goldwater Jr shared impassioned memories of watching his father come home from war.  He grew up dreaming of going to work with his father.  Little did he realize as a young 30 year old California congressman, he'd be walking down the Capital steps with his father in fulfillment of that dream.  Together they served in the US Congress for 14 years.  He learned from his father to stand up for what you believe in; to respect the land we walk on; to learn gratitude for what we have and where we come from; to know the importance of being kind to one another;  and, to always listen to what others say in order to learn from each other.  
 
As a Congressman, Goldwater Jr. was able to create the largest urban park in the U.S., the Santa Monica National Recreation Area.  He was the co-author along with former Congressman and NYC Mayor Ed Koch of the Privacy Act of 1974, which for the first time codified the concept of protecting personal privacy.  He served on the space committee and was there when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins came home from their landing on the moon. 
 
Goldwater Jr stated Congress is different today.  For 14 years, he was always in the minority; yet, Democrats allowed the Republicans to participate and help craft bi-partisan solutions to our country's problems.  Republicans and Democrats got along.  Today, one sees anger and division, likely fueled by a partisan press and expanded social media.  The country is divided, yet it is in the same fights that Hamilton and Jefferson - and - John Maynard Keynes and Milton Freedman experienced - each butting heads as to who controls and who makes the rules. 
 
Goldwater Jr. responded to questions about California's changing politics, 3rd-party impact on the traditional two-party system, term limits and current issues needing attention - highways, healthcare and immigration policies.  After his talk, he signed copies of the book "Pure Goldwater" that he co-authored with his friend, Legal Council to the President Nixon, John Dean. 
 
 
On October 28, 2019, City of Scottsdale's Mayor Jim Lane dedicated the new concrete Scottsdale Rotary Park's ramada addition.  Rotary Park 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.
 
The Mayor and Rotary Committee Chair, Ken Brown, extended special thanks to the park project's sponsors and contributors: James Carusone and the Salt River Materials Group (SRMG), The City of Scottsdale, and Rotarians James Hann Design, AIA and David Pastor; materials, equipment and accessories donation—SRMG; ready mix concrete delivery:  Rock Solid Concrete Construction; SRMG Staff and Walter Hoff (Lead), Mario Burns, Sr., and Mario Burns, Jr., and Ernie Whiting; concrete pumping:  Fleming and Sons - Derek Hauser, G.M. and Lee Hall, Operator.  Club President, Don Loose, extended thank you to the Rotary Club's Park Committee: Kenneth Brown, Craig Miller & James Flynn.  SRMG's representative and Rotarian James Carusone was presented with the American flag which flew above Rotary Park’s Unity Plaza April, 22, 2019—October 28. 2019. 
 
As part the dedication ceremony, members and guests of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale enjoyed its semi-annual Rotary Day at the Park.  Rotarian Carroll Huntress and owner of Scottsdale's Sugar Bowl, provided all the food; while Rotarian Ken Brown and friend of Club, Rob Adler barbecued brats and Sandy Miller handled setup and beverages; while Rotarian Gil Gifford arranged sound system. 
 
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. 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 100th Anniversary in 2005. To learn more about the park or to make group reservations see: www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/rotary-park .
 
The Scottsdale Rotary Foundation offers naming and/or memorial opportunities (trees, flags, paver bricks and more) at Rotary Park Unity Plaza. 
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Dr. Sybil Francis, President & CEO of Center for Future of Arizona (CFA), as its keynote speaker at a luncheon meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.  While introducing Dr. Francis, Rotarian Jim Bruner noted that Dr. Francis is a public policy architect committed to advancing innovative solutions with Arizona. She oversees CFA’s strategic innovations, research, partnerships and advances key initiatives that are at the core of CFA’s mission and work.
 
Prior to her move to Arizona in 2002, Dr. Francis’ public policy work focused on advancing the national science and technology enterprise. Dr. Francis began her career working in the U.S. House of Representatives and later served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and served as part of the leadership team of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a small private college in New York.
Dr. Francis serves on multiple boards and committees including: The Nature Conservancy Arizona Chapter Board of Trustees, Conservation and Public Policy Committee,  Expect More Arizona Statewide Advisory Council, and Arizona Business & Education Coalition Board of Directors. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Francis is founding member and Co-Chair of Arizona State University Foundation’s Women & Philanthropy program; a member of the Arizona Women’s Forum and Charter 100.
Dr. Francis earned her B.A. in Chemistry at Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to her leadership role with the Center for the Future of Arizona, Dr. Francis is a key partner to her husband, ASU President Michael Crow, in forging connections between ASU and the community.
 
