Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - March 24, 2021
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
March Meetings Held @ Hacienda del Sol
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road
Tucson, AZ  85718
United States
(520) 623-2281
Feeding Tucson in the UNESCO City of Gastronomy
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.
Mystery Editor - 3/17/21
WOW, what a meeting.  Now hear me out.  This is so important to you, especially if you have been away for all or most of the last year.  This meeting was as good as they get for me, and I’ve been here 19 years.   TWO REASONS:
So many members we have not seen in about a year, returned this week, as Hacienda Del Sol allowed for larger but controlled capacity and the CDC advocated more liberal meeting opportunities.  MIKE ANDERSON, JONI CONDIT, FAYE MORSE, MARIANNE FREITAS, ADIA BARNES (just kidding), DAVE GALLAHER, MARCIA KRUMWIEDE, RICK ROSE, LEE OLITZKY, WAYNE MEYER, SALLY & ERNIE MONTAGNE -- Friends for life with all of us.  So great to see each other.
The featured presentation from our Centennial Committee made my socks roll up and down!  JIM LUBINSKI heads a massive committee who presented their extraordinary plans for a celebration like neither we or the community have ever seen.  For that reason alone, if you were not present, I urge you to view the meeting this very day on YouTube or Facebook, as described in this bulletin.
  • DR. JON WANG, History Chair presented a moving remembrance of our first scholarship recipient (1947), JIM WALKER, and also RAY MANLEY, the legendary world-famous photographer.  Both served this Club and humanity bigly.
  • RICK ROSE (a 32-year member) is producing a 24 minute documentary of RCOT’s 100 year history. He showed us a piece of the unfinished work. Not a dry eye.
  • LEE OLITZKY, like so many on this committee, has been working outside our view for months. Our centennial event will take place on the evening of September 25th, likely at the TCC from 5pm to 9pm – to include cocktails around a display of classic cars, a gala dinner and program, the premiere showing of the RICK ROSE film about Rotary’s impact, and a live auction!
  • MICHELE HATCH is a 2-year member and is bursting with energy and leadership skills. As CLASSICS CAR SHOW Auction Chair, she tells us the auction will be live at the event as well as global via internet. The auction will include some surprises from the Jay Leno Collection of classic cars and memorabilia.
  • JONI CONDIT, 2021 Classics Car Show Chair (SUPREME FIFTEEN) , revealed more great news than anyone! No pre-owned Corvette this year. NO. NO. This $10 raffle ticket can win the hottest new car on the market -- the 2021 C8 CORVETTE STINGRAY COUPE. Even with the 2020 model, there is still an average one year wait to buy it. But our Rotary committee has so impressed the powers that we are now in front of the line for the new 2021 model as it rolls off the line. In fact, she will be here next month.Five more great prizes too. You are already receiving information about our Big Goals -- Big Plans.Get ready to commit to SELL, VOLUNTEER, and BRING auction items.
  • Great year ahead! $250,000 for JTED. One winner gets the $70,000 C8 CORVETTE. (Maybe me). As JONI tells it, “GO BIG OR GO HOME.”
Oh yeah, we also had a meeting.
  • STEVE PICKERING pledged and sang with us.
  • A moment of silence to reflect on the passing of former member, Tom Healy.
  • CHARLOTTE HARRIS presented a powerful inspiration moment, around the loss of young Caleb Hatch last year. His mother, our member, MICHELE HATCH, has helped create “Caleb’s Assist,” a resource to help other kids who might share the same passions Caleb did.
  • Pres JENNIFER HOFFMAN introduced several guests… and then at 1:15PM remarked, “I know we are running late but I have time in the bank.”
  • Then Birthday moments for three Past Presidents with an aggregate age of 218 years: LARRY ADAMSON (50 Years in this Club), ELLIE PATTERSON, and Dr. JON WANG.
  • Sarge GARY OLSEN mentioned April meetings will be at three extraordinary locations, as we visit the finalists that vie for our business.
  • JIM MURPHY reminded us of the Centennial grants we provided to the JTED runners-up, the Reid Park Zoo and the Interfaith Council.
  • Then JIM stuck around and presented a Blue badge to KHRIS DODGE. About time!
  • 1:30 pm.   The toast.  The Bell .... WHAT A MEETING!
April Lunch Meeting Schedule
During the month of April, we will be visiting the three different venues we are considering to be our new home for our weekly lunch meetings.  Here is the schedule:
April 7th - Hilton East
April 14th - TCC
April 21st - Home Hospitality Week (No Lunch Meeting)
April 28th - Westward Look
Please be sure to mark your calendars!!!
Service Projects Back In Service!
Hello all.  We miss our social interaction and we have missed our service projects.  It is hard to believe that almost one year ago we were lined up in March for a project at Imago Dei School downtown and had to cancel.  So here are several opportunities to get back into a project in the wide open spaces at the YMCA Triangle Y Ranch Camp 8 miles from Oracle.  We will have two Saturdays with March 27 and April 3 and we are limiting these to 12 volunteers.  You can invite friends if you’d like but they will need to be registered in advance as the size of the groups will be limited to 12 participants.  All standard protocols will be followed included masking.  We will have work assignments in small groups and these projects will mostly be outside in fresh air!! 
 Please email me ( or call 907-4983 to register.  We will be doing landscaping, tree trimming, and clearing the gold panning area and the landscaping in front of the main admin building.  We will also be performing toilet and shower valve tests as we help the ranch get ready for opening in May. 
The hours will be 8:30-2:00 and we recommend you bring water, snacks, gloves, and sunscreen.  Please note to call or email Dave Gallaher.  We look forward to seeing you soon. 
Camp Lawton Service Project Day
Please join us for the April 24th Camp Lawton Boy Scout Camp Service Day:
Hours - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch will be served.
Work Projects - trail maintenance, fire mitigation, chapel maintenance, painting prep and painting, oiling the Dining Hall and general clean up.
Bring - water, gloves, hats, sunscreen, masks, rakes, shovels and pick axes.
Camp Lawton is just off the Mt. Lemmon Highway, 12900 E Organization Ridge Road.
RSVP to Joe Daniszewski, or call or text at 520-245-4350.

Dear Fellow Rotarians, 

As you know, The Rotary Club of Tucson is quickly approaching our Centennial Celebration.   One Hundred Years of Service in Tucson and Southern Arizona! 

The Centennial Committee is working diligently to create an extraordinary event for us to honor our Club’s history and we want you to join the festivities! 

Save The Date! 

Saturday, September 25, 2021  

More details will be coming soon, but for now, please mark this important date on your calendar.  

Yours In Rotary, 

The Centennial Committee 

Rotary Around Town
RCOT Facebook Live and YouTube Channel
If you would like to view past Rotary meetings on our Facebook Page go to to view the meetings.  You can also find the Facebook Live link on the home page of our website next to the Facebook logo.  Just click and you are there! 
To view on the RCOT YouTube channel go to our Home Page of the Club website and click on the YouTube link on the right hand side of the page.  Or, go to YouTube and type in Rotary Club Of Tucson.  You will be able to click on the video you wish to watch once they are posted.  Here is the link to do this:
Mar 31, 2021
2020 Car Show Results With the Charities
Apr 07, 2021
SAACA (Meeting at the Hilton East)
Apr 14, 2021
Whiskey Del Bac (Meeting at the TCC)
Apr 21, 2021
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Upcoming Events
March 31, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Hacienda del Sol
Mar 31, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
April 7, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Hilton East
Apr 07, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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