Former NFL placekicker to headline ‘Service Above Self’ awards dinner

Former NFL Pro Bowl kicker Nick Lowery will be the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s annual “Service Above Self” dinner planned later this spring.

Former NFL placekicker Nick Lowery will be the keynote speaker at Scottsdale’s “Service Above Self Award Dinner.”

Former NFL placekicker Nick Lowery will be the keynote speaker at Scottsdale’s “Service Above Self Award Dinner.”

Mr. Lowery, a resident of Scottsdale, will speak about life after the NFL.

Nicknamed “Nick the Kick,” Mr. Lowery is a former placekicker for the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets.

He was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and when he retired was ranked first in field goal percentage. He also had the most field goals in NFL history. Mr. Lowery leads and is involved in many local and national youth-related, homeless shelter and philanthropic activities.

The awards dinner is held annually to honor local volunteers for volunteerism that exemplifies “service above self.” The evening event, with an inviting buffet dinner, will be held April 25 at Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch Golf Club West Lawn Pavilion.

Local active and retired business professionals are invited to make reservations to participate in an event that will honor several of Scottsdale’s inspiring volunteers and businesses. Members are submitting nominations now and award selection will be announced early March.

Admission is $40.

During the club’s Jan. 25 meeting, Richard Merritt, president of Elliott D. Pollack and Company, provided the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests with an update on Phoenix/Scottsdale’s housing markets, unemployment rates, construction labor shortages, multi-family unit growth, rental vacancy rates, and much more about our area’s economy.

From left, Rotarian John Berry introduces Richard Merritt to attendees at the Jan. 25 meeting of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

From left, Rotarian John Berry introduces Richard Merritt to attendees at the Jan. 25 meeting of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

Mr. Merritt specializes in economic and fiscal impact analysis, real estate market and financial feasibility. Among many local projects, Mr. Merritt managed market studies for cities of Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale: Feb. 1, Alan Mulally, retired Ford Motor Company president and CEO; Feb. 8, Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian; and on March 21, Mark Brnovich, Arizona’s Attorney General.

The meetings are held at noon with a buffet lunch at Scottsdale’s McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, 7401 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Visit www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about club meeting reservations, programs, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals.

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