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WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711 (USA)
520-623-2281
 
 
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THE FOUR-WAY TEST

Of the things we think, say or do

1.  Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

With the Four-Way Test as our guide, the Rotary Club of Tucson is an indispensable resource for our community, and provides our members a remarkable return on their investment of skills, time, and resources.

 
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Due to the 11th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show on Saturday, October 21st, there will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, October 25th.  Our next scheduled lunch meeting will be November 1st.
 
Also, the office will be open limited hours during the week.  So please call ahead before dropping by...
 
Thank you!
 
George Hanson, Director of the Tucson Desert Song Festival, discusses plans to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s impact on American music on the occasion of his 100th birthday.
 
 
GEORGE HANSON, FESTIVAL DIRECTOR
 
George Hanson’s 2016 conducting schedule brought debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and Pacific Symphony. He capped a 20-year relationship with the Tucson Symphony, returning as Music Director Emeritus to conduct Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. His many highlights during his two decades with TSO include releasing the orchestra’s first-ever CD to international acclaim, and receiving the Certificate of Congressional Special Recognition from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Commitments to education and community outreach have been hallmarks of Hanson’s time in Tucson.
 
Along with his duties as TDSF Festival Director, a post he has held since 2015, Hanson added an appointment as Artistic Advisor/Permanent Guest Conductor of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Sonora in Hermosillo, Mexico. He continues as Music Director of the Sunriver Music Festival in Oregon.
 
Hanson’s extensive opera conducting experience includes engagements with Berlin’s Komische Oper, Vienna’s Kammeroper, the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest and six seasons as General Music Director of the Wuppertal Opera in Germany, where he conducted and supervised 10 productions each season. North American opera engagements include Arizona Opera and Minnesota Opera.
 
Educated at Indiana University, the Vienna Hochschule für Musik and the Curtis Institute, Hanson served as assistant to Leonard Bernstein, and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang.
It takes the whole RCOT membership and many other contributors to plan and execute a successful car show.  Although terrific groundwork work is in place from the prior 10 shows, there are always new issues and we sure have had these this year, and the chore of renewing and finding new sponsors, selling tickets, marketing and staffing the event to name a few.  Getting the site prepared, layout for the classic cars and parking areas, erection of all the tents, signage, recruitment of food court, merchandise and promotional vendors, consume many hours of planning and work on site.  And then the big DAY, and the end, except clean up on the following Sunday, of a successful RCOT lead and executed community event benefiting Make Way for Books, Caregiver Training Institute, GAP Ministries, JTED and YWCA and 10 to 15 other nonprofits who receive the remaining net proceeds of the car show; the reason YOU, the Members of the RCOT spent so much of YOUR time and effort.  But Wait—this is only possible if you have sold tickets and volunteered and sought others to volunteer, then we can celebrate a success.
Biography ~ Carmine DeBonis, Jr.
Deputy County Administrator
 
Carmine DeBonis, Jr., advanced the majority of his professional life working with Pima County, Arizona, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. After graduating from
the University of Arizona in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional Development, Carmine worked with the Pima County Board of Supervisors through 1996.
 
During this time with the Board, Carmine quickly advanced to positions of greater responsibility. His exposure to nearly every aspect of government service including land use, public infrastructure, law enforcement, health care and community services, allowed Carmine to foster effective relationships. He effectively reached consensus on complex community issues and bridged differing viewpoints from varied constituencies.
 
In 1997, Carmine accepted a position with the Pima County Development Services Department. After serving in increasingly responsible roles supporting the development, building and planning divisions, Carmine advanced to department Director in 2001. With continued emphasis on partnering and team building, the department was transformed into a customer-friendly, agile organization.
 
The agency was skillfully managed through an economic downturn resulting in increased service delivery levels despite suffering a reduction of 60 percent of operating expenses and associated staff reductions. Carmine aptly directed policy and process changes to achieve a 75 percent reduction of review timeframes for building permits and development approvals. As a result, County leadership relied on Carmine to lead activities outside his department to streamline land entitlement and development approval processes.
 
Carmine DeBonis, Jr., is now one of three Deputy County Administrators for Pima County.  As of mid-December 2016 he oversees approximately 1,200 employees comprising the functions of seven Pima County Public Works Departments: Development Services; Environmental Quality; Transportation; Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation; Regional Flood Control District; Regional Wastewater Reclamation; and the Office of Sustainability and Conservation. Other organizational support units in Carmine’s area of responsibility include the Public Works Administration office, Public Works Human Resources Support Unit, the Project Management office and the Real Property Services office.
 
In this leadership capacity, Carmine will rely on his numerous successful experiences to guide the Public Works departments toward increasing customer satisfaction, improving processes, enhancing financial efficiency and promoting employee development. Using progressive techniques and business strategies, Carmine will lead the public sector agencies under his direction to not only meet, but exceed, service delivery expectations for the greater benefit of Pima County.
 
