Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
Meetings are held at Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85701 (USA)
520-623-2281
 
 

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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Oksana was a “military brat”. Her father was a career border security officer for the Soviet Union, then the country of Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet. Her father is from Ukraine and her mother was Russian. Oksana was born in Kazakhstan and lived in many countries all around the perimeter of the Soviet Union, as her father was transferred. She came to the US in 2002 and had her son Edward in 2004. She has a degree in teaching from the University of Kharkiv. She became a US Citizen in 2013.
 
Mike has been a member of our club since 2001 and is a Real Estate Investor owning apartments that he self manages. He is also a semi-retired Commercial Real Estate Investment Broker and his company is named The Schulte Company. He has 2 children besides Edward and 5 grandchildren.
 
Mike contacted Oksana through Match.com 7 years ago and they married a year later. Mike’s first contact did not materialize in a date, so Mike tried again a couple of months later and then traveled to Chandler to see her every weekend. They have lived happily ever after. 
   
They are both avid hikers trying to get on the trails once a week while here in Tucson. They travel every summer for a couple of months and walk the cities of Europe 4 to 14 kilometers per day.
 
Bruce asked them to speak about their trip to Poland in March of this year to retrieve Oksana's Father from the bombing in Kkarkiv and bringing him to their home.
IMAGINE: Imagine a Rotary World without women. It was not that long ago that Rotary was a male only organization until the Rotary Club of Duarte California took the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court in 1987. Sylvia Whitlock became the first woman to be the President of a Rotary Club after that ruling.
 
In July of 2022, Jennifer Jones became the first woman to become the President of Rotary International and she has inspired its members. Her theme for Rotary this year is IMAGINE. She has four main goals for the year, but the #1 Priority is member care and comfort. How can Rotary and each Club enhance the experience that members have? What ways can we make our Clubs feel more welcoming, to lift people up and to offer new opportunities? We need to continue to focus on diversity and celebrate our differences. Find out what our members want and then deliver on those needs. Imagining our future, our dreams, our goals are all fine but, without action they are meaningless. We need to set big goals and then achieve them.
 
Besides enhancing the members experience and engagement is to expand our reach, adapt and to have a greater impact on our communities. This will be done in a variety of ways, and one will be to focus on high impact projects around the world and team up with journalists to promote these projects and the work that Rotary does.
 
If you want responsible members, then give members responsibilities and imagine the possibilities from there.
 
Jennifer Jones, RI President ~ Biography
 
Jennifer Jones is the founder and president of Media Street Productions, an award-winning 27-year-old media company in Windsor, Ontario. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland.
 
Jennifer's talents have strengthened Rotary's reach and impact as she has served in roles including vice president, director, Rotary Foundation trustee, and co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today fundraising campaign.
 
Jennifer is a leader in cultivating experiential fundraising opportunities, such as a day of golfing with Rotary polio ambassador Jack Nicklaus in Jupiter, Florida, USA, that raised over $5.25 million for polio eradication. She also led the innovative #RotaryResponds virtual event in May 2020, which raised money for COVID-19 relief projects and showcased how Rotary members were responding to the pandemic around the world.
 
Working alongside political figures, celebrities, and global leaders, Jennifer has raised awareness and hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate disease, support peace, and provide clean water and sanitation. An expert storyteller, she inspires hope and promise and motivates people to take action.
 
She has received the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) and has been recognized with the YMCA Peace Medal and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and she was the first Canadian to receive Wayne State University's Community Peacemaker Award.
 
Jennifer is married to Rotary member Nick Krayacich, a family physician. They share a love for travel, cycling, golf, and relaxing at their family cottage, in addition to adventures such as climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
 
Jennifer and Nick support The Rotary Foundation as members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society.
Chief Kasmar is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He came to the Tucson Police Department in 2000, shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has also attended executive training with Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, Arizona Chiefs of Police, FBINA Leadership Potential Course, and the Southwest Leadership Program through the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. He is certified as a Hostage Negotiator, a Motor Officer, an AZPOST General Instructor, and an Ethics Post Basic Instructor.
 
Chief Kasmar oversees the Department’s four bureaus: Patrol Services, Investigative Services, Administrative Services, and Special Services and Innovation. Prior to being appointed Chief in 2021, he served as Interim Director of the City’s Public Safety Communications Department, where he led efforts to stabilize the department, reducing attrition and increasing staffing while moving from a co-located but separate police and fire 911 call center to a consolidated 911 call center.
 
As a captain in the Tucson Police Department Chief Kasmar served as Deputy Chief, as Chief of Staff, and as the Eastside Patrol Division Commander. As a lieutenant, he served as an Office of Internal Affairs (now Office of Professional Standards) Commander, and as a Westside Patrol Division Commander. As a sergeant and officer, he served in the Street Crime Interdiction Unit, Operations Division South Community Response Team, Operations Division Downtown, Operations Division Midtown, Bicycle Patrol, Operations Division South Solo Motor, and Hostage Crisis Team.
 
