Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
Meetings are held at Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85701 (USA)


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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The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on WEDNESDAY, 5/31/23 at the Sands Club, UA, 565 N. Cherry Avenue, Fl. 5, Entrance at Gate 1 of the Stadium from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Parking in the Cherry Avenue Garage or the Mirror Lab Lot located on the east side of the stadium.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday lunch meeting.  If you have not registered yourself or your guests, please call the Rotary office.  Hope to see you all there for this evening of fun and fellowship!
Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, 5/31/23.
"This is an excellent opportunity to introduce potential new members to the Club!"
Coach Jim Monaco will discuss:
Where Pima Athletics has been - Past success and growth.
What was the main goal of Pima Athletics when Coach Monaco became AD - Family atmosphere.
Our student athletes Championships - Celebrating Championships.
What really matters, Grades and Success - Recipe for success.
What our Coaches do (Mentoring and Direction) - How to model behavior, Recipe for success.
Raising Awareness not Money.
Vision going forward.
Jim Monaco, Director of Athletics, Pima Community College
Hometown: Lynn, Mass.

Education: Graduated Lynn English High School Lynn, Mass 1979. Bachelor’s Degree, Park University (Parkville, Mo.), 2000; Counseling, M.Ed. University of Phoenix, 2006; Special Education, M.Ed., Administration, Jones International University (Centennial, Colo.)
Playing: 1976-79; lettered Baseball, Football, and Track and Swimming Lynn English High School. All-Conference high school baseball and football
1979-80 Football University of New Haven (Conn.),
Police Employment:
1981 Houston Police Department
1984 Lynn Police Department (Decorated twice for valor)
1990 Tucson Police Department Retired 2001
Coaching Experience: 36 years, Lynn English High School, Catalina High School, Sahuaro High School, Head Coach Tucson High, Head Coach Desert View High, Pima assistant 2000-2004 and 2012-2014, and Head Coach Pima College 2014-18. 2 Bowl Appearances and Coach of the Year WSFL and ACCAC 2015.
Athletic Director 2018- Present
Personal: Married to Dannielle (Whittier) Monaco for 40 years; three children, Chris, Jimmy and Dominique; Five grandchildren Jamison, Sophia and Carmela and Easton and Vincent.
This Meeting is Sponsored by:
Dave Heeke (pronounced Hee-key) was named Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University Arizona in February of 2017. Heeke’s vision for Arizona Athletics centers around a culture of excellence, a focus on a first-class student-athlete experience, championship-caliber competitive performances in competition and in the classroom; as well as enhancing fan experience and providing a tremendous workplace environment.

Heeke continued his nationally-recognized leadership and service to college athletics with an appointment to the prestigious NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee in 2022, becoming just the third athletic director in Arizona history to serve on the committee.

On the academic front, the athletics department continued to thrive in Heeke’s fifth year at Arizona as the 2021-22 year raised the bar for excellence in all facets. Arizona student-athletes continued to reach historic heights in the classroom, posting a 3.157 overall semester GPA in Fall of 2021 that marked the highest Fall semester GPA in department history.
An East Lansing, Michigan native, Heeke received a bachelor’s degree from Albion College in 1985 and a master’s degree from Ohio State University in 1987. At Albion, he was a co-captain of the baseball team and a member of the club hockey team.
Heeke and his wife, Liz, have three boys, Max, Zach, Ryan, and daughter-in-law, Merissa.
This Meeting is Sponsored by:

