Weekly Meeting:
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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I will briefly discuss some highlights of my life experiences:  humble beginnings, rising to executive status with a Fortune 500 Company, painful divorce, being fired at 55 on a corporate takeover, having cancer, four detached retinas, abdominal surgeries, starting a biodiesel company, eventually taking it public where it is listed on NASDAQ and in the process launching a new industry which is many billion dollars in size today. Throughout the discussion I will comment on mistakes made, lessons learned, and takeaways that I have been told have been beneficial to a number of readers of my book and audience members who have heard me speak.
Biography - Nile D. Ramsbottom
I was raised on a farm in Iowa.  I enjoyed sports, music and breaking, training and showing horses.  I graduated from Simpson College with degrees in Economics and Business Administration.  I worked for Purina Mills rising to a top corporate officer and then was fired, after 33 years due to a corporate takeover.  I started over by leading the technology and construction of the first ever commercial biodiesel refinery in the US.  The entire industry followed which is now multiple billions of dollars in sales. We took our company public in 2012 where it is listed on NASDAQ.
My wife and I started a 501-C-3 non-profit in 2006 which helps Veterans find employment when they return from active duty.  We started locally in Missouri.  The organization has now grown to the point where we help Veterans from all over the US, including Arizona.  We are privately funded.  No government support or corporate support.  All our contributions come from individuals.  We have helped 100’s of deserving Veterans and their families achieve success and a better life for themselves.
Last year, Caterpillar announced it will relocate its Surface Mining & Technology division to a centralized hub in Tucson, Arizona. Christophe Dupont, Regional/Group Financial Officer, will talk about the division's decision to move to Tucson, our proximity to customers and transforming in this age of smart iron.
Biography - Christophe Dupont
Christophe Dupont is the Chief Financial Officer for Caterpillar Surface Mining & Technology based in Tucson, AZ. He has worked for Caterpillar for 18 years in a variety of roles starting in 1999 as senior auditor in Grimbergen, Belgium.

In 2001, he then moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he had his first leadership role as Sales Accounting Supervisor. In 2007, Christophe moved to Tokyo, Japan to become the Controller of Caterpillar Japan, and in 2010 he became the CFO of Caterpillar Japan reporting to the Vice President of Caterpillar Japan. In 2012, Christophe moved to Geneva to become the CFO for European and South America Operations.  In the summer of 2014, Christophe moved to his current position. He is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

Christophe was born in Belgium. He graduated with a Bachelor in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and Lancaster, UK. He also has a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Sheffield, UK.  

Christophe has two children, ages 11 and 6. He loves to travel, is an active runner and cyclist.
The athletics arena provides a venue that becomes a classroom for principles of living, struggling, growing, and succeeding. Lessons learned on fields and courts translate effectively into guidelines for living fully and living well.
Conversely, the athlete who has established a solid base of values in living, is better suited to meet and overcome the challenges of sport, and in addition, be better prepared to accept rewards that may come without losing their sense of where and who they are.
The result can be a dynamic synergism that greatly enhances a college athlete’s overall development.

The presentation will focus on the history of the 390th Bomb Group and how the museum keeps their courage and dedication alive for future generations.  The 390th Bomb Group was one of 40 B-17 Bomb Groups and who flew 301 missions against the Axis powers from England during World War 2.  Stationed in Framlingham near the east shore, the group took part in many of the most famous and deadly missions flown by allied forces.  The 390th lost a total of 176 aircraft, 721 men killed, and over 700 captured.  They also had one of the best bombing accuracies of all the groups, and were credited with shooting down over 377 enemy aircraft.  The 390th took part in one of the first missions to bomb Berlin, led the 3rd wave of bombing German positions during D-Day, flew the first missions to bomb in Germany and then land in Russia, and finally they flew Humanitarian missions to Holland dropping food at the end of the war.  The presentation will highlight several interesting areas of the 390th and provide an overview of the museum.
DARK DAY:  There will be no Rotary Club of Tucson lunch meeting on February 1, 2017 due to the Gem Show scheduled at the DoubleTree.  Since this is a scheduled Dark Day, no make up is required.
Tabitha Yim will describe the four components of women’s gymnastics competition and show video examples. She will discuss her formative experiences with gymnastics as a student, competitor, and coach. Now in her second year as Head Coach at Arizona, she will share her vision for the future of this program, recap some of last year’s performances, and the outlook for the current season.
Celebrate with the Club the results of our 2016 Tucson Classics Car Show. The 2016 effort will be reviewed, peopled thanked, the Grand Total revealed and then we will give it all away to some awesome charities. Did we break the ‘Total Raised’ $1,000,000 mark this year? Come to the meeting to find out and please bring prospectives, friends and families to one of the best meetings of the year.  It WAS a 10!
Chief Chris Magnus started his public safety career in 1979 as a dispatcher with the City of Lansing.  He was also a paramedic in the mid-Michigan area for close to a decade.  During this same time he realized he wanted to make the transition to becoming a police officer.  After attending the Lansing Community College Police Academy, he became a deputy sheriff at the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.  In 1985, he became a police officer with the Lansing Police Department where he spent the next 15 years of his law enforcement career.  In 1999, Chief Magnus became the police chief in Fargo, North Dakota, where he played a key role in implementing the first two-state regional dispatch system in the nation, a forensic children’s interview center, and a refugee liaison program for the area’s many new immigrants and refugees. 

