Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - May 13, 2020
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Rio Nuevo Projects Through the COVID-19 Lens
Rio Nuevo is navigating through the COVID-19 storm. Although Rio Nuevo faces the same financial crisis you all are facing, there is good news to share. Most of the projects we have committed to are on track as planned. We will talk about how Rio Nuevo has been affected, the projects that are in process and those on the horizon. Although there are many unknowns about the future, Rio Nuevo stands ready to participate in the revival of Tucson’s downtown, Sunshine Mile and the remainder of the District.
Edmund Marquez ~ Biography
Edmund Marquez owns four Allstate Insurance Agencies in Tucson, Arizona.  He is the largest captive insurance agency in Southern Arizona, and one of the largest Hispanic-owned Allstate agency groups in the U.S.  Edmund was born and raised in Tucson AZ, attended Sabino High School, Pima Community College, earned a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Arizona, and a business certificate from Stanford University (LBAN).  He currently serves on several Boards of Directors, including the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Sun Corridor Inc, Reid Park Zoo, The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, is the Chairman of the Board of United Way, and Past-Chairman of the Pima Community College Foundation and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  He is also a proud member of National Leadership Council of the University of Arizona Foundation.  Edmund was named the Businessman of the Year in 2004 by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber, awarded the Breath of Life Award in 2012 by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Father of the Year by the Father’s Day Council in 2016. Edmund has been inducted into the Sabino High School Hall of Fame, the Pi Kappa Alpha Hall of Honor, and the Southern Arizona YMCA Hall of Fame.  Edmund is an avid cyclist with the Jim Click Racing Team, and is a high energy emcee of numerous community events throughout the Tucson community. 
Jannie Cox ~ Biography
Jannie Cox arrived in Tucson in 1971 and learned about our community through volunteering. She began with the United Way, after growing up watching her father’s continuous United Way and Boy Scout activities. Jannie’s three sons had a similar childhood experience with United Way, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the Community Food Bank and St. Gregory School.
Trained as an RN, Jannie volunteered for eight years in the prenatal clinic at St. Elizabeth’s, followed by numerous board positions throughout the years. In 1984 she began her 26-year career at Carondelet Health Network. In 1986 she became CEO of Carondelet Foundation and VP of Community Benefit and Public Policy. She still calls it her dream career, and never aspired to be anywhere else. Today Jannie serves on the boards of Rio Nuevo and BBVA Compass Bank. She is an active volunteer in her historic Ft. Lowell neighborhood.
In 2009 Jannie began her retirement and pursued her passion for fitness and community wellness. She and her husband David, and Randy Accetta, founded Meet Me at Maynards (MMM) at Maynards Market in downtown Tucson. MMM is a free, weekly walk/run, including free incentive awards, live music and discounts at restaurants throughout downtown. MMM has brought 250,000 walkers/runners through the streets of downtown. Jannie is an avid cyclist and loves seeing people take great pleasure in regular, social exercise. Retirement for Jannie is a continuous adventure.
RCOT YouTube Videos and Channel 
We hope you have been able to hop on YouTube to view our virtual meetings.  Our next scheduled virtual meeting is May 12th.  Rick Rose and his team at Film Creations has allowed our club to stay connected and have fellowship...virtually!  Thank you for the members who have come into film so we can see familiar faces during our meetings.  
There are two ways you can view our virtual meetings on YouTube.  The first 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 second 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:
We look forward to when we can see each at a regular meeting.  Until then, stay safe and stay healthy.
Rotary Zoom Meeting Schedule 

Stay connected with members through our Zoom meetings which are set up and ready to take place!  These meetings will allow us to connect and have fellowship.  Join as many as you can, as often as you can.  The schedule is below - SEE YOU ON THE SCREEN!



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Tues Zoom Meeting #1 – Wake up with Bob!

Topic/Theme:   President Bob Logan and Rotary 101 – 

Questions and Answers – What is the latest within our Rotary Club?

(The theme will change each week)

Time:               9:30 — 10:15 AM

Guests:           All Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

 Day:                Every Tuesday morning, weekly through May 27th

Wake Up with Bob!:

Meeting ID:      751 6059 1350

Password:         057204

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Wed Zoom Meeting #2 -- Lunch with Jeff Ronstadt 

(every week-Wednesday)

Topic/Theme:   TBD   (The theme will change each week)

Time:               12:30 — 1:15 PM

Guests:           All Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

 Day:                Every Wednesday at lunch, recurring weekly through May 27th

Lunch with Rondo:

Meeting ID:      942 6624 2888

Password:         P30tyl


Wed Zoom Meeting #3 -- "Hump Day" Happy Hour with Mark Irvin 

(every week-Wednesday)

I have set my gatherings up where folks will initially go into a waiting room and I will let them in.   Also, I have set it up where only those with computer video are able to join in (no phones).  Finally, all microphones are set to mute when they initially join.  As host I will remind guests to unmute when needed but to keep the mute on when they are not talking.  

