Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - January 6, 2021
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Rotary's Role in Helping Tucson Kids Learn to Read ~ Virtual Meeting
The Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation was established in 1975 to provide a means of receiving and disbursing charitable contributions from members, other Rotary Clubs and the general public.  The Foundation is established as a 501(c)3.  It was noted in a 2017 report that since its inception, the RCOT Foundation has distributed over $5.2 million to various charities.  Over the last 10 years approximately $2,050,000 was distributed to 100 charitable organizations. This is in addition to all of the funds raised and distributed for scholarships to the U of A and Pima Community College and various international projects.
Since 2004 the primary fundraising focus from The Foundation and the Club has been the challenge with improving literacy in Tucson.  Secondary focuses have been:
  1. Family/ Life Skills, (including single head of family households): Programs or projects that Tucsonans in need could use developing basic life skills, including but not limited to parenting, financial management, getting and keeping a job and accessing local resources.
  2. Workforce Training, (including all ages and retraining): Training and retraining Tucsonans for careers that will be important to improving the local economy and earnings for individuals.
Today, however, we are going to bring everyone up to date regarding our focus and success while addressing literacy.
Jim Murphy ~ Biography
Jim Murphy, has been a resident of Tucson since 1946, graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School and attended the U of A.  He had a public service career of over 40 years having been elected as a member of the Tucson City Council, twice elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors and serving 22 years as an Assistant County Administrator.  He has been an owner/partner of three small businesses, and has been and still is very active in nonprofit leadership.  He started Rotary in 1997 and has served on the Board of Directors  and the Foundation Board, as President of the Club (2004-05), the Chair of a District RYLA (1999-2000), and Chaired  the District Centennial GALA (2005). Jim is a Paul Harris Fellow, Chaired the 11th Annual TCCS and was honored with the Orville S. McPherson award.   He is married to Connie (PHF) and has two daughters (PHF) and three grandchildren (PHF); his son-in-law is also a PHF.  His business card notes “In Transition” as his business reference. 
Happy New Year From President Jen Hoffman
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a nice Holiday Season with those closest to you. We are all waiting with baited breath to see what 2021 brings. It is starting out good with the distribution of the vaccine, and though progress won’t happen overnight, any progress is good. I am hopeful that prior to June we will all be able to hold a “normal” meeting with a full house.
Another bit of good news I have to share is that we have invested in our technology for streaming our meetings. Through the efforts of Past President Bob, President Elect Mark and Rick Rose and his team, we will be introducing this new technology in the next month or so. I think that this investment will help our club in many ways, especially in engagement of members who are unable to attend the meetings, recruitment of new members, and showcasing our efforts for the betterment of our community. 
This new year also brings our Centennial year! WOW, one hundred years of The Rotary Club of Tucson. This is a huge milestone for our club and for all of us as Rotarians. Jim Lubinski and the entire Centennial committee have been working hard in planning to recognize this milestone and maximize our fundraising efforts in our partnership with JTED. I am honored to be President during the start of our Centennial year.
I know that this year may not bury the challenges 2020 brought overnight, but to quote Charles Haddon Spurgeon “Hope itself is like a star, not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” With that said I hope we find lots of opportunities this year to bask in the sunshine of prosperity.
In Rotary,
President Jen
2021 Tucson Classics Car Show Update
2021 Tucson Classics Car Show Update
by Joni Condit, Chair
Planning for our 2021 Car Show is underway!  We are optimistic that the vaccine distribution will allow this year's event to be held at The Gregory School on Saturday, October 16th. We need everyone's help so if you are interested in leading or participating in a specific committee, please email to  Adding to the excitement, we are combining plans to celebrate the Centennial of our club with an even bigger virtual and live auction kicked off a week or two prior to the car show.  Jim Lubinski is heading up the Centennial Committee planning.  Stay tuned for more info!  
RCOT Motor Sports Fellowship
RCOT Motor Sports Fellowship 
Competitive Driving Opportunity
Saturday, January 16, 2021
Musselman Honda Circuit, Tucson, AZ
Please join us for a High Performance Driver Education event January 16, 2021.  Continuous lapping with a passing zone.  The most track time for a one-day event in the Tucson Area!  All makes of vehicles are welcome.  Because of COVID this event is for experienced drivers only.  Registration Fee:  $175.  Registration is limited to 30 drivers so sign-up early.  No registration at the track.
New requirements as follows:  We now have minimum track entry requirements and a Corona Virus Mitigation Plan you MUST read, download and sign below.
  • Do not come if you are sick or show any symptoms
  • Face mask and cell phone are required for entry
  • Must read & sign the Corona Virus Mitigation Plan
  • 2 people maximum per vehicle entry... Exception for parents with children
  • Driver/rider and 1 guest: no spectators allowed
  • Maximum participants allowed is 49
  • No Pets
  • When you leave your area (Bubble/Pit Box) you must wear a protective mask
If you are interested contact Lee Olitzky – or 520 444 4109 and or go to and look for PCA Southern Arizona, 1-16-21, Musselman Honda Circuit for registration and more info.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Hello everyone,
Our Rotary District 5500 will be conducting a Virtual RYLA on February 19th and 20, 2021.  These are revised dates from our previous announcements. The District Youth Team is developing a program of leadership and team building for young people working with adult and peer advisors. Contact Diana Cannon, 520-245-8862 or Joe Daniszewski, 520-245-4350, if you would like to serve on staff.
Below is a brief description of our RYLA program:
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Leadership Program
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Leadership Program
Rotary Around Town 
Benefit Concert for the Rotary Club of Dove Mountain

The Music of Neil Diamond, starring David Fanning
5:30 pm Friday, January 29
Dress for cold weather and bring a blanket or listen on your car radio in the comfort of your car.
$45 per car (Food and Drinks can also be ordered through Gaslight Music Hall:
Purchase Tickets online at: and call/text Prudy Abeln at 575-613-3337 for parking space assignment at Gaslight Music Hall Parking Lot, 13005 N Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ
This event will benefit: The Community Food Bank in Marana (
Resignations and Leave of Absence
The following members have resigned from the Rotary Club of Tucson:
Dale Berg
Bruce Ellwein
Gib Raymond
The following members are on Leave of Absence:
Angela Baurley
Aimee Graves
Mike Sagara
RCOT Facebook Live and YouTube Channel
  (Since the 1/6/21 and 1/13/21 Meetings will be virtual, these two meetings will not be on Facebook Live).  If you would like to view past Rotary meetings on our Facebook Page go to to view the meetings.  You can also find the Facebook Live link on the home page of our website next to the Facebook logo.  Just click and you are there! 
To view 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:
Jan 13, 2021
District 5500 Happenings
Jan 20, 2021
2020 Car Show Results With the Charities
Jan 27, 2021
Feb 03, 2021
SBS College (UA)
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