Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - March 27, 2019
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Social/Replacement Mixer ~ 3/27/19
Our next Social/Replacement Mixer will be held in "The Coop" at Culinary Dropout, located at 2543 E. Grant Road, start time is 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27th.  There is plenty of onsite parking.  Hope to see you all there for some Fellowship and Fun!  Oops, almost forgot, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 27th.  If you cannot attend, don't forget to do your makeup!!  Please call the Rotary office with any questions, 623-2281.
Mystery Editor ~ 3/20/19
President CHUCK rang open our meeting, and new member ANDY KIEL gave the inspiration.  We then had a moment of silence to mark the passing of Rotarian STEVE MARTEN. He was a recent member of our club since October, but had been a Rotarian since 2005.
DAVE EAGLETON led us in the Pledge and Song, a stirring rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”  GARY HIRSCH, as usual, accompanied on the piano.
New Member JENNY VOLPE introduced our Guests and Visiting Rotarians.
Past President JIM LUBINSKI began the program by discussing the process used to select our three finalists for the proceeds of the 2021 Car Show and the Club’s Centennial Project.  Past President JIM MURPHY, who oversaw the selection process, introduced each of the three finalists.  First up was Abel Vazquez, Director of Information Technologies for JTED.
The project proposed by JTED is The Rotary Club of Tucson/JTED Emerging Technology and Innovation Center.  It will house cutting edge programs with an overarching theme of artificial intelligence and machine learning.  Programs at the technology center will include teaching skills in Cybersecurity, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Emergency Response, and Health Care needs.   Next representing Interfaith Community Services was Tom McKinney, Chief Executive Officer, and Deborah Carr, Philanthropy and Public Relations Director.  ICS’s project proposal is “The Rotary Club of Tucson Family Self-Sufficiency Center.”  The Self-Sufficiency Center will provide a central Tucson location to serve an increased number of Tucsonans struggling to avoid or overcome poverty, financial crisis, hunger, homelessness, and unemployment.  The center will provide emergency services to support the immediate need to families then provide follow-on services that contribute to long-term financial stability.  The final presentation from the Reid Park Zoo was made by Nancy Kluge, President and Chief Executive Officer. The Zoo’s proposal is “The Rotary Club of Tucson Treetop Adventure” as part of their overall zoo expansion.  The Treetop Adventure will give younger visitors an exciting birds’ eye view of the Zoo through a series of large mesh climbing tubes and mesh and rope climbing structures.  This interactive area will have conservation messaging and animal information throughout the adventure structure from the ground all the way to the highest reaches of the leaves.
The Centennial Finalists
At the conclusion of the presentations, the Club Members voted on which of the charities we would work with on our Centennial Project.  The other two charities will be our secondary recipients for this year’s Car Show proceeds, so everyone goes home a winner!  Expect an announcement soon from the RCOT Foundation on which of these projects was chosen.
President CHUCK then led us back to regular club business with our birthday celebrations.
DOT KRET was first up and she spoke of her love for our club and her rhymes were sublime.  As always, DOT exuded joy and passion with her tome.  Birthday boy RICHARD WHITE had the unfortunate distinction to have to follow DOT.  He performed admirably in his normal, gracious way.  Happy Birthday DOT and RICHARD!
Next up was BRETT STEIN combining both a New Member Introduction and Blue Badge Presentation for MAUREEN ERHARDT.  MAUREEN joined the club in September and is a CPA.  She has been in her own accounting practice for 28 years.  Congratulations MAUREEN AND welcome to the Club!
Past President CHARLOTTE HARRIS and District Governor Elect ELLIE PATTERSON presented a special Paul Harris Presentation for Rabbi STEPHANIE AARON and her husband and Rotarian, JACK AARON.  The AARONS have reached Major Donor status with the Rotary Foundation and were presented with a crystal trophy from TRF by CHARLOTTE.  Thank you Rabbi STEPHANIE and JACK for all your generous contributions.
Filling in at Sergeant at Arms was President Elect Nominee JEN HOFFMAN to lead us in the announcements.  President CHUCK reminded us of the Replacement Mixer on 3/27 and for Home Hospitality during the week of 4/14.  We are in need of hosts for the week.  Please contact the office if you would like to host an event.
Past President ROGER HARWELL is looking for a few shifts of volunteers to sell beer at the Fourth Avenue Festival to support Scholarships.
BRETT STEIN announced the Fine Beer Fellowship at Tap & Bottle on 4/12 from 5 to 7 pm.
STEVE PICKERING presented TOM CAMPBELL with his Blue Badge.  TOM joined the club in October and is with Long Realty Company.  Congratulations TOM!
MARGARET HIGGINS continued our club’s discussions on The Member Experience and how we can focus on women leaders in our community and how to invite them to our club and make them new members!
Past President JON WANG continued with his RCOT History series with a video of Past President SCHUY LININGER speaking of his time as Club President from 1975-76.  SCHUY noted the biggest shift in Rotary during his administration were the changes in classification requirements.  We miss you SCHUY.
President CHUCK closed the meeting with a toast to our three Centennial Project finalists, for the great work they do in our community, and to the Rotarians that organized and executed the selection process.
Proposed New Member
The following New Member's application has been submitted for membership in Rotary Club of Tucson:
New Member:  Phil Acedo
Classification: Environmental Services: Recycling & Waste
Sponsor: Stacia Decker
