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DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
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With the Four-Way Test as our guide, the Rotary Club of Tucson will be an indispensable resource for our community, and will provide our members a remarkable return on their investment of skills, time, and resources.

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My interactive program will keep the audience engaged as I incoherently focus on developing humor as a laugh support system, the history of political satire and why I need more time off.
I will draw Donald Trump.
I may answer the questions "Where does humor come from? Is it available online? And how can I get more at a discount?" We'll touch on what makes you think you’re so funny and why that joke your so-called friend made about you last week was not a knee slapper.
I’ll draw President Obama.
With my ability to quick sketch any member of the audience I’ll pull a random mix of selected participants up, draw them and ask them about their professional lives.
I’ll draw Hillary.
My program will be in the moment, relating specifically to the group at hand because I have a terrible memory, I’m lucky to remember where I’m supposed to show up.
I will draw out the details about working as a political cartoonist, using humor as a cancer survivor, and why having a good sense of humor about yourself is as American as an apple pie in the face.  And if the lights are still on after this you'll get a news update on what's in the headlines this week. I’ll also dip into topics such as freedom, family and why a free lunch is a good thing.
Bio for David Fitzsimmons
David W. Fitzsimmons, known to many as“Fitz”, is an Editorial Cartoonist, and Humor Columnist, for The Arizona Daily Star, where he has worked since Geronimo was a paperboy in Tucson, Arizona, a town where all the saguaros are upright and the scorpions above average.
Fitz is syndicated to over 800 news publications-- which is timely since there are only 800 newspapers left in the world at this time.
A Pulitzer Finalist in 1988, Fitzsimmons’ cartoons have been reprinted in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the European press, The Denver Post, the New York Times, the International edition of Newsweek, Time and China Daily, bringing amusement to millions of downcast canaries and parakeets around the globe.
Fitz writes a popular weekly humor column, tweets, blogs, posts, pins and makes other assorted odd noises.
When he is not at his drawing board slinging ink or editorials, David is entertaining his audiences, sketching quick sketch cartoons and caricatures and mocking the weak and defenseless.  Known as the “Fastest draw west of the Potomac” Fitz has performed his incoherent chalk talks in every conference meeting room, theatre, school, and clubhouse west of the San Pedro.  Not to mention Denver, Portland, Palm Springs, Seattle, Reno, Toronto, New Orleans Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Saturn. Just checking to be sure you’re still reading this snoozer.
No one in his audience is safe as long as his you-know-what is uncapped.
A happy cancer survivor he has an exceptionally beautiful and brilliant wife (She wrote this biography for him), 3 bright and creative children who have all managed to evade capture by the Feds, 3 cats, and the mouse is missing.
Described as a “Flaming moderate at the fringe of America’s center”, Fitz is a snappy dresser who loves reading hate mail from readers and making his kids laugh.

The program will be a presentation on Rio Nuevo's accomplishments and what to look forward to.
Biography - Fletcher McCusker
Fletcher McCusker is the current CEO and founder of Sinfonia HealthCare Corp., a new medical home health care business.  Sinfonía is based out of an old warehouse in downtown Tucson, Arizona, and will focus on the rapidly expanding home health industry driven by the changes in the Health Care Affordability Act. A native Tucsonan and a graduate of the University of Arizona, he attended graduate school at Arizona State University after being turned down by the UofA. He has returned much to the community; serving on the boards of the Eller School and the Social and Behavioral Sciences College, the YMCA, St. Gregory School, The Metro Chamber, TREO and participates in numerous charitable causes.  Fletcher has been very active in downtown revitalization.  He resigned these boards to serve as the Chairman of the Rio Nuevo board after being appointed by state legislature.
He is co-founder of 2NDSaturdays Downtown which has just celebrated six years running this last May 2016. An entrepreneur and a contrarian, Fletcher has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, which he attributes to creating opportunities for luck to happen and surrounding himself with smart people. A pilot, a Harley rider, an avid skier, a father, husband and a great friend of Tucson.

