Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - June 17, 2020
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Diagnostics: The Key to the Beginning, Middle & End of the Pandemic
Diagnostics have never been more important or visible on the world stage as they are today in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Diagnostic researchers, developers, and manufacturers are working to make the most accurate tests available to everyone who wants or needs one. 
In this presentation, you will learn how COVID diagnostics have been developed and how they should be used to fight the disease through timely diagnosis and monitoring. This is a critical moment to expand our knowledge and dispel any myths about COVID-19 as we begin to re-open our society. 
Mara G. Aspinall ~ Biography
Aspinall is a healthcare industry leader and pioneer committed to active civic involvement. She is Managing Director and Co-Founder of BlueStone Venture Partners, a venture fund investing in life sciences technology companies in the US Southwest. She is also Managing Director of the Health Catalysts Group, a consulting firm dedicated to the growth of health information technology and diagnostics firms, publishing the popular Health Catalysts Diagnostics Year in Review. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Abcam plc (ABC), Allscripts (MDRX), Castle Biosciences (CSTL), Orasure (OSUR), and Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona. Most recently, Aspinall was certified in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University.
As President and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems, a billion-dollar division of The Roche Group, (now Roche Tissue Diagnostics) Aspinall led her world-class team to new financial success, more than two dozen major instrument and assay launches as well as global leadership in companion diagnostics.
Previously, Aspinall spent 13 years at Genzyme Corporation where she served as President of Genzyme Genetics and Genzyme Pharmaceuticals. Genzyme Genetics was a leading provider of diagnostic testing and genetic counseling in the oncology and reproductive markets. Aspinall transformed the business from a small specialized player to one of the top five laboratories in the country while setting the industry standard for quality testing. The business was sold to LabCorp for nearly $1billion. Previously, she led Genzyme Pharmaceuticals and its transformation to an international leader in specialized pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturing.
A leader in educating payers and policymakers on personalized medicine, she served on the Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Genetics, Health & Society (SACGHS) in the Obama and Bush administrations. With a passion for education about the importance of diagnostics in healthcare, Aspinall co-founded the School of Biomedical Diagnostics at Arizona State University, the first and only program dedicated to Diagnostics as an independent discipline. ASU awarded their first Master degrees in Diagnostics in 2015 and has 100 students matriculating this year.
Aspinall was named Arizona Biosciences Leader of the Year by the Arizona Biotechnology Association and one of “100 Most Inspiring People in Life Sciences” by PharmaVOICE magazine and one of Women Inc’s Most Influential Corporate Board Directors. She started her business career at the strategic consulting firm Bain & Company. Aspinall holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.
Change of Administration Event ~ 6/27/20

After reading President Bob's email last week on the Guidelines we are following for a safe COA event, we are hoping you come celebrate with President Bob at the Change of Administration Party on Saturday, June 27th at Hacienda Del Sol when he passes the gavel and reign to Jennifer Hoffman.  The event will begin with a reception and cocktails at 6:00 p.m., a buffet dinner from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with festivities to follow.  Here are some of the details:


Hacienda Del Sol (Casa Luna), 5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road, Tucson, AZ  85718

Time:  6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Dress:  Tucson Casual


All members and guests must register on the Website ($55 per person, billed to your account).   To register go to and scroll down the left side of the Home Page to Upcoming Events.  Click on Change of Administration Party and register yourself and your guest.  DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS WEDNESDAY, 6/17 AT 2:00 P.M.  Since we have reduced attendance, we will then have a lottery.  You will then be notified if your name was picked to attend.  Thank you all for your understanding as we navigate through these times.  Also, June 24th and July 1st are scheduled as DARK DAYS.  Hope to see you at the Party!

