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WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
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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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Due to the Tucson Classics Car Show held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, there will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  This is considered a DARK DAY, so no make up is required.  We'll see you at our next scheduled lunch meeting on October 26, 2016.

MSDx is a precision medicine company developing blood testing products for monitoring neurodegeneration in brain diseases. Millions of people are affected by brain disorders yet there are virtually no clinical blood tests available today. Neurologists rely on clinical symptoms, imaging technology, clinical response to medications, and tests which exclude other diseases. Today there is a need for vital patient information earlier in the disease and in a more cost effective manner than radiological tests. Improper diagnosis or ineffective treatment negatively impact cost and quality of care for the patient.
The patented MSDx WINDOW INTO THE BRAIN  blood test offers a real-time view of the disease processes in the brain.  The blood tests that the company is developing will provide the neurologists with critical data that can be useful in diagnosis, monitoring, and assessing therapeutics response. At launch, the company will offer the MSDx blood test panel as a as a service through a CLIA Certified Laboratory in Tucson.
It takes a Community to raise a company—The MSDx founders came together as a part of the University of Arizona’s McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship Program. The company then launched at the UA business incubator, has worked with 12 UA Interns, secured an Arizona Commerce grant, received an AZ Flinn Foundation grant, and raised investment from the Tucson Desert Angels.  We are very grateful for the support of Arizona!
Marie Wesselhoft - Biography
Marie Wesselhoft currently is President and Co-Founder of MSDx, Inc. a start-up company focused on commercializing blood tests for brain diseases.  Marie has 35+ years of healthcare business experience in the diagnostic, device, and provider industry. Marie held positions such as VP/General Manager, VP Marketing, Area VP of Sales and Operations, and Product Manager during her twenty-year career at Cardinal/Baxter/American Hospital.  In her role as General Manager of the Scientific Products, Marie was responsible for the diagnostics business.  Throughout her career she has had multiple opportunities to launch $30-50M product lines, negotiate partnership agreements, manage key accounts, as well as in facilitate the integration of teams for acquisitions and divestitures.  
Prior to MSDx, she served as the Director for the Arizona Center for Innovation, a high-tech business incubator located at the University of Arizona Science & Technology Park in Tucson.  She serves on several boards including the Academy Village Assisted Living Corporation, BIO Southern Arizona, University of Arizona Tech Launch Arizona, and Allendale Home for Children. 

Months of planning and countless hours of preparation have been invested in our 10th Annual Classics Car Show to make it a 10 and the best in Southern Arizona.  During our clubs meeting we will share details of this preparation and discuss some of the gaps that still need our attention in the final week before the show. We will share with you the redesigned Classics Club area, the expanded food tent and some of the exciting Friday Night Pre-Show Celebration Auction items. We will show you the new parking areas and revised traffic flow considerations.  We will also focus on our need from members to volunteer for positions that still need to be filled….. so check your calendars, contact your friends and family and be ready to sign-up.  We will also give you the latest update on ticket sales and as you have heard several times before…”if we don’t sell, we can’t give”.
This year we look to crack the $1 million mark raised to give back to local charities, an amazing amount that is only possible thru dedicated Rotarians, like you.  Thank all of you who have worked so hard all these months and many thanks to the rest that are now stepping up to fill the volunteer needs.  Working together, we will make it a 10!

My interactive program will keep the audience engaged as I incoherently focus on developing humor as a laugh support system, the history of political satire and why I need more time off.
I will draw Donald Trump.
I may answer the questions "Where does humor come from? Is it available online? And how can I get more at a discount?" We'll touch on what makes you think you’re so funny and why that joke your so-called friend made about you last week was not a knee slapper.
I’ll draw President Obama.
With my ability to quick sketch any member of the audience I’ll pull a random mix of selected participants up, draw them and ask them about their professional lives.
I’ll draw Hillary.
My program will be in the moment, relating specifically to the group at hand because I have a terrible memory, I’m lucky to remember where I’m supposed to show up.
I will draw out the details about working as a political cartoonist, using humor as a cancer survivor, and why having a good sense of humor about yourself is as American as an apple pie in the face.  And if the lights are still on after this you'll get a news update on what's in the headlines this week. I’ll also dip into topics such as freedom, family and why a free lunch is a good thing.
The program will be a presentation on Rio Nuevo's accomplishments and what to look forward to.
Biography - Fletcher McCusker
Fletcher McCusker is the current CEO and founder of Sinfonia HealthCare Corp., a new medical home health care business.  Sinfonía is based out of an old warehouse in downtown Tucson, Arizona, and will focus on the rapidly expanding home health industry driven by the changes in the Health Care Affordability Act. A native Tucsonan and a graduate of the University of Arizona, he attended graduate school at Arizona State University after being turned down by the UofA. He has returned much to the community; serving on the boards of the Eller School and the Social and Behavioral Sciences College, the YMCA, St. Gregory School, The Metro Chamber, TREO and participates in numerous charitable causes.  Fletcher has been very active in downtown revitalization.  He resigned these boards to serve as the Chairman of the Rio Nuevo board after being appointed by state legislature.
On about September 8, 2016 a University-of-Arizona-led mission has been launched with a destination of a nearby asteroid named Bennu.  Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid of interest for the organic materials associated with this class; it may give us clues to the formation of the solar system and the origin of life on Earth.  The goal of the mission is to examine the asteroid, find the most interesting surface material, touch down and collect a “handful.”  On returning to Earth in 2023, the spacecraft releases and safely lands a capsule containing the pristine asteroid sample for examination in our laboratories. 
Chief Cheryl Horvath has been serving as fire chief at Mountain Vista Fire District since January, 2016. Chief Horvath has been in the fire service since 1992, working as a full-time firefighter in Illinois where she served as union president for four years and as a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Chief Horvath is the past President of the Board of Trustees for the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services and a frequent speaker at the conference in leadership and fire ground tactics.
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.
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.

“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!

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Rotary Club of Tucs
the 10th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 15, 2016
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Oct 26, 2016
Jim Turner, Historian
The Mighty Colorado River, From the Glaciers to the Gulf
Nov 02, 2016
Nov 09, 2016
Updates & Reports on their 20% Grants
Nov 16, 2016
True Concord
Live Music
Nov 23, 2016
Dec 07, 2016
Mark Blakeman, CEO of TSO
Holiday Concert
Jan 11, 2017
Chris Magnus
Tucson Police Chief
Jan 18, 2017
Wally Scales, ED, 390th Mem. Museum
Honoring Their Courage & Sacrifice
Jan 25, 2017
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
Goals for 2017
Virtual reality films bring new dimension to polio fight
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Rotary Day at UN highlights role of business in building a better world
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ShelterBox prepares for Mosul refugees
Today marked the start of the battle to take control of Mosul back from the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS. The city is the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. But humanitarian aid agencies have known about the military offensive, giving them an unusual opportunity to prepare for the crisis. "It is rare for the world to get early warning of a vast human catastrophe," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox. "The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees issued a paper in July saying this would likely be the biggest humanitarian crisis of the year — and we better get...
Skydivers raise thousands for polio eradication
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Rotary and ShelterBox on the ground in Haiti
Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless. The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne...