Rotary Club of Scottsdale celebrates past presidents

Rotarian Gary Dorris sharing his research about Presidents Lincoln and Washington (submitted photo)

Rotarian Gary Dorris sharing his research about Presidents Lincoln and Washington (submitted photo)

Rotarian Gary Dorris provided the Rotary Club of Scottsdale members and guests with an interesting view of the leadership styles of U.S. Presidents Lincoln and Washington.

Mr. Dorris has been a Rotarian for the past 44 years, 22 of which with the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

Growing up in Southern Illinois, in the land of Lincoln, Mr. Dorris’s life-long interest and admiration of President Lincoln has resulted in study of volumes of both favorable and critical perspectives of President Lincoln’s actions during the Civil War.

Mr. Dorris has authored several books about President Lincoln, including “Abraham Lincoln – An Uncommon, Common Man,” a narrative of President Lincoln’s life, according to a press release. As narrator/author, Mr. Dorris tells of President Lincoln’s magnanimity in both victory and defeat, his continual quest for self-improvement, his personal tragedies, and his compassion in the midst of war. Per Mr. Dorris, President Lincoln was a complicated man; unassuming but ambitious, honest but wily, humorous but occasionally despondent, spiritual but not religious, and he thought slavery was evil but condoned its legality until late in his life.

Past Club Presidents of Rotary Club of Scottsdale (submitted photo)

Past Club Presidents of Rotary Club of Scottsdale (submitted photo)

On Feb. 23, 1954, Rotary Club of Scottsdale was founded with its first Club President being Roland “Rolly” Feltman. At its Feb. 22, 2016 luncheon meeting, held at Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Golf Course’s Westlawn Pavilion, the club celebrated and acknowledged its past Club Presidents, as well as, recognized 16 of its members, for his/her community service as Club Presidents elsewhere before joining Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

Over 100 attendees enjoyed the opportunity to meet and greet the community leaders and thank each for his/her gifts of time, talent and resources, the release stated.

The following speakers have been scheduled to talk at upcoming meetings of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale: Feb. 29, Lindsey Crosland, administrator/estate manager at David & Gladys Wright House Foundation; March 14, Eileen Klein, president of Arizona Board of Regents; and, March 21, Mark Brnovich, Arizona’s Attorney General.

On March 7 members will attend Rockies/Cubs pre-season baseball game. Club meetings are held at noon with a inviting buffet lunch at Scottsdale’s McCormick Lakeside Ballroom, which is at 7401 N. Scottsdale Road, in Scottsdale.

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

 

Rotarians who served as Club Presidents before joining Rotary Club of Scottsdale (submitted photo)

Rotarians who served as Club Presidents before joining Rotary Club of Scottsdale (submitted photo)

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