Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - June 24, 2020
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
DARK DAY ~ 6/24/2020
Due to the Change of Administration on Saturday, June 27th, there will be no virtual meeting on June 24th.  This is considered a DARK day.
Change of Administration Event Coming Up ~ 6/27/2020

Our Change of Administration Party is on Saturday, June 27th at Hacienda Del Sol when President Bob 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.  All CDC Guidelines will be followed for a safe but fun event.

President's Final Letter ~ June 2020
Dear Rotary Club of Tucson membership,
Under normal circumstances, how does a RCOT President sum up an entire year of activity in a short letter to the membership?  After all, there are nearly 40 Rotary meetings, service projects, District activities, RYLA, Interact and Rotaract, the Car Show, March Madness, and on and on.  So here we are, and my task is to sum it all up for you today.  I must boil down all that happened during 2019-2020 into this one short and insightful communication.  Easy as pie!
But this was far from a year of normal circumstances, in fact, while the Logan “Reign of Terror” was always meant to be a tongue-in-cheek way to poke fun at myself and my leadership style, it certainly seemed to be closer to the truth didn’t it?
Obviously, this has been an amazing year – from the Mayoral Debate at TCC, to my heart attack, the tragic passing of Kenny Flower, to the emotional 9/11 meeting celebrating first responders, powerful programs from Jay Dobyns, Mike Candrea and Adia Barnes, and on and on.
We had wonderful mixers – at Sabino Canyon, Top Golf and Whiskey Roads.  And who can forget our Holiday Mixer under the stars at the Playground with the wonderful music of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus.
We lost some good friends.  Along with Kenny Flower, we lost Bill Gilkinson, Gordon Shaw, Hal Adamson, Dick Kinkade and most recently, Jim Sumwalt. 
We had beautiful music with Khris Dodge and Katherine Byrnes.  And we randomly did kind things for many people in our community.
And then we had the Coronavirus.  And then George Floyd.  And Black Lives Matter.  And now the Bighorn Fire, which never seems to end.  And on top of it all, our club was totally shut down and we have endured months of virtual meetings.
Everything has changed in this world.
But I would like to end with an analogy for all of you to consider.  And it is a sports analogy…from the Winter Olympics of 1980.
Think back to that time period.  Our country was just coming out of Watergate, our President resigned from office.  No one trusted our government.  Jimmy Carter took over as President during his self-described "crisis of confidence" for the nation .  We were embarrassed about Vietnam.  People were burning flags, not waving them.  We had the Iranian hostage crises.  Inflation was at 18%.  The Soviets invaded Afghanistan.  We boycotted the summer Olympics in Moscow.  We had the Oil Crisis and long lines at the gas station to fill our tanks.  The cold war with the Soviet Union was heating up again.  The world stage was totally unsettled.  Everyone was on edge and there was absolutely no good news on the horizon.  There was no hope.
And then along comes Herb Brooks and our 1980 Olympic hockey team.  We all know the end of the story, but the facts were clear, the Soviets were far superior to our little U.S. hockey team filled with college players.  To give you an idea how bad this matchup was, just a few days prior to the Olympics, the Soviet Union and the U.S. played a final exhibition game at Madison Square Garden and the Soviets absolutely crushed the U.S. by a score of 10-3, and it wasn’t even that close.
A few weeks ago, I happened to watch a special on the 40 year anniversary of this stunning Olympics and the “Miracle on Ice” we all recall.   Now I only remember two amazing quotes from the movie “Miracle” which chronicled this 1980 gold medal hockey team.   (if you have not watched it, you MUST, you MUST watch this movie). 
The first came at the end of the actual game with the Soviets and the audio of Al Michaels announcing from ABC Sports,
“43 seconds remaining….:38..:37 seconds left in the game…the Americans on top 4-3…:28 seconds.  The crowd is going insane..:19 seconds…:11 seconds…:10 seconds, the countdown is going on right now.  Five seconds left in the game, do you believe in Miracles?  YES!  Unbelievable.” 
(Here is the link if you want to watch it yourself:
I still get goose bumps watching the end of that game and the reaction of the fans in the small hockey arena in Lake Placid, NY.  It was incredible to have won that game and the pride we all felt was palpable.
The second quote is from coach Herb Brooks in the locker room, just before taking the ice to play the highly regarded Soviets.  This was a semi-final game that could lead to an Olympic medal, something never done in years for the U.S. Hockey team.  This was still a game that NOBODY in the world thought the United States had a glimmer of a chance to win.  . 
