The Rotary Club of Scottsdale is proud to announce that Rotarian and Club member Dale Gray has earned the prestigious Rotary International District 5495 2018-19 Humanitarian of the Year Award. This Distinguished Service Award is one of the District's highest service recognition awards and is given to one Rotarian annually who has demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service and volunteerism. The award was announced at the recent District Conference.  
Dale through a global network of volunteer leaders has dedicated his time and talent to tackle the world's most pressing humanitarian challenges.  Rotary International connects 1.2 million members from around the world.  Rotary work impacts lives at both the local and international levels. Dale serves as the Club's Rotary International Foundation chairperson.  
At a recent Rotary Club of Scottsdale luncheon meeting, Dale provided a June 2019 update of domestic and international projects and travels that he has been involved in while representing Rotary Club of Scottsdale:   
o Rotary International global grant with $2,000 Rotary Club of Scottsdale (joint project with Navojoa Rotary Club) donation towards water filter projects that provided 1,200 people with clean water in Los Alamos Mexico. The filters provide 99.999% clean water with no moving parts, no power needed and it lasts 10 years.  Water testing equipment was acquired through a global grant.  Local Los Alamos water personnel were trained in water testing methodology.  The Los Alamos school where the filters were installed has children under the age of 10 that routinely are impacted by water borne diseases and the teachers and mothers requested more water filters for the school and homes.       
o Rotary International global grant with $1,000 Rotary Club of Scottsdale (joint project with Rotary Club of Anthem) donation toward water distribution system in Sarayal a village located in central Nicaragua that will supply water to over 300 families.  
o Rotary International global grant with $1,000 Rotary Club of Scottsdale
(joint project with Phoenix Rotary 100) donation toward Tara Malek water
project in Kenya.    
o Through partnering with America Medical Response (AMR), an ambulance from Yuma Arizona was donated to Granados Sonora Mexico. The vehicle's keys have been accepted by Sonora Mexico's Governor Claudia Pavlovich and Guadalupe Amavizca, Mayor of Granados, Sonora, Mexico. The ambulance will be delivered soon by Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians. The Club plans to continue the project with eventual delivery of 5 more ambulances. 
o        A medical team with surgeons and medical staff from Mayo, HonorHealth, and Phoenix Childrens Hospitals along with Valley Anesthesia provided 25 free surgeries while sharing knowledge and training local surgeons in use of newly donated equipment valued at $150,000. This project was done in partnership with Project C.U.R.E., the Sonora Ministry of Health and several other Rotary Clubs to deliver over $800,000 in medical supplies to 6 hospitals in Sonora, Mexico.