Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - December 15, 2021
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
Holiday Mixer ~ Culinary Dropout (The Coop) 12/14/21
Our Holiday Mixer will take place on Tuesday, December 14th in the Coop at Culinary Dropout,  2543 E. Grant Road, start time is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Please join us for an evening of holiday cheer and fellowship. 
This event is a Replacement for our Lunch Meeting on Wednesday, December 15th. 
We want to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!
Mystery Editor ~ 12/8/21
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN opened the meeting and shared some remarkably great news. The day before, he and other RCOT members visited O’Rielly Chevrolet to present a thank you banner to Rob Draper. They were very surprised when Rob let them know that O’Rielly Chevrolet would be donating the 2021 Corvette that was given away this past October. That’s a donation of over $70,000! Not to mention that we were able to even get one. Please thank Rob and O’Rielly Chevrolet any chance that you get.
JOHN DUVAL led us with the Pledge and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Rumor has it that JOHN has a great voice but I couldn’t hear over the muted tone of my own voice. JOE DANISZEWSKI offered an inspiration dedicated to Jazz…appropriate for the treat that was instore later in the meeting. KHRIS DODGE introduced our guests and we had a lot of guests.
PRESIDENT MARK introduced a visiting Rotarian, Hanneke Peijnenburg-Gedukoglu from Alanya, Turkey. Hanneke traded flags with our club and comes from a club that has 28 members. There are 300 clubs in Turkey. She was in Tucson visiting her daughter who plays Volleyball for the U of A.
Next was our program and such a delight. Dr. Angelo Versace played the piano and Jason Carder played the trumpet. It was high level jazz and so good to hear and feel. Dr. Versace and Mr. Carder both teach at the University of Arizona and are masters of their instruments. After a few songs, Dr. Versace offered some thoughts of the Tucson Jazz Festival and explained how it impacts students at the U of A as well as high school. Some of the touring musicians play with the students and offer true inspiration to the budding musicians. He thanked KHRIS DODGE for KHRIS’ leadership of the Tucson Jazz Festival and reminded me that I needed to buy tickets to a concert or two. Dr. Versace signed “Jazz Studies” that will be placed in the Make Way for Books Library.
JIM DAVENPORT was celebrating his birthday and reminded us to place money in the scholarship cups.
PRESIDENT MARK introduced our newest member DIANA MADARAS. They’ve been friends for years and it’s great to have DIANA in our club. She’s jumped right in and seems to be a seasoned Rotarian though she hasn’t been a member for long. She said the Rotary has exceeded her expectations and she hopes to exceed ours. I think she will!
SCOTT VAUGHAN led a Paul Harris Presentation for recipients MICHAEL DEEHAN and DICK LUEBKE. After a remarkable oratory on both recipients, SCOTT gave them both “Meaningful” gifts as opposed to gifts of no real value. They both received gingerbread houses related to their field of work. MICHAEL also received a 25% off coupon to the Flying V Restaurant and DICK received a golf ball retrieval tool complete with a used ball. Wow! SCOTT threw down this time.
KHRIS held a raffle with $70 going back into the kitty as no Rotarian claimed the prize AND the King of Clubs was not pulled. So, there’s still lots of $$$ up for grabs. Bring your money for the next raffle as the kitty is over $2,000.
KHRIS reminded us that we’ll be bell ringing on Saturday, December 11. JOE DANISZEWSKI reminded us of the toy drive and that he would accept new toys up until December 21st. You may also give him money to buy toys. Please give him money soon so that he has time to buy the toys. You may drop off your donations at the Rotary office.
JOE presented a blue badge to NANCY BEVENS. JIM MURPHY presented a blue badge to JOHN DUVAL. Nice work NANCY and JOHN!
Finally, BRUCE JACOBS reminded us of the Holiday Mixer at Culinary Dropout on Tuesday, 12/14 at 6pm.  This will replace our lunch meeting on Wednesday, 12/15.
But that wasn’t all! BRUCE JACOBS introduced the new RCOT President Elect Elect. Our RCOT President for 2022-2023 will be……MARGARET HIGGINS! Most excellent and I’m already looking forward to that year. No offense PRESIDENT MARK or PRESIDENT ELECT BRUCE. You guys are doing great.
PRESIDENT MARK offered an update on JOHN STROBECK. He’s recovering well from heart surgery and looks forward to getting back to the club. MARK finished with a toast and we were on our way. Happy Holidays all!
Upcoming Holiday Schedule
Here is the upcoming Holiday Schedule for your reference and scheduling:
President Mark and the Rotary Staff would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!
Rotaract Club - Toy Drive
The Rotaract Club of the University of Arizona is having a toy drive and RCOT is collecting toys!  Please help in making a child's life a little more special this holiday season.  You may drop off toys from 9:00am-4:00pm at the Rotary Club of Tucson's office at 3900 E. Timrod Street, #4, Tucson, AZ 85711 now through December 22nd at noon.
The Rotary Club of Tucson members have donated wonderful toys for the Rotaract Club toy drive - thank you everyone who has donated! 
RCOT Fundraiser ~ Arizona Bowl
Rotary Motorsports Fellowship
Rotary Motorsports Fellowship
Please join your Rotary friends for a day of High Performance Driver Education. Sponsored by the Porsche Club but ALL car makes are welcome. 
Sunday December 19, 2021. Musselman Honda Circuit.  Continuous lapping with a passing zone.  The most track time for a one day event.  
The Porsche Club is currently allowing in car instruction for novice/1st time drivers.  Instructors are limited so sign-up early. 
For additional information please contact Lee Olitzky - 520 444 4109 
Sad News ~ Aimee Graves ~ Mother's Passing
Hi all,
Member Aimee Graves has been out of town for some time giving care to her Mom.  We are saddened to hear her Mother passed away last week.  Aimee is hoping to return to Tucson in late January, early February. Since we will not be meeting until January, please take a moment to say a prayer for Aimee and her family.  We certainly look forward to Aimee's return in 2022.
#Irv's Rotary Fly Fishing Fund
We welcome President Mark "Irv" Irvin's challenge to fellow Rotarians to match funds for our club's use in supporting both our Club's international and local efforts.  These pledges are for the 2021/22 Rotary year and donations will go to your favorite Rotary programs, i.e. Paul Harris, Scholarships, the Tucson Classics Car Show.  If you are interested in supporting President Mark in his efforts, forms are available on the home page of our website under the RCOT Member Area drop down menu or at the registration table at our lunch meetings.  Thank you.
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:
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