Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - February 19, 2020
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Musical Performance ~ Katherine Byrnes

Katherine Byrnes ~ Biography

International award-winning vocalist Katherine Byrnes is the full package, singing jazz, Broadway, rock, and classical genres. In addition to her role as Assistant Producer of Tucson’s Gaslight Theatre, she fronts the indie-folk band Sweet Ghosts and regularly stars in shows paying tribute to luminaries such as Barbra Streisand, Janis Joplin, and Carole King.

Growing up in the Tucson Foothills, Katherine began singing in the first grade when she took a melodrama class and sang Matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof. "I loved it!” she says. "I grew up performing in Kids Unlimited, which taught me stage presence and performing. As a freshman at The University of Arizona I pursued musical theatre at first, and then transferred to the School of Music to study vocal jazz. As I went out into the performing world, I began to understand that you don't have to choose one type of music to focus on. I now enjoy singing a wide array of genres: jazz, musical theatre, classical, pop, rock, blues, etc."

President's Letter
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
Lots of activity going on right now in our club and I thought I would reach out to bring you up to speed …. It is going to be a fun spring of Rotary activities!
Random Acts of Kindness – Faye Morse
A special shout out to Faye Morse for a great job in helping bring a novel concept to the club – Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  Hopefully, if well received, this might become an annual event.  And a special thanks to about 20+ Rotarians who provided the funding to make this project a reality.  We have already received a few reports from members about their individual RAKs, for example:
  1. Angela Moore paid for a couple of cars behind her while in the drive through line at Starbucks;
  2. Melanie Hoffman gave $10 to a homeless man, and then took it a step further and gave $20 to homeless couple with a dog;
  3. Rick Rose bought a couple of DM airmen a beer;
  4. While in line at Safeway, David Lovitt purchased the roses a mom and her daughter were buying for their teachers at school;
  5. Lee Olitzky gave his $10 to a homeless couple;
  6. Ken Light was planning on helping a homeless man he sees on a regular basis.
Remember, it takes so little effort to do good for someone else, and it feels good at the same time!
March Madness
At this Wednesday’s meeting, you will all meet the head coaches of the eight March Madness teams.  Special thanks to these Rotarians who have stepped up to lead our efforts to expand our membership.  Margaret Higgins, Phil Gutt, Nina Trasoff, Denise Newton, Bobby Larson, Jeanne Flower, Lynette Bruster and Kurtis Dawson.  They have come up with some inventive team names, colors and songs.  It will be a hoot!  And remember, should you bring a prospective member to a meeting during March Madness – THEIR LUNCH IS FREE!  Don’t miss this opportunity to spread the goodwill of the Rotary Club of Tucson into our community.
Rotary Club of Tucson History – UA Scholarship Program
This Wednesday, we will all meet a very special person, Dr. James Walker.  Dr. Walker contacted the club last fall about visiting Tucson and a desire to attend one of our meetings – to say thank you to our club.  Believe it or not, James Walker was the recipient of one of our UA Rotary Scholarships in 1949.  71 years ago!  He then went on to win a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship in 1956 and studied at the University of Basel.  Thanks to Jon Wang and Roger Harwell for helping facilitate this very special visit.  Jon will interview Dr. Walker for a brief time during our meeting.  Please make sure you all say hello to Dr. Walker and his wife Nadine.
Service Projects
We have a couple of outstanding opportunities to provide Rotary service to our community.  Gary Olsen is leading a charge to do some painting at Imago Dei School on Saturday, March 14,  and Dave Gallaher is leading our annual effort to help out at the Triangle Y Ranch Camp in Oracle on April 25.  We need plenty of able-bodied Rotarians to help in these efforts.  Please reach out to Gary and Dave if you can help.
Upcoming Music Programs
In our continuing effort to bring fun, memorable or education programs to our club, this Wednesday we will have our first music program of the year.  Thanks to brand new Rotarian Khris Dodge, who has an entertainment company himself, we will be blessed with accomplished vocalist Katherine Byrnes.  She will be performing with Khris and may sing a combination of Carole King and/or Barbara Streisand songs.  To catch a glimpse of her work, please visit
Later on this spring, we will hear from American Idol contestant Crystal Stark, who we had to reschedule since she was filming a commercial this week.  To see what might be to come with Crystal, please visit:
And finally, on April 1, Khris Dodge will be bringing back the popular Tucson High Steel Drum band, Jovert.  They were a huge hit a couple of years ago when they visited the club.  One can’t help but love the sound of the steel drums:
Social Gatherings
Some fun stuff is on store for the rest of the spring.  Our next replacement mixer is on March 4 and we will be going to The Living Room up at La Encantada.  In April we will be having Home Hospitality once again – think about hosting a dinner at your home.  Finally, we have bought out the entire Gaslight Theater for a special Rotary performance on May 17.  More information and registration details on these later.  A special thanks to Bruce Jacobs for coordinating all of the fantastic mixers we have had this year.
Fitness Challenge Bulletin Board
Thanks to Darrell Stewart for setting up the Rotary fitness challenge spread sheet on our website.  We have hikes up Sabino Canyon and to Hutch’s Pool coming up this month.  If you want to lead any kind of activity, just add it to the board and hope people show up!  It could be a bike ride or a walk down the Loop river walk.  It is that easy!  Check it out here:
As we enter the final few months of the Logan Reign of Terror (who is counting, not me!), I want to re-emphasize our goals for this year:
  1. Have Fun
  2. Make an Impact
  3. Be Inspired
  4. Connect to Rotary
Yours in Rotary,
Bob Logan
James Silas Walker, PhD ~ Rotary Scholar
As President Bob mentioned in his above Letter, please be sure to say hello to Dr. Walker at this week's lunch meeting.  A short bio is below:
James Silas Walker, PhD -  Rotary Scholar Extraordinaire!  Born in Tucson 1933 and graduated Tucson High School 1949.  Awarded Rotary Club Tucson Scholarship that covered expenses freshman year at University of Arizona.  Graduated U.A. 1953 and entered Theological Seminary in Chicago finishing in 1956.  Was ordained in Trinity Presbyterian Church Tucson, on 4th Avenue at University.  Awarded what is now known as Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship for graduate study in a foreign country and did his studies at University of Basel in Switzerland. Went on to earn PhD at Claremont Graduate School in California and then taught religion and philosophy at Huron College, South Dakota and Hastings College, Nebraska.  In 1983, appointed President at University of Jamestown, North Dakota.  Retired in 1998 and then served as Protestant Chaplain for three cruise lines.  He and his wife Nadine have visited 140 countries.  They have lived in a retirement community in Raymore, Missouri since 2009.
In 1965, he became a Rotarian and went on to serve as Club President.  He further demonstrated "Service Above Self" as a District Governor of Rotary in Nebraska.  Both he and Nadine are Paul Harris Fellows.
Mystery Editor ~ 2/12/20
Our ever-prompt ever-positive President BOB LOGAN rang the bell at high noon, delaying formal beginnings until we could secure our vittles at the buffet.
After an unusual, motivational, and unifying version video presentation of Beautiful America by Charlie Daniels and the pledge, led by DAN KALM, BOB and FAYE MORSE told us next week is National Acts of Random Kindness Week and gave each of us the chance to participate, thanks to 20 generous donors within the Club.  Each of us was handed an envelope with either two $10 bills or one, with instructions inside: 
  • One $10 bill:either spend it on yourself … or on someone else.
  • Two $10 bills: spend one on yourself / use one for an act of kindness for someone else.
Then report on what you did and how it made you feel next week. (Pay the tab for the person behind you at a food joint; pay for someone’s popcorn at the movies; give your server an incredible tip, etc.)
Too many guests to introduce individually, so there was a group welcome.
Dr. Kevin Leman was our guest speaker.  Using his unique brand of humor, he shared his perspectives on the differences between men and women and the impact of birth order in shaping who we are and how we approach the world.
Birthday boys DAN KALM and ROBERT O’BRIEN were properly feted.  Happy birthday boys!
PAT ZUMBUSCH and JERRY HARRIS were awarded Paul Harris Fellowships.  Congratulations!!
The Coaches for March Madness Rotary Recruitment were announced, so the challenge is on to see who can bring the most potential new members to meetings through the end of March.  Good luck to all the teams.  Get recruiting…
Service projects upcoming: March 14th at Imago Dei School and April 25th at the Triangle Y Camp.  Bring your paint brushes!
Don’t forget: Rodeo Garb Next Week!
President BOB closed the meeting with a quote and a toast.
Welcome New Members

