Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
Meetings are held at Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85701 (USA)
520-623-2281
 
 

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.

Home Page Stories
Lisa Bates, Founder and Executive Director of Tucson Wildlife Center, and Diana Madaras, artist, are kindred spirits who were destined to come together. Both these women began rescuing wildlife at age 5 or 6—Lisa in Tucson in her backyard, and Diana in New Jersey at her father’s veterinary hospital. At a very early age, both formed a deep bond with animals and understood the need to help these beings who were desperately trying to survive.
 
The Tucson Wildlife Center, now 23 years old, is a survivor, as well. Eleven other wildlife rescue centers have closed in the past few years pressuring TWC to increase its intake by 400%. Where they served 1500 animals 4 years ago, they now expect 6,000—and all care is funded by private donations.
 
In this presentation, Lisa will share behind-the-scenes stories from Tucson Wildlife Center and simulate a bobcat rescue. Diana will share how she and a goose named Lucy helped Tucson Wildlife Center survive during a critical time and raised enough money to eventually hire a full-time veterinarian for the center. You will walk away from this program with a deeper understanding of our relationship to wildlife and how we can each make a difference with relatively little effort.
 
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. – Mahatma Gandhi
 
Lisa Bates ~ Biography
 
Lisa Bates cared for injured and orphaned wildlife beginning at age 6, and even had a pet javelina who slept in her bedroom when she was a kid. In 1998, she founded Tucson Wildlife Center in her own backyard in Tucson and eventually donated her property to the Center. In the past 23 years, she has succeeded in building a state-of-the art hospital on the grounds, as well as 3 huge flight enclosures to rehab eagles, hawks and owls. The Tucson Wildlife Center rescues everything from lizards, to bobcats and javelinas. The Sertoma Club awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award.
 
Diana Madaras ~ Biography
 
Diana Madaras grew up in an apartment attached to her fathers’ veterinary hospital in New Jersey and at a very early age was tasked with caring for the wild animals people dropped off at the hospital. In 1999, in conjunction with opening Madaras Gallery, she formed the non-profit Art for Animals Foundation. She has raised more than $200,000 for the foundation. The Tucson Rotary Club awarded her its 4-way award in 2000 and Diana has also been named Arthritis Foundation Philanthropist of the Year. She was named New Beginnings Woman of the Year and received the Copper Cactus Award for Community Service. In 2018, Tucson Wildlife Center named her their Honoree at the annual Benefit Dinner.
 
So, when the Tucson Wildlife Center came under duress due to a huge increase in animal intake, Lisa came to Diana asking for help.
 
The rest is history…
 

Zach will share about the growth of Tucson Young Professionals into the largest network of its kind in the state of Arizona, TYP's role as a platform for young professionals to shape the most prosperous, innovative and inclusive Greater Tucson possible, and the opportunities and challenges ahead for getting there.

Zach Yentzer ~ Biography

Zach Yentzer has been intentional to work at the intersection of neighborhood and housing policy, and workforce and economic development to help shape an inclusive, prosperous and innovative future for Tucson. He’s the executive director of Tucson Young Professionals and serves on the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Talent Taskforce. Zach is also the president of the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association, and over the past number of years has been involved with groups such as the Downtown Neighborhoods and Residents Council and the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) board, the Barrio Neighborhood Coalition and the Tucson Small Scale Development Coalition working on housing policy and issues. Zach hosts the daily talk show “Tipping Point with Zach Yentzer” on AM 1030 KVOI The Voice, was named Tucson’s 2019 40 Under 40 Man of the Year, and is a 2020/21 Flinn Brown Fellow.

A brief look at the Fox Tucson Theatre, the Crown Jewel of Downtown Tucson and the role that live performance plays in an increasingly fractured world.  We'll look at where she's been, where she is today, and where she's headed including the Return to the Fox 2021 - 2022 season unfolding in the midst of ongoing change and uncertainty.
 
