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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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Meet the Candidates in Alphabetical Order:
Dr. Ed Ackerley was born in Tucson.  In 1968 his family opened Ackerley Advertising, a full-service advertising agency now owned by Ed and Bill Ackerley. Ed’s wife Susan is a native Tucsonan and first grade teacher and they have three sons, Kyle, Kevin and Kasey and two grandsons, Nolan and Patrick. Since 1976, Dr. Ackerley has been an account executive at Ackerley Advertising and teaches at the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.  His affiliation with the American Advertising Federation includes leadership roles in Tucson as  President, and nationally as Chairman of the Council of Governors, a Governor, and member of the National Board of Directors. Awards include Advertising Professional of the Year, Hall of Fame and AAF Silver Medal.  CreatingMAGIC is his book and seminar he presents nationally. Dr. Ackerley has a doctorate from Northern Arizona University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. He is a 1976 graduate of Palo Verde High School.  He is a member of Tucson and Hispanic Chambers, National Football Foundation, Rillito Park Foundation and is President of Coaches for Charity, an organization he founded to raise scholarships for student athletes. On January 11, 2019, he filed as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Tucson (No Party Affiliation - Independent), his first foray into elected public office.
Randi Dorman is a business and community leader, mom, and proud Tucsonan. Randi has been a businesswoman for 30 years and an infill real estate developer downtown for 20 years.  After a successful career in global branding, Randi moved from NYC to downtown Tucson in 2001 where she and her husband purchased an old Ice Factory on the edge of downtown with partners and turned it into the Ice House Lofts, the first residential loft conversion in all of Arizona. Randi was President of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Chairwoman of the Downtown Tucson Partnership.  She has been voted the Most Influential Woman in Tucson three years in a row in AZ Foothills magazine. 
Randi is running for Mayor because she thinks Tucson has limitless potential, and that the decisions we make in the next four years will have a profound impact on our next 40 years. She has spent the last 20 years helping to lead the revitalization of downtown Tucson and will lead the way in creating opportunities in each part of the city. She is running to be Tucson’s first female mayor because it is time we think differently about what is possible here and build the thriving 21st century city we deserve.
Steve Farley, father of two, is an artist and entrepreneur.  Elected to the state Legislature in 2006, he rose to become House Assistant Minority Leader. Farley brings deep experience in infrastructure, water, transportation, education and economic development to the Mayor’s race. He was instrumental in gaining approval for a comprehensive regional transportation system (RTA) of roads, buses, bikeways and sidewalks, and the modern streetcar light rail line, which opened in Tucson in 2014 and has created hundreds and hundreds of jobs and more than $1 billion in private construction projects within three blocks of its route — all in the middle of the worst recession Arizona has seen.  Farley is also a well-known artist and graphic designer who invented a new way of converting photographs to glazed ceramic tile. In addition to creating the tile mural that graces the Broadway underpass leading to Downtown Tucson, Farley has completed numerous mural projects around the U.S. He has run his own public art and graphic design business since 1991.
Regina Romero epitomizes the American Dream in the Southwest. Raised by immigrant farmworkers in Somerton, Arizona, Regina is the youngest of six children and began breaking barriers early on as the first member of her family to vote and the first to graduate from college. She is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona and holds a post-graduate certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  In 2007, Regina became the first Latina elected to the Tucson City Council and the first woman to represent Tucson’s Ward 1.  While on the Council, she has helped lift Tucson out of the Great Recession to its most prosperous decade in recent history, writing the City’s Primary Jobs Incentive program and calling for the Creation of an Economic Initiatives Office – both of which have resulted in thousands of long-term, good-paying jobs. She has championed issues such as equal pay for equal work and spearheaded the effort to pass universal earned sick and parental leave for City of Tucson families.  Regina is a pro-child, pro-family and pro-choice mother of two bi-lingual, bi-cultural and bi-adorable children, Emiliano and Luciana, and has been married to Ruben Reyes for 15 years.
Well, fellow Rotarians, the Bob Logan Reign of Terror has started off with a bang!  And the bang you heard was the HUGE Gavel Charlotte Harris found in going through an old storage locker of Rotary memorabilia (some memorable, some not so much).  So thanks Charlotte -- the reign of terror gavel will live a good life during our upcoming Rotary year.
Needless to say, I am thrilled to be your leader this year and it has already been an exciting 18 months of preparation to get to this point.  A special thanks to Past President Chuck Sawyer for taking me under his wing to learn the ropes on what this job is all about.  His capable leadership, open door policy and his ability to work with all aspects of our Rotary world has made us a better club overall.  You should know our club is a stronger one because of the time and effort he put in this past year.  On behalf of the Rotary Club of Tucson, thanks Chuck for an amazing year.
If you don’t know my Rotary background, I would consider myself a “lunchtime Rotarian”.  While I have served on the board once and I occasionally do the Paul Harris lunch entertainment for the club, for the most part, I have come to meetings, listened to the program, and then returned to my job at the UA College of Science.  Honestly, I have not been actively engaged in district activities, or very knowledgeable of Rotary beyond my weekly club experience. 
Clearly, I have learned Rotary through a fire hose the past number of months.  Attending PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) and the Large Club Conference in January of this year was an eye opener.  To meet so many incredible Rotarians and glean fabulous ideas and best practices was truly satisfying and enlightening.  Those two conferences lit a spark of excitement for me.  And to have President Elect Jennifer Hoffman and Dorinna with me made it all worthwhile.  The ideas were flowing; the excitement for this year was palpable.  And we will be incorporating many of these ideas this year.
Now to this year – what can our membership expect?  I will say this, to everyone in our club:  you will not want to miss any meetings this year.  Our programs are going to be fantastic, thanks to Mark Irvin, Steve Christy and Jeanne Flower.  We are bringing music back to our meetings and we will even have an American Idol contestant sing at an upcoming meeting!  We will have UA leaders, business leaders, inspirational presentations and many program things that highlight what makes Tucson the great place it is.
We will attempt to raise the profile of Rotary in the Tucson community, hence, next week’s Mayor Debate and Forum.  We hope to have a huge turnout from Rotarians as well as from the general public.  This is our opportunity to show why Rotary is the place to be.
We will have fun at our meetings.  Remember the old Knock-Knock jokes?  This will be a new form of audience participation!  Our inspirational video moments will bring many to tears.  The stories are amazing and they make us appreciate how lucky we all are.
Finally, we will have goals.  Of course we will have the typical Rotary goals for membership, retention, etc., but all these will fall in place if we accomplish these four very simple goals this year:
  1. Have Fun!
  2. Be Inspired
  3. Make an Impact
  4. Connect to Rotary
Let the Logan Rotary Reign of Terror begin!  I hope you enjoy the ride….
Yours in Rotary,
Bob Logan
Rotary Club of Tucson
As Michael Ortega enters his fourth year as manager of the City of Tucson, he has gained valuable insight on how the $1.6 billion organization can best lead the Old Pueblo as a vibrant city of the future. Mr. Ortega challenges the 4,500 members of his staff to not only deliver excellent services, but to realize that they are uniquely positioned to be drivers of innovation and economic development no matter what capacity they serve the community. Most recently, the city gathered a group of nearly 100 directors, deputy directors, and administrators to create a strategic action plan that brings the city’s culture map and general plan to life through priority projects and cross-departmental teamwork. As he enters the new fiscal year, Mr. Ortega looks forward to continuing culture change across the organization through strategic planning, revamping the budget process, branding, continued partnering with the private sector, and implementing data-driven policies. Mr. Ortega inspires his staff to be leaders who translate the bold vision of the community into the reality of a thriving Tucson.
Biography ~ Michael J. Ortega
Michael Ortega is the City Manager of Tucson, overseeing its 4,700 employees and $1.4 billion annual budget. Before joining the City of Tucson in 2015, Ortega served as Cochise County Administrator and Douglas City Manager.
Ortega graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and later earned a Master of Business Administration from the UA. He also completed a certificate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for Senior Executives in State and Local Government and is an active member of the Arizona City/County Management Association.
In observance of the 4th of July Holiday, there will be no luncheon meeting held on July 3, 2019.  This is a scheduled DARK day, no make up will be necessary. 
We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!  See you July 10, 2019 for our next regular luncheon meeting.  The program is Michael Ortega - City Manager, "Culture Change at the City of Tucson".
The Change of Administration Event will be held on Saturday, June 29th at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd., from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Cost per person is $55 and will be billed to your account.  All must register for this event on our website,  www.tucsonrotary.org and scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events".  Deadline to sign up is Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.  Overnight rooms will be available for those who would like to spend the night. 
So come on out for this special evening when President Chuck passes the gavel to our 2019-2020 President, Bob Logan.
So, what’s a Club Assembly?  The question came to me this week as Club Assemblies are not a big part of what we typical do at the Rotary Club of Tucson.  They are a common element of other Rotary Clubs that sometimes will do a couple Club Assemblies per year.  If I am not mistaken, our last Club Assembly was during Dave Gallaher’s year as President in 2013-2014.