Please welcome the following members into the Rotary Club of Tucson.  They will be introduced to the club at a meeting in the near future.

New Member:  Khris Dodge

Classification:  Entertainment: Music

Company:  Khris Dodge Entertainment

Sponsor:  Bob Logan


New Member: Ann Marsh

Classification:  Retired: Education

Sponsor:  Chuck Sawyer

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!
Rodeo Days - 2/19/20 Meeting
Rodeo Days are here and we will be celebrating at the February 19th meeting.  Please remember to wear your Rodeo Garb!
Let's have some fun!!!!
Work Project ~ Imago Dei School ~ 3/14/20
Please sign up and come participate with our morning of painting the cafeteria at Imago Dei School on Saturday morning March 14th from 8 to noon. We will tape, paint and have lots of fun hanging out together. Bring your favorite music to dance to. There will be coffee and snacks. Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on.
Please sign up on our website home page scroll down the left side to “Upcoming Events” and click on Imago Dei School Project.
Below is a link to the school website:
Save The Date ~ 4/25 Work Project ~ Triangle YMCA Ranch
This year’s 8th Rotary Days project at the Triangle Y Ranch is being held on the International Rotarians At Work Day Saturday April 25th - 8:30-4:00.  You can come for an hour or come for the day. We will have the usual painting and cleaning of shrubs and clearing trails.  This year we will be initiating Adopt A Cabin At the Ranch.  We will be assembling new beds and painting cabin floors in the cabins used by the kids.  If you have an RV and would like to camp at the Ranch Saturday evening, please join the Western Region of the Rotary RV Fellowship.  It is dry camping only with no hook ups and we had lots of fun last year.  Please save the date.  If you have any questions please ask Dave Gallaher ( 907-4983 or Allyn Bulzomi (     
RCOT Facebook Live
Reminder, you can view past Rotary meetings on Facebook Live.  So, if you missed the meeting go to to watch the program.  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!
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 250   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Meeting Attendance - February 12, 2020   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members116  Raffle $


Active Members AE17  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members1     
Total Members Present134    




Guests of the Club 4    


Visiting Rotarians9    


Total Meeting Attendance 163    


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Upcoming Events
Replacement Mixer ~ The Living Room @ La Encantada
Mar 04, 2020
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Imago Dei School - Work Project
Mar 14, 2020
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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