Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - September 1, 2021
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
District Governor Visit
Native Montanan and Army wife, Henrietta “Hank” Huisking became a member of the Rotary Club of Sierra Vista West in its charter year, 2005. Hank is serving as the Service Projects Chair of her club.
In the fifteen years she has been a Rotarian, she has served in many capacities in her club and the District.  She attended the 2017 Zone 25-26 Institute as a District 5500 Resource Leader.   She is a member of the Paul Harris Society and has attended two in-person and now two virtual Rotary International Conventions.
Hank is a graduate of the D5500 Rotary Leadership Institute and Rotary Leadership Academy leadership programs.
Hank is married to Peter Huisking (of the Sierra Vista Sunrise Rotary Club). Together they have hosted Youth Exchange Students (Germany, Brazil, and Peru) and numerous Group Study Exchanges. She has also served as a counselor for RYLA.
She has a BS in Education from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and most recently taught Water Conservation in Cochise County Schools for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension WaterWise program.
Hank served three terms on the Sierra Vista City Council, completing her final term in 2016.
Hank and her husband have three children and six wonderful grandchildren living in California. Favorite pastimes include reading, hiking, cycling, gardening, traveling, and planning travel adventures with family and friends.
Mystery Editor ~ 8/25/21
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN started the meeting and welcomed some of our visitors at the head table. They were honorary members including LEA MARQUEZ PETERSON, FLETCHER McCUSKER, KANDIE VACTOR, ROB DRAPER, CHUCK FREITAS and BEN HAWKINS. PRESIDENT MARK shared the solemn news that MITCH PISIK lost both his Father and Father-in-Law this past week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to MITCH and his family.
KURTIS DAWSON offered a great inspiration. He shared the quote by Margaret Mead, “Never Doubt That a Small Group Of Thoughtful Committed Citizens Can Change The World: Indeed It's The Only Thing That Ever Has.” Then, KURTIS brought the parallel comparison of how the Rio Nuevo Board, led by FLETCHER McCUSKER, has brought great change to our downtown Tucson.
ANN MARSH led us in the pledge and “America the Beautiful” accompanied by the talented KHRIS DODGE on keyboard. KHRIS then welcomed our guests. “Bring Your Competitor Day” seems to have been popular though our speaker always fills the house with such great insight on where downtown Tucson is headed. We had so many guests that they couldn’t be individually welcomed by the club with applause saved for the end.
PRESIDENT MARK introduced our meeting sponsor, RCOT Member and President & CEO of Visit Tucson, BRENT DeRAAD. BRENT let us know that visitors to Tucson bring $2.6 Billion to our economy. Thank you for the sponsorship BRENT! PRESIDENT MARK then introduced our speaker FLETCHER McCUSKER. FLETCHER noted that referring to MARK as President is a tough pill to swallow…all in fun of course. FLETCHER has been awarded State of Arizona Business Leader of the Year by Governor Doug Doucey. Well earned.
FLETCHER started his presentation with a quick history lesson of the impact of Rio Nuevo. Since 2012, Rio Nuevo has influenced over $2 Billion worth of investment into Tucson. He reviewed the various developments and projects that have taken place. It’s easy to see the impact by just walking or driving around Tucson. It’s a much better and vibrant downtown now than in 2012. FLETCHER noted that according to a analysis, Tucson Ranks #1 in the U.S. in Google Searches for “Homes for Sale.” None of the developments that were slated pre-pandemic have gone away. They are all moving forward and that’s great news.  FLETCHER also mentioned that there should be water flowing in the fountains directly to the north of the TCC. That will be a pleasant change from the past years. As always, FLETCHER’S presentation was very informative and offered great insight to what is in store for downtown Tucson. There is a lot of future activity being discussed and the future looks bright for Tucson!
We celebrated 3 birthdays. The first was for SALLY MONTAGNE and she brought a very special guest…ERNIE! It was great to see them and courageous of ERNIE to visit so quickly after brain surgery. SALLY was very, very grateful for the outpouring of support from not only the Rotary Club of Tucson, but from Rotary members all over the world. JIM WOOD was next to speak about his birthday. He’s going to lead the charge in bringing younger Rotarians to our club. Go JIM! Finally, PHIL GUTT was celebrating his birthday and shared a quote from Groucho Marx “I intend to live forever, or die trying.” Keep it going PHIL!
