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.

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Pima Community College has partnered with the Gospel Rescue Mission’s Center of Opportunity through a unique arrangement – one that we believe could be replicated in other communities across the country. Guests of the Center have access to training opportunities, taught on-site at the Center, in a variety of programs designed to provide a direct-to-employment career path in five focus areas: 1) Building & Construction Technology; 2) Culinary Arts; 3) Health & Safety; 4) Information Technology; and 5) Logistics / Truck Driving. Learners participating in the training programs have costs covered for tuition, faculty salaries, fees, books, supplies and uniforms (if required) allowing students to have no educational loan debt upon completion. The goal of the partnership is to provide a pathway out of poverty for those who are struggling to earn a sustainable living wage. Current enrollments are expected to reach 100 with growth anticipated to exceed 300 learners when all programs are fully enrolled. An investment by the Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation will ensure that many more men and women are able to improve their financial situation. Funding received up to $100,000 would ensure existing training programs are able to continue. With funding over $100,000, we would expand offerings to add skills-based training programs in other high-demand areas. Additionally, Pima Community College welcomes the support of Rotary member businesses that are interested in offering meaningful employment opportunities to individuals who complete trainings at the Center. Thank you for your consideration.
 
 
OPCS is a Tucson-based nonprofit serving Pima County since 1996. We provide housing, counseling and support services to people experiencing homelessness in our community. The Covid-19 pandemic combined with a severe shortage of affordable housing has caused an alarming increase in homelessness in our community. The 2022 Point in Time Count identified a total of 2,227 homeless households in Pima County. We are requesting funding for OPCS’s Home Fund, a program established to ensure that individuals not eligible for government funded programs can access shelter services. Further, it helps cover Section 8 Housing application and deposit fees so individuals and families can secure permanent housing. These fees are not paid by HUD.  The Home Fund also provides employment support and helps with children’s needs.  The Rotary Club of Tucson’s support is more critical now than ever.  As homelessness in our community continues to increase, so do requests for Home Fund assistance. By stabilizing people through shelter, moving them into permanent housing, and implementing assistance programs to help keep them housed, we can not only reduce, but eliminate, homelessness in Pima County.
 
 

For 60 years Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona has served children and youth in Tucson by providing and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Our mentoring model has proven time and again that providing additional friendship and guidance to youth is a powerful way to prevent risky behaviors and dropping out of school. We ask the Tucson Rotary to support the launch of our high school mentoring program, Mentor2.0, at Tucson High School, Sunnyside High School, and Apollo Middle School. Mentor2.0 combines mentoring and classroom curriculum to support students from 9th grade through graduation. Mentor2.0 students graduate high school with the knowledge they need to be successful and a plan for their future! 

Tommy Lloyd is the Head Coach for Men’s Basketball at University of Arizona. As a player he was on the team at Kelso High School in the state of Washington and at Walla Walla Community College and then Whitman college where he earned his degree in Biology. He went on to play professionally in Australia and in Germany.
 
He was on the staff of legendary coach Mark Few at Gonzaga University for 22 years and was projected to be Head Coach when Mark Few retired.
 
Coach Lloyd has been at Arizona for only one year and has already set numerous records in general and has accomplished such extraordinary feats for a first-year coach as will probably never be equaled in Division One college athletics.
 
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District 5500 Governor Anita McDonald is Chancellor Emerita of Penn State DuBois and served in that role for 10 years prior to her retirement in December 2012.   A native of Detroit, Michigan, Anita earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and mathematics education respectively from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. in Education from St. Louis University.
 
DG Anita has always been an active member in the communities where she has lived.  Since returning to Tucson in January 2013, she continues her volunteer work focusing primarily on her involvement in Rotary and the ALS Association, Arizona Chapter.  Professionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of Walden University that has as its mission, “Fostering positive social change”, and is a Trustee  for Columbia College Hollywood/Chicago.  Anita will tell you that all of her chosen activities have one value in common: making a difference in the lives of others.
 
DG Anita has been a Rotarian since 1998 when she was invited to join the Catalina Rotary Club of Tucson. She served as Club President in 2016-2017 and Public Image Chair 2017-2019.  Some of her District service includes serving as a member of the Training team, as the initial Awards chair in 2017, co-chair of the 2018 District Assembly on Leadership and for the past two years as Region 8 Assistant Governor and Annual Fund Giving chair.   Anita is a level two major donor and a member of the Paul Harris Society.  
 
