Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - August 25, 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
Downtown Post Covid

Fletcher McCusker ~ Biography


Fletcher is a third generation Tucsonan.  His grandfather Russell moved to Tucson from Indiana just after the depression.  Russell worked for the WPA and laid many of the downtown and University area sidewalks for $1.00 a day and eventually went to work for the railroad.  Fletcher's mother was a Tucson High School grad and Fletcher attended John B Wright, Davidson and Amphi.  He completed a BS in Rehabilitation at the University of Arizona in 1974 but left Tucson for greener pastures attending graduate school at ASU.  Fletcher rose through the ranks in many health care companies in Oklahoma, Maryland and Texas and while in Texas in 1996 he conceived and launched the Providence Service Corporation, the first home based mental health company in America.  His wife, Liz, actually suggested they base the company in Tucson and Providence was launched  in January 1997. Fletcher followed an unusual route for Tucson companies with Providence: his money, family and friends, venture capital, and ultimately a very successful IPO.  When he exited Providence in 2012 it was a billion dollar business located in 44 states and employing over 11,000 people. During the Providence run Fletcher became very involved in the rebuilding of downtown Tucson.  He relocated the company headquarters to downtown Tucson in May of 2010 remodeling a block of boarded up buildings that not only became the company headquarters but opened up restaurant, residential and commercial space.  His passion for downtown was a catalyst for many and in 2012 he was appointed to the Rio Nuevo board, responsible for the State funds designated to revitalize Tucson, and elected Chairman unanimously by his fellow board members.  Just weeks after his announced retirement from Providence Fletcher launched a new company called Sinfonía, also in a remodeled downtown warehouse. SinfoníaRx was the first major spin out from Tech Launch Arizona.   Sinfonia sold in October 2017 and McCusker immediately launched UAVenture Capital, a growth fund dedicated to UofA commercialization. UAVC has made 15 investments in UofA related science and technology and has become a pivotal part of the developing start up ecosystem expanding in the Tucson region.


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Mystery Editor ~ 8/25/21
Another great start to another great meeting.  It’s wonderful to see so many faces each week and to have our badges scanned by the Greeters.  For those of us who have had the pleasure of watching “The Desert Speaks” series on PBS; we were all on the edge of our seats to hear the wonderfully entertaining and educating David Yetman give his presentation. PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN rang the bell to begin the meeting.  A warm welcome by the Club was given for all guests, and fellow Rotarians, welcome again to Downtown.
LYNN STRUTHERS PEATE led us in the pledge and song “Star Spangled Banner” with another wonderful accompaniment by KHRIS DODGE and “JEN” the keyboard. The inspirational moment was presented by KYM ADAIR who shared a message of Esteeming others: Be quick to forgive, Be positive and Lift someone up each day. 
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN then gave a thank you to CHRIS MOONEY for the new group Rotary picture we are now using on the web page and for the Tucsotarian.  If you are missing from the picture and want CHRIS to work his magic putting you in it, he can. We then took a break for fellowship and lunch. After the break, JOHN DUVAL then introduced our guests for today’s luncheon and welcomed all.
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN then introduced our speaker for today with a video introduction by RICK ROSE from Film Creations.  Welcome David Yetman!  David’s presentation, “Saguaros and Other Cacti Are Up to Something” began with beautiful pictures of saguaros and other native cacti throughout our Southern America’s but prefaced those that are ‘crested’ though beautiful and interesting, are all up to nefarious activities and very sinister.  This happens when environmental and human disturbances create them to want revenge!  His presentations did not disappoint with plenty of gorgeous cacti pictures, that are bigger than you can imagine, and full of entertaining commentary as well as educational. The book “Fatima’s Great Outdoors” was signed by David for our Make Way for Books Library. 
Birthday announcements were next: SHARYN FELTON a member since 2016, JEANNE ZETAH a member since 2019, and SARA GAAR EHRENS a member since 2018.  A very happy birthday to all three lovely ladies!
A new member was introduced to the club by PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN; JOHN DUVAL, welcome to the Club.  JOHN then gave a brief history of his involvement in Rotary and why though he moved away for 14 years, he always knew he’d be back in Tucson. 
CHAR HARRIS and MARIANNE FREITAS then gave the Paul Harris Award to Sam McGaughey and Marge McGaughey.  They were both the ultimate entertainers, loved to share great jokes each time they opened their home to gatherings for fellowship.  
JON WANG then gave our club a History Moment of our Club’s Creator, PAUL HARRIS.  It all started in Chicago with four members in February 1905.  They met every two weeks and would rotate the meetings’ location.  They decided the group needed a name; after lots of suggestions by the 3rd meeting, they chose the name Rotary Club.  The rest is history.
Next it was the always anticipated Raffle and King of Clubs Game presented by SERGEANT AT ARMS KHRIS DODGE.  The King of Clubs was not drawn, better luck next week!  Remember to purchase your raffle tickets at the door. 
JIM LUBINSKI and JONI CONDIT – both gave updates to the: Centennial, Auction, Tickets and Goodie Bags.  So far only 70 people have registered for the Centennial Event on September 25th.  We’ve planned for 300 attendees, please sign up and buy your tickets!  Remember to register to bid on auction items.  STEVE PICKERING let the committee know he was able to sign up easily.  If STEVE PICKERING can do it – you can to!  We also need more auction items for the event.  Thank you to all those that have donated and for anyone else that has auction items, please get them in ASAP.  KYM ADAIR shared that she needs donations for the Car Show goodie bags.  She needs 450 items for the bags, please see KYM for your donations. 
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN had a few additional reminders: next week is “Bring Your Competitor to Rotary Day.” Be sure to register via the email link for the Centennial Event on Eventbrite. Our Past President BOB LOGAN was the lucky member to have his fishing picture chosen for MARK’s Fly-Fishing Fund this week.  BOB was sure to add a few laughs in on his picture for MARK’s announcement. BRUCE JACOBS gave a reminder to the club to order your Rotary apparel soon.
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN closed with a final reminder that the scholarship cups are now on the table, thank you to all attendees both in-person and virtually, remember to return your badge in your numbered slot on your way out and if you have not received your new magnetic Rotary pin, see DORINNA or KARI.  Happy birthday to SHARYN, JEANNE and SARA. Next week’s presentation is by FLETCHER MCCUSKER, Rio Nuevo.  PRESIDENT MARK gave the final toast before ringing the bell to adjourn the meeting. 
#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,
Time is ticking to sign up for the Rotary Club of Tucson’s 100 Year Celebration!  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.)
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:
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