Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - November 18, 2020
We meet:
November 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
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ 11/18/20 Proof in St. Philips Plaza
Our Replacement/Social Mixer is the evening of November 18th.  This mixer will be held at Proof on the patio (St. Philip's Plaza), 4340 N. Campbell Avenue 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.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on November 18th.
Mystery Editor ~ 11/11/20
PRESIDENT JEN HOFFMAN started the meeting with a quick lesson on how Veteran’s Day came about. It started on the 11th Day, at the 11th Hour, of the 11th Month in 1918 with a temporary cessation of fighting between the Allied Nations and Germany and is regarded as the end of the “war to end all wars.” Officially, it became Veteran’s Day in 1954 under President Eisenhower.
SARA GAAR EHRENS, who loves fishing in Alaska on a (rare) beautiful day, led the pledge and song.
CLIFF BOWMAN reviewed other aspects of Veteran’s Day and reminded us all that we can defend our freedom by being involved in our community and doing the great things that Rotarians do.
We split for fellowship and lunch and also voted for the 2021-2023 Board of Directors.
JON WANG offered the introduction to our Mystery Guest Speaker and let us know that we were in for a 4 Way Educational Experience.  JON then introduced PHIL SILVERS. PHIL SILVERS started in the Rotary Club of Tucson in 1986. He immediately became involved in the Youth Exchange Program.  During the following years, PHIL became more involved and at a higher level within the Rotary of Tucson, The District and Rotary International. He was the RCOT President in 1994, the District Governor in 1998 and part of the Rotary International Board of Directors from 2008 – 2010. PHIL reminded us that there isn’t a 5th rule on the 4 Way Test, but if there was, it would be about lasting joy.
Sergeant at Arms GARY OLSEN then introduced BRUCE JACOBS who reminded us about the mixer at Proof in St. Philip’s Plaza, next Wednesday, November 18th and that we needed to RSVP by this Friday. CHAR HARRIS then showed us a list of bicycling riders who are still raising money to End Polio. Ask CHAR who you can support.  PRESIDENT JEN reminded us to bring handbags for the Handbags for Hope campaign and that we could use the personal items that go inside them as well.
BOB SHAFF then shared a Member Spotlight about GORDON GRAHAM. It was great to have GORDON at the meeting with us along with his daughter. GORDON’s daughter told us that he is the most positive person ever and a great Dad. GORDON offered a few words and is grateful for his freedom and our service members who protect it.
PHIL GUTT presented the 2021-2023 Board members: JOE DANISZEWSKI, JEANNE FLOWER and ROB LAMASTER.
PRESIDENT JEN ended the meeting with a toast and we were on our way.
Upcoming Rotary Schedule
The following is the upcoming Rotary schedule:
 November 18 - Replacement/Social Mixer - at Proof (St. Philip's Plaza) 5:30pm -7:30pm
 November 25 - Lunch Meeting
November 26 & 27 - Rotary Office is closed
Handbags of Hope
The Handbags Of Hope project is being head up by members Ann Marsh and Lynn Devou.  All donations will be going to the women in need at The Haven.  Ann and Lynn will be collecting handbags at each weekly meeting and if you cannot make the meetings, you may drop the bags off at the Rotary Office.  Any questions, please call Ann or Lynn.
Rotary Youth Exchange
Will your Club sponsor a student? Yes, even in the face of the pandemic Rotary Clubs from around the globe continue to express interest in exchanging with us in Southern Arizona. We have also had several local youth contact us about finding a Rotary Club that will sponsor them for the 2021-22 academic year. Hope is alive and well in these young people! All prospective outbound students must have a local club that is willing to sponsor them. Clubs may opt to sponsor and co-host students with another Club to share the financial and club counselor responsibilities.
Contact Aimee Graves at for questions and suggestions.
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
2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship Candidates
The D-5500 Peace Team received excellent news two weeks ago from Rotary International.  The Trustees of the Rotary Foundation selected our two candidates to receive a 2021 Rotary Peace Fellowship for studies as part of the Rotary Peace Centers Program.  Our submission of two Peace Fellow Candidates, Josue Tambara and Torran Anderson, were both notified that they had been awarded the Peace Fellowships for 2021. Josue of Pemba, Mozambique was recommended by Tucson Kino Rotary Club (Dennis Bergquist, recommender) and will be attending the Certificate program at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda beginning in the fall of 2021.  Torran of Tucson, AZ was recommended by Tucson Rotary Club (Bob Ernstein, recommender) and will be attending the Certificate program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand beginning in the summer of 2021. A big thank you goes out to District Peace Fellows Chair, Anne Fisher and the interviewing team, Michael Drake of Tucson Sunset Rotary, Phil Silvers of Valle Verde Rotary, Doug Woodard of Casas Adobes Rotary, Ann Marsh of Tucson Rotary, Anne Fisher of Yuma North End Rotary and Ellie Patterson of Tucson Rotary. A special thanks to the Rotarians who recommended the candidates, Bob Ernstein of Tucson Rotary and Dennis Bergquist of Kino Rotary.
Congratulations to Josue and Torran. This is a great accomplishment for both candidates and we Rotarians of D-5500 could not be any happier for them and wish them much success!
Rotary Around Town
The Valle Verde Rotary Club cordially invites you to Jazz in the Desert Reimagined.  For more than a decade, Jazz in the Desert has been the preeminent fundraiser for the Valle Verde Rotary Club, providing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the music programs of area schools.  This year, however, we will not be able to see & hear these talented musicians.  In the absence of a live event, we invite you to join us with your financial support for these music programs by going online to
RCOT YouTube Videos and Channel 
Now that we are meeting in person, our weekly meetings will be downloaded on YouTube for those who cannot attend.  Please see the directions below on how to view our videos.
There are three ways you can view our virtual meetings on YouTube.  The first way is to go to our Home Page of the Club website and click on the YouTube link on the right hand side of the page.
The second way is to 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:
The third way to view our meetings is to subscribe to our Rotary Club of Tucson YouTube Channel.  You can subscribe to the channel to view our virtual meeting videos once they are posted.  Here is the link to do this:
Enjoy watching our meetings virtually if you are not able to attend in person.  Please stay safe and stay healthy!
RCOT Facebook Live
  So, if you are not attending our weekly meetings and would like to watch go to to view the meeting live.  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!  Reminder, you can also view past Rotary meetings on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel.
Nov 25, 2020
Citizens and Characters of Territorial Tucson
Dec 02, 2020
Jazz Festival
Dec 09, 2020
Dec 16, 2020
Location TBD
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Upcoming Events
November 25 2020 Lunch Meeting @ Hacienda del Sol
Nov 25, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
December 2, 2020 Lunch Meeting @ Hacienda del Sol
Dec 02, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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