The Rotary Club of Scottsdale members will recognize Scottsdale individuals and/or groups for outstanding community service and volunteerism. Individuals and groups will be recognized for using their talents to serve others, who have a strong ethic of service, a pure compassion for people, an inspirational nature to motivate others to serve, and represent the Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s call to “service above self.”


2017 Service  Above Self Awards - Rotary Club of Scottsdale

On April 24, 2017 the Rotary Club of Scottsdale hosted its 4th Annual Scottsdale Community Service Above Self Award Dinner at Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion. City of Scottsdale's Mayor Jim Lane was on hand to present awards, congratulate and thank honorees for sharing their gifts within our community and for representing Rotary International's motto and golden rule tenant of "service above self." The Honorees were:
  • Jim Bruner, who received the Rotarian & Community Lifetime Service Above Self Award.  Jim Bruner is a visionary who is always ready to do the best for our community. A Scottsdale resident, veteran, attorney and banker, Jim has provided civic, political and professional leadership to the Valley for more than 45 years.
  • Ken Brown, who received the Rotarian Service Above Self Award.  Ken Brown, a Rotarian for 22 years, has served for 15 years as chair of Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s Ed Adler Memorial Golf Tournament, raising close to $100,000 for education scholarships and introducing to attendees exciting sport celebrities.  For 12 years, Ken has twice a year facilitated the BQ grilling for Club’s Rotary Park Days and directs park upgrade projects.
  • Nick Lowery, who received Scottsdale Citizen Service Above Self Award.   Nick Lowery, a NFL Legend, gives humbly and selflessly back to his community.  Since 1996, The Nick Lowery Youth Foundation, Inc has dedicated itself to supporting disadvantaged youth by developing, promoting and sponsoring programs and relationships that foster self-esteem, leadership qualities and skills and encourages youth to be through service positive assets to their communities. 
  • Detour Company Theatre, Non-Profit Organization Service Above Self Award.  Detour Company Theatre changes lives - actors, families, coaches, volunteers, audiences and community as a whole.  Founded in 2000, by Sam, the Theatre’s mission is to create authentic,  accessible theater opportunities for adults and youth who have developmental disabilities.  Detour is an educational partner with Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts teaching high school drama students about special needs.  
The evening's keynote speaker was nine-year NFL Pro, Michael Bankston.  Bankston shared insights on transitioning from life as a NFL professional.  Bankston is a former Defensive tackle / Defensive end played NFL nine seasons—for Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals (1992-1997) and Cincinnati Bengals (1998—2000). Bankston serves on Fiesta Bowl Committee and is a champion for youth.  Reverend Wesley D. Avram, Senior Pastor at Scottsdale's Pinnacle Presbyterian, opened the festivities with an inspiring invocation.  Emcee for the evening was Rotarian, John Campbell. 
Dr. Honora Norton, Rotarian and Event Chair for the 4th year, acknowledged and thanked all the honorees for their support of our community, Mayor Lane, the attendees and all the Rotarians and professionals who made the evening so special.  The Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Program Chair, Christopher West has announced the date and location of the 2018 Scottsdale Community Service Above Self Award Dinner - it will be held March 5, 2018 at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club's Pavilion.  


2016 Service Above Self Awards - Rotary Club of Scottsdale 

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale honored three individuals and one nonprofit organization for living up to the Rotary motto of “service above self” during the club’s fourth annual community awards dinner.

The “Service Above Self Community Awards,” held April 25 at McCormick Ranch Golf Course, recognized the efforts of Circle the City, a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless, and three individual club members.

The awards were presented by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, who also is a member of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale. Former NFL player and Hall of Fame kicker Nick Lowery was the keynote speaker.

Recognized for their service to the community:

* Circle the City received the 2016 Service Above Self Award in recognition of “outstanding community service, volunteerism and support of Rotary’s call to Service above Self.”

Sister Adele O’Sullivan, Circle the City founder, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. Circle the City is nonprofit organization dedicated to providing holistic health care to individuals facing homelessness.

* Art DeCabooter received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. DeCabooter has held leadership roles in a number of local charitable organizations, including the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Charros, Arizona Town Hall, Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA and Scottsdale Leadership Program.

