Rotary Club of Scottsdale event recognizes ‘Service Above Self’


The Rotary Club of Scottsdale honored three individuals and one nonprofit organization for living up to the Rotary motto of “service above self” during the club’s fourth annual community awards dinner.

The “Service Above Self Community Awards,” held April 25 at McCormick Ranch Golf Course, recognized the efforts of Circle the City, a nonprofit organization that assists the homeless, and three individual club members.

The awards were presented by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, who also is a member of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale. Former NFL player and Hall of Fame kicker Nick Lowery was the keynote speaker.

Recognized for their service to the community:

* Circle the City received the 2016 Service Above Self Award in recognition of “outstanding community service, volunteerism and support of Rotary’s call to Service above Self.”

Sister Adele O’Sullivan, Circle the City founder, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. Circle the City is nonprofit organization dedicated to providing holistic health care to individuals facing homelessness.

* Art DeCabooter received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. DeCabooter has held leadership roles in a number of local charitable organizations, including the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Charros, Arizona Town Hall, Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped, Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA and Scottsdale Leadership Program.

He served as president of Scottsdale Community College from 1978 to 2008 and continues to serve as president emeritus.

* Col. Park Shaw received the Lifetime Achievement Award/Military in recognition of his “exemplary service to our country.”

A member of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, Col. Shaw served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1973 and saw World War II action in the Philippines.
Col. Shaw is a longtime member of Rtoary and served as president of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale in 1984-85.

“For an old soldier, I can’t tell you how appreciative I am to receive this honor,” said Col. Shaw when accepting the award.

* Dr. Honora Norton received the Individual Service Above Self Award.
A member of the club and a firm believer in community service, Dr. Norton is involved in a number of local charitable endeavors, including serving on the boards of the General Federation Woman’s Club, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Catholic Charities Community Services Executive Board.

She is the former president of the Scottsdale Airpark Rotary Club and was the assistant governor and Peace Fellows Chair for Rotary International, District 5510. She currently serves as the treasurer and PR chair for the Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

Bret McKeand is senior executive editor of Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA.

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