Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - January 5, 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
Mission Garden: Our Past, Present and Future
Short Biography of a Long and Exciting Life - Roger Pfeuffer
Roger was born in Saginaw Michigan.  He attended the same high school as his parents and actually had some of the same teachers.
He grew up reading, collecting rocks and minerals and spent inordinate amounts of time “looking for arrowheads” along the many prehistoric sites in the Saginaw River basin.
Roger graduated high school in 1960 and began as a freshman at the University of Michigan that Fall.  He started in anthropology, then switched to geology, then to forestry as a major.
Undecided and underachieving, he left school for a year which he spent in California working in the spacecraft industry. 
In 1963 he returned to the U of M and majored in education with majors in Science, Math and English.
His first job was in Ann Arbor as a 6th grade teacher.  That was followed by a year in Fort Defiance, Arizona teaching 6th grade to traditional Navajos.
Frustrated with an administration locked in the 1950’s or before, he left to get his masters in Educational Administration and Leadership at State University of New York at Brockport.
He returned to Arizona, this time Tucson and the University of Arizona, to begin a doctoral program in Anthropology and Education, a program that ended for him in ABD (all but dissertation). He had begun work as an elementary teacher in TUSD.
After classroom teaching 8 years, in Tucson and Singapore (2 year leave of absence), he was assigned to a number of increasingly responsible administrative positions: ombudsman; elementary principal; middle school assistant principal; middle school principal; assistant superintendent (Vail, AZ); superintendent (Vail, AZ); assistant superintendent (Tucson Unified) and superintendent (Tucson Unified).
Roger retired, finally, in 2008.  In 2009 he became involved with a group trying to preserve the cultural assets on the west side of the Santa Cruz River. This involved the preservation and re-creation of those assets in what is called Tucson Origins Heritage Park.
He has had that as his passion to this day and continues on the Board of the non- profit organization Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace.
Westward Look - 1/26 and 2/2
The Gem Show is back in town at the TCC, and since the show needs all available space at the TCC, the Westward Look will be hosting our lunch meetings on January 26th and February 2nd.  Please mark your calendars for these two meetings.
Thank you.
40 Under 40 ~ 1/19/22 Lunch Meeting
At our meeting on January 19th, our club will be hosting some of the 40 Under 40 recipients.  We want to help Rob Elias, CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to engage this incredible group of young professionals.  Our program will be Kasey Hill with the Greater Tucson Leadership and HSL Properties will be sponsoring this program.  So far we have had about half of the 40 Under 40 recipients respond of their attendance.  Hoping you all can attend this meeting.  Below is a list of these rising stars:
Adam Begody  - Associate Director of Development, Eller College of Management
Adam Goldstein - Co-Founder & President, Wealth Advisor, Adara Wealth Management
Ahmed Abdelmawgoud - Senior Systems Engineer/Adjunct Professor, Raytheon Missile and Defense
Alec Berens - Partner, BGK Capital
Alex Robie - Senior Project Manager, University of Arizona
Alicia White - Senior Audit Manager, Keegan Linscott & Associates, PC
Amanda Bruno - Project Manager, Economic Initiatives, City of Tucson
Amanda Powers - President, FC Tucson
Amanda Simeza - Director of Student Services, Pima JTED Career and Technical Education District
Arcelia Cornidez - Project Director, Help and Hope for YOUth, Arizona Youth Partnership
Courtney Henson - Attorney, Snell & Wilmer
Daniel Howe - Workforce Development Specialist & Owner of the Earnest House LLC
Daniela Siqueiros - Associate Director of Marketing & Advertising, Tucson Lifestyle
Desiree Guerrero - Founder & Executive Director for South Tucson C.O
Dr. Bethany Bruzzi - Banner Health CMO of Clinical Efficiency, Banner Health
Elise C. Lopez, DrPH. - Director, Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, University of Arizona
Emma Batty - Principal, Tanque Verde Elementary School
Eric Smith - Executive Director, University of Arizona Center for Innovation
Ina Ronquillo - Assistant News Director, KVOA-TV
Jeffry Gardner - Marketing Vice President, Sun Auto Tire & Service
John Jackson Moyer - Assistant Vice President of People and Culture, Tucson Federal Credit Union
Jonathan Rios - Senior Program Manager, Tohono O'odham Nation
Julie Euber - Chief Operating Officer, SARSEF
