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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In 1866, the U.S. Congress established six African American infantry and cavalry regiments at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In the 150 years since that time, African Americans have actively participated in our nation’s defense, and this program recounts the history of America’s buffalo soldiers. These overlooked warriors helped shape the complex history of the American West, facing not only bullets and arrows, but racial discrimination. How did they come to be called buffalo soldiers? Who were these unknown or forgotten men?
 
Among the little stories of black frontier troopers soldiers is their relationship to a young, upcoming Western artist named Fredric Remington. Their intertwined relationships will be the topic of a fast paced presentation by Dr. John Langellier at the July 26, 2017 meeting.
 
Biography ~ John Langellier
 
John Langellier received his PhD. from Kansas State University in Military History, and is the author of scores of articles and dozens of books, including Southern Arizona Military Outposts and his latest book, Fighting for Uncle Sam: Buffalo Soldiers in the Frontier Army, which combines a compelling narrative with over 150 images from a bygone era.  Langellier began his 45 year career in public history at the Arizona Historical Society in the 1960s and among other assignments spent a dozen years with the Department of the Army, as well as later on with the Department of the Navy, the National Archives, the Autry Museum, and many other posting before retiring two years ago to pursue full time writing, lecturing and consulting. Likewise, he has served as a consultant to film and television such as “Geronimo: An American Legend,” “Posse,” and for the PBS production “For Love of Liberty,” hosted by Halle Barry. He has also co-produced two episodes of A&E’s Time Machine series, “The Buffalo Soldiers” and “The Buffalo Soldiers: The Legend Continues.” He is an honorary member of the 9th and 10th U.S. Horse Cavalry Association, and a Smithsonian Institution fellow.  In 1992, he was named as the Montana Historical Society’s James Bradley Fellow to conduct research on African American soldiers in Big Sky Country and recently was selected as a 2017-18 resident fellow of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.
Due to a family emergency, our scheduled program, Jim Cantrell, Vector Space Systems, is unable to present to the club on Wednesday.  In his place, we are delighted to have our very own Club member, Colonel Kent Laughbaum present to us.  His program is entitled "Raytheon Support to the American Warrior".  Thank you Kent!
 
Colonel Kent Laughbaum (USAF, ret.) works at Raytheon Missile Systems in the U.S. national security arena, with focus on advanced warfighting concepts and future weapons.
 
Kent served as an Air Force fighter pilot for 25 years, and was privileged to command the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base from 2006 until 2008.   He has more than 5,000 hours flying fighters, including over 330 hours in combat over Iraq and Afghanistan.
 
He is a graduate of Texas A&M University, and holds a post graduate degree from the United States Naval War College. 
 
Kent maintains numerous civic and professional responsibilities including service as the Arizona Public Media Board Chairman, Vice President of the 355th Fighter Association, President of the Texas A&M University Club for Southern Arizona, and member of the Rotary Club of Tucson.
 
Kent is married to Mary Laughbaum, who works as the Director of Admission and Community Outreach at the Gregory School.  They have two married daughters, Christen and Rachel.
Fresh off his return from the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, President Cliff will discuss highlights from the convention.  Throughout the discussion, President Cliff will demonstrate how RI’s goals intertwine with our own club’s strategic plan and Cliff’s goals for the upcoming year.  Immediately following the convention, Cliff and his family traveled to Scotland for the wedding of his oldest son – we may also hear a little of their Scottish adventures!
DARK DAY:  There will be no Rotary Club of Tucson lunch meeting on July 5, 2017 due to the COA PARTY on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at La Mariposa, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  All members and guests must register on the website, www.tuconsrotary.org.  DEADLINE to register is Wednesday, 7/5/17 by 12:00 Noon.
In the past 11 years the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has invested more than $1 billion to improve mobility, travel options and safety in our region. The RTA has delivered more than 770 improvements from brand new roadways, to improved intersections, new sidewalks, expanded transit, wildlife crossings, and miles of bikeways.
Biography ~ Amy Allen
 
Originally from northern Arizona, the town of Camp Verde to be exact, Amy has grown to love Tucson over the past five years, and Rotaract has been a huge part of that. Her involvement of the club, starting with reinvigoration of the club’s life on campus four years ago to becoming president once again this past year, has shown her the beauty of our city and its desire to only get better. She is an avid fan and player of soccer and enjoys snowboarding when she can, and lives with her amazing sister Angel, who is a Rotarian with Tucson Sunrise Rotary. Together they face the world and all its challenges with a daring laugh and smile. Amy will be graduating from the University of Arizona soon with a Bachelor of General Studies with a focus in Science, Technology, Health and Societies, and she is very excited to move on to the next chapter of her life. Amy looks forward to seeing where Rotaract goes once she has left, and has been so fortunate to be involved with Rotary as much as she has been up till now.
This week's program will focus on building community and coalition efforts for collective impact.
 
