Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
August 2020 Meetings @ Hacienda del Sol
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711 (USA)
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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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DNA is weirder than we thought. Why you’re what your parents ate or breathed.


Genetics (DNA) is like a piano.  Epigenetics is the music affected by the environment, in utero, chemicals, drugs, aging and diet. 


Methyl groups (epigenetic factor) can mark “tag” lock DNA (DNA methylation) and turn off genes that repair cancer or prevent diabetes and heart disease. 


Firefighters have higher cancer rates. Our studies found firefighters were exposed to combustion products that caused DNA methylation that can predispose to cancer.  Modern fires burn plastics and computers that are more dangerous than prior fires of wood and metal. Protective gear does not prevent all the exposures to combustion products based on our study of firefighter skin contaminated after a fire — local firefighters have the highest melanoma rates in the US due to UV light and chemical exposures. 


Wildland firefighters (Bighorn Fire) use bandanas that offer minimal protection. 


Scientific dogma has been epigenetic marks aren’t passed to human offspring (plants can transmit to the next generation).  Evidence in mice and WWII famine and Holocaust survivors suggest it can.  In which case can the epigenetic damage in firefighters (or anyone) be inherited by their children?


Wayne Peate ~ Biography

First generation American. Born at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.

Degrees: Harvard MPH, Stanford BA, Dartmouth MD & Rincon High. First member of his family to attend a 4 year college.

 Awards: In 2018 firefighters from 3 counties initiated an annual award: “The Dr. Wayne Peate Health and Safety Award” — Wayne was the first recipient.       Eagle Scout.

 Cancer researcher, University of Arizona since 1983. Founding faculty College of Public Health

 Author: 34 articles, 8 books &1 play Gaslight Theater. His best seller: Listening with Your Heart (Rio Nuevo Press)

 Military: Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Reserve, Medical Corps.

 Community service: Refugee Camp doctor for 40,000 in Somalia.

 Founding chairman: Pima JTED “Jay-Ted” School District Governing Board. 125,000 graduates. 98% graduation rate.

 Past President: Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Association; Past President Tucson Ulster Project.

 Member of Rotary Club of Tucson since 1987.

 Business owner: Founder WellAmerica, Inc. health care for public safety personnel from 23 agencies.  Associate Medical Director Valor Hospice.

 Personal: 10 Marathons: Antarctica and UP Mt. Lemmon X 3.  Instrument rated pilot. 

 Married: Dr. Lynn Struthers, for 37 years, 3 daughters: Elise who works with movie music composer John Williams; Marissa (Paul Kantor) emergency/trauma RN at Torrance Memorial, CA; Lauren (Josh Jacobsen) CEO for her own software company.

 Certifications: Hospice Medical Director Certification, Board Certified American College of Preventive Medicine (Occupational).

