Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - September 14, 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
A Vision for The Future
District 5500 Governor Anita McDonald is Chancellor Emerita of Penn State DuBois and served in that role for 10 years prior to her retirement in December 2012.   A native of Detroit, Michigan, Anita earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and mathematics education respectively from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. in Education from St. Louis University.
DG Anita has always been an active member in the communities where she has lived.  Since returning to Tucson in January 2013, she continues her volunteer work focusing primarily on her involvement in Rotary and the ALS Association, Arizona Chapter.  Professionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of Walden University that has as its mission, “Fostering positive social change”, and is a Trustee  for Columbia College Hollywood/Chicago.  Anita will tell you that all of her chosen activities have one value in common: making a difference in the lives of others.
DG Anita has been a Rotarian since 1998 when she was invited to join the Catalina Rotary Club of Tucson. She served as Club President in 2016-2017 and Public Image Chair 2017-2019.  Some of her District service includes serving as a member of the Training team, as the initial Awards chair in 2017, co-chair of the 2018 District Assembly on Leadership and for the past two years as Region 8 Assistant Governor and Annual Fund Giving chair.   Anita is a level two major donor and a member of the Paul Harris Society.  
DG Anita’s husband, Bob, passed away in 2016 from ALS.  They have one daughter and one son living in Denver and one son in Washington, D.C. and now have seven grandchildren.  In addition to the joy of being with her grandchildren, she loves music, live theatre, dancing and traveling.
Mystery Editor ~ 9/7/22
It was as a day that started not dissimilar to the previous 249 days of 2022. And yet – there was a disconcerting tingling of excitement adrift– the explanation of which became self-evident at high-noon when The President, BRUCE JACOBS shed his cloak of informality and commandingly commenced with the opening of the festivities.
An IMAGINE video was played.  LYNETTE WELLS gave a rousing rendition of both the Pledge and the Song, “America the Beautiful”. 
MITCH PISIK was, dare I claim, mesmerizing in the context, content, and communication of his Inspirational Message. He made us cheer, made us laugh, and made us consider how blessed we are to be members of an organization that is so brilliant in its prioritizations that we have no choice but to consistently and continually making the right decisions for our community and ourselves. 
Yet another delicious and mostly healthy lunch was served.  KHRIS DODGE warmly welcomed our four guests.
MICHAEL GUYMON enthusiastically and impactfully welcomed our guest speaker: Jansen Azarias-Suzumoto – CEO of Higher Ground.
 “Restart SMART – Empowering the Neighborhood to Invest in Their Schools”
He eloquently shared with us the almost insurmountable challenges of educating our children of need, shared examples of successes he has created, starting various Community Schools and partnerships, and his focus on ultimately academic excellence for all. The book “Superheroes Love Starting School” was signed by Jansen and donated to the 'Make Way for Books' library.
KHRIS DODGE joyfully welcomed new member CHITA STEVENSON of the Jazz Festival: Community & Social Services: Tucson Jazz Festival
KATHLEEN WICKS proudly introduced new member LYNETTE WELLS of Ralph’s Moving & Storage, who recently became a Corporate Membership.  Welcome to the Club you two!!!
KHRIS DODGE reluctantly gave BRETT STEIN the $71 he won from the raffle.  KHRIS also exhibited unmitigated joy at not allowing anyone to win the big prize of over $900.  
$150 was generously raised for two football tickets donated by JON WANG.  Thank you JON!
BRUCE JACOBS  – Reported on his Miles of Memories so far and thanked those who are donating.
BRUCE JACOBS - Music Under the Stars, 9/18/22 – The car will be there & KHRIS DODGE will be  playing.
BRUCE JACOBS  – 9/21/22, BB Coach Tommy Lloyd – All must register/Guest Fee $35.00, Deadline is Thurs. 9/15.
BRUCE JACOBS – Blood Drive, 9/28 – 10:00-3:00pm, TCC Lobby, Please sign up.
CHUCK SAWYER – Workday @ The Gregory School, Saturday 9/10/22.
JEANNE ZETAH  – Gave the Car Show Update, Sell those tickets.
KURTIS DAWSON  – DEK Project is Saturday, 9/17/22 – Boys and Girls Club.
THOMAS ROBERTSON – Discussed the Club’s District Scholarship Pledge.
BRUCE JACOBS thanked everyone for attending, raised our glasses for the toast and we adjourned.
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: Mike Manni

Company: Home Sweet Homes

Classification: Real Estate: Real Estate Investments

Sponsor:  Jon Harned


Member: Don Riegger

Company: Catalina Council - Boy Scouts of America

Classification: Retired: CPA

Sponsor:  Jeff Hotchkiss

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!