Per Dr. Francis, CFA brings Arizonans together to build a bright future for our state while impacting 200,000+ students, 5,260+ teachers, 200+ education leaders, 130+ communities and 80+ industry partners engaged across the state in education and workforce initiatives.   CFA measures progress of jobs, education, young talent, health & well-being, natural resources, infrastructure, civic participation and connected communities within Arizona.
 
During her talk, Dr. Francis indicated that 60% of Arizona residents originated from elsewhere - now and 100 years ago.  When talking about education, Dr. Francis noted that 3rd grade level of reading, student leadership, school principal leadership, civic engagement (learning democracy by doing) and schools' partnering with employers are  primary measurements of success.
 
Dr. Francis addressed questions about teacher unions, employer needs and school initiatives not being in sync, and the need for cooperation between schools and local leadership groups, such as, Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.  In closing, Dr. Francis asked Rotarians and guests to dream big and do it together.  
 
During the meeting Rotarians Cary and Susan Silverstein were honored with Paul Harris pins in recognition of their continued financial support of Rotary International Foundation. Kevin Maldonado, sponsored by Rotarians Lance Davidson and Richard Signeski, was welcomed as the Club's newest member.  Gretchen Kinder received her blue club membership badge in recognition of completing required new club member assignments.
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Dr. William C. Harris, President and CEO of Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz), as its keynote speaker at a luncheon meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.  While introducing Dr. Harris, Rotarian Jim Bruner noted prior to joining SFAz, Dr. Harris was in Ireland serving as director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), a new Irish agency that helped facilitate tremendous growth in Ireland’s R&D.  Immediately prior to going to Ireland, Dr. Harris was vice president of research and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of South Carolina (USC). There, Dr. Harris oversaw research activities throughout the USC system, several interdisciplinary centers and institutes, the USC Research Foundation and sponsored research programs.
 
Dr. Harris served at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) from 1978 to 1996, including as the director for mathematical and physical sciences (1991-1996); where he was responsible for federal grants appropriation of $750 million.  He also established 25 Science and Technology Centers to support investigative, interdisciplinary research by multi-university consortia.  Earlier in his career, he catalyzed the Research Experience for Undergraduates program in the chemistry division and it became an NSF-wide activity.
 
In 2005, Dr. Harris was elected a member of the Irish Royal Academy, and received the Wiley Lifetime Achievement Award from California Polytechnic State University.  He has authored more than 50 research papers and review articles in spectroscopy and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Harris earned his undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary, and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of South Carolina.
 
Per Dr. Harris, in 2006, Arizona's political, education, business and philanthropic leadership made the decision to launch SFAz.  The mission of SFAz (office located in Scottsdale) is to diversify the state's economy by developing programs and partnerships that stimulate joint industry and university research and development, as well as, benefit state-based industries.  SFAz, a nonprofit public-private partnership was awarded its first grant in 2007. SFAz returns on its first seven years of research investment can be measured in quantifiable terms of revenue, high-salary jobs, companies, technologies, and talent generated and attracted.
 
Dr. Harris often referred to Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson's book "Jump-Starting America" which reflects upon a visionary plan that will lead to job growth and a new American economy in places now left behind. Beginning in 1940, massive public investment generated breakthroughs in science and technology that first helped win WWII and then created the most successful economy the world has ever seen. Private enterprise then built on these breakthroughs to create new industries--such as radar, jet engines, digital computers, mobile telecommunications, life-saving medicines, and the internet-- that became the catalyst for broader economic growth that generated millions of good jobs. 
 
Dr. Harris noted that the 1944 GI Bill resulted in significant number of GI's attending college and other significant jump-starts in industry included:
  • IBM in early 1950's;
  • 1957's Sputnik impact of US's competitiveness;
  • 1957-67 federal grants introduced to support new universities addressing technology, educational programs for teachers, and development of computer, biology and science research laboratories;
  • 1980's development of internet and computer science within universities.
 
