Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - February 27, 2019
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
New Response To New Disasters: Shelterbox 2019
Since 2000 ShelterBox International has hand-delivered humanitarian relief around the globe in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people made homeless by natural or other disasters. ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing aid to survivors of over 250 disasters in more than 92 countries.
Shelterbox is often looked to by the United Nations to provide aid in the most challenging countries around the world. In 2012, ShelterBox became Rotary International's first Project Partner and remains the only such disaster relief charity. The program will feature recent and current Shelterbox global deployments, key events, the unique impact of the Rotary/Shelterbox partnership and what’s new for 2019.
Biography ~ Donald G. Jorgensen, Ph.D., CEAP
Donald G. Jorgensen, Ph.D. is the owner of Arizona-based Human Factor Consulting. With over 30 years as a business owner and consultant in change leadership, conflict management, and behavioral health, Don helps bring out the best in leaders and organizations around the globe.
Don’s known for his humor and straight-forward style as an international speaker and has been interviewed in the US, Canada, Ireland, and China on addictions, workplace health and crisis response.  Don has authored numerous articles and books covering such topics as organization relevance, performance outcomes and workplace and family addiction.
Dr. Jorgensen is past president of the international Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Greater Tucson Leadership and the Rotary Club of Marana. He is a Paul Harris Society member and currently serves as an Ambassador for ShelterBox USA.
Personal Notes:
Don and his wife Kathy have lived in Tucson, AZ for over 30 years. Don and Kathy have visited over 35 countries and worked on humanitarian projects in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Brazil. Don is a cancer survivor, has completed 2 marathons and currently holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt.  Don received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the international Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Don was recently honored with the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” from the White House in recognition of his work on behalf of Shelterbox USA.
Mystery Editor ~ 2/20/19
President CHUCK opened the meeting, and MARCY EULER gave the inspiration (“A Cowboy’s Prayer” in honor of the Rodeo).  GARY HIRSCH and PAUL HOOKER led us in the Pledge and Song (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee”). SARA GAAR EHRENS introduced our guests and Visiting Rotarians.
We had two birthday Rotarians: TIM PUNTENNEY was the 1969 Outstanding Male Student at the University of Arizona, and in honor of his birthday he recited a poem about cowboys who lassoed the devil – entirely from memory!  DON CLARK made most of his high school spending money playing snooker in a pool hall. He thanked his sponsor TOM STRASBURG.
Sergeant at Arms BOBBY LARSON recognized Past President JONI CONDIT for being named the new CEO of La Posada, the best Continuing Care Retirement Center in the Southwest. JONI donated to the Community and Scholarship Endowments to mark the event.  We had the following announcements:
President CHUCK asked everyone to participate in building our Club by inviting one prospective member each over the next few months.
JIM WOOD awarded a Blue Badge to MIKE DALTON who thanked his sponsor TED FORSBERG.
VICKIE JACOBS awarded a Blue Badge to BOB MORKEN (Vickie also presented BOB’S father’s blue badge, who was a member of our club.)  BOB thanked his sponsor TOM STRASBURG.
Past President DAVE GALLAHER reminded us of the upcoming Triangle Y work project.
LIZ BOWMAN offered a Happy Jackson to remind us of the SARSEF Science Fair from 3/6 -3/9.
LUCY HOWELL reported that the Roteract / Interact Clubs are touring the Arizona Bowl to learn about science-based jobs, and she offered a Happy Jackson to remind us all to come to the UA Women’s Basketball game on 3/3.
Past President JON WANG recounted the early years of our Club which was founded in 1921, including a spirited competition with the Kiwanis Club over which was the “old man’s club”.