Chief Kasmar has presented at various law enforcement conferences, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). His awards include the Police Executive Research Forum Gary P. Hayes Award and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. Chief Kasmar is a member of the Arizona Associations of Chiefs of Police (AACOP), Major City Chiefs Association (MCCA), Police Executive research Forum (PERF), and the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF).
 
As the father of two boys, Chief Kasmar is passionate about engaging youth in the community. He serves on the board of Boys & Girls Club of Tucson and has for the past 6 years. As Chief of Police, he also attends weekly community events, meetings, and speaking engagements.
Renee' Gonzales ~ Biography
 
Chief Executive Officer Reneé Gonzales oversees leadership and strategic planning for all of Long Companies, including Brokerage, Mortgage, Title and Insurance. Gonzales moved up from executive vice president of Core Services, president of Long Title Agency and managing director of Long Mortgage Co.—roles she’ll continue to hold as part of her CEO position. Gonzales heads-up and works closely with the company’s executive leadership team.

 
Greetings my Fellow Rotarians,
 
I wanted to thank you for the honor to serve as your 2022 – 2023 President of The Rotary Club of Tucson. There are so many I would like to thank but need to start with our Centennial President Mark Irvin. What an amazing year our Centennial was. We had a record-breaking amount raised for JTED thanks to Joni Condit and Jim Lubinski as well as all the efforts from our Club members. We made our move back downtown and left our legacy on the corner of 5th and Toole for all to see over our next 100 years. Membership is a perennial goal for Rotary and under President Mark’s term, we knocked the cover off the ball. We increased our diversity, brought in younger members, corporate members and increased our percentage of women to over 30%.
 
Thank you to so many past Presidents for their mentorship. President Mark was a constant support throughout the year. Past Presidents Jen, Bob, Chuck, Jon, and the list goes on. As you will hear on the 13th “it takes a village”. Congratulations and thank you to all my Board members along with Dorinna and Kari and I look forward to us creating memorable experiences for all our members this next year.
 
JULY UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
 
JULY 6th ~ DARK DAY
 
JULY 13th ~ Bruce Jacob’s First Meeting for 2022/23 Rotary Year
 
President Bruce and the Rotary Office want to wish you and your family a very happy and safe Fourth of July!
JUNE/JULY UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
 
JUNE 29th ~ DARK DAY
 
JULY 6th ~ DARK DAY
 
JULY 13th ~ Bruce Jacob’s First Meeting for 2022/23 Rotary Year
Fellow Rotarians,
 
A NEW TRADITION PERHAPS?  
 
You asked for more social time. Well, get ready as our June 22nd gathering will provide what you requested and more.
 
Everything about this meeting will be different starting with the fact we will have already had the Change of Administration five days before.  So how can we have a COA and follow it with the last meeting?  Why not, especially if the last meeting is not a true meeting?
 
Details?  Both big screens will be set up.  We will be showcasing photo’s all during lunch that were taken during our Centennial Year or during the first six months of 2022 for your enjoyment.  If you have any photos to share, please reach out to Dorinna.
 
We will not be setting up the big stage as everyone will be seated in the audience.   We will however have a small 12” high, 4’ x 4’ stage with a pedestal microphone and a spotlight set up.  More on that later. 

 
Empower Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was started in 2016. Their mission is to improve lives in the greater Tucson community by empowering charitable organizations with resources necessary to carrying out their missions. In just three years, we have raised over $785,000 to benefit local veteran’s organizations.  A group of committed individuals who volunteer their time, talent and treasure to raise money through two signature events:  The Tucson Beefsteak and The Great Tricycle Race.  Jim Story is the founder of the Empower Coalition.
Jack Clements ~ Biography
 
Jack Clements is the President of Arizona Operations for HUB International, one of the world's largest Insurance Brokers.  Jack sold The Clements Agency to HUB in 2020 after building the agency over 20 years with his two sons, Jim and Sean.
 
Jack grew up in Atchison, Kansas, the oldest of seven children.  He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 with a degree in Accounting.  While at Notre Dame, Jack was a member of Ara Parseghian's Football squads for his four years there.
 