Dr. Harris shared his experiencing significant advancements between 1985 to 2001 in China's development of laboratories, airports, and transportation (trains, highways..).  In closing, Dr. Harris acknowledged that ASU has developed into a world-class research university.  He stressed the need to depoliticize and build for the future for competitive good.  He theorized that within the US there will be 100 cities, likely to include Phoenix Valley, that will be have renown universities and a network of laboratories to educate, keep and grow talent that will change our country.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed David Ramirez, Public Information Officer at City of Phoenix Aviation Department, as its keynote speaker at a luncheon meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.  During the program's introduction, Christopher West noted that David has held his position as PIO since 2009, has held various other City of Phoenix positions and had been a Arizona Republic staff reporter. 
 
David stated that Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America's Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $38 billion. Every day approximately 1,200 aircraft and more than 120,000 passengers arrive and depart at Sky Harbor.  In 2018, 45 million people traveled through the Airport.  In 1965, it served 1.6 million passengers.  David talked about the changes within the Airport's 3 terminals, 3 runways, 18 airlines serving the airport, and supporting airports (Deer Valley, Phoenix Goodyear..).  Terminal 3 was built in 1979 and is being modernized in 3 phases with the second phase being just completed and named John S McCain III Terminal 3. 
 
Recent changes to the airport include:  $27 million in upgrades within International Concourse in Terminal 4 - elevator, queuing, baggage and kiosks. Per Mark, Terminal 4 is the most used terminal (85% of travelers).  An eighth final concourse with 8 gates for Southwest is scheduled to be completed by 2022.   Of special note within Terminal 4 are the 30 new retail shops, trip advisor center, and urgent care center.  Of interest to the Rotarians was Phoenix Sky Harbor's people mover/train expansion, including planned addition of two more rail miles that will eventually go to the Airport's rental car center and a new hotel.
 
Other topics David addressed were: new animal relief areas; cell phone lots; airport's sustainability turf project (eliminated 5 million gallons of water usage and $400,000 in maintenance costs); recycling; solar energy; motorist services, valet and prepaid parking: customer service (400 "purple" navigators); airport's renown art museum; website Espanola upgrades; free Wi-Fi and charging stations; availability of phone checkpoint wait times; USO VIP area in terminal 4; airport tours; and, live music in concourses.
 
During the meeting, Club President, Don Loose welcomed the Club's newest Rotarian - Kristina Knudsen, of Barrow Neurological Foundation; and, congratulated Rotarian Douglass Snell for completing his new member tasks to earn his blue membership badge.
 
Additionally at the luncheon meeting, Cassidy Johnson, who serves as Rotary International District 5495 Interact Assistant Governor, Rotary Interact Executive Director at Scottsdale's Desert Mountain High School, and Interact Ambassador to Kenya, spoke about local Rotary youth support of Crutches 4 Africa international services project.  Cassidy shared highlights of a 3-week Rotary International trip made by a project team of 6 high school Rotary Interact high school students and 5 Rotarians.  The team personally delivered hundreds of mobility devices to those in need living in Uganda and Kenya.
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale celebrated its 65th season/year, by wrapping gifts at the Club's Childhood Cancer Awareness Wrap-A-Thon.  The community service project was done in partnership with Scottsdale's Arizona Cancer Foundation (ACF) for Children. ACF's mission is to provide social, emotional and financial support for Arizona families who are managing the health and well-being of a loved one with pediatric cancer.  ACF provides financial support to families for needed expenses related to the care of their "Cancer Warrior" child and living expenses.
 
The Founder and CEO of the Organization is Chrisie Funari, whose daughter, Ava died of cancer at the age of 5.  Instead of giving into her despair, Chrisie vowed she would do everything she could to help families going through the same devastating experiences. 
 
Twenty-six enthusiastic Rotarians, friends, family and colleagues participated in the 3-hour Wrap-A-Thon on September 21, 2019.  Over 200 donated and beautifully wrapped gifts will distributed in a few weeks to six ACF sponsored families.  
 
At the event, Monica Graffius, Executive Director of Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, stated that no request by a family of a cancer warrior child is turned down.  The median income of these families is $41,000/year.  The Rotary Club of Scottsdale Foundation's donation of $2,500 will help families with their needs.
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Club President, Don Loose, extended gratitude to the event's many sponsors and supporters - Northern Trust, at 14624 N. Scottsdale Road, graciously provided their large conference room for the event.  Refreshments and rolls of wrapping paper were supplied through the Club's Foundation funds.  One of the many sponsors of donated gifts was Old Navy.  A special thank you was extended to Monica Graffius, Executive Director of the Arizona Cancer Foundation for her support and coordination with the Club's event's project leader, Rotarian Laura Biever.
 
