Weekly Meeting:
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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In the past 11 years the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has invested more than $1 billion to improve mobility, travel options and safety in our region. The RTA has delivered more than 770 improvements from brand new roadways, to improved intersections, new sidewalks, expanded transit, wildlife crossings, and miles of bikeways.
 
There are faster connections, less congestion in some intersections, and more travel choices.  Economic development has followed many corridor projects, creating jobs and opportunities across the region.
 
As we move into the second half of the 20-year voter approved plan we also look at the region's transportation needs beyond the RTA, and how to address them. We commend our regional partners for helping the RTA deliver our promise to voters. The key to its success is the regional cooperation among jurisdictions and the fact that it is a community supported plan.
 
Biography – Mindy Blake
 
Mindy Blake joined Pima Association of Governments (PAG) in May 2016.  In her position as Outreach Coordinator, Mindy makes connections with the community to increase awareness and understanding of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan.  She is especially enthusiastic to share stories about how the RTA meets the needs of all commuters. 
 
Mindy was a news anchor and reporter at KOLD-TV in Tucson for 25 years.  She wrote about and reported on many community issues, from education to the environment.  She earned several professional awards during her journalism career. She served as Community Relations Director at Amphitheater Public Schools before coming to PAG.
 
Mindy is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado.  She enjoys giving back to the Tucson community, has served on several boards, and is a regular volunteer for Arizona Public Media.  
Biography ~ Amy Allen
 
Originally from northern Arizona, the town of Camp Verde to be exact, Amy has grown to love Tucson over the past five years, and Rotaract has been a huge part of that. Her involvement of the club, starting with reinvigoration of the club’s life on campus four years ago to becoming president once again this past year, has shown her the beauty of our city and its desire to only get better. She is an avid fan and player of soccer and enjoys snowboarding when she can, and lives with her amazing sister Angel, who is a Rotarian with Tucson Sunrise Rotary. Together they face the world and all its challenges with a daring laugh and smile. Amy will be graduating from the University of Arizona soon with a Bachelor of General Studies with a focus in Science, Technology, Health and Societies, and she is very excited to move on to the next chapter of her life. Amy looks forward to seeing where Rotaract goes once she has left, and has been so fortunate to be involved with Rotary as much as she has been up till now.
This week's program will focus on building community and coalition efforts for collective impact.
 
Biography ~ Dr. Andrea Romero
 
Dr. Romero has a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology, and is Fitch Nesbitt Professor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. Dr. Romero is the Director for the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, which is a research institute that is a catalyst to create and disseminate research that improves the lives of children, youth and families.
This year, over 100,000 low-income individuals in Pima County will face a civil legal problem. 900 attorneys in Pima County are ready to help.  Find out how Step Up to Justice is connecting volunteer attorneys with low-income individuals and families in need.  Step Up to Justice is a full-service free civil legal center powered by the talents of volunteer attorneys. Through careful financial stewardship and technology designed to bring civil legal services to clients where and when they need them, Step Up to Justice builds connections between clients, attorneys and community partners. Step Up to Justice is ground-breaking, forward-thinking and committed to advancing efforts to secure equal access to justice for all.
There will be a Replacement/Social Mixer on 5/31/17 at Jackson Pub & Eatery, 8864 E. Tanque Verde from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  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.  Join us for some fun and fellowship!  Questions please call the Rotary Office - 520-623-2281.
The speaker, Chuck Tampio examines some of Washington's most significant monuments as works of art that contain ideals and values intrinsic to the American experience.  He thought it would be appropriate in light of the fact that the May 24 talk is only a few days before Memorial Day, a good time for reflection on those who have sacrificed so much to preserve our liberty.
Biography – Allan Hamilton
 
Allan Hamilton is a graduate from Harvard Medical School and completed his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been chosen by his neurosurgical peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for the last eighteen consecutive years and selected as “One of the Leading Intellects of the Twenty-First Century.”
Our lunch meeting on May 17, 2017 will be held in the Bonsai/Boojum Rooms at the DoubleTree.  The entrance is to the South of the Lobby.
What is Dragonfly Village?
 