Kimberly Ely, Patronato San Xavier’s Development Director, will discuss Patronato’s role as the non-sectarian, non-denominational non-profit charged with raising and directing funding to conserve the fragile art and architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the most culturally significant at-risk sites in the world.
Kimberly Ely ~ Biography
Kimberly joined Patronato San Xavier in July 2018 as Patronato’s first Development Director having formerly held the position of Vice President of Development for the Tucson Symphony.
Prior to arriving in Tucson in 2016, she spent 20 years in Nashville, Tennessee, where she served as Vice President of Development for the historic Cheekwood Estate & Gardens and raised funds for the Frist Art Museum.
Kimberly is passionate about art, architecture and historic preservation and calls her position with the Patronato her dream job. Her professional experience includes 17 years of nonprofit fundraising, as well as financial services marketing in Latin America and Europe.
She received her International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and her BA in Foreign Languages and Art History from Southern Methodist University.
Kimberly was an active Rotarian in Nashville and she is a former member of this Club.
We were scheduled to have our first Replacement Social Mixer on July 29th but with all that is going on, we have decided to host Virtual Happy Hours instead.  We have a few board members who have stepped up and will host these virtual mixers via Zoom.  We want to thank President Jen Hoffman, Director Bruce Jacobs and our Sergeant At Arms, Gary Olsen for volunteering to have Happy Hours. The login information has been emailed and we will send a reminder email with all the details.  Remember, there is no lunch meeting on 7/29.
Jen Hoffman ~ Wednesday, 7/29/20 ~ from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Bruce Jacobs ~ Wednesday,7/29/20 ~ from 5:30 p.m. - 6:10 p.m.
Gary Olsen ~ Wednesday, 7/29/20 ~ from 6:30 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.
You can join in on the screen any time, stay on for a bit, and if you want to jump in on another Happy Hour, feel free to do so!  This will give you opportunities to chat with many Rotarians who you haven't seen in quite some time.  So, let's have some fellowship, fun and drink on the Screen...
Pima County, Deputy County Administrator Carmine DeBonis Jr, will provide an update on the Pima County Road Repair Program. The presentation provides a status of the current road conditions; an overview of existing funding sources; a recap of Fiscal Year 2020 repairs completed to date; a summary of Fiscal Year 2021 planned repairs; and a description of future steps.
Carmine DeBonis, Jr. ~ Biography
Carmine DeBonis, Jr., advanced the majority of his professional life working with Pima County, Arizona, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional Development, Carmine worked with the Pima County Board of Supervisors through 1996. 
During this time with the Board, Carmine quickly advanced to positions of greater responsibility. His exposure to nearly every aspect of government service including land use, public infrastructure, law enforcement, health care and community services, allowed Carmine to foster effective relationships. He effectively reached consensus on complex community issues and bridged differing viewpoints from varied constituencies.
Julius Holt ~ Biography
Julius K. Holt was born and raised in Washington D.C graduated from Cardozo High School in Washington D.C. in 1979. Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Julius attended Ellsworth Community College and attended the University of Arizona on a football scholarship and has been a Tucson resident since that time. Former Director of Counseling Villa Oasis High School, Guidance Counselor Catalina High School, Tucson Urban League, Our Town Family Center. University of Arizona Academic Counselor/Tutorial Coordinator for Student Athletes 1998-2006. Is the current President of Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation Football, youth motivational speaker and peer mediator. Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Public Administration from the University of Arizona in 1995, received a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Arizona in 2004. He has worked in social services for the past 30+ years. Member of TYFSF (Tucson Youth Football & Spirit Federation for 30 years.
  • 2019 Inducted into the (AYF) American Youth Football Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Cardozo High School Football Hall of Fame, Kingman Boy’s & Girls Club Hall of Fame
  • 2019 Coaches for Charity Kickoff Classic Honoree
  • 2015 University of Arizona Black Alumni Club’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
  • 2004-2005 Member of the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minorites program for minorities
  • 1991 BA Omega PSI PHI Community Service Black Alumni
Hello my fellow Rotarians,
I am so excited to see you at our first meeting of my year on July 8 at the Hacienda del Sol. Given the current circumstances, Hacienda del Sol is following all CDC guidelines so we can stay safe and healthy:
1.  All guests are required to wear a mask or a face covering (per new regulations by the City of Tucson and Pima County Government).
2.  The entire facility will have been disinfected prior to the event.  Immediately upon arrival, please use the restrooms to completely wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer.
3.  Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging.
4.  Please maintain a 6’ social distance from each other as much as possible.  Please note:  There will be plenty of space in the dinner area, the foyer and they are setting up tables outside on the patio.
5.  All tables will be seated as tables of four.  No exceptions. 
6.  Once seated for lunch, masks will be optional.
7.  Finally, please do NOT attend if any of the following are true for you or your guest:
a)  A fever above 100.4
b)  Shortness of breath
c)  Loss of taste or smell
d)  Dry cough, runny nose or sore throat
e)  Have been recently exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19
We are DARK on July 1st due to the Fourth of July.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Our Change of Administration Party is on Saturday, June 27th at Hacienda Del Sol when President Bob passes the gavel and reign to Jennifer Hoffman.  The event will begin with a reception and cocktails at 6:00 p.m., a buffet dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with festivities to follow.  All CDC Guidelines will be followed for a safe but fun event.