DEK Project ~ 9/17/22
Join lots of folks in a fun workday project as we wrap up the finishing touches (planting trees, plants and installing other landscaping features) at the Bill Dawson Memorial DEK Multi-Rink.
Where: The Boys and Girls Frank & Edith Morton Clubhouse, located on TUSD's Doolen Middle School Campus - Grant Road - just east of Country Club on the north side of Grant.
Scope of Work: We have about 250 trees and plants that need to be planted.  The irrigation system has just been installed and after the planting we will need to adjust water emitters and then spread mulch.  We also need folks who can dig holes, carry stuff, etc.
When: Saturday, September 17th - starting at 7AM (we should wrap up by noon or so) and you can come and go, whenever your schedule allows.
What to bring: Gloves, sunscreen and a hat.  Also, one of the following: rake, shovel, tree trimmer or a wheelbarrow.  Otherwise, just a strong back!
Hiking: Lemmon Rock, Wilderness of Rocks & Upper Aspen Trails
Lemmon Rock, Wilderness of Rocks & Upper Aspen Trails –  
Saturday, 9/17/22 ~ 7AM Meeting for 7:15 AM Departure at LeBuzz East Side 
This is the reschedule of last month’s hike starting and returning to the top of Mount Lemmon.  With the return of warmer weather next week, we will want to get an early start and we will return to our normal eastside meeting place, LeBuzz off of Catalina Highway.  From there we will drive to the Summit Trailhead on Mount Lemmon.  The hike is categorized as Difficult covering 6.9 miles and an anticipated hiking time of 3.5-4 hours. 
Bruce Richardson
Coach Tommy Lloyd Presents at RCOT ~ 9/21/22


Coach Tommy Lloyd Presents

at Rotary Club of Tucson


September 21, 2022 Meeting


At our lunch meeting on September 21st, UA Head Basketball Coach Tommy Lloyd will be visiting and presenting to our club.  Since this will be a well attended meeting, all must register by Thursday, 9/15/22 @ 4:00 p.m.  This meeting will be capped at 175 so we are encouraging all to register early.  If you would like to bring a guest, please register them as well.  The guest fee is $35 which will be billed to your account.  To register, go to the club website at scroll down the left side under "Upcoming Events".  The menu is listed on the registration page, so be sure to list your and your guest's light lunch (Veggie or Cobb Salad) in the Comment Section.  By registering, you will be helping the office give a more accurate guarantee of meals for this meeting.  If you have any questions, contact the Rotary office. Please wear RED!
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:
Rotary Club Tucson Blood Drive ~  9/28/22






SEPTEMBER 28TH 10:00AM -3:00PM

Tucson Convention Center

Sign up Link is:

Use Promo Code: TucsonRotary


Contact Mike Sagara
Rotary Service Shirts
EVERY  Rotarian should be properly outfitted at our Tucson Classics Car Show. Jon Wang will have the Club’s High Performance, Moisture-Wicking, Tailored Polo-style service shirts available for purchase at Wednesday Lunch Meetings on September 28th, October 5th and October 12th. If you need to purchase a shirt, please see Jon at the meetings.
Work Day at The Gregory School
Additional help showed up for our Work Day on Saturday at the Gregory School.  The goats were more than happy to help out at the RCOT Clean Up the Field Day.  They were anxious to get started.  They certainly brought their appetites, and the Club was excited to have them.
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:
Sep 21, 2022
Sep 28, 2022
Charity Presentations
Oct 05, 2022
Car Show Rah Rah Meeting
Oct 12, 2022
Breast Cancer Awareness
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Upcoming Events
Sept. 21, 2022 Meeting ~ TCC, Coach Tommy Lloyd
Sep 21, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:20 PM
TCCS - Friday Night Dinner - (ALL MUST REGISTER)
Oct 14, 2022
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
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