Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
June 23rd Meeting At Hacienda del Sol
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol
Tucson, AZ  85718 (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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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.”
David Turpie ~ Biography
A native of South Carolina, David majored in history at the University of Tennessee, before moving to Maine, where he completed a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maine. After teaching college-level history in Maine for four years, David moved to the Kentucky Historical Society, where he served as editor of the state history journal. David moved to Arizona in 2018 to take up his current position at the Arizona Historical Society. At AHS, David serves as editor of the Journal of Arizona History, oversees the annual Arizona History Convention, and directs the statewide exhibition and education teams. He has published his own research in several academic journals. He formerly served on the editorial board of the University Press of Kentucky and currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the University of Arizona Press.
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.‌ ‌
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.
Cliff Bowman is the Chair for the 14th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show.  Cliff will wrap-up 2020's Car Show by recognizing our generous sponsors and recapping the Show's results including ticket sales and virtual auction results.  We will also hear presentations from Make Way for Books and Pima JTED, and then the club will present our charities with the proceeds from the Car Show!
Biography – Cliff Bowman
Cliff Bowman is the Chair of the 14th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show.  Cliff is the Lead A-10 Pilot Instructor for AviX, Inc., instructing Davis-Monthan A-10 attack pilots in formal classroom and simulator environments.  Cliff served on active duty in the Air Force for 20 years and has over 3,000 flying hours in the A-10 Warthog including over 500 combat hours.  Cliff has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson since 2008 and is a Past President, 2017-2018.  Cliff is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and, although he did not attend Salpointe, Cliff serves on Salpointe's Athletic Committee.  More importantly, Cliff's wife, Kathleen, and their four children are all Salpointe graduates.
Tucson's designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy is based not only on our 4,000 years of agriculture, or on our great restaurant food, but also on our community cooperation to support local farmers and teach kids and adults to grow some of their own food.
Carolyn Niethammer ~ Biography
Carolyn Niethammer learned to love and understand the West growing up in a small-town Northern Arizona. She has spent her life writing about the foods and people of the Southwest in award-winning ethnobotanies, cookbooks, and biographies. She leads Tucson gastronomy tours covering everything from edible wild plants to the latest farm-to-table restaurant offerings with heritage ingredients. Her latest book, "A Desert Feast, Celebrating Tucson's Culinary Heritage" is an answer to why Tucson was named A UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
Rotary Club of Tucson is celebrating its Centennial (1921-2021) and at our March 17th meeting, an overview will be provided of the events and happenings from our Centennial Committee.  Here is the schedule of presentations for the meeting:
Jim Lubinski – Overview of where we started, where we are and where we are going
Jon Wang – Brief Discussion of Club History
Rick Rose – Centennial Video Preview
Lee Olitzky – Centennial Event
Michele Hatch – Auction, Description and Solicitations
Joni Condit – Car Show, Car Reveal and Raffle
Jim Lubinski, the Centennial Chair joined our Club in 2003.  He served as Club President in 2012-2013.  Jim was the Foundation President 2016-2018 and is currently our Centennial Chair.  He is VP-CFO at Bookmans.
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is the evening of March 10th.  Back by popular demand, this mixer will be held at Proof on the patio (St. Philip's Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 48 people.  We will follow all the safety guidelines (masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, and signed waivers will be needed from all those attending who have not previously submitted).  Guests are invited, the fee is $20 and will be billed to your account.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on March 10th.
Dean Jones will discuss the effects of the pandemic on higher education.
John Paul Jones III
Don Bennett Moon Dean
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona
John Paul “JP” Jones III (Ph.D. Ohio State University) is a Professor of Geography and Development and the Don Bennett Moon Dean of the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). SBS is known as the UA’s “People College” in recognition of the over 500 faculty who study human technologies, histories, institutions, ideas, cultures, literatures, and personal and social relationships. SBS is intellectually diverse: among its faculty are poets and philosophers, as well as computer scientists and dendrochronologists.

Sheriff Chris Nanos ~ Biography

As the chief law enforcement officer in Pima County my duties are delineated pursuant to A.R.S. § 11-441, I am responsible for preserving the peace in all the unincorporated areas of the county; responsible for the custody of the county jail and care of prisoners; serving the superior court orders and warrants throughout the county; the collection of delinquent taxes; and the conducting or coordinating within the county of search and rescue operations involving the life or health of any person. I am responsible for coordinating county law enforcement efforts with those cities and towns located within the county boundaries. The office of sheriff upholds all laws written in the United States Constitution. I am responsible for a multi-million-dollar budget and my department is comprised of nearly 1500 highly qualified, trained, and committed employees complemented by over 400 volunteers who provide support throughout the organization.

