Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - July 27, 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
Tucson Police Department Updates & Current Events
Chief Kasmar is a native of Tucson, Arizona. He came to the Tucson Police Department in 2000, shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He has also attended executive training with Harvard Senior Executives in State and Local Government, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police, Arizona Chiefs of Police, FBINA Leadership Potential Course, and the Southwest Leadership Program through the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management. He is certified as a Hostage Negotiator, a Motor Officer, an AZPOST General Instructor, and an Ethics Post Basic Instructor.
Chief Kasmar oversees the Department’s four bureaus: Patrol Services, Investigative Services, Administrative Services, and Special Services and Innovation. Prior to being appointed Chief in 2021, he served as Interim Director of the City’s Public Safety Communications Department, where he led efforts to stabilize the department, reducing attrition and increasing staffing while moving from a co-located but separate police and fire 911 call center to a consolidated 911 call center.
As a captain in the Tucson Police Department Chief Kasmar served as Deputy Chief, as Chief of Staff, and as the Eastside Patrol Division Commander. As a lieutenant, he served as an Office of Internal Affairs (now Office of Professional Standards) Commander, and as a Westside Patrol Division Commander. As a sergeant and officer, he served in the Street Crime Interdiction Unit, Operations Division South Community Response Team, Operations Division Downtown, Operations Division Midtown, Bicycle Patrol, Operations Division South Solo Motor, and Hostage Crisis Team.
Chief Kasmar has presented at various law enforcement conferences, including the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). His awards include the Police Executive Research Forum Gary P. Hayes Award and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition. Chief Kasmar is a member of the Arizona Associations of Chiefs of Police (AACOP), Major City Chiefs Association (MCCA), Police Executive research Forum (PERF), and the Law Enforcement Immigration Task Force (LEITF).
As the father of two boys, Chief Kasmar is passionate about engaging youth in the community. He serves on the board of Boys & Girls Club of Tucson and has for the past 6 years. As Chief of Police, he also attends weekly community events, meetings, and speaking engagements.
Mystery Editor ~ 7/20/22
As the members walked in the song and video “Imagine” by John Lennon could be seen on the big screen for all. PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS rang the bell at 12pm to get the meeting started then welcomed everyone. 
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS called for a moment of silence for a few members; RICHARD ROWLEY’S wife, Jean recently passed away, DIANA MADARAS’ mother passed away this past weekend, and one last moment for ROBIN STODDARD whose son-in-law passed away too.  We all bowed our heads in honor and sadness for our members and their families.  
We were led in the pledge and song by MATTHEW GASPARI.  Today’s song was “Star Spangled Banner” with the assistance from KHRIS DODGE on the keyboard. 
The inspirational moment was given by DOT KRET.  DOT spoke about how remarkable our club is.  DOT then highlighted the impact PRODIP DUTTA has made during his time in our club, over 7,000 families have been lifted out of poverty because of the vision, passion, and mission of PRODIP.  He implemented and still supports a micro-loan program in India that is managed by Monks, he continues to donate and give back annually to this program.  We then all gave a ‘Hip-Hip-Hooray’ for PRODIP!   
After lunch and fellowship, PRESIDENT BRUCE introduced SERGEANT AT ARMS, KHRIS DODGE, who then introduced our guests for this Wednesday. 
PRESIDENT BRUCE was back at the podium to introduce our speaker for this Wednesday meeting, Renee Gonzales, CEO of Long Realty Companies. Renee’s presentation was very insightful.  She spoke about our current real estate market and its trends.  Renee shared statistics regarding the current market, what has been happening and what she anticipates the future will bring.  HINT: watch the California and Phoenix markets.  Tucson typically follows those trends right after.  The trends normally start on the coasts then move inland as they progress.  Renee was very informative in her presentation and offered slides to show the trends.  She left us with the most important part of her presentation; the best investment you can put your money into is real estates, it will always be real estate.  Build that equity! After Renee’s presentation the book “The Little House” was signed by Renee Gonzales for our Make Way for Books Library as we continue to support children’s literacy in Tucson. 
We celebrated our Rotary Birthdays next!  Happy birthday to: ANGELA MOORE who celebrated her birthday on 6/25, DAVE WHITE who celebrated on 7/6, and DIANA CANNON who celebrated her birthday on 7/13.  A very happy birthday to all of you. 
We had the great pleasure of having PDG HANK HUISKING at today’s meeting.  She is here to present the District Award for Rotary Year 2021-2022 to our Club and to PAST PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN.  HANK’s speech let our club know that we have a fabulous fundraising reputation. To receive the award the certain criteria needed to be met:
  1. To increase our membership.
  2. To empower women.
  3. To have a wonderful Rotary Day of Service.
  4. To do something to help the people in Ukraine.Rotary Club of Tucson is in the Silver Hero Club; we’ve given $3,000 to Shelter Box.District 5500 went above and beyond and gave a total of $110K to Shelter Box in 2021-2022.
