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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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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.
Khris’ tenure at the U of A also included a fair amount of time in composition classes. Through those studies, coupled with his mentorship with Haskell, Khris honed his theoretical knowledge and arranging skills. He has used those skills to arrange fresh versions of existing pieces as well as to create hundreds of original compositions for artists ranging from solo performers to symphony orchestras.
While with Arizona Opera, Khris also assumed the job of Orchestra Manager – a position he held for 15 of his 20 years with the company. His duties included running rehearsals, hiring musicians as needed, coordinating between stage and performer needs, creating orchestra budgets and administering payroll, and serving as a liaison between management and union representatives.
Khris drew upon his performance, arranging, and administrative skills when forming Khris Dodge Entertainment (KDE) in 2015. He had created arrangements and built shows for other entities, and decided that it was time to take the plunge into business ownership. His first show, To Ella, with Love, set the standard for the creative excellence that is synonymous with a KDE production. Soon thereafter, he and Stuart Moulton (Austin Cabaret Theater and Circus Warehouse, NYC) collaborated on Big Top Broadway: High-Flying Entertainment and Song. The stunning combination of Broadway-caliber talent and circus performers from one of the world’s most prestigious training facilities, Circus Warehouse, showed audiences that KDE brought something unique to the stage.
In a little over a year, Khris has created and staged everything from intimate cabaret performances to higher-concept, fully-orchestrated theatrical productions. Back to Hollywood: A Salute to the Silver Screen, created with Canadian filmmaker/entertainer Nicholas Arnold, weaves a story throughout the evening and includes live film scoring, light comedic moments, and synchronized live/film elements. In the Christmas Mood: A Holiday Music Spectacular pays homage to the classic Christmas specials of Andy Williams and Bing Crosby. Gunhild Carling in Concert showcases the sensational and versatile Swedish singer/dancer/multi-instrumentalist.
June 2017 marked the debut of Hot Stuff: A Symphonic Tribute to Donna Summer. The renowned Tucson Pops Orchestra premiered the show to an enthusiastic audience of 5,000+. The 2018 roster included shows that pay tribute to the legendary Nat King Cole and the Hall-of-Fame band, Chicago as well as the premiere of The Tapestry Album Live in Concert: The Music of Carole King. 2019 looks to be an exciting year as well, as KDE will debut Trio: The Music of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris and Aretha starring Crystal Stark, among others.
As Khris Dodge Entertainment continues to grow, doing “good things with good people” remains its central mission.
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.
Amanda Powers ~ Biography
Incoming FC TUCSON club president Amanda Powers is no stranger to competitive sports, the sports business, or the challenges of transforming promising local enterprises into regional powerhouses. An NCAA All-American swimmer and former start-up Chief Operating Officer (COO) of New Mexico United, Powers was integral to the development of that state’s first—but already iconic—statewide professional sports franchise. Prior to the team’s first season, her economic feasibility/site study for a downtown Albuquerque soccer stadium helped jumpstart efforts to attract local investors to the United “cause.” Investors roundly responded to her findings and the franchise’s subsequent marketing efforts—to the tune of $8M.
The franchise then hired Powers to develop and implement United’s core strategic business objectives, scale up operations, and act as gatekeeper to the company’s vision. Within one year, they were duly rewarded for their efforts. The United “brand” became ubiquitous around the state, and the record-breaking crowds queuing up for first season (2018-2019) games—before the new United stadium was even built—signaled that the United phenom was already here to stay.
Powers arrives in Tucson following a consultancy with several new and existing franchises in the USL Championship, but her record of championing strategic business development efforts spans more than 15 years. Over that time, Powers has worked alongside entrepreneurs from a variety of industries, including education, transportation logistics, banking and finance, biotech, and real estate development. Powers’ overriding interest in helping entrepreneurs plan and execute visionary strategies led her to found Kinship Consulting in 2013.  From 2014 to 2016, Powers cut her teeth in economic development as an Economic Research Analyst providing GIS mapping site-services, written business plans, and economic analysis reports for project developers, private equity firms, Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) and governmental entities within the EB-5 industry. She advised developers and participated in advising members of U.S. Congress in sound economic policies for the EB-5 program.
During her years in Albuquerque, Powers, a California native, has played a crucial role in the development of TEDxABQ ( Albuquerque), has been an active member of the Young Professionals of Albuquerque (YPA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and remains active in a wide array of community initiatives and organizations that support new economic thinking. She is passionate about volunteerism and has mentored dozens of incarcerated teenage girls at the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Camino Nuevo Detention Facility.
Amanda is married to a Los Alamos native and will be making a new home in Tucson, Arizona with her husband Malcolm, their dog, cats, and two goats. Amanda has a degree in International Business from Sonoma State University and a Project Management Certificate from the University of New Mexico.
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.
Adhering to city officials' instruction not to hold meetings of more than 50 in attendance due to the Coronavirus, the Rotary lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 18th is cancelled.  We will be streaming the next couple of meetings on Facebook Live and will post updates as we continue to follow the Coronavirus situation.  If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary Club of Tucson office.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will turn your vision of a museum inside out! Nestled within the lushest desert on Earth, the Desert Museum is one of the largest and most recognized attractions in Southern Arizona. It encompasses a zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens, earth sciences, natural history museum, and an art institute with galleries. Beyond being merely a tourist attraction, the Museum's education, conservation, and research programs are top notch in the industry, and provide important information to help understand and conserve the Sonoran Desert. For 67 years, the Desert Museum has brought students of all ages to learn at the Museum, and has traveled to regional schools, providing environmental literacy, and education outreach programs.
The mission of the Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The 98-acre Desert Museum founded in 1952, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals. 85% of the Desert Museum experience is outdoors, immersing visitors in a holistic experience of the Sonoran Desert.
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at The Living Room @ La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, #168 from 5:30 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.  There will be good food and great fellowship with a No Host Bar. Looking forward to seeing everyone and don't forget to bring your March Madness guests for free!  That's right, this counts toward your points for your March Madness Team!   Remember, this is a replacement for our lunch meeting on Wednesday, 3/4/20, so do your Make Up if you cannot attend!
Hope to see you all there. . .
How can we create stronger families and more vibrant communities? Arizona Town Hall has spent decades exploring critical topics facing Arizona using research and community discussions to develop solutions and action plans. In 2019, over 1400 Arizonans addressed the topic of “Strong Families Thriving Children.” In 2020, the focus zooms out to the topic of “Creating Vibrant Communities.” The program will give an overview of the results from the 2019 Town Halls and events that will be taking place in 2020. 


