Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - November 24, 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
DARK DAY ~ Wednesday, 11/24/21
Reminder:  There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, November 24th as this is a scheduled Dark Day.  President Mark and the Rotary office would like to wish each of you and your families a very wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Mystery Editor ~ 11/17/21
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN started the meeting and welcome new member MELISSA RYNDERS to the podium where she led us in the Pledge and through a fine Star-Spangled Banner.
ANN MARSH offered the inspiration by highlighting the achievements and successes of Crystal Stark who was our speaker two weeks ago. Crystal continues to inspire with her voice and contributions to the community.
PRESIDENT MARK shared some news of member JOHN STROBRECK who will be having heart surgery and asked that we keep him in our thoughts. A card was passed around for members to offer well wishes.
KHRIS DODGE introduced our guests and then we were presented with the video introducing our speaker, Richard Oseran, owner of Hotel Congress.
Richard Oseran offered a nice history of the Hotel Congress. It was built in 1919 as the perfect place to stay for people traveling by train. Over the years, the Hotel Congress has created a rich history of fine dining and culture. By the 1970’s, many businesses had left down town and prosperity had slowed at the hotel. During the “Creative Class” movement in the 1980’s, the Oseran’s purchased the hotel. During that time, KXCI Community Radio station opened as did the Tucson Weekly publication. Club Congress had it’s beginning in the 80’s and still remains the largest, alternative venue west of the Mississippi River. Notable events that continue for the Hotel Congress include Dillinger Days in January as well as the Agave Heritage Festival which celebrates the harvesting of agave and is a contest of mixed drinks. The Oserans have received Culture and History awards from Governors Napolitano and Ducey.
PRESIDENT MARK was celebrating his birthday. He originally joined the club in 1993, took a 3-year break in the 2000’s and we’re glad to have him back as our Centennial President of the RCOT. MATT NANCE was celebrating his birthday and once was a van driver for President George W. Bush’s motorcade. BRUCE TUNZE was celebrating his birthday and has a degree in Botany and Horticulture.
TOM CAMPBELL introduced our newest member, MELISSA RYNDERS who is a reverend at Catalina United Methodist Church. We’re looking forward to having MELISSA as a member and welcome her enthusiasm!  Congratulations MELISSA!
SCOTT VAUGHAN led a Paul Harris Presentation. DREW VACTOR celebrated his third Paul Harris Award while he’s also gifted four to other family members. JEANNE ZETAH celebrated her sixth Paul Harris Award. As is with tradition, SCOTT gave them both gifts of little or no value. JEANNE received Lute Olson’s Autobiography (arguably of value in this town) and DREW received the first volume of Lewis and Clark’s Expedition.
CHARLOTTE HARRIS shared a history moment and highlighted all of the hotels that the RCOT has met at since 1921.
KHRIS DODGE held a raffle and BOB MORKEN won! He didn’t win the King of Clubs however so $2,000+ is still up for grabs.
PRESIDENT MARK highlighted the Turkey Fish (also known as the Scorpion Fish or Lion Fish) for his Fly-Fishing Fund. He also shared a photo of the current RI President Shekar Mehta at the Zone Institute as Shekar was investigating the Ride to End Polio.
JONI CONDIT updated us on the 2021 Car Show ticket sales. We sold over 38,000 tickets between member sales and day of sales at the Car Show. PRESIDENT MARK asked by show of hands which members support having the car show for 2022 and it was a resounding “yes”!
KHRIS DODGE reminded us of the Salvation Army Bell Ringing that will be held on December 11th.  Log on to sign up for your shift. BRUCE JACOBS offered details on our next Holiday Mixer that will be held on Tuesday, December 14th at the Culinary Dropout, 2543 E Grant. This replaces our lunch meeting on Wednesday, December 15th.  He made special mention that it will start at 6pm.
PRESIDENT MARK congratulated his fellow birthday Rotarians, offered a toast and we were on our way.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing ~ Sat. 12/11/219
The season for giving is here and we are all set for our Tucson Rotary Club Salvation Army Bell Ringing Day where you can give just a few hours of your time on Saturday, December 11th.
We have five locations and shifts are set in 2 and 3 hour increments from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Please go online, and look down the left side to Upcoming Events and click to register for your Bell Ringing slot.
Thank you!
Kurtis Dawson
Holiday Mixer ~ Culinary Dropout (The Coop)
The Holiday Mixer is Tuesday, December 14th in the Coop at Culinary Dropout,  2543 E. Grant Road, start time is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Please join us for an evening of holiday cheer and fellowship.  All members must sign up on the website under "Upcoming Events".  Be sure to register your guests as well.  Guest fee is $25 and will be billed to your account.
This event is a Replacement for our Lunch Meeting on Wednesday, December 15th. 
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Ride To End Polio
We want to thank all of the riders in the El Tour/Ride to End Polio this year.  If you would still like to support a rider, please have your donation in by December 1st.  Here is the list of our wonderful riders:
El Tour/Ride to End Polio 2021
Matt Blair
Joni Condit
Gary Hirsch
Kandy Hirsch
Lee Olitzky
Indoor Ride to End Polio 2021
Jo DeChatelet
Charlotte Harris
Gary Hirsch
Kandy Hirsch
Jen Hoffman
Dot Kret
Ann Lancero
Bobby Larsen
Jim Lubinski
Ernie Montagne
Steve Pickering
Gary Scheer
Darrell Stewart
Hugh Thompson
Rotary Motorsports Fellowship
Rotary Motorsports Fellowship
Please join your Rotary friends for a day of High Performance Driver Education. Sponsored by the Porsche Club but ALL car makes are welcome. 
Sunday December 19, 2021. Musselman Honda Circuit.  Continuous lapping with a passing zone.  The most track time for a one day event.  
The Porsche Club is currently allowing in car instruction for novice/1st time drivers.  Instructors are limited so sign-up early. 
For additional information please contact Lee Olitzky - 520 444 4109 
Upcoming Holiday Schedule
Here is the upcoming Holiday Schedule for your reference and scheduling:
President Mark and the Rotary Staff would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!
#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 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:
Nov 24, 2021
Dec 01, 2021
Visit Tucson
Dec 08, 2021
Jazz Music
Dec 14, 2021
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Upcoming Events
December 1, Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Dec 01, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
December 8, Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Dec 08, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Salvation Army Bell Ringing 12/11/21 (SIGN UP NOW)
Dec 11, 2021
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Holiday Mixer ~ Culinary Dropout ~ Tuesday, 12/14/21
Dec 14, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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