Rotary Club of
Tucsotarian - February 24, 2021
We meet:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
February Meetings at Hacienda del Sol
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
(520) 623-2281
Wear Your Western Garb ~ 2/24/21
Even though the Rodeo has been cancelled this year, we will continue the Club tradition of wearing our Western Garb at this week's meeting, February 24th.  So let's all dress up and celebrate the Rodeo!!
State of the Sheriff's Department ~ 2/24/21

Sheriff Chris Nanos ~ Biography

As the chief law enforcement officer in Pima County my duties are delineated pursuant to A.R.S. § 11-441, I am responsible for preserving the peace in all the unincorporated areas of the county; responsible for the custody of the county jail and care of prisoners; serving the superior court orders and warrants throughout the county; the collection of delinquent taxes; and the conducting or coordinating within the county of search and rescue operations involving the life or health of any person. I am responsible for coordinating county law enforcement efforts with those cities and towns located within the county boundaries. The office of sheriff upholds all laws written in the United States Constitution. I am responsible for a multi-million-dollar budget and my department is comprised of nearly 1500 highly qualified, trained, and committed employees complemented by over 400 volunteers who provide support throughout the organization.

President's Letter
Dear Rotarians,
Can you believe that it is almost March? And March will mark one year since our lives changed because of the Pandemic. This has been a challenging year for all of us but as Rotarians we have really pulled through, putting Service Above Self and doing what we can to contribute to our community.
I personally want to thank all of you for your continued support to the club. You all have been so tremendous in your generosity, as always, and without that support, we would not have been able to report some of the exciting things I have to share with you.
First, we have upgraded our AV technology to a system called Switcher Studio that will allow us to record/stream our meetings almost like a television production. This will enhance the viewing experience for those tuning in virtually as well as allowing us to take amazing footage of our service projects, The Tucson Classics Car Show, Mixers and other events that will promote the RCoT to our community and potential members. Our goal here is to get more members engaged by extending the ways they can experience our meetings and get-togethers during these difficult times.
Secondly, we have two exciting meetings coming up; on March 17th we have our Centennial Program where Jim Lubinski will be discussing plans for our Centennial Event and TCCS Car Show Chair Joni Condit will be revealing the car we will be raffling off at our 2021 Tucson Classics Car Show!  And on March 31st, Cliff Bowman will be presenting checks to our Charities from last year’s “virtual” Car Show, where you helped create amazing results.  Don’t miss this Club's favorite meeting!
Finally, we have big news about where we meet as a Club.  Our contract is up this June and unfortunately I need to let you know that our home, The DoubleTree, for the past 39 years is  not able to commit to us when, and even if, they will be able to service our club. Fortunately, we have had a venue search committee in place for the past three months and they have narrowed down their exhaustive search and negotiations with alternative locations. 
Over the course of the next two months, we will be visiting as a Club, all three of the venues that the Club Board voted unanimously to be on the shortlist of possibilities this past Thursday. Though this is sad in some ways, it will create so many new opportunities for our club especially during our Centennial year! Of course, we will be asking for our members' opinions on each venue so you will have an opportunity to advise the Board in making this important decision.  Curious about the three locations?  Attend our meeting this Wednesday or go online and watch as we will announce the three finalists at our meeting on the 24th!
I cannot wait to see how things develop over the next few months, it is such a celebratory and transformative time for our club.
Thank you all for your kindness and support.
Yours In Rotary,
President Jen
Mystery Editor ~ 2/17/21
It is nearly impossible for this Mystery Editor to cover or capture the accolades, the gratitude, the inspiration, the education, the history, the humor and the challenge of this Rotary meeting at the beautiful Hacienda del Sol Resort.  PRESIDENT JEN HOFFMAN again presided over our Covid-limited luncheon—limited only in number of Rotarians, but certainly not limited in our applause, laughter and enthusiasm. 
Our recitation of The Pledge of Allegiance was surpassed by an incredible video rendition of our National Anthem sung by 7 yr.-old, Malea Emma—a must for another You Tube viewing.
JOE DANISZEWSKI, Chair of District 5500 Peace Committee, reminded us of Black History Month by quoting Abolitionist, Frederick Douglas: “Once you learn to read, you will be free forever.”  Our Rotary Club of Tucson has funded and supported our literacy work with all families, helping all children in all neighborhoods.  Reading promotes sharing imagination, emotions and different perspectives.  We may all celebrate different things and look different, but we are the same.  Thank you, JOE, for our weekly inspirational moment.
Our guests attending the meeting were John Lee and Steve Koeppen.
PP LARRY ADAMSON introduced Emily Anne Gullickson, founder and CEO of non-profit,  “A For Arizona”. Emily Anne’s virtual presentation from Phoenix addressed our Arizona need for upgrading and broadening the quality of public education.  I refer you to the Tucsotarian Feb. 17 issue for Emily Anne’s impressive bio.  She designed, implemented, and facilitated first-of-their-kind initiatives and solutions to rapidly increase the number of low-income students attending Arizona’s top-performing public schools.  Please check out for more information.  Emily Anne was appreciative of the help of our Rotarian and Arizona Corporation Commissioner, LEA MARQUEZ PETERSON.
New family member, SEAN HOFFMAN, NAU grad and owner of Southern Arizona Ice & Water, was introduced by PRESIDENT JEN.  “A Rotary President’s success depends on the support and acceptance of their spouse.”
The History Moment was certainly more than a moment!  PP JON WANG and PP BOB SHAFF featured PP ROGER HARWELL, 2005-06.  From the dais, ROGER, using his 15 year old phone, received a rather unexpected call from Paul Harris, just to chat from heaven and be brought up to date on Rotary activities.  Needless to say, ROGER and Paul had quite a lengthy “chat”.  Wow, Paul was certainly impressed with all the accomplishments of the RCoT.  Hopefully, that wasn’t a collect call!
Thank you, PP SCOTT VAUGHAN, for your always revealing and humorous presentation of the Paul Harris Fellows to JONATHAN ROTHSCHILD and STEVE PICKERING.  Congratulations JONATHAN and STEVE!
Thank you, JIM WOOD, for mentoring youthful member PHIL ACEDO, UA grad and Sales Manager for Tucson Recycling and Waste Services, and presenting PHIL with his Blue Badge, a badge we haven’t worn for some time.  PHIL, why don’t you start a Cooking Fellowship?
PRESIDENT JEN gave our toast, reminded us of the receptive scholarship cup, assured us she was still running, suggested rodeo garb for next week and announced PP and CHAIR JONI CONDIT’s plans for a great 15th TCCS.  Damn, I forgot to put my name tag in the basket!
Proposed New Member
The following New Member's application has been submitted for membership in Rotary Club of Tucson:
New Member:  Kym Adair
Classification: Community & Social Services: Arizona Bowl
Company:  Arizona Bowl
Sponsor: Mark Irvin
If no written objections are received within ten days of publication, the applicant will be accepted.
Welcome New Member

