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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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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.
Biography - Captain Darren Stratton
Captain Darren Stratton serves as an officer in the Salvation Army having completed fifteen years of service in June of this year.  He currently serves as the Administrator of the Tucson Adult Rehabilitation Center since July 2013. Captain’s role is to provide oversight of the production, retail and program functions of the Tucson Adult Rehabilitation Center.
Prior appointments include corps work in Northern California in Napa, Yuba City/Marysville and Chico Corps.  He has been involved with recovery work since his commissioning in 2001 working closely with ARC centers and linking recovery programs to the corps in the communities he has served.
Captain Stratton is married to his officer wife Captain Courtney Stratton for 17 years and has two children, Mikayla (13) and Micah (10).  Captain Darren obtained his Associate of Arts in Ministry degree from the College for officer training and is currently working to obtain his Master’s degree in Global Leadership through Fuller Theological Seminary with anticipated completion in the fall of 2018.

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:
Kristel Ann Foster
Governing Board Member, Tucson Unified School District
Kristel is a public education advocate currently serving on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board. As a first time candidate in a pool of twelve, she came in first place in the 2012 election. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary/Multicultural Education and Educational Leadership and another master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. She has over twenty years of teaching experience and is currently an instructional coach in neighboring Sunnyside School District. Kristel is an engaged community member focused on bettering public education for all children in Arizona. She aspires to higher elected office and to serve on statewide boards and committees to further her cause for Arizona students and teachers.
I am a teacher and public education advocate completing my first term on the Tucson Unified Governing Board. I am proud of my work with our superintendent Dr. HT Sanchez and my fellow Board members, Adelita Grijalva and Cam Juarez. Together, we focus on the goals outlined in our community-created Five Year Strategic Plan. Even with extreme budget cuts from the state, we have shifted resources and priorities to increase classroom spending by 4% and re-opened two closed schools as early childhood centers. We’ve given three employee raises so far and I am working every day to do even more for teacher salaries. I continue to advocate for teacher centered, site based professional development to bring more autonomy to the educators who know how to improve student achievement.
I am honored to be endorsed by the following community leaders: Mayor Rothschild and all five City Council Members, Supervisor Richard Elias, Senator Steve Farley and Senator Dave Bradley, Representatives Randy Friese, Matt Kopec, Bruce Wheeler, Stefanie Mach and Andrea Dalessandro, Congressman Raul Grijalva and Ron Barber.  We are on track to achieving every goal in our strategic plan. This collaboration, continuity, stability and articulated vision is the key to transforming TUSD.
Betts Putnam-Hidalgo
Candidate, TUSD Governing Board
Betts Putnam-Hidalgo is a TUSD parent and active volunteer in the schools. She was a Community Representative at Holladay Fine Arts Elementary for two years.  She has attended Board meetings for approximately 6 years and often speaks during Call to the Audience. She has a B.S. in Resource Mgmt and an M.A. in Latin American Studies with a focus in political science, both from the University of Arizona.
I'm Betts Putnam-Hidalgo and I'm running for TUSD Governing Board. My son, Danilo, is a student in TUSD. I volunteered in every school he attended from primary school to high school. When the district began closing schools about 6 years ago, I began attending Board meetings. I still go, often speaking during the Call to the Audience.
I advocate for more engaging curricula, smaller class sizes and less standardized testing. After discovering the shell game of district financing while investigating desegregation funds, I pushed for accountability and transparency in the budget process. The approval of contracts without review and the disparity of raises also concerns me. The Board's primary role is to make sure the Superintendent implements Board policy. We have yet to see a full Board majority do that.
Too often Board meetings hinge on politics and personalities instead of sound decision-making on issues important to students and teachers. A more open policy process with greater public input will increase enrollment as parents and other concerned citizens realize they have a voice. When I am on the Board, you will be too. And when we are on the Board, we can change the actions of the District.
Lori Riegel, MJEd
Candidate, TUSD Governing Board
Lori Riegel had been involved in education for 25 years.  She is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership at Lesley University, and holds a Masters in Jewish Education with a Certificate in Special Education from Hebrew College.  Lori is the proud parent of a University High School graduate, and she herself graduated from UHS almost 25 years to the day from her daughter’s graduation.  She is the Youth in Philanthropy Chair for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and chairs the Tucson Unified School District Technology Oversight Committee.  Lori is also an Educational Champion with FosterEd, working to close achievement gaps for students living in foster care.  She is serving on the board of the Educational Enrichment Foundation and is working on a special project to expand Family University, a program that helps students and families navigate the college admissions process.  Lori is the Development Director at Arizona’s Children Association.
As a candidate for TUSD Governing Board, Lori Riegel is focused on engaging the community in addressing the district’s needs.  Listening to stakeholders, and truly hearing what they have to say about issues such as school safety and optimal learning environments, are crucial to being responsive as a governing board member.  Reducing kindergarten and first grade class sizes are a priority, as the first years of school set critical foundations for literacy and success in learning.  Reducing the large number of teacher vacancies and setting aggressive classroom spending targets are both key goals for achieving stability in the district.  Lori has 25 years of experience in education and child welfare issues.
Mark Stegeman
Governing Board Member, Tucson Unified School District
Mark Stegeman grew up in northern California and graduated from Pomona College, where he graduated Magna cum Laude with a double major in mathematics and economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Virginia Tech before accepting a tenured position at the Eller College of Business.
Mark worked as a management consultant for Hughes Space and Communications, before it was acquired by Boeing. He is a longtime owner of commercial property and apartments.
Mark connected with the Tucson Unified School District when the board appointed him as a charter member of the district’s audit committee. He attended scores of board meetings before running for the board in 2008. He was reelected in 2012 by a wide margin.

