Rotary Club of Scottsdale hosts annual fall luncheon

Len Mary with a drone at Rotary Club of Scottsdale's meeting. (submitted photo)

Mary Blank with a drone at Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s meeting. (submitted photo)

Rotary Club of Scottsdale held its annual fall luncheon meeting at Scottsdale’s Rotary Park, 7959 E. Doubletree Road in Scottsdale.

Rotarian and owner of Scottsdale’s Sugar Bowl Carroll Huntress provided all the food, while Rotarian Ken Brown and friend of club, Rob Adler barbecued bratwursts and polish sausages, according to a press release.

At the event, former Club President John Thornton announced Rotarian Jim Vieh donated a tree in honor of Mr. Vieh and his grandson Benjamin Blake Dworkin, the release states.

The tree of friendship planting is a long-standing tradition started by Rotary International’s founder Paul Harris and is a way to honor someone and improve the quality and beauty of the park.

(submitted photo)

(submitted photo)

The club also manages memorial opportunities to purchase Park Plaza paver bricks and U.S. Flags flown on the Unity Flagpole, the release states.

As part of the outdoor luncheon program, members and guests witnessed a drone demonstration by Raven Media.

Club President Mary Blank introduced the team from Raven Media, which featured James Rothen, Tyler Gibbin, Steven Davis and Shane Porter. The team stated the demonstration drone is registered and permission to fly it at the park was obtained from Scottsdale’s Airport’s air traffic control, according to a release.

The team shared general guidelines about the drone flying. For example, the drone can only fly under 400 feet, never near a manned aircraft and should fly within direct line of sight of its operator.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s Rotary Park paver bricks, flags and tree planting opportunities or to learn about the Club’s programs and membership options, visit

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