On about September 8, 2016 a University-of-Arizona-led mission has been launched with a destination of a nearby asteroid named Bennu.  Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid of interest for the organic materials associated with this class; it may give us clues to the formation of the solar system and the origin of life on Earth.  The goal of the mission is to examine the asteroid, find the most interesting surface material, touch down and collect a “handful.”  On returning to Earth in 2023, the spacecraft releases and safely lands a capsule containing the pristine asteroid sample for examination in our laboratories. 
Chief Cheryl Horvath has been serving as fire chief at Mountain Vista Fire District since January, 2016. Chief Horvath has been in the fire service since 1992, working as a full-time firefighter in Illinois where she served as union president for four years and as a field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute. Chief Horvath is the past President of the Board of Trustees for the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services and a frequent speaker at the conference in leadership and fire ground tactics.
This is a reminder to sign up for the Member Social Mixer on Wednesday, 8/31/16 at El Molinito.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday lunch meeting.  All members and guests must sign up on Clubrunner.  Go to our home page at, scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events.  Guest fee is $25. Deadline for sign ups is Friday, 8/26/16.

This presentation will cover the process and story for how the Tucson Roadrunners came into existence, discuss the exciting things going forward, and how folks can get involved and be part of the action.
The University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition (UAEE) has conducted archaeological research and excavations in Egypt for nearly 30 years. Most of this time has been invested in learning about ancient Thebes (modern Luxor), including the Valley of the Kings. The UAEE has several active projects in the area that will be discussed, including: excavations of the female pharaoh Tausret's temple of millions of years; discovery of a small Ramesside temple; new investigations in KV62, the tomb of Tutankhamun; and construction of a research facility on the West Bank.

“What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”  -- George Eliot
Sister Jose Women's Center is a unique community in Tucson, born out of compassion and a desire to reach out to the most vulnerable among us.  It is a community of women as diverse as Tucson, young and old, from all faiths and all walks of life. It is a community dedicated to provide compassion, respect, and dignity, in a safe and loving environment to women who are homeless. Here they experience the trust and friendship necessary to overcome the barriers that exist in the homeless world.  Foremost, we offer a helping hand - a shower, food, clean clothing, and a moment to rest without fear.  It is the most basic of needs, yet it is a beginning of a bond that leads to transformative action, a link to a resource, and a step toward a sustainable existence.

When we extend compassion, we know it benefits others, but did you know that cultivating compassion also benefits the one feeling and extending it? The University of Arizona’s Center for Compassion Studies, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is investigating how qualities such as kindness, altruism, mindfulness, forgiveness and compassion impact our lives at every level. In addition to researching these impacts, we’re also integrating mindfulness, compassion training, and other strategies that support our ability to receive, extend and cultivate self-care in academic and community settings. Join us to learn more about how the cultivation of these qualities supports our well-being as individuals, and a society.
Justin Williams
As founder and CEO of Startup Tucson, Justin Williams has been a leader of regional efforts to develop a vibrant startup community in Tucson, AZ through programs that support entrepreneurs and innovators alike.  Programs like Startup Tucson’s Idea to Impact Pipeline have set a national standard for strategic integration of programs like Co-Founder Speed Dating, Startup Weekend, Hackathons, Thryve Startup Incubator Growth Accelerators, and Startup Job Crawl.  Williams has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs to help them take their ideas and bring them to impact. 
The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl is pleased to announce the return of NOVA Home Loans as our title partner. This year’s game will be played on Friday, December 30 at Arizona Stadium. The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl will feature a team from the Mountain West competing against a team from the Sun Belt Conference.  Both the Mountain West and Sun Belt Conference have committed to sending teams to the NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl for the 2016-2019 seasons.  A Tucson based 501c3 has been formed to own and operate the bowl game.
A mission brief of 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern (AFSOUTH) emphasizing US Air Force impacts on the Counter Drug and Counter Transnational Organized Crime missions.

The Republic of Korea is home to 50 million people, half of whom live in and around Seoul, the worlds second most populous city.

From May 28 - June 1, this mega city was home to about 50,000 Rotarians attending the Rotary International Convention. Our General Secretary, Hewko said: Seoul is a perfect place to hold a Rotary Convention. Why? Because, among other things, Korea represents innovation. And innovation is what we need today at Rotary if we are to realize our full potential - in membership, Foundation giving, humanitarian service, public image, and attracting new generations.

