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.

 
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Mayor Jonathan Rothschild came to City Hall promising accountability in government, increased emphasis on economic growth and help for those most in need.
 
Since taking office, the mayor has helped settle the long-standing Rio Nuevo dispute, opening a new era of downtown redevelopment. He codified and increased incentives for Tucson businesses. And, he led efforts to invest in Tucson’s roads and police and fire departments, making for better streets and a safer city.
 
Mayor Rothschild’s work in Mexico has been recognized in both Washington, DC and Mexico City. He is a leading advocate for developing infrastructure in Sonora and Arizona that will create an economic region where both states are prosperous and secure.
 
During his first year in office, the mayor focused on revamping the Planning and Development Services Department, reducing wait and processing times for building permits, and consolidating inspections.
 
Mayor Rothschild’s many initiatives provide examples of how he works to engage the community in creating a better Tucson.
Mayor Rothschild is a native Tucsonan. His grandmother moved to Tucson in 1942 and opened a used furniture store, Valley Fair, on South 6th Avenue.
 
He is a graduate of Canyon del Oro High School, Kenyon College and the University of New Mexico Law School. After serving as a law clerk for District Court Judge Alfredo C. Marquez, he went on to a 30-year career practicing law with the firm of Mesch, Clark and Rothschild. He served as managing partner for the firm and concentrated his practice in the areas of business law and estate planning.
 
The mayor has a long history of service with many nonprofits in the community and served as Board President for Casa de los Niños, Handmaker Services for the Aging and Temple Emanu-el. He is married, with three children and two grandchildren.
Biography ~ Chuck Sawyer, RCOT President - 2018/19
 
Born in 1958, Chuck first came to Tucson as a child in the early 60’s with his Air Force family living on base at Davis Monthan.  After five moves, including a memorable year in the Philippines, the family returned to Tucson in 1974 and Chuck graduated from Catalina High School in 1976.
 
He went to the University of Oregon graduating with a double major in marketing and international studies. From there, Chuck went to the Thunderbird School of International Management in Phoenix, with a primary focus on finance and Spanish and earned a master’s in international management.  Thunderbird is where Chuck met his wife Kathy who was also a student there. They will be married for 34 years this December.
 
For the next 20 years, Chuck and Kathy focused on corporate careers in New York City, Chicago and Kansas City.  Chuck worked for Fortune 100 companies such as Colgate Palmolive, R.R. Donnelley and Hallmark, as well as a few start-up companies; Computerized Marketing Technologies and internet start-up CoolSavings.  His focus was in marketing, sales and business development.  Kathy worked for Eastman Kodak in sales and marketing and currently works for Watermark Retirement Communities at the Hacienda at the River in Tucson.
 
In 2004, Kathy and Chuck were able to move back to Tucson and open their own business, Cartridge World Tucson, an environmentally-focused international franchise started in Australia.  The business focuses on helping customers save money on printer imaging and printer cartridge needs.  The firm has a total of six retail outlets in the Tucson area, with their main retail store located in the Midstar Plaza at Broadway and Swan.
 
Chuck and Kathy are blessed to have three great kids: Kristen, Bennett and Hannah.  Kristen, the eldest, is a world traveler and writer employed by National Geographic as a group expedition leader for high school and college students.  In the next six months she will travel to the Fiji Islands, Costa Rica, Brazil, South Africa and India.  Bennett lives in Chicago and works in client management for the financial firm, Standard & Poors.  Hannah, the youngest, just graduated from college and is working in San Francisco, getting ready to take a post-graduation trip to Europe in August.  The Sawyers also have a well-loved family pet, Scout, a Bernese Mountain dog. She is responsible for keeping this wayward pack in line.
President Cliff is "passing the gavel" to our 2018-19 President, Chuck Sawyer, on Saturday, July 7th at La Mariposa from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  La Mariposa is located at 1501 N. Houghton Road.  So come on out and celebrate with Cliff and Chuck.  Go to www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to Upcoming Events and register ~ $50/per person.  Dress is Beach Casual attire.  REMEMBER:  No Lunch Meeting on 7/4/18.  This social is not a replacement mixer so no make up is required.  Any questions please contact the Rotary office - 520-623-2281.
The impact of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia can be overwhelming, but no one needs to go through this journey alone. Learn about the variety of free programs, services, and resources available to help you cope with all aspects of the disease and its progression.
 
Morgen Hartford ~ Biography
 
Morgen Hartford, MSW is the Southern Arizona Regional Director for the Alzheimer's Association Desert Southwest Chapter, overseeing a team that provides dementia education throughout Southern Arizona and works one on one with families facing Alzheimer’s disease. They coordinate more than 25 different support groups across seven counties and implement unique programs for care partners and people with dementia.
 