Our last Replacement/Social Mixer for the 2021-22 Rotary year is June 1st.  This mixer will be held at Trident III, 250 S. Craycroft (South of Broadway Blvd.) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Guests are invited, the fee is $25 and will be billed to your account.  No host bar.  All must register at the website www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events and click on the mixer.  Don't forget to register your guest(s) and bring your prospects.  This is a great way for them to meet our members.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
 
Let's have some fun and fellowship at Trident Grill III!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on June 1st.
Angel Charity for Children is celebrating 40 years this year.  Karen Farrell and Adrianna Rincon will be presenting a summary of Angel Charity, its mission, its members, how the organization works and why they are considered Tucson’s “Halo for Hire”.   Our 2022 large Beneficiaries are Youth on Their Own (YOTO) and National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).  Our 2022 small Beneficiaries are Boys to Men Tucson, El Rio Health Center Foundation, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Nourish, TMC Foundation, Tucson Girls Chorus and YWCA Southern Arizona. 
 
Dr. Andrew Tang will discuss trauma as the silent modern epidemic and its impact on our Tucson community and society at large. He will discuss what trauma care entails, the various components of a trauma system and the process for a hospital to become a verified trauma center. By the end, his hope is for the audience to understand the invaluable resource that is our Trauma Center, and its rigorous dedication to ensure health and safety to our community.
 
Biography:
 
Andrew L. Tang, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery
Trauma Medical Director, Banner University Medical Center
Vice Chair, Clinical Operations

 
Scott Stiteler is the principal owner of Tucson Urban LLC and several related entities.  He received a BS in Economics from Santa Clara University in 1989 and a MBA from Santa Clara University in 1992.  In 1990 Mr. Stiteler formed Stellar Homes, Inc. to build urban, infill, residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In 1994 Mr. Stiteler expanded development activities to Tucson, Arizona.  He has developed approximately twenty-five projects in the Tucson area and continues with those endeavors.  While in Tucson, Mr. Stiteler diversified his development focus, expanding into income producing properties and redevelopment of vintage buildings in downtown Tucson.
Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation President, Joni Condit, will share how our Club Foundation allows us to advance the Rotary mission at a local level to make our community better.  Did you know that our club did not always have a Foundation?  Find out how the range of areas that our Club has provided support and service over the years.  Bobby Larson, 2022 Tucson Classics Car Show Chair, will provide an update on this year’s Car Show.  Grants Committee Chair, Jim Murphy, will provide an overview of the proposed changes in the selection of beneficiaries for 2023 and beyond and members will have the opportunity to vote to approve these changes.  
Our Home Hospitality events begin April 24th and go through the 30th.  These social events will replace our Wednesday, April 27th lunch meeting.  We want to thank all the members who have graciously volunteered to open up their homes and host an event.  This a wonderful way to relax, meet fellow Rotarians outside of the lunch meeting and have some fun!  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office at 623-2281.  Again, these events take the place of our lunch meeting on April 27th.  Our next regular lunch meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at TCC.
Dr. Robert C. Robbins will discuss the University of Arizona's mission as a land-grant university, including its leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is now well-positioned to create positive impact in Arizona and globally in the years to come.
 
Dr. Robert C. Robbins is the 22nd president of the University of Arizona. From 2012 - 2016, he served as CEO of the Texas Medical Center, after enjoying a 20-year faculty career at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he was chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and founding director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute.
 
 
 
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Heather Hardy is known for her captivating smooth ambient violin playing as well as her appealing soulful “wah-wah” blues solos.
 
She recently spoke with us about growing up, her musical background, and how she came to be one of the most sought-after violinists across several genres. “My musical education began at the Westport School of Music at age 6 on piano. I began violin at 9 and by the time I was 11 I was studying privately on both instruments. I knew then that I wanted to play music forever. In high school I continued on piano and violin.”
 
As the new President and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber, my presentation to the Rotary Club of Tucson will be to share my vision for the Chamber as the Voice of Business. The Chamber leads efforts on local policy and one of the proactive areas I will focus on is our Coalition Against Retail Theft and our efforts to develop solutions that reduce theft and property damage so many of our businesses are experiencing. I will also speak to our initiatives that work to create workforce development programs and encourage businesses and companies to engage in the education system to build the skills they need. We launched a Workforce Blueprint last summer that identifies the areas the Chamber will lead to improve our labor and talent strategies.
 