Katherine Byrnes ~ Biography

International award-winning vocalist Katherine Byrnes is the full package, singing jazz, Broadway, rock, and classical genres. In addition to her role as Assistant Producer of Tucson’s Gaslight Theatre, she fronts the indie-folk band Sweet Ghosts and regularly stars in shows paying tribute to luminaries such as Barbra Streisand, Janis Joplin, and Carole King.

Differences between men and women, understanding a woman's needs, understanding a man's needs, how to talk to a man, relationships between men and women and the elusive intimate connection in marriage.
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.
2020 Update for Rio Nuevo and downtown development.
Fletcher McCusker ~ Biography
Fletcher J. McCusker is the CEO and Founder of UAVenture Capital, a venture firm dedicated to his alma mater where he is also Alumnus of the Year. Fletcher is a third generation Tucsonan, a 1974 UofA graduate and was honored with an honorary doctorate by the university in 2015. Fletcher was the founder and CEO of Providence Service Corporation, a health care company that he launched in Tucson in 1996 that became a multi- billion dollar public company before he retired in 2013. In 2013 he and several UofA faculty spun out the College of Pharmacy’s medication management research and formed a company called SinfoniaRx. That company, the first UofA spin out, sold in 2017 for 32 times their investment and was the genesis of UAVenture Capital. Fletcher also heads the downtown Tucson revitalization board called Rio Nuevo and is credited with spearheading the emergence of Tucson as an urban tech community with a thriving downtown. Fletcher was just honored by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey as the State’s business leader of the year.
2019 Update of El Tour de Tucson and lessons learned about a turn-around business opportunity.
Charlene Grabowski ~ Biography
Charlene is now the new CEO of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America (PBAA) and El Tour de Tucson and is a Partner with the Pathfinder Strategies Organization where she is focused on Executive Leadership Development.  She recently retired after 30 years with GE Healthcare and her last position was GM and Vice President of the West Zone and Canada where she held responsibility for Commercial Operations, Sales and Profitability.  Previously, Charlene was  the General Manager of Sales Force Excellence at GE Healthcare with responsibilities for sales distribution & deployment, compensation, sales enablement tools and learning & development for the US Commercial Organization.  Charlene was the Director of Sales for the QuickBooks product for Intuit Company where she had P&L responsibilities and a 500 person contact center and digital distribution.  She then became COO of Fusion Sales Partners  a startup distribution partner for GE Women's Healthcare Product Portfolio.
On Wednesday, Jason Grabosch, the 2019 Car Show Chair, will give a summary of the 2019 Tucson Classics Car Show, recognizing the Committees, Members and Sponsors, announcing the ticket sales by the membership, and presenting the total results for the show.  The amounts will then be presented to the 2019 charities.
The 2020 Tucson Classics Car Show Chair, Cliff Bowman, will review the goals for the upcoming Car Show and with the help of Mike Anderson, the 2020 Corvette will be revealed. 
Thank you everyone, for your dedication and hard work on the 2019 Car Show; you are truly a Remarkable Rotary Club.
Ellie Patterson -2019-20 Rotary
District 5500 Governor
Ellie Patterson is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Tucson, Arizona’s largest Rotary club. She joined Rotary in June of 2010 and immediately became an active member, serving as Club Secretary for three years. At the District level, Ellie served as Global Grants Subcommittee Chair for three years, was a PETS facilitator for one year and was Co-Chair of the Ride to End Polio in El Tour de Tucson for one year. Ellie is a Bequest Society Member at Level 7, a Major Donor, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Paul Harris Society Member. She is a past committee member of the RI Major Gifts Initiative for the Rotary Peace Centers and is a graduate of the Arizona Rotary Leadership Academy.
President Bob and the Rotary Office would like to wish you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  We will see you in 2020 at our January 8th Rotary Lunch when our very own District Governor, Ellie Patterson discusses District 5500!
Here is the upcoming Holiday Schedule for your reference and scheduling:
President Bob and the Rotary Staff would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!
The Holiday Mixer is Tuesday, December 17th on the rooftop at The Playground Bar and Lounge, 278 E. Congress Street, start time 5:30pm.  Please join us for an evening of holiday cheer while listening to the Tucson Boys Choir.  This event is a Replacement for our Lunch Meeting on Wednesday, December 18th.  Don't forget to make up if you cannot attend.  Hope to see you Tuesday evening!
As a land-grant institution, the University of Arizona is committed to providing quality education, research and outreach to the citizens of the State of Arizona. The UA Gem & Mineral Museum, belonging to the Department of Geosciences, reflects the mission of the university. The University of Arizona Gem and Mineral Museum is committed to supporting the study of minerals and advancing the knowledge of mineralogy through the quality and scope of its mineral collection and exhibits, by fostering an appreciation for the mineralogical wonders of Earth and our solar system, while serving the needs of K-20 students, faculty and the general public.
