Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - May 12, 2021
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
 5/12 Meeting Held @ Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85701
United States
(520) 623-2281
The History of Arizona Highways

Robert Stieve ~ Biography

Robert Stieve is the editor of Arizona Highways magazine. He’s been serving in that role since April 2007. Prior to his arrival at Arizona Highways, he served as editor of PHOENIX magazine for eight years, and another three years as managing editor. He’s worked for several newspapers and radio stations around the country, and was a speechwriter at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work at Arizona Highways, he’s an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, and he serves as a board member of the Cronkite School. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Cronkite School and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marshall University.

(This Program will be presented via Zoom)

Mystery Editor ~ 5/5/21
PRESIDENT JEN HOFFMAN opened the Cinco de Mayo meeting and introduced ABBY NAGBE to lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Song. ABBY was born in West Africa and grew up on the Ivory Coast. She’s been a member of our club since February of this year.
MITCH PISIK, another newer member of our club, offered a very well done Inspiration. Following the Inspiration, we enjoyed a good surf & turf lunch.
PRESIDENT JEN welcomed all of our guests and introduced JEFF RONSTADT to introduce our Speaker.
JEFF introduced John Court, the Head Coach of the University of Arizona Gymnastics Program. John was glad to be speaking to the largest group that he’s been a part of in over a year. He said it felt that we were returning to normalcy and hopefully he is correct!  John started his career at Brown University where is Mom was a legendary Gymnastics coach of that program, then moved to Vermont. He lived on Lake Champlain in Vermont and when he had the opportunity to move to Tucson and work with the U of A, he was excited to live on the Rillito River. That sandy wash wasn’t like the rivers he was used to.
“Every single day counts,” John explained as he talked about his approach to mentor his student athletes. His job is to make sure that when they graduate, that they are prepared to be successful and important members of our community. The U of A Gymnastics program has a 100% graduation rate. That’s awesome!  “Continue the climb,” John said as he has helped the athletes to thrive throughout the challenge of the past year.  He’s a great part of the U of A Athletics program and it was nice to have him speak to our club. The next season will start in January of 2022 and he would love to have our support and attendance at the home meets.
MIKE SAGARA was celebrating a birthday and reminded us to check our smoke alarms quarterly as well as have and practice an exit plan for our home. We need to be able to get out in under two minutes. PAT LENNON also was celebrating his birthday and ended with a quote from Jim Valvano that reminds us to laugh every day, show our emotion and don’t ever give up!
LEE OLITSKY introduced our newest member, JONATHAN ROTHSCHILD. LEE has known JOHNATHAN since 1994 and talked about JOHNATHAN’S many accomplishments. JOHNATHAN was even Tucson’s Mayor at one point. Who would have known?
CHARLOTTE HARRIS presented RICH and Judy FLYNN with their Paul Harris Awards. Among other things, RICH enjoys hiking with Rotary to the Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon and cycling. Judy Flynn is an artist and has had her work shown at the Mountain Oyster Club for the past 10 years.
PRESIDENT JEN was back on the mic and updated us on her #Runningforrotary campaign. She will have run over 1,000 miles this year. It’s not too late to donate to support her and please do.  BRUCE JACOBS let us know that the next mixer will be May 26. JEANNE ZETAH and CINDY BARBEE offered some guidance on online ticket sales. Our goal is to sell 35,000 tickets this year and we are already almost 10% of the way there. You can go online and send an automated email to all of your contacts to sell tickets. It’s easy and works!
PRESIDENT JEN closed the meeting with a toast and we were on our way out to see the new raffle car that was parked outside. It’s sweet!
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ Brother John's 5/26/21
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on WEDNESDAY, 5/26/21 at Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, 1801 N. Stone Avenue, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday 5/26/21 lunch meeting and all must register.  Go to our home page at, scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events.  Guest fee is $25 and will be billed to your account.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, 5/24/21 by 3:00 p.m.
Centennial Event News and Update
Centennial Event News and Updates...Guest List Development
Centennial Event Guest List - In order for the Club to plan, provide as much exposure for RCOT as possible, and to ensure maximum bidding for the live auction that evening, we NEED you to go to the RCOT website, log in, click on RCOT Member Area located at the top right of the menu bar of the home page, then click on Centennial Event Member Guest List from the drop down menu. This will take you to a live Excel Google Doc to fill in the information.  Since this is a Live document, please DO NOT make changes to this Excel Sheet.  Those that you list will receive a “Save the Date” via email.  You will still need to register and make payment for yourself and your guests on Eventbrite in the future.  You will be notified when this is available.
Please provide this information as soon as possible. We plan to send out the Save the Date email in May.

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 

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:
May 19, 2021
Office of AZ Gov. Doug Ducey (Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
May 26, 2021
Jun 02, 2021
Tucson Pops (Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
Jun 09, 2021
Arizona Historical Society (Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
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Upcoming Events
May 19, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Hacienda del Sol
May 19, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Replacement Mixer ~ Brother Johns 5/26/21
May 26, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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