Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711 (USA)
520-623-2281
 
 
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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.

 
Home Page Stories
Colonel Michael R. Drowley ~ Biography
 
Col Michael R. Drowley 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 41 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 Kings 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.
 
Colonel Drowley earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. He is a command pilot with more than 2,200 fighter hours in the A-10, including more than 200 combat hours. Colonel Drowley has commanded at the flight, squadron, and group levels. Additionally, he has served on the staffs of the Superintendent, United States Air Force Academy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Drowley served as Chief of Staff, Headquarters United States Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
The Tucson Musicians Museum’s mission is to celebrate, educate and showcase Tucson’s unique musical heritage and culture. The Tucson Convention Center is a place where the community gathers to celebrate music, art, accomplishments and more. Thanks to the City of Tucson and Rio Nuevo, TMM presence at the Convention Center is a natural fit!  Our presence will introduce Tucson to its musical heritage, while providing a means to preserve the culture and enhance the potential for TMM to expand its youth mentorship program. 
TMM currently reaches out to music schools and local Tucson school music teachers to coordinate music workshops for youth who have shown a dedication to their instrument(s) and maintain a good grade point average.  These students, without the TMM’s efforts may not otherwise be able to afford exposure to musical training for their aspirations and dreams.
   
TMM mentors provide much more than lessons on how to play through the scales or learn a song or two. TMM mentors teach the history of the instruments and genres, how to construct and market a band plus other business aspects of being a musician.  It has been proven that music can improve the math and science scores of participating youth. Another benefit is young musicians, in the TMM program, learn to give back to the community. Giving back can be done in many ways, such as volunteering for non-profit organizations, playing at care facilities or schools, teaching young musicians to have pride in their work, music, appearance and contributing to a community.
 
George Howard ~ Biography
 
George Howard has been involved in playing music for over 45 years. His participation includes teaching, presenting workshops, photographing events of other musicians and being personally involved with them from the legendary line up of music icon’s such as John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, James Brown, Bobby Key’s (Of the Rolling Stones), Johnny Lang, Albert Collins, Willie Nelson among many more. George has also produced and  co-produced records on independent labels, as well as promoting concerts and managing bands. George has  been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Tucson Music Awards Hall of Fame and to the Tucson Musicians Museum, as well as being on the advisory board for U of A Centennial Hall. George is also the President and Founder of the Tucson Musicians Museum.
To the members of the Rotary Club of Tucson:
 
 
 
September 11, 2001. 
 
This is a day that none of us will ever forget.  On this day, 18 years ago 2,996 people died (and more than 6,000 were injured) in the attacks on the World Trade Center.  For all of us, it is a day that we will never forget, and just like Pearl Harbor or the assassination of JFK, we all remember where we were that day.  If you were like me, you were glued to your television for days on end as the horrors of that attack played out over and over.
 
This year, by virtue of our calendar, September 11 falls on our regular meeting day and we have decided to honor the many First Responders in the Tucson community.  We will never forget, and to pay them the honor they deserve on behalf of the Rotary Club of Tucson is the least we can do, in my opinion.
 
It will truly be a special meeting.  We have representatives from the Tucson Police Dept, the Tucson Fire Dept., Pima County Sheriff Dept, Davis-Monthan AFB Fire and Security Forces, Oro Valley Police Dept, Marana Police Dept, Rural Metro, and the UA Police Dept.  All told, we hope to have 25+ first responders in attendance.  There will be a white draped chair at each of our Rotary tables so a first responder can sit with Rotarians for lunch.
 
Dan Rowan, Marana Police officer will provide a powerful video message to our meeting.  Officer Rowan was actually a FYND officer on 9/11 and his team responded to the World Trade Center attacks.  10 of his 15 team members died in the attack and Rowan still carries photos of his partners in his pocket today.
 
 
The lineup of Speakers is impressive:
 
*Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus – he will tell a first-person account of being a first responder very early in his career
*Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier – He will discuss the coordination that takes place between agencies in crisis situations
*Tucson Asst Fire Chief Darin Wallentine – He is an expert on the high incidence of cancer in first responders all over the US
*Tucson Asst Fire Chief Laura Baker – She will discuss the recruitment process (especially with women) and Camp Fury
*Davis-Monthan Fire Chief Todd Canale – He will explain how the first responder mission has changed since 9/11
 
As 9/11 relates to Rotary, you may want to take a few moments and watch this attached video.  It is about the Rotary Club of New York (#6 club in the U.S.) and how they responded to the 9/11 attacks.  Ironically, in 2001, the club named Helen B. Reisler as their first woman President in their 92 year history, and it is humbling and amazing at the same time to see the leadership this club took during this crisis.  It makes you proud to be a Rotarian to see first-hand the impact we can have in our communities.  Unfortunately, we may not have enough time to show it on Wednesday during the regular meeting, so here it is for you:
 
 
Please do everything you can to come to this First Responder meeting and please feel free to bring a guest.  It will be a very special opportunity to say thanks to these important people who live their lives in service to us.
 
