Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - August 11, 2021
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
Saguaros and Other Cacti Are Up to Something

David Yetman ~ Biography

David Yetman has lived in Tucson since 1961.  He has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Arizona. Since 1992, he has served as a research social scientist at the UA’s Southwest Center, where he explores the lives of the indigenous peoples of Sonora, and people and plants--especially cacti--in southern Mexico and South America and publishes extensively on the results of his research.  His latest book "Natural Landmarks of Arizona" will be published by the University of Arizona Press in September.

From 2000-09, David hosted the KUAT natural history series “The Desert Speaks,” and from 2011 through the present he has hosted the PBS series “In the Americas with David Yetman,” which is broadcast to over 100 PBS affiliates and throughout French- and German-speaking nations worldwide.  It has also become available on Amazon Prime. Yetman has received Emmy awards for both shows.

In addition to his academic work and broadcasting, David has served twelve years on the Pima County Board of Supervisors and as the Executive Director of the Tucson Audubon Society and as a board member of Patronato San Xavier.

Mystery Editor ~ 8/11/21
Day 41 of the first reign of the second century for our glorious Rotary Club began with a sense of anticipation and optimism bursting from the members as they ambled into our new-ish venue.
Those who expected to be entertained, educated, and enlightened were far from disappointed as President MARK bounded to the lectern possessing a shock of white hair meticulously showcased against designer black apparel.
The event began at precisely high noon.
JOHN MCCALEB / Retired: Construction – Remodeling / McCaleb Construction - gave a patriotic rendition of both the pledge and “You’re a Grand Ole Flag”.
ANN MARSH / Retired: Education - shared with us a well-researched and robustly-delivered Inspirational Moment pertaining to the myriad benefits to Southern Arizona of JTED specifically and Vocational Schools in general – how they make such a difference to our High Schoolers, and the $202,000 in grants to 114 students that were given. (Most of us were not students of ANN when she taught – though it is quite evident that those who did were blessed to of had the experience).
MARK gave a passionate update on ERNIE MONTAGNE. We all wished him as speedy a recovery as possible.
We then feasted upon a lunch whose healthiness was only eclipsed by its tastiness.
WES WIGGINS energetically introduced our plethora of exactly a dozen-ish guests/potential new members.
Then the Main Act began – commencing with an impressive video followed by a truly professional presentation by Kathy Prather – Superintendent/CEO Pima Joint Technical Education District (JTED). Her overall theme can be capsulized as “Pima JTED-Transformational Innovative Learning” She elaborated on the highly impressive growth of JTED, new buildings, students, degrees, and success of virtual every graduate. “We Change Lives”.
She then signed the Make Way for Books “Harry By The Sea”.
MARK re-bounded across the podium, meticulously positioning himself behind his microphone and joyously wished happy birthday to:
JERRY SULLIVAN - Food Industry:  Ice Cream, and HUGH THOMPSON -Medical & Healthcare:  Orthopedic Surgery.  Happy Birthday Gentlemen!  Both gave several words of gratitude and good cheer (though only HUGH felt compelled to say “scrotum” four times).
SCOTT VAUGHAN – administered the prestigious Paul Harris Presentation to: Don Rollings and Douglas Friman. They were very well deserving of the honors.
CHAR HARRIS / Education:  Administrative Secondary / U of A / RCOT President 2008-2009 shared with us her well interesting history of Rotary consistently supporting our youth (makes us even prouder to be a Rotarian).
KHRIS DODGE - Entertainment: Music / Khris Dodge Entertainment - our benevolent disciplinarian Sergeant At Arms announced that 0.68% of the members present were raffle winners. (ROB was thrilled to have won yet again).
ANNOUNCEMENTS commenced as follows:
MARK IRVIN – Register with the email link for the Centennial Event on Eventbrite
MARK IRVIN  – No Handshake/Hug Ribbons (Safety Please) Update – Thanks to Matt Blair
MARK IRVIN - #Irv’s Fly-Fishing Fund
JEN JOFFMAN  – Showcased Women Increase
BRUCE JACOBS – Apparel – Centennial Shirts
JOE DANISZEWSKI – Car Show Ticket Sales Update
MARCY EULER – In Need of Car Show Volunteers
President MARK gave a spirited toast with a non-spirited beverage.
Sadly, we then adjourned.
Proposed New Member
The following New Member's application has been submitted for membership in Rotary Club of Tucson:
New Member:  Dena Marie Kern
Classification:  Real Estate: Residential
Company:  ReMax Select
Sponsor: Gary Franks
If no written objections are received within ten days of publication, the applicant will be accepted.
History Moment from 8/11/21
