July 20, 2004
A pair of Scottsdale Kiwanis clubs continue to honor the legacy of a late member while raising money for charities.
The Scottsdale Airpark and McCormick Ranch clubs are raffling a pair of Arizona Cardinals season tickets this summer in memory of Daniel Sydlaske, who died about five years ago.
Scottsdale resident Peter Carpenter remembers Sydlaske, a longtime club treasurer, for his dedication to fund raising and helping the community.
"We used to joke a lot about Dan because he kept an eye on every penny," Carpenter said. "He was just a service-oriented fellow. He was a great man for our community, and that’s why we’re dedicating this to him."
Carpenter, a former Kiwanis district lieutenant governor, helped start the chapters in McCormick Ranch and the Scottsdale Airpark.
He takes pride in the contributions these clubs have made over the years. The McCormick Ranch club, formed in 1976, has donated thousands of dollars to the Scottsdale Foundation for the Handicapped (now called Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services), Paiute Neighborhood Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, to name a few.
The club also oversaw the construction of a ramada that now stands behind the McCormick Ranch Shopping Center.
"That’s one of the most civic things we’ve done," he said.
Two years ago, Carpenter and company set out to recruit members for a new Scottsdale Airpark Kiwanis Club.
He recalls going store to store in Kierland Commons and returning home with six names.
The club eventually formed with 25 members and has been going strong since.
"One of the proudest moments was when I helped start the Scottsdale Airpark club," he said. "It’s hard today to get people interested in taking the time to be dedicated to their community."
Speaking from experience, Carpenter said the time is well worth it.
"Kiwanis has been very nice to me," he said. "Just think of the reward of that when you go to sleep at night."
The drawing for the raffle will be Aug. 12. The season tickets are on the 50-yard line at Sun Devil Stadium and include reserved covered parking.
Total prize value is $1,234. Raffle tickets are $25 and can be bought from any Kiwanis member.
For more information, call Denise Kennedy at (480) 836-4246.