Meet Your Neighbor: Cassedy relishes mountain biking, hiking

Rory Cassedy (submitted photo)

Name: Rory Cassedy

Where I live: North Scottsdale, 2 miles east of the Granite Mountain Trailhead.

When & why I moved here: 2015 with a company promotion and transfer.

What I like most about living here: The natural beauty, our back porch overlooking Four Peaks and being able to open our garage door to go mountain biking and hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Activities I enjoy: Spending time with my wife, Stacey, being a Steward with the Conservancy, mountain biking with friends, hiking, introducing people to the Preserve and discovering Scottsdale and the surrounding area.

Clubs/organizations I’m involved in: Currently several of the 11 programs with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy as a Steward, including Patrol, Citizen Science, Pathfinding, Mentoring and Construction and Maintenance. Previously with Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow), School Mentoring, Big Brother, ARC and Keep America Beautiful.

My favorite charity or volunteer activity and why it deserves support from others? My favorite charity is ARC, serving citizens most deserving. And, volunteer activity is being a Steward with the Conservancy, champions for the sustainability of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations.

My No. 1 suggestion to new residents looking for ways to get involved in their community: Find something you find rewarding and fun that involves our natural beauty and history, such as the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

What one thing would you like to see changed in Scottsdale? Consecutive 100 degree days :), otherwise it is a great place to live!

My family: Wife Stacey and daughters Cortney, Britney and Rori, and granddaughters Cassidy, Camryn and Callie Grace.

What I do: Retired from the Solid Waste and Recycling industry and volunteer several days per week with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

People who are an inspiration to me: Jane Rau, the Stewards and Staff of the Conservancy who are eager to share their expertise, insight and information of the Preserve and region. And, a friend of mine that has CP and still mountain bikes 14 to 18 miles, three or more times per week.

My advice to today’s youth: As a former “Big” and School Mentor, I stressed; always being polite, considerate of others and staying active. If you are considerate of others and do the right thing you will have a fulfilling life even if you are not the smartest student or a star athlete. And, if you stay active you will feel better about yourself and enjoy self-esteem.

To volunteer in the city of Scottsdale visit ScottsdaleAZ.gov/volunteer.

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