DARRELL STEWART introduced Dr. David Lapin who introduced our speaker Lucy Kin. Dr. Lapin’s family foundation helps over 1,500 kids from low income areas with a goal of making them competitive enough to succeed in college.  The Lapin College Club was started by Dr. Lapin’s mother Patricia in 1983 and is currently housed in the former Wakefield Middle School. Ms. Kin is the Executive Director, and she oversees a wide range of programs all aimed at helping disadvantaged middle school children succeed.  By the end of their high school careers, participants can earn up to $5,000 for grades and GPA achievements, another $6,000 for mentoring younger students, as well as Pell grants and scholarships.  Participants are encouraged to explore careers, develop leadership skills, and improve essay writing by doing a Portfolio project.  The Club also sponsors a soccer scholar league, a greenhouse, robotics club, theatre group, and therapy dogs.  Over the history of the Club’s existence, there have been students who earned 6 master’s degrees, 56 BA degrees, 44 associate’s degrees, 67 trade certifications, and 14 students who have studied abroad.  Two of the participants have received $500,000 Gates Foundation awards.  Ms. Kin signed a book for our lending library: “Words and Your Heart”.
President CHUCK closed our meeting with a quote from Will Rogers: “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.”
Welcome New Members
Please welcome the following new members into the Rotary Club of Tucson.  They will be introduced to the club at a meeting in the near future.
New Member:  Danielle Bailliere
Classification:  Retailing: Medical
Sponsor:  Vickie Jacobs
New Member:  Jeanne Flower
Classification:  Finance: Community Banks
Sponsor:  John Lewis
5th Annual Rotary Days Day of Service - Triangle Y Ranch Camp
Rotary Club of Tucson is sponsoring an all-inclusive Rotarian service project Saturday March 2, 2019 at the Triangle Y YMCA Ranch Camp from 8:30AM-3:00PM.  The 5th Annual Rotary Days Service Project is open to all Rotarians and friends of Rotarians and families.  There are jobs for all age groups and skill levels.  Generally, we help spruce up the Ranch for the incoming summer camp session that begins in June.  In the past, we have painted cabins, stained wood beams, assembled and painted picnic tables, trimmed brush, painted the bathrooms, performed some small masonry work, and general clean up.
Registration is Saturday morning 8:00-8:30 AM at the Ranch (please email or call Dave Gallaher to let us know you are coming) or 520-907-4983 and a free BBQ lunch will be served at 1:00PM.  Come for several hours or stay for just an hour.  This is a good chance to mingle with Rotarians from all over Tucson.  It is a great way to introduce Rotary to your friends and neighbors.  Please respond to Dave Gallaher at or call 520-907-4983 to register.  It would be great to have a head count for lunch on Saturday.  Please bring gloves and sunscreen and a water bottle.
 The Rotary RV Fellowship is having a Rotary RV Round-Up at the Ranch that begins at 6:00PM Friday night March 1 and ends on Monday March 4.  The Rotary RV Fellowship website and sign up can be found at  Come have fun at the camp facilities in your RV (dry camping available only) and do some community service work Saturday and for those who would like to do some more, there will be some left over tasks for Sunday AM.  There are many fun things to do near the Ranch include visiting Peppersauce Cave (, the Arizona Zip-Line (, Oracle State Park (, and of course, the back side of Mt Lemmon.  Sign up for the RV Fellowship is necessary via the RV Fellowship website.  Cost for the RV Fellowship weekend is $75.00PP+$25.00 registration fee.  Membership is not necessary to attend the Fellowship but membership is available. 
Save The Date ~ Social/Replacement Mixer 3/27/19
Our next Social/Replacement Mixer will be for our March 27th lunch meeting.  The Location and details are being worked out, so please SAVE THE DATE! More to follow...
Hiking ~ Wasson Peak ~ 2/16/19
On Saturday, February 16th a small group from our hiking committee scaled the heights of Wasson Peak in Tucson Mountain Park.  Martha and I were joined by regular hiking partners Aimee Graves and her husband Mike.  The overall trip covered just over 8 miles and 1,800 vertical feet on the King Canyon, Sweetwater, Sendero Esperanza and Gould Mine trails.  We enjoyed spectacular views of the Catalinas and Tucson on the way up and the view overlooking Marana on the way down was almost like a completely different hike.  Highly recommended for those that have not made this trip and what a great day!

See you on the trails!
The following members have resigned from the Rotary Club of Tucson:
Jennifer Harris (Family Member)
Jeff Hallums (Family Member)
Kimberly Ely
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 250   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Meeting Attendance - February 20, 2019   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members115  Raffle $


Active Members AE15  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members2     
Total Members Present132    




Guests of the Club 4    


Visiting Rotarians5    


Total Meeting Attendance 148    


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