The winners also received $100 to put into the General Fund.  PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR HANK then presented PAST PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN with a lovely Rotary Lantern.  The lantern lights up the room with the Rotary logo. 
Next up was a Paul Harris Award to Steve Koeppen presented by BOB LOGAN.  Steve was instrumental to our club during the BOB LOGAN ‘reign of terror’ presidential year and during the COVID-19 nightmare.  BOB gave a brief history of Steve’s background.  He worked closely with our Club to get our YouTube channel up and running.  He worked for Rick Rose and Film Creations through 2021.  BOB is personally grateful to Steve for the critical role he played during and after BOB’s presidential year and during the pandemic.  All of the meetings were filmed at Film Creations where Steve spent hours and hours editing the content for publishing them to our YouTube Channel.  The Club all stood to welcome Steve as our newest Paul Harris Fellow.  Then BOB presented the ‘gifts of little to little or no value’ to Steve. 
We had another new member inducted at this meeting.  DOUG LOWELL introduced RICH KENNEY as our newest member.  RICH is a Realtor for Long Realty Companies.  RICH made DOUG’s recent house purchase extremely easy and the two became fast friends.  Welcome RICH! 
The Raffle and King of Clubs game presented by SERGEANT AT ARMS KHRIS DODGE.  The King of Clubs card was not drawn.  Better luck to all club members next meeting.   
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS introduced PAST PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN to the podium.  MARK introduced the 2023-2025 Board of Directors Candidates.  Those candidates are Kym Adair, Nicole Lombardo, David Lovitt, Diana Madaras, Mitch Pisik and Nina Trasoff.  Next week the ballots will be on the tables, and you will receive an absentee ballot via email soon as well. 
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS was back up to announce his Miles of Memories campaign for his Rotary Presidential Year.  BRUCE plans to walk over 2,000 miles this year, there are registration forms on the tables or at the registration desk to sponsor PRESIDENT BRUCE. 
HUGH THOMPSON was up to present a Blue Badge to DOUG LOWELL.  Congratulations DOUG on your Blue!!!
PRESIDENT BRUCE JACOBS closed with a final thought of having some fun this year.  He wants us to have Wacky Wednesdays where we have a theme that connects back to our speaker or program.  Next week we have the Chief of Police, Chad Kasmar speaking at our meeting.  BRUCE would like us to have a ‘blue out’ at our next meeting for the Chief.  Thank you to all our members, guests, and virtual attendees.  The scholarship cups are on the table if you’d like to donate and, remember to return your badge in your numbered slot on your way out.  PRESIDENT BRUCE gave the final toast before ringing the bell to adjourn the meeting.
RCOT Candidates for Board of Directors ~ 2023-2025 Term
The membership will vote for three Board of Directors at our July 27th Rotary Lunch Meeting.  The three selected will serve a two year term 2023 through 2025.  If you are unable to attend the July 27th Lunch Meeting, an absentee ballot with instructions to vote was sent out last week.  Please do not vote absentee if you are attending the July 27th lunch meeting.  Family and Honorary Members do not vote.  The candidates are:
Kym Adair
Nicole Lombardo
David Lovitt
Diana Madaras
Mitch Pisik
Nina Trasoff
Miles of Memories
Miles of Memories
I shared with those in attendance on the 13th that this next year I want us to share “Miles of Memories” together. I referenced the memories we have created together over the years and the impact we have had in so many others lives as well as our own.
The children and the parents receiving the grass ball field in San Carlos transformed from a dirt lot. The recipients and their families that obtained their mobility by receiving a wheelchair in Nogales. The memories of our member that participated along with the memories of working together on various local workday projects. Our hiking, golf, home hospitality fellowships and the list goes on.
I ask for you to help me on “our journey” over this next year by sponsoring me in the “Miles of Memories.” My goal is to walk a minimum of 35 miles a week, 1,825 for the year and honestly want to surpass 2000+. I would like for you to consider donating by the mile and we will share the outcome at the first meeting of each month on my progress.
Donations can go to the Foundation toward a Paul Harris, the President’s Discretionary Fund, or others of your choosing. I want us to have fun on our journey over this next year and to INSPIRE each other and our benefactors through the world of Rotary.
Thank you for your support in making our 102nd year one where we create memories together.
Increase in Meal Costs for A/E, LOA and Family Members
Hi all,
As President Bruce announced at our lunch meeting, the meal cost for Attendance Exempt members (Rule of 85, Leave of Absence and Family Members) has increased from $25 to $26.50.  This meal cost will be billed on your quarterly dues statement for the meetings you attend in the previous quarter.
Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office.
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:
Aug 03, 2022
Presentation on the Screen from RI Convention
Aug 10, 2022
Aug 17, 2022
Future Outlook on Pima County
Aug 24, 2022
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