Bonnie Schock ~ Biography
 
Bonnie Schock brings 25 years of professional, nonprofit arts leadership experience to her role as Executive Director at the Fox Tucson Theatre. She has been a presenter, producer, stage director, grant maker, interdisciplinary arts educator and practitioner, and led a range of organizations and projects. She holds an M.F.A in Stage Directing from the University of Minnesota. Prior to the Fox, she led the historic Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts through a programming renaissance. She served as Program Officer at the MN State Arts Board, guiding the largest state investment in the arts in the nation, specifically building the Arts Tour MN program, where she gained comprehensive knowledge of performance touring. She has been a Leadership Fellow with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, the Shannon Institute, and the Bush Foundation’s Creative Community Leadership Program. Schock has a lifelong commitment to the transformative power of the arts at both the individual and community levels. She has a particular love of historic venues, for the rich tapestry of history, memory, and emotion that they hold; and the endless possibilities for community connection they provide. 
Native Montanan and Army wife, Henrietta “Hank” Huisking became a member of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista West in its charter year, 2005. Hank is serving as the Service Projects Chair of her club.
 
In the fifteen years she has been a Rotarian, she has served in many capacities in her club and the District.  She attended the 2017 Zone 25-26 Institute as a District 5500 Resource Leader.   She is a member of the Paul Harris Society and has attended two in-person and now two virtual Rotary International Conventions.
 
Hank is a graduate of the D5500 Rotary Leadership Institute and Rotary Leadership Academy leadership programs.
 
Hank is married to Peter Huisking (of the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club). Together they have hosted Youth Exchange Students (Germany, Brazil, and Peru) and numerous Group Study Exchanges. She has also served as a counselor for RYLA.
 

Fletcher McCusker ~ Biography


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.  

David Yetman ~ Biography

David Yetman has lived in Tucson since 1961.  He has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Arizona. Since 1992, he has served as a research social scientist at the UA’s Southwest Center, where he explores the lives of the indigenous peoples of Sonora, and people and plants--especially cacti--in southern Mexico and South America and publishes extensively on the results of his research.  His latest book "Natural Landmarks of Arizona" will be published by the University of Arizona Press in September.

From 2000-09, David hosted the KUAT natural history series “The Desert Speaks,” and from 2011 through the present he has hosted the PBS series “In the Americas with David Yetman,” which is broadcast to over 100 PBS affiliates and throughout French- and German-speaking nations worldwide.  It has also become available on Amazon Prime. Yetman has received Emmy awards for both shows.

In addition to his academic work and broadcasting, David has served twelve years on the Pima County Board of Supervisors and as the Executive Director of the Tucson Audubon Society and as a board member of Patronato San Xavier.

Pima JTED, as the proud recipient of the RCOT 2021 Centennial Grant, is providing transformational innovative learning opportunities through their new campus, the JTED Innovative Learning Center at The Bridges. Updates will be provided about the new campus, the new programs and why this project is so innovative as it relates to the student experience, how the project was funded and community partnerships as well as the economic and workforce development opportunities that Pima JTED provides.

Kathy Prather ~ Biography

Kathy Prather has served as the Superintendent/CEO of the Pima JTED since 2018. Prior to joining Pima JTED, she served as Director of Career and Technical Education for the Sunnyside Unified and Tucson Unified School Districts. Kathy's career in education has spanned 32 years in multiple locations across Arizona including Rough Rock High School, Prescott College, Northwest Pioneer College, Mohave Community College, Mohave High School, Colorado River Union High School District, Tucson Unified School District and Sunnyside Unified School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Management, a Master of Arts Degree in Vocational Technical Education, and multiple certifications from the Arizona Department of Education including Superintendent, Principal and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher.

Will discuss the relationship and development of the Church and City in Tucson:  How the Cathedral Square renovation might contribute to the renewal of downtown.
 
Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D. - Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Tucson ~ Biography
 
Ministry as Bishop
 
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago on March 20, 1995 and served as Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate I. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson on October 30, 2001. Bishop Kicanas was installed as Bishop of Tucson on March 7, 2003 and became Bishop Emeritus on November 20, 2017. Bishop Kicanas served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2018 to 2019.
 
