Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - February 3, 2021
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
February Meetings at Hacienda del Sol
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Health Policy in Arizona
(This lunch meeting will be in the Casa Luna Room indoors and the speaker will be presenting by Zoom)
Chuck Bassett will explore the political overtones at the state legislature, which is now two weeks into its legislative session, with a focus on health care policy. Also, he will briefly examine the dynamics of health care policy in Washington D.C.
Chuck Bassett ~ Biography
As vice president of government relations and public policy for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), Chuck Bassett is responsible for formulating the organization’s public policy and all local, state and federal government relations. He serves as the organization’s contact for all legislators, government officials, community leaders and the media regarding legislative issues.
Prior to joining BCBSAZ in 2000, Chuck was an insurance regulatory attorney for a Phoenix law firm. He has also served as Rules Attorney and Ethics Counsel for the Arizona House of Representatives.
Chuck is on the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry board of directors and the Arizona Chamber Foundation board.
Chuck received a law degree and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. He is a member of the State Bar of Arizona.
Mystery Editor ~ 1/27/21
Thank you, PRESIDENT JEN HOFFMAN, for presiding over a very informative, inspiring and delicious Rotary luncheon in the Casa Luna Room at the beautiful Hacienda del Sol Resort.  Our SERGEANT-AT-ARMS GARY OLSEN led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and a cappella singing of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”  GARY’s Army career, his many years of massage therapy healing and his involvement with Sautillo Equity Company are certainly reasons to engage GARY in conversation.
Please read the poem by Trupti Paliwal in this Tucsotarian which was PP PHIL GUTT’S inspiration and followed the wisdom of Winston Churchill: “We may not be at the beginning of the end, but we may well be at the end of the beginning.”
PRESIDENT JEN welcomed Beth Borozan, Chief of Staff to SUPERVISOR STEVE CHRISTY, as well as Sandra Soliel, Tamara Wilson and Abby Nagbe all checking out our remarkable club.  Virtual Rotarians, you were not forgotten!
PP BOB SHAFF enthusiastically introduced our own STEVE CHRISTY, Pima County District 4 Supervisor.  STEVE’S extensive experience in business, local government and charitable organizations is detailed in the recent Tucsotarian.  This M.E., as well as all Rotarians, received a detailed lesson from STEVE in the complexity of Pima County government and politics.  SUPERVISOR STEVE is the sole minority among our five district supervisors, but STEVE’S acumen in business is critical to the Board and to our local economy.  STEVE is confident that this new Board will work together for Pima County.  The Rotary Club of Tucson is honored to have SUPERVISOR and ROTARIAN STEVE CHRISTY.
Happy birthday, PP EMERY BARKER.  EMERY was President in our 75th year and very instrumental along with GARD PIERCE and PP HUGH THOMPSON in developing Projecto Amanacer, our major RI partnership with the Hermosillo, Mexico, Rotary Club.  Local physicians, nurses and staff along with much medical technology went to Hermosillo and worked with their medical community.  We certainly needed attorney EMERY’S  legal mind and negotiation of the 3H Grant.  I do know that James Lee Burke is EMERY’S favorite mystery writer!
The “History Moment” featured the “Don and Jon” show.  PP DON ROLLINGS was President of RCoT in 1987-88 when women were first introduced as Rotary members.  Quote PP JON WANG to DON: “I have often thought that you were the perfect President to do so. As the result of your decision, the Rotary Club of Tucson has benefited enormously from the energy, creativity, and leadership that women have brought.  We currently have 66 women in our Club…7 have been President including present leader, JEN HOFFMAN….2 have been Chairs of our Tucson Classics Car Show.  That decision was one of the most important events (possibly the most important) in the past 50 years of RCoT history.”  Thank you DON and JON and women Rotarians.
PRESIDENT JEN is still running!  We were reminded of the scholarship cups, the February 10th social mixer at El Charro’s, all Virtuals were thanked and PRESIDENT JEN sent us off with our masks on and 6 feet distancing!  Please read Laurence Gonzales article in the Feb. 2021 Rotary issue, “Survival of the Resilient.”
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ El Charro Cafe - Sunrise/Kolb
Our first Replacement/Social Mixer of 2021 is the evening of February 10th.  This mixer will be held at El Charro on the patio, 6910 E. Sunrise (Sunrise/Kolb) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.   Due to COVID-19 Guidelines, the event is limited to 48 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.   All must register for the event on the club website scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events" and click on Replacement Social Mixer for 2/10/21.  Make sure to register your guest.  If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office.
Let's have some fun!  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on February 10th.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards ~ Deadline Approaching
Hello everyone,
I have wonderful news! There are still openings for this month's online RYLA Event! Do you have teenage kids/grandkids/nieces or nephews who would want to take advantage of this amazing opportunity? The Rotary Club of Tucson will cover the costs. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections. If you know of someone who is interested please have them reach out to Diana Cannon and she will send you the application. Please remember space is limited so if you are interested contact Diana before 2/9/21.
Below is a brief description of our RYLA program:
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Leadership Program
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Leadership Program
Rotary Leadership Institute
The RLI Committee would like to remind you of the Rotary Leadership Institute taking place virtually this month.  These are wonderful courses for new Rotarians and those long-term Rotarians who would like refresher courses on all things Rotary.  Please see the information below on RLI and how to sign up:
Every Rotary Club in District 5500 will receive 3 scholarships for RLI. (Additional $20.00 is required if you order printed materials to be snail-mailed) All materials are online as PDFs and downloadable. Please sign up your members today. Because these sessions are offered online, a member could take all three (3) sessions and receive their certificate!
This year, District 5500’s RLI has gone virtual and will be conducted on 3 consecutive Saturdays, beginning with Course 1 on Sat., Jan. 23, 2021. 
  • Course 1: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021  
  • Course 2: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 (prereq. is completing Course 1)
  • Course 3: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 (prereq. is completing Courses 1 & 2)
Registration is $20 (electronic materials provided) or $40 (for printed, snail-mailed materials) 3 scholarships per club being offered.
Please contact Bob Shogren by email at or by cell/text at (520) 603-6126.
Inspiration from 1/27/21 Meeting
Here is a moving Inspiration given by Past President Phil Gutt during our last week's meeting:
These are trying times.  For better or worse, we have survived the election process once again.
With regard to the pandemic, I borrow from the words of Winston Churchill: 'We may not be at the beginning of the end, but we may well be at the end of the beginning.'
As we persevere, consider today's inspiration, adapted from a poem by Trupti Paoiwal and entitled Hopes for the Future
In the coming months…
          May we talk more, chat less.
                   May we call more, text less.
                             May we meet more, Zoom less.
May we travel more, lockdown less.
                   May we care more, ignore less.
                             May we do more, gossip less.
May we praise more, blame less.
                             May we share more, accumulate less.
                                      May we experience more, fear less.
May we love more, hate less.
RCOT Facebook Live and YouTube Channel
If you would like to view past Rotary meetings on our Facebook Page go to to view the meetings.  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! 
To view 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:
Feb 10, 2021
El Charro
Feb 24, 2021
Feeding Tucson in the UNESCO City of Gastronomy
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Upcoming Events
Replacement/Social Mixer El Charro Cafe ~ 2/10/21
Feb 10, 2021
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
February 17, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Hacienda del Sol
Feb 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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