Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - August 11, 2021
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
Pima JTED - Transformational Innovative Learning

Pima JTED, as the proud recipient of the RCOT 2021 Centennial Grant, is providing transformational innovative learning opportunities through their new campus, the JTED Innovative Learning Center at The Bridges. Updates will be provided about the new campus, the new programs and why this project is so innovative as it relates to the student experience, how the project was funded and community partnerships as well as the economic and workforce development opportunities that Pima JTED provides.

Kathy Prather ~ Biography

Kathy Prather has served as the Superintendent/CEO of the Pima JTED since 2018. Prior to joining Pima JTED, she served as Director of Career and Technical Education for the Sunnyside Unified and Tucson Unified School Districts. Kathy's career in education has spanned 32 years in multiple locations across Arizona including Rough Rock High School, Prescott College, Northwest Pioneer College, Mohave Community College, Mohave High School, Colorado River Union High School District, Tucson Unified School District and Sunnyside Unified School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration-Management, a Master of Arts Degree in Vocational Technical Education, and multiple certifications from the Arizona Department of Education including Superintendent, Principal and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher.

 Kathy Prather was recognized for her accomplishments in Career and Technical Education as the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ) 2011 Administrator of the Year and was awarded the 2016 ACTEAZ Lifetime Achievement Award. Kathy served on the Board of the National Council of Local Administrators (NCLA) from 2008-2015 as well as the Executive Board of the Arizona Council of Occupational and Vocational Administrators (ACOVA) from 2006-2014.

Kathy was instrumental in the passage of the Pima County Joint Technical Education District in Pima County in 2006. Prior to the JTED Proposition 400 item being listed on the ballot for residents in Pima County, she led community forums and made multiple presentations to business, industry and local school district governing boards. Passage of the Pima County JTED District continues to bring over $20 million dollars annually in supplemental funding for satellite and central CTE programs in Pima, Santa Cruz and Pinal Counties.

Kathy is a Tucson native and a graduate of Sabino High School. She is married to Brad, a retired teacher and has two grown children. In her spare time, she loves to travel and play golf.

Mystery Editor ~ 8/4/21
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN called the meeting to order. 
KURTIS DAWSON gave the Inspiration and urged us to do good and invoked a thought-provoking quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the Gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.”
SHARYN FELTON led us in the pledge and “God Bless America”.
Matt Russell, via video, introduced our guest speaker Bishop Gerald Kicanas, who talked about the almost $50,000,000 that has been invested in revitalizing ‘Cathedral Square’ in the heart of downtown Tucson.  Bishop Kicanas invited all to take a walk and visit the Cathedral after the meeting.
President MARK introduced new member MITCH PISIK (Business Consulting).  MARK told the club of MITCH’S desire and hard work to get to his blue badge.  Welcome MITCH to the club!
Past Pres and car show founder JON WANG commenced a ‘History Moment’ about Paul Harris when he was interrupted by Pres-elect BRUCE JACOBS, who asked PP JON about the ingredients to allow us to jog late into life. PP JON provided the following:
  1. Perfect anatomical alignment from base of skull to tip of big toe
  2. No extra load (delete the fat)
  3. Decent brain function
  4. Genetic blessing of durable joint surfaces
Sergeant-at-Arms KHRIS DODGE awarded $37 to JAY GANDOLFI, raffle winner, who failed to pull the King of Clubs from the deck so the pot grows again.
‘No handshake/Hug’ ribbons are coming soon. (Pres MARK)
The Fly-Fishing fund is $100 richer thanks to Past Pres CHARLOTTE HARRIS. (Pres MARK)
Centennial celebration ads are selling fast for the Daily Star Insert. (JIM LUBINSKI)
Centennial Rotary shirts will be available soon. (BRUCE JACOBS)
The club has sold 24% of its car show tickets. (JOE DANISZEWSKI)
Next week’s program is Kathy Prather of JTED.
Pres MARK adjourned the meeting at approximately 12:20 with a toast to our speaker for all the vital work he has done with Cathedral Square.
#Irv's Rotary Fly Fishing Fund
We welcome President Mark "Irv" Irvin's challenge to fellow Rotarians to match funds for our club's use in supporting both our Club's international and local efforts.  These pledges are for the 2021/22 Rotary year and donations will go to your favorite Rotary programs, i.e. Paul Harris, Scholarships, the Tucson Classics Car Show.  If you are interested in supporting President Mark in his efforts, forms are available on the home page of our website under the RCOT Member Area drop down menu or at the registration table at our lunch meetings.  Thank you.
RCOT Centennial Event Invitation and Registration ~ 9/25/21
Hello Members,
Well, after many months of announcing the Rotary Club of Tucson’s 100 Year Celebration, the official invite to the Centennial Event is finally available.  In order to make your reservations, please CLICK HERE.  If this does not work, try copying and pasting this link in your browser:
This should take you to our Eventbrite registration.  You will be asked to register yourself and your guests, make your meal choices and also make payment. If you are registering a guest(s), please be sure to scroll down and fill out the registration in its entirety.  Details regarding the evening event are in the below invitation.
TCC Doubletree Room Reservations 9-25-21
TCC Doubletree Room Reservations and Rates for the Centennial Event 9-25-21 
We have secured a 15 room block at the TCC Doubletree. We encourage you to reserve a room early to insure you will have one for the event.
Rotary Club of Tucson Room Block - 1 king at $115 per night plus tax. 
You may call the hotel, 520-372-7100 or use this direct link:
(Please, only if you run into a problem ask for Natalie Mendoza.)
Help Wanted ~ Mystery Editors
Hi all,
We are in need of some writers to be a part of the Mystery Editor Committee for our weekly meetings.  If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact the Rotary office.
Thank you.
Rotary Fitness Bulletin Board
We are bringing back the Rotary Fitness Bulletin Board so........ let's get physical!!!! To participate or see what others are doing to stay healthy, go to the club website home page, scroll down the left side to RCOT Links and click on "RCOT Fitness Bulletin Board".  There you will see a spreadsheet listing all activities members have posted.  No need to sign up, just show up!  Oh, and by the way, if there is an activity you will be participating in, please feel free to post.  Others may want to join you!  This spreadsheet is handled solely by the members, so please remember after posting your activity, don't forget to remove after your fitness program has ended.  Thank you and let's get movin...
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:
Aug 18, 2021
PBS - In the Americas
Aug 25, 2021
Rio Nuevo - Downtown Update
Sep 01, 2021
District 5500 Happenings
Sep 08, 2021
Fox Theatre
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Upcoming Events
Aug 18, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Aug 18, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Aug 25, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Aug 25, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
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