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%.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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%)

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.
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.
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.
This program will be a discussion as to why the Air Force insists on divesting the A-10 and what makes the A-10 such a formidable presence on the battle field.
The intention of this presentation is to introduce the attendees to Feng Shui on a broader scope, and the concept of ‘energy’ which emanates from the physical form of the environment.  Did you ever walk into a space and feel creepy?  Feng Shui can explain why!  Energies can be beneficial and enhance human life, stagnant and non-supportive, or even destructive. This presentation will show how to recognize some of these energies, provide insights on how to capitalize on the beneficial ones, and mitigation techniques to neutralize the negative ones.  In essence, the goal of the presentation is to enhance the way we look at the world.
This program will give an overview of Cenpatico Integrated Care, the services we offer and the commitments we made in our contract for better health outcomes for the people we serve.  We will detail the key measurements we will use to show we are meeting these commitments.
Biography - Betty Stauffer
Betty has been the Executive Director of Literacy Connects since it was formed on July 1, 2011.  Before that she was the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers of Tucson since June 2002.  The over-arching mission of Literacy Connects is to open a world of possibilities to people of all ages through literacy and creative arts programs. Literacy Connects serves more than 46,000 people in Tucson, Pima County and Southern Arizona.
Jeannette Maré, Ben’s Bells founder and Executive Director, will lead “A Conversation on Kindness”, an in depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities we encounter in every interaction as we strive to create a kinder community. During this presentation, Jeannette will reflect on her own personal experiences with kindness in the face of devastating grief, as well as her work with Ben’s Bells Project and the power of kindness to transform people and communities. She will discuss the emerging body of research on the science of kindness.  Presentations focus on any of the following topics: change, leadership, grief and self-kindness.
In addition to Bell distributions, Ben’s Bells Project provides kindness education programming for more than 300 schools, organizations and businesses. Ben‘s Bells is honored to be a part of the emerging field of multidisciplinary research that demonstrates the powerful effects of kindness on individuals’ long term health and on the overall quality of life in communities.

Rotary Club of Tucs
the 10th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 15, 2016
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
May 25, 2016
Capt. Darren Stratton
Recovery Work & The Salvation Army
Jun 01, 2016
Kathy Short, UofA Professor
Children's Literacy
Jun 08, 2016
Jun 15, 2016
Pima County Sheriff Nanos
Sheriff Update
Jun 22, 2016
Melissa Sevigny
Water Crisis in Arizona
Jun 25, 2016
COA Party (6:00 p.m.)
Location: Tanque Verde Ranch
Jun 29, 2016
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