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Welcome to Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary

Scottsdale Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Thursdays at 7:00 AM
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
7505 East McCormick Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ  85258-3429
United States
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Volunteers of the Week
Thursday June 29,2017
Greeter:Alan Bakst
Raffle: Duncan Jensen
4-way test + pledge: Davd Ortega
Vocational 2 Minutes: Keith Morris
Alan Bakst, SSRC Past President
Jul 27, 2017
2017 Rotary International Conference - Highlights & Takeaways
Club & Rotary Happenings...
SSRC accomplishments were  recognized at the District 5510 conference in Flagstaff this weekend.  First, I was asked by DG Tonya Watson to represent SSRC on a panel of 4 club presidents from large, medium, small and e-club to discuss "Secrets of a Successful Club". 
I told the people in the room that SSRC "secret" is really not one at all. All the materials and information for being a successful club are available through R.I. and the district.  The district and R.I. goals should be the starting point for every club's goal setting and strategic planning.  The key is for SSRC committee chairs to execute on their responsibilities as laid out in these documents with the support of the SSRC Board. Every member of the club must be engaged in club activities and contribute something of value to the club whether it is their time, money, energy, physical effort or ideas.  If that happens, which it did in our club this year, the club will be successful.  
The success of SSRC is directly correlated to the engagement of all our members, the efforts of the Board Leadership and all the people who worked to make our club a fun and welcoming place to come to every week.  SSRC was recognized as one of only 5 clubs in the 34 club District 5510 to be awarded the highest honor the district confers "The Super Duper District Award".  At that moment I was felt very proud of our club and our club members.   l look forward to great accomplishments and fun at SSRC in 2017-2018 Rotary year in the new merged District 5495.
Our fourth President for the SSRC was ‘Bob Smith’ who served from July 1982 until June 1983.  He was approached by ‘Guy Stillman’ to assist with ‘special needs assess ability projects’ at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.  To set the stage, Guy Stillman’s father was James Stillman who was the president of National City Bank (which became Citibank).  Guy’s parents divorced and his Mon eventually remarried Fowler McCormick who was the last remaining grandson of John D. Rockefeller.  Fowlers Grandfather was Cyrus McCormick who went on to become the Chairman of the Board of International Harvester.
Guy’s family sold their ranch which became McCormick Ranch, but Guy dedicated some of the land to the City of Scottsdale which became the ‘McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’.  Guy loved trains.  Guy was a member of the Scottsdale Rotary Club, but was considered an honorary member of our club as he attended most of our meetings.
Guy sat down with President Bob and asked if our club would match him dollar for dollar to build a railway car that can accommodate wheelchair bound kids with a cost of $12,000 spread out over several years which the board approved.  We ended up building two of these cars and many of the handicapped ramps and a Ramada due to the prodding of Guy.
President Whit Crail (July 1983 – June 1984) assisted with the raising of the monies for the rail road car and the idea was hatched to have a ‘Children’s Festival’ only for Special Needs kids and their families.  Whit is credited with the first “Children’s Festival’ held at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.  After several years, the name was officially changed to ‘Special Day for Special Kids’.
Dave Lewis was sponsored by Guy Stillman in 1984 and joined the SSRC and was president at the first annual ‘Children’s Festival’ as well as one other current member Daniel McAuliffe.  We had free hot dogs, chips, soda and ice cream.  We had Mayor Herb Drinkwater, the fire department, police department, clowns, dunk tank, pony rides and more, but only ten ‘special needs’ children attended.
In recent years, we have had up to 3500 ‘Special Needs’ children and their families in attendance.  We provided free food for all, carnival games, petting zoo, pony rides, bouncy things, local team mascots, train rides, and carousel rides all for free.  With only 35 members, we have the help of over 300 volunteers such as ‘Raising Special Kids’, Boy and Girl Scouts, local high school students and teachers, Interact and Rotaract members, the Railroad park including its Mechanical Society.  We raise money primarily from an annual golf tournament, raffle sales, and both monetary and in-kind donations to fund their $40,000 project.
Mayor Jim Lane of the City of Scottsdale proclaimed the 17th of March 2015 as Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary’s Special Day for Special Kids
32nd Annual Special Day for Special Kids
Saturday, March 18, 2017 was the 32nd Annual Special Day for Special Kids held at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park with over 3,000 in attendance.  This is a day where special needs kids and their families enjoy a FREE fun filled day including lunch, drink, popcorn, ice cream, pony rides, petting zoo, bouncy things, climbing wall, games with prizes, train rides, carousel rides, and just a day to be themselves and not be judged for being different. 
We would like to thank our sponsors, Raising Special Kids, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Mechanical and Railroad Society, Live Steamers, Kiita Foundation, Forever Living, First Things First, Baird Wealth Management, BHHS Legacy, Albertson’s, Frito Lay, PepsiCo, Reddy Ice, Shamrock Ice Cream, Penske Trucks, and District Governor Tonya Watson and Steve. 
Our thanks to all Rotarians and the Friends of Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary for making this another successful Special Day for Special Kids.

32nd Special Day for Special Kids

Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary hosted its 32nd annual Special Day for Special Kids on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
The event is designed to honor and provide a fun day for special needs children and their families. It is totally free for the kids and their families, the admission, the rides, the fair and the food are offered by Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club.
If you wish to donate to this event, please send a check payable to Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Foundation a 501c3 charity.  P.O. Box 5917, Scottsdale, AZ   85261
Greg Podd, Rotary International Vice President 2015-2016 awarded Paul Harris Fellows to Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary members; Mike Locher, Jake Duffy and Keith Walter on February 2, 2017.  
July 2017
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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Fred Lipovitch
    July 23
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Lydia Reichwald
    July 9
  • Rick Matthews
    July 11
  • Abby Morris
    July 27
  • Dennis Haberer
    July 2
  • Evie Haberer
    July 2
  • Jim Paisley
    July 14
Join Date:
  • Jim Paisley
    July 1, 2007
    10 years
  • John Burgraff
    July 1, 2000
    17 years
  • Len Teicher
    July 1, 2000
    17 years