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This is a reminder to sign up for the Member Social Mixer on Wednesday, 8/31/16 at El Molinito.  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. Deadline for sign ups is Friday, 8/26/16.

This presentation will cover the process and story for how the Tucson Roadrunners came into existence, discuss the exciting things going forward, and how folks can get involved and be part of the action.
Biography - Ahron Cohen
Ahron serves as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club and its related entities, including the Tucson Roadrunners and the Arizona Coyotes Foundation.  He joined the organization in August of 2015.  In this role, he oversees and advises on all legal aspects affecting the organization.
Prior to joining the Coyotes, Ahron practiced as a corporate attorney at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in its Phoenix office where his practice included a wide range of corporate transactional matters and M&A work.  While at Snell, he served for over a year as outside legal counsel to the 2015 Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and also represented the Coyotes’ ownership group in its purchase of the franchise from the NHL in 2013.  Prior to joining Snell, Ahron served as a legal and business affairs intern with the Minnesota Vikings organization.
Ahron attended law school at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  While in law school, he served as an Editor of the Arizona State Law Journal, was named a Pedrick Scholar, and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif.   Ahron attended Bowdoin College where he was a four-year letter winner at running back for the Polar Bears’ football team and was one of fifty college football players—including NFL players Calvin Johnson, Chad Greenway, DeMarcus Ware and Darren Sproles—to be named as an All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  He also hosted a sports talk radio show.
Ahron’s community involvement includes serving as a Board member for the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission and the ASU Law School Alumni Board.  He is also involved with the Arizona chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, the Phoenix Art Museum’s Men’s Art Council, the Corporate Counsel Forum and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations.  Nationally, he is involved with the Sports Lawyers Association and serves as an Advisory Board member to the American Bar Association’s Forum on Entertainment & Sports.  He is an active member of the State Bar of Arizona.

The University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition (UAEE) has conducted archaeological research and excavations in Egypt for nearly 30 years. Most of this time has been invested in learning about ancient Thebes (modern Luxor), including the Valley of the Kings. The UAEE has several active projects in the area that will be discussed, including: excavations of the female pharaoh Tausret's temple of millions of years; discovery of a small Ramesside temple; new investigations in KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun; and construction of a research facility on the West Bank.
Biography - Professor Pearce Paul Creasman
Professor Pearce Paul Creasman has been conducting archaeological research in Egypt for more than a decade and is the Director of The University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition. He has been at the University of Arizona since 2009, where he is an Associate Professor and Curator. He is also Editor of the academic Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnection and board member of the American Research Center in Egypt. Professor Creasman received his doctorate in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis on Egypt. His primary research interests are understanding ancient human and environment interactions, chronology, ancient maritime life, and Egyptian archaeology.

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”  -- George Eliot
Sister Jose Women's Center is a unique community in Tucson, born out of compassion and a desire to reach out to the most vulnerable among us.  It is a community of women as diverse as Tucson, young and old, from all faiths and all walks of life. It is a community dedicated to provide compassion, respect, and dignity, in a safe and loving environment to women who are homeless. Here they experience the trust and friendship necessary to overcome the barriers that exist in the homeless world.  Foremost, we offer a helping hand - a shower, food, clean clothing, and a moment to rest without fear.  It is the most basic of needs, yet it is a beginning of a bond that leads to transformative action, a link to a resource, and a step toward a sustainable existence.

