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Posted by Dorinna York on Jun 23, 2016
The Change of Administration party will be held this Saturday, June 25th at the Tanque Verde Ranch, Kiva Dining Room, 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. The festivities will begin with a cocktail hour (cash bar) at 6 p.m. President Phil and President Elect Ellie are looking forward to celebrating with you all as we pass the gavel to the incoming administration. Please remember there will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, June 29th. This is a DARK DAY so no make up is necessary.
Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact the Rotary office, 520-623-2281 or email email@example.com.
Posted by Ted Kiracofe on Jun 17, 2016
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.
Biography of Jeff Tannler
Jeff Tannler is the Statewide Active Management Area Director with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). His responsibilities include water resource planning, policy development, water rights administration and staff oversight for the five Active Management Areas statewide. Mr. Tannler received a Bachelor of Science degree in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. He began work with ADWR in 1988 in the Tucson AMA office.
Posted by Ted Kiracofe on Jun 10, 2016
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.
In 1984 Sheriff Nanos relocated to Tucson to take a job with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. In his 32 years with the department, he worked his way through the ranks, starting out as a corrections officer. He has worked in all four bureaus of the department and has held command positions in Patrol, Internal Affairs, Homeland Security, and Criminal Investigations. His expertise is in investigations; particularly violent crimes, sex crimes and narcotic enforcement.
Sheriff Nanos has implemented numerous improvements to provide a safer community, increase morale, and enhanced community relations.
Sheriff Nanos brings a servant mindset to the department. At his direction, staff have received training to differentiate between the warrior and guardian roles of law enforcers to help employees support a less militarist image for the department and to create an atmosphere conducive to effective police and community relations.
Sheriff Nanos believes strongly in treating all members of our community with respect and dignity. He is committed to making a contribution to a livable community so that individuals and businesses may thrive. He is a believer in prevention-oriented strategies and is dedicated to proactively addressing the root causes of crime -- including mental illness and challenges facing youth of today. One of Sheriff Nanos’ first actions was to return deputies back to the schools by reinstituting the School Resource Officer Unit. He is fully committed to continuing support for our Mental Health Support Team while working with our mental health community partners, the courts, and legislature to help those with mental illness.
Sheriff Nanos strives for organizational transparency and is insistent on ethical decisions and accountability to the individuals that the department serves.
Sheriff Nanos is engaged in a partnership with other County leaders to greatly expand Pima County’s justice reform efforts. The county jail is frequently near capacity. Sheriff Nanos believes it is imperative that we identify best practices, address gaps in service and design plans to improve our approach to incarceration, ultimately saves the taxpayers money. Sheriff Nanos is committed to finding new ways to divert low-risk offenders from jail, and to provide evidence-based services to inmates that will improve their transition from jail to the community to reduce recidivism.
Posted by Charlotte Harris on May 27, 2016
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.
Posted by Major Clem Leslie on May 20, 2016
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.
Posted by Mary Martin on May 13, 2016
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:
Posted by Robert O'Brien on May 06, 2016
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.
Posted by Ted Kiracofe on Apr 29, 2016
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?
Posted by Bill Moore on Apr 22, 2016
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!
Posted by Dorinna York on Apr 06, 2016
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.
Posted by Pauline Hechler on Apr 01, 2016
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%.
Posted by Chuck Sawyer on Mar 25, 2016
The Key to Business and Personal Success
My Remarkable Journey in Rotary
Bob Shaff is the Owner of Tucson-based Customers for Life Consulting. He helps clients create “remarkable” customer and employee experiences.
Bob started his working career selling light bulbs door-to-door in Phoenix, Arizona. He went on from there to earn a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arizona.
Posted by Steve Pickering on Mar 18, 2016
Jenny Volpe will speak about the importance of the first 1,000 days in a child’s life. She will discuss the science of brain development and how the early childhood years relate to a child’s future academic outcomes and success. She will draw on recent research to illuminate the educational landscape and highlight how effective language and literacy experiences and interventions in the early years help to build the architecture of a child’s brain and can ultimately work to close the achievement gap.
Posted by Bob Logan on Mar 11, 2016
Biography - Mike Orcutt
A service oriented individual who has consistently worked since he was 14 years old. Mike believes everyone should do something with their lives and to put “Service Beyond Self” was his decision in 1981 when he started working in the funeral industry. Today Mike and his wife Dee Dee own and operate the Angel Valley Funeral Home and Old Pueblo Crematory in Tucson, Arizona. They are one of the few remaining family owned and operated facilities in the city. Mike loves what he does and is willing to share with you the “Business”. The funeral and cremation industry as a whole has changed drastically in the past 35 years. This will be a great opportunity for the membership to ask questions in a setting to get the right answer. This is a subject that few will even talk about and discuss as a group. He has assisted with thousands of funeral and memorial services in his career and has actually embalmed over 3500 deceased individuals and has helped many of the members in our club. Think about questions you would like to ask and he will have an answer.
