Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - February 26, 2020
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Creating Vibrant Communities ~ 2/26/2020
How can we create stronger families and more vibrant communities? Arizona Town Hall has spent decades exploring critical topics facing Arizona using research and community discussions to develop solutions and action plans. In 2019, over 1400 Arizonans addressed the topic of “Strong Families Thriving Children.” In 2020, the focus zooms out to the topic of “Creating Vibrant Communities.” The program will give an overview of the results from the 2019 Town Halls and events that will be taking place in 2020. 
Tara Jackson ~ Biography 
Tara Jackson has served as President of the Arizona Town Hall since July of 2006. In that capacity, she works with diverse Arizonans from around the state to create informed community and statewide sessions where participants discuss challenging political and social topics in a manner that builds consensus and creates blueprints for positive change. She also frequently acts as a facilitator and consultant for government and private organizations.
Prior to joining the staff of Arizona Town Hall, Tara practiced law in the area of employment and commercial litigation for sixteen years.
In addition to her law practice, Tara taught as an Adjunct Professor for ASU’s Law School and has served in numerous positions for both state and federal bar associations. She has also served in various leadership or advisory positions for other non-profit and educational organizations.
Arizona Town Hall serves as the forum for constructive conversation that builds bridges, creates solutions to difficult issues and develops civic leaders. It is a private, non-profit, civic organization created in 1962 to establish, through research and discussion, an ever-growing body of Arizonans not only well informed on the critical issues facing the state, but also skilled in the process of thoughtful analysis and consensus building. Arizona Town Hall brings together people with diverse occupations and perspectives to address a topic of major concern to Arizona’s future. Arizona Town Hall holds Community Town Halls, Future Leaders Town Halls, Community Outreach Programs and a statewide Town Hall. Consulting services and training sessions are also provided for those interested in the unique process. Arizona Town Hall has served as a catalyst for discussions and recommendations that have influenced significant changes in Arizona’s public policy over the years.
Mystery Editor ~ 2/19/20
As some members dressed to celebrate the rodeo tradition, President BOB opened the meeting with a great inspirational video about a cowboy roper who used his roping skills to hog tie a crook! The pledge and song were led by President BOB with member KHRIS DODGE on the keyboard. SCOTT VAUGHAN introduced our many guests for today’s meeting starting off the March Madness campaign.
JON WANG offered a bit of RCOT history and introduced Jim Walker. Jim received a Rotary scholarship in 1949 for one full year at UArizona. He has led a very successful life and credits RCOT with providing important support when he needed it for college.  The RCOT has funded $48,000 in 2019 for Rotary scholarships.
Member KHRIS DODGE arranged for local singer Katherine Byrnes to entertain the membership. She was excellent and shared a medley of Carol King songs. She challenged the group to see if we could tell which singer made songs written by Carol King famous. Our membership did pretty good in identifying the singers.
Birthdays celebrated included MICHAEL DEEHAN and DON CLARK; happy birthday gentlemen!
Our Random Acts of Kindness effort continues as members have shared their stories about how they shared their dollars. A survey will be sent out shortly about this effort.
President BOB talked about the March Madness Membership Campaign and introduced each of the eight teams, their leadership, colors, songs and team names. MARGARET HIGGINS, Team 1; PHIL GUTT, Team 2; NINA TRASOFF, Team 3; JEANNE FLOWER, Team 4; BOBBY LARSON, Team 5; LYNETTE BRUSTER, Team 6; DENISE NEWTON, Team 7; and KURTIS DAWSON, Team 8. Some Team Leaders really showed their enthusiasm!  Let's bring in those members!!!!
A Replacement mixer will take place on March 4, 2020, at the Living Room (La Encantada Plaza).  All must sign up on the website under “Upcoming Events”.  Home Hospitality is schedule for 4/13/20 – 4/19/20 and let Dorinna know if you will be hosting an event.
Closing quote of President BOB, “Its choice not chance that determines your destiny” Jean Nidetch.  The meeting was adjourned with a toast.
New Member Spotlight ~ Tamara Crimando
Who was your Sponsor?
Joe Daniszewski
Where were you born?  Where did you grow up?
