Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - May 1, 2019
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
The School of the Future

Pima JTED Rotary Club of Tucson Innovation Center opening July 2020

Abel Vasquez, Technology Director


82 percent of young people entering the workforce are not equipped with the skills they need to succeed.”  - “State of the Skills Gaps”


“IMAGINE a high school where students can live their dreams.  Where all students are welcome: public, private (e.g., Salpointe), charter, home school, homeless, city and county.  Where failing students become honor roll.  Where students who would never dream of going to college have a three times greater chance of getting a college degree. A high school that prevents drop-outs, where 98% of students graduate. Where graduates have a certification in nursing, robotics, cybersecurity, 3D printing, graphic design, public safety, building trades and manufacturing.


College bound: Where 1,300 high school students get dual college credit, at no charge. One example. Our first in Arizona, licensed practical nurse LPN program: You graduate from high school with a LPN certification, 30 units of college credit and earn $20/hour.  You only need two more years of college for your RN. Saves two years of college tuition - $14,000 savings.  


The pathway to personal and community success: Pima JTED Rotary Club of Tucson Innovation Center.


Patti Greenleaf ~ Biography


Patti Greenleaf, Executive Director for the Pima JTED, has been a long-time Tucson resident. Patti has been a life-long educator where she has worked in Patagonia Union, Amphitheater, and the Pima JTED Districts. Ms. Greenleaf has a bachelor degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona and Masters in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University. She is passionate about education and Career and Technical Education.

Mystery Editor ~ 4/24/19
President CHUCK opened the meeting and KEN LIGHT gave the inspiration on the theme of being in the arena striving, instead of outside as a bystander.  DAVID PASHKOW led us in the Pledge and Song (“America the Beautiful”) accompanied as always by GARY HIRSCH.  President CHUCK gave one giant welcome to all our Guests and Visiting Rotarians.
We then proceeded immediately to our program, introduced by Past President JON WANG:  U of A Head Football Coach Kevin Sumlin.  Coach Sumlin is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor in Criminology.  His time as a player was primarily at linebacker, but his coaching mark has been on offense.  He spoke about recruiting goals for the coming year (add size on both sides of the line “so I’m not the tallest guy in the huddle”) as well as attract junior college transfers who can help the program immediately.  Two key players for the upcoming year will be running back J.J. Taylor who has emerged as a leader on and off the field, and quarterback Khalil Tate who is now healthy after last year’s injuries.  Coach Sumlin hopes these improvements will put the U of A on the other side of one and two point losses in contrast to last year.  During the question and answer period, the coach spoke about the importance of player character, of connecting to tradition through former players and coaches like Dick Tomey, and helping young players deal with the pressure of instant and often negative feedback from online sources.  After complimenting the Club on all the good it does in the community, Coach Sumlin signed a book for our lending library: “Dino-Football”.
We had three Birthday Rotarians this week:
  • JOE PENNINGTON is a past Car Show Chairperson and current Commissioner of the Pima County Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Association.  JOE is happy to have had 60 days skiing during his latest birthday year.
  • Past President DON ROLLINGS was Mansfield Middle School Class President and starting quarterback where he rang up a record of 0 – 7 – 1.  Unfortunately, Coach Sumlin had already left our meeting.
  • KATHY KITAGAWA is a leader of the Arizona Town Hall and an accomplished photographer.  KATHY is happy to have completed a trip to the Galapagos Islands this past Birthday year.
We had two quick announcements from President CHUCK reminding us all to invite a prospective member for lunch and to save the date for Replacement/Social Mixer May 29th.
President CHUCK closed our meeting with a quote from legendary quarterback Roger Staubach:  “Football teaches you hard work. It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football.”
Welcome New Members
Please welcome the following new members into the Rotary Club of Tucson.  They will be introduced to the club at a meeting in the near future.
New Member:  Michele Hatch
Company:  Casino Del Sol
Classification:  Entertainment: Casino Sales
Sponsor:  Vickie Jacobs
New Member:  Rob Murphy
Company:  Sunlife Home Care
Classification:  Elderly Service:  In Home
Sponsor:  Jim Murphy
New Family Member:  Lou Lancero
Company:  Pima Heart Association
Classification:  Family Member
Sponsor:  Ann Lancero
Save The Date ~ Replacement Mixer ~ 5/29/19
May 29th is a Replacement/Social Mixer and will replace our Wednesday lunch meeting on that day.  Please Save The Date.  More information to follow...
A District Conference Not To Be Missed!
A District Conference not to be missed!
Please sign up now!
Enjoy fun in the sun, fellowship, great speakers and breakout sessions at the 2019 Destination District Conference while cruising down to Ensenada, Mexico on the ship “Inspiration.” We sail from beautiful Long Beach, CA to Ensenada, B.C., Mexico, departing Friday, October 25th at 6:30 pm and returning Monday at 7:00 am October 28th, 2019.   Experience the internationality of Rotary while working side by side with fellow Rotarians both from our District and District 4100 including Rotaractors on a service project.
 Our service project will be helping to renovate and restore a neglected Youth Center for mentally and emotionally challenged children in the local area so that more children can attend this Center. Right now there’s a waiting list. Cleaning, painting, general construction clean-up will all be a part of the work of many hands. There will be 4 crews from which to choose your favorite type of work. And if you would rather go shopping and touring the lovely Ensenada area, that’s an option also. The service project should be completed in about 3 hours and after that the buses will take us to a vineyard where we will have a delicious lunch and do a bit of wine-tasting while enjoying fellowship with local Rotarians. We’ll return to the ship around 4:00 pm.
Ocean breezes, great food (24 hours a day), evening strolls on the deck with a gorgeous Baja moon overhead, renewing old friendships and making new acquaintances, what could be better? The deposit is $100.  Ocean view cabins are $454-$484 and inside cabins are $404-$409. This reasonable price for the entire trip is all-inclusive. (alcoholic beverages not included).
See you on board the Inspiration! Reserve your stateroom today by emailing fellow Rotarian Mike Sloan: or call him at 800-248-7447 or 336-659-9772. He’s very helpful and planned the District Conference Cruise for us in 2008 which Rotarians still talk about. You can also contact me for additional information:
Resignations & Leave of Absence
Ashley Elaine York
Leave of Absence:
Jo DeChatelet
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 253   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Meeting Attendance - April 24, 2019   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members124  Raffle $


Active Members AE24  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members2     
Total Members Present150    




Guests of the Club 15    


Visiting Rotarians2    


Total Meeting Attendance 199    


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