Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - September 6, 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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Is the global 'Real-Time Data Sharing' Economy Possible with 5G Wireless Standards?
By now, most of us have heard of “5G” as the next generation of wireless technology. Some of us already have “5G” icons on our cell phones and perhaps have limited access to this new service. But what is the current state of the global 5G rollout and perhaps more importantly, what will be possible in light of this next generation of connectivity eventually being deployed ubiquitously? What is the full promise of 5G?
FreeFall 5G, a Tucson founded early-stage venture backed disruptive antenna technology company, is poised to help unlock new value and deliver on the potential for the ‘real-time’ data sharing economy to be fully realized. With ever-increasing data utilization and data dominance emerging as a major overarching theme of the global economy over the next decade, you will gain an introduction and insights into the locally developed fully patented, FCC Certified FreeStar5G mmWave Advanced Antenna Platform. Additionally, what does someone do when presenting before an excelling group of leaders? Challenge them to lead better with The Leadership Difference! 😊
Biography: Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez is Chief Executive Officer of FreeFall 5G, Inc, an early-stage technology development company that provides proprietary disruptive antenna systems for the global 5G market. FreeFall’s unique technology provides high data rate communication at mmWave frequency at a fraction of the size and cost of any existing solution. Alex served as Vice President of Government & External Relations and Chief of Staff at Vector Launch, Inc., a small-class rocket company, where he helped the Founding Team raise over $103M and win its first major government contract. Alex led Vector’s external relationships with international, national, state and local jurisdictions and spearheaded investor relations.
Previously, Alex served as Vice President of the Arizona Technology Council where he turned around and expanded Southern Arizona operations providing strategic value to over 800 technology businesses and organizations including Optics Valley Arizona.  Alex served as Facilitator of the Arizona Aerospace, Aviation and Defense CEO Network.  Alex earned his Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with concentrations in International Trade and Finance and International Security in 1997.  He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1994 and is a graduate of the New Mexico Military Institute.  He completed Army ROTC as a Distinguished Military Graduate, becoming an Army Officer at twenty years of age in 1991.  Alex is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and completed a rigorous public policy institute at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. 
Alex held significant leadership roles in business development and strategic planning for three Fortune 500 companies. At Raytheon, Alex led a half-billion dollar spend portfolio in supply chain management.  He led the national team that won a new multi-million dollar cooperative contract at W. W. Grainger, Inc.  Alex served on the Board of Trustees of a 60M privately held ESOP. A former Term Member of the New York based Council on Foreign Relations, Alex served as a U.S. Department of Defense International Policy Advisor, Country Director and Special Assistant at the Pentagon, entering federal service by appointment as a Presidential Management Fellow.  Locally, Alex was elected to serve on the Governing Board of the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) where he served as Board President, Clerk and Member of the Board. Alex was candidate for U.S. Congress losing the election to Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in 2006.
Over the millennium, Alex was mobilized as a Captain in the U.S. Army for a tour-of-duty in support of Operation Joint Forge, the U.S. Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina.  His military decorations include the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Service Medal,  NATO Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device, Army Achievement Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Airborne Parachutist Badge.  After college, Alex worked at the Arizona State Senate, the United Nations Association in New York City, and with the U.S. State Department at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador.
Alex was inducted to the Nogales High School Hall of Fame and named to the Arizona Daily Star 40 Under 40 Class in 2009.  Alex appeared regularly on KMSB TV Fox News 11 providing expert commentary on economic, political and societal issues. The son of a first-generation working class family, Alex was raised as the youngest of ten children and was the first child with the privilege to graduate from college.  He is an avid reader, enjoys playing racquetball and playing the drums on his free time.  Alex is married to the former Claudia Araiza and they are the proud parents of 9th grader Emi Sofia, an avid performer with the Tucson Dance Academy, and Alexander, their three year old who is reportedly the one in charge at home!
Replacement/Social Mixer at Brother John's a Huge Success!
The Replacement/Social Mixer at Brother John's last Wednesday evening was a huge success!  We had a wonderful turnout of members and guests who enjoyed drinks, food and fellowship.  If you want to really get to know members in the club, attending a social mixer is the way to go.  Hope to see you all at the next mixer on November 15th.  Mark your calendars now!  Some photos from the evening:
Brother John's Replacement Mixer - 8/30/23
Tour - Gem & Mineral Museum ~ 9/13/23
Welcome to the 2nd Wednesday in September.
For any members that would like to join me I plan to tour the new Gem & Mineral Museum in the recently renovated historic Pima County Courthouse located at 115 N Church. If you have never been it is a world class gem museum. Feel free to tour the website to see if you are interested in attending. 
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.
For those that have the time to join me for lunch after we can head over to Cafe a la C'art, which is a hidden gem in Tucson if you have never been. It is about a block from the courthouse located at 150 N Main. 
No need to RSVP for the tour but if you do plan to join me at lunch, please let me know by Friday the 8th so I can set reservations. Hope to see many of you for a fun event.
History Committee Moment
"30 years ago, kids at Robison Elementary had reading scores far below  standard --  the worst in Tucson.  Members of  THIS ROTARY CLUB  created a reading program that, in 3 years, succeeded in giving those kids a chance to be  SUCCESSES!  Robison needs us again in 2023.   LET'S DO THIS!"
                                                -  Jon Wang
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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