 
The YMCA celebrated its 174th birthday last week. But as well-known and as venerable an institution as the Y has become, it is not just the “swim and gym” many remember growing up.  Its original mission of service for all remains as fundamental as ever, but the Y has become a vibrant organization deeply engaged in meeting the needs of the communities it serves.  As a cause-driven organization, the Y has three areas of focus:  Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.  Through Youth Development the Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through holistic programming.
This presentation will describe a child’s concept of death based on his/her age and development stage.  It will also highlight the different ways in which children grieve and how to support a grieving child.   It will conclude with a brief overview of the different programs offered by Tu Nidito and how to refer a child and his/her family.
 
Our 5th Wednesday Replacement/Social Mixer on May 30th will be held at Chuy's Mesquite Broiler, located at 4695 N. Oracle Rd., #109.  Start time is 5:30 p.m. til 7:30 p.m.  All must sign up on our website,  www.tucsonrotary.org, scroll down the left side of the home page to "Upcoming Events" and click on Replacement/Social Mixer.  Make sure you register yourself and your guests ($20 per guest).  Deadline to register is 5/25/18.  Remember, this is a replacement mixer so there is no lunch meeting on Wednesday, May 30th.  Let's have some fun... Cheers everyone!
 
If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office, 520-623-2281.  The office will be closed on Monday, 5/28/18 for Memorial Day. 
For too many students, higher education feels financially out of reach. Outstanding student loan debt in the United States in 2017 was around $1.42 trillion and the average student loan balance for 2016 graduates was $37,172, up 6% from 2015.  Especially when combined with a lack of a degree, student loan debt impedes economic mobility for a lifetime. An innovative, new approach to financial aid distribution is needed, not just to increase the post-secondary education completion rate of students, but to provide access to higher education to individuals from diverse economic backgrounds. Earn to Learn is a promising solution that is addressing many of the issues facing low- to moderate- income students and families in Arizona. Combining student savings with scholarships, financial education, and success coaching, Earn to Learn helps LMI students obtain a college degree and graduate ready to enter the workforce with little to no student loan debt.  
 
Meet David Ivers, Arizona Theatre Company's Artistic Director. David will talk about what the ‘new’ ATC is doing,  its future and how ATC is investing in the communities we serve so stories on the stages resonate and reflect our citizenry, the people we serve.  He will talk about the new 2018/2019 season, Scene in America and how all of the productions will incorporate innovative and educational community outreach programs here in Southern Arizona and across the State.
 
The Internet is without a doubt one of the best resources available to us. Unfortunately it's also extremely dangerous if you aren't aware of who and what lurks behind the scenes. Everyone should know how to be safe when surfing the web, installing apps on devices and just plugging in a new appliance.  Michael Peller will break down some of the simpler things that you can do without being a technology geek.  Some of these tips, you undoubtedly may have heard, but many may be new to you.
 
Wright Flight:
The mission of this charity is to motivate and inspire students to achieve higher goals in the academic and personal behavior with the opportunity to learn to fly an airplane. This program introduces students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career fields.  More than 30,000 children in Tucson have been served since its inception and 1,000 children per year now participate in this program which they would like to expand.  A $20K grant would allow 200-300 students to participate in the program.  They expect to sell 500 car show tickets and provide at least 14 volunteers the day of show. 
 
Rotary Club of Tucson has sponsored the Amphitheater Interact Club and Rotaract Club of the University of Arizona for the past five years.  We have provided financial support as well as advisors to both clubs.  We share sponsorship for the UofA Rotaract Club with Sunrise Rotary.
 
Home Hospitality Week will replace our regular weekly lunch meeting on April 18, 2018.  We want to thank all the members who have volunteered to host an event.  Home Hospitality is a great way for members to socialize outside of our weekly meeting in a relaxed setting.  The deadline to sign up has already passed, but if you missed it, call the office.  We'll see if the event you would like to attend still has availability.  Remember, this is a replacement for our meeting, so if you are not attending a Home Hospitality, you may want to do a Make Up.  Have fun everybody and have a terrific week!!!   
Biography ~ Maricela Solis de Kester
 
Maricela is the Director of Operations & Government Relations of World View, an Arizona based spaceflight company that operates in two primary business segments: Stratollite uncrewed flight systems Stratollites, offer low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight for enterprise and government agencies.  As Director of operations and government relations, Maricela oversees all hiring, IT and government relations.
   