Biography ~ Dr. Andrea Romero
 
Dr. Romero has a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology, and is Fitch Nesbitt Professor in Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona. Dr. Romero is the Director for the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families, which is a research institute that is a catalyst to create and disseminate research that improves the lives of children, youth and families.
This year, over 100,000 low-income individuals in Pima County will face a civil legal problem. 900 attorneys in Pima County are ready to help.  Find out how Step Up to Justice is connecting volunteer attorneys with low-income individuals and families in need.  Step Up to Justice is a full-service free civil legal center powered by the talents of volunteer attorneys. Through careful financial stewardship and technology designed to bring civil legal services to clients where and when they need them, Step Up to Justice builds connections between clients, attorneys and community partners. Step Up to Justice is ground-breaking, forward-thinking and committed to advancing efforts to secure equal access to justice for all.
There will be a Replacement/Social Mixer on 5/31/17 at Jackson Pub & Eatery, 8864 E. Tanque Verde from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  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.  Join us for some fun and fellowship!  Questions please call the Rotary Office - 520-623-2281.
The speaker, Chuck Tampio examines some of Washington's most significant monuments as works of art that contain ideals and values intrinsic to the American experience.  He thought it would be appropriate in light of the fact that the May 24 talk is only a few days before Memorial Day, a good time for reflection on those who have sacrificed so much to preserve our liberty.
Biography – Allan Hamilton
 
Allan Hamilton is a graduate from Harvard Medical School and completed his neurosurgical residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hamilton holds four Professorships at the University of Arizona in Neurosurgery, Radiation Oncology, Psychology, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been chosen by his neurosurgical peers as “One of America’s Best Doctors” for the last eighteen consecutive years and selected as “One of the Leading Intellects of the Twenty-First Century.”
What is Dragonfly Village?
 
Dragonfly Village is state of the art transitional housing for homeless and low-income individuals and families. Sponsored by Amity Foundation, Dragonfly Village includes 39 fully furnished housing units that are studio, one, two, three or four bedrooms. Utilities are also included.
Sharon Megdal will draw on her 25+ years of experience working on our region’s water issues to provide an overview of both our successes and challenges.  One of the challenges we face is that people don’t show much interest in water management so long as water comes out the tap cleanly and reliably.  How do we educate and engage the public when things are good in order to make sure we have the water future we want?  This question was the foundation of the two-part project “Beyond the Mirage”.  Beyond the Mirage is both a documentary about water in the Colorado River Basin and a dynamic platform for learning.  The project involved filmmaker Cody Sheehy and his team, UA Water Resources Research Center personnel, and Arizona Public Media.  It involved filming throughout the Lower Colorado River Basin and in Israel.  This presentation will include some film clips from Beyond the Mirage and offer insights from Sharon’s locally, national, and international work, including her responsibilities as a member of the Central Arizona Project board.  Because she will have only 20 minutes to speak and answer questions about a very big topic, she is happy to accept questions and comments in advance by email (smegdal@email.arizona.edu).
 
Home Hospitality Week will replace our regular weekly lunch meeting on April 19, 2017.  To Register for a Home Hospitality Event, go to www.tucsonrotary.org and scroll down the left hand column of the home page to Upcoming Events.  Click on Home Hospitality and hit Online Registration Home Hospitality.  There you will see all the hosted events.  Choose the event you would like to attend and click the Green Sign Up button.  Please note there is no charge for members, guest charge is $25.  If you decide to go to more than one event, the member will be charged $25 for any additional events attended. Any questions please call the Rotary Office, 623-2281.
Jerry Harris will talk about the research behind writing “High Meadow Ranch”.
 
Jerry Harris grew up on a farm in Yazoo County, Mississippi and owned horses before he was school age. His father's farm was divided into a cattle operation and a crop raising operation. Jerry graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi with a BA in English. While at Millsaps, he wrote short stories under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize winner, Eudora Welty, Writer in Residence. After graduating from the University of Mississippi Law School, Jerry moved to Memphis, Tennessee. In March of 1974, Jerry became a prosecutor with the Shelby County, Tennessee Attorney General's Office. He worked as an active trial attorney until 2004 at which time he retired. He was head of the Major Violators Unit, Chief Homicide Prosecutor, and Legal Advisor to the Homicide Bureau of the Memphis Police Department.
An update from the Executive Director of the Red Cross on current improvements and upcoming goals for how the Red Cross can continue to improve services in Southern Arizona.
Due to an emergency with our speaker, Mike Levin (Port of Tucson), who has been called away and will be unable to present at the 3/22/17 lunch meeting, our very own Mark Irvin and Dave Gallaher have stepped in.  The topic presented will be "Fly Fishing in New Zealand".  This should be a lot of fun with these two at the helm...
The Port of Tucson has been in service since 2004 and has continued to prove to be a tremendous asset to both the Tucson-metro area and the Southwest region as a whole. Providing both domestic and international intermodal container transportation, the Port of Tucson facilitates in the transport and exchange of goods within the United States and Mexico; even contributing to the exportation of American products to Asian countries along the Pacific Rim. Furthermore, the Port greatly contributes to our local economy by offering long-term, onsite warehousing for manufacturing and distribution, along with various recreational local and non-local businesses wanting to expand to our great area.
The Make-A-Wish® Story
 
