Posted by Dr. Honora Norton
Area youth recently joined Rotary Club Scottsdale members at Scottdale’s Rotary Park to clean and polish brass plaques that are displayed in the Park’s Unity Circle/Plaza.  The plaques are a tribute to past and present individuals who have given back, paid it forward and/or exemplified service above self within our community and the world.  
The majority of the students were from Brophy College Preparatory, with help from students from Chaparral High School and Our Lady of Perpetual Catholic School.  The young students were searching for ways to partner with Rotary Club of Scottsdale and provide community service by giving of their time and energy.  After this difficult past year of Covid-19 lockdowns, it was endearing to see students and Rotarians working side by side on a clear sunny day in City of Scottsdale.  
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale provided the cleaning supplies. The students along with volunteer Rotarians spent nearly four hours cleaning the plaques on the Park’s benches, posts, equipment, as well as, the plaques surrounding the Unity Circle/Plaza.  
The teens tedious efforts were greatly appreciated by the seasoned Rotarians.  Ken Brown, Rotarian "Grill Master" was on hand to grill hot dogs and provide refreshments for all who participated in the park community service project.
Rotary Club of Scottsdale is sponsor to several area school Interact Rotary Clubs.  Interact Clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. The Interact Clubs connect with Rotarians locally and around the world to: take action to make a difference in their school and community; discover new cultures and promote international understanding; become a leaders in their schools and communities; and have fun and make new friends from around the world. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale plans to in April partner with Coronado High School students to do a cleanup project at Scottsdale’s Papago Rotary Park.  
Scottsdale Rotary Park is an eight acre oasis in the heart of Gainey Ranch. The park was built by members of the Rotary Club of Scottsdale and then donated to the City of Scottsdale. The park features lighted walking paths, a children's playground, a greenbelt, picnic ramadas, butterfly garden, a restroom facility and the world's first plaza designed in the shape of the Rotary “wheel” symbol. Rotary Plaza is located at 7959 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ.   
The Rotary Club of Scottsdale Foundation continues to offer naming opportunities, such as, paver bricks, flags, tree plantings, playground play equipment... at Unity Plaza.  For more information, see    
(Note: parent releases were obtained for students in photos…)