Rotary Club of Scottsdale celebrates WWII vet’s 92nd birthday

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently celebrated the 92nd birthday of fellow Rotarian Col. Albert Park Shaw, USA Retired.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale

Col. Park Shaw acknowledging birthday wishes at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

Col. Shaw, a Rotarian for over 42 years, served in World War II.  In 2006, Col. Shaw was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, and presented an award by then-Governor Janet Napolitano.

Col. Shaw was inducted into the Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 1991 (an honor bestowed upon only 1 percent of its graduates). Mr. Shaw graduated from Kentucky Military Institute in 1942, the summer after Pearl Harbor, and immediately enlisted in the Army.

At 19 years old, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, infantry, at Ft. Benning, Ga.

He served extensively in the Southwest Pacific during World War II and participated in the initial assault wave on Luzon, Philippines, in 1945 and in the initial occupation of Hokkaido, Japan.

Following the war, Col. Shaw served as member of the General Staff at the 6th Army Headquarters at the Presidio in San Francisco.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale

Dick Lefler, retired Secret Service agent answering protective security questions from attendees.

At the meeting, Col. Shaw was congratulated for his extensive financial contributions to Rotary International’s Foundation and was awarded his Paul Harris Fellow “ruby” multiple-level pin.

Additionally, Col. Shaw participated in the celebration of Rotarian Chris Holm, a former Rotary International district governor from another state,  receipt of his “Blue Badge.”

Col. Shaw sponsored Mr. Holm’s club membership. Completing Blue Badge requirements in a timely manner helps new Rotarians to get to know their fellow Rotarians more quickly while familiarizing them with club activities and Rotary’s areas of focus:   Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water, Saving Mothers and Children, and Supporting Education.

Members continue to be in awe of Col Shaw’s continued dedication to community service and Rotary’s “service above self” motto.

The program speaker at the luncheon meeting was Dick Lefler, Secret Service agent.  In the filled McCormick Scottsdale Lakeside Ballroom, retired agent Lefler provided attendees with an overview of what it means to be a secret agent for presidential candidates, Pope John Paul II and on protective presidential security assignments at the White House.

To learn more about Rotary Club of Scottsdale membership, programs and community service projects visit www.scottsdalerotary.org.

Rotary Club of Scottsdale

From left, Max Rumbaugh, club president: John Campbell, Red Badge chair; Chris Holm, Rotarian (past RI District Governor) and Col. Shaw celebrating Chris receiving Blue Badge Award.

 

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