Weekly Meeting:
WEDNESDAYS, 12:00 NOON - 1:20 PM
Meetings are held at Tucson Convention Center
260 S. Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ  85701 (USA)


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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CALLING ALL MEMBERS. We are having our first Club Assembly in several years. “What is a Club Assembly”? A Club Assembly is the chance to share with all members information about the Club and with the help of YOU to help chart our future.
Clubs nationwide deal with the issues of retaining and growing membership along with dealing with the rising costs of food and labor. Our Club is no different. We are looking at our future and need to hear from ALL members on what their thoughts and ideas are for how we move forward over this next year and beyond.
How do we balance some of the old (traditions) with the new? How can we increase the engagement of all our members through service projects, social activities and changes that might be necessary for our meetings?
I mentioned at the start of my term that this is not “my” year this is “our” year. What I need from you is what do you want “your” club to look like, feel like and act like?
I hope you will plan to attend this very important meeting which will be at the Westward Look this week and please remember to RSVP. If it is past the cut off and you had not RSVP'd just send Dorinna an email and we know we can get you in. I would love to have 150+ members show up and participate.
Once we summarize all the data we collect from membership it will all be reported back to you. Please help to shape our Club’s future.
RCOT President, 2022-2023
Our Rotary Gift to JTED!
Please join Bobby, the rest of our Rotary Club of Tucson, plus JTED and Gregory School Friends as we present our “Sweet 16” Tucson Classics Car Show fundraising efforts. This show has been labeled by many, “The Best Show Ever…With Rain”. The show took place at the beautiful and welcoming Gregory School for the 16th straight year. A fantastic crowd with a full house of Classic Cars were treated to a wonderful day of fun, food, and friendship with our Rotary members and other volunteers being fantastic hosts.
A great day was had by all, and we will share some of the highlights of the day plus share some “special challenges” throughout the year. Our BIG CHECK we all worked so hard to earn through 10 different revenue sources will be presented to our wonderful beneficiary, JTED. Finally, Lee Olitzky will wrap up with exciting plans for the 2023 Classics Car Show, as well as the unveiling of our gorgeous 2023 Car Show Corvette Convertible!  Come join us to celebrate a job well done by all of you and enjoy the profits accumulated by one of Tucson’s Signature Events of the Year!

Energy drives global economies in a very real way – what are the basics of that drive and how has it created the conflicts we now see before us? What does it mean for the future, and how has it been shaped by the past? What are the major challenges and why?  Many forces now shape that debate – What are the Paris Accords, how were they shaped, and where do they lead?  Many policies and actions have put elements of our political and social structure into intense conflict. How do we balance fossil, renewables, and nuclear as we seek to restructure our energy systems? Why are all sides freaking out?  Finally what role should each of us assume and what responsibilities must we shoulder?  I hope that this presentation puts the audience in a better position to seek out the answers they need.

Dr. Michael Knotek ~ Biography

Dr. Michael L Knotek has served more than 50 years as a Physicist in the US Department of Energy National Laboratory System — safeguarding national security and energy enterprises. There his research laboratory responsibilities rapidly progressed from an entry level assistant’s to those of a senior executive. He served honorably in the Office of the US Secretary of Energy (1999-2000) and was appointed US Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy (2013-2015) -- overseeing a $10B Budget and 13 of our National Laboratories! He led the 2015 Quadrennial Technology Review which performs the most comprehensive analyses of state-of-the-art science and technology Energy Foundations in our nation.

Dr. Knotek has published more than 150 Scientific Articles, Book Chapters, Textbooks, and has supervised numerous national and international investigations exploring climate change and its many challenges.

Michael & wife Karen have 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and are enjoying retirement in Oro Valley. He is an avid Tucson Loop Bicyclist and Golf enthusiast.

