Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - August 17, 2022
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
Regional Economic Development Update
Susan will provide a regional economic development overview and update, highlighting targeted industries, current trends, recent announcements, and competitive issues.
Susan Hyatt Dumon ~ Biography
Susan Hyatt Dumon has more than 15 years of experience in economic development working at the state, regional, and local levels. Susan joined Sun Corridor Inc. in June 2017 as Vice President of Economic Development and, in July 2022, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness.
In this new role, Susan will lead efforts to identify issues and develop strategies to improve economic competitiveness in the region. Susan will also continue to provide site selection assistance and market analysis for companies considering expansion or relocation opportunities in metro Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Previously, Susan served as the Vice President of Business Expansion for the Arizona Commerce Authority in Tucson. In this role, Susan worked with existing Arizona companies to help them grow their presence in the state. Prior to moving to Tucson, Susan spent ten years at the City of Phoenix leading economic development programs and projects.
Susan has worked in most facets of economic development, including, business attraction and marketing, business retention and expansion, workforce development, and redevelopment and reuse. Several notable companies Susan assisted through either attraction or expansion efforts include, Texas Instruments, Raytheon, Leonardo, TuSimple, Bombardier, W.L. Gore, Charles Schwab, LabCorp, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Mass Mutual, and WebPT. Susan has assisted companies that have created more than 25,000 jobs and more than $1.5 billion in capital investment in Arizona.
Susan received her B.A. from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York. Susan is an alumna of the National Urban Fellows Program, a national public sector leadership program.
Mystery Editor ~ 8/17/22
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS rang the bell at 12p to get the meeting started then welcomed everyone. 
We were led in the pledge and song by RAYMOND SMITH.  Today’s song was “You’re a Grand Ole Flag” with the assistance from KHRIS DODGE on the keyboard. 
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS called for a moment of silence for member GORDON GRAHAM, who passed away on July 24, 2022.  The family also lost his nephew to a severe asthma attack shortly after that. We all bowed our heads in honor and sadness for our member and his family.  
The inspirational moment was given by KYM ADAIR.  KYM spoke about the dedication of public servants, how much we count on them to make sure our community is safe.  True service is critical to our integrity, our society and to our nation.  Thank a public servant, they make sure that our community has what we all need to survive and thrive within our community. 
Lunch break.  After lunch and fellowship PRESIDENT BRUCE introduced SERGEANT AT ARMS, KHRIS DODGE, who then introduced our guests for this Wednesday. 
PRESIDENT BRUCE then introduced our speaker for this Wednesday meeting, Jan Lesher, Pima County Administrator. 
Jan’s presentation included reminding us, as a previous Rotarian of our wonderful Club, you don’t have to be an active Rotarian to use The Four Way Test in everyday life.  Jan spoke of the fixing of the roads in the unincorporated Pima County, who she credited Supervisor Christy with spearheading the program and really getting those roads fixed.  They are now focusing on the infrastructure of the flood control systems, the wastewater systems, Parks and Recreation and all those other items that keep our county running safe.  Other areas the County looks at, are serving the public, and making sure they are serving the community; she feels the county has done terrific improving upon the standards that were set by fixing the roads. Maintaining the Bond Rating and making sure that they remain fiscally responsible with the taxpayer’s money and where they spend that money.  Jan continued to share some of the other challenges that the Pima County Government has been dealing with such as hiring for openings.  They are aware of how important it is to work with the other departments in the county and working with the Chambers of Commerce.  They are really trying to reach out and work with all members of the community.  She continued with a few items they are working on such as the budget and pledging to be stewards of those funds.  In closing Jan took a few questions from the audience. After Jan’s presentation the book “City Signs” was signed by Jan Lesher for our Make Way for Books Library as we continue to support children’s literacy in Tucson. 
