Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - March 11, 2020
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Presentation ~ 3/11/20
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will turn your vision of a museum inside out! Nestled within the lushest desert on Earth, the Desert Museum is one of the largest and most recognized attractions in Southern Arizona. It encompasses a zoo, aquarium, botanical gardens, earth sciences, natural history museum, and an art institute with galleries. Beyond being merely a tourist attraction, the Museum's education, conservation, and research programs are top notch in the industry, and provide important information to help understand and conserve the Sonoran Desert. For 67 years, the Desert Museum has brought students of all ages to learn at the Museum, and has traveled to regional schools, providing environmental literacy, and education outreach programs.
The mission of the Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The 98-acre Desert Museum founded in 1952, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals. 85% of the Desert Museum experience is outdoors, immersing visitors in a holistic experience of the Sonoran Desert.
Craig Ivanyi ~ Biography
Craig Ivanyi has served as Executive Director for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum since July 2010. Ivanyi is a herpetologist with a 36-year tenure at the museum. He began his service while a student at the University of Arizona. During his time at the museum, he's been the director, general curator, and associate executive director for living collections and exhibits; the curator for herpetology, ichthyology and invertebrate zoology; and a keeper of reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates. In addition to his work at the Desert Museum, Ivanyi is a published author of several works, including “Lizards of the Southwest” and “Venomous Critters” in the Get Go Guide series “Put a Little Desert in Your Pocket.”
Kevin Bonine ~ Biography
Kevin Bonine is Director of Education at Biosphere 2 and a science-faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the UArizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment. At Biosphere 2, he helps design learning experiences for 100,000 annual visitors and 10,000 K-12 school children, offers teacher professional development, and facilitates residential research internships. In addition to teaching UA courses, including an online offering of Environmental Biology, he recently convened a world-class team of UA staff and faculty to generate a new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course hosted on Coursera) about Biosphere 2 Science for the Future of our Planet. Kevin grew up in Tucson, went to TUSD schools and the UA, then went to graduate school in Madison, Wisconsin. He has been back in Tucson with his wife, Angela, since 2001. They have two daughters, currently attending TUSD schools, and absolutely love our beautiful Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands. Kevin is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and enjoys chasing Gila monsters in his spare time.
Random Act of Kindness Survey
To our Rotary Club of Tucson,
We hope you have enjoyed the past few weeks with our Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) exercise.  We know many people have shared their individual stories and now is the chance for you to share yours.  Click on the link to a short survey about the Rotary Club of Tucson Random Acts of Kindness.  It should only take a couple of minutes for you to complete. Click here for Survey.  Please feel free to elaborate on your individual RAK event and if you are so inclined, we will allocate some time at a future meeting for you to share with the club.  Thanks again for participating and we sincerely hope bringing a little more kindness into the world was a good thing.  One final note, for your viewing pleasure, below are some really powerful Random Acts of Kindness videos for you to enjoy.
Be Kind!
Yours in Rotary,
Bob Logan and Faye Morse
Random Act of Kindness YouTube Videos below:
Social Mixer ~ 3/4/20
Last Wednesday our social mixer was held at the Living Room, and the attendance was over the top!!!  March Madness continued on with many prospective guests.  The weather was perfect, and fun and fellowship was had by all.  A big shout out to Bruce Jacobs for putting this wonderful evening together.  Our next replacement event will be in April with Home Hospitality.  Here's some photos from the evening:
Social Mixer @ The Living Room ~ 3/4/20
Bill Gilkinson's Memorial Service
Back in January of this year, Former RCOT Honorary Member, Bill Gilkinson passed away at the age of 94.  A memorial service, including the TPD Honor Guard, is set for March 14th at 2 p.m. at Adair Funeral Home's Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Avenue in Oro Valley.  The family asks that donations be made to The 100 Club of Arizona at to assist families of first responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
Work Project ~ Imago Dei School ~ 3/14/20
Please sign up and come participate with our morning of painting the cafeteria at Imago Dei School on Saturday morning March 14th from 8 to noon. We will tape, paint and have lots of fun hanging out together. Bring your favorite music to dance to. There will be coffee and snacks. Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on.
Please sign up on our website home page scroll down the left side to “Upcoming Events” and click on Imago Dei School Project.
Below is a link to the school website:
2nd Annual Day of Peace ~ 4/4/20
Join US for our 2nd Annual Day of Peace!
Rotarians are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, ethnic tensions and lack of access to education.  We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. We will find out more about Rotary’s long-time passion for peace at our second annual Day of Peace and why it’s more important than ever to learn and understand the importance of peace. Inspirational speakers such as our very own Rabbi Stephanie Aaron, Mayor Regina Romero and 2-time Peace Fellow, Mark Flanigan, will be featured. We are excited about having our talented Nina Trasoff as the Panel Moderator. We will also have an afternoon interactive program led by Communication Specialists from Tucson’s Center for Community Dialogue as we discuss the Neurobiology of Conflict, how to identify Judgmental Bias, and how our clubs can become Peacebuilder Clubs. Please consider this a personal invitation from fellow Rotarians, Ellie Patterson, your DG, and Joe Daniszewski, District Peace Projects Chair.
“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.” Carlos Santana
District 5500 Day of Peace
April 4, 2020
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Truly Nolen Leadership Center
436 S. Williams Blvd. (in the Williams Center)
Tucson, AZ 85711
Registration is on our District website.  Cost is $25.00 which includes registration, continental breakfast and lunch.
4/25 Work Project ~ Triangle YMCA Ranch
This year’s 8th Rotary Days project at the Triangle Y Ranch is being held on the International Rotarians At Work Day Saturday April 25th - 8:30-4:00.  You can come for an hour or come for the day. We will have the usual painting and cleaning of shrubs and clearing trails.  This year we will be initiating Adopt A Cabin At the Ranch.  We will be assembling new beds and painting cabin floors in the cabins used by the kids.  If you have an RV and would like to camp at the Ranch Saturday evening, please join the Western Region of the Rotary RV Fellowship.  It is dry camping only with no hook ups and we had lots of fun last year. 
Click here for Directions to the Camp: CAMP DIRECTIONS FROM TUCSON
If you have any questions please ask Dave Gallaher ( 907-4983 or Allyn Bulzomi (     
Something special is happening in April!
Beautiful Hike on Saturday...
The planned hike to Hutch's Pool was changed upon arrival at Sabino Canyon due to the high demand of the new tram system.  The group made up of Martha, myself, Ernie Montagne, Gary Olsen, Rich Flynn and Chuck Sawyer made a quick adjustment to plans and had a great hike in Bear Canyon.  Beautiful blue skies and it actually got warm!  The next planned hike is scheduled for Saturday, April 4th at Pontotac Ridge so mark your calendars!
RCOT Facebook Live
Reminder, you can view past Rotary meetings on Facebook Live.  So, if you missed the meeting go to to watch the program.  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!
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 249   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Replacement/Social Mixer - March 4, 2020   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members69  Raffle $


Active Members AE12  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members1     
Total Members Present82    




Guests of the Club 23    


Visiting Rotarians1    


Total Meeting Attendance 132    


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Upcoming Events
Imago Dei School - Work Project
Mar 14, 2020
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Triangle Y Ranch - Work Project
Apr 25, 2020
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
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