Scottsdale rotarians enjoy day at park, visiting with SFD

orris family at Scottsdale Rotary Park tree planting (submitted photo)

orris family at Scottsdale Rotary Park tree planting (submitted photo)

Members and guests of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale enjoyed a Rotary Day at the Park including food and visiting and learning about aspects of the Scottsdale Fire Department.

Member, Carroll Huntress, Rotarian and owner of Scottsdale’s Sugar Bowl, provided all the food, while Rotarian Ken Brown and friend of club, Rob Adler barbequed brats.

At the event, a tree donated by Rotarian Gary Dorris was planted at the park in honor of his grandson, Brady Dorris. Planting a tree is a long-lasting opportunity to honor someone and improve the quality and beauty of a Scottsdale city park, according to a press release.

Scottsdale Rotary Park is an eight acre oasis in the heart of Gainey Ranch. The park was built by members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and then donated to the city of Scottsdale. The park features lighted walking paths, a children’s playground, rotary-themed bike rack, a greenbelt, picnic ramadas, barbeque grills, a restroom facility and the world’s first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary symbol.

Rotary Plaza is located at 7959 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., in Scottsdale.

Rotarians viewing Scottsdale Fire Department trucks and equipment. (submitted photo)

Rotarians viewing Scottsdale Fire Department trucks and equipment. (submitted photo)

Rotarians and their guests met Fire Chief Tom Shannon and Shift 610A crew at the park. Everyone had to the opportunity to view two fully equipped city of Scottsdale fire trucks and emergency equipment used on those trucks.

The Scottsdale Fire Department is a core member of the Phoenix Regional Dispatch and Deployment system commonly known as automatic aid. This system ensures that the closest available appropriate resource responds to calls for service regardless of municipal jurisdiction and that an orderly and reliable incident command system is utilized, the release stated.

Upcoming Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting speakers include:

  • May 16: Cindy McCain wife of Senator John McCain, Blue Star Mom, Business Owner and Humanitarian;
  • May 23, Eileen Klein, president of the Arizona Board of Regents.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s upcoming speakers, projects, programs, and meeting dates and locations, visit

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