Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - October 21, 2020
We meet:
October 2020 Meetings @ Hacienda del Sol
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Upcoming Rotary Schedule
The following is the upcoming Rotary schedule:
October 21 - DARK DAY (No Lunch Meeting)
October 28 - Replacement/Social Mixer @ Three Canyon (5:30 p.m./7:30 p.m.)
November 4 - Lunch Meeting
November 11 - Lunch Meeting
November 18 - Replacement/Social Mixer - Location TBD
November 25 - Lunch Meeting
Mystery Editor ~ 10/14/20
President JEN HOFFMAN called the meeting to order with 50 Rotarians attending.  Opening featured the pledge and song America the Beautiful introduced by MARIANNE FREITAS, sung by fellow Rotarians, followed by an inspirational story on a Texas School Bus Driver who treated all of the kids as his second family. The lunch featured a juicy chicken dish with a delicious sauce and some healthy vegetables.
JEN opened the meeting welcoming Andrew O’Sullivan, a financial advisor in town who is checking out our remarkable club.
VICKIE JACOBS, Real Estate Sales, an avid Yoga participant, introduced Stefanie Boe, the Engagement Lead from Bayer Crop Science housed at the new Bayer agricultural greenhouse facility in Marana, Arizona. Stefanie’s program was entitled, “Growing Corn Under the Glass in the Desert” gave us an update on the facility which just opened and is growing corn.  Their goal is to accomplish sustainable innovation growing crops under glass.
 She was coming live from the facility but unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, was unable to give us a virtual tour around the facility. One of the highlights of the presentation was how Bayer can grow more corn in less acreage, thus saving valuable water resources.
A Birthday celebration featured both VICKIE JACOBS and ROB LAMASTER.  VIC mentioned how Tucson continues to welcome new residents and that is helping her business and ROB was actually celebrating his real birthday that day.
BOB LOGAN returned as the MC of Paul Harris recipients to “an amazing round of applause.” NOT REALLY! BOB mentioned the entire continent of Africa is now Polio free. MARY MARTIN, plus 5 and JEFF RONSTADT also a plus 5. Paul Harris recipients were honored in a way only BOB can honor Paul Harris recipients. Notable is MARY’s career in radio and now owners along with her husband, DOUG of Good News Communications. JEFF was notably introduced by way of his great, great grandfather, Frederick, who came over from Germany and introduced his son, who later became a blacksmith and the rest is history. JEFF is teaching BOB how to properly sip bourbon (perfect) and play golf (not well).
GARY OLSEN, Sergeant at Arms announcements were rather large today. BOB LOGAN introduced new officer nominations. Voting will take place in November. BRUCE JACOBS introduced replacement mixer at Three Canyon Brewery, an outdoor location on Sabino Canyon Rd. taking place on10/28/20.  Sign up on the website under “Upcoming Events”.  Max 60 people.
CHAR HARRIS talked about Polio statistics on how the efforts are going. World Polio day is October 24 and indoor rides will take place on several days featuring stationary bikes or special ride on the Loop.   Here are riders who will take part in the ride:  Jo DeChatelet, Charlotte Harris, Gary Hirsch, Kandy Hirsch, Jen Hoffman, Dot Kret, Bobby Larson, Ellie Patterson, Steve Pickering and Hugh Thompson.
BRUCE TUNZE presented a blue badge to DAN KALM, State Farm 30-year veteran, and an eagle scout.
JOE DANISZEWSKI, 21,430 car tickets have been sold, more than half sold on-line - (71% of goal). JOE talked a little about recipient JTED and how important the car show has been to helping charities throughout Tucson over the years.
JEANNE ZETAH, Car Auction update. 221 items received, 148 have been bided on (57 Rotarians) on with over $15,000 pledged to date. Auction shuts off Friday at 8 pm. DANIELLE followed up featuring some of the auction items that have been donated by Rotarians and encouraged one to bid.
