Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - January 30, 2019
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
U of A Women's Basketball Update
Adia Barnes, Head Coach
University of Arizona Women’s Basketball
Adia Barnes was introduced as Arizona's head women's basketball coach on April 4, 2016. The leading scorer in Arizona women’s basketball history and a WNBA Champion, Barnes came to Tucson after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Washington for five seasons.
In her second year as head coach, Barnes signed the highest ranked recruiting class in Arizona history as ranked the class at the fifth-best in the country. 
Additionally to her success on the court and in recruiting in 2017, Barnes made it a point to get better in the classroom and in the community. The Wildcats had their best academic semester in a decade and also led the athletic department in community service hours.
A three-time all-conference selection and '98 graduate of Arizona, Barnes was voted USBWA first-team All-American and Pac-10 player of the year in 1997-98. Her 2,237 career points currently rank ninth on the Pac-12’s all-time scoring list. Following her collegiate career, Barnes played professionally for 12 seasons in the WNBA and overseas. She won a WNBA Championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004, was named to the Storm’s All-Decade Team, and also played for Cleveland, Minnesota and Sacramento. Her overseas career included stops in the Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, Russia and Italy.
In addition to her playing and coaching career, Barnes has been extremely active in the community through the Adia Barnes Foundation, which mentors under-served youth and conducts charitable events and community service projects such as school supply drives. Barnes spent 10 years as the Seattle Storm’s TV analyst for NBA TV and FOX Sports Northwest and also spent time as the color commentator for Storm radio broadcasts.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Barnes is married to Salvo Coppa, who coached for 14 seasons, including 10 professionally in Italy and with three separate national teams. She is also the mother of one son, Matteo.
Mystery Editor ~ 1/23/19
President CHUCK opened the meeting and Past President JIM MURPHY gave our inspiration, followed by DAVE EAGLETON with the Pledge and Song – “You’re a Grand Ole Flag” skillfully rendered by GARY HIRSCH on the piano.
RICHARD KELEMEN introduced our guests and Visiting Rotarians (most fleeing the Polar Vortex in the Midwest).  We had two Birthday Rotarians:
  • STU GOLDMAN is a former employee of Maxwell House and a past “imposter” contestant on “To Tell the Truth”. Stu announced that he had completed his probation of 35 years in the Rotary and was leaving his carnival job of being shot out of a cannon, where they told him they were sad to lose a man of his caliber.
  • Immediate Past President CLIFF BOWMAN has two heroes – Nolan Ryan because Cliff was also a pitcher and Abe Lincoln “just because”.  CLIFF enjoys being a member of the Best Club in the country and directed his birthday gift to the Scholarship Fund.
Sergeant at Arms FONDA INSLEY filled in ably for BOBBY LARSON… but surprisingly there was no raffle, announcements, or auction.
President CHUCK introduced our program, Car Show Chair BRUCE JACOBS and incoming Chair JASON GRABOSCH delivering the "2018 Car Show Results/Charity Awards & 2019 Car Show Goals/Car Reveal".  Bruce thanked everyone for a Terrific 12th, including name sponsor We Buy Houses and MIKE ANDERSON. Additionally, we had great key sponsors, media donations worth more than $300,000, and a Silent Auction that produced $15,772.  Final results included 27,387 tickets sold for a net of $175,721.
Proceeds are split according to a ratio of 40%, 20%, 20%, 10%, and 5% (due to the Centennial Project timing).  Our recipients told many wonderful stories of children, families and individuals whose lives have been changed significantly by the Rotary Club of Tucson Car Show. Recipients included:
Interfaith Community Services (5%) who told the story of a child proud of her mom in school to be a nurse and “I’m going to be a doctor”.
Job Path (5%) told the story of a single mom now making $50,000 a year – one of 1600 helped.
Wright Flight (20%) and ROBIN STODDARD told many stories of behavioral and educational improvement, among the more than 35,144 participants (all of whom know more about the Wright brothers than I do…)
SARSEF (20%) and LIZ BOWMAN told many success stories including an NSF grant winner, founder of a medical company, and others among the more than 10,000 kids who participated.
Make Way for Books (40%) and JENNY VOLPE spoke about a participant in their “Cover to Cover” program to bring books to everyday places who writes that “books speak my heart”. Make Way for Books has helped over 70,288 during the years we have sponsored their programs, while giving away 72,534 books.
2018 Tucson Classics Car Show Charity Awards
Incoming Car Show Chair JASON GRABOSCH is well up to the task of leading the “Lucky 13th” which is off to a great start with a crimson Corvette convertible.  JASON and BRUCE signed a book for our lending library: “Be Kind”.
President CHUCK closed our meeting with a quote from Caroll Shelby: “I've always been asked, 'What is my favorite car?' and I've always said, 'The next one.'”
Proposed New Member
The following New Member application has been submitted for membership in Rotary Club of Tucson:
New Member:  Jeanne Zetah
Classification: Retired: Community Education
Sponsor: Bill Mesch
If no written objections are received within ten days of publication, the applicant will be accepted.
Welcome New Family Member
Please welcome the following new family member into the Rotary Club of Tucson.  She will be introduced to the club at a meeting in the near future.
New Member:  Cheryl Johnson
Classification:  Family Member
Company/Organization:  Optimize Investments
Sponsor:  Andy Kiel
Sweetheart Dinner ~ Friday, 2/8/19
The Sweetheart Dinner will be held on Friday, 2/8/19 at the Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Drive, start time is 6:00 p.m.  Since this is a fun night out and not a replacement mixer, the cost is $55/per person and will be billed to your account.  Sign ups are on the website under Upcoming Events.  REMEMBER: No Lunch Meeting on 2/6/19.  If you have any questions, please contact Fonda Insley.
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.
RCOT Blood Drive ~ 2/20/19
Our next Blood Drive will be held on February 20th behind the meeting space at the DoubleTree.  Please save the date to save lives!