When we extend compassion, we know it benefits others, but did you know that cultivating compassion also benefits the one feeling and extending it? The University of Arizona’s Center for Compassion Studies, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is investigating how qualities such as kindness, altruism, mindfulness, forgiveness and compassion impact our lives at every level. In addition to researching these impacts, we’re also integrating mindfulness, compassion training, and other strategies that support our ability to receive, extend and cultivate self-care in academic and community settings. Join us to learn more about how the cultivation of these qualities supports our well-being as individuals, and a society.
Justin Williams
As founder and CEO of Startup Tucson, Justin Williams has been a leader of regional efforts to develop a vibrant startup community in Tucson, AZ through programs that support entrepreneurs and innovators alike.  Programs like Startup Tucson’s Idea to Impact Pipeline have set a national standard for strategic integration of programs like Co-Founder Speed Dating, Startup Weekend, Hackathons, Thryve Startup Incubator Growth Accelerators, and Startup Job Crawl.  Williams has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs to help them take their ideas and bring them to impact. 
The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl is pleased to announce the return of NOVA Home Loans as our title partner. This year’s game will be played on Friday, December 30 at Arizona Stadium. The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl will feature a team from the Mountain West competing against a team from the Sun Belt Conference.  Both the Mountain West and Sun Belt Conference have committed to sending teams to the NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl for the 2016-2019 seasons.  A Tucson based 501c3 has been formed to own and operate the bowl game.
A mission brief of 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH) emphasizing US Air Force impacts on the Counter Drug and Counter Transnational Organized Crime missions.

The Republic of Korea is home to 50 million people, half of whom live in and around Seoul, the worlds second most populous city.

From May 28 - June 1, this mega city was home to about 50,000 Rotarians attending the Rotary International Convention. Our General Secretary, Hewko said: Seoul is a perfect place to hold a Rotary Convention. Why? Because, among other things, Korea represents innovation. And innovation is what we need today at Rotary if we are to realize our full potential - in membership, Foundation giving, humanitarian service, public image, and attracting new generations.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is a state agency that has the responsibility of administering the state’s water laws; exploring methods of augmenting water supplies to meet future demands; and developing public policies that promote conservation and equitable distribution of water.  Jeff Tannler, Statewide Active Management Area (AMA) Director for ADWR, will provide an overview of water management in Arizona from a statewide perspective, as well as a look at local water management within the Tucson AMA.
On August 1, 2015, Sheriff Nanos took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 33rd Sheriff of Pima County.
Sheriff Nanos is a native of El Paso, Texas where he grew up just miles from the U.S. / Mexico border. Values that have served as guideposts throughout his life include: hard work, integrity and treating all people with respect.
Sheriff Nanos began his law enforcement career in 1976 with the El Paso Police Department.
The program will discuss common factors which drain our vital energy and demonstrate simple techniques to build vitality daily.
Books for children and teens have been the one bright spot in publishing over the last 7-8 years, particularly young adult novels, which have enjoyed a tremendous increase in sales. The range and quality of books published for teens and children has increased, and some of the best writers and illustrators now work in the field of children’s books. Authors and illustrators enjoy the flexibility and passion of children as readers, which allows for more innovation, resulting in trends such as graphic novels, novels in verse, unusual book formats, and multigenre books, along with all kinds of digital interfaces.
Today’s presentation will focus specifically on the work the Salvation Army does among those suffering from drug and alcohol dependency issues.  The Tucson ARC has served Southern Arizona since the mid 1960’s and admits on average of 500+ men every year.  The Salvation Army operates the largest privately funded rehabilitation program in the United States as a free service to those who need us most.
The Rotary Club of Tucson invited TUSD District board members running for re-election and new candidates to participate in a forum at the May 18th meeting.  The forum will focus on the future of the Tucson Unified School District.  Each candidate was asked to give a brief statement and bio.  See their information below in alphabetical order:
We love to dance. We love to teach.  Come see us dance!
At the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance, students get a chance to learn from some of the best dancers in the world. There are currently four schools located in Tucson, Phoenix, Dallas and Houston. Over the years, Darren Maguire has gathered a highly-skilled staff that has performed at some of the world’s largest stages.

On March 21, 2016, Gilt Edge Marketing released a study indicating that Tucson is ranked number 25 in their list of top soccer markets in America.  How did we get here?  What can we do, as a community, to capitalize on this?
The four nominated and finalist charities who will split 50% of the 2016 net TCCS proceeds will present live summaries of their proposals to the club during the meeting on Wednesday. Always an exciting and pressure filled meeting because at the end of the presentations the club members will vote and create a recommendation to the Foundation that the top two vote receivers should receive 20% of the TCCS net proceeds and the other two should receive 5%. All will be winners but there is an order of magnitude worth fighting for. Be there!


