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.

 
Home Page Stories
Howard Stewart is President/CEO of AGM Container Controls (AGM), a Tucson manufacturing company with 115 employees. AGM manufactures environmental control hardware for missiles and other sensitive equipment. AGM also manufactures world’s premier vertical wheelchair lift, which provides access to elevation changes in public facilities and residences for individuals with disabilities.
 
Howard serves as the 2019 Co-Chair of the Heart and Stroke Ball, American Heart Association – Tucson Chapter. He continues to serve as the Tocqueville Society Chair (2015-2018) for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona (UWTSA), and as a board member (2015-2018). Howard also serves as a board member for the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce (2012-2020). Lastly, Howard serves as a member of the President’s Council for San Miguel High School (2017-2018).
 
In 2014/2015, Howard served as UWTSA’s Campaign Chair for Southern Arizona. In 2015/2016, he served as UWTSA’s Board Chair. AGM has run 21 consecutive UWSTA fund raising campaigns at the Gold award level. Since 1970, AGM has raised close to $2 million for the Greater Tucson community through UWTSA alone.
 
In 2017, Howard proposed an important new Tucson initiative, which has since been named “FlyTucsonFirst”. The initiative’s purpose is to get Tucsonans to understand the vital economic impact that will occur if we fly in and out of our own Tucson International Airport. In 2018, he helped launch this important initiative at the Governor’s State of the State event, with the full support of the Tucson Metro Chamber.
 
In 2018, Howard was named CEO of the Year by Tucson Local Media. In 2009, AGM was recognized as "America's Small Business of the Year" by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 2002, Howard was recognized as Tucson's Small Business Leader of the Year.
Since 1978, the U.S. Forest Service has provided an interpretive tourist shuttle service up Sabino Canyon.  To improve the experience, the USFS put forth new requirements for its concession and put the service operations out to bid on January 26, 2018.  The Regional Partnering Center, a not-for-profit company affiliated with Pima Association of Governments, was announced as the winner of that permit on March 12, 2018.  The new service, in partnership with TEP, will include five, 62-passenger zero-emissions electric trams from Trams International, professional CDL-licensed drivers through a contract with Total Ride, a professionally produced geo-coded narration system, and an online and kiosk-based electronic ticketing reservation system.
 
Together, the new Sabino Canyon experience will be a convenient, quiet, and educational experience for visitors and less disruptive to the canyon ecosystem. (A transitional shuttle service will be launched in the near future and will continue until the arrival of the newly manufactured electric trams in mid-2019.)
 
Robert Samuelsen ~ Biography
 
Mr. Samuelsen joined the Pima Association of Governments/Regional Transportation Authority of Pima County in 2008 after a broad-based private sector career.  Prior to joining PAG/RTA, he served as Managing Director of SC Capital Partners, President/CEO of Redlake MASD, subsidiary of Roper Industries and former division of Kodak, President of SEE Consultants LLC, COO of Akademos, Inc., CEO of Navibase, Inc., and worked in executive and professional positions at AT&T and NCR Corporations, both Fortune 500 companies.  Vocationally, he has worked in corporate finance, strategic planning, corporate accounting, and product management.  Mr. Samuelsen has an MBA from Indiana University with a double concentration in finance and banking.
In the early 20th century, Arizona’s leaders knew our State’s future depended on a water supply that was Secure. Stable. Renewable. They pursued that vision and the result was the Central Arizona Project (CAP), a 336-mile system that brings Colorado River water to central and southern Arizona and is the State’s single largest renewable water supply. CAP Board President Lisa Atkins will help you “Know Your Water,” as she talks about CAP and its water supply, the water users we serve, the status of the Colorado River basin, and the economic impact of the water the CAP delivers in our State.
 
 
Founded prior to statehood, Arizona’s cities and towns are home to nearly 80% of the state’s population and more than 93% of the state’s business activity. Cities and towns are the level of government that provides the greatest number of daily services and are the level of government most accessible and closest to the people. Cities and towns get high marks for managing tax revenues efficiently and openly. Arizona cities and towns provide a high quality of life for residents and operate the infrastructure that enables businesses to locate and thrive. If you turn on the water, flush the toilet, drive to work, have a picnic in a park or ever call 911, you are using services provided by a city or town. Municipalities in Arizona are professionally-managed and (with one exception) are non-partisan. They are the service-delivery level of government that most people take for granted. Find out more about cities and towns in Arizona and learn why residents rate them as the most trusted level of government.
 
Author Cathy Hufault, a former Oro Valley Mayor, will show a video and slide presentation of her book and discuss the story of the largest search and rescue operation in Southern Arizona history.  The focus of the epic search was to find three young Tucson scouts lost in the Santa Rita Mountains during a horrific record breaking blizzard.  The boys were lost on November 15, 1958 in an unpredicted three to seven feet of snowfall.  Nineteen days of intense searching would ensue, captivating all of Arizona who along with the families waited, watched, and hoped.
Ted’s presentation will focus on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council’s role in bringing together leadership and resources to improve our region’s economic environment and quality of life.  He will describe the areas of SALC’s focus and some of the current issues that they believe need to be addressed to improve our region’s opportunity to grow and prosper.
 