A Club Assembly is a meeting for the Club to focus on operations, results, strategic direction or planning.  This upcoming Wednesday we are going to use the meeting to take a look at our goals from the past year and see how we did, but more importantly, to check in with the membership to see how we are doing both as a Rotary Club and in running our meetings.
Travelers spend $2.3 billion annually in Pima County and the region’s tourism industry employs more than 25,000 area residents.
Visit Tucson’s Brent DeRaad will discuss the organization’s role in helping to generate those benefits.  Visit Tucson markets Tucson and Southern Arizona to potential visitors throughout the world, while also bringing in meetings to area hotels and resorts, along with sports groups and events.
Looking ahead, Visit Tucson is developing a 10-year tourism master plan that focuses on enhancing and creating attractions, events, flights, roads and gathering places.
Mass casualties and natural disasters can and do occur in any and all communities in our country.  Fortunately, in Pima County, when tragedy strikes, there is a program available to assist victims and witnesses of trauma.  Participants in this session will learn about the Pima County Attorney’s Office Victim Services Division’s role in supporting crime victims both immediately following a criminal incident or crisis event and throughout the criminal justice system.  They will get information about the response provided in the aftermath of the Tucson Tragedy (January 8, 2011) and the Las Vegas Shooting (October 2017). 
Come join the Rotary fun at our Replacement/Social Mixer on May 29th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Pastiche Modern Eatery, 3025 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 121.  Hope to see you all there!  Remember, there is no regular lunch meeting on Wednesday, May 29th.  If you cannot attend, don't forget to do your makeup!  Please call the Rotary office with any questions, 623-2281.

