Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
May 19th Meeting At Hacienda del Sol
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol
Tucson, AZ  85718 (USA)
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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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Juan Ciscomani ~ Biography

Juan Ciscomani serves as Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, where he oversees the operations of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office and the work in Northern Arizona. He also serves at the Vice Chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, leads the governor’s efforts internationally, and is the governor’s liaison with all foreign diplomatic offices in Arizona. Married to Laura, they have Zoe, Juan IV, Kenneth, Lily, Lucas and Gloria as their proudest accomplishments.

Robert Stieve ~ Biography

Robert Stieve is the editor of Arizona Highways magazine. He’s been serving in that role since April 2007. Prior to his arrival at Arizona Highways, he served as editor of PHOENIX magazine for eight years, and another three years as managing editor. He’s worked for several newspapers and radio stations around the country, and was a speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work at Arizona Highways, he’s an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, and he serves as a board member of the Cronkite School. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Cronkite School and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marshall University.

(This Program will be presented via Zoom)

Veteran Arizona gymnastics assistant coach, John Court recently completed his second season as the program's head coach in 2020.  He earned the full-time of head coach in March of 2018 after earlier  named the interim head coach in August of 2017.  Previously, Court was on the Wildcats staff for 19 seasons under previous head coach Bill Ryden and Tabitha Yim. 
Before coaching at Arizona, Court spent five years at the University of Vermont, his last three years 1995-98 serving as head coach.  During those years, he was named ECAC Coach of the Year twice.  Prior to Vermont, Court spent two years as an assistant coach at Brown University under his mother and legendary gymnastics coach Jackie Court, who coached for 33 years.  Court is a 1993 graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in marketing.  He received his master's degree in public/athletic administration from the University of Vermont in 1995.
Doug Hockstad ~ Biography
Doug Hockstad is the Assistant Vice President of the University of Arizona’s technology commercialization organization, Tech Launch Arizona. Doug joined UArizona in 2013, initially directing the IP and licensing function, with more than 25 years’ experience in high tech markets. His career began in the software market, including both established companies and startups, and moved on to tech transfer at the University of Michigan, last serving as Associate Director of Software & Engineering Licensing focusing on software and copyright IP. Doug also served on the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Board of Directors, helping to set the strategic direction of the AUTM organization.
Our Home Hospitality events are this week, April 18th through the 24th.  These social events will replace our Wednesday, April 21st lunch meeting.  We want to thank all the members who have graciously volunteered to open up their homes and host an event.  This is a wonderful way to relax, meet fellow Rotarians outside of the lunch meeting and have some fun.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please call the Rotary office - 623-2281.  Again, these events take the place of our lunch meeting on April 21st.  Our next regular lunch meeting will be held on Wednesday, 4/28/21 at Westward Look.  Please make sure to register on the Website under Upcoming Events.
Stephen Paul's program will be illustrating the history and the malting whiskey making process of Whiskey Del Bac, by Hamilton Distillers.
Stephen‌ ‌Paul‌ ~ Bio‌graphy ‌
Stephen‌ ‌Paul‌ ‌grew‌ ‌up‌ ‌traipsing‌ ‌around‌ ‌the‌ ‌Sonoran‌ ‌Desert.‌  ‌After‌ ‌a‌ ‌degree‌ ‌in‌ ‌Education‌ ‌and‌ ‌teaching‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌education‌ ‌for‌ ‌eight‌ ‌years,‌ ‌he‌ ‌attended‌ ‌two‌ ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌architecture‌ ‌school‌ ‌and‌ ‌restored‌ ‌multiple‌ ‌adobe‌ ‌homes‌ ‌in‌ ‌Tucson’s‌ ‌Barrio‌ ‌Viejo.‌ ‌He‌ ‌founded‌ ‌and‌ ‌ran‌ ‌Arroyo‌ ‌Design‌ ‌for‌ ‌30‌ ‌years‌ ‌with‌ ‌his‌ ‌wife‌ ‌Elaine.‌  ‌Arroyo‌ ‌Design‌ ‌was‌ ‌a‌ ‌nationally‌ ‌recognized‌ ‌and‌ ‌much-published‌ ‌furniture‌ ‌design‌ ‌and‌ ‌manufacturing‌ ‌company‌ ‌that‌ ‌specialized‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌visually‌ ‌beautiful‌ ‌but‌ ‌challenging‌ ‌mesquite‌ ‌wood‌ ‌native‌ ‌to‌ ‌Paul’s‌ ‌Sonoran‌ ‌Desert.‌   ‌In‌ ‌2011‌ ‌he‌ ‌and‌ ‌his‌ ‌daughter‌ ‌Amanda‌ ‌founded‌ ‌Hamilton‌ ‌Distillers,‌ ‌makers‌ ‌of‌ ‌Whiskey‌ ‌Del‌ ‌Bac,‌ ‌based‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌premise‌ ‌of‌ ‌making‌ ‌a‌ ‌truly‌ ‌Southwestern‌ ‌American‌ ‌Single-Malt‌ ‌Whiskey,‌ ‌using‌ ‌a‌ ‌mesquite‌ ‌fire‌ ‌to‌ ‌dry‌ ‌malt‌ ‌instead‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌peat‌ ‌fire.‌ ‌