Rotary History Moment Presented by Char Harris on August 11, 2021 (JTED program)
For 100 years, our Rotary Club has focused on youth projects, a number of them to assure success in occupations as adults!
You may recall that Boy Scouts and Camp Lawton was our first civic project.  Fellow Rotarian, Jim Ruboyianes, shared with me that the Boy Scout movement was started in England with the purpose of giving city boys experience in the outdoors in preparation for when they served in the military.
Our club has been providing scholarships for students attending the University of Arizona for over 70 years and to Pima Community College students, since its inception, for over 50 years.
In 2005, our involvement with two programs in Sunnyside School District’s Parents as Teachers, were expanded in their “Read With Me” and “Fathers Matters” programs, which also served teen parents.  Saturday and evening programs provided skills, for fathers, while reading with their students. 
Funding assisted the YWCA of Southern Arizona in several programs to decrease the number of women in poverty with job training.
Tucson Youth Development received funding to support the participation of low income youth through a successful health occupations internship.
Youth On Their Own funds assisted homeless and vulnerable students to meet their basic or emergency needs so they could focus more on staying in school.
The Caregiver Institute of Tucson received support to provide training to address the increasing need for professional certified caregivers in our community. 
Funding to GAP Ministries provided training of chefs of tomorrow.
For a number of years, continuing annually, Rotarians have supported the Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona to provide financial assistance to further vocational studies of people who qualify under Arizona law to obtain such support.
Job Path received support to provide impoverished individuals with education and job training in local high-demand careers. 
Interfaith Community Services support through their “Steps for Stability” program focused on assisting low-income single mothers which included a job resource center.
With our support of JTED for our centennial project, know that we are on a 100 year continuum of ensuring the success of Tucson’s youth and the vulnerable with job training that will serve them today as well as in their future.
Thank you Rotary Club of Tucson!
#Irv's Rotary Fly Fishing Fund
We welcome President Mark "Irv" Irvin's challenge to fellow Rotarians to match funds for our club's use in supporting both our Club's international and local efforts.  These pledges are for the 2021/22 Rotary year and donations will go to your favorite Rotary programs, i.e. Paul Harris, Scholarships, the Tucson Classics Car Show.  If you are interested in supporting President Mark in his efforts, forms are available on the home page of our website under the RCOT Member Area drop down menu or at the registration table at our lunch meetings.  Thank you.
RCOT Centennial Event Invitation and Registration ~ 9/25/21
Hello Members,
Well, after many months of announcing the Rotary Club of Tucson’s 100 Year Celebration, the official invite to the Centennial Event is finally available.  In order to make your reservations, please CLICK HERE.  If this does not work, try copying and pasting this link in your browser:
This should take you to our Eventbrite registration.  You will be asked to register yourself and your guests, make your meal choices and also make payment. If you are registering a guest(s), please be sure to scroll down and fill out the registration in its entirety.  Details regarding the evening event are in the below invitation.
TCC Doubletree Room Reservations 9-25-21
TCC Doubletree Room Reservations and Rates for the Centennial Event 9-25-21 
We have secured a 15 room block at the TCC Doubletree. We encourage you to reserve a room early to insure you will have one for the event.
Rotary Club of Tucson Room Block - 1 king at $115 per night plus tax. 
You may call the hotel, 520-372-7100 or use this direct link:
(Please, only if you run into a problem ask for Natalie Mendoza.)
Rotary Fitness Bulletin Board
We are bringing back the Rotary Fitness Bulletin Board so........ let's get physical!!!! To participate or see what others are doing to stay healthy, go to the club website home page, scroll down the left side to RCOT Links and click on "RCOT Fitness Bulletin Board".  There you will see a spreadsheet listing all activities members have posted.  No need to sign up, just show up!  Oh, and by the way, if there is an activity you will be participating in, please feel free to post.  Others may want to join you!  This spreadsheet is handled solely by the members, so please remember after posting your activity, don't forget to remove after your fitness program has ended.  Thank you and let's get movin...
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:
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