 
The Pima County Fairgrounds is currently managed, operated and maintained by the Southwestern Fair Commission, Inc. (SWFC), a private non-profit corporation, and has done so since 1975.  In addition to its oversight of the Fairgrounds, SWFC is responsible for producing the annual Pima County Fair, traditionally held in April each year.  Fair attendance has doubled in size in the past 10 years from approximately 150,000 to almost 350,000 attendees in 2017. 
  
 
To the UA and the Tucson Community,
 
Thank you all for such a warm welcome. I am thrilled to be here at the University of Arizona. From the open house at Old Main on my first day, to lunch with students in the Union, and a stop at UAHS to wish our medical school transition students good luck on their finals, this is just the beginning. 
Jenny will speak about the importance of early reading experiences to set children up for success in learning. She will discuss the science of brain development and how the early childhood years are connected to a child’s future academic outcomes and success.  Jenny will draw on recent research to illuminate the educational landscape and highlight how effective language and literacy experiences and interventions in the early years help to build the architecture of a child’s brain and can ultimately work to help close the achievement/opportunity gap.
 
 
Dr. Paul Bendheim is a board-certified neurologist and a Clinical Professor of Neurology with the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Phoenix.  Dr. Bendheim graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is affiliated with Saint Joseph Hospital and Medical Center.  Over the years of his career in neurology, he has diagnosed many people with Alzheimer's and other dementias and became increasingly interested in studying and determining how he could help others to improve and maintain their brain function. 
 
 
This program will provide an in depth look at the current facilities at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base that are serving the community of Armed Forces youth and their families who have Base access.  This review will include an overview of the existing and somewhat antiquated 1960 vintage building that serves as the main youth facility on the Base. 
 
Maestro Gomez will speak about his new life in Tucson as he approaches the finale of his inaugural season. He will focus on why a strong symphony is important to Tucson and how the orchestra plays an integral role in the education of our young people.  In addition, he will share some highlights of the TSO’s upcoming 90th season and our developing relationship with Mexico.
 
Judy McDermott ~ Biography
 
Judy McDermott is a veteran of professional golf management. She is the executive director of the Tucson Conquistadores Inc., the nonprofit civic group known for supporting youth athletes and athletic programs through professional golf.
 
Team penning isn’t just a rodeo event. This year, it’s a literary event at the Tucson Festival of Books featuring co-authors Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd. They’ll give us the low down on what it was like to write and publish their newest book, “Cowboy Up! Life Lessons from Lazy B.”
 
REMINDER:  There will be NO LUNCH MEETING ON FEBRUARY 7th due to the Gem Show.  This is a DARK day, so no need to do a make up.  Our next scheduled lunch meeting will be on 2/14/18 at the DoubleTree.  Please contact the Rotary office if you have any questions.
 
Thank you.
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on WEDNESDAY, 1/31/18 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 1/31/18 lunch meeting and all must register.  Go to our home page at www.tucsonrotary.org, scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events.  Guest fee is $25.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, 1/29/18 by 3:00 p.m.
Colonel Scott C. Campbell is the Commander of the 355th Fighter 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 more than 7,500 Airmen, 3,000 civilians, and more than 100 aircraft. He is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping a wing comprised of 20 squadrons, two of which are fighter squadrons. The wing provides A-10C aircraft for close air support and forward air control, combat support, and medical forces for combatant commander requirements worldwide. The 355th Fighter 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.
 
 
 

Rotary Club of Tucs
on
presents
the 12th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 20, 2018
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
 
 
Speakers
John Lashley
Jul 25, 2018
Tucson Speedway
Bill Mundell
Aug 01, 2018
Arizona Corporation Commission
Replacement/Social Mixer - Topgolf
Aug 08, 2018
No Lunch Meeting
Allen Fore, Kinder Morgen
Aug 15, 2018
Energy Infrastructure
Elizabeth Sparks, Executive Director
Aug 22, 2018
Tucson Village Farm
Dr. Timothy Dosemagen
Aug 29, 2018
China & North Korea: Unique 21st Century Challenges
Ali Farhang, Chairman
Sep 05, 2018
Arizona Bowl
Kirk Reed, District Governor
Sep 12, 2018
District 5500
Bob Hoffman, President
Sep 19, 2018
Tucson Roadrunners
Jim Lubinski/Charlotte Harris
Sep 26, 2018
Rotary Foundations
Bruce Jacobs, Car Show Chair
Oct 03, 2018
Car Show SLT/TLT
Mark Hart
Oct 10, 2018
Arizona Game & Fish
Nancy Kluge
Oct 17, 2018
Tucson Zoo
Replacement/Social Mixer
Oct 31, 2018
No Lunch Meeting
 
 
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Rotary world gathers in Atlanta to celebrate 100 years

2017 Rotary Convention offers five days of inspiring speakers, exciting events, and opportunities to connect with club members from around the world