If no written objections are received within ten days of publication, the applicant will be accepted.
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:  Jim Engel
Classification:  Retired: Manufacturing/Sales
Sponsor:  Ralph Phillips
New Member:  Gretchen Knutson
Classification:  Service Industries: Hotel Management/Sales
Sponsor:  Cindy Barbee
Home Hospitality Hosts Needed
Our Home Hospitality events are scheduled for the week of April 13th through the 20th and we are looking for members to host during the week.  These social events will replace our Wednesday, April 17th lunch meeting.   If you are interested in hosting a small or large group at your home, place of business or even at a restaurant, please let the office know the date, time, location and the amount of guests you will host.  The Club will provide each host $20 per member/guest that attend your event.  So let's have some fun during this Home Hospitality Week!
Fine Beer Fellowship ~ 4/12/19
Our first meeting for the Fine Beer Fellowship is Friday April 12th from 5pm – 7pm at Tap & Bottle North (Ina and Oracle).  The purpose of the meeting is for any Rotarians and their significant others/adult kids to spend some time together enjoying and talking about fine beer. It is a buy your own beer event and no cost to join. Just hanging out with like minded Rotarians. For those interested we will be happy to educate on what makes different styles of beer what they are. What goes into certain beers and introduce people to different types of beers based upon what they have liked up to this point.  For information or if you would like to attend contact Brett Stein 520-977-6156 or email
2019 RI Convention in Hamburg - June 1-5
JUNE 1-5
Please join many other Rotarians and friends in District 5500 who will be traveling to Hamburg the first week of June to experience the many different opportunities at the annual RI convention. There truly is something for everyone whether you’re  a longtime member or you have just joined Rotary. Unforgettable moments are made at the RI Convention, a place where the Rotary spirit fills the air with the highest level of energy and enthusiasm.
Discover the unique blend of historical and contemporary culture that makes Hamburg such a perfect setting for a memorable experience. It’s a flourishing city with friendly people and many different delights that will make you want to return to this beautiful port city again and again.
March 31st is the last day for preregistration discount so take advantage of the limited –time registration rates when you register at:
Please contact Ellie  for more information.
Our District 5500 will  have a celebration dinner jointly with District 5495 at the famous Hofbräu haus, Hofbräu Munchen, on June 1 starting at 6:00 pm. $45.00 per person will include a wonderful German meal including soup, main course, dessert and an aperitif. The food will be served buffet style for each table. Registration is on our District website. Have a German beer or beverage of your choice in the company of fellow Arizona Rotarians. It will be a fun time! Prost!
Wine Tasting ~ Summer Drinkability
It’s been said that wine pairs nicely with good friends.  This past Thursday evening it couldn’t have been a truer statement other than to add to good friends; new friends and great food.  It was the Tucson Rotary Wine Tasting Committee’s first event of the year, held at Jonathan’s Cork.  Chef Jonathan Landeen couldn’t have done better with his selection of five incredible wines and their spectacular food pairings. 
The theme of the evening was “Summer Drinkability” and his selection was based on their ability to help us through a hot Arizona summer. 
Wine Tasting ~ 3/21/19
The evening started with a Santa Julia Blanc De Blancs Champagne from NV Argentina paired with a light salmon salad, next a clean and crisp Sisters Forever Chardonnay, 16’Central Coast paired with the best blackened chicken and waffle bite I’ve ever had.  Then a Kim Crawford Rose’, 18’ New Zealand with a grilled tomato and cheese sandwich point (believe me, your mother never made a grilled cheese like this).  Ernesto Catena Padrillos Malbec, 17’ Argentina came next with a BBQ pork kabob and an incredible twice baked baby potato.  If you were a red wine drinker it all could have ended there and you were completely taken away, but no, there was one more pour and it was an elusive Field Recordings “Franc”, 17’ Paso Robles.  Chef Landeen out did himself by pairing it with a savory lamb slider with chipotle mayo. 
It appears that everyone who attended had a great time, gained some wine knowledge and are all looking forward to what event the Wine Tasting Committee brings next to the Tucson Rotary.  Make sure you reserve your spot when it’s announced because you won’t want to miss it.
The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance ~ Thanks You!
The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance and the Southern Arizona Irish Dance Association would like to thank the Rotary Club of Tucson for having our dancers perform during your meeting on March 15th. We would also like to thank your members in their support of our raffle for our Irish dance competition May 4th and 5th. By allowing the Southern Arizona Irish Dance Association to become a non-profit partner with the Tucson Classics Car Show will allow our organization the ability to raise funds to help enhance our dancer’s ability to compete on the worldwide stage. Our first outing at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival allowed us to get the word out in the Irish community and helped us sell 151 tickets for the Car Show.
Darren Maguire        
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 250   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Meeting Attendance - March 20, 2019   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members129  Raffle $


Active Members AE16  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members1     
Total Members Present146    




Guests of the Club 2    


Visiting Rotarians7    


Total Meeting Attendance 166    


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