Kait Shinaberry - Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Banner Health University Medicine - Chief HR Officer
Katherine Campbell - Therapist, El Rio Community Health
Kelly Wiebelhaus MSN-Ed., RN - Nursing Program Director, Pima Medical Institute
Kendra Forgacs - Principal, Desert Willow Elementary School
Laura Stephens, MD - Assistant Professor/ Medical Director, Banner Health, University of Arizona
Leslie V. Farland - Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Arizona
Manuel Felix - Founder & CEO at AZ Cyber Initiative
Nikki Lee - City of Tucson Vice Mayor
Patrick Robles - Community Outreach Coordinator, Pima County Attorney's Office
Precious Craig - Pharmacy Student, University of Arizona
Saejah Tapp - Owner of Allure Medical Spa and Laser Institute
Sean Goslar - Regional Manager of Immigration Services, Chicanos por la Causa
Spencer Graves - Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Pima County
Stephanie Ponce - Principal, Liberty Elementary, Sunnyside Unified School District
Stephen Sterling - President/Co Founder, Localight
Steven Acevedo - Detective, City of Tucson
Theodore (Ted) Burhans - Director, Emerging Technology and Innovation, Tucson Electric Power
Invitation to ICS Grand Opening
Interfaith Community Services’ (ICS) new east side central office was one of our two Centennial Secondary Beneficiary projects.   As you will note in the following invitation, they will have a grand opening on Thursday, January 20, 2022.  If you would like to attend as a Rotarian from our Club, please let Jim Murphy, RCOT Foundation Grants Committee Chair, know.  Jim can be reached at
Dear Friends of ICS,
 I am so pleased to be celebrating the grand opening of our new central office, located at 122 N. Craycroft Rd on the campus of Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ.
 From this new location, ICS will assist the community by providing the opportunity for individuals to apply for emergency financial aid, workforce development support, and senior services. The vision for this central location is coming to fruition after much hard work and perseverance. We did not complete this journey alone. It took the wider community and a lot of dedication and support from Rincon Congregational UCC, the Rotary Club of Tucson and ICS staff working behind the scenes to launch this vibrant new ICS presence in the heart of Tucson.
 Representatives from ICS, Rincon UCC, Rotary, and the mayor’s office will be present for this exciting event. We will also have the new ICS Mobile Food Bank on site.
 I hope you will join us for refreshments and celebration on Thursday, January 20, 3-4pm at our new central offices. Remarks and ribbon cutting at 3:30 pm.
 Happy holidays,
 Tom McKinney
Chief Executive Officer
Interfaith Community Services
Rotary Club of Tucson Blood Drive ~ 2/16/22
The Rotary Club of Tucson will be holding a Blood Drive during our February 16th lunch meeting at the TCC.  The American Red Cross is in need of your help and they will be available between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Please contact Mike Sagara at if you have questions.
Give Blood -- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. 
Do You Have A New Addition to Your Family?
If you have a new addition to your Family whether it be a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc., for a “Happy Jackson” and one minute of mic time at an upcoming meeting, not only do you get a stuffed animal, but also you will receive a certificate welcoming them in as a Rotary Club of Tucson potential new member. You may pick a stuffed bear or hound dog for your little one (pictured here).  And, the original purchase of these stuffed animals helped St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  So reach out to the Rotary Office for details.  We'd love to hear of your new additions to your Family!
Irv's Rotary Flyfishing Fund
There are only 21 opportunities that remain before the end of Irv’s Centennial year.  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 members have resigned from the Rotary Club of Tucson:
Pat Raskob
Billy Anastopolous
Kristen Wendler
Nick Jones
The following members will be on Leave of Absence:
Lisa Fogle
Paul Hooker
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:
Jan 12, 2022
El Charro
Jan 19, 2022
Greater Tucson Leadership
Jan 26, 2022
Car Show - Reveal (Mtg. @ Westward Look)
Feb 02, 2022
Dude Ranching in AZ (Mtg. @ Westward Look)
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Upcoming Events
January 12, Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Jan 12, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
January 19, Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Jan 19, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
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