The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is a state agency that has the responsibility of administering the state’s water laws; exploring methods of augmenting water supplies to meet future demands; and developing public policies that promote conservation and equitable distribution of water.  Jeff Tannler, Statewide Active Management Area (AMA) Director for ADWR, will provide an overview of water management in Arizona from a statewide perspective, as well as a look at local water management within the Tucson AMA.
On August 1, 2015, Sheriff Nanos took the oath of office and was sworn in as the 33rd Sheriff of Pima County.
Sheriff Nanos is a native of El Paso, Texas where he grew up just miles from the U.S. / Mexico border. Values that have served as guideposts throughout his life include: hard work, integrity and treating all people with respect.
Sheriff Nanos began his law enforcement career in 1976 with the El Paso Police Department.
The program will discuss common factors which drain our vital energy and demonstrate simple techniques to build vitality daily.
Books for children and teens have been the one bright spot in publishing over the last 7-8 years, particularly young adult novels, which have enjoyed a tremendous increase in sales. The range and quality of books published for teens and children has increased, and some of the best writers and illustrators now work in the field of children’s books. Authors and illustrators enjoy the flexibility and passion of children as readers, which allows for more innovation, resulting in trends such as graphic novels, novels in verse, unusual book formats, and multigenre books, along with all kinds of digital interfaces.
Today’s presentation will focus specifically on the work the Salvation Army does among those suffering from drug and alcohol dependency issues.  The Tucson ARC has served Southern Arizona since the mid 1960’s and admits on average of 500+ men every year.  The Salvation Army operates the largest privately funded rehabilitation program in the United States as a free service to those who need us most.
The Rotary Club of Tucson invited TUSD District board members running for re-election and new candidates to participate in a forum at the May 18th meeting.  The forum will focus on the future of the Tucson Unified School District.  Each candidate was asked to give a brief statement and bio.  See their information below in alphabetical order:
We love to dance. We love to teach.  Come see us dance!
At the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance, students get a chance to learn from some of the best dancers in the world. There are currently four schools located in Tucson, Phoenix, Dallas and Houston. Over the years, Darren Maguire has gathered a highly-skilled staff that has performed at some of the world’s largest stages.

On March 21, 2016, Gilt Edge Marketing released a study indicating that Tucson is ranked number 25 in their list of top soccer markets in America.  How did we get here?  What can we do, as a community, to capitalize on this?
The four nominated and finalist charities who will split 50% of the 2016 net TCCS proceeds will present live summaries of their proposals to the club during the meeting on Wednesday. Always an exciting and pressure filled meeting because at the end of the presentations the club members will vote and create a recommendation to the Foundation that the top two vote receivers should receive 20% of the TCCS net proceeds and the other two should receive 5%. All will be winners but there is an order of magnitude worth fighting for. Be there!


Rich Rodriguez is the head coach of the Arizona football program. He was introduced as the 30th head coach on Nov. 22, 2011.  Coach Rodriguez will give an update on Arizona Football.

Home Hospitality Week 4-10-16 Thru 4-16-16
Home Hospitality Week will begin on Sunday, April 10th through Saturday, April 16th.  This is such an enjoyable event where Members of the Club open up their homes for a breakfast, lunch or a dinner to host members and their guests.  These events will replace our lunch meeting on Wednesday, April 13th.  Also, the Rotary office hours will be limited so please leave either a detailed voice mail or email and we will get back to you just as soon as we can.
Have an enjoyable week with fellow Rotarians and friends, and we’ll see you at our next regular lunch meeting on April 20th.

In 2014 there were only 72 new death sentences nationwide. In fact, 80% of the 35 executions that took place in 2014 took place in just three states, Texas, Florida and Missouri. The Pew Research Center found in 2014 that public support for the death penalty is at a 40 year low at 56%, and opposition to the death penalty has increased to 38%.
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Rotary Club of Tucs
the 10th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 15, 2016
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
Oct 05, 2016
Car Show Committee
Final Planning To Make It A 10
Oct 12, 2016
Marie Wesselhoft
Research on MS
Oct 26, 2016
Nov 02, 2016
Nov 09, 2016
Updates & Reports on their 20% Grants
Nov 16, 2016
True Concord
Live Music
Nov 23, 2016
Dec 07, 2016
Mark Blakeman, CEO of TSO
Holiday Concert
Jan 11, 2017
Chris Magnus
Tucson Police Chief
Jan 18, 2017
Wally Scales, ED, 390th Mem. Museum
Honoring Their Courage & Sacrifice
Jan 25, 2017
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
Goals for 2017
Nigeria reclassified as polio endemic
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Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Practicing peace
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.