I am an Air Force BRAT! I was born in Columbus, Ohio and then there moved with my family to Taiwan, Mississippi, California, Texas, and New Mexico. As an adult, I moved to Phoenix, AZ and made it "home" for 30 years. I relocated to Tucson in July of 2020.
Where did you go to school?  Your Alma Mater?
I went to Folsom High School in Folsom, California and then off to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls Texas.
Tell us about your career(s).
While working in college I fell into the amazing world of hospitality. I realized early that I am a giver and pleaser! My hotel management career started at the Ritz Carlton, Phoenix and ended at The Phoenician Resort! I started working for La Frontera/ EMPACT - Suicide Prevention Center in 2016 and recently transferred to our corporate office in Tucson where I accepted the position of Director of Philanthropy and Outreach.
How can your experiences help other Club members?
My focus while working in the hotel industry was social and conference event planning! I am a logistical nut and love planning events!
What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
I am very proud of my two children, Stefan and Lacey. They have blessed me with 7 beautiful Grandchildren. I am also very proud to say that I am a cancer survivor and a CASA! (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children)
What are your hobbies...your favorite things to do?
I love my time with my family, attending local events, people in general, giving opportunities, reading a good legal thriller, physical fitness and ME time!
What would surprise people to know about you?
I am the proud owner of three parrots! Aurora is a Galah Cockatoo, Ivy is a Mustache Parakeet and Stormy is a Timneh, African Grey! They are incredibly smart and yes, they talk AND bite!
What has been your best "Rotary Moment"?
Meeting Irene Decker while ringing the Salvation Army bell!
What is the best part of Rotary...for YOU?
Being a part of a loving & kind family!
Please take some time to introduce yourself to Tamara Crimando... WELCOME TAMARA!
Replacement/Social Mixer ~ The Living Room @ La Encantada ~  3/4/20
Our next Replacement/Social Mixer is Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at The Living Room @ La Encantada, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, #168 from 5:30 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m.  There will be good food and great fellowship with a No Host Bar. Looking forward to seeing everyone and don't forget to bring your March Madness guests for free!  That's right, this counts toward your points for your March Madness Team!  All members and guests must register at our website, scroll down the left side to Upcoming Events and click on The Living Room.  Remember, this is a replacement for our lunch meeting on Wednesday, 3/4/20, so do your Make Up if you cannot attend!
Hope to see you all there. . .
Work Project ~ Imago Dei School ~ 3/14/20
Please sign up and come participate with our morning of painting the cafeteria at Imago Dei School on Saturday morning March 14th from 8 to noon. We will tape, paint and have lots of fun hanging out together. Bring your favorite music to dance to. There will be coffee and snacks. Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on.
Please sign up on our website home page scroll down the left side to “Upcoming Events” and click on Imago Dei School Project.
Below is a link to the school website:
Save The Date ~ 4/25 Work Project ~ Triangle YMCA Ranch
This year’s 8th Rotary Days project at the Triangle Y Ranch is being held on the International Rotarians At Work Day Saturday April 25th - 8:30-4:00.  You can come for an hour or come for the day. We will have the usual painting and cleaning of shrubs and clearing trails.  This year we will be initiating Adopt A Cabin At the Ranch.  We will be assembling new beds and painting cabin floors in the cabins used by the kids.  If you have an RV and would like to camp at the Ranch Saturday evening, please join the Western Region of the Rotary RV Fellowship.  It is dry camping only with no hook ups and we had lots of fun last year.  Please save the date.  If you have any questions please ask Dave Gallaher ( 907-4983 or Allyn Bulzomi (     
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 250   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Meeting Attendance - February 19, 2020   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members112  Raffle $


Active Members AE16  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members1     
Total Members Present129    




Guests of the Club 16    


Visiting Rotarians1    


Total Meeting Attendance 151    


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Upcoming Events
Replacement Mixer ~ The Living Room @ La Encantada
Mar 04, 2020
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Imago Dei School - Work Project
Mar 14, 2020
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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