Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - August 26, 2020
We meet:
August 2020 Meetings @ Hacienda del Sol
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Contemporary Art and Our Community
Living artists and contemporary art is essential to the vitality and creative life of our town, region, and country. How do artists help us see and understand the world in a new way? What benefit do the arts bring to students, audiences, economies and other organizations? MOCA Tucson's Interim Director and Curator gives a brief overview of the Museum's mission, exhibitions and public programs, and maps how the arts contribute to a more vibrant public life. 
Laura Copelin ~ Biography
Laura Copelin is MOCA Tucson’s Interim Executive Director & Curator. She moved to Arizona last year from Texas, where she was Ballroom Marfa’s Executive Director & Curator. She was previously Assistant Curator at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and received a dual degree in Art and English from UCLA. In Marfa she brought numerous exhibitions, new commissions, installations and publications to life in her five years with the art space including: the first US museum exhibition of seminal Brazilian sculptor Solange Pessoa; a group show featuring art commissions about the borderlands from Beatriz Cortez, Candice Lin, and Fernando Palma Rodriguez; the exhibition and catalogue Hyperobjects co-curated with ecological philosopher Timothy Morton; Tierra. Sangre. Oro. a show with Rafa Esparza featuring an immersive adobe brick installation; and six years of the global video art collaboration Artists’ Film International, with Whitechapel Gallery in London.

In 2018, Copelin realized a major outdoor installation for Ballroom called the stone circle by artist Haroon Mirza. The stone circle is a desert megalith powered by solar energy that activates a sound and light symphony on every full moon. She established a paid internship for local Marfa high school students to help with college and professional preparation, and pushed forward a new, bilingual website that will launch this month. In Texas in January 2021 she will mount an exhibition called, Blessings of the Mystery by artists and filmmakers Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, which will travel to the University of Texas at Austin's Visual Art Center as well as to the El Paso Museum of Art.

In these first six months with MOCA, Copelin has helped the organization pivot public programs and educational offerings to a digital space in light of COVID-19. She has just mounted an outdoor installation with the artist and writer Jibade-Khalil Huffman, on view until the end of September. She is currently organizing the Museum's fall exhibition, which will feature new commissions from five Tucson-linked artists, titled Working from Home, which opens October 3 in MOCA's great hall.
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Mystery Editor ~ 8/19/20
After President JENNIFER HOFFMAN opened the meeting, MARCY EULER led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and the song “My Country Tis of Thee”.  President JEN then led us in reciting the 4 Way Test for our Inspiration.
After lunch, President JEN introduced guests Lynn Struthers Peate, a prospective family member; Kelly Spicer, a guest of JOE DANISZEWSKI who is interested in learning about our wonderful club; and Bruce Dusenberry, son of member, KATIE DUSENBERRY.
VICKIE JACOBS introduced our speaker, Conrad Miller, via Zoom.  Conrad is the Head of Operations of TuSimple, a company specializing in self-driving technology with headquarters in San Diego, Shanghai and Beijing.  The mission of TuSimple is to improve the safety and efficiency of the trucking industry by developing an autonomous trucking system especially for heavy-duty trucks.
The benefits of these systems are primarily being able to transport more freight faster and less expensively, driving day and night without concern for driver fatigue, and incurring lower insurance rates.  There are presently autonomous vehicles on the road but with a driver present; the driver-out demo is scheduled for 2021.
JIM WOOD celebrated his birthday, JOE DANISZEWSKI informed us that as a result of the provided template, 3,342 Car Show raffle tickets have been sold online; JON WANG and BOB SHAFF set the scene for a tribute to the club’s first female president in 1998-99, KATIE DUSENBERRY. KATIE’S son, Bruce Dusenberry highlighted some of her many, many accomplishments: 1968 Tucson Woman of the Year, 1981 President of the Tucson Airport Authority, 1985-95 member of the Board of TEP, 1977-84 served on Pima County Board of Supervisors and was appointed by President Reagan of the Federal Council on Aging. It was also a treat to see KATIE’S video of her presidential year’s memories, one of 30 Past Presidents’ interviews prepared by BOB SHAFF.
The meeting adjourned with a toast from President JEN.
Proposed New Family Member
The following New Family Member application has been submitted for membership in Rotary Club of Tucson:
New Family Member:  Lynn Struthers Peate
Classification: Family Member
Sponsor: Wayne Peate
If no written objections are received within ten days of publication, this applicant will be accepted.
Rotary Masks
Jon Wang has some of these Rotary masks in his possession and was wondering if there is any interest within the membership to purchase a mask.  Please let us know if you are interested.  The price is $7 and will be billed to your Rotary account.
Thank you!
My fellow Rotarians,
I have laced up my running shoes and started #runningforrotary. I usually run 12-18 miles per week or 48-72 miles per month. You can find a form on our website, under the “Member Area” tab, top right corner of the home page, or request one from Dorinna or Kari. You can sponsor me mile for mile for a month, a few months or the entire year. Your donations will go to the area of your choice for our Rotary Club Foundation or even Rotary International. How far do you think I will go #runningforrotary this year?  I would like to thank those members who have already signed up and pledged a donation.
Thank you for your support,
President Jen
RCOT Facebook Live
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RCOT YouTube Videos and Channel 
Now that we are meeting in person, our weekly meetings will be downloaded on YouTube for those who cannot attend.  Please see the directions below on how to view our videos.
There are three ways you can view our virtual meetings on YouTube.  The first way is to go to our Home Page of the Club website and click on the YouTube link on the right hand side of the page.
The second 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 third 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:
Enjoy watching our meetings virtually if you are not able to attend in person.  Please stay safe and stay healthy!
Resignations and Leave of Absence
The following members have resigned from the Rotary Club of Tucson:
Dave Eagleton
Mike Orcutt
Buzz Dempsey
The following members have gone on a Leave of Absence:
Tom Elitharp
Irene Decker
Stacia Decker
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