Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - April 6, 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
Our Vision as the Voice of Business
As the new President and CEO of the Tucson Metro Chamber, my presentation to the Rotary Club of Tucson will be to share my vision for the Chamber as the Voice of Business. The Chamber leads efforts on local policy and one of the proactive areas I will focus on is our Coalition Against Retail Theft and our efforts to develop solutions that reduce theft and property damage so many of our businesses are experiencing. I will also speak to our initiatives that work to create workforce development programs and encourage businesses and companies to engage in the education system to build the skills they need. We launched a Workforce Blueprint last summer that identifies the areas the Chamber will lead to improve our labor and talent strategies.
Michael Guymon ~ Biography
A native Tucsonan, Michael Guymon’s twenty-five year professional career has primarily centered on political strategy, business development and advocacy, and organizational management.  As President & CEO for the Tucson Metro Chamber, Michael is responsible for developing and implementing the goals and vision for the Chamber and to fulfill the Chamber’s mission to champion an environment where your business thrives and our community prospers.
Michael’s previous positions include: Vice President of Regional Partnerships for Sun Corridor Inc.; Executive Director of Metropolitan Pima Alliance; Chief-of-Staff to Tucson City Council Member Fred Ronstadt; Asst. Vice President for Governmental Affairs for the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; and political consultant to The Bridges, a 360-acre mixed-use, infill development that will include Tech Parks Arizona, GEICO’s regional headquarters, housing, and an 111-acre commercial development. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona.
On a personal note, Michael’s passion is baseball and he was named the Official Scorer for the Tucson Padres AAA Baseball Club from 2011 – 2013. The team moved to El Paso in 2014.
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Social Mixer ~ A Fantastic Evening!
The Social Mixer which took place at Proof last Wednesday was a huge success.  Not only was the turnout great (approximately 100 attended with many prospective guests), but the food and ambiance was pretty special.  The live band which was playing in the courtyard was an added bonus to the evening.  We want to give a huge shout out to President Elect, Bruce Jacobs, for heading up this fun event. Thanks Bruce!
Social/Replacement Mixer @ Proof ~ 3/30/22
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.

Member: Kristen Mammana

Company: Realty Executive Arizona Territory

Classification: Real Estate: Real Estate Sales

Sponsor: Denise Newton


Member: Debbie Sheppard

Company:  Banner Health

Classification: Community & Social Services: Banner Health Foundation

Sponsor: Mark Irvin


Member: Elizabeth Bollinger

Company: Catholic Foundation

Classification: Community & Social Services: The Catholic Foundation

Sponsor: Mark Irvin


Member: Thomas Robertson

Company:  Presidio Group Wealth Management

Classification: Finance: Financial Advisor

Sponsor: Dave Gallaher


Member: Rich Kenney, Jr.

Company: Long Realty

Classification: Real Estate: Real Estate Sales

Sponsor: Doug Lowell

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!
End Polio Now Award
At last week's awesome mixer, Past District Governor, Diane Ventura-Goodyear presented an award for our club's contribution to Polio Plus in 2020-2021. Our amazing club exceeded the prior year's donations (take that Past President BOB) to Polio Plus and donated $35,347.00!! Way to go Rotary Club of Tucson, your generosity is always inspiring!
Past President Jen
Hiking Club ~ 4/16/22
Thanks to Khris Dodge for leading Chuck Sawyer and myself on a great hike from the Finger Rock trail head up to the end of the Pontatoc Ridge trail.  It was a beautiful morning on March 19th offering spectacular panoramic views of Tucson, great company for a challenging hike, concluded with an added bonus of spelunking!  