(This lunch meeting will be in the Casa Luna Room indoors and the speaker will be presenting by Zoom)
Biography ~ Emily Anne Gullickson

Emily Anne is the Founder and CEO of A for Arizona, bringing a unique background of executive, advocacy, legal, and teaching experience to the organization.

Prior to launching A for Arizona as a standalone 501(c)(3), Emily Anne served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Arizona Chamber Foundation and Executive Director of the A for Arizona initiative. Emily Anne played a leading role in growing the two-person research shop into a thriving foundation with three major initiatives including A for Arizona, Chamber Business News, and the Arizona Industry Fellows. Under her direction, the Foundation published critical policy briefs and research on topics dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in Arizona such as K-12 education reform, water and the Drought Contingency Plan, and trade with a focus on the USMCA and its impact on Arizona. At A for Arizona, Emily Anne designed, implemented, and facilitated first-of-their-kind initiatives and solutions to rapidly increase the number of low-income students attending Arizona’s top-performing public schools.

Our first Replacement/Social Mixer of 2021 is the evening of February 10th.  This mixer is at El Charro Ventana on the patio, 6910 E. Sunrise (Sunrise/Kolb) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 48 people.  We will follow all the safety guidelines (masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, and signed waivers will be needed from all those attending who have not previously submitted).  Registration has been closed for this event but if you would like to attend, please contact the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on February 10th.
(This lunch meeting will be in the Casa Luna Room indoors and the speaker will be presenting by Zoom)
Chuck Bassett will explore the political overtones at the state legislature, which is now two weeks into its legislative session, with a focus on health care policy. Also, he will briefly examine the dynamics of health care policy in Washington D.C.
Steve Christy ~ Biography
(This lunch meeting will be held outside in the inner courtyard at Hacienda del Sol, please dress accordingly)
Now in his fifth year of service as District 4 Supervisor, Steve Christy is a lifelong Tucsonan who attended local schools and is a 1976 graduate of American University in Washington DC with a degree in Political Science. He started working in the family business, Galloway Motors, in 1973 as a service lot-boy and worked his way up through all dealership departments before becoming president and general manager in 1985. In 1997, he bought total ownership of the dealership, and in 2001 relocated and renamed it Steve Christy Chrysler-Jeep. He sold the dealership in 2007. Christy served twice as president of the Tucson New Car Dealers Association, president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association, chair of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Rotary Club of Tucson, The Breakfast Club of Tucson, and a life member of Tucson Conquistadors.
Rob LaMaster ~ Biography
Rob LaMaster has been the Southern Arizona Director for Make-A-Wish Arizona since 2013 and has over 29 years in non-profit and association management and fundraising. He also holds the designation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). 
An Oro Valley resident, Rob was also a member of the Town of Oro Valley (AZ) Economic Development Think Tank, and the Oro Valley Planning & Zoning Commission and served one term as a Board member of the Northwest Fire District. He is also a member of the Tucson Rotary Club.

Diane Ventura Goodyear ~ Biography (This Meeting Will Be Filmed In Studio and Posted on the YouTube Channel)


Diane Ventura Goodyear was inducted into the Saguaro Rotary Club of Tucson in 2008. As club president, she presided over the merger of two of the oldest Tucson Rotary Clubs, Old Pueblo and Saguaro. That year the club earned a Presidential Citation. She is also a member of the Paul Harris Society.

At the District level, she has worn many hats: she built the first District ClubRunner website; served as an Assistant Governor for Region 9, and was selected to attend the Zone Institute as an Emerging Leader. Diane has been the Newsletter editor; PI Chair; an instructor at PETS and Assembly; and is both an RLI and RLA alumna. In 2017, Diane traveled to Uganda as part of a Vocational Training Team (VTT) focused on “Empowering Women” and currently serves on The Rotary Vocational Fund of AZ (TRVFA) Board and the Ride to End Polio Committee.

The Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation was established in 1975 to provide a means of receiving and disbursing charitable contributions from members, other Rotary Clubs and the general public.  The Foundation is established as a 501(c)3.  It was noted in a 2017 report that since its inception, the RCOT Foundation has distributed over $5.2 million to various charities.  Over the last 10 years approximately $2,050,000 was distributed to 100 charitable organizations. This is in addition to all of the funds raised and distributed for scholarships to the U of A and Pima Community College and various international projects.
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the 15th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 16, 2021
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Jedd Fisch - UA Head Football Coach
Jun 23, 2021
(Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
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