DG Anita’s husband, Bob, passed away in 2016 from ALS.  They have one daughter and one son living in Denver and one son in Washington, D.C. and now have seven grandchildren.  In addition to the joy of being with her grandchildren, she loves music, live theatre, dancing and traveling.
With all the data around the impact of the pandemic on our youth’s education and mental health, is there a way to come back stronger and support our schools in lower socio-economic neighborhoods? Restart SMART uses a community schools' strategy for organizing school and community resources around student and family success. We support the students' and families' holistic wellness by providing wrap-around services and addressing all the non-academic needs that impact the school. Our data shows up to 80% improvement in student attendance, a significant reduction in negative student behaviors, higher parent engagement, and increased resource referral success rates from 10% to over 70% in school sites. Nationally, studies have found that for every dollar spent on community schools strategy, $7 to $13 dollars of support are returned to the community. Combined with Higher Ground's unique approach to youth and family engagement, each Restart SMART site is fully responsive to every unique needs and enhances existing resources in the community while bridging current gaps. Finally, each site is locally empowered through a community steering committee that is supported as they learn to perform continuous needs analysis, quality improvements, and partnership recruitment and management to ensure each site becomes self-sustaining.
 
Jansen Azarias-Suzumoto ~ Biography
 
Jansen Azarias-Suzumoto was born and raised in the Philippines and left for the United States when he was 18 years old. With an understanding of living through trauma, the cyclical nature of poverty, and a drive to empower youth in pursuit of their dreams, Jansen hoped to help youth build a legacy within their communities. After identifying the needs of his new city and of his own family, he started Higher Ground a Resource Center in 2007. Jansen is a loving father of two sons and a dedicated husband to his wife, Barbie Azarias. They continue to lead Higher Ground as a family with their passion and drive. Their faith strengthens and motivates their work with the organization. Today, Higher Ground serves over 2500+ youth, 800+ families, and 300+ educators annually and is an established Non-Profit in our community. 
 
His leadership has helped drive the Community Schools Initiative for our city in partnership with our local school districts, La Frontera, and other community leaders. His childhood informs the deep connection that he feels to the youth that Higher Ground serves. Jansen’s passion for martial arts has led him to coach both the youth and staff of Higher Ground to competitive championships in Jiu-Jitsu.
 
He is currently doing Professional Development for school districts and other organizations about fostering healthy choices, creating social relationships, encouraging values, building life skills, coping with compassion fatigue, and high-quality youth methods. He also acts as an advisor for school districts and Community Schools Forward, a national organization working with the White House and the Department of Education to increase the impact of Community Schools around the United States.
 
As the founder of Character Lab and lead researcher on grit, Dr. Angela Duckworth said of Jansen “[he is] a paragon of grit. He is everything I study-laser focused on his goal of making kids’ lives better, and, at the same time, incredibly hardworking and resilient in making that goal a reality.
 
Notable Achievements
2021 White Riley Peterson Fellow
2017 Next Generation in After-school Leadership Honoree
2017 Mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy
2016 Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40
2015 Child Abuse Prevention Award
2014 Youth Leader Award
2013 FBI Community Service Award
2013 Community Leadership Award
Judo (Brown Belt) Jiujitsu (Brown Belt)
2016 Judo Summer Nationals Novice Champion
2016 Judo Winter Nationals Novice Champion
2017 IBJJF Pan American Bronze Medalist
#1 National Veteran's Athlete for USA Judo 55kg
Our first Replacement/Social Mixer for the 2022-23 Rotary year is WEDNESDAY, August 31, 2022 at Noble Hops (DoubleTree), 445 S. Alvernon Way from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer replaces our Wednesday lunch meeting.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship at Noble Hops!
 
 
Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, August 31st.
Susan will provide a regional economic development overview and update, highlighting targeted industries, current trends, recent announcements, and competitive issues.
 
Susan Hyatt Dumon ~ Biography
 
Susan Hyatt Dumon has more than 15 years of experience in economic development working at the state, regional, and local levels. Susan joined Sun Corridor Inc. in June 2017 as Vice President of Economic Development and, in July 2022, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness.
 
In this new role, Susan will lead efforts to identify issues and develop strategies to improve economic competitiveness in the region. Susan will also continue to provide site selection assistance and market analysis for companies considering expansion or relocation opportunities in metro Tucson and Southern Arizona.
 
Jan Lesher ~ Biography
 
Jan Lesher started working for Pima County in 2010, quickly advancing to Deputy County Administrator. In October 2021, she became Acting County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors hired her as County Administrator in April 2022.
 
Lesher returned to her hometown in 2010 after serving former Governor and Secretary Janet Napolitano since January 2003. 
 