Due to the Change of Administration on Saturday, June 27th, there will be no virtual meeting on June 24th.  This is considered a DARK day.
Diagnostics have never been more important or visible on the world stage as they are today in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Diagnostic researchers, developers, and manufacturers are working to make the most accurate tests available to everyone who wants or needs one. 
In this presentation, you will learn how COVID diagnostics have been developed and how they should be used to fight the disease through timely diagnosis and monitoring. This is a critical moment to expand our knowledge and dispel any myths about COVID-19 as we begin to re-open our society. 
Our next virtual meeting will be June 17th  - the link will be posted as soon as available.  In the meantime, if you haven't watched our past virtual meetings, please view anytime through our YouTube Channel.
In this webinar, Dr. Kelly Reynolds, a disease transmission expert, will share scientific and quantitative data about how infectious germs and viruses are transmitted in the workplace and at home.  Dr. Reynolds will provide essential infection control tips on how to stay safe at work. Information shared in this webinar will focus on best practices for maximizing environmental hygiene as businesses re-open and empower participants to minimize potential health risks to their family members by establishing standard safety practices.
Our next virtual meeting will be June 17th  - the link will be posted as soon as available.  In the meantime, if you haven't watched our past virtual meetings, please view anytime through our YouTube Channel.
Our next virtual meeting will be the first week of June and more details will follow.  In the meantime, if you haven't watched our past virtual meetings, please view anytime through our YouTube Channel.
We want to wish all of you a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!
There is clear and compelling evidence that points to the physical and mental benefits of being of service to others. To attract and retain members, service organizations like Rotary and non-profits need to move away from altruistic appeals to service and embrace the self-interest of members and volunteers. In this presentation, Patrick Galvin will share his TEDx Talk “Should Self Interest Motivate Service?”, which can be watched here, and discuss membership engagement and recruitment ideas with a panel of Rotary Club of Tucson members.
Patrick Galvin ~ Biography
Patrick Galvin is the chief galvanizer of The Galvanizing Group, a business coaching company in Portland, Oregon that helps high-performance organizations and teams galvanize repeat and referred business through better relationships. Patrick is the author of The Connector’s Way: A Story About Building Business One Relationship at a Time, a parable about how strong relationships are the difference between success and failure in business, with over 230 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Patrick served as president of the Oregon Chapter of the National Speakers Association and has spoken in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe on business relationship building for companies that sell B2B and B2C products and services.
Patrick has long been connected to Rotary. Following his graduation from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Patrick was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Patrick has been a Rotarian for seven years and currently serves as president of the Charitable Trust of the Rotary Club of Portland which funds community service projects in Oregon, the United States, and abroad. Previously, he was his club’s membership chair for two years.
Rio Nuevo is navigating through the COVID-19 storm. Although Rio Nuevo faces the same financial crisis you all are facing, there is good news to share. Most of the projects we have committed to are on track as planned. We will talk about how Rio Nuevo has been affected, the projects that are in process and those on the horizon. Although there are many unknowns about the future, Rio Nuevo stands ready to participate in the revival of Tucson’s downtown, Sunshine Mile and the remainder of the District.
Edmund Marquez ~ Biography
Edmund Marquez owns four Allstate Insurance Agencies in Tucson, Arizona.  He is the largest captive insurance agency in Southern Arizona, and one of the largest Hispanic-owned Allstate agency groups in the U.S.  Edmund was born and raised in Tucson AZ, attended Sabino High School, Pima Community College, earned a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Arizona, and a business certificate from Stanford University (LBAN).  He currently serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Sun Corridor Inc, Reid Park Zoo, The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, is the Chairman of the Board of United Way, and Past-Chairman of the Pima Community College Foundation and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a proud member of National Leadership Council of the University of Arizona Foundation.  Edmund was named the Businessman of the Year in 2004 by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, awarded the Breath of Life Award in 2012 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Father of the Year by the Father’s Day Council in 2016. Edmund has been inducted into the Sabino High School Hall of Fame, the Pi Kappa Alpha Hall of Honor, and the Southern Arizona YMCA Hall of Fame.  Edmund is an avid cyclist with the Jim Click Racing Team, and is a high energy emcee of numerous community events throughout the Tucson community. 
Now that we are meeting in person, our weekly meetings will be downloaded on YouTube for those who cannot attend.  Please see the directions below on how to view our videos.
There are two ways you can view our virtual meetings on YouTube.  The first way is to go to YouTube and type in Rotary Club Of Tucson.  You will be able to click on the video you wish to watch once they are posted.  Here is the link to do this: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=rotary+club+of+tucson
The second way to view our meetings is to subscribe to our Rotary Club of Tucson YouTube Channel.  You can subscribe to the channel to view our virtual meeting videos once they are posted.  Here is the link to do this: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUbdtoQtWGJkef35IFZr8jw
Enjoy watching our meetings virtually if you are not able to attend in person.  Please stay safe and stay healthy!
Angel Charity for Children, Inc. is a non‐profit organization comprised of 150 volunteers, each of whom is a donor, a fundraiser and a participant in the operations of the organization.  Since its inception in 1983, Angel Charity has funded nearly $28 million to improve the lives of more than one million children by fundraising for 104 non-profit organizations that serve the children of Pima County.
John Hudak ~ Biography
John Hudak, the Publisher of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine was born and raised in Pittsburgh and moved to Tucson in 1975.  He graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in journalism and creative writing.  After graduation, John put in 3 decades with Madden Media.  John’s tenure with Madden was marked by significant growth from less than 10 employees to more than 100, with clients in more than 40 states.  Under his leadership, Madden won hundreds of industry awards, including; The US Travel Association Mercury Award, The Web Marketing Association Best of Show, and Best Travel Advertising for Co-op Internet Advertising.

