Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - May 24, 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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Pima Athletics
Coach Jim Monaco will discuss:
Where Pima Athletics has been - Past success and growth.
What was the main goal of Pima Athletics when Coach Monaco became AD - Family atmosphere.
Our student athletes Championships - Celebrating Championships.
What really matters, Grades and Success - Recipe for success.
What our Coaches do (Mentoring and Direction) - How to model behavior, Recipe for success.
Raising Awareness not Money.
Vision going forward.
Jim Monaco, Director of Athletics, Pima Community College
Hometown: Lynn, Mass.

Education: Graduated Lynn English High School Lynn, Mass 1979. Bachelor’s Degree, Park University (Parkville, Mo.), 2000; Counseling, M.Ed. University of Phoenix, 2006; Special Education, M.Ed., Administration, Jones International University (Centennial, Colo.)
Playing: 1976-79; lettered Baseball, Football, and Track and Swimming Lynn English High School. All-Conference high school baseball and football
1979-80 Football University of New Haven (Conn.),
Police Employment:
1981 Houston Police Department
1984 Lynn Police Department (Decorated twice for valor)
1990 Tucson Police Department Retired 2001
Coaching Experience: 36 years, Lynn English High School, Catalina High School, Sahuaro High School, Head Coach Tucson High, Head Coach Desert View High, Pima assistant 2000-2004 and 2012-2014, and Head Coach Pima College 2014-18. 2 Bowl Appearances and Coach of the Year WSFL and ACCAC 2015.
Athletic Director 2018- Present
Personal: Married to Dannielle (Whittier) Monaco for 40 years; three children, Chris, Jimmy and Dominique; Five grandchildren Jamison, Sophia and Carmela and Easton and Vincent.
This Meeting is Sponsored by:
Mystery Editor ~ 5/17/23
The meeting started with another great Buffet. PRESIDENT BRUCE called the meeting to order and BRUCE TUNZE led the pledge and Star Spangled Banner amid a sea of red. Many members wore red in honor of our speaker.
TOM LICKLITER offered a nice inspiration. He noted that small actions of an individual can create great things when those actions are combined with others’ actions. A good example is the RCOT Car Show….many small actions that results in a lot of money raised for our designated charities.
PRESIDENT BRUCE told us that HUGH THOMPSON is doing well post surgery and that a Celebration of Life for EMERY BARKER would be held at the Tucson Museum of Art on May 17th at 5pm.
CHRIS KIM, with his debut as Sergeant at Arms, welcomed all of our guests.
Then, PRESIDENT BRUCE introduced our meeting sponsor, Eric Schroeder from Fidelity National Title, who talked to the club for a few minutes.
BOB LOGAN introduced our speaker, Dave Heeke who is the Athletic Director at the University of Arizona. Dave is very passionate about college sports. He’s been the AD at the U of A for the past 6 years. The U of A sports program has 22 different sports that have a combined total of 275 full-time employees and over 300 part-time employees. Dave is proud of the student athletes who have an average GPA of 3.157 and 87% of the student athletes graduate from the U of A. He talked about the importance of the media deal that they negotiate as it contributes a significant amount to the overall budget of the sports program. Having USC and UCLA leave the PAC 12 Conference may hurt that budget and we may once again be the PAC 10 Conference. The future of the conference centers around the finances and the media deal is a big part of that. He noted that the NCAA’s Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) program and Transfer Portal has created an Unrestricted Free Agency for the student athletes and that has complicated things for coaches and the athletic program. At the end of the talk, Dave fielded some really tough questions from our membership and signed the book “ABC’s of Sports.”
CHUCK SAWYER was celebrating his birthday and something you may not know about him is that he’s hiked the Grand Canyon four times and is also a new proud grandfather to a baby girl! TOM MOULTON was celebrating his birthday and did you know that he used to work for Mattel and Hasbro writing scripts for kid’s shows like He-Man and the Transformers? SCOTT VAUGHAN was also celebrating his birthday and it was noted that the last time he danced was when he was 12 on the American Bandstand. Happy Birthday guys!
CHUCK SAWYER presented a Blue Badge to TOM MCKINNEY who said a highlight of his membership was working along side of ARNIE JACOBSEN at the Car Show.
CHRIS KIM held a 25/50/25 drawing and GENE CASAGRANDE won. He didn’t win the jackpot though.
The following announcements were made:
There are Fellowship Links on our website and it’s bringing in visitors who aren’t members of our club. That’s good!
The Change of Administration (COA) Event will be at the Omni Resort on June 24th.
The Replacement/Social Event will be on May 31st at the Sands Club.  All must register.
PRESIDENT BRUCE offered a toast to U of A Athletics, their student athletes and then we were dismissed.
Welcome New Member

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

New Member:  Gant George

Company:  National Bank of Arizona

Classification:  Finance:  National Bank

Sponsor:  Wocky Redsar Wierzbinski

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ The Sands Club  5/31/23
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on WEDNESDAY, 5/31/23 at the Sands Club, UA, 565 N. Cherry Avenue, Fl. 5, Entrance at Gate 1 of the Stadium from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Parking in the Cherry Avenue Garage or the Mirror Lab Lot located on the east side of the stadium.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday lunch meeting and all must register.  Go to our home page at, scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events.  Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, 5/26/23 by 3:00 p.m.
"This is an excellent opportunity to introduce potential new members to the Club!"
Save The Date ~ Change of Administration ~ 6/24/23
The Change of Administration Event, when President Bruce passes the Gavel to incoming President Margaret Higgins, will take place on Saturday, June 24th at the Omni Hotels & Resorts, 2727 West Club Drive, Tucson, AZ 85742.  Since this is not a Replacement Mixer, the Member and Guest fee is $75 which will be billed to your account.  Look for more details soon but for now, mark those calendars for this wonderful evening with your fellow Rotarians!
Wine Fellowship - A Huge Success
Bringing back the Wine Fellowship last Wednesday evening at the Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery was a huge success.  We had a nice turnout and everyone had a great time.  Marcy Euler and I will keep you posted for the next scheduled event.  We hope you will be able to join us!
Thank you,
Debbie Sheppard
Miles of Memories
Miles of Memories
I shared with those in attendance on the 13th that this next year I want us to share “Miles of Memories” together. I referenced the memories we have created together over the years and the impact we have had in so many others lives as well as our own.
The children and the parents receiving the grass ball field in San Carlos transformed from a dirt lot. The recipients and their families that obtained their mobility by receiving a wheelchair in Nogales. The memories of our member that participated along with the memories of working together on various local workday projects. Our hiking, golf, home hospitality fellowships and the list goes on.
I ask for you to help me on “our journey” over this next year by sponsoring me in the “Miles of Memories.” My goal is to walk a minimum of 35 miles a week, 1,825 for the year and honestly want to surpass 2000+. I would like for you to consider donating by the mile and we will share the outcome at the first meeting of each month on my progress.
Donations can go to the Foundation toward a Paul Harris, the President’s Discretionary Fund, or others of your choosing. I want us to have fun on our journey over this next year and to INSPIRE each other and our benefactors through the world of Rotary.
Thank you for your support in making our 102nd year one where we create memories together.
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:
May 31, 2023
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Small Homes
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Upcoming Events
Replacement Mixer ~ Sands Club (UA) ~ Wed 5/31/23
May 31, 2023
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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