Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
Meetings are held at Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85701 (USA)


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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Travel is one of metro Tucson’s top industries.  In 2019 (pre-pandemic), visitors spent $2.6 billion in Pima County, the travel industry employed 25,000 people in our region, and we accommodated nearly 8 million overnight visitors.
The COVID-19 pandemic cut visitor spending nearly in half to $1.35 billion in 2020.  While domestic leisure travel has rebounded strongly, corporate and international travel, meetings, and festivals and events, continue to lag. 
You will hear from Felipe Garcia, Interim President/CEO about Visit Tucson’s efforts to bring back Tucson travel to pre-pandemic levels, along with his predictions about how long it will take to get there.


J. Felipe Garcia has a varied background in tourism, international trade, investments, business transactions and government strategies. Currently, Mr. Garcia serves as the Executive Vice President of Visit Tucson. At Visit Tucson he is responsible for developing and implementing programs to enhance the relationships between Tucson and Mexico. Mr. Garcia also works with the Tucson Film Office to attract film and commercial production to Southern Arizona. In addition to his work at Visit Tucson, Mr. Garcia is board member of several organizations including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Tucson City of Gastronomy. Recently, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of the Delice Network with representatives from Brussels, Barcelona, Lyon, Stavanger and Cape Winelands.

Mr. Garcia was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Arizona District Export Council, an organization of business leaders that provides professional advice to help U.S. companies export.
Prior to joining Visit Tucson, Mr. Garcia worked for the Tucson-Mexico Trade Office as an economic development specialist, and for the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, where he was responsible for conducting in-depth analyses of the statutes and legal frameworks of several countries in areas related to customs, investment, trade and product liability, among others. While at the National Law Center he also participated in a project to introduce amendments to the Civil Code of Argentina, while working on issues dealing with liability in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, and Argentina.
Mr. Garcia has published several articles pertaining to international trade in numerous specialized publications, such as The Exporter Magazine and the InterAmerican Trade Report.  Mr. Garcia has also participated as a speaker in various conferences around the world.
Every Thursday, you can see Mr. Garcia on two different Television shows in Mexico, providing insights about the U.S.-Mexico relationship to its viewers.
Mr. Garcia holds a law degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico and an L.L.M. in international trade and investment law from the University of Arizona, James Rogers College of Law.
Reminder:  There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, November 24th as this is a scheduled Dark Day.  President Mark and the Rotary office would like to wish each of you and your families a very wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Richard will be discussing the contribution of The Hotel Congress to the history and culture of the Tucson community.
Richard Oseran ~ Biography
Richard was born 1945 into a family who had been in Arizona since the state was a Territory. He attended the University of Arizona obtaining undergraduate and law degrees and practiced law from 1970 to 2006, appearing before State and Federal Courts including The United States Supreme Court. Richard was appointed Public Defender of Pima County and served in that capacity between private practice as a trial attorney. His family purchased the Hotel Congress in 1985 and has operated the Hotel for thirty-six years. Richard was a founding member, with wife Shana, of the Downtown Tucson Partnership and has been heavily involved in downtown Tucson revitalization efforts. He opened Maynards Market and Kitchen in the Historic Train Depot in 2008. Richard is also a partner in Sonoran Vineyards in Cochise County.
Tucson is located on the ancestral lands of the O’odham. O’odham ancestors, whom they refer to as Huhugam, were farming ancient maize along the Santa Cruz River at least 4,000 years ago. Over the last 20 years archaeological studies prior to freeway construction and other urban development have revealed early irrigation canals, agricultural fields, and the villages where people lived. Tucson’s City Hall and Museum of Art are located just inside the walls of Tucson’s former Spanish Presidio. And a thousand-year-old Hohokam ballcourt village was likely an even older layer below downtown Tucson. One of the factors that helped Tucson to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy was the community’s deep agricultural history.
Bill Doelle ~ Biography
Bill Doelle received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1980. He is the founder and current President and CEO of the nonprofit Archaeology Southwest. Archaeology Southwest is based in Tucson and conducts “Preservation Archaeology” in the American Southwest and Mexican Northwest. Preservation of archaeological sites and larger cultural landscapes and sharing research results with the public are his other professional priorities. Archaeology Southwest publishes an award-winning quarterly magazine, conducts archaeology café events on line, and has an extensive website (www.archaeologysouthwest.org).