Posted by Matt Blair on Mar 04, 2016
John Lee and James Mandolini are co-creators of Rotary Local. The Rincon Rotary Club has been focused on education for almost 50 years. Rotary Local is an online platform that allows us to listen to teachers in our community. We believe that our efforts in education are amplified by partnering with teachers, because they are so keenly aware of the actual needs inside the classroom. By purchasing the requested items from local businesses, we complete the economic circle which will lead to a more vibrant community. Rotary Local leverages the person capital inside our Rotary Club by hosting an online forum to discuss the challenges and merits of each proposal. Join us for our annual fundraiser The Taste of Chocolate on April 10th - Eat Chocolate | Help Teachers.
Posted by Allyn Bulzomi on Feb 29, 2016
Rotary and the Four-Way Test
From the earliest days of Rotary, Rotarians have been concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The Rotary Four-Way Test, which Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created in 1932 when he took charge of a company facing bankruptcy. This twenty-four-word test for employees to use in making decisions in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with suppliers and customers. The company survived and prospered and its success is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks the following four questions:
Posted by Clem Leslie on Feb 19, 2016
For the next few minutes, Julius Parker, Jr. will take you on a journey that will cover some of the significant accomplishments and events that have become indelible moments in African American History as seen mostly through the eyes of a soldier for thirty-four years.
Posted by Ted Kiracofe on Feb 12, 2016
Matt Zoll with Pima County DOT will provide a status update on the development of The Loop, a planned 131-mile shared use pathway system that travels through unincorporated Pima County, Marana, Oro Valley, South Tucson, and Tucson. The Loop is nearing completion with several exciting developments underway.
Posted by Ted Kiracofe on Feb 01, 2016
In 1989, Alan Day created a unique industry. He took 1500 excess, unadoptable government-owned wild horses and put them on his 35,000-acre ranch in the Sand Hills of South Dakota. There, he managed, cared for and even trained them to follow a cowboy on horseback. Alan had the horses - and many adventures with them - for four years. Today, he advocates establishing private sanctuaries as a solution to the huge challenges facing the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse Program.
Posted by Bill Moore on Jan 22, 2016
Putting on a car show takes a tremendous amount of work by the whole club. The work and success of the 2015 TCCS needs to be acknowledged and celebrated before we move on to the next big thing on the calendar. Roger Harwell, 2015 TCCS Chairman, will present his “Niner” team results and do a Grand Reveal of the net proceeds of the show. Following Roger’s presentation, Bill Moore Grants Chair will call each of the Club’s 2015 five designated beneficiaries forward to receive their portion of the net proceeds. Always a lot of fun and also heartwarming to see our beneficiaries receive significant money to do their work to make Tucson a better place.
(Reading Seed 40%, Youth on Their Own 20%, YWCA 20%, El Rio Health Center 5%, Imago Dei 5%)
Posted by Pauline Hechler on Jan 15, 2016
A recent study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy highlighted one fact: Arizona independents have grown from 11% in 1992 to 37% today. The study found that almost two-thirds of Arizona voters believe the State Legislature has the wrong priorities and that there is too much partisan conflict in the Arizona State Capitol. The vast majority of independents want political reform that moves us away from the system we have today.
Posted by Jan Green on Jan 08, 2016
University of Arizona Museum of Art Director James Burns will speak about transformational leadership and institutional change in 21st century museums. He will discuss the need to make 21st century museums more pertinent, accessible, open, and essential to the public. Dr. Burns discovered his passion for working in museums here in Tucson 25 years ago and determined to forge a career as a museum professional. Recruited as a change agent, he has instituted changes at the UAMA to refocus the institution on audience engagement.
Posted by Jim Murphy on Dec 31, 2015
Club/Foundation to Select Literacy Program Beneficiary
Review Before January 6, 2016 Presentations & Vote
The Rotary Club of Tucson (RCOT) and RCOT Foundation agreed to select a beneficiary providing literacy services which will receive the largest portion of the net proceeds from the Tucson Classics Car Show (TCCS), approximately $50,000, for five years starting in 2016 contingent upon a successful TCCS and an annual evaluation of the results for the recipient’s programmatic accomplishments. The two finalists that will make presentations and be voted on by the Club Members and the Foundation on January 6, 2016 are Literacy Connects and Make Way for Books.
Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...
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