His professional career “concentrated on guiding high and ultra-high net worth clients” navigating wealth management from his Wellesley, Massachusetts and Palo Alto, California firms.
Rotarians at the event expressed their gratitude for the time, talent and resources that Mr. Simmer shares with the 70 Rotary, 101 Interact and six Rotaract Clubs in District 5495, as well as, serving as the district’s key liaison with Rotary International region plus its headquarters in Evanston, Illinois.
Upon retirement, he settled in Arizona where he served as Sedona Rotary Club secretary and president, as well as, assistant governor for five clubs from Sedona to the Grand Canyon, according to a press release.
He began his talk highlighting the importance of Rotary International’s vision statement - “together we see a world where people unite, and take action to create lasting change - across the globe, in our communities in ourselves.”
Mr. Simmer said the reasons people join Rotary is for leadership development, friendships, fellowship, membership and community impact as for years the motto of Rotary International has been “service above self.”
Rotary International has been rebranding itself to be an all volunteer organization of “people of action,” he noted of the group that supports three partnering organizations - Rotaract (age 18-30), Interact (middle and high school) and Rotary Clubs.
Each “Rotarian’s stewardship of sharing his/her time, talent and treasure is key to the success” of Rotary Clubs, he noted.
Areas of focus are: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development; which match the United Nation’s areas of focus as peace builders.
Key to Rotary International’s stewardship is Rotary’s Foundation supporting sustainable projects implementing permanent change across the globe, according to the release.
In 1985, Rotary International initiated its global Polio Plus project with Gates Foundation, UNICEF, World Health Organization and other health organizations to eradicate polio.
More than $2 billion dollars has been spent and millions of volunteer hours spent distributing polio immunizations worldwide. Approximately more than 16 million children have been saved from the polio disease, the release said.
During the club’s business meeting, Judy Smith was welcomed as the newest Rotarian and members were invited to volunteer at the annual holiday Salvation Army bell ringing at Scottsdale’s Fashion Square’s Nordstrom’s.
See: scottsdalerotary.org or call 480-945-6158.