Oksana was a “military brat”. Her father was a career border security officer for the Soviet Union, then the country of Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet. Her father is from Ukraine and her mother was Russian. Oksana was born in Kazakhstan and lived in many countries all around the perimeter of the Soviet Union, as her father was transferred. She came to the US in 2002 and had her son Edward in 2004. She has a degree in teaching from the University of Kharkiv. She became a US Citizen in 2013.
 
IMAGINE: Imagine a Rotary World without women. It was not that long ago that Rotary was a male only organization until the Rotary Club of Duarte California took the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court in 1987. Sylvia Whitlock became the first woman to be the President of a Rotary Club after that ruling.
 
In July of 2022, Jennifer Jones became the first woman to become the President of Rotary International and she has inspired its members. Her theme for Rotary this year is IMAGINE. She has four main goals for the year, but the #1 Priority is member care and comfort. How can Rotary and each Club enhance the experience that members have? What ways can we make our Clubs feel more welcoming, to lift people up and to offer new opportunities? We need to continue to focus on diversity and celebrate our differences. Find out what our members want and then deliver on those needs. Imagining our future, our dreams, our goals are all fine but, without action they are meaningless. We need to set big goals and then achieve them.
 
 
Chief Kasmar is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He came to the Tucson Police Department in 2000, shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has also attended executive training with Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, Arizona Chiefs of Police, FBINA Leadership Potential Course, and the Southwest Leadership Program through the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. He is certified as a Hostage Negotiator, a Motor Officer, an AZPOST General Instructor, and an Ethics Post Basic Instructor.
 
 
Renee' Gonzales ~ Biography
 
Chief Executive Officer Reneé Gonzales oversees leadership and strategic planning for all of Long Companies, including Brokerage, Mortgage, Title and Insurance. Gonzales moved up from executive vice president of Core Services, president of Long Title Agency and managing director of Long Mortgage Co.—roles she’ll continue to hold as part of her CEO position. Gonzales heads-up and works closely with the company’s executive leadership team.

 
Greetings my Fellow Rotarians,
 
I wanted to thank you for the honor to serve as your 2022 – 2023 President of The Rotary Club of Tucson. There are so many I would like to thank but need to start with our Centennial President Mark Irvin. What an amazing year our Centennial was. We had a record-breaking amount raised for JTED thanks to Joni Condit and Jim Lubinski as well as all the efforts from our Club members. We made our move back downtown and left our legacy on the corner of 5th and Toole for all to see over our next 100 years. Membership is a perennial goal for Rotary and under President Mark’s term, we knocked the cover off the ball. We increased our diversity, brought in younger members, corporate members and increased our percentage of women to over 30%.
 
Thank you to so many past Presidents for their mentorship. President Mark was a constant support throughout the year. Past Presidents Jen, Bob, Chuck, Jon, and the list goes on. As you will hear on the 13th “it takes a village”. Congratulations and thank you to all my Board members along with Dorinna and Kari and I look forward to us creating memorable experiences for all our members this next year.
 
JULY UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
 
JULY 6th ~ DARK DAY
 
JULY 13th ~ Bruce Jacob’s First Meeting for 2022/23 Rotary Year
 
President Bruce and the Rotary Office want to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Fourth of July!
JUNE/JULY UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
 
JUNE 29th ~ DARK DAY
 
JULY 6th ~ DARK DAY
 
JULY 13th ~ Bruce Jacob’s First Meeting for 2022/23 Rotary Year
Fellow Rotarians,
 
A NEW TRADITION PERHAPS?  
 
You asked for more social time. Well, get ready as our June 22nd gathering will provide what you requested and more.
 
Everything about this meeting will be different starting with the fact we will have already had the Change of Administration five days before.  So how can we have a COA and follow it with the last meeting?  Why not, especially if the last meeting is not a true meeting?
 
Details?  Both big screens will be set up.  We will be showcasing photo’s all during lunch that were taken during our Centennial Year or during the first six months of 2022 for your enjoyment.  If you have any photos to share, please reach out to Dorinna.
 
We will not be setting up the big stage as everyone will be seated in the audience.   We will however have a small 12” high, 4’ x 4’ stage with a pedestal microphone and a spotlight set up.  More on that later. 

 
Empower Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was started in 2016. Their mission is to improve lives in the greater Tucson community by empowering charitable organizations with resources necessary to carrying out their missions. In just three years, we have raised over $785,000 to benefit local veteran’s organizations.  A group of committed individuals who volunteer their time, talent and treasure to raise money through two signature events:  The Tucson Beefsteak and The Great Tricycle Race.  Jim Story is the founder of the Empower Coalition.
Jack Clements ~ Biography
 
Jack Clements is the President of Arizona Operations for HUB International, one of the world's largest Insurance Brokers.  Jack sold The Clements Agency to HUB in 2020 after building the agency over 20 years with his two sons, Jim and Sean.
 