 
Adia Barnes was introduced as Arizona's head women's basketball coach on April 4, 2016 and agreed to a contract extension to lead the program through 2026 in May of 2021. The leading scorer in Arizona women’s basketball history and a WNBA Champion, Barnes came to Tucson after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Washington for five seasons.
 
Barnes led the Wildcats to the National Championship game in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the first time Arizona advanced past the Sweet 16 in school history.
 
Col Joseph C. Turnham is the Commander of the 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.  He is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the United States Air Force, with 34 mission partners, more than 46,000 personnel, 152 aircraft, and 51 billion dollars in assets.  He is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping a wing comprised of 25 squadrons.  The wing provides A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for close air support and forward air control, combat support, and medical forces for combatant commander requirements worldwide.  The 355th Wing also provides combat search and rescue personnel recovery capabilities through the employment of HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks, and Guardian Angel weapon systems. The wing has units at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. and Nellis AFB, Nev.  The 355th Wing is also responsible for training A-10C pilots for the entire Total Force and is the Air Combat Command executive agent for Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty compliance.
 
 

Randy looks forward to sharing with the Rotary Club of Tucson the state of the real estate market today. In addition, Randy will talk about the history of the association as TAR is celebrating their 100th birthday in 2021.

Biography:

Randy Rogers, CEO
Tucson Association of REALTORS®
Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona

Randy Rogers brings over 25 years of experience strategically building teams and leading organizations to successfully achieve their goals and objectives. Randy joined as the new CEO of Tucson Association of REALTORS®, Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona and Tucson REALTORS® Charitable Foundation on June 26, 2017.

 
My journey into Rotary might surprise you.
 
On July 1, 1993, with Larry Kent as my sponsor, I became a member.  The amazing Don Shropshire was our Club President and his legendary bow ties, coupled with his flying across the room as Superman, remain engrained as wonderfully positive memories.
 
Those were the days when Rotary had tight classifications for membership; weighty attendance standards; fines for just about anything; a rowdy table; the 11:30 cocktail club;  everyone wore a Rotary pin daily, and we had close to 300 members.
 
Wednesday June 30th is a scheduled DARK DAY, there is no luncheon meeting.  Our next regular scheduled meeting is July 7th at the Tucson Convention Center.  We want to wish all of you a Safe and Happy 4th of July.  Enjoy and we'll see you on the 7th at the TCC as we start the new Rotary Year (2021-22)!!!
Jedd Fisch ~ Biography
 
Jedd Fisch became the Head Coach of Arizona Football in December 2020. He has extensive experience in coaching professional football as well as doing so at the collegiate level. His role just before coming to UA was serving as Quarterbacks Coach for the New England Patriots under the legendary Bill Belichick. He had previously been a coach with the Rams, Broncos, Seahawks,Texans, and Jaguars - 13 years in the NFL. He has had widespread experience in coaching college teams over an 8-year period in the diverse conferences of PAC-12, Big Ten, and ACC.
 
Originally from New Jersey, Coach Fisch earned his degree in Criminology at the University of Florida where he met Steve Spurrier and was introduced to the profession that would become his career.
 
He and his wife Amber have 3 daughters.
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on TUESDAY, 6/15/21 at the Sands Club, UA, 565 N. Cherry Avenue, Fl. 5 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday 6/16/21 lunch meeting. This evening will be loads of fun with the facility being exclusive to our club.  We look forward to seeing you there!!
 
"This is an excellent opportunity to introduce potential new members to the Club!"
When people think of America’s space program, the states of Texas and Florida often come to mind. Although often ignored in movies, books, and pop culture, Arizona has played a critical role in space exploration. Arizona’s landscape, people, and universities have played a significant role in making scientific discoveries about the universe, sending astronauts to the Moon, and preparing uncrewed missions to explore other worlds. David Turpie will discuss Arizona’s role in space exploration and show images from the Arizona History Museum’s new exhibit called “Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space.”
Nick Gallardo ~ Biography
 
Hailing from the Wild-Wild West (Tucson, AZ), Nick Gallardo is an international entertainer who has traveled the world and been a featured performer on well over 40+ Celebrity cruises, playing tribute to the iconic Frankie Valli. Also, as a founding member of the retro-inspired group, Not Fade Away, Nick has toured the United States lending his nuanced talents to the spirit of Ritchie Valens amongst others.
 