As cross currents buffet the Arizona economy, it looks different depending on the lens used to view it. The labor market remains very tight, generating strong job gains, low unemployment rates, rapid wage increases, and a mountain of open jobs. At the same time, retail sales has begun to slow, inflation far exceeds income growth, housing affordability has plunged, and interest rates are rising.
Where are the global, national, state, and local economies headed next? Will increasingly restrictive monetary policy succeed in bringing inflation down without causing a recession? Will state and local house prices moderate? Will rising unemployment put downward pressure on wages? Will manufacturing jobs continue to grow rapidly? Be sure to join us!
Sheryl Ann McKinley ~ Biography
Sheryl Ann McKinley is a soulful, passionate singer whose roots are in Jazz and the American Songbook, but she is always expanding and her focus is on powerful, positive messages.  She delights in serving up the Great, Glorious and Healing Power of Music! Her divinely, God given voice is a gift she wants to give with all her heart!  Her masterful musicians she is blessed to work with are kings to her! Sheryl Ann has been singing professionally since 2012.
Here is the Holiday Schedule for your reference and scheduling:
President Bruce and the Rotary Staff would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday Season!
This year the Holiday mixer will be hosted at President Bruce and Erin Jacobs’ home located near Sunrise & Kolb. 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Wednesday December 14th. The mixer includes two drink tickets, all additional drinks are $5 each with the money going to the scholarship fund. Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  Casual holiday attire for both indoor and outdoor weather. Address, directions and additional information will be emailed to all that RSVP.  For additional details, please contact the Club office, 520-623-2281.
Christmas morning brought a treat to astronomers as the successful launch of the Webb Telescope opened a new era of discovery.  The mission went through a six-month period of deploying the sun shield, aligning the telescope segments, and checking the functionality of the science instruments. The data collected during commissioning gave hints at this telescope's power, and now with the first observing programs receiving data, we are just beginning to appreciate what this telescope and its cameras and spectrometers can do.
Marcia Rieke ~  Biography
Marcia Rieke is a Regents Professor of Astronomy at the University of Arizona.  Her research interests include infrared observations of the center of the Milky Way and of other galactic nuclei and observation of the infrared sky at as faint a level as possible to study distant galaxies.
Nancy J. Kluge, President & CEO of Reid Park Zoo will give an update on your zoo’s animal collection, conservation projects, and construction projects.
Nancy Kluge ~ Biography
Nancy Kluge leads Reid Park Zoological Society, where she has served since 2009. As President and CEO, Nancy guides Reid Park Zoo in its mission to ‘create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places’. The City of Tucson owned Reid Park Zoo is the largest attended attraction in southern Arizona with approximately 500,000 guests annually. She is committed to the Tucson community, conservation and STEM education.
Reminder:  There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, November 23rd as this is a scheduled Dark Day.  President Bruce and the Rotary office would like to wish each of you and your families a very wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
The world of work is being shaped by seismic technological, economic and demographic forces. Chancellor Lee D. Lambert outlines how Pima Community College initiatives are propelling economic development in Pima County while training workers for jobs that pay family-sustaining wages in high-tech sectors of the economy.
Lee Lambert ~ Biography
Lee D. Lambert, J.D., has been Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 2013.
Chancellor Lambert has long held that community colleges such as Pima are uniquely positioned to address systemic educational and economic inequity.
Throughout his community college career, he has been an innovator in connecting industry and community colleges in order to revitalize communities through educational opportunity in an age marked by rapid technological and demographic change.

Our Replacement Social Mixer is on Monday, November 7th at Proof from 5:30 - 7:30pm. Proof is located at St Phillips Plaza at River Rd/Campbell. (4340 N Campbell). It is an outdoor venue on their covered patio. Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  As with all replacement mixers, this is a no host bar. All must register at www.tucsonrotary.org under Upcoming Events.  Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, 11/9/22.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship at Proof!!!
Dr. Kevin Leman ~ Biography
Internationally known psychologist, award-winning author, humorist, New York Times bestselling author of “Have a New Kid by Friday”, radio and TV personality, and speaker, Dr. Kevin Leman has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and common sense psychology.
Dr. Kevin Leman has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs including Fox & Friends, Huckabee, 700 Club, The List, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, The View, FOX’s The Morning Show, Today, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN, Focus on the Family, and Oprah, and he is a former consulting psychologist to Good Morning America.  Dr. Leman frequently speaks to schools, CEO groups, and businesses including Fortune 500 companies, YPO, Million Dollar Round Table, and Top of the Table.

From hospitals to clinics to wellness centers and outreach programs, TMC Health is an all-encompassing system of health that puts its patients first. Serving communities across Southern Arizona, TMC Health includes Tucson Medical Center, TMCOne, Benson Hospital, Northern Cochise Community Hospital, Rincon Health Campus and Rincon Neighborhood Hospital, which is slated to open in 2023.

Judy Rich, President and CEO of TMC Health, provides unique insight into the future of health care in southern Arizona and how TMC Health and its system of care, is rising to meet the challenges of caring for our community.
There will be no lunch meeting on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 due to our wonderful Car Show and all the hard work that was put into our annual signature event.  Our next scheduled lunch meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at the TCC. 
Ginny Clements ~ Biography
In the late 1950’s, as a fifteen-year-old teenager, immersed in many extracurricular activities and living my life to the fullest, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, the only treatment for breast cancer was a total mastectomy, including removing lymph nodes and some chest muscles. Little did I know (now) 66 years later, I would have the chance to be an advocate and spokesperson for breast cancer. I give thanks every single day for being a breast cancer survivor.

