Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - June 2, 2021
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
 6/9/21 Meeting Held @ Hacienda del Sol
5501 N. Hacienda del Sol
Tucson, AZ  85718
United States
(520) 623-2281
Arizona's Place in Space
When people think of America’s space program, the states of Texas and Florida often come to mind. Although often ignored in movies, books, and pop culture, Arizona has played a critical role in space exploration. Arizona’s landscape, people, and universities have played a significant role in making scientific discoveries about the universe, sending astronauts to the Moon, and preparing uncrewed missions to explore other worlds. David Turpie will discuss Arizona’s role in space exploration and show images from the Arizona History Museum’s new exhibit called “Ready to Launch: Arizona’s Place in Space.”
David Turpie ~ Biography
A native of South Carolina, David majored in history at the University of Tennessee, before moving to Maine, where he completed a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maine. After teaching college-level history in Maine for four years, David moved to the Kentucky Historical Society, where he served as editor of the state history journal. David moved to Arizona in 2018 to take up his current position at the Arizona Historical Society. At AHS, David serves as editor of the Journal of Arizona History, oversees the annual Arizona History Convention, and directs the statewide exhibition and education teams. He has published his own research in several academic journals. He formerly served on the editorial board of the University Press of Kentucky and currently serves on the editorial advisory board of the University of Arizona Press.
Mystery Editor ~ 6/2/21
President JEN HOFFMAN called the meeting to order at 12 noon at the beautiful Hacienda Del Sol with 76 Rotarians attending the weekly meeting. The opening of the meeting featured the Pledge of Allegiance and Song led by KYM ADAIR, from Arizona Bowl.
The inspirational moment was introduced by JAN GREEN featuring a poem and an Irish Proverb about exercising patience.
The lunch featured a delicious salmon delight and some healthy vegetables. As always Hacienda Del Sol banquet staff were attentive to the hungry Rotarians.
President JEN kicked off the formal part of the meeting by thanking all of the enthusiastic audience attending the meeting and introduced eight quests.   
Today’s program featuring international singer Nick Gallardo, from “Valens to Valli,” was introduced by Rotarian and keyboard musician and entertainer, member KHRIS DODGE. A lively concert featuring many songs Rotarians could sing and dance to quite a surprise and welcomed by the membership. In addition to an occasional outbreak of individual rhythmic dancing to the music, a continuous Congo line was observed during the final song of Nick’s rowdy performance.  Clearly a much-appreciated approach to our keynote speaker program as the cheering audience asked for MORE, when Nick was scheduled to end his performance many minutes before according to the program. Afterward with a big smile following a standing ovation for his performance, Nick was eager to sign the book for Make Way For Books, entitled “Wild Symphony”.
Not to be anti-climactic today’s Birthday featured PETER BEAHAN, a Rotarian since June 2013, who began his career as a bartender at the now extinct, BUM STEER.
MARK IRVIN, President Elect, was called upon to introduce two new members to Rotary, ANNA LANZI, Marketing: i3 Solutions and KYM ADAIR, Executive Director of the Arizona Bowl. Congratulations to our newest members.
CHAR HARRIS was called up to honor our latest Paul Harris recipients. Grace Olsen, daughter of GARY OLSEN was presented her certificate along with LYNN STRUTHERS PEATE and WAYNE PEATE.
GARY OLSEN, Sergeant at Arms jumped into action with the famous Rotary raffle with no winner and several announcements. JEN gave us an update on her “Running for Rotary” goal running 948 miles to date and thanked everyone for donating.  Her goal is 1000 miles. 
WAYNE WOOD former medical doctor and community activist was honored with his Blue Badge.
Additional announcements were from BRUCE JACOBS who announced the next mixer will be held at “The Sands Club” on Tuesday, June 15. Finally, the “Passing of the Gavel from JEN to MARK will be held on June 26 at the Westward Look (on the roof top) from 6 pm to 10 p.m. Westward Look will also feature a special $99 rate for both Friday and Saturday overnight stays.
Our next meeting is June 9 and features David Turpie from the Arizona Historical Society. JEN reminded everyone to make sure to pick up your Car Show tickets.
Meeting was adjourned at 1: 20 with a toast in honor of Memorial Day from JFK. To view the entire meeting go t:
Proposed New Member
The following New Member's application has been submitted for membership in Rotary Club of Tucson:
New Member:  John Duval
