Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
445 S Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ  85711 (USA)
520-623-2281
 
 
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THE FOUR-WAY TEST

Of the things we think, say or do

1.  Is it the TRUTH?

2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.  Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

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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The Rotary Club of Tucson has sponsored the Amphitheater Interact Club and Rotaract Club of the University of Arizona for the past five years.  We have provided financial support as well as advisors to both clubs.  We share sponsorship for the UofA Rotaract Club with Sunrise Rotary.
 
Interact and Rotaract are unique in that they only meet during the school year.  Meetings tend to start in late August and end in May each year.  It is amazing how much these two clubs accomplish every year given the limited time they have.
 
The club structures are basically the same as our club.  Each club has a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Sergeant at Arms and various directors.  Club Elections typically take place during April.
 
Today the clubs will present their Year in Review.  I am sure you will all be surprised by how much they accomplish every year.
Home Hospitality Week will replace our regular weekly lunch meeting on April 18, 2018.  We want to thank all the members who have volunteered to host an event.  Home Hospitality is a great way for members to socialize outside of our weekly meeting in a relaxed setting.  The deadline to sign up has already passed, but if you missed it, call the office.  We'll see if the event you would like to attend still has availability.  Remember, this is a replacement for our meeting, so if you are not attending a Home Hospitality, you may want to do a Make Up.  Have fun everybody and have a terrific week!!!   
Biography ~ Maricela Solis de Kester
 
Maricela is the Director of Operations & Government Relations of World View, an Arizona based spaceflight company that operates in two primary business segments: Stratollite uncrewed flight systems Stratollites, offer low-cost, long-duration, persistent high-altitude flight for enterprise and government agencies.  As Director of operations and government relations, Maricela oversees all hiring, IT and government relations.
   
 
The Pima County Fairgrounds is currently managed, operated and maintained by the Southwestern Fair Commission, Inc. (SWFC), a private non-profit corporation, and has done so since 1975.  In addition to its oversight of the Fairgrounds, SWFC is responsible for producing the annual Pima County Fair, traditionally held in April each year.  Fair attendance has doubled in size in the past 10 years from approximately 150,000 to almost 350,000 attendees in 2017. 
  
SWFC operates in an entrepreneurial style relying on generating revenues through facility rental, special event production, sponsorships, product sales, etc.  SWFC does not receive funding from Pima County and like most businesses must acquire permits and pay fees for capital improvements, sales, various health department requirements, etc.  The main charge of SWFC is to put revenue back into the maintenance and improvement of the Fairground property. 
  
SWFC has developed many important relationships with community organizations.  Each year during the annual Fair SWFC operates two can food drives, offers free carnival rides for children who read books to encourage literacy and dedicates a special day at the Fair for children and adults with special needs, among other programs.  Currently, SWFC through the Pima County Fair, is working with U of A Extension Service, the City of Gastronomy & Mission Gardens, Monsanto, SARSEF and the U of A College of Science to work now and in the future toward providing increased educational opportunities for fairgoers.
 
The improvements that are undertaken by SWFC were identified in the 2011 Pima County Fairground Master Plan that identified projects and strategies that will lead to revenue generating opportunities to continue to make capital improvements to the Fairgrounds. 
 
Biography ~ Jon Baker
 
Jon Baker has been the Executive Director of the Southwestern Fair Commission (SWFC) in Tucson Arizona for the past 17 years.  SWFC produces the annual Pima County Fair and manages a 640-acre property with a 400 space RV Park and rental facilities for numerous special events.
 
Jon is a graduate of Northern Arizona University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Recreation Management.  He became the Coconino County Parks and Recreation Director in 1987 where he began his career in Fair Management.  He was hired by the Arizona State Fair in 1997 where he worked until moving on to the Pima County Fair in 2001.
 
Over the span of his career Jon has been the President of the Arizona Fairs Association, President of the Arizona County Horse Racing Association and President of the Western Fairs Association.  In May of 2015 he received the International Association of Fairs Certified Fair Executive award for years of service and accomplishments to the Fair industry.  He was inducted into the Arizona Fairs Hall of Fame in 2013 and inducted into the Western Fairs Association Hall of Fame in 2017.      
To the UA and the Tucson Community,
 
Thank you all for such a warm welcome. I am thrilled to be here at the University of Arizona. From the open house at Old Main on my first day, to lunch with students in the Union, and a stop at UAHS to wish our medical school transition students good luck on their finals, this is just the beginning. 
Jenny will speak about the importance of early reading experiences to set children up for success in learning. She will discuss the science of brain development and how the early childhood years are connected to a child’s future academic outcomes and success.  Jenny 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 help close the achievement/opportunity gap.
 
