Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - August 3, 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
Imagine (This Program Will Be On Screen)
IMAGINE: Imagine a Rotary World without women. It was not that long ago that Rotary was a male only organization until the Rotary Club of Duarte California took the case all the way to the United States Supreme Court in 1987. Sylvia Whitlock became the first woman to be the President of a Rotary Club after that ruling.
In July of 2022, Jennifer Jones became the first woman to become the President of Rotary International and she has inspired its members. Her theme for Rotary this year is IMAGINE. She has four main goals for the year, but the #1 Priority is member care and comfort. How can Rotary and each Club enhance the experience that members have? What ways can we make our Clubs feel more welcoming, to lift people up and to offer new opportunities? We need to continue to focus on diversity and celebrate our differences. Find out what our members want and then deliver on those needs. Imagining our future, our dreams, our goals are all fine but, without action they are meaningless. We need to set big goals and then achieve them.
Besides enhancing the members experience and engagement is to expand our reach, adapt and to have a greater impact on our communities. This will be done in a variety of ways, and one will be to focus on high impact projects around the world and team up with journalists to promote these projects and the work that Rotary does.
If you want responsible members, then give members responsibilities and imagine the possibilities from there.
Jennifer Jones, RI President ~ Biography
Jennifer Jones is the founder and president of Media Street Productions, an award-winning 27-year-old media company in Windsor, Ontario. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland.
Jennifer's talents have strengthened Rotary's reach and impact as she has served in roles including vice president, director, Rotary Foundation trustee, and co-chair of the End Polio Now: Make History Today fundraising campaign.
Jennifer is a leader in cultivating experiential fundraising opportunities, such as a day of golfing with Rotary polio ambassador Jack Nicklaus in Jupiter, Florida, USA, that raised over $5.25 million for polio eradication. She also led the innovative #RotaryResponds virtual event in May 2020, which raised money for COVID-19 relief projects and showcased how Rotary members were responding to the pandemic around the world.
Working alongside political figures, celebrities, and global leaders, Jennifer has raised awareness and hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate disease, support peace, and provide clean water and sanitation. An expert storyteller, she inspires hope and promise and motivates people to take action.
She has received the Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. She holds a Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) and has been recognized with the YMCA Peace Medal and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and she was the first Canadian to receive Wayne State University's Community Peacemaker Award.
Jennifer is married to Rotary member Nick Krayacich, a family physician. They share a love for travel, cycling, golf, and relaxing at their family cottage, in addition to adventures such as climbing to the summit of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Jennifer and Nick support The Rotary Foundation as members of the Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, and Bequest Society.
Mystery Editor ~ 7/27/22
It was a day void of rain, hail, and snow. It was a day enveloped in anticipation, joy, and enthusiasm. President BRUCE JACOBS did not disappoint. He commanded the room with wit, humor, and aplomb.
Dorinna and Kari arranged for yet another tasty buffet and tightly structured meeting. A rough computation of the degree of success of their organizing our events is 100%.
We had an impressive lunch crowd of over 110 members. I would be remiss to not note that it comprised of our 110 best looking members.
BRUCE initiated the meeting start at high noon. MARK IRVIN compelled the membership to vote for the next slate of Board members.
A video of Queen’s rendition of Imagine was played.
DEBBIE SHEPPARD led us in a robustly patriotic rendition of the Pledge and “America the Beautiful”.
We all signed a card wishing GARY HIRSCH the best on his recent surgery. I called him this afternoon, and, thankfully, his recovery is now progressing well.
A discussion transpired on the tragic reemergence of Polio in the US. This is yet another example of the importance of the work of our Chapter.
BOB SHAFF proved yet again why he is justifiably considered the ultimate consummate professional. His Inspirational Message, focused on the beauty of marriage – and how it is ideally inspirational…if you don’t take it for granted.
KHRIS DODGE enthusiastically welcomed our guests. Hopefully enough of us personally expressed our appreciation for their attendance – and in response many consider joining our ranks.
BRUCE provided a personal and energetic introduction of our speaker.  Police Chief Chad Kasmar gave a rousing, inspiring, empathetic, humorous, and resonating presentation. Topics included reflections on the noble profession of policing, most problems are solvable, our upgraded 911 procedures, we need more investments in mental health, collaboration with the community, and how he is honored to lead a 1200 person $180MM operation.
Nobody admitted to having a birthday this week.
CHAR HARRIS gave a beautiful presentation of the impressive life and contributions of DREW VACTOR – for his gracious Paul Harris + 5 Award. DREW shared his fond feelings toward Rotary and all the work CHARLOTTE has and continues to do in order for him to achieve his five jewels in the pin. Both CHAR and DREW drew highly justifiable standing ovations.
DENISE NEWTON gave a heartfelt introduction of our new member KRISTEN MAMMANA. KRISTEN gave a gracious speech on her enthusiasm of joining.
KHRIS gave $60 to GENE CASAGRANDE from the raffle. KHRIS, though, refused to release the big pot. Perhaps he will be in a more giving mood next week.
THOMAS ROBERTSON compelled the membership to provide sponsorships to the District Conference – a worthy cause.
BOBBY LARSON (who continues to do an outstanding job overseeing the car show) – gave us a ticket sales update.
ROGER HARWELL gave DENISE NEWTON her well-earned blue badge.
TOM MOULTON and DAN GUARE both had Happy Jacksons.
There were six outstanding candidates running for the Board. The three who won were announced: MITCH PISIK, NINA TRASOFF, and DAVID LOVITT. We wish them well and look forward to their additional contributions to our Chapter.
BRUCE gave a Toast, and we were adjourned.  We egressed from the Convention Center into a day that remained void of rain, hail, and snow.
RCOT Board of Directors ~ 2023-2025 Term
Congratulations to our newest Board of Directors for the 2023-2025 term!
David Lovitt
Mitch Pisik
Nina Trasoff
Save The Date ~ Replacement/Social Mixer 8/31/22
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer the evening of August 31, 2022.  Location to be determined so Save The Date.  No Lunch meeting on 8/31.  More details to follow.
District Conference ~ Starts September 23, 2022
The Southern Arizona Rotary District 5500 Conference will be held at the Casino Del Sol starting on September 23rd.  All are encouraged to attend.

2022 District 5500 Conference



September 23-25, 2022


Casino Del Sol Hotel and Resort

5655 W Valencia Rd,  Tucson, AZ

For more details and to register for the event, please click on the link below:
Help Wanted ~ A/V and Switcher Studio Team
The A/V and Switcher Studio committees are looking to add to their teams.  If you are interested in joining either of these committees, please contact Bruce Richardson.
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.
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:
Aug 03, 2022
Presentation on the Screen from RI Convention
Aug 10, 2022
Bringing Serhii to America
Aug 17, 2022
Future Outlook on Pima County
Aug 24, 2022
Sun Corridor
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