Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - September 7, 2022
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
Meetings are held @ Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Ave
Tucson, AZ  85701
United States
(520) 623-2281
Restart SMART - Empowering the Neighborhood to Invest in Their Schools
With all the data around the impact of the pandemic on our youth’s education and mental health, is there a way to come back stronger and support our schools in lower socio-economic neighborhoods? Restart SMART uses a community schools' strategy for organizing school and community resources around student and family success. We support the students' and families' holistic wellness by providing wrap-around services and addressing all the non-academic needs that impact the school. Our data shows up to 80% improvement in student attendance, a significant reduction in negative student behaviors, higher parent engagement, and increased resource referral success rates from 10% to over 70% in school sites. Nationally, studies have found that for every dollar spent on community schools strategy, $7 to $13 dollars of support are returned to the community. Combined with Higher Ground's unique approach to youth and family engagement, each Restart SMART site is fully responsive to every unique needs and enhances existing resources in the community while bridging current gaps. Finally, each site is locally empowered through a community steering committee that is supported as they learn to perform continuous needs analysis, quality improvements, and partnership recruitment and management to ensure each site becomes self-sustaining.
Jansen Azarias-Suzumoto ~ Biography
Jansen Azarias-Suzumoto was born and raised in the Philippines and left for the United States when he was 18 years old. With an understanding of living through trauma, the cyclical nature of poverty, and a drive to empower youth in pursuit of their dreams, Jansen hoped to help youth build a legacy within their communities. After identifying the needs of his new city and of his own family, he started Higher Ground a Resource Center in 2007. Jansen is a loving father of two sons and a dedicated husband to his wife, Barbie Azarias. They continue to lead Higher Ground as a family with their passion and drive. Their faith strengthens and motivates their work with the organization. Today, Higher Ground serves over 2500+ youth, 800+ families, and 300+ educators annually and is an established Non-Profit in our community. 
His leadership has helped drive the Community Schools Initiative for our city in partnership with our local school districts, La Frontera, and other community leaders. His childhood informs the deep connection that he feels to the youth that Higher Ground serves. Jansen’s passion for martial arts has led him to coach both the youth and staff of Higher Ground to competitive championships in Jiu-Jitsu.
He is currently doing Professional Development for school districts and other organizations about fostering healthy choices, creating social relationships, encouraging values, building life skills, coping with compassion fatigue, and high-quality youth methods. He also acts as an advisor for school districts and Community Schools Forward, a national organization working with the White House and the Department of Education to increase the impact of Community Schools around the United States.
As the founder of Character Lab and lead researcher on grit, Dr. Angela Duckworth said of Jansen “[he is] a paragon of grit. He is everything I study-laser focused on his goal of making kids’ lives better, and, at the same time, incredibly hardworking and resilient in making that goal a reality.
Notable Achievements
2021 White Riley Peterson Fellow
2017 Next Generation in After-school Leadership Honoree
2017 Mentor for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy
2016 Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40
2015 Child Abuse Prevention Award
2014 Youth Leader Award
2013 FBI Community Service Award
2013 Community Leadership Award
Judo (Brown Belt) Jiujitsu (Brown Belt)
2016 Judo Summer Nationals Novice Champion
2016 Judo Winter Nationals Novice Champion
2017 IBJJF Pan American Bronze Medalist
#1 National Veteran's Athlete for USA Judo 55kg
A Fun Evening ~ Social Mixer at Noble Hops
We had a wonderful evening at Noble Hops for our first Social Mixer of the 2022-2023 Rotary year!  There was laughter and cheer among members and guests! 
Social Mixer at Noble Hops ~ 8/31/22
DEK Project ~ 9/17/22
Join lots of folks in a fun workday project as we wrap up the finishing touches (planting trees, plants and installing other landscaping features) at the Bill Dawson Memorial DEK Multi-Rink.
Where: The Boys and Girls Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse, located on TUSD's Doolen Middle School Campus - Grant Road - just east of Country Club on the north side of Grant.
Scope of Work: We have about 250 trees and plants that need to be planted.  The irrigation system has just been installed and after the planting we will need to adjust water emitters and then spread mulch.  We also need folks who can dig holes, carry stuff, etc.
When: Saturday, September 17th - starting at 7AM (we should wrap up by noon or so) and you can come and go, whenever your schedule allows.
What to bring: Gloves, sunscreen and a hat.  Also, one of the following: rake, shovel, tree trimmer or a wheelbarrow.  Otherwise, just a strong back!
Coach Tommy Lloyd Presents at RCOT ~ 9/21/22


