Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - March 9, 2022
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
YWCA is on a Mission, Making an Economic Impact
Magdalena Verdugo ~ Biography
Magdalena Verdugo was named Chief Executive Officer for YWCA Southern Arizona in December 2019. As the first Latina leader in the illustrious 104-year history of the organization, she is proud to continue carrying out YWCA Southern Arizona’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
As the daughter of migrant farmworkers, the ideals of hard work and resilience were instilled in Magdalena from a young age. Her parents worked tirelessly in the California fields to ensure that her future would be brighter, that she would be prepared to overcome any of life’s challenges, and that she would have access to all the opportunities they did not - or could not - receive. Through their sacrifices, Verdugo became the first in her family to graduate college, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Arizona, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.
As CEO, Verdugo’s vision is to build YWCA Southern Arizona into a premier one-stop location for bilingual integrated leadership, wellbeing, financial empowerment, workforce training and business development services in the region; a singular place where diverse women of all professions, incomes, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and experiences can come together to network, collaborate, and receive the professional guidance necessary to enable them to carve life paths away from adversity and towards prosperity. Magdalena comes to the YWCA after an extended and successful time as the Vice President of CPLC Community Schools, a division of the nonprofit Chicanos Por La Causa.
Beyond her role as CEO, Verdugo is a strong community advocate for improved education, health and welfare outcomes and opportunities among all children and women in Southern Arizona. She is a former YWCA Women on the Move Award recipient, long time member of The University of Arizona Hispanic Community Advisory Council, member of the Child Family Resources and founding member of the Board of Salud y Cariño, a nonprofit helping young girls to take action and gain confidence through physical activity and healthy decision-making. Magdalena is a huge supporter and advocate of the arts and serves on the Arizona Public Media Community Advisory Board, The Arts Foundation of Southern/Tucson Arizona, and The Rialto Theatre Foundation. Magdalena previously served on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center, and National Latino Children’s Institute.
This meeting is sponsored by:
Mystery Editor ~ 3/2/22
President MARK IRVIN updated the Club on the ongoing COVID protocols.  Members can be identified by wearing a ribbon that expresses their desire to Social Distance and avoid contact during the Meet and Greet time prior to the start of the meetings. President MARK asked people to be respectful of other's level of comfort during these COVID times.
PRESIDENT MARK directed a moment of silence for the People of Ukraine.
President MARK introduced WOCKY REDSAR to lead the Club in the Pledge of Allegiance.  And she was joined by Sargent at Arms KHRIS DODGE on the Steal drum for the song ‘The Star Spangled Banner’.
KIM ADAIR member since March 2021 and Business designation Community and Social Services, Arizona Bowl and Graduate of Northern Arizona University, gave the Inspiration. She spoke of her favorite week in Tucson with all of the activities going on that attract a worldwide audience with the Cologuard Classic Champions Golf Tournament and the Tucson Rodeo week and Horse Races.  Each of these events are run by nonprofits that want to bring visibility and tourism to Tucson while at the same time giving back to the community.   She spoke of the spirit of giving and charity and that the person who serves almost always benefits more than the folks being served.  Thank you to those wonderful events in our City.
KHRIS DODGE, Sargent at Arms, member since February 2020, Graduate of U of A and Owner of Khris Dodge Entertainment, introduces the many Guests and Visitors that were in attendance and thanked them for joining our meeting.
President MARK introduced the Program for the meeting, the Tucson High School Jovert Steel Drum Band.  The Band which was started 23 years ago with KHRIS DODGE as the Leader / Teacher.  KHRIS mentioned that this is his last year teaching at Tucson High and being the Director of the Jovert Band. The High School kids’ performance on the Steel Drums was absolutely fantastic.  The theme for the show was ‘Happiness’ with the students picking all of the songs for the performance.  Everyone was amazed by the energy of these talented performers. President MARK expounded on the creation of an event called ‘The Event’ some 20 years ago, where the Jovert Steel Band was featured and has played most every year since.
The Make Way for Books library donation was the book ‘Drummer Boy of John John’ with every single member of the band signing the book.
President MARK acknowledged the Birthdays for this week’s meeting. DREW VACTOR  03/01 and DAN DEVOU 03/26.  Happy Birthday gentlemen!!!
Two New Members were recognized. 
DOT KRET introduced YVETTE MARIE MANGAILLAN.  She has multiple College Degrees and works with Pediatric Autism Children and Parents.  Last year she started an online company, designation of Internet Sales and company name ‘Specialty Teas’.
CHUCK SAWYER introduced JON HARNED former Navy Helicopter Pilot with current Designation 'Finance’ and his company ‘Lynn Capital Private Equity Investing’ helping first time home buyers.
President MARK welcomed both to the Rotary Club of Tucson.
CHARLOTTE HARRIS gave us The History Moment.  Two weeks ago, she showed us of the very early days of what is now the Tucson Rodeo.  After that meeting, LARRY ADAMSON came over to Charlotte and told her of another moment many years ago at the Pioneer Hotel where the famous Cowboy, Monte Montana rode his horse into the Hotel Ballroom twirling his lasso.  LARRY attended the event with his Rotarian Father Harold.  Monte Montana participated in over 60 Rose Bowl Parades where Roy Rogers acknowledged Monte as the greatest Trick Roper of all times.  Charlotte found a special Issue of the Tucsotarian from November 1940 that was signed by 65 guests of that meeting at the Pioneer Hotel.
The Raffle ticket winner was JONI CONDIT and the King of Clubs was finally picked by one of the performers of the Jovert Steel Drum Band and was worth $3700 + dollars.  Joni said that $3000 would be donated back to Rotary, for her three grandchildren receiving their Paul Harris Fellows.
JOE DANISZEWSKI presented the PEACE POLE Project.  There are over 25 Peace Poles in our District 5500. The next Peace Pole being placed at Reid Park.  In 1921, Rotary International began promoting Peace throughout the World.   
President MARK shared IRV’s Fly Fishing wall with new photos of SARA GAAR EHRENS and Bruce Ehrens from Alaska near Prince William Sound.
President MARK reminded everyone of the JTED Open House on March 8th at 4pm at the new downtown Campus.  He also announced next Sunday, March 9th, at Brandi Fenton Park, Rotary will be participating in a Park Clean Up effort.
CHUCK SAWYER updated us on the ‘March Madness’ new member bracket Challenge. And also updated us on the next Social Mixer for March 30th  at PROOF in the St Phillips Square Outdoor Plaza
BRUCE JACOBS also reminded us about the PROOF Mixer.
President  MARK  - Toast and adjourned the meeting.
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.

