Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - August 4, 2021
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
Revitalizing an Urban Center
Will discuss the relationship and development of the Church and City in Tucson:  How the Cathedral Square renovation might contribute to the renewal of downtown.
Gerald F. Kicanas, D.D. - Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Tucson ~ Biography
Ministry as Bishop
Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago on March 20, 1995 and served as Episcopal Vicar of Vicariate I. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson on October 30, 2001. Bishop Kicanas was installed as Bishop of Tucson on March 7, 2003 and became Bishop Emeritus on November 20, 2017. Bishop Kicanas served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2018 to 2019.
Ministry as Priest
Ordained a priest on April 27, 1967, Bishop Kicanas has served in various capacities in the seminary system of the Archdiocese of Chicago for over 25 years, preparing men for parish ministry. He served as Religion Teacher and Counselor for five years and then Principal for ten years of a secondary school of 800 boys. In 1984 he was appointed Rector of Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois, which is the graduate level seminary of the Archdiocese.
Other Ministries
Over the years Bishop Kicanas has served as:
  • Director of the Catholic Chaplaincy Program of the Cook County, IL Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Chicago
  • Caseworker for Catholic Charities
  • Chaplain for the Chicago Parental School
  • Lecturer in Counseling Psychology and Community and Organizational Development at Loyola University
  • Episcopal Liaison to the National Association for Lay Ministry
He has conducted Convocations, Retreats and Missions for Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Laity in many dioceses in the U.S.
Current Involvements
Bishop Kicanas is currently Vice Chancellor of the Catholic Extension Society, and Chair of the Mission Committee. Bishop Kicanas is the Chair of the Board of the National Catholic Education Association. He is a member of the Board of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., the USCCB Committee on Catholic Education, Bishop Consultant to the Subcommittee on Africa, and member of the Subcommittee for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He is a member of the Board of the Bethlehem University Foundation. He is the Episcopal Liaison to the Catholic Cemetery Conference, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. He is a member of the Catholic Relief Services Foundation Board.
John Shaheen ~ Biography
John serves as Property and Insurance Director for the Diocese of Tucson, where he has responsibility for the oversight and administration of all real property and buildings of the Diocese as well as administration of its property and casualty insurance program.  Before that, he was employed by Home Planners, Inc. where he served as Director of Architecture and Designer Relations. Earlier, he had been employed by Unistrut Corporation where he was the Manager of Design and Engineering of space-frame projects.
Holding a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University, John has spent much of his career as an architect. In this role, his body of work for the diocese has included the design of Santa Catalina Parish Church and Prayer Garden, Our Lady of La Salette Mission addition in Double Adobe, Our Lady of La Vang Shrine, and Garden of Our Ancestors at All Faiths Cemetery.
John and his wife, Kathy, have been residents of Oro Valley for 31 years. Their son Mike is a graduate of the University of Arizona and is now teaching music. Their daughter Bethany is also a graduate of the University of Arizona and has taught at San Miguel High School for the past 7 years.
Mystery Editor ~ 7/28/21
It’s Day 28 of the first reign of the second century of our prestigious Rotary Chapter.
The noon sky had the purple hue complementing an ever so gentle breeze– as if admitting it was exhausted and in need of temporary reprieve from a week of unprecedented rains and oppressive humidity.
PRESIDENT MARK IRVIN started the meeting on time – as per usual, garnering everyone’s appreciation.
DIANA MADARAS, owner of the Madaras Gallery, led the pledge and song: “My Country tis of Thee”.
Everyone gave a moment of thought and well wishes for our good friend ERNIE MONTAGNE. A card was enthusiastically signed by all. Most comments projected appropriate respect and sincere well-wishes.
KYM ADAIR, Community & Social Services: Director of The Arizona Bowl - delivered an enthusiastic Inspirational Moment about ADIA BARNES and accomplishing the impossible. (Is it my imagination – or have the Inspirational Moments been truly outstanding this month?)
MARK gave thanks to DARRELL STEWART for the PHF’s for the Rincons.
We had a delicious lunch consisting of a creative medley of all the basic food groups – a veritable symphony of flavors, colors, and textures. The Convention Center is really stepping up their culinary game.
MARK asked our illustrious guests to stand and receive that Rotarian love of which we are renowned. Once again there was a plethora/cacophony/riot/virtually an overabundance of potential members invited, present, and accounted for. We will exceed that 300-member mark sooner than most thought feasible. Those who had faith in this being accomplished will be judiciously vindicated.
Farhang and Medcoff, a local law firm whose international headquarters is located in Tucson, was introduced by MARK as being a generous sponsor of today’s meeting. Ali Farhang shared an update on the developments of the Arizona Bowl – all good news.
