About us

About Us

Paradise Valley Rotary Club was chartered in 1972. After 40 years 5 original members still remained. The club’s membership has fluctuated between 25 and 75 members over the years.

In the early years we owned and operated two fire trucks and two chief cars that showed in parades. We were involved with the Board of Directors of the Fiesta Bowl Parade for 10 years and hauled Ronald McDonald in the Parada del Sol yearly parade. One of our members was on the Charter Board of Trustees for Humana Hospital. We teamed up with Humana for a program teaching CPR in the Paradise Valley School District.

Our club has moved to different locations over the years, but the longest lasting location was El Chorro Lodge on 56th St and Lincoln Drive. The owner at the time, Joe Miller, was a great supporter of Rotary and helped us on many projects.

In the past, the annual Changing of the Guard Party was a Lake Powell house boat trip. Many members would bring their own boats and toys to spend the outing on the shores of Lake Powell. The group was very family devoted and tried to put on events everyone wanted to attend.

We’ve supported Neighborhood Ministries and Junior Achievement over the years. One member in particular became very active in helping make their efforts a success. Charity organizations that are focused on educating the youth, feeding the hungry, and preparing kids for the real world fit well with Rotary.

Recently we’ve begun donating dictionaries to 3rd grade students in the Paradise Valley School District. Our current count of hand delivered book exceeds 3,000. This is one of the club’s favorite projects because of the excitement from the students on delivery day.

During the holidays we package food boxes for needy families. We partner with local schools to identify families in need, then assign package delivery to every member.

Currently our largest project is focused on helping high school graduates obtain higher education. Our scholarship program has an application and interview process for students to receive either a four year scholarship or 2 year vocational scholarship.

One of our main fundraising projects is an annual golf tournament. We organize players, sponsors, and volunteers to raise donations for our yearly charity projects we do around the Paradise Valley area.


Past Presidents

 1972-1973  Al Austin
 1973-1974  Al Austin
 1974-1975  Jim Fitzpatrick
 1975-1976  Dick Young
 1976-1977  Bob Cain
 1977-1978  Maurice Leininger
 1978-1979  Ian Lewin
 1979-1980  Dennis Hustead
 1980-1981  Art Camerena
 1981-1982  Ken Littel
 1982-1983  Luis Merlino
 1983-1984  Ray Garris
 1984-1985  Dick Etter
 1985-1986  Carl Anderson
 1986-1987  Bob Linssen
 1987-1988  Don Springings
 1988-1989  Bill Roscher
 1989-1990  Allen Johnson
 1990-1991  Don Unthank
 1991-1992  Jerry McNally
 1992-1993  Martyn White
 1993-1994  Lee Scott
 1994-1995  Carl Munding
 1995-1996  Charlie Berry
 1996-1997  Dale Clayton
 1997-1998  Lou Adams
 1998-1999  Rich Cohen
 1999-2000  Jerry McNally
 2000-2001  Bill McCollum
 2001-2002  Michael Hawker
 2002-2003  Tom Hand
 2003-2004  Don Loose
 2004-2005  Fred Gorrell
 2005-2006  Jim Going
 2006-2007  Frank Wagner
 2007-2008  Patrick Stivers
 2008-2009  Chris Stocks
 2009-2010  Phil Sexton
 2010-2011  Kay Norris
 2011-2012  Luis Merlino
 2012-2013  Dennis Hustead
 2013-2014  Alan Havir
 2014-2015  Diego Moncibaez
 2015-2016  Kerry Smith

What is Rotary? Service Above Self

Throughout Rotary’s history, several basic principles have been developed to guide Rotarians in achieving the ideal of service and high ethical standards.

Object of Rotary

First formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years as Rotary’s mission expanded, the Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the organization’s purpose as well as the club member’s responsibilities. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • FIRST The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • SECOND High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • THIRD The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;
  • FOURTH The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Classification principle

By assigning each member a classification based on his or her business or profession, this system ensures that the club’s membership reflects the business and professional composition of its community. The number of members holding a particular classification is limited according to the size of the club. The goal is professional diversity, which enlivens the club’s social atmosphere and provides a rich resource of occupational expertise to carry out service projects and provide club leadership.

Avenues of Service

Based on the Object of Rotary, the Avenues of Service are Rotary’s philosophical cornerstone and the foundation on which club activity is based:

  • Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club.
  • Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations and to practice high ethical standards.
  • Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community.
  • International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
  • New Generations Service recognizes the positive change implemented by youth and young adults through leadership development activities, service projects, and exchange programs.

Core Values

Rotary’s core values represent the guiding principles of the organization’s culture, including what guides members’ priorities and actions within the organization. Values are an increasingly important component in strategic planning because they drive the intent and direction of the organization’s leadership.

Service

We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.

Fellowship

We believe that individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries.

Diversity

We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of vocations within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its business and professional community is a club with a key to its future.

Integrity

We are committed to and expect accountability from our leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us.

Leadership

We are a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders in their fields of endeavor. We believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values.

All of these core values are reflected in the Object of Rotary and The Four-Way Test, which we use in our daily lives. They inspire us to foster and support the ideal of service for developing and maintaining high ethical standards in human relations.

The Four Way Test

Ethics deals with such questions at all levels. The subject’s core consists of the fundamental issues of practical decision making, and its major concerns include the nature of ultimate value and the standards by which human actions can be judged right or wrong.

For Rotary, The Four-Way Test is the cornerstone of all action. It has been for years, and it will be in the future. Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

The test is one of the hallmarks of Rotary. Since it was developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who later became RI president, it has never ceased to be relevant. Its four brief questions are not based on culture or religion. Instead, they are a simple checklist for ethical behavior. They transcend generations and national borders.

As Rotarians, we should have The Four-Way Test in mind in every decision we make, all day long. Our utmost responsibility is to speak the truth, to be fair, to build goodwill and better friendships, and to do our very best in all situations.

  • "We believe that our service activities and programs bring about greater world understanding and peace. Service is a major element of our mission. Through the plans and actions of individual clubs, we create a culture of service throughout our organization that provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve."

  • "We believe that individual efforts focus on individual needs, but combined efforts serve humanity. The power of combined efforts knows no limitation, multiplies resources, and broadens our lives and perspectives. Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national, and other boundaries."

  • "We believe Rotary unifies all people internationally behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of vocations within our membership and in our activities and service work. A club that reflects its business and professional community is a club with a key to its future."

  • "We are committed to and expect accountability from our leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us."

  • "We are a global fellowship of individuals who are leaders in their fields of endeavor. We believe in the importance of leadership development and in leadership as a quality of our members. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values."