Fletcher McCusker will give an update on Rio Nuevo at our 5/10/23 meeting.  Fletcher is a third generation Tucsonan.  His grandfather Russell moved to Tucson from Indiana just after the depression.  Russell worked for the WPA and laid many of the downtown and University area sidewalks for $1.00 a day and eventually went to work for the railroad.  Fletcher's mother was a Tucson High School grad and Fletcher attended John B Wright, Davidson and Amphi.  He completed a BS in Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona in 1974 but left Tucson for greener pastures attending graduate school at ASU.  Fletcher rose through the ranks in many health care companies in Oklahoma, Maryland and Texas and while in Texas in 1996, he conceived and launched the Providence Service Corporation, the first home based mental health company in America.  His wife, Liz, actually suggested they base the company in Tucson and Providence was launched in January 1997. Fletcher followed an unusual route for Tucson companies with Providence: his money, family and friends, venture capital, and ultimately a very successful IPO.  When he exited Providence in 2012, it was a billion-dollar business located in 44 states and employing over 11,000 people. During the Providence run, Fletcher became very involved in the rebuilding of downtown Tucson.  He relocated the company headquarters to downtown Tucson in May of 2010 remodeling a block of boarded up buildings that not only became the company headquarters but opened up restaurant, residential and commercial space.  His passion for downtown was a catalyst for many and in 2012 he was appointed to the Rio Nuevo board, responsible for the State funds designated to revitalize Tucson, and elected Chairman unanimously by his fellow board members.  Just weeks after his announced retirement from Providence, Fletcher launched a new company called Sinfonía, also in a remodeled downtown warehouse. SinfoníaRx was the first major spin out from Tech Launch Arizona.   Sinfonia sold in October 2017 and McCusker immediately launched UAVenture Capital, a growth fund dedicated to UofA commercialization. UAVC has made 15 investments in UofA related science and technology and has become a pivotal part of the developing start up ecosystem expanding in the Tucson region.

