Rotary Club of Scottsdale hosts Rotary Park Day Picnic

From left, the Signeski family along with Rotarian Richard Signeski (holding flag); Rotarian Craig Miller, Park Project Coordinator and Club President Max Rumbaugh.

From left, the Signeski family along with Rotarian Richard Signeski (holding flag); Rotarian Craig Miller, Park Project Coordinator and Club President Max Rumbaugh.

 

On Oct. 12, 1985 Rotary Club of Scottsdale along with City of Scottsdale officials held groundbreaking ceremonies for Scottsdale Rotary Park located at 7959 Gainey Ranch Road.

Mayor Herb Drinkwater, Rotarian and then-City Councilman Jim Bruner, along with then-Rotary Club President Jim Tilker, then-Rotary Club President-elect Rodger Wagner and past Rotary Club President John Miller all participated in the 1985 ceremonial shoveling.

Bill Murphy, Scottsdale Parks and Recreation director, provides an update on park activities.

Bill Murphy, Scottsdale Parks and Recreation director, provides an update on park activities.

The Rotary Club funded the purchase of land, the original design/build and continues, to this day, to fund various upgrades to the park.

Twice a year, the Rotary Club holds a Rotary Park Day picnic luncheon so that all the club’s members and guests can enjoy and experience the park firsthand.

The recent picnic banquet food was sponsored by Rotarian Carroll Huntress, owner of Scottsdale Sugar Bowl. Chefs were Rotarian Ken Brown and Club supporter Rob Adler.

At the club’s October picnic, City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Director Bill Murphy provided attendees with an update of park activities, including renovations planned for Scottsdale’s Papago Rotary Park – another park that the Rotary Club sponsors.

Often at these picnics, dedication ceremonies are held for tree planting, memorial flag donations and plaza paver brick donations.

At October’s picnic, two trees were planted. One in memory of Elizabeth Lewis, loving wife of Rotarian Orme Lewis, and another tree sponsored by John and Melinda Gulick to honor their newborn second son, Jace David Gulick.

Per Rotarian Pat Talley, the club’s chair of park dedications, “these trees of honor will always stand as a vibrant monument to the special people in which they are dedicated.”

Additionally at the October picnic, Rotarian Richard Signeski and his family were honored for their donation of a U.S. flag in memory of Judith Ann Signeski. The flag was flown at the Rotary Park’s Unity Plaza from April 15 through Oct. 15.

The Rotary Club is honored to memorialize loved ones at the park through gifts of paver bricks, flags and newly planted trees. Visit www.scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158 to inquire about a dedication at the park for a special loved one and/or to inquire about club meetings, programs, projects and membership.

Cooking the food for the recent Rotary Park Day picnic were, from left, Rotarian Ken Brown, Rob Adler and Rotarian Carroll Huntress III.

Cooking the food for the recent Rotary Park Day picnic were, from left, Rotarian Ken Brown, Rob Adler and Rotarian Carroll Huntress III.

 

John Gulick,III, Melinda Gulick with Jace Gulick and Rotary Club President Max Rumbaugh, following tree planting.

John Gulick,III, Melinda Gulick with Jace Gulick and Rotary Club President Max Rumbaugh, following tree planting.

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