He served as president of Scottsdale Community College from 1978 to 2008 and continues to serve as president emeritus.

* Col. Park Shaw received the Lifetime Achievement Award/Military in recognition of his “exemplary service to our country.”

A member of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Col. Shaw served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1973 and saw World War II action in the Philippines.
Col. Shaw is a longtime member of Rtoary and served as president of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale in 1984-85.

“For an old soldier, I can’t tell you how appreciative I am to receive this honor,” said Col. Shaw when accepting the award.

* Dr. Honora Norton received the Individual Service Above Self Award.
A member of the club and a firm believer in community service, Dr. Norton is involved in a number of local charitable endeavors, including serving on the boards of the General Federation Woman’s Club, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Board.

She is the former president of the Scottsdale Airpark Rotary Club and was the assistant governor and Peace Fellows Chair for Rotary International, District 5510. She currently serves as the treasurer and PR chair for the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

2015 Service Above Self Awards - Rotary Club of Scottsdale
Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and over 115 guests filled the Lakeside Ballroom at Scottsdale's The McCormick to honor selected men and women who serve the Club and the community of Scottsdale in a manner Rotary International calls "service above self."  This year's award winners were: Jason Washo, Rotarian, recognized for leading the City of Scottsdale Clock Project - a 3-year project which included a detailed plan to involve members, solicit funds and donations, direct clock design, gain city approval, coordinate contractors, lead clock's installation at City of Scottsdale's Civic Center, and host the clock's dedication ceremony.  Jason is involved in many youth-oriented community service projects and serves on Club's board of directors.  Max Rumbaugh, Rotarian, was recognized as a dedicated City of Scottsdale ambassador, especially through his leadership and support of Scottsdale's Sister City Program, City of Scottsdale's Leadership community projects  and Rotary's Youth Exchange Program.  Max joined Rotary in 1969 and has served in Rotary leadership roles throughout the US; he serves as Club's President-Elect.  Rachel Sacco, Rotarian, was recognized for leadership and service to Scottsdale in her role of President and CEO of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.  Rachel's vision helps bring 7.5 million visitors to Scottsdale annually and these visitors contribute $2.6 billion in economic impact, including $1.1 billion in direct spending in Scottsdale.  Rachel serves on many community boards, including National Advisory Board for the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at ASU. Jeanette Griswold, Rotarian, was recognized as a business owner and President of Scottscom Insurance Services, Inc, now merged with Crest Insurance Group, for her sharing with her employees and business associates the values of integrity and community service. Jeanette has made community service for herself and her staff a way of life by supporting many community organizations, to name a few, Miracle Network, Feed My Starving Children Program, St. Mary's Food Bank, Make-a-Wish and Phoenix Symphony.  Jeanette is a former club president and initiated its Computers for Kids Project.  Jim and Donna Piscopo, community volunteers, were recognized for founding and initially funding Bridging AZ Furniture Bank which quickly evolved into a federally recognized nonprofit.  Through their social service agency partners, Bridging AZ has impacted the lives of over 60,000 Arizonians and veterans.  Over 250,000 donated items valued over $5 million have been distributed to families in need.
Chair of the Service Award Dinner, Dr. Honora Norton, and Tim Baughman, Club Present congratulated award winners and expressed appreciation to Mayor Jim Lane for his genuine support and participation in this annual signature Scottsdale event - the Rotary Club of Scottsdale's Service Above Self Award Dinner.  Attendees enjoyed an inviting buffet along the lakeside, and received a "baseball" update from the evening's keynote speaker - Joe Garagiola, Jr, Senior VP of standards and on-field operations for Major League Baseball.  Joe shared personal stories of his involvement in a variety of matters including on-field discipline, pace of game, stadium-related issues and people, such as, Jim Bruner, Rotarian and Club member, who was one among many who were instrumental in bringing major league baseball to Arizona. 
Group Picture:  LR Front - Donna and Jim Piscopo, Jeanette Griswold, Rachel Sacco, Max Rumbaugh, and Jason Washo; LR Back - Tom Baughman, Club President, Dr. Honora Norton, Event Chairperson and City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. 
2014 Service Above Self Awards - Rotary Club of Scottsdale
Brian Trevellyan and Dr. Jan Gehler w/Jim Bruner