Coach Tommy Lloyd Presents

at Rotary Club of Tucson


September 21, 2022 Meeting


At our lunch meeting on September 21st, UA Head Basketball Coach Tommy Lloyd will be visiting and presenting to our club.  Since this will be a well attended meeting, all must register.  This meeting will be capped at 175 so we are encouraging all to register early.  If you would like to bring a guest, please register them as well.  The guest fee is $35 which will be billed to your account.  To register, go to the club website at scroll down the left side under "Upcoming Events".  The menu is listed on the registration page, so be sure to list your and your guest's light lunch (Veggie or Cobb Salad) in the Comment Section.  By registering, you will be helping the office give a more accurate guarantee of meals for this meeting.  If you have any questions, contact the Rotary office.
District Conference ~ Starts September 23, 2022
The Southern Arizona Rotary District 5500 Conference will be held at the Casino Del Sol starting on September 23rd.  All are encouraged to attend.

2022 District 5500 Conference



September 23-25, 2022


Casino Del Sol Hotel and Resort

5655 W Valencia Rd,  Tucson, AZ

For more details and to register for the event, please click on the link below:
Rotary Club Tucson Blood Drive ~  9/28/22






SEPTEMBER 28TH 10:00AM -3:00PM

Tucson Convention Center

Sign up Link is:

Use Promo Code: TucsonRotary


Contact Mike Sagara
Miles of Memories
Miles of Memories
I shared with those in attendance on the 13th that this next year I want us to share “Miles of Memories” together. I referenced the memories we have created together over the years and the impact we have had in so many others lives as well as our own.
The children and the parents receiving the grass ball field in San Carlos transformed from a dirt lot. The recipients and their families that obtained their mobility by receiving a wheelchair in Nogales. The memories of our member that participated along with the memories of working together on various local workday projects. Our hiking, golf, home hospitality fellowships and the list goes on.
I ask for you to help me on “our journey” over this next year by sponsoring me in the “Miles of Memories.” My goal is to walk a minimum of 35 miles a week, 1,825 for the year and honestly want to surpass 2000+. I would like for you to consider donating by the mile and we will share the outcome at the first meeting of each month on my progress.
Donations can go to the Foundation toward a Paul Harris, the President’s Discretionary Fund, or others of your choosing. I want us to have fun on our journey over this next year and to INSPIRE each other and our benefactors through the world of Rotary.
Thank you for your support in making our 102nd year one where we create memories together.
Resignations & LOA
The following members have resigned from the Rotary Club of Tucson:
Jenny Volpe
Richard White
The following member is on Leave of Absence:
Dena Kern
RCOT YouTube Live and YouTube Channel
We will no longer be streaming our meetings live via Facebook but we will be streaming live via our YouTube Channel.  We are encouraging you all to subscribe to our Channel in order to receive notices of when the meetings are streaming live.  After the live meeting, this video will become a recording and immediately posted on our YouTube Channel.  To view live CLICK HERE. 
To view videos 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:
Sep 14, 2022
District 5500 Update
Sep 21, 2022
Sep 28, 2022
Charity Presentations
Oct 05, 2022
Car Show Rah Rah Meeting
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Upcoming Events
Sept. 21, 2022 Meeting ~ TCC, Coach Tommy Lloyd
Sep 21, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
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