Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - May 25, 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
Angel Charity for Children - 40 Years of Miracles!
Angel Charity for Children is celebrating 40 years this year.  Karen Farrell and Adrianna Rincon will be presenting a summary of Angel Charity, its mission, its members, how the organization works and why they are considered Tucson’s “Halo for Hire”.   Our 2022 large Beneficiaries are Youth on Their Own (YOTO) and National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI).  Our 2022 small Beneficiaries are Boys to Men Tucson, El Rio Health Center Foundation, Junior Achievement of Arizona, Nourish, TMC Foundation, Tucson Girls Chorus and YWCA Southern Arizona. 
Karen Farrell ~ Biography
Karen grew up as a military kid and has lived in Tucson since 1975.  She attended the University of Arizona with a degree in Accounting and started her career at Coopers & Lybrand as a CPA.  She then moved over to Venture West, served as the CFO and then moved into the commercial Real Estate segment of Venture West.  Karen has served on several Boards and committees including CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women), Salpointe Catholic HS,  SS Peter & Paul Church, FC Tucson Youth Soccer Club, Brewster Center, Father’s Day Council and several other non-profits over the years some of which she still serves on.  She has been a member of Angel Charity for Children for 12 years and is currently serving as the General Chair for 2022.
Mystery Editor ~ 5/18/22
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN welcomed all to the meeting. We had a moment of silence for Ukraine as well as the unfortunate news of LIZ COHN and CLARKE DUNCAN passing away.
BRANDI HAGA-BLACKMAN, the powerhouse behind Rio Nuevo, led the Pledge and Song “You’re A Grand Ole Flag” with KHRIS DODGE on the keyboard. KYM ADAIR shared some motivational inspiration that concluded with Theodore Roosevelt’s speech “The Man In The Arena.”
KHRIS DODGE introduced our guests of whom there were many.
We enjoyed a nice introductory video by Matt Russell on our speaker Andrew Tang, MD who is the Trauma Medical Director at Banner University Medical Center. Then, Dr. Chad Whelan, CEO of Banner University Medical Center had a few words to say. Banner University has 650 faculty members that train approximately 1,000 students annually. Banner University Medicine, who is the title sponsor of El Tour de Tucson for 2022 and named the primary beneficiary of El Tour’s fundraising goals to be JTED! Next, he introduced Dr. Andy Tang.
Dr. Tang offered a great overview of Banner University’s Trauma Center which is the only Level 1 Trauma Center as recognized by the American College of Surgeons. It’s open 24/7/365, meaning all of the time. The staff dedicates their lives to this. They miss birthdays, kid’s events, holidays, etc. in order to be there and save lives. Trauma is the number one cause of death in people from 1 to 44 years old. It never drops below the number three cause of death in anyone, no matter the age. One third of all trauma deaths are vehicle crashes. Driving a car is the most dangerous thing that most of us do. Be careful, pay attention and wear a seatbelt. The staff at the Trauma Center does a great job and strives to do better. Each week they meet and determine what they could have done differently if they had a negative outcome. Dr. Tang said that though most of the time they execute perfectly, there is sometimes a situation that could have been improved. He talked about the percentage of people who die due to a mistake that a critical caregiver may have made and the importance of training those caregivers (EMTs, Firefighters, etc.) on an ongoing basis. He’s passionate and dedicated to the Trauma Center and we’re lucky to have it as a resource to save lives. Dr. Tang signed the book “Hear Your Heart.”
NINA TRASOFF was celebrating her birthday. She’s a first generation American. Her Dad was from Mariupol, Ukraine. She is the longest acting female member of our club.
PAT LENNAN was celebrating his birthday and did you know he was recognized by the Tucson Police Dept. and Scottsdale Police Dept. for his bravery? He said he was proud to be President MARK’s 3rd grade teacher and was the best three years of his life.
MARGARET HIGGINS announced the 4 Way Test Award. Bob Schlanger, owner of British Car Service, was the recipient. WAYNE PEATE had some nice things to say about Bob. Bob has been involved with JTED since the beginning and is now JTED’s Governing Board Chair. MIKE ANDERSON also highlighted some of Bob’s achievements. It was a well-deserved award and congratulations to Bob!
Sergeant KHRIS pulled the winning 50/50 Raffle price and FAYE MORSE was the winner. She won some cash but not the big prize.
President MARK showed the painting that DIANA MADARAS created for the $5,000 winner of her donation at the Centennial Event last fall. It was a beautiful image of Sabino Canyon. MARK WIERZBINSKI was part of Irv’s Fly-Fishing Fund and was showing off a trout that he caught in his backyard…in Tucson! The Change of Administration party will be at the Mountain Oyster Club on June 18th from 6 to 9pm.  Signups will follow.
Good news, you do not need to register for lunch meetings going forward!
There will be a replacement mixer at Trident III on Craycroft Rd, south of Broadway Blvd. on June 1st starting at 5:30pm. All must register on the website which is up and ready to go.  BRUCE RICHARDSON will lead a hike on Saturday, May 21st at the Green Mountain Trail on Mt. Lemmon. VIC JACOBS had a Happy Jackson moment for Caleb’s Assist Golf Tournament which will be on June 3rd starting at 7:30am. Visit for more information or to register. President MARK announced that KHRIS DODGE has been selected as the new Director for the Tucson Pops Orchestra.  Congratulations KHRIS!
With that, President MARK offered a toast to the hard working and dedicated people at the Banner University Medical Center Trauma Center and we were on our way.
Proposed New Members
The following New Active Member application and New Family Member application have been submitted for membership in Rotary Club of Tucson:
Member: Jonathan Walkup
Company: Kite Pharma
Classification: Biotechnology: Cancer Immunotherapy
Sponsor: George Larsen
Family Member: Raymond Smith
Company: Indie Realty
Classification:  Family Member
Sponsor: Sandra Johnson
If no written objections are received within ten days of publication, these applicants will be accepted.
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.