Rich Rodriguez is the head coach of the Arizona football program. He was introduced as the 30th head coach on Nov. 22, 2011.  Coach Rodriguez will give an update on Arizona Football.

Home Hospitality Week 4-10-16 Thru 4-16-16
Home Hospitality Week will begin on Sunday, April 10th through Saturday, April 16th.  This is such an enjoyable event where Members of the Club open up their homes for a breakfast, lunch or a dinner to host members and their guests.  These events will replace our lunch meeting on Wednesday, April 13th.  Also, the Rotary office hours will be limited so please leave either a detailed voice mail or email and we will get back to you just as soon as we can.
Have an enjoyable week with fellow Rotarians and friends, and we’ll see you at our next regular lunch meeting on April 20th.

In 2014 there were only 72 new death sentences nationwide. In fact, 80% of the 35 executions that took place in 2014 took place in just three states, Texas, Florida and Missouri. The Pew Research Center found in 2014 that public support for the death penalty is at a 40 year low at 56%, and opposition to the death penalty has increased to 38%.
The Key to Business and Personal Success
My Remarkable Journey in Rotary
Bob Shaff is the Owner of Tucson-based Customers for Life Consulting.  He helps clients create “remarkable” customer and employee experiences.
Bob started his working career selling light bulbs door-to-door in Phoenix, Arizona. He went on from there to earn a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Jenny Volpe will speak about the importance of the first 1,000 days in a child’s life. She will discuss the science of brain development and how the early childhood years relate to a child’s future academic outcomes and success.  She will draw on recent research to illuminate the educational landscape and highlight how effective language and literacy experiences and interventions in the early years help to build the architecture of a child’s brain and can ultimately work to close the achievement gap.
Biography - Mike Orcutt
A service oriented individual who has consistently worked since he was 14 years old. Mike believes everyone should do something with their lives and to put “Service Beyond Self” was his decision in 1981 when he started working in the funeral industry. Today Mike and his wife Dee Dee own and operate the Angel Valley Funeral Home and Old Pueblo Crematory in Tucson, Arizona. They are one of the few remaining family owned and operated facilities in the city. Mike loves what he does and is willing to share with you the “Business”.  The funeral and cremation industry as a whole has changed drastically in the past 35 years. This will be a great opportunity for the membership to ask questions in a setting to get the right answer. This is a subject that few will even talk about and discuss as a group.  He has assisted with thousands of funeral and memorial services in his career and has actually embalmed over 3500 deceased individuals and has helped many of the members in our club. Think about questions you would like to ask and he will have an answer.

John Lee and James Mandolini are co-creators of Rotary Local. The Rincon Rotary Club has been focused on education for almost 50 years. Rotary Local is an online platform that allows us to listen to teachers in our community. We believe that our efforts in education are amplified by partnering with teachers, because they are so keenly aware of the actual needs inside the classroom. By purchasing the requested items from local businesses, we complete the economic circle which will lead to a more vibrant community. Rotary Local leverages the person capital inside our Rotary Club by hosting an online forum to discuss the challenges and merits of each proposal. Join us for our annual fundraiser The Taste of Chocolate on April 10th - Eat Chocolate | Help Teachers.

Rotary Club of Tucs
the 10th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 15, 2016
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Sep 07, 2016
Chief Cheryl Horvath
Mt. Vista Fire District
Sep 14, 2016
Peter Smith
Osiris REX
Sep 21, 2016
Sep 28, 2016
David Fitzsimmons
The Usual Political Piffle
Oct 05, 2016
Car Show Committee
Final Planning To Make It A 10
Oct 12, 2016
Marie Wesselhoft
Research on MS
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
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