Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - January 12, 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
El Charro Cafe

Ray & Carlotta Flores


Established in 1922, El Charro Café has become one of America's dining icons…


It’s the Nation's Oldest Mexican Restaurant that has been continually run by the same family.


Featuring traditional -Sonoran style food, along with uniquely Tucson creations, El Charro Café has been described by Gourmet Magazine as: "A Taste Explosion".


In fact, El Charro’s legendary Monica Flin, is world famous as “The Inventor of The Chimichanga.”


It came about by accident… Monica accidentally dropped a burro into the frying pan she was using to brown some beef, and when the hot oil splashed up, she was about to curse out loud in Spanish, using a common Spanish cuss word starting with “Ch”, but because she was surrounded by her young nieces and nephews, she blurted out “Chimichanga”, and accidentally created a dish now enjoyed all around the world….


El Charro’s menu is proof that it’s possible to maintain old world quality, while using recipes that are lower in trans fat, and even gluten free!


With a large array of award winning hand-crafted menu items and beverages , El Charro Café has written a full chapter in Tucson's Culinary History…

Mystery Editor ~ 1/5/22
President MARK IRVIN welcomed Rotarians.  Pledge and Song led by MITCH PISIK.  GARY HIRSCH stepped in to play God Bless America while KHRIS DODGE is focusing on the Tucson Jazz Festival this week.
President MARK asked we take a moment of silence for AIMEE GRAVES’ mother who passed on 12/8/21.  Our prayers and thoughts are with AIMEE and her family.
AWE was the focus of MITCH PISIK’S inspiration.  He warmly reminded us to savor the awe around us: in each other, in nature and to spread our awe into our day, our week, and years to follow.
GARY OLSEN welcomed our guests, TJ and Pat Lopez from El Tour de Tucson and all our Student Scholars.
Our program speaker, Roger Pfeuffer, the founding board member of Friends of Tucson Birthplace (FOTB), received a spirited Rotary welcome.  FOTB is focused on the recreation of Tucson’s Birthplace known as Tucson Origins Heritage Park.  “Mission Garden’s primary mission is to preserve, transmit and revive the region’s rich agricultural heritage by growing garden plots representative of more than 4000 years of continuous cultivation in the Tucson Basin.”  Rotarians are encouraged to visit the garden where the seasonal bounty can be sampled and over 72 variety of birds and various local animals abound and may be seen frolicking in any of the three functioning gardens.
GARY HIRSCH shared a history moment with a heartfelt thank you to TJ Juskiewicz and Pat Lopez for the collaboration extended to RCOT’s Ride to End Polio.
DARRELL STEWART, co-chair, was recognized and thanked for organizing an outstanding ride!  Cycling to Serve stepped up to be the first presenting sponsor.  The outdoor ride generated more than $12,000, and in addition to CHARLOTTE HARRIS’ indoor ride, raised over $500,000.  In all, with Bill and Melinda Gates matching gifts, over $56 million has been raised since the inception of the Ride to End Polio.  TJ and Pat presented GARY HIRSCH with a framed photo of his crossing the finish line to recognize his many efforts to make the Ride to End Polio a success.  Thank you GARY!
GARY OLSEN read the winning ticket for the 50/50 raffle…congratulations NANCY BEVINS.  Unfortunately, the King of Clubs was not drawn and we look forward to a winner at next week’s Raffle.
President MARK added another fine fish to his Fly-Fishing Fund Wall of Fame.  NICOLE LOMBARDO’S nephew, Mac, caught a browning on the Madison River in Yellowstone.
GARY OLSEN announced there will be a blood drive on February 16th starting 10 a.m.–3 p.m. in the TCC lobby entrance to our Wednesday meeting.  Look for sign up details shortly.
JO DECHATELET shared a proud Happy Jackson.  Her son, Tom Brandhuber retired from the Air Force Reserve after 33 years of service.  He continues to serve as Assistant Fire Chief.
ROGER HARWELL organized the 7th beer booth at the 4th Avenue Street Fair, raising $3,500 for the scholarship program.  DAVE WHITE announced car show ticket sales also took place at the 4th Avenue Street Fair.