Singing sensation Crystal Stark takes the stage in a concert devoted to celebrating American legend Ella Fitzgerald. Joined by Khris Dodge, Crystal will scat, swing, and serenade you to your heart’s delight.  Crystal has been praised for her “style and attention to detail that truly bring the greatness of Ella Fitzgerald to life”.
Crystal Stark ~ Biography
Just off of her premiere performances on the Celebrity Edge Cruise Ship, with the Divas3 from Las Vegas, Crystal Stark is a powerhouse vocalist with national credentials. She doesn’t just take the stage – she owns it.
The international performer and American Idol semi-finalist got her start singing in her home town of Tucson, Arizona. Her early teachers included famed soprano Faye Robinson and jazz legend Jeff Haskell. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a degree in Music Education, she auditioned for Season 5 of the cultural phenomenon American Idol – along with 100,000 other contestants. She made it to the semi-final round, and then after the competition forged a close friendship with season runner-up Katharine McPhee and joined Katharine’s national tour as a back-up singer.
The Replacement/Social Mixer is on Wednesday, 10/27/21 at Three Canyon Beer & Wine Garden, 4999 N. Sabino Canyon Road from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement of our lunch meeting on Wednesday, 10/27/21.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship on the 27th. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office.
"This is an excellent opportunity to introduce potential new members to the Club!"
There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 due to our wonderful Car Show and all the hard work that was put into our annual signature event.  We will have a social mixer on 10/27/21 at Three Canyon Beer & Wine Garden on Wednesday 10/27/21, which will replace our Wednesday lunch meeting.  Our next scheduled lunch meeting will be held on Wednesday, 11/3/21 at the TCC.
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on Wednesday, 10/27/21 at Three Canyon Beer & Wine Garden, 4999 N. Sabino Canyon Road from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement of our lunch meeting on Wednesday, 10/27/21.  ALL must register on the Club Website under "Upcoming Events".  Bring your Guests, the fee is $25.00 and will be billed to your account.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship on the 27th. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office.
"This is an excellent opportunity to introduce potential new members to the Club!"
Ted Maxwell ~ Biography
Ted Maxwell joined the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) in April 2013. He assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2018.  The nearly 140 CEOs, business and community leaders of SALC are actively involved in creating a vibrant future for the Tucson region and state of Arizona by engaging the critical issues of education, infrastructure, healthcare, governance as well as supporting the innovation economy.  
We are getting ready for our 15th anniversary of our Tucson Classics Car Show in our Centennial year of our club!  The Rotary Club of Tucson has raised nearly $1.8M to support local charities focused on literacy, education, development of job skills, and senior assistance.  This year, like last year, we are supporting Pima JTED, and 100% of our proceeds will go towards meeting our commitment of $250K. 
Our signature event will hopefully host close to 20,000 attendees, feature a field of 400 fabulous classic cars, includes lots of good things to eat and drink, and will feature a wrap up raffle for a gorgeous 2021 Corvette Stingray and five other amazing prizes. With only ten days to go, we are excited to share all of the plans and hard work that will come to fruition on Saturday, October 16th at 10 am on The Gregory School field.  Come to hear all of the opportunities to be a vital part of this fun event that include setting up the field on Friday, the 15th, the Friday Night Dinner which includes the car show auction, the fun and fabulous day of show, and the camaraderie of the clean up on Sunday morning.  Please come to hear from your team leaders to learn all you need to know! 
Joni Condit is the 2021 Car Show Chair and is a Past President (2011-2012) and a thirty year member of the Club.  Joni is the President and CEO of La Posada at Park Centre in Sahuarita.
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on Wednesday, 9/29/21 at Prep & Pastry, 2660 N. Campbell from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement of our lunch meeting on Wednesday, 9/29/21.  ALL must register on the Club Website under "Upcoming Events".  Bring your Guests, the fee is $25.00 and will be billed to your account.  Let'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!"
Lisa Bates, Founder and Executive Director of Tucson Wildlife Center, and Diana Madaras, artist, are kindred spirits who were destined to come together. Both these women began rescuing wildlife at age 5 or 6—Lisa in Tucson in her backyard, and Diana in New Jersey at her father’s veterinary hospital. At a very early age, both formed a deep bond with animals and understood the need to help these beings who were desperately trying to survive.
The Tucson Wildlife Center, now 23 years old, is a survivor, as well. Eleven other wildlife rescue centers have closed in the past few years pressuring TWC to increase its intake by 400%. Where they served 1500 animals 4 years ago, they now expect 6,000—and all care is funded by private donations.

