Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - September 13, 2023
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
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Reminder- No Lunch Meeting 9/13/23
Remember: Since Wednesday, 9/13/23 is the second week of the month, there will be no lunch meeting at the TCC.  As you know, the Gem & Mineral Tour will be taking place, organized by Bruce Jacobs. Parking is available in the underground parking facility at 165 W Alameda and the elevator takes you up to Presidio Park, which is on the back side of the courthouse. Tickets are $15 ($10 for Seniors.) Plan to meet in the courtyard of the courthouse at 11:30.  No need to RSVP for the tour.
At our next meeting 9/20/23 we are looking forward to the presentations from four local charities who will be vying for a percentage of the net proceeds from the 2024 Tucson Classics Car Show. The Grants Committee has selected: Wright Flight, Interfaith Community Services, Amphi Foundation, and Sister Jose Women’s Center. Mark your calendars to attend this important lunch meeting to participate in the vote.
Mystery Editor ~ 9/6/23
Lovely MARGARET HIGGINS interrupted the delicious tri-tip steak and salmon lunch for Biotechnology guru JONATHAN WALKUP to lead us in the pledge and a resounding rendition of “God Bless America” accompanied by our very own musical maestro KHRIS DODGE. Our singing is awesome!
Softly somber MARGARET then gave us a moment of silence for the loss of long-time member Reverend RICHARD ROWLEY who passed away August 18th at 95 years old.  RICHARD joined us in 1979 and was very active prior to his health challenges. 
A second moment of silence was somberly felt for the loss of life from the fires in Lahaina Maui.
And then … a 180 degree inspirational mood swing … with cheerful BRITTANY BATTLE answering the analog brick style cardboard mobile phone built by the apparently “smarter than he looks” ROGER HARWELL.  1900’s Rotary club founder PAUL HARRIS called in from heaven to remind us all to get out and help with the car show.  BRITTANY suggested PAUL might try texting or emailing us, but literally old school PAUL only knew of the then cutting-edge technology phone / telegraph. 
Two wheeled motor enthusiast DAN KALM introduced guests Ginny Clements, Scott Bronson, Guy Blumenthal, Michael Levin, Peter Paisley, Thomas Gomez and the 96 year old mother of today’s speaker, the elegant Gilda Rodriquez!
Cheerful BRITTANY then introduced the youngest of 10 kids of the elegant Gilda Rodriguez, the CEO of FreeFall 5G, Alex Rodriquez.  Born and raised in Nogales, energetic Alex started his illustrious career collecting aluminum cans and was immediately promoted to art gallery protector.  Then he went on to go to a bunch of schools for a bunch of degrees, served as a Captain in the Army in Bosnia, worked in high tech at Raytheon before taking over CEO of Tucson’s own FreeFall 5G.
5G is the latest standard for the latest technological shift.  FreeFall 5G specializes in uniquely small, round, low energy-using antenna with superior range for transmission utilizing high bandwidth millimeter wave spectrum.  These antenna enable “real time data sharing” described as seconds fast downloading of movies, remote surgery, etc.  Alex spoke of an anticipated $13 Trillion economic shift with widespread implementation of this 5G high bandwidth data transfer.  Currently, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc. utilize the Mid-bandwidth and FreeFalls 5G’s antenna will be part of utilizing High-bandwidth.  Tucson venture capitalists, UAVC (Fletcher McCusker), and DVI (Diamond Ventures) support FreeFall 5G and the future looks bright!  ALEX signed the children’s book “Technology Tail” for the Make Way for Books library!
Beloved CHAR HARRIS presented 68 year breast cancer survivor and one tough cookie GINNY CLEMENTS with her PAUL HARRIS +1 badge for her generous donation last year to our Ride to End Polio.  Born in Fowler, Fresno, CA, devoted basketball fan of the local crazy feline team, Ginny moved to Tucson in 1972 and never looked back.  In 2020 she made a HUGE contribution to the UofA to start the Ginny L. Clements Cancer Center.  Love the generous local support for the greater good!
Investment guru and alum of the awesomely superior Arizona State University JIM WOOD presented easy going, eager, and engaging JIM GARRETT with his Blue Badge!  JIM’s illustrious background includes Tucson’s own Tyrannosaurus Rex, water filtration and now real estate investment property.  But way more importantly, JIM mountain bikes!
Sergeant at Arms but actually quite calm, DAN, did the raffle and for the umpteenth time I did not win!  There is now over $1,000 “in the pot”!  So whatever you do, don’t buy anymore raffle tickets, because I need a new bike to keep up with JIM!
All hail praise upon the Rotary Club of Saddlebrook, who joined us last week and are some really cool folk!
Let DAN know if you are interested in joining a Greeter line at the beginning of meetings.  Great way to get to know and be known!
Sep. 13th in place of our meeting, join BRUCE at the Gem & Mineral Museum tour downtown with lunch at Café La Art.  No sign up is needed for the Museum but if you want to attend the lunch, please RSVP to BRUCE JACOBS.
Prolific BRUCE has a new grandbaby, the handsome Ziggy Bobby Bunger and Mamma and baby are healthy and all are happy!
Sep. 20th meeting bring children’s books to donate.  Give to MARGARET.