Yours in Rotary,
 
Bob Logan
President
Rotary Club of Tucson
Mike Candrea completed his 34th season as the head coach of the University of Arizona softball team in 2019 and under his guidance reaching the pinnacle should once again underscore a record of success almost unparalleled by any program in any sport at any level.
 
 
 
August 28th is our Replacement/Social Mixer for our Wednesday lunch meeting.  The event will be held at TopGolf, 4050 W. Costco Place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Guest fee is $30 and no golf clubs are needed.  Hope you all can come out and join us for a really fun time!  Our next Rotary lunch meeting is on September 4th.  Mike Candrea, Head Coach of U of A Softball will be presenting.
Beginning with the first photographic atlases of the Moon, just as the Space Age dawned, Tucson in general, and the University of Arizona in particular, played key roles in the race to put humans on the Moon. He will discuss a few of the stories from that era, whose climax was the landing of Apollo 11 - 50 years ago.
Since its inception in 1997, the CEOs and business leaders of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council have been bringing together leadership and resources to help improve our region’s economic environment and quality of life.  President and CEO Ted Maxwell will share with us the history of SALC and its membership.  He will address how they have helped shape the issues and progress in the region, highlight some of their past accomplishments and share their current areas of concern.
 
Please remember our Wednesday lunch meeting on 8/7/19 will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, 5151 E. Grant Road in the Catalina Ballroom, 2nd Floor.  For parking and best entrance to the meeting, please take the Rosemont Blvd. entrance to the ballroom.
Tucson's #1 Wildlife Control Company
 
Animal Experts Inc. was established in 1991 by Marc Hammond and Jeff Carver. They have been working with wildlife and domestic animals for over 40 years. Their company offers a unique service that humanely captures and removes wildlife. This includes mice, bats, rats, squirrels, pigeons, javelina, raccoons, skunks, bobcats, and much more.
 
In addition to wildlife, they offer preventative maintenance services and education that prevents unwanted wildlife from entering your home and establishing residence on your property. Their passion is doing wildlife presentations on wildlife safety prevention and wildlife conservation. They believe that education is the key to creating a balance in our ecosystem in order for humans to live with wildlife. They practice what they preach by posting weekly videos on social media about the animals they’ve captured, their relevance to the ecosystem, and fun facts about the animal.
 
If you want to study a subset of geological events on earth, also known as Biosphere 1, you might design a miniature system, but what do you do if you want to study the Biosphere 1's entire complex geology, environment and ecology?  Well, you build Biosphere 2. And so, in 1987 a vision was born, funded by Ed Bass an ecologically minded philanthropist, to assemble steel, concrete, soil, sea water, and plants to build a model of Biosphere 1 consisting of five biomes and 8 humans who would live for almost two years under the dome. While this unprecedented, 'under the dome' experiment fell short for several unanticipated reasons, the idea was sound, the concepts testable, the facility unique, and the science eventually became rigorous, exciting and yielding results applicable not only to Biosphere 1, our own earth, but also to possibilities of imitating Biosphere 1 extra terrestrially. Today, B2 is the largest earth science living laboratory in which precise scientific explorations are underway as part of the University of Arizona. For the Biosphere 2 research team, a major driving force is the question: "How do biological communities organize and respond to landscape evolution and environmental change?"

 
The City of Tucson Mayor Debate and Forum hosted by the Rotary Club of Tucson will be held on Wednesday, July 24th at the TCC in the Turquoise & Crystal Ballrooms at 11:30 a.m.  Thank you Visit Tucson and Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association for sponsoring the Event.
 
Meet our Moderator for the Debate:
 
Moderator - Lorraine Rivera is a veteran broadcaster having worked in the Yuma and Tucson television markets for the last decade. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona, School of Journalism with minors in English and Mexican-American Studies, and enjoys cheering on her beloved Wildcats. Rivera is product of Cochise County, born and bred along the U.S./Mexico border in Douglas. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue serving as a journalist in her home state. “It is a privilege to work with such a well-respected group of diverse journalists. I believe in the mission of Arizona Public Media to provide Arizonans with in-depth journalism.”
 