The story of Ben's Bells is rooted in the fabric of Tucson. With more than 200 mosaic murals across the country, including the beautiful one on the Tucson Convention Center, there are visual reminders all over Tucson to Be Kind. But what does that mean? Executive Director Helen Gomez, will tell the origin story of Ben's Bells, explain how they have kept kindness at the forefront and talk about what they are doing to systematically build kinder communities.
Biography  - Helen Gomez serves as the  Executive Director for Ben's Bells, now in her fourth year. As a native Tucsonan, Helen grew up knowing the Ben’s Bells story and the idea of keeping kindness at the forefront has always resonated with her. She loves being able to educate people about the positive impacts of practicing kindness. Her favorite part of her job is to engage with the community and make meaningful connections. Before joining Ben's Bells, Helen held leadership positions at the University of Arizona and the Jewish Community Center but she began her professional career as a high school English teacher after graduating from Pepperdine University. She sits on the boards of the Educational Enrichment Foundation and Downtown Tucson Partnership and over the years has been involved in various capacities, including the Women's Foundation, MOCA, Greater Tucson Leadership, the Junior League of Tucson and The Community Food Bank to name a few. At her core, Helen  supports organizations focused on the arts, education and women. She loves to spend as much time as possible with her boys, Brady, 14 and Dylan, 13; her partner Kevin and her dog and queen of the house, Harper.
Our Home Hospitality events begin April 16th and go through the 22nd.  These social events will replace our Wednesday, April 19th lunch meeting.  We want to thank all the members who have graciously volunteered to open up their homes and host an event.  This a wonderful way to relax, meet fellow Rotarians outside of the lunch meeting and have some fun!
If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office at 623-2281.  Again, these events take the place of our lunch meeting on April 19th.  Our next regular lunch meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at the TCC.
April 12th we will be doing something different than in the past. We are doing our first MIX & MINGLE. During the Club Assemblies as well as the survey, members stated that one of the greatest values was to be able to network with other members. They also stated that given how structured our meetings run, that it was hard to really get to know other members better given the time constraints.
We listened and now it is time to deliver. We have no scheduled speaker but there will be some structure to our meeting. This will be a fun opportunity to get to know some more of our members as well as some things you “might not know”. I hope you plan to attend and be prepared to have some fun.
Bruce Jacobs
Allan A. Anderson, MD, MMM, DLFAPA
An expert in dementia care, Dr. Anderson has a track record of developing and incorporating innovative dementia care practice models in outpatient memory clinics and for specialized assisted living dementia programs. He is a strong proponent of a team approach to Alzheimer’s and dementia care which includes training interdisciplinary teams to deliver person-centered care to address the needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients and their family members.
Our Replacement Social Mixer is Wednesday, March 29th at Vero Amore from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Vero Amore is located at Palomino Plaza at Glenn/Swan (2920 N. Swan Road). It is an outdoor venue on their patio. Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  As with all replacement mixers, this is a no host bar. Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, 03/29/23.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship at Vero Amore!! If you want to attend please call the Rotary at 520-623-2281.
This week we will be having our follow up meeting from the Club Assembly that we held on February 1st. We received great feedback from those that participated at that meeting and a lot of great ideas to share back with the Club.
We had 134 members that participated in the survey that went out last month. As much as we would have loved everyone to have voiced their opinions 62% responded which statistically is significant. We have the full presentation of the survey that we will be sharing with you so please try to make the time to attend.
Darren Maguire’s championship record is long. Before joining Riverdance in 1996, he had earned first place at many regional and National competitions, including the Great Britain’s, All England, All Ireland and the Regional Oireachtas; and a second place in the World Championships. Darren was born into a dancing family. His parents, Kathleen and Michael Maguire, founded the highly-regarded Maguire O’Shea Academy of Irish Dance just outside London, England. Darren and his five siblings inherited the talent, all having won major dance titles. 
The Tucson Crime Free Coalition was created in September of 2022 to focus on solutions for the fentanyl and crime crisis that is occurring in our community. To date The Tucson Crime Free Coalition has grown to nearly 3,000 members, and is run by four volunteers, Kevin Daily, Monica Carlson, Oliver Swan and Josh Jacobsen. The Tucson Crime Free Coalition's mission is a safer community for all through the enforcement of our laws. We are advocates for adequate staffing and resources for law enforcement, treatment for those in need and prosecution for criminals that are unwilling to abide by our laws. The website is tucsoncrimefree.com
Internationally-known psychologist, award-winning author, humorist, New York Times bestselling author of “Have a New Kid by Friday”, radio and TV personality, and speaker, Dr. Kevin Leman has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and common sense psychology.
Dr. Kevin Leman has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs including Fox & Friends, Huckabee, 700 Club, The List, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, The View, FOX’s The Morning Show, Today, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN, Focus on the Family, and Oprah, and he is a former consulting psychologist to Good Morning America.  Dr. Leman frequently speaks to schools, CEO groups, and businesses including Fortune 500 companies, YPO, Million Dollar Round Table, and Top of the Table.
Dr. Leman is the founder and chairman of the board of LEMAN ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE.
Dr. Leman’s official websites are www.drleman.com and www.birthorderguy.com.
Rodeo Days are here and we will be celebrating at the February 22nd meeting.  Please remember to wear your Rodeo Garb!
Let's have some fun!!!!
Accelerating America's Adantage at Sea provides a brief, strategic overview of the Navy; its missions, equipment and personnel, and disposition around the world. America has always been a maritime nation. The seas are the lifeblood of our economy, national security, and our way of life. American sea power, combined with the dedication of our allies and partners has guaranteed freedom of navigation, maintained peace, and fostered a rules-based order grounded in fairness for all. As global challengers rise to threaten U.S. interests, America must maintain maritime dominance. Maintaining the world’s best Navy is an investment in the security and prosperity of the United States, as well as the stability of our world. Since our Nation’s founding, the U.S. Navy has stood watch to protect America’s economic vitality, sustain our influence, support our allies and partners, deter conflict, and when called upon, win in combat. America remains a global leader with global interests. Households and businesses throughout the United States benefit from the steady flow of resources and goods across the oceans. Our modern economy depends on access to the internet, which rides on undersea fiber-optic cables. As we look to the future, our economic and national security will continue to rely upon unrestricted seaborne trade, unimpeded access to markets, and a free and open rules-based order.
Transparency, and accountability are such important goals of The People’s Office that they are included their Core Values.
The Year Two Review is the County Attorney’s report to the people of Pima County letting them know what the office accomplished in pursuit of public safety and public health in the second year of this administration.
A strong focus of the Year Two Review is on the work of many units within the Civil Division. This part of the Pima County Attorney’s Office is what differentiates it from traditional District Attorney Offices, which only prosecute criminal activity.
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2023 at Noble Hops (DoubleTree), 445 S. Alvernon Way from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer replaces our Wednesday lunch meeting.  If you have not registered and want to attend, please call the Rotary office.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship at Noble Hops!
Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, February 8th.
CALLING ALL MEMBERS. We are having our first Club Assembly in several years. “What is a Club Assembly”? A Club Assembly is the chance to share with all members information about the Club and with the help of YOU to help chart our future.
Clubs nationwide deal with the issues of retaining and growing membership along with dealing with the rising costs of food and labor. Our Club is no different. We are looking at our future and need to hear from ALL members on what their thoughts and ideas are for how we move forward over this next year and beyond.
Our Rotary Gift to JTED!
Please join Bobby, the rest of our Rotary Club of Tucson, plus JTED and Gregory School Friends as we present our “Sweet 16” Tucson Classics Car Show fundraising efforts. This show has been labeled by many, “The Best Show Ever…With Rain”. The show took place at the beautiful and welcoming Gregory School for the 16th straight year. A fantastic crowd with a full house of Classic Cars were treated to a wonderful day of fun, food, and friendship with our Rotary members and other volunteers being fantastic hosts.
A great day was had by all, and we will share some of the highlights of the day plus share some “special challenges” throughout the year. Our BIG CHECK we all worked so hard to earn through 10 different revenue sources will be presented to our wonderful beneficiary, JTED. Finally, Lee Olitzky will wrap up with exciting plans for the 2023 Classics Car Show, as well as the unveiling of our gorgeous 2023 Car Show Corvette Convertible!  Come join us to celebrate a job well done by all of you and enjoy the profits accumulated by one of Tucson’s Signature Events of the Year!