Following a rousing video, ADIA BARNES – Head Coach UA Women’s Basketball gave an amazing presentation on highlights from past seasons, culture, working through adversity, heart, passion, and maintaining composure. This is going to be a wonderful season.
She then signed the book “I Promise” for the Make Way for Books library.
We all rejoiced in the birthday recognitions of, and were satiated by, the rousing talks by:
ROBIN STODDARD:  Aviation Education / Wright Flight, Inc.
TOM WILLIS: CPA Private Practice / Guill, Blankenbarker & Lawson.
ANDY KIEL: Real Estate: Investments / Optimize Investments.
A big happy birthday Gentlemen!
BOB SHAFF:  Consulting: Marketing / Customers For Life Consulting indulged us with an inspirational historical moment about our very own MIKE ANDERSON – which included a joyful video.
KHRIS DODGE - Entertainment: Music / Khris Dodge Entertainment (Who, in his capacity as The Sergeant at Arms, lyrically rules with an iron fist enshrouded in a velvet glove) shared the raffle results. Only 0.046% of those Rotarians in attendance won.
The ubiquitous, yet of substantial import, announcements included:
MARK IVIN – Reminded members to stay after the meeting for the club group photo.
MARK IRVIN – No Handshake/Hug Ribbons will be available soon.
MARK IRVIN - #Irv’s Fly-Fishing Fund.  Thank you WOCKY REDSAR for your donation.
JIM LUBINSKI – Centennial advertising opportunities.
KEN LIGHT – Auction items needed. 
JOE DANISZEWSKI – Update on Car Show tickets sales.  Keep selling!!!!
MARK gave a toast that impressively managed to simultaneously be gracious, insightful, soulful, introspective, and profound.
It was a bittersweet moment when MARK adjourned the meeting, as parting is such sweet sorrow.
A photo was taken of our membership. Fortunately, most of us had our eyes open and were looking in the general vicinity of the camera. CHRIS MOONEY promised to the best he could with the material he was given (there is a reason he generally only works with professionals).
The 1:30 sky had transitioned to a light violet – as if projecting its approval of the fine work of our esteemed Rotary chapter.
#Irv's Rotary Fly Fishing Fund
We welcome President Mark "Irv" Irvin's challenge to fellow Rotarians to match funds for our club's use in supporting both our Club's international and local efforts.  These pledges are for the 2021/22 Rotary year and donations will go to your favorite Rotary programs, i.e. Paul Harris, Scholarships, the Tucson Classics Car Show.  If you are interested in supporting President Mark in his efforts, forms are available on the home page of our website under the RCOT Member Area drop down menu or at the registration table at our lunch meetings.  Thank you.
RCOT Centennial Event Invitation and Registration ~ 9/25/21
Hello Members,
Well, after many months of announcing the Rotary Club of Tucson’s 100 Year Celebration, the official invite to the Centennial Event is finally available.  In order to make your reservations, please CLICK HERE.  If this does not work, try copying and pasting this link in your browser:
This should take you to our Eventbrite registration.  You will be asked to register yourself and your guests, make your meal choices and also make payment. If you are registering a guest(s), please be sure to scroll down and fill out the registration in its entirety.  Details regarding the evening event are in the below invitation.
TCC Doubletree Room Reservations 9-25-21
TCC Doubletree Room Reservations and Rates for the Centennial Event 9-25-21 
We have secured a 15 room block at the TCC Doubletree. We encourage you to reserve a room early to insure you will have one for the event.
Rotary Club of Tucson Room Block - 1 king at $115 per night plus tax. 
You may call the hotel, 520-372-7100 or use this direct link:
(Please, only if you run into a problem ask for Natalie Mendoza.)
Help Wanted ~ Mystery Editors
Hi all,
We are in need of some writers to be a part of the Mystery Editor Committee for our weekly meetings.  If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact the Rotary office.
Thank you.
Rotary Fitness Bulletin Board
We are bringing back the Rotary Fitness Bulletin Board so........ let's get physical!!!! To participate or see what others are doing to stay healthy, go to the club website home page, scroll down the left side to RCOT Links and click on "RCOT Fitness Bulletin Board".  There you will see a spreadsheet listing all activities members have posted.  No need to sign up, just show up!  Oh, and by the way, if there is an activity you will be participating in, please feel free to post.  Others may want to join you!  This spreadsheet is handled solely by the members, so please remember after posting your activity, don't forget to remove after your fitness program has ended.  Thank you and let's get movin...
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:
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PBS - In the Americas
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Rio Nuevo - Downtown Update
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