Mike Orcutt

Blood Drive Chairman

5th Annual Rotary Days Day of Service - Triangle Y Ranch Camp
Rotary Club of Tucson is sponsoring an all-inclusive Rotarian service project Saturday March 2, 2019 at the Triangle Y YMCA Ranch Camp from 8:30AM-3:00PM.  The 5th Annual Rotary Days Service Project is open to all Rotarians and friends of Rotarians and families.  There are jobs for all age groups and skill levels.  Generally, we help spruce up the Ranch for the incoming summer camp session that begins in June.  In the past, we have painted cabins, stained wood beams, assembled and painted picnic tables, trimmed brush, painted the bathrooms, performed some small masonry work, and general clean up. 
Registration is Saturday morning 8:00-8:30 AM at the Ranch (please email or call Dave Gallaher to let us know you are coming) or 520-907-4983 and a free BBQ lunch will be served at 1:00PM.  Come for several hours or stay for just an hour.  This is a good chance to mingle with Rotarians from all over Tucson.  It is a great way to introduce Rotary to your friends and neighbors.  Please respond to Dave Gallaher at or call 520-907-4983 to register.  It would be great to have a head count for lunch on Saturday.  Please bring gloves and sunscreen and a water bottle. 
Hiking ~ 1/19/19
Thanks to my lovely bride Martha, our hiking group was actually able to complete the Passage 8, Rincon Valley leg of the Arizona Trail.  This was due to my starting us on the wrong trail but thankfully she caught it before we back tracked Passage 7 which is also known as the "Death March."  Joined by Jeff Heath, Bill Kouba and friend of Rotary, Mike Harris we enjoyed the gradual climb from the Gabe Zimmerman trail head crossing canyons, washes and desert until reaching Colossal Cave Park.  We then crossed through the park from South to North and enjoyed the spectacular views.  The last leg was a short jaunt from the park back to Pistol Hill Road concluding our 11.25 mile adventure.
Membership and Attendance
Membership         Scholarship Cups  


Total Active Members 249   
Cash Contributions
Honorary Members
Quarterly with Dues


Meeting Attendance - January 23, 2019   Total Scholarship Cups$


Members120  Raffle $


Active Members AE21  Auction RCOTF$


LOA/Honorary Members2     
Total Members Present143    




Guests of the Club 6    


Visiting Rotarians7    


Total Meeting Attendance 177    


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No lunch meeeting
Feb 13, 2019
Pima County Issues - Roads
Feb 20, 2019
Pay for Performance for Disadvantaged Youth Towards College
Feb 27, 2019
Tucson Village Farm
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Upcoming Events
Sweetheart Dinner ~ 2/8/19
Feb 08, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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