Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - January 9, 2019
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Foundation and Centennial Project Updates
Members of our Foundation and Centennial Committees will be presenting an update on the status of our Club's Foundation, the RI Foundation and the Club's Centennial preparations.
Mystery Editor ~ 1/2/19
President CHUCK started our meeting after allowing enough time for the buffet line members to get back to their tables.
ELLIE PATTERSON, Past President & Incoming District Governor 2019-2020 Rotary year, gave the Inspiration.
A Moment of Silence took place for JIM LUBINSKI’s daughter, Nikki.  STU GOLDMAN gave a beautiful and heart rendering tribute for his friend and our past fellow Rotarian Yvonne Ervin.   Get Well cards were distributed and signed for member, TED FORSBERG.  We’re thinking of you TED!
The Pledge & Song were led by SARA GAAR EHRENS with GARY HIRSCH accompanying at the piano.  RICHARD KELEMEN introduced the guests and visiting Rotarians.  There were no Rotarians celebrating their birthday today at the head table.
BOBBY LARSON (Sergeant at Arms) reported that there were no Raffle, Recognitions or Auctions today and proceeded  right to the Announcements:
CHUCK SAWYER – Salvation Army Bell Ringing – referenced the pictures up on the screen of coins all over the ground and told the funny story behind it.  He thanked everyone who participated in Rotary ringing the bells for the Salvation Army and also a big thank you to NANCY PURDIN for leading this project.  President CHUCK also reminded members of the Alamos Trip taking place on 1/31/19 through 2/4/19.  He went on to discuss the Rotary Leadership Institute  - 1/26/19 and explained this a great way for newer members to learn about Rotary and District 5500.  President CHUCK'S last announcement was about Reading Seed – a call for Reading School Coaches for Kindergarten.
BRETT STEIN announced the Make Way For Books Project on Saturday, January 12th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Address is 700 N. Stone.  We will be doing painting, landscaping and light duty tasks.  Sign up on the home page of the website under "Upcoming Events".
WAYNE MEYER presented a Blue Badge to NICK JONES.  Welcome to Blue, Nick!
ROGER HARWELL – Rotary Scholars – Introduced 12 High School Grads (from various Tucson High Schools) that are now in college and with each scholar giving comments and gratitude to Rotary after their individual introduction.
PROGRAM:  BOB LOGAN introduced our program:
KEVIN GUY – Owner TUCSON SUGAR SKULLS “SUGAR SKULL FOOTBALL”.  Kevin explained how he and his business partner Ali Farhang came up with the name and team, TUCSON SUGAR SKULLS.  This is an indoor professional football team and will be a wonderful addition to Tucson. Kevin also explained the concept of Indoor Football and that the arrangement has been made to use the Tucson Community Center Arena for The Skull home games.  He stressed the cooperation he had from many people including Fletcher McCusker, MARK IRVIN (RCT Member), and Mike Feder in helping to coordinate the effort to get Indoor Football to Tucson.
PRESIDENT CHUCK presented the book “Elephants Cannot Dance” to Kevin for his signing and the book will go in the Make Way for Books’ library.  He then brought the meeting to a close with a quote and a toast.
Welcome New Members
Please welcome the following new members into the Rotary Club of Tucson.  They will be introduced to the club at a meeting in the near future.
New Member:  Gene Casagrande
Classification:  Medical & Healthcare - Dental Products
Company/Organization:  Milestone Scientific, Wand Dental, Inc.
Sponsor:  Prodip Dutta
New Member:  Tom Elitharp
Classification:  Retired:  Dietary Supplements
Company/Organization:  Schiff Nutrition - Retired
Sponsor:  Ted Forsberg
New Member:  Lt. Taurean Ortiz
Classification:  Community & Social Services: Salvation Army
Company/Organization:  The Salvation Army
Sponsor:  Cindy Barbee-Suggs
Service Project ~ Make Way For Books - 1/12/19
Service Project at Make Way For Books January 12, 2019 by Peter Akmajian and Dave Gallaher