Mark your calendars for the next scheduled adventure; Saturday, April 16th, we will be hiking Wasson Peak in the Tucson Mountains.  Hope to see you on the trails!
Time Capsule Burial ~ 4/21/22 at Hotel Congress
The Rotary Club of Tucson will be burying its Centennial Time Capsule at a special ceremony at the historic Hotel Congress from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 21st. No reservations are needed, just show up.  Also, feel free to invite others.  We are making this a community event with a special focus on the downtown community.  The event is free to all. 
The actual ceremony will be in the Courtyard at 6:00 pm.  It will be a short presentation to provide time for everyone to enjoy some great tunes with local troubadour Salvador Duran.  Food and beverages are not included, but available for a cost.   The Cup Cafe food truck will be open for those who want to grab a snack or appetizer.   Libations will be available from any number of bars at the hotel.  Everyone will have lots of time to spend socializing with fellow Rotarians and guests.   
A special thanks to Hotel Congress for providing the venue and the burial plot.  Also, a shout out to John McCaleb and John Duval for their help with the interment site preparation.  Everyone is also invited to join Rotary and Hotel Congress when the Rotary Centennial Time Capsule is opened on Monday, April 1, 2121.  
Rotary Service Project at Triangle Y YMCA Camp is back!
Rotary Service Project at Triangle Y YMCA Camp is back!!!!! April 30, 2022
SAVE THE DATE:  APRIL 30, 2022 for this year’s Rotary International Day of Service.  After a hiatus the past two years this year’s service project is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th   8:30AM-2:00PM.  The Ranch is located 8 miles from the town of Oracle on the Mt Lemmon Road.  Most, if not all of the work projects will be outdoors at this beautiful Southern Arizona facility.  The work performed is a general cleaning of the outdoor areas, painting, trimming, planting, and general cleanup around the cabins.  This is a great opportunity to bring friends and family and introduce them to the spirit of Rotary.  According to this year’s Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta, “bring together volunteers from inside and outside Rotary to celebrate and showcase the spirit of Rotary in your community”.
We will have jobs for all ages old and young.  Bring your friends and kids.  Please bring sunscreen, gloves and snacks.  A BBQ lunch will be served around at 1:30pm in the main dining hall at the Ranch. 
Sign up on the club website under Upcoming Events or email Dave Gallaher, Tucson Rotary Club, at and/or call 520-907-4983.  A guest count is necessary for planning work and the serving of lunch.  Carpooling is recommended and many people meet at the Trader Joes parking lot at SEC of Magee and Oracle.
Home Hospitality Hosts Needed

Our Home Hospitality events are scheduled for the week of April 24th through the 30th and we are looking for members to host during the week.  These social events will replace our Wednesday, April 27th lunch meeting.   If you are interested in hosting a small or large group at your home, place of business or even at a restaurant, please let Cindy Barbee or Dorinna know the date, time, location and the amount of guests you will host.  The Club will provide each host $20 per member/guest that attend your event.  So let's have some fun and fellowship during this Home Hospitality Week!

Pima JTED Tour
Pima JTED was so pleased that over 80 members and guests of the Rotary Club of Tucson were able to tour our JTED Innovative Learning Center Campus at The Bridges earlier this month and to sample delicious appetizers prepared and served by students in our Culinary and Nutritional Arts program under the direction of talented and experienced instructor, Chef Michael Powell.  Occasionally, Chef Powell and his students are able to take on catering events at family-friendly locations to provide work-based learning experiences for students. For availability, pricing and details, please contact Chef Powell directly at
Disaster Response Fund - Ukraine
To My Fellow Rotary Club of Tucson Members:
As we know, Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.  This unprovoked war has killed many innocent civilians.  It has also created a  humanitarian crisis with many women, children and families attempting to flee to neighboring countries while the men stay and fight for their country.  
Over a million people have fled and the United Nations estimates over five million people have been displaced and are in dire need of emergency aid and assistance.  
Many of you have reached out to ask, what is Rotary doing and how can you help?  Rotary International has been very engaged.  Both Rotary International and Shelter Box (a Rotary Project Partner for disaster - temporary housing) have created opportunities for us to donate to help the people of Ukraine.  Both have, or are, setting up operations in countries such as Poland where there are many Rotary Clubs.  
Here are links with further information and where donations are being accepted:    
Sadly, we have also found that we have more than a few of our fellow Rotary Club of Tucson members with ties to and families in Ukraine.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  
For other questions and/or to obtain more information, please contact the Rotary Support Center at 
Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at our luncheon at the TCC.  
President - 2021-22
Irv's Rotary Flyfishing Fund
The opportunities to showcase your fish during Irv's Centennial year are shrinking.  You will not want to miss the chance to showcase your fish, or better yet your Kids and Grandkids with a fish!  Don’t let the Wall of Fame escape you.  Join these other folks who have made it to the Wall of Fame and donated to Rotary charities.  Please reach out to Dorinna or Irv for all the details. 
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:
Apr 13, 2022
Apr 20, 2022
University of Arizona
Apr 27, 2022
May 04, 2022
RCOT Foundation
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Upcoming Events
April 13, Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Apr 13, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
April 20, Lunch Mtg @ Tucson Convention Center
Apr 20, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
Service Project ~ Triangle Y YMCA Camp ~ 4/30/22
Apr 30, 2022
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
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