Strengthening the Bonds between People, Place and Purpose in a Time of Social Distancing.
To date, SAACA - the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance - has created over 200,000 arts-driven experiences, from innovative community festivals and cultural celebrations to creative sector development, and accessible arts enrichment programs. Matt will share an introduction to their community collaborations and programming; a look at how COVID-19 has impacted their programs and the arts and culture sector at large; creative adaptations taking place; and what we are seeing as the future of adaptation for artists, creatives, musicians, and makers.
Matt Rolland ~ Biography
In addition to being a touring musician and recording artist, Matt Rolland of Tucson, Arizona, is the Director of Programs at SAACA (Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance) and serves on the Board of the Tucson Folk Festival. As Director of Programs, Matt oversees SAACA’s community programs and outreach, ranging from chalk art festivals, mural commissions, to concert series and culinary festivals, and also manages their new 14,000 square feet collaborative arts space CATALYST Arts & Maker Space at Tucson Mall which opened in December 2019.
Cliff Bowman is the Chair for the 14th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show.  Cliff will wrap-up 2020's Car Show by recognizing our generous sponsors and recapping the Show's results including ticket sales and virtual auction results.  We will also hear presentations from Make Way for Books and Pima JTED, and then the club will present our charities with the proceeds from the Car Show!
Biography – Cliff Bowman
Cliff Bowman is the Chair of the 14th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show.  Cliff is the Lead A-10 Pilot Instructor for AviX, Inc., instructing Davis-Monthan A-10 attack pilots in formal classroom and simulator environments.  Cliff served on active duty in the Air Force for 20 years and has over 3,000 flying hours in the A-10 Warthog including over 500 combat hours.  Cliff has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson since 2008 and is a Past President, 2017-2018.  Cliff is a graduate of the University of Arizona, and, although he did not attend Salpointe, Cliff serves on Salpointe's Athletic Committee.  More importantly, Cliff's wife, Kathleen, and their four children are all Salpointe graduates.
Tucson's designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy is based not only on our 4,000 years of agriculture, or on our great restaurant food, but also on our community cooperation to support local farmers and teach kids and adults to grow some of their own food.
Carolyn Niethammer ~ Biography
Carolyn Niethammer learned to love and understand the West growing up in a small-town Northern Arizona. She has spent her life writing about the foods and people of the Southwest in award-winning ethnobotanies, cookbooks, and biographies. She leads Tucson gastronomy tours covering everything from edible wild plants to the latest farm-to-table restaurant offerings with heritage ingredients. Her latest book, "A Desert Feast, Celebrating Tucson's Culinary Heritage" is an answer to why Tucson was named A UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
Rotary Club of Tucson is celebrating its Centennial (1921-2021) and at our March 17th meeting, an overview will be provided of the events and happenings from our Centennial Committee.  Here is the schedule of presentations for the meeting:
Jim Lubinski – Overview of where we started, where we are and where we are going
Jon Wang – Brief Discussion of Club History
Rick Rose – Centennial Video Preview
Lee Olitzky – Centennial Event
Michele Hatch – Auction, Description and Solicitations
Joni Condit – Car Show, Car Reveal and Raffle
Jim Lubinski, the Centennial Chair joined our Club in 2003.  He served as Club President in 2012-2013.  Jim was the Foundation President 2016-2018 and is currently our Centennial Chair.  He is VP-CFO at Bookmans.
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is the evening of March 10th.  Back by popular demand, this mixer will be held at Proof on the patio (St. Philip's Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Avenue from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 48 people.  We will follow all the safety guidelines (masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, and signed waivers will be needed from all those attending who have not previously submitted).  Guests are invited, the fee is $20 and will be billed to your account.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on March 10th.
Dean Jones will discuss the effects of the pandemic on higher education.
John Paul Jones III
Don Bennett Moon Dean
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona
John Paul “JP” Jones III (Ph.D. Ohio State University) is a Professor of Geography and Development and the Don Bennett Moon Dean of the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). SBS is known as the UA’s “People College” in recognition of the over 500 faculty who study human technologies, histories, institutions, ideas, cultures, literatures, and personal and social relationships. SBS is intellectually diverse: among its faculty are poets and philosophers, as well as computer scientists and dendrochronologists.