As discussed, the Zoom app is not needed but it sure makes it easier for everyone and is free.  Anyway, here are my weekly meeting details. 

Topic:  “Hump Day” Cocktails with Irv 

Time:   5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Guests:           All Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

Day:                Every Wednesday, recurring weekly through May 27th

Cocktails with Irv Link:  

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Thursday Zoom Meeting #4 – Coffee with Chuck!

Topic/Theme:   Past President Chuck Sawyer– (Checking in on all things Rotary and to just catch up…Q&A and discussion)

Time:               9:00 — 9:45 AM

Guests:           All Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

Day:                Every Thursday morning, weekly through May 27th

Coffee with Chuck link:

Meeting ID: 723-0218-5015

Password: 9wJGi0


Thurs Zoom Meeting #5 -- Happy Hour with President Elect Jennifer Hoffman (every week-Thursday)

Topic: Thursday Happy Hour with Jennifer Hoffman

Time: 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Guests: All Rotarians and guests from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

Day:                 Every Thursday, recurring weekly through May 27th

Cocktails with Jenn Link:

Meeting ID:      870 8010 1907

Password:         7ptYEv

New Member Spotlight ~ Dan Kalm
Who was your Sponsor?
Sponsor- Mike Schulte
Where were you born?  Where did you grow up?
Born in Buffalo, NY in 1966, then my dad who worked for Johnson and Johnson was transferred to Syracuse, NY until I was 9 and then he was transferred to the home office in New Brunswick, NJ.  We grew up in a little town outside Trenton, called Allentown - yes, Allentown, NJ.
Where did you go to school?  Your Alma Mater?
Oral Roberts University
Tell us about your career(s).
I'm entering my 30th year of working for State Farm Insurance.  Following my graduation in 1988, I interviewed and secured a claim representative position in the Springfield, OH office.  Within 5 years, I was promoted to a Sr. Claim Specialist in the Dayton, Ohio office.  In those years, I traveled the country working on claims in disaster zones across the country from water, snow, hurricanes, tornadoes and hail.   I was promoted to Claim Supervisor in 1998 and then Litigation Claim Superintendent in 2000.  I handled litigation and extreme claims in multiple counties in eastern Ohio where I ran the St. Clairsville Claim Office.  In 2008, I started my own agency in Tucson, AZ where I set sales records and can break down an insurance policy given my claims experience.
How can your experiences help other Club members?
I speak insurance fluently.  I also have plenty of connections for car repair, home repair and obviously attorneys.
What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
I have 3 kids - Jon, Suzanne and Meg.  Jon is an Eagle Scout and graduated from Arizona State University.  He is married with one child.  Suzanne works in child development and has an associates from Pima.  Meg is our miracle baby.  When she was born, she was born missing a chamber in her heart.  We were told to take her home and let her expire given the severity of her condition.  We arranged her treatment at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.  We were told there was a 10% chance she would make it to adulthood.  Three open heart surgeries and 19 surgeries altogether, I am pleased to report Meg is thriving and doing well.
What are your hobbies...your favorite things to do?
Motorcycling, car flipping and car projects, traveling, reading and cooking.
What would surprise people to know about you?
When I was a kid, my dad took us to the SRA Reading Lab in Heightstown, NJ where they were working on experimental speed reading projects. After a year, I managed to max out the machine which had an 1800 words a minute limit and I managed a 95% comprehension rate. Or, I used to weigh 352 lbs and did a lifestyle change where I am now 210.
What has been your best "Rotary Moment"?
My best Rotary moment is looking folks we help in the eye and seeing the difference we are making for them--its very humbling and makes you want to work that much harder.
What is the best part of Rotary...for YOU?
I enjoy the people--people helping people--that's marvelous and very satisfying.
Please take some time to introduce yourself to Dan Kalm... WELCOME DAN!
Hiking Is Back!
The hiking committee got together for the first time since early March and the stay at home order went into effect.  Martha and I were joined by a great group of hikers that were ready to get back out on the trails and what a beautiful day for a hike through the forested portion of the Box Camp trail on Mount Lemmon.  Please note the social distancing from the below photo and additional hikers are Former District Governor Ernie Montagne, Past President Dave Gallaher, Bill & Melody Mesch along with their daughter Kelsey and son in law Matt, Mike Schulte, Bill Kouba & Jillian and Dave White.
The following members have resigned from the Rotary Club of Tucson:
Suzanne Lawder
Peter Akmajian
Tamah Donaldson (Family Member)
Christopher Shireman
Jun 09, 2020
Jun 18, 2020
Jun 24, 2020
Jun 26, 2020
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