Here comes our exciting “Sweet 16” Car Show so get ready and get involved! The Rotary Club of Tucson has raised over $2.2M to support local charities focused on literacy, education, development of job skills, and senior assistance. This year’s proceeds will be no different as we support JTED and the fabulous programs they produce for Tucson students, with this year having a special emphasis on their Medical component.
Pima Community College has partnered with the Gospel Rescue Mission’s Center of Opportunity through a unique arrangement – one that we believe could be replicated in other communities across the country. Guests of the Center have access to training opportunities, taught on-site at the Center, in a variety of programs designed to provide a direct-to-employment career path in five focus areas: 1) Building & Construction Technology; 2) Culinary Arts; 3) Health & Safety; 4) Information Technology; and 5) Logistics / Truck Driving. Learners participating in the training programs have costs covered for tuition, faculty salaries, fees, books, supplies and uniforms (if required) allowing students to have no educational loan debt upon completion. The goal of the partnership is to provide a pathway out of poverty for those who are struggling to earn a sustainable living wage. Current enrollments are expected to reach 100 with growth anticipated to exceed 300 learners when all programs are fully enrolled. An investment by the Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation will ensure that many more men and women are able to improve their financial situation. Funding received up to $100,000 would ensure existing training programs are able to continue. With funding over $100,000, we would expand offerings to add skills-based training programs in other high-demand areas. Additionally, Pima Community College welcomes the support of Rotary member businesses that are interested in offering meaningful employment opportunities to individuals who complete trainings at the Center. Thank you for your consideration.


Tommy Lloyd is the Head Coach for Men’s Basketball at University of Arizona. As a player he was on the team at Kelso High School in the state of Washington and at Walla Walla Community College and then Whitman college where he earned his degree in Biology. He went on to play professionally in Australia and in Germany.
He was on the staff of legendary coach Mark Few at Gonzaga University for 22 years and was projected to be Head Coach when Mark Few retired.
Coach Lloyd has been at Arizona for only one year and has already set numerous records in general and has accomplished such extraordinary feats for a first-year coach as will probably never be equaled in Division One college athletics.
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District 5500 Governor Anita McDonald is Chancellor Emerita of Penn State DuBois and served in that role for 10 years prior to her retirement in December 2012.   A native of Detroit, Michigan, Anita earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics and mathematics education respectively from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. in Education from St. Louis University.
With all the data around the impact of the pandemic on our youth’s education and mental health, is there a way to come back stronger and support our schools in lower socio-economic neighborhoods? Restart SMART uses a community schools' strategy for organizing school and community resources around student and family success. We support the students' and families' holistic wellness by providing wrap-around services and addressing all the non-academic needs that impact the school. Our data shows up to 80% improvement in student attendance, a significant reduction in negative student behaviors, higher parent engagement, and increased resource referral success rates from 10% to over 70% in school sites. Nationally, studies have found that for every dollar spent on community schools strategy, $7 to $13 dollars of support are returned to the community. Combined with Higher Ground's unique approach to youth and family engagement, each Restart SMART site is fully responsive to every unique needs and enhances existing resources in the community while bridging current gaps. Finally, each site is locally empowered through a community steering committee that is supported as they learn to perform continuous needs analysis, quality improvements, and partnership recruitment and management to ensure each site becomes self-sustaining.
Our next Replacement/Social Mixer is WEDNESDAY, February 8, 2023 at Noble Hops (DoubleTree), 445 S. Alvernon Way from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  This Mixer replaces our Wednesday lunch meeting.  All members must register on the club website www.tucsonrotary.org scroll down the left side to Upcoming Events.  Be sure to register your guest as well.  Guest fee is $30 and will be billed to your account.  Let's all have some fun and fellowship at Noble Hops!
Remember, no lunch meeting on Wednesday, February 8th.
Susan will provide a regional economic development overview and update, highlighting targeted industries, current trends, recent announcements, and competitive issues.
Susan Hyatt Dumon ~ Biography
Susan Hyatt Dumon has more than 15 years of experience in economic development working at the state, regional, and local levels. Susan joined Sun Corridor Inc. in June 2017 as Vice President of Economic Development and, in July 2022, was promoted to Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness.
In this new role, Susan will lead efforts to identify issues and develop strategies to improve economic competitiveness in the region. Susan will also continue to provide site selection assistance and market analysis for companies considering expansion or relocation opportunities in metro Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Jan Lesher ~ Biography
Jan Lesher started working for Pima County in 2010, quickly advancing to Deputy County Administrator. In October 2021, she became Acting County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors hired her as County Administrator in April 2022.
Lesher returned to her hometown in 2010 after serving former Governor and Secretary Janet Napolitano since January 2003. 
Oksana was a “military brat”. Her father was a career border security officer for the Soviet Union, then the country of Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet. Her father is from Ukraine and her mother was Russian. Oksana was born in Kazakhstan and lived in many countries all around the perimeter of the Soviet Union, as her father was transferred. She came to the US in 2002 and had her son Edward in 2004. She has a degree in teaching from the University of Kharkiv. She became a US Citizen in 2013.
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Rotary Club of Tucs
the 16th Annual
Tucson Classics Car Show
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on the grounds of
The Gregory School!
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Westward Look
Laura Conover
Feb 15, 2023
County Attorney
Vice Admiral Yancy Lindsey
Feb 22, 2023
Tucson Navy Week
Kevin Leman
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Families and Birth Order
Josh Jacobson
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