Preserve official shares McDowell’s history

Preserve official shares McDowell’s history

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale continues its meetings, philanthropy and announcements.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve director Kroy Ekblaw spoke to the group about issues surrounding the preserve, which has 220 miles of trails and 12 trailheads within its 30,580-plus acres in Northeast Scottsdale. Its mission is to protect and preserve the McDowell Mountain and the native desert to the north of Dynamite Boulevard from Pima Road to 136th Street.

Ekblaw traced the preserve’s history, from 1990 to the passage of Proposition 420 in November 2018, which calls for the voters to approve projects at general or special elections. With 600-plus volunteers, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy provides flora and fauna research at no cost to the city and educational hikes, lectures and trail walks for tour groups, also provides trail maintenance, vegetation care and revegetation at no cost to the city.

During Ekblaw’s talk, he addressed various topics related to the preserve, such as, native plant and soil crust salvaging and recycling; education amphitheaters; ADA accessible trails; the preserve’s  annual budget and cost figures; the preserve’s fit with other regional spaces; the preserve’s relationship to Experience Scottsdale tourism efforts; canine safety days; and snow accumulation within the preserve.

Rotarians learn about scouting

Grand Canyon Council for Scouts CEO Andy Price spoke about his 30-year involvement with scouting — including his Eagle Scout achievement and his time in Texas and Northeast Georgia.

Price said 2.2 million girls and boys participate in scouting programs. The Grand Canyon Council boasts five campsites that offer day programs, and resident camp programs allow the children to immerse themselves in activities.

He closed his talk by sharing the benefits and pillars of scouting, which include character development, respect for self and others, sense of independence, leadership experience, values, education and service to others.

Scottsdale Rotary Club announces golf tourney

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s Scholarship Golf Tournament is Friday, September 27, at the Starfire Golf Club, 11500 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.

Scottsdale’s Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane will serve as the tournament’s honorary chairman. Check in begins at 7 a.m., with shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The fee is $125 per player, which includes practice balls, golf, goodies and a buffet awards luncheon. Register online at or call Amber Reicks at 602-684-7055.

Nongolfers can join the Western barbecue lunch at 12:30 p.m. and support the club’s silent auction and raffle. Register at the same website for the $20 lunch.

Volunteers, tee sponsors and silent auction items are needed.

Rotarians welcome exchange student

The Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed the 2015-16 Rotary International Youth Exchange Student Julius Obdeijn from Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Obdeijn was in Scottsdale during his summer break from attending the Maastricht University. He hopes to complete his master’s degree in Arizona so he can become a lawyer. As an exchange student, Obdeijn attended Chaparral High School. Former club member and Rotarian Sara Crosby-Hartman and her husband, Davis Hartman, hosted Obdeijn when he was at Chaparral and during his return visit.

During the RI Youth Exchange program, students learn a new language, discover another culture and become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. ν