Member: Brandi Haga-Blackman

Classification: Economic Development: Rio Nuevo 

Sponsor: Mark Irvin


Member: Tom Lickliter

Classification: Computer & Information Systems: Digital Marketing

Sponsor: Glenn Ewing

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!
Disaster Response Fund - Ukraine
To My Fellow Rotary Club of Tucson Members:
As we know, Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.  This unprovoked war has killed many innocent civilians.  It has also created a  humanitarian crisis with many women, children and families attempting to flee to neighboring countries while the men stay and fight for their country.  
Over a million people have fled and the United Nations estimates over five million people have been displaced and are in dire need of emergency aid and assistance.  
Many of you have reached out to ask, what is Rotary doing and how can you help?  Rotary International has been very engaged.  Both Rotary International and Shelter Box (a Rotary Project Partner for disaster - temporary housing) have created opportunities for us to donate to help the people of Ukraine.  Both have, or are, setting up operations in countries such as Poland where there are many Rotary Clubs.  
Here are links with further information and where donations are being accepted:    
Sadly, we have also found that we have more than a few of our fellow Rotary Club of Tucson members with ties to and families in Ukraine.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  
For other questions and/or to obtain more information, please contact the Rotary Support Center at 
Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at our luncheon at the TCC.  
President - 2021-22
SAVE THE DATE ~ JTED Open House ~ 3/8/22
SAVE THE DATE:  JTED has invited our entire club to join them for an exclusive open house on Tuesday, March 8th at 4:00 p.m.  This is to celebrate and THANK THE CLUB for the amazing work we have done as Rotarians in support of their mission.  This will be at their new campus, The Bridges, 3300 S. Park Avenue, Tucson and all are encouraged to attend.  If you would like to attend, please sign up on the Home Page of the Club Website under "Upcoming Events".
District 5500 Virtual "Day Of Peace For Children"
Rotary Service Project at Triangle Y YMCA Camp is back!
Rotary Service Project at Triangle Y YMCA Camp is back!!!!! April 30, 2022
SAVE THE DATE:  APRIL 30, 2022 for this year’s Rotary International Day of Service.  After a hiatus the past two years this year’s service project is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th   8:30AM-2:00PM.  The Ranch is located 8 miles from the town of Oracle on the Mt Lemmon Road.  Most, if not all of the work projects will be outdoors at this beautiful Southern Arizona facility.  The work performed is a general cleaning of the outdoor areas, painting, trimming, planting, and general cleanup around the cabins.  This is a great opportunity to bring friends and family and introduce them to the spirit of Rotary.  According to this year’s Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta, “bring together volunteers from inside and outside Rotary to celebrate and showcase the spirit of Rotary in your community”.
We will have jobs for all ages old and young.  Bring your friends and kids.  Please bring sunscreen, gloves and snacks.  A BBQ lunch will be served around at 1:30pm in the main dining hall at the Ranch. 
Please email Dave Gallaher, Tucson Rotary Club, at and/or call 520-907-4983.  A guest count is necessary for planning work and the serving of lunch.  Carpooling is recommended and many people meet at the Trader Joes parking lot at SEC of Magee and Oracle.
Irv's Rotary Flyfishing Fund
The opportunities to showcase your fish during Irv's Centennial year are shrinking.  You will not want to miss the chance to showcase your fish, or better yet your Kids and Grandkids with a fish!  Don’t let the Wall of Fame escape you.  Join these other folks who have made it to the Wall of Fame and donated to Rotary charities.  Please reach out to Dorinna or Irv for all the details. 
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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162nd Wing Air National Guard
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Chamber of Commerce
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Upcoming Events
March 16 , Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Mar 16, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
March 23 , Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Mar 23, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ "Proof" ~ 3/30/22
Mar 30, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Service Project ~ Triangle Y YMCA Camp ~ 4/30/22
Apr 30, 2022
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
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