LYUDA EISENMAN introduced several RCOT scholar students from the University of Arizona.  Each student shared their area of study, plans for the future and the positive impact the RCOT scholarship has made during their education.
President MARK thanked our virtual guests and all of the scholar students and reminded us what an impact a weekly donation can make to continue to help our students.
President MARK announced next week’s speakers will be Carlotta & Ray Flores of El Charro.
President MARK toasted and adjourned the meeting.
Westward Look - 1/26 and 2/2
The Gem Show is back in town at the TCC, and since the show needs all available space at the TCC, the Westward Look will be hosting our lunch meetings on January 26th and February 2nd.  Please mark your calendars for these two meetings.
Thank you.
40 Under 40 ~ 1/19/22 Lunch Meeting
At our meeting on January 19th, our club will be hosting some of the 40 Under 40 recipients.  We want to help Rob Elias, CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to engage this incredible group of young professionals.  Our program will be Kasey Hill with the Greater Tucson Leadership and HSL Properties will be sponsoring this program.  So far we have had about half of the 40 Under 40 recipients respond of their attendance.  Hoping you all can attend this meeting.  Below is a list of these rising stars:
Adam Begody  - Associate Director of Development, Eller College of Management
Adam Goldstein - Co-Founder & President, Wealth Advisor, Adara Wealth Management
Ahmed Abdelmawgoud - Senior Systems Engineer/Adjunct Professor, Raytheon Missile and Defense
Alec Berens - Partner, BGK Capital
Alex Robie - Senior Project Manager, University of Arizona
Alicia White - Senior Audit Manager, Keegan Linscott & Associates, PC
Amanda Bruno - Project Manager, Economic Initiatives, City of Tucson
Amanda Powers - President, FC Tucson
Amanda Simeza - Director of Student Services, Pima JTED Career and Technical Education District
Arcelia Cornidez - Project Director, Help and Hope for YOUth, Arizona Youth Partnership
Courtney Henson - Attorney, Snell & Wilmer
Daniel Howe - Workforce Development Specialist & Owner of the Earnest House LLC
Daniela Siqueiros - Associate Director of Marketing & Advertising, Tucson Lifestyle
Desiree Guerrero - Founder & Executive Director for South Tucson C.O
Dr. Bethany Bruzzi - Banner Health CMO of Clinical Efficiency, Banner Health
Elise C. Lopez, DrPH. - Director, Consortium on Gender-Based Violence, University of Arizona
Emma Batty - Principal, Tanque Verde Elementary School
Eric Smith - Executive Director, University of Arizona Center for Innovation
Ina Ronquillo - Assistant News Director, KVOA-TV
Jeffry Gardner - Marketing Vice President, Sun Auto Tire & Service
John Jackson Moyer - Assistant Vice President of People and Culture, Tucson Federal Credit Union
Jonathan Rios - Senior Program Manager, Tohono O'odham Nation
Julie Euber - Chief Operating Officer, SARSEF
Kait Shinaberry - Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Banner Health University Medicine - Chief HR Officer
Katherine Campbell - Therapist, El Rio Community Health
Kelly Wiebelhaus MSN-Ed., RN - Nursing Program Director, Pima Medical Institute
Kendra Forgacs - Principal, Desert Willow Elementary School
Laura Stephens, MD - Assistant Professor/ Medical Director, Banner Health, University of Arizona
Leslie V. Farland - Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Arizona
Manuel Felix - Founder & CEO at AZ Cyber Initiative
Nikki Lee - City of Tucson Vice Mayor
Patrick Robles - Community Outreach Coordinator, Pima County Attorney's Office
Precious Craig - Pharmacy Student, University of Arizona
Saejah Tapp - Owner of Allure Medical Spa and Laser Institute
Sean Goslar - Regional Manager of Immigration Services, Chicanos por la Causa
Spencer Graves - Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Pima County
Stephanie Ponce - Principal, Liberty Elementary, Sunnyside Unified School District
Stephen Sterling - President/Co Founder, Localight
Steven Acevedo - Detective, City of Tucson
Theodore (Ted) Burhans - Director, Emerging Technology and Innovation, Tucson Electric Power
Invitation to ICS Grand Opening