Make-A-Wish is the legacy of Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix. Find out how his wish to be a police officer in 1980 set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity. As the founding chapter of the now international wish granting organization, Make-A-Wish Arizona® continues to be a trailblazer and granted 365 wishes in fiscal year 2016, a record in Arizona. We have dedicated ourselves to the Make-A-Wish mission, granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
 
BIOGRAPHY MAYOR JONATHAN ROTHSCHILD
 
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild became Tucson’s 41st Mayor when he was elected in 2011 and is currently in his 2nd term.  Mayor Jonathan Rothschild came to City Hall promising accountability in government, increased emphasis on economic growth and help for those most in need.  Mayor Rothschild follows a long time tradition of Tucson mayors becoming an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Tucson in 2013.
 
I will briefly discuss some highlights of my life experiences:  humble beginnings, rising to executive status with a Fortune 500 Company, painful divorce, being fired at 55 on a corporate takeover, having cancer, four detached retinas, abdominal surgeries, starting a biodiesel company, eventually taking it public where it is listed on NASDAQ and in the process launching a new industry which is many billion dollars in size today. Throughout the discussion I will comment on mistakes made, lessons learned, and takeaways that I have been told have been beneficial to a number of readers of my book and audience members who have heard me speak.

 
Last year, Caterpillar announced it will relocate its Surface Mining & Technology division to a centralized hub in Tucson, Arizona. Christophe Dupont, Regional/Group Financial Officer, will talk about the division's decision to move to Tucson, our proximity to customers and transforming in this age of smart iron.
 
 
 
The athletics arena provides a venue that becomes a classroom for principles of living, struggling, growing, and succeeding. Lessons learned on fields and courts translate effectively into guidelines for living fully and living well.
 
Conversely, the athlete who has established a solid base of values in living, is better suited to meet and overcome the challenges of sport, and in addition, be better prepared to accept rewards that may come without losing their sense of where and who they are.
 
The result can be a dynamic synergism that greatly enhances a college athlete’s overall development.

 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
 
 

Rotary Club of Tucs
on
presents
the 11th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 21, 2017
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
 
 
Speakers
John Langellier, Military Historian
Jul 26, 2017
Buffalo Soldiers in AZ
Paul Bucky
Aug 02, 2017
Bio-Touch: The Gift of Healing for You and Your Family
General Kelly, 12th Air Force Commander
Aug 09, 2017
12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern
Mark Napier, Sheriff
Aug 16, 2017
Pima County Sheriffs Department
Adia Barnes, Coach
Aug 23, 2017
UofA Women's Basketball
Replacement/Social Mixer (Evening Event)
Aug 30, 2017
NO LUNCH MEETING
Jim Lubinski/Arnie Jacobsen
Sep 20, 2017
RCOT Foundations
Dr. Tertius Venter, Surgeon, Mercy Ships, Africa
Sep 27, 2017
International Volunteer Medical Program in Africa
Jim Murphy, Car Show Chair
Oct 11, 2017
Car Show
George Hanson, Executive Director
Oct 18, 2017
Tucson Desert Song Festival
DARK DAY
Oct 25, 2017
No Lunch Meeting
Joe Hentges, District Governor
Nov 01, 2017
District 5500
Bob Logan/Mark Irvin
Nov 08, 2017
Youth Center of Excellence - DMAFB
Shirley Grace, Governor, Fresno, CA
Nov 15, 2017
Riding in El Tour
Fred Ronstadt
Nov 22, 2017
The Future of 4th Avenue
Replacement/Social Mixer (Evening Event)
Nov 29, 2017
NO LUNCH MEETING
Yvonne Ervin, Director
Dec 13, 2017
Tucson Jazz Festival
Holiday Mixer (Evening Event)
Dec 20, 2017
NO LUNCH MEETING
DARK DAY
Dec 27, 2017
NO LUNCH MEETING
Jim Murphy, Car Show Chair
Jan 10, 2018
2017 Car Show Results
 
 
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