Jack grew up in Atchison, Kansas, the oldest of seven children.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 with a degree in Accounting.  While at Notre Dame, Jack was a member of Ara Parseghian's Football squads for his four years there.
 
Our last Replacement/Social Mixer for the 2021-22 Rotary year is June 1st.  This mixer will be held at Trident III, 250 S. Craycroft (South of Broadway Blvd.) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Guests are invited, the fee is $25 and will be billed to your account.  No host bar.  All must register at the website www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events and click on the mixer.  Don't forget to register your guest(s) and bring your prospects.  This is a great way for them to meet our members.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
 
Let's have some fun and fellowship at Trident Grill III!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on June 1st.
Angel Charity for Children is celebrating 40 years this year.  Karen Farrell and Adrianna Rincon will be presenting a summary of Angel Charity, its mission, its members, how the organization works and why they are considered Tucson’s “Halo for Hire”.   Our 2022 large Beneficiaries are Youth on Their Own (YOTO) and National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).  Our 2022 small Beneficiaries are Boys to Men Tucson, El Rio Health Center Foundation, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Nourish, TMC Foundation, Tucson Girls Chorus and YWCA Southern Arizona. 
 
Dr. Andrew Tang will discuss trauma as the silent modern epidemic and its impact on our Tucson community and society at large. He will discuss what trauma care entails, the various components of a trauma system and the process for a hospital to become a verified trauma center. By the end, his hope is for the audience to understand the invaluable resource that is our Trauma Center, and its rigorous dedication to ensure health and safety to our community.
 
Biography:
 
Andrew L. Tang, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Trauma Medical Director, Banner University Medical Center
Vice Chair, Clinical Operations

 
Scott Stiteler is the principal owner of Tucson Urban LLC and several related entities.  He received a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University in 1989 and a MBA from Santa Clara University in 1992.  In 1990 Mr. Stiteler formed Stellar Homes, Inc. to build urban, infill, residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In 1994 Mr. Stiteler expanded development activities to Tucson, Arizona.  He has developed approximately twenty-five projects in the Tucson area and continues with those endeavors.  While in Tucson, Mr. Stiteler diversified his development focus, expanding into income producing properties and redevelopment of vintage buildings in downtown Tucson.
Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation President, Joni Condit, will share how our Club Foundation allows us to advance the Rotary mission at a local level to make our community better.  Did you know that our club did not always have a Foundation?  Find out how the range of areas that our Club has provided support and service over the years.  Bobby Larson, 2022 Tucson Classics Car Show Chair, will provide an update on this year’s Car Show.  Grants Committee Chair, Jim Murphy, will provide an overview of the proposed changes in the selection of beneficiaries for 2023 and beyond and members will have the opportunity to vote to approve these changes.  
Our Home Hospitality events begin April 24th and go through the 30th.  These social events will replace our Wednesday, April 27th lunch meeting.  We want to thank all the members who have graciously volunteered to open up their homes and host an event.  This a wonderful way to relax, meet fellow Rotarians outside of the lunch meeting and have some fun!  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office at 623-2281.  Again, these events take the place of our lunch meeting on April 27th.  Our next regular lunch meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at TCC.
Dr. Robert C. Robbins will discuss the University of Arizona's mission as a land-grant university, including its leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is now well-positioned to create positive impact in Arizona and globally in the years to come.
 
Dr. Robert C. Robbins is the 22nd president of the University of Arizona. From 2012 - 2016, he served as CEO of the Texas Medical Center, after enjoying a 20-year faculty career at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he was chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and founding director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute.
 
 
 
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Heather Hardy is known for her captivating smooth ambient violin playing as well as her appealing soulful “wah-wah” blues solos.
 
She recently spoke with us about growing up, her musical background, and how she came to be one of the most sought-after violinists across several genres. “My musical education began at the Westport School of Music at age 6 on piano. I began violin at 9 and by the time I was 11 I was studying privately on both instruments. I knew then that I wanted to play music forever. In high school I continued on piano and violin.”
 
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Jim Murphy, Grants Committtee
Sep 28, 2022
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Bobby Larson, Car Show Chair
Oct 05, 2022
Car Show Rah Rah Meeting
Ginny Clements, UA Cancer Center
Oct 12, 2022
Breast Cancer Awareness
Kevin Leman, The Leman Academy Concept
Nov 02, 2022
How Should We Educate Our Children?
Lee Lambert
Nov 16, 2022
Chancellor PCC
DARK DAY - No Lunch Meeting
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George Hammond
Jan 11, 2023
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