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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.

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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. 
 
Tara Jackson ~ Biography 
 
Tara Jackson has served as President of the Arizona Town Hall since July of 2006. In that capacity, she works with diverse Arizonans from around the state to create informed community and statewide sessions where participants discuss challenging political and social topics in a manner that builds consensus and creates blueprints for positive change. She also frequently acts as a facilitator and consultant for government and private organizations.
 
Prior to joining the staff of Arizona Town Hall, Tara practiced law in the area of employment and commercial litigation for sixteen years.
 
In addition to her law practice, Tara taught as an Adjunct Professor for ASU’s Law School and has served in numerous positions for both state and federal bar associations. She has also served in various leadership or advisory positions for other non-profit and educational organizations.
 
Arizona Town Hall serves as the forum for constructive conversation that builds bridges, creates solutions to difficult issues and develops civic leaders. It is a private, non-profit, civic organization created in 1962 to establish, through research and discussion, an ever-growing body of Arizonans not only well informed on the critical issues facing the state, but also skilled in the process of thoughtful analysis and consensus building. Arizona Town Hall brings together people with diverse occupations and perspectives to address a topic of major concern to Arizona’s future. Arizona Town Hall holds Community Town Halls, Future Leaders Town Halls, Community Outreach Programs and a statewide Town Hall. Consulting services and training sessions are also provided for those interested in the unique process. Arizona Town Hall has served as a catalyst for discussions and recommendations that have influenced significant changes in Arizona’s public policy over the years.

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.

Growing up in the Tucson Foothills, Katherine began singing in the first grade when she took a melodrama class and sang Matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof. "I loved it!” she says. "I grew up performing in Kids Unlimited, which taught me stage presence and performing. As a freshman at The University of Arizona I pursued musical theatre at first, and then transferred to the School of Music to study vocal jazz. As I went out into the performing world, I began to understand that you don't have to choose one type of music to focus on. I now enjoy singing a wide array of genres: jazz, musical theatre, classical, pop, rock, blues, etc."

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.
 
Dr. Kevin Leman has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs including TODAY, CBS’ THE EARLY SHOW, FOX & FRIENDS, OPRAH, and THE VIEW.  Dr. Leman has served as a consulting family psychologist to GOOD MORNING AMERICA.
 
Dr. Leman is the founder and chairman of the board of LEMAN ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE.  Dr. Leman is the founder and president of “Couples of Promise”, an organization designed and committed to helping couples remain happily married.  Dr. Leman’s official websites are www.drleman.com and www.birthorderguy.com.  He has authored over 50 books.
 
Dr. Leman is the recipient of the highest award given by the University of Arizona to their own, the Alumni Achievement Award.  He is also the recipient of the 1993 Distinguished Alumnus Award presented by North Park University.  Dr. Leman’s professional affiliations include the American Psychological Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.
 
Dr. Leman attended North Park University and received his Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona, where he later earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees.  Originally from Williamsville, New York, he and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson.  They have five children and four grandchildren.
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.
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Trident III, 250 S. Craycroft Road 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 at our first social mixer in 2020! Remember, this is a replacement for our lunch meeting on Wednesday, so don't forget your Make Up if you cannot attend!
 
See you all there. . .
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:
 
DECEMBER 24 ~ ROTARY OFFICE CLOSED
 
DECEMBER 25 & JANUARY 1 ~ DARK ~ NO LUNCH MEETINGS
 
JANUARY 8 ~ FIRST LUNCH MEETING IN 2020
 
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.
 
 
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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.
 
 
Adia Barnes ~ Biography
 
Adia Barnes was introduced as Arizona's head women's basketball coach on April 4, 2016. 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.
The “Lucky 13” Tucson Classics Car Show is right around the corner!  In preparation for this year’s show the Executive Car Show Committee and the Car Show Committee have been hard at work organizing all the details to pull off another amazing show full of fun, great cars and comradery for our remarkable club.
 
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 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. 
 
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.
 

Rotary Club of Tucs
on
presents
the 14th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 17, 2020
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Speakers
Tara Jackson & 2 Rotarians
Feb 26, 2020
Arizona Town Hall ~ Creating Vibrant Communities
Craig Ivanyi & Kevin Bonine
Mar 11, 2020
What's Happening at the Desert Museum
Amanda Powers
Mar 18, 2020
FC Tucson
Dr. Terry Hunt
Mar 25, 2020
Easter Island
Jovert - Tucson High Steel Drum Band
Apr 01, 2020
Performance
John Hudak
Apr 08, 2020
Tucson Lifestyles
Angel Charities
Apr 22, 2020
Dave Gallaher
Apr 29, 2020
RCOT Foundation
Meeting - Speaker TBD
May 06, 2020
Dan Ranieri
May 20, 2020
Mariachi Festival
 
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