We celebrated our Rotary Birthdays next!  Happy birthday to: HUGH THOMPSON, who celebrated his birthday on 8/13.  HUGH THOMPSON is not only celebrating his birthday but also had a Happy Jackson announcement.  HUGH then shared what happened when a teacher asked 4–8-year old’s what Love means to them.  He then shared a few quotes from those children.  Those made the attendees laugh, ‘awww’ and we were left with a very warm feeling of what love is to others.  MICHAEL GUYMON who celebrates his birthday tomorrow, 8/18, and JEANNE ZETAH who will celebrate her birthday while on vacation with her family on 8/23.  A very happy birthday to all of you!
Next up was a Paul Harris Award to ROB LAMASTER and MITCH PISIK presented by JIM MURPHY.  JIM shared a brief history of both members and their tireless involvement in our Club.  The Club stood to congratulate our Paul Harris Awardees today, ROB and MITCH.  Then JIM presented the ‘gifts of little or no value’ to both. 
We had another new member and a Blue Badge presentation inducted at this meeting.  MARIANNE FREITAS introduced ALAN SCHROPE as our newest (and returning) member.  Welcome back ALAN! 
The Raffle and King of Clubs game presented by SERGEANT AT ARMS KHRIS DODGE.  The King of Clubs card was not drawn.  Better luck to all club members next meeting. 
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS introduced ALAN ROGERS to announce our next Social Mixer to be held on 8/31 at 5:30p at the Noble Hops on Alvernon located in the DoubleTree Hotel.  Everyone sign up on the website.
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS was back up to ask for Club Lunch Meeting Sponsors, there are many benefits to being a sponsor.  A great opportunity for a sponsor would be on Sept 21st when the speaker that Wednesday will be Coach Tommy Lloyd!  He’d like to have a ‘red-out’ on that day too.  Due to the popularity of the speaker, we expect a large turn out so please be sure to RSVP to the meeting.  
Next up was BOBBY LARSON who then handed the mic to MARCY EULER who announced that the website for the volunteers to sign up with all the volunteer opportunities is being finalized, look for the official launch soon.  Please see MARCY with any questions about volunteering.  BOBBY then gave an update on the ticket sales. 
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS closed by thanking all our members, guests, and virtual attendees for being here today.  The scholarship cups are on the table if you’d like to donate and, remember to return your badge in your numbered slot on your way out.  PRESIDENT BRUCE gave the final toast before ringing the bell to adjourn the meeting.
Proposed New Member
The following New Active Member application has been submitted for membership in Rotary Club of Tucson:
Member: Mike Manni
Company: Home Sweet Homes
Classification:Real Estate: Real Estate Investments
Sponsor: Jon Harned
If no written objections are received within ten days of publication, this applicant will be accepted.
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ 8/31/22
The Club will hold its first Replacement/Social Mixer of the 2022-23 Rotary year the evening of August 31, 2022 at Noble Hops, DoubleTree Hotel, 445 S. Alvernon Way from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  The Mixer will be a replacement of our lunch meeting on Wednesday, 8/31/22.  All must register on the Club website scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events".  Please make sure to register your guests, the fee is $30 and will be billed to your account. 
If you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office.
"This is an excellent opportunity to introduce potential new members to the Club!" 
District Conference ~ Starts September 23, 2022
The Southern Arizona Rotary District 5500 Conference will be held at the Casino Del Sol starting on September 23rd.  All are encouraged to attend.

2022 District 5500 Conference



September 23-25, 2022


Casino Del Sol Hotel and Resort

5655 W Valencia Rd,  Tucson, AZ

For more details and to register for the event, please click on the link below:
District Membership Committee
The District Membership Committee is looking for new members.  The nominees must be current or former Club Presidents or Membership Chairs.  This is a great way to give your club another voice at District as well as a solid learning experience.  If you would like to nominate a member of our club, please contact Bruce Monro, District Membership Chair, phone 520-850-4406 or email
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.
Honorary Member Gordon Graham passed away on July 24th.  He was 98 years old and a member in our club since 1968 (54 years). 
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:
Aug 31, 2022
Noble Hops
Sep 07, 2022
Higher Ground
Sep 14, 2022
District 5500 Update
Sep 21, 2022
UA Basketball
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Upcoming Events
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ Noble Hops
Aug 31, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Sept. 21, 2022 Meeting ~ TCC, Coach Tommy Lloyd
Sep 21, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
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