Dear Rotary Club of Tucson Membership,
Virtual meeting #3 is in the can and posted on our Rotary Club of Tucson YouTube channel.  Hope you enjoy it.  The Terry Hunt research on Easter Island is really fascinating.  
So next week was scheduled to be our annual Home Hospitality week.  One of the favorite times of the year for many Rotarians, this is where we visit their homes and have good food, drink and fellowship.  So why can’t we still do all of that just without the “visiting peoples’ homes”?
Dr. Hunt will share results from nearly 20 years of field research on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Among his findings, he and his colleagues have discovered how hundreds of multi-ton statues were transported to every part of the island. Painstaking, detailed study of the island’s nearly 1000 statues revealed they were engineered for transport in rather ingenious ways. Hunt’s scientific research complements the native islanders’ oral traditions and reveals how the history of Rapa Nui has been so dramatically misunderstood and misrepresented.
Khris Dodge ~ Biography
A well-established musician currently residing in Arizona who plays every genre from country to classical, Khris Dodge brings 25+ years’ experience and a commitment to quality to his eponymous production company.
After earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Arizona, where he studied with luminaries such as Gary Cook and Jeff Haskell, Khris embarked on a multi-faceted performance career that has included jobs as Principal Percussionist with Arizona Opera; Section Musician (percussion & keyboard) with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; Music Director for Invisible Theatre and Hidden Valley Inn; director of Jovert, the Tucson High Magnet School steel drum band; and featured performer at many venues around Southern Arizona. Among the dozens of musicals for which he has served as Music Director, Forever PlaidFootlooseGuys & DollsBigPeter Pan, and Always: Patsy Cline remain the most memorable. In addition, Khris is regularly called upon to play in the orchestra of touring Broadway musicals. Recent favorites include WickedThe Book of MormonJersey Boys, The Little Mermaid, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to name just a few.
Our meetings for the time being are going virtual.  To view the March 25th virtual meeting, please click on the link below.  All members, whether you watch or not, will receive credit for attendance.  There is no need to respond to the Rotary Office for a Make Up.  Thank you and enjoy our club's first virtual meeting.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary Office.
FC Tucson was founded in 2010 by a local group of dedicated Tucsonans who wanted to elevate the sport and bring professional soccer to the City of Tucson. Since that time, FC Tucson has been responsible for helping to put Tucson on the national stage by hosting the annual MLS pre-season training events as well as developing America’s top Players who have gone on to become MLS and US Men’s National Team Members. This year marks the 10th anniversary of FC Tucson and the Club intends to enter the new decade with a commitment to showcasing top talent and bringing the community together in a whole new fashion. We are calling all Supporters, Fans, and Community Members to join us in this new decade to build a movement and make this Club their own.
Adhering to city officials' instruction not to hold meetings of more than 10 in attendance due to the Coronavirus, the Rotary lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 25th is cancelled.  We will be holding VIRTUAL MEETINGS in the short term.  Rotarian Rick Rose from Film Creations has offered to film our programs and other aspects of our meeting in his studio.  We are working on this as we speak and we hope to be able to have our March 25 meeting available to the membership.  It will NOT be on Facebook Live because of technical details, but we will send you information on how to see the meeting as soon as we have it.  If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary Club of Tucson office.
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