Scottsdale Rotary Club wins IFSR award for youth commitment


The Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently received an International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians Youth Service award certificate for service exemplary of Rotary International’s commitment to youth throughout the world through cooperation between Rotary International and Scouting.

This is not a scouting award nor a Rotary award, but an IFSR worldwide award and is intended to reward Rotary Clubs who support local scout and/or Guide Units, according to a press release.

Rotary Clubs can receive this award for: working together on a community service project; performing service projects at a scout or guide camp; forming a partnership with a scout and/or guide unit; making a scout or guide unit an Interact unit; recognizing scouts & guides who attain the highest rank; and recognizing a scout and guide unit who performs community service.

At a meeting in 2019, Rotary Club of Scottsdale welcomed Andy Price, CEO of Grand Canyon Council for scouts as its keynote speaker.

Mr. Price, a Scottsdale resident, addressed scouting topics from STEM --- science, technology, engineering and mathematics --- to increasing scout numbers in 2020.

Mr. Price noted that scouting develops character, respect for self and others, independence, leadership, values, education and serving others, a release states.

There were 2.2 million Scouts in BSA last year with 38,000 participants in Grand Canyon Council’s varied programs. Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s President Don Loose, acknowledged the importance of scouting and appreciation of the time, talent and resources club member Rotarians Matthew Graham and Matthew Hill bring to the club.