The accelerating pace of technological change is disrupting existing systems and hierarchies around the world. Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and Big Data – the Fourth Industrial Revolution -- will simultaneously eliminate and create millions of jobs.
Employers and schools need to collaborate now to leverage the rapid convergence of the world of work and the world of learning. Chancellor Lee D. Lambert, J.D., will chronicle how Pima Community College is repositioning itself as a critical workforce development partner in Southern Arizona, and how by working together, Pima and area industry can supply the human capital necessary for our region to remain relevant and prosperous into the 2020s and beyond.
Sponsored by:
Tucson received the UNESCO designation as a Creative Cities Network City of Gastronomy in December 2015. Chef Janos Wilder, owner of DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails, The Carriage House and President of Tucson City of Gastronomy Board of Directors will discuss how we came to receive the designation, what the impact in Tucson has been over the past 3 years and future plans to leverage the designation to benefit Tucson.
Sign up NOW for this fun day in Sabino Canyon on Friday, November 22nd.  Rotary In The Canyon will take the place of our lunch meeting on Wednesday, 11/20/19.  Sign up on our website www.tucsonrotary.org and scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events".  Here you will see (2) two registrations for the Canyon, one for 10:00 a.m. TRAM Ride and one for the 11:00 a.m. TRAM Ride.  Click one that is best for you and register.  Be sure to register your guest as well for $30 which will be billed to your account.  If you will be hiking to the picnic area from the Visitors Center and not using the TRAM, please call the office and let us know.  We still need to have you in the count for the meal.
The Club's next Replacement/Social Mixer is on Wednesday, November 13th at Whiskey Roads, 2265 W. Ina Rd. (Old Macaroni Grill across from Foothills Mall), from 5:30 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.  All members and guests must register on our website,  www.tucsonrotary.org - scroll down the left hand side to "Upcoming Events" and click on the event.  Guest fee is $20.  So come on out and experience Tucson's newest hot spot.  The Event will be both inside and out on the patio (w/heaters) so dress accordingly.  There will be great food and great fellowship with a No Host Bar but Happy Hour pricing.  For those that want to stay and kick up their heels, free lessons in line dancing starts at 7:30 ~ AND ~ we were just informed we will have live music for our Rotary group from a fantastic country singer, Drew Cooper.  Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, November 13th, so if you cannot attend, you will need a make up.   
Jay Dobyns will discuss his personal journey as a youth in Tucson, to his time as a football player at the University of Arizona, to becoming a Federal Agent, being shot after 4 days on the job, rejecting multi-million dollar settlement offers and for the next 27 years, defending and protecting the communities he served as an undercover operative, including his infiltration of the Hells Angels organized crime syndicate, and, after receiving a series of death and violence threats, maintaining his home in Tucson.
Jay Dobyns ~ Biography
Jay Dobyns was a federal agent for twenty-seven years before retiring in 2014.
He achieved worldwide notoriety as one of history's most daring undercover operators during high-octane missions targeting America's violent crime.
This event is sponsored by:
Program on 10/30/19:
The All Souls Procession is the largest and most inclusive “Day of the Dead” inspired events in North America.  This year marks the 30th Annual event, which had humble beginnings in 1990 with an intimate gathering that spilled onto the streets of Downtown Tucson with a few dozen participants.  Now this FREE public ceremony draws over 150,000 participants (worldwide) and creates over $27M in impacts each year.  Many Mouths One Stomach (MMOS) has been the sole producer and catalyst for harnessing this growth over the last 25 years.  Our story is one of determination, sacrifice and dedication to having a free public, ceremonial ritual that costs nothing to attend and is beholden to nothing but it’s direct, altruistic intention of honoring those who have passed without profit, commercialization or corporatization of any kind.
Humberto Lopez ~ Biography
Humberto Lopez practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for almost six years with the accounting firm of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in Los Angeles, California, developing an expertise in real estate. He has formed in excess of 200 limited partnerships and limited liability companies since the founding of his company in 1975. He has had direct responsibility for the acquisition, capitalization, financing, renovation and marketing of over 30,000 apartment units, over 2,000 hotel rooms, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial buildings and thousands of acres of land. Mr. Lopez has been an active investor in diverse property types throughout the United States. He has acquired and disposed of over $2.5 billion worth of real estate and has handled all phases of real estate ownership and management. In addition to his real estate investments, Mr. Lopez has been involved in a number of non-real estate related companies ranging from car dealerships, a contact lens company, health care, mail order, banking and restaurants.