Dragonfly Village is state of the art transitional housing for homeless and low-income individuals and families. Sponsored by Amity Foundation, Dragonfly Village includes 39 fully furnished housing units that are studio, one, two, three or four bedrooms. Utilities are also included.
At our May 3, 2017 Club lunch meeting, the membership will be voting on the 2017 Final Four TCCS Secondary Beneficiaries.  They are as follows:
Sharon Megdal will draw on her 25+ years of experience working on our region’s water issues to provide an overview of both our successes and challenges.  One of the challenges we face is that people don’t show much interest in water management so long as water comes out the tap cleanly and reliably.  How do we educate and engage the public when things are good in order to make sure we have the water future we want?  This question was the foundation of the two-part project “Beyond the Mirage”.  Beyond the Mirage is both a documentary about water in the Colorado River Basin and a dynamic platform for learning.  The project involved filmmaker Cody Sheehy and his team, UA Water Resources Research Center personnel, and Arizona Public Media.  It involved filming throughout the Lower Colorado River Basin and in Israel.  This presentation will include some film clips from Beyond the Mirage and offer insights from Sharon’s locally, national, and international work, including her responsibilities as a member of the Central Arizona Project board.  Because she will have only 20 minutes to speak and answer questions about a very big topic, she is happy to accept questions and comments in advance by email (smegdal@email.arizona.edu).
 
Home Hospitality Week will replace our regular weekly lunch meeting on April 19, 2017.  To Register for a Home Hospitality Event, go to www.tucsonrotary.org and scroll down the left hand column of the home page to Upcoming Events.  Click on Home Hospitality and hit Online Registration Home Hospitality.  There you will see all the hosted events.  Choose the event you would like to attend and click the Green Sign Up button.  Please note there is no charge for members, guest charge is $25.  If you decide to go to more than one event, the member will be charged $25 for any additional events attended. Any questions please call the Rotary Office, 623-2281.
Jerry Harris will talk about the research behind writing “High Meadow Ranch”.
 
Jerry Harris grew up on a farm in Yazoo County, Mississippi and owned horses before he was school age. His father's farm was divided into a cattle operation and a crop raising operation. Jerry graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi with a BA in English. While at Millsaps, he wrote short stories under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize winner, Eudora Welty, Writer in Residence. After graduating from the University of Mississippi Law School, Jerry moved to Memphis, Tennessee. In March of 1974, Jerry became a prosecutor with the Shelby County, Tennessee Attorney General's Office. He worked as an active trial attorney until 2004 at which time he retired. He was head of the Major Violators Unit, Chief Homicide Prosecutor, and Legal Advisor to the Homicide Bureau of the Memphis Police Department.
An update from the Executive Director of the Red Cross on current improvements and upcoming goals for how the Red Cross can continue to improve services in Southern Arizona.
Due to an emergency with our speaker, Mike Levin (Port of Tucson), who has been called away and will be unable to present at the 3/22/17 lunch meeting, our very own Mark Irvin and Dave Gallaher have stepped in.  The topic presented will be "Fly Fishing in New Zealand".  This should be a lot of fun with these two at the helm...
The Port of Tucson has been in service since 2004 and has continued to prove to be a tremendous asset to both the Tucson-metro area and the Southwest region as a whole. Providing both domestic and international intermodal container transportation, the Port of Tucson facilitates in the transport and exchange of goods within the United States and Mexico; even contributing to the exportation of American products to Asian countries along the Pacific Rim. Furthermore, the Port greatly contributes to our local economy by offering long-term, onsite warehousing for manufacturing and distribution, along with various recreational local and non-local businesses wanting to expand to our great area.
The Make-A-Wish® Story
 
Make-A-Wish is the legacy of Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix. Find out how his wish to be a police officer in 1980 set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity. As the founding chapter of the now international wish granting organization, Make-A-Wish Arizona® continues to be a trailblazer and granted 365 wishes in fiscal year 2016, a record in Arizona. We have dedicated ourselves to the Make-A-Wish mission, granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
 
BIOGRAPHY MAYOR JONATHAN ROTHSCHILD
 
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild became Tucson’s 41st Mayor when he was elected in 2011 and is currently in his 2nd term.  Mayor Jonathan Rothschild came to City Hall promising accountability in government, increased emphasis on economic growth and help for those most in need.  Mayor Rothschild follows a long time tradition of Tucson mayors becoming an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Tucson in 2013.
 
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.

 
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.
 
 
 
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!
 
 
 
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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
Mindy Blake, PAAG RTA
Jun 28, 2017
The RTA Moves Us
DARK DAY
Jul 05, 2017
No Lunch Meeting
COA EVENT
Jul 08, 2017
La Mariposa Resort
Cliff Bowman, RCOT President
Jul 12, 2017
What I Want To Do During My Tenure
Jim Cantrell, Vector CEO Co-founder
Jul 19, 2017
Vector Space Systems
John Langellier, Military Historian
Jul 26, 2017
Buffalo Soldiers in AZ
Sheriff Mark Napier
Aug 02, 2017
 
 
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