Zach will share about the growth of Tucson Young Professionals into the largest network of its kind in the state of Arizona, TYP's role as a platform for young professionals to shape the most prosperous, innovative and inclusive Greater Tucson possible, and the opportunities and challenges ahead for getting there.

Zach Yentzer ~ Biography

Zach Yentzer has been intentional to work at the intersection of neighborhood and housing policy, and workforce and economic development to help shape an inclusive, prosperous and innovative future for Tucson. He’s the executive director of Tucson Young Professionals and serves on the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Talent Taskforce. Zach is also the president of the Menlo Park Neighborhood Association, and over the past number of years has been involved with groups such as the Downtown Neighborhoods and Residents Council and the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) board, the Barrio Neighborhood Coalition and the Tucson Small Scale Development Coalition working on housing policy and issues. Zach hosts the daily talk show “Tipping Point with Zach Yentzer” on AM 1030 KVOI The Voice, was named Tucson’s 2019 40 Under 40 Man of the Year, and is a 2020/21 Flinn Brown Fellow.

A brief look at the Fox Tucson Theatre, the Crown Jewel of Downtown Tucson and the role that live performance plays in an increasingly fractured world.  We'll look at where she's been, where she is today, and where she's headed including the Return to the Fox 2021 - 2022 season unfolding in the midst of ongoing change and uncertainty.
Bonnie Schock ~ Biography
Bonnie Schock brings 25 years of professional, nonprofit arts leadership experience to her role as Executive Director at the Fox Tucson Theatre. She has been a presenter, producer, stage director, grant maker, interdisciplinary arts educator and practitioner, and led a range of organizations and projects. She holds an M.F.A in Stage Directing from the University of Minnesota. Prior to the Fox, she led the historic Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts through a programming renaissance.
Native Montanan and Army wife, Henrietta “Hank” Huisking became a member of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista West in its charter year, 2005. Hank is serving as the Service Projects Chair of her club.
In the fifteen years she has been a Rotarian, she has served in many capacities in her club and the District.  She attended the 2017 Zone 25-26 Institute as a District 5500 Resource Leader.   She is a member of the Paul Harris Society and has attended two in-person and now two virtual Rotary International Conventions.
Hank is a graduate of the D5500 Rotary Leadership Institute and Rotary Leadership Academy leadership programs.
Hank is married to Peter Huisking (of the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club). Together they have hosted Youth Exchange Students (Germany, Brazil, and Peru) and numerous Group Study Exchanges. She has also served as a counselor for RYLA.

Fletcher McCusker ~ Biography

Fletcher is a third generation Tucsonan.  His grandfather Russell moved to Tucson from Indiana just after the depression.  Russell worked for the WPA and laid many of the downtown and University area sidewalks for $1.00 a day and eventually went to work for the railroad.  Fletcher's mother was a Tucson High School grad and Fletcher attended John B Wright, Davidson and Amphi.  He completed a BS in Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona in 1974 but left Tucson for greener pastures attending graduate school at ASU.  Fletcher rose through the ranks in many health care companies in Oklahoma, Maryland and Texas and while in Texas in 1996 he conceived and launched the Providence Service Corporation, the first home based mental health company in America.  

David Yetman ~ Biography

David Yetman has lived in Tucson since 1961.  He has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Arizona. Since 1992, he has served as a research social scientist at the UA’s Southwest Center, where he explores the lives of the indigenous peoples of Sonora, and people and plants--especially cacti--in southern Mexico and South America and publishes extensively on the results of his research.  His latest book "Natural Landmarks of Arizona" will be published by the University of Arizona Press in September.

From 2000-09, David hosted the KUAT natural history series “The Desert Speaks,” and from 2011 through the present he has hosted the PBS series “In the Americas with David Yetman,” which is broadcast to over 100 PBS affiliates and throughout French- and German-speaking nations worldwide.  It has also become available on Amazon Prime. Yetman has received Emmy awards for both shows.

