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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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A wonderful evening is being planned for our Annual Holiday Mixer, Wednesday, December 20th, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at La Mariposa.  The resort is located at 1501 N. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ, between Tanque Verde Rd. and Speedway Blvd.  All members and guests must register for this event.  Please go to www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events" and click on "Holiday Mixer".  Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  The deadline for Registration is Monday, 12/18/17 before noon.  Also, there will be NO LUNCH MEETING on the 20th so please come out and have some fun that night as we celebrate the holidays with fellow Rotarians and guests.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
Yvonne Ervin, founder and executive director of the HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival, will explain how and why the festival was started four years ago, and outline the economic impact, demographics and financing of the 11-day event. She’ll also present some musical highlights of the January 2018 festival which will feature Arturo Sandoval and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Sheila E., Diane Schuur, Spyro Gyra, The Mingus Dynasty, the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band and many others. She will also talk about some of her other jazz projects including The Mingus Project and the Tucson Jazz Institute.
 
Biography - Yvonne Ervin
 
Yvonne Ervin is a professional fundraiser, non-profit manager, journalist and concert producer. She is the founding executive director of the HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival which she started in January 2015. From 1989 to 1998 she was the founding executive director of the Tucson Jazz Society, building it from 500 members to become the largest jazz society in the country with 2,100 members and 42 concert productions a year.  Before the jazz society, she was marketing director for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for five years.
 
For 17 years, Yvonne organized the Primavera Jazz Fest, the world's longest-running women's jazz festival.  She produced the Jazz on the Border: The Mingus Project, a weeklong festival in Nogales Arizona and Sonora in 1993 and she is chair of the board of The Mingus Project in Nogales Arizona, where she finally realized her goal of building a memorial park for Charles Mingus.  She stage managed at NYC’s famed Apollo Theater and produced the memorials for jazz greats Abbey Lincoln and Hank Jones at the legendary Abyssinian Baptist Church.
 
Yvonne represented the jazz industry on the board of the International Association of Jazz Educators for four years and since 1994 she has been the executive director of the Western Jazz Presenters Network, a coalition of 45 jazz festivals and venues in the West.  The Mid-Atlantic Arts Alliance and The Kennedy Center hired her to write a curriculum to train new jazz presenters for a National Endowment for the Arts-funded program. 
 
Since her early 20s Yvonne has worked as a jazz journalist for print and radio, interviewing more than 150 jazz legends.  Thirty of those interviews are archived at the Library of Congress.  She is editor of Hot House magazine in NYC and was the jazz columnist for the Tucson Weekly for several years.  In 2015 she was inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum. During her 12 years in New York City, she held top development and executive positions at non-profits and raised more than $10 million dollars. She moved back to Tucson in January 2011 and was development director of the University of Arizona’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry before leaving to start the jazz festival.
“During the summer of 1943 a fierce battle raged in the skys over Europe.  Every day hundreds of young airmen faced death as they flew bombing raids deep into enemy territory.  Fewer and fewer were coming back.”  Memphis Belle Motion Picture, Warner Bros. 1990.  My brother, Sgt. Eugene Darter found himself in that situation as he and crew on their first combat mission were hit badly by flak and then attacked furiously by Nazi fighters and vanished into cloud cover.  That is all our family knew for decades until January 3, 2000 when an inadvertent Internet search resulted in crew member names and a potential crash site near a Dutch island in the North Sea.  An amazing and miraculous search and discovery followed for over a decade that brought closure not only to the Darter family but other surviving crew members and especially the 95 year old wife of the MIA pilot who still loves her man to this day!
 
This is a reminder to sign up for the Member Social Mixer on Thursday, 11/30/17 at El Molinito located at 2323 N. Pantano.  This Mixer is a Replacement Meeting for our Wednesday, 11/29/17 lunch meeting.  All members and guests must sign up on our website, www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events".  Guest fee is $25.
Biography ~ Fred Ronstadt
 
Fred Ronstadt is a fifth-generation Tucsonan and member of several pioneer families.
 
He is currently the Executive Director of the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, which produces the biannual Street Fair. The association’s primary mission is to promote economic programs designed to strengthen and expand the economic potential of North Fourth Avenue.
Shirley Grace is a proud member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Fresno which she joined in March of 2001. Her Club's projects continue to inspire her passion for hands on service. As such, she travels to Mexico each July with their “Project Nino” team of doctors, nurses and dentists to provide health care services to over 4,000 children.
The presentation will be based on a few research projects that concern honesty and cheating.  Martin Dufwenberg will in this connection also illustrate several research methods that are important in modern economics: game theory, lab experiments, and ideas from psychology.”
Rotarians: Making a Difference and Changing Lives.  The good work of Rotary Clubs in District 5500, and, in particular the Rotary Club of Tucson, is making a significant impact on our communities – both locally and globally.
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.
 
 
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.
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.
 
 
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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
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
Car Show
May 02, 2018
Final Four Presentations
Replacement/Social Mixer (Evening Event)
May 30, 2018
NO LUNCH MEETING
 
 
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