 
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is March 30th.  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.   Guests are invited, the fee is $25 and will be billed to your account.  And yes, the March Madness continues with this mixer, no charge for MM guests.  Please register at the website www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events and click on the mixer.  Don't forget to register your guest(s).  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
 
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on March 30th.
Kathy Prather ~ Biography
 
Kathy Prather has served as the Superintendent/CEO of the Pima JTED since 2018.  Prior to joining Pima JTED, she served as Director of Career and Technical Education for the Sunnyside Unified and Tucson Unified School Districts.  Kathy's career in secondary and post-secondary education has spanned 32 years in multiple locations across Arizona.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Management, a Master of Arts Degree in Vocational Technical Education, and multiple certifications from the Arizona Department of Education including Superintendent, Principal and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher. Kathy Prather was recognized for her accomplishments in Career and Technical Education as the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ) 2011 Administrator of the Year and was awarded the 2016 ACTEAZ Lifetime Achievement Award.  Kathy served on the Board of the National Council of Local Administrators (NCLA) from 2008-2015 as well as the Executive Board of the Arizona Council of Occupational and Vocational Administrators (ACOVA) from 2006-2014. 
Col Sandra Wilson ~ Biography
 
Col. Sandra L. Wilson is the Vice Commander, 162nd Wing with operations at Morris Air National Guard Base, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Libby Army Airfield, Arizona. She is responsible for assisting wing leadership in the management of more than 1,800 members of the Air National Guard’s largest F-16 and Remote Piloted Aircraft wing. The wing maintains 72 F-16 Fighting Falcons to train U.S. and partner nation F-16 pilots and provide 24/7 immediate response operations in support of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. In addition the wing executes remotely piloted MQ-9 Reaper missions in support of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and combat operations worldwide. The 162nd also provides support to the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center missions.
 
Wilson began her career as an enlisted Airman in 1982 and commissioned through the Academy of Military Science in 1996. She has served in several assignments at the 162nd including service in multiple group leadership roles. Prior to her current position, the colonel was the Mission Support Commander and retired as a detective with the Tucson Police Department.
 
 
Col Jason D. Dickson ~ Biography
 
Colonel Jason D. Dickinson is the Commander, 162d Maintenance Group, 162d Wing, Tucson, AZ.  He is responsible for the leadership and direction of a group of over 850 Airmen.  Colonel Dickinson is responsible for properly training and equipping assigned forces as well as maintaining mission-capable weapons systems including the F-16 and MQ-1 and all support equipment.
    
Magdalena Verdugo ~ Biography
 
Magdalena Verdugo was named Chief Executive Officer for YWCA Southern Arizona in December 2019. As the first Latina leader in the illustrious 104-year history of the organization, she is proud to continue carrying out YWCA Southern Arizona’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
 
As the daughter of migrant farmworkers, the ideals of hard work and resilience were instilled in Magdalena from a young age. Her parents worked tirelessly in the California fields to ensure that her future would be brighter, that she would be prepared to overcome any of life’s challenges, and that she would have access to all the opportunities they did not - or could not - receive. Through their sacrifices, Verdugo became the first in her family to graduate college, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Arizona, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.
 
The Jovert Steel Band is comprised of students from Tucson Magnet High School.  This elite group of performers have been dazzling audiences around Tucson and the greater Southwest for more than 20 years under the direction of Khris Dodge.  From Theme Parks to live television shows, to schools, to past and future Presidents, to PAC’s, to the 4th Avenue Street Fair, the band normally plays to tens of thousands of eager ears every year.  The band feels strongly that they will reach their apex with their performance for the Rotary Club of Tucson. 
Kurtis Dawson ~ Biography
 
Kurtis Dawson is the President and CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona and has served in this role since 2017. Prior to Tucson, Kurtis spent 15 years working at the YMCA of Grays Harbor in Hoquiam, Washington, which is southwest of Seattle. Kurtis’ Y story began when he was a teenager working at the front desk. He never imagined that his part-time job at the Y would lead to his career and passion. Kurtis graduated with a business degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. By 2001, Kurtis had been hired to a full-time position working as the Youth and Teen Director. He served as the CEO of the YMCA of Grays Harbor from 2008 to 2016.
 
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Oksana Smoliyenko and Mike Schulte
Aug 10, 2022
Bringing Serhii to America
Jan Lesher, Pima Cty Administrator
Aug 17, 2022
Future Outlook on Pima County
Susan Dumon
Aug 24, 2022
Sun Corridor
Replacement/Social Mixer
Aug 31, 2022
Noble Hops
Jansen Azarias
Sep 07, 2022
Higher Ground
DG Anita McDonald
Sep 14, 2022
District 5500 Update
Tommy Lloyd
Sep 21, 2022
UA Basketball
Jim Murphy, Grants Committtee
Sep 28, 2022
Charity Presentations
Bobby Larson, Car Show Chair
Oct 05, 2022
Car Show Rah Rah Meeting
Ginny Clements, UA Cancer Center
Oct 12, 2022
Breast Cancer Awareness
Kevin Leman, The Leman Academy Concept
Nov 02, 2022
How Should We Educate Our Children?
Lee Lambert
Nov 16, 2022
Chancellor PCC
DARK DAY - No Lunch Meeting
Nov 23, 2022
Happy Thanksgiving...
James Webb Telescope
Dec 07, 2022
George Hammond
Jan 11, 2023
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