Carmine completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Arizona in 2006. He is blessed with a beautiful family: his wife Norma and two active teenagers, Mia and Nicholas. In his spare time, Carmine enjoys restoring his 1965 Ford Mustang.
Since Sean Miller was unable to present at the 9/20/17 meeting, our very own Liz Baker has stepped in to present to the club.  Thank you Liz!
 
SARSEF, the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation, is on a mission to create the next generation of critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Experience first-hand how they are teaching students to make decisions based on data and form conclusions based on evidence, a skill that is essential in this day and age. Find out how SARSEF addresses the growing gap between STEM jobs and qualified workers in Arizona as they engage over 95,000 underrepresented students in areas of poverty, each year. And hear how being involved in SARSEF impacted not only student test scores across the state, it changes the lives of students, one at a time – most recently a student who will be attending the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies this November.
Paul Cicala has been nominated for multiple EMMY’s in news and sports, and after a career that’s taken him to Southern California, Las Vegas, Texas and Mexico, Paul’s proud to be back in the area he was born and raised: Tucson, AZ.
Alan Young will be presenting on the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl and the economic and branding benefits to Southern Arizona.
 
President Cliff is continuing the tradition of having our 5th Wednesday meeting away from the DoubleTree. Our Social Committee has planned an event on Wednesday, August 30th at the GAP Ministries located at 2861 N. Flowing Wells Road. This function will take the place of our regularly scheduled Wednesday lunch meeting.   Registration is now closed for this event but if you are interested in attending, please call the Rotary office.  Guest Fee is $15 which will be billed to your account.
 
Adia Barnes was introduced as Arizona's head women's basketball coach on April 4, 2016. The leading scorer in Arizona women’s basketball history and a WNBA Champion, Barnes came to Tucson after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Washington for five seasons.
Biography ~ Sheriff Mark Napier
 
On January 1, 2017, Sheriff Mark Napier became the 34th Sheriff of Pima County. Sheriff Napier is a six-time decorated law enforcement professional with 29 years of experience. He began his law enforcement career with the Marshalltown Police Department in Iowa, before moving to Tucson, Arizona. In 1987, he became an officer with the Tucson Police Department, where he served for 21 years, retiring as a Captain in 2008. Sheriff Napier’s assignments with the Tucson Police Department gave him experience in virtually every facet of the administration and operation of a law enforcement agency.
Lt. Gen. Mark D. Kelly is the Commander, 12th Air Force, Air Combat Command, and Commander, Air Forces Southern, U.S. Southern Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. Twelfth Air Force ensures the readiness of seven active duty wings and one direct reporting unit for contingency operations, and oversees 14 gained Air Reserve Component units totaling more than 360 aircraft and 20,300 Airmen. As the air and space component to U.S. Southern Command, Air Forces Southern conducts security cooperation and provides air, space and cyberspace capabilities throughout the 31 nations of Latin America and the Caribbean.

 
For over 29 years, Paul Bucky has been garnering knowledge and experience about how simple healing can be. Through the touch-healing technique called Bio-Touch, Paul has taught and shared the gift of self-awareness, love and healing to many people around the world. His steadfast belief is that it’s our birthright to be healthy, happy and loved.
In 1866, the U.S. Congress established six African American infantry and cavalry regiments at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In the 150 years since that time, African Americans have actively participated in our nation’s defense, and this program recounts the history of America’s buffalo soldiers. These overlooked warriors helped shape the complex history of the American West, facing not only bullets and arrows, but racial discrimination. How did they come to be called buffalo soldiers? Who were these unknown or forgotten men?
 
Due to a family emergency, our scheduled program, Jim Cantrell, Vector Space Systems, is unable to present to the club on Wednesday.  In his place, we are delighted to have our very own Club member, Colonel Kent Laughbaum present to us.  His program is entitled "Raytheon Support to the American Warrior".  Thank you Kent!
 
Colonel Kent Laughbaum (USAF, ret.) works at Raytheon Missile Systems in the U.S. national security arena, with focus on advanced warfighting concepts and future weapons.
Fresh off his return from the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, President Cliff will discuss highlights from the convention.  Throughout the discussion, President Cliff will demonstrate how RI’s goals intertwine with our own club’s strategic plan and Cliff’s goals for the upcoming year.  Immediately following the convention, Cliff and his family traveled to Scotland for the wedding of his oldest son – we may also hear a little of their Scottish adventures!
DARK DAY:  There will be no Rotary Club of Tucson lunch meeting on July 5, 2017 due to the COA PARTY on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at La Mariposa, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  All members and guests must register on the website, www.tuconsrotary.org.  DEADLINE to register is Wednesday, 7/5/17 by 12:00 Noon.
In the past 11 years the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has invested more than $1 billion to improve mobility, travel options and safety in our region. The RTA has delivered more than 770 improvements from brand new roadways, to improved intersections, new sidewalks, expanded transit, wildlife crossings, and miles of bikeways.
Biography ~ Amy Allen
 