Come join our first service project of 2019 at Make Way For Books on January 12th, 8:00AM at 700 N Stone.  The service project will last for four hours or until the work is done!!  We will be painting bookshelves and other light duty tasks as needed.  We will have some small amount of landscaping/trimming work for those that don’t mind working outside.  For more information or questions please email  or call 907-4983.  Please use our website under Upcoming Events to sign up.  We would hope to have around ten (10) volunteers. 
Trip to Alamos, Mexico ~ 1/31/19 - 2/4/19
Trip to Alamos, Mexico (16th Century Colonial Town, Pueblo Magico).
There is an opportunity for members of our Club to travel down to Alamos, Mexico in Southern Sonora for the Kick Off of the Global Grant that we and nine other Rotary Clubs are supporting to improve rural healthcare in indigenous communities.  This is a weekend trip from January 31st – February 3rd or 4th.  Ellie Patterson and Tom have already signed up for the trip and we have spots for 4-6 more members.  It should be a great chance to see a Global Grant in action and enjoy this beautiful town.
A brief write-up is below, and a more detailed agenda is available and if you want full details on the Grant and Program, we would be happy to get them to you:
Join the inaugural celebration in Alamos January 31 -February 3/4, 2019!
D5500 Governor Kirk Reed & grant supporters from 10 clubs in 4 Districts and 3 countries will be there to share the fun!
Your visit will include a magical weekend visit to the 16th century colonial town (Pueblo Mágico) of Alamos. There will be plenty of time to explore the city and surroundings area as well as attend inaugural events on Friday and Saturday evenings. An optional trip to one of the indigenous Guarijío villages served by the grant will be available on Sunday.
Getting there is part of the fun. A caravan of cars will leave Tucson/Nogales on Thursday, January 31 and drive to Guaymas/San Carlos (6 hours). Thursday dinner at the Sunset Grill on the Sandy beach of San Carlos! Friday morning the caravan will continue on to Alamos (4 hours). Ride shares (carpooling) will be available. Flexible lodging can be arranged in either hotels or private guest rooms. Contact Barbara Kiernan for details ( or contact Chuck, Peter Beahan or Dorinna by email or phone with questions.
Letter from Jim Lubinski
In case you missed the letter of sincere gratitude from Jim Lubinski:
On behalf of Karen and myself, I want to express our sincere gratitude for the tremendous outpouring of support, prayers and love expressed by so many of you over the death of our daughter Nicole.  Between the emails, calls, texts, cards, visits and meals there are too many to thank individually so please accept this token of our appreciation.
Nicole was a beautiful, talented yet very troubled 26 year old young woman.  She suffered from bipolar disorder and depression since her early teens.  Mental illness is real and is often very treatable.  She sought and was provided help for over 10 years, but unfortunately her burdens just became too much for her to bear.  We loved her dearly and will miss her.  Our hope is that by being open about this it may help someone else in the future.
We have not as of yet finalized plans for her memorial.  It will likely be a small private service for immediate family and close friends.  We will identify a cause you can donate to, if you wish, in her memory.  Nicole loved nature, the environment and animals, especially eagles.  It is likely we will choose a cause from one of these areas that will honor her legacy.  Details will be provided when finalized.
At this point I plan to attend our regular club meeting on 1/2/19 and look forward to seeing many of you there.  There are no magic words to make this go away, but just expressing your condolences and sympathy is helpful.  The Rotary Club of Tucson family has once again shown its colors as a truly remarkable and caring club.  Happy New Year to all and I look forward to working with you to continue the good work our remarkable club does in 2019 and beyond.
With sincere gratitude,
Jim Lubinski
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 248   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Meeting Attendance - January 2, 2019   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members106  Raffle $


Active Members AE17  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members2     
Total Members Present125    




Guests of the Club 6    


Visiting Rotarians1    


Total Meeting Attendance 149    


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