 
 
Well, fellow Rotarians, the Bob Logan Reign of Terror has started off with a bang!  And the bang you heard was the HUGE Gavel Charlotte Harris found in going through an old storage locker of Rotary memorabilia (some memorable, some not so much).  So thanks Charlotte -- the reign of terror gavel will live a good life during our upcoming Rotary year.
 
As Michael Ortega enters his fourth year as manager of the City of Tucson, he has gained valuable insight on how the $1.6 billion organization can best lead the Old Pueblo as a vibrant city of the future. Mr. Ortega challenges the 4,500 members of his staff to not only deliver excellent services, but to realize that they are uniquely positioned to be drivers of innovation and economic development no matter what capacity they serve the community. Most recently, the city gathered a group of nearly 100 directors, deputy directors, and administrators to create a strategic action plan that brings the city’s culture map and general plan to life through priority projects and cross-departmental teamwork. As he enters the new fiscal year, Mr. Ortega looks forward to continuing culture change across the organization through strategic planning, revamping the budget process, branding, continued partnering with the private sector, and implementing data-driven policies. Mr. Ortega inspires his staff to be leaders who translate the bold vision of the community into the reality of a thriving Tucson.
In observance of the 4th of July Holiday, there will be no luncheon meeting held on July 3, 2019.  This is a scheduled DARK day, no make up will be necessary. 
 
We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th of July!  See you July 10, 2019 for our next regular luncheon meeting.  The program is Michael Ortega - City Manager, "Culture Change at the City of Tucson".
The Change of Administration Event will be held on Saturday, June 29th at Hacienda Del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd., from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Cost per person is $55 and will be billed to your account.  All must register for this event on our website,  www.tucsonrotary.org and scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events".  Deadline to sign up is Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.  Overnight rooms will be available for those who would like to spend the night. 
 
So come on out for this special evening when President Chuck passes the gavel to our 2019-2020 President, Bob Logan.
So, what’s a Club Assembly?  The question came to me this week as Club Assemblies are not a big part of what we typical do at the Rotary Club of Tucson.  They are a common element of other Rotary Clubs that sometimes will do a couple Club Assemblies per year.  If I am not mistaken, our last Club Assembly was during Dave Gallaher’s year as President in 2013-2014.

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

Dr. Allan Hamilton ~ Biography

 

Allan Hamilton started his working life as a janitor. He would eventually go on to graduate from Harvard Medical School and complete his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton holds four professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Hamilton is a decorated veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm. He was also the commanding officer assigned to lead a dangerous medical research expedition that was based for nearly two months at 16,000 feet under arctic conditions on Mt. McKinley.

 

 

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

Pima JTED Rotary Club of Tucson Innovation Center opening July 2020

Abel Vasquez, Technology Director

 

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

 

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

 

KEVIN SUMLIN – HEAD COACH, ARIZONA FOOTBALL
 
Kevin Sumlin, a three-time national Coach of the Year finalist, was named Arizona’s 32nd head coach on Jan. 14, 2018.

 
 

Rotary Club of Tucs
on
presents
the 13th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 19, 2019
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
 
 
Speakers
Colonel Michael Drowley
Sep 25, 2019
What is an A-10 Pilot?
Jason Grabosch - Car Show Chair
Oct 02, 2019
SLT/TLT
Adia Barnes, Head Coach
Oct 09, 2019
UofA Women's Basketball
Bert Lopez & Pastor Roy Tullgren
Oct 16, 2019
Center of Opportunity Homeless Shelter
Paul Weir
Oct 30, 2019
All Souls Procession - A Tucson Tradition
Jay Dobyns
Nov 06, 2019
Michael Angelo Caruso
Nov 20, 2019
The First 15 Minutes ~ The Amazing Power of First Impressions
Janos Wilder
Nov 27, 2019
Chef
Chanceller Lee Lambert
Dec 04, 2019
Piima Community College
Rotary Foundation
Dec 11, 2019
Holiday Mixer - TBD
Dec 18, 2019
DG Ellie Patterson
Jan 08, 2020
District 5500 Update
Replacement/Social Mixer - TBD
Jan 15, 2020
No Lunch Meeting
Jason Grabosch - Car Show Chair
Jan 29, 2020
Car Show Kickoff/2020 Car Reveal
Meeting - Speaker TBD
Feb 05, 2020
Kevin Leman
Feb 12, 2020
Meeting - Speaker TBD
Feb 26, 2020
Meeting - Speaker TBD
Mar 11, 2020
Centennial Committee
Mar 18, 2020
 
 
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