Brian Trevellyan grew up in rural New York (near Vermont) and has been married to his wife Anne for 29 years and has 3 young adult children. Brian embarked on a career rooted in service by graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS degree in Hospitality Management. During his 18 years in hospitality, Brian started at O’Sullivan’s Motel in Lake George, NY, joined the HR management team for Stouffer Hotels, which later merged with Renaissance Hotels. This led his family to move from New York to Georgia, to Chicago, to Scottsdale, to California and back to Scottsdale. When the company asked him to move to Washington DC, Brian made a family decision to leave the hospitality industry and stay in Arizona. This launched him into a 13-year career in the satellite communications/engineering industry as director of Human Resources for Comtech Communications Corporation. Although Brian worked diligently as the company grew, downsized, merged, and acquired other companies, he always knew there was something else he was supposed to be doing. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Brian summoned the courage to take the steps necessary to follow his deepest passion of becoming an elementary school principal. He took his first education class in September 2001 and spent the next ten years taking classes, working fulltime, raising a family and volunteering. Brian received his teaching degree in 2010 and joined Teach For America, working for a charter school in Maryvale. Teach For America is dedicated to eliminating educational inequity by closing the gap in providing all children an opportunity to get a quality education. In 2011 Brian continued this journey working with inter-city school children in the Creighton School District where he still teaches 4th grade at WT Machan Elementary School. Brian’s journey towards his goal continues as he earns his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in May from Northern Arizona University and awaits the results of the AZ State Principal examination he took in March. Brian’s professional experience exemplifies Service Above Self. Brian has always been a volunteer for his faith community. He taught third grade Christian formation and sacrament preparation, participated in outreach to the Navajo Indian communities of St. Michael Indian School in St. Michaels, AZ, St. Mary’s Mission in Tohatchie, NM, and St. Patrick’s Mission in Vanderwagon, NM for over ten years. In 2009 Brian became the community coordinator of the Catholic Coalition of Habitat for Humanity working out of Scottsdale’s St. Patrick’s Parish. He has been an integral part of the leadership team responsible for coordinating the construction crews, as well as, coordinating many volunteers. Brian’s leadership has led this group to build two houses per year and they are currently working on house #32.
Dr. Jan Gehler came to Maricopa County Community College District with 21 years in higher education. She held rank as tenured associate professor in culinary arts and hospitality, and has served in management positions from Chair to Associate Dean, Interim Dean, Interim Provost and as the Dean of University of Alaska Anchorage Community and Technical College. She taught high school and served as a grant writer for 6 years with the Orange Unified District in California and continued her professional public service for 12 years as a senior health and human services planner with the Municipality of Anchorage. She earned a BS in Family and Consumer Science from the Ohio State University, an MA in Vocational Education from California State University Long Beach, and an Ed.D in Educational Planning from Oregon State University. Jan and husband, Bill Gehler are natural parents to three adult children and American parents to an adult son from Croatia. In July 2008, Dr. Jan became SCC's second president following the distinguished career of Dr. Art DeCabooter. Beyond duties within the Maricopa District, Maricopa Foundation, and at SCC, Dr. Jan actively serves the larger Scottsdale community through membership Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce (Board member), Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., Communities Celebrating Diversity (Board Chair), Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS) (Board member), Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (Board member), and others. As a member of Rotary Club of Scottsdale, Dr. Jan has actively supported and participated in youth related 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 of Directors. When Dr. Jan arrived at SCC in 2008, she made it easy for faculty to try new things, and they have responded in creative ways. This has resulted in major grant wins, such as, an $8.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will allow Scottsdale and two of its sister colleges in the Maricopa Community College District to offer professional development workshops to middle school mathematics teachers. Since Dr Jan’s arrival, Native American students from 16 Arizona tribes have increased their enrollment at SCC. Many of SCC programs reflect the needs and interests of the native population, such as tribal management, health and arts courses. Under Dr. Jan’s tenure, SCC offers students a pristine, natural setting with expansive mountain views and native plant and wildlife. Under Dr. Jan’s leadership. SCC received the prestigious 2013 Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Sterling Award. Dr. Gehler believes that great cities include great educational systems and knows that education provides opportunity, and opportunity changes everything.