See the Club's website for information about its upcoming key note speakers, projects and membership - www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158. For more information about Arizona Cancer Foundation see - www.azcancerfoundation.org.
 
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Mark Stanton, President of the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, as its keynote speaker at the Club's weekly luncheon meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.  When introducing Mark, Rotarian David Arriola, noted that Mark has an accomplished background in marketing, communications, public affairs and business development through his work with businesses, government and non-profit organizations in the Valley. 
 
Mark has held prominent marketing and public relations leadership positions within the Valley, such as, chief of staff to Maricopa County Board's Supervisor Andy Kunasek; past chairman/member of the State of Arizona Personnel Board; past president and lifetime member of Scottsdale Charros; executive director of the Presidential Primary Debate held in Mesa, AZ; member of Paradise Valley Town Council; and, many other volunteer positions as an advocate for public safety, fiscal accountability and quality of life initiatives.
 
During his talk, Mark stated the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to Scottsdale's regional businesses' community prosperity through advocacy, networking, connectivity, business education and being a voice for business through Chamber membership, programs, events, resource tools and customer service.  The Chamber's stakeholders include the City of Scottsdale, civic and non-profit groups, economic development partners, chamber members, businesses, visitors and residents.
 
During his talk, Mark shared specifics about several of the Chamber's economic and public policies between businesses and Scottsdale, as well as, the Chamber's advocacy and support of Scottsdale's Businesses United for Scottsdale School District.  In closing, Mark stated the goals of Scottsdale Chamber are to provide relevant and challenging pathways for businesses; to educate its members; to be a voice of business on business issues; to maintain a good relationship with the Phoenix Chamber; to create good relationships between businesses and schools; to actively support young people; and, to work with Uber and AirBnB on common issues.     
 
 
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Christina Haines, President of Scottsdale Community College (SCC), as its keynote speaker at recent Club's weekly luncheon meeting held at McCormick Ranch Golf Club.  When introducing Chris, Rotarian Mike Savastio, noted that Chris has been working within the Maricopa County Community Colleges District since 1989.  She held various leadership positions and/or was adjunct instructor at Mesa, South Mountain, Chandler-Gilbert and Scottsdale Community Colleges. During 2015-18, Chris served as Interim President of Phoenix College. 
 
Her professional background also includes serving as coach and instructor at Baker University in Baldwin City, KS and Weber State University in Ogden, UT. Chris, who is the first in her family to earn a college degree, majored in political science/education at Black Hills State University and received a master's degree in Educational Counseling from Northern Arizona University.  She is currently ABD working on her dissertation in Educational Leadership/High Education at NAU.
 
During her talk to the Rotarians and guests, Dr. Haines (ABD) acknowledged and expressed gratitude to her mentors, former Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians, Dr. Jan Gehler and Dr. Art DeCabooter - both former presidents of Scottsdale Community College.  She shared how SCC is preparing student for jobs "now," through the school's  class scheduling and keeping courses relevant and innovative.   
 
Rotarians were eager to ask Dr. Haines (ABD) questions about SCC's funding (property tax, tuition and grants) and SCC's tuition ($85 a credit, which has not been raised for the past 7-8 years).  Dr. Haines (ABD) closed her talk stating she spends 50% of her time raising dollars for the school, as well as, promoting the schools major departments, which include: arts (i.e. cinematography, video production, dance, drama, music, studio arts, web page and digital design...); business; education (i.e. elementary and physical education); health professions (i.e. LPN, nursing...); humanities; protective services (i.e. criminal justice and safety studies, police and criminal science..); science, technology and math; and, trades and personal services (i.e. culinary arts and food service...).
 
At the meeting, President Don Loose acknowledged Rotarians Craig Miller and Jason Brock, for 24 and 25 years respectively for perfect Rotary meeting attendance. Rotarian Jolene Hale was presented her "blue" membership badge in recognition of her completing all her new Rotarian assignments.  Justine Hurry was welcomed as Rotary Club of Scottsdale's newest Rotarian.
 
The Club is planning a community service wrap-a-thon project during Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children's Childhood Cancer Awareness month.  Rotarians will wrap presents for 30 adopted families on Saturday, September 21 from 9am to noon, at Northern Trust's Conference Room (14634 Scottsdale Road/#100).  See the Club's website for information about its upcoming Annual Golf Tournament Scholarship Fundraiser and upcoming key note speakers - www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158.