Please welcome the following new member into the Rotary Club of Tucson.  She will be introduced to the club at a meeting in the near future.

Member: Abby Nagbe

Classification: Personal Services: Life Coach

Sponsor: Joe Daniszewski

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Tucson!
Save The Date ~ Social Mixer ~ 3/10/21
On March 10, 2021 we will have a Replacement/Social Mixer.  Our Social Committee is working on the location and will be posted soon, so please save the date.  Remember, no lunch meeting on 3/10/21.

Dear Fellow Rotarians, 

As you know, The Rotary Club of Tucson is quickly approaching our Centennial Celebration.   One Hundred Years of Service in Tucson and Southern Arizona! 

The Centennial Committee is working diligently to create an extraordinary event for us to honor our Club’s history and we want you to join the festivities! 

Save The Date! 

Saturday, September 25, 2021  

More details will be coming soon, but for now, please mark this important date on your calendar.  

Yours In Rotary, 

The Centennial Committee 

Motorsport Club

Motorsport's fellowship 

PCA - Southern Arizona

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Musselman Honda Circuit, Tucson, AZ
Registration ends at March 25, 2021 11:59 PM MST
Register at:
Tentative Schedule:
Tech & Registration 7AM to 8AM
Driver Mtg: 8:20AM
Parade Laps: 8:35AM
First Car on Track: 9 AM
Please join us for our first High Performance Driver Education event of 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.  PCA is currently not allowing SAR to provide in car instruction for novice/1st time drivers because of social distancing.  
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.
  • Maximum participants allowed is 49
  • No Pets
  • When you leave your area (Bubble/Pit Box) you must wear a protective mask
Please download, sign, and bring it to the track:  MUSSELMAN-HONDA-CIRCUIT-01.pdf
Please download, sign, and bring it to the track: PCA Communicable Disease Waiver 20200625.pdf  
Please download, sign, and bring it to the track: PCA RELEASE_AND_WAIVER_OF_LIABILITY-PCA2009.pdf
Refunds will be available thru 26 March due to COVID restrictions.
PCA-SAR Driver Education Information go to
Planned Track Configuration: Musselman Track Config 2.pdf
RCOT Facebook Live and YouTube Channel
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:
Mar 03, 2021
University of Arizona
Mar 10, 2021
Mar 17, 2021
Centennial Committee
Mar 24, 2021
Feeding Tucson in the UNESCO City of Gastronomy
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Upcoming Events
March 3, 2021 Lunch Mtg @ Hacienda del Sol
Mar 03, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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