Rotary Club of Tucs
the 14th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 17, 2020
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
No Lunch Meeting - Virtual Meeting Available
Apr 01, 2020
Khris Dodge ~ The In-Home Concert Series
No Lunch Meeting - Virtual Meeting Available
Apr 08, 2020
John Hudak ~ Tucson Lifestyles
No Lunch Meeting - Virtual Meeting Available
Apr 15, 2020
Adriana Rincon ~ Angel Charities
Meeting - TBD
Apr 22, 2020
Dave Gallaher
Apr 29, 2020
RCOT Foundation
Meeting - Speaker TBD
May 06, 2020
Dan Ranieri
May 20, 2020
Mariachi Festival
Sarah Parcak and the secrets of the satellites

Inspired in part by Indiana Jones, space archaeologist Sarah Parcak uses futuristic airborne technology to unearth the treasures of the past.

The Plastic Trap

How do we escape our tangled relationship with a throwaway culture? Rotarians are pointing the way.


Since 2015, more than 4 million people have fled an economically devastated Venezuela. Tracking the stories of three who left puts faces on that staggering statistic.

Scientist, farmer, innovator, Rotarian

A plainsman with a PhD, Bob Quinn uses his 4,000-acre Montana spread as a laboratory to revive an ancient grain, rethink agricultural practices, and reinvigorate rural communities

More than a library

After the genocide of 1994, Rotarians led a successful campaign to build Rwanda’s first public library.