Nick got his start in music, with the Internationally famous, Tucson Boys Chorus, where he learned how to do trick-rodeo roping, a skill he still uses to this day (if you twist his arm).  Some of Nick’s favorite highlights include performances with Linda Ronstadt, Richard Kline, Shirley Jones, and after today…THE TUCSON ROTARY CLUB. 
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on WEDNESDAY, 5/26/21 at Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, 1801 N. Stone Avenue, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday 5/26/21 lunch meetingLet's all have some fun and fellowship on Wednesday.  If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office.
 
"This is an excellent opportunity to introduce potential new members to the Club!"

Juan Ciscomani ~ Biography

Juan Ciscomani serves as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, where he oversees the operations of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office and the work in Northern Arizona. He also serves at the Vice Chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, leads the governor’s efforts internationally, and is the governor’s liaison with all foreign diplomatic offices in Arizona. Married to Laura, they have Zoe, Juan IV, Kenneth, Lily, Lucas and Gloria as their proudest accomplishments.

Robert Stieve ~ Biography

Robert Stieve is the editor of Arizona Highways magazine. He’s been serving in that role since April 2007. Prior to his arrival at Arizona Highways, he served as editor of PHOENIX magazine for eight years, and another three years as managing editor. He’s worked for several newspapers and radio stations around the country, and was a speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work at Arizona Highways, he’s an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, and he serves as a board member of the Cronkite School. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Cronkite School and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marshall University.

(This Program will be presented via Zoom)

Veteran Arizona gymnastics assistant coach, John Court recently completed his second season as the program's head coach in 2020.  He earned the full-time of head coach in March of 2018 after earlier  named the interim head coach in August of 2017.  Previously, Court was on the Wildcats staff for 19 seasons under previous head coach Bill Ryden and Tabitha Yim. 
 
Before coaching at Arizona, Court spent five years at the University of Vermont, his last three years 1995-98 serving as head coach.  During those years, he was named ECAC Coach of the Year twice.  Prior to Vermont, Court spent two years as an assistant coach at Brown University under his mother and legendary gymnastics coach Jackie Court, who coached for 33 years.  Court is a 1993 graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in marketing.  He received his master's degree in public/athletic administration from the University of Vermont in 1995.
Doug Hockstad ~ Biography
 
Doug Hockstad is the Assistant Vice President of the University of Arizona’s technology commercialization organization, Tech Launch Arizona. Doug joined UArizona in 2013, initially directing the IP and licensing function, with more than 25 years’ experience in high tech markets. His career began in the software market, including both established companies and startups, and moved on to tech transfer at the University of Michigan, last serving as Associate Director of Software & Engineering Licensing focusing on software and copyright IP. Doug also served on the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Board of Directors, helping to set the strategic direction of the AUTM organization.
Our Home Hospitality events are this week, April 18th through the 24th.  These social events will replace our Wednesday, April 21st lunch meeting.  We want to thank all the members who have graciously volunteered to open up their homes and host an event.  This is a wonderful way to relax, meet fellow Rotarians outside of the lunch meeting and have some fun.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Rotary office - 623-2281.  Again, these events take the place of our lunch meeting on April 21st.  Our next regular lunch meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4/28/21 at Westward Look.  Please make sure to register on the Website under Upcoming Events.
Stephen Paul's program will be illustrating the history and the malting whiskey making process of Whiskey Del Bac, by Hamilton Distillers.
 