But in the locker room, he said the following, “Great moments are born from Great Opportunity, and that’s what you have here tonight.”  You were born to be here and you were meant to be here.  This is your time.”
So what happened after that game?  All over the country, chants of “USA, USA, USA” filled the streets.  Flags were waving and people would just break out and sing, “God Bless America”.  That little hockey team was the catalyst for great times ahead for the U.S.
So what is this analogy I speak of? 
Many of us feel the very same feelings today that we all felt in February of 1980.  The world is crashing down around us and this Coronavirus is never going to get better.  But it did get better back then, and it will get better today.  As much as these past few months have been a reset for all of us, I am here to tell you there will be a day, hopefully in the very near future, where we will be living our lives in a much more normal way.  But you must have faith.  Don’t let the news bring you down.  Turn off the television for a while.  You will be better off for it.
Back to Herb Brooks and the analogy.  This year was tumultuous, for sure.  But it could not have come at a better time for me.  As Brooks said, “Great moments are born from great opportunity.”  And this was a great opportunity for me this year.  And this was my time.  You know, as a former coach and now a motivational speaker, we learn to deal with adversity.  We learn to get up and fight when we get knocked down.  When things are not going right during the game, you adjust at halftime and play as best as you can possibly play.  You worry about things you can control and not the things you cannot control.  You want to be able to go home and look in the mirror and say you did the very best you could. 
And I am proud to say I did the very best I could for the Rotary Club of Tucson.  There is no gas left in the tank because I have been pressing the pedal to the floor for the entire year.  And it has not been a good year, because it has been a GREAT year, one that none of us will ever forget.  And it is not because of me, it is because of you.  You love this club.  You are dedicated to this club.  And this club, after 100 years of incredible service to the Tucson community deserves the very best.
Fellow Rotarians, my glass is half full, and it always will be. 
Herb Brooks gave his team hope, and he willed his team to win under the most dire of all circumstances.  And I am here to tell you our Rotary Club of Tucson will come out of this period stronger than it has ever been.  But we need all of you to pull the rope with me. 
So I leave you with hope, with dreams for a better future, and an improved Rotary Club.  Jennifer Hoffman is going to be fantastic and I ask that we all support her during these difficult times.  We need each other, we want each other, we must help each other, at all times.  Pull on the rope….together.
My Dad always used to say when we went camping – “Make sure you leave your campsite better than it was when you got here.”  Well I hope our Rotary Club is just a tad bit better than when I found it, just less than a year ago. 
It has been an honor to be your President, especially during this crazy year, if only to make it more memorable for me and for everyone else.  I am filled with gratitude.
Thank you again and see you soon.
Yours in Rotary,
Bob Logan
PS:  As you can imagine, there are a ton of people to thank, and I may do that under a separate communication.  However, I would be remiss if I did not publicly thank my wife, Judy, for her patience this past year.  She has been a rock of support while I have been pulled in multiple directions at times to support this club.  Judy, thank you, and I love you….
Mystery Editor ~ June 17, 2020
This was our ninth virtual meeting and final virtual meeting of this Rotary year!  The “flame” of President BOB LOGAN’s Reign of Terror is burning out…
President BOB called the meeting to order reminding us of our last meeting’s excellent presentation by our speaker where we learned more about Covid-19 and we will continue with that theme with our speaker of this week’s meeting, Mara Aspinall.  President BOB went on to share that the $40,000 Annual Fund goal for The Rotary Foundation has been met and he is truly humbled by the generosity of our members.  He reminded us that we need to be proud of our club and that when we set out to meet a goal, we achieve it!  He also shared that 140 members completed the survey regarding upcoming meetings and there was a lot of diversity in the responses.  Some want to meet in person now, some want to wait until there is a vaccine.  He encouraged that when the opportunity for meetings comes, it’s each member’s personal choice whether to attend.  President BOB also reminded us of the upcoming Change of Administration event on Saturday, June 27th at Hacienda del Sol where all appropriate safety measures are being followed. 
An inspirational Pledge of Allegiance video was shared about a young California boy who puts American flags on the graves of veterans which has become a program now being done at cemeteries of significant numbers.  The Patriotic Song video was “God Bless America” with beautiful scenes from around the United States. 
Our Inspirational video was for Father’s Day where a high school coach’s proudest moment was when his daughter surprised him by kicking a field goal during the final moments of his last game. 
AIMEE GRAVES introduced our guests and visitors.  Welcome to our guests!
