Club Information

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
District Site
Venue Map
District Governor Nancy Van Pelt
Sep 28, 2017
District 5495 Updates
Social Hour at 5:30 at McCormick Golf Club
Oct 05, 2017
No morning meeting
Dennis Robbins, Scottsdale Charros
Nov 09, 2017
History of Baseball
Volunteers of the Week
Thursday September 14,2017
Greeter:Drew Brooks
Raffle: Barbara Bakwin
4-way test + pledge: Bill Adams
Vocational 2 Minutes:Mike Locher
Club & Rotary Happenings...
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Rascals played in a Miracle League of Arizona (MLAZ) Whiffle Ball Fund Raising Tournament on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  We played two games to assist MLAZ in raising money for their upcoming season for special needs kids being able to play baseball.  Team was represented by David Ortega, Rosemary  Gampm, David Lewis, Mary Holman and Jay , Keith Walter, Duncan Jensen, Barbara Bakwin, Steve and John Clasen, Jake Duffy, Terry Kutzbach, Mike Locher, Craig Rethwill, Neil Sutton, Cindy Weisser , Dennis and Evie Haberer, and Maeve from our Saguaro Interact Club.  It was a  fun experience and a great way to give back to one of our favorite charities.
Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary delivered dictionaries all third graders in six Scottsdale Elementary Schools, Kiva, Navajo, Pima, Pueblo, Tavan and Yavapai.  Teams of Rotarians met with the third graders and explained the dictionaries and walked through a couple of uses for this fantastic book.  Everyone was excited to get their dictionary.  This is a wonderful project for our club.
Michelle Reagan, Arizona Secretary of State, (second highest elected office in Arizona), spoke to Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary on some of the duties of the office, recent accomplishments, and visions and goals for the future.  She provided us with interesting insights of the archiving resources of her office.  It was great to get first hand information on what's going on in state government.
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 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
The 2018 event will be on Saturday, February 24. 2018 at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park.
September 2017
Upcoming Events
  • Social Hour
    McCormick Ranch Golf Course
    Oct 05, 2017
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Mustang Library
    Oct 11, 2017
    5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Board Meeting
    Mustang Library
    Nov 08, 2017
    5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Officers & Chairs
President Elect
Vocational Services
International Service
Rotary Foundation
Youth Services
Past President
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bill Bergdoll
    September 4
  • Ronald Lofano
    September 13
  • Janet Matthews
    September 24
  • Dennis Haberer
    September 28
  • Mary Holman
    September 30
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Leslie Duffy
    September 21
  • Steven Clasen
    September 11
  • Bill Bergdoll
    Jo Ann Bergdoll
    September 19
  • Alan Bakst
    Karen Bakst
    September 28
Join Date:
  • Mike Locher
    September 9, 2013
    4 years
  • Nate Cobb
    September 13, 2001
    16 years
  • Ronald Lofano
    September 21, 2014
    3 years