 
Dr. Paul Bendheim is a board-certified neurologist and a Clinical Professor of Neurology with the University of Arizona, College of Medicine in Phoenix.  Dr. Bendheim graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and is affiliated with Saint Joseph Hospital and Medical Center.  Over the years of his career in neurology, he has diagnosed many people with Alzheimer's and other dementias and became increasingly interested in studying and determining how he could help others to improve and maintain their brain function. 
 
 
This program will provide an in depth look at the current facilities at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base that are serving the community of Armed Forces youth and their families who have Base access.  This review will include an overview of the existing and somewhat antiquated 1960 vintage building that serves as the main youth facility on the Base. 
 
Maestro Gomez will speak about his new life in Tucson as he approaches the finale of his inaugural season. He will focus on why a strong symphony is important to Tucson and how the orchestra plays an integral role in the education of our young people.  In addition, he will share some highlights of the TSO’s upcoming 90th season and our developing relationship with Mexico.
 
Judy McDermott ~ Biography
 
Judy McDermott is a veteran of professional golf management. She is the executive director of the Tucson Conquistadores Inc., the nonprofit civic group known for supporting youth athletes and athletic programs through professional golf.
 
Team penning isn’t just a rodeo event. This year, it’s a literary event at the Tucson Festival of Books featuring co-authors Alan Day and Lynn Wiese Sneyd. They’ll give us the low down on what it was like to write and publish their newest book, “Cowboy Up! Life Lessons from Lazy B.”
 
REMINDER:  There will be NO LUNCH MEETING ON FEBRUARY 7th due to the Gem Show.  This is a DARK day, so no need to do a make up.  Our next scheduled lunch meeting will be on 2/14/18 at the DoubleTree.  Please contact the Rotary office if you have any questions.
 
Thank you.
The Club will hold a Replacement/Social Mixer on WEDNESDAY, 1/31/18 at Brother John's Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, 1801 N. Stone Avenue, from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer will be a replacement meeting for our Wednesday 1/31/18 lunch meeting and all must register.  Go to our home page at www.tucsonrotary.org, scroll down the left hand side to Upcoming Events.  Guest fee is $25.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, 1/29/18 by 3:00 p.m.
Colonel Scott C. Campbell is the Commander of the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. He is responsible for one of the largest installations and flying operations in the United States Air Force, with more than 7,500 Airmen, 3,000 civilians, and more than 100 aircraft. He is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping a wing comprised of 20 squadrons, two of which are fighter squadrons. The wing provides A-10C aircraft for close air support and forward air control, combat support, and medical forces for combatant commander requirements worldwide. The 355th Fighter Wing is also responsible for training A-10C pilots for the entire Total Force and is the Air Combat Command executive agent for Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces and Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty compliance.
 
 
Rotary Youth Exchange first began with the Copenhagen, Denmark club initiating the first exchange in 1929 which was followed by the Rotary Club of Nice, France.  Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the most recognized youth exchange programs in the world and is by far the largest youth exchange program run completely by volunteers.  The year-long program was created in 1958 replacing a much shorter time program of only several weeks.  Many of the rules and procedures and frameworks of the program that were created in 1958 still exist today. 
 
Jim Murphy, a twenty year Member of the Rotary Club of Tucson and Chair of the 11th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show, will report on the Goals for the Show, thank those who made it a success and be involved in distributing the net proceeds of the Show to the five nonprofit beneficiaries.
 
Located in a former tire shop in the heart of Barrio Santa Rosa, just south of Downtown, Sonoran Glass School is a hidden gem. Founded in 2001 by glass artists Tom Philabaum and Dave Klein, the school has grown to be the only full-service, nonprofit glass arts education facility in the Southwest, offering classes to established and emerging artists from five to eighty-five. Executive Director, Lynn Davis, will give us a virtual tour of Sonoran Glass School and offer an overview of the different glass mediums taught there. You’ll discover why Tucson has a special place on the American Studio Glass map.
 
