Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711 (USA)
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Of the things we think, say or do

1.  Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?


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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Jenny will speak about the importance of early reading experiences to set children up for success in learning. She will discuss the science of brain development and how the early childhood years are connected to a child’s future academic outcomes and success.  Jenny 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 help close the achievement/opportunity gap.
Jenny Volpe ~ Biography
Jenny Volpe is CEO of Make Way for Books, an early childhood literacy nonprofit organization that impacts 30,000 children, parents, and educators annually. Jenny is passionate about helping children gain access to quality educational opportunities and believes in the power of literacy to change lives. For the past eight years at Make Way for Books, she has dedicated her time working to ensure that children in our community have the chance to realize their full potential. Jenny holds a B.A. in literature from the University of Chicago and a M.A. in education from the Johns Hopkins University. Believing in education as a means to achieve social change and equity, Jenny began her educational career as a Teach For America teacher and taught for five years before entering the curriculum development and nonprofit sectors. She has traveled the globe and helped to design literacy programs for children across the United States and in other countries.  Jenny is proud to lead Make Way for Books, an organization that has won awards for innovation and impact. She has worked to ensure that Make Way for Books takes the latest science of improving children’s literacy and closing opportunity gaps, and that of adult learning, and turns it into effective action to make lifelong teachers of parents and lifelong learners of children!
Dr. Paul Bendheim is a board-certified neurologist and a Clinical Professor of Neurology with the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Phoenix.  Dr. Bendheim graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is affiliated with Saint Joseph Hospital and Medical Center.  Over the years of his career in neurology, he has diagnosed many people with Alzheimer's and other dementias and became increasingly interested in studying and determining how he could help others to improve and maintain their brain function. 
Dr. Bendheim is an authority of Alzheimer's disease and has lectured around the world and has written numerous scientific articles and abstracts on this topic.  He is the author of "The Brain Training Revolution:  A Proven Workout for Health Brain Aging".  He founded BrainSavers, LLC for which he is the Chairman and Chief Medical Officer.  This is a topic which is a key concern for most of us over the age of forty-five and even for those younger who worry about their parents and grandparents.  Dr. Bendheim will share what he has developed to help people who want to improve and retain their brain function as they age. 
This program will provide an in depth look at the current facilities at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base that are serving the community of Armed Forces youth and their families who have Base access.  This review will include an overview of the existing and somewhat antiquated 1960 vintage building that serves as the main youth facility on the Base. 
The program will also address a study that has just been completed by Strong Point Marketing, and funded by the Winers and Diners Base Support group.  Its purpose is to determine who is currently using the youth facilities at DM, how often and what exactly are they using the most.  The study also addressed the needs of teenagers and highlighted the differences between serving that age group compared to younger youth.
The study also looked at what other services are being used by Armed Forces youth in the Tucson area that are off the Base and also to determine what non-profit youth serving agencies are currently active at DM and what other youth services are desired to be made available at DM.  This includes a discussion with local youth serving agencies that have a desire to be engaged in serving youth on the Base.
Finally, the program will provide an overview of the goal of the Youth Center of Excellence, which is to create a model that could be replicated to create other Youth Centers of Excellence at other military bases and/or at other locations in Tucson that are off the Base. 
Maestro Gomez will speak about his new life in Tucson as he approaches the finale of his inaugural season. He will focus on why a strong symphony is important to Tucson and how the orchestra plays an integral role in the education of our young people.  In addition, he will share some highlights of the TSO’s upcoming 90th season and our developing relationship with Mexico.
Judy McDermott ~ Biography
Judy McDermott is a veteran of professional golf management. She is the executive director of the Tucson Conquistadores Inc., the nonprofit civic group known for supporting youth athletes and athletic programs through professional golf.
Team penning isn’t just a rodeo event. This year, it’s a literary event at the Tucson Festival of Books featuring co-authors Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd. They’ll give us the low down on what it was like to write and publish their newest book, “Cowboy Up! Life Lessons from Lazy B.”
REMINDER:  There will be NO LUNCH MEETING ON FEBRUARY 7th due to the Gem Show.  This is a DARK day, so no need to do a make up.  Our next scheduled lunch meeting will be on 2/14/18 at the DoubleTree.  Please contact the Rotary office if you have any questions.
Thank you.
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on WEDNESDAY, 1/31/18 at Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, 1801 N. Stone Avenue, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday 1/31/18 lunch meeting and all must register.  Go to our home page at www.tucsonrotary.org, scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events.  Guest fee is $25.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, 1/29/18 by 3:00 p.m.
Colonel Scott C. Campbell is the Commander of the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. He is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the United States Air Force, with more than 7,500 Airmen, 3,000 civilians, and more than 100 aircraft. He is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping a wing comprised of 20 squadrons, two of which are fighter squadrons. The wing provides A-10C aircraft for close air support and forward air control, combat support, and medical forces for combatant commander requirements worldwide. The 355th Fighter Wing is also responsible for training A-10C pilots for the entire Total Force and is the Air Combat Command executive agent for Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty compliance.
Rotary Youth Exchange first began with the Copenhagen, Denmark club initiating the first exchange in 1929 which was followed by the Rotary Club of Nice, France.  Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the most recognized youth exchange programs in the world and is by far the largest youth exchange program run completely by volunteers.  The year-long program was created in 1958 replacing a much shorter time program of only several weeks.  Many of the rules and procedures and frameworks of the program that were created in 1958 still exist today. 
Jim Murphy, a twenty year Member of the Rotary Club of Tucson and Chair of the 11th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show, will report on the Goals for the Show, thank those who made it a success and be involved in distributing the net proceeds of the Show to the five nonprofit beneficiaries.
Located in a former tire shop in the heart of Barrio Santa Rosa, just south of Downtown, Sonoran Glass School is a hidden gem. Founded in 2001 by glass artists Tom Philabaum and Dave Klein, the school has grown to be the only full-service, nonprofit glass arts education facility in the Southwest, offering classes to established and emerging artists from five to eighty-five. Executive Director, Lynn Davis, will give us a virtual tour of Sonoran Glass School and offer an overview of the different glass mediums taught there. You’ll discover why Tucson has a special place on the American Studio Glass map.
We want to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.  The schedule for the remainder of 2017 is as follows:
12/25/17 - Rotary Office Closed
12/26/17 - Rotary Office Closed
Wednesday, 12/27/17 - DARK - No Lunch Meeting
1/1/18 - Rotary Office Closed
We will see you all in the New Year at our first meeting of 2018 scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the DoubleTree. 
Happy Holidays everyone!
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.
“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.
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President Elect
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Rotary Club of Tucs
the 11th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 21, 2017
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Jenny Volpe
Mar 21, 2018
Make Way For Books
Robert Robbins, UA President
Mar 28, 2018
Jon Baker, Director
Apr 04, 2018
Southwest Fair Commission/Southwest Regional Park
Maricela Solis de Kester
Apr 11, 2018
Home Hospitality Week
Apr 18, 2018
Allyn Bulzomi
Apr 25, 2018
Interact and Rotaract
Car Show
May 02, 2018
Final Four Presentations
David Ivers
May 16, 2018
Arizona Theatre Co.
Kate Hoffman
May 23, 2018
Arizona Earn to Learn
Replacement/Social Mixer (Evening Event)
May 30, 2018
Amanda Marks, Tu Nidito
Jun 06, 2018
Children & Grief
Don Guerro
Jun 13, 2018
Barrio Bread
Jun 27, 2018
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