Energy drives global economies in a very real way – what are the basics of that drive and how has it created the conflicts we now see before us? What does it mean for the future, and how has it been shaped by the past? What are the major challenges and why?  Many forces now shape that debate – What are the Paris Accords, how were they shaped, and where do they lead?  Many policies and actions have put elements of our political and social structure into intense conflict. How do we balance fossil, renewables, and nuclear as we seek to restructure our energy systems? Why are all sides freaking out?  Finally what role should each of us assume and what responsibilities must we shoulder?  I hope that this presentation puts the audience in a better position to seek out the answers they need.

As cross currents buffet the Arizona economy, it looks different depending on the lens used to view it. The labor market remains very tight, generating strong job gains, low unemployment rates, rapid wage increases, and a mountain of open jobs. At the same time, retail sales has begun to slow, inflation far exceeds income growth, housing affordability has plunged, and interest rates are rising.
Where are the global, national, state, and local economies headed next? Will increasingly restrictive monetary policy succeed in bringing inflation down without causing a recession? Will state and local house prices moderate? Will rising unemployment put downward pressure on wages? Will manufacturing jobs continue to grow rapidly? Be sure to join us!
Sheryl Ann McKinley ~ Biography
Sheryl Ann McKinley is a soulful, passionate singer whose roots are in Jazz and the American Songbook, but she is always expanding and her focus is on powerful, positive messages.  She delights in serving up the Great, Glorious and Healing Power of Music! Her divinely, God given voice is a gift she wants to give with all her heart!  Her masterful musicians she is blessed to work with are kings to her! Sheryl Ann has been singing professionally since 2012.
Here is the Holiday Schedule for your reference and scheduling:
President Bruce and the Rotary Staff would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!
This year the Holiday mixer will be hosted at President Bruce and Erin Jacobs’ home located near Sunrise & Kolb. 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Wednesday December 14th. The mixer includes two drink tickets, all additional drinks are $5 each with the money going to the scholarship fund. Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  Casual holiday attire for both indoor and outdoor weather. Address, directions and additional information will be emailed to all that RSVP.  For additional details, please contact the Club office, 520-623-2281.
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