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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Nancy J. Kluge, President & CEO of Reid Park Zoo will give an update on your zoo’s animal collection, conservation projects, and construction projects.
Nancy Kluge ~ Biography
Nancy Kluge leads Reid Park Zoological Society, where she has served since 2009. As President and CEO, Nancy guides Reid Park Zoo in its mission to ‘create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places’. The City of Tucson owned Reid Park Zoo is the largest attended attraction in southern Arizona with approximately 500,000 guests annually. She is committed to the Tucson community, conservation and STEM education.
Nancy serves as past board chair for Visit Tucson, is a member of the Audit and Ethics committee for United Way, board member for Planned Giving Round Table of Southern Arizona and the finance committee chair for her church.
A University of Arizona graduate who grew up in Tucson, she was honored as a ’60 for 60’ STEM Community Leader by the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair in 2015 and was given an honorary membership in Beta Gamma Sigma by the Eller College at the University of Arizona in 2016. She was also honored with a Community Service Award by the League of United Latin American Citizens in 2016.
Reminder:  There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, November 23rd as this is a scheduled Dark Day.  President Bruce and the Rotary office would like to wish each of you and your families a very wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
The world of work is being shaped by seismic technological, economic and demographic forces. Chancellor Lee D. Lambert outlines how Pima Community College initiatives are propelling economic development in Pima County while training workers for jobs that pay family-sustaining wages in high-tech sectors of the economy.
Lee Lambert ~ Biography
Lee D. Lambert, J.D., has been Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 2013.
Chancellor Lambert has long held that community colleges such as Pima are uniquely positioned to address systemic educational and economic inequity.
Throughout his community college career, he has been an innovator in connecting industry and community colleges in order to revitalize communities through educational opportunity in an age marked by rapid technological and demographic change.

Our Replacement Social Mixer is on Monday, November 7th at Proof from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Proof is located at St Phillips Plaza at River Rd/Campbell. (4340 N Campbell). It is an outdoor venue on their covered patio. Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  As with all replacement mixers, this is a no host bar. All must register at www.tucsonrotary.org under Upcoming Events.  Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, 11/9/22.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship at Proof!!!
Dr. Kevin Leman ~ Biography
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.

From hospitals to clinics to wellness centers and outreach programs, TMC Health is an all-encompassing system of health that puts its patients first. Serving communities across Southern Arizona, TMC Health includes Tucson Medical Center, TMCOne, Benson Hospital, Northern Cochise Community Hospital, Rincon Health Campus and Rincon Neighborhood Hospital, which is slated to open in 2023.

Judy Rich, President and CEO of TMC Health, provides unique insight into the future of health care in southern Arizona and how TMC Health and its system of care, is rising to meet the challenges of caring for our community.
There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 due to our wonderful Car Show and all the hard work that was put into our annual signature event.  Our next scheduled lunch meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at the TCC. 
Ginny Clements ~ Biography
In the late 1950’s, as a fifteen-year-old teenager, immersed in many extracurricular activities and living my life to the fullest, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, the only treatment for breast cancer was a total mastectomy, including removing lymph nodes and some chest muscles. Little did I know (now) 66 years later, I would have the chance to be an advocate and spokesperson for breast cancer. I give thanks every single day for being a breast cancer survivor.

Here comes our exciting “Sweet 16” Car Show so get ready and get involved! The Rotary Club of Tucson has raised over $2.2M to support local charities focused on literacy, education, development of job skills, and senior assistance. This year’s proceeds will be no different as we support JTED and the fabulous programs they produce for Tucson students, with this year having a special emphasis on their Medical component.
Pima Community College has partnered with the Gospel Rescue Mission’s Center of Opportunity through a unique arrangement – one that we believe could be replicated in other communities across the country. Guests of the Center have access to training opportunities, taught on-site at the Center, in a variety of programs designed to provide a direct-to-employment career path in five focus areas: 1) Building & Construction Technology; 2) Culinary Arts; 3) Health & Safety; 4) Information Technology; and 5) Logistics / Truck Driving. Learners participating in the training programs have costs covered for tuition, faculty salaries, fees, books, supplies and uniforms (if required) allowing students to have no educational loan debt upon completion. The goal of the partnership is to provide a pathway out of poverty for those who are struggling to earn a sustainable living wage. Current enrollments are expected to reach 100 with growth anticipated to exceed 300 learners when all programs are fully enrolled. An investment by the Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation will ensure that many more men and women are able to improve their financial situation. Funding received up to $100,000 would ensure existing training programs are able to continue. With funding over $100,000, we would expand offerings to add skills-based training programs in other high-demand areas. Additionally, Pima Community College welcomes the support of Rotary member businesses that are interested in offering meaningful employment opportunities to individuals who complete trainings at the Center. Thank you for your consideration.