We want to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season.  The schedule for the remainder of 2017 is as follows:
 
12/25/17 - Rotary Office Closed
12/26/17 - Rotary Office Closed
Wednesday, 12/27/17 - DARK - No Lunch Meeting
1/1/18 - Rotary Office Closed
 
We will see you all in the New Year at our first meeting of 2018 scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the DoubleTree. 
 
Happy Holidays everyone!
A wonderful evening is being planned for our Annual Holiday Mixer, Wednesday, December 20th, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at La Mariposa.  The resort is located at 1501 N. Houghton Road, Tucson, AZ, between Tanque Verde Rd. and Speedway Blvd.  All members and guests must register for this event.  Please go to www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events" and click on "Holiday Mixer".  Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  The deadline for Registration is Monday, 12/18/17 before noon.  Also, there will be NO LUNCH MEETING on the 20th so please come out and have some fun that night as we celebrate the holidays with fellow Rotarians and guests.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
Yvonne Ervin, founder and executive director of the HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival, will explain how and why the festival was started four years ago, and outline the economic impact, demographics and financing of the 11-day event. She’ll also present some musical highlights of the January 2018 festival which will feature Arturo Sandoval and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Sheila E., Diane Schuur, Spyro Gyra, The Mingus Dynasty, the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band and many others. She will also talk about some of her other jazz projects including The Mingus Project and the Tucson Jazz Institute.
 
“During the summer of 1943 a fierce battle raged in the skys over Europe.  Every day hundreds of young airmen faced death as they flew bombing raids deep into enemy territory.  Fewer and fewer were coming back.”  Memphis Belle Motion Picture, Warner Bros. 1990.  My brother, Sgt. Eugene Darter found himself in that situation as he and crew on their first combat mission were hit badly by flak and then attacked furiously by Nazi fighters and vanished into cloud cover.  That is all our family knew for decades until January 3, 2000 when an inadvertent Internet search resulted in crew member names and a potential crash site near a Dutch island in the North Sea.  An amazing and miraculous search and discovery followed for over a decade that brought closure not only to the Darter family but other surviving crew members and especially the 95 year old wife of the MIA pilot who still loves her man to this day!
 
This is a reminder to sign up for the Member Social Mixer on Thursday, 11/30/17 at El Molinito located at 2323 N. Pantano.  This Mixer is a Replacement Meeting for our Wednesday, 11/29/17 lunch meeting.  All members and guests must sign up on our website, www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to "Upcoming Events".  Guest fee is $25.
Biography ~ Fred Ronstadt
 
Fred Ronstadt is a fifth-generation Tucsonan and member of several pioneer families.
 
He is currently the Executive Director of the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, which produces the biannual Street Fair. The association’s primary mission is to promote economic programs designed to strengthen and expand the economic potential of North Fourth Avenue.
Shirley Grace is a proud member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Fresno which she joined in March of 2001. Her Club's projects continue to inspire her passion for hands on service. As such, she travels to Mexico each July with their “Project Nino” team of doctors, nurses and dentists to provide health care services to over 4,000 children.
The presentation will be based on a few research projects that concern honesty and cheating.  Martin Dufwenberg will in this connection also illustrate several research methods that are important in modern economics: game theory, lab experiments, and ideas from psychology.”
 
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
 
Board of Directors
President
President Elect
Past President
Treasurer
Secretary
Sergeant At Arms
Director
Director
Director
Director
Director
Director
RCT Foundation
Executive Director
 

Rotary Club of Tucs
on
presents
the 12th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 20, 2018
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
 
 
Speakers
Allyn Bulzomi
Apr 25, 2018
Interact and Rotaract
Final Four Presentations
May 02, 2018
Car Show Final Four
David Ivers
May 16, 2018
Arizona Theatre Co.
Kate Hoffman
May 23, 2018
Arizona Earn to Learn
Replacement/Social Mixer (Evening Event)
May 30, 2018
NO LUNCH MEETING
Amanda Marks, Tu Nidito
Jun 06, 2018
Children & Grief
Don Guerro
Jun 13, 2018
Barrio Bread
Morgan Hartford, Alzheimer's Association
Jun 20, 2018
Alzheimer's, How Not To Get It?
DARK DAY
Jun 27, 2018
NO LUNCH MEETING
 
 
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