In addition to his academic work and broadcasting, David has served twelve years on the Pima County Board of Supervisors and as the Executive Director of the Tucson Audubon Society and as a board member of Patronato San Xavier.

Pima JTED, as the proud recipient of the RCOT 2021 Centennial Grant, is providing transformational innovative learning opportunities through their new campus, the JTED Innovative Learning Center at The Bridges. Updates will be provided about the new campus, the new programs and why this project is so innovative as it relates to the student experience, how the project was funded and community partnerships as well as the economic and workforce development opportunities that Pima JTED provides.

Kathy Prather ~ Biography

Kathy Prather has served as the Superintendent/CEO of the Pima JTED since 2018. Prior to joining Pima JTED, she served as Director of Career and Technical Education for the Sunnyside Unified and Tucson Unified School Districts. Kathy's career in education has spanned 32 years in multiple locations across Arizona including Rough Rock High School, Prescott College, Northwest Pioneer College, Mohave Community College, Mohave High School, Colorado River Union High School District, Tucson Unified School District and Sunnyside Unified School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Management, a Master of Arts Degree in Vocational Technical Education, and multiple certifications from the Arizona Department of Education including Superintendent, Principal and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher.

Will discuss the relationship and development of the Church and City in Tucson:  How the Cathedral Square renovation might contribute to the renewal of downtown.
Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D. - Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Tucson ~ Biography
Ministry as Bishop
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago on March 20, 1995 and served as Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate I. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson on October 30, 2001. Bishop Kicanas was installed as Bishop of Tucson on March 7, 2003 and became Bishop Emeritus on November 20, 2017. Bishop Kicanas served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2018 to 2019.
Adia Barnes was introduced as Arizona's head women's basketball coach on April 4, 2016 and agreed to a contract extension to lead the program through 2026 in May of 2021. The leading scorer in Arizona women’s basketball history and a WNBA Champion, Barnes came to Tucson after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Washington for five seasons.
Barnes led the Wildcats to the National Championship game in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the first time Arizona advanced past the Sweet 16 in school history.
Col Joseph C. Turnham is the Commander of the 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.  He is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the United States Air Force, with 34 mission partners, more than 46,000 personnel, 152 aircraft, and 51 billion dollars in assets.  He is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping a wing comprised of 25 squadrons.  The wing provides A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft for close air support and forward air control, combat support, and medical forces for combatant commander requirements worldwide.  The 355th Wing also provides combat search and rescue personnel recovery capabilities through the employment of HC-130J Combat King IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks, and Guardian Angel weapon systems. The wing has units at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. and Nellis AFB, Nev.  The 355th Wing is also responsible for training A-10C pilots for the entire Total Force and is the Air Combat Command executive agent for Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty compliance.

Randy looks forward to sharing with the Rotary Club of Tucson the state of the real estate market today. In addition, Randy will talk about the history of the association as TAR is celebrating their 100th birthday in 2021.


Randy Rogers, CEO
Tucson Association of REALTORS®
Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona

Randy Rogers brings over 25 years of experience strategically building teams and leading organizations to successfully achieve their goals and objectives. Randy joined as the new CEO of Tucson Association of REALTORS®, Multiple Listing Service of Southern Arizona and Tucson REALTORS® Charitable Foundation on June 26, 2017.

My journey into Rotary might surprise you.
On July 1, 1993, with Larry Kent as my sponsor, I became a member.  The amazing Don Shropshire was our Club President and his legendary bow ties, coupled with his flying across the room as Superman, remain engrained as wonderfully positive memories.
Those were the days when Rotary had tight classifications for membership; weighty attendance standards; fines for just about anything; a rowdy table; the 11:30 cocktail club;  everyone wore a Rotary pin daily, and we had close to 300 members.
Wednesday June 30th is a scheduled DARK DAY, there is no luncheon meeting.  Our next regular scheduled meeting is July 7th at the Tucson Convention Center.  We want to wish all of you a Safe and Happy 4th of July.  Enjoy and we'll see you on the 7th at the TCC as we start the new Rotary Year (2021-22)!!!
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.
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the 16th Annual
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