Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - April 7, 2021
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
April 7th Meeting Held @ Hilton East
7600 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ  85710
United States
(520) 623-2281
Southern Arizona and Cultural Alliance
Strengthening the Bonds between People, Place and Purpose in a Time of Social Distancing.
To date, SAACA - the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance - has created over 200,000 arts-driven experiences, from innovative community festivals and cultural celebrations to creative sector development, and accessible arts enrichment programs. Matt will share an introduction to their community collaborations and programming; a look at how COVID-19 has impacted their programs and the arts and culture sector at large; creative adaptations taking place; and what we are seeing as the future of adaptation for artists, creatives, musicians, and makers.
Matt Rolland ~ Biography
In addition to being a touring musician and recording artist, Matt Rolland of Tucson, Arizona, is the Director of Programs at SAACA (Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance) and serves on the Board of the Tucson Folk Festival. As Director of Programs, Matt oversees SAACA’s community programs and outreach, ranging from chalk art festivals, mural commissions, to concert series and culinary festivals, and also manages their new 14,000 square feet collaborative arts space CATALYST Arts & Maker Space at Tucson Mall which opened in December 2019.
Matt has had a fiddle in his hand since the age of four. Well known as the bandleader and fiddle player for the Tucson-based band, Run Boy Run, Matt has performed at festivals and concert halls across the country, released six studio albums and was twice featured on American Public Media’s popular radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” Matt is a graduate of the University of Arizona and was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico.
Mystery Editor ~ 3/31/21
President JEN HOFFMAN called the March 31st meeting to order at 12 noon. As beautiful as Hacienda del Sol is, the real beauty was inside as many of the ladies were adorned with lovely spring dresses.
The lunch featured Grilled Salmon with Herb Roasted Fingerlings, Haricot Verts, and Herbed Citrus Buerre Blanc. As always Hacienda del Sol banquet staff did a fantastic job serving all of our Rotarians.
President JEN started the meeting by introducing Nancy Bevens, guest of Ellie Patterson, who is currently in the membership process. JEN then thanked the online audience for attending the meeting virtually.
President JEN introduced the days program, which featured our Tucson Classics Car Show. CLIFF BOWMAN, the 2020 Car Show Chair, received an impressive introduction from President JEN before taking the stage. CLIFF declared this to be his favorite day of the Car Show – Car Show Results Day, and then provided an extremely thorough and inspirational recap of the 2020 Tucson Classics Car Show. His highlights included a Slideshow recap of October 17th and thanks extended to The Executive Committee; Title Sponsor MIKE ANDERSON (who was the recipient of a unique 1963 Corvette flask filled with KY bourbon that CLIFF warned MIKE not to drink); Friday Night Raffle Sponsor FAYE MORSE; Raffle Sponsors Sam Levitz, Wellspring Financial, Tucson Appliance Center, Tucson Family Wellness, and Jack Furriers Tire & Auto; Ticket Sales, comprised of ROGER HARWELL, JEANNE ZETAH, DAVE WHITE, and JOE DANISZEWSKI
The 30,000 member ticket sales goal was exceeded by a few hundred tickets, thanks to the hard work and outstanding efforts of our members.  CINDY BARBEE and her marketing partners at Madden Media shattered the previous online ticket sales record of 4,000 tickets by selling a whopping 13,500!  Top 10 Individual Ticket Sellers, which include 1st place – LARRY ADAMSON, 2nd place – PAT ZUMBUSCH, 3rd place – DREW VACTOR (the three of which earned drinks at the next social from CLIFF, who couldn’t quite catch them and came in fourth), and 5th place – Jim Murphy.  Top 3 Ticket Teams: 3rd place – October Rovers (led by JIM MURPHY), 2nd place – January Jaguars (lead by JIM ENGEL), and 1st place – March Maturates (led by CHARLOTTE HARRIS).
The online auction was a huge success at $28,000, which almost doubled their goal of $15,000. A big thanks was given to JEANNE ZATAH and DANIELLE BALLIERE for their tireless efforts.
CLIFF’s final announcement, before the check presentations, was the winner of the corvette. The winning ticket, which happened to be an online ticket purchase, was held by a gentleman named Martin, who drove down from Phoenix to collect the corvette with his excited grandson.
JIM MURPHY prepared for the check presentations by providing background on the deserving recipients. After JIM’s introduction of the organizations and their representatives, both groups expressed their gratitude for the club supporting their missions. JIM also shared the great news that the real value of lighted Rotary logos on the JTED building has an estimated value of $1,000,000!
CLIFF returned to the podium to proclaim all of this great teamwork paid off! He joyously announced the 2020 net proceeds exceeded $133,000! The beneficiaries each received:
The Gregory School… $10,000
Make Way for Books   $49,000