Classification:  Retired: Hospital Administration
Sponsor: Mark Irvin
If no written objections are received within ten days of publication, the applicant will be accepted.
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ The Sands Club  6/15/21
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on TUESDAY, 6/15/21 at the Sands Club, UA, 565 N. Cherry Avenue, Fl. 5 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday 6/16/21 lunch meeting and all must register.  Go to our home page at, scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events.  Guest fee is $25 and will be billed to your account.  Deadline to sign up is Friday, 6/11/21 by 1:00 p.m.
"This is an excellent opportunity to introduce potential new members to the Club!"
Save the Date ~ Change of Administration Event
The Change of Administration (COA) will take place on Saturday, June 26th, at the Westward Look Resort (Sonoran Rooftop) start time is 6:00 p.m.  Please mark your calendars for this fun evening when President Jen passes the gavel to incoming President, Mark Irvin.  More details will be coming shortly so keep an eye out for registration information.
A Fond Farewell But Not Goodbye
Two remarkable opportunities were presented to me involving Rotary and I feel extremely fortunate. The first happened eleven years ago when I was asked to visit the Rotary Club of Tucson. I seized the opportunity to join the best Rotary club in Arizona when asked to become a member. I have made many wonderful friends in this club and have been blessed with the support, fellowship and love that I received throughout these past eleven years. The memories hold dear in my heart.
The second opportunity that has been recently presented to me is being a part of the new movement in Rotary, with the addition of the 7th area of Focus –Supporting the Environment, that will be official July 1 for Rotary International. My part will be helping to charter the first environmentally-focused Rotary club in AZ and one in which I will join others as a charter member of Tucson Verde Rotary club, thus transferring my membership. The health of the environment has been a great passion of mine for most of my life and now through the power of Rotary I will be able to tackle environmental issues with other concerned Rotarians in this newly formed cause-based club. Preserving and protecting planet earth, starting with concerns in our own community of Tucson and southern AZ, is where I will now focus my Rotarian energies. I would like to help with the Car Show and still be a part of this wonderful Tucson Rotary club as a friend, fan, and supporter. Tucson Rotary is the best.
Ellie Patterson
Centennial Event News and Update
Centennial Event News and Updates...Guest List Development
Centennial Event Guest List - In order for the Club to plan, provide as much exposure for RCOT as possible, and to ensure maximum bidding for the live auction that evening, we NEED you to go to the RCOT website, log in, click on RCOT Member Area located at the top right of the menu bar of the home page, then click on Centennial Event Member Guest List from the drop down menu. This will take you to a live Excel Google Doc to fill in the information.  Since this is a Live document, please DO NOT make changes to this Excel Sheet.  Those that you list will receive a “Save the Date” via email.  You will still need to register and make payment for yourself and your guests on Eventbrite in the future.  You will be notified when this is available.
Please provide this information as soon as possible. We plan to send out the Save the Date email in May.

Dear Fellow Rotarians, 

As you know, The Rotary Club of Tucson is quickly approaching our Centennial Celebration.   One Hundred Years of Service in Tucson and Southern Arizona! 

The Centennial Committee is working diligently to create an extraordinary event for us to honor our Club’s history and we want you to join the festivities! 

Save The Date! 

Saturday, September 25, 2021  

More details will be coming soon, but for now, please mark this important date on your calendar.  

Yours In Rotary, 

The Centennial Committee 


RCOT Facebook Live and YouTube Channel
If you would like to view past Rotary meetings on our Facebook Page go to to view the meetings.  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! 
To view 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:
Jun 15, 2021
The Sands Club
Jun 23, 2021
(Meeting Held at Hacienda del Sol)
Jun 30, 2021
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Upcoming Events
Replacement Mixer ~ Sands Club (UA) ~ Tues 6/15/21
Jun 15, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
June 23, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Hacienda del Sol
Jun 23, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
COA Event - 6/26/21 (ALL MUST REGISTER)
Jun 26, 2021
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
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