Rotarians enjoy cowboy adventures of H. Alan Day

Rotary Club of Scotsdale

From left, Scottsdale Rotarian Don Loose, H. Alan Day and Club President Kent Hammond greet members and guests. (Submitted photo)

Author, cowboy and horse lover H. Alan Day was the keynote speaker at a recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale’s McCormick Ranch Golf Club.

When introducing Mr. Day — brother of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor — Rotarian Don Loose stated that Alan’s upbringing branded him a cowboy from the day he was born. Alan is part of the third generation to grow up on the 200,000-acre Lazy B cattle ranch straddling the high deserts of Southern Arizona and New Mexico.

Mr. Day’s granddad settled on the ranch near Duncan, Arizona in 1880.  After graduating from the University of Arizona, Mr. Day returned to manage the Lazy B for the next 40 years.

Mr. Day over the years purchased a cattle ranch in Nebraska and a ranch in South Dakota that became the first government-sponsored sanctuary for unadoptable wild horses. He developed and successfully used a herd modification-training program for his 2,000 head of cattle and 1,500 wild mustangs.  Mr. Day noted being a rancher meant more than cattle and horse ranching.  Being a rancher meant being a plumber, electrician, butcher, bull roper, windmill and well repairer and much more.

The Rotarians and guests enjoyed the lively, wise, humorous and witty stories shared by Mr. Day on the everyday life of a cowboy – especially stories that included the blessings that came with being Sandra Day O’Connor’s brother. Alan talked about sharing their favorite horse, named Chico who lived 32 years.

Alan and Sandra wrote a book together. Before starting the book, Alan asked Sandra “How do we go about this?” at which Sandra replied, “Yellow legal tablet and No. 2 pencil.”  Together they wrote Lazy B, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller and resulted in the authors giving talks together around the country.

Club President Kent Hammond and Rotarian Norman Wicks visiting from England’s Hexham Rotary Club exchange Rotary Club banners. (Submitted photo)

Now retired from ranching and working on a novel, Mr. Day divides his time between Tucson and Pinetop.  For more information about Mr. Day’s books, visit

At the start of the meeting, Club President Kent Hammond exchanged Rotary Club banners with Rotarian Norman Wicks visiting from England’s Hexham Rotary Club.  Additionally, Mr. Hammond welcomed Tom “Tish” Tischer and Jay Tenison as returning club members and Nathan Mountford as a new club member.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Scottsdale speakers, projects, programs and meeting dates and locations, visit  Visitors to Club meetings are always welcome. Call all 480-945-6158.

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