Oct. 4th meeting bring personal items to donate to the homeless supported by Old Pueblo Community Service!  More info to follow and a truck will be outside the TCC for your donations.
Oct. 7th Wine Fellowship trip to Sonoita!  $139 includes booze, food & transport!
Oct. 12th join KYM ADAIR for Barstool Sports Kickoff luncheon featuring Teddy Brewsky at the TCC!
Nov. 1st meeting devoted to unique service projects with 10+ local philanthropic groups.  Representatives of each will present theirs and we all get to choose projects, which we individually may enjoy supporting.
Seven weeks to go to the car show and we are 82% away from our raffle / car show ticket sales goal (on track).  Please use the online email template to invite colleagues, friends & family to buy car show / raffle tickets!  One in four of us have sold tickets thus far, so now is the time to turn up our efforts!
Humorous MARGARET told a triplet of lexofilia (word play) jokes that provoked a few snickers and groans, re-capped the meeting and let energetic BRITTANY toast and adjourn another great meeting!
OPCS - Project - 10/4/23
We will hold a Service Project at our Club lunch meeting on October 4th for Old Pueblo Community Services.  Please bring any items on the list (focus on the Priority Items) for the residents in shelters and scattered housing.  A truck will be parked outside the TCC and RCOT members will help with getting your items to the truck for delivery to OPCS.  Thank you for your donations; it is much appreciated.  See the list below:
Winery Tour Adventure to Sonoita - 10/7/23
Winery Tour Adventure to Sonoita
Saturday, October 7th 
Join us for this memorable day including:
  • Roundtrip transportation from Tucson in passenger van
  • Visits to 3 vineyards with 5-6 tastings at each site
  • Souvenir tasting glass
  • Delicious boxed Lunch from a local cafe
  • Snacks & water throughout the day
  • Fun with Rotary friends and guests!
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Pick up Sites TBD based on participants location – more details to follow)
Deadline to register:  Friday, September 22, 2023
Cost:  $139 plus $20 gratuity per person
Register using the QR code or this dedicated link:
We’ll follow-up for your lunch selection.
Conference of Clubs- Register now
The 2023 Annual District Conference of Clubs will take place on October 6-7 at the Casino Del Sol and is now open for registration  We are calling it the “Conference of Clubs” because this year it features breakout and plenary sessions delivering exciting ideas on Club Service Projects, Fundraising, Member Engagement, and more, including a Club Presidents Roundtable on Friday afternoon.  The Conference also features outstanding national speakers at every general meal session. For hotel reservations, you must use the District portal to access the block of rooms at lower cost.
Hike to Summit of Mount Wrightson
For this all-day trek to the summit of Mount Wrightson there was a group of six daring adventurers.  Joined by fellow Rotarian, Michael Guymon as well as friends of Rotary, Bill & Melody Mesch and Julie Kennedy & Dave Koepper, we began our ascent shortly after 7AM from the Old Baldy trailhead at Madera Canyon.  We had a perfect day for this long hike with starting temperatures in the 50's and happily only reaching a high of 68.  We actually were hiking in the clouds for a portion of the ascent.  After a nice lunch at the summit this hearty group began the reverse trek back down the 4,030 vertical feet climbed earlier in the day.  Ultimately, we spent just over 8 hours on the mountain hiking 11.2 miles and we can officially mark this hike off the calendar for a few years.  See you all on the trails!
Encourage People to Join Rotary
Encouraging all members if you know someone that you think would make a good member of our remarkable Rotary Club, please invite them to a lunch meeting.  There is no charge to you or your guest and this is a great opportunity for them to see what we do and how we do it.  Remember, as our club grows, so does our service to the community and to the world.  Thank you!
Create Hope for Maui

A Special Message from District Governor Don

All of us have seen the awful destruction of the disastrous fires in Maui. Many Rotarians of District 5000 (Hawaii) are directly impacted. There are nine Rotary clubs on Maui and it has been reported that the homes of two Club Presidents have been destroyed. Many of you have already reached out and asked how we can help.

Early in a disaster, often the most effective way to help is a contribution of cash to a trustworthy and reliable organization. The District 5000 Foundation has established a Maui Relief Fund. Below I have shared an  appeal that District Governor Mark Merriam sent to all the Rotary members in District 5000. It includes a donation link to make contributions to the Maui Relief Fund. If you wish, this is an opportunity to help our fellow Rotary members in Maui and their neighbors. Thank you.

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:
Sep 13, 2023
Gem & Mineral Tour - Bruce Jacobs
Sep 20, 2023
Charity Presentations
Sep 27, 2023
District 5500 Update
Oct 04, 2023
2023 Car Show
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Upcoming Events
Tour - Gem & Mineral Museum
Sep 13, 2023
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
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