Dr. Allan Hamilton ~ Biography


Allan Hamilton started his working life as a janitor. He would eventually go on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and complete 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. Dr. Hamilton is a decorated veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm. He was also the commanding officer assigned to lead a dangerous medical research expedition that was based for nearly two months at 16,000 feet under arctic conditions on Mt. McKinley.



Brian Stidham fell in love with Tucson. A young and talented eye surgeon, he accepted a job with another eye surgeon to take over the pediatric patients. Brad Schwartz, the ambitious and talented doctor who hired Brian, was also a troubled man who struggled with relationships, sobriety and his temper. Within a year of Brian’s arrival, the medical relationship would be severed by Brad’s troubles. Brian broke away to start his own practice. Rumors abounded that Brad was incensed and considered Brian’s departure a betrayal. Brad’s anger even drew a wedge between him and his fiancée, Lourdes Lopez, a former prosecutor whose career was shattered because of Brad. Three years after Brian moved to Tucson, his life ended in an empty, darkened parking lot. Everyone wondered who would have killed such a nice fellow. Lourdes, who had seen Brad’s toxic rage, feared she knew. Her fears weren’t enough to save Brian Stidham, but would they be enough to catch his killer? Best-selling, true-crime author A.J. Flick walks you through an uncontrolled obsession that became a toxic rage that fueled a murder and captivated Tucson and the nation.
Have you passed Campbell and Roger and seen the barns, rows of vegetables growing and children in the fields and thought to yourself what is going?  Come and learn about Tucson Village Farm and how this innovative urban educational farm is helping to change the health of our community and inspire youth and families to live healthier lives. Learn some tips and tricks for making your life healthier and resources at the farm that are available to all.

Pima JTED Rotary Club of Tucson Innovation Center opening July 2020

Abel Vasquez, Technology Director


82 percent of young people entering the workforce are not equipped with the skills they need to succeed.”  - “State of the Skills Gaps”


“IMAGINE a high school where students can live their dreams.  Where all students are welcome: public, private (e.g., Salpointe), charter, home school, homeless, city and county.  Where failing students become honor roll.  Where students who would never dream of going to college have a three times greater chance of getting a college degree. A high school that prevents drop-outs, where 98% of students graduate. Where graduates have a certification in nursing, robotics, cybersecurity, 3D printing, graphic design, public safety, building trades and manufacturing.


Kevin Sumlin, a three-time national Coach of the Year finalist, was named Arizona’s 32nd head coach on Jan. 14, 2018.