Tommy Lloyd is the Head Coach for Men’s Basketball at University of Arizona. As a player he was on the team at Kelso High School in the state of Washington and at Walla Walla Community College and then Whitman college where he earned his degree in Biology. He went on to play professionally in Australia and in Germany.
He was on the staff of legendary coach Mark Few at Gonzaga University for 22 years and was projected to be Head Coach when Mark Few retired.
Coach Lloyd has been at Arizona for only one year and has already set numerous records in general and has accomplished such extraordinary feats for a first-year coach as will probably never be equaled in Division One college athletics.
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District 5500 Governor Anita McDonald is Chancellor Emerita of Penn State DuBois and served in that role for 10 years prior to her retirement in December 2012.   A native of Detroit, Michigan, Anita earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and mathematics education respectively from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. in Education from St. Louis University.
With all the data around the impact of the pandemic on our youth’s education and mental health, is there a way to come back stronger and support our schools in lower socio-economic neighborhoods? Restart SMART uses a community schools' strategy for organizing school and community resources around student and family success. We support the students' and families' holistic wellness by providing wrap-around services and addressing all the non-academic needs that impact the school. Our data shows up to 80% improvement in student attendance, a significant reduction in negative student behaviors, higher parent engagement, and increased resource referral success rates from 10% to over 70% in school sites. Nationally, studies have found that for every dollar spent on community schools strategy, $7 to $13 dollars of support are returned to the community. Combined with Higher Ground's unique approach to youth and family engagement, each Restart SMART site is fully responsive to every unique needs and enhances existing resources in the community while bridging current gaps. Finally, each site is locally empowered through a community steering committee that is supported as they learn to perform continuous needs analysis, quality improvements, and partnership recruitment and management to ensure each site becomes self-sustaining.
Our first Replacement/Social Mixer for the 2022-23 Rotary year is WEDNESDAY, August 31, 2022 at Noble Hops (DoubleTree), 445 S. Alvernon Way from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer replaces our Wednesday lunch meeting.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship at Noble Hops!
Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, August 31st.
Susan will provide a regional economic development overview and update, highlighting targeted industries, current trends, recent announcements, and competitive issues.
Susan Hyatt Dumon ~ Biography
Susan Hyatt Dumon has more than 15 years of experience in economic development working at the state, regional, and local levels. Susan joined Sun Corridor Inc. in June 2017 as Vice President of Economic Development and, in July 2022, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness.
In this new role, Susan will lead efforts to identify issues and develop strategies to improve economic competitiveness in the region. Susan will also continue to provide site selection assistance and market analysis for companies considering expansion or relocation opportunities in metro Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Jan Lesher ~ Biography
Jan Lesher started working for Pima County in 2010, quickly advancing to Deputy County Administrator. In October 2021, she became Acting County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors hired her as County Administrator in April 2022.
Lesher returned to her hometown in 2010 after serving former Governor and Secretary Janet Napolitano since January 2003. 
Oksana was a “military brat”. Her father was a career border security officer for the Soviet Union, then the country of Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet. Her father is from Ukraine and her mother was Russian. Oksana was born in Kazakhstan and lived in many countries all around the perimeter of the Soviet Union, as her father was transferred. She came to the US in 2002 and had her son Edward in 2004. She has a degree in teaching from the University of Kharkiv. She became a US Citizen in 2013.
IMAGINE: Imagine a Rotary World without women. It was not that long ago that Rotary was a male only organization until the Rotary Club of Duarte California took the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court in 1987. Sylvia Whitlock became the first woman to be the President of a Rotary Club after that ruling.
In July of 2022, Jennifer Jones became the first woman to become the President of Rotary International and she has inspired its members. Her theme for Rotary this year is IMAGINE. She has four main goals for the year, but the #1 Priority is member care and comfort. How can Rotary and each Club enhance the experience that members have? What ways can we make our Clubs feel more welcoming, to lift people up and to offer new opportunities? We need to continue to focus on diversity and celebrate our differences. Find out what our members want and then deliver on those needs. Imagining our future, our dreams, our goals are all fine but, without action they are meaningless. We need to set big goals and then achieve them.
Chief Kasmar is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He came to the Tucson Police Department in 2000, shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has also attended executive training with Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, Arizona Chiefs of Police, FBINA Leadership Potential Course, and the Southwest Leadership Program through the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. He is certified as a Hostage Negotiator, a Motor Officer, an AZPOST General Instructor, and an Ethics Post Basic Instructor.
Renee' Gonzales ~ Biography
Chief Executive Officer Reneé Gonzales oversees leadership and strategic planning for all of Long Companies, including Brokerage, Mortgage, Title and Insurance. Gonzales moved up from executive vice president of Core Services, president of Long Title Agency and managing director of Long Mortgage Co.—roles she’ll continue to hold as part of her CEO position. Gonzales heads-up and works closely with the company’s executive leadership team.