Sheriff Chris Nanos ~ Biography

As the chief law enforcement officer in Pima County my duties are delineated pursuant to A.R.S. § 11-441, I am responsible for preserving the peace in all the unincorporated areas of the county; responsible for the custody of the county jail and care of prisoners; serving the superior court orders and warrants throughout the county; the collection of delinquent taxes; and the conducting or coordinating within the county of search and rescue operations involving the life or health of any person. I am responsible for coordinating county law enforcement efforts with those cities and towns located within the county boundaries. The office of sheriff upholds all laws written in the United States Constitution. I am responsible for a multi-million-dollar budget and my department is comprised of nearly 1500 highly qualified, trained, and committed employees complemented by over 400 volunteers who provide support throughout the organization.

(This lunch meeting will be in the Casa Luna Room indoors and the speaker will be presenting by Zoom)
Biography ~ Emily Anne Gullickson

Emily Anne is the Founder and CEO of A for Arizona, bringing a unique background of executive, advocacy, legal, and teaching experience to the organization.

Prior to launching A for Arizona as a standalone 501(c)(3), Emily Anne served as the Chief Executive Officer at the Arizona Chamber Foundation and Executive Director of the A for Arizona initiative. Emily Anne played a leading role in growing the two-person research shop into a thriving foundation with three major initiatives including A for Arizona, Chamber Business News, and the Arizona Industry Fellows. Under her direction, the Foundation published critical policy briefs and research on topics dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in Arizona such as K-12 education reform, water and the Drought Contingency Plan, and trade with a focus on the USMCA and its impact on Arizona. At A for Arizona, Emily Anne designed, implemented, and facilitated first-of-their-kind initiatives and solutions to rapidly increase the number of low-income students attending Arizona’s top-performing public schools.

Our first Replacement/Social Mixer of 2021 is the evening of February 10th.  This mixer is at El Charro Ventana on the patio, 6910 E. Sunrise (Sunrise/Kolb) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 48 people.  We will follow all the safety guidelines (masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, and signed waivers will be needed from all those attending who have not previously submitted).  Registration has been closed for this event but if you would like to attend, please contact the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on February 10th.
(This lunch meeting will be in the Casa Luna Room indoors and the speaker will be presenting by Zoom)
Chuck Bassett will explore the political overtones at the state legislature, which is now two weeks into its legislative session, with a focus on health care policy. Also, he will briefly examine the dynamics of health care policy in Washington D.C.
Steve Christy ~ Biography
(This lunch meeting will be held outside in the inner courtyard at Hacienda del Sol, please dress accordingly)
Now in his fifth year of service as District 4 Supervisor, Steve Christy is a lifelong Tucsonan who attended local schools and is a 1976 graduate of American University in Washington DC with a degree in Political Science. He started working in the family business, Galloway Motors, in 1973 as a service lot-boy and worked his way up through all dealership departments before becoming president and general manager in 1985. In 1997, he bought total ownership of the dealership, and in 2001 relocated and renamed it Steve Christy Chrysler-Jeep. He sold the dealership in 2007. Christy served twice as president of the Tucson New Car Dealers Association, president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association, chair of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Rotary Club of Tucson, The Breakfast Club of Tucson, and a life member of Tucson Conquistadors.
Rob LaMaster ~ Biography
Rob LaMaster has been the Southern Arizona Director for Make-A-Wish Arizona since 2013 and has over 29 years in non-profit and association management and fundraising. He also holds the designation as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). 
An Oro Valley resident, Rob was also a member of the Town of Oro Valley (AZ) Economic Development Think Tank, and the Oro Valley Planning & Zoning Commission and served one term as a Board member of the Northwest Fire District. He is also a member of the Tucson Rotary Club.

Diane Ventura Goodyear ~ Biography (This Meeting Will Be Filmed In Studio and Posted on the YouTube Channel)


Diane Ventura Goodyear was inducted into the Saguaro Rotary Club of Tucson in 2008. As club president, she presided over the merger of two of the oldest Tucson Rotary Clubs, Old Pueblo and Saguaro. That year the club earned a Presidential Citation. She is also a member of the Paul Harris Society.