Our Home Hospitality events are under way!  These social events will replace our Wednesday, April 17th lunch meeting, so if you do not attend a social, don't forget to MAKE UP!  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary Office at 520-623-2281.  Enjoy the food and fellowship and a huge THANK YOU to all the Hosts who are graciously opening their homes for our Hospitality week!  Our next scheduled lunch meeting will be on April 24th with UofA Head Coach, Kevin Sumlin.  Sign up your guests early!!!
Over 2500 abused and/or neglected Pima County children are in foster care through no fault of their own. They all need adults like you, who are willing to stand up and advocate for their best interest and ensure their needs are met. Often times, these children have multiple case managers, therapists, and placements lacking one consistent adult. Research has confirmed that one positive adult relationship changes a child’s outcomes dramatically thus providing for a brighter future. Unfortunately, the vast majority of foster children in Pima County don’t have an advocate. Court Appointed Special Advocates are everyday people that come from all backgrounds and experiences. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Learn about the CASA Program and how to become an advocate.
The Border Patrol Overview is a presentation that gives viewers an understanding about the mission of the Border Patrol and how we accomplish that mission.  The presentation will touch on hierarchy and history briefly.  It will give a background of how agents operate in the field as well as how our technology and infrastructure assist agents.  Viewers will get an understanding on the vast area of responsibility and dangers that agents face on a daily basis.  Upon conclusion of the presentation, we like to open the floor to a Q & A session, to give the opportunity for viewers to ask questions on topics they would like to know more about.
Our next Social/Replacement Mixer will be held in "The Coop" at Culinary Dropout, located at 2543 E. Grant Road, start time is 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27th.  There is plenty of onsite parking.  Hope to see you all there for some Fellowship and Fun!  Oops, almost forgot, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 27th.  If you cannot attend, don't forget to do your makeup!!  Please call the Rotary office with any questions, 623-2281.
Be part of the RCOT and our Community’s future!!!!
Hear about our forthcoming Centennial Celebration and vote for our Centennial Nonprofit Partner --- hear presentations regarding:
We love to dance. We love to teach.  Come see us dance!
At the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance, students get a chance to learn from some of the best dancers in the world. There are currently four schools located in Tucson, Phoenix, Dallas and Houston. Over the years, Darren Maguire has gathered a highly-skilled staff that has performed at some of the world’s largest stages.
Jonathan Mosher
Chief Trial Counsel
Pima County, Arizona Attorney’s office
As Chief Trial Counsel, Jonathan prosecutes homicides, cold cases, violent felonies, sexual assaults, and crimes against children in Tucson, Arizona. He lectures at training seminars for prosecutors throughout Arizona and nationally. He has been recognized by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council (APAAC) for Excellence in Victim Advocacy (2009) and as Felony Prosecutor of the Year (2011). He has also received the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation (AGACL) Board of Directors Advocacy Award (2017) (for his prosecution of State v. Watson, a case featured on Dateline NBC’s “Secrets of the Desert” episode).
Since 2000 ShelterBox International has hand-delivered humanitarian relief around the globe in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters. ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing aid to survivors of over 250 disasters in more than 92 countries.
Chuck Huckelberry - Pima County Administrator ~ Biography
Mr. Huckelberry is a native Tucsonan.  He graduated from Flowing Wells High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering, as well as a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, from The University of Arizona.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and Registered Land Surveyor in the State of Arizona.
The Sweetheart Dinner will be held on Friday, 2/8/19 at the Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive, start time is 6:00 p.m.  Since this is a fun night out and not a replacement mixer, the cost is $55/per person and will be billed to your account.  Sign ups for you and your guest are on the website under Upcoming Events.  Also, please send an electronic photo of you and your sweetheart to  Vicjacobs1@gmail.com.   DEADLINE to register for the event is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 2/4/19.  REMEMBER: No Lunch Meeting on 2/6/19.  If you have any questions, please contact Fonda Insley.

Rotary Club of Tucs
the 13th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 19, 2019
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Ackerley, Dorman, Farley and Romero
Jul 24, 2019
Mayoral Debate at the TCC
John Adams
Jul 31, 2019
Biosphere 2, 30 Years Ahead of Its Time
Marc Hammond
Aug 07, 2019
Animal Expert
Ted Maxwell
Aug 14, 2019
Dr. Hunt
Aug 21, 2019
Meeting or Mixer (?)
Aug 28, 2019
Meeting - Speaker TBD
Sep 04, 2019
First Responders
Sep 11, 2019
Meeting - Speaker TBD
Sep 18, 2019
Jason Grabosch - Car Show Chair
Oct 02, 2019
Adia Barnes, Head Coach
Oct 09, 2019
UofA Women's Basketball
Meeting - Speaker TBD
Oct 16, 2019
Paul Weir
Oct 30, 2019
All Souls Procession - A Tucson Tradition
Jay Dobyns
Nov 06, 2019
Meeting - Speaker TBD
Nov 27, 2019
Chanceller Lee Lambert
Dec 04, 2019
Piima Community College
Rotary Foundation
Dec 11, 2019
Holiday Mixer - TBD
Dec 18, 2019
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