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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Dr. Don Jorgensen is the founder of Jorgensen Healthcare Associates and owner of Arizona-based Human Factor Consulting. Don is a global speaker and consultant on change leadership, strategic planning and team development. He has established addiction treatment programs and employee assistance programs that have brought recovery to thousands of families. He has been interviewed by media in the US, Canada, Ireland and China, and has authored numerous articles and books on topics like Children of Alcoholics and The Impact of Change. His latest book is Three Worlds, One Voyage: Cruising to Antarctica (and Trying to get Home) during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Don is past president of the international Employee Assistance Professionals Association and Greater Tucson Leadership. He has been honored with the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” from the White House in recognition of his work on behalf of ShelterBox, the global disaster relief organization.
Don is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Marana.  He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a Paul Harris Society member.  Don and his wife Kathy have been married for 42 years and have worked on Rotary humanitarian projects around the globe. He has visited over 40 countries and seven continents. Don is also a cancer survivor, a runner and third-degree black belt.       
Wright Flight, named after the Wright brothers, inspires youngsters to “reach new heights” in their academic and behavioral development.  Founded by Davis-Monthan Air Force officers in 1986, we’ve motivated over 30,000 youngsters to raise their grades in school in order to earn the right to fly a plane.  One TUSD Principal said Wright Flight was the best program he had seen in his 35 years in public schools. Wright Flight teaches what it means to give your word or sign a contract & the responsibility behind that action… and if you work hard, the subsequent rewards.  Teachers often tell us, it is the most motivating program in their school… perhaps innately so, because everyone dreams of flying.  We make those dreams come true. 
The mission of ICS is to provide pathways leading to more stable and self-sufficient lives. Founded upon the idea that diverse community and faith partners would better respond to community needs by working together, it has grown from serving hundreds of people in 1985 to over 60,000 people annually. ICS seeks funding to build and open an ICS Southside Office Workforce Development Center to help address unemployment, underemployment, and poverty specifically in the Southside.  ICS Workforce Development Centers provide individuals with support on their path to develop the skills and confidence needed to secure a job and stay employed. ICS also offers Bridges Financial Management and Getting Ahead programs that teach financial literacy skills and provide resources to help clients navigate out of poverty.   
The ECHO (Educational Community Home Outreach) Program at Keeling Elementary will provide a community school-based approach to achieve student and community transformation by tackling academic and non-academic barriers through before and after school programs, new learning opportunities for students and their families, and health and wellness support. Keeling is in one of the most in-need zip codes in Arizona (85705), resulting in low attendance and student success. Exciting after school programs will entice students to attend classes, and nearly 900 children, plus caregivers, will benefit from the program. Keeling will see increased attendance, test scores, and overall well-being; and increased financial literacy, better job prospects, and greater community connection for caregivers.
Turning away a woman who has no safe place to sleep is one of the heartbreaks we experience at Sister José Women’s Center. Our overnight shelter can only accommodate 42 women, which is not enough to meet the increasing demand in our community. We hope to expand our overnight shelter by 15 beds for women and their pets with nowhere to turn. Here, they will enjoy a hot meal, a safe space to sleep, and supportive services that help women overcome barriers so that they may secure permanent housing. This will add 5460 safe overnights annually. We have received partial funding for this project. Sister José’s has been providing compassionate care to unhoused women fleeing poverty, lack of affordable housing, and domestic violence since 2009. Please join us in leaving no woman out in the cold.  
Remember: Since Wednesday, 9/13/23 is the second week of the month, there will be no lunch meeting at the TCC.  As you know, the Gem & Mineral Tour will be taking place, organized by Bruce Jacobs. Parking is available in the underground parking facility at 165 W Alameda and the elevator takes you up to Presidio Park, which is on the back side of the courthouse. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Seniors.) Plan to meet in the courtyard of the courthouse at 11:30.  No need to RSVP for the tour.
At our next meeting 9/20/23 we are looking forward to the presentations from four local charities who will be vying for a percentage of the net proceeds from the 2024 Tucson Classics Car Show. The Grants Committee has selected: Wright Flight, Interfaith Community Services, Amphi Foundation, and Sister Jose Women’s Center. Mark your calendars to attend this important lunch meeting to participate in the vote.
By now, most of us have heard of “5G” as the next generation of wireless technology. Some of us already have “5G” icons on our cell phones and perhaps have limited access to this new service. But what is the current state of the global 5G rollout and perhaps more importantly, what will be possible in light of this next generation of connectivity eventually being deployed ubiquitously? What is the full promise of 5G?
FreeFall 5G, a Tucson founded early-stage venture backed disruptive antenna technology company, is poised to help unlock new value and deliver on the potential for the ‘real-time’ data sharing economy to be fully realized. With ever-increasing data utilization and data dominance emerging as a major overarching theme of the global economy over the next decade, you will gain an introduction and insights into the locally developed fully patented, FCC Certified FreeStar5G mmWave Advanced Antenna Platform. Additionally, what does someone do when presenting before an excelling group of leaders? Challenge them to lead better with The Leadership Difference! 😊
Fifty years ago, Dian Fossey who devoted her life to the study and protection of the Virunga mountain gorillas, predicted that the species would be extinct before the end of the 20th century. Sadly, Fossey did not live to see that her own sacrifices and the work of many that followed in her footsteps insured that her dire prediction did not come true. Today, well into the 21st century, the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and neighboring countries are thriving as one of the best protected and studied ape species. While this is a remarkable and rightly celebrated “conservation success story”, our presentation will focus, from a first-person perspective, on the “untold stories”—ones that are not customarily revealed in scientific reports. Yet these stories help us fully appreciate why Fossey and the many others inspired by her have devoted their lives to saving mountain gorillas: They add to our deeper understanding of the gorilla’s mind and behavior, the nature of the human-gorilla relationship, and provide a full appreciation of the heroic efforts of so many and oft unrecognized gorilla protectors.


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Rotary Club of Tucs
the 17th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 21, 2023
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
RCOT Celebrates
100 Years
Don Jorgensen - District Governor
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District 5500 Update
Lee Olitzky, Car Show Chair
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2023 Car Show
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Dr. Gabe Trujillo
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Julia Potter
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President Robert Robbins
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Car Show Results/Car Reveal
Elijah Ndoye
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The Forgotten Children
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