Biography – Sydney A. Rice, MD
Dr. Rice is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a doctoral degree in Medicine from the University of Arizona, and a master’s degree in health evaluation sciences from the University of Virginia. She received residency and chief residency training in pediatrics at the University of Arizona where she received multiple teaching awards.
We want to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.  The schedule for the remainder of 2016 is as follows:
Wednesday, 12/21/16 - DARK - No Lunch Meeting
Wednesday, 12/28/16 - DARK - No Lunch Meeting
We will see you all in the New Year at our first meeting of 2017 scheduled for Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at the DoubleTree. 
Happy Holidays everyone!
Hello fellow Rotarians.  A wonderful night is being planned for our Annual Holiday Mixer, Thursday, December 15th, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at La Mariposa.  The resort is located at 1501 N. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ, between Tanque Verde Rd. and Speedway Blvd.  The menu for the evening is an Italian Buffet with all the trimmings and a delicious dessert table.  We have a DJ locked in for the evening to play music appropriate for our holiday spirit, and a cash bar will be the plan for the evening.
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet entertains a wide variety of audiences with its versatile repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Broadway and Dixieland Jazz to traditional classics.  A brass quintet is the most powerful of the chamber ensembles, and can fill up a hall with its grand sound like an organ.  In the hands of these superb musicians, it can also sing soft and sweet, bringing you to the edge of your seat, and get your toes tapping with jazzy tunes to boot. The TSO Brass Quintet has built a loyal fan base with adult and youth audiences across southern Arizona.
This week there will be no scheduled lunch meeting at the DoubleTree.  The Club will be hosting a Member Social Mixer on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at CAID Industries, located at 2275 E. Ganley Road, Tucson, AZ.  The Mixer will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The evening will consist of  tours of the CAID facilities and our club members serving their very own chili and chowder.  Since this is a replacement meeting, there is no fee for members and the guest fee is $25.  Come on out for some fun and fellowship!  Sign ups are on Clubrunner.  Go to www.TucsonRotary.org under Special Events on the home page.
Rabbi Stephanie Aaron has led her congregation, Congregation Chaverim, for over 35 years.  Rabbi Aaron is married to fellow Rotarian, Dr Jack Aaron. She has accompanied him on his medical missions to Costa Rica, Brazil and Kenya. She is the mother of four children and she's been blessed with two grandchildren Harry and Aaron.
True Concord Voices & Orchestra has emerged as Tucson’s most illustrious cultural export. Under the direction of Music Director Eric Holtan, True Concord engages singers and instrumentalists from across the country, performing repertoire that spans the celebrated masterworks of centuries past to world premieres by America’s finest composers.
Host of "In the Americas"
David Yetman is a research social scientist and has been at the Southwest Center since 1992. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1972.
2016-2017 District 5500 Governor, Sheryl Christenson will give the Rotary Club of Tucson an update on District 5500 and outline her goals for the 2016-17 Rotary year.
2016-2017 Rotary
District 5500 Governor
Sheryl Hartman Christenson
Sheryl became a charter member of Yuma Sunrise Rotary club 1990. She was the first woman president in 1991-92, went on to be Governor’s Representative 1992-93, Assistant Governor 2005-06, District 5500 newsletter co-editor 2012-13 and Editor 2013-14.
In June 2015, author/historian Jim Turner traveled from the sources of the Green River in Wyoming and the Colorado River in Colorado all the way to the Gulf of California, visiting national parks and monuments along the rivers, towns like Pinedale, Glenwood Springs, Green River Utah, taking pictures and gathering information for his book. In The Mighty Colorado, he covers everything from geology, geography, history, wildlife, and culture of the Colorado River Basin, which covers more ground than Spain and Portugal combined. Jim Turner presents several highlights from that trip, just the tip of the glacier, so to speak.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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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!
Nile Ramsbottom, Author
Mar 01, 2017
From Farm Boy to Times Square
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
Mar 08, 2017
Goals for 2017
Rob LaMaster, ED
Mar 15, 2017
Make A Wish
Eli Pert
Mar 22, 2017
Port of Tucson
Member Social Mixer - Replacement Meeting
Mar 29, 2017
No Lunch Meeting
Julia Dailey
Apr 05, 2017
Be Red Cross Ready - Disaster Training
Jerry Harris, Author
Apr 12, 2017
The High Meadow Ranch
Home Hospitality - Replacement Meeting
Apr 19, 2017
No Lunch Meeting
Bill Moore
May 03, 2017
Final Four Presentations - Car Show
Mark Clark, PCOA
May 17, 2017
2017 Report to the Community
Chuck Tampio, Retired Exec. C-Span
May 24, 2017
National Monuments
Member Social Mixer - Replacement Meeting
May 31, 2017
No Lunch Meeting
Israel Jimenez, AZ Theatre Company
Jun 07, 2017
Taking Theatre to Kids Across the State
Dr. Andrea Romero
Jun 14, 2017
Youth Community Partnerships for Adolescent Alcohol Prevention
Dave Gallaher/Mark Irvin
Jun 27, 2017
Fly Fishing in New Zealand
Jul 05, 2017
Jul 08, 2017
La Mariposa Resort
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Member spotlight: The power of the press
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Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
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Culture: Life in the bike lane
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