Navy Captain Ronald Evans, NASA astronaut, made his first and only flight into space as Command Module Pilot aboard Apollo 17 in 1972, the last manned mission to the moon with Cmdr. Eugene Cerman and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt.
Capt. Evans holds the record of most time spent in lunar orbit and the last person to orbit the moon alone.
In April 1976, Mr. Evans retired from the U.S. Navy as captain and retired from NASA in March 1977. After moving to Scottsdale, Mr. Evans joined the Rotary Club of Scottsdale in 1986.
While a Rotarian, Mr. Evans presented the club with his bolo tie he had taken into space and orbited the moon while on Apollo 17 mission. The bolo tie has been passed to various Rotary Club of Scottsdale presidents until it reached Club President Bob Jackson.
Mr. Jackson passed it on to Max Rumbaugh during his 2015-16 club president term.
Presidents Jackson and Rumbaugh, and Rotarian Ken Brown collaborated to have the bolo tie mounted for display. The bolo tie is an invaluable gift to the club.
The intent is for each club president to receive it and display it in his/her work area or office; and, then pass it along to the next club president.
Mary Blank was honored to receive the historical memorabilia and looks forward to displaying it through her term as club president.
For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale – see www.scottsdalerotary.org
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