 
The Replacement/Social Mixer for our October 31st Lunch Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 in the orange grove behind the Radisson Suites, located at 6555 E. Speedway, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  For parking, proceed down the left side of the hotel toward the back for plenty of spaces.  All must register for the event.  Go to the club website  www.tucsonrotary.org , scroll down the left side to Upcoming Events and click on Replacement/Social Mixer.  Guest fee is $25 and will be billed to your account.   If you have any questions, please call the Rotary office. 
 
So let's have some fun at our next social mixer on October 30th.  Please remember, there is NO LUNCH MEETING on 10/31.  The Rotary office will be closed on 10/29.
Thanks to the support of voters in the November 2017 election, the future of your zoo is brighter than ever before! We are excited to share the details of the 10-year master plan that will mean bigger spaces and great experiences that make for smiling faces. Your zoo will be transformed into one of the best in the nation — and even more of a national leader in animal care and conservation.  Reid Park Zoological Society President and CEO Nancy Kluge will give you a sneak peek at the decade ahead!
That’s not a typo. Tigres, which is Mexican slang for jaguars, do roam southeastern Arizona. So do mountain lions and bears. Closer to Tucson, such “urban wildlife” as bobcats, coyotes and javelina abound, sometimes within the city limits and to the dismay of newcomers.  The Arizona Game and Fish Department is responsible for managing the state’s wildlife in trust for citizens.  How to best do that poses some unique challenges in greater Tucson, a hotbed of environmental activism while at the same time a community that retains many traditional values of the Old West.  Walking the fine line between the two is Game and Fish’s Tucson office, one of only two in the state with a full-time Urban Wildlife Specialist.   A jaguar in the Santa Ritas, bighorn sheep in the Catalinas, and protestors on the outskirts of town all figure into this presentation about living with urban wildlife, the four-legged and sometimes, the two-legged.
 
In less than 30 days the Rotary Club of Tucson will be hosting the 12th Annual Tucson Classics Car Show. I say that with both pride and gratitude. Pride in the fact that we have now donated over $1.2 Million Dollars to local Tucson Charities and that we have a Signature Event that is recognized through our Community. Gratitude for our fellow Rotarians who have worked countless hours behind the scenes throughout the year to make the TCCS the BEST Car Show as it is viewed upon by those that attend year after year. I say; “it takes a village” because for all the work that has been done up to this point is NOW is when the real work comes into play. That work starts with YOU. There are two major roles each of you play in the success of our Signature Fundraiser. First is to sell your tickets. The second is to work the Car Show. We have close to 600 volunteer slots that need to be filled between Friday – Sunday. What I am asking for is your commitment to put in as much time as you can. Have FUN, build new relationships and celebrate what WE have accomplished for the good of our Community. Let’s make this a TERRIFIC TWELFTH.
 
 

If you have any knowledge of the music industry, Geoff Emerick is already a familiar name to you. He stands out as a true pioneer in the business, having won lifetime achievement awards and multiple Grammys, including a technical Grammy. On the other hand, even if you don’t recognize his name you are already familiar with his vast body of work. He has been a major influence in shaping the music industry for the past 50 years.  He began his career at the tender age of 15, when he joined EMI records in London.  

The Tucson Roadrunners are proud to be Tucson's professional team.  Entering our third season, we reflect on the successes of our first two campaigns while focusing on the continued growth of our organization for years to come.

Kirk Reed is a third-generation Rotarian. His grandfather was a Rotary charter member in 1922, and his father served as District Governor in the Atlanta area. His mother continues to be an active Rotarian at the age of 97.
Ali Farhang
Partner and Founder, Farhang & Medcoff
 
Ali obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and earned his J.D. from the University of Denver, College of Law.  Ali chaired the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Arizona in 2012-2013 and serves as the Pro Bono General Counsel to the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson.  Ali also coaches varsity defensive ends and special teams at Salpointe Catholic High School.
Northeast Asia is a unique combination of competing military and economic powers, anchored by two key allied relationships: China & North Korea, and the United States & South Korea / Japan. This lively and informative presentation will describe the players in depth, and examine probable scenarios for the 21st Century.  
 
 
The program will be an update on what is happening down town.
 
Fletcher McCusker ~ Biography
 
Fletcher McCusker currently heads up UA Ventures, a venture capital firm.  He was the CEO and founder of Sinfonia HealthCare Corp., a medical home health care business.  Sinfonía focused on the rapidly expanding home health industry driven by the changes in the Health Care Affordability Act. Prior to Sinfonia, Fletcher was CEO and founder of Providence Service Corporation based in Tucson.
 

