Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - November 30, 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
Reid Park Zoo Updates
Nancy J. Kluge, President & CEO of Reid Park Zoo will give an update on your zoo’s animal collection, conservation projects, and construction projects.
Nancy Kluge ~ Biography
Nancy Kluge leads Reid Park Zoological Society, where she has served since 2009. As President and CEO, Nancy guides Reid Park Zoo in its mission to ‘create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places’. The City of Tucson owned Reid Park Zoo is the largest attended attraction in southern Arizona with approximately 500,000 guests annually. She is committed to the Tucson community, conservation and STEM education.
Nancy serves as past board chair for Visit Tucson, is a member of the Audit and Ethics committee for United Way, board member for Planned Giving Round Table of Southern Arizona and the finance committee chair for her church.
A University of Arizona graduate who grew up in Tucson, she was honored as a ’60 for 60’ STEM Community Leader by the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair in 2015 and was given an honorary membership in Beta Gamma Sigma by the Eller College at the University of Arizona in 2016. She was also honored with a Community Service Award by the League of United Latin American Citizens in 2016.
Upcoming Holiday Schedule
Here is the upcoming Holiday Schedule for your reference and scheduling:
President Bruce and the Rotary Staff would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!
Peace Pole at Reid Park Zoo
All Rotary Club of Tucson Rotarians are cordially invited to the Installation of our second Peace Pole at Reid Park Zoo on Friday, December 2nd at 6:oo pm during the Zoo Lights, Holiday Magic.
Masahisa Goi (1916 - 1980) was a Japanese teacher, philosopher, poet and author who dedicated his life to peace and humanity after witnessing the terrible destruction of the Second World War. He started a world peace movement to spread the universal message and prayer, May Peace Prevail on Earth, as a way to unite the hearts of humanity transcending all boundaries of culture, religion and politics.
The Rotary Club of Tucson dedicated their first Peace Pole on Friday, April 16th.
In attendance were:
Left to right: Roger Harwell, Jennifer Hoffman, Ellie Patterson, Joe Daniszewski, Matthew Tarver - Wahlquist, Betty Stauffer, Mark Irvin
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Make a difference for low-income families at this holiday season and throughout the year by giving and getting donations for Salvation Army. You can join the action when we “Ring the Bells” for Salvation Army on Sat., Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at five locations around Tucson. Please click here to sign up… so we fill the five open shifts, particularly at Safeway at Tanque Verde & Catalina Hwy. and at our new location, Hobby Lobby at I-19 near Irvington. To donate online to Salvation Army crediting our Rotary Kettle Bells go to:   or use your smart phone and click on this QR code:
If you have questions, please contact Jeanne Zetah at 612-859-6137 or
RCOT Car Fellowship
RCOT Car Fellowship  
PCA - Southern Arizona, Sunday, December 11, 2022, Musselman Honda Circuit, Tucson, AZ. Registration ends December 8, 2022 6:00 PM MST 
This event is for new drivers or seasoned drivers, as well as those who want to improve their driving skills. The one-day event is spent learning, practicing and experiencing car dynamics through a series of 3 key skills, all of which require you to learn to look ahead while driving:
1) Smooth Steering on a Slalom Course -
2) Threshold and Trail Braking -
3) Skid-Pad Activities -4) Autocross -  
For the latest event information please go to 
The registration fee is $60.00. 
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Registration is limited to 50 drivers so sign-up early.  NOT RESTRICTED TO ANY CAR BRAND. No onsite registration. 
Note:  This is an excellent track for spectators so bring your friends and family.
Blackett's Ridge Hike ~ 12/11/22
Blackett's Ridge out and back - 7:30AM start on Sunday, December 11th  
Anticipated temperatures will be in the mid 40's and we will meet at the east gate in the Sabino Canyon parking.  This hike gets the blood pumping quickly so keeping warm will not likely be a concern. The below link will provide specific information for the Blackett's trail only but the overall hike will be 6 miles round trip.  The elevation gain of 1,700 feet will come in a 1.5 mile section with anticipated hike time of 3.5-4 hours with breaks.   
Holiday Mixer ~ 12/14/22
This year the Holiday mixer will be hosted at President Bruce and Erin Jacobs’ home located near Sunrise & Kolb. 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Wednesday December 14th. The mixer includes two drink tickets, all additional drinks are $5 each with the money going to the scholarship fund. Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  Casual holiday attire for both indoor and outdoor weather. Address, directions and additional information will be emailed to all that RSVP. Please be sure to sign up on the Club Website, under Upcoming Events no later than noon on December 9th. For additional details, please contact the Club office, 520-623-2281.
The Ride To End Polio
The Ride to End Polio raises funds for Polio Plus of our international foundation, The Rotary Foundation.  Donations in support of our club's riders in both El Tour and the Indoor Ride not only encourage them to ride, adds funds towards the donor's next Paul Harris Fellow, and is matched 2 to 1 by the Gates Foundation towards Rotary's polio effort to eliminate polio from the face of the earth.  Only two countries continue to be endemic, Pakistan and Afghanistan, though recently a crippling case of polio was reported in an unvaccinated young man in the New York City area.  Our club's El Tour riders include Matt Blair, Jay Gandolfi, Jim Garrett, Aimee Graves, Tom Lickliter, Ernie Montagne, Lee Olitzky, and JW Walkup.  Our club's Indoor riders include Jo DeChatelet, Charlotte Harris, Gary Hirsch, Jen Hoffman, Dot Kret, Ann Lancero, Bobby Larson, Jim Lubinski, Ernie Montagne, Steve Pickering, Darrell Stewart, Hugh Thompson, and Bruce Tunze.  If you wish to ride go online to  If you wish to support this effort, make your check out to The Rotary Foundation, put Ride to End Polio in the memo and let us know what rider you wish to support.  Thank you for this consideration.
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.
Rotary Around Town
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:
Dec 07, 2022
James Webb Telescope
Jan 04, 2023
Jan 11, 2023
Tucson's Economy Outlook
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Upcoming Events
Salvation Army Bell Ringing 12/3/22 (SIGN UP NOW)
Dec 03, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Replacement/Holiday Mixer ~ Jacobs' Home 12/14/22
Dec 14, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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