Member: Paul Bojan

Company:  CHASSE Bld. Team

Classification: Construction:  Commercial

Sponsor:  Mark Irvin


Member: Michael Guymon

Company:  Tucson Metro Chamber

Classification: Business Services: Tucson Metro Chamber

Sponsor:  Mark Irvin


Member: Lynette Wells

Company:  Ralph's Moving and Storage

Classification: Service Industries: Moving & Storage

Sponsor:  Kathleen Wicks

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!
End of Weekly Lunch Meeting Registration
Starting with the May 25th lunch meeting, you will no longer be required to register your attendance.  We will be returning to the pre-pandemic process meaning the weekly lunch email will be sent a week prior to the meeting, which will give the details of the program and the meal choices.  You will still need to inform the Rotary office via email or phone, if you want to reserve a light lunch (Cobb Salad or Veggie) and also, if you will be bringing a guest.  The deadline will remain Friday, by 3:00 p.m. ~~ Thank you!
Replacement/Social Mixer ~Trident III  6/1/22
Our last Replacement/Social Mixer for the 2021-22 Rotary year is the evening of June 1st.  This mixer will be held at Trident III, 250 S. Craycroft (South of Broadway Blvd.) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Guests are invited, the fee is $25 and will be billed to your account.  No host bar.  All must register at the website scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events and click on the mixer.  Don't forget to register your guest(s).  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on June 1st.
Change of Administration Event
Mark your calendars for this year's Change of Administration event to take place on Saturday, June 18th at the Mountain Oyster Club, start time is 6:00 p.m.  Registration and details to follow.
Irv's Rotary Flyfishing Fund
The opportunities to showcase your fish during Irv's Centennial year are dwindling.  You will not want to miss the chance to showcase your fish, or better yet your Kids and Grandkids with a fish!  Don’t let the Wall of Fame escape you.  Join these other folks who have made it to the Wall of Fame and donated to Rotary charities.  Please reach out to Dorinna or Irv for all the details. 
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:
Jun 01, 2022
Jun 08, 2022
Jun 15, 2022
Jun 22, 2022
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Upcoming Events
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ Trident III
Jun 01, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
COA Event - 6/18/22 (ALL MUST REGISTER)
Jun 18, 2022
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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