A special presentation of the “Rotary World Match Play Championships”, with music from the Master’s Golf Tournament and beautiful pictures of scenes around a golf course was shared.  Anticipation was high of who would wear the traditional “blue” jacket at the end of the tournament.  Held at the Dell Urich Golf Course, competitors included: CHUCK SAWYER, ROGER HARWELL, DAVE EAGLETON, and JIM LUBINSKI.  Tournament Chair was WAYNE MEYER!  President BOB served as our “TV host” for the event. “Overcoming many obstacles”, the winner was JIM who put on the famous “blue” jacket and accepted his 2” trophy.
Matt Russell did the video introduction of our speaker, Mara Aspinall, CEO of Health Catalysts Diagnostics. Mara did a thorough presentation regarding our current pandemic: defining the virus vs the disease which impacts the lungs; this is more than the flu with 112,000 who have died to date in the U.S. which is a 5-times higher death rate that the worse flu epidemic; we need to wear masks and maintain social distancing for our protection; there are two types of testing which are “Do I have Covid-19?” and “Do I have antibodies to SARS-CoV2?”; and we need to continue to test, trace, track and treat this virus.  President BOB had Mara sign “Where’s the Potty on This Ark” for the Make Way for Books library.
Birthdays were celebrated by JONATHAN ROTHSCHILD, MONTE CLAUSEN, ERNIE MINCHELLA, JEFF RONSTADT, and GORDON GRAHAM.   Also note, JONATHAN celebrated his birthday by surprising President BOB with a delicious pie ~~~ in the face!!! 
New member introductions and welcome to our Rotary Club went to LYNN DEVOU introduced by sponsor ANN MARSH, and JENN DELANEY introduced by sponsor and District 5500 Governor ELLIE PATTERSON.  Welcome you two into this Remarkable Rotary Club!
President BOB introduced a Rotary International video thanking Rotary for their polio efforts.  Because of Rotary, 16 million have been saved from the crippling effects of polio. 
In his closing remarks for the meeting and his term as club president, BOB shared two of his favorite videos: the singing of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful Life” as song by children from around the world; and Denzel Washington’s “Make a Difference” and “Thank you”.  BOB then shared some of the significant meetings and events of the year and how we have also endured Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and the Bighorn fires.  He quoted John F. Kennedy that we need to observe today not a victory but a celebration of freedom…symbolizing an end as well as a beginning, signifying renewal as well as change.  The world is a very different place now for man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.  And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebearers fought are still an issue around the globe….the beliefs that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but of the hand of God.  BOB reminded us that we need each other and we want each other and we need to help each other. 
And just like that the end of BOB LOGAN’S Reign of Terror came to an end.  Fantastic year BOB!
New Member Spotlight ~ Phil Malan
Who was your Sponsor?
Sponsor: Jay Gandolfi
Where were you born?  Where did you grow up?
I was born and grew up in Long Beach, California.
Where did you go to school? Your Alma Mater?
University of California, Irvine; Harvard University; University of Massachusetts Medical School
Tell us about your career (s).
For 36 years, I was a professor in the Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology at The University of Arizona. For 8 years, I was a medical school administrator at UA and in Savannah, Georgia.
How can your experiences help other club members?
I'm always happy to share my experiences, particularly as a leader/administrator.
What accomplishment (s) are you most proud of?
I am very proud of my medical career and my research and administrative activities. However, I am most proud of my family.
What are your hobbies...your favorite things to do?
My favorite thing to do is travel. I also like to walk, read, watch movies and get together with friends. I do volunteer work, particularly with the Red Cross, and I enjoy teaching part time at the UA College of Medicine.
What would surprise people to know abut you?
My wife and I grew up less than 10 miles apart, but never met until we were 3,000 miles from home. 
What has been your best "Rotary Moment"?
Helping plan the centennial activities for the Rotary Club of Savannah.
What is the best part of Rotary...for YOU?
I am new to the Rotary Club of Tucson. At the Rotary Club of Savannah the best parts were the service activities and getting to know people from a wide variety of interesting backgrounds.
Please take some time to introduce yourself to PHIL MALAN... WELCOME PHIL!
In Sympathy
It is with sad hearts we have to inform you that Jim Sumwalt passed away on June 9th at age 87 just two and a half months after the passing of the love of his life, Joann Sumwalt.  Jim was a member of our club from 1993 to 2018. He will be missed tremendously.
We also want to inform you of Ken Light's wife, Marcia, who passed away on June 12th, after a 6 week battle with several challenges, including cancer.  Ken, we are all so sorry for your loss.
May both Jim and Marcia rest in peace.
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:  

Rotarians sharing fellowship on zoom with President Bob and Mark Irvin.
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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