Interfaith Community Services’ (ICS) new east side central office was one of our two Centennial Secondary Beneficiary projects.   As you will note in the following invitation, they will have a grand opening on Thursday, January 20, 2022.  If you would like to attend as a Rotarian from our Club, please let Jim Murphy, RCOT Foundation Grants Committee Chair, know.  Jim can be reached at
Dear Friends of ICS,
 I am so pleased to be celebrating the grand opening of our new central office, located at 122 N. Craycroft Rd on the campus of Rincon Congregational United Church of Christ.
 From this new location, ICS will assist the community by providing the opportunity for individuals to apply for emergency financial aid, workforce development support, and senior services. The vision for this central location is coming to fruition after much hard work and perseverance. We did not complete this journey alone. It took the wider community and a lot of dedication and support from Rincon Congregational UCC, the Rotary Club of Tucson and ICS staff working behind the scenes to launch this vibrant new ICS presence in the heart of Tucson.
 Representatives from ICS, Rincon UCC, Rotary, and the mayor’s office will be present for this exciting event. We will also have the new ICS Mobile Food Bank on site.
 I hope you will join us for refreshments and celebration on Thursday, January 20, 3-4pm at our new central offices. Remarks and ribbon cutting at 3:30 pm.
 Happy holidays,
 Tom McKinney
Chief Executive Officer
Interfaith Community Services
Rotary Club of Tucson Blood Drive ~ 2/16/22
The Rotary Club of Tucson will be holding a Blood Drive during our February 16th lunch meeting at the TCC.  The American Red Cross is in need of your help and they will be available between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Please contact Mike Sagara at if you have questions.
Give Blood -- Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. 
Ride to End Polio
Hello Rotarians,
As we prepared to host the Pre-Ride Dinner on the eve of the Ride to End Polio, we approached Rotary International with the following request. We had heard that a deal had been reached with the Taliban to once again support our going door-to-door to administer polio vaccine. This had not been possible under the prior regime. It’s not often we have something good to say about the Taliban. We asked if they could connect us with someone who had first hand knowledge of how this deal came about.
In response, we received this video from Dr. Hamid Jafari, the director for Polio Eradication for the Eastern Mediterranean for the World Health Organization. The address was created at his office in Amman, Jordan, and it is quite compelling. If you would like a deeper understanding of our efforts to rid the remaining countries of polio, or just to understand the role that our club plays in eradication, you will want to watch this 10 minute video. 
Enjoy, and rejoice in our accomplishments as Rotarians.
Gary Hirsch
Do You Have A New Addition to Your Family?
If you have a new addition to your Family whether it be a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc., for a “Happy Jackson” and one minute of mic time at an upcoming meeting, not only do you get a stuffed animal, but also you will receive a certificate welcoming them in as a Rotary Club of Tucson potential new member. You may pick a stuffed bear or hound dog for your little one (pictured here).  And, the original purchase of these stuffed animals helped St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  So reach out to the Rotary Office for details.  We'd love to hear of your new additions to your Family!
Irv's Rotary Flyfishing Fund
There are only 21 opportunities that remain before the end of Irv’s Centennial year.  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. 
The following members have resigned from the Rotary Club of Tucson:
Anna Lanzi
Robyn Frey
Ted Forsberg
Jeanne Flower
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:
Jan 19, 2022
Greater Tucson Leadership
Jan 26, 2022
Car Show - Reveal (Mtg. @ Westward Look)
Feb 02, 2022
Dude Ranching in AZ (Mtg. @ Westward Look)
Feb 09, 2022
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Upcoming Events
January 19, Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Jan 19, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
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