Greetings my Fellow Rotarians,
I wanted to thank you for the honor to serve as your 2022 – 2023 President of The Rotary Club of Tucson. There are so many I would like to thank but need to start with our Centennial President Mark Irvin. What an amazing year our Centennial was. We had a record-breaking amount raised for JTED thanks to Joni Condit and Jim Lubinski as well as all the efforts from our Club members. We made our move back downtown and left our legacy on the corner of 5th and Toole for all to see over our next 100 years. Membership is a perennial goal for Rotary and under President Mark’s term, we knocked the cover off the ball. We increased our diversity, brought in younger members, corporate members and increased our percentage of women to over 30%.
Thank you to so many past Presidents for their mentorship. President Mark was a constant support throughout the year. Past Presidents Jen, Bob, Chuck, Jon, and the list goes on. As you will hear on the 13th “it takes a village”. Congratulations and thank you to all my Board members along with Dorinna and Kari and I look forward to us creating memorable experiences for all our members this next year.
JULY 13th ~ Bruce Jacob’s First Meeting for 2022/23 Rotary Year
President Bruce and the Rotary Office want to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Fourth of July!
JULY 13th ~ Bruce Jacob’s First Meeting for 2022/23 Rotary Year
Fellow Rotarians,
You asked for more social time. Well, get ready as our June 22nd gathering will provide what you requested and more.
Everything about this meeting will be different starting with the fact we will have already had the Change of Administration five days before.  So how can we have a COA and follow it with the last meeting?  Why not, especially if the last meeting is not a true meeting?
Details?  Both big screens will be set up.  We will be showcasing photo’s all during lunch that were taken during our Centennial Year or during the first six months of 2022 for your enjoyment.  If you have any photos to share, please reach out to Dorinna.
We will not be setting up the big stage as everyone will be seated in the audience.   We will however have a small 12” high, 4’ x 4’ stage with a pedestal microphone and a spotlight set up.  More on that later. 

Empower Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was started in 2016. Their mission is to improve lives in the greater Tucson community by empowering charitable organizations with resources necessary to carrying out their missions. In just three years, we have raised over $785,000 to benefit local veteran’s organizations.  A group of committed individuals who volunteer their time, talent and treasure to raise money through two signature events:  The Tucson Beefsteak and The Great Tricycle Race.  Jim Story is the founder of the Empower Coalition.
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Rotary Club of Tucs
the 16th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 15, 2022
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Nancy Kluge
Nov 30, 2022
Reid Park Zoo Update
Marcia Rieke
Dec 07, 2022
James Webb Telescope
George Hammond
Jan 11, 2023
Tucson's Economy Outlook
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