Originally from northern Arizona, the town of Camp Verde to be exact, Amy has grown to love Tucson over the past five years, and Rotaract has been a huge part of that. Her involvement of the club, starting with reinvigoration of the club’s life on campus four years ago to becoming president once again this past year, has shown her the beauty of our city and its desire to only get better. She is an avid fan and player of soccer and enjoys snowboarding when she can, and lives with her amazing sister Angel, who is a Rotarian with Tucson Sunrise Rotary. Together they face the world and all its challenges with a daring laugh and smile. Amy will be graduating from the University of Arizona soon with a Bachelor of General Studies with a focus in Science, Technology, Health and Societies, and she is very excited to move on to the next chapter of her life. Amy looks forward to seeing where Rotaract goes once she has left, and has been so fortunate to be involved with Rotary as much as she has been up till now.
This week's program will focus on building community and coalition efforts for collective impact.
 
Biography ~ Dr. Andrea Romero
 
Dr. Romero has a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology, and is Fitch Nesbitt Professor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. Dr. Romero is the Director for the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, which is a research institute that is a catalyst to create and disseminate research that improves the lives of children, youth and families.
This year, over 100,000 low-income individuals in Pima County will face a civil legal problem. 900 attorneys in Pima County are ready to help.  Find out how Step Up to Justice is connecting volunteer attorneys with low-income individuals and families in need.  Step Up to Justice is a full-service free civil legal center powered by the talents of volunteer attorneys. Through careful financial stewardship and technology designed to bring civil legal services to clients where and when they need them, Step Up to Justice builds connections between clients, attorneys and community partners. Step Up to Justice is ground-breaking, forward-thinking and committed to advancing efforts to secure equal access to justice for all.
There will be a Replacement/Social Mixer on 5/31/17 at Jackson Pub & Eatery, 8864 E. Tanque Verde from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday lunch meeting. All members and guests must sign up on Clubrunner.  Go to our home page at www.tucsonrotary.org, scroll down the left hand side to "Upcoming Events".  Guest fee is $25.  Join us for some fun and fellowship!  Questions please call the Rotary Office - 520-623-2281.
The speaker, Chuck Tampio examines some of Washington's most significant monuments as works of art that contain ideals and values intrinsic to the American experience.  He thought it would be appropriate in light of the fact that the May 24 talk is only a few days before Memorial Day, a good time for reflection on those who have sacrificed so much to preserve our liberty.
Biography – Allan Hamilton
 
Allan Hamilton is a graduate from Harvard Medical School and completed his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been chosen by his neurosurgical peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for the last eighteen consecutive years and selected as “One of the Leading Intellects of the Twenty-First Century.”
 
 
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Rotary Club of Tucs
on
presents
the 11th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 21, 2017
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
 
 
Speakers
DARK DAY
Oct 25, 2017
No Lunch Meeting
Joe Hentges, District Governor
Nov 01, 2017
District 5500
Martin Dufwenberg, PHD
Nov 08, 2017
Economist/UofA Eller College
Past District Governor, Fresno, CA
Nov 15, 2017
Riding in El Tour
Fred Ronstadt
Nov 22, 2017
The Future of 4th Avenue
Replacement/Social Mixer (Evening Event)
Nov 30, 2017
Replacement for 9/29/17 Lunch Meeting
Michael Darter
Dec 06, 2017
Search for WWII MIA Pilot
Yvonne Ervin, Director
Dec 13, 2017
Tucson Jazz Festival
Holiday Mixer (Evening Event)
Dec 20, 2017
NO LUNCH MEETING
DARK DAY
Dec 27, 2017
NO LUNCH MEETING
Lynn Davis
Jan 03, 2018
Sonoran Glass Studio
Jim Murphy, Car Show Chair
Jan 10, 2018
2017 Car Show Results
Dave Gallaher
Jan 17, 2018
Rotary International Student Exchange
Judy McDermott
Jan 24, 2018
First Tee Program ~ Youth Athletics
Replacement/Social Mixer (Evening Event)
Jan 31, 2018
NO LUNCH MEETING
DARK DAY
Feb 07, 2018
NO LUNCH MEETING
Dr. Chuck Cairns
Feb 14, 2018
Dean, UA Medical College ~ Med School
Jose Luis Gomez, Director TSO
Feb 28, 2018
Tucson Symphony
Bob Logan/Mark Irvin
Mar 07, 2018
Youth Center of Excellence - DMAFB
Jon Baker, Director
Apr 04, 2018
Southwest Fair Commission/Southwest Regional Park
Home Hospitality Week
Apr 18, 2018
NO LUNCH MEETING
 
 
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