Finally, HUGH THOMPSON closed with a “Rotarian Historical Moment” on a 1997 Medical Evaluation trip organized by Rotarian past and present District Governors to Vladivostok town, Russia’s only warm water port. After a 22 hour flight, they were greeted by Rotarians to help the town through their medical crisis. 14 medical facilities were visited. One individual needed additional assistance that only a special medical expert could help save the life of an accident victim.  Tucson medial group organized by Hugh and Rotary was able to bring this child to Tucson and performed a successful surgery.  A wonderful email was shared by JEN with the group thanking Rotary about her recovery and how thankful she was to Rotary.
And finally, JEN made a few announcements, especially next week there is no lunch meeting due to the Car Show event going on this Saturday at The Gregory School.  Some cars, selling tickets, music and food (bring your own) will be taking place prior to the drawing of the winner of the Corvette and other fabulous prizes.  Meeting was ended by President JEN thanking "Rotarians for always giving back".
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ Three Canyon 10/28/20
Our next Replacement/Social Mixer is the evening of October 28th.  This mixer will be held at Three Canyon Beer and Wine Garden (on the patio), 4999 N. Sabino Canyon Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 60 people.  We will follow all the safety guidelines (masks, hand sanitizer, distancing, and signed waivers will be needed from all those attending who have not previously submitted).  Guests are invited, the fee is $20 and will be billed to your account.   All must register for the event on the club website scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events" and click on Replacement Social Mixer for 10/28/20.  Make sure to register your guest.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on October 28th.
New Motorsports Fellowship
Hey Rotarians,
Interested in learning how to drive your car on an autocross track or participating in a high performance driver education opportunity on Arizona race tracks? Attend auto related events such as Barrett Jackson, recent car collector event at the Phoenix Museum and other motorsports events? We are starting this new Motorsports Fellowship. Many different groups in the Tucson and Phoenix area conduct a variety of events from car shows to autocrosses, to driving education events (non-timed) and high performance driver education events. A few of our Club members have participated in these events to date so the thought arose to develop the Motorsports Fellowship. If you have any interest and or questions, feel free to call me at 520-444-4109 or email at  Looking forward to hearing from you.  Lee Olitzky
World Polio Day - October 24
Saturday, October 24th, 9-10:30 a.m.
Rotary District 5500 will observe World Polio Day on Saturday, October 24, 2020, with a program from 9 am to 10:30 am entitled:  World Polio Day: Rotary’s Promise to the Children of the World.  The story of polio, Rotary’s promise to eradicate it, and the present status of eradication will be traced.  Greg Owen, Rotary Zone 26 End Polio Now Coordinator will offer words of gratitude and encouragement to D5500 Rotarians.  Rotarian Dennis Wickham, MD, will discuss the transmission and physical effects of polio.  Polio survivor Phyllis Bannister will tell us her inspiring story of contracting polio as an infant, her struggles and surgeries, and her determination to achieve a successful career in education and happy family life.  Rotarians and interested guests must register at no charge at so they are assured of receiving an invitation for the Zoom program.  For information contact PDG Michael Drake at or 520-400-5713.
My fellow Rotarians,
I have laced up my running shoes and started #runningforrotary. I usually run 12-18 miles per week or 48-72 miles per month. You can find a form on our website, under the “Member Area” tab, top right corner of the home page, or request one from Dorinna or Kari. You can sponsor me mile for mile for a month, a few months or the entire year. Your donations will go to the area of your choice for our Rotary Club Foundation or even Rotary International. How far do you think I will go #runningforrotary this year?  I would like to thank those members who have already signed up and pledged a donation.
Thank you for your support,
President Jen
Rotary Around Town
Oro Valley Rotary Club
Tailgate Party - Nov. 8th
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Oct 28, 2020
Three Canyon Backyard Garden Grill
Nov 04, 2020
First Tee Tucson
Nov 11, 2020
History Program
Nov 18, 2020
Location TBD
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Upcoming Events
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ Three Canyon ~ 10/28/20
Oct 28, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
November 4, 2020 Lunch Meeting @ Hacienda del Sol
Nov 04, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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