Rotary Club of Scottsdale notches premiere accolade at conference

Rotary International VP, Gregg Podd and wife, Pam, acknowledging Rotarian Dr. Honora Norton for her support of Rotary’s International Peace Scholar program. (Submitted photo)

Rotary International VP, Gregg Podd and wife, Pam, acknowledging Rotarian Dr. Honora Norton for her support of Rotary’s International Peace Scholar program. (Submitted photo)

Rotary Club of Scottsdale President Max Rumbaugh has accepted the Rotary International’s 2015-16 Gold Club Achievement Award.

The award was presented by Rotary’s District Governor Sherry Mischel, at Rotary International’s 2015-16 District 5510 Conference of Clubs, held at Scottsdale’s Chaparral Suites.

To earn the award, the club met and/or exceeded Rotary International’s expected participation within categories of membership, Rotary International Foundation support, leadership, assembly/conference attendance, community service, public relations and youth service, according to a press release.

Several Club members were acknowledged as 2015-16 leaders/volunteers within Rotary International District 5510 — John Thornton, served as an assistant governor; Dr. Honora Norton, served as peace scholar chair; and Max Rumbaugh and Charles Kester assisted with membership growth.

Mary Blank, incoming 2016-17 club president was inaugurated by 2016-17 Rotary District Governor Tonya Watson. Additionally, Rotarian Roger Rohr, presented to conference attendees an overview of the club’s international water project being implemented in Mexico and other countries.

 

 

The keynote speaker, from Evergreen, Colo., at the conference was Gregg Podd, vice president of Rotary International. Mr. Podd serves with 19 other board of director members who represent 1.2 million members within 36,000 clubs from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe.

Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.

Among the many topics Mr. Podd addressed, he spoke about the future needs of Rotary International and its clubs — to be proactive, to set demanding goals, to develop productive partnerships and relationships and to grow Rotary’s spirit through member positive attitudes and actions.

Go to www.scottsdalerotary.org.

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