SCOTT VAUGHN and CHARLOTTE HARRIS were the presenters for two recent Paul Harris Award recipients. Joanie Clausen, wife of MONTE CLAUSEN received her award. Joanie walks 4 miles a day and is a world traveler. Eric Smith, husband of FAYE MORSE, received his award. Eric was noted as a professional skinner by SCOTT, but really, he was a professional skier years ago. We stood and welcomed both Eric and Joanie into the club of Paul Harris Award recipients.
KHRIS DODGE held a raffle and $1,500.00 was up for grabs. ROB DRAPER did not pull the King of Clubs and the big pot is still available. Soon, there will be a winner!
JIM LUBINSKI reminded us to ALL sign up for the Centennial Event that will happen on Sept. 25th and that the AZ Star Insert has been a great fundraising success. JONI CONDIT asked us to all sell tickets. We are 30% of our goal. We have committed $250,000 to JTED this year. So please, sell your tickets or ask PRESIDENT MARK how to do it if you’re not sure. We’re counting on YOU!
PRESIDENT MARK shared a slide of RCOT Member’s portraits who were wearing their Rotary Pins at the previous meeting. He also shared a couple of photos of giant trout caught in New Zealand as part of #Irv’s Fly-Fishing Fund. Then, MARK presented a stuffed Teddy Bear to MARIANNE and CHUCK FREITAS to give to their newborn grandbaby. BRUCE JACOBS shared a slide offering RCOT Centennial Apparel that is available to order up until Sept. 8th to order and you should have received an order form yesterday via email. Finally, CHRIS MOONEY told us that he’ll be taking portrait photos on Sept. 22nd, so be sure to look nice and comb your hair that day.
PRESIDENT MARK closed the meeting with a nice toast to our Honorary Members and special appreciation to FLETCHER and what he’s done for Tucson.
#Irv's Rotary Fly Fishing Fund
We welcome President Mark "Irv" Irvin's challenge to fellow Rotarians to match funds for our club's use in supporting both our Club's international and local efforts.  These pledges are for the 2021/22 Rotary year and donations will go to your favorite Rotary programs, i.e. Paul Harris, Scholarships, the Tucson Classics Car Show.  If you are interested in supporting President Mark in his efforts, forms are available on the home page of our website under the RCOT Member Area drop down menu or at the registration table at our lunch meetings.  Thank you.
RCOT Centennial Event Invitation and Registration ~ 9/25/21
Hello Members,
Time is ticking to sign up for the Rotary Club of Tucson’s 100 Year Celebration!  In order to make your reservations, please CLICK HERE.  If this does not work, try copying and pasting this link in your browser:
This should take you to our Eventbrite registration.  You will be asked to register yourself and your guests, make your meal choices and also make payment. If you are registering a guest(s), please be sure to scroll down and fill out the registration in its entirety.  Details regarding the evening event are in the below invitation.
TCC Doubletree Room Reservations 9-25-21
TCC Doubletree Room Reservations and Rates for the Centennial Event 9-25-21 
We have secured a 15 room block at the TCC Doubletree. We encourage you to reserve a room early to insure you will have one for the event.
Rotary Club of Tucson Room Block - 1 king at $115 per night plus tax. 
You may call the hotel, 520-372-7100 or use this direct link:
(Please, only if you run into a problem ask for Natalie Mendoza.)
Rotary Fitness Bulletin Board
We are bringing back the Rotary Fitness Bulletin Board so........ let's get physical!!!! To participate or see what others are doing to stay healthy, go to the club website home page, scroll down the left side to RCOT Links and click on "RCOT Fitness Bulletin Board".  There you will see a spreadsheet listing all activities members have posted.  No need to sign up, just show up!  Oh, and by the way, if there is an activity you will be participating in, please feel free to post.  Others may want to join you!  This spreadsheet is handled solely by the members, so please remember after posting your activity, don't forget to remove after your fitness program has ended.  Thank you and let's get movin...
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:
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