JTED… $74,000
CLIFF and JIM presented the giant checks (with JIM playing his very best Vanna White) to our very excited beneficiaries.
CLIFF then introduced JONI CONDIT, the 2021 Car Show Chair. JONI shared that we are off to a great start – 1,850 Car Show tickets have already been sold this year, and over 1,000 of those by our incoming president, MARK IRVIN! JONI then honored her predecessor CLIFF BOWMAN – and shared details about CLIFF that many of us may never have known otherwise. I have no doubt CLIFF will forever be grateful for now being known to our club as Chicken Daddy. CLIFF was presented with a gift that he proceeded to immediately and unintentionally dismantle. As our speaker, CLIFF was given a book to sign, which was appropriately titled “Race Car Dreams”.
Club Members, keep up the good work! We are making a difference!
Todays Birthdays featured BOB MORKEN (3/28), DON ROLLINGS (3/28) and Rotary Club of Tucson (4/1). If you were not with us at Hacienda del Sol to celebrate these birthdays, I suggest you ask DON about earning his Romantic Literature degree from Princess University!
Sergeant of Arms: Announcements:
JEN HOFFMAN – Peace Poll at Literacy Connects building on Friday, April 16th
JEN HOFFMAN – Strategic Plan (available on the website)
GARY OLSEN – Cash Raffle is back! Bring cash to the April 7th Meeting at Hilton East.
BRUCE JACOBS – Home Hospitality Week of 4/21 (no lunch meeting) – Hosts are still needed. Sign-ups will begin shortly on the website.
STEVE PICKERING – Venue Committee Update for future meetings.  Member feedback is needed in the decision-making process, so the April lunch meetings will be held at three new venues: Hilton East, Tucson Convention Center, and Westward Look. All three venues have recently undergone renovations. Selection criteria include:  location, value, potential for membership growth, and overall quality.
April 7th at Hilton East (parking on southwest side – behind the Hilton)
April 14th at Tucson Convention Center (watch for parking instructions, Parking Lot B)
April 28th at Westward Look Resort
BOB SHAFF – Blue Badge presentation to ANN MARSH, congratulations!
TOM STRASBURG – Blue Badge presentation to JOE ZARAGOZA, congratulations!
MARGARET HIGGINS – Reminder: Members have until midnight to make any online Orville McPherson and Four Way nominations
As a rare treat, the meeting ended with birthday cake served to all members in celebration of the Club’s 100 years.
Our next meeting is April 7th will be held at Hilton East, and will feature Matt Rolland of the Southern Arizona and Cultural Alliance. If you were not present, I encourage you to watch this inspirational meeting on YouTube or Facebook.
This fantastic meeting was adjourned immediately after President JEN’s Nelson Mandela quote, an encouraging toast about Service Above Self, and a request for Thor to give JEN back her hammer.
April Lunch Meeting Schedule
During the month of April, we will be visiting the three different venues we are considering to be our new home for our weekly lunch meetings.  Here is the schedule:
April 7th - Hilton East
April 14th - TCC
April 21st - Home Hospitality Week (No Lunch Meeting)
April 28th - Westward Look
Please be sure to mark your calendars!!!
Camp Lawton Service Project Day
Please join us for the April 24th Camp Lawton Boy Scout Camp Service Day:
Hours - 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Lunch will be served.
Work Projects - trail maintenance, fire mitigation, chapel maintenance, painting prep and painting, oiling the Dining Hall and general clean up.
Bring - water, gloves, hats, sunscreen, masks, rakes, shovels and pick axes.
Camp Lawton is just off the Mt. Lemmon Highway, 12900 E Organization Ridge Road.
RSVP to Joe Daniszewski, or call or text at 520-245-4350.
Check out the link from the Catalina Council, Boy Scouts, Camp Lawton, with a map to Camp and the latest photos.

Dear Fellow Rotarians, 

As you know, The Rotary Club of Tucson is quickly approaching our Centennial Celebration.   One Hundred Years of Service in Tucson and Southern Arizona! 

The Centennial Committee is working diligently to create an extraordinary event for us to honor our Club’s history and we want you to join the festivities! 

Save The Date! 

Saturday, September 25, 2021  

More details will be coming soon, but for now, please mark this important date on your calendar.  

Yours In Rotary, 

The Centennial Committee 

RCOT Facebook Live and YouTube Channel
If you would like to view past Rotary meetings on our Facebook Page go to to view the meetings.  You can also find the Facebook Live link on the home page of our website next to the Facebook logo.  Just click and you are there! 
To view 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:
Apr 14, 2021
Whiskey Del Bac (Meeting at the TCC)
Apr 21, 2021
Apr 28, 2021
Tech Transfer from the U of Arizona (Meeting at the Westward Look)
May 05, 2021
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Upcoming Events
April 14, 2021 Lunch Mtg @Tucson Convention Center
Apr 14, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Home Hospitality Week (4/18/21 ~ 4/24/21)
Apr 18, 2021 – Apr 24, 2021
April 28, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Westward Look
Apr 28, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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