Allen Fore, Vice President, Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan, Inc., has more than 25 years of experience in law, government and public affairs at the local, state, and national levels. At Kinder Morgan, Mr. Fore manages corporate public affairs, government relations, and community relations activities for existing company assets and major expansion projects throughout the United States.

On August 8th we will be holding a Replacement Social Mixer for our Wednesday lunch meeting.  The event will be held at Topgolf, 4050 W. Costco Place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Guest fee will be $30.  Hope you all can come out and join us.  Registration for the event is on our website www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side of the home page to "Upcoming Events" and click on "Replacement/Social Mixer - Topgolf".  Be sure to register your guests and remember, NO LUNCH MEETING ON WEDNESDAY!
Lightning is a striking phenomenon, brought to southern Arizona by our beloved monsoon. This presentation will start with a brief overview of the physics, terminology, and phenomenology of lightning, expressed through photography.  This will be followed by examples of how we measure lightning, and how the measured information is used to help mitigate its effects on life and property.
 
John Lashley, the President of Tucson Speedway will talk about the flips and the flops through the years of the Tucson Speedway, and where he thinks they are today in Season 5 - 2018.
 
Biography ~ John Lashley is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in finance – which he never used.  He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1967 to avoid the Vietnam draft, which was unsuccessful.  He served in the Coast Guard until 1976 when he began selling and leasing commercial real estate in Seattle-Bellevue, WA.  John moved to Tucson in 1998 and failed from retirement.  He leased the defunct racetrack from Pima County in 2012.  John rebranded the track with NASCAR and commenced stock car racing.  His interests include racing something – motorcycles, kayaks, marathons, cars and sailboats.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild came to City Hall promising accountability in government, increased emphasis on economic growth and help for those most in need.
 
Since taking office, the mayor has helped settle the long-standing Rio Nuevo dispute, opening a new era of downtown redevelopment. He codified and increased incentives for Tucson businesses. And, he led efforts to invest in Tucson’s roads and police and fire departments, making for better streets and a safer city.
Biography ~ Chuck Sawyer, RCOT President - 2018/19
 
Born in 1958, Chuck first came to Tucson as a child in the early 60’s with his Air Force family living on base at Davis Monthan.  After five moves, including a memorable year in the Philippines, the family returned to Tucson in 1974 and Chuck graduated from Catalina High School in 1976.
 
President Cliff is "passing the gavel" to our 2018-19 President, Chuck Sawyer, on Saturday, July 7th at La Mariposa from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  La Mariposa is located at 1501 N. Houghton Road.  So come on out and celebrate with Cliff and Chuck.  Go to www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to Upcoming Events and register ~ $50/per person.  Dress is Beach Casual attire.  REMEMBER:  No Lunch Meeting on 7/4/18.  This social is not a replacement mixer so no make up is required.  Any questions please contact the Rotary office - 520-623-2281.
The impact of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia can be overwhelming, but no one needs to go through this journey alone. Learn about the variety of free programs, services, and resources available to help you cope with all aspects of the disease and its progression.
 
 
 
 
The YMCA celebrated its 174th birthday last week. But as well-known and as venerable an institution as the Y has become, it is not just the “swim and gym” many remember growing up.  Its original mission of service for all remains as fundamental as ever, but the Y has become a vibrant organization deeply engaged in meeting the needs of the communities it serves.  As a cause-driven organization, the Y has three areas of focus:  Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.  Through Youth Development the Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through holistic programming.
 

Rotary Club of Tucs
on
presents
the 13th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
Saturday, October 19, 2019
on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
 
 
Speakers
DARK DAY ~ No Lunch Meeting
Dec 26, 2018
No Lunch Meeting
Kevin Guy
Jan 02, 2019
Tucson Arena Football
Dr. Rod Anderson, Western Neuro
Jan 16, 2019
Stroke Prevention
Jason Grabosch, 2019 Car Show Chair
Jan 23, 2019
Car Reveal/Car Show Kickoff
Replacement/Social Mixer
Feb 06, 2019
No lunch meeeting
Chuck Huckelberry
Feb 13, 2019
Pima County Issues - Roads
Lucy Kin
Feb 20, 2019
Pay for Performance for Disadvantaged Youth Towards College
Elizabeth Sparks
Feb 27, 2019
Tucson Village Farm
Maguire Academy of Irish Dance
Mar 13, 2019
Irish Dancing
Centennial Committee
Mar 20, 2019
Project Presentations and Voting
Sergio Leones, Jr.
Apr 03, 2019
Tucson Sector Border Patrol
Amy Brandhuber
Apr 10, 2019
Court Appointed Special Advocates
Jonathan Mosher, Pima Cty. Attorney
May 08, 2019
How Not To Get Away With Murder
Brent DeRaad, Pres. & CEO
May 15, 2019
Visit Tucson
Dr. Allan Hamilton
May 22, 2019
Criminal Intent: What We Can Learn From The Minds of Pyschopaths and Serial Killers
Tracy Miller, Pima Cty's Attorney's Office
Jun 05, 2019
Sex Trafficking
 
 
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