Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - March 2, 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
Jovert Steel Band - Music Program
The Jovert Steel Band is comprised of students from Tucson Magnet High School.  This elite group of performers have been dazzling audiences around Tucson and the greater Southwest for more than 20 years under the direction of Khris Dodge.  From Theme Parks to live television shows, to schools, to past and future Presidents, to PAC’s, to the 4th Avenue Street Fair, the band normally plays to tens of thousands of eager ears every year.  The band feels strongly that they will reach their apex with their performance for the Rotary Club of Tucson. 
Mystery Editor ~ 2/23/22
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN started the meeting and welcomed TOM MOULTON to the stage for a rousing “You’re A Grand Ole Flag” accompanied on piano by GARY HIRSCH. It was nice to see GARY behind the ivory keys!
JOE DANISZEWSKI offered our inspiration by highlighting the history and achievements of the YMCA. The YMCA is responsible for bringing the first group swim lessons to the US in 1909 as well as introducing basketball to the world!
GARY OLSEN was filling in as Sergeant at Arms and introduced our guests. Then, BOB LOGAN introduced our guest speaker who was our very own KURTIS DAWSON. BOB didn’t roast KURTIS too much and always brings a bit of flavor to the microphone. It turns out that in his former club, KURTIS was President as well as being honored as the Rotarian of the Year. Twice! Wow! It was a very small club.
KURTIS offered a bit of a history lesson on the YMCA in Tucson as well as the current improvements that have been made. The YMCA started in downtown Tucson in 1914. One of the first things that KURTIS did when he became the President/CEO of the YMCA of Southern Arizona was have a study conducted to find where and how they should invest in the YMCA for the future. It was established that updating the downtown location made the most sense. Though the pandemic has been really hard on the YMCA, it did present some unique opportunities. Since the facilities were closed, they were able to start on some capital improvements to include: a new, super, hot Boiler, new Locker Rooms, new single room family locker rooms, Bike parking facilities for commuters and are working on an Airnasium! An Airnasium is also known as an open-air gym. If you haven’t been to the YMCA downtown, it’s time to visit, join, and improve your life. Also, there will be an opportunity to volunteer at the Triangle Y camp in late April. Stay tuned for details. KURTIS signed “Confidence is My Superpower” to go into the Make Way for Books Library.
We celebrated two birthdays. DON CLARK, member of our club for 38 years, has finally had to give up river rafting due to his age. Float on DON! KEN LIGHT, member of our club for 31 years, was a State Wrestling Champion in high school and holds the same weight now as he did then. However, he noted that his body composition is different now.  Happy Birthday!!
SCOTT VAUGHAN introduced two new Paul Harris Society Members. A Paul Harris Society Member is an individual that gives at least $1,000.00 to the Rotary Foundation every year. BOB LOGAN has been inducted and among other things, BOB was a coach of a professional football team in Italy. TOM ELITHARP was also inducted and enjoys his summers in Idaho with his family. Thanks guys and congratulations!
GARY OLSEN had the ticket drawn for the 25/50/25 Raffle. NANCY BEVINS won for the day but the King of Clubs is still in there and the pot is over $3,100.00 with only ten cards left!
PRESIDENT MARK showed the newest contributor to Irv’s Fly-Fishing Fund. MARGARET HIGGINS was photographed with a huge salmon…that she baked with lemon and seasoning for her guests recently. Nice fish MARGARET! There will be a JTED Open House on Tuesday, March 8th at 4pm. You will need to register online ( to attend. We are looking for members to volunteer and help with the Switcher Studio during lunch meetings. You don’t need to be tech-savvy to help. Switcher Studio is the application we use to broadcast our lunch meetings. There will be a Rotary Day of Service on March 5th, Rillito River Clean Up, 8am to 12noon at the Brandi Fenton Memorial Park.
MIKE SAGARA was in a video thanking the RCOT for their contributions to the blood drive for a couple of weeks ago. We had 14 donations with 7 of them being new donors.
CHUCK SAWYER introduced the upcoming March Madness Competition. This will be through the month of March and first meeting in April. Invite guests to attend our meeting and get points for your team. Invite those who you think would be great Rotarians. If they join, you get even more points. I was particularly struck by Team Thunder. They seem to have a great leadership group of coaches and enthusiasm to win. JOE D offered information on a Peace Pole Ceremony however I was Thunderstruck and didn’t get the details. I’m sorry for my loss of focus during that moment.
PRESIDENT MARK congratulated his fellow birthday Rotarians, our two new Paul Harris Society members, offered a toast and we were on our way.
Welcome New Member

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

Member: Terri Bowen

Classification: Community & Social Services: MADD Arizona

Sponsor: Lee Olitzky

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!
Rotary Day of Service ~ 3/5/22
SAVE THE DATE ~ JTED Open House ~ 3/8/22
SAVE THE DATE:  JTED has invited our entire club to join them for an exclusive open house on Tuesday, March 8th at 4:00 p.m.  This is to celebrate and THANK THE CLUB for the amazing work we have done as Rotarians in support of their mission.  This will be at their new campus, The Bridges, 3300 S. Park Avenue, Tucson and all are encouraged to attend.  If you would like to attend, please sign up on the Home Page of the Club Website under "Upcoming Events".
District 5500 Virtual "Day Of Peace For Children"
Rotary Service Project at Triangle Y YMCA Camp is back!
Rotary Service Project at Triangle Y YMCA Camp is back!!!!! April 30, 2022
SAVE THE DATE:  APRIL 30, 2022 for this year’s Rotary International Day of Service.  After a hiatus the past two years this year’s service project is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th   8:30AM-2:00PM.  The Ranch is located 8 miles from the town of Oracle on the Mt Lemmon Road.  Most, if not all of the work projects will be outdoors at this beautiful Southern Arizona facility.  The work performed is a general cleaning of the outdoor areas, painting, trimming, planting, and general cleanup around the cabins.  This is a great opportunity to bring friends and family and introduce them to the spirit of Rotary.  According to this year’s Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta, “bring together volunteers from inside and outside Rotary to celebrate and showcase the spirit of Rotary in your community”.
We will have jobs for all ages old and young.  Bring your friends and kids.  Please bring sunscreen, gloves and snacks.  A BBQ lunch will be served around at 1:30pm in the main dining hall at the Ranch. 
Please email Dave Gallaher, Tucson Rotary Club, at and/or call 520-907-4983.  A guest count is necessary for planning work and the serving of lunch.  Carpooling is recommended and many people meet at the Trader Joes parking lot at SEC of Magee and Oracle.
Irv's Rotary Flyfishing Fund
The opportunities to showcase your fish during Irv's Centennial year are shrinking.  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. 
The following member has resigned from the Rotary Club of Tucson:
Jon Ender
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:
Mar 09, 2022
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162nd Wing Air National Guard
Mar 23, 2022
Mar 30, 2022
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Upcoming Events
March 8 - JTED Open House
Mar 08, 2022
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
March 9, Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Mar 09, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
March 16 , Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Mar 16, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ "Proof" ~ 3/30/22
Mar 30, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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