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WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711
United States
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Of the things we think, say or do

1.  Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

With the Four-Way Test as our guide, the Rotary Club of Tucson is an indispensable resource for our community, and provides our members a remarkable return on their investment of skills, time, and resources.

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Hello fellow Rotarians.  A wonderful night is being planned for our Annual Holiday Mixer, Thursday, December 15th, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. at La Mariposa.  The resort is located at 1501 N. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ, between Tanque Verde Rd. and Speedway Blvd.  The menu for the evening is an Italian Buffet with all the trimmings and a delicious dessert table.  We have a DJ locked in for the evening to play music appropriate for our holiday spirit, and a cash bar will be the plan for the evening.
As always, it’s critical we provide the resort with an accurate account of how many members and guests are attending.  Please be sure to register for the event (Deadline is Monday, 12/12 at noon) by scrolling down the left side of the Rotary home page to “Upcoming Events” and click on “Holiday Mixer”.  Please also register your guests; cost is $30 per person which will be billed to your account.  Remember, this is a replacement meeting for our Wednesday 12/14 lunch meeting, so no charge for members.
Come join us for a very special evening at La Mariposa.  The resort is a beautiful setting and should be a night of fun and fellowship for all who attend.  Happy Holidays to all of you and hope to see you on Thursday…
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet entertains a wide variety of audiences with its versatile repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Broadway and Dixieland Jazz to traditional classics.  A brass quintet is the most powerful of the chamber ensembles, and can fill up a hall with its grand sound like an organ.  In the hands of these superb musicians, it can also sing soft and sweet, bringing you to the edge of your seat, and get your toes tapping with jazzy tunes to boot. The TSO Brass Quintet has built a loyal fan base with adult and youth audiences across southern Arizona.
Community Engagement
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra has one of the most active Community Engagement programs in the orchestra field. As an integral member of the community, the TSO serves as a music resource for all of southern Arizona. From large partnerships to private events, the TSO is a music partner for southern Arizonans, performing more than one hundred Community Engagement events each season. The TSO has formed strong partnerships with local businesses, visiting corporations and non – profit agencies. Local communities also enjoy active relationships with the TSO, bringing both small and large concerts to their residents. These partnerships take many forms, all tailored to the needs and interests of each organization.
This week there will be no scheduled lunch meeting at the DoubleTree.  The Club will be hosting a Member Social Mixer on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at CAID Industries, located at 2275 E. Ganley Road, Tucson, AZ.  The Mixer will take place between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The evening will consist of  tours of the CAID facilities and our club members serving their very own chili and chowder.  Since this is a replacement meeting, there is no fee for members and the guest fee is $25.  Come on out for some fun and fellowship!  Sign ups are on Clubrunner.  Go to www.TucsonRotary.org under Special Events on the home page.
Rabbi Stephanie Aaron has led her congregation, Congregation Chaverim, for over 35 years.  Rabbi Aaron is married to fellow Rotarian, Dr Jack Aaron. She has accompanied him on his medical missions to Costa Rica, Brazil and Kenya. She is the mother of four children and she's been blessed with two grandchildren Harry and Aaron.
True Concord Voices & Orchestra has emerged as Tucson’s most illustrious cultural export. Under the direction of Music Director Eric Holtan, True Concord engages singers and instrumentalists from across the country, performing repertoire that spans the celebrated masterworks of centuries past to world premieres by America’s finest composers.
Host of "In the Americas"
David Yetman is a research social scientist and has been at the Southwest Center since 1992. He received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Arizona in 1972.
2016-2017 District 5500 Governor, Sheryl Christenson will give the Rotary Club of Tucson an update on District 5500 and outline her goals for the 2016-17 Rotary year.
2016-2017 Rotary
District 5500 Governor
Sheryl Hartman Christenson
Sheryl became a charter member of Yuma Sunrise Rotary club 1990. She was the first woman president in 1991-92, went on to be Governor’s Representative 1992-93, Assistant Governor 2005-06, District 5500 newsletter co-editor 2012-13 and Editor 2013-14.
In June 2015, author/historian Jim Turner traveled from the sources of the Green River in Wyoming and the Colorado River in Colorado all the way to the Gulf of California, visiting national parks and monuments along the rivers, towns like Pinedale, Glenwood Springs, Green River Utah, taking pictures and gathering information for his book. In The Mighty Colorado, he covers everything from geology, geography, history, wildlife, and culture of the Colorado River Basin, which covers more ground than Spain and Portugal combined. Jim Turner presents several highlights from that trip, just the tip of the glacier, so to speak.
MSDx is a precision medicine company developing blood testing products for monitoring neurodegeneration in brain diseases. Millions of people are affected by brain disorders yet there are virtually no clinical blood tests available today. Neurologists rely on clinical symptoms, imaging technology, clinical response to medications, and tests which exclude other diseases. Today there is a need for vital patient information earlier in the disease and in a more cost effective manner than radiological tests. Improper diagnosis or ineffective treatment negatively impact cost and quality of care for the patient.
Months of planning and countless hours of preparation have been invested in our 10th Annual Classics Car Show to make it a 10 and the best in Southern Arizona.  During our clubs meeting we will share details of this preparation and discuss some of the gaps that still need our attention in the final week before the show. We will share with you the redesigned Classics Club area, the expanded food tent and some of the exciting Friday Night Pre-Show Celebration Auction items. We will show you the new parking areas and revised traffic flow considerations.  We will also focus on our need from members to volunteer for positions that still need to be filled….. so check your calendars, contact your friends and family and be ready to sign-up.  We will also give you the latest update on ticket sales and as you have heard several times before…”if we don’t sell, we can’t give”.
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.
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.
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 www.tucsonrotary.org, 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.
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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!
No Lunch Meeting
Dec 14, 2016
Holiday Mixer - La Mariposa
Dec 15, 2016
Replacement Meeting for 12/14/16 mtg
Chris Magnus
Jan 11, 2017
Tucson Police Chief
Steve Pickering
Jan 18, 2017
2016 Car Show Results
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
Jan 25, 2017
Goals for 2017
Australian entrepreneur announces $1 million gift to Rotary
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eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
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Convention: City of peace
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The Rotary Foundation ranked in list of top charities
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Rotarians report email scam
Some Rotarians have reported receiving a scam email asking them to click a link to update names and contact information in a directory. The email, which stems from a gmail account, is not from Rotary.