New Member Spotlight ~ Jenn Delaney
Who was your Sponsor?
Sponsor: Ellie Patterson
Where were you born?  Where did you grow up?
I was born in Sierra Vista, AZ. My father was an Army Intelligence Officer so, I spent a lot of time transferring between New Jersey and Arizona as a young child. By the time I was a teenager, my father left the Army, settled into Civil Service work and we planted roots in Sierra Vista.
Tell us about your career (s).
I've worked in many industries from real estate to taxes in my younger years. When I first moved to Tucson, I worked as a temp for many years at various companies; a semi-conductor company in purchasing to a publishing company in the accounting and fulfillment departments. I found my groove while volunteering and working at a non-profit for many years and wore many hats with The Fox Tucson Theatre/Foundation to where I am now; with The Temp Connection where I am Operations Manager.
How can your experiences help other club members?
I hold a strong sense of service both in my heart and in my upbringing. I believe in giving back, equality, and always treating others with respect. I look at the positive side of things and always look for a fair resolution.
What accomplishment (s) are you most proud of?
My family, I have two amazing kids that are the loves of my life and my amazingly supportive husband.
What are your hobbies...your favorite things to do?
I enjoy camping with my family and friends, spontaneous weekend 4-wheeling treks, visiting the beach any chance I get, and spending time riding ATV's in the Dunes.
What would surprise people to know abut you?
I'm related to a silent movie star; Tom Mix is my Great Uncle. Also, my grandfather was a Shriner's Clown up until the day he passed at 87.
What is the best part of Rotary...for YOU?
Being a Rotarian is an honor; the organization makes a huge impact not only within the community its located but worldwide; bettering remote villages in other countries to eradicating the Polio disease. Rotary unites all people and its members make this world a better place.
Please take some time to introduce yourself to JENN DELANEY... WELCOME JENN!!
Rotary Zoom Meeting Schedule 

Stay connected with members through our Zoom meetings which are set up and ready to take place!  These meetings will allow us to connect and have fellowship.  Join as many as you can, as often as you can.  The schedule is below - SEE YOU ON THE SCREEN!



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Tues Zoom Meeting #1 – Wake up with Bob!

Topic/Theme:   President Bob Logan and Rotary 101 – 

Questions and Answers – What is the latest within our Rotary Club?

(The theme will change each week)

Time:               9:30 — 10:15 AM

Guests:           All Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

 Day:                Every Tuesday morning

Wake Up with Bob!:

Meeting ID:      751 6059 1350

Password:         057204

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Wed Zoom Meeting #2 -- Lunch with Jeff Ronstadt 

(every week-Wednesday)

Topic/Theme:   Friendly Chat and Current Events

Time:               12:30 — 1:15 PM

Guests:           All Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

 Day:                Every Wednesday at lunch

Lunch with Rondo:

Meeting ID:      942 6624 2888

Password:         P30tyl


Wed Zoom Meeting #3 -- "Hump Day" Happy Hour with Mark Irvin 

(every week-Wednesday)

I have set it up where only those with computer video are able to join in (no phones).  All microphones are set to mute when they initially join.  As host I will remind guests to unmute when needed but to keep the mute on when they are not talking.  

As discussed, the Zoom app is not needed but it sure makes it easier for everyone and is free.  Anyway, here are my weekly meeting details. 

Topic:  “Hump Day” Cocktails with Irv 

Time:   5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Guests:           All Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

Day:                Every Wednesday

Cocktails with Irv Link:  

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Thurs Zoom Meeting #4 -- Happy Hour with President Elect Jennifer Hoffman (every week-Thursday)

Topic: Thursday Happy Hour with Jennifer Hoffman

Time: 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM

Guests: All Rotarians and guests from the Rotary Club of Tucson are invited

Day:                 Every Thursday

Cocktails with Jenn Link:

Meeting ID:      870 8010 1907

Password:         7ptYEv


RCOT YouTube Videos and Channel 
We hope you have been able to hop on YouTube to view our virtual meetings.  Rick Rose and his team at Film Creations has allowed our club to stay connected and have fellowship...virtually!  Thank you for the members who have come into film so we can see familiar faces during our meetings.  
There are two ways you can view our virtual meetings on YouTube.  The first way is to 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:
The second way to view our meetings is to subscribe to our Rotary Club of Tucson YouTube Channel.  You can subscribe to the channel to view our virtual meeting videos once they are posted.  Here is the link to do this:
We look forward to when we can see each at a regular meeting.  Until then, stay safe and stay healthy.
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