At the District level, she has worn many hats: she built the first District ClubRunner website; served as an Assistant Governor for Region 9, and was selected to attend the Zone Institute as an Emerging Leader. Diane has been the Newsletter editor; PI Chair; an instructor at PETS and Assembly; and is both an RLI and RLA alumna. In 2017, Diane traveled to Uganda as part of a Vocational Training Team (VTT) focused on “Empowering Women” and currently serves on The Rotary Vocational Fund of AZ (TRVFA) Board and the Ride to End Polio Committee.

The Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation was established in 1975 to provide a means of receiving and disbursing charitable contributions from members, other Rotary Clubs and the general public.  The Foundation is established as a 501(c)3.  It was noted in a 2017 report that since its inception, the RCOT Foundation has distributed over $5.2 million to various charities.  Over the last 10 years approximately $2,050,000 was distributed to 100 charitable organizations. This is in addition to all of the funds raised and distributed for scholarships to the U of A and Pima Community College and various international projects.
The following is the upcoming Rotary schedule:
December 30 - Dark Day (No Lunch Meeting)
January 1 - Rotary Office Closed
January 6 - Lunch Meeting at Hacienda del Sol - open for registration (Please note this meeting may be cancelled due to COVID-19.  We will keep you posted.)
President Jen and the Rotary Staff would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday season!
Happy Holidays Rotarians!
I just want to say thank you to everyone for the tremendous support you have given me for the first half of my Presidency of the Rotary Club of Tucson. It has truly been an honor and I am looking forward to the second half of my year in leadership to our club. 2020 has brought a lot of challenges and I think it speaks volumes about how we as Rotarians have stepped up to meet them. 
With that being said, it is with a heavy heart that I am cancelling the Holiday Mixer. With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases coupled with the announcement from the Pima County Health Department that our hospitals are running close to capacity, it is the responsible thing to do. I know how disappointing this is for all of us, but it boils down to The Rotarian’s 4-Way test. 
Hopefully with the pending distribution of the vaccine, 2021 will bring more opportunities for all of us to get together to celebrate, enjoy our friendships, and provide the generous spirit of Service Above Self.
Happy Holidays to you all! 
President Jen
(This lunch meeting will be held outside in the inner courtyard at Hacienda del Sol, please dress accordingly, wear sunglasses and don't forget your crazy hat for the contest.)
Khris and Rylande Dodge will be playing holiday favorites and other timeless classics, and probably a little bit of jazz as well. Music requests and tips are highly encouraged.  All tips collected for the luncheon mixer will be donated to Scholarships.
Khris Dodge ~ Biography
A well-established musician currently residing in Arizona who plays every genre from country to classical, Khris Dodge brings 25+ years’ experience and a commitment to quality to his eponymous production company.
(This lunch meeting will be held outside in the inner courtyard at Hacienda del Sol, please dress accordingly and wear sunglasses.)
In just a few short years, the Tucson Jazz Festival has gone from an idea to a reality.  I’ll explain who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going.  I might even have a couple of day passes to give out, raffle out or use a quiz prize.
Elliot Glicksman ~ Biography
Elliot has practiced law here for over 41 years. He’s been involved in public service throughout his career.  He was the first Chairman of the Tucson Citizen Police Advisory Committee in 1980.  He has been the recipient of the Arizona AJC Learned Hand Award for Community Service, the Steven M. Gootter Foundation Award for Philanthropy, and the Cystic Fibrosis Breath of Life Award for Community Service.  Elliot was also previously recognized as one of the top pro bono attorneys in Arizona. He has  served on the board of directors and later became President of the Arizona Association for Justice, formerly the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, and  the President of Homicide Survivors, Inc, a support and advocacy group for families that have experienced unimaginable grief.   For the past 39 years, he’s also done stand up comedy as half of the comedy team, Bob & Bob,  a member of the Sweatlodge with Dave Fitzsimmons, Fish Karma and others, as part of the Arroyo Café Players and as a solo act. 
Elliot was one of the founders of the HSL Tucson Jazz Festival, and he’s here today to discuss the festival 
Tucson is unique in Southwestern history in that it was not a cattle town, nor a mining boom town. Our leading citizens in territorial days included Jewish merchants, a nationally known best selling author, a future New York City mayor, and an untiring champion of poor tubercular patients. On the other hand we had our share of gamblers, dance hall girls, and stage robbers. Here you will find a collection of thumbnail sketches, half-legends, and some stories that might even be true.
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Rotary Club of Tucs
the 15th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 16, 2021
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Juan Ciscomani
May 19, 2021
Office of AZ Gov. Doug Ducey (Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
Khris Dodge
Jun 02, 2021
Tucson Pops (Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
David Turpie
Jun 09, 2021
Arizona Historical Society (Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
Brad Gentner
Jun 23, 2021
Gentner Consulting Group (Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
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