Stephen‌ ‌Paul‌ ~ Bio‌graphy ‌
 ‌
Stephen‌ ‌Paul‌ ‌grew‌ ‌up‌ ‌traipsing‌ ‌around‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sonoran‌ ‌Desert.‌  ‌After‌ ‌a‌ ‌degree‌ ‌in‌ ‌Education‌ ‌and‌ ‌teaching‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌education‌ ‌for‌ ‌eight‌ ‌years,‌ ‌he‌ ‌attended‌ ‌two‌ ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌architecture‌ ‌school‌ ‌and‌ ‌restored‌ ‌multiple‌ ‌adobe‌ ‌homes‌ ‌in‌ ‌Tucson’s‌ ‌Barrio‌ ‌Viejo.‌ ‌He‌ ‌founded‌ ‌and‌ ‌ran‌ ‌Arroyo‌ ‌Design‌ ‌for‌ ‌30‌ ‌years‌ ‌with‌ ‌his‌ ‌wife‌ ‌Elaine.‌  ‌Arroyo‌ ‌Design‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌nationally‌ ‌recognized‌ ‌and‌ ‌much-published‌ ‌furniture‌ ‌design‌ ‌and‌ ‌manufacturing‌ ‌company‌ ‌that‌ ‌specialized‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌visually‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌but‌ ‌challenging‌ ‌mesquite‌ ‌wood‌ ‌native‌ ‌to‌ ‌Paul’s‌ ‌Sonoran‌ ‌Desert.‌   ‌In‌ ‌2011‌ ‌he‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌daughter‌ ‌Amanda‌ ‌founded‌ ‌Hamilton‌ ‌Distillers,‌ ‌makers‌ ‌of‌ ‌Whiskey‌ ‌Del‌ ‌Bac,‌ ‌based‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌premise‌ ‌of‌ ‌making‌ ‌a‌ ‌truly‌ ‌Southwestern‌ ‌American‌ ‌Single-Malt‌ ‌Whiskey,‌ ‌using‌ ‌a‌ ‌mesquite‌ ‌fire‌ ‌to‌ ‌dry‌ ‌malt‌ ‌instead‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌peat‌ ‌fire.‌ ‌
CommUNITY:
Strengthening the Bonds between People, Place and Purpose in a Time of Social Distancing.
 
To date, SAACA - the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance - has created over 200,000 arts-driven experiences, from innovative community festivals and cultural celebrations to creative sector development, and accessible arts enrichment programs. Matt will share an introduction to their community collaborations and programming; a look at how COVID-19 has impacted their programs and the arts and culture sector at large; creative adaptations taking place; and what we are seeing as the future of adaptation for artists, creatives, musicians, and makers.
 
Matt Rolland ~ Biography
 
In addition to being a touring musician and recording artist, Matt Rolland of Tucson, Arizona, is the Director of Programs at SAACA (Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance) and serves on the Board of the Tucson Folk Festival. As Director of Programs, Matt oversees SAACA’s community programs and outreach, ranging from chalk art festivals, mural commissions, to concert series and culinary festivals, and also manages their new 14,000 square feet collaborative arts space CATALYST Arts & Maker Space at Tucson Mall which opened in December 2019.
 
 
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Rotary Club of Tucs
on
the 15th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 16, 2021
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Speakers
Diana Madaras and Lisa Bates
Sep 22, 2021
Tucson Wildlife Center, Inc.
Joni Condit
Oct 06, 2021
Car Show Meeting
General Ted Maxwell
Oct 13, 2021
SALC
Crystal Stark
Nov 03, 2021
Music Program
Bill Doelle
Nov 10, 2021
Archaeology Southwest
Hotel Congress
Nov 17, 2021
Brent DeRaad
Dec 01, 2021
Visit Tucson
Dr. Angleo Versace
Dec 08, 2021
Jazz Music
Holiday Mixer - TBD
Dec 15, 2021
Roger Pfeuffer
Jan 05, 2022
Mission Gardens
Kasey Hill
Jan 19, 2022
Greater Tucson Leadership
Joni Condit & Bobby Larson
Jan 26, 2022
Car Show - Reveal
Jovert Steel Band
Mar 02, 2022
Magdalena Verdugo
Mar 09, 2022
YWCA
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