Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - January 29, 2020
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
El Tour Update & Lessons Learned
2019 Update of El Tour de Tucson and lessons learned about a turn-around business opportunity.
Charlene Grabowski ~ Biography
Charlene is now the new CEO of Perimeter Bicycling Association of America (PBAA) and El Tour de Tucson and is a Partner with the Pathfinder Strategies Organization where she is focused on Executive Leadership Development.  She recently retired after 30 years with GE Healthcare and her last position was GM and Vice President of the West Zone and Canada where she held responsibility for Commercial Operations, Sales and Profitability.  Previously, Charlene was  the General Manager of Sales Force Excellence at GE Healthcare with responsibilities for sales distribution & deployment, compensation, sales enablement tools and learning & development for the US Commercial Organization.  Charlene was the Director of Sales for the QuickBooks product for Intuit Company where she had P&L responsibilities and a 500 person contact center and digital distribution.  She then became COO of Fusion Sales Partners  a startup distribution partner for GE Women's Healthcare Product Portfolio.
Charlene holds a B.S. in business from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and is a Registered Radiologic Technologist from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Montefiore Hospital.   And recently completed courses in Healthcare Innovation and Design Thinking and Executive Leadership Training for LGBTQ Executive Leaders at The Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She is also trained as a coach in self-awareness curriculum.  She was co-chair  of the GE GLBTA global organization and involved in outreach in her community.  She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of the American Heart Association for SW Arizona. 
Charlene and her partner Anne Hunt live in Tucson, Arizona and are enjoying desert living.
Sponsored by:
Mystery Editor ~ 1/22/2020
The Rotary Club of Tucson meeting was called to order at 12 noon.  GARY HIRSCH was our pianist; WAYNE WOOD led us in “You’re a Grand Ole Flag” and the pledge; the singing was robust.  Get-well cards were circulated for DICK KINKADE.  BOB SHAFF led us in remembering GORDON SHAW, a Paul Harris fellow, a US Army veteran who reminded us always to turn the you and we into us.  We were inspired by the video “Car Connects Soldier and Son,” a boy who never met his father who was killed in Iraq, who is gifted with his father’s Toyota Celica Convertible that had been sold many years before. 
JEANNE FLOWER introduced our guests and visiting Rotarians.  The happy birthday boys were DAVID LOVITT, RICHARD KELEMEN, and BRETT STEIN.
SCOTT VAUGHAN and CHARLOTTE HARRIS introduced these new Paul Harris Fellows: JO DECHATELET, SCOTT BRANDHUBER, and Corporate Honorary member, DICK LUEBKE; GARY HIRSCH did the pinning. 
BOBBY LARSON drew the raffle ticket; ROBERT O’BRIEN was the lucky winner.  BOBBY then recognized SCOTT EHRSAM for the People’s Choice Award for Home Senior Care.
BOB LOGAN joked about the length of the last meeting and gave everyone a make-up.  BOB also introduced a new raffle concept and invited us to join the rotary table as MARK IRVIN is declared Man of the Year in Tucson.
DON ROLLINGS made a Blue Badge Presentation to TOM ELITHARP.
BRUCE JACOBS asked for a show of hands for a social event with the Sugar Skulls and the Gaslight Theatre.  DARRELL STEWART challenged us to get fit by using the fitness board online.  JON WANG gave an inspirational rotary history moment; did you know that the boy scout camp on Mt. Lemmon was built by the Rotary Club of Tucson and named for Mr. Lawton, a Rotarian? 
JASON GRABOSH, chair of our 2019 Tucson Classics Car Show, announced the results for the 2019 car show.  Checks were presented by JIM MURPHY to Interfaith Community Services for $35,135, Reid Park Zoo for $35,135, and Make Way for Books received the grand amount of $65,271.  JASON then handed the reins to CLIFF BOWMAN, who will be our 2020 chair.  Our snazzy black corvette for the 2020 car show was revealed by MIKE ANDERSON.  MIKE, his wife Susan and son Zak were once again our title sponsors for the 2019 car show. BRUCE JACOBS then presented JASON with a plaque to thank him for chairing the 2019 car show and for all the hard work in making 2019 a huge success!
2019 TCCS Charities
TED FORSBERG, JAY GANDOLFI, JOE DANISZEWSKI and DALE BERG were ready at the back of the room to answer any questions for perspective members of Rotary.  BOB concluded with an inspiration from Martin Luther King, Jr.
Welcome New Member

Please welcome the following member into the Rotary Club of Tucson.  He will be introduced to the club at a meeting in the near future.

New Member:  Mike Franklin

Classification:  Retired: Military

Sponsor:  Wayne Peate

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!
Help Wanted ~ A/V Committee
We are looking for someone to fill a vacancy on the A/V Committee.  If you are interested in working the A/V once a month at our weekly meetings, please contact Bruce Richardson, Chair of the A/V Committee.
Man Of The Year ~ Rotary Table
Our very own President Nominee, Mark Irvin has been named "Man Of The Year"!  If you would like to celebrate with Mark on Saturday, February 1st at Lowe's Ventana Canyon Resort, go to to purchase your tickets.  In the comment section please put "Rotary Club of Tucson" as we are trying to get all members of our club at the same table.
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 249   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Meeting Attendance - January 22, 2020   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members110  Raffle $


Active Members AE21  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members3     
Total Members Present134    




Guests of the Club 6    


Visiting Rotarians1    


Total Meeting Attendance 157    


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