Scottsdale Rotary makes plans for ‘Service Above Self’ celebration

Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently welcomed as its guest speaker, Paul Davies, a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author.

Professor Paul Davies making a point about his research of the “Beyond.”

Professor Paul Davies making a point about his research of the “Beyond.”

He is regents’ professor and director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, co-director of the Cosmology Initiative, and principal investigator in the Center for the Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology, all at Arizona State University.

Mr. Davies’s research interests are focused on the “big questions” of existence, ranging from the origin of the universe to the origin of life, and include the nature of time, the search for life in the universe and foundational questions in quantum mechanics.

Rotarian Jason Brock introduced Professor Davies to the over 100 attendees who met at McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s West Lawn Pavilion.

The club is preparing for its annual signature community event – its Service Above Self Community Award Dinner. The event starts 5:15 pm April 25 at McCormick Ranch Golf Club – West Lawn Pavilion.

Rotarian Don Loose shares Paul Harris Day information.

Rotarian Don Loose shares Paul Harris Day information.

This is the third year the club will recognize local citizens and a community non-profit for achieving service above self volunteerism and for effecting positive change within the community.

City of Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane will present the 2016 awards to Circle the City (Non-Profit Award introduced by Rotarian Jeanette Griswold), to Dr. Honora Norton (Individual Award introduced by Rotarian Claudia Sawaf-Arnold), to Dr. Art DeCabooter (Lifetime Achievement Award introduced by Rotarian Jim Bruner) and Col. Park Shaw (Lifetime Achievement Military Award introduced by Rotarian Chris Holm).

Fr. Patrick Robinson, pastor at Scottsdale’s Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, will lead the evening’s invocation and pledge of allegiance. Club President Max Rumbaugh will introduce Rotarian Cary Silverstein, who will serve as the evening’s emcee.

Keynote speaker will be Nick Lowery, NFL Hall of Famer.

Over 200 attendees are expected to attend the evening’s festivities, including various Rotary and community dignitaries.

Deadline for reservations is April 18.

To find out more about the Community Award Dinner and/or about club programs, meeting location, projects and membership for local active and retired business professionals, visit or call 480-945-6158.

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